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  • Project and Photos by Brittni Mehlhoff     Boutonnieres may seem intimidating to make, but they're actually one of the easiest flower DIYs you can tackle for a wedding. They are small, which means you don't need many flowers, and they're quick to make once you get the hang of it. So why not make your own for a fraction of the price that you would spend for a florist to do it for you?You can even use flowers from the grocery store.     Supplies: Scissors Tulips Solidago Monte Casino Floral Tape Ribbon  Straight Pin   How-To:   1. Start by removing all the lower leaves from the solidago and monte casino. Then cut the stems down to 5-7 inches.       2. Now, begin assembling the boutonnieres. Start with the solidago, as a base. Then add a tulip, crossing the stem of the tulip and solidago, like an X. Next, add the monte casino.     3. Wrap all of the stems with floral tape to secure the bout, starting about one inch down from the lowest bloom.     4. Cut the excess stems off, straight across, 1-2 inches down from the floral tape.     5. Add a ribbon and keep a straight pin handy for pinning onto the groom and groomsmen before the ceremony. Keep stems in a shallow dish of water until ready to use.     About $12 worth of flowers from the local grocery store, makes 7-10 boutonnieres, which means the cost is less than $2 per boutonniere.    
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  • Photos By: Mary Swenson

    Simple, rustic pine cones are perfect to use in a fall or winter wedding. These budget-friendly accents are seasonal without being kitschy, and add an element of warmth and charm to your event decor. Here are a few ways to incorporate them into your day!     Pine cones are great additions to any floral arrangement. We kept our flowers light-colored and simple so that the pine cones didn't get lost, but they work with virtually any color scheme!     You can find pine cones attached to a stick at florists and craft stores, which make it easy to pop them into your arrangement. You can also twist floral wire around the base of the pine cone, and then use that to attach the pine cone to the stem of the flower.     Forgo centerpiece flowers altogether by filling up glass containers with pine cones, or use these mock arrangements as inexpensive fillers for other areas of your event: a buffet table, the bar area, the gift table, or any spot that needs something extra!     Use pine cones for super-easy place cards that also double as favors. We jazzed up small pine cones with faux snow spray, and glued a small piece of ribbon to the tops with name tags looped through.     Group the finished pine cones on a tray or a table, or get creative and hang them from a large branch or mini-tree.     If you're passing out glasses of wine or champagne, or setting out stemware en masse for your guests, using tiny pine cones as an accent on each stem of glassware is a sweet detail!     We used a hot glue gun to adhere clear twine to the tops of each pine cone, and let them dry. Then we tied the pine cone around the base of each glass and trimmed off the excess twine.   

     

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    Project and Photos by: Carly Taylor     These balls come together quickly and can be made in any color you desire. They are more substantial than confetti or rice and will lend a fabulously festive touch to your goodbye.     The materials: small styrofoam balls (can be purchased at craft stores) yarn glue scissors
      The process: Using a dab of glue, attach on end of your chosen color of yarn to the styrofoam ball.
      Begin wrapping the yarn around and wrap it completely until you've covered the entire ball.
      Cut the yarn once the ball is covered and using a second dab of glue, secure the end of the yarn to the ball. 
      Gather in a group of pretty bowls with a note to take a handful and shower the bride and groom with a colorful goodbye.
      Enjoy!
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  • Browsing through the beautiful bridal collections of JLM Couture, we were particularly taken by how many gowns in the Spring 2014 collections featured stunning back designs. From illusion lace to bejeweled keyholes, there were so many pretty styles we couldn't resist sharing a few of our favorites. 

    1. An open back flanked by jeweled panels (Gown by Hayley Paige) 

    2. A unique twist on the traditional keyhole (Gown by Jim Hjelm) 

    3. A romantic one-shoulder style (Gown by Jim Hjelm) 

    4. A touch Southern, don't you think? (Gown by Tara Keely) 

    5. Sweet—and just a touch sexy. (Gown by Tara Keely) 

    Also related: 6 Draped Backs We Adore. 

