Sponsored post: Gemvara

I’m excited to share with you today some gorgeousness from Gemvara, an online jewelry store where you can customize every piece to your liking  With 26 stones and 8 precious metals to play with, you can create the perfect engagement ring, wedding band, earrings, you name it, within seconds (and within budget)!  If you love the look of platinum but aren’t crazy about the price, switch to white gold or silver…instead of a diamond, try a white sapphire, or a colored stone for a unique look.  I was particularly drawn to the work of designer Ruzanna Davtian, whose jewelry is perfectly modern in every way.  Playing around with the customizing tool, I gave some of her pieces the “Brooklyn Bride” treatment in my signature green and white, which of course I would snap up in a second.

If you’re in the market for anything from an engagement ring to gifts for your bridesmaids (hello gorgeous earrings!), give Gemvara a try!

[images from Gemvara]

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Sponsored post: Minted DIY program challenge

Minted recently concluded their latest challenge, this time all about the wedding program…this in particular was an interesting challenge because they invited bloggers to take part and try their hand at customizing and DIYing the heck out of existing designs.  The only requirements were you had to figure out a way to bind the program, and whatever you wanted to do on the backside was fair game.  Best design wins $1000, not too shabby!

I thought the winners all did an excellent job [you can check out the winning entries here], but I thought I’d share with you some of my favs too…

Victoria from A Subtle Revelry used a cute button to tie the program together, I really loved the ombre stitched LOVE on the back of the program…maybe a little too labor intensive if you’re doing a couple hundred of these, but still an excellent idea!

Ruth from Not So Cookie Cutter played up the ampersand and stripes on this DIY wedding program, and it was a super simple but effective way of tying in a potential theme [easy to do with ampersands or stripes].

Lehan from Lehan Paper Design added some simple black grommets to this wedding program which was completely in tune with my modern tastes.  Im a big fan of grommets, and love that they come in a ton of colors…though I think the black really worked well with the black and white cover.

The little black/white twine tassel that Barnbride came up with was totally adorable and perfectly matched with the striped wedding program.  Maybe a little more time than you’re wiling to spend, but you could always buy ready-made tassels, or start an assembly line with some helpers for a similar look.

[all images credited to their bloggers]

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Sponsored post: Scratch Weddings

After Chad and I got married, what all our guests remembered after how good the food was (which it was!!) was how great the music was, because when it comes to receptions, having great music is key to keeping the party going.  So if you’re looking for a great DJ, look no further than Scratch Weddings.  This team of highly trained DJ’s not only does weddings, but also perform at clubs and music festivals, and work with corporate clients like Oprah, W Hotels and Bloomingdales (just to name a few).  Their DJ’s go through a rigorous 10-step screening process so you’re only getting the best of the best, and they’ve performed at over 15,000 events, so they know what they’re doing!  I love that they cover all sorts of styles and musical genres, and that they’ll custom tailor a set list especially for your event. If music is important to you, then these are the DJ’s you want to hire.

Check out their website for even more reasons to hire Scratch Weddings!

[images from Scratch Weddings]

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Sponsored post: Win $150 from Williams-Sonoma

Williams-Sonoma is pretty much the go-to place for great chef’s tools right?  I think everyone can agree on that!  But not always are chef’s tools that attractive looking while still being super functional. I’ve scoured the entire Williams-Sonoma site to find the best looking products for your registry that are modern, sleek, fun, and of course, amazing in the kitchen.  And best of all, you’ll have a chance to win $150 to spend at Williams-Sonoma to get your own goodies!

[Above] Why stick with plain white kitchen tools when you can spice it up with some color?  [Multi-color ceramic 7-piece mixing bowl set, Kuhn Rikon essential paring knife set, Taylor Orange digital timer, Chef’n citrus juicer, Rosle fruit muddler, Microplane herb mill.]

For your tabletop and entertaining, sleek lines and stemless wine glasses make for a perfectly modern setting.  Sticking with white here means you can accessorize with color using table linens, flowers, etc.  [Aaron flatware, Riedel “O” wine glasses, Riedel “O” wine decanter, Pillivuyt Coupe Porcelain Dinnerware]

These appliances are good enough to keep in plain view on the counter!  [DeLonghi Magnifica-S Espresso Machine,  Cuisinart Stainless Steel ice cream maker, Breville One-Touch Tea Maker, Cuisinart Elite Die-Cast 12-cup food processor]

So now’s your chance to win some of these good-lookin goodies for yourself!

How to enter:

1. First, you need to register with Williams-Sonoma to enter the giveaway. If you’ve already got a registry going with W-S, all you have to do is add another item to your registry and include this item in your comment.

2. Then you need to leave a comment stating that you’ve registered or call out your favorite registry item.

3. If you want to receive an extra entry (and who wouldn’t??), just include your public registry link in the comment.

Winner will be announced on Friday!  Good luck!

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Sponsored post: Traveler’s Joy

Its become pretty common that couples generally live together before getting married, which means they’ve already stocked their cupboards with all the plates, glassware, and appliances they could ever need, so dont really need to register for any more (ok, you can still get that Kitchenaid Mixer if you REALLY need it!).  Some couples would rather register for experiences instead of more of the same, and thats where Traveler’s Joy comes in!

Your registery takes minutes to set up, and not only can you register for things like dinners or spa treatments, but you can also add in guide books and cameras to keep you on the right track and capture all your memories. More expensive items can be divided up into manageable dollar amounts, so multiple people can contribute to a gift.  A friend of mine recently registered for honeymoon experiences, and I can honestly say its really gratifying knowing that my contribution was to something they really wanted to do, and that I knew they’d always remember…

If you’re interested in setting up your own honeymoon registry, check out what Traveler’s Joy can offer you.

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