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Photos By: Mary SwensonSimple, rustic pine cones are perfect to use in a fall or winter wedding. These budget-friendly accents are seasonal without being kitschy, and add an element of warmth and charm to your event decor. Here are a few ways to incorporate them into your day! Pine cones are great additions to any floral arrangement. We kept our flowers light-colored and simple so that the pine cones didn't get lost, but they work with virtually any color scheme! You can find pine cones attached to a stick at florists and craft stores, which make it easy to pop them into your arrangement. You can also twist floral wire around the base of the pine cone, and then use that to attach the pine cone to the stem of the flower. Forgo centerpiece flowers altogether by filling up glass containers with pine cones, or use these mock arrangements as inexpensive fillers for other areas of your event: a buffet table, the bar area, the gift table, or any spot that needs something extra! Use pine cones for super-easy place cards that also double as favors. We jazzed up small pine cones with faux snow spray, and glued a small piece of ribbon to the tops with name tags looped through. Group the finished pine cones on a tray or a table, or get creative and hang them from a large branch or mini-tree. If you're passing out glasses of wine or champagne, or setting out stemware en masse for your guests, using tiny pine cones as an accent on each stem of glassware is a sweet detail! We used a hot glue gun to adhere clear twine to the tops of each pine cone, and let them dry. Then we tied the pine cone around the base of each glass and trimmed off the excess twine.
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
Photos By: Chelsea Fuss
Inspired by the sweet strawberry cakes that Swedes make during their Midsummer holiday each year, we came up with this festive wedding cake! It's perfect for an outdoor, rustic wedding. You can make the cake yourself, or simply embellish a store bought cake using our styling inspiration. It's easy and such a unique idea!
First you'll need a white dome cake. We used a citrus flavor dome cake filled with whip cream, from a small family bakery, and it was delicious. We just took off the doily and cardboard it came on and slid it onto a rustic wooden board. You could also make your own. Here are instructions on how to make a dome cake.
You will need around two pints of strawberries per cake.
Cut the stems off and slice the strawberries in half.
Lay the strawberries flat side down, all over the cake.
Keep the cake in the fridge until just before the reception.
Project By: Victoria Hudgins
Photos By: Prokopets StudiosWarm Fall Décor: The further we step into fall, the more we are lead towards cozy fabrics and décor that evokes warmth. Engraving wood is a perfect way to bring the feeling of fall to life in your wedding, and it's easier than you'd think! Floral Centers & Escort Cards: Here we'll show you how to make engraved centerpieces and matching wooden escort cards. Materials: A simple wood engraver (available for under $20 at Michaels). Wood to engrave, buy or make your own wooden boxes to hold florals Wooden seating cards (a stack of 25 is in the dollar section at JoAnn's this season... hooray!) Small floral foam to place inside your centerpiece boxes. Directions: 1. Start with a pencil and outline the number or design you would like to make. Erase any misprints until you have a good line to follow. Then, heat up your engraver until you start to see smoke! 2. Begin tracing your pencil line, or freehand engrave if you are brave. Your will need to press down quite hard to get a deep continuous line. If your line is dotty, simply go over the tracing a second time, pressing more firmly. You should get the hang of it pretty quickly. 3. Once your engraving is done, wet down the floral foam and place flowers of your choice inside each box. Escort Card Concept: We love the idea of placing the seating cards on a chalkboard surface. Engrave a table number on each wooden tag and write in your guest's name alongside it. Warning: this new found skill is addicting, you will soon be engraving every piece of wood you can find! Project By: Victoria Hudgins Photos By: Prokopets Studios
Photo: Ben Q. Photography
Incorporating nature is a simple, environmentally conscious and budget-friendly way to give your wedding decor a unique, fresh look. Here are ten natural materials that make perfectly lovely wedding decorations!
Photos (from left): Jen Huang, Langdon Photography
Hypericum berries, snowberries and berzillia berries are all great choices for incorporating natural color and texture.
Photos (from left): Perez Photography, Ryan Ray
Give your ceremony and reception a rustic touch by adding moss to your altar or tablescape.
Photos (from left): Rachwal Photography, Birds of a Feather Events
Use birch pillars of varied heights to hold tea lights or votive candles, or wrap sheets of bark around vases for cool, woodsy centerpieces.
