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DIY Whimsical Wedding: Part Two

In Whimsical Wedding Part Two we put the CRICUT EXPLORE™ to good use for the wedding day stationery. We already discussed the awesome wedding invitations, envelopes, reception cards, and R.S.V.P’s in DIY Whimsical Wedding Part One, but now we’ve got all the stationery you’ll need for the day of your wedding.

These elegant and, of course, whimsical designs are the labor of love and inspired by putting the fun back into the daily grind. To learn more about my process, have a look here! I love using my CRICUT EXPLORE™ to design and bring my creativity to life!

The wedding guests will adore the escort cards. The stylish look will help bring the whimsical wedding theme to life, while at the same time directing your guests to their assigned tables. MAKE IT NOW!

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Of course, the modern twist of the table numbers help your guests identify their tables in unique style. The spunky shapes let your personality shine and add an extra touch to the overall look of the table. MAKE IT NOW!

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Let you guests know what’s for dinner with the DIY whimsical wedding menus! Easy to create and easy to read, you’ll be thanking yourself with this time saving and dreamy design. MAKE IT NOW!

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Add an extra special little something to your table with a centerpiece decal. This intricate design will take your table centerpieces up a notch with the whimsical feel. MAKE IT NOW!

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Giving your guests a little momento from your big day is a great way to make them feel the love and appreciation for sharing the day with you. Favor tags are perfect for just that! Tie these bad boys onto the little something you’re sharing with your guests. MAKE IT NOW!

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Decorating the reception hall can be one of the best parts of preparing for your big day. Tie the DIY whimsical wedding theme together with the decorative wall decals. Adding these little touches will help you paint the big picture of the overall whimsical wedding theme. MAKE IT NOW!

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Once the celebrating has died down and the honeymoon is over, make sure to send your guests the oh-so important thank you cards. It gives your guests the sense of love and caring that they attended your special day. Especially if you take the time to hand write them. With the easy-to-make designs, you will have some spare time so you actually can hand write the thank you cards! MAKE IT NOW!

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For more of our CRICUT EXPLORE™ creations, have a look at the DIY Whimsical Wedding Save the Dates!

It’s so easy to create with CRICUT EXPLORE

For more projects visit my Cricut Design Team project page.

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This post was created in partnership with Cricut. All content and opinions are that of my own! We only promote brands we heart.

DIY Whimsical Wedding: Part One

We’re back with our CRICUT EXPLORE™ to create this oh-so-magical and easy DIY Whimsical Wedding Stationery suite. Not only are these designs beautiful, they are easy, making a win-win for any bride-to-be.

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The unique and beautiful designs of the Whimsical Wedding series were a labor of love & you can learn more about the process here. I really strive to make the day to day hustle more fun and I love using my CRICUT EXPLORE™ to design and create!

Where’s a better place to start than the actual wedding invitations themselves? These gorgeous and spunky designs are a great way to customize your own wedding stationery and go off the beaten track. MAKE IT NOW!

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Where there’s an invite, there’s an envelope. That’s right, you get to make these yourself too! These in-style and beyond cute envelopes and envelope liner designs will make your guests feel extra special as they open your wedding invitations. MAKE IT NOW!

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Planning the reception will be a breeze and  you’ll love the fun and functionality of the matching reception cards. And these unique designs will get your guests pumped up for the celebrations after the ceremony! MAKE IT NOW!

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To help you nail down that guest list, we’ve got the R.S.V.P’s covered! The simple, yet elegant designs are an awesome way to get those guests excited for the wedding and help you keep tabs on who’s joining you for your special day. MAKE IT NOW!

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For more of our CRICUT EXPLORE™ creations, have a look at the DIY Whimsical Wedding Save the Dates!

It’s so easy to create with CRICUT EXPLORE

For more projects visit my Cricut Design Team project page.

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This post was created in partnership with Cricut. All content and opinions are that of my own! We only promote brands we heart.

7 Rules for Cutting Your Wedding Guest List

Welcome to the idieh design GIRL TALK SERIES! We’ve made it our mission to guide brides in their wedding journey with some legit advice about wedding stationery, planning, and all things in between.

