Are you looking for a unique and special bouquet for your wedding? Well, why not consider doing it yourself! It’s really not as hard as it seems… we promise! Just follow the easy step-by-step tutorial guide in this infographic to create a tasteful bunch of blooms for your big day! We can’t wait to hear how it turns out (oh, and we’d love to see the pics too!). Good luck!
We’re so excited to share this post today because, well, we’re more than just a little bit in love with calligraphy.
From the glistening of gold lettering on heavy stock card, to the sweep of pure black ink on crisp white paper, calligraphy is not only beautiful, but it demonstrates patience, style, and refinement too.
This classic art form is enjoying quite the comeback.
Seriously, we can’t get enough – Elizabeth has even been teaching herself to scribe on her travels!
And so, with our penchant for hand-scripted stationery in mind, we were over the moon to hear about Ashley Lurcott. An incredibly talented illustrator and calligrapher, Ashley creates the most stunning hand-crafted invitations and paper goods.
But eager to help DIY brides and grooms in their quest for calligraphy, she’s also created a very nifty kit called The Lettered Bride, a DIY writing set with everything you need to teach yourself calligraphy at home. Perfect!
As a self-taught calligraphy bride herself, Ashley has also kindly offered up some of her tried and tested tips for budding calligraphers. So before you pick up your quill, read on…
The Lettered Bride
I’ve always loved finding old family letters, exchanging mail with pen pals, and endlessly perusing the pen aisle at Staples. So when I got engaged last year, it seemed natural that I would decide to teach myself calligraphy to address our wedding invitations.
My calligraphy received more positive comments from our guests than any other element of our wedding! The skill itself wasn’t too difficult to learn, but finding the right tools and materials was.
I spent countless hours and dollars testing pens, nibs, and inks that were frustratingly thin or that caught on my paper, and I often wished I could just have everything I needed delivered right to my doorstep.
And so was born my idea for “The Lettered Bride,” a DIY calligraphy kit for budget-savvy brides.
With options to specify your ink color (gold, white, or black), it comes with step-by-step instructions for learning calligraphy for your wedding envelopes.
I think calligraphy is seeing a resurgence in popularity because, in our busy digital age, we’re all craving a more personal and thoughtful touch in our correspondence.
Calligraphy takes time, but that means you put heart and soul into it, and your guests will notice and love that. Plus, it’s a skill that extends beyond your wedding – you can use it for your holiday cards, baby showers, and other special occasions.
Top 10 Tips For DIY Wedding Calligraphy
If you have decent handwriting, are crafty, and are determined to impress your guests with a personal touch, read on for my top 10 tips for DIY-ing your wedding calligraphy!
1. Give yourself plenty of time to learn. Remember that invitations need to be sent out 6-8 weeks (or more) before your wedding.
I picked up my first pen in April and sent our invitations in July – but I also wasted a lot of time with the wrong materials, which hindered my practice. If you’re starting out with quality tools and materials, you’ll need a month or two to get the hang of it.
2. Don’t even attempt calligraphy if you have (self-proclaimed) “horrible handwriting!” Trust me, it just won’t be pretty. I’m sure you have many other lovely talents.
3. Have patience with yourself; calligraphy takes many hours of practice and lots of concentration. It can be a very meditative task, though, so plan your practice time in the early weekend mornings or as a way to “wind down” after a long day at work.
4. Don’t buy a calligraphy kit at your local art supply or book store – the inks are too thin and the nibs are usually meant for Italic and more gothic calligraphy styles.
Only “pointed” nibs give that flowy, modern look that’s so popular right now (and they also work for left-handers.)
5. Research the inks and tools that professional calligraphers use, or save time by purchasing a kit such as The Lettered Bride.
6. Learn how to properly clean your pen so that it lasts and continues to write evenly. A clogged “nib,” or pen tip, is a very frustrating thing.
7. Give your ink plenty of time to dry! There’s nothing worse than crafting a beautiful envelope, only to check it and create a smudge.
8. Wear dark clothing that you don’t care about while you write. Accidents do happen, especially if cats are nearby!
9. Order extra envelopes! Most professional calligraphers actually require brides to send them 15%-20% extra materials.
With a bit of effort, it looks so achievable, even for lefties like me!
We love the idea of using mismatched china for a DIY wedding. Perfect for a garden or vintage styled affair, this gorgeous shabby-chic trend has been popular of late and is a look which gives a wedding decor plenty of personality. You can use mismatched china and tableware for pretty guest place settings, charming wedding centrepieces or even to bring a touch of nostalgia to dessert buffet tables.
When designing your vintage tablescape, stick to a similar theme or colour scheme to keep the look cohesive. Start collecting your pieces early by regularly visiting local thrift and antique stores. It’s fun and often addictive to search for special pieces and you may even be lucky to find some great vintage props at the same time. Also, don’t over look family and friends as a fantastic source. Most families accumulate an assortment of mismatched china in their cupboards over time from formal dining sets. Sourcing vintage china can be very economical and you can recoup your investment when your wedding is over by renting your collection or selling it to other brides. Check out these pretty tablescapes we found using mismatched vintage china for charming DIY vintage wedding ideas.
