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A Carefree Vienna Wedding Planned in a Single Afternoon: Marijana & Haris

This simple and intimate wedding in Vienna may not be full of DIY details or a crazy theme, but that doesn’t make it any less Rock n Roll. Marijana & Haris are what make this wedding awesome – and the fact that they did their day, their way!

A simple civil ceremony followed by a cafe reception was the name of the game, as the bride explained, “There was no particular theme to the wedding. We wanted to keep it small and low key and as non-weddingy as possible. We actually managed to plan the whole thing in one afternoon. There was to be no cake, no flowers and no centerpieces.”

“As we were such a small group we decided to order everywhere (four different venues) a la carte. And it worked! Months before the wedding we imagined us tucking in to a big breakfast, afterwards in our nice clothes and having coffee and just chatting. No fuss, no nerves… just all of us dolled up enjoying the sunshine.(Erm…not that it was stress-free mind you. First out invites got lost in the post, then the place we wanted to have dinner at changed management and became an Italian restaurant, so we had to find an alternative. Oh, and my shoes arrived only a day before the wedding. And our guests arrived from five different countries… so plenty of nerves there).”

“I have to admit, I was a bit apprehensive about doing my own hair and make up, but it turned out well in the end”, Marijana continued. “As for my dress… originally it was a beige dress with beaded sash and ruffled neckline, but I got it altered. First we cut the top off, and then I spent one long night cutting off the beads and adding a plain sash to it. The top is a Zara top, altered at the back, that I bought it on sale!”

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DIY Tutorial: Pretty Paper Fans

Today’s gorgeous DIY tutorial was sent over by wedding planner and stylist Tiffany Grant-Riley. I think these would look amazing as a ceremony backdrop or to hang from your wedding venue’s ceiling. In fact the possibilities are endless which is why you need to go buy some pretty coloured paper like, now!

Over to you Tiffany…

It’s pretty difficult to escape paper decorations at the moment, they’re a top trend and rightfully so! They add an instant splash of colour and can transform any blank canvas into an extra special space.

These paper fans look fantastic when grouped en-masse and used as a backdrop for your ceremony or photo-booth and I have them in varying sizes as a feature wall in my home. Here’s how to make your own…

Supplies Needed

♥ A roll(s) of wrapping paper or some special handmade paper sheets
♥ Buttons
♥ A craft knife
♥ Pinking sheers for paper
♥ A pencil
♥ A ruler
♥ A glue gun
♥ Cutting board
♥ A selection of buttons
♥ A hole punch
♥ Blu Tack

Size Guide

It may take you a little bit of practice to get them right, so it would be wise to play with some standard paper to start with. Essentially you need to make sure you have enough length as the wider the fan the longer it’ll need to be (all will become clear later on).

2” wide = approx 10” long
3” wide = approx 15” long
9” wide = approx 60” long
10” wide = approx 70” long

Method

Step One: Choose the size of fan you’d like to make and measure the width on the back of the paper. Cut your paper to the length and width required (you may need to cut several lengths for a larger fan).

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A Brazilian Restaurant Wedding: Rebecca & Gabriel

Rebecca & Gabriel’s Canadian wedding took place in November. Toronto City Hall hosted their ceremony, and they selected Caju Restaurant for a low key and casual reception. Gabriel is from Brazil so the cuisine of the restaurant provided a nod to his family and heritage.

“Gabriel and I met online, and deleted our dating profiles after our first date,” Rebecca told me. “We moved in together after a month of dating and knew we were going to get married. We both just knew we had finally met the right one, and something about the way we worked together just made complete sense! He is from Brazil, living in Canada and I moved to Toronto to meet people. None of Gabriel’s family was able to come to Canada for our wedding, so we had our small 30 guest reception at an authentic Brazilian Restaurant so we would at least incorporate Brazil through the amazing food.”

