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    Project & Photos By: Jennifer Kirk   Moss monograms can be easily found online, but this one has my special (and economical) spin on it, which is to customize the font and make the monogram extra-large. 

    Materials: 20" x 30" foam board, 2 bags of preserved moss (found in gardening section of craft store), All-purpose glue, String, Satin ribbon (optional), Tape, Printer, X-acto knife with fresh blade, Metal ruler, Pencil, Scissors

    Step One: Create a monogram template using your font of choice. I used a modern condensed typeface called Gotham and enlarged my 'R' to fill my 8.5" x 11" document. I worked in Illustrator but you can also do this in Microsoft Word. Save your document as a PDF, and when sending to print, choose the option 'Poster' under 'Page Sizing and Handling.' I printed mine out at 220% and cut and pieced the printouts together to form an 'R' that is 22" x 12."

    Step Two: With a pencil, trace the template onto foam board.

    Step Three: Cut out using X-acto knife. A ruler can help guide your blade with straight cuts, while you will have to freehand it around the curves. It's always better to do numerous, shallow cuts, as opposed to one deep cut -- you have better control this way.

    Step Four: With the tip of the X-acto knife, poke holes through the foam board for creating a hook. If your letter is wide, such as 'W' or 'U' you will need two sets of holes on both sides of the letter. Thread a thin piece of string through and knot.

    Step Five: Working on a small area of the letter at a time, apply a generous amount of glue along the edge of the monogram. Apply pieces of moss, tearing thicker pieces in half cross-wise for the most uniform surface. Next, fill in the letter with a layer of glue, then moss.

    Step Six: Continue glueing on moss, working on edges first, then filling in. Finally, glue on small pieces of moss to the edges of the monogram.

    Step Seven: As the foam board dries, there's a chance of it warping because of the moisture of the glue. Mine began to curl inward, so I let it dry upside down with a couple of bowls on top. When dry, hang the monogram using the hooks on the back, or thread a wide satin ribbon through the hook to create a loop for hanging.

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  • By: Sarah Zlotnick

    We consider this an elegant yet easygoing option for a garden-inspired rehearsal dinner. While many brides opt to wear white to this soirée, we think a dusty tan rose works just as well. Here we paired it with floral heels and plenty of mint embellishments for a polished look you can still relax in.

    Credits: Kate Spade New York stud earrings ($38) • Essie ‘Mint Candy Apple’ nail polish ($8) • Loeffler Randall Rider Satchel ($495) • House of Harlow 1960 Finespun cuff ($60) • Charles by Charles David Women’s Radial Sandal ($101.25) •  Max & Cleo Madilyn Dress ($54—currently 50% off!)

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  • Photos By: Chelsea Fuss

    Oragami Paper Cranes:

    It's stated in Japanese tradition that if you make one thousand cranes, your wish will come true! You don't have to make a thousand for a beautiful impact, though. Once you make a few, they go quickly. Invite some friends over to create this super sweet decoration for your big day.

    Step One: Cut a 5 x 5 square of paper and start with the patterned or colored side up. Fold in half with colored side in, then open back up.     Step Two: Rotate the paper to the right and fold in half again so that your folds mark an X in the middle of the paper.     Step Three: Place paper so it's a diamond and one point is pointing towards you.     Step Four: Fold the diamond in half.     Step Five: Open the paper up. Fold the right corner so it is tucked under and so it's lined up in the center. Do the same for the other side so you have a diamond.     Step Six: Take the right corner of the first layer and fold into the center so that the middle looks like a kite. Do the same with the left corner.     Step Seven: Fold the top of the kite towards you, so the top of the paper is flat.     Step Eight: Open back up and repeat Steps Six and Seven on the opposite side.     Step Nine: Open up the center and press flat.     Step Ten: Turn over and repeat Step Nine on the opposite side.     Step Eleven: Take the 1st layer, right corner and fold to the center. Repeat this with the left corner. Flip over and repeat.     Step Twelve: Now you should have two skinny sections that are the tail and head.     Step Thirteen: Take the bottom right tip and fold to the side. Make it even with the point on the side of the crane. Repeat on other side.     Step Fourteen: Fold the tip of one of the "legs." This is the crane's head.     Step Fifteen: Grab the wings and pull the bird open. There should be a flat square in the center.

    Use these pretty birds as escort cards, favors or table decorations! You can also string them and hang them from a tree or the ceiling.

