Who is the Blogger behind 3D-Memoirs?

The Face Behind the Blogging Mask

I am assuming that most of you have not read the ABOUT ME section of the blog, so I thought I’d spend a little time today sharing a little bit about ME.

Today I am going to be completely transparent with you and let you in on a little secret – so let’s get down to details.

Who Am I?

My name is Elvira DeCuir and I live in Orange County, CA (USA). I am a 33 year old wife to a wonderful husband and mom to a handsome and busy 2 year old son. My hubby and I will be celebrating 5 years of marriage in August and looking to hopefully celebrate somewhere tropical as we are thinking that it may be a good time after summer to start on baby #2, so an anniversary in paradise would be perfect! We are considering the Caribbean, Hawaii (our honeymoon destination) or Bora Bora – trying to figure out which one will be most cost effective – if you have any ideas or suggestions or even hookups, please do share! I am looking for white sandy beaches, sunshine, beautiful blue water, and a tropical cocktail – this to me embodies relaxation, paradise, and romance.

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As you know I LOVE DIY projects, event decor, arts & crafts, party planning and weddings. Besides these things I also love karaoke, dancing, singing, writing poetry, reading (mainly murder mystery novels – I think I am a detective), pictures, movies, scrapbooking, wine tasting, cooking, traveling, exploring nature, outdoor activities (camping, swimming, fishing, hiking, boating, sports, etc), adventures, spending time with friends and family, shopping, and saving money! I love to wear jeans and cute flip flops, have  an addiction to buying shoes, love to wear fuchsia nail polish on my toes, and love to dress up my eyes when I go out. I am a sucker for milk and white chocolate candy (especially Sees Candy), chocolate chip cookies, pizza, burgers, soft warm bread and blueberry muffins, and potatoes (any way I can get them – fried, baked, mashed, french fries, tater tots, hash browns, etc). I am an Aquarius (on the cusp), a compulsive buyer, type A personality, creative, strong-willed, a little bit of a control freak, and love to laugh! I am detailed-oriented, analytical, and a great debater – my hubby always tells me I should have been a lawyer. I am inquisitive and like to know the why behind why. I am very sentimental so it is hard for me to let go of things and I am a hopeless romantic at heart. I am 6ft 1.5in and I wear heels – I am used to being stared at and wished I could have been a model in my youth. (My hubby is 6ft 4in and our son is 39 in, in the 95 percentile for height – I am sure he will be tall. :)) I could go on and on about myself, my likes and dislikes, or quirky behaviors but I won’t bore you with the details, however if you have any questions feel free to ask!

 

My Family

My Family

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Snapshot of My Background

I have a large immediate family with 5 siblings, 10 nieces & nephews, and 5 great nieces & nephews – so I love holidays and the chaos, laughs, and fun that comes with large family get-to-gethers. I played basketball in H.S. but was also a bit of a cool nerd, as I like to say, in high school and graduated Valedictorian with a 4.2 GPA. I graduated Cum Laude from California State University, Long Beach with a B.S. in Marketing & Management with a minor in Communication Studies, plus many academic accolades, and recognition and awards for leadership and my collegiate involvement. I spent 5 years in the mortgage financing industry, working for major banks – so I have a strong background in B2B sales.

 

My Workload

Fast forward to present day and my little secret – besides writing for this blog and doing wedding/event planning, I actually have a full-time job with a large telecommunications company, supporting our wireless government customers across the US. I love my job because its put a roof over our heads, provides health benefits, and the flexibility to work remotely (stay-at-home mom + working mom = double workload), plus I enjoy what I do. Whew! So now you know, that I am an extremely busy lady – work, blog & social media, wedding/event planning, mom, wife, household responsibilities (cooking, cleaning, paying the bills, etc) – but somehow I’ve managed to keep my sanity and my workload. I am a 1 woman team with no hired help or the ability to spend all day working on posts and new content, so please bear with me if I miss a day or two or I am slower in implementing new things to the blog. I am sure many of you can relate to being busy and managing many things at once and as a mom and wife, sometimes I struggle with prioritizing everything, especially balancing career, what I love, and my family. I can’t take credit for mastering it but I think I’ve done a great job thus far. How does that saying go, “You do what you have to do, so you can do what you want to do”.

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Did Someone Say Summer Vacation?

