Tag Archives: Metallic

DIY Gilded Cotton Boll Boutonnieres

1 Oct

Before even thought about my bouquet, I knew what I wanted to do for boutonnieres for the wedding. Anthony and I met at the Cotton Bowl in Fair Park, Dallas so I thought natural cotton bolls would be a sweet nod to where we met (like our engagement photos).

Rather than paying $135 on boutonnieres (9 x $15 is what I was quoted), I DIYed my boutonnieres for $17.

I made the bows with metallic velvet ribbon and hot glue, then adhered them to the stems of the natural cotton. I was going to keep the stems natural, but last minute I decided to gild the stems with supplies I had leftover from making my wooden menus. I love how they turned out. I made silver boutonnieres for the dads, groomsmen, ushers, and officiant, but I painted Anthony’s gold.  I think these are perfect for fall wedding and could be painted any color. They can be made months in advance, and and add great texture to the grooms(men) attire.


Originally I planned on hot-gluing pins behind the ribbons to attach the boutonnieres to the guys’ lapels to make it easy for them, but in the middle of making them, I found out the head of the cotton were just to heavy to stay upright. Typical straight pin application worked just fine.

DIY Gilded Cotton Boll Boutonniere www.gustoandgraceblog.com

All photos were taken by Jeremy & Krisitin photography. 

DIY Floral Shutter Backdrop

13 Aug

When thinking about my what I wanted my wedding centerpieces one of the first questions I asked myself was “What did my sister have for her centerpieces?” For the life of me, I couldn’t remember. I had to ask her.

Here’s what’s interesting: I spent hours hot-gluing rose metals to long sticks to make the unique and dramatic centerpieces my sister envisioned. Between that, and realizing centerpieces had nothing to do with the priorities Anthony and I set for the wedding, I opted to forgo the expensive floral centerpieces.

That doesn’t mean I didn’t want flowers at the wedding. I love flowers. If I were the type of person who could rationalize spending oodles on a wedding, I would have had flowers everywhere.

DIY Floral Shutters *www.gustoandgraceblog.com*

I found another way to incorporate them in the decor without spending a new piece of furniture, or an extra mortgage payment. I made flower covered gold shutters for a grand total of $60.

While I just used small shutters on a table, you could use large shutters (or even a shutter like room divider), for an altar backdrop. Or you could use them as an escort card display, sliding escort cards (folded like a place card), in the slats of the shutters. I think they would look great in a fun color with bright flowers, I chose gold and white to stay consistent with my metallic color scheme.

DIY Floral Shutters *www.gustoandgraceblog.com*

All images were taken by Jeremy & Kristin Photography.

What you need:

  • Shutters- I got mine from a used home supply store for $6 per shutter
  • Spray paint- I used 2-3 cans of Rustoleum for my 3 shutters
  • Flowers- I used about 200 button poms and carnations to keep it cost-effective
  • Water tubes- I ordered a pack of 100 from afloral.com

The process is simple. Spray paint your shutters and let them dry completely (See my husband helping me on Instagram). The flowers can be added a day or two before your event. Add ice-cold water to all of your water tubes, filling them about two-thirds of the way. The cold water helps the flowers stay fresh and keeps them from opening too early. If you add the flowers the day of your event, room temperature water is fine.

Trim the stems of your flowers to  approximately 4-5 inches in length, varying them slightly. With the slats of your shutters facing upward (see photos), slip one or two flowers through a slat, putting a water tube on the back side. Repeat this process until your shutter is pretty well covered. Remember that most flowers will open up more after you purchase them, so leave a little room between flowers.

Do any of my wedding guests remember my centerpieces?

And Sixpence in Her Shoe

25 Jun

“Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue…” Most people, especially non-British brides, stop the rhyme there. Did you know it goes on to say, “and a sixpence in her shoe”?

According to The Knot, “Something old represents continuity; something new offers optimism for the future; something borrowed symbolizes borrowed happiness; something blue stands for purity, love, and fidelity; and a sixpence in your shoe is a wish for good fortune and prosperity.”

While I think that blessed marriages come from a lot more than rhymes and customs, why would I leave off the last part?

