The DIY trend in weddings – how DIY do you make your day…

In recent years the trend for DIY weddings has become huge mirroring the rise in the crafts industry in general with HobbyCraft alone reporting an increase in turnover of 12.8% in the 52 weeks ending 20th February 2011*.

We’ve seen a large increase in couples wanting to add their own stamp to their wedding day from couples who set out to make everything to those that decide to choose one part such as the invitations, table centerpieces or the table plan.  We’ve recently had a bride who has spent 6 months solidly on an evening making everything from her invitations to the cake and flower arrangements.

The amazing result of this trend is the diversity of wedding ideas and themes with lots of adaptions on inspiration from the likes of Martha Stewart, the large number of craft magazines available on the market and lots of amazing wedding and craft blogs.

There will always be lots of couples who either don’t have an interest or flair in creating their own or simply as much as they’d like to don’t have the time and this has led to an increase in semi DIY products and DIY look products now being produced, some examples we’ve introduced recently include:

  • Luggage tags which can be added to favours, tied round napkins / wine glasses, used as escort cards etc….in your own way and style for example use raffia / string / ribbon to tie them with, stamp guests names onto them…the possibilities from such a simple concept are endless

  • DIY Favour Boxes – flat pack with no glue required and simple to construct these vintage print favour boxes come in six pretty colours and can be left plain, embellished with ribbon and a tag and filled with something you choose from retro sweets to charity pin badges.

  • Chalk boards and Just Married flags are used here in a simple old milk bottle with a couple of low-cost flowers arranged by ourselves and combines the table number and centrepiece

Below are some fantastic blog posts of real life weddings with very creative DIY touches or fantastic DIY ideas to hopefully inspire:

Tissue Pom Pom’s – I’ve recently made some of these gorgeous tissue pom poms after seeing them in one of my Martha Stewart books and honestly they’re very simple.  Click for a run through on the Rock My Wedding Blog and a fantastic example of a Rock My Wedding Bride having used them on her wedding day.  There are lots of fantastic other DIY projects on the blog too under the DIY devotee tag.

On the Love My Dress Blog this gorgeous featured wedding had a handmade by the bride wedding dress and homemade champagne

http://www.lovemydress.net/blog/2011/04/relaxed-outdoor-garden-wedding.html

Brides Up North featured another gorgeous DIY touches real life wedding full of personal touches to the couple which is the main advantage of incorporating DIY ideas http://bridesupnorth.com/tag/lissa-alexandra/

Some fantastic DIY advice featured on the Little Miss Wedding Blog by Mary from Forever and Ever Events  http://www.littlemisswedding.co.uk/ideas/top-10-diy-style-ideas-for-your-wedding/ of small ways in which you can contribute your own touches to the day.

Do feel free to contribute how you’ve added DIY ideas into your big day or any other DIY inspiration you have loved

Andrea

Xx

*source : http://craftbusiness.com/site/index.php/content/news/hobbycraft_announces_18_rise_in_earnings/

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Something In The Air

It’s been a very busy couple of weeks at …and all things nice.  Alongside planning our forthcoming wedding exhibitions we’ve taken delivery of the gorgeous Something In The Air range.   It’s already proving to be a hit with lots of pre orders that have all been shipped and feedback has been fantastic.

Crisp whites, lace edging, laser cut details and a butterfly theme running throughout the  range is pretty, elegant and versatile for combining with other colours.

Our favourite product in the range are the wedding wishes, 54 butterfly cards pre-tied with white 3mm satin ribbon with a pen included.  Guests write a wedding wish or good luck message on each one and then they can be hung up on for example a crystal tree or ribbon washing line to make a beautiful decoration and a gorgeous alternative to a wedding guest book. 

 After the wedding you could use them in a scrap-book about the day or use them alongside photographs of the guest that has written them, in an album.  Ensure you get a photograph of each of the guests by leaving a couple of disposable wedding cameras alongside the wishes – our Elegant butterfly cameras would match perfectly.

The most popular product in the range has been the laser cut butterfly glass place cards, which are practical and very pretty!

The laser cut cupcake wraps have also been very popular and match perfectly with the cupcake stands – available in four and six tiers which provide a very cost effective way of giving plain cupcakes that wedding wow factor!

The range also consists of large luggage tags which are so versatile and for example could be used tied round napkins as place cards or on gifts for the bridal party. The Social stirrers each have a fun, romantic themed conversation starter on them, a perfect way to get the tables talking and we think they’d look very pretty tucked into the napkins.  The table trivia which is always very popular has been produced butterfly shaped, place a box on each table as an ice breaker.  Lastly the confetti cones come flat pack with pretty little butterfly stickers to stick them, perfect for filling with petals and placing in a wicker basket for guests to throw, alternatively they can be filled with sweets as a favour which would be especially useful if you are having a sweet buffet.  Print your own invitations including 10 invitations to pop into your home printer along with envelopes and a test card.  These can also be used as menu cards or save the dates.

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To complement the Something In The Air range we also love butterfly table crystals or silver foil butterfly confetti scattered on the tables and the new beautiful day silver & white lucky lotto ticket holders.

Christmas Countdown Offers Day 8!

