Hello, everyone! How are you?!? I hope all is well. Are you enjoying the wedding series? I really hope so, but today is the last edition! What's the ending to all the wedding planning? Happily ever after, yes, but in this case, it's the RECEPTION! It's celebration time. If you don't know where to start, I've got some ideas for you! Just make sure you make it a night to remember! Let's go!
Item #1 is from PaperSprouts
Yes, I know, I know. I may be a slight bit succulent crazy (maybe a bit more than slightly). Hear me out before you judge though. These are paper succulents--not just any paper succulents--seed paper succulents. That's right! They're eco-friendly, which is a definite plus. I have a vision with these--I can imagine having a wall full of these. Start in one corner of the wall and have it all filled in and then space them out to where they trickle off at the other corner (upper left/lower right or upper right/lower left). Would that not be gorgeous to walk in and see?! These paper succulents have been inked by hand to mimic real plants (and they do a great job). The ink is water based, so it doesn't harm the seeds. Now, I bet you're wondering what seeds are in them. These have the following seeds: Clarkia, Catchfly, Bird's Eye, Snapdragon, English Daisy, Black-eyed Susan, and Sweet Alyssum. Great way to bring back the honey bees...with wildflowers from wedding decor!
Item #2 is from WoodwordDesignStudio
Let's talk cake! I'm sure you're dying to taste that cake you sampled months ago again, but what about the topper? Don't like the traditional bride and groom couple or monogram? This is definitely for you! I like this because it's different. These toppers are hand drawn and made from 1/8 inch birch wood. It's about 6.375 x 7.5 inches in size (not including the stem). The stem is sealed in a food-safe protective coating (no worries about poisoning!). Another neat detail is that you have a choice of the color--natural wood, metallic gold, rose gold, or silver. Definitely a must have!
Item #3 is from CreativePapier
If you're having a large wedding with a sit-down reception, you're going to need table numbers so guests know where they will be seated (you've already planned this out--not to worry). I really like the font used for these and that the number and word were used. It's all in the details! If it were me, I'd probably use a pick and put it into the centerpiece (if it's not too large). The paper is a letter size, and the number is 4 x 6 inches. The instant download comes with black numbers and lettering that you can print at home or take to a professional printer. If you want another color, you'll have to send a message for a custom order and wait for the designer to make the changes. That's no problem though!
Item #4 is from TheBlushingBride89
Now, you know every table needs a beautiful centerpiece, and these are rather unique. I'm really loving these! First, I like that the flowers look real but are artificial and can be used as decor afterward (and your guests or bridal party can take one home if they wish). I almost feel that having real flowers everywhere is sort of a waste. I can understand the bride's bouquet being real, but I don't see the point of having real ones on all the doors, all the tables, all the chairs, etc. Don't get me wrong, I do like a nice bouquet of flowers every now and again at home :) Another detail I absolutely love is the filling. Look really close. See that? Yes! Those are popcorn kernels!!! I never would've thought about using them, but they really make great visual interest. These are also the perfect size because you can see across the table and won't have to be leaning side to side to talk to someone! Each centerpiece comes in a quart-size mason jar, with a burlap bow. If you have a different color scheme or want a different filler, you also have the option of a custom order.
Item #5 is from TheLovelyGlassJar
I love that burlap is such a natural fabric and that it's simplicity exudes elegance. These are table runners, but there are other table goodies available. This particular runner has an Italian theme to it with "tabella no. 1" hand-stenciled onto it, but this can be left off if you request it. The runner will cover a 6 foot round table and have a 2 foot overhang. Need more? Message the maker, and she will be more than happy to work with you!
Item #6 is from UnSempliceSi
Normally, I'm not a girly girl when it comes to sparkly, glittery things. In fact, I hate glitter. Hey, you have to understand where I'm coming from---you don't get rid of glitter once you break it out. You'll be finding it for years. Enough about my relationship with glitter. I saw this sequined table cloth, and my little jaw dropped. It's gorgeous. I love the neutral tone because it's not taking away from anything else. I could see this used on the table for the cake or the table the bride and groom will be seated at. An extra special touch, I guess. These are handmade and are available in a variety of sizes--you can get table cloths or table runners--and colors.
