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  • Project and Photos by Brittni Mehlhoff     Boutonnieres may seem intimidating to make, but they're actually one of the easiest flower DIYs you can tackle for a wedding. They are small, which means you don't need many flowers, and they're quick to make once you get the hang of it. So why not make your own for a fraction of the price that you would spend for a florist to do it for you?You can even use flowers from the grocery store.     Supplies: Scissors Tulips Solidago Monte Casino Floral Tape Ribbon  Straight Pin   How-To:   1. Start by removing all the lower leaves from the solidago and monte casino. Then cut the stems down to 5-7 inches.       2. Now, begin assembling the boutonnieres. Start with the solidago, as a base. Then add a tulip, crossing the stem of the tulip and solidago, like an X. Next, add the monte casino.     3. Wrap all of the stems with floral tape to secure the bout, starting about one inch down from the lowest bloom.     4. Cut the excess stems off, straight across, 1-2 inches down from the floral tape.     5. Add a ribbon and keep a straight pin handy for pinning onto the groom and groomsmen before the ceremony. Keep stems in a shallow dish of water until ready to use.     About $12 worth of flowers from the local grocery store, makes 7-10 boutonnieres, which means the cost is less than $2 per boutonniere.    
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  • Photos By: Mary Swenson

    Simple, rustic pine cones are perfect to use in a fall or winter wedding. These budget-friendly accents are seasonal without being kitschy, and add an element of warmth and charm to your event decor. Here are a few ways to incorporate them into your day!     Pine cones are great additions to any floral arrangement. We kept our flowers light-colored and simple so that the pine cones didn't get lost, but they work with virtually any color scheme!     You can find pine cones attached to a stick at florists and craft stores, which make it easy to pop them into your arrangement. You can also twist floral wire around the base of the pine cone, and then use that to attach the pine cone to the stem of the flower.     Forgo centerpiece flowers altogether by filling up glass containers with pine cones, or use these mock arrangements as inexpensive fillers for other areas of your event: a buffet table, the bar area, the gift table, or any spot that needs something extra!     Use pine cones for super-easy place cards that also double as favors. We jazzed up small pine cones with faux snow spray, and glued a small piece of ribbon to the tops with name tags looped through.     Group the finished pine cones on a tray or a table, or get creative and hang them from a large branch or mini-tree.     If you're passing out glasses of wine or champagne, or setting out stemware en masse for your guests, using tiny pine cones as an accent on each stem of glassware is a sweet detail!     We used a hot glue gun to adhere clear twine to the tops of each pine cone, and let them dry. Then we tied the pine cone around the base of each glass and trimmed off the excess twine.   

     

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    Project and Photos by: Carly Taylor     These balls come together quickly and can be made in any color you desire. They are more substantial than confetti or rice and will lend a fabulously festive touch to your goodbye.     The materials: small styrofoam balls (can be purchased at craft stores) yarn glue scissors
      The process: Using a dab of glue, attach on end of your chosen color of yarn to the styrofoam ball.
      Begin wrapping the yarn around and wrap it completely until you've covered the entire ball.
      Cut the yarn once the ball is covered and using a second dab of glue, secure the end of the yarn to the ball. 
      Gather in a group of pretty bowls with a note to take a handful and shower the bride and groom with a colorful goodbye.
      Enjoy!
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  • By: Sarah Zlotnick 

    From early love lessons to SAT prep, moms teach us a lot. They're by our sides through thick and thin, and, with any luck, have been the major helping hand in many of life's biggest moments. Sometimes it seems near impossible to pay Mom back for all her love and support, but hey—she is your mom. And because she's your mom, we guarantee she'll go all misty-eyed from even the smallest of gestures. Which is precisely why we're using this Mother's Day to brainstorm thoughtful ways to show some appreciation for the lady at your wedding. Our favorite ideas (besides wearing her wedding dress, of course) follow below—let us know what you'll be doing in the comments!  

