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9 cute and creative ways to serve your cocktails -- Cheers!
Photo by: Michelle Warren
Water infused with mint, cucumber, and lemon -- sounds delish!
Photo by: Love Life Images
Rosemary lemonade and peach iced tea displayed in an antique white cabinet -- does an outdoor reception get any more chic than this?
Photo by: M. Norwood Photogrpahy
Does it get more refreshing than classic lemonade in the summer?
Photo by: Anjuli
Going for more of an indie, DIY vibe? Store your spirits in vintage crates.
Photo by: Hudson Nichols Photography
We love how Jessica and Matt repurposed an old cabinet to hold their beverage supplies.
Photo by: Karen Wise
Serve big batch punches in wide mouth jars. Don't forget the ladles!
Photo by: Neuschafer Photography
Don't think we'll ever get tired of mason jar mugs and striped straws.
Photo by: Jordan Ferney
A rainbow display of old fashioned sodas instantly doubles as reception favors.
Photo by: Katelyn James Photography
Mini chalkboards and log displays are the perfect finishing touches for a rustic beverage station.
Photo: KT Merry
Since your aisle is the focal point of your ceremony decor, dressing it up a bit will go a long way to achieve a gorgeous overall look. Here are ten creative ways to decorate your ceremony aisle.
Photos (from left): Lane Dittoe, Rylee Hitchner
Drape garland from chair to chair or let it wind down either side of the aisle.
Photos (from left): Abi Q Photography, Leila Brewster
Lanterns are a popular aisle decor choice and come in an endless variety of styles, from preppy and nautical to romantic and shabby chic.
Photos (from left): Jodi Miller, Ryan Ray
Pom poms are a cute, colorful way to decorate your aisle, whether you string them along either side or scatter them down the center. You might even consider having your flower girl toss pom poms instead of flower petals!
Photos: KT Merry
Add a little extra sparkle and glamour to an indoor ceremony by sprinkling sequins or glitter along the aisle.
Photos (from left): JAC Photography, Meg Perotti
Rocks are a unique, eco-friendly option for lining your path.
Photo: Christa Elyce Photography
There's nothing more classically romantic than soft, flickering candlelight.
Photos: KT Merry
We love the look of these densely packed, color-blocked petals!
Photos (from left): XOXO Bride, Jose Villa
Roll one long runner down the aisle, or lay several rugs in succession.
Photos: Toast! Event Planning and Design
Big, fluffy crepe paper globes are a fun, pretty, do it yourself alternative to floral pomaders.
For more inspiration on decking out your aisles, be sure to check out our Ceremony Decor board or head over to our Flowers Editor's Floral Aisle Markers board!
Photo: Delbarr Moradi
One of the many great perks of being an autumn bride is the ability to take advantage of all the rich hues and gorgeous textures the season has to offer. Here's a roundup of our favorite fall wedding blooms for your inspiration!
Photos (from left): Melanie Duerkopp, Heather Hawkins
These festive flowers are available in a wide range of colors from bright, perky hues like apricot and magenta to deep shades like aubergine and burgundy.
2. Chocolate Sunflowers
Photos: Jose Villa
Distinguished by gorgeous earthy tones of gold, bronze and brown, these blooms radiate rustic charm and make a perfect addition to any autumn arrangement.
3. Gerber Daisies
Photos (from left): Josselyn Peterson, Anna Delores Photography
With their large open faces and striking colors, these bursting blossoms are so cheerful and refreshing!
Photos (from left): Jackie Wonders, onelove Photography
Embrace the fall season with large, bursting fuji mums, fluffy football mums, or mini compact button mums.
5. Chocolate Cosmos
Photos (from left): Lisa Lefkowitz, Bows & Arrows
These dark, dramatic blooms are perfect for adding contrast and dimension to your bridal bouquet.
Photos (from left): Allyson Magda, Jodi Miller
With their lovely maple color, these cymbidium orchids are great choice for incorporating a touch of autumn.
7. Calla Lilies
Photos (from left): Caroline Tran, Courtney Bowlden
Hearty, elegant calla lilies are available in stunning fall colors like deep orange, dark purple, and ruby red.
