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Photos By: Jordan FerneyMaterials: 2 feet of 18" Russian Veiling Comb Thread and Needle Ruler Scissors
Important Note: There are two sides of the veiling: finished and unfinished. You want the finished end to run across your face NOT the unfinished side.
By: Jenny BattFringe is still everywhere and I don’t think it's going out of style anytime soon. Traditionally, you take tiny pieces of fringe and cover shapes and large paper mache objects. For this DIY, I will show you a new technique to breeze through fringing anything. Materials: Tissue Paper Cutting Mat and Rotary Cutter Scissors (or fringing scissors – easier) Elmer’s Glue Poster Board Step One Lay several sheets of tissue paper flat and fold in half lengthwise. Use your cutting mat, a straight edge and your rotary cutter, to cut strips 2.5” wide across the fold. Step Two Take each set of strips and unfold. Refold lengthwise. Step Three Fold in half widthwise and cut fringe on the bottom (not the folded) edge. Step Four Separate each fringed strip and refold lengthwise. Take your poster board and across the short edge, run a thin bead of glue across the length. Lay a fringed piece across the glue and press lightly to adhere. If the strip isn’t quite long enough to reach, just add pieces as needed. For the next layer add another bead of glue above the first strip and add another strip. Step Five Repeat until the entire poster board is covered. Let dry. Step Six Print out letters from your computer. Cut out the letters from the paper. Place each letter on the fringed board, adjusting it so the fringe goes left to right across the letter, and cut loosely around the edge. Once you have the smaller piece, use the template to cut out the shape perfectly. Step Seven Repeat with remaining letters. Sometimes after cutting, the tops of the letters are missing fringe. Simply add touch up pieces of tissue paper fringe and glue down. Let dry and trim. Step Eight Use a bunting template to make a fun garland. You can use the fringed poster board to make any shapes you like or keep as is for a fun backdrop or to use as a tray liner. The fringing goes quickly using this method and is less tedious than fringing each shape individually. Step Nine To make a garland from the letters, simply flip over the pieces and tape down to twine. Here I used washi tape so I can remove and adjust the letters easily after hanging. photos by hankandhunt.com
Photos By: Chelsea Fuss
We love this refreshing take on the potted plant! Take a 4” blooming plant and wrap it in newspaper and twine for an earthy but unique wedding favor or centerpiece. Here’s the how-to!
You'll need:4” seasonal blooming plants. 1/4 of a page of newspaper for each plant. We used the French newspaper, Le Monde Diplomatique for it’s heavy, shiny quality (and the romantic wording!) but you could use any newspaper that has significance (in date or language) to you as a couple. Scissors. Waxed twine. Directions: Cut a 1/4 of newspaper page for each plant. Take the center ends and turn them up towards the plant and flat against the pot. Wrap the sides over and fold. Tie with waxed twine. The pots can be set out as favors or they can double as centerpieces by being displayed down the center of a family style table. How sweet is this place card? Use the blooms as a guide for your color scheme by displaying them on pretty matching fabric or with coordinating napkins. We used violas, but other options include daffodils or hyacinth for spring, miniature marigold or daisies for summer, chrysanthemums or pansies for fall, tulip or paperwhites for winter. Tip: Make sure the bottoms of the plants are dry or the newspaper will get wet. You can also include a small piece of cellophane under the pot or line the newspaper so that you can water the plants. Your guests will love this bright, seasonal decoration and they’ll be happy to take them off your hands at the end of the evening.
Photo By: Mary SwensonSucculents are all the rage for weddings and parties, and with good reason: these little plants are not only completely adorable, but they're inexpensive and easy to work into just about any theme. The popularity of succulents has made them available almost anywhere. We purchased ours for less than $3 each at a home improvement store! There are many different types of succulents to choose from, and all require the same, easy care: a sunny window, and watering only when the soil is completely dry. We love how interesting different types of succulents look together, so we chose a variety for our project. One of our favorite ways to see succulents is when they are paired with neutrals and rustic elements - they add a bit of a modern touch and subtle color to enhance the decor perfectly. We kept things super simple by keeping the succulent plants in their original plastic pots and wrapping kraft paper around each one. Name tags were tied around each pot with a piece of unfussy twine. The options are endless for how to display these tiny favors! We love the look of them arranged on a tiered stand... ...or placed at each guests' spot at the table. Remove the name tags and cluster the plants on a cake stand placed in the center of each table for an instant centerpiece... ...or arrange them inside a wooden box for an ultra-pared down and rustic look. Your guests will love to take home these plants as a memento of your special day! Photo By: Mary Swenson
Project and Photos by: Erica OBrien
Fortune cookies are a sweet and easy way to create edible keepsakes for your wedding cake. You can easily print your own messages, or ask your stationery designer to match your invitation suite. This is a fun activity in which couples can participate together. Here, our bride and groom both chose messages that had special meaning for them, and our stationery designer, Roseville Designs, created fortunes using two different fonts (script for her; print for him).
