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DIY: How To Make A Bowtie

If you’re on the hunt for the perfect bowtie for your groomsmen, you probably already know how difficult it can be. Not only is it tough to find the right colour and pattern, they can also be quite pricy. So, why not make your own! Don’t worry, no sewing skills are needed here. All you need is some fabric, glue and 7 easy steps!

Supplies:
– fabric scissors
– glue gun & glue sticks
– pencil
– fabric cut 7″x5″ (thicker fabric works better)
– elastic ribbon
– sewing needle

Step 1

First, use a pencil to sketch a light 5″x7″ outline and cut out the piece of fabric. Don’t sweat it if it’s not perfect because the edges will be folded in later.

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Step 2

Next, take a hot glue gun and glue the edges of the long sides.DSC_0853

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Step 3

Once you’ve glued both sides, fold them to meet halfway. Make sure you press it down while it dries!DSC_0869
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Step 4

Next, glue the ends together and fold them halfway again.

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Step 5

Once you’ve folded the ends together halfway, flip it over to the other side (one with no seams) and fold it so the edges match up. Next, pinch the bottom of the fold while flipping the ends to the side. This will help you give the folded bow shape.

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Step 6

Now that you have the bow, one of the last steps is the strap! First cut out a small piece of fabric slightly wider than your preferred size. Just like the bow, glue the two edges and fold them halfway to the middle.

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Step 7

Next, take the strap and wrap it around the bow. Be sure that the strap is placed exactly at the centre to make sure both sides are even. Glue each sides of the strap to the back of the bow. After, take an elastic band and thread it through the back. Finally, cut the elastic band to your preferred size. For this step it’s easier to tie it around your neck to measure it. Make sure it’s not too tight!
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And voila, you’re done! Now that wasn’t so difficult was it? Now all your groomsmen will be looking as dapper as ever for your wedding!

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7 Unique Groomsmen Gifts

As you might already know, hunting for the perfect groomsmen gift can be quite the challenge. Couples are always trying to find that perfect gift that’s personal, fun, and won’t break the bank. So, our wedding team took on the challenge and searched for these unique gifts. After some long hours of research, we found 7 unique items from independent Etsy designers that your groomsmen will be going crazy over!

Personalized Shaving Kits

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Price: $97.20

Leather is always classy, and every man needs a shaving kit when they’re on the road, so why not do it in style! Not only will adding their name give them a personalized touch, these bags will last a lifetime!

Leather Key Chain

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Price: $18.69

Carrying on with a handmade, genuine leather theme, provide your friends with these keychains to add to the package!

Beer Bottle Opener & Catcher

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Price: $31.45

These beer bottle openers are perfect above the bar ridge in any man cave. Not only do they look great, they perform even better! They keep your friends countertop edges safe and the beer flowing!

Personalized Cuff Links

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Price: $56.34

Every man should have at least one shirt with French Cuffs, and to add to that some personalized cufflinks. Nothing shows that you know how to dress more than your own engraved cufflinks.

Leather Flask Set

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Price: $109.66

Flasks are perfect for bringing along a little treat when you’re out and about. The beautiful leather covering and your friends name tooled into the leather makes this all the more special.

Personalized Pocket Knife

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Price: $24.91

Knives are sweet, personalized knives are even better. Great for activities out in the wilderness, and always there when your in a pinch, these pocket knives are great to keep around.

Personalized Cigar Humidor

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Price: $68.47

Every special occasion deserves a cigar, so why not keep some on hand? These cigar humidors will remind your friends of the great time they had at your wedding, and keep their stogies fresh!

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6 Wedding Attire Trends for Groomsmen

Picking the wedding attire for the groom and his men is a tough decision to make: will they be wearing a bowtie, tie, jacket, or no jacket? Ultimately, there are so many different ways you could go about it. To help you throughout this overwhelming process, we wanted to inspire you with the latest groomsmen wedding attire trends to help kickstart your decision making!

Polka Dots

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Instead of sticking to an ordinary suit, why not add some patterns! Polka dot bowties are a great way to add a touch of character to their charming look. And best of all, they’re versatile! Your groomsmen will be looking dapper no matter what season or location your wedding will be taking place in.

Shades of Grey

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Light grey suits have become increasingly popular for summer weddings. The biggest advantage with these coloured suits is that they pair well with any other colour or pattern. If you want to keep the look subdued, we find that it’s best paired with other shades of patterned grey, with a small touch of vibrance using a green boutonniere!

Suspenders

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If you don’t want to put your groom and his men in hot heavy suits but still want them to look as classy as ever, then this ones for you! For all those hot summer weddings, suspenders are a classy yet playful alternative to suit jackets. Not only will your groomsmen be looking sharp as ever, they also won’t be scorching in the heat!

