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DIY Project – Custom Centerpieces

Our next DIY project is all about chic, but approachable style. On a limited budget, this bride set out to make centerpieces that really stood out and looked both expensive and completely style savvy. Materials Clay Pots Black & White Spray Paint (or whatever color you like) Branches of varying size and height Rocks Cardboard Toilet Paper Rolls Fabric cut to fit rolls Hole Punch Wire Fabric Glue Decorative Ornaments like feather boa, gems, beads, etc. Silk Orchids or...

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DIY Project – Hanging Placecards

This DIY Project was done by a bride who really thought through her wedding style. She designed these hanging placecards so that the table remained clean and uncluttered and yet they still had that "pop" of color she was going after! Materials 8 1/2" x 11" cardstock (1 sheet per 3 placecards, or 1 sheet for each sign) 12"x12" brocade-design paper (1 sheet) standard white bond paper gluestick white gel pen ribbon Equipment computer with Word or Excel software printer copier...

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DIY Project – Custom Sparklers

One more absolutely adorable project by the reader who created the DIY Matchbooks and Custom Cocoa Bags. This time, it's custom sparklers! LOVE!

Materials

Heavy Card Stock
X-Acto Knife
Ruler
Corner Punch Tool
Sparklers
Glassine Bags

Instructions

1. Print pattern / image onto a heavy weight card stock (this helps keep the sparklers flat).

2. Trim each one out using an x-acto knife and ruler. Cut out...

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DIY Project – Custom Matchbooks

This DIY project is one crafted by the same reader who did yesterdays Hot Cocoa and Marshmallow bags...and I have to say, they are just as cute! Custom Matchbook Covers are just another detail that your guests will totally eat up!

Materials

Matchbooks, 1 for every guest
Sticker Paper
Xyron Sticker Machine
X-acto knife
Ruler

Instructions

1. To save money we purchased matchbooks from the grocery store. Just break...

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SMP Loves…Modern Bride

Guess what...SMP made Modern Bride's Top 50 Best Websites for Your Wedding! There are only four blogs listed, so needless to say, it's a huge feather in our cap. Thank you so much to the editors at Modern Bride for giving us a shout out. It certainly made our...

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DIY Project – Hot Cocoa and Mashmallows

Our next DIY project is so ridiculously cute, you are going to die. They were filled with homemade snowflake marshmallows and hot cocoa, then placed lovingly into the guests' rooms as a sweet treat. So great!

Materials

Heavy Card Stock
Labels
Muslin Bags
Thread / Sewing Machine
Corner Punch Tool
Cellophane Envelopes
Resealable Glue Strips
Individual Hot Coco Packets
Recipe for Homemade Marshmallows

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DIY Week: Papel Picado (Cut Paper) Banners

These heart shaped flags are completely adorable. They would be so cute, hanging from trees at a fun backyard style wedding... (Easy) DIY Tissue Paper Banners Inspired from the papel picado (cut paper) banners from Mexico, these are a simpler DIY version of tissue paper banners.  They add inexpensive punches of color for any reception. Materials Tissue Paper Craft Punches Exacto Knife Scissors Glue Stick String Instructions 1. Collect all supplies.  Tissue paper, craft...

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DIY Project – Cupcake Tier

This next project was so unexpected, I just had to share...a Map-Inspired Cupcake Tier! Plus, you can use these instructions, substituting the map paper for just about any paper, and still have an absolutely adorable way to present your cupcakes. Materials Cupcake Tower Large Sheets of Decorative Paper or Wrapping Paper Craft Acrylic Paint Decorative Ribbon Instructions 1. Either make or buy a standard cupcake tower.  I bought a basic cardboard frame. 2. Cover with paper.

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DIY Week – Invitation Packaging

Our next project was sent to us by a reader who clearly has a great hand for crafts! These Invitation Packages are a little more complicated than other projects, but I wanted to share as I think they are so cute...and I think that you can use this idea as inspiration to create your own projects! Materials Heavy Weight Decorative Paper in 2-3 styles (I used the purple card stock and a straw-like stock) Bone Folder Glue or other adhesive Decorative Stamp and White Pigment Ink...

