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  • Photos By: Mary Swenson

    Candles are that one favor you know your guests will use, and they're easier to make than you may think! Forget special candle-making equipment -- microwaveable soy wax is easy to use, and add a package of candle wicking (both available at craft stores) and you're ready to get started!     Begin by choosing an interesting container for your candle: vintage tins, miniature clay pots, and teacups all make lovely and unique statements, and are easy to coordinate with your event. For our project, we used inexpensive cobalt blue jars found on eBay.     First, we cut the wicking to fit the depth of our container. To keep the wick straight, we tied the top loosely around a wooden stick long enough so that it was able to rest on top of the jar, and then centered the wick over the jar.     We put the soy wax flakes in a microwave-safe container with a spout (which makes it easier to control the wax when we're ready to pour it into our jars) and melted the wax according to the package instructions.     You can personalize your candle's fragrance with a huge variety of fragrance oils, or leave them unscented. We added a few drops of lavender oil to our hot, melted wax, carefully poured it into the jars, and let them sit undisturbed until completely cooled and solid.     While the candles cooled, we prepped the packaging for our candles. We made simple gift tags and cut sprigs of dried lavender to tie around each jar.     The finished product: fragrant soy candles, personalized for each guest!     Use each candle as a place setting, or display them all together on a favor table. Your guests will love them!   Photos By: Mary Swenson
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  • Photos By: Chelsea Fuss

    Inspired by the sweet strawberry cakes that Swedes make during their Midsummer holiday each year, we came up with this festive wedding cake! It's perfect for an outdoor, rustic wedding. You can make the cake yourself, or simply embellish a store bought cake using our styling inspiration. It's easy and such a unique idea!

    First you'll need a white dome cake. We used a citrus flavor dome cake filled with whip cream, from a small family bakery, and it was delicious. We just took off the doily and cardboard it came on and slid it onto a rustic wooden board. You could also make your own. Here are instructions on how to make a dome cake.

    You will need around two pints of strawberries per cake.

    Cut the stems off and slice the strawberries in half.

    Lay the strawberries flat side down, all over the cake.

    Keep the cake in the fridge until just before the reception.

    Add edible wildflowers a few hours before your event. We used buckwheat, meadowsweet, and winter savory. The flavor of these flowers worked wonderfully with the citrus flavor of the cake!     We laid them all around the cake and sprinkled the petals and leaves on top of it. The more you add, the better it looks. Make sure the flowers you use are edible and have not been sprayed with pesticides!     More ideas for edible flowers: pansies violets nasturtium roses calendula     Display your cake on a rustic farm table and decorate with flowers around the bottom of the cake like in slide one. Your guests will love digging into this summery treat!    
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    by Jordan Ferney   Make a cute and easy display for your pinwheel escort cards. For this project, we used a pretty floral origami paper. Origami works great because there is a different pattern on the front than there is on the back.     Supplies for Pinwheels: 1. Floral Origami Paper $5 2. Dowels or Pencils (the pencils work well because you can use the eraser for the pin.) $4 3. Map Pins $4 4. Scissors 5. Strips of cardstock for names For the Display: 1. Flat wood $1/each 2. String 3. Drill and drill bits       Step One: Cut the origami paper in fourths. Step Two: Fold the small square corner to corner in both directions.       Step Three: Cut along the folded line 2/3 of the way toward the center on all four corners. Step Four: Now you are ready to pin. Take one corner of each cut section and pin them all in the middle of the square then add the strip of paper before pinning it all to a dowel or pencil.        Step Five: Depending on how many pinwheels you have, mark the flat wood piece with a pencil about 4" apart so you know where to drill the holes. The holes should be the exact size of the stick. We prefer it like that so you can put the pinwheel as high or low as you want and it will hold in place. Drill the holes along the pencil marks.     Step Six: Drill a small hole on each side for the string to go through. Step Seven: Put the string through the holes and tie knots an equal distance on each side to hold the wood in place.     Step Eight: Assemble pinwheels in the rack and hand from a bush or a wall. For a display rack, we got some flat wood in the dowel section of an art supply store and then just drilled holes the size of the pencils.     You can create pinwheels to fit any color palette.     This whole DIY goes pretty fast depending on how many pinwheels you need. We did this whole project for $17.     Your guests will just love them - see!?!  
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    Project By: Victoria Hudgins Photos By: Prokopets Studios   Want to leave your ceremony in style? There is no better way to do it then under a canopy of flying confetti! Here is a fun way to present the confetti to your guests; be ready for a colorful shower of love!     Materials: Vellum paper, scissors, a small hole punch, embroidery thread, a needle and a stack of scrapbook paper in your color palette     Step One: The first step is to make the confetti, which is the easiest part but also the most time consuming. I would suggest tackling 20 sheets or so each day over a week. More than that and your hands will get VERY tired. To make the confetti, simply punch holes out of the paper, easy peasy!     Step Two: Next, cut the hearts from your vellum; you will need to cut double the number of confetti packs you hope to make.     Step Three: Once everything is cut, lay the hearts out and top every other one with a handful of confetti. Top the bottom half with another vellum heart.     Step Four: Hold one end of the heart and starting at the bottom, begin hand sewing around the other side with embroidery thread. Make about 7 stitches around. Do not sew these too tight and leave a decent length of thread at the bottom of each heart. Tie once at the bottom, in a lose knot. The idea is to keep the confetti in but to allow your guests to easily pull the thread right out.     Lay out your hearts with a note of instruction for guests to pull the thread and throw up their hearts when it is time. A beautiful shower of bright confetti and iridescent hearts awaits your finale.     Tip: Be sure to check with your venue before planning this project- not all venues allow you to throw confetti or rice. Happy hole punching!    

