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DIY Rustic Place Setting

We spotted this gorgeous DIY rustic place setting and we love how easy it is to re-create this look. So, today we’re showing you how it’s done with a simple tutorial and supply list so you can wow your guests at your wedding reception, engagement party, or bridal shower! Let’s get started, shall we?

diy rustic table setting

DIY Rustic Place Setting

DIY Rustic Place Setting


o white or ivory napkins
o jute twine
o shipping tags
o black marker (I love these)
o sprig of your choice (i.e. parsley, evergreen, lavender, etc.)

how to

1. Fold napkin into a rectangle.

2. Write guest’s name on luggage tag with marker.

3. Thread a piece of twine through the tag; wrap twine around napkin and knot.

4. Slide sprig under the twine.

See? So easy!

(Photos: m & j photography via style me pretty)

Happy Planning!


How to Make Favor Tags Less Boring

Wedding favors are one of my favorite parts of the wedding planning process. While some may say favors aren’t necessary, I think they’re a totally fun detail that I love to see at weddings. However, they don’t need to be overly pricey or detailed. Keep it sweet, simple, and personalized — and your guests will love ’em. We’ll talk about our favorite wedding favors for 2014 in a few days (stay tuned!) but today we’re focusing on favor tags. Any wedding favor you dream up, create, or buy will require some sort of personalization to make it your own. A popular (and easy-to-DIY) detail you can add is a tag. It can say thank you to guests, include your name and/or wedding date, and tie in your theme just a bit further. In this post, we’ll share favorite ideas for DIYing your favor tags PLUS one lucky reader will win one of the items below! Read on for the full scoop…

how to make favor tags less boring

classic kraft tag: dress my cupcake

Wedding Favor Tags

Wedding favor tags come in all sorts of sizes and shapes. Recently, I stopped in at a few local craft stores to get a glimpse on what’s popular right now. It seems like kraft favor tags are here to stay — and white tags are always popular for weddings, too. Mix and match different shapes by using scalloped tags or heart shaped tags

Pick a Tag, Any Tag

wedding favor tags scalloped kraft

1 – scalloped kraft tag, 2 – scalloped white tag, 3 – heart kraft tag

I also love round tags, especially for small favors (so they won’t overpower the item).

kraft round favor tags

dress my cupcake

Make ’em colorful for spring with these

colorful favor tags spring

martha stewart

For more formal soirees, try these notched square favor tags with a silver-y border.

notched square favor tags

martha stewart

Guests can re-use these mini chalkboard tags! Chalkboard is still in… and it continues to be an emerging trend in weddings.

chalkboard favor tags


Add Some String

After you’ve picked a tag, you can add embellishment to is. Sometimes a kraft tag will come with standard twine which can be switched out for something more fun. Colorful twine, for instance, is one of my favorite options (especially for whimsical weddings).

colorful bakers twine

pink lemonade (maya road), orange and white twine (hemptique), blue twine (maya road), yellow and white (hemptique)

For a rustic wedding, jute twine (almost rope-like) or hemp string are perfect accents.

jute twine hemp cord

jute twine, hemp bead cord

Or, for a beach wedding, raffia is a natural (and fitting) option.

raffia ribbon

natural raffia, green raffia

Stamp It

Finally, a stamp is the easiest way to personalize your favor tags. Add a stamp to your tag that incorporates your theme (such as an anchor for a nautical wedding, shell stamp for a beach wedding, bird stamp for a bird themed wedding, woodland animal stamp for a woodland wedding… you get the idea). If you choose a larger tag (like this style kraft tag), you can further personalize it with a big stamp that includes your names and the wedding date. Here are a few examples:

thank you wedding favor tags stampedlove birds favor tag

tickled pink paper & ink

It’s that easy!

Now you have favor tags that are completely personalized, hand-picked (and DIYed) by you, and perfect for your upcoming wedding.

Giveaway: Win a Favor Tag Stamp!

