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  • Start saving those bottles! 

    By: Sarah Zlotnick 

    1. As a table number

    This DIY table marker from Tara and Harris's Virginia Winery wedding is super easy to make—simply print out colorful numbers and glue them on! Photo by Aaron Watson Photography. 

    2. As a table number holder 

    We'd recreate this sweet idea from Christie and David's winery wedding by cutting table numbers out of foam board and painting them. From there you could use chicken wire or glue to attach them to the wine bottle. Photo by Michelle Warren. 

    3. Use corks as escort card holders 

    Stole this idea from Paige and Zach's Austin wedding—Cut a slit down the long side of a cork, slice a section off the bottom, and voila! The perfect escort card holder for a vineyard wedding costs almsot nothing to make. Photo by Q Weddings. 

    4. Let it be the backdrop 

    Who needs to build a fancy photo backdrop when your reception is at a winery? We love the way Jen and Loreal threaded a string light through wine barrels—the effect is simple yet stunning. Photo by Andrew Pielage Photography. 

    5. As whimsical centerpieces 

    All it takes is some paint and a sponge to create these whimsical flower vases. Photos by Danyelle Matthews. 

    6. Create a cork monogram! 

    In her DIY winery wedding, Tara's uncle used hudreds of corks gathered from friends, family, local wine bars, and even Whole Foods to create a commemorative "M", which stands for the couple's shared last name and now sits in their new home. Talk about wedding decor that will last a lifetime—we love it! Photo by Aaron Watson Photography. 

    7. As unique window decor 

    We love the way Rachel and Craig covered each of these empty wine bottles in a special design. The collection looks especially charming with the hot Texas sun streaming through. Photo by Taylor Lord Photography.

    8. As the wedding favor 

    Print custom wine labels that match your wedding decor and hand out the bottles as favors at the end of the night. Guests will remember the good times they had when they're drinking from them later on! 

     9. As Lighting 

    Fill empty wine bottles with bunched up string lights for a romantic effect. This Wit + Whistle DIY project teaches you how to do it safely. Photos by Amanda Wright. 

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  • We love when couples add personal touches to their wedding day, but our favorite details are often the ones that really tell the story of their relationship. True, many of your guests may already know some of the details of how you got together, but there may be some who may need or want a refresher. Here are some creative ways to tell your love story:

    A Sweet Sign – Display a chalkboard or other signage with a timeline of how you two met and got together. 

    Photo by Filda Konec Photography

    Photo Display – There are many creative ways to share photos from throughout your relationship (you can even include baby and childhood pictures in there as well!). Check out these creative ways to use your engagement photos in your wedding. 

    Photos (from left to right): Tia & Claire Studio, Jill Lauren Photography

    Create a Video – A video montage of images can be shown during the reception or at your rehearsal dinner 

    Photo by Earthmuse Photography

    Special Mementos – If you’re so inclined, we love when couples display their (funny or sweet) love notes or emails from throughout their relationship to really get a sense of their personalities and story

    Photo by Filda Konec Photography

    In Your Programs – Add a list of fun facts about the two of you for guests to read while they’re waiting for the ceremony to begin. For more ceremony program ideas, visit this board from our Stationery Editor!

    Photos (from left to right): Erin Lindsey Images, Daniel Kim Photography

    Table Names and Numbers – Use your table names and numbers as an opportunity to be creative. Name your tables after meaningful places you’ve visited, or put a twist on traditional table numbers by adding a fun fact to each. Want more table name ideas? Check out this article!

    Photos (from left to right): Jason Burns Photography, Cory Ryan Photography

    On the Paper Goods – Print a detail about your relationship on cocktail napkins or straw flags! Check out more cute cocktail napkin ideas here!

    Photo by Jim Kennedy Photographers

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  • Photo by Jack Looney Photography

    For some couples, choosing a first dance song is super-easy. Maybe you have a song you danced to in high school or a tune you always blast in the car. But for other couples, choosing a first dance song can be a little more complicated. So we looked at our recent real weddings on Project Wedding to see which songs were resonating with couples to provide some inspiration.

