What Rebecca Did… Bits, Bobs & More Craft.

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Afternoon lovelies! 🙂

Right, before I go any further, can I just say a humongous ‘congratulations’ to Real Brides Hannah & Vix who are now married ladies!!!!!!! Eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee! 😀 
Hope you girlies had the best days EVER! And we cannot wait to see all the pictures!
I cannot believe the first 2 girlies have had their wedding already, time is just flying by!

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I am super, super excited to finally be able to share with you all our pretty darn awesome invites! These beauties were designed by our very own RMW Real Bride Hannah
Like many brides, my original plan was to try & design the invites myself. However, it soon became apparent that I was seriously lacking in design skills! Nothing I could come up with looked anywhere near as nice as I wanted it to. It just looked like a school project, rather than the amazing invites that would get all our guests excited about our big day! So in stepped Hannah, and after sending her a 3 page PDF file of our ‘ideas’ (1 of which was JUST fonts!!!) she created these beautiful invites for us……..

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Aren’t they just gorgeous?! They are everything we wanted them to be; a little bit different, a little bit art deco and ticket like! They are 100 times better than anything I could have hashed together and just fit the whole design of our wedding perfectly! Plus it has been amazing getting all the lovely compliments from our family and friends; apparently they love them almost as much as us! 😀 Getting Hannah to design these beauties might possibly be the best decision of our wedding so far!

Oh and good news for you lovely lot, Hannah has started up her own stationery business – Love Doodle!

Getting My Craft On!

I am also pretty excited to be able to show you some actual button holes and the flower girl’s wand designed by yours truly!!!

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Yup, I am actually starting to get somewhere with my fabric flowers…..this is mainly because of the help of a few very kind friends & family members who have spent their lunchtimes and weekends making hundreds of the things! I’ve still got a fair few to make, but I can safely say that if it wasn’t for my lovely friends I would be nowhere near to making anything! They really have been lifesavers & I owe them all vast quantities of sparkly wine to say thank you!


Here is a short description of how we put together the button holes….

  1. We took a couple of feathers attached to wire (I just wrapped floral wire around the stems of the feather a few times to keep secure), held in the position we wanted we then twisted the wire together.
  2. Next we took a scrabble tile (which I had pre-attached to some wire), positioned alongside the feathers and then wrapped the wire around the wire of the feathers.
  3. Then we selected a fabric flower (again pre-attached to some wire), held that in the desired position and then twisted the wire around the rest of the wire.
  4. This made the basis of our buttonhole. Now all we needed to do was fold the wire a couple of times to determine the length of the stem we wanted, then cut off any excess.
  5. We then wrapped the wire with floral tape to keep it all together.
  6. Lastly we covered the stem with some satin ribbon (using a glue gun to keep the ribbon in place).

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What do you think?

I think they look pretty fabulous (big headed, moi?!)! To have all the male buttonholes done is such a huge relief! At one point it looked like I would never get there, but seeing these come together has shown me that with a little help from your friends anything is possible 🙂

To make the flower girl’s wand I used the same technique as above but added more flowers & feathers and kept the stems longer to give it more of a wand look. I have finished it off with tassels made from ribbons, perfect for a little princess!
Now I just need to get the bouquets together!! Eeek!! Are any of you making your own bouquet? If so, how are you putting it together? All tips very, very much welcome (I’ll let you know how I get on next time) 🙂

But that’s not all the DIY-ing I’ve been doing! I’ve also been getting my glitter on with some sparkly candle-holders. And they were pretty darn simple to achieve…

Just take some washed glass jars and mark off the areas you want glittered with masking tape. Coat the area you want glittered with a mix of PVA glue & water. Now just cover the glued area with glitter, leave to dry, shake off the excess and remove the tape et voila, you have a glittered jar!

