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Project and Photos by Brittni Mehlhoff
Get into the holiday spirit with these cinnamon snowflake DIY escort cards. They’re super easy to make and smell great too. Here’s how to make your own.
Materials:cinnamon sticks glue dots (or hot glue) evergreen tree trimmings knife cardstock scissors pencil or pen
1. Start by cutting a cinnamon stick in half, lengthwise, then width wise. So you are left with four smaller pieces.
2. Add a glue dot to the center of one of the four cut pieces of cinnamon stick. Turn the stick vertically.
3. Then place another stick onto of the previous stick, horizontally. Add another glue dot to the center of the top stick.
4. Then place a third stick onto the stack, at a diagonal.
5. Repeat the glueing process with the last stick, filling in the last diagonal area.
6. Make these snowflakes in various size and widths, then add small tree trimmings to the back of each snowflake with glue dots.
7. Next, cut a long skinny piece of paper and write the name of each guest and their table number on the strip before attaching to the snowflake, with one last glue dot.
Add the finished snowflakes to the escort table for a festive and fragrant touch to your big day.
Project and Photos by Brittni Mehlhoff
Treat your guests to a delicious before-dinner snack — that almost looks to pretty to eat — with these stacked message macaron place cards.
Materials:macarons rubber alphabet stamps glue dots transparent mini envelopes card stock pencil or pen edible ink marker bamboo skewers
Note: Before you get started, make sure your stamps are brand new or completely clean of any ink from previous uses.
1. First, decide on a message that you would like each place card to say, whether it’s just a message of love, a monogram, wedding date, etc. Then ink your first stamp letter, by running the edible ink marker over the letter thoroughly.
2. Next, turn the stamp over and stamp directly onto the first macaron.
3. Repeat the inking process from step one and step two until the word or message is complete.
4. Set macarons aside and cut out small pieces of card stock that will fit inside the tiny translucent envelopes. Write each guests name on the card stock before tucking it into the envelope. Fill the envelope with a little bit of glitter if desired. Or write a message on the back of each piece of card stock to each guest.
5. Next, using glue dots, attach the envelopes to bamboo skewers, making sure the pointy end is facing downward (away from the envelope).
6. Then, pierce a small stack of finished macarons with the bamboo skewer and add to place setting.
This would be a great escort card idea as well. And guests are sure to love the delicious treat before the reception starts.
Your wedding doesn’t have to end with the last dance at the reception. Many couples are hosting after-parties to keep the celebration going until the wee hours. Here are a few ideas for after-party celebrations.
Set up an outdoor or indoor lounge so your guests can relax and unwind after the wedding. Make sure the bar is still stocked and offer passed late-night snacks, like sliders and fries, for everyone to enjoy.
Photo by Arnau Dubois Photography
Late-night karaoke is a fun way to entertain your guests. Of course, the newlyweds get first dibs on picking a tune to sing, but then let all of your guests take a turn at the mic. As the night goes on (and the alcohol flows), expect the songs to get sillier and rowdier!
Photo by Whitmeyer Photography
Hit the Bars
Move the party to a favorite local bar or hangout, or, for your guests’ convenience, it may be more appealing to host a post-party function in the bar of the hotel where everyone is staying. If you’re expecting a large group, see if you can book a private space or table in advance.
Photo by June Lion
Food Truck Fiesta
After a long night of partying, your guests will likely be famished. What could be a better surprise than a food truck (or two) to feed your hungry revelers? Whether the trucks offer sweet or savory fare, your guests will certainly be appreciative.
Photo by Joshua McDonald Photography
Gather your guests ‘round a bonfire for a celebratory late-night event. From singing favorite songs to roasting marshmallows, it’s a fitting close to a joyful wedding day.
Photo by John Schlia Photography
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Candles are a great decor element to incorporate into your wedding. They're romantic and go with every wedding style! Ten of our favorite ways to decorate with candles follow below, and there's plenty more ideas where that came from.
1. Light Up the Night
Photo by Jayd Gardinia Photography
Having an outdoor reception? Use candles to illuminate your space!
