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Project and Photos by Brittni Mehlhoff Boutonnieres may seem intimidating to make, but they're actually one of the easiest flower DIYs you can tackle for a wedding. They are small, which means you don't need many flowers, and they're quick to make once you get the hang of it. So why not make your own for a fraction of the price that you would spend for a florist to do it for you?You can even use flowers from the grocery store. Supplies: Scissors Tulips Solidago Monte Casino Floral Tape Ribbon Straight Pin How-To: 1. Start by removing all the lower leaves from the solidago and monte casino. Then cut the stems down to 5-7 inches. 2. Now, begin assembling the boutonnieres. Start with the solidago, as a base. Then add a tulip, crossing the stem of the tulip and solidago, like an X. Next, add the monte casino. 3. Wrap all of the stems with floral tape to secure the bout, starting about one inch down from the lowest bloom. 4. Cut the excess stems off, straight across, 1-2 inches down from the floral tape. 5. Add a ribbon and keep a straight pin handy for pinning onto the groom and groomsmen before the ceremony. Keep stems in a shallow dish of water until ready to use. About $12 worth of flowers from the local grocery store, makes 7-10 boutonnieres, which means the cost is less than $2 per boutonniere.
After a whirlwind long weekend, another Bridal Fashion Week has come and gone. Want to see all the new dresses? Head right here. More concerned with catching up on the highlights? No problem—scroll down for the gowns that kept us talking long after the models exited the catwalk.
1. Best Boho Look
Gown by Watters
Feels a little like something out of a Free People catalog, don't ya think? Between the sleeves, soft lace skirt, and buttons down the front, this gown was a forward-thinking surprise from Watters, and an delightful nod to the hippie-leaning girls of the West Coast.
2. Best Ball Gown
Gown by Angel Sanchez
Architectural, interesting, and unique. . . but not just for uniqueness's sake. We can always count on Angel to tranform minimal basics into something special, and this airy, full-skirted dress is no exception.
3. Best City Hall / Reception Dress
Gown by Isabelle Armstrong
Formal on top, playful on bottom—this ostrich feather sheath is everything we want in a fun, flirty LWD. Added bonus: a bow on the back of the belt!
4. Best Minimalism
Gown by Amsale
Sometimes, the simplest statements are the loudest. Case in point: this gown. The flawless cut and thick fabric make it a blank canvas for some seriously amazing accessories, but it stands just as strong on its own.
5. Most Intricate
Gown by Naeem Khan
This award could actually go to Khan's entire collection. But here, I mean, helllooooo attention to detail. You could be rocking three inch spectacles and still make out those laser cuts.
6. Best Breezy Beach Style
Gown by Nicole Miller
We return to Nicole Miller time and time again for easy, comfortable gowns that maintain a sense of glamour. This Grecian style is simple in the front and majorly blinged out in the back, but (thanks to full-coverage illusion netting) doesn't require a lot of fuss to put on. Which means more dancing for you!
7. Most Artistic
Gown By Elizabeth Fillmore
Presenting "Degas" by Elizabeth Fillmore. See that watercolor peplum? It's completely detatchable.
Gown by Reem Acra
With two white satin ribbons and a corresponding sash, the always glam Reem Acra morphs her signature style into something with just the right hint of athleticism. We were surprised, and we loved it!
9. Coolest Cut-Outs
Gown by Simone Carvalli
Street styles are creeping into bridal designs more than ever before, and we can't say we're mad about it. This cutout style is definitely not for the blushing bride, but why the heck not wear it for a glam ceremony someplace tropical?
10. Best Crop Top
Gown by Theia
How cute, cute, cute is this look? It's playful yet provides enough coverage to still feel bridal.
11. Most Regal
Gown by Sareh Nouri
Want to feel like Kate Middleton on your wedding day? (Who doesn't want to feel like Kate Middleton on their wedding day?) The topper on this Sareh Nouri gown was constructed by Sophie Hallette, the same house that worked on the lace for the Duchess of Cambridge's gown.
12. Best Embellishment
Gown by Jenny Packham
First off, major props to Jenny Packham for sending a full-figured girl as gorgeous as this first down the runway. Secondly, no one mixes metallics and whimsical lace quite like the Brit. It feels like she just stepped out of a fairy tale.
13. Best Mermaid
Gown by Monique Lhuillier
Between the beautifully shirred faux-wrap bodice and the blooming rosettes on bottom, this gown is a venerable work of art. Bravo, Lhuillier. Bravo.
