Calling all Crafty Brides!

January 2016
Written By: 
Bree Moore

Chalking it up on your Wedding Day


The old school chalkboard has made a comeback in the form of your next hip wedding idea. It started out as a means for teachers to teach, and in a way you can also teach your guests at the wedding. You can instruct them where they need to sit, what is on the menu for dinner or even point them to the venue just in case they get lost. They are functional yet cost effective for the thrifty bride.

Along with teaching a lesson, you can also proclaim a statement. Beautiful handwritten quotes are the wedding rage of the moment. With quotes like “Alcohol because no great story started with someone eating a salad” or “Love, Laughter & Happily Ever After,” it’s hard not to be charmed by a sign.

Right about now, your finger is probably itching to search the latest on popular social media sites. If you want to try it for yourself, head to Pinterest for some ideas.

Start out by buying the right supplies. Almost every craft store sells chalk and chalkboards. However, if you really want your masterpiece to stand out, buy a large mirror or sign and paint over it using chalkboard paint. You can find paint at the local craft store or Lowe’s if you’re painting something large like a wall or backdrop. You can buy chalk and break it all day long or purchase a chalk pen. It’s so much easier to use, looks sharper and has the same effect without all the dust fuss. The best part? You can wipe it right off with a wet paper towel when all your words start magically making their own line and heading down toward the bottom right corner.

Tried it and are unfortunately having a #Pinterestfail? Don’t get your wedding knickers in a twist. Let a handwriting professional help you out… then tell everyone you did it yourself. Our local expert at Jenny B’s Art will be more than happy to take the lettering stress away from the wedding planning.

Our last and final note, make sure you choose a quote that is special to you and your spouse-to-be. You can always use it as wall art in your new home to remember the amazing wedding day.


The Status of the #SocialWedding
How today’s technology is changing the scope of weddings


In just a few short years, social media has completely changed the way weddings are planned—and celebrated. In fact, social media has become the No. 1 way for brides-to-be to connect, according to the 2014 American Wedding Study from BRIDES magazine. A new #Social WeddingSurvey from The Knot and Mashable further illustrates social’s growing impact. Here’s a look at the some of the latest social stats:

Status Update: According to the BRIDES survey, after sharing their engagement news with close family and friends, 71 percent changed their social-media status to “engaged.”
Further, 59 percent posted a ring pic to social networks and 46 percent shared their news on social media.

Pinterest Reigns Supreme: According to the BRIDES survey,  67 percent of brides-to-be pin content on Pinterest;  64 percent pin content to come back to/purchase or execute their wedding plans; 54 percent share Pinterest boards with their vendors.

#HASHTAGS – Yes or No?: Today, 55 percent of couples use a wedding hashtag, up from less than 10 percent just two years ago, according to The Knot/Mashable survey.

The Photo-Sharing Situation: According to The Knot/Mashable survey, 57 percent of couples are OK with guests posting wedding photos to Facebook and Instagram; 35 percent have mixed feeling about what their guests share; 8 percent do not like photo-sharing because they want to control what is public.