Teeming with excitement

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This week has been a big week for this little business for numerous reasons. Soon all will be revealed, but in short: new clients (woot), 2 new consultants officially on board (double woot), and considering a real office space (other than my kitchen table), and lots more! One of the best things about my job is working with really cool couples and to add to my excitement today, I received a note from one our brides. Jessica was a bridesmaid in a wedding we worked on last year, so when it came her turn to walk down the aisle, she chose us to coordinate her special day! We can’t wait to travel to Chicago in the fall to celebrate with her!

Margarita Shower Favors

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(If your name is Sarah W. stop reading now, unless you don’t care about being surprised about your shower favors.)

Everyone else, welcome to my latest adventure in creating fun, personal and inexpensive favors for a friend’s bridal shower. Sarah is a grad school friend and much of our friendship was forged while eating tacos and drinking margaritas at a local place near the University of Delaware. If you’ve been to grad school you know how important tequila can be to your survival. If you haven’t been to grad school, you may not fully understand. Anyways, we are having Sarah’s shower at a Latin restaurant in Pittsburgh PA this weekend and the margaritas will be flowing! I’m very excited about this location as it is uniquely Sarah and the food is delish. Because the location suits the Bride so well, myself and the MOH Lora wanted to be sure the invites and favors also felt like Sarah. I designed the invites using a template from WeddingPaperDivas.com and the finished favors can be seen below, read on to learn how I created them myself and just how little they cost!

A few weeks ago, I began to brainstorm about these favors and decided to give each guest a margarita magnet and a recipe card with my margarita drink recipe on it. So I went onto the internet and started to look into buying margarita magnets in bulk. To get about 30 magnets was $2 or $3 per magnet, which seemed like a lot. As I was looking at the magnets I realized they looked a lot like buttons I make at work to use for recognition for students, just with magnets on the back and not pins. I wondered to myself if I could buy buttons with magnet-backs instead of pin-backs and then use my work machine to simply press them together.  I went to our typical button supply company BadgeAMinit.com and lo and behold they do sell magnet back buttons. I was even able to find a better price with MrButton.com, so I purchased my own supplies and set out to create margarita buttons. In order to do this you would need a button press like this one (they are expensive, but if you have access to one already, supplies are reasonable, or if you would use it often it would be a good investment – fundraising as well as craft options with these things are endless):

Here are my supplies and the invite I used as inspiration.

Using simple clip art and my color printer I created these first:

I forgot to take a picture when these were in paper form, but below you’ll get to see the process start to finish. After creating the margarita magnets, I thought they looked great! At that point, I planned to write out index cards for each guest with my margarita recipe on them. I mentioned this to a coworker and she said “Can you put the recipe on a magnet?” and I thought well there’s a great idea! And I was able to format the recipe using text boxes in publisher to create these:

Next I went about making these recipes into magnets. You load the button press with the back sharp side up, then a metal disc sharp side down, then the artwork face up (like one of the recipes) and then a plastic clear disc, then simply press. The resulting button can than have a magnet simply stuck on the back. The supplies I ordered came with self-adhesive magnets but you could use a glue gun to secure them. The recipe magnets turned out great! I color coded them to showcase 4 recipes: Classic, Cadillac, Gold and Mango. Here is the result:

All my buttons are stacked up and ready to travel to Pitt!! Each guest will receive a margarita magnet as well as their choice of 1 of the 4 recipe magnets. All 50 magnets cost only $21 to create!!!  I really hope Sarah loves them as much as I do.

Man & Woman of the Year (Philly)

This is not at all related to weddings but it is related to awesomeness. My best friend Shortcake is nominated for the Woman of the Year Campaign with the Philadelphia Chapter of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. If you want to read more or donate, click here: Man & Woman of the Year (Philly)

Also if you’d like to attend our Prom for ALL in West Chester on April 16 at 7pm, please click here.

And if you want a sweet “Cancer Sucks” button, like this one:

leave a comment below and I will get you one STAT (for a small $3 donation).

