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rustic wedding invitation with jute cord and blue button
Many of our brides are searching for rustic wedding invitations, which is exactly why we’ve added some DIY flair to the very affordable Loving Nature Invitation.

If you want to add a little texture or dimension to your invite, back it with a bark design scrapbooking paper and attach with glue dots. Adorn the invite with a paper flower and a button attached with hot glue.

rustic wedding invitation with bark paper backer

Wrap jute cord around your invite twice and knot it. Trim the edges to about 1” long. Grab a large needle with a wide eye to thread cord and sew on a colorful button over the “O.”

rustic wedding invitation with jute cord and button

Give your invitation a unique look by rounding the corners with a corner punch. Accent with a band of lace and add a vintage look with adhesive pearl stickers.

rustic wedding invitation with rounded corners and lace

If you want the jute or burlap look added to your invite, this ribbon is a great way to do that. Wrap it around the invite and knot it. This is a simple DIY wedding invitation you’ll love.

rustic wedding invitation

You can find pearl stickers at Ann’s Bridal Bargains. We offer them in bulk so you can get the quantities you need. Scrapbooking paper, jute cord, ribbon and buttons were purchased at my local hobby store!

Don’t forget that you can make your rustic wedding invitations your own by changing the font, ink color and wording to fit your wedding colors and personality.

Romantic garden wedding inspiration
Romantic garden wedding inspiration

If you are envisioning a Romantic Garden wedding theme, you may be seeing lots of roses in shades of pink, grapevine archways and wisps of greens throughout. You might think of brick walkways, stone arches, hanging candles or maybe even chandeliers.

Gardens are naturally beautiful backdrops for weddings. You can tie in the natural elements of weathered wooden benches, stone urns, overgrown vines and flowers with some sophisticated accents like strands of pearls or candles in gold vases.

We added that soft pink and sage green coloring to our Fairy Tale Roses Invitation to tie this whole look and feel together. We also included some pink favor boxes with gold foil personalization (so pretty!).

Bride and groom: Duston Todd

Bridesmaids: Christian Oth Studio

Bouquets: Weddbook

Table decor: Heavenly Blooms

Citrus wedding inspiration
Citrus wedding inspiration

Modern Floral – Canary Invitation

Think about your favorite summer colors in the form of fresh fruits…peaches, lemons, watermelon and strawberries. They’re the perfect inspiration for a citrus wedding colors palette.

Bridesmaid dresses can be different colors and styles while still coordinating beautifully. Tie those colors in with your bouquets to create an unforgettable look.

Adorn drinks with lemon peels, wedges of watermelon or orange slices. Wedding guests will love your creative and colorful presentation.

Use fresh fruits to decorate your tables. They look great as centerpieces or as a delicious addition to your centerpiece arrangement. You can even treat guests to a fresh fruit favor bar. Not only will a fruit bar add brilliant, crisp color to your wedding reception, guests will enjoy grabbing a paper bag and some refreshing fruit to take home with them.

Bridesmaids: Eric Kelley Photography via Southern Weddings blog

Cocktail: Two Tarts via Cooking Boulder blog

Wooden boxes of fruit: Little Blue Deer blog

Cake: Janae Sheilds Photography via Cake Coquette

Boutonniere: Love the Blooms

Pastel Wine Bottle Centerpieces
Looking for an inexpensive centerpieces? Paint clear wine bottles or jars for a great way to add that pop of color while staying within your wedding budget.

Since you’re painting the bottles, the sky is the limit for colors! We brought in an emerald swatch and asked our local paint store to match it. We really like the modern look of painting all the bottles one color, but painting them different shades of the same color is also beautiful. Try multiple colors for a really vibrant look!

Think about how you plan to use these wedding centerpieces. If you plan to fill them with water for flowers, you would probably want to spray-paint the outside of your bottles. If not, you can pour paint inside the bottle to coat the glass. Search online for some “how-to” tips and decide which painting technique will work best for your purposes.

If you don’t have any restrictions, we suggest trying out both techniques to see what you like best. Be sure to give yourself plenty of time before the wedding to experiment and finish the bottles.

