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  • Photos By: Victoria Hudgins

      Looking for a way to add splashes of color to walls, doors, and chairs? These fringe tissue wreaths are just the thing; they'd also make a pretty and inexpensive backdrop.     Easy to make, an entire batch can be created in one evening. They are bright, colorful and easy on the eyes. Depending on what you'll be using them for, make them in large or small sizes.     Materials: Tissue Paper Floral Wire Scissors Needle and Thread or Sewing Machine Hot Glue Gun     Step One: Start with a length of 6 tissue papers stacked together. For medium sized wreaths, simply cut down the horizontal length of a stack of tissue paper. Split the lengths into two piles, shiny side down. To make miniature wreaths, cut that length in half. To make an extra large wreath, connect tissue lengths together with glue or thread.     Step Two: Glue a length of floral wire down the center of the stack and combine your two stacks together. This wire gives the wreaths the weight they need to take shape.     Step Three: Begin sewing the tissue stack together. Note: A sewing machine makes this project go much quicker! If you don't have one, it works fine to hand stitch the pieces together. Do a zigzag stitch directly down the center, over the floral wire.     Step Four: Cut in from both sides of the tissue towards the center of the stack. Cut in about 1/4 inch intervals down the length of the tissue.     Step Five: Separate the fringe and shape into form. A wreath looks lovely, you could also make a heart or other shape, as you like.     Display Idea: Hang the wreaths from a stand or hook, like shown here.     Display Idea: To hang from a wall, attach a length of fishing line around the top of the wreath.     Display Idea: Make miniatures to string around favor boxes!      
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  • Project and Photos By: Chelsea Fuss

    For the bride who loves the seaside, tradition, and classic, clean lines, this might be just the right bouquet! It's easy to make and costs around $45. Another great thing about this recipe is that the flowers are available year round!     Supplies: flower clippers twine scissors ribbon bucket with water vase full-length mirror   Flower Recipe: 5 open white roses (make sure they aren't all the way open because they will open quickly once the bouquet is made). 8 white hydrangeas     Step One: Remove the leaves from the roses and the lower leaves from the hydrangeas. Keep the leaves at the top of the hydrangea stems as they will help frame the bouquet.     Step Two: Gather three hydrangeas in one hand (tip: in the left hand if you are right-handed or vice versa).     Step Three: Add a group of roses, each stem at varying heights. Fill in the holes with hydrangeas.     Step Four: Hold the bouquet in front of you and look in a full-length mirror to make sure that the shape is how you like it. Make any adjustments and tie with twine.     Step Five: Clip the stems short.     Keep in a vase in a fridge (away from fruit and food) and add the ribbon a few hours before your ceremony!  
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    Project and Photos by: Carly Taylor     These balls come together quickly and can be made in any color you desire. They are more substantial than confetti or rice and will lend a fabulously festive touch to your goodbye.     The materials: small styrofoam balls (can be purchased at craft stores) yarn glue scissors
      The process: Using a dab of glue, attach on end of your chosen color of yarn to the styrofoam ball.
      Begin wrapping the yarn around and wrap it completely until you've covered the entire ball.
      Cut the yarn once the ball is covered and using a second dab of glue, secure the end of the yarn to the ball. 
      Gather in a group of pretty bowls with a note to take a handful and shower the bride and groom with a colorful goodbye.
      Enjoy!
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  • Add a pop of personality to your wedding with this fun and funky pattern!

    1. Getting Ready Robes

    Photo by Erin Harris Photography 

    We're obsessed with this adorable robes! Hint: they'd also make great bridesmaid gifts. 

    2. Playful Cake

    Photos by Erica O'Brien Cake Design and Sweet and Saucy Shop

    Add a playful tone to your dessert display by decorating it with this fun pattern!

    3. Stand-Out Invitations

    Photo by Jose Villa

    Grab your guests' attention right from the start by setting a cheerful tone!

    4. Decorative Lawn Games

    Photo by Katelyn James Photography and Stephanie N Baker Photography

    Decorate your lawn games to match the theme of your wedding!

    5. Groomsmen Ties

    Photo by Linczak Photography 

    We have to admit we love this funky look for groomsmen! 

