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  • Project Design By: Victoria Hudgins

    Photos By: Carly Taylor

    Using watercolor in your wedding can be an easy way to add both color and pretty artistic flair. Make drink tags, escort cards, or favor labels with these easy instructions.     Materials: You will need watercolor paints, paper tags, a white crayon, a paint brush and water.     Process: Write in your details on the paper tag with a white crayon. I did a combo of table numbers and simple words to show how each would look. Be sure to press firmly with the crayon.     A preview of the finished product. Loving this vibrant orange.     Dip your brush in the water and the paint, before stroking lightly over your tag.     Mix colors and do a couple coats to ensure good texture.
      The watercolors will not adhere to the wax portion of the tag where the crayon has left its mark.
      What a difference adding favor tags makes! Let dry and attach to your favor or item of choice!     Lastly, get creative and have fun!      Project Design By: Victoria Hudgins Photos By: Carly Taylor

     

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  • The perfect pink palette begins with your favorite shade of pink. This particular board encompasses both vibrant and soft pink colors. You can achieve a more modern look if you incoporate ombre elements, but for this particular palette we like the idea of the softer pink being the accent color. For an evening or more elegant affair, add a darker hue like deep plum, or even black. Make sure to use dark colors sparingly, as you don't want to take away from your beautiful pinks. 

     

    Dress by Amsale, Photo by Dan Lecca

    Save this photo for later | View pink bridesmaid dresses

     

    Bouquet Photo by: Presshaus LA

    Save this photo for later | View pink bouquet photos

     

    Centerpiece Photo by Calynn Berry, Event Coordinator: Courtney for Petals Planning Company

    Save this photo for later | View pink centerpieces

     

    Invitation Photo by Jemma Keech

    Save this photo for later | View more stationery ideas

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  • Formal wedding portraits are a must for any wedding, but that doesn't mean there can't be room for a little creativity. 

    Related: 8 Groomsmen Portrait Ideas

    1. Caught With Their Pants Down 

    Photo by Shipra Panosian 

    One sure-fire way to make portraits at a formal wedding seem less, well, formal? Lose the bottom half of the outfit! 

    2. Caught With Their Pants Down, Part Two 

    Photo by Shipra Panosian 

    Lose the bride this time around. Also, let's note how proud the guy all the way on the right looks. 

    3. The Basket Toss 

    Photo by Aaron Watson Photography 

    Just because your wedding party doesn't consist of former cheerleaders doesn't mean you can't steal one of their best moves. 

    4. The Human Pyramid

    Photo by Andi Mans

    Try this as a "warm-up" pose before you start taking more formal pictures—it'll loosen everyone up and make smiles come more naturally. 

    5. Props Galore

    Photo by Bird and the Bear

    Raid the photo booth prop box for hats, signs, moustaches, whatever, then let the group get crazy. 

    6. The Harry Potter 

    Photo by Birds of a Feather 

    Broomsticks! Because why not? 

    7. Damnnnnn, Girl 

    Photo by onelove photography 

    You know you'll be turning heads and raising eyebrows all day—why not get photographic evidence? 

    8. Behind the Barn 

    Photo by Karena Dixon Photography 

    The picture pretty much says it all. 

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  • Your reception is the ultimate celebration when you and your new spouse dance, drink, and eat the night away.  From amazing architecture, stunning scenery, and one-of-a-kind decor, your reception space should include a wow factor. We've found 10 jaw-dropping receptions to inspire you.

    1. Outdoor Affair

    Photo by KT Merry Photography

    Talk about a gorgeous arrangement. Guests are seated around a reflecting pool on an outdoor terrace. The greenery and stunning views of the lake make this an ideal place to celebrate. 

     

    2. Elegant Barn

    Photo by June Lion Photography

    These gorgeous linens and floral centerpieces lend an elegant flair to an otherwise rustic venue. Dress up your barn with monogrammed letters and draping like the ones above. 

     

    3. Vineyard View

    Photo by Shelly Kroeger Photography

    With a view like this what's not to celebrate? The round tables arranged on the patio offer guests a wonderful view of the vineyard, which is gorgeous all lit up. 

     

    4. Glass Ceiling 

    Photo by Jonathan Young Weddings 

    What a beautiful way to let natural beauty into a reception space. We're loving the crystal clear view of the lush greenery outside and the blossoming centerpieces. 

