ThursDIY | Floral Wall Decor

I just wanted to share this with y’all and quickly tell you how I put it together! I didn’t take step-by-step photos this time because I didn’t know I was going to even make this ahead of time, and it really was just so painfully easy! So, without further ado, the things you will need are:

  1. rustic photo frames (you can purchase them already distressed, or distress them yourself!)
  2. artificial flowers
  3. scrapbook paper
  4. scissors
  5. hot glue gun & glue

All you have to do is choose the scrapbook paper you like, cut it to size of the picture frame glass, and place it in the frame. Pick the flowers from the stems and with your hot glue gun, glue them to either the surface of the frame, or the paper (which you’ve placed in front of the glass so you can reuse the frame in the future if you wish! It really is that simple! Just have fun with it and here is a tip: place the flowers where you think you want them and play around with it a little before going in with the glue! You want to be sure you know where you want them beforehand! Then, you just go ahead and place them any way you want on your wall! Done.

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xoxo,
blushing bride.

 

 

ThursDIY | Mouse Pad

Coming at cha with a new DIY! This one is quick and easy and it really adds some personality and style to your office space and computer desk! Since I’ve purchased my dream computer, I’ve just stacked my notebooks to serve as a makeshift mouse pad. I just felt that it wasn’t doing my desk justice what with the beautiful new equipment it was sporting. So, I dove head first into my craft supplies and came back up with little breath left and some cork and scrapbook paper in hand!

The things you will need are:

 

  • cork sheet
  • scrapbook paper of your choice
  • scissors
  • I used a bowl to trace the shape and size I wanted
  • paper craft glue
  • paint brush to apply the glue

 

Step One
Cut your cork sheet into the shape you want your mouse pad to be! I traced a bowl but you can obviously use whatever you want, or just eyeball it if you a gangsta.

 

Step Two
Now trace your cut out cork sheet onto the BACK of the scrapbook paper (just so you cannot see any pen markings on the nice designed side of the paper). If your scrapbook paper has intricate designs, be sure to plan out what part of the image you want to be displayed on your mouse pad before you cut! I forgot to pay attention to that, but luckily it worked out nicely.

 

Step Three
Paint some paper craft glue onto the cork sheet. Make sure you really get the edges of the cork so the paper doesn’t lift over time and usage. Careful not to use too much glue, it can cause your paper to get a little damp and create ripples.

Step Four
Gently lay down your scrapbook paper on top of the glue and press firmly down. The cork sheet is a little thin, so I laid some heavy books on top of the mouse pad to keep it from bowing up. Let the glue dry for several hours before running your mouse all over it!

That’s all there is to it! I think it looks absolutely perfect on my desk with my floral notepad and screensaver, of course! I’m so excited to implement this DIY mouse pad to decorate my desk for all the seasons and holidays throughout the year! It is just one more detail to add to the whole look of your home office (or Hobby Room as I call mine).

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xoxo,
blushing bride.

 

Makeup Monday | Quest For Plump Lips part II

The quest continues! While I absolutely loved the results from my first attempt (Part I), I’m ready to try a second technique to achieve pouty plump lips. Today I’m working with a DIY lip scrub, and the things you’ll need are:

  • A small dish
  • cinnamon powder
  • old tooth brush (with firm bristles)
  • a spatula or mixing tool
  • your favourite lip balm

Let’s get started!

  1. In a small dish, pour a teaspoon (or a heap…if you are like me and don’t measure anything) of cinnamon.
  2. Choose your favourite lip balm. I’m choosing Nivea Essential lip balm…of course!
  3. With a small spatula, or whatever mixing tool you have (fingers included), add some of your lip balm to the cinnamon and mix together until well combined, and resembling a brown paste.
  4. Take your old, firm bristled tooth brush, coat it in your paste, and begin applying it to your lips! Be very gentle during this process, and scrub in a circular motion for several minutes. You should begin to feel a tingly sensation. It should not burn or hurt, but it may feel a little spicy on your lips.
  5. With a paper towel, wipe away your scrub to reveal plumper lips!

