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Project and Photos by Brittni Mehlhoff Ring in the new year with these starry night cake toppers made of thin sheets of birch wood. Your guest will love that extra special touch adorning their cupcake treats at the end of the night. Materials: Birch Plywood 1/32 of an inch thick (the thiner the better) Scissors Xacto knife or box cutter Pen or pencil Bamboo Skewers Print out with star silhouettes (use and print free clip art star shapes) How-To: 1. Cut out the star shapes from print out. 2. Trace star shapes onto birch sheet with a pen or pencil. 3. Carefully cut out each shape with an Xacto knife. 4. Add a drop of glue to the back of each star and attach bamboo skewer. 5. Wait for the glue to dry and stick the toppers in cupcakes or wedding cake. Take it further by customizing these toppers with handwritten messages and names. Or add glitter to the finished stars for an unexpected sparkle.
Project and Photos by Erica Obrien
Project and Photos by Brittni Mehlhoff If you're looking for a simple wedding project that won't break the bank, these watercolor favor boxes are the perfect match. Use them as wedding favor boxes for guest, bridal party gifts, even as holiday packaging for presents wrapped sweetly under the tree. Materials: Kraft box (any size) Scissors Super thick yarn White watercolor Paint brush
How-To:1. Fold the box and prepare watercolors with a few drops of water in a small dish or palette. 2. Write a message with watercolors on the top of the box. 3. Fill with yummy bakery items or other sweet treats. 4. Add a card inside the box to say thanks to guests for coming to your wedding. Or pen a note to your bridal party to tell your bridesmaids how much they mean to you. 5. Close up the box and add a long piece of yarn. Tie it in a bow or add a giant yarn pouf to finish the package. Voila!
Chances are, your groomsmen are not accustomed to taking formal portraits on the regular. So try to keep things relatively natural and easy for them when it comes to taking pictures. Here are a few of our favorite “poses” for groomsmen shots.
The most traditional of the groomsmen poses, your guys stand in a row or, if there are more than five or six of them, in two rows, hands in pockets. It's so GQ.
Photo by Sherri J Photography
The "We're All Friends Here"
Hopefully, all of your groomsmen are pretty close - and even if they aren't, at least they can act like it by putting their arms over each other's shoulders, frat brother style.
Photo by Maxwell Monty Photography
The "Just Taking a Stroll"
Fact: People look more natural in photos if they're in motion. So, tell your groom and groomsmen to take a walk together. Their faces will look much more relaxed, you'll see!
Photo by Melvin Gilbert Photography
The Seated Pose
Your groomsmen may feel more comfortable posing while sitting down. And here's a bonus: these portraits will show off those cute socks!
Photo by Petula Pea Photography
The Groom in Front
It's the groom's special day, so give him some pride of place by having him stand a few steps ahead of the rest of his best buds. This is a particularly nice pose if all of the guys are dressed fairly similarly.
Photo by William Innes Photography
The "Do Something Funny"
Of course, you'll need to take some more traditional portraits, too, but if it helps your guys loosen up, let them have some fun with their portraits. Add props like sunglasses if you'd like!
Photo by Steven and Lily Photography
The Jumping for Joy
If you can get your groomsmen to try it, it's pretty cool to have a shot of them in midair!
Photo by Wren Photography
Need we say more?
Photo by Weston Neuschafer Photography
Looking for more groomsmen attire ideas? Check out our Fashion Editor's board for even more men's attire inspiration!
After guests have busted out their moves on the dance floor (and most likely broken a sweat), they're going to be hungry and thirsty. Feed them these food truck favorites, bite-sized snacks, or tasty sweets to keep them going until the wee hours of the morning:
Photo: Troy Grover Photographers
Burgers & French Fries - Classic comfort food full of carbs. Why not have In-N-Out Burger, Five Guys, or even McDonad's serve pre-packaged burgers and paper cones of french fries drizzled with ketchup?
Photo: Sweet Tea Photography
Mini Grilled Cheese & Tomato Soup Shooters - Keep warm with an ooey-gooey grilled cheese and shot of creamy tomato soup sprinkled with crouton crumbs. The perfect combo for fall or winter when it's cold out.
Photos (from left to right): Matt Edge Wedding Photography
Churros - A traditional Latin American strip of fried dough coated in sugar is a must-have for any destination nuptials on the beach.
Photo: The Nichols
BLT Sandwiches - You may think this is the healthier option, but look closely it's actually bacon, lettuce, and fried green tomato with chipotle mayo.
Photos (from left to right): onelove photography
Chocolate Chip Cookies & Milk - Caution: Don't make grandma jealous by not asking her to make chocolate chip cookies. Otherwise, choose between Great American Cookies, Mrs. Fields, or Nestle Toll House Cafes.
Photo by Melissa Copeland Photography
From dress stains or rips to headaches to paper cuts, there are a variety of minor mishaps that can occur on your wedding day. But instead of worrying about them, be prepared! Create a wedding-day emergency kit or ask one of your bridesmaids to do it for you. Even if your wedding day is smooth sailing, you’ll be glad you had these essentials on hand:
Things may get a little emotional on your wedding day, so be sure to have a pack of tissues close by at all hand. If your dress has pockets, all the better – if not, ask one of your ‘maids to stash some tissues in her purse for you.
Double Stick Tape
Also known as “Fashion Tape,” this can help your gown stay in place, especially if you’re wearing strapless. It can also secure a ripped hem (which can happen if someone accidentally steps on your dress).
