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Shake up those staid wedding party portraits by trying something a little more offbeat! Scroll down for 13 creative ways to pose with your bridesmaids and groomsmen, then check out 8 Funny Wedding Party Pictures to Pose For.
1. The Prop Set
Photo by Bird and the Bear
Or a mask or a sign!
2. The Walk Away
Photo by Bryan and Mae
Love the spacing in this artistic shot.
3. The Everyone Go Crazy
Photo by Chennergy
This is an especially fun idea if you're getting married at a hotel and space for posing is limited (we image this shot was set up in a suite where the wedding party was getting ready).
4. The Toast!
Photo by Maria Mack
The ultimate reminder that a wedding is nothing if not a wonderful celebration.
5. The Line-Up
Photos by Stacy Reeves and onelove photography
Eyes always pick up on sharp angles
6. The Sittin' on the Dock of the Bay
Photo by Paper Antler
The colorful chairs make this shot.
7. The Sans Bride
Photo by Chennergy
Sometimes accessories speak louder than people.
8. The Can Can
Photo by Candice Benjamin
And yes, it's perfectly OK if everyone's legs aren't going at the same time.
9. The Shadow Shot
Photo by Stacy Reeves
Dramatic in a light-hearted way.
10. The Lean
Phoot by Aubrey Joy
Sometimes all it takes is a simple slant to liven up a traditional portrait.
11. The Annie Lebowitz
Photo by Karena Dixon
Serious faces, dramatic lounging—all that's missing is a wind machine!
12. The Scooter Shot
Photo by Cristian Ana
Look at how much fun everyone is having!
13. The Partition Kiss
Photo by Arlene Chambers
Furniture makes for a great photo opp if you know how to interact with it.
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Looking for a simple way to add a special touch to your wedding ceremony? Get creative with the stationery! Put a spin on traditional ceremony programs by adding a fun detail or changing up the dispay. Here are 5 ideas we're absolutely loving right now!
1. Clipboard Programs
Photo by Feather and Twine
A genius way to keep programs from blowing away during a breezy outdoor ceremony.
2. Handkerchief Programs
Photo by The Nichols
Guests will appreciate having a little something to dab away those inevitable happy tears!
3. Confetti Filled Programs
Photo by Paper Antler
Include a pouch of confetti for guests to toss at the happy couple during the recessional.
4. Love Story Programs
Photo by Julie Cate Photography
Create a mini-book that tells the tale of how you met, your engagement story, and a little bit about what makes you a great match.
5. Billboard Program
Photo by j. woodbery photography
Display the ceremony details on one large sign in lieu of individually printed programs for a fun, budget-friendly option.
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By: Jenny BattFringe is still everywhere and I don’t think it's going out of style anytime soon. Traditionally, you take tiny pieces of fringe and cover shapes and large paper mache objects. For this DIY, I will show you a new technique to breeze through fringing anything. Materials: Tissue Paper Cutting Mat and Rotary Cutter Scissors (or fringing scissors – easier) Elmer’s Glue Poster Board Step One Lay several sheets of tissue paper flat and fold in half lengthwise. Use your cutting mat, a straight edge and your rotary cutter, to cut strips 2.5” wide across the fold. Step Two Take each set of strips and unfold. Refold lengthwise. Step Three Fold in half widthwise and cut fringe on the bottom (not the folded) edge. Step Four Separate each fringed strip and refold lengthwise. Take your poster board and across the short edge, run a thin bead of glue across the length. Lay a fringed piece across the glue and press lightly to adhere. If the strip isn’t quite long enough to reach, just add pieces as needed. For the next layer add another bead of glue above the first strip and add another strip. Step Five Repeat until the entire poster board is covered. Let dry. Step Six Print out letters from your computer. Cut out the letters from the paper. Place each letter on the fringed board, adjusting it so the fringe goes left to right across the letter, and cut loosely around the edge. Once you have the smaller piece, use the template to cut out the shape perfectly. Step Seven Repeat with remaining letters. Sometimes after cutting, the tops of the letters are missing fringe. Simply add touch up pieces of tissue paper fringe and glue down. Let dry and trim. Step Eight Use a bunting template to make a fun garland. You can use the fringed poster board to make any shapes you like or keep as is for a fun backdrop or to use as a tray liner. The fringing goes quickly using this method and is less tedious than fringing each shape individually. Step Nine To make a garland from the letters, simply flip over the pieces and tape down to twine. Here I used washi tape so I can remove and adjust the letters easily after hanging. photos by hankandhunt.com
Photos By: Jordan Ferney
Bunting is a cheap and easy way to add color to your soiree! Materials Needed: Tissue Paper, Scissors, glue stick, and string.
