Funky Wedding Ideas & Inspiration

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 | 2 comments

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!

There are a whole lot more on this curated Pinterest board which I will keep updating so please do follow along for the latest releases.

I also 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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Floral Letters on Chalkboard Wedding Invitation Set + FREE Printable Garland

Posted by on May 22, 2014 in DIY Projects, Funky Wedding Invites, On a Shoestring Budget?, Personalize Your Wedding | 0 comments

floral text on chalkboard wedding invitation set

Fresh off the Poptastic Bride drawing board — our new Floral Letters on Chalkboard wedding invitation set to perfectly complement your rustic outdoor weddings! Go click on the link to see all of the available elements up close (invitation, postage, save the dates, inserts, etc).

We also have floral monogram letters on fun items such as throw pillows, t-shirts, keychains, etc. These make wonderful gifts for yourselves, your family, and members of your bridal party. A number of these can be personalized with your (or your recipient’s) name. Samples below —

(Your flower girl will love this!)

* Visit this page for more customization options.

And now for the freebie… 🙂

floral text just married garland bunting printable

Decorate your event with this “Just Married” in floral letters on chalkboard printable garland! Head on over to the Free Wedding Printables section to download it.

floral letters on chalkboard garland printable

*You can also purchase the full set containing all 26 letters plus an ampersand for only US$6.95 at the newly-opened Printable Shop. 🙂

(I suggest you download the freebie pack mentioned above first for a taste of what you’ll get in the full set).

NEW: Modern Retro Vinyl Record Wedding Invitation Suite

Posted by on May 13, 2014 in Funky Wedding Invites, New at Poptastic Bride Shop, Non-Traditional Wedding Themes | 4 comments

retro vinyl record wedding invitations

Presenting a new invitation collection for you music-loving couples. 🙂

The Modern Retro Vinyl Record wedding invitation set comes with a round vinyl record-inspired invite with a chic vintage design, RSVP and reception card inserts, stickers, paper napkins, table cards, and more — all decorated with the vinyl record or lovebirds and banner motif. Right now it’s available in Teal and Orange (pictured above) and Sky Blue and Orange (below)

I can customize the colors according to your color motif, just send me a message.

* Click here * to see the rest of the collection and the available colorways.

NEW Rustic & Whimsical Floral Wreath Wedding Invites

Posted by on Apr 11, 2014 in Funky Wedding Invites, New at Poptastic Bride Shop | 0 comments

I have TWO new invitation collections that are perfect for your spring and summer weddings!

rustic floral wreath wedding invitations

The Whimsical Woodland Floral Wreath Wedding Invitation Set features an eclectic mix of woodland flora and leaves on (option 1) a dark brown wood texture background and (option 2) a chalkboard background (below). This collection is perfect for outdoor / spring / summer weddings with a casual and relaxed feel. All graphics are original, lovingly hand-drawn on my wacom so this design is exclusive to the brand. Just contact me for customization, like if you want another background or if you’d like me to include specific flowers in the wreath.

{ See the entire collection here }

rustic flower wreath wedding invitations

The Rustic Flower Wreath Wedding Invitation Suite has a romantic, elegant feel. It features a floral wreath and it comes in three color motifs – brown (pictured above), mint, and coral (below). This collection suits outdoor / garden weddings with a formal or classic theme. Again, just shoot me a message if you’d like the colors or flowers customized, or if you want the design applied to another item.

See the entire collection here }

Finally, I’d like to remind you that I can make you a custom portrait for your invitations and save the dates! Here’s a recent one I made for a lovely family of three: Brenda, Peter, and Kayla*.

custom whimsical couple or family portraits

You can click on the image for a closer view. Brenda and Peter wanted to include their  2-year-old daughter Kayla in their wedding portrait and invites. Isn’t she just so adorable? Brenda is German so little Kayla is wearing a traditional dirndl. I asked them to provide me with photos + descriptions of their wedding attire as well as clothes they love to wear and this is the result.

If you’re interested in having me make you a custom portrait, please visit this page for more information. 🙂

*names have been altered for the family’s privacy