Funky Wedding Ideas & Inspiration

Win this Plush Plumeria Feather & Organza Flower Fascinator (a $60 value + free shipping worldwide!)

Posted by on Mar 1, 2012 in Cool Wedding Ideas, Giveaways, Wedding Vendors | 6 comments

Yes, we are kicking off March with a bang by offering this giveaway courtesy of Fascinate Me LLC. One of you lovelies can stand to win their top-selling Large Plush Plumeria Feather & Organza Fascinator, a $60 value, and they are generously throwing in free shipping to anywhere in the world!

Read on to find out how you can join the contest (it’s simple and won’t cost you anything to join!).

Plumeria fascinator

This beautiful feather and organza flower fascinator is approximately 5.5″ in diameter and has a sparkly 1″ star-shaped rhinestone center. The Plush Plumeria fascinator is also customizable — you choose the organza color!  She will attach securely to your hair via a 1.5″ alligator clip.

Color Options: White, Diamond White, Ivory, Champagne, Gray, Gold, or Black

plumeria feather and organza fascinator

Oooh, isn’t it pretty? You know you want it!


Simply accomplish the following two super simple tasks and you will be automatically entered in the drawing! You’ll have to log into your Facebook account to use the form below. The contest starts today, March 1 and ends two weeks later on March 15.

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Shipping Information: Shipping will be free for US and international winners via USPS First Class mail.  Please note that international shipping will not be insured or trackable.  Additionally, any customs fees or taxes must be paid by the recipient.  The fascinator will be handcrafted and shipped within 2 weeks of the announcement of the winner.  US shipping will take about a week and international shipping takes 2-4 weeks (depending on customs).  Once a package is shipped, Fascinate Me, LLC cannot be held responsible for the Postal Service’s actions.

Alternate Prize Information: The winner may choose a $60 store credit instead of the Large Plush Plumeria fascinator.  The store credit is non-transferrable and is NOT redeemable for cash.  It is for single use only; it may not be split up for use in multiple transactions.  If the winner’s order total exceeds $60 then they the winner is responsible for paying the remaining balance of the order.

Hold your horses! We’re not done yet. Fascinate Me is also offering a 15% discount on any item to all of you lovely Poptastic Bride readers! Use the coupon code: PoptasticBride (no space between the two words)

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Fascinate Me is run by Joanne, a graduate from the University of Washington in Seattle with an undergraduate degree in Mathematics. She served as a United States Air Force officer at the Pentagon for 4 years and is currently a full time student working towards her Doctor of Pharmacy degree. She stumbled upon her craft while planning her own wedding. She met her husband in 2007 and got married on October 9, 2010.

DIY Wedding Ideas from our featured February couples

Posted by on Feb 29, 2012 in Personalize Your Wedding | 0 comments

February is almost over (where did the time go?) but before we usher in the merry month of March, let’s look back and review how the lovely brides & grooms I featured personalized their celebrations through their details. Here now is a compilation of cool DIY projects and other ideas from their weddings which I hope will inspire you to come up with something that’s uniquely yours too. (In case you missed the list for January, it’s right here).

1. Create a standout DIY ceremony backdrop and opt for a fabric flower bouquet  in bold and bright colors!

fabric flower bouquet diy backdrop

DIY Inspiration from Heather & Aaron’s Colorful and Creative At-Home Wedding (photos by Carmen Salazar)

2. Alternatively, you can make paper flower bouquets using the kusadama method for yourself and for your bridal party.

DIY Inspiration from Laura & Ke’s Black, White, and Red DIY Wedding at the Arbors (photos by Christi Falls)

3. Have bride and groom wedding cookies instead of cake!

DIY wedding idea from Leslie & Josh’s Fun-Love-and-DIY-Filled Farm Wedding (photos by One Eleven Images)

4. If you have access to lots of wood (and if it suits your theme), wood slices make unique escort cards.

DIY wedding idea from Leslie & Josh’s Fun-Love-and-DIY-Filled Farm Wedding (photos by One Eleven Images)

5. Pay tribute to your parents and grandparents by displaying their wedding photos and your family name on a line.

DIY wedding idea from Leslie & Josh’s Fun-Love-and-DIY-Filled Farm Wedding (photos by One Eleven Images)

6. Save money and collect dried plants and flowers and place them in vases (or flasks like this couple did) — they make interesting and unexpected reception decorations!

