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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!

     

     

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  • 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.

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  • 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.  
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  • Project and Photos by Brittni Mehlhoff

    Greet your guests with something they'll always remember with these DIY ombre seashell escort cards. They are the perfect touch for a beach wedding or a subtle nod to the sea for any bride dreaming of a coastal reception.

      The finished escort cards look beautiful and unique, but they're also very quick and easy to make.     Materials:  Seashells (which can be found at a local craft store) Acrylic Paint Paint Brush Paper Towel or Rag Metallic Sharpie Scissors Cotton Piping Filler Cord Craft Glue How To:     1. Start by painting the bottom or top half of a seashell and let the paint sit for 15-30 seconds.     2. Next, gently wipe away the majority of the paint. This will leave you with an ombre painted look.       3. Once the paint is dry to the touch, which shouldn't be long since most of the paint was wiped away in step 2, write guests names and table numbers on each shell, with a metallic marker.     4. Then cut a piece of filler cord, roughly 5 inches long, and tie it in a knot in the center of the cord.     5. Attach these knotted cords to the seashells with glue for a nautical look.      Enjoy your beautiful escort cards!  
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  • You adhere to tradition, love a good set of pearls, and long for a gown with a gorgeous train. Sound like you? If so, you're in the right place. We've rounded up 8 perfect hairstyles that every classic bride is sure to love. 

    1.  Headbands

    Photos by (from left to right): BRIDEface and Blooming Beauty by Cammy

    Add something extra to your bridal look by donning a headband. From a classic rhinestone headpiece, to an all-white band, the options are endless. 

     

    2. Low Bun

    Photos by (from left to right): Joanna Tano Photography and Emily Alt Photography 

    A tight low bun is a great option for a classic bridal look, especially in warmer months. Style it to the side so guests can see it when you're facing front. We recommend this 'do for summer nuptials.

     

    3. Side-Swept Curls

    Photos by (from left to right): Gerber + Scarpelli Photography and JC Page Photographers

    Talk about a romantic look. Ask your hairstylist for waves or curls, and sweep them to the side. We think this style will compliment a lace dress perfectly. 

     

    4. Intricate Up-Do

    Photos by (from left to right): Katherine O'Brien Photography and Page Bertelsen Photography

    If there's ever a time to go all-out on your hair, it's your wedding day. Don't be afraid to ask your stylist for a super stylish up-do, Not only will it look stunning, but it's a foolproof way to keep strays out of your face. 

     

    5. Pretty Pony

    Photos by (from left to right): Landon Jacob Photography and Aimme Lam Make-up & Hair Design

    Whether it's curled or straight, you can never go wrong with a styled ponytail. Off to the side or low in the back, it's always a great go-to 'do. 

     

    6. Braided Beauty

     

    Photos by (from left to right): Jordan Koepke Photography and Katelyn James Photography

    This unique braid is an eye-catching detail for your bridal 'do. We love the idea of pairing this with a detailed back to really wow guests from behind.

     

    7. Sock Bun

    Photos by (from left to right): Landon Jacob Photography and Emily Steffen Photography

    Just because you have classic taste doesn't mean you can't add a touch of glam. Add a crown headpiece and fulfill your childhood dream of becoming a princess. 

     

    8. Pulled-Back Waves

    Photos by (from left to right): Rylee Hitchner Photography and Katelyn James Photography

    Going for a more natural-looking hairstyle? Try delicate waves clipped back, it's a simple yet elegant way to leave a lasting impression. 

     

    NEXT: 8 Wedding Hairstyles For the Rustic Bride

     

     

     

     

     

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  • Who says the bride's the only one who can wear white?

    1. They look awesome paired with baby's breath bouquets. 

    Photo by Jemma Keech

    And accented with ostrich feather skirts. 

    2. They look lovely at a formal wedding.

    Photo by Caroline Tran

    Especially a winter formal wedding. 

    3. And they work just as well for a rustic summer wedding. 

    Photo by Heather Kincaid 

    That lace overlay! So cool! 

