Posts in the 'Rustic Wedding Chic' Category
Rustic weddings are gorgeous. Duh. There’s a pretty whimsical feel to them that helps make your wedding day a little extra special and romantical. And they tend to be pretty DIY-heavy, which adds a great personalized touch.
Maggie Lord, the schamazing mastermind behind Rustic Wedding Chic is kinda sorta the guru of rustic weddings. Remember when she did this rockin’ tutorial for us? Welp, that’s just one of many many beautiful how-tos. In her book, “The Rustic Wedding Handbook,” she shares even more how-to goodness, plus she gives some great tips and ideas on how to style your own rustic wedding.
And, of course, she wants to share with you, BABs! Get yourself in on the game by completing each task below to earn entries to win “The Rustic Wedding Handbook!”
I’m a big lover of garlands and bunting for weddings, as they add a festive vibe without crashing your cash stash. And this year, especially, I’ve seen tassel garlands take over — a couple years ago it was polka dot and/or striped bunting, and then there was burlap and flowers. But this year is all about the tassel. And lucky us! In advance of our giveaway of Maggie Lord’s “The Rustic Wedding Handbook,” (stay tuned, loves!) we partnered with the lady herself to snag this super easy and cheap DIY from her website, Rustic Wedding Chic. These garlands can be fully customizable — from the length to the tassel color to the paint color … hell, you could even use colorful string! Customize and prettify until your heart’s content!
1. Unfold the sections of tissue paper. Leaving the stack intact, cut down the middle. (You’ll want about 10 sheets per stack!)
3. Unfold the cut stack of tissue. It is OK if the strips aren’t perfectly even.
4. Starting at one end, roll the stack at the top. You make want to use a pencil or pen to roll the tissue around to give it a proper round shape.
5. Once you have your stack rolled, use a small piece of white art tape to hold the tissue in place. Keep in mind the tape will be visible so try to make it all of the way around in a nice-looking straight band.
6. Once you have all of your tassels made, use the string or ribbon to tie them together. You will want to knot the string on the same side of each tassel so that they will hang correctly. Tie just beneath the tape for a secure hold.
7. Next, using extra tissue, lightly wrap the tassels and tape the tissue closed, leaving the string and the end of the tassel exposed.
8. Spraying lightly with the spray paint, dust the string and the tops of the tassels with paint to give it a sheen. Once the paint has dried, flip the garland over and dust the other side.
9. Once the garland is dry, remove the tissue sleeves from the tassels and hang them!
This is also a DIY that could translate easily into home decor … so you’re doubling down on the awesome AND saving money. BOOM.
Stay tuned in August for a giveaway of “The Rustic Wedding Handbook,” by Maggie Lord, which is a gorgeous book full of amazingly beautiful DIYs like this!
One of the biggest perks of being a wedding blogger is the shared sense of community we have with our fellow wedding bloggesses. Today, we’re gonna take a warm n’ fuzzy moment to draw your attention to a few fabulous titles some of our favorite blogger friends have published in the last few months – because blogs are great and all, but we know cuddling up with a nice hardbound publication (or your cute little e-reader) is so much cozier. Our top recommendations for new brides are, in no particular order…
The Broke-Ass Bride’s Wedding Guide by Dana LaRue
Why we love it! Well, duh. It’s ours. Written by Dana, edited by the team. Using couples who had real broke-ass weddings. You know all those nifty little tricks and tips we’ve been giving you over the years? Well, they’re in there. Along with a lot that we’ve been keeping stashed, just for this very occasion. Plus, there’s a veritable plethora of real wedding budget breakdowns, best-approach ideas on negotiating your way to a more budget-friendly celebration without sacrificing your vision and, guys, there are recipes. Because: FOOD.
Who’s it for? YOU. And everyone you know. Because who doesn’t need a little help making smart money choices, especially where a wedding is concerned?
A Practical Wedding by Meg Keene
Why we love it: Meg’s got a smart head on her shoulders, and her book and blog are tangible proof. There tends to be a lot of fluff in Weddingland, but this book cuts through to the core of why we have weddings — from the marriage to the family symbolism to the meaning behind traditions. The APW book is a no-bullshit approach to your wedding day.
Who’s it for? Anyone who believes weddings and sanity aren’t separate entities. And for couples who need a heaping dose of real talk.
The Inspired Wedding by Emma Arendoski
Why we love it: The author behind the Emmaline Bride blog curated seven gorgeous themes and all their bits and bobs. Along side swoon-worthy inspiration photos, Emma crafts perfect descriptions of how to seamlessly design your wedding day. It’s great inspiration for a DIY bride.
