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  • Photos By: Chelsea Fuss

    How sweet would it be to have all of your guests sporting a colorful corsage! Here's how to create them.

    Materials: One stem per guest (carnations, roses and dendrobium orchids all work well for this project) Traditional paper florist ribbon Corsage pins A sign with instructions for guests     Directions:   1. Cut each stem down to one inch.   2. Tie ribbon around and trim the ends.     3. Secure with a corsage pin.     4. Arrange on a table cloth or tray with an extra dish of pins and a sign with instructions.     A tip: Prep the flowers the evening before and keep in the fridge until the event.     These corsages will make your guests feel special and will bring color to your photos!     Enjoy!

     

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  • By Mary Swenson

    Warm-weather weddings, whether they're indoor or outside, call for plenty of liquids for your guests. These subtly-flavored waters are easy to make, are a creative way to hydrate your guests, and can do double-duty as table numbers!     Purchase glass bottles with airtight stoppers (like these) for your water; they look great, and the stoppers will keep your water as fresh as possible.     We used a simple number stencil and multi-surface acrylic paint to put the table number on each bottle. No stencils? Painting the number by hand can be just as charming.     Once the numbers are fully dry, you are ready to start flavoring the water. Start by adding the flavorings of your choice to each bottle, fill them to the top with water, and secure the stoppers. Done!     We combined cucumber and mint in our bottle, but the flavor possibilities are endless. Try raspberry and lime; sliced lemon, peaches, watermelon, or strawberries; vanilla beans...whatever you like! Make sure any fruit you use is washed thoroughly before using, and use spring or filtered water for the best taste.     Chill your water before placing them on each table. As guests arrive to their tables, they can help themselves to sips of the refreshing brew. Ahhh!     By Mary Swenson  
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  • Project and Photos By: Victoria Hudgins

    The latte bowl is having a wonderful design moment this year. Coming out at every store in the most beautiful hues, textures and styles. Grab a stack of coordinating bowls and bunches of your favorite flowers to finish off reception tables with a beautiful touch.     Using latte bowls as centerpieces gives a gorgeous presentation to flowers, allows you to use fewer stems (which saves money!) and they are low enough to allow guests to see each other and chat across the table.    1. Collect anywhere from 1-3 bowls per table in coordinating colors and designs. Place a small floral ball in water to soak for hours before putting the centerpieces together. You will need to make these on the day of your event, so enlist the help of a good friend to do the final put together and placement.     2. Carefully poke 3-4 stems of your favorite fully-blooming flowers into the balls.     3. Mist to keep florals alert just before table placement.       Project and Photos By: Victoria Hudgins
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  • Photos By: Carly Taylor

    The vintage book theme has been a major player in wedding themes this year. We think these bookmark escort cards are the perfect touch to your celebration!

    The materials: Paper, access to a lamination machine, an exacto knife and pretty markers.     First you will need to laminate the paper you are using. You can buy a small machine to do this or bring your papers to the local copy store for lamination.Next, you will need to cut out your bookmarks using a straight edge or paper trimmer.     Trace a small heart on the top portion of each bookmark.    

    Using an exacto knife, cut around the heart 90% of the way.

     

    Leave a small portion of the heart uncut and attached to the page.

    After cutting, you can easily erase your tracing lines with a clean cloth.

    Using your pen, fill in table numbers on the heart and fold up for easy viewing on your seating table.

    Write in each guest name on the long end of the book mark - and you are done!

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  • Stay away from these 10 common hair mistakes (expert advice)

    It’s supposed to be the happiest day of your life. As the bride, you’ll be the center of attention, and not only will your friends and family be present, but your photographs will capture the moment forever. On the big day, you want to look like yourself, only better. There’s nothing worse than a bride wearing a gorgeous gown, in the perfect location, whose hair is so dreadful that guests can’t keep their eyes off of it. Neil Weisberg and Amanda George, co-owners of the celebrity-filled Neil George Salon in Beverly Hills, say brides should always have a consultation with the stylist who will be doing their hair one to two months before the wedding date to ensure that their dream hairstyle fits in with their dream day. Weisberg and George advise staying away from these 10 common hair mistakes that brides make.

    1. You forget your veil or headpiece. The veil factors into your overall look, and its length and style may determine if you’ll want to wear your hair up or down. If the veil hasn’t arrived yet, ask the bridal salon to loan you a sample, or at least bring along a photo when consulting with your hairdresser.

    2. You cut your hair days before the wedding. Stay away from the scissors and don’t plan on getting a haircut right before the big day. Instead, do it a month or two prior to the wedding to ensure that you like the cut and it will work with the hairstyle you’ve chosen.

