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keeping it sweet.

One of the coolest, latest, gotta-have-it trends for weddings seems to be the candy buffet. And I can see why: yummy candy, fun displays, and a wedding favor almost everyone will love.

When we first began wedding brainstorming, a candy buffet was one of the first things to be put on the “Must Have” list. My mom and I began looking at candy buffet ideas online to get some ideas of displays, candies, etc. Here’s a couple of my favorites:

I love the colors and the display on this one – the different sizes & heights + the retro flair makes this buffet so pretty. Makes me feel like a kid in a candy shop. I especially love the labels on the jars.

This one I love because of the fun display. It has a completely different look/feel than the one before which was so bright & playful. This one manages to take candy and make it look sophisticated, but still fun. My absolute favorites are the rock candies and the swirly pops.

My candy bar will be all it’s own, though. Unlike the clear glass containers & apothacary jars that most people seem to use, we’re using beautiful white vintage milk glass. I think in the setting of the Bellamy, the brilliant white + vintage look of milk glass will really shine. We’ve spent the  past months searching eBay and local antique shops for the perfect pieces.

We’ve also been shopping for purple & green candies to stock our candy buffet with. We’ve found some pretty good deals so far in surprising places including:

  • Hershey’s chocolate hearts wrapped in purple wrappers
  • Green peanut M&Ms
  • Grape Mike & Ikes
  • Green & white swirl pops (I was so excited about these! I really wanted swirl pops.)
  • Purple M&M premiums (on super clearance at Walgreens!)
  • Caramel chocolates in purple wrappers
  • Purple & green licorice sticks
  • Licorice pastels
  • Flower & butterfly small lollipops.

Let’s just say my freezer is stocked with some yummy candies. We’re also going to be making homemade fudge and purple swirl covered pretzels. Now we’ve just got to figure out where we’ll be putting everything. I’m really excited about doing the mock-up of this when the time comes.


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wish us a wish.

One of my ideas for the wedding was to have a wish tree instead of a guest book. Guests would write their wishes & advice for us as newly weds on little tags which they would then hang from the “tree.” After the wedding I can take all the paper slips and create an album out of them as a keepsake.

I was lucky enough to find some beautifully branchy sticks outside my apartment after they cut down a large tree nearby. Some of them need a little cleaning up, but you can’t beat free!

Last night I got to work making the hanging tags that everyone will write their messages on. I simply used some cardstock left over from making the save the date cards and cut them into 4″x4″ squares leaving plenty of room to fit a nice sized message. I then personalized the back of the tags by stamping them with a flower & butterfly stamp in lilac purple ink and hand writing our names & wedding date. Here’s some pictures of a little “mock-up” of how the tree will look once all the tags are hanging from it. Please ignore the craziness that is my dining room table right now – it’s become my wedding planning desk.

The tags hang using dark purple and green ribbons. Here’s a close up of the back detailing of the tags:

The ink came out a little more pink that I had thought it would, but purple ink seems to be a hard thing to find at my local craft shops. This light purple was the  closest I could get.

I’m really liking how it is looking so far. We’ll be adding a little more decoration to the tree with lamp crystals and maybe some butterflies. The vase will also be filled with silver glass pebbles to hold the branches into place and make it look a little neater. Should be a lovely addition to the decor on the wedding day & a lot more fun than a plan ol’ guest book.


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yummy in my tummy.

It is very possible that the guests will actually have food to eat now. That’s right – I’ve finally picked a caterer. Well, mostly.

We started out planning to just have drop off catering & a bartender. Since we are planning on a relatively small party, we thought, “Why pay for wait staff when that money can go to food?” Well, apparently things are more complicated than that – especially at the Bellamy. All the caterers I spoke to suggested we go with wait staff because of the amount of work the Bellamy requires in set up going up and down stairs to set up the buffet and keep it well stocked with yummy food. And I personally would like to be able to enjoy my reception instead of worrying about whether the crab cakes were running out. With the amount of work family member’s will already be doing to get this party pulled off, once it starts I think it will be nice to just relax and enjoy it.

