Wedding Ideas

April 23

How To: DIY Wedding Invitation Ribbons

We’re very excited to add another elegant DIY dimension to Wedding Paper Divas—ribbons! Since you’re preparing to tie the knot, why not literally tie them around your wedding invitations, favors and gifts—oh my.

Mr. & Mrs. Wedding Invitations

These lovely DIY Wedding Invitation Ribbons are satin and come in two sizes—thick (1 ½ inches) and thin (3/8 inch)—and a luscious array of 24 colors.

Wedding Ribbons in 24 different colors

Whether you’re inspired to create a bold accent or more of a refined embellishment, our ribbons will add a lush layer to your wedding theme. They make a charming statement, go the extra mile, a decadent piѐce de résistance, if you will.

Wedding Ribbons for your DIY Wedding Invitations

Now that you’ve been introduced to ribbons, stay tuned for future DIY posts on how to incorporate this graceful style with your big day. The possibilities are sophisticated, romantic and oh so je ne sais quoi.

See more Ribbon DIY: How-To: 4 Fabulous Ribbon DIYs for Wedding Invitations

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March 27

DIY Boutineers for Groomsmen and More

Flowers can cost a pretty penny when you’re planning a wedding, but don’t worry—we’ve got the inside scoop on how to create some chic floral looks all your own. We’ve featured a DIY bouquet before, but today we have something for the fellas: DIY boutineers made from fresh flowers and other craft materials.

Here’s how it’s done (it’s easier than you think!):

Floral Boutineer Supplies

  • Flowers of your choice (leaves help!)
  • Green floral tape
  • Pins (we prefer these easy-to-close pins over straight pins—which tend to prick you and are a generally a pain!)

Step One: Prep Your Flowers

Select a single bloom and frame it with leaves, baby’s breath or other filler. When it looks lovely, wrap the floral tape around the stem to hold it all together and cover the base of the stems.

Step Two: Create Backing and Add Pin

Use cardstock to create a backing for the boutineer, then affix the cardstock to the pin on one side and the stem of the flower or leaves on the other. Obviously the organic material will start to wilt when you do this, so it has to be done right before the ceremony to prevent drooping foliage.

Step Three: Wear and Enjoy!

Pin them onto the groomsmen’s lapels for a lovely, easy, DIY look.

Fabric Boutineer Supplies

  • Strips of coordinating material
  • Faux flowers or other details
  • Pins (once again, we prefer easy-to-close pins for this craft)

Step One: Cut and Layer Strips of Fabric

Cut the material into evenly sized strips, then start to layer them in a star or asterisk shape and hot glue each layer together.

Step Two: Add Decorative Touches and a Pin

Add a decorative item like a fabric flower or other little detail to the center of the asterisk shape, then glue a pin to the back.

Step Three: Wear and Enjoy!

These boutineers are particularly great if you’re looking for something to make ahead of time, of if you want it to be a keepsake. They’ll last much longer than fresh flowers!

If you try this craft idea yourself, or if you have any DIY ideas to share, send your photos to blog@weddingpaperdivas.com and we’ll post them for all of our fans and followers.

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February 24

Winter Wedding Photography from Bella Pictures

Winter invites your imagination to soar—and lends itself to create a glamorous and magical event. With the right planning you can create a wonderland that dazzles with elegance and is perfectly brought to life with the colors of the season. For tips on planning a winter wedding, click here.

Want to see if Bella Pictures is available on your wedding date? Click here to find out!

About Bella Pictures

Bella Pictures is the most recognized name in premium wedding photography and video, and we’re proud to announce the launch of our brand new website.

Bella now offers an expansive wedding photography portfolio, with hundreds of wedding galleries and slideshows from all around the country, as well as a daily blog and a helpful planning section that features engagement session ideas, wedding day photo itineraries, budget-saving tips and more.

Most importantly, Bella now provides a completely transparent shopping experience, allowing couples to customize and buy photography, video and albums online.

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February 13

Real DIY Ideas from a Wedding Paper Divas Staffer

As you probably read in our Bride’s Diary series, we’ve had plenty of staffers in the Wedding Paper Divas offices tie the knot this past year. Luckily for the bloggers, that means we get to borrow their great ideas and share them with you!

