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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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    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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  • By: Sarah Zlotnick 

    From early love lessons to SAT prep, moms teach us a lot. They're by our sides through thick and thin, and, with any luck, have been the major helping hand in many of life's biggest moments. Sometimes it seems near impossible to pay Mom back for all her love and support, but hey—she is your mom. And because she's your mom, we guarantee she'll go all misty-eyed from even the smallest of gestures. Which is precisely why we're using this Mother's Day to brainstorm thoughtful ways to show some appreciation for the lady at your wedding. Our favorite ideas (besides wearing her wedding dress, of course) follow below—let us know what you'll be doing in the comments!  

    1. Have her walk you down the aisle!
    Don't think you need to find a male replacement for that moment if Dad's no longer in your life. In one of our favorite features on our blog One Lovely Day, Silka was escorted by her mother, and we have never seen a woman look more proud. Another idea: give one arm to Dad, one arm to Mom, and have both parents walk you down the aisle. |
    2. Give her a flower before the altar. Dad still doing the giving away? Take a moment before you step onto the altar to give your mother a flower from your bouquet. Purposefully singling her out right before you say your vows will show her (and everyone in attendance) how crucial her support has been in getting you there. The gesture will become even more special if you tuck one of her favorite blooms into your bouquet and present her with that.   3. Set aside a space dedicated to her memory. This beautiful idea comes from one of our Twitter followers (@MsMakeItRain29): If your mother has since passed, place a framed photo of her and her favorite flowers on the chair where she would have sat.   4. Include Mom in the getting ready fun. Book her a seat next to yours while you and your bridesmaids are getting your hair and makeup done. Involving her in this girls-only tradition will let her know know that you see her as a friend and confidant, which is the ultimate compliment.   5. Incorporate her wedding wear into your ceremony. In her New Jersey wedding, Marisa draped a dear late aunt's veil over her chuppah. We think this is an excellent compromise if you'd prefer to keep your bridal ensemble to yourself, but still want to show mom some respect for her marital history.   6. Recreate a moment from her wedding day. Sort through Mom's wedding pics and select a photo you find particularly striking (bonus points if it includes her parents). Suprise her by bringing the shot to your wedding and recreating the pose with your photographer—we guarantee she'll be touched by the gesture.     Photo by Briana Marie Photography
     
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  • 1. The Feather

    We love this look for a glam or vintage chic wedding. It also looks best when your hair is all the way up in a tight chignon. 

     

    2. The Flower

    If you're having a destination wedding, this hair style is perfect. We recommend a tighter up-do and that you choose a flower size that doesn't take over the look, but accentuates it. 

     

    3. A little Bling

    You can have with this look for truly any wedding style. Go with a lot of bling for a glam look, or a more beaded hair pin for a understated classic feel. 

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  • Photo by Jose Villa

    Having an outdoor ceremony presents a unique opportunity for couples to get a little creative with the seating. Depending on your venue and the number of guests you're working with, breaking away from traditional seating can be the perfect way to bring a little extra style and personality to the ceremony decor. Get inspired with these ten unique ceremony seating ideas.

    1. Benches

    Photos by (from left): Jemma Keech, Jenelle Kepple

    Add a decorative touch (and extra comfort!) with some throw pillows that match your wedding style and color scheme. 

    2. Ottomans

    Photo by Jessica Claire

    We love the look and "homey" feel of accent tables placed between pairs of cushioned ottomans.

    3. Floor Cushions

    Photo courtesy of Glow Weddings and Events

    If you're working with a soft ground like a beach or grassy field, consider placing floor cushions on top of picnic blankets for a relaxed vibe. 

    4. Upholstered Furniture

    Photos by Ryan Ray

    Mix chairs and sofas of different shapes and styles, upholstered in fabrics of various colors and textures, for a vintage-glam look. 

    5. Lounge Furniture

    Photos by KT Merry

    Keep guests comfortable with plush lounge sofas a la this seaside ceremony!

    6. Circular Arrangement

    Photo by Jose Villa

    Say your vows surrounded (literally!) by friends and family with an intimate circular layout. 

    7. Spiral Arrangement

    Photos by (from left): Gideon Photography, Bellalu Photography

    Create a long, winding aisle with this dramatic, stunning seating style!

    8. Poufs

    Photo courtesy of Events of Distinction

    Give your ceremony decor a modern edge by swapping out chairs for sleek cube ottoman poufs. 