     

    5. Indoor Intimacy 

    Photos by Stephanie Cristalli Photography

    Between the slate stone floors, ceiling twig decor, and long wooden tables, there are so many details to love. We can't get enough of what this couple did with such an intimate space. 

     

    6, White Wedding

    Photo by Samuel Lippke Studios

    The elegant white draping and hanging star decor create a dreamlike setting for this wedding reception. We're in heaven with this all-white look. 

     

    7. Cozy Seaside Dinner

    Photo by Twah Dougherty 

    We're loving how private, yet stunning this reception space is. Just a long table, a chandelier, and a beautiful view is all you need to celebrate a lifelong commitment. 

     

    8. Romantically Rustic

    Photo by Onelove Photography

    This pale pink draping and hanging chandelier adds an element of romantic elegance to the rustic chairs and string lights.

     

    9.  Pink Party Tent

    Photos by Rachel Robertson Photography

    Between the bright pink table linens and the clear tent, this reception space is the epitome of a fun summer wedding. A clear tent will make your guests feel less enclosed, and it's perfect for any unexpected weather. 

     

    10. Backyard Gathering

    Photo by Deidre Lynn Photography

    We're loving the communal feel of this backyard reception. The long banquet tables and hanging tree lights definitely lend a cozy and intimate vibe. 

    NEXT: 11 Clever Seating Arrangements

     

     

     

     

     

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  • Whether it's cut and served at the reception or boxed up and given out as favors, the groom's cake has always been known as a surprise gift from the bride. Show off his personality with these out-of-the-box ideas:

    1. Career - Pay tribute to his profession. For example, if he's a photographer, then opt for a Canon digital camera. 

    Photo: Our Labor of Love 

    2. Alma Mater - So, you met and fell in love at college? Replicate an on-campus building. Below is the multi-tiered UCSD's Geisel Library. 

    Photo: onelove photography

    3. Animals - It may be the state animal of Texas, but this nine-banded creature made it's official debut in the 1989 movie Steel Magnolias. 

    Photo: Brooke Images 

    4. Travel - Reveal all the places you've traveled together to with a vintage suitcase and stickers. 

    Photo: Glass Jar Photography

    5. Food - His go-to meal from Chipotle complete with an unwrapped burrito, chips, guacamole, and pico de gallo. 

    Photo: Katelyn James 

    6. Hobbies - After you've spent countless weekends in the great outdoors, there's no better place like a tent, campfire, and some s'mores.

    Photo: Abi Q Photography

    7. Favorite TV Shows & Movies - Courtney and Cory's police public call box inspiration came from Doctor Who, a British science-fiction televsion series on BBC. 

    Photo: Catie Bartlett Photography

    See more groom's cakes here >> 

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  • Photos By: Chelsea Fuss

    If you've always dreamt of carrying a bouquet of old fashioned garden roses down the aisle, but your budget doesn't quite match up to the dream, try this version!

    Materials: 24 stems of spray roses (It works best if you buy one bunch with buds and one bunch with open blossoms) Order them ahead of time to secure your favorite color! Garden clippers String or twine florist tape 1-2 yards of ribbon

    Directions: 

    First, pick off the brown petals from the blossoms. We used spray roses, one of the most inexpensive roses on the market, to create this bouquet.     "Edit" each stem. Spray roses have several blossoms on each stem. Clip 1-2 off each stem to leave the prettiest blossoms and the stems that are around the same level on the stem. Also, remove the leaves from these stems.     Take a few of the stems with nice leaves and clip off all the blossoms. Wash the leaves. Leave 1-2 branches of leaves on the stem. Make sure none of the leaves are too low on the stem or it will interfere with the "handle" of your bouquet. Be sure to choose leaves that are hydrated and feel firm.     Spray roses consist of 3-5 smaller blossoms on each stem, and have a more casual feel then your normal florists' roses. They are readily available at markets and florists all year.     Gather a few stems in one hand at a 45 degree angle. Each time you add a stem, turn your bouquet. Don't be afraid to place some blossoms higher than others. This gives your bouquet depth and interest.     Be sure to add leaves in as you go. These frame the blossoms and give the bouquet a natural feel. Tie with twine, cover in florist tape (to protect the ribbon) and tie up with a ribbon.     By deconstructing the spray roses, you can create a bouquet that looks very natural. Your guests will never guess that your flowers came from the local grocery!     The total cost of this bouquet: $12 + ribbon!     Enjoy your beautiful, garden bouquet!
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  • Project and Photos By: Victoria Hudgins

