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  • Last updated on July 14, 2011 at 3:11 pm
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These are just personalized projects that I love (and my friends who are also getting married might see one of these as a gift!)

I love pictures and I know I'll have lots of nice wedding photo frames but I like this because it presents the honeymoon in a cute way:

Growing up my mom always gave my brother and I a Christmas Ornament that symbolized that year of our life. Even though I've gronw up I've continued the tradition myself. Last year I bought an engagment ornament!


I've always loved signs in the entryway of homes that say something about the people who call that place home. (Yes those signs that say a grumpy old bear and his honey live here count!)




  • Last updated on July 14, 2011 at 3:01 pm
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I can't believe how much bridal shops charge for cake serving sets! Essentially they are a prop for pictures because they're cheaply made and never used again! We're a frugal couple (and I know my groom won't support frivoulous expenses ;D) so instead I want to buy a vintage cake server from a garage sale/antique store/eBay and tie a simple satin ribbon (in our colors) around it. Then the ribbon can be taken off and now we have a beautiful piece to use for birthdays and future special cakes :D

I've already found several as cheap as $0.99 (w/$4.50 shipping)!!!!

But if I were to buy one of these I'd buy the one below:

  • Last updated on July 14, 2011 at 2:56 pm
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There are a few different ways to let your guests know that you have made a charitable donation on their behalf, I haven't picked one yet!

1.  A blurb in the progam

2. Printing on a piece paper that is on the back of their menu/tablecard/sitting at their place setting

3. Making a "charitable donation cadle" See the project courtesy of Jo-Ann's here. Colors and material could be easily alterted to go with the style of wedding you desire: (;jsessionid=55DE5B291BDDFEA483CAEE4C0542B491.a5p1?projectFlag=true&CATID=cat13872&PRODID=prod290480&subCatName=wedding+ideas)

  • Last updated on July 14, 2011 at 2:49 pm
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Here are my favorite alternatives to a guest book. I want an item that I can present in my home and not keep in a book somewhere with the old yearbooks and mismatched pictures ;)



  • Last updated on July 14, 2011 at 2:45 pm
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I have decided that spending money of favors is not important or valuable to me. Most people don't bring them home and it easily becomes very expensive. And some favors just seem cheesy!


Instead I have come across an idea that really strike a chord with me. The first is to give a donation in your guests' honor and do some good in the world. My previous post are the charities we're going to consider. It's so hard because I want to give money to all of them but I know I couldn't give that big of a donation if I did that :( Luckily we have lots of time to make the decision!









  • Last updated on July 14, 2011 at 2:41 pm
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Charitable Donations

~Local Fire Departments & Rescue Squads


  • The bride is an EMT
  • Her father and uncle passed away in 2002 in an ice fishing accident and these selfless squads were integral to saving her brother, cousin and very close family friend.

~Helen Keller International:


  • The bride is an Ophthalmologist Assistant, taking part in the health care field devoted to preserving eyesight
  • Founded in 1915 by Helen Keller and George Kessler, Helen Keller International (HKI) is among the oldest international NGOs (non-governmental organizations) devoted to preventing blindness and reducing malnutrition in the world.  We currently work in 22 countries: 13 in Africa, 8 in Asia-Pacific, and the United States. To learn more about our mission, vision and history, click here.


~National Federation of the Blind


  • The bride is an Ophthalmologist Assistant, taking part in the health care field devoted to preserving eyesight
  • With more than 50,000 members, the National Federation of the Blind is the largest and most influential membership organization of blind people in the United States.  The NFB improves blind people’s lives through advocacy, education, research, technology, and programs encouraging independence and self-confidence.  It is the leading force in the blindness field today and the voice of the nation's blind.  In January 2004 the NFB opened the National Federation of the Blind Jernigan Institute, the first research and training center in the United States for the blind led by the blind.

~The Breast Cancer Research Foundation


  • Many family members and close loved ones have battled this disease
  • The mission of The Breast Cancer Research Foundation® is to achieve prevention and a cure for breast cancer in our lifetime by providing critical funding for innovative clinical and translational research at leading medical centers worldwide, and increasing public awareness about good breast health. Currently, over 90 cents of every dollar donated goes to breast cancer research and awareness programs. Learn more about BCRF


~Farm Aid


  • The bride’s father worked on a farm his whole life and his parents were farmers for a time.  Both the bride and the groom grew up in a small farming region in Upstate NY.
  • Willie Nelson, Neil Young and John Mellencamp organized the first Farm Aid concert in 1985 to raise awareness about the loss of family farms and to raise funds to keep farm families on their land. Dave Matthews joined the Farm Aid Board of Directors in 2001. Farm Aid has raised more than $39 million to promote a strong and resilient family farm system of agriculture. Farm Aid is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to keep family farmers on their land.


~City of Hope



~Reading is Fundamental



~Scholarship America


  • Working together to get through many years of college, the bride and groom appreciate the financial struggle involved in further your education
  • Scholarship America believes that every student deserves an opportunity to go to college, regardless of their financial status.