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  • Photo by SMS Photography

    Wedding toasts can be personal, funny, and even emotional - and they're an important part of a wedding reception. Typically, the best man, maid of honor, and the parents (usually parents of the bride, but this should be whoever paid for the wedding), give toasts during the reception – usually right before dinner, between courses, or before the cake cutting. Then, toward the end of the celebration (after the cake cutting), the couple can give a speech thanking their guests for attending.

    Keeping the list of “toast-givers” at the actual wedding short will help maintain the flow of the party – your guests will want to eat and dance, not listen to toasts all night. If others would like to give toasts (a group of bridesmaids or a family friend, for example), the rehearsal dinner is a great time and place to encourage additional speeches. If the groom’s family is hosting the rehearsal dinner, as is tradition, they should speak then. The toasts should be kept short – around two minutes – and good-natured – save the insults and super-embarrassing stories for another, more informal, time.
     

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  • Project and Photos by Erica Obrien

    Tissue paper flowers are a design-forward and inexpensive alternative to fresh or gumpaste flowers. They can be made well in advance and saved indefinitely. We recommend that they be used only with fondant cakes, as you don’t want the dye in the tissue paper to come into contact with buttercream.       What you'll need:   Crepe and/or tissue paper in the color palette of your choice Toothpicks (or skewers) Scissors Floral tape How To:     Step One: To form the center of the flower, cut a length of paper about three inches wide.       Step Two : Fold the paper so that each fold is about ¾" wide. (For smaller flowers, folds should be smaller; for larger flowers, folds should be bigger.)       Step Three: Use sharp scissors to cut a rounded edge.     Step Four: When unfolded, paper should have a scalloped edge.     Step Five: Begin rolling scallop in onto itself, pinching about ¼ of the way down from scalloped edge so that paper flares and opens slightly.      Step Six: Continue until entire length of paper is rolled up.       Step Seven: Twist the base of the paper as tightly as possible to form a stem.     Step Eight: Using a contrasting color, repeat steps one through seven, placing new paper around already-formed center.       Step Nine: Continue until entire length of paper is rolled up. For even larger flowers, additional layers of paper can be added by repeating steps two through seven.     Step Ten: Place toothpick or skewer against "stem" of flower.         Step Eleven: Stretch floral tape to activate, and wrap tightly around both toothpick and tissue paper until all paper is covered.     Step Twelve: Insert toothpick into fondant-covered cake.     Step Thirteen: Make as many flowers as desired to complete your design. Enjoy!  
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  • By: Jenny Batt

    A touch of gold goes a long way! These metallic tassels will add an interesting flair to place settings.   Materials White latex paint  Small plastic container Paper clips Foil lined tray Bamboo skewer Gold liquid gilding     Step One: Wrap thick cotton twine around your fingers about 20 times and cut the end.     Step Two: Take a second piece of twine, then wrap and tie around the top. Knot to secure.     Step Three: Unfold paperclips and hook on the tops of the tassels.     Step Four: Pour white latex paint into a small container with high sides. Hold the tassel up with the paper clip and dip the tassel into the paint.     Step Five: Use the skewer to press in the entire tassel until it is completely submerged. Pull out tassel and use skewer to scrape off any excess paint.     Step Six: Lay to dry on a foil lined tray or cookie sheet. Use the skewer to gently style the tassel if needed. Repeat with remaining tassels. Let dry for 24 hours, flipping tassels over and placing them on a clean portion of the tray after 12 hours. You can also hang to dry with a tray underneath.     Step Seven: Outside, paint each tassel gold and let dry. Spray a second coat. Flip over and cover the other side with two light coats. Let them air out a few days before use.     DIY: Gilded Tassel Adornments Tie each tassel to cotton twine and wrap around napkins at each setting. Add a tag if desired.     These would be just as fun as escort cards or attached to magnets and given as favors!     (photos by hankandhunt.com)
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  • By: Victoria Hudgins 