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  • Project By: Victoria Hudgins Photos By: Pictilio     Make a celebratory statement by topping your wedding cake and desserts with these bright and festive pinwheels. Make them large or small, individually or in mass to design a colorful element that fits your day perfectly.     Make the pinwheel cake toppers by using origami paper (or thin scrapbook paper cut into squares)- each pinwheel uses three squares.     Step One: Accordion fold the paper squares back and forth, then fold each section in half and crease.     Step Two: Combine three sections together to create a round. Glue the outside edges together to connect.     Step Three: Turn the pinwheel over and glue a wooden skewer to the backside of each. Let dry.     Step Four: Top cakes, pies, and desserts with the pretty toppers!
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  • While your dress obviously looks the most fabulous on you, we recommend that your photographer snap a picture of your gown against a backdrop that goes hand-in-hand with your wedding theme! It's a must-have photo momento you'll appreciate for years to come. Stuck on ideas for how to construct it? Eight of our favorites follow below. 

    1. Under the Arch 

    Photos by Feather and Twine Photography and Robyn Preston Photography

    If you're getting married under an outdoor arch, this is a a cute way to foreshadow the event to come. Just make sure your groom doesn't see! 

    2. No Place Like Home

    Photos by Michelle March Photography and Landon Jacob Photography

    Having a quiet backyard wedding? Hang your dress out front for an intimate look at your gorgeous gown. 

    3. Rustic Barn Beauty

    Photos by (from left to right): Onelove Photography and N. Barrett Photography

    Consider this a must-take photo if you're going for a rustic wedding vibe. Your dress will look flawless against a barn backdrop!

    4. Bridal Party Shot

    Photo by Taylor Lord Photography

    Get your gals in on the fun by hanging their dresses beside yours. Putting them in front of a window creates a beautiful lighting effect in pictures. 

    5. Brick Background

    Photos by Feather and Twine Photography and Michelle March Photography

    If your wedding venue has a southwestern flair to it, consider hanging your dress from a brick interior to showcase the style of your big day. 

    6. Cozy Indoor Shot

    Photos by Onelove Photography

    Get a shot of your wedding dress over a bookcase or fireplace for a quaint and intimate family room-style portrait.

    7. Be One With Nature

    Photos by Katelyn James Photography and Earthmuse Photography

    If you're having a small garden wedding or a tropical getaway ceremony, a woodland background is a great way to let your dress stand out on its own. 

    8. It's All About the Hanger

    Photo by Matt Andrews Photography

    Of course, these photos aren't complete unless you have a personalized hanger for your dress. Add your date or his last name to make it specially yours! 

    BROWSE MORE WEDDING DRESS PHOTOS

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  • Project and Photos by Brittni Mehlhoff

    Surprise guests with a yummy treat to take home after the reception with these stylish mirrored glass favors that can be customized to your style. Add stripes, polka dots, or geometric shapes to plain glass bottles in minutes with this simple tutorial.

    Supplies: Looking Glass spray paint Small glass jars with cork lids String or twine Small sprigs of seeded eucalyptus Scissors Painter's tape Small wood gift tags

    How-To: 1. Cut a piece of painter's tape that is roughly the length of the height of your jar.

    2. Now, cut tape stripes for the bottle. For thinner stripes, you may need to cut the tape lengthwise with scissors to get pieces of tape that are the width you want (about 1/2 inch wide). Or purchase a new roll of tape that is in the desired width you want to use.

    3. Attach each tape stripe to the bottle securely, keeping about 3/4 inch apart from each other at bottom of bottle. I was able to attach 5 strips of tape to my bottle, evenly spaced apart.

    4. Then completely cover the top of the lid with tape, to ensure that no spray paint will come into contact with the bottle opening, where candy will eventually be added.

    5. Next, shake spray paint well, according to instructions, and spray the entire bottle with a thin coat of paint. Wait for it to dry and apply a second coat if necessary. Note: Use spray paint in well ventilated area. Looking Glass spray paint, especially, has very strong fumes. So it's best to work outside for this part.

    6. Once the paint is completely dry, remove all the tape from the bottle.

    7. Add small candy pieces and then plug the opening with a piece of cork.

    8. Next, tie a wooden gift tag to the bottle with a piece of string. This is a great time to add a thank you stamp to the gift tag or add guests name and a table number for a favor that pulls double duty as an escort card as well.

    9. Add a small sprig or two of seeded eucalyptus and you have a beautiful wedding favor for guests. Or switch the seeded eucalyptus out for any seasonal flower or greenery for a custom look, perfect for any season. This is a great place to add a pop of color as well, with a colorful spray or pretty ranunculus bloom.

