Monthly Archives: November 2011

Thanksgiving’s just a week away – I can’t believe it’s already here! Last year, the entire buffet of turkey and mashed potatoes and fixings flipped over onto the floor, so this year could only be an improvement, right? I haven’t decided what my contribution will be yet, but probably something creamy for spreading on sourdough bread… what are you making for your Thanksgiving dinner?

via Poetic Home


Thanksgiving pie topper.

Griswold family Christmas card.

Looking for some gift inspiration? Check out Gifted!

Stepping stones for bridesmaids.

Paint fight engagement session – I want to do this just for fun!

Movie wedding inspiration: Melancholia.

Oh, J.Crew. You get me every time.

Sweet Paul’s winter issue is out!

Did you know Gilt sells sweets? via simplesong

Tristan ran off and got married! Some marriage advice for the newlyweds…

Fossilized woolly mammoth ivory earrings?

Bengal kitten – I want one!

Thanksgiving with a Southwestern flair sounds delicioso!

DIY paper butterflies, via Ez’s Pinterest.

I wish the “petals” on this shower curtain were glitter.


Have a happy weekend, lovelies!

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When Kate emailed me with her fun wedding, and told me that she and Billy hosted a wedding with 100 guests, in Orange County, California, all for under $6400… well I knew you’d want to know how they did it! I thought I’d let Kate tell the story of the planning and the day. She was even kind enough to share a budget breakdown with us (scroll down for the details). Says Kate:

From the very beginning our wedding took on a life and personality of its own. We fondly referred to it as “Southern Vintage POW!” As in a little Texas, a little retro, and a little of the unexpected. And we were adamant about staying under our $6,400 budget. My favorite part of my wedding was the overall teamwork that went into it. It was a wonderful way to spend time with my family – especially since I live out of the country 9 months out of the year. It was also a special connection I got to make with my new in-laws. 

My dress was a super inexpensive find by Moonlight. It was a perfect fit so didn’t require any alterations, however, I had pockets added. I borrowed the veil from a friend, and I found some inexpensive yellow peep toes online which my mother embellished with cream bows. My husband is from Texas, hence the Southern part of our wedding, and he chose classic seersucker pants and a vest from J. Crew, paired with black Converse.

My mother and I hit up the local flower mart and purchased all the flowers at wholesale, then my mother, aunts, uncle and cousins created all the bouquets, centerpieces, and boutonnieres the night before the wedding. My aunts also handmade all the napkins and created a runner out of the excess fabric. My mother created chalk-board like name tags for the mason jars and an absolutely fantastic black and white photo puzzle guest “book” out of some blown up photos, glue and a jigsaw. My guests were then able to sign the back of the puzzle pieces and toss them in a keepsake glass jar. My husband, being a graphic designer by trade, created the invitations, the crossword puzzle/word search programs, and all the signs for the food and drink stations. Billy’s mother burned our initials on two small wooden boxes that worked as the ring bearer’s “pillow” and held each of our rings for each of our two ring bearer’s to carry. Needless to say, our wedding was extremely family- and do-it-yourself oriented!  

To stay on budget we started early and kept things tremendously organized. Everything from the bamboo plates to the ribbon was bought wholesale. Billy and I created a playlist on our computer, borrowed the sound system equipment, and his sister played DJ for the day. My brother-in-law was sworn in as an officiant, a family member did all the girls’ hair, and some of my little sister’s and mom’s friends traded day-of-wedding planner service, food servicing, and baby-sitting in exchange for food and drink. Our biggest save was in the photography. Two of our close friends, Jehna Raquel and Lindsay Stetson-Thompson, volunteered their time and talents as blooming photographers and created some amazing shots. Cupcake toppers and drink stirrers, along with the pom-pom decorations, paper striped straws, the boys’ bowties and my jewelry were all purchased off Etsy at very reasonable prices. In addition, I bargained down every single first price offered to me – there was no harm in asking for discounts and 90% of the time it worked out in my favor.

The food included delicious sweet potato fries and watermelon slice appetizers followed by amazing southern fried chicken with all the fixings from Johnny Rebs’. Desserts included family homemade treats like lemon squares, mini pecan pies, and individual banana puddings (topped with homemade whipped cream of course!). A funnel cake cart was also added to the mix – an absolute favorite of ours! Drinks included vintage bottled soda, lemonade, sweet tea & Yankee tea, as well as a variety of beers and wine. There was also a vintage quilt in the grass for the children, who had special paper sack lunches, dress up props, and homemade ribbon twirlers.

Isn’t their getaway car hilarious? Says Kate: The “hearse” is actually my dad’s customized 1951 Chevy ambulance – but it looks like a hearse so my bridesmaids decorated it with “Til death do us part.”  The looks and honks we got on the ride back were hilarious! 


