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  • Project and Photos By: Jordan Ferney

    The creative force that is Jordan Ferney came up with this vintage soda bar for us - and we have been loving it ever since!

      There are so many to reasons to love a soda bar: they are in pretty glass bottles, lots of times with original vintage-y logos on the packaging, and they are made with pure sugar cane, delicious!     We had to bring back this popular feature and share the photographic inspiration from Jordan!     Old fashioned sodas add a fun and playful element to an event and can even be used as part of your decor.     We love them all set up arranged according to color or you can even just buy the color of flavors that go with your wedding.     Instead of keeping them on ice, refrigerate them up until right before and line them up on a table or bar for maximum effect.     You'll hear your grandpa excited when he finds his favorite soda from when he was nine!     The hardest part of having old fashioned sodas is sourcing them. They can be difficult to come by. If you live in California BevMo has a very large selection of specialty sodas (and even ships them online if you can't find something local).     Gourmet delicatessens and stores can also have good selections and we've even got lucky before at warehouse stores like Costco.     Add some fizz to your wedding day with gourmet sodas!     Project and Photos By: Jordan Ferney  
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  • Photos By: Chelsea Fuss

        First, make sure you use a scoring board so folds and lines are straight and precise.     Origami patterns are really gorgeous and add interest to tables, invitations, programs and more. They are also inexpensive!     For place cards, we measured and cut the Origami paper into 2" by 4" strips and folded in half using the scoring board. We cut 1" strips and created a "ribbon" v at the end using an x-acto knife. Use a dab of glue on either side to secure.     We love the minimalist combination of the Japanese patters with sweet handwriting. Consider practicing your best (or quirkiest!) handwriting and then color copying your favorite draft.     Origami paper makes a beautiful envelope liner! Simply trim the sides to fit the envelope, slide into envelope and secure with a glue stick.     For save-the-dates, color copy handwritten invitations onto postcards. Trim the patterned paper to size (using a rotary cutter) and then using an adhesive glue (a glue stick works too) we secured origami paper to the back of the card. It's makes for a gorgeous pattern-play!     Here are a few tips for working with origami paper: 1. Pair the origami paper with a heavy white card stock for areas that need text. 2. Origami paper is very easy to work with and is a perfect weight (not too heavy, not too flimsy!) 3. Even if you don't consider yourself crafty, give it a try! 4. X-acto knives and rotary cutters used with a straight edge help to get those perfect lines! 5. Consider your color scheme and try to keep the papers to a one, two or three color story.     For programs, simply fold the paper in half (using the scoring board if you want them extra neat).     Color copy a handwritten program (this works great for menus too!) and then cut to size. Fold card stock in half. Tie together using waxed twine.     Have fun creating your colorful, patterned paper goods!    
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  • Photos By: Jordan Ferney

    This project is super simple and very inexpensive. In the end, your guest will have an adorable little personalized vase with her name in a pretty font! The best part is- if you can get the jars for free- its pretty much just the cost of the flowers and a $5 paint pen. So great!

    Materials: Glass Jars (we used French yogurt jars but baby food jars would work great.) Wire (if you are going to hang them) Wirecutters Very Fine Paint Pen for glass (can be bought at a craft store.) Tape A list of your guests names printed out 2" in width. We used the font Lobster. Flowers

    Step One:   Make sure your jars are clean. Then tape the name you want to trace against the inside of the glass jar.     Step Two:   Taking the fine point glass pen, trace the name.  

    Step Three:   Remove the paper, then touch up any spots that need it.     Step Four:   If using as an escort card, write in the table number.     Step Five:   Add some flowers to each jar and display them on a table!     Display Ideas:   You can also display the vases on a wall or bush. If you go with this option, just add some wire to hang it.    

     

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  • Project and Photos By: Brittni Mehlhoff

    With the holidays right around the corner, discarded Christmas tree trimmings are a dime a dozen. Using this extremely inexpensive, and often times free, material as greenery for a holiday wedding is a festive way to say I do.