    “Better Together” by Jack Johnson “Close Your Eyes” by Michael Buble “You are the Best Thing” by Ray LaMontagne “Hey Pretty Girl” by Kip Moore “All of Me” by John Legend “Marry Me” by Train “I Won’t Give Up” by Jason Mraz “La Vie En Rose” by Louis Armstrong “Can’t Help Falling in Love With You” by Ingrid Michaelson “Then” by Brad Paisley “Harvest Moon” by Neil Young “At Last” by Etta James “Lego House” by Ed Sheeran “The Book of Love” by Magnetic Fields “Make You Feel My Love” by Bob Dylan (Adele cover) “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You” by Frankie Valli “The Way You Look Tonight” by Frank Sinatra “A Thousand Years” by Christina Perri “Let’s Stay Together” by Al Green “For Once in My Life” by Stevie Wonder

    Be sure to follow our Real Weddings Editor for more gorgeous real wedding inspiration! 

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  • This inexpensive material is more versatile than you think. 

    By: Sarah Zlotnick 

    1. Ring Pillow

    A simple, rustic way for the ring bearer to present the rings. View this rustic country wedding. 

    2. Centerpiece Cover 

    Save on renting vases and other flower vessels by using old tins and covering them in burlap instead. View this yellow garden wedding. 

    3. Silverware Holder 

    A simple burlap packet holds the silverware for Heather and David's charming Annapolis nuptials.

    4.  Bouquet Wrap 

    A strip of sturdy burlap will hold all your flowers in place—and look sweet while doing it! View this rustic whimsical California wedding. 

    5. Favor Bags 

    You could hide any kind of sweet treat in one of these adorable burlap sacks. View this fun fall wedding. 

    6. Bunting 

    We love this simple wedding sign. View this Texas ranch wedding. 

    7. Candle Accent 

    A mossy green candle collection gets a little texture from a simple burlap wrap. View this country chic wedding. 

    8. Table Number 

    Such a sweetly country table marker. Burlap wine bag table numbers, $150 for 10 at Lil Missi Etsy Shop. 

    9. Table Runner 

    Thinking about using a burlap table runner? Be sure to strech and distress the fabric a bit before you lay it down. This creates dimension by allowing some of your tablecloth color to peek through. It also gives the fabric a little more grip. 

    You Might Also Like: 9 Wine Wedding Decor Ideas

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  • 1. A Pair of Mums

    A cute pair of flowers is simply perfect for celebrating the pair of you! Oh, and mums the word on how cheap these invites are.

     

    2. Pastel Patterns

    A trend you can’t resist — mixed patterns! This distinctly patterned invite will also reflect your savvy style for a price that fits your budget. Find them here.

    3. Flair for Style

    Show your flair for style and your knack for scoring a good deal with these flourish wedding invitations featuring a bold element of design.

    4. Flowers and Flourishes

    A colorful floral sketch accented by faint flourishes creates a touch of whimsical charm on these inexpensive wedding invites.

    5. Love Springs

    You won’t have to spring much for these! An array of colorful flowers below two lovebirds becomes a trendy display of modern day romance. Find them here.

    6. Sultry Blooms

    Sultry blooms in rich colors bring an artistic quality of romance to these watercolor wedding invitations

    7. Typography on White

    Trendy typography looks amazing on this bright white wedding invitation- they’ll never know you paid so little for something so stylish!

    8. Simply Modern

    A unique look and vibrant colors all for an affordable price. 

