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Project By: Janie Medley Photos By: Marvelous Things Photography An easy and beautiful way for your guests to find their seating assignments, this escort card display board can be made with brightly colored carnations! Materials Carnations (I used a mix of different shades of pinks – carnations from Fifty Flowers) Picture Frame Foam Board Pearl Pins Duct Tape Easel Step One Place the frame over the foam board Step Two Starting with the sides, cut the board down to the size of the picture frame. Step Three Tape the foam board to the back of the picture frame with duct tape. Step Three (cont). Here’s the completed frame! Step Four Cut the stems off the carnations. Step Five Place the frame on the easel and insert the pearl pins through the middle of the carnation head to attach them to the board. The completed board is so colorful and pretty! Step Six Finally, attach the escort cards to the board with a pearl pin.
Turns out your smallest guests may be the most difficult to please. If you are hosting little ones at your wedding, check out these ideas for keeping them entertained and happy.
Offer Appropriate Food
Sure, some kids love fancy foie gras and filet mignon – but for more little ones, chicken fingers and mac and cheese will do just fine! Make sure you provide some kid-friendly options for cocktail hour, dinner, and dessert (though we think most sweets will be perfectly acceptable for kids’ palates!).
Photo by Freshly Bold Photography
Give Them Jobs
Whether they’re the flower girl or ring bearer or handing out programs, kids feel important when they have a job to do. Even if it’s something as small as holding your bouquet during the first dance, little ones will feel so special and be more likely to behave themselves if focused on the task at hand.
Photos by (from left): jHenderson Studios, Acqua Photo
Provide Hula Hoops
If your venue has a large outdoor space and you’re hosting a fairly casual affair, offer activities for your youngest guests. When providing games like hula hoops or bubbles, just make sure there are enough for all the kids so no one feels left out!
Photo by Cramer Photo
Play Corn Hole
Corn hole is another fun games that guests young and old will enjoy. We also love that you can decorate the corn hole board in your own wedding colors and style!
Photo by Joshua McDonald Photography
Have a Piñata
Who doesn’t love a piñata? Of course, the kids will flip, but adults will also love the touch of nostalgia.
Photo by Nelly - Photographer
Create a Cute Kids Table
Kids may have difficulty sitting at their table for long stretches but if you provide them with activities like coloring books or small games, they’ll at least be occupied.
Photo by Maiko Media
Try “I Spy”
Another activity for kids’ place settings – an “I Spy”-style game that encourages little ones (or those of any age) to look for various items around the wedding – from the mother-of-the-bride crying to a sparkly diamond. The one who finds all of the items first can win a prize – nothing like a little friendly competition!
Photos (from left) by Julius Photography, Rachel Robertson Photography
Have a Photo Booth
Kids will not only love posing for silly portraits, but trying on different props and costumes is an activity in itself.
Photo by Pasha Belman
Think About Your Music Selection
No, we’re not suggesting that you play “Old MacDonald” or “The Wheels on the Bus,” but lively Top 40 music appeals to younger people, who are often the biggest hits on the dance floor!
Photo by Ian Grant Photography
One Word = Candy
While their parents might not be a fan of the resulting sugar high, one thing is clear – kids love candy. As much as a wedding is already a pretty magical event, offering up candy will make it even more amazing for children!
Photo by Joel Bedford Photography
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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!
With the cooler weather and changing leaves, fall weddings are the perfect opportunity for the groom and his men to get a little more creative with their wedding day attire. Tweeds! Cardigans! Plaid shirts! Here's 7 fun examples of groomsmen looks we love for autumn.
1. CHECKED SHIRTS
Gingham and khakis are the perfect way compliment a solid suit at a more casual wedding. For a more coordinated look, have the groomsmen match their tie color to the groom's suit. Photo by Taylor Lord
2. TWEED, TWEED, TWEED
Heftier fabrics like courduroy and tweed will keep you warmer for an outdoor ceremony and add texture to photos. We love the way this groom paired his vest and jacket with the palette of reds and cranberries worn by his groomsmen. Perfect for Fall! Photo by Ryan Ray
A darker chambray shirt is the perfect undernote for a navy suit. When expertly pressed and fitted, the look acheives the near impossible: looking dressy without looking stuffy. Photo by Jen Huang
4. V-NECK SWEATERS
V-neck sweaters and collared shirts are a polished casual look—why not bring it into your wedding party? We love the way this group differentiated the best man and groom with suspenders and a cardigan. Photo by Landon Jacob
5. HUNTER GREEN ACCENTS
When we think of Fall colors, we typically think of rustic reds and burnt oranges. But what about the color of pine trees? This wedding party looks totally dapper in their hunter green ties. Photo by Ryan Ray
6. CARDIGANS FOR EVERYONE
From cable knit to shawl collar, we love the way each guy in this wedding party is showing off his personality with a different kind of cardigan. The overall look is cozy and just a touch eclectic—perfect for a modern rustic wedding! Photo by Ryan Ray