    1. Have her walk you down the aisle!
    Don't think you need to find a male replacement for that moment if Dad's no longer in your life. In one of our favorite features on our blog One Lovely Day, Silka was escorted by her mother, and we have never seen a woman look more proud. Another idea: give one arm to Dad, one arm to Mom, and have both parents walk you down the aisle. |
    2. Give her a flower before the altar. Dad still doing the giving away? Take a moment before you step onto the altar to give your mother a flower from your bouquet. Purposefully singling her out right before you say your vows will show her (and everyone in attendance) how crucial her support has been in getting you there. The gesture will become even more special if you tuck one of her favorite blooms into your bouquet and present her with that.   3. Set aside a space dedicated to her memory. This beautiful idea comes from one of our Twitter followers (@MsMakeItRain29): If your mother has since passed, place a framed photo of her and her favorite flowers on the chair where she would have sat.   4. Include Mom in the getting ready fun. Book her a seat next to yours while you and your bridesmaids are getting your hair and makeup done. Involving her in this girls-only tradition will let her know know that you see her as a friend and confidant, which is the ultimate compliment.   5. Incorporate her wedding wear into your ceremony. In her New Jersey wedding, Marisa draped a dear late aunt's veil over her chuppah. We think this is an excellent compromise if you'd prefer to keep your bridal ensemble to yourself, but still want to show mom some respect for her marital history.   6. Recreate a moment from her wedding day. Sort through Mom's wedding pics and select a photo you find particularly striking (bonus points if it includes her parents). Suprise her by bringing the shot to your wedding and recreating the pose with your photographer—we guarantee she'll be touched by the gesture.     Photo by Briana Marie Photography
     
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  • Browsing through the beautiful bridal collections of JLM Couture, we were particularly taken by how many gowns in the Spring 2014 collections featured stunning back designs. From illusion lace to bejeweled keyholes, there were so many pretty styles we couldn't resist sharing a few of our favorites. 

    1. An open back flanked by jeweled panels (Gown by Hayley Paige) 

    2. A unique twist on the traditional keyhole (Gown by Jim Hjelm) 

    3. A romantic one-shoulder style (Gown by Jim Hjelm) 

    4. A touch Southern, don't you think? (Gown by Tara Keely) 

    5. Sweet—and just a touch sexy. (Gown by Tara Keely) 

    Also related: 6 Draped Backs We Adore. 

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  • Project By: Victoria Hudgins Photos By: Pictilio     Make a celebratory statement by topping your wedding cake and desserts with these bright and festive pinwheels. Make them large or small, individually or in mass to design a colorful element that fits your day perfectly.     Make the pinwheel cake toppers by using origami paper (or thin scrapbook paper cut into squares)- each pinwheel uses three squares.     Step One: Accordion fold the paper squares back and forth, then fold each section in half and crease.     Step Two: Combine three sections together to create a round. Glue the outside edges together to connect.     Step Three: Turn the pinwheel over and glue a wooden skewer to the backside of each. Let dry.     Step Four: Top cakes, pies, and desserts with the pretty toppers!
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  • Photo by Jose Villa

    Having an outdoor ceremony presents a unique opportunity for couples to get a little creative with the seating. Depending on your venue and the number of guests you're working with, breaking away from traditional seating can be the perfect way to bring a little extra style and personality to the ceremony decor. Get inspired with these ten unique ceremony seating ideas.

    1. Benches

    Photos by (from left): Jemma Keech, Jenelle Kepple

    Add a decorative touch (and extra comfort!) with some throw pillows that match your wedding style and color scheme. 

    2. Ottomans

    Photo by Jessica Claire

    We love the look and "homey" feel of accent tables placed between pairs of cushioned ottomans.

    3. Floor Cushions

    Photo courtesy of Glow Weddings and Events

    If you're working with a soft ground like a beach or grassy field, consider placing floor cushions on top of picnic blankets for a relaxed vibe. 

    4. Upholstered Furniture

    Photos by Ryan Ray

    Mix chairs and sofas of different shapes and styles, upholstered in fabrics of various colors and textures, for a vintage-glam look. 

    5. Lounge Furniture

    Photos by KT Merry

    Keep guests comfortable with plush lounge sofas a la this seaside ceremony!

    6. Circular Arrangement

    Photo by Jose Villa

    Say your vows surrounded (literally!) by friends and family with an intimate circular layout. 

    7. Spiral Arrangement

    Photos by (from left): Gideon Photography, Bellalu Photography

    Create a long, winding aisle with this dramatic, stunning seating style!

