Tag: Wedding

Magnetic Save The Date Cards!

By Kristin

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You just got engaged, congratulations!  Now time for some fun and planning your big day, but not before picking the date.  Once you have your special day picked out, make sure your guests will know far enough in advance to save the date.  Save the date cards are important to remind your guests so that you can work on the invitations and send out final details later.  This is a great time to express who you are as a couple, fun and quirky or romantic and serious?  Use these traits to personalize your card. 

 My brother used a really neat trick to make his cards for his San Diego wedding, refrigerator magnets!  You can pick up magnet business cards from any office supply store (I suggest Avery brand #8374, you get 30 for $12).  You can make a simple card that states the date with the bride and groom’s name.  If you are really creative you can use a photo editing program to make a custom design using an engagement photo or make a monogram to put on the card.

So how does M&J factor into this?  Try embellishing the magnet with a simple ribbon loop at the top, some new refrigerators won’t let a magnet stick, and some people just don’t like magnets on their refrigerators (like my mother).  The loop will allow them tack it on a cork board for safe keeping.  Make a little loop at the top and glue it down with some e6000 glue, add an SS20 rhinestone for that ‘Bridal Bling’ and you are done.  They are a super easy project that can save you a little money in the long run.

The magnets are light enough that one postage stamp should suffice, but just to be safe, take one to the post office and have it weighed.  While there be sure to check out their wedding stamps that they offer every year.  Congrats, and have fun planning!

DIY Bridesmaid's Dress

By Kristin

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As many of my loyal blog readers can tell, I’m a pretty crafty person. Some of you may not know I’m an avid seamstress too. For this week’s blog I decided to make a Bridesmaid’s dress and embellish it with items from M&J. Granted, my best friend isn’t using purple in her wedding.   My Sister-in-law probably won’t either, but at least I made a pretty little dress I can wear again. You don’t even need to make the dress, you can buy something simple off the rack and go from there.  It’s a more cost effective (and more custom) alternative to Box Store Bridesmaids’ dresses.
I used McCalls #4460, view C. For the dress I used a Purple/White cross woven Silk Dupioni. Not shown is the black tulle along the bottom.  You could even use a jazzy black lace along the hem instead! I used a 24mm Silk Satin Ribbon in Black for the belt, and Rhinestone Buckle #32367 in Jet/Black Diamond/Gunmetal.  The top of the dress is edged in the 15mm Black Organdy Ribbon with a 9mm Black Silk Satin placed in the middle. I simply used Unique Stitch glue on the ribbons and it holds really well.

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If you want to take a store bought dress and embellish it, pick a simple dress with very little details already on it. You can add a ribbon belt as I have, use a beaded trim around the top or on the waist, add Sew on Rhinestones or use a silk flower.

Bridal Wedding Veil

By Kristin

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The tradition of the veil on a bride has many back-stories.  Some say it started in ancient Rome to confuse the evil spirits who may try to steal her away from the groom.  Some say it was to disguise the bride before the wedding of an arranged marriage, this way if he saw something he didn’t like he wouldn’t run away.  It is also said that the lifting of the blusher veil is so the groom knows he is marrying the right woman.  There are so many variations on the story, but today the veil is more an accessory to the gown.

 My best friend recently got engaged and has put me in charge of making her wedding gown and veil.  As her Maid-of-Honor it is my duty to see what would look best on her and work with her taste.  I know she likes lace, being a pretty traditional girl, so that’s what I went with.  Looking in various bridal stores I noticed how expensive beautiful lace edged veils can be!  They can be anywhere as much as $300 on up!  So I’m going to describe how I made a beautiful antique looking lace veil that my friend could use on her big day without the big price tag.

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Materials Used:

Note: I chose a length a little longer than the fingertip.  It is double layered with the top layer being about 8″ shorter than the under-layer.  Choose a length that works for you, I’m going to give directions for fingertip length though. 

 

Directions:

  1. Measure the length from where you want the veil to start, to your knee.
  2. Fold the tulle in half and use the folded edge as the top of the veil (where the comb will be sewn).  Fold this piece in half length wise.  From the top of the folded edge (comb edge) measure the length you used for the head to knee.
  3. Mark with pins a quarter oval.  Make it a little wider at the top than the bottom to give it a more full look.  When you are happy with the shape, cut it out.
  4. Unfold the piece (leave the top and bottom layers folded together) so you now have a half oval shape.  Take the top layer and mark with pins about 8″-10″ up from the edge.  Cut it shorter but still keep the shape of the bottom layer.
  5. Now the fun begins, you get to glue on the lace!  This will take patience and time, it cannot be rushed!  You can also opt to sew the lace on with a machine.  Line the edge of the scallop up with the edge of the tulle and pin in place if sewing, pin it as you glue otherwise.
  6. Once you have the lace attached (and it has dried overnight) you can set the pearls or rhinestones (or both if you so choose).
  7. If you used a scalloped edge lace as I have, be sure to cut the excess tulle from the scallops for a cleaner look.

