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DIY Ombre Pompoms PDF Print
Monday, 21 July 2014 00:00

One enchantingly simple decor idea that's been floating around for a while are paper pom poms. These dainty puff balls add an amazing texture and dimension to any environment and are surprisingly easy to make yourself! Since ombre and dip-dyed colours are so trendy now as well, I'll be showing you how to make your own ombre coloured paper pom poms below!

 

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Photo on left from RuffledBlog

 

What you'll need:
- a few packs of tissue paper. Each pom pom needs about 12-15 sheets and I used about 4 sheets of each colour.
- scissors
- twist ties
- some fishing line

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Cut all your sheets to size. You can use full sized tissue paper sheets but that will make huge pom poms. I usually cut the sheets in half. Then stack all of your sheets neatly from lightest to darkest colours.

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Accordian fold the stacked sheets. Just fold up about a half inch on the bottom edge, flip the entire stack over and fold up another half inch. At the end, you should have the entire stacked folded like a "fan".

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Use a twist tie & secure the middle on your accordian folded papers. Then use your scissors to trim the ends. You can trim them into a rounded tip or a pointed one for different looks. There's a lot of layers there, so you can cut a couple of layers at a time.

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Then spread out the fan folds! Starting at the corner, carefully grab a single sheet of the tissue paper and lift it away from the rest of the stack. Be very carefuly not to rip the individual sheets and don't worry about wrinkling it. Do this with every single sheet until they're all separated.

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When all the sheets are separated on one side, move onto the other side & separate all those layers! And voila! Just attach some fishing line to the centre and you can hang that pom pom from anywhere.

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Photo on left from SnowyBliss, Photo on right from a Beautiful Mess

 

You can create a massive cluster of paper decor over top of a candy buffet or over your spread at a bridal shower. Or you can go all out and make a massive backdrop for your ceremony or photobooth!
 
xo Sylvia
All photos by Sylvia and Samantha unless otherwise indicated
 
How to Propose to Your Bridesmaids PDF Print
Friday, 18 July 2014 00:00

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When preparing for your wedding, one of the first things you need to check off the to-do list is finding your "team". There's the decision of how large you want your bridal party to be, whether you have an equal amount of friends and family on each side, who to pick... and HOW to ask them!

 

This is going to be your group of friends who you'll grow closer with through all of the parties before the big day. It's your group of friends who you're asking to potentially spend a lot of time and money on you. These are the people who will be standing behind you and supporting you and your marriage!

 

Often, little thoughtful details are what make a wedding memorable, so why not take some time to make your future bridal party feel special by proposing to them in a special way? Ditch the text message and send your bridal party some real mail! Below are three amazing DIY tutorials for creative ways to propose to your bridal party:

 

photo on right from Style Me Pretty

 

 

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Unraveling Ribbon DIY from BridalMusings.com This simple DIY only require wooden spools and strips of fabric or ribbon! This gets right to the point with a cute touch of whimsy and would cost next to nothing to ship!

 

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Paper Doll Bridesmaid Invites from OnceWed.com These adorable personalized paperdolls not only ask your friend if she wants to be your bridesmaid, it also tells your girls who the entire team will be! Hopefully they all say yes after that! :)

 

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Be my Maid? Boxes from RinseRepeatBlog.com These simple cigar boxes were transformed into gorgeous boxes filled with everything a bridesmaid would need to know. From touching messages to paintchips to figure out what colour of dresses to pick up! These aren't just a beautiful parcel to receive but a great keepsake for holding small trinkets in the future.

If you're not the type to do elaborate DIYs, there's always traditional invitations or a heartfelt handwritten letter too!

xo Sylvia

 
DIY Terrarium Centrepieces PDF Print
Tuesday, 15 July 2014 00:00

 

I'm sure you're noticing a pattern here with my posts. I'm obsessed with personal, DIY touches at weddings. One way to add a really personal touch to each table is by making your own centrepieces. Your guests will be looking at them during the whole dinner & probably be excited about who will be claiming it as their prize at the end of the night. Recently terrariums have become quite popular because of the ornate and unique little plants that are easy to take care of; but I also think it's nice to send your guests home with a centrepiece that can potentially live on for a few years!

Last year, I helped my best friends create these table centerpieces for their big day. Here's how you can make your own version:

 

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photo on left by Tara McMullen

 

What you'll need:
- a large bowl or vase (we've used a fishbowl but you can also use apothecary style jars or vintage glassware)
- some rocks
- potting soil for succulents (can be found at any garden centre)
- a few types of decorative mosses (can be purchased from a garden centre as well or from a craft store)
- and of course, some succulents or air plants!

