DIY Tissue Holder

I am a very emotional person.  And I always lose it when a bride walks down the aisle and as much as I know I am going to cry, I never seem to have enough tissues.  So, for my wedding, I wanted to make sure there were little tissue packets for guests to take.  I scoured the internet for different DIY ideas and came across one for a fabric tissue holder.  I thought this would be the perfect for the guests and a neat take away that every woman could use in their purse, car, or in a diaper bag. 

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You will need:

  • Scissors
  • Sewing Machine
  • Tape Measure/Ruler
  • Thread
  • Fabric

Here is the tutorial from Two Brown Birds : DIY Tissue Holder with Pattern

I went to Joann’s and pick up contrasting prints and I also used scraps that I had.  I made around 40 (for 140 guests and had a few left over) and spend around $5-$7.  I picked up a few boxes of tissues from the dollar store and inserted four folded tissues in each holder.  I also recommend making a sign by the tissues so people realize what they are.  Something like : For your happy tears, For those tears of joy, or For when you boo hoo as they say I do.

DIY Art Deco Headpiece

The past couple weeks have been so busy, we haven’t really gotten to post any DIY posts.  Now I have time to post a few DIYs I did for the wedding.  This DIY I actually made for my bridal portraits.  Since these were for fun, I wanted to create a few fun headpieces to wear for variety.  I am constantly looking at different sites, like Etsy, for ideas.  That is when I came across the beauty.  An art deco tulle headpiece with crystal embellishments.  The price tag… $500.  I simply could not and would not ever pay that much for something made of tulle and rhinestones.  So, if you can buy, DIY.  Tulle is next to nothing (about $3.00/yard, I bought 1/2 yard and didn’t use most of it) and I bought the rhinestones in 3 different sizes at Michael’s for under $10 total.

Lujon - Crystal Art Deco 1920's Tulle Headpiece

 WillowMoone – $500

You will need:

  • Scissors
  • Tulle
  • Glue ( I used E6000)
  • Rhinestones (I used 5mm, 7mm, 10mm)
  • Paper plate
  • Cardboard
  • Toothpick
  • Patience

I don’t have the step by step pictures, but, it really is not too difficult.  I first cut the size of the tulle; I made it 2 ply by folding over the tulle and started the design from the folded over bottom.  Once the tulle is folded in half (hotdog or hamburger will work) then take the fold and place it across you forehead.  Then wrap the tulle around the circumference of you head and gather it in the back with a rubber band or ponytail holder.  Once it is secured.  cut it so that there is enough to still rubber band and fold under (inside the “cap).  This is how the rubber band and excess tulle will be hidden in the back.  After the size is cut, take out the rubber band and unfold the tulle.  This is where you can be creative with you design.  I laid out the rhinestones where I wanted them first to get a visual and to know how many rhinestones would need to fit and the I glued.  Before gluing, be sure to put cardboard between the tulle and whatever surface you are gluing on.  Pour out a little glue onto the paper plate and use the toothpick to transfer the glue onto the rhinestones and then stick.  Note:  When you have place the rhinestone, do not pick up and try to move because the glue does not dry completely clear.  As you are working through the project, pick up the tulle headpiece from time to time.  Tulle does have pores for the glue to go through and can get stuck to the cardboard if not removed periodically.  Once all the rhinestones are glued on, let the piece dry for an hour or so before wearing.

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Looks pretty darn close and you can save yourself about $485.

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You can check out this post to see how I turned my grandmother’s bracelet into a fun, one of a kind head piece.

Wedding Week – Flower Girls

While planning a wedding you are responsible for a lot of little details; but, wardrobe for even the littlest of attendants was a big deal to me!  I found the ring bearers suit (jacket, pants, shirt, vest, and tie) on Black N Bianco’s site for $25.  His outfit was a lot easier to find than the girls.  I wanted something cute that the flower girls could wear again and I didn’t want it to cost an arm and a leg.  So, I definitely shopped around and looked at stores like Target during the holidays (I recommend Easter and Christmas time) for non-traditional dresses.  I also found Girl Dressline where they had an array of dresses in different colors, patterns, and styles and they were all under $50 with shipping a flat rate of $5.  Also be sure to shop the site for holiday dresses at a reasonable price!

Red Elegant Chiffon Sleeveless Bubbled Hem Short Flower Girl Dress A3329-RD

Girl Dressline – $39

White Simple Sleeveless Satin & Orgnaza Knee Length Flower Girl Dress JJ1208-WH

Girl Dressline – $43

Lilac Satin A-line Flower Girl Dress with Short sleeves- JJ1202

Girl Dressline – $38

Taupe Satin bib necklin & chiffon A-line flower girl dress

Girl Dressline – $30

Black Poly Lace Top Taffeta Skirt Holiday Dress with SleevesJJ1216-BM

Girl Dressline – $43

Champagne Sleeveless Rosetti Texture Bodice with Ruffle layered Satin Girl Dress  K306-CM

Girl Dressline – $45

Organza Polkadot Flower Girl  Dress

Girl Dressline – $50

Wedding Week

This is my wedding week and I am busy with all the little details.  But, I have put together my top 5 celebrity wedding dresses.  They are in no particular order as I feel they are all equally amazing!