    3. You don’t carefully choose your stylist. You will remember your wedding day forever, so choose someone you trust to style your hair. If your hairdresser doesn’t typically do wedding hairstyles, ask him or her for a recommendation, or speak with friends or other brides who have had hairstyles you’ve admired.

    4. You experiment with hair color. Talk to your stylist about how you envision your hair on the big day, and let your colorist know if you are planning on wearing your hair up or down. It’s also not advisable to dramatically change your hair color before the wedding. You want to look like an enhanced version of you, not someone completely different. 

    5. You only try one style. Just as you tried on several wedding dresses (even if you knew the first one was the best), have your stylist show you at least three different looks based on your description of what you want.

    6. You go to your consultation without any ideas. Pictures speak louder than words. Gather photos (e.g., from magazines) of hairstyles you like. This will give the stylist an idea of the kind of style you’re seeking. The stylist can’t make you look like the person in the picture, but he or she can attempt to copy the hair as long as the texture and length are not an issue.

    7. You forget about touch-ups. If it’s in your budget, consider having the stylist stay after the ceremony and throughout the evening to do touch-ups to your hair—or even give you a completely different look. If the expense is too high, ask the stylist for tips on how to touch up your own hair during the reception.

    8. You forget about the dress. Your hair should always complement your gown. Select your gown first and then decide on the hairstyle with your stylist.

    9. You think short hair is your only option. If your cute bob doesn't jive with your dream of having long locks on the big day, ask your stylist for extensions. This temporary fix can be a perfect solution.

    10. You forget about the groom. Although you’ll be the focus of the big day, you will want his hair to look just as good. Make sure the groom gets a good haircut a week before the wedding. 

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    DIY Project

    In this project, Mary Swenson extended the life of a pre-packaged paper flower centerpiece kit by turning the blooms into favors and centerpieces as well. Love it!
    View the Full Tutorial


     

    Ready-Made Bouquet

    Available at The Green Vase

    10 DIY and ready-made ways to bring paper flowers in to your wedding. 

    Want your wedding bouquet to last longer than a season? Consider investing in a beautiful paper alternative from The Green Vase ($325). This multi-talented NY-based floral design shop also offers single paper blooms, cake toppers, and cake decorating kits.

     

    Etsy Shop

    Available at Frances & Francis 



    We love the idea of topping a reception table with a single romantic stem in a vintage glass bottle—and then repurposing the centerpiece as bookshelf decor in your new home! These romantic blooms from Frances & Francis ($14 to $60) are perfect for that.

     

    West Elm

    West Elm Paper Flower Shop 



    Several national chains are hopping on the paper flower trend. For example: Furniture store West Elm, which offers several pretty pre-made sets ($7.99 to $36).

     

    Etsy Shop

    Available at House That Lars Built 



    Handcrafted in Copenhagen, these gold-stemmed paper roses ($14 each) will look beautiful gathered in a vase or laid upon individual place settings. Designer Brittany Watson Jespen also creates jumbo-sized versions of these blooms, as well as paper flower hats—email her for custom projects!

     

    DIY Project

    Crepe Paper Flower Bouquet DIY 



    You won't believe how easy (and inexpensive!) it is to whip up these colorful crepe flowers—it takes just three simple steps.

     

    DIY Kit

    Available at Paper Source 



    Looking for a little guidance while you construct your paper blooms? Consider a pre-packaged kits from The Paper Source your new best friend ($10.95 - $19.95).

     

    The Crafting Book

    Paper to Petal, Available at Barnes & Noble 



    Husband and wife duo Rebecca Thuss and Patrick Farrell are very good at what they do (which includes photography, design, and, yes, plenty of paper crafts). Releasing late this August, their new book ($16.29) will show you how to make 75 paper blooms yourself. With a forward authored by Martha Stewart herself, it's clear the couple knows what they're doing.

     

    The Perfect Prop

    Large Paper Rose, Available at BHLDN 



    This extra-large paper rose ($68) is almost five feet tall! At that size, it's the perfect addition to any wedding photo booth. It's also, as the website suggests, a whimsical alternative to a basket of petals for the flower girl.

     

    DIY Project

    Paper Posy Escort Cards 



    Easy-to-make crepe flowers will add a joyful touch of color to any spring wedding! This tutorial offers step-by-step instructions for making these cheerful escort cards out of streamer ribbon. It's a great way to save money on a fun but lower priority item on your decor list.

     

    More Inspiration

    See the Full Wedding 



    If you're still on the fence about paper flower decor, you have to check out Liz and Josh's color-infused Minnesota wedding. They created some of the most unique centerpieces we've ever seen!

