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Photos By: Katherine Chong
Are you a good baker? Then cut out the catering cost at your event and create your very own dessert table! With some jarred lemon curd, a quick swiss meringue and a torch, you can create lemon meringue tartlets in no time. Top them with some fresh blueberries and you have a dainty treat with a beautiful and natural color palette.
You can find pre-made pie or tart shells at just about any grocery store to save many steps. If you feel a bit uneasy about making meringue, use a packaged vanilla pudding mix to fill the shells, and top your tarts with some fresh fruit tossed in a simple syrup or apricot glaze.
Besides mini-pies, here's another idea: Fill your own tall and slender shot glasses with store-bought crushed chocolate graham crackers, vanilla pudding made from mix, freshly cut bananas, and some whipped cream. Drizzle some caramel sauce on top and sprinkle on a few dark chocolate shavings for an ultra chic version of banana cream pie.
For a more personal touch, roll out some sugar cookies topped with a monogram motif in pre-made royal icing tinted with drops of food coloring to match your wedding colors.Get creative with lovely tulips or any other simple arrangement to accent your table. Use fruit in season -- summertime tarts will make everyone really happy! People tend to eat with their eyes, so elevate a plain brownie square with a little floret of espresso pastry cream, sprinkled with chopped almonds for a decadent take on mocha almond fudge. Even if your wedding is on a budget, your guests will be impressed with these professional-looking (and tasty!) DIY dessert creations
Photos By: Victoria HudginsPaper 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
Photos By: Chelsea FussFirst, make sure you use a scoring board so folds and lines are straight and precise. Origami patterns are really gorgeous and add interest to tables, invitations, programs and more. They are also inexpensive! For place cards, we measured and cut the Origami paper into 2" by 4" strips and folded in half using the scoring board. We cut 1" strips and created a "ribbon" v at the end using an x-acto knife. Use a dab of glue on either side to secure. We love the minimalist combination of the Japanese patters with sweet handwriting. Consider practicing your best (or quirkiest!) handwriting and then color copying your favorite draft. Origami paper makes a beautiful envelope liner! Simply trim the sides to fit the envelope, slide into envelope and secure with a glue stick. For save-the-dates, color copy handwritten invitations onto postcards. Trim the patterned paper to size (using a rotary cutter) and then using an adhesive glue (a glue stick works too) we secured origami paper to the back of the card. It's makes for a gorgeous pattern-play! Here are a few tips for working with origami paper: 1. Pair the origami paper with a heavy white card stock for areas that need text. 2. Origami paper is very easy to work with and is a perfect weight (not too heavy, not too flimsy!) 3. Even if you don't consider yourself crafty, give it a try! 4. X-acto knives and rotary cutters used with a straight edge help to get those perfect lines! 5. Consider your color scheme and try to keep the papers to a one, two or three color story. For programs, simply fold the paper in half (using the scoring board if you want them extra neat). Color copy a handwritten program (this works great for menus too!) and then cut to size. Fold card stock in half. Tie together using waxed twine. Have fun creating your colorful, patterned paper goods!
Start saving those bottles!
By: Sarah Zlotnick
1. As a table number
This DIY table marker from Tara and Harris's Virginia Winery wedding is super easy to make—simply print out colorful numbers and glue them on! Photo by Aaron Watson Photography.
2. As a table number holder
We'd recreate this sweet idea from Christie and David's winery wedding by cutting table numbers out of foam board and painting them. From there you could use chicken wire or glue to attach them to the wine bottle. Photo by Michelle Warren.
3. Use corks as escort card holders
Stole this idea from Paige and Zach's Austin wedding—Cut a slit down the long side of a cork, slice a section off the bottom, and voila! The perfect escort card holder for a vineyard wedding costs almsot nothing to make. Photo by Q Weddings.
4. Let it be the backdrop
Who needs to build a fancy photo backdrop when your reception is at a winery? We love the way Jen and Loreal threaded a string light through wine barrels—the effect is simple yet stunning. Photo by Andrew Pielage Photography.
