Handmade Anthropologie Wedding

We are so excited to share Ellen and Tim’s handmade Anthropologie wedding with you. Below is a little note from Ellen about their DIY St. Louis Wedding.

From The Bride:
During my planning, I absolutely loved The Wedding Chicks, and as you’ll probably see in the photos, I did a lot of DIY projects similar to the ones that you feature! My now-husband, Tim, and I really worked hard to create a wedding that felt really “us” and that turned out to have a very shabby chic, vintage, DIY, Anthropologie sort of vibe. To read more from the bride and to see more photos click here.

Photographer: Brea Photography edited by Tim Craft
Venue: Forest Park Visitor Center – Trolley Room
Hair: Stylz Salon
Cake/Desserts: The Cakery
Caterer: Catering St. Louis
Cinematography: Scott Louis + friends and family
Coordinator: Before I Do
DJ: Band: Trilogy
Dress Designer: Claire Pettibone
Floral Design: Bloomin Buckets
Groom’s Attire: J.Crew
Jewelry: BHLDN
Officiant: Msgr. William Drennan
Shoe Designer: Bettye Muller for BHLDN
Veil or Hair Accessories: Janelle Haskin
Transportation (trolley) – Tour St. Louis
Bridesmaid dresses and groomsmen attire: J.Crew
Some photos taken at Ted Drewes Frozen Custard (where Tim and I met!) in St. Louis, MO
Some photos taken at Jipsi Boho on the Hill in St. Louis, MO

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Colors: gray
Styles: handmade

How To Make Macarons

Who does not love a Macaron? These chewy, delicious French cookies are truly a sweet treat. Filled with almonds, sugar, egg whites and a creamy ganache. They can be made into a variety of flavors, chocolate, vanilla, almond, pear mousse; the list goes on and on. We had so much fun with our Do It Yourself Meringue featuring the culinary skills of Caitlin Knoop that we just had to get together for another amazing treat! All of the beautiful table decor you see was provided by our very own Hand-Picked Boutique Rental Company – Casa de Perrin. Caitlin and Diana were both amazing to work with.

Steal worthy idea: Make macarons for your wedding guests. Place a few in a cellophane bag wrapped with a bow and a personalized message and voila you have a handmade budget friendly wedding favor. Read on to find out how to make Macarons as well as all their heavenly fillings.

How To Make Almond Macarons

Yields 30 sandwich cookies
1 ¾ cups plus 2 Tbs. Powdered Sugar
1 ¼ cup plus 2 Tbs. almond flour
4 large egg whites, at room temperature
¼ cup granulated sugar

Prepare the Batter:
It is very important to have all your ingredients in place ( literally, put in place the preparation and assembly of ingredients, utensils, pans, plates or serving pieces needed for a particular dish) ready before beginning to make the macarons. First, line 3 flat baking sheets with parchment paper and set aside. Second, using a medium-mesh sieve, sift the powdered sugar and almond flour into a large bowl and set aside. Third, in a clean stand mixer using the whisk attachment, whip the egg whites on medium speed until foamy, very soft peaks about 1 to 2 minutes. Add 1 tablespoon of the granulated sugar and continue to whip for another 30 to 45 seconds. Repeat this 3 more times. If adding food coloring do it now and whip until you achieve stiff and glossy peaks. Fourth, with a large rubber spatula, fold in half of the powdered sugar and almond flour mixture to the egg whites. Once it is thoroughly incorporated, fold in the remaining mixture until just combined. Be careful not to over mix. Fifth, using a piping bag fitted with a ½ -to ¾ inch round tip pipe the batter onto the prepared sheet pans in rounds about 1 inch in diameter and ¼ to ½ inch thick, about 1 ½ inches apart. Once all of the macarons have been piped rap the sheet pans against the counter a few times to flatten the rounds and pop any air bubbles. Now, allow the macarons to rest until they are no longer tacky to the touch, about 20 to 30 minutes. Heat the oven to 325 F and position racks in the top and bottom thirds of the oven.

When the macarons are ready to bake place them in the oven and reduce the temperature to 300F. Bake for 8 minutes and then rotate and swap the sheets positions. Continue to bake until cookies are very pale golden, about 15 to 20 minutes total, allow to cool. Meanwhile, bake the third sheet bringing the temperature back up to 325 F and following the same procedures as before.

Once the macarons have cooled completely fill with what ever your heart desires! I used cranberry, apple butter, pear mousse, vanilla butter cream and pumpkin cream to make these dainty little sandwich cookies.  These are best eaten the day they are made, but you can store them in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 1 day or in the freezer for up to 2 weeks.

How To Make Pumpkin Cream

Yields 1 pint, enough for 40 small Macarons
3 egg whites
Pinch cream of tartar
1 cup granulated sugar
¼ teaspoon fine sea salt
2 ½ sticks cold unsalted butter, cut into 1-inch cubes
1 cup canned pumpkin puree
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground ginger
½ teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
¼ teaspoon ground cloves

Method:
Put the egg whites and cream of tartar in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment.
Bring the sugar and ¼ cup water to a boil in a small saucepan over medium- high heat, stirring to dissolve the sugar. Attach a candy thermometer to the pan and cook until the mixture reaches 238F (soft ball stage).

While the syrup is cooking, whisk the egg whites at medium speed until they form soft peaks, about 2 minutes. Once the syrup reaches 238F, in a steady stream gradually pour the syrup down the side of bowl, resting the edge of the pan on the edge of the mixer so that the syrup does not hit the whisk attachment and splatter. This process should take about 15 seconds. Whisk the meringue until stiff peaks form and the bowl cools down, about 8 minutes.

Now, add the salt and butter and whisk on high speed until the meringue emulsifies and becomes completely smooth and fluffy, about 8 minutes. Add the pumpkin puree, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and cloves while the mixer is still running and whisk until the butter cream returns to a smooth and fluffy state. It can be kept covered and refrigerated for up to 3 days.

How To Make Apple Butter
1 lb 4 oz Granny Smith apples
2 oz. unsalted butter
6 oz granulated sugar
½ teaspoon salt
4 cinnamon sticks
1 ½ vanilla bean, split and scraped

Method:
Coarsely chop the apples into about 8 pieces each place all of the pieces, as well as the seeds, stems, and cores, in a medium saucepot. Dice the butter and add it to the apples. Place the remaining apple butter ingredients in the pot.
Bring the mixture to a boil over high heat, and then turn the heat down to medium low. If the apples begin to scorch, turn the heat down to low, stirring the pot every few minutes to prevent scorching.
Cook until the apples have cooked through and turned brown, about 3 hours. The mixture will look almost like a paste, and there will be no discernable pieces of apple. Remove the vanilla pods.
While the apple butter is still warm, pass it through a ricer. Let the mixture cool to room temperature covered with plastic wrap. Once cool, transfer to an airtight container and refrigerate. It will keep for up to 3 weeks in the refrigerator.

How To Make Pear Mousse
Yields 1 pint, enough for 40 small sandwiched macarons
6 very ripe medium pears, peeled and cored
2 teaspoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
4 eggs
4 egg yolks
2 cups granulated sugar
1 Tablespoon Grand Marnier
1 ½ sticks unsalted butter, softened
½ cup heavy whipping cream
¼ teaspoon almond extract
Method:

Place the pears and lemon juice in a food processor and puree until smooth.
Bring the eggs, yolks, sugar, and pear puree to a boil in a medium saucepan over medium heat, whisking constantly, about 8 minutes. Once it begins to boil, whisk vigorously for about 1 minute on the heat.

Remove from the heat, and add the Grand Marnier, and strain through a fine mesh sieve. Allow the mixture to cool until lukewarm, then pour it back into the food processor, add the butter, and process the mixture until it is smooth and emulsified, about 1 minute. Pour it into a container and let it cool to room temperature, then cover and refrigerate it overnight, until thickened and has a mousse like consistency.

Place the whipping cream in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a whisk attachment, on high-speed whip until stiff peaks form. Add the almond extract. Fold the whipped cream gently into the pear mousse mixture.

Featuring the table decor of Casa de Perrin and the culinary skills of Caitlin Knoop

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Wisconsin Barn Wedding At The Enchanted Barn

You are going to love this barn wedding from one of our favorite wedding vendors in the Midwest, Emily Steffen Photography. Matt and Claire wanted a day that was simple, charming and a little rustic. They chose The Enchanted Barn, an ideal choice for a simply lovely Wisconsin barn wedding.

