Thursday, September 23, 2010

DIY Banners via My DIY Wedding Day

 I found this easy DIY project today on My DIY Wedding Day:

"  Tie a 12-inch piece of ribbon to the top of each letter so that it hangs secure and straight. Attach each of those ribbons to a super long rope between two trees or posts outdoors. Twist a string of large Christmas lights to the rope so that sparkles of light are in between some of your hanging letters.

   This serves as a great backdrop to both celebrate your day and to eliminate confusion when everyone's looking through their summer wedding photos -- they'll know exactly which ones were from your gorgeous outdoor reception! (Another way to use these without making them the focus of your decor: hang them at the entrance, where your welcome sign would be!"

  Sounds easy enough right?

   But with all the things you need to get done for your wedding day, you may feel overwhelmed and that you are running out of time to get it all done.  But you want your wedding day to feel more personal and filled with handmade items. Hmm ... Don't be afraid to depend on other artisans out there to get the job done.  Here are some etsy artists that may be the key to helping you get it all done right

Personalized Banner $15 at Earmark / Pom Poms set of 15 ($52.50) at My Silly Bear / Burlap Banner $10 at Funky Shique / Just Engaged Banner $25 at H Lea 100 / Chair Banners ($20) at Funky Shique / Be Mine ($17) at Bekah Jennings.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Old Hollywood finds on Etsy

Every Wednesday I post a selection of some favorite finds. This week's selection is inspired by that classic old Hollywood feel.

Teardrop Earrings ($64) on Luxe Deluxe / Ivory Wedding Sash ($98) by Twisted Crystal / Mantilla Floor Length Veil ($225) by Rohm.
Birdcage Veil on He Knows My Name / Custom Lave Corset ($375) by Rohm / Bronwyn Dress Sash ($164) by Pish Poshes.
Victorian Beaded Purse ($80) on Miss Antebellum / Ivory Faux Fur ($40) by Alex Bridal / Rhinestone Headpiece  ($96) on Feather & Frills / Swarovski Pearl bracelet ($72) on Luxe Deluxe / Pearl Rhinestone Necklace ($100) on Tissage

Let's Eat Cake!

   Let's eat cake! And what pretty artful cakes they are! This seems to be the right kind of inspiration to get anyone through the mid-week slump. Cake artist, Maggie Austin from Maggie Austin Cakes, is located in Washington DC. And while she cannot ship these lovely creations, she does make wonderful little sugar cookies that she can.  You have to admire the details in the sugar flowers above.  Almost too pretty to eat - Almost!

For more cake inspirations:

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

DIY Aisle Flowers

   Nothing but a simple DIY flower aisle vase to get the ideas flowing about how to save on your wedding day decorations.  This fabric cover flower vase by Ashley Meaders  is so simple to put together.
Supplies Needed:
Bygel IKEA container
Spray Mount
Twine and/or ribbon

   1. Cut fabric 14"x19"
   2. Spray outside the container & rim
   3. Tightly wrap fabric against the container and smooth out air bubbles. Tuck the fabric 
       around the top of the container. Cut any excess fabric in the back making a smooth line.
   4. Add twine/ribbon around the back of the container.
   5. Add your flower arrangement.

For detailed instructions, visit the  original post from 

Tuesday Fun!

Happy Tuesday Everyone!  The weeks have been flying by and I can't believe it's time for Fall already?! Back to school and back to daily grind from an extended weekend.

So what better way to start the week than with- Shoes!

Harriet Wilde 'Molly / Nina 'Electra' $93 / Naughty Monkey 'Emerald City' $70 / Benjamin Adams 'Charlize' $399 / Nina 'Ravine' $100 / 'Badgley Mischka 'Frank' $189 / Nina 'Neva' $100 / Nina 'Aldena' $90

Friday, September 3, 2010

DIY Bridal Bouquet

  One great way to save some money with your wedding day plans, is to make your own bouquets. Buying wholesale flowers, and of course flowers in season help. And if you have never made a floral arrangement in your life - I found a great blog post on Brookelynn Morris staff writer for Craftzine offers tips to help design your own arrangement with ease.

Materials Needed:
Large clippers
Floral Scissors
28 gauge floral wire
Wire cutters
Floral tape
Rubber bands
3-4 yards of lace and ribbon
Decorative straight pins

   For those new to the art of floral arrangements, I recommend practicing these steps & playing around with your color palette ahead of time. You can usually find little deals at your local farmers market on in-season flowers. And just think, practicing only equals lovely little arrangements around your home.
   For the detailed step-by step process, please visit etsy's original post. 

