- W-Eel You Marry Me? by Mrs. Eel
- Navigating the Week Before Your Wedding by Mrs. Horseshoe
- Compromises with Tradition & Two Wedding Showers by Mrs. Blue Moon
- Real Weddings from the Hive: BeautyofDreams
- Real E-Rings: Morganite Engagement Rings
- Doves in Love: Waking Up and Getting Ready by Mrs. Dove
- Make Your Own Wine-themed Centerpieces for Under $5!
- 3 Unconventional Registry Ideas in Lieu of Traditional Wedding Gifts
- 12 Unexpected Wedding Costs That Can Bust Your Budget
- Sweet Dessert Stations: A Wedding Reception Alternative
You heard it right. You can make your own ring pillow for your big day. I’m so excited about this project because I really feel it’s something that takes minimal effort but produces grand results. I kept mine pretty simple, and it still turned out neat! You could add so much to it, and you can also use a different fabric. I know felt might not be everyone’s cup o’ tea. I like it, but there’s nothing wrong with using a different fabric.
Even if you do use slightly different materials, the basic format will be the same. The process is pretty dang simple if I do say so myself. Well, you’ll see anyway!
- Large felt sheet (or other fabric if you wish)
- Thick ribbon
- Skinny ribbon
- Pillow stuffing
- Glue gun
- Paper clip
Step 1: Cut Fabric
Take your large felt piece and cut it in half. If you’re using other fabric, cut two equal pieces, measuring whatever size seems good to you. Just be sure to measure slightly larger than you want in the end; some fabric will be used up in the attachment process.
Step 2: Line up Your Fabric and Glue
Lay the two pieces on top of each other, and glue together three of the sides. Don’t worry about it looking like a flat sheet of paper and not like a pillow at all. We will fix this in the next step.
Step 3: Turn It Inside Out and Stuff
After your glue dries, carefully reach inside the two pieces of fabric and pull to turn the piece inside out. Stuff the inside with lots of the pillow stuffing.
Step 4: Close up the Pillow
Begin closing up the last open side by gently folding one corner in on itself and gluing it together. This is a little tricky because, unlike the other sides, you have to manually glue the seam on the inside of the pillow. Like I said— tricky. Just be patient, glue in sections, and make sure your glue has dried completely before you try to move on.
Step 5: Cut Slits and Thread Thick Ribbon
Now that you have something pillow-like, cut two small slits about an inch apart in the top/middle of your pillow. Cut a length of your thick ribbon and thread it through the slits you just made.
Step 6: Poke Holes and Thread Skinny Ribbon
Cut a hole in each side of a corner. Use your paper clip if you need it.
String your skinny ribbon through the two holes you made in your corner. Again, use your paper clip to help guide the ribbon through if you need to.
Step 7: Add a Tassel
Next, thread both ends of your skinny ribbon through the top of your tassel and pull through. Tie your skinny ribbon in a nice little bow, allowing the tassel to hang down below it.
Step 8: Repeat Steps for Remaining Corners and Finish
Repeat steps 9 through 12 for the remaining three corners. Then, (when you’re ready to walk down the isle) thread your rings through the thick ribbon on the top of the pillow and tie a bow.
I hope your ring pillow turned out as cute as mine did.
Also, just a little tip, if your ring bearer is young, you might want to add a ribbon underneath in order to tie it to his or her arm. That way your pillow doesn’t accidentally get launched across your venue and into a pond or a guest’s face or something. Other than that, add your own embellishments—maybe some bling or embroidered initials—and enjoy enjoy enjoy!
Unique Diamond Cuts
We’ve shared the round diamonds and the cushion cuts, the pears and the squares…but there are some diamond cuts that don’t quite fit into any of our categories. Check out the beautiful unique diamond cuts we’ve got for you today, from real brides in the hive, as always.
For those playing catch-up, we launched a set of ring surveys, starting with 15 different styles of engagement rings (you can find them here and at the bottom of this post, as well as on the Boards as a stickied post). All you do is fill out the survey corresponding to your ring style (round diamond, Moissanite, sapphire, etc.), Mrs. Mouse will email you to ask for a photo of your ring, and then once at least 10 people with that style of ring have filled out the survey, it will become a post here on the blog!
