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  • Photos By: Mary Swenson

    Materials: • A rectangular piece of Styrofoam, found in the floral section of any craft store (make sure it's at least 4 inches deep, so that it can stand upright on a table) • Fabric to cover the foam (we used white linen) • Ribbon • Ball pins • Seating cards      First, cut the fabric to size, making sure that it fully covers the front, back, and sides of the your piece of foam. Iron the fabric to remove any wrinkles. Cover the foam with the fabric, making sure to pull it taut to eliminate any bumps and to keep it tight against the foam. Use the pins to secure the fabric to the foam.     Cut ribbon pieces just long enough so that they come to the bottom of the rectangle when they hang over the top, and notch the ends for a nicely finished look. Then, postition the ribbons so that they are spaced an equal distance apart along the rectangle. Pin the ribbons in place to the back of the foam.     Print out your escort cards onto cardstock and cut them into equal sizes; or, buy pre-cut cards and hand-write the names and table numbers.     Pin the cards along the ribbons, keeping an equal distance between each card. Make sure to leave each pin sticking out a bit so that it's easy for guests to remove their card from the board.     Not only is this board a simple, elegant, and budget-friendly way to display seating cards (and its colors can be easily customized to coordinate with your event)...     It's also a space-saver: since it's a free-standing piece, it takes up just a fraction of the table space you'd use if you layed out the cards on top of the table!     Voila! Your escort card display board is gorgeous!    

     

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  • Project By Erica O'Brien & Photos By Brooke Allison Photography

    Re-create this stained glass monogram with cookie cutters, lollipops, and these instructions from our cake expert!

      One recipe for stained glass cookie dough(Makes more than enough for one cookie and quite a few extras).    Materials: Rolling pin  Letter cutters in various sizes  Heart-shaped cutter (large enough to accommodate letters)  Mallet or hammer  Lollipops or hard candy in the colors of your choice  Small plastic bag  Silpat or other non-stick baking sheet liner  Baking sheet   Preheat oven to 350 Fahrenheit. Working on Silpat or non-stick baking sheet liner, roll out dough approximately ¼” thick.     Cut dough using heart-shaped cutter. Remove the excess (It can be frozen for future use).     Using letter cutters, cut out monogram from dough. Place on baking sheet and freeze for 15-20 minutes to firm.     Bake in pre-heated oven until dough is partially, but not completely, baked and just barely beginning to turn golden, about 5-7 minutes.     While cookies are baking, place lollipops or hard candy into small plastic bag. Use mallet or hammer to crush candy into very small pieces.     Fill cavities with crushed candy until it is slightly above the cookie line, taking care not to get any crushed candy on the cookie part.     Return to oven and bake until candy is just melted, about 3-5 minutes. Remove from oven and allow to cool.     Wet a small piece of fondant until it is very sticky. Gently adhere to cookie in several spots, avoiding candy part, and use to affix cookie to cake.

     

    Project By Erica O'Brien & Photos By Brooke Allison Photography

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  • Project and Photos By: Victoria Hudgins   These sweet cider shots are just perfect for a chilly evening reception or as a signature drink! Our version is virgin but you could also add a bit of brandy to each shot.     Step One: We used adorable jars with bright tops- available at Cost Plus for $.99 per jar. However, any small glass jar will work!     Step Two: Print out the cider shot labels onto an 8 x 10 adhesive label page. You will not want to use tape since the drink inside will be warm; pre-made labels will stick the most securely. These labels will print 6 to a page.     Free Printable! Download this free printable {right here}     Step Three: Affix the labels neatly on the jars.     Step Four: Fill your jars with scrumptious apple cider, add 1/2 a cinnamon stick for an extra touch.     Tip: To warm the cider either have your servers pour heated cider into the jars directly before serving, or pour room temperature cider into the jars beforehand and warm by placing them atop a buffet warming plate, or near a fire.  
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  • Project and Photos By: Brittni Mehlhoff     We all know the importance of first impressions and when it comes to your wedding, the first impression guests will have will be delivered in the form of your Save the Date. Set the tone by creating your own custom watercolor 'Save the Date' postcards.      Choose watercolors that match your wedding colors and theme, then design them with your initials, wedding date or a meaningful phrase like 'together forever'.      Materials: watercolor postcard paper, watercolor paints, assorted paint brushes, liquid frisket     Step One: Dip your brush into a container of liquid frisket and begin painting a design onto the watercolor postcard paper. The liquid frisket will act as a resist to the watercolor when it comes time to add color, so keep that in mind when creating a design.     Step Two: Wait for the mask to dry completely. Then, using a different brush, add a layer of water to the entire postcard to prepare it for the watercolor paints.     Step Three:
    Next, begin painting the postcard with washes of various colors until you've reached the desired look. For a softer look, gently blot the paint from the paper as you go.     Step Four: Once the paint is completely dry, it is time to pull the resist mask off.     Step Five: Using your finger, rub over one end of the liquid frisket until it begins to pull up, just as you would with rubber cement. Pull the mask off in entirety, and you will be left with crisp white areas that show off your design.     Step Six: Lastly, add a stamp and address your postcards. Don't forget to also include a note reminding guests of the date of your nuptials and any other details you would like to share.     These save the date postcards are sure to make a charming first and lasting impression that will continue to excite your guests every day up until the big day.    
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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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  • By Victoria Hudgins

