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The Big Sparkler Send Off!

October 23rd, 2012 by     

A few months back I did a post on the recent purchase of sparklers for our wedding, and now, I’m working on the little details that go with it!

I love the signage from this wedding, and the sparkler holders are so fun!

Photo: Every Last Detail

I started playing around with some of the fonts on Word to see what I like best.

I haven’t quite finished yet, but this just gives you an idea of what I’m going for.  Can’t wait to share pictures with you all of our sparkler exit, which will be happening in about 12 days!

Apple Blossom

DIY Paper Orchids

October 18th, 2012 by     

Hello Garden!  I wanted to share with you a really amazing little DIY that’s super easy and also looks great!  I came across these paper orchids on Ellinee, a beautiful paper and DIY blog that has tons of great ideas for all kinds of events.  All you have to do is print out the template they provide, cut out the pieces and hot glue them together with their easy instructions.  I made these orchids to go on top of my bridesmaids gifts.

They also come in a pretty pink color.  You could even use these in your wedding decor or for a bridal shower; pretty impressive for paper, don’t you think?

Paper Orchid Printable TemplatePhotos (from top to bottom): Ellinee

Apple Blossom

Custom Labels from the Wedding Chicks

September 28th, 2012 by     

This past weekend, I was working on some custom labels for the Chinese take out boxes that will be used for our candy bar at the wedding.  And thanks to the Wedding Chicks, I think I found the perfect logo!  Here it is:

I purchased some Avery round labels like these here.  They were $14.99, but there is a $7 rebate that you can complete online to get some of your money back.  It was super simple; I just downloaded Avery’s online template and adjusted the monogram onto it.

I had to move the circles around a tad bit to make them center, but other than that I had no problems.  Here’s the finished product: I love it!

The gals over at Wedding Chicks have some really cute designs to chose from, you can check them all out here.  I think these will add an extra special touch to our wedding day :)


Brooch Bouquets

September 17th, 2012 by     

Photo: Laura Focus Photography Design: 2Hands Studio

Will you be walking down the aisle with a non-floral bouquet? We love how this bouquet is filled with vintage heirlooms.

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Apple Blossom

DIY Favors: Cookies in a Jar

September 7th, 2012 by     

Hi Garden!  I wanted to share with you a little DIY I made for my bridal shower favors-cookies in a jar!  These goodies are fairly quick to assemble and make the cutest gift or favor for any gathering.

Here are the items you will need:

  1. Jars – I used these 32 oz mason jars from Hobby Lobby, which worked out perfectly!
  2. All-purpose flour
  3. Baking soda
  4. White sugar
  5. Semi-sweet chocolate chips
  6. Brown sugar
  7. Pretty ribbon of your choice
  8. Stock paper, in the color of your choice, to print out the directions to make the cookies.

There’s a few cookie in a jar recipes out there. I used Julia’s Best Ever Chocolate Cookies recipe.

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Daisy Bud

My Wordy Wedding Favors DIY!

August 31st, 2012 by     

I have been so excited for this particular DIY for SO LONG. Now that I’ve finally done it, I think it’s turned out well, but not how I expected. This is one of those DIY projects that went wrong, so I had to scrap it and start again. I think these favors are awesome, so there was no way I was going to give up. I am not going to give you the “pretty” version, because I think you should see all of the horror as it unfolds. All right, I’m exaggerating, but when something I’ve been so looking forward to doing doesn’t turn out, it makes me sad. I will say, I do like the way I changed it up, so in the end, everything went fine.

Here we go!

Materials: (These will change somewhat later, but the nuts and bolts are in the pic)

1) A myriad of scrabble letters (I got mine off of eBay, but they aren’t cheap! I recommend doing this DIY well before your wedding so you can spend cash here and there instead of all at once)

2) Cork Board (you can find this at any Staples, they should hopefully have rolls of it. I got mine for free from a friend)

3) Wood Stain (this is the variable that changes…I DO NOT recommend buying wood stain, you will see as this all unfolds but if you MUST stain, buy a VERY DARK color)

4) Polyurethane or Varnish

5) Wood Glue

6) X-Acto knife (or just a VERY sharp knife)

7) Brush (just have a bunch of brushes on hand really)

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Apple Blossom

Homemade Body Scrub for my Bridesmaids

August 24th, 2012 by     

For my bridal shower, I wanted to make a little something special for all my bridesmaids.  So, with the help of Cyd from The Sweetest Occasion and Rhiannon from Hey Gorgeous Events, I was able to create a pretty and unique little favor for the girls to take home and enjoy.  I made Lemon Sugar Body Scrub from Cyd’s recipe; it was so simple to make and smells yummy too!

