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DIY Wedding Mason Jar Mugs

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Looking back on your wedding, did you have just one project that now looking back you say, “What on earth was I thinking?!  How did nobody tell me I was totally insane?”  Well, I certainly do.  And I’m certain my friends and family just knew that I wouldn’t let down from this idea, so they graciously rolled with it.  Although I still hold to this day that I loved the labor of love I did for these and was so happy with how they turned out.

So, while wedding planning, I was obsessed with idea of these personalized mason jar mugs as favors, but buying them off The Knot.com:

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BUT, it appeared to be a painful investment between the cost per mug and don’t let that fool you, make sure you check out the shipping cost too.  Here is what mine looked like:

The Knot Custom Mason Jar Mugs:
Qty needed: 228
Shipping:  $186.89
Total Cost: $789.61
Price per mug:  $3.46 (Total cost (including shipping) / qty)

*Note, this pricing above was when I was planning my wedding in 2013.  Now looking at the link to the Knot, the prices seem even higher! 

Yeah, almost $800 in mason jar mugs for giveaways just wasn’t in our budget.  But don’t you fear, DIY-budget savvy brides, where there is a will (and a BRIDE’s will at that), there is a WAY!

I started researching and found some tutorials on glass etching.  You simply have a stencil/template and buy etching cream from your local craft store (like Michaels), brush it on (I really liked these brushes), let it sit, and wash it off- then bam!  The glass is etched.  Seemed pretty straight-forward.

I took our wedding logo of the “M&M” and the silhouette of our venue barn (that our amazing graphic designer created for us!) and using my sister’s Silhouette Portrait machine, I cut it out onto clear sticker project paper.  Then, I tested it by sticking it onto a mason jar and etching it- success! DIY-Mason-Jar-Mugs_3

Now, that I knew this crazy idea was possible, the next goal was to find where I could purchase blank mason jar mugs to hand etch each 180-some mugs for every guest (#crazybride).  Upon my crazy searching, I came across Fillmore Container in Lancaster, PA (note, I am located in Minnesota).  I emailed them and found not only the blank mason jar mugs at a great price, but also, these adorable daisy lids so straws could go in them (swoon!  How cute!).  Here is how my Fillmore order came out:

Fillmore Container Blank Mason Jar Mugs:
Qty needed: 228 (19 cases of 12)
Shipping:  $141.84
Daisy Lids (100): $28
Total Cost: $351.86
Price per mug:  $1.54 (Total cost (including shipping) / qty)

Cost Savings Compared to The Knot:  $437.75

Well, if you save nearly $500 then I applaud you (as I did myself at the time).  So yes, I ordered 19 cases of blank mugs from Pennsylvania that were all delivered to my tiny 700 sq ft house (insert ridiculous look/laugh here).  It was pretty comical.  They took up my entire kitchen.  Now, of course, the work had just begun.  It’s safe to say for DIY brides, your time is worth nothing.  It’s just true.  If I would look at how many hours I hand etched each 180-some mugs for my guests, I’m sure the $500 savings wouldn’t be worth it, but to us DIY-budget savvy brides, umm yes, it was worth it.

The next few months were a blur (and can pretty much be summarized in the behind the scenes photos below, Lewis loving the boxes filled with packing peanuts that the mugs came in and helping to etch, lots of late night slap-happy etching parties).

Etching the Mugs – The Basic Process:
1.  Cut out stencils of wedding logo from the Silhouette machine (note, you could only use one sticker stencil on one mug, then it had to be thrown away)

2.  Stick them on the mason jar mugs

3.  Using etching cream, etch over each stencil, letting the etching cream sit for 5 minutes (you can see below, I used post-it notes by the mugs where I would write the time + 5 minutes so I could keep working ahead and do multiple at a time)

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Finishes:

As one of my prize-DIY projects from the wedding, I wanted these babies to double as my escort “cards” for people, and also label the mugs so people could use them throughout the night and keep track of their drinks. So I had to come up with 2 things:

