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Editor’s Weekly Wrap-up: Fun Wedding Ideas For the Beer and Cocktail Lover, DIY Ombre Toasting Glasses, Reception Details You Probably Haven’t Thought Of, Rustic Bohemian Anniversary Shoot, And Balloon Decor
Posted by Sarah Title. Filed under Weekly Wrap-Up

It’s that time of week again! Here are some of our editor’s favorite boards and ideas that you may have missed:

13 Fun Wedding Ideas For the Beer and Cocktail Lover- Nothing gets a party started like alcohol-infused beverages (that’s not the only way of course, but it’s a good one!). Check out these fun ideas we found from real couples.

Photo by Sweet Little Photographs

DIY Ombre Toasting Glasses- Use these sweet champagne coups for a bridal shower, rehearsal dinner, or wedding reception! It’s just 5 easy steps.

Photo by Brittni Mehlhoff of Paper & Stitch 

12 Reception Details You Probably Haven’t Thought Of- From unique favors to a live artist painting your ceremony, there are so many ways to make your reception unique! Take a peek at one of our many ideas.

Photo by Natalie Bray Photography

Rustic Bohemian Anniversary Shoot- This wedding has everything from a pick-up truck to a live horse! If you’re having a rustic wedding, use this shoot as your inspiration.

Photo by Jasmine Lee Photography

Balloon Decor- This decor element is just for kid birthday parties! Use them at your wedding for whimsical or colorful accent.

Photo by Anneli Marnovich Photography 


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DIY Wednesday: All-White Bouquet
Posted by Kate. Filed under DIY Wednesday, Do It Yourself, Flowers

By Brittni Mehlhoff

Accent colorful bridesmaid dresses with all-white bouquets, for a high-contrast statement that really pops. Using just two types of flowers and one filler, you can create a gorgeous monochromatic bouquet that any bridesmaid, or bride for that matter, will love.

You will Need: anemones • ranunculus • veronica white flowers (filler) • 2 feet of ribbon • floral wire • scissors

Step One. Start by removing excess leaves from all the stems. Then, choose a couple of larger flowers and criss cross the stems underneath the blooms. A couple of anemones and one ranunculu is a good start. Keep in mind that the first few flowers you start with will be in the center of your finished bouquet. So choose good ones because they will be the focal point.

Step Two. Add  a few veronica white flowers next, balanced on opposite sides of the bouquet.  Make them slightly higher than the height of the rest of the bouquet, so they can peek out the top.

Step Three. Once you have that first little bundle of flowers in hand, begin surrounding it with additional ranunculus and anemones. Work all the way around the bouquet to create a balanced look.

Step Four. Finish things off with a few flowers that have a natural curve in the stem to fill in any holes and complete the rounded shape.

Step Five. Next, holding the stems with both hands, one hand at the top close to the flowers and the other toward the bottom of the stems, have a friend wrap floral wire around the stems several times as close to the top as possible. Holding the bouquet with both hands will help ensure that the flowers don’t move around while the wire is being wrapped around the stems.

Step Six. Lastly, cut a piece of ribbon approximately two feet long and wrap it around the stems a few inches below the floral wire to keep the stems in place and add a decorative element. Then, cut stems at the bottom of the bouquet so they are all the same length. Place in a few inches of water until heading out to the ceremony.

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DIY Wednesday: Springtime Boutonnieres
Posted by Kate. Filed under DIY Wednesday, Do It Yourself

By: Brittni Mehlhoff

Make cheerful boutonnieres in a pinch with beautiful, in-season blooms that will add a pleasant pop of color to your groom’s suit. These pretties are perfect for spring.

Supplies:  washi tape • scissors • ranunculus • yellow acacia • variegated kale

Step One • Trim one leaf from a variegated kale stem to use as the base for your boutonniere. Set the kale leaf down on a flat surface and add two sprigs of acacia on top, lining up the bottom of the stems with the kale.

Step Two • Next, trim one stem of budding ranunculus, making sure the stem is no more than four or five inches long. Then, nestle the in-season bloom on top of the acacia and kale.

Step Three • Using your fingers, wrap the kale leaf around the ranunculus so that the flowers look like they are being cradled by the leaf.

Step Four • Wrap decorative washi tape around the stems of the finished boutonniere, starting at the top of the stem base.  Leave one inch of the stems showing at the bottom, uncovered by tape. Add a straight pin. Fill a short glass with a little water to keep the boutonnieres fresh until the wedding (depending on the flowers you use, they should stay fresh this way for up to two days).

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DIY Wednesday: Springtime Mini Bouquets
Posted by Kate. Filed under DIY Wednesday, Do It Yourself

By Brittni Mehlhoff

Since spring is right around the corner, these colorful mini bouquets are perfect for the upcoming season. They are easy to make and oh-so-charming in size, but the best part is the affordable price tag. $15 worth of flowers is enough to make five miniature arrangements, making the total cost of one bouquet around $3. How does that sound for a beautiful, budget bouquet?  

Supplies: small blooms (including ranunculus, yellow acacia, stock, and spider mums) • scissors • washi tape

Step One. Start with a few short stems of acacia to use as your base (about six or seven inches long). Note: You’ll be holding all the flowers you add to your bouquet in one hand and moving them around with the other.

Step Two. Cut two or three small stems of stock, about seven inches long. Add to the acacia. As you add more stems to your mini bouquet, move your hand further up (closer to the top, where the blooms start) to help keep everything in place. Try not to touch the flowers themselves with your fingers though, as certain delicate blooms are sensitive to the skin’s oils and can turn the petals brown.

Step Three. Next, cut one spider mum, leaving a stem that is about seven inches, and remove any leaves before adding it to your bouquet. Add the spider mum in front of the stock and acacia, placing the spider mum a bit lower than the other flowers in the bouquet.

Step Four. Add the final touch: ranunculus. Cut one blooming stem to seven inches tall and two smaller ones (or buds). Remove leaves and add to the bouquet. The larger bloom will be at the same level as the spider mum, or slightly above, and the smaller buds will be a touch higher, closer to the level of the stock and acacia.

Step Five. Now that your bouquet is finished, secure the placement with washi tape around all the stems, about one inch down. Then, cut stems at the bottom of the bouquet so they are all the same length.

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