Wedding Guest Dress Deals

I really love a good deal, but the one thing I love more than a deal is the hunt for one. It’s really satisfying for me to go through racks and track down the best of the best. I spent 2 hours tonight at Lord & Taylor at the King of Prussia Mall outside Philly looking for a dress for my birthday outing in 2 weeks, some cancer benefits in April and May, and later these will be worn to the summer weddings I’m attending. I scored BIG time. I scoured TEN $49.99 racks for most of the time and spent a little time on the 25% off rack. First I found a gorgeous cobalt blue Laundry by Shelli Segal dress with a gold beaded collar, originally $285, got it for $39.99. The collar looks very Cleopatra. (There aren’t straps those are just the little hanger guys)

My second steal is a black chiffon JS boutique dress, originally $198, got it for $39.99.

And finally I splurged a little and got this gorgeous Adrianna Papell number, originally $228 for $137.

It has gorgeous aquamarine and pearl beading along the neckline and it’s this stunning gunmetal silver color. Love them all! Obviously I’m into beaded collars. And since I never can find any necklaces I like, these dresses take care of that problem for me. I’m really looking forward to wearing my own clothes to weddings for awhile. As much as being a bridesmaid is lovely, I adore being one of a kind – and knowing I paid bottom dollar for my designer duds!

My Apartment Misses Me

In the past 6 weeks I have spent one weekend in my own home. I can’t even believe it myself. My travels include 35+ hours in the car, 5 Southwest flights, and use of two subway systems. I have been to St. Pete’s Beach, FL for work; spent a night at my dad’s house in the Philly Burbs for a family thing; traveled to Nashville, TN for a wedding; hit up Washington, DC for a visit to the alma mater; stopped by my grandmother’s in upstate PA for her 89th Birthday; drove the 300+ miles to Pittsburgh, PA to see my lil’ sister; and then most recently jetted to Newport, RI for another wedding. Whew! I’m really looking forward to sleeping in my own bed this weekend. I do have some plans to enjoy the St. Patty’s Day-ness with the man friend. There is a rumor about a fancy steak dinner! Will report back. Hope everyone has a safe and very green St. Patrick’s Day and weekend. Drink some green beer!!!

Bouquet Snagged!!!

I just got home from my friend Caroline’s wedding in Nashville, TN and after a lot of hard work and many hours spent planning, a fabulous time was had by all. I wore a fun red full length one shoulder dress (borrowed from my dear friend Alicita) and some great rented jewels from RTR. My necklace and bracelet pictured above are Nicole Miller and the ring, which you can see grasping that bouquet is by Lee Angel – it was super fun to wear! If you want to see the photographer’s shots you can LIKE Myrick Studios on Facebook, and click “The Kiesler Wedding” and see me dancing and catching the bouquet and all the other gorgeous details the wedding had to offer. Thanks again go out to Caroline and Doug for letting me take part in their special day.

The Ultimate Gettin’ Hitched Mix

I have had a “Gettin’ Hitched Mix” in my iTunes library for some time now, but recently I’ve been beefing it up to a full 4 hours+ for the getting ready process for my friend Caroline’s wedding in TN next month. I like to focus on songs about getting married or the idea of “the one.” The Bottom Line includes:

I Love You Always Forever by THE one and only Donna Lewis
Love Shack, B 52s
Various Sinatra
Love Story (pop mix), Taylor
Various Tim and Faith
Stuck Like Glue, Sugarland
My favorite Men of Country: Brad, Blake, and Dierks
Little White Church, Little Big Town
Copious amounts of John, Jason, and Train
Peppered by Natasha, Keri, and Joss
Dance tunes by Girl Talk
Hip Hop/Pop Sequence including Bruno, Usher, Beyonce, Justin, and Diddy.

Currently I’m at 56 songs aka 3.5 hours. I’m looking to get to 4 hours for sure, 5 would be spectacular. Write your suggestions in the comments below!!!