Tag: diy wedding
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Metallics. Both classy and flashy, bold golds and sterling silvers are two trendy accessories a bride can count on to never go out of style. From jewelry and shoes to clothing and headpieces, details dressed in metallic bling take on level of fabulous that simply goes unmatched by most accessorizing counterparts.
And when this stylish sass is added to wedding invitations, brides and grooms the world over are learning just how ahhh(to the)mazing their opening statement can be! For cereal, I just received one of these metal-stamped musings in the mail this past week, and I’d be lying if I didn’t say I was WOW’ed when the initial reveal took place. The foil stamped invites had just the right amount of three dimensional shimmer and truly created an ooh-la-la factor without a lot of fuss. *Fridge-worthy for sure!
In fact, it was the simplicity of the design itself that caught me by surprise the most. The actual invitation used to set the background for the foiling was nothing spectacular or out of the norm… just plain, crisp white 80# cardstock. And yet, the entire look was utterly fab!
It doesn’t take much to give a lot of drama when it comes to metallic-infused invites; so, brides and grooms can go with a very simple, very basic invite – which, plus side news flash! means they start off significantly cheaper than overly ornate versions! – and still get an expensive look with both sophisticated and inviting features. Not only that, but the metallic look doesn’t have to stop with the typical brassy-colors generally associated with precious metals… you can pretty much foil stamp whatever color your little bride-to-be heart desires! Yay!
There is one thing, however. While I can’t deny the DIY nature that most wedding invitations create, I also can’t help but foresee the trouble a do-it-yourself’er may encounter when it comes to foil stamping on their own. There are several sites – not to mention YouTube videos – dedicated to delivering brides how-to info on foil stamping from home… I can’t really see how this is feasible unless you have an extra $500-$1000 just lying around. Legit, the pressing machine is nothing short of a pretty penny!
And who wants to spend their money on a foil press machine when there’s a dress and accessories to buy!?? Pfffffttttttttt!
But as far as the trend goes, it’s nothing short of hot! Hot! HOT! And while buying a foil press machine for your home may not be on your Top 10 wedding needs list, it’s still something that’s totally doable for the professionals and looks absolutely incredible when complete!
AND! even if you’re a bride a dead set on doing your invitations, don’t want to buy a foil press machine but still want the look it creates, try stamping instead! Custom stampers and metallic looking ink pads are incredibly inexpensive and can still give you that same look for waaayyyy less!
Check out below for some foil stamped inspiration OR go to our simply chic invitations and get started stamping today!
photos courtesy of (top to bottom, left to right) ohsobeautifulpaper.com, kandievans.com, bellafigura.com, invitationsbyajalon.com, ohsobeautifulpaper.com, cecinewyork.com, swisscottagedesigns.com, invitationsbyajalon.com, orlandomagazine.com, digbyrose.com and invitationcrush.com
March 7, 2013
So, today, I found myself sucked into the black hole that is Etsy, looking for some truly unique twists on tradition when I found myself falling down an out of this world craft-tacular rabbit hole!!! Now, I’m sure everyone out there has been to a wedding or two (thousand) in their day, and I’m sure in that time you’ve seen some pretty cool U-turns away from the beaten path, but usually there are a few things that really never get tampered with, the bouquet being one! Don’t get me wrong, real big fan of flowers (who can hate on anything that comes in pretty colors and smells good!?!), but these unique-chic bouquet ideas are giving Mother Nature a run for her money!! First up on the list:
photos courtesy of etsy.com
These are incredible and the color combinations are practically endless! Each arrangement is hand folded and the designs are either custom made to fit your colors, or buy it as is. Either way, a really crafty way to jazz up your bouquet (look at me rhyme)! Next up:
photos courtesy of etsy.com
These button bouquets are insane! Such small detail and such huge color possibility!!! Perfect for the bride that wants to make her bouquet personal (whats up seamstresses!?!) Moving right along:
photos courtesy of etsy.com
These bouquets are old Hollywood meets modern flair. Perfect for the peacock bride that wants to really strut her stuff down the aisle! Last and certainly not least:
photos courtesy of etsy.com
These dazzlers absolutely floored me! They’ve got the bling, class, or vintage feel to match your theme to the ‘T’!! So, if you’re looking for a way to throw some craft flair into your big day, I would highly recommend checking out some of the cool stuff they have going on over in Etsy-land! Not to mention, instead of the bouquet dying off, you walk away from your wedding with a timeless treasure to cherish forever (rhyming master today!!!). Now if you’ll excuse me, I’ve got some more rabbit’s to chase……hellllooooo, mason jar solar lamps!!!!
