Bits and Buds: The Dandelion Patch Blog
Mar27th

Loving Lace

Lace used to be something you would only want find at your grandmother’s house. What once used to be old-fashioned, is now trendy and stylish! There are so many ways to add lace to your wedding without going over the top.  Because lace is so soft and delicate, even the simplest accent will make your wedding romantic. Here are some of our favorite ideas:

The Dress – Thanks to Kate Middleton, long sleeved lace wedding gowns are very popular right now, We love how sweet and romantic they are! If you’re not feeling the lace dress, try adding pieces of lace fabric to your veil or bouquet for that romantic touch. 

Featured Below: Monique Lhuillier

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Shoes – Be sweet and fun in an amazing pair of lace heels! 

Featured Below: BHLDN

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 Invitations – Add a touch of lace to your invites with fun die-cut accents.  

Featured Below: The Dandelion Patch

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Tablescape – Dress your tables in lace tablecloths or runners for a romantic reception. You can also try adding in elements of wood or burlap for a more rustic feel.

Featured Below: Style Me Pretty 

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Ceremony – If you’re feeling extra romantic, set the scene for your ceremony with a lacy curtain backdrop! Just think how gorgeous those vow photos will turn out!

Featured Below: Mod Weddings

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Cake – Opt for a simple, yet incredibly detailed wedding cake featuring a romantic lace pattern!

Featured Below: Style Me Pretty 

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How will you add lace to your wedding?  It’s one of the most versatile and romantic fabrics ever, so don’t be scared!  Keep following us on Instagram for more wedding inspiration. 

-Katie 


Mar25th

Focal Points

Designing a wedding reception is like designing a room in a house. You have to take into consideration the size of the space, the key pieces, the smaller details, the colors, and how they all coordinate with each other.  Often times a room will have a focal point, and a wedding reception is no different! A focal point catches your eye and draws extra attention, therefore it is an item you can splurge a little more on.  Here are some focal points to consider in your reception space:

The Sweetheart Table – This is where the bride and groom will share a meal for the first time as a married couple, so it’s important! Make it a focal point with a super romantic backdrop, floral arrangement, or even fabulous linens. 

Featured Below: The Huffington Post

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The Bar – Be creative with your bar and make it eye-catching by using statement pieces of furniture or other materials that coordinate with your overall style. 

Featured Below: Green Wedding Shoes

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The Cake – No matter how simple your cake may be, you can make it a focal point by placing it in the center of the room and using a special cake stand or plate.  You can also keep it to the side, but dress it up with a fun backdrop or table linen. 

Featured Below: The Frosted Petticoat

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Escort Card Display – There are so many creative ways to display escort cards, so why not make it a focal point! Don’t be afraid to take up space with a large display board or fancy table arrangement. We love this organic, yet geometric ombre look!

Featured Below: Style Me Pretty 

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The Dance Floor – If you want to be dancing all night, place the dance floor in the center of the space to make it the focal point.  Show it off with unique up lighting, a custom monogram, or eye-catching chandelier! 

Featured Below: Flirty Fleurs

chandelier - flirty fleurs

No matter how you set up your reception space, the bride and groom will always be the focal point of the night! Keep following us on Instagram for more wedding inspiration!

-Katie 


Mar23rd

Playing with Flowers

Are you excited for spring and all of the pretty flowers that are starting to bloom? We are! Flowers don’t just have to grow in your garden or sit in a vase on your table, there are so many ways to play with flowers, especially since floral patterns are super trendy right now! Here are some of our favorite ways to go floral this spring:

Dress up your phone by DIYing your own pressed flower phone case! You can press your own flowers using a heavy book, or buy some online from Etsy. 

Featured Below: Bead and Cord

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Brighten up any room with a DIY Floral Monogram! Spell out a word or your first initial using a fun mixture of fake flowers, cardboard letters, and floral foam.  

