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Photos By: Jordan FerneyMaterials: Vellum paper, 56 sheets of paper, a sewing machine, fishing weights (not pictured), an exacto knife and straight edge (or a stack cutter,) artist tape (for hanging)
Cut the sheets of vellum into one inch strips. You can do this with an exacto knife or have it cut all at one time with a stack cutter. (If you decide to go the stack color route organizing the paper in the order you want it to hang in will save you some time.)Measure the height of the space where the mobiles will hang to figure out how long you want them. Keep in mind you'll want to keep the eyesight of the guests clear of any obstruction. Once you know the length of the mobiles, layout the different colors in the order you want. Repeat until it is close to the length of mobile you want. Then put it into a stack and it is ready to sew.
Leave a 12" tail of thread at the beginning and start to sew down the middle of the first strip. (I found it is easiest to put a piece of tape on the sewing machine at the end of the strip as a guide to mark where the vellum should be sewn.) Continue feeding each addition strip into the sewing machine.2
Photos By: Mary Swenson
Neutral, soft palettes tend to rule the wedding world, but if you want a bolder hue for your day, look no further than lusty, lovely red. We've paired it with white for a clean, crisp look that lets the color of love take center stage, and just a few pops go a long way. Here are some ideas to get your wheels turning for your own event!
Since flowers are usually a big part of any wedding, they provide the easiest way to incorporate color into your decor.Since flowers are usually a big part of any wedding, they provide the easiest way to incorporate color into your decor. A red galvanized bucket is a sweet way to bring a pop of red to your table; we filled ours with white ranunculus flowers. And instead of the ubiquitous (and expensive!) red rose, we love the look of red tulips. Popped inside a plain white vessel and set on a white tablecloth, their vibrant red color is absolutely cheery. Set a pair of charming heart-shaped floating candles inside a shallow dish as an accent next to (or instead of) a centerpiece, or on a cocktail table or bar. Place settings are easy to put together using any red patterned fabric and ribbon. Simply use the fabric as napkins for your table, and roll up and tie with the ribbon. In-season strawberries are a fantastic way to get some red into your wedding day. We set them on a tray, poked them with bamboo skewers, and added flags with guests' names to the tops. Keep the color scheme going with your favors - glassine bags or red and white bags filled with matching gumdrops are super budget-friendly and cute, to boot! For a dramatic and unexpected dessert, finish off your event with a red velvet wedding cake or a table of red velvet cupcakes. Delicious and decadent!0
Photos By: Mary SwensonSimple, rustic pine cones are perfect to use in a fall or winter wedding. These budget-friendly accents are seasonal without being kitschy, and add an element of warmth and charm to your event decor. Here are a few ways to incorporate them into your day! Pine cones are great additions to any floral arrangement. We kept our flowers light-colored and simple so that the pine cones didn't get lost, but they work with virtually any color scheme! You can find pine cones attached to a stick at florists and craft stores, which make it easy to pop them into your arrangement. You can also twist floral wire around the base of the pine cone, and then use that to attach the pine cone to the stem of the flower. Forgo centerpiece flowers altogether by filling up glass containers with pine cones, or use these mock arrangements as inexpensive fillers for other areas of your event: a buffet table, the bar area, the gift table, or any spot that needs something extra! Use pine cones for super-easy place cards that also double as favors. We jazzed up small pine cones with faux snow spray, and glued a small piece of ribbon to the tops with name tags looped through. Group the finished pine cones on a tray or a table, or get creative and hang them from a large branch or mini-tree. If you're passing out glasses of wine or champagne, or setting out stemware en masse for your guests, using tiny pine cones as an accent on each stem of glassware is a sweet detail! We used a hot glue gun to adhere clear twine to the tops of each pine cone, and let them dry. Then we tied the pine cone around the base of each glass and trimmed off the excess twine.2
Red, White, & Blue Real Wedding
Christina and Timothy pulled off a patriotic, 4th of July-themed wedding of total rustic elegance. See the photos from their day!
Photo By: Jen Lynne PhotographyPurple DIY Picnic Pack a picnic with all sorts of personalized touches... guests will swoon over the details! Red & White Party Ideas From red velvet cupcakes to ribbons to florals, here are a handful of creative ways to incorporate red into your party Photo By: Mary Swenson Farmer's Market Bouquets Create a deceptively sophisticated bouquet for your big day with seasonal stems from your local farmer's market. See more inspiration. Photo By: Chelsea Fuss Cool Raspberry & Yogurt Mousse Cakes These are a dream on a summer day... Catch this recipe (with a bonus raspberry n' cream macaron tutorial) right here. Photo By: Aran Goyoaga1
Photos By: Hank and Hunt
Project By: Jenny Batt
Want to add a touch of whimsy to your wedding reception? Make these crepe paper pom garlands in matching shades and add pretty pops of color.
Materials:Crepe paper flats Scissors Twine Step One: Cut squares of crepe paper in the colors you like.
Cut each set of squares into strips about ¾” wide.Step Three: Take each strip and pinch together in the middle. This step doesn’t take as long as you think it would and it makes it easier to get really fluffy poms. If you tie multiple together before pinching, you will possibly tear the paper when you fluff each pom later. Step Four: Cut a long piece of twine for the garland. Set aside. Take about 20 pinched strips and tie together in the center. Step Five: Tie each pom to the twine for the garland. Add as many or as few as you would like. Add pops of clashing colors for fun, too. Tip: Enlist your friends and have a crafting party to make multiples of these, you'll be able to make a whole bunch in a small amount of time.4
Photos By: Jennifer Kirk of Ambrosia Creative
With a few everyday tools, transform plain white poster board into a chic geometric backdrop perfect for a modern-themed wedding.Supplies: desktop printer This template 4 sheets of 8.5"x11" cardstock 9 sheets of 28"x22" white poster board scissors x-acto knife yard stick or measuring tape self-healing cutting mat double-sided tape duct tape fishing line (to hang backdrop)6
Photos By: Mary Swenson
The bride and groom's initials are a great way to personalize their chairs! We started with a pair of wooden letters (available at most craft stores) and used matte gold spray paint to give them an elegant sheen.After the paint dried, we looped a wide piece of ribbon through each letter. We tied the letters on each chair so that they hung down over the backs. Not only are these a sweet way to reserve chairs for your event, but they also make for a great photo op! Here's a no-sew way to make a modified chair slipcover: Start with a piece of fabric (we used linen) and measure it so that it fits across the back of the chair and is long enough to hang down both the front and the back of the chair. Then, make two slits along either side of the fabric and slide ribbon through the slits. Drape the fabric over the back of the chair and tie it to the chair with the ribbon to prevent it from sliding off. This is a great way to dress up all of the chairs at your event, or even just the ones at the bridal party's table! Using greenery from a florist, it's easy to make a pretty garland for the back of a chair. Simply form the greens into a swag, trimming off excess stems as you go. Use floral wire to attach the stems to one another. Once your garland is at the desired length, hang it across the back of your chair and tie each end to the chair using string or floral wire. This is a super-inexpensive alternative to using flowers, and just as pretty! =2
Photos By Chelsea FussGarlands are lovely on the bride and groom chairs, or made longer for a centerpiece or hanging garland. You won't believe how easy they are to make! Flowers that work well for this project: Asters (pictured) Chrysanthemums Roses or rose petals Carnations Marigolds You will need: About 10 -15 stems of fully opened flower blossoms (for a standard Chivari chair) Fishline A Needle Scissors A spray bottle with water Ziplock bag Ribbon (around 2 yards)0