I absolutely LOVE the blog and hearing from all of my lovely readers, but in case you didnt know, it is very time-consuming. On top of that, I recently finished a wedding, just last weekend, that I had been working on for the past year and it was absolutely beautiful –  I can’t wait until I get my hands on the lovely pictures so that I can share with you guys. With everything that has been going on, plus our recent move, I am feeling a little burned out and have decided to take a little vacation this summer to re-energize. You may be wondering what this means for 3D-Memoirs?

  • Well, I’ll be taking a couple weeks off from blogging to spend some quality time with my son and hubby.
  • Then I’ll be working on some tablescape and DIY photoshoots that I can share with you guys on the blog – I have some wonderful ideas and will need to spend some time putting it all together.
  • Plan on seeing a fun fundraising post this summer to help Operation Shower collect some much needed supplies for their military baby showers this year – super excited about this plus you will have the chance to win some amazing goodies from some awesome vendors for participating!
  • Also, I am excited to share that I am working on adding a shop to the blog – more details to come soon, but know that it is going to be wonderful!
  • With all these exciting happenings + vacation here and there this summer, you’ll probably see less posts on Tuesday (Inspiration Board Tuesday), Thursday (Etsy Thursday), & Friday (DIY Fridays) over the next couple months, but I’ll definitely keep you posted and make sure I announce new posts on the blog!
  • In the meantime, I want to invite you to look around the blog because I am sure that there are LOTS of posts that you may have missed. I recommend browsing each of the headings above (Etsy Thursdays, DIY, Inspiration Boards, Wedding Inspiration, My DIY Decor Portfolio, etc) or if you have something particular in mind – put it in the search box (top right hand side).
  • Also, please make sure you are following me on Facebookwww.facebook.com/3dmemoirs , Twitterwww.twitter.com/3dmemoirs, and Pinterestwww.pinterest.com/3dmemoirs, so that you don’t miss any of the goodies I share. It would also be a great idea for you to peruse my boards on Pinterest for ideas and inspiration – I’ve got tons of lovely things on my boards!

So, please note that this by no means is a goodbye, just a partial summer vacation break where I will be working on some awesome things for you and the blog, as well as you can expect to still see some of the wonderful content that you love so much, it just may not be weekly until closer to the end of summer, but please stay tuned!

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Memorial Day

I would like to wish you all a wonderful 3 day weekend! I would also like to say a big THANK YOU to all military men and woman that have given or risked their lives for our country, our beliefs, and our freedom – it is your ultimate sacrifice that has granted me the liberties that I have today. Thank you to not only those that have given their lives, but also veterans, active military men and woman and their families – you deserve recognition year-round and I want you to know that I appreciate everything that you do and thank you for your courage, strength, dedication, and service!

 

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Awesome Wedding Products & Vendors

A Few of My Favorites – 3D-Memoirs Sponsors

Today I wanted to take some time to highlight and introduce you to some of 3D-Memoirs’ amazing sponsors! You will notice that I have two invitation sponsors, but you will see that their products are completely different and they are both lovely in their own unique artistic styles. Take a look below and see the quality products that our sponsors offer!

WEDDING INVITATIONS

Unique & Creative Wedding Invitations

The amazing artist behind Weddings on Zazzle is Olympia. Her shop specializes in designing wedding invitation and stationery. Her products and shop have amazing ratings with excellent customer feedback. Below her banner I have shared a few of my favorite samples of her work.

Unique & Creative Wedding Invitations

Unique & Creative Wedding Invitations

 

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Mason Jar Flower Vase Save-the-Date

 

Along with this super cute save-the-date, you can also order coordinating stamps, envelopes, place cards, and labels at reasonable prices to match.

 

Vintage Chalkboard Save-The-Date

Vintage Chalkboard Save-The-Date

Along with this vintage chalkboard save-the-date you can order response cards, rehearsal dinner invitations, bridal shower invitations, thank you cards, stamps, table numbers, place cards, and wedding binder to match the save-the-date!

If you haven’t already, please stop by Olympia’s shop on Zazzle – she offers all the paper goods you will need for your wedding.

 

Floral Wedding Invitations

The talent behind Behold Designz is not one, but two wonderfully gifted sisters that work together as a great team to produce the beautiful invitations available in their Etsy shop. This dynamic duo uses floral bouquets (created by one sister) as the inspiration for the invitation (created by the other sister) – what a wonderful idea! Take a peek below to see an example of the floral bouquet inspiration and the coordinating invitation.