  1. How/where to put individual names
  2. How/where to put the assigned table names

Here is what I came up with:

Guest Names
For the names, I purchased these key tags they were pretty inexpensive for how many you got in a pack.  Then, I created a template on my computer using a few of my wedding patterns, and typed in each guests name.  I then printed them on white sticker paper (note, not the clear kind like before, the “white”) and cut them out with a 1″ circle puncher to fit perfectly into the key tags.  This was a tedious process, but you can fit a lot of circles on one page, so it really wasn’t that bad.  I also loved that I used my wedding font and pattern to make it tie into the rest of the pieces at the wedding.  (I made tags for Matt & I to use that just said “Mr Kiesow” and “Mrs Kiesow”)- which was pretty cute too).

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I then tied this mint green jute twine cording around the mouth of the mason jar mug and slipped the key ring onto it to connect it to the mug, securing it with a knot and bow.

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Table Assignments
Our table numbers were constellations, as Matt and I met in astronomy class (more about table names here).  So to tie into that, I decided to use rock candy.  I purchased rock candy in various colors in bulk (from here), and then made flags using scrapbook paper (in my wedding colors).  I made the table names on my computer with my wedding font and printed them on clear sticker paper so I could easily transfer them onto the pretty scrapbook paper.  Finally, I attached the flags to the rock candy, which were placed upside down in the mason jar mugs for guests to find their seats.  (As you can see, the kiddies really loved the candy too :)

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I even made a cute little poem which I had printed to poster-size at Walgreens (no, I did NOT really chalkboard write that well!!) to fit into my amazing gold frame to communicate to guests what these (amazing) mason jars were all about:

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After all that work, I am so happy to report that our guests loved the mugs and used them throughout the WHOLE night at our wedding.  We even had guests (ok, mostly girls) getting fancy by mixing the Angry Orchard hard cider we had on tap with red wine for a Sangria type mix and using the tops and straws- love!

Was this project a labor of love?  Yes.  Did the mugs mean so much more to me after putting hours of work into them and making them exactly what I wanted vs. just paying $800 for something non-custom: YES.  So there you have it!  I hope you fellow-DIY brides can use this and be sure to let me know if you try this yourself!  (I would love to hear from a fellow crazy DIY-bride like I was) :)

Cheers! (Literally!)

*Oh, and DIY brides, be sure to think about the things that you put SO much work into for your wedding and get some photos with them to commemorate all your hard work! Your photographer will be so appreciative since they don’t know about all the work leading up to the big day!
*Weddings photo credit throughout to Erin Jean Photography

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Wedding Table Numbers | Unique & “Totally You Guys”

When planning a wedding, there are SO many details.  Now, let’s be clear, none of these details will trump the most important part of the day (you know, that guy or gal you are marrying and vowing to spend the rest of your life with, yeah that’s the MOST important part).  But, if you are a detail freak, type A person like me, don’t act like you haven’t hem and hawed over something as simple as your table numbers.  Here are my thoughts on customizing your table numbers for this small detail of your BIG day (oh, and they are super budget-friendly too!)

Biggest Tip:  Make It About YOU GUYS

Your wedding day is all about you guys’ as a couple.  The reasons that you are perfect for each other and the story of what has brought you to this very moment and decision to spend the rest of your lives together.  What do you like to do together?  How did you meet?  Here are two of my favorite (ok, I’m bias) examples from my own wedding as well as my sister’s wedding:

 

How You Met | {My Wedding}
Matt & I met in Astronomy class my freshman (his sophomore) year of college.  So, in a very cute (and ok maybe semi-cheesy way), we rolled with an “Astronomy” theme for our table numbers, naming each table a constellation.  While I for sure couldn’t pronounce half the names, we included a little summary of how we met as well as a little “fun fact” about the constellation for our guests to read.  We also added our logo featuring a silhouette of The Enchanted Barn with the constellation above it for an added touch of personalization.

