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By: Sarah Zlotnick
Lots of questions swirl around what's OK and what's not when it comes to documenting a wedding via Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. While experts will disagree up and down the line about what's appropriate for guests, at the end of the day it's ultimately up to the bride and groom. If you're in favor of live documentation, here's a few helpful tips for making the most of it.
1. Pick a #hashtag.
Twitter, Instagram, and now Facebook all use phrases proceeded by the "#" sign to group designated thoughts together in a consecutive stream. Pick something easy to remember, such as #DZWedding or #SmithPartyof2, and stick with the same one for all events surrounding your wedding.
2. Share that hashtag with your guests—just don't do it too early.
Sending out Save-the-Dates and then actual invitations is very exciting, but these are not the places to share your wedding hashtag (leave those for the most pertinent information). It is fine, however, to share your hashtag on your wedding website as it gets closer to your actual ceremony. Guests will be logging on for last-minute gift registry, directions, and other information, and this will get them excited to share snaps and thoughts from the day when it actually arrives.
3. Consider your platforms.
Users generally have a larger following on Twitter, but those followers are more likely to be professional, personal interest, or internet-only connections. Facebook circles are generally smaller, but your photos will more likely be seen by people who may be hurt they were not invited to the wedding. Instagram is the most private of the platforms, with people mostly following real life friends. If you're concerned about privacy, you may want to (politely) request that guests refrain from posting on a particular platform.
4. Wedding weekend has arrived! Now's the time to remind everyone of your hashtag.
Have a bunch of guests staying at one hotel? Include your hashtag on any welcome notes you leave in their rooms. When it comes time for the actual wedding, instruct greeters and members of the wedding party to spread the word as guests arrive. You can also put include it at the top of your ceremony program.
5. Wait—do you really want phones out at the ceremony?
Think carefully about encouraging social media at your actual ceremony. Sure, it will be wonderful to see photos from the very moment you say 'I Do', but you also run the risk of amateur photographers accidentally blocking the shots of your professional ones. Having a night ceremony? There may be multiple flashes going off while you say your vows, which could be distracting. Guests are also more inclined to get sucked into their apps and/or accidentally leave alerts on, which could detract from what's happening between you and your spouse. At the end of the day, social media at your ceremony is entirely up to you, but this is one facet of the wedding that might work best when it's phone-free.
6. Your guests want to know what's allowed and what's not--and it's more than OK to tell them.
If you decide to allow social media at your ceremony, include any special rules or requests in a prominent place on your ceremony program, and ask greeters and family members to reiterate those rules as they say hello to guests. Don't worry about offending anyone too much--guests are more worried about doing something that may accidentally upset you! They'll be grateful for the clear guidelines.
7. Put up signs at the reception.
Create signs indicating your wedding hashtag and the platforms you're encouraging guests to use it on. Place those throughout the party space, perhaps with a few photobooth props by their sides (large sunglasses, mustache sticks, etc). This will encourage guests to take fun, memorable pictures of the night.
8. Collect the Memories!
Use storify to curate tweets and photos from the wedding in one place (you can also ask a friend or relative to do this). Printstagram takes Instagrams of the day out of phones and onto glossy hard stock, which will be perfect for displaying in your new home. Fleeting as it may be, social media can absolutely provide a more permanent reminder of this important occasion if you know how to work it.
By: Caroline Drake
French Macarons are such beautiful cookies, and can make a huge impression. Macarons, however, can also be so expensive for just one little cookie! With a little practice, you can make your own for a fraction of the cost of buying them! They are a perfect parting gift at a wedding, or a beautiful centerpiece at a bridal shower.
(adapted from Les Petis Macarons book)
*This recipe is great for sea level, if you are over 4,500 ft, then you may have to adjust the recipe.
You will need: Kitchen scale, stand mixer, sifter, food processer
Ingredients for 30 1 1/2 inch macarons:
1 1/4 packed cups (165 grams) almond flour
Pinch of fine sea salt
3/4 packed cup (165 grams) confectioners' sugar
1/4 cup water (57 grams)
3/4 cup (150 grams) granulated sugar
1/2 teaspoon (3 grams) cream of tartar
1/2 cup (115 grams) aged egg whites (*place egg whites in bowl, loosely cover with plastic wrap overnight in fridge)
4 drops gel or 6 drops food coloring (optional)
Preheat oven to 200 degrees F. Measure and pulse almond flour, salt, and confectioner's sugar in the bowl of a food processor 4 times for 4 seconds each time. Next, sift the same ingredients onto some wax paper. This will help the macaron have a nice smooth top.
Place egg whites, cream of tartar, and salt in a stand mixer with a wire whisk attachment. Begin to whisk the egg whites on medium speed until soft peaks form.
Meanwhile, heat the granulated sugar and 1/4 cup (57 grams) of water in a small saucepan over medium-high heat and cook without stirring until the sugar reaches a soft ball stage 235 degrees F.
Once the sugar water mixture has reached the soft ball stage immediately pour it slowly down the side of the mixer bowl into the egg whites, at a medium speed.
Continue whisking until the meringue forms medium peaks and is lukewarm and glossy, about 4 minutes. Be sure not to over mix, as it causes cracking later.
Fold the meringue into the dry ingredients until you reach the unique macaronage stage. When the ingredients almost seem incorporated, add the food coloring if you wish to use it.
Fold the components just enough, but not too much or the macarons will crack. Once the ingredients are combined, lift some of the mixture about 1 inch above the bowl with the spatula. If it retains a three-dimensional shape, fold it again. When folded just enough, the mixture should fall right back into the bowl, with no stiffness, in one continuous, lava-like drip.