Of course, it was ultra important to have their Boston Terrier, Crosby, at the wedding. He was decked out in a handmade bow tie that matched the groomsmen’s handmade neckties that both Matt and Claire’s moms made! We are dying over how cute Crosby is. To see more of this barn wedding check out the entire gallery.

Other handmade details that you might want to take note of are the embroidered table numbers and fabric bunting banners. Another steal worthy idea is the paint chips in coordinating colors as the escort cards for the guests! You can pick those up at any local hardware store for free.

 

Photographer: Emily Steffen Photography
Venue: Enchanted Barn
Caterer: Saffron Meadows
DJ: Ben Bolopue
Dress Designer: Wtoo by Waters
Floral Design: Handpicked from the garden and farmers market
Cake/Desserts: Deb Christenson (cake) and Martha Schueltz (pie)

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Colors: green
Styles: handmade, rustic

Free Printable Invitations

Free Printable Invitations, labels and monograms from around the world wide web and from right here at your favorite wedding blog, The Wedding Chicks.

1. How fabulous are these vintage paper place mats from The Pretty Blog. They have a few other styles available for download as well.
2. World Label has a ton of free labels to download like this vintage round labels.
3. Free printable bunting save-the-date and we also have the free printable invitation to go along with it.
4. Beautiful labels that you can use for so many things from Poppy Talk.
5. Mason Jar Free Printable Wedding Invitations from The Wedding Chicks.
6. More Free Printable Wedding Invitations from The Wedding Chicks this time with a super cute Dahlia flower.
7. More vintage inspired labels from World Label.
8. One of my favorite places The Graphics Fairy offers this free printable french wreath.
9. More love from us. Our Circle Love Custom Monograms that can be totally customized in your colors and names. Love!

 

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Bouquet Recipe | Plum Colored Wedding Bouquet

This breathtaking plum colored wedding bouquet was photographed by Diana Marie Photography and designed by Portland Wedding + Event Designer Fleurology. It is overflowing with pink andromeda blooms and beautiful lavender roses. If you aren’t lucky enough to be in Portland, just take the recipe to your local florist. To swoon over more Bouquet Recipes click here.

Plum Wedding Bouquet Recipes
Soft Pink Andromeda blooms {3-4 stems}
Lavender “Cool Waters” Roses {6 stems}
Purple Ranunculus {10 stems}
Rice Flower {5 stems}

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Do It Yourself Place Cards

Do It Yourself, or DIY, wedding projects allow you to create your own personalized favors and touches that can be applied in any way you can imagine on your special day, for a shower, a party or whenever. All you need are some basic items and a little creativity.

These adorable Do It Yourself Place Cards made with spools of colorful thread and lollipop sticks are an affordable, simple way to add colorful hand-made details to your reception or bridal shower. This super cute DIY project is perfect for making your guests feel special. See more clever do-it-yourself wedding projects here.

You will need:
Card stock
Complimentary colors of thread
Lollipop sticks
Craft glue
Scissors

To begin, cut your card stock into whatever shape and size you like. You can also use special craft scissors to give the cards a scalloped or funky edge.

Either write or hand stamp your guest’s name onto the card cut out.

Next, use craft glue to secure lollipop sticks in between the card stock cut outs.

Simply drop lollipop sticks into center hole of thread spool and you’re done. So easy and so adorable!

As always, a special thanks to our North Carolina photographers Hilton Pittman Photography for this crafty DIY.

For more of Hilton Pittman’s recently featured Do It Yourself wedding ideas, see below:

Do It Yourself Wedding Pinwheels
Do It Yourself Wedding Guest Book
Do It Yourself Save The Date Wedding Maps

Do It Yourself Pear and White Chocolate Mousse
Do It Yourself Pretty Patterned Fabric Envelopes
Do It Yourself Strawberry Jam Favors
Do It Yourself Wedding Cake Decor
Do It Yourself Drop Pin and Crystal Earrings
Do It Yourself Teacup Candles
Do It Yourself Simple Bridal Clutch

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Bouquet Recipe | Orange & Ivory Wedding Bouquet

This stunning orange & ivory wedding bouquet was photographed by Diana Marie Photography and designed by Portland Wedding + Event Designer Fleurology. It is overflowing with parrot tulips and bouvardia. If you aren’t lucky enough to be in Portland, just take the recipe to your local florist. To swoon over more Bouquet Recipes click here.

Orange & Ivory wedding Bouquet:
Dark Orange Ranunculus {10 stems}
Dark Orange Parrot Tulips {10 stems}
White Bouvardia {10 stems}

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Wedding Bouquet Recipes | Peonies and Billy Ball Bouquet

How majorly gorgeous is this Peonies and Billy Ball Bouquet from Verbena Floral Design. Verbena Floral Design is a very talented Victoria, Canada based florist. This lovely bouquet is vibrant and so beautiful. Be sure to see this entire Victoria Country Wedding captured by Red Leaf Studios. Of course there is so much more pretty to see.

9 Coral Charm Peonies
5 White Peonies
10 stems white ranunculus
9 stems Craspedia

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Bouquet Recipe | Pink, Purple & Succulents Bouquet

This amazing Pink, Purple & Succulents Bouquet bridal bouquet was photographed by Diana Marie Photography and designed by Portland Wedding + Event Designer Fleurology. It’s filled with vibrant and spectacular flowers. If you aren’t lucky enough to be in Portland, just take the recipe to your local florist. To swoon over more Bouquet Recipes.

Pink, Purple & Succulents Bouquet
Purple Lilac {5 stems}
Dark Pink Peonies {10 stems}
Succulents of your choice {5 blooms}

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Bouquet Recipe | Ranunculus and Wheat Grass

Located within the heart of Chicago IL’s West Loop & Fulton Market district, Natural Beauties Floral has quickly become one of Chicagoland’s most respected and sought after wedding florists. Lucky for you, they have shared a fall inspired bouquet recipe. Peach and green tones come together in this elegant bouquet that would accent any bride beautifully.

Recipe:
white ranunculus (10 stems)
apricot mini callas (10 stems)
peach girlie frolies spray roses (10 stems)
ivory vendela roses (5 stems)
dusty miller (1 bundle)
green scabiosa (12-15)
a dash of white pods
and…a sprinkle of wheat grass

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Colors: orange

Will You Be My Do It Yourself Download

Do It Yourself, or DIY, wedding projects allow you to create your own personalized favors and touches that can be applied in any way you can imagine on your special day, for a shower, a party or whenever. All you need are some basic items and a little creativity.

This Will You Be My Do It Yourself Download is a completely awesome idea to wow your wedding party. Available for Bridesmaids and Groomsmen, you’ll have a blast making them. See more of our fabulous Do It Yourself projects here.

Stephanie Hunter Photography recently made these Will You Be My bottles for her bridesmaids and for her fiance’s groomsmen for their upcoming wedding. She goes on to share you with you how they created this cuter than life Do It Yourself Will You Be My Downloads.

From Stephanie:
We loved the idea of using the Wedding Chicks templates for cards but wanted something that really read into our style and that our friends would love, so we bought beer and spiked lemonade and used special waterproof labels to bring it all together. It was a HUGE hit! All of our attendants decided to keep their bottles…the girls are even going to keep them as little vases to house flowers in the future!

1. Buy bottles – beer, wine, spiked lemonade or flavored water…really, anything goes!
2. Buy special labels (important…we tried it with normal labels and they quickly became discolored and shriveled)! We used these on weatherproof matte inkjet beer labels.
3. Customize your cards/labels from Wedding Chicks: For The Bridesmaids Click Here. For The Groomsmen Click Here. To change your desired colors save image by right-clicking.
4. Use label software or template available on the Online Labels website to create labels
5. Import earlier customized image onto label using template or software.
6. Use whatever font you want to put the name of the bridal party member on the top label (where the neck of the bottle is).
7. Print final design on labels.
8. Remove existing labels from bottles – you may need to soak in warm water first.
9. Dry thoroughly.
10. Attach customized labels avoiding air bubbles.
11. Hand out and enjoy! *Tip: Buy extra labels in case you make mistakes!

Stephanie Hunter Photography

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Wedding Bouquet Recipes | Ranunculus and Roses

We are in love with this simple, yet sophisticated bouquet created by Stacey of Floral Occasions. Floral Occasions is a San Juan Capistrano based floral studio serving all of Southern California. We spotted this bouquet shot by Paul Von Rieter. Stacey was generous enough to share her recipe for this beauty, so we could share it with you! If you are in Southern California, you will definitely want to check out all of Stacey’s beautiful work – but if you are on another coast you can share it with your local floral designer.

