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Who says your wedding day can't be just like a fairytale? Let your inner princess hold court with these glitzy, glamorous ideas perfect for any ballroom wedding. For even more inspiration, check out our glam real wedding boards.
1. DETAILED DRAPING
Photo by Michael + Anna Costa Photography
Nothing wows at a reception like gorgeous drapery. With the right lighting your celebration will have a dreamlike ambience.
2. PRETTY CALLIGRAPHY
Photos by Landon Jacob Photography and Jodi Miller Photography
A gorgeous script can really take the glam factor to the next level. Set the tone with your invitations, then continue the pretty calligraphy for wedding day signage.
3. SEQUINED TABLESCAPES
Photo by Carmen Santorelli Photography
No glamorous wedding is complete without sequins. Sit your glassware atop a shimmering tablecloth, or go all out and use one at every reception table.
4. COCKTAIL HOUR
Photo by Onelove Photography
Let your guests feel like royalty by creating an elegant lounge where they can mingle and sip on your signature cocktail.
5. BACK IN BLACK
Photo by Cyn Kain Photography
Give your gals a more formal look by opting for black bridesmaid dresses. Vary up the ensemble with different lengths and necklines.
6. GOLDEN CAKE
Photos by Katelyn James Photography and Sugar Couture
Talk about being too pretty to eat! These gilded sweet treats will impress guests with their gorgeous design.
7. GHOST CHAIRS
Photo by QWeddings
These see-through chairs have become a staple for ballroom weddings.
8. GIRLY BOUQUETS
Photos by Milou + Olin Photography and Candice Benjamin Photography
These romantic bouquets are sure to lend an air of romance to your wedding style. From fuschia roses to pink dahlias, you can't go wrong with flowers as breathtaking as these.
9. SHIMMERING STILETTOS
Photos by Ben Q Photography and Cage and Aquarium Photography
There's no better way to strut down the aisle than with a pair of metallic peep-toe pumps. Unleash your inner red-carpet starlet with a pair of sparkly stilettos.
10. SWEETHEART TABLE
Photos by Jose Villa Photography and Alixann Loosle Photography
Have an private moment with your significant other at a gorgeous and intimate table for two. Add some flowers and elegant linens for a touch of romance.
Photos by Caroline + Ben Photography and Taylor Lord Photography
Add some natural glow to your reception space by investing in a candleabara, it will create a beautiful ambience and act as a great centerpiece.
12. BLUSHING BRIDE
Photos by Katelyn James Photography and Angela & Evan Photography
In this day and age, white wedding dresses are no longer a must—especially for a glam wedding. Get in touch with your inner princess and rock an extravagant pink ballgown dress. C'mon—you know you want to.
Photos by Palm Beach Photography and Lisa Lefkowitz Photography
Nothing exudes glamour like a hanging chandelier. Whether they're icicle style or more vintage, they're an essential part of any ballroom celebration.
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Project Design By: Victoria Hudgins
Photos By: Carly TaylorUsing 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
Photos By: Erin Holland
Project Styling By: Victoria HudginsWedding receptions can be awkward when guests are seated with a table full of people that they don't know. Help break the ice with conversation starter escort cards! Step One: Make these conversational cards by first printing out the PDF here. There are eight different conversation starters on each page. Step Two: Cut along the lines to reveal modern-style flags, then write in each guest's name and table information. Be sure to mix up the topics for each table. Step Three: Top the flags with a small line of cute tape for an extra design punch, or post the simple black and white flags for a bold, minimalistic presentation. Step Four: Pin the cards onto a paper-backed canvas. Enjoy!
