Friday, September 28, 2012

DIY Wedding Garter

Our golden rule of DIY and weddings is pick projects that you can complete way in advance and don't take hours upon hours to complete. There are tons of little projects brides can do that won't take up too much of your time and will really add unique touches to your big day!

Here is one DIY project we found featured in "The Bridal Guide" magazine that we fell in love with. It's a simple 4-step guide on how to make your own wedding garter.

Materials you'll need...
  • Stretchy, lace ribbon
  • Rhinestone appliqué
  • Needle and thread
  • Hot fix rhinestones and rhinestone setter or iron (optional)

Step 1: Cut the Lace

DIY Garter Step 1
  • Make sure the lace you buy is stretchy so it won't fall down your leg.
  • Measure the lace before you cut — the final product can also be worn as a headband, so measure accordingly.

Step 2: Sew

DIY Garter Step 2

  • Find the center point of the lace.
  • Sew on the appliqué. 
  • It's also a great place to incorporate your "something blue" or "something borrowed"

Step 3: Add Rhinestones (Optional)

DIY Garter Step 3

  • Arrange the hot fix rhinestones around the appliqué.
  • Once you finalize your design, set with an iron or rhinestone setter.

Step 4: Finish Up

DIY Garter Step 4

  • Turn the lace inside out and sew together.

Finished Product!!!

DIY Garter Finished Product
How BEAUTIFUL is this??!! It's so easy to customize and would be such a neat and special unique touch!
What do you think? Would you make your own garter?

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

DIY Paper Doilie Decor

Today's brides are always on the look out for unique and inexpensive ideas to add that special touch to their own wedding. We came across this simple idea a bride used for her rustic outdoor wedding and couldn't wait to share it with you!

Some pretty paper doilies and ribbon combine for the perfect unique detail at her ceremony!

Paper Doilie Wedding Decor Idea

Paper Doilie Wedding Decor Idea
We love how simple they are, but what an impact they made!

via The Wedding Chicks
What do you think about this unique detail for an outdoor wedding?

Monday, September 24, 2012

Hearts and Weddings

Since we were little girls, we've been drawing hearts around our crushes names and dotting our "i's" with this little symbol of LOVE. It's a symbol that every girl is obsessed with at some age, so why not incorporate them into your big day that is all about love!

We found these more grown-up, but still cute and unique ways to use hearts in your wedding ceremony!

Heart Aisle Liners
How adorable are these paper hearts down the aisle!?  Who knew they could make such impact on a ceremony? What an easy and fun way to add a little pop of color. These are not your average aisle decor!

Or how about this idea to fancy up the walkway to your outdoor ceremony? They used sidewalk chalk to draw hearts all along the path. We love this!

Hearts Sidewalk Chalk
Little details like these can really add to your wedding without breaking your budget and make great photo-op's during the day!

Do you like these heart ideas for your wedding?

Friday, September 21, 2012

Tea-Length Gowns

While writing our blog post from Wednesday on Salt & Pepper Favors, we couldn't help but fall in love with this bride's gorgeous tea-length gown!

Tea-Length Gown via The Wedding Chicks
Tea-length gowns are certainly coming back in fashion these days and we couldn't be happier! They make the perfect choice for vintage, outdoor, or casual weddings and can be so charmingly beautiful!

Tea-Length Gown via The Wedding Chicks
Plus, you really get to show off those perfect, awesome, to-die-for shoes you found to wear!

Tea-Length Gown via The Wedding Chicks
Stunning bouquet too, right?!

What do you think? Are you considering a tea-length gown for your wedding?

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Salt & Pepper Favors

We found this amazing idea on The Wedding Chicks' Blog and had to tell you about it! It's such a fun idea and a really unique way to include your family and friends in your wedding plans.

Salt & Pepper Sign via The Wedding Chicks
Friends and family of the couple helped them collect unique, quirky, and fun salt & pepper shaker sets throughout their engagement. By their wedding day, they had enough to use as favors at the wedding!

Salt & Pepper Shaker Display via The Wedding Chicks

The sign reads: "Find a 'Perfect Pair' and find your seat! Put your name under any pair of S&P shakers that you want and they are yours to take home at the end of the night!"

We love that they doubled as escort cards and that each guest got to pick their favorite pair to take home with them. You just know that every time they use them, they'll remember how much fun they had at the wedding.

They even found this adorable Bride and Groom Owl Shaker Set for their cake topper! How cute!!!

Owl Salt & Pepper Set Cake Topper via The Wedding Chicks
What do you think of this idea?