    If embossing seems like a formality beyond your budget. Not to worry! It's a very easy craft to learn and will give your papers and packaging that polished look. This particular project shows embossed favors, but you can use the same tools to emboss your invitations, menus, programs, or save the dates!   You will need... A craft heater, available at most craft stores. A jar of embossing powder, which will last you through hundreds of favors boxes and other projects, a stamp in the words of your choice and a white stamp pad.     Step One: To emboss favor boxes, start by stamping the box with a very wet stamp. Take extra care to ensure the entire stamp has been covered before pressing down. You could use other colors but I love the look of embossing with white for a traditional wedding.     Step Two: Once the favor box is stamped sprinkle a generous amount of embossing powder on top of it.     Step Three: Use the heating tool to dry and heat the embossed word on your box top. It will bring pretty dimension to a simple statement.     Step Four: Tap the extra powder onto a sheet of paper for re-use!      
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  • Photo by Kurt Boomer Photo

    Ready to start planning your wedding? First things first, it’s time to lay out your budget. It’s not the most fun task, but it’s necessary to figure out how much you can spend on your wedding day before you choose a venue, meet with vendors, and buy your dress. If you’re looking for ways to save money, check out a few of our favorite ideas.

    Be Flexible on Date, Time and Season: A Saturday night in September or May is probably the most expensive wedding date you can choose. Vendors will sometimes charge less to couples who get married in the off-season or on off-days. So consider getting married on a Friday, Sunday, and even Saturday morning or early afternoon in January, February or March.  

    Be Honest: Be upfront with potential vendors. Tell them the amount that you’ve budgeted for his or her services and see if he or she can work with that, instead of asking for a proposal and trying to bring the cost down. Vendors will appreciate your honesty, and in many cases, try their best to accommodate you if there’s any wiggle room.  

    Cut the Guest List: Many venues and caterers charge on a per-person basis, so the fewer guests you invite, the less you pay.

    Get a Planner: This may sound confusing – how can hiring an additional vendor help you save money? Well, wedding planners often have great connections with other vendors and can help you get the best deals.  

    DIY Wisely: Yes, creating items for your wedding yourself can help you save money. However, it’s easy to become overwhelmed by trying to do too much. Instead, pick one area of your wedding that you can DIY – whether it be your favors, ceremony programs, escort cards, or something else – and focus on doing a great job on that project. Check out our DIY Editor for lots of great ideas!

    Enlist Friends: Got talented friends and/or family members? Enlist them to help where they can – but only if they’re truly skilled in that area. Friends and family can also donate their time in helping you with DIY projects, or even with set up on the big day. You can even have a friend or family member officiate your ceremony!

    Turn Bouquets into Centerpieces: Floral arrangements can be quite expensive, but if you use them wisely, you can save a bundle. See if any of your ceremony flowers (bouquets, altar arrangements, etc.) can be used as centerpieces at the reception. This can help you avoid paying for floral décor that you don’t need.  

    Shop Sample Sales: When shopping for your wedding dress, check out sample sales at area salons. However, don’t purchase a dress that completely doesn’t fit, thinking that altering the dress will be inexpensive. If a dress needs a complete overhaul, the alterations can more than double the original cost of the gown!

    Think Drinks: Alcohol can be a huge budget buster. Some venues allow you to purchase your alcohol yourself, which can help you save some cash. Also, you can simply serve wine and beer, along with a signature drink or two instead of offering a fully-stocked top-shelf bar.

    Something Borrowed: Instead of purchasing lots of expensive jewelry and accessories to add some sparkle to your wedding day look, look to family members and friends to help accessorize. Your grandmother’s veil, your mom’s earrings, your great aunt’s necklace, your sister’s shoes – it’s so special to wear a family heirloom on your wedding day. 

