Monday, September 15

♥ ♥ ♥ SOFT spot ♥ ♥ ♥

Ahhhh ombré. It's hard to resist the dreamy look that graduated shades can create. Of course you don't want to go ombre overboard! But there are so many beautiful ways to incorporate a gradient into your wedding design and decoration, it's hard to not to pick them all. This month we're teaming the gradient, watercolour effect with pretty sparkles of bokeh to create soft spot...

Credits: Ruffled gradient gown by Dominique Nadine, Pink Ombre Tassel Garland, $37 from Gen Woo, floral centerpiece from Martha Stewart, Jumbo pink ombre tissue pom pom, $8.80 from PomTree, Pink Ombre Candy Lollipop Wedding Favors, from $13 from Sweet Caroline Confections. Pink omber cake with swirl icing from Glorious Treats, Blackberry Thyme Sparklers via the Effortless Chic, ombre XO cookies shot by Liz Banfield via Style my Pretty, soft spot wedding invitation by 'i do' it yourself, Pink ombre stiletto court shoes by Anne Klein via My Lovely Big Feet, Ombré Wedding Aisle via Martha Stewart
Colour pallet: candy and almond

GET the look... 

Add the fashionable ombre look into your life in shades of pink
1. Soft spot printable wedding invitation from 'i do' it yourself 2. Ombre tights salmon - purple, $42 from virivee 3. Feather Fascinator, $1325 from Batcakes Couture 4. Pink graphic bokeh earrings $11 from Beans & Pepper 5. Pink and cream photo pillow, from $50, Irina Wardas Fine Art Photography 6. Paris Hand Painted Statement Necklace, $292 from Doloris Petunia 7. Watercolour and magnolia linen clutch, $32 from Sandrine Marsh Accessories

PRINTABLE stationery 

Got a soft spot for pretty designs? A beautiful bokeh photography effect of little sparkling lights is the ideal finishing touch to this ombré wedding stationery set. Here we have used a blend of candy pink to almond, or you can create hundreds of different looks by choosing from our big range of colours to mix and match. The soft spot range is available from 'i do' it yourself.

Other ombre ideas include a pretty glitter and chevron bridal shower invitationombre fingerprint guest book treesoft spot wedding vow art and romantic reception thank you card.

DIY project 

Add some pizzaz to the party with gorgeous glitter champagne bottles. Camp Makery has a fantastic step by step guide to sparkle up your own bottles with a glitter ombre effect everyone will love.

FREE download 

Time to get glittery with this months free party printable. These fun faux glitter party circles in a mix of different ombré shades is available to downloads from the 'i do' it yourself freebies section.

REAL wedding 

Be inspired by Angela and Dan's breathtaking ombré wedding...

Pictures by Elisabeth Millay Photography

STEAL that style 

If you loved the look of Angela and Dan's ombré wedding, here's how to get it...

1. Soft spot menu and order of service design from 'i do' it yourself 2. Ombre Bridesmaids Dresses from $123 from MJVO Couture 3. Grace by Monique Lhuillier sweetheart illusion neckline 4. Ribbon flower girl headband $43 from Blue Sugar Bridal 5. Kastehelmi glass plate € 28.95 from Droog 6. Lavender Stripe Paper Straws Pack of 100 $18 from Beve! 7. Purple Pink Ombre ribbon $23 from Cottage Crafts Online

VENUE view 
Half Moon Bay, California 
With the most amazing views of the Pacific, this Northern Californian wedding location is simply stunning. The Ritz-Carlton at Half Moon Bay has two breathtaking outdoor ceremony locations - the Ocean Lawn and the Bluff both with ocean views, and four reception venues including the The Ritz-Carlton Ballroom.

Pic: The Ritz Carlton, Half Moon Bay
Pic Bob and Dawn Davis Photography
Pic Bob and Dawn Davis Photography

DIY project 

Ombre yarn wrapped letters 
Monograms are a great personalised touch for a wedding. So impress your guests and make your own 3D versions in a beautiful ombre effect. All you will need is card or wooden letters available from most craft stores, wool in a few different shades and glue. My Sisters Suitcase has an easy to follow step by step for the process.

Monday, September 8

SEPTEMBER fashion & beauty

What's hot in fashion and beauty this month...

1. Lanolips 101 Ointment Fruity Capsules Collection $15.95 each
2. Balmain Extatic $65
3. Abed Mahfouz Fall Winter 2014-2015 Couture Collection
4. Clinique Chubby Stick Moisturizing Cheek Colour Balm, $42
5. Essie Wedding Collection 2014
6. Purple Ombre Glitter Heart Headband, US$16.75 from Beau xoxo
7. Valeur Absolue Sensualite, Harmonie and Joie-Eclat Parfum Elixir, $105 each

Thursday, September 4

CRAFT corner

The latest DIY craft project and products to try...

1. Ombre pom lantern DIY kit, US$14 from Pomtree
2. Ombre Shoes step by step from Martha Stewart
3. Petite Washi Tape rolls, $8.95 for a pack of five, from Paper Cotton Love
4. Tim Holtz® Distress Ink Minis in 48 different colours. Shown here Kit 7 with Old Paper, Weathered Wood, Worn Lipstick and Wild Honey $13.95 from
5. Do it yourself colour rock dominoes project from The House that Lars Built
6. Gold glitter phrase thickets available mid September from Maggie Holmes
7. Flowers and lace starter kit cake decorating, $65 from flexi-craft moulds

Monday, September 1

BLOG competition

WIN a gorgeous handmade cosmetic purse

What a perfect way to celebrate the start of spring here in Aussie? This month we have a gorgeous giveaway compliments of Sandrine Marsh Accessories. This beautiful and eco friendly cosmetic purse features a pink watercolour and magnolia drawing. Made from a linen blend and lined with unbleached raw cotton. Handmade loveliness! So get your entry in now by following 'i do' it yourself or Sandrine Marsh Accessories on Facebook. Easy.