These will hold candles and will be used on all the outside tables. Just imagine them twinkling away as the sun sets 😀

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Pretty Dresses For Pretty Girls

Another big thing I have almost got ticked off the never-ending to-do list is the bridesmaid dresses. I love my girlies dearly and one thing I have been adamant about from the start is that I wanted them to look and feel their best. My only request was that they were in shades of either pink or grey to make sure they would go with all the fabric flowers and the invites. In the end the girls decided on floor length dresses and have all chosen dresses in various shades of pink, and here are the five dresses…..

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I have to admit I thought finding the bridesmaid dresses would be a lot easier than it was. One big sticking point for us being the lack of bridesmaid dresses with proper straps. I’m not talking about little spaghetti straps, I am talking about dresses where the wearer can actually wear a bra with them! It seems that the moment a designer looks to design a floor length gown they forget that not everyone enjoys wearing a dress without the support of a bra. Yes there are a few, but we are talking about a small handful and an even smaller amount of them were even close to the budget! Another issue we had was that I was so flexible about the style and was so desperate to find the girls their perfect dress, I ended up bombarding them with a ridiculous number of dresses for them to choose from. But luckily for me the girls managed to cope with my barrage of messages and pictures and, fingers crossed, we can now tick this task off the list

Have any of you found similar issues when searching for bridesmaid dresses? Were you overwhelmed by all the different choices (well, for those not wanting straps! 😉 ), or did you have a much clearer idea of how you wanted your best girls to look?

While on the subject of the bridal party, I don’t think I have shared with you the outfit for my oh-so-adorable flower girl! She is going to look abso-flipping-lutely amazing 🙂

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So What’s Next?

So I am slowly but surely getting quite a few things ticked off the never ending to-do list; my hair trial – done(LOVED it!), had a chat with the lady doing church flowers (Lolly, I’m having a wreath on the church door, eeeeeee!!!), wedding rings are ordered (& almost ready to pick up), pork pies ordered for the pork pie layer of our cheese ‘cake’, cake topper purchased and Dave & his boys have their suits (and yes, they look flipping dapper!). But there is still plenty to be getting on with! Seriously, my whiteboard is covered in tasks…

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Picture Credits: Style Me Pretty | 100LayerCake (invitations) | 100LayerCake (drink stirrers) | Rock My Wedding | dsmeebee | etsy

And just before I go, I’d love to say a big thanks to Dave’s mum for doing a fab job reading our Banns in church the other weekend! Yup, Dave’s mum is actually a Lay Preacher at the church we will be getting married in, so the other week when the vicar was not around she stepped up to the plate. It was a special moment for Dave & I 🙂

Well that’s all from me for now, back to the crafting I go!

Big crafty love,

Rebecca xxx

Author: Adam Crohill
Adam likes Pina Coladas and getting caught in the rain.

27 thoughts on “What Rebecca Did… Bits, Bobs & More Craft.

  1. Yes flowers and bridesmaids dresses have beeen my two difficult areas. Flowers- I have been thankfully reascued by my amazing mum who will source fresh flowers from her garden for a perfect just picked look. I was quite taken with these though https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/129548819/rustic-natural-wedding-bouquet-bridal?ref=usr_faveitems
    Bridesmaids dresses were solved by Henkaa- arrived very quickly, very flattering, a wide range of colours, bra friendly, reasonably priced (even including shipping!), infinite swatches provided free of charge, good quality… I could go on!! https://www.henkaa.com/

  2. Ooooh your wedding is going to be a whole load of pretty! 🙂

    Bridesmaids dresses are a NIGHTMARE! I have picked duck egg blue, seemingly the only colour that the high street isn’t producing this year! And totally agree with you on the strap front – more dresses for ladies with boobs please!! My 4 best girls range from a size 8 to 18, so finding a dress that they can all wear and, most importantly, feel comfortable in is proving really tricky. I’d settle for four different dresses in the right colour, but at the mo it’s hard enough to find one, let alone four!

    Kudos on the invites and crafty-ness – and good luck for the big day!

    E.x.

  3. @Emily – swear to God, It is IMPOSSIBLE to find a half decent duck egg frock on the high street! I ended up getting something totally different!

    @Becca – (Hi Tab and Chris on the photo!) Love everything, you’ve been so busy! I feel ashamed for not making more stuff!! xx

  4. LOVE LOVE LOVE! You’ve been very busy Rebecca…it looks like it’s all coming together nicely. Will you be watching The Great Gatsby for some last minute inspiration? xxx

  5. We had such trouble finding a dress for my one and only bridesmaid that she wanted in the right colour with the right fit that we ended up ordering them from J.CREW in the US. I didn’t deal with them but apparently their customer service was impeccable and they were super helpful.

    Loving all the crafty bits and bobs. Family and friends are the best aren’t they. Mine are currently making bunting and napkin rings, which look amazing.

  6. Thanks ladies 🙂

    @Victoria – I make the fabric flowers myself – you can see how in this post (different material, but same technique) https://www.rockmywedding.co.uk/what-rebecca-did-got-a-bit-crafty/

    @Lottie – deffo need to go and see the film! Although I have a feeling it’s just going to make me want to spend a fortune on more pretty!!!

    @Jilly – thanks 🙂

    @Karen – when you have the Swaley dream team you don’t need to make stuff! 😉

    @Emily – Thanks 🙂
    I feel your pain with the bridesmaid dresses! We’re actually having to alter one of these dresses as it has those tiny bra cups that don’t really fit the boob of the more well-endowed girls! 😉 Fingers crossed it works!!!

    @Katie – Oooo that bouquet is cute!
    LOVE the look of just been picked flowers. I bet they’ll look lush.
    Oh & wish I’d found that dress site sooner!!

    xxx

  7. Eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee! THIRTY SEVEN DAYSSS!!!
    You are all getting married! How exciting!

    I love the button holes and the wand. Like really, they are amazing! You are one crafty girl! May I ask where Keli’s dress is from? SLash them all they are gorgeous! And your flower girl is going to look amazing too!

    How very special to have your Mother in Law read out your Banns! I can imagine how special that is!

    (totally thinking I could have a floral wreath on the church door now!)

  8. @Stef – oh yeah! Oops…
    Alex – https://www.debenhams.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/prod_10701_10001_008010813204_-1
    Claire & Mims – https://www.forherandforhim.com/
    Keli – https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/bingbridal
    Michelle – https://www.missselfridge.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductDisplay?beginIndex=1&viewAllFlag=&catalogId=33055&storeId=12554&productId=9517163&langId=-1&sort_field=Relevance&categoryId=222492&parent_categoryId=208100&pageSize=200

    Thanks for the fabric flower love! Really is good to hear people like them. After the amount of work it’s taking it does make me wonder sometimes!!!
    Yeah you could totally have a wreath on the door – DO IT! 😀
    xxx

  9. Your invites are amazing…so beautiful. I absolutely love the art deco look (something I’m channeling a bit myself although I wish we’d gone for a bit of art deco style in the invites now). Hoping to find the time to go and see Gatsby at some point for some serious twenties inspiration!

  10. Wowzers – i am in love with your stationery, so very beautiful, gorgeous styling and just love the font! Also love the glitter fest! They will look A.mazing in the evening! Amy x

  11. Totally agree on the strappy dress front – I want, no NEED, to wear a full bra for my wedding – I haven’t worn a strapless bra since I was about 14!! It’s been so hard to find a wedding dress that caters for the full bra wearing bride!! Also my two sisters are my bridesmaids and one of them will also definitely need a full bra! It’s so annoying to find a dress you love and then have to rule it out because of the neckline!!
    Anyhow, rant over – Well done on all your beautiful DIY-ing and those invites are amazeballs!!
    xo

  12. Holy smokes I can’t believe it’s 37 days, how did that happen?!?!?!

    Your invites are absolutely gorgeous and fit your theme so perfectly! I’m also super excited about all the glitter, can’t wait to see it all come together!

