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See the step by step directions below, and click here to download the template!
What You'll Need:
One Bunch "Million Star" Gypsophilia (AKA Baby's Breath) Generally, a bunch is 10 - 12 stems, with multiple laterals on each stem)
One Spool Fabric Coated Wire
Decorative Paper (3 or so coordinating sheets)
A Sheet of Card Stock
Small Hole Punch
Computer and Printer
Resources: Gypsophelia is a very common flower and available through any floral wholesale house, flower shop, or grocery store florist. There are many on-line resources as well. Fabric coated wire is available in the floral section of your craft store.
Before you get started on the garland, unwrap your bunch of Gypsophelia, trim the stems and place in warm water. Allow the flowers to drink for a couple of hours before proceeding.
1. Take your floral clippers, and trim all of the flower tufts off the end of the sprays, leaving just a little stem. (see figure 1)
2. Cut a 7 foot length of fabric coated wire. Twist the end of the wire to make a little loop at the end.
3. Take a tuft of Baby's Breath, and lay it on your support wire, just past the loop. Pick up your wire spool, and wrap the wire around the flower stem and support wire. (see figure 2)
4. Add another tuft, this time to the back side of the wire, and wrap again.
5. Keep adding the flower tufts, alternating front and back, and work your way down the wire. (see figure 3)
6. When you reach the end of the wire, cut the spool away and wrap the wire around the garland end several times to secure. Make a loop on the end with your support wire. Trim your flower stems to make the end of the garland tidy. (see figure 4)
To keep your garland fresh, coil it up, mist it lightly with water, and place it inside a plastic garbage bag. Put it in your refrigerator, or in the coolest spot available. It should stay fresh for 24-48 hours depending where you keep it.
7. Print out the bird template(see below) on a sheet of card stock. Cut out the birds, and trace them onto your decorative paper. ( I used 10 pairs for a six foot garland)
8. Cut all of your birds out, and punch a small hole in the middle of each bird's back. (see figure 5)
9. Cut a length of string about 14 inches long, and tie a bird to each end. (see figure 6)
10. Hang your garland from the wire loop ends and hang your birds over the garland, spacing them evenly apart. (see figure 7)
What it Cost: (to make one six foot garland)
1 bunch of Baby's Breath = $8.50 (from a wholesale florist)
3 Sheets of Paper = $1.80
Spool of Fabric Coated Wire = $2
String = $1.50
16 April 2009
Lesson learned? Don't believe everything you hear (or read:: wink wink::) ...but it's always better to plan ahead than to be cramming things in at the end. Enjoy the experience!
15 April 2009
So, in my endless search for everything fabulous in the wedding world. I came across a few dressed that exactly fit what I was looking for... romantic and perfect for a garden wedding. With my magazine photos in hand, I went to Priscilla of Boston with one of my bridesmaids (little shout out to LB), and there I found what I thought was 'the' dress. Keep in mind, I was aware that there were similar, maybe even more fabulous, Monique Lhuillier styles - but her dresses were MORE expensive and pretty similar. To be sure, I even went to a different shop and tried on a gown similiar to the one I was looking at at Priscilla of Boston. While Monique's gowns seemed to be silkier and made out of better fabric, it was hard to justify paying almost DOUBLE for a gown that was SO similar. So, with my budget in mind, I decided to purchase the gown at Priscilla of Boston.
Ten months later, my dress arrived, it was pretty, and all was 'okay.' However, in the back of my mind I always had a nagging feeling that I wasn't 100 percent happy with the dress. I am so excited about all of the details of our wedding... but I was still unsettled about my dress. Regardless, I tried to logic that the cost savings was well worth it - and you only wear the dress once, right?
