Monday, June 29

the DIY bride dilemma

How long does it really take to make 400 origami cranes? Stark white ribbon or cream lace? How long before the wedding should I start making the favours? You must be a DIY bride.

Planning a wedding can be taxing at the best of times - no matter how often we tell ourselves we wont be like our friends panicking over the table decorations at the last minute. No, our wedding will be relaxed and stress free! But being a DIY bride, that adds a whole new dimension. You don't want to be passing out face forward from exhaustion into your bouquet!

The trick is careful planning and to be realistic. Stick to what your good at and don't try and do everything the night before the wedding!

Lenny Ann Low has written a great little piece about the pros and cons of being an I do it yourself bride:
i-do-it-yourself - the perfect wedding
When you get married you have two options. Run screaming from the idea or consent in front of family and friends to lose all sense of joyful, hard-won liberty in the future. Just kidding... click here to read her full story from The Melbourne Age.

And if you'd like to share your DIY wedding story send us an email we'd love to hear from you.

Saturday, June 27

french fancies finale

I hope you enjoyed the french fancies theme. Share your thoughts, all feedback welcome, and a big thanks to those who have already contributed, keep it coming. Remember if you have a product or pictures to share - send it in we'd love to hear from you!

Coming next on 'i do' it yourself, we'll explain why I'm covered in glitter and getting out the Christmas decorations...

Sunday, June 21

tea cup cakes

tea cup cakes
Not many people it seems are game enough to make their own wedding cake. But here's an idea that's not only easy, it looks gorgeous too!

Start by scouring junk stores and antique shops for old china cups and saucers, don't worry about finding sets the more mismatched the better.

Now who can't whip up a batch or two of cupcakes? Just make enough so there is one for each guest plus some extras. The best bit is you can do this months in advance and freeze, so you don't have to worry about sweating over a hot oven the night before the wedding.

When you're ready decorate your cupcakes in the usual fashion, icing and sprinkles etc. Have a bit fun and use different food colourings and flavours, it all adds to the effect. Then with the addition of a little tissue paper for padding and some cupcake liners simply display your desserts in the china cups. Easy.

You can arrange them together in a big group or have one at every place setting. They can even double as cute favours or place names with the addition of a card - or if you're very tricky you could even ice the names on!

Friday, June 19

french fancies make sweet wedding gifts

Fancy some fabulous handmade gifts to add to your wedding registry? Check these out:

1. Beautiful canoe shaped bowl covered with a 1920s map of Paris.
US$125 from Bombus in London

2. Add a little oo la la to your room with this reproduction of a vintage French corset ad.
US$14 from Funcky Love Signs in New Orleans

3. Hand drawn and one of a kind, this huge cup and saucer with beautiful bird design will be something to treasure forever.
US$45 from Louche Lab in Brooklyn

4. Add a touch ofje ne se qua with this 'Love Paris' 10x8 fine art print
US$30 from Creative Monsoon in Sydney

5. Take a pretty old plate and a lovely old candlestick, put them together, and you have this fabulous floral serving stand.
US$16 from My Other Shop in Illinois

6. Hand painted beautiful bohemian ceramic coasters.
US$40 from Paris Chic Boutique in New York

7. A sweet pink and chocolate brown french memory board. A great way to get organised.
US$24.99 from Memories to You

8. Looking like delicious melted chocolate, this gorgeous wooden candle holder is all Australian made.
US$50 from Aussie Woodcraft in Sydney

9. This black and pink pinstripe glass bowl just oozes style.

Tuesday, June 16

FREE lolly bags label favours

Nothing says thank you like chocolate or lollies. Give a sweet treat to your wedding guests with yummy eadable favours. And to help we've created a FREE DIY lolly bag label!
It even comes in two gorgeous colours so you can mix and match, pretty pink and luscious lemon! And they are so simple to make:

1. Download and open up the lolly bag template pdf (you will need Adobe Acrobat.) Print it setting print scaling to none, and checking the box to auto-rotate and center. Use a fairly thick card paper, at least 200gsm.

2. Follow the crop marks, trim and fold your lolly bag labels to the correct size. Cut the bottom using decorative scissors.

3. Fill your bags with your chosen treats and staple the lollie bag lable to the top. Simple!

Sunday, June 14

french fancies - the cake

If you liked the idea of a french fancy inspired wedding from our mood board, check this out! The couple at this wedding obviously loved French Fancies so much they opted for this fabulous display rather than your traditional wedding cake. It looks amazing, I'm sure it tasted great, and I bet it was well within budget too!
This is the perfect excuse to start raiding junk stores collecting pretty vintage plates and bowls. Fill them with gorgeous little cupcakes and sweets and decorate with a scattering of fresh flowers.
Pic unknown.

Friday, June 12

pop-up placemats

Here's something a little bit different for your wedding table - pop up placemats. The delicate cut-out images come in a range of amazing designs from hearts to butterflies and look simply beautiful. You can even write your guest's name on the pop up section for a stylish place card.

From Publique Living San Francisco.

Available in Australia through the Donna Hay General Store, 40 Holsdworth St, Woollahra

Wednesday, June 3

french fancy - stationery

Adding a little Oo la la to your wedding day? Well how about starting things off with some se magnifique DIY wedding invitations? The lovely weathered pin stripe design also features a monogram on the back, we just couldn't decided between 'Mellow yellow' and 'In the pink' so comes in both!

How does it work?
1. Click the link to purchase the design via our online store. $35
2. Email the relevant wedding details
3. We custom the design with your infomation, names, dates etc and email you a file to check
4. Once you sign off we send the finished file ready for you to print, decorate and send! Easy!
CLICK HERE to visit our online store

As always our 'i do' it yourself stationery is very versatile. From the one file you can make
square, A5 or gatefold invitations and more. Your only limit is your imagination, so here are a few ideas to get you started:
Above we've used the gatefold style and finished it of with chocolate ribbon.

The DIY file in pink or yellow. (Other colour combos available on request)
All text can be changed to suite your wedding. And the back of the design can be personalised with your very own monogram.

This invitiation has been cut to A5 size

The square cut design.

Matching RSVPs

Monday, June 1

french fancies

The other day I was reminded of French Fancies. No, not something kinky from Paris, I'm talking about those delicious little cakes from Mr Kipling. I thought they would made a beautiful wedding colour scheme: pretty pale lemon and pink with a bit of naughty chocolate thrown in. Oo la la! Who fancies a French wedding?

If you want your wedding to be a sweet success how about a dessert buffet? What a fabulous idea could only be one of
Martha Stewarts; Mini fudge cakes in lemon and chocolate served with charming pink china, via Martha Stewart Weddings; Pink Zinnia bouquet wrapped with chocolate ribbon via Classy Ass Weddings; A chocolate bride and groom wedding topper! Via Martha Stewart Weddings; Bridesmaid dresses in pink and yellow from Harvey and Ella; A real French Fancie pic courtesy tod434 on flickr; A beautiful pink floral wreath with chocolate brown ribbon, unknown; Elegant yellow wedding cake via Martha Stewart Weddings; This stunning wedding dress in pink and yellow is from the 2009 Nouvelle Collection by Giovanna Sbiroli; Cute paper cupcake toppers from Milla Love; Beautiful pink pinstripe business cards from Max and Bella.

Colour Palette: Pink, yellow and brown

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