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  • Photos By: Jordan Ferney

    Materials: Vellum paper, 56 sheets of paper, a sewing machine,  fishing weights (not pictured), an exacto knife and straight edge (or a stack cutter,) artist tape (for hanging)

    Cut the sheets of vellum into one inch strips. You can do this with an exacto knife or have it cut all at one time with a stack cutter. (If you decide to go the stack color route organizing the paper in the order you want it to hang in will save you some time.)Measure the height of the space where the mobiles will hang to figure out how long you want them. Keep in mind you'll want to keep the eyesight of the guests clear of any obstruction. Once you know the length of the mobiles, layout the different colors in the order you want. Repeat until it is close to the length of mobile you want. Then put it into a stack and it is ready to sew.

    Leave a 12" tail of thread at the beginning and start to sew down the middle of the first strip. (I found it is easiest to put a piece of tape on the sewing machine at the end of the strip as a guide to mark where the vellum should be sewn.) Continue feeding each addition strip into the sewing machine.

    At the end leave another long tail of string. As you are sewing, try to be consistent on the amount of space between each strip but if its not perfect its ok, this design is very forgiving. Our mobiles were about four feet and the actual sewing took about 10 minutes for each mobile.     Hang the mobiles at varying heights over the center of the table with artist tape.     If left by itself the bottom paper will curl up, add a simple fishing weight at the bottom to prevent this from happening and to add a nice polish to the project.     This bright and modern mobile project is perfect for a daytime wedding reception or shower and can be done in any color scheme. It will transform the room and make a big impact.     The best part is this whole project can be made on the cheap -- for under $25     Use your imagination - or any color palette - to go with your event theme.     Gorgeous!        
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  • Photos By: Chelsea Fuss

    If you've always dreamt of carrying a bouquet of old fashioned garden roses down the aisle, but your budget doesn't quite match up to the dream, try this version!

    Materials: 24 stems of spray roses (It works best if you buy one bunch with buds and one bunch with open blossoms) Order them ahead of time to secure your favorite color! Garden clippers String or twine florist tape 1-2 yards of ribbon

    Directions: 

    First, pick off the brown petals from the blossoms. We used spray roses, one of the most inexpensive roses on the market, to create this bouquet.     "Edit" each stem. Spray roses have several blossoms on each stem. Clip 1-2 off each stem to leave the prettiest blossoms and the stems that are around the same level on the stem. Also, remove the leaves from these stems.     Take a few of the stems with nice leaves and clip off all the blossoms. Wash the leaves. Leave 1-2 branches of leaves on the stem. Make sure none of the leaves are too low on the stem or it will interfere with the "handle" of your bouquet. Be sure to choose leaves that are hydrated and feel firm.     Spray roses consist of 3-5 smaller blossoms on each stem, and have a more casual feel then your normal florists' roses. They are readily available at markets and florists all year.     Gather a few stems in one hand at a 45 degree angle. Each time you add a stem, turn your bouquet. Don't be afraid to place some blossoms higher than others. This gives your bouquet depth and interest.     Be sure to add leaves in as you go. These frame the blossoms and give the bouquet a natural feel. Tie with twine, cover in florist tape (to protect the ribbon) and tie up with a ribbon.     By deconstructing the spray roses, you can create a bouquet that looks very natural. Your guests will never guess that your flowers came from the local grocery!     The total cost of this bouquet: $12 + ribbon!     Enjoy your beautiful, garden bouquet!
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    Concept by: Victoria Hudgins Photos by Erin Holland   Add a dash of confetti to your party in the form of a chandelier! This looks fabulous hung in multiples on top of a dessert bar, or hung individually as centerpieces.     In fact, you can turn your confetti chandelier into a 'cake topper,' who says that a 'topper' has to be placed directly on top of the cake?     Cut out one inch confetti rounds from colored paper. We used about 120 rounds for this installation. I would suggest using a monotone color scheme or 4-5 coordinating colors on each hoop.     Thread the confetti dots together. Begin at the top, leaving enough thread to attach the string to an embroidery hoop. Have your hot glue gun ready and place a tiny drop of glue on the bottom of each dot to hold it in place.     Using an embroidery hoop, tie four to six strings across the top in a criss cross pattern.     One at a time, tie the strands of confetti dots onto the hoop and string base. You can paint or adorn the hoop as needed to match your wedding décor.     Hang the installation above a cake or elsewhere; adjust the length of the strands for just the right balance.      
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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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  • A festive little treat is the perfect way to thank your beach destination wedding guests for making a special trip to celebrate with you. We’ve rounded up some of our favorite beach favor ideas for your inspiration!   Photos by (from left): Joanna Tano Photography, James Rubio Photography   Flip Flops Perfect for dancing the night away and feeling that sand between the toes!    Photos by (from left): Anjuli, Jagger Photography   Totes A fun keepsake for guests to carry the next time they hit the beach!    Photos by (from left): Union Photography, Volatile Photography   Parasols For a little shade amidst all that gorgeous seaside sunshine.    Photos by (from left): Meg Smith Photography, Union Photography   Sea Salt Mix Sea salts are the perfect base for a scrumptious culinary seasoning or a fragrant body scrub.   Photos by (from left): Mary Swenson, Union Photography   Sandalwood Fans For a light, refreshing breeze on a balmy-aired evening.   Photos by: Olivia Kanaley    Leis These festive, fun favors will really get the party started!   Photo by: This Love of Yours…Photography
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  • We've seen the "choose a seat, not a side" sign one too many times these days. But that's okay -- it's quite popular! If you're looking for other fast and easy phrases to inject shots of personality, consider these whimsical (and quite awesome) ideas instead:  