Plaid

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Plaid ties have become increasingly popular in both every day fashion and wedding attire. Not only do they look stylish, they also mix well with other materials like silk, wool, cotton, or linen. Best of all, you can dress it down with khaki pants, or dress it up with a formal suit.

Rustic Boutonnieres

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Mix & Match

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Fall weddings are the perfect opportunity for the groomsmen to get a little more creative with their wedding attire! With cooler weather and changing leaves, you can mix different shades of autumn colours with heavy plaid, cardigans, and tweed!

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Why You Need A Wedding Website

unnamed (3)Couples are catching on to the modern digital time, leaving paper behind and turning to online wedding websites. From what we’ve gathered, this transformation has generated a mix of feelings. Many couples are finding it quite useful during their busy stages of planning, while others are calling it narcissistic. Despite others doubts, we think wedding websites are becoming valuable tools during these crucial stages of planning, and we’ll give you 5 reasons why.

1. Easy Registry Access

Instead of trying to direct your guests to an online registry, why not direct them to your personal website! Not only does a personal website give you the flexibility of creating a registry after you send out the invitations, it also lets guests easily access your registry along with all your other important information!

2. Those Last Minute Changes

There are a lot of things you have to plan ahead of time before you send out those first save the date cards. Once those cards are mailed, everything is set in stone! So what happens if you later decide to change the location or time? Are you going to spend two days making 100 different phone calls to update each guest? Instead of trying to nail everything down on your invitations or making 100 phone calls when plans have changed, creating an online website gives you the flexibility you need when making those last minute changes, by informing your guests all in one place!

3. It’s Eco-Friendly

Doing everything on paper is nice, but it can also be costly. Not only does the cost of printing and shipping put a mark on your budget, it’s also affecting the environment! So whether you’re working within a tight budget or trying to lower your environmental footprint, we suggest using a free online website. Remember, every little bit helps!

4. Good For Directions

We know it’s not easy giving your guests explicit directions on a small invitation. But we can also assure you that you don’t want to be spending the last week before your wedding on the phone giving your guests directions. Instead, using a website allows you to easily upload your directions and map, so all of your guests can receive the same information all in one place! Your last week is crunch time, so don’t spend it on the phone!

5. Easy To Stay In-Touch With Guests

Lots of couples try to stay connected with their guests leading up to the wedding via email, phone, or text messaging. Instead of trying to manage a number of conversations scattered across a range of technologies and networks, why not create your own online network so guests can easily connect in one place. This way, you have a designated wedding space where you can connect with guests, and guests can connect with each other!

There are so many other reasons why you should be using a wedding website, but we hope we’ve already convinced you! If you decide to use a website, here are just a few great websites we’ve heard of that can help get you started! We hope this has been useful and we wish you the best of luck during your wedding planning ventures!

https://www.theknot.com/gs/wedding-websites

http://www.mywedding.com/free-wedding-websites

http://www.weddingpaperdivas.com/personal-wedding-websites.htm

http://www.ewedding.com/

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WedLuxe WS15 Floral Issue

We are so excited to announce that our feature is now published in WedLuxe’s WS15 Floral Issue! For this feature, we were not scared to play with colour! We wanted to keep it bold and elaborate, by combining a mixture of vibrant hues with accents of gold. To capture the full vibrance of tropical flowers, we used floral glass plates for the place settings and a combindation of pink and coral shades for the napkins. To top the whole look off, we added small textured details to the florals on the cake to give it that full and consistent look.

We couldn’t have created this ornate set-up if it weren’t for Violet Grey Creative’s beautiful stationary prints, Flower-z’s wonderful floral work, Culinary Capers Catering for the beautifully decorated cake, and of course, Jasalyn Thorne for beautifully capturing it all! Until next time, stay tuned for our next published feature in WedLuxe Magazine!

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Creative Wedding Beverage Stations

While you and the wedding party run off to take your photographs, you don’t want to be leaving the guests behind awfully parched. Sometimes setting up a mini bar station for guests to help themselves to one type of refreshment, is a nice way to keep them busy during these lengthly time gaps. To help get you started, here are just 9 creative wedding bars that we’ve fallen in love with!

Mimosa Bar

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If you’re having a morning wedding, a mimosa bar is a fun and easy mini bar to prepare. All you need is a few bottles bubbly, orange juice, and some fresh cut fruit. Adding a variety of flavours will help keep your guests happy!

Sangria Station

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Sangria is by far one of our top favourite summer beverages! Rather than letting your guests scorch in the heat, why not prepare two containers of sangria! Not only is this bar station refreshing, but its also an easy and cheap alternative!

Beer Garden

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Having a beer garden at a wedding has become increasingly popular over the years. Aft first, the set-up may seem a bit daunting, but i’s actually quite easy to put together. Just buy however many kegs you would like (the more variety the better), and attach the other end of the tap to few boards. Remember to label them, and then pour away!