    Lovely!

     

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    By: Danyelle Mathews   Creating charming escort cards for your wedding doesn't have to take a lot of time or resources. Simply gather a few basic, inexpensive supplies to produce this budget-savvy, casual-chic concept.      Supplies: Manilla shipping tags Chalkboard paint Foam paintbrush   Step One Arrange your tags on a large work surface     Step Two Dip the foam paintbrush into the chalkboard paint and apply one brushstroke to each tag.     Step Three Allow the paint to dry completely, then write guests names and seating information on the tags with chalk.     Step Four Display the tags using a fabric backdrop, coordinating yarn or string and wooden clothespins.     {Photos by: Danyelle Matthews}
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    By: Danyelle Mathews   Creating charming escort cards for your wedding doesn't have to take a lot of time or resources. Simply gather a few basic, inexpensive supplies to produce this budget-savvy, casual-chic concept.      Supplies: Manilla shipping tags Chalkboard paint Foam paintbrush   Step One Arrange your tags on a large work surface     Step Two Dip the foam paintbrush into the chalkboard paint and apply one brushstroke to each tag.     Step Three Allow the paint to dry completely, then write guests names and seating information on the tags with chalk.     Step Four Display the tags using a fabric backdrop, coordinating yarn or string and wooden clothespins.     {Photos by: Danyelle Matthews}
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    By: Danyelle Mathews   Your wedding is a special day for you and your closest friends. Why not put a bit of extra thought into how you ask your besties to be your bridesmaids?     Materials: wool felt small embroidery hoop thread  needle pencil scissors glue gun glue stick

    Step One Place the felt into the embroidery hoop and begin stitching. You can freehand the lettering, just use a lightly colored pencil to write out your message onto the felt. The thread will cover it when you're finished.     Step Two Tie off any loose thread ends on the back     Step Three Trim the felt, leaving about 1/2" around the diameter of the embroidery hoop.     Step Four Using your glue gun, secure the excess felt to the inside of the hoop.       Step Five Package up the completed project in a box with a simple "will you..." tag attached to the front.     Not only will your friends appreciate your thoughtfulness, they'll treasure the special handmade memento.  
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  • Project and Photos by Brittni Mehlhoff     Boutonnieres may seem intimidating to make, but they're actually one of the easiest flower DIYs you can tackle for a wedding. They are small, which means you don't need many flowers, and they're quick to make once you get the hang of it. So why not make your own for a fraction of the price that you would spend for a florist to do it for you?You can even use flowers from the grocery store.     Supplies: Scissors Tulips Solidago Monte Casino Floral Tape Ribbon  Straight Pin   How-To:   1. Start by removing all the lower leaves from the solidago and monte casino. Then cut the stems down to 5-7 inches.       2. Now, begin assembling the boutonnieres. Start with the solidago, as a base. Then add a tulip, crossing the stem of the tulip and solidago, like an X. Next, add the monte casino.     3. Wrap all of the stems with floral tape to secure the bout, starting about one inch down from the lowest bloom.     4. Cut the excess stems off, straight across, 1-2 inches down from the floral tape.     5. Add a ribbon and keep a straight pin handy for pinning onto the groom and groomsmen before the ceremony. Keep stems in a shallow dish of water until ready to use.     About $12 worth of flowers from the local grocery store, makes 7-10 boutonnieres, which means the cost is less than $2 per boutonniere.    
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  • Photos By: Mary Swenson

    Simple, rustic pine cones are perfect to use in a fall or winter wedding. These budget-friendly accents are seasonal without being kitschy, and add an element of warmth and charm to your event decor. Here are a few ways to incorporate them into your day!     Pine cones are great additions to any floral arrangement. We kept our flowers light-colored and simple so that the pine cones didn't get lost, but they work with virtually any color scheme!     You can find pine cones attached to a stick at florists and craft stores, which make it easy to pop them into your arrangement. You can also twist floral wire around the base of the pine cone, and then use that to attach the pine cone to the stem of the flower.     Forgo centerpiece flowers altogether by filling up glass containers with pine cones, or use these mock arrangements as inexpensive fillers for other areas of your event: a buffet table, the bar area, the gift table, or any spot that needs something extra!     Use pine cones for super-easy place cards that also double as favors. We jazzed up small pine cones with faux snow spray, and glued a small piece of ribbon to the tops with name tags looped through.     Group the finished pine cones on a tray or a table, or get creative and hang them from a large branch or mini-tree.     If you're passing out glasses of wine or champagne, or setting out stemware en masse for your guests, using tiny pine cones as an accent on each stem of glassware is a sweet detail!     We used a hot glue gun to adhere clear twine to the tops of each pine cone, and let them dry. Then we tied the pine cone around the base of each glass and trimmed off the excess twine.   

