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  • Photo By: Michael Bautista for Kathy Chong

    If you're planning to DIY your candy or dessert table, but you also want it to be aesthetic eye candy, consider a monochromatic display that complements your color palette.     In honor of the lush warm weather, we went with colors that reminded us of sunny spring days – whites, peaches, yellows, and pinks. We wanted to keep the table bright, yet still soft and delicate, so we made sure to maintain that theme in all our choices.     With your visual goals in mind, picking the candy is the fun part! Consider sweets of different shapes and sizes, to vary the display. These sumptuous sweets were made by Fiona's Sweet Shoppe.     Collect cake stands, dishes, and other items- not only to hold the goods- but also to give the table layers, height, and dimension.     Typical candy tables attempt to recreate a chocolatier's counter or the endless rows of jars in a candy shop. These inspirations can help produce some stunning displays.     It takes a lot of candy to fill up an entire table but if you think ahead, you can also avoid waste. Although vast amounts of white gumballs may look impressive, consider how much will actually be eaten. Plan to buy amounts that your guests will actually eat or be happy to take home.     Think outside of the candy box! Thin cookie sticks dipped in white chocolate added a vertical component to our display.     Add a few non-edible embellishments to give the table extra pizazz. Florals by Nancy Liu Chin Designs.     Embrace experimentation and test out various display layouts to play with height and depth. Juxtapose stacked cake stands, medium jars, and trays on top of a flat tablecloth to create very simple and clean lines, as shown here. Or, add height by placing boxes underneath the tablecloth.     Cute little paper goodie bags can be fun for guests to fill up and save for later, while small plates provided by your reception venue may be a more eco-friendly option.     Candy tables can truly be a visual and edible delight, just keep it simple and have fun with it!     Photo By: Michael Bautista for Kathy Chong
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  • Project and Photos by Brittni Mehlhoff of Paper & Stitch     Give an inexpensive pair of champagne coupes some personality, with a custom ombre look that would be perfect for a bridal shower, rehearsal dinner, or reception. This would be a great way to add your wedding colors in a unique way, making them perfect for photo ops at any wedding event.     Materials: Toasting Glasses Painter's Tape Spray Paint  Matte Sealant How-To:     1. Start by taping each glass at the rim, making sure to tape an area wide enough to protect your lips from paint later, while sipping.     2. Next, tape off the inside of the glass.     3. Now that the glasses are properly taped, start spray painting the bottom of the stems. Then work your way upward, being careful to focus the bulk of the paint at the bottom, to create an ombre effect.     4. Once the paint has dried, apply a coat of matte sealant to keep the paint from chipping.     5. Once the sealant is dry, remove the painter's tape.     6. Add your favorite drink and get ready for a toast.  
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  • 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!

     

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  • Photos By: Mary Swenson

    These jars of herbed salt are so easy to make and will rival anything you'll find in a pricey gourmet food shop - plus the adorable jars can be used long after the tasty salt is gone!     Small glass canning jars - like these 4.5 ounce jars made by Weck - are the perfect size and shape for these favors, and are easy to buy in bulk just about anywhere.   If you can't find Weck jars, any small glass jar will do; just make sure that it has a lid that will create an air-tight seal.     The ingredients are simple: just use your favorite combination of fresh herbs (we chose garlic, rosemary, and sage).     Of course you'll need coarse kosher salt.     1. Strip the herbs from their stems, and discard the stems.     2. Peel and coarsely chop the garlic cloves. Add the herbs and garlic to a food processor and pulse until they are finely chopped. Add the salt and pulse a few times until the mixture is fully combined.     3. Put the contents into a bowl and let it sit uncovered for a few days in a cool, dry spot. Give the salt a good mix every day or so to break apart any chunks that appear.     4. When the salt is ready, fill the jars with the salt and cover with the lids. A 3-pound box of salt will fill about a dozen 4.5 ounce jars, so adjust the recipe for the number of favors you'll need.     5. The finishing touch? Labels! For ours, we cut pieces of paper so that they covered the top of the lid and came down along the side of the jar. Personalize your label as you wish and simply glue them onto the jars.     This super tasty salt can be used as a rub, as a finishing salt, or in place of any seasoning. As long as the lid is kept on tight, it can be stored indefinitely and will be a tasty reminder of your wedding day!     Photos By: Mary Swenson
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  • Photo By: Mary Swenson

