July 22, 2023

Color Me Purple (and Green, and Red, and Orange...)

Take a look at this absolutely a-mazing engagement photo session that I found from Fabulously Wed.  It's such a crazy, beautiful explosion of colors that I can hardly stand it. The inner-kid in me wants to try it so bad. To make this shoot come to life, the couple bought Holi powders, which are used by the Hindu population at the Festival of Colors to welcome Spring. These powders are safe for the environment and safe for your bodies, so you can go crazy throwing them at each other without having to worry about toxins. Such a fantastic idea, and so much fun!

Oh, and for even more fun, make these powders yourself! DIY!

July 21, 2023

DIY: Bridesmaid Cards

The girls you ask to stand next to you at the alter are, obviously, special to you. They're the women who have been there for you for as long as you can remember: your relatives, your sisters, your soon-to-be sisters, your best friends. How are you going to ask them to be your bridesmaids on the most important day of your life? Sure, you can write them a message on Facebook, or just blurt it out whenever you feel the urge, but why not make it something more special?

For my bridesmaids, I decided to make cards and send them to my girls, asking them if they would be in my wedding.

The reasons I loved this idea:

1. Handmade = time, effort & appreciation from the reciever.

2. I could personalize them to include whatever I want. The more personal, the better.

3. It would be a nice surprise for them (if you can keep it a secret!)

4. It would be something they could hold on to forever.

So, that's what I did. I went to the store, bought supplies, and just kind of went for it. I love the way they turned out.


Cute, aren't they? I'm really happy with the way they turned out. I made each one different to reflect their personalities, but you wouldn't necessarily have to.

I don't have a pic of the inside, but basically I glued a piece of printed paper to match the dress on the inside flap, then I wrote each of the girls poems and attached them too (keep reading for an example of the poems).

If you would like to make them yourself, here's some easy steps. They can me made in a couple hours and are cheap to put together!

You will need:

1. Cardstock for the actual card. Get as many or as few colors as you like.
2. Cardstock for the bust of the dress if you want it to be white (I chose one with a swirly pattern).
3. Printed paper for the skirts/inside the flap of the card. You can get this in the scrapbook section of any craft store.
4. Tulle. You can buy small rolls of tulle in any craft store.
5. Stickers for decoration. I bought sticky pearls for the side of the card, as well as the waist of the dress. You can get anything you like.
6. Very thin elastic.
7. Monogram beads (one for each girl)
8. Glue. 


1. Cut the cardstock to the size of card you want.

2. Carefully, fold the cardstock in half. You will now have a normal-looking, folding card.

3. Cut out the busts of your dresses (the white part) I basically cut out a heart shape, then cut the point off. They don't have to be perfect! Glue the bust to your card.

4. Cut out a piece of tulle for each skirt. Make sure you put enough under each skirt to make it poof out, and stick out the bottom.

5. Glue the tulle to the back of your skirt. Then, glue the TOP ONLY of the skirt to your cardstock, where it goes (butt it up next to the bust to make a dress)

6. Embellish! Stick your pearls or whatever embellishments you have along the side of the card, the bottom of the card, the waist of the dress, wherever you want!

7. Cut out a piece of printed paper (the same print that was on the skirt of the dress) to fit on the inside flap of your card. Glue it down.

8. Write a note, poem, or whatever you want on the inside. I actually wrote four different poems on the computer, printed them out, then glued it to the printed paper on the inside.

9. Once your card is ready to go, slip your monogram bead on the elastic, wrap it around the card to hold it shut and tie it in a bow!

10. Send or give them to your girls!

Here is the poem that I wrote for my maid of honor:


The day has come when I will be
Married to Brandt, finally.

I love him so much, that is true
But one thing’s for certain, I love you too.

You’ve been there for me for years gone past
Our friendship is one that’s made to last.

As I stand at the alter next year,
With you by my side I’ll have nothing to fear.

There is just one thing that I’d like to ask,
As I’ve chosen you for an important task.

I need you now more than ever,
Be my maid of honor today
and my best friend forever.

