DI-Why? Real Talk About Tackling Your Own Wedding Projects

DI-Why? Real Talk About Tackling Your Own Wedding Projects

The real question you should be asking yourself isn’t whether or not you can pull off a DIY cake pop display, but why you might feel DIY itself is necessary. And if it’s a “must do,” how can you do it smartly?

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The 9 Dos and Don'ts of Eco-Friendly Wedding Confetti Tosses

The 9 Dos and Don'ts of Eco-Friendly Wedding Confetti Tosses

Let’s face it, everyone loves a good wedding day confetti toss send off! They’re exciting and make for great memories and even more amazing photos. But sadly, not all confetti is created equal. Choosing the wrong confetti can have a major negative impact on the environment, so here are 9 things to consider before making a confetti choice for your big day.

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The Problem with Styled Wedding Shoots

The Problem with Styled Wedding Shoots

I had a bit of a revelation the other day. A hosting revelation. An event epiphany, so to speak. I’ve been fairly vocal on my blog about trying to ease the pressure to be crafty, keeping things simple when it comes to party and wedding decor and DIY projects, and even shared my own personal holiday and party decor to show that it can be easy and uncomplicated. However, I wasn’t sure where this desire to calm people the eff down about decor came from. Why was I so anti-decor and making tables and centerpieces and events look nice? I realized the other day that it’s about the motivation. It’s about staying true to WHY you want your table to look beautiful.

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Business We Believe In: Susty Party

Business We Believe In: Susty Party

Susty Party inspires people to come together and connect over food and conversation without it feeling like a hassle.  Our tableware is stylish and fun, makes for easy clean-up, and there's no guilt about making mountains of trash because all our products are made from recycled or renewable resources!

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Business We Believe In: Paisley & Jade

Business We Believe In: Paisley & Jade

is a boutique-style rental company and prop house located in the heart of Richmond, Virginia. Specializing in vintage and eclectic items, we maintain an inventory of gorgeous furniture and decor pieces that can be used to create one-of-a-kind visual displays. From soirées to styled shoots, our collection contains the details that assist our clients in executing their vision. We have sourced up & down the east coast, dug through barns and even pulled items from our own grandmothers’ attics to curate our extensive collection. With a selection of upholstered pieces, plus a warehouse full of furniture and smalls that would make any thrift store junkie jealous, we are truly a destination for event designers, art directors, stylists and commercial photographers. 

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Sponsor Highlight: Guard n Flags

Company: Guard n Flags

Owners: Elisa Rios & Emma Barnes

City: Richmond 

Tagline: Re-claim Re-member, Re-present

guard n flags logo

1.    How are you a “game-changer” in the wedding industry?

The custom design, and print work we make at Guard n Flags offers wedding clients the opportunity to order objects that commemorate their union beyond their wedding day. The objects we construct can be used again at anniversary parties or passed down through the family! By basing our flags and banners around our client’s personal expression, we work to emphasize the individual in a way that redefines what a wedding should feel or look like. 

Guard N Flags people holding flag reading "re-claim, re-member, re-present"

2.     What inspires you to “do weddings differently”?

It goes back to our tagline! Re-claim Re-member, Re-present. We want to create flags, banners, and objects that are significant and decorative but also functional and practical. We strive to not be generic, reclaiming what art can be, what print can be, what weddings can be. 

3.     What is one of your favorite creative, offbeat projects you’ve worked on?

Well recently, being the nerds that we are, we combined Drake lyrics and Robert Frost poetry... as well as pony prints with Ginuwine lyrics, and last but not least a combination of Seal’s Kiss From a Rose with Gertrude Stein. Projects like this are crucial because they represent us and our interests. We want our work with wedding clients to do the same — to create visual mashup of a couple. 

medieval hip hop flags slash horse race slash valentines day flags!

medieval hip hop flags slash horse race slash valentines day flags!

4.    What are three ingredients for a perfect day at your company?

A dash of school boy Q, 4 cups of patience, 1 bottle of wine

5.     If you were in charge, what would the next big wedding trend be?

More flags and banners! More people doing what they wanted and without spending a lot of money. We want to make flags that are personal and can be used again by couples at an accessible price. 

Guard N Flags folding flag

6.     What are you most looking forward to at {un}convention?

We want to learn how to make things more practical and accessible for people and how to market that!

Guard N Flags flag with logo