Posted by: eliperrin | April 24, 2011

Eliperrin was recently featured on kiss my tulle

As many of you may know, Cris Stone is one of the many amazing brides I have been privileged to meet through the Wedding Dress Project. She also runs a blog, kiss my tulle, where she details her own experiences with the daunting planning processes and everything else that comes with getting hitched and offers great wedding advice for budget-minded brides. You can probably guess that after a couple of emails back and forth, we discovered that we have a lot in common.

We will be working together quite a bit on the upcoming Dress Project, so stay tuned. But for now, please check out my interview  for her blog “Wedding Advice for Newly Engaged Couples.” It was a lot of fun looking back on the day and sharing what I wish I had known going into the process, i.e., don’t get so caught up in the planning that you make yourself sick from stress the day before you walk down the aisle and your friends have to pump you full of DayQuil and vitamin C just to keep you on your feet.

Stay tuned for a similar interview from Cris coming to Eliperrin shortly. Till them, have fun browsing all the goodies she has on her site.

Posted by: eliperrin | April 7, 2011

Wedding Vendor Shout Out: Make-up by Evelyn

I emailed and called tons of makeup and hairstylists in preparation for my wedding day, and let me say this was one of the most stressful parts of the planning process. Most of the stylists I spoke with were way outside of my budget or the brides in their portfolios looked too made up for my taste. I don’t wear a lot of make-up normally, so the last thing I wanted was to feel like I was walking around with a coat of shellac on my face. Luckily, after a solid month of searching, I stumbled upon a Craigslist ad for Make-up by Evelyn.

From our first email, I knew she was the artist for me. She was warm and down to earth and didn’t have any problem helping me choose services that fit my budget. And on meeting her during our trial hair and make-up run, I was hooked. Sheput together a very natural, but elegant look for me, and had no problem making adjustments if I felt something wasn’t quite right. She also designed custom hairstyles to match each of my bridesmaid’s unique personalities. No easy task.

Unfortunately, I came down with a cold the night before my wedding, but Evelyn swooped in to the rescue by getting all the bridesmaids ready while I slept in. This was a lifesaver. With a little rest, I was ready to take on the day.  After she worked her magic, you couldn’t even tell I wasn’t feeling like a million bucks.

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If you live in Southern California, I highly recommend that you contact Make-up By Evelyn.

Posted by: eliperrin | March 31, 2011

Wedding Dress Project: Update

I’m super stoked to announce that I found a home for my dress with beautiful bride-to-be, Cris Stone. She’s getting married in 2012 in my old stomping grounds, the Texas Hill Country, so obviously I’m already a big fan. I will be posting a profile for her shortly and keeping everyone in the loop on her wedding story shortly, but in the meantime, please check out her own wedding blog:

She’s also a big proponent of budget weddings, and much better at staying up to date on blogging than I. 😉

Stay tuned, more exciting updates to come.

Posted by: eliperrin | March 24, 2011

Wedding Vendor Shout Outs

In honor of our recently passed six-month anniversary, I’ll be sending some shout outs to some of the incredible vendors we were lucky enough to work with for our wedding. I should have done this much earlier because they were all so great, but better late than never. ; )

So here goes the first shout out to Veronica Sanchez and her team at A Classy Party to Remember.

My husband and I were blown away by the professionalism of Veronica and her team. From the beginning of the planning stages to the final touches on the day,Veronica was so accommodating and worked with us to design an amazing dinner on a very tight budget. A Classy Party to Remember always made us feel like we were their top priority and went above and beyond the call of duty for us, promptly returning calls to answer my numerous nervous-bride questions and making sure everything was absolutely perfect on our wedding day.

The best part, you couldn’t tell our wedding was on a shoe string after Veronica was done with it. For an extremely reasonable price, she provided us with a full waitstaff, coffee and tea service, two served appetizers (vegetarian quesadillas and prosciutto-flaked melon balls) and a plated dinner of shrimp scampi and chicken picatta, rosmary potatoes and champagne green beans. Plus, the  finishing touches they provided with fancy napkin settings and tea lights at every table, floral centerpieces on the buffet  and snacks in the bridal suite put our wedding over the top!  I couldn’t find another vendor who offered this type of service for my budget.

