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DIY Wedding Kit #6 Origami Butterflies

Are you having a wedding with a Butterfly theme? Here’s a great cheap way of decorating your venue or an idea for DIY favours.

Origami butterflies!

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Traditionally origami butterflies often appear at Japanese weddings. The Butterflies are known as “Mecho” and “Ocho” and usually adorn sake wine bottles during the ceremony. A central part of the Japanese wedding ceremony is the “three times three” sips of sake taken by the bride and the groom alternately. Although no one is sure exactly what the original “Mecho” and “Ocho” symbolised, it is safe to say that they are now a recognisable tradition of the Japanese wedding, and therefore denote love, union, and even friendship.

I bought the beautiful origami paper on ebay, it cost me £1.95 for 20 sheets but I’m sure you could get it cheaper if you were buying it in bulk.

Check out how to fold it at this website.

Want to see how you can use origami to make your wedding beautiful? Take a look at how  this couple  made a huge impact at their wedding with an abundance of origami cranes.  My next DIY will be how to fold origami cranes, so subscribe to my blog if you would like to keep up to date.

If you are looking for more DIY wedding ideas or theme ideas please take a look at http://www.weddingreceptionidea.co.uk/.

DIY Wedding Kit #5 Personalised Wine Bottles

This idea originally came from my mum, who always likes to make a good impression with her gifts and often surprises people with their very own personalised wine!  I have known her to make them for birthdays, as thankyou’s and even as a welcome present for guests staying at her holiday home in Dunster. (The house is an old police cottage and each bottle has a policeman label! You can visit the website for the old police cottage at http://www.holidaydunster.co.uk/)

Needless to say this project is very versatile. You can use personalised wine bottles as decoration on each table,  mini personalised wine bottles as  favours for your guests to take home, or if you are a guest yourself you can make one as a gift especially for the happy couple.

You can do this quickly to create multiple labels on the computer, or you can get a bit more crafty and make it by hand using stamps and patterned paper. Here are a few examples of what you can do.

WINE 1WINE 2WINE 3WINE 4

WINE 5WINE 6

 

 

So there you have it! I would suggest that you leave the back label on so that people can see what they are drinking, but other than that you can really create whatever you want.

If you need any more crafty inspiration take a look at www.weddingreceptionidea.co.uk.

Planning for a Wedding – How to decide on your perfect theme

Todays post will give you some ideas on how to decide on a wedding theme which is personal to you and your other half.

When planning a wedding it is very easy to get bogged down in organising all of the things that you are expected to have, rather than concentrating on what you actually want. It’s your big day so you should be able to have whatever you desire, and that doesn’t necessarily mean following tradition!

The most important thing about a wedding is that it represents you and your partner, so lets get to work on choosing your theme…

1. First of all you both need to write a list of your interests separately. These can be as mundane or as silly as you like. Perhaps they are things you have done a million times before, or perhaps you have only done them once but really enjoyed it. Let’s use John and Susan as an example.

John
Football
Sailing
Paintballing
Going to the pub
Reading
Cooking
Watching Movies

Susan
Cooking
Dancing
Films
Wine and cheese evenings
Jogging

2. Next, write down some things that you take an interest in together, or things that you have done together that define your relationship. This could be places you have been or hobbies you enjoy. You could even take inspiration from where the proposal was made.

John and Susan

Going out for meals
Watching old movies
Going to open air cinemas
Going for walks
Proposal in Paris

3. So now you should have a page full of your combined personalities. Jot down the things which appear most in your list, as well as the things that are most important to you both. Let’s have a look and see what we can do with John and Susan’s.

John and Susan have a shared interest in food, and Susan likes wine and cheese. John proposed in Paris, and France is famous for it’s food and wine. So lets work on the basis that we are going to have a wedding loosely based on a French theme. They both like watching movies and even going to open air cinemas. Perhaps there is a particular French film we can take inspiration from?

4. Now we just need to bring it all together and come up with some more specific ideas. Write a list of things you need to consider, you can start with the list below.

– Colour Scheme
– Wedding Invites
– The Dress
– Music and Entertainment
– Decoration
– Favours
– Food
– Drinks
– Table Plan Themes
– The Cake

Take a look on the internet for inspiration. Just type in your key words and there will be a whole host of images waiting to inspire you.

So, what did we end up with for John and Susan?