Who’s it for? Anyone who likes coffee table-style books full of gorgeous pictures and great tips on how to tie together various elements of your wedding day design.
Why we love it! Ok, by now you’ve probably had occasion to stumble across Style Me Pretty – one of the most extensive resources of beautiful wedding images and inspiration on the web. But a book of similarly gorgeous and inspirational wedding imagery just seems totally redundant, right? WRONG. I was blown away by how beautiful this book was. Page after page after page made me want to get married AGAIN, like RIGHT AWAY. This book basically redefines the term “WEDDING PORN”. Every page overfloweth with fresh, inspired wedding ideas. CAUTION: If you love your single friends, don’t just leave this book lying around willy nilly. Handling may causes mild to serious cases of wedding fever, which, much like the common cold, remains incurable even to this day.
Who’s it for? EVERYONE. Except that bride who’s going to totally develop a complex if her wedding isn’t subsequently featured on Style Me Pretty. You know who I’m talking about.
The Handcrafted Wedding by Emma Arendoski
Why we love it! This beautiful book was penned by our friend Emma from Emmaline Bride (check out the fabulous Paper Pinwheel Wedding Backdrop DIY Tutorial post she contributed to BAB last year!). Emma is an ace in the hole when it comes to fabulous DIY wedding ideas. This book organizes all of her best ones by category, so if you’re on the hunt for a totally unique save-the-date idea, or an easy peasy gift card box project, you can use this book as a handy reference guide. Or you could just read it cover to cover – you’re going to want to anyway.
Who’s it for? If you’re freaking everyone out with the number of DIY wedding projects you’re undertaking, you need this book. If you love all things DIY, but you’re short on clever ideas of your own, you need this book. If you’re full of great ideas, but you have no idea how to execute them…hey – hey you! You need this book.
Plan Like a Planner: A Revolutionary Wedding Planning Guide by Bitchless Bride
Why we love it! You thought you loved us for our tell-it-like-it-is, Wedding-Industrial-Complex-be-damned attitude? Well…there is another…Bitchless Bride is our favorite foul-mouthed wedding blogger in disguise…not that there’s a lot of them…let’s start over – Bitchless Bride is one of our favorite wedding bloggers, period. She blogs and vlogs anonymously because she’s an industry pro with almost 20 years experience – and she has a lot to teach you about bridal etiquette, bridal bitchery, and general bridezilladom. (Also, spoiler alert: she doesn’t always sugarcoat it. And we love her for that.) Her latest book, available for instant download, is full of essential planning advice for every phase of your journey – buying the dress, maintaining healthy wedding vendor relationships – you name it! PLUS, there are totally helpful tools for the proactive bride – timelines, anyone?!
Who’s it for? The bride who can’t figure out where to start. The bride who’s throwing her hands up in the air because wedding vendors never call her back. The bride who has QUESTIONS! SO MANY QUESTIONS! So basically, EVERY bride.
Rustic Wedding Chic by Maggie Lord
Why we love it! Here’s another fabulous title that falls under Wedding Inspiration/Wedding Porn. If you find yourself drooling a little at the thought of burlap table runners, candy apple wedding favors, barn weddings, and loose, organic floral arrangements in antique blue Mason jars, then this is the book for you, my friend. Maggie shared just a few ideas for fall weddings from her book with us last year, be sure to check those out for a tiny taste of Rustic Wedding Chic goodness. And of course, check out her BLOG of the same name for non-stop countrified wedding inspiration!
Who’s it for? Are you getting married in a barn? Are you getting married on a farm? Are you getting married in a park? Are you getting married in the dark? (Ok, that last one is a non-sequiter, but you see where this is going…)
There you have it, brides! Which titles are you adding to your e-shopping cart asap? May we recommend all four?!
Having a rustic chic wedding isn’t as easy as it looks–there’s a balance involved of form and function. How do you make that folder of inspiration photos on your desktop a reality? Maggie Lord, author of the new book Rustic Wedding Chic and the founder and editor of RusticWeddingChic.com, wants to help you make the burlap, raw cotton bouquet, and shabby chic chandelier wedding of your dreams come to life!
Rustic Wedding Chic features inspiring real weddings, tips and advice from the pros, and tutorials and highlights of some of the best details that Maggie has seen in her years of chronicling rustic weddings. And as a self-professed wedding junkie since the age of thirteen, you can be certain that Maggie has a discerning eye for details that your guests will talk about for years to come!
