Favors are so under appreciated when it comes to wedding planning but much loved by the wedding guests who drive far distances, take planes, and are most importantly there for you! So give back a little (especially at Christmas) with some fabulous do-it-yourself favor ideas!
Since we’ve really neglected the red and green themes for the first half of Christmas week (in June), today the favor picks are all about the classic colors, and better yet, most are for the DIY bride! My favorites are the elegant red ornaments that are budget friendly to buy and easy to decorate yourself with a fancy gold pen (first photo below). All you need to do is use your best writing skills to spell out the bride and groom, wedding date, and anything else you want; and you are all done! Another favorite are the DIY carmels wrapped in red paper! Shown in the fifth photo from the top, these couldn’t get easier. All you’ll need is your carmels, red paper, and decorative stickers (if you want)… roll each piece of paper into a pointed end, throw in your carmels, and seal with a sticker for color and decoration! And my final pick for the day, I can’t resist the hot cocoa mix in our last picture. This DIY favor is perfect for a winter wedding! All you’ll need are triangular plastic baggies, hot chocolate mix, and mini-marshmallows! Lay your marshmallows on top of the hot chocolate mix in your baggie, tie it up with a pretty Christmas ribbon and you’re done!
There are so many fun and cheap ways to personalize your wedding that if you think just a little bit outside of the box, I assure you that you’ll be beyond pleased with the finished product!
As much as I love the ultimate winter bridal look (the fur shrug), it’s always fun to explore the other luxuries of the winter bridal fashion world… like what? Well every Christmas bride needs a trendy cover-up so I suggest looking beyond the shrug to the jacket, bolero or capelet!
If you haven’t come across any of these fun bridal cover-up alternatives but are looking for the perfect piece somewhere between capped sleeves and that classic shrug, then we have some fun looks for you!
First up… the jacket. What I love about our jacket pick (first photo below) is how it literally looks like it’s part of the wedding dress (and it’s not!) By Sophia Tolli, the sheer lace and long sleeves makes this little jacket light and airy but elegant for brides who want that touch of lace but not the whole dress. Moving onto the bolero… I am in love with these two (second and third photos below) by Maria Lucia Hohan and Benjamin Roberts! Both have some type of sleeve wow factor and should be paired with a simple dress where they can shine! Like our light jacket pick these are perfect to accessorize for the indoors and not just for your chilly outdoor winter photos! And finally, the elusive capelet. You may or may not have heard of it but I assure you, now you will love it! My favorite Christmas capelet choices (fourth and fifth photos below) are fashion forward but incredibly elegant both with completely unique lace patterns but the very typical “capelet” length (literally a short cape). My favorite thing about this type of winter cover-up is that it’s not what we’re used to seeing which makes it so special…and these two certainly do not disappoint!
So that’s it, the Christmas cover-ups that we love for the winter bride! There are so many amazing choices that are fun, trendy, and cozy for the chilly months so if you haven’t already, ditch the shrug and find yourself a jacket, bolero or capelet!
Silver bells are ringing this week on One to Wed and we’re SO excited for our full week of winter wedding ideas right in the middle of the summer! And what more of a fitting kick off then on June 25th, exactly 6 months to go until Christmas and the winter wedding season! So brides-to-be, instead of thinking about mojito’s on the beach, it’s time for some crafty ornament ideas for your wedding favors, signature winter cocktails, and decorative (wintery) centerpieces.
First on our summer Christmas week is all things silver! For those of you who may be planning a December wedding but don’t want to go overboard with red and green or those planning a January of February wedding, silver is the perfect color for the season! It feels wintery but still warm and inviting and it can be paired with practically any other color to make the perfect palette. The key is just finding the most fun silver accessories to spice up your wedding day! I am obsessed with the simple but perfectly elegant ornament centerpieces below. This is such an easy do-it-yourself project that any DIY bride could put this together! All you need… silver trays, a few different shades of silver/grey/glittery ornaments and some oversized pine cones and you have this perfect winter centerpiece (final product below)! Other DIY ideas for the winter bride… wedding favors wrapped in little silver gift boxes topped with a bow and silver decoration, menu cards that are bedazzled with a mini silver brooch (all you need to do is add this little jewel to your existing menu cards for a very simple DIY enhancement!) I also LOVE the idea of keeping with the centerpiece theme and slipping place cards on little silver ornaments… (all picture ideas are below)!
For the non-DIY projects to create your silver wedding palette… back to the basics with a fabulous choice of glittery heels (as usual these Christian Louboutin’s below are my favorite), picking a silver infused bouquet, adding some sparkle with silver cupcakes (two different ideas below) and finally making sure your signature cocktail comes out with a silver glow!
By the time you’ve combined your DIY projects with your favorite silver accessories you’ll be well on your way to a non-traditional Christmas wedding but still keeping with the spirit of the season! Merry Christmas and happy holidays (only 6 months to go…)!!
Winter may be nearly over, but there is still plenty of time for a fabulous fur shrug! What better an accessory than a timeless, cozy, elegant piece (okay, you know you can always do faux fur if you’re an animal lover!!) If you’re thinking that fur is old fashioned or out of style, get that idea out of your head! A fur accessory will not only keep you warm on the coldest of wedding days; it looks absolutely incredible too!
I am in love with these shrugs! Each is used uniquely as a fashion piece (or winter coat). White, grey, brown, black, with or without sleeves, all of these brides have put a spin on the old fashioned fur and how amazing do they look…