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  • Project By: Victoria Hudgins

    Photos By: Pictilio   Make a HUGE impact on your wedding day using affordable and simple crepe paper streamers! When executed in a sophisticated range of colors, this normal, everyday party supply can suddenly become an eye catching reception centerpiece or ceremony backdrop.   To get the look, the trick is to layer the streamers in a thick succession, then cut them back to reveal layers of gorgeous texture.     Step One: Begin by selecting 2-4 streamer colors that coordinate with your palette. Add in a pretty metallic thread for an extra layer of texture.     Step Two: Cut wood pieces to the desired width and length. A long and narrow installation can center a family style reception table or make it shorter and thicker to back a ceremony or dessert table.     Step Three: Starting with the most outward layers, glue the streamers to the bottom of the wood. Glue them from one end to the other with thin strips of hot glue. Then, move towards the center of the plank an inch or two and begin glueing the next layer, and the next and the next- until the streamers from both sides meet in the middle.     Step Four: Turn the installation upright and hang it so you can carefully glue in the metallic string and begin cutting up on the outward layers to reveal the texture hidden inside.     Step Five: Continue creating layers, taking perspective from both sides, until you are happy with the look.    
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  • Photo By: Mary Swenson

    Succulents are all the rage for weddings and parties, and with good reason: these little plants are not only completely adorable, but they're inexpensive and easy to work into just about any theme.     The popularity of succulents has made them available almost anywhere. We purchased ours for less than $3 each at a home improvement store!     There are many different types of succulents to choose from, and all require the same, easy care: a sunny window, and watering only when the soil is completely dry. We love how interesting different types of succulents look together, so we chose a variety for our project.     One of our favorite ways to see succulents is when they are paired with neutrals and rustic elements - they add a bit of a modern touch and subtle color to enhance the decor perfectly. We kept things super simple by keeping the succulent plants in their original plastic pots and wrapping kraft paper around each one.     Name tags were tied around each pot with a piece of unfussy twine.     The options are endless for how to display these tiny favors! We love the look of them arranged on a tiered stand...     ...or placed at each guests' spot at the table.     Remove the name tags and cluster the plants on a cake stand placed in the center of each table for an instant centerpiece...     ...or arrange them inside a wooden box for an ultra-pared down and rustic look. Your guests will love to take home these plants as a memento of your special day!     Photo By: Mary Swenson
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  • Project By: Erica Obrien

    Photos By: Cory Obrien     Supplies: Here's what you'll need (clockwise from left): food-use only ruler small sprinkles or nonpareils (available at most crafts stores) piping gel (available at most crafts stores) tapemeasure small flexible cup petal dust in desired shade (we like Crystal Colors brand) food-use only paintbrush ziplock bag     Step One: Remove shaker cap from sprinkles.     Step Two: Empty into ziplock bag.     Step Three: Pour a small amount of petal dust into bag. (Remember you can always add more, so start with a little).     Step Four: Shake the bag until dust is evenly distributed and desired depth of color is achieved.     Step Five: Using tapemeasure, determine the spacing and width of stripes.     Step Six: Dip paintbrush in piping gel.     Step Seven: Using ruler as a guide to acheive a straight line, brush a generous amount of piping gel onto cake with short, even strokes.     Step Eight: Repeat on the right side of line.     Step Nine: Empty colored sprinkles into small cup.     Step Ten: Gently pour sprinkles onto cake.     Tip: You will have many extra sprinkles. Pour onto a sheet of parchment creased in the middle and pour back into small cup. Repeat process until all lines are finished.     Enjoy your chic, striped creation!  
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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! 