The posts will continuously be updated to reflect new ring submissions, and eventually we hope they will be an amazing repository of REAL engagement rings to inspire bees for years to come.
Note: If you’ve filled out the survey but haven’t yet submitted a photo, it’s not too late to be included in this post! Simply email your photo along with your Weddingbee username and ring style category to mouse (at) weddingbee (dot) com, and we’ll add it to the post!
Submit your ring deets here:
- Cubic Zirconia (or other lab grown; all cuts)
- Diamond Asscher
- Diamond Cushion
- Diamond Emerald
- Diamond Other Cuts
- Diamond Oval
- Diamond Pear or Marquise
- Diamond Princess or Square
- Diamond Radiant
- Diamond Round
- Moissanite (all cuts)
- Morganite (all cuts)
- Non Stone (e.g., claddagh, knot, milgrain, etc.)
- Sapphire (all cuts)
- Other Gemstone (all cuts)
OK bees, get ready for some unique diamond other cuts from Weddingbee members.
FutureMrsFraser‘s diamond multi-stone halo ring, triple split shank with diamond band in the middle
Why did you or your FI choose this ring? FI knew I wanted a halo ring and diamonds in the band. He chose the ring completely by himself, and I love it. I never would have chosen a multi-stone center ring myself, but this one is perfect.
Where did you purchase your ring? Mappins
Carat size: 0.5 tcw
Metal: white gold
Price: $1,001 – $3,000
Round Diamond Engagement Ring
allison4c shares a photo of her sparkling beauty of a replacement round diamond engagement ring with yellow gold band.
Keep on loading your inspirational wedding pics to the Weddingbee Gallery to see them featured here on the blog! Remember, your images must be under 1MB in size, or they won’t load.
Boho Lace Mermaid Wedding Gown
pinkjasmine is selling a boho lace mermaid wedding gown by Lillian West. She is asking $1,150 for the size-6 gown.
Have a wedding item for sale? Post it with pictures in the Weddingbee Classifieds, and you might see it featured on the blog!
Other great items for sale:
Psst, hive…guess what? The Eels are married! Mr. Eel and I were wed on a beautiful Saturday afternoon last weekend. We ate, we drank, we laughed, we (I) danced; it was such a beautiful night. Mr. Eel and I could not have asked for a better day surrounded by family and friends celebrating our new start as husband and wife.
Everything people said about their wedding going by in a flash was absolutely true. I tried to remind myself to take in every moment, and at times that was overwhelming as it truly made me realize how much everyone loves and supports us as a couple.
Planning a wedding reception can be one of the most exciting times of ayoung bride’s or groom’s life. However, it can quickly change from planning fun and exciting details to agonizing over expensive specifics. Among the dress, cake, and reception center, the food for your reception is one of the most important parts of the day. Unfortunately, things can get complicated really quickly. Even just beginning with the hors d’oeuvres, there are numerous options. Then you’ve got to decide on the appetizer, entrée, and dessert. Imagine the headache trying to fine-tune all those details can cause—not to mention, the expenses that each course holds.
Well, we at Weddingbee are here to help. May we offer a simpler, less expensive, and dare I say, more creative option for your wedding reception?
Dessert is everyone’s favorite part of a three-course meal, right? So, why not just skip right to it? It may sound too simple, but we can guarantee this crowd-pleaser will be a huge hit. Here’s an assortment of dessert-only options for you to consider for your big day.
This one may sound tacky, but trust me, there are many gourmet bakers out there who know how to dress up their doughnuts. The smaller bakeries especially would love nothing more than a mass order like yours. It may take a few phone calls to find the right baker, but once you do, you can request the flavors, colors, and extras that you and your soon-to-be-married heart desires. You’ll need some cake tiers, platters, and domes to dress up your doughnut display with the right amount of elegance and fun. And please, don’t forget the milk!
