Wednesday, February 24, 2010

{trends} handkerchiefs

handkerchiefs ….what can i say i heart you.

last summer while visiting a region in portugal called minho i came across {lenços dos namorados} or lover’s handkerchief. i was told that this poetic and lovely tradition consist of white cotton or linen handkerchief are hand embroidered in different colors with names, poems and secret messages by girls of marrying age as a declaration of their love for the man they would like to marry. when the handkerchief was complete, it was secretly passed to the lucky guy by a friend.
how romantic is that!!!

{photo from  here }

another reason why i’m loving handkerchiefs is because they are popping up everywhere in weddings. here are a few ideas on how you can incorporate them in your wedding.

wrapped up wedding bouquets

create a handerkerchief ring pillow

use handkerchiefs in your wedding decor

string some up as garland {jill thomas via amorology}
sew on beads and you have yourself a drink cover {martha stewart}
use as table number {design sponge}
diy hanging handkerchief vases {once wed}

 use these pretties as a fun and unique save the dates and invitations
save the date {fiona e}
diy handkerchief save the date {benign objects via wedding chicks}
handkerchief wedding invitation {bird and banner via martha stewart weddings}

omg...i found this diy handkerchief invite at {tulle and feathers}. love it!!


  1. I love those handkerchiefs but if i lack the skill to create one, do I not get a husband? Oh pooh!

  2. Wonderful & inspiring post! I LOVE handkerchiefs! Jill Thomas' shoot was just LOVELY. xo


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