     

     

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  • Project and Photos by Brittni Mehlhoff     Incorporate the international symbol of love on your big day, with this sweet, wire heart, wrapped in velvety leaves from a dusty miller plant. It looks so good, no one will even know you made it yourself.     Materials: Dusty Miller Pliable Wire Washi Tape Wire Cutters Hot Glue Gun   How-To:     Step One: Cut a piece or wire that is 12-16 inches long.     Step Two: Bend the wire into a heart shape, by finding the mid point and bending up from there. Create the two humps for the top of the heart and bring the two ends together to finish the shape.     Step Three: Then, secure the two loose ends of the wire together with washi tape.     Step Four: Next, pluck leaves, of various sizes, off of a stem of dusty miller.       Step Five: Attach leaves individually to the wire with hot glue, starting at the top of the heart and working your way down.        Complete one side, and then the other.     Use the completed flower heart as a decoration for tables, the bride and groom chairs, or even as a cute cake topper. Note: If using around food, be sure to use edible flowers or non-toxic plant leaves only.
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  • Who says portraits have to be all manly poses and serious faces? These groomsmen are cracking me up with their hilarious picture ideas. 

    1. The Gender Flipped Ring Pic 

    Photo by j.woodbery photography 

    Everyone's always asking to see the bride's bling, so kudos to this guy for showing off his. 

    2. Jumping (Really High) for Joy 

    Photo courtesy Morais Vineyard 

    So high, in fact, that you're poised to jump right over the bridesmaids heads. 

    3. Hi-Ya!

    Photo by Suzanne Rothmeyer

    Karate chop! Well, sort of. 

    4. This Guy 

    Photo by onelove Photography 

    Just a couple of guys, cracking each other up. 

    5. Attack of the 50 Foot Bride 

    Photo by Secrest Wedding Photography 

    Ahh!!!!

    6. Street Musicians 

    Photo by Heather Kincaid

    More cowbell! 

    7. Going Topless 

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    Photo by Heather Kincaid

    When all else fails, just take off your shirt. 

    8. Going Topless (Pt. II) 

    Photo by J Wiley 

    Or, you know, just leave it mostly unbuttoned. 

    9. Dunce Cap 

    Photo by Weston Neuschafer 

    Gotta love a groom who isn't afraid to poke fun at himself. 

    NEXT: 8 Funny Pictures to Take With Your Wedding Party

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  • When it comes to setting the mood at your wedding, the right lighting makes a world of difference. Take a look at our favorite lighting setups and prepare to swoon!

    1. Twinkle Light Backdrop

    Photo by Mastin Studio

    Easy to execute and makes for a perfect photo opp! 

    2. Lotus Chandeliers Above, Candles Below

    Photo by Allyson Wiley

    Truly one of the most romantic ceremony setups we've ever seen.

    3. String Light Showers

    Photo by Orange Turtle Photography

    A must-have for an outdoor reception, as far as we're concerned!

    4. Glowing Pendants Hanging in Palm Trees

    Photo by Studio 222

    The perfect complement to a seaside setting at sundown. 

    5. Cluster of Chandeliers

    Photo by Michael + Anna Costa

    Suspended at different heights, these crystal chandeliers create a dramatic focal point.

    6. Twinkling Oak Trees

    Photo by Day 7 Photography

    Playing up a natural backdrop creates quite the enchanting scene.

    7. Lantern-Lit Pathway

    Photo by KT Merry

    These create such a warm, inviting first impression.

    8. Cafe Light Pavilion

    Photo by Orange Turtle Photography

    Make that first dance even more magical!

    9. Illuminated Grapevine Balls 

    Photo by Julia Wade

    The perfect touch for a rustic wedding.

    10. Oversized Lanterns

    Photo by Samuel Lippke

    Our favorite choice for a chic, contemporary vibe.

    11. Draped String Lights

    Photo by Mastin Studio

    Take advantage of a high-ceilinged venue with this stunning alternative to traditional draping. 

    12. Outdoor Chandliers

    Photo by Stephanie Yonce

    The picture of perfection for a garden wedding. 

    To see more of our favorites, check out our Lighting Ideas We Love board!

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  • 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!

