Bridesmaids are the unsung heroes of weddings. They buy the dress, calm your meltdowns, and often travel hundreds of miles to stand beside you on the most important day of your life. Your bridesmaids deserve to be pampered. Getting everyone together for a spa day may not be feasible so it is important to find an alternative.
Here is a quick and easy tutorial on how to create a pampering gift basket. This basket can double as a creative way to ask your friend to be a bridesmaid. It can also be used as a gift for a mother, mother-in-law, or anyone else investing a lot of time in your wedding.
Step 1: Gather your items. A benefit of gift baskets is that they are wonderfully customizable. They can fit any budget depending on the gifts used. The basket shown has various pampering items: chocolate, nail polish, lotion, soaps, perfume, and a candle. A pair of shoes was also included as they can be worn in the wedding.
It’s always fun to incorporate hobbies and interests into your wedding. These cork place card holders are a great option for wine lovers and vineyard weddings. And there are several ways to use them!
In order to make these holders, you’ll need lots of corks, so start collecting now! I only used real corks—not the synthetic plastic ones. Corks from red, white, and sparkling wine will all work just fine, although red wine will leave a little colored residue on one side of your cork. Personally, I think the red wine has a cool look, but it’s something to consider. You’ll also want to be extra gentle when removing your corks so that you don’t damage the top edges too much.
A beautiful centerpiece for the tables at your wedding should not be overlooked. Eye-catching flower arrangements can be expensive, sure, but they can also easily be done on a budget. Taking the time to make this effort will impress your guests and beautify the area they will be eating, drinking, and socializing in after your wedding ceremony.
Every bride envisions herself walking down the aisle virtually hundreds of times during the long months of planning. In the midst of these idyllic visions, she begins to recognize that the pews framing her walk may need some sprucing up. If you are among this group of brides, look no further than pew cones that you can easily make yourself. These cones allow you to keep with current wedding trends without breaking the budget.
First, gather your materials.
For the base of the cones, you will need enough cardstock paper to line the number of pews you have. Go ahead and pick up a few extra to practice on. You can purchase these for literally pennies a piece, making this project so wonderfully affordable. The key is to select cardstock that is a neutral color, similar to the pews or chairs. This will help the eye to go to the flowers, not the cone. You can choose sheets with a slight texture to further hide the fact that it is paper.
It can be difficult to find table numbers that both look good and are functional. You want people to be able to find their seats, but you don’t want a giant gaudy sign. These wine bottle table numbers are the perfect mix of form and function.
Step 1: Choose your bottles
First you’ll need empty wine bottles. Personally, I like the look of colored glass, so I used bottles that are tinted green. It really doesn’t matter the brand since you’ll be removing the labels next.
Getting engaged is so exciting! I was so impressed by my fiancé’s well-thought-out proposal—a surprise beach vacation at one of our favorite Lake Michigan getaways where he popped the question in the sand at sunset. I was overwhelmed by the love he put into every detail of our weekend (and of course, the huge rock he put on my finger!) and wanted to do something for him in return.
Though nothing would quite measure up to the incredible gift he gave me in asking me to be his wife, I put together a little engagement gift for him as a thank you for such a special proposal. I gave him personalized cuff links to wear on our wedding day, a token of my love to remind him of our big day to come, and also made him an engagement scrapbook to commemorate this special new chapter in our lives—not the wedding, but the engagement. Why wait for the wedding to start creating lasting memories that you will look back on for years to come?
The engagement scrapbook is a simple, but thoughtful, gift that will show your new fiancé how much you treasure and appreciate him, and all the work he put into making your proposal a moment you will always remember.
Here’s how to create one:
1. Buy a scrapbook from your local craft store or online. I purchased a red-cloth covered book with a place for a photo to be inserted into the cover, where I placed our engagement photo. I preferred to get a book without laminated pages because we will be writing directly onto the first page of the book. However, if you would rather buy a book with plastic-covered pages you can insert a hand-written letter into the first page, which works just as well.
Are you looking for a DIY craft idea for your wedding cake toppers? Perhaps you want something on your cake with a personal touch, something that you created yourself? Maybe you would like wedding cake toppers that resemble you and your partner more closely than any mass-produced product you could buy. I was in the same position when planning my own wedding and I decided to make wedding cake toppers out of old-fashioned clothespins. The project was incredibly inexpensive and only required some vision and patience to turn out well. If you’d like to make your own DIY wedding cake toppers from clothespins, follow these instructions and you’ll be on your way to having beautiful and personalized cake toppers.
1. Find your clothespins. This is pretty easy since old-fashioned clothespins are sold online and in most craft stores. You’ll probably have to buy an entire bag of them, however, since they aren’t usually sold individually or in pairs.
Sure… you see them all the time. Wedding emergency must haves. The lists go on and on – things you need and things maybe you don’t. Instead of having to carry a duffle bag to hold all of your emergency necessities, let’s trim the list to the 10 things you must have. We’ll throw in the obvious and the, perhaps, not so obvious.
I wanted one like Aladdin wants Jasmine, like a marathoner wants a gallon of Gatorade, and like Hugh Grant wants to make another romantic comedy.
Pre-wedding, I knew, in my heart of hearts, that I wanted a photo booth. But my heart of hearts was also telling me we couldn’t spend a grand on a photo-strip-spitting, old fashioned booth. And my heart of hearts wasn’t crazy enough to spend $464 from an online store ($97 for the backdrop, $367 for the support system [yikes!]) to build my own.
So, my (cheap, rational) heart of hearts led me to Home Depot to create a stand for our DIY faux-to booth backdrop. I had searched online for tutorials, but could only find extremely complicated versions involving power tools (and I preferred to keep all of my phalanges attached). Thus, we developed our own method, which 1) ended up working out quite well, 2) was budget friendly, and 3) was easy to build.
For those wishing to build their own cheap, easy, fun photo DIY PVC photo booth, here is what we used and how we put it together. … read more
So, I know my over-the-top flowered shoes with the DIY ribbon flower shoe cuff aren’t for everyone (but I love them, so that’s what matters, right?). However, the ribbon roses my mom made for them could be used for a ton of other projects too! For bouquets, boutonnieres, on a dress sash, in your hair, grouped together to adorn pews…there are a lot of possibilities out there!
A while ago I searched the Weddingbee blog for a tutorial on ribbon flowers, but could only find clay and fabric flowers, so I asked my mom to take step-by-step pictures of her making the flowers.
Here is the tutorial for a DIY ribbon flower shoe cuff.
1¼ yards of 1½-inch ribbon in color(s) of your choice (I chose different shades of purple.)
needle and thread
Step 1: Cut the ribbon to desired length. For a smaller rose use ¾ yards of ½-inch or ?-inch ribbon. Thread a needle with matching thread and knot the end. Fold down one corner of the ribbon and sew a few stitches. If you are using a ribbon with one “good” side, start with the “good” side down. Or you can use double sided satin ribbon, so both sides are “good.”