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  • By Project Wedding staff for our sponsor, Blue Nile 
    One of the wonderful things about choosing your wedding bands: there are no set rules! (expert advice)

    One of the wonderful things about choosing your wedding bands: there are no set rules! You can be as creative as you like and it's all about what speaks (or shines) to you!

    Remember that this ring is forever -- so choose a style that you could envision wearing 20 years from now. That said, here are some stylish and popular options of bands that will look fantastic with your brand new engagement ring!

    When it comes to wedding bands, you can never go wrong with the traditional, smooth-lined band. This classic style looks amazing and fits snugly with nearly any style of engagement ring, including solitaire, three-stone or five stone engagement rings. You will love this band for years to come!

     

    This pave-set diamond band is another heartwarming option, which looks stunning when accompanying a pave diamond engagement band of the same size. There are all different shapes and sizes of pave diamond bands to match your unique engagement ring. There is always the option to add some sparkle to a plain engagement ring setting as well!

     

    It's the blingin' band that really makes a statement! Brides love this eye-catching diamond eternity ring, with its sculpted-edge band. It looks gorgeous when paired with a plain engagement band, and could clash a bit with certain pave-style engagement rings so make sure you try it on first to see the set together.

    Brides, including actress Zooey Deschanel, are opting to bring a burst of color to their ring fingers with this channel set, sapphire and diamond ring. It's a great compliment to either a channel-set or plain band engagement ring.

    Similar to the pave-setting, the diamonds are placed differently into thischannel-set diamond wedding band. It has a very polished appearance and looks best when paired with a channel-set engagement ring. It also works beautifully with a plain band as well.

    If you want to go "custom," this prong-set diamond curved wedding ring is made specifically to align with your engagement diamond. It looks amazing when paired with a plain banded engagement ring.

    Other favorites:

    The whimsical, starlight diamond eternity ring is creative, playful and adds personality to a traditional engagement ring.

     

    We are in love with these radiant rubies in this channel-setting ring!

    This trio micropave diamond band, with three rows of diamonds, is to die for! We love that you could wear this without the engagement ring and it is simply stunning.

    Images courtesy: Blue Nile

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  • A pre-wedding facial may not be high on your priority list, but here are a few reasons why you may want to bump it up. (expert advice)     As your wedding day approaches, you want to be sure that you look your best.  For this reason, many brides book a facial appointment to get their skin in tip-top shape for the big day.  While a facial may not be high on your priority list, here are a few reasons why you may want to bump it up.   Fresh, Glowing Skin  One of your skin specialist's jobs will be to remove the dead skin from your face.  This is done by exfoliation and will get rid of the dull, tired look that can often result from dead skin.  The result is fresh, glowing skin that is naturally you - not from a bottle!  He or she will also apply a moisturizer that will keep your skin soft and supple - even through all the stresses that wedding planning can bring.   Close-Ups If you want close-up wedding pictures, you should probably not forget to book your facial.  The specialist will remove any blackheads, dirt and oil that may be clogging your pores.  These things are not attractive in a close-up wedding photograph - which is why so many women get them done!  In addition to removing this gunk from your pores, your facial expert will apply a toner or mask to help your pores close and your skin look stunning.   Cost of a Facial The typical cost of a facial depends on your specialist.  If they are an excellent skin care expert and are in high-demand, it could cost up to $300 - and you'd better book well in advance.  However, most typical facial specialists will charge around $50 for the full treatment.   Helpful Tips to Remember when Booking Your Facial  If you've never had a facial before, you should probably have one well in advance.  The last thing you want is to have an allergic reaction to something used on your face right before your wedding day.  Make an appointment a month in advance to have the regular treatment and make sure all goes smoothly.  If it works well and you're happy with the look of your skin, you can make a second appointment a few days before the wedding.   Not only is a facial great for the health of your skin, but it's also relaxing and can be very helpful for the stress of wedding planning.  Whether you're getting a facial massage or just enjoying the typical gossip of the specialist's office - it's a nice break from wedding planning.
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  • Photo courtesy of Blend Makeup Artistry

    The most surefire way to acheive a perfect complexion on your wedding day? Airbrush makeup. Once reserved for red carpets and Hollywood actresses, many wedding makeup artists now rely on this spray-on application technique to give their brides sheer, flawless, and lasting coverage. Not sure if it's the right choice for your wedding day? Ryan Kransey of Blend Makeup Aristry provides us with a helpful introduction to the topic.

