November 24, 2010

DIY Wednesday- Cozy Vases

Happy Thanksgiving (week)! I hope you get to spend the holiday cozied up to the one you're grateful for. If a little wedding planning is on the menu, consider these yarn wrapped centerpieces. I love that these vases look like they're all cuddled up in a sweater, especially for a fall or winter wedding. The buttons really bring home the look!

Find the instructions here.

November 15, 2010

DIY- Ruffled Snowballs

Can you believe these gorgeous things are made from napkins? I think they would make perfect centerpieces for a winter wedding, preferably displayed just like this. So clever! Find the full tutorial and more beautiful pictures here at House of Smiths.
You can buy that lovely tree from her vinyl company Wonderfully Wordy.

By the way, if you aren't following her blog yet, get on it. She's amazing!

November 10, 2010

DIY Wednesday- Knit Flower Ring Pillow

This sweet and stunning ring pillow is made to coordinate with the decorations from last week. After the wedding, you could remove the ribbon and use it as a cute throw pillow on your bed. Lovely!

Instructions for the pillow here.

November 3, 2010

DIY Wednesday- Knit Flower Decorations

These wedding decorations by Vanessa from V & Co prove that elegance doesn't have to be pricey. Made from white t-shirts, they have the look of fresh carnations, but will last much longer.

October 27, 2010

DIY Wednesday- Candy Orbs

In honor of Halloween this week (Yay!) I thought I'd share my favorite Halloween decoration that could easily be adapted to be a great reception centerpiece. We all love a good candy display at weddings, this is a way to pull that look into your tablescape. Switch in any candy that matches your theme and you bring a bit of whimsy into your decor.

Instructions here.

October 20, 2010

DIY Wednesday- Cranberry Carnation Centerpiece

When planning a winter wedding, it can be far too easy to accidentally stray too far into a holiday theme. This Cranberry and Carnation centerpiece is the perfect balance.

Find the instructions here.

October 13, 2010

DIY Wednesday- Fruit Ice Cubes

These ice cubes with frozen fruit slices serve multiple purposes. The fruit adds a unique flavor to whatever drink you serve. By carefully selecting your fruits or fresh herbs you can add your colors to make basic water or Sprite anything but boring.
Find instructions, tips, and more gorgeous photos here at Bits of Taste.

October 6, 2010

DIY Wednesday- Fondant Doilies

The brilliant Kalleen from At Second Street MADE this gorgeous wedding cake. Find out how she made those gorgeous doilies and flowers from fondant and icing here.

September 29, 2010

DIY Wednesday- Vanilla Bean Doughnuts

If last week's Vanilla Bean Cream Soda will be making an appearance at your wedding, you just might NEED to accessorize it with these Baby Vanilla Bean Doughnuts (especially if you'll ice them in my favorite color). Adorable!

Find the recipe and more details here at Sprinkle Bakes.

September 22, 2010

DIY Wednesday- Vanilla Bean Cream Soda

This gorgeous homemade soda would make an absolutely lovely addition to any wedding's consumable collection. Find the recipe here at Cheeky Kitchen.

September 15, 2010

DIY Wednesday- Tissue Pom Flowers

I adore these big, bright tissue paper flowers from The City Cradle! These would make a huge statement for a tiny amount of money. I think they'd be especially fun if you're using bright colors like in the picture, but I'd also love to see them done in all white against a contrasting wall. Lovely!
Find the full tutorial and more pictures here.

September 13, 2010

Men's Rings: Part 3

This is the third and final post about unique men's rings. Be sure to see Part 1 and Part 2.
Men's Rings: Part 3
Price Point: Under $75

September 8, 2010

DIY Wednesday- Sprinkle Monograms

I love these clever monogram cupcake toppers from Little Birdie Secrets. For a more formal version, I'm imagining white frosting and colored sugar sprinkles or solid colored nonpareils (like these). I think this would be a beautiful and unique addition if you're going to have cupcakes in lieu of a traditional wedding cake.
See the full tutorial here.