Now that you’ve seen some examples, it’s time to enter for a chance to win a FREE wedding favor stamp, personalized for your big day! The stamp is by Tickled Pink Paper + Ink and is a $24.95 value. (No cash value.) Stamp measures 2″ wide by 2 1/4″ deep in your choice of red rubber (mounted on wood with either an old fashioned handle or flat art mount) or a clear polymer stamp (with comes mounted on a clear acrylic block). FREE shipping to U.S. and Canada (hooray!) Enter between 1/24-1/30/14 (11:59pm EST) using the entry form below. One winner will be randomly selected. Winner must respond to email within 72 hours. (Be sure to check your spam bin just in case!) New winner selected if we do not hear from winner within 72 hours. Winner must ‘order’ stamp within 6 months. Past giveaway winners within 30 days not eligible to win. Good luck!


You pick the design!

thank you personalized wedding favor tag


Happy Planning!


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8 DIY Wedding Ideas You’ll Want to Steal

Hello, loves! If you’re a fan of DIY wedding ideas, you are going to LOVE this post! Meet Margaux and Chad – now newlyweds! – a charming couple who combined their love for handmade, vintage, and DIY details to create one truly memorable day. The bride, Margaux (of the oh-so-chic Harmony Creative Studio), styled and created nearly everything you see here from start to finish. Today, you get a front-row seat at Margaux and Chad’s wedding where you’ll see eight hand-picked DIY wedding ideas (like stationery, vintage bottle centerpieces, a candy buffet, escort cards, and more), you’ll find out how Margaux tackled these DIY ideas, and you’ll get a glimpse into their incredible wedding venue. Ready to get started? Read on to begin! (Also, a special thank you to Meghan Christine Photography for all of the images you see below, except where noted. Beautiful work!)

P.S. Check out this amazing backdrop! It’s an succulent-lover’s dream come true!

DIY Wedding Ideas - Succulent Backdrop

When I saw this, I pretty much couldn’t believe my eyes, so I did more research. The venue – called Smog Shoppe – is chock-full of walls like these!

DIY Wedding Ideas - Succulent Backdropsucuclent-wall

photos via smogshoppe

And, here’s a group photo of the wedding party. I love those mis-matched (but still color-coordinated) bridesmaid dresses.

DIY Wedding Ideas: The Wedding Party | photo by Meghan Christine Photography

Now, onto the handmade wedding ideas!

DIY Wedding Ideas

DIY Wedding Ideas: #1 – The Stationery

First, let’s take a moment to admire the wedding invitations Margaux and Chad sent to guests. These were recently featured on Invitation Crush and we think they’re absolutely lovely. The invitation concept was by Margaux on behalf of Harmony Creative Studio, created by Shayna of Steel Petal Press, and the postcard save the dates were by Ginger of Serendipity Beyond Design. Talk about one amazing artisan trio!


photos via invitation crush

Margaux designed these kraft paper ceremony programs herself. I love the lace ribbon and the kraft paper. (You can buy your own customized programs in her shop!)

DIY Wedding Ideas: Kraft Paper Ceremony Programs (by Harmony Creative Studio), photo by Meghan Christine PhotographyDIY Wedding Ideas: Kraft Ceremony Programs (by Harmony Creative Studio), photo by Meghan Christine Photography

This kraft menu wrap is another brilliant idea!

DIY Wedding Ideas: Kraft Menu Wrap (by Harmony Creative Studio), photo by Meghan Christine Photography

DIY Wedding Ideas: #2 – The Bouquet

Margaux captured all elements of ‘something old, something new, something borrowed, and something blue’ in her heirloom brooch bouquet which she handmade herself. It took her nearly 4 months to create and hand-wire the brooch bouquet. She included a light blue pin from her maternal grandmother in the bulk of the bouquet making this a true heirloom.

DIY Wedding Ideas: Brooch Bouquet (by Harmony Creative Studio), photo by Meghan Christine Photography

Margaux not only carried her ultra-gorgeous brooch bouquet; she also incorporated two lovely sentiments. The first sentiment was ‘MH’ initial hat pins which belonged to her paternal grandmother, who coincidentally shared the same initials as Margaux. She attached the hat pins to her bouquet handle.

DIY Wedding Ideas: Monogrammed Hat Pins in Bouquet Handle | photo by Meghan Christine Photography

She also borrowed a locket which opened to reveal a photo of her grandfather; she wrapped the locket around the bouquet.

