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  • Photos By: Caroline Drake   Add a splash of color to your flatware in a few easy steps.    I love all the beautiful, bright colors used in weddings now-a-days.  The "dipped" look is such a fun trend, and you can easily customize the look of any bridal shower or casual wedding reception with this colorful wooden flatware concept.       Supplies: foam paint brush  craft paint in the color of your choice cup to hold paint  tape  wooden cutlery (here is a good resource for this)     Step One: Tape around the utensil where you would like the paint to stop.     Step Two: Paint two coats of paint below the tape line on the top side of the utensil, and allow it to dry. (At least 20 minutes).     Step Three: After the top side is dry, flip the utensil over and paint the back with two coats, and allow to dry completely.     Step Four: Once the paint has dried, carefully peel back the tape.     You can repeat the process for all of your cutlery, and alternate colors if you wish.      It's always the little things that leave a huge impact on guests!  
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  • Project and Photos By: Jennifer Kirk   Color printing can make up the bulk of the cost for invitations. Below is a budget-friendly way to add interest and color to simple black and white invitations with bright fabrics and patterned paper.      You Will Need...   Materials: Fabric Patterned papers Spray mount   Tools: Sewing machine Rotary cutter Pinking shears Corner rounder     Step One For invitations that will go inside an A7 envelope (5.25"x7.25") cut out 5"x7" fabric rectangles. (You can use the downloadable PDF as a guide for both the fabric cutouts and invitations.)     Step Two  Fold fabric in half. Sew each side closed with a straight-stitched, 1/4" seam.     Step Three With pinking shears, trim the very edges of the sides and top. Your finished pouch holds a 4.35"x6.5" invitation.     Patterned Envelope Liners: Step One To line "announcement" envelopes (a straight envelope flap), first cut out paper rectangles measuring 6.75"x4".     Step Two Round the top corners with a paper corner rounder and lightly spray the back of the paper with spray mount.     Step Three With one hand, pop the envelop open. With your other hand, gently guide the paper partway into the envelope, rounded corners towards the top. The backside is sticky from the spray mount, so take care not to let it adhere to the envelope.     Step Four Align the top of the paper so that it sits just below the envelope adhesive and the edges are even on both sides of the flap. Press down firmly, then fold the flap down to crease the paper with the envelope.     Step Five Use scraps of paper to embellish RSVP cards, directions, etc.    
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  • By: Sarah Zlotnick 

    This sweetly preppy bridesmaid outfit is perfect for a Southern garden wedding. Done in hues of teal and blue, the classic shape of the shoes and dress feel fresh, light, and fun. Round things off with sparkly jewels and a soft updo and voila! Your best girls are sure to look great. 

    Credits: Lulu Frost for J. Crew Cluster Earrings ($98) •  Alfred Sung Bridesmaid Dress ($165) • J. Crew Pavé Bracelet ($125)  • C. Wonder Floral Pump ($148)  •  Updo Photo by Michelle Warren

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  • Photos By: Jordan Ferney

    This project is super simple and very inexpensive. In the end, your guest will have an adorable little personalized vase with her name in a pretty font! The best part is- if you can get the jars for free- its pretty much just the cost of the flowers and a $5 paint pen. So great!

    Materials: Glass Jars (we used French yogurt jars but baby food jars would work great.) Wire (if you are going to hang them) Wirecutters Very Fine Paint Pen for glass (can be bought at a craft store.) Tape A list of your guests names printed out 2" in width. We used the font Lobster. Flowers

    Step One:   Make sure your jars are clean. Then tape the name you want to trace against the inside of the glass jar.     Step Two:   Taking the fine point glass pen, trace the name.  

    Step Three:   Remove the paper, then touch up any spots that need it.     Step Four:   If using as an escort card, write in the table number.     Step Five:   Add some flowers to each jar and display them on a table!     Display Ideas:   You can also display the vases on a wall or bush. If you go with this option, just add some wire to hang it.    

     

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  • Project By Victoria Hudgins; Photographs By Pictilio

    Adorn your favors with sequins and bling using full page fabric stickers and simple cotton bags.       Materials: Sheets of printable fabric stickers Scissors Sequin ribbon Fabric glue Simple cotton favor bags

    1. Take a punch or scissors to cut out heart templates from the sheets of printable fabric stickers.   2. Using fabric glue and lengths of sequin ribbon, begin gluing and placing the sequins on the hearts in a back and forth motion. Let some of the ribbon fall off each side of the heart for a nice finish.     3. Turn the heart over. From the back, trim the ribbon down on all sides.     4. Remove the sticker backing and place a sequin heart on each favor bag.       Project By Victoria Hudgins; Photographs By Pictilio
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  • Photos By: Olivia Kanaley

    For this project you will need fabric - we used chiffon and tulle. Yardage needed will vary based on the number and size of flowers, as well as the fabric thickness. You'll also need a piece of paper, a pen, scissors, pins, needle and thread, glass seed beads, and a plain hair clip or comb.

