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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  1. Guest Icon Guest
    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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    First Look | Weddingbee, Guest @ 2:30 pm

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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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