Friday, March 22, 2013

Winery Bachelorette Party

Not into the "clubbing" scene downtown and still want to get together with your favorite ladies to celebrate your last days of single life? Try a winery tour!

My bridal party planned such an amazing Winery Bachelorette Party with some of my closest friends. We rented a bus, visited three local wineries in Minnesota and ended at my house with some food and of course more wine! Check with the wineries for cost of tastings - some are free and some cost $10+. We also played a game where each of my girlfriends brought me a bottle of wine and I had to guess which person brought each wine! Super fun and I got to keep the wine - BONUS!!

If you are looking to keep costs down, try to find an alternative than renting a bus because they can be expensive. Have a couple friends volunteer to be sober cab, or better yet, have your future husband and his friends cart you around (good luck trying to convince them).

Another option, would be to have a winery tour in the comfort of your own home! Start by going to your local liquor store and ask them for different wine recommendations from all over the world. You can find great tasting wines for under $15, which will help keep costs down.

Transportation: Valley Limo & Coach
Wineries: Cannon River Winery, Crofut Family Winery, Morgan Creek Vineyards 

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

DIY - Wine Crate Card Box

Want something different than the typical card box at your wedding? So did we and our rustic wine themed wedding helped determine the style of our card box!

My husband loves to brew beer and I love wine so this was a joint project! Thanks to my personal handyman, he built me a big wine box out of leftover scraps he had in the garage. I then had my sister-in-law design a brewery logo which I transferred onto the box.

I found a tutorial on pinterest about transferring the logo onto the box and taa-daa!

Brianna Colleen Photography

Monday, March 18, 2013

Save the Dates

This past September, I was recently married. I was lucky enough to marry someone with a sister who graduated in Graphic Design! She was able to take one of our engagement session photos and include all of the necessary information.

My husband and I are a goofy and fun loving couple and we wanted to reflect that in our save the date. Afterall, the save the dates set the tone for your entire wedding. I also do not think it is necessary to send out save the dates. However, we were getting married during a very busy time of the year and wanted to give everyone enough time to plan ahead.

Lets begin with where I got his idea. I am an avid "pinner" on Pinterest and found two Save the Date cards that caught my eye. These reflected so much of our personalities, it just seemed perfect!

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Combining these two "pinspirations" this is how our save the dates turned out. We decided to go with a full size magnet from Pear Tree Greetings.

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The most important thing to remember when making your save the dates, is that you want these to reflect your personalities. Who ever said save the dates had to be traditional? Have fun with it!

Photographer: Brianna Colleen Photography
Jeff & Molly Save the Date Design: Jodi Suedbeck

Friday, March 15, 2013

Personalized Napkins

Sometimes it is the little details that your guests remember at your events! My sister hosted a wedding shower for me this past summer and ordered these personalized napkins from Pear Tree Greetings. I love how you can upload your own photos, messages or even choose the color of the font! Your options are truly endless.

The best part, was that I had leftover napkins from the shower and was able to use them at our wedding!

Brianna Colleen Photography

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Saturday, March 9, 2013

French Inspired Bridal Shower

My friend is planning a French inspired bridal shower for her future sister-in-law and I asked if I could help. The first step was to go onto Pinterest and work my magic! The couple visited France together so it holds a special place in their hearts, which is why my friend wanted to plan a party around it. 

There are so many great ideas for planning a "Paris" or "French" themed event. Check out my French Bridal Shower pinterest board for all of the great inspiration I gathered (my favorite is suspending umbrellas from the ceiling)!!

Copyright Justin Lee Photography

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Wedding Decorations - Family Wedding Photos

There are many ways to incorporate your past and present family members in your wedding. One of my favorites is to display family members' wedding day photos at the ceremony or reception site.

I ended up buying thrift store frames, spray painted them silver (or whatever color coordinates with your wedding colors) and made copies of family member's photos. Although I don't have any photos from my reception, here is a cute example from Style Me Pretty.

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Tuesday, March 5, 2013

DIY Wedding Decorations - Love Story Sign

Many times when you attend a wedding you do not know the milestones of the couple. I came across this pin when planning my wedding and loved the idea of sharing those love story milestones with your guests. I'll be honest, some of the dates may have been "modified" due to my declining memory, but they were close enough (and no one even knew)! Plus it adds another personal touch to your event.

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