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    By: Chelsea Fuss   Consider making these adorable little boxes filled with gingerbread cookies for your holiday wedding. It's an inexpensive and festive option for a winter wedding.     Materials: 4" gift boxes kraft paper one bundle of greens (we used oregonia) string (waxed white string looks the best) parchment paper homemade gingerbread cookies round brown Avery labels We used #22808   Stack about 5 cookies and tie them with white string.     Line the boxes with parchment paper, place the cookies inside, and cover with parchment.     Write names on labels. Include table numbers too if you want double these for escort cards.     Wrap the boxes in kraft paper, sealing them with the sticker label. Tie up with string.     Add a sprig of greens!     Leave a box on each place setting or stack them up on a table for your guests to unwrap & enjoy!      
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  • Project and Photos By: Chelsea Fuss

    For the bride who loves the seaside, tradition, and classic, clean lines, this might be just the right bouquet! It's easy to make and costs around $45. Another great thing about this recipe is that the flowers are available year round!     Supplies: flower clippers twine scissors ribbon bucket with water vase full-length mirror   Flower Recipe: 5 open white roses (make sure they aren't all the way open because they will open quickly once the bouquet is made). 8 white hydrangeas     Step One: Remove the leaves from the roses and the lower leaves from the hydrangeas. Keep the leaves at the top of the hydrangea stems as they will help frame the bouquet.     Step Two: Gather three hydrangeas in one hand (tip: in the left hand if you are right-handed or vice versa).     Step Three: Add a group of roses, each stem at varying heights. Fill in the holes with hydrangeas.     Step Four: Hold the bouquet in front of you and look in a full-length mirror to make sure that the shape is how you like it. Make any adjustments and tie with twine.     Step Five: Clip the stems short.     Keep in a vase in a fridge (away from fruit and food) and add the ribbon a few hours before your ceremony!  
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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 by Erica Obrien

    Photos by Brooke Allison Photography

    The chalkboard look is super trendy right now. This edible version would be great for wedding or shower favors. Be sure to make extras to keep for yourself!

    Materials: 

    Sugar cookie dough Black fondant Flour (for rolling dough)  Small acrylic rolling pin Large acrylic rolling pin Small palette knife Letter stencil Cutter Royal icing Baking tray lined with parchment paper (not shown)

    Instructions: 

    Roll dough to about 1/4" thickness. 

    Cut dough with cutter. 

    Lay on parchment-lined baking tray. Place in freezer until firm, about 20 minutes. 

    Roll fondant to about 1/16" thickness. 

    Cut fondant using same cutter used for cookies.

    Place cut fondant on flat surface.

    Lay stencil on fondant. Spread royal icing with palette knife. Wipe off excess. Allow to dry before proceeding to next shape or letter.

    Bake cookies according to recipe directions. Once removed from oven and still warm, place fondant cutouts on cookies, allowing heat of cookie to set fondant to cookie. 

    Arrange neatly and enjoy!