Project & Story By: Chelsea Fuss Photos By: Lisa Warninger Not sure what to carry for your winter wedding? This bouquet is a great option for those who want to stay seasonal but really want a floral bouquet in the middle of winter! Tuberose is extremely fragrant, and quite festive when paired with minty winter pods. Here's how to make it! Flower Recipe: -10 stems of tuberose (ask for your florist to have it open, or a buy a few days earlier and keep in a warm room so about half the flowers are open) -5 stems of seeded eucalyptus (just the pods!) If you can't find it this way, strip the leaves off. -3 stems of variegated boxwood or oregonia Supplies: flower clippers torn piece of linen jute twine scissors a vase to hold your bouquet in Step One: Strip the leaves off the bottom of the greens and separate the stems of seeded eucalyptus. Each stem will have several long branches, you can clip these to make them into single stems. Step Two: Edit 5-6 stems of tuberose by cutting the buds off of the stems. Clip the stem at an angle so the bare top of the stem doesn't show and you just see the blossoms. Keep the long stem with the blossoms. Step Three: Gather a piece of the greens and 3 stems of seeded eucalyptus, in one hand. Add some blossoms toward the bottom of the bouquet, and some buds towards the top. (Keep the bouquet in the same hand during the whole process). Step Three (cont). As you add each stem, turn the bouquet to the left. Keep the heavier foliage and flowers towards the bottom, and the lighter pods and buds at the top of the arrangement. In general, keep each kind of flower or green separate and in small clusters. Step Three (cont). Add just a few random stems of greens and seeded eucalyptus to finish off the shape. Step Four: Secure with twine. Make any adjustments to the bouquet and cut the stems short. Step Five: Wrap with a piece of torn linen and jute. Use the tossed aside tuberose buds as cake flowers or to decorate tables by placing them in tiny vases. Keep you bouquet refrigerated and in water until ready for use. This super sweet, chic bouquet costs around $30-$40 to make! Hint: The tuberose bouquet would look pretty and effortless with a sheath wedding dress.
Photo by Woodland Fields Photography
We know, we know—you want to look gorgeous on your wedding day, but you still want to look like you. And a full set of false eyelashes can seem a little daunting if your regular makeup routine is on the low-maintenance side. The solution? Individual false lashes. When applied properly, they'll accentuate your eyes and maintain a natural look. Here's our top four tips for getting it right.1. Size Matters To appear as natural as possible, look for individual lashes that are just slightly longer than your natural lash. We like Ardell's Duralash Starter Kit ($9.99 at Amazon), as it offers three different lengths to choose from. 2. Focus on the Outer Corners Start on your outer corners of your eye and work your way in—this way you’ll have a clear view of where you can use the extra fringe. For a girly, wing-tipped look, apply the lashes to your outer corners only. 3. Dark Adhesive is Key Use a lash adhesive that dries dark (like Ardell's Duo eyelash adhesive in Dark, $4.79 at Amazon) to help mask unwanted traces of glue. Dark adhesive will also blend more easily with your eyeliner and mascara. 4. Minimize Mascara Once your false lashes are set, sweep with a volumizing mascara to complete your look. Avoid lengthening mascara and don’t go overboard with product—nobody wants spider lashes on their wedding day!
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Formal wedding portraits are a must for any wedding, but that doesn't mean there can't be room for a little creativity.
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1. Caught With Their Pants Down
Photo by Shipra Panosian
One sure-fire way to make portraits at a formal wedding seem less, well, formal? Lose the bottom half of the outfit!
2. Caught With Their Pants Down, Part Two
Photo by Shipra Panosian
Lose the bride this time around. Also, let's note how proud the guy all the way on the right looks.
3. The Basket Toss
Photo by Aaron Watson Photography
Just because your wedding party doesn't consist of former cheerleaders doesn't mean you can't steal one of their best moves.
4. The Human Pyramid
Photo by Andi Mans
Try this as a "warm-up" pose before you start taking more formal pictures—it'll loosen everyone up and make smiles come more naturally.
5. Props Galore
Photo by Bird and the Bear
Raid the photo booth prop box for hats, signs, moustaches, whatever, then let the group get crazy.
6. The Harry Potter
Photo by Birds of a Feather
Broomsticks! Because why not?
7. Damnnnnn, Girl
Photo by onelove photography
You know you'll be turning heads and raising eyebrows all day—why not get photographic evidence?
8. Behind the Barn
Photo by Karena Dixon Photography
The picture pretty much says it all.
Innovative ways for you and your guests to dine and drink the night away!
1. Intimate Family Dinner
Photo by Jodi Miller Photography
If your wedding guests are strictly family and close friends, opt for a cozier seating arrangement so it feels just like a classic family dinner.