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  • Photos By: Katherine Chong

    Williams-Sonoma’s Message-in-a-Cookie Cutters are a great way to customize any dessert table or edible wedding favors.     While it comes with three shapes, you don’t need to be limited by the set if you just think outside the box and use cookie cutters that better suit your celebration.     A basic sugar cookie and royal icing is a classic combination and can be easily spruced up with some spices, extracts, or food coloring.     Volia! A message cookie is born.     Simple, cost-effective, and easy to make, message cookies are a DIY bride’s dream come true to wowing her guests with a personal touch.     The cookies can be rolled out, cut, and ready to bake ahead of time since most doughs freeze nicely.     Afterwards, using a fine pastry tip and a steady hand when icing the cookies can help achieve beautiful and intricate detailing.     Some Message Ideas: Monogram Your names Guest names (can also be used as escort cards) “Thank you” “Love is sweet” “I do” “Sweet treats” “How sweet it is” “Something sweet” “xoxo”     Your guests will enjoy this thoughtful and romantic messaging -- and a really yummy cookie!      
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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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  • Project By Erica O'Brien & Photos By Brooke Allison Photography

    Re-create this stained glass monogram with cookie cutters, lollipops, and these instructions from our cake expert!

      One recipe for stained glass cookie dough(Makes more than enough for one cookie and quite a few extras).    Materials: Rolling pin  Letter cutters in various sizes  Heart-shaped cutter (large enough to accommodate letters)  Mallet or hammer  Lollipops or hard candy in the colors of your choice  Small plastic bag  Silpat or other non-stick baking sheet liner  Baking sheet   Preheat oven to 350 Fahrenheit. Working on Silpat or non-stick baking sheet liner, roll out dough approximately ¼” thick.     Cut dough using heart-shaped cutter. Remove the excess (It can be frozen for future use).     Using letter cutters, cut out monogram from dough. Place on baking sheet and freeze for 15-20 minutes to firm.     Bake in pre-heated oven until dough is partially, but not completely, baked and just barely beginning to turn golden, about 5-7 minutes.     While cookies are baking, place lollipops or hard candy into small plastic bag. Use mallet or hammer to crush candy into very small pieces.     Fill cavities with crushed candy until it is slightly above the cookie line, taking care not to get any crushed candy on the cookie part.     Return to oven and bake until candy is just melted, about 3-5 minutes. Remove from oven and allow to cool.     Wet a small piece of fondant until it is very sticky. Gently adhere to cookie in several spots, avoiding candy part, and use to affix cookie to cake.

     

    Project By Erica O'Brien & Photos By Brooke Allison Photography

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  • Project and Photos By: Victoria Hudgins   These sweet cider shots are just perfect for a chilly evening reception or as a signature drink! Our version is virgin but you could also add a bit of brandy to each shot.     Step One: We used adorable jars with bright tops- available at Cost Plus for $.99 per jar. However, any small glass jar will work!     Step Two: Print out the cider shot labels onto an 8 x 10 adhesive label page. You will not want to use tape since the drink inside will be warm; pre-made labels will stick the most securely. These labels will print 6 to a page.     Free Printable! Download this free printable {right here}     Step Three: Affix the labels neatly on the jars.     Step Four: Fill your jars with scrumptious apple cider, add 1/2 a cinnamon stick for an extra touch.     Tip: To warm the cider either have your servers pour heated cider into the jars directly before serving, or pour room temperature cider into the jars beforehand and warm by placing them atop a buffet warming plate, or near a fire.  
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    Project & Photos By: Brittni Mehlhoff   Make a small, natural ring pillow perfect for the tiny hands that will be carrying your precious cargo down the aisle!  

    Materials: Sheets of Moss, Floral Foam or Regular Styrofoam Brick, Knife, Floral Pins, Ribbon, Craft Glue, Scissors

    Step One: Cut foam brick in half to create a square and begin cutting the square down to desired shape. Slice off edges to make it less blocky and more of a pillow shape.

    Step Two: Cut a piece of moss based on the size of your foam block and begin wrapping it around the foam. Secure the moss to the foam using floral pins.

    Step Three: Once the moss is secure on all sides, cover up any floral pins that are showing by gluing very small pieces of moss overtop. 

    Step Four: Cut a piece of ribbon or fabric scrap to roughly twelve inches in length. At the six inch mark, fasten the ribbon to the center of the moss pillow with a dab of glue and a floral pin.

    Step Five: Secure your rings by sliding them thru the ribbon and tying a knot!

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  • By: Sarah Zlotnick 

    We were so inspired by Melanie Yu's beautiful bohemian bridal fashion shoot that we whipped up an inspiration board to match. Enjoy! 

    Credits: DIY Floral Headband by Janie Medley • Elle Macpherson Intimates Camisole ($120) and Midi Brief ($62) • Nightcap Clothing Stretch Lace Gown ($495) • Charlotte Russe Sparkle Stone Filligree Ring ($6) •Green Kangaroo Heart Invitation ($2.60 each for 50-99 guests) • Jeffrey Campbell Daisy Mae Flat ($125)

     

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    Project & Photos By: Jennifer Kirk   Moss monograms can be easily found online, but this one has my special (and economical) spin on it, which is to customize the font and make the monogram extra-large. 