2. Glam Centerpieces
Photos by Jessica Lorren Organic Photography
Candles are a great way to glam up any table arrangement. From candleabras to silverleaf candle holders, consider them for your table settings.
3. Illuminated Lounge
Photo by Q Weddings
Lend an air of romance to your cocktail lounge with scented candles! They will create a relaxing environment for you or your guests to escape to.
4. Aisle Markers
Photos by Woodland Fields Photography and Kristyn Hogan
Line your aisle with candles as a unique alternative to flowers- or do both!
5. Unity Candle
Photos by Mustard Seed Photography and Nicole Burnett Photography
Symbolize your two lives coming together by incorporating a unity candle into your ceremony.
6. Hanging Decor
Photo by The Nichols and Heather Kincaid
This fun decor element is the perfect touch for a rustic barn wedding.
7. In Memoriam
Photo by Arte De Vie
Lighting a candle in remembrance of loved ones who have passed away is a sentimental way to honor them at your nuptials.
8. At the Entryway
Photos by Magnolia Pair and Heather Kincaid
Set the tone for the ceremony by lighting up the pathway! It'll also help your guests figure out where to go.
9. Fun Favors
Photo by Jillian Ryan Photography
A thoughtful and great-smelling favor will be well-received by your guests!
10. Table Accents
Photo by Onelove Photography
Add candle decor to your escort card table, your welcome table, or anywhere else that could benefit from an accent or two!
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Project by Janie Medley
Photos by Marvelous Things Photography
Spread the love with this beautiful floral arrangement — perfect for a welcome display, sweetheart table, or cake table!
Ingredients:Monogram mugs from Anthropologie Seeded Eucalyptus Ranunculus Larkspur Heather Scissors
Step One: Always begin with processing your flowers once you get them home. Give the stems a fresh cut at an angel and place the flowers in clean water. Start the design with the seed eucalyptus. You’ll want it to hang over the mug, (you may have to place a strip of tape across the top of the mug in order to hold the seeded eucalyptus in place.
Step Two: Next place the ranunculus in the design. The ranunculus is the “featured flower”. Make certain it is placed in the center and near the front of the design.
Step Three: Now add the remaining flowers and there you have it!
So perfect for your wedding or for your home if you are hosting a dinner party!
With the air getting chilly and crisp and Thanksgiving just around the corner, we've got our minds on rich autumn hues. Give your fall wedding a festive touch with one of these dreamy, seasonally inspired palettes.
1. Burgundy + Terra Cotta + Shale Green
Photo Courtesy of Alisa Lewis Event Design
The Aesthetic: Earthy and Natural
Floral Picks: Ranunculus, Cosmos, Roses, Eucalyptus, Hypericum Berries
2. Mustard + Pale Pink + Stone
Photo Courtesy of Petal Floral Design
The Aesthetic: Countryside Garden
Floral Picks: Garden Roses, Alstromeria, Craspedia
3. Ink Blue + Mushroom + Deep Mulberry
Photo by Eyelet Images
The Aesthetic: Old World Elegance
Floral Picks: Dahlias, Ranunculus, Calla Lilies
4. Fuchsia + Pomegranate + Raspberry
Photo by OKRFOTO
The Aesthetic: Vibrant and Glam
Floral Picks: Roses, Dahlias, Ranunculus, Peonies
5. Sienna + Ginger + Pale Rose
Photo Courtesy of LB Floral
The Aesthetic: Soft and Ethereal
Floral Picks: Antique Roses, Waxflower, Cymbidium Orchids
6. Thistle Blue + Persimmon + Butterscotch
Photo by Langdon Photography
The Aesthetic: Cheerful and Whimsical
Floral Picks: Thistle, Cornflower, Pincushion Protea, Calla Lilies, Bittersweet Berries
7. Plum + Ice Blue + Platinum Gray
Photo Courtesy of Naturally Yours Events
The Aesthetic: Sophisticated Shabby Chic
Floral Picks: Sweet Peas, Silver Brunia Berries, Hydrangeas, Dusty Miller
8. Spruce Green + Mocha + Dove
Photo Courtesy of Dishie Vintage Rentals
The Aesthetic: Woodland Inspired
Floral Picks: Eucalyptus, Roses, Paperwhites, Queen Anne's Lace
9. Copper + Lilac + Medium Purple
Photo by Catherine Mac Photography
The Aesthetic: Contemporary and Playful
Floral Picks: Hydrangeas, Orchids, Calla Lilies, Sweet Peas
10. Cranberry + Fawn + Pastel Pink
Photo by Jen Dillender Photography
The Aesthetic: Rustic Romantic
Floral Picks: Peonies, Dahlias, Roses, Carnations
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Whether your ceremony is long or short, you want your guests to be comfortable during the proceedings. Gift your nearest and dearest with useful items pre-ceremony to make sure this important event is even more memorable and enjoyable.
