Non-Floral Aisle Decoration

These look great for a non-floral aisle decoration. Light green glass, they also go well with out color scheme and only cost $8 a pop. I figure we can use them to highlight the edges of the aisle instead of a fabric aisle runner. Add that to the programs we will lay on the chairs and this part of decoration is seemingly over.


Available at Pier 1.


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The Centerpiece Trials

Okay, I admit it. I am obsessed with finding the perfect centerpiece. Something has cracked in my brain and made me crazy. I went back to Ikea only this time, with this simple, stunning book on wedding design. It has been the best purchase I have made so far, and it helped me realize what’s important in a centerpiece: simplicity.

I present to you, Centerpiece One of my new trials:






The green platter came from Ikea– I got 10 to be on the safe side. $2.99/each. The flower petals in the vase also from Ikea. $2.50 a pack and I used not even a quarter of the pack. Candles, Ikea also, though I cannot remember how much they cost. Votive holder, $1.29 for a pack of 4. I want to put two votive holders with candles in front of each place setting. Don’t mind my construction paper placemats, I just wanted to have the illusion of an orange tablecloth, which is the color I want. Also not to be minded is the paper towel napkins– again , this is for the illusion, people! The big center vase was $2.99 from Michael’s. I will grand total this up eveuntally, but I still think it is cheaper than whatever my wedding planner quoted me and it fits Ok and I more than anything she has offered so far.

What do you think?

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My DIY Masterpieces

The beads:

The napkin rings:

The vases:



The beaded mason jar experiment:

Yay! I had a lot of fun doing these. I’ve made about 25 of the napkin rings so far and my hands hurt. I’ll post more photos as I continue, but I believe I have found my centerpieces!

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Website VS Travel Newsletter

Save the Dates almost DONE. Now I need to update the website people will go to after receiving thier save the dates. Do you think it’s okay to only give info on the website or do we need to do a newsletter type thing like a lot of other brides on have done for their destination wedding? I don’t know. I think all of the folk we are inviting have access to a computer and are fairly internet savvy.
I don’t want the extra cost/headache of putting something together.

Is the website enough?

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I have not posted in a few days due to dental PAIN and getting my save the dates yesterday. I hand wrote the addresses on most of them last night, have just a few more to do and am contemplating cutting my hand off. My handwriting itself went from very nice to blah in about 10 envelopes. Maybe tonight will be better. As for the quality of my Wedding Paper Divas save the dates… I wish that the ink didn’t look so computer-y (is that a word) but for the price, they are very nice. Honestly though, if I had had the time, I could have done em better. So I am contemplating DIY’ing our invites; we need to cut back on spending for the wedding and that’s an easy couple hundred, whereas I could purchase paper and use my printer to achieve almost the same affect for chump change and my time. My time, which seems to be slipping away from me may be better spent doing other wedding stuff, but I’m not sure if I can justify paying for cut cardstock and a computer printer no matter how nice the design is.

I’m also DIY’ing our centerpieces as you know from my last post. I picked up a bunch of fish gravel for some vases I purchased at the thrift store and wasn’t too happy with the look. While browsing at Michael’s I found a book of wedding crafts and peeked at it, finding an idea for napkin rings I have almost finished. It involved tools I already owned (wire cutters and some other wire bending apparatus) and was really fun to do. I will post a picture when I get time to upload from my camera. Having that almost done is encouraging and I came up with an idea to use the same concept for our centerpieces. I tested three of them and I’m really happy with the way it came out, so we will see what I can pull off in less than four months. It will save a LOT of money to do these myself even if I have to ship them on island.

We also booked our photographer off of craigslist. She’s based in Portland and was having a destination wedding sale. Her photos have a very editoral look which is what Ok and I wanted and we are really excited to be working with her. She’s been published in a variety of places and is only charging for one night hotel. Her price beats some of the photogs on island and her experience and the quality of work is much higher, in my opinion.

Today I need to contact the caterer and work on group hotel rates for the guests. I don’t think the group rates will mean much considering it is the off-season and everything is ridiculously cheap for St Thomas– I mean these prices more than double in December. We will try to get everyone to stay on one side of the island, the BEST side, my side, the East End.

And with memories of Hi Ho Market on Smith Bay Road in my head, I’m off to work to save the world.

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cheat sheet for centerpieces (yes i am obsessed)


“I made my own (25 for about $100). My Mom found glass goblets at the dollar store, we put fish tank rocks in the bottom, a candle (in holder) on top, and surrounded the candle with glass stones. We’re going to put one goblet on a mirror (the reception site had these) and put some confetti on the mirror also. It’s VERY pretty! Hope this helps!”

I really like [part of] this idea! Super colorful fish rocks with stark white candles? It’s the stuff Megan’s dreams are made of. I saw a similar idea using coffee beans the other day on some blog– one of a million I am currently reading now that I have retired from photographer hunting this evening (still no luck). The bride got a large glass bowl, filled it with coffee beans, added glass candle holders with white votives and voila, a beautiful centerpiece for $2, thrift store run required.

I really want to get all the centerpiece/tablesettings done because that will dictate all of the other decorations. One of the good things about Villa Botanica is that it doesn’t need a lot of manipulation. There’s so much natural beauty that it doesn’t need to be overdone but I’m obsessive and I know how I want things to look.

Speaking of simple decorations:

My concern here is transportation. How to get a million cheapie Ikea candles to St Thomas without them melting?

Off to look for favors now!

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Wedding Photography

I’m sad.

I’ve been doing some research on booking a photographer and as of right now, I’m coming up short. I want an amazing photographer for a Wal-Mart Photo Center price. And it’s not happening. I greatly underestimated the cost for wedding photos.

So, I’m sad.

I have, however, come across some insanely gorgeous pictures. So many that every crappy site I see for St Thomas photographers makes me want to throw my computer on the floor.

Here are some crazy talented photogs:

Sol Tamargo

Story By Photo

I’m gonna go crawl into a hole now.

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