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Project and Photos By: Jennifer KirkInstructions for creating a unique topiary style décor. Materials: Wood veneer edging Small cup hooks Wood glue Hot glue gun Small brick of green dry floral foam Boxwood and flower cuttings Fishing line or string C-clamp Binder clips (x3-4) Ruler Scissors Power drill with thin drill bit Step One: From the roll of veneer edging, cut out five strips that are the same size. For the small pendant, the strips were 17.5" inches long. The larger pendant is made out of strips 21" long. Step Two: Dab a small amount of wood glue onto the very end of one of the wood strips. Connect the ends together (about 1/2 an inch) of one of the wood strips, forming a loop. Hold together with a binder clip as the glue dries. Repeat with two more wood strips (do not loop the fourth and fifth strips) for a total of three loops. Step Three: After the glue has dried (ours was a fast-dry formula that took about 15 minutes), remove binder clips. Nest one loop inside another, forming a wide, 45 degree angle 'X' when viewing from above. Glue together at the top. Step Four: Next, dab some glue at the top of the 'X' then nest inside the third loop, this one going across the 'X' and down the middle. Step Five: Clamp together with a C-clamp and let dry for 15-20 minutes. Step Six: When the glue has set, remove C-clamp. Thread the fourth wood strip through the sphere and glue ends together to form a loop inside that is flush against the other loops. Use a binder clip to hold the loop together as the glue dries. Step Seven: Remove the binder clip after the glue has set. Hold the sphere so that the outer loops run longitudinal and the side of the sphere faces you. Position the innermost loop you had just formed in step 6 at a 45 degree angle. This innermost loop crosses with one of the longitudinal loops facing you. Glue together at the center spot where they meet. Step Eight: Repeat step 6, threading in the last wood strip, forming a loop, gluing, then positioning in a -45 degree angle and gluing where it crosses the other loops. Clamp or use binder clips to hold while drying. Step Nine: Remove clips. With a power drill, drill a small hole at the very top of the sphere. Step Ten: Twist in a small cup hook into the hold. This hook will be for hanging the pendant. Step Eleven: Carefully pull aside the loops (an area where they are not glued together) just wide enough to insert a small brick of dry floral foam. With hot glue, secure the foam to the inside bottom of the pendant. Step Twelve: Thread boxwood cuttings though the openings of the pendant and push ends into the foam. Weave longer cuttings around the foam to conceal it. Add some color and texture with small flowers and various types of greenery, and artfully arrange some pieces to drape out of the sphere. Step Thirteen: When finished adding plant cuttings, hang pendants with string or fishing line.
Photos By: Mary SwensonMaterials: • A rectangular piece of Styrofoam, found in the floral section of any craft store (make sure it's at least 4 inches deep, so that it can stand upright on a table) • Fabric to cover the foam (we used white linen) • Ribbon • Ball pins • Seating cards First, cut the fabric to size, making sure that it fully covers the front, back, and sides of the your piece of foam. Iron the fabric to remove any wrinkles. Cover the foam with the fabric, making sure to pull it taut to eliminate any bumps and to keep it tight against the foam. Use the pins to secure the fabric to the foam. Cut ribbon pieces just long enough so that they come to the bottom of the rectangle when they hang over the top, and notch the ends for a nicely finished look. Then, postition the ribbons so that they are spaced an equal distance apart along the rectangle. Pin the ribbons in place to the back of the foam. Print out your escort cards onto cardstock and cut them into equal sizes; or, buy pre-cut cards and hand-write the names and table numbers. Pin the cards along the ribbons, keeping an equal distance between each card. Make sure to leave each pin sticking out a bit so that it's easy for guests to remove their card from the board. Not only is this board a simple, elegant, and budget-friendly way to display seating cards (and its colors can be easily customized to coordinate with your event)... It's also a space-saver: since it's a free-standing piece, it takes up just a fraction of the table space you'd use if you layed out the cards on top of the table! Voila! Your escort card display board is gorgeous!
