Category Archives: Wedding

Wedding Wednesday – Vinyl Record “Guest Book”

I can’t believe it’s June, much less Wednesday, June 16th! The year is half way over. This Saturday I will be married for 6 months!

Today I wanted to show y’all what I used for our guest book.

Vinyl Record Wedding Guest Book - Mrs. Dessert MonsterI saw the idea on Pinterest & thought it was perfect for our music themed wedding. 

Since our wedding was also Christmas themed, we looked for Christmas records. We actually managed to find some at Goodwill! Well, 2 out of 3.

For the odd one out, we bought the 1812 Overture, which is pretty cool but didn’t exactly go with the theme. So, I made my own label.

Vinyl Record Wedding Guest Book - Mrs. Dessert Monster

I love these records & can’t wait to display them in our new home! I have no idea when I’ll get to that…

Vinyl Record Wedding Guest Book - Mrs. Dessert Monster

I also made the sign on the table. More on that later 🙂

Enjoy the rest of the week!


Wedding Wednesday – Jewelry

Hello party people! Guess what day it is?

Today I wanted to share my wedding jewelry.

I kept the jewelry pretty simple. For the bridesmaids I bought these long dangly necklaces from Forever 21. They were inexpensive, & went well with the dress & the colors!

Wedding Jewelry - Mrs. Dessert Monster

My husband & I went to Italy last year to visit his family & also take a couple of side trips on or own. In Venice, I saw these Murano glass earrings & knew instantly those were the ones I wanted for our wedding. Not only are they beautiful, but I love that it ties in my husband’s Italian heritage.

Wedding Jewelry - Mrs. Dessert Monster Murano Glass Earrings

From very early on I knew what I wanted my something blue to be: a bracelet that my dad gave to my mom back when they were dating in Cuba. It holds a special place in my heart. My dad bought it for my mom with the little money he had at the time. I proudly wore it on my wedding day. It ended up being my something borrowed & something old, too!

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Hope you enjoyed my short & sweet post on wedding jewelry. See y’all next Wednesday!

Wedding Wednesday – Ornament Favors/ Place Cards

It’s Wednesday! I’m off work for the rest of the week to do things around the new house. But before I get started, I wanted to share my Wednesday Wedding post.

Christmas Wedding Ornament Favors Place Cards - Mrs. Dessert Monster

I had seen some cute ideas on Pinterest (of course) for ornaments as place card holders. I loved the idea, & also liked that the ornaments could be given away as the wedding favors.

Ornaments made great decorations in general for our Christmas themed weddings, so around October when Hobby Lobby had a sale I went a little crazy.

Christmas Ornament Wedding - Mrs. Dessert Monster

I also knew I needed ornaments for the wedding cake, so it was a great deal!

One of the tutorials I saw on Pinterest for getting ornaments to stand up on their own said to use plastic fabric rings & glue them on to the bottom. I bought some white fabric rings & my hubby spray painted them gold.

Christmas Wedding Ornament Favors Place Cards - Mrs. Dessert Monster

Originally I was going to hand-write on the ornaments. Pinterest made it seem so easy! I bought some cute markers & everything. However, I could not seem to do even ONE straight! So instead I got the idea to order some personalized ribbon from Oriental Trading. My friend Beth came over & helped me mod podge the ribbon & the fabric rings to the ornaments.

The only thing left to do was make the place cards. I decided to do them like gift tags. I happened to have a circular hole punch that made them fit perfectly over the top of the ornaments.


Our place card table looked awesome!

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Thanks for checking out Wedding Wednesday!

Wedding Wednesday – Children of the Wedding Party

Hello! It’s Wednesday. We are moving in to our house finally this weekend!

Today I want to share how I got my adorable nieces & nephews involved in our wedding celebration.

I have always loved kids & babies. However, they can be unpredictable. I knew what I was getting myself in to with 2 2-year-old flower girls & a 4-year-old ring bearer!

I figured that whatever the kids decided to do – or not do- during the ceremony would be adorable.

My ring bearer was my cousin’s son, J.

Mrs. Dessert Monster Ring Bearer

The flower girls were my brother’s daughter, L, & my cousin’s daughter, S. My cousin made the outfits! My mom made the baskets & ring bearer pillow 🙂

Mrs. Dessert Monster Flower Girls

J was so excited for the job, but then he got shy. (Thank goodness he didn’t have the real rings)

Mrs. Dessert Monster Ring Bearer

So when mom helped him walk down the aisle…

Mrs. Dessert Monster Ring Bearer

S got a little upset.


Mrs. Dessert Monster Flower Girl

But eventually she made it, with a little help.

