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Statement skirts are one of our favorite ways to turn heads down the aisle. And while we're all for intricate layers of ruche and tulle, there is definitely something to be said for bigger, bolder, and simpler. One of the most creative twists on the big ball gown we saw on Spring 2014 runways was the wide panel tier. Skirt layers got larger and longer, and we think the look is just perffect for the bride who wants to look a little more playful on her big day. What's your take on the style? Let us know in the comments!
no. 1 Amsale • no. 2 Alyne
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Now that you're engaged, it's important you learn how to take care of your ring. Here's how. (expert advice) photo by Todd Rafakovitch When it comes to engagement ring care, you'd be surprised how many women overlook the importance of ring upkeep. Just imagine – you are faithfully brandishing your ring on a daily basis with all of the everyday wear and tear that comes with your regular activities.
Whether you're scrubbing caked on grease from last night's dinner or planting seeds in your garden, chances are your engagement ring has been right along for the ride. In order to rid your precious ring of unwanted dust, dirt, and yes…dead skin particles that have come in contact with your ring, commit to memory the following engagement ring care tips:
Cleaning: For diamond engagement ring care, simply soak in warm water for at least 30 minutes using a liquid detergent. Another method for engagement ring care regarding diamond settings involves soaking your ring in a solution consisting of 50 parts ammonia and 50 parts cool water. Once out of the solution, use a soft brush to tap the front and back of the ring, in hopes of loosening any dirt. Rinse again in the solution, and then pat dry.
Wedding Ring Prongs: Engagement ring care also means that you should treat ring prongs to a bit of tender loving care. Over time, they can become weakened, bent or loose. Check your stone by holding it up to your ear and slightly tapping it. A loose stone will produce a slight rattling sound. To prevent loss of your stone, have a trusted jeweler inspect your engagement ring, provide a professional cleaning, and look over your prongs.
Storage: When not wearing your diamond engagement ring, carefully store in a separate jewelry case or individually lined compartment, which keeps diamonds from rubbing against other pieces of jewelry. This can produce a scratch.
Protection: If you engage in hard labor on a routine basis, follow the important engagement ring care tip of simply taking off your ring when doing activities, such as operating heavy machinery or construction work. This will help avoid breaks, splits, cracks, and looseness. Keep in mind that even digging in the ground while gardening can cause damage to an engagement ring – there's a lot of rocks hidden in the dirt!
As your wedding day approaches, there are a few things you should do to ensure that your appearance will be flawless on the big day. (expert advice)
Photo By: Pen Carlson Photography
In order to make sure that you look your absolute best on your wedding day, you have probably booked appointments with your hair stylist, manicurist and pedicurist, make-up artist and even a tanning specialist. As your wedding day approaches, there are a few things you should do to ensure that your appearance will be flawless on the big day. Below, you will find some beauty check in tips to guide you toward the perfect wedding day appearance.
Beauty Check In: Hair and Make-Up
The last thing you want for your wedding is a bad hair day and make-up which makes you look like a clown. If you haven't scheduled a ‘practice run,' it's important to do this at least a few weeks before the big day. Check your hair by moving around and shaking your head to ensure that it will stay in place. Your make-up should look natural and enhance the beauty you already possess; not like you're being painted up for some kind of strange ritual! Make sure you feel comfortable with your selections and that the hair looks great with the dress. This beauty check in will make you feel more confident and excited about the big day.
Beauty Check In: Manicure and Pedicure
If you've never received a manicure or pedicure before, you may want to have it done a few weeks before the wedding. It's essential to be sure that you're happy with the look and that you're comfortable with the results. If you will be wearing tips or other types of fake nails, make sure they're at a length you feel comfortable with. If you have it done a few weeks ahead of time, you will only need to schedule a ‘filler' appointment to make sure everything is in place. You will also have the chance to get accustomed to fake nails if you've never had them before.
Beauty Check In: Spray Tan
If you will be receiving a spray tan for your wedding, it's imperative that you make sure the specialist is using the right color. Have a practice run about a month before the wedding and if you're happy with the results, have your specialist take notes of color combinations and any other important points. You will definitely want to be checked for a sensitivity or allergy - imagine walking down the aisle with hives!
By doing a beauty check in at least a few weeks before the wedding, you can tie up loose ends and ensure that everything is set for your ceremony.
