Funky Wedding Ideas & Inspiration

Free Printable Tandem Bike Fingerprint Poster

Posted by on Jul 22, 2014 in Certified Poptastic!, DIY Projects, On a Shoestring Budget?, Personalize Your Wedding | 0 comments

Free Printable Tandem Bike Fingerprint Poster

Surprise! I have a new free printable for you, dear Poptastic friends– a fingerprint poster featuring a darling tandem bike graphic and a banner to hold your names. This freebie took me all of 30 minutes to make, thanks to - a pretty cool source of free images and graphics that you can virtually use anywhere as long as they’re credited. The tandem bike was taken from this file, I just tweaked the colors to make it more wedding-appropriate, and the banner + heart were taken from this file. The playful script font I used is called Larou. It’s just there for placement though, the banner is actually blank so you can hand-write your names yourself.

Grab the free printable from the freebies section!

BridalPulse: a new and totally FREE wedding inspiration mobile app

Posted by on Jul 15, 2014 in Certified Poptastic!, Special Services | 0 comments

There’s a neat new wedding inspiration app for iOS users — the first of its kind — and it’s completely FREE, you guys!

BridalPulse is the first app that brings together the content of all your favorite wedding blogs (including Poptastic Bride :) )  in digital magazine format. With it, you can:

- Quickly discover the latest and most popular wedding trends
- Get instant updates with new content
- Save and share your favorite posts and ideas with friends
- Find and explore today’s top wedding blogs

Bridalpulse app

I’m sure most of you keep up to date with your favorite bridal bloggers using RSS aggregators like I do. However, sifting through walls of text can sometimes be a pain, right? The great thing about BridalPulse is that everything is categorized into popular wedding categories such as fashion, destinations, real weddings, DIY, hair & makeup, stationery and more, making it so much easier to find what you’re looking for.

Here’s the Real Weddings category section as seen on my iPad:

bridalpulse screenshot

Look, Erin and Doug’s wedding feature which I blogged just a few hours ago is already in the app (top left). :)

And like I said, the BridalPulse app is free! Head on over to Apple’s App Store to check it out!

* The new BridalPulse app is brought to you by BrideClick and sponsored by Cuisinart.

NEW: Seashells on Sand Beach Wedding Invitation Set + Free Printable

Posted by on Jun 20, 2014 in Funky Wedding Invites, New at Poptastic Bride Shop | 1 comment

seashells on sand beach wedding invitations

What could be more perfect for a summer beach wedding than an invitation set that has colorful sea shells and starfish on a white sandy beach? The suite includes an invitation card, an RSVP card and insert, postage, labels, stickers/seals, thank you favor tags, table number cards, and wedding signs and in-progress posters.

Seashells & Starfish on the Beach Wedding Print
Seashells & Starfish on the Beach Wedding Print

Seashells & Starfish Beach Wedding in Progress Posters
Seashells & Starfish Beach Wedding in Progress Posters

Visit the shop to see all of the available elements.

To match the set I made guest escort tags that can also serve as wine glass charms for your guests at the party:

free beach wedding wine charms escort tags

And yes, they’re free! Grab the printable file from the freebies section. Have a wonderful weekend. :)

DIY Wedding Resources: Decorating Type with Curls & Flourishes + a Free Printable

Posted by on Jun 12, 2014 in Certified Poptastic!, DIY Projects, Personalize Your Wedding | 0 comments

Last time I shared DIY wedding resources with you, I showed some beautiful watercolor flower clip art + examples of how you can arrange them to create your own invitations and paper elements. Today I want to tell you all about the wonders of curls and flourishes and how you can use them to decorate your type.

See the layouts I prepared below.

Decorating type with curls and flourishes

1. The “Thank You” text is lovely on its own if you choose the right font (for this example I used Peoni Pro)
2. & 3. See what adding just a few curls can do? You can make the swirls on your own by hand or via a graphics software like Adobe Illustrator or Inkscape (free!) BUT if you want to save time like me, you can easily purchase ready-made curls that you can mix, match, enlarge, reduce, and arrange however which way you want.

hand-drawn curls

The swirls I used are from the Hand-Drawn Curls and Banners Vol.2 vector pack ($15) but if you want more bang for your buck, I would recommend the Hand-Drawn Curls and Banners Megapack ($33) which contains 600 curls, swirls and banners for you to spice up your wedding decor with!

diy typography pack

Another vector pack I would recommend (I’m actually planning to buy this myself come payday)  is the DIY Decorative Typography Pack ($20). Just take a look at what you can do with this set:

DIY typography pack

So pretty! Imagine making signs with personalized quotes which you can use as table numbers or as decor throughout your reception!