July 20, 2012
courtesy of thesweetestoccasion.com
While we’ve discussed how you can create a custom look on your wedding day with the article DIY Divine: 5 Ways to Personalized Your Wedding Dress, we haven’t talked about the importance of your dress’ sentimentality!
I mean, helloooo?!!? It’s a wedding, people! It’s all about sentiment!
Which, as sad as I am to use this reference, I was reminded of by Kim Kardashian (dun dun dun) on her 2 day / 4 hour E! wedding special. On the days leading up to her wedding, Kim was shown rummaging through her late father Robert Kardashian’s old button down shirts. She wanted to find one that she remembered, in order to incorporate it into both her wedding gowns.
Once the shirt was chosen, she had two heart-shaped panels cut out of and sewn onto the left sides of both of her custom made Vera Wang dresses. Because her dad couldn’t be there physically, this was her way to keep his presence and memory alive during the celebration… and while the marriage may have died 72 days later, the idea of sewing sentiment into your wedding dress has lived on!
Thanks to Pinterest, my beautiful co-worker, Jessi and a Google Image search, I was able to gather some pictures of how real life brides are taking on this filled with feelings challenge and including it on their big day through…
Custom Labels. Whether you choose to use your name, monogram or simply represent the date, custom labels and patches can be created and sewn under the bodice on the inside of the dress for an extra special touch of love.
photos courtesy of (clockwise from top left) etsy.com, vivestyle.ca, itsabrideslife.com and bridalwave.tv
Custom Patches. For the riskier bride hoping to make a statement and /or really capture a memory, you may try sewing on a meaningful patch of fabric or a symbolic panel or shape directly onto the dress itself.
photos courtesy of (clockwise from top left) beautyfashiontrends.com, weddingbee.com, sequinsandcandy.com and purlbee.com
Custom Hangers. If the thought of sewing something permanent into your dress gives you the bridal gasps… might I suggest doing a fun personalized hanger? Not only do they look great and make for amazing photography shots, but they are also non-damaging to your dress! Boo and Yeah!
all photos found on pinterest.com via (from top to bottom, left to right) Stephanie Holland, Jessi, Victoria, Chloé Plénet and Jessica Elizabeth
January 19, 2012
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Recently, a girlfriend at work (hollerrrrr Jessi!) attended a wedding, and after being impressed by the unique bouquet toss, she came in to dish the deets for The Best Wedding Blogger Ever – thank ya muchly, my dear!
At the reception she attended, instead of the bride throwing a traditional “tossing bouquet,” she threw a bouquet that split into several mini bouquets. Thus, providing more than one lady-in-waiting the coveted prize of “you’re next!” Obviously, la-Louvre-ing the idea, I immediately went into search mode to see what I could find.
While this kind of breakaway bouquet (also known as a fortune bouquet) hasn’t quite made a famed name for itself in the wedding world, it’s definitely a trend growing in popularity. Many brides who choose to take this option on keep the base idea the same: one bouquet splitting into several parts, but they also tag it with their own individual style as well.
Some brides will invite all their female guests - not just the single ones – out onto the dance floor and will either A) ask them all to make a wish or B) simply say that it’s a bouquet for luck, love or (fill in the blank) that everyone can enjoy.
I have also seen where other brides separate their entire bouquet into individual flowers and attach charms, fortunes, good luck ribbons, etc. to the stems; so, that each girl vying for a piece of that bridal gold will gladly do so.