Pipe the macarons using a piping bag, and a 1/2 inch (2A) tip. Pipe them into 1 1/2 inch circles onto a silicon or parchment lined baking sheet.
Once the macarons are piped, slam the baking sheet down to remove excess air (slam 6 times from 6 inches above the table).
Bake the macarons for 15 minutes (until the skin forms at 200 degrees F), and then raise the temperature of the oven to 350 degrees for an additional 10-11 minutes, until the macarons just come off the baking sheet when you lift them from both ends (the centers will have risen, and will not have any dark indentations). If the macarons darken too quickly, place a wooden spoon in the door of the oven to prop it slightly open.
Place on a cooling rack, and cool completely before filling.
Place the macarons out by two half shells roughly the same size and shape.
Pipe your favorite filling (simple buttercream shown here) in the center of the flat side of the cookie. Don't pipe the frosting all the way to the outer edge, stop just before so it won't flow over the edge.
Place the top of the cookie over the filling, then give it a little half twist. Allow the filling to set.
Place them out in boxes for your guests to bring home as favors. Macarons freeze well, so you can wrap them in plastic, and freeze the shells. Certain fillings freeze well too, so it's possible to make the complete cookies far in advance. These beauties will make a big statement.
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By: Alex Merriman
The “first look”—a pre-ceremony peek between the bride and groom, accompanied by a photo session—is a rapidly growing trend on the wedding scene. Whether to go with this option is a personal decision for each couple, with factors like superstition, tradition and logistics weighing on either side. While it’s not for everyone, most couples who went for it say they don’t regret it. For those on the fence, there are a few major benefits to consider. Here are our three top reasons to do a first look:
1. It’s an intimate moment.
The first time a bride and groom see one another on their wedding day is a special moment many look forward to and cherish forever afterward. Seeing each other before the ceremony provides a unique opportunity for a couple to share the romantic, exciting and often emotional experience privately. And with a jam-packed itinerary ahead and the hundreds of friends, family members and strangers soon to gather around them, it’s likely to be the only alone time they’ll get on their big day. When the whirlwind is over, most couples say they’re glad they took the chance to enjoy a special, intimate moment with just the two of them.
2. It makes sense from a scheduling perspective
One of the biggest benefits of opting for a first look is there’s no need to squeeze a rushed photo shoot between the ceremony and reception. Capturing nice images of the bride and groom and their family members, bridesmaids and groomsmen in various combinations takes time, and cramming the process into a 15 minute time slot could mean a lesser quality result. Taking these photos beforehand gives the photographer ample time to get plenty of beautiful, creative shots. Everyone will be more relaxed (key to looking great in photos!), the ladies’ hair and makeup will be fresh, and the couple will be left with a much wider selection of portraits to choose from in the end. Plus, guests won’t be stuck in that awkward post-ceremony lull waiting around for the party to begin! Win, win.
3. It calms pre-ceremony nerves
Needless to say, experiencing any major life-changing moment before hundreds of eyes can be nerve-wracking. An overwhelming majority of couples who opted for a first look say that seeing their spouse-to-be before the ceremony had a dramatic calming effect. Going into the ceremony at ease and collected allows the bride and groom to be completely present in the moment and enjoy every second of it. After all, a wedding is meant to be enjoyed by everyone, especially the guests of honor!
By: Danyelle Mathews
Share the joy of your engagement and help out-of-town guests plan in advance with these darling bunting announcements! They are sure to make family and friends excited to see what other clever things you have in store for your big day!
Supplies: cardstock, envelopes, scissors, twine, gluestick
If you're familiar with computer illustrating software, this project will be a breeze. You'll simply want to create a bunting shape and customize the text. If you aren't too handy with a computer you can cut bunting shapes out of cardstock and hand letter your information.
Carefully cut out each bunting shape and fold in half.
Using your gluestick, adhere each bunting piece around your length of twine.
Once your bunting is made, carefully insert it into a colored envelope. To take the customization a little farther you can add envelope liners made out of vintage wallpaper.
By Janie Medley of The Bride's Café; Photos by Marvelous Things Photography
We can't think of a prettier addition to a springtime wedding than a robust, vibrant floral crown of peonies, ranunculus, and berries! Here's the complete how-to.
You will need: Peonies, Ranunculus, Feverfew, Seeded Eucalyptus, Blackberries, Scissors, Floral Tape, Fine Gauge Floral Wire (cut into 5 inch lengths), Floral Cloth Wire (2 pieces)
How to Make the Hoop:
Step One. Take the two pieces of floral cloth wire and place one piece midway on top of
the other piece and with the floral tape, tape the two pieces together. You will cover the
entire wire with the floral tape.
Step Two. At this point, you can wrap the wire around your head and if it is too long, cut
off what is needed, but always allow enough length for any adjustments at the end.
Wiring the Flowers
Step One. Cut the fine gauge floral wire into 5 inch lengths.
Step Two. Wire the flowers and wrap the stems in floral tape (helps to seal in the
Note: For the peonies, because of the thickness of the stems, you can simply place the
wire along the side of the stem and then wrap with the floral tape.
Florist Tip: You can also make little bundles by mixing certain flowers together!
Step Three. Once you have wired and tape all the flowers, cut the stems down to about 2
Assembling the Crown
Step One. Start placing the flower bundles on the hoop and taping them in place. At this
point, just go for it and make it as small or as big and fluffy as you want!
Step Two. Once completed, make a small "hook" on the ends of the hoop to hold the floral crown in place on your head. You can also tie ribbons on the ends if you'd like.
And there you have it…perfect for your wedding day, date night, or just because it makes
you happy wearing a floral crown!
Time: 30 Minutes Preparation; 1 Hour to Create