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Wedding Centerpieces by La Partie Events, IV

I am LOVING every little bit of today's feature. To see similar flowers and similar vessels be used in SO many different ways in incredibly inspiring. Even if you are like me, and aren't brave enough to craft your own centerpieces, today's designs are perfect inspiration for you to bring your florist or event planner. Love that. all photographs by Stephanie Kleinman of SDK Photo YUM. love the manzanita branch with the simple round...

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Wedding Centerpieces by La Partie Events, III

Meg Fickling Pearson, the designer behind La Partie Events, just might be my new obsession. She's designed so many chic centerpiece ideas using really basic materials and flowers that she found that day at her local flower market. Here is her next creation... all photographs by Stephanie Kleinman of SDK Photo Loving the modern candlesticks paired with the elegant yellow lilies.

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Wedding Centerpieces by La Partie Events, II

There is so much inspiration on SMP today, it's hard to believe it! We are devouring the designs that Meg of La Partie Events crafted for us, using simple vessels she found at IKEA and flowers that she picked up at the LA Flower Mart. Here are a few more of her gorgeous creations! all photographs by Stephanie Kleinman of SDK Photo Materials 1 White IKEA Blomster...

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DIY Centerpieces by Weddings by Socialites

I looooove today's wedding centerpiece idea that the fabulous Kelly McWilliams of Weddings by Socialites designed for us. It's so elegant and yet so totally approachable. Plus, you can really make it your own by choosing flower vessels that you love and grouping them in little clusters among tables... all images by Impressions Photography Whether you want...

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DIY Project: Mediteranean Centerpieces

A couple of weeks ago, I put out a request to my Little Black Book florist and event planners for some really great, easy DIY centerpieces. I know that there are brides who are trying so hard to reconcile their love of chic, beautiful details with their thinning budgets. So I thought this would be a great idea! Well, we got a couple of really beautiful ideas for DIY centerpieces that I had to share with you! This...

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DIY Love Garland

We have a lot of fun things happening on SMP today! First, though, I wanted to introduce another new DIY Editor that we've enlisted to help us grow our DIY  project base...Whitney Deal of Darling Dexter! I fell in love with her blog months ago and after seeing all of the ridiculously great projects that she crafted for her...

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DIY Thank You Cards

My husband is hands down, without a doubt, the worst secret keeper on the planet. At least when it comes to buying gifts. He can barely manage to get himself in the door before he is asking, "do you want your birthday present early?" It's a fault that I absolutely love about him. Well, today, I am SO following in his footsteps. Our DIY editor, Kathleen, just emailed me her latest project and although I was supposed to wait until Friday...

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DIY Project – Wedding Programs

One more DIY Wedding Program for you to fall in love with... Materials Two types of fabric (both of which we incorporated into a variety of other DIY projects) Satin ribbon Cardstock Paper 24-lb Paper Pinking Shears Hot Glue Gun Paper Cutter Sewing Machine Computer/printer Instructions 1. We only had a limited amount of fabric, so the first decision we made was the size of the programs. They ended up measuring 5.5 x 7". In order to incorporate two design themes we were...

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DIY Project – Stitched Programs

I love this DIY project...hand-stitched programs that reflected the couple's personality and style... Instructions (please note, I have skipped the step about designing the art for the cover as it is totally up to you and your own design ideas) 1. Once you have your cover and inside pages designed (ours were made to fit four on a standard 8.5 x 11 piece of cardstock) get them cut and printed (saving yourself lots of time and agony). **when designing keep in mind that you will need a...

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DIY Project – Gumball Favors

We have so many elegant, pretty DIY projects on SMP, I thought it was about time for a really fun, whimsical project. How cute are these Gumball Favors?

Materials

Clear flat bottom candy bags which can be purchased in bulk from candy store

Lots of gum balls (about 10 per bag). They can be color specific to your wedding!  We purchased ours from gumballs.com

White labels to fit the width of the bag

Clear tape

Instructions

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DIY Project – Centerpieces

I am always a little shocked when I hear that brides are crafting their own flowers...centerpieces, bouquets, the works. It just seems like such an incredible task to undertake and yet the impact on your budget is pretty undeniable. But even more exciting to me, is when brides design a floral suite that is both beautiful and amazingly professional...just like this bride did for her recent wedding!