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Execution:
I used these white iKea Tolsby Frames that run $0.99 each (ch-ya!).  Then I simply had our graphic designer create each table number as a 2-sided 4×6 to fit the frames.  Simple + chic. Check!

 

What You Like To Do Together | {My Sister’s Wedding}
Adrian & Jeff are passionate foodies (they are always my first call for a restaurant recommendation or a “what is this strange ingredient in this recipe”).  They know the Minneapolis-area food scene like the back of their hand. So, for their wedding, they chose to name their tables as their FAVORITE local hidden gem restaurants.  They included a little summary of each restaurant for their guests to read at the table & it tied in perfectly- it was just so “them”.

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Photo credit:  Nicolas Norbert Photography & Erin Jean Photography

Execution:
We DIY-ed these table numbers with a simple “table tent” style with scrapbook paper and maintaining the same consistent fonts from the rest of the wedding invites, programs, etc.  The guest’s escort cards were (of course) with the coordinating scrapbook paper as their appropriate table (I mean ‘restaurant’). Oh how the organization & detailed coordination makes my heart sing! (

While I love a classic numeric table number, why not change it up and let your table names say a little more about you as a couple?!  Your guests (many of which may not know your new spouse as well as your closest friends) will love the little insider they get into a slice of you as a couple.

**Special shout-out to the AH-MAZING designer that did all the design work for both my own and my sister’s wedding – the talented Amy Stemper of Ash & Oke.  If you are in the market for a graphic designer, check her out.  Her work will make your wedding cohesive, gorgeous, and reflective of your own individual style!

cheers!

mallory

A Guide to Planning Wedding Flowers

A Guide to Planning Wedding Flowers | Creative Mess in a Corporate Dress

Like all aspects of weddings, each component is given a certain amount of detail/attention per every bride/couple’’s list of “priorities” and what matters most to them.  Some brides put flowers high on their priority list, while others choose to spend their wedding budget elsewhere.  Personally, I love the beautiful and organic touch that real flowers have and I had fun coordinating the flowers for our wedding, which turned out gorgeous and totally complimented the design I was seeking.

If you do hire a florist and don’t quite know where to start, I hope this will help to guide you in the right direction to start to envision your flowers and how they will fit in to the overall esthetic of your wedding.  By providing all of this detail up front, this will help you to send all of your requested information out to multiple florists for them to estimate your wedding, so you can make the best choice (financially/logistically/creatively) for your big day.

Logistics:
The basics.  Is your florist available on your wedding date, and do they deliver to your venue (or do you want to arrange to pickup)

Items:
This can vary so widely across weddings.  By listing out all the items you would like the florist to “bid” for you, you can ensure that you are seeing the overall package and cost of what you are looking for.  This will help your florist to appropriately estimate your cost.  I would also suggest requesting that the estimate is broken out by piece (aka:  The bride’s bouquet is $XX, each boutonniere is $XX, etc.) so you can see where you may be able to find some cost savings.

Here are the items I had my florist bid out:
Bride Bouquet
Bridesmaid Bouquets
Flower girl petals (or bouquets)
Groom/Groomsmen/Usher Boutonnieres
Dad’s Boutonnieres
Grandpa’s Boutonniere
Grandma’s Wrist Corsage
Mom’s Wrist Corsage
Personal Attendant(s) Wrist Corsage
Centerpieces
Ceremony Aisle Décor

(Additional Pieces to Consider:)
Miscellaneous decor flowers throughout reception
Head Table decor

Quantity:
Wedding party/size matters when it comes to estimating.  Your florist won’t be able to read your mind as to how many bridesmaids/groomsmen you have, how many grandparents are coming, or how many tables you need centerpieces for, so give all that info upfront to avoid back and forth confusion.

Links to Visuals/Inspiration:
Chances are you have pinned some flowers that you like for your wedding, so don’t withhold that valuable “vision”!  Share it with the florist upfront in your initial request, it will help them by quoting you will the appropriate flowers you are looking for.  Seasonality and type of flowers will impact costs, so its great to throw out your “dream” looks initially (shoot for the stars) and then discuss how you can find cost savings after seeing the quote (and come back to earth :).

