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I’ve been MIA for a good while…and I’m so sorry! But I promise I have good excuses!! As you all know, it’s wedding season! And I’ve had two very good friends get married this summer, and both weddings I’ve been a bridesmaid in as well as had a rather large hand in helping to plan. But that’s not even the best reason I’ve been gone…I’m starting a wedding planning business! So exciting! My future mother-in-law, who lives in Hawaii, and I are teaming up to start a local and destination wedding planning company, called Weddings Here & Away. It’s all still in the works, but I can’t wait to get into this crazy (and crazy fun) industry professionally. The website will be up soon so I’ll definitely be keeping everyone posted on that. In the meantime, if you’re planning a wedding in the Pacific Northwest or Hawaii, don’t hesitate to contact me at andreaskaar@gmail.com!

Alright, so since I’ve been gone for so very long, I come bearing gifts…in the form of an awesomely easy and fabulous fabric flower tutorial. One of my friends, whose wedding I mentioned above, asked me to create these to jazz up our bridesmaids dresses and now I’m addicted to these things. They’re so easy and one yard of fabric will get you about 7-9 flowers, depending on how big you make them…and at about $7.00/yard (depending on your fabric), that’s less than a dollar each! Fabulous indeed! Now, onto the tutorial:

First, materials. You’ll need 1 yard of fabric, thread, pins, and scissors.

Next, cut out a strip about 1.5-2″ wide along the longest side of the fabric.

Then fold the strip in half “hot dog style,” pinning every few inches to keep it together.

Then sew the rough edges together. If you have a “basting” setting on your
sewing machine, this step will go super fast. Alas, I do not, so hand-
sewing it was for me.

When you get to the end, start to pull the thread so the fabric bunches up.

The results of your bunching should look about like this.

Beginning with the end you started sewing with, start to roll the fabric
into a flower shape, securing it with stitches every few “rolls.”
This is super important- you don’t want it to fall apart! Make
sure the stitches go through every layer of the fabric.

When you get to the end, the back should look something like
this. Secure it with lots and lots of stitches…and don’t
worry about how it looks, no one will see this side.

Turn it over and you have a flower!

Attach a pin to the back and you’re done-zo!

These flowers are ridiculously easy and I can’t wait to see how they look on the dresses. The wedding is the 28th, so I’ll post pictures as soon as I have them! Let me know if you have any questions!

Promise to keep you posted more often-

-A

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Maybe it’s because I have wedding gowns on the brain lately, but I have yet another great source for getting your wedding gown for less! House of Brides is the world’s largest wedding store, offering discounts on hundreds of designer wedding gowns, bridesmaids dresses, flower girl dresses, mother-of-the-bride dresses, headpieces, shoes, jewelry, and more!! Offering the same great gowns you’d find in your local boutiques, once you’ve tried on and fallen in love with your dream dress, head on over to Houseofbrides.com and snag it up for hundreds less than retail…leaving you more money for that awesome veil and shoes!

Speaking of veils and shoes, House of Brides is offering a free headpiece/veil ($120 value) and bridal shoes ($50 value) when you purchase a dress from one of their select designers. Free veil and shoes?? Yes please!! And with all the money you’ve saved, you can afford those fancy letterpress invitations…or treat yourself to a pre-wedding spa treatment. However you spend it, you can give yourself some major high faves for getting more bang for your buck.  🙂

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Let’s be real. Your best girls will most likely never wear those bridesmaids dresses again…unless you get creative. Most bridesmaid dresses, though pretty, just scream “toss me the bouquet!!” and re-wearing them just isn’t an option. So I challenge you to scour the racks of the good old department stores and boutique-like chain stores for dresses that may not always be the cheaper option, but your BM’s are sure to shell out a few extra dollars for something that they not only feel more comfortable in, but will certainly wear over and over again. And you’re sure to have a beautifully unique bridal party look, worthy of your most important gals. Below are just a few that I’ve found on sale now!

Anthropologie. $89.95

White House Black Market. $158.00

White House Black Market. $168.00

J. Crew. More colors! $98.00

J. Crew. All colors on sale! $69.00-$99.00

Macy's. $99.00

So do your girls a favor, and find them bridesmaids dresses they’ll love to wear year-round, not just on your special day. 🙂

Happy planning!

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