July 25, 2013

DIY Pomander Ball

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Our project this week is a flower pomander ball. The pomander ball is a favourite for weddings and can be made with a variety of flowers and other materials. It can be carried by the flower girl, bridesmaids or used as decoration for your ceremony and reception site. I love this white and ivory combination. I think that using one colour and type of flower can be beautiful; however, combining different shades and textures can also make for a very stunning pomander ball.

This tutorial uses silk flowers, however the same can be done using fresh flowers. When working with silk flowers you can use a styrofoam ball like the one I used or you can use floral foam. I recommend hot gluing your silk flowers in place to keep them secure. If you are using fresh flowers, you will need to use a wet oasis or wet floral foam. You can use one that is round or you can shape it from a larger piece of foam. You can attach your flowers by sticking the stems into the foam or you can wire them if you feel that your stems need more support.

July 18, 2013

Our Wedding Story

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Don and I met on a Toronto streetcar at the end of October, 2007. I looked up and saw him looking over at me with a warm smile and stunning blue eyes. Apparently, he had been observing me for the first half of our ride, while I was in my own little world. He asked me to join him for coffee that evening, and after a flirtatious couple of hours at a local cafe we parted ways. After kicking myself for not getting his telephone number, I resolved myself with the thought that chances are in a big city like Toronto we would never meet again.

I had just about forgotten about our little coffee date when just before Christmas I received a call from him. We met for dinner, but once again neither of us really followed up. After that evening we would talk occasionally on the phone for hours, but did not get together. During this time we both moved within the city, but kept running into each other. On February 14, 2008, we went on a date and it became clear to both of us that we have a connection that neither of us had ever felt before. After five months of officially dating and barely being apart, Don proposed and without hesitation I said yes.

When Don and I were planning our wedding, we first put together a statement about what we wanted from the day. The date we had set was only weeks away, so we did not have a lot of time and we wanted to have a clear vision of our wedding day. We knew that we wanted our wedding to be intimate and in a natural setting. We also wanted it to be executed with the least amount of fuss, yet be a warm celebration of our love and new life together. We invited our close family members and decided to have a garden wedding at Edwards Gardens, Toronto.

On August 15, 2008 my husband Don and I had a beautiful garden ceremony at Edwards Gardens, Toronto. We exchanged our vows under the gazebo with just our close family members as witnesses. On that beautiful summer's day, along with my son Matthew we became a family. Our ceremony was officiated by an ordained minister, and Don and I wrote our vows. The beautiful garden setting provided a wonderful backdrop for our wedding ceremony. It was also a great location to take pictures.

After our garden ceremony we joined our family for an intimate dinner at Baton Rouge Restaurant, Yonge Street, Toronto. The following day we continued our celebration with a casual BBQ that included our friends and family. We felt blessed to have our loved ones present and were both excited about starting our new life together. We could not be happier with the way our wedding turned out and the love and excitement we felt continues in our hearts today.

My wedding dress was 100% silk with a satin ribbon sash. It was handmade by a close friend and myself. I also made my hair fascinator, jewellery and the wedding flowers. Don wore a 100% linen suit, in a similar colour as my dress. Our wedding was an intimate event and we exchanged matching hammered gold wedding bands. It was a beautiful day and a perfect fit for our personalities.

This summer Don and I will celebrate our fifth wedding anniversary. The time has passed by so quickly. We are now a family of four and the love and friendship we share inspires and motivates us each day.

Details: Wedding Dress Supplies: Designer Fabrics | Wedding Dress Pattern: Vogue V8472 | Ribbon: Mokuba, 416-504-5358| Headpiece Supplies: Sussman's, 416-703-1160 | Ceremony: Edward Gardens, 416-397-1340 | Flowers: Davenport Flower Shops | Reception: Baton Rouge Restaurant, 416-218-0094.

July 11, 2013

Eco-Friendly Wedding Tips

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When planning your wedding, being true to your values is important. Celebrating your union while being kind to the environment is something that more couples are conscious about. Planning an eco-friendly wedding is easier than one may think. There are many great resources available on the topic, and all you have to do is search "eco-friendly wedding" on the Internet. There are also lots of great books and magazine articles dedicated to the topic.