Featured Below: Archieli

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Celebrate spring anywhere you go by creating your own flower crown.  Make as many as you want using wire, wire cutters, ribbon, and an assortment of your favorite flowers (real or fake).

Featured Below: Martha Stewart Weddings

flower crown - martha stewart weddings

Think out of the box and play with edible flowers! You can order these online or pick some up at your local Whole Foods.  Use these cute and colorful petals to dress up your next spring get together through floral ice cubes, popsicles, or chocolate bark!

Featured Below Left: Lauren Conrad - Below Right: Paper & Stitch

edible flowers - lauren conrad - paper & stitch

Featured Below: Chew Town

popsicles - Chew Town

How will you play with florals this spring? Keep following us on Instagram @TheDandelionPatch to stay tuned for more spring ideas!

-Katie 


Mar20th

National Proposal Day

In honor of National Proposal Day, we wanted to share some of favorite DC proposals! Washington, DC is full of historic monuments, hidden parks, and beautiful backdrops – perfect places for him to pop the question! Take a look at these romantic DC  proposal spots:

1. Steps of the Capital 

Featured Below: Jennifer Gulley Photography

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2. The Kennedy Center

Featured Below: Fab You Bliss

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3. Georgetown – The park behind the Old Stone House or by the C&O Canal

Featured Below: United With Love

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4. Cherry Blossoms

Featured Below: United With Love

cherry blossoms - united with love

5. Rooftop with a view

Featured Below: Style Me Pretty

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6. Along the Mall

Featured Below: Capital Romance

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7. The Lincoln Memorial

Featured Below: United with Love

lincoln - united with love

Wherever he pops the question, each couple’s proposal story is unique, and that’s what makes it so special! Keep following us on Instagram @TheDandelionPatch for all things wedding!

-Katie 


Mar18th

Escort Cards

Escort cards let all of your guests personally know where they will be sitting for the reception.  The display and the cards themselves can be a sweet and simple extra detail of the night or be the focal point of the event.  There are so many ways to make them unique to each couple’s style, so here are a few of our favorite ideas:

An escort card display board can be a different, but still subdued way of letting your guests know where to sit.  Try framing the board with flowers or garland or pairing it with a fun balloon.

Featured Below Right: Intimate Weddings – Below Left: 100 Layer Cake

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Go double duty with your escort cards – either as the first drink/signature cocktail or as the favors.  

Featured Below: Bridal Guide

first drink - bridal guide Opt for a floating escort card display for a romantic yet whimsical look. 

Featured Below: Ruffled Blog
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Are you crazy about flowers? Make your escort card display a focal point by setting them in a garden bed, or make smaller flower buds the escort card itself!

Featured Below: The Frosted Petticoat

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Draw from your wedding inspiration! Whether it be a color, theme, pattern or shape, get creative!

Featured Below: Ruffled Blog

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Keep it simple and elegant with traditional escort card name tents and a beautiful flower arrangement to make the escort table the focal point of your event. 

Featured Below: United With Love – featuring The Dandelion Patch

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Keep following us on Instagram @TheDandelionPatch for more wedding ideas!

-Katie


Mar16th

St. Patrick’s Day Wedding Inspiration

Whether you’re in the midst of planning an Irish inspired wedding, love green, or are just feeling extra lucky, in honor of St. Patrick’s Day we wanted to share some Irish-spirited wedding ideas. By combining beloved Irish traditions with lovely colors like emerald and gold, a St. Patrick’s Day wedding is bound to be chic. Take a look!   

Green wedding invitations are always a good idea, but for a St. Patrick’s Day wedding try adding in elements of gold and romantic calligraphy to make your suite extra fancy. 

Featured Below: Ruffled

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You don’t have to be in Ireland to have an Irish inspired wedding! Finding the ideal scenery that feels like you’re in the Irish countryside or historic castle will do just the trick. 