  For more money saving wedding tips:
Cost of A Wedding

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Three Great Pom-Pom DIY Ideas

   Lately it seems that DIY pom pom decorations are popping up all over the web. I remember making tissue paper flowers and pom poms when I was about 6 years old.  I never would have thought they would make such a great and less expensive way to decorate an event. But they add a very cheerful and festive vibe to the room. And the best thing is, they can be made into whatever color suites your theme.   That being said I thought I should share with you a couple of my favorite links to Do-It-Yourself Pompom projects.

   First up might be my favorite: Fabric Pom-Poms via the Once Wed Blog. This may run you a little more expensive then the tissue paper poms. To cut cost, think resusable items. If you have left over fabric you can use from previous projects - go for it. You can also shop the sale section at your local fabric store for deals.

This project is simple enough that anyone who knows how to use a glue gun can do it. To view the full instruction sheet, click here!

  Second is of course, the queenof do-it-yourself, Martha Stewart's Dahlia Pom-Poms.  This project is very easy that I think even the 6 year-old-me could handle this.

   Cutting the tips of the paper, gives it the feeling of dahlia petals.  So if this is your style or you are just looking to try an easy rainy afternoon project - click here for detailed directions!

   And lastly, the impending fall-winter wardrobe change over that will occur too soon - has inspired me to post this pom-pom creation via Ruffled Blog- the Pom Pom Bouquet!  This is a great alternative to using real flowers. And it may be just the thing to add to your fall or winter wedding.
  But as you can see, this project is not for the lazy Do-it-yourselfer. There are some supplies you will need to purchase in order to pull this off.   But the results would be so unique.  For instructions on this project, visit Ruffled's original posting.
  I'm even thinking that you could add a few vintage broach pieces to this bouquet for a little bling.

Etsy Shop, Lorelie Kay Design Vintage Broach mixed media, ($12)  

Monday, August 30, 2010

Purple Accessories on

   Planning a lavender or deep purple event? Check out some of these handmade accessory finds!

Purple Feather Flower Shoe Clips ($38) by Cloe & Maddie / Crochet Flower Clips / Convertible Infinity Wrap Dress ($98) by Erin Leah Heart / Rosettes Clip ($48) at Dame Chics / Aqua & Purple Earrings ($25) at Ocean Hue  / Resin Rose Ring.

Soft Cowl Dress ($98) at Linola / Silk Dupionni Belt ($88) at Percy Handmade / Lilac Swarovsky Crystal earrings (($25) at Jenuine Jewels / Dream Flower clip ($28) at Twisted Crystals /  Zen Invitation ($40 for 20) at Tucci Paper Company.

Berlin Freshwater Bracelet ($38) at The Peach Tree / Twisted Love Bird Invitation ($3.95) at Meantime Designs / Eliza Garter ($78) by LaBoheme / Purple Corsage Dress ($60) at Worldland / Winter Garden Purple Clutch ($70) at Angee W / Floral Art Locket ($31)

Saturday, August 28, 2010

L.O.V.E. it! - Lemon Lace Studio

I came across this lovely number by recent fashion graduate- Paulea from Missouri.  This is the perfect dress for a more casual tea party wedding or as a second dress for your outdoor reception. -


To see more of Lemon Lace Studio's online shop - click here!

For more wedding dress inspirations:
Safari Wedding Dress inspirations
Inspiration: BCBG
Inspiration: Wedding Dress

Useful Information about Your Dress:
Questions to Ask Your Dressmaker!
Eco-friendly: Preowned Wedding Dresses

Friday, August 27, 2010

More Lovely Nordstrom Finds

   So after that lovely Tadashi Shoji Strapless number from the other day, I went back to Nordstrom's online shop in search of some bangles to match. I found the bangles and then some. Check out these fantastic accessories (most under $100). And of course I had to throw in that cute little cocktail number. (Maybe a second dress for the reception? hmm...) 

Thursday, August 26, 2010

   I was visiting one of my new favorite blogs, Cherry Blossom Girl a few days ago and had to share her post on Maria Lucia Hohan's Atelier. These are some images from her showroom Her dresses are everything a girly girl wants and more. I think I want to move to Europe just so I can visit her boutique everyday.

Love Letters via Eat Drink Chic

I was exploring the wedding/art blog world and found these sweet little DIY Love Notes from Once Wed Blog via Eat Drink Chic Blog ... 

