Amber and Will

How to Make Tea Stained Paper Doilies- Bride Blogger, Amber

If you are anything like me, you love DIY projects that require very little set-up, and even fewer supplies. If it requires me to special order a part or piece on-line, or make trips to five different stores for the right supplies… it probably isn’t going to happen any time soon. That simple fact is why I love paper projects. Who doesn’t have paper lying around?

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Drawing maps to your Northern California Wedding- Real Wedding Blog by Amber

One of the small details one runs into when planning a wedding in an out of the way location is making sure everyone arrives to that location with minimal u-turns and stops at the gas station to ask for directions. While checking the directions given on the usual mapping sites (lets face it, we’ve all been given wrong instructions on how to arrive at our destination) I came across Bing.com Destination Maps.

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Real Bride Blogger, Northern California Wedding- The Wedding Gift Registry

Over the last few weeks Will and I have started picking out stuff for our wedding registry. Apparently, people not only buy you gifts for the actual wedding, but sometimes for the engagement as well! It never occurred to me that this might be something we need to get our registry going for until my mother so kindly informed me, and I started getting e-mails every half hour about it from various bride-to-be websites. I just thought people would wing it, or give us a house plant or something. (Clearly I have been to TONS of these events in the past.) I have been politely informed that registering is a courtesy to your friends and family and keeps you from getting the porceline goose shaped dish soap dispenser you never wanted.

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Northern California Bride Blogger, Amber- “The Hangover” engagement party

My mom wants to throw me and Will an engagement party. At first, I was kind of “eh…” about the whole thing. But then, after some persuading from my mother, and some thoughts about how it could be done, I embraced the idea of having our engagement party be an un-wedding party. No formalities, no ties or dress shoes, and glorifying the tacky things we love. It will give everyone in the wedding party (and then some) the chance to meet and mingle, and gives me the chance to plan something besides “THE WEDDING” for just a minute. Don’t get me wrong, I’m having fun planning the wedding, but sometimes my brain needs a break in order to continue doing its best work.

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Command Strips- Amber Loves It!

Our little reception hall has beautiful wood planked ceilings and only a limited amount of overhead lighting when you consider the size of the room. I have been trying to figure out ways to hang additional lighting, such as market lights, and some other décor from the ceiling of the Armory. Like many places, the Armory does not allow tacks, staples or nails to be used. (I can’t say I blame them.)

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Northern California Bride Blogger- Amber- The Great-English-Steamy-Wedding

Picking an inspiration or theme for our wedding is probably something I should have done a few months ago when we first started planning. Unfortunately, I just couldn’t decide. There wasn’t much out there that really encompassed the feel of our entire day. I would find flowers I like at one kind of wedding, table décor at another, and invitations from another.

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Northern California Bride Blogger, Amber-Save-the-Dates

So in my HOURS of research on all thing wedding related, the thing I have been most surprised about is how much things cost. All things. I was so naïve about how much money goes into each portion of a wedding. But regardless of the reason for my surprise, I have been looking for ways to save pennies any where I can. One of the ways that I have saved some money is by making our own save the dates.

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Northern California Bride Blogger, Amber- It’s a piece of wedding cake!

Did you know that historically a wedding ‘cake’ was broken over the bride’s head by the groom as a symbol of dominance in the relationship? Rrriiiiiiiight. Thankfully, I would characterize the relationship between Will and I as an equal partnership, and therefore there will be no modern day fondant or frosting destroying my hair, makeup, or [beautiful] dress.

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Northern California Wedding Blogger, Amber—The Wedding Cracker

One of the projects I plan on starting this week is to work on our wedding favors. In my opinion wedding favors should have meaning behind them. I don’t think they should be just some cheap little “gift” that you feel obligated to send your guests home with. Especially if most people are going to take that gift home and throw it away or put it in the junk drawer.

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