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Photos By: Chelsea FussWhat could be a more ideal fall wedding favor than flower bulbs? Your guests (local and out of town) can bring these sweet bulbs home with them to plant and then enjoy the following spring. We wrapped tulip bulbs individually with parchment paper from the grocery store, then trimmed the paper with pinking sheers. Cute Tag Templates: Download the adorable tag templates by clicking here.
Planting Instructions: The tag templates include easy planting instructions.
An Array of Colors: Match your wedding theme with the array of fun color combinations in the template download! (See link to templates in the comments below).
A Budget-Friendly Option: At just $0.45 per favor, this cute DIY is easy on the budget.
Cute, Easy, and Thrifty! The project is so simple, and the gift- something every guest can enjoy!
Paperwhite Kits: If you want to give a more substantial gift- try a Paperwhite kit! Click for the template here. Simple Pots: To make these sweet gifts, we spray painted terra cotta pots white, and filled them with gravel and bulbs (Paperwhites only need gravel and water to grow)!
Pretty Tag Templates: The favor can be adorned with a stylish DIY tag, complete with planting and care instructions! Find the template download here.
Ribbons and Bows: Secure the gift with ribbon and this simple project is complete. (See link to tag templates in the comments below).
Sow Seeds of Love: A unique and memorable gift, for sure! Happy Planting! Photos By: Chelsea Fuss7
Photo By: Michelle Lindsay Photography
With the excitement and privilege of being Maid of Honor comes plenty of responsibility. Not sure where to start? We have you covered! With this handy checklist as your guide, you'll have one happy bride on your hands.
Pre-Wedding Duties:Assist the bride-to-be throughout the planning process. Act as her right-hand woman, listening to her ideas, offering suggestions and input, and assisting her with pre-wedding tasks. Help her select bridesmaids’ dresses and shop for her wedding gown. Let her know you’re game to assist with anything she needs, from scouting wedding locations to attending cake tastings, but also take initiative by offering to help with specific duties like addressing invitations or working out seating chart details. Lead the pack. Give the other bridesmaids your contact info and encourage them to reach out to you with any questions or concerns. Coordinate bridal party duties, check in to make sure everyone is on task in terms of attire (purchasing their dresses on time, getting alterations, finding the right jewelry and shoes), and distribute information pertaining to wedding-related events. Take the lead on pre-wedding festivities. Organize the bachelorette party (enlist the help of the other bridesmaids in the planning), host or co-host the bridal shower, and attend all wedding-related parties. Keep a record of all gifts received at said events for the bride to refer to when she writes her thank-you notes. Spread the word about where the bride and groom are registered.
Day-Of Duties:Familiarize yourself with the day-of itinerary and have a copy on hand. Have a list of all the vendors and their contact information on hand. This way, if any last minute issues or hiccups arise, you can simply step out and give them a quick call to smooth things out without worrying the bride. Double check to make sure the bridesmaids know where they need to be before the ceremony and when they need to show up.
Pre-Ceremony:Keep the bride calm and happy! Act as the trusted friend that you are, ease any jitters she may have, keep the mood relaxed and upbeat. Help with the bride's hair, makeup, jewelry and gown. Act as a messenger between bride and groom. Make sure all the bridesmaids are on time, have their hair and makeup done, and that there are no major wardrobe malfunctions. Help the bride maneuver. Fluff and arrange her gown and veil. Help her in the restroom if necessary!
Ceremony:Arrange the bride's train and veil before the processional begins and just after she arrives at altar. Hold the groom's ring during the ceremony. Hold the bride's bouquet while the couple exchanges vows. Sign the marriage license as a witness. Help bustle the train after the ceremony for easy dancing at reception.
Reception:Stand next to the groom in the receiving line if there is one. Otherwise, act as a greeter. Dance with the best man during the wedding party sequence (typically following the first dance between the bride and groom). Act as a hostess (along with the other bridesmaids). Invite guests to sign the guestbook, direct them to the restrooms, collect any cards or gifts, help them find their seats, answer questions, and engage them in conversation throughout the reception. Refresh the bride's drink. Make sure the bride gets a chance to eat something - even if it's quick! Toast the couple following the best man's toast. Continue to keep the bride happy, relaxed and worry-free. Help the bride change into her send-off dress and make sure her wedding down is safely transported and stored following the reception. Help wrap up and take care of any loose ends following the end of the reception.6
Photo by Woodland Fields Photography
We know, we know—you want to look gorgeous on your wedding day, but you still want to look like you. And a full set of false eyelashes can seem a little daunting if your regular makeup routine is on the low-maintenance side. The solution? Individual false lashes. When applied properly, they'll accentuate your eyes and maintain a natural look. Here's our top four tips for getting it right.1. Size Matters To appear as natural as possible, look for individual lashes that are just slightly longer than your natural lash. We like Ardell's Duralash Starter Kit ($9.99 at Amazon), as it offers three different lengths to choose from. 2. Focus on the Outer Corners Start on your outer corners of your eye and work your way in—this way you’ll have a clear view of where you can use the extra fringe. For a girly, wing-tipped look, apply the lashes to your outer corners only. 3. Dark Adhesive is Key Use a lash adhesive that dries dark (like Ardell's Duo eyelash adhesive in Dark, $4.79 at Amazon) to help mask unwanted traces of glue. Dark adhesive will also blend more easily with your eyeliner and mascara. 4. Minimize Mascara Once your false lashes are set, sweep with a volumizing mascara to complete your look. Avoid lengthening mascara and don’t go overboard with product—nobody wants spider lashes on their wedding day!