    8. Poufs

    Photo courtesy of Events of Distinction

    Give your ceremony decor a modern edge by swapping out chairs for sleek cube ottoman poufs. 

    9. Hay Bales

    Photos by (from left): Ryan Ray, Ulmer Studios

    Bales of hay covered with pretty blankets or colorful quilts give rustic weddings a nice, festive touch!

    10. Mix and Match

    Photos by (from left): Jose Villa, Alixann Loosle

    Pair long benches with an eclectic mix of chairs for a fun, unique look!

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  • While your dress obviously looks the most fabulous on you, we recommend that your photographer snap a picture of your gown against a backdrop that goes hand-in-hand with your wedding theme! It's a must-have photo momento you'll appreciate for years to come. Stuck on ideas for how to construct it? Eight of our favorites follow below. 

    1. Under the Arch 

    Photos by Feather and Twine Photography and Robyn Preston Photography

    If you're getting married under an outdoor arch, this is a a cute way to foreshadow the event to come. Just make sure your groom doesn't see! 

    2. No Place Like Home

    Photos by Michelle March Photography and Landon Jacob Photography

    Having a quiet backyard wedding? Hang your dress out front for an intimate look at your gorgeous gown. 

    3. Rustic Barn Beauty

    Photos by (from left to right): Onelove Photography and N. Barrett Photography

    Consider this a must-take photo if you're going for a rustic wedding vibe. Your dress will look flawless against a barn backdrop!

    4. Bridal Party Shot

    Photo by Taylor Lord Photography

    Get your gals in on the fun by hanging their dresses beside yours. Putting them in front of a window creates a beautiful lighting effect in pictures. 

    5. Brick Background

    Photos by Feather and Twine Photography and Michelle March Photography

    If your wedding venue has a southwestern flair to it, consider hanging your dress from a brick interior to showcase the style of your big day. 

    6. Cozy Indoor Shot

    Photos by Onelove Photography

    Get a shot of your wedding dress over a bookcase or fireplace for a quaint and intimate family room-style portrait.

    7. Be One With Nature

    Photos by Katelyn James Photography and Earthmuse Photography

    If you're having a small garden wedding or a tropical getaway ceremony, a woodland background is a great way to let your dress stand out on its own. 

    8. It's All About the Hanger

    Photo by Matt Andrews Photography

    Of course, these photos aren't complete unless you have a personalized hanger for your dress. Add your date or his last name to make it specially yours! 

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  • After a whirlwind long weekend, another Bridal Fashion Week has come and gone. Want to see all the new dresses? Head right here. More concerned with catching up on the highlights? No problem—scroll down for the gowns that kept us talking long after the models exited the catwalk. 

    1. Best Boho Look 

    Gown by Watters 

    Feels a little like something out of a Free People catalog, don't ya think? Between the sleeves, soft lace skirt, and buttons down the front, this gown was a forward-thinking surprise from Watters, and an delightful nod to the hippie-leaning girls of the West Coast.  

    2. Best Ball Gown 

    Gown by Angel Sanchez

    Architectural, interesting, and unique. . . but not just for uniqueness's sake. We can always count on Angel to tranform minimal basics into something special, and this airy, full-skirted dress is no exception. 

    3. Best City Hall / Reception Dress 

    Gown by Isabelle Armstrong 

    Formal on top, playful on bottom—this ostrich feather sheath is everything we want in a fun, flirty LWD. Added bonus: a bow on the back of the belt! 

    4. Best Minimalism 

    Gown by Amsale 

    Sometimes, the simplest statements are the loudest. Case in point: this gown. The flawless cut and thick fabric make it a blank canvas for some seriously amazing accessories, but it stands just as strong on its own. 

    5. Most Intricate 

    Gown by Naeem Khan 

    This award could actually go to Khan's entire collection. But here, I mean, helllooooo attention to detail. You could be rocking three inch spectacles and still make out those laser cuts. 

    6. Best Breezy Beach Style 

    Gown by Nicole Miller 

    We return to Nicole Miller time and time again for easy, comfortable gowns that maintain a sense of glamour. This Grecian style is simple in the front and majorly blinged out in the back, but (thanks to full-coverage illusion netting) doesn't require a lot of fuss to put on. Which means more dancing for you! 

