Get the look! Day to night DIY pastels and sparkly wedding stye

Hey lovely! Flex those creative fingertips because I have some gorgeous homemade wedding ideas for you this fabulous* Monday afternoon!

*Oh, I know what you’re saying about Mondays but trust me: it is now… and all because I have a special feature for you: this ‘get the look’ blog is inspired by gorgeous bride and groom Ananda and Darren, whose Hackney Brewery wedding featured on the blog a little while ago. It’s a creative treat: in Ananda’s own words, “There are some wonderful things you can buy but making tassels and garlands ourselves not only saved us hundreds of pounds but also gave us some lovely creative weeks with friends in the lead up to the wedding.”

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Using long ribbons trailing from your bouquet adds texture, movement and interest. The ribbons and flowers complement the paper tassels which Ananda and Darren hung on the walls of their venue – and they’re FAB! This gorgeous bride and groom used bright flowers and berries throughout their day and worked the same colour palette into the glorious tissue paper decorations – which are lovely against a twinkly backdrop. Even Ananda’s shoes are a soft pastel shade, which looks amazing.

Ananda and Darren made tassels, drew their own blackboard backdrops and made giant paper flowers. They told me, “Getting to spend weekends making decorations with friends and family was such fun and allowed us to involve our loved ones in our day, making it truly personal.”

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There are tons of tutorials online for DIY tissue paper flowers. Watch them first: you’ll need a few florist supplies and a certain kind of tissue paper (there are different varieties! Who knew!) – but the making is so much fun if you’re of a crafty persuasion!

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The simplest thing to make (once you get the hang of it) – tissue paper rosettes are made by folding paper sheets accordion-style, cutting the ends into petal shapes, tying around the middle and stretching them into flowers. Plan the colours and hang them somewhere eye-catching with a little sparkle nearby!

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You can buy tissue paper garlands online or make your own. Either way, the more the merrier: mix a pastel colour palette and hang creatively. They’re cheap and cheerful… and so on trend.


The evening reception was a brilliant celebration with entertainment for guests all night long – and I loved Ananda and Darren’s ideas for disguising some of the venue’s features by making blackboard screens! They became “a focal point for table plans, a gallery of photographs of Darren and I over the years and a photo booth arch, which I absolutely adored!”

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You can buy chalkboard paint online or at DIY shops, and simply paint any backdrop you can find which is large enough for your needs. Use white markers rather than chalk, and plan your designs carefully: for straight lines use masking tape to guide your writing. For other layouts use a soft pencil to sketch roughly where everything will go before you start writing with your pen. And if you do make mistakes, grab some super cheap face wipes to clean it up and start again, or paint over.

Images are by lovely Claire Gill Photography:


Claire Gould

Claire spends her days writing - either in beautiful calligraphy or online. She lives on the edge of the English Lake District only minutes away from the beach, where she loves to escape and unwind. Claire's calligraphy can be found at Claire launched the English Wedding Blog in November 2009 - it's been a top 10 UK wedding blog ever since, with a regional focus we hope you LOVE.



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