To sell or not to sell?

I've been debating this question the past two years.

I'm not a sentimental person for the most part. And moving 14 times in 5 years made me very zen about not having a lot of material possessions. I've become very streamlined. But...

Will I regret selling this beauty?

Will I ever have a daughter?

Will she want to wear it?

Will it be considered a 'vintage' find for my granddaughter (if I even have one)?

Would you consider selling your wedding dress?


DIY Friday: free invitation template.

Wedding Chicks has this damask invitation suite free to download. If you get a really nice, thick card stock, you can make inexpensive invites that stand out. The instructions also include the link for the calligraphy style font, which might come in handy if you want to DIY calligraphy.

And the award goes to...

The lovely Ashley over at Bride Sophisticate (who I love! love! love!) gave me this award. Before I pass it along, I must tell you 7 things I love.

1. The obvious? My husband. :)

2. Warm, sunny weather. And the flowers it brings.

3. Essie nail polish in "ballet slippers".

4. The iphone I don't have (I really want one and I know I'll love it).

5. Strawberries. I have been craving them lately. Yum.

6. My eyesight. I got Lasik a couple of years ago and it changed my life.

7. Music. I couldn't live without it.

Now, I pass this along to 7 other Kreativ Bloggers:

Melissa, M and M wedding--she's supah crafty
Amy, Life in the Junction--she's an amazing cook (I got a chance to try some of her goods)
Ashley, Ashley Brooke's Daily Dose of Etiquette--great tips for every day politeness
Krista, Canadian Bride--It's been fun reading about her wedding preparation
Another Ashley, The Trimble Life--She's a month out from her wedding!
Jenn, With This Ring--Another crafty bride
Bridgette, My Detroit Wedding--A new blog to me and I can't wait to read more.


If only...

...writing vows were this easy. Then again, why not?

[image: Le Love]


I wish...

this was me.

There's this secret side of me that really wants a horse. I love riding. And I love the beach. This girl looks like she's riding beside the ocean breeze. Sigh.
[image from here]

I like celebrity gossip, too.

I know this blog has been super focused on weddings lately (and as you can see from the post below, with good reason). But I would like to incorporate other important world topics, like celebrity gossip. I plan to have a just-weddings blog soon, so in the meantime let me take a little moment here to digress. I read that Star Magazine claimed Jennifer Aniston dumped John Mayer over Twitter--or his overuse of it. Really?! Really?! How bad can it be? I suppose he's a twitterholic. Read more of the story here and here.

On that note, you can follow me on Twitter and I'll follow you too. Let's get addicted.

[image from here]


revel & bloom.

It's official....revel & bloom, wedding and event design is open for business! The wonderful Elizabeth from Sweet Letter Press finished my logo last week and I am thrilled with the result! What do you think?

As some of you know, this business has been in the making for quite some time. It is a dream come true to be doing something I love and about which I am passionate. There is so much that goes into a wedding day, not only a couple's time, but a family's finances (seeing as some weddings cost more than a brand new car or a down payment on a house) and emotions. I am the type of person that is truly invested in the couple's experience. I am a romantic at heart and I believe in commitment and marriage. I believe in celebrating that love. And, I think it's important to have someone on the couple's side, making sure they spend their money wisely and to help mitigate the family dynamic. I love being part of that experience, making everything run smoothly and having fun along the way. And on top of it all, I love to make a wedding look good because if you're going to spend all the money on one day, it better look and be amazing!

I want to help make your day awesome. And since I'm trying to build my wedding portfolio, I am going to offer you a smokin' deal. My current pricing is $500 for day-of-coordination and $1500 for full-service, A to Z, design, planning and coordination. But, to kick-off the official launch of revel & bloom, I am offering the first six couples who book with me, 20% off my package pricing!

To get in on the action, email me: dana {at} revelandbloom {dot} com. Or, you can leave a comment with your info and I will contact you. Either way, let's chat!

Be assured, although my business is new, I am a seasoned event planner and have planned weddings. You will be in good hands. Since my website is still under construction (hopefully done any day!), you can see a small sampling of my work and read some testimonials here.

I am in the Denver, CO area but will (love to!) travel out-of-state (I currently have weddings in Phoenix and New York City).


DIY Friday: blog love.

iDIY has some really great templates for the DIY bride. It also features great giveaways, sales and projects like this:

If you haven't checked it out yet, go here for some great ideas.


