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For some couples, choosing a first dance song is super-easy. Maybe you have a song you danced to in high school or a tune you always blast in the car. But for other couples, choosing a first dance song can be a little more complicated. So we looked at our recent real weddings on Project Wedding to see which songs were resonating with couples to provide some inspiration.“Better Together” by Jack Johnson “Close Your Eyes” by Michael Buble “You are the Best Thing” by Ray LaMontagne “Hey Pretty Girl” by Kip Moore “All of Me” by John Legend “Marry Me” by Train “I Won’t Give Up” by Jason Mraz “La Vie En Rose” by Louis Armstrong “Can’t Help Falling in Love With You” by Ingrid Michaelson “Then” by Brad Paisley “Harvest Moon” by Neil Young “At Last” by Etta James “Lego House” by Ed Sheeran “The Book of Love” by Magnetic Fields “Make You Feel My Love” by Bob Dylan (Adele cover) “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You” by Frankie Valli “The Way You Look Tonight” by Frank Sinatra “A Thousand Years” by Christina Perri “Let’s Stay Together” by Al Green “For Once in My Life” by Stevie Wonder
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Project and Photos By: Chelsea FussFor the bride who loves the seaside, tradition, and classic, clean lines, this might be just the right bouquet! It's easy to make and costs around $45. Another great thing about this recipe is that the flowers are available year round! Supplies: flower clippers twine scissors ribbon bucket with water vase full-length mirror Flower Recipe: 5 open white roses (make sure they aren't all the way open because they will open quickly once the bouquet is made). 8 white hydrangeas Step One: Remove the leaves from the roses and the lower leaves from the hydrangeas. Keep the leaves at the top of the hydrangea stems as they will help frame the bouquet. Step Two: Gather three hydrangeas in one hand (tip: in the left hand if you are right-handed or vice versa). Step Three: Add a group of roses, each stem at varying heights. Fill in the holes with hydrangeas. Step Four: Hold the bouquet in front of you and look in a full-length mirror to make sure that the shape is how you like it. Make any adjustments and tie with twine. Step Five: Clip the stems short. Keep in a vase in a fridge (away from fruit and food) and add the ribbon a few hours before your ceremony!
1. A Pair of Mums
A cute pair of flowers is simply perfect for celebrating the pair of you! Oh, and mums the word on how cheap these invites are.
2. Pastel Patterns
A trend you can’t resist — mixed patterns! This distinctly patterned invite will also reflect your savvy style for a price that fits your budget. Find them here.
3. Flair for Style
Show your flair for style and your knack for scoring a good deal with these flourish wedding invitations featuring a bold element of design.
4. Flowers and Flourishes
A colorful floral sketch accented by faint flourishes creates a touch of whimsical charm on these inexpensive wedding invites.
5. Love Springs
You won’t have to spring much for these! An array of colorful flowers below two lovebirds becomes a trendy display of modern day romance. Find them here.
6. Sultry Blooms
Sultry blooms in rich colors bring an artistic quality of romance to these watercolor wedding invitations
7. Typography on White
Trendy typography looks amazing on this bright white wedding invitation- they’ll never know you paid so little for something so stylish!
8. Simply Modern
A unique look and vibrant colors all for an affordable price.
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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!
Project by Erica Obrien
Photos by Brooke Allison Photography
The chalkboard look is super trendy right now. This edible version would be great for wedding or shower favors. Be sure to make extras to keep for yourself!
Materials:Sugar cookie dough Black fondant Flour (for rolling dough) Small acrylic rolling pin Large acrylic rolling pin Small palette knife Letter stencil Cutter Royal icing Baking tray lined with parchment paper (not shown)
Roll dough to about 1/4" thickness.
Cut dough with cutter.
Lay on parchment-lined baking tray. Place in freezer until firm, about 20 minutes.
Roll fondant to about 1/16" thickness.
Cut fondant using same cutter used for cookies.
Place cut fondant on flat surface.
Lay stencil on fondant. Spread royal icing with palette knife. Wipe off excess. Allow to dry before proceeding to next shape or letter.
Bake cookies according to recipe directions. Once removed from oven and still warm, place fondant cutouts on cookies, allowing heat of cookie to set fondant to cookie.
Arrange neatly and enjoy!