Wine Bottle Fall Centerpiece

Wine Bottle Centerpiece

Pastel Wine Bottle Centerpieces

White Painted Wine Bottles

Painted Wine Bottle Centerpiece - Teal

Wine Bottle Centerpiece - WinterPhoto Credits (top – bottom):
Candy Corn Bottle Centerpiece: Ashbee Design Blog | Burlap Grouped Bottle Centerpiece: Pieces Of Anna Blog | Pastel Painted Centerpiece: Poppytalk Blog and Angus McRitchie (L’express Bistro) for Canadian House and Home | White Wine Bottle Centerpiece: Thom Haus Handmade Blog | Paint Swirl Wine Bottle Centerpiece: | Winter White Wine Bottle Centerpiece: Cleverly Inspired Blog


Sep and Send Invitation - Anchor Accents
A popular trend in weddings is to host a domestic destination wedding at a favorite place or landmark, and if you love the East Coast or just the whole nautical theme, you’re going to love what we’ve done with our favorite nautical wedding invitations.

We’ve added some DIY flair to the very affordable, Anchor Accents separate and send invitation. Do you know what a sep and send is? Sep and sends come with two detachable enclosure cards (response card and reception card) on one convenient sheet. They also come with invitation envelopes and response card envelopes for a complete stationery set. Everything you need, one low price — NICE!

Add some color to your invite by punching a hole below the anchor and pull thru 2 colors of 5/8” satin ribbon. Secure the ribbon to the back of the invite with glue dots. Trim the white border off this invite and add a scrapbook paper backer. Attach the backer with glue dots in each corner.

Sep and Send Invitation - Anchor Accents

Grab your sewing kit (or borrow Mom’s) and use the pinking shears to trim off edges of the invitation for a unique look. Many craft stores sell different patterned craft scissors, so check them out. Attach red rhinestones to the corners and to the anchor for sparkle.

Sep and Send Invitation - Anchor Accents

Keep it simple but trendy with bakers twine. Wrap twine around the invitation several times and tie it in a knot. If you want to add a little something extra, look for nautical buttons or charms.

Sep and Send Invitation - Anchor Accents

Keep your look elegant with 5/8” satin ribbon. Punch holes below the anchor and above your names, and then thread the ribbon through the holes. Add an adhesive pearl sticker to the anchor.

Sep and Send Invitation - Anchor AccentsYou can find the scarlet and navy ribbon rolls and pearl stickers all at Ann’s Bridal Bargains. You can buy in BULK on Ann’s, which saves you a million trips to several craft stores to get the quantities you need.

Scrapbooking paper and bakers twine were purchased at my local hobby store. Don’t forget your coupon to save…most stores will take the coupon right from your smart phone, so you can save paper and a few bucks!

Succulent Flowers For Weddings
Using succulent plants as wedding flowers is a fun new trend. Succulents are economical, unique, easy to care for and available year round. Their interesting textures and colors have made them very popular, and they’re eco-friendly!

Succulents don’t need water filled picks since they have the ability to survive long periods of time without water and no refrigeration is needed. Succulents can easily be replanted after the wedding as a reminder of your special day. (Tip: If cut, succulents can be rooted and then planted.)

Other wedding decoration ideas include giving succulent wedding favors or creating unique name cards, boutonnieres for the groom and groomsmen, décor for your guest book table, your wedding cake and the reception table centerpieces.

Some commonly grown succulent plants to look for are Echeveria, Jovibarba, Pachyveria, Sedum and Sempervivum.

Got a green thumb? Try growing succulents yourself and save even more!

Succulent Flowers For Weddings

Photo Credits:

Bouquets (Left – Right), designed by | THE BRIDE’S CAFE photos by Amy Squires | Photo from Lisa Woods and Shannon Cunningham Photography | Florals from JL Designs, photos from Stephanie Williams, article from Green Wedding Shoes | | Life Through A Lens Photography

Centerpieces (Left – Right) 100 Layer Cake Blog | | Heavenly Blooms Blog | Sweet Violet Bride | Green Wedding Shoes | Stephanie Williams Photography

Boutinnieres (Left – Right) | Heavenly Blooms Blog | Style Unveiled Blog

Favors (Left – Right) Imagine That Wedding Blog | Prima Donna Bride |

Details (Left – Right) | Sweet Violet Bride | June Bug Weddings

Two of the top 10 Pantone® Spring Colors for 2014 are shades of yellow and gray. I love these colors together for spring or summer weddings. Use this sunshine color for your wedding shoes, grooms attire, accessories and, of course, treats and drinks!

