Category Archives: DIY

Monday’s Finding: Ten Fab DIYs

Well, it’s Monday and I couldn’t be more thrilled to have my kiddo back from his Grandma’s house. He had a great time up in the mountains and even helped build a snow fort on the lake. My little snow beast is on the right.

I spent my weekend working on one of my favorite DIY wedding projects: my paper flowers made from pages of Pride and Prejudice. So, since I’m in the DIY spirit, I thought I’d show you some recent DIY finds via Pinterest. My personal fave are the recycled tin cans…gorgeous! Enjoy and I’d love to know if you are doing any DIY projects for your own fete.

DIY Wire Hangers

Tissue Box Flower Vase


Super Cute Invites

Anthropologie Inspired Monogram Trees
Handspun - DIY Tree (Image 2 collage)

DIY Yarn Garland

Burlap and Vintage Patterned Paper Programs

Giant Paper Flower Centerpiece

DIY Miu Miu Heels


Mixed Media Recycled Can Vases

Pom Pom Flower Bouquet

Pic sources are via the project’s respective site.

Monday’s Finding: Gorgeous Budget Friendly Candle Decor

Are you on a squeaky tight budget with little to add to your ceremony and reception decor? Well, today I’ve got some budget friendly candle decor inspiration to help you out. Even if budget isn’t an issue and things like allergies or you just aren’t a flower person, these aisle and table ideas are simply gorgeous!

You can have a beautiful wedding and not spend a ton of money. As a wedding and event planner, I’ve worked with a vast range of budgets and with all of them, my first “go to” spot for decor details was the local thrift stores. If you love the looks of clear glass, milk glass, wrought iron, then definitely get thrifting. You can find a great many items like tea cups, vintage jars, and fab bits of rustic wrought iron to hold your candles.

Looking for a bit more bang for your buck? Give those pieces a new life with a fresh coat of paint, glitter, or decoupage:

Or, simply use them as is. Whatever you choose, you can have a beautiful wedding on any budget and candles are guaranteed ambiance for a lot less money than flowers. Speaking of less money…check out your local Catholic supply store for great deals on candles from votives to tall candles in a jar. I used to purchase mine by the case and they were a lot cheaper on the budget than getting them at the grocery store. In addition, this amazing gem of a shop has great candles in bulk and just about everything else for your wedding too: Sav on Crafts.

Well, without further ado…ceremony and reception candle decor inspiration:

Wedding Ceremony Candle Decor

Candles Reception

Saturday’s Latest: Etsy Virtual Bridal Show Team

Today I have a plethora of goodness from the Etsy Virtual Bridal Show Team. So, without further ado, four fantastic treasuries full of wedding bits and bobs to make your day uniquely you.

‘Saturday’s Latest from the Etsy Virtual Bridal Show Team 2/16/13 #1’ by ravengrrl

Wedding bouquet and memorial…


Wedding bouquet charm. Cranb…


Wedding bridal crown wreath …


silk lace chuppah (made-to-o…


Fingerless Bridal Gloves: Wh…


Handmade Cotton Lace Collar,…


Brown Handmade Tulle Lace Co…


Handmade Cotton Lace Appliqu…


Lace Pocket – Simple Wedding…


With Love Wedding Invitation…


Gates – Romantic Wedding Inv…


Lace – Bridal Shower Invitat…


Wedding Hair Flower Headband…


Thank You Wedding Favor Tags…


Seashell Ring Bearer Wedding…


Personalized Wedding Ornamen…


Treasury tool supported by the dog house

‘Saturday’s Latest from the Etsy Virtual Bridal Show Team 2/16/13 #2’ by ravengrrl

Boutonniere, Turquoise Satin…


Weddings, Bridal/Bridesmaid …


Handmade Cotton Lace Appliqu…


Brown Handmade Tulle Lace Co…


Wood Wedding Placecard Holde…


Sugar Starfish Seashell Bobb…


Ivory Flowery Headpiece / H…


Wedding bridal crown wreath …


Handmade Ribbon Rose Bouquet…


Lace Bib Statement Necklace …


Wedding Jewelry, Brilliant S…


Wedding Hair accessory made …


Wedding bridal crown wreath …


Princess Marie Antoinette Iv…


Marie Antoinette Ivory and P…


White Net Tulle Stole Shawl …


Treasury tool supported by the dog house

‘Saturday’s Latest from the Etsy Virtual Bridal Show Team 2/16/13 #3’ by ravengrrl

Wedding bouquet frame charm….


ORANGE, Large Organza Flower…


Handmade Cotton Lace Collar,…


Handmade Cotton Lace Appliqu…


Petite bouquet, Flower Girl …


Wedding seating chart. Const…


Flower Girl Kissing Ball, Po…


Ring Bearing Pillow: Unusual…


Black Handmade Cotton Lace C…


Handmade Cotton Lace Collar,…


Purple Vanda Bouquet, Bridal…


Monogram Mesh – Modern Weddi…


Frame – Elegant Wedding Invi…


Lace – Elegant Wedding Invit…


Large Elegant Ivory Feather …


COCO Glitter and Lace Weddin…


Treasury tool supported by the dog house

‘Saturday’s Latest from the Etsy Virtual Bridal Show Team 2/16/13 #4’ by ravengrrl

