What’s the Plural Form of ”˜Hippopotamus’?

I was hoping for ”˜Hippopotami’ but my good friend Google tells me it’s ”˜Hippopotamuses’. So what does this have to do with the Husky Wedding, you ask? I just had to show you our adorable ”cake” toppers:


(personal photo)

They’re actually vintage salt & pepper shakers that I may or may not have gotten into an eBay bidding war over. They still came out less expensive than a lot of the cake toppers I’ve seen, and we can keep using them after our wedding!

Our goal is to keep our one-time-use purchases to a minimum.

It feels like such a waste to blow such a massive amount of money on components of the wedding that are so very “us” but have no use post-wedding ”“ for us, or anyone else.

We’ve extended this logic to several other “wedding” purchases:

  • Tents. I know this isn’t for everyone ”“ each tent takes about an hour for three people to assemble. But so much of our wedding and surrounding weekend involve the generous offerings of help from friends and family, we’ll have plenty of hands to help put them up. By purchasing three 10”²x30”² tents instead of renting them, we’ll be able to keep one for parties, barbecues and other events, and then sell then other two. These are also a polyethylene canopy, so they may not have the quality you’re after.



  • Heaters. Most rental places we checked with were charging nearly the purchase price for renting these, plus an added fee for propane! So, again, we bought three. We’ll keep one at the house for our outdoor enjoyment, and sell the other two.



  • Save The Dates. I’m sorry, but I refuse to use the acronym here. Anyhow, we had them printed on plantable paper made with snapdragon and poppy seeds by Recycled Ideas. Our guests received information and flower garden filler, all at the same time!


(yeah, we’re nerds”¦ personal photo)

  • Favors. I’ll go into more detail on this later, but the favors are going to be useful, as is the packaging of them. I know that everyone says this, but since the guests will be picking their own, I’m hopeful that they’ll pick something useful for themselves.

Ultimately, we’re trying to avoid throwing a whole heap of color-coordinated wedding stuff into a landfill, as well as continue to reap the benefits of some of the money we spend well into the future. Stay tuned to find out how we plan to make this a ZeeWee!

Are you buying anything for the wedding that you will continue to use when it’s over?


Mrs. Husky

Wedding Date:
October 2010
First Dance: Natural or Choreographed?
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    MsJeep23 1376 posts, Bumble bee @ 11:36 am

    Those cake toppers are way too cute! Good idea re: buying 3 and selling 2 for the larger items. They’ll definitely hold most of their value since they are wedding-related :)

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    crayfish 10384 posts, Sugar Beekeeper @ 11:45 am

    I recently bought a vintage hippo potato peeler off of ETSY – so cute and funny! If you keep your eyes peeled, you could probably build a hilarious hippo kitchen set 😉

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    Marley, Guest @ 12:31 pm

    what’s the binary translate to? a binary translator says it’s “˜ìz” but that doesn’t make much sense…

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    Marley, Guest @ 12:32 pm

    hmm that’s definitely not the translation I pasted in….getting more and more confused!!

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    slicey19 3500 posts, Sugar bee @ 12:32 pm

    We’re getting glass bottles of soda and water from a local bottler and returning all the bottles after the wedding. We are also liniting the use of disposable table ware to beer glasses from the bar, everything preset on the table will be glass/metal and rented. We also used flower pots for centerpieces which will hopefully go to good homes after. I packaged the favors in boxes with tissue paper but only because they are glass and the boxes don’t have a cover so that reduces some waste. We are also repurposing some decorations and containers between the rehersal dinner (no disposable dinnerware) and wedding. Really our biggest goal was to not have disposable dinner ware and to try to decorate with resuable items. Anyone want to repurpose 12 navy blue table runners?

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    msbtb12 432 posts, Helper bee @ 12:56 pm

    Love this post!

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    Becca, Guest @ 12:59 pm

    ooooh i love the binary! our date is 11000101010010010… or simply 101010 = 42! <3 oh yes, we are going there. :)

    where did you purchase the tents? I can’t decide if we’re having them, but would consider buying vs renting.

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    husky 1750 posts, Buzzing bee @ 1:15 pm

    @crayfish: What a great idea! I hadn’t even thought of building it into an entire kitschy-kitchen theme!

    @Marley: It translates to 10022010 – I wish I was able to attach the full translation that was emailed to us by Mr. Husky’s dad shortly after they went out! :)

    @slicey19: That sounds fantastic! The local bottling company is a great idea!

    @Becca: We had so many people comment on the binary – it was a big hit (of course, we tend to run in some nerdified circles… :) ). We actually purchased the tents from Golf Outlets USA – if you click the “source” link below the photo, it will take you right to them!

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    JoyfulBee 167 posts, Blushing bee @ 1:29 pm

    I’ll admit it —

    I was reading WeddingBee in class this morning, and my heart practically stopped when I saw those cute little hippos!! I just simply adore hippos (I… have… a lot.) and it took everything in me not to just jump up and down.

    that might have dampened my professor’s mood.

    Anywho, you’re right. Those “one-time” buys not only take up space in your wallet, but you also have to find places where you would realistically use them.

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    hamster 4047 posts, Honey bee @ 1:33 pm

    Those cake toppers are the cutest!

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    Sarah, Guest @ 3:48 pm

    I remember reading on one planning site or another to get the cake knife and server that matches your silver pattern instead of a fancy ceremonial cake serving set.

    You can’t even imagine how stupid I felt for needing to be told that. I mean, come on.

    And then we just used a regular knife anyway. :)

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    cola 2827 posts, Sugar bee @ 4:26 pm

    Your cake toppers are so cute! We figured that the majority of the wedding things we purchased we’ll be able to re-sell, if they aren’t something we’ll use again. Getting a little money back, while not cluttering our house forever sounded good to us, although I’ve yet to actually unpack and go through everything to sell it!

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    cardigan 8645 posts, Bumble Beekeeper @ 6:24 pm

    Those cake toppers are so adorable!

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    diplomatswife 666 posts, Busy bee @ 11:21 am

    I totally giggled at your save-the-date comment, because I feel the EXACT same way! I don’t care how cumbersome it is to type “save-the-date,” I completely refuse to write that we gave STDs to our guests. How crass! ;D

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    brittanymichelle 878 posts, Busy bee @ 5:48 pm

    i actually collect purple hippo’s so i love the hippo idea!

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    Ashlaaaay, Guest @ 6:58 pm

    Okay, I must not be checking out the wedding websites nearly enough as I never once thought of using the acronym, but glad that I didn’t and glad you’re not spreading them around!

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