     

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  • Project Design By: Victoria Hudgins

    Photos By: Carly Taylor

    Using watercolor in your wedding can be an easy way to add both color and pretty artistic flair. Make drink tags, escort cards, or favor labels with these easy instructions.     Materials: You will need watercolor paints, paper tags, a white crayon, a paint brush and water.     Process: Write in your details on the paper tag with a white crayon. I did a combo of table numbers and simple words to show how each would look. Be sure to press firmly with the crayon.     A preview of the finished product. Loving this vibrant orange.     Dip your brush in the water and the paint, before stroking lightly over your tag.     Mix colors and do a couple coats to ensure good texture.
      The watercolors will not adhere to the wax portion of the tag where the crayon has left its mark.
      What a difference adding favor tags makes! Let dry and attach to your favor or item of choice!     Lastly, get creative and have fun!      Project Design By: Victoria Hudgins Photos By: Carly Taylor

     

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  • Photos By: Victoria Hudgins

    Paper marbling is a technique that has been around for a long time. The process leaves a beautiful impression on paper giving a high design style to invitations, gift tags and stationery. For your wedding why not take this traditional paper impact a little further by saturating your paint and marbling in a bold, modern and fresh way?     Materials: Heavy stock white paper, 2-3 colors of acrylic paints, a shallow pan and water.     Step One: Begin by dropping each of your paints into the water filled pan. Drip the paints in a straight line one at a time.     Step Two: Using a kitchen skewer, blend the paints together. When you do this some of the paint will rise to the top but (unlike normal marbling) the weight of the paint will allow a majority of it to remain on the bottom of the pan.     Step Three: Holding your paper on both ends make a U shape with it and set it in the water, bottom of the U first. This will prevent any air bubbles from ending up in your final design.     Step Four: Once the paper is entirely in the pan quickly take two fingers and push it toward the bottom of your pan. Swirl it around the bottom of the pan in a circular motion, this is where it picks up the bold saturation.     Step Five: Pull the paper out and let dry for 6-8 hours.     Once the paper is dry, cut it up for tags, seating cards or any other paper-based project you've dreamed up.       Project styling, design concept + photography by Victoria Hudgins    

     

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    Travel expert Jetsetter.com gives us five key tips for planning a wedding abroad! (expert advice)

    By Geraldine Campbell for our sponsor, Jetsetter.com

    Wedding planning is an exciting, emotional (sometimes exasperating) endeavor – and plotting your nuptials in a far-off place is no different. The advantages of a destination wedding are many: For one (let’s be honest), saying “I do” abroad limits the guest list. It can also be easier (yes, easier) to plan, since the resort’s on-site coordinator can handle everything from photographers and table arrangements to goodie bags. Not to mention: exchanging vows on a sandy beach with your friends and family? Priceless. We tapped the travel experts at Jetsetter.com for their top tips on making your destination wedding go off without a hitch.

     

     

    1. Do your homework

    Different countries have different requirements when it comes to non-natives getting married on native soil. In France, for example, a proper wedding can be un nightmare: The 40-day residence requirement is just one of the (many) steps required. In Bali, a legal ceremony is considerably easier, although, you and your honey have to be the same religion. So, wherever you’re dreaming of tying the knot, know what you’re getting into. 

