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

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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.

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

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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: How To Show Your Love

how to show your love

Your wedding day may be all about you, the celebrated bride and groom, but it also happens to be the perfect event to honor those closest to your heart. From your dearest BFF to a late loved one, now’s your chance to express just how much they matter to you. Today we’re featuring one of our favorite ways of sharing the sentiment and it comes in the form of a personalized and customized (but super budget friendly) vase. Here’s how to show your love.

The Friendship Vase

Equally perfect whether it’s presented to your BFF or your new mother in law, a subtly personalized friendship vase presented with a ready made floral arrangement, offers up a lovely gift solution that will be enjoyed time and again long after the wedding day.

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The Memorial Vase

Pay tribute to late loved ones you’re missing most on your big day with an engraved memorial vase, displayed in a dedicated area for all your guests to pay their respects.

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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

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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.

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DIY Wedding Wednesday: For the Wine Lovers

wine inspired wedding ideas

Cabernet, Chardonnay, Malbec and Pinot. There’s nothing like a great bottle of wine to celebrate a special occasion, toast a milestone, or simply to enjoy over an intimate dinner for two. The tradition of wine making has been around for thousands of years, and the popularity of incorporating the drink into wedding festivities continues to grow in spades. Love the idea of making the drink part of your day? Here are our top three wine inspired wedding ideas.

The Perfect Pairing

Enhance your wedding ceremony with a sentimental love letter exchange that you later lock away for safe keeping until you’re ready to revisit it over a glass of wine toasting a special anniversary. Complete with etched wine glasses, custom stationery and a lock and key, this contemporary wooden box set makes for a stylish and meaningful addition to your vow exchange and future celebrations.

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A Custom Blend

Get personal with the wine you serve by putting your mark on it. Go with personalized wine labels that customize the look of the bottles served at your wedding reception, or those you give away as your wedding day favors.

personalized wine bottle labels

wine label designs featured here, from left to right: lavish monogram, classic script, vintage lace, expressions and fanciful monogram

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Cheers to Them

Send your guests home with their own little wine lovers treat with a stylish wine stopper or bottle opener favor. Pair it with your favorite bottle of wine or simply gift in the pretty packaging they all come complete with.

double heart wine bottle stopper vintage key wine bottle stopper king crown bottle stopper

xoxo.

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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

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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

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DIY Wedding Wednesday: Summer Floral Arrangements

diy summer flower arrangements

Last week we shared with you the last installment of our seasonal flower guide series. If you missed it, check it out here. And just like with all of its predecessors, we couldn’t pass up an opportunity to showcase all the pretty that in season stems can create. So we pulled out our floral tape, bonsai scissors, a bit of pretty ribbon and got to work! The end result? Several bunches of awesome for all you summer brides looking for inspiration for your bouquets, boutonnieres and centerpiece arrangements. Here’s the breakdown on how to create some simple floral stunners.

Look #1: The Pretty in Pink Bouquet – Supplies

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  • white peonies, pink lisianthus and blushing bride (we used 5, 3 and 2 stems respectively)
  • floral wire and tape
  • lace ribbon and bridal bins
  • floral shears

The Step by Step

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Step 1: after organizing your stems and cleaning them off of excess leaves, begin building your bouquet from the center out. Start by bunching together 2 or 3 peonies and add a bountiful stem of lisianthus to the bottom of that bundle. If your single lisianthus stems aren’t full enough, double up.

Step 2: add 2 stems of blushing bride to the top of the arrangement.

Step 3: surround the blushing bride stems with another 2 peonies and finish off the bouquet with another 2 stems of lisianthus, added to either side of the arrangement. Again, if your single lisianthus stems aren’t as full as you want them to be, double up.

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Step 4: firmly secure the bouquet with floral wire, starting just a couple of inches from the base of the flower heads and moving down approximately 2-3 inches.

Step 5: cover the floral wire with floral tape and trim down your stems to the desired bouquet length.

Step 6: cover the tape with lace ribbon, finishing it off in a loose bow tie.

The End Result

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Look #2: The Strikingly Simple Boutonniere – Supplies

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  • 3 stems of fresh lavender
  • floral wire and tape
  • purple satin ribbon and bridal pins
  • floral shears

The Step by Step

diy boutonniere how-to

Step 1: bunch your fresh lavender stems together.

Step 2: secure stems in place first by wrapping them in floral wire and then floral tape, using about an inch of each, and trim down your stems to the desired boutonniere length.