Unity Candle Set, Wedding Ce…


Rose Candle Unity Set, Pilla…


Mint Origami Crane Rose Brid…


Wedding Ring Pillow – Satin …


Succulent Bridal Bouquet, Ru…


Wedding Invitation Penthouse…


PDF crochet pattern – heart …


3 tier Cake Stand Honey Bun…


Extra Large Gumpaste Flower…


Bridal jewelry set, Bridal b…


Seed Paper Invitations custo…


Wedding Decorations/Receptio…


Wedding Reception Candy Bar/…


DIY printable wedding altern…


Wedding Card Box and Banner …


White Medieval Wedding Dress…


Treasury tool supported by the dog house

Wedding Wednesday: Japanese Garden Inspiration

One of my absolute favorite places to go to in San Diego, is the Japanese Friendship Garden in Balboa Park. Once upon a time, there was a tea house in that spot that was built in 1914 for the 1915 Panama-California Exposition. It remained a functioning tea house until it was dismantled in 1941. In August 1990, the Japanese Friendship Garden was built to honor the memory of the original tea house. It currently holds exhibitions and you can get a bite to eat and sip some tea to cap off your visit to this gorgeous spot.

For some reason, this spot was on my mind today as I was talking to my kiddo about where I grew up. The topic of my many trips to Balboa Park came up and I mentioned the garden (which wasn’t there when I was a kid, but I did stop off at during a conference I was attending). It’s a lovely spot and the inspiration for today’s Wedding Wednesday.

Japanese inspired DIY Favors:
Spicy Asian Brittle (if you leave out the red pepper flakes, the brittle will be more in line with Japanese cuisine)
Origami Butterfly
Washi Tape Votive Candle
DIY Washi Tape Favor Wrap

Japanese Inspired Garden Wedding

Wedding Wednesday: Boho Beach Inspiration and Some Great Beachy DIYs

Happy Wedding Wednesday! I’m curious as to what you are all working on for your wedding today? Me, I’m making flowers from pages of Pride and Prejudice to go in bouquets and decor. It’s always fun to learn a new crafty skill!

Today’s post is for those planning a beach/destination wedding with boho flair. If you have been coveting all of those beautiful beachy waves for your wedding day tresses, try putting together your own sea salt spray (courtesy of Organic Authority)rather than spending top dollar for the same thing at a much greater salon product price. This will also give you a chance to try out the look prior to your hair trial, just to be sure it’s exactly what you want.

Looking for a unique sweetheart table design for your reception on the sand? Apartment Therapy has a great little tutorial that’s perfect for you and your love to have a bit of you time, while still enjoying the company of your guests.

I’ve also included a gorgeous DIY pebble necklace kit from the Etsy shop, “What the Funk?“, a tutorial for some fun sandy shadowbox table numbers by ChillyBear on Wedding Bee’s DIY forum and DIY beach terrarium kit from Theresa’s Plants & More Store.

I hope you enjoy today’s post! Let me know what you think or if you have any personal inspiration board request.

DIY Sea Salt Spray for boho beach tresses

How to pitch a Boho Beach tent, perfect for use as a sweetheart table.

DIY beach pebble necklace kit. A great gift for your maids!

A DIY beach terrarium kit to set off your table decor.

Beachy shadowbox table number DIY.

Boho Beach Style Wedding

Tip or Trend Tuesday: Trend: Upcycled and Recycled Book Pages

Trending for 2013? Upcycled and recycled book page decor and paperie, particularly from a favorite novel. In this case? You guessed it, “Pride and Prejudice.” Take a peek at some of these eco friendly decor and accessory options made from the pages of this 200 year-old literary wonder.

Pride and Prejudice Upcycled Literature

Monday’s Finding: 10 of my favorite styled shoots and real weddings

Happy Monday! Well, tomorrow is election day in the US and I cannot wait for the ads, the posts, the negativity, etc. to end. Get out there and vote your heart and conscience whatever that may be. Each of us has a variety of state and local decisions to make and whether you feel you are affected or not by the presidential race, your state and local issues will definitely be felt. So, get out there and vote if you haven’t already.

In the past couple of weeks, I’ve come across some styled shoots and real weddings that have become some of my favorites. From a gorgeous take on Alice in Wonderland to a dark and awesome DIY Halloween wedding, there is a ton of inspiration in these ten shoots and weddings. I hope you enjoy!

Recycled Bride: Alice in Wonderland Wedding

Photography by Adrienne Gund:

Before the Big Day: Marie Antoinette Hen Party

Photography by Lucy Greenhill Photography:

Green Wedding Shoes: Traveling Musician Wedding Shoot

Photography by Erin of Papered Heart Photography:

Sweet Violet Bride: Garden Styled Shoot

Photography by Megan Robinson Photography:

Le Magnifique: Sunstone Winery Shoot

Photography by: Jose Villa Fine Art Weddings:

Love My Dress: The Amazing Wedding of Hannah and Henry at Aynhoe Park

Photography by Jay Rowden:

Love My Dress: Zita Elze ~ Unique and Enchanting Wedding Flowers

Photography by Julian Winslow Photography:

Green Wedding Shoes: Harry Potter Wedding Inspiration

Photography by Abby Grace Photography:

DIY Bride: Elegant Halloween DIY Wedding

Photography by Two Birds Photography:

The Knotty Bride: Gothic Wilderness Inspiration

Photography by Izzy Hudgins Photography: