Friday, March 23, 2018

Save On A Flower Girl Dress (By Buying An Easter Dress)

I have a super old white hat in a box somewhere, sitting next to a faux-fur vest. I don't know where they are right now, but I do know that they're from Easter forever ago. Easter dresses and accessories can be so cute. They can also look exactly like flower girl dresses, but for a fraction of the cost. Yup, you can save on a flower girl dress by buying an Easter dress.

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If you head into any department store right now, you'll see rows and rows of Easter dresses for girls. There are tons of pinks, of course, but also lots of white. And white is generally what you pick up for a flower girls dress.

The dresses at regular-price are cheaper than any flower girl dress you can find in a dress shop. That's a good time to buy one.

An even better time to buy one is in two weeks.

That's when Easter will be over and stores will need to get rid of anything Easter-oriented. Decorations, candy ... and yes, Easter dresses will be on clearance. You can also often pair clearance sales with coupons. So if you get one in the mail, hang on to it. A sale and a coupon makes for really cheap flower girl dresses.

You should also be able to head to the shoe section and get super cute matching shoes -- that were designated for Easter -- cheap as well.

Keep in mind that if you're shopping for a wedding that's in a handful of months, a little girl can grow considerably between now and then. So be sure to buy the dress in the size she will be at the wedding, not the size she is now.

BRIDAL BABBLE: Would you buy an Easter dress to save on a flower girl dress?

Monday, March 19, 2018

Bacon Caramel Popcorn Wedding Favor

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Bacon is still so popular right now. It's delicious and everyone I know loves bacon. Even if you're vegan, there's a bacon out there that you love. But a few years ago, there was a bacon renaissance and people realized it was more than just a breakfast side. There's bacon chocolate, a restaurant by us sells (literally) just a mug of bacon, and the amount of bacon served through fast food restaurants sky rocketed (I actually remember when it was a super big deal to get a bacon cheeseburger at 11 at night because we got a new fast food place in town that sold one ... for $.99).

So, of course, adding bacon to your wedding makes perfect sense. And I have a great way to do it: Bacon Caramel Popcorn. It's actually a lot easier than you would think, which is good if you're DIY'ing your wedding favors and bad if you're counting your calories.

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Bacon Caramel Popcorn Wedding Favor

This is a really tasty wedding favor. When I was eating it, I thought unsalted peanuts would be a great addition too. But that's for home, not for a wedding. You don't want someone with nut allergies having a reaction at your wedding.

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What You'll Need:

  • 4 slices thick cut bacon
  • 3/4 cup popcorn kernels
  • 1/2 stick butter
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons corn syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
What You'll Do:

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Make the bacon, then set it off to the side to cool. When it has cooled, break it into small pieces and keep them off to the side for now.

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Pour 1/3 of the bacon grease into a large pot (I use a non-electric pressure cooker). Add the popcorn kernels, then swirl the pot around to make sure the kernels are covered. Then, pop.

If you've never done this before, it's actually pretty simple. You cover the pressure cooker, then turn the stove up to seven. Let the oil heat up, picking up the pot and swirling it around every so often. The kernels will pop and you will have the best popcorn. You could add salt and melted butter and enjoy this with a movie, but we're not stopping there because ... bacon.

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Wipe down the pan you used to make the bacon, then add your butter, brown sugar, and corn syrup to it. Cook it on high until it is combined and starts to boil.

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Turn the heat down to low and stir in the vanilla and baking soda. Add the bacon.

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Then, quickly, pour in the popcorn and begin to coat it, adding more as you can until it is all coated in the mixture.

You have to be kind of quick with this or the popcorn can burn. So definitely don't add the popcorn and then run off to do something else.

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Once the popcorn is filled, you can put it in an air tight container until you're ready to assemble your favors. To do that, you'll want to pick up popcorn holders. They come in a variety of colors (including metallics!) and designs (polka dots, stripes, and chevron). Overfill the holders with the bacon caramel popcorn mixture. You want it to sort of remind people of the cartoon popcorn holders where the popcorn is way over the top of the box.

BRIDAL BABBLE: Would you make this bacon caramel popcorn wedding favor?

Friday, March 16, 2018

Green Wedding Inspiration Board

I've been slowly putting together a color-based wedding planning board on Pinterest for each color. It's a lot easier to plan your wedding once you have a color or theme in mind. Once you have one, start pinning. You don't have to think about using some sort of wedding board template. Instead, just pin as much as you see that fits. You can edit your pins later and delete the ones that don't fit, but cast a wide net at the beginning. If you're planning a green wedding, our green wedding Pinterest board will get you started. So will our green wedding inspiration board below.

Green Wedding Inspiration Board

The coming of March always makes me think of green weddings (the color, not eco-friendly). If you've got them on the brain too, you're in luck. Check out the great green wedding inspiration board on

I picked eight of my favorite pins from our Green Wedding Pinterest board. I've labeled each of them so you can quickly go to those pins and repin them to your wedding planning boards. There are pins that didn't make my board, though so definitely check out our full board here.

Green Wedding Inspiration Board pins: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8.

We have to kick off the green wedding inspiration board with a green tablescape. It's gorgeous. Absolutely stunning. I really can't get over just how pretty it is, mostly because I'm not usually a fan of so much green at once. It often isn't playful and looks one dimension, but the table above has just enough hues to really be spectacular. From green napkins to green wine goblets to the green centerpieces. This styling is worth copying.

There's something so special about a chair sash. You can just simply tie them around a chair, or you can use them more like drapery. Either way, they just dazzle -- and cost a lot less than chair covers. Just be sure that your chair sash is securely fastened to your chair. You don't want it falling to the floor every time your guests get up (and then have your guests potentially tripping on them).
Groomsmen really don't get enough credit. They have to rent whatever tux the groom (or the bride, really) choose and wear it. And yes, the bridesmaids do the same thing, but women tend to enjoy dressing up more than guys do. So when your groomsmen are willing to wear bright green ties, pocket squares, and retro sunglasses with green arms for a photo, you know your groom has some good friends.

The groomsmen shouldn't have all the fun though. Green can be super flattering for your bridesmaids. I absolutely love the green bridesmaids dress in that photo. So much so that I don't mind the funny flower and bow in the middle. I think I love it so much because, by some magic of a parallel universe, her shoes match perfectly. What are the chances?

If you know me, you know I absolutely loved colored heels for weddings. Anything else is a missed opportunity. So these mint heels are absolutely perfect if you're having a green wedding. Plus, they'd be excellent to wear at a Kentucky Derby party after (mint juleps anyone?).

A green wedding definitely needs green favors. Start with a green favor box and fill it with whatever you like best. The photo above uses white and green French almonds, but, personally, I would go with green M&M's instead (mostly because French almonds are a fancy way of saying Jordan almonds, and no one I know who has gotten married after 1985 has been a fan of Jordan almonds).

The cake above is stunning. It's so pretty that I don't even mind all the floral around the bottom tier (I've just never been too keen on flowers on a cake). It's green, but pretty subtle. Plus, the trees behind it have me thinking this was for an outdoor wedding, and this is perfect for that. 

If you're having a ceremony at a venue that isn't a church, there's a chance that the setting needs a little dressing up. That's easy. Just tie a colored ribbon to the chair at the end of the row. Be generous with the ribbon and make sure it goes to the floor. A short ribbon won't be as dramatic and won't have the same impact as a long one.

Personally, I think green weddings work best for March, but green is the color of luck. And you always want to be lucky in love, so green can work year round.

If green's not your thing, check out our other wedding inspiration boards below:

BRIDAL BABBLE: Which of the ideas from our green wedding inspiration board is your favorite?