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  • Project Design By: Victoria Hudgins

    Photos By: Carly Taylor

    Using watercolor in your wedding can be an easy way to add both color and pretty artistic flair. Make drink tags, escort cards, or favor labels with these easy instructions.     Materials: You will need watercolor paints, paper tags, a white crayon, a paint brush and water.     Process: Write in your details on the paper tag with a white crayon. I did a combo of table numbers and simple words to show how each would look. Be sure to press firmly with the crayon.     A preview of the finished product. Loving this vibrant orange.     Dip your brush in the water and the paint, before stroking lightly over your tag.     Mix colors and do a couple coats to ensure good texture.
      The watercolors will not adhere to the wax portion of the tag where the crayon has left its mark.
      What a difference adding favor tags makes! Let dry and attach to your favor or item of choice!     Lastly, get creative and have fun!      Project Design By: Victoria Hudgins Photos By: Carly Taylor

     

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  • Photos By: Hank and Hunt

    Project By: Jenny Batt 

    Want to add a touch of whimsy to your wedding reception? Make these crepe paper pom garlands in matching shades and add pretty pops of color.

    Materials:

    Crepe paper flats Scissors Twine     Step One: Cut squares of crepe paper in the colors you like.  

    Step Two:

    Cut each set of squares into strips about ¾” wide.

      Step Three: Take each strip and pinch together in the middle. This step doesn’t take as long as you think it would and it makes it easier to get really fluffy poms. If you tie multiple together before pinching, you will possibly tear the paper when you fluff each pom later.     Step Four: Cut a long piece of twine for the garland. Set aside. Take about 20 pinched strips and tie together in the center.     Step Five: Tie each pom to the twine for the garland. Add as many or as few as you would like. Add pops of clashing colors for fun, too.     Tip: Enlist your friends and have a crafting party to make multiples of these, you'll be able to make a whole bunch in a small amount of time.        

     

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  • The perfect pink palette begins with your favorite shade of pink. This particular board encompasses both vibrant and soft pink colors. You can achieve a more modern look if you incoporate ombre elements, but for this particular palette we like the idea of the softer pink being the accent color. For an evening or more elegant affair, add a darker hue like deep plum, or even black. Make sure to use dark colors sparingly, as you don't want to take away from your beautiful pinks. 

     

    Dress by Amsale, Photo by Dan Lecca

    Save this photo for later | View pink bridesmaid dresses

     

    Bouquet Photo by: Presshaus LA

    Save this photo for later | View pink bouquet photos

     

    Centerpiece Photo by Calynn Berry, Event Coordinator: Courtney for Petals Planning Company

    Save this photo for later | View pink centerpieces

     

    Invitation Photo by Jemma Keech

    Save this photo for later | View more stationery ideas

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  • Your reception is the ultimate celebration when you and your new spouse dance, drink, and eat the night away.  From amazing architecture, stunning scenery, and one-of-a-kind decor, your reception space should include a wow factor. We've found 10 jaw-dropping receptions to inspire you.

    1. Outdoor Affair

    Photo by KT Merry Photography

    Talk about a gorgeous arrangement. Guests are seated around a reflecting pool on an outdoor terrace. The greenery and stunning views of the lake make this an ideal place to celebrate. 

     

    2. Elegant Barn

    Photo by June Lion Photography

    These gorgeous linens and floral centerpieces lend an elegant flair to an otherwise rustic venue. Dress up your barn with monogrammed letters and draping like the ones above. 

     

    3. Vineyard View

    Photo by Shelly Kroeger Photography

    With a view like this what's not to celebrate? The round tables arranged on the patio offer guests a wonderful view of the vineyard, which is gorgeous all lit up. 

     

    4. Glass Ceiling 

    Photo by Jonathan Young Weddings 

    What a beautiful way to let natural beauty into a reception space. We're loving the crystal clear view of the lush greenery outside and the blossoming centerpieces. 