     

    Idea By: Sarah Zlotnick

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  • A sweet addition to any dessert table!   Photos By: Caroline Drake   Bringing a sweet menu to your wedding doesn't have to be expensive or very difficult. Cream puffs are perfect to serve at weddings, and bring the right amount of fancy, but are actually very easy to make!   The best part is that you can make them in advance, and easily put them together for the big day!     Pastry Cream Ingredients: You will want to make the filling first, since you need to refrigerate it for at least a few hours or overnight to set. We adapted a recipe from Baking Illustrated. 2 cups half-and-half ½ cup sugar (divided into 6 tablespoon, and 2 tablespoons) Pinch salt 5 large egg yolks 3 tbsp. cornstarch 4 tbsp. cold unsalted butter, cut into 4 pieces 1½ tsp. vanilla bean paste (this makes such a difference if you can find it!)   Pastry Cream Recipe Instructions:  Heat the half-and-half, 6 tablespoons of the sugar, and the salt in a saucepan over medium-high heat until simmering, stirring occasionally to dissolve the sugar.  Meanwhile, combine the egg yolks and remaining 2 tablespoons sugar in a medium bowl and whisk until the sugar has begun to dissolve and the mixture is creamy, about 15 seconds.  Whisk in the cornstarch until combined and the mixture is pale yellow and thick, about 30 seconds.     Pastry Cream Recipe Instructions: When the half-and-half mixture has reached a simmer, slowly add it to the egg yolk mixture to temper, whisking constantly.  Return the mixture to the saucepan, scraping the bowl with a rubber spatula.  Return the mixture to a simmer over medium heat, whisking constantly, until a few bubbles burst on the surface and the mixture is thickened and glossy, about 30 seconds.  Off the heat, whisk in the butter and vanilla.       Pastry Cream Recipe Instructions: Press plastic wrap directly on the surface to prevent a skin from forming and refrigerate until cold and set, at least 3 hours and up to 2 days.     Pâte à Choux Ingredients: 2 large eggs plus 1 large egg white 5 tbsp. unsalted butter, cut into 10 pieces 2 tbsp. whole milk 6 tbsp. water 1½ tsp. sugar ¼ tsp. salt ½ cup (2½ oz.) all-purpose flour Place an oven rack in the middle position and preheat the oven to 425° F.      Pâte à Choux Recipe Instructions: To make the pâte à choux, whisk the eggs and egg white in a liquid measuring cup.  You should have ½ cup (discard the excess).  Set aside.  Combine the butter, milk, water, sugar and salt in a small saucepan.  Heat over medium heat and bring to a boil, stirring once or twice.  When it reaches a full boil and the butter is fully melted, remove from the heat and stir in the flour until incorporated and the mixture clears the sides of the pan.  Return the saucepan to low heat and cook, stirring constantly, using a smearing motion, until the mixture is slightly shiny, looks like wet sand and tiny beads of fat appear on the bottom of the pan (the mixture should register 175-180° F on an instant-read thermometer. Takes about 5-10 minutes on LOW heat.     Pâte à Choux Recipe Instructions: Immediately transfer the mixture to a food processor and process with the feed tube open to cool slightly, 10 seconds.       Pâte à Choux Recipe Instructions: With the machine running, gradually add the reserved eggs in a steady stream.  When they have been added, scrape down the sides of the bowl, then process 30 seconds more until a smooth, thick, sticky paste forms.     Pâte à Choux Recipe Instructions: Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.  Fill a pastry bag fitted with a ½-inch plain tip with the pâte à choux.   Pipe the paste into 1½-inch mounds on the prepared baking sheet, spacing them about 1 to 1¼ inches apart (you should be able to fit 24 mounds on the baking sheet).       Pâte à Choux Recipe Instructions: Use the back of a teaspoon dipped in water to even out the shape and smooth the surface of the piped mounds.     Pâte à Choux Recipe Instructions: Bake for 15 minutes (do not open the oven door during baking).  Reduce the oven temperature to 375° F and continue to bake until golden brown and fairly firm, 8-10 minutes longer.  Remove the baking sheet from the oven.   Use a paring knife, cut a ¾-inch slit into the side of each puff to release steam; return the puffs to the oven, turn the oven off, and prop open the oven door with the handle of a wooden spoon.       Pâte à Choux Recipe Instructions: Dry the puffs in the turned-off oven until the centers are just moist (not wet) and the puffs are crisp, about 45 minutes.  Transfer the puffs to a wire rack to cool completely.  (At this point the puffs can be stored at room temperature for up to 24 hours or frozen for up to 1 month in an airtight plastic bag.  Before serving, crisp in the oven at 300° F – 5-8 minutes for room temperature puffs, 8-10 minutes for frozen puffs.)     Cream Puff Assembly: To fill the puffs, use a bread knife, and carefully cut the puff in half.  Fill a pastry bag fitted with a ¼-inch plain tip with the pastry cream.      Cream Puff Assembly: Pipe some of the pastry cream onto the bottom half, then place the top on the pastry cream, and sift powdered sugar onto the top. Repeat to fill all the puffs.     This recipe will make about 24 small cream puffs. Such a simple treat to make, that will "wow" your guests!  
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  • From deep reds to snowy silvers, these shades are perfect for your cold-weather winter wedding. 

