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  • Photo: This Modern Romance 

    Photo booths are all the hype at weddings, and why not? They keep your guests entertained! Here's our step-by-step guide to make your own. 

    Materials Needed:

    Digital point-and-shoot camera Camera tripod  Remote shutter release  Backdrop Props 

    The Camera - Place a digital point-and-shoot camera on top of an extended tripod at eye level, turn on the flash and connect a remote shutter release so guests can take their own photos. 

    Photos (from left to right): This Modern Romance and Anjuli 

    The Backdrop - Pick a piece of fabric that you can hang. If you're having an indoor wedding, pin it to a wall, or if you're having an outdoor wedding hang from curtain rods, secure with rope, and nail into the ground. 

    Photos (from left to right): Shelly Kroeger Photography and Birds of a Feather

    The Props - Go on a scavenger hunt! Use props from your own home (like scarves, hats, glasses, frames). Or make your own from paper (lips, mustaches, ties). Even provide chalkboards or dry erase boards for guests to write messages on. 

    Photo: This Modern Romance 

    The Location - Choose an area that doesn't get crowded in the reception, but is still easily accessible. 

    Photo: This Modern Romance

    The Extras - After the wedding is all said and done, you're back from your honeymoon, and all the gifts are unwrapped and put away, go through the camera's SD card and save the ones you'd like to put into an album. Those memories will last a lifetime! 

     

     

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    Photos By: Chelsea Fuss     You'll Need: Candies (to use as paper weights), balloons, strings, pens and parchment paper.     So our name cards don't fly away, we wrapped the candies in parchment paper and tied with a string.     For a striking visual display, pick a color scheme of 2 or 3 colors to buy the balloons in.     We made place cards with a paper cutter and bone folder (about 2" by 3"). We wrote names and table numbers with a white pen and then created a small hole in the top of the card.     Next, we took the string that was tied to the balloon and pushed it through the hole in the card, then tying the string to the weight.     Guests will carry balloons to their tables (creating a lovely scene!) and then the balloons will serve as table decorations.       Display the balloons at different heights. They are a perfect way to ensure your reception will be off to a fun-filled start!     Photos By: Chelsea Fuss
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    Photos By: Carly Taylor   Add a sweet, personalized touch to desserts or drinks! They are easy to make in mass and can be completely customized to match your wedding colors and theme.     A stack of them laid out with chalk will provide your guests with the chance to personalize their drinks at the bar, or written on prior they can easily label each of your options for drinks or sweets at the reception!     The materials: Unsanded tile grout (home depot carries it), paint in whatever color you choose, white card stock paper, paint brush, hand sand paper, double sided tape, measuring cups, stir sticks, scissors.     The process:   1) Mix your 1/2 cup of your paint with 1 tablespoon of the tile grout and stir until the grout is completely dissolved.     Mixing the grout...     Stir away!  

     

    2) Using your brush, paint an even coat of the mixture onto your card stock paper and let dry. Once dry, lightly sand your paper by hand to remove any lifted spots.     3) Cut your paper into long thin lines and then cut each line down to the label size of your choosing, cut a V notch at the end of each to create a flag.     4) Fold each flag in half and using double sided tape attach to your stir stick.     Your flags are almost ready!     Voila!     5) Pre-write your labels with chalk or leave a handful out during your wedding festivities for guests to write in themselves.     How cute are these?!  

     