Princess Kate

It takes a special bride to bring sleeves back; but, she did it.  Kate dressed like a modern day Grace Kelly and looked conservative and amazing.

Hilary Duff

I love a fitted gown and this one is no exception!  The full bun and veil complete this look for Hilary.

Kate Hudson in Bride Wars

I love this Vera and was obsessed with it from the first time I watched Bride Wars.

Tori Spelling

I love a vintage look and this Gatsby inspired dress is complimented with the Juliet cap veil.

Ivanka Trump

Ivanka is the definition of timeless elegance and this dress and look just screams perfection!

DIY Wedding Hair (EASY, I PROMISE!)

This past weekend I was a “groomswoman” in my cousin’s wedding.  If you’ve been in a wedding before, you will know it can be a multiple night celebration, beginning with the rehearsal and a dinner following. 

Rehearsal Night

The rehearsal took place this past Friday night, so I thought it would be a great opportunity to wear a vibrant, maxi dress I bought (on sale for $20) at a local H&M.  I wanted to do something equally fun with my hair.  That’s when I looked at Refinery29.com for some ideas!  I found this perfect updo hairstyle that requires minimal effort.  The mohawk shape of it goes perfectly with the print of the dress.  My hair is thin, but the length made it look as similar as possible to the photograph.  20130812-141625.jpg

Funky Up-Do

Limited Edition Maxi Dress 

 

Wedding Day 

As a “groomswoman”, I was only asked to wear black.  I ended up with a classic, black dress with a gorgeous V-cut back.  It was simple and sleek and will definitely be worn again!  I wanted my hair to up to expose the shape of the back, so I was on the hunt for an EASY french twist.  After a grueling 2 minutes of searching on Pinterest, I found a perfect look.  While I was obviously going to stand out on the groom’s side, it was a subtle look that was definitely a hit with the bride and the bridesmaids!

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Easy French Twist

Crepe Woven Dress

For both updos I used bobbypins, a teasing comb, and hairspray; I also used elastics for the first updo. THAT’S IT!

TIP: I think the key in doing your own hair for special events is to lean toward the “messier” and softer looks.  I am a big fan of imperfect hair that is whispy and a little unkempt.  It allows for more mistakes unlike the typical, slicked back updos. 

A Few Wedding Tips

Weddings are not cheap and staying on budget can be really hard.  Here are a few tips that will help cut down on the little things!

1. Be sure to check out different website that allow you to download different fonts for free like dafont.com.  Download one or two fonts and use them throughout your wedding for save the dates, invites, programs, name cards, etc.  

 2. Bridal pieces accessories are necessary to a complete bridal look; but, they can be pricey.  So, be sure to check out Etsy for amazing handcrafted pieces like the first two belts below.  Or search for rhinestone or pearl appliques or brooches (3rd picture) and created a belt yourself by attaching the applique to a piece of ribbon.  Also, also look to Etsy and online for a veil.  You will find a much better deal.  DO YOUR RESEARCH and read both positive and negative reviews before buying anything!!!

 

Etsy – BellaBescaBoutique – $45.00

JB132 Crystal Clear Glass Rhinestone Applique Pearl 5.5" (JB132-crp)

 
 
3.  For bridal accessories, also check out Charming Charlie, Forever 21, and similar retailers.  These retailers are realizing that jewelry can be expensive and they are offering earrings, belts, brooches, bracelets, etc. at reasonable prices.  For accessories, try to avoid buying them at bridal gown boutique and shops, they hike up the prices significantly.
 
 
5.  When shopping for a dress, whether it is for the bride or bridesmaid, be sure to go home and do your research.  For my wedding, I found a bridesmaids dress I really liked, but, it was just too much for me too ask my sisters and best friends to spend, I came home and did a little research and found the same dress (not a replica) shipped directly from the designer for $60 cheaper.
 
I have told you where you can save a little money and now I will tell you where not to trim the fat: the photographer.  I know photography is expensive and I am lucky that my mother is a photographer.  However, I also realize that the pictures, along with the memories, will be all I have at the end of the day.  I am not saying spend the whole budget on pictures; but, make sure you have someone who knows what they are doing and who has done it before.
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DIY Candle Decor

I love candles and I love burning candles for no other reason than they are pretty.  So, here’s a fun way to display candlestick in something a little different.  This can be used on a mantle or maybe at a wedding for the “in memory” table.  Be sure to keep an eye on the candle if it is above the glass and when the flame is close to the ribbon.

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You will need:

  • Glass Vase/Cylinder
  • 5 or more candlesticks
  • Extra candle
  • Hair tie or Rubber Band
  • Ribbon
  • Matches/Lighter

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First, gather a bunch of candle sticks.  Use different colors and different complimentary scents!  Gather them with a hair tie or rubber band.  This will hold them all in place.  Tie a ribbon around the candles to cover the hair tie.DSC_0333

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Next, take a candle, it will be easiest if you have one separate from the bundle.  Light the candle and turn it sideways over the glass cylinder or vase.  Let the wax drip onto the bottom of the cylinder.  Once you have a little puddle, stick you bundle on top of the liquid wax.  Hold it firmly until it dries.  This will hold the bundle in the center of the cylinder.

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After it is dry and firmly in place, light the candles and enjoy!

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