{Simple Centerpieces}

Being a DIY bride is no easy feat.  By the time “go-time” rolls around, you’ve crafted your little heart out.  You just cannot spray paint, glue gun, scallop, or cut another thing.

But there are still tables to decorate.   What can you do??

First of all, start with no-fail staples that have been used since the beginning of time for table decor: flowers, vases, and candles.  Here are a few ideas for centerpieces that require little to no advance prep, are cost effective, and still look amazing.

 

{use glasses candle holders, then accent with votive candles and simple flowers }

wine glass and candle

{ mix votives and pillars on your table, along with vases of flowers }

random vases and flowers

{ add pizzazz with votive candles and faux diamonds }

faux diamonds and votives

{ class it up with floating candles and decorative rocks in candle holders or vases }

candles

{ mix and match candles and flowers on a mirror }

candles and mirror

 { mix and match vases and candles }

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{ put flowers in a small vase with glitter }

flowers and glitter

{ use a simple flower in a fish bowl vase }

flower and vase

{ float a flower in a square vase with decorative rocks }

flower and square vase

{ mix things up with random vases and simple flowers }

cluster of vases

{get beachy with candle, vases, sand and seashells}

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candles and sand

{try this simple diy tutorial for a flower and burlap centerpiece}

Courtesy of www.smartschoolhouse.com.  I love this because it’s adorable, takes minimal time and effort, and can be done with four easy cost-effective items, most of which can be purchased at your local dollar store.

Rose and burlap

If you are close to the big day, and feel overwhelmed by the tasks ahead, your centerpieces are something that you can opt to keep simple.  Give it some thought!

 

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{Gray with a Chance of Straps}

Prediction Megan

The bridesmaids dresses are almost as important as the bride’s, as they round out the bride’s vision of her day.  The bridesmaids are her supporting cast, and how they look as a unit is a reflection of the bride’s hard work and decision-making.  This is a repost from the blog Our Detroit Wedding and the way this bride put things into the hands of her bridesmaids.  Such a great idea and a way to make sure nobody winds up with a dress they will never wear again!

 

Our Detroit Wedding

As I’ve written about previously (post), my bridesmaids will be wearing mismatched dresses. I’ve chosen to do mismatched dresses for a number of reasons…

– One, with a wide variety of body-types across my eight girls, mismatched dresses allow each to find a dress that makes them look and feel amazing.

– Two, for my friends still in school and in need of saving money, mismatched dresses let them decide their own budget.

– Three, all of my girls are absolutely full of personality and they definitely have their own styles. Mismatched dresses help emphasize this while still having them pull together as one cohesive image of “bridesmaid.”

– Finally, this way they can pick a dress they’d actually like to wear again. I’ve been trying to find a clip from the movie 27 Dresses about shortening it and wearing it again but alas, no luck.

With mismatched…

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{Baby Bundts in Your Wedding}

 

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If you have ever been to a Corner Bakery Cafe, then you are well aware of the oh-so-tempting display of sweets that they have at the counter.  Some days I’m able to ignore it, but many times I have succumbed.  And one of the things I love the most are the baby bundt cakes. I am just a sucker for the cutely displayed dessert.  Ask the Starbucks birthday cake pop or the Potbelly sugar cookie displayed in the precious shabby chic lunchbox.  Mmmm mmmm….

Anyways…back to the baby bundts… I ordered a tray for a birthday party once, put them on a cake stand, and I was an immediate super star.  So this leads me to today’s post.

Baby bundt cakes are flat out adorable.  But more than that, they are delicious.  They are an easy addition to any DIY bride’s sweets table or a great idea for wedding favors.  They could also be used as an alternative to a traditional wedding cake or in a welcome bag for your out-of-town guests.  Take a peek at how they were used in these weddings.

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So now that you agree with me, and find bundt cakes adorable, let’s talk about next steps.

Silicone Mini bundt cake pans like the one pictured below are available everywhere from Target to Kmart to Amazon for about $10. You may want to buy a few…baking six cakes at a time could make for a REALLY long night.

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If you’re a non-baker, keep it simple and buy a box cake mix.  If baking is your thing…pull out your favorite cake recipe.  If you can, try different flavors…red velvet, chocolate, yellow, etc.  Top them with powdered sugar or a simple sugar glaze.

For the wedding, you can put the baby bundts on display at the reception, add them to your sweets table, have someone from your bridal party walk them around on a tray for guests as they mingle, or wrap them up with a cute thank you note from the bride and groom as a wedding favor.  People will love them.  Remember, adorable and delicious is an absolute no-fail recipe.