"This DIY includes styling and presentation ideas for ‘Message in a Bottle’ guest favors with a twist. Enclosed is a little scroll that not only contains a message to your guests but also some extra blank notepaper so that they can write a little message back to the bride and groom and drop it in a jar labeled “Love Letters” incorporated in the centerpiece design of each table..."
- Amy of Eat Drink Chic

I thought I would share this DIY project with my crafty wedding enthusiasts out there. For instructions: Click here! (This will redirect you to the original post on Once Wed)

For More Do-It-Yourself wedding & party projects: 

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Vintage on

   It's Wednesday! And that means it is time to share with you my weekly finds. I love to support the handmade arts. But I have spent the last few weeks, during my blog break, cleaning out old boxes and looking through old art projects.  I even had a Yart Sale (yard + art = yart) to try and sell my old art to make room for new projects. All this got me thinking about the phrase "one man's junk is another man's treasure".  Nowadays we refer to this as recycle/ reusable items. So here we are - Vintage Finds from sellers for you. These vintage finds can all be used on your wedding day. From a pocket watch for your groom to a vintage chalk board for a sign; a white satin pocket book to a 1960's casual crocheted white summer dress each an item to add to your classic-vintage inspired wedding.

White Ball Clasp Clutch ($5) at Lea's Vintage / Time Flies brass packet watch ($35) at Ring Ring Ring /  Vintage 1950's Princess Jewelry Box ($46) at Mod Human / XL Vintage Frame Chalkboard ($116) at Blue Bell Bazaar / 3pc Bronze Heart Key Charms ($3.25) at DIY Closet .

Vintage White Lace Trim ($5.75) at Little Red Mercantile /   Fantasy Shoes ($250) Everlastinglifashion / Flower Girl Basket ($40) by Bragging Bags / Vintage 1960's Crochet Dress ($124) at 13 Bees / Embroidery hoop chalkboard ($35) at Bliss in a Tea Cup / 1980's Vintage Party Dress ($32) at Decade's.

Check out other finds (even if just for inspiration) from past postings:

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Tadashi Shoji Strapless Silk Organza Gown

Tadashi Shoji Strapless Silk Organza Gown with Metallic Trim at Norstrom

Nordstrom has a great selection for wedding gown styles. I came across this gown today. I really love the two tone structured bodice. The contrasting textured skirt is a nice contrast, allowing for a soft flowy movement. With or without the belt would work for this flirty dress. Online price $798.

To check out more information on this dress or preview more Click here!

Monday, August 23, 2010

Paper Umbrellas via Paper Mash

Good afternoon everyone! I am taking a few minutes to send you another little DIY project brought to you via A Field Journal by Paper Mash.  This is just a very personal touch to your event that you can make yourself. I thought these were cute and very classy so I thought I would pass the link along to you!

Click for a downloadable step-by-step direction sheet.

DIY Wedding Shoes

   While doing my usual hop from one inspirational wedding site to the next, I came across a fantasticly (if that's a word) easy DIY post from Green Wedding Shoes. All it takes is a fabric of your choice, fishing line & of course the shoes!  Check it out.

For more DIY ideas, check out a some previous posts by Artful Bride :

DIY Center Piece Website
Big Bloom Small Budget on Martha Stewart

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Twigs & Honey

I just found some lovely new wedding accessory must-have items by Myra Callan on her shop - Twigs & Honey.  They are soft & feminine; sweet & sexy; elegant & romantic. And well you just have to check them out yourself ...

Bridal Mini Hat ($285) Custom made to order. 

   Based out of the Portland area, Twigs & Honey began in 2008 with a goal of introducing a line of modern hair  accessories.  A completely self-taught artist, Myra's inspirations come from the environment around her. She uses a beautiful array of organic textures, elegant colors & creative accents to each of her handmade pieces.  To find out more about Twigs & Honey & view more items:

Saturday, August 21, 2010

We are back!

I know I know. I have spend over 2 months away from the blog. And I bet some of you are wondering what happened. Nothing big. As many of you know I am also a wedding photographer. So summer is the busiest part of my year. And being in the middle of several projects and needed to take a break from the Artful Bride to get everything reorganized. But we are back!  Here is an inspiration board to get you back in the wedding day mood!

Friday, June 11, 2010

Rock and Roll Bride on

    I know that I usually post my favorite etsy finds every Wednesday. But I can't wait until next week to post these Rock n Roll Wedding inspirations! Happy Weekend everyone!