    The materials: Paper, access to a lamination machine, an exacto knife and pretty markers.     First you will need to laminate the paper you are using. You can buy a small machine to do this or bring your papers to the local copy store for lamination.Next, you will need to cut out your bookmarks using a straight edge or paper trimmer.     Trace a small heart on the top portion of each bookmark.    

    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!

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  • The ultimate accessory for the bridal party!    Project By: Janie Medley Photos By: Marvelous Things Photography   The ultimate accessory for a bridal party, this pretty DIY only took 15 minutes to make!  You might want to take it beyond the wedding day, though, for date night or “just because.”     You Will Need: Peonies Ranunculus Jasmine Vine Scissors Headband Floral Adhesive     Step One: Glue the jasmine vine or whatever greenery you choose down the middle of the headband. For a whimsical look and feel, don’t glue the vines to the sides of the headband.     Step Two: Cut the stems off each of the flowers, so the flower head will lay flat.       Step Three: Glue them one by one onto the headband. You will need to hold the flower head in place for 10 seconds, after applying the glue.     You’re done! How cute is that?!     Make one for each member of your bridal party and complement them with this lush floral crown  
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  • Photos By: ohhappyday.com   This giant confetti looks festive whether its floating through the air or looking pretty on the floor.     We've seen this giant confetti premade in different parts of Europe but you can make your own with a $12 circle punch and some tissue paper. Maybe buy two and enlist the help of a friend.   Materials: Glassine Bags 4 3/4" x 6 5/8" Tissue Paper Giant 2" Circle Punch Computer Printer Japanese Washi Tape     The bags are really easy. Did you know you can put these bags through a regular desktop printer and print your own design on them? For this one we just made a really simple design on Adobe Illustrator then put the bag through the printer. It depends what program you are working in, but usually you need to make your document the same size as the bag and then tell your printer what size the "paper" you are loading into your machine is.   Stuff the bags with the giant confetti and seal with a small piece of colored washi tape.     Then leave the bags for your guests in their seats or hand out with the programs.     Happy Celebrating!  
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  • Project By: Victoria Hudgins

    Photos By: Pictilio   Make a HUGE impact on your wedding day using affordable and simple crepe paper streamers! When executed in a sophisticated range of colors, this normal, everyday party supply can suddenly become an eye catching reception centerpiece or ceremony backdrop.   To get the look, the trick is to layer the streamers in a thick succession, then cut them back to reveal layers of gorgeous texture.     Step One: Begin by selecting 2-4 streamer colors that coordinate with your palette. Add in a pretty metallic thread for an extra layer of texture.     Step Two: Cut wood pieces to the desired width and length. A long and narrow installation can center a family style reception table or make it shorter and thicker to back a ceremony or dessert table.     Step Three: Starting with the most outward layers, glue the streamers to the bottom of the wood. Glue them from one end to the other with thin strips of hot glue. Then, move towards the center of the plank an inch or two and begin glueing the next layer, and the next and the next- until the streamers from both sides meet in the middle.     Step Four: Turn the installation upright and hang it so you can carefully glue in the metallic string and begin cutting up on the outward layers to reveal the texture hidden inside.     Step Five: Continue creating layers, taking perspective from both sides, until you are happy with the look.    
    2
  • Photo By: Mary Swenson

    Succulents are all the rage for weddings and parties, and with good reason: these little plants are not only completely adorable, but they're inexpensive and easy to work into just about any theme.     The popularity of succulents has made them available almost anywhere. We purchased ours for less than $3 each at a home improvement store!     There are many different types of succulents to choose from, and all require the same, easy care: a sunny window, and watering only when the soil is completely dry. We love how interesting different types of succulents look together, so we chose a variety for our project.     One of our favorite ways to see succulents is when they are paired with neutrals and rustic elements - they add a bit of a modern touch and subtle color to enhance the decor perfectly. We kept things super simple by keeping the succulent plants in their original plastic pots and wrapping kraft paper around each one.     Name tags were tied around each pot with a piece of unfussy twine.     The options are endless for how to display these tiny favors! We love the look of them arranged on a tiered stand...     ...or placed at each guests' spot at the table.     Remove the name tags and cluster the plants on a cake stand placed in the center of each table for an instant centerpiece...     ...or arrange them inside a wooden box for an ultra-pared down and rustic look. Your guests will love to take home these plants as a memento of your special day!     Photo By: Mary Swenson
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  • Project By: Erica Obrien