    The graduated colors of these ombre-style place cards make a dramatic statement, and they're made of wood - making them ultra-unique. Here's how to do it!     First, cut blocks in equal sizes (5 x 1.5 inches) from a piece of primed pine wood. Then, lightly sand the rough edges of each block smooth.     Choose paint in at least three graduating shades of the same color. Spray paint is the easiest to use for this project, since it allows for coverage of multiple blocks at the same time and leaves a smooth finish.     Divide the blocks up evenly among the number of colors you have chosen. In a well-ventilated area, spray paint the blocks and allow to dry overnight.     On the front of each block, use a paint pen or a thin paint brush to write the name on one side, and the table number on the back. Allow to dry completely.     Lay the place cards on a table and arrange them from the lightest shade to the darkest.     The result is a gorgeous display that will be one of the first things your guests see when they arrive!       Photo By: Mary Swenson

     

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  • Project By: Urban Petals Floral Design

    Photos By: Chris Zarconi Photography     Runway Inspiration What better place to draw inspiration for your wedding- whether it be attire or décor, than from the runway? Inspired by this gorgeous Elie Saab gown, founder of Urban Petals Floral Design, Sarah von Pollaro, designed a sweet springtime centerpiece that you can make at home.      Image of Elie Saab dress from Style.com   Supplies & Materials: From the Flower Empowered Toolkit: Floral Clippers, Floral Tape, and Floral Wire    Other Supplies: White vase (approximately 6 inches tall and 6 inches wide), 2 stems H. hoetidus hellebore, 1 stem Manhatten euonumus, 5 stems aspidistra leaves, 3 stems Blondie waxflower, 7 stems Cream stock, 10 stems Skyline roses, 5 stems Cream lisianthus, 5 stems H. hybridus hellebore.   Step One: Make a Grid Fill vase with water and make a tape grid using floral tape.      Step Two: Prep Greenery Break down large stems of greens into small pieces with floral clippers.      Step Three: Apistrada Loops Bind the tip of the leaf to the stem with floral wire.      Step Four: Prep Waxflowers Break down large stems into small pieces with floral clippers.      Step Five: Prep Roses Prepare roses by removing leaves and hand opening petals.      Step Six: Add Greenery Add greenery and leaves to the vase.      Step Seven: Add Stock Add stock flowers to the vase.      Step Eight: Add Flowers Add waxflowers and roses to the vase.      Ta-da! You've got a runway-inspired, expertly styled DIY centerpiece.        About the Expert Sarah von Pollaro is the founder of Urban Petals Floral Design, which creates one of a kind floral designs for events, donates them to nonprofit organizations the following day and inspires people to enjoy arranging flowers. Sarah's designs have adorned the White House, the Kennedy Center, and the Macy's Flower Show.    She has taught thousands of people the basics of floral design in a fun and simple way and created Flower Empowered to provide inspiration, tools, tips, and tricks of the trade online. Sharing her passion for flowers and practical techniques, Sarah demystifies the world of floral design so that anyone on any budget can experience the joy of creating arrangements for their home, special occasions, and gifts.    Visit Sarah’s website, Flower Empowered, for tips, tricks, and techniques to help design your own wedding flowers as well as essential tools including the new Wedding Floral Design Toolkit.  
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  • A sweet addition to any dessert table!   Photos By: Caroline Drake   Bringing a sweet menu to your wedding doesn't have to be expensive or very difficult. Cream puffs are perfect to serve at weddings, and bring the right amount of fancy, but are actually very easy to make!   The best part is that you can make them in advance, and easily put them together for the big day!     Pastry Cream Ingredients: You will want to make the filling first, since you need to refrigerate it for at least a few hours or overnight to set. We adapted a recipe from Baking Illustrated. 2 cups half-and-half ½ cup sugar (divided into 6 tablespoon, and 2 tablespoons) Pinch salt 5 large egg yolks 3 tbsp. cornstarch 4 tbsp. cold unsalted butter, cut into 4 pieces 1½ tsp. vanilla bean paste (this makes such a difference if you can find it!)   