     

    If you're hoping to incorporate this idea in some small way, boutonnières are the perfect fit. Give a nod to the holiday without going over the top and add a personal touch with custom monogrammed pendants your wedding party will cherish.     Supplies: Small florals (assorted) Christmas tree trimmings Scissors Washi Tape Oven Bake Clay Small Letter Stamps String Small 1/2 inch Metal Circle Cutter

    1. Start with two or three short branch shoots from the tree (about 4-5 inches long) and remove the needles from the bottom third of each stem.     2. Begin adding additional flowers until you've reached desired fullness.       3. Wrap the end of the stems together with washi tape, leaving the stems exposed at the bottom.     4. You can fill a short glass with a little water to keep the boutonnières fresh until the wedding (depending on the flowers you use, they should stay fresh this way for at least two days).   5. Now it's time to make your monogramed pendant. Roll out a small piece of clay to about 1/4 inch in thickness.     6. Cut the circle shape from the clay.     7. Stamp your pendant with the first letter of your groom's or groomsman's first name (or last name if you'd prefer).     8. Poke a hole through the pendant at the top and bake in the oven according to directions.     9. String the pendant up and attach to the boutonnière with washi tape.     10. Add a straight pin and they are ready for your groom and groomsmen on the big day.    

     

    Project and Photos By: Brittni Mehlhoff

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  • Project and Photos By: Victoria Hudgins

    The latte bowl is having a wonderful design moment this year. Coming out at every store in the most beautiful hues, textures and styles. Grab a stack of coordinating bowls and bunches of your favorite flowers to finish off reception tables with a beautiful touch.     Using latte bowls as centerpieces gives a gorgeous presentation to flowers, allows you to use fewer stems (which saves money!) and they are low enough to allow guests to see each other and chat across the table.    1. Collect anywhere from 1-3 bowls per table in coordinating colors and designs. Place a small floral ball in water to soak for hours before putting the centerpieces together. You will need to make these on the day of your event, so enlist the help of a good friend to do the final put together and placement.     2. Carefully poke 3-4 stems of your favorite fully-blooming flowers into the balls.     3. Mist to keep florals alert just before table placement.       Project and Photos By: Victoria Hudgins
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    Photos by Prokopets Studio for Victoria Hudgins   This escort card alternative is fun, gilttery, and glam. The kaleidoscopes give your guests something fun to do and direct them to where they need to go, a bright and festive touch to any reception!     Materials: One kaleidoscope for each guest attending (I found them for $1 each at my local dime store). Paper, or fabric to cover each frame Small numerical stickers Scissors Glue Twine and small tags     First take off whatever ugly printed paper is covering your ready-made kaleidoscope frame. You could also make your own kaleidoscopes, but I found the materials to be more expensive than grabbing them up cheaply.     Use a pair of scissors to pop off the top of the kaleidoscopes.     Place your numerical sticker on the inside window. Using a small amount of glue, replace the confetti filled window to the frame.     Re-cover your frame with pretty paper or fabric by cutting it to size and gluing down the bottom.     Tie off each kaleidoscope with twine and attach a small tag with each guests name.     When your guest finds her name, she will simply look into the kaleidoscope to find out which table she's at (and get a beautiful show of confetti to boot)!      
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    Photos By: Victoria Hudgins   Give your cake, signature cocktail or desserts a bit of bling with these easy-to-make toppers. They can be made in miniature for individual servings, in large form for a cake or in a stack of sizes for a substantial presentation (my favorite)!     You will need: textured gold ribbon liquid fabric stiffener binder clips or clothespins wax paper a small craft hole punch lollipop sticks     First, cut the ribbon at increments double the size of the heart you'd like to make.     Fold the ribbon segment in half and dredge into the liquid fabric stiffener (do not use the spray, it must be liquid for thorough saturation).     While the ribbon is still wet, mold into shape and clip the top edges of the heart together. Lay the newly formed hearts out to dry on wax paper. It helps to gently move the hearts every few hours while they dry so that you don't end up with a puddle of film to remove afterwards.     Once dry, remove the clips. Use a small craft hole punch (a regular, household punch will be too large) to make a hole at the bottom of each heart. Gently insert a lollipop stick into the hole to finish the topper off.     Place this fabulous embellishment on your cake, dessert minis, or in a drink for a pretty display!      