“On the day of the wedding Gabriel drove his scooter for 45 minutes to get our big red balloon. It was the only ‘task’ I had given him to take care of, and to get it home from where he found it he tied it to the back of his scooter and drove it back home! It is currently still with air in it (barely!) in our house. We loved that red balloon! He also forgot his wedding ring on the day of the wedding, and had to zip home on his scooter, and battle rush hour gridlocked traffic to get to City Hall on time!”

The bride opted for a short white dress from Fashion Crimes instead of a traditional wedding dress, and with it she teamed a vintage fur wrap and a homemade headpiece. “I made my own birdcage veil, very simply from a website I found online”, the bride continued. “I decorated all of our floral mason jars with mismatched lace and fabric (from my own personal stash!) I made drink straw banners and cupcake bunting and hand stamped our envelopes, made our invitations, and of course made all of my own flowers! I’ve been a florist for over 10 years, so it was very important to me to do that.”

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DIY Tutorial: T-Shirt Bunting

Bunting is still an incredibly popular decor idea for weddings this year, so I thought a super simple and quick DIY tutorial would probably help a lot of you out! Thank you to blog reader Erin for putting this together for us. You can see more of her DIY ideas over on her own blog Little Red Riding Hood. If you are doing DIY projects for your own wedding and fancy submitting a tutorial idea, just drop me an email with a brief outline and some photos and we can chat! OK, over to Erin…(nice feather boa hat by the way!)

I grew up in country Victoria, but moved to inner bayside Melbourne to be with my partner after returning from some amazing adventures living overseas. In everyday life, I work as a five-star hotel sales executive and event manager. This sounds glamorous, but mostly consists of lists and finding the right length trestle table (usually at 5:30pm on a Friday…) When I’m not riding my vintage bike or sipping third-wave coffee with the hipsters in South Melbourne, I like to garden and read. I also like to bake and craft, but sometimes these things don’t work so well for me – I recently worked out that I can excuse these “experiments” by blogging them!

Supplies Needed:

♥ Old t-shirts, or any material, really (Check the off-cut bin at your local op-shop!)
♥ Lace or ribbon for edging
♥ Sharp scissors
♥ Ruler, pen and paper

Method:

Step One: Prepare your material. Inspired by the t-shirt bunting made from David Fleck’s designs I saw a while back, I dug out some old t-shirts and material scraps I have hoarded saved.  You may need to allow an extra hour or so of time to do the digging – I found some lovely gold and plum material that I didn’t know I had.

Then I found a feather boa (er….four father boas, actually…) put it on and tied a yellow scarf around my head.

Some of the t-shirts I’ve worn and worn and had to retire but one was an obnoxious neon colour I bought from JayJays back when I paid to go to festivals like Big Day Out.

Because I didn’t intend to make a great deal of bunting, I simply chopped out the bits of the t-shirts that I liked, and didn’t worry about the rest of the shirt.  They’ve gone into a rag-bag to stuff felt flowers with or something involving buttons.

Step Two: Create your pattern. I tried a diamond shape cut-out, thinking I’d fold in half and edge the triangles. After I did one, I decided I couldn’t really be bothered to do edging on these particular bunts (I don’t care if that’s not the singular word for bunting, I’m using it anyway).

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A Homemade Tipi Wedding in Wales: Nathan & Laura

When I get wedding submissions like Nathan & Laura’s I’m literally bursting at the seams to get them published. So sometimes I sneakily share a picture or two on my facebook page. The shot I shared of Nathan’s reaction when seeing his bride walking down the aisle totally encompassed this awesome wedding. And it would appear you guys loved it too – over 200 likes and I didn’t even show you the stunning bride! Well the wait is over my friends, I’m sure you’ll agree it was worth it and that his face was 100% justified. Just look at her!

After proposing with a ‘Laura will you marry me?’ tattoo (!) the couple got to planning their wedding for earlier this month. The celebration was held at Penybanc Farm, hosted by Welsh Green Weddings, and the relaxed vibe of the farm really set the tone for the whole day.