The World for Blogs...

It's a new(ish) site dedicated to helping you find your perfect blog. Check it out here...

Spring + flowers = ahhhh.

I don't know about you, but I am dying for warmer weather and the promise of summer. I can't complain too much, because Denver has had a rather warm winter, but the past few days of 70+ degrees have left me wanting more. I can't wait to plant my tomato garden and watch the flowers in front of our house bloom. I'm excited for camping trips, biking and outdoor bbqs.

My wishes to you for a happy spring, officially starting tomorrow.

[image: Karen Tran]

[images: Saipua]


Sweet ceramique.

Clara French (isn't that the coolest name?) makes the most gorgeous cake stands. What a way to make a smaller cake a showstopper!

You can buy one and have it personalized with a message...
Or....you can rent one! You can also use them for bridal showers, baby showers, or a dinner party. I think just about any desert would look gorgeous on one of these.


Happy St. Patty's Day!

I married into an Irish family and this is a holiday they definitely love to celebrate. After Matt and I were engaged, we started researching dates for our wedding and we finally decided on the month of March. When he found out that St. Patrick's Day fell on a Saturday, he thought he had a winner. Unfortunately for him, every venue was already booked. And fortunately for me, I don't have to celebrate my wedding anniversary toasting to our love with green beer.

A few months later, 7-7-07 fell on a Saturday...so many couples wanted to get 'lucky' that year.

[images: the knot]

An Irish blessing...
May love and laughter light your days,
and warm your heart and home.
May good and faithful friends be yours,
wherever you may roam.
May peace and plenty
bless your world with
joy that long endures.
May all life's passing seasons
bring the best to you and yours!


Easy fabric swatches.

This past weekend I was in David's Bridal and saw these:

Even if you don't get your bridesmaids' dresses from David's Bridal, you can go in and buy a fabric swatch for a buck. Think about how easy it would be to show your long-distance friends what colors you're thinking about having them wear. They'd be really great for the bridesmaids' fashion report.


Appreciation #7: coffeeeeeeee.

[image found here]

I love it.
Recently, I've even been known to drink decaf. Oh, the horror.

I never thought I would see this day. I used to be a tea drinker. No coffee for me, thank-you. It hurt my stomach. I hated the taste and caffeine didn't really do it for me, anyway.

Until I discovered the Starbucks latte. I was so ashamed of myself. I wanted to support the mom and pops, the corner coffee shop. But nobody can make a latte the way Starbucks can.

Slowly, on early, cold, stressful mornings at the office, I found myself meandering toward the coffee pot and enjoying a cup here and there. No sugar, just creamer. Co-workers would make fun of it--'Want a little coffee for your milk?" ha. ha. At first, I watered it down. And then I would follow my cup with my usual English Breakfast. But soon, I liked the caffeine jump I got from the coffee.

Fast forward to a year later and now, each morning, I make a whole, big pot just for myself. I don't water it down anymore and I put less creamer in it. I actually like the taste. The creamy, strong goodness.

It's become my morning ritual and I SO appreciate my coffee.

What's your favorite coffee drink?


Craft queen.

I'll be sure to buy this asap.

"The groundbreaking, technique-based, how-to reference book comprises more than 200 innovative craft projects. Organized by topic from A to Z, the beautifully and intuitively designed volume offers thorough, step-by-step instructions, with more than 700 full-color instructional and inspirational photos, useful templates for a wide range of techniques, and a comprehensive list of tools and materials to have on hand for all crafting endeavors."

I'm really not morbid...

I swear.

But I love cemeteries. I can't explain it. I think it's the history and the beauty of the stones. This past summer, I went to a fantastic cemetery in Buenos Aires, called Cemetario Ricoleta (it's where Evita is buried). It was more like a museum than a cemetery. Each burial site had it's own statue.

Because of my fascination with cemeteries (and because it's Friday the 13th), I wanted to post these photos. The off-beat couple's choice for a setting is pretty cool, I'd say and seemingly fitting of the couple.

[images from Wedding Cabaret]

You can view many more photos of this unique wedding here.



Sometimes necessary, sometimes decorative, always a fun photo op.

