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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!
Photos By: Jordan FerneyMaterials: Vellum paper, 56 sheets of paper, a sewing machine, fishing weights (not pictured), an exacto knife and straight edge (or a stack cutter,) artist tape (for hanging)
Cut the sheets of vellum into one inch strips. You can do this with an exacto knife or have it cut all at one time with a stack cutter. (If you decide to go the stack color route organizing the paper in the order you want it to hang in will save you some time.)Measure the height of the space where the mobiles will hang to figure out how long you want them. Keep in mind you'll want to keep the eyesight of the guests clear of any obstruction. Once you know the length of the mobiles, layout the different colors in the order you want. Repeat until it is close to the length of mobile you want. Then put it into a stack and it is ready to sew.
Leave a 12" tail of thread at the beginning and start to sew down the middle of the first strip. (I found it is easiest to put a piece of tape on the sewing machine at the end of the strip as a guide to mark where the vellum should be sewn.) Continue feeding each addition strip into the sewing machine.
You adhere to tradition, love a good set of pearls, and long for a gown with a gorgeous train. Sound like you? If so, you're in the right place. We've rounded up 8 perfect hairstyles that every classic bride is sure to love.
Photos by (from left to right): BRIDEface and Blooming Beauty by Cammy
Add something extra to your bridal look by donning a headband. From a classic rhinestone headpiece, to an all-white band, the options are endless.
2. Low Bun
Photos by (from left to right): Joanna Tano Photography and Emily Alt Photography
A tight low bun is a great option for a classic bridal look, especially in warmer months. Style it to the side so guests can see it when you're facing front. We recommend this 'do for summer nuptials.
3. Side-Swept Curls
Photos by (from left to right): Gerber + Scarpelli Photography and JC Page Photographers
Talk about a romantic look. Ask your hairstylist for waves or curls, and sweep them to the side. We think this style will compliment a lace dress perfectly.
4. Intricate Up-Do
Photos by (from left to right): Katherine O'Brien Photography and Page Bertelsen Photography
If there's ever a time to go all-out on your hair, it's your wedding day. Don't be afraid to ask your stylist for a super stylish up-do, Not only will it look stunning, but it's a foolproof way to keep strays out of your face.
5. Pretty Pony
Photos by (from left to right): Landon Jacob Photography and Aimme Lam Make-up & Hair Design
Whether it's curled or straight, you can never go wrong with a styled ponytail. Off to the side or low in the back, it's always a great go-to 'do.
6. Braided Beauty
Photos by (from left to right): Jordan Koepke Photography and Katelyn James Photography
This unique braid is an eye-catching detail for your bridal 'do. We love the idea of pairing this with a detailed back to really wow guests from behind.
7. Sock Bun
Photos by (from left to right): Landon Jacob Photography and Emily Steffen Photography
Just because you have classic taste doesn't mean you can't add a touch of glam. Add a crown headpiece and fulfill your childhood dream of becoming a princess.
8. Pulled-Back Waves
Photos by (from left to right): Rylee Hitchner Photography and Katelyn James Photography
Going for a more natural-looking hairstyle? Try delicate waves clipped back, it's a simple yet elegant way to leave a lasting impression.
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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!
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!
A festive little treat is the perfect way to thank your beach destination wedding guests for making a special trip to celebrate with you. We’ve rounded up some of our favorite beach favor ideas for your inspiration! Photos by (from left): Joanna Tano Photography, James Rubio Photography Flip Flops Perfect for dancing the night away and feeling that sand between the toes! Photos by (from left): Anjuli, Jagger Photography Totes A fun keepsake for guests to carry the next time they hit the beach! Photos by (from left): Union Photography, Volatile Photography Parasols For a little shade amidst all that gorgeous seaside sunshine. Photos by (from left): Meg Smith Photography, Union Photography Sea Salt Mix Sea salts are the perfect base for a scrumptious culinary seasoning or a fragrant body scrub. Photos by (from left): Mary Swenson, Union Photography Sandalwood Fans For a light, refreshing breeze on a balmy-aired evening. Photos by: Olivia Kanaley Leis These festive, fun favors will really get the party started! Photo by: This Love of Yours…Photography
Delicate and modern, mint is a beautiful accent color choice for the fashion-aware bride that still wants to look feminine. And what better way to dress up your bridal look than with a pair of statement earrings? Here are eight pairs we're loving right now, with five coming in under $30!
