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Project and Photos By: Victoria HudginsIf 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!
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.
Project by Erica Obrien No plates, no wrappers, these bite-sized gems are completely edible and perfect for everything from a formal dessert table at a wedding to a laid back gathering of girlfriends at a bridal shower. Of course the colors are customizable as are the sizes.
Step 1: Make the Cups At least one day in advance, gather what you’ll need and make the cups. The farther in advance, the better. Be sure to make extras in case of breakage. Here’s what you’ll need: Cardstock Tape Ruler Fondant in color of your choice Food-use only ruler Rolling pin Pizza wheel Water Two small round cutters, one slightly larger than the other Cornstarch (to prevent sticking) Roll cardstock tightly. Insert smaller round cutter into rolled up cardstock to ensure a snug fit. Tape down length of cardstock to secure. Use small amount of cornstarch to prevent fondant from sticking. Roll fondant into long thin strip. Place ruler on fondant and use pizza wheel to cut straight line. Save excess. Repeat on other side of ruler, matching strip width to height of smallest cutter. Use ruler to straighten edge of strip. Cut strip into 4 ½” pieces, or large enough to wrap around cardstock roll with a slight overlap, creating a closed ring. Wrap strips around cardstock roll, securing overlap with enough water to ensure sticking. Allow to dry at least overnight. Repeat as many times as needed until desired number of rings are made. Roll out extra fondant. Using larger cutter, cut an equal number of discs as you have rings. When dry, rings will be able to stand upright. Rings will create sides of cups; discs will form bottom of cups Step 2: Make and Decorate the Cakes Here’s what you’ll need: Cake of your choice baked in 2” high pan Piping bag with large round tip 8 and filled with your choice of buttercream Fondant rings and discs (made in advance) Edible “confetti” (sprinkles, sugar pearls, fondant circles, non pareils) in the color of your choice Place fondant ring on fondant disc. Place small amount of buttercream at bottom of ring to secure disc and cake to ring. Use smaller cutter to cut cake round. Insert cutter into ring and gently press to release cake. Press down to secure cake to buttercream. Top cake round with candy kiss-shaped dollop of buttercream. Top cake cups with confetti.
Hey, it's your big day! Why not glam up in style?
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.
Photos By: Chelsea Fuss
How sweet would it be to have all of your guests sporting a colorful corsage! Here's how to create them.
Photo by Kevin Milz Photography
If you're going to go preppy, why not go all out? We love how this groom combined a tan seersucker suit, pink gingham button-down, a madras bow tie, and a peony and berry boutonniere.
Photo by Kristopher Orr
Cardigans are an interesting yet appropriate alternative to tuxes for modern black and white weddings.
Photo by OneLove Photography
Cheeky socks just might be our favorite way for the groomsmen to show a little personality.
Photo by Anni Cee Photographie
If you're having a fall wedding, keep your groom warm with a three-piece tweed suit (the vest will provide extra insulation).
Photo by Sincerely Liz Photography
Suspenders are making a major come back ever since Ryan Reynolds wore custom leather ones at this wedding to Blake Lively. Choose a solid or patterened pair of suspenders that match his suit.
Photo by Ulmer Studios
Tip: If your summer wedding is on the casual side, keep your groom cool in a vest instead of a full-sleeved jacket.
Photo by Nerinna Photography
Help your groom subtly stand out from his groomsmen with a tie in a different pattern but same color palette.
Photo by Nadia D. Photography
White tux and a black tie. We love this reversed formal look.
Photo by Eyeris Photography
Personalize the groomsmen's button-down shirts with monogrammed initials on their wrists.
Photo by This Modern Romance
Having a photobooth at your wedding? Make it work overtime by creating favors out of the prints! Thank your guests by giving them a fun memento that will remind them of the good times they had on your big day! Here's how:
1. Get the exact dimensions of the photo booth prints from your photo booth rental vendor.
2. Purchase picture frames to fit these dimensions in bulk. A simple design will do.
3. Print out guest names with simple instructions encouraging them to place their photobooth pictures in the frame. Fit the slip into each frame and, if you'd like for the frames to also serve as place cards, put them at the appropriate table setting.
4. If you prefer escort cards over place cards, put a table beside the photobooth where you can line up your picture frames. Your guests will get the hint.
Depending on the style you choose, braids can be romantic, bohemian, or modern. This hairstyle is everywhere these days, and we just couldn't resist digging through our many braided hairstyle photos to share our favorite styles with you!
Photo by Loren Routhier Photography
1. Braided Updo A romantic braided updo has an Old World, Shakespearean-maiden vibe that we just adore. Braided updos are also a great way to keep your hair firmly in place for your entire wedding day.
Photo by Hudson Nichols Photography
2. Braided Crown A braid worn across your head with the rest long and loose is pure bohemian-chic. Add a sprig of flowers or two for a garden or outdoor wedding in the springtime.
Photo by Katherine O'Brien Photography
3. Modern Side FIshtail A more contemporary way to style a braid - a unique fishtail situated on the side. It's a little different, slightly casual, but still completely wedding-appropriate.
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