Wedding Bouquet DIY Frame

Today’s post is really as the title says: Turning your wedding bouquet into a lovely crafty DIY Frame.

I brought my wedding bouquet home with me from Portugal – it got crushed in the suitcase and battered all around, however I didn’t have the heart to leave it behind. For almost a year I had the dried flowers in a vase over my bed gathering dust. Every time I’d be cleaning the room more and more leaves fell off and it became a real eyesore.

I started thinking what could I do to keep them, but to preserve them at the same time? And then the Ikea RIBBA Frame sprung into my mind! We had our wedding gifts for our parents made in those frames by Catherine from Dainty Dress Diaries and they are perfect for DIY/Crafts Projects as they are deeper than usual flat frames.

The size of the frame 23 x 23 and they are available from Ikea @ €4.90.


So, what you will need for this project?

  • Wedding Bouquet
  • Scissors
  • RIBBA Frame from Ikea (or a Deep Frame suitable for crafts)
  • Craft Glue (Superglue will not work on leaves)
  • Hairspray (optional)

[Disclaimer: The frame is only few inches deep, before you start your project measure how thick your flower heads are as they might not fit properly into the frame which will not do the project any justice]


What to do?

  1. Using your scissors cut off the flower heads and provisionally lay them out to figure out where they should go within your arrangement.
  2. What I’ve done is I have glued the insert of the frame onto the back of the frame so I knew exactly the size of an area I needed to cover with my leaves/flowers.
  3. I then started to slowly glue my flowers onto the insert. I had a mixture of flower heads and leaves. TIP: Glue your biggest ones first and then fill in the empty spaces with smaller ones and individual leaves.
  4. As the back of the frame is brown some people like to paint it to a neutral color matching their flowers in case they don’t have enough flowers to cover the background area.
  5. Once you’ve finished your arrangement, spray the flowers with some hairspray (not too much) for a longer lasting result.
  6. Close the frame and figure out where to display your handiwork 🙂


If you decide to do this project on your own, I’d love to see the results! Feel free to tag me on Facebook or Instagram.


Below, you will see the bouquets on my wedding day in all their glory! 🙂


[I am also doing these on Freelance Order Basis, feel free to email me for details on ]

Joanna x


10 Tips for Having a Destination Wedding

You got engaged and you are thinking of getting married abroad, which is how you ended up reading this blog post? Congratulations! I assume you already have a destination in mind? I got married in the Algarve, Portugal in June 2017 and now I’m sharing my top tips/things to consider when choosing a destination wedding.

  1. The Weather

Algarve Wedding

Once you pick your destination you need to decide on the best time to get married there. When we picked Portugal we knew we wanted a summer wedding hence why we chose June. The weather can however be very tricky. Few days leading up to the wedding the weather was perfect 25-27 degrees & the morning of the wedding I woke up to 42 degrees! Safe to say, we were very lucky we had a pool at our venue as the guests jumped in right after dinner.

Consider things like monsoon season, peak season (if you have few elderly guests the excessive heat might be an issue).

  1. Cost/Budget

You need to have your budget in mind at all times. Just because it’s abroad and countries like Spain/Portugal/Canary Islands tend to be cheaper in general it’s very easy to go over budget as you think you can afford more and start adding extras left, right and center. I’d strongly advise to keep some funds towards the end for “unexpected expenses”.

Another thing to consider is whether the main guests you are inviting can afford to travel abroad and also if there are any elderly members of the family who are unable to travel due to age, medical reasons etc. Do you really want them to miss out on your big day?

  1. Hire a Wedding Planner

Wedding Planner

This is an absolute must, unless you know the place like the back of your hand. When you start organising a wedding only then you will realise how much detail actually goes into planning and what’s involved. While the wedding planner or the event coordinator at your venue might have excellent English that might not be the case with all the suppliers and that’s something that needs to be taken into account. Having a local onsite really puts your mind at ease.

  1. Visit The Venue

Infante Panoramico Restaurant

Once you pick a destination, date and a wedding planner you will need to decide on a venue. When getting married abroad you have a general idea of what you’d like i.e. beach wedding, boho wedding, BBQ etc. Your wedding planner will then do her research and present you with options that will potentially suit your needs. It is imperative that you will go and visit the venue before you book it. Unless you have 100% trust in your wedding planner and in human beings in general I would not book a venue blindly. My planner did tell me about couple of her clients that booked venues based solely on  the photographs, however it is the biggest day of your life – Do you really want to be disappointed?

