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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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  • 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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    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: Jordan Ferney

    Bunting is a cheap and easy way to add color to your soiree! Materials Needed: Tissue Paper, Scissors, glue stick, and string.

    First, decide how large you want each flag and then cut out several sheets at once.

    You'll want to cut out pieces that are double the desired flag size so that they can be folded over.

    Once you've finished cutting you're ready to glue. With a fresh glue stick quickly swipe half the flag area. Lay string down halfway through and fold the tissue over the string.     Be sure to apply glue to the middle area of the flag so that it adheres to the string. Repeat until you have enough for your event.     It can take a while to produce a lot, so best to settle down in front of a movie while you work!    

    To safely store your flags, wrap them around an empty cardboard gift wrap roll or paper towel roll so they don't wrinkle.

    You are ready for the party!  
    8
  • 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
  • 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  
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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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  • 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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    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

    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.

    9
  • 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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    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: Jordan Ferney

    Bunting is a cheap and easy way to add color to your soiree! Materials Needed: Tissue Paper, Scissors, glue stick, and string.

    First, decide how large you want each flag and then cut out several sheets at once.

    You'll want to cut out pieces that are double the desired flag size so that they can be folded over.

    Once you've finished cutting you're ready to glue. With a fresh glue stick quickly swipe half the flag area. Lay string down halfway through and fold the tissue over the string.     Be sure to apply glue to the middle area of the flag so that it adheres to the string. Repeat until you have enough for your event.     It can take a while to produce a lot, so best to settle down in front of a movie while you work!    

    To safely store your flags, wrap them around an empty cardboard gift wrap roll or paper towel roll so they don't wrinkle.

    You are ready for the party!  
    8
  • 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
  • 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!  
    6
  • 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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    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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