    4. They look cute with all necklines. 

    Photo by Heather Kincaid

    See what I mean? 

    5. And with a belt. 

    Photo by Heather Kincaid

    6. They'll look downright regal hanging next to a wedding dress. 

    Photo by Ngg Studios

    That's 5 dresses fit for a princess right there. 

    7. Different textures look super cool on white fabric. 

    Photo by John Schnack Photography

    8. They makes the bridal party appear more unified. 

    Photo by Emily Blake

    9. They look sweet with white shoes. 

    Photo by Heather Kincaid

    10. They pair nicely with colored bridesmaid dresses. 

    Photo by Diana Marie 

    11. They're the perfect choice for a garden wedding.

    Photo by Cyn Cain

    12. And finally . . . they're the ultimate go-to when the bride doesn't wear white! 

    Photo by Laurelyn Savannah Photography

    BROWSE MORE BRIDESMAID DRESS IDEAS >>

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  • Alcohol isn't the only party-starter, but it's certainly the most reliable. Cheers!

    1.  BEER DISPENSER

     

    Photo by Sweet Little Photographs

    The beer aficiandos will be pleasantly surprised by this cool addition to your reception. Guests can sample all the varities you have to offer and refill as often as they like!

    2. DRINKABLE FAVORS

    Photos by Andi Mans Photography and Carla Ten Eyck 

    Why not share your love of yummy drinks with your guests? Just add a tag to personalize the booze!

    3. TROPICAL DRINKS

    Photo by Joanna Tano Photography 

    Everyone loves a good island-inspired drink. Whether you're in a tropical location or not, you can't go wrong with a fruity beverage. 

    4. PERSONALIZED BEER

    Photos by Kristine Marie Photography and Katie Slater Photography 

    Add a personal message to your favorite beer. Use the same fonts and graphics from your wedding invitations to tie it all together!

    5. DRINKING ACCESSORIES

    Photos by Jessican Lorren Organic Photography and Shelly Kroeger Photography 

    Add a pop of color or sparkle to your signature drinks with a fun straw or stirrer! 

    6. FESTIVE DISPLAY

    Photos by Cuppa Photography

    Display your drinks in a fun way that matches your reception style! This boat idea is perfect for nautical and beachside weddings. 

     

    7. MIXED DRINKS

    Photos by Turnquist Photography 

    These mixed drinks are a great addition to an outdoor summer wedding. Save some cash by ditching the bartender putting it in a beverage dispenser.

    8. BOOZY SIGNAGE

    Photos by Taylor Lord Photography and Sweet Little Photographs 

    Use fun quotes on a whimsical sign to encourage guests to celebrate with a cocktail.

    9. KEGS

    Photo by Our Labor of Love Photography

    Another easy way to serve alcohol and avoid hiring bartenders. 

    10. IT'S 5 O'CLOCK SOMEWHERE

    Photo by Shannon Cronin Photography 

    Calm your wedding jitters by having a champagne toast with your girls while you get ready! 

    11. HIS AND HERS COCKTAILS

    Photo by William Innes Photography

    Personalize your reception by serving your favorite drinks!

    12. BE YOUR OWN BARTENDER

    Photos by Marie Skerl Photography and Aaron Watson Photography 

    Probably better for smaller weddings, where you can trust guests to control their intake. 

    13. OPEN BAR

    Photo by Flora and Fauna Photography

    And of course the golden rule for any beer and cocktail-loving couple: open bar! 