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  • By: Jenny Batt

    A touch of gold goes a long way! These metallic tassels will add an interesting flair to place settings.   Materials White latex paint  Small plastic container Paper clips Foil lined tray Bamboo skewer Gold liquid gilding     Step One: Wrap thick cotton twine around your fingers about 20 times and cut the end.     Step Two: Take a second piece of twine, then wrap and tie around the top. Knot to secure.     Step Three: Unfold paperclips and hook on the tops of the tassels.     Step Four: Pour white latex paint into a small container with high sides. Hold the tassel up with the paper clip and dip the tassel into the paint.     Step Five: Use the skewer to press in the entire tassel until it is completely submerged. Pull out tassel and use skewer to scrape off any excess paint.     Step Six: Lay to dry on a foil lined tray or cookie sheet. Use the skewer to gently style the tassel if needed. Repeat with remaining tassels. Let dry for 24 hours, flipping tassels over and placing them on a clean portion of the tray after 12 hours. You can also hang to dry with a tray underneath.     Step Seven: Outside, paint each tassel gold and let dry. Spray a second coat. Flip over and cover the other side with two light coats. Let them air out a few days before use.     DIY: Gilded Tassel Adornments Tie each tassel to cotton twine and wrap around napkins at each setting. Add a tag if desired.     These would be just as fun as escort cards or attached to magnets and given as favors!     (photos by hankandhunt.com)
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  • By: Victoria Hudgins

    This DIY packaging is a fresh and modern way to present small favors to guests.         Fill each cocoon with something fun to keep your guests busy (like these bright and nostalgic finger pops) and something sweet to snack on.   Materials: 1/2 craft glue- 1/2 water mixture Large spool of embroidery thread Balloons (1 balloon for every 2 favors)   Instructions:   1. Blow up your balloons and tie a length of thread to the end of the balloon.   2. Begin wrapping thread around the balloon, the messier the wrap the better.   3. Once you have a good covering over the entire balloon, dip a brush into the glue mixture and coat the entire balloon. Hang the balloon by its end to dry. Note: You could also use liquid fabric stiffener for this step in the project, just fill a large bowl and completely dip your wrapped balloons in.     4. Once dry, cut the balloon in half at the center width. Each balloon will make two separate cocoon wraps.      5. Gently pop each balloon and pull away from the fabric. Fill your wraps and tie together with a ribbon and simple tag.     6. Rest each favor on a place setting for a creative, modern touch.  
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  • Project Design By: Victoria Hudgins

    Photos By: Carly Taylor

    Using watercolor in your wedding can be an easy way to add both color and pretty artistic flair. Make drink tags, escort cards, or favor labels with these easy instructions.     Materials: You will need watercolor paints, paper tags, a white crayon, a paint brush and water.     Process: Write in your details on the paper tag with a white crayon. I did a combo of table numbers and simple words to show how each would look. Be sure to press firmly with the crayon.     A preview of the finished product. Loving this vibrant orange.     Dip your brush in the water and the paint, before stroking lightly over your tag.     Mix colors and do a couple coats to ensure good texture.
      The watercolors will not adhere to the wax portion of the tag where the crayon has left its mark.
      What a difference adding favor tags makes! Let dry and attach to your favor or item of choice!     Lastly, get creative and have fun!      Project Design By: Victoria Hudgins Photos By: Carly Taylor

     

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  • The perfect pink palette begins with your favorite shade of pink. This particular board encompasses both vibrant and soft pink colors. You can achieve a more modern look if you incoporate ombre elements, but for this particular palette we like the idea of the softer pink being the accent color. For an evening or more elegant affair, add a darker hue like deep plum, or even black. Make sure to use dark colors sparingly, as you don't want to take away from your beautiful pinks. 

     

    Dress by Amsale, Photo by Dan Lecca

    Save this photo for later | View pink bridesmaid dresses

     

    Bouquet Photo by: Presshaus LA

    Save this photo for later | View pink bouquet photos

     

    Centerpiece Photo by Calynn Berry, Event Coordinator: Courtney for Petals Planning Company

    Save this photo for later | View pink centerpieces

     

    Invitation Photo by Jemma Keech

    Save this photo for later | View more stationery ideas

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  • Formal wedding portraits are a must for any wedding, but that doesn't mean there can't be room for a little creativity. 

    Related: 8 Groomsmen Portrait Ideas

    1. Caught With Their Pants Down 

    Photo by Shipra Panosian 

    One sure-fire way to make portraits at a formal wedding seem less, well, formal? Lose the bottom half of the outfit! 

