Sunday, January 31, 2010

I could not have said it better myself...

Hello Lovely Readers! Sorry this last week was a bit light on the posting front (I was in ski training all week!) but this week I should be back on track and ready with lots of great posts! So, off to todays topic....

According to, "One of the toughest things about wedding planning is making sure everyone knows what's going on. Between your two (or more!) sets of parents, your siblings, and the wedding party (spread out over the continental U.S. Yikes!) how are you supposed to keep everyone on top of things? It's easy -- put together a newsletter."

A newsletter? Well I think thats a pretty great idea!
With that said, I also think it is all about balance.
Informative and helpful
Controlling and well, bridezilla-esque

But hey! That ones pretty cute! (find it here)

Here is a template to get you started. And other really basic newletter.

Feeling a bit more tech savy? Check out this template.

Kadee's post on her Bridesmaid Newsletter

And last but not least, another how-to and downloadable template!

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Friday, January 29, 2010

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Dress Love : Martina Liana

I can't decide if I love the entire Martina Liana wedding dress collection more because
a) I want to try on every single one
b) There are no prices listed online
or c) because there are no stores in Washington (Oregon or Idaho for that matter), making her dresses essentially unattainable for me.

Regardless- I'm drooling on my keyboard.

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Monday, January 25, 2010

The reception tables

These reception tables are quite possibly the most beautiful tables I’ve ever seen in my entire life.

(found here)


(and found here)


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Saturday, January 23, 2010


Generally no matter the size of the budget or the nature of the event, we all have choices to make. And making choices can be a difficult thing to do especially when (we) bloggers offer you so many ideas, inspirations, d.i.y. projects, etc. With SO much inspiration and so many ideas floating around, it's good to focus, focus, focus.

So here are some questions for you to print off and hopefully asking yourself these questions and committing your answers to paper will help you focus your efforts and energy during your planning. Good luck!

-What's the one thing we want to remember?

-What’s the one thing we want our guests to remember?

-We're standing at the altar and we turn around to look at the congregation, these are the people we hope to see...

-Three words that describe us as a couple...

-If we boiled down the look and feeling we want to achieve/capture in our wedding, we’d use these three words/images/ideas to describe it….

-These are the things we can’t live without. They’re mandatory….

-Our budget is...

****Keep a firm grasp on your budget, your priorities and the end goal: getting married.****

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Thursday, January 21, 2010

Friday Photo #10

hahaha, everytime I see this picture, it makes me smile :-)

It was taken by the very talented Michael Fisk
and you've just got to check out the rest of the pictures from Kirsten and Andys wedding
on her very cute blog - here and here!

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The Great Garter Debate

To toss or not to toss? That is the question!

Are you tossing your garter at your wedding? Have you even stopped to think a minute about whether you actually want to or not? Or why you want to or dont want to?

Today, I'm posting both sides of the Great Garter Debate.
On the anti-garter toss side, me (Kalea)!
On the pro-garter toss side, we have Megan, a 2008 garter tosser!

First Megan:
When I got married, I decided that I wanted a mostly traditional wedding. I wanted the whole procession of bridesmaids in matching dresses, the groomsmen, I wanted the flower girl to toss petals, and for my dad to walk me down the aisle. It was what I had imagined as a little girl and it was what I was going to do. There was no talking me out of it! I hadn’t thought much of the other traditions, like the garter toss, and just went along with them as part of the celebration. Cutting (and smashing) the cake was fun and cheesy and it was even more fun tossing the bouquet to all my single gal pals to see who would be next in line to make her way down the aisle! However, I hadn’t given much thought to the retrieval of the garter when it came time for the next tradition of the celebration: the garter toss.

As a guest at other weddings I always thought it was so fun and somewhat freeing for the couple to go for it (I mean, when else is it acceptable for a man to go underneath a woman’s dress while people watched??). Everyone always laughs and hoots at the groom as he digs around for that lacy little article, but as a bride who didn’t prepare herself for this as her groom was under her skirt while her 94 year old grandpa was in attendance – I was totally shocked! I didn’t know what to do with myself as a pretty modest bride. I ended up covering my face and turning away from the crowd of lookie-loo’s while my new husband rooted around for an unnecessarily long time (or so I thought!).