     

    Shop for more invitations under $100 here

     

     

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  • Find out what's hot in wedding cakes this year; we've asked a few of our favorite cake designers to weigh in!    Geometric Patterns Cake by Erica OBrien    "Feminine geometrics, such as chevron, are still very popular," says Connecticut-based Erica OBrien. "I'm expecting to see a lot of arrows and hexagons this season."  Photo by Brooke Allison Photography       Metallics Cake by City Sweets & Confections    The gilded look is a favorite for both Deborah Lauren of City Sweets & Confections and Erica OBrien this year. "Gold is back, and stronger then ever," says OBrien.  Photo by CLY Creation       Hand-Painted Cake by Sweet & Saucy Shop    "Hand-painting is definitely a new trend right now," says Sweet & Saucy Shop's head pastry chef Melody Brandon. "It's a personal and a one-of-a-kind style that brides are falling in love with."  Photo by Melody Brandon       Staying True to Your Style Cake by Maggie Austin Cakes    Virginia baker Maggie Austin recently created this lovely confection for a friend's casual backyard wedding, and she loves that it perfectly reflects the couple's "understated and sophisticated style." Matching a cake to the personalities and priorities of her clients will be a big focus this year.  Photo by Maggie Austin     Multiple Cakes Cake by Layered Bake Shop    Brides booking cakes with Layered Bake Shop's Shannon Star have been moving away from the traditional single large wedding cake. Instead, they're opting for multiple smaller confections in a similar decor suite. "It allows for more creativity and personality," says Star.  Photo by N. Barrett Photography   Showpiece Cakes Cake by The Pastry Studio    According to owner Sherri Meyers, cakes have become a core component of reception decor. They are increasingly created to be equal parts delicious dessert and visual show-stopper. Designs are getting bigger and grander, and sometimes even include a fake tier or two to accommodate for ceiling height!  Photo by Sherri Meyers     Going Natural Cake by Enjoy Cupcakes    Honor a cake that's free of artificial dyes by allowing the natural state of its flavor to become the main decorative element. This year, Amber of Enjoy Cupcakes is all about making fluffy chocolate cakes look fluffy, drenching caramel desserts in drips of caramel, and providing texture to peanut butter cakes with chopped up peanuts.  Photo by Alex Creswell     Ombré Cake by Erica OBrien    Almost every baker we asked agreed— ombré is still at the forefront for 2013. "The shading lends itself so naturally to romantic designs," says OBrien of the style.  Photo by Devon Jarvis     Embossed Cake by City Sweets & Confections      City Sweets & Confections owner Deborah Lauren recently etched an intricate floral pattern on a wedding cake for a friend. "It was modern, and different from any cake I've ever done or seen."  Photo by Turnquist Photography     Classic White Elegance Cake by Mark Joseph Cakes    A white wedding cake never goes out of style, says Mark of Mark Joseph cakes. Couples turn to him for a modern, sophisticated take on the timeless aesthetic.  Photo by Mark Joseph     Textured Icing Cake by Betty Bakery    Cheryl Kleinman agrees with Mark Joseph—white will always be popular, especially for formal weddings. At her Betty Bakery, she and partner Ellen of Bijoux Deux Specialty Cakes keep the look from becoming boring by texturizing the outer layer of icing. Pleats (seen here) and confetti are two favorite styles.
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  •  

    DIY Project

    In this project, Mary Swenson extended the life of a pre-packaged paper flower centerpiece kit by turning the blooms into favors and centerpieces as well. Love it!
    View the Full Tutorial


     

    Ready-Made Bouquet

    Available at The Green Vase

    10 DIY and ready-made ways to bring paper flowers in to your wedding. 

    Want your wedding bouquet to last longer than a season? Consider investing in a beautiful paper alternative from The Green Vase ($325). This multi-talented NY-based floral design shop also offers single paper blooms, cake toppers, and cake decorating kits.

     

    Etsy Shop

    Available at Frances & Francis 



    We love the idea of topping a reception table with a single romantic stem in a vintage glass bottle—and then repurposing the centerpiece as bookshelf decor in your new home! These romantic blooms from Frances & Francis ($14 to $60) are perfect for that.

     

    West Elm

    West Elm Paper Flower Shop 



    Several national chains are hopping on the paper flower trend. For example: Furniture store West Elm, which offers several pretty pre-made sets ($7.99 to $36).