    9. Hay Bales

    Photos by (from left): Ryan Ray, Ulmer Studios

    Bales of hay covered with pretty blankets or colorful quilts give rustic weddings a nice, festive touch!

    10. Mix and Match

    Photos by (from left): Jose Villa, Alixann Loosle

    Pair long benches with an eclectic mix of chairs for a fun, unique look!

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  • Project and Photos by Brittni Mehlhoff      Make store bought meringues feel like custom treats for guests, with this simple watercolor-inspired DIY. They may look like tiny pieces of art, but they are also completely edible (and delicious). Since this project uses gel food coloring, they're 100% safe to eat.      Materials: Meringues Gel Food Coloring (assorted colors) Small Paint Brush (cake decorating brushes work great) Water Small bowl Paper Towels

    How-To:

        1. Using a paint brush or toothpick, grab a small amount of gel food coloring (a little goes a long way) and place in a bowl.       2. Next, add water and stir.       3. To create color blocked watercolor meringues, simply dunk the meringue into the food coloring mixture quickly and remove. Set on a paper towel to dry.       4. To create a painted pinwheel, dip a paint brush into the food coloring and use as you would any other paint. Set on a paper towel and let dry.     5. Place into small bags or decorative boxes.     Showcase the finished meringues on a dessert table or wrap them up to give as takeaways for guests. They make great favors!     
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  • Project and Photos by Brittni Mehlhoff     Create these easy cones, using decorative paper, to add a special touch to the confetti toss or the treats table. Use them in lieu of standard bags to fold anything from candy and popcorn to confetti and flowers.     Materials: Decorative Paper Heavy Cardstock Scissors Pencil or Pen Glue Stick or Double Sided Tape Straightedge How-To:       1. Start by creating a tall triangle with a pencil and straightedge, on cardstock. The dimensions of the triangle shown are as follows: 4.5 x 4.5 x 3.5. Then cut it out.        2. Using the triangle you just cut out, create a template on cardstock, by tracing the triangle and then tracing another triangle right next to that one, so that they are touching. Then create a 1/4 inch strip on the long side of the second triangle. Angling the edges inward. See photo.       3. Cut out the template created in Step 2 and trace onto the backside of a decorative sheet of paper. Then cut out.     4. Next, fold the far triangle on top of the second, connected triangle. Then fold the extra flap/ strip over that, to create a crease. Then, unfold so that the triangles are flat again.       5. Fold the flap back and apply glue to the entire flap. Then fold the far triangle on top again and press down until glue is secure.     6. Fill with confetti, flower petals, or candy and enjoy.     Ta-da!
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  • After a whirlwind long weekend, another Bridal Fashion Week has come and gone. Want to see all the new dresses? Head right here. More concerned with catching up on the highlights? No problem—scroll down for the gowns that kept us talking long after the models exited the catwalk. 

    1. Best Boho Look 

    Gown by Watters 

    Feels a little like something out of a Free People catalog, don't ya think? Between the sleeves, soft lace skirt, and buttons down the front, this gown was a forward-thinking surprise from Watters, and an delightful nod to the hippie-leaning girls of the West Coast.  

    2. Best Ball Gown 

    Gown by Angel Sanchez

    Architectural, interesting, and unique. . . but not just for uniqueness's sake. We can always count on Angel to tranform minimal basics into something special, and this airy, full-skirted dress is no exception. 

    3. Best City Hall / Reception Dress 

    Gown by Isabelle Armstrong 

    Formal on top, playful on bottom—this ostrich feather sheath is everything we want in a fun, flirty LWD. Added bonus: a bow on the back of the belt! 

    4. Best Minimalism 

    Gown by Amsale 

    Sometimes, the simplest statements are the loudest. Case in point: this gown. The flawless cut and thick fabric make it a blank canvas for some seriously amazing accessories, but it stands just as strong on its own. 

    5. Most Intricate 

    Gown by Naeem Khan 

    This award could actually go to Khan's entire collection. But here, I mean, helllooooo attention to detail. You could be rocking three inch spectacles and still make out those laser cuts. 

    6. Best Breezy Beach Style 

    Gown by Nicole Miller 

    We return to Nicole Miller time and time again for easy, comfortable gowns that maintain a sense of glamour. This Grecian style is simple in the front and majorly blinged out in the back, but (thanks to full-coverage illusion netting) doesn't require a lot of fuss to put on. Which means more dancing for you! 

