We’ve been featured on the ‘Today Show’ for there “Today Throws A Wedding” segment. Today style editor and Bobbie Thomas shares how to celebrate in style without hurting your wallet. One creative way is to “reinvent your little black dress again” by adding an embroidered sash to your dress using M&J Trims! Read the rest of the article.
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Beaded Trim used in video – Beaded Sequin Borders Item# 43028 (Silver-Black)
A Flower bouquet is such an important part of your wedding day. And you want it to look beautiful, just like your wedding day. As part two of my other jeweled bouquet blog. Here’s another way to jewel up your wedding bouquet. Just tightly wrap about 3inches of ribbon around your bouquet and place the cut rhinestone blanket around the bouquet as well. Best option would be to glue or sew the two ends together.
Ribbon used: 2.5” Hand Dyed Silk Satin Item# 25180 (in Blushing Bride)
Rhinestone Blanket: 24-Row Rhinestone Blanket Item#03624 (in Crystal Silver)
M&J Bridal Salon Accessories- Necklace Style#44880 & Large Cage Veil Style#42929
There are so many great reasons for DIY projects, to save money, to create something you can’t find, to re-use something you don’t use, but most importantly to show your creativity and personality. And here’s something that works great anywhere and I mean anywhere. For a wedding or everyday use, this fabric brooch looks great in the hair, accessory, clothing and even your wedding dress.
M&J Bridal Salon Accessory Necklace Style# 44880
- The length of each material depends on how you want to design your flower brooch. For this particular project. Here is what I did.
- I took a 4” long pleated taffeta and folded ½” on both sides and used the glue gun to attach it to the felt. Make sure you don’t lay it down too straight or it’ll end up looking a little awkward. Slight bend both sides a little and glue it down. Be careful, the glue gun is extremely hot.
- Next I took about 2” of a double row rhinestone trim and glued it on top of the pleated ribbon to cover the ribbons stitches that it came with.
- Next is making the flower.
- For the larger flower, I used about 3/4 of a yard of Midori Dupinoi ribbon. On one end, tie a loose knot. Make it as flat as possible.
- Next lay the ribbon down on a table and with two finger, hold down the knot.
- With the other hand, start flipping the ribbon over one small section at a time. The ribbons should over lap each other as you also turn the ribbon on the table to form a flower. You can make the flower as tight or loose as you would like, but just remember to hold it down so it stays in shape.
4. When you’re complete with the flower, tuck the end down underneath the flower and carefully pick up the flower to glue it down onto the felt. Glue it close to the rhinestone trim.
- Repeat steps a-d for the other two flowers
- When you’re done gluing the entire flower down, glue the loose pearls onto the center of the flower.
- Also glue pieces of the rhinestones along areas where you can visibly see the felt.
- Next, take the scissors and carefully trim the brooch. Be careful not to get too close to the flower and not to trim too far.
- Lastly, glue the accessory clip onto the back of the felt. With this clip, you can add it onto your hair, clothing or anywhere you like.
Accessories are from our M&J Bridal Salon
Call 1-800-9MJTRIM to Purchase.
Necklace Style# 44880
Large Cage Veil Style#42929
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You just got engaged, congratulations! Now time for some fun and planning your big day, but not before picking the date. Once you have your special day picked out, make sure your guests will know far enough in advance to save the date. Save the date cards are important to remind your guests so that you can work on the invitations and send out final details later. This is a great time to express who you are as a couple, fun and quirky or romantic and serious? Use these traits to personalize your card.
My brother used a really neat trick to make his cards for his San Diego wedding, refrigerator magnets! You can pick up magnet business cards from any office supply store (I suggest Avery brand #8374, you get 30 for $12). You can make a simple card that states the date with the bride and groom’s name. If you are really creative you can use a photo editing program to make a custom design using an engagement photo or make a monogram to put on the card.
So how does M&J factor into this? Try embellishing the magnet with a simple ribbon loop at the top, some new refrigerators won’t let a magnet stick, and some people just don’t like magnets on their refrigerators (like my mother). The loop will allow them tack it on a cork board for safe keeping. Make a little loop at the top and glue it down with some e6000 glue, add an SS20 rhinestone for that ‘Bridal Bling’ and you are done. They are a super easy project that can save you a little money in the long run.
The magnets are light enough that one postage stamp should suffice, but just to be safe, take one to the post office and have it weighed. While there be sure to check out their wedding stamps that they offer every year. Congrats, and have fun planning!