    1. Powder Blue

    We love this cool hue for brides who are braving the cold and exchanging vows in front of a snowy winter backdrop.  

    Our picks (from left to right): Kip by Butter London ($15) // Caleigh by Scotch Naturals ($17) // Bikini So Teeny by Essie ($8.50)

    2. Snowy Silver

    Use a shimmering shade of silver or blue for a glistening look that will compliment your all-white ensemble. 

    Our picks (from left to right):  Moon Rendezvous by Deborah Lippmann ($18) // No Place Like Chrome by Essie ($8.50) // Petrol by Butter London ($15)

    3. Matte Rose

     

    This romantic shade is perfect for the winter bride who wants a pop of pink that's not too bold. 

    Our picks (from left to right): Incognito by Dior Vernis Gel ($27) // Chanilly Lace Spring Collection by Deborah Lippmann ($18) // Beige Leger by Yves Saint Laurent ($27) 

    4. Deep Red

    Go bold yet classic with these classic shades of red. This staple winter hue is sure to make a statement for your walk down the aisle. 

    Our picks (from left to right): Bordeaux Lust by Tom Ford ($32) // Nails Inc.London ($9.50) // Myrtle by Julep Beauty ($14)

    5. Bright Nude

    If you don't want to pull focus from your bridal look, stick with lighter neutrals that are reminiscent of a snowy winter scene. 

    Our picks (from left to right): Bubble Bath by OPI ($8) // Ivory Queen by Ciaté Paint Pots ($15) // Yacht Transatlantique by Dior Vernis ($30)

    NEXT: 14 Neutral Nail Polishes for Brides

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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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  • By: Sarah Zlotnick 

    From early love lessons to SAT prep, moms teach us a lot. They're by our sides through thick and thin, and, with any luck, have been the major helping hand in many of life's biggest moments. Sometimes it seems near impossible to pay Mom back for all her love and support, but hey—she is your mom. And because she's your mom, we guarantee she'll go all misty-eyed from even the smallest of gestures. Which is precisely why we're using this Mother's Day to brainstorm thoughtful ways to show some appreciation for the lady at your wedding. Our favorite ideas (besides wearing her wedding dress, of course) follow below—let us know what you'll be doing in the comments!  

    1. Have her walk you down the aisle!
    Don't think you need to find a male replacement for that moment if Dad's no longer in your life. In one of our favorite features on our blog One Lovely Day, Silka was escorted by her mother, and we have never seen a woman look more proud. Another idea: give one arm to Dad, one arm to Mom, and have both parents walk you down the aisle. |
    2. Give her a flower before the altar. Dad still doing the giving away? Take a moment before you step onto the altar to give your mother a flower from your bouquet. Purposefully singling her out right before you say your vows will show her (and everyone in attendance) how crucial her support has been in getting you there. The gesture will become even more special if you tuck one of her favorite blooms into your bouquet and present her with that.   3. Set aside a space dedicated to her memory. This beautiful idea comes from one of our Twitter followers (@MsMakeItRain29): If your mother has since passed, place a framed photo of her and her favorite flowers on the chair where she would have sat.   4. Include Mom in the getting ready fun. Book her a seat next to yours while you and your bridesmaids are getting your hair and makeup done. Involving her in this girls-only tradition will let her know know that you see her as a friend and confidant, which is the ultimate compliment.   5. Incorporate her wedding wear into your ceremony. In her New Jersey wedding, Marisa draped a dear late aunt's veil over her chuppah. We think this is an excellent compromise if you'd prefer to keep your bridal ensemble to yourself, but still want to show mom some respect for her marital history.   6. Recreate a moment from her wedding day. Sort through Mom's wedding pics and select a photo you find particularly striking (bonus points if it includes her parents). Suprise her by bringing the shot to your wedding and recreating the pose with your photographer—we guarantee she'll be touched by the gesture.     Photo by Briana Marie Photography
     
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  • Photos By: Chelsea Fuss

    How sweet would it be to have all of your guests sporting a colorful corsage! Here's how to create them.