September 3, 2010

Men's Rings: Part 2

This is the second of three posts featuring unique men's wedding bands. See Part 1 here.

Men's Rings: Part 2

Price Point: $75-125

September 1, 2010

DIY Wednesday- Lace Pendants

I think these sweet lace pendants from Ruffles and Stuff would make lovely gifts for Bridesmaids or Flower Girls. It's definitely something I'd wear and it'd be a nice touch to tie the whole wedding party together, especially if it was the same lace as the Bride's dress. Find the tutorial and several other clever ideas using lace here.

August 25, 2010

DIY Wednesday- Tea Lights

See these lovely lights? Can you guess what they're made out of? Tin cans. Yes, really. I think they'd be so gorgeous as centerpieces or luminaries at an evening reception. Find the tutorial from Homemade Mamas here.

August 18, 2010

DIY Wednesday- Stamped Twill Tape

I would love to see this stamped twill tape from Little Birdie Secrets on everything from invites and thank you's, to favors, to wrapped around the bride's bouquet. So creative!
Find the tutorial here.

August 16, 2010

2 Years Ago Today

I was at the St. George Temple marrying the man of my dreams. Today I'm spending the day with him, remembering, and creating new memories.
Regular posts will resume on Wednesday. Stay Lovely!


August 11, 2010

DIY Wednesday- Mini Cherry Cheesecakes

If the mini cobblers from last week weren't quite your style, please consider these Mini Cherry Cheesecakes from Bakerella.
I've actually made these for a party celebrating a friend's engagement and they were incredibly easy, super tasty, and totally stole all the attention away from the other foods there. If the red doesn't "go" with your whole color scheme, get creative with the topping (I topped mine with a chocolate dipped strawberry and some drizzled white chocolate to go with her pink, black, and white wedding). Find the recipe here.

August 9, 2010

Men's Rings: Part 1

This is the first of three posts featuring unique men's wedding bands. Keep your eyes open for parts 2 and 3.
Men's Rings: Part 1
Price Point: $125-200

August 6, 2010

Japanese Inspired Dark Red

This is the fourth and final installment of a series of Japanese inspired weddings. Take a look at part one: Cherry Blossoms, part two: Bamboo, and part three: Waves.
Crimson and Gold Japanese Wedding Board
1. I love pretty much everything about this cake.
2. This gown's flattering cut and kimono-esque sleeves make it simply stunning.
3. These paper fortune cookies have a custom message tucked inside.
4. Wrapped in black ribbon, this unique bouquet of orchids is sure to stand out.
5. Kanzashi hair pins like these are used in traditional Japanese hairstyles.
6. Let your bridesmaids look almost as stunning as you in this kimono inspired dress found here.
7. A boutonniere of cymbidium orchids and equisetum look refined without feeling feminine.
8. These amazing cuff links are made from recycled scrabble tiles and would make an awesome groomsman gift.
9. These highly detailed golden fan earrings would make the perfect finishing touch to your wedding day look.

I hope you've enjoyed this series and that you've gotten some ideas that will make your day truly lovely. Keep your eyes open for a new series starting next week that's all about the groom.

August 4, 2010

DIY Wednesday- Single Serving Cobblers

This one is especially for you DeeLovely Brides planning a wedding for this fall- Let me show you the cutest, most brilliant favor/dessert idea I have seen in a LONG while. Feast your eyes on these individual servings of blueberry cobbler.
I found this idea at Not Martha. She made these for a bake sale, but I think they'd be fabulous at a wedding. I've never seen anything like this done before and it'd be sure to be a hit! Find the instructions here.