First, decide how large you want each flag and then cut out several sheets at once.
You'll want to cut out pieces that are double the desired flag size so that they can be folded over.
To safely store your flags, wrap them around an empty cardboard gift wrap roll or paper towel roll so they don't wrinkle.
Project By: Victoria Hudgins
Photos By: PictilioPies are quite the dessert trend these days. They are sweet to serve year round, filled with seasonal produce. Guests can bring home a slice of sweetness with this simple pie box paper template project. Step One: To make the boxes, first print out the paper template here and cut along the outer lines. Step Two: Fold the dotted line inward to create the box. Secure with a small amount of glue and let dry. Step Three: Fill with pie! Step Four: Use string to tie the box up and add gift tags for a pretty favor presentation.
Photo: I Am Baker
A common question brides ask their cake bakers is: “Which type of cake frosting should I choose?” Hold your sweet tooth because we’ve been pasting primed from our ultimate cake frosting dictionary filled with different types, each with its own look and taste:
Buttercream - Without a doubt, the most popular type of cake frosting. It’s sweet, buttery flavor is hard to resist.
Rolled Fondant - It’s dough-like consistency made from sugar paste is kneaded with flavor (like marshmallows) and rolled out before it‘s applied to the exterior of any firm type of cake. Although it's expensive, many people don’t like its chewy texture and bland taste. So, if you want it for its look, consider asking for a layer of buttercream frosting placed underneath the smooth sheet of fondant to lock in moisture.
Ganache - Made from a combination of bittersweet or semisweet chocolate and heavy cream, it’s the richest type of cake frosting. However, it has to be kept refrigerated! In order to get it’s thickness, ganache has to cool before pouring over the cake. The longer you allow it to cool, the thicker it will be.
Cream Cheese - Generally topped on rich-flavored cakes such as red velvet, carrot, and pumpkin, cream cheese frosting is thicker and less fluffy than buttercream frosting. Remember, they both are soft frostings, which means unless crusted, heat and humidity are concerns.
Whipped Cream - Whipped cream frosting is perfect for a fruit or mixed berry cake due to it’s light texture.
Meringue - This frosting holds up well in the heat and humidity, especially on pies, tarts, and puddings, but unfortunately, it’s time consuming to make from egg whites.
Marzipan - A paste made from finely ground almonds, marzipan can be rolled out before it’s applied to the exterior of the cake, similar to fondant, but should be left out for several days to dry out it’s oiliness. Otherwise, it can discolor.
Royal - It’s thin-to-stiff consistency dries candy-hard for lasting decorations on the exterior of the cake, especially used for “gluing” flowers to a fondant cake.
Spun Sugar - A caramelized sugar that’s pulled into threads as they harden. The threads usually are gathered together to form shapes of all sizes.
Gum Paste - Although we wouldn’t recommend covering your entire cake in gum paste, it’s another option for lasting decorations on the exterior of the cake. This frosting much like Play-Doh can be molded and tinted into various edible garnishes and colors, respectively.
Fudge - Made from cocoa powder and heavy cream, fudge is a chocolate lover’s dream. Its shiny glaze is primarily made for chocolate cakes, but the fudge can mixed with other flavors such as peanut butter, mint, and coffee.
Whether you're having 50 guests or 250 guests, escort cards don't just help them find their seats; they help start a conversation. Need inspiration? Right this way:
Photo: Krista A. Jones Photography
Picture Frame - String escort cards within a picture frame to create a old-world, European vibe.
Photos (from left to right): Orange Turtle Photography and Erin Lindsey Images
Bulltetin Board - Use different textures and shapes like fabric flowers and hearts pinned to bulletin boards.
Photos (from left to right): Richard Ellis Photography and Annie Robert Photography
Windows- Transform a window using a white paint pen to write guests' names and table numbers.
Photo: Gray Photography
Tree Bark - Place escort cards into scored tree logs to fit your rustic theme.
Photos (from left to right): onelove photography and Ashley Rose Photography
Vintage Keys - Wrap ribbon around keys to fit your vintage theme.
Photo: Sarah Maren Photographers
Puzzle Pieces - Entertain your guests by giving each one a piece to your engagement picture puzzle.
Photo: Jeff Loves Jessica
Clothespins - Hang escort cards (or even photos) from clothespins within two wooden ladders.