And, the food… spectacular!

A Classy Party to Remember


A Classy Party to Remember is located in Venice Beach, CA. Check out their page on Yelp where you’ll find a bevy of more glowing reviews and pictures of their beautiful work.

A Classy Party to Remember

A Classy Party to Remember

Posted by: eliperrin | March 21, 2011

The Wedding Dress Project

For the past six months, I’ve been racking my brain, trying to figure out what to do with my wedding dress. Should I cough up the dough to have it cleaned and professionally boxed? Or as my mother recommended, hang it on the wall so Luke and I can bask in all its glory? Haha.

Meanwhile, my poor little dress has just been sitting in my closet all by her lonesome.  It really made me sad to think that in her short life, she only had one day in the sun, only one day of glory. She was such a beautiful dress and did such a good job at making me feel absolutely stunning on my day; she really deserved at least one more spin on the dance floor.

So, I’ve decided that the best way to honor our day and the dress is to donate her to another bride on a budget, ensuring she dances again. I’ve searched for wedding dress donation options around Southern California and haven’t really found much, so I’m going the route.

Here’s the 411. I’ll give my dress away to one lucky bride, as long as you:

a.) tell me a little about your wedding story and why you want it, so that I can share the dress’ whole story on my blog.

b.) use the dress for your wedding or re-donate it if it doesn’t fit (I don’t want it being sold or used in a non-wedding related project).

c.) let me know how the dress and your special day turned out by reposting in my blog, pictures appreciated, but optional.

d.) after your wedding is over, donate it to another bride to be (if it’s still in good enough shape), and tell them where the dress came from so we can keep the story going as long as possible.

It’s that simple!

Here are the details of the dress.

1. Purchased at David’s Bridal for a pretty penny.

2. Needs minor cleaning; my husband and I washed the hem in a few areas, and the dirt came right out, so we know it can be cleaned and worn again.

3. Besides some minor dirt on the hem, it’s in great condition, with no rips or tears.

4.Measurements= bust:36″, waist: 30″, hips: 38″, length: 57″, from shoulder to floor. I am a short, smallish girl at 5’3″, so it will only fit someone with similar measurements.

5. It has a long train and is pre-bustled.

6. Is covered in intricate glass beading and sequins

7. Comes with a silk sash, but you might want to buy a new one.

If interested, comment on this blog or send me an email. Feel free to check out my Craigslist post, as well. I’ve also posted some pictures. Enjoy!

Free Wedding Dress

Free Wedding Dress

Free Wedding Dress

Free Wedding Dress

Posted by: eliperrin | February 17, 2011

Finally a wife and ready to post….

OK, I have taken more than a reasonable sabbatical from writing here. There’s really no excuse for it. But before I beat myself up too much,  I also want to provide some sort of explanation about why I’ve been avoiding it.

To tell the truth, after our wedding, I was sooo wedding-ed out, that I didn’t even want to think about anything wedding related, even looking at my wedding dress kinda made me want to pull out a paper back to breath in. All I wanted to do was soak in the glow of being a newlywed. I really, really loved our wedding, and I’m proud of  the wonderful memories we made. I just needed to put thinking about the planning portion of it on a shelf for a while.

But now that it’s a little further removed, I’m ready to report back to the troops and fill in the details about our amazing day…and then probably move on to new topics about our adventures as a married couple. ; )

So, stay tuned for new blogs to come. My knuckles are cracked, the dust is blown off the keyboard, and I’m ready to roll.

Here’s a sneak preview of our day:

The Happy Couple
Finally Married
Posted by: eliperrin | June 18, 2010

Mad Science Experiment with Reception Music

So Luke and I decided to play a little experiment with our reception music. On our wedding RSVPs, we asked our guests to submit a song for the reception. We wanted to see what it would be like if they took the reins a little in our wedding planning because, first, it would save us some precious time and, second, we’d get a little insight into our guests’ romantic sides. This could have gone a hundred ways of wrong. What if they chose a bunch of joke songs or cheesy 80’s monster ballads? I could easily see Luke and I slow dancing to White Snake, with his older brother cracking up in the background. Oh, it could have easily happened. But Luke and I decided we would play anything our guests requested because really, what’s better than rocking out to your song request?