    Materials: One stem per guest (carnations, roses and dendrobium orchids all work well for this project) Traditional paper florist ribbon Corsage pins A sign with instructions for guests     Directions:   1. Cut each stem down to one inch.   2. Tie ribbon around and trim the ends.     3. Secure with a corsage pin.     4. Arrange on a table cloth or tray with an extra dish of pins and a sign with instructions.     A tip: Prep the flowers the evening before and keep in the fridge until the event.     These corsages will make your guests feel special and will bring color to your photos!     Enjoy!

     

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  • By Mary Swenson

    Warm-weather weddings, whether they're indoor or outside, call for plenty of liquids for your guests. These subtly-flavored waters are easy to make, are a creative way to hydrate your guests, and can do double-duty as table numbers!     Purchase glass bottles with airtight stoppers (like these) for your water; they look great, and the stoppers will keep your water as fresh as possible.     We used a simple number stencil and multi-surface acrylic paint to put the table number on each bottle. No stencils? Painting the number by hand can be just as charming.     Once the numbers are fully dry, you are ready to start flavoring the water. Start by adding the flavorings of your choice to each bottle, fill them to the top with water, and secure the stoppers. Done!     We combined cucumber and mint in our bottle, but the flavor possibilities are endless. Try raspberry and lime; sliced lemon, peaches, watermelon, or strawberries; vanilla beans...whatever you like! Make sure any fruit you use is washed thoroughly before using, and use spring or filtered water for the best taste.     Chill your water before placing them on each table. As guests arrive to their tables, they can help themselves to sips of the refreshing brew. Ahhh!     By Mary Swenson  
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  • Project and Photos By: Victoria Hudgins

    The latte bowl is having a wonderful design moment this year. Coming out at every store in the most beautiful hues, textures and styles. Grab a stack of coordinating bowls and bunches of your favorite flowers to finish off reception tables with a beautiful touch.     Using latte bowls as centerpieces gives a gorgeous presentation to flowers, allows you to use fewer stems (which saves money!) and they are low enough to allow guests to see each other and chat across the table.    1. Collect anywhere from 1-3 bowls per table in coordinating colors and designs. Place a small floral ball in water to soak for hours before putting the centerpieces together. You will need to make these on the day of your event, so enlist the help of a good friend to do the final put together and placement.     2. Carefully poke 3-4 stems of your favorite fully-blooming flowers into the balls.     3. Mist to keep florals alert just before table placement.       Project and Photos By: Victoria Hudgins
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  • Photos By: Carly Taylor

    The vintage book theme has been a major player in wedding themes this year. We think these bookmark escort cards are the perfect touch to your celebration!

    The materials: Paper, access to a lamination machine, an exacto knife and pretty markers.     First you will need to laminate the paper you are using. You can buy a small machine to do this or bring your papers to the local copy store for lamination.Next, you will need to cut out your bookmarks using a straight edge or paper trimmer.     Trace a small heart on the top portion of each bookmark.    

    Using an exacto knife, cut around the heart 90% of the way.

     

    Leave a small portion of the heart uncut and attached to the page.

    After cutting, you can easily erase your tracing lines with a clean cloth.

    Using your pen, fill in table numbers on the heart and fold up for easy viewing on your seating table.

    Write in each guest name on the long end of the book mark - and you are done!

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  • Stay away from these 10 common hair mistakes (expert advice)

    It’s supposed to be the happiest day of your life. As the bride, you’ll be the center of attention, and not only will your friends and family be present, but your photographs will capture the moment forever. On the big day, you want to look like yourself, only better. There’s nothing worse than a bride wearing a gorgeous gown, in the perfect location, whose hair is so dreadful that guests can’t keep their eyes off of it. Neil Weisberg and Amanda George, co-owners of the celebrity-filled Neil George Salon in Beverly Hills, say brides should always have a consultation with the stylist who will be doing their hair one to two months before the wedding date to ensure that their dream hairstyle fits in with their dream day. Weisberg and George advise staying away from these 10 common hair mistakes that brides make.

    1. You forget your veil or headpiece. The veil factors into your overall look, and its length and style may determine if you’ll want to wear your hair up or down. If the veil hasn’t arrived yet, ask the bridal salon to loan you a sample, or at least bring along a photo when consulting with your hairdresser.

    2. You cut your hair days before the wedding. Stay away from the scissors and don’t plan on getting a haircut right before the big day. Instead, do it a month or two prior to the wedding to ensure that you like the cut and it will work with the hairstyle you’ve chosen.

