Every other Wednesday here on Nikki Joy,
I've committed to sharing the latest in my wedding planning world.
I've already posted on some of my favourite Save the Date designs for inspiration,
and last fortnight I shared our Save the Dates,
The last two weeks have been mainly paperwork and buying stamps,
and of course, hours and hours of daydreaming up more handmade wedding goodness...
Although I love flicking through the latest magazines,
it makes me a little bewildered the amount of money some people spend on things that would be so much easier (and more fun) to make themselves.
There's so many amazing DIY ideas out there (and many more up there *taps noggin*) that it seems a waste to let someone else have all the fun! So...
I do understand the cost of ordering pre-made beautiful stationery.
There are some incredible graphic design artists around,
to see a huge variety of gorgeous designs by talented people.
But to me, stationery is setting the scene for a wedding,
it’s that first little splash of personality, and so it seems right to do it myself.
Besides, I could not find any tartan stationery anywhere.
On this note... check out what arrived this week...
Our designed-by-me Save the Date cards are here!!
I intend to design the invitations, orders of service, seating plan and place cards soon,
all to our “tartan and lace” styling.
2. Some very special winter based accessories for my bridesmaids
The fact that we’re getting married on New Year’s Eve (though so exciting)
leaves me a little concerned for the warmth of my most favourite ladies.
So my head (and my Pinterest board) are currently buzzing with ideas for fur muffs and pretty wraps.
3. Table centres
I must admit, although I’m a sucker for tradition, I’m not really one for floral table centres or candelabras. I am however one for tealights and jam jars and cosy touches.
I have so many ideas right now that I have no ideas which to use.
Currently I'm leaning towards having no two tables the same, just so I can try them all!
Our reception venue isn’t in need of much sprucing up, but there’s just too many fabulous DIY decoration tutorials out there, and I simply can’t let the opportunity pass.
I would love to try out this great tutorial to make lace heart bunting...
Or this idea for a garland of pinecones...
...which would be so lovely to create from pinecones gathered from my grandparents farm,
just to feel like a little part of them could be present too.
I’m a firm believer that handmade gifts are the best gifts,
so why approach wedding favours any differently?
It may be a time consuming task,
but I would love to send everybody home with something I’ve put some love into.
I quite fancy learning the art of jam making,
mainly to learn a few last minute life skills from my mum before I become a wife.
And they would look so perfect alongside old jam jars wrapped in lace with tealights in to light up the reception.