DIY wedding idea from Edie & Jeff’s Fun and Quirky DIY Wedding with Geeky Touches (photos by Kelli Nixon Photography)

7. Recycle old fabric and make your own buntings. Cloth in different colors and patterns work perfectly well.

DIY wedding idea from Lauren & Jason’s Quaint & Sweet Vintage Picnic Wedding (photos by Erin and Tara Photography)

8. Instead of the usual table numbers, frame photos of what’s important to you (buildings in this case since the couple works in architecture) and label your tables after them.

DIY wedding idea from Beth & Scott’s Hip-Meets-Classic Uniquely Chicago Wedding (photos by JPP Studios)

9. Alternative guestbook idea – guest records! If you have a huge LP collection like this couple, have your guests sign them and then hang them up on your wall after the wedding.

DIY wedding idea from Samantha & Damian’s Scenic DIY-Filled Tree Plantation Wedding (photos by Beatific Photography)

10. How about serving cookies in the shape of the state/island/place you’re marrying at?

DIY wedding idea from Marta & Al’s Casual Beachside Wedding at the Vineyard (photos by One Eleven Images)

11. Instead of having your bridesmaids carry bouquets, give them floral fabric clutches that match your floral fabric bridal shoes. (The clutches can double as your gifts for them!)

floral shoes and clutches

Wedding personalization inspiration from Hayley & James’ Pink and Pretty Country-Chic Wedding (photos byAndrew Paquet)

12. Make escort “tags” instead of cards and have your guests tie them around their wine glasses for easy identification later on!

DIY wedding idea from Erin & Tristan’s Indie Rock Backyard Wedding (photos by Justine Bursoni)

13. If you’re into rock and roll, attach guitar picks to your escort cards to kick up your theme a notch.

DIY wedding idea from Lisa & Nick’s Hip Rock Music Party in Chicago Wedding (photos by JPP Studios)

14. If you’re music junkies, frame your favorite CDs and have them serve as table names / numbers.

DIY wedding idea from Lisa & Nick’s Hip Rock Music Party in Chicago Wedding (photos by JPP Studios)

15. Give your guests no reason to leave the dance floor — give them flip flops (which can also double as favors)

DIY wedding idea from Lisa & Nick’s Hip Rock Music Party in Chicago Wedding (photos by JPP Studios)

16. Another guestbook alternative: have your guests fill out fun questionnaires about how they met the two of you.

DIY wedding idea from Abbey & Sib’s Romantic McConnell House Wedding (photos by Evin Photography)

* If you enjoyed this list, feel free to see all the personalize your wedding DIY idea compilations with real-life examples!

What did you do to personalize your wedding? Please feel free to share them with me right here!

Design your own custom needlepoint ring bearer pillows through Needlepaint

Posted by on Feb 22, 2012 in Cool Wedding Ideas, Indie Artisans, Wedding Vendors | 0 comments

Calling all crafty / DIY brides: if you’re looking for even more unique ways to personalize elements in your wedding, I just might have the answer for you. Seth Berman of Needlepaint: Custom Needlepoint Kits recently sent me a photo of an adorable custom ring pillow they made to match the design of a wedding invitation…

personalized ring bearer pillows

Just how delightful is that needlepoint ring pillow? Needless to say I loved it and knew you would too.

If you want one for your celebration, you can do either of two things: (1) Provide Needlepaint with your own design; or (2) Choose from Needlepaint’s ready-to-customize needlepoint ring pillow templates.

If you’ve never needlepointed before, fear not! Seth adds that these projects are great for beginner needle pointers. They are small and simple, and should take about a month to finish.  The help section on their website has links to free tutorial videos.  It only takes about 15 minutes and you will be ready to start! (Or else, you can always have Needlepaint make it for you. More on this below.)

Option 1: Provide them with a design

For the example above, Needlepaint used the couple’s wedding invitation as a guide.  Basically you won’t have to pay for anything until the design is finalized.  Once you approve of it, you have a few options for purchase: buy just the needlepoint canvas (minus the yarn); buy a needlepoint kit which includes the canvas, a full-sized print-out of your custom design with color-coded thread guide, 6-strand embroidery threads that correspond to the thread guide, and a tapestry needle (minus the fabric to make the pillow which is easy to get at any fabric store); or, if you have no time (or the confidence) to needlepoint, Needlepaint can make the pillow for you! It takes them about 8 weeks to stitch the needlepoint and make it into a pillow.