     

    Etsy Shop

    Available at House That Lars Built 



    Handcrafted in Copenhagen, these gold-stemmed paper roses ($14 each) will look beautiful gathered in a vase or laid upon individual place settings. Designer Brittany Watson Jespen also creates jumbo-sized versions of these blooms, as well as paper flower hats—email her for custom projects!

     

    DIY Project

    Crepe Paper Flower Bouquet DIY 



    You won't believe how easy (and inexpensive!) it is to whip up these colorful crepe flowers—it takes just three simple steps.

     

    DIY Kit

    Available at Paper Source 



    Looking for a little guidance while you construct your paper blooms? Consider a pre-packaged kits from The Paper Source your new best friend ($10.95 - $19.95).

     

    The Crafting Book

    Paper to Petal, Available at Barnes & Noble 



    Husband and wife duo Rebecca Thuss and Patrick Farrell are very good at what they do (which includes photography, design, and, yes, plenty of paper crafts). Releasing late this August, their new book ($16.29) will show you how to make 75 paper blooms yourself. With a forward authored by Martha Stewart herself, it's clear the couple knows what they're doing.

     

    The Perfect Prop

    Large Paper Rose, Available at BHLDN 



    This extra-large paper rose ($68) is almost five feet tall! At that size, it's the perfect addition to any wedding photo booth. It's also, as the website suggests, a whimsical alternative to a basket of petals for the flower girl.

     

    DIY Project

    Paper Posy Escort Cards 



    Easy-to-make crepe flowers will add a joyful touch of color to any spring wedding! This tutorial offers step-by-step instructions for making these cheerful escort cards out of streamer ribbon. It's a great way to save money on a fun but lower priority item on your decor list.

     

    More Inspiration

    See the Full Wedding 



    If you're still on the fence about paper flower decor, you have to check out Liz and Josh's color-infused Minnesota wedding. They created some of the most unique centerpieces we've ever seen!

     

    Idea By: Sarah Zlotnick

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  • One of the trends we love about rustic weddings is the do-it-yourself projects even the least crafty brides create with wood. Here's what to display for every part of your big day: 

    Ceremony

    Photo by JK Photography

    Seating Arrangements

    Photo by Stacey Kokes Photography

    Reception

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    Photo by Twin Hearts Photography

    Chair Decor 

    Photo by Athena Pelton Photography

     

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  • Photo by Sandals

    When you have guests flying in from coast to coast for your destination wedding weekend, it's important to keep them occupied during their stay. Get the most out of your location by gathering guests together for some of these fun -- but optimal -- activities: 

    Zip lining Parasailing  Snorkeling/scuba diving  Boating  Visiting a museum, historic site, botanical garden or local tourist attraction Golfing Spa treatments Safari ride  Surfing  Biking 

     

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  • Photo: Rachel Thurston Photography

    Need inspiration for a fall wedding? A few of our editors share their favorites below:

    Photo: Rachel Thurston Photography

    From the Fashion Editor – Choose a bridesmaid dress color that complements the season’s changing colors: red, orange, yellow, purple, or brown. (Just like Jessica and Michael, Cami and Erik, and Bonnie and Drew did.)

    Photos (from left to right): Cluney Photo and Meg Ruth Photo

    From the Flowers Editor – Bouquets of black-eyed susans, dahlias, chrysanthemums, calla lilies, roses, orchids and gerberas are a must-have. Maybe add some texture with feathers, fern curls, curly willows, scabiosa pods, or wheat too? Check out more fall bouquets here.

    Photo: Meg Ruth Photo

    From the Decor Editor – Spice up your decor with pumpkins, pine cones, leaves, figs, acorns, and more. 

    Photos (from left to right): Keepsake Memories Photography and jHenderson Studios

    From the Favors & Cakes Editor – Place your three-tiered buttercream wedding cake on top of tree bark for an added rustic touch. Check out more fall wedding cakes here. Nothing tastes better than a caramel apple, pumpkin pie, and hot cocoa on a crisp evening. Let guests unwrap cozy blankets to keep warm.