Ready to make your own? You can browse Creative Market for more handmade graphic elements that you can use for your DIY details.

creative market

Moving on… another way you can decorate your text is through the use of flourishes or swashes — those curly, squiggly things that usually come with Pro font packs.

Decorating type with curls and flourishes

For this example, I used swashes and decorative elements that came with the gorgeous new Calligraphic font Adorn. “Thank You” was typed in Peoni Pro. Look at how much more interesting the type looks after I embellished it with those flourishes. Of course you can choose to add as little or as many as you’d like, it all boils down to personal preference.

Next time I will give you a list of my favorite calligraphic fonts that come with free swashes.


And looky here, I have a free printable for you today: Rustic themed Mr. Right and Mrs. Always Right signs that you can use as props in your photo booth pics and other pictorials. You can also use them as hanging chair signs, just punch holes at the top and thread ribbons through.

printable photo booth signs

Head on over to the Freebies section to download your printable!

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DIY Wedding Design Resources: Watercolor Flowers + a Free Printable

Posted by on May 29, 2014 in DIY Projects, Personalize Your Wedding | 1 comment

Wedding paper elements are undoubtedly the easiest to DIY due to the wealth of design resources available online. While I mostly make my own illustrations as an invitation designer, there are occasions when I just don’t have time to hand craft every element in a layout. This is where stock graphics come in and I do have a handy list of URLs bookmarked in my browser.

Today’s spotlight is on talented illustrator Angie Makes whose lovely work I discovered through Creative Market. Painterly florals are hot right now so her watercolor flowers are not only on trend, they will also lend a timeless romantic touch to any wedding suite.  Below are my recommendations.

watercolor flowers and leaves A beautiful set of Watercolor Flowers & Leaves (which I purchased myself!) $6 buy now
watercolor vintage rose clip art Sweet and Pretty Hand-painted Vintage Roses – $6 buy now
  whimsical wedding vectors  Whimsical Handdrawn Wedding Vector Set (flowers,hearts, banners, laurels) – $6 buy now
  watercolor script alphabet  A lovely Watercolor Alphabet in soft hues - $8 buy now
  watercolor wedding clip art The all-inclusive Watercolor Clip Art set, chock full of delightful illustrations – $120 buy now

Don’t you just love these graphics? Each set usually comes in a zipped pack containing separate transparent PNG files that you can arrange any which way you want on your invitations, gift tags, bunting, favor boxes, and other wedding paraphernalia!

I didn’t want to throw an ordinary list of links at you so I thought I’d give examples of how to incorporate them into your designs. Hopefully this will be the start of a new blog post series here on Poptastic Bride.  :)


You will need graphics editing software like Photoshop, Illustrator, PaintShop, or Gimp (free) to open, place and arrange the PNG files in your layouts.

I mentioned earlier that I purchased the Watercolor Flowers and Leaves clip art set. I played around with them and here’s what I came up with –

watercolor flowers DIY wedding elements

1. A watercolor floral wreath for monograms (can be used on favor tags, envelope stickers, wedding signs, etc)
2. A flower heart for use on labels, table numbers, etc.
3.  A pretty flower border for invites and other wedding paper elements

* The fonts I used in the monogram, save the date, and gift tags (below) are Dasha and Bergamot which can be downloaded from MyFonts.

There are tons of other stuff you can make with the flowers — let your imagination run wild – and all for only $6 too! Save money and print them at home. :)

You can purchase and instantly download the Watercolor Flowers and Leaves from Angie Makes or browse through Creative Market’s vast collection of handmade stock art. [ GO ]

Creative Market

NOTE: Creative Market’s SimpleLicense allows the holder to use graphics in unlimited personal projects and/or items offered for free (like printables) and one (1) commercial project.

And because I enjoyed playing around with the flowers so much, here are pretty gift tags for you to print and download. Get them from the FREEBIES section.

watercolor flower gift tags

Did you like this post? Should I start a new series where I feature design elements and show you ideas on how to use them on your paper products? Let me know via the comments section below please.

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