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Inspiration: A rainbow of vintage typewriters

23 Feb

A vintage typewriter can tie your vintage-style wedding together nicely. And what guest wouldn’t love to type a sweet note to the bride and groom on one of these beautiful typewriters.

Bonus: with a little searching, you can find a typewriter in nearly any color to match your wedding decor.


Image from curtisztypewriters.com


Image from The Girl Can’t Help it Vintage Blog.

Image from Brunette on a Budget.

Image from Poetic Home.

Image from Polyvore.

Free gorgeous table numbers, place cards, favor tags and more

15 Feb

Wow. Seriously, wow. The fine folks at Chelle Paperie have created a fabulous suite of FREE printable templates for table numbers, place cards, napkin rings, favor tags, thank you cards and more. This is SUCH a gorgeous set!

image from theinspiredbride.net

Find these lovelies, and more incredible inspiration at The Inspired Bride.

DIY simple and sweet wedding favor treat

8 Feb

Look at these sweet little cookies! What a fabulous wedding favor they’d make for a casual, crafty wedding.
LOVE!

Forty-sixth at Grace shares a visual tutorial on how to make these shortbread buttons.

Check it out!

Hey newly-marrieds, send me your wedding details

2 Feb

I want to see your details, those quirkly little items that made your day all your own. The hand-painted signs, your sweet invitation suite, the original card boxes, tablesettings, etc.

If you want to see them featured on engageology, send them to engageology {@} gmail.com with your contact information and your photographer’s information (for proper credit).

I look forward to seeing them!


All photos by Laura Ivanova

Send your love a one-of-a-kind valentine

22 Jan

How can you not love this awesome Jane Austen-esque valentine?

Hello Handmade Papeterie will turn your message into a lovely, hand-calligraphered, hand-painted message with a wax seal (and even mail it!) for your sweetheart.

I ordered one for my honey last year, and he was surprised, and impressed at the lovely detail.

Another great idea could be to put together some of your wedding details and see if they’d be willing to write out the text for your save the dates or reception invitation (I’m not sure that HHP would be willing, I’m just dreaming of this lovely handwriting!).

Hurry – RueLaLa has a Fabulous Bridesmaid Option Today

12 Jan

I just discovered these sweet Phoebe Couture dresses on RueLaLa‘s final sale (it’s invite-only, so if you need an invite, click here), and had to share.

These Phoebe Couture dresses are normally $330 – on sale for $79. To see more Phoebe Couture on Neiman Marcus, click here.

Snap them up for all your maids for a multicolor dress look, or stick to one color, several styles.

LOVE THESE – in lime, aqua, pink and coral. But hurry, the sale ends on Thursday morning.

If You Want To Letterpress Your Own Invitations…

20 Oct

Congratulations – and good luck!

I recommend consulting your local printshop and taking a class or two if you have the resources. But once you do decide to take it on, I recommend you work with Boxcar Press.

I used them to print our printing plates. Their professionalism and quality of product are pretty fantastic.

The prices are also quite fair (you know how some Etsy shops will charge $60 or more for a custom plate for an invitation or business card? Boxcar’s minimum is $30, and they charge by the square inch).

They have a highly comprehensive Q&A section and really know the business.

My DIY Cake Stands

10 Oct

I really wanted dramatic cake stands that:
a. didn’t break the bank
b. looked fantastic

I needed 5 and set my budget at under $60 for the whole bunch – virtually impossible, right?

Wrong.

We purchased 5 wooden discs – 1-12″ and 4-10″ – from our local home improvement store. Each cost about $5.

Then we found fence post caps – to serve as the bases. Each cost about $1.20

For the rise, we chose 12″ high carved decorative fence posts – they looked like miniature stair spindles – each costing about $.97.

We grabbed some 1 1/2 inch screws and just screwed the disc to one end of the spindle and screwed the fence post cap to the other end. Once this 5 minute task was completed, we hauled them outside and spray painted them our desired color (ivory).

2 coats later, they were done!

Since we were planning to place food (cake & cupcakes) onto the discs, and they’d been spray painted, I trimmed out some discs of paper to match the card box and guest book.

The final product took under an hour to make, and cost about $42 to make them all (the spray paint added about $6 in cost).

Oh, don’t mind the stupid carrots on our cake, our ridiculous caterer (Miel y Leche) decided to “surprise” us with them. Ugh. at least the cake was delicious.

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Want more info/tutorial photos? Comment with interest. I’d be happy to recreate and photograph the process.

Details: Groom's Attire

24 Sep

My husband knew what he wanted for his wedding day look.

He got his suit from Saks – a wonderful navy Burberry suit, the cut was so great, it almost didn’t need alterations (but of course we needed some minor tweaks – Top Shelf in Uptown did an excellent job). Since he wears suits to work (and owns over a dozen of them), he has a pretty good eye for them, and this one will hopefully be used again for events and maybe work.

The shirt came from Saks – another Burberry number. A great shirt, that he can wear to work or other events.

The tie came from Jos A. Bank – it feels a bit like an old-man shore, but after looking EVERYWHERE for a tie that works, this one was truly the best – and only $40!

The shoes came from… Saks. Again, these can be used again as work attire.

Socks – his dresser drawer. I wanted him to get some fun socks to match the color scheme, but that’s not really his style, so we stuck with navy.

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The entire cost was well over $1,000 – which is a lot compared to a tux rental, but totally worth it for these pieces that will hopefully be in his wardrobe for ages.

All photos taken by Laura Ivanova – and cannot be reproduced or used, on the web or otherwise, without permission.

Details: The Centerpieces

22 Sep

The centerpieces were simple, exactly what I wanted. I purchased 60 old blue Ball quart jars on Craigslist. The day before the wedding, my sister and I purchased 12 bouquets of flowers from Trader Joe’s.

We paired them with tealights and a mixture of bamboo table runners and polka dotted runners. My awesome aunt Vivian sewed the runners and arranged the flowers.

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The results: bright, cheery and perfectly matched for our casual spring wedding.

All photos taken by Laura Ivanova – and cannot be reproduced or used, on the web or otherwise, without permission.