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  • Who says portraits have to be all manly poses and serious faces? These groomsmen are cracking me up with their hilarious picture ideas. 

    1. The Gender Flipped Ring Pic 

    Photo by j.woodbery photography 

    Everyone's always asking to see the bride's bling, so kudos to this guy for showing off his. 

    2. Jumping (Really High) for Joy 

    Photo courtesy Morais Vineyard 

    So high, in fact, that you're poised to jump right over the bridesmaids heads. 

    3. Hi-Ya!

    Photo by Suzanne Rothmeyer

    Karate chop! Well, sort of. 

    4. This Guy 

    Photo by onelove Photography 

    Just a couple of guys, cracking each other up. 

    5. Attack of the 50 Foot Bride 

    Photo by Secrest Wedding Photography 

    Ahh!!!!

    6. Street Musicians 

    Photo by Heather Kincaid

    More cowbell! 

    7. Going Topless 

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    Photo by Heather Kincaid

    When all else fails, just take off your shirt. 

    8. Going Topless (Pt. II) 

    Photo by J Wiley 

    Or, you know, just leave it mostly unbuttoned. 

    9. Dunce Cap 

    Photo by Weston Neuschafer 

    Gotta love a groom who isn't afraid to poke fun at himself. 

    NEXT: 8 Funny Pictures to Take With Your Wedding Party

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  • Photo By: Mary Swenson

    Succulents 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
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  • Photos By: Chelsea Fuss

    Oragami Paper Cranes:

    It's stated in Japanese tradition that if you make one thousand cranes, your wish will come true! You don't have to make a thousand for a beautiful impact, though. Once you make a few, they go quickly. Invite some friends over to create this super sweet decoration for your big day.

    Step One: Cut a 5 x 5 square of paper and start with the patterned or colored side up. Fold in half with colored side in, then open back up.     Step Two: Rotate the paper to the right and fold in half again so that your folds mark an X in the middle of the paper.     Step Three: Place paper so it's a diamond and one point is pointing towards you.     Step Four: Fold the diamond in half.     Step Five: Open the paper up. Fold the right corner so it is tucked under and so it's lined up in the center. Do the same for the other side so you have a diamond.     Step Six: Take the right corner of the first layer and fold into the center so that the middle looks like a kite. Do the same with the left corner.     Step Seven: Fold the top of the kite towards you, so the top of the paper is flat.     Step Eight: Open back up and repeat Steps Six and Seven on the opposite side.     Step Nine: Open up the center and press flat.     Step Ten: Turn over and repeat Step Nine on the opposite side.     Step Eleven: Take the 1st layer, right corner and fold to the center. Repeat this with the left corner. Flip over and repeat.     Step Twelve: Now you should have two skinny sections that are the tail and head.     Step Thirteen: Take the bottom right tip and fold to the side. Make it even with the point on the side of the crane. Repeat on other side.     Step Fourteen: Fold the tip of one of the "legs." This is the crane's head.     Step Fifteen: Grab the wings and pull the bird open. There should be a flat square in the center.

    Use these pretty birds as escort cards, favors or table decorations! You can also string them and hang them from a tree or the ceiling.

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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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  • Photos By: Chelsea Fuss

    You will need a chocolate cake recipe, along with an equally delicious recipe for chocolate ganache which we found here.     Ingredients for this yummy cake typically include unsweetened cocoa, buttermilk, flour, sugar, vanilla extract and baking soda.     For the ganache topping, make sure you have plenty of whipping creme and semisweet chocolate chips.     Always mix your ingredients together well and let sit for a bit!    

    Bundt cake pans. Each of these will serve approx. 5 guests. We like these.

    Tip: Make the cakes ahead of time and freeze them.

    The day of, pour chocolate ganache over the cakes and lift them onto some china plates.    
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  • Many brides today are foregoing the traditional veil for their wedding day and replacing it with everything from flower crowns to headbands. Check out some of our favorite ideas! You'll find even more wedding hair inspiration on our beauty boards. 

    1. RHINESTONE HEADBAND

    Photos courtesy of Blooming Beauty by Cammy and Bridal Hair by Remona

    Add some sparkle to your bridal look with a fun headband that really lets you stand out. 

    2. RIBBONS

    Photos by Branham Perceptions Photography and Taylor Lord Photography 

    Weave a ribbon into your braid or tie it into your updo for a girly chic look! 

    3. ART DECO HEADBAND

    Photos by Marvin Tsai Photography and Blooming Beauty by Cammy 

    We love the intricate beading and dangling pearls on these vintage-inspired hair accessories. 

    4. FRESH FLOWERS

    Photos by Lisa Lefkowitz and Maggie Forston Photography 

    Nothing says romantic like beautiful blooms do, and we think this look is perfect for an outdoor spring wedding. 

    5. CLASSIC CLIPS

    Photos courtesy of Forever Makeup by Lily H

    If you want ditch the veil while still adhering to tradition, a sophisticated hair clip is a great way to go. 

    6. PEARL HEADPIECE

    Photo by William Innes Photography and Andi Mans Photography

    Pearls work well with any wedding style, and we're in full support of swapping out your veil for one of these stunning headpieces. 