    7. Most Artistic 

    Gown By Elizabeth Fillmore 

    Presenting "Degas" by Elizabeth Fillmore. See that watercolor peplum? It's completely detatchable. 

    8. Sportiest 

    Gown by Reem Acra

    With two white satin ribbons and a corresponding sash, the always glam Reem Acra morphs her signature style into something with just the right hint of athleticism. We were surprised, and we loved it!

    9. Coolest Cut-Outs

      

    Gown by Simone Carvalli 

    Street styles are creeping into bridal designs more than ever before, and we can't say we're mad about it. This cutout style is definitely not for the blushing bride, but why the heck not wear it for a glam ceremony someplace tropical? 

    10. Best Crop Top 

    Gown by Theia 

    How cute, cute, cute is this look? It's playful yet provides enough coverage to still feel bridal. 

    11. Most Regal 

    Gown by Sareh Nouri

    Want to feel like Kate Middleton on your wedding day? (Who doesn't want to feel like Kate Middleton on their wedding day?) The topper on this Sareh Nouri gown was constructed by Sophie Hallette, the same house that worked on the lace for the Duchess of Cambridge's gown. 

    12. Best Embellishment 

    Gown by Jenny Packham 

    First off, major props to Jenny Packham for sending a full-figured girl as gorgeous as this first down the runway. Secondly, no one mixes metallics and whimsical lace quite like the Brit. It feels like she just stepped out of a fairy tale. 

    13. Best Mermaid 

    Gown by Monique Lhuillier 

    Between the beautifully shirred faux-wrap bodice and the blooming rosettes on bottom, this gown is a venerable work of art. Bravo, Lhuillier. Bravo. 

    14. Best New Direction 

    Gown by Jean-Ralph Thurin 

    Traditionally, wedding dresses are all about being light, airy, and lacey. We love that Thurin consistently makes a purposeful pivot from this direction, styling his gowns with prominent seams, straight lines, and little adornment. Done in a soft blush, this is definitely a direction we're excited about for formal wedding dresses—it feels very sophisticated and high-fashion. 

    15. Most Futuristic 

    Gown by Romona Keveza 

    If Vogue ever decided to do a Star Trek issue, we bet this gown would be on the cover. Also, it's impossible to decide what's cooler—the shoulder cutouts or the gold belt. 

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  • Spring is a time with warm weather, bright colors and gorgeous flowers—all perfect starting points for a gorgeous wedding beauty look! Here's eight of our favorite spring-inspired makeup ideas, complete with product recommendations to match. 

    1. Glowing Skin 

    Photo by Ryan Ray Photography 

    Luminous and glowing skin is always a good way to go—and highlighter is the secret to acheiving it. Its reflective properties can actually distract guests' eyes away from blemishes or any other skin imperfections. Get glowing skin like this with Tom Ford's Illuminating Powder ($75). 

    2. Vintage Glamour 

    Photo by The Nichols Photography

    This bride channels old-Hollywood glam with her gorgeous liquid-lined eyes, peach-colored cheeks and bold red lips. We're loving this look paired with a lace gown and dangling earrings. Bring your inner Hollywood star to life with MAC's Liquidlast Liner ($20). 

    3. Flower Power

    Photo by N.Barrett Photography

    If you're donning a flower crown at your spring nuptials, take a lesson from this bride and incorporate the colors of your wreath into your beauty look. Her light purple cheeks and rose pink lips are a perfect match for her headpiece. Can't get enough floral inspiration? Primp with this porcelain floral compact mirror ($12). 

    4. Coral Lip

    Photos by Jemma Keech Photography

    No other hue says spring quite like coral does. Wear spring's favorite color on your lip for a brighter walk down the aisle. Try Givenchy's Le Rouge Lipstick in Rose Dressing ($36) for a similar look.  

    5. All That Glitters

    Photo by Robyn Preston Photography

    This bride glams up her springtime beauty look by using gold eyeshadow with a metallic finish. A tip: ease up on other make-up to ensure your eyes stand out. Get the look for your big day with Bobbi Brown's Metallic Long-Wear Cream Shadow in Goldstone ($25). 

