DIY Centerpieces

I was browsing Pinterest the other day and, as most women in my age group spending too much time on Pinterest do, I got excited about doing arts and crafts!

Step One: Gather Supplies

Step One: Gather Supplies

I decided that instead of just pinning things aimlessly to my DIY wedding board though, I would be proactive and create a simple centerpiece. Inspired by the DIY spreads in Weddings Magazine I figured I would try my hand at making my own step-by-step photo collage to show you all how I did it. After I envisioned what I wanted my craft project to look like, I ventured over to Michael’s to pick out some supplies. I decided on multiple colors of ribbon in order to create multi-season centerpieces. I also grabbed two mason jars, one blue and one clear, to allow for variety. Finally, I picked up a glue gun and made my way back home to get crafty!

First, I gathered all my supplies and brought them to a nice clean place in the house where I could sprawl everything out and start my project.
I decided to begin with a Fall themed centerpiece and started this by cutting a piece of burlap fabric and a piece of deep red ribbon.

Step Two: Cut fabric & ribbon

Step Two: Cut fabric & ribbon

I then wrapped the piece of burlap fabric around my clear mason jar, dabbed the jar with the hot glue and stuck the fabric to it.

Step Three: Wrap the Ribbon around the jar and  glue

Step Three: Wrap the Ribbon around the jar and glue

Finally, I wrapped the ribbon around the burlap and tied it in a bow. Once the glueing and tying was finished I was able to put all the finishing touches on it. I placed some smooth rocks in the bottom of the jar and filled it half way with water. I was then able to place the floating candle on the water and light it for the picture!

Step Four: Tie ribbon into bow, fill with some rocks and water, place candle on water and light!

Step Four: Tie ribbon into bow, fill with some rocks and water, place candle on water and light!

After I completed the first one it was extremely easy to make a few more with different colored ribbons. I even got excited about looking around the house for different types of stones to fill the bottom of my jars with.

Summer Centerpiece

Summer Centerpiece

After I finished the third centerpiece, I was about out of cute things to put in and around them, so I decided to call it a day. What do you think of them? Are they table top worthy?

Spring Centerpiece

Spring Centerpiece

Going Green in 2013

I’ve recently noticed green showing up all over the place in makeup magazines, bikinis, and nail color! I’ve noticed it so much that I decided I should probably find out why. PANTONE® has officially dubbed Emerald Green the color of the year! I am so excited to see this beautiful color start popping up everywhere, especially at weddings! According to PANTONE® the color is

“Lively. Radiant. Lush… A color of elegance and beauty that enhances our sense of well-being, balance and harmony.”

This is great news because we will be seeing much more elegant weddings this year, along with a more eclectic approach of combining the outdoors and natural beauty with more glamor and grace. And let’s not forget, LACE is extremely trendy right now too!Dessy Bridesmaid Style 2794

Now, I don’t know much about PANTONE®. I actually had to ask my fiance who or what they were! (Apparently I’ve been living under a rock.) So I don’t know how they go about deciding the color of the year or even when they make those decisions, but one has to think that the premiere of the new OZ movie this year might have had some influence.

Whatever the influence was, I am eager to see it being incorporated into weddings this year! I have actually heard from at least two brides recently that are planning on using green in their wedding. If I didn’t already have my colors picked out, I might even be tempted to use Emerald Green in my wedding and put my bridesmaids in it! greenshoes

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Alicia and Me

Another wedding trend that I absolutely love is brides wearing colored shoes. I think the touch of color hiding under the dress is such a fabulous detail and really brings attention to the bride’s entire ensemble. Imagine how cute green colored heels would look with a shorter reception dress, if you picked one out. My sister was married in 2010 and her colors were green and purple. She chose to wear an ADORABLE pair of purple shoes under her super cute ball gown style wedding dress and I’ve been madly in love with the trend since. Alicia, my sister,  did also happen to be one of those brides that chose to wear a different shorter dress for her reception, probably to show off those super cute shoes. Too bad they probably spent more time getting passed around the bridal party than on her own feet!

Photo Source Mister Guy Photography

Photo Source Mister Guy Photography

Okay, we’ve covered the easy territory of dresses and shoes but what about favors and decorations? Well, as I’ve mentioned a few times, lace is super trendy this year. You can purchase colored lace and jazz up just about anything to create a simple yet beautiful decoration. You could wrap it around clear glass candle holders for centerpieces. OR if you opt out of a giant wedding cake and go with cupcakes instead, you could glue a little of the lace to the cupcake wrappers and give them a little character!

It may seem a little tough at first to use green as one of your wedding colors, but to me the possibilities are endless. If you need a little inspiration, check out Pinterest. There are plenty of Green wedding boards out there that you can get some great ideas from.