"The Perfect Pair" via The Wedding Chicks

Monday, September 17, 2012

Pumpkin Wedding Ideas

To be honest - Fall is my hands-down, absolute favorite time of year! I love, love, love everything to do with the season and completely swoon over pumpkins in particular.
Since the fall season is quickly approaching us, we thought we'd give you guys a little taste of how gorgeous a pumpkin wedding can be!
Bride and Groom Wedding Cake Glowing Pumpkins Bridesmaids
Ribbon Chairs Pumpkin Chairs Table Numbers

Which one of these is your favorite for a pumpkin-themed wedding?

Friday, September 14, 2012

Bridesmaid Gift Ideas - Day Three

Becoming a bridesmaid is an honor that can sometimes be overwhelming, but in the end, it's an incredible experience that brings friends even closer then they already are.

A great gift idea to help bridesmaids eliminate the stress of keeping track of the wedding festivities is a  planner! This is also a unique way to ask women to be your bridesmaids. Write it on the inside of the planner and mark the BIG DAY in each of their calendars!

Bridesmaid Planner Gift Idea

What girl wouldn't love a cute planner to help them organize not only your wedding events, but also the rest of their year!

Do you think your bridesmaid's would like this idea?

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Bridesmaid Gift Ideas - Day Two

Day two of our "all about bridesmaids" week! Brides have come up with such adorable gift ideas, and we wanted to share some of them with you!

Give bridesmaid's comfy monogrammed shorts to wear with an over-sized button down while getting ready. Make the shorts and monograms match your wedding colors. What a great way to give your bridesmaids something they use all the time and remember your wedding day!

Wedding Shorts
We love this idea too - personalized pearl and initial necklaces surrounded by a gold eternity circle. This is a beautiful gift that your bridesmaids can wear all the time and symbolizes that your friendship with each woman will last a lifetime.

Bridesmaid Personalized Pearl Necklace

How have you showed your appreciation to your friends and bridesmaids?

Monday, September 10, 2012

Bridesmaid Gift Ideas

There's a reason why you chose specific girls as your bridesmaids to stand by your side on your special day. Although no one can ever come close to the love of your life, girlfriends are irreplaceable and showing them how much they mean to you is very important.

This week's inspiration is all about these wonderful women in your life, and some creative and cute ways we found to show them how special they are to you. So check out these great finds for fun gifts for your maids!

Give your bridesmaids clutches filled with a schedule, thank you notes, lip gloss, disposable camera, and candy to keep the energy up! Such a cute idea!

Bridesmaid Clutches via Style Me Pretty
Who says they have to be the same? Pick out the perfect style to match each of your girls' personalities. They'll think of you every time they grab it to take along on a fun girls night out!

Or how about personalized tumbler cups to use when getting ready on the big day? The straw is perfect for keeping make-up and lipstick intact and the lids will prevent any spills.

Wedding Tumblers
They're completely customizable too! Great, right?

What are some cute Bridesmaids gifts you've received or given?

Friday, September 7, 2012

Cute Wedding Invitation Ideas

If you're into the non-traditional wedding invitation trend, we found a few unique wedding invitations that we thought were pretty cool. We thought we would share with you guys... enjoy!

1) A movie ticket, because after all, a wedding sure is a show!

Pinned Image
Via Beau Corp

2) A message in a bottle to increase suspense when guests get the invitation in the mail!
Pinned Image
Via Swoon Events Tumbler

3) A photo-booth invite, because this was just too cute to pass up! How neat!
Pinned Image
Via Etsy

Which one of these is your favorite? Have you seen any other cool invitations before that you'd like to share with us?


Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Ring Security!

Holy Cow! How cute is this?!

Cute Ring Bearer via Style Me Pretty
I am completely loving this for a cute little Ring Bearer!!!

If it's too casual for the wedding day, consider it for the rehearsal. You'd make any little "big guy" feel like they are the most important VIP with a job title like this (not to mention put a smile on all your guests faces)!

What do you think? Need a little extra security help on your wedding day?

Monday, September 3, 2012

Wedding Cake Game

Cutting the cake is a big deal at any wedding reception. Guests gather around to see if the couple will play nice or get a little dirty when feeding each other the first bite of their cake. Why not engage them in this decision?

Wedding Cake Game

Have two champagne glasses labeled with the bride's name on one and the groom's name on the other. Guest can put money into either glass, and who ever has the most by the time the cake is cut, gets the cake in the face! For a brave couple - what a fun game for guests during the reception!

What do you think about this game? Would you incorporate it into your wedding? Are you playing nice or getting dirty? :)