DIY Wedding Ideas: Locket wrapped around bouquet handle | photo by Meghan Christine Photography

DIY Wedding Ideas: #3 – The Wine Box Ceremony

The wine ceremony was an important part of their day. Margaux tells us, “The highlight of our ceremony was a ‘Wine Box Sealing’. We placed a bottle of Champagne and letters to each other in a wine box and nailed it shut, to be opened on our first anniversary. We will then place another bottle and letters in, open it in on the next anniversary and have a mini tradition each year. Leave it to my handy husband – when we couldn’t find the exact box we were looking for, he made and stained this one himself.”

DIY Wedding Ideas: Wine Box Sealing at Ceremony | photo by Meghan Christine PhotographyDIY Wedding Ideas: Wine Box Sealing at Ceremony | photo by Meghan Christine Photography

DIY Wedding Ideas: #4 – The Escort Cards

The escort cards were made of kraft tags and displayed on jute twine using clothespins. Margaux adds, “On each table were bowls with over 1000 1″ buttons we made with 10 different custom designs, and one special button for each guest with nicknames, inside jokes or other fun info. The DJ announced for our guests to search their tables and try to find the buttons made just for them, and they ended up being great ice breakers.”

DIY Wedding Ideas: Kraft Tag Escort Cards with Buttons (by Harmony Creative Studio), photo by Meghan Christine PhotographyDIY Wedding Ideas: Wedding Buttons (by Harmony Creative Studio), photo by Meghan Christine Photography

DIY Wedding Ideas: #5 – The Sweetheart Table

Margaux and Chad chose a sweetheart table rather than a head table for their reception. I love the lace table runners and the ‘bride’ and ‘groom’ kraft signs on the chairs.

DIY Wedding Ideas: Sweetheart Table with Lace Runners | photo by Meghan Christine Photography

DIY Wedding Ideas: #6 – The Candy Buffet

Margaux tells us, “The backdrop for the candy buffet was quite a DIY project, and large scale projects like this are something Harmony Creative Studio specializes in due to my extensive Retail Store & Fixture Design background. I loved making this piece out of individual strips of lace used
elsewhere in the wedding, and the geometric layout was a way to keep it modern and fresh.”

DIY Wedding Ideas: wedding candy buffet | photo by Meghan Christine Photography

Favorite candies were housed inside vintage-inspired apothecary jars, which featured labels made of kraft paper and ribbon.

DIY Wedding Ideas: wedding candy buffet apothecary jars and tags | photo by Meghan Christine Photography

Guests filled their custom-made kraft paper candy bags as their take-home wedding favor.

DIY Wedding Ideas: wedding candy buffet custom candy bags | photo by Meghan Christine Photography

DIY Wedding Ideas: #7 – The Centerpieces

In true vintage wedding fashion, Margaux used mason jars, vintage glass bottles, vases, baby’s breath, succulents, lace table runners, and kraft table numbers in her centerpiece design.

DIY Wedding Ideas: Centerpieces | photo by Meghan Christine Photography

DIY Wedding Ideas: #8 – The Welcome Bags

Margaux tells us, ” My husband is originally from Iowa, but we met a year after he moved to Los Angeles. LA is our home and we wanted to show it off, as our celebration quickly became a destination wedding for the more than 60 out of town guests. We put together Welcome Bags that were based on our home city of Santa Monica, where our guests were staying. We included our favorite local snacks, custom 1″ buttons and an 8-page booklet that included all the wedding info and highlighted our favorite spots to eat, shop and sightsee.”

DIY Wedding Ideas: Wedding Welcome Bags | photo by Meghan Christine Photography

Additional Details

Here are a few more shots we wanted to share from the wedding. Here’s the beautiful bride, Margaux…

DIY Wedding Ideas: The Bride | photo by Meghan Christine Photography

… and holy smokes, check out these heels! (They’re appropriately named ‘Hottness’ by Steve Madden.)

DIY Wedding Ideas: The Bride's Heels (Hottness by Steve Madden)

And these from TOMS? Awesome.

DIY Wedding Ideas: TOMS Gold Glitter Shoes | photo by Meghan Christine Photography

We think Margaux and Chad did an awesome job with their handmade wedding. We wish them a very happy marriage ahead!