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  • Start saving those bottles! 

    By: Sarah Zlotnick 

    1. As a table number

    This DIY table marker from Tara and Harris's Virginia Winery wedding is super easy to make—simply print out colorful numbers and glue them on! Photo by Aaron Watson Photography. 

    2. As a table number holder 

    We'd recreate this sweet idea from Christie and David's winery wedding by cutting table numbers out of foam board and painting them. From there you could use chicken wire or glue to attach them to the wine bottle. Photo by Michelle Warren. 

    3. Use corks as escort card holders 

    Stole this idea from Paige and Zach's Austin wedding—Cut a slit down the long side of a cork, slice a section off the bottom, and voila! The perfect escort card holder for a vineyard wedding costs almsot nothing to make. Photo by Q Weddings. 

    4. Let it be the backdrop 

    Who needs to build a fancy photo backdrop when your reception is at a winery? We love the way Jen and Loreal threaded a string light through wine barrels—the effect is simple yet stunning. Photo by Andrew Pielage Photography. 

    5. As whimsical centerpieces 

    All it takes is some paint and a sponge to create these whimsical flower vases. Photos by Danyelle Matthews. 

    6. Create a cork monogram! 

    In her DIY winery wedding, Tara's uncle used hudreds of corks gathered from friends, family, local wine bars, and even Whole Foods to create a commemorative "M", which stands for the couple's shared last name and now sits in their new home. Talk about wedding decor that will last a lifetime—we love it! Photo by Aaron Watson Photography. 

    7. As unique window decor 

    We love the way Rachel and Craig covered each of these empty wine bottles in a special design. The collection looks especially charming with the hot Texas sun streaming through. Photo by Taylor Lord Photography.

    8. As the wedding favor 

    Print custom wine labels that match your wedding decor and hand out the bottles as favors at the end of the night. Guests will remember the good times they had when they're drinking from them later on! 

     9. As Lighting 

    Fill empty wine bottles with bunched up string lights for a romantic effect. This Wit + Whistle DIY project teaches you how to do it safely. Photos by Amanda Wright. 

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  • We love when couples add personal touches to their wedding day, but our favorite details are often the ones that really tell the story of their relationship. True, many of your guests may already know some of the details of how you got together, but there may be some who may need or want a refresher. Here are some creative ways to tell your love story:

    A Sweet Sign – Display a chalkboard or other signage with a timeline of how you two met and got together. 

    Photo by Filda Konec Photography

    Photo Display – There are many creative ways to share photos from throughout your relationship (you can even include baby and childhood pictures in there as well!). Check out these creative ways to use your engagement photos in your wedding. 

    Photos (from left to right): Tia & Claire Studio, Jill Lauren Photography

    Create a Video – A video montage of images can be shown during the reception or at your rehearsal dinner 

    Photo by Earthmuse Photography

    Special Mementos – If you’re so inclined, we love when couples display their (funny or sweet) love notes or emails from throughout their relationship to really get a sense of their personalities and story

    Photo by Filda Konec Photography

    In Your Programs – Add a list of fun facts about the two of you for guests to read while they’re waiting for the ceremony to begin. For more ceremony program ideas, visit this board from our Stationery Editor!

    Photos (from left to right): Erin Lindsey Images, Daniel Kim Photography

    Table Names and Numbers – Use your table names and numbers as an opportunity to be creative. Name your tables after meaningful places you’ve visited, or put a twist on traditional table numbers by adding a fun fact to each. Want more table name ideas? Check out this article!

    Photos (from left to right): Jason Burns Photography, Cory Ryan Photography

    On the Paper Goods – Print a detail about your relationship on cocktail napkins or straw flags! Check out more cute cocktail napkin ideas here!

    Photo by Jim Kennedy Photographers

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  • Photo by Jack Looney Photography

    For some couples, choosing a first dance song is super-easy. Maybe you have a song you danced to in high school or a tune you always blast in the car. But for other couples, choosing a first dance song can be a little more complicated. So we looked at our recent real weddings on Project Wedding to see which songs were resonating with couples to provide some inspiration.