White Ranunculus (10-15 stems)
Escimo Roses (12)
White Freesia (10)
White Larkspur-Tips (10)
Curly Willow Branches (6-7) pulled across over bouquet randomly when completed
Lemon Leaf for collar (3 stems cut in pieces of 2-3 leaves each)


Floral Design: Floral Occasions
Photographer: Paul Von Rieter

 

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Do It Yourself Paper Pennant

 

Do It Yourself, or DIY, wedding projects allow you to create your own personalized favors and touches that can be applied in any way you can imagine on your special day, for a shower, a party or whenever. All you need are some basic items and a little creativity.

 

These Do It Yourself Paper Pennants are an easy way to add a personalized touch to your wedding or engagement photos. As we all know, pennants are all the rage and really do add a custom touch. Follow the easy instructions below and you will be on your way to having your very own, personalized Do It Yourself Paper Pennants. See more clever do-it-yourself wedding projects here.


1. Construction Paper in colors of choice
2. Scissors
3. Pencil
4. Hot glue gun and glue
5. Stencil you can print your own and make all numbers and letters to all shapes and sizes on your computer or you can purchase a stencil
6. Ribbon & Ruler
7. Craft Glue

1. Taking the construction paper in the color that you want the pennant to be, measure the top part of the pennant to be 7 inches across.

2. From the middle of the top of the pennant (3.5 inches), measure down 9 inches to make your point.

3. Connect each end of the top of the pennant to the point and then cut your pennant out.

4. Using your stencil, trace the letter or number onto your other color construction paper.

5. Once finished, cut out and glue down the number/letter to the middle of the pennant.

6. Take your ribbon and hot-glue along the top edges of the pennant. Continue to do the same with all others.

A special thanks to Hilton Pittman Photography and Viva La Event for this adorable wedding do-it-yourself project.

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Wedding Bouquet Recipes | Peonies and Roses

These was such an amazing response to this beautiful bouquet by Los Angeles based floral designer Honey And Poppies. Megan of Honey And Poppies was the mastermind behind this bundle of lovely peonies and roses and she so graciously shared her recipe! Honey And Poppies is based in Los Angeles, but don’t fret because you can now easily share with your floral designer exactly what you want no matter your neck-of-the-woods.

Coral charm peonies (2-3)
Pink Piano garden roses (3-4)
O’Hara garden roses (3-4)
peach and butter colored Icelandic poppies (about 6)
pink and ivory lisianthus (4-5 stems)
pink astilbe (5-6 stems)
succulents (2-3)
pink ranunculus (5-6 stems)
craspedia (billy balls) (8-9 stems)
dusty miller
maidenhair fern
Be sure to check out this entire Orange County Garden Party Wedding that sparked the Bouquet Recipes!

Floral Design: Honey And Poppies

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Do It Yourself Easy Eco Friendly Place Settings and Favors

Do It Yourself, or DIY, wedding projects allow you to create your own personalized favors and touches that can be applied in any way you can imagine on your special day, for a shower, a party or whenever. All you need are some basic items and a little creativity.

These Do It Yourself Easy Eco Friendly Place Settings and Favors are easy to put together, stylish, colorful, and what’s better than incorporating a little “green” into your wedding day? Plus they are only $6 a favor and guests can actually bring them home and enjoy them long after the wedding. See more clever do-it-yourself wedding projects here.

Supplies:
1. Recycled Paper Scissors
2. Any small potted plant
3. Potting Gloves
4. Potting shovel (if needed)
5. Twine Hole Puncher
6. Small Terracotta Pot

1. Start off by planting one of your flower/herb plants into the small Terracotta pot.
2. Print your saying of choice on your recycled paper. We used “Please plant this flower to remember our day and watch our love blossom in your garden everyday”
Once printed, cut into small strips.
3. Using the hole puncher, punch a hole in the top left corner of the strip. Cut the twine to desired length (determined by how many times you wish to wrap around the pot).
4. Cut the twine to desired length (determined by how many times you wish to wrap around the pot).

Last but not least, wrap twine around the pot and tie off in the front, making a bow, and place at each place setting. A special thanks to Hilton Pittman Photography and Viva L’Event for this adorable wedding do-it-yourself project.

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Do It Yourself Mustache And Muah

Do It Yourself, or DIY, wedding projects allow you to create your own personalized favors and touches that can be applied in any way you can imagine on your special day, for a shower, a party or whenever. All you need are some basic items and a little creativity.

We combined two of our favorite wedding trends, the desert table and the mustache and lips craze into an easy Do It Yourself Mustache And Muah wedding project. Everything can easily be done a few days before the event and guests will love your homemade tasty treat. You can download the Free Printable Custom Muah and Mustache Favor Tags in your colors here! See more clever do-it-yourself wedding projects here.

Supplies
1. Candy Melts | 2. Squeeze Bottles | 3. Mustache Mold & Lips Mold | 4. Treat Sticks | 5. Clear Bags

Step 1: Melt chocolate by follow directions on package. Be careful not to overcook.

Step 2: Fill mold up halfway and place stick in mold. Settle chocolate and fill rest of mold with chocolate. Repeat for each mold.

Step 3: Put mold in refrigerator or freezer until hardened.

Step 4: Place in plastic baggy and tie up with some cute thread! Voila!

Thank you to annie’s coffee and treats for coming over and helping us with this fun project!

annie’s coffee and treats

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Texas DIY Wedding

How incredibly lovely are Ashley and Max’s wedding invites? A vintage hankie for the invitation accompanied by mason jar response card. Hello cuteness. The two married at The Conservation Plaza in New Braunfels a quaint and charming wedding venue. Following the ceremony, guests enjoyed a true Texas style cocktail hour with fresh lemonade, sweet tea, Texas brewed beer, and homemade caramel corn. All photographed by Sarah McKenzie Photography.

For more DIY Wedding ideas see the entire wedding gallery.

Photographer: Sarah McKenzie Photography
Venue: The Conservation Plaza
Makeup: Felger & Friends
Cake/Desserts: Polkadots Cupcake Factory
Caterer: Heart’s Desire Catering
Dress Designer: David’s Bridal
Floral Design: Flowers by Jeni
Shoe Designer: Seychelles
Cake Toppers: Miss Aine Handmade Crafts
Photo booth: Magnolia Photo Booth
Bird House Gift card holder: Door County Woodworks
The Bride’s Designs: My Darling Clementines
Tent: Comal Rental
Second Shooter: Jenna of Cammi J. Photography
DJ: DJ Jonny Whutnot
Groom’s Attire:
Andrew Fezza
Veil or Hair Accessories: Southern Lady Veils

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Colors: blue, orange
Styles: handmade, vintage

Wild Turkey Ranch DIY Wedding

We have another outstanding d0-it-yourself wedding for you.

The bride and her mother-in-law made everything you see here except for the cake. Including the brooch bouquet, all the dresses, and every single favor. It was DIY all the way down to the last detail. Lucky for the bride her mother-in-law owns a consignment boutique and is quite crafty.

There are so many more spring wedding details to swoon over from Nashville wedding photographers Ulmer Studios Photography. You can see all of them by clicking here.

Photographer: Ulmer Studios Photography

Venue: Wild Turkey Ranch
Cake & Desserts: Publix Bakery
DJ: Spangler Entertainment

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Homemade Indiana Wedding

Not too long ago, we featured a DIY engagement session and we are thrilled to show you the DIY wedding that accompanies this adorable couple. As you can see, it is full of charm and thoughtful details like the embroidered Mr. and Mrs. napkins and of course that Claire Pettibone bridal gown paired with sassy peep toe rose heels.

If you are DIY bride on search of more images click here to see the full wedding gallery by Parker Young.

This is definitely a pair of happy little hearts. This is quite fitting since Christen, the bride has a fun little web site, two happy hearts. She sells adorable owl cake toppers that will make a hoot at your wedding.

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Photographer: Parker Young
Cinematography: Alea Lovely
Makeup & Hair: Vanis Salon
Caterer: Popolano’s
Dress Designer: Claire Pettibone
Groom’s Attire: Cotton On
Jewelry: Clara Jewelry
Veil or Hair Accessories: Urban Outfitters
Shoe Designer: Sam and Libby, via DSW
DJ: Sensational Sounds – Schererville, Indiana
Officiant: John Peters Groom’s Dad
Cake/Desserts: Cake’s by Karen – Highland, Indiana
Venue: Ceremony : Ogden Gardens & Butterfield Pavilion

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DIY Australian Wedding

You know we love a homemade wedding and this Australian wedding does not disappoint from Jonathan Ong Photography.