Photos (from left): Stacy Reeves, Delbarr Moradi
A bouquet of orange, peach or purple roses is a perfect choice for classic brides!
Project and Photos by Brittni Mehlhoff If you're looking for a simple wedding project that won't break the bank, these watercolor favor boxes are the perfect match. Use them as wedding favor boxes for guest, bridal party gifts, even as holiday packaging for presents wrapped sweetly under the tree. Materials: Kraft box (any size) Scissors Super thick yarn White watercolor Paint brush
How-To:1. Fold the box and prepare watercolors with a few drops of water in a small dish or palette. 2. Write a message with watercolors on the top of the box. 3. Fill with yummy bakery items or other sweet treats. 4. Add a card inside the box to say thanks to guests for coming to your wedding. Or pen a note to your bridal party to tell your bridesmaids how much they mean to you. 5. Close up the box and add a long piece of yarn. Tie it in a bow or add a giant yarn pouf to finish the package. Voila!
Photo by Jose Villa
Planning a wedding in a barn, on a farm, or in the countryside? Create a picture-perfect scene with our ten favorite rustic wedding decor ideas!
1. Grapevine Wreaths
Photos by (from left): Karena Dixon, Allison Davis
Dress up the branches with flowers, ribbons, or greenery for a pretty, personal touch.
Photos by (from left): Katelyn James, Jose Villa
Hay bales are great for creating unique displays or festive seating arrangements.
Photos by (from left): Amy Arrington, Jen Huang
Go with loose arrangements of wildflowers like larkspur, waxflower, phlox, daisies, bluebells or buttercups for that relaxed, freshly picked look.
Photos by (from left): Leila Brewster, Anne Brookshire
Burlap is a great way to incorporate natural texture into your wedding decor. Use it for table runners, aisle markers, bunting, favor bags, signs...the possiblities are endless!
Photo by Mastin Studio
Draping is a great way to bring warmth and personality to a raw space, especially when you are working with lofted ceilings, as is often the case with a rustic venue.
6. Birch Bark
Photos by (from left): Carlie Statsky, Hazelnut Photography
Wrap sheets of birch bark around vases, candles, or buckets for beautiful rustic centerpieces.
Photos by (from left): Shaun & Skyla Walton, Gina & Ryan Photography
Use chalkboards in lieu of paper for unique wedding signs, menu boards, chair signs, table numbers, escort cards, place cards, and more.
8. Galvanized Buckets
Photos by (from left): Tanja Lippert, Leslee Mitchell
Set a relaxed countryside scene with tin buckets spilling over with wildflowers.
9. Tree Stump Tables
Photos by (from left): Anne Nunn, Michelle Cross
We love these fun, creative accent tables for cocktail lounges and decorative displays!
10. Grapevine Balls
Photos by (from left): Jess + Nate Studios, Elyse Hall
Grapevine balls are great for rustic ceiling decor, aisle markers, centerpieces and more. Dress them up with string lights, flowers, or ribbons for a unique look.
For more rustic wedding inspiration, don't miss our Rustic Wedding Decor Ideas board!
Brrr. . . it's still so very cold out here! In honor (or maybe in spite of) the chilly weather, here are 10 of our favorite ways to bring a little warmth to any wedding day.
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1. Wear a flannel shirt while you're getting ready
Photo by Lisa Fitts Photography
Bundle up in an oversized flannel while you're getting your makeup done. You can even borrow one from your soon-to-be husband!
2. Coffee and donut hole favors
Photo by Austin Gros Photography
Send guests off to the after after party with a miniature jolt of caffeine and sugar.
Photo by MB Fotografie Design
Such a fun portrait for snow-bound brides.
4. A Custom Hot Chocolate Bar
Photo by Katelyn James
Stir-in chocolate spoons eliminate the risk of staining clothes while pouring --- and ensures that each guest can make their drink as chocolaty as they desire.
5. Furs for everyone (in the wedding party)
Photo by Rachel Pearlman Photography
A warm, luxe touch for outdoor portraits.