    “Better Together” by Jack Johnson “Close Your Eyes” by Michael Buble “You are the Best Thing” by Ray LaMontagne “Hey Pretty Girl” by Kip Moore “All of Me” by John Legend “Marry Me” by Train “I Won’t Give Up” by Jason Mraz “La Vie En Rose” by Louis Armstrong “Can’t Help Falling in Love With You” by Ingrid Michaelson “Then” by Brad Paisley “Harvest Moon” by Neil Young “At Last” by Etta James “Lego House” by Ed Sheeran “The Book of Love” by Magnetic Fields “Make You Feel My Love” by Bob Dylan (Adele cover) “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You” by Frankie Valli “The Way You Look Tonight” by Frank Sinatra “A Thousand Years” by Christina Perri “Let’s Stay Together” by Al Green “For Once in My Life” by Stevie Wonder

    Be sure to follow our Real Weddings Editor for more gorgeous real wedding inspiration! 

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  • This inexpensive material is more versatile than you think. 

    By: Sarah Zlotnick 

    1. Ring Pillow

    A simple, rustic way for the ring bearer to present the rings. View this rustic country wedding. 

    2. Centerpiece Cover 

    Save on renting vases and other flower vessels by using old tins and covering them in burlap instead. View this yellow garden wedding. 

    3. Silverware Holder 

    A simple burlap packet holds the silverware for Heather and David's charming Annapolis nuptials.

    4.  Bouquet Wrap 

    A strip of sturdy burlap will hold all your flowers in place—and look sweet while doing it! View this rustic whimsical California wedding. 

    5. Favor Bags 

    You could hide any kind of sweet treat in one of these adorable burlap sacks. View this fun fall wedding. 

    6. Bunting 

    We love this simple wedding sign. View this Texas ranch wedding. 

    7. Candle Accent 

    A mossy green candle collection gets a little texture from a simple burlap wrap. View this country chic wedding. 

    8. Table Number 

    Such a sweetly country table marker. Burlap wine bag table numbers, $150 for 10 at Lil Missi Etsy Shop. 

    9. Table Runner 

    Thinking about using a burlap table runner? Be sure to strech and distress the fabric a bit before you lay it down. This creates dimension by allowing some of your tablecloth color to peek through. It also gives the fabric a little more grip. 

    You Might Also Like: 9 Wine Wedding Decor Ideas

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  • 1. A Pair of Mums

    A cute pair of flowers is simply perfect for celebrating the pair of you! Oh, and mums the word on how cheap these invites are.

     

    2. Pastel Patterns

    A trend you can’t resist — mixed patterns! This distinctly patterned invite will also reflect your savvy style for a price that fits your budget. Find them here.

    3. Flair for Style

    Show your flair for style and your knack for scoring a good deal with these flourish wedding invitations featuring a bold element of design.

    4. Flowers and Flourishes

    A colorful floral sketch accented by faint flourishes creates a touch of whimsical charm on these inexpensive wedding invites.

    5. Love Springs

    You won’t have to spring much for these! An array of colorful flowers below two lovebirds becomes a trendy display of modern day romance. Find them here.

    6. Sultry Blooms

    Sultry blooms in rich colors bring an artistic quality of romance to these watercolor wedding invitations

    7. Typography on White

    Trendy typography looks amazing on this bright white wedding invitation- they’ll never know you paid so little for something so stylish!

    8. Simply Modern

    A unique look and vibrant colors all for an affordable price. 

