The Bride Diaries. Charlie’s DIY Projects. Gold Invitations & Confetti Bags

Charlie has been crafting up the prettiest décor ever. From stylish gold invitations to calligraphy decorated confetti bags, it’s all looking really rather gorgeous. The to do list is getting checked off and I can’t wait to see what the next month has in store for this lovely couple xo Lou


The Bride Diaries Charlie

Dear WWW reader.

Please forgive me! It has been a mental few months for me, but I am back and sat at my computer with a spare hour or so to let you know what I’ve been up to!

I am lucky enough to work in the film industry, which means that the hours are long when I am working, but then the movie ends and I have a few weeks break while I look for the next job. Knowing the last month would be pretty busy I wanted to tick off a biggie from the to do list.




I will admit some sleep had been lost over the design and content of the invites. I was getting caught up in all the details when perhaps all I needed was to step back and simplify. I really wanted the invites to represent the tone of the celebrations we have planned and was finding that hard to convey in paper form, especially as I wanted to keep costs down by making them myself. One day I stumbled across a Kate Spade telegram notebook and was sold. Luckily my friend at work Kerry is very talented at all things neat and tidy. She put my scrawls and fumbled ideas into practice and made the invitations up for me. Having decided I was against anything blush and bridal looking I surprised myself that I went with pink invitations, but the gold embossing made them too good to miss! We made two versions, one for day and one for evening guests, adding a little drinks token for the evening guests.


Telegram Wedding Invitations Stationery DIYIMG_5191

I decided to pay for a wedding website as a one stop shop to provide all of the extra info, travel and accommodation details for guests as well as being their way of sending their RSVP. They had a template that sort of matched and it appealed to my micro-managing nature that I can add info and email it out to guests if I need to! I’ll let you know how that goes, it will either be a genius decision or a total nightmare!

In other exciting news we have our wedding rings. The process of buying them really did hammer home how important it is not to sweat the small stuff when it comes to weddings! We chose to return to the jeweller that made my engagement ring, so took ourselves off to Bristol in May. We were in and out of the shop in less than an hour, giddy with excitement as we had chosen and paid for our wedding rings. It seems the big decisions are sometimes the easiest to make! They have arrived at home now and I keep finding myself sneaking a little look at them…!

Now that I’m off work I am really looking forward to some quality at home time with Rob on the weekends and I’m in full Wedding Planning Mode during the week!

Jobs ticked off the list over the past few weeks are –

Giving notice at the registry office – so exciting and really life affirming!

Favours – We are going for traditional Italian bomboniere as I just love the sentimentality and tradition behind them. You give guests 5 almonds, representing health, wealth, happiness, fertility and long life for the wedding couple.

Confetti bags – I went on a calligraphy course a few months ago and have been practising hard…. took the best part of a day to write these!


Envelope Confetti Bags Gold Lettering Calligraphy Envelope Confetti Bags Gold Lettering Calligraphy

First dance song decision (no, I won’t tell you)

Booked hair and make up for bridemaids, they are going to look GORGEOUS!

Painting things gold – Can you have too much gold?


Gold Letters DIY Wedding


This week involves –

Dress fitting, Florist meeting, design order of service, menu decisions, table plan design, make a lining for a card box, writing ring exchange vows and deciding on a reading for the ceremony.

Can’t wait to let you know how I get on!


Charlie xx

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