Now, fast forward to last week. I go back to the shop where I tried on the Monique gown (Hannelore's) to pick up my mom's dress that she ordered. Standing there amongst all the fabulous-ness around me, it hit me ... I absolutely was not happy with my dress. It sounds SO silly - I mean, it sounds silly even as I type it- but right there and then I knew I couldn't wear the Priscilla dress. So I spoke with Pamela at Hannelore's - she told me that she could either help me fix my current dress, or work on ordering me a new one, should we need to resort to such drastic measures. I was excited about the idea of altering my dress ... maybe there was something I could do to it to make it more 'me'. So, needless to say, I met her back at her store the VERY NEXT DAY to figure out once and for all.. WHAT was the right dress for me. Long story short... it definitely wasn't my first dress. Despite my attempts, I decided it best to just CONSIDER trying on new dresses.. with the hopes that it would help sway me, finally, one way or the other. And that's when I met my dress. Once I put the dress on, I instantly knew there was no going back...not the Priscilla dress, nor any dress I'd seen could even come close to my new dress. And with that I closed my eyes and PRAYED that Pamela would work some price-voo-doo so that the dress was in my price range. And guess what? It was!!!
As luck would have it, I fit perfectly into the sample, which not only means I have the dress NOW but, I also got the most fabulous deal on the dress! So, while I'm not happy that through this process I've actually purchased two gowns, what I can say is that the pain was well worth the effort. In fact, had I bought my Hannelore's dress originally, I don't think I would have been able to afford it... the 'deal' I got on the sample dress was so fantastic that it made the impossible, possible!
So, what's the moral of the story?
- Take your time to shop for your wedding dress! Don't be rushed into buying something because it's 10 percent off. (PS: they can offer those 'trunk sale deals' anytime - so don't be persuaded by a measly 10 percent!)
- Don't shop for your dress during the weekend. Think bridal madness! When you're buying your dress you want to take your time, enjoy the experience and not feel like bridal road-kill (yes, I said bridal road-kill)
- NEGOTIATE! No prices are 'final' ... work your negotiating magic!
- Take it from me, wedding dresses can't be returned - so think long and hard before you 'show them the money' - it's harder to take it back then to just wait to make the purchase!
- In the end, it's YOUR day. Do what makes you happy and to heck with the rest!
PS: Anyone in the market for a brand-new, never been worn Priscilla of Boston Nora dress?? Email me! :)
14 April 2009
13 April 2009
So, I don't think I mentioned that the fiancee and I are getting married at Lansdowne Resort in Lansdowne, VA. The resort sits on an amazing scenic golf course and has views of the Potomac that runs through northern Virginia. The resort is not only super scenic, filled with anything you could possibly need, but is home to some pretty fantastic chefs.
So it was only natural that the fiancee and I were SUPER excited for our food tasting that took place on Friday. Both being 'foodies' - we were eager to taste all our menu options and make sure that our guests enjoyed all the different foods and wines that we paired together. I've been to a few food tastings, but never anything like how they do it at Lansdowne! They begin by bringing out samples of all of the Hors d'oeuvres, then bring you small samples of the appetizers, salads, entree and dessert. However, what made it special was that for each item, they brought out a full size plate of each item - so that we could see exactly how the appetizer/salad/entree/dessert would be plated and the portion size that would be served. The food was fantastic ... and far from traditional dreadful hotel rubber chicken.
ANNND one of the best parts... they box up all of the full-sized viewing plates for you to take home! That's right, we went home with quiet a few containers of steaks, salads, desserts, and even two halves of wedding cakes! Talk about heaven!!
So I'm excited to report.. here's what we'll be serving at our wedding:
Our "signature cocktail" will be a garden mojito (little mojito shout out to Donna!!). One of my favorite drinks (who am I kidding, I love ALL drinks), a think a mojito will be a refreshing thing for guests to enjoy as the enter the reception from the outdoor ceremony.
Charred Beef on Parmesan- Potato Crouton
Rice Paper Vegetable Rolls, Spicy Peanut Dip
Kaffir Lime Shrimp with Tequila Aioli
Greek Chicken Souvlaki with Tzaziki
Pesto Grilled Vegetable Skewers
Pear and Almond Brie Crisp
Spinach and Artichoke Tart
Ratatouille and Goat Cheese in Phyllo
Seafood “Martini” -Lemon Poached Lobster, Jumbo Shrimp and Scallops in Brandy Cream Sauce
Baby Spinach and Dried Cranberry Salad with Goat Cheese Medallion and Apple Cider-Hazelnut Dressing, topped with candied pecans
Paired Dinner Entree:
Grilled Petite Fillet Mignon and Half of a Butter Poached Maine Lobster, Light Dijon Mustard and White Wine Jus
Tropical Fruit Tart with Grand Marnier Pastry Cream, Raspberry and Mango Sauce
And the Absolute best part (DUH:: wedding cake)... our three tier wedding cake will feature alternating layers of the below cakes:
-White Chiffon brushed with Grand Marnier Bavarian Cream and Fresh Strawberries
-White Chiffon brushed with Chambord and Layered with Raspberry Marmalade and
Raspberry Butter Cream Filling
$20 when you spend $125 or more when you use the coupon code: BCSALE20
$30 when you spend $175 or more when you use the coupon code: BCSALE30
09 April 2009
1. Ecofetti. This is a biodegradable and water soluble confetti that comes in a wide variety of colors... AND is good for the environment.