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    Project By: Victoria Hudgins Photos by: Carly Taylor   Everyone loves a dessert bar, so why not leave your guests with a little extra chocolate to take home.     Hand out truffles in these sweet little boxes.     To make you will need: Truffle download here and pretty designed paper of your choosing.     To Make: Print out the truffle box download onto the backside of your paper selection. The download makes six boxes per page. Any paper you love that has a pretty color on both sides will work (do not buy scrapbook paper with white or grid as the back for this project) as you will see the back on the inside of the box.     Cut out the truffle boxes, one per guest.     Fold the boxes on the four corner fold lines. The chocolate you use will block any view of the lines.     Fill your boxes will simple chocolate truffles.     Using the pretty homemade box will allow for even the simplest (read, cheapest) chocolates to look like fabulous boutique finds!       Project By: Victoria Hudgins Photos by: Carly Taylor  
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  • Photos By: Jordan Ferney     Materials to make a 12 ft garland: 3 bunches of lemon leaves ($4 each) 24 & 30 Gauge Florist Wire ($2 each) A small rope ($2) Optional: wired florist stakes (best for apples and other firm fruit) Optional: fruit or berries     Go through the bunches of lemon leaves, cutting down the sections of leaves and leaving a 3" stem.     Don't forget your rope!     Keep cutting until you have enough to work with -- look at these neat piles!     Start gathering your leaves into clusters.     Cut an 8" section of 30 gauge wire. Gather two or three sections of leaves and wire them together. Leaving a 6" tail of rope take the sections and wire it to the rope.     Repeat, cover up the previous stems with the new section of leaves. Continue, making sure the garland looks full and the wires aren't showing.     If you would like to add fruit to your garland, take a piece of fruit and secure a piece of wire going through the skin of one end of the fruit using 24 gauge wire.     Make sure it is on tight or you will have falling fruit! Wire the fruit onto the rope and tuck the lemon leaves around it to hide the wire.     Voila! This pretty project can be done up to two days in advance of the event. Store it out of direct sunlight in a cool place and spritz with water twice daily.     Furniture and linens provided by Bay Area Rental Company: Abbey Party Rents
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  • Project and Photos by Erica Obrien

    Tissue paper flowers are a design-forward and inexpensive alternative to fresh or gumpaste flowers. They can be made well in advance and saved indefinitely. We recommend that they be used only with fondant cakes, as you don’t want the dye in the tissue paper to come into contact with buttercream.       What you'll need:   Crepe and/or tissue paper in the color palette of your choice Toothpicks (or skewers) Scissors Floral tape How To:     Step One: To form the center of the flower, cut a length of paper about three inches wide.       Step Two : Fold the paper so that each fold is about ¾" wide. (For smaller flowers, folds should be smaller; for larger flowers, folds should be bigger.)       Step Three: Use sharp scissors to cut a rounded edge.     Step Four: When unfolded, paper should have a scalloped edge.     Step Five: Begin rolling scallop in onto itself, pinching about ¼ of the way down from scalloped edge so that paper flares and opens slightly.      Step Six: Continue until entire length of paper is rolled up.       Step Seven: Twist the base of the paper as tightly as possible to form a stem.     Step Eight: Using a contrasting color, repeat steps one through seven, placing new paper around already-formed center.       Step Nine: Continue until entire length of paper is rolled up. For even larger flowers, additional layers of paper can be added by repeating steps two through seven.     Step Ten: Place toothpick or skewer against "stem" of flower.         Step Eleven: Stretch floral tape to activate, and wrap tightly around both toothpick and tissue paper until all paper is covered.     Step Twelve: Insert toothpick into fondant-covered cake.     Step Thirteen: Make as many flowers as desired to complete your design. Enjoy!  
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  • By: Victoria Hudgins 

    These trendy, crafted flowers will look amazing in bouquets or décor!     I was inspired by a pre-made version and quickly realized how easy the flowers are to whip up! Consider making a bouquet for everyone in your wedding party or a few dozen to construct a ceremony backdrop.   Materials: Extra long crepe paper in the colors of your choice Floral wire Scissors Green floral tape     Step One: Working horizontally, begin by folding your crepe paper in a small accordion fold. Use your finger to gently roll over the top 1/4 inch of the paper giving it a pretty curled edge.     Step Two: Place a floral wire half way up the paper at one end and begin rolling the paper up TIGHTLY. To get the exaggerated effect, focus on tightly gathering the bottom 1/4" of the paper, letting the top open wide. Tie off the flower at the base of the 'stem' with a simple thread and knot. It helps to have a second pair of hands for this part!         Step Three: Wrap the entire stem with green floral tape.         {Photos by Victoria Hudgins}
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  • Photos By: Jordan Ferney

    Materials: 2 feet of 18" Russian Veiling Comb Thread and Needle Ruler Scissors  

    Important Note: There are two sides of the veiling: finished and unfinished. You want the finished end to run across your face NOT the unfinished side.

