Budget-Friendly Wedding Simplicity



Hi, lovelies! I hope that you have been enjoying your summer. Here's an intimate tablescape that I did with Marry Me 

For this wedding tablescape, the focus was on colour and centrepiece simplicity. To make such a small gathering like this have an elegant touch, I decided to create three floral arrangements. I have been doing more flower designing lately and it's been such a marvellous experience (I will give you some inside style tips for those in my next instalment.) The trick is to make the arrangements in a way where they can stand alone but also go along with the entire theme. Do take a look at the snapshots below for inspiration.

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Small Details & Big Statements: 
I decided to use a display suitcase in an almost Tiffany blue for this centrepiece with sola florals, moss balls and succulentsI love lanterns and used a white one to contrast the vintage teal and seafoam colour with the blush and fuchsia. If you're worried about over doing your theme or not having enough to design an elaborate table, try to use larger pieces, such as a lantern or floral bins to decorate around them. The garland with paper lanterns also helped to balance the retro aesthetic as well as add texture to the decor.

In this theme, the real statements are simply two things, flowers and colour! Therefore, my wooden rustic theme blends well with the flowers because I made the flowers several focal points. 

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Simple Accents: 
For smaller gatherings and events, one quick way to make a statement by using textures. Whether real or faux, use them to your advantage. I used real birch wood pieces to adorn the table as a runner, the small birch patterns: the plates and napkins with faux Birchwood patterns helped to bring out the vintage-inspired theme. It’s charming and slightly rustic with a dash of sophistication.  

Enjoy the rest of your week.


What do you think of this tablescape?

The goods: Shop wedding ceremony supplies, table decorations, and gifts here. Some items in this post were provided by MarryMe. As always, all content and opinions expressed are my own. 

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DIY: Tea Garden Décor

Last month, when I shared behind the scenes snippets and inspiration from a couple wedding photo shoots that I did, I had forgotten to show more DIY features. Since then, I have been occupied with unexpected freelance events and have taken some time off the blog to continue these new ventures. It's all very exciting and I will have to share more on that later. In the meantime, have a look at this craft to be inspired by.

Here, I am merging countryside style (one of my favourites) with a touch of modern sophistication in this garden-friendly DIY. 

Planters are perfect for adding depth and character to any home space and I have become quite fond of them more over the years. I particularly love planters because you can make them elaborate for special occasions, such as weddings, yet they can be simplified for minimalist living spaces and tailored for virtually every budget.


I designed these teacup and saucer planters that I fell in love with after giving several prepared styles that I created for the engaged couple. Afterwards, I created a few more for my personal space in the same colours, then in silver and white because I just couldn't get enough! The styles below are pieces that I added character to by personalising the saucers with wedding-inspired text—the gold paint really brought everything together, both rustic and with a tad bit of elegance.

Speaking of metallic and custom spaces here are some images from the teal and gold theme below but this time, I used matte acrylic paint, to emit chalky vintage vibes with the blended contemporary concept. View the tutorial below!

Materials

3-4 Ceramic teacup and saucer planters
1 can matte spray paint
4-6 sheets gold leaf
1 Can adhesive spray
2 Artist Sponges (1 large, 1 small to medium size)
1 Metallic paint pen (in gold)
1 Roll of masking tape/painter's tape
Plants: succulents or flowers 

Large newsprint or plastic working surface 
Latex gloves-(Optional)


Method: 

  1. On a plastic or paper lined spacious working surface in an open air environment, layout each teacup and saucer, dispersed evenly with at least 4cm-6cm or so apart in two rows horizontally (place all of the cups upside down with the bottom facing upward on one row, and all of the saucers on another row.) 
  2. After reading the directions on the paint bottle, spray each cup thoroughly in one coat of matte paint, covering all sides and outside handles. Spray a second coat of matte paint. Let dry. Repeat this step for all of the saucers. Let the cups and saucers completely dry before proceeding to step 3. 
  3. Apply gold leafing: To prepare your workspace, use washi tape or painters masking tape to section off your preferred design on each teacup. (I just taped off angular sections of each cup in a simple design where I wanted the gold leafing). This is to create a rustic and sparkled effect so make the taped off areas simple because the natural texture and design from the gold leaf will form. 
  4. Take out an artist sponge and the gold leaf adhesive. Set aside. (If you have a gold leaf kit, then follow instructions for that). With the sponge, apply adhesive or a thin layer of glue to the prepared area on the teacup where you want the gold leafing placed. Carefully take out one gold leaf square sheet at a time, and place the entire sheet on the teacup (where you have put the adhesive). Press firmly, then use the sponge to carefully wipe away gold leaf excess. After you have the desired effect, repeat these steps with each teacup. Set aside teacups to dry or spray a sealant to finish. 
  5. Use a metallic gold paint pen and write script or text on the saucers. Get crafty! I created simple loop designs on my teacups and saucers to bring the theme together. Next, add your plants: I used succulents, baby's breath, and small seedlings in my other teacup planters. I just re-potted the plants in the new teacup planters, then added river rocks. Get more of that inspiration here.


Note: *I did not use a sealant for the teacups because I wanted it to look worn and slightly rough with the gilded leaf effect. This can get messy, so stow away your favourite Celine Tee, instead just wear an old T-Shirt or a painting top for this project. For the spray paint, I used Rust-Oleum CHALKED matte finish.


What do you think of these fun teacup planters?  



