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Planning Wedding Ideas

  • A Short Wedding Dress

    Show off those legs! Bonnie stayed cool in a custom knee-length frock by Nina Dinh of Susan European Dressmaker for her Los Angeles wedding.
    Related: 16 Short Wedding Dresses

     

    Bright Bridesmaid Dresses



    Sun-kissed skin looks best against bold colors, so let your girls stand out in saccharine shades. We love the bright orange and coral looks from Katie and Jacob's Menlo Park wedding.
    Katie & Jacob's Colorful Summer Wedding

     

    Mint Honey Favors



    Place a vial of mint-infused honey at each place setting—the easy-to-make favor tastes yummy when drizzled on all sorts of desserts.
    Mint Honey Favor DIY

     

    Fla-Vor-Ice!



    Nothing brings us back to childhood summers quite like freezy pops. This nostalgia-inducing treat will be a big hit at any hot weather reception, guaranteed.
    Tara & Harris's Crafty Summer Wedding

     

    Double-Duty Programs



    One of our favorite summer wedding hacks is also one of the easiest to create. Amy and Kenn attached popsicle sticks to their card stock ceremony programs, and voila! Instant fan for each guest, which was absolutely necessary for their hot Virgin Islands nuptials.
    Amy & Kenn's Tropical Wedding

     

    Picnic Rehearsal Dinner



    Daisies and gingham are always appropriate additions to a picnic bench meal. See more tips for decorating a rehearsal dinner in the park in our full tutorial.
    Summertime Picnic Decor Tutorial

     

    Infused Water Table Numbers



    Indoors or out, warm-weather weddings call for plenty of liquids for your guests. Keep everyone hydrated by placing bottles of flavor-infused water (we like mint, strawberry, and cucumber) at each table. They can also double as your table numbers!
    View the Complete DIY

     

    Pool Decor



    Floating floral arrangements are a great way to extend a decor theme into the parts of your reception venue that may be otherwise untouchable. We love the arrangements Petal Flower Design created for Lindsay and Luke's private residence wedding in Massachusetts.
    Lindsay & Luke's Backyard Wedding

     

    Bite-Sized Burgers



    Miniature versions of this griller's favorite make the perfect passed appetizer for a summertime cocktail reception.
    Zoe & John's Preppy Summer Wedding

     

    A Drink Stand



    Who doesn't love lemonade and sweet tea on a hot summer day? Set up a table exclusively dedicated to cold drinks, and designate someone to make sure the containers are always full. Everyone working up a sweat on the dance floor will be grateful!
    More Drink Photos

     

    Idea By: Sarah Zlotnick

     

     

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  • Turns out your smallest guests may be the most difficult to please. If you are hosting little ones at your wedding, check out these ideas for keeping them entertained and happy.

    Offer Appropriate Food

    Sure, some kids love fancy foie gras and filet mignon – but for more little ones, chicken fingers and mac and cheese will do just fine! Make sure you provide some kid-friendly options for cocktail hour, dinner, and dessert (though we think most sweets will be perfectly acceptable for kids’ palates!).

    Photo by Freshly Bold Photography

    Give Them Jobs

    Whether they’re the flower girl or ring bearer or handing out programs, kids feel important when they have a job to do. Even if it’s something as small as holding your bouquet during the first dance, little ones will feel so special and be more likely to behave themselves if focused on the task at hand.

    Photos by (from left): jHenderson Studios, Acqua Photo

    Provide Hula Hoops

    If your venue has a large outdoor space and you’re hosting a fairly casual affair, offer activities for your youngest guests. When providing games like hula hoops or bubbles, just make sure there are enough for all the kids so no one feels left out!

    Photo by Cramer Photo

    Play Corn Hole

    Corn hole is another fun games that guests young and old will enjoy. We also love that you can decorate the corn hole board in your own wedding colors and style!

    Photo by Joshua McDonald Photography

    Have a Piñata

    Who doesn’t love a piñata? Of course, the kids will flip, but adults will also love the touch of nostalgia.

    Photo by Nelly - Photographer

    Create a Cute Kids Table

    Kids may have difficulty sitting at their table for long stretches but if you provide them with activities like coloring books or small games, they’ll at least be occupied.

    Photo by Maiko Media

    Try “I Spy”

    Another activity for kids’ place settings – an “I Spy”-style game that encourages little ones (or those of any age) to look for various items around the wedding – from the mother-of-the-bride crying to a sparkly diamond. The one who finds all of the items first can win a prize – nothing like a little friendly competition!

