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  • Project By: Victoria Hudgins

    Photography By: Pictilio   This 3-D heart bunting is pretty and a great project to incorporate some handmade charm into your wedding. Hang between rows of seats, behind a dessert table, vertically to stage the ceremony, or around the head table as accent décor.     For a bunting of good length, purchase a heart punch from your local craft store. The small investment (about $10) will save your wrists from cutting hundreds of hearts out! You will also need colored craft paper, glue, and string.     Stamp out hearts for the length of your bunting. Each section of the bunting will use two hearts.     Once the hearts are punched, cut a length of thin string and begin gluing on the hearts. Lay one heart down (backside up). Center a small line of glue, then quickly layer the string on top and another heart (backside down). Measure a few inches and continue the process.     Once all the hearts are laid and dried, fold the top and bottom hearts away from one another for a pretty 3D effect.     Run the lengths of garland around cardboard dividers and tape in place as you go. This will make it easier to transport without getting tangled.  
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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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    A tour of Secrets The Vine, Cancun's premium spa resort (expert advice)
    photo by Secrets The Vine Cancun
    Sponsored by Secrets The Vine Cancun

    Does a luxury spa honeymoon sound right up your alley? It sounds like perfection to us, which is why we took a dreamy photo tour through Cancun's ultimate spa resort, Secrets The Vine- an incredible locale for romantic and relaxing honeymoons.

    This contemporary, adults-only resort is situated along a white sand beach with crystal clear views of the Caribbean Sea. Offering an adults-only Unlimited-Luxury® experience with gourmet dining, top-shelf spirits, 24-hour room service, daily activities, nightly performances, elite services and superior amenities, this elegant haven is the ideal escape for honeymooners.

    Honeymoons are about relaxing and being pampered – and Secrets The Vine accommodates. The exquisite, 12,580 square foot Secrets Spa by Pevonia is boldly inspired by cave-like structures and natural cenotes of the area and hosts fourteen treatment rooms with spa suites for couples. A full-service beauty salon provides haircuts, styling, manicures, pedicures and make-up application for a romantic night out.

     

    And, like the name implies, Secrets The Vine Cancun’s signature element is wine. Enjoy Sommelier-led wine tastings and infused spa treatments. The Spa carries a line of products made from the finest wine and grape seed essences, evoking the richness of a vineyard.

    Specialty treatments include The Vine’s Diva Ritual Spa Package: a Bordeaux manicure, a facial, a massage with a blend of antioxidants, and a mélange of pomegranate and grape wine.

    Talk about a toast-worthy honeymoon!

     

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  • DestinationWeddings.com gives us the inside scoop on five resorts off the beaten path (expert advice)
    photo by DestinationWeddings.com
    Sponsored by DestinationWeddings.com

    Searching for the perfect, out-of-the-way location for your destination wedding? We chatted with the experts at DestinationWeddings.com to discover five incredible resorts that you've likely never heard of. From boutique hotels to private islands to luxe villas, put these on your list to explore before you make your final decision.  

     

    Hidden Gem no. 1:  Petit St. Vincent

    When we say hidden, we mean really hidden. Why not say 'I do' on the private island of Petit St. Vincent?  This tiny Grenadine Island is home to lush rolling hills and white sand beaches. Think seclusion and serenity, a perfectly suited paradise for taking vows.  

     

    Hidden Gem no. 2: El Dorado Maroma

      

    Go for intimacy and relaxation by choosing El Dorado Maroma to host your big day. This boutique hotel in Riviera Maya, Mexico is surrounded by secluded beaches and awe-inspiring views.

     

    Hidden Gem no. 3: Curtain Bluff in Antigua

    Sit in the lap of luxury at Antigua's Curtain Bluff Resort.  The setting is pure magic with private pools overlooking the ocean and the finest of simple pleasures. Depending on the number of guests attending, you may even opt to rent out the entire resort! 

     

    Hidden Gem no. 4: Azul Villa Carolla

    The Azul Villa Carola is a well-kept secret just waiting to be discovered.  Located next to the Azul Beach Boutique Hotel on a stretch of pristine, white-sand beach, you'll enjoy the privacy of a luxe villa vacation, with the service of a five star resort and in-house butler. If you're jetsetting with just a few close friends to bear witness, up to twelve guests can spread out in this 10,700 square foot haven with an idyllic master bedroom and dozens of fabulous amenities. 

