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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.
Project and Photos by Erica O'Brien Piped flowers are perfect for everything from backyard weddings to bridal showers to formal affairs. Although they had fallen out of favor during the height of the fondant craze, piping has made a huge comeback. You can use any buttercream recipe you like, but we prefer Swiss meringue buttercream. Because it's made with real butter, it has a slightly yellow tint, so be sure to practice on a small batch before adding lots of color. What You’ll Need: Small (8” or 10”) piping bag fit with leaf tip (such as Wilton tip 68) Large (18” or larger) piping bag fit with small star tip (such as Wilton tip 1M) Ivory, light pink, dark pink and leaf green buttercream Large icing spatula Small icing spatula To fill the piping bag, fold the top third over your hand. Use small icing spatula to fill small piping bag about half full with leaf green buttercream. To fill large piping bag, open base of piping bag wide so tip is visible. Think of interior of piping bag as a circular (pie-shaped) cavity divided into thirds. Fill large piping bag with ivory, light pink, and dark pink buttercream, placing each color to fill only one third of the interior of the pie-shaped cavity in the piping bag. Twist piping bag to create pressure on buttercream. Hovering above cake surface, squeeze piping bag until full star is formed. Release pressure so buttercream ceases to flow and lift up and away from cake . Repeat shape directly touching previous shape. Continue on top and side of cake creating a round, piped mound. Continue creating round piped mounds around edge of cake. To create leaves, twist piping bag to create pressure on buttercream. Hovering above cake surface, squeeze piping bag until buttercream starts to come out. Gently touch buttercream to cake surface to adhere. Gradually release pressure while pulling away to create a pointed leaf. Enjoy!
By Mary SwensonWarm-weather weddings, whether they're indoor or outside, call for plenty of liquids for your guests. These subtly-flavored waters are easy to make, are a creative way to hydrate your guests, and can do double-duty as table numbers! Purchase glass bottles with airtight stoppers (like these) for your water; they look great, and the stoppers will keep your water as fresh as possible. We used a simple number stencil and multi-surface acrylic paint to put the table number on each bottle. No stencils? Painting the number by hand can be just as charming. Once the numbers are fully dry, you are ready to start flavoring the water. Start by adding the flavorings of your choice to each bottle, fill them to the top with water, and secure the stoppers. Done! We combined cucumber and mint in our bottle, but the flavor possibilities are endless. Try raspberry and lime; sliced lemon, peaches, watermelon, or strawberries; vanilla beans...whatever you like! Make sure any fruit you use is washed thoroughly before using, and use spring or filtered water for the best taste. Chill your water before placing them on each table. As guests arrive to their tables, they can help themselves to sips of the refreshing brew. Ahhh! By Mary Swenson
Project and Photos By: Victoria HudginsThe latte bowl is having a wonderful design moment this year. Coming out at every store in the most beautiful hues, textures and styles. Grab a stack of coordinating bowls and bunches of your favorite flowers to finish off reception tables with a beautiful touch. Using latte bowls as centerpieces gives a gorgeous presentation to flowers, allows you to use fewer stems (which saves money!) and they are low enough to allow guests to see each other and chat across the table. 1. Collect anywhere from 1-3 bowls per table in coordinating colors and designs. Place a small floral ball in water to soak for hours before putting the centerpieces together. You will need to make these on the day of your event, so enlist the help of a good friend to do the final put together and placement. 2. Carefully poke 3-4 stems of your favorite fully-blooming flowers into the balls. 3. Mist to keep florals alert just before table placement. Project and Photos By: Victoria Hudgins
Photos By: Carly Taylor
The vintage book theme has been a major player in wedding themes this year. We think these bookmark escort cards are the perfect touch to your celebration!
Using an exacto knife, cut around the heart 90% of the way.
Leave a small portion of the heart uncut and attached to the page.
After cutting, you can easily erase your tracing lines with a clean cloth.
Using your pen, fill in table numbers on the heart and fold up for easy viewing on your seating table.
Write in each guest name on the long end of the book mark - and you are done!
Stay away from these 10 common hair mistakes (expert advice)
It’s supposed to be the happiest day of your life. As the bride, you’ll be the center of attention, and not only will your friends and family be present, but your photographs will capture the moment forever. On the big day, you want to look like yourself, only better. There’s nothing worse than a bride wearing a gorgeous gown, in the perfect location, whose hair is so dreadful that guests can’t keep their eyes off of it. Neil Weisberg and Amanda George, co-owners of the celebrity-filled Neil George Salon in Beverly Hills, say brides should always have a consultation with the stylist who will be doing their hair one to two months before the wedding date to ensure that their dream hairstyle fits in with their dream day. Weisberg and George advise staying away from these 10 common hair mistakes that brides make.
1. You forget your veil or headpiece. The veil factors into your overall look, and its length and style may determine if you’ll want to wear your hair up or down. If the veil hasn’t arrived yet, ask the bridal salon to loan you a sample, or at least bring along a photo when consulting with your hairdresser.
2. You cut your hair days before the wedding. Stay away from the scissors and don’t plan on getting a haircut right before the big day. Instead, do it a month or two prior to the wedding to ensure that you like the cut and it will work with the hairstyle you’ve chosen.
3. You don’t carefully choose your stylist. You will remember your wedding day forever, so choose someone you trust to style your hair. If your hairdresser doesn’t typically do wedding hairstyles, ask him or her for a recommendation, or speak with friends or other brides who have had hairstyles you’ve admired.
