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DIY Coffee Filter Flowers PDF Print
Wednesday, 29 October 2014 15:46

 

Gorgeous flowers are synonymous with weddings. From bouquets to boutonnieres, centerpieces to pew bows, flowers play a huge role in the décor of any wedding.

 

These stunning DIY coffee filter flowers are a great substitute for the real thing. Not only are they a huge money-saver, but they’re also less delicate and last longer than real buds! While you may not choose to carry a bouquet of these faux beauties down the aisle, incorporating them into your centerpieces or decking out your bridal suite for pre-ceremony photos are perfect options!

 

Below, we show you how to create some of your own coffee filter flowers. Enjoy!

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What you’ll need:

·      Basket-style coffee filters (you will need six filters to create one flower)

·      Food colouring

·      Masking tape

·      Scissors

·      Stapler

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First, mix food colouring into a bowl of water. Feel free to experiment with different shade and colour options! Next, dip the coffee filters into the food colouring (I dyed up to 10 filters at a time) and let them soak for about 10 minutes. Remove from the water and let them dry completely. 

 

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Trim three (of six!) of your dyed coffee filters so they're about half an inch smaller than the remaining three. Fold the three filters that you already trimmed in half twice so you have a cone shape and scallop the edges (the edges do not have to be perfect!). Fold the untrimmed filters into a cone shape and scallop the edges as well.

 

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Place the smaller, trimmed filters on top of the larger ones and pucker them together from underneath. Staple the puckered edge.

 

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Begin by scrunching the top filter into itself and continue until the all the filters are folded and scrunched together. You should end up with a small nub underneath. Use masking tape to secure the nub so the flower doesn't come apart! And that's it!

 

While I admit the process is definitely tedious, the more flowers you make, the easier it becomes! Below, we used our coffee filter flowers to decorate a tea party-themed bridal shower.

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Will you use DIY coffee filter flowers on your big day?

 

Sincerely,

Christina Colavecchia

 
Halloween-Themed Wedding Details PDF Print
Monday, 27 October 2014 15:48

Themed weddings are a great way to add some personality and fun into your big day! From cake designs to bridesmaid dresses, wedding favours to flower colours, planning a themed bash is not only fun, but can also help keep the wedding planning process organized; a specific theme means specific food, stationery and decoration options!

 

In honour of the year's spookiest holiday, we collected the coolest, most unique Halloween-inspired wedding details for a wedding theme that'll make planning a cinch, and that you and your guests will never forget!

 

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                                                                            Dracula Teeth: BuzzFeed | Gold Pumpkins: Intimate Weddings | Seating Card Pumpkin: Weddingomania

These gorgeous place card holders are perfect for a Halloween-inspired wedding! Elegant and fun, these holders are a great way to get your guests in the spooky holiday mood! 

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                                                                                    Candy Table: Bridal Guide | Coffins: Weddingomania | Favour Bags: Cutest Wedding Favours

Gift your guests with eerie Halloween favours like these. Give guests a chance to trick-or-treat at a decked out candy bar like this one or send them home with coffins filled with spooky red and black treats. Fun, DIY favour bags (right) can be filled with delicious Halloween candy or chocolate so guests can enjoy the spoils of your big day long after the night is over! 

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                                                                             Mini Zombies: Hostess With the Mostess | Socks: Ruffled Blog | Jack O’ Lanterns: Tulle and Twine

This adorable flower girl and ring bearer pulled out all the stops for this Halloween-inspired wedding! Zombie costumes not your thing? Get your groom to don a pair of spooky skull socks or carve a couple Jack O’ Lanterns for a fun photo-op! 

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                                                                                        Candy Corn: Elario Photography | Skull: Offbeat Bride | White Pumpkin: Wedding Chicks

Every photographer knows the importance of getting a good pic of the bride and groom’s rings before the ceremony begins! Try one of these photo options for a spooky and super unique picture you and your groom will remember forever!  

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                                                              Hanging Pumpkins: Going to the Chapel | Votive Candles: By Stephanie Lynn  | Twinkle Light Pumpkins: Beau Coup

Deck your ceremony and reception space out with Halloween-inspired decorations like these!  Hang carved pumpkins along your ceremony aisle or decorate your reception area with elegant black-laced votive candles.  Looking for something more dramatic? White twinkle lights and elegantly carved pumpkins look stunning against an eerie and dark backdrop like this (right). 

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                                                                                         Black Roses: Frosted Petticoat | Succulent Bouquet: Weddingomania

Dark, unconventional flowers are perfect for a Halloween-themed wedding. Deep reds, dark purples and dusty greens are unique and will not only evoke your Halloween theme perfectly, but will also photograph well and look jaw-droppingly elegant against a white wedding gown.

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                                                               Stacked Cake: CakePictureGallery.com | Light Orange Cake: Weddingbells | Candy Apples: Intimate Weddings

 

No wedding is complete with sweets! A tall, stacked wedding cake like this one (left) is sure to wow guests, while an elegant, light orange cake is subtle but super beautiful. If you and your groom are looking for something more unique for your sweet table, these rustic candy apples are a perfect option (and they can do double-duty as your favours, too!). 

