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  • By: Mary Swenson

    That of-the-moment (yet utterly classic) blue and white striped shirt seen just about everywhere these days inspired this fresh, stylish table setting. Here's how we did it!     Linens Customizing individual linens for each place setting is made easy by using inexpensive white cotton napkins and multi-surface acrylic craft paint. Simply iron each napkin flat, and paint thin stripes along the bottom.     Centerpiece Liven up your centerpiece container by adding a striped detail along the bottom. First, we spray-painted a clear glass vase with white spray paint and let it dry completely. Then, after marking off stripe-painting guides using low-tack adhesive tape, we painted stripes around the base of the container.     Floral Simplicity A single, oversized red dahlia adds just the right amount of color and drama to this centerpiece while keeping it simple and unfussy.     Menus Carry the stripey theme over to all aspects of your event! To create this menu card, we used blue cardstock, a white gel pen, and white paint.     Contrast + Color The blue menu card is a striking contrast atop the sea of white. Place one card at each table setting, or put one or two at each table.     Place Cards Make matching place cards by using white card stock and painting stripes along one edge with blue paint. Use a similarly-colored blue pen to print names on each card.     Coordinated Paper Goods Coordinating menu and place cards are a lovely and sophisticated detail.     Stripes, Stripes, Stripes! Using the same number of stripes and a common color scheme for each piece on your table creates a unified, crisp look that's perfect for a bridal shower or wedding day!     (photos by Mary Swenson)
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  • Project and Photos By: Mary Swenson     Flowers can end up being a huge part of a wedding budget, but luckily there are easy ways to create beautiful arrangements on your own without a big expense. If you're thinking about tackling the flowers for your day yourself, we've come up with three types of arrangements that will make this an easy feat.     The simplest, can't-go-wrong type of arrangement is to fill your container with only one color of one type of flower. Flowers en masse - whether they be hydrangeas, roses, or tulips (like we show here) - are a sophisticated look that you just can't go wrong with. The best part? Not only is this strategy the easiest way to arrange flowers, but it also means that you can use inexpensive flowers and still have a stunning centerpiece.      With our tulips, we left most of the leaf on each stem, which helped this arrangement look lush and casual, and allowed us to buy fewer tulips to fill the container. For a more formal, modern look, you can strip all of the leaves off your flower's stem and bunch them together tightly.     Another simple arrangement is one that consists of different colors of one type of flower. The color variations will add visual interest to your table, but the use of only one type of flower still keeps the look cohesive and clean.     For our arrangement, we used dahilas in complimentary hues, and we spread the different colors out so that they were balanced among the arrangement.     The third option is to use different types of flowers in the same color to create an interesting yet put-together arrangement that will rival what any florist could do!     With this look, it's important to make sure most of the leaves are removed from the flower stems, and that the flowers are bunched together tightly. This will help your arrangement to look neat and professional. Also, make sure to spread out the different types of flowers throughout the arrangement - using floral foam inside your container will help  with this.     No matter what type of arrangement you go with, keeping it simple is the best way to go if you're thinking about doing the flowers for your event. They'll look beautiful!  
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  • Photos By: ohhappyday.com   This giant confetti looks festive whether its floating through the air or looking pretty on the floor.     We've seen this giant confetti premade in different parts of Europe but you can make your own with a $12 circle punch and some tissue paper. Maybe buy two and enlist the help of a friend.   Materials: Glassine Bags 4 3/4" x 6 5/8" Tissue Paper Giant 2" Circle Punch Computer Printer Japanese Washi Tape     The bags are really easy. Did you know you can put these bags through a regular desktop printer and print your own design on them? For this one we just made a really simple design on Adobe Illustrator then put the bag through the printer. It depends what program you are working in, but usually you need to make your document the same size as the bag and then tell your printer what size the "paper" you are loading into your machine is.   Stuff the bags with the giant confetti and seal with a small piece of colored washi tape.     Then leave the bags for your guests in their seats or hand out with the programs.     Happy Celebrating!  
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  • Now that Labor Day has come and gone, we have Autumn on our minds. Here are 10 gorgeous fall floral arrangements guaranteed to inspire those September-November brides.

