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DIY Bridal Fascinator PDF Print
Saturday, 12 April 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

 
Floral Tiara Inspiration: Bohemian Vibes PDF Print
Wednesday, 19 March 2014 00:00

Whimsy and romantic, soft and delicate, free-spirited and ethereal; these are all words that describe the beautiful, bohemian bride. From flowing chiffon gowns to butterfly accents, this fairy-like walk down the aisle can be accompanied with so many unique, gorgeous details. And one of those unique, gorgeous details may be a floral tiara. Top off your luscious locks or simple updo with a crown made of fresh, lush petals. It’s a trendy look but one that’ll make a memory as soon as it’s debuted. From large and in charge roses to small, dainty baby’s breath, let’s get inspired!

 

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Lots of Greenery:  For a more organic look, try creating a tiara with lots of greenery. This look plays well with fall celebrations and dark hair colors. It’s a more toned down version in the feminine department and looks outrageously beautiful with cranberry and orange florals.

 

Small and Subtle: Adorn your entire day of ensemble with a small, subtle tiara. Filled with spray roses or baby’s breath it won’t over power your gown or your hair, it’ll only enhance the romance of the entire look and feel of the wedding. You can even create a double band like this beautiful bride for a more unique stamp.

 

Voluminous and Lush: Maybe you’re looking for a bit more drama. That means you need to grab some peonies for a super lush and voluminous look. Top off your braided ponytail or long, wavy tresses with a piece of art like this amazing floral tiara.

 

Accent the Updo: Even your high-flying, ballet bun could use a special dressing. A single crown could really spice up a subtle, relaxed bridal look no matter the season. We love how this bride looks a bit bohemian with equal amount of Victorian style.

 

With Ribbons: Bring on the fairy-tales! Attack some wispy ribbons to the back of your tiara. Nix the veil and use these as your bridal “hat.” It’s unique, it’s refreshing, it’s playful and it’s still very bridal-worthy and beautiful. Use ribbons in your wedding day colors and mix it with some soft floral accompaniments.

 

 

Sincerely,                

Grace Lynne Fleming  

All photos via Style Me Pretty

 
Wedding Color Inspiration: Garden Green PDF Print
Monday, 17 March 2014 00:00

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Inspired by today’s festivities, the wedding color of the week is garden green. It’s bright, bold, and spring-ready. Let’s see how you can go green for your wedding!

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1. Bridesmaids: Dress your bridesmaids in different shades of green. This adds lots of dimension to your very green palette and looks so pretty when all lined up together.

 

2. Bouquet: Use succulents as the center of your bouquet! Naturally green, a succulent bouquet is so unique. For some softness, add a few colorful flowers here and there.

 

3. Venue: Take advantage of the outdoors and host your wedding on a green backdrop! No need for decorations because nature will do it for you. Plus, who doesn’t love a gorgeous garden ceremony?

 

4. Invitations: Instead of decking out your wedding stationary with four leaf clovers, opt for invitations with elegant green damask – just like our Simply Elegant Look 22 Invitation!

 

5. Cake: Top your custom wedding cake with green flowers –fresh or edible! Keep the rest of the cake mainly white or neutral so that the color stands out.

 

6. Décor: Hang boxwood wreaths at your wedding venue and bring the garden indoors. From a wooden monogram to satin ribbons, there are many ways to add a personal touch to the wreaths.

 

How are you celebrating St. Patrick’s Day? Tell us in a comment below!

Yours truly,
Diana Sanelli

 
Mexican Flavors: The Best of Spicy Fare PDF Print
Saturday, 15 March 2014 00:00

Summer is on the horizon and spring is here. It’s time for fun, flavorful parties full of color and spicy tastes. If there’s any a time to have a wedding reception and incorporate some tropical details and tastes, this is the season to do so. And with that being said, who doesn’t love a bit of Mexican fare? From tacos to fresh guacamole, no one goes home hungry after a night eating some of the most southern south’s very best dishes. Let’s take a look at some Mexican-inspired cuisine that could fit right into your wedding day!

 

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Taco Bar: For something fun, youthful and relaxed, try out a taco bar! Make sure there is an option and a topping for everyone. This is perfect for a brunch reception or an outdoor ceremony during the evening. Serve it with some ice cold lemonades and margaritas! 

 

Churros: There are so many unique, playful ways to serve these to your guests. On a dessert bar, as a favor, at cocktail hour or as the last course of your sit down dinner, who doesn’t love a crispy, sweet churro? Especially when there’s some chocolate and caramel sauce to dip them in!

 

Quesadillas to Share: Pass around some quesadillas for the guests to nibble on during cocktail hour. Chicken & cheese with pineapple salsa, black bean and avocado or even some spice-rubbed steak will make everyone at the party happy and ready to dance!

 

Family Style Dip: Whether it’s some fresh guacamole or some extra spicy queso, if you’re serving a sit-down dinner, why not plate family style dips to get the meal started? It’ll break the ice at every table and you’re guests will love the fan-favorited treat.

 

Fun Sodas: Allow your guests to sip on some sweet, Mexican sodas or “Jarritos” as  they peruse the celebration or cool down in the sun. They’d even be the perfect way to bid your family and friends a farewell as they take some home with them; adorable, memorable wedding favors!

 

Sincerely,

Grace Lynne Fleming

 
DIY Wedding Love Letter Mug PDF Print
Friday, 14 March 2014 00:00

On the day of your wedding, maybe you’d like to gift your groom with something sweet and special. Give the traditional love letter a little twist by writing it on a mug that your hubby can keep and use forever. Especially if he’s a coffee or tea enthusiast, he’ll love this idea! Here’s how you can do it yourself:

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What You Will Need:

  • A sharpie marker of any color
  • A plain white mug (I got mine from the dollar store!)
  • An oven

Instructions:

1. Using your sharpie, write your love letter on the white mug. I decided to write around the entire mug, but you can write or draw in whatever style you’d like.

2. When ready, bake the mug in the oven at 400 degrees Fahrenheit for 30 minutes.

 

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Ta-da! Your wedding love letter mug is complete – a romantic reminder of why you love your groom. Gift this mug with some of his favorite things – maybe he loves a specific kind of coffee bean or maybe he has a favorite pastry. Anything goes! Just remember that this is hand-washable only (no dishwasher action).

 

Yours truly,
Diana Sanelli

 
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