14. Best New Direction
Gown by Jean-Ralph Thurin
Traditionally, wedding dresses are all about being light, airy, and lacey. We love that Thurin consistently makes a purposeful pivot from this direction, styling his gowns with prominent seams, straight lines, and little adornment. Done in a soft blush, this is definitely a direction we're excited about for formal wedding dresses—it feels very sophisticated and high-fashion.
15. Most Futuristic
Gown by Romona Keveza
If Vogue ever decided to do a Star Trek issue, we bet this gown would be on the cover. Also, it's impossible to decide what's cooler—the shoulder cutouts or the gold belt.
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By: Sarah Zlotnick
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
1. The Feather
We love this look for a glam or vintage chic wedding. It also looks best when your hair is all the way up in a tight chignon.
2. The Flower
If you're having a destination wedding, this hair style is perfect. We recommend a tighter up-do and that you choose a flower size that doesn't take over the look, but accentuates it.
3. A little Bling
You can have with this look for truly any wedding style. Go with a lot of bling for a glam look, or a more beaded hair pin for a understated classic feel.
Photo by Jose Villa
Having an outdoor ceremony presents a unique opportunity for couples to get a little creative with the seating. Depending on your venue and the number of guests you're working with, breaking away from traditional seating can be the perfect way to bring a little extra style and personality to the ceremony decor. Get inspired with these ten unique ceremony seating ideas.
Photos by (from left): Jemma Keech, Jenelle Kepple
Add a decorative touch (and extra comfort!) with some throw pillows that match your wedding style and color scheme.
Photo by Jessica Claire
We love the look and "homey" feel of accent tables placed between pairs of cushioned ottomans.
3. Floor Cushions
Photo courtesy of Glow Weddings and Events
If you're working with a soft ground like a beach or grassy field, consider placing floor cushions on top of picnic blankets for a relaxed vibe.
4. Upholstered Furniture
Photos by Ryan Ray
Mix chairs and sofas of different shapes and styles, upholstered in fabrics of various colors and textures, for a vintage-glam look.
5. Lounge Furniture
Photos by KT Merry
Keep guests comfortable with plush lounge sofas a la this seaside ceremony!
6. Circular Arrangement
Photo by Jose Villa
Say your vows surrounded (literally!) by friends and family with an intimate circular layout.
7. Spiral Arrangement
Photos by (from left): Gideon Photography, Bellalu Photography
Create a long, winding aisle with this dramatic, stunning seating style!
Photo courtesy of Events of Distinction
Give your ceremony decor a modern edge by swapping out chairs for sleek cube ottoman poufs.
9. Hay Bales
Photos by (from left): Ryan Ray, Ulmer Studios
Bales of hay covered with pretty blankets or colorful quilts give rustic weddings a nice, festive touch!
10. Mix and Match
Photos by (from left): Jose Villa, Alixann Loosle
Pair long benches with an eclectic mix of chairs for a fun, unique look!
Spring is a time with warm weather, bright colors and gorgeous flowers—all perfect starting points for a gorgeous wedding beauty look! Here's eight of our favorite spring-inspired makeup ideas, complete with product recommendations to match.
1. Glowing Skin
Photo by Ryan Ray Photography
Luminous and glowing skin is always a good way to go—and highlighter is the secret to acheiving it. Its reflective properties can actually distract guests' eyes away from blemishes or any other skin imperfections. Get glowing skin like this with Tom Ford's Illuminating Powder ($75).
2. Vintage Glamour
Photo by The Nichols Photography
This bride channels old-Hollywood glam with her gorgeous liquid-lined eyes, peach-colored cheeks and bold red lips. We're loving this look paired with a lace gown and dangling earrings. Bring your inner Hollywood star to life with MAC's Liquidlast Liner ($20).
3. Flower Power
Photo by N.Barrett Photography
If you're donning a flower crown at your spring nuptials, take a lesson from this bride and incorporate the colors of your wreath into your beauty look. Her light purple cheeks and rose pink lips are a perfect match for her headpiece. Can't get enough floral inspiration? Primp with this porcelain floral compact mirror ($12).
4. Coral Lip
Photos by Jemma Keech Photography
No other hue says spring quite like coral does. Wear spring's favorite color on your lip for a brighter walk down the aisle. Try Givenchy's Le Rouge Lipstick in Rose Dressing ($36) for a similar look.
5. All That Glitters
Photo by Robyn Preston Photography
This bride glams up her springtime beauty look by using gold eyeshadow with a metallic finish. A tip: ease up on other make-up to ensure your eyes stand out. Get the look for your big day with Bobbi Brown's Metallic Long-Wear Cream Shadow in Goldstone ($25).
