Photo booths

I am pretty certain that we will have a photo booth at our wedding, I love photos and want to get as many as humanly possible of all our friends and family on our big day. But there are so many different ways to do it! Where on earth do I start!? Here are some ideas I found on Pinterest to get the creative juices flowing.

photobooth

I must admit, I do like the idea of hiring a photobooth like the one above. You can get some that will print out 2 copies of the photos (1 for us to keep and the other for the guests to take home) and it also saves them as digital photos which you get at the end too. Unfortunately I don’t think this will be an option considering our budget, but this also gives us a chance to create something really unique and wonderful ourselves! When you look at what fantastic boothes other people have made it seems silly to spend so much on a normal one!

fairytale_photobooth

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photobooth_props

Props will be super important, and I expect we will be making them all ourselves so I’d better get my thinking cap on. The ones above are all lovely and would be easy to re-create ourselves.

chalkboardengagement

I love this idea so much! A chalkboard as a backdrop! The guests could draw whatever they wanted and make it really silly! I think it is a big priority for me that everyone has as silly a time as possible! Also that all of the guests personalities come across in the photos, which I think this would be perfect for!

chalkboard_photobooth

Also, I like that your guests could write you cute messages. Although knowing some of our friends I suspect a lot of the messages will be rude rather than cute! I just love the picture below of Elsie from A Beautiful Mess with her hubby, so simple but lovely.

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The more I think about this the more excited I get! Chris bought me a polaroid camera for my birthday, so we shouldn’t have any trouble DIYing this one, however we decide to do it.

Laura xXx

Colour Scheme

Guess what!? On monday I tried on my first wedding dress! Well actually I tried on 2 and they were both beautiful! I didn’t manage to find the perfect one, but I think it was a very good start and I have a better idea what I am looking for now.  Anyway, more of that later, today I want to talk about colour schemes!

This was one of the first things I felt tempted to start planning, and it is very difficult because there are so many colours that I love! I have even toyed with the idea of having a rainbow wedding!  At the moment though, I am really taken with the idea of a turquoise and pink colour scheme. I’d also like to get the light blue of the sapphires in my engagement ring in there somewhere. I thought I would bombard you with beautiful pictures I have found which use this colour scheme. Please click the pictures to view their original source.

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colour scheme

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teal shoes

 

 

 Laura xXx

Printable Bridesmaid Party Invite

Bridesmaid Party Invite

Bridesmaid Party Invite

I thought it would be a good idea to encourage you all to have Bridesmaid parties like mine by adapting my invite so that anyone can use it! If you fancy having a party and like the look of my invite you can print out your own. Just right click the invite above and select ‘open image in new tab’. Then you should be able to right click and save it wherever you want. I would suggest printing out 4 to a page so you get little A6 sized invites.

All you need to do then is fill in the gaps! Enjoy!

Laura xXx

DIY Wedding Favour – Fortune Teller

Personalised Fortune Tellers

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

Beautiful wedding favour on the cheap

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 of 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.

DIY wedding favour idea

A DIY Fortune Teller Wedding Favour A wedding favour idea for your guests

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!

Fortune Teller Wedding Favour

Do I? I do wedding fortune teller

Fortune Teller Wedding Favour

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 me I 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 you 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

Spoiling your Bridesmaids

One of my first thoughts when Chris proposed was ‘yay, i get to ask the girls to be bridesmaids!”.  So as soon as the engagement party was out of the way I got to work on some little gifts for my Bridesmaids to be, in order to officially pop the question. I had stumbled upon some lovely ideas on pinterest, of which my favourite was a box of goodies. You can see it here. I have always loved boxes anyway, so it was settled, I would make them a box each! You can see my original post from Wrapped Up in Rainbows here.

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bridesmaid boxes

bridesmaid box

bridesmaid invitation

Now, I am trying to be a bit thrifty so wooden boxes were out of the question. Luckily I had 4 contact lens boxes that were all the same size and would do the job nicely.  I covered them in brown paper which I already had, and decorated them using nail varnish. Strange I know, but they were the only paints I had which fitted my colour scheme idea.  Inside each box was a handmade, personalised notebook with their initial on, a pretty pen, a contact list, a bag of rainbow drops, a bar of chocolate, a soppy note to each of them,  and an invitation to ‘Bridesmaid Day”!

I really loved making them and the girls seemed suitably chuffed when they received them. So … then it was time to work on Bridesmaid day! As usual, my ideas were rather more ambitious than what actually materialized. Lack of time meant that I didn’t do everything I had planned, but the day was still a fantastic success!  We chatted, ate pizza, drank mojitos, painted our nails and drank hot chocolate from my DIY ‘Team Bridesmaid’ mugs which I had made specially for the girls. You can see the whole post here.

It was really nice to have all the girls together for the whole day, and I would definitely suggest doing this, especially if not all of your bridesmaids know each-other well. If you too are a bride-to-be you should exercise your right to throw parties as often as possible before the big day! Have you been using your wedding as an excuse to throw parties?

Laura xXx

 

DIY Name Cards

“Time For Tea” Name Cards

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

DIY Wedding 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 Wedding 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 our vintage themed wedding page.

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

Origami Hearts – DIY Wedding Favour Ideas

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 Wedding Favours

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

Origami Wedding Favours

Knitted Letter – DIY Wedding Decoration

Knitted Letters

Being a crafty type I wanted to post some DIY ideas for making your wedding look unique. So here is the first of my DIY Wedding Kits …. Knitted Letters!

If you’re constantly wanting to do things towards your wedding, then this is perfect for you. It will all fit neatly inside your handbag and you can do it on the train, in the car (not while driving!) and even while watching the telly when you get really good.

I found the pattern at http://www.knittingknonsense.com/index2.html which has letters, numbers and even animals and countries. Although they take a fair amount of concentration (and maybe 3 hours to complete) you don’t need to be an expert to knit them. All you need to be able to do is; cast on, knit, purl, and cast off. If you can’t do that yet you can probably pick it up in a few lessons with your gran (as I did) or check it out on youtube.

Knitted Wedding Favour

You may be thinking ‘what has knitting got to do with weddings?’, but there are lots of places you can use these little squares. What about knitting yours and your partners names to put above the seating plan, or to make a ‘JUST MARRIED’ sign to hang on the back of the bridal car. The great thing about it is that it will last for years and years, and you could even pass it down to your children for their wedding day.

The squares are very versatile, you can knit them in virtually any size you like, so could be made into a variety of favours. How about knitting your bridesmades initials and sewing them onto cushions or using them to cover photo albums or books. Once you’ve got your thinking cap on the list will be endless!

As decoration or as gifts these would give a personal touch to any wedding, whatever way you decide to use them.

The beginning…

Welcome to Wrapped up in Weddings! We are excited to finally be putting our idea for a wedding blog into action!

Engagement Ring

Chris and I got engaged in September. You can read about our Engagement and our Engagement party over at my other blog Wrapped Up In Rainbows. We have decided to use this blog to document our ideas and as inspiration to ourselves and to others.

We also run The Band Boutique, which is a function band agency often supplying bands for weddings. If you are looking for a band for your wedding feel free to get in touch with us and we will be happy to help you find the perfect entertainment for your day!

Right then, i’d better get planning! I’m off to Pinterest – let the inspiration commence! I’ll let you know how I get on soon!

Laura xXx