Archive for May, 2009

Etsy Wedding Vender: Twigs & Honey

May 28, 2009

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Myra Callan creates stunning silk flowers for your wedding day tresses.

Generations of Inspiration

May 27, 2009

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In preparation for a 2011 bridal fashion exhibition at the V&A, the museum is collecting online submissions of wedding photographs taken between 1840 and the present day.  Go here to contribute your own piece of wedding history.

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I lost track of time as I browsed the collection decade by decade.  My favorite wedding so far is the 1930 marriage of Dorothy Murphy and Simon G. Friesen in Merced County, CA.

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Cupcake Loveliness

May 26, 2009

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If I turn out to be a cupcake-kind-of-bride, I will definitely be getting some lovely, lacy wrappers from Estilo Weddings.

Budget Boston Wedding Venue #1

May 26, 2009

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According to the many wedding budget guides I have read, your reception venue and catering should account for 40% of your total wedding budget.  Given the average American wedding is pushing $30,000, many couples are looking at a $12,000 allotment for dinner, drinks and dancing.

$12,000 is more than our entire wedding budget combined.

Boston tends to be an expensive city and Boston weddings are no exception.  I knew we would have to think outside of the box when it came to our reception.  Could we afford to have it at night?  Was it realistic to have a sit-down meal? What about having it on a weekday or during the winter months?

Each of these possibilities was carefully scrutinized as we narrowed down our venue options.  Sometimes family (and their visions of crisp formal linens and a tiered wedding cake) proved to be an obstacle, but I also had to make compromises with my own ideas of what my wedding would be.

Ultimately, we found the perfect reception location for us.  It sits happily within our budget, has some of Boston’s best food, and – if the weather cooperates – we’ll be celebrating al fresco.

But first: a series of posts highlighting the contenders.  All budget friendly and fabulous.

Budget Boston Wedding Venue #1
The Cambridge Multicultural Arts Center

This historic building was once the Middlesex County Courthouse and its grand interiors are intact and available for rental.  The CMAC Theatre, with its painted ceiling and Victorian charm, can accommodate 150 for a seated dinner.  The weekend rental fee – which gives you 8 hours in the space – will be $3200 after July 1, 2009.  If you opt for a weekday, you can get the theater for $1800.

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These rental fees were hard to swallow for us, but we played with the idea of this venue for quite a while.  If you did a brunch, hors d’oeuvres or dessert reception it might be doable on a tight budget.  While you have to use one of their partner caterers, it seems like you might be able to supply your own alcohol.  Hello Trader Joe’s.

The CMAC also has a landscaped outdoor area available for ceremonies.

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Check out CMAC’s event rental photo gallery to get a better idea of what the party might look like.  And unlike many venues that I’ve researched, the CMAC graciously lists all of their rates, fees and regulations.

Interior shots by Matt Hakola | Outdoor picture by Abena’s Photostream

Bicycle Built for Two

May 23, 2009

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Our wedding budget absolutely does not allow for videography, which on first thought did not bother me.  But then I discovered this:

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Jesse and Deanna are some of my wedding idols.  Even though they are no longer updating their blog, it is still worth a visit (or many).

And as for their wedding video, I think I love it so much because it’s short and sweet – no awkward interviews or long  speeches – and really seems to capture the essence of their day.    If we were to hand the video camera over to a few trusted friends for our ceremony and reception, I wonder if we’d be able to edit our way down to something with a similar feel.

Spiral of Love: The Proposal

May 22, 2009

With some stealth planning (I always ruin surprises), my fiancé arranged the perfect proposal at Dia:Beacon in the Hudson Valley.  It was just the two of us inside one of Richard Serra’s massive Torqued Ellipses, and the best part is I never saw it coming.


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| Photos from Renee and Dave’s photostream & Ranting Details |

First Pangs of Wedding Envy

May 21, 2009

We were engaged on March 22, 2009.  The event was followed by 48 hours of gushing phone calls and earnest disclaimers that we would not begin wedding planning any time soon.  This calm, rational attitude did not last long.  I quickly entered a month-long gorge of wedding blogs during which I averaged four hours of sleep per night, forgot to acknowledge my best friend’s birthday, and experienced my first pangs of wedding envy, as seen here:

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This couple was married at Salvage One in Chicago.  Their pictures sent me into a frenzy as I desperately tried to find an equally chic and wedding-friendly salvage shop in Boston.  I was not successful.  There is no such thing — that I know of.  Do you?

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These inspiring photos were taken by Artisan Events and originally posted on Style Me Pretty.  No fuss, but so much personality.

Something Blue

May 19, 2009

I adore Laura Walker’s ceramic buttons.  Their lacy imprints and blue hue make them a unique accessory that can easily be sewn under (or on!) your gown.  I’ve already bought two of these little works of art as gifts and it was hard to give them away.

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Vintage Lace

May 18, 2009

Lace is something I never really considered in my pre-betrothed life.  Now of course, I’m head over heels about it.

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I stumbled across this gem on eBay.  The unexpected black silk waist band and skirt detail make this the perfect gown for an offbeat bride. The seller, Red House Vintage, offers an entire store of vintage frocks perfect for “Mad Men” secretary-wannabes.

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Welcome to whoa*wedding

May 18, 2009

Welcome all recession brides and design-savvy wedding planners!

While I realize there is no dearth of wedding blogs out there, I have been overcome by the desire to throw my hat into the ring.

whoa*wedding was born of two ideas:

Whoa!  Look at this totally beautiful, inspiring wedding idea!

and

Whoa!  Slow down!  It’s easy to go wedding crazy, but it is possible to have an elegant, meaningful day without going into major debt.

Here, I will chronicle my path to wedded bliss in Boston, MA.  Sticking to a realistic budget will be a big theme, but style will not take a backseat.  As a lover of beautiful things, I can’t wait to curate a collection of images and ideas for unforgettable and affordable nuptials.

Enjoy!

Me and my beloved

Me and my beloved