Pastry Cream Recipe Instructions:  Heat the half-and-half, 6 tablespoons of the sugar, and the salt in a saucepan over medium-high heat until simmering, stirring occasionally to dissolve the sugar.  Meanwhile, combine the egg yolks and remaining 2 tablespoons sugar in a medium bowl and whisk until the sugar has begun to dissolve and the mixture is creamy, about 15 seconds.  Whisk in the cornstarch until combined and the mixture is pale yellow and thick, about 30 seconds.     Pastry Cream Recipe Instructions: When the half-and-half mixture has reached a simmer, slowly add it to the egg yolk mixture to temper, whisking constantly.  Return the mixture to the saucepan, scraping the bowl with a rubber spatula.  Return the mixture to a simmer over medium heat, whisking constantly, until a few bubbles burst on the surface and the mixture is thickened and glossy, about 30 seconds.  Off the heat, whisk in the butter and vanilla.       Pastry Cream Recipe Instructions: Press plastic wrap directly on the surface to prevent a skin from forming and refrigerate until cold and set, at least 3 hours and up to 2 days.     Pâte à Choux Ingredients: 2 large eggs plus 1 large egg white 5 tbsp. unsalted butter, cut into 10 pieces 2 tbsp. whole milk 6 tbsp. water 1½ tsp. sugar ¼ tsp. salt ½ cup (2½ oz.) all-purpose flour Place an oven rack in the middle position and preheat the oven to 425° F.      Pâte à Choux Recipe Instructions: To make the pâte à choux, whisk the eggs and egg white in a liquid measuring cup.  You should have ½ cup (discard the excess).  Set aside.  Combine the butter, milk, water, sugar and salt in a small saucepan.  Heat over medium heat and bring to a boil, stirring once or twice.  When it reaches a full boil and the butter is fully melted, remove from the heat and stir in the flour until incorporated and the mixture clears the sides of the pan.  Return the saucepan to low heat and cook, stirring constantly, using a smearing motion, until the mixture is slightly shiny, looks like wet sand and tiny beads of fat appear on the bottom of the pan (the mixture should register 175-180° F on an instant-read thermometer. Takes about 5-10 minutes on LOW heat.     Pâte à Choux Recipe Instructions: Immediately transfer the mixture to a food processor and process with the feed tube open to cool slightly, 10 seconds.       Pâte à Choux Recipe Instructions: With the machine running, gradually add the reserved eggs in a steady stream.  When they have been added, scrape down the sides of the bowl, then process 30 seconds more until a smooth, thick, sticky paste forms.     Pâte à Choux Recipe Instructions: Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.  Fill a pastry bag fitted with a ½-inch plain tip with the pâte à choux.   Pipe the paste into 1½-inch mounds on the prepared baking sheet, spacing them about 1 to 1¼ inches apart (you should be able to fit 24 mounds on the baking sheet).       Pâte à Choux Recipe Instructions: Use the back of a teaspoon dipped in water to even out the shape and smooth the surface of the piped mounds.     Pâte à Choux Recipe Instructions: Bake for 15 minutes (do not open the oven door during baking).  Reduce the oven temperature to 375° F and continue to bake until golden brown and fairly firm, 8-10 minutes longer.  Remove the baking sheet from the oven.   Use a paring knife, cut a ¾-inch slit into the side of each puff to release steam; return the puffs to the oven, turn the oven off, and prop open the oven door with the handle of a wooden spoon.       Pâte à Choux Recipe Instructions: Dry the puffs in the turned-off oven until the centers are just moist (not wet) and the puffs are crisp, about 45 minutes.  Transfer the puffs to a wire rack to cool completely.  (At this point the puffs can be stored at room temperature for up to 24 hours or frozen for up to 1 month in an airtight plastic bag.  Before serving, crisp in the oven at 300° F – 5-8 minutes for room temperature puffs, 8-10 minutes for frozen puffs.)     Cream Puff Assembly: To fill the puffs, use a bread knife, and carefully cut the puff in half.  Fill a pastry bag fitted with a ¼-inch plain tip with the pastry cream.      Cream Puff Assembly: Pipe some of the pastry cream onto the bottom half, then place the top on the pastry cream, and sift powdered sugar onto the top. Repeat to fill all the puffs.     This recipe will make about 24 small cream puffs. Such a simple treat to make, that will "wow" your guests!  
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  • Photos By: Mary Swenson

    Simple, 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.   