    7. Most Artistic 

    Gown By Elizabeth Fillmore 

    Presenting "Degas" by Elizabeth Fillmore. See that watercolor peplum? It's completely detatchable. 

    8. Sportiest 

    Gown by Reem Acra

    With two white satin ribbons and a corresponding sash, the always glam Reem Acra morphs her signature style into something with just the right hint of athleticism. We were surprised, and we loved it!

    9. Coolest Cut-Outs

      

    Gown by Simone Carvalli 

    Street styles are creeping into bridal designs more than ever before, and we can't say we're mad about it. This cutout style is definitely not for the blushing bride, but why the heck not wear it for a glam ceremony someplace tropical? 

    10. Best Crop Top 

    Gown by Theia 

    How cute, cute, cute is this look? It's playful yet provides enough coverage to still feel bridal. 

    11. Most Regal 

    Gown by Sareh Nouri

    Want to feel like Kate Middleton on your wedding day? (Who doesn't want to feel like Kate Middleton on their wedding day?) The topper on this Sareh Nouri gown was constructed by Sophie Hallette, the same house that worked on the lace for the Duchess of Cambridge's gown. 

    12. Best Embellishment 

    Gown by Jenny Packham 

    First off, major props to Jenny Packham for sending a full-figured girl as gorgeous as this first down the runway. Secondly, no one mixes metallics and whimsical lace quite like the Brit. It feels like she just stepped out of a fairy tale. 

    13. Best Mermaid 

    Gown by Monique Lhuillier 

    Between the beautifully shirred faux-wrap bodice and the blooming rosettes on bottom, this gown is a venerable work of art. Bravo, Lhuillier. Bravo. 

    14. Best New Direction 

    Gown by Jean-Ralph Thurin 

    Traditionally, wedding dresses are all about being light, airy, and lacey. We love that Thurin consistently makes a purposeful pivot from this direction, styling his gowns with prominent seams, straight lines, and little adornment. Done in a soft blush, this is definitely a direction we're excited about for formal wedding dresses—it feels very sophisticated and high-fashion. 

    15. Most Futuristic 

    Gown by Romona Keveza 

    If Vogue ever decided to do a Star Trek issue, we bet this gown would be on the cover. Also, it's impossible to decide what's cooler—the shoulder cutouts or the gold belt. 

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  • Photo: Byron Loves Fawn

    With the popularity of signature bride and groom drinks and "create your own" cocktail bars stocked with assorted accoutrements and garnishes, the beverage station concept has become just as decorative as it is functional. Styled drink displays are a big trend in weddings these days, and since it doesn't look like they're going away any time soon, we're here to shed a little light on the art of creating the perfect beverage station for your wedding reception. Check out some of these great ideas and choose a few of your favorites to implement for a gorgeous drink display!

