Thursday, September 29

steal that style

If you loved the look of Eric and Bathany's beautiful floral wedding, heres how to get it. With a yummy spring colour palette of pear, grass, candy and crimson.
  1. Vintage fat quarter fabric - reclaimed cotton with pink, maroon and green floral pattern, £1.80 from Raven and Matilda.
  2. Birdcage Blusher Veil - with spring green floral and feathered fascinator and rhinestones. $79.99 from KMD Creations.
  3. Cream rose necklace - double stranded with vintage glass jewel, $42 from Lauren Blythe Designs
  4. Potted succulents starting at $2 from your local market or garden shop.
  5. 'I do' Rhinestone Applique - something blue for your shoe! Complete with keepsake card and instructions, $10 from Mon Amour Boutique.
  6. Tree of Love - fingerprint guest book tree printable file, $20 from 'i do' it yourself

Tuesday, September 27

real wedding: Eric and Bethany

A beautiful spring wedding all the way from Indianapolis to brighten your day. Full of colour and pretty floral details, with a colour palette of juicy green and yellow with bold reds and pinks.

It was truly a DIY family affair, with the grooms mother making not only the wedding dress but the flowers and food too! She even made the beautiful floral tablecloths which provided a gorgeous backdrop for the cake and escort cards.

DIY bride Bethany made her own stationery and sourced many handmade items on etsy, including our fingerprint guest book tree.

Photographed by Magelaine Images.

Sunday, September 25

rose cakes

Some wedding cake eye candy for you this morning. These amazing creations with rose motifs are from Peggy Proschen. At the top, a Cath Kidston inspired design with a mix of round and square tiers, polka dots and pinstripes. Bottom, the rose pattern was made using a special sugar craft technique called brush-embroidery. A simple step by step guide to this can be found on Bake, Decorate, Celebrate! 

For those lucky enough to live in London, you can enrol in the Peggy Porschen Academy or just pick up a copy of her beautiful book 'Romantic Cakes'

Friday, September 23

steal that style: rose chair covers

Pic via Preston Bailey
How about this pretty alternative to the usual fabric sash chair decorations? Giant fabric roses. Of course making hundreds of these for a big wedding might be out of the question but it would be a lovely way to distinguish the bridal table.

How to
Step 1. First you'll need to make chair caps. Make sure you know the measurements of the chairs you'll be using, the width, the sides, and the length you want the cap to be.
Step 2. Make a paper pattern of the cap dimensions plus 2.5cm seam allowance; you can trim this back later. Cut it out and pin it to a piece of fabric which you will have folded in half wrong side facing up. The fold will be the top of your chair cap.
Step 3. Sew down the two sides, tidy the bottom up with a hem and trim raw edges.

Pretty straight forward if you know your way around a sewing machine. The next bit is the fun part, making some giant fabric roses.

Step 4. Cut a very long strip about 20 x 200cm from the same fabric as the chair caps; then sew a small hem along one side. (If the material you are using for your cap is quite heavy, you may have to choose a lighter weight for your rose)
Step 5. Take the strip and, with the wrong side of the fabric facing you, start by pinning it into position on the back (right side facing) of your cap; making sure you are pinning the raw edge of your fabric strip and not the hemmed edge. Start in the centre and gradually work outwards in a tight spiral, pinning it as you go. Continue pinning and spiralling outward - you can always add extra to your strip should you run out. 
Step 6. Once your rose is finished and you are happy with the result, you can choose to either sew it by hand or by machine. Whichever you choose you may find it easier to sew the centre by hand.

Wednesday, September 21

the print collection

It was love at first sight when these gorgeous new limited edition scents from Stella McCartney arrived in the 'i do' it yourself office. Inspired by her latest catwalk collection, the beautiful bottle design is perfect to keep as a pretty reminder of your big day, long after the lovely fragrance has gone.

Stella The Print Collection (30ml), $82 each

Tuesday, September 20

in full bloom

This pretty wedding invitation is in full bloom with a chintzy rose design in shades of crimson, buttercup and rosebud with a soft grey background. A little bit retro and perfect for a garden wedding.

Go with the colours shown or select your own shades from the huge range of available options! You can create this amazing invite from your own home printer with a printable file from 'i do' it yourself. Don't think your home printers up to the task? No problem, just take the file to a professional print shop. Easy.

Available from the 'i do' it yourself online shop.

Monday, September 19

floral seating chart

These pretty ideas for floral seating charts are perfect for a spring wedding, and relatively simple to make. Just wrap some lovely floral fabric round an existing board, spay glue will be handy for keeping it smooth. Then as in the first two pictures, wrap some twine around to peg the seating arragements to. Easy. Alternatively you could wrap your fabric around a pin board, and we love the example using real roses!

Pics: This table plan was made using a shabby chic cream frame, vintage style floral fabric and hand written luggage tags by Michelle Gledhill. A Cath Kidston inspired table plan, via Flickr. Vintage style fabric seating chart with names stuck on, by Elemental Weddings. Handmade pink rose table plan by Aimee Dunne.   

Saturday, September 17

something new: sweet rose invitation

This simple and chic invitation with pretty rose design is perfect for garden events, or just to add a touch of romance. Shown here in rose bud pink with white and berry jam wording - or pick your own colours from our huge selection.

Supplied as a print ready computer file. Just print at home, trim and decorate. Don't think your home printers up to the task? No problem, you can just take our file to a local printer or just upload to online print shop.

