Well hello there D&J readers! I do hope you are all well! We seem to be steaming through August like nobody’s business and Karen is working hard spreading the Darby & Joan magic, styling weddings all through the glorious East Midlands. We’re almost at the peak of wedding season and with that in mind there’s a great Afternoon Tea Giveaway up for grabs over on Facebook.
Today we’ve got 10 really simple but creative wedding ideas for you, all based around the humble jam jar or Mason Jar as our American friends better know them as. Karen has loads of these available which you can incorporate into your styling and decor, but if you fancy taking on a simple DIY task then this is a sure fire way to get creative.
So next time you finish your jam, or pasta sauce, forget chucking it in your recycling and up cycle it instead; turning it into something really rather lovely for your wedding day!
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The perfect way to dress your tables for a country, vintage or rustic wedding. Whether you opt for a cluster on round tables or a row on a long trestles, jam jars just look effortlessly stunning filled with your favourite blooms. Jars are also great if your flower budget is limited as you can reduce the number of flowers needed by not having large arrangements.
Fill them with crayons for the kids, layer up the ingredients for chocolate chip cookies, or even turn them back into their original purpose and make some homemade jam or chutney. Just pop a sticky label on them and you’ll have yourself a quirky thank you present for your guests.
3. Pew Ends
Whether you’re getting married in a church or having an outdoor ceremony, adding some florals to the chairs or pews is a great way to add a splash of colour. Fill them with wild flowers and hang with twine or wire and, ta-da the ceremony venue will be transformed. It’s also an easy way of transporting them over to the reception venue to use them there too!
So the next idea is nothing new but it had to be on the list. I still get excited when I get to drink out of jar and a stripy straw! I love the idea of the jar being a gift to guests with their name on and their’s to fill up for the night. This would work really well if you were having a DIY bar with lots of drinks dispensers full of your fave cocktails.
Image Credits: Moodboards by: Best Day Ever
5. Backdrops & Table Plans
Photobooths are still a great way to add a bit of fun and interaction into your big day and lots of people like to get stuck in a create a DIY backdrop. You could hang them from a tall rail or hook them up on wood to create an eye catching backdrop. Or how about using it as a table plan? Just pop some labels on the jars and let your guests know where they are sitting in style.
So simple but so effective and very pretty! Take one jar and a tea light some wire and you’ve got yourself a twinkling lantern that will look great when the sun goes down. To save relighting opt for bigger candles instead of tea lights and even consider filling the jar with lavender to create a lovely aroma.
7. Statement Decor
Let’s think even bigger! I’m seeing lots of statement floral arrangements these days with fantastic hanging elements drawing your eye up. They are all kinds of fabulous but can be expensive so hanging jars of flowers is a great way to still get the wow factor on a smaller budget! I just love the image below with the rustic ladder – beaut!
Ok, this WILL get messy, no matter how many layers of newspaper you put down or if you do it outside, things will get sparkly! But, let’s face it, it is worth it!. A jar, glitter ,PVA & (a Hoover!) and you are good to go!
9. Lace & Twine
The ultimate way to decorate you jars is simply by adding some rustic twine, ribbon and lace. If you’re going for the vintage feel then this look is definitely for you and so easy to create and add a personal touch.
A little more time consuming but with colour popping bang on trend at the mo, the result of this DIY will be worth it. The paint is usually poured and brushed on the inside of the jar and creates a gorgeous glossy effect on the outside. Another idea is to use a hot glue gun on the outside and write your message, once dried you can paint the outside and it creates a wonderful embossed look! How about using this idea for your table numbers?
So there we have it, 10+ Ways to incorporate jam jars into your wedding day. I hope you are feeling inspired. Now…What are you waiting for? Get saving those jars, even get you family and friends on the case, you can never have enough candles in jars.
Hello lovely people, how is the Summer treating you so far? We’ve got a super duper styled shoot to share with you today. You may have seen over on Facebook some rather stunning images of our recent trip to Stoke Rochford Hall to take part in a 1950s glamourous Afternoon Tea inspired photo shoot organised and shot by the crazy talented Kathryn Edwards.
The order of the day was Vintage Hollywood glamour with oodles of pastel blooms, lace and vintage china teamed with flirty 1950s dresses, perfectly coiffed hair and a team of fantastic and lovely suppliers. (all listed below)
Darby & Joan styled the shoot and brought a car load of props and accessories and I was thrilled to show off a new stationery design that fit the brief perfectly. Best Day Ever is my baby and I design paper beauties and wonderful wedding stationery.
