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I am making these fabric pomanders for my wedding. I plan to hang them up all over the reception and possibly down the aisle. They are a little cheaper than making them out of flowers.
Fabric (about a yard for 4" styrofoam ball)
styrofoam ball (I'm using 4" ones, 3" ones & 2.5" ones)
Hot glue gun
floral pins & Ribbon (If you want yours to hang)
Step one: Trace circles onto fabric. For my 4" balls, I traced 4 inch circles. For my 3 inch balls, 3 inch circles
After cutting out the circles fold in half and put a dot of hot glue in the center of the folded part
Fold right side over onto glue- then put another dot of glue & fold left side over
Poke a hole into the stryrfoam ball, not too deep, and then put hot glue inside the hole. Take the pointed edge of your fabric and push it down into the hole.
I make a line all the way around the ball one way with the fabric and then start filling in the two empty sides.
Step 7: (If you want them to hang)
Find a good place to be the top of your pomander. Take a fabric pin and string it with any ribbon you'd like. Shove the fabric pin into the styrofoam ball and then tie a knot in the ribbon so it will stay attached to the fabric pin and not slip out.
Now you're done!! These take a bit of time but they look super cool and they aren't very difficult to make! Way easier for me then the tissue paper pomanders on the Martha Stewart website!
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For a little background, I was inspired by the DIY Old Fashioned Soda Bar article on PW, but I knew that having ALL that soda would go to waste at our little wedding...so I decided that I would rather make custom labels for some old fashioned glass soda bottles and use them as our favors.
I found these 4-pack of Cream Soda with the light blue twist off caps at Marshalls/TJ Maxx for $2.99 each!
The next step was trying to make my own labels. Now, I am not artistically inclined AT ALL, so after scouring the internet, I found this awesome article about DIY Sodas to make Ice Cream Floats (which I am TOTALLY going to do for my little girls' next birthday, YUM!) on Eat.Drink.Chic. Luckily, she had some templates for making all the different labels for her sodas, which I thought were PERFECT!
The only think I needed now was to personalize the colors and write the info that I wanted on the labels. Again, I am NO GOOD at this stuff, but luckily one of my good friends is a photoshop whiz kid and had it done in a matter of moments!
My friend Cindy is SUPER talented! The Labels read "Symone & Chris...Ciencin Soda...Established April 10th, 2010"
Now, my original intention was to buy some waterproof label paper and print them on there, just slap them onto the bottles and then chill them, but that stuff is PRICEY! So I decided that we would just have the labels printed on regular paper and find some way to adhere them to the bottles. Chris printed them at work (FREE) and I bought this Elmer's Glue-All stick that seemed like it would work ($2.49 at Rite Aid)
And viola! It really only took me a total of 20 minutes to do 32 bottles, which isn't bad! I can't wait to see them all set up on our cake table! And for under $30 we have really, really unique favors for our guests!
Chicago Wedding Makeup:
Put your best face forward on your wedding day with the help of one of these talented Chicago wedding makeup artists.
Chicago Wedding Makeup: Total Image Bridal
Total Image Bridal will give you the gorgeous look you want on location. Their services include hair styling, makeup application and airbrushing; airbrushed foundation withstands humidity and gives brides flawless complexions. Total Image Bridal has done the cover of Wedding Guide Chicago for three years running, promising Chicago area brides a day at their most beautiful.
Chicago Wedding Makeup: Chicago Makeup Professionals
Chicago Makeup Professionals is a privately owned company founded by makeup artist Audrey Tunis. Meet with her for a personal one-on-one makeup consultation where she'll customize your wedding look while taking the latest makeup trends into consideration. The makeup team will beautify you and your bridal party on location; a trial run in advance will ensure that getting ready your wedding day is a stress free experience.
Chicago Wedding Makeup: Lecrem Beauty
Lecrem Beauty provides on location hair, makeup, tanning and spa services for blushing brides. The team of stylists will work with you in advance, creating your dream look at no additional cost. They will also help establish a skin care plan to ensure that your skin will glow come your wedding day. For brides who want to look sun-kissed on their big day, spray tanning is also available.
Chicago Wedding Makeup: Bridal Makeup Chicago
Bridal Makeup Chicago's team of talented makeup artists specializes in on-site wedding makeup and offer superior cosmetic lines and airbrush makeup application. They even provide a gift registry; your bridal shower guests can give you the gift of wedding day beauty.
Chicago Wedding Makeup: Antonette White
Professional makeup artist Antonette White provides on-location makeup and hair design services to Chicago area brides. While active in the corporate market, her passion and specialty is bridal makeup and airbrushing. Her packages include in-studio previous, lashes and eyebrow shaping, day rates for events that require multiple looks, and destination wedding makeup. She'll work with your budget and vision to ensure you look your best on your special day.