    7. FEATHERS

    Photos by Shelly Kroeger Photography and Amanda Julca Photography

    This fun and whimsical look is sure to turn heads for your walk down the aisle!

    8. FLORAL CROWN

    Photos by Katelyn James Photography and Michael Radford Photography 

    Channel your inner garden princess by donning a floral crown. Tip: stick to smaller blooms so they don't overshadow your hair and make-up! 

    NEXT: 8 Hair + Makeup Ideas for the Glam Bride

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  • Project by Janie Medley Photos by Tori Watson   This DIY flower crown is perfect for the bohemian bride!       Ingredients:  Seeded Eucalyptus Waxflowers Tansy Flowers + the pretty green leaves Scissors Floral Tape Floral Wire How To:      Once you get the flowers home, give the stems a cut and place in a clean vessel with water to let them hydrate for about an hour or two.   Separate the flowers from the stems and make mini bouquets.       Take the 2 pieces of floral wire and place one piece midway on top of the second piece. Then, cover the wires with the floral tape. Note: to save time, you can also purchase floral cloth wire. This way, you would only have to tape the two pieces together.   Now bend the wired to form a circle and measure the crown around your head and cut off  the excess wire, but leave enough to make adjustments if necessary.     Start adding the mini bouquets of flowers and taping them on with the floral tape. Overlap the bundles of flowers as you add them on. Just have fun with this process and be creative as you like.     There you have it!!  
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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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  • Photos By: Chelsea Fuss

    These sweet and wild green wreaths are perfect for anytime of year (just change out the ribbon to suit the season). They look gorgeous on church doors, bride and groom chairs, or as pew markers. Total cost: $5 per wreath.     Materials: Spool wire Floral tape Clippers Greens (about 15 stems per wreath, we used rosemary, bay and boxwood) Ribbon      1. Form a circle (whatever size you need. Remember your wreath will be slightly bigger than the form) with the spool wire and double it over several times.   2. Cover the circle in floral tape.     3. Cut small pieces of greens and, take excess leaves off about an inch of the bottom stem.     4. Secure each piece with wire.     5. Make sure you overlap the stems to cover any wires or mechanics. You may need to fill in with a few extra pieces.     6. You can make these up to a week ahead of time. Spray daily with water and keep in a cool, dark place.   7. Hang with ribbon and afterwards send them home with special guests.       Add this natural touch to your big day - and have fun!     Photos By: Chelsea Fuss
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  • Who says portraits have to be all manly poses and serious faces? These groomsmen are cracking me up with their hilarious picture ideas. 

    1. The Gender Flipped Ring Pic 

    Photo by j.woodbery photography 

    Everyone's always asking to see the bride's bling, so kudos to this guy for showing off his. 

    2. Jumping (Really High) for Joy 

    Photo courtesy Morais Vineyard 

    So high, in fact, that you're poised to jump right over the bridesmaids heads. 

    3. Hi-Ya!

    Photo by Suzanne Rothmeyer

    Karate chop! Well, sort of. 

    4. This Guy 

    Photo by onelove Photography 

    Just a couple of guys, cracking each other up. 

    5. Attack of the 50 Foot Bride 

    Photo by Secrest Wedding Photography 

    Ahh!!!!

    6. Street Musicians 

    Photo by Heather Kincaid

    More cowbell! 

    7. Going Topless 

    \

    Photo by Heather Kincaid

    When all else fails, just take off your shirt. 

    8. Going Topless (Pt. II) 

    Photo by J Wiley 

    Or, you know, just leave it mostly unbuttoned. 

    9. Dunce Cap 

    Photo by Weston Neuschafer 

    Gotta love a groom who isn't afraid to poke fun at himself. 

    NEXT: 8 Funny Pictures to Take With Your Wedding Party

    2
  • Photo By: Mary Swenson

    Succulents 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
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  • Photos By: Chelsea Fuss

    Oragami Paper Cranes:

    It's stated in Japanese tradition that if you make one thousand cranes, your wish will come true! You don't have to make a thousand for a beautiful impact, though. Once you make a few, they go quickly. Invite some friends over to create this super sweet decoration for your big day.

    Step One: Cut a 5 x 5 square of paper and start with the patterned or colored side up. Fold in half with colored side in, then open back up.     Step Two: Rotate the paper to the right and fold in half again so that your folds mark an X in the middle of the paper.     Step Three: Place paper so it's a diamond and one point is pointing towards you.     Step Four: Fold the diamond in half.     Step Five: Open the paper up. Fold the right corner so it is tucked under and so it's lined up in the center. Do the same for the other side so you have a diamond.     Step Six: Take the right corner of the first layer and fold into the center so that the middle looks like a kite. Do the same with the left corner.     Step Seven: Fold the top of the kite towards you, so the top of the paper is flat.     Step Eight: Open back up and repeat Steps Six and Seven on the opposite side.     Step Nine: Open up the center and press flat.     Step Ten: Turn over and repeat Step Nine on the opposite side.     Step Eleven: Take the 1st layer, right corner and fold to the center. Repeat this with the left corner. Flip over and repeat.     Step Twelve: Now you should have two skinny sections that are the tail and head.     Step Thirteen: Take the bottom right tip and fold to the side. Make it even with the point on the side of the crane. Repeat on other side.     Step Fourteen: Fold the tip of one of the "legs." This is the crane's head.     Step Fifteen: Grab the wings and pull the bird open. There should be a flat square in the center.