      To make a stencil first free hand a rose petal shape and cut out. Then retrace it five times on a larger sheet of paper to create a full flower shape. This will help you get an even pattern. Cut out pattern.     Take some fabric and fold it into a square a little larger than your flower pattern. Pin the pattern to fabric and carefully cut out. Repeat this process until you have enough layers to make a full flower - the number of layers will vary depending on the weight of your fabrics and the size of your flower. The example shown here uses 26 layers.     Stack flower cut outs, alternating fabric types and staggering petals. Use a needle and thread to secure them together at the center.     Pinch together the center of the flower (from the bottom) and secure with stitches to create volume and give the flower and authentic shape.     If desired you can sew decorative beads in the inside center of the flower.     Finally, sew the flower to a hair clip or comb.     You can also create a tie-on corsage or sash, by sewing one or more flowers to a length of silk ribbon.

     

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    Photos/Project By: Victoria Hudgins   Using fresh or dried herbs is a wonderful and economical way to bring a seasonal touch to your wedding. Lavender is my favorite dried herb to use because it is easy to work with, affordable, and smells amazing. Here's how I made these simple lavender escort cards!
        Collect a bunch of lavender and hang upside down to dry out. Or, purchase dried lavender from a local florist or home store.     Use simple white escort cards and write in names and table numbers for your guests.     Using an exacto knife, slice two small horizontal holes at the top of each card.     Thread your lavender through the holes, cutting off any excess stem at the end.     Since the herbs are dried, you can complete this project well before your wedding day.     Place bunches of lavender on the display table for added décor.      
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  • Photos By: Cory O'Brien

    Erica O'Brien, of Erica O'Brien Cake Design, is frequently asked about the chevron technique, one of the hottest design trends this wedding season. Here, she shares her method.

    Materials: Water Tapemeasure Paper Cornstarch Fondant in the color(s) of your choice (We used a citrus-inspired palette here.) Xacto knife Scissors Food-use only paint brush A pen A rolling pin Fondant board