    Starting at point A start sewing in and out of the diamond shapes to gather the fabric. You'll continue sewing in and out on all sides until you get to point B.     Sew it to a hair comb.     After you attach it in your hair on the side of your head with bobby pins, then add an embellishment like a flower or feather to cover the comb.     Birdcage veils are made out of Russian Netting or Russian Veiling which is a millinery material. You can usually find it at a really good fabric store or online.     The veiling usually comes in three lengths 9" 12" and 18".     Isn't she gorgeous! If you just want a little coverage over your hair you want 9".     If you want it to cover your eyes, you'll want 12" and if you want it to cover your nose or chin you'll want the 18" veiling (cut it down to 16" to cover the nose.)     It comes in almost every color and you can also find veiling with chenille dots or pearls if you wanted to add embellishment in that way.     Inspired by precious birdcages everywhere! Enjoy!

     

     

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    By: Danyelle Mathews   Creating charming escort cards for your wedding doesn't have to take a lot of time or resources. Simply gather a few basic, inexpensive supplies to produce this budget-savvy, casual-chic concept.      Supplies: Manilla shipping tags Chalkboard paint Foam paintbrush   Step One Arrange your tags on a large work surface     Step Two Dip the foam paintbrush into the chalkboard paint and apply one brushstroke to each tag.     Step Three Allow the paint to dry completely, then write guests names and seating information on the tags with chalk.     Step Four Display the tags using a fabric backdrop, coordinating yarn or string and wooden clothespins.     {Photos by: Danyelle Matthews}
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    Photos by: Chelsea Fuss     You will need:  A paper photo album (we used this one from Kolo) works great!  About 1/2 a yard of fabric  Ribbon or string Photo corners Fabric glue Scissors An iron     Take out the ribbon the photo album came with and separate the paper cover and set the pages aside.     Cut a piece of fabric that will cover the outside and inside of the paper photo album cover.     Press the fabric over the paper. Secure the fabric on the inside. fold over raw edges, press them and then secure them to the cover with glue.     Tie together the pages and secure them to the fabric cover with string or ribbon.     For the window opening, cut an X in the fabric and glue the excess fabric underneath the cover.     Secure photos with photo corners.      
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  • Photo: This Modern Romance 

    Photo booths are all the hype at weddings, and why not? They keep your guests entertained! Here's our step-by-step guide to make your own. 

    Materials Needed:

    Digital point-and-shoot camera Camera tripod  Remote shutter release  Backdrop Props 

    The Camera - Place a digital point-and-shoot camera on top of an extended tripod at eye level, turn on the flash and connect a remote shutter release so guests can take their own photos. 

    Photos (from left to right): This Modern Romance and Anjuli 

    The Backdrop - Pick a piece of fabric that you can hang. If you're having an indoor wedding, pin it to a wall, or if you're having an outdoor wedding hang from curtain rods, secure with rope, and nail into the ground. 

    Photos (from left to right): Shelly Kroeger Photography and Birds of a Feather

    The Props - Go on a scavenger hunt! Use props from your own home (like scarves, hats, glasses, frames). Or make your own from paper (lips, mustaches, ties). Even provide chalkboards or dry erase boards for guests to write messages on. 

    Photo: This Modern Romance 

    The Location - Choose an area that doesn't get crowded in the reception, but is still easily accessible. 

    Photo: This Modern Romance

    The Extras - After the wedding is all said and done, you're back from your honeymoon, and all the gifts are unwrapped and put away, go through the camera's SD card and save the ones you'd like to put into an album. Those memories will last a lifetime! 

     

     

