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DIY Bridal Fascinator PDF Print
Thursday, 28 August 2014 00:00

On a huge day like your wedding day, all eyes will be on you! You've got your white dress, the perfect shoes and an entire team of people to get you ready-- but you can't forget to accessorize! The Royal Wedding really helped to push large headpieces and fascinators into the spotlight and it looks like they're here to stay. Today I'm going to show you how to make a completely unique bridal fascinator with an optional birdcage veil. By making something yourself, you can have something completely unique and you get bragging rights too! 

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What you'll need:
- Silk flowers (I picked up a bunch of magnolias and hydrangeas, each sprig was about $10-$15)
- Some white or ivory felt
- Fabric Scissors
- Hot glue gun
- Tulle or French Netting (optional)
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Take your felt and cut two identical circles and then hot glue them together. This will act as your base for your flowers and also gives you something to pin onto your hair.

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Next, pick out your flowers and trim them from the long stems. Again, I've picked magnolias and hydrangeas for the fascinator but you can pick flowers that match your own colour scheme or your bouquets.

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Now, this is where you can get creative! I decided last minute to use the large hydrangea leaf as a base and then piled on the flowers. Just make sure to cover all plastic stems with strategically placed flowers.

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This step is optional, but cut a large rounded square from your mesh or netting and then gather along one side. You can either use your glue or a needle and thread to secure the gathering and then affix it under the felt base you made.

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And there you have it! In only about an hour you can make a unique floral headpiece for yourself! While you may have a more traditional veil to wear during your ceremony, you can save this piece for your reception or even make it to wear to all of your pre-wedding parties like the engagement, shower or rehearsal dinner!

Would you consider DIY-ing your own accessories for your big day?

xo Sylvia

All photos by Sylvia and Samantha

 
DIY Fresh-Picked Escort cards PDF Print
Monday, 25 August 2014 00:00

 

Escort cards and table seating plans have always been a necessary part of large weddings. Picking who sits with who can take forever and must be carefully calculated to make sure your wedding is drama-free and maximum not-socially-awkward. Seating charts can be boring and escort cards can get easily knocked out of place (or fly away in an outdoor weding)! So I've recently fallen in love with the idea of freshly picked favours to seat your guests-- The colours can be natural and seasonal and these can be a great snack for your guests before dinner too. Check out how I made some Apple escort cards below:

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What You'll Need:
- fresh fruits (enough for one per guest or one per couple)
- cardstock
- scissors
- sharpie or calligraphy pen
- enough pins for each fruit
 

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Use your green cardstock and cut out leafy shapes. Don't worry about being perfectly neat-- real leaves aren't all the exact same size and shape either! Then carefully hadwrite each guests' name and table number on the leaves. If you're not the greatest calligrapher, print out the name and table numbers on the cardstock and then cut the leaf shapes from the paper after!

 

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Give the leaf a bit of a bend down the center so it looks more leaf-lke. Then take your pearly pins and simply poke the leaf right into the top centre of the apple. These can easily be done ahead because apples keep well & then on the day of, just have them organized in alphabetical order :) 

Check out these other great ideas for fruit as escort cards... pears, tangerines and lemons, the possibilities are endless!

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Above Photos from: Fancy That Events / Brides.com / Inspired By This

 

xo Sylvia

All photos by Sylvia and Samantha unless otherwise indicated

 
DIY Jam Jar Favours PDF Print
Thursday, 21 August 2014 00:00

 

Favours and bombonieres are a cute little gift for each and every guest at your wedding. The types of favours you can choose from range from small packs of candies to personalized mini-bottles of wine. There are tons of ways you can go with this tradition and it's a major way to show your personality to your guests.

 

One popular item that I've been seeing a lot of is homemade jam jars. These sweet little treats are so appealing to me because I'm a gardener and I love to make jam recipes-- not only can you personalize the flavours but you can make treats from fruits you've grown yourself! On top of all that, you can package them pretty, getting as creative as you want! Match your wedding colours or theme or make super personalized labels. Below are the simple steps to personalizing your jam jars (the hard part is making a perfect recipe first!) and it's really easy to throw together if you can assemble a team from your bridal party to help out!

 

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What you'll need:
- homemade jam in mason jars
- scissors
- pencil
- scrap paper
- shipping labels
- ribbon
- fabrics

 

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Start by tracing the top of your jam jars onto your scrap paper. Then trace a circle around that is about an inch and a half to two inches larger. Then cut out the paper; this will be your pattern!

 

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Using your pattern, cut out pieces of your fabric. I used satin and allowed the edges to fray but you can also burn the edges like I did in this satin flower tutorial OR you can use pinking shears for a zigzag edge. Cut your ribbon to length as well. If you're doing this as a wedding favour for all of your guests, cut all your pieces at once for all your jars.