    These trendy, crafted flowers will look amazing in bouquets or décor!     I was inspired by a pre-made version and quickly realized how easy the flowers are to whip up! Consider making a bouquet for everyone in your wedding party or a few dozen to construct a ceremony backdrop.   Materials: Extra long crepe paper in the colors of your choice Floral wire Scissors Green floral tape     Step One: Working horizontally, begin by folding your crepe paper in a small accordion fold. Use your finger to gently roll over the top 1/4 inch of the paper giving it a pretty curled edge.     Step Two: Place a floral wire half way up the paper at one end and begin rolling the paper up TIGHTLY. To get the exaggerated effect, focus on tightly gathering the bottom 1/4" of the paper, letting the top open wide. Tie off the flower at the base of the 'stem' with a simple thread and knot. It helps to have a second pair of hands for this part!         Step Three: Wrap the entire stem with green floral tape.         {Photos by Victoria Hudgins}
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    by Olivia Kanaley     Supplies: Wire berry garland (one 4 ft garland makes 5-6 wreaths) Natural floral wire Shipping tags Wire cutters White glue Paintbrush Clear glitter     Instructions: 1. Cut an 18" length of floral wire using wire cutters and form it into a circle about 2.5" in diameter as shown. 2. Snip sprigs from a wired berry garland and wrap them around the floral wire frame. 3. Continue until the wreath has berries all the way around.     4. Brush on white glue with a paintbrush and sprinkle with clear glitter. Let dry.     5. Tie on a tag with guest's name and table number.     Your escort wreaths will be a memorable memento from your winter wedding!    
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  • Photos By Carly Taylor

    There is no better way to ensure your guests remember the special day you are planning then to post the date on their fridge!   In lieu of giving them a face photo to stare at for the coming 4-9 months, why not hand off a pretty felt magnet that can grace their kitchen with your love even after you're married!     Materials: Felt Scissors Ribbon A custom stamp Small adhesive magnets Embroidery thread A needle   To Make:   Cut felt (2 layers at a time) in the shape of a heart.     Your hearts don't have to be perfect - the more unique and homemade the better!     Cut a coordinating ribbon and stamp in your wedding date.     Place the dated ribbon coming out from one side of the heart.     Place the top layer over the bottom and begin hand stitching the heart together using embroidery thread. Be sure to stitch through the ribbon to hold it into place.       Almost there ...     Send off with a sweet announcement to your guests.     Photos By Carly Taylor
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  • Photos By: Chelsea Fuss

    These sweet and wild green wreaths are perfect for anytime of year (just change out the ribbon to suit the season). They look gorgeous on church doors, bride and groom chairs, or as pew markers. Total cost: $5 per wreath.     Materials: Spool wire Floral tape Clippers Greens (about 15 stems per wreath, we used rosemary, bay and boxwood) Ribbon      1. Form a circle (whatever size you need. Remember your wreath will be slightly bigger than the form) with the spool wire and double it over several times.   2. Cover the circle in floral tape.     3. Cut small pieces of greens and, take excess leaves off about an inch of the bottom stem.     4. Secure each piece with wire.     5. Make sure you overlap the stems to cover any wires or mechanics. You may need to fill in with a few extra pieces.     6. You can make these up to a week ahead of time. Spray daily with water and keep in a cool, dark place.   7. Hang with ribbon and afterwards send them home with special guests.       Add this natural touch to your big day - and have fun!     Photos By: Chelsea Fuss
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    Photos by: Chelsea Fuss     You will need:  A paper photo album (we used this one from Kolo) works great!  About 1/2 a yard of fabric  Ribbon or string Photo corners Fabric glue Scissors An iron     Take out the ribbon the photo album came with and separate the paper cover and set the pages aside.     Cut a piece of fabric that will cover the outside and inside of the paper photo album cover.     Press the fabric over the paper. Secure the fabric on the inside. fold over raw edges, press them and then secure them to the cover with glue.     Tie together the pages and secure them to the fabric cover with string or ribbon.     For the window opening, cut an X in the fabric and glue the excess fabric underneath the cover.     Secure photos with photo corners.      
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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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  • You'll fall in love with this exotic wedding locale... (expert advice)
    Photos by AMResorts
    By Project Wedding for our sponsor, Dreams Resorts & Spas

    Looking for a gorgeous, exotic place for your destination wedding? There are about a million reasons why Huatulco, Mexico is the perfect spot, but here are the top five reasons why you'll fall in love...

