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December 31, 2012#

New Years Party Ideas: Cheers to 2013!

We can’t believe it is the last day of 2012!  We are so thankful for all the wonderful experiences we had this past year.  Thank you to all our clients, friends and families for their support.  We can’t wait to see what 2013 will bring:)

Here are a few last minute ideas for your NYE party that are simple and inexpensive to incorporate and will add a little sparkle to your new year!

1. Drinks: These fun sequin collars are easy to make and add some fun to your favorite new years cocktails!

Photo Credit: DIY Sequin Glass Collars from Green Wedding Shoes

2. Decor: It’s not to late to pick up a few balloons to add to your decor.  Incorporate a fun glitter table cloth to complete the look!

 Photo Credit: Kiersten Stevens

3. Food: No new years party would be complete without some food ideas.  What about these champaign jello shots and glitter cake pops!

Photo Credit: Rock Your Party

Photo Credit: Kimberly’s Design Scents

4. Dress: JS Collections Scoop Neck Sequin Mesh Blouson Dress available at Nordstrom

Haope everyone has a great time ringing in the New Year, see you in 2013!!

<3 Jenn

June 24, 2012#

DIY Boutonniere

Whether you have a DIY wedding, are looking to save some money here and there or just like easy craft projects, today’s blog post is for you!  Any budget can be stretched by flowers but you can cut a few corners by making the boutonnieres for the men in your party…especially if they aren’t flowers!

With the summer here, why not try dried flowers (which last longer and you can certainly make ahead of time).  These are perfect for a rustic, garden or outdoor wedding.  Dried flowers are cost effective and depending on the flower or plant, can last a really long time.  Dried twigs or branches (like beautiful white birch) are beautiful too.  Think about your wedding season and the plants that are abundant during that time.

Photo Credit: FayeMarie 

Feathers are also a great alternative and may even be more masculine than flowers.  Feathers in matching or accenting/contrasting colors from your theme is a good place to start.  Feathers don’t have to be ultra feminine or delicate.  What about pheasant feathers or another feather that’s been dyed or bleached?  The men in your party will appreciate you keeping them in mind here and thinking about their likes/dislikes and what best compliments their suits or tuxes instead of something that distracts from their overall look.

Photo Credit: SwipeLife

 

Photo Credit: Elizabeth Anne Designs

Berries or herbs are also fantastic and fragrant!  A sprig of rosemary looks great and the aroma of basil or mint are delightful!  You can add fun accents to add another layer of color: mini acorns, pine cones or seashells and sprigs of blades of wheat grass.  How about wheat or another harvest grain?  What a beautiful neutral color that adds such great texture too!

Photo Credit: Sarah Postma Photography

Photo Credit: Flower Arrangement Advisor 

For the peacock inspired boutonnieres I made, I chose the best feathers and trimmed them up a bit so the edges were a neat rounded shape.  I also complimented the purple tones with a purple-dyed dried wildflower accent.  I simply wrapped the two together with floral tape and then covered that with a matching satin ribbon.  I had fun making these and it was so easy.  An afternoon in front of the TV and I made all 8!

Photo Credit: Amie Schroeder Photography

What about paper flowers and accents or try your hand at fabric flowers if you’re good with a needle and thread or a sewing machine.  Whatever your fancy, remember: there are plenty of options besides real flowers.  The trends are endless but remember to keep things simple and classic.  Less is more.  And remember the wedding theme, location and colors.  Here are some photos to give you inspiration!

Photo Credit: Elizabeth Anne Designs

Photo Credit: My DIY Wedding Day

Photo Credit: Luulla

Get your friends & bridesmaids involved & happy DIY crafting! =)

~Kiran

 

June 15, 2012#

Pinterest Pics: Beautiful Backdrops

One of our favorite wedding trends has to be beautiful ceremony backdrops.  Attention has always been paid to decorating the aisle, but lately we have noticed couples are finding ways to incorporate their personalities into their ceremony by creating the perfect backdrop to say “I DO.”  We have seen so many great backdrops on pinterest, we wanted to highlight some of our favorites.  The best part about many of these backdrops is they are DIY projects.

So, how do you come up with the perfect backdrop for your wedding?  Here are some ideas to help you brainstorm!

1. Venue: Think about your venue and ways you can highlight elements that are already there.  For example, this fabric backdrop was perfect for a ceremony taking place in an old fabric factory.