     

    Shop for more invitations under $100 here

     

     

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  • Find out what's hot in wedding cakes this year; we've asked a few of our favorite cake designers to weigh in!    Geometric Patterns Cake by Erica OBrien    "Feminine geometrics, such as chevron, are still very popular," says Connecticut-based Erica OBrien. "I'm expecting to see a lot of arrows and hexagons this season."  Photo by Brooke Allison Photography       Metallics Cake by City Sweets & Confections    The gilded look is a favorite for both Deborah Lauren of City Sweets & Confections and Erica OBrien this year. "Gold is back, and stronger then ever," says OBrien.  Photo by CLY Creation       Hand-Painted Cake by Sweet & Saucy Shop    "Hand-painting is definitely a new trend right now," says Sweet & Saucy Shop's head pastry chef Melody Brandon. "It's a personal and a one-of-a-kind style that brides are falling in love with."  Photo by Melody Brandon       Staying True to Your Style Cake by Maggie Austin Cakes    Virginia baker Maggie Austin recently created this lovely confection for a friend's casual backyard wedding, and she loves that it perfectly reflects the couple's "understated and sophisticated style." Matching a cake to the personalities and priorities of her clients will be a big focus this year.  Photo by Maggie Austin     Multiple Cakes Cake by Layered Bake Shop    Brides booking cakes with Layered Bake Shop's Shannon Star have been moving away from the traditional single large wedding cake. Instead, they're opting for multiple smaller confections in a similar decor suite. "It allows for more creativity and personality," says Star.  Photo by N. Barrett Photography   Showpiece Cakes Cake by The Pastry Studio    According to owner Sherri Meyers, cakes have become a core component of reception decor. They are increasingly created to be equal parts delicious dessert and visual show-stopper. Designs are getting bigger and grander, and sometimes even include a fake tier or two to accommodate for ceiling height!  Photo by Sherri Meyers     Going Natural Cake by Enjoy Cupcakes    Honor a cake that's free of artificial dyes by allowing the natural state of its flavor to become the main decorative element. This year, Amber of Enjoy Cupcakes is all about making fluffy chocolate cakes look fluffy, drenching caramel desserts in drips of caramel, and providing texture to peanut butter cakes with chopped up peanuts.  Photo by Alex Creswell     Ombré Cake by Erica OBrien    Almost every baker we asked agreed— ombré is still at the forefront for 2013. "The shading lends itself so naturally to romantic designs," says OBrien of the style.  Photo by Devon Jarvis     Embossed Cake by City Sweets & Confections      City Sweets & Confections owner Deborah Lauren recently etched an intricate floral pattern on a wedding cake for a friend. "It was modern, and different from any cake I've ever done or seen."  Photo by Turnquist Photography     Classic White Elegance Cake by Mark Joseph Cakes    A white wedding cake never goes out of style, says Mark of Mark Joseph cakes. Couples turn to him for a modern, sophisticated take on the timeless aesthetic.  Photo by Mark Joseph     Textured Icing Cake by Betty Bakery    Cheryl Kleinman agrees with Mark Joseph—white will always be popular, especially for formal weddings. At her Betty Bakery, she and partner Ellen of Bijoux Deux Specialty Cakes keep the look from becoming boring by texturizing the outer layer of icing. Pleats (seen here) and confetti are two favorite styles.
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  •  

    DIY Project

    In this project, Mary Swenson extended the life of a pre-packaged paper flower centerpiece kit by turning the blooms into favors and centerpieces as well. Love it!
    View the Full Tutorial


     

    Ready-Made Bouquet

    Available at The Green Vase

    10 DIY and ready-made ways to bring paper flowers in to your wedding. 

    Want your wedding bouquet to last longer than a season? Consider investing in a beautiful paper alternative from The Green Vase ($325). This multi-talented NY-based floral design shop also offers single paper blooms, cake toppers, and cake decorating kits.

     

    Etsy Shop

    Available at Frances & Francis 



    We love the idea of topping a reception table with a single romantic stem in a vintage glass bottle—and then repurposing the centerpiece as bookshelf decor in your new home! These romantic blooms from Frances & Francis ($14 to $60) are perfect for that.

     

    West Elm

    West Elm Paper Flower Shop 



    Several national chains are hopping on the paper flower trend. For example: Furniture store West Elm, which offers several pretty pre-made sets ($7.99 to $36).