    Creative Signage

    Photos (from left): Matt Edge, Katelyn James

    Menu Boards

    Photos (from left): White Loft Studio, onelove Photography

    Decorative Frames

    Photos (from left): onelove Photography, Magnolia Pair

    Patterned Linens

    Photos (from left): White Loft Studio, Leila Brewster

    Fancy Ice Buckets

    Photos (from left): Paper Antler, Jose Villa

    Stylish Trays

    Photos (from left): Bryce Covey, Abby Jiu

    Infused Beverage Dispensers

    Photos (from left): Melissa Oholendt, Love is Sweet Events

    Unique Glasses

    Photos (from left): Byron Loves Fawn, Caroline Joy

    Fresh Fruit Embellishments

    Photos (from left): Carlie Statsky, White Loft Studio

    Herbal Embellishments

    Photos (from left): Stephanie Yonce, Megan Clouse

    Flavorful Elixirs

    Photos (from left): Heather Nan, Paper Antler

    Cocktail Napkins

    Photos (from left): KT Merry, Amy Arrington

    Party Straws

    Photos (from left): Paper Antler, JAC Photography

    Drink Stirrers

    Photos (from left): Katie Stoops, Emily Blake

    Custom Coasters

    Photos (from left): Max Wanger, Meg Perotti

    Cheers!!    
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  • Project and Photos by Brittni Mehlhoff     Boutonnieres may seem intimidating to make, but they're actually one of the easiest flower DIYs you can tackle for a wedding. They are small, which means you don't need many flowers, and they're quick to make once you get the hang of it. So why not make your own for a fraction of the price that you would spend for a florist to do it for you?You can even use flowers from the grocery store.     Supplies: Scissors Tulips Solidago Monte Casino Floral Tape Ribbon  Straight Pin   How-To:   1. Start by removing all the lower leaves from the solidago and monte casino. Then cut the stems down to 5-7 inches.       2. Now, begin assembling the boutonnieres. Start with the solidago, as a base. Then add a tulip, crossing the stem of the tulip and solidago, like an X. Next, add the monte casino.     3. Wrap all of the stems with floral tape to secure the bout, starting about one inch down from the lowest bloom.     4. Cut the excess stems off, straight across, 1-2 inches down from the floral tape.     5. Add a ribbon and keep a straight pin handy for pinning onto the groom and groomsmen before the ceremony. Keep stems in a shallow dish of water until ready to use.     About $12 worth of flowers from the local grocery store, makes 7-10 boutonnieres, which means the cost is less than $2 per boutonniere.    
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  • Photos By: Mary Swenson

    Simple, rustic pine cones are perfect to use in a fall or winter wedding. These budget-friendly accents are seasonal without being kitschy, and add an element of warmth and charm to your event decor. Here are a few ways to incorporate them into your day!     Pine cones are great additions to any floral arrangement. We kept our flowers light-colored and simple so that the pine cones didn't get lost, but they work with virtually any color scheme!     You can find pine cones attached to a stick at florists and craft stores, which make it easy to pop them into your arrangement. You can also twist floral wire around the base of the pine cone, and then use that to attach the pine cone to the stem of the flower.     Forgo centerpiece flowers altogether by filling up glass containers with pine cones, or use these mock arrangements as inexpensive fillers for other areas of your event: a buffet table, the bar area, the gift table, or any spot that needs something extra!     Use pine cones for super-easy place cards that also double as favors. We jazzed up small pine cones with faux snow spray, and glued a small piece of ribbon to the tops with name tags looped through.     Group the finished pine cones on a tray or a table, or get creative and hang them from a large branch or mini-tree.     If you're passing out glasses of wine or champagne, or setting out stemware en masse for your guests, using tiny pine cones as an accent on each stem of glassware is a sweet detail!     We used a hot glue gun to adhere clear twine to the tops of each pine cone, and let them dry. Then we tied the pine cone around the base of each glass and trimmed off the excess twine.   

     

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    Project and Photos by: Carly Taylor     These balls come together quickly and can be made in any color you desire. They are more substantial than confetti or rice and will lend a fabulously festive touch to your goodbye.     The materials: small styrofoam balls (can be purchased at craft stores) yarn glue scissors
      The process: Using a dab of glue, attach on end of your chosen color of yarn to the styrofoam ball.
      Begin wrapping the yarn around and wrap it completely until you've covered the entire ball.
      Cut the yarn once the ball is covered and using a second dab of glue, secure the end of the yarn to the ball. 
      Gather in a group of pretty bowls with a note to take a handful and shower the bride and groom with a colorful goodbye.
      Enjoy!
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  • By: Sarah Zlotnick 

    From early love lessons to SAT prep, moms teach us a lot. They're by our sides through thick and thin, and, with any luck, have been the major helping hand in many of life's biggest moments. Sometimes it seems near impossible to pay Mom back for all her love and support, but hey—she is your mom. And because she's your mom, we guarantee she'll go all misty-eyed from even the smallest of gestures. Which is precisely why we're using this Mother's Day to brainstorm thoughtful ways to show some appreciation for the lady at your wedding. Our favorite ideas (besides wearing her wedding dress, of course) follow below—let us know what you'll be doing in the comments!  

