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.

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coral bottle stopper

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coral stopper wedding favor

seahorse wine stopper

starfish wine stopper favor

boat wheel magnet



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: Decor 101 – The Fabric Flower Table Runner


Confession time. I have what some might call a slight obsession with floral table runners. OK, so maybe it’s more like a full blown adoration type of thing! But I’ve got plenty of reasons to. Not only are floral runners a guaranteed way to add instant wow factor to a table setting, thanks to their natural play on some cardinal decor techniques (think textures, layers and colors), they also come with endless creative opportunities in execution. And I haven’t even gotten to the best part! Compared to traditional centerpieces, their decorative counterparts, a runner gives you more impact for dollars spent. Meaning, you can spend less while getting more. But no need to take my word for it. Let’s let the concept speak for itself.

The Supplies

diy fabric flower table runner supplies

The Step by Step

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Step 1: lay out all your individual ruscus stems. Using approximately 5 branches of ruscus per bunch, create 4 individual bunches of foliage. For each bunch, stagger your branches at slightly varied lengths to create a flowing and full look. Tightly secure each bunch with floral wire.

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Step 2: place one bunch at either end of your table, allowing it to slightly overflow off the edges.

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Step 3: layer in your other two bunches of ruscus over those already on the table, meeting and intertwining them in the middle such that they close the open gap. If your final set up is in an indoor environment you can stop here. If it’ll be outdoors you’ll want to strategically secure the bunches to each other with your floral wire.

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Step 4: add in your fabric flowers, distributing them throughout the runner in groups of twos and threes keeping a mix of colors and sizes. If your set up is indoors you can simple rest the flowers on the runner. If outdoors, attach floral wire to the backs of the flowers using hot glue and secure each floral to select branches.

The End Result

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vintage inspired candle holder

complete the look with: vintage inspired taper candle holders and candles



DIY Wedding Wednesday: Awesome Ombre – Dip Dyed Favor Bags

dip dyed ombre favor baggies

It’s no secret that the ombre concept continues to hold a top spot for unique and lovely event design details. A modern twist to the traditionally romantic watercolor painting technique, ombre offers a fresh twist on creative ways to play with colors. And the end result, although bringing with it a definite contemporary feel, is just as striking as its predecessor. Care to incorporate the ombre concept into your upcoming event? Then check out our step by step on how to get the look, demonstrated on some bath salt filled white linen favor baggies.

The Supplies

dip dyed ombre favor baggies - supplies

The Step by Step

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Step 1 (not shown here): dissolve dye as per package instructions. If using multiple colors, keep them separate.

Step 2 (not shown here): into each of your three bowls, add approximately 1.5 – 2 cups of water. Next add in your dye (ensure it’s still warm from the dissolving process) starting with 1.5 tablespoons of dye into the first bowl, 1/4 cup into the second, and 1/2 cup into the third. This will give you three various concentrations of dye.

Step 3: dip your linen baggie into the first, least concentrated bowl of dye, all the way to the point your’d like your ombre to fade out. We went approximately a quarter of the way up the bag. Hold for just a few seconds. Remove and dip into the next bowl, to the point where you’d like that level of concentration to end, about the half way mark of the entire ombre fade. Lastly dip the very bottom of the baggie into the highest concentration of dye, which will give you the darkest shade of your ombre effect. Remove, wring out and let dry.

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Step 4: once your bag has dried, stamp it and fill with bath salts.

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Step 5: Repeat steps 1-4 for the various shades of dye and types of salts you’d like to use.

The End Result

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DIY Wedding Wednesday: 5 Pretty Ways to Pamper Your Guests

diy personalized hand fans

What’s personalized, pampers your guests, and packs a major punch of pretty? DIY Hand Fans of course! Perfect for any outdoor event, ceremony, cocktail reception, or dinner, paper hand fans are an inexpensive and easy way to add lovely little details into your wedding day. From the addition of simple textures to surprising extras, here are five unique ways to style and personalize a hand fan, all guaranteed to impress!