    6. Pastel Palette

    Photos by Feather & Twine Photography and Erich McVey Photography

    Pastels are always a reliable shade during spring, so why not utilize them when creating your bridal beauty look? Classic girly shades such as pale purple and light pink are the perfect pair when it comes to complimentary coloring. For the perfect pastel palette see Yves Saint Laurent's Ombres 5 Lumieres 5 Palette ($58). 

    7. Lucious Lashes

    Photo by Landon Jacob Photography

    There's nothing more gorgeous than a set of long and lustful lashes. Whether they're natural or faux ones you applied yourself (click here to learn how), they'll accentuate your eyes and take your bridal beauty look to the next level. Get gorgeous lashes like hers with Dior's Diorshow Mascara in Rich Black ($25). 

    8.  Pretty in Pink

    Photo by Andi Mans Photography

    This bridal beauty look exudes feminity and flirtation. The matching blush pink hue on her lips and cheeks creates a delicate, yet stunning spring tone. Get her pretty in pink look with NARS Blush in Orgasm ($30). 

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  • The keys to planning an eco-friendly wedding? Reduce, reuse, and recycle! Or in other words make the Earth a very special guest. Here are 5 ways to go green: 

    Botanical Stationery - Send out invitations that are plantable -- that way guests can watch your love bloom for years to come -- or nix them altogether for Evites personalized through your wedding website. 

    Photo: William Innes Photography

    Natural Fabrics - Avoid dressing your bridal party in fabrics that require dry-cleaning. Instead choose between cotton or linen that are less harsh on the environment. Your 'maids and 'men will thank you that they're more comfortable too.

    Photo: Byron Loves Fawn

    Organic Foods - Ask your caterer if they can provide vegan and gluten-free fare. If not, consider using local vendors or even farmer's markets. Have leftovers? Donate them to a nearby homeless shelter or soup kitchen. 

    Photos (from leff to right): Jennifer Kloss Photography and Oli Sansom

    Greenery Galore - Decorate with your ceremony and reception with flowers such as succulents, eucalyptus, ferns, moss, herbs, or ivy vines. 

    Photo: Maxwell Monty Photography

    Non-Traditional Transportation - Make a statement by exiting on a gas-free ride. Aka a tandem bicycle, horse drawn carriage, or if your near the water, a boat! 

    Photo: Mod Photography

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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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    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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  • By: Sarah Zlotnick 

    From early love lessons to SAT prep, moms teach us a lot. They're by our sides through thick and thin, and, with any luck, have been the major helping hand in many of life's biggest moments. Sometimes it seems near impossible to pay Mom back for all her love and support, but hey—she is your mom. And because she's your mom, we guarantee she'll go all misty-eyed from even the smallest of gestures. Which is precisely why we're using this Mother's Day to brainstorm thoughtful ways to show some appreciation for the lady at your wedding. Our favorite ideas (besides wearing her wedding dress, of course) follow below—let us know what you'll be doing in the comments!  

    1. Have her walk you down the aisle!
    Don't think you need to find a male replacement for that moment if Dad's no longer in your life. In one of our favorite features on our blog One Lovely Day, Silka was escorted by her mother, and we have never seen a woman look more proud. Another idea: give one arm to Dad, one arm to Mom, and have both parents walk you down the aisle. |
    2. Give her a flower before the altar. Dad still doing the giving away? Take a moment before you step onto the altar to give your mother a flower from your bouquet. Purposefully singling her out right before you say your vows will show her (and everyone in attendance) how crucial her support has been in getting you there. The gesture will become even more special if you tuck one of her favorite blooms into your bouquet and present her with that.   3. Set aside a space dedicated to her memory. This beautiful idea comes from one of our Twitter followers (@MsMakeItRain29): If your mother has since passed, place a framed photo of her and her favorite flowers on the chair where she would have sat.   4. Include Mom in the getting ready fun. Book her a seat next to yours while you and your bridesmaids are getting your hair and makeup done. Involving her in this girls-only tradition will let her know know that you see her as a friend and confidant, which is the ultimate compliment.   5. Incorporate her wedding wear into your ceremony. In her New Jersey wedding, Marisa draped a dear late aunt's veil over her chuppah. We think this is an excellent compromise if you'd prefer to keep your bridal ensemble to yourself, but still want to show mom some respect for her marital history.   6. Recreate a moment from her wedding day. Sort through Mom's wedding pics and select a photo you find particularly striking (bonus points if it includes her parents). Suprise her by bringing the shot to your wedding and recreating the pose with your photographer—we guarantee she'll be touched by the gesture.     Photo by Briana Marie Photography
     
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  • 1. The Feather

    We love this look for a glam or vintage chic wedding. It also looks best when your hair is all the way up in a tight chignon. 