     

    Etsy Shop

    Available at House That Lars Built 



    Handcrafted in Copenhagen, these gold-stemmed paper roses ($14 each) will look beautiful gathered in a vase or laid upon individual place settings. Designer Brittany Watson Jespen also creates jumbo-sized versions of these blooms, as well as paper flower hats—email her for custom projects!

     

    DIY Project

    Crepe Paper Flower Bouquet DIY 



    You won't believe how easy (and inexpensive!) it is to whip up these colorful crepe flowers—it takes just three simple steps.

     

    DIY Kit

    Available at Paper Source 



    Looking for a little guidance while you construct your paper blooms? Consider a pre-packaged kits from The Paper Source your new best friend ($10.95 - $19.95).

     

    The Crafting Book

    Paper to Petal, Available at Barnes & Noble 



    Husband and wife duo Rebecca Thuss and Patrick Farrell are very good at what they do (which includes photography, design, and, yes, plenty of paper crafts). Releasing late this August, their new book ($16.29) will show you how to make 75 paper blooms yourself. With a forward authored by Martha Stewart herself, it's clear the couple knows what they're doing.

     

    The Perfect Prop

    Large Paper Rose, Available at BHLDN 



    This extra-large paper rose ($68) is almost five feet tall! At that size, it's the perfect addition to any wedding photo booth. It's also, as the website suggests, a whimsical alternative to a basket of petals for the flower girl.

     

    DIY Project

    Paper Posy Escort Cards 



    Easy-to-make crepe flowers will add a joyful touch of color to any spring wedding! This tutorial offers step-by-step instructions for making these cheerful escort cards out of streamer ribbon. It's a great way to save money on a fun but lower priority item on your decor list.

     

    More Inspiration

    See the Full Wedding 



    If you're still on the fence about paper flower decor, you have to check out Liz and Josh's color-infused Minnesota wedding. They created some of the most unique centerpieces we've ever seen!

     

    Idea By: Sarah Zlotnick

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  • One of the trends we love about rustic weddings is the do-it-yourself projects even the least crafty brides create with wood. Here's what to display for every part of your big day: 

    Ceremony

    Photo by JK Photography

    Seating Arrangements

    Photo by Stacey Kokes Photography

    Reception

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    Photo by Twin Hearts Photography

    Chair Decor 

    Photo by Athena Pelton Photography

     

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  • Photo by Sandals

    When you have guests flying in from coast to coast for your destination wedding weekend, it's important to keep them occupied during their stay. Get the most out of your location by gathering guests together for some of these fun -- but optimal -- activities: 

    Zip lining Parasailing  Snorkeling/scuba diving  Boating  Visiting a museum, historic site, botanical garden or local tourist attraction Golfing Spa treatments Safari ride  Surfing  Biking 

     

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  • Photo: Rachel Thurston Photography

    Need inspiration for a fall wedding? A few of our editors share their favorites below:

    Photo: Rachel Thurston Photography

    From the Fashion Editor – Choose a bridesmaid dress color that complements the season’s changing colors: red, orange, yellow, purple, or brown. (Just like Jessica and Michael, Cami and Erik, and Bonnie and Drew did.)

    Photos (from left to right): Cluney Photo and Meg Ruth Photo

    From the Flowers Editor – Bouquets of black-eyed susans, dahlias, chrysanthemums, calla lilies, roses, orchids and gerberas are a must-have. Maybe add some texture with feathers, fern curls, curly willows, scabiosa pods, or wheat too? Check out more fall bouquets here.

    Photo: Meg Ruth Photo

    From the Decor Editor – Spice up your decor with pumpkins, pine cones, leaves, figs, acorns, and more. 

    Photos (from left to right): Keepsake Memories Photography and jHenderson Studios

    From the Favors & Cakes Editor – Place your three-tiered buttercream wedding cake on top of tree bark for an added rustic touch. Check out more fall wedding cakes here. Nothing tastes better than a caramel apple, pumpkin pie, and hot cocoa on a crisp evening. Let guests unwrap cozy blankets to keep warm.

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