Category Archives: ceremony decor

Monday’s Finding: Gorgeous Budget Friendly Candle Decor

Are you on a squeaky tight budget with little to add to your ceremony and reception decor? Well, today I’ve got some budget friendly candle decor inspiration to help you out. Even if budget isn’t an issue and things like allergies or you just aren’t a flower person, these aisle and table ideas are simply gorgeous!

You can have a beautiful wedding and not spend a ton of money. As a wedding and event planner, I’ve worked with a vast range of budgets and with all of them, my first “go to” spot for decor details was the local thrift stores. If you love the looks of clear glass, milk glass, wrought iron, then definitely get thrifting. You can find a great many items like tea cups, vintage jars, and fab bits of rustic wrought iron to hold your candles.

Looking for a bit more bang for your buck? Give those pieces a new life with a fresh coat of paint, glitter, or decoupage:

Or, simply use them as is. Whatever you choose, you can have a beautiful wedding on any budget and candles are guaranteed ambiance for a lot less money than flowers. Speaking of less money…check out your local Catholic supply store for great deals on candles from votives to tall candles in a jar. I used to purchase mine by the case and they were a lot cheaper on the budget than getting them at the grocery store. In addition, this amazing gem of a shop has great candles in bulk and just about everything else for your wedding too: Sav on Crafts.

Well, without further ado…ceremony and reception candle decor inspiration:

Wedding Ceremony Candle Decor

Candles Reception

Saturday’s Latest: Etsy Virtual Bridal Show Team

Today I have a plethora of goodness from the Etsy Virtual Bridal Show Team. So, without further ado, four fantastic treasuries full of wedding bits and bobs to make your day uniquely you.

‘Saturday’s Latest from the Etsy Virtual Bridal Show Team 2/16/13 #1’ by ravengrrl


Wedding bouquet and memorial…

$8.99

Wedding bouquet charm. Cranb…

$8.99

Wedding bridal crown wreath …

$115.00

silk lace chuppah (made-to-o…

$780.00

Fingerless Bridal Gloves: Wh…

$27.00

Handmade Cotton Lace Collar,…

$38.00

Brown Handmade Tulle Lace Co…

$37.00

Handmade Cotton Lace Appliqu…

$52.00

Lace Pocket – Simple Wedding…

$4.99

With Love Wedding Invitation…

$4.99

Gates – Romantic Wedding Inv…

$9.99

Lace – Bridal Shower Invitat…

$3.99

Wedding Hair Flower Headband…

$52.00

Thank You Wedding Favor Tags…

$24.00

Seashell Ring Bearer Wedding…

$25.00

Personalized Wedding Ornamen…

$150.00

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‘Saturday’s Latest from the Etsy Virtual Bridal Show Team 2/16/13 #2’ by ravengrrl


Boutonniere, Turquoise Satin…

$12.00

Weddings, Bridal/Bridesmaid …

$31.00

Handmade Cotton Lace Appliqu…

$41.00

Brown Handmade Tulle Lace Co…

$37.00

Wood Wedding Placecard Holde…

$95.00

Sugar Starfish Seashell Bobb…

$19.00

Ivory Flowery Headpiece / H…

$60.00

Wedding bridal crown wreath …

$95.00

Handmade Ribbon Rose Bouquet…

$85.00

Lace Bib Statement Necklace …

$40.00

Wedding Jewelry, Brilliant S…

$40.00

Wedding Hair accessory made …

$32.50

Wedding bridal crown wreath …

$95.00

Princess Marie Antoinette Iv…

$75.00

Marie Antoinette Ivory and P…

$75.00

White Net Tulle Stole Shawl …

$75.00

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‘Saturday’s Latest from the Etsy Virtual Bridal Show Team 2/16/13 #3’ by ravengrrl


Wedding bouquet frame charm….

$8.99

ORANGE, Large Organza Flower…

$13.50

Handmade Cotton Lace Collar,…

$40.00

Handmade Cotton Lace Appliqu…

$30.00

Petite bouquet, Flower Girl …

$32.00

Wedding seating chart. Const…

$45.00

Flower Girl Kissing Ball, Po…

$28.00

Ring Bearing Pillow: Unusual…

$38.00

Black Handmade Cotton Lace C…

$40.00

Handmade Cotton Lace Collar,…

$43.00

Purple Vanda Bouquet, Bridal…

$65.00

Monogram Mesh – Modern Weddi…

$7.99

Frame – Elegant Wedding Invi…

$6.99

Lace – Elegant Wedding Invit…

$4.99

Large Elegant Ivory Feather …

$29.50

COCO Glitter and Lace Weddin…

$675.00

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‘Saturday’s Latest from the Etsy Virtual Bridal Show Team 2/16/13 #4’ by ravengrrl


