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1. Monogrammed Button Downs
Photo by Andi Mans Photography
The perfect personalized apparel for pampering. You don't have to worry about smudging make-up when you change!
2. Rhinestone Tank
Photo by Meg Perotti Photography
Primp in this skin-tight tank and remind everyone you're the star of the day with some rhinestone embellishment.
3. Colorful Floral Robes
Photo by Christa Elyce Photography
Channel spring's pallete by opting for robes with bright florals and loud colors.
4. Monogrammed Terry Cloth Robes
Photo by Jodi Miller Photography
Monogram your initials (or his!) into these cozy terry cloth robes for you and your best girls and enjoy a relaxing day of pampering.
5. Stylish & Slimming Robes
Photo by Taylor Lord Photography
Ditch your tired shower robe and opt for one with a shorter hemline and fun floral detailing.
6. Southern-inspired Plaids
Photo by Katelyn James Photography
Plaid button downs aren't just for crisp fall days and country concerts, get your gals to break out their old favorite to wear while you all get ready.
7. Short & Silky Robes
Photo by N. Barrett Photography
These pastel pink and off-white robes will be a primping necessity long after your big day has come and gone.
8. Boyfriend Shirts
Photo by Spindle Photography
An over-sized dress shirt might just be the most comfortable thing since sweatpants, get matching monogrammed ones for your whole bridal party.
9. Playfully Pink Robes
Photo by Millie Holloman Photography
Get all gussied up in this girly get-up. There's no doubt that all your gals will look pretty in pink.
10. Personalized Spa Robe
Photo by Spindle Photography
Inscribe your future last name onto the back of a comfy robe you can wear for years to come.
11. Full-coverage Wraps
Photo by Caroline + Ben Photography
Bundle up in these full-length robes, perfect for a fall or winter wedding.
Project By: Victoria Hudgins
Photos By: PictilioPies are quite the dessert trend these days. They are sweet to serve year round, filled with seasonal produce. Guests can bring home a slice of sweetness with this simple pie box paper template project. Step One: To make the boxes, first print out the paper template here and cut along the outer lines. Step Two: Fold the dotted line inward to create the box. Secure with a small amount of glue and let dry. Step Three: Fill with pie! Step Four: Use string to tie the box up and add gift tags for a pretty favor presentation.
Photos By: Chelsea FussYou'll need: 1. 3 cake pans (sizes: 11", 8", 4.5") 2. A cake stand (aprox "12 round) 3. A pound cake recipe 4. Buttercream frosting (4 cups) 5. 1 frosting knife 6. Flowers + herbs (make sure they are organic and edible!) Bake your cakes the night before and let them cool overnight. Put together with toothpicks holding the layers. Once you have placed your toothpicks, stack your cakes carefully! Almost there... Voila! Measure layers to make sure that all the cakes are centered from all sides. Frost with frosting knife -- get the knife wet to make it extra smooth. Clean off edges of the cake stand. Keep refrigerated until right before serving. Your cake is ready to decorate now! Have fun adding edible herbs and flowers. Herbs will hold up for a long time, but add the flowers last minute so add them that morning, securing them with frosting. Using a pound cake recipe is your best bet because they do not crumble. Buttercream frosting can melt easily, keep your cake as cool as possible before serving! Your gorgeous cake is ready! The best part ... tasting the sweet creation.
Project and Photos By: Chelsea FussIt's your wedding day, so carry the bouquet you love. This recipe is for a pretty, fragrant garden rose bouquet, that you can make yourself! We've shared some insiders florists's tips to help you along the way. The total cost was around $50! Flower Recipe: 6 garden roses (ask your florist for David Austin or old garden roses and they can help you) 1 bunch of spray roses 2 stems of rice flower 1 stem of fern clippers scissors twill ribbon twine Step One: Start by trimming up all of the flowers. Remove most of the leaves and extra branches from the stems. Remember, you can save these and make small flower girl bouquets from them like florists do. Save any stems that are more than 2 inches to do so. Step Two: De-thorn your roses by taking a towel and running it down the stem of the roses with a little bit of strength. This is a florist's trick! Step Three: Cut all of the stems at an angle and let them soak in lukewarm water. If you have any roses that are closed, you can put them in a warm place so that they open up, but do keep them away from direct sunlight. Garden roses open up fairly quickly so you'll actually want them just open midway when you start to arrange the bouquet. Once you start working with them, the roses will continue opening because they'll be warm from your hands. Step Four: Start with a few of the larger garden roses, grouped loosely together. Hold the bouquet in the same hand while making it and add flowers in with your other hand. Turn the bouquet each time you add flowers. Step Five: Next, add spray roses to fill in between the garden roses. Be sure to keep the garden roses mostly grouped together, eventually you'll fill the other side with spray roses, rice flower and fern. Step Six: Add in the rice flower between the clusters of spray roses. Step Seven: Add the fern to that same side of the bouquet to balance the large garden roses. Step Eight: Secure the bouquet with twine, trim the stems, and cover the twine with twill ribbon. Store the bouquet in water, in a cool place until ready for use.