    NEXT: How To Style a Beverage Station

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    By Project Wedding for our sponsor, Ann's Bridal Bargains       Add the perfect finishing touches throughout your wedding with ribbon. All you need are a few accent ideas and a little imagination!   Tie different colors of chiffon ribbon in a knot around a favor box to create a finished look and a secure spot for favor cards. Concept by Ann's Bridal Bargains.     Attach multi-colored satin and chiffon ribbons to the end of a wooden craft stick to create simple, affordable ribbon wands! Concept byAnn's Bridal Bargains.     Pink paper lanterns become adorable pieces of chair décor when hung with bright purple satin ribbon. Concept by Ann's Bridal Bargains.     Get creative with your invitation! We cut two slits, one on each side of the initial, to allow the threading of a large, brown satin ribbon. Concept by Ann's Bridal Bargains.     Ecru satin ribbon shines against mocha, two-piece favor boxes, lending a little extra luster to each favor. Concept by Ann's Bridal Bargains.     Enhance the look of a wedding program by wrapping a brown satin ribbon around the fold and finishing it with a knot and tassel. Concept by Ann's Bridal Bargains.     Satin bows can help tie your wedding colors to your wedding favors for a completely coordinated look. Concept by Ann's Bridal Bargains.     A red ribbon accents this invitation’s heart design for a cute, romantic look. Concept byAnn's Bridal Bargains.     For easy chair décor, dangle satin ribbons! They add the perfect amount of color to a ceremony or reception. Concept by Ann's Bridal Bargains.     Create texture and elegance with a ribbon and feather centerpiece! Concept by Ann's Bridal Bargains.     Two satin ribbons, secured by a favor label, create a stylish closure for these clear favor bags. Concept by Ann's Bridal Bargains.        
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    By: Chelsea Fuss     You will need: White paper bags Acrylic paint Paintbrush Number stencils (for table numbers) Painter's tape LED votive lights For the striped bags: Place strips of painters tape horizontally or vertically on flat bags, Measure to space them about an 1.5" a part. Paint in between the tape and then let it dry. Take the tape off when dry. Open bag and place LED lights inside.       For Numbered bags: Place stencil on flat bag and paint. Once dry, open bag and place light inside!     Line a stairway with the luminaries, mix and match them for a centerpiece or line your wedding aisle with them!     The hand-painted stripes look gorgeous when illuminated.     Total cost is $1.50 a piece including lights!     These hand-painted luminaries make a charming wedding decoration and a cheaper alternative to lanterns. Enjoy!   (photos by Chelsea Fuss)
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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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  • 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!

     

     

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  • 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.

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  • 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.  
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  • Project and Photos by Brittni Mehlhoff

    Greet your guests with something they'll always remember with these DIY ombre seashell escort cards. They are the perfect touch for a beach wedding or a subtle nod to the sea for any bride dreaming of a coastal reception.

      The finished escort cards look beautiful and unique, but they're also very quick and easy to make.     Materials:  Seashells (which can be found at a local craft store) Acrylic Paint Paint Brush Paper Towel or Rag Metallic Sharpie Scissors Cotton Piping Filler Cord Craft Glue How To:     1. Start by painting the bottom or top half of a seashell and let the paint sit for 15-30 seconds.     2. Next, gently wipe away the majority of the paint. This will leave you with an ombre painted look.       3. Once the paint is dry to the touch, which shouldn't be long since most of the paint was wiped away in step 2, write guests names and table numbers on each shell, with a metallic marker.     4. Then cut a piece of filler cord, roughly 5 inches long, and tie it in a knot in the center of the cord.     5. Attach these knotted cords to the seashells with glue for a nautical look.      Enjoy your beautiful escort cards!  
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  • You adhere to tradition, love a good set of pearls, and long for a gown with a gorgeous train. Sound like you? If so, you're in the right place. We've rounded up 8 perfect hairstyles that every classic bride is sure to love. 

    1.  Headbands

    Photos by (from left to right): BRIDEface and Blooming Beauty by Cammy

    Add something extra to your bridal look by donning a headband. From a classic rhinestone headpiece, to an all-white band, the options are endless. 

     

    2. Low Bun

    Photos by (from left to right): Joanna Tano Photography and Emily Alt Photography 

    A tight low bun is a great option for a classic bridal look, especially in warmer months. Style it to the side so guests can see it when you're facing front. We recommend this 'do for summer nuptials.

     

    3. Side-Swept Curls

    Photos by (from left to right): Gerber + Scarpelli Photography and JC Page Photographers

    Talk about a romantic look. Ask your hairstylist for waves or curls, and sweep them to the side. We think this style will compliment a lace dress perfectly. 