So, after getting over the sticker shock of how much it will actually cost to have waitstaff (4 total including a bartender) we gave in. Plus, with wait staff we’ll get free glassware, plates, utensils, buffet decorations & serving dishes, and someone to set the whole thing up for us.

That was the first hurdle to jump over with catering. Then came figuring out exactly what I wanted to eat and fitting it into the remaining budget we had. I knew Andy wanted  a beef dish and I wanted seafood, so we started from there and worked in a few more meat choices, some veggies, and made sure they all sounded like something both of us would want to eat.

Here’s our somewhat final menu as of today:

-Gingered chicken cakes with mayo, pineapple, and mango

– Beef tenderloin with sundried tomato aioli on a custinini

– Grilled pork & apple skewers

-Prosciutto wrapped asparagus

– Fried green tomatoes (because you kind of have to, I think)

– Three cheese stuffed potatoes

– Seafood display including scallops wrapped with bacon and crab cakes

– Fresh fruit display including chocolate covered strawberries

It all works out to about $20.00 per person.

We have the tasting scheduled for next Saturday at 12:30. I hope it all goes well and we can finalize the catering contract and be done with that. Catering – probably the hardest thing I’ve had to do for this wedding so far. But the tasting part will be fun!


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designing the centerpiece.

With all this floral/florist talk going on here lately (and there’s been a lot. I think it might be driving Andy insane.), one thing we’ve been thinking more about is the centerpieces for the tables.

A while back I found some small white Moroccan lanterns on eBay that I really liked for a centerpiece idea. With a little bit more looking, we happened upon these beautiful hanging lanterns:

But how to incorporate flowers? With only a few inches between the bottom of the stand and the lantern, it didn’t leave us much room to put flowers underneath. And if we wanted to use live flowers, it got even trickier – how do we keep them from wilting in the heat of July?

But my mom came up with a new idea of using the stand display the flowers (that’s what mom’s are for – fixing things, right?). Using some beautiful silk flowers in the perfect colors she worked up this pretty little arrangement to hang on the curve of the stand.

Pretty, inexpensive, and can be done ahead of time – 3 things important to a DIY wedding.

Another idea we are considering was mentioned by the florists. Since I’m probably going to have orchids in my bouquet, we could use a stem of orchids with several open flowers and a few buds and wrap them up around the stand. Dendrobium orchids come in a beautiful shade of purple and also a light green with a purple center – so we could alternate the colors between the tables. The orchids would have to be done on the day of the wedding, however, and may cost more depending on the type of orchid.

But with those two ideas in mind, I think the centerpieces are coming along nicely. I’ll be excited to see the finished product of one, whatever we decide to do.

Now with flowers (mostly) decided on, the next thing to conquer is the catering. And the officiant. And the party rentals. And the… is it July yet?!


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from the mail bag, part 1.

I got lots of lovely wedding do-dads in the mail this past week.

This lovely milk-glass 3-tier plate was an eBay purchase. Right now it’s holding some freshly baked cookies, but it was purchased for the reception. I’ll explain more about what we’re going to use these vintage milk glass pieces for a little later. Just thought I’d put it to use until July. Isn’t it pretty?

I also got my wedding ceremony shoes a little while ago. They are just white satin (for now). We are planning on dying them deep purple and adding a little glam with some rhinestone shoe clips.

And my mom sent me a secret little package that contained a personalized wedding planning binder she made me. It includes checklists for each part of the wedding – ceremony, decorations, reception, food, etc. Plus room to add more as we get new ideas. And I love the little files which I’m using to keep important paperwork (like contracts) and receipts from purchases to stay on budget. I don’t have an excuse to be unorganized anymore, I guess.

And this weekend I found these purple suede shoes at Plato’s Closet for $12. I think for the rehearsal dinner? Just got to find a dress to go with em. The best outfits always start with just shoes.


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