This Australian couple had their ceremony at a park and their reception was held at their house that they decorated themselves.

They were very hands-on with all of the details. Everything was done by them–from the flowers and decor to the food. They practically transformed their apartment. The flowers were bought on the very morning from the market and were arranged by the bride.

To see the full wedding gallery click here.

Photographer: Jonathan Ong
Venue: Artarmon Reserve

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Elegant Do It Yourself Save the Date Cards

Do It Yourself, or DIY, wedding projects allow you to create your own personalized favors and touches that can be applied in any way you can imagine on your special day, for a shower, a party or whenever. All you need are some basic items and a little creativity.

These Elegant Do It Yourself Save the Date Cards are gorgeous, super simple and incredibly classy. You can download them here and customize them with your wedding colors. See more of our fabulous Do It Yourself projects here.

If you are interested in being a guest designer please email jocey@weddingchicks.com and we will share with you how to make it happen. Be sure to check out all of our designs we have a ton.

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Modern Monogram Do It Yourself Printable Wedding Invitations

Do It Yourself, or DIY, wedding projects allow you to create your own personalized favors and touches that can be applied in any way you can imagine on your special day, for a shower, a party or whenever. All you need are some basic items and a little creativity.

We have some gorgeous Modern Monogram do it yourself printable wedding invitations that include response cards, save the date and programs for your guests. Do it yourself printable wedding invitations templates allow you to create your own personalized wedding invitations that are absolutely free. There are no files or templates to download. All you need is some paper, a printer and little bit of creativity.

You can visit here to download the suite. Be sure to check out all of our free wedding downloads here.

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Do It Yourself Antique Brooch

Do It Yourself, or DIY, wedding projects allow you to create your own personalized favors and touches that can be applied in any way you can imagine on your special day, for a shower or party. All you need are some basic items and a little creativity.

It may look like a family heirloom, but this pretty little accessory takes less than an hour to make! This Do It Yourself Antique Brooch is incredibly easy and oh-so-clever. You can customize this brooch to match your wedding theme colors. Attach it onto your shoes, pin it on your dress, or even wear it as an accent in your hair. It also makes the perfect gift. Be sure to peruse all of our do-it-yourself wedding projects. We have plenty to choose from.

Supplies:
Pearls
Swarovski Crystals
Jewelry Pliers
Clear Jewelry Thread
Glue
Scissors
Some kind of base (We used an earring)

1. To begin, remove the earring hook with jewelry pliers.

2. Next, glue a clear Swarovski crystal to the center of base.

3. Take the clear thread and thread a ring of pearls through the holes of the base.

Gorgeous don’t you think? Thank you to Hilton Pittman Photography for this adorable wedding do-it-yourself project.

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Do It Yourself Lotus Flower Cake Topper

Do It Yourself, or DIY, wedding projects allow you to create your own personalized favors and touches that can be applied in any way you can imagine on your special day, for a shower or party. All you need are some basic items and a little imagination.

This Do It Yourself Lotus Flower Cake Topper is a sweet treat for any occasion. This delicate topper infused with a gorgeous crystal reflects the colorful paper surrounding it. It pleases the eye and makes any dessert delectable! See other do-it-yourself wedding projects.

 

Get crafty with this DIY Lotus Flower Cake Topper.

Supplies
Basille Card-Stock
Teardrop Crystals
Toothpicks
Scissors & Pen

Sketch a lotus design, as seen, with a pen.

Cut lotus out from card-stock. Using your fingers, close the lotus and gently bend petals inward to give them a nice shape.

Repeat previous step with a complimentary color of card-stock. Layer the two lotus petals together, and using a tooth-pick, poke a hole through center of petals. Place pointed end of crystal through center of petals. Place your lotus petal and crystal creation on top of dessert.

Our thanks to Hilton Pittman Photography for being so creative and to Chocolate Smiles Shop for providing the chocolate. Be sure to check out all of our wedding DIY projects here.

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Do It Yourself Fresh Fruit and Flowers Centerpiece

Do It Yourself, or DIY, wedding projects allow you to create your own personalized favors and touches that can be applied in any way you can imagine on your special day, for a shower or party. All you need are some basic items and a little creativity.

Anyone can make this simple and budget-friendly Do It Yourself Fresh Fruit and Flowers Centerpiece! Use an assortment of fresh fruits and vegetables with mini bouquets to make pretty centerpieces. Our favorite turned out to be the fragrant pineapple bouquet! See other do-it-yourself wedding projects.

Another way you can use these? Try nestling votive candles inside of the fruits and vegetables, instead of flowers. Super cute…right?

Supplies:
1. Assorted large fruits and/or vegetables
2. Variety of flowers
3. Floral foam
4. Votive holder
5. Scissors
6. Knife

1. Select a large fruit or vegetable that will hold your variety of flowers. Cut the very top off of fruit or vegetable with a knife.

3. Carve a 3 inch round/deep opening in fruit or vegetable.
4. Carve floral foam to fit inside of votive holder.
5. Put floral foam inside of votive holder and place into the fruit or vegetable opening.
6. Pour water into votive holder.

7. Snip the stems of flowers and arrange them however you like and stick them one by one into the foam.

Thanks to Hilton Pittman Photography for being so creative. Be sure to check out all of our wedding DIYs here.

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Vintage Garden DIY Wedding Ideas

We sure do love it when brides send us their weddings. Especially when they are filled with vibrant colors and tidbits of loveliness. Elisabeth & Tyler’s entire wedding was DIY. Etsy, Ebay and Save-on-crafts were Elisabeth’s life lines. The only thing that was not captured was the immense sweat and elbow grease that went into to the wedding.

There are a ton of more photos to see and you can read more on how Elisabeth created her dream wedding by clicking here.

Photography: Birke Photography
Venue: Home Hill Inn
Bridal Gowns: Beverly Lister
Hair & Makeup: Green Door Day Spa
Stationery: Hello Lucky
Veil & Dress: Vera Wang
Bridesmaid Dresses: Sohomode
Shoe Designer: Loeffler Randall
Tent & Lighting: Sperry Tents
Cake: Jacques Fine European Pasteries
Groom’s Attire: Suit – Banana Republic; shirt and tie – Paul Smith

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Do It Yourself Two Sided Felt Heart Pillow Cake Topper

Do It Yourself, or DIY, wedding projects allow you to create your own personalized favors and touches that can be applied in any way you can imagine on your special day, for a shower or party. All you need are some basic items and a little creativity.

This Do It Yourself Two Sided Felt Heart Pillow Cake Topper is the perfect little beauty for weddings, showers, or every day occasions. See other do-it-yourself wedding projects.

Step 1: Assemble Your Supplies. For this project, you will need:

  1. Two standard-size pieces of felt in the contrasting colors of your choice
  2. Three lollipop sticks, available in the cake decorating section of most crafts stores
  3. Fabric glue
  4. Approximately five yards 3/8 ribbon
  5. Safety pins
  6. Craft knife
  7. Freezer paper (optional)
  8. Embellishments, such as buttons, iron-on appliques, vintage stud earings, decorative brads, etc.
  9. Needle and embroidery floss (not shown)
  10. Polyfill or other pillow stuffing (not shown)

Step 2: Draw or trace larger heart onto paper. Carefully cut heart template. (We folded the paper in half to ensure that both sides were symmetrical.)

Step 3: Safety pin paper template to felt and cut around template. Repeat, creating two identical hearts. (If using optional freezer paper, adhere paper waxy-side down with iron on medium heat. Trace heart shape onto freezer paper and cut.)
Step 4: Repeat steps 2 and 3 with smaller heart.

Step 5: Using fabric glue, attach smaller heart to larger heart. Repeat with other cutout hearts.
Step 6: Attach embellishments using fabric glue. For studded earings and brads, attach by piercing felt with a craft knife and then inserting stud or brad.

Step 7: Create a loop by folding a ribbon in half and glue on the inside of one of the hearts. Using embroidery floss, stitch around the outer edges of the heart, leaving room to insert stuffing.
Step 8: Stuff pillow and finish stitching.

Step 9: Wrap ribbon around lollipop sticks and adhere with fabric glue. Use embroidery floss to tie sticks together.
Step 10: Hang heart on sticks. Carefully insert into cake.

Note: Before creating your felt heart cake topper, be sure you know the dimensions of the top tier so you can determine how big your heart should be as well as how far apart the supports should be.