Steal mine (I won't care!), or write one of your own. Trust me, they will love them. My girls were so excited. I even got some tears. It's well worth the effort for them to feel special and have something to remember it by.

Any questions, don't hesitate to ask!

July 20, 2023

Bold, Bright & Beautiful

I love it when a couple isn't afraid of a little (OK, a lot) of color. Most brides think that they're only allowed to choose a couple different colors for their wedding scheme...but these pictures prove that's completely untrue. In fact, it's possible to not have to pick a color scheme at all (Gasp!). Just go with an array of bold, bright colors and you'll have a fun, inviting, un-stuffy wedding. There are a ton of different colors in this inspiration board, and they all look great together. Proof that there is no such thing as too many colors.

Also, check out my fellow blogger, Mimi, who is using bright colors in her beautiful wedding!

Photos courtesy of Style Me Pretty

Button Me Up

Isn't it crazy how something so simple that you've been familiar with your entire life could all of a sudden turn into a chic wedding decoration? That is exactly what buttons have become. They are so versatile and can be stuck pretty much anywhere in your wedding decor to give it a DIY, vintage feel. Not only will your wedding have "I made this with my own two hands" charm, but you actually CAN make it with your own two hands! Buttons can be used on place cards, or name tags and are even being fashioned into hair pieces and bouquets. The great thing is that if you have lots of buttons lying around, you can finally put them to good use, and you won't even spend a dime. Doesn't get much better than that.

Oh, and if you like the button bouquet featured in the center picture, check it out HERE. It's handmade by a talented crafter on Etsy, and you can purchase one for yourself! At just $100, it's more affordable than flowers, and it will last forever. Talk about a great keepsake!

Photos courtesy of Style Me Pretty & Really Bad Kitty

July 19, 2023

DIY: Cupcake in a Jar

Yes, these are cupcakes (red velvet, to be exact), and yes, they are in a jar. Does anyone else think this is a totally genius idea? It's like a portable cupcake that your guests can take with them, making it the perfect DIY wedding favor. Not only that, but they look simply awesome. The beautiful layers of red and white are so inviting, and the mason jars add a touch of home-made charm. Oh, and the attached spoons...genius.

Check out the recipe from Cakies.

2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
2 1/4 tsp cocoa powder
1 1/2 cup canola oil
1 cup buttermilk, room temperature
2 large eggs, room temperature
2 tbsp red food coloring
1 tsp white distilled vinegar
2 tsp vanilla extract

For the cream cheese frosting:
1 pound cream cheese, softened
2 sticks butter, softened
2 tsps vanilla extract
4 cups sifted powdered sugar

1. Mix the batter ingredients together in a large mixing bowl.

2. I spray the pan with pam and then fill each hole up 2/3 with the batter. Note: I do not use liners, but you could if you want, just pull them off before putting them in the jar.
cupcake pan

3. Usually they are done after about 17 minutes in my oven at temperature of 350℉, and I take them out and put them on a wire rack to cool completely.

4. Once they are cool, I slice them in half. You will have a stack of tops and a stack of bottoms.
sliced in half

5. Place 1 bottom in each jar.
bottom of the cupcake

6. Put a layer of the frosting.

7. Take the top of the cupcake and place on top of the layer of frosting.
the top

8. Flatten (gently smash) the top part of the cupcake inside the jar. You want to get the top sort of flat.
flatten the top

9. Beautifully frost the top of the cupcake.
pipe on the top

10. Cover with lids and package however you like! It will be heartbreaking to eat, as it is so pretty, but it is so yummy!
red velvet in a jar

DIY Fabric Table Numbers

If you plan on having any type of seating chart, you're going to need table numbers to help your guests find their way to their seats. If you get creative, your table numbers can become part of the decoration, or even be the centerpiece on their own. With this funky project, your table numbers won't just be on your tables as informative pieces...they'll be a cute and fun addition to your decor too!

Sticks, moss, hot glue gun, fabric, pots, paint, sewing machine (if you have
one), needle & thread, paintbrush, kraft paper and stuffing.

