Friday, May 29, 2015

It's Friday, we've finally recovered from our Memorial Day hangover, just in time for the weekend! We're back with our third installment in our DIY Succulent series. Today's favor tutorial is brought to you by the easiest DIY known to man. After the longest short week, we like easy :) Grab your girls, a bottle (or two) of wine and crank these bad boys out.

//Supplies//
  • Small Succulent plant, 4oz- Prices range from $2.99 at a local nursery like Jericho or $5/4 at Lowes
  • Small chalkboard folding boxes- We found ours in the Target dollar section, but you can also find them here
  • Permanent Marker- again, find something that goes with your colors
 //one//
Gather all your supplies and pop that bottle of wine
 //two//
Choose what you'll write on the box. You could do your last name and wedding date, your favorite love quote, or your initials. An alternate would be to design a sticker and apply it directly to the box.
//three//
We chose to leave the plant in the original plastic and simply dropped it into the box. Alternately, you could place the plant directly into the box with a little extra soil. Either way make sure to water it!


//four//
Tie some twine or ribbon to match your wedding colors and you're done. You have unique favors that are inexpensive, cute and your guests will love them.
 
How easy was that? It doesn't take a super complex DIY to have great results! Happy Friday Friends!!

XOXO,
Jessica & Alex

Healthy Wedding Hair Tips

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Your hair is one of the first things people will see at your wedding and you will have countless photos with your do on display, so make sure it's in tip top shape for the big day. A great hairstyle starts with healthy hair. Here are some helpful hair tips for the weeks and days leading up to the wedding day.
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//one// Drink water! Isn't this the answer to everything? Yes!! Water will keep you and your hair hydrated and looking fabulous.
//two// Do a hair mask once a week. You can try a pre-made hair mask or use what you have at home and try a DIY hair mask.

 //three// Biotin. Add this little pill to your daily vitamin routine and you'll see results in no time. More hair growth, stronger nails and beautiful hair.
//four// Don't stress! Ya right, it's wedding season! But do yourself a favor and chill out by taking a yoga class, a UFC boxing class or a bike ride. Less stress on your mind means a healthier body...and hair!
//five// Cut the crap on your hair. Yes, we said it. Stop using all those nasty chemicals that will just create buildup on your hair leaving it less than lush. Opt for natural products, sulfate free (which seriously dry out your locks) and hydrating.
//six// Massage your scalp. Not only will it feel amazing, massaging your scalp will activate your hair follicles promoting growth and will distribute your natural hair oils. Get that fiancé on board and take turns giving scalp massages. Use a natural oil like Euro Oil for added benefits.
//seven// Eat clean. You know what they say 'you are what you eat'. If you're stuffing yourself with greasy, unhealthy foods, you'll feel it and so will your hair. We like the 80/20 rule of eating clean 80% of the time and allowing yourself those less than perfect moments 20% of the time.
//eight// Don't do any major changes to your hair a few months before your wedding. Major hair color changes, a big cut, bang, etc. These can all wreak havoc on your wedding day hair. You want to look like you on your wedding day. Keep the bangs for the honeymoon stage ;)
//nine// Keep the over styling to a minimum. The blow dryer, curling iron and flat iron will dry out your ends and fry your hair. Braids are on trend right now, so give your hair a break from the heat and wear a trendy braid instead. Your locks will thank you.

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//ten// Dry Shampoo. Not only will it keep extra shampooing and styling down, it'll also save you some serious time for more important things...like planning a wedding! We love this Triple Sec 3-1 Dry Bar Shampoo!

These aren't your traditional wedding hair tips, but beautiful hair starts with a good foundation from the inside out. A healthy mind and body will shine through those luscious locks creating the basis for a beautiful hairstyle on your wedding day.
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2015 Wedding Trends- Pantone Scuba Blue

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Our next installment of Pantone's colors of the year is Scuba Blue.
An invigorating turquoise, PANTONE 16-4725 Scuba Blue conveys a sense of carefree playfulness. Even though a cool shade, the vibrancy of Scuba Blue adds a splash of excitement to the palette. Scuba Blue offers a feeling of escape as it is reminiscent of a tropical ocean. This stirring and energizing shade takes us off to an exotic paradise that is pleasant and inviting, even if only a fantasy. Via

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So how do you incorporate Scuba Blue into your wedding without looking like a wedding under the sea? Here are a few ideas...

You know the saying 'something blue', well how about these elegant teardrop earrings? They are simple, elegant and add that hint of blue to tie in with the rest of your wedding.
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These tulle skirts are amazing! Paired with a neutral shirt and simple shoes, they'd make a great bridesmaid outfit.
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You can tie in your groomsmen to your bridesmaid without going overboard. A simple baby's breath boutonniere with scuba blue ribbon is the perfect nod to your wedding colors.
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Flowers are such a huge part of your wedding. When trying to incorporate blue flowers, your choices are limited. But you could easily add colored glass, rocks or ribbon to a neutral arrangement adding that pop of color without overwhelming everything else.

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You can make your wedding pop with a vibrant color like Scuba Blue without going overboard. Simple, yet elegant, small pops of color add that special touch to your wedding. Will you be incorporating Scuba Blue into your wedding?

DIY: Succulent Wedding Favors

Friday, May 15, 2015

Welcome to the second installment of our DIY Series on centerpieces and favors! 

This week we're showcasing some wedding favors sure to please all your guests with one of our favorite trends, succulents!!! Your hands may get a little dirty but we're making it fun, simple and easy to personalize.