A Vintage Parisian Inspired Wedding

Colour Scheme -Select muted tones to capture the ‘Old Paris’ feel. – Browns and    Creams with an accent of black.
Wedding Invites – Make Save the date cards (or invitations) in the form of vintage Parisian postcards.
The Dress – Go for a classic style dress. Take inspiration from the French movies or buy authentic vintage.
– Accessorize with lace.
Music and Entertainment – Hire a Parisian Gypsy Jazz band to play while the guests mingle. (Click the picture below to browse potential bands.)

Belle wedding reception entertainment

'Belle' Parisian Gypsy Jazz Band

Decoration – Incorporate vintage maps of France into the decor.
– Pretty it up with flowers and frills.
– Go down the ‘travel’ route and include vintage suitcases as well as luggage tags and plane/train tickets.
Favours – Mini Cheeses
– Mini Wines
– Macaroons
– Sachets of Lavender
Food – Serve bread, cured meats, olives and sundried tomatoes.
-Hire a Crepe van
Drinks – Provide bottles of wine on each table with personalised labels. (Click here to see how)
Table Plan Themes – There are loads of options here. Two of my favourites are Famous French landmarks, or types of French Cheese.
The Cake – Instead of a wedding cake have a wedding cheese.

So there you have it! How to create a wedding plan in a few hours. If you’re still stuck you can post your lists as a comment and I will give you some ideas. Perhaps other people could share some of their own ideas for you too!

The Best Entertainment For a Vintage Themed Wedding

Fancy having a quirky band at your reception to fit with your vintage theme? Take a look at my top picks below. If you want to find out more about the band and how to book, just click their picture.

20's style wedding band

Tula and the Tomcats

For the 1920’s Wedding…

Tula and the Tomcats!

This band captures the heart of the Roaring 20’s with their fun loving, mischievous performance. With a voice like thunder and treacle Tula fronts the band, playing Jazz that will get you dancing like cats on a hot tin roof!

50's Style band

Lipstick on His Collar

For the 50’s/60’s Wedding…

Lipstick On His Collar

This band are an exciting 50’s/60’s showband specialising in bringing the classic pop hits from the Golden Era of music back to life. With authentic costumes to add to the sense of occasion, this bands hallmarks are strong vocals, tight harmonies and an infectious sense of fun!

The Old Time String Ensemble

The Old Time String Ensemble

Perfect for a vintage tea party…

The Old Time String Ensemble

This Vintage String Band resurrect the beautiful music of a bygone era. Swapping between a range of stringed instruments, they play a mixture of songs with an emphasis on popular Blues, Jazz and Country standards from the 1920s, 30s, and 40s.

Belle

'Belle' Parisian Gypsy Jazz Band

Belle Parisian Gypsy Jazz Band

From 1930’s Parisian Gypsy jazz to Bee-bop, this band will bring a fantastical quirkiness to any event. If you require mellow background ballads to accompany dinner or lively show stopping swing to fill the dance floor Belle can deliver! This band would be perfect for a vintage themed wedding or gathering.

For more fantastic bands check out www.thebandboutique.co.uk

DIY Wedding Kit #4 Personalised Fortune Teller Favours

Here’s a great idea to keep your guests entertained before dinner. Personalised fortune tellers!

fortunetellers

So, all you really need to know is how to fold it, then we can get creative!

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How to make it

  • First you need to make your piece 0f paper square. To do this fold the corner across as in pic 1 and then cut off the excess rectangle of paper.
  • Next fold your piece of paper in half in the other direction. You should now have a square piece of paper that has 4 triangles on it.
  • Now turn the paper so that it is curing upwards, rather than sitting like a pyramid. Fold each corner into the centre. You will now have a smaller square with 8 triangles on it.
  • Turn the paper over, this side should look like it had 4 squares on it. Now fold each corner into the centre again. When you’re done it should look like a square with 8 triangles on it again.

Vintage inspired LOVE themed fortune teller

So here’s a couple of ideas what you can do with them. First of all is a ‘Love’ themed fortune teller. Perfect for revealing little facts about the couple. Scroll past the pictures to find out how I made it.

Wedding Fortune Teller

 Loveteller loveteller2

To make this cute, vintage inspired fortune teller you will need;

  • A piece of coloured paper
  • A piece of floral patterned paper
  • ‘Love’ sequins
  • An old dressmaking pattern

First off I cut my floral paper slightly smaller than my plain square, then i stuck it down in the centre with glue. Next I folded my paper into the fortune teller, when I was done I stuck on my little ‘Love’ sequins. I then cut out numbers from an old dressmaking pattern (you may want to photocopy these if you are making lots!). You can write whatever you like on the inside, but I would suggest little facts about the couple would be a sweet way to let your guests know a little more about them.

‘Mad Hatters Tea Party’ Fortune Teller

Here is a bonkers idea perfect for a mad hatters tea party!