     

     

    2. Have a symbolic ceremony

    If you don’t want to deal with overseas bureaucracy, get married stateside (pop over to City Hall for a quickie or, better yet, hop on a flight to Vegas) – and have a non-civil ceremony in your destination of choice. No one will be the wiser.

     

     

    3. Make considerations

    For your guests, a destination wedding can be significantly more expensive than a domestic affair. Do them a favor and give fair warning – six months at minimum (a year is even better). Also, consider ditching the registry. If you’re not willing to forego gifts completely, include inexpensive items on your wish list.

     

     

    4. Stay in one place

    Honeymooning where you get hitched means you can go from reception to relaxation mode without the hassle of planes, trains and automobiles. It can also be cost-effective. Resort wedding packages often include a free stay for the bride and groom. Everything is negotiable and if the hotel isn’t willing to put you up for a night or two (or longer), ask for an upgrade.

     

     

    5. Get inspired at Jetsetter.com

    Jetsetter has hotels in every corner of the world – and a perfect destination wedding spot for every personality type, whether you’re an adventurer, a foodie, or a romantic!

     

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  • The engagement party is just the first of many more celebrations to come. Here are some unique ideas for your engagement party. (expert advice)

    You've said 'yes' to that special man in your life and now it's time to celebrate your upcoming wedding with family and friends. This means you better start planning some sort of get-together or engagement party in order to spread the joyful news. Where do you start? First, you should come up with a suitable and available engagement party location, and possibly toss around a few ideas for an engagement party theme, which is perfect for couples who don’t want to trade traditional nuptials for a theme wedding.

    Before You Get Started
    Before you start brainstorming for the perfect location for your engagement party, you first need to iron out a few details, including:

    • Budget: Your available budget will certainly dictate the location and other aspects of planning your engagement party. Remember – this is a party meant to announce your engagement and should in no way exceed the amount of money spent on your wedding ceremony or reception. Pinch pennies now so that you have more money to spend later.

    • Guest List: The number of guests will also affect your engagement party plans, as you must find a space large enough to accommodate the people you invite.

    • Party Theme: If you are centering this celebration on a particular theme, it's best to come to a final decision before browsing potential locations.

    Unique Engagement Party Locations
    When planning an engagement party, keep in mind that you don’t have to fall victim to the space restrictions and rules that apply to wedding locations. This means you can select sites that you'd love to have your wedding at, but just can't pull off in time or with your budget. So, this is the time to explore partying at a sports park, old movie theater, amusement park, or historic garden. Those who wish to splurge on their engagement party location may select sites that are typically reserved for weddings, which include country clubs, reception halls, and wineries. Other engagement party locations to consider, includes:

    • Your favorite restaurant
    • Parent's home
    • Beach 
    • Park 

    Unique Engagement Party Themes
    Looking to celebrate your engagement in style, with a touch of humor, or absolutely off-the-wall? Consider planning an engagement party centered on a particular theme. Food, decorations, and fun activities usually mimic the theme of the evening, which may include:

    • A hula bash with grass skirts and Pina Coladas by the beach 
    • A romantic affair with dreams of the Eiffel Tower 
    • Recreating important milestones in your life with your fiancé 
    • Ball and chain humor
    • Costume ball focused on famous lovers

    Photos by Perez Photography

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    By: Carly Taylor   Spring weddings should be easy to enjoy with pretty flowers taking center stage. These painted glass vases will give your tables a subtle design edge with even just a few floral stems.     Collect many different glass vases from thrift stores, left over bottles, etc. Purchase a couple of water-based paints in the colors of your choosing. (hint* you can even bring an item or fabric into the hardware store for them to match a color for you).   In a large basin, mix 4 cups paint with 1 cup water, stir well.       Begin taping off your vases to the level you would like the paint to reach. Vary the levels on your vases for a pretty aesthetic.     Dip the vases into the paint and swoosh to cover the entire bottom portion.     Turn the vases over on a drop cloth, and allow at least 24 hours dry time.     Peel off all tape and using a damp paper towel, remove any residue paint (since your paint was mixed with water it will come right off).     Leave your edge straight for a clean look or you can make a jagged edge for added effect.     Set your vases somewhere dry and let the paint set for another 48 hours before using.     The possibilities are endless for color combinations!     Fill with a few stems and group for very pretty table arrangements.       Enjoy!   {Photos By: Carly Taylor}
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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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  • Photos By: Mary Swenson