Your guests will have a lot of questions during the ceremony. Who’s in the bridal party? What types of rituals should I expect? What’s that song? Answer your guests’ questions by providing them with programs – or post a sign that includes all of the pertinent information.
Photo by IQphoto Studio
Something to Drink
In warmer weather, provide your guests with a refreshment either before the ceremony, or if drinks are allowed in your venue, during the event. Bottled water is a good bet, since it’s in a sealable container that’s less likely to spill – and a custom label adds a cute, personal touch.
Photos by (from left): PW Photography, Jason Burns Photography
Fans can be a nice giveaway for indoor or outdoor ceremony in warmer climates. And by printing your ceremony programs on a fan, it will do double duty.
Photo by Aaron Watson Photography
If your outdoor ceremony is under a blazing sun, your guests will appreciate having the extra shade.
Photo by Whittaker Portraits
It’s a good idea to check out your ceremony location at the exact time when you’re planning on getting married. If you’re concerned your guests will be squinting in the sun, sunglasses are a good favor idea.
Photo by Hearts and Horseshoes Photography
Shawls or Blankets
Depending where you’re getting married, there may be a risk of a slight chill in the air during the spring and fall seasons. That doesn’t mean you should avoid an outdoor ceremony entirely, but consider your guests’ comfort by providing them with shawls or blankets to cuddle up with.
Photo by Nelly - Photographer
Place boxes of tissues at the end of every row in case your guests shed some (happy!) tears.
Photo by Hearts and Horseshoes Photography
Something Fun for the Recessional
Whether it’s confetti, ribbon wands, streamers, flower petals, or something completely different, asking your guests to wave or toss something during the recessional can add a fun celebratory element and make for a great photo op!
Photos by (from left): Gideon Photography, Rachel Robertson Photography
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Project and Photos by Brittni Mehlhoff
Create a unique groomsmen gift for the wedding party, or your groom, with these customized rustic wood coasters. They're really easy to create and make for a special and useful gift. Here's how to make your own set of wood burned coasters.
Materials:wood coasters, like these wood burning tool set (available on Amazon) alphabet hot stamps (available on Amazon)
1. To create custom nameplate coaster, screw on the first letter of the name you want to stamp, to the wood burning tool. Then plug in and turn on and wait 3-5 minutes for the stamp to heat up.
2. Now that the tool has had time to heat up, stamp the first letter onto your coaster, leaving the stamp in place for 3-5 seconds before lifting straight up.
3. Turn the wood burning tool off and wait for it to cool down. Then replace the letter you just used with the next letter in the name. Turn the tool on again and wait for it to heat back up. Once the tool has had time to heat back up, stamp the letter onto the coaster, just as you did with the first letter in the name.
4. Repeat step 3 until the entire name has been spelled out. Note: To create a monogram instead, simply use the same letter over and over again, for a variation of looks from coaster to coaster.
5. Wrap with a bow, if desired, and you have a great, inexpensive groom or groomsmen gift.
These coasters would be a thoughtful detail at a wedding reception, as well as a great place for people to put down drinks. Monogram them with the bride and grooms initials or wedding date and you're all set.