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So, after the lovely Glen Echo bride Tyrese commented that she was a teensy bit worried about my plan to hang cafe lights all over the Bumper Car Pavilion, i got to thinking. I’m not sure i totally agree (and even if i did, i fear my obsession with the lights themselves would win out regardless), but her comment did spur me to keep an eye out for interesting and creative things to do with the cafe lights other than string them over top of all the other lights already up in the Bumper Car.

So when i came across this idea at Apartment Therapy, i was kind of intrigued:

So this is a “socket chandelier,” made from screwing together loads of those random bulb sockets you can get at Home Depot. Utilitarian, yes, but also unexpected and clever. I think i kind of dig it.

I don’t know whether or if this will translate into temporary cafe-light-ball light fixtures, but i’m kind of picturing them as impromptu chandeliers, hung above the center of each table. Bonus: They’re make-ahead-able, so nobody would have to be scrambling to string up 250 feet of lights the day of.

I also came across this beauty on Apartment Therapy: it’s “White Orbit,” by Patrick Townsend, and it’s kind of the same idea, only a little more (too?) structural:

Witness this chandelier in action:

This looks almost exactly like the Bumper Car (minus the twinkly lights wrapped around the rafters). Like i said, i think it might be a little too put-together; i like the artful chaos of the DIY chandelier above better, i think. But i’d love input. What say you? DIY chandelier blob? Structured, airy chandelier? Or version 1.0 strings of lights from beams? Chime in, readers; i must know!!


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A quick note — posting will be a little light this week, as we’re headed out of town on Wednesday morning. I’ve got a couple fun dress-related posts lined up for you, though, and hopefully a fun post-Thanksgiving post before the weekend’s out. Enjoy the holiday, Americans!

And now to the good stuff — more dresses! Have i told you about The Frock? Oh my. It’s breathtaking. Click on over now — i’ll wait!

See? The Frock sells vintage couture gowns that are simply stunning. Perfectly preserved snapshots of American and international design from the turn of the century onward. Most are $2500+, although you can find the occasional three-digit bargain. I came across this site late in the game, but i visit regularly for inspiration and a quick escape. Just looking at these dresses brings a smile to my face!

There are far too many lovelies for me to show them all to you, but i’m compelled to post just a few of my absolute favorites. Scroll and enjoy!!

Poofy and tulle — you know this one’s got my vote!

Another dreamy tulle confection. And it’s pink! Hee!

This dress looks like it could’ve come off a runway yesterday. And it’s circa 1945! Simply amazing, and breathtakingly lovely.

You know i saved you the best for last. I nearly fell out of my seat when i saw this dress. If i had $3800 (and a 34″ bust!), i’d be wearing this dress every day. Like, to my wedding, and then to the grocery store. SWOON!!

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Now that you’ve seen my gorgeous venue, i have a little inspiration to share — and some advice to seek! Check out these gorgeous photos of Glen Echo back when it was a functioning amusement park:

I love this adorable couple watching the rides.

Roller coaster!

“Pennyland,” and an awesome airplane ride.

I particularly love this shot of the park’s streetcar entrance.

Look how crazy busy and awesome the Crystal Pool was back in the day.

Coaster Dips! At night!

These and many other fabulously awesome shots can be found at the Library of Congress’s American Memory Project. It’s an online clearinghouse for “written and spoken words, sound recordings, still and moving images, prints, maps, and sheet music that document the American experience. It is a digital record of American history and creativity.” It’s also incredibly cool, and i highly recommend it the next time you’re cruising around online in need of inspiration.

So, given those awesome shots, and the many more available online, my question is this: Do i print these out, find some funky frames, and use them as my table numbers? I love the idea of giving our guests a taste of the rich history of Glen Echo, and i think these pictures are gorgeous and fascinating and would be fun to look at, all scattered around the joint. What do you think?

…and as a bonus, here’s a shot of the Bumper Car Pavilion itself circa 1928, complete with zooming, action-style bumper cars!!

(image source — thanks, Shorpy!)

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When last i left you, i was marveling over the genius idea of a tea-length dress. So different and vintage-y and exciting and gorgeous! Within minutes of seeing that Joan Shum masterpiece, i was totally sold. But where to find such a beautiful gown within a thrifty girl’s budget?

Enter, as always, the Internet. The lovely ladies at indiebride pointed me in the direction of several well-stocked, beautiful, inspiration-filled online stores just crammed full of gorgeous vintage dresses!

First up: Blue Velvet Vintage. This shop sorts dresses by size (small to large) and offers really reasonable prices on some totally gorgeous gowns. Check these out:

This beauty will set you back only $239 and is a lovely combination of lace and satin, with a dreamy boatneck. Plus — tulle crinoline!! And it’s tea-length — gorgeous!

If you’re not afraid of not wearing white, this would just be dreamy. The little sheer bolero is just adorable.

And this is my favorite:

Look how intricate the lace pattern is, and what a gorgeously poofy skirt! I kind of love the peach sash and flower, but that would be easily removable. So cute!!

Another excellent vintage shopping site, Vintage Vixen, offers separate categories for cocktail dresses, evening gowns, and wedding gowns.

This gorgeous dress, while neither tea-length nor tulle, speaks to me with its delicate daisy embroidery. (It actually reminds me of the dress i wore to my first high-school formal dance, which was my mom’s old daisy-encrusted gown from her high-school days, which she not only made herself but altered for me! Ahh, memory lane.)

Vintage Vixen is kind of short on the both the tea-length and the tulle, but it’s worth a stop over there to browse the many different categories of vintage clothing available. Plus, they’re ranked by rarity and condition, and most everything is reasonably affordable. The wedding dresses alone are worth a click!

Plus, many of them are “new-old,” meaning that although vintage, the dresses have never actually been worn. You’d be recycling while still getting to be the first person to walk down the aisle in your dress! Win-win.

Next up is by far the most extensive collection of vintage dresses i have seen online. Seriously, the first time i found this site i clicked for close to an hour. (I hope my boss isn’t reading this!) If you’re in the mood to browse or are in need of some retro inspiration, i cannot recommend Vintageous more highly.

I mean, honestly. Look! At! These! Dresses! All poofy, tea-length tulle confections that absolutely make me swoon. And every single one is just from the first page! I had to whittle down to just a few of my favorites — but check these beauties out:

…okay, so these first two aren’t technically tea-length. But who cares? You could easily hem them to be, or you could wear them skimming the ground like a 1950’s princess! Aren’t they dreamy?!

Pink! I know, i know — not a traditional wedding color (although, based on this post alone, one that i am drawn to regardless). But — so poofy! So tea-length! So floaty and ethereal and flattering! Can you imagine floating down the aisle in this? Sigh.

This one’s my favorite. The swiss dots are just to die for, and the embroidery on the overlay takes a simple, classic shape and really makes it something special. (Spoiler: my own wedding dress may be not entirely dissimilar — stay tuned!)

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We’re several good months away from worrying about invitations, but i’ve been thinking a lot lately about how to “brand” the wedding. Not in the for-sale-to-the-highest-bidder sense; i’m thinking more about how to pull together all these fabulous but not so interrelated ideas for the ceremony and reception. How to make the day cohesive without making it a cookie-cutter theme extravaganza.

Etsy to the rescue!

Randomly poking around on everyone’s favorite indie crafting site, i had the genius idea to search ‘wedding logos.’ And, lo and behold, so many options to choose from! I’ve narrowed it down to my favorite four, but believe that there are plenty more out there, from inexpensive text-based options where you specify font and color to pie-in-the-sky $200 custom jobs. But i know what you want — pictures!

Motifdesigns via Etsy. I particularly like the {block} option here. It’s text-based, rather than graphic, which isn’t what i had originally envisioned, but it’s kind of quirky and i dig it. Plus, the listing notes that these are merely examples; motifdesigns will create a logo based on pictures you send in, ideas for decor, themes, you name it. And the custom logo, sent to you as a .jpeg, is only $20!

Black Sheep Designs gets love from me simply from its name. (I had a black sheep as a pet when i was a child … but that’s a story for another post. Or another blog.) Anyway, this custom logo work is a little more pricey, at $45, but as you can see, this option leans more heavily on graphics than text to create a mood. I like how clean and simple these designs are, and i think logos in this style would transfer well to save-the-dates, invitations, etc. without being too over-the-top coordinated.

unlessomeonelikeyou is a bit of an Etsy allstar, and with good reason. I adore these designs — i love how the text is incorporated without being overly fussy, and i adore how clean the designs are while managing to convey a very clear idea or feeling. Here’s a little more from unlessomeonelikeyou’s custom logo work:

So pretty, right? Unique and just a little bit offbeat, but with a strong identity. I love these!

