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Light ’em Up! Sparkler send off printables

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Some of my favourite photos around Pinterest are of sparkler send offs at weddings. They’re just SO much fun and magical to be a part of. I mean… look at how great this is?!

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Photo via 100 Layer Cake

Today we want to share a simple printable to make a sparkler send off easy and to dress up the actual sparklers you give out to guests (and to let them know what they’re for!). We made it a simple grey so you can match it to almost any wedding decor (and by this time, it’ll be dark anyways).

Light em up! I love these free printables for a sparkler send off, such a fun wedding tradition!

Light em up! I love these free printables for a sparkler send off, such a fun wedding tradition!

Just download these printables RIGHT HERE. They print out three to a page, and we recommend cardstock. You can see ours has some print lines SO we also recommend getting them printed at a copy shop for laser quality. Cut them out- we’d also recommend a paper cutter, especially if you’re doing enough for every guest! This little guy only cost about $12 and works like a charm.

Light em up! I love these free printables for a sparkler send off, such a fun wedding tradition!

Then, tape on your sparklers! We love this gold foil tape and it sticks even better than washi tape. We just picked it up from the craft store.

Light em up! I love these free printables for a sparkler send off, such a fun wedding tradition!

Light em up! I love these free printables for a sparkler send off, such a fun wedding tradition!

Ta-da! Instant sparkler send off.

Free Printable Bookmark Favors with Tassels

Free printable watercolor bookmarks about love... these are so perfect for favors!

Today we’re bringing you some fun free printable bookmarks that are all about love. We used a watercolour background in some springy colours for these sweet little bookmarks. With DIY tassels, they’re perfectly darling. We think they make an awesome wedding or shower favor. Ready to see how they’re made?

Free printable watercolor bookmarks about love... these are so perfect for favors!

Free printable watercolor bookmarks about love... these are so perfect for favors!

To get started, download and print the free file (grab it here) on cardstock and cut them to size. When you have that done, it’s time to make your tassels! I’d like you to know that we’ve found the easiest way to make tassels in a hurry. So if you’re making a bunch- we’ve got you covered. You can get packs of embroidery thread from the dollar store (it’s not the same texture as regular embroidery thread but it’s perfect for tassels. Cut them in half and tie the folded end… see!? SO quick. No wrapping for eeeever.

Free printable watercolor bookmarks about love... these are so perfect for favors!

Free printable watercolor bookmarks about love... these are so perfect for favors!

Then, take a piece of thread and a darning needle (those are the ones that are super thick- for wool and such) and punch it through your bookmarks to tie off.

Free printable watercolor bookmarks about love... these are so perfect for favors!

Free printable watercolor bookmarks about love... these are so perfect for favors!

Free printable watercolor bookmarks about love... these are so perfect for favors!

That’s it, that’s all. One bookmark at each place setting would make a pretty colourful tablescape, or stack them neatly in a basket for guests to pick on their way out.

DIY Celebration Flags

DIY Hurray! Celebration Flags for Wedding Recessionals

I love confetti just as much as the next girl. In fact, I probably love it more… and order it by the pound. BUT there are some venues that are just not agreeable with confetti or rice or tossing anything of the sort. These simple hand lettered flags are a fun alternative for guests to wave after the big ‘I DO’ as you dance your way out of the ceremony. They’re simple to make, look dynamite with almost any decor theme, and are *almost* as much fun as confetti.

DIY Hurray! Celebration Flags for Wedding Recessionals

Here’s what you’ll need to craft your own:

  • Dowels (can be found in packs from the dollar store craft section)
  • Hot glue gun and glue
  • Scissors
  • Flour sack tea towels
  • Black acrylic paint
  • Fine round paint brush

DIY Hurray! Celebration Flags for Wedding Recessionals

DIY Hurray! Celebration Flags for Wedding Recessionals

DIY Hurray! Celebration Flags for Wedding Recessionals

First things first, cut out your flags. Cut them a little longer than you want them (to account for affixing them to the dowel). You can use regular old scissors for this and leave the edges raw. When they’re cut to size, go ahead and run a bead of hot glue and press onto the dowel. Run another bead of hot glue and wrap the flag around the dowel (it should look like the flags are sewn on, no dowel showing).