Mrs. Dessert Monster Flower Girl

L was a different story. She loves attention & did a great job going down the aisle. Neither one of the girls tossed the paper hearts I had cut out, though.

Mrs. Dessert Monster Flower Girl

BONUS KID: My cousin’s husband read Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 during the ceremony. He brought their littlest, baby P, up with him.

Mrs. Dessert Monster Kids

I love that my cousin’s whole family participated!

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 I was not aware of any of the crying, or anything else really, that went on. I was focused solely on my groom & the holiness of the ceremony.

All in all, I would say that the children did great!

See y’all next week!

Wedding Wednesday – Our Christmas Wedding Cake (& Mustang Grooms Cake!)

Happy Wednesday! The work week is half over & Memorial Day weekend is coming!

Today I wanted to share our wedding cake with y’all.

Our venue included the cake & gave us 2 vendors to choose from. We went with Edible Creations. They have an awesome selection of flavors & their cake decorating is amazing, too! We chose Vanilla Rum & South Florida Red Velvet – it’s red velvet with a hint of key lime!


This is the picture I got from Pinterest & showed the cake decorator.

Christmas Wedding Cake - Mrs. Dessert Monster

This is the cake we got.

So much better than we could have ever expected! The cake itself is pretty simple, but the Christmas decorations put it over the top!

Christmas Red Wedding Cake Topper

I bought a ceramic cake topper & personalized it a bit by painted the red accents.

Christmas Red Wedding Cake

We were very excited to cut into it, as you can see.

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We had a no cake smashing rule. He thought about it, though.

Christmas Wedding Cake - Mrs. Dessert Monster

I didn’t even think about it.

BONUS: Groom’s cake!

Christmas Red Wedding Mustang Grooms Cake

My husband knew he was getting one, but the design was a surprise to him. He loved it!

See you next Wednesday for more wedding fun!

Wedding Wednesday – Taking Pictures Together Before The Ceremony Without Peeking!

I cannot believe that my wedding was over 4 months ago. I mean, I feel like I’ve been married a lot longer than that, but the wedding itself feels like yesterday! Last week I finally got around to posting a gallery of some of my wedding pictures. In April – 4 months later! I had that post sitting in my drafts pile for months. This year is going by crazy fast, y’all (I’m trying out this whole y’all thing. So far, so good.)

So instead of trying to rush to get all of my wedding thoughts out of the way like I’m on some time crunch, I thought I’d start a new weekly segment: Wedding Wednesday. I’m very excited! I feel like I rushed through my wedding stationery post. So instead of writing an epic on the various details of my wedding, I will break it up & have fun with these posts!

This week’s installment of Wedding Wednesday (the first one!) is on taking pictures together before the ceremony – without peeking!

Taking Pictures Together Before The Wedding Ceremony

My husband & I are pretty traditional people, & we took the tradition of the groom not seeing the bride before the wedding seriously! Not for any superstitious reasons, but for the wow moment of when we would first see each other at the church. I had an album on my phone with wedding dress pictures that specifically said on it DO NOT LOOK – WEDDING DRESS PICTURES. My husband was very good about the whole thing. He wanted the moment to be special probably even more than I did, so he wasn’t really tempted to peek.

After seeing pictures of grooms’ reactions to seeing their brides, I was even more convinced that I didn’t want to do a ‘first look’. However, I had also seen pictures all over Pinterest of couples spending a few moments together before the ceremony without seeing each other. I fell in love with the idea! How cool would it be to spend a few minutes together before the ceremony? I knew I was going to make this happen somehow. I had seen a couple of different versions; on either side of a door, both wearing blindfolds, etc.

The night of our rehearsal dinner when I checked into the hotel where we’d be getting ready, I noticed the partition between the beds & the couch/sink area. This was perfect!

The morning of our wedding, once everyone was dressed & the photographers were there, my husband’s best man blindfolded him & brought him over to my room. I was standing behind the partition, & once he was in position we grabbed each other’s hand & the blindfold was removed.

I loved this moment! It was great to hear the nervous excitement in his voice. It was so sweet to have a moment to ‘check in’ with each other. I got to tell him how grateful I am to God for giving him to me.

Christmas Red Weddingwpid-fb_img_1430758057364.jpgThese are two of my favorite pictures from our wedding day.

Side note: I JUST noticed that my husband isn’t wearing his glasses in these pics. Yay! We were kinda bummed that we didn’t get any of him sans-glasses. But I guess we did!

So we had our special moment & pictures, then dashed away to the church to get married.

I got another special picture I was hoping for; the look on his face when he first saw me coming down the aisle.