    Candles are that one favor you know your guests will use, and they're easier to make than you may think! Forget special candle-making equipment -- microwaveable soy wax is easy to use, and add a package of candle wicking (both available at craft stores) and you're ready to get started!     Begin by choosing an interesting container for your candle: vintage tins, miniature clay pots, and teacups all make lovely and unique statements, and are easy to coordinate with your event. For our project, we used inexpensive cobalt blue jars found on eBay.     First, we cut the wicking to fit the depth of our container. To keep the wick straight, we tied the top loosely around a wooden stick long enough so that it was able to rest on top of the jar, and then centered the wick over the jar.     We put the soy wax flakes in a microwave-safe container with a spout (which makes it easier to control the wax when we're ready to pour it into our jars) and melted the wax according to the package instructions.     You can personalize your candle's fragrance with a huge variety of fragrance oils, or leave them unscented. We added a few drops of lavender oil to our hot, melted wax, carefully poured it into the jars, and let them sit undisturbed until completely cooled and solid.     While the candles cooled, we prepped the packaging for our candles. We made simple gift tags and cut sprigs of dried lavender to tie around each jar.     The finished product: fragrant soy candles, personalized for each guest!     Use each candle as a place setting, or display them all together on a favor table. Your guests will love them!   Photos By: Mary Swenson
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  • Photos By: Chelsea Fuss

    Inspired by the sweet strawberry cakes that Swedes make during their Midsummer holiday each year, we came up with this festive wedding cake! It's perfect for an outdoor, rustic wedding. You can make the cake yourself, or simply embellish a store bought cake using our styling inspiration. It's easy and such a unique idea!

    First you'll need a white dome cake. We used a citrus flavor dome cake filled with whip cream, from a small family bakery, and it was delicious. We just took off the doily and cardboard it came on and slid it onto a rustic wooden board. You could also make your own. Here are instructions on how to make a dome cake.

    You will need around two pints of strawberries per cake.

    Cut the stems off and slice the strawberries in half.

    Lay the strawberries flat side down, all over the cake.

    Keep the cake in the fridge until just before the reception.

    Add edible wildflowers a few hours before your event. We used buckwheat, meadowsweet, and winter savory. The flavor of these flowers worked wonderfully with the citrus flavor of the cake!     We laid them all around the cake and sprinkled the petals and leaves on top of it. The more you add, the better it looks. Make sure the flowers you use are edible and have not been sprayed with pesticides!     More ideas for edible flowers: pansies violets nasturtium roses calendula     Display your cake on a rustic farm table and decorate with flowers around the bottom of the cake like in slide one. Your guests will love digging into this summery treat!    
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    by Jordan Ferney   Make a cute and easy display for your pinwheel escort cards. For this project, we used a pretty floral origami paper. Origami works great because there is a different pattern on the front than there is on the back.     Supplies for Pinwheels: 1. Floral Origami Paper $5 2. Dowels or Pencils (the pencils work well because you can use the eraser for the pin.) $4 3. Map Pins $4 4. Scissors 5. Strips of cardstock for names For the Display: 1. Flat wood $1/each 2. String 3. Drill and drill bits       Step One: Cut the origami paper in fourths. Step Two: Fold the small square corner to corner in both directions.       Step Three: Cut along the folded line 2/3 of the way toward the center on all four corners. Step Four: Now you are ready to pin. Take one corner of each cut section and pin them all in the middle of the square then add the strip of paper before pinning it all to a dowel or pencil.        Step Five: Depending on how many pinwheels you have, mark the flat wood piece with a pencil about 4" apart so you know where to drill the holes. The holes should be the exact size of the stick. We prefer it like that so you can put the pinwheel as high or low as you want and it will hold in place. Drill the holes along the pencil marks.     Step Six: Drill a small hole on each side for the string to go through. Step Seven: Put the string through the holes and tie knots an equal distance on each side to hold the wood in place.     Step Eight: Assemble pinwheels in the rack and hand from a bush or a wall. For a display rack, we got some flat wood in the dowel section of an art supply store and then just drilled holes the size of the pencils.     You can create pinwheels to fit any color palette.     This whole DIY goes pretty fast depending on how many pinwheels you need. We did this whole project for $17.     Your guests will just love them - see!?!  
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    Project By: Victoria Hudgins Photos By: Prokopets Studios   Want to leave your ceremony in style? There is no better way to do it then under a canopy of flying confetti! Here is a fun way to present the confetti to your guests; be ready for a colorful shower of love!     Materials: Vellum paper, scissors, a small hole punch, embroidery thread, a needle and a stack of scrapbook paper in your color palette     Step One: The first step is to make the confetti, which is the easiest part but also the most time consuming. I would suggest tackling 20 sheets or so each day over a week. More than that and your hands will get VERY tired. To make the confetti, simply punch holes out of the paper, easy peasy!     Step Two: Next, cut the hearts from your vellum; you will need to cut double the number of confetti packs you hope to make.     Step Three: Once everything is cut, lay the hearts out and top every other one with a handful of confetti. Top the bottom half with another vellum heart.     Step Four: Hold one end of the heart and starting at the bottom, begin hand sewing around the other side with embroidery thread. Make about 7 stitches around. Do not sew these too tight and leave a decent length of thread at the bottom of each heart. Tie once at the bottom, in a lose knot. The idea is to keep the confetti in but to allow your guests to easily pull the thread right out.     Lay out your hearts with a note of instruction for guests to pull the thread and throw up their hearts when it is time. A beautiful shower of bright confetti and iridescent hearts awaits your finale.     Tip: Be sure to check with your venue before planning this project- not all venues allow you to throw confetti or rice. Happy hole punching!    

