the little things

Details, details. Oh, how they make a difference! One of our favorite hobbies is paper crafting and it has been really fun to incorporate in our weddings! Personalized touches like place cards, table numbers, menus, programs, banners and signage make a big impression on your guests. We spent many hours this past week crafting our handmade creations for our wedding yesterday and wanted to share with you! What a lovely day it was!

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Some Favorite DIY Goodies

Ahhh….spring is upon us, which means that we are headed full speed into wedding season. With that said, we wanted to share some of our favorite DIY ideas that we have seen recently. We love DIY touches because they add charm and personalization to your day and save you money. Besides, your guests will be talking about them long after you say your vows. Happy crafting!

What a lovely and easy DIY centerpiece idea. Using wood rounds for the bases, simply top with a variety of unique bottles filled with flowers and tie a pretty piece of fabric around them to tie in your colors.

We adore this backdrop idea! The best part is that you can make it out of fishing line and styrofoam! Extremely inexpensive and pretty. It would be lovely behind a head table or ceremony area.

These lovely little flowers would be just darling in the center of each place with place cards attached to them! Use any kind of scrapbooking paper to tie in your colors or theme!

Throwing flower petals at your wedding? What a gorgeous, inexpensive way to contain them before the tossing!

Add charm to a plain paper lantern by gluing coffee filters to it!

These rustic signs are so popular right now and extremely easy to make! A pole, a few scraps of wood and some paint and you have yourself a personalized piece of art.

We absolutely adore these containers that have been decoupaged with lace! What a fun way to add charm and texture to plain old vases1

A simple border punch add all of the character to these simple lunch bags. Adorn with a homemade tag and you have pretty, inexpensive little favor bags!

Rather than renting glasses, take a trip to goodwill or garage sales and collect mason/canning jars to use for drinks! Tie a scrap of pretty cloth around them to add character and incorporate your colors.

Create pretty hanging pieces by simply attaching pearls or other pretty beads/gems to a styrofoam ball. Attach a piece of ribbon or fabric to be hung with to the top.

What a fun and "green" way to personalize water containers or vases!

An easy DIY using an old photo frame and a pretty piece of scrapbook paper to create a multi-functional tray.

5 Important Reasons to Hire a Wedding Planner for Your Wedding Day (from a Photographer’s Perspective)

As we move into wedding planning and engagement season, here is some thoughtful insight from talented Seattle wedding photographer, Emily Allen. You can visit her at www.solacearts.com

Let’s face it, not every wedding goes just as planned. In fact, most weddings don’t go exactly as planned, and having experienced a whole spectrum events, I think it’s about time I share my thoughts about this subject and why you might seriously consider having a professional available to put out your wedding day fires. If you received our September/October email newsletter, you saw the following article, but if you did not receive our email newsletter…well, get signed up so you don’t miss our next one!

5 Important Reasons to Hire a Wedding Planner for Your Wedding Day (from a Photographer’s Perspective)

Less Stress, More Fun
Weddings are notoriously stressful thanks to the many details and many personalities involved. Hiring a wedding planner to be present at your wedding celebration will allow them to field the stressful situations while you focus on looking your best and enjoying the unforgettable moments. Creating a buffer between you and the chaos will help you look more refreshed and radiant in your wedding pictures.

Picture Perfection – Timing the Day
Few couples realize how challenging it can be to keep a wedding on schedule. A skilled planner can time the day perfectly and communicate to everyone involved about what needs to happen at what time so that you have the time you need for the wedding pictures that are important to you. A photographer can only deliver you images they’ve been given time to create. When the schedule of the day is upset by any number of unexpected factors, a wedding planner can help get things on track and make sure your wedding experience is one you can remember with joy as you look through your beautiful wedding pictures.

Save Money without Sacrificing Style
Designing an event to reflect your personal style and taste comes at a price, but it doesn’t necessarily need to be a high price if you have a great wedding planner. Planners are experts in wedding economics, and they can bring many ideas to the table that you might not have thought of on your own…Ideas that give you great style at great savings. Also, many planners can save you money when you’re booking your other wedding vendors because of their established relationships with various caterers, florists, and photographers. The look of a professionally designed wedding shows through in the wedding pictures and helps to authentically tell your love story with style and sophistication.

Wisdom & Experience
Beautiful weddings don’t happen without a considerable amount of time and effort, and an experienced wedding planner knows all the nuances and details that must be attended to for an event to run smoothly. Hiring a wedding planner at least a few months in advance can help a couple identify small details that are easily overlooked, and there is no substitute for their wisdom and experience. A photographer is not at your wedding to be in your face, taking charge the events of your reception, or coaching you on how to cut the cake without making it fall over…your photographer will thank you if you have a planner there to do what a wedding planner does!

Peace of Mind
The best wedding planners know that their job is to design and execute a wedding that fulfills your personal creative vision at the budget you have set, not to take over and do their own thing at your expense. Hiring a good wedding planner will benefit you from start to finish, from helping you make important decisions about your day, to keeping your wedding events on-schedule, to wrapping up the straggling details once you’ve joyfully waved goodbye to your guests. It will give you peace of mind to know that a professional is there to assist you every step of the way, and it will create the best possible environment for your photographer to create amazing and creative photographs of your wedding.