    Measure cake's circumference. Determine the size of the chevron by dividing circumference into even segments the size of your choosing, usually around 1" to 1.5". For example, our cake had a circumference of 26". We determined that each segment would be 1.3" for a total of 20.     Create chevron template. Measure segment size on paper and mark with pen.     Holding paper horizontally (landscape), fold into accordian so that each fold measures the same size as the segment.     Keep folding even segments....     Each of our folds measured 1.3"     Cut paper at an angle.     For a deeper chevron, angle scissors more vertically. For a more shallow chevron, angle scissors more horizontally.     Using the same angle as first cut, cut the other side of the paper. For a wider chevron, move scissor further from first cut. For a narrower chevron, move scissor closer to first cut. Unfold. Your chevron template is complete.     Roll fondant thinly.     Place template on fondant and carefully cut with Xacto knife. Avoid paper sticking to fondant by rubbing it with cornstarch.     Remove excess fondant.     Use template to gently score cake to guide placement of fondant chevron.     Use water to wet cake.     Apply fondant chevron to cake.     Continue pattern around entire cake.       Lay the second color directly above the first.   (Optionally, used the template to guide placement of another row evenly spaced above first row).     Repeat with additional colors.     For a finishing touch, add fresh flowers, or use sugar flowers like the ones seen here.     Photos By: Cory O'Brien
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  • Photos By: Brittni Mehlhoff   A festive accent for a springtime bridal shower or Easter weekend wedding     Materials hollow decorative eggs or blown eggs, needle and thread or string, hydrangeas, scissors, awl     Step One Using an awl, carefully pierce all the way through the surface of your egg, about one inch from the top. This will make it much easier to get the string through.     Step Two Thread your string through a needle and guide the needle through the poked holes on the egg.     Step Three Continue steps one and two with additional eggs to create the desired length.     Step Four Once you have added all the eggs, you can begin adding the hydrangeas. Move the eggs 1-2 inches apart from one other on the garland string to make room for the flowers. Cut short trimming from a large hydrangea stem and attach to the garland after every egg or two with an extra piece of string.     Step Five Push the eggs back together between the hydrangeas if necessary. Repeat until entire garland is covered. Add a knot on each side of the finished strand and you are ready to hang.     Use these pretty, pastel strands as garlands that flank the aisles of your spring ceremony or as a hanging backdrop for guests to admire at the reception.    
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  • Project and Photos By: Jenny Batt of Hank and Hunt   I found these tiny glass domes the other day and instantly thought of doing something for the couple who loves to travel. These charming little domes are pretty enough to set on a windowsill, where they will remind your guests every time they pass by.     Supplies: moss cloth glass domes wood dowels heavy duty or kitchen scissors hot glue gun white cardstock cardboard     Step One: On your computer, design and print three signs. I used the Bebas Neue font (download it for free here) at 12pt. I typed the initials of the bride and groom, "save the date" and the date to be saved. Space each group about 1.5" to 2" apart. Add as many to a sheet as you like. Cut out each group, for ease, and cut each into small strips. Cut one end of each strip into a point. Remember to cut the point to the opposite direction for the middle sign, here it was the "save the date" sign.     Step Two: Next, cut each dowel into 4 even pieces, about 3" long.     Step Three: Trace the bottom of the glass dome on a piece of paper. Use this to cut circles from the cardboard.     Step Four: Hot glue each dowel to the center of the cardboard base. Be sure to hold the dowel up straight until cool.     Step Five: Test where you would like the signs to go on the dowel and add three small drops of hot glue to attach the signs.     Tip: Add the signs at slightly off angles to get the real post effect.     Step Six: Use your circle template to cut rounds of the moss cloth. Cut slightly inside the traced line to make sure the moss fits inside the glass dome.     Step Seven: Cut a slit halfway through the moss circle. Place circle on cardboard round, around the post. Check to make sure it fits with the dome on top. If not, retrim slightly until it does. Hot glue each side of the moss down to the cardboard base.     Step Eight: Run a thin bead of glue around the outside of the moss on the cardboard base and immediately add the glass dome and press down.     Step Eight (Cont). Hold until cool. Repeat with remaining domes.     These are pretty sturdy and fit in small boxes; be sure to pack with lots of paper crinkle to mail them.     They would also be fun to hand deliver for a small local wedding.     Consider making these as favors or escort cards instead, just change what is written on the sign!
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  • Photos By: Caroline Drake   Add a splash of color to your flatware in a few easy steps.    I love all the beautiful, bright colors used in weddings now-a-days.  The "dipped" look is such a fun trend, and you can easily customize the look of any bridal shower or casual wedding reception with this colorful wooden flatware concept.       Supplies: foam paint brush  craft paint in the color of your choice cup to hold paint  tape  wooden cutlery (here is a good resource for this)     Step One: Tape around the utensil where you would like the paint to stop.     Step Two: Paint two coats of paint below the tape line on the top side of the utensil, and allow it to dry. (At least 20 minutes).     Step Three: After the top side is dry, flip the utensil over and paint the back with two coats, and allow to dry completely.     Step Four: Once the paint has dried, carefully peel back the tape.     You can repeat the process for all of your cutlery, and alternate colors if you wish.      It's always the little things that leave a huge impact on guests!  
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  • Project and Photos By: Jennifer Kirk   Color printing can make up the bulk of the cost for invitations. Below is a budget-friendly way to add interest and color to simple black and white invitations with bright fabrics and patterned paper.      You Will Need...   Materials: Fabric Patterned papers Spray mount   Tools: Sewing machine Rotary cutter Pinking shears Corner rounder     Step One For invitations that will go inside an A7 envelope (5.25"x7.25") cut out 5"x7" fabric rectangles. (You can use the downloadable PDF as a guide for both the fabric cutouts and invitations.)     Step Two  Fold fabric in half. Sew each side closed with a straight-stitched, 1/4" seam.     Step Three With pinking shears, trim the very edges of the sides and top. Your finished pouch holds a 4.35"x6.5" invitation.     Patterned Envelope Liners: Step One To line "announcement" envelopes (a straight envelope flap), first cut out paper rectangles measuring 6.75"x4".     Step Two Round the top corners with a paper corner rounder and lightly spray the back of the paper with spray mount.     Step Three With one hand, pop the envelop open. With your other hand, gently guide the paper partway into the envelope, rounded corners towards the top. The backside is sticky from the spray mount, so take care not to let it adhere to the envelope.     Step Four Align the top of the paper so that it sits just below the envelope adhesive and the edges are even on both sides of the flap. Press down firmly, then fold the flap down to crease the paper with the envelope.     Step Five Use scraps of paper to embellish RSVP cards, directions, etc.    
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  • By: Sarah Zlotnick 

    This sweetly preppy bridesmaid outfit is perfect for a Southern garden wedding. Done in hues of teal and blue, the classic shape of the shoes and dress feel fresh, light, and fun. Round things off with sparkly jewels and a soft updo and voila! Your best girls are sure to look great. 

