Category Archives: Wedding

Wedding Shadow Box

A few weekends ago I finally got around to making the last of my post-wedding crafts.

Shortly after our wedding last December, I bought a shadow box for wedding memories. I knew I wanted to display our guest book records along with it – more on that later.

Wedding Shadow Box - Mrs. Dessert Monster

So, I got to work on my shadow box on this free Saturday I had. It was a wonderful Saturday, one that had absolutely no plans or schedules. My husband & I got to stay home all day. We did some stuff around the house. I did some crafty things. We watched college football. We grilled up some steaks for dinner. I baked brownies for dessert. It was very relaxing & much needed.

I had been saving extras of all of my wedding stationery, ornament favors, & cake decorations for this shadow box. I also saved my bouquet – no fancy preservation or anything. My mom grabbed it for me the day of the wedding & it has been sitting in a mason jar on my vanity for months, drying nicely.

Wedding Shadow Box - Mrs. Dessert Monster

Obviously it isn’t as bright & vibrant as when the flowers were alive, but it still looked pretty good.

Red Bouquet - Mrs. Dessert Monster

I didn’t want to use the entire bouquet, just one or two of each flower. So I disassembled the bouquet & made my own little mini arrangement before using the original ribbon to wrap it up.

Wedding Shadow Box - Mrs. Dessert Monster

Stanley kitty was hanging out with me while I assembled everything.

Wedding Shadow Box - Mrs. Dessert Monster

I love how it turned out!

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Wedding Wednesday FINALE – Gifts To Your Spouse

Ladies & Gentlemen: it is Wednesday.

It’s the final Wednesday in this lovely little series I started back in May. It’s been a lot of fun sharing all the little details of our wedding. It’s really helped me appreciate all of the planning & work that went in to our big day.

I think wedding symbolize the amount of work we are supposed to put in to our marriages. Think of all the work you put in to the day you promised someone you’d stay with them forever, then put in that same amount of effort constantly to keep your promise. We are still in the newlywed/honeymoon stage, I suppose, so all the work is still fun. I want to put in the effort so that it always stays fun, more or less. So that our marriage/life ‘nets’ fun.

One of the last things my husband & I did for each other before getting married was exchange gifts. I really like this tradition, & since our wedding was so close to Christmas we gave each other gifts the morning of our wedding, instead of for Christmas.

My gift to my husband was totally Pinterest inspired.

Gifts To Your Spouse - Mrs. Dessert Monster

I got him a nice watch, set it to the date & time of our ceremony, & left him a little note in the box.

Gifts To Your Spouse - Mrs. Dessert Monster

My husband personalized my gift as well.

He got me a necklace from Things Remembered. It has since gotten a little beat up from me wearing it everyday, so I grabbed these photos from the website.

Gifts To Your Spouse - Mrs. Dessert Monster

It has both of our birthstones on it like this picture (September & October), but mine says “To the woman I love”

Gifts To Your Spouse - Mrs. Dessert Monster

On the back it says our names & anniversary.

Gifts To Your Spouse - Mrs. Dessert Monster

It came in this adorable jewelry box that says, “Today, tomorrow, always.” *swoon*

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I’m clearly not the best candid photo person.

It was really nice to read my husband’s sweet words (even better jewelry!) the morning of our wedding.

About an hour after exchanging gifts (via our best men), we became husband & wife.

I have really enjoyed being able to share & reminisce about our wedding day, but to be honest I would have been just as overjoyed & excited if we had eloped. Or had a smaller wedding. Or if it rained & the cake fell on the floor. At the end of the day it’s not about the wedding. It was never meant to be about the wedding. It’s about the man God gave me as a husband, & being the best wife I can be to him.


 Goodbye!

Wedding Wednesday – Gifts For The Bridal Party

Hello, it’s Wednesday!

The wedding Wednesday series is almost at a close!

I think it worked out great to end this series with the ‘gifts’. After all, the gift giving was done right before the wedding.

Today I want to share some of the gifts we gave to our bridal party. It meant a lot to us that we had a core group of friends/siblings by our side on that day.

It also meant a lot to me that my good friend, Beth, helped me out with the gift for the bridesmaids. She runs an Etsy shop, Bobbin & Co., where she sells adorable hand-made bags.

