These can be as elegant or as funky as you like. They can be any size- tiny to go over fairy lights or strikingly large. Or try a combination of many sizes, some for your tables, others for hanging from strings or ribbons from above. Make a quick one from that pile of scrap paper first to try it out. You could make these long before the reception and then keep them flat and finish assembling when you decorate later- but try assembling a few so that you know what you are doing.
Join us at the Ribbons ‘n’ Rainbows Bridal Bootcamp on Sunday, April 1st (11am-2pm) to watch a demonstration on how to make these yourself!
2. Hole Punch (if you’d like to weave the lanterns with ribbons or strips of paper)
3. Glue or Tape
4. Twine, string, lights, etc…
7&8. Foldable paper, rectangles (though you can try any shape to see how you like it)
Fold the paper in half. Cut even, parallel lines in from the fold toward the opposite edge, leaving a margin of about a quarter of the paper.
Open the cut paper and curve it together, stapling top and bottom
Add a strip at the top, stapled on both sides, as a hanger
Now that you’ve tried it and “get” it- think about how you want to use the lantern- should it be tiny, huge, various sizes?
You can make them from elegant paper or simple paper, or reuse the paper- from bridal magazines or society pages. The larger the lanterns are. The heavier the paper needs to be; the smaller, the more delicate. You can make them very simple or vary the cuts and try some patterns.
Instead of stapling, you can use double-stick tape or glue that won’t show- or punch holes and thread a strip of paper through for a woven pattern- or try a combination- thread the paper OVER staples, so your lanterns will stay together while you decorate.
Remember that paper can burn (I don’t want to hear on the news about your wedding going up in flames!_. so don’t use these with candles- but you could put them around electrical candles. The Museum of Modern Art had some beautiful electric candles.
VARIATION: You can paint your paper before you cut. Test your paper to see how it response to paint- some papers buckle when wet- you may even want to use a watercolor paper. Even brushing lightly with a wide brush dipped in a little gold acrylic can give a nice effect. Or try paste paper for these.
Find this project along with many others in The Paper Bride.
Download a pdf of these instructions.
Your wedding day is much more than a special occasion. It’s one of the most significant days in your life. It’s an amazing celebration of a commitment that will change your life forever.
Most women agree that men look better when wearing a tuxedo. For many men, their wedding day is the first time they’ve ever worn a tuxedo. There are subtle differences in lapel styles and fit that can make a tremendous difference on your appearance. There is no bad news — there’s a tuxedo that can flatter every guy who selects to wear one.
The great news is that a variety of styles are available in stores throughout the country. About 80% of men select to wear a tuxedo on their wedding day — and roughly 75% of them will rent rather than purchase. Renting a tuxedo is a practical solution to looking your best without breaking the bank. Contrary to a common misconception, not all rental tuxedos are boxy, uncomfortable, or outdated. Just as your bride had choices in selecting her gown, you have choices in selecting the tuxedo that flatters your body type and reflects your personal style.
On him: Michael Kors Obsession
Assessing Your Body Type
You don’t have to stand in front of a mirror to know if you’re tall and thin or short and stocky. If you’re self-conscious about your height or your weight, these are your first considerations. Some styles can help you to address your insecurities. Think first about your best features and build on them. Then think about the things that you’d like to minimize.
Tall and Thin
You can wear just about any style that appeals to you. The classic is a two button jacket with a notched or peaked collar, but a three or four button style will also look great. If you’re self-conscious about being thin, give serious thought to a double-breasted jacket. Considering your body type, you can select a style with shoulder padding to give you a look of broader shoulders. If you’re muscular, avoid the padding. Rental tuxedos generally are available with either pleated or flat front trousers. Either will look good on you, but flat front trousers are a more contemporary-looking option. Pants with narrow legs will elongate your body proportions. When measuring for the trousers, it’s preferable to have a “break” in the front of the shoe. Virtually all rental tuxedos have waist snaps that allow you to tighten or loosen the fit. Tighten the waist buckle to prevent the pants from riding down during the course of the evening.
Some of the new tuxedo styles are created specifically to cater to the current trend that includes a tighter, shorter fit. In some cases, you can achieve this same look by simply ordering a jacket one size smaller and in a “regular” rather than “long” size. Any accessory style that you select will look good. If you’d like to appear shorter, you may select to wear a cummerbund and a bow tie. The horizontal lines create a visual illusion that will shorten your appearance. A vest with a narrow tie won’t necessarily make you look taller, but it’s more slenderizing.
Tall and Muscular or Husky
A one button jacket will allow your waist to look thinner. Select a style with thinner lapels to further elongate your body type. A shawl collar is ideal. Rather than opt for contemporary styling (short and snug), go for a more boxy style with vented pleats in the back. Avoid wearing anything that appears tight — rather than look stylish, the jacket will look poorly fitted.
While both pleated and flat front trousers are available to you, you might select narrow leg trousers for a leaner appearance. However, depending upon your size, pleated trousers may be more comfortable. Proper sizing is very important. If your trouser pleats spread, the trousers probably are a bit too tight. The pleats should fall relatively flat; this will offer a thinner appearance.