    5.  Gorgeous Surroundings.

    Huatulco has it all - waterfalls, lagoons, lush tropical jungle, and traditional Mexican dwellings. Imagine the amazing backdrops you’ll have for your wedding photos!

     

    4. It's Home to Two Impeccable Resorts.

    Choose between the family-friendly Dreams Huatulco or the brand new, adults-only Secrets Huatulco Resort & Spa to host your most special event. Both resorts offer the Unlimited-Luxuryexperience, where everything is included. You and your guests will be privy to gourmet a la carte dining, premium beverages, 24-hour room and concierge service, daily adventures, nightly entertainment and so much more.

     

    3. Have a “Wedding Weekend” Instead of a “Wedding Day.”

    The best part of a destination wedding is having a getaway with your nearest and dearest. Plan a 'welcome' cocktail party with little extras that incorporate the culture, like a tequila tasting, a cigar roller, or a Mariachi band. Host a day-after brunch where everyone can recap the amazing time they had at the wedding before they tee off at the nearby Tangolunda Golf Course.

     

    2. Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed and Something Green.

    Huatulco is a sustainable tourism destination and has been recognized with the prestigious Green Global Certification for their commitment to conserve and preserve the local environment.

     

    1. Bragging Rights.

    Your wedding at Dreams Huatulco or Secrets Huatulco Resort & Spa will surely wow your guests. They’ll get to experience a wedding beyond the standard reception hall, and your experience will be stress-free, thanks to the tailor-made wedding packages and dedicated on-site wedding coordinators.

    Discover the meaning of Unlimited-Luxury at any Dreams Resort & Spa or Secrets Resort & Spa. With locations in Huatulco, Cancun, Riviera Cancun, Puerto Aventuras, Tulum, Los Cabos, Puerto Vallarta, Nuevo Vallarta, Punta Cana, La Romana and Montego Bay, your dream destination awaits!

     

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  • Photo by SMS Photography

    Wedding toasts can be personal, funny, and even emotional - and they're an important part of a wedding reception. Typically, the best man, maid of honor, and the parents (usually parents of the bride, but this should be whoever paid for the wedding), give toasts during the reception – usually right before dinner, between courses, or before the cake cutting. Then, toward the end of the celebration (after the cake cutting), the couple can give a speech thanking their guests for attending.

    Keeping the list of “toast-givers” at the actual wedding short will help maintain the flow of the party – your guests will want to eat and dance, not listen to toasts all night. If others would like to give toasts (a group of bridesmaids or a family friend, for example), the rehearsal dinner is a great time and place to encourage additional speeches. If the groom’s family is hosting the rehearsal dinner, as is tradition, they should speak then. The toasts should be kept short – around two minutes – and good-natured – save the insults and super-embarrassing stories for another, more informal, time.
     

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  • Project and Photos by Erica Obrien

    Tissue paper flowers are a design-forward and inexpensive alternative to fresh or gumpaste flowers. They can be made well in advance and saved indefinitely. We recommend that they be used only with fondant cakes, as you don’t want the dye in the tissue paper to come into contact with buttercream.       What you'll need:   Crepe and/or tissue paper in the color palette of your choice Toothpicks (or skewers) Scissors Floral tape How To:     Step One: To form the center of the flower, cut a length of paper about three inches wide.       Step Two : Fold the paper so that each fold is about ¾" wide. (For smaller flowers, folds should be smaller; for larger flowers, folds should be bigger.)       Step Three: Use sharp scissors to cut a rounded edge.     Step Four: When unfolded, paper should have a scalloped edge.     Step Five: Begin rolling scallop in onto itself, pinching about ¼ of the way down from scalloped edge so that paper flares and opens slightly.      Step Six: Continue until entire length of paper is rolled up.       Step Seven: Twist the base of the paper as tightly as possible to form a stem.     Step Eight: Using a contrasting color, repeat steps one through seven, placing new paper around already-formed center.       Step Nine: Continue until entire length of paper is rolled up. For even larger flowers, additional layers of paper can be added by repeating steps two through seven.     Step Ten: Place toothpick or skewer against "stem" of flower.         Step Eleven: Stretch floral tape to activate, and wrap tightly around both toothpick and tissue paper until all paper is covered.     Step Twelve: Insert toothpick into fondant-covered cake.     Step Thirteen: Make as many flowers as desired to complete your design. Enjoy!  
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  • By: Jenny Batt