Project and Photos by Brittni Mehlhoff of Paper & Stitch Add a custom touch to everything from centerpieces to guest favors with this DIY idea for mini monogrammed mirrored vases. Using inexpensive, but heavy-duty, glass votives, you can create small flower arrangements that will feel unique and special for your big day. And each one will only set you back $1.50. How's that for inexpensive? You can even create a special message for guests, spelled out with letter vases. Or incorporate shapes and patterns for an unexpected detail that guests will remember. Materials: Glass Votives Looking Glass Spray Paint Painter's Tape Scissors (optional) How-To: 1. Start by blocking out the basic shape of the letter or letters you want to monogram or message, with painter's tape. 2. Complete any inner details, using scissors (if necessary) to cut any shapes for the letters that can't be made by tearing the tape. Press the edges down firmly, to make sure the tape is secure. 3. Next, in a well ventilated area, spray paint the glass votives and allow the paint to dry fully before moving onto the next step. 4. Once the paint is completely dry, carefully remove the painter's tape. 5. Next, add water and flowers to complete each piece. Use the finished votive vases as tiny centerpieces running along a long table or as favors for guests to take home at the end of the evening.
After a full week of scoping out the stunning collections at Bridal Fashion Week, a few trends emerged as favorites among the wedding dress set. After sorting through the lot and sussing out our favorites, the 10 that follow are the looks we predict to see on real brides come Fall 2015. Good news: there's something available for everyone, no matter your bridal style.
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1. BREEZY BOHO
Gowns by: Carol Hannah and Amy Kuschel; Photos by Dan Lecca
From flowy sleeves to floaty skirts, these gowns are low mantinence and perfect for dancing. This gown from Alyne also contributed to the rise in boho.
2. CLEAN AND SIMPLE
Gowns by Jean-Ralph Thurin and Anna Maier; Photos courtesy of the designer and Dan Lecca
These well-constructed silk gowns will emphasize your curves in all the right places—and look just as striking without any embellishment.
3. CROP TOPS
Gowns by Naeem Khan and David''s Bridal; Photos by Dan Lecca
This street style favorite is going bridal, and we have to admit we love the flirty glimpse of midriff. Houghton and Theia also featured crop top bridal looks.
4. GOLD ACCENTS
Gowns by Badgley Mischka and Della Giovanna; Photos by Dan Lecca
Gone are the days of silver being the only acceptable accent for brides! The glam gold made an appearance on many runways this season, and it feels luxe and modern. Sarah Jassir and Amsale also featured this metallic accent.
5. DEEP V
Gowns by Dennis Basso and Inbal Dror; Photos by Dan Lecca
Necklines took a seriously sexy turn this season by dipping lower than ever before. Delphine Manivet and Ines Di Santo's designs also took the plunge.
Gowns by Hayley Paige and Johanna Johnson; Photos by Dan Lecca
This unusual detail really packs personality into an otherwise classic wedding gown, and we bet it'll really wow the crowd when they see the way it moves on the dance floor. This Kelly Faetanini number also makes use the detail.
7. THE FROZEN EFFECT
Gowns by Alfred Angelo and Theia; Photos by Dan Lecca
Between icicle-like shimmer and bundled up snow queens, the Disney movie Frozen definitely served as inspiration for many designers. The brides on Houghton's runway also featured a cozy look.
Looks by Houghton and Naeem Khan; Photos by Dan Lecca
Brides are no longer limited to a dress for their bridal look. Tuck a blouse into a skirt, or opt for a well-tailored pants suit, a perfect ensemble for a same-sex wedding! Rivini also showcased a sheer pantsuit on her runway.
9. SHOWING SKIN
Gowns by Pnina Tornai and Rania Hatoum; Photos by Dan Lecca
The designers this season are daring you to bare by offering sheer skirts, thigh-high slits, and cut-outs galore. Badgley offered illusion detailing, Ines di Santo featured high slits, and Rivini showcased cutouts.
10. Tiered Ball Gowns
Gowns by Anne Barge and Maggie Sottero; Photos by Dan Lecca
For the bride who wants to live out fantasy, this look is playful and romantic! Isabelle Armstrong and Katerina Bocci also made gowns fit for a princess.