DIY Hurray! Celebration Flags for Wedding Recessionals

When your flags have been assembled- it’s time for the fun part! Get painting. We freehanded these and love how they turned out all a little bit different. If you wanted a consistent look, you could get a stencil made but if it were my choice- I’d do this, way more fun!

DIY Hurray! Celebration Flags for Wedding Recessionals

Hurray! You’re done. Now do 50 of them and get excited for how much fun it will be to see them all happily waving in celebration!

Feature Friday: Vintage Picnic Baskets

Vintage Picnic Baskets for Wedding Decor

You know what we haven’t talked about here, and really really should? Vintage picnic baskets. They have all kinds of charm with a low-key, intimate feel and they’re so often forgotten about. We have a bunch (because really, how could we say no to them calling our name) that haven’t gotten nearly the screen time as all our crates or suitcases. Well, it’s time my friends. Just look at this gorgeous photo from Em the Gem... it’s chic, intimate and crazy classy. So you see how wonderful they are but don’t know how to use them for yourself? Here’s some of our favourite ideas:

ONE: For a picnic photo shoot. Scrap the awkward engagement/ family/ newborn photos and kick back with some treats. How can you not smile on a picnic? Your photographer will thank you for relaxing.

TWO: Stacked like the photo above to create a sweet sitting area at your wedding. You could even skip the chairs and just have blankets spread with baskets full of snacks to keep guests happy between the ceremony and reception.

THREE: Filled with favours, dancing sandals, programs, blankets to keep warm, or anything else you want to hand out to guests. Everything looks cuter in a picnic basket.

FOUR: To collect cards.

FIVE: Maybe my favourite- fill one or two with picnic goodies to enjoy with your wedding party after the ceremony. Everyone needs a little snack before smiling for all those photos! Plus, when your snacks look this good… your photographer can snap some candids as you enjoy.

So tell us- do you love the vintage picnic basket as much as we do? How would you use them?

Crushing on Sunny Yellow Weddings

I feel like we’ve had a peek of summer, but it’s broken up by such dreary days. It’s making me yearn for some solid sunshine and look forward to the summer even more than I was (is that possible?). To cheer on the sunshine, I thought I’d pull together some inspiration for a sunny yellow wedding- full of bright yellows and golden sun. Yellow can be such an ‘in your face’ colour, but done right it’s so happy!

Sunny Weddings- I love yellow weddings!

ONE: This invitation is so cheery! I love the golden florals and the ‘Oh Happy Day’ banner. Because what wedding that’s channelling sunshine wouldn’t be a very, very happy day?

TWO: There’s something about a groom in a grey suit. Add a yellow buttoner? Dynamite combination! These mini daisies are adorable too.

THREE: These sweet little favours of fresh honey are adorable! I love the subtle splash of golden colour. Plus, think of all the cute puns you could use, “So sweet of you to come”, “Love is sweet”… it goes on and on!

FOUR: Colin Cowie can pretty much do no wrong. I love how he added little blooms to silverware wraps to add a punch of colour to an otherwise standard buffet. I’m pretty sure (after squinting at the screen for too long) that these area actually fake florals, so you could tie them up ahead of time for an easy set up!

FIVE: I’m pretty smitten with this bouquet. I have always loved flowers, but since we added an in house florist to our team, I have access and could look at them all day long. Adding seeded eucalyptus to any bouquet can make it pretty dreamy (but that’s just my opinion!).

SIX: So I had to look a little bit harder than I expected to find a really classy yellow wedding cake. Does that surprise you? There were lots of very bright yellow cakes, but this one with golden blooms was calling my name!

