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  • By: Sarah Zlotnick 

    Weddings come in all shapes, sizes, and styles these days. And while we love a casual backyard celebration as much as the next gal, there's something to be said for getting (way) dressed up to say 'I do'. So we've whipped up a supremely elegant, Art Deco-inspired ensemble fit for the fanciest bride on the block. Pops of deep crimson paired with sparkly statement earrings (and a belt!) amp up the glam factor of this sultry halter gown, and a maribou purse is equal parts playful and chic. 

    Where to Buy: BCBG Ooversized Rhinestone cocktail earrings ($88) • Ann Taylor Maribou Feather Clutch ($135) • Nicole Miller embellished satin bridal sash ($330) • Chanel matte lipstick in L'Exquise ($34) • Badgley Mishka 'Ginnie' peep toe pump ($130) • Giambattista Valli Twisted Crepe Gown ($2395) 

     

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  • By Sarah Zlotnick 

    Don't forget about wedding day jewelry! We've rounded up ten stunning necklaces—and picked one for every bridal style. 

    1. For the Elegant Bride. Unexpected Grace necklace, $288 at Elva Fields.

     

    2. For the Vintage Bride. Dancing Floral necklace, $125 at Ann Taylor. 

    3. For the Budget Bride. Seeing Bauble necklace, $27.99 at Modcloth. 

    4. For the Glam Bride. Sari Necklace, $334 at Nicole Miller. 

    5. For the Gatsby Bride. Deco collar necklace, $885 at Ben Amun. 

    6. For the Goddess Bride. Stone floral necklace, $98 at BCBG Max Azria. 

    7. For the Fashion-y Bride. Crystal Compilation Necklace, $165 at J. Crew. 

    8. For the Winter Bride. Crystal necklace, $98 at Lydell NYC. 

    9. For the Preppy Bride. Belle Fleur collar, $298 at Kate Sapde New York. 

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    Porcelain and Plum: Bella has porcelain-perfect skin, sculpted eyebrows, and a deep plum lip.  Makeup by Sonia Roselli.  Photo by Becky Hill     Lovely Lips: Sonia used just a soft shadow on Gabbi's already gorgeous eyes, and added some pink gloss to accentuate her perfect lips. Photo by Becky Hill     Sophisticated Shimmer: Millie is a sight to behold with her ultra-long lashes and radiant shimmer eyeshadow. Makeup by Sonia Roselli.     All About Eyes: A dramatic liner gives a small dose of drama to Stephanie's otherwise soft and feminine features.  Makeup by Sonia Roselli.  Photo by Jeremy Lawson.     Natural Glow: Can't tell Cori is wearing any makeup? Sonia plays up her natural glow. Photo by Sonia Roselli.       Color Matching Vivian's utterly exquisite green eyes appear even more lovely with a brown shadow and dusty rose lip.  Makeup by Sonia Roselli.  Photo by Becky Hill     Glam Girl The perfect red lip can be both understated and glamorous. Makeup and Photo by Sonia Roselli.     Soft and Smokey A soft smokey eye and neutral lip can carry you seamlessly from day into night. Makeup and Photo by Sonia Roselli.  
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  • 1. The Feather

    We love this look for a glam or vintage chic wedding. It also looks best when your hair is all the way up in a tight chignon. 

     

    2. The Flower

    If you're having a destination wedding, this hair style is perfect. We recommend a tighter up-do and that you choose a flower size that doesn't take over the look, but accentuates it. 

     

    3. A little Bling

    You can have with this look for truly any wedding style. Go with a lot of bling for a glam look, or a more beaded hair pin for a understated classic feel. 

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  • Stay away from these 10 common hair mistakes (expert advice)

    It’s supposed to be the happiest day of your life. As the bride, you’ll be the center of attention, and not only will your friends and family be present, but your photographs will capture the moment forever. On the big day, you want to look like yourself, only better. There’s nothing worse than a bride wearing a gorgeous gown, in the perfect location, whose hair is so dreadful that guests can’t keep their eyes off of it. Neil Weisberg and Amanda George, co-owners of the celebrity-filled Neil George Salon in Beverly Hills, say brides should always have a consultation with the stylist who will be doing their hair one to two months before the wedding date to ensure that their dream hairstyle fits in with their dream day. Weisberg and George advise staying away from these 10 common hair mistakes that brides make.