As it turns out, our guests would make pretty awesome DJs. We practiced dancing to the requests the other night and they were so much fun. All of the requests will play at the beginning of our reception, following the traditional dances.

Here’s the list so far. More will be added as the RSVPs continue to come in, so stay posted.

1.  Take a Picture– Filter

2. Love is Stronger than Pride- Warsaw Poland Bros

3. My Girl– Michael Jackson

4. Hallelujah– Jeff Buckley

5. In Dreams– Roy Orbison

6. Sideways– Citizen Cope

7. I Got You Babe– Sonny and Cher

8.  Open Arms– Journey- FYI this isn’t the real music video, but this little guy stole my heart. Hahaha

9. Sister Moon– Sting

10. You’re Still the One-Shania Twain

11. Sowing the Seed of Love– Tears for Fears (OK, one joke song did make it onto the list, compliments a la  our friend DC.)

Thanks everyone for helping us put this together! Can’t wait to see what else you guys have for us.

P.S. For those of you who didn’t get your monster ballad fill from this blog, here’s a little something for you.

Posted by: eliperrin | June 17, 2010

Favors for the Eco-Conscious, Penny-Pinching Bride

**Spoiler Alert** Don’t read this if you are going to be a guest at our wedding and want the favors to be a surprise.**

Luke and I knew we didn’t want to (and couldn’t) spend a fortune on our wedding favors, our budget was $100, and we also wanted to give our guests something they would be able to use and remember us by. We’ve been to a couple of weddings where guests left half of the favors on the tables, and when each favor often costs between $5-$10 and up, that can really be a big loss for the couple.

In keeping with our wedding’s tree theme, we thought it would be fun to give our guests trees they could plant in honor of our marriage, giving permanence to a special day that will probably flash by in an instant. A tree will be around long after we are gone.

There are a lot of great sites out there for eco-conscious couples. Here are a few I found in my research:

Plant a Memory (Offers tree seeds, saplings, seed paper, flower bulbs):

The Little Things (Offers many traditional favors, but also great green options):

In the end, we got a lot of great ideas from these sites, but decided to go the D.I.Y. route. I figured we could probably save money by buying the seeds in bulk and taking care of the packaging ourselves. I began by searching for tree seeds online. I found a great company, Sheffield’s Seed Company, which carries more tree varieties than one could possibly imagine, complete with detailed instructions and helpful tips for the inexperienced planter. I settled on two breeds of trees, blue spruce and paper mulberry because they are easy to grow, even for those who suffer from the dreaded brown thumb, like myself. All of their seeds are extremely affordable; I spent about six bucks on what I needed for all of our favors.

Once the seeds arrived, it was time to turn them into presentable favors. Luke found biodegradable Jiffy planters and soil pellets at Wal-Mart, you can also find them on And I bought red, white and brown cellophane paper and ribbon to match our wedding colors from Michael’s (surprisingly the ribbon was the most expensive part). It took us several days to put the favors together, so if you are in a crunch this may not be the route to go, but it made a fun pastime for us.

And voila, our beautiful favors, green and budget-friendly to boot.

wedding favors

wedding favors

Wedding Favor Costs (Prices have been rounded up to the dollar):

Seeds: $6
Jiffy Peat Pot Strips (two packs): $8
Jiffy Soil Pellets: $6
Cellophane Paper: $8
Decorative Ribbon: $14

Price per favor (we made 50): $42 or .84 cents a piece, not too shabby.