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DIY Week – Love Story Books

I completely heart our next DIY project, sent to us by a reader who managed to bring a touch of unabashed romance into her affair with these beautiful love story books...

From the bride...

I made two of these books for each of the tables at our reception- one containing his version of our love story, and the second with my version. It was a great way for our guests to get to know the bride and groom, especially considering many had never met our betrothed before! They...

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It’s DIY Week on SMP!

We are so thrilled to be doing a Do-It-Yourself Wedding Projects week on SMP. We have been sent some of the most amazing DIY projects from readers that we can't wait to share...from the simple and chic, to the vintage and fabulous, all are easy to do and practical for anyone. For a glimpse into past contests, check out our...

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DIY Week – Table Numbers

I hope everyone had a great weekend! I am so excited about this week's posts, as I have finally collected all of your DIY projects, have chosen my favorites to go up on the blog and now we can start the show! If yours didn't make it up, don't worry...we will be saving all of them for our next DIY contest. So, let's get right to it! I wanted to start the contest with one of my personal favs...these adorable table numbers housed in glass hurricane vases and adorned with the cutest, rustic...

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Wedding Cakes by k. rosecakes

I rarely post on the weekends...it's usually my catch-up time. You know, laundry, grocery, bills, boring boring boring. So, when I was killing some time looking at Daily Candy and I happened across this absolutely blissful cake company, I just had to share with you!

k. rosecakes makes the most darling cakes I have ever seen. They are a bit reminiscent of April...

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Cinematography by GENERATIONS videostories, IV

Our lovely guest blogger, Naomi of GENERATIONS videostories, has one more amazing clip to share with you!

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Jen and Aaron were both doctors who met in Boston while in medical school. Jen was from New Orleans, where her father was the rabbi of the largest Jewish temple in the city. Originally, their fairy-tale wedding was to have been held in New Orleans; but when their carefully planned celebration...

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Cinematography by GENERATIONS videostories, III

Naomi, of GENERATIONS videostories in Boston, is guest blogging today about some of her favorite weddings...and it's so much fun to hear from someone behind the lens!

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I first heard about Rachelle and Josh when Rachelle's mom, Patrice, contacted me from NYC, to tell me that she, her daughter, and her soon-to-be son-in-law all loved our "videostories" and asked if we were available for a June 7 wedding in Newport at the Belle Mer. As film makers, we LOVE the Belle Mer:...

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SMP Loves…Ivan and Mary!

Our good friend Anita over at Maliha Creations sent me this fabulous find for today and I had to share! Ivan and Mary is a great store in Charlottesville, Virginia which specializes in adorable bags and really cool belts. I think these totes would be the perfect gift for bridesmaids, or as a present for your overnight guests. I also love that the inside of the bags is almost as pretty as the front.

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Cinematography by GENERATIONS videostories, II

More from Naomi at GENERATIONS videostories!

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Chad, from the previous featured wedding, was also the designer/planner of the absolutely stunning  wedding of Elena and John in Little Compton RI. Spread across both Elena's parents' and their neighbors waterfront properties, three tents and endless arrays of orchid plants contained the festivities for a grand celebration.

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Cinematography by GENERATIONS videostories

Today is really fun...we have asked one of our Boston-based Little Black Book cinematographers, GENERATIONS videostories, to guest blog for us! Naomi and Jack are the force behind Generations and are sharing a behind-the-lens perspective on the weddings that they have shot!

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People often ask me when we started...

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Little Black Dress Five Ways, V

And finally, how can we even discuss the Little Black Dress without paying homage to the ever classic, black and white palette. Of course, this next palette was inspired by the AMAZING Lisa Vorce wedding that we featured just a couple of days ago. Take a basic black and white palette...throw in some incredible mercury glass and a splash of zebra. Suddenly, your look is ultra chic and incredibly...

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Little Black Dress Five Ways, IV

Now we're pairing the Little Black Dress with a more rustic, kind of vintage look...

Little Black Dress by Nicole Miller on Bluefly, Flowers by Rebecca Thuss, Gift by Elizabeth Messina and...

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