Category Archives: D.I.Y
It’s no secret that here at RMW HQ we’re partial to a rustic affair or two. There’s something warming, something homely about a homespun wedding that leaves us with a happy feeling in our hearts.
So today we’re going to show you a very simple way of adding a little bit of rustic to your big day. This is a really easy DIY post even for the least creative amongst you. Honestly, it’s really that simple.
What You Will Be Creating
Twine wrapped tin cans.
It’s as simple as that.
Told you didn’t I. But as simple as it sounds, we know some of you get the fear of God running through your veins whenever you see some of our very talented brides’ creations and think to yourselves ‘How on earth am I supposed to make that myself?!’
Today I’m going to show you how to make these simple but chic covered tin cans that you can use in all parts of your wedding decor.
What You Will Need
Eat yourself some baked beans and save the cans. In fact, you can eat whatever you like, sweetcorn, chopped tomatoes, mackerels…the greater variety of tin cans you have, the more impressive your final outcome will be.
You then need some twine. We used a selection in this tutorial, from jute twine to sisal rope to jute sash chord and sheep’s wool wire. This tutorial would also work really well with wool. You can find a selection of different twines and ropes in your local garden centre or Homebase and for a couple of quid (per reel) you’ll have enough to cover a few tins, depending on their size.… View the full post.
I’m guessing that the majority of you reading this post are now sick to the back teeth of anything remotely Christmas-related.
You’ve munched your way through the super-sized tin of Roses and probably made yourself feel sick in the process, played enough board games to fulfill your year’s quota of ‘quality’ family time and made a permanent bottom shaped dent in the sofa courtesy of the 68,972 classic Christmas movies that you were compelled to watch.
I know I have.
So you’re probably thinking that a DIY wreath tutorial really isn’t top of your viewing priorities right now. Well, I’m here to persuade you that wreaths are not just for Christmas.
Many of you will know that I’m a huge fan of the wreath – in fact it is a gloriously versatile creature that can be used in all manner of ways as part of your wedding decor.
You don’t believe me?
Allow me to elaborate.
You see the wreath doesn’t just have to hang elegantly from the doorway of your reception venue although this does make for the most wonderful style statement.
No, indeed these foliage circlets can also make the most beautiful chairbacks and pew ends, double up as bespoke placenames at each guest’s table setting, or add an organic element to the wedding breakfast when integrated into table centrepieces.
Hell you can even crown yourself with these arcs of delight as a finishing touch to your wedding outfit if you want to.
The beauty of wreaths is that they are so incredibly easy to make.… View the full post.
A summer garden wedding. Does it get any better than this? A dream dress, home made sloe gin, hand printed doily place names! This wedding has it all. I’m not even kidding. There’s even a horse.
I have complete house envy and you all know how much a love a wedding dog. O how I wish I’d been on the guest list to this big day.
Poppy has some great advice for all you soon to be brides and there are some wonderful DIY bits for you to steal.
It’s over to the lovely bride and the beautiful photography of Craig and Kate to tell you all…
Our Big Party
We are Poppy and Tris. We got married officially on Friday 20th July 2012 at Norwich register office. However, we had our big party and a celebrant ceremony the next day in the garden of Tris’s Mum’s house in West Norfolk.
Getting married in a garden without cover, whilst dangerous on British summertime, was absolutely fantastic and we would recommend it to anyone who doesn’t consider themselves unlucky. The sun came out as I drove up the drive and stayed there all day! We had beautiful marquee courtesy of Morton Events who specialise in a hexagonal style of marquee and will organise nice loos, even if you are in a field.
Jemma and Ollie married at Larmer Tree Gardens in Dorset this summer. Their wedding was all about the personal touches from twinkling fairy lights to imports from Thailand. There are vintage roses, peonies, birdcages, a killer Vivienne Westwood suit and games.
So sit back and feast your eyes on the gorgeous images below captured by Lucy Davenport.
Oh, and please can more brides hold their dresses up? You can never see too much shoe. Ever.
For my hair, I wanted a simple vintage look to show off the detail on the back of the dress. I bought Some hydrangeas for my hair from Etsy and finished my look off with a vintage brooch cuff, also from Etsy and some simple vintage droplet earrings from Beautiful Bridal Boutique.
My flowers were from Ena’s Florists and were a mix of soft Bombastic vintage roses, Sandblast, Amnesia roses and Peonies.
Brogues And Button Holes
The Groomsmen wore burgundy and cream polka dot Vintage bow ties by Peckham Rye. Ollie wore a Vivienne Westwood suit from John Anthony clothing, teamed with Crockett and Jones tan brogues, a Vivienne Westwood shirt, braces from Mr Porter and a vintage amnesia rose button hole.
A Chance Meeting
A simple DIY tutorial for you all that might give you some warm fuzzy memories of childhood – I know I’d spend rainy weekends making these as a kid.
The pom pom is a very versatile creature and very simple to make, you can use them for a cake topper or even displayed in vases….we have at RM HQ! All you need to do is follow these few simple steps.
What You Will Need:
Wool (essential), card cut into polo mint like circles (you can get templates for your card circles HERE), scissors and/or craft knife.
The first step is to cut your card into circles with a hole in the middle. (Top Tip: the smaller your hole in comparison to the total circle diameter, the longer your pom pom strands will be so think about how dense you want your pom pom to appear).
Cut yourself a length of wool and with one end tie the two pieces of card together. Then all you need to do is start wrapping your card in wool.
(Top Tip: Where you have a large pom pom, cut a few lengths of wool and wrap them at the same time…this will save you a lot of time).
When you feel like your card is sufficiently wrapped (a good indicator of this is when your hole is at least 50% smaller than when you originally started) you need to start cutting around the edge of your wrapped card. It might take you a few snips to find the card again but keep at it.… View the full post.
Hello, it’s Adam here – causing a bit of a stink on a Friday afternoon…
Our sense of smell is a very powerful thing indeed – one whiff of an old familiar scent can take your brain hurtling back through time in an instant, filling you with the emotion that you were feeling at that time.
Soon after I bought my first car (a Citroen AX for those interested) I took a few of my mates on a road trip to Newquay. Before picking them up in my pride and joy I stopped off at a petrol station and bought an air freshener in the shape of Eric Cartman. This was an attempt to offset the baby Citroens current odour – a smell I can best describe as old dog. With the faintest hint of Benson and Hedges.
Cartman filled the warm August air with coconut and this lasted for the duration of my week in Cornwall. It was a great holiday, full of fun, sun, laughter and freedom. Whenever I smell a coconut scented air freshener it takes me straight back to the summer of ’98 and puts a smile on my face.
So, where is all this going? Well today we have a guest D.I.Y post from Chloe Adlington of Adore Wedding Blog fame and she is going to show you how to make your own scented candles…
Hello lovely people!
It’s so nice to be here on the polka dot pages, although I won’t pretend I’m not a little nervous.… View the full post.