diy sangria centerpiece…

4th May, 2012 - Posted by Natasha - No Comments

 

The one thingabout centrepieces is that you can place whatever you please to add to your theme for your big day. One idea that I personally love for a summer wedding, is a punch bowl for the centrepiece filled with sangria. This idea is not only fun for the guests but it also looks very pretty on the tables.  It also saves you money on placing wine bottles and decreases the line up at the bar. It’s a great DIY idea and is not expensive at all.

Here is a great starfruit sangria recipe I found on www.seriouseats.com that you could try!

This sangria is remarkably fruity considering that there isn’t the regular assortment of fruit floating in it. It’s somewhere between spiked lemonade and sangria, and looks especially snazzy with slices of starfruit lining the glass. Try it with club soda or with ginger beer; we like it both ways.

Ingredients

yield: 6, active time 15 minutes, total time 15 minutes

  • 12 ounces sauvignon blanc or dry riesling, chilled
  • 6 ounces London dry gin, such as Tanqueray
  • 8 ounces freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 6 ounces simple syrup
  • 10 dashes orange bitters
  • 1 starfruit
  • ice
  • 3 ounces chilled club soda or ginger beer

Procedures

  1. In a large pitcher, stir wine, gin, lemon juice, simple syrup, and orange bitters together. Add 1 cup of ice and stir well.
  2. Slice starfruit into 1/4-inch thick slices. Fill serving glasses with ice and line sides with starfruit slices. Add club soda or ginger beer to wine mixture, stir gently to blend. It’s ready to serve!

 

Until Next time!

X-O-X-O

Natasha

yellow wedding accents…

29th April, 2012 - Posted by Lia - No Comments

Yellow, like most colors, comes in a wide variety of shades and hues and can be teamed with both complimentary and contrasting colors to make for a stunning wedding.

When deciding which shade of yellow to use, you need to keep the season of the year and the tone of your wedding in mind. For instance, use deep golden tones in the fall rather than the pastel or brighter shades that we usually see during the spring and summer months. Brighter, sunnier shades of yellow are acceptable for less formal weddings, while more formal affairs should use more conservative pale and muted shades.

When it comes to decorating with yellow, three are several flowers to choose from and ways to incorporate them into a number of different themes.

Daisies, with their bright yellow centers are quite common, but with good reason. They are quite durable in spite of their delicate look, and can be used for outdoor country-styled weddings, quaint garden weddings and simple, yet lovely indoor spring time nuptials.

Yellow roses represent joy, friendship and a new beginning. Yellow roses are appropriate in all but the most casual of weddings. Pair them with lilacs to fill the church with a heady scent or with ivy and ferns for a more classic look.

Yellow tulips are available year-round and can be used for any wedding-no matter how formal (or not) it

Sunflowers and black-eyed Susie’s are sturdy and plentiful throughout the summer months. But their strong personalities lend themselves to country or old-fashioned themes.

Depending on the shade of yellow you use, the following colors with well with yellow: pink, white, green, black, lavender, grey, brown, coral and even red.

Yellow can also be used with a bright, sunny beach theme or destination wedding or as an accent for a shimmery silver or gold theme. Here are some image-ideas to perhaps inspire you to add yellow, eben in small doses to your wedding theme!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photo Sources:

(Wedding Invitations): www.greerloves.blogspot.ca, (Hair accessory): www.loboheme.com/, (Bridal Shoes & Sash): www.blog.malinder.com/, (Shoe with bow): Source unknown, (Necklace): www.weddingobsession.com, (Modern Cake): www.outstanding-obsessions.com

 

lovely pink peonies bouquet..

19th April, 2012 - Posted by Lia - No Comments

Some more wedding inspriration….

What bride wouldn’t want his stunning bouquet.  Designed with coral charm peonies, dusty miller, and silver brunia, it’s eye catching  and beautiful in a simple and elegant way.

**Created by: www.thefullbouquetblog.com

yellow and grey wedding color palette….

14th April, 2012 - Posted by Lia - No Comments

I’ve always loved the color yellow, it simply makes me happy! I like a lot of women however hesitate when it comes to actually wearing yellow or even incorporating yellow into a wedding theme or design, but with today’s acceptance of original color combinations, why not.  A yellow and grey wedding palette, as unusual as it sounds produces a unique wedding look that will inspire others to follow suit. It’s edgy, it’s modern, it’s yellow and grey!