These images are beyond breathtaking; so fresh, bright and romantic, so this is where I politely shut up and let them do the talking. But not without saying a huge thank you to everyone involved and Kathryn for all her hard work in bringing it together, it was an absolute pleasure from start to finish and like I said before these images…. they kind of leave me speechless.
The Fabulous Suppliers Involved:
Photography: Kathryn Edwards www.kathrynedwardsphotography.com
Styling: Darby and Joan www.darbyandjoanvintage.co.uk
Hair: Alison Jenner www.Alisonjennerhair.com
Make-up: Amy Wilkinson: www.makeupbyalw.com
Dresses: FROCK www.frockshop.co
Bridal Adornments: Klaire Van Elton www.klairevanelton.com
Flowers: Floraldeco www.floraldeco.co.uk
Stationery: Best Day Ever www.bestdayeveruk.com
Cake and Macarons: Yummy Little Cakes www.yummylittlecakes.co.uk
Models: Rebekah Hemsley and Elly Lucas
Venue: Stoke Rochford Hall www.stokerochfordhall.co.uk
Ice-cream Van: Betsy Ice-cream www.betsysemporium.com
Balloon: Bubblegum Balloons www.bubblegumballoons.co.uk
Hello Everyone! How are we doing? Enjoying the sunshine when it comes out to play? We’ve got lots of pretty lined up for you today and it comes in the form of dreamy wedding dresses. I thoroughly enjoyed putting this post together and hope it gives you some inspiration for either your own wedding dress, a friend who is getting married or just to while a way 5 minutes. I’ve had a hunt round for some of the most popular or emerging wedding dress trends; some a little daring, some not so traditional but all gorgeous in their own way.
Wedding Dress Trend 1 | Colourful & Non Traditional
I just love colourful wedding dresses; whilst every dress a bride chooses reveals a bit about their personality, colourful gowns really go that extra step further. They don’t have to be big and bold colours either; barley there, blushing beauties such as, pale blue or nude are proving really popular. The beauty of a colourful wedding dress is that they can most likely be worn again as they could easily pass for an evening gown for other special occasions and I know how many brides would love to wear their wedding dress again! Emerald green, gold, mint, yellow or orange? The world is your oyster, just look at these gorgeous brides.
Moodboards By: Best Day Ever
Wedding Dress Trend 2 | Peter Pan Collars
Ahhhh! I’m in love, I have a bit of a thing for collars and this trend has certainly got my attention. Whether you opt for a dress that already comes complete with a collar or you decide to add a collared necklace as a finishing touch, there is no denying this look is pretty gorgeous. Long and floaty, short and lacy or 50s and fun, these beauties just seem to work with all different styles. I love the idea of having jewelled collar, and adding a bit of sparkle to a gorgeous vintage lace dress.
Wedding Dress Trend 3 | Capes & Cover Ups
Another look gaining momentum in the wedding world is capes. Granted this look isn’t going to be for everyone but I really think it’s quite stunning. For brides maybe not wanting to go for a veil this could be a alternative, and just like veils there are capes of all different lengths and styles. I just love the idea of wearing a cape for the ceremony and then whipping it off for the reception – it’s like two dresses in one. You could go dramatic with a high neck and lace or keep it simple and elegant with a simple beaded sheer number. LOVE them all!
Source/Designer: Manuel Mota |
Wedding Dress Trend 4 | Detailed, Dramatic & Intricate Backs
Next up we turn our heads to the back of the dress. How about going backless with a plunging V line? A little bit daring but super duper gorgeous. I can see these style dresses really suiting an outdoor destination wedding. For those wanting to cover up a little more, how about a beautiful beaded back with detail that will have everyone in awe? I literally love the bottom left image. You’ve got what is essentially a revealing backless dress but somehow with it’s delicate lace and draping bow, it looks quite reserved.
Wedding Dress Trend 5 | Separates, Two Piece & Crop Tops
Ok so this last trend is probably the most ‘fashion forward’ style and some might say wedding and crop top shouldn’t be in the same sentence but… I’ve got to admit I’m kinda loving this look. We’re not necessarily talking bearing the whole midriff here but a high waisted skirt with a separate top is most certainly ‘En Vogue’ right now. Boho brides could opt for a floaty over-sized top and skirt with elements of lace, whilst a more modern, cutting edge bride might go for clean sharp lines in crisp white. If a crop top isn’t your thing then you can still rock this look without bearing all. BHLDN have released there jaw-droppingly gorgeous *convertible* Elsa Gown that comprises of a beaded dress and then a separate tulle skirt that’s all kinds of pretty. The idea being you wear the whole ensemble for the ceremony and then transform it for the reception. Personally, I love it!
So ladies (& gents) cast your vote now, are any of these wedding trends ticking any of your boxes? Let us know what you think!
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