    1. Why is airbrush foundation and makeup so appealing? 

    The airbrush makeup trend started where most trends do: in Hollywood. Airbrushed at the beginning of a busy day of shooting, starlets were impressed by the longevity and flawless finish the airbrush provided. Eventually, as with most trends, it trickled down into the everyday makeup world. Now it wouldn't be uncommon to see an airbrush kit in the home of a modern day working mom.

    2. What are the benefits of getting airbrush makeup applied versus the traditional application process?

    Its longevity—airbrush makeup lasts 8-12 hours in any weather condition. It's also water-resistant, so you won't have to worry about tear streaks. Finally, it won't rub off, which eliminates the fear of hugging or dancing too closely with guests. The trifecta of bridal makeup woes, solved! 

    3. What skin type does airbrushing work best for? How long does it take to apply?

    The beauty of airbrush is that it works for everyone, even people with sensitive skin. Clients with allergies will benefit from the water-based makeup formulas, and the air compressor is one of the most hygenic ways to distribute foundation. 

    4. How long does it take to apply?

    The application process is quick! Only about 45 seconds to a minute.  

    5. Can airbrush makeup be lightly applied? How can one avoid having their makeup look heavy or cakey?

    Airbrush has what we call a 'buildable' coverage—it can cater to brides who want very minimal coverage or heavy-duty tattoo and scar coverage.  Airbrushing should never look or feel cakey, but if it does, ask your artist for a spritz of rose water or less powder.

    6. Should a bride schedule a trial-run before her wedding day?

    Absolutely. Not only is a trial the best way to get to know your artist (and, more importantly, for her/him to get to know you), it is essential in determining your personal look for the day. 

    7. Which season would you recommend airbrush makeup for?

    It's beautiful for any season, but summer brides will benefit the most.

    8. Can you apply traditional makeup over airbrush foundation? 

    Traditional foundation can be applied over airbrush, but it's mostly unnecessary. At times we place concealer on top of airbrush foundation for additional coverage where needed, but that's about it. 

    9. Does it stain? If it gets on a bride's wedding dress, what do you recommend to remove it?

    Even though airbrush is tear-proof, it does not stain. It can be removed simply with soap and water or with makeup remover. However, it's always good to be aware of your makeup as you put on your dress-- the airbrush won't stain but mascara and lipstick will.

    Related: Classic Wedding Makeup to Copy 

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  • By: Jenny Batt

    Fringe is still everywhere and I don’t think it's going out of style anytime soon. Traditionally, you take tiny pieces of fringe and cover shapes and large paper mache objects. For this DIY, I will show you a new technique to breeze through fringing anything.     Materials: Tissue Paper Cutting Mat and Rotary Cutter Scissors (or fringing scissors – easier) Elmer’s Glue Poster Board   Step One Lay several sheets of tissue paper flat and fold in half lengthwise. Use your cutting mat, a straight edge and your rotary cutter, to cut strips 2.5” wide across the fold.     Step Two Take each set of strips and unfold. Refold lengthwise.     Step Three Fold in half widthwise and cut fringe on the bottom (not the folded) edge.     Step Four Separate each fringed strip and refold lengthwise. Take your poster board and across the short edge, run a thin bead of glue across the length. Lay a fringed piece across the glue and press lightly to adhere. If the strip isn’t quite long enough to reach, just add pieces as needed. For the next layer add another bead of glue above the first strip and add another strip.     Step Five Repeat until the entire poster board is covered. Let dry.     Step Six Print out letters from your computer. Cut out the letters from the paper. Place each letter on the fringed board, adjusting it so the fringe goes left to right across the letter, and cut loosely around the edge. Once you have the smaller piece, use the template to cut out the shape perfectly.     Step Seven Repeat with remaining letters. Sometimes after cutting, the tops of the letters are missing fringe. Simply add touch up pieces of tissue paper fringe and glue down. Let dry and trim.     Step Eight Use a bunting template to make a fun garland. You can use the fringed poster board to make any shapes you like or keep as is for a fun backdrop or to use as a tray liner. The fringing goes quickly using this method and is less tedious than fringing each shape individually.     Step Nine To make a garland from the letters, simply flip over the pieces and tape down to twine. Here I used washi tape so I can remove and adjust the letters easily after hanging.     photos by hankandhunt.com      
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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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  • By: Chelsea Fuss