*For example, I really loved the look of succulents, which are fairly expensive flowers.  In my initial request some of my inspiration pieces were predominantly succulents.  After seeing the quote, we opted to do more “filler” flowers like baby’s breath in the centerpieces to keep them looking full but saving on cost as well.

Download my free wedding flower worksheet to provide your florist all of your information in an organized and detailed format!
Download:  Wedding Flowers_Worksheet

For more floral inspiration, check out my Pinterest board feast your eyes on my lovely wedding photos showcasing the fabulous flowers!

A Guide to Planning Wedding Flowers | Creative Mess in a Corporate Dress

A Guide to Planning Wedding Flowers | Creative Mess in a Corporate Dress

A Guide to Planning Wedding Flowers | Creative Mess in a Corporate Dress

A Guide to Planning Wedding Flowers | Creative Mess in a Corporate Dress

A Guide to Planning Wedding Flowers | Creative Mess in a Corporate Dress

A Guide to Planning Wedding Flowers | Creative Mess in a Corporate Dress

A Guide to Planning Wedding Flowers | Creative Mess in a Corporate Dress

A Guide to Planning Wedding Flowers | Creative Mess in a Corporate Dress

Florist:  E.L. Design – Event Floral Design (Ellsworth, WI)
Photo Credit:  Erin Jean Photography (Green Bay, WI)

Enjoy! xo

mallory

What Should My Guys Wear for My Wedding?

What Should My Guys Wear for My Wedding? | Creative Mess in a Corporate Dress

What Should My Guys Wear for My Wedding? We all know about saying yes to the dress.  But what about saying….”woot to the suit?”

Did I ever struggle with this question when planning my wedding.  Let me just throw it out there that picking out my wedding dress was WAY easier than picking out what my groom and groomsmen were going to wear.  Not sure if I’m a minority/crazy in that sense, but hey, do girls need to think about all the color and pattern options in the world?  Not typically.

Now, of course like all tiny details of a wedding, it has to go with your overall “vision” and basic design concept.  Are you getting married in a ballroom?  Hotel?  Barn?  Hey, these days, the possibilities are endless.  Nontraditional wedding venues and themes have widened the variety SO much for what the guys wear.  And it’s pretty fun to see all the options.  (Oh hey, this can be pretty stressful and intimidating too to pick out as a bride!  Been there).

Of course everyone always wants to keep in mind too that their wedding photos should be timeless in the sense that they love them forever.  Now, in my own personal opinion, that is kind of impossible.  The things that are in fashion today, just won’t be cool when our kids are older (hence the “OMG Mom, you wore that!?!”, we’ve all said that to our parents and will be told that in the future.  Hard truth.)  I go by that your wedding should reflect one thing: the couple’s style.  This goes for what you wear too.

I digress, so what should your guys wear?  A few things to consider that I thought about for months on end.  I’ll save you some painful brain-thinking by giving you my top 5 high points to consider:

1)      Does the groom look good with the bride?

Well, duh.  Does peanut butter go well with jelly?  Not to make it all about the bride, but hey, you two may be in just a FEW photos together, best to coordinate that up front

My wedding colors were mint green and blush pink.  My groom wore  a mint green dress shirt that had a slight pinstripe pattern, I loved it.  I searched long and hard and went to Macy’s 5 million times.  Then found the shirt at JCPenney of all places (get creative, brides)- p.s. also found ALL my ties here.  I purposely dressed my groom in soft colors that wouldn’t be overpowering in photographs.

2)      What’s your vibe?

Back to the “vision” thing.  Grand ballroom wedding, barn wedding, keep it all in mind.

We had a barn wedding.  Our vibe was casual, vintage and romantic.

3)      Tux or Suit?