July 30, 2010

Japanese Wave

This is part three of a series of Japanese inspired weddings. Check out part one: Cherry Blossoms and part two: Bamboo.
White and Blues Japanese Wave Print Wedding Board
Today's board was inspired by this print-
I love the different shades of blue in this iconic image. The color blue has been intertwined with wedding traditions for hundreds of years. Biblical Hebrews believed that blue symbolized loyalty and spiritual constancy. This look is a way to honor centuries of tradition in a fresh, modern way.
1. This cake from Martha Stewart Weddings incorporates waves stamped into the pale blue fondant, perfectly echoing the inspiration print.
2. Carrying a monogrammed parasol in place of a traditional bouquet will set your bridal look apart and keep a sunburn at bay during a summer wedding. Image from here. You can order one from here.
3. These invites feature a band of paper printed with a lovely wave design. They tie in with the theme without taking it too far.
4. These centerpieces would be so easy and inexpensive! Consisting of glass cylinder vases, water tinted with food coloring, and one little fish, they perfectly mirror the look and feel of the theme.
5. This wedding dress' asymmetrical shirring and modest train mimic the powerful and graceful waves of the print.
6. This stunning bridesmaid's dress not only allows for using two lovely shades of blue, it also is cut to flatter pretty much any body type. The sash also imitates the look of an obi belt.
7. Sapphire and pearl jewelry will honor the theme of this wedding in both color and origin as pearls are commonly associated with Japan.

July 28, 2010

DIY Wednesday- Trident Gum Favors

When I spotted this cute gum cover tutorial over at Infarrantly Creative I instantly envisioned them as wedding favors. They're adorable and as a bonus your sweet bridesmaids wouldn't have to worry about bad breath while they're getting chatted up by your new husbands cute cousins. Really, it's a win-win.

July 21, 2010

DIY Wednesday- Glitter Silhouettes

I think these silhouettes from Harrigan Howdy would be lovely hanging behind the cake table or standing on the food table at a reception. One of the bride, one of the groom, preferably facing each other- absolutely lovely. Then, after the wedding you could use them as art in your newlywed nest. Perhaps hanging on the wall over your respective "sides" of the bed. Adorable.
Find the full tutorial here.

July 14, 2010

DIY Wednesday- Book Turned Wreath

Are you and your sweetheart literature nuts? Did you meet in the library? Bond over books? If any of those sound even remotely familiar you should check out this gorgeous (and inexpensive) wreath from A Little Knick Knack.
I think this would make especially sweet decor if you chose to make these invites. Find the wreath tutorial here.

July 7, 2010

DIY Wednesday- Rose Cuff Bracelet

Do you remember when I told you about the bracelet corsages that my Bridesmaids sported at my wedding? Well, the lovely Disney of Ruffles and Stuff completely one-uped that look. Behold! The Rose Cuff Bracelet!
Completely fabulous and very "do-able". Find the tutorial here.

July 2, 2010

Japanese Wedding Part Three is coming!

So sorry dearest DeeLovely Brides! My computer is on the fritz and I can't access the post that was meant for today in our Japanese inspired series. Keep your eyes open and I'll get it to you as soon as I can.
Stay lovely!

June 30, 2010

DIY Wednesday- Jeweled cake stands

I love these jeweled cake stands from Martha Stewart! Such a glamorous focal point, especially if you're forgoing a wedding cake and serving cupcakes, petits fours, or the like.

June 25, 2010

Japanese Bamboo

This is part two of a series of Japanese inspired weddings. Check out part one: Cherry Blossoms here.
Gold, Brown, and Green Bamboo Japanese Wedding Board
1. This beautiful brocade would be very dramatic as table runners and would unify the look of your whole venue.
2. I'm completely in love with this bamboo arbor. It's decorated in white tropical flowers, gauzy green fabric, and hanging crystals and would make a phenomenal photo backdrop.
3. This cake is THE cake to have for this theme and color scheme of wedding. I found the cake here, but unfortunately the picture seems to have been moved. Try these links for similar cakes- here or here.
4. How amazing would it be if your bridesmaids were all decked out in classy Kimonos? Truly unforgettable.
5. These oval paper lanterns stand out and give a romantic glow to your reception.
6. A collection of bridals pictures would look lovely in these bamboo frames.
7. This bamboo style men's wedding band is so unique and classy!
8. It's tough to see this tall floral arrangement on the inspiration board so check here to see more detail.
9. These centerpieces are from Kuwait but I think the picture would still be a great starting point when you're designing the look for your tables.
10. These invites are from FREE customizable, printable templates. You can print them yourself or take them to a local professional.
11. All the women in your wedding party would look perfectly coordinated in these wood burned earrings.
12. Lucky bamboo like these (or the inexpensive ones from Ikea) would make great decor for the wedding and they could easily be used as thank you gifts or in your new home together.
13. These subtle yet stunning bamboo style bangles would look absolutely fabulous as part of your wedding jewelry. I also recommend these earrings for you.
14. One way to incorporate Japanese style into your wedding ensemble would be to wear an Obi Belt. I think one in a formal fabric like this one would be especially appropriate.
15. This bronze leather obi is so fun. It's reversible (green leaf pattern on back) and I love that bronze cord to tie it.
16. A simple, slim fitting wedding gown like this one would work really well with an obi belt.
17. These gorgeous neckties would outfit any guy in your wedding party in style.

