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Project by Janie Medley Photos by Rachel May Photography Decorate your ceiling with hanging floral arrangements! We'll show you how to create your own blooming chandeliers in a few easy steps. Ingredients: Seeded Eucalyptus and Silver Dollar Eucalyptus Fresh Flowers (I used ranunculus and zinnias) Scissors Floral Wire Green Wire Wreath – I used one large and two small ones How To: Step One: Separate the eucalyptus into smaller bunches. Step Two: Place the eucalyptus on the wire frame and secure it on with the floral wire. Continue this process until the frame is completely covered. Note..you want to make sure some of the eucalyptus is hanging over the sides of the wreath. A completed wire wreath covered with the eucalyptus. To add the flowers to the wreath, you can use floral water picks or you can wire them on. You can hang the flower chandeliers with ribbon or use the 12 gauge silver Aluminum wire. Voila!
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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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.
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!
Chances are, your groomsmen are not accustomed to taking formal portraits on the regular. So try to keep things relatively natural and easy for them when it comes to taking pictures. Here are a few of our favorite “poses” for groomsmen shots.
The most traditional of the groomsmen poses, your guys stand in a row or, if there are more than five or six of them, in two rows, hands in pockets. It's so GQ.
Photo by Sherri J Photography
The "We're All Friends Here"
Hopefully, all of your groomsmen are pretty close - and even if they aren't, at least they can act like it by putting their arms over each other's shoulders, frat brother style.
Photo by Maxwell Monty Photography
The "Just Taking a Stroll"
Fact: People look more natural in photos if they're in motion. So, tell your groom and groomsmen to take a walk together. Their faces will look much more relaxed, you'll see!
Photo by Melvin Gilbert Photography
The Seated Pose
Your groomsmen may feel more comfortable posing while sitting down. And here's a bonus: these portraits will show off those cute socks!
Photo by Petula Pea Photography
The Groom in Front
It's the groom's special day, so give him some pride of place by having him stand a few steps ahead of the rest of his best buds. This is a particularly nice pose if all of the guys are dressed fairly similarly.
Photo by William Innes Photography
The "Do Something Funny"
Of course, you'll need to take some more traditional portraits, too, but if it helps your guys loosen up, let them have some fun with their portraits. Add props like sunglasses if you'd like!
Photo by Steven and Lily Photography
The Jumping for Joy
If you can get your groomsmen to try it, it's pretty cool to have a shot of them in midair!
Photo by Wren Photography
Need we say more?
Photo by Weston Neuschafer Photography
Looking for more groomsmen attire ideas? Check out our Fashion Editor's board for even more men's attire inspiration!
Photo by Jack Looney Photography
For some couples, choosing a first dance song is super-easy. Maybe you have a song you danced to in high school or a tune you always blast in the car. But for other couples, choosing a first dance song can be a little more complicated. So we looked at our recent real weddings on Project Wedding to see which songs were resonating with couples to provide some inspiration.“Better Together” by Jack Johnson “Close Your Eyes” by Michael Buble “You are the Best Thing” by Ray LaMontagne “Hey Pretty Girl” by Kip Moore “All of Me” by John Legend “Marry Me” by Train “I Won’t Give Up” by Jason Mraz “La Vie En Rose” by Louis Armstrong “Can’t Help Falling in Love With You” by Ingrid Michaelson “Then” by Brad Paisley “Harvest Moon” by Neil Young “At Last” by Etta James “Lego House” by Ed Sheeran “The Book of Love” by Magnetic Fields “Make You Feel My Love” by Bob Dylan (Adele cover) “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You” by Frankie Valli “The Way You Look Tonight” by Frank Sinatra “A Thousand Years” by Christina Perri “Let’s Stay Together” by Al Green “For Once in My Life” by Stevie Wonder
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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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By: Jenny BattA touch of gold goes a long way! These metallic tassels will add an interesting flair to place settings. Materials White latex paint Small plastic container Paper clips Foil lined tray Bamboo skewer Gold liquid gilding Step One: Wrap thick cotton twine around your fingers about 20 times and cut the end. Step Two: Take a second piece of twine, then wrap and tie around the top. Knot to secure. Step Three: Unfold paperclips and hook on the tops of the tassels. Step Four: Pour white latex paint into a small container with high sides. Hold the tassel up with the paper clip and dip the tassel into the paint. Step Five: Use the skewer to press in the entire tassel until it is completely submerged. Pull out tassel and use skewer to scrape off any excess paint. Step Six: Lay to dry on a foil lined tray or cookie sheet. Use the skewer to gently style the tassel if needed. Repeat with remaining tassels. Let dry for 24 hours, flipping tassels over and placing them on a clean portion of the tray after 12 hours. You can also hang to dry with a tray underneath. Step Seven: Outside, paint each tassel gold and let dry. Spray a second coat. Flip over and cover the other side with two light coats. Let them air out a few days before use. DIY: Gilded Tassel Adornments Tie each tassel to cotton twine and wrap around napkins at each setting. Add a tag if desired. These would be just as fun as escort cards or attached to magnets and given as favors! (photos by hankandhunt.com)
By: Victoria HudginsThis DIY packaging is a fresh and modern way to present small favors to guests. Fill each cocoon with something fun to keep your guests busy (like these bright and nostalgic finger pops) and something sweet to snack on. Materials: 1/2 craft glue- 1/2 water mixture Large spool of embroidery thread Balloons (1 balloon for every 2 favors) Instructions: 1. Blow up your balloons and tie a length of thread to the end of the balloon. 2. Begin wrapping thread around the balloon, the messier the wrap the better. 3. Once you have a good covering over the entire balloon, dip a brush into the glue mixture and coat the entire balloon. Hang the balloon by its end to dry. Note: You could also use liquid fabric stiffener for this step in the project, just fill a large bowl and completely dip your wrapped balloons in. 4. Once dry, cut the balloon in half at the center width. Each balloon will make two separate cocoon wraps. 5. Gently pop each balloon and pull away from the fabric. Fill your wraps and tie together with a ribbon and simple tag. 6. Rest each favor on a place setting for a creative, modern touch.