Tux = formal, less options, classic look

Suit = more casual (can still be formal), more options

We went with suits.  Again, married at a barn.  Seemed more appropriate.

4)      Rent or Buy?

Renting = expensive for them, they walk away with zippo, notta, nothin’

Buying = expensive for you, they walk away with some stylish new swagger

We went with buy.  We chose to have our groomsmen buy the suit pants and the suit vest.  We opted out of doing jackets since it was July, outside, in WI (hot!).  Then as part of their gift for being in the wedding, we bought them their (1) dress shirt (2) tie (3) shoes.  Boom.  They walked away with some slammin’ separates that they can reuse in life.  WIN!

5)      Do you want the groom to look the SAME as his groomsmen?

Personal preference.  I like being able to point out the groom in any photo by subtle differences.  Different vest, colored shirt, overalls, shoes, etc. So many choices!

I went with no, I wanted my groom to be slightly different.  We achieved this by going with: (1) Different shirt (2) Different tie (3) Different shoes.  Nothing so crazy that he looked out of place, but enough so that he looked, well, like the groom.  Oh, he also had a jacket for the ceremony to make it a little more “offic”, but lost the jacket soon after and rocked the vest since the weather was toasty.

Considering how much thought goes into picking out what the guys wear (or at least for some crazies like me), I think we deserve a drink (or nap, or both).  Cheers to your guys looking fan-freakin-tastic at your wedding all thanks to your insanely detailed planning.

You go bride.

(check out my Pinterest page here to see all that inspired me for the guys!)

What Should My Guys Wear for My Wedding? | Creative Mess in a Corporate Dress

What Should My Guys Wear for My Wedding? | Creative Mess in a Corporate Dress

What Should My Guys Wear for My Wedding? | Creative Mess in a Corporate Dress

What Should My Guys Wear for My Wedding? | Creative Mess in a Corporate Dress

What Should My Guys Wear for My Wedding? | Creative Mess in a Corporate Dress

*Photos courtesy of Erin Jean Photography

Enjoy!

mallory

DIY Wedding Decor – Floral Barrels

DIY Wedding Decor – Floral Barrels

When planning my wedding I became slightly obsessed with the idea of using barrels for floral decor at our outdoor ceremony.  In particular, I fell in love with this pin:

 DIY Wedding Decor - Floral Barrels | Creative Mess in a Corporate Dress

(no point in giving the link, it was a “dead” pink as I like to refer to them as (no link…boo!  Hate it when that happens!)

Thus the attempt to execute a wedding “pin” off Pinterest begins.  Dun dun dun!  But I was up for the challenge. :)

I loved the idea of the baby’s breath flowers in a simple barrel.  So the barrel search began.

Well folks, let me just tell you how difficult it is to find affordable barrels.  VERY!  Knowing I was planning on about 200 guests with 10 rows of chairs (10 chair on either side of aisle), I knew I would need at least 10 barrels if I were to do every other row on either side.  I knew I didn’t want to skimp out on the aisle decor either and have it look ‘puney’ or unimpressive in photos.

There are resources in Minnesota for buying/renting barrels.  They can be found by a simple Google search.  However, they are quite expensive (upwards of $70/barrel to purchase, and around $40/barrel to rent).  In looking for 20 barrels for my ceremony layout, I wasn’t about to spend $800-$1,400 on barrels.  Argh, what was a bride to do?!

It really is the truth that you find things where you least expect it.  In my case, my savior was none other than the great and powerful……..Fleet Farm.  (cue cricket noises & awkward silence).  Ok, I admit, Matt and I were totally at Fleet Farm for something completely different (perhaps the camper floor?), when I came across these barrel planters in the gardening section:

DIY Wedding Decor - Floral Barrels | Creative Mess in a Corporate Dress

….beautiful?   Umm, no.  Honestly, I was underwhelmed with them at first.  Spoiler alert, they are not wood, they are actually plastic!  However, this photo above was taken on my iPhone and they actually photographed pretty well (didn’t look like shiny plastic).  One of the best parts?  The price.  At a mere $6/planter, I was able to achieve my barrel planter look for about $75 (we ended up getting 12 barrel planters and using them around the wedding since they were so dang cute)  AND, side note, easy to transport (lightweight & stackable!)

