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Who says your wedding day can't be just like a fairytale? Let your inner princess hold court with these glitzy, glamorous ideas perfect for any ballroom wedding. For even more inspiration, check out our glam real wedding boards.
1. DETAILED DRAPING
Photo by Michael + Anna Costa Photography
Nothing wows at a reception like gorgeous drapery. With the right lighting your celebration will have a dreamlike ambience.
2. PRETTY CALLIGRAPHY
Photos by Landon Jacob Photography and Jodi Miller Photography
A gorgeous script can really take the glam factor to the next level. Set the tone with your invitations, then continue the pretty calligraphy for wedding day signage.
3. SEQUINED TABLESCAPES
Photo by Carmen Santorelli Photography
No glamorous wedding is complete without sequins. Sit your glassware atop a shimmering tablecloth, or go all out and use one at every reception table.
4. COCKTAIL HOUR
Photo by Onelove Photography
Let your guests feel like royalty by creating an elegant lounge where they can mingle and sip on your signature cocktail.
5. BACK IN BLACK
Photo by Cyn Kain Photography
Give your gals a more formal look by opting for black bridesmaid dresses. Vary up the ensemble with different lengths and necklines.
6. GOLDEN CAKE
Photos by Katelyn James Photography and Sugar Couture
Talk about being too pretty to eat! These gilded sweet treats will impress guests with their gorgeous design.
7. GHOST CHAIRS
Photo by QWeddings
These see-through chairs have become a staple for ballroom weddings.
8. GIRLY BOUQUETS
Photos by Milou + Olin Photography and Candice Benjamin Photography
These romantic bouquets are sure to lend an air of romance to your wedding style. From fuschia roses to pink dahlias, you can't go wrong with flowers as breathtaking as these.
9. SHIMMERING STILETTOS
Photos by Ben Q Photography and Cage and Aquarium Photography
There's no better way to strut down the aisle than with a pair of metallic peep-toe pumps. Unleash your inner red-carpet starlet with a pair of sparkly stilettos.
10. SWEETHEART TABLE
Photos by Jose Villa Photography and Alixann Loosle Photography
Have an private moment with your significant other at a gorgeous and intimate table for two. Add some flowers and elegant linens for a touch of romance.
Photos by Caroline + Ben Photography and Taylor Lord Photography
Add some natural glow to your reception space by investing in a candleabara, it will create a beautiful ambience and act as a great centerpiece.
12. BLUSHING BRIDE
Photos by Katelyn James Photography and Angela & Evan Photography
In this day and age, white wedding dresses are no longer a must—especially for a glam wedding. Get in touch with your inner princess and rock an extravagant pink ballgown dress. C'mon—you know you want to.
Photos by Palm Beach Photography and Lisa Lefkowitz Photography
Nothing exudes glamour like a hanging chandelier. Whether they're icicle style or more vintage, they're an essential part of any ballroom celebration.
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Project Design By: Victoria Hudgins
Photos By: Carly TaylorUsing watercolor in your wedding can be an easy way to add both color and pretty artistic flair. Make drink tags, escort cards, or favor labels with these easy instructions. Materials: You will need watercolor paints, paper tags, a white crayon, a paint brush and water. Process: Write in your details on the paper tag with a white crayon. I did a combo of table numbers and simple words to show how each would look. Be sure to press firmly with the crayon. A preview of the finished product. Loving this vibrant orange. Dip your brush in the water and the paint, before stroking lightly over your tag. Mix colors and do a couple coats to ensure good texture.
The watercolors will not adhere to the wax portion of the tag where the crayon has left its mark.
What a difference adding favor tags makes! Let dry and attach to your favor or item of choice! Lastly, get creative and have fun! Project Design By: Victoria Hudgins Photos By: Carly Taylor
Photos By: Erin Holland
Project Styling By: Victoria HudginsWedding receptions can be awkward when guests are seated with a table full of people that they don't know. Help break the ice with conversation starter escort cards! Step One: Make these conversational cards by first printing out the PDF here. There are eight different conversation starters on each page. Step Two: Cut along the lines to reveal modern-style flags, then write in each guest's name and table information. Be sure to mix up the topics for each table. Step Three: Top the flags with a small line of cute tape for an extra design punch, or post the simple black and white flags for a bold, minimalistic presentation. Step Four: Pin the cards onto a paper-backed canvas. Enjoy!