The paste, or scrub, you created in conjunction with the toothbrush bristles exfoliating the lips will promote blood flow and slightly swell your lips, making them plumper and fuller. I am actually really happy with my results, and this method should have the plumping affect on your lips for a good 2 to 3 hours!

What do you think? Do my lips look fuller and plump? Comment down below and let me know!

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xoxo,
blushing bride. 

 

 

Wedding Wednesday | Guest List

Something many brides and grooms to-be struggle with while planning their wedding is creating a guest list. There are so many questions, like how many people should we invite? Who should we invite? Are we going to hurt anyone’s feelings? Are we accidentally leaving anyone out? What if we have too many people on our list…how do we shorten it? How are we going to break the news? It can be pretty overwhelming if you allow it to be.

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The first thing I recommend doing is for both you and your fiancé to write separate lists, and combine them at the end. Kyle and I did this for family members and close friends. Write all of your family members first, followed by friends, significant relationships, co workers and other people you’d like to include if possible. Combine both lists to make your master list to work from. Some questions you should be asking yourself when creating this list are:

  1. How many people will our venue allow?
  2. Is this person a family member? Immediate or distant?
  3. Is this person a friend? or a coworker?
  4. Have you spoken to them in the last 6 months?
  5. Would you be upset if you didn’t get invited to their wedding?
  6. Can you imagine your big day without them?
  7. Would they make your wedding even more fun?

Once you have the master list, you can cater the list to your capacity limit and your budget and begin the process of elimination. It may be a good idea to prioritize the people on the list by dividing the list into people who:

a) without question MUST be at the ceremony;
b) you really want to be in attendance; and,
c) would be nice to include if possible.

We decided that in order to keep our numbers low and and be sure to include the people we most want to attend, we would not allow plus one’s. Some of our friends and family members are in long-term and serious relationships, and in those cases, the significant others will absolutely be invited. Our rule of thumb is that if we have met the significant other, or if they have been a couple for as long as we have, they are invited.

Once you’ve finalized your list, cross-checking to ensure no one has been forgotten, you can begin to record your guest list and jot down the important information needed. You create the “Guest List Check List” as I like to call it. I found a great worksheet online while creating my Wedding Planning Binder, which you can find here: Wedding Planning Binder. The information you’ll likely need is:

  • Name
  • Address
  • email address
  • telephone number
  • # of guests
  • Save the Date sent?
  • Invite sent?
  • RSVP received?
  • Thank You Card sent?

It was a lot easier for us to formulate a great guest list, because as I said before, we are not having a traditional sit-down dinner during the reception so the number of guests won’t necessarily affect our budget very much. Our ceremony is going to be rather intimate and small, so we needed to be sure to only include the extremely important people in our life. Our reception and dance has a larger venue that can hold more people, so we were really able to play around with extending our invites to people we wouldn’t have been able to accommodate at the ceremony!

Kyle and I didn’t have too difficult a time deciding on our guest list, and we were absolutely on the same page with who we wanted to invite and who we could do without. Don’t invite people purely out of guilt or out of the feeling of obligation. Choose your guest list solely on who you most want to share your day with and the process will go a lot easier.

As always, thanks for reading! Be sure to like, follow and share my post and happy planning!

xoxo,
blushing bride.

 

Wedding Wednesday | Colour Scheme

There are endless colour scheme possibilities for your big day, and its sometimes hard to narrow it down to one! Along with sharing some tips on choosing your colour scheme, I’m  also revealing the colour scheme we’ve chosen, how we reached our decision and what colour schemes were close contenders!

When it comes to colour selection, Pinterest is your best friend! There are so many photos and colour swatches to help inspire you and create your theme and vision. When Kyle proposed 11 months ago (oh wow has it already been nearly a year?), I took to the internet straight away. Choosing colours is one of the most enjoyable part of planning in my opinion. Its when your mind can get creative and you can explore so many flower options and decoration ideas solely based on the colours you choose!

