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Photo: This Modern Romance
Photo booths are all the rage 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, tunr on the flash (unless you're having a spotlight) and connect a remote shutter release so guests can take their own photos. As backup, have polaroid cameras on standby.
Photos (from left to right): This Modern Romance and Anjuli
The Backdrop - Pick a colored or patterned 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! Look for props in 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 obstruct the flow of the reception, but is still easily accessible. If you're having an indoor reception, consider a hallway or corner of the ballroom, or if you're having an outdoor wedding, consider next to the DJ that way guests can pose to the beat.
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 a scrapbook. Those memories will last a lifetime!
Photos By: Chelsea Fuss
How sweet would it be to have all of your guests sporting a colorful corsage! Here's how to create them.
Project By: Jennifer Kirk Add this crafty yet contemporary design element to your reception! Download this free vine template to get started! template link: http://bit.ly/13MxuGQ You Will Need: Vine Template Embroidery hoop White spray paint 2" satin ribbon in color of choice 1/4" ribbon in color of choice White foam core White paper Glue gun X-acto knife with fresh blade Scissors Pencil Metal ruler Step One: In a text editing program (such as Microsoft Word) choose the font you'd like your monogram to be in. It can be a script or something more modern such as the sans-serif font (Gotham Condensed) I went with. Enlarge it to about 5.75" high. Print, then cut out. Step Two: Using your monogram cutout as a template, trace around it using a pencil onto foam core. With an X-acto knife (it's important to have a fresh, brand new blade) carefully cut out the monogram. Using shallow, numerous cuts instead of fewer, deeper cuts gives you more control around curves. For straight edges (such as with the letters 'T' or 'E'), use a metal ruler to cut against and guide your blade. Step Three: With spray paint in a color of your choice (I chose a metallic silver), give your monograms a few light coats, allowing to dry in between. You don't want to go too heavy with each coat. Too much paint could possibly warp the paper layer of the foam core. Let dry completely. Step Four: While the monograms are drying, separate the embroidery hoops into two pieces, and give each a light coat of white spray paint. Let dry. Step Five: Print out vine template (two pages) onto plain white paper. Stack each template design onto three or four sheets of plain white paper (number of layers depends on the thickness of your paper and the sharpness of your scissors). Cut in half (or quarters for the smaller vine design). Hold papers together with a paper clip then cut out, using the template as a guide. Step Five (cont). When finished, pinch leaves in half for a more realistic, 3-dimensional look. Each hoop needs about 6 large vines and 8 small vines. Step Six: Cut two small pieces of narrow (1/4") ribbon. Knot at the end, then tape to backside of monogram. Step Seven: Tape ends of ribbon to top embroidery hoop so that the monogram hangs down from the top. Step Eight: Starting with the larger vines, glue to the edges of the hoop with a glue gun. It's easiest to do the flat side of the hoop first. Step Eight (cont). Apply as little glue as possible to minimize mess and risk of glue gun burns. Before applying glue, wipe any excess onto some scrap paper. Next, squeeze a small amount onto the end of a paper vine, then press the end of vine onto the hoop. Wipe excess glue off the gun again, then apply a small dab to the other end of the vine to anchor it down to the hoop. Step Eight (cont). As you are gluing down the large vines, you will have to either bend/crease the paper to follow the curve of the hoop (as in photo above) or you can cut each vine into shorter pieces. Make the wreath fuller by gluing on the smaller vine pieces (I used about 8 small pieces and 6 large pieces). Step Nine: Looping a satin ribbon at the top of the wreath will make it so you can tie it to the back of a chair or hang it above the table where guests sign in, etc.
Project and Photos by Brittni Mehlhoff Incorporate fresh flowers at your reception, in an unexpected way, by creating these floral push pins and eucalyptus escort cards. Guests will be thrilled to hunt for their name and table number when greeting by this fall foliage.
Materials: Scissors Glue Gun Sharpie or Paint Pen Flat Top Thumb Tacks Eucalyptus Leaves Number Stickers Small Manilla Gift Tags Assorted Fall Foliage Strawflowers Heather Step One: Start by adding small number stickers to the bottom center of a stack of gift tags. These numbers will correspond with the table number at which each guest will be seated. Step Two: Next, cut a small or medium sized eucalyptus leaf from a larger stem and write your guest's names on the leaf with a marker or paint pen. Step Three: Then, start putting the pieces together. Poke the eucalyptus stem through the hole at the top of your gift tag. Cut a small sprig of heather and poke it through the hole as well. Set aside. Step Four: Now it's time to make the flower thumbtacks. Cut the stems completely off of the strawflowers, to provide a nice flat surface under the bloom for the thumbtack. Then, using a glue gun, apply a generous amount of glue to the underside of the strawflowers and attach the flat part of the thumbtack to the hot glue. Wait for the glue to dry for a few minutes before handling. Step Five: Now you have a flower push pin to attach the escort cards to a fabric-covered cork board, as guests enter the reception area. Poke the push pin through the top of the eucalyptus leaf and gift tag and you are done. Guests will find their tables quickly and easily, and at the end of the night, they can take their escort card home as a souvenir. Strawflowers dry out very easily, so it's a great memento that guests can keep to remember your special day.
Project by Janie Medley
Photos by Carrie Coleman Photography
With this DIY, I wanted to show how you can take a simple floral centerpiece and transform it into a pretty floral bouquet or vice versa.
Ingredients:Parrot Tulips – 1 bunch from Whole Foods Camellia (I foraged from my backyard) Ribbon Floral Tape Scissors
Simply start by gathering the stems from the camellia bush and intertwine the stems of the parrot tulips. Keep the look simple and loose, just as if you picked the flowers right from the garden.
Tape the stems with the floral tape.
Add the ribbon of your choice and there you have it! Super Easy and remember you can design with the flowers of your choice!
Project and Photos by Erica ObrienTissue 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!
Photos By Carly TaylorThere is no better way to ensure your guests remember the special day you are planning then to post the date on their fridge! In lieu of giving them a face photo to stare at for the coming 4-9 months, why not hand off a pretty felt magnet that can grace their kitchen with your love even after you're married! Materials: Felt Scissors Ribbon A custom stamp Small adhesive magnets Embroidery thread A needle To Make: Cut felt (2 layers at a time) in the shape of a heart. Your hearts don't have to be perfect - the more unique and homemade the better! Cut a coordinating ribbon and stamp in your wedding date. Place the dated ribbon coming out from one side of the heart. Place the top layer over the bottom and begin hand stitching the heart together using embroidery thread. Be sure to stitch through the ribbon to hold it into place. Almost there ... Send off with a sweet announcement to your guests. Photos By Carly Taylor
Photos By: Jordan FerneyMaterials: 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.