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DIY Arrow Napkin Rings

DIY Projects

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We have been waiting on the edge of our seats to share this project! When we landed our eyes on Firefly Events‘s showstopper of a table this past August, we were immediately in love with their napkin rings. We later learned that they used arrow bracelets from Anthro! Genius. Since it was a dream-scenario with space for just one table, they were able to splurge at $48 each. With a real wedding with 15 or more tables, not so much. So continuing with our installment on how to bring inspiration to real life, we found a cost-friendly solution in the best of High Low examples. Our DIY version costs about $46.50 less!

DIY arrow napkin ring

From Teissia of Firefly Events: We had never done napkin rings before – mostly because we had never found ones that we liked! But when we saw these cute bracelets at Anthropologie, we thought that they would make a great updated version. Plus, we had decided to use gold as our main accent color, so they were a perfect fit. We love how the simple black napkins made these delicate bracelets pop.

Because these bracelets come at a $48 price tag, using them for a real wedding with 100+ place settings is not realistic ($4800!) . So we created a budget-friendly version of Firefly Events’ fabulous idea, but using arrow findings (those jewelry bits that look like pendants but don’t have holes). We shared a project using jewelry findings before here.

DIY arrow napkin rings
marble table runner
photo above by Les Loups

All you need to make these fab Anthro-inspired arrow napkin rings are a rubber mallet (a lightweight one, used for crafts and jewelry), a piece of felt and a metal pipe (3 inch diameter is ideal for napkin rings). Simply wrap the felt around the pipe to protect the arrow pieces from getting scratched and gently hammer the arrow pieces around the pipe, forming open rings. This Etsy seller carries the largest arrow findings we came across, and they also offer bulk discounts. These cute little charms also make amazing bouts and tie clips for the gents, with smaller arrows like these ones!

Bringing Wedding Inspiration to Life by Firefly Events

Wedding Design, Wedding Planning

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The very first step to planning you wedding is quite likely going to be choosing colors and an overall aesthetic. You have million ideas rushing through your mind as pin different themes, and selecting them down to just one can often be a challenge. So we’re often asked how to take your dream wedding collage and bring it to real life. Teissia and Alia of Firefly Events in NYC are with us to share a very special feature: turning wedding inspiration from idea into reality. Their booth at this August’s The Cream Event NYC was out-of-this-world incredible, made possible by Firefly’s wedding savvy know-how in designing the most beautiful soirees. I’ll let Teissia and Alia take it from here, and keep an eye out for some handy tutorials within!

From the designers, Teissia and Alia: The design process is one of our favorite parts of our job! Not just the execution, but the actual process of creating and collaborating to make an idea in your head, come to life. At The Cream event in August, we took the opportunity to try something completely new and different — and today we’re super excited to share a behind the scenes look at how it all came together!

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photos above by Moss and Isaac

Earlier this summer, the ladies at The Cream sent us a moodboard and color story to use as a jumping off point. This is a great place to start any design project, because it begins to define what you don’t want. After seeing the board we made a quick list of what we did want to convey in our design. We find that it’s really helpful to keep an inspiration list with some go-to words and phrases to help define your design. Here was our list for The Cream:

  • A simplistic aesthetic
  • A contrast of masculine and feminine
  • Draw inspiration from interior design
  • Incorporate the entire space from floor to ceiling

These were all ideas that had been percolating over the last few months and we were dying to test them out. When we do side projects like The Cream, or put together inspiration shoots, we love to use them as strictly creative spaces where we can experiment with new ideas and build on others. These three elements are the foundation for all of our design work, and they’re easy tools that anyone can use: A Moodboard + Color Story, an Inspiration List (this could also be as simple as a list of adjectives, like “fun, cozy, nautical” etc.), and a few Key Pieces. For weddings, the first Key Piece can be your wedding gown.

dreamcatcher wedding table
photo by Moss and Isaac

DIY wedding placemats

One incredible thing to note is that they made almost everything themselves – including the table! Using reclaimed wood and Ikea trestle legs :) Perhaps you might want to steal their idea for your dessert table? Our first project is a set of 6 placemats in a fun black and white tribal print. Super easy!

1. Supplies:
– 6 pieces of fabric, each measuring your desired size (we got ours here)
– A roll of Stitch Witchery (also known as “magic hem”)
– Ruler
– Iron

2. Lay your fabric pattern side down and use your ruler to mark where you would like to fold your fabric. For our placemats we used a stiff cotton-linen canvas so it easily took the fold. If yours doesn’t, use a few straight pins to hold the fabric in place. Cut a few strips of Stitch Witchery and place between each fold.

