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Project and Photos By: Chelsea Fuss Hop Vine Centerpiece: Hop is a gorgeous vine for fall decorating. This centerpiece will look best on family style, rectangular tables. A farm table or rustic burlap, linen or muslin tablecloths are perfect for underneath this centerpiece. Most likely you are familiar with Hops, the small clusters of flowers on these vines, as they are used to brew beer. The vines are gorgeous dried or fresh. We used approximately eight vines per table, winding them down the center. Warm Candle Glow: Candles were interspersed and secured in small antique tart tins. Anything with patina looks great for a fall table! Be cautious and use common sense when using candles. Most venues have rules about open flames, be sure and check with your venue coordinator. Mini White Pumpkins: For coordinating favors, we tied olive green satin ribbons to tiny white pumpkins. Rustic Autumn Wedding: This décor concept is perfect for the beer-loving couple and couldn't be more festive for a rustic autumn wedding.
Project and Photos by Brittni Mehlhoff Incorporate the international symbol of love on your big day, with this sweet, wire heart, wrapped in velvety leaves from a dusty miller plant. It looks so good, no one will even know you made it yourself. Materials: Dusty Miller Pliable Wire Washi Tape Wire Cutters Hot Glue Gun How-To: Step One: Cut a piece or wire that is 12-16 inches long. Step Two: Bend the wire into a heart shape, by finding the mid point and bending up from there. Create the two humps for the top of the heart and bring the two ends together to finish the shape. Step Three: Then, secure the two loose ends of the wire together with washi tape. Step Four: Next, pluck leaves, of various sizes, off of a stem of dusty miller. Step Five: Attach leaves individually to the wire with hot glue, starting at the top of the heart and working your way down. Complete one side, and then the other. Use the completed flower heart as a decoration for tables, the bride and groom chairs, or even as a cute cake topper. Note: If using around food, be sure to use edible flowers or non-toxic plant leaves only.
Photo By: Mary SwensonSucculents are all the rage for weddings and parties, and with good reason: these little plants are not only completely adorable, but they're inexpensive and easy to work into just about any theme. The popularity of succulents has made them available almost anywhere. We purchased ours for less than $3 each at a home improvement store! There are many different types of succulents to choose from, and all require the same, easy care: a sunny window, and watering only when the soil is completely dry. We love how interesting different types of succulents look together, so we chose a variety for our project. One of our favorite ways to see succulents is when they are paired with neutrals and rustic elements - they add a bit of a modern touch and subtle color to enhance the decor perfectly. We kept things super simple by keeping the succulent plants in their original plastic pots and wrapping kraft paper around each one. Name tags were tied around each pot with a piece of unfussy twine. The options are endless for how to display these tiny favors! We love the look of them arranged on a tiered stand... ...or placed at each guests' spot at the table. Remove the name tags and cluster the plants on a cake stand placed in the center of each table for an instant centerpiece... ...or arrange them inside a wooden box for an ultra-pared down and rustic look. Your guests will love to take home these plants as a memento of your special day! Photo By: Mary Swenson
Project By: Erica ObrienPhotos By: Cory Obrien Supplies: Here's what you'll need (clockwise from left): food-use only ruler small sprinkles or nonpareils (available at most crafts stores) piping gel (available at most crafts stores) tapemeasure small flexible cup petal dust in desired shade (we like Crystal Colors brand) food-use only paintbrush ziplock bag Step One: Remove shaker cap from sprinkles. Step Two: Empty into ziplock bag. Step Three: Pour a small amount of petal dust into bag. (Remember you can always add more, so start with a little). Step Four: Shake the bag until dust is evenly distributed and desired depth of color is achieved. Step Five: Using tapemeasure, determine the spacing and width of stripes. Step Six: Dip paintbrush in piping gel. Step Seven: Using ruler as a guide to acheive a straight line, brush a generous amount of piping gel onto cake with short, even strokes. Step Eight: Repeat on the right side of line. Step Nine: Empty colored sprinkles into small cup. Step Ten: Gently pour sprinkles onto cake. Tip: You will have many extra sprinkles. Pour onto a sheet of parchment creased in the middle and pour back into small cup. Repeat process until all lines are finished. Enjoy your chic, striped creation!
Photo courtesy of Holly Heider Chapple Flowers
If you want to give your wedding bouquet a little "wow" factor, consider adding a few unexpected elements to the mix. Accenting your blooms with some unique components will add dimension and interest to the arrangement. For your inspiration, we've rounded up twelve great ideas for adding texture to your bridal bouquet.
