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  • Project and Photos By: Chelsea Fuss   Hop Vine Centerpiece: Hop is a gorgeous vine for fall decorating. This centerpiece will look best on family style, rectangular tables. A farm table or rustic burlap, linen or muslin tablecloths are perfect for underneath this centerpiece.     Most likely you are familiar with Hops, the small clusters of flowers on these vines, as they are used to brew beer. The vines are gorgeous dried or fresh.     We used approximately eight vines per table, winding them down the center.     Warm Candle Glow: Candles were interspersed and secured in small antique tart tins. Anything with patina looks great for a fall table! Be cautious and use common sense when using candles. Most venues have rules about open flames, be sure and check with your venue coordinator.     Mini White Pumpkins: For coordinating favors, we tied olive green satin ribbons to tiny white pumpkins.     Rustic Autumn Wedding: This décor concept is perfect for the beer-loving couple and couldn't be more festive for a rustic autumn wedding.    
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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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  • Project By: Erica Obrien

    Photos By: Cory Obrien     Supplies: Here's what you'll need (clockwise from left): food-use only ruler small sprinkles or nonpareils (available at most crafts stores) piping gel (available at most crafts stores) tapemeasure small flexible cup petal dust in desired shade (we like Crystal Colors brand) food-use only paintbrush ziplock bag     Step One: Remove shaker cap from sprinkles.     Step Two: Empty into ziplock bag.     Step Three: Pour a small amount of petal dust into bag. (Remember you can always add more, so start with a little).     Step Four: Shake the bag until dust is evenly distributed and desired depth of color is achieved.     Step Five: Using tapemeasure, determine the spacing and width of stripes.     Step Six: Dip paintbrush in piping gel.     Step Seven: Using ruler as a guide to acheive a straight line, brush a generous amount of piping gel onto cake with short, even strokes.     Step Eight: Repeat on the right side of line.     Step Nine: Empty colored sprinkles into small cup.     Step Ten: Gently pour sprinkles onto cake.     Tip: You will have many extra sprinkles. Pour onto a sheet of parchment creased in the middle and pour back into small cup. Repeat process until all lines are finished.     Enjoy your chic, striped creation!  
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  • Photo: This Modern Romance 

    Photo booths are all the rage at weddings, and why not? They keep your guests entertained! Here's our step-by-step guide to make your own. 

    Materials Needed:

    Digital point-and-shoot camera Camera tripod  Remote shutter release  Backdrop Props 

    The Camera - Place a digital point-and-shoot camera on top of an extended tripod at eye level, tunr on the flash (unless you're having a spotlight) and connect a remote shutter release so guests can take their own photos. As backup, have polaroid cameras on standby. 

    Photos (from left to right): This Modern Romance and Anjuli 

    The Backdrop - Pick a colored or patterned piece of fabric that you can hang. If you're having an indoor wedding, pin it to a wall, or if you're having an outdoor wedding hang from curtain rods, secure with rope, and nail into the ground. 

    Photos (from left to right): Shelly Kroeger Photography and Birds of a Feather

    The Props - Go on a scavenger hunt! Look for props in your own home (like scarves, hats, glasses, frames). or make your own from paper (lips, mustaches, ties). Even provide chalkboards or dry erase boards for guests to write messages on. 

    Photo: This Modern Romance 

    The Location - Choose an area that doesn't obstruct the flow of the reception, but is still easily accessible. If you're having an indoor reception, consider a hallway or corner of the ballroom, or if you're having an outdoor wedding, consider next to the DJ that way guests can pose to the beat. 

    Photo: This Modern Romance

    The Extras - After the wedding is all said and done, you're back from your honeymoon, and all the gifts are unwrapped and put away, go through the camera's SD card and save the ones you'd like to put into a scrapbook. Those memories will last a lifetime! 

     

     

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  • Project and Photos by Brittni Mehlhoff     Incorporate the international symbol of love on your big day, with this sweet, wire heart, wrapped in velvety leaves from a dusty miller plant. It looks so good, no one will even know you made it yourself.     Materials: Dusty Miller Pliable Wire Washi Tape Wire Cutters Hot Glue Gun   How-To:     Step One: Cut a piece or wire that is 12-16 inches long.     Step Two: Bend the wire into a heart shape, by finding the mid point and bending up from there. Create the two humps for the top of the heart and bring the two ends together to finish the shape.     Step Three: Then, secure the two loose ends of the wire together with washi tape.     Step Four: Next, pluck leaves, of various sizes, off of a stem of dusty miller.       Step Five: Attach leaves individually to the wire with hot glue, starting at the top of the heart and working your way down.        Complete one side, and then the other.     Use the completed flower heart as a decoration for tables, the bride and groom chairs, or even as a cute cake topper. Note: If using around food, be sure to use edible flowers or non-toxic plant leaves only.
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  • Photos By: Carly Taylor

    The vintage book theme has been a major player in wedding themes this year. We think these bookmark escort cards are the perfect touch to your celebration!