Here’s the ingredients you will need:

  1. 3 cups of sugar
  2. 3/4 cup of olive oil
  3. Juice from one lemon
  4. Zest from two lemons
  5. 2 tablespoons of vanilla extract
  6. Jars (I used these from Hobby Lobby)
  7. Pretty ribbon

via The Sweetest Occasion

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Have a drink and find your seat

August 16th, 2012 by     

A wedding in June is typically going to be very warm so we knew we wanted a nice, refreshing touch when our guests came into our reception venue. Plus they needed to know what table they were sitting at. So why not combine the two? That’s exactly what we did. It took quite a bit of work but turned out to be one of the most talked about things of the night! Our guests had some delicious lemonade as they took their seats. Here is the finished product:

Photo credit: BH Photography

Didn’t they turn out cute?! Here are the steps that I took to make them:

1. Find bottles! I searched everywhere. Trust me. I ended up at a local wholesale glass shop and bought 200 Tabasco bottles. They were only a quarter a piece so it worked out perfect!
2. We worked out with our caterer to have them fill and place them for our guests (and we provided them with funnels to fill them since the opening on the top was a bit small!)
3. I found some fun straws on Etsy in any color you could pretty much want!
4. I went to Michaels and bought a paper puncher in the shape of that little scalloped circle along with plenty of coral colored card stock and some string.
5. The hardest part was punching out 200 of them, writing everyone’s name and table number, punching holes in them (we used nails), and stringing them on the bottles.

Any other fun seating ideas?!

Morning Glory Blossom

Just another piece of paper…

August 15th, 2012 by     

You all remember my invitation fiasco with my dad? Well, now I’ve got another piece of paper decision to make.

Originally I said that I wanted to do ceremony programs and have these pretty fans with our pictures on it since our ceremony would be outside in September. Well, in true “I’m not even engaged yet” fashion I didn’t realize how much these sort of things cost. The deal I had with my parents was that they would pay for the big things (a.k.a. catering, dress, invitations, etc) and if we wanted any details we had to pay for that stuff ourselves. Which, in all honesty is nothing compared to what they are shelling out for our wedding. I tried to spread my purchases out so I wasn’t trying to buy everything at once, which I have done pretty well with but this one last purchase is one I’m still debating.

With under 40 days to go, I just can’t decide if it’s worth wasting the paper on a program. Our ceremony will be less than 30 minutes long and is not in the church. I’ve been to three weddings already this summer and none of them had programs. Yes, I’ve saved money by finding people on Etsy to design me printable items that I can do myself. The only part I was really looking forward to was having my bridal party and our parents formally mentioned on the program. I haven’t mentioned this to my parents because I really don’t want to start a war over something trivial, so I’m hoping everyone will be so busy the day-of that no one will notice.

So, do you think programs are worth the extra money and paper?

Daisy Bud

Creating That “Wow” Moment

August 3rd, 2012 by     

So instead of real flowers, I have chosen to use paper flowers for the big day. My mom volunteered to make all the flowers for the event. She’s pretty much awesome. But until they came up for a visit, I had no idea what a huge undertaking these flowers would be! In previous posts I have tried many a time making my own flowers and failed miserably, so I pretty much chucked in the towel on that front, thus my mom taking on ceremony AND reception flowers for the wedding. How is she doing it? Very carefully.

The flower-making process has got to be the most involved and complicated DIY for our wedding, and also one of the most important. The start-up cost to make these flowers is pretty massive, so that is why my mom wished to contribute. On top of the start-up cost, the labor to just make ONE of these flowers is about an hour AND each flower is only a little bit bigger than a quarter (probably half-dollar size, although some are a little bigger).

When my awesome crafty mom traveled up here I asked her to bring some of her flower making materials because I was super stoked to try one or two and I really wanted to show you guys the intricacy that goes into these flowers. Ok, ok, I just wanted to brag about how INCREDIBLY AWESOME my mom is…

Here is what our work area looked like:

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