It’s for sure an uber cute idea, and as someone who has made countless “walk ‘o’ shames” to catch the single lady bouquet, it most def makes it easier on any lady who begrudges the whole process!
So, put on your thinking caps, start tossing and spread even more joy!
photo courtesy of kai-photo.com
January 24, 2011
photo courtesy of stylemepretty.com
According to the Bridal Association of America, the average couple spends a whopping $659 on their wedding invitations and that doesn’t even include the cost of postage! So, as more and more couples start cutting the fat from their wedding budgets, invites seem to be taking up an unnecessarily large piece of the monetary pie. And unless you’re willing to take a risk on an empty reception hall, invitations are absolutely essential. Sure, e-vites are informational, but they lack a sense of formality and tradition. So, how do you get what you want without paying a pretty penny? Here’s some advice :)
Paper – Here, you will need to think a little out of the box. Stationary retailers are expensive for the same reason any retailer is more costly: markup. But if you stick with office suppliers, wholesalers, or any paper-carrying company that offers bulk sizes, you can purchase printable card stock for mere cents. Always remember that the more folds and detailing on each invite, the more costly the total will be; so stick with basic, flat cards to avoid the extra fees.
Design – This is the part where a couple’s home-made creativity can really shine. Make sure you have a printer that’s up for the task with plenty of ink. It may sound intimidating, but a multitude of design templates and programs have popped up recently to provide DIY brides more personalized options when printing at home. For those of you who still find templates too daunting, there are still many options. If you’re lacking a design guru friend willing to work for free, consult the web for a vast array of pre-made design templates and make sure the design you choose goes with your wedding theme and colors.
DIY –These details will provide that budget-friendly, je ne sais quoi you’ve been looking for. And by doing-it-yourself, you save the inherent overhead you’d be paying for someone else to do it. The following invitation extras can run the gamut from basic to extravagant, but here are a few ideas that are popular today:
- Ribbons: The most enduring of trends, a classic ribbon tied around the card that complements the themes and hues of the invitations adds a feeling of elegance. Many brides also punch out two holes near the top, thread the ribbon through, and tie a beautiful bow for a chic touch.
photo courtesy of handmadebymeda.blogspot.com
photo courtesy of taylorjilldesigns.com
- Stamps: Getting a personalized or monogrammed stamp is an effective and affordable tool when it comes to the paper products of your wedding. Embellish your invites and RSVP cards and then seal the deal when you adorn the envelope with your customized wedding design. And get really fancy by creating a melted wax seal and closing your envelopes shut with with a look that’s truly vintage!
photo courtesy of marilynskeepsakes.com
photo courtesy of elizabethannedesigns.com
- Flowers: If you want your invites to really look fancy without the frivolous cost, add some fresh blooms. Keep in mind that extra weight equals extra postage costs, so keep the flowers minimal. Try tying a single sprig of baby’s breath into bow on the invitation. For a flatter finish, adorn the invites with pressed flowers; simply use a spray adhesive and press.
photo courtesy of make-your-own-invitations.com
photo courtesy of weddings.thefuntimesguide.com
Postage – Mailing costs often seem trivial, but can really add up if you’re not cautious, especially for guest list that seem to scroll on for days! As mentioned above, keeping the weight of each invitation to an absolute minimum will save you a pretty penny; every extra ounce per envelope will cost you. With that in mind, send your RSVPs as postcards. This avoids the extra weight of an excess envelope, and costs less anyway. Also, avoid square-shaped envelopes or ones that don’t fit within the traditional requirements – they’ll increase postage fees by 50%.
So as long as you plan ahead and avoid excess costs, keep your eyes peeled for great bargains, and put your mind to a little DIY, you’re wedding invitations will look like a million bucks without the hefty price tag.
September 20, 2010
Having a DIY wedding is one of the top ways to save a lot of your wallet cheese, and I’m not talking about the dairy kind that spoils… not that you’d ever have or put actual cheese in your wallet… errrr… whatever. Haha!