Unity Candle Set, Wedding Ce…

$200.00

Rose Candle Unity Set, Pilla…

$170.00

Mint Origami Crane Rose Brid…

$120.00

Wedding Ring Pillow – Satin …

$39.00

Succulent Bridal Bouquet, Ru…

$150.00

Wedding Invitation Penthouse…

$3.50

PDF crochet pattern – heart …

$4.90

3 tier Cake Stand Honey Bun…

$95.00

Extra Large Gumpaste Flower…

$100.00

Bridal jewelry set, Bridal b…

$84.00

Seed Paper Invitations custo…

$250.00

Wedding Decorations/Receptio…

$100.00

Wedding Reception Candy Bar/…

$10.00

DIY printable wedding altern…

$20.00

Wedding Card Box and Banner …

$229.00

White Medieval Wedding Dress…

$615.00

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Friday’s Favorites: Weekly roundup with great Etsy finds

What a delight to find that I am on Bride Tide’s Top 100 Wedding Blogs list again! Thanks so much to all of you for nominations and support!

This week’s posts ran the gamut from centerpieces to Japanese inspiration. Here are a few treasuries to go with this week’s posts and get you started on bits and bobs for your own special day!

‘Wedding Centerpieces’ by ravengrrl


Bling Candelabra, Bling Chan…

$55.00

Wedding centerpiece. Repurp…

$35.00

Wedding Centerpiece, Wedding…

$39.00

Wedding Centerpiece Upcycled…

$135.00

Burlap Wedding centerpiece f…

$34.50

Rustic Wedding Centerpiece C…

$120.00

Glass Hanging Terrarium Jumb…

$37.00

Creme-white driftwood candle…

$39.00

Colorful Fabric Wrapped Vase…

$30.00

Log Candle, Fireplace Log, Y…

$40.00

FERN GREEN Vintage Decorativ…

$32.75

Stackable Teacups & Teapot C…

$40.00

Silk Floral Wedding Centerpi…

$65.00

Treasury Item- Mason Jar Lac…

$18.50

Forever candle luminary for …

$42.00

Large Moss Purse and Angel V…

$12.95

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‘Statement Ties’ by ravengrrl

Men’s ties that command attention.


Blue Tie. Men Tie. Hand Pain…

$35.00

SALE Men’s Tie Klimt, ex…

$72.00

Kryptonite Supermans Rock on…

$30.00

Mens skull striped necktie, …

$40.00

Tie – Dapper Fox Necktie – M…

$28.00

Absinthe bow tie, self-tie. …

$40.00

The Beau- NEW men’s prep…

$36.00

Neckties – Seaside Necktie …

$22.95

Carmen Men’s Tie (MADE T…

$90.00

Mens Necktie Cream World Map…

$19.95

Custom, Hand Painted, Men…

$65.00

Red Crystal Embellished Tie …

$35.00

Doctor Who – Tardis – Freest…

$25.00

Custom Hand Tailored Retro S…

$35.00

Against The Grain Necktie – …

$24.00

Pomp & Ceremony, Men’s B…

$55.00

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‘Japanese Inspired Wedding Details’ by ravengrrl


Koi Invitation, Koi wedding …

$1.99

Asian Wedding Invitation wit…

$4.75

Japanese Obi Sash Pale Gold …

$65.00

Wedding Dress with vintage w…

$720.00

3 White Cherry Blossom Hair …

$27.00

White Innocence Japanese Kan…

$24.99

Custom made wedding rings – …

$200000.00

Vintage Japanese Painting Cu…

$38.00

4 wedding ties. Groomsmen ne…

$108.00

Original Square Sushi Candle…

$2.75

Japanese Chopsticks Wedding …

$76.00

SAKURA Wedding Card Box Mone…

$85.00

Kimono bunting flags, Japane…

$20.00

Bride and Groom WEDDING CAKE…

$138.00

10 Lotus Lanterns, origami w…

$110.00

Pre Fixe Peace Crane Ornamen…

$5.00

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Wedding Wednesday: Japanese Garden Inspiration

One of my absolute favorite places to go to in San Diego, is the Japanese Friendship Garden in Balboa Park. Once upon a time, there was a tea house in that spot that was built in 1914 for the 1915 Panama-California Exposition. It remained a functioning tea house until it was dismantled in 1941. In August 1990, the Japanese Friendship Garden was built to honor the memory of the original tea house. It currently holds exhibitions and you can get a bite to eat and sip some tea to cap off your visit to this gorgeous spot.

For some reason, this spot was on my mind today as I was talking to my kiddo about where I grew up. The topic of my many trips to Balboa Park came up and I mentioned the garden (which wasn’t there when I was a kid, but I did stop off at during a conference I was attending). It’s a lovely spot and the inspiration for today’s Wedding Wednesday.

