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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.
I just fell in love with this dress!
Hammered Soft Satin Tiered Gown with Cap Sleeves by David’s Bridal for $215
Ivory Birdcage Veil with Vintage Magenta Flower by WeddingAisle via Etsy for $89
Our Path Together Bracelet Sterling Silver with Tiny Pearls by EmmaAlisonDesigns via Etsy for $44
Elke – Fushia Luster Satin Platform Pumps by Nina Shoes via Zappos for $89
Bella Luna, Mother of Pearl and Silver FIligree Earrings by luxedeluxe via Etsy for $59
Grand Total: $496
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 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
By: Jennifer Kirk
If you're gung-ho about DIYing a professional looking table number display, this one is for you! Here is the inside scoop into discovering gorgeous free fonts and whipping up something pretty in Adobe Illustrator.
If you don't already have Adobe Illustrator on your system, head here to download a free trial copy, then install it on your computer.
Download the free font Peoni Patterns and install to your fonts collection on your computer (make sure the font is 'activated' -- usually this is automatic when installing new fonts).
Start up the program Adobe Illustrator. From the menu, select File > New. A dialogue box will open up on the screen. Name your document. We chose 'Graphic Table Numbers.' Input the number of tables at your wedding in the field 'Number of Artboards' (We did 4 just as an example). Set the width of your artboards to 4 inches and height to 6 inches. Click 'OK'.
Your document should now be filled with artboards. Next, from the Toolbar, click on the 'T', or Text icon. Click in any area on the first artboard and hold down on mouse. Drag down and to the right to create a text box. Click inside the box and type the number '1'.
First locate the Character Palette, which is typically to the right of your artboards. Next, move the mouse over to the Toolbar and click on the black arrow at the very top, the Selection Tool. With the Selection Tool, click on your text box to select it -- you will see a blue outline around it. This is how you know an item is selected. Next, change the font and size of your number by choosing size and typeface options from the dropdown menu in the Character Palette. We used the free font Ultra for our numbers.
Note: If your text box is too small, your number will not appear if you size it larger than the text box. To make the text box larger, select it with the Selection Tool, then click and hold one of the tiny blue squares found in each of the four corners. Drag outward to make the text box bigger. Your number should now be visible.
When the number is to your liking, select the text box by clicking on it with your Selection Tool, then choose from the menu, Edit > Copy to create a duplicate, then Edit > Paste onto the second artboard. Change the number ‘1’ by switching to the Text (‘T’ icon) tool from the toolbar. Delete the number ‘1’ in the duplicate and type in the number '2'. Repeat this process for the remainder of your table numbers. When finished, make sure all the numbers are centered on each artboard. Use the Selection tool (black arrow) to move your numbers around.
Find the Layers palette on the right side of the screen. This is usually below the Character palette. All the table numbers are on Layer 1. You won’t want to accidentally modify the numbers you just typed in and carefully positioned, so create a separate layer just for the patterns. To do this, click in the upper right of the Layers Palette and choose New Layer. Name it 'Pattern' and Click OK.
Next, if you look at Layer 1 in the Layers Palette, you will see an empty box to the right of the little eye icon. Click in the empty, gray box to lock Layer 1. You should see a padlock icon now. This will prevent your table numbers in Layer 1 from being modified.
Making sure you are working on Layer 2 (should be highlighted in the Layers Palette), choose the font Peoni Patterns from the drop down list of fonts in the Character Palette. Next, click on the ‘T' or 'Text' tool in the toolbar. Create a new text box on your first artboard. Each letter of the alphabet corresponds with a specific pattern. Reference this chart for patterns.
When you find the pattern you want to use as your background, create a text box and type in the corresponding letter for the pattern (eg. type in ‘g’ for the scallop pattern). You will need to turn this pattern into a graphic (instead of an editable font). Do this by choosing the Selection tool from the toolbar, select the text box with your pattern in it, then choose Type > Create Outlines from the menu. Now that this pattern snippet is no longer an editable font, it will be much easier to duplicate into a pattern.
Select your pattern and adjust its color to by clicking on a Swatch from the Colors Palette, or use the Color Sliders for a custom mix. We created a palette of our own colors by drawing squares (using the Rectangle Tool from the toolbar) and adjusting the CMYK (cyan, magenta, yellow, and black) sliders for each one. You can then grab one of these colors for your pattern. With the Selection Tool, click on your pattern to select it, then press 'I' on your keyboard to switch to the eyedropper tool, then click on one of your colors.
When you're happy with the color of your pattern, click on it with the Selection Tool, then Edit > Copy to create a duplicate, then Edit > Paste in Place. Hold down the Shift key while moving the duplicate pattern to the right (using the Selection Tool) so that it stays horizontally aligned with the original. You can also nudge the two pattern snippets together with the left and right arrows on your keyboard to create a seamless pattern. Repeat copying and pasting in place to create an entire row, using the arrows on your keyboard to line the patterns up precisely. For more accuracy, you can zoom in by going View > Zoom In, or you can click on the Magnifier icon in the Toolbar.
When one row of patterns is complete, group it together (this will make it easier to move around) by choosing from the menu Object > Group Object.
Extra: If you want to scale your pattern down or make it larger, click on it with the Selection Tool, hold down the Shift key while simultaneously clicking and dragging outward (or inward if you want to scale down) the tiny blue box in the bottom right corner.
Copy and paste this entire group to create a second row. Move this below row one to create a seamless pattern. Repeat until the entire artboard is filled. Select all rows of patterns and choose Object > Group Object to group everything together. It’s okay if the patterns run past the edge of the artboard because only items within the artboard will print.
Now you can duplicate the entire pattern onto your other table numbers, or create a new pattern by repeating steps 7-10. When finished, choose File > Print to print your table numbers.
By: Janie Medley; Photos by Marvelous Things Photography
An easy DIY, these tulip centerpieces take about twenty minutes to make. The arrangement makes for a lovely reception centerpiece or décor for an engagement party or bridal shower!
30 stems of Orange Parrott Tulips (from Fifty Flowers)
Note: (I used parrot tulips but you can use whatever tulips you love) tulips come 10
stems to a pack, so depending on how small or big you want the centerpiece, buy the
amount of tulips that will give you the look you are trying to achieve
Compote Bowl (you can use any cute bowl around the house, be creative as you want or
keep it simple)
Step One: Fill the bowl with water
Step Two: Make a grid with the tape
Step Three: After cleaning the stems, cut off ½ inch
Step Four: Start placing the stems in between the grids until the top is completely filled
To accent the centerpiece, I placed a single stem tulip at each place setting, and to embellish the table, I placed stems of tulips in smaller vessels.
There you have it, it's just that simple!
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It's love this time
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This love is mine
I can see you with me when I'm older
All my lonely night are finally over
You took the weight of the world off my
shoulders (the world just goes away)
Oh, when you kiss me
I know you miss me--
and when you're with me
The world just goes away
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You are the one, I think I'm in love
Life has begun
I can see the two of us together
I know I'm gonna be with you forever
Love couldn't be any better
I can see you with me when I'm older
All my lonely nights are finally over
You took the weight of the world off my
shoulders (the world just goes away)
And when you kiss me
I know you miss me
Oh, the world just goes away
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