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Project By: Janie Medley Photos By: Marvelous Things Photography An easy and beautiful way for your guests to find their seating assignments, this escort card display board can be made with brightly colored carnations! Materials Carnations (I used a mix of different shades of pinks – carnations from Fifty Flowers) Picture Frame Foam Board Pearl Pins Duct Tape Easel Step One Place the frame over the foam board Step Two Starting with the sides, cut the board down to the size of the picture frame. Step Three Tape the foam board to the back of the picture frame with duct tape. Step Three (cont). Here’s the completed frame! Step Four Cut the stems off the carnations. Step Five Place the frame on the easel and insert the pearl pins through the middle of the carnation head to attach them to the board. The completed board is so colorful and pretty! Step Six Finally, attach the escort cards to the board with a pearl pin.
Project and Photos by Erica ObrienTissue paper flowers are a design-forward and inexpensive alternative to fresh or gumpaste flowers. They can be made well in advance and saved indefinitely. We recommend that they be used only with fondant cakes, as you don’t want the dye in the tissue paper to come into contact with buttercream. What you'll need: Crepe and/or tissue paper in the color palette of your choice Toothpicks (or skewers) Scissors Floral tape How To: Step One: To form the center of the flower, cut a length of paper about three inches wide. Step Two : Fold the paper so that each fold is about ¾" wide. (For smaller flowers, folds should be smaller; for larger flowers, folds should be bigger.) Step Three: Use sharp scissors to cut a rounded edge. Step Four: When unfolded, paper should have a scalloped edge. Step Five: Begin rolling scallop in onto itself, pinching about ¼ of the way down from scalloped edge so that paper flares and opens slightly. Step Six: Continue until entire length of paper is rolled up. Step Seven: Twist the base of the paper as tightly as possible to form a stem. Step Eight: Using a contrasting color, repeat steps one through seven, placing new paper around already-formed center. Step Nine: Continue until entire length of paper is rolled up. For even larger flowers, additional layers of paper can be added by repeating steps two through seven. Step Ten: Place toothpick or skewer against "stem" of flower. Step Eleven: Stretch floral tape to activate, and wrap tightly around both toothpick and tissue paper until all paper is covered. Step Twelve: Insert toothpick into fondant-covered cake. Step Thirteen: Make as many flowers as desired to complete your design. Enjoy!
Turns out your smallest guests may be the most difficult to please. If you are hosting little ones at your wedding, check out these ideas for keeping them entertained and happy.
Offer Appropriate Food
Sure, some kids love fancy foie gras and filet mignon – but for more little ones, chicken fingers and mac and cheese will do just fine! Make sure you provide some kid-friendly options for cocktail hour, dinner, and dessert (though we think most sweets will be perfectly acceptable for kids’ palates!).
Photo by Freshly Bold Photography
Give Them Jobs
Whether they’re the flower girl or ring bearer or handing out programs, kids feel important when they have a job to do. Even if it’s something as small as holding your bouquet during the first dance, little ones will feel so special and be more likely to behave themselves if focused on the task at hand.
Photos by (from left): jHenderson Studios, Acqua Photo
Provide Hula Hoops
If your venue has a large outdoor space and you’re hosting a fairly casual affair, offer activities for your youngest guests. When providing games like hula hoops or bubbles, just make sure there are enough for all the kids so no one feels left out!
Photo by Cramer Photo
Play Corn Hole
Corn hole is another fun games that guests young and old will enjoy. We also love that you can decorate the corn hole board in your own wedding colors and style!
Photo by Joshua McDonald Photography
Have a Piñata
Who doesn’t love a piñata? Of course, the kids will flip, but adults will also love the touch of nostalgia.
Photo by Nelly - Photographer
Create a Cute Kids Table
Kids may have difficulty sitting at their table for long stretches but if you provide them with activities like coloring books or small games, they’ll at least be occupied.
Photo by Maiko Media
Try “I Spy”
Another activity for kids’ place settings – an “I Spy”-style game that encourages little ones (or those of any age) to look for various items around the wedding – from the mother-of-the-bride crying to a sparkly diamond. The one who finds all of the items first can win a prize – nothing like a little friendly competition!
