Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Ribbon Wreaths

Latest Project- Ribbon Wreaths


I have been making mine out of Christmas ribbons but you could do your wedding colors or colors of a baby's nursery too.           
These wreaths aren't mine but they are very cute!
Styrofoam/wood Wreath - Mine is 10-inches across

45 Yards of Ribbon - I use about 9-10 different spools

depending on the size of your frame cut out ribbon strips and just tie into a bow around the wreath frame. Easy and cute!

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Top 10 wedding movies

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With all the stress of the holidays and wedding planning it’s important to relax and unwind. Spend time not money with the girls/ your honey / have some alone time by watching a wedding movie .  I have compiled a list of my 10 favorite wedding movies and have color coded them for a night with the bridesmaids or date night with your fiance.
10. The Wedding Date-  I would love to set Dermot Mulroney up with one of my bridesmaids.
9. My Best Friend’s Wedding-  I’ll say a little prayer for you . . .
8.The Wedding Singer- How fun would it be if Adam Sandler was the wedding singer at your wedding ( well the happy sober version in the begining of the movie) .
7. My Big Fat Greek Wedding - Just put some windex on it.
6. The Hangover-Hopefully his bachelor party doesn’t turn out this way.
5. The Princess Bride – As you wish. . .
4. Bride Wars - You have to love Kate Hudson and Anne Hathaway as frenemies.
3.The Wedding Planner- I wish J.Lo was my wedding planner. 
2. Father of the Bride- Classic. Classic. Classic.
1. Wedding Crashers- With the hilarious cast, one liners and the DC/ MD setting this is my favorite wedding movie.

I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving!

So much to be thankful for! Happy Thanksgiving ya'll!!

How fun would it be if Andy Samberg, Martha Stewart and Paula Deen were at your thanksgiving

ps. I can do a mean turkey gobble

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Celebrity untraditonal engagement rings

Must be something in the air , celebrities and a bunch of my friends have recently gotten engaged. I love all these unique gems the celebs are rocking ( pun intended)

Kate Middleton's blue sapphire  courtesy of the late Princess Diana.

Jessica Simpson's ruby ring from Neil Lane.
5 carat ruby with pear side stones. The ruby is J. Simp's birthstone.

I'm glad gemstones are in considering I have one stuck on my right hand and it isn't budging. Do you prefer traditional diamond or a gem/birthstone for an engagement ring?

Sunday, November 21, 2010

'Round the Clock Shower

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Here is a really cute bridal shower idea that my friend Liz had for her bridal shower.
Theme- Around the Clock Bridal Shower
Tired of the usual tea luncheon shower? Shake it up by doing a themed shower, this article is about throwing an Around the Clock Shower.  To do this you need to mail the guests a different time of day and explanation of the theme.
Everyone will get sent a different time of day on a piece of paper and their bridal shower gift will correspond with that time.  This can be practical or funny the options are endless. If the bride loves to make late night snacks at 12:00 am get her a quesadilla maker or if on her lunch break she likes to go for a run a cute aluminum water bottle and tote is a great personalized gift.
 Morning- Coffee pot and mugs, quiche dish, pancake molds, waffle maker
Afternoon- Cute lunch box for working lunches, tea pot,coffee thermos, panini press
Evening-Wine/margarita glasses ( it’s 5 o’ clock somewhere right) , pots and pans, vaccum
Night-Brownie pan, baking dishes, lingerie, new sheets and pillows
There are lots of fun shower invitations out there. This is one is from www.invitationconsultants.com

Happy Sunday, it’s almost turkey day!

Saturday, November 20, 2010

The Finishing Touches - Hester Browne

Hester Browne- The Finishing Touches

Cute book, but the Little Lady Diaries are alot more fun of a read. However The Finishing Touches had some fun quotes, especially for working events.

when you turn your social life into your job,I suppose the fun never stops.

splash out on the secret details that make you feel glamourous inside-like beautiful lingerie and a great haircut.
lipglosses with flavors aren't chic.

always keep a bottle of champagne in the fridge for special occasions.sometimes the special occasion is that you've got a bottle of champagne in the fridge.

the best you could do was to be gracious on the surface and tough underneath-and believe that you were capable of more than foldingnapkins into amusing animal shapes.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

The Organized Bride, A Bride's Best Friend

Latest District Bride Guide Article There are so many  things to buy when planning a wedding. From invitations, bridal party gifts, toasting flutes and everything in between it is so easy to get unorganized and overwhelmed. Lucky for us there is The Organized Bride, which is an adorable one stop shop for all things wedding!