And finally; cupcake logo!!

If i weren’t worried that my balloons and other decoration ideas (i’ll get to them soon, i promise) aren’t already walking the line of terribly twee, i would have ordered this logo the minute i laid eyes on it. And, to be honest, i still may! It’s sickeningly cute — which is something i said i wanted to avoid on my wedding day. But! It’s cupcakes!!

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Thus began my exhaustive (and exhausting!) online hunt for inspirational pictures. I’m not gonna lie — the idea of a tea-length dress did not immediately occur to me. I hunted high; i hunted low. The Dress escaped me. In need of inspiration, i branched out in my searches, and then — courtesy of onesmallstar at etsy wedding, i found this:

If you haven’t heard of Joan Shum, i highly recommend you dash directly over to her Etsy site and commence with the swooning. Each of her designs is utterly genius, and the construction is a work of art.

After i had fanned myself at the gorgeousness for a while, i happened to notice the price tag. Aaaand Mademoiselle came right back off the list. But! She gave me a starting point for a whole new direction of dreaming. Poofy! Tulle! And tea-length!! Genius. I began having visions of 1950s prom dresses, Audrey Hepburn, champagne, balloons, and shoes that i could show off.

And then, suddenly, tea-length inspiration was everywhere! Here’s a gorgeous Priscilla of Boston number:

With bonus tulle border!

I also stumbled upon the brilliant women of the indiebride forums, who turned me on to this masterpiece of bridal finery:

Ladies and gentlemen, meet Maya.


This dress has launched a thousand brides’ dreams. Seriously. Although she’s not tulle, she is certainly poofy, and quirky, and simply breathtaking. Believe me when i say that her fans are legion and true. (She’s also no longer available. Sorry to break your hearts like that! But isn’t she dreamy?!)

Stay tuned — i’ve got lots more tea-length inspiration for you, as well as fabulous, extensive resources for online drooling and shopping. And soon — i’ll reveal The Dress!

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Picking out a DRESS!!

As you may have gathered from the very name of my blog, i dreamed a dream of tulle long before i ever got engaged. A lot of the preconceptions i had about what i’d want as a bride — developed, some of them, as long as 25 years ago (hi, i’m old!) — have happily been jettisoned in favor of more practical, simple, inexpensive, and quirky alternatives. However, i have always known bone-deep that i wanted a big, poofy, giant tulle ballgown when i got married.

When i first started poking around online, i was knocked off my feet by Allie J Designs, an Etsy designer who makes insanely affordable and ridiculously poofy tulle skirts. Witness the awesomeness:

So poofy! So tulle-tastic! So quirky and unexpected and awesome, yet still (in a twisty kind of way) traditional! I mean, she’s wearing it with a plain white tank, and look how wedding-y and special she looks! And it’s only $190!! Seriously, i saved this link under the heading “I HAVE FOUND MY WEDDING DRESS.” All-caps and everything. Even now, i am smitten by its simplicity and gorgeousness.

However, my mom — who graciously volunteered to buy my wedding dress — was not so much feeling the “i bought it off the Internets” vibe. I’m an only child, and she and i have long talked about my wedding, and she wanted the whole bridal-store experience. And, you know, who am i to argue against getting to try on rooms full of poofy white dresses and veils? I figured i’d have the Allie J option in my back pocket should we not find anything we both loved.

So began the hunt for inspiration — i searched high and low for ideas i could take to bridal salons to convey my visions, or even pictures of dresses available for perusal at actual physical stores. And let me just tell you — tulle? Not such a popular option these days. I found beautiful structural satin, slinky Grecian goddess dresses of silk and lace, mermaid silhouettes, sheaths, and everything else you can dream of. But i despaired of tulle. And then! Maggie Sottero inspired me with this:

Gorgeous, right? It’s not quite as poofy as i had pictured, but the tulle is frothy and unusual and cascading and love. (To be fair, i’d snatch that flowery-brooch-looking thing right off her hip, but otherwise, it’s dreamy.) And tulle! I was inspired; i had hope. And i wanted to check out what Maggie could do for me. In the meantime, though, i kept hunting and searching and googling and bookmarking. I wanted to know exactly what my options were.

Stay tuned: the search continues!

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