5. As whimsical centerpieces
All it takes is some paint and a sponge to create these whimsical flower vases. Photos by Danyelle Matthews.
6. Create a cork monogram!
In her DIY winery wedding, Tara's uncle used hudreds of corks gathered from friends, family, local wine bars, and even Whole Foods to create a commemorative "M", which stands for the couple's shared last name and now sits in their new home. Talk about wedding decor that will last a lifetime—we love it! Photo by Aaron Watson Photography.
7. As unique window decor
We love the way Rachel and Craig covered each of these empty wine bottles in a special design. The collection looks especially charming with the hot Texas sun streaming through. Photo by Taylor Lord Photography.
8. As the wedding favor
Print custom wine labels that match your wedding decor and hand out the bottles as favors at the end of the night. Guests will remember the good times they had when they're drinking from them later on!
9. As Lighting
Fill empty wine bottles with bunched up string lights for a romantic effect. This Wit + Whistle DIY project teaches you how to do it safely. Photos by Amanda Wright.
By: Sarah Zlotnick
A hot summer wedding calls for a strapless dress with a long, easy-fit skirt, don't you think? This look is perfect for a carefree beach bride who still wants to radiate a little elegance. Keep accessories consistent: a bevvy of flora-inspired gold jewelry dresses things up, and gladiator sandals in the same tone will keep you standing (and dancing!) long into the night.
Credits: Coach Flower Cluster Earrings ($58) • Coach Gold-Plated Bracelet Set ($98) • BCBG Max Azria Stone Floral Necklace ($98) • Tory Burch ‘Emmy’ Thong Sandal ($195) • Donna Karan Strapless Jersey Gown ($5925) •Boho Waves Photo by Jen Huang Photography; Headpiece by Jennifer Behr
Photos By: Chelsea Fuss
If you've always dreamt of carrying a bouquet of old fashioned garden roses down the aisle, but your budget doesn't quite match up to the dream, try this version!
Directions:First, pick off the brown petals from the blossoms. We used spray roses, one of the most inexpensive roses on the market, to create this bouquet. "Edit" each stem. Spray roses have several blossoms on each stem. Clip 1-2 off each stem to leave the prettiest blossoms and the stems that are around the same level on the stem. Also, remove the leaves from these stems. Take a few of the stems with nice leaves and clip off all the blossoms. Wash the leaves. Leave 1-2 branches of leaves on the stem. Make sure none of the leaves are too low on the stem or it will interfere with the "handle" of your bouquet. Be sure to choose leaves that are hydrated and feel firm. Spray roses consist of 3-5 smaller blossoms on each stem, and have a more casual feel then your normal florists' roses. They are readily available at markets and florists all year. Gather a few stems in one hand at a 45 degree angle. Each time you add a stem, turn your bouquet. Don't be afraid to place some blossoms higher than others. This gives your bouquet depth and interest. Be sure to add leaves in as you go. These frame the blossoms and give the bouquet a natural feel. Tie with twine, cover in florist tape (to protect the ribbon) and tie up with a ribbon. By deconstructing the spray roses, you can create a bouquet that looks very natural. Your guests will never guess that your flowers came from the local grocery! The total cost of this bouquet: $12 + ribbon! Enjoy your beautiful, garden bouquet!
Project and Photos By: Victoria HudginsGive your guests a treat and help them find a seat with this sweet and sparkly escort idea! Thoughtful personalization, even as simple as this, is always a great way to make all your guests feel cherished and included. Step One: Pick out a few shades of baking glitter (available in the cake section of craft stores). Step Two: Place a simple alphabet letter template firmly on top of a macaron, then dust the baking glitter on. Step Three: Pull up slowly and use a Q-tip to gently dust off excess. Step Four: Place a simple seating card beneath the macarons for directional cues. You can make the macaroons up to one week prior to the wedding. Lay flat and cover tightly to save. Set out immediately before the reception.