Related: Everything You Need to Know About Airbrush Makeup
Project and Photos By: Jennifer KirkInstructions for creating a unique topiary style décor. Materials: Wood veneer edging Small cup hooks Wood glue Hot glue gun Small brick of green dry floral foam Boxwood and flower cuttings Fishing line or string C-clamp Binder clips (x3-4) Ruler Scissors Power drill with thin drill bit Step One: From the roll of veneer edging, cut out five strips that are the same size. For the small pendant, the strips were 17.5" inches long. The larger pendant is made out of strips 21" long. Step Two: Dab a small amount of wood glue onto the very end of one of the wood strips. Connect the ends together (about 1/2 an inch) of one of the wood strips, forming a loop. Hold together with a binder clip as the glue dries. Repeat with two more wood strips (do not loop the fourth and fifth strips) for a total of three loops. Step Three: After the glue has dried (ours was a fast-dry formula that took about 15 minutes), remove binder clips. Nest one loop inside another, forming a wide, 45 degree angle 'X' when viewing from above. Glue together at the top. Step Four: Next, dab some glue at the top of the 'X' then nest inside the third loop, this one going across the 'X' and down the middle. Step Five: Clamp together with a C-clamp and let dry for 15-20 minutes. Step Six: When the glue has set, remove C-clamp. Thread the fourth wood strip through the sphere and glue ends together to form a loop inside that is flush against the other loops. Use a binder clip to hold the loop together as the glue dries. Step Seven: Remove the binder clip after the glue has set. Hold the sphere so that the outer loops run longitudinal and the side of the sphere faces you. Position the innermost loop you had just formed in step 6 at a 45 degree angle. This innermost loop crosses with one of the longitudinal loops facing you. Glue together at the center spot where they meet. Step Eight: Repeat step 6, threading in the last wood strip, forming a loop, gluing, then positioning in a -45 degree angle and gluing where it crosses the other loops. Clamp or use binder clips to hold while drying. Step Nine: Remove clips. With a power drill, drill a small hole at the very top of the sphere. Step Ten: Twist in a small cup hook into the hold. This hook will be for hanging the pendant. Step Eleven: Carefully pull aside the loops (an area where they are not glued together) just wide enough to insert a small brick of dry floral foam. With hot glue, secure the foam to the inside bottom of the pendant. Step Twelve: Thread boxwood cuttings though the openings of the pendant and push ends into the foam. Weave longer cuttings around the foam to conceal it. Add some color and texture with small flowers and various types of greenery, and artfully arrange some pieces to drape out of the sphere. Step Thirteen: When finished adding plant cuttings, hang pendants with string or fishing line.2
Project and Photos By: Victoria HudginsIf 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!5
Now that you're engaged, it's important you learn how to take care of your ring. Here's how. (expert advice) photo by Todd Rafakovitch When it comes to engagement ring care, you'd be surprised how many women overlook the importance of ring upkeep. Just imagine – you are faithfully brandishing your ring on a daily basis with all of the everyday wear and tear that comes with your regular activities.
Whether you're scrubbing caked on grease from last night's dinner or planting seeds in your garden, chances are your engagement ring has been right along for the ride. In order to rid your precious ring of unwanted dust, dirt, and yes…dead skin particles that have come in contact with your ring, commit to memory the following engagement ring care tips:
Cleaning: For diamond engagement ring care, simply soak in warm water for at least 30 minutes using a liquid detergent. Another method for engagement ring care regarding diamond settings involves soaking your ring in a solution consisting of 50 parts ammonia and 50 parts cool water. Once out of the solution, use a soft brush to tap the front and back of the ring, in hopes of loosening any dirt. Rinse again in the solution, and then pat dry.
Wedding Ring Prongs: Engagement ring care also means that you should treat ring prongs to a bit of tender loving care. Over time, they can become weakened, bent or loose. Check your stone by holding it up to your ear and slightly tapping it. A loose stone will produce a slight rattling sound. To prevent loss of your stone, have a trusted jeweler inspect your engagement ring, provide a professional cleaning, and look over your prongs.
Storage: When not wearing your diamond engagement ring, carefully store in a separate jewelry case or individually lined compartment, which keeps diamonds from rubbing against other pieces of jewelry. This can produce a scratch.
Protection: If you engage in hard labor on a routine basis, follow the important engagement ring care tip of simply taking off your ring when doing activities, such as operating heavy machinery or construction work. This will help avoid breaks, splits, cracks, and looseness. Keep in mind that even digging in the ground while gardening can cause damage to an engagement ring – there's a lot of rocks hidden in the dirt!2
Project and Photos By: Jennifer Kirk Color printing can make up the bulk of the cost for invitations. Below is a budget-friendly way to add interest and color to simple black and white invitations with bright fabrics and patterned paper. You Will Need... Materials: Fabric Patterned papers Spray mount Tools: Sewing machine Rotary cutter Pinking shears Corner rounder Step One For invitations that will go inside an A7 envelope (5.25"x7.25") cut out 5"x7" fabric rectangles. (You can use the downloadable PDF as a guide for both the fabric cutouts and invitations.) Step Two Fold fabric in half. Sew each side closed with a straight-stitched, 1/4" seam. Step Three With pinking shears, trim the very edges of the sides and top. Your finished pouch holds a 4.35"x6.5" invitation. Patterned Envelope Liners: Step One To line "announcement" envelopes (a straight envelope flap), first cut out paper rectangles measuring 6.75"x4". Step Two Round the top corners with a paper corner rounder and lightly spray the back of the paper with spray mount. Step Three With one hand, pop the envelop open. With your other hand, gently guide the paper partway into the envelope, rounded corners towards the top. The backside is sticky from the spray mount, so take care not to let it adhere to the envelope. Step Four Align the top of the paper so that it sits just below the envelope adhesive and the edges are even on both sides of the flap. Press down firmly, then fold the flap down to crease the paper with the envelope. Step Five Use scraps of paper to embellish RSVP cards, directions, etc.3