     

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  •  Photos By: Chelsea Fuss

    For your gorgeous spring wreath, you will need: 1 wreath form About 25 stems of boxwood or another spring green 5 steps of grape hyacinth (also called muscari) 5 stems of snowdrops 5 stems of lily of the valley water vials 1 yard of ribbon   Divide the boxwood by taking the stems off and grouping them into small bunches.     Secure the bunches on the wreath with string or wire onto the wreath form. Overlap each bunch so the stems don't show.     Look how gorgeous your wreath is already looking!     Voila - now you are ready to add florals...     Once the wreath is filled with greens, stick in the blooms (securing under the wire and string).     Final steps: Add a sweet bow on the bottom, right-hand corner. Add a hanger on the back by looping wire around the wreath form.     They will last for a few hours on their own, but for a wedding, we recommend buying water vials and stick the flowers in the vials before placing them in the wreath.     Enjoy this sweet wreath for your big day!  
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  • Photos By: Carly Taylor

    I've had many requests lately on ways to make dessert bars more custom and personal to the couple. I created this "sweet love" download as an answer.      The download is the perfect size for a brownie, cookie or other sweet to rest on and would look fabulous at a wedding or spring shower. It will provide an unexpected texture and pretty design style to your dessert table.     1. Download the sweet love template here for your own computer.      2. Using a large sheet of parchment paper and a cardstock template- cut the parchment paper down to (8x11) size.     3. Run the parchment paper through your printer on the special paper setting - you may need to manually feed the paper through.     4. As the ink adheres to the parchment paper differently than normal paper you will see some distortion in the coloring. This is a purposeful effect that will give your project a unique design style.     5. Cut out the sweet love parchment labels and use under your dessert of choice.   Photos By: Carly Taylor
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    Project and Photos by: Carly Taylor     These balls come together quickly and can be made in any color you desire. They are more substantial than confetti or rice and will lend a fabulously festive touch to your goodbye.     The materials: small styrofoam balls (can be purchased at craft stores) yarn glue scissors
      The process: Using a dab of glue, attach on end of your chosen color of yarn to the styrofoam ball.
      Begin wrapping the yarn around and wrap it completely until you've covered the entire ball.
      Cut the yarn once the ball is covered and using a second dab of glue, secure the end of the yarn to the ball. 
      Gather in a group of pretty bowls with a note to take a handful and shower the bride and groom with a colorful goodbye.
      Enjoy!
    5
  • Project and Photos By: Jordan Ferney

    The creative force that is Jordan Ferney came up with this vintage soda bar for us - and we have been loving it ever since!

      There are so many to reasons to love a soda bar: they are in pretty glass bottles, lots of times with original vintage-y logos on the packaging, and they are made with pure sugar cane, delicious!     We had to bring back this popular feature and share the photographic inspiration from Jordan!     Old fashioned sodas add a fun and playful element to an event and can even be used as part of your decor.     We love them all set up arranged according to color or you can even just buy the color of flavors that go with your wedding.     Instead of keeping them on ice, refrigerate them up until right before and line them up on a table or bar for maximum effect.     You'll hear your grandpa excited when he finds his favorite soda from when he was nine!     The hardest part of having old fashioned sodas is sourcing them. They can be difficult to come by. If you live in California BevMo has a very large selection of specialty sodas (and even ships them online if you can't find something local).     Gourmet delicatessens and stores can also have good selections and we've even got lucky before at warehouse stores like Costco.     Add some fizz to your wedding day with gourmet sodas!     Project and Photos By: Jordan Ferney  
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  • Photos By: Chelsea Fuss

        First, make sure you use a scoring board so folds and lines are straight and precise.     Origami patterns are really gorgeous and add interest to tables, invitations, programs and more. They are also inexpensive!     For place cards, we measured and cut the Origami paper into 2" by 4" strips and folded in half using the scoring board. We cut 1" strips and created a "ribbon" v at the end using an x-acto knife. Use a dab of glue on either side to secure.     We love the minimalist combination of the Japanese patters with sweet handwriting. Consider practicing your best (or quirkiest!) handwriting and then color copying your favorite draft.     Origami paper makes a beautiful envelope liner! Simply trim the sides to fit the envelope, slide into envelope and secure with a glue stick.     For save-the-dates, color copy handwritten invitations onto postcards. Trim the patterned paper to size (using a rotary cutter) and then using an adhesive glue (a glue stick works too) we secured origami paper to the back of the card. It's makes for a gorgeous pattern-play!     Here are a few tips for working with origami paper: 1. Pair the origami paper with a heavy white card stock for areas that need text. 2. Origami paper is very easy to work with and is a perfect weight (not too heavy, not too flimsy!) 3. Even if you don't consider yourself crafty, give it a try! 4. X-acto knives and rotary cutters used with a straight edge help to get those perfect lines! 5. Consider your color scheme and try to keep the papers to a one, two or three color story.     For programs, simply fold the paper in half (using the scoring board if you want them extra neat).     Color copy a handwritten program (this works great for menus too!) and then cut to size. Fold card stock in half. Tie together using waxed twine.     Have fun creating your colorful, patterned paper goods!    
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  • Photos By: Jordan Ferney