“We had a marquee which was put up by made by Roger, Simone and team at Welsh Green Weddings“, the couple explained. “We then added our own personal touches including bunting made by the Mother of the bride and hearts on line made by both our Mothers and the groom’s daughters. Our wishing tree was made by the Mother of the bride and the cake stand was made by Laura. We had individual homemade ‘plant pot’ cakes too. We had tea cups and saucers for favours which we collected from car boots and charity shops. The bridal bouquet was made out of of vintage buttons and featured items from both our grandmothers, Edelweiss (Austrian relatives) and the Father of the bride’s numbers from his police uniform. As Nathan proposed to Laura with a ‘Laura will you marry me?’ tattoo, we also had temporary tattoos as favours and both of us had our own ‘secret tattoos’ on the day.”

“Think about the kind of people you are and who you are going to invite” the couple advised when I asked them what influenced their wedding, “in our case we knew that around a third of the guests would be under 12, so a venue where children and their parents could feel relaxed and excited was important to us. Being true to your self is vital and having some sort of connection with the people running the venue as well as a faith in their professionalism helps enormously. For us, when we went to see Simone and Roger at Pennybanc we knew we were on the same wavelength.”

“A professional photographer is also totally worth the money” they continued. “The married couples we spoke to who hadn’t had one said it was their only regret from their own weddings. If you can, budget with them at the centre and book them early on. Nicola from Daffodil Waves Photography was amazing.”

“Don’t get too hung up on being original”, they concluded. “Wedding blogs and magazines are great to help you think about things and give inspiration, but they can also be intimidating and make you feel that your ideas are ‘old hat’. It ebbs and flows so don’t compete. We both like Elvis and vintage style so it was inevitably going to feature in the music and look of the day, but we didn’t want it to be to ‘themed’. We wanted to have a structure to the day but it also had to have enough flexibility in it to to deal with overruns and the unexpected…and we wanted unexpected things to happen!”

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A Quirky Brazilian Wedding Planned in Just Two Months: Juliana & Tomas

Organised in just two months, Juliana & Tomas’ wedding was held in Brazil on the very date that they first met. The bride explains, “Tomas & I met two years ago through a mutual friend. At that time, Tomas lived in New York and I lived in Sao Paulo. In December 2009, Tomas went to Brazil to work and our friend invited him to spend New Year’s Eve in a house I’d rented at the beach. We spent 6 days together and, two months later, we met again, but this time in New York. We started a long-distance relationship, which lasted just 4 months, because I decided to come to New York. My plan was to spend a season in New York, study and invest in our relationship. Back then, we were very uncertain about our relationship’s future, but now we have no doubt we made the best decision.”

“At the end of October 2011, he proposed me and the only thing that we were sure at that time was that we would get married in Brazil in the same date that we met. The tough part – we had less than two months to organize our wedding. We wanted a small wedding, just the closest friends and our family, but Tomas also wanted a ‘wedding that didn’t look like a wedding’. We wanted a party with our touch, our style.”

“So in order to do that we made as much as possible ourselves. We did our own wedding invitations, we painted jars, and we took care of every small detail of the party. We flew from New York to Rio de Janeiro with two bags full of decor items. We really wanted something different and unique, a non-standard wedding. We spent the morning before our wedding together at the hotel’s swimming pool, we helped each other get dressed, and we got dressed in the same room, where some friends stopped by for a pre-party.”

Juliana wore a Cymbeline wedding dress with a striking red headpiece and carried a homemade bouquet created out of felt hearts. “My dress added a dash of fun style and my bouquet and the wedding cake were also unusual. The ceremony was performed by our mutual friend, our parents and siblings. Chef Damien was in charge of a vegetarian menu. We left a Polaroid camera available to our friends and some of the most memorable pics were taken with the photo booth props. If you asked me what I would change in the wedding, I would say ‘nothing, it was a perfect party!'”

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