1. Mint marquise drops, $25 at JewelIQ.
2. Pim + Larkin Mint Leaves stud earrings, $28 at Piperlime.
3. Kate Spade New York Fragment Cluster seaglass multi-colored stud earrings, $68 at Amazon.
4. Elizabeth Cole 'Fern' earring, $243 at Elizabeth Cole.
5. Blu Bijoux gold and mint rectangle earrings, $10 at Max & Cloe.
6. Heirloom Finds three oval drop gold tone and mint Cabochon dangle earrings, $12.99 at Amazon.
7. 'Merry-Go-Round' Earrings, $9.99 at ModCloth.
8. Loren Hope Petra earrings, $68 at Loren Hope.
Related: 10 Bridal Accessories Under $100 | 9 Statement Necklaces for Brides
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.
We've seen the "choose a seat, not a side" sign one too many times these days. But that's okay -- it's quite popular! If you're looking for other fast and easy phrases to inject shots of personality, consider these whimsical (and quite awesome) ideas instead:
1. IT'S PARTY TIME! - Ask your ring bearer to strut down the aisle in style with a big smile because after all, it's what every guest is thinking.
Photo: Troy Grover Photographers
2. LET THE ADVENTURES BEGIN - Yes, there will be ups and downs and everything in between.
Photo: Ooh! Events
3. LET'S DO THIS THING - Direct guests with arrows to make sure they know where they're going.
Photo: Jodi Miller Photography
4. THIS IS OUR NEXT CHAPTER - Marriage, obviously. It takes two not one.
Photo: Suzanne Rothmeyer Photography
5. MUTUAL WEIRDNESS FOREVER - Celebrate how perfect you are for each other -- no pun intended.
Photo: Leslie Barbaro Photography
6. YEE HAW - Fit for a rustic-themed farm wedding with line dancing. Wear 'em cowboy boots!
Photo: Paper Antler
7. COWABUNGA - Surf's up if you're having a beach wedding along the sea shores.
Photo: Brio Art by Katie Fears
8. COME AWAY WITH US - Proclaim your favorite quote or song lyric.
Photo: Ulmer Studios
9. FEAST! - After all, it's the best part of the reception, right? Digging in.
Photo: Erin Lindsey Images
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Project and Photos by Brittni Mehlhoff Pop the question to your bridesmaids with these teeny tiny gift boxes, with a surprise message (and gift) inside. This DIY will help get your potential bridesmaids excited for the big day and you can customize the painted birch boxes to your wedding colors in a pinch. This is a great way to give bridesmaids a piece of jewelry, like a ring, that they can wear to the wedding and cherish long after you say, "I do". Materials: Small Round Birch Craft Boxes Acrylic Paint Paint Brush 'Will You Be My Bridesmaid' print outs Crinkle Paper Scissors Velvet Ribbon Fresh Flowers, like Delphinium (optional) How To: 1. First, paint the base and lid of the box with acrylic paint in fun patterns and shapes. Wait for the paint to dry. 2. Next, cut a piece of velvet ribbon between four and seven inches long, and glue one end to the inside of the lid. 3. Wrap the other end of the ribbon through the ring and glue the loose end further down on the back of the ribbon. This will create a secure loop to hold the ring, so it doesn't fall out of the box. It will also lift the ring from the box when the lid is opened. 4. Next, add a strip of paper to the the ring and ribbon that pops the question. You can create these strips very easily with your home computer and a printer. The font used in the example is called Housegrind and is free for personal use, right here. 5. Lastly, add crinkle paper to the box and nestle the ring inside before tucking in the ribbon and paper message and putting the lid back on. Present as a gift to your potential bridesmaids and cross your fingers.