Fun and Quirky Wedding Stationery by Best Day Ever

Fancy some jaw-dropping wedding stationery? Then look no further because ‘Best Day Ever‘ has landed. Designed by Mirlah Thornley, Best day ever provide fun and quirky stationery with a sprinkling of vintage inspiration.

“Hello, my name is Mirlah and I’m the lil’ lady behind Best Day Ever! Here in glorious Derbyshire I live for celebrating all life’s special moments, big, small and fabulous. With a love for designing, crafting and styling I decided I’d quite like to share the love. Ta Da! Best Day Ever was born!”

Making her debut with four beautiful collections for you to choose from, Mirlah is adding to the range all the time. I love the dreamy names; Strawberry Shake, Doily Daydream, Vintage Chalk, and the newest addition Stripe me Pretty. Get your peepers on these beauties…

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Stationery can be personalised with your names, details of your big day and your favourite choice of colours. There’s also a bespoke service for those who want something totally unique – now that’s what we like to hear!

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Extras such as table numbers, favour labels and stickers are all available too. Woohoo!

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I LOVE the Strawberry Shake collection featured in the image above. This would definitely suit a 50’s vintage / retro theme, something that’s still very popular for weddings right now. Mirlah describes this collection as “fun, flirty and oh-so-cute”. I couldn’t agree more.

The brand new Stripe Me Pretty is another stunner, full of fun and colour with beautiful pastel floral motifs. A showstopper for a variety of wedding styles, this would be superb for a vintage theme with pastel colours.

To be perfectly honest I wouldn’t know how to choose, I love them all!

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There’s even a little treat for all you wedding DIYers with a ‘print it yourself’ service called ‘We’ll take it from here’. A great option for couples on a budget or those wanting to combine beautiful design work with handmade touches. You will receive a fully personalised PDF, which can be printed in the comfort of your home – I’ll put the kettle on.

All the details are on the Best Day Ever website, and right now there’s 10% off all stationery orders until May 31st. Quote Spring14 to receive your discount.

Lots of handmade love

Michelle xxx

All images courtesy of Mirlah Thornley via Best Day Ever

The Latest DIY Wedding Tips from Around the Web…

Happy Saturday you lovely handmade wedding people!

I’m living in a shared house at the moment so it’s a bit difficult to crack on with my DIY’s for the blog. I can’t exactly be spreading paper and glue all over the kitchen table when my housemates are trying to have their dinner or do a bit of peaceful reading. Don’t fret though, that’s all set to change soon as I’m house hunting with the chap and an office / blogging area is a strict part of the criteria. So while I’m struggling to bring you my own fantabulous (is that a real word?) DIY’s, I’ll bring you some of the latest and greatest from around the web…

 In the easiest peasiest DIY project ever The Knot show you 12 amazing ways to use rubber stamps for your wedding. Dress up invites, coasters, napkins, candy bags and more!

Something Turquoise show you how to make your bottles super glam’ with glitter wine stoppers. Shhhh… no one will know they cost pennies to make.

Tidewater and Tulle show you how to sail away with some very cool nautical sailboat favours. I found this wave-smashing tutorial via Emmaline Bride.

Bespoke-Bride show you how to make polka dot pom-pom balloons… with tassels on! ooh, I say!

In a seasonal appropriate tutorial Green Wedding Shoes show you how to make a painted pastel egg centrepiece in their fun DIY by Knot and Pop. Perfect for an Easter wedding!

Enjoy – and don’t forget to share your handiwork, I’d love to see what you’ve made. Lots of DIY love.

Michelle xxx

P.S. I have indeed just found ‘fantabulous’ in the dictionary!

Tips for Styling a Circus Themed Wedding

Circus themed weddings are set to be big for this summer and if you’re not one to shy away from centre stage then this could be the perfect theme for the two of you. It’s a sure-fire way to set a fun and quirky atmosphere, steering firmly away from the traditional. If you have lots of little nippers on the guest list then this is going to be pretty special for them too.

Colours

With a circus theme you can have as much fun with colours as you like. Think bold and bright and be sure to include the essential red and white candy stripes. Primary colours work well here so go crazy with red, yellow and blue.

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Wedding Stationary

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Circus ticket invitations by STN Stationary on Etsy

Ticket invitations are a great way to intrigue your guests. For handmade invites include images of big tops, elephants and strong men. Again, be bold with colours and go for a font that screams ‘carnival’. If you’re making your own invitations then a search for ‘circus fonts’ on Google will pull up just what you’re looking for. One of my favourite fonts for a circus theme is Carnivalee Freakshow, as shown below. You can find this font on 1001FreeFonts.com.

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Flowers

Feeling brave? Then go for a loud and whacky bouquet. Add some fun by tying in candy striped ribbon and leave it trailing from your bouquet for a theatrical look. Lollipops and candy canes really pack a punch, so mix them in with your floral arrangements. Poppies and billy balls say a firm farewell to the norm.

Alternatives to flowers include paper pinwheels (also great as buttonholes) and bright bunches of balloons. Button and paper bouquets are becoming increasingly popular and add a creative twist. To make flowers for your own DIY paper bouquets and buttonholes check out my DIY tutorial.