Because do-it-yourself projects can be just as beautiful as they are personal and can cost up to a fraction of the price, they are just as – if not more so – incredible as their more expensive counterparts. By creating elements of your wedding together with your fiancé, friends and family, not only will you save moolah but you’ll also create treasured memories that’ll you’ll hold onto forever. And THAT, my dear friends, is priceless :)
DIY Save the Date Magnets
Start saving money right away by purchasing Save-the-Date magnets and designing them yourself! In the past, you needed to place a custom order at a specialty printer in order to print Save-the-Date magnets or announcements. Now, you can print them yourself on your home computer. Complete kits for DIY save the date wedding magnets allow you to personalize the date, colors and images on professional looking magnets.
DIY Wedding Invitations
Wedding invitations can easily be created on your own without sacrificing quality. Many of today’s wedding invitation kits feature the same quality paper you’d find on high end invites and contain some of the same unique embellishments and embossing. With easy to use templates also readily available online and included response cards and envelopes, you’ll easily be able to construct flawless, professional looking invitations.
Add an even more personal touch by having a custom monogram stamp created so you can make your own envelope seals, note cards or thank you notes.
Tip: If you don’t have a quality printer at home, you can design your wedding stationary at home and then have them printed at a copy shop for (dependent upon the design and paper) for a few cents a print.
Because the potential for fantastical favors is darn near limitless, there’s about a schmillion and one ways brides and grooms can get wedding guest gift ready without breaking the bank! Wedding favors are easy to make yourself because they are a gift from the heart. If you choose a ready-made wedding favor, you can personalize it to your wedding theme or even to each individual guest. By adding ribbon, a printed label or card, you can increase the perceived value of your wedding favors without burning a hole in your bank account.
DIY Wedding Programs
Wedding programs can represent another large chunk of cash out of your wedding budget. But if you print your own, you can pocket the tremendous savings. DIY wedding program kits include quality cardstock or cover stock papers, a template and often times, embellishments such as ribbons, crystals or embossing.
Printed on your home computer (or at a quick print shop), they can be personalized and designed to reflect your style and wording…
And that’s just the tip of the wedded bliss iceberg, kids! There are even more ways to incorporate do-it-yourself details into every aspect of your big day that can only be limited by your imagination!
DIY weddings are an ideal way to blend your modern day personality into time honored wedding traditions and create a more cost effective approach to a billion dollar industry. Only you and your fiancé will know the corners you cut. And you can enjoy spending the money saved on a spectacular honeymoon!
August 11, 2010
When I first started looking for wedding dresses, I started in a place with nearly 30,000,000 different options to choose from… Google, of course! (For cereal, what did people do before internet and cell phones?? Haha!) Anyhoot, this obviously led me down a countless amount of roads with an innumerable amount of options, and every dress – no matter if it was of my particular style or not – was absolutely b.e.a.uuuuutiful because, well, it was for a wedding day, duh :)
And with all that beauty rolled into all those options, I began to wonder how a bride could ever choose, and with soooo many dresses featuring different parts I enjoyed, I started to wonder how anyone ever did it in the first place…
Then, I came to the realization that every dress – like every home for sale – has potential to become whatever the bride envisions it to be. Because every bride owns the right to make that dress her own
For Contemporary Cuteness: Finish your dress with a Colorful Pair of Shoes and Clutch!
There’s a whole world of color out there, and they’re just dyin’ to be added to all that white…
photos courtesy of daily.wedshare.com and stylehive.com
For Flashy, Vintage Glam: Pair your dress with Gloves and Gaudy Jewelry!
It’s like playing dress up all over again…
photos courtesy of onewed.com, picsdigger.com and Oscar de la Renta (right)
For Retro Chic’ness: Give your dress a hint of hippy Flower Power!
Believe me, Mother Nature has never looked better…
photos courtesy of theknot.com, Vera Wang (center) and Atelier Aimée
For Modern Day Magic: Tie your dress together with Ribbons & Bows!