     

    Hidden Gem no. 5: Sugar Ridge in Antigua

    If breathtaking views paired with the charm of a boutique hotel sound right up your alley, Antigua's Sugar Ridge is a must-see!  This stylish and romantic setting features an Aveda Concept Spa and special perks for brides, grooms, and honeymooners.  

    Learn more about booking a destination wedding at one of these hand-picked venues over at DestinationWeddings.com.

     

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  • A few simple steps to do it up right (expert advice)
    photo by Purple Peony Couture
    By Lisa Butterworth for our sponsor, Etsy Weddings

    What do you do when one of your best friends gets engaged? If you’re like me, beyond the excited squeals and enthusiastic hugging — you have no idea.

    I met my friend Jeanette when we were five years old. Five! And when one of your best friends gets engaged — as Jeanette recently did — it's time to celebrate her. Here’s a helpful breakdown of the party-planning process — so when it comes time to throw your best girl a bridal shower, you can honor her in style.

    Photo & Invite Design by Erin Mowry

     

    1. Pick Invites

    We’re going the simple, eco-friendly route and sending email invites through PaperlessPost.com, but there are a ton of adorable, tangible shower invite designs on Etsy, as well as download-and-print options.

    Clockwise from top left: Light shower invitation by Youngwanderlust; Hydrangea invitation by Digibuddhapaperie; Whimsy invitation by Yellowbrickgraphics; Love is sweet invitation by Pinkcreativeinvites; Coed shower invitations by Cadencepaige; I Do couples shower invitations by Minkcards. See more shower invites... 

     

    2. Decorate

    This is where a theme comes in handy. If you have a specific vibe, you can decorate accordingly. If your party doesn’t have a theme, pick a color scheme to bring it all together. A few areas you’ll want to decorate: serving buffet, bar area, gift table, activities area, table for favors. Don't forget about centerpieces, string lights, hanging decorations, banners, and food markers for added flair.

    Clockwise from top left: Poppy hanging flowers by Whimsypie; Engagement ring cookies by Peapodsnyc; Bride-to-be banner by Fancyflamingo; Mossy pot place cards by Fairyfolk; Corset cookies by Pastrytartbakery; Mr. and Mrs. chair banner by Purplepeonycouture; Candy heart tree by Astylishdesign; Something blue wedding cake cookies by Lindasedibleart. Browse more décor...

     

    3. Plan a Menu

    Plan your menu according to the theme of your party or the time of day. If you’re intimidated by all that kitchen prep, make the shower a potluck and have everyone bring copies of their dish’s recipe (here are a couple of adorable, (1) free downloadable (2) recipe cards for such an occasion).

    Photo by Erin Mowry

     

    4. Snag Fun Favors

    It’s the hostess’s job to send all the party-goers home with a little favor. To go with our beachy, West Coast theme, we’re making friendship bracelets for all of the ladies. Make sure your favor is small but meaningful and tie it in with the theme of your party as best you can.

    Clockwise from top left: Personalized seed bomb favors by Visualingual; Pinwheels by Pickledparlor; Personalized honey jar labels by Elsiej; Succulent favors by Tobieanne; Personalized photo sleeve by Myonesweetdaydotcom; Unicorn farts lip balm by Longwintersoapco; Gin and tonic soap by Aromaholic. Shop for favors on etsy...

     

    5. Shower Her with Gifts

    The bride-to-be is almost certainly registered with at least one department store, but often it’s more fun to shop off-list, especially for a shower present. Kitchenware and home décor are excellent go-to gift genres, but a sassy piece of lingerie will always be welcome, too.

    Clockwise from top left: Bride panties from Bridalbooties; Chill pill soap by Kcsoapsnmore; Vintage clock from Ethanollie; A Guineafowl Gathering painting by Unitedthread; Ceramic salad bowls by Blueskypotteryco; Dry rub spice trio from Craigsmarket; Customized rubber stamp by Housethatlarsbuilt; Personalized wood initials ring by Braggingbags; Vintage ceramic teapot from Hindsvik; Wood ampersand by Hindsvik.  See more gift ideas for the bride-to-be...

