D.I.Y or Not, Etsy Will Be Your Friend!

If you have not been on Etsy before, uh…that means you live under a rock!  All kidding aside, Etsy in my opinion is probably the most amazing thing to hit the internet (yes, better than Facebook and Instagram)!  Having direct access to crafters, seamstresses, jewelers and boutique owners across the county is a HUGE  advantage.  Weather you are in search of invitations, bridesmaids gifts, hair accessories, aisle runners, fabric or any other detail, Etsy is the place to go!

Here are some amazing ideas that you can use to make your wedding unique and they are all in one place.

Happy planning and your are welcome!

Be sure to click on each picture to take you to that shop!


This is an amazing fabric guest book!


Place Cards


Head bands and Clips



Custom jewelry.  Perfect for bridesmaids gifts!



Use wallpaper as an aisle runner or custom photo station backdrop!  You can also use it inside a vintage suitcase as a gift card holder.






These are only a FEW examples of the greatness you can find on Etsy.  Visit www.etsy.com to see it all!

DIY: Wedding Edible Arrangements

Welcome to the year of DIY weddings!  So many brides this year are having DIY weddings where almost everything at the wedding is handmade.  If you have the free time to make many of the details of the wedding, you can end up saving lots of money.  If you don’t have endless amounts of time, you may need to pick and choose which items you will make versus which items to buy.  One easy way to save money is to make your own table centerpieces for the reception. An easy, yet creative, DIY centerpiece involves using edible materials.  Here are some edible arrangements I can’t wait to hear your opinion on!

One of the most common edible arrangements involve using fruit. A simple bowl full of lemons, apples or pears can add some color to the tables at a fraction of the cost of fresh flowers.

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Who knew using grapes as a table centerpiece could look so beautiful paired with a few fresh flowers?

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Or consider using vegetables!  Use asparagus, string beans and artichokes as candle holders for a simple, elegant look.

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For a rustic wedding, I love the idea of using fresh herbs as table centerpieces!

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 If you are a baker at heart, you can make mini cakes, pies or cookies to use as table centerpieces!

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For a casual wedding you can even think about using candy!  Put colorful candy in glass jars or make candy or lollipop topiary’s!  I’m not sure about the candy centerpiece idea but for the right bride this might be the perfect idea!

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Are edible arrangements a “do” or a major “don’t”?  Would you have an edible arrangement at your reception?

Let us know!

Happy Planning!

DIY Place Card Holder or Gift Sign; Frame and Ribbon

I am not a very crafty person.  I like to think that I am and trust me I WISH I was, but sadly I have to face the fact that I am indeed un-crafty.   I need simple and easy “do it yourself” crafts that are fool proof so even an un-crafty person, like myself, can create a cool DIY craft without messing it up. I am thankful for Valley and Co. Weddings and Pocketful of Dreams who have two similar DIY projects with step by step instructions to make an awesome place card holder or gift table sign that are not only easy but are great additions to any wedding!

To make this yourself you will need:

Push pins (or a glue gun)
Measuring Tape
Empty Frame

Most of these tools you have in your house already…that’s why I love these projects!

First measure and cut your ribbon to the length of the frame.  Also measure how far apart you want each of these and mark it on the back of the frame. Depending on whether you want this to be used as a place card holder or a gift sign will determine how far apart to place the ribbon.

Then glue or pin each piece of ribbon to the back.  Each site suggests using different colors and even textures of ribbon.  Do this all the way across the frame .

For a place card holder just slide the tent cards over the ribbon and you’re done.  Easy right?

For the gift card table you can hang a cute banner and it makes a perfect backdrop for any table at your wedding!

Happy Planning!

For more detailed instructions go to Valley and Co Weddings for the place card holder and Pocketful of Dreams for the gift table sign.