     

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  • Photos By: Chelsea Fuss

    Integrate the neon trend into your wedding in a unique way! We combined neon stickers from an office store with kraft paper for a fun take on the trend.

    You Will Need: small chocolate bars waxed kraft paper neon round stickers- you may need to buy several packages to get enough of the colors you need.  double-stick tape twine

    Step One:  Cut a piece of kraft paper to fit the chocolate bar. Cover with stickers in one color. Don't worry about making them even. They look best, just organically placed.     Step Two:  Wrap the chocolate bar in the paper and secure with double-stick tape if needed.     Step Three:  Wrap with twine.     Display Tip:  Place at each table setting or on your sign in table.     Enjoy!         

     

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  • Photos By: Jordan Ferney

        It's simple, sweet and eco-friendly. Now we have the step-by-step on this popular DIY from Jordan Ferney! Supplies + Sources: A Tray of Irish Moss, Mini Terra Cotta pots($1/each Home Depot,) Metallic Spray Paint ($5 Home Depot), Ribbon ($3/spool Paper Source)     Paint it Shiny: Lay out some scrap paper outside and spray the Terra Cotta pots following the directions on the can of spray paint. Then turn the pots over and spray the second side until it is all silver.     Did you know? A tray of Irish Moss is just $12 for 25 at Home Depot!     Get your Hands Dirty: Separate a section of the moss and shape the soil with your hands so it fits in the pot.     You want the moss to have a round shape, add or remove soil until it is at the right height.     Clean Up: Tuck the edges of the Moss into the pot so it has the round shape and no soil is showing. Brush any dirt off the top of the moss and wipe off any soil from the pot with a rag.     Make it Pretty: Add a ribbon and if desired attach a little sign or name tag to a toothpick.     These can serve as place settings or cute favors.     We love using moss for lots of reasons, but we love it most because of it's modern shape and feel.    
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  • Photo By: Michael Bautista for Kathy Chong

    If you're planning to DIY your candy or dessert table, but you also want it to be aesthetic eye candy, consider a monochromatic display that complements your color palette.     In honor of the lush warm weather, we went with colors that reminded us of sunny spring days – whites, peaches, yellows, and pinks. We wanted to keep the table bright, yet still soft and delicate, so we made sure to maintain that theme in all our choices.     With your visual goals in mind, picking the candy is the fun part! Consider sweets of different shapes and sizes, to vary the display. These sumptuous sweets were made by Fiona's Sweet Shoppe.     Collect cake stands, dishes, and other items- not only to hold the goods- but also to give the table layers, height, and dimension.     Typical candy tables attempt to recreate a chocolatier's counter or the endless rows of jars in a candy shop. These inspirations can help produce some stunning displays.     It takes a lot of candy to fill up an entire table but if you think ahead, you can also avoid waste. Although vast amounts of white gumballs may look impressive, consider how much will actually be eaten. Plan to buy amounts that your guests will actually eat or be happy to take home.     Think outside of the candy box! Thin cookie sticks dipped in white chocolate added a vertical component to our display.     Add a few non-edible embellishments to give the table extra pizazz. Florals by Nancy Liu Chin Designs.     Embrace experimentation and test out various display layouts to play with height and depth. Juxtapose stacked cake stands, medium jars, and trays on top of a flat tablecloth to create very simple and clean lines, as shown here. Or, add height by placing boxes underneath the tablecloth.     Cute little paper goodie bags can be fun for guests to fill up and save for later, while small plates provided by your reception venue may be a more eco-friendly option.     Candy tables can truly be a visual and edible delight, just keep it simple and have fun with it!     Photo By: Michael Bautista for Kathy Chong
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  • Project and Photos by Brittni Mehlhoff of Paper & Stitch     Give an inexpensive pair of champagne coupes some personality, with a custom ombre look that would be perfect for a bridal shower, rehearsal dinner, or reception. This would be a great way to add your wedding colors in a unique way, making them perfect for photo ops at any wedding event.     Materials: Toasting Glasses Painter's Tape Spray Paint  Matte Sealant How-To:     1. Start by taping each glass at the rim, making sure to tape an area wide enough to protect your lips from paint later, while sipping.     2. Next, tape off the inside of the glass.     3. Now that the glasses are properly taped, start spray painting the bottom of the stems. Then work your way upward, being careful to focus the bulk of the paint at the bottom, to create an ombre effect.     4. Once the paint has dried, apply a coat of matte sealant to keep the paint from chipping.     5. Once the sealant is dry, remove the painter's tape.     6. Add your favorite drink and get ready for a toast.  
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  • 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!

