Customized Bride

Planning our wedding one custom at a time

Blue and Mustard inspiration! January 30, 2009

As every new internet-savvy bride-to-be is doing, I am constantly surfing around looking for inspiration on several different bridal blogs. One of my favorite is snippet & ink. Quite often they have inspiration boards– boards that tie together elemets of a different themes or color schemes.  I am still too spastic and haven’t figured out exactly what I want yet, so I am still surfing and collecting ideas.

This inspiration board from snippet & ink features the colors blue and mustard yellow. I have to admit, it’s not a color palette that I would have originally come up with on my own, but it’s just gorgeous if it’s pulled off correctly!

Aren’t those colors just gorgeous? (You can click on the photo for a larger look. The original page with photo credits is here.) I am not confident enough in my own style-ability to pull off something as cutting edge as this palette, (just one shade off on the blue or the mustard and it might look like a used diaper!) but I think it’s just gorgeous and has tons of possibilities.

What do you all think? Anyone else tackling a nontraditional, modern palette with success? I’d love to hear ideas!


Vintage Fabulous Wedding Dress January 25, 2009

See now here’s what I’m talking about.

I love this dress! (More photos of it here.) I love it’s simplicity, I love that it doesn’t have a very long train, I love that it’s NOT strapless, and I love that it looks like something you’d see in a Cary Grant movie. (I am a serious Cary Grant fan. Like owning-all-72-movies and attending a Cary Grant convention every other year type fan!) AND– be still my beating heart, it’s less than $500.

I am totally in love! Thanks to Vintage Glam for bringing this one to my attention. I am seriously tempted.


Milwaukee Sea Salt Caramels! Wahoo! January 23, 2009

OK, I want everyone to google “Milwaukee” and “Sea Salt Caramels.” Seriously, go ahead. Don’t worry, I’ll wait.


And now you see my conundrum. There is one purveyor of sea salt caramel gelato (Pacuigo) and Amy’s Candy Kitchen, whose apples covered in chocolate and sea salt caramel sound delish, but are not exactly what I am looking for.

I am a big fan of supporting local business. The business owners around town are trying their best to compete with the WalMarts and Barnes and Nobles of the world, and I like to help them out when I can afford it. So I really wanted to find a sea salt caramel here in Milwaukee, but I have really been struggling. Even Kehr’s doesn’t carry a sea salt caramel. Is it possible I am a little bit too trendy/ahead of the curve for my quaint adopted hometown?

When I was just about to shrug my shoulders and give up, I hit upon a totally random link on Yelp, to a little place called Times Bistro and Pizzeria. Even though their name doesn’t indicate it, their owner is also a magnificent candy maker, and, lo and behold, one kind Yelp reviewer happened to mention their sea salt caramels. Naturally, I had to beat it down to Times Bistro and check it out for myself. At first I couldn’t find it, and then I realized they are part of a gas station complex! This really is just the most random link up ever. But the caramels were awesome (NOM NOM NOM!!!) and  my adventure was well worth it. I was not disappointed.

These caramels are lovely! They are blessedly a bit more gooey on the inside than what you usually find from a store-bought caramel.  I thought they could use a bit more sea salt myself, but Sergei thought they were absolutely perfect. I think I might have found my wedding favors!


Real Simple Wedding Planner

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OMG another wedding planner that I want. Looks like my favorite magazine in the whole world, Real Simple, has published a wedding planner for 2009 . You can only get it at Crate and Barrel only until the end of January, and then it will be going mainstream to other stores. (Guess where I’ll be stopping tonight?) And, like Russell+Hazel, Real Simple loves us and has posted their checklists online to print for free.

One of their editors, Margit, is getting married in July and has started a Real Simple wedding blog entitled Nearly Wed.  She has some cool ideas, and I will be watching her blog for sure.

Anyone else a fan of Real Simple?

And speaking of Crate and Barrel, they are also doing wedding registration events each weekend in February and also March 1. For more information, check it out here.


Wedding Invitations January 22, 2009

I love stationary. I know I’ve mentioned this before, but I love stationary. When I got engaged, one of the first things I started searching for was invitations. And I found at least 100 that I just love. Seriously.

One of my favorite places for just about anything, paper products included, is If you haven’t heard of etsy, it’s a website where people handmake items and post them for sale. And it’s almost all very chic, up-to-the-moment items, from knitted caps to glass rings to soap.

There are so many gems on this site when it comes to stationary, including some of my favorites:

Amelia by Evapaul. Isn’t this just a gorgeous, bright, fun invite? Evapaul is one of my absolute favorites for invitations- they just have a ton of cool ideas.

Sarah, also by Evapaul. I love the simple design and gorgeous colors. I love that the brown has a wood pattern to it.  


The simple design and colors of Pear Vine by Blackbird Press is lovely. Plus it’s letterpress, so let’s face it- I’m automatically in love.

This one was a custom print by Whimsical Prints. I just love the pattern and the colors.

Whimsical Print’s Mosaic Flowers Save the Date cards are wonderful. I love the Art Deco font.

These are just a few of my favorite finds at Etsy. I will share many more in the months to come and you can all give me your vote as to which you like the best!

Do you have any great Etsy finds to share? I’d love to hear from you all!


Color Palette Creators January 19, 2009

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One of the first questions you get as a bride is “What are your colors?” AAARRGG!! All I can answer is brown, orange, with a bit of green. My inspiration is my pysanka that my fiance and I purchased at the Ukrainian Museum in New York City. Here it is with my ring:

Photo taken by my creative fiance in the windowsill of my vintage apartment.

But how do you create a palette from an egg? Turns out there are some computer website I have to say are just magical. They will take your photo and create a palette for you.

I decided to give it a try, using the above photo.

My first website: Here’s the palette they gave me:


I think that I am definitely a more “vibrant” type of bride! I am not so sure about the reds or orange (hello pumpkin!) but I do like the brown. I need to find a pysanka with orange, brown and green, because of course there is very little green in this photo!

There is also a color palette generator at Color Hunter but I am apparently too computer-unsavvy to figure out how to post what it gave me, although I liked it. 🙂

And then, there is You can download your photo and it will generate tons of palettes based on different parts of the photo. It will also pick out individual colors from the photos, and you can save the colors and palettes as your favorites. Totally cool.

Here is a list of 25 color palette creators on the web. Have fun! I’d love to see what fun palettes y’all can come up with in warm autumn oranges, browns and greens- or your own palettes!


I love this dress! January 18, 2009

The WEDDING DRESS is that big, looming question mark for me. It seems that everywhere I look, all I see are strapless dresses and those are just not for me. They would *not* look good on me and, frankly, it seems like brides that have strapless dresses are constantly pulling up their dress.

I would really like to find a dress that isn’t strapless, and yet stylish. I really love this one from Lela Rose. I love the vintage feel and all of the beautiful detail work on it. Gorgeous!