     

    5. Indoor Intimacy 

    Photos by Stephanie Cristalli Photography

    Between the slate stone floors, ceiling twig decor, and long wooden tables, there are so many details to love. We can't get enough of what this couple did with such an intimate space. 

     

    6, White Wedding

    Photo by Samuel Lippke Studios

    The elegant white draping and hanging star decor create a dreamlike setting for this wedding reception. We're in heaven with this all-white look. 

     

    7. Cozy Seaside Dinner

    Photo by Twah Dougherty 

    We're loving how private, yet stunning this reception space is. Just a long table, a chandelier, and a beautiful view is all you need to celebrate a lifelong commitment. 

     

    8. Romantically Rustic

    Photo by Onelove Photography

    This pale pink draping and hanging chandelier adds an element of romantic elegance to the rustic chairs and string lights.

     

    9.  Pink Party Tent

    Photos by Rachel Robertson Photography

    Between the bright pink table linens and the clear tent, this reception space is the epitome of a fun summer wedding. A clear tent will make your guests feel less enclosed, and it's perfect for any unexpected weather. 

     

    10. Backyard Gathering

    Photo by Deidre Lynn Photography

    We're loving the communal feel of this backyard reception. The long banquet tables and hanging tree lights definitely lend a cozy and intimate vibe. 

    NEXT: 11 Clever Seating Arrangements

     

     

     

     

     

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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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  • Whether it's cut and served at the reception or boxed up and given out as favors, the groom's cake has always been known as a surprise gift from the bride. Show off his personality with these out-of-the-box ideas:

    1. Career - Pay tribute to his profession. For example, if he's a photographer, then opt for a Canon digital camera. 

    Photo: Our Labor of Love 

    2. Alma Mater - So, you met and fell in love at college? Replicate an on-campus building. Below is the multi-tiered UCSD's Geisel Library. 

    Photo: onelove photography

    3. Animals - It may be the state animal of Texas, but this nine-banded creature made it's official debut in the 1989 movie Steel Magnolias. 

    Photo: Brooke Images 

    4. Travel - Reveal all the places you've traveled together to with a vintage suitcase and stickers. 

    Photo: Glass Jar Photography

    5. Food - His go-to meal from Chipotle complete with an unwrapped burrito, chips, guacamole, and pico de gallo. 

    Photo: Katelyn James 

    6. Hobbies - After you've spent countless weekends in the great outdoors, there's no better place like a tent, campfire, and some s'mores.

    Photo: Abi Q Photography

    7. Favorite TV Shows & Movies - Courtney and Cory's police public call box inspiration came from Doctor Who, a British science-fiction televsion series on BBC. 

    Photo: Catie Bartlett Photography

    See more groom's cakes here >> 

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  • Who says the bride's the only one who can wear white?

    1. They look awesome paired with baby's breath bouquets. 

    Photo by Jemma Keech

    And accented with ostrich feather skirts. 

    2. They look lovely at a formal wedding.

    Photo by Caroline Tran

    Especially a winter formal wedding. 

    3. And they work just as well for a rustic summer wedding. 

    Photo by Heather Kincaid 

    That lace overlay! So cool! 

    4. They look cute with all necklines. 

    Photo by Heather Kincaid

    See what I mean? 

    5. And with a belt. 

    Photo by Heather Kincaid

    6. They'll look downright regal hanging next to a wedding dress. 

    Photo by Ngg Studios

    That's 5 dresses fit for a princess right there. 