6. Shawls for everyone (watching the ceremony)
Photo by Nataly Lemus
If your ceremony is taking place somewhere without centrail heating (an old curch or barn, for example), consider providing shawls and hand warmers for attendees.
7. S'more everything
Photos courtesy of Nine Photography and The Sunday Sweet
Opt for the classic make-your-own or go for something a little more modern (hellooo s'more cupcakes!) -- either way this dessert is guaranteed to be a crowd-pleaser.
8. Candlelight Decor
Photo by Annie Hosfield Photography
Instantly ups the coziness factor by at least seventy-five percent.
9. Hot cider
Photo by Nine Photography
Or hot mulled wine or hot pear juice -- anything you can add cloves or cinnamon to works!
10. A closed-in tent
Photo by Mad Chicken Studio
Don't want to forgo an outdoor ceremony in a colder month? Outfit a tented reception with lots and lots of heat lamps.
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From donuts and strawberries to seashells and tree bark, amp up this classic wedding day treat with jaw-dropping details.
1. Stawberry Fields
Photos by (from left to right) Spindle Photography and Feather and Twine Photography
Who doesn't love sweet strawberries lathered in chocolatey goodness? That's reason enough to top your cake off with them, whether it's white or milk chocolate, you'll have your guests begging for seconds (and thirds).
2. Vintage Accents
Photo by Robyn Preston Photography
We're loving the vintage details on this cake, especially the clock. Perfect for an old-school wedding style or just a fun detail on any cake.
Photo by Spindle Photography
Tree bark as a final addition to your sweet treat may seem a bit odd, but trust us when we say it's ideal for a rustic or woodland-themed wedding.
4. Words, Words, Words
Photos by (from left to right) Three Little Blackbirds and Sarina Love Photography
Personalize your cake by adding your favorite song lyrics or verses of poetry, or go ultra-romantic and adorn it with inspirational love quotes.
5. Seashells By the Seashore
Photo by Andi Mans Photography
Nothing says beach wedding like having a piece of the beach so beautifully displayed on your wedding cake. If you're lucky enought to be seaside grab them off your local shoreline, or just have your bakery create edible ones.
6. Cookie Monsters
Photo by Spindle Photography
If you're mouth is already watering from the mere sight of this chocolatey piece of heaven (ours is), then you should definitely top your cake with America's favorite cookie.
7. Going Green
Photos by (from left to right) Brandon Chesbro Photography and Ryan Ray Photography
Show off your outdoorsy side by adorning your cake with greenery, leaves or anything else you can find right in your backyard.
8. Strawberry Fields
Photo by Jodi Miller Photography
Whether you two are big on board games or want something a little more creative, edible Scrabble pieces are an adorable addition.
9. Double Trouble
Photos by (from left to right) Sweet and Saucy Shop and David One Photography
So you and your future hubby admittedly have the biggest sweet tooth around, and we've got a solution for you. Top off your dessert with, well, another dessert. (What cavities?)
The most stunning autumn place settings boast a nice balance of deep colors, rich textures, elegant metallics, and organic elements. Here are 10 of our favorite looks to inspire your fall wedding tablescapes.
Photo by Rustic White Photography
A woven straw placemat in a subtle eggplant hue topped with faux bois patterned plates, gold flatware, and a goldfoil pear place card holder.
Photo by Laurelyn Savannah Photography
An animal hide tablecloth dressed up with rustic flatware, artisan wood chargers, indigo paisley patterned dinner napkins, and a sprig of berries.
Photo by Ali Harper Photography
A rustic barnwood table topped with simple white patterned dinner plates, heather gray linen napkins, a Guinea Fowl feather, and cool graphite flatware.
Photo by Paula O'Hara Photography
A gold charger paired with an ornate gold patterned salad plate and wrapped in a romantic crimson satin ribon.
Photo by Ben Q. Photography
A classic white and gold dining set accented with a sapphire blue raw silk dinner napkin and a gold spray-painted, calligraphed magnolia leaf.
Photo Courtesy of Naturally Yours Events
Aubergine and taupe Tartan plaid table linens paired with brass flatware and gold-rimmed plates.
Photo by onelove Photography
A gorgeous auburn feather charger plate topped with champagne-rimmed china and a simple kraft place card scrawled in white calligraphy.
