I absolutely love finding great wedding vendors on Etsy. When searching for inspiration one of my favorite things to do is got to the Etsy homepage and search for wedding stuff. It is even better when I find something fabulous made right here in Portland, Oregon. And with no surprise (because we have amazingly creative people in this city), I found Cotton Flower Press. I was immediately taken with their custom letterpress wedding invitations. As I looked through their entire gallery, I found more and more wonderful wedding invitations, custom party favors, Save The Date, RSVP cards, and even wedding menus.
I will get to the photos in a second, but there were some other fun facts you should know about working with Cotton Flower Press on custom wedding invitations.
- They will incorporate your wedding palette into design revisions to be sure you get exactly what you are looking for.
- The letterpress printing is done entirely by hand
- They print everything on 100% cotton paper, making it tree free!
What a great way to feel good about printing as many wedding invitations as you need! On to the photos…
Cotton Flower Press Wedding Invitations
I love the simple design and color palette here. Very elegant.
We love our tree in Oregon, even better with these invitations because they are printed on cotton paper!
A great showcase of both a Save the Date and matching invitations with a very cute old-timey feel.
Here is a playful design with a bit more color!
How about custom coasters at the reception or as wedding favors? These are also designed and made by hand!
Today was full of lots of pics, but well worth it I hope. I loved the custom wedding invitations I found from Cotton Flower Press and I hope you did too! Tell us your thoughts on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest. Links are on the top right!
After watching the Golden Globes Sunday night I had the itch for fashion! I noticed that the dresses rocked by Hollywood’s celebrities this year had A LOT of fabric. Dresses in 2013 seem to follow a trend of big and bold. In the past, we’ve seen skimpy and sheer, but it’s obvious from the Golden Globes that a definite shift in fashion is in the air. I took my itch for fashion and got started right away looking up the latest in wedding fashion and wedding dresses. In honor of the trends in Hollywood, here are some wedding dresses from the fabulous Maggie Sottero!
Wedding Dresses By Maggie Sottero
Lots of fabric and a big finish at the bottom of this wedding dress by Maggie Sottero. This shape was popular at the Golden Globes too. Look this one up under the name Lynnis.
This design is named Dalton. Sleeves are in for 2013. Add the lace look and this is a winning combination. Naomi Watts rocked sleeves at the Golden Globes.
Are you seeing seas of fabric like me? Love this storybook shape dress. Ethereal name for this one, Zander. Jennifer Lawrence has a similar shape for her dress at the Golden Globes.
There were quite a few halter dresses on the red carpet, so I threw this one in! Search for Sonora on the Maggie Sottero website for this one. Claire Danes wore a stunning red halter at the Golden Globes.
The last one with lots of fabric and lots of fun. They call it Freida.
What did you think of the fashion on the red carpet at the Golden Globes? Do you think this years’ wedding dresses are following the same fashion trends? Tell us on Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest.
It is my prediction that polka dots, patterns, and lace will be BIG wedding fashion trends this year and yesterday I cam across one of the coolest wedding gowns I have ever seen. Mostly because it offers up elegance and playfulness all in the same wedding dress. That is a hard combination to find. In general, polka dots can be energetic, playful, fun, elegant, and romantic. It is all up to you.
Maggie Sottero’s Rasharna comes in All White, All Diamond White, Champagne with Ivory Lace/Topaz accent, Blush with Ivory Lace/Blush accent. It features Swarovski crystals, glass beads, bugle beads, seed beads, and sequins on an A-line empire waist with a soft organza pleated skirt with a chapel length train. Mainly, I just adore this dress. There were tons of great wedding dresses on this site, I will have to return to this later.Because this dress had polka dots, I went on a polka dot wedding idea search spree and here are some of my other findings.
Polka Dot Wedding Ideas
I found this on OneWed.com. Very romantic take on polka dots.
A great combination of lace and polka dots which will both be big trends in 2013. Check out those blue shoes! Photo found at IntertwinedEvents.com.
For just a little fun, these polka dot pantyhose could be perfect. These are adorable and only $10.00. I would buy a backup pair at that price! You can find them on ToFebruary.com.
Have you considered adding polka dots, a pattern, or lace into your 2013 wedding? If so tell us your polka dot wedding ideas on Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest. We love hearing from brides about how they are inspired.
I know sushi isn’t for everyone, but for those who do love it…well, man…we love it! One of the best parties I have ever attended was a low-key house party where the hosts gathered all the fixings for rolling your own sushi. It was relatively simple, but great fun. Thinking about it, I realized it would make a great idea for a low-key engagement party. The holidays concluded with a new slew of my friends getting engaged, but no one wanting to throw any huge parties so close to the holidays. For all of you, try a roll your own sushi party!
This can be done on the cheap. You can choose how elaborate the sushi supplies get. Sushi also lends itself well to vegetarians, vegans, or otherwise mixed crowds. To keep it really simple send out invites via Facebook or Evite.
DIY Engagement Party Supplies For A Sushi Rolling Feast
- Sushi rice – lots of it
- Bamboo rolling mats
- Cream cheese
- Slices bell peppers
- Big platters to arrange sushi on
- Sliced avocado
- Sliced carrots
- Cut cucumbers
- Cooked crab meat
- Seasoned tofu
- Seared scallops
- Sesame seeds
- Seared or raw tuna (make sure it is sushi grade)
- Soy sauce
- Pickled ginger
- Sake – hot or cold
- Anything else you love in sushi!
Tips For a Roll Your Own Sushi DIY Engagement Party
- Keep it simple, that is what makes this fun. You can use as little or as many items from the above list as you want.
- Make sure that you find a sushi rice recipe
- Have guests each invent their own roll, then slice and arrange on big platters to share with everyone. Part of the fun is getting to try other guests combinations too.
- Have plenty of tiny bowls for soy sauce, wasabi, and pickled ginger. Everyone will want to mix their own.
Have you hosted a DIY engagement party? What was your theme and how did it turn out? As always, let us know – we love hearing from you!
Photo By Mk2010 (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0) or GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html)], via Wikimedia Commons