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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!
Check out these 9 super cool venues we'd kill to get married at.
1. Rolling Mountains
Photo courtesy of Calistoga Ranch
If you and your significant other are nature lovers, why not wed in the California mountains surrounded by your closest friends and family?
Photo courtesy of South Carolina Aquarium
Guests will be endlessly entertained by the different kinds of sea creatures that surround them! It's a great place to wed if you two love the ocean.
3. Snowy Hill Crest
Photo courtesy of Lionscrest Manor
Live on the edge with a mountain crest wedding. If you tie the knot in the colder seasons you might get a picturesque snowy backdrop like this one!
4. Penthouse Party
Photo courtesy of The Skylark
Enjoying sweeping views of the New York City skyline as you tie the knot overlooking the Empire State Building and Times Square.
5. Boat Romance
Photo by Shannon Cronin Photography
If you love the waterfront, why not get married on a boat? This calls for an intimate crowd- but you'll have the quite the reception!
Photo courtesy of James J Hill Library
Calling all bookworms! This Minnesota library has beautiful architecture and tons of history, it's such an elegant place to tie the knot.
7. Desert Landscape
Photo courtesy of Entrada at Snow Canyon Country Club
The gorgeous landscaping at this Utah country club would make a stunning background in wedding pictures.
8. City Winery
Photo courtesy of Brooklyn Winery
Putting a modern twist on a winery, this downtown spot is the epitome of rustic chic, and a perfect location for a city wedding.
9. San Francisco Zoo
Photo courtesy of San Francisco Zoo
Having live animals in the background at your wedding? It doesn't get much cooler than that!
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.
Couples looking to get a little creative with their wedding menu will be pleased to know there are plenty of unique (and delicious!) desserts to serve in lieu of or in addition to the traditional tiered wedding cake. We've rounded up some of our favorite sweet treat alternatives for your inspiration! Macarons These pretty little French confections literally melt in your mouth and come in just about any color and flavor you can dream up. Photos by (from left): Andrea and Marcus, Caroline Drake Cake Pops There are countless gorgeous ways to display these trendy treats! Photos by (from left): This Modern Romance, Jonathan Canlas Cupcakes Hop aboard the cupcake craze with a batch of bite-sized sweets topped with swirls of thick, creamy frosting. Photos by (from left): Shelly Kroeger Photography, Michelle Warren Ice Cream A scrumptious scoop of frozen flavor is the perfect refresher after a few hours on the dance floor. Mix things up with ice cream sandwiches, mini milkshakes or a fun selection of toppings! Photos by (from left): Paper Antler, Ice Angels Pie With sweet seasonal fruit, golden buttery crust, and that homemade fresh-from-the oven taste, pie is a sure to be a winner! Photos by (from left): Aran Goyoaga, Orange Turtle Photography Tarts Pretty pastries filled with tangy lemon custard and topped with fresh berries make for perfectly delicious desserts. Photos by (from left): Chelsea Fuss, Caroline Drake Candy Colorful hard candy doubles as a delightful display and a welcome sweet treat. Photos by (from left): Orange Turtle Photography, Meg Perotti Photography Donuts Whether glazed, powdered, filled, frosted, sprinkled or all of the above, this doughy deliciousness will be devoured to the last crumb! Photos by (from left): Danyelle Mathews, Cary Pennington Photography
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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