    Whew! That’s a lot of steps. The most important thing to keep in mind is to create an environment that will allow your guests to have fun, even if the cupcake frosting isn’t perfect or the décor doesn’t totally come together. As long as it’s memorable, and the guest of honor feels loved, you’ve done an amazing job.

    Lisa Butterworth is a writer and editor soaking up the eternal sunshine in  Los Angeles. When she's not on the hunt for the latest and greatest in girl  culture as the West Coast editor of BUST magazine, she's flea marketing,  taco trucking, and generally raising a ruckus.

     

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  • By: Sarah Zlotnick 

    Glam South Beach wedding coming up? Nothing flatters quite like flirty, ruffly fuchsia on sun-kissed skin. Take a tip from local ladies and keep jewelry to a minimum—a few sparkly gold pieces (and sexy, strappy heels to match) are all you need to keep the focus on the dress. Well, that and a pop of bright pink lipstick. 

    Credits: Rachel Rachel Roy pave hoop earrings ($42) • Marchesa Notte Faille cocktail dress ($695) • YSL Lipstick ($34) • Gorjana Pristine bar necklace ($100) • BCBG Senna sandal ($225) • Matthew Williamson clutch ($1450) 

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  • If you're looking for timeless dinnerware that can become a part of your formal or every day dining, we've chosen a few options that stand out. 

    1. Vintage floral archetypal pattern, available at Bed Bath & Beyond.

     

    2. Embossed whiteware with shark's tooth gold banding. Available at Bloomingdales.

     

    3. Elegant lace pattern with platinum accent band. Available at Kohl's.

    4. Simplicity is key with this bright white, crisp porcelain set. Available at Crate and Barrel. 

    5. A classic set that is popular in Parisian bistros. A white porcelain with a red fillet border. Available at Williams Sonoma. 

     

     

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  • By Project Wedding staff for our sponsor, Blue Nile 
    One of the wonderful things about choosing your wedding bands: there are no set rules! (expert advice)

    One of the wonderful things about choosing your wedding bands: there are no set rules! You can be as creative as you like and it's all about what speaks (or shines) to you!

    Remember that this ring is forever -- so choose a style that you could envision wearing 20 years from now. That said, here are some stylish and popular options of bands that will look fantastic with your brand new engagement ring!

    When it comes to wedding bands, you can never go wrong with the traditional, smooth-lined band. This classic style looks amazing and fits snugly with nearly any style of engagement ring, including solitaire, three-stone or five stone engagement rings. You will love this band for years to come!

     

    This pave-set diamond band is another heartwarming option, which looks stunning when accompanying a pave diamond engagement band of the same size. There are all different shapes and sizes of pave diamond bands to match your unique engagement ring. There is always the option to add some sparkle to a plain engagement ring setting as well!

     

    It's the blingin' band that really makes a statement! Brides love this eye-catching diamond eternity ring, with its sculpted-edge band. It looks gorgeous when paired with a plain engagement band, and could clash a bit with certain pave-style engagement rings so make sure you try it on first to see the set together.

    Brides, including actress Zooey Deschanel, are opting to bring a burst of color to their ring fingers with this channel set, sapphire and diamond ring. It's a great compliment to either a channel-set or plain band engagement ring.

    Similar to the pave-setting, the diamonds are placed differently into thischannel-set diamond wedding band. It has a very polished appearance and looks best when paired with a channel-set engagement ring. It also works beautifully with a plain band as well.

    If you want to go "custom," this prong-set diamond curved wedding ring is made specifically to align with your engagement diamond. It looks amazing when paired with a plain banded engagement ring.

    Other favorites:

    The whimsical, starlight diamond eternity ring is creative, playful and adds personality to a traditional engagement ring.

     

    We are in love with these radiant rubies in this channel-setting ring!

    This trio micropave diamond band, with three rows of diamonds, is to die for! We love that you could wear this without the engagement ring and it is simply stunning.