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above photos from Ikea

Succulents are amazing little ornamental plants that only require minimal watering and lots of sunlight. These can be found at your local garden center or even at an Ikea for a couple dollars each. They also come in a variety of colours, from standard shades of green to blues and purples and some varieties even flower.

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above photos from air plant supply co

 

An alternative to succulents are air plants. They're extremely low maintenance plants that require minimal light and only a spray or soak in some water once a week! These plants don't require soil to grow so they can literally be glued to a rock and still survive if you spritz it with water every so often! If you choose to go with these in your terrariums, you can skip the soil completely!

 

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Start with filling your glass vase with a single layer of rocks and then add a few handfuls of soil.

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Then gently place your succulents into the soil, covering the roots. Add moss and then finish with adding rocks, airplants or other small objects to decorate!

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photo by Tara McMullen

 

It's been exactly a year since my best friends' beautiful wedding day and our terrariums still live on. Happy Anniversary Suzanne and Joshua!

Are centrepieces part of your DIY to-do list or would you rather buy or rent something more extravagant?
xo Sylvia

All photos by Sylvia and Samantha unless otherwise indicated.

 
Bridal Makeup Tips PDF Print
Friday, 11 July 2014 00:00

 

Most brides have a full team of beauty experts to get them ready on their big day, but ever since word got out that Kate Middleton did her own face on her big day, it doesn't seem so impossible to DIY. For my best friend's wedding, she asked me to do all of the makeup for the girls! Though I've done each of their makeup countless times for nights out, I was still nervous to be doing it on such a momentous and documented occasion! If you end up doing your own makeup on your wedding day, here are a few tips to make sure that makeup goes on & stays on for that loooooong day:

 

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photo by isis photography

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On a day when you could be indoors, outdoors, laughing, crying and dancing, you need your makeup to last. There are a few products that can really help things stay in place. 
 
- Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer - Just a single pump of this silky, clear primer can be spread over your entire face & it works to fill in small wrinkles and pores and makes a smooth surface for foundation. 
 
- Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion - Applying this magic cream to your eyelids before applying any eye makeup helps to increase the colour payoff and also completely stops your shadows from creasing or falling out. This isn't just a special occasion product for me; it's a must have for every single day.
 
- Skindinavia Bridal Makeup Finish Setting Spray - If you tend to get a greasy t-zone after long days with a full face of makeup, this product is a godsend! The fine mist acts to seal your makeup and somehow magically reduces the greasyness that tends to happen. It even worked well as a non-shine spray on groomsmens' faces!

 

 

 

 

 

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Everyone wants to look radiantly beautiful but "natural", so it's important to pick the right colours to match your skintone.
 
- Makeup Forever HD Foundation - This foundation has great coverage and gives a naturally luminous look to your skin. Make sure to get matched for your correct foundation colour by applying some to your jawline. If you've gained or lost a tan sometime between buying your foundation and your wedding, make sure to get a new foundation so that your face matches your body!
 
- Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette - These palettes of eyeshadows have received a cult-like following because of the collection of high quality shadows in amazingly versatile shades. All of the colours seem to go amazingly together and flatter all skintones. I was able to use different combinations of colours all from this one palette to do everyone's makeup, including the mother of the bride!
 
 

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You've got the right colours & the stuff to prime & seal you in-- here are some of my other beauty faves:
 
- Beauty Blender - I've been skipping the foundation brush for this cute little sponge. Simply wet it & then pick up some foundation and apply in a dabbing motion to get an amazing airbrushed looking application. The pointed end helps to get those little spots under the eyes and around the nose.
 
- Clean and Clear Oil Absorbing Sheets - Carry these along and be sure to dab those foreheads and noses every few hours. And then you can finish with a re-spritz of the setting spray!
 

 

 

 

 

 

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photo by isis photography

While for some, it's not realistic to do your own makeup on a potentially rushed and stressful day, for me, it was a pleasure and an honour. To be able to contribute to a wedding and to get that personal time with each of the ladies on that day was so special! Even if these tips don't apply for your wedding day, use some of these products on a regular basis and see how much longer your makeup can last!

Would you ever do your own wedding makeup? Would you ask a friend to do it?

xo Sylvia

 
DIY Bridal Fascinator PDF Print
Tuesday, 08 July 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

 
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