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Cake toppers are one of the most underrated aspects of a wedding! We spend so much time thinking about the cake flavor (or cupcake flavor or pie flavor) that the cake topper, for most brides, can fall to the wayside. Here is a great DIY project that adds a personal touch to your cake (and is VERY inexpenvie and easy!)
This is also a great way to incorporate family that maybe could not make it or is sadly no longer with us. All you need is a shot from their wedding and you have a wonderful tribute to their love on your special day. Or you can just use a very cool historic picture from the archives or a classic picture of famous couples of past.
vintage wedding photo
vintage music sheet paper
patterned stock for back of photo
1. cut out wedding photo, creating a silhouette
2. adhere photo to patterned paper so that the pattern is facing out (showing on the back of photo) and cut out in the same silhouette
3. cut music sheets into two separate 2 1/2″ strips
4. fold accordion style to make a half circle
5. adhere the half circle to the bottom of the photograph
6. repeat on the back side (1/2 side of pinwheel)
Find more great ideas, like this one, at
We all know the chevron pattern is THE pattern of the season and why the heck not?! It is so cute and funky yet classic and easy to match. You can incorporate different colors into the pattern as well as use it as backdrop for any theme.
It is eye-catching enough to add just pops of it into your ceremony and here is a great DIY project for just that! Here is a step by step guide to make your own chevron cake riser (and then after the wedding you have a super cute decorative shelf for your house!)
unfinished wooden boxes (can be found at an arts & crafts store)
blue painter’s tape
white gloss spray paint
black gloss spray paint
white paint pen
black paint pen
chevron template (can be found on Pinterest)
1. Print out a chevron template ( it can be printed on 11×17 paper, and is the size of 3/4″ painter’s tape). Cut out the chevron to use as a guide. You can also trace it onto stiffer paper or laminate it to make it last longer.
2. Sand down any rough areas of your boxes and wipe off any sawdust with a dry towel.
3. Set up a large piece of cardboard outside to spray paint the boxes white. When spray painting, keep a distance of about 8″ to ensure that you won’t get any drips. Do several light coats instead of one heavy coat. Let dry.
4. Use the chevron template to guide you while applying the painter’s tape. Rip off small sections of tape and apply in the chevron tape – it is okay if it overlaps. When you’re done taping, go back with a ruler and use your exacto knife to trim the edges of your tape until all the edges are clean. Press down the edges of your tape firmly so that no paint gets under the edges!
5. Take the boxes back to the cardboard and spray paint black. It is extra important not to spray too close so that you don’t have paint leaking under the edges of the tape. Do a few coats until your are satisfied with the coverage, and let dry.
6. Peel off the tape (this part is really fun!) and reveal your beautiful chevron pattern. Use the paint pens and the ruler to touch up any parts where the paint leaked through the tape edges, and you’re done!
Succulents provide a wonderful unique touch to any wedding ceremony they are understated enough to serve as a backdrop to your main floral display but also beautiful enough to be the main “flower”.
The grounds at Stone Gardens are highlighted with various types of succulents and adding succulent accents to your event or planning your entire event around succulents would make for a beautiful ceremony at Stone Gardens.
One way of incorporating succulents into your ceremony would be to create your own succulent bouquet. Please see below for a step by step process for your own DIY Succulent Bouquet.
Oh and here is a fun fact – About three to four weeks after the succulents have been living on wires as a bouquet, they will start to grow roots and are ready to be replanted. Then you can enjoy them for years down the road! You can plant them in pots and have your wedding with you forever! You can’t say that about a flower bouquet!
• Succulents (about two dozen rosettes for a full succulent bouquet, and a dozen or less for a bouquet supplemented by succulents)
• Filler plants and flowers (eucalyptus, dried baby’s breath, lavender, etc.)
• Floral tape
• Floral wire (I used 20-gauge, pre-cut wire)
• Burlap/fabric/ribbon for bouquet handle
• Scissors and/or wire cutters
1. Discard roots and wash stem. Remove succulents from pots and discard the roots and dead leaves. Wash and dry stems.
2. Insert floral wire into the base of succulent. Push floral wire through the bottom of the succulent stem.
3. Reinforce the stem
For some succulents, wiring the stems alone is not enough because it can easily snap at the wire or right above it, says Marialuisa Kaprielian, owner of Succulently Urban in San Diego. Sometimes it is important to drive a wire diagonally through the head of the succulent and down into the stem or along the side to prevent snapping of the stem, she says.
After inserting the wire into the base of the succulent, reinforce the stem by folding another wire into a loop and placing it against the base (stem) of the plant. Use the un-looped portion of the wire and wrap it around the succulent stem, twisting your way down the floral wire.
4. Wrap floral tape around wire stem
Starting at the bottom of the succulent rosette, wrap floral tape down the wire stem. Stretching the tape as you make your way down the stem causes the tape to stick to itself, Kaprielian says. Follow the aforementioned steps with the other rosettes until you have about two dozen for a full succulent bouquet, fewer if succulents are only the supplement.
5. Gather flowers to experiment with the arrangement. It’s helpful to do this in front of a mirror to determine how the bouquet will look as you walk down the aisle.
6. Wrap two succulents together. Once you have a “rough draft” of your bouquet, gather two succulents and wrap them together with floral tape.
7. Keep gathering flowers, eyeballing the arrangement along the way.
Each time you add an item to the bouquet, wrap all the stems together with tape and use a chopstick to strengthen the stem, Kaprielian suggests. She uses kalanchoe tomentosa around the base of the bouquet to hide any open spaces.
8. Tape all flowers together. After you have finished adding all the flowers, tape the entire bouquet together.
9. Wrap the bouquet handle. Use the burlap or fabric of your choice, pinning at the neck of the handle to secure it. Then continue wrapping it until you reach the bottom. Secure with floral pins. For extra flair, wrap or tie a ribbon around the handle.