    Credits: Lulu Frost for J. Crew Cluster Earrings ($98) •  Alfred Sung Bridesmaid Dress ($165) • J. Crew Pavé Bracelet ($125)  • C. Wonder Floral Pump ($148)  •  Updo Photo by Michelle Warren

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  • Photos By: Jordan Ferney

    This project is super simple and very inexpensive. In the end, your guest will have an adorable little personalized vase with her name in a pretty font! The best part is- if you can get the jars for free- its pretty much just the cost of the flowers and a $5 paint pen. So great!

    Materials: Glass Jars (we used French yogurt jars but baby food jars would work great.) Wire (if you are going to hang them) Wirecutters Very Fine Paint Pen for glass (can be bought at a craft store.) Tape A list of your guests names printed out 2" in width. We used the font Lobster. Flowers

    Step One:   Make sure your jars are clean. Then tape the name you want to trace against the inside of the glass jar.     Step Two:   Taking the fine point glass pen, trace the name.  

    Step Three:   Remove the paper, then touch up any spots that need it.     Step Four:   If using as an escort card, write in the table number.     Step Five:   Add some flowers to each jar and display them on a table!     Display Ideas:   You can also display the vases on a wall or bush. If you go with this option, just add some wire to hang it.    

     

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  • Project By Victoria Hudgins; Photographs By Pictilio

    Adorn your favors with sequins and bling using full page fabric stickers and simple cotton bags.       Materials: Sheets of printable fabric stickers Scissors Sequin ribbon Fabric glue Simple cotton favor bags

    1. Take a punch or scissors to cut out heart templates from the sheets of printable fabric stickers.   2. Using fabric glue and lengths of sequin ribbon, begin gluing and placing the sequins on the hearts in a back and forth motion. Let some of the ribbon fall off each side of the heart for a nice finish.     3. Turn the heart over. From the back, trim the ribbon down on all sides.     4. Remove the sticker backing and place a sequin heart on each favor bag.       Project By Victoria Hudgins; Photographs By Pictilio
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  • Photos By: Olivia Kanaley

    For this project you will need fabric - we used chiffon and tulle. Yardage needed will vary based on the number and size of flowers, as well as the fabric thickness. You'll also need a piece of paper, a pen, scissors, pins, needle and thread, glass seed beads, and a plain hair clip or comb.

      To make a stencil first free hand a rose petal shape and cut out. Then retrace it five times on a larger sheet of paper to create a full flower shape. This will help you get an even pattern. Cut out pattern.     Take some fabric and fold it into a square a little larger than your flower pattern. Pin the pattern to fabric and carefully cut out. Repeat this process until you have enough layers to make a full flower - the number of layers will vary depending on the weight of your fabrics and the size of your flower. The example shown here uses 26 layers.     Stack flower cut outs, alternating fabric types and staggering petals. Use a needle and thread to secure them together at the center.     Pinch together the center of the flower (from the bottom) and secure with stitches to create volume and give the flower and authentic shape.     If desired you can sew decorative beads in the inside center of the flower.     Finally, sew the flower to a hair clip or comb.     You can also create a tie-on corsage or sash, by sewing one or more flowers to a length of silk ribbon.

     

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    Photos/Project By: Victoria Hudgins   Using fresh or dried herbs is a wonderful and economical way to bring a seasonal touch to your wedding. Lavender is my favorite dried herb to use because it is easy to work with, affordable, and smells amazing. Here's how I made these simple lavender escort cards!
        Collect a bunch of lavender and hang upside down to dry out. Or, purchase dried lavender from a local florist or home store.     Use simple white escort cards and write in names and table numbers for your guests.     Using an exacto knife, slice two small horizontal holes at the top of each card.     Thread your lavender through the holes, cutting off any excess stem at the end.     Since the herbs are dried, you can complete this project well before your wedding day.     Place bunches of lavender on the display table for added décor.      
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  • Photos By: Cory O'Brien

    Erica O'Brien, of Erica O'Brien Cake Design, is frequently asked about the chevron technique, one of the hottest design trends this wedding season. Here, she shares her method.

