March 09, 2012
We’re always in search of new ideas for chic, crafty weddings. So we were super excited to hear that Taunton Press is compiling the ultimate DIY wedding book set, The Bride’s Guide. It’ll feature a trio of gorgeous bridal-crafting books by DiyBride.com expert Khris Cochran, each with 40 easy project ideas. Think: feather boutonnieres, vintage paper parasols and personalized baby-breath centerpieces.
Buds and Blossoms Bridal Bag. Photo by Khris Cochran.
January 04, 2012
We're ringing in 2012, and with it, picking things back up on My DIY Wedding Day. To kick things off, we've rounded up some of our favorite recent posts all with engagement season in mind. Whether you're celebrating or hosting a celebration for someone else, here are some of our fave new party ideas from around the web.
1. Apple Walnut Cocktail. Face it: You're not going outside in this weather. If you're having an engagement party during the winter months, make sure your drinks match the mood: A warming whiskey cocktail pairs perfectly with warm apple cider doughnuts. (Home Speakeasy)
2. Birdcage Veil. Can you believe it? This really is DIY! We love the couture look of this pretty veil. (Remember: If you're making something that you plan to wear on your wedding day, give yourself plenty of time to get it perfect. In other words, start now!) (Adventures in Dressmaking)
3. Party Blowers. It's an oldie but a goodie. We love these cute party blowers (perfect for an engagement party) that you could easily make match your theme by switching up the paper patterns. (Martha Stewart)
4. Gold-Dipped Stemware. Step up your engagement party (or your next dinner party) instantly with these pretty champagne flutes. They'd also be perfect as toasting flutes during your reception. (Honestly WTF)
5. Cranberry Spice White Sangria. Just because it's winter doesn't mean you have to forgo all of your favorite summery drinks. You just need to modify the recipe a bit. (Backyard Bartender)
Images all via their respective blogs, except for #2 by: Studio 623 Photography.
June 29, 2011
We're kicking off link love again with a gorgeous roundup of potential DIY gift ideas -- perfect for your bridesmaids and even a few options for the groomsmen. Check out these projects (and don't forget to let us know how it goes if you try one out!)
1. Burlap Bottles. Perfect for anyone in your bridal party, these stenciled burlap bottles can easily be modified to cover your favorite wine bottle or even a fancy beer bottle. Switch up the stencil to show the city where the wedding is being held, your monogram, or even your wedding date. (Projects by Jess)
2. Painted Votive Candles. French-inspired-Monet wedding theme anyone? These painted candles would look divine sitting on your reception tables at an outdoor evening rehearsal dinner, or be a perfect gift for your bridesmaids. Just add your favorite scented candle. (OnceWed.com)
3. Feathery Earrings. This project only looks tough. These cute earrings will have your bridesmaids looking chic (whether they wear them at the wedding or not!). (McLaughlin Designs)
4. Tiny Polaroid Magnets. We love this idea not just as a gift, but also as a great save-the-date. Tuck one into your paper save-the-date so you guests are sure to remember. (Ambrosia Creative)
5. Bling Leather Cuffs. For the bride who wants just a touch of urban edge to her wedding day look, these cuffs will do the trick. The sparkly details amp up the glam factor, but the leather keeps it casual. They're also a perfect gift for your besties. (Crap I've Made)
June 14, 2011
This cute DIY thank-you card project comes to us straight from wedding and event planner Angela at Oh So Joyous. We love the personalized details, like the monogram stamp and wedding photos that she used.
This thank you pack includes an embossed card and the couple’s favourite wedding photos all wrapped in a pretty little pocket folder and finished off with a ribbon.
All images courtesy of Oh So Joyous.
Like what you see? Check out her blog for more creative ideas.
Looking for a fun wedding favor that will really set you apart? Try this: a homemade limoncello recipe. Limoncello is an Italian, lemon-flavored liqueur, sometimes served as an apertif (or you can serve it after dinner).