     

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  • Project Design By: Victoria Hudgins

    Photos By: Carly Taylor

    Using watercolor in your wedding can be an easy way to add both color and pretty artistic flair. Make drink tags, escort cards, or favor labels with these easy instructions.     Materials: You will need watercolor paints, paper tags, a white crayon, a paint brush and water.     Process: Write in your details on the paper tag with a white crayon. I did a combo of table numbers and simple words to show how each would look. Be sure to press firmly with the crayon.     A preview of the finished product. Loving this vibrant orange.     Dip your brush in the water and the paint, before stroking lightly over your tag.     Mix colors and do a couple coats to ensure good texture.
      The watercolors will not adhere to the wax portion of the tag where the crayon has left its mark.
      What a difference adding favor tags makes! Let dry and attach to your favor or item of choice!     Lastly, get creative and have fun!      Project Design By: Victoria Hudgins Photos By: Carly Taylor

     

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  • Photos By: Victoria Hudgins

    Paper marbling is a technique that has been around for a long time. The process leaves a beautiful impression on paper giving a high design style to invitations, gift tags and stationery. For your wedding why not take this traditional paper impact a little further by saturating your paint and marbling in a bold, modern and fresh way?     Materials: Heavy stock white paper, 2-3 colors of acrylic paints, a shallow pan and water.     Step One: Begin by dropping each of your paints into the water filled pan. Drip the paints in a straight line one at a time.     Step Two: Using a kitchen skewer, blend the paints together. When you do this some of the paint will rise to the top but (unlike normal marbling) the weight of the paint will allow a majority of it to remain on the bottom of the pan.     Step Three: Holding your paper on both ends make a U shape with it and set it in the water, bottom of the U first. This will prevent any air bubbles from ending up in your final design.     Step Four: Once the paper is entirely in the pan quickly take two fingers and push it toward the bottom of your pan. Swirl it around the bottom of the pan in a circular motion, this is where it picks up the bold saturation.     Step Five: Pull the paper out and let dry for 6-8 hours.     Once the paper is dry, cut it up for tags, seating cards or any other paper-based project you've dreamed up.       Project styling, design concept + photography by Victoria Hudgins    

     

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    Travel expert Jetsetter.com gives us five key tips for planning a wedding abroad! (expert advice)

    By Geraldine Campbell for our sponsor, Jetsetter.com

    Wedding planning is an exciting, emotional (sometimes exasperating) endeavor – and plotting your nuptials in a far-off place is no different. The advantages of a destination wedding are many: For one (let’s be honest), saying “I do” abroad limits the guest list. It can also be easier (yes, easier) to plan, since the resort’s on-site coordinator can handle everything from photographers and table arrangements to goodie bags. Not to mention: exchanging vows on a sandy beach with your friends and family? Priceless. We tapped the travel experts at Jetsetter.com for their top tips on making your destination wedding go off without a hitch.

     

     

    1. Do your homework

    Different countries have different requirements when it comes to non-natives getting married on native soil. In France, for example, a proper wedding can be un nightmare: The 40-day residence requirement is just one of the (many) steps required. In Bali, a legal ceremony is considerably easier, although, you and your honey have to be the same religion. So, wherever you’re dreaming of tying the knot, know what you’re getting into. 