    Materials: Water Tapemeasure Paper Cornstarch Fondant in the color(s) of your choice (We used a citrus-inspired palette here.) Xacto knife Scissors Food-use only paint brush A pen A rolling pin Fondant board

    Measure cake's circumference. Determine the size of the chevron by dividing circumference into even segments the size of your choosing, usually around 1" to 1.5". For example, our cake had a circumference of 26". We determined that each segment would be 1.3" for a total of 20.     Create chevron template. Measure segment size on paper and mark with pen.     Holding paper horizontally (landscape), fold into accordian so that each fold measures the same size as the segment.     Keep folding even segments....     Each of our folds measured 1.3"     Cut paper at an angle.     For a deeper chevron, angle scissors more vertically. For a more shallow chevron, angle scissors more horizontally.     Using the same angle as first cut, cut the other side of the paper. For a wider chevron, move scissor further from first cut. For a narrower chevron, move scissor closer to first cut. Unfold. Your chevron template is complete.     Roll fondant thinly.     Place template on fondant and carefully cut with Xacto knife. Avoid paper sticking to fondant by rubbing it with cornstarch.     Remove excess fondant.     Use template to gently score cake to guide placement of fondant chevron.     Use water to wet cake.     Apply fondant chevron to cake.     Continue pattern around entire cake.       Lay the second color directly above the first.   (Optionally, used the template to guide placement of another row evenly spaced above first row).     Repeat with additional colors.     For a finishing touch, add fresh flowers, or use sugar flowers like the ones seen here.     Photos By: Cory O'Brien
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  • Photos By: Brittni Mehlhoff   A festive accent for a springtime bridal shower or Easter weekend wedding     Materials hollow decorative eggs or blown eggs, needle and thread or string, hydrangeas, scissors, awl     Step One Using an awl, carefully pierce all the way through the surface of your egg, about one inch from the top. This will make it much easier to get the string through.     Step Two Thread your string through a needle and guide the needle through the poked holes on the egg.     Step Three Continue steps one and two with additional eggs to create the desired length.     Step Four Once you have added all the eggs, you can begin adding the hydrangeas. Move the eggs 1-2 inches apart from one other on the garland string to make room for the flowers. Cut short trimming from a large hydrangea stem and attach to the garland after every egg or two with an extra piece of string.     Step Five Push the eggs back together between the hydrangeas if necessary. Repeat until entire garland is covered. Add a knot on each side of the finished strand and you are ready to hang.     Use these pretty, pastel strands as garlands that flank the aisles of your spring ceremony or as a hanging backdrop for guests to admire at the reception.    
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  • Project and Photos By: Jenny Batt of Hank and Hunt   I found these tiny glass domes the other day and instantly thought of doing something for the couple who loves to travel. These charming little domes are pretty enough to set on a windowsill, where they will remind your guests every time they pass by.     Supplies: moss cloth glass domes wood dowels heavy duty or kitchen scissors hot glue gun white cardstock cardboard     Step One: On your computer, design and print three signs. I used the Bebas Neue font (download it for free here) at 12pt. I typed the initials of the bride and groom, "save the date" and the date to be saved. Space each group about 1.5" to 2" apart. Add as many to a sheet as you like. Cut out each group, for ease, and cut each into small strips. Cut one end of each strip into a point. Remember to cut the point to the opposite direction for the middle sign, here it was the "save the date" sign.     Step Two: Next, cut each dowel into 4 even pieces, about 3" long.     Step Three: Trace the bottom of the glass dome on a piece of paper. Use this to cut circles from the cardboard.     Step Four: Hot glue each dowel to the center of the cardboard base. Be sure to hold the dowel up straight until cool.     Step Five: Test where you would like the signs to go on the dowel and add three small drops of hot glue to attach the signs.     Tip: Add the signs at slightly off angles to get the real post effect.     Step Six: Use your circle template to cut rounds of the moss cloth. Cut slightly inside the traced line to make sure the moss fits inside the glass dome.     Step Seven: Cut a slit halfway through the moss circle. Place circle on cardboard round, around the post. Check to make sure it fits with the dome on top. If not, retrim slightly until it does. Hot glue each side of the moss down to the cardboard base.     Step Eight: Run a thin bead of glue around the outside of the moss on the cardboard base and immediately add the glass dome and press down.     Step Eight (Cont). Hold until cool. Repeat with remaining domes.     These are pretty sturdy and fit in small boxes; be sure to pack with lots of paper crinkle to mail them.     They would also be fun to hand deliver for a small local wedding.     Consider making these as favors or escort cards instead, just change what is written on the sign!
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