This cute wedding cupcake topper can add flair to your day’s desserts. Handmade by Emmaline Bride Artist PinkCherryMama, these cute wedding cupcake toppers can be made to order. Great for any event, the toppers can be customized to fit your color and font!
Hello + Happy 4th of July! So, you’re supposed to go to Aunt So-and-So’s BBQ this afternoon and “bring a dish to pass”, but you just now realized you’ve got zip? Fear not. In this post, we’ve rounded up eight festive, totally easy last-minute 4th of July desserts. So, grab a cup of coffee, wakey wakey, and get ready for an explosion of deliciousness just in time for the 4th. With each of these, it’s just a quick hop to the store + a quick whip-up in the kitchen. Of course, #1 looks the hardest of all, but it is dubbed ‘easy’ sparkler cake. So, it’s gotta be, right? Regardless, we’ll save your bbq. And you’ll save some face. Enjoy!
Brides: if you want to plan the perfect DIY Fall Wedding, this is the post for you! I always think it’s one thing to see fall wedding inspiration, but it’s another to see it in action. Today we’re sharing a real DIY Fall Wedding wholly planned by Irene and Blake, the duo behind Sparkvites. Armed with a creative vision, expertise in graphic design, and a little elbow grease, they set to work. The result? A perfect DIY fall wedding with personal, handcrafted touches throughout. The invitations, ceremony flags, programs, escort cards, centerpieces, mason jar glasses, and more were crafted as a labor of love… and it shows! Check out our favorite details (with photos by Noelle Ann Photography) and get inspired for your very own wedding. Enjoy!
DIY Vintage Fall Wedding
Irene tells us, “We are both graphic designers (and the co-owners of Sparkvites) so we were stoked to be able to create all the stationery and details for our own wedding. Since I am an Indiana girl, we chose Pokagon State Park because we knew the trees would be beautiful in October and perfect for our fall wedding. Our only other goal for our day was to have a great party, and to celebrate with all our closest friends and family.”
Here’s how they did it…
1. Pick a perfect fall color palette.
Irene and Blake chose a palette of green, orange, red, and yellow. Bridesmaids wore green dresses and carried bouquets of coordinating colors.
Blake and his groomsmen donned boutonnieres with hints of orange and green.
2. Use burlap-wrapped floral arrangements for the ceremony.
Flower arrangements wrapped in a burlap bow complement the color palette. Plus, the burlap is functional as it can be tied to ceremony seating, like church pews in this example.
3. Create a rustic dessert bar.
This dessert bar was created by placing cupcakes atop reclaimed tree slices. Irene and Blake constructed the owl cupcake toppers and signs so guests knew which cupcake flavors from which to choose.
4. Give guests caramel apples as wedding favors.
Caramel apple wedding favors are one of my favorite diy fall wedding ideas! Guests are sure to take them home to enjoy later. Plus, since they’re pre-wrapped, there’s no sticky caramel spillage on the car ride home.
5. Use two ladders and twine as an escort card display.
This idea isn’t limited to fall weddings, but it worked beautifully for Irene and Blake’s reception. They used ladders to suspend escort cards on twine, custom escort card tags (they designed themselves), and mini clothespins.
6. Give guests refillable mason jar drinking glasses to use.
Give guests a refillable mason jar drinking glass they can use during the reception for punch, beer, or apple cider. Instead of place cards, use a sticker (like this fun owl sticker they made) and write the guest’s name on the glass. Include a striped straw and place the glass at the guest’s seat. Once they arrive to the reception, they’ll be greeted with a glass ready for filling right at their seat. (They used jelly jars to create these.)
7. Decorate with hanging lights and paper lanterns.
I love to use hanging lights to decorate any space. Clear party lights like these set a cozy atmosphere, while the orange paper lanterns (and yellow) coordinated with the overall color palette.
8. Create centerpieces with flowers, vintage tea tins, and mason jars.
Irene and Blake searched for months to find the vintage tea tins and mason jars used in their centerpieces… and it was well worth the time! Flowers were added to the tea tins as makeshift vases, while a tea light candle in a mason jar made for romantic table lighting.
9. Use a vintage suitcase for a wedding card box.
And, last but not least, they found this vintage suitcase and crafted the burlap banner as a place for guests to place their cards. You can find vintage suitcases by scouting out estate sales in your area. I found a set of mustard yellow suitcases last year and still love ‘em.
More DIY Fall Wedding Ideas We Love
Irene and Blake kicked off the wedding planning with these handmade invitations they designed themselves. I love the owls, bright colors, and the typography.
The same owl pattern was used throughout the ceremony and reception, from ceremony flags to programs — even this clever seating sign.
And there you have it! Irene and Blake, happily ever after.
We wish you all the best!
Where Can I Get These Details?
For the paper products you see here, including the invitations, escort tags, ceremony programs, love story sign, stickers, flags, and more, visit Sparkvites to inquire about a custom order.
While Blake and Irene did most of the wedding themselves, it wouldn’t be possible without the help of other fantastic wedding pros in the biz! Check out these vendors who helped bring their vision to fruition.
This South Carolina farm fresh wedding was incredible! The happily wedded couple, Beth and Bryan, included handmade and personal details into their South Carolina farm wedding this past June. Find out more about how they met, their wedding day details, and see the awe-inspiring photography by Brooke from Brooke Brooks Photography after the jump…
Farm Fresh Wedding
The bride Beth tells us, “We both grew up in Conway, SC and went to high school together. We had our first date ever with each other followed by a brief crush. Six years later, we reignited the spark of romance and love. I spent the following year teaching in Honduras for a bilingual mission school.” Bryan said, “I pursued Beth daily until she returned. Three years later we finally tied the knot… a dream come true.”
“We couldn’t have imagined a more perfect day celebrating our love with all our family and friends! Our wedding was a blast from start to finish. Our ceremony was at Kingston Presbyterian Church located in historic downtown Conway on the riverfront. Getting married in the church was important to us because Beth’s dad was able to co-officiate as an ordained deacon. Also, both our moms read scripture because they have both been spiritual mentors in our lives.”
Beth says, “I had a few ‘craft nights’ at my house to make several handmade wedding projects come together. First, the invites (and programs) were designed by my very talented cousin, Rebecca. My mom, mother-in-law, and matron of honor got together to add the finishing touches to them.”
“Our reception was at the gorgeous Wildberry Farm. This venue was the perfect place to enjoy the pristine beauty of the countryside and kickoff our marriage with good food and dancing! All of the beautiful flowers were locally grown by the groom and his dad at Yuri Hana Flower Farm (although, the peonies were grown at Dual Venture Farm). That made all the flowers even more special for us. Then, they were arranged by the amazing team at Blossom’s Events. The whole venue and decor came together perfectly.”
“The table runners were made from hand-picked fabric from the bride and cut with pinking shears by a bridesmaid (Correen). Bryan’s mom handmade magnolia wreaths for the church doors and did all the flowers (which were favors) for the rehearsal dinner. The cupcake toppers were made by the bride and matron of honor, Bridget, and the cupcake stand was made for her wedding by her dad. The cake toppers were painted by the craft night gals and finished along with the signs by Beth’s bridesmaid, Sarah.”
Then, we handmade several chalkboards for special details for the wedding (menu, love story timeline, his/her drinks, and other various signs). We also made favor bags of sunflower and zinnia seeds (including handprinted cards designed by Beth’s sister, Maria).
“Doing so many handmade projects made the pre-planning more fun, and it also made the wedding day more special. We couldn’t have been more blessed and thrilled by how wonderfully our big day unfolded!”