Photos (from left) by Julius Photography, Rachel Robertson Photography
Have a Photo Booth
Kids will not only love posing for silly portraits, but trying on different props and costumes is an activity in itself.
Photo by Pasha Belman
Think About Your Music Selection
No, we’re not suggesting that you play “Old MacDonald” or “The Wheels on the Bus,” but lively Top 40 music appeals to younger people, who are often the biggest hits on the dance floor!
Photo by Ian Grant Photography
One Word = Candy
While their parents might not be a fan of the resulting sugar high, one thing is clear – kids love candy. As much as a wedding is already a pretty magical event, offering up candy will make it even more amazing for children!
Photo by Joel Bedford Photography
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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!
Photo By Chelsea FussThis centerpiece is stunning - mainly because of the vibrant blooms! Materials: 10 red, white and pink anemones 5 mini daffodils 8 orange, red, and white ranunculus (better if blown open) Ranunculus greens and buds English daisies in pink and white (cut from 2 plants) Modern vase Rocks Chicken wire or a flower frog Clippers
Directions:First, fill the vase with rocks half way up the vase. Fill with water. Start filling the vase with stems. The rocks will keep the flowers in place and help you create the shape of your flower arrangement. Try to create an "s" shape with greens and lighter flowers cascading to the right and diagonally across at the bottom of the vase. Place larger blossoms at the bottom of the arrangement and lighter smaller buds and greens towards the top. We added a table number made from a simple number sticker purchased at a grocery/drygoods store... ... and a painted horse for some humor! Tip: To make this arrangement more budget friendly, substitute more greens for flowers. The recipe is made of spring flowers. For a summer or fall version substitute with: dahlias (the single petaled varieties would work great), iceland poppies, garden roses, peonies, california poppies, daisies, roses. Photo By Chelsea Fuss
Photos By: Hank and Hunt
Project By: Jenny Batt
Want to add a touch of whimsy to your wedding reception? Make these crepe paper pom garlands in matching shades and add pretty pops of color.
Materials:Crepe paper flats Scissors Twine Step One: Cut squares of crepe paper in the colors you like.
Cut each set of squares into strips about ¾” wide.Step Three: Take each strip and pinch together in the middle. This step doesn’t take as long as you think it would and it makes it easier to get really fluffy poms. If you tie multiple together before pinching, you will possibly tear the paper when you fluff each pom later. Step Four: Cut a long piece of twine for the garland. Set aside. Take about 20 pinched strips and tie together in the center. Step Five: Tie each pom to the twine for the garland. Add as many or as few as you would like. Add pops of clashing colors for fun, too. Tip: Enlist your friends and have a crafting party to make multiples of these, you'll be able to make a whole bunch in a small amount of time.
With the cooler weather and changing leaves, fall weddings are the perfect opportunity for the groom and his men to get a little more creative with their wedding day attire. Tweeds! Cardigans! Plaid shirts! Here's 7 fun examples of groomsmen looks we love for autumn.
1. CHECKED SHIRTS
Gingham and khakis are the perfect way compliment a solid suit at a more casual wedding. For a more coordinated look, have the groomsmen match their tie color to the groom's suit. Photo by Taylor Lord
2. TWEED, TWEED, TWEED
Heftier fabrics like courduroy and tweed will keep you warmer for an outdoor ceremony and add texture to photos. We love the way this groom paired his vest and jacket with the palette of reds and cranberries worn by his groomsmen. Perfect for Fall! Photo by Ryan Ray
A darker chambray shirt is the perfect undernote for a navy suit. When expertly pressed and fitted, the look acheives the near impossible: looking dressy without looking stuffy. Photo by Jen Huang
4. V-NECK SWEATERS
V-neck sweaters and collared shirts are a polished casual look—why not bring it into your wedding party? We love the way this group differentiated the best man and groom with suspenders and a cardigan. Photo by Landon Jacob
5. HUNTER GREEN ACCENTS
When we think of Fall colors, we typically think of rustic reds and burnt oranges. But what about the color of pine trees? This wedding party looks totally dapper in their hunter green ties. Photo by Ryan Ray
6. CARDIGANS FOR EVERYONE
From cable knit to shawl collar, we love the way each guy in this wedding party is showing off his personality with a different kind of cardigan. The overall look is cozy and just a touch eclectic—perfect for a modern rustic wedding! Photo by Ryan Ray
7. DARK JEANS
Normally we'd say jeans are an absolute no for any wedding party, but how cool does this group look? We love that they stuck with a darker wash and accessorized with tweed vests. Photo by The Nichols
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Project and Photos by Brittni Mehlhoff If you're looking for a simple wedding project that won't break the bank, these watercolor favor boxes are the perfect match. Use them as wedding favor boxes for guest, bridal party gifts, even as holiday packaging for presents wrapped sweetly under the tree. Materials: Kraft box (any size) Scissors Super thick yarn White watercolor Paint brush
How-To:1. Fold the box and prepare watercolors with a few drops of water in a small dish or palette. 2. Write a message with watercolors on the top of the box. 3. Fill with yummy bakery items or other sweet treats. 4. Add a card inside the box to say thanks to guests for coming to your wedding. Or pen a note to your bridal party to tell your bridesmaids how much they mean to you. 5. Close up the box and add a long piece of yarn. Tie it in a bow or add a giant yarn pouf to finish the package. Voila!
