Archive for the ‘Bridal Party Flowers’ Category

Etsy Goodness   1 comment

For those you who do not know what Etsy is, let me explain. (Since you obviously have been living in a dark room. Just kidding. You really should log on as soon as your done reading this post, though) Etsy is the most awesome craft site, ever. It is an online shopping site with a menagerie of artisans with a focus on the vintage and handmade. It is a bride’s dream. I absolutely L-O-V-E Etsy and want to share with you some of my favorite Etsy finds for the wedding.

1. Baker’s Twine- Seller Paper Souffle

Turquoise Divine Twine

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2. RSVP Stamp- Seller 4 hands

Moniilee Wedding Stamp-Custom

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3. Satin Ribbon Wrapped Decorative Book Bundle- Seller The Shabby Chic Cottage

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5. Custom Wrist Corsages- Seller hART jewelry

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6. Quiver Arrow Microfiber Necktie- Seller toy breaker

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7.  Vintage Opulence Bouquet- Seller Croska

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8. Personalized Bridal Walnut Hanger- Seller Wisconmon

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9. Satin Bridal Clutch- Seller Fallen Sparrow

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There is so much more, that Etsy offers. You can see some the gorgeous book themed invites here and here. Explore Etsy for inspiration, adorable wedding finds, and gifts.

Did you find any wedding items on Etsy? What was your favorite Etsy purchase?

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The Six Month Mark…   1 comment

So we have reached the six month mark. This is seemingly unreal for me. I feel like I have been waiting so long for this moment and now it’s finally here I feel a bit overwhelmed. It just seems like so much. I have so much I want to share with you, like about the rehearsal dinner and registry and bridesmaid gifts and welcome bags and more decor decisions (I think Mr. Darcy may ban me from reading wedding magazines, because of fear I may get new ideas). I have lots of DIY projects I want to complete during the summer. My reasoning for this is two fold. 1. I decided to not take any courses this summer and 2. My work schedule will be changing and I will be finished earlier in the day. There is so much I have to share and do. I am feeling excited and overwhelmed all at the same time. Mr. Darcy and I will be taking a few days away just the two of us to celebrate his birthday and to take a break from it all, but before we left I decided to make a list of projects to complete this summer (by the end of August). So here it goes. Here is my list:

1. Order paper samples for invites (Mama Austen, Papa Austen, Mr. Darcy, and I have made a decision regarding these, that I will be sharing in the near future).

2. Deliver the bridesmaid bouquet tutorial and materials to my FMIL for the bridesmaid bouquets. In case you forgot here is what she will be making.

Source: Jewel Box Ballerina

3. Make fishing boutonnieres. On our last trip to Vegas Mr. Darcy and I found the perfect fly fishing lures (read pretty feathers) to make these with.

Source: Weddingbee

4. Baking test run for mini bundt cakes for welcome bags. My FMIL will be making Polish cookies for the welcome bags (Mr. Darcy’s great, great grandma’s recipe) and I will be making mini coconut macadamia nut bundt cakes, a la Martha Stewart to represent my Hawaiian heritage. The goal here is to see how far ahead of time I can make these babies. According to Martha I can freeze them for one week, but I am more concerned with how long they take to thaw.

Source: Martha Stewart Weddings

5. Paper Crafts. I have decided to add a few more details to the reception. These included a thank you sign for the card table and a bride and groom sign for the sweetheart table. Plus, I am playing with the idea of a photo display.

Just Married Sign for Sweetheart Table/ Source:Mrs. Seashell on Weddingbee

Thank You Sign for the Card Table/ Source: Mrs. Cheeseburger on Weddingbee

(To customize our sign I am thinking it will say Aloha.)

Source: Southern Living

(This photo has inspired me to hang pictures from the railing on the staircase, leading up to our reception space.)

6. Begin working on the programs, schedules, and other printed materials.

7. DIY bar accessories. I am planning on making drink stirrers and stamping cocktail napkins for the reception.

Washing Tape Drink Stirrers/ Source: Weddingbee

Book Themed Stamped Cocktail Napkins/ Source: Miss Cinnamon Buns Weddingbee

8. Decorate welcome boxes and kid’s boxes for wedding weekend with washi tape.

OOT Welcome Boxes/ Source: Mrs. Elephant Wedding Bee

9. Make the flower girl wands.

Tulle Flower Girl Wands/ Source: Sweet and Sassy Girls

So the goal for my summer is to complete as many DIY projects as possible. And as you may be able to tell Miss Austen is a stealer, stealer of ideas from the lovely ladies over on Weddingbee. I freely admit it, but imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, right? Right.

Did you complete most of your DIY projects before the wedding or did you do them as the time came closer? Did you have a treasure trove of ideas, that you turned to during the planning process?

On a side note, I am leaving on a short get away with Mr. Darcy and will not be updating the blog, while I am away. I promise, when I return though I will bring you a delightful menagerie of updates and project successes (cross my fingers).

Building the Dream Team and Defining the Details- The Florist Episode Part 1   Leave a comment

If you book a wedding ceremony with one of the hotel chapels in Vegas you will most likely be using their florist, because they have strict policies about outside vendors. That being said, their monopoly on flowers means that any upgrades to bouquets will cost you an arm and a leg. I decided I did not want to blow my budget on the awesome bouquets, that I had my eye on. These beauties had $300+ price tags:

Source: Theknot.com

While on my search for red rose and orchid bouquets, I came across this gorgeous piece.  

Alas, I let my dream of a bejeweled-tone, fresh flower bouquet and found a new dream that fit my budget perfectly. Enter Etsy (my new favorite website ever). A while back when I was lurking over on theknot.com’s Las Vegas board, I saw a bride who happened to have her wedding ceremony at Mandalay Bay as I am, who had a vintage brooch bouquet. So I went in search of one and this is what I found:

Vintage Opulence Bridal Bouquet

This beauty comes from Croska. It is made of vintage lace, brooches, silk, pearls, and feathers. What bride wouldn’t love to carry this stunner down the aisle?

 Now all I had to do was find a bouquet for the lovely ladies who would be standing up there with me. I looked around Croska’s shop, and, although she did have smaller versions of the bouquets she made, they were out of my price range for 4 girls. Then I decided I could make my own fabric flower bouquets. I searched Etsy for pdf tutorials on doing exactly this and I found Jewel Box Ballerina’s shop. I ended up buying a set of four tutorials for the price of three, as a package deal. They included the cabbage rose, rolled fabric rosette, and two different bouquets. This is the one we chose to do:

Feather Bouquet with Gold Stamens

Aren’t these babies gorgeous? They’re fluffy(I know, not exactly the word you think of when you want to describe bridesmaid bouquets, but, they look fluffy), glamorous, and  a little sparkly. I will be changing the stamen color to gold. And the best part of these babies is the 50+ page tutorial with step-by-step instructions and several pictures to go with each step. My gracious mother-in-law to be has agreed to take on this project. But like a good blogger, I will request that she takes lots of pictures along the way so I can show you the fruits (or should I say “flowers”) of her labor. So there you have it, the bridal party flowers.