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    Photos By: Chelsea Fuss     You'll Need: Candies (to use as paper weights), balloons, strings, pens and parchment paper.     So our name cards don't fly away, we wrapped the candies in parchment paper and tied with a string.     For a striking visual display, pick a color scheme of 2 or 3 colors to buy the balloons in.     We made place cards with a paper cutter and bone folder (about 2" by 3"). We wrote names and table numbers with a white pen and then created a small hole in the top of the card.     Next, we took the string that was tied to the balloon and pushed it through the hole in the card, then tying the string to the weight.     Guests will carry balloons to their tables (creating a lovely scene!) and then the balloons will serve as table decorations.       Display the balloons at different heights. They are a perfect way to ensure your reception will be off to a fun-filled start!     Photos By: Chelsea Fuss
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    Photos By: Carly Taylor   Add a sweet, personalized touch to desserts or drinks! They are easy to make in mass and can be completely customized to match your wedding colors and theme.     A stack of them laid out with chalk will provide your guests with the chance to personalize their drinks at the bar, or written on prior they can easily label each of your options for drinks or sweets at the reception!     The materials: Unsanded tile grout (home depot carries it), paint in whatever color you choose, white card stock paper, paint brush, hand sand paper, double sided tape, measuring cups, stir sticks, scissors.     The process:   1) Mix your 1/2 cup of your paint with 1 tablespoon of the tile grout and stir until the grout is completely dissolved.     Mixing the grout...     Stir away!  

     

    2) Using your brush, paint an even coat of the mixture onto your card stock paper and let dry. Once dry, lightly sand your paper by hand to remove any lifted spots.     3) Cut your paper into long thin lines and then cut each line down to the label size of your choosing, cut a V notch at the end of each to create a flag.     4) Fold each flag in half and using double sided tape attach to your stir stick.     Your flags are almost ready!     Voila!     5) Pre-write your labels with chalk or leave a handful out during your wedding festivities for guests to write in themselves.     How cute are these?!  

     

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    Project By: Victoria Hudgins Photos by: Carly Taylor   Everyone loves a dessert bar, so why not leave your guests with a little extra chocolate to take home.     Hand out truffles in these sweet little boxes.     To make you will need: Truffle download here and pretty designed paper of your choosing.     To Make: Print out the truffle box download onto the backside of your paper selection. The download makes six boxes per page. Any paper you love that has a pretty color on both sides will work (do not buy scrapbook paper with white or grid as the back for this project) as you will see the back on the inside of the box.     Cut out the truffle boxes, one per guest.     Fold the boxes on the four corner fold lines. The chocolate you use will block any view of the lines.     Fill your boxes will simple chocolate truffles.     Using the pretty homemade box will allow for even the simplest (read, cheapest) chocolates to look like fabulous boutique finds!       Project By: Victoria Hudgins Photos by: Carly Taylor  
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  • Photos By: Jordan Ferney     Materials to make a 12 ft garland: 3 bunches of lemon leaves ($4 each) 24 & 30 Gauge Florist Wire ($2 each) A small rope ($2) Optional: wired florist stakes (best for apples and other firm fruit) Optional: fruit or berries     Go through the bunches of lemon leaves, cutting down the sections of leaves and leaving a 3" stem.     Don't forget your rope!     Keep cutting until you have enough to work with -- look at these neat piles!     Start gathering your leaves into clusters.     Cut an 8" section of 30 gauge wire. Gather two or three sections of leaves and wire them together. Leaving a 6" tail of rope take the sections and wire it to the rope.     Repeat, cover up the previous stems with the new section of leaves. Continue, making sure the garland looks full and the wires aren't showing.     If you would like to add fruit to your garland, take a piece of fruit and secure a piece of wire going through the skin of one end of the fruit using 24 gauge wire.     Make sure it is on tight or you will have falling fruit! Wire the fruit onto the rope and tuck the lemon leaves around it to hide the wire.     Voila! This pretty project can be done up to two days in advance of the event. Store it out of direct sunlight in a cool place and spritz with water twice daily.     Furniture and linens provided by Bay Area Rental Company: Abbey Party Rents
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  • Project and Photos by Erica Obrien

