DIY Wedding Wednesday: The Seasonal Flower Guide Series – Summer Florals

summer flower guide

If you asked me why summer is my favorite season I would have no difficulty in coming up with an endless list of reasons. And right up at the top would be all the gorgeous, sweet scented and lovely colored stems that this time of year has to offer. With summer now officially here, there’s no better time to close out our seasonal flower guide series (see the first three installments here, here and here) by sharing with you just a few of the currently available beautiful blooms. Get ready to swoon!


queen of texture
there’s arguably no easier way to add texture to your bouquets or centerpieces than by incorporating this feathery lovely.

blushing bride

added interest
if it’s intrigue you’re after than simply add a few stems of these unique beauties.


garden fresh
a long time garden favorite, clematis makes for an incredible addition to any wedding arrangement.

baby's breath

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best know as baby’s breath, gypsophila, which is actually readily available year round, is considered one of the loveliest “filler” stems.


the real deal
if you’re a fan of the more readily available dried lavender, you’ll no doubt adore its fresh and fragrant counterpart.


multiple marvel
with several hearty blooms coming off each stem, lisianthus generously offers up plenty of texture and fullness to any arrangement it’s added to.


pure perfection
potentially the most popular stem of the season, with layer upon layer of loveliness, peonies truly are pure petal perfection.


classy cut
exuding romance and a touch of vintage grace, scabiosa stems make for a natural choice for a wedding bloom.

tritileia and allium

wild things
channeling the unique makeup of wildflowers, every single stem of tritileia and allium come bearing whimsy and charm.

And Now for the How-To

Visit back with us next Wednesday when we take these beautiful blooms and show you how to use them on your wedding day.



DIY Wedding Wednesday: Summer Ready – Garden Wedding Favors

garden wedding favors

What’s our favorite thing about summer? Summer weddings of course! Especially those that take place in the beautiful blooming outdoors. And with the start of the season just around the corner, we figured it’s time to start sharing some of our favorite warm weather wedding details. Starting with your guest giveaway, today we’re showing you how to make any wedding favor 100% summer ready. We’ve applied our creative trims to some pretty pink boxes but in theory they can go onto just about any container, making it instantly gorgeous and garden friendly. Here’s how to make the look yours.

The Supplies

garden wedding favor supplies

The How-To

diy garden wedding favor - step 1

Step 1: pull faux moss off its roll. Apply a layer of Mod Podge to the top of your box and a add an uneven application of moss to it. Make sure the layer of glue is thick enough to hold the moss, but not so think that it clumps and dries unevenly.

diy garden wedding favor - step 2

Step 2: using all purpose glue attach a butterfly to the top left corner of your box, on top of the moss.

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Steps 3 & 4: again using Mod Podge, apply a layer of the adhesive  to the middle point of the left side of your box lid, as well as to the front right and right front corners. Add moss. The completed overall moss application should give off an “overgrown” look. Finish with a personalized tag.

The End Result

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Product Spotlight: Top Ten Summer Wedding Favors

mini ceramic bird favor dish

A wedding favor is one of those staples that plays a part in all weddings. Whether it’s a little bonbon in a pretty box or a single stem in a dainty little vase, a favor is a must. It shows your guests just how important they are to you and how much you appreciate their presence on one of the most important days of your life. It’s a heartfelt sentiment that deserves special attention, and there’s nothing sweeter than a well thought through, personalized to the couple and theme, guest giveaway. But we know it can be hard  to come up with something unique, so today we’re sharing some of our favorite favor concepts to get you inspired. Given we’re at the start of the busiest part of the wedding season, we’re featuring ideas perfect for any summertime wedding.

Small Wonders

This mini glass bottle is one of the sweetest containers around and a clean slate that can be filled with whatever little lovely fits your wedding theme. Give it a summery feel with a single stem of one of your wedding flowers or fill with planting seeds for your guests to grow their own little garden.

mini glass bottle favor

featured here: mini clear glass bottle (sold in packages of 6)
click here to shop all favor container designs

planting seed wedding favor

Perfectly Practical Pair

Nothing goes together like salt and pepper. Paired and presented together in finely crafted white porcelain owls makes for a charming and practical gift. For all those long summer day bbq gatherings.