 

Lovely Bouquet Inspired Wedding Invitations

Lovely Bouquet Inspired Wedding Invitations

 

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Floral Wedding Invitations

You’ll definitely want to head over to their Etsy shop and check out the other beautiful designs and creations they have available to order today – plus they do custom requests!

 

PHOTOGRAPHY

The F Stop is a southern CA photographer that offers services in design and photography (I am sure he is willing to travel for assignments). The wonderful photographer behind The F Stop is Danny and he has a great eye for details and is not just limited to weddings. Also, he has just launched a photo booth option where you get a LIVE photographer to capture the amazing, funny, and crazy moments of your event.

 

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Beautiful Photography & Design

 

I’ll let you in on a little secret, The F Stop is responsible for taking the awesome photos of my son’s 2nd birthday party – Jake & The Neverland Pirates – featured on Project Nursery (as a weekly and monthly party favorite) and Kara’s Party Ideas!

 

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Live Photo Booth – Professional Photographer on-site!

Stop by The F Stop and check out his photography portfolio, design services, prices & packages – he is very reasonably priced and offers a variety of services to suit your needs!

 

WEDDING IDEAS

Last but not least, I would like to introduce you to Gail from Oliver Ink on Etsy, whom you may recognize as my guest  blogger and is responsible for the Hot Wedding Trends posts last year! (Follow our amazingly inspirational hot wedding trends boards on Pinterest!) Gail has a lot of great wedding ideas and you can download them directly from her Etsy shop at low prices. Here is one of her popular e-books:

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Stop by Gail’s shop for some awesome wedding inspiration and ideas!

I hope you enjoyed learning about 3D-Memoirs sponsors – they are truly wonderful and I am so happy to have the opportunity to partner with each and every one. Please take a moment to stop by each sponsor’s site and see what they have to offer – I am sure you will find something you must-have! Also, PIN, TWEET, LIKE and anything else you can do to share this with your friends and family. Make sure you check out the most recent posts – there is a lot of eye-candy you don’t want to miss!

 

LOOKING FOR MORE AWESOME SPONSORS!

3D-Memoirs is looking for more incredible sponsors to partner with and would love to hear from you if you have a unique and creative wedding/event product that you think would be awesome to share with our readers. We offer reasonably priced sponsorship packages and a variety of advertising options  – just contact me for details or send me an email at 3DMemoirs{at}gmail{dot}com! I’m looking forward to hearing from you!

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Valentines Day

 

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Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails. I Corinthians 13: 4-8

Valentines Day is a widely celebrated day filled with LOVE, hearts, candy, flowers, and gifts exchanged between loved ones. Curious on how Valentines Day started? Read about it here. How are you celebrating today?

My husband and I have been married for 4.5 years and tend to not celebrate on actual holidays in order to avoid the crowds. I was pleasantly surprised by my wonderful husband – he surprised me with a planned Valentines Day evening out. Unbeknownst to me, he asked my sister to watch the baby and then he took me to Color Me Mine! Oh, I LOVED it! I am such an artsy person and I’ve done   a previous painting project there before, but it has been a long time since then and I was thankful to have this bonding time with my love! The cool part is he actually participated and enjoyed it – if you knew my husband you would know that this totally is not his thing, so I really appreciate the kind thought, planning, and participation.  After we finished painting our projects – a tea cup for me and a tile coaster for him – he took me to a romantic dinner at the Summit House! This restaurant has an old English Inn feel to it and the food was delicious, the wine was great, and the live pianist, fireplace, and amazing views overlooking the city really created the perfect ambiance for a romantic dinner. The evening ended with a beautiful heart-filled card and 3 new lovely pashminas to add to my collection – I LOVE pashminas! I really felt loved yesterday and was overwhelmed by my husbands thoughtfulness – he is not the planning type of guy so this was a big deal :).

My son just started school 3 weeks ago and I signed up to bring in goodies for his class – I am definitely going to be that kind of mom and I LOVE it! So, I made little goodie bags for his classmates and gifts for his teachers. I thought I would share these super easy DIY projects with you. Also, I bought almost everything for these projects from the Dollar Tree – so it goes to show you don’t have to spend alot to put together a thoughtful gift.

DIY Tutorial Steps:

Materials: coffee mugs, candy, tissue paper, medium and large heart doilies, heart sticks, and gift wrapping ribbon

1. Insert the medium heart doily into the coffee mug, with the colored side facing up. Adjust it so that the heart shape is visible.