     

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  • Photos By: Mary Swenson

    These jars of herbed salt are so easy to make and will rival anything you'll find in a pricey gourmet food shop - plus the adorable jars can be used long after the tasty salt is gone!     Small glass canning jars - like these 4.5 ounce jars made by Weck - are the perfect size and shape for these favors, and are easy to buy in bulk just about anywhere.   If you can't find Weck jars, any small glass jar will do; just make sure that it has a lid that will create an air-tight seal.     The ingredients are simple: just use your favorite combination of fresh herbs (we chose garlic, rosemary, and sage).     Of course you'll need coarse kosher salt.     1. Strip the herbs from their stems, and discard the stems.     2. Peel and coarsely chop the garlic cloves. Add the herbs and garlic to a food processor and pulse until they are finely chopped. Add the salt and pulse a few times until the mixture is fully combined.     3. Put the contents into a bowl and let it sit uncovered for a few days in a cool, dry spot. Give the salt a good mix every day or so to break apart any chunks that appear.     4. When the salt is ready, fill the jars with the salt and cover with the lids. A 3-pound box of salt will fill about a dozen 4.5 ounce jars, so adjust the recipe for the number of favors you'll need.     5. The finishing touch? Labels! For ours, we cut pieces of paper so that they covered the top of the lid and came down along the side of the jar. Personalize your label as you wish and simply glue them onto the jars.     This super tasty salt can be used as a rub, as a finishing salt, or in place of any seasoning. As long as the lid is kept on tight, it can be stored indefinitely and will be a tasty reminder of your wedding day!     Photos By: Mary Swenson
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  • Photo By: Mary Swenson

    The graduated colors of these ombre-style place cards make a dramatic statement, and they're made of wood - making them ultra-unique. Here's how to do it!     First, cut blocks in equal sizes (5 x 1.5 inches) from a piece of primed pine wood. Then, lightly sand the rough edges of each block smooth.     Choose paint in at least three graduating shades of the same color. Spray paint is the easiest to use for this project, since it allows for coverage of multiple blocks at the same time and leaves a smooth finish.     Divide the blocks up evenly among the number of colors you have chosen. In a well-ventilated area, spray paint the blocks and allow to dry overnight.     On the front of each block, use a paint pen or a thin paint brush to write the name on one side, and the table number on the back. Allow to dry completely.     Lay the place cards on a table and arrange them from the lightest shade to the darkest.     The result is a gorgeous display that will be one of the first things your guests see when they arrive!       Photo By: Mary Swenson

     

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  • Project By: Urban Petals Floral Design