Photo Credit:  Sweet Water Portraits via Style Me Pretty

2. Colors:  Creating a backdrop in your color palette is a great way to bring life to your ceremony.  How cool is this vibrant red backdrop made of rosette pinwheels!

Photo Credit: Anna Page Photography via Ruffled Blog 

3. Meaning: What do you want your ceremony to represent about you as a couple?  Maybe you want to highlight your culture or family traditions.  Or symbolize words like “fun” and “happiness”.  We love this idea or creating a backdrop of 1000 Paper Cranes.  Yes, this idea may take a little more time to create..but it certainly makes a statement!  And you can let your guests know the meaning behind the backdrop, 1000 Paper Cranes symbolizes a thousand years of happiness and prosperity for the couple.

Photo Credit: The Boho Wedding Blog

4. Lighting: Depending on the mood you are trying to create, you may be able to incorporate lighting elements into your backdrop.  This backdrop incorporated bistro lights which helped create a romantic setting for an evening ceremony!

Photo Credit: Steven Michael Photography via 100 Layer Cake 

Whatever backdrop you decide on, have fun and be creative!!

<3 Jenn

April 5, 2012#

Exciting Escorts

Escorts Cards may be little, but they pack a strong punch.  They are one of the first things your guest will see and set the stage for what’s to come.  From hanging to folded to labeled on a water bottle, let your escort cards echo the incredible reception that awaits your guests.  Why not have a little fun and think outside the box, from DIY cards to boards that inspire…. check out my top 5 escort ideas!

 

Rustic Wedding Board

This is great for weddings at a farm, winery or any rustic venue.  It might take a few garage sales, but once you find that old window frame you are set.  Get some twine and print out cards by table.  **To make it easier for guests, don’t forget to alphabetize by last name on each table card.  If you paint the window frame over, you could also have it serve double duty and make it your guest book.  Have each guest sign a part of the window and it can act as an art piece for any space in your home post wedding.

Escort Card

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Quenching the Thirst

Since your guests will just be arriving, this escort card idea serves dual function, to inform and to satisfy.  This idea would work great for any type of wedding, from using glasses of champagne to your favorite beer, this escort card is sure to please.  This is also a way to highlight your signature drink!  For those who want to stir conversation, you can also write guests’ names infront of a shot glass and have them put one back to find their table number at the bottom of the glass.

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Hanging by a Thread

Create a whimsical feel by hanging your escort cards.  Hanging cards are great DIY projects, there are so many materials to choose from, clothing lines, ribbon, or pin / hang from an outdoor element (like a tree).  Just make sure to test your idea so your guests aren’t stuck trying to get their seating card released!

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Beautiful Boards

Ribbon boards are a great way showcase your color scheme and show off your creative side.  There are a multitude of takes on this type of board, you could hang individual cards from it or create larger table cards. You could include pictures from your engagement shoot throughout or stick flowers in between the rows.

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Finding your Niche

Using luggage or other props in the décor of your wedding?   Why not incorporate that into your escort station.  Getting married at a winery, use extra wine glasses or corks to hold your cards.  If you are using something personal, such as a cake topper that is two love birds or labeling your tables as cities visited together instead of numbers.. use those ideas as inspiration for your escort cards.  Carry the love birds through from escort to cake by putting the cards in small nests or use postcards from the various cities as your guest’s seating guide.. the possibilities are endless!

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engraved elements

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creating a feeling

Remember, have fun!!

-Laura

March 20, 2012#

How To; Paper Flowers

Paper flowers are easy to make and give that extra touch to any party!  Use various shades or different colored paper for added flair.

To start, you will need tissue paper, scissors and green pipe cleaner

1. Cut tissue paper into rectangles of desired size, usually 5 x 7 (larger rectangles produce bigger flowers) Stack around 15 pieces of tissue paper. Use the same color or different colors. If you want to use a smaller number of pieces of tissue paper, flower will not be as full.

2. Accordion pleat the tissue paper working from the long side (fan fold), once paper is folded into one thin rectangle secure middle with pipe cleaner and trim the ends of both sides (round or pointed)– snipping the ends round or pointed creates the petal shape

 

3. Gently separate each layer pulling upwards toward the middle of the flower, then do the second side.

 

 

Final Results will vary, estimated time per flower 15 minutes.. enjoy!!

For more paper flower inspiration, please visit paper flower creations 

-Laura

photos by: http://origamiowls.blogspot.com and www.stlylemepretty.com