(actual picture of Megan at her wedding!)
Looking back now, I still would have done the garter toss. As a mostly traditional bride, I think that it is important to keep up with traditions (obviously!) so that we remember how our elders and ancestors celebrated such an important event. Besides, why not give yourself a little leg up when it comes to good luck, even if it is just a myth that they actually work! My tip that I would give brides who are debating whether or not to toss would be to prepare yourself if you’re even a bit modest. Remember, your parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, young cousins, and close family friends are going to be watching as your new hubby is hanging out under there. It had never occurred to me that his face would be hidden, whereas mine would give away whatever he was doing down there. Maybe practice a few different happy poker faces in the mirror before the big day – there will be pictures of it to remind you later! So good luck, brides, in deciding whether or not to toss!"

"I know it's tradition, but the garter toss creeps me out. I feel like having my new husband rooting around in my skirt is something I'd rather not have happen in front of our family. I can't imagine how uncomfortable my Dad would feel; he does not need to see a boy with his head up my dress! Additionally, how many of the single guys you invited to your wedding really want to catch the garter and "be the next one to get married"? Right! None of them! (their girlfriends or dates, maybe)

(I would sooner die. seriously!)

Thats not to say I don't plan on wearing one! Some garters are definitely not made to be tossed, but to be worn as a secret luxury for the bride (if an elastic band around one's thigh can be counted as such) and handed down to daughters and granddaughters... at least that's how it seems to me. I really like the idea of passing down a really pretty garter. For instance, Florriemitton on Etsy and Bleu Garters make to-die-for gorgeous garters that I can totally see myself wearing!

So, I'm not going to do it! I'm not doing a bouquet toss either. I read one story where the bride gave her Grandmother her bouquet because she was such an inspiration for the value of marriage - so thats exactly what I plan on doing. 

I am a huge fan of brides who take time and think through every element of their wedding and make the event truly theirs. Is there something that traditionally happens but you're not wild about? Then don't do it! Examine your wedding and reception and tailor it to be exactly what you want!"

Thanks Meg!

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Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Yellow vs. Orange



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Tuesday, January 19, 2010


I hope you're sitting down because I have just discovered the coolest FREE printable Save the Date card, courtesy of the Wedding Chicks!

Feast your eyes on this cute card!

Shown with three different ways to mark your date! (circle, stamp, brad)

The wonderful Wedding Chicks have created FREE calender Save the Dates for every month of 2010 AND 2011!! Wowza!

They give step by step assmebling instuctions (including where they bought envelopes and what kind of paper they reccomend) so do yourself a favor and go download some super cute Save the Dates! If you go with the paper and envelopes they recommend, (besides the cost of ink and postage) these STD cost around $.80 each.

Thats right, .80 cents!!

The only thing I would add - is make sure to include your names, the location of your wedding, and if you have one, your website address on the back of the card.

I feel like its Christmas in wedding blog land! :-)

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Monday, January 18, 2010

Napkin bows

I'm probably going to do these at my wedding.
Too tedious, you say? To fold 200+ napkins into bowties just to have people untie them and wipe their dirty mouths with them?, have you seen how cool they look??

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Sunday, January 17, 2010

The bridal shower gift round-up : part 1

How many times have you printed off a bride-to-be's registery, just to discover that nothing really tickles your fancy? Are you occasionally wishing you had a more creative bridal shower gift idea?
LMV to the rescue!

Gift #1: Tying the Knot by Philosophy gift set

It includes: eye hope deluxe sample; hope in a jar; purity made simple; amazing grace eau de toilette; amazing grace perfumed, firming body emulsion; amazing grace perfumed shampoo, bath & shower gel; kiss me exfoliating lip scrub; kiss me spf 20 clear; and the microdelivery mini peel pads 30 count in a charming gift box. The gift set costs $100 - but did you see how much cool stuff comes in the box??

Gift #2: Personalized wedding dress hanger

Thats right - a custom hanger to hang your wedding dress on. Have you ever seen something so cute?
And for only $17.50, thats pretty much an ideal bridal shower gift!

Gift #3 -And you can't forget about Lettergirl's address stamp we featured a while back -

Stay tuned for some more LMV gift round-ups!

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Wednesday, January 13, 2010

I'm back! (sort of)

Hello Everyone!

First of all, I apologize for the unexplained 3+ week break from blogging - I took an unplanned break from my computer/internet/blogs while at home in America in order to spend really quality time with friends and family. But have no fear- I am back in Austria and ready to start blogging again!  I am going to take the rest of this week to readjust to the time zone and rev up my engines for the upcoming months - but will resume blogging next week, so stay tuned for some more good stuff!!

Thank you for being so patient and sticking with the LMV blog!

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