Dec 15, 2011
Wedding thank you favor tags - with so many options available now you can easily make your own in less time than it takes to check your Email. Fiskars - who make the finest scissors I've ever used - sells a standard 2 x 3 inch tag maker that comfortably cuts the heavier cardstock you'll want to make professional looking thank you tags for about twenty dollars. (You'll never want or need store-bought Christmas tags ever again.) To save even more, pick up a pack of 20 small craft tags - strings included - from Michael's and choose a thank you stamp that suits your unique personality.
Nov 23, 2011
Sexy corset cookies - fun and affordable for your next bachelorette party. If sifting flour and baking from scratch is about as attractive to you as changing a flat tire in a thunder storm, you have to appreciate anyone who can make a perfectly shaped hand-cut sugar cookie. And that’s just the beginning. Making the perfect royal icing with consistency fine enough to make intricate designs and yet firm enough to hold its shape is pure magic, or mad skills or both. Between $2.00 to $3.00 each (for a set of 12), these hot pink corset cookies are about 5 x 3 1/2 " and made from a delicious sugar cookie dough recipe and then individually wrapped in a cellophane with matching ribbon.
Oct 29, 2011
Billy ball bouquets - also known as craspedia - these cheerful globe shaped blooms are simply gathered together to add a bit of character and charisma to the day you take his heart and hand in yours. Available in natural yellow, they can also be tinted red, green, orange, purple and even holiday colors - gold, silver and copper. Here are some charming yellow billy ball bouquets that include miniature daisies, black and white poppies, dusty miller and my all time favorite - sweet green and purple succulents.
DIY Yellow Billy Ball Bouquet
Billy Ball and Daisy Bouquet
Sep 24, 2011
Origami flower bouquets - would you pay up to $300 for a wedding keepsake of folded paper flowers? What if you knew it took hundreds of hours to make compared to a traditional bouquet of fresh flowers or silk - put together in let's say - under an hour? Your paper perfect bouquet would look as fresh and perky 30 years from now as it did on the day you married the man of your dreams.
Aug 27, 2011
Romantic candle centerpieces - they don't need to be complicated or expensive, just very well placed. I love the long weathered table, dressed only in a rustic burlap runner with simple white tapers and surrounded by fresh, fragrant eucalyptus. I know I would feel well-loved here, sipping ice cold champagne over Grilled Tuna with Lemon Butter Sauce. All of us love a table that's warm and welcoming. Even white dollar store candles can make it so.
Aug 25, 2011
I absolutely adore this pine cone boutonniere I found this morning on Etsy. A lovely little perfectly-shaped pinecone, some twine, small satin ribbon and a corsage pin for just over ten dollars. If you're comfortable with a pair of pliers and a mini handsaw, you can easily make your own. Create your rustic boutonniere from the "flower" that appears at the bottom of every pinecone. Here's a great guide from Martha Stewart on how to make a pinecone boutonniere.
Aug 22, 2011
Crystal bridal headbands - lovingly handcrafted featuring countless rhinestones and hand wired crystals, gold plated leaf charms and stunning gold flower accents. Available in gold or silver, these elegant headpieces are wired to rhinestone trimmed headbands and finished with imported ribbon. Turnaround time is 3 to 5 weeks so plan ahead! Expect to pay between $200 to $300 for these exquisite crystal headbands and headpieces, which have been featured on The Today Show, the cover of The Knot Magazine, and in Ann Taylor displays nationwide.
Aug 21, 2011
Like a freshly squeezed glass of lemonade on a hot August day, life’s sweetest pleasures are often refreshingly simple. Caramel corn brings out the happy kid in all of us and these 2 oz. personalized caramel corn favors will be a tasty little treat at your bridal shower or wedding reception. And for those who are crafty in the kitchen - here is an easy and well-loved caramel corn recipe with popcorn, peanuts, corn syrup and brown sugar. No reason you can't cook up a batch yourself!
Aug 6, 2011
Stylish table number holders - I am positively obsessed with them. Simple and meaningful table numbers lovingly handcrafted for the tables at your elegant affair. Crafted from solid brass in a gold color, these seating markers will hold names, numbers and other messages. Usually sold in sets of 5 or 10, I would use these at my gift or guest book table, favor display and cookie or wedding candy buffet.
Lace wedding garters - If men had their way, women would surely wear them all the time. And who can blame them? These dainty lace garter sets feature floral lace appliques decorated with Swarovski pearl accents. The appliques are lovingly hand-sewn to beaded ruffle elastic bands. What price for these lovely Venetian lace garters? A set like the one shown below - also available in beige, dusty blue, brown and burgundy - is less than $50 (including shipping from Korea). Expect to pay $30 to $40 for a single garter with beautiful hand beaded lace appliques and comfortable fit.
Aug 3, 2011
Jul 25, 2011
Peacock inspired weddings - a combination of beautiful blue, deep purple and green that is sophisticated and stylish any time of year. Male peacocks are no doubt some of the best looking birds on the planet. Evidently their female counterparts were so uninterested in doing the one thing ALL males love doing, divine intervention was called into place. Parading around with iridescent Indian blue-green plumage made the hens more feisty than freshmen college girls in a coed dorm. And I can see why. Here are some of the most charming peacock inspired bridal accessories available right now just for you at Etsy.
1. Fascinator by designbynight
2. Wedding Stationery by InvitingMoments
3. Boutonniere by Rationale
4. Wedding Invitation by AnistaDesigns
5. Garter by plainNfancy
Jul 24, 2011
Candy cane wedding ideas - here are a few of the many ways you can transform these affordable red and white striped holiday favorites into classy and elegant winter wedding decorations. And if you decide to serve them - in cookies, cupcakes, brownies or cake - everyone loves the refreshing taste! At about $1.99 for a box of 12 (or even less from your local dollar store), they can be hung, strung, broken into bits, hot glued and wired into holiday wreaths. Or just show off these fun red and white favorites in vintage teacups and elegant glass jars.