Photos (from left to right): Sharon Elizabeth Photography and Kurt Boomer Photo
Shutters - Sit shabby-chic shutters upright in a zig-zag pattern with escort cards in between slats.
Photo: Taylor Whitham Photography
Wine Corks - Collect wine bottle corks leading up to your big day and re-purpose as escort card holders.
Not only are postcards budget-friendly, but they can provide a shout-out to your hometown, the city where you’re marrying, or even places you’ve traveled and loved. Vintage postcards (available at flea markets or on eBay) provide a nostalgic touch, but really any type of postcard will do! Check out these five ways to incorporate postcards into your wedding.
Instead of numbering your reception tables, name them after places you’ve traveled or landmarks in your home city or state. Use postcards as signs to mark each table.
Photo by Fresh in Love Photography
Save-the-Dates and/or Reply Cards
You’ll save money on stamps by using postcards instead of card-and-envelope sets. You can even personalize the postcards by creating ones with your engagement photo as the main image.
Photo by Lovely and Light
In lieu of a traditional guest book, ask your guests to write their well-wishes on postcards. You can then store the completed postcards in a fun vessel in your home.
Photos (left to right) by Jodi Miller Photography and Dan and Melissa Photography
Love this idea! Write your guests’ names in the “address” section of a postcard, their table number where the stamp would go, and a sweet thank-you message in the body of the card. Then string the postcards up on clotheslines and get ready to wow your guests!
Photo by Stephen Ludwig Photography
Postcards can help create a unique tablescape for your reception. Whether you put one at each place setting, or scatter them on the tables for a vintage-inspired touch, they are a fun addition to a travel-themed celebration.
Photo by Tikko Weddings
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The most popular part of any wedding reception? The bar! Fuse some personality into yours (or just let guests know what they'll be drinking) with these fun bar sign ideas.
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1. Marquee Sign
Photo by Paige Winn Photo
Illuminate the bar sign so after the sun sets guests know where to grab a drink.
2. Dual Meaning
Photo by Taylor Lord Photography
We love the way this couple took a well-known Bible verse and turned it into reception signage for their bar!
3. Rhyme Time
Photo by June Lion
This sign is such a creative way to let guests know they have an array of drink options, and can keep their cup!
4. Types of Drinks
Photo by Kristine Marie Photography
Guests can look to block letters to let them know what flavors and styles of beer are available.
5. Set the Tone
Photo by Alisa Rudd Photography
Let everyone know you're ready for a good time with a cute graphic sign like this!
Photo by J & E Fusion Photography
From wine to signature cocktails, list out everything you'll be offering from so guests will be prepared when they order.
7. Fun Phrase
Photo by The Melideos
A tongue-in-cheek phrase such as this adds a pop of personality to your wedding day!
8. Station Signage
Photo by Jackie Wonders Photography
Label the bar area with decorative signage—we love the script of the refreshment area above.
9. Tell it Like it is
Photo by Christina Kiffney Photography
Remind everyone that a little bad weather can never stop a party!
10. Signature Cocktails
Photo by Taylor Lord Photography
Display your cocktail names and ingredients so family and friends can pick their favorite.
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Photos By: Chelsea Fuss
If you've always dreamt of carrying a bouquet of old fashioned garden roses down the aisle, but your budget doesn't quite match up to the dream, try this version!
Directions:First, pick off the brown petals from the blossoms. We used spray roses, one of the most inexpensive roses on the market, to create this bouquet. "Edit" each stem. Spray roses have several blossoms on each stem. Clip 1-2 off each stem to leave the prettiest blossoms and the stems that are around the same level on the stem. Also, remove the leaves from these stems. Take a few of the stems with nice leaves and clip off all the blossoms. Wash the leaves. Leave 1-2 branches of leaves on the stem. Make sure none of the leaves are too low on the stem or it will interfere with the "handle" of your bouquet. Be sure to choose leaves that are hydrated and feel firm. Spray roses consist of 3-5 smaller blossoms on each stem, and have a more casual feel then your normal florists' roses. They are readily available at markets and florists all year. Gather a few stems in one hand at a 45 degree angle. Each time you add a stem, turn your bouquet. Don't be afraid to place some blossoms higher than others. This gives your bouquet depth and interest. Be sure to add leaves in as you go. These frame the blossoms and give the bouquet a natural feel. Tie with twine, cover in florist tape (to protect the ribbon) and tie up with a ribbon. By deconstructing the spray roses, you can create a bouquet that looks very natural. Your guests will never guess that your flowers came from the local grocery! The total cost of this bouquet: $12 + ribbon! Enjoy your beautiful, garden bouquet!