     

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    Project and Photos by: Carly Taylor     These balls come together quickly and can be made in any color you desire. They are more substantial than confetti or rice and will lend a fabulously festive touch to your goodbye.     The materials: small styrofoam balls (can be purchased at craft stores) yarn glue scissors
      The process: Using a dab of glue, attach on end of your chosen color of yarn to the styrofoam ball.
      Begin wrapping the yarn around and wrap it completely until you've covered the entire ball.
      Cut the yarn once the ball is covered and using a second dab of glue, secure the end of the yarn to the ball. 
      Gather in a group of pretty bowls with a note to take a handful and shower the bride and groom with a colorful goodbye.
      Enjoy!
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  • Browsing through the beautiful bridal collections of JLM Couture, we were particularly taken by how many gowns in the Spring 2014 collections featured stunning back designs. From illusion lace to bejeweled keyholes, there were so many pretty styles we couldn't resist sharing a few of our favorites. 

    1. An open back flanked by jeweled panels (Gown by Hayley Paige) 

    2. A unique twist on the traditional keyhole (Gown by Jim Hjelm) 

    3. A romantic one-shoulder style (Gown by Jim Hjelm) 

    4. A touch Southern, don't you think? (Gown by Tara Keely) 

    5. Sweet—and just a touch sexy. (Gown by Tara Keely) 

    Also related: 6 Draped Backs We Adore. 

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  • Project By: Victoria Hudgins Photos By: Pictilio     Make a celebratory statement by topping your wedding cake and desserts with these bright and festive pinwheels. Make them large or small, individually or in mass to design a colorful element that fits your day perfectly.     Make the pinwheel cake toppers by using origami paper (or thin scrapbook paper cut into squares)- each pinwheel uses three squares.     Step One: Accordion fold the paper squares back and forth, then fold each section in half and crease.     Step Two: Combine three sections together to create a round. Glue the outside edges together to connect.     Step Three: Turn the pinwheel over and glue a wooden skewer to the backside of each. Let dry.     Step Four: Top cakes, pies, and desserts with the pretty toppers!
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  • While your dress obviously looks the most fabulous on you, we recommend that your photographer snap a picture of your gown against a backdrop that goes hand-in-hand with your wedding theme! It's a must-have photo momento you'll appreciate for years to come. Stuck on ideas for how to construct it? Eight of our favorites follow below. 

    1. Under the Arch 

    Photos by Feather and Twine Photography and Robyn Preston Photography

    If you're getting married under an outdoor arch, this is a a cute way to foreshadow the event to come. Just make sure your groom doesn't see! 

    2. No Place Like Home

    Photos by Michelle March Photography and Landon Jacob Photography

    Having a quiet backyard wedding? Hang your dress out front for an intimate look at your gorgeous gown. 

    3. Rustic Barn Beauty

    Photos by (from left to right): Onelove Photography and N. Barrett Photography

    Consider this a must-take photo if you're going for a rustic wedding vibe. Your dress will look flawless against a barn backdrop!

    4. Bridal Party Shot

    Photo by Taylor Lord Photography

    Get your gals in on the fun by hanging their dresses beside yours. Putting them in front of a window creates a beautiful lighting effect in pictures. 

    5. Brick Background

    Photos by Feather and Twine Photography and Michelle March Photography

    If your wedding venue has a southwestern flair to it, consider hanging your dress from a brick interior to showcase the style of your big day. 

    6. Cozy Indoor Shot

    Photos by Onelove Photography

    Get a shot of your wedding dress over a bookcase or fireplace for a quaint and intimate family room-style portrait.

    7. Be One With Nature

    Photos by Katelyn James Photography and Earthmuse Photography

    If you're having a small garden wedding or a tropical getaway ceremony, a woodland background is a great way to let your dress stand out on its own. 