 

Photo: Stephanie Williams Photography.

Wedding apps to assist you in planning.

13th April, 2012 - Posted by Natasha - No Comments

There are numerous Apps you can purchase and download to assist you in planning for your wedding, they become great tools and help you stay on track of your big day. Make sure to read the reviews before you go off and purchase a number of apps; you don’t want to be disappointed after you purchase it. If you are uncertain of which apps to purchase search online for the top wedding planning apps.

Here are a few suggestions to check out, that I personally refer to people that need assistance but do not want to hire a coordinator:

iWedding Deluxe- the Ultimate Wedding Planner- $9.99- an all-inclusive app that has everything you will need to plan your wedding, including budgets, contracts, locations, task lists, as well as tons of tools to help keep you on track of details you will need for your big day. It also has a calendar function to show you what needs to be completed by what day. This app will definitely help you to remain organized and stress free.

Wedding Bridal Binder- $6.99- Some people prefer simpler tools to help them stay organized, if that is you, this app is perfect. The wedding Bridal Binder can assist you in planning and organizing your wedding, while sticking to your budget and staying on top of all the tasks. It is very similar to iWedding Deluxe but with less features and it costs less too.

Brides Wedding Genius 2.0-FREE- If free doesn’t make you happy then I do not know what will, this app contains photographs of wedding dresses, rings, honeymoon destinations, themes, and all things that are apart of planning your wedding day. This app is great for ideas and suggestions to create the perfect wedding of your dreams. And after all it is free.

Wedding Budget-FREE- This app is designed to do one thing and one thing only, help you keep on top of your budget.  Each cost is categorized so you know how much money you are spending wear.

Wedding Flowers Moodboard-$1.99-  This app is perfect for the bride who is having a hard time choosing the right floral arrangements for her big day. You can find numerous pictures to gain ideas of arrangements for your wedding.

WeddingScan-$2.99-  This app is perfect for the busy bride who doesn’t have time to go to stores for her registry. Everything can be done on this app. Saving you time and of course stress.

Montreal Wedding Planner-FREE- Marketplaceweddings.com has just launched a new wedding planning app for Montreal and will soon be soon expanding to include all major cities. The app will help organize, guide and inspire you while keeping the most useful info at your fingertips and you get to shake your handset while viewing a vendor to rapidly send out an automated email enquiry . Give it a try, it’s free and you’ve got nothing to lose!

Make sure when choosing the right app you choose something you will feel comfortable using, or you will not remain stress-free. Also, don’t try to do all the planning yourself have your family, bridesmaid, and maid of honour help you along the way.

Until next time!

X-O-X-O

Natasha

the color purple!

13th April, 2012 - Posted by Lia - No Comments

Purple. Lavender. Lilac. Plum. Royal purple. You name it, purple is it; the color of choice for weddings in 2012.

Purple is nice. It comes in oh, so many shades and hues and can be tastefully combined with any of the following (depending on which shade of purple you use):

  1. White
  2. Gold or silver
  3. Gray
  4. Yellow
  5. Green
  6. Black
  7. Khaki or beige

Using purple in your wedding’s color scheme doesn’t require your wedding party and décor to resemble a Barney convention, though. There are several ways to incorporate purple into your wedding without going overboard.

  1. Purple flowers (roses, orchids, lilacs, carnations, hyacinths, violets and iris) to compliment your white gown and the pale yellow, soft sherbet green or shimmery gray dresses worn by the bridal party.
  2. Dresses of soft lavender with bouquets of fragrant lilacs look stunning alongside men in black tuxes.
  3. Arrangements of varied shades of purple filling the church (or other venue) amid white tulle and lots of silver or gold shimmer.

Using these same guidelines other popular colors seen in within the industry’s trade shows include:

  1. Robin’s egg blue and softer pastel blue. Did I hear someone say 1978?
  2. Sea foam green with soft pink or khaki.
  3. Shades of brown with pink, ivory, goldenrod or black.
  4. Classic black. It will always be in style.
  5. Rich autumn colors; deep reds, gold, orange and yellow. With September and October being the most popular months of the year to get married, it’s easy to see why these colors are so sought after.
  6. Princess pinks. Every bride is a princess for a day. Some just want to live out the whole fairy-tale dream.