    1. IT'S PARTY TIME! - Ask your ring bearer to strut down the aisle in style with a big smile because after all, it's what every guest is thinking. 

    Photo: Troy Grover Photographers

    2. LET THE ADVENTURES BEGIN - Yes, there will be ups and downs and everything in between. 

    Photo: Ooh! Events 

    3. LET'S DO THIS THING - Direct guests with arrows to make sure they know where they're going.   

    Photo: Jodi Miller Photography

    4. THIS IS OUR NEXT CHAPTER - Marriage, obviously. It takes two not one. 

    Photo: Suzanne Rothmeyer Photography

    5. MUTUAL WEIRDNESS FOREVER - Celebrate how perfect you are for each other -- no pun intended. 

    Photo: Leslie Barbaro Photography

    6. YEE HAW - Fit for a rustic-themed farm wedding with line dancing. Wear 'em cowboy boots! 

    Photo: Paper Antler 

    7. COWABUNGA -  Surf's up if you're having a beach wedding along the sea shores. 

    Photo: Brio Art by Katie Fears 

    8. COME AWAY WITH US - Proclaim your favorite quote or song lyric. 

    Photo: Ulmer Studios 

    9. FEAST! - After all, it's the best part of the reception, right? Digging in. 

    Photo: Erin Lindsey Images 

    Related: View more wedding signs here >> 

     

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  • You adhere to tradition, love a good set of pearls, and long for a gown with a gorgeous train. Sound like you? If so, you're in the right place. We've rounded up 8 perfect hairstyles that every classic bride is sure to love. 

    1.  Headbands

    Photos by (from left to right): BRIDEface and Blooming Beauty by Cammy

    Add something extra to your bridal look by donning a headband. From a classic rhinestone headpiece, to an all-white band, the options are endless. 

     

    2. Low Bun

    Photos by (from left to right): Joanna Tano Photography and Emily Alt Photography 

    A tight low bun is a great option for a classic bridal look, especially in warmer months. Style it to the side so guests can see it when you're facing front. We recommend this 'do for summer nuptials.

     

    3. Side-Swept Curls

    Photos by (from left to right): Gerber + Scarpelli Photography and JC Page Photographers

    Talk about a romantic look. Ask your hairstylist for waves or curls, and sweep them to the side. We think this style will compliment a lace dress perfectly. 

     

    4. Intricate Up-Do

    Photos by (from left to right): Katherine O'Brien Photography and Page Bertelsen Photography

    If there's ever a time to go all-out on your hair, it's your wedding day. Don't be afraid to ask your stylist for a super stylish up-do, Not only will it look stunning, but it's a foolproof way to keep strays out of your face. 