Photos (from left): Dixie Pixel, Abby Jiu
Feathers bring a bit of edgy glamour to your wedding decor. We love this fun ostrich feather chandelier and these lovely peacock feather aisle markers!
Photos (from left): Troy Grover Photographers, Leila Brewster
Grass is wonderful for displaying stationery like escort cards, place cards and table numbers.
Photos (from left): Heather Ann Photography and Design, Katelyn James
Group toparies of various shapes and sizes for elegant centerpieces, or adorn entryways with simple boxwood wreaths.
Photos (from left): onelove Photography, Rylee Hitchner
Drape greenery garlands around tables or chairs for a fresh, ethereal look.
Photos (from left): Taylor Lord, Paula O'Hara
Fragrant dried herbs are a perfect decorative choice for a wedding set in the countryside, garden or vineyard.
Photos (from left): Leila Brewster, Heather Ann Photography and Design
Gnarled, bare branches look pretty on their own, and can also be great for hanging guest notes, escort cards, votives, crystals and flowers!
Photos (from left): Lane Dittoe, Gabriela Ines
Accent your tablescapes with bright fruit for a fun burst of color and a hint of the season!
Whether you're having 50 guests or 250 guests, escort cards don't just help them find their seats; they help start a conversation. Need inspiration? Right this way:
Photo: Krista A. Jones Photography
Picture Frame - String escort cards within a picture frame to create a old-world, European vibe.
Photos (from left to right): Orange Turtle Photography and Erin Lindsey Images
Bulltetin Board - Use different textures and shapes like fabric flowers and hearts pinned to bulletin boards.
Photos (from left to right): Richard Ellis Photography and Annie Robert Photography
Windows- Transform a window using a white paint pen to write guests' names and table numbers.
Photo: Gray Photography
Tree Bark - Place escort cards into scored tree logs to fit your rustic theme.
Photos (from left to right): onelove photography and Ashley Rose Photography
Vintage Keys - Wrap ribbon around keys to fit your vintage theme.
Photo: Sarah Maren Photographers
Puzzle Pieces - Entertain your guests by giving each one a piece to your engagement picture puzzle.
Photo: Jeff Loves Jessica
Clothespins - Hang escort cards (or even photos) from clothespins within two wooden ladders.
Photos (from left to right): Sharon Elizabeth Photography and Kurt Boomer Photo
Shutters - Sit shabby-chic shutters upright in a zig-zag pattern with escort cards in between slats.
Photo: Taylor Whitham Photography
Wine Corks - Collect wine bottle corks leading up to your big day and re-purpose as escort card holders.
Photo: Paige Winn Photo
1. Red Velvet - The perfect compromise if the bride likes vanilla, but the groom likes chocolate. Why? Because it's a good in-between option guests will love as long as you don't forget the cream cheese frosting!
2. Chocolate Devil's Food - Do you consider yourself a "chocoholic?" If so, go big or go home with chocolate devil's food cake layered with chocolate ganache, mocha mousse, or even fudge filling.
3. Lemon Cake - Since wedding season is at its busiest during the summer months of June through August, it's no wonder that a citrus-flavored cake is the most refreshing on guests' palettes. Adding fresh fruit like strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, or cherries are always a nice complement too.
4. Yellow Butter Cake - You can't go wrong with the most traditional of them all. This basic flavor is paired best with a light, cream filling.
5. Coconut Cake - Having a destination wedding? Instead of sippin' on tropical cocktails, give your guests an oh-so recognizable flavor textured onto each tier.
6. Champagne Cake - Ask your cake baker to add some bubbly to the batter instead of water to create a showstopping statement piece of wedding cake.
7. Spice Cake - A harvest pick (combined with apples and caramel, of course) is perfect for a fall wedding set inside a rustic venue like a barn, farm, or ranch.
8. Carrot Cake - If you're having a multitude of assorted cakes on your dessert display, opt for an unexpected flavor like this one.
9. Banana Walnut Cake - A brunch reception isn't complete without this wake-me-up favorite.
10. Funfetti Cake - Get whimsical with a non-frosted wedding cake that showcases sprinkles galore!
Photo by Jose Villa
Planning a wedding in a barn, on a farm, or in the countryside? Create a picture-perfect scene with our ten favorite rustic wedding decor ideas!
