Lavender and Spring Green Easter Glass Soap Dish
Elegant and contemporary style soap dish in spring green and lavender opaque glass, with a stripe of pale purple tint in the center. Perfect for your bars of beautiful soap, this dish has 2 raised bars down the center to keep your soap dry. You could also use this… details »
Blush Flower Polka Dot Tulle Handmade Hair Fascintor
One-of-a-kind handmade, double-use, pastel pink flowered ribbon sash belt decorated with handmade pink petaled flowers nested on pink mild striped satin ribbon. Magnolia like look flowers, enriched with doted white tulle, are made of pale pink colored petals around a pink button stigma. details »
Blue Leaf Mosaic Candle Holder
Bring a little extra magic to any room with this square mosaic candle holder in shades of blue and purple.
We are in the height of Summer here in the UK and I know some of you are lucky enough to have year round sunshine. I am fortunate to live near to the beach and cannot think of a better theme for a party. Think of the fun you could have decorating the venue and choosing beach inspired treasures to incorporate into your day, like the fab cake topper above from Lollipop Workshop.
Choosing a theme for your wedding is probably the most difficult thing about planning your celebration. Perhaps you have a little gem of an idea but are not quite sure how to bring it to fruition or maybe you have chosen the most fantastic colour for your bridesmaids gowns and want to use this as the starting point. Maybe you just love starfish and want to use this as the starting point, like these gorgeous hair accessories from Dreams by the Sea.
Living near the sea or holding your wedding on the beach is the perfect opportunity to have a beach themed party. Maybe you will use bright orchids as the focal point for a tropical beach theme. The gorgeous pink orchid hair clips above from Blue Lovebirds would be a perfect accessory for the bride or bridesmaids hair, made from silk they definitely would not wilt on the day.
Another beach theme is a little more rustic and would be ideal if you are a fan of the shabby chic trend that is currently very popular. Napkins could be sewn in Cath Kidston ‘Boat‘ fabric, boat or fish shape chocolate favors could be made using a chocolate mould and the wooden fishes above, from Giddy Kipper, would make great decorations perhaps tied to the back of a chair or even in place of namecards for place settings.
By choosing a beach theme you are not limited to a particular colour or design, as you can see the beach really does inspire different ideas.
After the initial excitement of being engaged wears off you may find you suddenly feel incredibly daunted at the task ahead, planning your wedding. Few of us are fortunate enough to be able to afford a wedding planner but thankfully there are many websites and magazines that can help.
When planning your wedding day you will have many things to consider, from venue to stationery, from cake to flowers, never mind your dress, hair or shoes! Perhaps you are lucky enough to know the theme or colour scheme you want for that special day but most brides are bombarded with choice and can often choose several ideas before choosing a theme.
Over the coming months you will spend hours leafing through wedding magazines or searching for specific suppliers on the internet. As well as a collection of magazines there may also be brochures or even photos of ideas you have seen when out. Planning a wedding is like being an interior designer putting together a mood board for a particular room, creating a style that reflects the people living there but encompassing current trends.
When I am planning a party I like to collect ideas in a journal or folder so that I can keep thoughts for themes in one place. I may tear out a picture from a magazine, noting the supplier’s website or telephone number. Thankfully due to camera phones I can always take a picture when I am out, if I see something that sparks an idea for a theme or just for reference to help me find or make a similar idea.
By being organised from the start you can plan a truly fantastic day, without employing a wedding planner. Surprisingly you will find that suddenly people around you are wonderful resources, everybody seems to know a great florist, or cake designer, or stationery designer or even a shoemaker…well maybe a shoemaker is a little more difficult to find, but I will try for a future post!
I had a very memorable time this weekend, a few of us bridesmaids were lucky enough to be able to join my cousin as she chose her wedding dress! We drove over the border, a popular pastime for us Canadians when the dollar is high, and were rewarded for our efforts. Of course, even after trying on 20 dresses – the first dress was “the one”. It’s so often that that is the way, huh? We also chose our bridesmaid dresses too – so that was pretty exciting. I’m looking forward to dressing up and celebrating, big time! On the way back we were treated to an unusual snowstorm (we usually never get snow this late in the year) which made for some very interesting driving! We laughed it off and enjoyed the occasional treacherous patch, with the car sliding just slightly out of control. Because driving conditions weren’t ideal a few of us found ourselves on public transit for part of the trip, but that just added to the fun. All in all it was nice to get home, and to have a nice cup of tea as you can imagine.
Without further ado I’d like to share a wonderful – new to me – site with you, Wedzu. I figure this is the time of year that brides are starting to get more serious about planning for their upcoming summer nuptials – so the timing is perfect. This online marketplace for indie and handmade sellers is dedicated to weddings exclusively, making browsing a real treat. Shop from invitations, jewelry, accessories, and much more!
For brides wanting a more casual look I found the above sweet, short wedding dress style from: KT Jean.
I couldn’t pass up sharing these fun and sweet decorations with you from Party Poms!
Andrea Bonelli’s creations are nothing short of stunning, and I think you’ll want to drop a hint or two about this shop to your fiance to be before he starts ring shopping.
I’ve seen so many brides in beautiful veils and gorgeous floral hair accessories these last couple of years, I love this one from Chinny Lulu!
For all those brides to be out there – I hope your planning is going smoothly! Would love to hear about your fun handmade bridal finds in the comments section.
Violet Flower Hair Pins Set
A pair of steel hair pins featuring elegant Purple-Violet flowers.
green tree pendant
Mossy Green Leather Bookmark with Pastel Metallic Beads in Easter Egg Colors
My handmade beaded Mossy Green Leather Bookmark with Pastel Metallic Beads in Easter Egg Colors is a pretty combination of metallic colors. These shining pastel beads look like Easter eggs. This would look bright and pretty hanging out of the top of your book! Unique and inexpensive, my bookmarks… details »