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Wedding Wednesday: Using Bunting as Wedding Decor

When Jess and I were planning our wedding, I was lucky enough to have been given free reign for decor decisions (as is usually the case, I’m told). I had long since loved the idea of bunting, in all shapes and forms, and knew that they would certainly be making an appearance on our big day. There are so many different ways to make this trend part of your event that it’s important to decide on a few of your favourites, in order to prevent over-doing it. If you love this trend as much as I do, here are a ideas of how to use the different kinds of bunting.

Doily Bunting

There’s just something about doily bunting that looks so beautiful and whimsical. Whether it’s the white lace on the white trim, or how it allows colours to and light to shine though, this style of bunting can be the perfect touch to many types of events. If you happen to have a large stash of crocheted or lace doilies hanging around your house – this just might be the perfect way to use them! If not, I would suggest starting your search very early on in your planning process. Although I loved the look of doily bunting, I was already having a difficult time finding enough doilies for each of my tables. I couldn’t image trying to find enough to complete any decent sized string of them sewn to biased tape!

Bunting Collage1

After scouring Craigslist & local thrift shops for months, I concluded for my own wedding, the crocheted and lace doilies would have to be confined to the tables. We compromised by stocking up on a few packages of paper doilies from the local craft store and strung them along with our engagement photos to greet our guests as they entered into hall! We also made quite a few feet of ‘half doily’ bunting, where we cut the doilies in have, and strung the straight edge with twine (no clothespins necessary) to decorate the front of the stage. I personally loved how they reminded me of snowflakes (which I love).

DSC_0162Cake Topper Bunting

Another great bunting trend is to utilize mini-bunting attached on your cake or dessert table! I’ve seen mini bunting used to spell out the bride’s new last name, words such as love, or just used for an extra pop of colour. Although I had already found my dream cake toppers by Red Light Studio, this style didn’t work for my own wedding, but I just loved the idea!

Bunting Collage2Paper Bunting

One of the greatest ways to add colour to any wedding or event, in my opinion, is simple paper bunting! This is the style that we ended up using extensively throughout our wedding – and we loved how it really emphasized the ombre of blues, mints and greens that we wanted to display throughout! If you are creating these for an upcoming event of your own, the easiest way to ensure your paper colours coordinate is to purchase a paper pack. These can be purchased for around $20 at Michaels (if you bring your coupon!), and come in all sorts of colour combinations. When putting together your bunting, don’t be afraid to mix in other patterns that might not match your colour scheme perfectly. They add dimension, and I promise it will look beautiful when they are all hung!

BuntingCollage3Burlap Lettering Bunting

And lastly, the best bunting option for words and lettering – burlap! This type of bunting is so much fun because the possibilities really are endless! The key to this look is tightly weaved burlap. Without it, your lettering will not appear solid as the paint will just drip right through to whatever you are painting on (wood, drop sheet, your floor!). Lucky for you (warning – shameless plug is about to occur) AllyBeth Design Co. makes these! Allison and I hand cut flags from our tight weave burlap, sew each flag individually (so it moves freely on the twine) and hand-paint all lettering to create the banner of your dreams. The best part? We really don’t charge that much to do it! We’re still getting our online store all set up, but feel free to leave a comment or send me an email at shan(dot)molnar(at) to place your order! We take payment via PayPal, and can even ship it to you for $3 extra.

IMG_0069Will you be incorporating any form of bunting at any upcoming events of yours? What is your favourite style?

much love and grace,



Wedding Wednesdays – Using Vintage Books as Table Decor

As an avid reader (and a hopeful someday-librarian), incorporating books into our wedding was an obvious choice. Soon after we got engaged, I began collecting beautiful hardcover books wherever I could find them. Although I didn’t know exactly where they would be used yet, I did know we needed them. Lots of them.

books 3Once the search began, finding books like the ones in these photos turned out to be a task more difficult than I expected. I scoured thrift stores, online boutiques, craigslist and garage sales – but found many were priced based on the actual book rather than appearance. Since I wasn’t picky about which story it was, this proved to be a costly problem. Luckily, I had months and months to collect them at the right price (which, for me was anything under $2) and somehow managed to scrape up enough before the big day!

books2One of the biggest helpers throughout my inspiration & planning process, was focusing on what I didn’t want instead of what I wanted. In the age of Pinterest (which resulted in way too many ideas), I found that I was much more clear on looks I didn’t want, than deciding between the looks I did. After a few rough sketches, I was able to conclude I did not want any books to be used upright (such as the one above) and that I would use all book displays sideways for height and as risers.