Japanese inspired DIY Favors:
Spicy Asian Brittle (if you leave out the red pepper flakes, the brittle will be more in line with Japanese cuisine)
Origami Butterfly
Washi Tape Votive Candle
DIY Washi Tape Favor Wrap

Japanese Inspired Garden Wedding

Friday’s Favorites: Etsy Finds: Geektastic Nuptials and Boho Beachiness

Welcome to another week of Friday’s Favorites, where I round up the week’s posts with great Etsy Finds. This week for Monday’s Finding we had geeky wedding details and Etsy has plenty of wedding geekery. Then, we had a boho beach inspiration on Wedding Wednesday and I found some gorgeous beachy bits and bobs, including a gorgeous bridal gown. I hope you like this week’s finds and enjoy your weekend!

‘Geektastic Nuptials’ by ravengrrl

Doctor Who (my fave), Star Wars, Zombies, and Robots


Doctor Who – Tardis Boutonni…

$24.00

Doctor Who Inspired TARDIS W…

$9.00

police box tardis style doct…

$48.50

Doctor Who inspired TARDIS t…

$25.00

Star Wars Ring – Sterling Si…

$325.00

Star Wars Wedding Cake Toppe…

$32.00

I love you I know cufflinks

$40.00

Padme Amidala Picnic Dress C…

$880.00

Size Medium ivory Moss and T…

$395.00

Zombie Wedding cake topper s…

$50.00

Chocolate Zombie Brains

$6.00

Zombie Brain Garter

$22.50

Silver and Gold Robots in Lo…

$75.00

Bridal Bouquet Steampunk Wed…

$275.00

Gray and Silver ‘Tinman&…

$19.95

Hand Drawn Ink Guest book Ar…

$55.00

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‘Boho Beach Wedding’ by ravengrrl


Beach Wedding Dress. Cottage…

$418.00

Victorian Bridal Headband, P…

$135.00

Beach Wedding Necklace and e…

$290.00

White Mother of Pearl Barefo…

$35.00

Pastel Sea Urchin, Coral, Pe…

$118.00

Sea Urchin Cufflinks – Pink

$44.00

4 silk neckties, groomsmen m…

$144.00

KELVANN — Nautical Shell, S…

$14.00

taupe whisper pink & cream c…

$160.00

Seahorse Wedding Cake Topper…

$50.00

Whimsical Bohemian Beach Wed…

$125.00

Beach Wedding Invitations In…

$13.50

Beach Wedding Candle- Soy W…

$18.00

Mason Jar Lanterns Beach The…

$50.00

Beach Wedding Decoration – S…

$85.00

SHOES OPTIONAL with your nam…

$49.95

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Wedding Wednesday: Boho Beach Inspiration and Some Great Beachy DIYs

Happy Wedding Wednesday! I’m curious as to what you are all working on for your wedding today? Me, I’m making flowers from pages of Pride and Prejudice to go in bouquets and decor. It’s always fun to learn a new crafty skill!

Today’s post is for those planning a beach/destination wedding with boho flair. If you have been coveting all of those beautiful beachy waves for your wedding day tresses, try putting together your own sea salt spray (courtesy of Organic Authority)rather than spending top dollar for the same thing at a much greater salon product price. This will also give you a chance to try out the look prior to your hair trial, just to be sure it’s exactly what you want.

Looking for a unique sweetheart table design for your reception on the sand? Apartment Therapy has a great little tutorial that’s perfect for you and your love to have a bit of you time, while still enjoying the company of your guests.

I’ve also included a gorgeous DIY pebble necklace kit from the Etsy shop, “What the Funk?“, a tutorial for some fun sandy shadowbox table numbers by ChillyBear on Wedding Bee’s DIY forum and DIY beach terrarium kit from Theresa’s Plants & More Store.

I hope you enjoy today’s post! Let me know what you think or if you have any personal inspiration board request.

DIY Sea Salt Spray for boho beach tresses

How to pitch a Boho Beach tent, perfect for use as a sweetheart table.

DIY beach pebble necklace kit. A great gift for your maids!

A DIY beach terrarium kit to set off your table decor.

Beachy shadowbox table number DIY.

Boho Beach Style Wedding

Tip or Trend Tuesday: Trend: Wedding deets to satisfy your geekery!

I have a confession to make…I’m a total geek. I know some of you know I’m a Jane Austen geek, but my geekery runs much deeper than that. I’m a raging Whovian (Doctor Who), a Ringer (Lord of the Rings) a newish Trekkie (a fan of the more recent franchises), and a vampire and zombie nut. So, it goes without saying that the geek wedding trend is right up my alley. Mr. Wondermous and me have some fun geektastic details for our own wedding and I thought I’d celebrate this trend of self-expression by throwing some fun geeky wedding details your way. Let your geek flag fly!

Geek Wedding Food

Geek Wedding Cakes

Geek Cake Toppers

Geek Wedding Details

Geek Wedding Party Gifts- Bridesmaids and Groomsmen