    1. Have her walk you down the aisle!
    Don't think you need to find a male replacement for that moment if Dad's no longer in your life. In one of our favorite features on our blog One Lovely Day, Silka was escorted by her mother, and we have never seen a woman look more proud. Another idea: give one arm to Dad, one arm to Mom, and have both parents walk you down the aisle. |
    2. Give her a flower before the altar. Dad still doing the giving away? Take a moment before you step onto the altar to give your mother a flower from your bouquet. Purposefully singling her out right before you say your vows will show her (and everyone in attendance) how crucial her support has been in getting you there. The gesture will become even more special if you tuck one of her favorite blooms into your bouquet and present her with that.   3. Set aside a space dedicated to her memory. This beautiful idea comes from one of our Twitter followers (@MsMakeItRain29): If your mother has since passed, place a framed photo of her and her favorite flowers on the chair where she would have sat.   4. Include Mom in the getting ready fun. Book her a seat next to yours while you and your bridesmaids are getting your hair and makeup done. Involving her in this girls-only tradition will let her know know that you see her as a friend and confidant, which is the ultimate compliment.   5. Incorporate her wedding wear into your ceremony. In her New Jersey wedding, Marisa draped a dear late aunt's veil over her chuppah. We think this is an excellent compromise if you'd prefer to keep your bridal ensemble to yourself, but still want to show mom some respect for her marital history.   6. Recreate a moment from her wedding day. Sort through Mom's wedding pics and select a photo you find particularly striking (bonus points if it includes her parents). Suprise her by bringing the shot to your wedding and recreating the pose with your photographer—we guarantee she'll be touched by the gesture.     Photo by Briana Marie Photography
     
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  • Browsing through the beautiful bridal collections of JLM Couture, we were particularly taken by how many gowns in the Spring 2014 collections featured stunning back designs. From illusion lace to bejeweled keyholes, there were so many pretty styles we couldn't resist sharing a few of our favorites. 

    1. An open back flanked by jeweled panels (Gown by Hayley Paige) 

    2. A unique twist on the traditional keyhole (Gown by Jim Hjelm) 

    3. A romantic one-shoulder style (Gown by Jim Hjelm) 

    4. A touch Southern, don't you think? (Gown by Tara Keely) 

    5. Sweet—and just a touch sexy. (Gown by Tara Keely) 

    Also related: 6 Draped Backs We Adore. 

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  • Project By: Victoria Hudgins Photos By: Pictilio     Make a celebratory statement by topping your wedding cake and desserts with these bright and festive pinwheels. Make them large or small, individually or in mass to design a colorful element that fits your day perfectly.     Make the pinwheel cake toppers by using origami paper (or thin scrapbook paper cut into squares)- each pinwheel uses three squares.     Step One: Accordion fold the paper squares back and forth, then fold each section in half and crease.     Step Two: Combine three sections together to create a round. Glue the outside edges together to connect.     Step Three: Turn the pinwheel over and glue a wooden skewer to the backside of each. Let dry.     Step Four: Top cakes, pies, and desserts with the pretty toppers!
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  • Photo by Jose Villa

    Having an outdoor ceremony presents a unique opportunity for couples to get a little creative with the seating. Depending on your venue and the number of guests you're working with, breaking away from traditional seating can be the perfect way to bring a little extra style and personality to the ceremony decor. Get inspired with these ten unique ceremony seating ideas.

    1. Benches

    Photos by (from left): Jemma Keech, Jenelle Kepple

    Add a decorative touch (and extra comfort!) with some throw pillows that match your wedding style and color scheme. 

    2. Ottomans

    Photo by Jessica Claire

    We love the look and "homey" feel of accent tables placed between pairs of cushioned ottomans.

    3. Floor Cushions

    Photo courtesy of Glow Weddings and Events

    If you're working with a soft ground like a beach or grassy field, consider placing floor cushions on top of picnic blankets for a relaxed vibe. 

    4. Upholstered Furniture

    Photos by Ryan Ray

    Mix chairs and sofas of different shapes and styles, upholstered in fabrics of various colors and textures, for a vintage-glam look. 

    5. Lounge Furniture

    Photos by KT Merry

    Keep guests comfortable with plush lounge sofas a la this seaside ceremony!

    6. Circular Arrangement

    Photo by Jose Villa

    Say your vows surrounded (literally!) by friends and family with an intimate circular layout. 

    7. Spiral Arrangement

    Photos by (from left): Gideon Photography, Bellalu Photography

    Create a long, winding aisle with this dramatic, stunning seating style!

