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DIY Wedding: Vintage Favour Tutorial

I always knew that which ever favours we chose for our wedding, Mr Styled and I would make them ourselves .  I love the idea of giving a little bit of love back to our guests and wanted to make something that not only reflected the style of our wedding day but also  something that wouldn’t just get left behind on the tables once the dancing started.  These little vintage style sweetie jars were the perfect answer and below you can find my DIY wedding tutorial (it’s my first one so please be gentle!).  Enjoy the ‘how to’ and please feel free to comment, I’d love to know what you all think…

You will need…

  •  Small jam jars with lids (I sourced mine on ebay at £26.00 for 70 jars!)
  • Retro sweeties – we went for candy ABCs, heart throbs, jazzies and rings
  • Small white stringed luggage labels (these were £1.99 for 100 from WH Smith)
  • Message stamp and ink (Mine is an East of India stamp)
  • Lace (approx 6 inches per jar – this was a bargain 18p per meter at Fabric Land)
  • 4inch x 4inch assorted fabric squares (off cuts pre cut, again sourced from ebay)
  • Elastic bands (these are just a tool, so old scruffy ones are fine)

Instructions:

  • Fill a jar with your chosen sweeties – of course it’s a very good idea to sample the sweets yourself as you go, quality control is a serious matter 😉
  • Place one of your fabric squares centrally over the lid of the jam jar and secure temporarily with an elastic band.

  • Cut the string from one of the luggage tags and use this to tie around the jar lid, just above or below the elastic band.
  • Stamp the luggag tag and, while this dries, remove the elastic band and trim the ends of the string.
  • Thread the length of lace through the luggage tag and tie around the top of the jam jar to finish.

Even if you aren’t going for the vinatage, carnival or rustic wedding style, it is still possible to adapt this design by using a single fabric type for all the jars in your chosen accent colour.  For a neater, more uniform look to the jars, try cutting the fabric squares into circles before attaching.

Sunshine Yellow Mood Board

I have to admit, like most brides in the UK,  I am slightly nervous about the weather for our  June wedding as previous summers have been something of a washout over recent years.  We all dream of a beautiful sunny wedding day without a cloud in the sky so I’ve been considering ways to bring a summery feeling to the wedding despite what the weather may throw at us.

Today’s mood board is a palette of sunny yellows with pale blue accents – guaranteed to bring the summer indoors for your spring or summer wedding! If you are planning an autumn wedding, keep the look warm by swapping the blue hues for soft autumnal browns.

If all else fails, I’m looking forward to customising a pair of ‘just in case’ bridal wellies ;o)

Styled Wedding: All the fun of the fair

Circus, carnival and fair wedding themes are bang on-trend amongst brides right now and work really well with a less formal venue (good news for brides on a budget!). If you fancy yourself as a vintage circus bride, a la Reese Witherspoon in the beautiful film Water for Elephants, take a look at Jenny Packham’s wedding dresses and accessories for lustful inspiration.
The good news about this theme is that a little styling goes a long way, keeping it healthy for your budget and your time. Think bright and fun accessories with a palette of reds, blues and creams. Stationary, table plans and place cards can be tied in with the use of letterpress fonts (as seen in today’s style board).
For those who really want to bring the fun of the carnival to their big day, go the whole hog and hire some real sideshows and games such as a coconut shy, tin can ally and hook-a-duck! (Try http://www.irvinleisure.co.uk for an idea of what stalls and rides are available). Enjoy today’s style board and feel free to get in touch with any requests for themes or features 🙂

A: Carnival invitations, £POA, www.royalsteamline.com

B/J: Dress and head piece, £Dresses start around £1300, www.jennypackham.com

C: Circus art print, £15.00, www.notonthehighstreet.com

D: Favour lolipops, £6.99 for 30, www.confetti.co.uk

E: Embellished nude bridesmaid dress, £70.00, www.missselfridge.com

F: Candy stripped cupcake cases, £7.95 for 12, www.prettywittycakeshop.co.uk

Wedding Trend: Cookie Favours

Sticking with the foodie theme today, I have been thinking about the concept of wedding favours. Like most brides, I want to give my guests a favour that says ‘thank you’ and is also something they will want to take home with them rather than leave on the tables at the end of the evening. One of my favourite options is the wedding cookie. These little goodies are both a versatile and stylish way to say thank you to family and friends and are always a talking point among guests.

It is often worth sourcing smaller businesses for items such as wedding cookie favours, they are often less expensive and, because they value your potential recommendation, their attention to detail is spot on. Today’s board contains some beautiful examples from both large and small bakeries. Shop around and be sure to post any of your own recommendations for other brides.

A: Butterfly cookies, from £1.50 each, www.thewonderfulcakecompany.co.uk

B/H: Blue shaped cookies, £2.25-2.45 each, www.smallthingsiced.co.uk

C/D: Bride and groom cookies, £2.60 each (including customisation), www.customcookieco.co.uk

E/F: Cake and heart cookies, £3.50 & £2.75 respectively, www.ediblehandmadegifts.co.uk

G: Glitter heart cookies, £1.50 each, www.whiteorchidcakes.co.uk

I: Bride & groom heart cookies, £2.50 each, www.boutiquekitchen.co.uk

Wedding Trend: Cake Pops

One of the prettiest, most inspiring trends to emerge on the wedding catering scene in recent years has been the Cake Pop (also known as Cake Balls…slighly less quaint me thinks!?). These gorgeous little specimens are the result of combining two of my favourite pastimes…cake and sweets!

Today’s board showcases a mouthwatering sample of what some of the UK’s finest cake makers are offering brides, but, for those who, like me, are working within a tight budget, the good news is that they are suprisingly simple to make yourself! I have to confess that I am currently a little bit obsessed with amazing baking blog, Bakerella, where you can find endless ideas for your own cake pops and a rather nifty tutorial www.bakerella.com. For a more generic tutorial and some beautiful British cakespiration, take a look at www.rhubarbandrose.co.uk

Need some inspiration for your own Cake Pops or looking to order ready made? Look no further, grab a brew ( and a slice of cake!) and enjoy today’s board (suppliers and prices listed below):

A: Red & ivory glitter pops, from £2.00 each, www.lollicakes.co.uk

B, C, D: All £2.00 each, www.mollybakes.co.uk

E: Pink glitter pops, £1.00 each, www.thetravellingteashop.com

F: Chocolate pops, £11.30 for 12, www.littlecakefactory.co.uk

G: Pink piped pop, £5.50 each, www.sarahjaneweddingcakesandevents.co.uk

Pretty Pastels Mood Board

One of the most common questions asked by new brides-to-be is ‘where do I start with the planning process?’ Obviously, we all want our wedding to be beautiful and memorable and I am no exception. But when faced with what seems like an endless to do list, bursting with suppliers to source and services to secure before they book up, it can be easy to forget to take a deep breath, relax and enjoy it all!

As they say, it is always best to start at the beginning, and I found my beginning with a mood board, trying to caputure the look and feel of the day we were trying to create…

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