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.

Saturday, November 22

AUSTRALIA'S best wedding destinations

For many couples, choosing where to get married is as important as the dress, the rings and the vows. Luckily for you, Australia is one of the most beautiful and diverse countries in the world. Whether you envision a small, secluded and intimate wedding, an extravagant beachside event or a simple elopement in a tropical paradise for your big day - you won’t be disappointed with the choice on offer. If you are looking for inspiration for an upcoming wedding, then here are Australia’s best wedding destinations.

Get Married Underwater 
Where: Palm Beach, Carins 
Australians love the idea of getting married by the ocean, but for an unforgettable and completely unique experience, why not consider getting married under the ocean? Charter a private boat for you and your guests from Palm Beach in Cairns and sail out into the ocean. Once you’ve said your vows underwater amongst the tropical fish, celebrate in style at a stunning beachfront restaurant, or sip chilled champagne on board with your guests. Underwater speaking and listening devices are provided and you even sign the all-important wedding documents underwater on waterproof paper! You and your guests may want to consider taking out domestic travel insurance for this underwater activity.

Relaxed Beachside Wedding 
Where: Turquoise Bay in Western Australia or Wineglass Bay, Tasmania 
Australia is renown for its stunning beaches. If your picture perfect wedding is one where you walk down a sandy aisle to the sound of the crashing waves, then you really are spoilt for choice. Having trouble deciding on the perfect beach for your wedding? Consider Turquoise bay in WA, an expansive and beautiful part for Australia with rugged coastline, white sandy beaches and crystal clear water teeming with tropical fish. This bay is one of the most romantic beaches in the country. Or how about the iconic destination of Wineglass Bay in Tasmania, a remote and stunning location where once you have said your vows, you can hike up to a breathtaking lookout point, ideal for totally unique wedding photos.

Say your Vows in a Lush Tropical Rainforest 
Where: The Daintree Rainforest, Queensland 
Located 120km south of Cairns, this World Heritage tropical rainforest is one of the oldest in the world. Say your vows against a lush tropical backdrop of beautiful ferns and fauna, surrounded by hidden waterfalls and amazing wildlife. There’s also plenty to keep you and your guests entertained before and after the ceremony. The Skyrail Rainforest Cableway spans 7.5km over the rainforest, so don’t forget to take your camera to capture some of the breath-taking views. As the gondolas descend into the rainforest, keep a look out for the kangaroos that live in trees – the Bennett’s Tree Kangaroo and Lumholtz’s Tree Kangaroo.
Visit: Tourism Port Douglas & Daintree 

Get hitched in the Dessert 
Where: Uluru, Northern Territory 
One of Australia’s most unique and unusual destinations to get married in is in the remote wilderness of Uluru. Exchange your vows against spectacular outback scenery, watch stunning sunrises and sunsets with your guests, and sip champagne under the stars with your closest friends and family. Getting married in the desert is guaranteed to make your wedding a memorable and a once-in-a-lifetime experience for you and your guests. If your guests have travelled from far and wide, there are plenty of other activities to do before and after the wedding to keep them occupied: - Take a camel tour of Uluru and the surrounding aboriginal lands - Romantic hot air balloons at sunrise - Tour the nearby caves and canyons
Visit: Voyages for more information 

If you are planning your own upcoming nuptials or are attending a wedding away from home, then don’t forget to take out domestic travel insurance for complete peace of mind. 

By Ruth Cole – travel enthusiast.

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