DIY Bridal Make-Up lesson at a Bobbi Brown Studio!

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Hi Guys, today I want to talk to you about bridal make-up.

If you, like me, are a bride planning to do your own makeup on your wedding day, then this post for you! Keep reading to find out how I got a free make-up consultation!

I’m going to admit it, the main reason I decided to do DIY make-up instead of getting a make-up artist, is because I am a tad cheap. I hated the thought of spending hundreds of pounds on one days make up, and I was also terrified that I wouldn’t look myself, or wouldn’t look ‘right’ having someone else do it.

I much preferred the idea of spending that money on some nice new make-up, that I can actually use again! However, there are some con’s to the DIY approach. For a start, it takes a lot of research! Even if you are fairly happy doing your make-up normally, I bet you will want to find the ‘perfect’ way of doing it for the big day. Cue many evenings sitting on Youtube watching make-up tutorials while Chris plays Grand Theft Auto. Am I alone?

On my Youtube travels I came across Pixiewoo‘s channel, which is now a firm favourite of mine, and is incredibly popular judging by the likes and comments they get! They have got loads of wedding tutorials which are really useful, and I would highly recommend! Whilst watching these I noted down all the make-up they were using that I thought I would like, one of which being Bobbi Brown, and went on a bit of a mission to hunt them down!

Meanwhile, I was also planning a dress shopping trip to London with my bridesmaids, and noticed that at Westfield there was a Bobbi Brown Studio. I decided I would have to pop in, but whilst I was browsing their website I noticed that they do free make-up lessons, including 45 minute bridal sessions!  This sounded brilliant, so I forced the girls to come in and watch while I was given a bit of a make-over and lesson.

Of course, this did end up in me buying a fair amount of make-up, but I didn’t feel pressured to at all, and I am sure if I had decided it wasn’t for me then I could have walked out with nothing without a problem. As it was, I was pretty happy with my purchases, especially since I had planned to buy a couple of them anyway, and it just meant that I could try before I bought!

 

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The girls there fill out a really helpful form, (you can see mine above) as they go along, so that you can go home and think about it, then order online at a later date if you like.  They also put the make up on the drawing of a lady which I thought was quite cute.

All in all I found it a really useful experience. If you need some tips or want to try out some new make up for your big day I would definitely suggest this!  Going to a studio is probably the best option as there are no distractions, and you get the full experience! (And I would imagine more experienced staff)  But you can always go to  one of the counters in department stores if you are short on time, or don’t have a studio near you.

I’m actually quite getting into make-up now, after many years of using my old favourites, I am now quite keen to explore and try out some new products. Perhaps I will even do some reviews!

Laura xXx

 

 

1950’s – Wedding Theme Wednesday

1950s Wedding Theme

A 1950’s Themed Wedding

A 50’s wedding is bright and kitsch. You can run riot with girly patterns, as polka dots, checks and floral all float the 50’s boat! If you’re going the American route you might take inspiration from the 50’s diner and offer hot dogs, burgers, wafflees and ice cream sundaes for your wedding breakfast. And lets not forget the milkshakes for the kids! Music will play an important part, as will dancing, so make sure your dance floor is big enough for all of your guests!

My Top 5 Buys

1. Black Birdcage Veil – £10 from Accessorize

Bridal head pieces can cost a fortune, if you are trying to save your pennies and are having an alternative wedding, this could be just the ticket!

2. Retro Music Player – £149.95 from Not On The High Street

Imagine having one of these retro styled music players playing your favourite 50’s tunes while you mingle with your guests during cocktail hour. Listen to Vinyl, CD’s and you can even plug in your USB stick!

3. Retro Sunglasses – £59.94 from FAB

If you are expecting a sunny day, these retro glasses are just the Bees Knees, I love the colours.

4. 1950’s Halterneck Dress – £89 from Vivien Of Holloway

Vivien Of Holloway does some fabulous 50’s frocks that would be great for bridesmaids!

5. Popcorn Boxes – $17.97 for 50 from Amazon 

I love these little popcorn boxes, I think that would make a really cute favour. Or you could have them at a snack bar so people could carry their popcorn to the dance floor!

The Dress Shop

Candy Anthony creates some amazing, unique wedding dresses. Have a look at their gallery of real brides for some inspiration.

The Entertainment

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There are some fantastic 50’s tribute bands out there that can really turn your wedding into a blast from the past. Look out for The Bluebirds (pictured above),The Jets and Lipstick On His Collar.

Another idea is to hire a jukebox, so that you can lean up against it and do your best impression of The Fonze, “Aaaaeeeyyy!”

The First Dance

Why not pick a 50’s classic like Earth Angel by The Penguins or Dream Lover by Bobby Darin, both stunning songs.

The DIY Tutorial

I  absolutely love this rainbow petticoat tutorial shared on Rock N Roll bride. If you want to add a little bit of colour to your wedding dress this is a fab way of doing it!

 

Would you consider a 50’s style wedding?

 

Laura xXx

Secret Garden Party – Wedding Theme Wednesday

This week I have decided to change up my Top 5 posts, from now on it shall be known as ‘Wedding Theme Wednesday’. Each week I am going to pick a theme, and as well as my top 5 items to buy, I am also going to pick some of my favourite things from the inter-web to compliment the chosen theme. This weeks theme is Secret Garden Party!

Secret garden party wedding

Secret Garden Party

In my mind, a secret garden themed wedding is going to be a summer affair. Floral patterns and flowers are in abundance, and the elegance of the Victorian era plays a large part.  Pops of colour, including pinks, yellows, blues and greens are nestled amongst the backdrop of muted cream tones. But don’t make the mistake of thinking this is going to be an old fashioned event! Oh no! Think traditional tea party meets fashionable festival!

My Top 5 Buys

1. Pollyanna dress – £295 from Phase Eight
This dress is stunning, who would have thought it was from a high street shop! And such a great price too.

2. Paloma Pearl Clutch – £60 from Coast
Another high street buy, perfect to keep the brides essential items in!

3. Paper Plates – £2.99 for 12 at Mollie and Fred
Wow, these are the prettiest plates, they almost look like they are really made of china! These would really spruce up your table decoration if you were going for a tea party feel.

4. Wedding Flower Crown £36.20 from K is For Kani
This is such a sweet flower crown, a perfect quirky alternative to a vale.

5. Mason Jar Party Glasses – $49.99 from Modcloth
I love mason jar glasses. I actually own some larger ones, but I think these would be perfect for serving cocktails in at a reception.

The Venue

secret garden party wedding venue

RHS Rosemoor in Great Torrington, Devon – This venue really caught my eye with its amazingly colourful and lavish flower beds. Within the gardens there are 8 different structures which you can get married in, all of which embrace the love of nature in different ways. What fantastic photographs you would come away with!  The terraced marquee can seat up to 250 guests for your evening reception, and the windows allow a perfect view of the beautiful gardens. Guests can also spill out onto the winter garden lawn. Drinks and canapees can also be provided in many of the gardens within Rosemoor.

The Entertainment

The Samurais of Swing – This Gypsy Jazz style busking band really evoke that fun festival feel, with just a hint of that old fashioned style.

The Cake

This secret garden cake is perfection!

The DIY Tutorial

Moss covered initials  – I love oversized letters at a wedding, and this tutorial would be great for a secret garden themed reception.  I’d also be tempted to wind either real or fake flowers around each letter to add a little bit of colour!

What do you think about the new format? I hope you enjoyed this weeks secret garden party post! Have you got any suggestions of themes for upcoming weeks?

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.