2. Or my personal current favorite (as always, subject to change)... how about lavender buds? How cute would some lavender be in these little glassine envelopes? You can get loose lavender for a decent price at this ETSY shop (only $14 for a pound of lavender!)
3. When in doubt... flower petals always make such a classy statement. Not only are they super colorful.. but they won't 'hurt' or be too terribly distracting if your cousins try and pelt you with flowers :)
Any other ideas.. please share!! :)
08 April 2009
So I've got to be brutally honest... I've been second guessing my dress. (AGH!). I've tried to rationalize that you only wear the dress once - and well, why go 'nutsy' buying a crazy expensive gown when I found a perfectly good gown at a great price. Enter:: Alexis' doubt. So yesterday I went to go pick up my mom's gown at another bridal store. (Big mistake) I was instantly overcome by a massive tidal wave of dress envy. That's right. I panicked and quickly realized... am I planning the wedding of my dreams only to be in an 'average' kind of dress?? AGH! So in my currently completely perplexed state I realized quiet simply that my dress isn't 100% what I am looking for. So I decided yesterday to take a hold of my fears and get this 'dress debacle' figured out once and for all.
The woman at the dress shop offered to have me bring in my current dress to see if there is something we can alter to have it fit what I'm looking for. (truth be told - I never considered that my current dress could be modified - eureka, is this the answer?). Anyway, fingers crossed... today back to the dress store I go... old dress in hand. Will I come back with a new dress, or will we find a way to make my old dress work?
More to come...
Anyone else a two-dress bride? Any words of encouragement would be GREATLY appreciated!
07 April 2009
06 April 2009
And this one...
02 April 2009
Not only are Elizabeth's designs affordable, but SO DARN cute. But you know me, I go a little nutsy for bird things (maybe it's a phase?) ha. Anyway, check out a few samples of things she sells in her shop. So fantastic!
So the fiancee and I are not living together yet, but I couldn't resist these fabulous address labels. (again, do I score any points for thinking ahead? ;) I'm trying to control myself.. but I'm LOVING this cute print. AND she customizes... choose your color, your photo and add in your wedding date. What a great gift, and a fun addition to your new home together!Or this:
01 April 2009
PSS: If you really think about it.. the SATC movie inspired some serious wedding fashion. Vibrant and different colored dresses for bridesmaids, and a SERIOUS use of feathers. Granted, i'm not going to stick a big blue bird in my hair...but maybe i'd think about it (::wink::wink).
Step 1: purchased white muslin that measured 36″ wide. I used a bolt, but purchases as many yards to create the length you want.
Step 2: Layout the muslin and iron flat the section you wish to do the logo. I placed mine toward the bottom of the aisle runner.
Step 3: I purchased the stencil from Hobby Lobby. Arrange the stencil so that you will be able to fit two of them angled where the ends almost touch.
Step 4: Complete the circle by rotating the stencil around four times.
Step 5: For the initials, create your layout on the computer and print it. Place the paper under the fabric centered in the circle. You will be able to see the initials through the fabric.Trace the initials with paint. I used acrylic craft paint. Do the same thing for the date.
Step 6: The edges of the muslin are already serged all you have to do is serge or hem the top and bottom of the muslin.
I saw this on Vintageglam, and couldn't help but pass it on. How fantastic is this DIY runner idea? Thank you Brandi for the step by step instructions.... it looks pretty easy, and turned out fabulous! The big question is do I still stomach the $150 the florist is charging me for a runner, or do I attempt this beauty on my own??
*PS: not only is this idea fun for wedding related items, but think of using the technique on other things... how about a personalized hanky or pillow... or even napkins!?!