Friday, August 15

♥ ♥ ♥ EXOTIC travel ♥ ♥ ♥

This month our theme is exotic destinations. Whether you're heading to Hawaii, jetting off to Jamaica or just staying close to home for the big day - be inspired by rich colours and culture.

Credits: Tropical bouquet and gorgeous gold sequin  gown by Rachel Gilbert, photo by Lara Hotz Photography for Hitched Magazine. Colourful table scape by David Michael Photography, moroccan lantern. Lavish purple, pink and saffron party by Andrena Photography, gold vase by Shalyn Nelson via Wedding Chicks. Magnolia chandelier via SpecialEvents. Gold spray painted pineapple by Spray paint & Chaardonnay. Exotic travel wedding boarding pass invitation by 'i do' it yourself. Exotic bridal shower layout via Getting Married to Each Other, Again
Colour Palette: purple, berry jam and saffron. 

GET the look...

Mix vibrant shades of pinks, oranges and purples with a dash of gold for that extra glitz.
1. Large vintage brass pineapple trinket box $201 from Porch and Parlor 2. Exotic travel wedding program fan from 'i do' it yourself 3. Sculptural Geo Bright dress $303 from Erin Elsie 4. Sari Cuff Bracelet $50 from Maiko Girl 5. Bright Floral Crown Headband $55 from Gypsy Vintage 6. Faux Taxidermy Elephant in pink resin with gold glitter tusks $127 from White Faux Taxidermy 7. Moroccan Sun Tassel Garland from $32 from Paper Fox LA

PRINTABLE wedding stationery...

One of the best things about designing 'printable' wedding stationery is that we get to work with couples from all over the world. In fact the flexibility in being able to send a design to just about anywhere in minutes is one of the reasons we established I do it yourself back in 2009. Over the years we've worked with brides and grooms from just down the road to the other side of the globe. From all sorts of cultural backgrounds, getting married in their own backyard or jetting off overseas. This diversity is what inspired our exotic travel range. Whether you're planning a destination wedding or simply inspired by the vibrancy and richness of a far off land - the exotic travel range is for you.

Party like a pineapple with this super cute tropical bridal shower invitation, or remember your big day with a gorgeous elephant fingerprint guest book.

DIY project...

Adding the Midas touch to wedding decorations can be as simple as a can of spray paint - instant opulence and glamour. Why not get tropical with gilded fruit for centrepieces of place settings? There are a couple of ways to go about it... 

Simply Rosi
• Esslack
Spray paint. Pick a long lasting fruit like a pineapple and spray with standard gold spray paint.
Edible Spray Paint. Yes you read that right, edible. German company Esslack makes a gold spray paint that is actually edible and they aren't the only ones
Edible Gold. Used in cake decorating, there is gold leaf, gold icing and gold glitter. Pretty shiny yum yum yum.

FREE download...

They say elephants never forget, so that makes them the perfect creature to illustrate a guest book sign right? Download this free sign to point out your guest book from the 'i do' it yourself FREEBIES section.

DIY project...

Marigolds are an important symbol of Mexican Dia de los Muertos and the flower has been used for centuries in Indian weddings. Colourful marigold garlands are a great decoration for parties and weddings.

Devika Narain
• For how to make a marigold chain using the real thing head over to Refinery29 and see L.A. in Blooms' step by step.
• Earlier this month we featured a beautiful crepe paper version on Oh Happy Day
• For a great step by step paper version see The Hunrgy Texan, then let your imagination go wild threading different colour combinations together!
• For something a little different, check out Sugarbelle's instructions for icing your very own marigold cookies!


REAL wedding

Be inspired by Praema and Paul's eclectic mix of Hindu traditions, African drumming, Japanese parasols and a Western vintage vibe

Images by Peter Edwards Photography 

STEAL that style 

If you love the look of Praema and Paul's eclectic wedding, here's how to get it...

1. Elephant and Entwined Fingerprint Guest book trees from 'i do' it yourself 2. Pink djembe drum US$240 from The Drumworks 3. Kelsey gown by Maggie Sottero 4. Custom bobble head cake topper from Honey Meng 5. White paper parasol from Pink Frosting 6. Resin Elephant Head $34 from White Faux Taxidermy

VENUE spotlight

Mulberry on Swan, Western Australia
You don't have to travel to the other side of the globe for a wonderful wedding spot. Praema and Paul's venue was located in the picturesque Swan Valley, Mulberry on Swan, just twenty minutes drive from Perth. There are four function rooms including the beautiful 'Cellar' great for smaller wedding receptions looking out over the vineyards, and the 'Mulberry Room' with stunning views of the Swan River. Plus the gorgeous gardens for ceremonies and photo ops. Packages start from $85.00 per person

Pics via Mulberry on Swan

TOP tip

No hassle tassel decorations
A quick and easy way to jazz up stationery is with the addition of a tassel. You can pick these up from craft shops in a huge variety of colours and quite cheaply. Just punch a hole and thread your tassel through. Perfect for luggage tag save the dates like below.


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