    Photos (from left) by Julius Photography, Rachel Robertson Photography

    Have a Photo Booth

    Kids will not only love posing for silly portraits, but trying on different props and costumes is an activity in itself.

    Photo by Pasha Belman

    Think About Your Music Selection

    No, we’re not suggesting that you play “Old MacDonald” or “The Wheels on the Bus,” but lively Top 40 music appeals to younger people, who are often the biggest hits on the dance floor!

    Photo by Ian Grant Photography  

    One Word = Candy

    While their parents might not be a fan of the resulting sugar high, one thing is clear – kids love candy. As much as a wedding is already a pretty magical event, offering up candy will make it even more amazing for children!

    Photo by Joel Bedford Photography

    Check out these cool kids’ table ideas »

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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

    \

    Photo by Twin Hearts Photography

    Chair Decor 

    Photo by Athena Pelton Photography

     

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Photo: Troy Grover Photographers

    Of course, you want your wedding cake to not only taste delicious but also look delicious without breaking the bank. Am I right? Before you order, consider these myths to make your experience just as sweet: 

    1. Buttercream is less expensive than fondant. This statement may be true, but most cake bakers prefer to decorate with fondant instead of buttercream. Therefore, there might be an extra fee for that rich, buttery flavor. 

    2. Order fake tiers in order to serve sheet cakes. A fake tier would be a decorated piece of styrofoam or rice krispies treats. Sheet cakes would then supplement the fake tiers. In reality, the cake baker is actually doing the same (or more) amount of work it would take to make a real tier. 

    3. Decorate with fresh florals not sugar flowers. Fresh florals can make your guests sick. Why? Because, unless organically grown, florals are often times sprayed with pesticides and not properly sanitized. 

    4. Make your own wedding cake. They're expensive to buy and make. Consider all the ingredients, tools, equipment, and time! It's too labor-extensive. 

    5. Choose a flavor that your guests will like. Choose a flavor that YOU want for one tier (like lemon) and then choose a mainstream flavor (like vanilla, chocolate, or red velvet) for the remaining two tiers. 

    6. Save the top of your wedding cake for your first anniversary. Tradition is out, so you think. You can still save the cake, but often times cake bakers also give a free mini cake. 

     
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  • A Short Wedding Dress

    Show off those legs! Bonnie stayed cool in a custom knee-length frock by Nina Dinh of Susan European Dressmaker for her Los Angeles wedding.
    Related: 16 Short Wedding Dresses

     

    Bright Bridesmaid Dresses



    Sun-kissed skin looks best against bold colors, so let your girls stand out in saccharine shades. We love the bright orange and coral looks from Katie and Jacob's Menlo Park wedding.
    Katie & Jacob's Colorful Summer Wedding

     

    Mint Honey Favors



    Place a vial of mint-infused honey at each place setting—the easy-to-make favor tastes yummy when drizzled on all sorts of desserts.
    Mint Honey Favor DIY

     

    Fla-Vor-Ice!



    Nothing brings us back to childhood summers quite like freezy pops. This nostalgia-inducing treat will be a big hit at any hot weather reception, guaranteed.
    Tara & Harris's Crafty Summer Wedding

     

    Double-Duty Programs



    One of our favorite summer wedding hacks is also one of the easiest to create. Amy and Kenn attached popsicle sticks to their card stock ceremony programs, and voila! Instant fan for each guest, which was absolutely necessary for their hot Virgin Islands nuptials.
    Amy & Kenn's Tropical Wedding

     

    Picnic Rehearsal Dinner



    Daisies and gingham are always appropriate additions to a picnic bench meal. See more tips for decorating a rehearsal dinner in the park in our full tutorial.
    Summertime Picnic Decor Tutorial

     

    Infused Water Table Numbers



    Indoors or out, warm-weather weddings call for plenty of liquids for your guests. Keep everyone hydrated by placing bottles of flavor-infused water (we like mint, strawberry, and cucumber) at each table. They can also double as your table numbers!
    View the Complete DIY

     

    Pool Decor



    Floating floral arrangements are a great way to extend a decor theme into the parts of your reception venue that may be otherwise untouchable. We love the arrangements Petal Flower Design created for Lindsay and Luke's private residence wedding in Massachusetts.
    Lindsay & Luke's Backyard Wedding

     

    Bite-Sized Burgers



    Miniature versions of this griller's favorite make the perfect passed appetizer for a summertime cocktail reception.
    Zoe & John's Preppy Summer Wedding

     

    A Drink Stand



    Who doesn't love lemonade and sweet tea on a hot summer day? Set up a table exclusively dedicated to cold drinks, and designate someone to make sure the containers are always full. Everyone working up a sweat on the dance floor will be grateful!
    More Drink Photos

     

    Idea By: Sarah Zlotnick

     

     

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  • Turns out your smallest guests may be the most difficult to please. If you are hosting little ones at your wedding, check out these ideas for keeping them entertained and happy.