Bridesmaid wedding gift - Mrs. Dessert Monster

Bags like this wristlet! We custom designed it to match the wedding theme.

Bridesmaid wedding gift - Mrs. Dessert Monster

This is the inside of the wristlet – I love the surprise music notes!

These came out so cool I bought one for myself! I gave them to the girls the night of the rehearsal dinner, along with the jewelry.

For the guys I also turned to Etsy for part of their gift. AnnieHowes Etsy shop has make your own cuff link kits. I bought one & made musical cuff links for all the guys!

Groomsman wedding gift - Mrs. Dessert Monster

I also got them personalized bottler openers with their initials from Oriental Trading, but there are no pictures of that. Sorry folks! It’s funny how during wedding season last year I thought I was taking too many pictures of all the details. I did not know about the wonderful world of blogging back then.


Next week will be the last installment of Wedding Wednesday. There’s only so much I can say about the details of the wedding. On marriage, though, I could talk forever. Hmm…new series idea?

See y’all next week!

Wedding Wednesday – Gifts for Flower Girls & Ring Bearer

Last week I shared the gifts we gave to our loving parents. This week I wanted to share the gifts we gave to other special people in the wedding – the kiddos!

I know that the flower girls won’t really remember the wedding, & the ring bearer might not either (or will only remember the part where he got stage fright). So I love the idea of them having something they can look back on later in life while cleaning their room or going through the attic.

Flower girl gift - Mrs. Dessert Monster

I got this book for my two lovely flower girls. It’s really sweet! Fiona is asked to be the flower girl in her aunt’s wedding – how perfect! Inside I wrote a little message to each of my special girls.

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There wasn’t a ring bearer book option that I saw, & I wanted to get my little man something more than just a toy. I was so happy when I saw these custom shirts on Oriental Trading!

I just want the little ones to know how much it meant to my husband & me that they were a part of our big day. Tio & Tia love them very much!


More gifts next week! I think this will be a nice way to end the series.

Wedding Wednesday – Gifts for the Parents of the Bride & Groom

This week has been CRAZY at work!

Sorry this post is a bit late, but the bright side of it being Wednesday night instead of Wednesday is that it’s that much closer to Friday.

Today I wanted to share with you the gifts that we gave to our parents the night before the wedding.

For our moms I custom ordered these bracelets from ScrapheartGifts on Etsy.

Mother of the Bride Groom Gift - Mrs. Dessert Monster

Each has a pendant that says mother of the bride/groom & two messages: one from me & one from my husband.

Both of our moms wore them on the day of the wedding.

Mother of the Bride Groom Gift - Mrs. Dessert Monster

The gifts we gave our dads we actually bought several months before the wedding on our trip to Italy.

Father of the Bride Groom Gift - Mrs. Dessert Monster

We were in Burano, Venice & bought 2 lace handkerchiefs at a lovely little store. We had such a great time talking to the shop owner. My husband & I were really proud of ourselves for carrying on a 20-minute conversation in Italian with someone who didn’t speak any English!

We knew my husband’s dad would be touched to receive a gift from his homeland.

Fatherof the Bride Groom Gift - Mrs. Dessert Monster

My cousin embroidered the handkerchiefs with a little message from me – the same cousin who made the flower girl dresses. She’s so crafty!

We gave the gifts to our parents at the rehearsal dinner.

We wanted to take the time to appreciate everything our parents had done for us. Not just helping us prepare for the wedding, but preparing us for life.


More gifts in store next week!

Wedding Wednesday – Wedding Dress!

Hello! It’s Wednesday. I am close to finishing the list of things I wanted to share with you guys on Wednesdays. It’s not a bad thing! I have very much enjoyed these Wednesday posts & having somewhat of a schedule. This ‘series’ will end some day, but today is not that day!

Today I am sharing details about my wedding dress!

I lump veil & jacket in here, too. It was all a part of my ‘look’ 🙂

Wedding Dress - Mrs. Dessert Monster

I went wedding dress shopping with my mom, mother in law, & sister in law pretty shortly after we got engaged. We went to Patricia South Bridal; I had gotten my prom dress there back in high school & knew that’s where I wanted my wedding dress from this whole time. We had a good time shopping! I only tried on like 5 dresses before the bridal consultant brought out a dress I fell in love with. She told me to try it on, even though the sample was a pink/blush color. She assured that the dress also came in ivory. That was it. I think I knew before I even stepped out of the dressing room!