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 fortuneteller

 To make this Alice in Wonderland themed fortune teller you will need;

Here is a slightly less time consuming way to make a fortune teller. Simply fill in the blanks on the template and print off! The one I have made has the words ‘I DO’ on the outside, and the options on the inside flaps spell out ‘Why is a raven like a writing desk?’ – the famous Mad hatter riddle that never had an answer! Alternatively you could write riddles on these, then write the answers on the inside. Below are some ideas for riddles that may be fitting for the occasion.

Q. I never was, am always to be. No one ever saw me, nor ever will. And yet I am the confidence of all, To live and breathe on this terrestrial ball. What am I?

A. The Future

Q. If you break me I do not stop working,If you touch meI may be snared,If you lose me nothing will matter.

A. Your Heart

Q. What starts with a T, ends with a T, and has T in it?

A. A teapot

Q. A mile from end to end, yet as close to as a friend. A precious commodity, freely given. Seen on the dead and on the living. Found on the rich, poor, short and tall, but shared among children most of all. What is it?

A. A smile

Q. Two words is my answer. In order to keep me, you have to give me. What am I?

A. Your word

Q. What holds two people together but touches only one?

A. A wedding ring

Q. I go in dry and come out wet, The longer I’m in, the stronger I get. What am I?

A. A tea bag

I hope you enjoyed todays DIY Wedding Kit For more DIY wedding ideas please visit http://www.weddingreceptionidea.co.uk/diy_wedding_ideas.html, and if you’d like to see my ideas as I come up with them please subscribe to my blog!

DIY Wedding Kit #3 – ‘Time for Tea’ Name Cards

Looks like I’m on a roll today! Heres my second DIY Wedding Kit of the day.

This one is perfect for anyone planning a ‘Vintage Tea Party’ themed wedding reception. Really quick and easy, and an original idea to use for place cards.

 DIY Tea Time Place card

What you will need:

  • As many tea bags as you have guests. Any brand which has tabs.
  • Double sided tape, or glue.
  • A computer and a printer, or good old fashioned pen and paper.

All you need to do now is design your own personalised tab. The one photographed has the guest’s name on one side and ‘James & Sarah, The Perfect Blend’  on the other, but you can go for whatever will fit in with your theme. I made my tab like a little book, I cut the old tab off and trimmed the string so that it would fit in my chosen tea cup nicely. I then cut a similar sized piece of double-sided tape and stuck it on the inside of the right page, then sandwiched the string in between before pressing the two together.

DIY Tea Time Place Card

Here is a chance to really show of your personality and creativity on a shoe string budget. If you don’t fancy printing your design off the computer you could do it all by hand. Write in calligraphy pen or use transfers, stick on lace, buttons or ribbon, use fabric as a base, floral, polka dot, stripes,  incorporate pages from old books, atlases or dressmaking patterns… the list goes on.  You can make this as quick or as intricate as you like, but either way, it’s going to be a talking point!

If you are looking for more ideas for a ‘vintage tea party’ themed wedding have a look at  http://www.weddingreceptionidea.co.uk/vintagethemedwedding.html. Or if you would just like general wedding inspiration go to http://www.weddingreceptionidea.co.uk/index.php.

If you’re looking for Vintage themed wedding entertainment check out the fabulous bands and musicians at  http://www.thebandboutique.co.uk/somethingdifferent.html.

DIY Wedding Kit #2 – Origami Hearts

Here’s DIY kit number 2. This one is quicker to do than my first kit on knitted letters, and could be used in a variety of ways to make your wedding day look spectacular! Its Origami hearts!

Origami Heart

These are really simple to make once you’ve done a few, and why not speed up the job by getting your bridesmaids involved in an ‘origami afternoon’. All you need is a piece of paper! Heres a few ideas on how to use them;

  • Hang them on string as an alternative to bunting.
  • Write your guests names on them and use them as cute place settings that your guests can take home as a momento of the day.
  • Make small ones and scatter them on the tables as confetti.

Or if you can’t be bothered to make them yourself, why not get your guests to do it! Provide each table with instructions and a variety of colours of paper. You could even ask that guests write their messages to the happy couple inside (instead of a guestbook), then have them hung up somewhere or pinned to a cork board.  This would provide a great talking point and keep your guests entertained while they are waiting for food.

The instructions can be found at Bijoux Brides, if you would like to see them please go to http://www.bijouxbride.com/pretty-project-3-origami-hearts

For lots more crafty ideas check out www.weddingreceptionidea.co.uk.

Origami Hearts

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