    1.

    Photo by Stewart Leishman

    This bouquet wows us with a contrast of soft pink roses and calla lilies against deep red dahlias and amaranthus, with golden coxcomb and hypericum berries mixed in for texture.

    2. 

    Photo by Lisa Lefkowitz

    Feminine meets rustic with this unique blend of traditional peach and salmon garden roses and earthy elements like scabiosa pods, rust red oak leaves, and cascading berries.

    3. 

    Photo by Live View Studios

    This festive fall bouquet features honey colored hydrangeas, dried wheat grass, preserved eucalyptus, bittersweet berries, and pepper berries.

    4. 

    Photo courtesy of Alicia Jayne Florals

    Our top pick for a fall color palette? Shades of bold grape and soft, dusty mauve. Alicia Jayne Florals nails it with this bouquet of stock, parrot tulips, and roses.

    5.

    Photo by Christina McNeill

    If you're going for a sweet, whimsical aesethetic, this bouquet of fluffy dinner plate dahlias and blushing bride protea is a sure winner.

    6.

    Photo by Katie Osgood

    This bouquet has some serious personality with anemone and chocolate cosmo accents and a single "Festiva Maxima" peony taking center stage up front. 

    7.

    Photo by Frenzel Photographers

    Create the perfect caramel palette using waxflower, dark gold cymbidium orchids, orange mokara orchids, pheasant feathers, hypericum berries, auburn leaves, and cascading millet. 

    8. 

    Photo by Feather & Twine

    Antique roses are a must-have for a fall vintage style wedding. Combine them with peach David Austin Juliet garden roses, ivory ranunculus, and disty miller for a soft, old world look. 

    9. 

    Photo by Jodi Miller

    This hand-tied bouquet of burgundy dahlias, pink roses, green hydrangeas, and two-tone chrysanthemums would be a perfect pick for a fall barn wedding.

    10.

    Photo courtesy of Liz Rusnac Floral Design

    Get pretty in plum with an arrangement of roses, ranunculus, heather, and riceflower.

    For more fall floral inspiration, don't miss our Fall Bouquets and Fall Centerpieces boards!

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  • Photos By: Mary Swenson

    Candles are that one favor you know your guests will use, and they're easier to make than you may think! Forget special candle-making equipment -- microwaveable soy wax is easy to use, and add a package of candle wicking (both available at craft stores) and you're ready to get started!     Begin by choosing an interesting container for your candle: vintage tins, miniature clay pots, and teacups all make lovely and unique statements, and are easy to coordinate with your event. For our project, we used inexpensive cobalt blue jars found on eBay.     First, we cut the wicking to fit the depth of our container. To keep the wick straight, we tied the top loosely around a wooden stick long enough so that it was able to rest on top of the jar, and then centered the wick over the jar.     We put the soy wax flakes in a microwave-safe container with a spout (which makes it easier to control the wax when we're ready to pour it into our jars) and melted the wax according to the package instructions.     You can personalize your candle's fragrance with a huge variety of fragrance oils, or leave them unscented. We added a few drops of lavender oil to our hot, melted wax, carefully poured it into the jars, and let them sit undisturbed until completely cooled and solid.     While the candles cooled, we prepped the packaging for our candles. We made simple gift tags and cut sprigs of dried lavender to tie around each jar.     The finished product: fragrant soy candles, personalized for each guest!     Use each candle as a place setting, or display them all together on a favor table. Your guests will love them!   Photos By: Mary Swenson
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  • Project By: Victoria Hudgins