     

    4. Intricate Up-Do

    Photos by (from left to right): Katherine O'Brien Photography and Page Bertelsen Photography

    If there's ever a time to go all-out on your hair, it's your wedding day. Don't be afraid to ask your stylist for a super stylish up-do, Not only will it look stunning, but it's a foolproof way to keep strays out of your face. 

     

    5. Pretty Pony

    Photos by (from left to right): Landon Jacob Photography and Aimme Lam Make-up & Hair Design

    Whether it's curled or straight, you can never go wrong with a styled ponytail. Off to the side or low in the back, it's always a great go-to 'do. 

     

    6. Braided Beauty

     

    Photos by (from left to right): Jordan Koepke Photography and Katelyn James Photography

    This unique braid is an eye-catching detail for your bridal 'do. We love the idea of pairing this with a detailed back to really wow guests from behind.

     

    7. Sock Bun

    Photos by (from left to right): Landon Jacob Photography and Emily Steffen Photography

    Just because you have classic taste doesn't mean you can't add a touch of glam. Add a crown headpiece and fulfill your childhood dream of becoming a princess. 

     

    8. Pulled-Back Waves

    Photos by (from left to right): Rylee Hitchner Photography and Katelyn James Photography

    Going for a more natural-looking hairstyle? Try delicate waves clipped back, it's a simple yet elegant way to leave a lasting impression. 

     

    NEXT: 8 Wedding Hairstyles For the Rustic Bride

     

     

     

     

     

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  • Who says the bride's the only one who can wear white?

    1. They look awesome paired with baby's breath bouquets. 

    Photo by Jemma Keech

    And accented with ostrich feather skirts. 

    2. They look lovely at a formal wedding.

    Photo by Caroline Tran

    Especially a winter formal wedding. 

    3. And they work just as well for a rustic summer wedding. 

    Photo by Heather Kincaid 

    That lace overlay! So cool! 

    4. They look cute with all necklines. 

    Photo by Heather Kincaid

    See what I mean? 

    5. And with a belt. 

    Photo by Heather Kincaid

    6. They'll look downright regal hanging next to a wedding dress. 

    Photo by Ngg Studios

    That's 5 dresses fit for a princess right there. 

    7. Different textures look super cool on white fabric. 

    Photo by John Schnack Photography

    8. They makes the bridal party appear more unified. 

    Photo by Emily Blake

    9. They look sweet with white shoes. 

    Photo by Heather Kincaid

    10. They pair nicely with colored bridesmaid dresses. 

    Photo by Diana Marie 

    11. They're the perfect choice for a garden wedding.

    Photo by Cyn Cain

    12. And finally . . . they're the ultimate go-to when the bride doesn't wear white! 

    Photo by Laurelyn Savannah Photography

    BROWSE MORE BRIDESMAID DRESS IDEAS >>

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  • Alcohol isn't the only party-starter, but it's certainly the most reliable. Cheers!

    1.  BEER DISPENSER

     

    Photo by Sweet Little Photographs

    The beer aficiandos will be pleasantly surprised by this cool addition to your reception. Guests can sample all the varities you have to offer and refill as often as they like!

    2. DRINKABLE FAVORS

    Photos by Andi Mans Photography and Carla Ten Eyck 

    Why not share your love of yummy drinks with your guests? Just add a tag to personalize the booze!

    3. TROPICAL DRINKS

    Photo by Joanna Tano Photography 

    Everyone loves a good island-inspired drink. Whether you're in a tropical location or not, you can't go wrong with a fruity beverage. 

    4. PERSONALIZED BEER

    Photos by Kristine Marie Photography and Katie Slater Photography 

    Add a personal message to your favorite beer. Use the same fonts and graphics from your wedding invitations to tie it all together!

    5. DRINKING ACCESSORIES

    Photos by Jessican Lorren Organic Photography and Shelly Kroeger Photography 

    Add a pop of color or sparkle to your signature drinks with a fun straw or stirrer! 