    A touch of gold goes a long way! These metallic tassels will add an interesting flair to place settings.   Materials White latex paint  Small plastic container Paper clips Foil lined tray Bamboo skewer Gold liquid gilding     Step One: Wrap thick cotton twine around your fingers about 20 times and cut the end.     Step Two: Take a second piece of twine, then wrap and tie around the top. Knot to secure.     Step Three: Unfold paperclips and hook on the tops of the tassels.     Step Four: Pour white latex paint into a small container with high sides. Hold the tassel up with the paper clip and dip the tassel into the paint.     Step Five: Use the skewer to press in the entire tassel until it is completely submerged. Pull out tassel and use skewer to scrape off any excess paint.     Step Six: Lay to dry on a foil lined tray or cookie sheet. Use the skewer to gently style the tassel if needed. Repeat with remaining tassels. Let dry for 24 hours, flipping tassels over and placing them on a clean portion of the tray after 12 hours. You can also hang to dry with a tray underneath.     Step Seven: Outside, paint each tassel gold and let dry. Spray a second coat. Flip over and cover the other side with two light coats. Let them air out a few days before use.     DIY: Gilded Tassel Adornments Tie each tassel to cotton twine and wrap around napkins at each setting. Add a tag if desired.     These would be just as fun as escort cards or attached to magnets and given as favors!     (photos by hankandhunt.com)
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  • By: Victoria Hudgins 

    These trendy, crafted flowers will look amazing in bouquets or décor!     I was inspired by a pre-made version and quickly realized how easy the flowers are to whip up! Consider making a bouquet for everyone in your wedding party or a few dozen to construct a ceremony backdrop.   Materials: Extra long crepe paper in the colors of your choice Floral wire Scissors Green floral tape     Step One: Working horizontally, begin by folding your crepe paper in a small accordion fold. Use your finger to gently roll over the top 1/4 inch of the paper giving it a pretty curled edge.     Step Two: Place a floral wire half way up the paper at one end and begin rolling the paper up TIGHTLY. To get the exaggerated effect, focus on tightly gathering the bottom 1/4" of the paper, letting the top open wide. Tie off the flower at the base of the 'stem' with a simple thread and knot. It helps to have a second pair of hands for this part!         Step Three: Wrap the entire stem with green floral tape.         {Photos by Victoria Hudgins}
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    by Olivia Kanaley     Supplies: Wire berry garland (one 4 ft garland makes 5-6 wreaths) Natural floral wire Shipping tags Wire cutters White glue Paintbrush Clear glitter     Instructions: 1. Cut an 18" length of floral wire using wire cutters and form it into a circle about 2.5" in diameter as shown. 2. Snip sprigs from a wired berry garland and wrap them around the floral wire frame. 3. Continue until the wreath has berries all the way around.     4. Brush on white glue with a paintbrush and sprinkle with clear glitter. Let dry.     5. Tie on a tag with guest's name and table number.     Your escort wreaths will be a memorable memento from your winter wedding!    
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  • Photos By Carly Taylor

    There is no better way to ensure your guests remember the special day you are planning then to post the date on their fridge!   In lieu of giving them a face photo to stare at for the coming 4-9 months, why not hand off a pretty felt magnet that can grace their kitchen with your love even after you're married!     Materials: Felt Scissors Ribbon A custom stamp Small adhesive magnets Embroidery thread A needle   To Make:   Cut felt (2 layers at a time) in the shape of a heart.     Your hearts don't have to be perfect - the more unique and homemade the better!     Cut a coordinating ribbon and stamp in your wedding date.     Place the dated ribbon coming out from one side of the heart.     Place the top layer over the bottom and begin hand stitching the heart together using embroidery thread. Be sure to stitch through the ribbon to hold it into place.       Almost there ...     Send off with a sweet announcement to your guests.     Photos By Carly Taylor
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  • Photos By: Chelsea Fuss