    2. Caught With Their Pants Down, Part Two 

    Photo by Shipra Panosian 

    Lose the bride this time around. Also, let's note how proud the guy all the way on the right looks. 

    3. The Basket Toss 

    Photo by Aaron Watson Photography 

    Just because your wedding party doesn't consist of former cheerleaders doesn't mean you can't steal one of their best moves. 

    4. The Human Pyramid

    Photo by Andi Mans

    Try this as a "warm-up" pose before you start taking more formal pictures—it'll loosen everyone up and make smiles come more naturally. 

    5. Props Galore

    Photo by Bird and the Bear

    Raid the photo booth prop box for hats, signs, moustaches, whatever, then let the group get crazy. 

    6. The Harry Potter 

    Photo by Birds of a Feather 

    Broomsticks! Because why not? 

    7. Damnnnnn, Girl 

    Photo by onelove photography 

    You know you'll be turning heads and raising eyebrows all day—why not get photographic evidence? 

    8. Behind the Barn 

    Photo by Karena Dixon Photography 

    The picture pretty much says it all. 

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  • Your reception is the ultimate celebration when you and your new spouse dance, drink, and eat the night away.  From amazing architecture, stunning scenery, and one-of-a-kind decor, your reception space should include a wow factor. We've found 10 jaw-dropping receptions to inspire you.

    1. Outdoor Affair

    Photo by KT Merry Photography

    Talk about a gorgeous arrangement. Guests are seated around a reflecting pool on an outdoor terrace. The greenery and stunning views of the lake make this an ideal place to celebrate. 

     

    2. Elegant Barn

    Photo by June Lion Photography

    These gorgeous linens and floral centerpieces lend an elegant flair to an otherwise rustic venue. Dress up your barn with monogrammed letters and draping like the ones above. 

     

    3. Vineyard View

    Photo by Shelly Kroeger Photography

    With a view like this what's not to celebrate? The round tables arranged on the patio offer guests a wonderful view of the vineyard, which is gorgeous all lit up. 

     

    4. Glass Ceiling 

    Photo by Jonathan Young Weddings 

    What a beautiful way to let natural beauty into a reception space. We're loving the crystal clear view of the lush greenery outside and the blossoming centerpieces. 

     

    5. Indoor Intimacy 

    Photos by Stephanie Cristalli Photography

    Between the slate stone floors, ceiling twig decor, and long wooden tables, there are so many details to love. We can't get enough of what this couple did with such an intimate space. 

     

    6, White Wedding

    Photo by Samuel Lippke Studios

    The elegant white draping and hanging star decor create a dreamlike setting for this wedding reception. We're in heaven with this all-white look. 

     

    7. Cozy Seaside Dinner

    Photo by Twah Dougherty 

    We're loving how private, yet stunning this reception space is. Just a long table, a chandelier, and a beautiful view is all you need to celebrate a lifelong commitment. 

     

    8. Romantically Rustic

    Photo by Onelove Photography

    This pale pink draping and hanging chandelier adds an element of romantic elegance to the rustic chairs and string lights.

     

    9.  Pink Party Tent

    Photos by Rachel Robertson Photography

    Between the bright pink table linens and the clear tent, this reception space is the epitome of a fun summer wedding. A clear tent will make your guests feel less enclosed, and it's perfect for any unexpected weather. 

     

    10. Backyard Gathering

    Photo by Deidre Lynn Photography

    We're loving the communal feel of this backyard reception. The long banquet tables and hanging tree lights definitely lend a cozy and intimate vibe. 

    NEXT: 11 Clever Seating Arrangements

     

     

     

     

     

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  • Whether it's cut and served at the reception or boxed up and given out as favors, the groom's cake has always been known as a surprise gift from the bride. Show off his personality with these out-of-the-box ideas:

    1. Career - Pay tribute to his profession. For example, if he's a photographer, then opt for a Canon digital camera. 

    Photo: Our Labor of Love 

    2. Alma Mater - So, you met and fell in love at college? Replicate an on-campus building. Below is the multi-tiered UCSD's Geisel Library. 

    Photo: onelove photography

    3. Animals - It may be the state animal of Texas, but this nine-banded creature made it's official debut in the 1989 movie Steel Magnolias. 