    3. You don’t carefully choose your stylist. You will remember your wedding day forever, so choose someone you trust to style your hair. If your hairdresser doesn’t typically do wedding hairstyles, ask him or her for a recommendation, or speak with friends or other brides who have had hairstyles you’ve admired.

    4. You experiment with hair color. Talk to your stylist about how you envision your hair on the big day, and let your colorist know if you are planning on wearing your hair up or down. It’s also not advisable to dramatically change your hair color before the wedding. You want to look like an enhanced version of you, not someone completely different. 

    5. You only try one style. Just as you tried on several wedding dresses (even if you knew the first one was the best), have your stylist show you at least three different looks based on your description of what you want.

    6. You go to your consultation without any ideas. Pictures speak louder than words. Gather photos (e.g., from magazines) of hairstyles you like. This will give the stylist an idea of the kind of style you’re seeking. The stylist can’t make you look like the person in the picture, but he or she can attempt to copy the hair as long as the texture and length are not an issue.

    7. You forget about touch-ups. If it’s in your budget, consider having the stylist stay after the ceremony and throughout the evening to do touch-ups to your hair—or even give you a completely different look. If the expense is too high, ask the stylist for tips on how to touch up your own hair during the reception.

    8. You forget about the dress. Your hair should always complement your gown. Select your gown first and then decide on the hairstyle with your stylist.

    9. You think short hair is your only option. If your cute bob doesn't jive with your dream of having long locks on the big day, ask your stylist for extensions. This temporary fix can be a perfect solution.

    10. You forget about the groom. Although you’ll be the focus of the big day, you will want his hair to look just as good. Make sure the groom gets a good haircut a week before the wedding. 

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  •  

    DIY Project

    In this project, Mary Swenson extended the life of a pre-packaged paper flower centerpiece kit by turning the blooms into favors and centerpieces as well. Love it!
    View the Full Tutorial


     

    Ready-Made Bouquet

    Available at The Green Vase

    10 DIY and ready-made ways to bring paper flowers in to your wedding. 

    Want your wedding bouquet to last longer than a season? Consider investing in a beautiful paper alternative from The Green Vase ($325). This multi-talented NY-based floral design shop also offers single paper blooms, cake toppers, and cake decorating kits.

     

    Etsy Shop

    Available at Frances & Francis 



    We love the idea of topping a reception table with a single romantic stem in a vintage glass bottle—and then repurposing the centerpiece as bookshelf decor in your new home! These romantic blooms from Frances & Francis ($14 to $60) are perfect for that.

     

    West Elm

    West Elm Paper Flower Shop 



    Several national chains are hopping on the paper flower trend. For example: Furniture store West Elm, which offers several pretty pre-made sets ($7.99 to $36).

     

    Etsy Shop

    Available at House That Lars Built 



    Handcrafted in Copenhagen, these gold-stemmed paper roses ($14 each) will look beautiful gathered in a vase or laid upon individual place settings. Designer Brittany Watson Jespen also creates jumbo-sized versions of these blooms, as well as paper flower hats—email her for custom projects!

     

    DIY Project

    Crepe Paper Flower Bouquet DIY 



    You won't believe how easy (and inexpensive!) it is to whip up these colorful crepe flowers—it takes just three simple steps.

     

    DIY Kit

    Available at Paper Source 



    Looking for a little guidance while you construct your paper blooms? Consider a pre-packaged kits from The Paper Source your new best friend ($10.95 - $19.95).

     

    The Crafting Book

    Paper to Petal, Available at Barnes & Noble 



    Husband and wife duo Rebecca Thuss and Patrick Farrell are very good at what they do (which includes photography, design, and, yes, plenty of paper crafts). Releasing late this August, their new book ($16.29) will show you how to make 75 paper blooms yourself. With a forward authored by Martha Stewart herself, it's clear the couple knows what they're doing.

     

    The Perfect Prop

    Large Paper Rose, Available at BHLDN 



    This extra-large paper rose ($68) is almost five feet tall! At that size, it's the perfect addition to any wedding photo booth. It's also, as the website suggests, a whimsical alternative to a basket of petals for the flower girl.

     

    DIY Project

    Paper Posy Escort Cards 



    Easy-to-make crepe flowers will add a joyful touch of color to any spring wedding! This tutorial offers step-by-step instructions for making these cheerful escort cards out of streamer ribbon. It's a great way to save money on a fun but lower priority item on your decor list.

     

    More Inspiration

    See the Full Wedding 



    If you're still on the fence about paper flower decor, you have to check out Liz and Josh's color-infused Minnesota wedding. They created some of the most unique centerpieces we've ever seen!

