Leftover Wedding Decor

How We Put Our Leftover Wedding Decor to Work

If you’ve been following my previous posts on using Lean UX to discover the best bridesmaid bouquets and centerpieces, you might be wondering what happened to all those prototypes that didn’t work out. The crux of a “Fail Fast” project is to be willing to throw out the ideas that didn’t work. I have a […]

Ceremony Setup Destination Wedding

10 Tips for Reviewing Potential Wedding Venues

How to find a wedding venue that’s a perfect match for you, your family, and your guests.   The Quest for the Perfect Wedding Venue Our research began in the form of Googling ‘Florida Keys Wedding Venues’ over the course of about two weeks (we were planning a destination wedding; if you’re wondering why we […]

Hawks Cay

Destination Wedding: Why We Chose ‘Far’ Rather than ‘Near’

“So I know you don’t like traditional wedding stuff, but what if we got married on a beach somewhere… toes in the sand, tropical drinks with umbrellas… that sort of thing?” He had just woken up on the couch after coming home from work. Walking into the living room, I sat down next to him […]

Completed Paper Succulents

Large Paper Succulents Tutorial

The following how-to-guide is an inspired adaptation of Lia Griffith’s tutorial, found here. The paper succulents above are a larger version of this amazing Lia Griffith tutorial. Her templates are built so that all 10 petal pieces fit on a standard letter size sheet of paper. This is great for the smaller, 2.5″ size flowers, […]

Finished centerpiece

Lean UX-ing Succulent Centerpieces

While the bridesmaid paper bouquets were in full effect, the question still remained: What can we do with those paper succulents? I knew I wanted to work them into our centerpieces, but how…?   After creating the first few paper flowers, I placed them with a few pieces of driftwood. This seemed like the start […]

Final paper bouquet

Stacey’s Paper Bouquet Tutorial

From prototype to final product, here’s the recipe for making a fabulous paper bouquet.   Supplies for a Single Paper Bouquet: One 6 inch green styrofoam ball (found in the floral dept) 3 chopsticks Generous pile of hot glue sticks 1 Green 4oz. pack of Crayola Model Magic Elmers glue Small dish filled with 1–2 […]

Bridesmaids with paper flower bouquets

Paper Flower Bouquets, the Lean UX Way

 Problem: My fiance is allergic to all the pollen from essentially ALL THE FLOWERS. This means he has to get far more creative when it comes to standard holidays like Valentine’s Day and anniversaries — no roses for me. Therefore, standard wedding decor, typically involving floral arrangements is now a severe challenge. If there cannot be fresh-cut […]

Bachelorette Prep

Lessons from the Bridal Shower, Bachelorette, and Bachelor Party

The Anti-Bridal-Shower Shower F*ck Bridal Showers. And registries. And tons of crap you’re supposed to put in a hutch only to take out at family dinners. Also, THOSE GAMES! The word searches and ribbon traditions. F*ck ‘em. WE ARE ADULTS. I am 32. He is 40. We have more stuff than we can cram into […]

wedding dress selections

Shop for Your Wedding Dress Like a Software Engineer

I work for a software company, and regularly we ask, “What customer problems are we trying to solve?” Since I am the target customer in this exercise, and the wedding dress is my solution, let’s take an Agile approach here: Customer Problems: – I don’t have a wedding dress. – I’m a 4 on top […]