Item #7 is from SouthernJamsandJelly
Yes, I know...it's another favor after the paper succulent, but I think this would be something cute that would add the finishing touch to your reception. I,personally, don't know anyone who doesn't like jam or jelly, but maybe that's because I'm a southern girl. The jam comes in 4 oz mason jars (the listing is for 100) with a custom label and raffia ribbon of your choice. There are several flavors to choose from, so don't panic! You've got a choice of peach, pineapple, raspberry, blueberry, strawberry, guava, vanilla bean, lavender, etc. You can even combine the flavors. I'm in awe here...Aloha Peach, Fire Island, Pina Colada, Carrot Cake...oh my! These are freshly made and sent directly to you. Order before April 30th and get $18 off! Brides! Book early and get an early booking discount!
I hope you all have enjoyed the wedding series and have gotten some neat ideas along the way! I do have something to say though about all the things you'll be bombarded with when planning a wedding--Everyone is always looking for new ideas and trends for their wedding, but in the end, it comes down to what makes you happy..the things you like as a couple. That's what is important--creating something you both will love for years to come.
As always, head over to your favorite handmade site and show some artists/makers some love and make sure to tune in next week for another edition of Weekly Wednesday!
Howdy, everyone! I hope you are all doing well and enjoying this warmer weather as spring nears. Since it's warming up, you might as well get ready for wedding season. It's already starting, and if your big day is far away or you're not engaged yet this will still be good for ideas. We can dream, right? Yes, yes we can--plus we'll be better prepared for when that time rolls around. I'll probably do another edition later on because I'll keep seeing new stuff on etsy, and you all will need more than just one edition of ideas, right? For this edition, I'm going to include a variety of items that you see in a big day, which can be huge if you think about it.
I hear wedding bells! Let's get started!
Item #1 is from EmmaAndTheBean
I seen things similar to this, but this one had something unique about it. I love the burlap because its textire gives so much visual interest to the piece. It would be something sentimental to the couple as it tells the journey from the first day of dating to the wedding day. It's something different and a very nice keepsake to display at the big event or as a gift to a couple!
Item #2 is from ChampaignPaper
If I haven't mentioned is before, I'm an absolute freak for paper products! And when I say "freak" I do mean FREAK! Send me into a stationery store, and my eyes dilate--it's like crack. I even like the smell of paper. Let me get back on track here...At some point in the wedding process, you're going to have to write thank you cards. It's not something you can get out of--sorry. Since you have to write them, why not get some pretty ones that the recipient might actually want to keep? The design is hand-drawn and then uploaded and printed onto a nice card stock. These come in a set of 10, so if your budget is tight I'd get something like these for the special people in your life because they are the ones most likely to keep them. The makers of the cards have a lot of different options, so make sure to check them out!
Item #3 is from CharlieChalkDesigns
First, let me say that this is absolutely gorgeous! I like how rustic it is with the bark. Each piece will be unique because the bark on trees is never the same! The metal is waterproof metal with the bark attached to the outside. You will get a heart and an arrow through it and two initials burned into the bark--Think carving your initials in a tree. So sweet. (I personally have one of these that my boyfriend gave me on our first Valentine's day together, and it is a gorgeous piece to have).
Item #4 is from PaperStreetPress
Guest books. People may not do these as much as they use to, but what if you put a twist on the traditional name signing and asked guests to write a little note and sign instead? That's an idea isn't it? I've seen couple's have guest books as people enter and an advice box at the reception. I think that's too much to try to keep up with, so why not do something different and kill two birds with one stone? I've never seen a book quite like this one, and I truly fancy it. You get printing on the front, spine, and back of the book, which is awesome and you get all the details on there as well. You get 100 blank pages 70# white text weight paper stock in an 8x10 inch book. Definitely something to consider.