From the bride...

The flowers were my proudest achievement during the...

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DIY Project – Bird’s Nest Favors

So sorry about all of the technical difficulties yesterday...what a mess! But, we are back in full force today, with fun DIY projects that will definitely leave you inspired. The first is simple and pretty, a lovely favor for any wedding!

Materials

Mini Bird's Nests
Jordan Almonds
4-bar Flat Cards in Butter from Paper Source
Hole Punch
Blue Ribbon
Tulle, cut in large squares
Bird Stamp and Thank You Stamp
Brown and Green...

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DIY Project – Invitations

I love these simple, but rustically chic invitations. I doubt anyone would imagine that they are actually a DIY project! Instructions 1. Choose image and/or text to be printed. 2. Make a carbon based print of image/text (xerox copy or laser printers work) 3. Place image on gocco machine - make master screen using the gocco and gocco bulbs. 4. Once the image is burned into the screen, you can ink it.  Smear ink on the image burned into the screen, insert back into the machine, then...

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DIY Project – Starfish Boutonnieres

These starfish boutonnieres are perfect for a beachside wedding. I get so many emails from readers looking for an alternative to flower boutonnieres. Voila!

Materials

one inch bar pins
small starfish
strong glue

Instructions

These starfish boutonnieres were created with small starfish and one inch bar pins that were glued together.  I used small starfish that my fiancés mom found at a yard sale. 

1. I applied glue to...

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DIY Project – Custom Block Prints

This DIY project is strictly for those of you who have a steady hand and some serious patience. BUT, if you can pull it off, I think that it's such a great gift for your guests...a custom block print inspired by your own unique personalities.

From the bride...

My amazingly artistic fiance, Josh Lowe did three block prints for our upcoming wedding on November 1, 2008. A landscape of where we are getting married for the save-the-date, a nest for the invitation and a...

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DIY Project – Custom Aisle Runner

We have so many more fun DIY projects to share with you over the coming days. I hope you guys are loving this week as much as I am! This lovely aisle runner was totally custom made...a great way to conceal a not-so-pretty church carpet and a wonderful keepsake for you to remember your day! Materials White Muslin Iron Stencil of your choice Printer Acrylic Craft Paint Easy Hem Adhesive Instructions 1. Purchased white muslin that measured 45” wide.  I used a bolt, but...

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DIY Project – Message Marbles

I never would have thought to make these but once I saw them, I knew I had to share. Sprinkled on guests tables and around the reception, these customized "message marbles"  are perfect little take aways for guests.

Materials:

Flat clear marbles about 1 inch round (I found some at Target)
Printer
Computer with Word or InDesign (I found InDesign worked well)
Different colored paper (if desired)
1 inch hole puncher
Decoupage glue

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DIY Project – Lip Balm Pockets

These lip balm holders were actually crafted as favors for a birthday party, but I thought that they would also make pretty cute shower gifts or a lovely addition to a bag of must-haves for your bridesmaids! Here is a glimpse into the process involved in making these...   Material   2 colors of cardstock 1 patterned paper Glue Scalloped punch 1 3/8'' circle punch 1 1/4'' circle punch X-acto knife Round stamp Glue Satin Ribbon Lip balm (mine was crafted and...

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DIY Project – Bundt Cake Favors

I heart these little bundt cake wedding favors...so cute packaged in their pretty green boxes and adorned with a little note! They make the perfect favor!

Materials

Recipe for bundt cakes on allrecipes.com
bundt cake pans
Favor Boxes purchased at Michaels
Blank Labels

Instructions

1. Make Bundt Cakes

1 package of yellow cake mix
1 package of instant lemon pudding mix(3 ounces)
3/4 cup of orange juice

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DIY Project – Wrist Corsages

Inspired by an Amy Butler design, these DIY wrist corsages are so stinking pretty. Adorable for bridesmaids or flower girls...OR you could use them to tie up napkins on guest's place setting! Too cute!

Materials

Strips of Fabric
Iron
Sewing Machine/Thread/Needle
Hot Glue Gun
Pretty Strips of Ribbon

Instructions

1. Cut a 4x18 inch strip of...

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