    Photo: Brooke Images 

    4. Travel - Reveal all the places you've traveled together to with a vintage suitcase and stickers. 

    Photo: Glass Jar Photography

    5. Food - His go-to meal from Chipotle complete with an unwrapped burrito, chips, guacamole, and pico de gallo. 

    Photo: Katelyn James 

    6. Hobbies - After you've spent countless weekends in the great outdoors, there's no better place like a tent, campfire, and some s'mores.

    Photo: Abi Q Photography

    7. Favorite TV Shows & Movies - Courtney and Cory's police public call box inspiration came from Doctor Who, a British science-fiction televsion series on BBC. 

    Photo: Catie Bartlett Photography

    See more groom's cakes here >> 

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  • Photos By: Chelsea Fuss

    If you've always dreamt of carrying a bouquet of old fashioned garden roses down the aisle, but your budget doesn't quite match up to the dream, try this version!

    Materials: 24 stems of spray roses (It works best if you buy one bunch with buds and one bunch with open blossoms) Order them ahead of time to secure your favorite color! Garden clippers String or twine florist tape 1-2 yards of ribbon

    Directions: 

    First, pick off the brown petals from the blossoms. We used spray roses, one of the most inexpensive roses on the market, to create this bouquet.     "Edit" each stem. Spray roses have several blossoms on each stem. Clip 1-2 off each stem to leave the prettiest blossoms and the stems that are around the same level on the stem. Also, remove the leaves from these stems.     Take a few of the stems with nice leaves and clip off all the blossoms. Wash the leaves. Leave 1-2 branches of leaves on the stem. Make sure none of the leaves are too low on the stem or it will interfere with the "handle" of your bouquet. Be sure to choose leaves that are hydrated and feel firm.     Spray roses consist of 3-5 smaller blossoms on each stem, and have a more casual feel then your normal florists' roses. They are readily available at markets and florists all year.     Gather a few stems in one hand at a 45 degree angle. Each time you add a stem, turn your bouquet. Don't be afraid to place some blossoms higher than others. This gives your bouquet depth and interest.     Be sure to add leaves in as you go. These frame the blossoms and give the bouquet a natural feel. Tie with twine, cover in florist tape (to protect the ribbon) and tie up with a ribbon.     By deconstructing the spray roses, you can create a bouquet that looks very natural. Your guests will never guess that your flowers came from the local grocery!     The total cost of this bouquet: $12 + ribbon!     Enjoy your beautiful, garden bouquet!
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  • Project and Photos By: Victoria Hudgins

    If embossing seems like a formality beyond your budget. Not to worry! It's a very easy craft to learn and will give your papers and packaging that polished look. This particular project shows embossed favors, but you can use the same tools to emboss your invitations, menus, programs, or save the dates!   You will need... A craft heater, available at most craft stores. A jar of embossing powder, which will last you through hundreds of favors boxes and other projects, a stamp in the words of your choice and a white stamp pad.     Step One: To emboss favor boxes, start by stamping the box with a very wet stamp. Take extra care to ensure the entire stamp has been covered before pressing down. You could use other colors but I love the look of embossing with white for a traditional wedding.     Step Two: Once the favor box is stamped sprinkle a generous amount of embossing powder on top of it.     Step Three: Use the heating tool to dry and heat the embossed word on your box top. It will bring pretty dimension to a simple statement.     Step Four: Tap the extra powder onto a sheet of paper for re-use!      
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  • Photo by Kurt Boomer Photo

    Ready to start planning your wedding? First things first, it’s time to lay out your budget. It’s not the most fun task, but it’s necessary to figure out how much you can spend on your wedding day before you choose a venue, meet with vendors, and buy your dress. If you’re looking for ways to save money, check out a few of our favorite ideas.

    Be Flexible on Date, Time and Season: A Saturday night in September or May is probably the most expensive wedding date you can choose. Vendors will sometimes charge less to couples who get married in the off-season or on off-days. So consider getting married on a Friday, Sunday, and even Saturday morning or early afternoon in January, February or March.  

    Be Honest: Be upfront with potential vendors. Tell them the amount that you’ve budgeted for his or her services and see if he or she can work with that, instead of asking for a proposal and trying to bring the cost down. Vendors will appreciate your honesty, and in many cases, try their best to accommodate you if there’s any wiggle room.  

    Cut the Guest List: Many venues and caterers charge on a per-person basis, so the fewer guests you invite, the less you pay.

