Wedding Obsession// Boutonnière DIY

During my week and a half of being sick, I was pretty much out of commission for doing anything that didn’t involve lounging around my living room. Despite having a very fussy (but SO cute!), teething baby to chase around and take care of, it still got pretty boring being stuck in the house for so long. Dan and I were discussing some wedding stuff and I made a comment about how it is less than 4 months away. Dan was sort of in disbelief at first and then immediately suggested we get to work on some projects. We made the skeleton base for the “E” rafia project that goes with the “D” we already made. And and and…we made all of the boutonnières! There’s one for Dan, one for each of the three groomsmen, and one for my dad. They look amazing! it was a super easy and inexpensive project and I’m glad we have another one crossed off the list! Corsages are next!

There are tons of super simple boutonniere tutorials all over the web. I loosely followed this one from A Beautiful Mess. Happy crafting!

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Wedding Obsession// Bunting DIY

Buntings/banners. I LOVE THEM! If you haven’t heard of these, you may remember them as the colorful plastic triangle garlands at car washes/gas stations and used automobile lots. Over the last couple of years they’ve gained crazy popularity at birthday parties and weddings. They’re no longer the lame-o vinyl banners of the past. Now they’re made from wool felt, pretty paper, fabric, and more. I made one to decorate the staircase at our wedding venue out of vintage handkerchiefs. I sourced mine from Ebay! You can usually score big lots of them for not-t0o-much money.

First I washed them all by hand all at once in my kitchen sink. I let them soak awhile and then I drained the water, rinsed and wrung each one out by hand, then hung to dry on my wooden drying rack. I suppose if you had a washer/dryer you could wash them that way on a delicate cycle and dry on low, but I don’t have my own washer and dryer (laundromat- ugh!) so this worked just fine for me. They were dry in just a couple of hours. After that (more like days later when I got sick of looking at them hanging there) I ironed each one in half into a triangle shape. Then I just tied the corners together, trying to colorblock a little bit. Easy peasy! I used exactly 38 of them. A couple of the other ones I had were very sheer and lightweight so they didn’t hold their triangle shape once tied. Solution? Give them to Max to play with. He LOVES them! I was worried that my bunting wouldn’t be long enough but it’s actually really long so I think it’ll work out perfectly. Another project to cross off my list! I’m currently still collecting glass jars and bottles (thank you to everyone who has been saving them for me!) and I’m on the hunt for a ton of old books.

Wedding Obsession: Part 1 (and other stuff)

Ever since January when we finally set a date for our wedding I have been totally OBSESSED with every wedding blog, website, and photography website I see.  I gobble up diy tutorials and have about a million organized folders on my laptop desktop with all of the ideas and inspiration we are pulling from. Any time I see something I like I save it. This all started because one day Dan and I were discussing ideas for the wedding and he really had no idea what I was talking about, so he asked me to put together some photos and when he came home from work that night there it all was waiting for him. He was…a little overwhelmed. I am constantly asking for his opinion on each and every idea I come up with. What we have so far is a good mix of rustic, vintage and handmade. We have a list of projects and are moving right along.

And, and, and the latest news is…Dan found his suit! Yesterday! He looks super handsome in it. We finally decided on the groomsmen and bridemaids attire so soon we can work on that. I did find a really cute vintage tweed sportscoat that I’m thinking about getting for Max. Crazy excited over here!

Diy projects are: handkerchief bunting, raffia letters, lots and lot of jars and bottles for centerpeices, guestbook, cardbox, picture frames, bouttoneires, hair fascinator, ribbon wands, cake stands, favors, and lots and lots of decorations for the hutches. I will post photos as they are completed! So far we have most of the supplies. I’m about to order several hundred feathers for the bouttoneires, hair fascinator and ceremony hutch. Oh my goodness. I need more space in my apartment for all of this stuff.

Working on projects with a very curious baby-almost-toddler is not easy. He is starting to get into EVERYTHING. I have nowhere to put anything! As of yesterday he can pull himself right into the rocking chair. Climbing. CLIIMBING. It’s very cool, and a little scary! He can pull himself right up to the kitchen table, tv stand and sewing table, which means anything that’s near the edge is up for grabs. He also started waving ‘bye’! Little Man is growing too fast for his own good!