How One Man Used an Entire Dorm Building to Propose

One unadvertised perk of being a university resident hall director — your dormitory can help you pull off a truly memorable proposal!


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Photo via Reddit 

When Frank Tierney, a resident hall director at the University of Buffalo, popped the question to his girlfriend Katelyn Illingworth in front of his dorm, “Will you marry me?” popped up in the windows of the 10-story building.

“[We] blacked out all the windows with poster board,” shared Tierney’s friend on Reddit. “Then we traced out letters and poked holes along them, inserting the lights into the holes.”

The process took about two weeks of planning for the group of 10 friends who helped pull off the proposal.

“When he stopped her in the middle of the parking lot, he gave his speech and we all waited for the signal. When he got down on one knee, we turned each floor on in descending order with a person in the stairwell shouting to each floor when to turn their lights on.”

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Unusual Wedding and Shower Favors

granola wedding favor

Homemade M & M Snack Mix

Sweet and salty as your life will be together for years to come. Fill mason jars or other pretty jars/bags with this delicious snack. This is a tasty favor.  You can also add their name and table to use it as a seating place card.  You can then have them beautifully arranged on a table by the door for the guests to pick up to find their table.

M & M Snack Mix Recipe

  • 2 ½ cups               Milk Chocolate M&M’s
  • 2 ½ cups               Peanut M&M’s
  • 15 ounces             Golden Raisins
  • 11 ½ ounces        Mixed Nuts
  • 11 ounces              Butterscotch Chips

Directions:  Combine all ingredients in a large bowl.

Nutritional Facts:  1 serving (1/4 cup) equals 215 calories, 11 g fat (5 g saturated fat), 3 mg cholesterol, 67 mg sodium, 28g carbohydrates, 2 g fiber, 3 g protein.

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Hot Cocoa Cones

Wedding & Shower cocoa favorsWinter Wedding.  Give guests something extra rich and delicious that they can whip up as soon as they get home. Marshmallows…they’re a must!

Hot Chocolate for a Crowd


  • 5 cups baking cocoa
  • 3 cups sugar
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 5 quarts water, divided
  • 10 quarts milk
  • 1 quart heavy whipping cream
  • 2 tablespoons vanilla extract
  • Whipped cream and additional baking cocoa

Directions:   In each of two large stockpots, combine 2-1/2 cups cocoa, 1-1/2 cups sugar and 1 teaspoon salt. Gradually stir 5 cups water into each pot. Bring to a boil; reduce heat. Whisk in the milk, cream and remaining water; heat through. Remove from the heat; stir in vanilla. Garnish with whipped cream and additional cocoa.

Yield: 65 servings

Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (1 cup) equals 198 calories, 11 g fat (7 g saturated fat), 40 mg cholesterol, 152 mg sodium, 20 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 6 g protein.

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Lovely Growing Favors

plant & place cards/favors for weddingsFor a favor that will last long after your wedding day and show your guests how your love will continue to grow.  Go to your local  dollar store, pick up small square glass candle holders.  Make a box out of cover paper (60# or more) in your wedding colors to put the candle holders in.  Fill the candle bowls with planting soil and your favorite flower. Place in candle holders.  Write Thank You, your names and wedding date on the sides of the box and to have it double as place cards, attach your guest’s name and table number.

Note: I would put some stones in the bottom to keep the plants moist and not put the boxes on until the day before the wedding/shower as you will want to make them up in advance.

You have set a budget, Now What?

Wedding vendors including the baker of your wedding cake

When choosing your vendors for your wedding, check your budget, but keep in mind the quality of the product or service.

  • Now that you have chosen what you just have to have, set a budget for each item.  Start with the most important item on your list, i.e. Wedding Cake, venue, church, flowers, etc.
  • Best way to find vendors is thru referrals, bridal shows, checking testimonials on wedding sites on the Internet, etc.
  • Let the vendor know your budgeted price for that item.  Don’t be surprised if they say that they can’t do it for that price. Still see what they have to offer.  Go home, think about it.  If your really like the item, it is actually what you want, see where you can cut back on other items.

When looking for wedding cakes, ask the wedding cake vendor for a consultation with a cake tasting.  Their price may fit your budget, but the cake may not be to your liking.  Some wedding cake bakers charge a fee for tastings. then take it off your order.

As for me, I give free consultations and tastings. At your consultation, give me your budget and together we will create a wedding cake for you within your budget. When I got married, years and years ago, my baker didn’t create what I wanted and I have been upset about that ever since.  You are the bride and groom and you deserve to have your dream realized.