Here is the final product, I couldn’t have been happier with how they turned out!  Vision accomplished!  You can even see my adorable flower girls making their way down the aisle with those fabulous flower barrels along the aisle!

DIY Wedding Decor - Floral Barrels | Creative Mess in a Corporate Dress

Cheers!

mallory

 

Be an Organized Bride with Google Drive

Be an Organized Bride with Google Drive | Creative Mess in a Corporate Dress

Be an Organized Bride with Google Drive

For all you brides out there who were your own wedding planner- I may hold the key to making your lives a million times easier – Be an Organized Bride with Google Drive.  When my oldest sister planned her wedding in 2000, she carried around an expandable accordion folder with all her papers filed neatly.  Well, that was great then (and may even work for some people now), but in my experience, the organization that saved me was as easy as:

GOOGLE DOCS

(cue heavenly music & clouds)

*note, not endorsed by Google :)

Monumental, right?!  It sounds like such a no brainer, but brides really should utilize Google docs and I will share how and why I did because I used it for 7 months straight.

HOW?

1)       Have one central spreadsheet

As a very type-A individual, I love spreadsheets, color coding, formatting, and really just anything that makes information easy to communicate.  My Google Docs spreadsheet, “Wedding Planning” was my central database of all my wedding details all buttoned up into one pretty package.

2)       Tabs

Arguably, I went a little “tab crazy”, but what can I say, I’m a “thorough” person who likes more information than less.  Here were the tabs that my Wedding Planning spreadsheet included:

  • Investment
  • Questions for Venue
  • Contact List
  • Registry
  • Bachelorette Party
  • Shower Guest Lists
  • STD
  • Table #s
  • DIY Projects
  • Setup Instructions
  • Kids Area
  • Alcohol
  • Shuttle
  • Showers/Thank Yous
  • Donuts/Cake
  • Wedding Party
  • Salon
  • Personal Attendant Duties
  • Flowers
  • Groom’s Lunch
  • Timeline

*I will continue to do more detailed posts on each of these tabs (like the venue) so keep checking back or leave me a comment for specific questions!  :)

Be an Organized Bride with Google Drive | Creative Mess in a Corporate Dress

WHY?

1)      Flexibility.  

Oh the internet.  Where would we be without it?!  Since Google docs is stored “on the cloud”, it can be accessed from ANYWHERE.  I personally loved this as sometimes I’d be wedding planning at home, at work (guilty, but perhaps just a little bit :), my phone, my parents computer, so on and so forth.  To be able to access the most recent updates to the spreadsheet from anywhere was so invaluable.   Also, to always be able to update the spreadsheet from any location (vs. having a million post-its and notes in 10 places) was fabulous.  Real world example:  I would often pull up the spreadsheet when I was  shopping at Macy’s for the groomsmen shirts and I could pull up all their sizes on my phone.

2)      Sharing.  

I shared certain tabs of my spreadsheet with my sisters (Bachelorette Party tab) and my (now-husband) to help delegate tasks out.

3)      Sanity.  

Pretty sure brides check-lists of “to-dos” is long enough, I say, why add more stress/chaos to the mix by having all your info stored in a million different places?  I used this spreadsheet almost daily and became very familiar with all the information and where it was so I could utilize it in my planning.

And brides- you should be focused on the FUN parts of wedding planning vs. keeping track of a bunch of paperwork.  Let’s end on a happy fun wedding photo since this post was heavy on information!  (Remember that this is how happy you will feel on your big day!)   :)

Be an Organized Bride with Google Drive | Creative Mess in a Corporate Dress

I hope this helps some brides in their planning!

Cheers!