2. Fill the coffee mug with candy.

3. Write a note on the large doily and take two heart sticks and stick it through the bottom of the doily and into the mug until it reaches the bottom.

4. Layer 2 sheets of tissue paper and wrap it upwards, gathering it right above the base of the coffee mug. Use ribbon to tie a knot and secure the gather. Feel free to tie a bow and/or curl the ribbon.

 

Here is the goodie bags that I put together for my son’s class:

(Buy the items for your goodie bags and make sure they are age appropriate. Fill goodie bags and tie them with a pipe cleaner. Make a heart from the ends of the pipe cleaner, joining the ends in the middle and twisting them to make a heart shape.)

The teachers and kids LOVED their gifts! It only took an hours of my time to put together but the satisfaction of smiles on the kid’s faces and thankfulness from the teachers was priceless. All in all this Valentines Day has been a blessing and I wish a very heart-filled and loving day. Try to bless someone else today and remember we should celebrate love year round – not just on Valentines Day!

I decided to do something different and special today, so no Etsy Thursday this week – but please stop by next week for some more Etsy Wedding inspiration! In the meantime, feel free to LIKE us on Facebook and FOLLOW us on Pinterest for more lovely wedding, DIY, and event decor inspiration!

3D-Memoirs wishes you all a Happy Valentines Day!!

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Wedding Finishing Touches & Unique Details

BY GUEST BLOGGER, GAIL OLIVER, AUTHOR OF 663 MUST-HAVE WEDDING IDEAS

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In my ebook, 663 Must-Have Wedding Ideas, I end with a section called, appropriately, finishing touches. Those unique little details you can add to your wedding ceremony and reception that will really leave your guests in awe! Below is just a small excerpt from my ebook:

 Set up a bench in front of a scenic area at your reception, like the wedding cake display, and have a friend or relative take guests photos (like a prom photo kind of idea). Include the photo in your thank you notes.

Use a camera cell phone to help far away friends and relatives experience your wedding in near real-time. Take a picture of the two of you leaving the church in your limo, post to your Facebook page or e-mail the photo and then call the recipient. You could use Skype as well.

 A yard of beaded trim is not expensive, usually about $2 and can be found in the notions section of any fabric or craft store. It’s an inexpensive way to dress up tablecloths, bridesmaids’ dresses, gloves, wraps, even place cards.

 To keep kids busy at an outdoor wedding, put them behind a lemonade stand to serve guests non-alcoholic drinks.

 It’s expensive (under $1,000), but as your guests exit the church, how cool would it be to hire a small plane to fly over head pulling a banner that reads, “Congratulations to John & Stephanie, Who Just Got Married!”

Have your musicians continue playing outside after the ceremony to keep the celebration going, until all guests have departed the church.

 Create life-size photo cutouts of the bride and groom and put them at the door of the reception hall. Makes for great photographs.

 For an outdoor wedding, set up intimate conversation areas by using small tent cabanas that can house 8 to 10 guests.

 Give each guest a roll of paper streamers, ribbons and balloons as they leave the church and encourage them to quickly decorate their cars.

 Be sure to have some snacks available (nothing that can spill or stain clothes) in the limousine for your wedding party, particularly when you go off to take your photos.

 Be sure to honor both sets of parents and serve them the first piece of wedding cake.

 Ask your guests to do something specific for the wedding. Maybe you want them all to wear white, or all the women to wear hats, or everyone to hold a candle during the service.

My ebook is available at my Etsy shop. I’ll be back next Monday with more ideas….until thenGail.

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New Ideas for Bridal Headpieces

BY GUEST BLOGGER, GAIL OLIVER, AUTHOR OF 663 MUST-HAVE WEDDING IDEAS
Maybe you are not a traditional girl and you are looking for something a little more dramatic for your wedding attire. Luckily bridal veils and head pieces have come a long way. Here are some ones to consider based on your personality.
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The Goddess

This brass three tiered head piece from House of Harlow is ideal for the bride who wants to unleash her inner goddess. Now, in order to pull this off you need a certain type of dress and a certain type of hair style. It would be tough to pull off with an updo, so it is best suited for long flowing hair. As for your dress, try a halter dress or a grecian style gown with bell sleeves.
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The Exotic

How about a head piece that is exotic in nature? The Litter SF Pyara Headpiece draws its inspiration from Indian weddings with its webbed triangular centerpiece. Again, you should consult your hairstylist for the style that would work best, but you could add a tulle veil to the bottom chain to mix the exotic withe the traditional.
 