    Photos By: Chris Zarconi Photography     Runway Inspiration What better place to draw inspiration for your wedding- whether it be attire or décor, than from the runway? Inspired by this gorgeous Elie Saab gown, founder of Urban Petals Floral Design, Sarah von Pollaro, designed a sweet springtime centerpiece that you can make at home.      Image of Elie Saab dress from Style.com   Supplies & Materials: From the Flower Empowered Toolkit: Floral Clippers, Floral Tape, and Floral Wire    Other Supplies: White vase (approximately 6 inches tall and 6 inches wide), 2 stems H. hoetidus hellebore, 1 stem Manhatten euonumus, 5 stems aspidistra leaves, 3 stems Blondie waxflower, 7 stems Cream stock, 10 stems Skyline roses, 5 stems Cream lisianthus, 5 stems H. hybridus hellebore.   Step One: Make a Grid Fill vase with water and make a tape grid using floral tape.      Step Two: Prep Greenery Break down large stems of greens into small pieces with floral clippers.      Step Three: Apistrada Loops Bind the tip of the leaf to the stem with floral wire.      Step Four: Prep Waxflowers Break down large stems into small pieces with floral clippers.      Step Five: Prep Roses Prepare roses by removing leaves and hand opening petals.      Step Six: Add Greenery Add greenery and leaves to the vase.      Step Seven: Add Stock Add stock flowers to the vase.      Step Eight: Add Flowers Add waxflowers and roses to the vase.      Ta-da! You've got a runway-inspired, expertly styled DIY centerpiece.        About the Expert Sarah von Pollaro is the founder of Urban Petals Floral Design, which creates one of a kind floral designs for events, donates them to nonprofit organizations the following day and inspires people to enjoy arranging flowers. Sarah's designs have adorned the White House, the Kennedy Center, and the Macy's Flower Show.    She has taught thousands of people the basics of floral design in a fun and simple way and created Flower Empowered to provide inspiration, tools, tips, and tricks of the trade online. Sharing her passion for flowers and practical techniques, Sarah demystifies the world of floral design so that anyone on any budget can experience the joy of creating arrangements for their home, special occasions, and gifts.    Visit Sarah’s website, Flower Empowered, for tips, tricks, and techniques to help design your own wedding flowers as well as essential tools including the new Wedding Floral Design Toolkit.  
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  • A sweet addition to any dessert table!   Photos By: Caroline Drake   Bringing a sweet menu to your wedding doesn't have to be expensive or very difficult. Cream puffs are perfect to serve at weddings, and bring the right amount of fancy, but are actually very easy to make!   The best part is that you can make them in advance, and easily put them together for the big day!     Pastry Cream Ingredients: You will want to make the filling first, since you need to refrigerate it for at least a few hours or overnight to set. We adapted a recipe from Baking Illustrated. 2 cups half-and-half ½ cup sugar (divided into 6 tablespoon, and 2 tablespoons) Pinch salt 5 large egg yolks 3 tbsp. cornstarch 4 tbsp. cold unsalted butter, cut into 4 pieces 1½ tsp. vanilla bean paste (this makes such a difference if you can find it!)   Pastry Cream Recipe Instructions:  Heat the half-and-half, 6 tablespoons of the sugar, and the salt in a saucepan over medium-high heat until simmering, stirring occasionally to dissolve the sugar.  Meanwhile, combine the egg yolks and remaining 2 tablespoons sugar in a medium bowl and whisk until the sugar has begun to dissolve and the mixture is creamy, about 15 seconds.  Whisk in the cornstarch until combined and the mixture is pale yellow and thick, about 30 seconds.     Pastry Cream Recipe Instructions: When the half-and-half mixture has reached a simmer, slowly add it to the egg yolk mixture to temper, whisking constantly.  Return the mixture to the saucepan, scraping the bowl with a rubber spatula.  Return the mixture to a simmer over medium heat, whisking constantly, until a few bubbles burst on the surface and the mixture is thickened and glossy, about 30 seconds.  Off the heat, whisk in the butter and vanilla.       Pastry Cream Recipe Instructions: Press plastic wrap directly on the surface to prevent a skin from forming and refrigerate until cold and set, at least 3 hours and up to 2 days.     Pâte à Choux Ingredients: 2 large eggs plus 1 large egg white 5 tbsp. unsalted butter, cut into 10 pieces 2 tbsp. whole milk 6 tbsp. water 1½ tsp. sugar ¼ tsp. salt ½ cup (2½ oz.) all-purpose flour Place an oven rack in the middle position and preheat the oven to 425° F.      Pâte à Choux Recipe Instructions: To make the pâte à choux, whisk the eggs and egg white in a liquid measuring cup.  You should have ½ cup (discard the excess).  Set aside.  Combine the butter, milk, water, sugar and salt in a small saucepan.  Heat over medium heat and bring to a boil, stirring once or twice.  When it reaches a full boil and the butter is fully melted, remove from the heat and stir in the flour until incorporated and the mixture clears the sides of the pan.  Return the saucepan to low heat and cook, stirring constantly, using a smearing motion, until the mixture is slightly shiny, looks like wet sand and tiny beads of fat appear on the bottom of the pan (the mixture should register 175-180° F on an instant-read thermometer. Takes about 5-10 minutes on LOW heat.     Pâte à Choux Recipe Instructions: Immediately transfer the mixture to a food processor and process with the feed tube open to cool slightly, 10 seconds.       Pâte à Choux Recipe Instructions: With the machine running, gradually add the reserved eggs in a steady stream.  When they have been added, scrape down the sides of the bowl, then process 30 seconds more until a smooth, thick, sticky paste forms.     Pâte à Choux Recipe Instructions: Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.  Fill a pastry bag fitted with a ½-inch plain tip with the pâte à choux.   Pipe the paste into 1½-inch mounds on the prepared baking sheet, spacing them about 1 to 1¼ inches apart (you should be able to fit 24 mounds on the baking sheet).       Pâte à Choux Recipe Instructions: Use the back of a teaspoon dipped in water to even out the shape and smooth the surface of the piped mounds.     Pâte à Choux Recipe Instructions: Bake for 15 minutes (do not open the oven door during baking).  Reduce the oven temperature to 375° F and continue to bake until golden brown and fairly firm, 8-10 minutes longer.  Remove the baking sheet from the oven.   Use a paring knife, cut a ¾-inch slit into the side of each puff to release steam; return the puffs to the oven, turn the oven off, and prop open the oven door with the handle of a wooden spoon.       Pâte à Choux Recipe Instructions: Dry the puffs in the turned-off oven until the centers are just moist (not wet) and the puffs are crisp, about 45 minutes.  Transfer the puffs to a wire rack to cool completely.  (At this point the puffs can be stored at room temperature for up to 24 hours or frozen for up to 1 month in an airtight plastic bag.  Before serving, crisp in the oven at 300° F – 5-8 minutes for room temperature puffs, 8-10 minutes for frozen puffs.)     Cream Puff Assembly: To fill the puffs, use a bread knife, and carefully cut the puff in half.  Fill a pastry bag fitted with a ¼-inch plain tip with the pastry cream.      Cream Puff Assembly: Pipe some of the pastry cream onto the bottom half, then place the top on the pastry cream, and sift powdered sugar onto the top. Repeat to fill all the puffs.     This recipe will make about 24 small cream puffs. Such a simple treat to make, that will "wow" your guests!  
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  • Photos By: Mary Swenson

