happy flowers

Thursday, September 9th, 2010

"spider mums"

I’ve never really given much thought to spider mums (beauty above by Rosenow Floral Design), but when a client asked for floral inspiration of the happy but not girly variety, spider mums came to mind. They’re so cheerful and look a little bit like tiny fireworks, don’t they? And, of course, billy buttons (below via weddingbee) are always fun and quirky.

"billy buttons"

williams-sonoma giveaway winner

Wednesday, September 8th, 2010

Congratulations to our Williams-Sonoma winner, Lindsey! And thank you to everyone who entered! Lindsey, email me at courtney@merrimentevents.com to claim your prize.

wedding decor…recycled wood signs

Tuesday, September 7th, 2010

"wedding signs"

Loving these signs made by Oh Dier.

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end of the week round-up

Friday, September 3rd, 2010

I hope you have something lovely planned for the weekend. I’m getting a facial, tra la la. Above, an illuminated field goal from a wedding in May that we had the pleasure of planning. Can’t wait to share more from Logan’s wedding with you, photographed by Worthington Photography.

Here are a few faves & news worthies from the week…
*Bella Bridesmaid Richmond is on twitter. Be sure to follow Lyndsay & Elizabeth as they tweet lots of amazing fall promotions. And, did you hear? Richmond’s Bella Bridesmaid will now be selling Garter Girl.

*The new issue of Martha Stewart weddings is on newstands. Flip to page 284. Loving the sealed with a kiss story. In need of a preview? Check out aisledash.

*Don’t forget to enter the Williams-Sonoma contest. It’s running through 9/7.

See you back here on Tuesday!

craft crush

Wednesday, September 1st, 2010

This post is for Susan*, who asks, “where do you get that stuff?” in regards to the projects I’m always working on for clients. I spend a lot of time shopping the usual suspects…michael’s, ben franklin, paper source, but I just discovered Olive Manna and Cute Tape and crush…major crush.

So many cool things you can do with decorative tape from cute tape. Like this…brilliant. Also love this cotton tape, perfect for stamping.

I’m a big fan of tags…so many uses from escort cards to labels, but wooden tags? Takes it to an entirely new level. Will be stocking up on these beauties for Christmas gift wrapping.

{from the top: clothespins, tags on top right, tags on bottom left, bunting; tape; wooden tags, twist ties}

*Susan promises me that I’m going to get to work on a marthable craft project sometime this fall, and I’m holding her to it. ; )

williams-sonoma registry giveaway

Tuesday, August 31st, 2010

I am so looking forward to the wintertime, when my schedule will slow down a bit and I’ll be able to enjoy some of the things that make me happiest…making home cooked meals (more than once a month!), entertaining, cooking for friends, and flipping through cook books for inspiration. If you love cooking & entertaining as much as I do, then I’m sure you’re going to love this giveaway: a $150 gift card to Williams-Sonoma.

Some of my favorite things from Williams-Sonoma are the Bonjour French Press, pantry dinnerware, the Breville Juicer (trust me, it makes the best juice you’ve ever had), anything (and everything) Laguiloe, and their amazing selection of cookbooks.

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So, how can you win? First, visit Williams-Sonoma and create your registry. Then, come back here and leave a comment, letting me know that you’ve created your registry and telling me about your favorite item on your registry. This contest is open to anyone with a *wedding* registry.

If you’ve already created a registry, just add one more item to your registry, then leave me a comment mentioning what you added.

The contest ends on 9/7 at 5 PM EST. The randomly selected winner will be announced on 9/8. Good luck!

botanical wedding inspiration

Monday, August 30th, 2010

"vintage book wedding"

In love with the Two’s Company booth from the New York International Gift Fair spotted over at Oh So Beautiful Paper. Great merchandising like this = major event inspiration.

"book wedding inspiration"

{photos courtesy Nole at Oh So Beautiful Paper and Stephen Michael Garey}

simplesong design

Monday, August 30th, 2010

"merriment events"

Suann at simplesong design is the kind of person you dream about working with…she’s just. that. good. I’m over the moon about the cards she letterpressed for merriment.

merriment studio tour

Thursday, August 26th, 2010

"merriment events"

Vané, over at Brooklyn Bride, was so kind to ask me if she could feature my workspace in her studio tour series. Such a cool project she’s running, giving all of us a peek into the studios of so many interesting companies, like Mr. Boddington’s, Elizabeth Messina, Inspired Goodness and Paperfinger. Did you see the studio she featured this week? Emersonmade. I die. Too much pretty. Go check it out!

"merriment events"

{photography by katie stoops}

how-to: table card display

Tuesday, August 24th, 2010

"place card ideas"

I made this project for Jon and Lauren’s wedding last year at Veritas (photograph above by Elizabeth Messina). Before we get started, if you need a refresher on the difference between place cards and table cards, you can revisit this post.

"place card DIY"

The first image in the post shows you the final product. The image above shows you the materials…

1. Wooden crate I found the wooden crate used here at Smith & Hawken’s very sad but very rewarding store closing sale. You could craft something similar or use a vintage wooden crate.

2. Heavy gauge copper wire. Look for it at craft stores.

3. Needle nose pliers.

4. Green styrofoam. Also at craft stores, my dears.

5. Reindeer moss. Ditto on the craft stores.

6. Small hand saw. Good for carving pumpkins when not carving foam. Available at Lowe’s.

7. Acorns, pine cones, etc. Not pictured in the materials shot. Good to nest around the crate when it’s displayed.

8. Tented escort cards. Not pictured, but available at paper source.

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"escort card display ideas"

First step: Cut foam to the width and depth of your wooden crate, creating an even surface that’s almost flush with the top of the crate.

"escort card display ideas"

Second step: Cover foam with reindeer moss.

"how to d.i.y. escort cards"

Third step: The copper wire will become the table card holder. You’ll need about 5″ per holder. Cut a piece to size now, and pick up your needle nose pliers.

"how to d.i.y. escort cards"

Fourth step: Griping the wire with needle nose pliers, gently turn one end of the wire around and around again, clockwise, until you have two circles.

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Fifth step: Release your needle nose pliers from the grip of the wire. Smooth the rough edge of the wire, and gently pry your two circles apart. You’ll see you have a place where you can insert the card.

"escort cards DIY"

Last step: Count the number of cards and plot out your rows.

"place card DIY"

Voila! You’re finished. Place your cards alphabetically in the crate. When you’re ready to display, nestle the crate in spanish moss with acorns and pine cones.

{first image courtesy elizabeth messina; how-to photos courtesy katie stoops photography}