    This bouquet is so simple and effortless. Pair it with a lace dress or a simple sheath. The burlap adds a rustic touch that keeps it from being too sweet. The best part? This bouquet only costs around $15!     Materials: 10 double-petaled tulips 1-2 stems of "cheerful" narcissus Twine A piece of burlap A vase  Scissors   Directions:   1. Trim the very ends of the flowers.     2. Start with a few of the larger tulips at the bottom of the bouquet; add the smaller tulips towards the top.     3. Add the narcissus blossoms towards the bottom of the bouquet and off-center.     4. Wrap in twine, then wrap the burlap over that.       Your bouquet will be bright and fragrant.. enjoy the springtime blooms!   By: Chelsea Fuss
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  • Project & Story By: Chelsea Fuss 

    Photos By: Lisa Warninger 

    Canelé cakes originated in France, where they were popular starting in the 19th century. Today you can find them at most bakeries. The little cakes are about three inches tall with a caramelized crust, and a custard in the center. You can make your own or order them in bulk from a bakery. We've created a cute, modern packaging for a wedding favor.   Materials: Canelé cakes  bright tissue paper string  pinking shears white pen white round sticker

    Step One:

    Cut a 6" by 6" square of the tissue with pinking sheers (use two pieces per cake)

      Step Two: Write the name of the guest about 2 inches from the bottom of the paper. Once it's wrapped up it will look like the photo below.     Step Three: Roll the cake in the tissue and fold over the end of the paper onto the bottom of the cake.     Step Four: Secure with a sticker.     Step Five: Twist the top tissue and secure with string. Trim if necessary.    
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  • Photos By: Mary Swenson

    Chalkboards are all the rage in the design world lately, and they're also an easy way to add a bit of unexpected character to your wedding day! Whether you're going for a casual, country, or even chic look, check out our ideas on how you can incorporate this fun element into your event.   When we stumbled upon this amazing blackboard oilcloth, we knew we had to somehow use it in one of our do-it-yourself projects. It's a dream to write on, and the chalk easily washes off with a damp cloth, so the oilcloth can be used over and over again. We cut ours to fit a large white frame and wrote guests' seat assignments on it to create a modern-looking seating chart.   Sources: Oilcloth from Bell'Occhio; Ribba frame from Ikea     Cut the oilcloth to make a dramatic place mat for each table setting; write the guest's name across the top in lieu of a place card.   Sources: Oilcloth from Bell'Occhio     We cut tags from cardstock and sprayed them with chalkboard spray paint to create super-easy place cards.   Source: Chalkboard spray paint by Krylon     These adorable mini-chalkboards are a perfect size for place cards; wind them around napkins or favors for a charming look.   Source: Mini-chalkboards by Darice from Joann Fabrics     Votive holders or small cups can also get the spray-paint treatment; fill them with bright flowers for a glamorous favor, and write guests' names on the front for added personalization.    Source: Chalkboard spray paint by Krylon     When black is matte, it looks sophisticated and soft -- and is a fabulous compliment to a floral arrangement. We spray painted a vase with chalkboard paint, wrote the table number on the front, and filled with pretty pale tulips. Volia! An inexpensive centerpiece that still looks dramatic.   Source: Chalkboard spray paint by Krylon     We hung a page from this blackboard album around an old wooden box, wrote the table number on the front, and then filled it with floppy flowers. The result? A casual, rustic centerpiece that's truly unique.   Source: Blackboard chipboard album by Cosmo Cricket    