DIY Wedding Ideas: The Happy Bride and Groom, Margaux and Chad | photo by Meghan Christine Photography

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Event Design & Styling, Day-of Papergoods, Candy Buffet, Florals, Brooch Bouquet & Coordination | Harmony Creative Studio

Photography | Meghan Christine Photography

Venue | The Smog Shoppe

Stationery | Invitation concept by Harmony Creative Studio + created by Shayna of Steel Petal Press | save the date postcard by Ginger of Serendipity Beyond Design

Makeup & Hair | Monique Powers

Bride’s Dress | White by Vera Wang

Bride’s Shoes | Gold Glitter Slip-Ons by TOMS, ‘Hottness’ by Steve Madden heels

Bridesmaids Dresses | H&M (one shoulder), LC Lauren Conrad for Kohls (ruffles), Francesca’s Boutique (lace maternity dress)

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Happy Planning!


Are you completing any DIYs for your wedding day? Share them below!

10 Best Bridal Shower Recipe Cards (+ Recipe Book)

Planning a perfect bridal shower is a whole lot easier with a theme set in place. One of our favorites is a kitchen themed bridal shower, in which guests can stock the pantry or bring gifts of baking to the newlyweds. If you’re planning a kitchen themed bridal shower for your favorite bride-to-be (or you’re hinting at ideas for your party-planning posse) don’t forget the secret ingredient: bridal shower recipe cards. When you send out invitations, include one card for each guest to fill out with her favorite recipe and bring to the shower. When guests arrive, collect the cards and place in a recipe book for the couple. They’ll have a collection of handwritten, tried-and-true recipes they will cherish for a lifetime of home-cooked dinners. Plus, this is one gift that kicks any registry’s you-know-what. Read on for more…

bridal shower recipe cards

A Recipe Book We Love

Before we showcase the top ten bridal shower recipe cards, first you need an adorable recipe book. We spotted this one at OneCanoeTwo and we think adding clear recipe cover sheets would work great. Simply buy your favorite bridal shower recipe cards and insert them into the sheets, which can be added to the recipe book binder with ease. (Plus, the cards won’t fade over time.)

bridal shower recipe book
recipe book

Top 10 Bridal Shower Recipe Cards

Scroll down to see the top ten bridal shower recipe cards that made the cut!

1. Strawberries + Kraft Paper

It’s no secret that we love kraft paper, so naturally we think these bridal shower recipe cards are a slam dunk. Strawberries, too? Perfection. By The Ruffly Owl.

bridal shower recipe cards
bridal shower recipe cards

2. Savory + Sweet

If you crave savory and sweet, check out these recipe cards by GAIT Design. We love the mini chevron pattern, which reminds us of baker’s twine.

bridal shower recipe cards

3. Retro Bridal Shower Recipe Cards

The retro-loving bride will love these recipe cards by Eden Wedding Studio.
*TIP: Pair with an adorable retro apron for a complete set!

bridal shower recipe cards

4. Polka Dotted

This card is pretty with a polka dotted border and a pair of dancing measuring spoons along the top. By Dapper Paper.

bridal shower recipe cards

5. Eat Your Veggies

Whimsical vegetables and a soft palette of colors make these bridal shower recipe cards one of our favorites. By Emilee Rose.

bridal shower recipe cards

6. Kraft Paper + Twine

Another kraft paper recipe card has stolen hearts, this time with a little red + white baker’s twine and a set of flatware. By Hello Magpie.

bridal shower recipe cards

7. Farmer’s Market Recipe Cards

Whimsical farmer’s market recipe cards by Dapper Paper boast a vintage look.

bridal shower recipe cards

8. Flourish Recipe Cards

A whimsical banner, a floral print, and personalization. What could be better? By Yellowbrick Graphics.

bridal shower recipe cards

9. Rose Recipe Cards

The hot pink lettering and elegant rose caught our eye on this set of bridal shower recipe cards by the appropriately named Rosie Day Design.

bridal shower recipe cards

10. Kitchen Themed Recipe Cards

Last but not least, these recipe cards feature a kitchen themed array of a sweet essentials like a whisk, measuring cup, and oven mitt dancing along the bottom border. By Invita Paper Studio.

bridal shower recipe cards

Favors for a Kitchen-Themed Bridal Shower

If you’re planning a kitchen-themed bridal shower, consider these sweet little whisks or measuring spoons as favors. My mom and I (Emma here!) bought the whisks for my sister’s shower (and my sister and mom bought the measuring spoons for my shower) and I still use both in my kitchen today! The measuring spoons and whisks were a hit at both showers.

We hope you liked this round-up of bridal shower recipe cards. Which one is your favorite?

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Happy Planning!


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