    This project is super simple and very inexpensive. In the end, your guest will have an adorable little personalized vase with her name in a pretty font! The best part is- if you can get the jars for free- its pretty much just the cost of the flowers and a $5 paint pen. So great!

    Materials: Glass Jars (we used French yogurt jars but baby food jars would work great.) Wire (if you are going to hang them) Wirecutters Very Fine Paint Pen for glass (can be bought at a craft store.) Tape A list of your guests names printed out 2" in width. We used the font Lobster. Flowers

    Step One:   Make sure your jars are clean. Then tape the name you want to trace against the inside of the glass jar.     Step Two:   Taking the fine point glass pen, trace the name.  

    Step Three:   Remove the paper, then touch up any spots that need it.     Step Four:   If using as an escort card, write in the table number.     Step Five:   Add some flowers to each jar and display them on a table!     Display Ideas:   You can also display the vases on a wall or bush. If you go with this option, just add some wire to hang it.    

     

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  • Project and Photos By: Brittni Mehlhoff

    With the holidays right around the corner, discarded Christmas tree trimmings are a dime a dozen. Using this extremely inexpensive, and often times free, material as greenery for a holiday wedding is a festive way to say I do.

     

    If you're hoping to incorporate this idea in some small way, boutonnières are the perfect fit. Give a nod to the holiday without going over the top and add a personal touch with custom monogrammed pendants your wedding party will cherish.     Supplies: Small florals (assorted) Christmas tree trimmings Scissors Washi Tape Oven Bake Clay Small Letter Stamps String Small 1/2 inch Metal Circle Cutter

    1. Start with two or three short branch shoots from the tree (about 4-5 inches long) and remove the needles from the bottom third of each stem.     2. Begin adding additional flowers until you've reached desired fullness.       3. Wrap the end of the stems together with washi tape, leaving the stems exposed at the bottom.     4. You can fill a short glass with a little water to keep the boutonnières fresh until the wedding (depending on the flowers you use, they should stay fresh this way for at least two days).   5. Now it's time to make your monogramed pendant. Roll out a small piece of clay to about 1/4 inch in thickness.     6. Cut the circle shape from the clay.     7. Stamp your pendant with the first letter of your groom's or groomsman's first name (or last name if you'd prefer).     8. Poke a hole through the pendant at the top and bake in the oven according to directions.     9. String the pendant up and attach to the boutonnière with washi tape.     10. Add a straight pin and they are ready for your groom and groomsmen on the big day.    

     

    Project and Photos By: Brittni Mehlhoff

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  • Project and Photos By: Victoria Hudgins