     

    5. Pretty Pony

    Photos by (from left to right): Landon Jacob Photography and Aimme Lam Make-up & Hair Design

    Whether it's curled or straight, you can never go wrong with a styled ponytail. Off to the side or low in the back, it's always a great go-to 'do. 

     

    6. Braided Beauty

     

    Photos by (from left to right): Jordan Koepke Photography and Katelyn James Photography

    This unique braid is an eye-catching detail for your bridal 'do. We love the idea of pairing this with a detailed back to really wow guests from behind.

     

    7. Sock Bun

    Photos by (from left to right): Landon Jacob Photography and Emily Steffen Photography

    Just because you have classic taste doesn't mean you can't add a touch of glam. Add a crown headpiece and fulfill your childhood dream of becoming a princess. 

     

    8. Pulled-Back Waves

    Photos by (from left to right): Rylee Hitchner Photography and Katelyn James Photography

    Going for a more natural-looking hairstyle? Try delicate waves clipped back, it's a simple yet elegant way to leave a lasting impression. 

     

    NEXT: 8 Wedding Hairstyles For the Rustic Bride

     

     

     

     

     

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  • Photos By: Jordan Ferney

    Bunting is a cheap and easy way to add color to your soiree! Materials Needed: Tissue Paper, Scissors, glue stick, and string.

    First, decide how large you want each flag and then cut out several sheets at once.

    You'll want to cut out pieces that are double the desired flag size so that they can be folded over.

    Once you've finished cutting you're ready to glue. With a fresh glue stick quickly swipe half the flag area. Lay string down halfway through and fold the tissue over the string.     Be sure to apply glue to the middle area of the flag so that it adheres to the string. Repeat until you have enough for your event.     It can take a while to produce a lot, so best to settle down in front of a movie while you work!    

    To safely store your flags, wrap them around an empty cardboard gift wrap roll or paper towel roll so they don't wrinkle.

    You are ready for the party!  
    7
  • Photos By: Mary Swenson

    Paperwhite bulbs are super easy to grow, and produce tall, upright green stems topped with petite, white flowers. Nestled in a bed of pretty pebbles inside a mini vessel, ready to get growing, these bulbs can also be a sophisticated, rustic wedding favor. Here's how to put them together!     Materials & Supplies: Paperwhite bulbs are just the right size to fit inside inexpensive glass votive holders. Small pebbles (available at craft stores or garden centers) are all you'll need to plant the bulbs, and they look lovely inside the glass. Gather together cardstock, a nice pen, a hole punch, and twine for the tags.     To start, fill the votive holders about 3/4 of the way full with pebbles.     Paperwhite bulbs are available at garden centers in the fall and via the internet. You'll need one bulb per favor; store them in a cool, dry place until you're ready to use them.     Place the bulb root side down inside the votive holder, and gently push it down into the pebbles, so that the top half of the bulb is exposed. Fill with water so that the water level comes right to the base of the bulb.     Make simple paper tags to personalize each favor with guest names, and include instructions on how to care for the bulb inside.     Punch a small hole in the corner of each tag and feed a long piece of twine through the hole. Wrap the twine around the votive holder twice, keeping the tag to the front, and make a knot. Trim the ends of the twine.     Once the bulbs are planted, keep them in a cool, well-lit place, away from heat and out of direct sunlight. Keep the water level consistent.     Display the favors clustered together on a table, or leave one at each place setting as part of your table décor. These lovely little bulbs will bring a smile to your guests' faces, and in a few weeks they'll have a pretty flower to remind them of your wedding day!     Photos By: Mary Swenson
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    Jeweler's Mutual tells us how you can protect your most valuable, personal possession (expert advice)

    By Project Wedding for our sponsor, Jewelers Mutual

     

    He proposed. You said yes.  Now What?

    Your engagement and wedding rings could be the most meaningful jewelry you’ll ever own. So what happens if you drop your ring down the garbage disposal? What if you take a chip out of your diamond? What if that heirloom piece mysteriously disappears during a swim? Avoid an unfortunate loss (and that awful feeling in the pit of your stomach) by looking for the right insurance for your rings.