June 23, 2010

DIY Wednesday- Creamy Nonpareils

I think these gorgeous homemade candies would be fabulous favors! Just wrap up a few in a cellophane bag, tie it with a ribbon in your wedding colors, maybe add a tag and you're done. Find the recipe from Family Fun here.

June 18, 2010

Japanese Cherry Blossoms

Sweet Alyssa emailed me asking about Japanese or Asian inspired weddings and once I got looking I was so inspired that I decided to break this up into several posts. This will be the first post of several using different color schemes and focal points for this type of theme. I hope you think they're as lovely as I do!
Pink Cherry Blossoms Japanese Wedding Board
1. These sandalwood fans would be very sweet in place of bouquets for your bridesmaids.
2. Sugar Cherry Blossoms would instantly make any dessert fit your theme and look so professional. Consider adding them to a simple, inexpensive cake to cut costs.
3. Pearl pins would add a nice touch to your bouquet and pinning on boutonnieres and corsages.
4. These dark pink hair pins would look absolutely enchanting scattered in an updo.
5. I can imagine these cherry blossom petals strewn over the tables at your reception. They would be an easy way to bring the look and color of cherry blossoms to centerpiece in an inexpensive way.
6. This temple dress echoes a kimono with its wide sleeves and wrapped sash.
7. This stunning shot is of an actual wedding dress, but you could achieve the same look by wearing a short silk kimono over your gown.
8. I'm completely, utterly in love with this divine wedding gown. You MUST go look at it closer. It is embroidered with cherry blossoms and features a kimono inspired top.
9. The toddler in your wedding party would be the talk of the town in this flower girl dress.
1o. I think these fortune cookie key chains would be both a humorous and practical groomsman's gift.
11. A flower shaped parasol printed with cherry blossoms would make for gorgeous bridal portraits. It would also come in handy if your wedding day lands on a sunny summer day!
12. Cherry blossom cakes have been done everywhere, but the 3D elements of this one make it stand out from the pack in the best of ways.
13. This lighter version of the cherry blossom hair pins would make great gifts to the ladies in your wedding party. I'd also love to see them mixed with the darker ones for another shot of color in your hair.
14. These invites are customizable and printable (either by you or a local professional) which would save you a lot of money if your invite list is substantial.

Not included in the inspiration board- A little something for the wedding night or a colorful (and on clearance!) version for the honeymoon.

June 16, 2010

DIY Wednesday- Custom Chocolate Wrappers

I love how classy and customizable (and delicious) these favors are. Check out the tutorial here from Create Everyday. Be sure to check out how she labeled what kind of chocolate they were. So clever!

June 9, 2010

DIY Wednesday- The Infamous Cake Pops

These gorgeous cake pops from the oh-so-talented Bakerella just about make my day. They might be a bit too intense of a project for just you to take on so get the whole crew involved. They're a bit time consuming to make, but I think they're well worth the effort!
P.S. If you haven't experienced Bakerella's site yet, I highly recommend that you RUN there immediately. Go on, click here... you know you want to.