     

    Idea By: Sarah Zlotnick

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  • A sweet addition to any dessert table!   Photos By: Caroline Drake   Bringing a sweet menu to your wedding doesn't have to be expensive or very difficult. Cream puffs are perfect to serve at weddings, and bring the right amount of fancy, but are actually very easy to make!   The best part is that you can make them in advance, and easily put them together for the big day!     Pastry Cream Ingredients: You will want to make the filling first, since you need to refrigerate it for at least a few hours or overnight to set. We adapted a recipe from Baking Illustrated. 2 cups half-and-half ½ cup sugar (divided into 6 tablespoon, and 2 tablespoons) Pinch salt 5 large egg yolks 3 tbsp. cornstarch 4 tbsp. cold unsalted butter, cut into 4 pieces 1½ tsp. vanilla bean paste (this makes such a difference if you can find it!)   Pastry Cream Recipe Instructions:  Heat the half-and-half, 6 tablespoons of the sugar, and the salt in a saucepan over medium-high heat until simmering, stirring occasionally to dissolve the sugar.  Meanwhile, combine the egg yolks and remaining 2 tablespoons sugar in a medium bowl and whisk until the sugar has begun to dissolve and the mixture is creamy, about 15 seconds.  Whisk in the cornstarch until combined and the mixture is pale yellow and thick, about 30 seconds.     Pastry Cream Recipe Instructions: When the half-and-half mixture has reached a simmer, slowly add it to the egg yolk mixture to temper, whisking constantly.  Return the mixture to the saucepan, scraping the bowl with a rubber spatula.  Return the mixture to a simmer over medium heat, whisking constantly, until a few bubbles burst on the surface and the mixture is thickened and glossy, about 30 seconds.  Off the heat, whisk in the butter and vanilla.       Pastry Cream Recipe Instructions: Press plastic wrap directly on the surface to prevent a skin from forming and refrigerate until cold and set, at least 3 hours and up to 2 days.     Pâte à Choux Ingredients: 2 large eggs plus 1 large egg white 5 tbsp. unsalted butter, cut into 10 pieces 2 tbsp. whole milk 6 tbsp. water 1½ tsp. sugar ¼ tsp. salt ½ cup (2½ oz.) all-purpose flour Place an oven rack in the middle position and preheat the oven to 425° F.      Pâte à Choux Recipe Instructions: To make the pâte à choux, whisk the eggs and egg white in a liquid measuring cup.  You should have ½ cup (discard the excess).  Set aside.  Combine the butter, milk, water, sugar and salt in a small saucepan.  Heat over medium heat and bring to a boil, stirring once or twice.  When it reaches a full boil and the butter is fully melted, remove from the heat and stir in the flour until incorporated and the mixture clears the sides of the pan.  Return the saucepan to low heat and cook, stirring constantly, using a smearing motion, until the mixture is slightly shiny, looks like wet sand and tiny beads of fat appear on the bottom of the pan (the mixture should register 175-180° F on an instant-read thermometer. Takes about 5-10 minutes on LOW heat.     Pâte à Choux Recipe Instructions: Immediately transfer the mixture to a food processor and process with the feed tube open to cool slightly, 10 seconds.       Pâte à Choux Recipe Instructions: With the machine running, gradually add the reserved eggs in a steady stream.  When they have been added, scrape down the sides of the bowl, then process 30 seconds more until a smooth, thick, sticky paste forms.     Pâte à Choux Recipe Instructions: Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.  Fill a pastry bag fitted with a ½-inch plain tip with the pâte à choux.   Pipe the paste into 1½-inch mounds on the prepared baking sheet, spacing them about 1 to 1¼ inches apart (you should be able to fit 24 mounds on the baking sheet).       Pâte à Choux Recipe Instructions: Use the back of a teaspoon dipped in water to even out the shape and smooth the surface of the piped mounds.     Pâte à Choux Recipe Instructions: Bake for 15 minutes (do not open the oven door during baking).  Reduce the oven temperature to 375° F and continue to bake until golden brown and fairly firm, 8-10 minutes longer.  Remove the baking sheet from the oven.   Use a paring knife, cut a ¾-inch slit into the side of each puff to release steam; return the puffs to the oven, turn the oven off, and prop open the oven door with the handle of a wooden spoon.       Pâte à Choux Recipe Instructions: Dry the puffs in the turned-off oven until the centers are just moist (not wet) and the puffs are crisp, about 45 minutes.  Transfer the puffs to a wire rack to cool completely.  (At this point the puffs can be stored at room temperature for up to 24 hours or frozen for up to 1 month in an airtight plastic bag.  Before serving, crisp in the oven at 300° F – 5-8 minutes for room temperature puffs, 8-10 minutes for frozen puffs.)     Cream Puff Assembly: To fill the puffs, use a bread knife, and carefully cut the puff in half.  Fill a pastry bag fitted with a ¼-inch plain tip with the pastry cream.      Cream Puff Assembly: Pipe some of the pastry cream onto the bottom half, then place the top on the pastry cream, and sift powdered sugar onto the top. Repeat to fill all the puffs.     This recipe will make about 24 small cream puffs. Such a simple treat to make, that will "wow" your guests!  
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  • From deep reds to snowy silvers, these shades are perfect for your cold-weather winter wedding. 

