DIY Wedding Wednesday: The Water Pearl Centerpiece

the water pearl centerpiece

What’s better than a lovely, expertly crafted, wedding centerpiece? A lovely wedding centerpiece that looks expertly crafted but is actually much more budget friendly. And that’s exactly what we’ve got for you today. Using super cost effective and creative water pearls, and just a few pretty tulips, we’re transforming a trio of simple cylinder vases into an arrangement perfectly suited for any sophisticated affair. And when all’s said and done, the last thing that’ll come to anyone’s mind when admiring the end result are the words budget friendly. Here’s how to get the look.

The Supplies

water pearl centerpiece supplies

  • a round bowl, a teaspoon and water
  • pack of water pearls in your color of choice (7 color options can be seen here)
  • a trio of cylinder vases, in a variety of heights
  • bundle of tulips (approximately 15-20 stems)

The Step by Step

step 1 for creating a diy water pearl centerpiece

Step 1: hydrate your water pearls. Using a ratio of 1.5 cups of water per teaspoon of dehydrated pearls, hydrate the entire pack of pearls. Pearls take at least 2 hours to expand. For best results, let them rest overnight.

step 2 for creating a diy water pearl centerpiece

Step 2: once pearls are fully hydrated, add them to your vases, filling each approximately a quarter of the way up.

step 3 for creating a diy water pearl centerpiece

Step 3: using a sharp blade knife, gently clean tulips off of all their leaves and begin filling your vases, trimming the lengths of the stems accordingly as you go. For each vase, start with a single stem, trimmed down such that it rest just above your water pearls. Next add stem on top of stem, carefully twisting each around your vase for an intertwined effect. Keep tulips close together but do not overlap them, and ensure that all stems are submerged in the water pearls to maintain their freshness.

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The End Result

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DIY Wedding Wednesday: Well Lit – The Illuminated Table Runner

how to - the illuminated table runner

It’s no secret that I’m slightly obsessed with table runners. Whether they be made up of candles, florals, foliage, or all of the above, I can’t get enough of them. And there’s one very good reason. They are stunning! Gracing the center of a tabletop, they provide a visual focal point that binds the reception event design together. The creative opportunities for execution are endless, and you can’t go wrong with any single approach. And just when I thought they couldn’t get any prettier, we decided to try adding some string lights into the equation. The result, instant gorgeousness. Here’s how to make the look yours.

The Step by Step and The Supplies

table runner how to

Step 1: Select an abundant green (or two) to act as the base of your runner. We used two varieties of eucalyptus, seeded and moon lagoon. Going with more than one variety of greenery provides for added texture and interest. And remember, the fuller your selected green(s), the less stems you’ll need to complete the look. We used two bunches of the seeded eucalyptus, and one of the moon lagoon.

Step 2: Starting at one end of your table, lay a wide and full gathering of your main foliage. This will be your widest point.

Step 3: Working toward the middle point of the table, start tapering in your gathering. You don’t want it to be too narrow but a slightly tapered approach creates an interesting effect and saves on the amount of stems you need.

Step 4: If using two varieties of greenery, add in select stems of the second kind for added texture, reserving some to later cover exposed wiring from your string lights (which will be added when the runner of greens is complete).

Step 5: Repeat steps 1-4 on the other side of the table, meeting the two arrangements at the middle point.

string lights

Step 6: Take your selected string lights, we went with white paper and white lace lanterns (one strand of each), and intertwine them into your greenery. Use the stems to cover as much of the wiring as possible, incorporating additional stems if necessary.

The End Result

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vintage candle sticks

natural light
complete the look with a selection of vintage gold candle holders

Options Galore

White paper and lace not your style? Here are some additional string light designs that are just as lovely.

burlap lantern string lights mini burlap lantern

mercury glass globe string light mercury glass globe

wired light bulb string lights wired light bulb



DIY Wedding Wednesday: Product Spotlight – The Titanium Signature Frame

titanium signature frame

As our regular blog visitors know, and as the post name suggests, we usually reserve Wednesdays for the sharing of our favorite DIY how tos. But every once in a while a really cool standalone concept comes up, needing no DIY’ing but definitely begging to be featured. Today is just such a day and the Titanium Signature Frame Kit is just such a concept. Arguably the ultimate alternative option for the traditional paper guest book, this piece of art serves the same purpose but with a much more decorative finish. The included personalized inscribable  mat allows your guests to leave their well wishes, and the stylish frame provides the opportunity for the perfect at home display. Here’s what you need to know about this keepsake concept.