4. You experiment with hair color. Talk to your stylist about how you envision your hair on the big day, and let your colorist know if you are planning on wearing your hair up or down. It’s also not advisable to dramatically change your hair color before the wedding. You want to look like an enhanced version of you, not someone completely different.
5. You only try one style. Just as you tried on several wedding dresses (even if you knew the first one was the best), have your stylist show you at least three different looks based on your description of what you want.
6. You go to your consultation without any ideas. Pictures speak louder than words. Gather photos (e.g., from magazines) of hairstyles you like. This will give the stylist an idea of the kind of style you’re seeking. The stylist can’t make you look like the person in the picture, but he or she can attempt to copy the hair as long as the texture and length are not an issue.
7. You forget about touch-ups. If it’s in your budget, consider having the stylist stay after the ceremony and throughout the evening to do touch-ups to your hair—or even give you a completely different look. If the expense is too high, ask the stylist for tips on how to touch up your own hair during the reception.
8. You forget about the dress. Your hair should always complement your gown. Select your gown first and then decide on the hairstyle with your stylist.
9. You think short hair is your only option. If your cute bob doesn't jive with your dream of having long locks on the big day, ask your stylist for extensions. This temporary fix can be a perfect solution.
10. You forget about the groom. Although you’ll be the focus of the big day, you will want his hair to look just as good. Make sure the groom gets a good haircut a week before the wedding.
In this project, Mary Swenson extended the life of a pre-packaged paper flower centerpiece kit by turning the blooms into favors and centerpieces as well. Love it!
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Available at The Green Vase
10 DIY and ready-made ways to bring paper flowers in to your wedding.
Want your wedding bouquet to last longer than a season? Consider investing in a beautiful paper alternative from The Green Vase ($325). This multi-talented NY-based floral design shop also offers single paper blooms, cake toppers, and cake decorating kits.
Available at Frances & Francis
We love the idea of topping a reception table with a single romantic stem in a vintage glass bottle—and then repurposing the centerpiece as bookshelf decor in your new home! These romantic blooms from Frances & Francis ($14 to $60) are perfect for that.
West Elm Paper Flower Shop
Several national chains are hopping on the paper flower trend. For example: Furniture store West Elm, which offers several pretty pre-made sets ($7.99 to $36).
Available at House That Lars Built
Handcrafted in Copenhagen, these gold-stemmed paper roses ($14 each) will look beautiful gathered in a vase or laid upon individual place settings. Designer Brittany Watson Jespen also creates jumbo-sized versions of these blooms, as well as paper flower hats—email her for custom projects!
Crepe Paper Flower Bouquet DIY
You won't believe how easy (and inexpensive!) it is to whip up these colorful crepe flowers—it takes just three simple steps.
Available at Paper Source
Looking for a little guidance while you construct your paper blooms? Consider a pre-packaged kits from The Paper Source your new best friend ($10.95 - $19.95).
The Crafting Book
Paper to Petal, Available at Barnes & Noble
Husband and wife duo Rebecca Thuss and Patrick Farrell are very good at what they do (which includes photography, design, and, yes, plenty of paper crafts). Releasing late this August, their new book ($16.29) will show you how to make 75 paper blooms yourself. With a forward authored by Martha Stewart herself, it's clear the couple knows what they're doing.
The Perfect Prop
Large Paper Rose, Available at BHLDN
This extra-large paper rose ($68) is almost five feet tall! At that size, it's the perfect addition to any wedding photo booth. It's also, as the website suggests, a whimsical alternative to a basket of petals for the flower girl.
Paper Posy Escort Cards
Easy-to-make crepe flowers will add a joyful touch of color to any spring wedding! This tutorial offers step-by-step instructions for making these cheerful escort cards out of streamer ribbon. It's a great way to save money on a fun but lower priority item on your decor list.
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If you're still on the fence about paper flower decor, you have to check out Liz and Josh's color-infused Minnesota wedding. They created some of the most unique centerpieces we've ever seen!
Idea By: Sarah Zlotnick
From deep reds to snowy silvers, these shades are perfect for your cold-weather winter wedding.
1. Powder Blue
We love this cool hue for brides who are braving the cold and exchanging vows in front of a snowy winter backdrop.
Our picks (from left to right): Kip by Butter London ($15) // Caleigh by Scotch Naturals ($17) // Bikini So Teeny by Essie ($8.50)
2. Snowy Silver
Use a shimmering shade of silver or blue for a glistening look that will compliment your all-white ensemble.
Our picks (from left to right): Moon Rendezvous by Deborah Lippmann ($18) // No Place Like Chrome by Essie ($8.50) // Petrol by Butter London ($15)
3. Matte Rose
This romantic shade is perfect for the winter bride who wants a pop of pink that's not too bold.
Our picks (from left to right): Incognito by Dior Vernis Gel ($27) // Chanilly Lace Spring Collection by Deborah Lippmann ($18) // Beige Leger by Yves Saint Laurent ($27)
4. Deep Red
Go bold yet classic with these classic shades of red. This staple winter hue is sure to make a statement for your walk down the aisle.
Our picks (from left to right): Bordeaux Lust by Tom Ford ($32) // Nails Inc.London ($9.50) // Myrtle by Julep Beauty ($14)
5. Bright Nude
If you don't want to pull focus from your bridal look, stick with lighter neutrals that are reminiscent of a snowy winter scene.
Our picks (from left to right): Bubble Bath by OPI ($8) // Ivory Queen by Ciaté Paint Pots ($15) // Yacht Transatlantique by Dior Vernis ($30)
NEXT: 14 Neutral Nail Polishes for Brides
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!
By: Sarah Zlotnick
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