    Images courtesy: Blue Nile

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  • A pre-wedding facial may not be high on your priority list, but here are a few reasons why you may want to bump it up. (expert advice)     As your wedding day approaches, you want to be sure that you look your best.  For this reason, many brides book a facial appointment to get their skin in tip-top shape for the big day.  While a facial may not be high on your priority list, here are a few reasons why you may want to bump it up.   Fresh, Glowing Skin  One of your skin specialist's jobs will be to remove the dead skin from your face.  This is done by exfoliation and will get rid of the dull, tired look that can often result from dead skin.  The result is fresh, glowing skin that is naturally you - not from a bottle!  He or she will also apply a moisturizer that will keep your skin soft and supple - even through all the stresses that wedding planning can bring.   Close-Ups If you want close-up wedding pictures, you should probably not forget to book your facial.  The specialist will remove any blackheads, dirt and oil that may be clogging your pores.  These things are not attractive in a close-up wedding photograph - which is why so many women get them done!  In addition to removing this gunk from your pores, your facial expert will apply a toner or mask to help your pores close and your skin look stunning.   Cost of a Facial The typical cost of a facial depends on your specialist.  If they are an excellent skin care expert and are in high-demand, it could cost up to $300 - and you'd better book well in advance.  However, most typical facial specialists will charge around $50 for the full treatment.   Helpful Tips to Remember when Booking Your Facial  If you've never had a facial before, you should probably have one well in advance.  The last thing you want is to have an allergic reaction to something used on your face right before your wedding day.  Make an appointment a month in advance to have the regular treatment and make sure all goes smoothly.  If it works well and you're happy with the look of your skin, you can make a second appointment a few days before the wedding.   Not only is a facial great for the health of your skin, but it's also relaxing and can be very helpful for the stress of wedding planning.  Whether you're getting a facial massage or just enjoying the typical gossip of the specialist's office - it's a nice break from wedding planning.
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  • If you and your significant other love seeking out new foods and value good quality ingredients, then you (understandably) have high standards for your wedding day grub. These delicious meal ideas from real weddings are sure to have your guests going back for seconds.

    1. CHEESE PLATTER

    Photo by Cage & Aquarium Productions

    Let your guests indulge in various gourmet cheeses! Chances are, they'll be very thankful for your food expertise. 

    2. MADE-TO-ORDER CREPES

    Photos by Viera Photographics and Eric Kelley Photography

    Breakfast for dinner anyone? Set up a crepe station so guests can satisfy their sweet tooth early in the night (or serve these instead of cake). 

    3. HERB DISPLAY

    Photos by onelove Photography

    Add a kick to the meal by offering a variety of add-on herbs and spices. You can also set small bags or jars by the display and let guests take home a sampling of their favorites as favors! 

    4. DESSERT SHOOTERS

    Photos by Sweet and Saucy Shop

    Make dessert even more fun by putting your confections in a shot glass!

    5. GRILL OUT

    Photos by Millie Holloman Photography

    Instead of the traditional fine dining at your reception, opt for something more casual—like a barbeque! 

    6. LATE-NIGHT FOOD TRUCK

    Photo by This Modern Romance

    Your guests are bound to get hungry after dancing up a storm, so ask your favorite food truck to make a late-night appearance at your reception!

    7. CHEESE CAKE

    Photos by Aaron Delesie Photography and Caught the Light

    If you and your significant other are lacking a sweet tooth, serve a cheese wheel in lieu of a cake! 

    8. CLAM BAKE

    Photo by Dreamlove Photography

    A seafood broil is a great idea for an onceanfront reception. 

    9. BISCUIT BAR

    Photos by Taylor Lord Photography

    Tying the knot down south? Serve some traditional southern fare! A biscuit bar is just the ticket. 

    10. TACO BUFFET 

    Photos by Onelove PhotographyA 

    A build-your-own taco bar is pretty much always a crowd-pleaser. 

    11. BRICK-OVEN PIZZA

    Photo by Sweet Little Photographs

    We are totally on board with a brick-oven pizza dinner for your reception. Who doesn't want a cheesy slice of heaven?