Here are a few of our favorite DIY ideas from one lovely newlywed:

DIY Gifts for Parents and In-Laws

Stumped for heartfelt gifts for your parents and your new in-laws? Our staff bride kept things simple and sentimental with embroidered handkerchiefs and beautifully mounted poems she and her fiance penned themselves.

DIY Weekend Guides

Since she hosted a destination wedding, our staff bride planned weekend activities for her guests to keep them all entertained. She handed out gift bags to each guest and slipped these handmade weekend guides inside to acquaint them with the schedule.

To make them, she personalized our Fresh Flourish folded programs to serve as a cover, then printed the relevant information on regular sheets of paper she folded in half. She then hole punched the crease of both the programs and the paper and created a binding out of matching ribbon. Genius!

DIY Conversation Starter Cards

To encourage guests to mingle (and to share fun little facts about the couple), she hand wrote dozens of these cards and left them on guests’ chairs, on tables and out at some of the weekend events. They say things like their favorite foods and drinks, all of the places they’ve lived together and what their plans for the future are.

We loved all of these fun DIY ideas, and we hope they help you get creative in your wedding planning! Plus, if you have any DIY ideas to share, send your photos to blog@weddingpaperdivas.com and we’ll post them for all of our fans and followers.

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February 1

A Red and White Valentine’s Day from Beau-coup

Our wedding favors partner Beau-coup posted these gorgeous red and white Valentine’s Day images, and we couldn’t resist sharing them with you! Isn’t it perfectly lovely? For more party inspiration and wedding ideas, check out the Beau-coup blog.

Although it’s fun to play with different Valentine’s Day schemes, there is something to be said for the classic red and white palette. If you’re having a Valentine’s Day wedding, consider going with these romantic colors. Your setting can be anywhere, from a seaside party to a stately mansion or an elegant indoor venue such as a hotel ballroom.

{Images from: {Polka Dot Bride, Rock n Roll Bride, Rock n Roll Bride, Style Me Pretty}

For your decorations, you might use white linens and china, paired with bold red touches such as satin bows as place cards or napkins and lovely red bunches of flowers.

{Images from Style Me Pretty, Santa Barbara Chic, Style Me Pretty, Hostess Blog}

Add a dash of French je ne sais quoi by adding some stripes into the mix, or you could even tie in your love of reading by using red books as accents.

{Images from Style Me Pretty, Style Me Pretty, Hostess Blog, Style Me Pretty, Style Me Pretty}

Have the men in the wedding wear red ties or quirky bow ties, and dress your bridesmaids in sophisticated red gowns. Opt for a tea length gown yourself to show off some killer red heels, and add some red lipstick to complete the look.

{Images from Style Me Pretty, Style Me Pretty, Polka Dot Bride, Rock n Roll Bride}

For your food, add some traditional Valentine’s Day fare such as heart-shaped lollipops and Valentines, or simply add some splashes of red by topping your main courses with tomatoes and red peppers and your dessert with raspberries and strawberries.

{Images from My Sweet and Saucy, Style Me Pretty, Style Me Pretty, Style Me Pretty}

About Beau-coup Favors

Beau-coup is a recognized leader in the wedding favor and bridal gifts industry. Our offerings include wedding decorations and supplies, as well as baby shower favors, birthday party favors and other party favors. Style editors and event planners look to Beau-coup for trendsetting favors and unique wedding planning ideas, both in our wedding blog and articles section. We have also been featured in a variety of leading publications including Fortune, The Wall Street Journal and InStyle Magazine.

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January 30

DIY Table Numbers and Decor

In our last DIY post, we featured DIY table numbers made using faux moss and planters. This week, we have a fresh idea using nearly identical supplies but with an entirely different look.

These easy DIY table numbers involve filling mason jars with the moss, hand writing table numbers on nice cardstock and then slipping the numbers into the jars. Gorgeous, isn’t it? And so simple! Plus we love how it looks with our Enchanting Forest menus.

If you have a few extra jars or glass vases lying around, we’ve also fallen in love with this adorable idea for your entry table (or even centerpieces):

Supplies

  • Glass mason jars or vases
  • Some of your favorite photos

How to Do It:

It’s as easy as it looks! Just slide your favorite photos inside the jars. You might have to slightly roll them to squeeze them in, but don’t worry—ours bounced back nicely.

Now some of your favorite memories together are ready for display! Fun, right?

We want to hear your creative DIY ideas, too! Send your photos to blog@weddingpaperdivas.com and we’ll post them for all of our fans and followers.

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