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Menu Inspiration

I love the idea of menus at weddings, whether it’s a sit down affair or a buffet, you can still let people know what they are about to eat. It’s really the polite thing to do. And you know you can have assigned seating AND menus and still have a buffet, right? Don't let a lack of waiters dictate fun and pretty table settings!

At my wedding, I used the Brides template that I got at Michael’s (with my 20% off coupon, natch) because it was cohesive and easy for me to print and maintain a semblance of sanity. The cool part was that the waiters at Mere Bulles actually announced the dinner menu and options. I had no idea they were going to do this and it really personalized the dinner and got people interacting right off the bat. Here are my menus:

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Photography by Nashville Photographer Jonathon Campbell Photography

Here are some other cool menu ideas, DIY and otherwise!



Found on Sunday Suppers. I wonder if you can actually print on paper bags? Hm. DIY possibility.


Double sided frames from Ikea $.99 via Ruffled. (Scroll to the bottom of the Ruffled link for the FREE downloadable template for this menu!)


Fancy-pants style butterfly menu found via Pinterest.


Calligraphy on tea-stained doily. I ♥ this! From Green Wedding Shoes.


Personalize menus and double them up as place cards! Via Adeline & Grace Photography. P.S. This is the same font I used on all my wedding paper goodies and it’s called Brock Script.


Hyper-personalized menus from Sparkle & Hay.

imageOn little stands - cute too! Via Calligraphy Lady


Tucked and tied via Alchemy Hour Designs.


Modern and groovy from Viera Photographics.


Don’t be afraid to accessorize with herbs, flowers, twine, buttons – anything that goes along with either your theme or color scheme or heart’s desire. Photo via Christian Oth.

Just remember, not too close to the candles….


Via Missy Cochran Photography

What are your wedding day menu plans? What did you do for your wedding?


This Little Piggy Went to Market

Oh, my little chickens! I feel revived. I feel inspired. I feel like my head is about to explode with all the ideas.  Why, you ask? Well, I’ll tell you. This little piggy went to market. More specifically, America’s Mart in Atlanta. It’s an industry trade show that I’ve been attending just about every year since the late-90’s. This particular show, The International Gift and Home Furnishings Show, is a mecca of all things new and amazing. In addition to the the gift and home goodies, lots of showrooms in the apparel mart are open too! Um, SCORE! Please say hello to wholesale priced jewelry and clothes.

I don’t even know where to start. I didn’t even think I was going to go. I definitely couldn’t afford to drive down there and stay in a hotel for a few days. It’s just not in the budget, regardless of how cheap of a hotel I stayed in!  However, I checked in with a designer friend of mine, Belinda Miley (you may remember her from the awesome contest we had here) and she graciously extended space in her hotel room for me to bunk with her. I decided at the last minute to head south and see what kind of trouble I could get myself into.

Trouble indeed! All kinds of fabulous and fun trouble! First of all, it was simply good for my soul to be amongst my peers again. I ran into a handful of co-workers from my old job. It was incredible to see them and catch up on what they were doing, plus hear all the super-duper-juicy trade gossip! I swear, stories move faster at market then they did through my sorority house!

I had drinks and dinner with my old boss from FTD, who along with Belinda are total non-commenting lurkers on this site (hello, ladies!). I had a small world experience meeting the owner of a Nashville store and event rental company called Fabu, while I was talking shop with a small furniture company. I ran into an overseas vendor who made me feel missed and appreciated. I saw incredible, quirky, unique and simply fabulous designs that delighted and inspired me. I talked shop with Belinda and we walked some of the show together, ooohing and aaaaahing over cool trends and designs and channeling Rachel Zoe on several occasions with the exclamation of, “It’s BANANAS!” I met a designer who made fabulous goodies for her daughter’s recent wedding. I met a woman in a super-cool showroom (photos to follow this week!) who owns Watermelon Moon Farm outside of Nashville who was recently featured here on Once Wed.