    Photography By: Pictilio   This 3-D heart bunting is pretty and a great project to incorporate some handmade charm into your wedding. Hang between rows of seats, behind a dessert table, vertically to stage the ceremony, or around the head table as accent décor.     For a bunting of good length, purchase a heart punch from your local craft store. The small investment (about $10) will save your wrists from cutting hundreds of hearts out! You will also need colored craft paper, glue, and string.     Stamp out hearts for the length of your bunting. Each section of the bunting will use two hearts.     Once the hearts are punched, cut a length of thin string and begin gluing on the hearts. Lay one heart down (backside up). Center a small line of glue, then quickly layer the string on top and another heart (backside down). Measure a few inches and continue the process.     Once all the hearts are laid and dried, fold the top and bottom hearts away from one another for a pretty 3D effect.     Run the lengths of garland around cardboard dividers and tape in place as you go. This will make it easier to transport without getting tangled.  
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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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    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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  • Project & Photos By: Victoria Hudgins

    Looking for a less traditional cake topper for your wedding? These vintage fabric stars will bring a dose of bright charm to your cake or dessert bar.     Materials: To make them, you'll need basic star frame(s), mod podge, fabric, and scissors. Small cardboard star frames are available at your local craft store, while larger metal frames can be readily found at thrift stores or at many big box stores.     Materials (cont.): Find a fabric that coordinates with your wedding day. Search Etsy for a wide variety of pretty vintage florals or check your local fabric store for vintage replica fabrics.     Step One: Cut your fabric to the approximate size of your star and dredge it in a bowl of Modge Podge until completely wet. Place the fabric on top of your mold and use your fingers to gently shape it into form. Let dry overnight.     Step Two: Once dry, cut the fabric closer to the frame shape and turn over. Secure any extra fabric in the back with glue.     Step Three: Use wood glue to attach a stick to the backside of a large star frame. Many smaller frames come sold with small wooden sticks already attached.     Display Tip: Place one large star in your cake for a bold bright touch or scatter smaller stars atop cakes, cupcakes and desserts.          

     