Project By: Victoria HudginsPhotos By: Pictilio Make a HUGE impact on your wedding day using affordable and simple crepe paper streamers! When executed in a sophisticated range of colors, this normal, everyday party supply can suddenly become an eye catching reception centerpiece or ceremony backdrop. To get the look, the trick is to layer the streamers in a thick succession, then cut them back to reveal layers of gorgeous texture. Step One: Begin by selecting 2-4 streamer colors that coordinate with your palette. Add in a pretty metallic thread for an extra layer of texture. Step Two: Cut wood pieces to the desired width and length. A long and narrow installation can center a family style reception table or make it shorter and thicker to back a ceremony or dessert table. Step Three: Starting with the most outward layers, glue the streamers to the bottom of the wood. Glue them from one end to the other with thin strips of hot glue. Then, move towards the center of the plank an inch or two and begin glueing the next layer, and the next and the next- until the streamers from both sides meet in the middle. Step Four: Turn the installation upright and hang it so you can carefully glue in the metallic string and begin cutting up on the outward layers to reveal the texture hidden inside. Step Five: Continue creating layers, taking perspective from both sides, until you are happy with the look.
Project and Photos By: Mary SwensonFresh cranberries are readily available in grocery stores from mid-September throughout December, and this recipe turns them into a sweet/tart treat perfect for packaging up and giving to your guests as favors! Ingredients and Supplies: 2 cups of sugar 2 cups of water 2 cups of fresh cranberries 3/4 cup confectioner's sugar Small lidded glass jars Steps One and Two: 1- First, combine the sugar and water in a saucepan and heat over low heat, stirring frequently, until the sugar has fully dissolved. Do not bring the mixture to a boil. 2- Once the sugar has dissolved, remove the pan from the heat and let cool slightly. The water should be warm, but not too hot. Combine the cranberries with the sugar water in a bowl and cover; refrigerate overnight. Step Three: The next day, drain the liquid from the cranberries and toss in a bowl with 3/4 cup confectioner's sugar. Spread the sugared cranberries onto parchment or waxed paper and let them dry for about an hour, or until the sugar has hardened. Step Four: Package the treats inside the jars and cover tightly. We used spice jars, which are perfect for individual guest favors; use larger jars if you're giving out one favor per couple. This recipe filled six 3.4 ounce spice jars; adjust accordingly for the number of favors you will need. Step Five: Add a simple personalized tag, and you're done!
Photo by Frame 36 Photography
Throughout your engagement, thank-you notes will be a constant part of your life. Every time you receive a gift, you’ll need to break out your stationery and pen and hand-write a note to the giver. As much as we love technology, it’s important to write thank-you notes in the traditional way.
If you’re having a bridal shower, you’ll need to write thank you notes no later than two weeks after the event. Yes, we know you’re busy but it’s essential to show your guests your appreciation in a timely fashion - so don’t let yourself get behind. Purchase nice stationery, but don’t use any paper goods with your married name or monogram on them until after the wedding.
While your thank-you notes should be personal to each guest, there is a formula that you can follow to make writing them a snap. Here’s how it should go:
Thank you for the (name the gift)
A sentence about how much you love the gift and how you will use it.
A sentence thanking the person for attending your shower (or expressing sadness that they weren’t able to attend)
Share how you are looking forward to seeing them at the wedding (if they aren’t attending the wedding, say you’re looking forward to seeing them soon and share where you’ll likely see them – Thanksgiving dinner, at church, etc.).
Here’s an example:
Dear Aunt Suzanne,
Thank you so much for the lovely teapot. I’ve been using it every evening to make a nightly pot of tea for Sam and I. I was so glad that you could attend my bridal shower and hope you had a great time. Looking forward to seeing you at the wedding next month!
Easy, right? So get out those pens and stationery and start writing your bridal shower thank-you notes!
Project and Photos by Brittni Mehlhoff Pop the question to your bridesmaids with these teeny tiny gift boxes, with a surprise message (and gift) inside. This DIY will help get your potential bridesmaids excited for the big day and you can customize the painted birch boxes to your wedding colors in a pinch. This is a great way to give bridesmaids a piece of jewelry, like a ring, that they can wear to the wedding and cherish long after you say, "I do". Materials: Small Round Birch Craft Boxes Acrylic Paint Paint Brush 'Will You Be My Bridesmaid' print outs Crinkle Paper Scissors Velvet Ribbon Fresh Flowers, like Delphinium (optional) How To: 1. First, paint the base and lid of the box with acrylic paint in fun patterns and shapes. Wait for the paint to dry. 2. Next, cut a piece of velvet ribbon between four and seven inches long, and glue one end to the inside of the lid. 3. Wrap the other end of the ribbon through the ring and glue the loose end further down on the back of the ribbon. This will create a secure loop to hold the ring, so it doesn't fall out of the box. It will also lift the ring from the box when the lid is opened. 4. Next, add a strip of paper to the the ring and ribbon that pops the question. You can create these strips very easily with your home computer and a printer. The font used in the example is called Housegrind and is free for personal use, right here. 5. Lastly, add crinkle paper to the box and nestle the ring inside before tucking in the ribbon and paper message and putting the lid back on. Present as a gift to your potential bridesmaids and cross your fingers.