Better still, Rustic Wedding Chic will help you put your personal, individual stamp on the rustic wedding trend, ensuring that your wedding speaks to your unique taste! If you’re planning a barn/outdoor/backyard wedding, there’s no better resource than a copy of Rustic Wedding Chic–don’t believe me? Check out the guest post she wrote for Broke Ass Bride for a taste of what Rustic Wedding Chic has to offer!
This week, one lucky BAB will win an autographed copy of Rustic Wedding Chic by Maggie Lord! You must be subscribed to our newsletter to win (we check!). Not a subscriber? No problem! Sign up here: http://www.thebrokeassbride.com/subscribe/
Today we’re handing the reins over to one of our favorite ladies in the wedding blog biz — Maggie Lord — Founder and Editor of Rustic Wedding Chic, and author of a book, aptly named: Rustic Wedding Chic! She’s got 3 fabulous DIY ideas to share with you that are absolutely perfect for fall weddings.
Image courtesy of EE Photography
The natural beauty that is alive in the fall is just one of the reasons why this season is perfect for rustic chic weddings. In my book, Rustic Wedding Chic, I have several inexpensive wedding décor ideas that play into the fall season effortlessly. These projects are not only budget-friendly, but they’re also low on DIY effort, which allows every bride the ability to pull them off.
When I first started to gather ideas for the “Get The Look” section of the book I went back to my archives of the Ask Maggie section on the Rustic Wedding Chic website to see what advice brides where looking for when trying to design the right fall look. Most of the brides were hoping to incorporate the fall season into their wedding but wanted to stay away from the traditional path of pumpkins, fall leaves, oranges and browns. It was from these cries for wedding décor help that I came up with three fall wedding looks that are both easy on the budget, DIY-friendly, and rustic chic.
Burlap Table Runners With Hand Sewn Hearts & Initials
Burlap table runners are very trendy right now in the wedding world but I believe that by adding a few small hand-sewn details this look goes from trendy to classic country. In the Rustic Wedding Chic book this image of a long wedding table with the couples initials in this standout red color is one my favorites. There is something so simple and homemade about this project, like something that we would see in another place and time. If you can sew, then this should be an easy weekend project. If you can’t sew then I suggest you try these three strategies:
2. Ask around. You might be surprised that a friend, your aunt, the local craft store or even your dry cleaner can embroider your ideal pattern.
3. You might be able to get the hand-sewn look without actually having to sew it. Head to your craft store and look for iron decals, which can allow you to execute a rustic wedding idea with the latest technology. Use a computer to you can design an image, print it out and iron it on.
Apple Cider In Hollowed Out Apples
Image courtesy of Kate Holstein Photography
The warm feeling of hot apple cider warming your body as the crisp fall air settles in is a delightful thought! Treat your wedding guests to a warm drink (can be alcoholic or nonalcoholic depending on your preference) of apple cider as they enter your cocktail hour. Your guests will be charmed to not only have a warm seasonal drink but they will love the fact that they are served in hollowed out apples. The apples are an inexpensive vessel and eco-friendly as well; it’s just up to you to transform them from a snack to a cup.
This project may seem like a lot of work, but after you see the Fall Harvest Inspiration in the book, you’ll be taking on all sorts of projects to bring the autumn look to your wedding day. My tip for making this project easier on the bride is to contact a local apple orchard, buy the apples in bulk and ask them to hollow them out for you since many orchards have this sort of machine on hand.
Hay Bale Seating Option
Image courtesy of EE Photography
Whether your wedding is on a farm, in a barn, at a vineyard or just in your back yard, you have the option of using hay bales as seating for your ceremony. If you are worried that this look might be “too country,” add a vintage twist by adding faded tablecloths, mismatched lace and even muted colored blankets help to dress up the hay bales. Farms may have more hay on hand then they have a use for, so reach out to local farms to see if you buy the hay from them or go right to the source and work with a hay farm and have them delivered to your wedding site.
About Maggie Lord:
A self confessed wedding junkie since the age of 13, Maggie Lord loves the romance and beauty of weddings. Passionate about the rustic style and eager to share her discoveries and ideas while planning her lakeside wedding at her family’s summer cabin in Northern Wisconsin she started blogging. Now RusticWeddingChic.com has become the number one online resource for rustic & country weddings. In addition to being the editor of Rustic Wedding Chic, Maggie is also a contributing author for various other online and print publications and is sought after as an expert on rustic & country weddings.