    8. Poufs

    Photo courtesy of Events of Distinction

    Give your ceremony decor a modern edge by swapping out chairs for sleek cube ottoman poufs. 

    9. Hay Bales

    Photos by (from left): Ryan Ray, Ulmer Studios

    Bales of hay covered with pretty blankets or colorful quilts give rustic weddings a nice, festive touch!

    10. Mix and Match

    Photos by (from left): Jose Villa, Alixann Loosle

    Pair long benches with an eclectic mix of chairs for a fun, unique look!

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  • While your dress obviously looks the most fabulous on you, we recommend that your photographer snap a picture of your gown against a backdrop that goes hand-in-hand with your wedding theme! It's a must-have photo momento you'll appreciate for years to come. Stuck on ideas for how to construct it? Eight of our favorites follow below. 

    1. Under the Arch 

    Photos by Feather and Twine Photography and Robyn Preston Photography

    If you're getting married under an outdoor arch, this is a a cute way to foreshadow the event to come. Just make sure your groom doesn't see! 

    2. No Place Like Home

    Photos by Michelle March Photography and Landon Jacob Photography

    Having a quiet backyard wedding? Hang your dress out front for an intimate look at your gorgeous gown. 

    3. Rustic Barn Beauty

    Photos by (from left to right): Onelove Photography and N. Barrett Photography

    Consider this a must-take photo if you're going for a rustic wedding vibe. Your dress will look flawless against a barn backdrop!

    4. Bridal Party Shot

    Photo by Taylor Lord Photography

    Get your gals in on the fun by hanging their dresses beside yours. Putting them in front of a window creates a beautiful lighting effect in pictures. 

    5. Brick Background

    Photos by Feather and Twine Photography and Michelle March Photography

    If your wedding venue has a southwestern flair to it, consider hanging your dress from a brick interior to showcase the style of your big day. 

    6. Cozy Indoor Shot

    Photos by Onelove Photography

    Get a shot of your wedding dress over a bookcase or fireplace for a quaint and intimate family room-style portrait.

    7. Be One With Nature

    Photos by Katelyn James Photography and Earthmuse Photography

    If you're having a small garden wedding or a tropical getaway ceremony, a woodland background is a great way to let your dress stand out on its own. 

    8. It's All About the Hanger

    Photo by Matt Andrews Photography

    Of course, these photos aren't complete unless you have a personalized hanger for your dress. Add your date or his last name to make it specially yours! 

    BROWSE MORE WEDDING DRESS PHOTOS

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  • After a whirlwind long weekend, another Bridal Fashion Week has come and gone. Want to see all the new dresses? Head right here. More concerned with catching up on the highlights? No problem—scroll down for the gowns that kept us talking long after the models exited the catwalk. 

    1. Best Boho Look 

    Gown by Watters 

    Feels a little like something out of a Free People catalog, don't ya think? Between the sleeves, soft lace skirt, and buttons down the front, this gown was a forward-thinking surprise from Watters, and an delightful nod to the hippie-leaning girls of the West Coast.  

    2. Best Ball Gown 

    Gown by Angel Sanchez

    Architectural, interesting, and unique. . . but not just for uniqueness's sake. We can always count on Angel to tranform minimal basics into something special, and this airy, full-skirted dress is no exception. 

    3. Best City Hall / Reception Dress 

    Gown by Isabelle Armstrong 

    Formal on top, playful on bottom—this ostrich feather sheath is everything we want in a fun, flirty LWD. Added bonus: a bow on the back of the belt! 

    4. Best Minimalism 

    Gown by Amsale 

    Sometimes, the simplest statements are the loudest. Case in point: this gown. The flawless cut and thick fabric make it a blank canvas for some seriously amazing accessories, but it stands just as strong on its own. 

    5. Most Intricate 

    Gown by Naeem Khan 

    This award could actually go to Khan's entire collection. But here, I mean, helllooooo attention to detail. You could be rocking three inch spectacles and still make out those laser cuts. 

    6. Best Breezy Beach Style 

    Gown by Nicole Miller 

    We return to Nicole Miller time and time again for easy, comfortable gowns that maintain a sense of glamour. This Grecian style is simple in the front and majorly blinged out in the back, but (thanks to full-coverage illusion netting) doesn't require a lot of fuss to put on. Which means more dancing for you! 