Project & Story By: Chelsea Fuss Photos By: Lisa Warninger Not sure what to carry for your winter wedding? This bouquet is a great option for those who want to stay seasonal but really want a floral bouquet in the middle of winter! Tuberose is extremely fragrant, and quite festive when paired with minty winter pods. Here's how to make it! Flower Recipe: -10 stems of tuberose (ask for your florist to have it open, or a buy a few days earlier and keep in a warm room so about half the flowers are open) -5 stems of seeded eucalyptus (just the pods!) If you can't find it this way, strip the leaves off. -3 stems of variegated boxwood or oregonia Supplies: flower clippers torn piece of linen jute twine scissors a vase to hold your bouquet in Step One: Strip the leaves off the bottom of the greens and separate the stems of seeded eucalyptus. Each stem will have several long branches, you can clip these to make them into single stems. Step Two: Edit 5-6 stems of tuberose by cutting the buds off of the stems. Clip the stem at an angle so the bare top of the stem doesn't show and you just see the blossoms. Keep the long stem with the blossoms. Step Three: Gather a piece of the greens and 3 stems of seeded eucalyptus, in one hand. Add some blossoms toward the bottom of the bouquet, and some buds towards the top. (Keep the bouquet in the same hand during the whole process). Step Three (cont). As you add each stem, turn the bouquet to the left. Keep the heavier foliage and flowers towards the bottom, and the lighter pods and buds at the top of the arrangement. In general, keep each kind of flower or green separate and in small clusters. Step Three (cont). Add just a few random stems of greens and seeded eucalyptus to finish off the shape. Step Four: Secure with twine. Make any adjustments to the bouquet and cut the stems short. Step Five: Wrap with a piece of torn linen and jute. Use the tossed aside tuberose buds as cake flowers or to decorate tables by placing them in tiny vases. Keep you bouquet refrigerated and in water until ready for use. This super sweet, chic bouquet costs around $30-$40 to make! Hint: The tuberose bouquet would look pretty and effortless with a sheath wedding dress.
Photo by Woodland Fields Photography
We know, we know—you want to look gorgeous on your wedding day, but you still want to look like you. And a full set of false eyelashes can seem a little daunting if your regular makeup routine is on the low-maintenance side. The solution? Individual false lashes. When applied properly, they'll accentuate your eyes and maintain a natural look. Here's our top four tips for getting it right.1. Size Matters To appear as natural as possible, look for individual lashes that are just slightly longer than your natural lash. We like Ardell's Duralash Starter Kit ($9.99 at Amazon), as it offers three different lengths to choose from. 2. Focus on the Outer Corners Start on your outer corners of your eye and work your way in—this way you’ll have a clear view of where you can use the extra fringe. For a girly, wing-tipped look, apply the lashes to your outer corners only. 3. Dark Adhesive is Key Use a lash adhesive that dries dark (like Ardell's Duo eyelash adhesive in Dark, $4.79 at Amazon) to help mask unwanted traces of glue. Dark adhesive will also blend more easily with your eyeliner and mascara. 4. Minimize Mascara Once your false lashes are set, sweep with a volumizing mascara to complete your look. Avoid lengthening mascara and don’t go overboard with product—nobody wants spider lashes on their wedding day!
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The perfect pink palette begins with your favorite shade of pink. This particular board encompasses both vibrant and soft pink colors. You can achieve a more modern look if you incoporate ombre elements, but for this particular palette we like the idea of the softer pink being the accent color. For an evening or more elegant affair, add a darker hue like deep plum, or even black. Make sure to use dark colors sparingly, as you don't want to take away from your beautiful pinks.
Dress by Amsale, Photo by Dan Lecca
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Invitation Photo by Jemma Keech
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Formal wedding portraits are a must for any wedding, but that doesn't mean there can't be room for a little creativity.
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1. Caught With Their Pants Down
Photo by Shipra Panosian
One sure-fire way to make portraits at a formal wedding seem less, well, formal? Lose the bottom half of the outfit!
2. Caught With Their Pants Down, Part Two
Photo by Shipra Panosian
Lose the bride this time around. Also, let's note how proud the guy all the way on the right looks.
3. The Basket Toss
Photo by Aaron Watson Photography
Just because your wedding party doesn't consist of former cheerleaders doesn't mean you can't steal one of their best moves.
4. The Human Pyramid
Photo by Andi Mans
Try this as a "warm-up" pose before you start taking more formal pictures—it'll loosen everyone up and make smiles come more naturally.
5. Props Galore
Photo by Bird and the Bear
Raid the photo booth prop box for hats, signs, moustaches, whatever, then let the group get crazy.
6. The Harry Potter
Photo by Birds of a Feather
Broomsticks! Because why not?
7. Damnnnnn, Girl
Photo by onelove photography
You know you'll be turning heads and raising eyebrows all day—why not get photographic evidence?
8. Behind the Barn
Photo by Karena Dixon Photography
The picture pretty much says it all.