2. Squared Seating
Photo by Happy Confetti Photography
These square-shaped tables can fit 9 people comfortably around it. This set-up allows everyone at the table to easily interact, no shouting required.
3. Cafeteria-Style Dining
Photo by Andi Mans Photography
Throwback to your high school days with this arrangement. Interacting with guests just became easier with this back to back set-up.
4. Raised Platform
Photo by Meg Perotti Photography
Place your table a step up from your guests so all eyes stay glued to you. It's also a great place for your best pals to give their toasts.
5. U-Shaped Table
Photo by Julie Cate Photography
If you're being somewhat selective about your wedding guests, opt for a u-shaped arrangement, with chairs on either side. This gives people space to easily mingle with others.
6. Round Arrangement
Photo by Jodi Miller Photography
A classic choice for many couples, seating people around a table gives people a more personal and intimate experience with other guests.
7. A Long, Rectangular Table
Photo by Weston Neuschafer Photography
Crowding around one big table after the ceremony will make everyone feel more connected to one another. Go with family-style serving to match the lay-out.
8. Dining Room Tables
Photo by Viera Photographics
Want an intimate dinner for a few hundred people? By setting up tables of 8-10 guests, everyone can have the family dinner experience without feeling overwhelmed.
9. Mix and Match
Photo by Birds of a Feather Photography
Give guests the communal dining feeling with longer tables, but go for a u shape for your wedding party and close family.
10. Backyard Seating
Photo by Landon Jacob Photography
If you've got a few hundred people and very limited space, try multiple u-shaped arrangments beside one another to create a community feel while avoiding overcrowding.
11. Romantic Private Dinner
Photo by Birds of a Feather Photography
Whether it's strictly close family, or you just want to stand out from the crowd, this private arrangement is perfect for the couple craving rustic intimacy.
Project and Photos by Brittni Mehlhoff of Paper & Stitch Give an inexpensive pair of champagne coupes some personality, with a custom ombre look that would be perfect for a bridal shower, rehearsal dinner, or reception. This would be a great way to add your wedding colors in a unique way, making them perfect for photo ops at any wedding event. Materials: Toasting Glasses Painter's Tape Spray Paint Matte Sealant How-To: 1. Start by taping each glass at the rim, making sure to tape an area wide enough to protect your lips from paint later, while sipping. 2. Next, tape off the inside of the glass. 3. Now that the glasses are properly taped, start spray painting the bottom of the stems. Then work your way upward, being careful to focus the bulk of the paint at the bottom, to create an ombre effect. 4. Once the paint has dried, apply a coat of matte sealant to keep the paint from chipping. 5. Once the sealant is dry, remove the painter's tape. 6. Add your favorite drink and get ready for a toast.
By: Jenny BattA touch of gold goes a long way! These metallic tassels will add an interesting flair to place settings. Materials White latex paint Small plastic container Paper clips Foil lined tray Bamboo skewer Gold liquid gilding Step One: Wrap thick cotton twine around your fingers about 20 times and cut the end. Step Two: Take a second piece of twine, then wrap and tie around the top. Knot to secure. Step Three: Unfold paperclips and hook on the tops of the tassels. Step Four: Pour white latex paint into a small container with high sides. Hold the tassel up with the paper clip and dip the tassel into the paint. Step Five: Use the skewer to press in the entire tassel until it is completely submerged. Pull out tassel and use skewer to scrape off any excess paint. Step Six: Lay to dry on a foil lined tray or cookie sheet. Use the skewer to gently style the tassel if needed. Repeat with remaining tassels. Let dry for 24 hours, flipping tassels over and placing them on a clean portion of the tray after 12 hours. You can also hang to dry with a tray underneath. Step Seven: Outside, paint each tassel gold and let dry. Spray a second coat. Flip over and cover the other side with two light coats. Let them air out a few days before use. DIY: Gilded Tassel Adornments Tie each tassel to cotton twine and wrap around napkins at each setting. Add a tag if desired. These would be just as fun as escort cards or attached to magnets and given as favors! (photos by hankandhunt.com)
By: Victoria HudginsThis 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.