Unique Weddings Week, II
April 21, 2008

I hope everyone had a great weekend! I had so much fun posting all of the gorgeous and unique weddings last week, that I've decided to continue our Unique Weddings Week for a few more days. I still have a handful of absolutely perfect weddings to share with you, so let's get right to it!

This wedding was sent to me by one of our readers, Kim, who was married June 16th, 2007 in NYC at The Angel Orensanz Foundation. Almost everything for their big day was a DIY project so she has tons of great information to share with us! First, though, you have to see how drop dead gorgeous this couple is...


Okay, now for the details. Kim's details are so incredibly innovative...ideas that I've never seen before, but am convinced should be mainstays in wedding decor!


Here are some of Kim's fun DIY projects...

1. RSVP cards - we ended up getting some wonderful notes from our guests, along with drawings and decided to reuse the reply cards from our guests as their escort cards. Their table number was rubber stamped on the front left and all cards were divided into alphabetical order and hung on brown grograin ribbon from the second floor balconyh.

2. Family photos - to the left of the RSVP cards, we had the balcony were our cocktail party was - and the main reception room was downstairs. To hide the changeover - plus include all of our family member, we printed 8" x 10" black and white photos of our siblings, parents and grandparents. All photos were mounted to black board with old-fashioned photo corners and labeled.

3. Candy Bar - I had the idea of making an old fashioned candy bar (for favors) since day one of planning and I scoured the web for various sized apothocary jars - and we choose our very favorite candies plus some beautif swirled lollipops and barber-poles from Hammonds Candies. To hold the yummies, we made hand-silkscreen candy bags with our new last name and the wedding details.

4. I printed our wedding programs - and set up a postcard style guest book for people to write notes to us. We house the "guest book" in a cute brown/teal hat box and its filled with treasured memories from our guests.

5. We worked with Barb Salzman for Hatch Creative Studio to find an alternative to boring white linens - something that would go with the whole sparkley - mirrored and mercury glass candlesticks we went with for the tables. We found an amazing English wallpaper - it had the most wonderful pewter background with an all-over flourish print that transformed our simple idea into a magical setting. Lastly, I hand-beaded all the table numbers - using mirrored seed beads (for all 20 tables) and affixed them to candlesticks using pearl head pins.

6. I customized my wedding shoes with the initals of our first names - (based on a service that Stuart Weitzman offers (for upwards of $75) for under $10.

7. I made custom sashes for each of my lovely bridesmaids using ivory satin ribbon overlayed with beading and had my florist incorporate the same ribbon into my bouquet handle. The girls were also given a crystal broach for the front of the ribbon - to secure it to their Vera Wang dresses.

8. I bought the cupcake tower online and decorated the entire thing with ribbon (brown and beige) plus I hand-painted hair color on 150 tiny bride + groom's hair (didn't realize the bride/groom cupcake picks we bought came sans hair-color. For our cake topper, we borrowed my parents from 30 years earlier.

9. I hand-made the earrings and necklaces for my bridesmaids as a part of my gift to them.

10. We hand silkscreened our Save the Dates and Out of Towner's goodie bags.

It's clear that all of Kim's hard work really added that special element to her wedding...that spark of personality that her guests must have loved. Thank you so much, Kim, for sharing this with us!