    6. Decor Extras

    Photos by Lindsay Docherty Photography

    Throw in a chevron pattern wherever you can! From cupcake toppers to silverware, these pattern pops are sure to add something special to your decor. 

    7. Creative Aisle Runner

    Photo by Kurt Boomer Photography

    Instead of randomly strewning flower petals about, draw some inspiration from this picture and creative a chevron design instead.

    8. Patterned Bridal Gown

    Gowns by Hayley Paige; Photos by Dan Lecca

    This new dress trend is perfect for a fashion-forward bride looking to add a playful element to her bridal look. 

    9. Bold Escort Cards

    Photo by Genesa Richards Photography

    We love the graphic statement this escort card makes!

    10. Preppy Gifts

    Photo by Katelyn James Photography 

    Such a great idea to gift these cute clutches to your 'maids. The chevron pattern paired with the monogramming makes it oh-so-preppy! 

    11. Chic Table Runners

    Photos by Kristina Cipolla Photography and EE Photography

    Make your tablescape stand out with a patterned table runner!

    NEXT: 10 Sea-Inspired Wedding Details We Love

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  • There's nothing more rewarding than showcasing a photographer's works of art, especially real weddings. And over the past few years, we have published hundreds if not thousands of them. Seasons may have come and gone, but only these top 10 have caught our eyes with the coolest and craziest themes. Check out our favorites of all time below:  

    Circus - Laurel and Kevin wanted to bring the show to their own backyard complete with a unicycle performer for the dance floor, clown noses for the photo booth, and popcorn and peanuts for late-night snacks. See more here >>

    Photo: Ely Fair Photography

    Kentucky Derby - Shana and Bryan were married on "Derby Day." Guests were asked to wear hats, bet on horse races, and sip on signature raspberry mint juleps. See more here >>

    Photo: Leslie Barbaro Photography

    Great Gatsby - Ashley and Devin played Baz Luhrmann's version of The Great Gatsby at the reception for guests to watch. See more here >>

    Photos (from left to right): Rebecca Yale Portraits 

    Doctor Who - Courtney and Cory showcased their fandom for the British science-fiction television series Doctor Who. Hence, why you see all the different police call box decor. See more here >>

    Photos (from left to right): Catie Bartlett Photography

    Midsummer Night's Dream - Sheila and Dave's event planner suggested the Midsummer Night's Dream theme by bringing the outside in the tent with 25 live trees and twinkle lights. See more here >>

    Photo: Gene Higa Photography

    Library - Abbie and Jason felt the need to say, "I do" at their local bookstore amongst a sea of shelves. No extra decorations were required! See more here >>

    Photo: Priyanca Rao Photography 

    Camp - Erica Marie and Michael's first weekend trip together was camping, so it only felt suitable to have their wedding at a similar location. See more here >>

     

    Photo: Looking Glass Photography

    Cooking - Nancy and Brett love to cook and bake together. Kitchen-inspired utsensils also served double-duty as favors. See more here >>

    Photo: Tia & Claire Studio

    Rock 'n' Roll - Lyndsay and Andrew wanted their wedding centered around music records. Each table was named after a specific song. See more here >>

    Photo: Jeff + Amber 

    East Meets Midwest - Megan and Kevin combined their hometown roots to showcase a beach venue with BBQ fare. See more here >>

    Photo: Joshua Zuckerman Photography

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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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  • 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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  • Photo: This Modern Romance 

    Photo booths are all the hype at weddings, and why not? They keep your guests entertained! Here's our step-by-step guide to make your own. 

    Materials Needed:

    Digital point-and-shoot camera Camera tripod  Remote shutter release  Backdrop Props 

    The Camera - Place a digital point-and-shoot camera on top of an extended tripod at eye level, turn on the flash and connect a remote shutter release so guests can take their own photos. 

    Photos (from left to right): This Modern Romance and Anjuli 

    The Backdrop - Pick a piece of fabric that you can hang. If you're having an indoor wedding, pin it to a wall, or if you're having an outdoor wedding hang from curtain rods, secure with rope, and nail into the ground. 

    Photos (from left to right): Shelly Kroeger Photography and Birds of a Feather

    The Props - Go on a scavenger hunt! Use props from your own home (like scarves, hats, glasses, frames). Or make your own from paper (lips, mustaches, ties). Even provide chalkboards or dry erase boards for guests to write messages on. 