Crazy, right? I’m so glad I went. The inspiration alone was worth the four hour drive!

I’ll be sharing as much of the stuff as I can – I took over 300 pictures! Ack! So to start, I’ll just share a few of the miscellaneous stuffs I ran across that totally made me think of you guys.


Pictures per moi.

I may be totally behind the times here, but did you know that Chivari chairs come in Lucite? Someone had these in their showroom, not for sale, but just as something to sit on. I thought my brain was going to explode. Look at how BEAUTIFUL they can be!







Of course, the fact that they are Lucite makes ZERO difference in the cost of renting/buying. Still, could be worth the gorgeousness if you’re all about Lucite and/or Chivari!

Along this same vein, I saw what I thought was a brilliant idea. Table and chair covers. I bet y’all are thinking I’ve lost my lid and that my brains are left somewhere along I-85 between Atlanta and Charlotte. So. Not. True. I thought these  suckers were cool and clever and could really be a part of some kick ass décor, particularly if your venue has nasty-ass banquet tables and/or those gross gold and burgundy hotel banquet chairs (God, I’m gagging just at the thought of them). Check these out:


table cover

Pictures per moi.

I didn’t want to tote around my heavy-ass 17-85mm lens so took the lighter 50mm that wouldn’t allow me to take wide angle shots. You’ll be getting lots of close-ups!

And here are the full pics from the company that sells these, Under Stella’s Umbrella.




The showroom had these decorated with lots of tall pewter candelabras and napkins rings, off-white linen and white hydrangeas. It was accented with colors of sage green. This was definitely one of the “BANANAS!” moments. Quirky, cool, different and got a  big ol’ “hell to the yeah,” Thirty-Something Bride style. Since you'll not want to buy these, check with your planner or event rental place and fill them in on these suckers.

And last little tid-bit I saw were these disposable birch wood cutlery sets.



Pictures per moi.

And how cute would these be with those table and chair covers above? Totally, that’s how. While disposable, I couldn’t find any literature on whether or not they were green/sustainable, so all you mega-green brides might need to dig a little deeper for that info. These are from a company called Seletti. You can buy them from their website here, but they are are um, totally not cheap. At all. The wholesale trade price is $3.20. If you want these, get your planner or anyone with a tax resale ID to buy them for you at cost. Minimum buy quantity is 36 sets.

So that’s it for today, kiddies! I’m so jacked on coffee right now that I think I might go run around the block a few times. I’ve got inspiration for TruLu Couture oozing out of my pores, so need to channel that while it’s hot. What do you think of these little gems I found? Do tell. 

*This is not a sponsored post. These are just things and places I think are cool.


Flowers Tomorrow!

So tomorrow I am meeting up with my florist at the wholesale flower market in Nashville. I think we will be able to knock out what I want pretty quickly.

Here's the run down....

For the chapel we are keeping it super simple. We're putting two grapevine wreaths with flowers on the two front doors. We'll have one large wreath behind the alter and put two one-sided arrangements on either end of the alter. Easy peasy. She'll use big, ivory flowers to fill space and to keep it low-cost. It will look almost exactly like this:

These are photos of flowers that my florist Angela Sadler did of a wedding in my chapel. It's nice that's she's familiar with the unfamiliar venue! Look how cute and antique-y the chapel is! It's got lace curtains on it's almost floor to ceiling windows! Love it! The best part? It's only $250. Sa-weet!

As you all know, I went to town on bud vases from Crate & Barrel, a few from Target as well as a few from Ikea - thrown in for good measure. Those will be for the tables. That's what we really need to figure out. Other than that, we've just got to decide on the bouquets (easy), boutonnieres, corsages and flower girl headpiece.

While I'm not sure what I want exactly, I do know what I don't want:
Leather Leaf
Bear Grass
Mini Carnations
Angela told me that a "no" list can be just as good as a "want" list!