    Get a Planner: This may sound confusing – how can hiring an additional vendor help you save money? Well, wedding planners often have great connections with other vendors and can help you get the best deals.  

    DIY Wisely: Yes, creating items for your wedding yourself can help you save money. However, it’s easy to become overwhelmed by trying to do too much. Instead, pick one area of your wedding that you can DIY – whether it be your favors, ceremony programs, escort cards, or something else – and focus on doing a great job on that project. Check out our DIY Editor for lots of great ideas!

    Enlist Friends: Got talented friends and/or family members? Enlist them to help where they can – but only if they’re truly skilled in that area. Friends and family can also donate their time in helping you with DIY projects, or even with set up on the big day. You can even have a friend or family member officiate your ceremony!

    Turn Bouquets into Centerpieces: Floral arrangements can be quite expensive, but if you use them wisely, you can save a bundle. See if any of your ceremony flowers (bouquets, altar arrangements, etc.) can be used as centerpieces at the reception. This can help you avoid paying for floral décor that you don’t need.  

    Shop Sample Sales: When shopping for your wedding dress, check out sample sales at area salons. However, don’t purchase a dress that completely doesn’t fit, thinking that altering the dress will be inexpensive. If a dress needs a complete overhaul, the alterations can more than double the original cost of the gown!

    Think Drinks: Alcohol can be a huge budget buster. Some venues allow you to purchase your alcohol yourself, which can help you save some cash. Also, you can simply serve wine and beer, along with a signature drink or two instead of offering a fully-stocked top-shelf bar.

    Something Borrowed: Instead of purchasing lots of expensive jewelry and accessories to add some sparkle to your wedding day look, look to family members and friends to help accessorize. Your grandmother’s veil, your mom’s earrings, your great aunt’s necklace, your sister’s shoes – it’s so special to wear a family heirloom on your wedding day. 

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  • By: Jenny Batt

    A touch of gold goes a long way! These metallic tassels will add an interesting flair to place settings.   Materials White latex paint  Small plastic container Paper clips Foil lined tray Bamboo skewer Gold liquid gilding     Step One: Wrap thick cotton twine around your fingers about 20 times and cut the end.     Step Two: Take a second piece of twine, then wrap and tie around the top. Knot to secure.     Step Three: Unfold paperclips and hook on the tops of the tassels.     Step Four: Pour white latex paint into a small container with high sides. Hold the tassel up with the paper clip and dip the tassel into the paint.     Step Five: Use the skewer to press in the entire tassel until it is completely submerged. Pull out tassel and use skewer to scrape off any excess paint.     Step Six: Lay to dry on a foil lined tray or cookie sheet. Use the skewer to gently style the tassel if needed. Repeat with remaining tassels. Let dry for 24 hours, flipping tassels over and placing them on a clean portion of the tray after 12 hours. You can also hang to dry with a tray underneath.     Step Seven: Outside, paint each tassel gold and let dry. Spray a second coat. Flip over and cover the other side with two light coats. Let them air out a few days before use.     DIY: Gilded Tassel Adornments Tie each tassel to cotton twine and wrap around napkins at each setting. Add a tag if desired.     These would be just as fun as escort cards or attached to magnets and given as favors!     (photos by hankandhunt.com)
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  • By: Victoria Hudgins

    This DIY packaging is a fresh and modern way to present small favors to guests.         Fill each cocoon with something fun to keep your guests busy (like these bright and nostalgic finger pops) and something sweet to snack on.   Materials: 1/2 craft glue- 1/2 water mixture Large spool of embroidery thread Balloons (1 balloon for every 2 favors)   Instructions:   1. Blow up your balloons and tie a length of thread to the end of the balloon.   2. Begin wrapping thread around the balloon, the messier the wrap the better.   3. Once you have a good covering over the entire balloon, dip a brush into the glue mixture and coat the entire balloon. Hang the balloon by its end to dry. Note: You could also use liquid fabric stiffener for this step in the project, just fill a large bowl and completely dip your wrapped balloons in.     4. Once dry, cut the balloon in half at the center width. Each balloon will make two separate cocoon wraps.      5. Gently pop each balloon and pull away from the fabric. Fill your wraps and tie together with a ribbon and simple tag.     6. Rest each favor on a place setting for a creative, modern touch.  
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