    8. It's All About the Hanger

    Photo by Matt Andrews Photography

    Of course, these photos aren't complete unless you have a personalized hanger for your dress. Add your date or his last name to make it specially yours! 

    BROWSE MORE WEDDING DRESS PHOTOS

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  • Project and Photos by Brittni Mehlhoff

    Surprise guests with a yummy treat to take home after the reception with these stylish mirrored glass favors that can be customized to your style. Add stripes, polka dots, or geometric shapes to plain glass bottles in minutes with this simple tutorial.

    Supplies: Looking Glass spray paint Small glass jars with cork lids String or twine Small sprigs of seeded eucalyptus Scissors Painter's tape Small wood gift tags

    How-To: 1. Cut a piece of painter's tape that is roughly the length of the height of your jar.

    2. Now, cut tape stripes for the bottle. For thinner stripes, you may need to cut the tape lengthwise with scissors to get pieces of tape that are the width you want (about 1/2 inch wide). Or purchase a new roll of tape that is in the desired width you want to use.

    3. Attach each tape stripe to the bottle securely, keeping about 3/4 inch apart from each other at bottom of bottle. I was able to attach 5 strips of tape to my bottle, evenly spaced apart.

    4. Then completely cover the top of the lid with tape, to ensure that no spray paint will come into contact with the bottle opening, where candy will eventually be added.

    5. Next, shake spray paint well, according to instructions, and spray the entire bottle with a thin coat of paint. Wait for it to dry and apply a second coat if necessary. Note: Use spray paint in well ventilated area. Looking Glass spray paint, especially, has very strong fumes. So it's best to work outside for this part.

    6. Once the paint is completely dry, remove all the tape from the bottle.

    7. Add small candy pieces and then plug the opening with a piece of cork.

    8. Next, tie a wooden gift tag to the bottle with a piece of string. This is a great time to add a thank you stamp to the gift tag or add guests name and a table number for a favor that pulls double duty as an escort card as well.

    9. Add a small sprig or two of seeded eucalyptus and you have a beautiful wedding favor for guests. Or switch the seeded eucalyptus out for any seasonal flower or greenery for a custom look, perfect for any season. This is a great place to add a pop of color as well, with a colorful spray or pretty ranunculus bloom.

    Lovely!

     

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    By: Danyelle Mathews   Creating charming escort cards for your wedding doesn't have to take a lot of time or resources. Simply gather a few basic, inexpensive supplies to produce this budget-savvy, casual-chic concept.      Supplies: Manilla shipping tags Chalkboard paint Foam paintbrush   Step One Arrange your tags on a large work surface     Step Two Dip the foam paintbrush into the chalkboard paint and apply one brushstroke to each tag.     Step Three Allow the paint to dry completely, then write guests names and seating information on the tags with chalk.     Step Four Display the tags using a fabric backdrop, coordinating yarn or string and wooden clothespins.     {Photos by: Danyelle Matthews}
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    By: Danyelle Mathews   Creating charming escort cards for your wedding doesn't have to take a lot of time or resources. Simply gather a few basic, inexpensive supplies to produce this budget-savvy, casual-chic concept.      Supplies: Manilla shipping tags Chalkboard paint Foam paintbrush   Step One Arrange your tags on a large work surface     Step Two Dip the foam paintbrush into the chalkboard paint and apply one brushstroke to each tag.     Step Three Allow the paint to dry completely, then write guests names and seating information on the tags with chalk.     Step Four Display the tags using a fabric backdrop, coordinating yarn or string and wooden clothespins.     {Photos by: Danyelle Matthews}
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    By: Danyelle Mathews   Your wedding is a special day for you and your closest friends. Why not put a bit of extra thought into how you ask your besties to be your bridesmaids?     Materials: wool felt small embroidery hoop thread  needle pencil scissors glue gun glue stick

    Step One Place the felt into the embroidery hoop and begin stitching. You can freehand the lettering, just use a lightly colored pencil to write out your message onto the felt. The thread will cover it when you're finished.     Step Two Tie off any loose thread ends on the back     Step Three Trim the felt, leaving about 1/2" around the diameter of the embroidery hoop.     Step Four Using your glue gun, secure the excess felt to the inside of the hoop.       Step Five Package up the completed project in a box with a simple "will you..." tag attached to the front.     Not only will your friends appreciate your thoughtfulness, they'll treasure the special handmade memento.  
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