    The materials: Paper, access to a lamination machine, an exacto knife and pretty markers.     First you will need to laminate the paper you are using. You can buy a small machine to do this or bring your papers to the local copy store for lamination.Next, you will need to cut out your bookmarks using a straight edge or paper trimmer.     Trace a small heart on the top portion of each bookmark.    

    Using an exacto knife, cut around the heart 90% of the way.

     

    Leave a small portion of the heart uncut and attached to the page.

    After cutting, you can easily erase your tracing lines with a clean cloth.

    Using your pen, fill in table numbers on the heart and fold up for easy viewing on your seating table.

    Write in each guest name on the long end of the book mark - and you are done!

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  • The ultimate accessory for the bridal party!    Project By: Janie Medley Photos By: Marvelous Things Photography   The ultimate accessory for a bridal party, this pretty DIY only took 15 minutes to make!  You might want to take it beyond the wedding day, though, for date night or “just because.”     You Will Need: Peonies Ranunculus Jasmine Vine Scissors Headband Floral Adhesive     Step One: Glue the jasmine vine or whatever greenery you choose down the middle of the headband. For a whimsical look and feel, don’t glue the vines to the sides of the headband.     Step Two: Cut the stems off each of the flowers, so the flower head will lay flat.       Step Three: Glue them one by one onto the headband. You will need to hold the flower head in place for 10 seconds, after applying the glue.     You’re done! How cute is that?!     Make one for each member of your bridal party and complement them with this lush floral crown  
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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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  • One of the trends we love about rustic weddings is the do-it-yourself projects even the least crafty brides create with wood. Here's what to display for every part of your big day: 

    Ceremony

    Photo by JK Photography

    Seating Arrangements

    Photo by Stacey Kokes Photography

    Reception

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    Photo by Twin Hearts Photography

    Chair Decor 

    Photo by Athena Pelton Photography

     

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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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  • Project and Photos By: Chelsea Fuss   Hop Vine Centerpiece: Hop is a gorgeous vine for fall decorating. This centerpiece will look best on family style, rectangular tables. A farm table or rustic burlap, linen or muslin tablecloths are perfect for underneath this centerpiece.     Most likely you are familiar with Hops, the small clusters of flowers on these vines, as they are used to brew beer. The vines are gorgeous dried or fresh.     We used approximately eight vines per table, winding them down the center.     Warm Candle Glow: Candles were interspersed and secured in small antique tart tins. Anything with patina looks great for a fall table! Be cautious and use common sense when using candles. Most venues have rules about open flames, be sure and check with your venue coordinator.     Mini White Pumpkins: For coordinating favors, we tied olive green satin ribbons to tiny white pumpkins.     Rustic Autumn Wedding: This décor concept is perfect for the beer-loving couple and couldn't be more festive for a rustic autumn wedding.    
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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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  • Project By: Erica Obrien

    Photos By: Cory Obrien     Supplies: Here's what you'll need (clockwise from left): food-use only ruler small sprinkles or nonpareils (available at most crafts stores) piping gel (available at most crafts stores) tapemeasure small flexible cup petal dust in desired shade (we like Crystal Colors brand) food-use only paintbrush ziplock bag     Step One: Remove shaker cap from sprinkles.     Step Two: Empty into ziplock bag.     Step Three: Pour a small amount of petal dust into bag. (Remember you can always add more, so start with a little).     Step Four: Shake the bag until dust is evenly distributed and desired depth of color is achieved.     Step Five: Using tapemeasure, determine the spacing and width of stripes.     Step Six: Dip paintbrush in piping gel.     Step Seven: Using ruler as a guide to acheive a straight line, brush a generous amount of piping gel onto cake with short, even strokes.     Step Eight: Repeat on the right side of line.     Step Nine: Empty colored sprinkles into small cup.     Step Ten: Gently pour sprinkles onto cake.     Tip: You will have many extra sprinkles. Pour onto a sheet of parchment creased in the middle and pour back into small cup. Repeat process until all lines are finished.     Enjoy your chic, striped creation!  
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  • Photo: This Modern Romance 

    Photo booths are all the rage at weddings, and why not? They keep your guests entertained! Here's our step-by-step guide to make your own. 