Located in downtown Frederick in Everedy Square,  this fabulous shop greets you with a wonderful staff and all the wedding essentials  to help you in every step of your wedding planning.  From paper goods, bridal party gifts, guest books, favors, toasting flutes and ring bearer pillows you too can become an organized bride!
I interviewed owner Tara Franklin about her delight of a shop.
Katie-What inspired you to open the organized bride ?
Tara-I just moved to the area from New Jersey,  newly engaged and not a clue where to start. The interent provided a great tool for wedding research but I really wanted a place I could go and see and touch everything and more important a person that was knowledgeable with the area that could recommend products and vendors. I couldn’t believe how many different places I had to go to search for the perfect invitaiton, guest book, garter, unity candle, ceremony program…the list goes on and on. I was driving back from one of my more unsuccessful attempts at finding all of the above wedding items when I thought, I am going to open this non-existant little wedding store and provide other brides with a one stop shop for basically everything but the dress. I wanted to carry all of the hard to find items in one place with tons of options in the latest colors to coordinate with the overall theme of the wedding day.
That’s a clever name, how did you come up with it?
I worked for a company whose owner used to say I was the most organized person he knew. Whether I thought it was true or not,  I thought it was such a nice compliment. I guess it stuck with me, who doesn’t want to be thought of as having their “stuff” together. I think planning a wedding is a huge, undertaking that defintiely requires lists, timelines and budgets. The more organized you are the easier the planning will be. I thought The Organized Bride was a good name for our business because you might not be the most organized but you can come to our shop with your list and pretty much take care of all your planning. I think an Organized Bride is a happy bride!
What is your favorite aspect of a wedding?
 Just one? That’s a tough one. I absoltely love everything wedding!!! From the first time a bride steps foot in our shop to finding the perfect invitations and accessories that will make her day even more special. To the final good-bye and good luck just days before the wedding. I feel SO lucky to be a small part in these girls’ big day. I get to work with them on their save the dates when their engagement is new and we talk about their colors and the look and feel they are going for, then on invitatons when things are getting more serious they have started picking vendors, no doubt hit some bumps in the planning road. I get to offer advice and hopefully help them breath a little easier. Then when the day is almost here we get to select the fun litttle personal touches. Programs, Menus, Favors Guest Books, and more. Just days before the wedding I get to give one last excited smile, hug, maybe a little word of encouragement here or there and they are off…cue the crying. I usually shed a little tear as they leave and I always think next seasons’ brides can’t top the great realationships I built with these,  but soon the door opens to a bright eyed newley engaged bride-to-be and I get to do it all over again.
What are some upcoming trends in weddings  ?
Color and Pattern, Color and Pattern, Hip Hip Horray! I think more brides want to add some of their personal style to their wedding day. Bold Vibrant Blue’s and Lime Green’s paired together. Pinks with Aqua, Deep Purple with Burnt Orange, Yellow with everything. As far as style’s, pocket invitations are still wildly popular and our custom fan programs that we print in house are a must have for summer weddings. We shipped them all over the country this wedding season. So exciting!!!

What brands of paper goods do you carry?
Carlson Craft, Checkerboard, Marsupial Pouches, Encore Stuidos, Envelopements, Lucky Onion, Pioneer Color, Chloe B by Crane, Designers Fine Press, Oblation, The Happy Enveope, Paper Duvet, Prints Charming, Inviting Company, Doc Milo, M Prints. We attend the National Stationery Show in New York every May and are always looking to add lines that we think will help our customers find the perfect paper for their event!
What is your advice for a bride shopping for various wedding essentials, whether it’s invitations or bridesmaids gifts.
Plan early! The more you can check off your list in the months leading up to the wedding the easier the last few weeks will be. This is especially true for invitaions. Most brides will start looking 7-9 months before the wedding. Since wedding invitations are mailed 2 months before the wedding, it is a good idea to order at least 4-6 months out to ensure plenty of time for proofing, printing, assembling and addressing. Finally the most important advice is HAVE FUN!!! Planning a wedding can be overwhelming but always try to focus on the big picture you are getting married.

Make it a priority to stop by The Organized Bride located at
14 N. East Street, Studio 1
Frederick, Maryland 21701

http://www.theorganizedbridestore.com/  Like them on Facebook!