Bride calls Mommy

A young couple got married and went on their honeymoon.

When they got back, the bride immediately called her mother.

“Well,” said her mother, “how was the honeymoon?”

“Oh, mama,” she replied, “the honeymoon as wonderful! So romantic…”

Suddenly she burst out crying. “But, mama, as soon as we returned Sam started using the most horrible language – things I’d never heard before!
I mean, all these awful 4-letter words! You’ve got to take me home… PLEASE MAMA!”

“Sarah, Sarah,” her mother said, “calm down! You need to stay with your husband and work this out. Now, tell me, what could be so awful? WHAT 4-letter words?”

“Please don’t make me tell you, mama,” wept the daughter, “I’m so embarrassed they’re just too awful! COME GET ME, PLEASE!!”

“Darling, baby, you must tell me what has you so upset. Tell your mother these horrible 4-letter words!”

Still sobbing, the bride said, “Oh, Mama … he used words like: Dust, Wash, Iron, Cook…”

“I’ll pick you up in twenty minutes,” said the mother.

Legends of the Honeymoon

HONEYMOON -  The word first appears in the 16th century.

 HONEY is a reference to the sweetness of a new marriage.

MOON is not a reference to the lunar-based month,

but rather a bitter acknowledgment that this sweetness, like a full moon, would quickly fade.

Biggest Wedding Cake Ever

wedding cake

Mohegan Sun unveiled the world’s biggest wedding cake at the New England Bridal Showcase on February 08, 2004.

The wedding cake measured 17 feet high and weighed a whopping 15,032 pounds.

It was made from 10,000 pounds of pound cake batter and 4,810 pounds of icing and could feed 59,000 people.
Quite the extravagance …

Wedding Vows-Traditional, unique…….

Bride and Grooms may choose how and what they want to say when taking vowsGetting married is not about looking like a white-clad princess surrounded by lovely flowers in a fairy tale setting. It is all about a union of two hearts and making an everlasting promise. A bride and groom’s wedding vows will emphasize this strongly and it’s up to you how to approach this.

Wedding Vows can be traditional, old-fashioned, original, unique, religious, funny, poetic, romantic, or with the flavor of the country of your ethnic background. No matter what kind, though, wedding vows should flow from your heart.

What does throwing of rice really mean?

The throwing of rice on the couple has always been symbolic of wishing prosperity and good luck.  In the Orient, throwing rice means, “May you always have a full pantry.”  Wheat and other grains are sometimes thrown in addition to rice, thereby also wishing prosperity and lack of want. Each shower bestows  “Goodwill Traditions” of  wealth upon the newlyweds. To this day, rice remains a token of a life of “plenty.”

Today we throw bird seed.  It’s got to mean life of plenty too, since we are feeding the birds as well as the wishing prosperity on the bride and groom.

Rent a crowd for your wedding!

renting guests for a weddingThis is really new to me.  How about you?  Most couples tend to worry about trimming down a huge wedding guest list to a decent (and affordable) smaller amount of invites. However, this doesn’t seem to be the case in Japan, where a Tokyo-based company has launched a service where couples lacking enough friends and family can rent them for the wedding day.

The ‘fake’ family members, colleagues and friends don’t come cheap: the price is 20,000 yen (approximately €150) per head.

For extra 5,000 yen, the guest will perform a song or a dance. If you would you’re your rental friend to make a speech that will cost you another 10,000 yen.

As reported by Reuters, many Japanese see weddings as a formal event that must be attended by as many family members, friends and co-workers as possible.

According to the company representative, work-related requests are rising, due to the current recession, and many clients ask for a fake boss and fake colleagues to attend their wedding day.

Want to give the expectant mom some memories?

baby memories-web

This is one of my favorite cakes as it makes a memory for not only the new mommy and daddy, but grandma & pa, auntie and uncles, and both new friends & those who knew them as kids.

This cake was for a baby shower that mommy almost didn’t get to as baby was born later that night. The bottom tier has baby pictures of mommy with top tier daddy’s baby pictures. The top is quite different with the baby shoes holding up an ulta-sound picture which I framed for mommy and daddy.

Just think of your mom and dad celebrating 25 or 50 years with pictures on their cake of them getting married, hold and playing with their children, and pictures of them doing things they have enjoyed doing together over the years.

What about a “Old lordy, look who’s 40?” cake having pictures of him as a kid, doing ridiculous things with friends, getting married, etc?

What about Father’s Day, Mother’s Day, Wedding Showers, Graduation or any occasion making memories with this cake?