Sunday, March 29

♥ ♥ ♥ anchors away ♥ ♥ ♥

Set sail on your big day and have a nautical theme. Mix anchors with roses for an elegant sea side statement.

Credits: White rose and navy striped boutonniere via pinterest; flowers displayed on a chalkboard sketched with an anchor at a gorgeous nautical wedding via Green Wedding Shoes, pic by George Weiss III; Anchors Away wedding invitation by 'i do it yourself; a seaside wedding shot by VUE photography.  Navy bridesmaid dresses and white rose bouquets via Style Me Pretty pic by Jen Huang Photography; nautical wedding cake with anchors via; navy velvet cake! via wedbook; anchor chalkboard from etsy

PRINTABLE stationery 

Get set for a nautical wedding this beautiful invitation suite. Featuring a pretty anchor sketched onto a chalkboard and decorated with white roses. The chalk effect is all part of the file no special paper needed. Available from the idoityourself shop

DIY project : rope wrapped vases

Add a little nautical to your nuptials with this easy project from Bayside Bride.

Real wedding

Be inspired by Francois and Lauren's yacht club wedding...

Photography by VO Photographers, Hartford, Connecticut 

STEAL that style 

If you loved the look of Francois and Lauren's yacht club wedding, here's how to get it...
1. Lauren and Francois choose a keepsake map with added longitude and latitude co ordinated from i do it yourself. 2. Custom lace mermaid gown with organza skirt from US$2,100 from Dream Dresses by PMN 3. Maritime bunting US$38 from Aisling Dezines. 4. Wooden sailboat centrepiece US$19.99 from Nautical Beach Decor. 5. White rose cake shot by Kate Preftakes Photography6. Big white rose bouquet via Maven Bride. 

Sunday, January 11

♥ ♥ ♥ leather ♥ ♥ ♥

Add a touch of luxury to your rustic country wedding with a little leather.
Credits: Barn Wood Star Light fixture from US$199 from Marquee Momma; Bride wearing Claire Pettibone sitting on old leather armchair photo by Sarah Gawler; an elegant barn wedding by Laura Benitz Photography;Ring toss game from Down in the Boondocks.
Lace dress and leather boots via tumblr; Leather wrapped bouquets by Three Nails Photography; faux leather save the date by 'i do' it yourself; Gold and brown dog bow tie US$34.50 by LA Dog Store; Leather bow tie shot by Kristyn Hogan; Straw bale seating at a barn wedding reception by Bliss Event Productions; western wedding cake by Becky Willard.

GET the look

Get the look of leather...
1. Leather love sign by Sataras Wire Craft $39 2. Wild Orchid silk chiffon lace wedding dress $2,255 from Uplingerpoppy 3. Organic Leather Wrap Bracelet $68 from Early Bird Creations 4. Leather wedding invitation from 'i do' it yourself 5. Cowhide Pillow $157 from The Cow Pelt 6. Bison personalised leather flask $85 from HORD

PRINTABLE stationery 

Create beautiful leather look wedding stationery with these easy printable designs. Perfect for a rustic styled event. The faux leather background is an image all party of the file, no special paper required. Available from the 'i do' it yourself shop.

DIY project : leather tags

Learn how to make your own beautiful leather tags with this lovely step by step from Almost Makes Perfect.

REAL wedding

Be inspired by Katelyn & Ryan’s adorable country and western wedding.

Photography by Rochelle Mort Studio

STEAL that style 

If you loved the look of Katelyn & Ryan’s adorable country and western wedding, here's how to get it...

1. Burlap banner $19 from Banner Goddess. 2. White fingerprint guest book tree and chalkboard printable table numbers from 'i do' it yourself 3. Women's Stone Python Print Toe Boot US$300 from Country Outfitter. 4. Ivory alencon lace wedding dress $626 from Alex Bridal. 5. Lavender bouquet pic by Tara Welch. 6. S'more love printable tags from 'i do' it yourself. 7. Mason jar wine glasses $32 from Country Barn Babe

FREE download

Send "s'more love" home with your guests and download these cute faux leather printable gift tags. With s'more love in a pretty script the text underneath is editable so you can add in your own names and wedding date. Available to download from the i do it yourself FREE DOWNLOAD section.

VENUE spotlight : Long Branch Saloon & Farms, California 

Step back in time to rustic little western town set on a farm nestled in the hills of Half Moon Bay. With it's pretty little chapel, authentic saloon complete with gaming tables, the Grand Parlor and the Main Street. There are open fire pits and barnyard animals!