    7. Different textures look super cool on white fabric. 

    Photo by John Schnack Photography

    8. They makes the bridal party appear more unified. 

    Photo by Emily Blake

    9. They look sweet with white shoes. 

    Photo by Heather Kincaid

    10. They pair nicely with colored bridesmaid dresses. 

    Photo by Diana Marie 

    11. They're the perfect choice for a garden wedding.

    Photo by Cyn Cain

    12. And finally . . . they're the ultimate go-to when the bride doesn't wear white! 

    Photo by Laurelyn Savannah Photography

    BROWSE MORE BRIDESMAID DRESS IDEAS >>

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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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  • Project and Photos By: Victoria Hudgins

    If embossing seems like a formality beyond your budget. Not to worry! It's a very easy craft to learn and will give your papers and packaging that polished look. This particular project shows embossed favors, but you can use the same tools to emboss your invitations, menus, programs, or save the dates!   You will need... A craft heater, available at most craft stores. A jar of embossing powder, which will last you through hundreds of favors boxes and other projects, a stamp in the words of your choice and a white stamp pad.     Step One: To emboss favor boxes, start by stamping the box with a very wet stamp. Take extra care to ensure the entire stamp has been covered before pressing down. You could use other colors but I love the look of embossing with white for a traditional wedding.     Step Two: Once the favor box is stamped sprinkle a generous amount of embossing powder on top of it.     Step Three: Use the heating tool to dry and heat the embossed word on your box top. It will bring pretty dimension to a simple statement.     Step Four: Tap the extra powder onto a sheet of paper for re-use!      
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  • Photo by Kurt Boomer Photo

    Ready to start planning your wedding? First things first, it’s time to lay out your budget. It’s not the most fun task, but it’s necessary to figure out how much you can spend on your wedding day before you choose a venue, meet with vendors, and buy your dress. If you’re looking for ways to save money, check out a few of our favorite ideas.

    Be Flexible on Date, Time and Season: A Saturday night in September or May is probably the most expensive wedding date you can choose. Vendors will sometimes charge less to couples who get married in the off-season or on off-days. So consider getting married on a Friday, Sunday, and even Saturday morning or early afternoon in January, February or March.  

    Be Honest: Be upfront with potential vendors. Tell them the amount that you’ve budgeted for his or her services and see if he or she can work with that, instead of asking for a proposal and trying to bring the cost down. Vendors will appreciate your honesty, and in many cases, try their best to accommodate you if there’s any wiggle room.  

    Cut the Guest List: Many venues and caterers charge on a per-person basis, so the fewer guests you invite, the less you pay.

    Get a Planner: This may sound confusing – how can hiring an additional vendor help you save money? Well, wedding planners often have great connections with other vendors and can help you get the best deals.  

    DIY Wisely: Yes, creating items for your wedding yourself can help you save money. However, it’s easy to become overwhelmed by trying to do too much. Instead, pick one area of your wedding that you can DIY – whether it be your favors, ceremony programs, escort cards, or something else – and focus on doing a great job on that project. Check out our DIY Editor for lots of great ideas!

    Enlist Friends: Got talented friends and/or family members? Enlist them to help where they can – but only if they’re truly skilled in that area. Friends and family can also donate their time in helping you with DIY projects, or even with set up on the big day. You can even have a friend or family member officiate your ceremony!

    Turn Bouquets into Centerpieces: Floral arrangements can be quite expensive, but if you use them wisely, you can save a bundle. See if any of your ceremony flowers (bouquets, altar arrangements, etc.) can be used as centerpieces at the reception. This can help you avoid paying for floral décor that you don’t need.  

    Shop Sample Sales: When shopping for your wedding dress, check out sample sales at area salons. However, don’t purchase a dress that completely doesn’t fit, thinking that altering the dress will be inexpensive. If a dress needs a complete overhaul, the alterations can more than double the original cost of the gown!

    Think Drinks: Alcohol can be a huge budget buster. Some venues allow you to purchase your alcohol yourself, which can help you save some cash. Also, you can simply serve wine and beer, along with a signature drink or two instead of offering a fully-stocked top-shelf bar.

    Something Borrowed: Instead of purchasing lots of expensive jewelry and accessories to add some sparkle to your wedding day look, look to family members and friends to help accessorize. Your grandmother’s veil, your mom’s earrings, your great aunt’s necklace, your sister’s shoes – it’s so special to wear a family heirloom on your wedding day. 