Planning healthy snacks for your big day is just as important as your wedding cake, so don't overlook it! (expert advice) From the time you wake up until you finally settle into your honeymoon suite, your wedding day is going to be full of nonstop action. Where will you find the energy to play the role of the beautiful bride without any time to eat? Planning healthy snacks for your big day is just as important as your wedding cake – especially since that bite of cake may be the only thing you put in your stomach! Start out your day with a light, but filling breakfast and ask your maid of honor to help you prepare a snack bag to bring along to the wedding. Snacks to Avoid You don’t want to stain your dress or destroy your makeup and you definitely don’t want an upset stomach to ruin your special day – those nervous butterflies are bad enough. Stay away from carbonated drinks, heavy or greasy foods, and anything that may drip, drop, or ooze into a potential wedding disaster. You’ll also want to avoid lots of sugars and carbohydrates or you may experience a crash rather than an energy boost. Snacks to Pack Choose healthy wedding day snacks that are easy to eat on the go. High protein foods will provide you with the energy you need to make it through the big day. I would suggest carrying along an insulated lunch bag to keep things fresh and remember to pack a few extra snacks to share with your groom – his day will be nearly as hectic as yours! Peanut butter crackers Beef jerky Trail mix Yogurt String cheese Peanuts Dried fruit Bring along a few plain saltine crackers to nibble on too, just in case you experience any last minute waves of nausea. Wedding Day Snack Station Instead of carrying around snacks for yourself, you may want to organize a snack station for the entire wedding party to enjoy. It will be a busy day for everyone and nothing could be worse than a hungry, inattentive flower girl or the sounds of a groomsman’s growling stomach! Set up a table with vegetables and dip, turkey wraps, or crackers and cheese to keep those hunger issues at bay. High protein, healthy snacks are a must for your big day. Whether you arrange a platter for the entire wedding party or just toss a few things into your tote bag, be sure you take a few minutes to munch throughout the day. Healthy snacks will give you the energy you need to create a picture perfect wedding.
Project by Erica Obrien No plates, no wrappers, these bite-sized gems are completely edible and perfect for everything from a formal dessert table at a wedding to a laid back gathering of girlfriends at a bridal shower. Of course the colors are customizable as are the sizes.
Step 1: Make the Cups At least one day in advance, gather what you’ll need and make the cups. The farther in advance, the better. Be sure to make extras in case of breakage. Here’s what you’ll need: Cardstock Tape Ruler Fondant in color of your choice Food-use only ruler Rolling pin Pizza wheel Water Two small round cutters, one slightly larger than the other Cornstarch (to prevent sticking) Roll cardstock tightly. Insert smaller round cutter into rolled up cardstock to ensure a snug fit. Tape down length of cardstock to secure. Use small amount of cornstarch to prevent fondant from sticking. Roll fondant into long thin strip. Place ruler on fondant and use pizza wheel to cut straight line. Save excess. Repeat on other side of ruler, matching strip width to height of smallest cutter. Use ruler to straighten edge of strip. Cut strip into 4 ½” pieces, or large enough to wrap around cardstock roll with a slight overlap, creating a closed ring. Wrap strips around cardstock roll, securing overlap with enough water to ensure sticking. Allow to dry at least overnight. Repeat as many times as needed until desired number of rings are made. Roll out extra fondant. Using larger cutter, cut an equal number of discs as you have rings. When dry, rings will be able to stand upright. Rings will create sides of cups; discs will form bottom of cups Step 2: Make and Decorate the Cakes Here’s what you’ll need: Cake of your choice baked in 2” high pan Piping bag with large round tip 8 and filled with your choice of buttercream Fondant rings and discs (made in advance) Edible “confetti” (sprinkles, sugar pearls, fondant circles, non pareils) in the color of your choice Place fondant ring on fondant disc. Place small amount of buttercream at bottom of ring to secure disc and cake to ring. Use smaller cutter to cut cake round. Insert cutter into ring and gently press to release cake. Press down to secure cake to buttercream. Top cake round with candy kiss-shaped dollop of buttercream. Top cake cups with confetti.
