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Seating booklets?

6 Oct

Oh, Martha Stewart Weddings, you’ve done it to me again. Found this lovely and creative seating card display today, from a real wedding. See here, and make sure to link through to Liezel and Christopher’s wedding.

seating card booklets

tiny books!

I think this could be a DIY for me. It’s wonderfully within the themes of our wedding, and selecting quotes to include could also be a great way to share a little more of ourselves with our guests. Thinking cap on for ways to make it my own.



11 Sep

I might have mentioned before that books are very important in my life. I’m a children’s book editor in real life — that’s my job, and sometimes I’m sure it defines me in other ways, too. Growing up, I was an absolute bookworm, and I can track stages of my childhood and adolescence through the books I loved and read again and again.

Sweets had a different experience with books, as he had a longer road to reading in English and the books that were popular with American children, but he, too, has a great many novels and reading experiences that mark his childhood.

All that considered, I was thrilled with Sweets suggested we might use children’s books, and the books that were important to us in our formative years, as part of the theme and decor of our wedding. We thought we might use books as part of the tablescape/centerpieces for each table at the reception. Instead of numbers, our tables might have author names to correspond with the collection of books displayed. And we’ll create a bookplate for each that thanks our guests for celebrating and sharing the stories with us. Guests can take them home, then, as a favor and a memory of us.

So last night we spent time pouring through the shelves at The Strand and another little used book shop in the Union Square area. We gathered some great finds to start our collection.children's booksWe have a much longer list of titles and authors we’d like to include, but it’s a great start!

There are plenty of other ways I think we might use books in the wedding, too. I’ll share those soon.

dreaming green

27 Aug

I love these organic cotton drawstring bags for favors. I’ve been leaning toward giving paperwhite bulbs  — wouldn’t these be great for wrapping them?

cotton gift bag

From Dream Green Weddings.

They also have these lovely seeded-paper place cards. They’re darling, aren’t they, with the snowflake? Also available for all seasons and other themes.

seeded-paper placecard

Available here.

roses and rosemary

21 Aug

I tweeted earlier this week that I had read somewhere about a bouquet of white roses and rosemary, and idea that filled me with romantic longing, and I asked if anyone had any photos of such a bouquet. No one responded on twitter, but the internet has since surprised me with several beautiful images, and I’m totally in love.

Like this:

and this:

I found them both at frostyweddings, my go-to site for winter wedding inspiration, and she got them from the Natural Wedding Company. Photos all from Mark Tattersall. Gorgeous, huh?

What’s funny is that every image I found was from the UK. I guess the Brits like their herbs?

When I stop and think about why I like this combination, aside from the wintry, fragrant appeal, I remember the quote from Shakespeare:

“There’s rosemary; that’s for remembrance.
Pray, love, remember.”
~Ophelia, Hamlet

I think it actually has scientific, medicinal properties, too, for helping with memory. And it has been used in weddings as a symbol of love and memory for centuries, too.  I’ll be thinking about ways to incorporate this combination!

“If the day and night are such that you greet them with joy, and life emits a fragrance like flowers and sweet-scented herbs, is more elastic, more starry, more immortal, … That is your success. All nature is your congratulation.” — Henry David Thoreau    

another lovely winter wedding

26 Jul

My winter wedding blogger friend, Coraline at Frosty Winter Weddings, has a post up today about a wedding that is gorgeous and lovely. And the centerpieces in that wedding are very similar to what I think I want.  And that simple, elegant cake — yes, please!   

wedding centerpiece and cake

frosty centerpiece and cake!


Photo by Pink Sugar Photography.   

Click on over to (or via the Frosty Weddings link in the blogroll) to see the whole wedding. Also at the photographer’s site: Gorgeous!

Red papers

22 Jul

As I am a lover of paper, it is not surprising that I’ve started daydreaming about wedding paper goods. I’ll need to edit all my daydreams, of course, but here are some of the ways I’m thinking of using paper in the decor. 

I’ve asked a friend to create a papercut piece that represents Sweets and me, and our wedding, as a kind of centerpiece for our wedding — we’d display it on the guest book table, or with the cake, or with the place cards… somewhere where everyone will see it. It will incorporate themes from our wedding, our lives together, our families. I hope it will be very meaningful especially to the Sweets’ family, as it is one of the ways we’ll incorporate their Chinese/Taiwanese-American heritage. And of course it will be a piece of art that we can display in our home forever. 

I found this lovely piece on Etsy (though it's not the same artist as ours).

And I’m thinking about paperwhite bulbs as a favor, in brown paper packages tied with red and white baker’s string (yes, that does sound like a lyric to a much-loved song!), with sweet red tags with our thanks and growing instructions printed on them. Like these, maybe? 

brown paper packages tied up with string

favorite things...

red tag

sweet, simple, unfussy.

 I know I have a long way to go to get this in line, cohesive, and beautiful, but I like playing with these ideas. Thoughts? Suggestions? I’m open!

singing little details

17 Jul
red ceramic cardinals

a flock of cardinals by SongandBranch


We’re still working on the big elements of wedding planning — finding the venue, you know — but I’ve started to form thoughts and ideas for the sweet little details that will make our wedding personal and offer sentimental notes to my family and friends. One of those elements involves the cunning little ceramic birds in the picture above. But first, the story:   

My paternal grandmother was the much-loved and treasured center of my father’s family. Among her loves in life was a deep appreciation for nature, and cardinals were a favorite of hers. I remember her home was decorated with them — figurines, towels, dishes. She became ill with Parkinson’s when I was a teenager, and it claimed her life in the fall of 1997. When she passed, my aunts began to tell stories about seeing cardinals and knowing grandma was with them. I laughed at first, but then I started experiencing it myself. For example, a few years after she died, while I was still away at college, my parents called to tell me that my little brother, a serious high school multi-sport athlete, had been badly hurt in a football game. His knee was destroyed, he’d need surgery, he’d likely never play sports again. I was distraught, knowing what kind of pain he was in, and took a walk just off campus to a wooded area. I was crying, trying to pull myself together, when I heard a loud bird call. I looked up to my left and saw a flash of red in the bush near me. I thought of my aunts, of grandma, and was touched and comforted.   

Many times in my life since then, during both joyful and painful moments, I’ve found myself in the company of a cardinal. In fact, on the morning after Sweets proposed, we were sitting together on the couch of our living room, windows open, calling friends and relatives with the happy news. After hanging up the phone at one point, I heard a familiar song outside. “Babe,” I said. “Listen. I think I hear a cardinal.” Sure enough, I looked outside at the tree in our back courtyard, and there he was. A bright red cardinal singing from the branches. I wept. Gosh, I’m even crying as I write this. And I just remembered that yesterday, the day I finalized the deal with SongandBranch, was my grandmother’s birthday. Cardinals did it again!   

So, since my grandmother and other special loved ones (including my paternal grandfather and maternal grandmother) who have passed will not be with us as we celebrate our marriage, these small ceramic birds will be placed throughout the room. I hope that when my family sees them, they’ll know our loved ones are with us and celebrating, too.   

I’m thrilled to have found SongandBranch, an Etsy seller, who is willing to make a dozen of these ceramic cardinals in a not-quite-so-mini size. I will be touched and comforted to see them nestled among flowers and in other places of honor at my ceramic cardinals