When beginning to choose colour schemes, there are a few things you should consider:

  1. Colour Theory: choose whether you want a monochromatic theme (a single hue in various shades), a complementary theme (colours from opposite sides), or a analogous theme (colours side by side). Knowing what you imagine will help choose the proper colours.
  2. Consider the seasons: be seasonally appropriate. A peach, mint and light blue theme isn’t exactly the perfect shades for a winter wedding! No colour is off limits for a particular season, but how you pair those colours make all the difference.
  3. Choose a Neutral: you need a neutral shade to ground your palette. Using a neutral shade in your scheme will help draw all eyes on the pops of colour and detail you’ve put such thought into.
  4. Research: As I said before, take to the internet and find inspiration! Seeing how colours have worked for other weddings and how people have paired certain colours successfully will help you.

There were a lot of different schemes I was thinking about, but couldn’t really nail down a true vision of what I wanted. I knew I wanted it to be laid-back, rustic, and even a little bohemian, maybe. Some of the top contenders are as follows:

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The common colours I returned to over and over again were the blue shades and red shades. I loved the combo together and wanted to find the perfect way to mesh them together. So, when Kyle was accepted into the RCMP academy, my thought process changed slightly. I wasn’t sure how Kyle felt, and given that it was a six-month academy he had to first graduate from before getting carried away with the idea, in the back of my mind all I could think of was “he’ll probably wear his red serge!” Which is an honour that he worked very hard to achieve. So, when graduation was approaching we had the conversation (albeit over FaceTime) about whether or not he wanted to wear his uniform on our wedding day! After some deliberation, we decided that DUH! He’ll be dressed in his red serge for the ceremony! And, because it isn’t the most comfortable of outfits, he’ll change into something more casual for the reception.

So, its hard to incorporate a bohemian style when your handsome husband-to-be is sporting one of the most recognized, prestigious, most formal uniforms in the world. That was fine by me. I knew we could still have a laid-back feel, and the only formal aspect of this wedding would in fact be the serge.

This made colour selection immediately easier. You have to be careful when pairing colours with cherry red. One colour I knew worked perfectly with this particular shade of red was of course navy! Which happens to be one of my favourite shades. There are some beautiful options for bridesmaids dresses and floral arrangements with this colour scheme and I’ve found some inspiration online that I’m kind of in love with!

 

Now, in effort to keep some of my wedding plans a surprise for my family and friends, I won’t be going into detail about specific decorations and arrangements. I will say however that the official colour scheme is Red, Navy, Ivory and a hint of Gold peppered throughout. We are having a backyard wedding, which will feel really laid-back and intimate, and I will be finding a dress that is flowy and beautiful. My bridesmaids already know they are going to in navy dresses with the style of their choice and the men will be in a deep grey. Our decorations and floral arrangements will be made to suit the theme.  I think the colours will contrast nicely with each other and I know my man is going to look sharp in the uniform he worked so hard to earn!

Now that the colours have been officially chosen, the rest of the planning will come easier. I am now able to perfectly visualize the decor and the arrangements and can make decisions on what I like and don’t like. Because most (actually all) of the decor will be DIY, I can make everything just the way I want it.

Choosing our colours was one of the most enjoyable parts of planning thus far. I’m extremely happy with the scheme we’ve come up with and I can’t wait to begin working on the decorations and incorporating our scheme into the small details of our big day! I hope this helped you choose your colours and gave you inspiration! Let me know in the comments below what colours you’ve chosen for your wedding.

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xoxo,
blushing bride.

DIY | Woodsy Candle Holder

18472732_10155353482751204_856757167_oI just wanted to share with you a quick little DIY I’ve done in effort to spruce up my main bathroom! I usually use the ensuite bathroom in my room, and Kyle tends to gravitate towards the main bathroom in the hall. Because of that, I wanted to give it a subtle masculine feel, while decorating it nicely for when we have guests. I have a few ways to achieve this, and I want to show you the first thing I’ve done. I won’t be revealing photos of the bathroom until I have completed the entire decor! So stay tuned for more quick and easy DIYs that I will be doing for the bathroom.

I wanted to do something nice with the beautifully scented Bath & Body Works candle I have had in the bathroom for a while now. The scent is Mahogany Teakwood and its the perfect masculine scent in my opinion. The notes are as follows: Rich Mahogany, Black Teakwood, Dark Oak, Frosted Lavender. So its great for a woodsy themed room! In keeping with that theme, here is what I decided to do to decorate the plain glass candle holder.