    NEXT: 12 Reception Details You Probably Haven't Thought Of

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  • Project By: Victoria Hudgins

    Photography By: Pictilio   This 3-D heart bunting is pretty and a great project to incorporate some handmade charm into your wedding. Hang between rows of seats, behind a dessert table, vertically to stage the ceremony, or around the head table as accent décor.     For a bunting of good length, purchase a heart punch from your local craft store. The small investment (about $10) will save your wrists from cutting hundreds of hearts out! You will also need colored craft paper, glue, and string.     Stamp out hearts for the length of your bunting. Each section of the bunting will use two hearts.     Once the hearts are punched, cut a length of thin string and begin gluing on the hearts. Lay one heart down (backside up). Center a small line of glue, then quickly layer the string on top and another heart (backside down). Measure a few inches and continue the process.     Once all the hearts are laid and dried, fold the top and bottom hearts away from one another for a pretty 3D effect.     Run the lengths of garland around cardboard dividers and tape in place as you go. This will make it easier to transport without getting tangled.  
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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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    A tour of Secrets The Vine, Cancun's premium spa resort (expert advice)
    photo by Secrets The Vine Cancun
    Sponsored by Secrets The Vine Cancun

    Does a luxury spa honeymoon sound right up your alley? It sounds like perfection to us, which is why we took a dreamy photo tour through Cancun's ultimate spa resort, Secrets The Vine- an incredible locale for romantic and relaxing honeymoons.

    This contemporary, adults-only resort is situated along a white sand beach with crystal clear views of the Caribbean Sea. Offering an adults-only Unlimited-Luxury® experience with gourmet dining, top-shelf spirits, 24-hour room service, daily activities, nightly performances, elite services and superior amenities, this elegant haven is the ideal escape for honeymooners.

    Honeymoons are about relaxing and being pampered – and Secrets The Vine accommodates. The exquisite, 12,580 square foot Secrets Spa by Pevonia is boldly inspired by cave-like structures and natural cenotes of the area and hosts fourteen treatment rooms with spa suites for couples. A full-service beauty salon provides haircuts, styling, manicures, pedicures and make-up application for a romantic night out.

     

    And, like the name implies, Secrets The Vine Cancun’s signature element is wine. Enjoy Sommelier-led wine tastings and infused spa treatments. The Spa carries a line of products made from the finest wine and grape seed essences, evoking the richness of a vineyard.

    Specialty treatments include The Vine’s Diva Ritual Spa Package: a Bordeaux manicure, a facial, a massage with a blend of antioxidants, and a mélange of pomegranate and grape wine.

    Talk about a toast-worthy honeymoon!

     

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  • DestinationWeddings.com gives us the inside scoop on five resorts off the beaten path (expert advice)
    photo by DestinationWeddings.com
    Sponsored by DestinationWeddings.com

    Searching for the perfect, out-of-the-way location for your destination wedding? We chatted with the experts at DestinationWeddings.com to discover five incredible resorts that you've likely never heard of. From boutique hotels to private islands to luxe villas, put these on your list to explore before you make your final decision.  

     

    Hidden Gem no. 1:  Petit St. Vincent

    When we say hidden, we mean really hidden. Why not say 'I do' on the private island of Petit St. Vincent?  This tiny Grenadine Island is home to lush rolling hills and white sand beaches. Think seclusion and serenity, a perfectly suited paradise for taking vows.  

     

    Hidden Gem no. 2: El Dorado Maroma

      

    Go for intimacy and relaxation by choosing El Dorado Maroma to host your big day. This boutique hotel in Riviera Maya, Mexico is surrounded by secluded beaches and awe-inspiring views.

     

    Hidden Gem no. 3: Curtain Bluff in Antigua

    Sit in the lap of luxury at Antigua's Curtain Bluff Resort.  The setting is pure magic with private pools overlooking the ocean and the finest of simple pleasures. Depending on the number of guests attending, you may even opt to rent out the entire resort! 