Steampunk Necklace ($65) by 19 Moons / Royal Blue Peacock Bridal Sash ($125) by Your Fairytale Wedding /Black Onyx Drop Earrings ($22) by Poppy Raye Studio /  Punk Rocker Wedding Dress ($699) by Your Fairytale Wedding / Burlesque Choker ($50) by The Tin Tiara / Back and White Necktie ($20) by Tux and Tulle / 5 in 1 Upcycled Vintage clip ($90) by Liaison / 
Purple Birdcage ($25) by Jade Rose Designs / Red Lipstick Bouquet ($185) by Croska / Mic and Guitar Cufflinks ($25) by Cufflinks Rock /  Jewelry Roll - Inked Girls ($28) by Handmade Classics / Queen of Hearts Ring ($52) by 19 Moons.

Wedding Day Check List

A couple of days ago I posted a few tips on what to include on Your Wedding Day Emergency Kit.  So I thought it would be a good idea to provide another list of wedding day must-not-forget-to-bring:

               Bride's Check List:
                       1. Dress
                       2. Shoes (Plus extra pair in case of swollen feet or shoe break)
                       3. Veil (if you have one)
                       4. Garter
                       5. Stockings (again if you are wearing them bring an extra pair)
                       6. Under garments
                       7. Makeup
                       8. Deodorant
                       9. Toothbrush and paste
                      10. Face wash
                      11. Jewelry
                      12. Perfume
                      13. Emergency Kit
                      14. Wedding Vows
                         For the Groom:
                      1. Tuxedo/Suit
                      2. Shoes
                      3. Socks
                      4. Jewelry
                      5. Cologne
                      6. Tie Clip/ Cuff links
                      7. Deodorant
                      8. Toothbrush and paste
                      9. Face wash
                     10. Tie
                     11. Razor
                     12. Lotion (for ashy hands)
                     13. Underwear (Recommended for those renting their tux :)
                     14. Wedding Vows

Last but not least - the License!!  (you don't want a guest to miss half the reception going back to your place looking for this. Or if you are planning a destination wedding - being without this all together!)

Homemade Cake Inspiration via the Kitchn

I found this super lovely homemade wedding cake at

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Crafty Finds on

I can't believe it is already Wednesday and time to post my weekly finds.

OOAK handknit leafy scarf ($78) by Eveidas Neverland / Neo-Victorian Hamdpainted Cameo Locket ($28) by KHara leDonne / Corine Crochet Necklave ($28) by Tree and Kimball / Origami Peony Bouquet ($20) by Dancusa / White Heart Photo Clips (4 for $3.50) by Thitaree / Custom Cake Topper Couple ($295) by Red Light Studio / She Just Loved Print ($10) by Corid / Linen Napkins (2 for $18) by Bloomsong / June Rose Ring ($9) by Liz Hutnick

What to Delegate

Planning your wedding can at times feel very overwhelming. Especially if you have a giant checklist before you that has barely been started.  Well any good leader will tell you - it's time to delegate.  Now I know that if you are a control freak or what I like to call myself, 'a detail oriented' person, then you will want to have say in every part of your wedding.  And while you may not want anyone but you and your fiance to choose the flower arrangements or your photographer, there are several tasks you can easily delegate among your wedding party, family and friends.

Wedding Favors
   Don't be afraid to have some of your friends help you choose your wedding favors. Have them stick to your theme and budget and take the pressure of researching off of you.  If you are making your own favors - even better! Throw a little pizza party for your girlfriends and invite them over to help with your craft project or bake cookies for your guests. (Make sure they know that's what the party is for.)

Making the Emergency Kit
   Simply give your check list to a bridesmaid and request they pull all these item together for you. A simple trip to the drugstore can pull all this together. Just make sure that this person is someone who will be with you while you get ready - when u will likely need a majority of these items. (Please don't expect them to pay out of pocket though. This little emergency kit should be a part of the misc section of your budget.)

  Who is in charge of picking up grandmom? This is something that many couples forget about until last minute.  And getting you and your guests from one location to the next can be sometimes be tricky.  If you are looking to save some money on transportation, it is still a good idea to have a few people in charge of getting your wedding party around.  So you can delegate a few people with reliable cars to be in charge of driving.  You will also need someone to help you plan out the easiest route for your guests to follow.
  Even if you decide to rent a bus, van or limo for your guests, having someone (especially if they have already planned their own wedding.) help you find a transportation company will be helpful.
   And let's not forget about grandmom?! You may also need to make sure those elderly guests that do not drive have a way to and from your event. Grandmom may not want to party all night long, so keep that in mind.