Step 3: add satin ribbon over the floral tape and secure in the back with bridal pins, which will be the same pins you use to attach the boutonniere to a jacket.

The End Result

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Look #3: The Lovely En Masse Centerpiece – Supplies

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The Step by Step

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Step 1: decide how you’d you like your grouping of vessels to sit together on your table. Look to create a balance in heights and colors.

Step 2: begin adding stems to the back vessels first. The key is to not overdo the number of stems going into any one vessel. You want a light and airy look, which also happens to be more budget friendly.

Step 3: next fill in your front vessels, going with shorter stems so not to completely cover the pretty vessels in the back.

The End Result

diy summer centerpiece vintage inspired depression glass votive holder baby's breath and allium vintage inspired pressed glass vlute purple clematis frosted blue glass bottle vase astilbe lavender motif ceramic bottle vase scabiosa tritileia allium

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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!

astilbe

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.

clematis

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

baby's breath

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

lavender

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.

lisianthus

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.

peony

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

scabiosa

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.

xoxo.

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DIY Wedding Wednesday: Gorgeous Greens – 3 Ways to Use Boxwood at Your Wedding

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Although I’m not a fan of cliches, there’s no doubt that many of them ring true. And there’s one particular famous statement, namely “less is more”, that I find myself gravitating towards time and again, especially when contemplating certain creative design concepts. Think carefully placed, simple details that go miles in their aesthetic appeal and impact. Subtle accents that elevate a look rather than overpower. Statement pieces that stand on their own. And that’s exactly what today’s feature, boxwood, is and does for whatever it’s applied to. Simply put, it’s one of nature’s most beautiful props. Bursting with vibrant color and no stranger to lush texture, it’s like a little bit of decorative magic. Here’s just a few ways how to incorporate the gorgeous green into your day.

The Supplies

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For Look #1 –  The Centerpiece:

For Look #2 – The Votive Wreath

For Look #3 – Trimmed Favor Box

The Looks and The How-To’s

 

Look #1 – Skip the Stems 

Of the flowering variety that is. Stick to a lush foliage like boxwood to create bountiful centerpieces that don’t break the bank. Up the impact by carefully selecting creative centerpiece vessels, like this twine detailed galvanized bucket.

To get this look, fill your bucket with a generous amount of boxwood stems, such that they overflow out from every angle. Add an additional touch of interest and rustic charm by detailing your bucket with craft paper twine.

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#2 – Put a Ring on It 

If having a Rustic, Woodland, or green-chic wedding of any kind, wreaths are basically ‘a must’. The decorative detail brings an added sense of the organic to your design with very little effort, just as it should be. Consider incorporating the pretty little accents to simple votive holders to elevate their impact within your overall centerpiece concept.

To get this look, wrap a stem of boxwood around the votive holder and secure in the back with green floral wire. If your stem is not full or long enough simply combine multiple stems with the wire.

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#3 – Finishing Touch

A box is just a box, until you put your touch to it. Infuse creativity into every last detail of your event, including your guest takeaway, by finishing off the last thing they see with a touch of boxwood beauty.

To get this look wrap your favor box with a few strands of paper twine.  Stuff boxwood in under the tied twine and add your tag.

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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

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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: Whimsical Wedding Wands

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If you’re looking for a super simple and sweet way to get your friends and family involved in your wedding ceremony, consider it found! Just add these 3 step whimsical wands to your festivities. Complete with tiny bells for ringing off your recessional, and fittingly personalized “…and they lived happily ever after” satin ribbons, these delightfully dainty wands are the perfect addition to any exchange of vows. And if the blue and white color combo featured here isn’t right for your wedding theme,  simply customize the look with nothing more than a switch of ribbon colors. Here’s how to get the look.

The Supplies

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The Step by Step

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Step 1: cut ribbons to a length of approximately 40-41″. Layer the personalized blue ribbon over the wide white ribbon and tie to your wooden stick, about 2″ from the top. Once looped and before securing, make sure to position your ribbons on both sides of the strand such that the wording faces up.

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Step 2: cut gold twine to the same length as the ribbons and loop it through the front of a hole punched tag. Note: looping through the front of the tag versus the back will impact how your card sits. Lay the card behind the ribbons and secure the twine around the ribbons with a double knot. Once the tag and twine are secure, knot the ribbons around the twine, again making sure to position your ribbons on both sides of the strand such that the wording faces up.

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Step 3: loop the mini bell through the already attached gold twine and secure to the ribbons with a double knot.

The End Result

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xoxo.

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