Water Bar

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If you’re looking for something a little more refreshing for your guests, try having a mix of flavoured waters! Two of our personal favorites are lime mint or orange starwberry. Not only will this station clench your guests thirst, it takes little time to prepare!

Caesar Bar

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Creating a caesar station is by no means an easy task. But once all the preparation work is finished, you’ll have no regrets! Since it’s a great cocktail no matter what hour in the day, it’s perfect for those morning or early afternoon ceremonies.

Juice Bar

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When in doubt, you can never go wrong with a juice station. A juice bar is a great alternative when you have lots of little guests attending! If you do decide to have one, try and spice it up a little by adding a few different flavours!

Bourbon Bar

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All of the bourbon lovers out there will be swooning over this one. Why not class your wedding bar up by combining a variety of classic bourbons! This is the perfect bar for any rustic inspired wedding theme.

Now the last word of advice we want to give before you pick your bar station, is to always be mindful of your wedding guests! While you may be more drawn to a cocktail of your personal choice, you have to ask yourself if its appropriate for the majority of your guests. Now with that in mind, go pick your bar and most importantly, don’t forget to have fun with it!

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Summer Wedding Trends of 2015

Since the summer season embraces a free-spirited nature, summer weddings tend to have a bit more leeway when it comes to creativity and play. Respectfully, every year we see an outpour of new and creative wedding trends for the upcoming summer season. This year, we’re seeing a range of trends from bold vibrant hues, to romantic neutral accents.

Colours: Bright & Relaxed Neutrals

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To encompass that bright look of summer, we’ve been seeing bold floral combinations of pink, blue, and orange. Paired with subdued neutrals, the arrangements maintain a colour scheme balance, while still achieving that bold flourishing impact.

Bridesmaid Dresses: Mix & Match

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Rather than sticking with one style and colour bridesmaid dress, we’ve been increasingly seeing the mixing and matching trend! As long as you play with neutral colour schemes, this is a unique way of letting your ladies express themselves, while tying them nicely together.

Bridal Crowns

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This is a twist from the natural up-do: adding a bridal crown as your headpiece! This simplistic and elegant touch is quite versatile, as it suits any bride from a big ballroom style, to an outdoors rustic inspired wedding.

Cakes: Texture & Floral

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We’ve been increasingly seeing floral decor being used as cake toppers in the upcoming summer trends. While topping a cake with a touch of natural beauty, giving the sides some character by adding some texture creates more depth and helps achieve that unity!

Rustic Boutonnieres

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These snazzy rustic boutonnieres have grown popular in these summer wedding trends. While their subdued presence combines casual and charm, topping it off with a touch of lace gives that perfect dash of rustic boldness.

Leaf Place Cards

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Like we always say, details are everything! Rather than using the traditional paper place cards, couples are beginning to add a natural touch to their table settings by using leaf place cards. This wee detail wholeheartedly brings creativity and natural beauty to the table!

Coral Accents

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While adding a touch of coral hue to your lips and nails may seem a bit daring and far from the traditional norm, we believe it finishes that fresh and summery look. Along with it’s eye-catching boldness, it adds a dash of sophistication and romance to the brides finishing look!

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8 Creative Bridesmaid Proposals

Asking your ladies to be your bridesmaids is a special moment, so why not be creative with it! There are so many different ways you could ask them. After long hours of research of Pinterest, we came across 8 fun, and memorable ways of popping the question!

1. A Ring Card

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We love this idea of adding a simple necklace to a card to make a ring. Not only is this proposal affordable, it’s also easy to do! Just print out your design on thick piece of paper, cut lines on either side of the paper, and line the necklace up with your “diamond”.

2. The Balloon

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Adding a note with some confetti into a balloon is a fun way to literally, pop the question! Despite the mess, it’s an adorable and memorable way to ask your girl to be your bridesmaid.

3. Customized Wine Label

IMG_0746Creating a customized wine label and adding it to a bottle of rose, is a creative way to ask your ladies to stand by your side on your big day. Not only does it give you a chance to have some laughs over a glass of wine, they can keep the bottle and use it as a sentimental vase.

4. Customized Candle

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All ladies loves candles, which is why you can never go wrong with making a personalized candle. All you need to do is glue your printed design onto any ordinary candle!

5. Colourful Cards

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You don’t always have to be fancy. Sometimes giving a beautifully designed card is all you need! Have some fun with these by adding bright colours with some calligraphy.

6. Treasure Box

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Giving a treasure box full of goods is a great way to pop the question to your ladies. Put in a few soaps, nail polish, lip gloss, and some chocolates!

7. Crossword Puzzle

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Creating a customized crossword puzzle is a creative way to send more than a question. Letting them fill in the missing blanks can be a fun way to also send a sentimental message.

8. Drink Tags

 

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Starting a girls night by sneaking a few bridesmaid drink tags to your cocktails is a simple, yet fun way to ask your ladies! All you need is a little glitter and a few placement cards!