     

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    Photos by i am baker     Amanda from i am baker shares her gorgeous rose cake secrets with us - which all starts with whatever type of cake you desire and lots of buttercream frosting.     Put your 1M tip (or any large open star tip) into the pastry bag then fill it up with buttercream frosting. Note: You will need lots of frosting for this one!     To make your rose, start in the center, then slowly move your tip in a circle around the center point. Amanda wanted a single rose to span the side of the cake so she looped around my center point twice. Try to end in the same place each time.     Have FUN with it! Those roses are so forgiving. But if you find that you really dislike how they are turning out, just scrape them off and start over!     Go all the way around the cake and complete with one last rose.     Put your cake in the fridge after you are done with decorating to help them set up and retain their shape.   This fancy rose cake has a vertical layer interior.     Amanda from i am baker actually made two separate cakes and assembled them into the vertical layer pattern.     Bellisimo!     Save a piece for us, please.    
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    Concept by: Victoria Hudgins Photos by Erin Holland   Add a dash of confetti to your party in the form of a chandelier! This looks fabulous hung in multiples on top of a dessert bar, or hung individually as centerpieces.     In fact, you can turn your confetti chandelier into a 'cake topper,' who says that a 'topper' has to be placed directly on top of the cake?     Cut out one inch confetti rounds from colored paper. We used about 120 rounds for this installation. I would suggest using a monotone color scheme or 4-5 coordinating colors on each hoop.     Thread the confetti dots together. Begin at the top, leaving enough thread to attach the string to an embroidery hoop. Have your hot glue gun ready and place a tiny drop of glue on the bottom of each dot to hold it in place.     Using an embroidery hoop, tie four to six strings across the top in a criss cross pattern.     One at a time, tie the strands of confetti dots onto the hoop and string base. You can paint or adorn the hoop as needed to match your wedding décor.     Hang the installation above a cake or elsewhere; adjust the length of the strands for just the right balance.      
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  • By Project Wedding staff for our sponsor, Blue Nile 
    One of the wonderful things about choosing your wedding bands: there are no set rules! (expert advice)

    One of the wonderful things about choosing your wedding bands: there are no set rules! You can be as creative as you like and it's all about what speaks (or shines) to you!

    Remember that this ring is forever -- so choose a style that you could envision wearing 20 years from now. That said, here are some stylish and popular options of bands that will look fantastic with your brand new engagement ring!

    When it comes to wedding bands, you can never go wrong with the traditional, smooth-lined band. This classic style looks amazing and fits snugly with nearly any style of engagement ring, including solitaire, three-stone or five stone engagement rings. You will love this band for years to come!

     

    This pave-set diamond band is another heartwarming option, which looks stunning when accompanying a pave diamond engagement band of the same size. There are all different shapes and sizes of pave diamond bands to match your unique engagement ring. There is always the option to add some sparkle to a plain engagement ring setting as well!

     

    It's the blingin' band that really makes a statement! Brides love this eye-catching diamond eternity ring, with its sculpted-edge band. It looks gorgeous when paired with a plain engagement band, and could clash a bit with certain pave-style engagement rings so make sure you try it on first to see the set together.

    Brides, including actress Zooey Deschanel, are opting to bring a burst of color to their ring fingers with this channel set, sapphire and diamond ring. It's a great compliment to either a channel-set or plain band engagement ring.

    Similar to the pave-setting, the diamonds are placed differently into thischannel-set diamond wedding band. It has a very polished appearance and looks best when paired with a channel-set engagement ring. It also works beautifully with a plain band as well.

    If you want to go "custom," this prong-set diamond curved wedding ring is made specifically to align with your engagement diamond. It looks amazing when paired with a plain banded engagement ring.

    Other favorites:

    The whimsical, starlight diamond eternity ring is creative, playful and adds personality to a traditional engagement ring.

     

    We are in love with these radiant rubies in this channel-setting ring!

