Teacup Candles

A wedding planner once told me that candles are an inexpensive way to use for a centerpiece and add ambiance to the room. It’s easy to go out to the store and buy all the candles that you need, but if you are looking for a rustic or romantic style that’s a little more unique, try making your own candles inside a teacup. This idea by Elizabeth Anne Designs is very posh and can even serve as wedding favors.

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First Step: You will need a teacup and some wax. Along with wicks and stabilizers. Also, have glue in handy to hold the wick inside the teacup.

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Step 2: Melt the wax by boiling it in hot water.

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Step 3: Pour the melted wax into the teacup and use the stabilizers to hold the wick.

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Vintage Invitations

Wedding invitations give a glimpse of your theme and wedding colors to your guests. When picking the invites, you also want to incorporate your own touch. Personalizing and designing your own invitations can certainly do that, or even adding something a little extra. Below is an example of how ordinary invitations can become something extraordinary. These vintage invitations adds lace for elegance. It’s also a relatively cheap way to create a beautiful ensemble.

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Glamour Your Flip-Flops

It’s that time of you wedding day! The newly married couple introductions are over, along with the family slow dances and the dinner buffet. So now it’s time to get to what everyone came to your wedding to do–dance the night away! This is when you kick off the expensive high-heels you purchased just to match your dress and put on your handy dandy flip flops. After all, you do want to make sure you are not missing any steps in the Cupid Shuffle. But it’s your wedding day, and although you love to wear on any flip flops, why not go with something that you customized yourself? Maybe something sparkly and festive, but still comfortable. Here’s a fun tutorial that will show you how to glamor up those boring flip flops. This is also great for summer days and will work as bridesmaids gifts!

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Flower Power

Floral arrangements can be costly for weddings. The Knot suggests spending at least 8 percent of a wedding budget on flowers. Or another alternative would be to create your own floral centerpiece or decoration. This DIY project from UsefulDIY.com gives you a step by step tutorial for creating your own floral arrangement. Just simply use a styrofoam ball, plastic flowers, glue, a vase or candleholder and some string for accent, and you have a more affordable set of flower decorations. You can choose your own set of flowers or even substitute the flowers for lollipops or cake pops for another event. Guest will never guess you made it yourself!

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Intro – Happy Crafting!

Welcome to Bridal Crafts! I created this blog to share the DIY projects I have found online or have developed myself. I figured most of the brides out there are trying to find something unique and moderately priced for their wedding, the answer to that is, why not make it yourself? This is the perfect resource to create the DIY projects that will hopefully match your wedding style.

As someone who is part of the Bridal Community, I understand the significance of having the perfect vision for your wedding but also the costs that come with that. With this blog, I hope to encourage brides to create projects that not only will represent their style and personality, but also save them money along the way.

So enjoy the blog, find an idea and start on your project. Happy Crafting!

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The Essence of Craftiness in the Bridal Community

The blog I decided to create is called Bridal Crafts, which is focusing on DIY (Do It Yourself) projects for any wedding. Since my community is all about the bride community (considering I will be a future bride myself), this blog will serve as a tool for all the creative, artsy and budget-driven brides out there. In my previous assignment, I have mentioned that budget is one of the most important and often controversial parts of having a wedding. When all the vows are said and the guests goes home, all is left are the bills left to pay from the wedding ceremony and reception. In this thrifty economy, saving money any way you can is always welcomed. It doesn’t mean to cut corners, it just means that there are better ways to spend your money on.

My previous assignment mentioned that two resources brides use to share and retrieve ideas is either social media or bridal expos. Social media sites such as Pinterest, The Knot and Wedding Wire are full of ideas for future brides to help plan their vision for the wedding. This vision, whether it’s an outdoor wedding or an upscale savvy hotel wedding, it all includes finding the most elaborate centerpieces, trying on countless of dresses and flipping through pictures of the most perfect wedding cake. And what better way to help with that than searching through The Knot or pinning countless pictures on Pinterest.

In a world where communities can now thrive on the web to communicate and share ideas, social media has made it even easier for brides to create the wedding of their dreams through online interaction. The idea of my blog came to me when I was searching through pictures on Pinterest for bridal shower favors.  I came across a DIY project in which you take two plastic cups to create a cupcake holder. The project consisted of taking two cups, punching a hole in each of them and tying a string to keep the cups together. It was cheap, creative and functional at the same time. So I thought, why not create a whole blog of DIY projects? That way brides have a one stop show for DIY projects.

I’m using this blog as another platform for sharing and interacting with the bridal community. This will also inspire the community to become more creative and unique with their wedding planning, and maybe even encourage community members to contribute ideas. This will develop a sense of originality and artistic flair within the community. Through this blog, I can inspire other brides to think outside the box.

This blog has been created as part of the educational coursework for ICM 522 – Introduction to Social Media in the School of Communications at Quinnipiac University. The postings on my site are solely my own and do not reflect the views of Quinnipiac University or any of its employees nor do they offer any professional, legal or medical advice.