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Project and Photos by Brittni Mehlhoff of Paper and Stitch Celebrate your bridesmaids and say thank you for all their support, with a hand painted watercolor clutch that matches your wedding colors. This is a great gift for your wedding party that you can easily add your own special touches to. Materials: Small to medium size fabric clutch Spray bottle filled with water Fabric paint in two shades of the same color Paint brush How To: 1. Start by spraying the clutch with a water bottle until damp. 2. Then, starting with your darkest color, begin painting the bottom of the clutch in an abstract painterly fashion (you don't have to create a perfect stripe here or anything with hard lines). 3. As you are painting, spray more water onto the bottom area as necessary, to give it more of an irregular watercolor feel. 4. Next, add the lighter color paint just as you did for the first color. Only this time, you'll be painting above the darker paint (more toward the middle of the clutch). Add more water if necessary. 5. Lastly, swipe your brush upward, from that second lighter layer of paint, to create a very faint third shade that will disappear into the natural fabric color. Wait for the paint to dry and it's ready to use. Take this gift a little further and add additional goodies inside the clutch, your bridesmaid may also like - a necklace, a pair of earrings, cute sunnies, etc.
Photo by Jackie Cooper Photography
Lots of questions swirl around what's OK and what's not when it comes to documenting a wedding via Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. While experts will disagree up and down the line about what's appropriate for guests, at the end of the day it's ultimately up to the bride and groom. If you're in favor of live documentation, here's a few helpful tips for making the most of it.
1. Pick a #hashtag.
Twitter, Instagram, and now Facebook all use phrases proceeded by the "#" sign to group designated thoughts together in a consecutive stream. Pick something easy to remember, such as #DZWedding or #SmithPartyof2, and stick with the same one for all events surrounding your wedding.
2. Share that hashtag with your guests—just don't do it too early.
Sending out Save-the-Dates and then actual invitations is very exciting, but these are not the places to share your wedding hashtag (leave those for the most pertinent information). It is fine, however, to share your hashtag on your wedding website as it gets closer to your actual ceremony. Guests will be logging on for last-minute gift registry, directions, and other information, and this will get them excited to share snaps and thoughts from the day when it actually arrives.
3. Consider your platforms.
Users generally have a larger following on Twitter, but those followers are more likely to be professional, personal interest, or internet-only connections. Facebook circles are generally smaller, but your photos will more likely be seen by people who may be hurt they were not invited to the wedding. Instagram is the most private of the platforms, with people mostly following real life friends. If you're concerned about privacy, you may want to (politely) request that guests refrain from posting on a particular platform.
4. Wedding weekend has arrived! Now's the time to remind everyone of your hashtag.
Have a bunch of guests staying at one hotel? Include your hashtag on any welcome notes you leave in their rooms. When it comes time for the actual wedding, instruct greeters and members of the wedding party to spread the word as guests arrive. You can also put include it at the top of your ceremony program.
5. But wait—do you really want phones out at the ceremony?
Think carefully about encouraging social media at your actual ceremony. Sure, it will be wonderful to see photos from the very moment you say 'I Do', but you also run the risk of amateur photographers accidentally blocking the shots of your professional ones. Having a night ceremony? There may be multiple flashes going off while you say your vows, which could be distracting. Guests are also more inclined to get sucked into their apps and/or accidentally leave alerts on, which could detract from what's happening between you and your spouse. At the end of the day, social media at your ceremony is entirely up to you, but this is one facet of the wedding that might work best when it's phone-free.
6. Your guests want to know what's allowed and what's not--and it's more than OK to tell them.
If you decide to allow social media at your ceremony, include any special rules or requests in a prominent place on your ceremony program, and ask greeters and family members to reiterate those rules as they say hello to guests. Don't worry about offending anyone too much--guests are more worried about doing something that may accidentally upset you! They'll be grateful for the clear guidelines.
7. Put up signs at the reception.
Create signs indicating your wedding hashtag and the platforms you're encouraging guests to use it on. Place those throughout the party space, perhaps with a few photobooth props by their sides (large sunglasses, mustache sticks, etc). This will encourage guests to take fun, memorable pictures of the night.
8. Collect the Memories!
Use storify to curate tweets and photos from the wedding in one place (you can also ask a friend or relative to do this). Printstagram takes Instagrams of the day out of phones and onto glossy hard stock, which will be perfect for displaying in your new home. Fleeting as it may be, social media can absolutely provide a more permanent reminder of this important occasion if you know how to work it.