Wedding Dress - Mrs. Dessert Monster

I wasn’t sure what kind of dress I wanted at all before going shopping. My only requirement was lace. I also knew I wanted sleeves, but knew that I could always add a jacket to any dress I liked.

It’s funny because I don’t think I would have ever in my head picked out this trumpet-style dress without trying it on. The fact that this style is called ‘trumpet’ was also a sign this was the one for me – my husband is a trumpet player!

Wedding Dress - Mrs. Dessert Monster

Here you can see the difference between blush & ivory.

I got to try on the whole look I had in my head: fingertip length veil & lace 3/4 sleeve jacket.

Wedding Dress - Mrs. Dessert Monster

It was perfect!

The dress was within my budget, however the jacket & the veil would have put me way over! Sorry, Patricia, but I got those 2 items much cheaper online!

Wedding Dress - Mrs. Dessert Monster

Wedding Dress - Mrs. Dessert Monster

I couldn’t resist posting this picture when my veil came in! It’s a very simple veil, since the dress has so much going on with the beautiful lace!

My wedding dress took a couple of months to come in, & when it did I immediately went to check it out!

Wedding Dress - Mrs. Dessert Monster

It’s soooooo much prettier in ivory!

How did I keep my husband from seeing all this stuff? My mom had the dress at her house, but I had all these pictures on my phone. Not that my husband would have looked on purpose, but we all know what can happen when you are scrolling trying to look for something. This is why I had a whole separate album on my phone. This way I could show others without worrying about accidentally showing my husband. I even made a special album cover for it.

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He’s great, I knew he wouldn’t peak!

Closer to the wedding, once I had my shoes & everything, I had my first official fitting. Luckily, the dress didn’t need much work! I listened to the consultant when I was first shopping & bought the recommended size. It’s just a number, ladies! The way it fits, feels, & looks is way more important!

Wedding Dress - Mrs. Dessert Monster

I love this dress! I’m a bit ashamed to admit that I have not sent it to be cleaned & preserved yet. I will! I love the idea of someday using it in some way for my children, so I will store it until that day comes.

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This dress made me feel like a million bucks on my wedding day!


See you next time!

Wedding Wednesday – Guest Bags

Time is going by so quickly. I think it only gets worse as I get older. It’s already Wednesday!

Today I wanted to share the guest bags I made for the wedding.

Guest Bags - Mrs. Dessert Monster

I was inspired by some awesome gift bags I saw on Pinterest & knew I wanted mine to be at least a little bit special.

But I also wanted them to be relatively inexpensive.

I saw these paper gift bags at the Dollar Tree 2 for $1. I figured I could draw on them or use stamps or something. Then, when I ran the idea past my friend Beth she suggested embossing. She embossed all her own wedding invitations & became something of an expert at it. This type of embossing is really easy & looks really pretty. Beth has an embossing tool, which is basically like a hair dryer. The way it works is simple: you take a regular rubber stamp & ink, stamp your design, pour the powder on it, shake off the excess powder, & use the embossing tool to melt the powder. It’s really neat! We had a little assembly line going & knocked out 20 bags in no time.

OK so the bags are pretty, but what did we put in them? Well, I didn’t know I was going to have this blog at the time so I didn’t photograph the contents. Sorry guys, I dropped the ball there. But it was pretty standard stuff: water bottle, mini hand sanitizer, advil, lint roller, candy canes, ghirardelli peppermint bark, other candies & a little bottle of tequila (of course!). Every individual thing was $1 or less. I think the bags cost me about $4.50 each. I love the Dollar Tree.

I also love the screen caps I’ve been able to grab from our wedding video!

Guest Bags - Mrs. Dessert Monster

This is as close as I have to a professional picture – from a professional moving picture! The guys happened to have a couple of bags in their room when they were getting ready.

I think our out of town guests appreciated the little token, & packing them was just one more little thing my husband (then fiance) & I got to do together to get ready for our big day.


See y’all next week! It’ll be here before you know it.

Wedding Wednesday – Christmas Wreath Mason Jar Centerpieces

It’s Wednesday! Half way through the work week; half point to the weekend!

Today I want to share our centerpieces.