3. Iron each fold and let the Stitch Witchery do its magic. Voila! Custom placemats.

DIY wedding placemats

For our broken marble table runner, Taylor headed to an old bar that was being renovated and brought a sledge hammer. This is one of our favorite rules of crafting: Always keep your eyes and ears open. You never know when free stuff might come your way! Keep your eyes peeled for the free section of Craigslist :)

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It’s important to be flexible and go with the flow, because you never know exactly how your design will turn out until you install it in the venue. There are always little tweaks and changes once you’re on site and sometimes those can be the best part!

Firefly Events

For this space, they worked with Fox Fodder Farm for the hanging flowers arragements + fresh flower veil wreath, and the dreamcatchers were crafted by Electric Love. Thanks so much for reading our story and thanks to Tree of Life Films for putting together this little video of our setup on the big day!

If you want another peek at our recap for their space, check it out here. So worth revisiting! Thank you Firefly Events for the visit and Tree of Life Films for the video!

Outdoor Lake Tahoe Wedding

Whimsical Weddings

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I truthfully don’t even know where to begin with this wedding — the bouquets? The bride’s Sarah Seven gown? The absolutely breathtaking scenery? Every bit of it is just incredible. Newlyweds Amanda and Mike called upon Cindy and Daniel of Orange Turtle Photography to capture their wedding in the mountains of California at a venue so secluded it isn’t even on a named road! How much do you adore the flowers from Natural Flair?

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From the bride, Amanda: I had a lot of inspiration but I really let the venue inspire me the most. There were a ton of vintage details every where around The Hideout — the owners are collectors. Tahoe is kind of whimsical too, full of beautiful flowers, butterflies and amazing starry nights. It’s very enchanting.

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outdoor groomsmen pictures

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beige bridesmaids dresses

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succulent guestbook displays

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There wasn’t a theme other than fun! We really wanted to make sure our guests were very well fed and we really wanted them to enjoy the venue. I had a REALLY hard time deciding on colors and eventually I narrowed it down to fuchsia, navy and cream. The men all wore navy and my bridesmaids wore cream and the flowers were a mix of all those colors.

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cream bridesmaids dresses

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fuchsia bouquet ideas

I did all the feature table signs and table numbers on the computer, I made all the succulent centerpieces, the flower girls head bands were made by my soon to be sister in law, the biggest DIY was the programs and invitations that were created by our friends Bailey and Spencer. I gathered a lot of decor and had ideas and thoughts on how I wanted things but I have to give my wedding planner Kate Miller the kudos for putting it all together.. I was amazed when I saw it, she did an amazing job!

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outdoor reception ideas

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white fused vases

outdoor wedding centerpieces

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outdoor lounge areas

Any advice for brides planning their weddings now? It’s all about your vendors, pick vendors you love, we picked the most remote place to get married because we were in love with the owners they are like family to us now. I made my photographers travel all the way from San Diego because every time I looked at their work it made me happy! Also trust your vendors make a decision and let go; don’t second guess yourself. They know what they are doing — they are professionals. I am also someone who hates accepting help but I could not have done it with out my amazing family and friends they helped a ton!

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kraft favor bags

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View all images from this wedding in the gallery

Wedding Music:
Bridal Party Processional: “Sweet Thing,” Van Morrison
Bridal Processional: “Maybe I’m Amazed,” Paul McCartney
Recessional: “This Is Us,” Mark Knopfler and Emmylou Harris
First Dance: “Into the Mystic,” Van Morrison

Wedding Location: Kirkwood, CA / Wedding Photographer: Orange Turtle Photography / Wedding Coordination: Kate Miller Events / Wedding Venue: The Hideout / Wedding Flowers: Natural Flair / Wedding Dress: Sarah Seven “Flora” / Wedding Shoes: Fergie / Bride’s Hair: Julie Rinella of Hermosa Salon / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: picked by bridesmaids / Groom’s Suit: Zara / Groomsmen’s Suits: Zara and Banana Republic / Wedding Caterer, Donuts, and Cake: Beth Soggard Catering / DJ: Jerry Yamashita / Wedding Invitations and Paper Goods: Card Stox / Videographer: Studio THP / Rentals: Forever Vintage Rentals and Storehouse Rentals

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Coco Red Events

At Coco Red Events, we want to help create, facilitate and implement weddings that will make our client’s vision come to life. We also love to help clients imagine what their wedding can be, to collaborate creatively to enhance every experience of their guests. We work hard to maintain a high level of customer service throughout the whole planning process. We will be with you every step of the way. At the end of the day, a win for us is when our couple says, “today was the best day ever!”

We are a family-owned and operated company. Colette, or “Coco,” started our company almost 3 years ago. Since then, we’ve worked with many brides – budgets big and small. We love what we do and we love working together as a team to create exceptional weddings.

Although we are based in Atlanta, our team has executed events with excellence all over the country. Each person on our team has a specific strength–from environment design to logistics to building sets and crafting props–we will collaborate to make your wedding the one that every one talks about for years to come.

Thank you for considering us! We would be honored to work with you on your big day!!

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