    Materials: 20" x 30" foam board, 2 bags of preserved moss (found in gardening section of craft store), All-purpose glue, String, Satin ribbon (optional), Tape, Printer, X-acto knife with fresh blade, Metal ruler, Pencil, Scissors

    Step One: Create a monogram template using your font of choice. I used a modern condensed typeface called Gotham and enlarged my 'R' to fill my 8.5" x 11" document. I worked in Illustrator but you can also do this in Microsoft Word. Save your document as a PDF, and when sending to print, choose the option 'Poster' under 'Page Sizing and Handling.' I printed mine out at 220% and cut and pieced the printouts together to form an 'R' that is 22" x 12."

    Step Two: With a pencil, trace the template onto foam board.

    Step Three: Cut out using X-acto knife. A ruler can help guide your blade with straight cuts, while you will have to freehand it around the curves. It's always better to do numerous, shallow cuts, as opposed to one deep cut -- you have better control this way.

    Step Four: With the tip of the X-acto knife, poke holes through the foam board for creating a hook. If your letter is wide, such as 'W' or 'U' you will need two sets of holes on both sides of the letter. Thread a thin piece of string through and knot.

    Step Five: Working on a small area of the letter at a time, apply a generous amount of glue along the edge of the monogram. Apply pieces of moss, tearing thicker pieces in half cross-wise for the most uniform surface. Next, fill in the letter with a layer of glue, then moss.

    Step Six: Continue glueing on moss, working on edges first, then filling in. Finally, glue on small pieces of moss to the edges of the monogram.

    Step Seven: As the foam board dries, there's a chance of it warping because of the moisture of the glue. Mine began to curl inward, so I let it dry upside down with a couple of bowls on top. When dry, hang the monogram using the hooks on the back, or thread a wide satin ribbon through the hook to create a loop for hanging.

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  • By: Sarah Zlotnick

    We consider this an elegant yet easygoing option for a garden-inspired rehearsal dinner. While many brides opt to wear white to this soirée, we think a dusty tan rose works just as well. Here we paired it with floral heels and plenty of mint embellishments for a polished look you can still relax in.

    Credits: Kate Spade New York stud earrings ($38) • Essie ‘Mint Candy Apple’ nail polish ($8) • Loeffler Randall Rider Satchel ($495) • House of Harlow 1960 Finespun cuff ($60) • Charles by Charles David Women’s Radial Sandal ($101.25) •  Max & Cleo Madilyn Dress ($54—currently 50% off!)

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  • Photos By: Chelsea Fuss

    Oragami Paper Cranes:

    It's stated in Japanese tradition that if you make one thousand cranes, your wish will come true! You don't have to make a thousand for a beautiful impact, though. Once you make a few, they go quickly. Invite some friends over to create this super sweet decoration for your big day.

    Step One: Cut a 5 x 5 square of paper and start with the patterned or colored side up. Fold in half with colored side in, then open back up.     Step Two: Rotate the paper to the right and fold in half again so that your folds mark an X in the middle of the paper.     Step Three: Place paper so it's a diamond and one point is pointing towards you.     Step Four: Fold the diamond in half.     Step Five: Open the paper up. Fold the right corner so it is tucked under and so it's lined up in the center. Do the same for the other side so you have a diamond.     Step Six: Take the right corner of the first layer and fold into the center so that the middle looks like a kite. Do the same with the left corner.     Step Seven: Fold the top of the kite towards you, so the top of the paper is flat.     Step Eight: Open back up and repeat Steps Six and Seven on the opposite side.     Step Nine: Open up the center and press flat.     Step Ten: Turn over and repeat Step Nine on the opposite side.     Step Eleven: Take the 1st layer, right corner and fold to the center. Repeat this with the left corner. Flip over and repeat.     Step Twelve: Now you should have two skinny sections that are the tail and head.     Step Thirteen: Take the bottom right tip and fold to the side. Make it even with the point on the side of the crane. Repeat on other side.     Step Fourteen: Fold the tip of one of the "legs." This is the crane's head.     Step Fifteen: Grab the wings and pull the bird open. There should be a flat square in the center.

    Use these pretty birds as escort cards, favors or table decorations! You can also string them and hang them from a tree or the ceiling.