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  • Project Design By: Victoria Hudgins

    Photos By: Carly Taylor

    Using watercolor in your wedding can be an easy way to add both color and pretty artistic flair. Make drink tags, escort cards, or favor labels with these easy instructions.     Materials: You will need watercolor paints, paper tags, a white crayon, a paint brush and water.     Process: Write in your details on the paper tag with a white crayon. I did a combo of table numbers and simple words to show how each would look. Be sure to press firmly with the crayon.     A preview of the finished product. Loving this vibrant orange.     Dip your brush in the water and the paint, before stroking lightly over your tag.     Mix colors and do a couple coats to ensure good texture.
      The watercolors will not adhere to the wax portion of the tag where the crayon has left its mark.
      What a difference adding favor tags makes! Let dry and attach to your favor or item of choice!     Lastly, get creative and have fun!      Project Design By: Victoria Hudgins Photos By: Carly Taylor

     

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  • Photos By: Hank and Hunt

    Project By: Jenny Batt 

    Want to add a touch of whimsy to your wedding reception? Make these crepe paper pom garlands in matching shades and add pretty pops of color.

    Materials:

    Crepe paper flats Scissors Twine     Step One: Cut squares of crepe paper in the colors you like.  

    Step Two:

    Cut each set of squares into strips about ¾” wide.

      Step Three: Take each strip and pinch together in the middle. This step doesn’t take as long as you think it would and it makes it easier to get really fluffy poms. If you tie multiple together before pinching, you will possibly tear the paper when you fluff each pom later.     Step Four: Cut a long piece of twine for the garland. Set aside. Take about 20 pinched strips and tie together in the center.     Step Five: Tie each pom to the twine for the garland. Add as many or as few as you would like. Add pops of clashing colors for fun, too.     Tip: Enlist your friends and have a crafting party to make multiples of these, you'll be able to make a whole bunch in a small amount of time.        

     

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  • The perfect pink palette begins with your favorite shade of pink. This particular board encompasses both vibrant and soft pink colors. You can achieve a more modern look if you incoporate ombre elements, but for this particular palette we like the idea of the softer pink being the accent color. For an evening or more elegant affair, add a darker hue like deep plum, or even black. Make sure to use dark colors sparingly, as you don't want to take away from your beautiful pinks. 

     

    Dress by Amsale, Photo by Dan Lecca

    Save this photo for later | View pink bridesmaid dresses

     

    Bouquet Photo by: Presshaus LA

    Save this photo for later | View pink bouquet photos

     

    Centerpiece Photo by Calynn Berry, Event Coordinator: Courtney for Petals Planning Company

    Save this photo for later | View pink centerpieces

     

    Invitation Photo by Jemma Keech

    Save this photo for later | View more stationery ideas

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  • Your reception is the ultimate celebration when you and your new spouse dance, drink, and eat the night away.  From amazing architecture, stunning scenery, and one-of-a-kind decor, your reception space should include a wow factor. We've found 10 jaw-dropping receptions to inspire you.

    1. Outdoor Affair

    Photo by KT Merry Photography

    Talk about a gorgeous arrangement. Guests are seated around a reflecting pool on an outdoor terrace. The greenery and stunning views of the lake make this an ideal place to celebrate. 

     

    2. Elegant Barn

    Photo by June Lion Photography

    These gorgeous linens and floral centerpieces lend an elegant flair to an otherwise rustic venue. Dress up your barn with monogrammed letters and draping like the ones above. 

     

    3. Vineyard View

    Photo by Shelly Kroeger Photography

    With a view like this what's not to celebrate? The round tables arranged on the patio offer guests a wonderful view of the vineyard, which is gorgeous all lit up. 

     

    4. Glass Ceiling 

    Photo by Jonathan Young Weddings 

    What a beautiful way to let natural beauty into a reception space. We're loving the crystal clear view of the lush greenery outside and the blossoming centerpieces. 