Cake and Cake Topper: Erica O’Brien Cakes
100% Wool Felt provided by: Felt on the Fly
Photos: Boutwell Studio
Stitching: Paper and Thread

A very special thank you to this whole team, I truly had so much fun making this with you.

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Do It Yourself Valentine Cookies

Do It Yourself, or DIY, wedding projects allow you to create your own personalized favors and touches that can be applied in any way you can imagine on your special day, for a shower, a party or whenever. All you need are some basic items and a little creativity.

These Do It Yourself Valentine Cookies are straight from Martha Stewart. They are the sweetest way to say “I love you” to everyone special in your life. Here are few ideas on how to wrap them up with love. We also whipped up a custom little napkin and a fun little banner to liven things up a bit! See more clever do-it-yourself wedding projects here.

Photos by Diana Marie Photography

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Do It Yourself Drop Pin and Crystal Earrings

Do It Yourself, or DIY, wedding projects allow you to create your own personalized favors and touches that can be applied in any way you can imagine on your special day, for a shower, a party or whenever. All you need are some basic items and a little creativity.

These Do It Yourself Drop Pin and Crystal Earrings are perfect for you or for your bridesmaids. These sweet little earrings are simple to make and are extra special because they are made with love. Plus, they’re oh-so-easy. See other do-it-yourself wedding projects.

Supplies:
1. Jewelry pliers & wire cutters
2.6 head-pins
3. 2 small pearls; 2 large pearls
4. 2 bicone crystals
5. Pair of Sterling silver earring wires

1. String large pearl onto head-pin.

2. Fold head-pin over pearl. Pull wire back the other direction and use plier nose to make a small loop. Take excess wire and wrap several times creating a twisting effect tight to bead.

3. Wrap, twist and clip one end of crystal.  Leave other end open to string on large pearl. String large pearl and bi-cone crystal. Wrap, twist and clip wire from open end of bi-cone crystal. Repeat for small pearl.

4. Wrap, twist and clip one end of crystal. Leave other end open to string on large pearl. String large pearl and bi-cone crystal. Wrap, twist and clip wire from open end of bi-cone crystal. Repeat for small pearl.

5. Voilà! You have your drop pearl and crystal creation. A special thank you to Hilton Pittman for another amazing wedding diy project. To see more of their fabulous wedding projects click here.

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Do It Yourself Wine Bottle Centerpieces

Do It Yourself, or DIY, wedding projects allow you to create your own personalized favors and touches that can be applied in any way you can imagine on your special day, for a shower, a party or whenever. All you need are some basic items and a little creativity.

These crazy-cute Do It Yourself Wine Bottle Centerpieces are perfect! Add a label with your wedding monogram and some LED Christmas lights with batteries to personalize them even more. They are simple to make and are extra special because you did them yourself. They’re also a great conversation piece. See other do-it-yourself wedding projects.

If you do not have any wine bottles on hand, they are still in the stores and marking them down. They also sell them on the internet all year round.

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Do It Yourself Cookie Coffee Warmers

Do It Yourself, or DIY, wedding projects allow you to create your own personalized favors and touches that can be applied in any way you can imagine on your special day, for a shower, a party or whenever. All you need are some basic items and a little creativity.

When it’s time for coffee and dessert, keep guests happy with hot coffee and these Do It Yourself Cookie Coffee Warmers! Cookies such as these sweet amaretto-scented Belgian Waffle sandwiches can be placed atop each cup of hot coffee to ensure that while guests dance the night away, they’ll have a hot cup of coffee along with a tasty treat awaiting them at their table. Don’t miss other do-it-yourself wedding projects here.

A special thanks to our North Carolina photographers Hilton Pittman Photography for this crafty DIY! To see all of their crafty do-it-yourself wedding projects click here.

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Holiday Recipes from Christina Diane Photography

Christmas is almost here so Christina Diane & Staci Bajuniemi collaborated together in order to showcase some lovely holiday decor and tasty treats for you. This charming set up can either be used for the holidays or a winter wedding.

Customized name tags add a twist of holiday cheer with names on ornaments. They took various magazines and cut individual letters from words and used decoupage to apply the lettering to the ornaments. Click here to learn how to make them.

They even have a signature cocktail, the White Chocolate Peppermint Martini. It’s fun and easy to make and pairs well with the peppermint bark. They both are not only easy, but so delicious. Our quick and easy DIY projects can definitely add a little pop to your celebration! Click here to learn how to make these holiday recipes and see the entire gallery.

Photographer: Christina Diane
Event Design: Staci Bajuniemi

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Do It Yourself Rum Butter Balls

Do It Yourself, or DIY, wedding projects allow you to create your own personalized favors and touches that can be applied in any way you can imagine on your special day, for a shower, a party or whenever. All you need are some basic items and a little creativity.

This Do It Yourself Rum Butter Balls recipe is so dear to my heart. My grandma, Genn Zawacki, is more of a mother than a grandmother to me and quite possibly the best baker on the planet. She is the sweetest and most loving person, not to mention she has a great sense of humor. She is the glue that holds our family together and most, if not all, of my happiest childhood memories include my grandma and grandpa. I love her so much, and it is with great pleasure that I can share this recipe with you. My grandma traditionally baked these cookies around the holidays and they were always a very special treat for us. The taste of them brings good memories flooding into my mind. Maybe you can start a tradition with your new family, too. I hope you enjoy it, and Grandma, if you made it down to Dad’s office to see this today, I love you, and I love you too, Dad.

Grandma Zawacki’s Rum Butter Balls
Ingredients:
1 cup of pecans or walnuts
1 cup sifted flour
3 tablespoons of sugar
1/2 cup butter – cut in pieces at room temperature
2 tsp. Rum or Brandy
Confectioners Sugar for dusting

In Blender:
1. Add flour, nuts, sugar, butter and Rum. Process until blended, about 30 seconds. Scrape blender bowl down with spatula. Process again until ball of dough forms on blades, about 15 seconds.
2. Turn out onto lightly floured board. Take a small portion of dough and roll into a rope, about one inch in diameter. Cut into bite sizes and form into balls and place on an ungreased baking sheet.
3. Bake at 325 degrees for 12-15 minutes. Do not let them brown. Let cool for 5 minutes on baking sheet then transfer to wire rack to cool.
4. Put confectioners sugar in a paper bag and coat the cookies. Coat the cookies twice.


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A Vera Wang Bridal Session

A simple bridal session that you are going to adore from, AGAiMAGES. The bride wore a luxurious Vera Wang number that looks oh so stunning on her. Loving the off the shoulder cap sleeves. The bouquet and headpiece were both DIY. There are some additional charming images that we would love for you to see. You can view them by CLICKING HERE.

Photographer: AGAiMAGES
Dress Designer: Vera Wang

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Do It Yourself Wedding Centerpieces

Do It Yourself, or DIY, wedding projects allow you to create your own personalized favors and touches that can be applied in any way you can imagine on your special day, for a shower, a party or whenever. All you need are some basic items and a little creativity.

These adorable Do It Yourself Wedding Centerpieces are easy, fun and incorporate your own personal wedding favors made from the heart. You and your partner can make these together and guests can take them home to use in their own space. Change out the flower on top to create different looks. See more crafty do-it-yourself wedding projects here.

You can also CLICK HERE to see all the images of this wedding DIY centerpiece.

Supplies

1. rectangle wood block
2. sand paper
3. small nails
4. hammer
5. yarn
6. scissors
7. drill
8. gray paint
9. flower

1. Drill a hole in the top of the block a couple inches deep and sand it. Paint the entire block your wedding color. We went with gray.

2. After it’s dried, sand the block to give it more of a distressed look. Sand more or less depending on what type of look you’re going for. Hammer the small nails in the wood block in the shape of a word or design.  I chose to write Love and a heart.  Be as creative as you want.

3. Cut a long piece of yarn and tie a knot around a nail.  Weave it around each nail until you spell out the word or create a shape. Tie a knot at the end again to keep it in place.

4. Place a flower in the top of the hole

A special thanks to Julie Harmsen Photography for creating this wonderful wedding do-it-yourself project.

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DIY Daisy Inspired Wedding Ideas

From start to finish, Lacey and Jared crafted their way to wedded bliss for their Texas wedding. Everything you see here was made by them: the road signs, the chair signs, all of the floral arrangements, and everything in between. All of this DIY goodness was photographed by Sara & Rocky Photography.

If you are looking for more DIY wedding inspiration, click here to see the entire wedding gallery.