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  • By: Mary Swenson

    That of-the-moment (yet utterly classic) blue and white striped shirt seen just about everywhere these days inspired this fresh, stylish table setting. Here's how we did it!     Linens Customizing individual linens for each place setting is made easy by using inexpensive white cotton napkins and multi-surface acrylic craft paint. Simply iron each napkin flat, and paint thin stripes along the bottom.     Centerpiece Liven up your centerpiece container by adding a striped detail along the bottom. First, we spray-painted a clear glass vase with white spray paint and let it dry completely. Then, after marking off stripe-painting guides using low-tack adhesive tape, we painted stripes around the base of the container.     Floral Simplicity A single, oversized red dahlia adds just the right amount of color and drama to this centerpiece while keeping it simple and unfussy.     Menus Carry the stripey theme over to all aspects of your event! To create this menu card, we used blue cardstock, a white gel pen, and white paint.     Contrast + Color The blue menu card is a striking contrast atop the sea of white. Place one card at each table setting, or put one or two at each table.     Place Cards Make matching place cards by using white card stock and painting stripes along one edge with blue paint. Use a similarly-colored blue pen to print names on each card.     Coordinated Paper Goods Coordinating menu and place cards are a lovely and sophisticated detail.     Stripes, Stripes, Stripes! Using the same number of stripes and a common color scheme for each piece on your table creates a unified, crisp look that's perfect for a bridal shower or wedding day!     (photos by Mary Swenson)
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  • Project and Photos By: Mary Swenson     Flowers can end up being a huge part of a wedding budget, but luckily there are easy ways to create beautiful arrangements on your own without a big expense. If you're thinking about tackling the flowers for your day yourself, we've come up with three types of arrangements that will make this an easy feat.     The simplest, can't-go-wrong type of arrangement is to fill your container with only one color of one type of flower. Flowers en masse - whether they be hydrangeas, roses, or tulips (like we show here) - are a sophisticated look that you just can't go wrong with. The best part? Not only is this strategy the easiest way to arrange flowers, but it also means that you can use inexpensive flowers and still have a stunning centerpiece.      With our tulips, we left most of the leaf on each stem, which helped this arrangement look lush and casual, and allowed us to buy fewer tulips to fill the container. For a more formal, modern look, you can strip all of the leaves off your flower's stem and bunch them together tightly.     Another simple arrangement is one that consists of different colors of one type of flower. The color variations will add visual interest to your table, but the use of only one type of flower still keeps the look cohesive and clean.     For our arrangement, we used dahilas in complimentary hues, and we spread the different colors out so that they were balanced among the arrangement.     The third option is to use different types of flowers in the same color to create an interesting yet put-together arrangement that will rival what any florist could do!     With this look, it's important to make sure most of the leaves are removed from the flower stems, and that the flowers are bunched together tightly. This will help your arrangement to look neat and professional. Also, make sure to spread out the different types of flowers throughout the arrangement - using floral foam inside your container will help  with this.     No matter what type of arrangement you go with, keeping it simple is the best way to go if you're thinking about doing the flowers for your event. They'll look beautiful!  
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  • Photos By: ohhappyday.com   This giant confetti looks festive whether its floating through the air or looking pretty on the floor.     We've seen this giant confetti premade in different parts of Europe but you can make your own with a $12 circle punch and some tissue paper. Maybe buy two and enlist the help of a friend.   Materials: Glassine Bags 4 3/4" x 6 5/8" Tissue Paper Giant 2" Circle Punch Computer Printer Japanese Washi Tape     The bags are really easy. Did you know you can put these bags through a regular desktop printer and print your own design on them? For this one we just made a really simple design on Adobe Illustrator then put the bag through the printer. It depends what program you are working in, but usually you need to make your document the same size as the bag and then tell your printer what size the "paper" you are loading into your machine is.   Stuff the bags with the giant confetti and seal with a small piece of colored washi tape.     Then leave the bags for your guests in their seats or hand out with the programs.     Happy Celebrating!  
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  • Now that Labor Day has come and gone, we have Autumn on our minds. Here are 10 gorgeous fall floral arrangements guaranteed to inspire those September-November brides.

    1.

    Photo by Stewart Leishman

    This bouquet wows us with a contrast of soft pink roses and calla lilies against deep red dahlias and amaranthus, with golden coxcomb and hypericum berries mixed in for texture.

    2. 

    Photo by Lisa Lefkowitz

    Feminine meets rustic with this unique blend of traditional peach and salmon garden roses and earthy elements like scabiosa pods, rust red oak leaves, and cascading berries.

    3. 

    Photo by Live View Studios

    This festive fall bouquet features honey colored hydrangeas, dried wheat grass, preserved eucalyptus, bittersweet berries, and pepper berries.

    4. 

    Photo courtesy of Alicia Jayne Florals

    Our top pick for a fall color palette? Shades of bold grape and soft, dusty mauve. Alicia Jayne Florals nails it with this bouquet of stock, parrot tulips, and roses.

    5.

    Photo by Christina McNeill

    If you're going for a sweet, whimsical aesethetic, this bouquet of fluffy dinner plate dahlias and blushing bride protea is a sure winner.

    6.

    Photo by Katie Osgood

    This bouquet has some serious personality with anemone and chocolate cosmo accents and a single "Festiva Maxima" peony taking center stage up front. 

    7.

    Photo by Frenzel Photographers

    Create the perfect caramel palette using waxflower, dark gold cymbidium orchids, orange mokara orchids, pheasant feathers, hypericum berries, auburn leaves, and cascading millet. 

    8. 

    Photo by Feather & Twine

    Antique roses are a must-have for a fall vintage style wedding. Combine them with peach David Austin Juliet garden roses, ivory ranunculus, and disty miller for a soft, old world look. 

    9. 