Nothing says girly glam quite like colorful ribbons, tied into bows…
photos courtesy of marthastewartweddings.com
For Free Spirited Fashion: Flock your dress with Feathers!
Be it peacock, ostrich or otherwise, you’ll be tickled by feather designs…
photos courtesy of bridesonthorndon.co.nz, Project Runway and Google Images
June 30, 2010
It’s time we just put all the cards out on the table… While we may never admit it to their faces, we’ve all been involved in a wedding where being a bridesmaid felt more like a punishment. Namely, because of the ill fitting, unflattering, over-the-top uncomfortable torture chambers we were forced to wear. Yes, ladies, I’m referring to the ever (in)famous (dun dun dun!) bridesmaid dress.
While bridesmaids’ dresses have come a long way from their 1980 counterparts – eek!!!
photo courtesy of somethingbluedesignscalgary.blogspot.com
There are still quite a few in the mix that are downright dreadful. Sure, there may not be as many metallic fabrics, ruffled sleeves or giant bows available, but even with all the 2010 trendsetting options, there are still ones that simply should be left on the shelf.
Yet, I digress. We can’t blame a bride entirely for making us prance around like “What Not to Wear” victims. In fact, she’s merely the messenger. She may have found the dress and made you wear it, but she sure as heck didn’t design it. Therefore, I say we blame the designers of these dresses by demolishing their epic fails and turning them into something we can love (and never have too many of)… throw pillows!
While researching different ways to salvage old dresses, I came across an article Samantha Baldwin wrote for the Examiner.com where she provided step by step instructions on how to turn drab bridesmaid dresses into fab home décor!
Being an avid fan of anything artsy fartsy and creating throw pillows myself, I was all over this idea like white on rice! Making pillows is SUPER easy – truuuuuust me, if I can do it, ANYONE can do it – and can save you a boat load of money. It doesn’t take much time at all, and since the material is already provided, the cost will be next to nothing! Below are some of Baldwin’s examples, as well as Marilyn’s Keepsakes step by step instructions on how to create decorative pillows of your own!
From drab to fab! Turn old bridesmaid's dresses into warm home accessories! (photo courtesy of examiner.com)
Step by Step Instructions to Create your own Pillows!
Materials You’ll Need:
- Bridesmaid Dress for Destroying
- Sewing Needles
- Color-coordinating Thread
- Straight Pins
- Sewing Machine
- Iron + Ironing Board
- Pillow Stuffing
- Find it. Find the old bridesmaid dress debacle(s) and lay them out flat on the floor.
- May it pay. Take out your anger on the dress (and all the tragic pictures it caused) by cutting away any zippers, seams, necklines or hems; so, you’re only left with non-stitched, raw material.
- Shape it up. Consider the shape you want to create. Be mindful of the amount of material you have, as you will need to create to equal halves of the same shape. Of course, it’s easiest for beginners to stick to simpler geometric shapes (ie squares or rectangles) before working their way up to, let’s say, a 12 pointed star.
- Cut it out. Next, cut two identical shapes out of the raw fabric, allowing at least a 1/2″ for the inseam. If you notice the fabric frays easily, be sure to add stitching to the edges to prevent any extra wear and tear.
- Pin it up. With the material flipped inside out, place a pair of matching sides together and pin them neatly into place.
- Stitch it up. Begin stitching the two identical shapes together, leaving space for your inseam and a small opening at the end. **For the more sewing savvy divas creating rounder shapes, don’t forget to cut small, equidistant slits along the outer edges of any curves you may have. This will ensure your pillow has a smoother shape.
- Turn it out. After stitching the two shapes together – while still leaving a small opening at the end for stuffing – turn the casing right side out and iron it flat.
- Let it breathe. Then, prepare your small opening by tucking a half inch of fabric inside the pillow and ironing it flat.