     

    Are you really covered?

    Many brides and grooms assume homeowner’s or renter’s insurance is all the coverage they need. But you may be surprised at what homeowner’s insurance doesn’t cover. Since those policies are created to cover things like sofas and stereo equipment, they don’t always cover a broken prong or chipped diamond. They rarely replace a ring that mysteriously slips off at sea or is left on a hotel room sink. And if you lose just a part of the ring, say a gem or a diamond, homeowner’s insurance could leave you lacking. Most importantly, the fire and theft coverage on a homeowner policy is usually limited to $1,000. Your wedding rings could easily be worth five times that much. 

     

    Consider jewelry insurance.

    There are insurers who specialize in protecting your precious jewelry and cherished memories. A company like Jewelers Mutual Insurance can give you broader coverage than your homeowner’s insurance policy. As jewelry insurance specialists, they create policies that cover nearly every situation such as jewelry loss or theft, damage, partial loss, even those mysterious disappearances.  

     

    Not just any insurance.

    Chances are, a jewelry insurer will better understand the sentimental value of your jewelry. With certified jewelers and gemologists on staff, they can work closely with you to repair or replace your ring so it’s as beautiful as the day you got engaged. While many insurers require that you work with their replacement company, a personal jewelry policy often lets you choose the jeweler you want to fix or replace your ring. Also, making a claim with a jewelry policy doesn’t drive up your homeowner’s premiums. 

     

    How valuable is valuable? 

    Personal jewelry insurance isn’t just for some vast collection of jewelry. After all, it’s the meaning behind your ring that makes it invaluable. So make certain you get a complete appraisal from a respected jeweler. (If you have other jewelry you haven’t had appraised in some time, this would be the perfect time to bring those pieces as well. The value of gold and diamonds has soared recently, and your jewelry may be worth more now than it was just a few months ago). Give yourself peace of mind; jewelry insurance is more affordable than you think!

    See more tips on how to protect your cherished memories, at www.insureyourjewelry.com

     

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  • Photos By: Jordan Ferney

    Materials: Vellum paper, 56 sheets of paper, a sewing machine,  fishing weights (not pictured), an exacto knife and straight edge (or a stack cutter,) artist tape (for hanging)

    Cut the sheets of vellum into one inch strips. You can do this with an exacto knife or have it cut all at one time with a stack cutter. (If you decide to go the stack color route organizing the paper in the order you want it to hang in will save you some time.)Measure the height of the space where the mobiles will hang to figure out how long you want them. Keep in mind you'll want to keep the eyesight of the guests clear of any obstruction. Once you know the length of the mobiles, layout the different colors in the order you want. Repeat until it is close to the length of mobile you want. Then put it into a stack and it is ready to sew.

    Leave a 12" tail of thread at the beginning and start to sew down the middle of the first strip. (I found it is easiest to put a piece of tape on the sewing machine at the end of the strip as a guide to mark where the vellum should be sewn.) Continue feeding each addition strip into the sewing machine.

    At the end leave another long tail of string. As you are sewing, try to be consistent on the amount of space between each strip but if its not perfect its ok, this design is very forgiving. Our mobiles were about four feet and the actual sewing took about 10 minutes for each mobile.     Hang the mobiles at varying heights over the center of the table with artist tape.     If left by itself the bottom paper will curl up, add a simple fishing weight at the bottom to prevent this from happening and to add a nice polish to the project.     This bright and modern mobile project is perfect for a daytime wedding reception or shower and can be done in any color scheme. It will transform the room and make a big impact.     The best part is this whole project can be made on the cheap -- for under $25     Use your imagination - or any color palette - to go with your event theme.     Gorgeous!        
    7
  • Photos By: Chelsea Fuss

    If you've always dreamt of carrying a bouquet of old fashioned garden roses down the aisle, but your budget doesn't quite match up to the dream, try this version!