Whether it's cut and served at the reception or boxed up and given out as favors, the groom's cake has always been known as a surprise gift from the bride. Show off his personality with these out-of-the-box ideas:
1. Career - Pay tribute to his profession. For example, if he's a photographer, then opt for a Canon digital camera.
Photo: Our Labor of Love
2. Alma Mater - So, you met and fell in love at college? Replicate an on-campus building. Below is the multi-tiered UCSD's Geisel Library.
Photo: onelove photography
3. Animals - It may be the state animal of Texas, but this nine-banded creature made it's official debut in the 1989 movie Steel Magnolias.
Photo: Brooke Images
4. Travel - Reveal all the places you've traveled together to with a vintage suitcase and stickers.
Photo: Glass Jar Photography
5. Food - His go-to meal from Chipotle complete with an unwrapped burrito, chips, guacamole, and pico de gallo.
Photo: Katelyn James
6. Hobbies - After you've spent countless weekends in the great outdoors, there's no better place like a tent, campfire, and some s'mores.
Photo: Abi Q Photography
7. Favorite TV Shows & Movies - Courtney and Cory's police public call box inspiration came from Doctor Who, a British science-fiction televsion series on BBC.
Photo: Catie Bartlett Photography
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Project and Photos by Brittni Mehlhoff of Paper & Stitch Give an inexpensive pair of champagne coupes some personality, with a custom ombre look that would be perfect for a bridal shower, rehearsal dinner, or reception. This would be a great way to add your wedding colors in a unique way, making them perfect for photo ops at any wedding event. Materials: Toasting Glasses Painter's Tape Spray Paint Matte Sealant How-To: 1. Start by taping each glass at the rim, making sure to tape an area wide enough to protect your lips from paint later, while sipping. 2. Next, tape off the inside of the glass. 3. Now that the glasses are properly taped, start spray painting the bottom of the stems. Then work your way upward, being careful to focus the bulk of the paint at the bottom, to create an ombre effect. 4. Once the paint has dried, apply a coat of matte sealant to keep the paint from chipping. 5. Once the sealant is dry, remove the painter's tape. 6. Add your favorite drink and get ready for a toast.
Photo by Kurt Boomer Photo
Ready to start planning your wedding? First things first, it’s time to lay out your budget. It’s not the most fun task, but it’s necessary to figure out how much you can spend on your wedding day before you choose a venue, meet with vendors, and buy your dress. If you’re looking for ways to save money, check out a few of our favorite ideas.
Be Flexible on Date, Time and Season: A Saturday night in September or May is probably the most expensive wedding date you can choose. Vendors will sometimes charge less to couples who get married in the off-season or on off-days. So consider getting married on a Friday, Sunday, and even Saturday morning or early afternoon in January, February or March.
Be Honest: Be upfront with potential vendors. Tell them the amount that you’ve budgeted for his or her services and see if he or she can work with that, instead of asking for a proposal and trying to bring the cost down. Vendors will appreciate your honesty, and in many cases, try their best to accommodate you if there’s any wiggle room.
Cut the Guest List: Many venues and caterers charge on a per-person basis, so the fewer guests you invite, the less you pay.
Get a Planner: This may sound confusing – how can hiring an additional vendor help you save money? Well, wedding planners often have great connections with other vendors and can help you get the best deals.
DIY Wisely: Yes, creating items for your wedding yourself can help you save money. However, it’s easy to become overwhelmed by trying to do too much. Instead, pick one area of your wedding that you can DIY – whether it be your favors, ceremony programs, escort cards, or something else – and focus on doing a great job on that project. Check out our DIY Editor for lots of great ideas!
Enlist Friends: Got talented friends and/or family members? Enlist them to help where they can – but only if they’re truly skilled in that area. Friends and family can also donate their time in helping you with DIY projects, or even with set up on the big day. You can even have a friend or family member officiate your ceremony!
Turn Bouquets into Centerpieces: Floral arrangements can be quite expensive, but if you use them wisely, you can save a bundle. See if any of your ceremony flowers (bouquets, altar arrangements, etc.) can be used as centerpieces at the reception. This can help you avoid paying for floral décor that you don’t need.
Shop Sample Sales: When shopping for your wedding dress, check out sample sales at area salons. However, don’t purchase a dress that completely doesn’t fit, thinking that altering the dress will be inexpensive. If a dress needs a complete overhaul, the alterations can more than double the original cost of the gown!
Think Drinks: Alcohol can be a huge budget buster. Some venues allow you to purchase your alcohol yourself, which can help you save some cash. Also, you can simply serve wine and beer, along with a signature drink or two instead of offering a fully-stocked top-shelf bar.
Something Borrowed: Instead of purchasing lots of expensive jewelry and accessories to add some sparkle to your wedding day look, look to family members and friends to help accessorize. Your grandmother’s veil, your mom’s earrings, your great aunt’s necklace, your sister’s shoes – it’s so special to wear a family heirloom on your wedding day.