Love the outdoors and rustic-styled weddings? Check out today’s post that features fabulous Rustic finds from Etsy! Please share with us on the blog which ones are your favorites!

Love the outdoors and rustic-styled weddings? Check out today’s post that features fabulous Rustic finds from Etsy! Please share with us on the blog which ones are your favorites!

If you guys havent figured it out yet, I am a sucker for outdoor weddings! I dont think anything is better then being surrounded by nature in all it’s beauty for such a special moment that you will cherish forever! It’s aesthetically beautiful and compliments the occasion. Above is a photo of Chateau Toscana Estate (in San Juan Capistrano, CA). What an amazingly beautiful venue to get married at!! Love it!

If you guys havent figured it out yet, I am a sucker for outdoor weddings! I dont think anything is better then being surrounded by nature in all it’s beauty for such a special moment that you will cherish forever! It’s aesthetically beautiful and compliments the occasion. Above is a photo of Chateau Toscana Estate (in San Juan Capistrano, CA). What an amazingly beautiful venue to get married at!! Love it!

// ETSY THURSDAYS!!! ~~Check out these unique and creative favor finds!!//

I want to apologize for being a bit MIA, but this has been a really busy week for me. However, I could not miss Etsy Thursdays, so today I will be sharing some of my creative favor finds!

Vintage Button Candy Favors: perfect for a vintage style wedding~offers a sweet and unique momento for your guests.

Edible Vintage Candy Buttons 100 ($75 for 100 custome hand-made button candies http://www.etsy.com/listing/68047915/edible-vintage-candy-buttons-100?ref=cat2_list_1)

Elegant Votive Candles: a beautiful way to say Thank You with a lasting memory. Perfect to use as an escort/place card and favor.

THANK YOU   -   VELLUM VOTIVE WRAPS  - DIY ($0.50 per label (wrap only—DIY) or $3.00 per candle that includes the label http://www.etsy.com/listing/54119470/thank-you-vellum-votive-wraps-diy?ref=cat2_list_35)

DIY wedding favor kit: who doesnt love candy? Say thank you with this DIY favor stuffed with your favorite candy.

Custom Wedding Favor Kit Modern Candy Do It Yourself Glassine ($0.60 ea and includes personalized label and envelope http://www.etsy.com/listing/54525571/custom-wedding-favor-kit-modern-candy-do?ref=cat2_list_12)

Donation Favor Card: I’ve never seen this before, but thought I would share in case there are some philanthropic readers. This is a great DIY favor idea that supports a notable cause that you and your fiance decide to donate to.

Monogrammed Donation Favor Card ($1.00 each http://www.etsy.com/listing/53342490/monogrammed-donation-favor-card?ref=cat2_list_15)

Personalized Pocket Mirrors: I love this idea, beautiful and unique! This would be perfect for a bridal shower or a small wedding. This vendor offers gift wrapping, personalized, and non-personalized options with a variety of designs.

Set of 10 Personalized Mirrors - Bright Stems ($30 for 10 mirrors http://www.etsy.com/listing/64277683/set-of-10-personalized-mirrors-bright Check out this seller for other options.)

Decorative Matchbooks

Personalized Matchbook Wedding Favors ($1 ea http://www.etsy.com/listing/45615599/personalized-matchbook-wedding-favors?ref=cat2_list_24)

Customized Favor Bags: cute concept (for an outdoor wedding) that you can virtually fill with anything~a DIY project.

Wedding Favor Candy Bags. -- Sample. ($1 ea http://www.etsy.com/listing/67415893/wedding-favor-candy-bags-sample?ref=cat2_list_27)

Bride & Groom Soap: I think your guests will get a kick out of this unique favor.

Mini Bride and Groom soap ($1 ea http://www.etsy.com/listing/61857388/mini-bride-and-groom-soap?ref=cat2_list_29 This vendor offers discounts on set quantities.)

I hope you have been inspired by my unique etsy favor finds, and if anything you have some ideas to play with or create on your own. Make sure you check back next week for my Etsy finds! Please repost this and tell a friend that is planning a wedding or into weddings/event planning to check out www.3dmemoirs.tumblr.com for some creative finds and ideas!

// The beginning of Etsy Thursdays..check out these wedding finds!//

While its fun to DIY, sometimes it just makes more sense to buy it from someone that is already DIT (doing-it-themself). This post will include some wedding decor etsy finds that I fancied and wanted to share. These are projects where due to time constraints and reasonable purchase price may be easier to buy instead of DIY. All of the items below in my opinion are reasonably priced and creatively beautiful! Check them out and going forward every Thursday I will share my etsy finds with you~let’s call it Etsy Thursdays. Let me know what you think and if there are certain items or category of items that you would like me to research and share, please send me a note!

Great decor item:

Birch Wood Shavings Crafted Flowers - Natural - Lot of 20 by AccentsandPetals on ETsy

($5 for 20 flowers http://www.etsy.com/listing/63704008/birch-wood-shavings-crafted-flowers?ref=cat2_gallery_3)

Nice guestbook option or personal memento of the occasion:

Wedding Poster- Guest Book Alternative

($36 http://www.etsy.com/listing/68279181/wedding-poster-guest-book-alternative?ref=cat2_gallery_32 )

Cute idea for placecard/favor:

Handstamped Place Card Stones

($1.50 each http://www.etsy.com/listing/64309331/handstamped-place-card-stones?ref=cat2_gallery_14)

Rustic and creative holders:

12 Natural Birch Wood Place Card / Name / Table Holders

($15 for 12 pieces http://www.etsy.com/listing/60427952/12-natural-birch-wood-place-card-name?ref=cat2_gallery_16)

Cute idea for favor tags or to hang on a wishing tree for the guests to complete:

Wish Tree Wedding Tags - Pretty Floral Bird - Coffee Stained

($11 for 25 http://www.etsy.com/listing/68309797/wish-tree-wedding-tags-pretty-floral?ref=cat2_gallery_4)

Table numbers:

Table Number Wine label or Cardstock 1-10 Choose your Color

($20 for #1-10 http://www.etsy.com/listing/49079245/table-number-wine-label-or-cardstock-1?ref=cat2_gallery_34)

Very creative idea for guestbook:

Guest Book - Bird on a Branch Note Cards with prompted messages and Sign- Set of 200

($50 http://www.etsy.com/listing/62164970/guest-book-bird-on-a-branch-note-cards?ref=cat2_gallery_39)

Very elegant table numbers:

1 DIY Vellum Table Number - NO MINIMUM

($2.75 ea http://www.etsy.com/listing/68305773/1-diy-vellum-table-number-no-minimum?ref=cat2_gallery_40)

This would definitely come in handy:

Wedding Signs Custom wedding directional sign and arrows, 6 X 18 in. for personalized sign and Damask Pattern 6 X 16 1/2 in. For Wedding, Ceremony, Reception,Party, Parking, Laughing or Cocktail Hour sign

($79.95 for all 4 signs: http://www.etsy.com/listing/68311680/wedding-signs-custom-wedding-directional?ref=cat2_gallery_17)

I think this would make a great wedding gift:

Painted Custom Family Name Wood Sign NO VINYL - Item Number ETS-22

($32 http://www.etsy.com/listing/61269457/painted-custom-family-name-wood-sign-no?ref=cat2_gallery_14 )

My fav reblog for the day. LOVE this!! Simple elements + color= beautiful!
tie-d-knot:

Orange paper lanterns in bright white tent with natural wood tables.
Photo by: Cliff Brunk
Source: click here

My fav reblog for the day. LOVE this!! Simple elements + color= beautiful!

tie-d-knot:

Orange paper lanterns in bright white tent with natural wood tables.

Photo by: Cliff Brunk

Source: click here

(via bowtiesandbliss)

// Flowers are a woman’s best friend…..ok maybe 2nd best?//

I would definitely say that next in line after diamonds, flowers definitely make the cut~~flowers are a woman’s best friend or at least a way to her heart! I mean there is no wonder that a wedding cant take place without the ornate presence of flowers—everywhere! Beauty, color, and smell seem to make them irresistible to any bride, plus these decor items really do an amazing job in adding beauty to any element they are added or combined too. In all their beauty, when it comes to weddings or any other large scale event, flowers can be pretty pricey considering the fact that their life span is short-lived and can serve no viable purpose after the wedding/event.  Despite this, flowers have become a necessary part of the wedding, which I can not argue. While some brides may have a nice budget to work with that allows them to go flower-crazy (which is awesome), others may have to pull off their dream wedding cutting corners to work within their budget. A great place to start is by trimming the amount of flowers, which depending on your venue, theme, colors, flower choices, and time of the year can be done without taking away the beauty and “wow” factor of your wedding. Here are some pictures that I found that totally reflect this concept:

Flower Plants for the centerpiece with japanese laterns hung above: outdoor wedding mealoutdoor wedding with pom poms

(http://www.intimateweddings.com/blog/real-weddings-hanna-and-mathews-sunny-diy-at-home-wedding/)

(http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/la/look/look-four-fun-diy-paper-flower-centerpieces-from-the-kitchn-070278)

Besides flowers you can use plants, candles, tree branches, and vases/bottles decorated or filled with a variety of items (buttons, fruit/vegetables, sand, rocks, feathers, etc) for your centerpieces. Here are some DIY idea substitutions for flowers:

Wheatgrass CenterpieceDIY centerpieces with wheatgrass

Other flower alternatives:

inexpensive centerpiece ideas

Source: www.intimateweddings.com (http://www.intimateweddings.com/blog/looking-for-inexpensive-centerpiece-ideas-flower-free-centerpieces-on-a-budget/)inexpensive centerpiece ideas, fruit centerpiece, lantern centerpiece, chocolate truffle topiary, diy centerpieces

 (http://www.oncewed.com/8242/wedding-blog/diy-wedding/diy-rustic-centerpieces/)

I used a fruit centerpiece as part of my decor:

Also, if you are the DIY type or have some experience in flower arrangements you could just go down to your local wholesale flower shop/wharehouse and pick your flowers. The only problem with this is that most flowers dont have a long “shelf-life”, so this will require you to get these items at the last minute, design your arrangement, store them, transport to the venue and have them set-up. As the bride, you may not want the additional stress of having to deal with all this, so the easiest way is to pay someone else to do it or have a wonderful friend/family member take care of it for you. Here are a couple DIY flower centerpiece options:

diy centerpiece weddingdiy centerpiece Source: www.intimateweddings.com (http://www.intimateweddings.com/blog/the-diy-centerpiece-spring-flowers-make-gorgeous-centerpieces/)

diy wedding flowers

(http://www.edytaszyszlo.com/blog/2009/01/28/trends-of-2009-diy-wedding-flower-vases/)

Here is a gem from my “white book” that sells wholesale flowers and petals online for a reasonable price: www.fiftyflowers.com .

I really have more to share about centerpieces, so I will continue to post beautiful DIY centerpieces and flower alternatives.

MY WEDDING: Coco Palms, Pomona

My biggest and regal event with a high personal investment was my own wedding (August 8, 2008), for which I planned and designed every aspect of. I pride myself on making such an elegant and beautiful event happen for only $12k. (If you are curious on how to have a beautiful wedding on a budget, please feel free to check out my other blog that is in the process of being updated: http://decuirdesigns.blogspot.com)  Here are some pictures from my wedding, enjoy!

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