      Bidding a nod to tradition and family, having heritage photos at your wedding can be a beautiful statement.     Here is a simple and pretty way to display them for a table top/reception accent piece.     Materials: Craft Letters Mod Podge Paintbrush Enlarged copies of family photos  X-acto Knife

      Step One Purchase craft letters from a local craft store to spell out LOVE, your initials, or another meaningful phrase.     Step Two Gather family photos and have enlarged copies made of them (to preserve the actual photos). Don't be worried if the prints are not 100% quality, the aged look is appealing for this project. Old family wedding photos are nice to use. You may also choose to use photographs of a loved one who has passed, as a way to honor them and pay tribute.     Step Three Position the photos on the letters so that faces and important features are visible, then turn over and adhere using mod podge. Be sure to use hard pressure when applying to press out any air bubbles that form.     Step Four Once dry, turn the letters over again and use an x-acto knife to trim the edges.     Display Tip Place at the head table, escort card table or by your cake for a beautiful presentation of family and love.     Photos by Pictilio
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  • Photos By: Chelsea Fuss

    For a simple favor that's an easy takeaway, try mini lemon breads! These darling little bread loaves will charm your guests and are inexpensive to put together.     A good recipe is key! We really like this one.     You will also need mini loaf pans, parchment or craft paper, string or twine and tags.     Make sure you also have a pretty surface or tablecloth to display the breads on.     Measure a piece of paper that will be a few inches shorter on each end than your loaf of bread. Fold over once so the raw edges don't show and wrap the paper around the middle of the bread.     Tie with twine or string and a tag.     It's that simple!     Display on an interesting or pretty surface.     Display on an interesting or pretty surface.     Enjoy!    

     

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  • Project and Photos By: Brittni Mehlhoff 

    These floral minis are a sweet and unique way to incorporate fresh flowers into your reception décor.

    They're fairly easy to make and can double as favors. Imagine how pretty they'd be situated on top of each place setting!

    Supplies:

    Scissors Floral foam  Small vessel or decorative bowl One large bowl filled with water Hydrangeas and other fresh flowers with small to medium size blooms

    Step One: Cut down a piece of floral foam to fit snug inside the vessel or small, decorative bowl.     Step Two: Once the foam has been cut to size, drop it into a large bowl of water and let it sink to the bottom. After letting it soak for about a minute, place it back into the small vessel, and begin cutting down your fresh flowers. Each stem should be cut at a sharp angle to ensure it can pierce through the foam.     Step Three: Starting in the center and working your way out, begin adding short stems of hydrangea clusters to the arrangement.     Step Four: Once the entire bowl is filled, add additional flowers and fillers. Depending on where they are placed, some stems will need to be slightly longer than others. Add finishing touches with your favorite blooms and fill areas that look sparse.     Styling Tip: When the seasons change, so does floral availability. Just remember, hydrangeas are a key factor for keeping this project simple. The stems are nice and hearty and hold the surrounding florals in place.     These miniature arrangements can also be displayed on a place card table with paper flag table numbers or dispersed with small votive candles along the center of a long banquet table.    

     

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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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  • Project and Photos By: Erica OBrien

    To achieve an ombre look like dip-dyed silk, paint varied shades of food color on fondant. Here's the how-to...     Ingredients + Supplies: appx 1 ounce fondant square cookie cutter round cookie cutter letter cutters (or xacto knife if hand-cutting letters) flat, food-use only paintbrush two colors + white paste food coloring (mix each color with white to achieve light, medium and dark shades; this can also be done with several shades of a single color) fondant board or mat     Step One: Roll fondant thinly on board. Be sure that fondant is not sticking before proceeding to Step 3.     Step Two: Cut fondant into a square about 3" x 3".     Step Three: Use round cutter on corners.     Step Four: Mix food coloring.     Step Five: Dip paintbrush in one of the darkest colors. Using a single stroke, paint on fondant. Repeat with medium and then lighter color, then white, followed by the light, medium, and dark shades of the other color. Fondant can be repainted only AFTER paint has completely dried. Avoid the temptation to repaint while wet.     Step Six: Cut initials using letter cutters or by hand-cutting.     Step Seven: After paint has dried, moisten back of letters with water and adhere to fondant cutout.     Step Eight: Apply a small amount of water to fondant cutout and adhere to cake.    
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  • Photos By: Mary Swenson