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  • Project and Photos by Brittni Mehlhoff of Paper & Stitch   Add a custom touch to everything from centerpieces to guest favors with this DIY idea for mini monogrammed mirrored vases. Using inexpensive, but heavy-duty, glass votives, you can create small flower arrangements that will feel unique and special for your big day. And each one will only set you back $1.50. How's that for inexpensive?      You can even create a special message for guests, spelled out with letter vases. Or incorporate shapes and patterns for an unexpected detail that guests will remember.     Materials: Glass Votives Looking Glass Spray Paint Painter's Tape Scissors (optional)   How-To:     1. Start by blocking out the basic shape of the letter or letters you want to monogram or message, with painter's tape.      2. Complete any inner details, using scissors (if necessary) to cut any shapes for the letters that can't be made by tearing the tape. Press the edges down firmly, to make sure the tape is secure.       3. Next, in a well ventilated area, spray paint the glass votives and allow the paint to dry fully before moving onto the next step.       4. Once the paint is completely dry, carefully remove the painter's tape.     5. Next, add water and flowers to complete each piece.   Use the finished votive vases as tiny centerpieces running along a long table or as favors for guests to take home at the end of the evening.  
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  • Project and Photos by Brittni Mehlhoff of Paper and Stitch     Celebrate your bridesmaids and say thank you for all their support, with a hand painted watercolor clutch that matches your wedding colors. This is a great gift for your wedding party that you can easily add your own special touches to.     Materials: Small to medium size fabric clutch Spray bottle filled with water Fabric paint in two shades of the same color Paint brush How To:     1. Start by spraying the clutch with a water bottle until damp.     2. Then, starting with your darkest color, begin painting the bottom of the clutch in an abstract painterly fashion (you don't have to create a perfect stripe here or anything with hard lines).     3. As you are painting, spray more water onto the bottom area as necessary, to give it more of an irregular watercolor feel.     4. Next, add the lighter color paint just as you did for the first color. Only this time, you'll be painting above the darker paint (more toward the middle of the clutch). Add more water if necessary.     5. Lastly, swipe your brush upward, from that second lighter layer of paint, to create a very faint third shade that will disappear into the natural fabric color. Wait for the paint to dry and it's ready to use.     Take this gift a little further and add additional goodies inside the clutch, your bridesmaid may also like - a necklace, a pair of earrings, cute sunnies, etc.  
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    By: Danyelle Mathews   Creating charming escort cards for your wedding doesn't have to take a lot of time or resources. Simply gather a few basic, inexpensive supplies to produce this budget-savvy, casual-chic concept.      Supplies: Manilla shipping tags Chalkboard paint Foam paintbrush   Step One Arrange your tags on a large work surface     Step Two Dip the foam paintbrush into the chalkboard paint and apply one brushstroke to each tag.     Step Three Allow the paint to dry completely, then write guests names and seating information on the tags with chalk.     Step Four Display the tags using a fabric backdrop, coordinating yarn or string and wooden clothespins.     {Photos by: Danyelle Matthews}
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    By: Danyelle Mathews   Creating charming escort cards for your wedding doesn't have to take a lot of time or resources. Simply gather a few basic, inexpensive supplies to produce this budget-savvy, casual-chic concept.      Supplies: Manilla shipping tags Chalkboard paint Foam paintbrush   Step One Arrange your tags on a large work surface     Step Two Dip the foam paintbrush into the chalkboard paint and apply one brushstroke to each tag.     Step Three Allow the paint to dry completely, then write guests names and seating information on the tags with chalk.     Step Four Display the tags using a fabric backdrop, coordinating yarn or string and wooden clothespins.     {Photos by: Danyelle Matthews}
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  • Photos By: Chelsea Fuss

    These sweet and wild green wreaths are perfect for anytime of year (just change out the ribbon to suit the season). They look gorgeous on church doors, bride and groom chairs, or as pew markers. Total cost: $5 per wreath.     Materials: Spool wire Floral tape Clippers Greens (about 15 stems per wreath, we used rosemary, bay and boxwood) Ribbon      1. Form a circle (whatever size you need. Remember your wreath will be slightly bigger than the form) with the spool wire and double it over several times.   2. Cover the circle in floral tape.     3. Cut small pieces of greens and, take excess leaves off about an inch of the bottom stem.     4. Secure each piece with wire.     5. Make sure you overlap the stems to cover any wires or mechanics. You may need to fill in with a few extra pieces.     6. You can make these up to a week ahead of time. Spray daily with water and keep in a cool, dark place.   7. Hang with ribbon and afterwards send them home with special guests.       Add this natural touch to your big day - and have fun!     Photos By: Chelsea Fuss
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    By Project Wedding for our sponsor, Ann's Bridal Bargains       Add the perfect finishing touches throughout your wedding with ribbon. All you need are a few accent ideas and a little imagination!   Tie different colors of chiffon ribbon in a knot around a favor box to create a finished look and a secure spot for favor cards. Concept by Ann's Bridal Bargains.     Attach multi-colored satin and chiffon ribbons to the end of a wooden craft stick to create simple, affordable ribbon wands! Concept byAnn's Bridal Bargains.     Pink paper lanterns become adorable pieces of chair décor when hung with bright purple satin ribbon. Concept by Ann's Bridal Bargains.     Get creative with your invitation! We cut two slits, one on each side of the initial, to allow the threading of a large, brown satin ribbon. Concept by Ann's Bridal Bargains.     Ecru satin ribbon shines against mocha, two-piece favor boxes, lending a little extra luster to each favor. Concept by Ann's Bridal Bargains.     Enhance the look of a wedding program by wrapping a brown satin ribbon around the fold and finishing it with a knot and tassel. Concept by Ann's Bridal Bargains.     Satin bows can help tie your wedding colors to your wedding favors for a completely coordinated look. Concept by Ann's Bridal Bargains.     A red ribbon accents this invitation’s heart design for a cute, romantic look. Concept byAnn's Bridal Bargains.     For easy chair décor, dangle satin ribbons! They add the perfect amount of color to a ceremony or reception. Concept by Ann's Bridal Bargains.     Create texture and elegance with a ribbon and feather centerpiece! Concept by Ann's Bridal Bargains.     Two satin ribbons, secured by a favor label, create a stylish closure for these clear favor bags. Concept by Ann's Bridal Bargains.        
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    By: Chelsea Fuss   Consider making these adorable little boxes filled with gingerbread cookies for your holiday wedding. It's an inexpensive and festive option for a winter wedding.     Materials: 4" gift boxes kraft paper one bundle of greens (we used oregonia) string (waxed white string looks the best) parchment paper homemade gingerbread cookies round brown Avery labels We used #22808   Stack about 5 cookies and tie them with white string.     Line the boxes with parchment paper, place the cookies inside, and cover with parchment.     Write names on labels. Include table numbers too if you want double these for escort cards.     Wrap the boxes in kraft paper, sealing them with the sticker label. Tie up with string.     Add a sprig of greens!     Leave a box on each place setting or stack them up on a table for your guests to unwrap & enjoy!      
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  • Project and Photos By: Chelsea Fuss