    Tissue paper flowers are a design-forward and inexpensive alternative to fresh or gumpaste flowers. They can be made well in advance and saved indefinitely. We recommend that they be used only with fondant cakes, as you don’t want the dye in the tissue paper to come into contact with buttercream.       What you'll need:   Crepe and/or tissue paper in the color palette of your choice Toothpicks (or skewers) Scissors Floral tape How To:     Step One: To form the center of the flower, cut a length of paper about three inches wide.       Step Two : Fold the paper so that each fold is about ¾" wide. (For smaller flowers, folds should be smaller; for larger flowers, folds should be bigger.)       Step Three: Use sharp scissors to cut a rounded edge.     Step Four: When unfolded, paper should have a scalloped edge.     Step Five: Begin rolling scallop in onto itself, pinching about ¼ of the way down from scalloped edge so that paper flares and opens slightly.      Step Six: Continue until entire length of paper is rolled up.       Step Seven: Twist the base of the paper as tightly as possible to form a stem.     Step Eight: Using a contrasting color, repeat steps one through seven, placing new paper around already-formed center.       Step Nine: Continue until entire length of paper is rolled up. For even larger flowers, additional layers of paper can be added by repeating steps two through seven.     Step Ten: Place toothpick or skewer against "stem" of flower.         Step Eleven: Stretch floral tape to activate, and wrap tightly around both toothpick and tissue paper until all paper is covered.     Step Twelve: Insert toothpick into fondant-covered cake.     Step Thirteen: Make as many flowers as desired to complete your design. Enjoy!  
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  • By: Victoria Hudgins 

    These trendy, crafted flowers will look amazing in bouquets or décor!     I was inspired by a pre-made version and quickly realized how easy the flowers are to whip up! Consider making a bouquet for everyone in your wedding party or a few dozen to construct a ceremony backdrop.   Materials: Extra long crepe paper in the colors of your choice Floral wire Scissors Green floral tape     Step One: Working horizontally, begin by folding your crepe paper in a small accordion fold. Use your finger to gently roll over the top 1/4 inch of the paper giving it a pretty curled edge.     Step Two: Place a floral wire half way up the paper at one end and begin rolling the paper up TIGHTLY. To get the exaggerated effect, focus on tightly gathering the bottom 1/4" of the paper, letting the top open wide. Tie off the flower at the base of the 'stem' with a simple thread and knot. It helps to have a second pair of hands for this part!         Step Three: Wrap the entire stem with green floral tape.         {Photos by Victoria Hudgins}
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  • Photos By: Jordan Ferney

    Materials: 2 feet of 18" Russian Veiling Comb Thread and Needle Ruler Scissors  

    Important Note: There are two sides of the veiling: finished and unfinished. You want the finished end to run across your face NOT the unfinished side.

    Starting at point A start sewing in and out of the diamond shapes to gather the fabric. You'll continue sewing in and out on all sides until you get to point B.     Sew it to a hair comb.     After you attach it in your hair on the side of your head with bobby pins, then add an embellishment like a flower or feather to cover the comb.     Birdcage veils are made out of Russian Netting or Russian Veiling which is a millinery material. You can usually find it at a really good fabric store or online.     The veiling usually comes in three lengths 9" 12" and 18".     Isn't she gorgeous! If you just want a little coverage over your hair you want 9".     If you want it to cover your eyes, you'll want 12" and if you want it to cover your nose or chin you'll want the 18" veiling (cut it down to 16" to cover the nose.)     It comes in almost every color and you can also find veiling with chenille dots or pearls if you wanted to add embellishment in that way.     Inspired by precious birdcages everywhere! Enjoy!

     

     

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    By: Danyelle Mathews   Creating charming escort cards for your wedding doesn't have to take a lot of time or resources. Simply gather a few basic, inexpensive supplies to produce this budget-savvy, casual-chic concept.      Supplies: Manilla shipping tags Chalkboard paint Foam paintbrush   Step One Arrange your tags on a large work surface     Step Two Dip the foam paintbrush into the chalkboard paint and apply one brushstroke to each tag.     Step Three Allow the paint to dry completely, then write guests names and seating information on the tags with chalk.     Step Four Display the tags using a fabric backdrop, coordinating yarn or string and wooden clothespins.     {Photos by: Danyelle Matthews}
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    Photos by: Chelsea Fuss     You will need:  A paper photo album (we used this one from Kolo) works great!  About 1/2 a yard of fabric  Ribbon or string Photo corners Fabric glue Scissors An iron     Take out the ribbon the photo album came with and separate the paper cover and set the pages aside.     Cut a piece of fabric that will cover the outside and inside of the paper photo album cover.     Press the fabric over the paper. Secure the fabric on the inside. fold over raw edges, press them and then secure them to the cover with glue.     Tie together the pages and secure them to the fabric cover with string or ribbon.     For the window opening, cut an X in the fabric and glue the excess fabric underneath the cover.     Secure photos with photo corners.      
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