     

    Hidden Gem no. 4: Azul Villa Carolla

    The Azul Villa Carola is a well-kept secret just waiting to be discovered.  Located next to the Azul Beach Boutique Hotel on a stretch of pristine, white-sand beach, you'll enjoy the privacy of a luxe villa vacation, with the service of a five star resort and in-house butler. If you're jetsetting with just a few close friends to bear witness, up to twelve guests can spread out in this 10,700 square foot haven with an idyllic master bedroom and dozens of fabulous amenities. 

     

    Hidden Gem no. 5: Sugar Ridge in Antigua

    If breathtaking views paired with the charm of a boutique hotel sound right up your alley, Antigua's Sugar Ridge is a must-see!  This stylish and romantic setting features an Aveda Concept Spa and special perks for brides, grooms, and honeymooners.  

    Learn more about booking a destination wedding at one of these hand-picked venues over at DestinationWeddings.com.

     

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  • A few simple steps to do it up right (expert advice)
    photo by Purple Peony Couture
    By Lisa Butterworth for our sponsor, Etsy Weddings

    What do you do when one of your best friends gets engaged? If you’re like me, beyond the excited squeals and enthusiastic hugging — you have no idea.

    I met my friend Jeanette when we were five years old. Five! And when one of your best friends gets engaged — as Jeanette recently did — it's time to celebrate her. Here’s a helpful breakdown of the party-planning process — so when it comes time to throw your best girl a bridal shower, you can honor her in style.

    Photo & Invite Design by Erin Mowry

     

    1. Pick Invites

    We’re going the simple, eco-friendly route and sending email invites through PaperlessPost.com, but there are a ton of adorable, tangible shower invite designs on Etsy, as well as download-and-print options.

    Clockwise from top left: Light shower invitation by Youngwanderlust; Hydrangea invitation by Digibuddhapaperie; Whimsy invitation by Yellowbrickgraphics; Love is sweet invitation by Pinkcreativeinvites; Coed shower invitations by Cadencepaige; I Do couples shower invitations by Minkcards. See more shower invites... 

     

    2. Decorate

    This is where a theme comes in handy. If you have a specific vibe, you can decorate accordingly. If your party doesn’t have a theme, pick a color scheme to bring it all together. A few areas you’ll want to decorate: serving buffet, bar area, gift table, activities area, table for favors. Don't forget about centerpieces, string lights, hanging decorations, banners, and food markers for added flair.

    Clockwise from top left: Poppy hanging flowers by Whimsypie; Engagement ring cookies by Peapodsnyc; Bride-to-be banner by Fancyflamingo; Mossy pot place cards by Fairyfolk; Corset cookies by Pastrytartbakery; Mr. and Mrs. chair banner by Purplepeonycouture; Candy heart tree by Astylishdesign; Something blue wedding cake cookies by Lindasedibleart. Browse more décor...

     

    3. Plan a Menu

    Plan your menu according to the theme of your party or the time of day. If you’re intimidated by all that kitchen prep, make the shower a potluck and have everyone bring copies of their dish’s recipe (here are a couple of adorable, (1) free downloadable (2) recipe cards for such an occasion).

    Photo by Erin Mowry

     

    4. Snag Fun Favors

    It’s the hostess’s job to send all the party-goers home with a little favor. To go with our beachy, West Coast theme, we’re making friendship bracelets for all of the ladies. Make sure your favor is small but meaningful and tie it in with the theme of your party as best you can.

    Clockwise from top left: Personalized seed bomb favors by Visualingual; Pinwheels by Pickledparlor; Personalized honey jar labels by Elsiej; Succulent favors by Tobieanne; Personalized photo sleeve by Myonesweetdaydotcom; Unicorn farts lip balm by Longwintersoapco; Gin and tonic soap by Aromaholic. Shop for favors on etsy...

     

    5. Shower Her with Gifts

    The bride-to-be is almost certainly registered with at least one department store, but often it’s more fun to shop off-list, especially for a shower present. Kitchenware and home décor are excellent go-to gift genres, but a sassy piece of lingerie will always be welcome, too.

    Clockwise from top left: Bride panties from Bridalbooties; Chill pill soap by Kcsoapsnmore; Vintage clock from Ethanollie; A Guineafowl Gathering painting by Unitedthread; Ceramic salad bowls by Blueskypotteryco; Dry rub spice trio from Craigsmarket; Customized rubber stamp by Housethatlarsbuilt; Personalized wood initials ring by Braggingbags; Vintage ceramic teapot from Hindsvik; Wood ampersand by Hindsvik.  See more gift ideas for the bride-to-be...