The things you will need are:

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  • candle of your choice with a glass holder
  • hot glue gun
  • E6000 glue (optional)
  • candle stick holder (found at dollar tree; also optional)
  • twigs
  • pliers or some sort of cutting tool to trim twigs)

18472544_10155353486551204_80779472_oIts as easy as this! I collected some twigs and broken branches from outside, and trimmed them to size to properly fit the candle holder. Once they were trimmed, I began gluing them onto the glass holder. I used a hot glue gun because it dries quickly, so I didn’t have to worry about twigs slipping and sliding on wet glue as I tried to work my way around the holder.

You just continue gluing the twigs in place until you’ve completely covered the candle holder. An option you can do is to glue (with E6000 glue) a candle stick holder onto the bottom of the glass holder to give it a more fancy appearance and to have it stand a lot taller. I was considering doing that but have since changed my mind. I wanted to show you that you can add any element you want to your DIY project. Another option is to tie a piece of twine around the candle and tie it in a bow for a finishing touch. Ultimately you can do whatever you please to make it your own!

18471947_10155353482481204_1486544911_oI loved how this turned out and I can’t wait to see how it ties into the theme of the bathroom. I have some other DIYs in mind with the woodsy, masculine theme so stay tuned for those. If you have any ideas for projects I can make, leave them in the comment section below.

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xoxo,
blushing bride.

Wedding Wednesday | Creating a Budget

One of the first stages of planning a wedding is setting down a firm budget for your big day. This can be somewhat of a daunting task and while it is easy to say “I want a DIY wedding with a painfully low budget”, it is even easier to spend two times your spending goal.  In order to achieve your perfect day without breaking the bank, you have to have a clear vision of what you want and be willing to adjust your expectations accordingly. You can have your perfect beautiful wedding regardless of your budget, and here’s how I plan on achieving mine.

Dream

As I mentioned above, you have to create a clear image in your head about exactly what kind of wedding you want and how you want it to look and feel. It’s important to discuss your visions with your fiancé, and be sure you are both on the same page about what you imagine your day to be. Kyle and I agreed immediately that a small wedding ceremony and a larger reception was what we want, so we began throwing ideas around for themes, colours and venues. Wether you want a a small backyard wedding, a glamorous event or a all-out shindig, knowing what you want is crucial in creating a budget that works for you.

Research

It’s hard to work on a realistic budget that accommodates most of what you want for your big day if you don’t know what things cost in your area. Perhaps, for example, you budget $1000 for a photographer and learn that photography packages in your area start at $2000. This is where research comes in. I often times take to the Facebook page for local brides to find answers to questions on many topics, including approximate pricing for certain vendors. The internet is your friend when it comes to planning a wedding and most everything you are looking for can be found on the world wide web. Find email addresses for those vendors who do not list their prices and ask them directly. Once you have an idea of what, approximately, everything costs, you can sit down and decide what a reasonable and realistic budget looks like.

Count Heads

The number of guests you plan on having attend your big day is directly linked to how much money you’ll spend. Catering is a huge expense for weddings, and its one that Kyle and I have eliminated from our plans. While we have decided against a traditional sit-down reception dinner, we still have to feed our wonderful family and friends. It is important to know how many mouths you need to feed and in what capacity you intend on doing so. Not to spoil any surprises to my readers who will be in attendance, but we will be having a pub food type of casual buffet prior to the dance, and we are considering having pizzas delivered later in the night. Our budget will rely on this detail, and can be adjusted once we receive RSVP’s, as the odds that all of our invited guests will be able to make it is slim. Another cost affiliated with numbers is the amount of chairs I’ll need to rent for the ceremony. Once again, knowing how many people will be in attendance is necessary in forming an accurate budget.