Featuring our wedding invitation: Damask Arches – Canary – Invitation

Mix patterns and textures for an intriguing look. Have fun picking out yellow flowers — there are so many affordable options to choose from! For those brides who like DIY, make sweet treat labels for your dessert table, drink flags for beverages and a unique backdrop for your alter or behind the head table. We recommend tissue flower garlands (super cute!).



Photo Credits: Garland: Every Last Detail Blog | Bride With Umbrella: Utah Bride Blog & Azure B Photography | Boutonniere: Every Last Detail Blog & Nine Photography | Sweet treats dessert cups:  Photos courtesy of West Park Photography Candy buffet by Dooby Design Group | Yellow Shoes: | Yellow Drinks: OK Invitations | Ombre Wedding Cake: Project Wedding | Wedding Bouquet: Wonderful Wedding Themes Blog

Colored Paper StrawsYou have probably seen paper straws everywhere lately. We love them! Striped straws are an inexpensive way to add color and retro fun to weddings, birthday parties, weekend gatherings and holiday get-togethers.

Dress them up with DIY paper flags, tie them with bakers twine to a lemonade bottle or just place them in canning jar mugs and let guests enjoy a cold drink. Straws also work great as “cake pop” sticks pushed into chocolate dipped marshmallows. You can even make unique favor tags by punching a hole the size of the straw and slipping it over.

Ann’s sells paper straws in seven colors and you can get them in bulk, which means no more running to four different craft stores to find the quantity you need for you r event!

Photo credits: ‪, ‪, ‪, ‪

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Beautiful Wedding Flowers
You’ve picked the perfect color for your bridesmaid dresses. Now go bright and bold with your flowers, too. You don’t need to stick to one color or type of flower. Beautiful shades of coral, yellow, orange, white and greens are striking in bridal and bridesmaid bouquets. Add unique flowers and succulents to give your bouquets texture and make them stand out. Pull the look together with your boutonnieres, corsages, centerpieces and even top your cake with fresh flowers.

Beautiful Wedding Flowers

Talk with your florist about availability of seasonal flowers and flowers that are local to your area. You may discover more affordable options if you can be flexible.

Photography: Debra Gulbas Photography

Floral Designer:  Westbank Flower Market


candy cane wedding inspiration
Are you planning a winter wedding but not sure how to find winter wedding decorations that fit in your budget? How about candy canes and the crisp, beautiful look of red and white?

candy cane and roses centerpiece

1. Candy Canes and Roses

Grab a clear glass cylinder, then hot glue candy canes all the way around the outside. This cylinder took about 30 candy canes. Fill the vase with water and add a small bunch of red roses. Tie a ribbon around the base, and you have a fun and festive reception table centerpiece.

2. Napkins with a Twist

Tie 5/8” scarlet satin ribbon and a candy cane to each cloth napkin. This adds color to your wedding reception tables and it doubles as a sweet treat for guests.

3. Peppermint Knob Favors

Simply hot glue round peppermints to the lids of these red favor boxes for fast and easy winter wedding favors!

4. Boxes with Baker’s Twine

Wrap twine around white shimmer two-piece favor boxes twice and knot the twine at the top of the favor box. Fill boxes with mints, peppermint scented votive candles or a large truffle.

wedding centerpiece with carnations and evergreens

5. Carnations and Evergreens

Fill a square container with a small bunch of white carnations (carnations are one of the most affordable flowers you will find). Wrap the base with a band of polka-dot scrapbooking paper and secure with baker’s twine. Place the container on a clear glass plate and tuck fresh cut greens around the plate. Sprinkle a few extra red and white candies around the base of this reception table centerpiece for guests to enjoy.

holiday wedding centerpiece with cloche and ornatments

6. Glass Cloche with Ornaments

A cloche is a bell-shaped glass cover, traditionally used for protecting outdoor plants. Fill the glass cloche with red- and white-striped ornaments and a few solid red ornaments, too. Put a clear glass plate over the opening of the bell and gently flip it over. Place it on a glass stand. I like to add greens around the base to give it that perfect feel for winter wedding decorations.