    Photo: This Modern Romance 

    The Location - Choose an area that doesn't get crowded in the reception, but is still easily accessible. 

    Photo: This Modern Romance

    The Extras - After the wedding is all said and done, you're back from your honeymoon, and all the gifts are unwrapped and put away, go through the camera's SD card and save the ones you'd like to put into an album. Those memories will last a lifetime! 

     

     

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  • By: Victoria Hudgins

    This DIY packaging is a fresh and modern way to present small favors to guests.         Fill each cocoon with something fun to keep your guests busy (like these bright and nostalgic finger pops) and something sweet to snack on.   Materials: 1/2 craft glue- 1/2 water mixture Large spool of embroidery thread Balloons (1 balloon for every 2 favors)   Instructions:   1. Blow up your balloons and tie a length of thread to the end of the balloon.   2. Begin wrapping thread around the balloon, the messier the wrap the better.   3. Once you have a good covering over the entire balloon, dip a brush into the glue mixture and coat the entire balloon. Hang the balloon by its end to dry. Note: You could also use liquid fabric stiffener for this step in the project, just fill a large bowl and completely dip your wrapped balloons in.     4. Once dry, cut the balloon in half at the center width. Each balloon will make two separate cocoon wraps.      5. Gently pop each balloon and pull away from the fabric. Fill your wraps and tie together with a ribbon and simple tag.     6. Rest each favor on a place setting for a creative, modern touch.  
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    By: Danyelle Mathews   Creating charming escort cards for your wedding doesn't have to take a lot of time or resources. Simply gather a few basic, inexpensive supplies to produce this budget-savvy, casual-chic concept.      Supplies: Manilla shipping tags Chalkboard paint Foam paintbrush   Step One Arrange your tags on a large work surface     Step Two Dip the foam paintbrush into the chalkboard paint and apply one brushstroke to each tag.     Step Three Allow the paint to dry completely, then write guests names and seating information on the tags with chalk.     Step Four Display the tags using a fabric backdrop, coordinating yarn or string and wooden clothespins.     {Photos by: Danyelle Matthews}
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  • Photos By: Victoria Hudgins

      Looking for a way to add splashes of color to walls, doors, and chairs? These fringe tissue wreaths are just the thing; they'd also make a pretty and inexpensive backdrop.     Easy to make, an entire batch can be created in one evening. They are bright, colorful and easy on the eyes. Depending on what you'll be using them for, make them in large or small sizes.     Materials: Tissue Paper Floral Wire Scissors Needle and Thread or Sewing Machine Hot Glue Gun     Step One: Start with a length of 6 tissue papers stacked together. For medium sized wreaths, simply cut down the horizontal length of a stack of tissue paper. Split the lengths into two piles, shiny side down. To make miniature wreaths, cut that length in half. To make an extra large wreath, connect tissue lengths together with glue or thread.     Step Two: Glue a length of floral wire down the center of the stack and combine your two stacks together. This wire gives the wreaths the weight they need to take shape.     Step Three: Begin sewing the tissue stack together. Note: A sewing machine makes this project go much quicker! If you don't have one, it works fine to hand stitch the pieces together. Do a zigzag stitch directly down the center, over the floral wire.     Step Four: Cut in from both sides of the tissue towards the center of the stack. Cut in about 1/4 inch intervals down the length of the tissue.     Step Five: Separate the fringe and shape into form. A wreath looks lovely, you could also make a heart or other shape, as you like.     Display Idea: Hang the wreaths from a stand or hook, like shown here.     Display Idea: To hang from a wall, attach a length of fishing line around the top of the wreath.     Display Idea: Make miniatures to string around favor boxes!      
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  • Project and Photos By: Chelsea Fuss

