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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!
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!
Photos By: Mary SwensonSimple, rustic pine cones are perfect to use in a fall or winter wedding. These budget-friendly accents are seasonal without being kitschy, and add an element of warmth and charm to your event decor. Here are a few ways to incorporate them into your day! Pine cones are great additions to any floral arrangement. We kept our flowers light-colored and simple so that the pine cones didn't get lost, but they work with virtually any color scheme! You can find pine cones attached to a stick at florists and craft stores, which make it easy to pop them into your arrangement. You can also twist floral wire around the base of the pine cone, and then use that to attach the pine cone to the stem of the flower. Forgo centerpiece flowers altogether by filling up glass containers with pine cones, or use these mock arrangements as inexpensive fillers for other areas of your event: a buffet table, the bar area, the gift table, or any spot that needs something extra! Use pine cones for super-easy place cards that also double as favors. We jazzed up small pine cones with faux snow spray, and glued a small piece of ribbon to the tops with name tags looped through. Group the finished pine cones on a tray or a table, or get creative and hang them from a large branch or mini-tree. If you're passing out glasses of wine or champagne, or setting out stemware en masse for your guests, using tiny pine cones as an accent on each stem of glassware is a sweet detail! We used a hot glue gun to adhere clear twine to the tops of each pine cone, and let them dry. Then we tied the pine cone around the base of each glass and trimmed off the excess twine.
The process: Using a dab of glue, attach on end of your chosen color of yarn to the styrofoam ball.
Begin wrapping the yarn around and wrap it completely until you've covered the entire ball.
Cut the yarn once the ball is covered and using a second dab of glue, secure the end of the yarn to the ball.
Gather in a group of pretty bowls with a note to take a handful and shower the bride and groom with a colorful goodbye.
Browsing through the beautiful bridal collections of JLM Couture, we were particularly taken by how many gowns in the Spring 2014 collections featured stunning back designs. From illusion lace to bejeweled keyholes, there were so many pretty styles we couldn't resist sharing a few of our favorites.
1. An open back flanked by jeweled panels (Gown by Hayley Paige)
2. A unique twist on the traditional keyhole (Gown by Jim Hjelm)
3. A romantic one-shoulder style (Gown by Jim Hjelm)
4. A touch Southern, don't you think? (Gown by Tara Keely)
5. Sweet—and just a touch sexy. (Gown by Tara Keely)
Also related: 6 Draped Backs We Adore.
Project By: Victoria Hudgins Photos By: Pictilio Make a celebratory statement by topping your wedding cake and desserts with these bright and festive pinwheels. Make them large or small, individually or in mass to design a colorful element that fits your day perfectly. Make the pinwheel cake toppers by using origami paper (or thin scrapbook paper cut into squares)- each pinwheel uses three squares. Step One: Accordion fold the paper squares back and forth, then fold each section in half and crease. Step Two: Combine three sections together to create a round. Glue the outside edges together to connect. Step Three: Turn the pinwheel over and glue a wooden skewer to the backside of each. Let dry. Step Four: Top cakes, pies, and desserts with the pretty toppers!
Fun and unique ways to guide your guests to their tables!
1. Magnetic Field
Photo by Kurt Boomer Photography
A modern twist on the refigerator magnet, this is a fun way for guests to find their seats.
2. Dog-loving Cards
Photo by Caroline Tran Photography
Animal lovers, let these precious pooches capture the hearts of your guests.
3. Rustic Keys
Photo by Christa Elyce Photography
Your guests hold the key to their seats with this adorable DIY touch.
4. Clothes Line
Photo by Jeff Loves Jessica
Put a twist on this old-fashioned drying technique by using it as a modern way for guests to find their tables.
5. Flower Pots
Photo by Jodi Miller Photography
Bring your reception to life with springtime pastel flowers and fancy calligraphy to get people into their seats.
6. Luggage Tags
Photo by KT Merry Photography
Transform never-before used luggage identifiers into escort cards, the perfect accent to a rustic southern wedding.
7. Dangling Diamonds
Photo by Landon Jacob Photography
Hang paper cut-outs with ribbon from the branch of a tree over head and have guests search for their names.
8. Brown Paper Packages
Photo by Millie Holloman Photography
The calligraphy on each packaged escort card adds a touch of elegance to a rustic display.
9. Chalk It Out
Photo by Hello Studios Photography
These easy, mini blackboards are a creative touch for a DIY-inspired wedding.
10. Go Graphic
Photo by Amelia Lyon Photography
These bold graphic designs will catch the eys of your guests and allow them to easily find their name and number.
11. Lock It Up
Photo by Meg Perotti Photography
Your guests can unlock the mystery of their seat all on their own with these glam lock & key sets.
12. Mini Compass
Photo by Millie Holloman Photography
This mini compass will be essential in finding the proper seat, especially if you've got a lot of of guests and tables to maneuver.
13. Plane Tickets
Photo by Spindle Photography
A fun idea for a destination wedding or couples who caught the travel bug, give guests one-way tickets to their assigned tables.
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In case your groom wants to make a special mark on his attire, have him consider these unique boutonniere ideas from featured real weddings:
1. CAMERA LENS - One of my favorite weddings of all time is the infamous Jodi and Kurt's of Jodi Miller Photography, shot by This Modern Romance, so it was only suitable for the boutonnieres to be camera lenses and film negatives.