     

    2. The Flower

    If you're having a destination wedding, this hair style is perfect. We recommend a tighter up-do and that you choose a flower size that doesn't take over the look, but accentuates it. 

     

    3. A little Bling

    You can have with this look for truly any wedding style. Go with a lot of bling for a glam look, or a more beaded hair pin for a understated classic feel. 

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  • Photo by Jose Villa

    Having an outdoor ceremony presents a unique opportunity for couples to get a little creative with the seating. Depending on your venue and the number of guests you're working with, breaking away from traditional seating can be the perfect way to bring a little extra style and personality to the ceremony decor. Get inspired with these ten unique ceremony seating ideas.

    1. Benches

    Photos by (from left): Jemma Keech, Jenelle Kepple

    Add a decorative touch (and extra comfort!) with some throw pillows that match your wedding style and color scheme. 

    2. Ottomans

    Photo by Jessica Claire

    We love the look and "homey" feel of accent tables placed between pairs of cushioned ottomans.

    3. Floor Cushions

    Photo courtesy of Glow Weddings and Events

    If you're working with a soft ground like a beach or grassy field, consider placing floor cushions on top of picnic blankets for a relaxed vibe. 

    4. Upholstered Furniture

    Photos by Ryan Ray

    Mix chairs and sofas of different shapes and styles, upholstered in fabrics of various colors and textures, for a vintage-glam look. 

    5. Lounge Furniture

    Photos by KT Merry

    Keep guests comfortable with plush lounge sofas a la this seaside ceremony!

    6. Circular Arrangement

    Photo by Jose Villa

    Say your vows surrounded (literally!) by friends and family with an intimate circular layout. 

    7. Spiral Arrangement

    Photos by (from left): Gideon Photography, Bellalu Photography

    Create a long, winding aisle with this dramatic, stunning seating style!

    8. Poufs

    Photo courtesy of Events of Distinction

    Give your ceremony decor a modern edge by swapping out chairs for sleek cube ottoman poufs. 

    9. Hay Bales

    Photos by (from left): Ryan Ray, Ulmer Studios

    Bales of hay covered with pretty blankets or colorful quilts give rustic weddings a nice, festive touch!

    10. Mix and Match

    Photos by (from left): Jose Villa, Alixann Loosle

    Pair long benches with an eclectic mix of chairs for a fun, unique look!

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  • Project and Photos by Brittni Mehlhoff      Make store bought meringues feel like custom treats for guests, with this simple watercolor-inspired DIY. They may look like tiny pieces of art, but they are also completely edible (and delicious). Since this project uses gel food coloring, they're 100% safe to eat.      Materials: Meringues Gel Food Coloring (assorted colors) Small Paint Brush (cake decorating brushes work great) Water Small bowl Paper Towels

    How-To:

        1. Using a paint brush or toothpick, grab a small amount of gel food coloring (a little goes a long way) and place in a bowl.       2. Next, add water and stir.       3. To create color blocked watercolor meringues, simply dunk the meringue into the food coloring mixture quickly and remove. Set on a paper towel to dry.       4. To create a painted pinwheel, dip a paint brush into the food coloring and use as you would any other paint. Set on a paper towel and let dry.     5. Place into small bags or decorative boxes.     Showcase the finished meringues on a dessert table or wrap them up to give as takeaways for guests. They make great favors!     
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  • Project and Photos by Brittni Mehlhoff     Create these easy cones, using decorative paper, to add a special touch to the confetti toss or the treats table. Use them in lieu of standard bags to fold anything from candy and popcorn to confetti and flowers.     Materials: Decorative Paper Heavy Cardstock Scissors Pencil or Pen Glue Stick or Double Sided Tape Straightedge How-To:       1. Start by creating a tall triangle with a pencil and straightedge, on cardstock. The dimensions of the triangle shown are as follows: 4.5 x 4.5 x 3.5. Then cut it out.        2. Using the triangle you just cut out, create a template on cardstock, by tracing the triangle and then tracing another triangle right next to that one, so that they are touching. Then create a 1/4 inch strip on the long side of the second triangle. Angling the edges inward. See photo.       3. Cut out the template created in Step 2 and trace onto the backside of a decorative sheet of paper. Then cut out.     4. Next, fold the far triangle on top of the second, connected triangle. Then fold the extra flap/ strip over that, to create a crease. Then, unfold so that the triangles are flat again.       5. Fold the flap back and apply glue to the entire flap. Then fold the far triangle on top again and press down until glue is secure.     6. Fill with confetti, flower petals, or candy and enjoy.     Ta-da!
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  • After a whirlwind long weekend, another Bridal Fashion Week has come and gone. Want to see all the new dresses? Head right here. More concerned with catching up on the highlights? No problem—scroll down for the gowns that kept us talking long after the models exited the catwalk. 