    Whew! That’s a lot of steps. The most important thing to keep in mind is to create an environment that will allow your guests to have fun, even if the cupcake frosting isn’t perfect or the décor doesn’t totally come together. As long as it’s memorable, and the guest of honor feels loved, you’ve done an amazing job.

    Lisa Butterworth is a writer and editor soaking up the eternal sunshine in  Los Angeles. When she's not on the hunt for the latest and greatest in girl  culture as the West Coast editor of BUST magazine, she's flea marketing,  taco trucking, and generally raising a ruckus.

     

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  • By: Sarah Zlotnick 

    Glam South Beach wedding coming up? Nothing flatters quite like flirty, ruffly fuchsia on sun-kissed skin. Take a tip from local ladies and keep jewelry to a minimum—a few sparkly gold pieces (and sexy, strappy heels to match) are all you need to keep the focus on the dress. Well, that and a pop of bright pink lipstick. 

    Credits: Rachel Rachel Roy pave hoop earrings ($42) • Marchesa Notte Faille cocktail dress ($695) • YSL Lipstick ($34) • Gorjana Pristine bar necklace ($100) • BCBG Senna sandal ($225) • Matthew Williamson clutch ($1450) 

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  • If you're looking for timeless dinnerware that can become a part of your formal or every day dining, we've chosen a few options that stand out. 

    1. Vintage floral archetypal pattern, available at Bed Bath & Beyond.

     

    2. Embossed whiteware with shark's tooth gold banding. Available at Bloomingdales.

     

    3. Elegant lace pattern with platinum accent band. Available at Kohl's.

    4. Simplicity is key with this bright white, crisp porcelain set. Available at Crate and Barrel. 

    5. A classic set that is popular in Parisian bistros. A white porcelain with a red fillet border. Available at Williams Sonoma. 

     

     

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  • By Project Wedding staff for our sponsor, Blue Nile 
    One of the wonderful things about choosing your wedding bands: there are no set rules! (expert advice)

    One of the wonderful things about choosing your wedding bands: there are no set rules! You can be as creative as you like and it's all about what speaks (or shines) to you!

    Remember that this ring is forever -- so choose a style that you could envision wearing 20 years from now. That said, here are some stylish and popular options of bands that will look fantastic with your brand new engagement ring!

    When it comes to wedding bands, you can never go wrong with the traditional, smooth-lined band. This classic style looks amazing and fits snugly with nearly any style of engagement ring, including solitaire, three-stone or five stone engagement rings. You will love this band for years to come!

     

    This pave-set diamond band is another heartwarming option, which looks stunning when accompanying a pave diamond engagement band of the same size. There are all different shapes and sizes of pave diamond bands to match your unique engagement ring. There is always the option to add some sparkle to a plain engagement ring setting as well!

     

    It's the blingin' band that really makes a statement! Brides love this eye-catching diamond eternity ring, with its sculpted-edge band. It looks gorgeous when paired with a plain engagement band, and could clash a bit with certain pave-style engagement rings so make sure you try it on first to see the set together.

    Brides, including actress Zooey Deschanel, are opting to bring a burst of color to their ring fingers with this channel set, sapphire and diamond ring. It's a great compliment to either a channel-set or plain band engagement ring.

    Similar to the pave-setting, the diamonds are placed differently into thischannel-set diamond wedding band. It has a very polished appearance and looks best when paired with a channel-set engagement ring. It also works beautifully with a plain band as well.

    If you want to go "custom," this prong-set diamond curved wedding ring is made specifically to align with your engagement diamond. It looks amazing when paired with a plain banded engagement ring.

    Other favorites:

    The whimsical, starlight diamond eternity ring is creative, playful and adds personality to a traditional engagement ring.

     

    We are in love with these radiant rubies in this channel-setting ring!

    This trio micropave diamond band, with three rows of diamonds, is to die for! We love that you could wear this without the engagement ring and it is simply stunning.