7. DARK JEANS
Normally we'd say jeans are an absolute no for any wedding party, but how cool does this group look? We love that they stuck with a darker wash and accessorized with tweed vests. Photo by The Nichols
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Photo by Taylor Lord Photography Your girls worked hard to help you prepare for your wedding day -- now it's their turn to get ready! Indulge them while they prep for your I Do's with a thoughtful gift they can use on your wedding day and beyond. Five of our favorite ideas follow below. Stories You Might Also Like: Monogram Bridesmaid Gifts and Bow Gifts for Bridesmaids. 1. Pretty Robes Matching putting-on-your-making ensembles is a fun way to bond the morning of your wedding. Our current favorite places to find pretty, feminine robes: Plum Pretty Sugar, Love Ophelia, and Journelle. 2. Monogrammed Oxfords Oversized oxford button downs are another fun morning-of wardrobe option -- and they'll make for comfy sleepwear for your maids further down the road. Shop the men's section of department stores for a matching set, then take them to your local monogram shop to have them personalized. There's also several Etsy Vendors that will take care of the whole process for you -- we like the looks of Pretty Personal Gifts, Fine Thread Art, and Shop Mememto. 3. Garment Bags She needs something to store her bridesmaid gown in, but a nice piece of luggage to use on business trips wouldn't hurt either. Equal parts stylish and chic, the options at Jen Darling Bags are fun choice. 4. Cosmetic Pouches Gift each girl a roomy nylon or vinyl pouch to store their beauty supplies. The C. Wonder Monogram shop has some nice options, and Stephanie Johnson is our go-to for a plethora of on-trend sizes and styles. 5. Tube Socks Don't have the budget to splurge on oxfords or robes? No worries -- cute pink-accented tube socks are a fun (and more affordable!) clothing option. We love the set over on Before The I Do's.
Project and Photos by Brittni Mehlhoff If you're looking for a simple wedding project that won't break the bank, these watercolor favor boxes are the perfect match. Use them as wedding favor boxes for guest, bridal party gifts, even as holiday packaging for presents wrapped sweetly under the tree. Materials: Kraft box (any size) Scissors Super thick yarn White watercolor Paint brush
How-To:1. Fold the box and prepare watercolors with a few drops of water in a small dish or palette. 2. Write a message with watercolors on the top of the box. 3. Fill with yummy bakery items or other sweet treats. 4. Add a card inside the box to say thanks to guests for coming to your wedding. Or pen a note to your bridal party to tell your bridesmaids how much they mean to you. 5. Close up the box and add a long piece of yarn. Tie it in a bow or add a giant yarn pouf to finish the package. Voila!
Hey, it's your big day! Why not glam up in style?
1. Monogrammed Button Downs
Photo by Andi Mans Photography
The perfect personalized apparel for pampering. You don't have to worry about smudging make-up when you change!
2. Rhinestone Tank
Photo by Meg Perotti Photography
Primp in this skin-tight tank and remind everyone you're the star of the day with some rhinestone embellishment.
3. Colorful Floral Robes
Photo by Christa Elyce Photography
Channel spring's pallete by opting for robes with bright florals and loud colors.
4. Monogrammed Terry Cloth Robes
Photo by Jodi Miller Photography
Monogram your initials (or his!) into these cozy terry cloth robes for you and your best girls and enjoy a relaxing day of pampering.
5. Stylish & Slimming Robes
Photo by Taylor Lord Photography
Ditch your tired shower robe and opt for one with a shorter hemline and fun floral detailing.
6. Southern-inspired Plaids
Photo by Katelyn James Photography
Plaid button downs aren't just for crisp fall days and country concerts, get your gals to break out their old favorite to wear while you all get ready.
7. Short & Silky Robes
Photo by N. Barrett Photography
These pastel pink and off-white robes will be a primping necessity long after your big day has come and gone.
8. Boyfriend Shirts
Photo by Spindle Photography
An over-sized dress shirt might just be the most comfortable thing since sweatpants, get matching monogrammed ones for your whole bridal party.
9. Playfully Pink Robes
Photo by Millie Holloman Photography
Get all gussied up in this girly get-up. There's no doubt that all your gals will look pretty in pink.
10. Personalized Spa Robe
Photo by Spindle Photography
Inscribe your future last name onto the back of a comfy robe you can wear for years to come.
11. Full-coverage Wraps
Photo by Caroline + Ben Photography
Bundle up in these full-length robes, perfect for a fall or winter wedding.
Check out these 9 super cool venues we'd kill to get married at.
1. Rolling Mountains
Photo courtesy of Calistoga Ranch
If you and your significant other are nature lovers, why not wed in the California mountains surrounded by your closest friends and family?
Photo courtesy of South Carolina Aquarium
Guests will be endlessly entertained by the different kinds of sea creatures that surround them! It's a great place to wed if you two love the ocean.
3. Snowy Hill Crest
Photo courtesy of Lionscrest Manor
Live on the edge with a mountain crest wedding. If you tie the knot in the colder seasons you might get a picturesque snowy backdrop like this one!
4. Penthouse Party
Photo courtesy of The Skylark
Enjoying sweeping views of the New York City skyline as you tie the knot overlooking the Empire State Building and Times Square.