Photo: Morgan Trinker
Incorporating your initials is a perfect way to personalize your wedding decor. There are all kinds of creative ways to dress up and display your monogram to reflect your personal style and match the theme of your event. Here are some of our favorite ideas for using your monogram in your wedding decor:
1. Floral Monograms
Photos (from left): Amy Wallen, Ryan Ray
Festoon large letters with fresh, fragrant blooms for a pretty presentation.
2. Yarn Monograms
Photos (from left): onelove Photography, Braedon Photography
A fun, simple DIY idea for brides and grooms with a crafty side!
3. Monogrammed Table Runners
Photos (from left): Glass Jar Photography, Paper Antler
Have your initials embroidered onto the ends of your linens to add instant personality and sophistication to your tablescapes.
4. Cork Monograms
Photos (from left): Aaron Watson, Katelyn James
What a creative, festive touch for a vineyard wedding!
5. Moss Monograms
Photos (from left): Annabella Charles, Amanda Julca
Moss covered initials are elegant, inexpensive and complementary to a variety of wedding styles from rustic to garden to eco-friendly!
6. Marquee Monograms
Photos (from left): Annie McElwain, Kurt Boomer
Light up your initials with marquee lights for a fun theatrical touch.
7. Monogrammed Pillows
Photos (from left): Landon Jacob, Ali Harper
Add some personalized throw pillows into the mix at your cocktail lounge for a stylish statement.
Photo by JaneCane Photography
It’s one of the only universal wedding truths – you can’t control the weather. So what do you do when the forecast calls for rain (or snow or sleet or hail or high wind conditions) on your wedding day –especially if you’re planning an outdoor celebration? Here are our top tips to help you prepare for not-so-great weather conditions.
Have a Plan B from Day 1
When you’re looking at outdoor wedding venues, make sure you ask what the rain plan is. Even if the location where you’re marrying is known for sunny weather, you’ll still want to make sure you’re happy with the bad weather alternative. Whether it’s putting up a tent or moving the entire event indoors, make sure your venue provides you with a firm plan before you book.
Enlist Vendors’ Help
If rain or other bad weather is in the forecast, talk to your vendors about how they plan on handling the situation. Wedding planners or site coordinators are particularly adept at moving things around to help plan for bad weather. Ask for help or advice where needed and be flexible if certain details of your wedding need to change.
Consider Both Major and Minor Weather Issues
Of course, rain is always a concern, but also think about high winds or unseasonably hot or cold weather, as well. Your guests’ comfort and safety should be your primary concern. If the weather is hot, consider bringing in fans and providing your guests with cold beverages throughout the day. For colder weather, heaters and blankets may be necessary. And if the weather conditions are simply too uncomfortable, consider moving things indoors – even if precipitation isn’t an issue.
You may want to research wedding insurance as an option, particularly if you’re getting married during hurricane season or in the wintertime on the off-chance that you need to postpone your wedding.
But, if you’re simply dealing with a little rain or a bit of snow, make the best of the situation! Find umbrellas and rain or snow boots that match your color scheme, and take some fun photos outdoors. Talk to your photographer about finding creative ways to take outdoor photos. And remember – rain on your wedding day is considered good luck!
Looking for more inspiration and ideas? Check out this stunning rainy day wedding and these snowy winter weddings!
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.
Despite the never-ending snow and freezing temperatures, spring is just around the corner! (Fourteen days to be exact). Here's what our editors are looking forward to seeing most in any upcoming wedding:
1. Tea-Length Wedding Dresses - Keep it short and sweet with the must-have-it bridal dress fashion trend of the season.
Photo: Matushek Photography
2. Pastel Bridesmaid Dresses - Stick to one color or choose various shades from blush, baby blue, sage green, and yellow.
Photo: Jessica Lorren Organic Photography
3. Floral Wreaths - The most adorable hair accessory for your flower girls!
Photo: KT Merry
4. Peonies - These beauts are in-season from early-April to mid-June. If you're having a Southern soiree, don't forget to add a monogrammed ribbon too.
Photo: Katelyn James
5. Tulips - These delicate petals are known for their freshly-picked look. Fun fact: They grow even after they're cut!
Photo: Meg Perotti
6. Hydrangeas - Showcase how just a few bunches can go a long way on tall centerpieces accessorized with candles.
Photo: Annabella Charles Photography
7. Umbrellas - In case you have to plan for bad weather like rain, hang decorative umbrellas from your backyard's trees. See more from Laurel and Kevin's circus-themed wedding here.
Photo: Ely Fair Photography
8. Birdcages - The perfect spot for guests to put their cards!
Photo: Katelyn James
9. Open-Air Transportation - Take advantage of the warmer weather and exit your reception on one of these 8 getaway cars.
Photo: Anne Robert Photography
10. Rainboots - Forget the high heels, stay comfortable in a pair of wellies.
Photos (from left to right): Meg Perotti
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