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  • Photos By: Katherine Chong

    Williams-Sonoma’s Message-in-a-Cookie Cutters are a great way to customize any dessert table or edible wedding favors.     While it comes with three shapes, you don’t need to be limited by the set if you just think outside the box and use cookie cutters that better suit your celebration.     A basic sugar cookie and royal icing is a classic combination and can be easily spruced up with some spices, extracts, or food coloring.     Volia! A message cookie is born.     Simple, cost-effective, and easy to make, message cookies are a DIY bride’s dream come true to wowing her guests with a personal touch.     The cookies can be rolled out, cut, and ready to bake ahead of time since most doughs freeze nicely.     Afterwards, using a fine pastry tip and a steady hand when icing the cookies can help achieve beautiful and intricate detailing.     Some Message Ideas: Monogram Your names Guest names (can also be used as escort cards) “Thank you” “Love is sweet” “I do” “Sweet treats” “How sweet it is” “Something sweet” “xoxo”     Your guests will enjoy this thoughtful and romantic messaging -- and a really yummy cookie!      
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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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  • Project By Erica O'Brien & Photos By Brooke Allison Photography

    Re-create this stained glass monogram with cookie cutters, lollipops, and these instructions from our cake expert!

      One recipe for stained glass cookie dough(Makes more than enough for one cookie and quite a few extras).    Materials: Rolling pin  Letter cutters in various sizes  Heart-shaped cutter (large enough to accommodate letters)  Mallet or hammer  Lollipops or hard candy in the colors of your choice  Small plastic bag  Silpat or other non-stick baking sheet liner  Baking sheet   Preheat oven to 350 Fahrenheit. Working on Silpat or non-stick baking sheet liner, roll out dough approximately ¼” thick.     Cut dough using heart-shaped cutter. Remove the excess (It can be frozen for future use).     Using letter cutters, cut out monogram from dough. Place on baking sheet and freeze for 15-20 minutes to firm.     Bake in pre-heated oven until dough is partially, but not completely, baked and just barely beginning to turn golden, about 5-7 minutes.     While cookies are baking, place lollipops or hard candy into small plastic bag. Use mallet or hammer to crush candy into very small pieces.     Fill cavities with crushed candy until it is slightly above the cookie line, taking care not to get any crushed candy on the cookie part.     Return to oven and bake until candy is just melted, about 3-5 minutes. Remove from oven and allow to cool.     Wet a small piece of fondant until it is very sticky. Gently adhere to cookie in several spots, avoiding candy part, and use to affix cookie to cake.

     

    Project By Erica O'Brien & Photos By Brooke Allison Photography

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  • Project and Photos By: Victoria Hudgins   These sweet cider shots are just perfect for a chilly evening reception or as a signature drink! Our version is virgin but you could also add a bit of brandy to each shot.     Step One: We used adorable jars with bright tops- available at Cost Plus for $.99 per jar. However, any small glass jar will work!     Step Two: Print out the cider shot labels onto an 8 x 10 adhesive label page. You will not want to use tape since the drink inside will be warm; pre-made labels will stick the most securely. These labels will print 6 to a page.     Free Printable! Download this free printable {right here}     Step Three: Affix the labels neatly on the jars.     Step Four: Fill your jars with scrumptious apple cider, add 1/2 a cinnamon stick for an extra touch.     Tip: To warm the cider either have your servers pour heated cider into the jars directly before serving, or pour room temperature cider into the jars beforehand and warm by placing them atop a buffet warming plate, or near a fire.  
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    Project & Photos By: Brittni Mehlhoff   Make a small, natural ring pillow perfect for the tiny hands that will be carrying your precious cargo down the aisle!  

    Materials: Sheets of Moss, Floral Foam or Regular Styrofoam Brick, Knife, Floral Pins, Ribbon, Craft Glue, Scissors

    Step One: Cut foam brick in half to create a square and begin cutting the square down to desired shape. Slice off edges to make it less blocky and more of a pillow shape.

    Step Two: Cut a piece of moss based on the size of your foam block and begin wrapping it around the foam. Secure the moss to the foam using floral pins.

    Step Three: Once the moss is secure on all sides, cover up any floral pins that are showing by gluing very small pieces of moss overtop. 

    Step Four: Cut a piece of ribbon or fabric scrap to roughly twelve inches in length. At the six inch mark, fasten the ribbon to the center of the moss pillow with a dab of glue and a floral pin.

    Step Five: Secure your rings by sliding them thru the ribbon and tying a knot!

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  • By: Sarah Zlotnick 

    We were so inspired by Melanie Yu's beautiful bohemian bridal fashion shoot that we whipped up an inspiration board to match. Enjoy! 

    Credits: DIY Floral Headband by Janie Medley • Elle Macpherson Intimates Camisole ($120) and Midi Brief ($62) • Nightcap Clothing Stretch Lace Gown ($495) • Charlotte Russe Sparkle Stone Filligree Ring ($6) •Green Kangaroo Heart Invitation ($2.60 each for 50-99 guests) • Jeffrey Campbell Daisy Mae Flat ($125)

     

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