How to make a tassel garland

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Image: McKinley Rodgers

Tassel garlands look amazing hung across your venue or used for tassel balloons. They’re expensive to buy ready made as they’re quite time consuming, but they’re easy to make if you’ve got a bit of patience and a few helpers! I made hundreds for my wedding, using them for our giant tassel balloons and to hang across our barn venue. They take a lot of time but you don’t need to be particularly crafty to get a great result – here’s how…


A retro red and blue wedding

Happy Friday everyone! We are VERY excited here at The Paper Bride as we have our very first real wedding to share with you. And as it’s SO dull and grey out there right now, we’ve chosen one that’s filled with bold colours and summer florals to brighten up your day.

The wedding took place at Old Down Manor – a beautiful old country house that overlooks the Cotswolds – and was shot by Lizzy May Photography. Believe it or not, super-talented Lizzy also designed all of the stationery! “I first met Sarah (the bride) when she visited our pop-up shop, the Little Wedding Space, in Bristol,” says Lizzy. “She loved our suppliers so much she booked us all at once! She chose me to do photos and stationery, Kirsten Butler for styling, Anna Tyler for the cake and Emma Norton for the flowers.”

Let’s take a look…

Woodland wedding inspiration

Our good friend Kirsten Butler – AKA The Little Wedding Helper – knows a thing or two about wedding styling. We met her at a wedding fair at Bristol Zoo (yes, you can get married at the zoo!) about five years ago and since then we’ve watched her win countless awards and style hundreds of south west weddings.

Kirsten recently sent us this beautiful shoot, photographed by the uber-talented Frances Taylor and shot at Bristol wedding venue Arnos Vale. Did you know that you can get married there in the woods at twilight? How romantic is that?

Of course, being The Paper Bride, the bit we’re lusting over most is the stunning hand-illustrated stationery by Harriet de Winton. If we could get married again, we’d so be choosing this!

Woodland wedding ceremony

Rustic DIY ideas

Happy new year! We are back on the blog after a little break and can’t wait to bring you a whole lot of paper prettiness. If you got engaged at Christmas, congratulations – and welcome to the wonderful world of weddings! It’s a lovely place to be.

The rustic look is still so popular, especially for country weddings or if you’re thinking of booking a marquee or barn venue. You can really go to town with DIY too when your venue is a blank canvas – and we don’t just mean bunting! Here are a few of our favourite ideas… (more…)

Winter wedding invites

We’re loving the trend for pretty florals, but they can look a little too summery for a winter wedding. Getting married at this time of year doesn’t have to mean going for icy blues and whites or festive red and green, either – try one of these gorgeous, grown-up options for size…

1) Add a little gold dust with these foiled Luna invitations from Artcadia (invites from £4.15) – nothing says winter glamour like luxurious letterpress invites.

Luna invite, Artcadia

2) Go for all-out decadence with an Art Deco theme. The Deco collection from Hip Hip Hooray (downloadable invites from £12) makes us want to wrap up in our finest furs (fake of course!).

Art Deco wedding invite

3) This gorgeous collection from Kate Ruth Romey is perfect for a city setting and we love the simple but stylish typography.

Winter wedding stationery ideas

Alternative place name ideas

Fancy something a bit different to the usual place cards on your tables? We love these cute ideas – you can find even more on our Pinterest page.

1. These paper flowers are made from old book pages – hunt out copies of your favourite love stories at charity shops and cut out the individual petals from pages (if you can bear it). Sweet huh?

Dottie Photography
Dottie Photography


How to word your wedding invites: relaxed style

Wording your wedding invites can be tricky – who should they be from, what should they say, and how should you say it?

If you’re planning a formal wedding where your parents are paying for everything, it’s traditional for invites to be sent from them, but with more couples contributing to their big day themselves, this can feel outdated. You don’t have to use traditional language, either – if “requesting the pleasure of your company” doesn’t feel in-keeping with your day, then don’t be afraid to choose something less formal.

Here’s our suggestion for a relaxed wedding when both families and the couple themselves have contributed to the wedding costs. It’s simple and straightforward but still a bit romantic, and does a good job of including all the family!

Together with their wonderful parents

[Your names here]

Are delighted to invite

[Guests’ names here]

To celebrate their love, friendship and marriage

[Date, time and venue here]

Followed by dinner and dancing

If you want to make it a little more formal, try:

Together with their families

[Your names here]

Invite you to celebrate their marriage

On [date here]

At [venue here]

At [] o’clock in the afternoon

Followed by dinner and dancing

This also avoids the need to write in guests’ names – great if you and your fiancé don’t have the neatest handwriting!

How are you wording your wedding invites, and what have you found most difficult? Tell us in the comments section below.