We want every bride’s experience to be as smooth as possible. So we’ve gathered all the best tips and advice you could possibly need to help plan the wedding of your dreams.  Find more tips & tricks here.

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As a bride to be, you’ve got a lot on your plate when it comes to planing your big day. One of these being the wedding guest list. No matter what type of bride you are or what type of wedding you are having, every bride experiences a moment of ‘Should I invite them?’ At idieh design, we’ve gathered the seven rules you should keep in mind when making cuts to your wedding guest list.

Keep in mind, these rules are BASIC guidelines you should consider when you are making cuts from the wedding guest list. At the end of the day, we suggest going with you gut and following your heart. They know best. 

1. Same City

Just because you live in the same city as a potential invitee doesn’t mean you have to invite them. If you see them out at events or bars often, but don’t hang out regularly, don’t feel obligated to invite these acquaintances.

 

2. Old Hook Ups

This one is easy. If at any point the invitee has had more than friend-status relationships (you know what we mean) with either the bride or groom, it’s probably best to leave them off the list. The last thing you need is someone getting a little tipsy and trying to make a speech about ‘the good ol’ days’.

 

3. Co-workers

Everyone considers inviting those they work with, but before YOU do ask yourself “Outside of work, do I have anything in common with this person?” If not, don’t worry about inviting them. More often than not, they aren’t feeling the expectation to be invited, either.

 

4. Don’t Know Your Future Spouse?

Is there a potential name on the list that hasn’t even met your future spouse? It’s ok to cross off their names as well. A wedding is a celebration of the joining of two souls and if a guest doesn’t even know one of those souls, well, let’s just say they aren’t top priority to witness the special occasion. (The exception to this would be if you just haven’t had a chance to meet up in this thing called life. It happens. The wedding could be the perfect opportunity for them to meet!)

 

5. Plus Ones

Here’s where things can get tricky. Typically those in the bridal party get to bring whomever they like-it’s kind of a small thank you for being in your wedding. Sometimes couples use the ‘no ring, no bring’ rule, yet it’s many times an unrealistic rule to follow. Our advice is that if the ‘plus one’ has only been around for a short time, don’t feel obligated to invite them. But, we do feel it’s common courtesy to invite ‘plus ones’ that have been in your guest’s life for a significant amount of time. Our best advice, put yourself in your guest’s shoes. What would be your expectations?

 

6. Five Years From Now

If you are looking at a potential guests name and still aren’t sure whether or not to invite them, ask yourself where you think the relationship with them will be five years from now. You don’t want to look back at wedding photos to see a face you haven’t seen, well, since the wedding.

 

7. Guilt Trip

Is there anyone on your list just because you feel guilty about leaving them off? Were you invited to their wedding and you’re feeling the pressure to invite them to yours? Don’t let the guilt trip win. If it feels forced, it probably is. Invite guests that feel natural and that you GENUINELY want to be there to celebrate your love story. It’s best for all involved.

 

Wanna learn more tips about the wedding planning process? Check out our GIRL TALK SERIES for more!

At the end of the day, it is up to you. It’s your big day and your own love story. This is YOUR wedding, so we suggest choosing authenticity over approval. Like we say, “Own Your Story. Live Your Style.” (a.k.a Keep it real.)

Are you in the process of cutting your master list? Where are you struggling the most?

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Mediterranean Quinoa with Olive Oil Fried Eggs

Mediterranean Quinoa with Olive Oil Fried Eggs

I love dishes that can be meant for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. In this fast-paced lifestyle that we live in, it really pays off to be versatile in the kitchen and be able to look like you pulled out all of the stops for each meal (especially with us instgramming everything that we eat), but being able to pull it off with ease and finesse, that’s what really counts!

