real wood bird wedding invitations

How incredible are these invitations – made of very thin real wood they are then engraved with a personalised message.  This one in particular I liked with the tiny bird on a branch, and thought they would make lovely wedding invitations if you had the budget and wanted something really unusual and special.

They are made (I believe) in the Netherlands but can be shipped anywhere in the world, and new trees are planted when one is cut.  Take a look at their Etsy shop for more designs and details.

bird on a branch real wood invitations

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woodland wedding pie ideas

Today’s wedding cake inspiration is just too cute and ideal if you really don’t want a mountain of white frosting and sugar flowers.  This is a simple wedding pie, with crisp golden pastry and generously filled with some kind of fruit, at least that’s what I imagine.  It is topped with two very sweet birds – you could use ceramic figurines or those feathered kind that appear in shops around Christmas.

I do like this idea of displaying wedding cakes on tree trunks, and this stump is impressive – I actually like how large it is compared to the wedding “cake” – I think it suggests that this is a pretty special really tasty wedding pie.  I also really like that the “cake” isn’t sitting straight onto the stump, instead it is raised up on a while china cake stand.  And of course, a pair of kitsch porcelain deer makes this whole cake table quirky and fun.

And because I know you all hate it if I post a photo and don’t share the link to the rest of the wedding…go check out the rest of the photos from this autumnal New England wedding.  I spent a few years of my teens living in New England so for me this wedding brings back some happy memories.

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Today we have more fab ideas for wedding projects shared by one of my readers, Gemma, who writes Blossom Bells.  Gemma created these sweet ‘save the dates’ inspired by a tutorial she saw in the July issue of Sew Hip magazine, written by Lilipopo.

Gemma, who is currently planning her wedding, decided to make these hanging fabric ‘save the dates’ from linen and a pretty back (that you can’t see) from organic cotton from the Cloud9 range.  You can also buy organic fabrics from Organic Cotton.

Gemma designed a heart and bird shape, but also did a bat because both her and her husband-to-be have wildlife-related jobs – a fun way to incorporate your interests into your wedding.

Next Gemma stamped their wedding date onto the plain linen side using a custom stamp from The English Stamp Company with a water based screen printing ink.  Another lovely touch from Gemma is making the hanging tags from ribbon with their wedding website link on it.  That way your guests can find out details about your upcoming wedding.

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Today’s cake post is less about the wedding cake and more about the topper – just check out that sweet pair of chickens!  I also love that the hen appears to be looking longingly at the cockerel, and they’re mint green in colour.  Where do you find such wonderful things?

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I’ve decided to split the ‘do it yourself’ for our wedding stationery into four parts as there seemed too much to share in just one post, and I didn’t want you all nodding off.  So without further ado, here’s Part 1.

First off, you should know I did all of this in Microsoft Word.  Perhaps insane, as Word is not meant for graphic design, but it’s what I have.  I don’t have any fancy software packages, so I had to do the best that I could with what I had.  Yes, it undoubtedly caused headaches and extra time faffing about, but I got where I wanted in the end and I’m proud of my effort.

The Invitation


For me, our invitation needed to reflect what our wedding was going to be about.  I wanted people to get excited (hopefully!) and have a sense of what kind of wedding they were going to. 

I went through various different ideas, including sewing mini bunting onto each card, which I decided might kill me off and wasn’t a true reflection of our wedding day.  Here are the some of the ideas I was inspired by…

From left to right starting at the top: found Once Wed; Perch Papiers; Junkaholique; Ruffled; unknown; found Snippet & Ink; unknown; Heather Ross; Ruffled; found Twig & Thistle

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A Alicia Handmade is one of those websites I could spend hours looking around at all the pretty handmade goodness.  So when I spotted this new addition to her collection I couldn’t resist sharing it.

Sky Blue Vintage Swallow Bridal Fascinator

Handmade in London from vintage materials, including a gorgeous swallow brooch, ruffles of vintage ribbon and clouds of blue net.

This adorable fascinator would look great on a bride, bridesmaid, or even a mother-of-the-bride – in fact, anyone!  Sometimes items just come along that you fall in love with, and this is one of them.

All that combined with a price tag of £42 I don’t think this will be around long – so if, like me, you’ve fallen in love with it – go snap it up now!

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Wintry wedding cake with twigs and birds

At home we have started lighting our wood-burning stove as we accept that autumn, and then winter, are on the way.  For those of you planning a wintery wedding, why not steal this fantastically simple idea for an unusual cake from Martha Stewart.

A simple tier wedding cake is displayed on a rustic slice of tree trunk and decorated with delicate twigs and tiny birds.  Definitely possibly for those who want to make their own wedding cake.

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