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Images; left: Kreated by Kelly, bottom right: Pumpkin and Pye, top right: Sugar Owl Design, all on Etsy

Venue and Decor

Fancy a Big Top Marquee? Bigtopmania are a tent supplier that fit the bill. With baby big tops through to full size circus show tents, there’s something to suit all budgets and styles. With a wealth of experience in the events industry, they even provide specialist entertainment. Bigtopmania are based in Devon in the UK and work nationwide. Festival Brides wrote a dazzling post recently with all the details about this big top business, read it here.

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Image by rafweejewell

For table decor fill popcorn boxes, cola bottles and glass jars with flowers. Pinwheels, tickets and circus themed ornaments all make interesting centre pieces. I love these table number luminaries from PaperAcorn on Etsy …..

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Popcorn machines and candy stands will put a smile on the faces of kids from 1-100. To keep costs down create your own self-service stations with sweet jars and candy bags and a big sign saying ‘help yourselves’. Use graphic signs to mark out special areas and moments in the day, such as ‘first dance’ or ‘photo booth’. Oversized balloons used as props throughout your venue will create a playful atmosphere.

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Images; left: Chase Heilman Photography, styled by Sharon Taylor Designs via Ruffled, right: Cherry Pie Lane on Not on the High Street

For a low-budget photo booth idea make a backdrop and throw in some circus style props. Make your own weights for the ‘strongest man’ pose by painting a pole with red and white stripes and tying black balloons to either end. Include a supply of false moustaches and big set of stripy dungarees, then watch your guests fall about in fits of giggles as they try them on.

Entertainment

You can be as reserved or as extravagant as you like when it comes to entertainment. Hiring a magician will keep the kids (and adults!) happy. If your budget allows, then why not go for a ferris wheel or carousel and create your own magical fun fair.  For other forms of entertainment to wow your guests, think fire eating, showgirls and hilarious clowns.

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Image by David Merrett

I think this is one of the happiest and fun-filled themes you can go for. It’s definitely a top choice for couples looking for something energetic, lively and outrageous.

Have you had or are you planning a circus themed wedding? If so I’d love to hear from you. Leave me a comment or use the social media buttons at the top of the site to say hello.

And for even more circus wedding inspiration here are a few fabulous items I found across the web…

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Images clockwise from top left; Ticket invite by STN Stationary, Ring Pillow by Freshline, ‘Love’ Ribbon by Crabtree Lane, Moustache Straws by Little Baby Company, Felt Garland by PeleMele, Popcorn Boxes by Lilac Coast, Oversized Balloons by Pearl and Earl, Circus Tent Favour Boxes by The Inklings of Tess.

Michelle xxx

Bespoke Wedding Shoes by Merle & Morris

“We dare you to think differently about design, approaching our collections with sophistication, style and elegance, with just a hint of whimsical magic.”

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With over 16 years experience in the footwear industry, and a serious eye for style, Merle and Morris offer a fantastic bespoke design service, handcrafting your perfect wedding shoes. If, like me, you love all things outside the box then this is sure to knock your socks off. Simply choose your favourite style, material, and colours and they will do the rest. Amazing! Now you can have the shoes you’ve always dreamed of for your special day.

There are several beautiful styles to choose from, with ‘Anise’ being my personal favourite. Merle and Morris boast a variety of colour and material options from “crackle jade green leather to hot pink kid suede”. This is something you and your bridesmaids are going to have a lot of fun with – designing shoes to die for over a glass of bubbly, heaven!merleandmorrisanise

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All the information that you need is on their fabulous website Merle and Morris. What are you waiting for? Go and check it out…

Michelle xxx

Save the Date from a Lovely Mate!

Over the weekend I caught the ‘pinning’ bug (yes, i’m behind the times with this one) and managed to lose several hours of my life on Pinterest. It was worth it though! I got lost in a world of amazing wedding imagery and unusual ideas. I was totally blown away by some of the ideas for creative wedding invitations, such as 3D glasses for a pop-up invite, and the old school Viewmasters complete with wedding details on the film reel. They deserve a post all of their own… I can feel one coming, watch this space!

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Viewmaster Invitation by melangerienyc

Being a sucker for an original idea and a bit of creativity I was thrilled to receive a beautiful handmade save the date from a lovely friend of mine called Jules. I know that DIY projects can be time consuming but they sure do stand out from the crowd. Having received a few save the dates recently (lucky me!), this was one of my favourites by far. It has also been one I have treasured the most as I can appreciate the time and care that that has gone into making it. Yay for handmade!

Jules has kindly let me share her save the dates with you and I think you will agree they’re pretty flippin’ fabulous…

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The luggage tag idea is great as it means guests can hang them up, not only as a reminder, but to display the pretty handiwork. This has been hanging on my heart shaped notice board along with various other special photos and memories since I received it. I really love the little reindeer button to symbolise a winter wedding.

If you fancy giving something similar a go, maybe with your own unique twist, then here’s where you can find all the bits n’ bobs…

❤ Luggage tags, buttons, and paper heart cutter from Amazon

❤ Glitter  – stuck on with spray mount (from any good craft store or try ebay)

❤ Save the date stamp from Not on the High Street

Attach the heart by running it through a sewing machine. Sew the buttons on by hand or use a blob of craft glue to save time.

Go and get creative! And do write in with your own DIY creations to help inspire others.

Michelle xxx

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