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Project By: Victoria HudginsPhotos By: Carly Taylor Making a large expanse of wall connect with your wedding can be a hard task when working on a budget. Putting simple flowers up in an artistic array is the perfect solution. This installation would be lovely behind a dessert bar, backing a ceremony, or on any wall where you'd like to add a bit of texture and style. To create the floral wall you will need: A selection of florals that coordinate well with our day. Since you will only be using single stems, you could buy these on your own as a great way to save money. You'll also need embroidery hoops, which are a cheap purchase at your local craft store, mine are each 10 inches, and tulle in a soft color to add texture and depth. First, detach your embroidery hoop into two pieces and lay a piece of tulle over the bottom hoop. The tulle needs to be cut about two inches larger than your hoop.
Arrange a few blooms in a pattern you find pleasing on the bottom tulle. It helps at this step to do your entire arrangement at once, giving you a chance to see how each small piece combines to make one beautiful artistic design.
Once your blooms are in place, cover with a second layer of tulle, then place the inside hoop back into the piece. Doing this will pull your tulle taut. Secure by screwing the embroidery key until it is tight.
Your flowers will stay perfect floating between the tight layers of tulle.
Hang along your wall in whichever way your venue will allow.
Monofloral bouquets, arrangements composed of only one type of bloom, are a perfect option for bridesmaids. Here are some of our favorite flowers that work especially well on their own!
1. Sweet Peas
Photo by Jessica Burke
These soft, fluttery petals come in a wide range of hues from pale peaches and bold corals to deep reds and rich purples.
Photo Courtesy of Cedarwood Weddings
Bundle these daisy-like herbs with a ribbon for a relaxed, bohemian look.
Photo by Wendy Laurel Photography
Anemones are awesome because their look varies slightly depending on their color - they can be romantic in red, whimsical in purple, glam in bright pink, vintage in soft pink, or classic and formal in black and white.
Photo by Shelly Kroeger
If you're having a spring wedding, nothing can give off that fresh, cheerful vibe quite like tulips!
Photo by Alexandra Grace Photography
Channel French countryside elegance with bunches of this fragrant field flower.
Photo by Kay English Photography
This is our top pick for brides who want to add a healthy dose of texture and color.
Photo by QWeddings
If you want something fresh and unique for spring, hyacinths are it. And they smell like absolute heaven!
Photo by Nancy Ray Photography
These lovely, whorly blooms come in a vast range of colors and are the perfect budget-friendly alternative to roses.
9. Lily of the Valley
Photo by Stewart Leishman
These petite bell flowers exude elegance. You can't go wrong with this wedding classic!
Photo by This Modern Romance
Fluffy China asters have a relaxed, friendly look to them we just can't help but love.
Photo by Laura Leslie Photography
Whether you're getting married on a city rooftop or a secluded island, orchids add an instant shot of sophistication.
12. Billy Balls
Photo by The Nichols
Craspedia is the perfect pick for the bride who wants something playful, whimsical, and slightly offbeat.
Photo by My Life Photography
This classic garden flower will complement just about any bridal bouquet!
Photo by Meg Perotti
Football mums are an ideal choice for getting that full, fluffy look on a budget.
Photo by Annie Hosfeld Photography
Bundle this feathery meadow flowers together for a wispy, ethereal look.
16. Baby's Breath
Photo by jHenderson Studios
Baby's breath doesn't have to just be a filler flower! Use this delicate bloom on its own for a sweet, neutral look.
17. Calla Lilies
Photo by QWeddings
These hearty, long-stemmed flowers look amazing in monofloral arrangements and are great for modern weddings.
Photo by Sherri J. Photography
And of course, posies of classic roses are always a beautiful choice for the traditional bride!