Christmas Red Wedding

I hope you’ve enjoyed the first installment of Wedding Wednesday! Stay tuned for more 🙂

Red & Cream Music Themed Wedding Stationery

As soon as we got engaged in March & set the date for December, I knew I was going to do a lot of stuff myself for the wedding. I really do enjoy crafting, and also I can be a little bit of a control freak. I won’t guarantee that I saved a ton of money, but I did get exactly what I wanted, designed by me, made to my specifications. These projects were time consuming! And time is money, friends.

Save the Dates

From the very beginning of our engagement we decided on a Christmas-y Music themed wedding. We met in high school marching band & both remain pretty band nerd-ish (we play hand bells at our church). I saw the idea for save the date calendar stickers before online, & I think mine came out pretty good!

Red Cream Music Save the Date


I probably did save quite a bit of money on my invitations. The secret is that I cut almost all my own paper. I originally bought an invitation kit from Michael’s that included the RSVP cards. I didn’t like the invitation but I did like the RSVP cards so I used those. Then I bought 8.5 x 11 cream card stock, as well as sheet music & red card stock 12 x 12 in bulk (watching for sales & 50% off coupons at Michael’s) & spent hours with a paper cutter watching Gilmore Girls & cutting paper. I only cut myself once during the entire process!


I took the advise of a lot of DIY invitation blogs/forums I read & chose my envelopes first, then decided what size I wanted the invitation to be. I read several horror stories where brides made these beautiful invitations that were not a ‘standard’ size & then their enveloped cost a fortune or didn’t fit properly.

In my invitation suite I included invitation (7×5), reception card (4.5×5.75), RSVP card & envelope (5.5×4.25), map/directions card(3.5×5), & accommodations/website card(3.5×5).

Red Cream Sheet Music Wedding Invitation

Then all of these inserts were wrapped together with a belly band.

Red Cream Sheet Music Belly Band Wedding Invitation

I designed & printed everything myself, including the envelopes. There are tutorials online for doing mail merges & how to print on envelopes. I lined the envelopes with the music paper. This worked out well for me since I bought square flap envelopes – I just had to cut the sheet music up into squares. Had they been the pointed/European style envelopes I don’t think I would have put myself through the trouble.

I had help assembling the invitations. After I cut everything, my mom, mother in law, sister in law, and BFOTB (best friend of the bride – a la Sookie from Gilmore Girls) came over for an assembly party.IMG_20140913_193131


The last thing I printed for the wedding were the programs. I bought a bi-fold program kit from Michael’s & designed them similarly to how I did the invitations. I was very pleased with how they turned out.

Red Cream Music Wedding Programs

This was A LOT of work, but it’s a once in a lifetime experience. It made the wedding planning experience more ‘mine’, & I thoroughly enjoyed it!

Wedding Card Booklet


We finally finished our thank you cards a couple weeks ago. It only took us like 2 1/2 months! Now I can move on to wedding crafts I’ve been dying to do. The first of which was this wedding card booklet 🙂

I got the idea of off Pinterest (of course) & it immediately appealed to me because I LOVE cards. Opening up all of our cards on Christmas morning (the day after we got back from our honeymoon) was very meaningful to my husband & me – & not because some of them had money in them!

I bought some binder clips, gathered the cards & my other supplies & got to work. The process was fairly straight forward. I found the tallest & the widest cards to use for the dimensions.


I love that we got a bunch of cards from Italy!

Then I arranged the cards small to large.


I created the cover from some hard cardboard & leftover out of town bags I had.


Then I just hole-punched the cards (It was actually harder than I anticipated to ensure the holes were centered and/or not cutting anything important out) & put them all together!


We got a lot more cards than I thought, so my booklet is kind of fat, but I love it.


Much more fun to go through this way than just thrown in a box somewhere!

Mardi Gras Themed Bridal Shower

Mardi Gras Bridal Shower Ideas - Mrs. Dessert Monster

In honor of today being Fat Tuesday, I wanted to do a throw back to the AMAZING bridal shower my BFOTB Frank threw me back in October.

Mardi Gras Bridal Shower Ideas - Mrs. Dessert Monster

There were games, props, and GREAT food (muffalettas, shrimp po boys, you name it!)

Mardi Gras Bridal Shower Ideas - Mrs. Dessert Monster

Mami & Mom (mother-in-law)

Mardi Gras Bridal Shower Ideas - Mrs. Dessert Monster

The decorations were great. Even the dogs had beads!

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There were Mardi Gras duckies floating in the boozy punch, a wonderful lemon king’s cake made by my mother in law, & pecan pralines to take home. It was one of the best parties I’ve ever been to. wpid-1424194601158.jpgMardi Gras Bridal Shower Ideas - Mrs. Dessert Monster