  1. Buy Insurance

This is something we personally didn’t do, however this was haunting me until the day we physically landed in Portugal. What if something went wrong? What if our plane was cancelled? What if the airline damaged my dress? What if the venue went bankrupt? What if you get pregnant and are unable to fly? (I also heard of a couple this happened to).

It is the vital part of a destination wedding and something 100% worth looking at regardless of the cost.

  1. Save The Dates

Save The Date Fridge Magnet

Once you picked the venue and the date you should immediately send out your save the dates. We have sent out our save the dates 9 months beforehand (if not more) and guests were able to book their flights according to their budget. Giving your guests plenty of notice will mean they will not double book the date and gives them flexibility and time to save.

  1. Written Communication

Every bit of communication between you and wedding planner or suppliers or anyone providing you with a service must have a written paper trail you can go back on if needed. You will be surprised how many things can be omitted, forgotten about or just go wrong. This is especially important when it comes to service quotes, contracts and agreements. I’d strongly advise to discuss the important parts via email rather than phone or Skype.

  1. Culture

Cultural differences can play a big part on your choice of destination. While it’s great to have a funny, young waiter at the bar you’re drinking at in Torremolinos do you really want him to slack at the service during your wedding? One thing I can say about people in Portugal is they are very relaxed – Too relaxed for my liking. They have a very relaxed approach at life and nothing is urgent with them. That’s what frustrated me the most, for you – the bride it’s the most important day of your life, you don’t want to hear “I’ll do it when I have time”. It’s your day and you are paying for the service, therefore things should be done in a timely manner.

  1. Food

The next step during wedding planning is choosing your menu. Now, I am not going to lie – I made up completely my own menu and luckily the restaurant agreed to cater to it as Polish & Irish Weddings are quite different. Menu Tasting is very important as you want to ensure it will suit majority if not everyone’s taste therefore it needs to be quite simple yet elegant.

You don’t want people to leave hungry (and then get drunk on an empty stomach).

  1. The Dress

Bride in Wedding Dress

And finally, the most prized possession. The dress! How to transport the dress abroad? My advice is – whatever you do, do not let it leave your sight! All jokes aside, you can purchase what’s called a Wedding Dress Box – I bought mine on EBay for approximately €30.00. Majority of them come in the approved cabin luggage size and with a protective tissue paper (read the product description before purchase to ensure they are the correct size). Upon your last fitting ask the seamstress to fold it in a right way and place it in the box for you to avoid creases.

Also, very important – when choosing dress for wedding abroad make sure it is weather appropriate! You do not want to faint at your own wedding!

TIP: When you arrive to the hotel where possible hang the dress up immediately and keep in plastic, as hot destinations attract insects which can damage the dress.


If you have any more questions wedding related that I have not discussed above, feel free to contact me or leave a comment below!



From Girlfriend to a Wife

We have just reached 6 months being married and I thought it would be a good idea to share some insights of the married life with you all. First and foremost I still don’t think it has fully registered in my head that I am married. When I think of myself as a wife, I picture myself older, mature and an adult – currently I don’t feel any of those things. I don’t feel old or an adult, I don’t feel grown up enough to be someones wife!

Once you take the vows, immediately after everything becomes us/we/ours/you two. It’s never just you or him, it’s now US. When people invite us to something it’s you two not you + himself. While this sounds funny because we were still both being invited together to everything beforehand, now it’s a JOINT decision to go to those things. It feels strange, now we are a single unit.

Wedding in Portugal

When people call you Mrs. or by your married name, you’re like who?! No joke, I just don’t register it – I still don’t recognize it. I’m wondering how long it will take for it to properly sink in.

While I am on the subject of name change….. Nightmare. I will be writing a whole post about it (yes, there’s enough to do to write a completely separate post about it). As with everything “legal” or “government concerned” Ireland takes forever and you need a document upon document for everything. You’d swear you are trying to completely change your identity to someone else. It’s an ordeal like no other and quite costly too (perhaps because I’m foreign and need to do it both here and in Poland).

Wedding Letters DIY

Lastly, the woman becomes the ultimate decision maker and that’s the major factor that makes me feel that I am at least slightly married. You become this book of knowledge where in an ideal world you should know the answers to all the questions. You know that feeling even when you grow up that if you ask your mam and she says its okay then it’s really okay? That becomes you. You become the mam, that feeling of comfort and believe me many times you will have to wing it and hope for the best.

To all my newlywed bombshells, what has been your experience so far? What made you feel really married at first? I’d love to hear your stories, as I am really curious what will eventually make me feel like a wife.

Wedding in Portugal Photoshoot

Wedding in Portugal Photoshoot

As you can see in this post I’ve shared some of our unseen wedding photographs. I hope you guys like them.