    Materials: • A rectangular piece of Styrofoam, found in the floral section of any craft store (make sure it's at least 4 inches deep, so that it can stand upright on a table) • Fabric to cover the foam (we used white linen) • Ribbon • Ball pins • Seating cards      First, cut the fabric to size, making sure that it fully covers the front, back, and sides of the your piece of foam. Iron the fabric to remove any wrinkles. Cover the foam with the fabric, making sure to pull it taut to eliminate any bumps and to keep it tight against the foam. Use the pins to secure the fabric to the foam.     Cut ribbon pieces just long enough so that they come to the bottom of the rectangle when they hang over the top, and notch the ends for a nicely finished look. Then, postition the ribbons so that they are spaced an equal distance apart along the rectangle. Pin the ribbons in place to the back of the foam.     Print out your escort cards onto cardstock and cut them into equal sizes; or, buy pre-cut cards and hand-write the names and table numbers.     Pin the cards along the ribbons, keeping an equal distance between each card. Make sure to leave each pin sticking out a bit so that it's easy for guests to remove their card from the board.     Not only is this board a simple, elegant, and budget-friendly way to display seating cards (and its colors can be easily customized to coordinate with your event)...     It's also a space-saver: since it's a free-standing piece, it takes up just a fraction of the table space you'd use if you layed out the cards on top of the table!     Voila! Your escort card display board is gorgeous!    

     

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  • Project By Erica O'Brien & Photos By Brooke Allison Photography

    Re-create this stained glass monogram with cookie cutters, lollipops, and these instructions from our cake expert!

      One recipe for stained glass cookie dough(Makes more than enough for one cookie and quite a few extras).    Materials: Rolling pin  Letter cutters in various sizes  Heart-shaped cutter (large enough to accommodate letters)  Mallet or hammer  Lollipops or hard candy in the colors of your choice  Small plastic bag  Silpat or other non-stick baking sheet liner  Baking sheet   Preheat oven to 350 Fahrenheit. Working on Silpat or non-stick baking sheet liner, roll out dough approximately ¼” thick.     Cut dough using heart-shaped cutter. Remove the excess (It can be frozen for future use).     Using letter cutters, cut out monogram from dough. Place on baking sheet and freeze for 15-20 minutes to firm.     Bake in pre-heated oven until dough is partially, but not completely, baked and just barely beginning to turn golden, about 5-7 minutes.     While cookies are baking, place lollipops or hard candy into small plastic bag. Use mallet or hammer to crush candy into very small pieces.     Fill cavities with crushed candy until it is slightly above the cookie line, taking care not to get any crushed candy on the cookie part.     Return to oven and bake until candy is just melted, about 3-5 minutes. Remove from oven and allow to cool.     Wet a small piece of fondant until it is very sticky. Gently adhere to cookie in several spots, avoiding candy part, and use to affix cookie to cake.

     

    Project By Erica O'Brien & Photos By Brooke Allison Photography

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  • Project and Photos By: Victoria Hudgins   These sweet cider shots are just perfect for a chilly evening reception or as a signature drink! Our version is virgin but you could also add a bit of brandy to each shot.     Step One: We used adorable jars with bright tops- available at Cost Plus for $.99 per jar. However, any small glass jar will work!     Step Two: Print out the cider shot labels onto an 8 x 10 adhesive label page. You will not want to use tape since the drink inside will be warm; pre-made labels will stick the most securely. These labels will print 6 to a page.     Free Printable! Download this free printable {right here}     Step Three: Affix the labels neatly on the jars.     Step Four: Fill your jars with scrumptious apple cider, add 1/2 a cinnamon stick for an extra touch.     Tip: To warm the cider either have your servers pour heated cider into the jars directly before serving, or pour room temperature cider into the jars beforehand and warm by placing them atop a buffet warming plate, or near a fire.  
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  • Project and Photos By: Brittni Mehlhoff     We all know the importance of first impressions and when it comes to your wedding, the first impression guests will have will be delivered in the form of your Save the Date. Set the tone by creating your own custom watercolor 'Save the Date' postcards.      Choose watercolors that match your wedding colors and theme, then design them with your initials, wedding date or a meaningful phrase like 'together forever'.      Materials: watercolor postcard paper, watercolor paints, assorted paint brushes, liquid frisket     Step One: Dip your brush into a container of liquid frisket and begin painting a design onto the watercolor postcard paper. The liquid frisket will act as a resist to the watercolor when it comes time to add color, so keep that in mind when creating a design.     Step Two: Wait for the mask to dry completely. Then, using a different brush, add a layer of water to the entire postcard to prepare it for the watercolor paints.     Step Three:
    Next, begin painting the postcard with washes of various colors until you've reached the desired look. For a softer look, gently blot the paint from the paper as you go.     Step Four: Once the paint is completely dry, it is time to pull the resist mask off.     Step Five: Using your finger, rub over one end of the liquid frisket until it begins to pull up, just as you would with rubber cement. Pull the mask off in entirety, and you will be left with crisp white areas that show off your design.     Step Six: Lastly, add a stamp and address your postcards. Don't forget to also include a note reminding guests of the date of your nuptials and any other details you would like to share.     These save the date postcards are sure to make a charming first and lasting impression that will continue to excite your guests every day up until the big day.    
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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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  • By Victoria Hudgins