 

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Put your fabric on top of your jar and tie it with a rubber band to make tying the ribbon easier! Double knot it & then add your label and tie it into a bow. I used shipping labels-- these can be purchased in a pack of 100 or so from your local office supply store. You can either handwrite a cute phrase or the type of jam on each label or have a cute stamp made so you can personalize all your wedding stuff!

Some more ideas for personalization are printing sticker labels, wrapping the jars in brown paper or using burlap for a more rustic look!

 

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Above photos from: United with Love / This is Love Forever / Intimate Weddings.

 

What's your favourite type of jam? (Mine's hot pepper jelly! :) )

xo Sylvia

All photos by Sylvia and Samantha unless otherwise indicated

 
What to Wear to a Bachelorette PDF Print
Monday, 18 August 2014 00:00

 

 

Amongst all the crazy planning, meetings, fitting and crafting before a wedding, bachelorette parties are a great time to kick back and treat yourselves.They're also a fantastic chance for all the girls in your life to get to know each other before the wedding. While bachelor and bachelorette parties are seen as a night-before hurrah that usually involves scandalous mishaps, they are becoming more and more personalized to the personality of the bride. While club nights are still one of the most common of plans, a lot more brides are opting for clever alternatives... so what will you wear to your next bachelorette?

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The Bachelorette Party: 

 

The traditional bachelorette consists of one wild night of partying on the town! While there may or may not be males undressing involved, there's always one bridesmaid who might take their liberties buying inappropriate matching accessories for everyone.

 

What to Wear: Usually the bride can go with a white dress with a bit of glitz to it. Opt for something short and sexy because this is the one pre-wedding party where you can get away with it! The organizers will usually inform all the guests of a dress code (so you can all get in the club or lounge) or so that you can all match. Every gal can go with their highest, most killer dancing shoes.

 

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The Sporty Bachelorette: 

 

For ladies who are less inclined to want to go to dress up and go to a club, thankfully there are other fun options for bonding with the girls. Recently it's become popular to try something new-- like a belly dance, pole dance, lap dance, hip hop or zumba class.

 

 

What to Wear:  This is a totally relaxed party, where everyone can be pulled out of their comfort zone to try something new. Go with easy layers like yoga pants, a tank and a hoodie on top. Other gear such as footwear will be determined by what type of activity you'll be participating in. A great idea for the bride and bridesmaids is having tank tops printed with each person's name and role in the wedding.

 

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The Relaxing Bachelorette: 

 

The ultimate "treat yo-self" is the spa bachelorette! Getting a chance to get away and pamper yourselves is the perfect way to unwind and bond with your girls.

 

What to Wear: Depending on what type of spa you are attending, bathing suits and flip flops work! A great idea for matching again is buying matching lightweight robes. They're great for the spa day but can also be re-used during your wedding day for your get-ready photos!

 

Full Product List on Polyvore

 

xo Sylvia

 

 

 
DIY Ring Pillow PDF Print
Thursday, 14 August 2014 00:00

 

The traditions of a wedding are plentiful; there are endless amounts to pick and choose from, some with more meaning than others and some that are just fun. One tradition that I've seen as a 50/50 chance of being at any given wedding or not is the Ring Bearer Role. Sometimes it depends on if there's a boy in the family at an appropriate age or if the couple wants to deal with having small children with big roles during a carefully orchestrated ceremony. Whether your wedding features a ring bearing little boy, your dog with the rings tied around its neck or just the Best Man holding onto the rings, they should be presented in style. Here's a cute tutorial for a ring pillow that features a personalized calendar on it! Follow the steps below for an affordable and unique keepsake:

 

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What you'll need:
- satin fabric (choose one to match your wedding colours)
- muslin or cotton fabric
- ribbon
- fabric scissors
- sewing machine (not shown)
- letter rubber stamps 
- fabric paints
- polyester fill (not shown)
 

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Start by stamping your calendar dates onto your muslin fabric. Make sure to grab a calendar to copy the dates properly and don't worry if the stamps are a bit crooked or sloppy-- the look is a bit rustic, so mistakes are fine!

 

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Use a contrast colour to stamp the month name and circle the wedding day with a heart!

 

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Cut your calendar from the muslin and fray the edges a bit. Pin the calendar and ribbon onto your satin and cut TWO equal squares. Sew the calendar fabric onto the first square of satin. Then place the two squares face to face and sew them together as well. Leave a 2-3 inch opening on one side of the square so that you can flip it.

 

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Flip the pillow inside out! Then use an iron (on low) to press the edges and iron out the wrinkles.

 

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Take the polyester fill and stuff the pillow. Complete the pillow by hand sewing the open edge shut, and you're all done!

 

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This tiny pillow is a pretty keepsake and has a lot more meaning than some little white cushion! Will you try this out with your own wedding date stamped on?

xo Sylvia

All Photos by Sylvia and Samantha

 
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