Fan Style #1 – Boxwood Beauty

diy boxwood paper hand fan

The Supplies

diy boxwood hand fan supplies

The How-To

boxwood trim

Step 1: add interest and dimension to your fan handle with a touch of boxwood trim. To start, position your boxwood as desired.

baker's twine

Step 2: wrap boxwood trim around your handle with baker’s twine. Wrap four or five times to secure boxwood and to allow baker’s twine trim to stand out.

The End Result

diy boxwood trimmed hand fans

Fan Style #2 – Vintage Lace

diy vintage lace paper hand fan

The Supplies

diy vintage lace hand fan supplies

The How-To

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Step 1: add detail to the printed part of your fan using crystal sticker embellishments.

lace flower diy embellishment

Step 2: add a touch of texture to the paper fan by cutting out one of the flowers from your lace pattern and gluing it to the top left corner of the fan. If your lace did not come embellished with crystals, use the stick on crystals.

pink lace ribbon

Step 3: finish off the look with a simple tie of lace on the fan handle.

The End Result

diy vintage lace trimmed hand fans

Fan Style #3 – Purple Petals

diy purple petals paper hand fan

The Supplies

diy purple petals hand fan supplies

The How-To

purple crystal sticker

Step 1: add just a subtle touch of interest to this already detailed fan design with a single crystal sticker accent.

paper rose

Step 2: add a 3D replica of your fan detail onto the handle with a paper rose accented with a stick on crystal. Hot glue your rose to the handle.

purple satin ribbon

Step 3: complete the look with a two tone purple ribbon tie on the fan handle.

The End Result

diy purple petal hand fans

Fan Style #4 – Sweet Sentiments

diy garden themed hand fan

The Supplies

diy garden themed hand fan supplies

The How-To

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Step 1: punch your floral shape into both sides of your printed fan, taking care not to cut into the wording or design on either side.

Step 2: overlap your two fans as shown in image #2 above, back to front, and position your green craft paper in between. You can use two separate pieces of paper or a single long strip, whatever you find easier to work with.

Step 3: glue your fans together using regular craft glue. Avoid hot glue as it’ll show through the fan.

floral punched pattern

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Step 4: insert fan into handle.

Step 5: for a sentimental touch perfect for your closest loved ones sure to shed a tear or two on your wedding day, add a pretty handkerchief to the handle. Start by lining up your handkerchief to the handle on the back side, taking care not to cover the wording on your fan.

Step 6: flip the fan and secure handkerchief to handle with a strand of ribbon. If the handkerchief is folded as in the image above it will naturally bend for a lovely finish.

green ribbon detailing

The End Result

diy garden themed hand fans

Fan Style #5 – Ceremonial Mementos

diy ceremony hand fan

The Supplies

diy ceremony hand fan supplies

The How-To

ceremony diy hand fan - steps 1 - 3

Step 1: create your own unique Unity Ceremony by involving your guests. Attach to each fan a small tag complete with mini pencil that your guests can use to write down their special ceremony wishes for the two of you. Provide them with a vessel to drop their cards into and consider incorporating it into your ceremony. Start by wrapping your mini pencil with rope. Wrap three times and finish with a double knot.

Step 2: next attach your pencil to your tag. First thread your rope into the tag from the front. Stop at the point where you want your pencil to stay.

Step 3: loop your rope from back to front and thread through the front once again. Finish off with a double knot. Hold your pencil in position while threading and tying your knots to avoid it from pulling all the way up your tag.

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Step 4: thread one strand of rope through the handle insert.

Step 5: tie the two strands together in a double knot and finish with a bow. Finally insert your hand fan.

diy ceremony hand fan tag

The End Result

diy ceremony hand fans



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

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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!



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

Anna + Chris: A Blissful Spring Wedding in Virginia Beach

Anna and Chris had an amazing spring wedding this past April in their local surroundings of Virginia Beach! With colorful details and a light airy flow, their wedding is whimsical and beautiful! I’m especially in love all their simple yet vibrant details and their bright pink and navy color combination that really gives their wedding that something extra. Get ready to be inspired and feel the love in the air – this spring wedding most certainly has extra doses of both! 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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