     

    5. Indoor Intimacy 

    Photos by Stephanie Cristalli Photography

    Between the slate stone floors, ceiling twig decor, and long wooden tables, there are so many details to love. We can't get enough of what this couple did with such an intimate space. 

     

    6, White Wedding

    Photo by Samuel Lippke Studios

    The elegant white draping and hanging star decor create a dreamlike setting for this wedding reception. We're in heaven with this all-white look. 

     

    7. Cozy Seaside Dinner

    Photo by Twah Dougherty 

    We're loving how private, yet stunning this reception space is. Just a long table, a chandelier, and a beautiful view is all you need to celebrate a lifelong commitment. 

     

    8. Romantically Rustic

    Photo by Onelove Photography

    This pale pink draping and hanging chandelier adds an element of romantic elegance to the rustic chairs and string lights.

     

    9.  Pink Party Tent

    Photos by Rachel Robertson Photography

    Between the bright pink table linens and the clear tent, this reception space is the epitome of a fun summer wedding. A clear tent will make your guests feel less enclosed, and it's perfect for any unexpected weather. 

     

    10. Backyard Gathering

    Photo by Deidre Lynn Photography

    We're loving the communal feel of this backyard reception. The long banquet tables and hanging tree lights definitely lend a cozy and intimate vibe. 

    NEXT: 11 Clever Seating Arrangements

     

     

     

     

     

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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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  • Whether it's cut and served at the reception or boxed up and given out as favors, the groom's cake has always been known as a surprise gift from the bride. Show off his personality with these out-of-the-box ideas:

    1. Career - Pay tribute to his profession. For example, if he's a photographer, then opt for a Canon digital camera. 

    Photo: Our Labor of Love 

    2. Alma Mater - So, you met and fell in love at college? Replicate an on-campus building. Below is the multi-tiered UCSD's Geisel Library. 

    Photo: onelove photography

    3. Animals - It may be the state animal of Texas, but this nine-banded creature made it's official debut in the 1989 movie Steel Magnolias. 

    Photo: Brooke Images 

    4. Travel - Reveal all the places you've traveled together to with a vintage suitcase and stickers. 

    Photo: Glass Jar Photography

    5. Food - His go-to meal from Chipotle complete with an unwrapped burrito, chips, guacamole, and pico de gallo. 

    Photo: Katelyn James 

    6. Hobbies - After you've spent countless weekends in the great outdoors, there's no better place like a tent, campfire, and some s'mores.

    Photo: Abi Q Photography

    7. Favorite TV Shows & Movies - Courtney and Cory's police public call box inspiration came from Doctor Who, a British science-fiction televsion series on BBC. 

    Photo: Catie Bartlett Photography

    See more groom's cakes here >> 

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  • Who says the bride's the only one who can wear white?

    1. They look awesome paired with baby's breath bouquets. 

    Photo by Jemma Keech

    And accented with ostrich feather skirts. 

    2. They look lovely at a formal wedding.

    Photo by Caroline Tran

    Especially a winter formal wedding. 

    3. And they work just as well for a rustic summer wedding. 

    Photo by Heather Kincaid 

    That lace overlay! So cool! 

    4. They look cute with all necklines. 

    Photo by Heather Kincaid

    See what I mean? 

    5. And with a belt. 

    Photo by Heather Kincaid

    6. They'll look downright regal hanging next to a wedding dress. 

    Photo by Ngg Studios

    That's 5 dresses fit for a princess right there. 