What You'll Need:Fondant in the color of your choice Board for rolling Rolling pin Cornstarch to prevent sticking Round cookie cutter in the size of your choice Fortune cookie messages Personalized messages on paper cut to ½” high x 3” wide
Photo: Morgan Trinker
Incorporating your initials is a perfect way to personalize your wedding decor. There are all kinds of creative ways to dress up and display your monogram to reflect your personal style and match the theme of your event. Here are some of our favorite ideas for using your monogram in your wedding decor:
1. Floral Monograms
Photos (from left): Amy Wallen, Ryan Ray
Festoon large letters with fresh, fragrant blooms for a pretty presentation.
2. Yarn Monograms
Photos (from left): onelove Photography, Braedon Photography
A fun, simple DIY idea for brides and grooms with a crafty side!
3. Monogrammed Table Runners
Photos (from left): Glass Jar Photography, Paper Antler
Have your initials embroidered onto the ends of your linens to add instant personality and sophistication to your tablescapes.
4. Cork Monograms
Photos (from left): Aaron Watson, Katelyn James
What a creative, festive touch for a vineyard wedding!
5. Moss Monograms
Photos (from left): Annabella Charles, Amanda Julca
Moss covered initials are elegant, inexpensive and complementary to a variety of wedding styles from rustic to garden to eco-friendly!
6. Marquee Monograms
Photos (from left): Annie McElwain, Kurt Boomer
Light up your initials with marquee lights for a fun theatrical touch.
7. Monogrammed Pillows
Photos (from left): Landon Jacob, Ali Harper
Add some personalized throw pillows into the mix at your cocktail lounge for a stylish statement.
Photo by JaneCane Photography
It’s one of the only universal wedding truths – you can’t control the weather. So what do you do when the forecast calls for rain (or snow or sleet or hail or high wind conditions) on your wedding day –especially if you’re planning an outdoor celebration? Here are our top tips to help you prepare for not-so-great weather conditions.
Have a Plan B from Day 1
When you’re looking at outdoor wedding venues, make sure you ask what the rain plan is. Even if the location where you’re marrying is known for sunny weather, you’ll still want to make sure you’re happy with the bad weather alternative. Whether it’s putting up a tent or moving the entire event indoors, make sure your venue provides you with a firm plan before you book.
Enlist Vendors’ Help
If rain or other bad weather is in the forecast, talk to your vendors about how they plan on handling the situation. Wedding planners or site coordinators are particularly adept at moving things around to help plan for bad weather. Ask for help or advice where needed and be flexible if certain details of your wedding need to change.
Consider Both Major and Minor Weather Issues
Of course, rain is always a concern, but also think about high winds or unseasonably hot or cold weather, as well. Your guests’ comfort and safety should be your primary concern. If the weather is hot, consider bringing in fans and providing your guests with cold beverages throughout the day. For colder weather, heaters and blankets may be necessary. And if the weather conditions are simply too uncomfortable, consider moving things indoors – even if precipitation isn’t an issue.
You may want to research wedding insurance as an option, particularly if you’re getting married during hurricane season or in the wintertime on the off-chance that you need to postpone your wedding.
But, if you’re simply dealing with a little rain or a bit of snow, make the best of the situation! Find umbrellas and rain or snow boots that match your color scheme, and take some fun photos outdoors. Talk to your photographer about finding creative ways to take outdoor photos. And remember – rain on your wedding day is considered good luck!
Looking for more inspiration and ideas? Check out this stunning rainy day wedding and these snowy winter weddings!
Despite the never-ending snow and freezing temperatures, spring is just around the corner! (Fourteen days to be exact). Here's what our editors are looking forward to seeing most in any upcoming wedding:
1. Tea-Length Wedding Dresses - Keep it short and sweet with the must-have-it bridal dress fashion trend of the season.
Photo: Matushek Photography
2. Pastel Bridesmaid Dresses - Stick to one color or choose various shades from blush, baby blue, sage green, and yellow.
Photo: Jessica Lorren Organic Photography
3. Floral Wreaths - The most adorable hair accessory for your flower girls!
Photo: KT Merry
4. Peonies - These beauts are in-season from early-April to mid-June. If you're having a Southern soiree, don't forget to add a monogrammed ribbon too.
Photo: Katelyn James
5. Tulips - These delicate petals are known for their freshly-picked look. Fun fact: They grow even after they're cut!
Photo: Meg Perotti
6. Hydrangeas - Showcase how just a few bunches can go a long way on tall centerpieces accessorized with candles.
Photo: Annabella Charles Photography
7. Umbrellas - In case you have to plan for bad weather like rain, hang decorative umbrellas from your backyard's trees. See more from Laurel and Kevin's circus-themed wedding here.
Photo: Ely Fair Photography
8. Birdcages - The perfect spot for guests to put their cards!
Photo: Katelyn James
9. Open-Air Transportation - Take advantage of the warmer weather and exit your reception on one of these 8 getaway cars.
Photo: Anne Robert Photography
10. Rainboots - Forget the high heels, stay comfortable in a pair of wellies.
Photos (from left to right): Meg Perotti
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