Saturday, March 30

steal that style : jessie & elliot


If you loved the look of Jessie and Elliot's Portuguese destination wedding, here's how to get it:
  1. Keepsake map, customised with your colour choice, location, names and date. From 'i do' it yourself.
  2. Lavender Bouquet - the national flower of Portugal.
  3. Tandem bicycle fingerprint guest book from 'i do' it yourself
  4. Lace parasols to keep guests cool
  5. Lavender damask table runner from Simply Divine by JoAnn
  6. A donkey - sorry, we just had to show him again, he's too cute! Photo by Piteira Photography
Colour palette: sapphire and wisteria


Thursday, March 28

real wedding : jessie & elliot


We're so excited to finally share our inspiration for this whole months theme - the Portuguese destination wedding of Jessie and Elliot, shot by the wonderful Piteira Photography.

Set in the late afternoon sun in the beautiful vineyards of Quinta de Sant’Ana, 30minutes north of Lisbon, Jessie and Elliot's big day is a testament to just how amazing a wedding in Portugal can be.

Travelling from the US it was a big job to plan a wedding on the other side of the globe, but thanks to Jessie and Elliot's attention to detail, the day came together perfectly.

A colour palette of blues and purples worked beautifully with the surroundings of the vineyard, reception and nearby village were preparations took place earlier in the day.

The reception was simply decorated with a mix of purple and white flowers, such as hydrangeas, in an assortment of glass vases. All sitting on the most stunning purple floral table runner. During the evening guests left their mark on one of our tanden bicycle guest books, it's always so amazing to see where our designs end up!




Photography: Piteira Photography
Wedding planning: Something Borrowed

Monday, March 25

free easter printables & projects


The easter bunny is almost here so lets take a minute to look at some fabulous free printables and DIY projects to help you celebrate. Great for last minute gift and decoration ideas, these are a few of our favourites...

  1. Bunny ear cupcake toppers from creative monsoon
  2. Mr.Egg by Pilli Pilli
  3. Easter egg hunt sign from The Diary of DavesWife
  4. I said hip hop easter poster from SF Fontaholic
  5. Easter rabbit paper doll by Jennifer Bell (no not our Jennifer Bell  another one!) 
  6. Illustrated stickers from Mer Mag

Friday, March 22

painted portugal decor


Another trip to Portugal today for some more wedding inspiration, this time for your wedding reception decor. Here we have three very different, but very beautiful tablecloths, simple lace, striking deep blue or a pretty pattern.

Tile cake stand via pinterest, gold candelabra from Koch Originals. Gold cutlery from Home via Remodelista. Painted portugal table numbers from 'i do' it yourself. Navy blue table with white, coral and yellow via JL Designs. White tablescape with hydrangeas, peonies and a patterned table runner, by The McCartneys.

Tuesday, March 19

pinata cake


More yummy ideas today, we just had to share this brilliant pinata cake idea from A Subtle Revelry. But how do you get the sweets in there without them melting? Just bake two cakes, scoop out the middle, fill with treats, and put one on top of the other. Easy! This would be a super idea for easter too. Fill it with chocolates and decorate the outside to look like a giant egg.

Check out A Subtle Revelry for their full, beautiful tutorial.

Saturday, March 16

tile cakes

A few cookies and cakes inspired by Portugues and Spanish tiles today... yum!

Pics: Cookie Tiles from Whipped Bake Shop, cakes via The Knot and Rackley Photography


Wednesday, March 13

painted portugal


So here it is, our new printable wedding stationery range, inspired by the beautiful hand painted tiles of Portugal. The pattern is also reminiscent or Spain, Mexico or Morocco which makes it perfect for just about any destination or exotic themed wedding.
Here we have used sapphire, wisteria, coral and saffron shades. We loved the way swapping the same colours around created a gorgeous new look so you can mix and match.

Pack your bags and prepare to be transported to a far off land with this very pretty wedding stationery available from the 'i do' it yourself shop.




Monday, March 11

trends : sexy back

Claire Pettibone Spring 2013

We've been doing a little trend spotting in the 'i do' it yourself office and today we've got a gorgeous one. We're seeing more and more cutaway and ornate backs on wedding gowns. And why not? The back of your dress deserves just as much attention as the front. When you think about it, it's the view most of your guests will have. Here are a few of our favourite finds...

From the top: Tadashi Shoji sheer back dress via Dress Safari, Two gowns by Filipino designer Veluz Reyez, 2012 Marchesa Collection by designers Georgina Chapman and Keren Craig via imgur, Zuhair Murad Couture Sprint Collection 2013 via Style Bistro

The cute little love heart cut out is becoming increasingly popular, and it's something we think we'll see more of. 

Grace Love Lace, via Love it so Much, Charlotte Bridal gown via Beloved Weddings





Wednesday, March 6


We love the start of a new month at 'i do' it yourself. If you're a regular visitor you probably know each month we run a different wedding theme on the blog. This month is particularly exciting because we are designing a completely new wedding stationery range inspired by this months theme - painted portugal. Above is our inspiration for the set, can't wait to get started. So pack your bags and prepare to be transported to the very pretty Portugal.

Credits: Calligraphy on spanish tiles via WeddingBee, painted plate via ebay, Portugal photo via Jet Fete, bohemian inspired lace shot by Jessica Bosse.

Cream narcissus and white clematis bouquet via Martha Stewart, plate wallpaper via Decor8, tiles via Picssr, groom in cream suit via Wedding Bells, Portuguese wedding table setting via 100 Layer Cake and gold cutlery from Home via Remodelista.

Palette: sapphire, wisteria, coral and saffron

Saturday, March 2

sneak peek



Here is a little sneak peek at what's coming up this month on the 'i do' it yourself blog. Can you guess what this months theme will be?


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