diy and pinterest brides … caution!

Listen up you lovely DIY Pinterest loving brides! Please listen to this. Not everything you see on Pinterest is good (although we do enjoy that website, you can follow me here).

For instance, the Gold Glitter Mason Jar.

If you have ever worked with glitter, you know it is not the most friendly type of crafting. In fact, it’s quite unforgivable. Once you open that glitter jar, you are pretty much committed to having specks of glitter in your house, on your body, on your face, on the floor … for a very long time.


photo credit: somewhere on etsy, the page went down

I love me some DIY, really I do. We do a lot of it (check out our feature photo of custom banner we made for one of our brides). However, we just want you to proceed with caution when you are thinking about making your own decor for your wedding. In other words, learn from our experience and mistakes.

For instance, we had a wedding that was a Winter Wonderland. It was gorgeous. We used over 700 votive candles. You read that correctly. Eight people and 15 minutes we had them lit for the reception, but I digress.

We purchased faux snow flakes to put on the tables. A mound of snow flakes, votives on top and then branches (the bride and groom raided their acreage for real branches … hey this was back in 2005). White on white with lots of luminous candle light.


photo credit: todd pellowe photography

The problem was those beautiful snowflakes became pesky intruders on the guest tables. They grew legs and morphed their way into people’s plates, on the floor, on your fancy dress, men’s slacks, etc. You would think this wouldn’t happen, but it did. You can barely see the snow, you have to look really closely.

moral of the story?

While everything can look easy to create and beautiful, it can be hard to replicate and end up being a colossal mess at your event. So think twice. Try it out way in advance (not in bulk) so you can edit. Because not EVERYTHING on Pinterest should be replicated.

featured photo credit: pfe iPhone

plan on!


pantone color of the year 2014

the pantone color of the year is out!


Radiant Orchid – Pantone Color of the Year 2014: – Color trends, color palettes , Pantone 18-3224 TCX

But this color has been a huge hit in this area for years! And if you notice, we love purple too. And so do our clients. In fact, if we put all of our purple weddings in our portfolio, it would take over!

So if you like this color, you are now officially hip and in style.

Who’s having a purple wedding?

featured photo credit: rj photography

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managing your wedding diy projects

We have a lot of clients that love to do DIY projects for their wedding. We totally encourage it. It’s exciting to be create stationery, favors and other original creations on your special day.

The only request (more like an admonition) is that you do your DIY projects in advance! The last thing you need to be doing is cutting escort cards or tying ribbons on ceremony programs at 2am in the morning on your wedding day. A waste of time at that point? Yes it is.

So don’t do it.

We’ve had clients who have done it right and have done it wrong. A few tips:

1.  Map out your projects and set deadlines. All of them should be completed as early as possible before the wedding day. Pick a deadline in your head and then make it one week earlier, just to give yourself some extra time to finish.

2.  Accept help from your loved ones. Don’t be so Type A and let them help you.

3.  Don’t be bitter when you don’t get offered help from your loved ones. That just means more work for you so space out your projects. Of course, when you have a wedding planner this is where they can really help. *wink*

4.  Don’t bite off more than you can chew or glue (ha, ha). I know that a lot of brides will have big ideas 10 months before the wedding that they may want to create, but in the end it just becomes too much.

5.  Know when to dump a project. Some projects become too much to complete to fit in with your busy schedule. It’s okay. Nobody will know.

photo credit: clarion creative photography
menu designed/created by real bride: brittany porter mcwilliams 2009

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country chic wedding decor

Thanks to everyone who came by our booth on Super Bride Sunday!

It was a great time seeing all the excited brides. In case you couldn’t make it, we wanted to show you our country chic wedding decor we created just for the special occasion.

Because photos are much better than reading about it, let’s get going …

If you liked these designs, contact us. We help you design your look and theme and help with all the details of your wedding that can be overlooked!

photos: pfe iPhone

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