owl salt and pepper shaker favor

featured here: stylized owl salt and pepper shakers with gift packaging 
click here to shop all salt and pepper shaker designs

Cheers to a Good Wine Stopper

Summer + Wedding = Wine. That’s an actual equation! For all you wine lovers, a wine stopper is a clear favor choice and this one is the prettiest option around with its delicate butterfly design. Take the gift and your favor display to the next level by pairing the stopper with your favorite bottle of wine.

butterfly wine stopper favor

featured here: butterfly wine stopper with gift packaging
click here to shop all wine stopper designs

wine stopper wedding favor

Homemade Goodness

What could be more personal, or summer inspired, than a homemade batch of your favorite preserve? Homemade preserves presented in mini jars, personalized with pretty little stickers, that’s what!

mini glass jar favors

featured here: mini glass bottle jars (sold in packages of 12)

jam filled jar favors

Dainty Decor

For a truly unexpected gift, give away a little touch of your day of decor that your guests can enjoy in their own homes or on their backyard patios.

mini glass tealight hodler

featured here: miniature glass tealight holder (sold in packages of 6)

pink glass tealight holder

Modern Garden

For a no fuss touch of summer garden beauty that can be placed anywhere in a home, giveaway a potted flower in this contemporary design high top pot.

mini high top flower pot

featured here: mini high top flower pot (sold in packages of 4)
click here to shop all flower pot designs

Natural Beauty

Summertime offers the ideal backdrop for a gorgeous outdoor rustic, country or woodland themed wedding. Infuse the theme into your favor by going with a nature inspired container. Darling on its own but even better when personalized with the simple addition of a small token of something special, this little bird nest is favor perfection.

mini bird nest favor

featured here: miniature bird nest favor (sold in packages of 12)

diy bird nest favor

see how to get this look with our ‘one nest. three ways. diy post

For the Foodie

Nothing says summer like a fresh crisp salad. Share your love of summer inspired fresh treats in a creative way with this bamboo salad server set.


No better time to go exploring than in the summer months. Express your passion for travel and inspire your guests to do some of their own with this brushed brass compass.

compass favor

featured here: adventurers’ compass favor (sold in packages of 6)

wanderlust inspired favor

Beautiful Butterflies

Incorporate an iconic summertime motif into your wedding day in the loveliest of ways through these delicate butterfly ceramic dishes.

ceramic butterfly dish favors

featured here: ceramic butterfly dishes (sold in packages of 6)

diy butterfly dish favor

see how to get this look with our ‘pretty plate favors’ diy post

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For 100’s of additional favor ideas shop the entire favor collection on





Wedding Planning Essentials: Our Top Ten Favorite Summer Wedding Ideas

summer weddings

There’s a reason the summer months continue to collectively make up the most popular time of the year to get married. Although weddings by sheer nature are beautiful no matter when they take place, there’s just something extra special about warm weather nuptials. With this Sunday marking the first day of June, the number one month of the year to tie the knot, we thought now would be the perfect time to share our favorite summer wedding ideas. Focusing on little details that  guarantee to make a wedding day special and unique, these ideas are definite essentials for any summertime bride to consider. So grab your favorite summertime sipper, sit back and relax in your favorite patio chair, and get ready for some serious summer wedding inspiration.

#1 – Drinks All Around

birch print paper straws

Speaking of summertime sippers, keeping refreshing drinks constantly flowing is definitely one of the most important rules for any warm weather wedding. Go about it in a creative way by serving a signature drink unique to your event and finish it off in style with a theme appropriate decorative paper straw.

For more paper straw inspiration check out our ‘Stylish Sippers’ DIY post.

#2 – The Bright and The Bold

There’s no better time than the summer to get daring with your wedding color palette. Now’s the time to play with bright hues in bold combinations to create a statement look bursting with energy and fun.

#3 – Saying “I Do” Outdoors

Outdoor wedding ceremonies are always simply stunning. No exceptions. It takes very little to play up the natural beauty that an outdoor setting has to offer. Keep your decorative additions simple but full of impact by incorporating things like unique seating and subtly beautiful aisle decor.

#4 – Weatherproof Hair

If you’re taking full advantage of the warm weather with an outdoor event, be sure to weatherproof your hair. An updo is pretty much a must. but it certainly need not be boring. Enlist the help of a professional hair stylist to give you the ultimate outdoor wedding look.

