TOP 10 WEDDING DIY’S

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As it was Palm Sunday over the weekend we thought it would be a nice time to start visiting churches for a bit of wedding reconnaissance – it was the perfect day for it as the bells were ringing away in the steeples all afternoon.  Amazingly, we decided on one quite quickly that we both love – you might have seen it on my Instagram, I wasn’t expecting such a unanimous decision so easily!  With the most important aspect of our upcoming wedding decided I have taken to Pinterest to start working out the rest.  Actually – I suppose choosing an actual day would be the most important detail, but we’ll have to speak to the church to see what dates they have free first.  I’ve already fallen in love with a photographer & makeup artist who I found from this same (perfect) wedding on Style Me Pretty.  I’ve also been crazily pinning my favourite wedding details and have put together my TOP 10 DIY Ideas from Pinterest:

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1. Spray painted baby’s breath: I love this idea of spray painting such a delicate and relatively cheap flower to add sparkle and a richness to the centrepieces / beverage tables- or even as an addition to the bouquet!

2. Natural Confetti in vintage boxes: I have two vintage apple crates that I would like to incorporate into our wedding, I’ve always wanted to do a natural confetti – such as dried lavender, wrapped in cones made from a copy of our favourite bible verse.

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ENTERTAINMENT
1. DIY Photo Booth:  A digital camera set on a 10 second timer would be a great way to incorporate a Photo Booth, made even better by adding a wireless printer on the side, so that guests can take home a photo momento and we can have the originals to print out at a later date.

2. A Shoe Valet: At a recent family wedding it wasn’t long before all the girls on the dance floor had their shoes off – so when I saw this DIY shoe valet I fell in love.  Such a sweet idea!

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THOUGHTFUL
1. M-O-T-G Gift:  For the mother of the bride, a wedding day is always a cherished and exciting day, but in my experience the mother of the groom often feels a little left out.  This cute thank you gift would be the perfect way to add to her experience in a thoughtful way & let her know that she is an important part of the day.

2. Garter Belt Shots:  Okay, so not exactly lady-like, but the groomsmen walk around with hip-flasks in their jacket pockets – so this is only fair for the bridesmaids!!  It would be a great way to incorporate female friends who weren’t able to be in the wedding party into the fun of the day – an awesome private joke – knowing all of your girlfriends were all walking around with secret garter belt tipples!

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1. Wooden Tiered Stand:  This one is defiantly for the more ambitious diy’er out there! – But I want to incorporate items into my wedding that I can use for years afterward, making something like this stand for cupcakes or canapés, that will be a momento of the day is a worthwhile endeavour in my books.

2. Scatter rugs for sitting:  Typically non family members tend to hang toward the back of the crowd at weddings, for out door ceremonies I think it would be much nicer to have scatter rugs in the foreground for the younger of the group to sit on and chairs positioned behind them so non-family members have a chance to mix in with the group more.  I have bought second hand rugs on gumtree dirt cheap a few times, which you could then re-sell or keep around the house, to remember the day.

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TOO CUTE
1.  Sparklers & Take-Home Matches:  I love the idea of sparklers for the bride & groom send-off, however, in my experience they take forever to light in bulk, with everyone crowded around a single lighter – the first one to go off has finished by the time the last person’s has started.  With individual personalised matchboxes everyone can strike their own match when the time comes – and have a little gift to take home!

2.  Single Rose as Ring Holder:  Poor Brett had a little snafu with the rings at his brothers wedding recently which ended in the priest tearing the ring pillow to pieces, much to the amusement of the wedding crowd – they had been tied to the ring pillow too tightly!  The idea of having the ring bearer walk down the isle with the rings around the stem of a single rose is super cute, they could be secured with some butchers string – once the rose has been de-thorned of course!

 

HOME TIPS

Home Tips - A Little Win Equals A Big Change - Molly & Beans Lifestyle Blog

Lately I have been setting myself up to easily get a little win each day and it has added to my sense of well-being and accomplishment!  My lovely soon-to-be father in law taught me the lesson – which is; Do a little each day.  It was his advice to our complaining about all the jobs we had to do and how hard they seemed.  I have morphed his sentiment into my own kind of life tool, which we incorporate into our house work, but it can be useful for any area.  It is – to give yourself a little win each day.  Put simply, It doesn’t matter if there is a mountain of work to do (let’s face it there always will be} but so long as you chip away at the mound of work by doing at the very least one small chore each day, it will be enough – and it is enough because at the end of the week that’s 7 jobs down already!  It has given us a chance to start incorporating a big chore once a week if we have time.  One of the little wins I have been giving myself lately is laundry.  I used to stress myself out putting off doing washing which ended up with me having to spend a whole day on the task, but now I do a small wash every day or couple of days so that the sight of the bottom of the wash baskets gives me a sense of accomplishment and I don’t have to stress or waste weekends on the task.  It’s a really compounding little trick, as the free time we’ve had on the weekends has seen us finally shampoo our carpets – a job we had been trying to get to for 3 years!!  Our junk room(s) yes we had two rooms full of crap, have finally been sorted and can now actually be used as spare bedrooms.  To be fair, the junk just migrated into the office, but that’s gonna be a big win for another day!  There is now a sense of calm in the house – we don’t care if things aren’t perfect – it’ll all get done eventually, with our little win’s.

All the chipping away in the garden has brought an extra prize – a  heap of fresh cut flowers to brighten up the inside!  So it’s now it’s a double win – teehee xxx

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Home Tips - A Little Win Equals A Big Change - Molly & Beans Lifestyle Blog{The last photo I took of Kitty before we knew she was sick | See more of the lounge room}

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Watershed Winery Helicopter Ride

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So we actually did this a million years ago.  I have wanted to post these pictures since I started Molly & Beans – a year and a bit later here we are.  Lol.

On this particular – very distant – trip down to the region we stayed at Moondance which is a lovely boutique hotel in Margaret River.  One of the days we booked a late lunch at Watershed Winery with a helicopter ride down the coast first.  The helicopter picked us up at the winery, flew along the coast line for half an hour and dropped us back off at Watershed again for our boozy lunch!! – Teehee.  It was an amazing day, a once in a lifetime trip, the beaches down there are stunning – and even better from above – if you are from WA you will defiantly notice some land marks, such as the mouth of Margaret River & the gold lady in the lake at Laurance Wines pictured below.  Let me know if you spot anything you recognise!

The South West region of Western Australia is known for its amazing food and drink, we are really so lucky to have such amazing place with fantastic produce on our doorstep – if you are visiting WA it is defiantly worth going down there for a visit.

I hope you enjoy the photos. xxx

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