    Materials: 24 stems of spray roses (It works best if you buy one bunch with buds and one bunch with open blossoms) Order them ahead of time to secure your favorite color! Garden clippers String or twine florist tape 1-2 yards of ribbon

    Directions: 

    First, pick off the brown petals from the blossoms. We used spray roses, one of the most inexpensive roses on the market, to create this bouquet.     "Edit" each stem. Spray roses have several blossoms on each stem. Clip 1-2 off each stem to leave the prettiest blossoms and the stems that are around the same level on the stem. Also, remove the leaves from these stems.     Take a few of the stems with nice leaves and clip off all the blossoms. Wash the leaves. Leave 1-2 branches of leaves on the stem. Make sure none of the leaves are too low on the stem or it will interfere with the "handle" of your bouquet. Be sure to choose leaves that are hydrated and feel firm.     Spray roses consist of 3-5 smaller blossoms on each stem, and have a more casual feel then your normal florists' roses. They are readily available at markets and florists all year.     Gather a few stems in one hand at a 45 degree angle. Each time you add a stem, turn your bouquet. Don't be afraid to place some blossoms higher than others. This gives your bouquet depth and interest.     Be sure to add leaves in as you go. These frame the blossoms and give the bouquet a natural feel. Tie with twine, cover in florist tape (to protect the ribbon) and tie up with a ribbon.     By deconstructing the spray roses, you can create a bouquet that looks very natural. Your guests will never guess that your flowers came from the local grocery!     The total cost of this bouquet: $12 + ribbon!     Enjoy your beautiful, garden bouquet!
    9
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    Concept by: Victoria Hudgins Photos by Erin Holland   Add a dash of confetti to your party in the form of a chandelier! This looks fabulous hung in multiples on top of a dessert bar, or hung individually as centerpieces.     In fact, you can turn your confetti chandelier into a 'cake topper,' who says that a 'topper' has to be placed directly on top of the cake?     Cut out one inch confetti rounds from colored paper. We used about 120 rounds for this installation. I would suggest using a monotone color scheme or 4-5 coordinating colors on each hoop.     Thread the confetti dots together. Begin at the top, leaving enough thread to attach the string to an embroidery hoop. Have your hot glue gun ready and place a tiny drop of glue on the bottom of each dot to hold it in place.     Using an embroidery hoop, tie four to six strings across the top in a criss cross pattern.     One at a time, tie the strands of confetti dots onto the hoop and string base. You can paint or adorn the hoop as needed to match your wedding décor.     Hang the installation above a cake or elsewhere; adjust the length of the strands for just the right balance.      
    9
  • 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!

    3
  • A festive little treat is the perfect way to thank your beach destination wedding guests for making a special trip to celebrate with you. We’ve rounded up some of our favorite beach favor ideas for your inspiration!   Photos by (from left): Joanna Tano Photography, James Rubio Photography   Flip Flops Perfect for dancing the night away and feeling that sand between the toes!    Photos by (from left): Anjuli, Jagger Photography   Totes A fun keepsake for guests to carry the next time they hit the beach!    Photos by (from left): Union Photography, Volatile Photography   Parasols For a little shade amidst all that gorgeous seaside sunshine.    Photos by (from left): Meg Smith Photography, Union Photography   Sea Salt Mix Sea salts are the perfect base for a scrumptious culinary seasoning or a fragrant body scrub.   Photos by (from left): Mary Swenson, Union Photography   Sandalwood Fans For a light, refreshing breeze on a balmy-aired evening.   Photos by: Olivia Kanaley    Leis These festive, fun favors will really get the party started!   Photo by: This Love of Yours…Photography
    2
  • We've seen the "choose a seat, not a side" sign one too many times these days. But that's okay -- it's quite popular! If you're looking for other fast and easy phrases to inject shots of personality, consider these whimsical (and quite awesome) ideas instead:  

    1. IT'S PARTY TIME! - Ask your ring bearer to strut down the aisle in style with a big smile because after all, it's what every guest is thinking. 