1. Silver Brunia Balls
Photos (from left): Kate Connolly, Marie Papp
These soft grey accents are great for brides going for a vintage-glam look.
2. Fern Curls
Photo courtesy of PANACEA Event Floral Design
Fern curls add a modern rustic twist to any arrangement.
Photos (from left): Emily Delamater, Enchanted Florist
We love the way these prickly blue starbursts add instant energy and movement!
4. Curly Willow
Photos (from left): Cedarwood, Enchanted Florist
Weave these delicate gnarled branches through your flowers for that woodsy, whimsical feel.
5. Lotus Pods
Photos (from left): Enchanted Florist, Clary Pfeiffer
Introduce an exotic element to your bouquet with these decorative botanticals.
6. Wire Vine
Photos (from left): Merryl Brown Events, XOXO Bride
These graceful greens would be the perfect touch for a garden wedding bouquet!
7. Scabiosa Pods
Photos (from left): Birds of a Feather Events, Anni Cee
These bristly honeycomb spheres are popular among brides going for a rustic style.
Photos (from left): Always Floral, Chris + Jenn Photos
Mix in some soft, floating quills for instant glamour and romance.
9. Seeded Eucalyptus
Photo courtesy of Laurelwood Designs
These tiny pale green clusters are a great addition to rustic arrangements and work especially well with earthy tones and soft pastels.
Photos (from left): Laura Leslie Photography, Wildflowers Inc.
Pair soft fluffs of white with sprayed greens for beautiful texture and depth.
11. Craspedia (aka Billy Balls)
Photos (from left): Holly Heider Chapple Flowers, LA Event Design
Billy balls are distincive, playful and perfect for bringing in cheerful pops of color!
Photos (from left): Katie Stoops, Gina & Ryan Photography
We love the look of coarse wheat stalks for a rustic summer or fall bouquet!
Photo: KT Merry
Since your aisle is the focal point of your ceremony decor, dressing it up a bit will go a long way to achieve a gorgeous overall look. Here are ten creative ways to decorate your ceremony aisle.
Photos (from left): Lane Dittoe, Rylee Hitchner
Drape garland from chair to chair or let it wind down either side of the aisle.
Photos (from left): Abi Q Photography, Leila Brewster
Lanterns are a popular aisle decor choice and come in an endless variety of styles, from preppy and nautical to romantic and shabby chic.
Photos (from left): Jodi Miller, Ryan Ray
Pom poms are a cute, colorful way to decorate your aisle, whether you string them along either side or scatter them down the center. You might even consider having your flower girl toss pom poms instead of flower petals!
Photos: KT Merry
Add a little extra sparkle and glamour to an indoor ceremony by sprinkling sequins or glitter along the aisle.
Photos (from left): JAC Photography, Meg Perotti
Rocks are a unique, eco-friendly option for lining your path.
Photo: Christa Elyce Photography
There's nothing more classically romantic than soft, flickering candlelight.
Photos: KT Merry
We love the look of these densely packed, color-blocked petals!
Photos (from left): XOXO Bride, Jose Villa
Roll one long runner down the aisle, or lay several rugs in succession.
Photos: Toast! Event Planning and Design
Big, fluffy crepe paper globes are a fun, pretty, do it yourself alternative to floral pomaders.
For more inspiration on decking out your aisles, be sure to check out our Ceremony Decor board or head over to our Flowers Editor's Floral Aisle Markers board!
Photo: Joielala Photographie
If you're looking for great ways to add creativity and originality to your wedding decor, try mixing up your floral arrangements a bit. Think outside the vase with these fun, unique ideas for displaying your wedding blooms.
1. On a door frame
Photos (from left): Leila Brewster, Caroline Tran
Create a whimsical ceremony scene with a vintage door frame embellished with fresh flowers.
2. Inside lanterns
Photos (from left): Laura Leslie, Ulmer Studios
Nestle your floral arrangements inside lanterns for perfectly pretty centerpieces.
3. On the ceiling
Photo: Samuel Lippke
There is little more enchanting than a lavish cascade of blooms like this one.
4. In birdcages
Photos (from left): Greer G. Photography, Desi Baytan
Whether they spill from within or perch on top, flowers complement these vintage accents perfectly.
5. In test tubes
Photos (from left): Ali Harper, White Rabbit Studios
Clever, offbeat and elegant.
6. In drawers
Photos (from left): Caroline Tran, Meg Perotti
A brilliant way to add big bursts of blooms without taking up precious tabletop space!