Save! & Cut Costs Where Possible

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With regards to saving, assess your financial situation, and decide how much you can reasonably save. It can be challenging, but putting away 15-20% of your monthly income is a great way to ensure you have the funds you need to throw the biggest party of your life! I recommend storing that money in an account that isn’t easily accessed (so a trip to Sephora doesn’t become a shopping spree with a swipe of a card). The account we chose to use was one in which in order to access the money I must contact the bank to release the money, with a 24 hour hold. This is not my “in case of emergency” account! That’s about all I’ll say about my saving methods. Do what works for you!

Moving on to cutting costs. Venues can be the majority of your cost of a wedding, along side of catering that is. An issue I was running into when it came to venues was that most places required you to pay for their contracted caterers, not allowing for any external food or drink to be brought to the premises. This clearly didn’t work with what we envisioned for our day. I had to search for venues that allowed for us to bring our own food. Luckily, I think I’ve found the perfect place for our reception, and although it is a little outside of town, it fits what we want and is under budget! We are having our ceremony in my parents backyard, which sounds like a $0.00 venue – but you have to consider a rental of a tent in case of weather and the chair rental as well. That being said, it is still an extremely affordable alternative to any of the venue spaces in my hometown, and it definitely fits within the laid back, relaxed and intimate feel we are going for.

As I said, catering is another expense we did everything in our power to cut down on. While it will still be a few hundred dollars to adequately feed our family and friends, upon doing my research it became clear to me that our choice was definitely saving us some serious cash.

You have to decide what is absolutely important to have and what you can live without when it comes to your wedding day. Kyle and I won’t be hiring a videographer or a professional DJ or live band. Those options alone cut down on our cost. We still intend on having a photographer, but I am hoping to have a talented friend or acquaintance take our photos, who isn’t necessarily a professional but who I am confident will provide beautiful snapshots of our day. These are things Kyle and I both agree we can do without, in order to put our money behind things we deem more important. For instance, my dress. Though I fully intend on finding a killer deal on a “last year’s model”, I still want to budget a little higher in order to guarantee that I walk down the isle feeling and looking like a million bucks. Also, while I can confidently say I can do my makeup myself (and enjoy doing it), I am going to be hiring someone to do my hair, without question!

I am very lucky that I have a talented mom by my side (metaphorically…as she’s 6000km away), who is excited to create all of our beautiful decorations with me. This will be a budget friendly aspect, as I will pay for supplies for the DIY project and between the both of us we will make all of the decorations needed to make it beautiful. The DIY quality will add to the laid back, rustic feel. I’ll also be making the party favours and the gifts to bridal party. I’ll be making my own save-the-dates and invites as well, once again cutting down the cost significantly.

It’s all about what you want and need on your wedding day and what you can do without, or do yourself without a professional.

Stay Firm

Remember there is a reason you chose the budget you did. Do everything in your power to stay within your budget throughout the entire planning stage. Understand that surprises come up, things may turn out to be more expensive than originally planned for, so always have a little extra tucked away for those instances, but don’t decide that a $1000 photo booth for your guests is all of a sudden a total must and increase your budget to accommodate. That’s a surefire way of doubling your spending very quickly. Stay firm on your budget and your vision. If you decide that the $1000 photo booth for your guests really is a total must, you’ll have to choose something on your budget list that is no longer a total must. Adjust the items on your budget, not the budget itself.

Stay Organized 

It is always really helpful to have a list of your budget and expenses to constantly revert back to. A while back, when I created my DIY wedding planner, I included links to my favourite worksheets to include in my binder. One of those worksheets was a budget page, one with predetermined expenses and vendors and another that was completely customizable. If you didn’t catch that post, check it out here DIY Wedding Planner Binder.  Making lists and seeing numbers helps to keep yourself on track, and thus staying firm with your budget.

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Once you’ve nailed down your budget, the real fun begins! Choosing colour schemes, decoration ideas, renting venues and ordering your cake, making dress shopping appointments and everything in between! Talking money isn’t always the most fun – but the planning stage becomes a lot less overwhelming when you get it all sorted.

There you have it, the important things to remember when creating your budget. I hope this helps you decide on your vision and your budget for you big day! Comment down below if you have any tips for me in achieving my DIY wedding and saving even more money!

As always, thanks for reading. Be sure to like, comment and share!

xoxo,
blushing bride.