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Friday, August 15

♥ ♥ ♥ EXOTIC travel ♥ ♥ ♥

This month our theme is exotic destinations. Whether you're heading to Hawaii, jetting off to Jamaica or just staying close to home for the big day - be inspired by rich colours and culture.

Credits: Tropical bouquet and gorgeous gold sequin  gown by Rachel Gilbert, photo by Lara Hotz Photography for Hitched Magazine. Colourful table scape by David Michael Photography, moroccan lantern. Lavish purple, pink and saffron party by Andrena Photography, gold vase by Shalyn Nelson via Wedding Chicks. Magnolia chandelier via SpecialEvents. Gold spray painted pineapple by Spray paint & Chaardonnay. Exotic travel wedding boarding pass invitation by 'i do' it yourself. Exotic bridal shower layout via Getting Married to Each Other, Again
Colour Palette: purple, berry jam and saffron. 

GET the look...

Mix vibrant shades of pinks, oranges and purples with a dash of gold for that extra glitz.
1. Large vintage brass pineapple trinket box $201 from Porch and Parlor 2. Exotic travel wedding program fan from 'i do' it yourself 3. Sculptural Geo Bright dress $303 from Erin Elsie 4. Sari Cuff Bracelet $50 from Maiko Girl 5. Bright Floral Crown Headband $55 from Gypsy Vintage 6. Faux Taxidermy Elephant in pink resin with gold glitter tusks $127 from White Faux Taxidermy 7. Moroccan Sun Tassel Garland from $32 from Paper Fox LA

PRINTABLE wedding stationery...

One of the best things about designing 'printable' wedding stationery is that we get to work with couples from all over the world. In fact the flexibility in being able to send a design to just about anywhere in minutes is one of the reasons we established I do it yourself back in 2009. Over the years we've worked with brides and grooms from just down the road to the other side of the globe. From all sorts of cultural backgrounds, getting married in their own backyard or jetting off overseas. This diversity is what inspired our exotic travel range. Whether you're planning a destination wedding or simply inspired by the vibrancy and richness of a far off land - the exotic travel range is for you.

Party like a pineapple with this super cute tropical bridal shower invitation, or remember your big day with a gorgeous elephant fingerprint guest book.

DIY project...

Adding the Midas touch to wedding decorations can be as simple as a can of spray paint - instant opulence and glamour. Why not get tropical with gilded fruit for centrepieces of place settings? There are a couple of ways to go about it... 

Simply Rosi
• Esslack
Spray paint. Pick a long lasting fruit like a pineapple and spray with standard gold spray paint.
Edible Spray Paint. Yes you read that right, edible. German company Esslack makes a gold spray paint that is actually edible and they aren't the only ones
Edible Gold. Used in cake decorating, there is gold leaf, gold icing and gold glitter. Pretty shiny yum yum yum.

FREE download...

They say elephants never forget, so that makes them the perfect creature to illustrate a guest book sign right? Download this free sign to point out your guest book from the 'i do' it yourself FREEBIES section.

DIY project...

Marigolds are an important symbol of Mexican Dia de los Muertos and the flower has been used for centuries in Indian weddings. Colourful marigold garlands are a great decoration for parties and weddings.

Devika Narain
• For how to make a marigold chain using the real thing head over to Refinery29 and see L.A. in Blooms' step by step.
• Earlier this month we featured a beautiful crepe paper version on Oh Happy Day
• For a great step by step paper version see The Hunrgy Texan, then let your imagination go wild threading different colour combinations together!
• For something a little different, check out Sugarbelle's instructions for icing your very own marigold cookies!


REAL wedding

Be inspired by Praema and Paul's eclectic mix of Hindu traditions, African drumming, Japanese parasols and a Western vintage vibe

Images by Peter Edwards Photography 

STEAL that style 

If you love the look of Praema and Paul's eclectic wedding, here's how to get it...

1. Elephant and Entwined Fingerprint Guest book trees from 'i do' it yourself 2. Pink djembe drum US$240 from The Drumworks 3. Kelsey gown by Maggie Sottero 4. Custom bobble head cake topper from Honey Meng 5. White paper parasol from Pink Frosting 6. Resin Elephant Head $34 from White Faux Taxidermy

VENUE spotlight

Mulberry on Swan, Western Australia
You don't have to travel to the other side of the globe for a wonderful wedding spot. Praema and Paul's venue was located in the picturesque Swan Valley, Mulberry on Swan, just twenty minutes drive from Perth. There are four function rooms including the beautiful 'Cellar' great for smaller wedding receptions looking out over the vineyards, and the 'Mulberry Room' with stunning views of the Swan River. Plus the gorgeous gardens for ceremonies and photo ops. Packages start from $85.00 per person

Pics via Mulberry on Swan

TOP tip

No hassle tassel decorations
A quick and easy way to jazz up stationery is with the addition of a tassel. You can pick these up from craft shops in a huge variety of colours and quite cheaply. Just punch a hole and thread your tassel through. Perfect for luggage tag save the dates like below.


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