Photography: Sara & Rocky Photography
Dress: David’s Bridal

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Colors: yellow
Styles: handmade, rustic

Do It Yourself Pear and White Chocolate Mousse

Do It Yourself, or DIY, wedding projects allow you to create your own personalized favors and touches that can be applied in any way you can imagine on your special day, for a shower, a party or whenever. All you need are some basic items and a little creativity.

Do we have a treat for you today! This Do It Yourself Pear and White Chocolate Mousse can be used at any of your wedding events, from your engagement party all the way down to your bridal shower. DIY wedding desserts not only look spectacular, they are also delicious! To see more crafty do-it-yourself wedding projects click here.

Supplies

1. Ripe Pears
2. Pear Brandy
3. White Chocolate
4. Heavy Cream
5. Butter
6. Sugar (Regular & Confectioner’s)
7. Sprigs of Mint

In a skillet, melt the butter over medium heat. Cook the pears, stirring often, for 15 minutes or until softened. Stir in the regular sugar and simmer 10 minutes or until it starts to caramelize. In a food processor, puree the pear mixture and brandy and set aside to cool.

6 eggs, separated
1 cup confectioners’ sugar
1/3 cup pear brandy
10 ounces white chocolate
4 tablespoons butter
2 cups heavy cream
Fresh mint sprigs (to garnish)

In a small mixing bowl combine the egg yolks, confectioners’ sugar and pear brandy. Use an electric mixer on high speed for 5 minutes or until the eggs turn pale yellow and the mixture falls in ribbons when beaters are lifted. Transfer to the top of a double boiler over simmering water. Whisk constantly for 4 to 5 minutes or until quite thick. Transfer to a large mixing bowl; set aside.

In a saucepan melt the chocolate and butter over low heat, stirring constantly until smooth. Remove from the heat. Stir the chocolate into the egg mixture until smooth. Cool to room temperature. In a chilled bowl beat the cream until stiff. Wash and dry the beaters. Beat the egg whites until stiff peaks form but the mixture is not dry. Fold the egg whites into the chocolate mixture, then gently fold in the whipped cream.

A special thanks to our North Carolina Photographers, Hilton Pittman Photography for another crafty DIY!

If you would like to see more of Hilton Pittman’s recently featured do it yourself wedding ideas:

DIY Pretty Patterned Fabric Envelopes
DIY Strawberry Jam Favors
DIY Wedding Cakes
Make Your Own Hair Combs
DIY Easy Candle Wedding Favors

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Do It Yourself Wedding Cake Decor

Do It Yourself, or DIY, wedding projects allow you to create your own personalized favors and touches that can be applied in any way you can imagine on your special day, for a shower, a party or whenever. All you need are some basic items and a little creativity.

This Do It Yourself Wedding Cake Decor is a very simple and fun project that requires few materials.  Use a plain white cake as a canvas for decorations such as these hand-crafted blooming rosettes. We baked tiny french cakes and placed our citrus hued paper flowers atop for extra appeal. We added ornaments to the cakes by wrapping each in a bold orange ribbon. Use your own special colors. Great for wedding guests or showers. See more clever do-it-yourself wedding projects here.

 

1. Scissors
2. Card stock (a variety of shades is nice)
3. A Pencil
4. Ribbon (for added decor)

1. Lightly trace a spiral pattern on a 5″x5″ piece of card stock.
2. Cut out the spiral along its lines.

3. Simply roll the spiral from the outside until it forms a rosette and pull away the edges to make the rosette “bloom”.
4. Cut out leaves for the rosette using green card stock.

Another special thanks to our North Carolina Photographers, Hilton Pittman Photography for this crafty DIY!

If you would like to see more of Hilton Pittman’s recently featured do it yourself wedding ideas:

DIY Pretty Patterned Fabric Envelopes or DIY Strawberry Jam Favors

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Do It Yourself Strawberry Jam Favors

Do It Yourself, or DIY, wedding projects allow you to create your own personalized favors and touches that can be applied in any way you can imagine on your special day, for a shower, a party or whenever. All you need are some basic items and a little creativity.

These Do It Yourself Strawberry Jam Favors are delicious and easy to make, and nothing is more personal than offering your guests a homemade treat made with love. See more clever do-it-yourself wedding projects here.

What you will need.

1. 1/8 cup of fresh squeezed lemon juice
2. 1 pound of strawberries
3. 1 Tb. of Pomona’s pectin
4. Of course, your jars of choice

Begin by pouring the strawberries into a bowl and mashing them with a fork. Then pour lemon juice, mashed berries and sugar into a large pot, set on medium and heat to a rolling boil. On a separate burner, boil 3/4 cups of water and add 1 Tb. of pectin and stir until even. Pour pectin-water into the pot with other ingredients and stir. Let jam cool before scooping it into jars of your choice. Time to decorate them! How cute are the jars that Hilton Pittman Photography whipped up for this little DIY?

A special thanks to Hilton Pittman Photography for sharing this DIY with us, be sure to visit their blog they happen to do crafty projects like this all the time!

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Disney Pixars Up The Wedding

Before we start, let’s back it up a bit … if you recall, we posted Wildflowers Photography, Pixar’s Up Inspired Engagement Shoot. Take a look by visiting here! Long story short, Pete Docter and Jonas Rivera (writer and producer of the movie UP!) sent Lynnette and James a customized hand drawing based on them and a little note about how much they loved their engagement photos. The photo is below! Pretty amazing…right?

From Joy of Wildflowers Photography on Pixar calling her!

Yay to Wedding Chicks for being so rad and helping guide these photos up to the big head honchos. Such a rad thing that they took interest in the couple and Pixar even called me to say how much they loved the photos.
Joy. To see more photos of the wedding please click here.

From Lynnette the bride on their wedding:

After 8 years of growing in love James and I decided to invite our closest friends and family to celebrate our marriage and everyone in our lives who brought us together. It was as much about our friends and family as it was about us. We were engaged in our favorite vintage photo booth at the Musee Mechanique in San Francisco, so we knew from the beginning that we had to have a photo booth at the wedding and everyone had a great time taking photos in it!

We wanted the wedding to be unique, personal, intimate and beautiful which it turned out to be all of those things! We wanted every aspect to represent “us” from the handmade save the dates and invitations to the picnic blankets and baskets we used in lieu of chairs at the ceremony. We had one of our best friends perform the ceremony which meant so much to us. It was so special saying our own self written vows and “crossing our hearts” to love each other rather than saying “I do”.

On their wedding inspiration:

Lynnette and Jame’s wedding was loosely based on our favorite Pixar movie “UP”! Some fun items that they included was picnic baskets, grape soda, a painted mailbox and a few balloons!

They had help from family and friends along the way to make this incredible day come alive. They made their save the dates and invites with help from their moms. Lynnette and her Mom made the entire dessert bar based on the adorable custom cake topper from lollipopworkshop on Etsy. We love the use of vintage hankies to make an adorable bunting backdrop. Everything came together and looks quite amazing.

If you are not looking to have a DJ you might want to see if you can borrow sound equipment from friends who also helped set up a iPod DJ station!

Are you loving the wedding so far? So many great ideas that are truly steal worthy like the Photo Booth sign below. Which is actually one of our FREE DIY DOWNLOADS. You can customize your own photo booth sign and have it emailed instantly by clicking here.

Photos : Joy at wildflowers photography
Floral: Kate at flowerwild events
photo booth: Capital photo booth
catering: Eco Caters
rentals : Town and Country event rentals
cupcakes and desserts: Cupcakeryonline
bride: Melissa Sweet
groom: J Crew
bridesmaids: Anthropologie
grooms men: J Crew
location: Saddlerock ranch
cake topper: lollipopworkshop on Etsy
vintage picnic baskets, hankies and blankets!

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Colors: yellow
Styles: handmade, theme

Hair Accessories Fun Tips & Tricks

Poppies & Posies teamed up with Jen Huang Photography to share a few fun tips and tricks when choosing your wedding hair accessories.

Hair flowers can be a really fun accessory for any occasion, but especially for your wedding! If you’re feeling crafty here are a few tips to make your own hair flowers…

First; if you’re planning on wearing your hair flowers outdoors try to choose a heartier flower that will stand up to the heat in summer months. Succulents, orchids, gloriosa, craspedia and some herbs such as rosemary and sage are all perfect options. If heat is not an issue try using peonies, dahlias, purple sage, or even mint!

Second; make sure to get all the necessary tools for your project. You’ll need small hair combs or barrettes, wire, floral tape is very useful and never underestimate a glue gun. A little dab here and there makes the construction much easier.

Lastly, get creative! There really is no wrong or right way to design your hair accessories.