    7. Most Artistic 

    Gown By Elizabeth Fillmore 

    Presenting "Degas" by Elizabeth Fillmore. See that watercolor peplum? It's completely detatchable. 

    8. Sportiest 

    Gown by Reem Acra

    With two white satin ribbons and a corresponding sash, the always glam Reem Acra morphs her signature style into something with just the right hint of athleticism. We were surprised, and we loved it!

    9. Coolest Cut-Outs

      

    Gown by Simone Carvalli 

    Street styles are creeping into bridal designs more than ever before, and we can't say we're mad about it. This cutout style is definitely not for the blushing bride, but why the heck not wear it for a glam ceremony someplace tropical? 

    10. Best Crop Top 

    Gown by Theia 

    How cute, cute, cute is this look? It's playful yet provides enough coverage to still feel bridal. 

    11. Most Regal 

    Gown by Sareh Nouri

    Want to feel like Kate Middleton on your wedding day? (Who doesn't want to feel like Kate Middleton on their wedding day?) The topper on this Sareh Nouri gown was constructed by Sophie Hallette, the same house that worked on the lace for the Duchess of Cambridge's gown. 

    12. Best Embellishment 

    Gown by Jenny Packham 

    First off, major props to Jenny Packham for sending a full-figured girl as gorgeous as this first down the runway. Secondly, no one mixes metallics and whimsical lace quite like the Brit. It feels like she just stepped out of a fairy tale. 

    13. Best Mermaid 

    Gown by Monique Lhuillier 

    Between the beautifully shirred faux-wrap bodice and the blooming rosettes on bottom, this gown is a venerable work of art. Bravo, Lhuillier. Bravo. 

    14. Best New Direction 

    Gown by Jean-Ralph Thurin 

    Traditionally, wedding dresses are all about being light, airy, and lacey. We love that Thurin consistently makes a purposeful pivot from this direction, styling his gowns with prominent seams, straight lines, and little adornment. Done in a soft blush, this is definitely a direction we're excited about for formal wedding dresses—it feels very sophisticated and high-fashion. 

    15. Most Futuristic 

    Gown by Romona Keveza 

    If Vogue ever decided to do a Star Trek issue, we bet this gown would be on the cover. Also, it's impossible to decide what's cooler—the shoulder cutouts or the gold belt. 

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  • Photo: Byron Loves Fawn

    With the popularity of signature bride and groom drinks and "create your own" cocktail bars stocked with assorted accoutrements and garnishes, the beverage station concept has become just as decorative as it is functional. Styled drink displays are a big trend in weddings these days, and since it doesn't look like they're going away any time soon, we're here to shed a little light on the art of creating the perfect beverage station for your wedding reception. Check out some of these great ideas and choose a few of your favorites to implement for a gorgeous drink display!

    Creative Signage

    Photos (from left): Matt Edge, Katelyn James

    Menu Boards

    Photos (from left): White Loft Studio, onelove Photography

    Decorative Frames

    Photos (from left): onelove Photography, Magnolia Pair

    Patterned Linens

    Photos (from left): White Loft Studio, Leila Brewster

    Fancy Ice Buckets

    Photos (from left): Paper Antler, Jose Villa

    Stylish Trays

    Photos (from left): Bryce Covey, Abby Jiu

    Infused Beverage Dispensers

    Photos (from left): Melissa Oholendt, Love is Sweet Events

    Unique Glasses

    Photos (from left): Byron Loves Fawn, Caroline Joy

    Fresh Fruit Embellishments

    Photos (from left): Carlie Statsky, White Loft Studio

    Herbal Embellishments

    Photos (from left): Stephanie Yonce, Megan Clouse

    Flavorful Elixirs

    Photos (from left): Heather Nan, Paper Antler

    Cocktail Napkins

    Photos (from left): KT Merry, Amy Arrington

    Party Straws

    Photos (from left): Paper Antler, JAC Photography

    Drink Stirrers

    Photos (from left): Katie Stoops, Emily Blake

    Custom Coasters

    Photos (from left): Max Wanger, Meg Perotti

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