Opt for a vest rather than a cummerbund if you’re husky to elongate your image. Stay away from wing tip collar shirts and bow ties; instead, select a long narrow tie instead for a slimming effect.
Short and Slender
It’s best if you select a style that will elongate your natural bodylines. Avoid any fit that looks short and tight. Stay away from double-breasted jackets, shawl collars, and four button jackets. The additional fabric won’t be as flattering as more slender styles. Look for a style with a low button stance. Your objective is to elongate your bodyline. In some instances, it may be possible to have a little shoulder padded added to your rental jacket.
You may select either a flat front or pleated trousers. However, you should avoid narrow pants legs. Request that the trouser length is angled longer in the back than in the front to eliminate a break in the front as much as possible.
For your accessories, elongate your look with a vest and a narrow tie.
Short and Muscular or Husky
A one or two button shawl collar jacket with narrow lapels and a low button stance will create a thinning effect. The jacket should lie flat with no gaping to allow the shawl collar to elongate your torso. Stay clear of any style that appears tight or shorter than your average sports coat. Also avoid double-breasted jacket; the additional fabric will add bulk to no particular advantage.
While you may select either a flat front or pleated trouser, you should avoid extremes. Trousers with slim legs are a better choice than pleated trousers with wide legs. The objective here is to eliminate as much fabric as possible that might ad bulk.
Generally, a vest with a long, narrow tie is your best accessory options. Stay away from wing collar shirts if you have an option.
In addition to basic decisions about the jacket lapels and overall type, there are big differences in accessories (vests, cummerbunds, shirts, ties, cuff links, shirt studs, and pocket squares). The color options are almost uncountable. A rental professional can help you make your choices.
For our projects we decided to make them smaller, slightly understated pieces for isn’t that part of nautical culture-a confidence of KNOWING you look good without having to scream it from the rooftops. So to start we created a simple headband for the bridesmaids with the traditional sailors knot. We used white, but if you are a little brave with some RIT Dye, or can just find colored rope, you can make them any color you want! So get your tools all laid out and get ready to want to wear this accessory even after the ceremony!
4. Hair tie
5. Needle & thread
6. Hot glue gun & glue
We will first show you how to make the sailors knot with just the first two strands of rope. This will make a single knot. Pay attention to the pictures and what strand is on top or under, for it will not work correctly if these get mixed up…
After that, to make it a thicker knot, snake the third and fourth strands and make them side-by-side of the first strands. You can add more strands if you want the knot bigger, we just stuck with two for a thinner accent piece.
Now pull the knot tighter, making sure to not pull too tight and bunch it up. Keep the knot flat and evenly pulled.
At this point comes the fun part, sewing! But to make sure it stays and doesn’t fall out mid hokey-pokey, it is probably a good idea.
So take the needle and thread and sew together the four strands coming from the knot so they stay laying flat. (Make sure to do this on the back so it is unseen!) Repeat this on the other side as well.
Trim the ends of the rope so they are all and even length-approximately 19 inches long total, with the knot off set-approximately 7.5 inches so that it is on the side of your head and you’re not looking like a 5 year old…
Now they are even in length, sew the very ends together so they stay flat as well.
Next cut two pieces of ribbon, about 3 inches long.
Line up the edge of the ribbon with the end of the rope, and sew or hot glue the ribbon on, about an inch from the bottom.
Fold down the long end over the stitch, and flip the headband over so you are now looking at the “back” of it. Put the hair tie over the ribbon as shown, fold down the end of the ribbon that is not attached yet, about a 1/4 inch-this will make it have a cleaner look once finished.
Fold the ribbon up to cover the first set of stitches and sew or hot glue it down to hold the hair tie in place.
Now find a mirror! Try the head band on and see if you need to cut any length of rope off the unfinished end to make it fit you better. If so, trim, if not, continue on this awesome voyage. (Notice nautical reference,
I’m sooo funny!!)
So if you are now at the length you need, then repeat the steps above for the other side of the headband (the longer end).
Hopefully you are looking something like this upon finishing that last stitch…
Now try it on and admire your hard work!
Download a pdf of these instructions.
DIY Wedding Idea: Nautical Ideas
In this simple DIY Nite Light, you can bring the Road trip nostalgia home! Full instructions after the jump. – Mar
Great for table toppers at your reception. Just replace the night light with a candle!!
1. Resize images keeping in mind the size of your night light (My ideal image size was around 3” x 3”) and Print, regular paper will do.
2. Glue images to cardstock, (avoid gluing the bottom of your image) and cut out.
3. Score two lines on the bottom of the cardstock (not the motel image) to create a slit for the wire
4. Add some accent cut outs that will shine brighter, we cut out “MOTEL” and used pins to poke holes where the marquee lights were
5. Wrap wire around the base of your night light, twice for stability and twist the two ends together a few times
6. Bend the end of the wire up, and trim
7. Attach the sign to your night light, slide the two ends of the wire through the slit you made in the back (soo easily interchangeable)
Plug in and enjoy your very own Motel Sign to light your way in the night.