    1. You forget your veil or headpiece. The veil factors into your overall look, and its length and style may determine if you’ll want to wear your hair up or down. If the veil hasn’t arrived yet, ask the bridal salon to loan you a sample, or at least bring along a photo when consulting with your hairdresser.

    2. You cut your hair days before the wedding. Stay away from the scissors and don’t plan on getting a haircut right before the big day. Instead, do it a month or two prior to the wedding to ensure that you like the cut and it will work with the hairstyle you’ve chosen.

    3. You don’t carefully choose your stylist. You will remember your wedding day forever, so choose someone you trust to style your hair. If your hairdresser doesn’t typically do wedding hairstyles, ask him or her for a recommendation, or speak with friends or other brides who have had hairstyles you’ve admired.

    4. You experiment with hair color. Talk to your stylist about how you envision your hair on the big day, and let your colorist know if you are planning on wearing your hair up or down. It’s also not advisable to dramatically change your hair color before the wedding. You want to look like an enhanced version of you, not someone completely different. 

    5. You only try one style. Just as you tried on several wedding dresses (even if you knew the first one was the best), have your stylist show you at least three different looks based on your description of what you want.

    6. You go to your consultation without any ideas. Pictures speak louder than words. Gather photos (e.g., from magazines) of hairstyles you like. This will give the stylist an idea of the kind of style you’re seeking. The stylist can’t make you look like the person in the picture, but he or she can attempt to copy the hair as long as the texture and length are not an issue.

    7. You forget about touch-ups. If it’s in your budget, consider having the stylist stay after the ceremony and throughout the evening to do touch-ups to your hair—or even give you a completely different look. If the expense is too high, ask the stylist for tips on how to touch up your own hair during the reception.

    8. You forget about the dress. Your hair should always complement your gown. Select your gown first and then decide on the hairstyle with your stylist.

    9. You think short hair is your only option. If your cute bob doesn't jive with your dream of having long locks on the big day, ask your stylist for extensions. This temporary fix can be a perfect solution.

    10. You forget about the groom. Although you’ll be the focus of the big day, you will want his hair to look just as good. Make sure the groom gets a good haircut a week before the wedding. 

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  • Lose a few pounds by eating more often -- yes, it's true! (expert advice)

    If you're not particularly thrilled with your body, you've probably been dieting as your wedding day approaches in an attempt to reach your desired weight before the walk down the aisle.  Many brides do this but find that they are lacking a few pounds a week or so before the wedding.  If this sounds familiar, here are some important tips to lose those last pounds. 

    Eat More Often 
    Wow - didn't know it would be so easy, did you?  That's right.  If you want to lose those last pounds before your wedding day, eat more often but eat much smaller portions.  By doing this, you will be giving your digestive system a break as well as speeding up your metabolism.  As your metabolism kicks into overdrive, you will burn more fat and calories - and lose more weight.

    Drink More Water
    Another important thing that will help you lose those last pounds is drinking more water.  Most experts recommend that you drink 8 glasses of water each day.  Not only does this help you feel full for a longer period of time, but it aids the body in the natural fat and calorie burning process. 

    If you find it difficult to drink so much water each day, there are a few different things you can do.  Go to bed after drinking 4 ounces of water and drink 4 more when you wake up.  This is one glass gone - only 7 more to go.  If you don't like the taste of water, slip a wedge of lemon in to create a more palatable drink.

    Cardio Exercise 
    Don't neglect your exercise as you try to lose those last pounds.  Anything that gets your heart pumping and makes you break a sweat is an excellent exercise to do.  For instance, jumping rope, skating, dancing and even jogging can help you lose those last pounds.  While most people aren't overly fond of exercise, doing it regularly will boost your energy and even your sense of well-being!  Exercise each day for about a half an hour to forty-five minutes at a time.