Start this recipe (which I used for our wedding) about six months in advance and you'll have a totally unique favor to hand to your guests at the end of the night.
What You'll Need
How to Make It
March 02, 2011
Even though it's still pretty cold here in NYC, spring is just around the corner, and for lots of brides, that means finding the right finishing touches. Check out these rustic and spring inspired ideas, all via Etsy.com.
1. Custom Favor Bags. Rustic custom monogrammed bags for favors like candy (or even a take-home bit of wedding cake). Where can we sign up? (Rhino Feathers, 50 for $29)
2. Vintage Teacups. These vintage floral teacups have just the right amount of woodsy-meets-girlie style. Use them for your bridal shower or for yoru midnight coffee and tea serving at the end of the reception. (Olive Vintage, $30)
3. Birch Bark Boutonniere. We love carved-tree-initials that this birch bark boutonniere inspires. Plus, we promise your ring bearer and groom would pick wearing this over a flower any day. (AprilHilerDesigns, $6.50)
4. Tree Slice Centerpiece.In case you haven't noticed, we're all about the customization here. Don't want your initials carved all over the place? Try table numbers or even table names instead. (And check out the other cool rustic ideas from these guys!). (BraggingBags, $16.99)
5. Wooden Wedding Sign. While this idea isn't totally new, we love the font used to write the couple's name here. Don't want your names? Then use it to point your guests in the right direction for dancing or cocktails. (TrueConnection, $30)
Images by (from left): Christan Parreira, MorgannHillDesigns, and Mi Belle Photographers.
February 24, 2011
Janice and J.P. decided to opt for a backyard wedding -- just not in their own backyard. They picked Lynn's Way House, rented on Block Island, Rhode Island for a wedding that felt outdoorsy, but still elegant and chic. "My mom was a big help with the DIY projects as she runs a business called Design & Details," says Janice. "We worked together on all the projects for the wedding." Lucky for us, Janice dished on how to steal her style.
Favors & Place Cards. (below, middle photo) Our place cards were our favors! Being that our wedding was somewhat of a destination, we decided to go with a travel theme and do luggage tags. We purchased blue and green tags for the guys and pink for the girls (we bought them at Michaels Craft Store). We tied each couple's tags together with ribbon. My sister-in-law is a graphic designer, so she printed the inserts for each luggage tag; and my mom bought an antique-looking wooden baker's rack from which to hang them. (Total project time: 2 hours)
Centerpieces. (bottom row, right photo) We needed to choose a flower or plant that was resilient since we brought the plants over to the island with us. We chose Kalanchoe because you could plant them early and they won't wilt because they're a succulent. Since it was an outdoor wedding with a natural feeling, we decided to go with a plant versus a flower. My mom came up with the idea to purchase clay pots and paint them. (Total project time: 3 hours)
Guestbook. (bottom row, middle photo) We bought a book of Block Island photography and placed it on a vintage music stand that we found at a consignment shop. Guests could sign on a page of their choice. The book of photos along with beautiful comments from each guest now lives on our coffee table as a great memory of the day. (Total project time: 30 minutes for set up)
Check out the gorgeous photos below from Rose Schaller Photography, and see all of Janice's vendors at the end of the post.
June 12, 2010
Lynn's Way House
Block Island, Rhode Island
Wedding Coordinator: Debbie Evert of Design & Details
Bridal Gown: J. Crew
Bride's Shoes: J. Crew
Bride's Jewelry: M2 Designs
Bridesmaids Dresses: Martin & Osa
Bridesmaids' Gifts: from J. Crew and Target
Groom's Tux: Men's Warehouse
Groomsmen Tuxes: Men's Warehouse
Groomsmens' Gifts: from Macy's
Officiant: Ray Torre
Music: Marc Scortino
Catering: Block Island Gourmet
Wedding Cake: DIY by a family friend
Decor: Debbie Evert of Design & Details
Wedding bands: Blue Nile
Photography: Rose Schaller Photography
Rehearsal Dinner: The National Hotel
Honeymoon: Costa Rica
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January 20, 2011
After a bit of a winter break (hey, it's really cold up here, ok?!) Link Love is back in full force bringing you the best DIY wedding ideas from around the web. Are you newly engaged? Congrats! Don't forget to check out our other blog at WeddingChannel.com. Now, on to these gorgeous projects.
