Martha Stewart Floral Fans

I really wanted to buy fans for our wedding guests so they could cool themselves down in the potential HOT July heat. First I considered the traditional Chinese fans, then thought about the traditional palm fans from the Philippines, and then latched on to that idea. Last February we went to the Philippines and I saw that the fans are everywhere and often with embroidered text so I thought that would be an awesome idea on how to personalize them. I tried and tried with all might to get some of the people who visited the PI (Philippines for short) to bring some back since they would be cheap straight from the source, but no one could or had the space/time to.

Then I remembered the great Martha Stewart Floral Fan template I saw a few months back. I was always drawn to it because it was a dusty coral color–just like our wedding–and very whimsical. So I decided to go with this idea. It would potentially save me upwards of $100 dollars so I was especially keen on the idea.

So here is how it went:

Day 1

Step 1: I purchased 110lb Ivory paper from Staples for $15
Step 2: I printed out the template and printed 100, 2 pages (front and back) which equaled 200 sheets from the 250 ream.
Step 3: I decided to add our names and the date in the empty space. I tried to download whimsical fonts from free sites but couldn’t find exactly what I wanted so I bought the Nelly Flourish script from DaFont for $39.00. It took a few trials by my fiance and I finally decided on the spacing and what it should say–initials or names, date or no date?

Day 2
Step 4: I played around with the colors on my Mac’s text edit. I Googled to see what RGB color would be a dusty peachy pink. I ultimately went with “Coral” and changed the RGB to 255: 64: 64.
Step 5: I tested out the font and fooled around with the placement on the template–which took a few tries. Then reran all 200 of the paper templates through the printer so the personalized text would print on the front side.

Day 3

Step 6: I began to cut out the templates. If you will be attempting this or something similar I have a HUGE tip–which I didn’t realize until 99% of them were done. Get one of each paper–front and back–and put them so they are facing you (both sides) just as they will be when used. THEN cut them out. I did them individually so every little curve that is different became a little problem because it didn’t match exactly! Even with my steadiest hand. After cutting all these out I must say I was SUPER delirious with an achey hand.

Day 4:

Step 7: I bought a mini-glue gun (which had to be exchanged for a large standard one because the glue didn’t come out fast enough before it hardened), wooden sticks, and a pack of extra glue.
Step 8: Assemble! Lay the back of the fan out with text facing the table. Then I set up a system with my measuring tape–measuring 3 1/2″ from the edge and 4″ up from the bottom. Put your finger there, then put glue on the wooden stick and smooth. There should be a little handle perfectly straight with the tip of the fan. Then I put glue all around the edge as quickly as possible. Then put the front of the fan with the text facing you on top of it. Smooth so the glue is spread out evenly.

Phew there you have it!! My first big project for the ceremony done! What do you think, Boho Brides? Have you begun your first project. Did it go as expected. I am pretty happy with mine!

Jamali Garden

Jamali Garden has great decor for centerpieces. I have been looking for wooden boxes to hold flowers–so I could ideally solder my wedding monogram on to them–for a while and finally found exactly what I was looking for here.

In addition they have those antique patina votive and vases that I have been coveting at Anthropology. Martha Stewart featured them in the Winter 2010 edition of Weddings in which tables were style by Monique Lhuillier.

Images from Jamali Garden.
Images from Jamali Garden.
Images from Jamali Garden.

Introducing-the-Bridesmaids Cards

It was really important to me that my bridesmaids were able to get in touch with each other.

I mean how else will they plan the bachelorette party! LOL. Just (sorta) kidding! We aren’t exactly a big group of friends that hang out all the time. Some of them know each other, others don’t know each other at all. They are a fantastic bunch that I have met all throughout my lifetime and I wanted them to feel comfortable the day of the wedding.

So how would I introduce them to each other? I asked some of them to be bridesmaids through my own “Will You Be My Bridesmaid” cards, and I had a really fun time making them. I thought it might be a really great excuse to do another paper craft.

Initially I played around with making an accordion booklet with their names, phone numbers and email addresses. It worked well but it wasn’t very exciting.

Then I remembered a card featured on Martha Stewart that was of a woman in silhouette.

Aha! I had an idea: I would make a silhouette of each lady! Like her very own cameo! Then I would put the contact info on the back and fold it in an accordion style so you would just see the beautiful silhouettes from the front. And when they would turn them over…viola…functional info!