    Materials Needed:

    Digital point-and-shoot camera Camera tripod  Remote shutter release  Backdrop Props 

    The Camera - Place a digital point-and-shoot camera on top of an extended tripod at eye level, tunr on the flash (unless you're having a spotlight) and connect a remote shutter release so guests can take their own photos. As backup, have polaroid cameras on standby. 

    Photos (from left to right): This Modern Romance and Anjuli 

    The Backdrop - Pick a colored or patterned piece of fabric that you can hang. If you're having an indoor wedding, pin it to a wall, or if you're having an outdoor wedding hang from curtain rods, secure with rope, and nail into the ground. 

    Photos (from left to right): Shelly Kroeger Photography and Birds of a Feather

    The Props - Go on a scavenger hunt! Look for props in your own home (like scarves, hats, glasses, frames). or make your own from paper (lips, mustaches, ties). Even provide chalkboards or dry erase boards for guests to write messages on. 

    Photo: This Modern Romance 

    The Location - Choose an area that doesn't obstruct the flow of the reception, but is still easily accessible. If you're having an indoor reception, consider a hallway or corner of the ballroom, or if you're having an outdoor wedding, consider next to the DJ that way guests can pose to the beat. 

    Photo: This Modern Romance

    The Extras - After the wedding is all said and done, you're back from your honeymoon, and all the gifts are unwrapped and put away, go through the camera's SD card and save the ones you'd like to put into a scrapbook. Those memories will last a lifetime! 

     

     

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  • Project and Photos by Brittni Mehlhoff     Incorporate the international symbol of love on your big day, with this sweet, wire heart, wrapped in velvety leaves from a dusty miller plant. It looks so good, no one will even know you made it yourself.     Materials: Dusty Miller Pliable Wire Washi Tape Wire Cutters Hot Glue Gun   How-To:     Step One: Cut a piece or wire that is 12-16 inches long.     Step Two: Bend the wire into a heart shape, by finding the mid point and bending up from there. Create the two humps for the top of the heart and bring the two ends together to finish the shape.     Step Three: Then, secure the two loose ends of the wire together with washi tape.     Step Four: Next, pluck leaves, of various sizes, off of a stem of dusty miller.       Step Five: Attach leaves individually to the wire with hot glue, starting at the top of the heart and working your way down.        Complete one side, and then the other.     Use the completed flower heart as a decoration for tables, the bride and groom chairs, or even as a cute cake topper. Note: If using around food, be sure to use edible flowers or non-toxic plant leaves only.
    4
  • Photos By: Carly Taylor

    The vintage book theme has been a major player in wedding themes this year. We think these bookmark escort cards are the perfect touch to your celebration!

    The materials: Paper, access to a lamination machine, an exacto knife and pretty markers.     First you will need to laminate the paper you are using. You can buy a small machine to do this or bring your papers to the local copy store for lamination.Next, you will need to cut out your bookmarks using a straight edge or paper trimmer.     Trace a small heart on the top portion of each bookmark.    

    Using an exacto knife, cut around the heart 90% of the way.

     

    Leave a small portion of the heart uncut and attached to the page.

    After cutting, you can easily erase your tracing lines with a clean cloth.

    Using your pen, fill in table numbers on the heart and fold up for easy viewing on your seating table.

    Write in each guest name on the long end of the book mark - and you are done!

    4
  • The ultimate accessory for the bridal party!    Project By: Janie Medley Photos By: Marvelous Things Photography   The ultimate accessory for a bridal party, this pretty DIY only took 15 minutes to make!  You might want to take it beyond the wedding day, though, for date night or “just because.”     You Will Need: Peonies Ranunculus Jasmine Vine Scissors Headband Floral Adhesive     Step One: Glue the jasmine vine or whatever greenery you choose down the middle of the headband. For a whimsical look and feel, don’t glue the vines to the sides of the headband.     Step Two: Cut the stems off each of the flowers, so the flower head will lay flat.       Step Three: Glue them one by one onto the headband. You will need to hold the flower head in place for 10 seconds, after applying the glue.     You’re done! How cute is that?!     Make one for each member of your bridal party and complement them with this lush floral crown  
    2
  • 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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  • One of the trends we love about rustic weddings is the do-it-yourself projects even the least crafty brides create with wood. Here's what to display for every part of your big day: 

    Ceremony

    Photo by JK Photography

    Seating Arrangements

    Photo by Stacey Kokes Photography

    Reception

    \

    Photo by Twin Hearts Photography

    Chair Decor 

    Photo by Athena Pelton Photography

     

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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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