When it comes to your wedding, it's important to snap every moment from ceremony to reception exit. But there are plenty of behind-the-scenes memories that need to be captured as well! Scroll down for 12 shots your photographer must take before the ceremony.
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1. Hanger Shot
Photo by Taylor Lord Photography
Getting a shot of the bride's gown next to her bridesmaid dresses makes for a really pretty picture.
2. Invitation Suite
Photo by Calynn Berry Photography
A stylized shot of your wedding stationery (including the save-the-date) makes for a beautiful momemento.
3. Getting Ready Outfits
Photo by Laura Witherow Photography
Whether you're in PJs or cute floral robes, be sure to snap a picture of you and your best gals getting gussied up!
4. Heartfelt Letters
Photos by Limefish Studios and Jennifer Weems
We love the idea of reading them next to each other, but with a divider in-between!
5. Beautiful Bouquets
Photos by La Dolce Vita Photography and N. Barrett Photography
Get a stand-alone shot of your gorgeous blooms before you walk down the aisle with them.
6. Mom Moment
Photo by Katelyn James Photography
As mom helps you in the last few moments before you wed, make sure the photographer is there to capture it. You'll be thankful they did.
7. The Pregame
Photo by Audra Starr Photography
Gotta love a candid shot of the groom taking the edge off with his men.
8. Wedding Bling
Photo by Katelyn James Photography
Snap a photo of your wedding bands before you exchange them. Expert tip: your invitation is a the perfect already personalized backdrop.
9. Daddy's Girl
Photo by Katelyn James Photography
A sentimental moment between a bride and her father is a photo everyone will cherish for years to come.
10. Bridesmaid Reaction
Photo by Tami Melissa Photography
This aww-worthy shot of your best pals seeing you for the first time is too cute to miss.
11. Good Gifts
Photo by Christina Kiffney Photography
Bridesmaid and groomsmen gifts shouldn't be left off of the shot list for your photographer.
12. First Look
Photo by Matt Andrews Photography
Of course, your photographer can't miss that major moment when you see each other for the first time on your big day.
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Photos By: Chelsea FussThese sweet and wild green wreaths are perfect for anytime of year (just change out the ribbon to suit the season). They look gorgeous on church doors, bride and groom chairs, or as pew markers. Total cost: $5 per wreath. Materials: Spool wire Floral tape Clippers Greens (about 15 stems per wreath, we used rosemary, bay and boxwood) Ribbon 1. Form a circle (whatever size you need. Remember your wreath will be slightly bigger than the form) with the spool wire and double it over several times. 2. Cover the circle in floral tape. 3. Cut small pieces of greens and, take excess leaves off about an inch of the bottom stem. 4. Secure each piece with wire. 5. Make sure you overlap the stems to cover any wires or mechanics. You may need to fill in with a few extra pieces. 6. You can make these up to a week ahead of time. Spray daily with water and keep in a cool, dark place. 7. Hang with ribbon and afterwards send them home with special guests. Add this natural touch to your big day - and have fun! Photos By: Chelsea Fuss