But be careful. Don’t become a slave to trends and fads. Remember side pony tails? Are you guilty of trying to rock leather pants?

If you’re favorite color is red, use red. If you love soft pastels, fill room with soft pastels. Use what you love. After all, it is your wedding.

 

**Photo source: www.weddingbycolor.com & www.weddingpaperdivas.com

 

 

 

wedding bouquet- 3 ways!

11th April, 2012 - Posted by Lia - No Comments

So far 2012 has brought us some great wedding styles, trends, and fabulous wedding ideas. Take a look at some of the wedding flower bouquet trends that made their debut early this year and are predicted to be trends brought back next year.

Simplicity.  Less is almost always more—and this holds true for the above bouquet shown. A mix of a dozen peonies and daises in warm colors still speaks elegance and beauty, yet will not take away from the stunning bride and all of her entourage.

If you like it—put a broach on it! Adding a broach to the bottom of your bouquet, and even adding one or two throughout the flowers is a great way to make your bouquet stand out from the rest of your bridal party, as well as adding an air of classy flair to your floral arrangement.  Personalize it even more with a family broach to add an air of intimacy to your bouquet for your special day. If you want a truly eye-catching bouquet you can opt for a 100% broach bouquet!

 

Feathers took the fashion world by storm this past year with all things fashion—feather extensions, feather earrings and in hair pieces owned the runway throughout 2011 and the beginning of 2012.. Add some feathers to your wedding bouquets to bring an exotic and modern flair to the bouquets. You can find these at any craft stores or home décor stores.

 

 

Daisy bouquet photo source: www.alittlesparkleontheside.com

Feather bouquet photo taken by Amy Carroll

Brooch bouquet photo source: www.lovellabridal.com

a touch of ruffles….

10th April, 2012 - Posted by Lia - No Comments

Every since I was a little girl I’ve always been drawn to ruffles. Ruffled dresses, princess or spanish style were an all time favorite for halloween, weddings, even casual family get togethers if I could get away with it!

If a ruffled wedding dress is a bit too much for you there are other creative ways to incorporate feminine, girly and frilly layers into your wedding!

How about a ruffled cake? This ruffled cake was created by Wendy McClendon and photographed by Brian Thomas Clay.

 

Or wedding shoes with  frilly accents? We absolutely love these shoes by Badgley Mischka!

 

And finally, how about a dainty wedding centerpiece with ruffled faux flowers made out of balsa wood and rhinestones designed by Krislyn Design and shot by Gia Canali.

Long live ruffles! In small doses ofcourse!

 

 

diy “s’more” wedding favors…

9th April, 2012 - Posted by Lia - No Comments

Who doesn’t like s’mores? Why not give your guests a treat they can take home and enjoy later. This do-it-yourself project is simple yet elegant as well as being budget friendly yet thoughtful. You can even play around with the ingredients and come up with exotic variations  by using chocolate grahams, white chocolate squares and  homemade coconut marshmallows. Use your imagination and be creative, as long as you use good quality ingredients you can’t go wrong!

 

Cost breakdown for this project (using basic ingredients):

Gusseted Cellophane Bags: $35 for 100 / 6 boxes Honeymaid Graham Crackers: $18.00 / 6 bags Jet-Puffed Marshmallows: $10 / 100 Hang  Tags: $6.99 / Silver Pen: $3.00  or Custom Stamp & Ink: $30 / Hersey’s Chocolate Bars: Pack of 36 $23

Total: $96, or $.96 each per 100.

Custom Tags: $126, or $1.26 each per 100.

 

Photo sourced at www.pinterest.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

diy ball jar crafts…

8th April, 2012 - Posted by Lia - No Comments

Image Courtesy of maddycakesmuse.blogspot.com

Two dollars && nineteen cents ((or less))!

That’s how much the above ball jar costs at any Hobby Lobby, Walmart, or local craft store. Mom’s old canning jars are no longer just to can come fall-time…they’re a wedding staple I’m obsessed with.

As shown above, add a couple wildflowers or flowers from your local florist and you have a perfect wedding centerpiece– these jars are amazingly affordable and so versatile for all aspects of your wedding. From the ceremony at each pew, the reception centerpieces, lanterns, candy bar jars, and more.  Check in as I uncover a few of my favorites throughout the month.

How are you using ball jars for your special day?

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