    Images courtesy: Blue Nile

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  • A pre-wedding facial may not be high on your priority list, but here are a few reasons why you may want to bump it up. (expert advice)     As your wedding day approaches, you want to be sure that you look your best.  For this reason, many brides book a facial appointment to get their skin in tip-top shape for the big day.  While a facial may not be high on your priority list, here are a few reasons why you may want to bump it up.   Fresh, Glowing Skin  One of your skin specialist's jobs will be to remove the dead skin from your face.  This is done by exfoliation and will get rid of the dull, tired look that can often result from dead skin.  The result is fresh, glowing skin that is naturally you - not from a bottle!  He or she will also apply a moisturizer that will keep your skin soft and supple - even through all the stresses that wedding planning can bring.   Close-Ups If you want close-up wedding pictures, you should probably not forget to book your facial.  The specialist will remove any blackheads, dirt and oil that may be clogging your pores.  These things are not attractive in a close-up wedding photograph - which is why so many women get them done!  In addition to removing this gunk from your pores, your facial expert will apply a toner or mask to help your pores close and your skin look stunning.   Cost of a Facial The typical cost of a facial depends on your specialist.  If they are an excellent skin care expert and are in high-demand, it could cost up to $300 - and you'd better book well in advance.  However, most typical facial specialists will charge around $50 for the full treatment.   Helpful Tips to Remember when Booking Your Facial  If you've never had a facial before, you should probably have one well in advance.  The last thing you want is to have an allergic reaction to something used on your face right before your wedding day.  Make an appointment a month in advance to have the regular treatment and make sure all goes smoothly.  If it works well and you're happy with the look of your skin, you can make a second appointment a few days before the wedding.   Not only is a facial great for the health of your skin, but it's also relaxing and can be very helpful for the stress of wedding planning.  Whether you're getting a facial massage or just enjoying the typical gossip of the specialist's office - it's a nice break from wedding planning.
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  • If you and your significant other love seeking out new foods and value good quality ingredients, then you (understandably) have high standards for your wedding day grub. These delicious meal ideas from real weddings are sure to have your guests going back for seconds.

    1. CHEESE PLATTER

    Photo by Cage & Aquarium Productions

    Let your guests indulge in various gourmet cheeses! Chances are, they'll be very thankful for your food expertise. 

    2. MADE-TO-ORDER CREPES

    Photos by Viera Photographics and Eric Kelley Photography

    Breakfast for dinner anyone? Set up a crepe station so guests can satisfy their sweet tooth early in the night (or serve these instead of cake). 

    3. HERB DISPLAY

    Photos by onelove Photography

    Add a kick to the meal by offering a variety of add-on herbs and spices. You can also set small bags or jars by the display and let guests take home a sampling of their favorites as favors! 

    4. DESSERT SHOOTERS

    Photos by Sweet and Saucy Shop

    Make dessert even more fun by putting your confections in a shot glass!

    5. GRILL OUT

    Photos by Millie Holloman Photography

    Instead of the traditional fine dining at your reception, opt for something more casual—like a barbeque! 

    6. LATE-NIGHT FOOD TRUCK

    Photo by This Modern Romance

    Your guests are bound to get hungry after dancing up a storm, so ask your favorite food truck to make a late-night appearance at your reception!

    7. CHEESE CAKE

    Photos by Aaron Delesie Photography and Caught the Light

    If you and your significant other are lacking a sweet tooth, serve a cheese wheel in lieu of a cake! 

    8. CLAM BAKE

    Photo by Dreamlove Photography

    A seafood broil is a great idea for an onceanfront reception. 

    9. BISCUIT BAR

    Photos by Taylor Lord Photography

    Tying the knot down south? Serve some traditional southern fare! A biscuit bar is just the ticket. 

    10. TACO BUFFET 

    Photos by Onelove PhotographyA 

    A build-your-own taco bar is pretty much always a crowd-pleaser. 

    11. BRICK-OVEN PIZZA

    Photo by Sweet Little Photographs

    We are totally on board with a brick-oven pizza dinner for your reception. Who doesn't want a cheesy slice of heaven?

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