The groom is unique: why should he wear the same old floral boutonniere? Today we’re inspiring you to get creative and think outside the traditional bout box. We’ve rounded up the most unique alternative boutonniere ideas from around the web and we’ve included a little something for everyone. There’s a spark plug boutonniere for the mechanic, a compass for the sailor, a guitar pick boutonniere for the music-lover – even hops for the home brewer! We’ve also incorporated favorite wedding theme ideas like a starfish boutonniere for the beach, a skeleton key for a vintage wedding, and a cotton boutonniere for rustic weddings. Read on to get inspired and see which alternative boutonniere ideas made the list! (P.S. And, we want to know… what’s the most unique boutonniere you’ve ever seen?)
Hello, hello! Happy Friday! Today we’re talking about rustic, awe-inspiring, best-of-the-best barn wedding ideas. If you dream of getting married in a barn, on a farm, or in the woods surrounded by nature-inspired, homespun decor, this is the post for you! We’ve compiled fifteen of the top barn wedding ideas we think every bride should know. We’ve combined both handmade wedding finds with Real Wedding examples to inspire your perfect wedding day. So, grab a huge cup of coffee and get ready to take in all of the gorgeousness that awaits… enjoy!
Hello, loves! Happy Friday! If you are planning DIY wedding projects for your big day, there are a few secrets to help it go off without a hitch. Today, we’ve compiled five of our favorite DIY weddings secrets that every bride should know to save you a headache down the road. DIY wedding projects can be fun, but they can also be overwhelming, too. And, since holiday break may be an excellent time to get crafting, we are also sharing some of our favorite DIY wedding kits to inspire you. Reveal what you need to know after the jump!
5 DIY Wedding Secrets Every Bride Should Know
1. Know when to DIY – and when to buy.
What’s your DIY skill level? Are you skilled at painting or more sewing inclined? Find your strong suit and complete a project that ties into it. One example of a painting project you may want to undertake could be a DIY wedding cake topper, like this kit by Goose Grease. It comes with paints and wooden dolls so you can give it a go:
However, if your painting skills aren’t up to par – and you have a specific look in mind – it may be better to have a custom topper made. (This one is also by Goose Grease.)
2. Know WHERE to buy (+ how to save money).
It’s also important to know where to buy your DIY wedding supplies. Yesterday, we talked about mason jar mistakes to avoid and how buying in bulk can save you money. This also applies to any supply item you can think of, as long as you’re sure it’s the item you want (or you’ll have a headache trying to return and find the right item). One place you can order online is Amazon, which offers any craft item you can think of (and many in bulk). I’ve purchased these muslin spice bags in a pack of 100 and stamped them to make my own favors. I’ve also ordered mason jars in bulk to save money – and avoid the hassle of lugging 50+ mason jars home. You can also check Hobby Lobby online (their online store is amazing) to place an order or see what’s in store; then, print the 40% off coupon and bring it with you to buy. Look for coupons from Michaels and JoAnn to save you money, too, and make an effort to buy items only when you have a coupon.
If you’re looking for handmade details, check out The Marketplace to snag tags, envelope seals, blank place cards, and more. For instance, round scalloped paper tags from The Kraft Room can be an excellent canvas onto which you can print guests’ names, attach to twine with clothespins, and use as an escort card display at your wedding.
Or, add a custom detail to your favors with kraft bunting stickers (also from The Kraft Room):
Some artisans are willing to share their craft with you in a DIY wedding kit. One example is The Crimson Poppy who makes a DIY paper flower kit you can make at home.
And, here’s the result:
3. Pace yourself.
It goes without saying that even if you want to DIY every aspect of your wedding, you need to pace yourself. Give yourself plenty of time to buy supplies, create your crafting space, and complete projects before moving onto the next one. Few things would be more stressful than waiting until a few days before the wedding to complete a dozen crafts. And, the crafts should be fun – not stressful!
4. Call in your crew to help.
Don’t go at it alone! Your crew – you know, fiance, MOH, bridesmaids, mom – are there to support and help you. Just ask! I’m sure if they’re special enough to be in your wedding, they’re nice enough to lend a hand. But, they can’t help if you don’t ask – so, ask, ask away! (And reward them with plenty of food, drinks, and make it fun.)
5. If you don’t like it, scrap it.
Last but not least, if you work on a DIY wedding craft and it’s not going as planned (which will undoubtedly happen), scrap it. Start over. Or, move onto something else. If you don’t like how something looks, don’t settle because you spent time on it; move on and craft something you’ll love and of which you’ll be proud.
For more handmade ideas and DIY wedding inspiration, check out The Handcrafted Wedding. I’ve even included step-by-step DIY wedding ideas that you can do at any skill level!
