Handmade Weddings

Indie Detroit Wedding Ring Showcase June 28

I’m very excited to be a part of Indie Detroit Wedding Ring, an online resource for DIY-minded brides and grooms. After my wedding, I realized how hard it is for folks not connected to the crafting world to find independent business owners who focus on local goods or making goods on their own. My co-horts, Carey Gustafson (of Glass Action and Handmade Detroit) and leader Angela Ficorelli (of Moving Beauty) felt the same way, too. And it’s not just weddings – there’s a real need for DIY party assistance, from supplies to ideas, for folks in Detroit.

This year we’re building up our database and looking to highlight fantastic area makers and business owners. To get us started, we’re hosting a small showcase at Flip Salon in Ferndale on June 28. The event is free of charge – we’re just looking to meet other folks who want help creating their DIY wedding.

I’m also pleased to share that Windham Fabrics has graciously donated fabric for our guest thank-you gifts! These handmade totes, made by yours truly, will be given to the first 25 folks that evening. They’re great for stashing the business cards and flyers you’ll be picking up that evening! I’ll be sharing a tutorial on how to make them for yourself, too. Why not use them for out-of-town guests, gift bags for attendants, etc.?

Make sure to follow along on Facebook as well as RSVP for the Showcase.

Our Handmade Wedding: The Paper Goods

When I thought to myself, “I can’t WAIT to design our own wedding invitations!” I had no idea how time goes into the process. Luckily we had the wonderful brains and expertise of Perfect Laughter, Dennis and Christina Jacobs. I’ve known the Dearborn husband-and-wife design team for a few years now thanks to the Detroit Urban Craft Fair. When it came time to decide who would make our wedding paper goods, Nick and I didn’t even think of anyone else. (more…)

Our Handmade Wedding: The Crafts

We received our wedding photos not too long ago and have been spending a lot of time going through all of the great shots. (That’s something you don’t realize will take a LOT of time to enjoy!) Starting today, and for the next few days, I’m going to share my favorites from our wedding last December at The Henry Ford. During the wedding planning process I shared a few posts on the handmade things I’d been scheming. With all of our photos on deck, here’s what we saved for the big day in terms of crafts. (more…)

Individual Wedding Shower Tea Packets

As part of my tea-themed gift assortment at my bridal shower this weekend, I made individual packets of Cotswold Cottage tea to give to my guests with a reminder of our wedding date. The brewing directions on the tin suggested 1-2 teaspoons of the loose tea per cup, so I put two teaspoons in a small glassine envelope.

With my brown kraft labels, I typed in the directions as well as the name of the tea and the flavor, just in case anyone falls in love with it and needs a whole jar!

Bobbie and Jackie’s Shower: Monogrammed Tea Towels

If you couldn’t tell already, I’m making all of my shower hostess gifts for my wedding. I love it! Working on them is a great time to sit down and enjoy one of my favorite crafts, embroidery. This weekend I had a bridal shower hosted by some of our dear family friends. As we were at The Townsend Hotel in Birmingham, known for their tea service, I embroidered a set of monogram tea towels (Martha Stewart, of course) to present to them. (more…)

DIY Wedding Cocktail Hour

I’m constantly joking about adding new skills to my LinkedIn profile: craftier than most, Martha Stewart rerun, etc. After this Saturday, both Nick and I can now say we’re DIY wedding planners.

Nick’s co-worker and pal Tara got married this wedding in a Spartan-approved ceremony in East Lansing. Set against the horticultural gardens on MSU’s campus, the weather was warm but sunny for this garden wedding. Nick was asked to help create a cocktail hour in between the ceremony and the reception. Of course, I was on board to help as needed. We were tasked with providing snacks and a few boozy options for more than 100 people – not a small job! But I’m proud to stay we pulled it off. (more…)