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Black Friday Sales

As merchants gear up for the holiday season, discounts and deals have already begun. Whether you are shopping for items for your wedding or for gifts, here are some of my favorite deals for you to check out: Jewelry For inexpensive jewelry (especially personalized rings or engagement sets) take a look at Limoges. You can also frequently find amazing deals in their clearance section. Sears has early Black Friday pricing on a whole bunch of different gemstone pendants. They are here, with their regular price listed. The BF prices, which seem to run 45%-50% off, show up in the cart. MyJewelryBox’s holiday sale Holiday Sale is 20% off your order with code HOLIDAY20. Shoes $20 OFF orders $90+ w/ code: 20LEAF at OnlineShoes. Zazzle has cool Read the full article…

Making a Wedding Veil How-to

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While reorganizing the website I realized it’s been more than 2 1/2 years since recording these make your own veil videos. While I’ve gained some weight and gotten considerably more comfortable in front of the camera (compared to the recent How to Decorate a Country Wedding Cake tutorials, OMG!), the information remains as relevant as ever. Enjoy! ~Bobette I am excited to announce a new video series on MyOnlineWeddingHelp.com showing, in detail, step-by-step instructions on how to make a veil yourself. Why make your own wedding veil? There are a variety of reason ranging from you are having trouble finding what you want to cutting costs, to creating a family bonding experience and heirloom. If you are thinking you do not have the talent to Read the full article…

Your Veil: Do it Yourself (DIY) or Buy?

In today’s economy, many are looking for ways to have the wedding of their dreams while also keeping costs low. If this describes you (or a client), doing your veil yourself (DIY) may be an option. Or not. It comes down to personal skills and preferences. Here are some considerations when deciding whether to make a veil. Read below or scroll to the video at the bottom of this post: Pros of creating your own veil: You may save money. You get the color, length, trims, and beading, etc. you want. You also have the option of buying a relatively simple veil, then decorating it yourself. Making some types of veils is relatively easy, even if you are “craft impaired” like I am. If you Read the full article…

Making a Veil Step 1: Measuring and Cutting Fabric

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Before ordering the material (called tulle), you will want to give some thought to how long you’d like the piece that falls over your face, so you will have enough for both the veil and blusher. In fact, I recommend buying 2-3 times the length you think you will need so you can experiment and practice. The extra tulle can be used for a number of decorating projects as well. The process of measuring and cutting is explained below, followed by the video version at the end of this post. Before you measure or cut material, you’ll want to give some thought to how long you’d like your blusher and how full/number of gathers you’d like in it. The wider your material, the more gathers Read the full article…

Making a Veil Step 2: Adding the Blusher (Face Veil)

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Last time we measured and cut the tulle. In today’s Step 2 video, I explain tips for adjusting the fullness and length of your blusher, so you end up with the results you had in mind. If you are still in need of tulle, see our merchants’ selections here. Marking the point where your blusher will end and veil begins. From here forward, your veil creation activities will focus on the line where your blusher ends and veil begins. It’s where your tapers (if any) will begin, as well as where you will make gathers and sew on the comb. To mark the tulle for reference: First, take your oval of tulle from step 1 and fold it in half lengthwise,  focusing on smoothing out Read the full article…

Making a Veil Step 3: Edging and other Decorations

In step 2 we shaped the face/blusher piece of your veil. The next step is to glue edging and/or other embellishments onto the veil. How much bling should you add? This depends on both your dress and your preference. A plain gown can benefit from a veil decorated with rhinestones or larger additions such as decorative butterflies, rosebuds, florals made from seed pearls, or sequined designs. A more bedazzled gown, however, benefits from a more subdued veil. As for your style preference, do what feels comfortable and do not give in to trendy fashion pressure from others. Imagine looking at your wedding pictures ten years from now. Will you think your veil is perfect on you or will you wonder, “what was I thinking?!” If Read the full article…

Making a Veil Step 4: Creating Gathers

In step 3, you decided on beading and trim designs and glued them to your veil. Here, you will learn how to put gathers in it. These are what give your veil fullness around your head and create soft folds in longer veils. I’ve written text instructions below. You may also watch the video at the end of this post. Gathering your veil will create the tiny poufs where your veil meets your head as well as soft folds down your back. To do this, we are going to scrunch the material along the line where the veil transitions into the blusher. Before you begin, unfold your veil or unclip the pseudo-gathers from Step 2: Creating the Blusher, if needed. You will be using the pencil Read the full article…

