Category Archives: Save the Date

[Around the Web] Lace Inspiration

Today, I snuck onto Alisha, one of my close friends pinterest board [Lace, Lace, Lace] for a little Around the Web inspiration. I LOVE lace for weddings so I hope you enjoy these inspiring photographs! My favorite element is Alisha’s Save the Date idea. Alisha is a very crafty person herself and uses scrabble letters on photo frames so I think it fits her perfectly!

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photo source: [1] hydrangeas from [elizabeth anne designs] [2] heels from [style me pretty] [3] gorgeous cake from [luxe finds] [4] scrabble from [saying i do] [5] round ring from [polyvore] [6] vintage garters  from [emily riggs bridal] [7] bridal gown by [lens of charisma]


[DIY Weddings] Wedding Cost Cutters + Weekend Wrap Up

Hope everyone has had a fantastic weekend. We have been lazy all day with the rain [which we are secretly hoping turns to snow tonight!], so I thought I would share with you some fun ideas for a wedding along with the weekend wrap up! Every bride is on a budget. And most Wisconsin brides prefer smaller, intimate weddings full of DIY to cut costs. I was so inspired by Brides Magazine this month and their cost cutting tips, so I thought I would share a few that are relevant to a northwoods bride!

1. Desserts for Cocktail Hour — What a great idea! Everyone loves dessert and you save a step for a post-dinner cake and cupcake. If you are concerned about your guests looking for something to satisfy their sweet tooth after dinner, I suggest an edible favors, such as monogrammed chocolate bars, or a small dish of chocolate kisses on each table.

2. Choose Alternatives to Fill Vases — Flowers are one of the most expensive items on your wedding checklist. If you are set on flowers over other alternatives, but have a smaller budget, consider adding more greens or branches to your centerpieces and decor. You can still wow your guests with unique vase fillers such as lemons or apples!

3. Postcard RSVPs — Brides today are taking advantage of technology by doing an online RSVP. This is great to save on postage, envelopes and paper, but it’s not all it’s cracked up to be sometimes. A lot of people forget or do not have access to the internet [think of your grandmother!], so you can spend a lot of time tracking people down. An alternative? Postcard RSVP’s! It’s so much more inexpensive than the standard RSVP cards/envelopes because you only have to pay for one card & postage is less! Also a great idea for save-the-dates!

Hope you were inspired by these fun tips! If you have any DIY cost cutting projects or tips, feel free to share with the nwc community by commenting or sending an email to

Stay tuned for a sneak peek to a DIY Wisconsin wedding tomorrow from one of our favorite photographers!

Here’s what you might have missed!


[DIY Weddings]
Flowers: [Paper Bouquets + more]

Stevens Point: [Shay + Kim]

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Photo Credit Source: 1. mini donuts from [brilliant bash] 2. dessert table from [my sweet and saucy] 3. branch centerpiece from [flora linda design] 4. green apple centerpiece from [the knot] 5. postcard rsvp from [oh so beautiful paper] 6. postcard save the date from [martha stewart weddings]

[Inspiration Board] Whimsical Wedding

Good morning! Just wanted to extend an invitation that I do once a week to my wonderful readers to join in the fun on this blog! It’s easy to contribute to the “design a wedding” series! It’s a way to introduce yourself to my readers and promote yourself and your blog! If you are interested visit the [northwoods wedding company website] and fill out an inquiry form!

Today I want to give you a sneak peek at a few things that I want for my wedding! For over two years now I’ve been trying to narrow down what I want for my own big day. If I wouldn’t have started planning then, I would be so lost when the time actually comes. I’m so indecisive when it comes to making big decisions, so here’s a board that I’ve created to remind myself of what I love. That dress, by the way, WILL be my dress. I got the approval from the boy for it, but I did now, because by the time we get engaged and married, he’ll totally forget about it. [He doesn’t read my blog]. Smart, right?

Hope you enjoy!

Color Scheme:
Light blue, light pink, tan, white.
Bride: Cinderella gown.
Groom: Tan three-piece suit with a matching fedora. He picked it out! Good taste, right?
Bridesmaids: Long, light blue, dress with straps. My sister has requested “no strapless”.
Groomsman: Matching the groom, but only the vest, no coat.
Ring Bearer: We will have three or four depending on what his oldest son wants to do. They will match the groomsmen!
Flower Girl: She has already been looking at dresses with me. We decided on a princess pink dress.
Bouquet: All white for the bride with striped ribbons.
Centerpieces: Glass bottles with just a few blooms in each and table number attached.
Invitations: Very rustic looking, with beautiful calligraphy.
Venue: A barn or other rustic setting.
Favors: Homemade blackberry jam [the groom’s favorite] to double as place setting.
Cake: 2-layer and homemade for the bridal party only.
Dessert: Mini baked donuts [homemade] for the guests.
Save-the-Date: Creative and simple using engagement photography.
Guest Book: 2 of them. One will be a Bible for couples to circle meaningful passages and advice. The other to be determined!

What do you think? It’s the hardest thing ever as a wedding planner to plan your own wedding, believe that? I have way too many ideas in my head and just need to bring them together.

Tomorrow, stay tuned for a beautiful, vintage-inspired engagement shoot. It’s so beautiful that I’ve put off sharing it because I can’t narrow down the pictures!

Have a wonderful Thursday!