I didn’t.

My “something old” was a pair of shoes I splurged on, just after paying off my student loans, when I walked into Neiman Marcus and saw the designer there signing them. Maybe they aren’t quite old (my something borrowed and my sixpence were much older), but they were the only part of my wedding attire that was not purchased specifically for that day.

Something Old

My something new was my dress (though my veil, garter, and the necklace Anthony bought me were all new too).

Something New

My something borrowed came from my sister/matron-of-honor. A day or two before the wedding she asked me if I had something borrowed. I didn’t. She also asked me if I had earrings. I didn’t. She came to my rescue with a pair of vintage earrings that matched my necklace perfectly.

Something Borrowed

I put much more thought into my something blue than my something borrowed. A few months before the wedding I ordered blue clothing labels that read, “April 27, 2013 Gannoe-Paolini Wedding.” The tags came in multiples, so Anthony got one for each piece of his suit and some family members have our wedding date sewn into the clothing they wore that day.

Something Blue

The sixpence, from 1929 was ordered from Etsy. After misplacing the one I ordered, I almost used one from the 1940s that had been my stepdad’s grandfather’s from his travels. The night before the wedding, I found the one I purchased, and opted to use it so I would not lose such an irreplaceable heirloom.

A Sixpence in Her Shoe

All images, with the exception of the sixpence, were taken by Jeremy and Kristin Photography.

6 Tips for DIYing Your Wedding Invitation Suite

18 Jun

You’re Invited! Please join me weekly as I time travel back to our wedding day. Our photos are in, and we will be sharing them soon!

6 Tips for DIYing Your Wedding Invitation Suite

There are some parts of our wedding that worked out strangely and perfectly in our favor. Our invitation suite was one of those parts (if you remember, our venue was another).

When I first got engaged, I was over at my mom’s talking wedding planning, when she asked me if I was going to send save -the-dates. I told her I probably was not because the only ones I liked enough were these, and I didn’t have, or know anyone who had, a diecut machine.  What does my mom do? She goes to her closet and comes back with this. She says bought it for me for Christmas (this is August, y’all), but supposes it would make a better engagement present.

I DIYed our entire gold and silver suite (with plenty of help). Rather than spending $1500 on invitations, I spent $150. Here are my tips if you are making your own wedding invitations:

1. Don’t settle for fonts already on your computer

There are so many amazing fonts you can download for free or for a small donation to the creator. I scoured dafont.com.

2. “Brand” your wedding- Matchy- matchy is good

I ordered a custom wax seal and a custom address stamp from sellers on Etsy with one of the fonts I used on our paper goods. I omitted our last names and used Anthony’s address on the address stamp so Anthony and I can still use it. It was handy (and again, consistent) on our save-the-dates, wedding invitations, and thank you cards. I also ordered a stamp to match the wax seal to make the design on our favor bags consistent.

3. Paper Source is your best friend

I got most of my cardstock and envelopes from Paper Source. The mini envelopes on the “For Tears of Joy” Programs came from Paper Presentation. I cannot imagine that one of those two places does not have the color you are looking for.

4. There is etiquette 

Martha Stewart can help you with your wording. She can also tell you the proper way to address your envelopes. Lean on her genius.

5. Know thine printer

In my case, this meant knowing that inkjet printers won’t print on metallic paper. In your case, it could be that your printer won’t print on 4-bar (RSVP sized) cards. My dad has a laser printer, so I spent many nights in his home office printing programs, invitations, and RSVP enclosures. You can always take your layout to a copy shop (i.e. Kinkos) and have them print your suite for you if your personal printer won’t suffice.

6. If you plan on having guests RSVP electronically, include an e-mail address

Anthony and I forewent traditional RSVP cards. Instead we included cards that told guests how to RSVP on our wedding website. As an alternative, I included an e-mail address I created for responses. Wedding website can be unfamiliar and tricky to navigate, but most everyone knows how to send an e-mail. I personally didn’t care how people RSVPed, I just needed a yes or a no and a number. 

If you want to how-tos on the ruffled invitations or the number garland save the dates, I’d be happy to share.

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