Image 1: Nicole Chan Photography & Greia Marlow via Style Me Pretty / Image 2: Rustic Vintage by Ruffled Blog / Image 3: Vintage Wedding via Whimsical Wonderland Weddings / Image 4 + 5: Secret Garden Wedding Table by Cynthia Zatkin Events / Image 6: French Countryside Wedding by Jose Villa + Duet Weddings / Image 7: Mismatched Vintage Plates via Southern Living / Image 8: Eclectic Vintage Table by Brandon Kidd Photography / Image 9: Vintage China Place Setting by Joielala Photography via The Wedding Chicks / Image 10: Retro Vintage Tablescape by A Little Loveliness / Image 11: Vintage Wedding by Jessica Zais & Stage Right, Etc via Wedding Bells.
How pretty are these tulle flowers? Well, today you’re in luck because we’re going to show you how to make these gorgeous handmade fabric flowers in a few simple steps. There are so many ways you could utilize these feminine florals. As well as a stunning hair accessory, they also make for some drop-dead gorgeous wedding details. Imagine them attached to table runners or jazzing up a bridemaid’s plain clutch? Used to decorate wedding favours, or strung together as a whimsical ceremony banner. Absolutely lovely!
What You Need:
- tulle & chiffon material*
- piece of paper
- needle and cotton
- glass seed beads
- plain hair clip or comb
*These fabric flowers are made using chiffon and tulle. How many metres of material you need will depend on how many flowers you make and their size, as well as the the thickness of the material used.
Step 1. Make the stencil first by hand drawing a rose petal shape on card then cutting out. Retrace the shape several times onto a larger sheet of paper to help create a full flower shape and even pattern. Cut out the pattern.
Step 2. Take some material and fold it into a square slightly bigger than your flower pattern. Pin the pattern to the folded material, then carefully cut around. Repeat the process until you end up with enough tulle and chiffon layers to make a full flower. In this example, 26 layers of material are used, however the number of layers you use will vary on the weight of your fabric and the size of your flower.
Step 3. Place the cut out flower shapes on top of each other. Stagger the alignment of the petals and alternate the different materials. Use your needle and thread to secure the flower together in the centre.
Step 4. To create volume, pinch the centre of the flower together (from underneath) and secure it with a few stitches. This will give the flower volume and a realistic shape.
Step 5. For a more glamorous look, you can sew decorative beads into the centre of the flower.
Step 6. Lastly, sew the flower securely to a hair comb or clip. Alternatively, you can tie the flower to a corsage or sash, by sewing one or more flowers to a length of silk ribbon.
Have you ever been to a wedding where you had to twiddle your thumbs for what seemed like years before the reception really got started? Well, this DIY wedding guest lib will be sure to keep your guests laughing while you sneak away for a few amazing pictures of you and your love.
As a twist on the traditional mad lib, your guests can fill out the words on one side, and then insert them into a quirky wedding story on the other side. Not only is it hilarious entertainment for them, but you can keep them to use as a fun twist on the traditional guest book (I can speak from experience to say they are priceless to read a few weeks later!).
(click a design to save & print)
1 | Choose whether you want to have a blank heading for your own stamp, or if you like the design shown, then download & save the front & back of the guest lib by clicking the corresponding button above.
2 | Print the front design onto 5 x 7 card stock, and then flipping the card stock over to print the back. If you’ve chosen to print the design shown, there is a customizable box where you can insert your own wedding date on the heart before printing!
3 | Put a finished guest lib at each place setting with a small pencil, or you can have your guests pick one up on the way to the party. Below is how we placed them at the tables for our wedding!
Ashley is the author and editor of Sugar & Cloth, a blog compiled of DIY projects, vintage finds, designs, recipes, and all of the pretty things in between.
photos & designs by Sugar & Cloth, table setting photo of Ashley’s wedding by McKnight Media
It’s time to get crafty this weekend and what we have for you is a bunch of projects showing you how to make lace mason jars. Recently, I was contacted by one of our lovely LWB readers, who after being inspired by these Mason Jar Lighting Ideas, wanted to know how to cover a mason jar with a doily. Therefore, I knew it was time to put together a round up of easy DIY tutorials so everyone could benefit. So whether you’d like to include mason jars in your wedding decorations or just want to use them to pretty up your home, these pretty lace and doily covered numbers are bound to brighten up the atmosphere. There’s even a great little video showing how to glam up mason jars with gold paint! So get your craft box ready boys and girls, cos you’re bound to be crafting up these mason jar projects in no time!
Lace Covered Mason Jars
A pretty DIY tutorial from Something Turquoise showing showing you how to sew (rather than glue) lace or ribbon to your mason jars.
Doily Covered Mason Jars
Crafts by Amanda combines lace, doilies and burlap to create these pretty DIY mason jar luminaries.
Simple Lace Mason Jars
A really simple 3 step DIY tutorial by One Wed marries chic mason jars with romantic lace and votive candles.
Paper Doily Mason Jars
Another super easy DIY from Linen, Lace and Love this time covering mason jars with paper doilies.
DIY Lace Mason Jars
ShopRuche show you how to create pretty vintage theme with these DIY lace mason jars.