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The Minimalist

How simple but elegant is this gold feather headband from Free People? This could easily be worn with a variety of hairstyles and gowns. Because of the gold color it may stand out a little more on darker hair. Great way to accent a high top ponytail or chignon.
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The Vintage Bride

Definitely dramatic is this headband of floral Swarovski crystals from Erickson Beamon at ShopBop. With the Great Gatsby and the 1920s being a big wedding trend this year (we called it in August!), this headpiece makes the right statement for any bride looking for a little flapper girl inspiration. Great with a loose updo like this one as it really draws attention to the bride’s face.
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The Boho

I love this Astral Headscarf in Ivory Tulle and Swarovski crystals from Johanna Johnson, giving the Bohemian bride a little elegance. Again, this headscarf would only work with a loose hairstyle or a low chignon, but it is a beautiful and unique bridal look.

WANT MORE UNIQUE WEDDING IDEAS? Then please see my ebook, 663 Must-Have Wedding Ideas, which also has a ton of ideas for your bridal attire, available at my Etsy shop.

I’ll be back next Monday with more ideas….until thenGail.

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Inexpensive DIY Wedding Decorations

BY GUEST BLOGGER, GAIL OLIVER, AUTHOR OF 663 MUST-HAVE WEDDING IDEAS

For all you DIY brides out there, did you know there are two inexpensive products that can add so many beautiful details to your wedding? Here are some ideas on how to use decorative tape and decorative stamps for a unique wedding look.

Decorative Washi Tape from Pretty Tape on Etsy

Decorative Washi Tape from Pretty Tape on Etsy

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DECORATIVE TAPE

I love decorative tape and there are so many different types on the market now from fabric tape to paper tape to washi tape. One $4 roll of tape could do your whole wedding!

Use it to Embellish:

  • Centerpiece Vases
  • Envelopes (money envelopes for gift table or wedding invites)
  • Seating Chart
  • Candles
  • Guest Book
  • Paper Lanterns
  • Banners
  • Paper Garlands
  • Mason Jar Drinking Glasses
  • Wedding Cake Base
  • Wedding Favor Boxes
  • Serving Trays
  • Wine Bottles

Make it Different:

  • Mix a combination of 2 or 3 tapes together
  • Use pinking sheers to give the tape a scalloped edge
  • Cut into squares or use a paper punch and make circles or other shapes
  • Punch small holes into the tape for a decorative polka dot design

 

Lace stamp from mieryaw on Etsy

Lace stamp from mieryaw on Etsy

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DECORATIVE STAMPS

How gorgeous is this lace stamp above, and again, we are only talking a few dollars. If you are having a vintage wedding, it’s a necessity, but it will add a romantic feel to any wedding.

Use it to Embellish:

  • Wedding Favor Tags
  • Place Cards
  • Table Number Cards
  • Banners
  • Table Cloths & Runners (use fabric paint to stamp)
  • Envelopes (money envelopes for gift table or wedding invites)
  • Signage
  • Cupcake Picks
  • Wedding Programs
  • Menus
  • Paper Napkins
  • Drink Coasters
  • Backdrop Fabric (again, use fabric paint)

Make it Different:

  • Use metallic ink
  • Add glitter when ink is still wet
  • Only use parts of the stamp (as shown in photo)
  • Experiment by dipping in tea to get a vintage feel
  • Stamp over top of one image in a different color, off slightly to create a 3D effect

It is amazing how these two inexpensive products offer you so many possibilities to add all those unique finishing touches to your wedding. How many more can you think of?

WANT MORE UNIQUE WEDDING IDEAS? Then please see my ebook, 663 Must-Have Wedding Ideas, which also has tons of inexpensive and DIY ideas, available at my Etsy shop.

I’ll be back next Monday with more ideas….until thenGail.

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Valentine’s Day Wedding Theme Ideas

♥ GUEST BLOG BY GAIL OLIVER, AUTHOR OF 663 MUST-HAVE WEDDING IDEAS

Valentine’s Day is one of the most popular days to get married. Here are some fresh, new wedding ideas that will help add the Valentine’s theme to your day in a stylish way.