1. Quilted Wine Tote. For all you oenophiles, here's a cute idea for your bridal party or even your out-of-town welcome bags. Make the wine tote in your wedding colors, and tuck in a bottle that's meaningful to you as a couple, or something that will be served at the wedding. (Needle & Spatula)
2. Paper Hearts. The photo here doesn't really do this project justice. These cute paper hearts can sweeten up the room in the form of a cute garland to decor for a bridal shower. (Upon a Fold)
3. Paper Rose Pomander. How cute would your flower girls look carrying one of these paper rose pomanders? Sure, you'll need a little patience to twist all those flowers together, but it's well worth the effort, we think. (Hearts Hands Home)
4. Sugar Scrub. Just looking at this yummy photo makes us want to run home and take a long hot bath (especially during these winter months -- did I mention it's cold up here?!). These scrubs look like the perfect bridesmaid gifts. (Smart Bottom Enterprises)
5. Napkin Ring Template & more. We love these pretty napkin ring templates, plus that gorgeous table runner. Going for a rustic chic look? We just found your table decor. (NonPareilMag.com)
December 23, 2010
So while I usually try to stick to mainly wedding crafts on this blog (for obvious reasons), I couldn't resist some of these cute holiday projects. Here are some great last-minute craft ideas for that hard-to-shop-for person on your list, or even for that Christmas Eve party your throwing. Enjoy, and Happy Holidays!
1. Pine Cone Garland. This simple garland easily completes a rustic holiday decor look (and if your pine cones are fresh, it can also make your house smell great too!) (Twig & Thistle)
2. Peace, Joy, Love Pillows. These easy-to-make throw pillows make a perfect holiday gift and you could even use the stencils for something else (like a runner or tablecloth) once the pillows are done. (My Backyard Eden)
3. Gingerbread House. Even if you're like me, who only once successfully constructed a gingerbread house that was anything close to edible, this project looks pretty enticing. Go ahead, give it another shot. (Honestly WTF)
4. Christmas Wreath. This isn't so much a "how-to" but rather an idea: try using branches from the Feioja tree for your next wreath. It's naturally got just the right mix of green, silver, and red, as shown in the photo. (Rummage)
5. Mini Gingerbread Houses. How inventive is this!? Assembling these mini houses so you can easily dip them into your hot chocolate seems like the perfect solution to a (albeit minor) holiday problem. Yum! (Not Martha)
And just in case you're looking for a last-minute ornament idea, try these retro holiday cupcakes from Bake It Pretty.
December 21, 2010
Direct from the girls who started one of our fave letterpress studios, Hello! Lucky, comes this: the ultimate book for the crafty bride. Handmade Weddings features over 50 gorgeous crafts, each one with photos and step-by-step instructions. What I love are the ratings (easy, moderate, advance -- most crafts are either easy or moderate) and the classic-with-a-twist projects. Eunice and Sabrina of Hello! Lucky enlisted the help of top weddings stylist, Shana Faust, for the book, so each project feels homespun and beautiful.
The book hits stores in January, but you can try out this excerpted project right now.
Bride & Groom Cake Topper
With a little creativity, guy and girl doll blanks can be transformed into an adorable personalized cake topper. Simply follow the templates or sketch out your own interpretation (you may want to get a couple of extra doll forms in case of mistakes).
Makes 1 cake topper
Excerpt from: Handmade Weddings: More than 50 Crafts to Style and Personalize Your Big Day. By Eunice Moyle, Sabrina Moyle, and Shana Faust (Chronicle Books, San Francisco, 2010). Photo by Joseph De Leo.
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