These details may be small, but they're essential for any rustic wedding! Get inspired by these cool ideas and add some rustic flare to your big day! For more inspiration, check out our rustic real wedding boards.
1. STRING LIGHTING
Photo by June Lion
Whether you hang them outdoors or indoors, they'll glow beautifully and look fabulous!
2. BRANCH ARCHES
Photos by Katelyn James Photography and Sweet Tea Photography
Let nature inspire you! Say your vows under a collection of branches and twigs accented with flowers.
3. RUSTIC INVITATIONS
Photos by Jessica Lorren Organic Photography and Taylor Lord Photography
Brawn paper, hand lettering, and other details will clue guests in from the get-go that you're throwing a rustic wedding.
Photos by Onelove Photography and Bright Bird Photography
Provide a fun and refreshing drink for those not consuming alcohol. Or just spike the whole batch!
5. BABY'S BREATH
Photos by Cadey Reisner Weddings and Melissa Copeland Photography
Baby's breath is great for bouquets, centerpieces, and any other floral decor you may need. The best thing about this flower? It's super inexpensive!
Photos by Limefish Studio and Abby Grace Photography
Burlap is the unofficial fabric of rustic weddings. Take a lesson from the photos above and use it for your ring pillow, or as a holder for silverware!
7. WOODEN FARM TABLES
Photos by Taylor Lord Photography and Brandon Chesbro Photography
Aside from having a classically rustic feel to them, these long tables create a communal setting that's perfect for any wedding reception.
8. LACE DRESSES
Photos by Andi Mans Photography and Katelyn James Photography
We're loving lace gowns as a go-to style for rustic weddings. From delicate embroidery to clean lines, you can't go wrong with lace!
9. DESSERT DISPLAY
Photo by June Lion
Cake is great and all, but there are so many delicious desserts out there - why not create a table for all of them? From pies to cupcakes, there will be something for all of your guests to enjoy.
10. KEY ESCORT CARDS
Photos by Abby Grace Photography and Monique Hessler Photography
Get creative by attaching an old-style key to your escort cards. You can even have a lock waiting for guests at their seat!
11. CHALKBOARD DECOR
Photos by Dan and Melissa Photography and Brandon Chesbro Photography
Chalkboard signs are the perfect detail for a rustic wedding. A tip: make sure you find someone with fabulous handwriting to really make your signs stand out.
12. BUNDT CAKES
Photos by B. Miller Photography and Taken by Tate
Stray away from the classic all-white formal cake and go for something with a little more character. From its unique shape and minimal icing, it's sure to stand out from the crowd.
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Now that Labor Day has come and gone, we have Autumn on our minds. Here are 10 gorgeous fall floral arrangements guaranteed to inspire those September-November brides.
Photo by Stewart Leishman
This bouquet wows us with a contrast of soft pink roses and calla lilies against deep red dahlias and amaranthus, with golden coxcomb and hypericum berries mixed in for texture.
Photo by Lisa Lefkowitz
Feminine meets rustic with this unique blend of traditional peach and salmon garden roses and earthy elements like scabiosa pods, rust red oak leaves, and cascading berries.
Photo by Live View Studios
This festive fall bouquet features honey colored hydrangeas, dried wheat grass, preserved eucalyptus, bittersweet berries, and pepper berries.
Photo courtesy of Alicia Jayne Florals
Our top pick for a fall color palette? Shades of bold grape and soft, dusty mauve. Alicia Jayne Florals nails it with this bouquet of stock, parrot tulips, and roses.
Photo by Christina McNeill
If you're going for a sweet, whimsical aesethetic, this bouquet of fluffy dinner plate dahlias and blushing bride protea is a sure winner.