Besides deciding on the flavor of your cake, most brides and grooms are also concern about the appearance of the cake itself. After all, it’s one of the most important part of your wedding day and your first anniversary. Leave the flavor of the cake to your taste bud because I’m pretty sure you’ll know what you like. As for the adornment of the cake, that’s the important part. Of course you want something memorable and matches the theme of your wedding. This can easily be done by using satin ribbons and Swarovski rhinestones.Just use colors that best matches your theme. For instance, the cake above used 5/8″ and 7/8″ satin ribbon in baby blue and black. The flowers on the cake were also embellished with Swarovski flatbacks. Who would have thought that ribbons and crystals can make a big difference on a cake that leave memories of a lifetime.
You can also use crystal sprays on top of the cake. If you’re really like to customize your cake, you can add a personalized printed ribbon. It can have your names and the wedding date on it. Then embellish it with some rhinestones.
As many of my loyal blog readers can tell, I’m a pretty crafty person. Some of you may not know I’m an avid seamstress too. For this week’s blog I decided to make a Bridesmaid’s dress and embellish it with items from M&J. Granted, my best friend isn’t using purple in her wedding. My Sister-in-law probably won’t either, but at least I made a pretty little dress I can wear again. You don’t even need to make the dress, you can buy something simple off the rack and go from there. It’s a more cost effective (and more custom) alternative to Box Store Bridesmaids’ dresses.
I used McCalls #4460, view C. For the dress I used a Purple/White cross woven Silk Dupioni. Not shown is the black tulle along the bottom. You could even use a jazzy black lace along the hem instead! I used a 24mm Silk Satin Ribbon in Black for the belt, and Rhinestone Buckle #32367 in Jet/Black Diamond/Gunmetal. The top of the dress is edged in the 15mm Black Organdy Ribbon with a 9mm Black Silk Satin placed in the middle. I simply used Unique Stitch glue on the ribbons and it holds really well.
If you want to take a store bought dress and embellish it, pick a simple dress with very little details already on it. You can add a ribbon belt as I have, use a beaded trim around the top or on the waist, add Sew on Rhinestones or use a silk flower.
Winter is here in NYC and the air is cold. I can start to see the sign of snow and I was inspired by this. I noticed while looking at bridal head wear that headbands made of luxurious ribbons are very much ‘In’. Taking a cue from Milton’s headband blog, I went a little more bridal with mine. For the winter bride I used a white Silk Satin Ribbon and a Snow Flake beaded and rhinestone appliqué.
First, I tied a bow about 1/3 of the way into the ribbon. Then I applied the appliqué over the middle of the bow using Unique Stitch glue. You can use any style and omit the bow if you wish. You can even take 3 sections and braid them together to create a unique look. To finish the headband, simply follow Milton’s instructions.
The tradition of the veil on a bride has many back-stories. Some say it started in ancient Rome to confuse the evil spirits who may try to steal her away from the groom. Some say it was to disguise the bride before the wedding of an arranged marriage, this way if he saw something he didn’t like he wouldn’t run away. It is also said that the lifting of the blusher veil is so the groom knows he is marrying the right woman. There are so many variations on the story, but today the veil is more an accessory to the gown.
My best friend recently got engaged and has put me in charge of making her wedding gown and veil. As her Maid-of-Honor it is my duty to see what would look best on her and work with her taste. I know she likes lace, being a pretty traditional girl, so that’s what I went with. Looking in various bridal stores I noticed how expensive beautiful lace edged veils can be! They can be anywhere as much as $300 on up! So I’m going to describe how I made a beautiful antique looking lace veil that my friend could use on her big day without the big price tag.
Note: I chose a length a little longer than the fingertip. It is double layered with the top layer being about 8″ shorter than the under-layer. Choose a length that works for you, I’m going to give directions for fingertip length though.
Measure the length from where you want the veil to start, to your knee.
Fold the tulle in half and use the folded edge as the top of the veil (where the comb will be sewn). Fold this piece in half length wise. From the top of the folded edge (comb edge) measure the length you used for the head to knee.
Mark with pins a quarter oval. Make it a little wider at the top than the bottom to give it a more full look. When you are happy with the shape, cut it out.
Unfold the piece (leave the top and bottom layers folded together) so you now have a half oval shape. Take the top layer and mark with pins about 8″-10″ up from the edge. Cut it shorter but still keep the shape of the bottom layer.
Now the fun begins, you get to glue on the lace! This will take patience and time, it cannot be rushed! You can also opt to sew the lace on with a machine. Line the edge of the scallop up with the edge of the tulle and pin in place if sewing, pin it as you glue otherwise.
Once you have the lace attached (and it has dried overnight) you can set the pearls or rhinestones (or both if you so choose).
If you used a scalloped edge lace as I have, be sure to cut the excess tulle from the scallops for a cleaner look.
The nice thing about the veil is that you can choose to use lace as I did here, leave the tulle plain (like I did for my own wedding), use rattail cord (1mm or 2mm), beaded trims, or a thin ribbon edge. You can personalize your veil to match your dress and it won’t cost a fortune.