  You may not want to have someone pick out the arrangements for you. But you may need to have flowers moved from the ceremony site to the reception. This is an easy job to delegate.

Set Up
  So when the day has arrived, there is much to do. And you cannot be at the salon or hotel room getting your hair done and setting up the ceremony and receptions sites at the same time. You may not even be able to approve of the final set up before guest arrive. But there are many people around you that have seen your idea boards and been with you while planning.  Unless you have hired a coordinator or your florist to do the set up work for you, it's a good idea to have a handful of trusted friends to work the set up so you can sit and relax. If you have specific ideas, let them know ahead of time. And part of delegating is trusting them to help get it done.

After the wedding day:

Returning the Rented Gear
  Make sure you know what arrangements may need to be made regarding rented chairs, tables, sound systems, linens etc. Check with the rental company about when these items need to be returned and who is responsible for that.  Also check with your location. They may need to have these items removed that night so they can have the space available for another event.  Delegating a wedding party member or close friend to follow up on this after the wedding is very helpful.
 Rented gear also includes the tuxedos/suits & shoes to the shop. It's always helpful to have a plan about their return before the wedding day. This way all the guys know what to do with them. Delegating someone be in charge of these items is a definite way to ensure you get your deposits back on any rented gear and for you to head off to your honeymoon without any worries.

Thanks to all who helped
   Remember, if you are going to delegate, you are giving that person the control. Trust they will take care of it. Breathing down their necks about it won't win you any more favors in the future. Make sure they know you appreciate their help. A little note to thank them can go a long way. You may also want to consider giving a special thank-you speech during the reception to acknowledge all your helpers.
  And if you are a super detail oriented person and having trouble letting go, talk with your friends. Consulting friends who have been through this process will give you pointers on what else you can delegate. But remember don't ask for advise unless you are willing to listen.

Helpful tips:

Wedding Day Emergency Kit

  As the 'Big Day' get closer and closer, there are a million little details that can go running through your head. This includes all the little things that can go wrong. So why not be prepared?  A great way to take care of some of the minor mishaps is to create a 'Wedding Day Emergency Kit'.
  For years, every time I worked on a photo shoot set I would pack my 'Set Emergency Kit'.  For me that included things like mini A-claps, double sided tape, bandages, and safety pins.  And I can't tell you how many times I was able to come to the rescue with my little kit.  And even today I carry a few safety pins, tissues, mints and bandages in my photo bag to weddings. You never know when you might need to save a bridesmaid from runny makeup or a mom from a runaway hemline.

So here is a list of must-haves in your Wedding Day Emergency Kit:

1. Sewing kit with needle, thread, buttons and safety pins in various sizes.
2. Toupee tape for keeping clothes in place.
3. Scissors
4. Stick-on instant hemming tape.
5. Clear nail polish (for runs) and nail polish in the shade you are wearing.
6. White chalk for masking stains (baby powder and baby wipes also are great to have for this too.)
7. Bandages
8. Blister protection
9. Antacid
10. Breath mints
11. Pain reliever

12. Cotton swabs
13. Blotting papers
14. Tweezers
15. Emery board
16. Lip Balm and a clear lip gloss
17. Mini Tissue packets
18. Bobby pins and hair elastics
19. Comb
20. Powder to help eliminate shine

21. Small mirror
22. Hairspray (Note: hair spray will help eliminate static on your veil in a pinch.)
23. Lint brush
24. Straws (to drink from before the ceremony)
25. Pencils (or rather eraser - in case you need to make an extra earring back.)
26. Lotions
27. Tampons or pads
28. Tooth Paste and tooth brush
29. Sunscreen
30. Deodorant
31. Crazy glue (No one ever mentions this in their check lists. But what happens if you break a nail or a heel? - crazy glue to the rescue!)

Click here for a checklist of other not-to-forget items.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

How to not get screwed by your florist via Offbeat Bride

   I found a great article on the Offbeat Bride blog about choosing a florist and how to make sure you are getting a fair price.  Florist, Tiffany Saul, shares with readers fifteen different tips to help brides-to-be. She offers friendly advise about what to do and not to do when meeting with a florist.

For example tip #6:
 When you ask to see a portfolio — a "Teleflora" book doesn't cut it. You need to see real photos of actual weddings and events that the florist has done themselves. If your florist cannot provide a "look-at-what-I-did" book, DROP THEM!

Check it out: Offbeat Bride.