Non-Traditional Brunch Bridal Showers!

As some of you know, I’m currently involved in planning a bridal shower for my bestie Joanna. While we are planning a traditional shower, I wanted to share with you a more non-traditional shower idea: Brunch!

When I say brunch I don’t mean a brunch theme shower, I mean an actual brunch meal in a restaurant. When my friends have birthday parties, most of the time we gather together and go out to dinner. This is the same thing only scratch out the private room, shower games and heafty deposit and opt for a regular brunch meal with minimal decorations. Since brunch has become more popular over the years, this idea is perfect for your low key bride, older bride or even the bride with a small amount of friends and family.

If you are weary about it becoming too generic, there are ways to make your table more personal. You can put together 2 or 3 inexpensive vases with flowers depending on how long your table will be. Make sure it looks even. Even add some confetti to bring out the linens.

Make or buy a card box (this one is from Etsy: PineNSign, but you can definitely make your own) and grab some decorative plastic bags to put gifts in.

If you want to have at least one game to make your time more fun- grab a quick “How well do you know the bride” questionnaire. Have the guests fill it out and the bride can read off her answers during dessert time. This one is from Omaplapen on Etsy. Instant download $4.

For favors: Make little bags of candy, candles with tags or even cute chocolate covered pretzels. I blogged on how to make your own DIY chocolate covered pretzel favors- read it here:

I think this non-traditional idea is super cute! What do you all think? Yay! Or Nay!?

You can also follow me on Pinterest for more instant shower planning ideas. Just click the P symbol at the top right corner!


Photo credit: Pinterest, PineNSign, Omaplapen


DIY ‘I’m One’ Banner

Hello my friends! Today, I’m sharing with you a DIY banner that I made for my photographer friend, Jamilie, at ‘Jamilie Costa Photography!’ Jamilie recently did a cake smash session for her beautiful goddaughter and I was happily honored to recreate an adorable banner for her and bring her vision to life!

Most of you who follow my blog know that I’ve done a few so far. This one was one of my favorites, because of course, it had a cupcake in the middle. 🙂

If you would like to recreate this banner here is what you will need:
Tan color card stock paper (Acmoore 33cents each) I bought 3.
White, Yellow, Black and Pink card stock paper. I used left over paper that I had, but you’ll only need one of each
Glue Gun & Glue
Hole puncher
Brown string or ribbon (I bought string for about $2 at Acmoore)

I made a 4.5 x 2.5 square on my computer, traced it on the tan card stock paper and cut out six squares. I then cut an imperfect triangle out the bottom on each square. To create my letters: I drew them free hand on the white card stock paper. You can use your computer for this too; however, I tried that, but I couldn’t get the letters big enough the way I wanted them. You can also buy the sticker letters if you prefer.

To create the cupcake: I traced a picture of a cupcake onto the pink card stock paper to get the shape I wanted and just added black paper to the bottom for the cupcake liner. I then glued all my letters and cupcake on. I placed a small amount of glue between the pink and black paper and tapped some sprinkles on for a 3D look. I sprayed some hairspray onto the sprinkles to keep them from falling off and I let everything dry overnight.

To add the string: hole punch all the corners and place string in and out the holes. Remember to tie the ends a few times so it doesn’t come apart.

Jamilie was nice enough to let me share with you some photos from her cake smash photo shoot! You can check out more of Jamilie’s work over at


Photo Credit: Jamilie Costa Photography, Okskinny

Spring Wedding Inspirations via Pinterest!

Now that the weather on the east coast is emerging into spring “AMEN,” I cruised on over to Pinterest for some Spring Wedding Inspirations. I’ve gathered my favorite ones from simple table settings to a smart wedding favor for those chilly nights. As my favorite season of all time, especially wedding season, I am always blown away with how unique and original people are. When you’ve taken the time to really create something your guests will love, people will appreciate the meaning behind every detail. That’s what I’ve come to learn and love about weddings.

Table Settings & Centerpieces:
I’ve always been attracted to simple flowers or even something you can create yourself like a DIY centerpiece.

Bridesmaids dresses & wedding colors:
Every bride has their own vision of what their day will look like. You want to make sure your color scheme flows nicely! Short dresses are more in this time of year.

Wedding favors:
Thank your guests by giving them something they will make them remember your day. Stick with something useful that your guest won’t consider throwing out later on.

Bridesmaid gifts:
Always thank your bridal party by something that reflects thoughtfulness for having them share in your special day!

Cakes, Cupcakes & Desserts:
Most venues will provide this for you, but if you have the money to create something that reflects your wedding season-have fun with it.

Flowers are so beautiful! How about those sunflowers?! 🙂

Hope these spring inspirations brighten your day! Which photo is your favorite?

Photo credit: Pinterest

Vendor Feature: Makeup Artist & Beauty Blogger, Kelly M.

Our first Makeup Artist to add to our vendor list is Kelly M!!! Kelly & I met at a photo shoot with my partner Lenz Life Photography. I watched her create a mermaid look for the model. I remember Kelly saying it was her first time creating a look like that and she was just freelancing it! The final result is absolutely stunning. Kelly is super talented and we are really excited to showcase her work here on the blog.