SEVEN: You already know how we feel about hanging decor (spoiler: we love it!), and these bottles full of blooms strung from a tree? Lovely! I’d love to see vintage soda bottles used for this!

EIGHT: Remember this one? It’s from our very own ‘Kids at Weddings’ styled shoot. This is still one of my very favourite shoots I’ve participated in to date (my sweet niece is one of the models!) and this lemonade stand couldn’t be any sunnier.

 

Alright, friends… what’s your favourite? Is it lame of me to say my own lemonade stand photo is my fave? Yeah, alright I guess if you twist my arm I can tell you how much I love that bouquet again! Let’s hear yours in the comments!

Trend Alert: Snack Bars

The first time I saw a midnight snack at a wedding, I was floored- this was the best. thing. ever. That was years and years ago now, and that little sandwich station has been pushed aside in my dreams for some magnificent alternatives. I would be thrilled to see any of these snack stations at a wedding I was attending. I can see the candy bar losing popularity next to these babies!

Snack Bars at weddings... love this idea!

ONE: A pie bar, seriously! I’m not sure that my sweet tooth could get any happier than this! Plus it’s completely darling and you would get to use every cute cake stand you could get your hands on.

TWO: A cookies and milk station was the second midnight snack I experienced at weddings. It was amazing and I think every wedding needs one. But I’m not sure that it could get any classier than this station with milk shooters! Plus, I don’t know that anyone could turn down an Oreo.

THREE: These fruit cones are a great summer wedding snack. I love the idea of them as a sweet treat between ceremony and reception for guests as they mill about an outdoor location.

FOUR: This trail mix bar doubles as favours for a small gathering. Guests pick out a mason jar with a sweet thank you note and fill to their hearts content (mine would be mostly smarties… don’t judge me 😉

FIVE: I love a good bag of popcorn! This station features baskets and baskets of popcorn with seasonings of your choice. I’d add in some sweet fixins’ but that you know how I feel about smarties!

SIX: Mini food is the cutest food… isn’t it? These mini grilled cheese sandwiches paired with tomato soup shots would make the perfect snack to tide guests over at cocktail hour or to give them some hearty nibbles after a night of drinks and dancing.

SEVEN: Set those grilled cheese sandwiches next to this tower of mini burgers and fry cones? You’d have some very happy wedding guests! I’m not sure I’ve ever seen such classy burgers!

EIGHT: I love my ice cream, and I’m sure I’m not alone! Why not treat guests to the perfect sundae- crafted by them with all the toppings they could dream up? This sundae bar has it all!

NINE: This chips and salsas buffet is from a Fiesta, but who wouldn’t love a refreshing snack like this after a hot outdoor wedding? Or a night of dancing?

 

I’m going to sign off now and go grab myself a snack! If I could choose any of these snack bars to raid, at the moment I’d have to choose the mini grilled cheese and tomato soups. But hey, I wouldn’t complain about any of them! What’s your favourite? And have you ever been treated to a wedding snack bar? Tell us about it in the comments!

DIY Woodburned Name Hangers

DIY Woodburned Name Hangers- the perfect gift for a bride!

Happy Easter! We hope you enjoyed a weekend with family and friends. Today we’re bringing you a super simple DIY that is the perfect companion for your (or your bestie’s) wedding! I’m sure you’ve spotted customized hangers before… you know, those ones with the wire twisted to spell a name? If That’s not your style- or if you’d like a DIY alternative, we’ve got you covered!

DIY Woodburned Name Hangers- the perfect gift for a bride!

DIY Woodburned Name Hangers- the perfect gift for a bride!

These woodburned name hangers would make a perfect gift for a bride to be… or for all the bridesmaids. Better yet, they’ll look fabulous in photos of you all getting ready- and the boys will be able to tell who’s suit is who’s. They’re pretty simple to DIY, ready for the instructions?

DIY Woodburned Name Hangers- the perfect gift for a bride!