    This trio micropave diamond band, with three rows of diamonds, is to die for! We love that you could wear this without the engagement ring and it is simply stunning.

    Images courtesy: Blue Nile

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  • A pre-wedding facial may not be high on your priority list, but here are a few reasons why you may want to bump it up. (expert advice)     As your wedding day approaches, you want to be sure that you look your best.  For this reason, many brides book a facial appointment to get their skin in tip-top shape for the big day.  While a facial may not be high on your priority list, here are a few reasons why you may want to bump it up.   Fresh, Glowing Skin  One of your skin specialist's jobs will be to remove the dead skin from your face.  This is done by exfoliation and will get rid of the dull, tired look that can often result from dead skin.  The result is fresh, glowing skin that is naturally you - not from a bottle!  He or she will also apply a moisturizer that will keep your skin soft and supple - even through all the stresses that wedding planning can bring.   Close-Ups If you want close-up wedding pictures, you should probably not forget to book your facial.  The specialist will remove any blackheads, dirt and oil that may be clogging your pores.  These things are not attractive in a close-up wedding photograph - which is why so many women get them done!  In addition to removing this gunk from your pores, your facial expert will apply a toner or mask to help your pores close and your skin look stunning.   Cost of a Facial The typical cost of a facial depends on your specialist.  If they are an excellent skin care expert and are in high-demand, it could cost up to $300 - and you'd better book well in advance.  However, most typical facial specialists will charge around $50 for the full treatment.   Helpful Tips to Remember when Booking Your Facial  If you've never had a facial before, you should probably have one well in advance.  The last thing you want is to have an allergic reaction to something used on your face right before your wedding day.  Make an appointment a month in advance to have the regular treatment and make sure all goes smoothly.  If it works well and you're happy with the look of your skin, you can make a second appointment a few days before the wedding.   Not only is a facial great for the health of your skin, but it's also relaxing and can be very helpful for the stress of wedding planning.  Whether you're getting a facial massage or just enjoying the typical gossip of the specialist's office - it's a nice break from wedding planning.
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  • Photo courtesy of Blend Makeup Artistry

    The most surefire way to acheive a perfect complexion on your wedding day? Airbrush makeup. Once reserved for red carpets and Hollywood actresses, many wedding makeup artists now rely on this spray-on application technique to give their brides sheer, flawless, and lasting coverage. Not sure if it's the right choice for your wedding day? Ryan Kransey of Blend Makeup Aristry provides us with a helpful introduction to the topic.

    1. Why is airbrush foundation and makeup so appealing? 

    The airbrush makeup trend started where most trends do: in Hollywood. Airbrushed at the beginning of a busy day of shooting, starlets were impressed by the longevity and flawless finish the airbrush provided. Eventually, as with most trends, it trickled down into the everyday makeup world. Now it wouldn't be uncommon to see an airbrush kit in the home of a modern day working mom.

    2. What are the benefits of getting airbrush makeup applied versus the traditional application process?

    Its longevity—airbrush makeup lasts 8-12 hours in any weather condition. It's also water-resistant, so you won't have to worry about tear streaks. Finally, it won't rub off, which eliminates the fear of hugging or dancing too closely with guests. The trifecta of bridal makeup woes, solved! 

    3. What skin type does airbrushing work best for? How long does it take to apply?

    The beauty of airbrush is that it works for everyone, even people with sensitive skin. Clients with allergies will benefit from the water-based makeup formulas, and the air compressor is one of the most hygenic ways to distribute foundation. 

    4. How long does it take to apply?

    The application process is quick! Only about 45 seconds to a minute.  

    5. Can airbrush makeup be lightly applied? How can one avoid having their makeup look heavy or cakey?

    Airbrush has what we call a 'buildable' coverage—it can cater to brides who want very minimal coverage or heavy-duty tattoo and scar coverage.  Airbrushing should never look or feel cakey, but if it does, ask your artist for a spritz of rose water or less powder.

    6. Should a bride schedule a trial-run before her wedding day?

    Absolutely. Not only is a trial the best way to get to know your artist (and, more importantly, for her/him to get to know you), it is essential in determining your personal look for the day. 