Jen Huang Photography is a proud sponsor and preferred vendor of The Wedding Chicks.

Floral Designs by Poppies & Posies
Photography by Jen Huang Photography
Models: Erica Lubitz, Ellen Totten, & Jasmine Johnson

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Do It Yourself Eco Friendly Succulent Place Cards

Do It Yourself, or DIY, wedding projects allow you to create your own personalized favors and touches that can be applied in any way you can imagine on your special day, for a shower, a party or whenever. All you need are some basic items and a little creativity.

These Do It Yourself Eco Friendly Succulent Place Cards are an easy arrangement that can double as wedding favors for your guests. They do not need to be watered and require sunshine and a little love to survive. They are just pure cuteness for your guests to enjoy. To see more of our fabulous wedding DIY projects click here.

What To Buy

1. Mini Mason Jars 12 pack $15.79
2. Double Sided Tape
3. Sticks $0.45
4. Luxe Cream Fino Placecards 50 for $8.00
5. Succulents range in price, visit your local nursery

How To Make

1. Put your cactus in a mini mason jar
2. Print or write on a Luxe Cream Fino Placecard
3. Break your stick to the height you like
4. Fold your placecard and tape the side together and slide the stick in the middle
5. Insert your stick into your mini mason jar

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Do It Yourself Wedding Escort Cards

Do It Yourself, or DIY, wedding projects allow you to create your own personalized favors and touches that can be applied in any way you can imagine on your special day, for a shower, a party or whenever. All you need are some basic items and a little creativity.

These Do It Yourself Wedding Escort Cards are an easy arrangement that double as a wedding favor for that back yard wedding. What’s also great is you can make these at the last minute and you don’t need a printer – just some decent hand-writing skills. To see more of our fabulous wedding DIY projects click here.

We picked up these salt shakers at our local Wal Mart for a whopping 87 cents each. They are also available in a box of 24 on Amazon.

Supplies

1. Mini Mason Jar salt and pepper shakers. You can buy them at Wal Mart or Amazon!

2. Flowers were picked from my backyard to make the project even less expensive.

3. Labels also from Wal Mart but, you can get extra cute and buy some from paper-source here.

4. A calligraphy pen. Office Depot has some great pens.

There is really so much more you can do with this DIY. For example, print out the names on your computer in a cute font or use a decorative label. The possibilities  are endless but this is just an example of the down and dirty basics. Cute and simple.

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Announcing FREE custom monograms!

Get ready to freak out!

Amy and Jocey may be the faces of The Wedding Chicks, but we do have little fairies (sorry Dan) behind the scenes sprinkling their creative magic all over our little spot on the web. We now are proud to announce that we have FREE custom monograms.

Yep… you read that right FREE custom monograms! Pick your colors, your names and your date for FREE. The whole sha bang. We will be creating a ton of new monograms for you. So get ready to get your DIY on.

A tandem bike Will You Be My Bridesmaid for you from us! We also have a whole slew of will you be my cards… so come and check them out here. Customize with your wedding colors, print it out and send.

Customize your wedding monogram and use it on everything for your wedding. From your save the dates to your wedding invites all the way to your candy table sign. Save a ton of money and do-it-yourself.

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Do It Yourself Placecards

Happy Tuesday everyone.

Thanks to the lovely Lawn Fawn and her supreme craftiness we have this week’s wedding Do It Yourself project. A unique place card that is perfect for a bridal shower or a small wedding affair, a definite keepsake for your guests. A special thanks to our favorite Orange County Wedding photographer Chenin Boutwell for taking the time to actually bring this do-it-yourself to you. Stay tuned because we have an additional DIY that accompanies these escort cards.

Supplies

1. Is a print out from my computer on white card stock.
2. Glue dots
3. Awl
4. Scallop circle punch 1.5″
5. Embroidery floss and needle
6. Corner rounder punch

Print your guest’s name from your computer in a cursive font on to card stock.

Start poking holes with an awl, following the curves of the name Take a long piece of embroidery thread and start embroidering the name.
(The best way to do this is to go up through the first hole, down through the second, up through the third hole, down through the second, up through the fourth hole, down through the third… etc.)

Create a top folded place card from matching card stock and then adhere some patterned paper to that card.

Adhere your embroidered name piece with foam adhesive to the place card. Take a small bud and adhere it with glue to the end of your embroidery.

We will leave with you next weeks adorable DIY also from Lawn Fawn that pairs every so brilliantly with these keepsake place cards.

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Do It Yourself Fake Mustaches and Lips for Weddings

diy fake mustaches

Do It Yourself, or DIY, wedding projects allow you to create your own personalized favors and touches that can be applied in any way you can imagine on your special day, for a shower, a party or whenever. All you need are some basic items and a little creativity.

Check out these Do It Yourself Fake Mustaches and Lips for Weddings. They are perfect for favors and incredibly cute for a little prop at your engagement shoot or wedding. To see more of our fabulous wedding DIY projects click here.

 

fake mustache diy

Supplies

1. $1.99 Clay (I prefer Sculpty, but SIMO is good too)
2. $1.99 Wooden craft sticks (pack of 20)
3. Toothpick
4. Hot Glue Gun
5. Pyrex Dish

Once you decide on the color of clay you want for your lips or mustaches buy enough for how many you would like.
1 lil block of clay made me= 4 lips / 3 mustaches so I bought accordingly.

Ashley Rose

Lips:
1. Roll clay into a ball.
2. Flatten ball on a hard surface (I actually just used a paper plate).
3. Pinch the sides of the “now flat” ball, so it becomes more of a pinched circle.
4. Now started pushing the top part of the clay downward to make the lip peak.
5. It kind of starts to resemble a heart. Now elongate the heart a bit more to create the look of a lip.
6. Take your tooth pick and create the “smile” line in your lips now!

You will definitely see the smile line in photographs, so it’s the perfect touch to make it look like lips!

mustaches diy tutorial

fake mustaches

Do-It-Yourself Mustaches
1. Roll clay into a 2 balls.
2. Flatten out balls on a hard surface (I used a paper plate again).
3. Now you have 2 round flat circles.
4. Pinch them together and pinch the ends of them as well.
5. It will semi-resemble a bow tie ;)
6. Then go ahead and create the “hair” lines in the clay for the finish touch.

mustaches diy tutorial

Once you have made more lips/mustaches, place in a large glass Pyrex dish

Preheat oven to: 275 degrees
Bake clay for: 13 minutes
Let clay cool

Now just glue the wooden craft sticks to the back of your clay lips/mustaches. For mine I like the look of the stick being off to the side (kind of like a mask) so I positioned mine a little to the left! And poof you have cute props for your photo booth or photo shoot!

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Fabric Do It Yourself Wedding Table Numbers

wedding diy table numbers

Do It Yourself, or DIY, wedding projects allow you to create your own personalized favors and touches that can be applied in any way you can imagine on your special day, for a shower, a party or whenever. All you need are some basic items and a little creativity.

Do you remember our unbelievably cute Do It Yourself Fabric Bridal Shower Invitations? These Fabric Do It Yourself Wedding Table Numbers are just as unbelievably cute and you can use both. So get your fabric together and get ready to whip out some astonishing do-it-yourself invitations and table numbers. See more adorable do-it-yourself wedding projects here.

All you need are a couple of supplies. Most of them you probably have around your home.

easy table numbers

1. Table Numbers (see below)
2. Glue Stick
3. Fabric Scissors
4. Table Tent from paper-source.com
5. Fabric Pins
6. The prettiest fabric you can find

wedding table numbers

1. In order to get the table numbers open up a text editing document like Microsoft Word and type out your table numbers on card stock. We used Times New Roman but you can use any font style you like. We would recommend typing them out on the bigger side.

easy do it yourself table numbers

2. Cut out the table numbers from the card stock.

3. Pin to the fabric so it is easy to cut out the table numbers.

wedding table numbers

4. Cut around the numbers so that you have your table number in fabric.

5. Use the glue stick and gently place the number on your card stock. That’s it! How easy is that?

fabric table numbers

Thanks to the ever-so-creative Paper & Thread Studio for their wonderful project ideas. Paper & Thread Studio is a preferred member and proud sponsor of The Wedding Chicks.

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All photos are taken in house by amy (the other wedding chick)

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Sneak Peak Of Tomrrow’s DIY

diy bridal shower invitation

Do not get mad at all of our sneak peaks!

Honestly we have some over-the-top goodies to share with you. Thanks to my amazing partner and a handful of talented ladies who all worked their tail ends off to get you some primo DIYs!