    7. Different textures look super cool on white fabric. 

    Photo by John Schnack Photography

    8. They makes the bridal party appear more unified. 

    Photo by Emily Blake

    9. They look sweet with white shoes. 

    Photo by Heather Kincaid

    10. They pair nicely with colored bridesmaid dresses. 

    Photo by Diana Marie 

    11. They're the perfect choice for a garden wedding.

    Photo by Cyn Cain

    12. And finally . . . they're the ultimate go-to when the bride doesn't wear white! 

    Photo by Laurelyn Savannah Photography

    BROWSE MORE BRIDESMAID DRESS IDEAS >>

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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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  • Project and Photos By: Victoria Hudgins

    If embossing seems like a formality beyond your budget. Not to worry! It's a very easy craft to learn and will give your papers and packaging that polished look. This particular project shows embossed favors, but you can use the same tools to emboss your invitations, menus, programs, or save the dates!   You will need... A craft heater, available at most craft stores. A jar of embossing powder, which will last you through hundreds of favors boxes and other projects, a stamp in the words of your choice and a white stamp pad.     Step One: To emboss favor boxes, start by stamping the box with a very wet stamp. Take extra care to ensure the entire stamp has been covered before pressing down. You could use other colors but I love the look of embossing with white for a traditional wedding.     Step Two: Once the favor box is stamped sprinkle a generous amount of embossing powder on top of it.     Step Three: Use the heating tool to dry and heat the embossed word on your box top. It will bring pretty dimension to a simple statement.     Step Four: Tap the extra powder onto a sheet of paper for re-use!      
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  • Photo by Kurt Boomer Photo

    Ready to start planning your wedding? First things first, it’s time to lay out your budget. It’s not the most fun task, but it’s necessary to figure out how much you can spend on your wedding day before you choose a venue, meet with vendors, and buy your dress. If you’re looking for ways to save money, check out a few of our favorite ideas.

    Be Flexible on Date, Time and Season: A Saturday night in September or May is probably the most expensive wedding date you can choose. Vendors will sometimes charge less to couples who get married in the off-season or on off-days. So consider getting married on a Friday, Sunday, and even Saturday morning or early afternoon in January, February or March.  

    Be Honest: Be upfront with potential vendors. Tell them the amount that you’ve budgeted for his or her services and see if he or she can work with that, instead of asking for a proposal and trying to bring the cost down. Vendors will appreciate your honesty, and in many cases, try their best to accommodate you if there’s any wiggle room.  

    Cut the Guest List: Many venues and caterers charge on a per-person basis, so the fewer guests you invite, the less you pay.

    Get a Planner: This may sound confusing – how can hiring an additional vendor help you save money? Well, wedding planners often have great connections with other vendors and can help you get the best deals.  

    DIY Wisely: Yes, creating items for your wedding yourself can help you save money. However, it’s easy to become overwhelmed by trying to do too much. Instead, pick one area of your wedding that you can DIY – whether it be your favors, ceremony programs, escort cards, or something else – and focus on doing a great job on that project. Check out our DIY Editor for lots of great ideas!

    Enlist Friends: Got talented friends and/or family members? Enlist them to help where they can – but only if they’re truly skilled in that area. Friends and family can also donate their time in helping you with DIY projects, or even with set up on the big day. You can even have a friend or family member officiate your ceremony!

    Turn Bouquets into Centerpieces: Floral arrangements can be quite expensive, but if you use them wisely, you can save a bundle. See if any of your ceremony flowers (bouquets, altar arrangements, etc.) can be used as centerpieces at the reception. This can help you avoid paying for floral décor that you don’t need.  

    Shop Sample Sales: When shopping for your wedding dress, check out sample sales at area salons. However, don’t purchase a dress that completely doesn’t fit, thinking that altering the dress will be inexpensive. If a dress needs a complete overhaul, the alterations can more than double the original cost of the gown!

    Think Drinks: Alcohol can be a huge budget buster. Some venues allow you to purchase your alcohol yourself, which can help you save some cash. Also, you can simply serve wine and beer, along with a signature drink or two instead of offering a fully-stocked top-shelf bar.

    Something Borrowed: Instead of purchasing lots of expensive jewelry and accessories to add some sparkle to your wedding day look, look to family members and friends to help accessorize. Your grandmother’s veil, your mom’s earrings, your great aunt’s necklace, your sister’s shoes – it’s so special to wear a family heirloom on your wedding day. 

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