Photos By: Olivia Kanaley
For this project you will need fabric - we used chiffon and tulle. Yardage needed will vary based on the number and size of flowers, as well as the fabric thickness. You'll also need a piece of paper, a pen, scissors, pins, needle and thread, glass seed beads, and a plain hair clip or comb.To make a stencil first free hand a rose petal shape and cut out. Then retrace it five times on a larger sheet of paper to create a full flower shape. This will help you get an even pattern. Cut out pattern. Take some fabric and fold it into a square a little larger than your flower pattern. Pin the pattern to fabric and carefully cut out. Repeat this process until you have enough layers to make a full flower - the number of layers will vary depending on the weight of your fabrics and the size of your flower. The example shown here uses 26 layers. Stack flower cut outs, alternating fabric types and staggering petals. Use a needle and thread to secure them together at the center. Pinch together the center of the flower (from the bottom) and secure with stitches to create volume and give the flower and authentic shape. If desired you can sew decorative beads in the inside center of the flower. Finally, sew the flower to a hair clip or comb. You can also create a tie-on corsage or sash, by sewing one or more flowers to a length of silk ribbon.
By: Jenny BattA 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)
Photos By Chelsea FussThis homemade project is so sweet and surprisingly easy to create! You will need an iron to get your fabric just right. You will also need blank envelopes, fabric (we like a variety of several patterns!), a glue stick is a must -- a cutting mat, an X-acto knife ... and do not forget your scissors! Initially, you will need to make a pattern for your envelope. For the Pattern: 1. Open your envelope and lay it down flat on your ironed fabric. 2. Trace the envelope and then cut out the fabric. 3. Next, trim the fabric so it's slightly more narrow and shorter than the envelope. 4. Slip the fabric inside the envelope to make sure it fits the width. You may have to trim some more until it looks about right. If the top of it is too long, this is OK, you will trim this later after you glue. To Line the Envelopes: 1. After you've cut out your fabric liners (using the template or your own pattern), fit one inside an envelope to make sure it fits. 2.When it looks about right and is nice and flat with no wrinkles, lift up the top part that goes over the envelope flap. Cover this section of the envelope in glue. 3.Next, lift up the bottom portion and hold the envelope open. Cover the inside of the envelope with glue and press down the fabric. 4. Make sure the fabric is glued securely, especially along the edges of the flap. 5. Leave it to dry for about 15 minutes. 6. Take an X-acto knife and a cutting mat and trim around the edges. Make sure these are nice and clean. 7. Use 3 dabs of glue along the envelope flap to secure the envelope to mail. Your guests will be surprised when they open the envelope and find the beautiful fabric liner! Add other special touches, like personalized stamps as well. Voila! The total cost, including envelope, is about .70 cents per envelope. Photos By Chelsea Fuss
Photos By: Mary SwensonChalkboards are all the rage in the design world lately, and they're also an easy way to add a bit of unexpected character to your wedding day! Whether you're going for a casual, country, or even chic look, check out our ideas on how you can incorporate this fun element into your event. When we stumbled upon this amazing blackboard oilcloth, we knew we had to somehow use it in one of our do-it-yourself projects. It's a dream to write on, and the chalk easily washes off with a damp cloth, so the oilcloth can be used over and over again. We cut ours to fit a large white frame and wrote guests' seat assignments on it to create a modern-looking seating chart. Sources: Oilcloth from Bell'Occhio; Ribba frame from Ikea Cut the oilcloth to make a dramatic place mat for each table setting; write the guest's name across the top in lieu of a place card. Sources: Oilcloth from Bell'Occhio We cut tags from cardstock and sprayed them with chalkboard spray paint to create super-easy place cards. Source: Chalkboard spray paint by Krylon These adorable mini-chalkboards are a perfect size for place cards; wind them around napkins or favors for a charming look. Source: Mini-chalkboards by Darice from Joann Fabrics Votive holders or small cups can also get the spray-paint treatment; fill them with bright flowers for a glamorous favor, and write guests' names on the front for added personalization. Source: Chalkboard spray paint by Krylon When black is matte, it looks sophisticated and soft -- and is a fabulous compliment to a floral arrangement. We spray painted a vase with chalkboard paint, wrote the table number on the front, and filled with pretty pale tulips. Volia! An inexpensive centerpiece that still looks dramatic. Source: Chalkboard spray paint by Krylon We hung a page from this blackboard album around an old wooden box, wrote the table number on the front, and then filled it with floppy flowers. The result? A casual, rustic centerpiece that's truly unique. Source: Blackboard chipboard album by Cosmo Cricket