 The nice thing about the veil is that you can choose to use lace as I did here, leave the tulle plain (like I did for my own wedding), use rattail cord (1mm or 2mm), beaded trims, or a thin ribbon edge.  You can personalize your veil to match your dress and it won’t cost a fortune.

Unity Candles

By Kristin

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My husband and I were originally not going to use unity candles, but I thought it would be a nice thing to incorporate into our short ceremony.  Unity candles are used to represent the love of the two families for the Bride and Groom coming together as one happy family.  Usually there are two taper candles and one pillar.  The parents of the bride and groom light the tapers and in turn the bride and groom light the pillar candle with the tapers making the union complete. 

I used a pretty taffeta ribbon that has a great sheen to it and accented with a coordinating rhinestone button.  You can pick any ribbon/button combo you like, I just happen to love purple colors, so that’s what I used here.

Note:  Before you look into having a unity candle, be sure to ask your venue if you can have live flames from candles.  Some places will not allow them.

 

Materials Used:

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 Direction

Wrap the ribbon around the pillar candle and tie into a bow.  Sew the rhinestone button to the middle of the knot.  The same technique can be used for the taper candles as well, the rhinestone button can be left off the tapers and just a simple small bow tied towards the bottom.

Flower Girl Dress & Basket

By Kristin

Using silk ribbons, it’s so easy to match the flower girl’s dress to the flower basket.  Rhinestone buttons can be added to give it that extra elegant finish.  This is a great idea for brides who are looking for something easy yet still beautiful for her flower girl.  You can choose silk ribbon colors that match with your wedding theme.  All you have to do is tie the bow onto the dress and stitch the ribbon onto the wedding basket.  Then finish it off with a glistening Swarovski rhinestone button and you’re all finish.

Cake Jewelry

By Kristin

 

Cake jewelry is a popular item that Brides call me for daily.  Although M&J Trimming don’t sell premade cake jewelry, you can easily use M&J products to create your own custom look.  When I was browsing through M&J for ideas for the blog, I noticed these gorgeous crystal spray and pearl sprays.  I was inspired immediately! 

Take the sprays and arrange them so the stems are all lined up and the sprays create nice large flower look.  Tape the top, middle, and bottom to secure for wiring.  Take a piece of beading wire and wrap it (starting at the top) around the stems until you reach the bottom, clip the excess wire.  You can then simply place the new large stem directly into the cake.

Another way to do it is to take one stem, surround it with 4 stems positioned slightly lower (by 1″), position the remaining 7 stems around those 4 another inch lower.  Tape and wrap the same way as before.  This will create a tiered firework effect with the sprays.

If you want a fuller look, try 2 or even 3 packs of sprays.  You can also mix the rhinestone sprays with the pearl sprays for a multi-textured look.  Rhinestone buttons can be added to the tiers with ribbon to carry the cake topper look to the rest of the cake.

M&J Trimming Featured In Martha Stewart Wedding Fall 2008

 

Silk flower and midori ribbon featured in Martha Stewart Wedding Fall 2008

Silk Rose (Left):  Sea Foam #31907

Silk Rose (Right):  Sage Green #31905

Midori Double Fact Satin Ribbon:  Sea Foam #37307

 

 

23MM MESH TUBE RIBBON #36878.  Call 1.800.9.MJTRIM to order or for more information on availabe colors.

White Pearls #11825

 

 

16MM Imported Double Face Satin Box Pleated # 33564

 

A Touch of Gray (DIY Bridal Shoe Clip)

By Kristin

The hottest trend it seems lately is that brides are heading towards shades of gray for the new accent color.  They are incorporating into everything ranging from the invites to the wedding dress itself!  I decided to create a simple pair of shoe clips done in this hot new shade to show how versatile it can be. 

 Shoe clips were at their most popular during the Victorian era, they were used to dress up your shoes, but could also be clipped to hats, scarves, and bags.  I’m a huge fan of shoe clips, I usually make my own using mostly buttons and ribbons, but I do have a few vintage pairs too.  Why not try to make a pair today, you’ll quickly see how addictive it is to own a ‘new’ pair of shoes!

 

 

Materials Used:

 

Instructions:

  1. You will need 2 pieces of ribbon measuring 8 inches and two measuring 3 inches.
  2. Fold the ends of the 8″ ribbon towards the middle and glue in place with Unique Stitch Glue, then take the 3″ piece and fold over the ends about ¼” and glue in place.  Wrap the small 3″ piece around the center of the long folded piece to cover the seam, glue in place.
  3. Take your needle and thread and sew the shoe clip to the back of the ribbon.  You can use E6000 as well, but I find that the thread holds up better over time.
  4. Take your rhinestone button and clip off the shank back (the small metal loop on the back).  Clip it as close to the back of the button as you can, a little extra remaining is okay, so long as the button lays flat.
  5. Glue your button to the middle of the front of the ribbon.
  6. Let everything dry overnight. 
  7. Clip on and look gorgeous!