#5 – Into the Wild

outdoor wedding ceremony ideas

OK, so maybe “wild” is a stretch when talking about doves! Point being, the classic dove release is one of those warm weather possibilities we can’t get enough of.

#6 – Keep ‘Em Comfy

As beautiful as an outdoor summer wedding can be, it also comes with unique challenges. Pesky mosquitoes, the bright sun and the sticky heat, just to name a few. Take care to ensure your guests are comfortable by supplying them with all the outdoor essentials they could possibly need, think sunscreen, bug spray and sunglasses for those who forgot a pair. Fill and creatively display personalized tote bags for a bit of decorative fun.

#7 – Seasonal Treats

There’s nothing more charming than a pint-size ode to summer. Get crafty and incorporate yours by way of a cleverly displayed guest favor.

#8 – Backup Footwear

summer wedding shoes fun summer wedding inspiration

You never know what Mother Nature might have in store for the great outdoors. Be prepared for just about anything, including unruly terrain, with some backup practical footwear. And with a pair of Coach rain boots, practical never looked so stylish!

#9 – Light the Way

Nothing adds ambiance to an event like candlelight. Kick things up a notch by lighting them up with the use of unique and trendy candle holders.

#10 – All in the Name of Fun

fun wedding inspiration

Last but not least, regardless of time of year, a must do for any wedding is making sure to take the time to fit in a bit of fun!



Wedding Planning Tips: Welcome Table How-To

welcome table

First impressions are everything. And weddings are no exception. Start your reception off on the right note by greeting your guests with a well planned Welcome Table for your cocktail hour. Not sure what to incorporate? Follow this simple ‘How-To’ for your foolproof tablescape layout.

Cheers to Good Times

Arguably a cardinal rule for any wedding, a signature drink is the perfect way to set the tone for your wedding reception. Impress your guests by making it subtly fit to your theme and color scheme. Get original with your choice of glassware and accessorize wherever possible.

retro wedding ideas

red wedding ideas

featured here: oval plastic tub personalized with a candy colorful design diecut label

Downtime Fun

If not planned properly a ‘cocktail hour’ can feel like a ‘cocktail never-ending night’! Help your guests pass the time by keeping them occupied with conversation starting eye candy. Consider featuring a creative guestbook alternative where guests can leave you their well wishes.

wedding guestbook alternative

Keep the Momentum Going

Never leave your guests unsure of what to do or where to go next. Guide your guests to their dinner seats with a well laid out display. If logistics permit, use a seating chart for its ease of reference.

retro theme seating chart

Send Off

You started things off with a great first impression, now end them off on a high note with a thoughtful gift for guests. Skip the expected boxed chocolate favor and give them something they’ll enjoy long after your day is done.

retro themed wedding ideas

Want More?

For additional creative reception ideas come back to the blog this coming Wednesday for a simple and super pretty paper straw DIY feature. 



Summers End: Our 5 Favorite “Must Haves” of the Season

Well I guess it’s that time of year again, as the days get shorter and the temperatures are dropping we definitely know fall is on its’ way. But, it has been a most excellent summer – and with a few more weeks of blissful sunshine to soak up, I figured it was the perfect time to re-cap what are the 5 best must have’s for your outdoor wedding. Even if your big day is going to be in early fall, each of the following items is going to be a lovely addition to your wedding for ambiance, style and of course practicality! Enjoy! Continue reading

The Vineyard Lookbook

If you and your one true love share a spot in your hearts for wine as well as each other – then this lookbook is for you! Find endless inspiration for your vineyard themed wedding as you flip through the pages of our newest lookbook. Let the sights and sounds of an orchard ignite your imagination as we show you how easy it is to create a very vino themed wedding that is sure to be a hit! So let the corks fly and the wine pour as you look through The Vineyard Lookbook! Enjoy!

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Hot Picks: Our Top 3 Florals for Spring and Summer

Spring is finally here (or it will be as soon as it stops snowing here in Alberta!). Never the less, Easter is almost upon us and that means that spring and summer wedding season is also arriving. With nature finally waking up from it’s winter slumber, our thoughts are once more turning to flowers, and more specifically to the 3 flower trends for S/S 2013 we can’t help but love: the Protea, succulents and Lamb’s Ear!

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