****UPDATE**** – Download the Wedding Venue Comparison spreadsheet here:

Wedding Venue Comparison Worksheet

Happy planning!

mallory

Minnesota Wisconsin Outdoor Wedding Venues

Minnesota Wisconsin Outdoor Wedding Venues

Utilize my research of Minnesota Wisconsin Outdoor Wedding Venues. Your wedding venue sets the tone for the big day that you envision.  Some people know exactly what they want (a blessing and a curse in my opinion), and others are open to many types of venues.

My wedding venue search started with a few parameters that immediately eliminated most popular venues in the Twin Cities area:

1)  No hotels

2)  No golf/country clubs

3)  No ballrooms

Well, there goes all the easy venues to book :)  Don’t get me wrong, I have been to plenty of weddings in these types of venues that were absolutely beautiful.  That type of setting just wasn’t my “vision”.  For my wedding, I wanted a vintage/rustic feel with an emphasis on the outdoors/nature and mixing rustic with modern for a romantic theme.  

Enter, the creation of my wedding venue Matrix/Comparison chart.  I used this to compare venues I was looking into to keep all my questions/information I received straight.  These are all more non-traditional/unique venues that I felt were strong possibilities to achieve my vision.

My Top Contenders that made the comparison Matrix were:

1)  Blue Horse Farm, New Richmond, WI

2)  Camrose Hill Flower Farm, Stillwater, MN

3)  Berwood Hill Inn, Lanesboro, MN

4)  Rosenwood Farm, Afton, MN

5)  Green Acres, Eden Prairie, MN

Picking Venue: MN & WI Outdoor Wedding Venues | Creative Mess in a Corporate Dress

 

I hope gathering this information helps some Minnesota brides on their venue search if they choose to go a non-traditional route like me!

*Which one did I choose?!  Oh the irony of the chart, none of them.  :)  I ended up booking the amazing venue The Enchanted Barn in Hillsdale, WI, and couldn’t have been happier with my choice.  I would highly recommend this venue to any bride.

**UPDATE** – Download the venue comparison spreadsheet here!!

Picking Venue: MN & WI Outdoor Wedding Venues | Creative Mess in a Corporate Dress

Picking Venue: MN & WI Outdoor Wedding Venues | Creative Mess in a Corporate Dress

Enjoy!

mallory

Winter Engagement Photos

Winter Engagement Photos

Our Winter Engagement Photos are my FAVORITE! Let me just start off by telling you how much I love our photographer for our wedding, Erin of Erin Jean Photography.  I search LONG & HARD for a photographer that was the style Matt & I liked.  We were drawn to soft light, natural candid poses, and photos that had personality and life to them.  Enter- Erin Jean Photography!  Now, Matt & I are based in the Twin Cities in Minnesota.  Erin is based in….essentially Green Bay, WI.  It is so me to pick a photographer 5 hours away, but we coudn’t be happier with our choice.  :)   So us crazy love-birds took a Friday off work and drove 5 hours over to Green Bay (we may or may not have driven through a snowstorm and I may or may not have curled my hair in the backseat of the car) but all worth it where we had our INCREDIBLE photoshoot (umm can you say PERFECT snowfall!?!), had lunch at Lambeau Field (we had never been there, nor knew if/when we’d be back) and headed 5 hours back home.

It was well worth the trip as we love how our photos turned out.  P.s. sorry there is a lot, they are all pretty much my favs and I couldn’t choose :)

A few details about our props…We are coffee addicts & the northern heart on our MN cutting board symbolizes where we met- Duluth.