Christmas Wreath Mason Jar Centerpieces - Mrs. Dessert Monster

From the very beginning I knew I wanted to use Christmas wreaths in the centerpieces.

I had grand ideas of doing it all myself.

 I was a little over zealous with the projects.

I am so glad that my BFOTB, Frank, talked me out of trying to completely DIY the centerpieces. But I’m glad I still got to make some of it!

After meeting with my florist & planning out the centerpieces (I’d do the jars, she’d do the wreaths & the set up), I bought some 64oz mason jars & came up with the plan.

I used the same sheet music paper from other wedding crafts & some lacy red ribbon for the jars. Beth came over one day & helped me assemble them, plus a few extra for reception decorations!

Christmas Wreath Mason Jar Centerpieces - Mrs. Dessert Monster

I wanted the mason jars to also be the table numbers, so I used some stickers!

Christmas Wreath Mason Jar Centerpieces - Mrs. Dessert Monster

Christmas Wreath Mason Jar Centerpieces - Mrs. Dessert Monster

I personally prefer smaller/shorter centerpieces to the taller ones. I loved how these centerpieces were functional, beautiful, & simple.

Christmas Wreath Mason Jar Centerpieces - Mrs. Dessert Monster

I’m really happy with the way these turned out. They were relatively inexpensive & didn’t cause me too much grief! I can honestly say that I didn’t even notice them the day of the wedding, but I know my guests liked them! At the end of the reception, guests took them home. One of my aunts had a Christmas party & used a few of the wreaths as decorations!


Enjoy the rest of the week!

Wedding Wednesday – Gift Card Box

Sometimes I look back on all of the stuff I did myself for the wedding & think I could totally do it all again. Then my husband reminds me how freakin’ stressful the second half of last year was!

I enjoy doing crafts, but wedding crafts are extremely high pressure. Crafts on steroids. It’s nice to be able to look back at last year with rose colored glasses on Wednesdays.

Gift Card Box - Mrs. Dessert Monster

This was one of the last projects I did before the wedding. I think I finished it on Wednesday. It was pretty simple.

I wanted to be a little creative & have our card box be like a Christmas present, but I couldn’t find anything like that. Finally, I saw that Oriental Trading sells plain white boxes for this very purpose (it has a slit on the top for the cards). I bought one, along with some wrapping paper, ribbon, & bows. The glittery letters were from my craft stash – I’m a sucker for stickers.

I think it turned out really pretty!

Gift Card Box - Mrs. Dessert Monster

I’m glad I was able to grab this screenshot from our wedding video. Being that I only finished this 3 days before the wedding, I didn’t take any pictures of it. I love our wedding video! I highly recommend having a videographer at weddings. We almost didn’t, to save some money, but after seeing our video I am so glad all those moments were captured on film. I was also able to grab a screenshot of our bar sign!


Stay tuned for more wedding fun!

Wedding Wednesday – DIY Wedding Day Signs

Last week I shared on how I used vinyl records for a guest book. There was a sign on the table asking guests to ‘record’ their attendance.

DIY Wedding Signs Record Attendance - Mrs. Dessert Monster

I know, I am sooooo clever!

I made that sign, and a couple of others, for the wedding!

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One of my bridesmaids got me this really cool red & cream card stock with music written all over it. I couldn’t believe it when she showed it to me! This craft paper just screamed GINA’S WEDDING!

I knew right away I wanted to use it for wedding day signage.

So with my special paper & some of the card stock I had left from making my own invitations I made 3 sings: one for our ‘guest book’, one for our wedding hashtag, & one for the bar.

The day of the wedding I never made it to the bar.

We were absolutely spoiled. At our reception the waiters gave us the choice between serving ourselves at the buffet/bar or being served. It was great; I wouldn’t change a thing!

The closest I came to getting a picture of all my signs is this Instagram picture my friend, Caroline, posted. (You should check her blog out!)

DIY Wedding Day Signs - Mrs. Dessert Monster

She came in to town for the wedding a couple days early so we got to spend some quality time together finishing up last minute things!

EDIT: I was looking through our wedding video to grab a screenshot of our card box & I saw this!

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The finishing touch on these signs were some picture frame easels from Michael’s. The best part about those is I can now use them for other stuff around the house!


Same time next week?