Summer Wedding Guide 2017
Hello & Happy Sunday!!
I recently had my wedding, well, it was in late June lol, but believe me when I tell you.. Weddings completely wipe you out! I’m STILL just getting back to my routine, which took weeks.
From the planning over the duration of a year, to having the belief that I could take it on sans wedding planner, managing Eat Drink Shrink while still taking an online course part of the year.. it was perhaps the longest 12 months of my life lol.
Simultaneously, it was so wonderful to share a day with friends and family to celebrate a new chapter after 8 years. I made sure to personalize or wedding through and through from monograms to music, and of course giving our guests and bridal party items we love from companies we support.
I personally make an objective at every opportunity to support small businesses. From Etsy shops to startups, it’s a great way to do your part to enable those companies to thrive in a world that’s sadly dominated by a handful of companies.
Below is a list of some of the companies I used for various aspects of our wedding to make our day special. Find company links and my thoughts below!
10 Facts about our NYC Wedding:
Our puppy Burt was in the wedding, and actually hung out the entire day from getting ready to nearly midnight. It was by far my favorite part of the wedding.
We got married at sunset while facing the water in view of the Statue of Liberty and had balconies overlooking the water during the reception.
I had a handmade bobble head cake topper made of us and our pup! Highly recommend, was super funny and something you can keep for years to come! (I was holding kale & a nutrition book lol)
I knew my dress was the one as it had a cape! Perhaps the cost of 4 Chanel bags, it was the only dress that stood out to me. My beautiful bridesmaids wore Hailey Paige. I love her designs and the fact that she is a young entrepreneur from NYC. Her designs are classic yet modern and I admire her approach to fashion.
I picked succulents for the ENTIRE wedding as I find them to be more sustainable versus traditional flowers as you can replant them!
We picked an amazing videographer and spent out as I find that it’s almost more imperative than anything else on your wedding day. To be able to capture a day and relive it, is just, priceless.
I had an aisle runner made, highly recommend, but our venue threw ours away when I actually wanted to keep it and remove the monogram to frame it!
Everyone clapped after my vows (mine were better lol)
We walked down the aisle to Lissie “pursuit of happiness” (his pick), walked back to “Then he kissed me” by the Crystals, and our first dance song was Etta James “At Last”.
If I could do it all over again I would have relaxed prior to those two hectic days. I was running from appointment to appointment and by the end of the wedding, I was running on fumes. However, it was a magical day! More images to come!
Companies I worked with
My name is Maggie and I started my Etsy Shop BackZeroDesign a few months ago. Personalized jewelry have always been a passion and hobby for me. Through advice from friends, I finally opened up BackZeroDesign. I love to support handmade items because I know the care and hard work that goes into the final product. For that reason, all of my products are 100% handmade and can be customized to your unique taste. Message me if you’d like a certain item customized or if you just want to show your support for my shop!
Purchase cufflinks here
Purchase tie clip here
Review: For one of my husbands gifts I of course envisioned personalizing something! Gifting an item he could wear during and post wedding was the perfect choice. This cufflink and tie clip set added a personal touch to our day and we’ll be reminded of it afterwards when he wears them! The pieces were the perfect size, flawless, and had a great price point. Highly recommend!
As our shop name suggests, Mignon and Mignon is dedicated to bringing you a cute, delicate, elegant style that is perfect for any occasion. The Mignon and Mignon staff has always loved discovering the beauty in simple things, and it brings us great joy to be able to provide simply beautiful jewelry to our customers. We specialize in hand stamped bars, charms, and pendants that come in a variety of finishes including gold, rose-gold, and silver.
Our items are dainty, simple, and can be personalized with names, initials and special messages, making them perfect gifts for your loved ones. With such variety at hand, you are bound to find something special for yourself or to find something that the intended wearer is sure to treasure!
Here at Mignon and Mignon, we believe that it is of the utmost importance to ensure that our customers are satisfied with the products they purchase from us. Our top goal is to provide excellence in customer service and products! As such, we work with you in a collaborative effort to create personalized pieces that are unique and have a special meaning to you. If you have any questions that we have not already answered in our policies, please let us know! We look forward to making you something special. Thank you for shopping with us, and enjoy!
Review: While thinking of the perfect classic gift for my girls I was stumped on what I should go with. After little thought I chose to design something simple, but sentimental and went with classic name necklaces and had the coordinates of where I met each of them inscribed on the back. The items were priced wonderful, made well, and came out flawless. I thought these were so fun and such a good choice! Almost all of the brides wore the necklace for the wedding!
Do what you love and love what you do. I embroider robes to make your wedding (and every) day special!
Many of my pieces make great gifts for special holidays and events…specifically, Mother’s Day, Graduation, Wedding Showers, Bachelor Parties, the list goes on and on. The Fancy Pigeon was born in December 2011, shortly after our latest family additions. I love making gifts for my friends and family. Naturally, the next expansion was to “open up shop” with my favorite online marketplace…Etsy.