Making a Veil Step 5: Attaching the Comb

Last time, we created the gathers in your veil. Here, in step 5, we will finish by wrapping an inexpensive comb with material and sewing it onto the veil. I’ve written text instructions below. You may also watch the video at the end of this post. What you will need: Piece of veil material 4″-6″ wide and about 18″ long, needle and thread, and a cheap veil comb. How to Wrap the Comb This is not the only way to attach your comb, but for me it is the most comfortable. By securing thread onto tulle you get a harder hold than if you use felt and glue. I also like the way the tulle looks on the front edge of the comb, which may be visible at Read the full article…

Country Love Knot Heart Tutorial

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Do you adore the concept behind hearts—love—but you find the look of a traditional heart not quite your style? Then a rope love knot heart may be just your taste. Step-by-step instructions for making love knot hearts from sisal rope are below, followed by the video tutorial. (Note, this video is part of the making a rustic wedding cake series. If you do not need to see the “menu” section at the beginning, skip straight to the 1:06 point.) What You Will Need For the heart itself, you need ¼” sisal rope and Matte  Mod Podge. Separate the rope into strands (my rope had three intertwined). I used a single strand to make the smaller hearts and two to make the larger ones plus to Read the full article…

How to Break in Shoes

Today’s Shoes Week post is to help keep your feet comfortable through out the day and night. We have all had the misfortune of buying a new pair of shoes, then, forgetting to break them in before the event for which they were purchased. Don’t make that mistake with your wedding shoes. Blisters on your wedding day are not fun. A few hours wear around the house will certainly help, but most experts recommend a longer break-in period, especially if you are not accustomed to wearing the type of bridal shoe you’ve chosen. Techniques that have helped others include these how-to tips: Wear your shoes off and on around the house for three or four weeks. This will help break them in gradually. For an Read the full article…

Part 1: Walking in heels on your wedding day. Get the feel.

It’s day 4 of Shoes Week and we are going to start learning to walk in higher-than-normal heels. We all want to look awesome in our wedding heels, yes? Seriously, high heels can look heavenly with your dress and make your legs look better than you knew. There’s may be only one problem if you are typically a “low heel” person: walking in them! Don’t worry. Just as you can break in your shoes, you can “break in” yourself. You can gradually get accustomed to the height of the heel with a few easy steps. (No pun intended!). Start your break-in period with a heel that is slightly higher than most of your shoes; and gradually work up to the bridal shoe. Step 1: Get Read the full article…

Part 2 Walking in Heels: Learn the Nuances

In Part 1, we went over the basics, getting used to wearing and moving in high heels. Today, for steps 5 through 7, you will gain grace as you move around in the shoes. (As a sidebar, special thanks to my friend Bobbi Linkemer of WriteANonfictionBook.com, who originally ghost-wrote some of these tips for the website’s original shoes section.  At the moment she’s off to Florida, where her daughter and son-in-law live, for knee surgery. When I wrote her about Shoes Week, she said she’d have to read it, because she had no idea what I could find to talk about for seven days! Lol, Decided to let it be a surprise that it’s partially what *she* said. ~Bobette) Anyway, without further ado… Step 5: Move Read the full article…

Elegant Rustic Wedding Cake Tutorial (no decorating experience required)

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I am excited to announce a new video series on MyOnlineWeddingHelp.com–cake decorating tutorials showing, in detail, step-by-step instructions on how to ice and decorate the rustic wedding cake in the photo at left. (Tip for when using non-food-grade material: back it with wax paper before putting on the cake.) The best part is it’s easier than you may think. You can do this without decorating bags or tips and you do *not* need experience. What’s in the new section? At the beginning and end of each video you will find what I call a menu, where there will be links to each of six videos and this page. The cue that you are in a menu section will be my black shirt. In the actual Read the full article…

Easy Ruffle-Like Wedding Cake Icing Tutorial

How to Frost a Tree-Bark-Like Cake (FYI…smoother than other bark technique)


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