    1. Best Boho Look 

    Gown by Watters 

    Feels a little like something out of a Free People catalog, don't ya think? Between the sleeves, soft lace skirt, and buttons down the front, this gown was a forward-thinking surprise from Watters, and an delightful nod to the hippie-leaning girls of the West Coast.  

    2. Best Ball Gown 

    Gown by Angel Sanchez

    Architectural, interesting, and unique. . . but not just for uniqueness's sake. We can always count on Angel to tranform minimal basics into something special, and this airy, full-skirted dress is no exception. 

    3. Best City Hall / Reception Dress 

    Gown by Isabelle Armstrong 

    Formal on top, playful on bottom—this ostrich feather sheath is everything we want in a fun, flirty LWD. Added bonus: a bow on the back of the belt! 

    4. Best Minimalism 

    Gown by Amsale 

    Sometimes, the simplest statements are the loudest. Case in point: this gown. The flawless cut and thick fabric make it a blank canvas for some seriously amazing accessories, but it stands just as strong on its own. 

    5. Most Intricate 

    Gown by Naeem Khan 

    This award could actually go to Khan's entire collection. But here, I mean, helllooooo attention to detail. You could be rocking three inch spectacles and still make out those laser cuts. 

    6. Best Breezy Beach Style 

    Gown by Nicole Miller 

    We return to Nicole Miller time and time again for easy, comfortable gowns that maintain a sense of glamour. This Grecian style is simple in the front and majorly blinged out in the back, but (thanks to full-coverage illusion netting) doesn't require a lot of fuss to put on. Which means more dancing for you! 

    7. Most Artistic 

    Gown By Elizabeth Fillmore 

    Presenting "Degas" by Elizabeth Fillmore. See that watercolor peplum? It's completely detatchable. 

    8. Sportiest 

    Gown by Reem Acra

    With two white satin ribbons and a corresponding sash, the always glam Reem Acra morphs her signature style into something with just the right hint of athleticism. We were surprised, and we loved it!

    9. Coolest Cut-Outs

      

    Gown by Simone Carvalli 

    Street styles are creeping into bridal designs more than ever before, and we can't say we're mad about it. This cutout style is definitely not for the blushing bride, but why the heck not wear it for a glam ceremony someplace tropical? 

    10. Best Crop Top 

    Gown by Theia 

    How cute, cute, cute is this look? It's playful yet provides enough coverage to still feel bridal. 

    11. Most Regal 

    Gown by Sareh Nouri

    Want to feel like Kate Middleton on your wedding day? (Who doesn't want to feel like Kate Middleton on their wedding day?) The topper on this Sareh Nouri gown was constructed by Sophie Hallette, the same house that worked on the lace for the Duchess of Cambridge's gown. 

    12. Best Embellishment 

    Gown by Jenny Packham 

    First off, major props to Jenny Packham for sending a full-figured girl as gorgeous as this first down the runway. Secondly, no one mixes metallics and whimsical lace quite like the Brit. It feels like she just stepped out of a fairy tale. 

    13. Best Mermaid 

    Gown by Monique Lhuillier 

    Between the beautifully shirred faux-wrap bodice and the blooming rosettes on bottom, this gown is a venerable work of art. Bravo, Lhuillier. Bravo. 

    14. Best New Direction 

    Gown by Jean-Ralph Thurin 

    Traditionally, wedding dresses are all about being light, airy, and lacey. We love that Thurin consistently makes a purposeful pivot from this direction, styling his gowns with prominent seams, straight lines, and little adornment. Done in a soft blush, this is definitely a direction we're excited about for formal wedding dresses—it feels very sophisticated and high-fashion. 