    Photo: Troy Grover Photographers

    2. LET THE ADVENTURES BEGIN - Yes, there will be ups and downs and everything in between. 

    Photo: Ooh! Events 

    3. LET'S DO THIS THING - Direct guests with arrows to make sure they know where they're going.   

    Photo: Jodi Miller Photography

    4. THIS IS OUR NEXT CHAPTER - Marriage, obviously. It takes two not one. 

    Photo: Suzanne Rothmeyer Photography

    5. MUTUAL WEIRDNESS FOREVER - Celebrate how perfect you are for each other -- no pun intended. 

    Photo: Leslie Barbaro Photography

    6. YEE HAW - Fit for a rustic-themed farm wedding with line dancing. Wear 'em cowboy boots! 

    Photo: Paper Antler 

    7. COWABUNGA -  Surf's up if you're having a beach wedding along the sea shores. 

    Photo: Brio Art by Katie Fears 

    8. COME AWAY WITH US - Proclaim your favorite quote or song lyric. 

    Photo: Ulmer Studios 

    9. FEAST! - After all, it's the best part of the reception, right? Digging in. 

    Photo: Erin Lindsey Images 

    Related: View more wedding signs here >> 

     

    2
  • You adhere to tradition, love a good set of pearls, and long for a gown with a gorgeous train. Sound like you? If so, you're in the right place. We've rounded up 8 perfect hairstyles that every classic bride is sure to love. 

    1.  Headbands

    Photos by (from left to right): BRIDEface and Blooming Beauty by Cammy

    Add something extra to your bridal look by donning a headband. From a classic rhinestone headpiece, to an all-white band, the options are endless. 

     

    2. Low Bun

    Photos by (from left to right): Joanna Tano Photography and Emily Alt Photography 

    A tight low bun is a great option for a classic bridal look, especially in warmer months. Style it to the side so guests can see it when you're facing front. We recommend this 'do for summer nuptials.

     

    3. Side-Swept Curls

    Photos by (from left to right): Gerber + Scarpelli Photography and JC Page Photographers

    Talk about a romantic look. Ask your hairstylist for waves or curls, and sweep them to the side. We think this style will compliment a lace dress perfectly. 

     

    4. Intricate Up-Do

    Photos by (from left to right): Katherine O'Brien Photography and Page Bertelsen Photography

    If there's ever a time to go all-out on your hair, it's your wedding day. Don't be afraid to ask your stylist for a super stylish up-do, Not only will it look stunning, but it's a foolproof way to keep strays out of your face. 

     

    5. Pretty Pony

    Photos by (from left to right): Landon Jacob Photography and Aimme Lam Make-up & Hair Design

    Whether it's curled or straight, you can never go wrong with a styled ponytail. Off to the side or low in the back, it's always a great go-to 'do. 

     

    6. Braided Beauty

     

    Photos by (from left to right): Jordan Koepke Photography and Katelyn James Photography

    This unique braid is an eye-catching detail for your bridal 'do. We love the idea of pairing this with a detailed back to really wow guests from behind.

     

    7. Sock Bun

    Photos by (from left to right): Landon Jacob Photography and Emily Steffen Photography

    Just because you have classic taste doesn't mean you can't add a touch of glam. Add a crown headpiece and fulfill your childhood dream of becoming a princess. 

     

    8. Pulled-Back Waves

    Photos by (from left to right): Rylee Hitchner Photography and Katelyn James Photography

    Going for a more natural-looking hairstyle? Try delicate waves clipped back, it's a simple yet elegant way to leave a lasting impression. 

     

    NEXT: 8 Wedding Hairstyles For the Rustic Bride

     

     

     

     

     

    5
  • Photos By: Jordan Ferney

    Bunting is a cheap and easy way to add color to your soiree! Materials Needed: Tissue Paper, Scissors, glue stick, and string.

    First, decide how large you want each flag and then cut out several sheets at once.

    You'll want to cut out pieces that are double the desired flag size so that they can be folded over.

    Once you've finished cutting you're ready to glue. With a fresh glue stick quickly swipe half the flag area. Lay string down halfway through and fold the tissue over the string.     Be sure to apply glue to the middle area of the flag so that it adheres to the string. Repeat until you have enough for your event.     It can take a while to produce a lot, so best to settle down in front of a movie while you work!    

    To safely store your flags, wrap them around an empty cardboard gift wrap roll or paper towel roll so they don't wrinkle.