7. In seashells
Photos (from left): KT Merry, Landon Jacob
A lovely way to incorporate seaside style for a beach wedding.
8. On chandeliers
Photos (from left): Amanda K Photo Art, Clary Photo
Decorate chandeliers with flowers and greenery for that floaty, romantic look.
9. Inside frames
Photos (from left): Kina Wicks, Lane Dittoe
Place stems into chickenwire for a simple, unique DIY flower arrangement.
10. In paper cones
Photo: 13:13 Photography
Bundle them together for unique centerpieces and allow guests to take individual cones home as favors at the end of the evening.
11. In watering cans
Photos (from left): Cluney Photo, n.Barrett Photography
A fun, festive idea for a rustic garden wedding!
12. In teacups
Photos (from left): Kailey Michelle Events, Erin Hearts Court
Such a charming idea for a shabby chic tablescape!
13. On shutters
Photos (from left): Ruth Eileen, Laura Murray
Tuck flowers into shutters for pretty backdrops, escort card displays, or photo displays.
14. On a tiered stand
Photos (from left): Lexia Frank, Lisa Lefkowitz
Make a grand statement with multiple levels of flowers!
Photo: This Modern Romance
Photo booths are all the rage 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, tunr on the flash (unless you're having a spotlight) and connect a remote shutter release so guests can take their own photos. As backup, have polaroid cameras on standby.
Photos (from left to right): This Modern Romance and Anjuli
The Backdrop - Pick a colored or patterned 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! Look for props in 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 obstruct the flow of the reception, but is still easily accessible. If you're having an indoor reception, consider a hallway or corner of the ballroom, or if you're having an outdoor wedding, consider next to the DJ that way guests can pose to the beat.
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 a scrapbook. Those memories will last a lifetime!
Photo by Katie Osgood
You’ve spent so much time planning your wedding events, so it’s essential that your guests have enough notice so they can plan to attend! There’s a fine line to giving your guests enough advanced notice and sending your invitations too far ahead of time so that people forget to RSVP. Here are a few guidelines.
Set up a wedding website right away. As soon as you set a date, create a wedding website so that you’ll have a home base for all of your wedding and travel information. You can send out the link to your guests via email, or include it on your save-the-date.
Save-the-dates If you’re having a destination wedding where most of your guests will have to travel, we recommend sending your save-the-dates at least eight months in advance – even up to a year if possible. You’ll want to include all the pertinent travel and accommodations information so that your guests can book right away. If you’re having a hometown wedding with little travel involved, send your save-the-dates at least six months in advance.
Bridal Shower Invitations and Other Pre-Wedding Events Bridal shower invitations are usually mailed out three to four weeks in advance – same goes for engagement parties. Set the RSVP date for one to two weeks in advance of the big day.
Wedding Invitations Wedding invitations should be mailed out six to eight weeks before the wedding date. Ask your guests to return their RSVP cards by at least two weeks, preferably three, before the wedding date so that you and your vendors have enough time to create table assignments, escort cards, etc.
Rehearsal Dinner and Post-Wedding Brunch The rehearsal dinner invitations should be mailed out separately a few days – no more than a week - following the wedding invitations so guests can make travel plans accordingly. If you’re having a post-wedding brunch that everyone is invited to, feel free to include a card with your wedding invitations and on your wedding website, too.
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As we've already seen, there are plenty of clever ways to mix things up when it comes to your wedding guestbook. Let's take a look at a few more unique ideas creative couples have come up with!
Photo by Orange Turtle Photography
1. Globe - This is a fabulous idea whether you have guests coming in from all over the world, are planning a destination wedding, or just want to incorporate your love for travel into your big day.
Photo by Cuppa Photography
2. Guitar - Have guests put their signatures on a physical representation of a hobby or interest that's unique to you as a couple. We've seen this done with everything from records to oars.
Photo by Maria Mack Photography
3. Tree Slice - These wooden slabs are often incorporated into rustic wedding decor, and they also make fun, festive guestbooks!
Photo by Katelyn James
4. Thumbprint Tree - Instead of signing their names, have guests make their mark with colorful thumbprints! After the wedding, you'll be left with a fun, meaningful piece of art to frame and display in your home.
Photo by Amore Events by Cody, LLC
5. Cornhole Board - Cornhole has proven to be a very popular lawn game in recent years, with couples getting customized sets made for their big day. Make your cornhole game even more special by asking guests to sign or write special messages on the boards!
Be sure to check out even more guestbook ideas from real weddings here!