    1. Powder Blue

    We love this cool hue for brides who are braving the cold and exchanging vows in front of a snowy winter backdrop.  

    Our picks (from left to right): Kip by Butter London ($15) // Caleigh by Scotch Naturals ($17) // Bikini So Teeny by Essie ($8.50)

    2. Snowy Silver

    Use a shimmering shade of silver or blue for a glistening look that will compliment your all-white ensemble. 

    Our picks (from left to right):  Moon Rendezvous by Deborah Lippmann ($18) // No Place Like Chrome by Essie ($8.50) // Petrol by Butter London ($15)

    3. Matte Rose

     

    This romantic shade is perfect for the winter bride who wants a pop of pink that's not too bold. 

    Our picks (from left to right): Incognito by Dior Vernis Gel ($27) // Chanilly Lace Spring Collection by Deborah Lippmann ($18) // Beige Leger by Yves Saint Laurent ($27) 

    4. Deep Red

    Go bold yet classic with these classic shades of red. This staple winter hue is sure to make a statement for your walk down the aisle. 

    Our picks (from left to right): Bordeaux Lust by Tom Ford ($32) // Nails Inc.London ($9.50) // Myrtle by Julep Beauty ($14)

    5. Bright Nude

    If you don't want to pull focus from your bridal look, stick with lighter neutrals that are reminiscent of a snowy winter scene. 

    Our picks (from left to right): Bubble Bath by OPI ($8) // Ivory Queen by Ciaté Paint Pots ($15) // Yacht Transatlantique by Dior Vernis ($30)

    NEXT: 14 Neutral Nail Polishes for Brides

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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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  • By: Sarah Zlotnick 

    From early love lessons to SAT prep, moms teach us a lot. They're by our sides through thick and thin, and, with any luck, have been the major helping hand in many of life's biggest moments. Sometimes it seems near impossible to pay Mom back for all her love and support, but hey—she is your mom. And because she's your mom, we guarantee she'll go all misty-eyed from even the smallest of gestures. Which is precisely why we're using this Mother's Day to brainstorm thoughtful ways to show some appreciation for the lady at your wedding. Our favorite ideas (besides wearing her wedding dress, of course) follow below—let us know what you'll be doing in the comments!  

    1. Have her walk you down the aisle!
    Don't think you need to find a male replacement for that moment if Dad's no longer in your life. In one of our favorite features on our blog One Lovely Day, Silka was escorted by her mother, and we have never seen a woman look more proud. Another idea: give one arm to Dad, one arm to Mom, and have both parents walk you down the aisle. |
    2. Give her a flower before the altar. Dad still doing the giving away? Take a moment before you step onto the altar to give your mother a flower from your bouquet. Purposefully singling her out right before you say your vows will show her (and everyone in attendance) how crucial her support has been in getting you there. The gesture will become even more special if you tuck one of her favorite blooms into your bouquet and present her with that.   3. Set aside a space dedicated to her memory. This beautiful idea comes from one of our Twitter followers (@MsMakeItRain29): If your mother has since passed, place a framed photo of her and her favorite flowers on the chair where she would have sat.   4. Include Mom in the getting ready fun. Book her a seat next to yours while you and your bridesmaids are getting your hair and makeup done. Involving her in this girls-only tradition will let her know know that you see her as a friend and confidant, which is the ultimate compliment.   5. Incorporate her wedding wear into your ceremony. In her New Jersey wedding, Marisa draped a dear late aunt's veil over her chuppah. We think this is an excellent compromise if you'd prefer to keep your bridal ensemble to yourself, but still want to show mom some respect for her marital history.   6. Recreate a moment from her wedding day. Sort through Mom's wedding pics and select a photo you find particularly striking (bonus points if it includes her parents). Suprise her by bringing the shot to your wedding and recreating the pose with your photographer—we guarantee she'll be touched by the gesture.     Photo by Briana Marie Photography
     
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