Weddings in Color contest!

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As you may know, I wrote a book with Minhee from Paper+Cup Design on modern weddings, and we’re so excited its out in the world and available to the public!  People have been sending us images of it in stores which is totally thrilling because it means its real and not just an idea in our heads anymore.  To celebrate, our publisher, Chronicle Books, is hosting a Pin to Win contest with an amazing prize for the 1st place winner…not only will they be getting a copy of the book and the limited edition wedding planning notebook that Minhee designed, but they’ll also win an invitation suite from Paper+Cup!  Four second place winners will receive the book & notebook.  (For more details, see the contest rules page)

All you have to do to enter is head over to the Pin to Win contest page, and follow the simple instructions…it couldn’t be easier!  The contest runs through 2/10 so you’ve got a little bit of time to enter…can’t wait to see who wins!

And as a reminder, if you’ve gotten a copy of the book or see it around, use #weddingsincolor on social media so we can see what you’ve done with it!

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Wine for a Wedding giveaway

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When it comes to wedding gifts, I really love thinking about the interests of the couple.  Some are big into travel, some are total foodies, and some LOVE good wine.  This year Chad and I have been invited to a few weddings where there are non-traditional registries since their homes are already set up, but rather than sending cash, I’m thinking a Wine for a Wedding box might be the perfect gift.  Its got a sleek modern design that’s customizable with text for the 3 wine slots which you can fill with your own wines or purchase directly through the site.  These artist designed boxes are also a great heirloom piece and a gift that will continue to be useful over the years…whether you choose a 1st anniversary, 3rd anniversary, 5th anniversary setup, or something a little longer (even customized) for the couple, I think the couples excitement will build to be able to crack open a celebratory bottle and enjoy reliving their wedding!  The slot covers can also be engraved on the back of each with a personal message from you, whether its a funny memory from the wedding or a few words of wisdom.

Today I’m happy to offer a lucky reader the chance to win one of these gorgeous anniversary boxes from Wine for a Wedding for themselves or as a gift!  Head over to Wine for a Wedding and comment below with your favorite design for a chance to win.  You’ll even be able to have the back customized with personal messages!  (Sorry, no wine included)  We’ll announce the winner on Friday. CONTEST IS NOW OVER

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[images from Wine for a Wedding]

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Chronicle Books #GiveBooks 2014


With the holidays fast approaching, I’m sure most of you have already started eying potential gifts for your loved ones, and with all the wonderful books that have come out over the last few year, it would be a shame to not include a few to give.  Chronicle Books is launching their 3rd season of the Give Books campaign, where for every person who pledges to #GiveBooks via social media or here, you’re helping them reach their goal of donating 10,000 books to children in need through First Book.  You can also get 30% off + free shipping on orders at Chronicle Books (excluding personalized items) through December 31, 2014 with code GIVEBOOKS.

And as a special kick off, 1 of you lucky ducks gets a chance to win these 10 books that I’ll be giving away as gifts this season!  Keep reading for details!


For my husband, who’s the epitome of a slow (and messy!) cooker, I’ll definitely be giving him copies of these 2 cookbooks.

Cooking Slow  |  Tartine Book No. 3


After years of having destination weddings back to back to back, I thought we were done, but low and behold, next year one of my bridesmaids is getting married AND I’m getting a new sister-in-law, so wedding books for everyone!

Handmade Weddings  |  All the Essentials Wedding Planner


You can never have too many craft books, and these are two of my favorites!

Paper+Craft  |  Pretty Packages


I know a few ladies who are quite the party planners, so an easy party kit and flower decorating book are top of my list to give them.

Decorate with Flowers  |  Pretty Paper Parties


The 75 Artist Books I’ll probably keep for myself since I absolutely LOVE handmade books and these are stunners, and for my friends who are soon embarking on motherhood for the first time, having a guide to help you along the way is always appreciated.

75 Artist Books  |  The Baby Bump

To win a copy of all the books you see above, leave a comment below with what book YOU’LL be giving this year as a gift!  We’ll announce the winner on Friday.  Good luck, and #givebooks!!

[title image by Lisa Congdon, book images from Chronicle Books]

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Ann Wood Handmade giveaway


Ann Wood has long since been a favorite when it comes to the sweetest animal cake toppers. What she can create with some fabric & paper is just magical, and I’m lucky enough to say I own one of her birdies (and I’m absolutely going crazy for her flamingos!)  But today, we’re giving away one of her newest designs, a pair of forest folk bunnies!  The winner gets to pick what color glittery shoes & bouquet the lady bunny gets.  Because Ann usually names her little creatures, leave a comment below with what YOU’D name this adorable pair, and the winner will be announced on Friday.  Good luck!  CONTEST IS NOW CLOSED

Contest open to US residence only. 

[image from Ann Wood Handmade]

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Maptote giveaway

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Maptote has certainly come a long way since I wrote about them years ago…they’ve added a crazy number of cities all over the world, new designs, new products, and they’re all amazing! I’ve always thought they were great for out of town gift bags or for destination weddings, and with all the customizations you can now do with them, they really are the perfect gift for guests & bridal party alike.

Today we’re giving away a chance to win 50 customized grocery totes (including domestic shipping!) for one lucky winner!  You’ll be able to choose from any of their three customizable options, so leave a comment below on what city you’d love to see on YOUR tote and the winner will be announced on Friday.  Good luck!  CONTEST IS NOW CLOSED

Contest only open to US readers, sorry!

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[images from Maptote]

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