1. Start by printing out the template on an 8.5 x 11 sheet of paper, which
contains patterns for the circle and numbers.
2. Cut out the circle and number you wish to make from the printed sheet of
3. Cut two separate circles out of fabric. Then, cut a number out of the
4. Next, take the number and hand-stitch it onto the center of one of the
fabric circles.
5. Once that is finished, take both of the circles (with the number facing
inward) and sewn them together near the edge leaving an inch open at the
6. Turn the circle inside out and fill with stuffing.
7. Put the stick in the center of your painted pot, then pack kraft paper
around the stick to keep it firmly in position.
8. With a hot glue gun, attach moss to cover the kraft paper. You can also
leave the kraft paper exposed for a different look.
9. Finally, insert the stuffed fabric circle onto the stick.
Project created by Dolci Odille

Stripes, Please

Does anybody else have a huge obsession with stripes like I do? Like to the point where you hyperventilate when  you see a zebra, or a pirate, or even candy cane? Ok me neither. But, I do love them. I love the fact that they are so clean, simple and structured. For just being simple lines placed next to one another, stripes make a huge impact. I love that they have the power to look really preppy, fun & whimsical, elegant or extremely bold. It doesn't really matter what look you are going for because stripes can be applied to them all.

Photos courtesy of Style Me Pretty

July 18, 2023

DIY Cake Pops

Please, oh please tell me you've heard of cake pops. If you've never heard them called that, I'm sure at least that you've seen them done. These little bites of deliciousness are essentially mini cakes on sticks. Not only do they taste amazing, but they look adorable and can be decorated in literally any way that you want. Surely, I didn't really mean "any way"? Yes, yes I did. Sprinkles, edible pearls, decorative frosting, anything is possible. Let your imagination go crazy!

Read on for instructions!

Oh, and if you'd like a boiled down version of how to make these without reading the entire instructions first, here's the gist of the process. You bake a cake (or brownies) according to normal instructions. You crumble the finished cake and mix it with frosting (so it can be formed easily). You then make balls out of your new mixture, and add the sticks. Chill until firm and then decorate. Easy-peasy.

Cake Pops
original concept and recipe by Bakerella

You will need:
1 box cake mix, I suggest Naturally Nora or a homemade 13×9 sheet cake, any flavor
16 oz frosting, I suggest 1 box of Naturally Nora frosting mix if not homemade, whatever flavor goes well with your cake
1 package chocolate bark or candy melts, any color*
decoration of your choice, e.g., non-pareils, edible glittler, jimmies*

4″ lollipop sticks
a styrofoam block, optional
wax paper or parchment

1. Bake your cake according to package directions or recipe. Allow to cool completely. Many say overnight is best, though I didn’t wait that long. Once cooled, break the cake up into fine crumbs. I started with a fork and then worked the crumbs with my hands.
2. In a large bowl, mix together the cake crumbs and frosting. I did this with my hands. Messier but way faster and easier. You should end up with a very moist mixture that you can roll into balls. This amount of cake and frosting should make about 45-50 quarter sized balls. Place each finished cake ball on a parchment or wax paper lined cookie sheet. Chill the cake balls for several hours. (Bakerella says that you can speed this up by putting them in the freezer.)
3. Melt chocolate in a double boiler or microwave per package directions.
4. Remove a few chilled cake balls from the fridge at a time. Dip the tip of a lollipop stick into the melted chocolate or candy coating and insert into the middle of a cake ball. Now dip the cake pop into the chocolate or coating. If you want to create a totally smooth surface, use a deep bowl so that you can submerge the entire cake ball and remove it in one motion without stirring. (Bakerella suggests that you add a few drops of vegetable oil to thin your chocolate or candy coating if it’s too thick.) Allow excess chocolate or coating to drip back into the bowl.
5. Decorate! Depending on what you’re using, you can sprinkle stuff on or roll the still wet candy coated ball in a bowl full of sprinkles or such like.
6. Allow the cake pop to dry. For best results, place the pop in a styrofoam block. Alternatively, you can place it cake side down on the lined baking sheet. Just keep in mind that, unless you hold the pop until the coating hardens a little bit (it doesn’t take too long), this may create a flat spot or smoosh some of your decor. Once the candy coating has hardened, your cake pops are ready to go! If you need to store them, they keep packaged (as in cello bags) on the counter or stored in an airtight container.