Now available in the 'i do' it yourself shop.

spring flowers

Spring is here! So lets take a quick look at the in season flowers available to Aussie brides:

Anenome, Arum Lily, Azalea, Baby's Breath, Blossom, Blue Bells, Sim Carnation, Pixie Carnation, Calendula, Camellia, Cornflowers, Daffodil, Delphinium, Daisies, Forget me not, Foxgloves, Freesia, Gardenia, Garden Roses, Heather, Hyacinth, Iris, Jasmine, Lavender, Lilac, Love in the Mist, Misty Blue, Muscari, Australian Natives, Phaly Orchid, Tropical Orchids, Peony Rose, Poppy, Queen Annes Lace, Ranunculus, Rhododendron, Snapdragon, Stephanotis, Stock, Sweet Pea, Sweet William, Tulip, Wall Flower, Viburnum. Arum Lily, Lily of the Valley, November Lily, Oriental Lily, Tiger Lily

Susan Avery of Susan Avery Flowers Woollahra says texture is big with brides right now. Using mixtures of very different blooms and leaves to create more depth.

Pic from J.Crew Spring 2010

Thursday, September 15

sneak peek: the victoria room tea salon

Girls, keep an eye out next month for the opening of a fabulous new venue - The Victoria Room Tea Salon, right in the heart of Sydney's CBD. The perfect location for a sophisticated bridal shower. Nothing beats a spot of retail therapy followed by champagne and nibbles.

We can't wait for the speciality scone menu featuring ten mouth-watering varieties including, lemon, pistachio & currant; white chocolate & cranberry; and lavender!

The Victoria Room Tea Salon is located in Westfield Sydney, on the Designer Gallery (Level 4), Centre of Pitt Street Mall and Market Street. It will be open seven days a week during Westfield’s trading hours from October 17th.

Tuesday, September 13

floral bridesmaid dresses

At some point we've all looked at our parents wedding album and had a good laugh - and maybe a twinge of sympathy for the bridesmaids. All dressed in the same unflattering styles and shades, regardless of body shape.

The tradition of matching bridesmaid, and groomsmen, is thought to have originated in Ancient Rome.  Witnesses to a wedding would wear identical clothing to the bride and groom in an attempt to outwit any evil spirits in attendance. That way they wouldn't know which couple was the one getting married and wouldn't be able to curse them.

No more curses for the modern bridesmaid. The days of matchy matchy dresses are on their way out and we've seen a fun new trend to mix it up. These beautiful floral combinations should give you a few great ideas for a pretty spring wedding.

Pics: unknown, via we heart it, via Once Wed, by Green Apple Photography

Sunday, September 11

DIY beauty: floral nails

Pic via We Heart It
Inspired by the pretty floral patterns of Cath Kidston designs, this is a really cute look for spring brides. And its surprisingly easy to do yourself, all you will need are a few different nail polish colours, a topcoat and a thin brush to apply.
There are some great video tutorials you can check out here and here.

Friday, September 9

in full bloom

in full bloom inspiration board
Well it is spring after all. And whats spring without florals... lots of florals! This month is in full bloom with chintzy roses and plenty of pretty colours - buttercup, crimson, spring and rose.

Beautiful floral wedding dress by Stella de Libero. Chintz bunting and vintage plates. Champagne glasses stacked on a pretty pink table via Utterly Engaged, photo by Bonnie Tsang. Colourful paper lanterns and pompoms decorate the ceiling, via Style me Pretty, photo by The Nichols. A wedding cake decorated with hand painted roses, by Amelie's House. Simple vases of flowers via Oh So Beautiful Paper. Paisley Rose vase from Fringe Studio.

Tuesday, September 6

something new: peacock guest book

peacock guest book peacock guest book
We've got a beautiful new design to share today. Our new peacock guest book makes an elegant and amazing statement.

As with the fingerprint guest book trees, just have different shaded ink pads available on the day for guests to leave their print, or simply ask them to sign within each feather! Shown here in pretty tiffany blue or you can pick your own colours from our options.

Now available from i do it yourself

Sunday, September 4

pink ribbon day

Next month is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and Pink Ribbon Day on Monday, 25th October. So if you are planning an October wedding why not add a splash of pink? Charity donations on behalf of your guests make really special wedding favours, add a donation box to your decor or simply spoil your bridesmaid with a lovely thank you gift like this super cute keyring with three mini lip glosses. $35 by Clinique with $5 per product going to the National Breast Cancer Awareness foundation.
If you live in America be sure to check out Brides Against Breast Cancer, and donate your old wedding dress to a great cause!

Friday, September 2

Spring has finally sprung so here are some fresh ideas to get you DIYing for the big day.

  1. Make it stick with the Xyron Quick Sticker Maker. The easy way to apply permanent and repositionable adhesive to items up to 1.5" wide, great for little wedding project. It doesn't use any heat, electricity or batteries, you simply place your item in the feeder and turn the handle or pull to apply the adhesive. 
  2. Doily Petals edge puncher from EK Success. Turn paper into beautiful three dimensional flowers with this pretty punch. There are four different designs to choose from - doily, carnation, dahlia and gerber petals. 
  3. Finally a paper punch that doesn't have to be positioned on the edge of the page! The new Everywhere Window Punches from Fiskars allow you to create a window anywhere - even right in the middle. In four shapes, square, circle, scalloped square and scalloped circle. Check out Fiskars great gift box tutorial that would be perfect adapted to wedding goodie bags.
  4. Ditch the chalk and grab yourself a chalk pen from Chalk Ink! Brighter and easier to fix mistakes than ordinary chalk, there are even waterproof outdoor pens! 
  5. Rather than trying to hide the glue, let is shine and sparkle with glittered hot glue gun refills from Imaginisce. Sold in packs of 24 and available in a variety of colours. 

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