    Use these pretty birds as escort cards, favors or table decorations! You can also string them and hang them from a tree or the ceiling.

    8
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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.  
    9
  • Photos By: Chelsea Fuss

    You will need a chocolate cake recipe, along with an equally delicious recipe for chocolate ganache which we found here.     Ingredients for this yummy cake typically include unsweetened cocoa, buttermilk, flour, sugar, vanilla extract and baking soda.     For the ganache topping, make sure you have plenty of whipping creme and semisweet chocolate chips.     Always mix your ingredients together well and let sit for a bit!    

    Bundt cake pans. Each of these will serve approx. 5 guests. We like these.

    Tip: Make the cakes ahead of time and freeze them.

    The day of, pour chocolate ganache over the cakes and lift them onto some china plates.    
    4
  • Many brides today are foregoing the traditional veil for their wedding day and replacing it with everything from flower crowns to headbands. Check out some of our favorite ideas! You'll find even more wedding hair inspiration on our beauty boards. 

    1. RHINESTONE HEADBAND

    Photos courtesy of Blooming Beauty by Cammy and Bridal Hair by Remona

    Add some sparkle to your bridal look with a fun headband that really lets you stand out. 

    2. RIBBONS

    Photos by Branham Perceptions Photography and Taylor Lord Photography 

    Weave a ribbon into your braid or tie it into your updo for a girly chic look! 

    3. ART DECO HEADBAND

    Photos by Marvin Tsai Photography and Blooming Beauty by Cammy 

    We love the intricate beading and dangling pearls on these vintage-inspired hair accessories. 

    4. FRESH FLOWERS

    Photos by Lisa Lefkowitz and Maggie Forston Photography 

    Nothing says romantic like beautiful blooms do, and we think this look is perfect for an outdoor spring wedding. 

    5. CLASSIC CLIPS

    Photos courtesy of Forever Makeup by Lily H

    If you want ditch the veil while still adhering to tradition, a sophisticated hair clip is a great way to go. 

    6. PEARL HEADPIECE

    Photo by William Innes Photography and Andi Mans Photography

    Pearls work well with any wedding style, and we're in full support of swapping out your veil for one of these stunning headpieces. 

    7. FEATHERS

    Photos by Shelly Kroeger Photography and Amanda Julca Photography

    This fun and whimsical look is sure to turn heads for your walk down the aisle!

    8. FLORAL CROWN

    Photos by Katelyn James Photography and Michael Radford Photography 

    Channel your inner garden princess by donning a floral crown. Tip: stick to smaller blooms so they don't overshadow your hair and make-up! 

    NEXT: 8 Hair + Makeup Ideas for the Glam Bride

    1
  • Project by Janie Medley Photos by Tori Watson   This DIY flower crown is perfect for the bohemian bride!       Ingredients:  Seeded Eucalyptus Waxflowers Tansy Flowers + the pretty green leaves Scissors Floral Tape Floral Wire How To:      Once you get the flowers home, give the stems a cut and place in a clean vessel with water to let them hydrate for about an hour or two.   Separate the flowers from the stems and make mini bouquets.       Take the 2 pieces of floral wire and place one piece midway on top of the second piece. Then, cover the wires with the floral tape. Note: to save time, you can also purchase floral cloth wire. This way, you would only have to tape the two pieces together.   Now bend the wired to form a circle and measure the crown around your head and cut off  the excess wire, but leave enough to make adjustments if necessary.     Start adding the mini bouquets of flowers and taping them on with the floral tape. Overlap the bundles of flowers as you add them on. Just have fun with this process and be creative as you like.     There you have it!!  
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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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  • Photos By: Chelsea Fuss

    These sweet and wild green wreaths are perfect for anytime of year (just change out the ribbon to suit the season). They look gorgeous on church doors, bride and groom chairs, or as pew markers. Total cost: $5 per wreath.     Materials: Spool wire Floral tape Clippers Greens (about 15 stems per wreath, we used rosemary, bay and boxwood) Ribbon      1. Form a circle (whatever size you need. Remember your wreath will be slightly bigger than the form) with the spool wire and double it over several times.   2. Cover the circle in floral tape.     3. Cut small pieces of greens and, take excess leaves off about an inch of the bottom stem.     4. Secure each piece with wire.     5. Make sure you overlap the stems to cover any wires or mechanics. You may need to fill in with a few extra pieces.     6. You can make these up to a week ahead of time. Spray daily with water and keep in a cool, dark place.   7. Hang with ribbon and afterwards send them home with special guests.       Add this natural touch to your big day - and have fun!     Photos By: Chelsea Fuss
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