Saturday, March 31

march wrap up

This month we asked our blog readers which 2012 trend was set to be their favourite, and watercolour and ombre effects was a clear winner. For some ombre inspiration check out our Novembers blog posts, and we'll be sure to bring you more ideas in the coming months.

So what's been happening on 'i do' it yourself this month? Well, we launched a stack of new designs including loads of wedding menu cards. Here are a few of our latest invitation designs:

Burlap and Lace Invitation

Top Hat Invite - great for a birthday or a bachelor party

And with Easter just around the corner:
Bunny Ears Invitation
Jumping Bunny Invite

Thursday, March 29

real wedding: Laryssa and Sharyn

We are coming to the end of the month so we're wrapping up our pretty peacock party theme. Earlier this month we showed you Keri and Tanner's elegant and classic peacock wedding. Today we have the second gorgeous event to share, Laryssa and Sharyn's beautiful outdoor country wedding shot by De Nueva Photography.

The setting was calendar house, an historic farmhouse in NY state surrounded by acres of orchards and farmland. Laryssa and Sharyn chose a peacock theme for their day, with plenty of beautiful blue and turquoise shades.

White table clothes were given a rustic touch with the addition of hessian fabric squares in the centre and pretty birch vases filled with wildflowers. A scattering of sparkly blue and green sequins added that hint of peacock glamour.

Laryssa's Ukrainian heritage was celebrated with the custom of a candle lighting and shared bread and wine before the reception. The girls wore the most beautiful floral and ribbon head pieces for this part and shared a bread called Korovai, which is traditionally severed instead of a wedding cake. It looked fabulous decorated with ribbons, but sweet tooth's didn't miss out with a delicious cake being served later too.

Laryssa and Sharyn asked all their guests sign their ketubah by adding a fingerprint to the custom peacock designed by 'i do' it yourself. A lovely way to involve guests in what was a truly beautiful wedding day.

Tuesday, March 27

fingerprint peacock guest book

You might have come across fingerprint guest books before, usually they are trees and the fingerprints form the leaves. But we've got a really beautiful alternative - the peacock. In this design guests leave their print inside a feather, or they can just sign. They look fabulous filled in with different colours. Here are a few finished results.

Pics: Patrick Remington Photography, customer pic, Bear and Penguim Photography, De Nueva Photography
Fingerprint peacock guest books are available from the 'i do' it yourself shop

Sunday, March 25

peacock cakes

Via Poppytalk

Here are a few more peacock cakes to inspire. And if you're feeling extra clever, Decorate The Cake has a step by step for making the most amazing pearl peacock cake!

Betty Crocker RecipesPinterest, Wedding Via Color, Anna Elizabeth Cakes
Decorate The Cake

Friday, March 23

DIY project: peacock cupcakes

Here's a super cute idea for a peacock party. Ok so this example from No Ordinary Cake is particularly spectacular and took a very long time to make. But you can still make sweet little peacock cupcakes that look great.
Pipe some bright blue and green buttercream using a star icing tip onto your cupcakes, then make the head and necks from blue fondant. Add a dot of white icing for the eyes to finish.

Pics: Ya Sweet Escape and Cutest Food

Tuesday, March 20

real peacock feather alternatives

Pic: Suziqb flickr

Last week we looked at ethically sourced peacock feathers. So if you're coming up short on the real thing here are a few alternatives to think about.

Synthetic feathers can be a bit, well, synthetic. But in the right place they can add some sparkle. Ostrich feathers that have been dyed bright peacock colours can bulk out floral displays. And there is of course always fabric, this lovely embroidered ring pillow from Comfy Heaven is simple but sweet. And how about this adorable handmade peacock with buttons, via Whitney's Whimsies.

Sunday, March 18

peacock ombré

In this month poll we're asking you to vote on your favourite wedding trend for 2012, and the watercolour ombre effect is doing pretty good. So we thought we'd share this lovely idea for a table decoration from Full House. A very simple idea, circles punched out from various shades of card stock, but so effective.

Friday, March 16

ethically sourced peacock feathers

Pic via pinterest

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.

Wednesday, March 14

peacock bouquets

If you loved the look of Kerri's peacock feather bouquet (last post) then here are a few more inspriational ideas, from the colourful to the subtle.

Credits: Jenny Marie Photography, Belle the Magazine, Jesi Hack WeddingsBelle the Magazine, Justin Marantz 

Monday, March 12

real wedding: Keri and Tanner

Today we have the first of two beautiful, but very different, peacock themed weddings to share. Keri and Tanner's wedding is classic, simple and elegant. Bold peacock blue bridesmaid dresses and a few elegant peacock feathers in the bridal bouquet and floral decorations. Proving that you don't have to go overboard to add a bit of peacock glamour to your day.

Keri and Tanner followed a wedding tradition growing in popularity - the grooms cake. While the wedding cake was beautifully decorated with orchids and peacock feathers, the grooms cake was playstation complete with edible game controller!

Guests danced the night away under plenty of pretty fairy lights and left their mark by leaving a fingerprint and signing the large peacock guestbook print from 'i do' it yourself. So great to see these brought to life and at such a lovely wedding. Thanks Keri and Tanner, and a big thanks to Patrick Remington Photography.

Saturday, March 10

vintage peacock stationery

A beautiful vintage peacock illustration adorns this gorgeous wedding invitation, and pretty peacock feather for the matching rsvp. One of our latest designs now available in the 'i do' it yourself shop.

With pretty fonts and an aged paper effect which is even part of the file - no special paper required. You can create this amazing invite from your own home computer with a printable file. Don't think your home printers up to the task? No problem, just take the file to your local professional printer.

And dont forget you can also change the wording to use for something other than a wedding. Customers often use our invitations for birthday parties and anniversaries for example.

Tuesday, March 6

DIY peacock feather boutonniere

The boys don't have to miss out on the peacock feathers! This DIY boutonniere looks fabulous, and there is a quick step by step to follow on the Bride and Chic blog to make them.

Sunday, March 4

peacock feather hair accessories

Whether you're planning a peacock themed wedding or not you might have still considered peacock feather hair accessories. There are plenty of great sellers with beautiful feather fascinators and pretty hairs clip, like Astrid Crafts above.

If you'd like to try making your own, a headband is a good place to start. Colorado Mama Chic has a great step by step to guide you through the process. All you need is felt backing, a black headband, scissors, a glue gun and of course some peacock feathers.

Friday, March 2

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.

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