A shoe heel breaking can leave you barefoot on your wedding day (unless you’re having a beach wedding, in which case, we say go for it!). Bring a back up pair of heels that are around the same height as your primary shoes, just in case of an unforeseen footwear malfunction.
We highly recommend that you take the time to enjoy the food on your wedding day, but take a moment to check yourself in the mirror afterwards – and be sure to have some floss on hand just in case of any unsightly food particles!
Of course, any prescribed medication that you take on a daily basis is a must, but also bring over-the-counter medications, in case of headaches, stomach issues, or allergies.
Sewing Kit with Scissors
Be sure to have a sewing kit on hand (with scissors!) in case of loose threads or buttons, accidental rips, or even just your bridesmaid forgetting to take the tag off her dress! Also important: Someone who actually knows how to sew!
Because blood on your wedding dress isn’t a great look.
Stain Removal Pen
Always good to have in case of a stain on your or one of your VIPs’ attire. Depending on the fabric of the stained attire, one of these bad boys can be a lifesaver.
It doesn’t always work, but chalk can be a quick fix for a stain on a white wedding dress.
For sipping drinks pre-wedding so you don’t ruin your lipstick!
Feminine Hygiene Products
Because…well, you never know.
Your spouse-to-be will thank you.
Concealer and Lipstick
Even if you’re having your makeup professionally done, chances are some of your makeup might rub off by the end of the night. Freshen up with a little concealer and lipstick so you look great for your grand exit.
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We've already shared 5 great getting ready gifts to give your bridesmaids, and cosmetic cases are a fail-safe way to continue off that trend! Here's 13 fun, feminine versions (all under $100) that any bridesmaid would be delighted to receive.
Related: 7 Warm & Fuzzy Bridesmaid Gifts | Monogram Bridesmaid Gifts
1. Juicy Couture Pouch in Light Pink Pari, $48 at Macy's.
2. Betsey Johnson Holiday Zip Cosmetic Case, $38 at Macy's.
3. Ted Baker PVC Cosmetic Case, $45 on Amazon.
4. Jonathan Adler GIft Wrapped Cosmetic Pouch, $98 at Bloomingdale's.
5. PINK Makeup Bag Duo, $27 at Victoria's Secret.
6. Shimmery Canvas Ultimate Cosmetic Bag, $59 at Pottery Barn.
7. MAC RiRi Hearts Mac Makeup Bag Holiday Collection $40 at Nordstrom.
8. MICHAEL Michael Kors Jet Set Signature Cosmetics Bag $78 on Amazon.
9. Tory Burch Robinson Small Cosmetics Case, $95 at Nordstrom.
10. Kate Spade New York Flatiron Nylon Davie Cosmetic Case, $60 on Amazon.
11. Rebecca Minkoff Hologram Mila Glam Kit Cosmetic Case, $75 at Bloomingdale's.
12. Geneva Fur Laced Cosmetic Pouch $48 at Anthropologie.
13. BCBGeneration Handbag, Quinn Zip Pouch $48 at Macy's.
BCBGeneration Handbag, Quinn Zip Pouch $48 at Macy's.
Photo by Levi Stolove
From the moment you started sharing the happy news of your engagement, you’ve probably been inundated with questions. When’s the big day? What’s your color scheme? What type of dress do you want? Before you can answer any of these questions, you need to come up with a general idea of the type and style of wedding you’re looking for. Sounds overwhelming, but it actually can be easy - and fun! Here are our top tips.
Look at Photos
Start by perusing wedding photos and ideas and saving the ones that excite you. There doesn’t have to be any rhyme or reason to the photos you choose, just that you like them. Then, take a look at your saved photos and try to find some common ground between them. Are there certain colors you gravitate toward? Or do the photos all come from weddings at a specific venue type?
Casual or Formal
One of the most basic decisions you’ll need to make is if you want a casual or formal wedding. Do you picture your guests wearing long gowns and tuxes in a grand ballroom or having a picnic-style reception outside - or something in between?
Is there a particular venue where you’ve always dreamed of getting married? Or even just a type of venue that you like - a beach, garden, ballroom or historic inn, perhaps? Think about the type of wedding that would best fit with your ideal venue - a beach wedding calls for a more casual feel, while a wedding at a historic inn could be more vintage-inspired. Often times the venue you choose is the first step to deciding on your wedding style - it helps narrow down the options.
Talk It Out
Sit down with your fiance(e) and have an open and frank discussion about how each of you picture your wedding day. Start by each writing down a list of adjectives that describe your ideal wedding, then compare lists. Make a note of the words you have in common, as well as the words that you disagree on. Try to find common ground and come up with a final list of "wedding adjectives" to share with vendors as you meet them.
Once you have decided on your wedding style, it’s important to stay focused, especially when dealing with your vendors. If you’re planning a formal and classic wedding, don’t switch to a vintage-inspired and casual wedding halfway through the planning process. Make a decision and stick with it for your own sanity!
Looking to get started finding your style? Check out classic, modern, rustic, and vintage wedding inspiration to decide which style you like best!
So long, 2013 -- we're officially ready for the new year! Glitter is one of our favorite ways to deck out end-of-year weddings (check out these 10 ways to sparkle with your decor), and we think it's an especially good look for guests and bridesmaids alike. Happy 2014, everyone!
Related: Glittery Wedding Decor
The Dress: Adrianna Papel • The Earrings: Ben-Amun • The Invitation: Minted • The Clutch: BCBG Max Azria • The Nail Polish: Butter London • The Lipstick: Nars • The Shoe: Kate Spade New York