Category Archives: DIY

You’re Engaged; Now what?

For newly engaged couples, the weeks following an engagement can seem like a blur. You’ve probably spent time celebrating with friends and family, posting adorable engagement photos on social media, and trying to navigate questions regarding your upcoming nuptials. Before you even hit the ground running, the mere thought of planning your wedding can feel overwhelming, especially if you don’t know where to begin.

Don’t hit the panic button just yet! We have some tips for helping you begin the planning process.

  1. Take your time: Don’t feel like you have to start planning immediately just because your friends and family have been pressuring you for a date and location. Enjoy your engagement before the craziness of wedding planning commences. Just know that if you want a certain date and venue, you may want to start making some phone calls to check on availability.
  2. Shop around: It seems like wedding planning is becoming more of a race instead of a slow and steady marathon. Couples feel pressured to reserve their venue and vendors as soon as possible for fear of missing out. Before you book a venue or choose any of your wedding vendors, you need to shop around for comparison purposes.
  3. Create a plan of action: Know what you need and have a plan of action for getting things accomplished. This is the stage of planning where a wedding coordinator can be a huge asset. If you cannot afford a wedding coordinator, consider delegating the planning tasks to friends and family. Have your mom call caterers while your fiance contacts bands. It feels great crossing items off a to-do list!
  4. Persevere: Eventually, you’ll start to grow weary of the planning process. You’ll hit a wall and wish the big day would just get here. Keep plugging away, but know that it’s okay to take a week off from planning. Reconnect with your fiance and plan a fun date night that doesn’t revolve around wedding planning.
  5. Refocus: It’s so easy to get caught up in the details of the day that you forget why you’re planning everything in the first place. The day is about you and your fiance; nothing more, nothing less. Keep reminding yourself that there’s an amazing light at the end of your tunnel that leads to marriage. If you keep this thought in the back of your mind, you’ll save yourself a lot of stress. P.S. No one cares or notices how the napkins are folded. Stop stressing about this detail!

Cocktail of the Month: Strawberry Shaken Not Stirred

Spring is in full bloom and warmer weather is here! To keep cool on these spring days, try a refreshing strawberry cocktail mixed by the professionals at Attitude on Food!

Ingredients:

½ strawberry

¼ lime

¼ lemon

3-4 fresh basil leaves

2 oz spiced rum

1 oz St.-Germain elderflower liqueur

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 Directions:

In a shaker, gently muddle strawberry, lime, lemon, basil—careful not to tear basil.  Fill shaker with ice and add liquors.  Gently shake and strain into iced glass.  Garnish with half strawberry.  Enjoy!

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DIY: Floral Wreath

Who doesn’t love a little DIY project every now and then?! We recently attended a floral class at Loess Hills Floral Studio to learn how to create the perfect floral wreath. Whether you’re recently engaged or married, this floral wreath could feature the initial of your new last name or it could serve as a thank you gift to your host couple, your mother, your grandmother, or to an aunt or friend who has gone out of the way to help you during the wedding planning process. Below you will find a few instructions and a link to other DIY classes at Loess Hills Floral Studio.

Remember to Keep Calm and Get Your Create On! 

First: Gather your supplies! You’ll need silk flowers, floral wire cutters, ribbon, a hot glue gun and glue, floral wire or craft string, pipe cleaner, a wooden letter, spray paint, and the actual wreath.

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Second: Using your floral cutters, cut the largest vine that wraps around the wreath. Once this has been removed, gently begin to pull the wreath apart. Don’t pull it too much, but instead separate the branches. Once you’ve done that, take your pipe cleaner and fasten it to one end of the wreath.

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Third: Once you have the pipe cleaner in place, start tying your ribbon in a bow and place it where the pipe cleaner is located.

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Fourth: Cut your silk flowers from the main stem and begin gluing them into the wreath using your hot glue gun. Make sure you stick the stems deep within the branches behind the bow. Use a lot of hot glue to ensure the stems stay in place. You can use the larger, fuller flowers to cover up the center of your bow.

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Fifth: Spray paint your letter and let it dry while you finish adding the flowers to your wreath.

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Finally: It’s time to add your letter to your wreath. Using your floral string, tie the letter onto the wreath attaching the string to the branches on the backside of the wreath.

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We apologize for the brief instructions. It’s hard to craft and jot down notes at the same time. We encourage you to take a floral class at Loess Hills Floral Studio to test your crafting skills. For more information, please visit this link.

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Happy Crafting!