5. Boat Romance
Photo by Shannon Cronin Photography
If you love the waterfront, why not get married on a boat? This calls for an intimate crowd- but you'll have the quite the reception!
Photo courtesy of James J Hill Library
Calling all bookworms! This Minnesota library has beautiful architecture and tons of history, it's such an elegant place to tie the knot.
7. Desert Landscape
Photo courtesy of Entrada at Snow Canyon Country Club
The gorgeous landscaping at this Utah country club would make a stunning background in wedding pictures.
8. City Winery
Photo courtesy of Brooklyn Winery
Putting a modern twist on a winery, this downtown spot is the epitome of rustic chic, and a perfect location for a city wedding.
9. San Francisco Zoo
Photo courtesy of San Francisco Zoo
Having live animals in the background at your wedding? It doesn't get much cooler than that!
With the air getting chilly and crisp and Thanksgiving just around the corner, we've got our minds on rich autumn hues. Give your fall wedding a festive touch with one of these dreamy, seasonally inspired palettes.
1. Burgundy + Terra Cotta + Shale Green
Photo Courtesy of Alisa Lewis Event Design
The Aesthetic: Earthy and Natural
Floral Picks: Ranunculus, Cosmos, Roses, Eucalyptus, Hypericum Berries
2. Mustard + Pale Pink + Stone
Photo Courtesy of Petal Floral Design
The Aesthetic: Countryside Garden
Floral Picks: Garden Roses, Alstromeria, Craspedia
3. Ink Blue + Mushroom + Deep Mulberry
Photo by Eyelet Images
The Aesthetic: Old World Elegance
Floral Picks: Dahlias, Ranunculus, Calla Lilies
4. Fuchsia + Pomegranate + Raspberry
Photo by OKRFOTO
The Aesthetic: Vibrant and Glam
Floral Picks: Roses, Dahlias, Ranunculus, Peonies
5. Sienna + Ginger + Pale Rose
Photo Courtesy of LB Floral
The Aesthetic: Soft and Ethereal
Floral Picks: Antique Roses, Waxflower, Cymbidium Orchids
6. Thistle Blue + Persimmon + Butterscotch
Photo by Langdon Photography
The Aesthetic: Cheerful and Whimsical
Floral Picks: Thistle, Cornflower, Pincushion Protea, Calla Lilies, Bittersweet Berries
7. Plum + Ice Blue + Platinum Gray
Photo Courtesy of Naturally Yours Events
The Aesthetic: Sophisticated Shabby Chic
Floral Picks: Sweet Peas, Silver Brunia Berries, Hydrangeas, Dusty Miller
8. Spruce Green + Mocha + Dove
Photo Courtesy of Dishie Vintage Rentals
The Aesthetic: Woodland Inspired
Floral Picks: Eucalyptus, Roses, Paperwhites, Queen Anne's Lace
9. Copper + Lilac + Medium Purple
Photo by Catherine Mac Photography
The Aesthetic: Contemporary and Playful
Floral Picks: Hydrangeas, Orchids, Calla Lilies, Sweet Peas
10. Cranberry + Fawn + Pastel Pink
Photo by Jen Dillender Photography
The Aesthetic: Rustic Romantic
Floral Picks: Peonies, Dahlias, Roses, Carnations
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By: Jenny BattFringe is still everywhere and I don’t think it's going out of style anytime soon. Traditionally, you take tiny pieces of fringe and cover shapes and large paper mache objects. For this DIY, I will show you a new technique to breeze through fringing anything. Materials: Tissue Paper Cutting Mat and Rotary Cutter Scissors (or fringing scissors – easier) Elmer’s Glue Poster Board Step One Lay several sheets of tissue paper flat and fold in half lengthwise. Use your cutting mat, a straight edge and your rotary cutter, to cut strips 2.5” wide across the fold. Step Two Take each set of strips and unfold. Refold lengthwise. Step Three Fold in half widthwise and cut fringe on the bottom (not the folded) edge. Step Four Separate each fringed strip and refold lengthwise. Take your poster board and across the short edge, run a thin bead of glue across the length. Lay a fringed piece across the glue and press lightly to adhere. If the strip isn’t quite long enough to reach, just add pieces as needed. For the next layer add another bead of glue above the first strip and add another strip. Step Five Repeat until the entire poster board is covered. Let dry. Step Six Print out letters from your computer. Cut out the letters from the paper. Place each letter on the fringed board, adjusting it so the fringe goes left to right across the letter, and cut loosely around the edge. Once you have the smaller piece, use the template to cut out the shape perfectly. Step Seven Repeat with remaining letters. Sometimes after cutting, the tops of the letters are missing fringe. Simply add touch up pieces of tissue paper fringe and glue down. Let dry and trim. Step Eight Use a bunting template to make a fun garland. You can use the fringed poster board to make any shapes you like or keep as is for a fun backdrop or to use as a tray liner. The fringing goes quickly using this method and is less tedious than fringing each shape individually. Step Nine To make a garland from the letters, simply flip over the pieces and tape down to twine. Here I used washi tape so I can remove and adjust the letters easily after hanging. photos by hankandhunt.com