Photo by Paula O'Hara Photography
A fine hemstitch napkin in a rich cinnamon hue, topped with a sprig of Queen Anne's Lace and bundled with a ruby velveteen ribbon.
Photo by Laurelyn Savannah Photography
A matte silver charger combined with a striped chambray dinner napkin, fresh fall fruit, and fine antique silverware.
Photo by Almond Leaf Studios
A kraft paper menu card illustrated with a black rose motif tucked into a plum dinner napkin and set atop mixed-shape ivory plates.
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Yes, we love candy, koozies, and potted succulents as much as the next wedding fanatic, but sometimes you just need to think outside of the box. Here are a few wedding favor ideas that truly break the mold.
Condiments and Spices
Olive oil is a popular wedding favor these days, but if there’s a condiment that you and your spouse love, share it with your guests! We’ve seen ketchup, mustard, Tabasco, as well as various seasonings (Old Bay, BBQ rubs, etc.).
Photo by Anjuli
Yeah, it’s a little offbeat, but it’s certainly hip and will get your guests talking. Offer up an array of temporary tats for your guests to enjoy. Who knows, maybe your Grandma will partake (can you imagine that photo?).
Photos by (from left): Liz Chrisman Photography, Emily Alt Photography
This might be a little labor-intensive, but we love the idea of picking out a book for each guest (or couple) to take home. Handwriting a personalized note inside is a great touch. What an amazing keepsake for your nearest and dearest!
Photo by Diana M. Lott
These are pretty quirky, but adorable, too! Offer your guests a selection of pins to affix to their attire and take home.
Photos by (from left): Katelyn James Photography, Shelly Kroeger Photography
Pottery or Handmade Crafts
We love how this bride used her pottery-making skills to create ceramic bowls for all of her guests. If you have crafting or cooking skills, use them to create gifts for your guests (but don’t overwhelm yourself by taking on a too-huge task!).
Photo by Maggie Fortson Photography
Cotton Candy in a Box
Fact: Guests love sweet treats. But instead of cookies or candy, try something a bit more whimsical with cotton candy stored in a takeout box. What a fun treat for guests of all ages!
Photo by Jenny DeMarco Photography
Give your favors a healthful touch by providing your guests with fresh fruit. From berries to pineapples, peaches to apples, think seasonal and local when it comes to picking your produce.
Photo by Dear Darling Photography
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Cookouts are the best part of summer, especially on the 4th of July with family and friends. Who doesn't love hot dogs, hamburgers, and fireworks? Bring that laid-back vibe to your rehearsal dinner. Here's how to do it:
1. Big-Batch Chilled Beverages
Photo by Katelyn James Photography
Mix up big batchees of flavored water, lemonade, or sweet tea and let guests serve themselves! Use mason jars as glasses for an extra picnic-y feel.
2. Gingham & Sunflower Decor
Photo by (from left to right) Chelsea Fuss and Nami Dadlani Photography
Set your wooden banquet tables with checkered linens or napkins and use bright yellow sunflowers in your centerpieces. Here's our step-by-step guide to styling a summer table.
3. Finger Foods
Photo by Jose Villa
Pass around bite-size burgers, BBQ sliders, pigs in a blanket, french fry shooters, and corn on the cob halves as appetizers.
4. Strawberry Shortcake
Photo by Chelsea Fuss
We all scream for ice cream! As much as it would coof off guests, it would also quickly melt in the heat. Instead, try a strawberry shortcake. Light and sweet, it will leave guests feeling satisfied but not heavy. Here's a complete step-by-step receipe for creating the one pictured above.
5. Lawn Games
Photo by Orange in Bloom
Entertain your guests with lawn games such as cornhole, croquet, hula hoops, bocce ball, and badminton.
6. Outdoor Lounge
Photo by Katelyn James Photography
Countrify your backyard with an outdoor lounge of hay bales, quilts, and wooden barrels.
7. Bonfire Desserts
Photo by MaryBeth Clouser Photography
S'mores kits are an edible favor that your guests can enjoy while keeping warm by the fire.