Featured Below: Bridal Guide 

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Adding touches of green and gold throughout your wedding decor will honor St. Patrick’s Day and look fabulous at the same time.  Try using this palette in your table settings through the tablecloth, plates, napkins, flatware, and centerpiece!

Featured Below: Inspired by This Blog

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Your touches of green can be natural too! Use beautiful greenery in your bouquet, flower arrangements, or even in your place setting. 

Featured Below: Wedding Chicks

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If you’re feeling extra lucky, don’t be afraid to add some true Irish tradition to your event through pieces of tartan. Simple touches in your bouquet, cake, and groomsmen accessories (or dog accessories!) will add a touch of Irish chic.

Featured Below: Style Me Pretty

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Whatever the season or inspiration is, emerald is always a beautiful color for the bridesmaids.

Featured Below: BLOVED Weddings

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Complete your St. Paddy’s Day celebration with an Irish inspired signature cocktail. For an extra element of fun for your guests, add an Irish beer bar to your reception. 

Featured Below: Brides Magazine

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 Happy St. Patrick’s Day everyone! To stay extra lucky, keep following us on Instagram @TheDandelionPatch! 

-Katie


Mar14th

St. Patrick’s Day!

With St. Paddy’s Day right around the corner, it’s time to get into the Irish spirit! What’s more fun than a holiday filled with rainbows, cute leprechauns, and lots and lots of green? From fun garlands, to tasty treats, to green accessories, there are so many easy ways to celebrate St. Paddy. Here are six of our favorite ideas:

1. DIY a fun paper garland that you’ll want to keep up all year round.  Try mixing strands of shamrocks, gold coins, and all the colors of the rainbow!

Featured Below: The House that Lars Built

garland - the house that lars built

2.  With flower crowns being so popular, why not make yourself a shamrock crown for St. Patrick’s Day? All you need is some green crepe paper, pipe cleaners, and floral tape. 

Featured Below: Oh Happy Day

clover crown - oh happy day

3.  Be creative with the beloved saying, “Kiss me, I’m Irish,” like making this “mwah” cake!

Featured Below: Studio DIY

mwuah cake - studio diy

4.  Shamrock straws – a cute and simple way to get the kids (young or old) in the Irish spirit. 

Featured Below: Martha Stewart

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5. Shamrock shaped desserts are definitely the lucky way to go.  Use cookie cutters to shape brownies or cookies!

Featured Below: The Tom Kat Studio

shamrock brownies - tom kat studio

6.  Adding these cute leprechauns to any St. Patrick’s Day celebration will be like finding the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow! 

Featured Below: Studio DIY

cupcake toppers - oh happy day

Happy almost St. Patrick’s Day everyone! Don’t be afraid to go green and keep following us on Instagram @TheDandelionPatch. 

-Katie


Mar11th

Sweetheart Tables

Is there anything more romantic than a dressed up table for two? The sweetheart table is where the bride and groom will eat their first meal together as a married couple, therefore it should be one of the most romantic spots at the wedding reception! If you were to go big on a table setting, it would be this one.  

If you love linen and fun fabric, but don’t want to go all out on all of the dining tables, then just go big on the sweetheart table. Even if your venue already provides all of the linens, this little table deserves an extra special touch.  

Featured Below Left: Sweep Me Up - Below Right: Brit + Co

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The sweetheart table usually gets a unique centerpiece that is adorned with candles and a romantic place setting. If you’re looking to use special china, or borrow some of your grandparent’s antiques, this would be the place to use them. 

Featured Below Left: Bridal Musings - Below Right: Wedding Wire

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Not only are they a cute photo moment, chair signs let guests know just exactly where the bride and groom are sitting.  Try being creative with how you label them, from “his California girl,” “her country boy,” or “her beloved,” say what you feel!

Featured Below Left: Style Me Pretty - Below Right: Southern Weddings

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You can steer away from chair signs if you have your own unique chairs. Find the seats fit for a king and queen!