Item #5 is from Megmichelle
Something else to think about for the big day is favors. I've seen a variety of favors at weddings I've attended and one that I handmade everything at. I've seen candles, fudge, cake slices, etc. The possibilities are really endless. I was really taken with the idea of seed favors. I've never seen these before..well, maybe in magazines, but not in real life. I think that these are something very unique and very eco-conscious. Flowers always lighten everyone's spirits. The makers of this product make everything from start to finish. They print, cut, score, fold, and glue each individual seed packet. I've done stuff like this before, and believe me when I say it takes a lot of patience when you have a large number to make. If you want something truly handmade, this is it. The maker also has a variety of different seed packets and other packaging, so make sure you check the shop out.
Item #6 is from WestaireBridal
Depending on the dress you've chosen, you might want something that adds a little bit of bling to your attire. I really love these because of the detail on them, and you really don't get to wear something like this more than once or twice in your life (maybe more depending on your work if it requires gala events). This particular piece is 2 inches wide x 8 inches long and is detailed with pearls and high quality glass crystals. The piece is attached to a double-faced satin sash to go with your dress. If this one isn't your style, the maker has other gorgeous designs as well!
Item #7 is from WeddingAffections
As I was browsing through the wedding section on Etsy, I came across this and thought, "that would really be useful since almost everyone has a smartphone and is usually taking pictures." You never know what a guest might catch on camera that the photographer missed. It's like having more than one photographer if you decide something like this would be a neat idea. Just come up with your hashtag and you're ready to go--just make sure your guests see it! (P.S. The sign isn't included, but it's a great idea of one to look for!)
Item #8 is from SeasonalBounty
I was originally going to feature a fabric bouquet with jeweled brooches (and I may later on), but I saw this and loved it. I don't think that a bride's bouquet has to be big and ornate. I think it can be simple and still be absolutely gorgeous. You don't want too much going on otherwise it's going to look gaudy (i.e., highly detailed dress, massive bouquet, detailed veil, tiara). This bouquet is quite simple with dried baby's breath and summer wheat wrapped in burlap and twine. There are other options but I love this! Since it is dried you can order this 6-8 months out and stored in a cool dark area, and it will still look beautiful on your big day.
Item #9 is from GildedShadows
This is something I've been seeing more and more of lately--hair accessories with or without the veil. I think this would be stunning without the veil and a moderately detailed dress. It something that's different from having roses bobby pinned in (we all know those things hurt because you have to have a ton to get the things to stay in place). This piece is actually a set of two hair combs. The flowers and leaves have hand-twisted stems of crystals, enameled flowers, glass beads, and freshwater pearls. These combs are very unique and I would say statement makers because of their simplicity and yet stunning detail.
Item #10 is from BellaFleurBridal
Usually when I think of garters, it's not something with rhinestones and pearls--it's something very plain (especially the toss garter). This garter and toss garter set is really pretty--the main garter is breathtaking. The attention to detail is exquisite. As for the toss garter, it has more detail than most, but is still simple and pretty. Both pieces are attached to ivory lace, but the maker as a white lace and white ribbon available. When you think of wedding attire, the garter really doesn't come to mind because it isn't that pretty. The dress is always beautiful, but why not have something pretty underneath as well?
That's all for this week, everyone. I'll continue the wedding series on different weeks, so there is definitely more to look forward to, and I'll probably theme it (think wedding attire essentials, bachelorette party, bridal shower, reception, etc). Like I mentioned at the beginning, it's time to start prepping or finishing up for ladies everywhere. Make sure you've thought of everything!
Please feel free to share, link, or tag this post for all ladies with a wedding coming up, the newly engaged, or just for fun :) Also, head over to your favorite handmade sites and show some artists/makers some love!
Until next time,
Hi! I’m Meagan, designer for The Prickly Pear. I’ve created this blog to not only showcase my work and other crafty information, but also to give you an inside look into my life.