weddings

Bridesmaid Kits from Menswear

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Here is a little project that takes about 45 minutes to do and about $6 in supplies. These little bags filled with gifts for the bridesmaids are made from old menswear jackets from the thrift store. You can find such quality fabrics in old vintage pieces to rework into something new. This project was put together by Alexis Birkmeyer and I think it is so clever. You’ll need basic sewing skills but it is really really simple and takes less than an hour to make. You can find the template and complete instructions below. When it’s done fill it with gifts for your bridesmaids.

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Bride Kit DIY

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Here is a really cute gift for someone someone getting married. It’s a Bride Kit that has little odds and ends you may need during the wedding day when it isn’t convenient to get to the grocery store. For the presentation we got a wood box and made a transfer using Temporary Tattoo Paper. I love the results and can’t wait to experiment more with it. Find all the complete sources and instructions below.

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Newlywed’s Front Door Surprise DIY

by Chiara Alberetti Milott

So, one of your best friends just got married! How exciting! Now you just can’t wait til she gets back from her honeymoon so you can talk about what a beautiful wedding it was. You know the exact date she’ll be returning to her home, so why not surprise the newlyweds with a beautifully decorated ‘just married’ front door.

Materials needed: scalloped paper ovals (I used Paper Source’s scalloped oval cards in curry), 2-inch vinyl press-on letters (available at most office supply stores), yarn or string, assorted ribbons and streamers, a hole-punch, and expandable tissue paper wedding bells in different sizes (I found these at my local dollar store).

Step 1: Peel off your letters and center them on the paper cards. Punch two holes on the top of the oval. Thread the yarn or ribbon through the holes to create your garland. Be sure to thread the yarn from the back side of the card each time for consistency.

Step 2: Gather all your materials to take with you to your friend’s door. Also bring a scissors to cut the ribbons and streamers, and tacks to hang the garland and streamers. I also added some mini juice cans I had spray painted white, as a reference to the days when people tied beer cans to the newlywed’s car (do people still do that?!)

Step 3: Hang your garlands, bells, ribbons, cans and streamers.  For a cute touch, I also hung a little mason jar full of flowers from the doorknob, with a little note letting them know just who left their surprise.

Step 4: Run away! Oh yes, and hope it doesn’t rain!

Glittered wire name signs

by Brittany Watson Jepsen

When I got married I used the wedding as an excuse to get my craft on. My mom, sister and I went nuts making everything from the paper flowers to the monogram initials on the gate of the reception site. Every so often I think of little DIYs that I would have loved to do for the big event like this glittered wire name sign for the bride and groom.

Materials: wire, wire cutters, gold spray paint, gold glitter, scissors, ribbon, spray mount

Step 1: Take your wire and leave a bit of room for the curve of the first letter of the word you are going to spell.

Step 2: Start forming the first letter in cursive. Keep the letters loopy so the wire is easier to work with.

Step 3: At the last letter leave some extra wire for extra flourish like the beginning of the word.

Step 4: Spray the wire name gold.

Step 5: Wait a bit for the first layer to dry and then turn it over and spray.

Step 5: Using your spray mount, spray a portion of the wire and then quickly cover it with some glitter. Make sure you’re working on a piece of paper that you don’t mind chucking afterward.

Step 6: Continue spraying and pouring on glitter until it’s covered. Let it sit while it dries.

Step 7: As soon as it’s dry, shake off the extra glitter and return back into the bottle.

Step 8: Tie a ribbon to two letters and tie to a chair.

Voilà!

The beauty of this project is that it can be used for all types of events like monogramming a name for a birthday or bridal shower. Try mixing it up with different colors of glitter and ribbons to really funk it up.

Photography by Hilda Grahnat

An Anniversary Party

Did you know I hated my wedding day? I loved that I got to marry Paul but other than that it was an awful emotional unorganized day! I used to feel bad about it until I would mention that to people and many would say they felt the same way! Ha! For that reason this anniversary party appealed to me so much. Three years after their simple wedding (that they liked!) Drew and Lynette Danburry had a beautiful dinner party at a friend’s home to celebrate their anniversary. They have lots of talented friends who contributed the flowers and the cake (that cake!). Even the linens and dishes were borrowed. It’s all the party none of the pressure! The amazing Leo Patrone took these photos and I’m so happy to share them here. Vendor credits are listed below. Would you ever have a fancy anniversary party? Paul and I are coming up on 7 years and I’d love to have a do over!

Photography: Leo Patrone / Cake: Pink Peach Cakes / Flowers: Honey of a Thousand Flowers / Dress: Lynette Danbury / Event Design: Audrey Moore / Location, Linens and China: The Villa, Cedar Hills, Utah