    Photo by Jodi Miller

    This hand-tied bouquet of burgundy dahlias, pink roses, green hydrangeas, and two-tone chrysanthemums would be a perfect pick for a fall barn wedding.

    10.

    Photo courtesy of Liz Rusnac Floral Design

    Get pretty in plum with an arrangement of roses, ranunculus, heather, and riceflower.

    For more fall floral inspiration, don't miss our Fall Bouquets and Fall Centerpieces boards!

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  • Photos By: Mary Swenson

    Candles are that one favor you know your guests will use, and they're easier to make than you may think! Forget special candle-making equipment -- microwaveable soy wax is easy to use, and add a package of candle wicking (both available at craft stores) and you're ready to get started!     Begin by choosing an interesting container for your candle: vintage tins, miniature clay pots, and teacups all make lovely and unique statements, and are easy to coordinate with your event. For our project, we used inexpensive cobalt blue jars found on eBay.     First, we cut the wicking to fit the depth of our container. To keep the wick straight, we tied the top loosely around a wooden stick long enough so that it was able to rest on top of the jar, and then centered the wick over the jar.     We put the soy wax flakes in a microwave-safe container with a spout (which makes it easier to control the wax when we're ready to pour it into our jars) and melted the wax according to the package instructions.     You can personalize your candle's fragrance with a huge variety of fragrance oils, or leave them unscented. We added a few drops of lavender oil to our hot, melted wax, carefully poured it into the jars, and let them sit undisturbed until completely cooled and solid.     While the candles cooled, we prepped the packaging for our candles. We made simple gift tags and cut sprigs of dried lavender to tie around each jar.     The finished product: fragrant soy candles, personalized for each guest!     Use each candle as a place setting, or display them all together on a favor table. Your guests will love them!   Photos By: Mary Swenson
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  • Project By: Victoria Hudgins

    Photography By: Pictilio   This 3-D heart bunting is pretty and a great project to incorporate some handmade charm into your wedding. Hang between rows of seats, behind a dessert table, vertically to stage the ceremony, or around the head table as accent décor.     For a bunting of good length, purchase a heart punch from your local craft store. The small investment (about $10) will save your wrists from cutting hundreds of hearts out! You will also need colored craft paper, glue, and string.     Stamp out hearts for the length of your bunting. Each section of the bunting will use two hearts.     Once the hearts are punched, cut a length of thin string and begin gluing on the hearts. Lay one heart down (backside up). Center a small line of glue, then quickly layer the string on top and another heart (backside down). Measure a few inches and continue the process.     Once all the hearts are laid and dried, fold the top and bottom hearts away from one another for a pretty 3D effect.     Run the lengths of garland around cardboard dividers and tape in place as you go. This will make it easier to transport without getting tangled.  
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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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    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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  • Project & Photos By: Victoria Hudgins

    Looking for a less traditional cake topper for your wedding? These vintage fabric stars will bring a dose of bright charm to your cake or dessert bar.     Materials: To make them, you'll need basic star frame(s), mod podge, fabric, and scissors. Small cardboard star frames are available at your local craft store, while larger metal frames can be readily found at thrift stores or at many big box stores.     Materials (cont.): Find a fabric that coordinates with your wedding day. Search Etsy for a wide variety of pretty vintage florals or check your local fabric store for vintage replica fabrics.     Step One: Cut your fabric to the approximate size of your star and dredge it in a bowl of Modge Podge until completely wet. Place the fabric on top of your mold and use your fingers to gently shape it into form. Let dry overnight.     Step Two: Once dry, cut the fabric closer to the frame shape and turn over. Secure any extra fabric in the back with glue.     Step Three: Use wood glue to attach a stick to the backside of a large star frame. Many smaller frames come sold with small wooden sticks already attached.     Display Tip: Place one large star in your cake for a bold bright touch or scatter smaller stars atop cakes, cupcakes and desserts.          

     

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