    Skip the Sugar 
    In the last week before the wedding, don't indulge in processed sugar at all.  Instead, fill your rumbling tummy with fresh fruits and vegetables, nuts, beans and lean meat.  This will help get rid of those last stubborn pounds and you may notice that you feel a lot better too!  These foods are great for your health and provide important nutrients and vitamins.

    By following the tips above, you can lose those last pounds and feel beautiful and confident in your wedding dress.

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  • Find out what's hot in wedding cakes this year; we've asked a few of our favorite cake designers to weigh in!    Geometric Patterns Cake by Erica OBrien    "Feminine geometrics, such as chevron, are still very popular," says Connecticut-based Erica OBrien. "I'm expecting to see a lot of arrows and hexagons this season."  Photo by Brooke Allison Photography       Metallics Cake by City Sweets & Confections    The gilded look is a favorite for both Deborah Lauren of City Sweets & Confections and Erica OBrien this year. "Gold is back, and stronger then ever," says OBrien.  Photo by CLY Creation       Hand-Painted Cake by Sweet & Saucy Shop    "Hand-painting is definitely a new trend right now," says Sweet & Saucy Shop's head pastry chef Melody Brandon. "It's a personal and a one-of-a-kind style that brides are falling in love with."  Photo by Melody Brandon       Staying True to Your Style Cake by Maggie Austin Cakes    Virginia baker Maggie Austin recently created this lovely confection for a friend's casual backyard wedding, and she loves that it perfectly reflects the couple's "understated and sophisticated style." Matching a cake to the personalities and priorities of her clients will be a big focus this year.  Photo by Maggie Austin     Multiple Cakes Cake by Layered Bake Shop    Brides booking cakes with Layered Bake Shop's Shannon Star have been moving away from the traditional single large wedding cake. Instead, they're opting for multiple smaller confections in a similar decor suite. "It allows for more creativity and personality," says Star.  Photo by N. Barrett Photography   Showpiece Cakes Cake by The Pastry Studio    According to owner Sherri Meyers, cakes have become a core component of reception decor. They are increasingly created to be equal parts delicious dessert and visual show-stopper. Designs are getting bigger and grander, and sometimes even include a fake tier or two to accommodate for ceiling height!  Photo by Sherri Meyers     Going Natural Cake by Enjoy Cupcakes    Honor a cake that's free of artificial dyes by allowing the natural state of its flavor to become the main decorative element. This year, Amber of Enjoy Cupcakes is all about making fluffy chocolate cakes look fluffy, drenching caramel desserts in drips of caramel, and providing texture to peanut butter cakes with chopped up peanuts.  Photo by Alex Creswell     Ombré Cake by Erica OBrien    Almost every baker we asked agreed— ombré is still at the forefront for 2013. "The shading lends itself so naturally to romantic designs," says OBrien of the style.  Photo by Devon Jarvis     Embossed Cake by City Sweets & Confections      City Sweets & Confections owner Deborah Lauren recently etched an intricate floral pattern on a wedding cake for a friend. "It was modern, and different from any cake I've ever done or seen."  Photo by Turnquist Photography     Classic White Elegance Cake by Mark Joseph Cakes    A white wedding cake never goes out of style, says Mark of Mark Joseph cakes. Couples turn to him for a modern, sophisticated take on the timeless aesthetic.  Photo by Mark Joseph     Textured Icing Cake by Betty Bakery    Cheryl Kleinman agrees with Mark Joseph—white will always be popular, especially for formal weddings. At her Betty Bakery, she and partner Ellen of Bijoux Deux Specialty Cakes keep the look from becoming boring by texturizing the outer layer of icing. Pleats (seen here) and confetti are two favorite styles.
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  • Photos By: Chelsea Fuss

    If you've always dreamt of carrying a bouquet of old fashioned garden roses down the aisle, but your budget doesn't quite match up to the dream, try this version!

