Thursday, September 30, 2010

Wedding Dress Part 1(The Tailor)

Ok... so its like 2:30 am Eamon is at work doing some crazy computer stuff...and I can't sleep.  I tried but I'm just too excited! Tomorrow I order my wedding dress! I am going to the tailor with Eamon to get measured in the morning. He is ordering a tux! I felt bad about it because he really wanted to wear a kilt...but with a 2000 price tag for his outfit it just was beyond our budget. A 100 tux  now thats a lot better!

Lets flash back to last week. I woke up sun morning and just wanted to feel like a princess. Haha not really, but I took a trip down to the bridal shop with my sisters. I had a great time.  I tried on several styles of dresses and figured out what looked best on my body. Ball gown...I figured as much.

So, whats the point? Well, I have decided to order my dress from China. I looked up some Chinese dressmakers and checked their reviews. I figure if over 2000 women the only negative feed back is check for pins. Then I think it will be fine. I also have seen real life pictures of the dresses. Heck $200 for my dream dress why not.

buying a dress from china
Check for feed back. 
Ask to see a real picture of the dress.
Time dresses can take up to six months to get!
Get properly measured by a tailor
Shipping cost 

A lot of women have had positive experiences with April bridal they have an ebay store as well as a website, but look around. I found my dress maker on alibaba...hopefully it will be ok.

Lighting and lanterns

Another fantastic diy bloger posted a how to led lantern guide. I love the idea! How ever, I am trying to pinch pennies and I don't want to pay for lanterns....even though I probably could sell them off after the wedding.
If your interested in the diy led lanterns here is the link  and  2dbride
also has a guide.

So...what are you going to do? Pom poms! LED paper pom poms. You need to know how to do two things 1. make a pom pom and 2. make an LED throwie.
It's easy and for .50 a piece I'm sold!

 Led pom table light from not martha

To do this project you will need 
Pom Pom How to vid

LED Throwie How to Vid

1 package of tissue paper 15x 20 or 20x30  (8-14) sheets per pom pom
fishing line
10mm white diffused led (3) for each pom pom
CR-2032 Lithium coin-sized batteries
Duct tape

Hot glue

Instructions :

Pom poms
Take 8-14 sheets of tissue paper(depending how fluffy you want) and fold it acordan style about 1 1/2 inch.

Next cut ends round or to a point.

Then tie in the middle with fishing line leave enough to hang the pom from.

LED throwies
Take the led and slip it through the prongs. long pin on positive short pin to negative .

Then tape. Tada! you have light.

The led last 1-2 a test run with your batteries. Also the led is not dead when the batteries runs out and can be passed on to another bride or buy magnets and make graffiti on some metal objects.

Once you have your pom pom and your throwie just glue or tie it in your pom pom.  Or tie or glue the led before you open the pom pom depending on timing.

My first try at making pom poms... not too bad.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Save The Date PART 2!

So after speaking with Eamon about the wedding we have decided to go with the easy rout. We came across a great deal for post cards (FREE!) well, plus shipping. We paid $6.80 for 100 postcards.  The company vistaprint has a bad reputation. I can see why they are tricky and if you do not read everything just so you could end up sighing up for other services. The cards do have a small printed at the bottom of the post card on the revers side. The logo will be cleverly covered with an address label. So, not a bad deal we plan on going the same route with the thank you notes. They are a little more expensive than the diy way but not by much.

So, yes we are doing the invitations ourselves. I have found several cheap places to get quality card stock for about $10 per 250 sheets. I will list those later as well as my exciting trip to the bridal shop!

Saturday, September 4, 2010

SaveThe Date: Project Begins

Well it is time to get my butt in gear! My wonderful Aunt Jo has gathered together all the names and addressees of the family. Isn't she awesome? I am waiting on Eamon's half. So...Now what? Save the date time! I have a lot of family that lives out of state. I guess the trend is to give people more notice. I'm cool with that.

I looked for a reasonable diy invitations and came across oodles of options. Lots of great temples are free. We have chosen this free temple from It is a full black and white kit and did I mention it is  free? I found a download from where you can customize the colors as well as having matching RSVP cards. I just need to print them on card stock and mail them out.

Instructional video: From Wendy Dahl at dahl wedding company

Other contenders in the diy invitation race:

Crown invitation set by Etsy user Camille Chun. Click to view shop.

 Download at

Rose invitations and many more choices can be downloaded at

Celtic invitation set download at

Friday, September 3, 2010

DIY Ice Sculptures

So, I really want an ice sculpture on my buffet table. Unfortunately an ice sculpture is not in my budget. Why not DIY? Who has time or experience carving ice? Thanks to my wonderful friend silicone I don't have to! Basically just pour it in...freeze it and peel it off and you have an ice sculpture for way less than 1/3 the cost.  The molds are reusable and come in all shapes and sizes. Heck I can make multiple small ones and have them on each table if I want! I also plan on making ice bowls yep...bowls made of ice. I plan on put shrimp cocktail in. I also was considering picking up blocks of ice from my local ice company and stacking them like the picture below... but lets test this all out before we give this a green flag. I ordered a few molds for $40 lets hope it works out :)

Ice bowl instructions:

***Added note freeze bowls slowly to prevent cracking A sleeping bag works great. Also do not take bowl out of freezer straight to room temp it will crack! Leave in sleeping bag and put in fridge for a few hours to warm up. The secret to crystal clear ice is pure distilled water and boil it.

 So many possibility so little freezer space!

Ice sculpture instructions to come: ((((PLEASE DO NOT USE LATEX MOLDS))))))
Latex molds will explode when frozen with ice. Some sculptor companies will not ship them below freezing because it will ruin the mold. Try to freeze a condom water balloon and see what happens...disaster.

Silicone mold pictures from a a ice sculpture supply company. I personal don't like swans but if you do you can purchase a mold for $20-$60. Your only true limitation is your freezer size(It's helpful if you have a deep freezer or know someone who has one) Just normal sculpture molds that can be used for ice!

Some inspirational photos: