Monday Makerie {#14}

Hello lovelies!

Hope you’ve had a wonderful weekend of planning and relaxing. Today I’m back with another free printable, this time from one of my favourite daily reads – Wedding Chicks. Antlers have been huge in the wedding industry (more of that to come tomorrow ūüėČ ), so The Wedding Chicks have created a free antler wedding invitation, which you can just print yourself!

free printable purple peach antler invitation

It is available in purple and in peach, and the text is wholly customisable. And while you’re at it, you can even pick up matching totes from their shop.

Hop on over to Wedding Chicks for the full tutorial.

Elaine x

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In Love with … Wedding DAY

Good morning lovelies!

Happy Valentine’s Day! I bet there will be some lovely ladies who will be proposed to this evening!

Today, instead of the usual roundup I’m going to indulge in some self-promotion. For those who haven’t heard about Wedding DAY, you’re in for a treat.

WEDDINGDAY magazine cover weddings malta valentine's day

This magazine is published by Mojo Publishing, namely Josanne Cassar (former editor of IDo magazine) and Jessica Moritz (one of the best wedding photographers ever :). I am very honoured to be the stylist for their photo shoot features.

And what else could we choose but Valentine Day as our inspiration? All the team members are so passionate about what they do that it’s really fun working on these photo shoots!

weddingday magazine one love banner valentine photo shoot

As promised yesterday you’re in for some ombre gorgeousness …

wedding day photo shoot valentine's ombre table setup

I’m sure the images will speak for themselves, so head on over to Issuu for more eye candy … or if you live in Malta and would like to have a magazine in your hands, be sure to like Wedding DAY’s page on Facebook¬†and there you’ll find a list of places that distribute the magazine. You wouldn’t want to let it down, I promise you … there are so many beautiful real weddings as well!

I’d just like to thank all the team members, and Jessica and Josanne for believing in me and Elegant Impressions!

Elaine x

In Love with … Chevron

Good morning lovelies!

Chevron took the wedding world by storm last summer, and I’m sure it will still be seen for some time. It’s one of my favourite prints, and I think it adds a bit of preppy in any classic do.

chevron wedding stationery watercolour blue white pink

Who says that all chevron stripes have to be the same? I love the casual but chic feel of the ‘watercolor’ invites. The second set is definitely more girly, while I love the preppiness of the third set.

chevron wedding bridal party bridesmaid dress clutch ring pillow

Why leave the bridal party out of the chevron fun? I’ve found two examples of chevron dresses – the first one is straight off the runway, and I spotted the black and white beauty on Etsy. If you’re not too keen on having the bridesmaids all out in chevron, why not giving them a clutch like this one in a bright yellow print? And for those crafty enough with a sewing machine, here‘s a tutorial for a DIY chevron ring pillow.

chevron succulent favors runner napkins sandwich wrapper drink stirrer

Favors that double as escort cards that include chevron and succulents (spotted here) … that’s triple bonus points from me!! I also spotted some fabulous ideas with linen – using the chevron print on a runner, or on napkins (turquoise and white napkin seen here; black and white napkin seen here). Both the sandwich wrapper and drink stirrer come from the same backyard engagement shoot … you have to head on over to The Sweetest Occasion for more chevron eye candy.

chevron wedding tote badges

And I know that your guests will be forever thankful for those stylish gifts … why not include some chevron on wedding totes or on these cool badges¬†(spotted here)?

Which one is your favourite?

Elaine x

In love with … Polka Dots

Good morning lovelies!

Lately I’ve been seeing polka dots everywhere, and I sure am not complaining. My first recollection of polka dots was when I was about seven or eight, and my dad bought this awesome blue and white polka dress for my mum. She wore it for a garden party and she looked beautiful. (On a sidenote, she still has this dress, and I tried it a few months ago but it does not suit my figure at all :() Anyway, back to polka dots … I think they can be classy or fun, depends on the way they are used and the colours.

First up, of course, are the dresses. Brides looking to incorporate polka dots (or their small relative, the swiss dots) in their attire will be spoilt for choice. There are so many fabulous polka and swiss dotted dresses that I really had a hard time narrowing down the pictures for the blog (Long dress and short dress). I’m also loving this delicate swiss dot veil¬†by Kristi Bonnici, who also happens to have other gorgeous hair pieces incorporating dots.

polka dot swiss dot wedding dresses veil

And let’s not forget something for the dapper groom …

polka dot swiss dot bow tie sock pocket square boutonniere button hole black and white

Sources: Bow tie / Socks / Boutonniere

Something for the bridesmaids as well (Dress one¬†seen here¬†and Dress two¬†seen here) … And a pair of¬†shoes¬†that had us swooning!

polka dot swiss dot bridesmaid evening dress black and white BHLDN shoes

There are so many ways tat you can incorporate polka dots in your decor and wedding details. ¬†Here I’ve posted some of my favourites. Even though the dots on the first invite technically are neither swiss dots nor polka dots, I’m loving the idea of having the dots impressed.

polka dots swiss dots wedding invitations vase milk china tablecloth cake wedding cookieSources: Letterpress invite / Invite / Milk glass vase (spotted here) / Tablecloth / Swiss dot cake / Swiss dot cookies / Colourful polka dot cake (spotted here)

Are you loving the polka dots? Will you be using them for your wedding? Would love to hear your thoughts.

Elaine x

In love with … Confetti

Unfortunately confetti is the last thing on many brides’ minds, let alone the packaging thereof. Apart from photographing beautifully, confetti can also be a beautiful customised detail.

Confetti Getaway

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I have rounded up some other options instead of the usual paper confetti.¬†Birdseed¬†(spotted here) is more eco-friendly than paper, and I’m sure the birds will have as much fun afterwards as you do in your ‘getaway’. For those with a DIY streak, why not try making these pompoms? They are very easy to make, and can easily be customised to suit your wedding colours. I’m loving these departure planes¬†(spotted here) … aren’t they perfect for a travel-themed wedding? These colourful felt hearts¬†(spotted here) are cut out by hand … yes, each and every one! For those of you who want to preserve tradition, they should try these rice butterflies¬†(spotted here). Rice used to be thrown to represent wishes of fertility and prosperity. The only problem was that rice hurt. These beautiful rice butterflies are made out of rice (hence, natural and biodegradable), but are similar to floating confetti. For those who love vintage and/or books, these paper hearts¬†cut out of vintage books are perfect!

confetti types, birdseed, pompoms, burlap cones, departure planes, felt hearts, rice butterflies, paper heartsYou can also get creative in the packaging of confetti. These striped confetti cones¬†were made by the bride herself, using only card and watercolour pencils … simple but effective! Or you can follow this bride‘s tutorial on making these fun pouches for confetti. Some sewing is required but otherwise they are as simple as can be! One of my favourite finds is the confetti made out of map cut-outs¬†(again, perfect for a travel-themed wedding) and attached to your ceremony program. Nancy of Creatus Design created a tutorial for confetti pouches. Although the last find is actually calling cards, wouldn’t it look gorgeous customised with your names or monogram?

rose petals, paper cones, heart confetti, program, confetti pouch, confetti glassine bagsAnd while we’re on the subject of confetti, I couldn’t help posting these confetti-related finds. Why restrict confetti to throwing when it could be used in anything, from invites to cakes? These party-popper invites would be so cool for your save-the-dates. True, they require some amount of work, but wouldn’t they set the tone just right? As does this colourful confetti invitation. Or why not have confetti on your cake (spotted here) overflowing from a champagne coupe? Decadent and fun!

confetti canon save-the-date, confetti invite, confetti cakeI’d love to hear what is your favourite find or how you intend using confetti. And don’t forget to subscribe to our blog via email (you have to scroll to the bottom of the post or else on the blog’s homepage) … that way you don’t miss any inspiration at all!

Elaine x