Pretty in (HOT) Pink

It's no secret that women of all ages are obsessed with the color pink. Representing love, beauty and caring, it's no wonder so many brides take the plunge into the sea of pink. With an overwhelming array of different shades of the color, it can be impossible to decide which exact hue is right for you. Let's start with the most obvious: beautiful, bright, girly-to-the-max hot pink. Not only is this color ultra feminine, but when used so boldly, it brings such a great energy to your wedding. It's vibrant and exciting, and just so FUN. Isn't that exactly what you want your wedding to be: fun?

Photos courtesy of Style Me Pretty

July 17, 2023

Lovely Lace

It's time. Call up your Grandma and tell her you've finally got a use for her old doilies she's got lying around. Not only will she be extremely happy, but so will you because you'll have just what you need to make a rustic, romantic, ultra feminine wedding. For being so delicate, lace can make a huge impact on your wedding decor. It's so soft and girly and will add a vintage, granny-chic vibe to your big day. You can go for tiny touches here and there, or cover your entire tables with a lace tablecloth. Either way, it will look timelessly beautiful. Trust me, lace isn't just for old ladies anymore!

Photos courtesy of Style Me Pretty

DIY Pom Poms

If you're looking for something dramatic to hang from the ceiling of your reception hall, or to decorate the seats at your ceremony with, I've got the perfect idea for you. These tissue paper pom-poms can be as big or as small as you want them, and you can make them in virtually any color you want. They make just as much of an impact as paper lanterns, but at a fraction of the cost. They're so versatile, and easy to make so you can crank out quite a few of them if need be.

You will need…
  • Tissue Paper in Your Choice of Colors or Patterns - 17″ x 30″ for Medium Pom-Poms and 20″ x 30″ for large Pom-Poms, 8-11 Sheets per Pom-Pom Ball (the more sheets, the fuller the ball)
  • 24 gauge floral or craft wire - About 6 inches of wire per Pom-Pom Ball
  • Monofilament or string for hanging
  • Scissors
Now you’re ready to make some poms!
  1. Stack 8-11 sheets of your choice tissue paper(s) and make 1 1/2″ wide accordion folds, creasing with each fold. You can either make the ball one solid color by stacking 8-11 sheets of the same color tissue..or it may be neat to stack 2 varying colors (pink/yellow/pink/yellow) to incorporate multiple colors in one ball!
  2. Fold a 6 inch piece of wire in half and slip over the center of the folded tissue and twist to secure. With scissors, trim the ends of your folded tissue into rounded or pointy shapes.
  3. Separate the layers, pulling away from the center one at a time.
  4. Tie a length of monofilament or string to the floral wire twisted in the center for hanging.

credit: Martha Stewart.com

credit: casaazul on flickr.com

Gray and Yellow Wedding

I'm a huge fan of a gray and yellow color combo. It's ultra sleek and modern and oh-so chic. It's a great way to pull off yellow without making your entire wedding looking like a giant bumble bee. The gray really softens the yellow, but makes it pop at the same time. I don't know how it does this, but it does! If  you love the idea of a really contemporary, clean wedding, this color combo is sure to do the job. And it makes me thinks of dolphins and canaries. But that has nothing to do with anything.

Photos courtesy of Style Me Pretty

July 15, 2023

Time For Tea

There is just something so wonderfully...what's the word?....ah yes, British, about a tea party. That's the only way to describe it. Oh, and maybe, elegant, romantic and regal as well. But British pretty much sums it up. Who doesn't want to feel like the Queen of England, sipping tea out of expensive china on her wedding day? And no, you don't need expensive china to pull it off, you just have to feel like it's expensive. In fact, you can go to vintage stores and garage sales and pick up miss-matched tea cups and saucers and pull off a fabulously vintage-chic look.

