November 25, 2010
Happy Thanksgiving! For this special edition of Link Love, we're going with some fall inspired treats your guests will love. (And a bit of food -- it is Thanksgiving afterall!)
1. Homemade Butter. Impress your family and friends with this super easy (and fun!) recipe for homemade butter. Dish it out into baby food jars (seen here) for the perfect wedding favor. (A Lemon Squeezy Home)
2. Wine Bottle Lights. Add instant romance with this gorgeous decor idea (you could even vary the light color depending on the type of wine bottles you use). Perfect for a winter wedding. (Wit and Whistle)
3. Glass Jar Cosies. Yes, by now we've probably seen 101 uses for the mason jar. This one is pretty cute, which is why we just had to include it. Keep the jars winter appropriate with these covers. (Whip Up)
4. Leaf Soap. This paper-thin one-time use soap is perfect as a favor or to leave in the bathrooms at your reception venue. It's personalized in a way and definitely brings in a fall theme. (The Greenbeans Crafterole)
5. Edible Flower Cupcakes. Not interested in sugar flowers? Then go for the real thing and choose only edible flowers to top your cupcakes (or cake). There are plenty to choose from like lavender, day lily, squash blossom, Nasturtiums, chrysanthemums, and carnations, all with their own unique taste. (Stephmodo.com)
November 23, 2010
I like to think of these as "revenge of the nerds goes vintage chic." These centerpieces all get that something extra thanks to the added books.
Start searching early for vintage finds at garage sales and in thrift stores. The books can be used to add extra height to smaller centerpieces (like in the photo below left and above left), or they can be used in lieu of table numbers (like in the above right photo). If you decide to go that route, pick book titles that sound wedding perfect: "From Here to Eternity" or "The History of Love," for example. You can also pick song titles like this couple (who chose songs from the band The Magnetic Fields), and then design your own faux book jacket.
You could even use this as a twist for your guestbook: Buy blank books with hard covers and then design "book" jackets based on your favorite romance novels and let guests leave you sweet notes on the inside.
November 19, 2010
These simple centerpieces can be a perfect (and inexpensive) way to spice up the other floral centerpieces you may already have. Add them to your head tables or even the buffet or dessert tables for an extra splash of color, or nestle smaller flowers throughout the centerpiece (like in the middle photo).
All you'll need are some large glass vases or bowls and plenty of citrus (limes and lemons work best). When you're picking your fruit, make sure the skins look bright and unblemished. Wash them lightly to remove any small pieces of dirt, but don't scrub too hard or you'll remove the wax. That wax coating can help give them more of a sheen in the vase and will keep them looking brighter longer.
For an added twist, incorporate that lush citrus scent by zesting a few of the pieces on the sides that won't face outward. You'll need to do this pretty last minute, as that citrus scent won't last more than a few hours. You can also sprinkle the zest over the finished centerpiece for an added fresh small.
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November 03, 2010
We're coming out with a little extra love this week -- and just couldn't pass up on these cute DIY projects (especially that scarf -- how cool is that?!)
1. No-Knit Scarf. All you'll need for this is some yarn and the back of a chair. It's that easy. This wrap-around scarf is so cute, I'm basically thinking of it as the ideal holiday gift for all the girls on my list. (Honestly WTF)
3. Farm Buttonhole Napkin Ties. Perfect for a casual rehearsal dinner, or even just a meet-and-greet BBQ (like we did for our wedding on the night before the rehearsal dinner), these cute napkin ties will keep things from getting too stuffy. (Aesthetic Nest)
November 02, 2010
It's definitely fall here in NYC and the last few days have felt downright like winter. And that can only mean one thing to those of us who are wedding obsessed: planning season. Time to start from the beginning and get down to the basics. Let's start with ideas for your besties -- aka: your bridesmaids.
1. DIY Bridesmaid Cards. Of course you could call and ask, but these cute cards go that extra step to really make her feel important too. (Once Wed)
2. Paper Garland. Throw an awesome bridal shower or even a meet-n-greet for your bridesmaids and decorate with this cute and simple paper garland. Use shades of pink or a color combo like pink and tangerine for an extra cute look. (Minieco.co.uk)
3. Flower Brooch. Perfect for a bridesmaid or mother of the bride (in lieu of a corsage), you could also add this easy felt brooch to a clutch or give it as a place setting at your shower. (Living with Punks)
4. DIY Moleskine Scrapbook. We know you've got notes to take about the wedding. So do it in style with these cute notebooks. Or, dress 'em up and give them to your bridal party. (Honestly WTF)
5. Fabric Flowers. I know, I know, we do a lot of fabric flowers on this blog -- but these are just too cute to pass up. When your bridesmaids have their dresses hemmed/ altered, ask the seamstress to save the extra fabric so you can use the scraps to make cute matching flowers, like these. Then your bridesmaids can adorn their dress any way they like. (Adventures in Dressmaking)
As the DIY editor at WeddingChannel.com I'm always on the lookout for new inspirations. Check back here to find weekly Link Love, advice, and step-by-step projects for the DIY bride.
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