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.
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 09, 2010
The holidays are nearly here! And with the cold weather outside, that means there's plenty of time for some DIY projects indoors. If you're in the midst of wedding planning, or you're just starting (congrats!) these projects would look great for a wintry reception.
1. Favor Crackers. Put a grown-up spin on these childhood favorites by dressing up your party crackers with a little lace and some gold stars. Have your guests pop them at the end of the night as you leave for a photo finish. (The Bride's Cafe)
2. Map Basket. Lots of out-of-towners? Give them this as a favor or as part of their welcome basket and make it out of maps of your city. It'll be a fun keepsake from your wedding, especially if you fill it with small candies or other goodies. (Craftzine.com)
3. Mango Body Butter. What better for your bridesmaids during those harsh winter months than some moisture rich body butter that smells like summer? This easy recipe makes a great gift and you can dress up the packaging to really make it stand out. (Bloom, Bake, Create)
4. Chalkboard Bunting. Using muslin and a little chalkboard paint, you can make this cute banner say anything you want (and then wipe it clean to say something else!) (The Scrap Shoppe)
5. Wreath Escort Cards. We're so smitten with these cute wreath escort cards we might just have to use them for a holiday dinner party. The added "snow" look made with glue and clear glitter is so creative! (Project Wedding)
And just for fun, here are a few more awesome holiday projects we love:
This homemade book wreath would spruce up any book lover's door.
Feeling a little Norwegian? Then try out this horse-pattern stocking.
And I'm still cracking up over the idea of making beer bottles into reindeer.
December 02, 2010
Even if you're not having your wedding on a winery, you can use these wine-inspired cork ideas to add an extra rustic touch to your reception.
For the first two photos (from left), you'll need lots of wine corks. So start drinking now! Just kidding. But you should start saving soon. Enlist your bridal party, friends and family members to save corks for you as well. Not into drinking wine? You can also buy wine corks here. For reference, a board of about 24x28 inches will take about 60 wine corks.
1. Cut the corks. This step is optional, and though it's difficult, we think the board will turn out more even and stable in the end. If you're not up to the challenge, go right on to step 2. Otherwise, the first thing to do is carefully cut all of the corks in half using a small electric saw. Try to do this so the cork design is centered on top.
2. Glue on the corks. Now comes the fun part. Using the wood glue, affix all of your corks to the cork board (or hardboard) that will serve as the backing for your finished project. Be creative! Try stacking the corks vertically and horizontally (or even diagonally) to make a unique pattern. Let everything thoroughly dry overnight.
3. Attach the frame. If you opted for a decorate frame, now's the time to fit your new cork board inside, and hang it up.
Use colorful push-pins in your wedding colors to attach photos, escort cards or even notes from your guests (in lieu of a guestbook).
To achieve the look of the last photo (on the right), simply slice your corks in half (like in step 1) and then add another small slit to the top of each cork. Be careful to not slice through the entire cork, and voila, you've got some beautiful cork escort card holders.
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.
Find even more DIY images in our photo gallery.
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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