Sauté some vegetables and tomatoes together to make a salty, Mediterranean sauce, then serve it atop a healthy bowl of quinoa and a crispy olive-oil fried egg (my latest obsession), then call it a day. Plus, eggs make anything acceptable to pass off as a breakfast dish, so don’t let anyone fool you into thinking otherwise!    Mediterranean Quinoa with Olive Oil Fried Eggs

Mediterranean Quinoa with Olive Oil Fried Eggs

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups cooked quinoa
  • 4 tbsp. olive oil, separated
  • 2 zucchini, halved lengthwise, then sliced into half moons
  • 2 garlic cloves, mined
  • 1 red onion, chopped
  • 2 tbsp. curry powder
  • 3/4 tsp. salt
  • 20-oz can tomato sauce or crushed tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup seeded kalamata olives
  • 4 eggs
  • feta cheese for garnish
  • sliced green onions

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In a large skillet or sauce pot, heat 2 tbsp. olive oil over medium high heat. Add in the zucchini, onions, and garlic. Sauté until softened, about 8-10 minutes.

Add in the curry powder and salt, and sauté for another 2-3 minutes. Then add in the tomatoes and kalamata olives, bringing to a simmer for 20 minutes.

Meanwhile, fry up the eggs. Heat the remaining 2 tbsp. olive oil in a large skillet over high heat. Lower to medium-high and crack the eggs into the hot oil. Fry up until the whites are solid and the yolk in barely set.

Dish out the cooked quinoa among 4 bowls, add in a spoonful or two of the zucchini tomato sauce and top with a fried egg. Garnish with crumbled feta and sliced green onions.

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DIY Sweet Sixteen: Part Two

idieh design is back – this time with more spunky and fun party favors for the DIY sweet sixteen birthday bash!

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Last time, we got the party started with the invites, cake topper, and the birthday girl’s tee decal. Now, it’s time to focus on the peeps that help celebrate the big day!

The party guests will absolutely love this hip and eclectic Wink Art Print. It will add a truly unique addition to any teen’s room! MAKE IT NOW!

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And what’s more awesome than tiny little boxes filled with surprises? Almost nothing. Your guests will adore the cute and colorful Party Favor Box design! Whether you fill yours with sweets or maybe even nail polish (!!!) is up to you. MAKE IT NOW!

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Seriously, these little boxes are to die for!

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An awesome way to bring the party guests together is the DIY Leather Necklace. The girls will tap into their creative inspirations AND they get to take home a fashionable new addition to their wardrobe. Talk about win-win! MAKE IT NOW!

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Don’t forget to have a look at our DIY Sweet Sixteen: Part One!

A special thanks for the adorable macarons from Ruze Cake House and those gorgeous florals from Petal Pusher.

It’s so easy to create with CRICUT EXPLORE

For more projects visit my Cricut Design Team project page.

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This post was created in partnership with Cricut. All content and opinions are that of my own! We only promote brands we heart.

DIY Sweet Sixteen: Part One

For the special birthday girl in your life, give them a sweet sixteen they will never forget with the help of the Cricut Explore™ These unique and crazy cool designs will give life to the party and leave your teen feeling oh-so-special.

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First things first, set the mood and get your guests pumped up with the Sweet Sixteen Party Invitation. This year isn’t just another birthday, it is the epic, coming of age, end all to end all, milestone birthdays. (That is until they reach 21- but there’s time for that later). MAKE IT NOW!

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When it comes time for cake, add in the extra special touch with the Sweet Sixteen Cake Topper. The design of the cake topper compliments the invites which helps tie the whole theme together- not to mention it adds a unique and spunky vibe! MAKE IT NOW!

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Give your teen a wearable gift with the Sweet Sixteen Tee Decal. This awesome tee is a perfect way for your sassy teen to show off and embrace their inner queen. MAKE IT NOW!

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A special thanks for the adorable cake and macarons from Ruze Cake House and those gorgeous florals from Petal Pusher.

Stay tuned for the idieh design DIY Sweet Sixteen: Part Two!

It’s so easy to create with CRICUT EXPLORE

For more projects visit my Cricut Design Team project page.

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This post was created in partnership with Cricut. All content and opinions are that of my own! We only promote brands we heart.

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