    Photos By: Cory Obrien     Supplies: Here's what you'll need (clockwise from left): food-use only ruler small sprinkles or nonpareils (available at most crafts stores) piping gel (available at most crafts stores) tapemeasure small flexible cup petal dust in desired shade (we like Crystal Colors brand) food-use only paintbrush ziplock bag     Step One: Remove shaker cap from sprinkles.     Step Two: Empty into ziplock bag.     Step Three: Pour a small amount of petal dust into bag. (Remember you can always add more, so start with a little).     Step Four: Shake the bag until dust is evenly distributed and desired depth of color is achieved.     Step Five: Using tapemeasure, determine the spacing and width of stripes.     Step Six: Dip paintbrush in piping gel.     Step Seven: Using ruler as a guide to acheive a straight line, brush a generous amount of piping gel onto cake with short, even strokes.     Step Eight: Repeat on the right side of line.     Step Nine: Empty colored sprinkles into small cup.     Step Ten: Gently pour sprinkles onto cake.     Tip: You will have many extra sprinkles. Pour onto a sheet of parchment creased in the middle and pour back into small cup. Repeat process until all lines are finished.     Enjoy your chic, striped creation!  
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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! 

     

     

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  • Project and Photos by Brittni Mehlhoff     Incorporate the international symbol of love on your big day, with this sweet, wire heart, wrapped in velvety leaves from a dusty miller plant. It looks so good, no one will even know you made it yourself.     Materials: Dusty Miller Pliable Wire Washi Tape Wire Cutters Hot Glue Gun   How-To:     Step One: Cut a piece or wire that is 12-16 inches long.     Step Two: Bend the wire into a heart shape, by finding the mid point and bending up from there. Create the two humps for the top of the heart and bring the two ends together to finish the shape.     Step Three: Then, secure the two loose ends of the wire together with washi tape.     Step Four: Next, pluck leaves, of various sizes, off of a stem of dusty miller.       Step Five: Attach leaves individually to the wire with hot glue, starting at the top of the heart and working your way down.        Complete one side, and then the other.     Use the completed flower heart as a decoration for tables, the bride and groom chairs, or even as a cute cake topper. Note: If using around food, be sure to use edible flowers or non-toxic plant leaves only.
    4
  • Who says portraits have to be all manly poses and serious faces? These groomsmen are cracking me up with their hilarious picture ideas. 

    1. The Gender Flipped Ring Pic 

    Photo by j.woodbery photography 

    Everyone's always asking to see the bride's bling, so kudos to this guy for showing off his. 

    2. Jumping (Really High) for Joy 

    Photo courtesy Morais Vineyard 

    So high, in fact, that you're poised to jump right over the bridesmaids heads. 

    3. Hi-Ya!

    Photo by Suzanne Rothmeyer

    Karate chop! Well, sort of. 

    4. This Guy 

    Photo by onelove Photography 

    Just a couple of guys, cracking each other up. 

    5. Attack of the 50 Foot Bride 

    Photo by Secrest Wedding Photography 

    Ahh!!!!

    6. Street Musicians 

    Photo by Heather Kincaid

    More cowbell! 

    7. Going Topless 

    \

    Photo by Heather Kincaid

    When all else fails, just take off your shirt. 

    8. Going Topless (Pt. II) 

    Photo by J Wiley 

    Or, you know, just leave it mostly unbuttoned. 

    9. Dunce Cap 

    Photo by Weston Neuschafer 

    Gotta love a groom who isn't afraid to poke fun at himself. 