    Offer Appropriate Food

    Sure, some kids love fancy foie gras and filet mignon – but for more little ones, chicken fingers and mac and cheese will do just fine! Make sure you provide some kid-friendly options for cocktail hour, dinner, and dessert (though we think most sweets will be perfectly acceptable for kids’ palates!).

    Photo by Freshly Bold Photography

    Give Them Jobs

    Whether they’re the flower girl or ring bearer or handing out programs, kids feel important when they have a job to do. Even if it’s something as small as holding your bouquet during the first dance, little ones will feel so special and be more likely to behave themselves if focused on the task at hand.

    Photos by (from left): jHenderson Studios, Acqua Photo

    Provide Hula Hoops

    If your venue has a large outdoor space and you’re hosting a fairly casual affair, offer activities for your youngest guests. When providing games like hula hoops or bubbles, just make sure there are enough for all the kids so no one feels left out!

    Photo by Cramer Photo

    Play Corn Hole

    Corn hole is another fun games that guests young and old will enjoy. We also love that you can decorate the corn hole board in your own wedding colors and style!

    Photo by Joshua McDonald Photography

    Have a Piñata

    Who doesn’t love a piñata? Of course, the kids will flip, but adults will also love the touch of nostalgia.

    Photo by Nelly - Photographer

    Create a Cute Kids Table

    Kids may have difficulty sitting at their table for long stretches but if you provide them with activities like coloring books or small games, they’ll at least be occupied.

    Photo by Maiko Media

    Try “I Spy”

    Another activity for kids’ place settings – an “I Spy”-style game that encourages little ones (or those of any age) to look for various items around the wedding – from the mother-of-the-bride crying to a sparkly diamond. The one who finds all of the items first can win a prize – nothing like a little friendly competition!

    Photos (from left) by Julius Photography, Rachel Robertson Photography

    Have a Photo Booth

    Kids will not only love posing for silly portraits, but trying on different props and costumes is an activity in itself.

    Photo by Pasha Belman

    Think About Your Music Selection

    No, we’re not suggesting that you play “Old MacDonald” or “The Wheels on the Bus,” but lively Top 40 music appeals to younger people, who are often the biggest hits on the dance floor!

    Photo by Ian Grant Photography  

    One Word = Candy

    While their parents might not be a fan of the resulting sugar high, one thing is clear – kids love candy. As much as a wedding is already a pretty magical event, offering up candy will make it even more amazing for children!

    Photo by Joel Bedford Photography

    Check out these cool kids’ table ideas »

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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

    \

    Photo by Twin Hearts Photography

    Chair Decor 

    Photo by Athena Pelton Photography

     

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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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  • 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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    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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    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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  • Photo: Troy Grover Photographers

    Of course, you want your wedding cake to not only taste delicious but also look delicious without breaking the bank. Am I right? Before you order, consider these myths to make your experience just as sweet: 

    1. Buttercream is less expensive than fondant. This statement may be true, but most cake bakers prefer to decorate with fondant instead of buttercream. Therefore, there might be an extra fee for that rich, buttery flavor. 

    2. Order fake tiers in order to serve sheet cakes. A fake tier would be a decorated piece of styrofoam or rice krispies treats. Sheet cakes would then supplement the fake tiers. In reality, the cake baker is actually doing the same (or more) amount of work it would take to make a real tier. 

    3. Decorate with fresh florals not sugar flowers. Fresh florals can make your guests sick. Why? Because, unless organically grown, florals are often times sprayed with pesticides and not properly sanitized. 

    4. Make your own wedding cake. They're expensive to buy and make. Consider all the ingredients, tools, equipment, and time! It's too labor-extensive. 

    5. Choose a flavor that your guests will like. Choose a flavor that YOU want for one tier (like lemon) and then choose a mainstream flavor (like vanilla, chocolate, or red velvet) for the remaining two tiers. 

    6. Save the top of your wedding cake for your first anniversary. Tradition is out, so you think. You can still save the cake, but often times cake bakers also give a free mini cake. 

     
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