It might be bucketing it down with rain here in the UK (no change there, then) but it’s officially wedding season! Hurray!
I feel incredibly honoured to be asked to create Save The Date cards and wedding invites for our friends, Mille and Calum, who are tying the knot in just under 12 month’s time. Their Save The Dates have just been sent out to their prospective guests and I’m now in the process of crafting their invites.
The happy couple opted for a clean, white style with oh-so-now fonts and white ribbon embellishments – something a bit different for me as I’m usually a rustic, brown-card-and-garden-twine kinda girl but there’s nothing wrong with diversifying!
If you’re planning a wedding and want to incorporate some handmade touches into your big day, get in touch with me and we can discuss your requirements. I can also create pretty ‘Will You Be My Bridesmaid?‘ cards if you’re looking to pop that question to your besties soon.
Or perhaps you’re attending a wedding this summer and simply want a unique, handcrafted card to give to the bride and groom. Have a browse around my Etsy shop and see if anything takes your fancy. I’m also open to commissioned work so if there’s an idea floating around in your mind, tell me about it and I’ll see what I can do!
A customer in the USA recently got in touch with me via my shop to see if I’d be able to hand-punch two small boxes of wedding confetti made from the pages of 2 vintage Jane Austen novels; Northanger Abbey and Persuasion with baby pink and purple accents. I love helping brides-to-be with their with their wedding preparations so I jumped at the opportunity. Susannah was so pleased with the results, she left a lovely review on my Etsy page, which was really heartwarming.
…except that I don’t remember it all that well…
I’m still being sent photos and thinking ‘I have absolutely no recollection of posing for this’ – and most of said photos were taken before we’d got to the reception. It’s all such a blur!
However the bits I do remember were great fun and it was amazing to see my vision come to life. Guests got stuck into the fresh bread, paté and artisan cheeses from the picnic hampers and helped themselves to the hog roast, dressed salmon and salads. It was a very laid-back affair, exactly what we were aiming for.
I vaguely remember the first dance. We attempted some choreographed silliness to The Smiths’ This Charming Man which mainly consisted of me flamenco dancing (in bare feet – my shoes killed me) around Gavin. I still can’t bring myself to watch the video.
Anyway, here are a few of the day’s snaps, in no particular order. I’ll post more soon.
Photos courtesy of Momenterry and Firgrove photography
Finally the overall look and feel of our wedding reception is starting to take shape, thanks to my latest purple purchases and ‘crafternoons’ of hard graft!
Here are some of my latest buys and makes:
Who needs mega-expensive real flowers when you can fake it for less and display your creative side? Plus this won’t wilt or die the next day!
I love the purple gingham napkin and vintage luggage tag. Perfect for our picnic reception.
Beautiful fabric bunting. Set me back £40 for three 10meter rolls but they’ll last for years.
Rustic buttonhole flowers for the groomsmen.
Rustic bouquets for the two big bridesmaids (the two little ones will be carrying baskets filled with confetti).
As it’s now 2015, the year of our wedding (arrrrrgh!), I thought I’d better get a move on and send out our invites for the big day.
Being a designer/ general crafty person, paying someone else to produce them has always been out of the question. So after much traipsing around art shops and experimenting with various types of paper, I finally decided on the above design and I love it!
I bought the purple flowers from WH Smith and threaded garden twine from Paperchase through them then tied ‘the knot’. The holes we’re made with a heart shaped hole puncher from Fred Aldous and the brown card was from there too.
For the inner pages, I printed on some lovely rustic A5 paper from Paperchase and glued them in the spaces between the heart shaped holes, adding a spare heart from the hole puncher for a bit of texture.
They’re pretty easy to put together but believe me, after you’ve made 20 in one evening you’re going to sleep well.
Out shopping today, I found a gorgeous vintage-look suitcase for £9.99 in Home Sense and thought it could not only make a nice focal point at the entrance to our wedding reception venue, but also double as somewhere for guests to place their wedding cards.
To finish the look, I cut some black paper into triangles, spelt the word ‘cards’ with chalk and stuck them to some garden twine, which will (literally) tie in perfectly with all the other bits and bobs I’ve been creating for our DIY wedding. See earlier posts for more inspo!
If you’re planning a rustic wedding and fancy yourself as a DIY bride, like moi, then these burlap vases are a must-make!
They’ll look really cute on the tables at your reception, filled with fab floral delights or even twigs.
And they’re so easy to put together. All you need is:
• A few sheets of burlap 99p for two, theworks.co.uk
• Stick-on burlap flowers £1.99 for pack of four, theworks.co.uk
• Strong glue
• Garden twine
• Glass jars (washed, with labels peeled off)
Cut a length of burlap sheet and glue it around the middle of the jar. Once dry, take a flower and stick it to the burlap, making sure the burlap sheet’s join is on the opposite side.
Cut a length of twine and wrap around the neck of the jar a few times and then tie into a bow above the flower. Et voila! That’s really all there is to it!
Thinking of having a go yourself? Send me a photo of your rustic wedding creations and I’ll get them posted here on the blog!
Last night I got my crafty head on and decided to cut up my fiance’s worn out Hitchhiker’s Guide to The Galaxy book (with his permission) so I could make some cute bunting for our wedding.
Since we’re going for the rustic look and want to inject our personalities into the reception decor, this is absolutely perfect.
To make your own, cut a heart shape from cardboard and use this as a template. When you’ve found an old book, tear out two pages at a time, draw around your template then cut around it. You’ll have two hearts of exactly the same size – one heart needs to be glued under the string and the other heart on top. This way the string will be hidden between the hearts. Make sure all the hearts you stick on the string are the same width apart (I used the width of my hand to measure) et voila!
And the best part is, this cost me next to nothing to make!