    NEXT: 8 Funny Pictures to Take With Your Wedding Party

    2
  • When it comes to setting the mood at your wedding, the right lighting makes a world of difference. Take a look at our favorite lighting setups and prepare to swoon!

    1. Twinkle Light Backdrop

    Photo by Mastin Studio

    Easy to execute and makes for a perfect photo opp! 

    2. Lotus Chandeliers Above, Candles Below

    Photo by Allyson Wiley

    Truly one of the most romantic ceremony setups we've ever seen.

    3. String Light Showers

    Photo by Orange Turtle Photography

    A must-have for an outdoor reception, as far as we're concerned!

    4. Glowing Pendants Hanging in Palm Trees

    Photo by Studio 222

    The perfect complement to a seaside setting at sundown. 

    5. Cluster of Chandeliers

    Photo by Michael + Anna Costa

    Suspended at different heights, these crystal chandeliers create a dramatic focal point.

    6. Twinkling Oak Trees

    Photo by Day 7 Photography

    Playing up a natural backdrop creates quite the enchanting scene.

    7. Lantern-Lit Pathway

    Photo by KT Merry

    These create such a warm, inviting first impression.

    8. Cafe Light Pavilion

    Photo by Orange Turtle Photography

    Make that first dance even more magical!

    9. Illuminated Grapevine Balls 

    Photo by Julia Wade

    The perfect touch for a rustic wedding.

    10. Oversized Lanterns

    Photo by Samuel Lippke

    Our favorite choice for a chic, contemporary vibe.

    11. Draped String Lights

    Photo by Mastin Studio

    Take advantage of a high-ceilinged venue with this stunning alternative to traditional draping. 

    12. Outdoor Chandliers

    Photo by Stephanie Yonce

    The picture of perfection for a garden wedding. 

    To see more of our favorites, check out our Lighting Ideas We Love board!

    10
  • 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!

    The materials: Paper, access to a lamination machine, an exacto knife and pretty markers.     First you will need to laminate the paper you are using. You can buy a small machine to do this or bring your papers to the local copy store for lamination.Next, you will need to cut out your bookmarks using a straight edge or paper trimmer.     Trace a small heart on the top portion of each bookmark.    

    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!

    4
  • The ultimate accessory for the bridal party!    Project By: Janie Medley Photos By: Marvelous Things Photography   The ultimate accessory for a bridal party, this pretty DIY only took 15 minutes to make!  You might want to take it beyond the wedding day, though, for date night or “just because.”     You Will Need: Peonies Ranunculus Jasmine Vine Scissors Headband Floral Adhesive     Step One: Glue the jasmine vine or whatever greenery you choose down the middle of the headband. For a whimsical look and feel, don’t glue the vines to the sides of the headband.     Step Two: Cut the stems off each of the flowers, so the flower head will lay flat.       Step Three: Glue them one by one onto the headband. You will need to hold the flower head in place for 10 seconds, after applying the glue.     You’re done! How cute is that?!     Make one for each member of your bridal party and complement them with this lush floral crown  
    2
  • Photos By: ohhappyday.com   This giant confetti looks festive whether its floating through the air or looking pretty on the floor.     We've seen this giant confetti premade in different parts of Europe but you can make your own with a $12 circle punch and some tissue paper. Maybe buy two and enlist the help of a friend.   Materials: Glassine Bags 4 3/4" x 6 5/8" Tissue Paper Giant 2" Circle Punch Computer Printer Japanese Washi Tape     The bags are really easy. Did you know you can put these bags through a regular desktop printer and print your own design on them? For this one we just made a really simple design on Adobe Illustrator then put the bag through the printer. It depends what program you are working in, but usually you need to make your document the same size as the bag and then tell your printer what size the "paper" you are loading into your machine is.   Stuff the bags with the giant confetti and seal with a small piece of colored washi tape.     Then leave the bags for your guests in their seats or hand out with the programs.     Happy Celebrating!  
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