books1After it was all said and done, I had the best luck at flea markets – although I have to warn that this was not always fruitful either. When they did have them, they were the cheapest source by far. Although, as one would expect, whether they had them in stock was always hit or miss. If you are planning to utilize vintage books for table decor at your wedding, I would recommend to start looking early… and enjoy the ride! There’s just something about the thrill of the search that adds to the fun, especially when it all ends up coming together on your big day.

books4Somewhere along the way, you’ll want to stop and devise an accurate plan on how you will be using your books. This will keep you in line from purchasing too many, as well ease your mind to make sure you have enough. While many inspiration pictures showed table centrepieces with 3 or more books, I found that stacking them too high had a tendency to take away from the flowers and any other pieces you may have at your table. A few weeks before our wedding, we visited our venue to do a mock up table complete with linens – and although we reworked the table so many times it made my head spin – I’m so glad we did it! It was such a relief to make final decisions on placement. I honestly had no idea that choosing between one book or two, small vase or medium vase, tea light or no tea light would be such a big deal! Above all, I was so relieved that those decisions didn’t have to be made the day before the wedding during set up!

So, we took pictures of the final decision for reference, I spoke all the decisions out loud so other people could witness the decisions being made (in case I tried to change my mind), and off we went. Another wedding task completed, and I could suddenly breath a little lighter!

Here is a picture of what the end result was, from the day of our wedding. These were snapped by our photographers just before our ceremony started at 2:00pm, and the hall was filled with so much natural light I wanted to cry (of happiness, of course).

Untitled-5The tin you see on the left hand side is actually a numbered tin, which we used for our table numbers. I scored those puppies from the clearance rack at Michaels and they are now scattered in various rooms throughout our house. Some of them even still contain the original succulents from our wedding day! An impressive feat for me, since I could barely keep an air-plant alive.

We sold most of our books through our store (AllyBeth Design Co.), although a few of my favourites were kept back to use as decor in our home.

Do you have any of your wedding decor still in your home to remind you of your beautiful day?

Much love,




White, Grey & Red Holiday Decor

This Christmas season I’ve been finding myself really inspired by all the elements of a cozy, comfortable and warm living room. Since we are just starting to decorate our new home, if feel as though if I’m going to purchase home decor items right now, I want to use them all year round!

I finally decided on a grey, white/cream and red colour scheme for holidays, which has helped me justify purchasing cozy things in these shades. Once the holidays are over, I intend on pulling out the red – and voila still cozy and decorated!

Here are a few of the items that I’m currently coveting and trying to not go out and purchase them all, all at once.

1. This grey sweater pillow by Beaver Creek (Home Collection), available at Target.

Screen Shot 2013-12-07 at 12.03.30 PM2. I’ve been swooning over the kraft paper wrapping designs (like at the bottom left of this picture). Although my beautiful ribbon stash is a little lacking in the Christmas department, I’m determined to at least give this look a go this year – even if I have to resort to using yarn pom-poms instead of wired ribbon! I’ve also been guilty in the past of holding on to wrapped Christmas gifts for others under my tree for a little too long, simply because I love how they add to the decor of my living room. Does anyone else do this, too?

2d7be25fbefee3abd0e7e02699a6d0903. I’m loving this red & grey bird felt piece by FolkHome! I think one or two of these would look adorable displayed over my Hemnes sofa table (which currently displays our record player & record collection).

d0c242561441d2d41aebbf3e201383364. Although this one doesn’t have a lick of grey in it, I have so much love for the vinyl cut out on that window! Since I have so many barn windows left over from our wedding, I’ve been looking for ways to utilize them in our home as decor. Since we’ve just started decorated, it’s can be a little difficult to know where to start sometimes! This piece is a great focal point, and the perfect place to start when building a mantle display.


5. The team over at Jennifer Rizzo put together this super cute mantle that is almost holiday, almost every day. Which I love because these pieces can do double do and last beyond the Christmas season! The fresh greenery also draws my eye, since I’ve just collected brunches of it from our front yard since the windstorm last night! Maybe it’s just what I need to bring a bit of the fresh pine smell into our living room (our tree is unfortunately artificial).

880c59cb0f88c04ce543e7c8aae7b35e6. Love this lace grey ornaments from! Normally, I would easily make something like these myself, but at $11.95 for 4, I think I would just as quickly purchase them! I love how a package includes a mixture of neutral cozy-looking shades and that they’re unbreakable. 0db9416daa94f9b685ec8664f89c26bcWhat is your inspiration for your holiday display this year? Do you search Pinterest for inspiration or go blindly in your own direction?

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