Bride To B Diaries: DIY Bride Lets Others Help Out

Weddings are all about bring families together, all helping out and pulling together. Today our DIY Bride talks about what happens when you don’t let others help out. Over to you Jess.

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SAM_0419The Benefits Of Allowing Others To Help Out.

The wedding is within view and there is still so much to do! Thankfully I have some very special people who are rallying around me.

When I started planning and making stuff for the wedding I was quite literally doing it all myself. I knew what I wanted and I had the time (how foolish was I?!) – Why would I ask anyone to help?

Mum “Can I help with that?”

Me “No its fine, I have it sorted”

Mum “I’ll pay for that”

Me “It’s ok, we can afford it”

There were similar conversations with my husband to be, my lovely Maid of Honour and my Dad. I am Wonder Woman, I can do it all by myself – right? BIG RED BUZZER – WRONG ANSWER!

A couple of things happened in quick succession:

  • My mum and I had a falling out about how I wasn’t allowing her to be involved at all.
  • I visited the caterers and realised I had not considered the evening food decorations which I most definitely did not have time to sort out.
  • An article came up on my wedding app about how 2 in 5 mothers do not feel involved in their daughters’ weddings. (This came up the day I had the falling out with Mum)Friends Again x(Mum and Jess are friends again.)

How did I miss this? It was obvious – it wasn’t about others interfering or about me admitting defeat. My wedding, like most, is about more than just the one day. The excitement of the lead up to the big day is just as important. The special people in my life just wanted to be included.


  • My husband to be is sorting out the wedding music, playlists and PA system.
  • Mum and Andy (Mum’s boyfriend) helped with table decorations.
  • Mum and Andy’s mum made the bunting.
  • Dad is sorting the decorations for the evening food – Street Style MexicanJ.
  • Sharlene (Maid of Honour) helped with the jar decorations.

All Decorated JarsDecorated Jars 2Sharlene is also going to be making my wedding cake, my bouquet and helping with the button holes, Mum and Andy’s mum are making the serviettes, Mum is sorting the hen celebrations (Next blog!) and Dad is sourcing the evening cutlery, crockery and glasses.

This leaves me with 9 weeks to finish my wedding dress (I have started it ….. yesterday!), finishing touches to Sharlene’s and Mum’s dresses, table plan and finalising arrangements. Oh, and get in shape! Gym – here I come!

Suddenly it all seems so much more possible, I may even be able to get some sleep in there somewhere ;)

I am so grateful to the wonderful friends and family I have around me. They are the ones who will make the wedding day Super Special for Rod and I. All it took was a stern talking to from my mum.

Motto of the story…Let others in and don’t be so stubborn. You will be surprised and awed with the amazing things your family and friends can do. #HiddenTalents

Until next time lovely ladies…. JxTable Decorations 3

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DIY Tutorial: Glitter Jars

Our fabulous Homemade Bride Kate Petersen is back with another super easy DIY tutorial. Today its all about glitter jars! All images by Maria Farrelly Photography. Over to you Kate…

If you ask my other half what my favourite colour is he will tell you it’s “Sparkle!” Sparkly blue, sparkly pink, sparkly yellow, Sparkle! Anything with a bit of bling works for me. These jars are fabulous and can be used as vases or candle holders. They are easy and can be made well in advance so you don’t have a million and one things to do just before the wedding.

What you will need:

  • Glitter in the colour of your choice
  • PVA glue
  • Masking tape
  • Paint brush
  • Glue gun
  • A brooch


Mask off half of the jar. Make sure it is clean and dry. DIY_glittered_jar002

DIY_glittered_jar003Paint the glue on the bottom half of the jar with the PVA glue. You need to work quickly as the glue dries quickly.


Sprinkle the glitter over the glue. Remember to put some paper down to catch all the excess :) It can get very messy. There is a time when there is too much sparkle! DIY_glittered_jar007DIY_glittered_jar008DIY_glittered_jar009DIY_glittered_jar010

Before the glue completely dries remove the masking tape.


When the glue gun is warmed up smother the back of the brooch and then place on the jar that you want to attach it to. DIY_glittered_jar015DIY_glittered_jar016DIY_glittered_jar017DIY_glittered_jar018

Hold it in place till it is dry. Be careful it can get very hot. DIY_glittered_jar019

There you have it! These catch the light beautifully. I used a brooch but you can use anything that takes your fancy. A silk flower looks lovely. Have a look through your old jewellery and see what bits, bobs and beads you can use. 
DIY_glittered_jar022Sequin tablecloth provided by: Gilded Linens

Many thanks Kate! 

If any of you lovely lot try this tutorial, don’t forget to send us your pics to so we can share them on our Facebook page :)