This wedding favor meshes together mini mason jars, twine and wood tags. It's the perfect touch for a rustic wedding and recipients can replant the succulent and watch it grow (just like your love).

//Supplies//
  • Small Succulent- Prices vary from $2.99 at your local nursery or 4/$5.00 at Lowes
  • Sea Glass- Found at any hobby store or on Amazon, these came from the clearance section at Target 
  • Mini Mason Jar- $1.00 section at Target or any hobby store 
  • Permanent or Paint Marker- Find one to match your style 
  • Wood Mason Jar Tags- Found at Hobby Lobby 10/$2.27

//Time//
This project takes about 2 minutes per favor but it speeds up with a friend by your side.


//Step 1//
Using your favorite color of sea glass, fill your mason jar 2/3 of the way. Have fun mixing and matching your favorite color for a personal touch.



//Step 2//
Placing the succulent in the narrow jar wasn't as easy as we originally thought. So, make sure you squish the soil into a circular shape with your hands then insert into the jar. Pat it down so it's flush with lip of the jar. Don't be afraid to get a little "dirty".




//Step 3//
After you clean up your work area a bit, it's time for some messaging. Using our permanent marker we chose to write "Let our Love Grow" and the date, but don't afraid to play around some creative messaging and incorporate your name to be, date, etc. You can always write a message on both sides of the tag. 


//Step 4//
Can you believe we're almost done making this adorable wedding favor? All that's left is a simple piece of twine through the tag and around the jar to add the perfect rustic touch.

//The Finished Product//


We love using succulents because they are durable plants that can thrive nearly anywhere and are easy to replant.  This is the perfect way for your guests to be reminded of your love long after your wedding day.

Happy Friday!

DIY: Succulent Table Numbers

Friday, May 8, 2015

We are so excited to introduce our new DIY series on centerpieces and favors. And don't worry, Martha Stewart crafting skills or budget not required for any of these pieces. The idea is to have fun, bring your own style to your wedding and save yourself some money. Without further ado, lets get started!!
Today we're starting out with succulent table numbers which can also double as a unique centerpiece. The best part of this project is, it's versatility. You could easily change the bowl to fit your theme, the rocks to your wedding colors and the succulent could also be a lovely herb or another type of greenery. 

//Supplies//
  • Small Succulent plant- Prices range from $2.99 at a local nursery like Jericho or $5.00/4 at Lowes
  • Glass pebbles- Any hobby store like Michaels, Hobby Lobby or JoAnne's. OR checkout Dollar Tree!
  • Rock from outside (seriously, that easy)- look for rocks with a surface you can write on
  • Glass container- $5 find at a local nursery, hobby store or antique store. Mismatched containers welcome!
  • Permanent Marker- again, find something that goes with your colors
  • Slice of wood- $14 Michaels or Hobby Lobby. Use that 40% off coupon!
In case you didn't know what a rock looked like ;)
//One//
After you've gathered all your supplies, choose what you'll write on your rock. You can do your initials, your wedding date, last name or even quotes about love. Whatever you do, make sure the table number is the predominant feature on the rock for better visibility.

//Two//
We chose a bowl that was shallow enough to save materials without having to fill up a large area. Yet it is deep enough to cover the entire succulent packaging. We chose to keep the succulent in it's original housing which would allow you to either take the succulents home for yourself, or share them with your guests at the end of the night.

//Three//
Arrange your plant and rock in the bowl, leaving enough space for your glass pebbles. Once the plant and rock are settled, carefully arrange your glass pebbles to cover the bottom of the bowl and plastic plant container.
 

//Four//
To finish, simply place your arrangement on the wood slice for a more pronounced centerpiece.

That's it! In four simple steps you have a beautiful-unique arrangement that's going to wow your guests and costs less than $25! You really cannot beat that! Again, you can easily change any component of this piece to make it uniquely yours.


Happy Friday friends!


-Jessica and Alex


The List of Lists for Wedding Planning

Monday, May 4, 2015

Seating charts, photographer meetings, the venue?! Oh my!

We know you have lots to think about, so we've compiled our favorite lists leading up to your big day so you can sit back, relax and enjoy planning your special day.


//Bride or groom? Whose family should pay?//
Weddings are family celebrations and if you choose to stick with the traditional payment responsibilities, we've got answers to the age old question, "Whose family should pay?"

Who pays for what at your wedding.....don't know if I agree with this

//The 12 Month Wedding Planner Timeline//
For those planning their own wedding, this list tops the lists as a Wedding Planning Timeline. Plus, you can't go wrong with an "inspiration board"- a simple collage is a great way for you to visualize your perfect day and share it with all your vendors. 
Wedding Planning Timeline | Quintessentially Weddings | Bridal Musings Wedding Blog

//The 8 Months or Less Wedding Planning Timeline//
For those with a little less time, there's no need to fret the details we've got you covered in a crunch.

Wedding Planning Timeline: 8 Months or Less - http://DesignedByBH.com - #Wedding #Planning #Timeline #8Months

//Beauty Checklist//
On your wedding day, you deserve to be a Princess or Prince! Be the star of your photos and don't skip out on looking your best. Remember, perfection doesn't happen overnight. 

Don’t forget your very important BEAUTY checklist. | These Diagrams Are Everything You Need To Plan Your Wedding

//The Ultimate Checklist//
Make sure you have all your bases covered from engagement to the night before. This is a must-use check list.

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