Photo: This Modern Romance
2. POLICE OFFICER BADGE - Have him wear his career of choice proud! Guests will certainly have to be on their best behavior.
Photo: Flora + Fauna
3. FEATHERS - Add pops of color against a dark-colored suit with peacock, feathers!
Photo: This Modern Romance
4. NEWSPAPER - Turn scraps of old newspaper and wine corks into double-duty pieces of artwork. One being the obvious; two being escort cards.
Photo: Abi Q Photography
5. WOOD CHIPS - Carve mini chips of wood for a rustic, relaxed vibe. Doesn't it resemble a monkey below?
Photo: Jodi Miller Photography
6. BROOCH - Because he needs his "something old" too!
Photo: Joselyn Peterson
7. PINWHEELS - An easy do-it-yourself project that will blow with the wind.
Photo: Katelyn James
8. VINTAGE KEYS - Make it known that he has the key to your heart!
Photo: Christa Elyce Photography
For more inspiration, view more boutonniere photos here.
Gown by Maggie Sottero
Another season, another Bridal Market—and we couldn't be more excited! If you're familiar with the concept, then you know that Bridal Market is essentially the wedding world's equivalent of Fashion Week. For five solid days in New York City, designers will showing off new wedding dress, bridesmaid, and accessories collections for the Spring 2015 season, and we'll be on hand (and in the audience) to capture all the frothy, feminine magic. Already convinced about how mega-awesome this will be? Follow us on Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook for of-the-moment updates—or keep checking back with me here for the new collections as they go live.
Still not convinced that Bridal Market is worth your attention? Read on for 5 reasons why you should reconsider!
1. Three Words: Wedding. Dresses. Galore.
Even girls who aren't engaged can dream about the dress they'll wear down the aisle. Bridal Market is an opportunity to fantasize about all the floaty, beautiful styles without the pressure of having to pragmaticaly pick something out.
2. You Can Trendspot Before Gowns Hit The Stores.
So you're engaged, but not thinking about wedding dress shopping for a couple of months? Not a problem—it usually takes about six months before the gowns you'll see during market hit the stores. So feel free to peruse new styles at your leisure, and then head into your actual appointments with a much healthier knowledge of what styles you'll want to try out.
Two beautiful options for pant-loving brides from last season's Bridal Market. Left: Lazaro; Right: Rivini.
3. There's More Variety Than Ever.
Think wedding dresses have to be all frothy, full-skirted princess gowns? Think again. Last market we saw everything from lace tuxedos to sequin jumpsuits to perfect-for--pregnant brides halter dresses. Point is: there's a gown to suit every style out there, so you can get even more excited about finding the perfect one for you.
4. Blush is On It's Way To Becoming a Classic.
When pink wedding dresses first appeared upon the scene, everyone was shocked. But now shades of champagne, muted peach, and even blush are on regular rotation in designer dossiers. That's a major win for brides who want to feel a touch modern without completely sacrificing tradition!
5. Accessories, Accessories, Accessories.
Sashes, head pieces, heels, and jewelry are a wonderful way to personalize your wedding day look—and, lucky for us, designers are paying more attention to these smaller statement pieces than ever before. We can't help but dream up pretty combinations while we're at Bridal Market, and we hope you do the same when you're planning your wedding day look!
While your dress obviously looks the most fabulous on you, we recommend that your photographer snap a picture of your gown against a backdrop that goes hand-in-hand with your wedding theme! It's a must-have photo momento you'll appreciate for years to come. Stuck on ideas for how to construct it? Eight of our favorites follow below.
1. Under the Arch
Photos by Feather and Twine Photography and Robyn Preston Photography
If you're getting married under an outdoor arch, this is a a cute way to foreshadow the event to come. Just make sure your groom doesn't see!
2. No Place Like Home
Photos by Michelle March Photography and Landon Jacob Photography
Having a quiet backyard wedding? Hang your dress out front for an intimate look at your gorgeous gown.
3. Rustic Barn Beauty
Photos by (from left to right): Onelove Photography and N. Barrett Photography
Consider this a must-take photo if you're going for a rustic wedding vibe. Your dress will look flawless against a barn backdrop!
4. Bridal Party Shot
Photo by Taylor Lord Photography
Get your gals in on the fun by hanging their dresses beside yours. Putting them in front of a window creates a beautiful lighting effect in pictures.
5. Brick Background
Photos by Feather and Twine Photography and Michelle March Photography
If your wedding venue has a southwestern flair to it, consider hanging your dress from a brick interior to showcase the style of your big day.
6. Cozy Indoor Shot
Photos by Onelove Photography
Get a shot of your wedding dress over a bookcase or fireplace for a quaint and intimate family room-style portrait.
7. Be One With Nature
Photos by Katelyn James Photography and Earthmuse Photography
If you're having a small garden wedding or a tropical getaway ceremony, a woodland background is a great way to let your dress stand out on its own.
8. It's All About the Hanger
Photo by Matt Andrews Photography
Of course, these photos aren't complete unless you have a personalized hanger for your dress. Add your date or his last name to make it specially yours!
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By: Victoria HudginsThis 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.