    For the bride who loves the seaside, tradition, and classic, clean lines, this might be just the right bouquet! It's easy to make and costs around $45. Another great thing about this recipe is that the flowers are available year round!     Supplies: flower clippers twine scissors ribbon bucket with water vase full-length mirror   Flower Recipe: 5 open white roses (make sure they aren't all the way open because they will open quickly once the bouquet is made). 8 white hydrangeas     Step One: Remove the leaves from the roses and the lower leaves from the hydrangeas. Keep the leaves at the top of the hydrangea stems as they will help frame the bouquet.     Step Two: Gather three hydrangeas in one hand (tip: in the left hand if you are right-handed or vice versa).     Step Three: Add a group of roses, each stem at varying heights. Fill in the holes with hydrangeas.     Step Four: Hold the bouquet in front of you and look in a full-length mirror to make sure that the shape is how you like it. Make any adjustments and tie with twine.     Step Five: Clip the stems short.     Keep in a vase in a fridge (away from fruit and food) and add the ribbon a few hours before your ceremony!  
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    Project and Photos by: Carly Taylor     These balls come together quickly and can be made in any color you desire. They are more substantial than confetti or rice and will lend a fabulously festive touch to your goodbye.     The materials: small styrofoam balls (can be purchased at craft stores) yarn glue scissors
      The process: Using a dab of glue, attach on end of your chosen color of yarn to the styrofoam ball.
      Begin wrapping the yarn around and wrap it completely until you've covered the entire ball.
      Cut the yarn once the ball is covered and using a second dab of glue, secure the end of the yarn to the ball. 
      Gather in a group of pretty bowls with a note to take a handful and shower the bride and groom with a colorful goodbye.
      Enjoy!
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  • Add a pop of personality to your wedding with this fun and funky pattern!

    1. Getting Ready Robes

    Photo by Erin Harris Photography 

    We're obsessed with this adorable robes! Hint: they'd also make great bridesmaid gifts. 

    2. Playful Cake

    Photos by Erica O'Brien Cake Design and Sweet and Saucy Shop

    Add a playful tone to your dessert display by decorating it with this fun pattern!

    3. Stand-Out Invitations

    Photo by Jose Villa

    Grab your guests' attention right from the start by setting a cheerful tone!

    4. Decorative Lawn Games

    Photo by Katelyn James Photography and Stephanie N Baker Photography

    Decorate your lawn games to match the theme of your wedding!

    5. Groomsmen Ties

    Photo by Linczak Photography 

    We have to admit we love this funky look for groomsmen! 

    6. Decor Extras

    Photos by Lindsay Docherty Photography

    Throw in a chevron pattern wherever you can! From cupcake toppers to silverware, these pattern pops are sure to add something special to your decor. 

    7. Creative Aisle Runner

    Photo by Kurt Boomer Photography

    Instead of randomly strewning flower petals about, draw some inspiration from this picture and creative a chevron design instead.

    8. Patterned Bridal Gown

    Gowns by Hayley Paige; Photos by Dan Lecca

    This new dress trend is perfect for a fashion-forward bride looking to add a playful element to her bridal look. 

    9. Bold Escort Cards

    Photo by Genesa Richards Photography

    We love the graphic statement this escort card makes!

    10. Preppy Gifts

    Photo by Katelyn James Photography 

    Such a great idea to gift these cute clutches to your 'maids. The chevron pattern paired with the monogramming makes it oh-so-preppy! 

    11. Chic Table Runners

    Photos by Kristina Cipolla Photography and EE Photography

    Make your tablescape stand out with a patterned table runner!

    NEXT: 10 Sea-Inspired Wedding Details We Love

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  • There's nothing more rewarding than showcasing a photographer's works of art, especially real weddings. And over the past few years, we have published hundreds if not thousands of them. Seasons may have come and gone, but only these top 10 have caught our eyes with the coolest and craziest themes. Check out our favorites of all time below:  

    Circus - Laurel and Kevin wanted to bring the show to their own backyard complete with a unicycle performer for the dance floor, clown noses for the photo booth, and popcorn and peanuts for late-night snacks. See more here >>

    Photo: Ely Fair Photography

    Kentucky Derby - Shana and Bryan were married on "Derby Day." Guests were asked to wear hats, bet on horse races, and sip on signature raspberry mint juleps. See more here >>

    Photo: Leslie Barbaro Photography

    Great Gatsby - Ashley and Devin played Baz Luhrmann's version of The Great Gatsby at the reception for guests to watch. See more here >>

    Photos (from left to right): Rebecca Yale Portraits 

    Doctor Who - Courtney and Cory showcased their fandom for the British science-fiction television series Doctor Who. Hence, why you see all the different police call box decor. See more here >>