    Simple, 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.   

     

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  • Photos By: Chelsea Fuss

    Integrate the neon trend into your wedding in a unique way! We combined neon stickers from an office store with kraft paper for a fun take on the trend.

    You Will Need: small chocolate bars waxed kraft paper neon round stickers- you may need to buy several packages to get enough of the colors you need.  double-stick tape twine

    Step One:  Cut a piece of kraft paper to fit the chocolate bar. Cover with stickers in one color. Don't worry about making them even. They look best, just organically placed.     Step Two:  Wrap the chocolate bar in the paper and secure with double-stick tape if needed.     Step Three:  Wrap with twine.     Display Tip:  Place at each table setting or on your sign in table.     Enjoy!         

     

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  • Photos By: Jordan Ferney

        It's simple, sweet and eco-friendly. Now we have the step-by-step on this popular DIY from Jordan Ferney! Supplies + Sources: A Tray of Irish Moss, Mini Terra Cotta pots($1/each Home Depot,) Metallic Spray Paint ($5 Home Depot), Ribbon ($3/spool Paper Source)     Paint it Shiny: Lay out some scrap paper outside and spray the Terra Cotta pots following the directions on the can of spray paint. Then turn the pots over and spray the second side until it is all silver.     Did you know? A tray of Irish Moss is just $12 for 25 at Home Depot!     Get your Hands Dirty: Separate a section of the moss and shape the soil with your hands so it fits in the pot.     You want the moss to have a round shape, add or remove soil until it is at the right height.     Clean Up: Tuck the edges of the Moss into the pot so it has the round shape and no soil is showing. Brush any dirt off the top of the moss and wipe off any soil from the pot with a rag.     Make it Pretty: Add a ribbon and if desired attach a little sign or name tag to a toothpick.     These can serve as place settings or cute favors.     We love using moss for lots of reasons, but we love it most because of it's modern shape and feel.    
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