- Stuff it full. Once the casing has been ironed flat, stuff it to your desired fluffiness. **Pillow filler works great and is available at most local craft stores, but you can use whatever you want to fill it up – beans, Styrofoam balls, feathers, cut up t-shirts, etc.
- Close it up. Finally, stitch your pillow closed and enjoy it!!! (Perhaps for the first time ever!)
April 12, 2010
Photo Courtesy of Intimate Weddings
I may not know much, but I do know this: Weddings Are Expensive. And I’m not just talking about the main venues (reception hall, food, booze, dress, etc.); I’m talking about eeeevvveeerrryyyythiiiing, and one wedding detail that are often times overlooked in expense are flowers. My poor father – who was constantly being told by my well-intentioned mother, “Just shut up and pay, William… just shut up and pay” – had a very hard time keeping quiet about the florist’s bill… so hard of a time, in fact, that he decided not to keep quiet at all. Haha!
I’m not kidding you, the man almost fell out of his chair when he read the circled price hovering over the dotted line. Then, while readjusting his specs and squinting his eyes, he almost immediately began making remarks that would hit home to fmost athers around the world. “Are you kidding me? For flowers?? Why on God’s green earth… (inaudible grumbles)… But they’re dead the next day!”
And while I love love love flowers (what girl doesn’t?) I’m afraid I had to agree. Like every bride, I had to find the balance between my dream wedding and our actual budget. We started throwing out ideas, and we decided it might be fun to make the bridesmaid bouquets ourselves and save on the expense of having a florists bring them in.
What You Will Need:
- Flowers (focal, filler & greenery)
- Vase Filler
- Floral Tape
- Finishing Ribbon
- Straight Pins
- + Any Additional Accessories of your Choosing (ie. lace, tulle, beads, etc.)
What You Will Do:
First, gather your flowers, vase and vase filler. Be sure your vase is congruent to the size and shape you want your bouquet to be. Add in the vase filler of your choosing to the bottom of the vase. Sand, beans and pebbles all work nicely and will make arranging your flowers much easier.
**Extra Tip** Whether you choose real or fake flowers is totally up to you! But if you choose to do real flowers, check out FiftyFlowers.com. They sale large quantities of flowers at wholesale prices and also provide tips on flower combos and arrangements. For fake flowers, try a local arts and crafts store. Places like Hobby Lobby and Michael’s have large selections of flowers, as well as a number of products you can use to “spruce” up your bouquet.
Next sort your flowers by color, bloom size and the amount intended for each spray and trim their stems to equivalent heights. This will make it easy for you to build your bouquet, as well as keep it organized.
***Extra Tip*** When trimming the stems of real flowers, be sure to cut them under water with sharpened scissors. This will help keep the bloom healthier for longer.
Then, using the vase as your holder, start placing in your flowers. Because larger blooms are more difficult to maneuver, you should start with them first. Work your way from the center, outward and alternate from color to color (when applicable) until a desired look is achieved.
After all your larger blooms have been added, start adding any ”filler flowers” or smaller blooms into the bare areas of your bouquet, followed by any greenery. This will give your bouquet a full and polished look.
***Extra Tip*** Great filler flowers can be found anywhere. The most popular choices include: hydrangea, baby’s breath, asters, statice or limonium flowers and blooms, which feature several buds on a single stem.
Once you’ve reached the desired amount of flowers and size of your bouquet, shift them around and rearrange them accordingly until you’re satisfied with the appearance. If you’re not completely satisfied, try adding in accent accessories, such as bouquet pins, picks or anything with sparkle.
After you have your bouquet positioned perfectly, remove it from the vase using your hands carefully, making sure to disturb the arrangement the least amount as possible. Then, using florist tape, wire or even a rubber band (depending on your preference), tie off the bouquet.
Finally, finish off your bouquet with any desired accents, ribbons or jewels and – voilà! – you’ve just made your first bouquet!
***Extra Tip*** If you’re having difficulty getting things “juuuust right,” try using a hot glue gun. This will ensure your arrangement stays in place.
January 22, 2010