Behind door number 8 on our Christmas countdown offers advent calender we’re offering a fantastic silver table decoration package for your Christmas tables, New year parties or winter weddings.
The special offer consists of the following items beautiful items to create the perfect Christmas or new year table setting / party! :
 

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Individually priced these items would come to £29.93 – Save over 15% as the pack is on offer for £25.0o plus use yesterdays blog post free delivery code today too and save another £3.95!  This is valid for today only so make sure you order yours while stocks last!

Christmas Countdown Offers Day 7!

A little pushed for time today due to digging up all the ice outside our store (and there was a lot!) and dealing with the huge number of web orders from our fab advent calender coutdown.  Consequently today’s offer is very late and so can also be used tomorrow!  A top tip we now have limited stock of Snowball Splatter, Snowflake Glass Place Cards and Something Magical Trivia Towers so if you’d like one of these products grab it now!

Free UK delivery when you quote code: icescraper (all in lowercase – case sensitive!)

I know it’s genious!

Check back tomorrow to see what amazing offer we have behind door 8!

Christmas Countdown Offers Day 6!

Behind door number 6 on our Christmas countdown offers advent calender we’re offering a half price Dinner Table Disguises with ever pack of Jolly Good Show Large Magestic Crackers ordered. Simply add both these items to your basket and quote DAY6  in the promotional code box when checking out to receive a discount of £3.00!

Each large 6×12″ cracker contains a smart gift, entertainment scroll with charades, conversation starter, joke and trivia question and of course, a paper crown and snap!   These co-ordinate perfectly with the Dinner Table Disguises.  7 character masks and 7 dramatic props to get your guests acting the part! Put one at every place setting for guests to get into character at the table. Great for pre-dinner drinks, on arrival hand out to guests for a theatrical atmosphere.

 

Available whilst stocks of the Magestic Crackers last!

Christmas Countdown Offers Day 5!

Behind door number 5 on our Christmas countdown offers advent calender we’re offering a half price Something Magical Trivia Tower with ever pack of Something Magical Crackers ordered. Simply add both these items to your basket and quote DAY5  in the promotional code box when checking out to receive a discount of £4.50! 

Each large 6×12″ cracker contains a smart gift, entertainment scroll with charades, conversation starter, joke and trivia question and of course, a silver paper crown and snap!   These co-ordinate perfectly with the Something Magical Trivia Tower.  Within the 14cm tower are five compartments, each containing 30 cards of trivia, jokes, riddles, table talk and charades.
Available whilst stocks of the Something Magical Crackers last!

Christmas Countdown Offers Day 4!

Behind door number 4 on our Christmas countdown offers advent calender we’re giving away free UK delivery when you purchase the Jolly Good Show Bluffers game.  Simply add this item to your basket and quote DAY4 in the promotional code box when checking out to get free delivery on your entire order!

While you are passing round the port exercise your creative talents as a bluffer! This lively after dinner game calls on you to invent meanings for wacky words, unusual abbreviations, fanciful folklore and oddball obscurities.

Each player takes it in turns to choose a card. The card is then read out to the rest of the group. Each player must invent a definition. The definitions are then read out to the group and each player votes for which answer they believe to be true. Gain points for guessing the right answers. Points are also awarded if other players vote for your bluff.

Contents: 100 cards; 4 categories; Folklore, Abbreviations, Obscurities and Words. 6 pencils. 1 score pad. 1 answer sheet pad.

Available whilst stocks of the Jolly Good Show Bluffers game last!

Christmas Countdown Offers Day 3!

Behind door number 3 on our Christmas countdown offers advent calender we’re giving away a free pack of place cards with every set of matching bauble place card holders! (worth £1.99).

Choose either the snow or silver Christmas bauble place card holders and quote DAY3 in the promotional code box when checking out to get 1 pack of the co-ordinating place cards, per set of baubles, free!

 

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Offer only available while stock lasts

Christmas Countdown Offers Day 2!

Behind door number 2 on our Christmas countdown offers advent calender we have save a huge 25% on these posh Jolly Good Show Magestic Christmas Crackers!  

These bejewelled crackers truly are fit for a king or queen. Your guests will know they are at a party of the highest social standing when they see them by their place setting.

Contents: 6 x 12″ crackers:
Smart gift
Silver tissue paper crown hat
Snap
Entertaining scroll which includes a joke, charade, riddle and table talk.

With a cornucopia of delights in every cracker, your lucky guests will be royally entertained!

These are a quality product and normally retail at £14.99 but for today only they are only £11.25 so order quickly (limited stock item)!

Don’t forget to check back tomorrow to see what wonderful special offer we have behind door 3!

Christmas Countdown Offers Day 1!

Behind door number 1 on our Christmas countdown offers advent calender we have save a huge 25% on these gorgeous personalised baubles!  They’re perfect for newly married couples, babies 1st Christmas or they would make lovely thank you gifts for bridesmaids / page boys etc…!

Available in purple (with silver, white or gold writing) or pearl white (with blue, pink, lilac or tradional red, green and gold writing).  These really are a quality product and normally retail at £14.99 but for today only they are only £11.25 so order quickly! (this is the hand painted baubles as opposed to the printed personalised baubles)

Don’t forget to check back tomorrow to see what wonderful special offer we have behind door 2!