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Atlanta Wedding DJs
Choosing the right kind of music for a wedding reception is a significant part of the planning process. Who you select to deliver your chosen tunes is just as important. From natural MCs to digital wizards, forget the wedding band and iPods – spring for one of several talented Atlanta wedding DJs that know his or her way around the music world. To get you ready for your musical search, consider the following Atlanta wedding professionals:
Atlanta Wedding DJs: Spectrum Entertainment
With wireless microphone in hand, your Spectrum Entertainment DJ acts as your Master of Ceremonies – making special announcements and passing along the mic for those oh-so memorable toasts. With thousands of songs dating back to the 1920s and possessing all the latest radio hits, get your creative juices flowing by searching their music library. Whatever they don’t have, jot down your requests and they will accommodate.
Atlanta Wedding DJs: Rob Clark Entertainment
Not only do you get the music aspect of this Atlanta wedding DJ business, but the visual features are also sure to impress. For example, Rob Clark Entertainment can place your monogrammed initials, name, or any quirky message onto the dance floor, using illuminating technology. Noted for supplying active DJs that get the party started and keep it going, your head will spin when you see their creative options, such as a lighted dance stage and trivia game show systems. Not your average DJs!
Atlanta Wedding DJs
Comprised of a team of four wedding professionals, Atlanta Wedding DJs work with you to create a playlist that's perfect for the theme or mood you wish to set for your special day. Looking for themed DJ services? Entertain guests with the sounds of Latin, Irish, Country, Motown, Beach, Disco, Oldies, and Classic Rock tunes – just to name a few. The company also provides videography services (without photo montages or editing) that cost about $1,000 less than the average wedding video.
Atlanta Wedding DJs: All Star Entertainment
All Star Entertainment has been a fixture in the Atlanta wedding DJ scene for more than 20 years and they've certainly rolled with the changing times. Nowadays, they dazzle with award-winning theme decor and entertain guests with interactive games. As a recipient of the 2010 Bride's Choice Award and other citywide recognition, All Star Entertainment provides DJs with at least 10 years experience and come equipped with more than 5,000 song selections. You might even want to take advantage of their other entertainment services, such as jugglers, bands, and magicians.
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Atlanta Wedding DJs
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PWer Aug_09_Bride had a festive, colorful, and fresh 3-Tier square cake.
Each tier was separated by a riser and then offset, which created an interesting 'twist' on traditional square stacking. Bright teal ribbons, pink and orange Gerbera daisies, pink roses, and a delicate hand-piped design gave the cake a fresh and elegant summer look.
Cake from Das Meyer
Photo credit: The Tattered Veil
Flowers by Snowdrops & Sage
The bride says: The cake was frosted with Butter Cream frosting. There were 3 layers; 2 layers were Chocolate Baileys and the largest layer was Strawberries and Champagne. My favorite was the Strawberries and Champagne because the cake was light and the filling had fresh strawberries. It was nice and light for a summer afternoon wedding.
Chicago wedding favors:
Send your guests home from your wedding with a memorable token of your appreciation. If you're looking to buy wedding favors in Chicago, consider the following vendors:
Chicago Wedding Favors: ShutterBox Entertainment
Entertain guests with a fun photo booth at the reception. ShutterBox Entertainment will capture guests' creative poses and expressions and give them traditional photo strips to take home. The mobile photo booth seats up to 10 guests, accommodating group shots, and offers multiple photo styles and formats. The ShutterBox graphic design team can customize a photo design to match your invitations or monogram, so that your printed photo booth pictures become perfect wedding souvenirs.
Chicago Wedding Favors: Chicago Wedding Candy Buffet
Specializing in unique candy buffets, Chicago Wedding Candy Buffet can provide you with both a fun dessert option at your reception and take-home favors for your guests. Embellished goody bags encourage guests to scoop up a variety of sweets for their ride home; a personalized tag can include a thank-you message or wedding details. The company can customize their candy offerings so that the treats coordinate with the day's color scheme of theme.
Chicago Wedding Favors: Katherine Anne Confections
Give your guests favors of decadent handmade truffles and caramels from Katherine Anne Confections. The truffles are hand-dipped; the caramels are made with local Illinois honey. The eco-friendly packaging is also handmade and created by a fair-trade provider; the recyclable boxes are made from treeless paper. Customize your favors with hand-tied ribbon and custom stickers and tags.
Chicago Wedding Favors: Mother Butter's Popcorn and Confectionary
"The Chicago popcorn shop with a Louisiana flare." Find great favors of popcorn, fudge, caramel-pecan patties, bulk candy and nuts at this Chicago sweet-tooth-lovers' confectionary shop. Gourmet flavored popcorn packaged in small ribbon-wrapped tins will make for an irresistible take-home treat for your loved ones.
Chicago Wedding Favors: The Artful Baker
The Artful Baker can make custom cookies to match any theme. Have edible replicas of your bouquet's flowers or your gorgeous gown packaged for guests to take home. The cookies will be a conversation piece long after the wedding.
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