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Wedding Lighting the Wed Eclectic Way

If you are planning a wedding and are tired of twinkle lights and votives to set a mood, here are some refreshing innovations on wedding lighting you may want to consider.

This passionate glowing rose Unity Candle Set by Forest Candle Studio would set an enchanting mood for an evening garden reception.  Marcie Forest also makes gorgeous stylized rosebud tapers.

Rose Candle Set - Wedding Unity Candles, Home Decor, Eco Chic Gift - Pure Beeswax, Rose Petals - Unique Candles by Artist Marcie Forest

Unity Candle Set - Pure Beeswax & Roses - Unique Rose Candles for Weddings, Gifts, Holidays, Home Decor by Artist Marcie Forest

Looking for a magical accent to add to the serving table?  Here is a fanciful illuminated Woodland Magic centerpiece by CCYCstudio that is perfect for this Autumnal season.

Weddings and Special Events Lighted Centerpiece, title: Woodland Magic

For even more enchantment,  these hanging lightning bug lanterns by bragginbags will bring back all of those childhood memories back of chasing fireflies with jars.

SET of 3 Outdoor Rustic Wedding Decoration Candles Firefly Lightning Bug Lanterns

Speaking of jars, here is some more Southern charm that would be perfect for any rustic wedding or even a 1920’s them wedding, calling upon the days of prohibition when couples would sip forbidden cocktails out of mason jars.  This chandelier of up-cycled mason jars by BootsNGus is incredible! Be sure to check out their store for many more clever lighting ideas made with up-cycled vintage materials!

Spiral Mason Jar Carousel Chandelier Hanging Light  - Mason Jar Lighting - Eco Friendly Rustic Wedding - Original BootsNGus Design

Planning a wedding beside a pond or fountain? These magnificent floating lotus lanterns by JubileePartyGoods add such elegance to any reflective pool. A perfectly serene setting for you and your guests to make a wish before the night is over.

Floating Lotus Water Lantern set of 3

If you are looking for some mood lighting for the entire room, here are some beautiful table luminaries by Myhaleygirl to cast a romantic shadows of lace and dazzle your guests!

Lovely and lacy wedding - Luminary package

And how about this beautiful geometrical origami pendant lantern you can even enjoy after the wedding to decorate your happy new home by Celia 29.

Blue Gold Paper Lamp 10 inches

This post was brought to you by Auriana of Moon Shine Baby

Brides Around the World – Part 1 Japan

Do you long  for a bit of the Far East?  Are you in love with simplicity, serenity, and stately elegance?  The traditional dress of the Japanese bride might be for you.

Most of us know that the traditional women’s dress of Japan is called the “kimono.” And, though  they aren’t as commonly worn as they used to be, one of the places you’re still sure to see kimono is at a Japanese wedding. Though the modern bride will often wear more than three outfits throughout her wedding day, the traditional wedding kimono, called an uchikake, is almost certain to be one of the ensembles worn..

The uchikake is  a robe-like dress that used to be the common dress of women in the samurai (warrior) class. Uchikake have long rounded sleeves that swing elegantly off of the arm, and a longer hemline than most other kimono styles. The hem is also padded, which helps the uchikake to form a train behind the wearer. It is worn open, like a long coat, over a pale under-kimono (called kakeshita). In ancient times, there would have actually been five or more under-kimono beneath the uchikake. Today, some uchikake mimic this style with thin strips of fabric trimming the edges.

In the traditional religion of Japan, Shinto, white is a symbol of purity. Because of this, the uchikake is most often white, as is the kakeshita, or under-kimono, and it’s obi, or sash. The hair is also wrapped in a traditional white headpiece, known as the tsunokakushi..

But tucked into this tsunokakushi (wedding headpiece) is by far my favorite part of the traditional Japanese wedding ensemble–the kanzashi.

Kanzashi are traditional Japanese hair ornaments.  They, like kimono, come in a wide variety of styles. The wedding kanzashi are usually a golden-yellow color, and very ornate. Originally made of tortoise-shell or metal, today they are most often created from molded plastic. The detail is stunning and often includes symbolic elements such as cranes, pine branches, and turtles, all symbolic of longevity.

Western brides might consider a less formal tsumami (“folded fabric”) kanzashi to accent their hair, or a monochromatic silk brocade for their gown. Perhaps an up-do with a traditional Japanese flair might compliment an ornate western dress. Or an actual kimono–either white or brightly colored–might be to the bride’s fancy.  The Japanese bride is stately and graceful, and provides much to inspire her western sisters.  Kitty Kanzashi designs and creates some of the most amazing Kanzashi flowers on the market.

This post brought to you by Michelle Greenwood of Greenwood Occasions.

Henna Daisy Wedding Spoon - Made to Order

Greenwood Occasions Wedding Spoons

Isn’t her work stunning???  I see a wonderful tradition starting 🙂


Make Believe’N

>DIY wedding favour boxes

>Wedding favours are a nice way to say thank you to your guests but what sort of wedding favours do you give them?

A lot of attention is normally paid to what to put into the boxes but we must not forget that the box itself could be personalised as well. One easy way is make them!

The advantage of making them is that you can make them to the size you want and using the paper you have chosen. Yes it will take time and effort but your guest will appreciate your effort as you shall see.

Step one, this is the template you will need to understand to make these boxes.

A = length of box

B = height of box

C = 2 cm length which is needed in construction.

The dashed lines will be your fold lines.

From a standard A4 sheet of paper the largest box you can make is a 5cm(side) x 5cm(side) x 7cm(height) which is more then enough to fit a good size chocolate (or what small treat you may give them).

Step two, rather then folding the paper straight away, I would recommend scoring the dotted lines because these will become the folds. Why are you scoring the paper rather then folding it straight away? Well, this will give a more accurate fold and give a cleaner finish.

Step three, crease each of the scored lines you made so it looks like this.

Step four, fold as following and then insert the two ends into each other.

Step five, this is the tricky bit, pushing the base down. You will need to follow the folds you have made and gently manoeuvre each side on top of each other. This manipulation will open up the side where you have inserted the ends together. To prevent the ends from coming apart you can use a clip to hold them together.

This will require a bit of patient and practice but it will fold down if you gently push it down gradually.

Finished, you have the base for your box.

To make the lid for the box is very simply! All you need to do is

  1. Add 1-2mm on A – side of the box
  2. Decrease B – height of the box to 2-3cm

then you follows the same folding method as above. Here is my lid to the above box.

As mentioned above, you can use almost any paper you like to make these boxes but I would recommend you use paper that is around 80-100 gsm because it will make step 5 a little bit easier.

Now grab a load of your friends and family and fold to your hearts content!


If you require larger pictures then just click on the picture and it will take you to a larger version.

There is another way of folding the lid to make it more decorative. If you want to learn more then let me know in the comments and I’ll sort out a tutorial for those.