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Time for Bridesmaid Gifts!

When searching for “bridesmaid gifts” I found the same shit again and again. Three of the same necklace, or sweatpants, or monogrammed blahblahblah with a cute message attached. But my bridesmaids were different. As in, they are individuals and should be honored as such… How do I find one item, different in style, but the […]

Welcome Bag, Welcome Water Bottle

Drink & Be Married with These Bottled-Up Welcome Bags

Fact: We had a destination wedding in the Florida Keys. Fact: It’s sunny, hot, and makes one thirsty. The Need: Welcome bags that will include something functional for all guests, and be of use during and beyond the week of the wedding.   Tradition says: If you have a destination wedding, you MUST have a […]

Girls Rock Boston

What I Learned at Girls Rock Camp Boston

Last week I had the incredible opportunity to volunteer at Girls Rock Campaign Boston. Their mission is to: Empower girls to believe in themselves by providing a supportive community that fosters self-expression, confidence, and collaboration through musical education and performance. Also, if you’re a girl from age 8 to 17, you will learn a new […]

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 […]