The Complete Kit

signature frame kit


  • inscribable pen, guest instruction card (for display at the event), frame cleaning cloth and a hanging hook
  • available in three various sizes, each with a proportional photo opening

The Details

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DIY Wedding Wednesday: Practical Meets Pretty – The Seating Chart Kit

seating chart kit how to

Any planning bride knows that there are some wedding “to dos” that try as you might, you simply can’t get away from tackling. Cue the dreaded guest seating plan. From ensuring table capacities are consistent to considering who wants and needs to sit with whom, mapping out ideal seating arrangements is tedious at best, but unfortunately very necessary. Make the chore easier, at the very least on the eyes, by rewarding your strategic work with a lovely grande finale by way of a simple seating chart kit. Practical, meet pretty. Here’s how to get the look.

The Supplies

seating chart kit supplies

The Step by Step

seating chart kit how to - step 1

Step 1: either hand write your seating plan onto the table card template provided in the kit, or print it out using this downloadable blank table template. Both templates come complete with nine equally sized cards, each representing a table. Once complete, carefully cut out each card.

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Step 2: adhere your table cards to your personalized seating chart back card using the tape runner. Make sure your cards are consistently placed centered to their respective boxes.

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Step 3: hole punch two holes at the top center of the chart and run the display ribbon provided in the kit through them.

The End Result

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jewel sticker

let it sparkle
add the loveliest of finishing touches to your chart with the simple addition of premium adhesive jewels.

ivy detailing

all in the display details
complete the look by displaying your chart on a vintage window frame, detailed with ivy branches.

vintage props

pretty props
no vintage display is complete without a couple of authentic props.



DIY Wedding Wednesday: Goodie Bag Greatness

goodie bags

I used to think that nothing could replace the sinfully sweet as my go to goodie bag filler. But then the request came up to think outside the candy bar and I gotta say, it’s the creative side that I’m now seriously favoring. From fun filled confetti carriers to very necessary hangover healers, these goodie bag greats are a must grab for anyone looking to add a touch of clever and cute to their wedding festivities! Here’s how to get the looks.

Look #1: The Confetti Carrier

Whether it’s for your bachelorette, your shower or the big day, confetti is a wedding must have! Stuff yours into a convenient and oh so pretty goodie bag for the cutest of conveniences.

confetti bag

the supplies:
she said yes! printed flat pocket goodie bag, decorative ribbon and confetti

personalized goodie bag confetti

Look #2: The Very Necessary Hangover Kit

If the festivities went the way they should, everyone’s going to need one of these! At the very least, make sure all the besties in your bridal party are prepped and packing.

hangover kit

the supplies:
martini glasses flat pocket style goodie bag, advil, pepto, listerine strips, bandaid, energy drink and a starbucks card

martini design goodie bag hangover kit fillers

Look #3: The Kiddie Kit

Not only are the sweet kiddies at your event worth the extra effort, keeping them entertained is pretty much mission critical. Gift them with a goodie bag filled with fun activities, in a design itself fit for crafting, to ensure fun is had by all.

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DIY Wedding Wednesday: Glam Tablescape How-To

glam tablescape how to

I don’t think I’d be going out on a limb if I said that most women love sparkly things, specifically those in the diamond family! You don’t have to be a girly girl to appreciate the beauty that bits of glamorous glittery things bring. And that impact goes far beyond personal style. From home decor to wedding day designs, the classic look of glam has long time reigned. And you need only take one quick look at a well designed concept to understand why. Bring on the bling!

diamond tealight holders 2

diamond napkin ring

faux jewel roll

featured here: setting accent created using faux jewels by the roll

ornamental orb stationery holder 2



DIY Wedding Wednesday: The Breakaway Centerpiece

breakaway centerpiece how-to

Want to know how to add even more wow factor to your already gorgeous centerpieces? It all comes down to a giveaway. Treating your guests to share in the pretty, sending them home with a few of your stunning stems, not only avoids a lot of wasted loveliness, it’s also a gesture that will not go unnoticed. And it’s as simple as creating a breakaway centerpiece concept to adorn your table. Whether it’s a medley of minis that stand on their own, or a grouping you add to a larger statement piece, breakaway centerpieces always come together to create the same end result, guaranteed eye candy that’s sure to wow. Here are a few of our favorite ways of creating the concept.