    You are ready for the party!  
    7
  • Photos By: Mary Swenson

    Paperwhite bulbs are super easy to grow, and produce tall, upright green stems topped with petite, white flowers. Nestled in a bed of pretty pebbles inside a mini vessel, ready to get growing, these bulbs can also be a sophisticated, rustic wedding favor. Here's how to put them together!     Materials & Supplies: Paperwhite bulbs are just the right size to fit inside inexpensive glass votive holders. Small pebbles (available at craft stores or garden centers) are all you'll need to plant the bulbs, and they look lovely inside the glass. Gather together cardstock, a nice pen, a hole punch, and twine for the tags.     To start, fill the votive holders about 3/4 of the way full with pebbles.     Paperwhite bulbs are available at garden centers in the fall and via the internet. You'll need one bulb per favor; store them in a cool, dry place until you're ready to use them.     Place the bulb root side down inside the votive holder, and gently push it down into the pebbles, so that the top half of the bulb is exposed. Fill with water so that the water level comes right to the base of the bulb.     Make simple paper tags to personalize each favor with guest names, and include instructions on how to care for the bulb inside.     Punch a small hole in the corner of each tag and feed a long piece of twine through the hole. Wrap the twine around the votive holder twice, keeping the tag to the front, and make a knot. Trim the ends of the twine.     Once the bulbs are planted, keep them in a cool, well-lit place, away from heat and out of direct sunlight. Keep the water level consistent.     Display the favors clustered together on a table, or leave one at each place setting as part of your table décor. These lovely little bulbs will bring a smile to your guests' faces, and in a few weeks they'll have a pretty flower to remind them of your wedding day!     Photos By: Mary Swenson
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    Jeweler's Mutual tells us how you can protect your most valuable, personal possession (expert advice)

    By Project Wedding for our sponsor, Jewelers Mutual

     

    He proposed. You said yes.  Now What?

    Your engagement and wedding rings could be the most meaningful jewelry you’ll ever own. So what happens if you drop your ring down the garbage disposal? What if you take a chip out of your diamond? What if that heirloom piece mysteriously disappears during a swim? Avoid an unfortunate loss (and that awful feeling in the pit of your stomach) by looking for the right insurance for your rings.

     

    Are you really covered?

    Many brides and grooms assume homeowner’s or renter’s insurance is all the coverage they need. But you may be surprised at what homeowner’s insurance doesn’t cover. Since those policies are created to cover things like sofas and stereo equipment, they don’t always cover a broken prong or chipped diamond. They rarely replace a ring that mysteriously slips off at sea or is left on a hotel room sink. And if you lose just a part of the ring, say a gem or a diamond, homeowner’s insurance could leave you lacking. Most importantly, the fire and theft coverage on a homeowner policy is usually limited to $1,000. Your wedding rings could easily be worth five times that much. 

     

    Consider jewelry insurance.

    There are insurers who specialize in protecting your precious jewelry and cherished memories. A company like Jewelers Mutual Insurance can give you broader coverage than your homeowner’s insurance policy. As jewelry insurance specialists, they create policies that cover nearly every situation such as jewelry loss or theft, damage, partial loss, even those mysterious disappearances.  

     

    Not just any insurance.

    Chances are, a jewelry insurer will better understand the sentimental value of your jewelry. With certified jewelers and gemologists on staff, they can work closely with you to repair or replace your ring so it’s as beautiful as the day you got engaged. While many insurers require that you work with their replacement company, a personal jewelry policy often lets you choose the jeweler you want to fix or replace your ring. Also, making a claim with a jewelry policy doesn’t drive up your homeowner’s premiums. 

     

    How valuable is valuable? 

    Personal jewelry insurance isn’t just for some vast collection of jewelry. After all, it’s the meaning behind your ring that makes it invaluable. So make certain you get a complete appraisal from a respected jeweler. (If you have other jewelry you haven’t had appraised in some time, this would be the perfect time to bring those pieces as well. The value of gold and diamonds has soared recently, and your jewelry may be worth more now than it was just a few months ago). Give yourself peace of mind; jewelry insurance is more affordable than you think!

    See more tips on how to protect your cherished memories, at www.insureyourjewelry.com

     

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