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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 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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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!
1. A Pair of Mums
A cute pair of flowers is simply perfect for celebrating the pair of you! Oh, and mums the word on how cheap these invites are.
2. Pastel Patterns
A trend you can’t resist — mixed patterns! This distinctly patterned invite will also reflect your savvy style for a price that fits your budget. Find them here.
3. Flair for Style
Show your flair for style and your knack for scoring a good deal with these flourish wedding invitations featuring a bold element of design.
4. Flowers and Flourishes
A colorful floral sketch accented by faint flourishes creates a touch of whimsical charm on these inexpensive wedding invites.
5. Love Springs
You won’t have to spring much for these! An array of colorful flowers below two lovebirds becomes a trendy display of modern day romance. Find them here.
6. Sultry Blooms
Sultry blooms in rich colors bring an artistic quality of romance to these watercolor wedding invitations
7. Typography on White
Trendy typography looks amazing on this bright white wedding invitation- they’ll never know you paid so little for something so stylish!
8. Simply Modern
A unique look and vibrant colors all for an affordable price.
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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!
Formal wedding portraits are a must for any wedding, but that doesn't mean there can't be room for a little creativity.
Related: 8 Groomsmen Portrait Ideas
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.
Project and Photos by Brittni Mehlhoff of Paper & Stitch Add a custom touch to everything from centerpieces to guest favors with this DIY idea for mini monogrammed mirrored vases. Using inexpensive, but heavy-duty, glass votives, you can create small flower arrangements that will feel unique and special for your big day. And each one will only set you back $1.50. How's that for inexpensive? You can even create a special message for guests, spelled out with letter vases. Or incorporate shapes and patterns for an unexpected detail that guests will remember. Materials: Glass Votives Looking Glass Spray Paint Painter's Tape Scissors (optional) How-To: 1. Start by blocking out the basic shape of the letter or letters you want to monogram or message, with painter's tape. 2. Complete any inner details, using scissors (if necessary) to cut any shapes for the letters that can't be made by tearing the tape. Press the edges down firmly, to make sure the tape is secure. 3. Next, in a well ventilated area, spray paint the glass votives and allow the paint to dry fully before moving onto the next step. 4. Once the paint is completely dry, carefully remove the painter's tape. 5. Next, add water and flowers to complete each piece. Use the finished votive vases as tiny centerpieces running along a long table or as favors for guests to take home at the end of the evening.
After a full week of scoping out the stunning collections at Bridal Fashion Week, a few trends emerged as favorites among the wedding dress set. After sorting through the lot and sussing out our favorites, the 10 that follow are the looks we predict to see on real brides come Fall 2015. Good news: there's something available for everyone, no matter your bridal style.
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1. BREEZY BOHO
Gowns by: Carol Hannah and Amy Kuschel; Photos by Dan Lecca
From flowy sleeves to floaty skirts, these gowns are low mantinence and perfect for dancing. This gown from Alyne also contributed to the rise in boho.
2. CLEAN AND SIMPLE
Gowns by Jean-Ralph Thurin and Anna Maier; Photos courtesy of the designer and Dan Lecca
These well-constructed silk gowns will emphasize your curves in all the right places—and look just as striking without any embellishment.
3. CROP TOPS
Gowns by Naeem Khan and David''s Bridal; Photos by Dan Lecca
This street style favorite is going bridal, and we have to admit we love the flirty glimpse of midriff. Houghton and Theia also featured crop top bridal looks.
4. GOLD ACCENTS
Gowns by Badgley Mischka and Della Giovanna; Photos by Dan Lecca
Gone are the days of silver being the only acceptable accent for brides! The glam gold made an appearance on many runways this season, and it feels luxe and modern. Sarah Jassir and Amsale also featured this metallic accent.
5. DEEP V
Gowns by Dennis Basso and Inbal Dror; Photos by Dan Lecca
Necklines took a seriously sexy turn this season by dipping lower than ever before. Delphine Manivet and Ines Di Santo's designs also took the plunge.
Gowns by Hayley Paige and Johanna Johnson; Photos by Dan Lecca
This unusual detail really packs personality into an otherwise classic wedding gown, and we bet it'll really wow the crowd when they see the way it moves on the dance floor. This Kelly Faetanini number also makes use the detail.
7. THE FROZEN EFFECT
Gowns by Alfred Angelo and Theia; Photos by Dan Lecca
Between icicle-like shimmer and bundled up snow queens, the Disney movie Frozen definitely served as inspiration for many designers. The brides on Houghton's runway also featured a cozy look.
Looks by Houghton and Naeem Khan; Photos by Dan Lecca
Brides are no longer limited to a dress for their bridal look. Tuck a blouse into a skirt, or opt for a well-tailored pants suit, a perfect ensemble for a same-sex wedding! Rivini also showcased a sheer pantsuit on her runway.
9. SHOWING SKIN
Gowns by Pnina Tornai and Rania Hatoum; Photos by Dan Lecca
The designers this season are daring you to bare by offering sheer skirts, thigh-high slits, and cut-outs galore. Badgley offered illusion detailing, Ines di Santo featured high slits, and Rivini showcased cutouts.
10. Tiered Ball Gowns
Gowns by Anne Barge and Maggie Sottero; Photos by Dan Lecca
For the bride who wants to live out fantasy, this look is playful and romantic! Isabelle Armstrong and Katerina Bocci also made gowns fit for a princess.
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Project and Photos by Brittni Mehlhoff of Paper and Stitch Celebrate your bridesmaids and say thank you for all their support, with a hand painted watercolor clutch that matches your wedding colors. This is a great gift for your wedding party that you can easily add your own special touches to. Materials: Small to medium size fabric clutch Spray bottle filled with water Fabric paint in two shades of the same color Paint brush How To: 1. Start by spraying the clutch with a water bottle until damp. 2. Then, starting with your darkest color, begin painting the bottom of the clutch in an abstract painterly fashion (you don't have to create a perfect stripe here or anything with hard lines). 3. As you are painting, spray more water onto the bottom area as necessary, to give it more of an irregular watercolor feel. 4. Next, add the lighter color paint just as you did for the first color. Only this time, you'll be painting above the darker paint (more toward the middle of the clutch). Add more water if necessary. 5. Lastly, swipe your brush upward, from that second lighter layer of paint, to create a very faint third shade that will disappear into the natural fabric color. Wait for the paint to dry and it's ready to use. Take this gift a little further and add additional goodies inside the clutch, your bridesmaid may also like - a necklace, a pair of earrings, cute sunnies, etc.