Kelly is a self taught makeup artist, with the exception of a few courses in color theory and bridal makeup, and has been professionally doing makeup for about 3 years. She is located in Glen Clove, New York and will travel to her client anywhere from Long Island to New Jersey.

I asked Kelly what made her want to be a makeup artist and she stated that she has always been an artistic person. Her passion for makeup began as just another artistic outlet, “eventually, I realized I wanted to make it a second career.”

Every makeup artist has their favorite makeup look; Kelly’s is a neutral smokey eye with a winged liner. She indicates “it can be rocked from day to night with just a lipstick change!” Her specialty; however, is bridal makeup, airbrushing and false lashes which you all know here on Okskinny we absolutely love! 🙂

For all you beauty fanatics, Kelly’s go to beauty tip: “Skincare! Beautiful makeup application begins with radiant skin. You should be cleansing and moisturizing day and night!”

Thank you Kelly M. for sharing your artistry and beauty tips here on the blog. Kelly also has a beauty blog and Youtube channel of her own, so don’t forget to check her out and follow her for more tips and tutorials! If you have any questions or inquiries you can email her at

Instagram & Twitter @kellicakke


Photo Credit: Kelly M. & Lenz Life Photography

Real Wedding Feature: Amanda & Cal

It’s Monday and it’s time to get this week started. Hope you all had an awesome weekend. Today, we are featuring another “real” wedding. Thank you to all the positive feedback I received on our first real wedding feature. I really enjoy showcasing creativity, what better way than a wedding, right?

I recently reached out to Amanda when I visited her blog and read some great wedding planning tips she was sharing. She agreed to share her wedding day on the blog so without further ado, here is the real wedding of Amanda & Cal which took place on June 8, 2013 at the St. John’s Church at Bonanzaville, West Fargo ND.

We met in college in early 2005. My roommate’s boyfriend was on his floor and convinced us to meet based on things we had in common. Neither of us were “looking” at the time, so ignored him for awhile, then finally gave in … and the rest is history

We got engaged in March 2012. He proposed in our apartment shortly before a jewelry party I was hosting. He had initially planned to do it during the party and had this whole scheme, but earlier in the day he told my best friend his plans and she advised against that since I’m not much for a lot of attention or making a scene (she was right!). He later told me that made him panic, and he already had the ring and didn’t think he could wait any longer, so he did it on the spot when I got home from work that day. I was so happy when it happened, but then got anxious because I had guests coming over soon, so we both were crying and talking about it while we cut up veggies and cleaned up! Haha.

Favorite part of your wedding planning process: Making our special day unique and fun and reflective of our personalities.

Most stressful part of planning your wedding: So much, lol! I’m an overplanner and overanalyzer to begin with, so I had a lot of emotional breakdowns during the process, worrying and obsessing over every detail. I lost sight of the big picture frequently.

Wedding theme: Simple, classic and fun.

How did your wedding differ from other weddings you’ve been to?
For one, our music selection was very reflective of our personalities and styles rather than the “traditional” ceremony and reception music. I walked down the aisle to Beyoncé’s “Halo”, our recessional was “Signed, Sealed, Delivered” by Stevie Wonder, our grand entrance was to “Shot Through the Heart” by Bon Jovi, and our first dance was to the Disney version of “A Whole New World.” Oh, and we skipped down the aisle after the ceremony!

Best advice for future brides: Don’t worry, and don’t lose sight of the big picture. In the end, all that matters is that you marry the love of your life, so don’t get too caught up in the small details. Ask for lots of help and make sure to make time for you and your fiancée. Remember – invest in your marriage, not your wedding day.

Thank you Amanda and Cal for sharing your wedding day with us. You can visit Amanda on her blog at where she shares amazing things about her life as a new wife.


Photo Credit: Lori Anne Photography

Prom Dresses Channeling your Favorite Disney Characters

Since we talk mainly about weddings all the time, I wanted to do a fun post today for Prom season. I saw on Buzzfeed a while back, 45 Prom dresses that channel your favorite Disney characters, and I thought it would be perfect to share with you all! Here are my favorite ones:

This Cinderella dress is so simple chic. If you want to glam it up, rock an up do with some “bling” accessories!

I can’t explain how much I LOVE this dress and NEMO!! The color combo is perfect for the season. Since this dress is already a wowzer, I would definitely keep my hair and accessories at a minimum!

We all know that Princess Jasmine was one of the sexiest yet classy Disney princesses, so I’m not surprised this dress is gorgeous! It is definitely sexy, yet appropriate for HS Prom, so your parents won’t have heart attacks! Crop is in!!

Pertido was such an amazing dog from 101 Dalmatians and so is this cropped polkdaot ensemble! I love how both materials flow so easily together. You will definitely have all the other girls wanting your dress!

Tinkerbell all the way! Seeing young ladies dress their age always makes me smile. I like that it’s short and flirty and easy to dance in!

Last but not least, I had to choose this Princess Merida dress. It’s screams total glam, which is ironic that Merida wanted to be a warrior and a great one she was! I think any young lady wearing this dress would definitely have their confidence at a 10! How crazy is it so close to the original dress?

To see the remaining dresses you can go to Would you wear any of these? Which one is your favorite! Let me know in the comments. 🙂

Photo credit: Buzzfeed