My first step was going to A.C. Moore and getting the right paper. I had a very specific vision. It needed to be in my wedding colors. Cameo light pinky peach and a dusty deep rose! With reddish-pink and black calligraphy (just like I saw in Betsy Johnson’s journal)! This step was the easiest. The second not so much!

The second step was figuring out how large I could make the silhouettes and how I could make the folds even. The craft paper I bought was actually scrapbooking paper and in an almost square…almost! I cut an oversized piece of white paper and did a number of trials. Finally I figured out how it would open so every silhouette would be facing front, how the asymmetrical paper would be spaced evenly, and how I could make the most out of the surface area so I could make the largest silhouette possible! Phew!!

And the third step was really the most time consuming! I decided to make each lady different–with their silhouette based on their features. I thought this would be easy enough because I would just draw one out and stack the paper on top of each other. So it would be just like I had to do one for each girl.

Oh how wrong I was! The black paper I had was very bad quality. You can’t do multiple without the paper tearing. With 5 girls per card this equaled 25 individually created silhouettes. Ouch!!

The last part was the funnest but required the most attention to detail. I used rubber cement to glue the silhouettes to the paper and used calligraphy markers to write down the names and contact info of the ladies. What if I did all this then wrote down the wrong name, misspelled an email address, got a wrong? All my hard work would be out the window–I couldn’t erase it! And let me tell you…it happened. I put one name twice! But I got through it, and it was totally worth it. I love how they turned out.

Top 2010 Wedding Sites to Follow

I am pretty wedding obsessed. I don’t know how it would be if I didn’t have the Internet. Well, actually, for a while (at the beginning of my engagement) I didn’t have the Internet, so I know how it is without the Internet — and it was terrible! With just a click of a button you are linked to all these ideas, beautiful pictures, answers to your questions. The Internet is a wonderful thing! As a techno-geek, and a destination bride planner, I rely on the Internet for so much.

So here are a few of my favorite site for 2010. As I get busier I have less and less time to check them. So I figured I might share with you, Boho Brides. I have “Wedding” bookmark list on my Safari web browser so I usually just click from one to the other. I hope you enjoy! Happy clicking!!

The Mainstays

Syle Me Pretty

Once Wed

100 Layer Cake

The Magazines

InStyle Wedding

Martha Stewart Weddings

Southern Weddings

Pacific Wedding


The Knot

The Wedding Planners

What June Bug Loves

la partie events

The Photographers

Jessica Claire

Jose Villa

Bride to Bride


The Florists

Amy Osaba

Succulent Love Designs

The Foodies


Sunday Suppers

The Untraditionalists & Wedding Obsessed

Rock ‘n Roll Bride

Offbeat Bride

Earth Friendly Weddings

Flights of Fancy

Green Wedding Shoes

why this ring, I thee obsess

Snippet & Ink

Erin Ever After

The Designers

h i p . i t . u p

Apartment Therapy

Alana Bailey Brand News


Whole Body

I am an avid reader of Martha Stewart’s magazines. A few years ago she began the magazine Body + Soul which totally speaks to my spirit with its mission on whole living. I love eating organic foods (they taste more like “real food”), learning about how to de-stress your life, finding out the latest fashion crazes that are good for you and environmentally responsible. I love leafing through Body + Soul at my weekly romps to Borders and Barnes & Nobles and so have begun to check it out online as well through Martha’s general site.

Yesterday I noticed an appealing article inviting you to join a community of people ready to reenergize through whole living. So I signed up and started on Body + Soul‘s Whole Body Action Plan. My plan is to get a wedding ready body–glowing, fit, ready for dresses and swimsuits. I figured this was a great way to help me with my goal. I got myself ready for four days of detox. I went shopping at Whole Foods for the next few days which consist of smoothies, homemade juices, and cold soups for breakfast and dinner (lunch includes eating from their list of acceptable foods). Breakfast went great until I got to work. My kale, mango, avocado, rice milk, coconut water, and ice smoothie was satisfactory but life without coffee made the day go drastically downhill. Lunch of broiled salmon, fennel, and green beans was yummy. But then I got a terrible migraine. Was I allergic to something? Was this withdraw? This is when the detox stopped. I couldn’t fathom drinking the beet, kale, carrot  juice I planned on squeezing later for dinner. Day 1 of the detox didn’t go so well. But really, two pureed drinks just may be too much. So should I go for Day 2 of the mostly liquid gruel?