Mother's Velvet Ribbon Wedding Corsage

By Kristin

 

 

 

The mothers of the bride and groom are just as important as the couple, if it wasn’t for them, you probably wouldn’t be the person you are today.  Why not give your mom something she will be able to use again?  Corsages are a great way to get crafty.  I made one from 50mm Velvet ribbon in Scarlet with Moss leaves.  This was very easy to make and only took about 20 minutes.  I then sewed on a pin back (item #32247) to anchor it to a 16mm velvet ribbon wrist tie.  This way, after the wedding, the rose can be worn on a jacket, pinned to a pillow, or added to a purse!

                       

Materials

·      1 yd of 50mm Velvet Ribbon – Scarlet (flower)

·      Two 6” pieces of  50 Velvet Ribbon – Moss (leaves)

·      1 Pin Back #32247 – 1 ¼” Nickel

·      ½ yard 16mm Velvet Ribbon – Scarlet (wrist tie)

·      Needle

·      Matching threads for ribbon colors

 

Instructions

  1. Start by threading your needle with the flower colored thread.  Make a knot on the end.  Start threading through the bottom edge of the length of the ribbon until you reach the end – about 1 stitch every ¼’.  Pull the ribbon down the thread until it is scrunched up all the way, knot the thread securely.
  2. Simply roll the ribbon into a flower shape and sew the bottom together to keep it’s shape (from the underside).
  3. The leaves are a little trickier.  Start by threading your needle with the leaf color thread.  You have to take the ribbon in the middle top edge and pinch it to a point, sew the point down.  Now you have to gather the ends and shape them with your fingers to create the leaf shape.  Sew the ends to secure.You are ready to sew the leaves onto the bottom of the flower.  Sew the ends of the leaves to the middle of the flower.
  4. Sew the pin back to the middle of the flower.
  5. Pin the flower to the wrist ribbon.  You can pick a pretty keepsake box to present it to her   in so she has somewhere to store it for years to come.

Dog-of-Honor (Ribbon Dog Collar)

By Kristin

In these times we all cherish our furry 4 leg friends as though they were our children.  I have two ‘kids’ of my own at home named Leia and Pippin.  Though only cats, I still spoil them with the best natural food and squeakiest mice I can afford.  It only makes sense then, that couples today are feeling inclined to incorporate their pets into the ceremony and/or reception.  Adam Sandler had his dog, Meatball, as the ring bearer; and Eva Longoria had Jinxie with her at the wedding.  So many people today wouldn’t dream of their big day without their other ‘best friend’.

Some couples will dress their dog up in a tux, but I feel a simple collar can make a huge statement without looking silly or making the pup uncomfortable.  Using many of fantastic ribbons and trims, there are endless possibilities for your pup’s look.  Greek Key is a very simple design that will look good with a lot or even something a little more elegant and floral could work too.  You can add rhinestones, buttons or charms to jazz it up.  Maybe you can leave it plain and undecorated.

The example I made was very easy and took no time at all.  You just need some basic sewing skills, a sewing machine and the materials. 

 

Collar

  • 1″ Metallic Jacquard Greek Key (White/Silver) #38993, 1 Yard
  • 1″ Nickel D-Ring #10418
  • Silver Square Clasp #30160

Leash

  • ½” Metallic Jacquard Greek Key (White/Silver) #28550, 4 yards
  • Nickel Claw Closure #35596

Other Materials

  • Thread, Scissors, Straight Pins

 

How To:

  1. Measure your pooch’s neck, not too tight, but loose enough for comfort.  Add one inch for the seam allowance. 
  2. Thread the clasp onto the ribbon and fold the ribbon in half in the middle.  This will double the ribbon for durability.  Sew a straight line right next to where the bar in the clasp is.
  3. Place the D-Ring on one side of the ribbon (don’t put both through, just one side) with the loop facing out. 
  4. Sew down each edge of the ribbon after the D-Ring (through both layers) and stop 1″ from the unfinished end.  Fold the ends under ½” and loop over the other bar of the clasp, sew shut with several rows of stitching to secure extra.
  5. Viola, you have a custom made collar for your best friend! 

Now, onto the leash…

  1. Thread the ribbon through the bar of the claw clasp until you get to the middle of the ribbon (just like with the collar).  Sew a straight line next to the bar of the clasp to secure.
  2. Just like with the collar, sew down each end of the ribbon (both layers) until you get 1″ from the unfinished end.  Fold in the ends ½” and sew the edges to finish. Take the newly finished end and fold it about 14″ in to create the wrist strap.  Sew a small square to secure, sew over the square two more times. Clip leash onto the collar and your pup can walk down the aisle in style!