Wedding Wednesday | To Do List

I’ve just started planning the big day…and it is safe to say that I am already completely overwhelmed! They don’t prep you for this in the movies! But, I know that people plan weddings everyday, and so I start with what I know: making lists. I’ve made my basic checklist outlining the bones of the wedding planning process. I have too many sub-lists to count, but I wanted to share with you my Master List, if you will. I plan on sharing this list multiple times throughout the planning process, to help you visualize where I’m at with respect to the planning stages!

Checklist

  • Set the date
  • Set a budget
  • Create wedding planning binder
  • Choose bridal party (not yet announced) 
  • Choose color scheme
  • Research ceremony venues
  • Research reception venues
  • Choose ceremony and reception venues
  • Rent necessary equipment (tent, chairs etc)
  • Book photographer
  • Book officiant
  • Create a guest list
  • Order the Save the Dates
  • Make wedding dress appointments
  • Order Groom’s attire
  • Send out Save the Dates
  • Plan floral bouquets
  • Plan DIY Décor
  • Order invites
  • Send invites
  • Order wedding cake
  • Make hair and makeup appointment
  • Dress fittings
  • Obtain marriage license
  • Choose / make wedding favors
  • Make wedding décor (guest book, centre pieces etc)
  • Write vows
  • Make final payments
  • Make bridal party gifts
  • Plan bridal shower
  • Schedule Ceremony rehearsal
  • Schedule Rehearsal dinner
  • Book plane tickets

As you can see, I’ve made very little progress thus far, but I kind of feel like I am on pace. The wedding date has been set, the budget has been decided on, we know exactly who we want to stand beside us on the big day and we know where both the ceremony and the reception will take place! I am lucky in that Kyle is very easy-going when it comes to the wedding planning, so as long as I just run my ideas by him he’s satisfied. He does have an opinion about how he wants the day to turn out (as it is just as much his day as it is mine) so I am grateful that he throws around ideas and suggestions too. We have been working on our guest list together and while I thought Kyle wouldn’t want much to do with any of the planning, I am so thrilled that we are working together on this.

I am getting married in my hometown but I currently live some 6000 kms from there, so I am relying on the internet and my wonderful family and friends to help pull this thing together from the home front as well!

A tip I have for anyone who is about to start planning their wedding and doesn’t know exactly where to start is: ask someone! I took to Facebook and I am so thankful that there is a Facebook Page dedicated to brides from my hometown. These woman (and vendors) share experiences, ideas, questions and suggestions about absolutely everything you can imagine and I found a lot  of answers to my very first questions just by searching the content of the page! I also sent a message to a friend of mine from High School, who is currently planning her big day, which is just around the corner! She was super helpful and it was so much fun talking about her ideas and the issues she’s overcome while planning! Luckily one of my BFF’s has also planned her wedding and at around the same budget as I intend on having. She was super helpful when I needed a quick answer via text message about venues and alike. You are the bomb, Em. My mother has also spent hours on the phone with me as I worked out possible venue issues and we bounced alternative ideas off each other (with input from my dad!) Shout out to Chelsea too, who is so completely enthusiastic about my day, sending photos of bridesmaids dresses and taking me to task on choosing a bridal party dress website for my girls to purchase from! (Needless to say she’s on her feet that day in a beautiful navy dress *wink*). She’s experienced in being a bridesmaid, and has already made good pointers that I hadn’t even considered. Thanks girl, you rule.

It is super important to stay positive and upbeat when planning your wedding! I vow to do this with as little stress as possible, so making my list was the first step in pushing out the overwhelming feeling and replacing it with pure excitement.

I hope my list is helpful to those of you at the same stage as I am with planning! It is going to be a lot of work, but with my wedding binder, endless list and so much help and support, I think I can pull this off! Stay tuned for all of the DIY projects and decision making posts to come, and watch for my To Do List posts, so you can stay up to date with the progress I’m making! I’ll be breaking down how I chose my budget, venues and everything in between. Stick around!

As always, thank you for the love and support. And please, for the love of all things holy and good in this world, comment down below if there’s something I am missing from my master list! I need all the help I can get.

xoxo,
blushing bride.