    For the bride who loves the seaside, tradition, and classic, clean lines, this might be just the right bouquet! It's easy to make and costs around $45. Another great thing about this recipe is that the flowers are available year round!     Supplies: flower clippers twine scissors ribbon bucket with water vase full-length mirror   Flower Recipe: 5 open white roses (make sure they aren't all the way open because they will open quickly once the bouquet is made). 8 white hydrangeas     Step One: Remove the leaves from the roses and the lower leaves from the hydrangeas. Keep the leaves at the top of the hydrangea stems as they will help frame the bouquet.     Step Two: Gather three hydrangeas in one hand (tip: in the left hand if you are right-handed or vice versa).     Step Three: Add a group of roses, each stem at varying heights. Fill in the holes with hydrangeas.     Step Four: Hold the bouquet in front of you and look in a full-length mirror to make sure that the shape is how you like it. Make any adjustments and tie with twine.     Step Five: Clip the stems short.     Keep in a vase in a fridge (away from fruit and food) and add the ribbon a few hours before your ceremony!  
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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 by Erica Obrien

    Photos by Brooke Allison Photography

    The chalkboard look is super trendy right now. This edible version would be great for wedding or shower favors. Be sure to make extras to keep for yourself!

    Materials: 

    Sugar cookie dough Black fondant Flour (for rolling dough)  Small acrylic rolling pin Large acrylic rolling pin Small palette knife Letter stencil Cutter Royal icing Baking tray lined with parchment paper (not shown)

    Instructions: 

    Roll dough to about 1/4" thickness. 

    Cut dough with cutter. 

    Lay on parchment-lined baking tray. Place in freezer until firm, about 20 minutes. 

    Roll fondant to about 1/16" thickness. 

    Cut fondant using same cutter used for cookies.

    Place cut fondant on flat surface.

    Lay stencil on fondant. Spread royal icing with palette knife. Wipe off excess. Allow to dry before proceeding to next shape or letter.

    Bake cookies according to recipe directions. Once removed from oven and still warm, place fondant cutouts on cookies, allowing heat of cookie to set fondant to cookie. 

    Arrange neatly and enjoy!