     

     

    2. Have a symbolic ceremony

    If you don’t want to deal with overseas bureaucracy, get married stateside (pop over to City Hall for a quickie or, better yet, hop on a flight to Vegas) – and have a non-civil ceremony in your destination of choice. No one will be the wiser.

     

     

    3. Make considerations

    For your guests, a destination wedding can be significantly more expensive than a domestic affair. Do them a favor and give fair warning – six months at minimum (a year is even better). Also, consider ditching the registry. If you’re not willing to forego gifts completely, include inexpensive items on your wish list.

     

     

    4. Stay in one place

    Honeymooning where you get hitched means you can go from reception to relaxation mode without the hassle of planes, trains and automobiles. It can also be cost-effective. Resort wedding packages often include a free stay for the bride and groom. Everything is negotiable and if the hotel isn’t willing to put you up for a night or two (or longer), ask for an upgrade.

     

     

    5. Get inspired at Jetsetter.com

    Jetsetter has hotels in every corner of the world – and a perfect destination wedding spot for every personality type, whether you’re an adventurer, a foodie, or a romantic!

     

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  • The engagement party is just the first of many more celebrations to come. Here are some unique ideas for your engagement party. (expert advice)

    You've said 'yes' to that special man in your life and now it's time to celebrate your upcoming wedding with family and friends. This means you better start planning some sort of get-together or engagement party in order to spread the joyful news. Where do you start? First, you should come up with a suitable and available engagement party location, and possibly toss around a few ideas for an engagement party theme, which is perfect for couples who don’t want to trade traditional nuptials for a theme wedding.

    Before You Get Started
    Before you start brainstorming for the perfect location for your engagement party, you first need to iron out a few details, including:

    • Budget: Your available budget will certainly dictate the location and other aspects of planning your engagement party. Remember – this is a party meant to announce your engagement and should in no way exceed the amount of money spent on your wedding ceremony or reception. Pinch pennies now so that you have more money to spend later.

    • Guest List: The number of guests will also affect your engagement party plans, as you must find a space large enough to accommodate the people you invite.

    • Party Theme: If you are centering this celebration on a particular theme, it's best to come to a final decision before browsing potential locations.

    Unique Engagement Party Locations
    When planning an engagement party, keep in mind that you don’t have to fall victim to the space restrictions and rules that apply to wedding locations. This means you can select sites that you'd love to have your wedding at, but just can't pull off in time or with your budget. So, this is the time to explore partying at a sports park, old movie theater, amusement park, or historic garden. Those who wish to splurge on their engagement party location may select sites that are typically reserved for weddings, which include country clubs, reception halls, and wineries. Other engagement party locations to consider, includes:

    • Your favorite restaurant
    • Parent's home
    • Beach 
    • Park 

    Unique Engagement Party Themes
    Looking to celebrate your engagement in style, with a touch of humor, or absolutely off-the-wall? Consider planning an engagement party centered on a particular theme. Food, decorations, and fun activities usually mimic the theme of the evening, which may include:

    • A hula bash with grass skirts and Pina Coladas by the beach 
    • A romantic affair with dreams of the Eiffel Tower 
    • Recreating important milestones in your life with your fiancé 
    • Ball and chain humor
    • Costume ball focused on famous lovers

    Photos by Perez Photography

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    By: Carly Taylor   Spring weddings should be easy to enjoy with pretty flowers taking center stage. These painted glass vases will give your tables a subtle design edge with even just a few floral stems.     Collect many different glass vases from thrift stores, left over bottles, etc. Purchase a couple of water-based paints in the colors of your choosing. (hint* you can even bring an item or fabric into the hardware store for them to match a color for you).   In a large basin, mix 4 cups paint with 1 cup water, stir well.       Begin taping off your vases to the level you would like the paint to reach. Vary the levels on your vases for a pretty aesthetic.     Dip the vases into the paint and swoosh to cover the entire bottom portion.     Turn the vases over on a drop cloth, and allow at least 24 hours dry time.     Peel off all tape and using a damp paper towel, remove any residue paint (since your paint was mixed with water it will come right off).     Leave your edge straight for a clean look or you can make a jagged edge for added effect.     Set your vases somewhere dry and let the paint set for another 48 hours before using.     The possibilities are endless for color combinations!     Fill with a few stems and group for very pretty table arrangements.       Enjoy!   {Photos By: Carly Taylor}
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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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