6. Pastel Palette
Photos by Feather & Twine Photography and Erich McVey Photography
Pastels are always a reliable shade during spring, so why not utilize them when creating your bridal beauty look? Classic girly shades such as pale purple and light pink are the perfect pair when it comes to complimentary coloring. For the perfect pastel palette see Yves Saint Laurent's Ombres 5 Lumieres 5 Palette ($58).
7. Lucious Lashes
Photo by Landon Jacob Photography
There's nothing more gorgeous than a set of long and lustful lashes. Whether they're natural or faux ones you applied yourself (click here to learn how), they'll accentuate your eyes and take your bridal beauty look to the next level. Get gorgeous lashes like hers with Dior's Diorshow Mascara in Rich Black ($25).
8. Pretty in Pink
Photo by Andi Mans Photography
This bridal beauty look exudes feminity and flirtation. The matching blush pink hue on her lips and cheeks creates a delicate, yet stunning spring tone. Get her pretty in pink look with NARS Blush in Orgasm ($30).
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The keys to planning an eco-friendly wedding? Reduce, reuse, and recycle! Or in other words make the Earth a very special guest. Here are 5 ways to go green:
Botanical Stationery - Send out invitations that are plantable -- that way guests can watch your love bloom for years to come -- or nix them altogether for Evites personalized through your wedding website.
Photo: William Innes Photography
Natural Fabrics - Avoid dressing your bridal party in fabrics that require dry-cleaning. Instead choose between cotton or linen that are less harsh on the environment. Your 'maids and 'men will thank you that they're more comfortable too.
Photo: Byron Loves Fawn
Organic Foods - Ask your caterer if they can provide vegan and gluten-free fare. If not, consider using local vendors or even farmer's markets. Have leftovers? Donate them to a nearby homeless shelter or soup kitchen.
Photos (from leff to right): Jennifer Kloss Photography and Oli Sansom
Greenery Galore - Decorate with your ceremony and reception with flowers such as succulents, eucalyptus, ferns, moss, herbs, or ivy vines.
Photo: Maxwell Monty Photography
Non-Traditional Transportation - Make a statement by exiting on a gas-free ride. Aka a tandem bicycle, horse drawn carriage, or if your near the water, a boat!
Photo: Mod Photography
Project and Photos by Brittni Mehlhoff
Surprise guests with a yummy treat to take home after the reception with these stylish mirrored glass favors that can be customized to your style. Add stripes, polka dots, or geometric shapes to plain glass bottles in minutes with this simple tutorial.
2. Now, cut tape stripes for the bottle. For thinner stripes, you may need to cut the tape lengthwise with scissors to get pieces of tape that are the width you want (about 1/2 inch wide). Or purchase a new roll of tape that is in the desired width you want to use.
3. Attach each tape stripe to the bottle securely, keeping about 3/4 inch apart from each other at bottom of bottle. I was able to attach 5 strips of tape to my bottle, evenly spaced apart.
4. Then completely cover the top of the lid with tape, to ensure that no spray paint will come into contact with the bottle opening, where candy will eventually be added.
5. Next, shake spray paint well, according to instructions, and spray the entire bottle with a thin coat of paint. Wait for it to dry and apply a second coat if necessary. Note: Use spray paint in well ventilated area. Looking Glass spray paint, especially, has very strong fumes. So it's best to work outside for this part.
6. Once the paint is completely dry, remove all the tape from the bottle.
7. Add small candy pieces and then plug the opening with a piece of cork.
8. Next, tie a wooden gift tag to the bottle with a piece of string. This is a great time to add a thank you stamp to the gift tag or add guests name and a table number for a favor that pulls double duty as an escort card as well.
9. Add a small sprig or two of seeded eucalyptus and you have a beautiful wedding favor for guests. Or switch the seeded eucalyptus out for any seasonal flower or greenery for a custom look, perfect for any season. This is a great place to add a pop of color as well, with a colorful spray or pretty ranunculus bloom.
Photo: Byron Loves Fawn
With the popularity of signature bride and groom drinks and "create your own" cocktail bars stocked with assorted accoutrements and garnishes, the beverage station concept has become just as decorative as it is functional. Styled drink displays are a big trend in weddings these days, and since it doesn't look like they're going away any time soon, we're here to shed a little light on the art of creating the perfect beverage station for your wedding reception. Check out some of these great ideas and choose a few of your favorites to implement for a gorgeous drink display!
Photos (from left): Matt Edge, Katelyn James
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Fancy Ice Buckets
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Infused Beverage Dispensers
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Fresh Fruit Embellishments
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