[image: Flickr]

[image: Fox and Prince, etsy]



I love learning about other cultures and traditions. Recently, I was reading about the history of the ketubah. It is a Jewish pre-nuptial agreement. It describes the groom's responsibility to and for the bride. Traditionally it was customary for the man to provide his wife with a dowry to protect her if she became widowed or divorced. The ketubah is a custom that is more than 2000 years old. In essence, it was one of the first legal documents giving financial and legal rights to women.

Today, it's still an integral part of the Jewish wedding ceremony. However, it's now more of a symbolic document, rather than a legal one. At times, couples have artists or scribes create beautiful ketubahs, before matting and framing them for their home.

Here are some examples of ketubah designs.

{New Ketubah}

{Ketubah Tree}

{Cool Ketubah}


Something blue.

How about some gorgeous earrings for your 'something blue'?

Bridesmaids' fashion report.

If your bridesmaids live in a different city, this is a great way to help them coordinate their attire. All you need to do is to print out this template, include a swatch, a couple of pictures and some instructions on a perforated card. They can keep the card with them as they shop. This is especially helpful if you've chosen a specific color, but are allowing the girls to choose their own dress.

Found here.


A way to say, "Thank you."

After the wedding, writing thank you notes can seem like a bit of a chore, especially if you've had a large event. There are ways to make this task a little easier if you're prepared.

If you've ordered your cards as part of your stationery set, you'll have them on hand early. And if your cards are an element that you want to do-it-yourself, a good idea is to have them completed before the wedding. As your gifts start arriving (and many of them do before the wedding) make sure you keep a record of who is sending what. It's especially nice if you send an acknowledgement note as soon as you get the gift. But if you find that you're falling behind and don't have time, keeping a log will help with the process of sending your thank yous go by faster when you're ready to begin.

There's no need for a long letter in your thank you card. Five or so sentences will suffice. The most important thing is that your sentiment is authentic. Name the sender's gift, why you appreciate it and how you might find yourself using it in the future. It's also nice to thank the sender for coming to the wedding (if they attended, of course). For cash gifts, you need not mention the dollar amount, but you can explain what you plan on using the money for. Although it's not necessary for both the bride and groom to co-author each card, it's perfectly acceptable to do so. However, especially for larger weddings, if the groom writes his family and friends, naming his spouse in the note, and the bride does the same, the cards can be completed quicker.

It's best to send thank you cards within the month after your wedding, but no later than three months after the event. If you write your cards out in small batches, the task won't seem so overwhelming.

Here' are some ideas if you go with a stationery pro:

Here's some DIY inspiration:

[Stationery Images: Hello Lucky, Hello Lucky, Sweet Letter Press, Hello Lucky, Sweet Letter Press, Sugar Paper]

[DIY Images: Martha, Stampin Up, Martha, Freshly Crafted, Martha]


I'm baaaaack and with a winner.

I love vacations. It was so nice to get away with Matt and have an action-packed five days. If you've ever been to NYC, you know that it's not quite a relaxing vacation. For the short three days we were there it was go! go! go! I got a chance to see a lot of friends and eat a lot of amazing food (it helps to have compadres in the restaurant industry). We spent the last couple of days skiing and working off the pounds gained from said food and I have finally gotten to the point in my skiing abilities, that I can get down a hill without falling and start having some fun with it. Whew! Didn't know if that would happen. :) I can't believe Matt and I have been married two years--the time has flown by.

I used random.org to select a winner of the Martha Stewart Planner giveaway. And the winner is.....Jenn! So Jenn, if you are reading this, please email me. Unfortunately, I don't have any way to get a hold of you and I need your info to send you your prize.

Congratulations to all on your engagement and I hope the planning process is fun and exciting.

On a personal note, I have completed the Professional Bridal Consultant Course and am now a member of the Association of Bridal Consultants. Yea! And, I have six upcoming weddings that I am either planning or coordinating although I haven't officially 'opened my doors'. I can't tell you how thrilled I am!

And for those who are noticing that my feed is about a month behind, I have NO idea what is going on. But, I am fast at work trying to fix it. If anyone has any advice, I would love to have it.

Hope you all had a great week and I'll be back with regular posting on Monday.

Did I miss anything?

I love to post inspired ideas and photos from other blogs and the web. I try my best to give credit where it's due, but if I miss something, please let me know. And, if you want something taken down, I can do that. No problemo.