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.
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.
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.
Mother’s Day is less than a month away (May 12, if you need a reminder!), and if you are looking to do something extra special for Mom this year, it’s time to start planning.
Not only did Mom raise you, but she probably acted – or is currently – as head wedding coordinator for your special day, assisting with everything from addressing envelopes to helping with table seating. Take this Mother’s Day to share your gratitude with a gift that lets Mom know how much you appreciate everything she does.
1. Make an album she’ll cherish forever
She may have seen your wedding photos already, but pulling the very best images into one beautiful parents’ album will create a brag book Mom can share with her friends. Try to choose photos that will speak to her – a shot of her dancing, your father’s speech, or the cutting of the cake are all great memories.
2. Create a daily reminder of your love
A family photo from your wedding day is the perfect shot to put on a photo mug. If you live far away, this gift is a daily reminder of your love as your mother sips her morning tea.
3. Give a gift as unique as your bond
A photo gift makes a stunning present for Mom to display in her home. Family shots, or a photo of you and your mother, are the best to display here.
4. A special space for everyday notes
If your mother is a listmaker, help keep her to-dos extra sweet with a custom notepad. Pick a style that fits her, and match a photo from your wedding (a shot of the two of you would be extra sweet).
5. DIY a photo project
Roll up your sleeves and spend a Saturday creating these one of a kind photo vases. With just a few supplies, this simple DIY craft makes a big statement. For an extra bonus, fill them with Mom’s favorite blooms.
6. Pamper Mom with her favorite treats
For a special gift, fill a basket with luxurious treats that all have one purpose – to help Mom relax. Bath salts, candles, perfumes, and lotions are perfect for this. You can even add in an extra soft towel or robe. And we don’t think Mom would mind if you slipped in a bar or two of specialty chocolates!
Starting with a Save the Date that incorporates photography in a fun and unique style, we’re loving these wedding day details. From table settings incorporating photos of each guest to a ceremony aisle runner that acts as a physical walk down memory lane, these five photo ideas will spark decor inspiration for your own wedding day.
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 Stripsof 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 email@example.com and we’ll post them for all of our fans and followers.
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.
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll post them for all of our fans and followers.