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

garden themed diy hand fan - steps 1 - 3

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.

ceremony diy hand fan - steps 4-5

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

xoxo.

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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!

xoxo.

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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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Lyda + Chris: Simple and Elegant Summer Wedding

The story of this couples engagement plucked at my heartstrings! Blowing out the candles on his 25th birthday Chris was asked what he wished for, “I wish that Lyda would marry me” was his reply. Dropping to one knee, he took out the ring and Lyda happily accepted! Making their dreams come true, Lyda + Chris tied the knot on June 2nd, 2012 in a flirty floral theme with muted hues of purple. Divine!

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Our 5 Fave Summer Wedding Accessories

Here are 5 must-have wedding accessories to make your big summer day truly magical. I’ve included the perfect cake topper, guest favors and decor accessories. Enjoy!

1. Mini Picnic Baskets

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Summer Wedding Tips: Surviving the Heat


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Outdoor summer weddings are a lot of fun, and with picturesque green landscapes and the smell of fresh flowers surrounding you, there’s no wonder they can be some of the most beautiful events. But, just as you need to prepare for rain at spring weddings, you should be wary of the possibility of scorching heat on your big summertime day.

Plan ahead! Here are 5 tips to help you and your guests not only survive but enjoy your wedding day, especially if it turns out to be a summer scorcher. Continue reading