    The latte bowl is having a wonderful design moment this year. Coming out at every store in the most beautiful hues, textures and styles. Grab a stack of coordinating bowls and bunches of your favorite flowers to finish off reception tables with a beautiful touch.     Using latte bowls as centerpieces gives a gorgeous presentation to flowers, allows you to use fewer stems (which saves money!) and they are low enough to allow guests to see each other and chat across the table.    1. Collect anywhere from 1-3 bowls per table in coordinating colors and designs. Place a small floral ball in water to soak for hours before putting the centerpieces together. You will need to make these on the day of your event, so enlist the help of a good friend to do the final put together and placement.     2. Carefully poke 3-4 stems of your favorite fully-blooming flowers into the balls.     3. Mist to keep florals alert just before table placement.       Project and Photos By: Victoria Hudgins
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    Photos by Prokopets Studio for Victoria Hudgins   This escort card alternative is fun, gilttery, and glam. The kaleidoscopes give your guests something fun to do and direct them to where they need to go, a bright and festive touch to any reception!     Materials: One kaleidoscope for each guest attending (I found them for $1 each at my local dime store). Paper, or fabric to cover each frame Small numerical stickers Scissors Glue Twine and small tags     First take off whatever ugly printed paper is covering your ready-made kaleidoscope frame. You could also make your own kaleidoscopes, but I found the materials to be more expensive than grabbing them up cheaply.     Use a pair of scissors to pop off the top of the kaleidoscopes.     Place your numerical sticker on the inside window. Using a small amount of glue, replace the confetti filled window to the frame.     Re-cover your frame with pretty paper or fabric by cutting it to size and gluing down the bottom.     Tie off each kaleidoscope with twine and attach a small tag with each guests name.     When your guest finds her name, she will simply look into the kaleidoscope to find out which table she's at (and get a beautiful show of confetti to boot)!      
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    Photos By: Victoria Hudgins   Give your cake, signature cocktail or desserts a bit of bling with these easy-to-make toppers. They can be made in miniature for individual servings, in large form for a cake or in a stack of sizes for a substantial presentation (my favorite)!     You will need: textured gold ribbon liquid fabric stiffener binder clips or clothespins wax paper a small craft hole punch lollipop sticks     First, cut the ribbon at increments double the size of the heart you'd like to make.     Fold the ribbon segment in half and dredge into the liquid fabric stiffener (do not use the spray, it must be liquid for thorough saturation).     While the ribbon is still wet, mold into shape and clip the top edges of the heart together. Lay the newly formed hearts out to dry on wax paper. It helps to gently move the hearts every few hours while they dry so that you don't end up with a puddle of film to remove afterwards.     Once dry, remove the clips. Use a small craft hole punch (a regular, household punch will be too large) to make a hole at the bottom of each heart. Gently insert a lollipop stick into the hole to finish the topper off.     Place this fabulous embellishment on your cake, dessert minis, or in a drink for a pretty display!      

     

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  •  Photos By: Chelsea Fuss

    For your gorgeous spring wreath, you will need: 1 wreath form About 25 stems of boxwood or another spring green 5 steps of grape hyacinth (also called muscari) 5 stems of snowdrops 5 stems of lily of the valley water vials 1 yard of ribbon   Divide the boxwood by taking the stems off and grouping them into small bunches.     Secure the bunches on the wreath with string or wire onto the wreath form. Overlap each bunch so the stems don't show.     Look how gorgeous your wreath is already looking!     Voila - now you are ready to add florals...     Once the wreath is filled with greens, stick in the blooms (securing under the wire and string).     Final steps: Add a sweet bow on the bottom, right-hand corner. Add a hanger on the back by looping wire around the wreath form.     They will last for a few hours on their own, but for a wedding, we recommend buying water vials and stick the flowers in the vials before placing them in the wreath.     Enjoy this sweet wreath for your big day!  
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  • Photos By: Carly Taylor

    I've had many requests lately on ways to make dessert bars more custom and personal to the couple. I created this "sweet love" download as an answer.      The download is the perfect size for a brownie, cookie or other sweet to rest on and would look fabulous at a wedding or spring shower. It will provide an unexpected texture and pretty design style to your dessert table.     1. Download the sweet love template here for your own computer.      2. Using a large sheet of parchment paper and a cardstock template- cut the parchment paper down to (8x11) size.     3. Run the parchment paper through your printer on the special paper setting - you may need to manually feed the paper through.     4. As the ink adheres to the parchment paper differently than normal paper you will see some distortion in the coloring. This is a purposeful effect that will give your project a unique design style.     5. Cut out the sweet love parchment labels and use under your dessert of choice.   Photos By: Carly Taylor
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    Project and Photos by: Carly Taylor     These balls come together quickly and can be made in any color you desire. They are more substantial than confetti or rice and will lend a fabulously festive touch to your goodbye.     The materials: small styrofoam balls (can be purchased at craft stores) yarn glue scissors
      The process: Using a dab of glue, attach on end of your chosen color of yarn to the styrofoam ball.
      Begin wrapping the yarn around and wrap it completely until you've covered the entire ball.
      Cut the yarn once the ball is covered and using a second dab of glue, secure the end of the yarn to the ball. 
      Gather in a group of pretty bowls with a note to take a handful and shower the bride and groom with a colorful goodbye.
      Enjoy!
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