DIY Woodburned Name Hangers- the perfect gift for a bride!

You’ll need to get your hands on some wooden hangers. These are available at most house ware stores- from Ikea, to Walmart, to the Dollar Store. These wood hangers have a glossy coat to protect the wood from damage (like a woodburner!). The first thing you’ll need to do is sand that off. I tested a few hangers with different levels of sanding so I can vouch for how important this step is! Not only will the final product look SO much better, it will be 100x (no exaggeration) easier to draw a smooth line once sanded. I used 120 grit sand paper.

DIY Woodburned Name Hangers- the perfect gift for a bride!

When your hanger is prepared, give it a wipe with a damp cloth to get rid of any sawdust. Heat up your woodburner to your full temperature. Woodburners are actually quite easy to use- and affordable. The one I used is from Walmart and was $13. Many different tips come with a standard woodburner- I tried out the calligraphy tip and the rounded tip for this one. The only one I would suggest you avoid completely is the chisel tip- it digs into the soft wood too easily. The calligraphy tip is great to do skinny lines, but the rounded tip is much easier for beginners to handle. I would start there. In the final photos, Bride is written with the calligraphy tip and Lauren is written with the rounded tip. To use a woodburner, you essentially turn it on and once it’s up to full heat use it as a pen. But it’s a hot pen- so watch where you’re touching! Another tip is to go slow! You will get a more even burn if you drag the pen along slowly as opposed to fast with lots of stops. Don’t press too hard or you’ll burn indents into your wood.

DIY Woodburned Name Hangers- the perfect gift for a bride!

DIY Woodburned Name Hangers- the perfect gift for a bride!

When you’re all done your burning, go ahead and add a couple clear coats to seal it. This will make sure your gorgeous dress doesn’t get any nasty pulls from the raw wood. I used a clear coat with a satin finish.

DIY Woodburned Name Hangers- the perfect gift for a bride!

DIY Woodburned Name Hangers- the perfect gift for a bride!

So, what do you think? Not as hard as it looks! Would you give a woodburner a shot? I’d love to hear in the comments!

2015 Trend: Seed Paper Favours

I feel a little bit crazy that it’s partway through March already and I’m still getting used to calling this year 2015! But there’s no mistaking it, and this year has some fun trends coming our way for weddings. I’m excited to bring you the first of Bespoke’s Trend ‘Reports’, and today we’re talking Seed Paper Favours! Seed paper isn’t a new concept, and it’s not even a new idea for wedding favours- but this year, it’s picking up popularity and we couldn’t be more on board.

Seed paper is essentially plantable paper that is biodegradable and full of flower seeds. Awesome, right? Just include a little note to your guests explaining how to plant their paper, and you’re set! Here’s some ideas to get you started:

Favour Trend- Seed Paper Favours

ONE: We LOVE (pun?) these script versions. These little gems are listed on Etsy, which is kind of the handmade E-bay. You can find tons of options there if you’d like to buy handmade!

TWO: I’m not sure that even the ‘Love’ tags compare to the charm of pressed flowers. This is actually a DIY tutorial to make seed paper, so you can go ahead and do it yourself!

THREE: What a fun way to display your seed paper favours! Some other sayings we love?

  • Let Love Grow
  • Love Grows Here
  • Love in Bloom
  • Sowing the Seeds of Love
  • Love Grows Wild

FOUR: Another Etsy option, these leaves are the perfect favour for an organic or botanical wedding!

FIVE: If you’re going to try your hand at making seed paper for favours, I’m not sure you could make uncut paper look any more charming than this! Get the whole tutorial to make these cute cards.

SIX: Last but not least, if you’re not crazy about the rough look of seed paper, there are options that look a bit more polished, like this ‘bucket of love’!

So what do you think of the trend? ‘Green Weddings’ have been gaining popularity over the past 5 years, and I don’t see it stopping anytime soon! Have you ever received a seed paper before? Would you know what to do with it?