Breakaway Centerpiece 1 – Tea Time


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 Breakaway Centerpiece 2 – Purple for Days


votive vases 2

wedding signage lace votive holder

Breakaway Centerpiece 3 – Pretty Petals


pretty petals favor vases mini vase

centerpiece signage



DIY Wedding Wednesday: Seaside Inspired Wedding Favors

seaside inspired wedding favors

September may be upon us but summer isn’t officially over until the 21st, and we’re holding on strong to these last few days of our favorite season! To help keep us in a warm weather loving mood, today we’re featuring our top picks for seaside inspired wedding favors, all beach worthy and ready. From nautical color schemes to deep sea motifs, each one of these budget friendly guest giveaways simply screams summer.

favor tag

coral bottle stopper

featured here: coral bottle stopper

coral stopper wedding favor

seahorse wine stopper

starfish wine stopper favor

boat wheel magnet



DIY Wedding Wednesday: The Beach Style Tablescape

beach style tablescape

Destination weddings, especially of the beach variety, are a gorgeous thing. The colors, the natural props mother nature has to offer, the open air. There’s a long list of reasons why planning a getaway for your nuptials is a great idea. That said, not everyone can manage pulling off the very specific logistical requirements a destination event comes with. So when you can’t get to the beach we say, bring the beach to you! Start by picking your favorite seaside color combo, tap into design details that represent what you love most about the waterfront, and blend it all together into tablescapes worthy of any ocean blue backdrop. Need some inspiration to get you going? Here’s just a few ways of pulling off the look.

The Look and the Details


beach themed centerpiece

front and center – the centerpiece
featured here: square vases – available in small, medium and large  (sold separately)

beach themed centerpiece

mini lantern wedding favor

take one to go – the breakaway centerpiece
featured here: mini lantern

beach themed favor tag

aqueous design table number personalized wine bottle label

beach themed place setting

aqueous design place card

take your seat
featured here: aqueous design place card in a coral card holder

coral place card holder

starfish plates

little extras
featured here: starfish glass dishes (available in small and large - sold separately)

beach chair guest favor

for the taking
featured here: mini folding beach chair favor

aqueous design square tag beach style wedding decor



DIY Wedding Wednesday: The Dessert Bar How-to

wedding dessert bar how-to

Wedding planning can often feel like a long list of overwhelming, time consuming “to dos”. Between the site visits searching for a venue, the budget management that has to go on throughout, and the writing out of place card after place card, it’s easy to forget to have fun. So today we’re recommending putting down your pen, your folders and your phone, and insisting you take a well deserved break to consider the incorporation of one of the most popular wedding day setups, the candy or dessert bar. Guaranteed to please every guest in attendance, and an ultra fun addition to plan, the dessert bar concept is never a bad idea. And let’s not forget all the yummy taste testing you’ll have to do in the process! To help get you started, here’s our how-to breakdown, complete with budget friendly, on trend display details sure to come together as a statement reception set up.

Pick Your Color Palette Before Your Flavor Palette

First things first, decide on the colors you’d like to incorporate into your table set up. Your selection should be a play on your overall wedding color scheme and can be incorporated through tags, ribbons, tabletop props (think a few pretty balloons), and if possible, your selected treats. For a simpler, cleaner look, stick to white desserts and candies and play up your colors through your accessories.

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Pick Your Go-To Treats

Variety is key when it comes to dessert bars. That said, you also want to make sure you keep your costs down. For that reason start the dessert selection process with your go-to treats, which should be easy to source, budget friendly options that you can buy in bulk. Make these items a focal point in your display by showcasing them in some pretty and trendy apothecary jars.

mini donuts oreo cookies mini meringues

Skip the Statement Cake

Continuing on the cost effective path, consider leaving out the big statement piece cake and opt instead for a mini version, a perfect fit for the two of you, the new Mr. and Mrs. Play up the display by incorporating a couple specialty items like custom bride and groom cake forks and a unique cake topper.

mini wedding cake

mr and mrs wedding forks acrylic cake topper gold cake server

Make it Favor Friendly

Beyond the sweets your guests will instantly enjoy, fill out your display by incorporating your guest favors.  Not only will the mini gifts make for some pretty eye candy, they also nicely fill out the available space without the need to spend further budget.

candy bar dessert bar signage

mini white gumball machines