The desire the have an eco-friendly wedding may in part or in whole stem from your existing lifestyle. It is also a way that couples feel they can be more environmentally responsible, even if it is with a few elements. So if you want to do a little or a lot, there are many ways you can have a sustainable wedding. You do not have to be 100% eco-friendly, the idea is that every little bit counts and to find ways of honouring the principle of reduce, reuse, recycle.

Here are some ideas on how you can have an eco-friendly wedding:
  1. Check your local listings for eco-friendly vendors.
  2. Ask your jeweller about recycled gold or consider melting old rings from family members and friends and creating new meaningful pieces. You may even want to consider using a family vintage ring as is.
  3. Inquire about the stones in your jewellery, and confirm that they have been mined without conflict.
  4. Save on resources by having a small, intimate wedding ceremony and reception.
  5. Avoid disposable or one-use items.
  6. Use materials made of recycled materials, for example eco-friendly paper for your wedding invitations that are hand calligraphed.
  7. Have wedding stationary printed with vegetable-based inks.
  8. Consider having wedding attire made from organic materials or sustainable fabrics.
  9. Consider wearing a vintage gown.
  10. Select clothing for yourself and your wedding party that can be reused.
  11. Use flowers that are in season and available locally.
  12. Consider food that is organically gown and/or grown locally.
  13. Have your ceremony and/or reception in a park, botanical garden, or home garden and take advantage of the natural decor.
  14. Consider giving edible or usable wedding favours.
  15. A donation to a charitable cause is also a great alternative to favours.
  16. Create a wedding website or blog to share your wedding details and avoid the use of paper.
  17. Use a large chalkboard that creatively displays the day's events instead of printing programs.
  18. Choose a wedding venue that is close to a majority of your guest and reduce the carbon footprint.
  19. Donate your flowers to a local nursing home or charity at the end of your reception.
  20. When selecting where to go for your honeymoon, consider an "earth-friendly" destination, and find positive ways that you can add benefit to the local economy of where you are visiting.
With the average wedding costing from $20,000 to $30,000 in Canada, there are many ways to be sustainable and not go over budget. Ask bridal vendors about their environmental policy and practices and confirm if they are in-line with your own values. Ask friends and family members for their suggestions and cooperation in helping you make your wedding eco-friendly.

Do you have suggestions on how to plan an eco-friendly wedding?

July 5, 2013

DIY Ring Pillow

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You can make a ring pillow from virtually any fabric or material you like. However, your ring pillow should match the theme of your wedding. Select colours, fabric, ribbons, and other embellishments that compliment your wedding. Another consideration is the size of your ring bearer and selecting a pillow that is easy to carry.

Your ring pillow can be any shape you choose, so do not think that you are limited to using a square ring pillow. Having said that, most ring pillows you will find will be square and measures 6 to 9 inches on average. A ribbon or decorative cord is commonly used to attach the rings. You will also find other decorative elements such as flowers, brooches and buttons.

If you will like to make your own ring pillow, here is what you will need:

Fiber Fill
24 inch Ribbon
Embellishment (optional)
Hand Sewing Needle
Sewing Machine

1. Cut two pieces of fabric to your desired size (between 7 - 10 inches square). Pin your fabric together with right sides facing each other.

2. Using a 1/2 inch seam allowance, sew around the edges of your square, leaving a 3 inch opening in the centre of one side.

3. Clip the corners at an angle and turn the pillow right side out, press and fill with fiber fill to your desired firmness.

4. Close the opening with a slipstitch or use your sewing machine.

5. Fold your ribbon in half and using a needle and thread attach to your pillow, along with any additional embellishment you have selected. As an alternative to other embellishments you can wrap a large ribbon around your ring pillow and tie a large bow.

The ring pillows featured in this tutorial is made from 100% silk dupioni (font and back) and a combination of 100% silk dupioni with 100% polyester satin backing. My finished ring pillows are 8 1/2 x 8 1/2 inches square. I used a combination of organza ribbon and double sided satin ribbons.

Here is another Ring Pillow Tutorial that you may like. This tutorial uses tulle in combination with organza and satin ribbons.

Don't feel like making your ring pillow yourself! Order a custom ring pillow; contact us at hello@craftedspacesweddings.com.

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Yvette-Michelle is a bridal consultant and wedding coordinator in Greater Toronto, Barrie, and surrounding areas. With over twenty years of experience, crafty know-how, and a flare for style, she provides her clients with expert advice and the help they need to transform their creative wedding dreams into reality.