DIY:Beautiful Belt Creation

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By Julissa

Do you have plain dress you want to dress up? Well there’s no worries! You can take affordable material to design your own belt and customize  your own dress. Whether is to meet a friend at the local coffee shop or a night out in the town, you can’t go wrong with a floral belt. Make it casual, fun, or elegant. Your Choice! Here is a belt made out of double face satin ribbon and our popular rosettes.

Materials:

* Not everyone is the same size, the amount depends on your waist size.

Directions:

- Put the ribbon around your waist and mark the place on where you going to put the large rosette. Put a small mark towards your right side of your waist.

- Turn the large rosette over and small amounts of hot glue on the back. Gently press it down on where you made the mark on the ribbon.

- Take the two piece of the ivory rosettes, turn them over and apply small amounts of hot glue in the back. Take one end and glue it next to the large rosette, glue the other end away of the large rosette. There should be a small space between the large black rosette and the small ivory rosettes

- Take the punk rosette, turn it over and apply small amounts of hot glue. Glue it in between the large rosette and the small ivory rosettes.

- Take the Velcro and apply two dots at the end of the ribbon. This makes the belt removable.

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By Blerona

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)

Adding Embellishments to your bouquet

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By Blerona

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)


DIY Accessory Brooch

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By Dara

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.

Materials:

M&J Bridal Salon Accessory Necklace Style# 44880

Instructions:

  1. The length of each material depends on how you want to design your flower brooch.  For this particular project.  Here is what I did.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Next is making the flower.
    1. 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.
    2. Next lay the ribbon down on a table and with two finger, hold down the knot.
    3. 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.

    1. Repeat steps a-d for the other two flowers
    2. When you’re done gluing the entire flower down, glue the loose pearls onto the center of the flower.
    3. Also glue pieces of the rhinestones along areas where you can visibly see the felt.
    4. 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.
    5. 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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Photography by: kfirziv.com 

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M&J Bridal is excited to annouce that we have recently finish the photoshoot for our lookbook.  Below is a glimpse the beautiful bridal accessories we are currently carrying.  Click on the image below to view the entire lookbook.

To contact regarding any of the pieces, please email bethany@mjtrim.com or call 212-704-8017.

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By Blerona

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\Magnetic Save The Date Cards!

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By Kristin

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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!

The Perfect Wedding Cake

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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. 

DIY Bridesmaid’s Dress

By Kristin

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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.

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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.

Bridal Headband

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By Kristin

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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.