Review: I know the whole bridesmaids in robes thing has been overdone, but I love the idea of everyone looking uniform in the same color as the wedding, and I wasn’t crazy about other options such as florals or button down shirts etc. Ordering robes can also be iffy as you can’t gauge the quality of them until you physically receive it. However, these robes were very well made, the shade was wonderful, the monogram stitching perf, and they truly captured the prepping portion images. I’d say the fitting the sleeves was kimono style and they came to above the knee. They arrive packaged and have to be ironed! God bless my bridesmaids who took the time to iron them for everyone at the last minute.
IGNORE THE RULES
START A SUBURBAN RIOT
In 2006, two guys were wondering why they were spending their lives stuck in tiny cubicles. They were sick and tired of following “the rules.” They weren’t sure who made the rules in the first place.
So they made a change. They quit their corporate jobs. They created their own brand. Nathan Koach and Jason Reed, the company’s co-founders, were inspired by the creativity of their unique group of friends in Venice, California. Among others these friends included the creators and stars of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, and the group found a shared sense of humor and appreciation of the absurd, which reflects in the designs.
Review: I’ve been a huge supporter of Suburban Riot designs for years as he makes the comfiest and funniest apparel that’s also seen in Always Sunny! He recently released wedding designs and I jumped at the chance to give them to my girls on our wedding day. If you’re looking for the perfect humorous wedding or everyday shirt, pants, hoodie and more, I highly recommend his company!
Review: While one may overlook table numbers, I was on a hunt to find the perfect ones that just made sense! Our venue had ones we could utilize, but of course they were plain, boring, and they weren’t the right colors. I opted to seek out my own! Instead of picking an option that was carved out of wood or a gold, I opted for a personalized reusable choice and purchased gold holders. I found the table numbers to be no fuss, made well, and all could be reused again. Being that they are flat, they could also easily be saved to go into an album versus the traditional options. While browsing I came across water labels as well. I know I know, it’s taking personalization next level when you even do your own water bottle labels, but it was such a nice added touch! Looking back I feel as though I may have gone overboard with peeling hundreds of labels, but it was all for a good cause lol. I highly recommend this shop for all your personalization needs!
Essential oils and creative collaboration are how our story begins, and how our company is defined. At the core of our company culture is our dedication to the collective work of like minded people working towards a common goal: beautiful, healthy body care.This is where we tell our story, introduce our fearless leaders, and talk about our values. Have fun discovering our incredible company. If you don’t find something you’re looking for, just ask!
A few Christmas’s ago I bought my husband all the equipment he needed to start brewing his own beer. It didn’t take long for it to become a serious hobby. We’ve been avidly brewing ever since. Now we have 3 favorite recipes and working on number 4. In the summer of 2011 I had the idea of making a set of custom pint glasses with our home brew name on them. That escalated to researching how to make them myself, which turned into an awesome set of glasses all our friends loved. “You should sell those” kept being repeated so I decided to give it a try.
Each travel kit comes with 4 of our products:
– Lavender Grains (1oz)
– Gentle Cleanser (1 oz)
– Gentle Toner (1 oz)
– Renew (0.25 oz)
I am a professional designer and creator of wedding décor studio in wonderful Kyiv city, Ukraine. I live in Kyiv with my husband and our three sons.
I like to create beauty (wonderful mood or beautiful picture) that brings gladness and makes people happy. My aim is making so that my clients got exactly that they wanted and dreamed, individually, stylishly and qualitatively. I like to create individual orders and combine different colors, materials and textures, and also different ways of printing and handwork so much.
Creating new collections I make that would like to have for myself, what will be pleasantly to take in hands, on what will be pleasant to look and examine and delight in details.
Review: I’m sure the last thing on someones mind with orchestrating a wedding is the hotel gift bag for your guests. Not what goes into it, but the actual bag itself lol. However, I was actually excited to find really nice bags that coordinated with our wedding colors and of course, was personalized! I happened to find this company on Etsy and was thrilled with the quality of the bags and the experience working with her. Although the bags I received were smaller than I envisioned, they fit tons of items for guests with no problem! (except for perhaps the wine bottle lol) I truly love her creations and they were made so well. Highly recommend!
I moved to Portland from my hometown after I graduated from Oregon State University with a degree in Interior Design. I’ve always been passionate about all things creative, and have had a blast working with Photoshop, watercolor and creative lettering. I can’t wait to share that with you all!
Review: Where do I begin with Dollop Gourmet! I discovered this shelf stable vegan icing company years ago that was founded by a women who survived Shark Tank. Needless to say, I was instantly in love with everything about this! A women who pioneered a pre-made vegan icing that comes in an array of flavors! Her products are so good, they can be enjoyed on a cake, cupcake, brownie, a piece of fruit or simply enjoyed on a spoon. From a distance, giving guests vegan icing seemed obscure perhaps to some lol. However, if you know how good Heather’s product is, it make perfect since!
Learn more about Heather here
Dandies Marshmallows are perfect for roasting over the campfire or making s’mores. They’re also fantastic for classic crispy treats.
- Made with all natural ingredients
- Gelatin free (100% vegan)
- Free from most common allergens (peanut, tree nut, milk, egg, wheat, fish, shellfish, and corn)
- Gluten free
- Contains no corn syrup
- Made in a dedicated vegan facility