I was browsing Google Reader this morning and saw an AWESOME idea on Elizabeth Anne Designs.

How freaking cute is this? What if I put coffee beans in the little bud vases with a stem or two of ivory colored flowers that are yet to be determined? Can you see them on the tables with the ivory linens and chocolate brown chargers? Or is it too much? Maybe simple is better. I'm bringing some of the bud vases with me tomorrow. Maybe I should grab a small bag of coffee beans to take with me to see how it looks! Angela is going to think I'm freakin' nuts.

Feedback from The Blog-o-Sphere is appreciated. As always.


It's All Coming Together....

Where should I start?

It's interesting....everything is starting to come together. I just hope it comes together in the same way as it looks in my head. Maybe I need to do my own inspiration board! Actually, that's not a bad idea.....

So I've got a few things I need to blog about:

  • Flower Girl Dress
  • Table Settings
  • Hair & Make-up Trial
  • Ceremony Programs
I think I'm going to start with table settings. The vision in my head is one of casual elegance. Simple and elegant. Nothing over the top, but simple things pulled together well. This is actually part of my daily job as a product developer, but it's so much harder when it's for myself. I mean, I'm about to drop close to 3 million dollars on my 2010 line and I don't blink. However, I can sit and ponder my glass bud vases for hours and still not be sure!

So here's where we're at. As you already know, I ordered my bud vases from Crate & Barrel as they were massively on sale. I also got some $.99 bud vases from Target and $.79 bud vases from Ikea.

Here's all the glassware I have. Hopefully, it will be plenty. The Candyman was not clear on why I needed to unpack it all, just to pack it back up again. However, I'm highly visual and just needed to SEE it.

I already chose my linens from Mere Bulles and I chose a sandalwood colored tablecloth with ivory underlay and ivory napkins. We are actually going to have a mixture of long tables intermingled with round ones. Here's what the colors look like:

So when I was overseas, I got together with one of my Indian vendors and ordered chargers and cake plates from some open stock he had on hand and I just chose a finish for him to work with. The chargers and cake plates came in last week. Here's what they look like.

Hello to 80 chargers! I actually had ordered 90, but he sent me 80. Hm. Can't look a major-deal-gift-horse in the mouth, so I'm just going to cross my fingers and hope that it's enough!

And then I ordered 4 large cake plates for our cake buffet. As of last week, I also ordered another small, 6" cake for the one we will cut. That has it's own smaller cake stand in the same finish (I just don't have a really good pic of it).

We won't use the glass domes because they are too small for the heights of our cakes.

So the tables will have the sandalwood and ivory linens, the chocolate brown chargers with ivory napkins on top. We're going to tuck the menu in the napkin (it's ivory with brown trim) and place the chocolate brown/ivory boxed favors on top of the napkin. The centerpieces will be a variety of glass bud vases with a variety of ivory colored flowers (meeting with the florist this weekend!) and votives. I hope it all comes together! I'm getting pretty excited!


Wildflowers Ain't Just for Bouquets!

I love me some GetMarried.com. I really do. Today they were talking about tablescapes and Chivari chairs and all the fancy stuff that just isn't going to be happening at my wedding! The article linked up to a fabulous linen rental company called Wildflower Linen. Holy cow! Amazing stuff! They have a blog too!

Love the little frog closures!

Gorgeous seaside theme!

My personal favorite. If money weren't an object, I'd go for this setting. I'm going to try to get close though! I've got some chargers coming in from India that I ordered when I was overseas. I hope they will help create a pretty setting. While not a drop-dead gorgeous as this, it will be my own version of fabulousity!
You have got to check this website out if you aren't familiar already. LOTS of ideas just came flooding in! I swear, the closer I get to my wedding, the less I should read. I keep getting all these "extra" ideas that are just exhausting me. Sadly, I'm hooked. Is there some sort of methadone clinic for wedding addictions? I need an intervention!
What's your dream tablescape? Do you have one? Are you winging it?