Featured Below Left: 100 Layer Cake - Below Right: The Knot

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However you choose to style your sweetheart table, make sure it’s exactly where you want to be sitting for your first meal as a married couple. Keep following us on Instagram @TheDandelionPatch for more wedding inspiration!

-Katie


Mar9th

Something Blue

You may have the perfect color palette picked out and figured out how all of these lovely hues will work together to create the perfect look for your wedding day, but there’s still one color that needs a little spotlight.  The tradition of brides adding a touch of ‘something blue’ into their wedding day still holds true today. Modern brides are dreaming up creative new ways to sneak some blue into their day. Here are six of our favorites:

1. You may not want a bright pair of blue shoes, but what about a pair of exquisitely lined light blue heels?

Featured Below: Style Me Pretty 

shoes - smp

2. Fancy wedding dress hangers are so popular among brides these days, so why not try something blue?

Featured Below: BHLDN

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3. If you’re carrying a simple neutral bouquet, try adding a sweet blue ribbon to tie it all together and add a pop of color!

Featured Below: Green Wedding Shoes

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4. Dreaming of a fun signature cocktail? Try the ‘something blue.’ Simply add some blueberries or blackberries to a glass of champagne! Don’t forget to adorn with a fun straw or swizzle stick, of course. 

Featured Below: Rowhouse Nest Blog

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5. Stun all of your guests with a blue wedding cake. You can have your something blue and eat it too!

Featured Below: Style Me Pretty

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6. Save the best for last and getaway in something blue.

Featured Below: Belle and Chic

getaway car - belle and chic

Whatever you’re something blue may be, have fun with it! Keep following us on Instagram @TheDandelionPatch for more fun wedding ideas!

-Katie


Mar6th

Not Your Mom’s Wedding Cake

Looking for a wedding cake to truly match the style of your wedding? Who says they have to be white, round, and covered in flowers anyway. Your wedding cake should reflect your style and taste good at the same time.  Here are some of our favorite unique wedding cakes:

If you’re feeling bold, opt for a unique hand painted cake, one of this years biggest trends. One of the layers can be a great place to feature a pattern or color you’re using throughout your wedding.  

Featured Below: 100 Layer Cake

bold - 100 layer cake

For a more simple or boho style wedding, go for a naked cake, they’re just so dreamy! Accent with fruit or flowers to truly make it your own. Or even chocolate naked cakes can be pretty!

Featured Below: Southern Weddings

southern weddings Who says wedding cakes have to be vanilla?  If you’re a chocolate lover, try a butter cream chocolate cake, top it with some soft flowers, and you’ve got yourself a contemporary, tasty treat. 

Featured Below: 100 Layer Cake

chocolate - 100 layer cake

For a simple, yet colorful and whimsical look, try accenting your cake with sprinkles! Sprinkle the whole thing, just one layer, or create your unique design. 

Featured Below: Wedding Chicks

spinkles - wedding chicks

Any cupcake lovers out there? If you prefer cupcakes to cake, don’t be scared to turn them into a wedding cake! This way you can have an assortment of flavors. If you still want to take part in the traditional cake cutting wedding activity, include a simple one layer cake either next to the cupcake display, or at the top. Just make sure you can still reach it! 

Featured Below: Ruffled

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Another way to let your guests easily choose their cake flavor is to have a wedding cake bar.  Display all of your favorite cakes on colorful stands and plates for a more whimsical touch.  

Featured Below: Southern Weddings

flavors - southern weddings

Are you getting married in cheese country, or just don’t like cake? Then why not have a cheesecake? No, not the kind made with cream cheese, but with real wheels of cheese! You’ll have cheese for days.

Featured Below: Green Wedding Shoes

cheese - green wedding shoes

Whatever wedding cake you choose, don’t forget to eat it and enjoy it! As they say, “Have your cake, and eat it too.” Keep following us on Instagram @TheDandelionPatch! 

-Katie