 

Will you incorporate Halloween-themed details into your wedding?

 

Sincerely,

Christina Colavecchia

 

 

 
Trend Alert: Stacked Wedding Rings PDF Print
Wednesday, 22 October 2014 19:22

Add some oomph to your ring finger with a trendy and versatile set of stacked rings! Not only are stacked rings our favourite jewelry trend of the moment, but they're also the perfect way to add some personality and unique-ness to a traditional wedding band/ring combo.

 

Many brides, including celebs like Leanne Rimes, choose to pair their engagement rings with wedding bands that represent each of their children or family members. Other brides opt for adding an extra band after a significant anniversary or to celebrate their first year of marriage.
 
Because there are so many different options and variations of stacked ring sets, the process of choosing a set can be overwhelming! Below, we've scoured the internet to find a few of our favourite styles. Get inspired now!
 
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Trendy brides may opt for a larger set of stacked rings like these two options! For an elegant, timeless look, keep the bands monochromatic and incorporate rings with different textures, designs and diamond settings.
 
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Celeb Kate Beckinsale's gorgeous stacked ring combination (left) is understated and stunning. Add a couple of simple, pretty bands under your engagement ring to ensure that the diamond that started it all is still the centre of attention!
 
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Stacked rings in non-traditional shades, like these ones in rose gold (left), are super elegant and unique. If an entire set in this trendy hue is not your thing, try mixing metallics instead! Sterling silver or cubic zirconia bands are a great low-budget option if you're looking to add a bit of freshness to your existing engagement ring and wedding band combo. 
 
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These brides chose stacked bands in lieu of donning a traditional engagement ring and the look is perfectly laid-back. If you prefer not to wear your engagement ring all the time, adding a few special, sparkly bands to your ring finger can still give you that same wow-factor!
 
Will you try a stacked ring set?
 
Sincerely,
Christina Colavecchia
 
DIY Centrepiece Vase PDF Print
Monday, 20 October 2014 10:50
Gorgeous centrepieces are an integral part of any wedding reception. But let's get real, centrepieces can be costly! Elaborate floral arrangements, expensive vases and pricey table numbers can add really add up. What better way to add some subtle elegance to your wedding than with these super-simple (and cost-efficient!) DIY centrepiece vases?
 
The beauty of creating your own vases is that there are endless colour, pattern and stencil variations to choose from. Planning a vintage-inspired wedding? Use soft, pastel-like colours and add a lace bow around the neck of your vase! If a rustic look is more your thing, try more earthy colours and fill your vase with beautiful sprigs of lavender, wheat or daisies.
 
Below, we created a vase that is both romantic and elegant (all for under $30!). Check out our tutorial now:
 
 
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What you'll need:
· Ceramic vase or bottle

· Paint brushes

· Adhesive stencil (I used Martha Stewart Crafts Paint Stencil)

· Multi-surface satin paint

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Start by adhering the stencil of your choice onto your vase or bottle (Tip: make sure there are no air bubbles under the stencil to ensure the paint doesn't seep under). Squeeze a small amount of your paint onto your paint pallette. Next, start painting! Avoid overloading paint onto the stencil and apply a second coat if necessary (Tip: for larger areas use a pouncer brush instead of a paint brush. This will cover the area faster and more thoroughly).
 
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Remove the stencil from your vase when the paint is still damp to ensure the paint doesn't stick to the stencil and pull off. Touch up any details using a small paintbrush. Remember, the look is supposed to be crafty and one-of-a-kind, so if some of the design doesn't come out perfectly, that's ok!
 
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Fill your vase with flowers and add any other accessories that will compliment your wedding style or tablescape!
 
Try incorporating other stenciled crafts into your wedding as well! Remember, the most memorable weddings are the ones that incorporate unique and personalized details!
 
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Are DIY centrepieces part of your to-do list?
 
Sincerely,
Christina Colavecchia
 
DIY Aisle Decorations PDF Print
Thursday, 16 October 2014 17:23
Even the most beautiful ceremony spaces could use some personalizing and decoration on your big day! Add a bit of rustic charm to your ceremony space with these beautiful (and oh-so-simple!) aisle decorations.
 
From outdoor nuptials to sharing your vows in a traditional church or chapel, this mix of hydrangeas, lace and raffia will look perfectly elegant in any venue. 
 
See below for our DIY tutorial.
 
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What you'll need:
 
· Hydrangea stems

· Raffia

· Lace ribbon

· Scissors

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Start by cutting the hydrangea to the appropiate length for your aisle chairs or pews. Next, wrap lace ribbon and raffia around the stem of the hydrangea. Tie the raffia in a bow or pretty knot.
 
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  Affix the hydrangea to your chair - it's that simple!
 
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Not only will these aisle decorations wow your guests and make your ceremony space extra special, but they're perfectly understated, ensuring that you and your groom-to-be are truly the centre of attention!
 
Will you be incorporating aisle decorations into your ceremony space?
 
Sincerely,
Christina Colavecchia
 
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