    6. FESTIVE DISPLAY

    Photos by Cuppa Photography

    Display your drinks in a fun way that matches your reception style! This boat idea is perfect for nautical and beachside weddings. 

     

    7. MIXED DRINKS

    Photos by Turnquist Photography 

    These mixed drinks are a great addition to an outdoor summer wedding. Save some cash by ditching the bartender putting it in a beverage dispenser.

    8. BOOZY SIGNAGE

    Photos by Taylor Lord Photography and Sweet Little Photographs 

    Use fun quotes on a whimsical sign to encourage guests to celebrate with a cocktail.

    9. KEGS

    Photo by Our Labor of Love Photography

    Another easy way to serve alcohol and avoid hiring bartenders. 

    10. IT'S 5 O'CLOCK SOMEWHERE

    Photo by Shannon Cronin Photography 

    Calm your wedding jitters by having a champagne toast with your girls while you get ready! 

    11. HIS AND HERS COCKTAILS

    Photo by William Innes Photography

    Personalize your reception by serving your favorite drinks!

    12. BE YOUR OWN BARTENDER

    Photos by Marie Skerl Photography and Aaron Watson Photography 

    Probably better for smaller weddings, where you can trust guests to control their intake. 

    13. OPEN BAR

    Photo by Flora and Fauna Photography

    And of course the golden rule for any beer and cocktail-loving couple: open bar! 

    NEXT: How To Style a Beverage Station

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    By Project Wedding for our sponsor, Ann's Bridal Bargains       Add the perfect finishing touches throughout your wedding with ribbon. All you need are a few accent ideas and a little imagination!   Tie different colors of chiffon ribbon in a knot around a favor box to create a finished look and a secure spot for favor cards. Concept by Ann's Bridal Bargains.     Attach multi-colored satin and chiffon ribbons to the end of a wooden craft stick to create simple, affordable ribbon wands! Concept byAnn's Bridal Bargains.     Pink paper lanterns become adorable pieces of chair décor when hung with bright purple satin ribbon. Concept by Ann's Bridal Bargains.     Get creative with your invitation! We cut two slits, one on each side of the initial, to allow the threading of a large, brown satin ribbon. Concept by Ann's Bridal Bargains.     Ecru satin ribbon shines against mocha, two-piece favor boxes, lending a little extra luster to each favor. Concept by Ann's Bridal Bargains.     Enhance the look of a wedding program by wrapping a brown satin ribbon around the fold and finishing it with a knot and tassel. Concept by Ann's Bridal Bargains.     Satin bows can help tie your wedding colors to your wedding favors for a completely coordinated look. Concept by Ann's Bridal Bargains.     A red ribbon accents this invitation’s heart design for a cute, romantic look. Concept byAnn's Bridal Bargains.     For easy chair décor, dangle satin ribbons! They add the perfect amount of color to a ceremony or reception. Concept by Ann's Bridal Bargains.     Create texture and elegance with a ribbon and feather centerpiece! Concept by Ann's Bridal Bargains.     Two satin ribbons, secured by a favor label, create a stylish closure for these clear favor bags. Concept by Ann's Bridal Bargains.        
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    By: Chelsea Fuss     You will need: White paper bags Acrylic paint Paintbrush Number stencils (for table numbers) Painter's tape LED votive lights For the striped bags: Place strips of painters tape horizontally or vertically on flat bags, Measure to space them about an 1.5" a part. Paint in between the tape and then let it dry. Take the tape off when dry. Open bag and place LED lights inside.       For Numbered bags: Place stencil on flat bag and paint. Once dry, open bag and place light inside!     Line a stairway with the luminaries, mix and match them for a centerpiece or line your wedding aisle with them!     The hand-painted stripes look gorgeous when illuminated.     Total cost is $1.50 a piece including lights!     These hand-painted luminaries make a charming wedding decoration and a cheaper alternative to lanterns. Enjoy!   (photos by Chelsea Fuss)
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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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