And, while you're thinking about having a tea party themed wedding, you might as well go all out and have your guests wear big hats and talk in accents. You'll be saying things like, "One lump, or two my dear?" in no time!

Photos courtesy of Style Me Pretty

Get Bubbly! (DIY Bridesmaid gifts)

Finding unique and personalized gifts for your bridesmaids can be tricky. So, why not try making something you know they'll love? You girls will know your took the time and effort to create something just for them.

DIY Bridesmaid Gifts: Homemade Bubble Bath- Free Labels
Homemade bubble bath is the perfect way to tell your bridesmaids how much you appreciate everything they've done for you and encourage them to relax (either before the big day, or after all of the planning and hectic-ness is over). There's no doubt that they'll appreciate it. And with this DIY, you can not only make the bubble bath, but make your own labels to go on them. You can get as personal as you'd like.

Try this DIY from Wedding Window

According to this article by Abigail Beal , the basic ingredients for bubble bath are:
  • 1 quart of distilled water
  • 1 bar of castille soap (4 oz. Bar)
  • 4 ounces liquid glycerin
You then add the appropriate oils to concoct the desired fragrance and mood. (Obviously you adjust measurements depending on your bottle size.) Check out her recipes including Sweet Dreams (for relaxation) and Love Potion (for putting you in a romantic mood!)
DIY Bridesmaid Gifts: Homemade Bubble Bath- Free Labels
(back of bottle)
For packaging I hunted down a frosted glass bottle (I've recycled a bottle previously used for a Japanese spirit) and used a cork from Riot Art and Craft. Alternatively, you can use a screw top- this would probably also look good. I did some digging and found this great frosted glass bottle with a cork online at Save on Crafts. They have quite a range of glass bottles and they also sell corks in various sizes.  A good way to hunt down glass bottles online is to do a search on Kaboodle. For the labels I've chosen a very light brown recycled paper to print onto for a slightly vintage feel, however you can also print onto white to get a very striking, high contrast image.
DIY Bridesmaid Gifts: Homemade Bubble Bath- Free Labels
  • Scissors/Scalpel or Guillotine
  • Double-sided tape
  • Colour inkjet or laser printer
  • Medium sized glass bottle - (preferably frosted glass with cork)
  • Light brown recycled paper or white textured paper
  • Bottle Labels - Download

  • Print out your labels on your colour printer.
  • Carefully cut around the edges of your back and front labels with a scissors.
  • Cut out your round seal. I found that cutting carefully around the seal with a scissors was sufficient but if you want to be really precise try using a circle punch of a similar size or an adjustable rotary circle cutter.
  • Cut a thin rectangular strip of paper for the top seal- the dimensions of this depend on your bottle. Experiment and see what looks best.
  • Use double-sided tape to stick your labels and seal in place on bottle.
DIY Bridesmaid Gifts: Homemade Bubble Bath- Free Labels
And you're done!

Garden Party

I love the idea of having a garden-themed outdoor wedding. It's fun, laid-back, and super outdoorsy. This would be perfect for the couple that's not looking for a stuffy, traditional wedding; it allows for so much freedom! Think watering cans, seed packets (which would make a great favor), and lawn games like croquet. Your guests can sip lemonade and enjoy fresh herbs and spices. And, if you have your reception literally IN a garden, you've got it made. What do you think?!

Photos courtesy of Style Me Pretty

July 14, 2023

Periwinkle Perfection

It's time for a confession: I am absolutely, positively IN LOVE with this color. I want to propose to it, give it a ring and walk it down the aisle.

I'm not quite sure what it is about the color that I love so much. Maybe it's the fact that it's not overdone (I've hardly seen it used anywhere), or that I can't decide what color it is. It's not purple. It's not blue. Periwinkle perhaps? Or maybe I love it because it's soft and elegant and makes me feel like I'm walking through clouds. Whatever the reason, I am smitten. Meet my new husband: blue-y, purple-y loveliness.

Center: chair
First row: buttons, table, centerpiece
Second row: bride, cake
Third row: bouquet, flowers
Fourth row: bottle, love, shoes, bridesmaids


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