Thursday, December 31

happy new year


We can't believe not only is it the end of the year it's the end of the decade! We've got lots of exciting plans for 'i do' it yourself coming soon so keep watching this space. A huge thank you to everyone who contributed and commented, we've loved putting this blog together and hope you have enjoyed reading it. Have a fabulous new year everyone!!

This month we heart: this amazing photograph by Stephanie Williams just took our breath away. Get ready to party, photo via We Heart It. The beauty of Emici Bridal's work never ceases to amaze us - gorgeous bridal sash inspired by a lotus flowers.


Monday, December 28

real wedding: Kelly and Scott

Stunning yellow, feathered details and striking black damask print all came together for Kelly and Scotts gorgeous wedding. If you were still in need of a bit more convincing for this bold colour combination, then look no further. Beautifully photographed by Sean Loring Schofield the bride wore a fabulous dress of frills and feathered fascinator, with feathers in her bouquet even. While the bridesmaids looked amazing in simple black and white damask print dresses with bouquets of bright yellow roses.


Photographed by Sean Loring Schofield

Thursday, December 24

DIY stationery: cheeky magpie


Magpies love shiny objects, so we thought that made them the perfect choice to decorate a cute new invitation design. Great for engagment parties or weddings, with a beautiful illustration of a cheeky magpie holding a wedding ring in his beak. Cute! The pretty hessian background is even part of the file, no special paper required. Available in our online store along with matching products such as rsvps and place cards.

Tuesday, December 22

something borrowed: minty makeover


Here is a clever and inexpensive way to co-ordinate some after dinner mints or sweats into your wedding colour scheme. The hip hostess simply covered these mints in bright yellow tissue paper and finished them off with some pretty black and white polka dot ribbon. Easy!
See the tutorial on the Hip Hostess.


Saturday, December 19

Inviting ideas: petal envelopes

petal envelope

In recent months I've become a bit of a fan of the petal envelope, even using it for my own wedding invitations. It's a fantastic way to add that extra wow factor to your invites, and, it's really simple.


DIY project:

Start by selecting the size of your inserts, these will be square. Lets say you choose 145mm square. This could be a single folded card or a few loose inserts.

On a piece of thick card we are going to draw up a template. Start by drawing a square slightly bigger than your invitation, in this case 150mm. On each side of the square draw a semi circle with the same diameter. See photo 1.

Cut out your template and use this to draw up guides for cutting out your petal envelopes. You can use plane coloured card paper or something with a pretty design. Depending on the thickness of the paper you might even be able to save a bit of time and cut out a few at once.

Place your invitation in the center and the fold over each flap placing them under one under another. See photo 2 and 3.

Finish off by wrapping string, ribbon or lace around the envelope. See photo 4.

petal envelope steps

Friday, December 18

cheeky and cheerful deco


Mix the drama of black with the playfulness of yellow for a stunning effect.

Bright yellow flowers in black vases. Floral arrangement from Blooms By Martha. Add some sparkle with a gold damask table cloth. Pic via Smarty Bride.
Paper banners are so simple to make and yet so effective. Yellow paper flower garland US$18 from Panda With Cookie.

Yellow and black is sure to be a favourite with guests. Try a dessert bar with a gorgeous display of yellow and black chocolates, licorice mints and lemon cupcakes, by the utterly stylish Amy Atlas. Damask print boxes tied with yellow ribbon is a perfect combination, via Modern Proposal. Martini glasses filled with chocolates sit on monogramed coasters.

Black damask hand painted wedding toasting glasses US$22.5o for two from A Stroke of Jeanneius. Black and white seating cards beautifully displayed on a bright yellow table cloth, pic by Jessica Cho Photography.


Wednesday, December 16

DIY project: just married paper banner


It's just so easy to make this just married banner! Print them out, cut them out, and peg to a piece of string or ribbon for an instant and fun paper banner. We've put together these paper letters, available as a FREE download.
As an alternative you could keep them on A4 pieces of paper or glue them to new bits of card and thread the ribbon through holes punched into the paper. Have fun!



Saturday, December 12

12 days of an Aussie christmas


I'm so pleased people are using our products in creative ways. Check out what this talented Canberian did with our gum leaf table numbers - turned them into Aussie themed, twelve days of Christmas, gift tags. Brilliant!

Friday, December 11

DIY stationery: party time


Some more cheerful invitations added to our online shop, perfect for the party season. As part of our simply elegant range, all colours can be changed and it comes as a set with invitation, RSVP, thank you card and even table numbers. Sure to brighten someones day.

Thursday, December 10

wear the love


You might have noticed lately some 'love'ly t shirts appearing on our site. Well, we've been busy bees putting together some great designs for the bride and groom to be. From $30 each there are some great alternatives to the usual wedding tees, like this cute couple. Wear the love we say! Visit our store to see more.