Posted by: eliperrin | May 10, 2010

90 Days to a Pretty Bride, Prettier Me

With my wedding quickly approaching, I have decided it’s time to make some lifestyle changes if I want to feel healthy and beautiful on my wedding day. The most drastic of these changes will be to dramatically cut back on my alcohol intake. I have drunk, often heavily, since the age of 18, and I think I am about done with it. I have absolutely no tolerance, so even two to three glasses of wine gets me completely smashed, and I am tired of being the drunkest at the party. I don’t like the side of me that comes out when I drink (mostly because I usually can’t remember her), and while drunk Liz may be entertaining, she’s certainly not classy or someone I’m proud of. Plus, my hangovers have become increasingly worse as I’ve gotten older. Even a few glasses of wine causes me to spend the entire following afternoon hugging the toilet for dear life. I don’t have the time for this anymore. So, I will no longer drink to get drunk and for the next three months I will only imbibe limited amounts on extremely special occasions. No, as my father-in-law kept wishfully implying last night when he saw my usual wine glass replaced with ice water, I am not hiding a secret pregnancy. I just want to find a healthier, more balanced me, and I hope everyone will support me in this.

Secondly, I am going to cut back on my intake of processed foods. No more hotpockets in the morning when I am in a rush or, my biggest weakness, corn chips. I want to see what 90 days of fresh vegetables, fruit and home-cooked meats does for my body. I am sensitive to unhealthy food. It makes me lethargic, sweaty, almost sick feeling.  I don’t even eat them all that often, but their impact can throw me off for days. A chiropractor friend of ours once told me that we are continually processing three days worth of meals, so even if you eat salad for an entire day,  you are still slowed down by the In and Out burger you enjoyed yesterday afternoon. I want to know what it feels like to have three days worth of fresh food in me at all times. I will also be combining this diet with vigorous gym workouts, at least three times a week.

Finally, I want to pray more. I have recently started to feel a deep need to find my spiritual self. I can’t really explain where this need came from, but it’s a stronger craving than I have ever experienced, more than I’ve ever wanted water, food or the stress-induced cigarette from my smoking days. For the next ninety days, I will make it my mission to satiate this need with daily meditation, immersion in spiritual texts and searching for individuals who share this desire and lead active spiritual lives. I think Luke and I both want to find a home base for sharing our spiritual beliefs. It’s something we need for ourselves and for the family we plan on creating in the years to come. I would love to find an Ashram in Orange County. If anyone one knows of one, please let me know.  I’ve had trouble finding any Buddhist centers in the area.

So to recap, for the next ninety days, I am promising myself to drink less (if at all), eat healthier and pray at least once a day.  I am looking forward to meeting the girl who comes out at the end of this experiment. I hope all of our friends will support me in this endeavor.

90 Day Diet
Posted by: eliperrin | March 15, 2010

The Poor Bride’s Adventures in Wedding Invitations

Today, I devoted most of my afternoon to designing the style and text of my wedding invitations and RSVP cards.  In order to save money, Luke and I are making our own invitations, as even simple invitations can easily cost $4-5 dollars per card online (trust me, I did a lot of online shopping).  When looking for inspirational ideas I scoured many DIY sites and was the best I found. This site offers several easy invitation templates with photos and step-by-step directions for making each one. They even have user-uploaded invitations if you don’t find a template you like.  But alas, I was soon to find that DIY invitations are not for me.

After spending days on DIY sites and finally settling on a design style, I headed to my local crafts store, determined to come home with all of the necessary invitation-making supplies. I spent a good hour scouring multi-colored cardstock stacks, browsing through assortments of ribbon and wandering around aimlessly for a papercutter, only to walk out of the store empty handed. Even with the multitude of choices, I couldn’t find the paper I had envisioned, and I was quickly wrought with panic at the amount of supplies I would need to make nice looking invitations.

All this frustration worked up an appetite, and I headed to Subway for a quick bite. On the way out, I spotted a Staples and decided to see if they had anything for someone with limited patience and crafting abilities. What I found was AMAZING!  Staples carries invitation DIY kits, which include 50 formal invitations and envelopes, RSVP cards and envelopes, all coupled with step-by-step instructions. The kits come in various colors, and I was able to find one with a deep red background to match our wedding scheme. Although these will look a little store bought, I think it’s worth the time I will save by eliminating all the cutting, folding and gluing true DIY invitations require. Also, these are free of text and images, so they can be completely customized on a word processor.

The total cost of the kit was 29.99, and I bought two kits, bringing my grand total to 65.23 (with tax).  This averages to about .65 center per invite, a price I can totally live with.

Now all I need to do is figure out what the invitations should say…a story for another blog.

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