Photos by Nik Radford

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Monday, December 15

FREE download labels for 2015

This months FREE download is now available from our FREE DOWNLOAD section in the i do it yourself shop. These cute DIY labels can be used for just about anything - favours, decorations, place settings, just get creative! In our pick of 2015s hottest shades inspired by marsala - shiraz, plum and saffron. To download just visit the i do it yourself website

Monday, December 8

In response to Pantones choice of marsala as their colour of the year for 2015, we've created - Spice Affair. Inspired by the richness of mulled wine, exotic spices and far off lands.

Credits: henna tattooed Indian bride via we heart it, pantones colour of the year marsala, Moroccan interior via harem nights, star anise, moroccan patterns via dreamstime and moroccan hammered mirror frame via Bella Home Fashions.  Mulled wine hot cocktail via The Framed Table, Moroccan dessert table by Amy Atlas Events, spice blend by Jerusalem Shades.

Colour palette: shiraz, plum, berry jam and rose gold

Friday, December 5


Pic: Pantone

Well it's here - pantone has again released its colour pick for the coming year. I must say I'm struggling a little not to put the words chicken tikka in front of this one, (I know, no r) but their top colour for the new year is Marsala. Not quite brown, not quite red. They are calling it wine-influenced, “Hardy, robust, satisfying, fulfilling. At the same time there’s a certain glamour that’s attached to this color,” says Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute.
Pantone like the idea of teaming this with blue, but we've got a few ideas of our own, so watch this space.

Tuesday, November 25

♥ ♥ ♥ VINTAGE peacock ♥ ♥ ♥

There's a reason peacock themed parties are so popular, the rich palette of jeweled colours, the glamour and opulence. Strut your tail feathers because this month on the blog it's peacock party time!

Credits: Three-piece bridal set by Lela Rose, photo by Cleo Sullivan for BRIDES Magazine, glitter ball ornaments, peacock feathers by Katelyn James. Glass peacock vase from Fringe Studio,  vintage peacock rsvp from 'i do' it yourself. Peacock cake via Brides. Peacock inspired party setting via Hostess with the Mostess. Turquoise place setting via The Wedding Chicks.
Colour palette: navy blue,  jungle green, gold, paradiso and turquoise.

GET the look...

Get some vintage peacock glamour
1. Vintage Peacock printable wedding invitation from 'i do' it yourself 2. Triple candle holder in glitter blue, $42 from oakes ave squared. 3. Pixie's Peacock mini dress $243 from Nadinoo 4. Silver peacock feather earrings $215 from adina Plastelina 5. Peacock cushions, from $35, Soeur a la Soeur 6. Teal and silver peacock clutch, $50 from Jenny Girl Designs

PRINTABLE stationery 

With a beautiful vintage peacock illustration and pretty peacock feather, this printable wedding stationery suite sets the scene for a glamorous affair. With pretty fonts and an aged paper effect which is even part of the file - no special paper required. Shown here cruise, navy and dark grey or pick your own colours from our options. Available from our online shop i do it yourself

Another great way to incorporate the peacock theme into your wedding is with a very unique guest book idea. These beautiful fingerprint or signature peacock guest books come in four different styles. Available from i do it yourself.

Pic via pinterest

TOP tip - ethically sourced peacock feathers

Peacock feathers can be incredibly beautiful and it's tempting to use them in just about everything, from a single feather sent out with your invitation and peacock accessories, to the bouquet, floral arrangements and table decorations. But how have the feathers been sourced, what happened to the peacock?

Obviously the most environmentally friendly and ethical way to source any feather is to pick it up off the ground. Firstly, you'll need to clean and sanitise it, (something we'll look at in another post) but when you're talking about peacocks, just finding one lying around outside your house isn't very likely.

Male peacocks do naturally shed their beautiful tail feathers annually in the autumn, and ethical peacock feathers come from farms where feathers really have just been collected from the ground. Ask your supplier to source you cruelty free feathers, or if you are searching for them yourself a good tip is to look for feathers with their entire shaft intact. Large scale harvested feathers are often chopped or pulled right off the bird before it's ready to fall, so the end will be cut off to hide the damage. A naturally dropped feather tapers to a point with a tiny hole in the centre where the blood vessel used to be.

Ethically sourced peacock feathers may be harder to come by in huge quantities. Later this month we'll take a look at a few alternatives so you can save the humane ones for the really special details. If you have any tips to share on sourcing ethical feathers please do leave a comment.

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