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Vintage & Modern Wedding Décor


I have been waiting patiently to share this post with you. This is a special edition featuring some lovely details that I styled for Marry Me—their new range for weddings and event décor is full of charming pieces. The theme: a countryside Paris journey with minimal travel elements. I decided on a romantic and vintage theme that had a cosy tea time vibe and ladylike style. 

View the inspiration below, and see how I merged playful hues of pink, blush, green, and teal colours together and transformed them into a retro version of adult contemporary elegance. 

I used a modern Parisian setting with an outdoor concept for this tablescape, allowing every detail to shine through even down to the party favours. My surprise element was painting this Eiffel Tower cardboard cut-out, and designing a large floral arrangement centrepiece. I used a matte colour to paint all sides and created a gradated 3-dimensional sculptural table piece. 


Giving The Theme Character: 
Speaking of little swag bags, for this I included farmhouse vintage boxes filled with mixed savoury nuts and others were filled with sweet treats.  Another idea is to add themed candies—as you can see I used French lollipops and stored them in mason jars with eucalyptus leaves. This way the table is filled with edible little details that are conversation starters, yet everything still goes along with the ambience and colour story. The favour boxes emulated the vintage theme I used; they were illustrated with mason jars, flower images and lace elements. 



3 Ways To Add Minimal Accents In Minutes: 
Show your guests that you have the chops for hosting the party that you're throwing. Don't worry if your space is small. If you don't have a large budget, the perfect way to add decorations that don't look overdone is to use the following: 

  1. Fact: Balloons do not have to be symmetrical! There are times when it works best symmetrically but they certainly do not have to be. As previously discussed in this post, get creative with balloon styling. An alternative to the traditional: Do this by adding odd numbers of balloons on one side instead of decorating the space filled with bunches of balloons. You have seen in the past that I've used balloons many ways, including using them in clusters and creating art doodles. Go for it!  

  1. Create a garland: Using hanging garlands and buntings are wonderful ways to add to your décor but this doesn't mean that it has to reach across the entire space from wall to wall. Try using a garland on the table as a centrepiece or as I did here, as a focal point above the tablescape. By sectioning off smaller areas of a wall or backspace, you can create a much more intimate environment for guests, which makes it that much more special and inviting. I also added areas of our table with birch wood under the wisteria garland. Grab more garland inspiration in this DIY. 

  1. Handmade napkins: It's all about gold: After you choose which metals you want to use in your theme, don't be afraid to use both rose gold and gold colours. I made napkin rings by using burlap lace ribbon, then I used metal tags as the finishing touch, which resembled a luggage tag (remember, the blended and somewhat abstract theme was ... Vintage. Travel. Paris.) 

Now that I have given you plenty of ideas to chew on, I do hope that you are inspired by this post.


What do you think of this party theme and tablescape? 

The goods: Wedding Collection: Shop special occasion and wedding inspiration here. Some items in this post were provided by Marry Me. All opinions and content are honestly expressed and my own. 

*I will see you next week as I am travelling for business and then on a weekend holiday. I will catch up on your lovely blogs soon and will share more styling tips and bits of inspiration via Instagram.


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Guest Room Inspiration: A Whiter Shade Of Pale

Guest bedrooms can be the trickiest rooms of the house to decorate. You have so many tastes that you need to cater for. Your grandmother is not going to appreciate the same colour scheme as your best mate, yet you want them both to feel comfortable when they are staying with you.
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If you have gone to a lot of effort to make your guests welcome, prepared a lovely meal and made sure that they were entertained, it is a shame to ruin it all by cramming them into an ugly spare room, constrained, or a room with packing cases and boxes of junk. When we have people stay with us, I typically make a small welcome hamper. It doesn't have to be loads of things, just little treats and practical items that I know they will love.
You cannot go wrong with white in your guest bedroom. It does not have as much use as other areas of the house so the fabrics will stay looking crisp and clean for longer. It gives a fresh, wholesome appearance that appeals across the generations. It also makes it incredibly easy to mix and match! You can buy some expensive quality items and mix them in with some second-hand store bargains.
White is a classic look and will not go out of fashion so once you have your guest bedroom set up it will last for years.

Choosing a guest bed

Obviously, a double bed is ideal but if you are pushed for space a single is fine or even a roll-away bed or futon is acceptable.  
Don’t skimp on the bedclothes, you want your guests to feel that they are welcome! The range at Plumeria Bay is ideal because it is such high-quality Egyptian cotton percale. Your guest bed linen will be luxuriously lightweight, crisp, yet soft and will be appreciated by your guests who will remember their stay for all the right reasons.

Curtains, carpets and finishing touches

The cheapest way to get lovely curtains or blinds is to make your own. Purchase fabric and simply hem a rectangular shape which is twice the width of your window. Then add the curtain tape at the top and hang them up. There are plenty of tutorials available that will give you loads of guidance and advice.
A white carpet is rarely practical, even in a guest room, so you could whitewash the floorboards instead for a shabby chic vibe. There are plenty of washes and stains to choose from and it only takes around a day to complete.
You can use white chalk paint to renovate old furniture and give it a new lease of life. It works very well on dressing tables and bedside tables but is also great for stools and chairs. Make some cushions from delicate fabrics to finish the look.
Glass vases with white flowers finish off a white guest bedroom perfectly. Buy some spray cans of gloss white paint and spray pretty flowers such as hydrangeas and roses. Allow them to dry for 24 hours and then arrange in a glass vase with some small white pebbles at the base.

Let me know if you have any questions or if you're entertaining soon!




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