Milkmaid Press is the charming stationery company of my friend Kristen Nichols, and when she offered to design an invitation suite based on one of my inspiration boards, I couldn’t possibly say no! Imagine my surprise when she turned out a delightful design that works with a huge range of wedding styles, simply by customizing the color and backer pattern…

Board #467: Bold As Love with yellow floral.

Board #524: Southern Comfort with blue damask.

Board #556: Pretty in Peach with pink confetti.

Board #545: Romantic Early Spring with moss floral.

Board #490: Poppy & Mint with mint diagonal stripe.

Okay, as if I didn’t love it already, but then she went ahead and named it Kathryn. Which pretty much made my week! AND. Kristen is giving away a $250 gift certificate to FOUR lucky Snippet & Ink readers! Just leave a comment on this post with which Milkmaid Press design is your favorite. You have until Thursday, May 17th, 2012 at 5:00PM PDT to enter, and the randomly selected winners will be notified by email.

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When I was working on the budget-friendly inspiration boards from a few weeks ago, I came across some of the prettiest dresses at reasonable prices, and I thought it would be a shame not to share them with you! So here you go: 40 wedding dresses under $1000 in a variety of styles.

Thread “Mabel” $420
J.Crew “Sinclair” $675
Saja “HB6979″ $930
Ann Taylor “Silk Georgette” $550

Aidan Mattox “Rosette” $500
JS Collections “High-Low Hem” $140
BHLDN “Lustrous Lace” $750
J.Crew “Dune” $995

Roberto Rodriguez “Silk Dress” $487
Rachel Zoe “Amelie Godet” $625
10 Crosby Derek Lam “Sheer Illusion Chevron” $695
Sue Wong “Lace Ruffle” $568

Ivy & Aster “Sweet Dreams” $1000
White by Vera Wang “Short Satin-Faced Organza” $528
Sarah Seven “Elope” $770
Chloe & Reese “Silk Faille Party Dress” $460

Ruche “Audrey” $250
BHLDN “Comme Il Faut” $800
Ruche “Tiffany” $350
Whitney Deal “Lola” $785

Whitney Deal “Gracie” $890
Anne M. Cramer “Flynn Sterling Skirt” $320
Lula Kate “Organza Striped” $495
J.Crew “Kira” $995

Laundry by Shelli Segal “Pleated” $385
J.Crew “Feather” $895
J.Crew “Dinah” $795
Ann Taylor “Silk Crepe One-Shoulder” $550

ML Monique Lhuillier “Contrast Strap” $898
Tadashi Shoji “One-Shoulder Rosette” $840
Kay Unger “Foil Print Halter” $650
Aidan Mattox “Sequined Gown” $525

Aidan Mattox “Metallic Jacquard” $550
Theia “Organza Mermaid” $895
White by Vera Wang “Hand Appliqued Lace” $600
White by Vera Wang “Twill Gazar Mermaid” $628

Oleg Cassini for David’s Bridal “Champagne Tulle Ball Gown” $950
ML Monique Lhuillier “Beaded Bodice Ball Gown” $898
White by Vera Wang “Taffeta Ballgown” $800
Tadashi Shoji “Cap-Sleeve Lace” $945

 

And lastly, one beauty that I just couldn’t leave out, even though it just barely exceeds the $1000 limit…

Notte by Marchesa “Strapless Beaded Gown” $1045

 

A lot of the designers that I’ve included here have many more budget-friendly wedding dress options, so be sure to browse around. Have you come across any fabulous budget-friendly wedding dresses? Please share them with us in the comments!

 

Thank you to Lovely Bride and my sponsor Bella Bridesmaid for helping out with this post!

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In honor of my sister coming home from Paris today after studying pastries for the past year, today’s post is all about cake! As yummy as simple chocolate and vanilla can be, it’s fun to imagine unique flavor combinations for your wedding cake, and as I was going through my files and Pinterest “Sweets” board, I realized that many of my favorite layer cakes came from the same place: Sweetapolita. So I decided to highlight some of the yummiest recipes from her collection… (click the images for the original recipe link).

Malted Chocolate + Toasted Marshmallow “Campfire” Cake
Salted Caramel + Chocolate Fudge Cake
Chocolate Stout Cake + Whipped Vanilla Bean Frosting
Vanilla Bean Cake + Vanilla Espresso Buttercream
Sweet Potato Ginger Cake + Brown Sugar Buttercream
Hawaiian Carrot Cake + Coconut Cream Cheese Icing
Orange Ginger Carrot Cake + White Chocolate Buttercream
Triple Lemon Blueberry Layer Cake
Dark Chocolate + Raspberry Buttercream Cake
Inside-Out Neapolitan Layer Cake
Six-Layer Dark Chocolate Cake + Strawberry Buttercream
Dark Chocolate Fudge Cake + Whipped Peppermint Icing

 

How yummy do these cakes look?! If you haven’t visited Sweetapolita yet, prepare to spend some time there.

Have you decided on something for your wedding cake yet? What are your favorite cake flavors? My wedding cake was alternating tiers of  Lemon Sponge Cake with Lemon Curd and Chocolate “Mahogany” Cake with Chocolate Hazelnut Truffle Cream – I’m drooling just thinking about it…

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You know what I love? Awesome gifts that are reasonably priced and (bonus!) come in awesome packaging. If you’ve been looking for gifts that your groomsmen will love, you have got to check out Izola. It’s like a perfectly curated general store for men. Specifically, stylish men with a sense of adventure and humor…

Martini shakers

Flasks

 

Don’t you love these? And seriously, the packaging? Love. It. How about a different flask or shaker for each groomsman? Or if you want to go a totally different route, consider a soap set or printed handkerchiefs, or maybe a ruled letter opener. Izola even carries yummy scented candles, so there really is something for everyone.

And today there’s something for you! Izola has created two gift packages for two lucky Snippet & Ink readers! The first winner gets 1 “Put Some Hair on Your Chest” Flask, 1 Ruled Letter Opener, and 1 “Stars” Handkerchief Set. The second winner gets 1 “Guests” Toothbrush Set, 1 “Apothecary” Individual Soap Bar, and 1 “Sport” Soap Dish.

Giveaway: Just leave a comment on this post letting us know what you like most on the Izola site. You have until this Thursday, April 19, 2012, at 6:00PM PDT to leave a comment, and I’ll announce the two randomly selected winners in Friday’s weekend round-up post. (Winners will also be notified by email.) Official rules.

Update. This contest is now closed. 

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It’s such a treat to see something that’s been inspired by one of my inspiration boards! The ladies at Azulsahara, were inspired by Board #476: China Cabinet to create Viena, a modern spin on that classic, preppy look. Well-known by European brides, Azulsahara wedding stationery has recently become available in the United States, so if you love it, you can have it!

I just love this look and color combination, and was inspired to round up some gorgeous blue and white china patterns – in case you’re looking for some registry inspiration…

Austin Floral Indigo  //  Botanic Blue  //  Oriente Italiano
Cornflower Lace  //  Blue Italian  //  Blue Aves
Dolphin’s Blue  //  Asiatic Pheasants  //  Prince Bleu
Charlotte Moss South Hampton  //  Anna Weatherley Blue  //  Imperial Blue
Blue Fluted Mega  //  Blue Onion  //  Pearl Blue
Landscape Shibori  //  Jasper Conran Blue Butterfly  //  Blue Fluted Half Lace

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