2. Crepes or Waffles
If you haven’t seen a crepe or waffle station at a wedding, then you’ve seen nothing yet. Many restaurants near you hire out their chefs to come and act as made-to-order crepe and/or waffle makers. The chefs are right there in the food line so that once you get your freshly prepared crepe, you can move on down the line and delight on the many fixings that are provided. The choices of toppings are endless. They can range anywhere from fruits and whipped cream to melted chocolate and crushed peanuts. Talk about a classy way of making your reception more unique and exciting!
3. Hot Chocolate or Coffee Bar
What could make a better treat for the guests at your winter wedding than a hot chocolate or coffee bar? There are many companies that will send a barista with an espresso cart for a small fee. Or, on the more playful side, the hot chocolate bar can be much like the crepe/waffle option in terms of fixings available. We’re talking marshmallows, peppermint sticks, Andes mints, whipped cream, caramel sauce, Irish cream—I could go on and on, but I will let your imagination take it from here. Pair that with unique, mismatched mugs and your hot chocolate bar is complete.
4. Ice Cream Bar
Just like winter weddings ask for a hot chocolate/coffee bar, summer weddings beg to have an ice cream bar. Companies like Coldstone are all too happy to rent out their ice cream carts and provide staff to come and tend to your guests. Their portable carts can bring all your favorite flavors to your event, and they’ll provide all of your favorite toppings as well. You can keep it as elegant as roasted almonds and white chocolate or be more playful with gummy bears and Oreos. This is a great way to let your personality come through and be as creative as humanly possible.
5. Candy Bar
For you sweet-tooths out there, this one is for you. Image a candy bar, not like the Hershey one, but a bar full of candy. You’ll need to buy or borrow an assortment of apothecary jars, and then pay a visit to your local candy store. That’s it! Your guests will also need some sort of grab-bag to carry all their loot away in. There are a few ways to do this. You can simply purchase all your favorite treats, no matter what the color or type, or you can be more dedicated to your color scheme and purchase only those treats that fall into that palette. The best way to do your color specific candies is online. There are many online stores that will sell color-coordinated candies in bulk, cutting your costs immensely.
6. Soda Bar
If you’re having an alcohol-free wedding, consider an open bar of soda. Soda, in and of itself, can seem too casual, so in this case we suggest old-fashioned sodas. Just like the color-schemed candies, there are many websites that will sell old-fashioned sodas in bulk. Make sure you add an assortment of straws for your guests to make their choices even more whimsical. If you want to add a bit more excitement to your soda bar, consider adding some ice cream to the fun. Your guests will be able to create their own floats using the collection of sodas you have available.
For your guests, possibly the most important part of the wedding is the food. It might even be for you too. So, if you’re looking for an out-of-the-box approach that is a sure crowd-pleaser, but not a bank-breaker, then a desserts-only menu is certainly the route to take. You and your guests will not be disappointed. It’s important to display the happy couple’s personalities on the day of their wedding, so don’t be afraid to be a little creative. Expand on the ideas we’ve provided and make it yours. After all, it is your day!
His and Hers Wedding Showers
For me, one of my favorite parts of wedding festivities are all the fun events that happen right before the big day itself. Even when I was a little kid, I loved attending people’s wedding and baby showers with my mom and grandmothers. I love the games (I’m super competitive), and drinking the fancy punch and eating little finger sandwiches always made me feel so elegant and grown up! I also love shopping for other people, so as I came into my teenage and college years, it was always so fun for me to pick out shower gifts for friends and family.
My nanna generously offered to host my bridal shower with my great aunt and MOH K as co-hostesses. We’re in the South and tradition still reigns supreme, so massive showers haven’t really made their way to my circle of friends yet. Only those ladies who are closest to the bride are invited to a small shower, and in my case, this included my grandmothers, mom, aunts, female cousins, and bridesmaids.
My shower hosts laid out a beautiful spread of cucumber finger sandwiches, a cheese ball and crackers, a fruit tray, chicken quiche and chicken salad stuffed celery, and petite fours. Nanna also made her famous red punch for that beautiful punch bowl! And, of course, she had a Frozen crown for me because I’m her only granddaughter and I’m rotten (and I still love Disney princesses).