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.

Tuesday, November 18

WHAT'S new

1. The big apple has come to  Melbourne with a fleet of authentic vintage yellow Checker Cabs available to  hire on your big day!
2. Belaire Rosé has launched in Australia. Produced in Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur, in the south of France using the perfect blend of three different grapes for a bubbly that is fruity and full of flavour. Belaire Rosé is available nationwide RRP$54.99
3. Make a splash with this stunning gatsby inspired wedding signature guest book of a cascading champagne tower. Guests sign inside a glass then you have a beautiful artwork to hang on your wall. $20 from i do it yourself.

4. Looking for the perfect wedding song? The McClymont have released  the beautiful ‘Forever Begins Tonight’, watch the video here.
5. emerald+ella have announcing a gorgeous new range of handmade ceramics from NZ. Many of the designs are moulded on vintage favourites like glass milk bottles and metal milkshakers.
6. i do it yourself have released a new range of reception thank you cards, most available as instant download so it couldn't be simpler the say thanks to your guests.

Tuesday, November 11

NOVEMBER fashion & beauty

1. PureTan Pure Bronze Ultra Light Feel Facial Tanner SPF 15, Gradual Everyday Body Tanning Moisturiser SPF 15 and RAPID TAN 1 Hour Tanning Lotion 
2. Fletcher and Grace Chloe Pearl Bead Bridal Hair Comb 
3. Lace Juliet Bridal Cap Wedding Veil from Veiled Beauty
4. Davroe Wellness Bible - includes Clarify Deep Cleansing Shampoo, Rebuilder Protein Reconstructor, Replenish Treatment, and Luxe Leave-in Masque.
5. Lanolips Limited Edition Ballerina Box
6. Kosmea Moisturising Lotion SPF 30

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