Aug 10, 2013
I'm such a DIY bride I love being crafty and making things, so when it comes to my wedding there is no exception. I have been think about my wedding (and planning) almost since the moment I met David. I knew he was the one, so now that we are actually planning our wedding I have lots of great ideas. And that's what they are just ideas I came up with in my head and now it was time to make the dreams a reality, which took a little imagination. I came up with the idea of having crystals hanging on the inside of a trumpet vase and set a pillar candle one top of it(which would be the bottom of the vase). So I figured that I would just take fishing line and anchor it to the bottom of the vase and the tie the crystals to the ends and voila.... haha I wish. Anyone who has played with fishing line definitely knows it is not that simple. First of all it comes curled around a spool which in turn makes the line have a curl to it and then to get that to just sit nicely on the bottom of the vase was just not possible. So I had to come up with a new plan, I knew I had to weigh the fishing line down in a way that wouldn't look tacky, I mean hello this is for my wedding, and also come up with a way to keep it set on the bottom so it would be strong enough to hold the weight of the crystals.
Items you will need:
Trumpet vases (I ordered all my vases from www.wholesaleglassvasesint.com and it was cheaper the renting even after shipping)
Crystals (I waned 3 hanging in each vase at 3 different sizes, which I got from www.cristalier.com)
Fishing line (the thickness is up to you I just chose something that was weighted for 12 lbs)
Clear Vase Gems (this is to weigh down the fishing line)
Super glue (trust me you need it)
Acrylic Water Kit (to permanently hold the fishing line at the bottom)
1 syringe (this is to apply the liquid acrylic at the bottom of the vase without creating a huge mess)
I decided to make the tutorial after I had complete the project so some items are not pictured but you get the idea
First you want to cut the fishing line, I recommend twice the size of you vase, this is because once you are ready to add the liquid acrylic if the line is to short you won't be able to keep it from falling to the bottom(you really don't want to have to hold the fishing line for 48 hours while the acrylic sets up) After you cut all your fishing you are going to superglue them to the clear vase gems, I chose to have 3 per gem because I wanted to have 3 crystals per vase this is totally up to you. This part is a bit messy and can be frustrating, how ever you can get the fishing line to attach to the gem is fine, I chose to tie them around it and put a small drop of superglue that worked best for me.
Once the fishing line is attached to the gems place the gems in the bottom of you vases (I also put a small drop of superglue at the bottom of the vase so the gem would have a temporary hold until the acrylic was placed in) once the super glue is dry pull the lines so the are taunt and secure them with something. This is why I said to make the length long, I just secured mine with the bottom of the vase.
(this picture is just showing you how i pulled the lines tight a secured them while the acrylic was put in and dried Please ignore the mess)
Now its time to mix the acrylic water (just follow the directions on the box) once its all mixed fill your syringe and them squeeze it into the bottom of the vase (you only need enough to completely cover the gem as shown.) Once you have all the gems covered now it is time to wait 48 hours for the acrylic to harden.
Now that your acrylic has set for 48 hours and is nice and hard you can now tie your crystals at your desired length with the fishing line. This part I thought was going to be so hard to do, but since the fishing line is nice and long it is not as hard as you would think.What you do is take the crystal (which I chose the option with the silver rings) thread the fishing ling threw the ring and tie it around your finger in a single knot so you can adjust it (like the first part to tying a bow) You will now pulled the line as you slide your finger and crystal up into the vase at your desired length you will tighten the knot as you pull your finger out. Then cut the excess length of the line off. I hope the pictures help better explain! I used a thick cord and bracelet to better show how to do it.
I really hope this helps you understand
Now you have beautiful unique centerpieces that everyone will love and talk about!
More photos to come after the wedding so you can see the full finished product!
So I want my girls to love their dress and feel comfortable along with looking gorgeous! I really don't understand the whole make them look terrible so I stand out way of thinking. I mean HELLO your in the white gown there is no way anyone one will show you up on your wedding day, and the only person your hurting is your self because you'll be the one showing the pictures off and have them in you home, so why not make them look BEAUTIFUL!! Anyway, here is what I found that I like and sent them to my girls for there opinions. My color scheme is shades of pink with silver accents, and since I plan to wash the hall in pink I thought that my girls would look great in silver, lets face it not everybody loves pink or looks good in it for that matter. My sister, especially was please to hear she doesn't have to spend money on a pink gown.
I like the idea of both styles and letting each girl choose between the two.
Probably every brides most favorite and anticipated part about the whole planning process....the Dress!! I had so much fun going to the salons to try on all those beautiful gowns! Now, I am a Lazaro bride through and through but unfortunately my budget says other wise lol! Don't get me wrong I could have got that dream Lazaro gown but then all my guest wouldn't get to eat lol! So I was excited to go shopping for a more reasonable priced designer but still hesitant that I would never find a gown the matches my Lazaro tastes in my budget. I set up a few appointments at salons that were in the nearby city and went shopping. I knew right away what style dress I was looking for and what looked great on my body (trumpet/mermaid) but I also told the consultants that I was open to try on all styles, all the shows and books say to keep and open mind if you go in with and set style and details you my end up disappointed. The first salon carried Mori Lee gowns and Ronald Joyce a European couture gown designer. The gowns were nice and it was fun to try them on but none really screamed THE ONE but I did have 3 top choices in case I never had that ah ha moment. (more to come with pics)
He did such a great job!! He was so worried about not getting exactly what I wanted!! I LOVE it
David always told me that he would pop the question when I least expected it and boy did he. You see our five years of being together is on September 26 and I just knew that's when he would have to do it, now I had no idea he had a ring or not I just figured it has been long enough. So this past Friday (September 21st) our new iPhone 5's were delivered and I had been excited for them the come since we pre-ordered them on the 14th. David had teased me all week saying I cared more about the iphone then I did an engagement ring and I would probably be more excited about the phone, not true! Anyway, that afternoon we started getting ready to go to the high school homecoming football game to watch my youngest brother play, as I was looking for something to wear David came into the room holding a Chicago Bears shirt and said "Honey I bought you a shirt." when I took the shirt he told me to look at the back, as I turned it around it read "Mrs. Miller" it took me a moment to realise what was going on I must have read it like 3 times before I turned around to look at David, and there he was on one knee with the ring in his hand asking "honey, Will you Marry Me?" I was so speechless all I did was jump up and down with excitement, after I calmed down I told him yes of course and that this was way better than the new iphone!!! And he just said well now you have both lol! I love that man.
My fiance and I met on a blind date through my sister in September of 2007. We went to this hole in the wall 24 hour diner in our small town. We hit it off instantly and 5 years later he proposes! I'm so excited to be planing our wedding and have so many ideas. At the moment I'm loving PW so I can put my ideas on here and get what other PW members think! I'm still in the beginning stage of my profile but more to come :)