Monday, December 31

the trends of 2012

Happy New Year everyone! We hope you've had a good one. Lets finish this year off with a look back at some of 2012s top wedding trends and a few picks for 2013. 

Ombré was huge in the wedding industry this year, especially in flowers and cakes. Although tipped to fade a little in 2013 it's romantic shades are sure to keep it on many brides wish list for a while to come. (Turquoise ribbons ombre cake by Bobbette and Belle.)

Photobooths were as big as ever, do it yourself or call in a professional, just have a plentiful supply of silly props to hand. (24 printable photobooth prop signs from i do it yourself  pic from Hot Metal Studio)

Weddings went chalkboard crazy in 2012, faux and the real things in everything from invites to decorations. Chalk this one up as a trend we'll see gaining even more popularity next year. (Faux chalkboard seating plan from i do it yourself  by Rhys Albrecht)

Bold prints and graphic shapes were seen all over the place in 2012 and it's a trend I think we'll see carried into 2013. Chevron was a favourite choice for many brides and bright pops of neon colour have been especially popular in stationery products. (Chevron and neon tribal invitations from i do it yourself)

Probably the worst wedding trend of 2012 though was the fake death proposal. People popped the question by pretending to fall off buildings and even die in plane crashes! Check out this guys proposal on you tube who set up a whole scene involving the police.

So what's looking hot for 2013? Vintage styling is as popular as ever - look for more 1920s glamour inspired by the release of the Great Gatsby movie. And for something completely different, rustic camping themed weddings are doing the rounds.

Food trucks are rolling on into receptions and serving up everything from burgers to cookies and ice-cream. A fun alternative to the dessert bar which has been a wedding must have for the past few years, and even as a complete alternative to a sit down dinner.
Green is always a fashionable favourite at weddings and with Pantone's pick of emerald as their colour of the year we'll see more of it creeping into palettes. Our pick is to team it with fresh tones of tiffany and cream. And finally, colour for wedding dresses and cakes. Jessica Biel's pretty blush gown is already inspiring brides to be and eye popping cake design is, well, popping up everywhere.

What's your pick for 2013?

Saturday, December 22

emerald christmas wrapping

Pic via Oh So Beautiful Paper
As the end of the world was scheduled for yesterday we hadn't bothered blogging, but seeing that we're all still here we'd better come up with something! So how about some gorgeous green wrapping inspiration with a few zig zag chevrons - who doesn't love being on trend at christmas?

Southern Living, Anthropology, Stagetecture.

Wednesday, December 19

santa wine bottles

How adorable are these little santa heads, the perfect way to jazz up a simple gift of wine this Christmas. Felt hats, some cushion stuffing for little beards and a wooden button for the nose. Pic via Garnet Hill.

Friday, December 14

new diary dates

We've added something new to the i do it yourself shop this week. These super cute wedding diary dates. An essential set of printable stickers to help organise and plan your wedding in style.

There are plenty of beautiful designs to help you keep track of appointments and deadlines as you plan your big day. Using vintage graphics in fresh and vibrant colours including emerald green. Print them out onto normal or sticker paper, then punch or cut out and stick onto your calendar or diary.

Available from the i do it yourself shop.

Wednesday, December 12

free printable labels

In our pick of 2013s hottest shades of emerald, tiffany and fresh green, we have a free download of lovely labels. Use them for just about anything - favours, decorations, place settings, just get creative! Available for download from the 'i do' it yourself websites freebies section.

Monday, December 10

pantones pick for 2013 : emerald

The pantone colour gurus have done it again and released their pick for the 2013 colour of the year - emerald. We think this gorgeous shade of green, which we call jungle, shines best with tones of tiffany, fresh green and cream. Team it with on trend graphic shapes like the chevron pattern for a fun and fabulous look.

Credits: Pantones colour of the year Emerald. Stunning white and green chevron stripe cake by Sweet Sensations. Shades of green and blue tablescape via Martha Stewart. Green chevron washi tape  from Back to Zero. Party dress from BHLDN.

Drinks from Martha Stewart. Edible emerald cake decoration butterflies from Uniqdots. Aqua and emerald fiesta garlands via Design Sponge. Emerald bridesmaid unknown. Chevron wedding invitation by 'i do' it yourself.

Colour Palette: Jungle (Emerald) Green, Tiffany, Fresh and Cream

Saturday, December 8


We've had a nice early Christmas pressie at the i do it yourself office, being featured in a couple of great mags the past few weeks. Bride to Be did a lovely full page using one of our classic fingerprint guest book trees and Cosmo Pregnancy featured our keepsake map as a cute gift idea for a new baby. Thanks guys.

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