      Bidding a nod to tradition and family, having heritage photos at your wedding can be a beautiful statement.     Here is a simple and pretty way to display them for a table top/reception accent piece.     Materials: Craft Letters Mod Podge Paintbrush Enlarged copies of family photos  X-acto Knife

      Step One Purchase craft letters from a local craft store to spell out LOVE, your initials, or another meaningful phrase.     Step Two Gather family photos and have enlarged copies made of them (to preserve the actual photos). Don't be worried if the prints are not 100% quality, the aged look is appealing for this project. Old family wedding photos are nice to use. You may also choose to use photographs of a loved one who has passed, as a way to honor them and pay tribute.     Step Three Position the photos on the letters so that faces and important features are visible, then turn over and adhere using mod podge. Be sure to use hard pressure when applying to press out any air bubbles that form.     Step Four Once dry, turn the letters over again and use an x-acto knife to trim the edges.     Display Tip Place at the head table, escort card table or by your cake for a beautiful presentation of family and love.     Photos by Pictilio
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  • Photos By: Chelsea Fuss

    For a simple favor that's an easy takeaway, try mini lemon breads! These darling little bread loaves will charm your guests and are inexpensive to put together.     A good recipe is key! We really like this one.     You will also need mini loaf pans, parchment or craft paper, string or twine and tags.     Make sure you also have a pretty surface or tablecloth to display the breads on.     Measure a piece of paper that will be a few inches shorter on each end than your loaf of bread. Fold over once so the raw edges don't show and wrap the paper around the middle of the bread.     Tie with twine or string and a tag.     It's that simple!     Display on an interesting or pretty surface.     Display on an interesting or pretty surface.     Enjoy!    

     

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  • Project and Photos By: Brittni Mehlhoff 

    These floral minis are a sweet and unique way to incorporate fresh flowers into your reception décor.

    They're fairly easy to make and can double as favors. Imagine how pretty they'd be situated on top of each place setting!

    Supplies:

    Scissors Floral foam  Small vessel or decorative bowl One large bowl filled with water Hydrangeas and other fresh flowers with small to medium size blooms

    Step One: Cut down a piece of floral foam to fit snug inside the vessel or small, decorative bowl.     Step Two: Once the foam has been cut to size, drop it into a large bowl of water and let it sink to the bottom. After letting it soak for about a minute, place it back into the small vessel, and begin cutting down your fresh flowers. Each stem should be cut at a sharp angle to ensure it can pierce through the foam.     Step Three: Starting in the center and working your way out, begin adding short stems of hydrangea clusters to the arrangement.     Step Four: Once the entire bowl is filled, add additional flowers and fillers. Depending on where they are placed, some stems will need to be slightly longer than others. Add finishing touches with your favorite blooms and fill areas that look sparse.     Styling Tip: When the seasons change, so does floral availability. Just remember, hydrangeas are a key factor for keeping this project simple. The stems are nice and hearty and hold the surrounding florals in place.     These miniature arrangements can also be displayed on a place card table with paper flag table numbers or dispersed with small votive candles along the center of a long banquet table.    

     

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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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  • Project and Photos By: Erica OBrien

    To achieve an ombre look like dip-dyed silk, paint varied shades of food color on fondant. Here's the how-to...     Ingredients + Supplies: appx 1 ounce fondant square cookie cutter round cookie cutter letter cutters (or xacto knife if hand-cutting letters) flat, food-use only paintbrush two colors + white paste food coloring (mix each color with white to achieve light, medium and dark shades; this can also be done with several shades of a single color) fondant board or mat     Step One: Roll fondant thinly on board. Be sure that fondant is not sticking before proceeding to Step 3.     Step Two: Cut fondant into a square about 3" x 3".     Step Three: Use round cutter on corners.     Step Four: Mix food coloring.     Step Five: Dip paintbrush in one of the darkest colors. Using a single stroke, paint on fondant. Repeat with medium and then lighter color, then white, followed by the light, medium, and dark shades of the other color. Fondant can be repainted only AFTER paint has completely dried. Avoid the temptation to repaint while wet.     Step Six: Cut initials using letter cutters or by hand-cutting.     Step Seven: After paint has dried, moisten back of letters with water and adhere to fondant cutout.     Step Eight: Apply a small amount of water to fondant cutout and adhere to cake.    
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