    7. Which season would you recommend airbrush makeup for?

    It's beautiful for any season, but summer brides will benefit the most.

    8. Can you apply traditional makeup over airbrush foundation? 

    Traditional foundation can be applied over airbrush, but it's mostly unnecessary. At times we place concealer on top of airbrush foundation for additional coverage where needed, but that's about it. 

    9. Does it stain? If it gets on a bride's wedding dress, what do you recommend to remove it?

    Even though airbrush is tear-proof, it does not stain. It can be removed simply with soap and water or with makeup remover. However, it's always good to be aware of your makeup as you put on your dress-- the airbrush won't stain but mascara and lipstick will.

    Related: Classic Wedding Makeup to Copy 

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  • By: Jenny Batt

    Fringe is still everywhere and I don’t think it's going out of style anytime soon. Traditionally, you take tiny pieces of fringe and cover shapes and large paper mache objects. For this DIY, I will show you a new technique to breeze through fringing anything.     Materials: Tissue Paper Cutting Mat and Rotary Cutter Scissors (or fringing scissors – easier) Elmer’s Glue Poster Board   Step One Lay several sheets of tissue paper flat and fold in half lengthwise. Use your cutting mat, a straight edge and your rotary cutter, to cut strips 2.5” wide across the fold.     Step Two Take each set of strips and unfold. Refold lengthwise.     Step Three Fold in half widthwise and cut fringe on the bottom (not the folded) edge.     Step Four Separate each fringed strip and refold lengthwise. Take your poster board and across the short edge, run a thin bead of glue across the length. Lay a fringed piece across the glue and press lightly to adhere. If the strip isn’t quite long enough to reach, just add pieces as needed. For the next layer add another bead of glue above the first strip and add another strip.     Step Five Repeat until the entire poster board is covered. Let dry.     Step Six Print out letters from your computer. Cut out the letters from the paper. Place each letter on the fringed board, adjusting it so the fringe goes left to right across the letter, and cut loosely around the edge. Once you have the smaller piece, use the template to cut out the shape perfectly.     Step Seven Repeat with remaining letters. Sometimes after cutting, the tops of the letters are missing fringe. Simply add touch up pieces of tissue paper fringe and glue down. Let dry and trim.     Step Eight Use a bunting template to make a fun garland. You can use the fringed poster board to make any shapes you like or keep as is for a fun backdrop or to use as a tray liner. The fringing goes quickly using this method and is less tedious than fringing each shape individually.     Step Nine To make a garland from the letters, simply flip over the pieces and tape down to twine. Here I used washi tape so I can remove and adjust the letters easily after hanging.     photos by hankandhunt.com      
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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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  • By: Chelsea Fuss

    This bouquet is so simple and effortless. Pair it with a lace dress or a simple sheath. The burlap adds a rustic touch that keeps it from being too sweet. The best part? This bouquet only costs around $15!     Materials: 10 double-petaled tulips 1-2 stems of "cheerful" narcissus Twine A piece of burlap A vase  Scissors   Directions:   1. Trim the very ends of the flowers.     2. Start with a few of the larger tulips at the bottom of the bouquet; add the smaller tulips towards the top.     3. Add the narcissus blossoms towards the bottom of the bouquet and off-center.     4. Wrap in twine, then wrap the burlap over that.       Your bouquet will be bright and fragrant.. enjoy the springtime blooms!   By: Chelsea Fuss
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  • Project & Story By: Chelsea Fuss 

    Photos By: Lisa Warninger 

    Canelé cakes originated in France, where they were popular starting in the 19th century. Today you can find them at most bakeries. The little cakes are about three inches tall with a caramelized crust, and a custard in the center. You can make your own or order them in bulk from a bakery. We've created a cute, modern packaging for a wedding favor.   Materials: Canelé cakes  bright tissue paper string  pinking shears white pen white round sticker

    Step One:

    Cut a 6" by 6" square of the tissue with pinking sheers (use two pieces per cake)