Winter Engagement Photos | Creative Mess in a Corporate Dress (Erin Jean Photography)

Winter Engagement Photos | Creative Mess in a Corporate Dress (Erin Jean Photography)

Winter Engagement Photos | Creative Mess in a Corporate Dress (Erin Jean Photography)

Winter Engagement Photos | Creative Mess in a Corporate Dress (Erin Jean Photography)

Winter Engagement Photos | Creative Mess in a Corporate Dress (Erin Jean Photography)

Winter Engagement Photos | Creative Mess in a Corporate Dress (Erin Jean Photography)

Winter Engagement Photos | Creative Mess in a Corporate Dress (Erin Jean Photography)

Winter Engagement Photos | Creative Mess in a Corporate Dress (Erin Jean Photography)

Winter Engagement Photos | Creative Mess in a Corporate Dress (Erin Jean Photography)

Winter Engagement Photos | Creative Mess in a Corporate Dress (Erin Jean Photography)

Winter Engagement Photos | Creative Mess in a Corporate Dress (Erin Jean Photography)

Winter Engagement Photos | Creative Mess in a Corporate Dress (Erin Jean Photography)

Winter Engagement Photos | Creative Mess in a Corporate Dress (Erin Jean Photography)

Winter Engagement Photos | Creative Mess in a Corporate Dress (Erin Jean Photography)

Winter Engagement Photos | Creative Mess in a Corporate Dress (Erin Jean Photography)

Winter Engagement Photos | Creative Mess in a Corporate Dress (Erin Jean Photography)

Winter Engagement Photos | Creative Mess in a Corporate Dress (Erin Jean Photography)

Winter Engagement Photos | Creative Mess in a Corporate Dress (Erin Jean Photography)

Winter Engagement Photos | Creative Mess in a Corporate Dress (Erin Jean Photography)

Winter Engagement Photos | Creative Mess in a Corporate Dress (Erin Jean Photography)

Winter Engagement Photos | Creative Mess in a Corporate Dress (Erin Jean Photography)

Winter Engagement Photos | Creative Mess in a Corporate Dress (Erin Jean Photography)

Winter Engagement Photos | Creative Mess in a Corporate Dress (Erin Jean Photography)

Winter Engagement Photos | Creative Mess in a Corporate Dress (Erin Jean Photography)

Winter Engagement Photos | Creative Mess in a Corporate Dress (Erin Jean Photography)

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DIY Wedding Groomsmen Boxes – Asking the Guys

DIY Wedding Groomsmen Boxes – Asking the Guys

Obviously Matt crafted all of these on his own, NOT! :)  When I asked Matt if he wanted to ask his groomsmen in a creative way like my ladies, he said “Sure!”  Obviously he knew I’d be the crafter of the idea.  But I was excited he let me create these boxes to help ask the guys.  At first I worried the guys would think these were lame, but I was very happy that they all seemed to appreciate the sentiment/unique way of asking and thoroughly enjoyed their cocktail (I witnessed at least one round of cheers following the opening of these boxes!)

First off, I knew they couldn’t be all girly and mushy like my Be My Maid boxes were (we ladies can get away with such, the boys– not so much on board).  So, I wanted to keep the boys boxes centered around things I know boys like:

1)  Booze

2)  Keepin’ it short & sweet

I found these paper mache boxes at Michaels.  We found the glass cups at the dollar section at Target- win!  The mini Maker’s Mark was ironically the most difficult thing to find, after a few different liquor store runs, I finally found them!  I added the nostalgic glass Coca Cola bottle to provide a ready to make celebratory whisky coke for the stud-ly men of our wedding party.  Finally, for the cardstock with our wedding info, I kept it in ‘man talk’ and wanted to communicate to the guys that thing isn’t a burden to be in our wedding – it will be fun, we promise! :)

*Funny thing to note, boys don’t typically open boxes & look under the lid – it took a minute for most of the guys to see the question, which was kind of funny- but hey, we got 100% ‘yes’ from our 7 groomsmen & 2 ushers!

DIY Wedding Groomsmen Boxes - Asking the Guys | Creative Mess in a Corporate Dress

DIY Wedding Groomsmen Boxes - Asking the Guys | Creative Mess in a Corporate Dress

DIY Wedding Groomsmen Boxes - Asking the Guys | Creative Mess in a Corporate Dress

DIY Wedding Groomsmen Boxes - Asking the Guys | Creative Mess in a Corporate Dress

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