Kate shared some of the budget breakdown with us, for their SoCal wedding with 100 guests:

ceremony/reception venue with tables and chairs included (Santiago Oaks Regional Park): $987
vendor permits: $175
guest parking: $200 
TOTAL: $1362

rentals, set up, take down, and delivery (Events TaylorMade): $575
purchased disposable bamboo plates, french fry cones, and dessert boats: $161
TOTAL: $736

invitations + postage: $220 
materials for fan/crossword programs: $50
TOTAL: $270

on site catering of sweet potato fries appetizers & fried chicken (Johnny Rebs’ Southern Roadhouse & Catering): $1200
bartender: $340
beverages (Trader Joe’s and BevMo): $440
funnel cake cart from (Fun-O-Cakes): $350
kid’s picnic lunches (chicken nuggets, drink boxes, cracker packs): $60
lemonade, tea, watermelon: $90
lemonade/tea dispensers borrowed from a family member: $0
TOTAL: $2480

flowers: $395
quilt, picnic basket, chalkboard, birdcage, drink buckets: $80
cupcake toppers, pom poms, paper straws, drink stirrers all from Etsy: $100
mason jars: $50
pewter and milkglass: $80
printing black and white photos: $50
fabric for draping for arbor, ribbon, tape, car decorations: $25
dress up props borrowed from mom’s classroom: $0
TOTAL: $755

dress + alterations: $378
shoes: $60
jewelry from Etsy: $38
makeup: $60
hair done by family member as a gift: $0
TOTAL: $536

GRAND TOTAL: less than $6400 


Thank you for all of the details Kate! It’s so inspiring to see that a charming and fun wedding doesn’t have to break the bank, even with 100 guests!

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Another destination for you today! Kayan and James and 60 of their closest family and friends traveled to Croatia for a wedding on the Adriatic coast…

Kayan used what she calls “gems from the island” to dress up the day, things like fresh lavender for the bouquets and rocks from the beach for place cards.

And if you have about six minutes, a lovely video from Deneemotion…

Kayan shared some of the details about the day…

Why did you choose this location for your wedding?  Anyone who’s ever been to Hvar will know why – it’s the perfect juxtaposition of idyllic paradise meets buzzing nightlife.

What inspired you when you were planning your wedding?  We wanted to create three very distinct experiences for our guests over the course of the wedding weekend. So we held our ceremony, reception, and farewell brunch on three different islands along the Adriatic coast. Each island conjured up the ideal backdrop and atmosphere that we were hoping for.

What was your favorite moment or part of the day?  I knew I was going to feel a lot of things on the big day but I never expected to have so much FUN. The train of my wedding dress is still black from all the dance floor mayhem and I’m not the least bit bothered – it’s my trophy to remind me of the fun I had that night with everyone I love in this world.

Did you include any traditions in your wedding?  James’s aunt gifted me with a beautiful Korean hanbok so I was lucky enough to wear not one but two beautiful dresses on our wedding day.

What was the best advice you received as a bride?  My mom always said it’s not about having a perfect wedding, but an amazing marriage that counts.



Photography: Nick Tucker / Videography: Deneemotion / Location: Hvar, Croatia / Bride’s dress: David Fielden / Bridesmaid dresses: Amsale / Groom’s attire: Paul Smithf


See lots more photos of Kayan and James’s beautiful wedding over on Nick Tucker’s blog.

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Today’s beautiful Swiss wedding comes to us from Dominique Bader, who I’m excited to have on Snippet & Ink for the first time! If I haven’t convinced you by now, maybe Vanessa and Andrew’s wedding will prove my point: with a stunning venue, there’s no need to make yourself crazy with little details. See what I mean…

Sewn into Vanessa’s dress was a piece of her mother’s wedding dress, hand stitched with Vanessa and Andrew’s names and wedding date.

Says Vanessa, “Walking down the aisle with my dad squeezing my hand was amazing. One of my favorite parts of the day!”

Vanessa and her mom made jam with blackberries from her parents’ garden. There were also linzer cookies with the bride and groom’s initials on them.

Some details from the lovely bride!

Why did you choose this location for your wedding?  We wanted a location close to home, that felt cozy and that would showcase the beautiful landscape of Switzerland’s wine country.

Do you have any budget tips for other brides?  If you don’t think you need it or you’re not sure why you’re doing it, skip it. We didn’t print a program for the day or an order of service for the ceremony; we just wanted our loved ones to take it all in as it unfolded and be surprised! Similarly, we didn’t print a menu – the servers announced dishes as they were served to each table as well as the accompanying wine. We made a playlist for dinner, and later a playlist  for dancing – many hours of setting start and stop times and using iPod’s crossfade!

Did you include any traditions in your wedding?  My mum is originally from Iran, so we had a small “Sofreh Aghd” table in the corner of our dining room: a traditional Persian wedding spread of symbolic items representing joy, love, prosperity, fertility, etc. for the newlyweds. As another small tradition, three happily married women hold a cloth over the newlyweds’ heads and rub sugar onto the cloth to bring the couple sweetness in their married life.

What advice do you have for other brides?  Don’t worry so much, it will all be beautiful! It poured with rain after the ceremony and it honestly didn’t matter! If I thought about rain before the big day I’d get so worried about my hair, that it might ruin the day for our guests, but in the end it really was the most beautiful day ever.


Photography: Dominique Bader / Venue: Chateau le Rosey in Bursins, Switzerland / Bride’s Dress: Rosa Clara / Bride’s shoes: Jimmy Choo / Hair accessory: Emmy London / Groom’s suit: Paul Smith / Flowers: Les Jardins de Benjamin / Catering: Le Sesflo by La Famille Frutiger


See tons more photos on Dominique’s blog!

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