    15. Most Futuristic 

    Gown by Romona Keveza 

    If Vogue ever decided to do a Star Trek issue, we bet this gown would be on the cover. Also, it's impossible to decide what's cooler—the shoulder cutouts or the gold belt. 

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  • Spring is a time with warm weather, bright colors and gorgeous flowers—all perfect starting points for a gorgeous wedding beauty look! Here's eight of our favorite spring-inspired makeup ideas, complete with product recommendations to match. 

    1. Glowing Skin 

    Photo by Ryan Ray Photography 

    Luminous and glowing skin is always a good way to go—and highlighter is the secret to acheiving it. Its reflective properties can actually distract guests' eyes away from blemishes or any other skin imperfections. Get glowing skin like this with Tom Ford's Illuminating Powder ($75). 

    2. Vintage Glamour 

    Photo by The Nichols Photography

    This bride channels old-Hollywood glam with her gorgeous liquid-lined eyes, peach-colored cheeks and bold red lips. We're loving this look paired with a lace gown and dangling earrings. Bring your inner Hollywood star to life with MAC's Liquidlast Liner ($20). 

    3. Flower Power

    Photo by N.Barrett Photography

    If you're donning a flower crown at your spring nuptials, take a lesson from this bride and incorporate the colors of your wreath into your beauty look. Her light purple cheeks and rose pink lips are a perfect match for her headpiece. Can't get enough floral inspiration? Primp with this porcelain floral compact mirror ($12). 

    4. Coral Lip

    Photos by Jemma Keech Photography

    No other hue says spring quite like coral does. Wear spring's favorite color on your lip for a brighter walk down the aisle. Try Givenchy's Le Rouge Lipstick in Rose Dressing ($36) for a similar look.  

    5. All That Glitters

    Photo by Robyn Preston Photography

    This bride glams up her springtime beauty look by using gold eyeshadow with a metallic finish. A tip: ease up on other make-up to ensure your eyes stand out. Get the look for your big day with Bobbi Brown's Metallic Long-Wear Cream Shadow in Goldstone ($25). 

    6. Pastel Palette

    Photos by Feather & Twine Photography and Erich McVey Photography

    Pastels are always a reliable shade during spring, so why not utilize them when creating your bridal beauty look? Classic girly shades such as pale purple and light pink are the perfect pair when it comes to complimentary coloring. For the perfect pastel palette see Yves Saint Laurent's Ombres 5 Lumieres 5 Palette ($58). 

    7. Lucious Lashes

    Photo by Landon Jacob Photography

    There's nothing more gorgeous than a set of long and lustful lashes. Whether they're natural or faux ones you applied yourself (click here to learn how), they'll accentuate your eyes and take your bridal beauty look to the next level. Get gorgeous lashes like hers with Dior's Diorshow Mascara in Rich Black ($25). 

    8.  Pretty in Pink

    Photo by Andi Mans Photography

    This bridal beauty look exudes feminity and flirtation. The matching blush pink hue on her lips and cheeks creates a delicate, yet stunning spring tone. Get her pretty in pink look with NARS Blush in Orgasm ($30). 

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  • The keys to planning an eco-friendly wedding? Reduce, reuse, and recycle! Or in other words make the Earth a very special guest. Here are 5 ways to go green: 

    Botanical Stationery - Send out invitations that are plantable -- that way guests can watch your love bloom for years to come -- or nix them altogether for Evites personalized through your wedding website. 

    Photo: William Innes Photography

    Natural Fabrics - Avoid dressing your bridal party in fabrics that require dry-cleaning. Instead choose between cotton or linen that are less harsh on the environment. Your 'maids and 'men will thank you that they're more comfortable too.

    Photo: Byron Loves Fawn

    Organic Foods - Ask your caterer if they can provide vegan and gluten-free fare. If not, consider using local vendors or even farmer's markets. Have leftovers? Donate them to a nearby homeless shelter or soup kitchen. 

    Photos (from leff to right): Jennifer Kloss Photography and Oli Sansom

    Greenery Galore - Decorate with your ceremony and reception with flowers such as succulents, eucalyptus, ferns, moss, herbs, or ivy vines. 

    Photo: Maxwell Monty Photography

    Non-Traditional Transportation - Make a statement by exiting on a gas-free ride. Aka a tandem bicycle, horse drawn carriage, or if your near the water, a boat! 

    Photo: Mod Photography

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