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  • Project and Photos by Brittni Mehlhoff of Paper & Stitch   Add a custom touch to everything from centerpieces to guest favors with this DIY idea for mini monogrammed mirrored vases. Using inexpensive, but heavy-duty, glass votives, you can create small flower arrangements that will feel unique and special for your big day. And each one will only set you back $1.50. How's that for inexpensive?      You can even create a special message for guests, spelled out with letter vases. Or incorporate shapes and patterns for an unexpected detail that guests will remember.     Materials: Glass Votives Looking Glass Spray Paint Painter's Tape Scissors (optional)   How-To:     1. Start by blocking out the basic shape of the letter or letters you want to monogram or message, with painter's tape.      2. Complete any inner details, using scissors (if necessary) to cut any shapes for the letters that can't be made by tearing the tape. Press the edges down firmly, to make sure the tape is secure.       3. Next, in a well ventilated area, spray paint the glass votives and allow the paint to dry fully before moving onto the next step.       4. Once the paint is completely dry, carefully remove the painter's tape.     5. Next, add water and flowers to complete each piece.   Use the finished votive vases as tiny centerpieces running along a long table or as favors for guests to take home at the end of the evening.  
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  • Project and Photos by Brittni Mehlhoff of Paper and Stitch     Celebrate your bridesmaids and say thank you for all their support, with a hand painted watercolor clutch that matches your wedding colors. This is a great gift for your wedding party that you can easily add your own special touches to.     Materials: Small to medium size fabric clutch Spray bottle filled with water Fabric paint in two shades of the same color Paint brush How To:     1. Start by spraying the clutch with a water bottle until damp.     2. Then, starting with your darkest color, begin painting the bottom of the clutch in an abstract painterly fashion (you don't have to create a perfect stripe here or anything with hard lines).     3. As you are painting, spray more water onto the bottom area as necessary, to give it more of an irregular watercolor feel.     4. Next, add the lighter color paint just as you did for the first color. Only this time, you'll be painting above the darker paint (more toward the middle of the clutch). Add more water if necessary.     5. Lastly, swipe your brush upward, from that second lighter layer of paint, to create a very faint third shade that will disappear into the natural fabric color. Wait for the paint to dry and it's ready to use.     Take this gift a little further and add additional goodies inside the clutch, your bridesmaid may also like - a necklace, a pair of earrings, cute sunnies, etc.  
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    By: Danyelle Mathews   Creating charming escort cards for your wedding doesn't have to take a lot of time or resources. Simply gather a few basic, inexpensive supplies to produce this budget-savvy, casual-chic concept.      Supplies: Manilla shipping tags Chalkboard paint Foam paintbrush   Step One Arrange your tags on a large work surface     Step Two Dip the foam paintbrush into the chalkboard paint and apply one brushstroke to each tag.     Step Three Allow the paint to dry completely, then write guests names and seating information on the tags with chalk.     Step Four Display the tags using a fabric backdrop, coordinating yarn or string and wooden clothespins.     {Photos by: Danyelle Matthews}
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    By: Danyelle Mathews   Creating charming escort cards for your wedding doesn't have to take a lot of time or resources. Simply gather a few basic, inexpensive supplies to produce this budget-savvy, casual-chic concept.      Supplies: Manilla shipping tags Chalkboard paint Foam paintbrush   Step One Arrange your tags on a large work surface     Step Two Dip the foam paintbrush into the chalkboard paint and apply one brushstroke to each tag.     Step Three Allow the paint to dry completely, then write guests names and seating information on the tags with chalk.     Step Four Display the tags using a fabric backdrop, coordinating yarn or string and wooden clothespins.     {Photos by: Danyelle Matthews}
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  • Photos By: Chelsea Fuss

    These sweet and wild green wreaths are perfect for anytime of year (just change out the ribbon to suit the season). They look gorgeous on church doors, bride and groom chairs, or as pew markers. Total cost: $5 per wreath.     Materials: Spool wire Floral tape Clippers Greens (about 15 stems per wreath, we used rosemary, bay and boxwood) Ribbon      1. Form a circle (whatever size you need. Remember your wreath will be slightly bigger than the form) with the spool wire and double it over several times.   2. Cover the circle in floral tape.     3. Cut small pieces of greens and, take excess leaves off about an inch of the bottom stem.     4. Secure each piece with wire.     5. Make sure you overlap the stems to cover any wires or mechanics. You may need to fill in with a few extra pieces.     6. You can make these up to a week ahead of time. Spray daily with water and keep in a cool, dark place.   7. Hang with ribbon and afterwards send them home with special guests.       Add this natural touch to your big day - and have fun!     Photos By: Chelsea Fuss
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    By Project Wedding for our sponsor, Ann's Bridal Bargains       Add the perfect finishing touches throughout your wedding with ribbon. All you need are a few accent ideas and a little imagination!   Tie different colors of chiffon ribbon in a knot around a favor box to create a finished look and a secure spot for favor cards. Concept by Ann's Bridal Bargains.     Attach multi-colored satin and chiffon ribbons to the end of a wooden craft stick to create simple, affordable ribbon wands! Concept byAnn's Bridal Bargains.     Pink paper lanterns become adorable pieces of chair décor when hung with bright purple satin ribbon. Concept by Ann's Bridal Bargains.     Get creative with your invitation! We cut two slits, one on each side of the initial, to allow the threading of a large, brown satin ribbon. Concept by Ann's Bridal Bargains.     Ecru satin ribbon shines against mocha, two-piece favor boxes, lending a little extra luster to each favor. Concept by Ann's Bridal Bargains.     Enhance the look of a wedding program by wrapping a brown satin ribbon around the fold and finishing it with a knot and tassel. Concept by Ann's Bridal Bargains.     Satin bows can help tie your wedding colors to your wedding favors for a completely coordinated look. Concept by Ann's Bridal Bargains.     A red ribbon accents this invitation’s heart design for a cute, romantic look. Concept byAnn's Bridal Bargains.     For easy chair décor, dangle satin ribbons! They add the perfect amount of color to a ceremony or reception. Concept by Ann's Bridal Bargains.     Create texture and elegance with a ribbon and feather centerpiece! Concept by Ann's Bridal Bargains.     Two satin ribbons, secured by a favor label, create a stylish closure for these clear favor bags. Concept by Ann's Bridal Bargains.        
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