    Photos (from left to right): Catie Bartlett Photography

    Midsummer Night's Dream - Sheila and Dave's event planner suggested the Midsummer Night's Dream theme by bringing the outside in the tent with 25 live trees and twinkle lights. See more here >>

    Photo: Gene Higa Photography

    Library - Abbie and Jason felt the need to say, "I do" at their local bookstore amongst a sea of shelves. No extra decorations were required! See more here >>

    Photo: Priyanca Rao Photography 

    Camp - Erica Marie and Michael's first weekend trip together was camping, so it only felt suitable to have their wedding at a similar location. See more here >>

     

    Photo: Looking Glass Photography

    Cooking - Nancy and Brett love to cook and bake together. Kitchen-inspired utsensils also served double-duty as favors. See more here >>

    Photo: Tia & Claire Studio

    Rock 'n' Roll - Lyndsay and Andrew wanted their wedding centered around music records. Each table was named after a specific song. See more here >>

    Photo: Jeff + Amber 

    East Meets Midwest - Megan and Kevin combined their hometown roots to showcase a beach venue with BBQ fare. See more here >>

    Photo: Joshua Zuckerman Photography

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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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  • 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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  • Photo: This Modern Romance 

    Photo booths are all the hype at weddings, and why not? They keep your guests entertained! Here's our step-by-step guide to make your own. 

    Materials Needed:

    Digital point-and-shoot camera Camera tripod  Remote shutter release  Backdrop Props 

    The Camera - Place a digital point-and-shoot camera on top of an extended tripod at eye level, turn on the flash and connect a remote shutter release so guests can take their own photos. 

    Photos (from left to right): This Modern Romance and Anjuli 

    The Backdrop - Pick a piece of fabric that you can hang. If you're having an indoor wedding, pin it to a wall, or if you're having an outdoor wedding hang from curtain rods, secure with rope, and nail into the ground. 

    Photos (from left to right): Shelly Kroeger Photography and Birds of a Feather

    The Props - Go on a scavenger hunt! Use props from your own home (like scarves, hats, glasses, frames). Or make your own from paper (lips, mustaches, ties). Even provide chalkboards or dry erase boards for guests to write messages on. 

    Photo: This Modern Romance 

    The Location - Choose an area that doesn't get crowded in the reception, but is still easily accessible. 

    Photo: This Modern Romance

    The Extras - After the wedding is all said and done, you're back from your honeymoon, and all the gifts are unwrapped and put away, go through the camera's SD card and save the ones you'd like to put into an album. Those memories will last a lifetime! 

     

     

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  • By: Victoria Hudgins

    This DIY packaging is a fresh and modern way to present small favors to guests.         Fill each cocoon with something fun to keep your guests busy (like these bright and nostalgic finger pops) and something sweet to snack on.   Materials: 1/2 craft glue- 1/2 water mixture Large spool of embroidery thread Balloons (1 balloon for every 2 favors)   Instructions:   1. Blow up your balloons and tie a length of thread to the end of the balloon.   2. Begin wrapping thread around the balloon, the messier the wrap the better.   3. Once you have a good covering over the entire balloon, dip a brush into the glue mixture and coat the entire balloon. Hang the balloon by its end to dry. Note: You could also use liquid fabric stiffener for this step in the project, just fill a large bowl and completely dip your wrapped balloons in.     4. Once dry, cut the balloon in half at the center width. Each balloon will make two separate cocoon wraps.      5. Gently pop each balloon and pull away from the fabric. Fill your wraps and tie together with a ribbon and simple tag.     6. Rest each favor on a place setting for a creative, modern touch.  
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    By: Danyelle Mathews   Creating charming escort cards for your wedding doesn't have to take a lot of time or resources. Simply gather a few basic, inexpensive supplies to produce this budget-savvy, casual-chic concept.      Supplies: Manilla shipping tags Chalkboard paint Foam paintbrush   Step One Arrange your tags on a large work surface     Step Two Dip the foam paintbrush into the chalkboard paint and apply one brushstroke to each tag.     Step Three Allow the paint to dry completely, then write guests names and seating information on the tags with chalk.     Step Four Display the tags using a fabric backdrop, coordinating yarn or string and wooden clothespins.     {Photos by: Danyelle Matthews}
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