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Wedding Decorations with a Valentine Theme

  • If you don’t want to decorate exclusively in red, make the color scheme pink and white with small pops of red. Something like red chargers under the plates, one red flower in the middle of a pink bouquet, or red headbands on the bridesmaids.
  • Since roses are very romantic, scatter red rose petals down the aisle (if the church approves), as well as on the head table, buffet table and gift table. Bags of simulated rose petals can be purchased at most craft stores. 
  • At the reception make the backdrop behind the head table a drape of red satin.
  • For place cards, use miniature white plaster cupids (also available at any craft store) and pierce the guest’s heart-shaped place card through Cupid’s arrow.

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Romantic Wedding Dinner Menu

  • If serving dessert, be sure to have the chef line the side of each plate with a heart piped in chocolate or raspberry sauce.
  • Offer guests a romantic chocolate drink like Godiva’s White Chocolate Liqueur when they arrive or at the end of the evening.
  • Embellish the wedding cake with small cinnamon candy hearts.

Valentine Wedding Attire

  • For a wedding gown, the bride could wear a red wedding dress if she dares, but otherwise she could just add hints of red, like small red crystals in the veil or dress train.
  • Bridesmaids could wear dresses of varying shades of red or, alternatively, different fabrics such as red velvet, red satin, red taffeta, and so forth.

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Other Valentine Wedding Ideas & Details

  • It will cost quite a bit more but use raised red velvet lettering on invitations, or have the inside of the envelope lined in red
  • Consider one of the original Valentine designs from the 1700s call the True Love Knot – a hand drawn maze of knotted loops with no beginning or end, for invite design
  • Plan to arrive at the church in a vibrant red car, such as the Saab 9-3 Convertible in Laser Red, the Jaguar XJ in Radiance Red or the BMW 7 Sedan in Merlot Red
  • Simple and inexpensive gestures include leaving a large opened heart-shaped box of chocolates on the gift table and beside the guest book. They’ll sign the book for sure.
  • When you want your guests to get the bride and groom to kiss, they must tell their own love story or the most romantic gesture they have ever received.
  • Instead of throwing the bouquet to the single women, randomly give each non-married female guest a single rose as a Valentine’s gesture. Put a fake diamond ring inside of one and whoever gets that one, is the next to get married.

WANT MORE UNIQUE WEDDING IDEAS? Get my ebook, 663 Must-Have Wedding Ideas, available at my Etsy shop.

I’ll be back next Monday with more ideas….until thenGail.

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Wedding Finds – January’s Deals & Steals

BY GUEST BLOGGER, GAIL OLIVER, AUTHOR OF 663 MUST-HAVE WEDDING IDEAS

Newly engaged? Well if you are looking for some great deals on wedding products, including dresses, décor and invitations, below are some of this month’s best steals and deals. All photos are linked to their products so just click.

Table Numbers

At BHLDN, these rustic table number bags have been marked down from $10 each to just $4 each.

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Bridesmaid Dresses

How gorgeous would your wedding party look in this cute, short blush dress? (also available in black) Just $89 at Piperlime.

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Table Confetti

This heart shaped confetti with “LOVE” on one side and love verses on the other side is $6 for 240 pieces. Scatter it on guest tables, down the aisle, inside wedding invites, at Lilac Coast Weddings on NotontheHighStreet.com.

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Décor

How great would this LOVE sign be behind the head table, hanging over the gift table  or on the back of the bride & groom chairs at the reception? (20” wide)  On sale for $25 at Pippins Gifts & Home Accessories on NotontheHighStreet.com.

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Bridal Shoes

This Badgley Mischka shoe is a best seller, now on for $129 at Piperlime, regular $245. The feather makes it a sexy bridal shoe!

 

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Invitations

This ornate new wedding invitation fron Wedding Paper Divas reminds me a bit of Will and Kate, but the good news it is on sale until January 8th at  15% (regular price for 100 cards is $179). Enter code winterwed.

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Bridesmaid Gifts

All your attendants would love this classic smokey grey clutch purse as a gift, regular $110 on for just $41 at Amazon.

 

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Table Décor

Having a rustic wedding? These birch bark vases are just $6 each (when you buy 3) at Save on Crafts . Perfect for centerpieces!

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Wedding Gown

Who says you can’t get a wedding dress for under $500. This beautiful sleeveless taffeta beaded dress from Shop Ruche is just $499.

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Wedding Veil

Of course you need a veil to go with the dress. Also from Shop Ruche this tulle bridal veil is just $56.99.

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Garlands & Backdrops

So many uses for these sola fabric flowers. You could string them together to make garlands, add to pew bows, make into bouquets, accents for wrapping wedding favors – it’s endless. 12 for $7.50 (regular $11) at Save on Crafts.

