Fabric trees


With the holidays and cold weather [finally!] approaching, winter brides will probably be feeling a need for coziness in their wedding decor….why not take a cue from Anthropologie displays from last year and make some fabric trees for your tables? They’re so easy to make and great for your guests to take home…Stephanie from little birds handmade came up with an easy pattern to help you out…try using various fabrics in your color scheme and experimenting with trims, buttons and beads….

[trees from Disdressed]

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The card box…




A few weeks ago I started a discussion over at the Martha Stewart Weddings boards about card boxes….its not something many magazines seem to focus on, but I think its a real concern for brides. Unfortunately, all the ones I’ve seen are completely unacceptable for the modernist in me! I’m talking frilly bows, treasure chests, fake cakes…why people, why??? Why isn’t someone out there making a simple, clean looking box? Someone on the board came up with the idea of having a plexi box made and covering the insides with corresponding paper in your wedding colors….this is definitely an idea I’ve played with and will probably test it out over at Plexi-Craft. Plexi-Craft actually already makes 2 boxes that could work….the What Not box and the Suggestion Box….both include locks and can be customized in size. Pricing isn’t too bad either. Other ideas I’ve toyed with are slicing a slit into a Kolo photo box, getting a modernist birdcage and spray lacquering it green or white, or having Chad build an architectural model, like this one from Weddingbee.

So I’m asking you ladies…..is this something you think about? Does the box even need a lock? Have you found any cool, modern ideas to solve this problem?

[images from Plexi-craft, Kolo, Rose and Radish, Weddingbee]

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Candle table numbers


What a fabulous idea! Just break out your decoupage glue and some hip giftwrap or paper and get gluing on those candles…..

[image via Decor8]

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DIY Silhouettes


I’m pretty obsessed with silhouettes…Carter Kustera, Karl Johnson, they’re all geniuses. While I love the tried and true paper cutting technique, I wanted to try something a little funkier for our wedding. Thanks to Photoshop, its INCREDIBLY easy to make your own silhouettes to use wherever you want! I’m thinking about using these near our cake or at the guest book table, but they can work as thank you cards, on your invites, etc.

  1. First off, take a profile picture of yourself and/or your guy against a neutral background like a white wall…Chad was my guinea pig for this experiment.
  2. Download the photo into Photoshop, or any other photo altering program [however, these directions are for photoshop].
  3. Using the magic wand tool, turn anything in the background pure white….even when you’re using a white wall as a backdrop, there will be shadows or imperfections that will challenge you later on so its best to get rid of them in the beginning.
  4. Once everything in the back is white, again use the magic wand to highlight the background, then inverse the image so that the figure is highlighted. Using the paint bucket tool, make the figure black.
  5. You’re practically there at this point! Now is where you can have some fun…..I scanned in some graphic paper I found at Print Icon and brought it in as a background for Chad’s silhouette. And voila! A very cool silhouette! I also tried making Chad’s silhouette itself a pattern, but as you can see, depending on the pattern, a lot of detail will be lost, so its best to keep it as a background.

Try experimenting with different textures like woodgrain, pebbles, wallpaper, even clouds! The possibilities are endless! [I realize I'm horrible at giving directions with stuff like this, so if you have any problems, just email me and I'll try to walk you through it.]

[images by Brooklyn Bride]

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Something blue…


Love this idea for “something blue” from planner Lisa Gorjestani….

[image from InStyle Weddings Fall 2007]

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