Photo by Katie Osgood
This bouquet has some serious personality with anemone and chocolate cosmo accents and a single "Festiva Maxima" peony taking center stage up front.
Photo by Frenzel Photographers
Create the perfect caramel palette using waxflower, dark gold cymbidium orchids, orange mokara orchids, pheasant feathers, hypericum berries, auburn leaves, and cascading millet.
Photo by Feather & Twine
Antique roses are a must-have for a fall vintage style wedding. Combine them with peach David Austin Juliet garden roses, ivory ranunculus, and disty miller for a soft, old world look.
Photo by Jodi Miller
This hand-tied bouquet of burgundy dahlias, pink roses, green hydrangeas, and two-tone chrysanthemums would be a perfect pick for a fall barn wedding.
Photo courtesy of Liz Rusnac Floral Design
Get pretty in plum with an arrangement of roses, ranunculus, heather, and riceflower.
For more fall floral inspiration, don't miss our Fall Bouquets and Fall Centerpieces boards!
Hooray! It's the morning of your wedding (and you've probably started hair and makeup at 7 a.m.) but that's what it takes to look absolutely picture perfect before you walk down the aisle to meet your handsome husband. Just as your photographer arrives, make sure he/she gets a few of these snapshots in the making:
1. Patterned Robes - Gift your bridesmaids floral patterned robes, oversized monogrammed button-up shirts, or rhinestone tank tops and shorts to wear. Get more outfit ideas here.
Photo: Andi Mans Photography
2. Curlers In, Eyelashes Out - There's nothing better than being pampered, right? That should definitely be worth smiling over.
Photo: LeAnna Theresa Photography
3. Sharing an Intimate Moment With Your MOH - Reminscence of the good times with your maid of honor on the couch with a comfy blanket.
Photo: Katelyn James
4. Reading a Love Letter While Sipping Champagne - You'll need at least one libation to relax those nervous jitters.
Photos (from left to right): Rachel Marie Photographie and Clary Photo
5. Opening a Gift - OMG, it's a _______!
Photo: Katelyn James
6. Zipped or Buttoned Up by Bridesmaids - Whether it's just one, two, or maybe three helping hands, it takes a lot of work.
Photos (from left to right): Katelyn James
7. Or Zipped or Buttoned Up by Mom - Let the woman who loved you first do the honor.
Photo: Kristina Cipolla Photography
8. First Reactions - Obviously, there won't be a dry eye around. Be prepared to have tissues.
Photo: Katelyn James
9. Standing in the Mirror - Don't hesitate to check yourself out from head to toe.
Photos (from left to right): Kurt Boomer Photo and iZO Photography
10. Putting On Your Shoes - Last but not least, the final touch.
Photos (from left to right): Joshua McDonald Photography and Sequins and Candy
Due in part to their versatility, tree slices have become popular among brides wishing to bring an organic flare to their wedding decor. Here are our 10 favorite ways to style them!
1. Charger Plates
Photo by Laura Murray Photography
Tree slab chargers are a great way to bring texture to a rustic tablescape.
2. Serving Platters
Photo by Clarence Chan Photography
Have your cateres pass cocktails and hors d'oeuvres on these makeshift trays.
3. Guest Book Alternative
Photo by Vallentyne Photography
Instead of a traditional guest book, have friends and family jot notes on a large wooden slab you can display as artwork in your home.
Photo by Wren Photography
Carve script into smaller slices for festive signs.
5. Tea Light Votives
Photo by Your Story by Jeremy
Use these romantic, woodsy votives to accent your reception tables or give them to guests as favors!
6. Ring Pillow
Photo by Christa Elyce Photography
What a clever detail for a countryside ceremony!
7. Lounge Tables
Photo by Coco Tran Photography
Add a natural touch to your cocktail lounge with tree stump ottomans.
8. Centerpiece Pedestals
Photo by Julie Cate Photography
Prop your centerpieces on stacked tree slices for a little more impact.
9. Makeshift Lanterns
Photo by Laurelyn Savannah Photography
Create romantic, glowing centerpieces from hollowed-out tree slices.
10. Cake Stand
Photo by Shaun & Skyla Walton
For a rustic dessert display, serve your wedding cake, cupcakes, and other treats on tiers of bark.
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