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Photos By: Mary Swenson
The bride and groom's initials are a great way to personalize their chairs! We started with a pair of wooden letters (available at most craft stores) and used matte gold spray paint to give them an elegant sheen.After the paint dried, we looped a wide piece of ribbon through each letter. We tied the letters on each chair so that they hung down over the backs. Not only are these a sweet way to reserve chairs for your event, but they also make for a great photo op! Here's a no-sew way to make a modified chair slipcover: Start with a piece of fabric (we used linen) and measure it so that it fits across the back of the chair and is long enough to hang down both the front and the back of the chair. Then, make two slits along either side of the fabric and slide ribbon through the slits. Drape the fabric over the back of the chair and tie it to the chair with the ribbon to prevent it from sliding off. This is a great way to dress up all of the chairs at your event, or even just the ones at the bridal party's table! Using greenery from a florist, it's easy to make a pretty garland for the back of a chair. Simply form the greens into a swag, trimming off excess stems as you go. Use floral wire to attach the stems to one another. Once your garland is at the desired length, hang it across the back of your chair and tie each end to the chair using string or floral wire. This is a super-inexpensive alternative to using flowers, and just as pretty! =
Project and Photos By: Chelsea FussInstead of corsages, consider giving the mothers of the wedding party small bouquets to carry. No need to worry about pinning on finicky corsages, let them carry these sweet bouquets instead. You will need: Around 10 stems of flowers including 3 large open blossoms, 1 stem of greenery, 1 stem of filler, and a mix of budded and open flowers in different shapes and sizes. Pictured: 2 parrott tulips, 2 stems of ranunculus, 2 stems of mimosa, 3 stems muscari, 1 stem hyacinth. Other flowers that work well: roses, lisianthus, astiilbe, queen anne's lace, lily of the valley, and herbs. Finally, you'll need string, scissors, clippers, ribbon and a vase to hold bouquets. Directions: 1. Strip most of the leaves off the flowers and cut the stems around 6 inches short. 2. Hold a few of the flowers in one hand and add flowers and greenery with the other hand, until the bouquet looks about right. 3. Tie with a string. 4. Trim the stems about 4 inches long. 5. Tie with a ribbon. 6. Keep in vase with a label until the event or photos begin! Tip: When arranging the flowers, remember you can balance out one large flower with 3 smaller flowers. Another idea is to keep the larger, open flowers towards the bottom and the lighter flowers and buds towards the top of the bouquet. The mothers in your wedding party will love carrying these sweet nosegays and can enjoy them for about a week after the wedding! Aren't they stunning? Project and Photos By: Chelsea Fuss
Project & Photos By: Jennifer Kirk
These test tube vases are a pretty and clever way to give thanks to your guests!
You Will Need: 1 1/4" wooden blocks, fine sanding block or sand paper, wood stain, cloth (2) or sponge brush for staining, 15 x 85 mm test tubes, pencil, glue gun, power drill, vice clamps + workbench, small 1/4" drillbit, large 5/8" drillbit, protective goggles
Step One: In pencil, lightly make an X on one side of a wooden block. Clamp down your block (I highly recommend a vice clamp which would be much sturdier than a single clamp) and in the center of the X, drill a small starter hole about halfway deep into the block (make sure to wear protective goggles).
Step Two: Switch out small drillbit for larger 5/8" one. Drill into the block about halfway to two thirds deep.
Step Three: Lightly sand any rough areas, then rub in a wood stain with a cloth or sponge brush. Let stain sit anywhere from 5-15 minutes (longer if you want a deeper color) then wipe off with a clean cloth. Let dry overnight.
Step Four: Once the block is dry, apply a dab of hot glue to the bottom of a test tube. Insert into the block and hold upright for a few seconds.
Step Five: As the glue is setting, spin the block to make sure the test tube is mostly at a 90 degree angle.
Step Six: Fill the test tube half way full of water and add a budding flower bloom.
Step Seven: To finish it off, tie a small card with each guest's name and table number to the vase.
Photos (from top to bottom): Natalie Franke Photography
What’s an anniversary cake? This wedding tradition originated decades ago when couples saved the top tier of their wedding cake to eat during the celebration of their child’s christening, which was believed to occur within the first year of marriage.
Not anymore, the sweet tradition of celebrating your first anniversary continues a bit differently. Instead, couples are opting to photograph their cake cutting a second time! Here’s how to store the top tier of your wedding cake so it doesn’t turn sour (or stale):
1. Remove any non-edible decorations (i.e. toppers, flowers, ribbons, etc.) and place the unwrapped cake in the freezer until the icing hardens.
2. Take the cake out of the freezer and place onto an aluminium foil wrapped board to prevent a cardboard taste from seeping in.
3. Wrap the cake in several layers of plastic airtight. Then, wrap in several layers of aluminium foil.
4. Place in a storage container or bag, if desired. The more protection you wrap the cake in, the less chance of freezer burn.
5. Sit covered cake in freezer.
6. Remove covered cake from the freezer a few days pre-anniversary and thaw in refrigerator. A few hours prior to serving, remove aluminium foil and plastic and set the cake out in room temperature.
7. Dig in and smile for the camera!
Photo: Rachel Thurston Photography
Need inspiration for a fall wedding? A few of our editors share their favorites below:
Photo: Rachel Thurston Photography
From the Fashion Editor – Choose a bridesmaid dress color that complements the season’s changing colors: red, orange, yellow, purple, or brown. (Just like Jessica and Michael, Cami and Erik, and Bonnie and Drew did.)
Photos (from left to right): Cluney Photo and Meg Ruth Photo
From the Flowers Editor – Bouquets of black-eyed susans, dahlias, chrysanthemums, calla lilies, roses, orchids and gerberas are a must-have. Maybe add some texture with feathers, fern curls, curly willows, scabiosa pods, or wheat too? Check out more fall bouquets here.
Photo: Meg Ruth Photo
From the Decor Editor – Spice up your decor with pumpkins, pine cones, leaves, figs, acorns, and more.
Photos (from left to right): Keepsake Memories Photography and jHenderson Studios
From the Favors & Cakes Editor – Place your three-tiered buttercream wedding cake on top of tree bark for an added rustic touch. Check out more fall wedding cakes here. Nothing tastes better than a caramel apple, pumpkin pie, and hot cocoa on a crisp evening. Let guests unwrap cozy blankets to keep warm.