Tuesday, December 8

always the bridesmaid... wattle and magpie

Striking or sunny? Black and yellow are fabulous options for bridesmaid dresses. Any colour will really pop against black and of course your bridesmaids will be sure to get plenty of use out of their dress later. Team a cute little black strapless cocktail dress, US$280 from Ouma, with a pretty white fascinator, US$65 from Twigs and Honey. Photo by Sarah Maren Photography.
Shine in sunny yellow. Gorgeous layered silk chiffon dress US$425 by Holly Stalder and beautiful bright cocktail hat US$40 from Coco Boudoir. Photo by Agnes Lopez Photography via The Knot.


Monday, December 7

simply elegant


Introducing... drum roll please... our new stationery range - simply elegant.
You might have noticed that on 'i do' it yourself we don't shy away from the daring and we love to splash the colour around. But we know thats not for everyone, so we have designed the simply elegant range for the more traditional bride. Beautiful designs that are simple and elegant. Available in your choice of colours and easy to print at home or take to a professional printer, like this classic black and white damask design. Invitations are available in classic A5 size and we'll be adding more designs to choose from each month so keep an eye on our online store.


Sunday, December 6

steal that style - wattle and magpie

It's your day to shine, so stand out in black and white or make a statement in striking yellow.

You don't have to be a gothic bride to pull off a black dress - elegant and beautiful black ruffled gown via Fashion Bride. Why let the bridesmaids have all the fun with colour? Turn heads in daring black and yellow - like this gorgeous gown from designer Zuhair Murad, via Fashion Bride. The simple addition of a black sash or accessories turns the ordinary into the extraordinary: Beautiful Maggie Sottero bridal gown with black Milana lace. Feathered black sash belt or brooch US$45 by Icing 101. Shine in divine yellow from J Mendel via Coco and Kelly. Or just add some amazing shoes likes these Loubotoutin heels!


Friday, December 4

wattle and magpie - scrapbook inspiration

Get out your sunglasses because we've got a bright and beautiful mood board that simply oozes glamour and style.

Credits: Yellow dress and black patent leather heals of one very brave and beautiful bride, via photosmashing. Stunning centerpieces of preserved hydrangeas, roses and billy balls in silver tumblers from Flores Del Sol. The cheeky Aussie magpie. Bouquets of yellow billy balls and ranunculus zing against black bridesmaid dresses via Lucky Me. A gorgeous bride with striking yellow roses, photography by Lilia. This cake is so amazing it would almost be a shame to eat it - almost, from The Party Dress. Beautiful black blossom applique necklace by Bonnie English. Cheerful yellow wattle. Sunshine feathered fascinator from Bridal Couture. Pretty black and ivory hair pin, two for $14 from Cultivar. Brighten up with yellow satin chair sashes via Brides.com


Thursday, December 3

Create your own mood board

You might have noticed that we LOVE mood boards on 'i do' it yourself. A lot of people have asked how we put them together and the answer is Photoshop. But this isn't going to be everyones cup of tea, it's a very expensive design program which can take a long time to master, and while Photoshop Elements might be more in budget and a good option for some - it still takes time to learn the ropes. So we've found some excellent online alternatives for putting together your very own wedding mood boards. They are great for nutting out ideas and getting a real sense of how you would like your wedding to look. But the best bit of all is they are free.


Polyvore Our top pick for where to start creating your on own online mood boards. It's fast, easy to use and fun. Plus there are hundreds of other users churning out a fantastic array of inspiration. You will need to register to start putting your ideas together, but once signed in there are huge number of images to work with and its quite easy to add more. It's a simple case of search, drag and drop. One of the best features of Polyvore is you can easily follow the links back to where the images came from, so if that was an online shop, you can click through to buy. Genius. www.polyvore.com



September wedding in Florida by RebeccaAH


Bridal Canvas Another option is Bridal Canvas. Working in a similar way to Polyvore you double click from a selection of thumbnails what you would like to appear on your mood board. Again you will need to register to get started. We did find this a little harder to use, more search functions would really help, it was tricky to find suitable images. Deleting items from our canvas didn't always seem to work and we lost the whole thing twice. But in saying that there are some good features and it is worth a look. You can add music to your moodboard which is a nice touch especially when sharing your wedding ideas with family and friends. www.bridalcanvas.com

If you have a mood board to share the check out our idoityourself flickr group and add your ideas.

Wednesday, December 2

cheeky and cheerful christmas


I can't believe it's almost the end of the year! December already, which means we've been putting together the 'i do' it yourself blog for over six months now. And we've gone from just a handful of readers a day to thousands a month. Thanks so much to everyone for helping make this happen.

Keep on sending your suggestions and feedback in, it's great to hear from you and find out what you'd like to see more or less of. By far the most popular topic so far has been our bush wedding in September, so with that in mind we have another Australian themed wedding for you. This month we're going to be combining the cheerfulness of the yellow wattle with the cheekiness of the black and white Aussie magpie. Throw in a lot of bling - because we all know magpies like pretty shiny things - and we've got a striking and beautiful colour combination.

Colour palette: Black, white and yellow

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