Prices range from $50 for a canvas to $160 for a completed pillow.

Option 2:  Use one of their existing templates

Needlepaint offers needlepoint ring bearer pillow templates that you can customize online.

custom ring bearer pillows
Just choose a design from their Needlepoint Kit Catalogue, specify your colors and input your text and they will send you your chosen design printed on high-quality mono deluxe canvas along with a blocked print and a symbol guide to aid you in your stitching.

Seth tells me that Needlepainthas been making custom needlepoint kits for about two and a half years now. His wife wanted a ring bearer pillow for their wedding so they decided to make one.  Once he saw it, he just knew they had to create more designs!

personalized needlepoint ring pillow

Kathryn & Seth’s custom needlepoint ring pillow

I can’t wait to see what you creative brides (and grooms) come up with so go and visit the Needlepaint website to design your custom needlepoint ring bearer pillow now! Make sure to send me a photo of the finished product so I can display it on our Facebook page!

* By the way, you don’t have to limit yourselves to ring bearer pillows. Needlepaint is all about custom designs — think custom canvas backgrounds for your photo booth, topiaries, personalized bible covers, kippas for Jewish weddings… the possibilities are endless! Seth tells me that one client they worked with had them make inserts for leather purses with the bridesmaids’ monogram. Head on over to the Needlepaint Blog to see their other custom work.

* Needlepaint ships worldwide and takes payment via Paypal.

Quick links: Needlepaint / Needlepaint Blog

* This is a sponsored post. Please note that I only recommend products or services that I like myself and believe will be of interest to my readers.  

Certified Poptastic 9: Random Loves

Posted by on Feb 20, 2012 in Certified Poptastic! | 0 comments

I actually didn’t get to do much blog-hopping this weekend because my mom got hospitalized and I couldn’t think about anything else… thankfully she’s fine now. 🙂 At any rate, here’s the regular roundup of funky-pretty things that caught my eye — and heart — these past few days.

yarn wrapped wire sing of love

DIY Yarn-Wrapped Wire Letters: Shape reinforced wire clothesline into a word of your choice, wrap yarn around it and ta-dah! Personalized wire signage. (Tutorial found on Family Chic)

Krize Smiling Shop headbands

Etsy Love: Whimsical handmade headbands from Krize Smiling Shop

peacock themed masquerade ball wedding

Quirky wedding: Funky bride Ashley wrote to tell me about her and Andy’s Super Awesome Crafty Teal and Purple Masquerade and Peacock Feather wedding but it was already featured on Comely Day so I thought I’d just link to the feature since it’s worth a look-see! (photos by EM Event Photography)

vintage book table numbers

Alternative wedding stationery: Handpainted vintage books as invitations and table numbers by Momental Designs, found on Oh So Beautiful Paper

sneak peeks

Sneak Peek: Here’s a little taste of you can expect to find here this week so do drop by when you can. 🙂

Alice in Wonderland-inspired dresses from Shabby Apple’s Mad Hatter Collection

Posted by on Feb 16, 2012 in Hip Wedding Fashion | 1 comment

I’m late like the white rabbit! It’s been out for more than 2 weeks but I’m sharing it just in case you haven’t seen it. If you’re looking to inject Alice in Wonderland-ish girly whimsy into your engagement photo outfits, do check out this  selection of old world and vintage style dresses from  good ol’ Poptastic Bride regulars Shabby Apple’s Mad Hatter collection.

(Please note that a purchase of any of the dresses I’ve handpicked below will result in a commission for me.)

shabby apple mad hatter collection

Left: Alice / Right: Calooh! Callay!

shabby apple mad hatter collection

Left: Caterpillar Skirt / Right: I’m Late! I’m Late!

shabby apple mad hatter collection

Left: The Mad Hatter / Right: The Red Queen

There’s more where these charming dresses came from! Head on over to Shabby Apple to see the rest and save 15% sitewide if you use the code “HATTER”.

Save 15% Site Wide to Celebrate New MadHatter Line