Stay tuned we have a ton to share with you and of course have a happy Monday.

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Love Stripes Free Wedding Invitation Downloads

Free Printable Wedding Invitation

Do It Yourself, or DIY, wedding projects allow you to create your own personalized favors and touches that can be applied in any way you can imagine on your special day, for a shower, a party or whenever. All you need are some basic items and a little creativity.

These adorable Love Stripes Free Wedding Invitation Downloads come with the wedding invitation, response card, direction card, both sets of envelopes for the response and the outer envelope here. Pair these with the Love Stripes Menu and Escort Cards Free Wedding Templates to complete the package. How awesome is that? See more adorable do-it-yourself wedding projects here.

Scroll down to download and review instructions.

Free printable directions card

free printable wedding invitation

free hip wedding invitation

Get the Love Stripes Free Wedding Invitation Downloads here.

The entire suite is based upon products from Paper Source.com all in Luxe White Fino.

The invitation stock we used were A9 flat cards made from cover weight paper in Luxe White Fino
with European inspired pointed flap A9 envelopes.

The response cards are A2 flat cards made from cover weight paper in Luxe White Fino.
The response envelope is a European inspired pointed flap A2 envelope, which is quite wonderful.

The direction card is an A2 flat card made from cover weight paper in Luxe White Fino.

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Elegant Wedding Goodie Bags Favors

wedding favor bag

Do It Yourself, or DIY, wedding projects allow you to create your own personalized favors and touches that can be applied in any way you can imagine on your special day, for a shower, a party or whenever. All you need are some basic items and a little creativity.

These adorable, super easy Elegant Wedding Goodie Bags Favors take just minutes to make so if you get an assembly line going and a few bridesmaids you can whip these out in no time. These would be so so cute filled with warm chocolate chip cookies and a to-go beverage for guests at the end of the wedding. Treats for your sweets! See more adorable do-it-yourself wedding projects here.

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Supplies
1.
Scallop Cards from Paper-Source $6.50 for a 20 pack of cards
2. Lunch Bags
3. 1/8 in Ribbon $9.50 for 30 yards we used
chartreuse
4. Eyelet Setter $4.50
5. Eyelets in Gravel $1.45 for 50
6. 1/8″ Hole Punch
7. Download the Template here**

Instructions
1. Print out the
Scallop Cards
2. Place
Scallop Cards on the Lunch Bag
3. Punch holes through the card and bag at the same time
4. Place eyelets right side up and card right side down, use
Eyelet Setter and a small hammer to set
5. Fill your goodie bags with yummy treats
6. Run 1/8 in Ribbon through the bag and card and tie

Enjoy!

diy wedding favor bag

This download can be printed directly onto Scallop Cards from Paper-Source and attached to lunch paper sack (you can buy them here) as a wedding favor or a late night treat for guests. You can fill the bag with any delicious item that you please. We found a lovely recipe from our favorite food blog Cannelle et Vanille … Yummy Chocolate Macaroons. You can find the recipe by clicking here.

**Our templates can only be opened in programs such as preview and acrobat. Our downloads cannot be opened in Photoshop or Illustrator.**

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DJ Free Request Cards

dj song request

Do It Yourself, or DIY, wedding projects allow you to create your own personalized favors and touches that can be applied in any way you can imagine on your special day, for a shower, a party or whenever. All you need are some basic items and a little creativity.

“Hey Mr. D.J. put a record on, I want to dance with my baby…” -Madonna

Get ready to dance the night away with these uber fresh DJ Free Request Cards. Pass them out to all your super fly guests so they can drop it for the D.J.! You can download the whole set of funky colors here.

These free D.J. request cards were printed at our office on our super-awesome affordable Epson printer; perfect for all your DIY projects. This baby even prints on 3.5 x 5 paper!

Supplies Needed:
Printer, we love the Epson Stylus Photo 1400 $299.99
Luxe Cream Fino Placecards 50 for $8.00

If you need a little help on some wedding play lists visits you should pop on over to HI-FI WEDDINGS.

vintage record player

free dj song request download

Vintage Record Player Photo Via: catwalkqueen.tv

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Yellow Pages Do It Yourself Tissue Paper Flowers

diy flower centerpiece

Do It Yourself, or DIY, wedding projects allow you to create your own personalized favors and touches that can be applied in any way you can imagine on your special day, for a shower or party. All you need are some basic items and a little creativity.

These Yellow Pages Do It Yourself Tissue Paper Flowers are easy, adorable and you can start today. Be sure to see all of our wedding diy projects.

Supplies: Phone book and Floral Wire

diy flower centerpiece

Step 1: Rip 8 pages out of the yellow pages directory.

  • stack them together and place them vertically in front of you
  • make a 1/2 inch fold in the stack of papers
  • continue to fold back and forth until entire stack is folded

diy flower centerpiece

Step 2: Cut a 12 inch piece of floral wire and wrap wire around the center of folded paper.

diy flower centerpiece

Step 3: Gently pull one sheet at a time toward the center of the wire and continue pulling sheets on the other side of the wire.

diy flower centerpiece

diy flower centerpiece

To make a 2D flower: Pull sheets toward the center of the wire on both halves so that there is a flat back to the flower.

To make a 3D flower: On the left side of the wire, pull the sheets upward toward the wire, then flip the flower over and pull the sheets on the right side of the wire in the opposite direction to create a full ball-like flower.

diy flower centerpiece

diy wedding centerpieces

Thanks to Jesi Haack Weddings for this super easy, super fabulous wedding DIY.

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Vintage Hankie Do It Yourself Save the Date Invitations

Vintage Hankie Save The Date

Do It Yourself, or DIY, wedding projects allow you to create your own personalized favors and touches that can be applied in any way you can imagine on your special day, for a shower, a party or whenever. All you need are some basic items and a little creativity.

We’re thrilled to share these Vintage Hankie Do It Yourself Save the Date Invitations with you. We asked Rachel over at B9 Objects if we could share the template. Rachel created her Vintage Hankie Do It Yourself Save the Date Invitations using a YUDU. If you can’t get your hands on a YUDU, below are instructions on how to use an iron template.

We highly recommend you check out how Rachel (B9 Objects) packaged the whole project. Click Here To See Her Vintage Hankie Do It Yourself Save the Date Invitations but don’t forget, the Wedding Chicks shop has lots of Vintage Hankies. Check them out here for some serious pretty.

Vintage Hankie Save The Date

1. Vintage Hankies {we know that it might be hard to find vintage hankies, but a great alternative is going to the fabric store or to Etsy and buying fat quarters}
2. Scissors
3. Iron Templates
4. Pillow Case
5. Iron

Vintage Hankie Save The Date

Here is where it might get a bit tricky but we are confident that you can pull it off. So, when you download the template here it is going to be reversed in order to iron it on properly.

Print it out on regular paper first so you don’t waste your iron-on templates. Then go into Word or any text edit program and type in your names and wedding date and reverse it. When you print it out, you can specify on the printer’s dialog box that you want it printed as “mirror”. Look under “preferences” when you click “Print”.

When everything is aligned properly you can use your iron templates.

Vintage Hankie Save The Dates

Vintage Hankie Save The Date

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Birdies we still heart you

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Birdies we still heart you. I know some of you are over all the adorable bird wedding things… but we still absolutely adore anything bird related. Are you in aww of the hand painted weding cake, we are in love with the jollybebakery.com JollyBe is located in Park Slope, Brooklyn, and serves the greater New York area.

beau-coup.com made the lovely these tiny bird’s nests symbolize spring and the start of new life. Love those!

The illustration of the bird was taken from the graphics fairy who has some amazing free vintage clip art that you can use.

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Sweet Retro Free Wedding Labels Download

Do It Yourself, or DIY, wedding projects allow you to create your own personalized favors and touches that can be applied in any way you can imagine on your special day, for a shower, a party or whenever. All you need are some basic items and a little creativity.

This Sweet Retro Free Wedding Labels Download is crazy cute and can be used on any of your wedding favors. They have a variety of lovely colors that will match any color palette. If the pink and chocolate is not your color combination, BeauCoup has 20 different labels that can be customized with your name and wedding colors. See more adorable do-it-yourself wedding projects here.

You can DOWNLOAD the plain thank-you labels here and purchase the Sweet Retro Free Wedding Labels to print on your home computer here.


These labels fit perfect on BeauCoup 3 favor boxes. 
Paper-Source
offers pocketbook favor boxes that will also look exquisite on your wedding table filled with delightful goodies.

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