    Xxx

  13. I absolutely love your flower-girl’s dress, where did you find it?!
    I’m on the hunt for one for my god-daughter and think it is beautiful!

  14. Wow these are all beautiful! Very talented!
    How have you managed to stay on top of it all? We’re having a very D.I.Y wedding and I’m so stressed about doing all the bits and bobs to decorate with! xxx

  15. @Sarah G – glad to hear it doesn’t matter how many bridesmaids you have it is still traumatic! haha
    Love me a bit of bunting!

    @Jess – thanks, we are so, so very pleased with them. Hannah did an awesome job with them.
    You should definitely go see the movie 🙂 I’m hoping to go but just worried I’ll end up spending a fortune!!! 😉

    @Amy_Photo – thanks, loves me a bit of glitter I do! Would be wrong not to have something glittered on the big day!

    @Helen McG – I know! It’s weird isn’t it! Although on the wedding dress front I found that actually the dress was a whole lot sturdier than I expected & there is no room for a bra but boy does it keep them in place! 😉 I hope you manage to find the perfect dress soon

    @Stef – I KNOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Crazy isn’t?! And scary!!! It’s just come around too soon :-/

    xxx

  16. @Ellen – it was Monsoon my lovely, although just had a quick glance at the site & I can’t seem to see it anymore 🙁
    They are fab for cute little dresses though!

    @Tabitha – I KNOW! It’s ridiculous!
    Fingers crossed the glitter jars come off OK & don’t just look random! haha!

    xxx

  17. I absolutely love your art deco theme and you’ve complemented everything beautifully! Your entire wedding looks to have been thought out perfectly – I hope your day is as fabulous as your planning x

  18. @KatieLois – thank you, I really haven’t managed to stay on top of it – the stress is crazy! And the late nights have arrived! But it’ll all be worth it in the end! 🙂

    @Vicky – thank you so much for your kind words! I just hope we pull it off! 😀

    xxx

  19. I love how you say you lack design skills and then bombard us with those flippin’ amazing buttonholes and wand you designed!!!!! They are AWESOME! Can’t wait to see your day now, what a fab sneak peek! And well done on a perfect collection of mismatched co-ordinated bridesmaid dresses, every one is gorgeous. (I’m completely with you on the importance of straps!!)

  20. Rebecca I can’t believe how close you are! 37 days!!

    Bridesmaid dresses are the hardest things to find! I don’t know what it is about them that is such a nightmare but they are. Your fabric flowers are amazing well done you 🙂 xx

  21. Lovely post and fab buttonholes!! If you girlies need some fabric flower bouquets, buttonholes or corsages, check out my wedding collection. I handcraft them all and am on the rock my wedding love lust list under the south east in decor. https://www.by-alex.co.uk
    If I can help you all with anything just give me a shout!! Xx

  22. Aw sweetie it’s all coming together nicely 🙂 I absolutely loved receiving your beautiful invitation in the post, they really are something else! Look at all our fab dresses!! I can’t believe they are all chosen! I’m really looking forward to getting together and all trying them on at the same time. You are so right about the lack of bloomin’ dresses that have bra-covering straps, what is that about??? I love love love the dress you found for me! 🙂 Eeeek, it’s all happening!!!! Not long until your hen weekend…………………ooooooooooooooooooooh!!!!!!! XxXxX

  23. Arh becca thank you for your lovely post, it was great to have such a strong theme to work with, I’ll enjoy designing the rest of the bits and pieces you have sent to me soon 🙂 Your bridesmaid dresses are GORGEOUS..I love the full lengthness..and the button holes..just fab! xxx

  24. Hi sweetie. I can’t believe how close it is all getting! Everything looks amazing and our dresses are fab – can’t wait to see you and Dave soon. Much love x

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