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There are over 200 amazing wedding finds in my ebook, 663 Must-Have Wedding Ideas, available at my Etsy shop. I’ll be back next Monday with more ideas… til then, Gail.

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Wedding Cake Toppers – DIY Ideas

BY GUEST BLOGGER GAIL OLIVER, AUTHOR OF 663 MUST-HAVE WEDDING IDEAS

It use to be that the top of your wedding cake had a bell or a small figure of a bride and groom. But today’s brides have gotten way more creative and cake toppers are more unique than ever. Here are some ideas you should consider for a new popular trend, wedding cake topper banners.

Wedding Cake Topper from BHLDN

Wedding Cake Topper from BHLDN

DIY Wedding Cake Toppers

This very popular wedding cake topper trend is actually one that most brides could DIY. They are flags, buntings, pennants or banners with special sayings. I thought I would give some ideas of how you can take this trend and make it more personal and unique to your own wedding.

Wedding Cake Topper Banner Words

You will see a lot of these wedding cake banners saying, “Just Married” or, as in the photo here, “Happily Ever After”. Here are some more ideas to consider:

  • “We Tied the Knot, Now Let’s Eat Cake!”
  • “Our Eternal Love”
  • “Blessed to Share This Day with All of You”
  • “Our New Life Together”
  • “Forever and Always”
  • “From This Moment On”

You could also use a mix of typefaces or various colors for the words. You could even substitute the O’s in words with ♥’s or add fancy scrolls as they did here.

Wedding Cake Topper Banner Material

You will see cake toppers made out of burlap and glitter paper, or just plain paper. Here are some other ideas:

  • Lace paper
  • Gold foil
  • Vellum
  • Vintage floral fabric

Wedding Cake Topper Banner Sticks

You could do something really interesting with the sticks that hold the flag banners. Maybe wrap them in colorful baker’s twine or dip the sticks in egg whites and then dip in edible cake glitter (it does exist!). You could also do something fun like use candy canes to hold up the banner if you are having a Christmas wedding.

More Embellishments

You can add more interest to the cake banners by adding tassels, press on flowers, leaves or jewels, or use scrapbook decorative punchers to make unique designs. You could also interweave satin ribbons or lace.

You’ll find more wonderful and original ideas in my Ebook, 663 Must-Have Wedding Ideas, available here.  I’ll be back January 7th with more ideas….until thenGail

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Country Wedding Ideas – Denim Inspiration

BY GAIL OLIVER, AUTHOR OF 101 RUSTIC WEDDING IDEAS

Our friend, Sara, over at Burnett’s Boards (some of the best wedding inspiration boards out there!) recently did a board on Denim Weddings. Now, that may seem like an unusual choice, but with the surge in popularity of country, barn and rustic weddings, denim could play out nicely. So, here are some ideas you may want to incorporate if you decide to go with this more casual, down home wedding theme.

Denim Wedding Inspiration Board from Burnett’s Boards

 

       

Some Unique Denim Wedding Ideas:

  • The groomsmen can wear denim ties or bow ties only, if you feel that jeans and/or denim shirts is too casual. However, they could change into these just for the reception.
  • For your bridesmaids denim skirts would be fun and you could add a layer of tulle or lace underneath to dress them up. You could contrast the denim skirt with a really dressy white blouse for a unique look.
  • I love the ombre look of white fading into a color, like in the dress shown above. This has been a popular wedding trend to have your gown take on an ombre effect. For a denim wedding you could have the white fade into a slate or powder blue.
  • Making wedding favors bags out of old jean pockets could be a cute idea for a country wedding.
  • We all know how popular mason jars are at weddings right now. How about using a denim wrap around the jar instead of the more commonly seen burlap. Maybe have the table number embroidered onto the denim as well.
  • A denim patchwork quilt would make a great backdrop for a guest photo booth.
  • Use denim and white colored baker’s twine to tie place cards to napkins
  • A bunting made out of denim triangles, spelling out the gift table or head table
  • Make guests stand in a pair of very oversized jeans as a fun photo opportunity
  • Denim goes really well with paisley bandanas, so use colorful bandanas as cloth napkins (they can be found at a dollar store) and DIY a denim napkin ring

You’ll find more original ideas in my Ebook, 101 Rustic Wedding Ideas, available here.  I’ll be back next Monday with more ideas….until then, Gail

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