1. Grapevine Wreaths
Photos by (from left): Karena Dixon, Allison Davis
Dress up the branches with flowers, ribbons, or greenery for a pretty, personal touch.
Photos by (from left): Katelyn James, Jose Villa
Hay bales are great for creating unique displays or festive seating arrangements.
Photos by (from left): Amy Arrington, Jen Huang
Go with loose arrangements of wildflowers like larkspur, waxflower, phlox, daisies, bluebells or buttercups for that relaxed, freshly picked look.
Photos by (from left): Leila Brewster, Anne Brookshire
Burlap is a great way to incorporate natural texture into your wedding decor. Use it for table runners, aisle markers, bunting, favor bags, signs...the possiblities are endless!
Photo by Mastin Studio
Draping is a great way to bring warmth and personality to a raw space, especially when you are working with lofted ceilings, as is often the case with a rustic venue.
6. Birch Bark
Photos by (from left): Carlie Statsky, Hazelnut Photography
Wrap sheets of birch bark around vases, candles, or buckets for beautiful rustic centerpieces.
Photos by (from left): Shaun & Skyla Walton, Gina & Ryan Photography
Use chalkboards in lieu of paper for unique wedding signs, menu boards, chair signs, table numbers, escort cards, place cards, and more.
8. Galvanized Buckets
Photos by (from left): Tanja Lippert, Leslee Mitchell
Set a relaxed countryside scene with tin buckets spilling over with wildflowers.
9. Tree Stump Tables
Photos by (from left): Anne Nunn, Michelle Cross
We love these fun, creative accent tables for cocktail lounges and decorative displays!
10. Grapevine Balls
Photos by (from left): Jess + Nate Studios, Elyse Hall
Grapevine balls are great for rustic ceiling decor, aisle markers, centerpieces and more. Dress them up with string lights, flowers, or ribbons for a unique look.
For more rustic wedding inspiration, don't miss our Rustic Wedding Decor Ideas board!
Project and Photos by Brittni Mehlhoff
Create a unique groomsmen gift for the wedding party, or your groom, with these customized rustic wood coasters. They're really easy to create and make for a special and useful gift. Here's how to make your own set of wood burned coasters.
Materials:wood coasters, like these wood burning tool set (available on Amazon) alphabet hot stamps (available on Amazon)
1. To create custom nameplate coaster, screw on the first letter of the name you want to stamp, to the wood burning tool. Then plug in and turn on and wait 3-5 minutes for the stamp to heat up.
2. Now that the tool has had time to heat up, stamp the first letter onto your coaster, leaving the stamp in place for 3-5 seconds before lifting straight up.
3. Turn the wood burning tool off and wait for it to cool down. Then replace the letter you just used with the next letter in the name. Turn the tool on again and wait for it to heat back up. Once the tool has had time to heat back up, stamp the letter onto the coaster, just as you did with the first letter in the name.
4. Repeat step 3 until the entire name has been spelled out. Note: To create a monogram instead, simply use the same letter over and over again, for a variation of looks from coaster to coaster.
5. Wrap with a bow, if desired, and you have a great, inexpensive groom or groomsmen gift.
These coasters would be a thoughtful detail at a wedding reception, as well as a great place for people to put down drinks. Monogram them with the bride and grooms initials or wedding date and you're all set.
9 cute and creative ways to serve your cocktails -- Cheers!
Photo by: Michelle Warren
Water infused with mint, cucumber, and lemon -- sounds delish!
Photo by: Love Life Images
Rosemary lemonade and peach iced tea displayed in an antique white cabinet -- does an outdoor reception get any more chic than this?
Photo by: M. Norwood Photogrpahy
Does it get more refreshing than classic lemonade in the summer?
Photo by: Anjuli
Going for more of an indie, DIY vibe? Store your spirits in vintage crates.
Photo by: Hudson Nichols Photography
We love how Jessica and Matt repurposed an old cabinet to hold their beverage supplies.
Photo by: Karen Wise
Serve big batch punches in wide mouth jars. Don't forget the ladles!
Photo by: Neuschafer Photography
Don't think we'll ever get tired of mason jar mugs and striped straws.
Photo by: Jordan Ferney
A rainbow display of old fashioned sodas instantly doubles as reception favors.
Photo by: Katelyn James Photography
Mini chalkboards and log displays are the perfect finishing touches for a rustic beverage station.