June 2, 2010

DIY Wednesday- Little Guy Tie

Do you have a little man in your wedding party? Do you think he deserves to look just as dashing as his taller counterparts? Me too. Try this great tutorial from Hideous! Dreadful! Stinky! to turn a regular sized tie into something more sweetly scaled.

May 26, 2010

DIY Wednesday- Felt Dahlias

There are a lot of tutorials out there for making felt flowers, but this one just took my breath away....
Simply stunning!
I would love to see these made with a few more layers (so they'd be bigger) and used as centerpieces in lieu of pricey real flowers. Find the original tutorial on Holidash here and get extra tips from not martha herself here.

May 19, 2010

DIY Wednesday- Tic Tac Favors

These prettied up Tic Tac cases would make a great wedding favor! Sweet, pretty, and practical. What's not to like?
Find the tutorial from Infarrantly Creative here.

May 14, 2010

Friday Finds

In honor of one of my sweet brides, whose dress took a swim in the recent flooding in Tennessee, today's Friday Finds are all dresses found on KSL (that you wouldn't have to wait for). Click the description to be linked to the ads and more pictures!

Seriously gorgeous and such good deals!
Oh, and sweet friend, if you're reading this... I'm so sorry about your dress and all the plans that got messed up. Also, if you're needing another dress, the last two really made me think of you. Lovely!

May 12, 2010

DIY Wednesday- Sparkled Lemon Centerpiece

Now that Summer is actually upon us, let's take a look at a lovely centerpiece that I'm practically salivating over. Fake lemons covered in glitter. Sounds a bit silly, but the reality is absolute perfection and as always, The Great Martha has created a fantastically simple tutorial. And those little cups of lemon drops? Such a perfect touch. Overall- Simply Gorgeous!

Find the instructions from Martha's website here.

May 5, 2010

DIY Wednesday- Tissue Paper Flowers

April showers bring May flowers right? Try these cute little tissue paper flowers from Zakka Life. Much cuter than the version I made in elementary school and the application possibilities are endless!

Find the whole tutorial here.

April 28, 2010

DIY Wednesday- Lemonade Tags and Graphics

Check out these adorable free downloads from Dandy Bread and Candy! Wouldn't these make the perfect finishing touch to a bright, cheerful summer wedding?! I'd love to see them on everything from favors to thank you notes. Absolutely Lovely!

Find the downloads here.

April 21, 2010

DIY Wednesday- Paper Lanterns

These gorgeous paper lanterns would make any backyard wedding or reception all the more classy and intimate. You could use any colors you wanted to bring in your colors in a unique way. Beautiful!

Find the instructions from Better Homes and Gardens here.

April 14, 2010

DIY Wednesday- Free Printable Invites

These gorgeous teal invites are all yours for the low, low price of FREE. You read that right ladies. These are free, printable invites courtesy of Custom Printables. What's not to love?!
You can download these and others from Custom Printables here.

April 7, 2010

DIY Wednesday- Bejeweled Accessories

This tutorial gives you ideas to add sparkle to all sorts of wedding day staples. I'm especially fond of the teal jeweled champagne flute. Lovely!

Find the instructions from Joann's here.

March 31, 2010

DIY Wednesday- Wood Place Setting

I love this place setting from the DIY Network! It would work as shown as a place mat for an intimate wedding dinner, but it would look equally gorgeous as a decoration. Propped up on the sign in table? Modified to be a cake plate? The possibilities are endless and it would make a sweet keepsake in your home forever after.

See the instructions here.

March 24, 2010

DIY Wednesday- Cupcake Tower

Cupcakes are a cute, inexpensive alternative to the traditional wedding cake. With this adorable (and SO simple) cupcake tower from Imperfectly Beautiful gives you the feel of a traditional cake without all the cost or the leftovers.

Get the instructions here.

March 17, 2010

DIY Wednesday- Painted Peacock Feathers

Today's tutorial is more for inspiration than for recreating exactly. I'd love to see these beautiful painted peacock feathers on everything from table runners to bridesmaid dresses. Of course clutches like these would be adorable gifts for your bridal party as well. The joy of DIY is that you get to decide!

Find the instructions from the Joann's website here.