Next week, we’ll be here with Real Weddings, handmade wedding features, and our 4th Annual Holiday Palooza! So, don’t forget to tune in for a chance to win TONS of handmade goodies from our lovely Featured Artisans – you won’t want to miss it! We’ll be kicking off the fun on Monday, December 24th and continue through the week (with the exception of Christmas Day, of course). We’ll be delivering the handmade wedding inspiration all week long so subscribe for FREE so you don’t miss it!
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Hello, hello! Happy Friday! Today’s Real Wedding feature has it all: a gorgeous couple, a beautiful California location (The North Ranch in Westlake Village), handmade wedding details, a stunning gown, hot pair of heels, purple bridesmaid dresses, one of the cutest cake toppers I’ve ever seen, and pink and white wedding details abound! Yesterday I gushed about our amazing readers and today’s Real Wedding is an example of a bride who stayed happy-as-can-be, even when a little drama happened on her wedding day. Her priest was being flown in from South Africa but had to cancel due to weather, and her hair and makeup appointment ran a few hours behind. But, instead of going into freak-out mode, her photographer, Shillawna, tells us this gorgeous girl didn’t stop smiling – not once! Isadora and Omar included charming handmade details like a ‘bride’ wedding dress hanger, custom photo booth chalkboard sign, paper poms, bunting, hanging candle votives, custom favor bags, and more… even delicate teacups (one of my many wedding obsessions, as discussed here) and charming miniature teapots. So, without further adieu, read on to see this lovely pink and white California wedding and find out more by the bride! (Wedding styled by Featured Artisan Thoey of EcoMonster and photographed by the lovely Shillawna Ruffner). Enjoy!
This is one of the most adorable cake toppers I’ve ever seen. The bride made it herself and tells us, “I made [the cake topper] using wood doll heads and wood clothespins. I painted the head and eyes and bought little pieces of fabric from a local fabric store. I used some of the extra pieces from the wedding dress to make a little belt and added a flower to the hair from the same little pieces. The platform the bride and groom are on top is half 3/4 of the salt cylinder that I wrapped with pink paper that I used from the wedding menus, and covered it with veil material I used from the headpiece on the bride. I spent about $20 and they were so much fun to make!”
The bride also made the centerpieces. She tells us, “For the center pieces I collected glass Martinelli bottles and Italian soda bottles from Trader Joe’s, washed off the label, and turned them into chic vases that were placed on top or beside vintage books found in yard sales.”
Isadora tells us about other details she handmade herself: “We used EcoMonster’s DIY tea bag kit for our favors that included tea bags and honey sticks. One of our favorite pieces of the wedding where the gorgeous flowers! They were purchased wholesale at the flower district of Los Angeles and were so fresh and smelled lovely! To entertain guests we set up a photo booth with a backdrop of ribbons purchased at wholesale, tied to a dowel from Home Depot and numerous props.”
Isadora + Omar’s Handmade Wedding in California
Congratulations, Isadora and Omar – we wish you many happy years! Thank you to EcoMonster – stylist extraordinaire – and the lovely Shillawna Ruffner Photographer who captured these incredible photographs. Shillawna Ruffner is a Preferred Emmaline Bride Photographer and would love to capture your wedding: check out her listing in The Bridal Book to get in touch and view her portfolio. She is based in California (+ happy to travel!)
To add a decorative touch to your wedding reception, consider this happily ever after banner! We’ve shared some of our favorites through the years like this burlap and lace banner, We’ve Decided on Forever banner, and now we have a new favorite! This happily ever after banner by the lovely Loft Life Press uses hand painted decorative imagery to spell out words or names. For instance, bunting creates the “H”, a wedding chapel creates an “A”, and bright red hearts with white lettering creates “P”. I love the pretty cake stand that spells out “T”. The designer, Darah, is so talented! Read on to see more images of the Happily Ever After banner plus check out a few other decorative banners such as a bridal shower banner spelled out in flowers!
This high quality happily ever after banner is hand painted then printed onto thick cream cardstock. It is pre-strung for your convenience with red and white baker’s twine (love!) and can be displayed at your wedding reception or ceremony with ease. Tell guests you’re planning to live happily ever after… and, reuse in your love nest on anniversaries!
Instead of a happily ever after banner, you can request a custom banner with your names spelled out in decorative imagery. For instance, check out this bride and groom banner created for lovebirds Kate + Ben:
To order your happily ever after banner, view additional banners, and find other hand painted wedding goodness, visit Loft Life Press, featured artisan in The Marketplace at Emmaline Bride!
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A twist on traditional bunting: doily bunting! This is an easy-to-DIY decor piece guests will love. Just dye ordinary white paper doilies, secure onto twine or jute and hang. Perfect for weddings, bridal showers or backyard parties! Spotted via Pinterest from here.
Spotted: Moss wedding bunting for a rustic chic reception! Moss garland flags are attached to a backing and measure about 5″ wide at 4 1/2 feet long. Picture-perfect for weddings, parties, and summer barbecues. By FloraBond.