Brrr. . . it's still so very cold out here! In honor (or maybe in spite of) the chilly weather, here are 10 of our favorite ways to bring a little warmth to any wedding day.
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1. Wear a flannel shirt while you're getting ready
Photo by Lisa Fitts Photography
Bundle up in an oversized flannel while you're getting your makeup done. You can even borrow one from your soon-to-be husband!
2. Coffee and donut hole favors
Photo by Austin Gros Photography
Send guests off to the after after party with a miniature jolt of caffeine and sugar.
Photo by MB Fotografie Design
Such a fun portrait for snow-bound brides.
4. A Custom Hot Chocolate Bar
Photo by Katelyn James
Stir-in chocolate spoons eliminate the risk of staining clothes while pouring --- and ensures that each guest can make their drink as chocolaty as they desire.
5. Furs for everyone (in the wedding party)
Photo by Rachel Pearlman Photography
A warm, luxe touch for outdoor portraits.
6. Shawls for everyone (watching the ceremony)
Photo by Nataly Lemus
If your ceremony is taking place somewhere without centrail heating (an old curch or barn, for example), consider providing shawls and hand warmers for attendees.
7. S'more everything
Photos courtesy of Nine Photography and The Sunday Sweet
Opt for the classic make-your-own or go for something a little more modern (hellooo s'more cupcakes!) -- either way this dessert is guaranteed to be a crowd-pleaser.
8. Candlelight Decor
Photo by Annie Hosfield Photography
Instantly ups the coziness factor by at least seventy-five percent.
9. Hot cider
Photo by Nine Photography
Or hot mulled wine or hot pear juice -- anything you can add cloves or cinnamon to works!
10. A closed-in tent
Photo by Mad Chicken Studio
Don't want to forgo an outdoor ceremony in a colder month? Outfit a tented reception with lots and lots of heat lamps.
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Top off a wow-worthy tablescape with these creative table number ideas!
Photo by Joielala Photo
Stick vinyl numerals onto colorful geo rock slabs for a hint of bohemian glamour.
Photo by Flora + Fauna Photography
Mix things up with cutout cardstock!
Photo by Loft Photographie
Paint numbers onto bright, patterned tiles.
Photo by Catherine Mac Photography
Make a statement with wooden lasercut signs.
Photo by BrancoPrata Photography
Add a touch of vintage style with numbered bell jars.
Photo by Flora + Fauna Photography
Paint numbers onto pretty antique salad plates.
Photo Courtesy of Foglio Press
Channel modern glamour with lucite and glitter.
Photo by Joielala Photo
Incorporate a pop of pattern with a painted canvas.
Photo by Julia Wade Photography
Give your tablescapes a whimsical touch with fun flag table numbers.
Photo Courtesy of A Good Affair Wedding and Event Production
Make a scholarly statement with repurposed hardback books.
Photo by Flora + Fauna Photography
Paint table numbers onto carafes for a relaxed, eco-friendly feel.
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Yes, we love candy, koozies, and potted succulents as much as the next wedding fanatic, but sometimes you just need to think outside of the box. Here are a few wedding favor ideas that truly break the mold.
Condiments and Spices
Olive oil is a popular wedding favor these days, but if there’s a condiment that you and your spouse love, share it with your guests! We’ve seen ketchup, mustard, Tabasco, as well as various seasonings (Old Bay, BBQ rubs, etc.).
Photo by Anjuli
Yeah, it’s a little offbeat, but it’s certainly hip and will get your guests talking. Offer up an array of temporary tats for your guests to enjoy. Who knows, maybe your Grandma will partake (can you imagine that photo?).
Photos by (from left): Liz Chrisman Photography, Emily Alt Photography
This might be a little labor-intensive, but we love the idea of picking out a book for each guest (or couple) to take home. Handwriting a personalized note inside is a great touch. What an amazing keepsake for your nearest and dearest!
Photo by Diana M. Lott
These are pretty quirky, but adorable, too! Offer your guests a selection of pins to affix to their attire and take home.
Photos by (from left): Katelyn James Photography, Shelly Kroeger Photography
Pottery or Handmade Crafts
We love how this bride used her pottery-making skills to create ceramic bowls for all of her guests. If you have crafting or cooking skills, use them to create gifts for your guests (but don’t overwhelm yourself by taking on a too-huge task!).
Photo by Maggie Fortson Photography
Cotton Candy in a Box
Fact: Guests love sweet treats. But instead of cookies or candy, try something a bit more whimsical with cotton candy stored in a takeout box. What a fun treat for guests of all ages!
Photo by Jenny DeMarco Photography
Give your favors a healthful touch by providing your guests with fresh fruit. From berries to pineapples, peaches to apples, think seasonal and local when it comes to picking your produce.
Photo by Dear Darling Photography
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