Chelsi's Wedding Blog

How Sweet It Is…

The past weeks of wedding planning have not been all fun and games. Trying to nail down a venue, get a hold of caterers and venue organizers (I swear, some of them don’t work during the week, or don’t answer their phones!), budget, and try to weigh the pros and cons of each place has not been easy. Paul, being so mathematically and statistically inclined, created an elaborate spreadsheet for each venue (and there were A LOT) that we considered, regarding all of the costs of each.  Our first choice, St. Mary’s Hall with Rybchuk’s Catering, was completely booked through the summer of 2011.  We had almost opted for our second choice, but were hesitant due to the fact that the price of drinks for our guests was quite high, so we would have to supplement the cost by a lot.  We thought that we could perhaps hire our own caterers and rent a hall, but this proved to be even MORE costly than most of the venues we considered.  As luck would have it, my Mom decided to call St. Mary’s to see if they had had any cancellations, and they DID!  We just secured our date, August 6, 2011, and couldn’t be happier!  I am so glad that we got this venue, despite the fact that we can’t set up on the Friday evening before due to another wedding being held there.  However, it will be worth it because it is a great hall with a delicious meal.

On to some more sweet things…the candy bar!  As previously stated, I love anything and everything vintage, especially 50’s things. I’ve wanted to have a candy bar, ever since I was little. Now that they’re the ‘in thing’ at weddings, I know that this won’t be as special as I had hoped, but it will still be fun. I bought a lot of vintage-inspired glass containers at Winners and VV, my two wedding / merchandise meccas. This wedding, like my house and wardrobe, should be sponsored by those two stores!

Here’s a sampling of what I’ve found so far:

I plan to tie ribbons around them and make vintage-like tags for each. My friend April said that I can use the extra white bags that she had for her candy bar, so I want to make little stamps or labels for the bags too.  I found an excellent site that is filled with tips for creating your own candy bar.  This information will definitely be utilized!

Here’s a bit of inspiration from Amy Atlas, an event coordinator whose gallery of work on her site is an absolute treat for the eyes!  If I could trade jobs with someone for a while, she’d be someone who I would choose!  I love the use of the cake stands and plan to use mine to hold little meringues and one-bite brownies.

Another Amy Atlas picture that I find to be absolute perfection!  I am definitely going to fill my jars with vintage candy!  I also found a site, The Wedding Chicks, filled with do-it-yourself wedding projects.  One such project allows you to print letters to hang to create your own banner with your names on it.  You can find it here, and I am excited to create my own!

These candy bars below use milk class vases and bowls the way that I am planning to use them. I want to put the candy bar on a pink organza tablecloth or vintage tablecloth and maybe add some white lights around it.

I have found some milk glass bowls to use for my own candy bar:

As always, I’ll end with a few more fun and inspiring ideas.  Now I’m off to find something sweet to satisfy my cravings after looking at all that candy!


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  1. * Debbie says:

    I’m so happy that you were able to secure a venue that you wanted, Chelsi. I know what a worry that was for you and Paul. With your amazing creative talent, vintage touches and your love of sweets, this should be a show-stopping candy buffet!!

    | Reply Posted 8 years, 2 months ago
  2. * Chelsi says:

    I hope so! 🙂

    | Reply Posted 8 years, 2 months ago
  3. * Beth says:


    I so enjoyed going through your very thorough, thoughtful & creative blog tonight, feeling very wedding-y after J&J’s wedding this weekend!!! Just attended a wedding with a candy bar a few weeks ago, and all the guests enjoyed it! A few of the pictures remind me of a birthday cake Laurier made for Amy when she was young (he’s our household birthday cake boss) and it was a corner candy store theme, the cake surface being the counter-top, complete with miniature candy and containers!!!

    Your blog will be my regular insomnia guilty pleasure!!! I love it!!!

    | Reply Posted 7 years, 11 months ago
  4. * Chelsi says:

    Hi Beth!
    Thanks for looking at the blog! I REALLY have to update it soon, as I have a few more pictures saved. Yes, I love the candy bar idea, as I’ve been to a few weddings with one and really enjoyed it too! That cake that Laurier made sounds so cute!

    Thanks again for looking! Talk to you soon!
    ~ Chelsi

    | Reply Posted 7 years, 11 months ago

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