Wedding Heirlooms

Posted by bridalbuds on Apr 11, 2011

I love the heirloom aspect of weddings. The idea of things being passed down over the generations, of being taken out again and polished, reworn, reused, or even just reminisced over.

My parents had a small and simple wedding, put together in just two months. It didn’t have many details and unfortunately my mother doesn’t have anything from her own wedding day that I can use as part of mine. My Nonna’s wedding was even more simple… in Italy, the family was poor, and the her wedding dress and attire was borrowed. Anything left from their wedding day remains in Italy.

I’m having lots of details in my wedding, but when I think of what I can “pass down”, I don’t think I have very much, apart from my cake topper. So I decided that I wanted to have a cake server, engraved with our names and our wedding date. It’s a very traditional piece of silverware to own, but I wanted to own one. I like the idea of cutting the wedding cake with it on the wedding day and then using it for all future anniversary cakes.

I found TheTaffyBox on Etsy, and their customized text and font choices won me over. I chose a modern, stainless steel silver server and a cursive font. I also got matching forks – stamped MR. and MRS., with the date on the handle.

Ideas I Shamelessly ‘Borrowed’ From Other Brides… #1

Posted by bridalbuds on Oct 12, 2009

I have made no secret of the fact that I found a LOT of my wedding inspiration in my precious Google Reader… from you all! I also make no secret of the fact that I do this shamelessly!! The simple fact is this… we read blogs to share in each others journeys, be inspired, support and get supported, laugh, swoon, and sometimes even debate! So, when you are under a time crunch, as most of us brides are, I don’t think it is obligatory to add your own personal touch to an idea if you just straight up love it… COPY THAT IDEA!! Afterall, isn’t this the greatest form of flattery?! So… since many blogging brides are not so upfront with admissions of wedding-plagiarism, I am here to write my reference list, and to give credit where credit is deserved!!

First up… a gift for my man!! I had been tossing back and forth whether or not I would look-like-crazy to get my hubs matching socks for the infamous sock-shot. I really loved those pics, but to be honest, it was just another thing to add to the to-do-list! I kept my eye out for fun purple-ish socks, of course to match my rocking purple heels, but never found anything great. So I kinda dropped this item to the back burner… not necessary, and only adding shopping time to my already jam-packed schedule! BUT, when I saw this post from Mrs. Lighting on Weddingbee, I knew I had to find a great pair!! She showed this awesome sock-wrapping idea that she originally found here, and I thought it was a perfect, simple, DIY fun job that would put a smile on my man’s face the morning of the wedding! This is Mrs. Lighting version… “Just to make sure you don’t get feet”

Photo credit: Mrs. Lightning

Fabu Gift Idea for the Mister

Posted by bridalbuds on Aug 14, 2009

There is nothing that I strive for more than having a fun, casual, yet classy, wedding. It was no surprise when my heart fluttered in coming across this website. This has to be one of the most unique, special gifts, ever.

Upon meeting poinsettia Dude, I was fairly certain that if I were to ever marry, my last name would remain intact. I like my initials as they are and I liked being my own person. In time, I realized how important creating that “family unit” was to him and how important it was for his wife to have his name that my selfish reasoning went out the window. Since then, I have already committed to taking his name and think that this is one of the most fabu ways to show him that we are now our own family creation.

A unique wedding or groom gift

Gift for Your Groom

Posted by bridalbuds on Dec 21, 2008

Men have it easy when it comes to giving their bride a wedding day gift. They can just give us some jewelry, any kind of jewelry, and they’ve done a good job. But us girls have a harder task, especially if, like me, you are on a budget. As a grad student, I didn’t have the means to buy anything fancy for Mr. Poppy Blossom, so I had to be creative. Traditional grooms gifts like watches were well beyond my price range. I could have purchased some cheap cufflinks, but I didn’t want to force Mr. Poppy Blossom to wear something tacky to our wedding.

After much brainwracking, I finally decided to get him cologne. It’s a nice personalized gift available for a reasonable price. I picked out a scent that I liked, put it inside a Mr. Potato Head Spud Trooper (Mr. Poppy Blossom collects Mr. Potato Heads), and had my maid of honor deliver it to him on the morning of our wedding.

Photo by Michael Hawk Photography