      Step Two: Write the name of the guest about 2 inches from the bottom of the paper. Once it's wrapped up it will look like the photo below.     Step Three: Roll the cake in the tissue and fold over the end of the paper onto the bottom of the cake.     Step Four: Secure with a sticker.     Step Five: Twist the top tissue and secure with string. Trim if necessary.    
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  • Photos By: Mary Swenson

    Chalkboards are all the rage in the design world lately, and they're also an easy way to add a bit of unexpected character to your wedding day! Whether you're going for a casual, country, or even chic look, check out our ideas on how you can incorporate this fun element into your event.   When we stumbled upon this amazing blackboard oilcloth, we knew we had to somehow use it in one of our do-it-yourself projects. It's a dream to write on, and the chalk easily washes off with a damp cloth, so the oilcloth can be used over and over again. We cut ours to fit a large white frame and wrote guests' seat assignments on it to create a modern-looking seating chart.   Sources: Oilcloth from Bell'Occhio; Ribba frame from Ikea     Cut the oilcloth to make a dramatic place mat for each table setting; write the guest's name across the top in lieu of a place card.   Sources: Oilcloth from Bell'Occhio     We cut tags from cardstock and sprayed them with chalkboard spray paint to create super-easy place cards.   Source: Chalkboard spray paint by Krylon     These adorable mini-chalkboards are a perfect size for place cards; wind them around napkins or favors for a charming look.   Source: Mini-chalkboards by Darice from Joann Fabrics     Votive holders or small cups can also get the spray-paint treatment; fill them with bright flowers for a glamorous favor, and write guests' names on the front for added personalization.    Source: Chalkboard spray paint by Krylon     When black is matte, it looks sophisticated and soft -- and is a fabulous compliment to a floral arrangement. We spray painted a vase with chalkboard paint, wrote the table number on the front, and filled with pretty pale tulips. Volia! An inexpensive centerpiece that still looks dramatic.   Source: Chalkboard spray paint by Krylon     We hung a page from this blackboard album around an old wooden box, wrote the table number on the front, and then filled it with floppy flowers. The result? A casual, rustic centerpiece that's truly unique.   Source: Blackboard chipboard album by Cosmo Cricket    

     

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    Photos by i am baker     Amanda from i am baker shares her gorgeous rose cake secrets with us - which all starts with whatever type of cake you desire and lots of buttercream frosting.     Put your 1M tip (or any large open star tip) into the pastry bag then fill it up with buttercream frosting. Note: You will need lots of frosting for this one!     To make your rose, start in the center, then slowly move your tip in a circle around the center point. Amanda wanted a single rose to span the side of the cake so she looped around my center point twice. Try to end in the same place each time.     Have FUN with it! Those roses are so forgiving. But if you find that you really dislike how they are turning out, just scrape them off and start over!     Go all the way around the cake and complete with one last rose.     Put your cake in the fridge after you are done with decorating to help them set up and retain their shape.   This fancy rose cake has a vertical layer interior.     Amanda from i am baker actually made two separate cakes and assembled them into the vertical layer pattern.     Bellisimo!     Save a piece for us, please.    
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    Concept by: Victoria Hudgins Photos by Erin Holland   Add a dash of confetti to your party in the form of a chandelier! This looks fabulous hung in multiples on top of a dessert bar, or hung individually as centerpieces.     In fact, you can turn your confetti chandelier into a 'cake topper,' who says that a 'topper' has to be placed directly on top of the cake?     Cut out one inch confetti rounds from colored paper. We used about 120 rounds for this installation. I would suggest using a monotone color scheme or 4-5 coordinating colors on each hoop.     Thread the confetti dots together. Begin at the top, leaving enough thread to attach the string to an embroidery hoop. Have your hot glue gun ready and place a tiny drop of glue on the bottom of each dot to hold it in place.     Using an embroidery hoop, tie four to six strings across the top in a criss cross pattern.     One at a time, tie the strands of confetti dots onto the hoop and string base. You can paint or adorn the hoop as needed to match your wedding décor.     Hang the installation above a cake or elsewhere; adjust the length of the strands for just the right balance.      
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