    These sweet and wild green wreaths are perfect for anytime of year (just change out the ribbon to suit the season). They look gorgeous on church doors, bride and groom chairs, or as pew markers. Total cost: $5 per wreath.     Materials: Spool wire Floral tape Clippers Greens (about 15 stems per wreath, we used rosemary, bay and boxwood) Ribbon      1. Form a circle (whatever size you need. Remember your wreath will be slightly bigger than the form) with the spool wire and double it over several times.   2. Cover the circle in floral tape.     3. Cut small pieces of greens and, take excess leaves off about an inch of the bottom stem.     4. Secure each piece with wire.     5. Make sure you overlap the stems to cover any wires or mechanics. You may need to fill in with a few extra pieces.     6. You can make these up to a week ahead of time. Spray daily with water and keep in a cool, dark place.   7. Hang with ribbon and afterwards send them home with special guests.       Add this natural touch to your big day - and have fun!     Photos By: Chelsea Fuss
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    Photos by: Chelsea Fuss     You will need:  A paper photo album (we used this one from Kolo) works great!  About 1/2 a yard of fabric  Ribbon or string Photo corners Fabric glue Scissors An iron     Take out the ribbon the photo album came with and separate the paper cover and set the pages aside.     Cut a piece of fabric that will cover the outside and inside of the paper photo album cover.     Press the fabric over the paper. Secure the fabric on the inside. fold over raw edges, press them and then secure them to the cover with glue.     Tie together the pages and secure them to the fabric cover with string or ribbon.     For the window opening, cut an X in the fabric and glue the excess fabric underneath the cover.     Secure photos with photo corners.      
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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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  • You'll fall in love with this exotic wedding locale... (expert advice)
    Photos by AMResorts
    By Project Wedding for our sponsor, Dreams Resorts & Spas

    Looking for a gorgeous, exotic place for your destination wedding? There are about a million reasons why Huatulco, Mexico is the perfect spot, but here are the top five reasons why you'll fall in love...

    5.  Gorgeous Surroundings.

    Huatulco has it all - waterfalls, lagoons, lush tropical jungle, and traditional Mexican dwellings. Imagine the amazing backdrops you’ll have for your wedding photos!

     

    4. It's Home to Two Impeccable Resorts.

    Choose between the family-friendly Dreams Huatulco or the brand new, adults-only Secrets Huatulco Resort & Spa to host your most special event. Both resorts offer the Unlimited-Luxuryexperience, where everything is included. You and your guests will be privy to gourmet a la carte dining, premium beverages, 24-hour room and concierge service, daily adventures, nightly entertainment and so much more.

     

    3. Have a “Wedding Weekend” Instead of a “Wedding Day.”

    The best part of a destination wedding is having a getaway with your nearest and dearest. Plan a 'welcome' cocktail party with little extras that incorporate the culture, like a tequila tasting, a cigar roller, or a Mariachi band. Host a day-after brunch where everyone can recap the amazing time they had at the wedding before they tee off at the nearby Tangolunda Golf Course.

     

    2. Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed and Something Green.

    Huatulco is a sustainable tourism destination and has been recognized with the prestigious Green Global Certification for their commitment to conserve and preserve the local environment.

     

    1. Bragging Rights.

    Your wedding at Dreams Huatulco or Secrets Huatulco Resort & Spa will surely wow your guests. They’ll get to experience a wedding beyond the standard reception hall, and your experience will be stress-free, thanks to the tailor-made wedding packages and dedicated on-site wedding coordinators.

    Discover the meaning of Unlimited-Luxury at any Dreams Resort & Spa or Secrets Resort & Spa. With locations in Huatulco, Cancun, Riviera Cancun, Puerto Aventuras, Tulum, Los Cabos, Puerto Vallarta, Nuevo Vallarta, Punta Cana, La Romana and Montego Bay, your dream destination awaits!

     

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