    Materials: 24 stems of spray roses (It works best if you buy one bunch with buds and one bunch with open blossoms) Order them ahead of time to secure your favorite color! Garden clippers String or twine florist tape 1-2 yards of ribbon

    Directions: 

    First, pick off the brown petals from the blossoms. We used spray roses, one of the most inexpensive roses on the market, to create this bouquet.     "Edit" each stem. Spray roses have several blossoms on each stem. Clip 1-2 off each stem to leave the prettiest blossoms and the stems that are around the same level on the stem. Also, remove the leaves from these stems.     Take a few of the stems with nice leaves and clip off all the blossoms. Wash the leaves. Leave 1-2 branches of leaves on the stem. Make sure none of the leaves are too low on the stem or it will interfere with the "handle" of your bouquet. Be sure to choose leaves that are hydrated and feel firm.     Spray roses consist of 3-5 smaller blossoms on each stem, and have a more casual feel then your normal florists' roses. They are readily available at markets and florists all year.     Gather a few stems in one hand at a 45 degree angle. Each time you add a stem, turn your bouquet. Don't be afraid to place some blossoms higher than others. This gives your bouquet depth and interest.     Be sure to add leaves in as you go. These frame the blossoms and give the bouquet a natural feel. Tie with twine, cover in florist tape (to protect the ribbon) and tie up with a ribbon.     By deconstructing the spray roses, you can create a bouquet that looks very natural. Your guests will never guess that your flowers came from the local grocery!     The total cost of this bouquet: $12 + ribbon!     Enjoy your beautiful, garden bouquet!
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  • Photos By: Victoria Hudgins

    Paper marbling is a technique that has been around for a long time. The process leaves a beautiful impression on paper giving a high design style to invitations, gift tags and stationery. For your wedding why not take this traditional paper impact a little further by saturating your paint and marbling in a bold, modern and fresh way?     Materials: Heavy stock white paper, 2-3 colors of acrylic paints, a shallow pan and water.     Step One: Begin by dropping each of your paints into the water filled pan. Drip the paints in a straight line one at a time.     Step Two: Using a kitchen skewer, blend the paints together. When you do this some of the paint will rise to the top but (unlike normal marbling) the weight of the paint will allow a majority of it to remain on the bottom of the pan.     Step Three: Holding your paper on both ends make a U shape with it and set it in the water, bottom of the U first. This will prevent any air bubbles from ending up in your final design.     Step Four: Once the paper is entirely in the pan quickly take two fingers and push it toward the bottom of your pan. Swirl it around the bottom of the pan in a circular motion, this is where it picks up the bold saturation.     Step Five: Pull the paper out and let dry for 6-8 hours.     Once the paper is dry, cut it up for tags, seating cards or any other paper-based project you've dreamed up.       Project styling, design concept + photography by Victoria Hudgins    

     

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  • By: Jenny Batt

    A touch of gold goes a long way! These metallic tassels will add an interesting flair to place settings.   Materials White latex paint  Small plastic container Paper clips Foil lined tray Bamboo skewer Gold liquid gilding     Step One: Wrap thick cotton twine around your fingers about 20 times and cut the end.     Step Two: Take a second piece of twine, then wrap and tie around the top. Knot to secure.     Step Three: Unfold paperclips and hook on the tops of the tassels.     Step Four: Pour white latex paint into a small container with high sides. Hold the tassel up with the paper clip and dip the tassel into the paint.     Step Five: Use the skewer to press in the entire tassel until it is completely submerged. Pull out tassel and use skewer to scrape off any excess paint.     Step Six: Lay to dry on a foil lined tray or cookie sheet. Use the skewer to gently style the tassel if needed. Repeat with remaining tassels. Let dry for 24 hours, flipping tassels over and placing them on a clean portion of the tray after 12 hours. You can also hang to dry with a tray underneath.     Step Seven: Outside, paint each tassel gold and let dry. Spray a second coat. Flip over and cover the other side with two light coats. Let them air out a few days before use.     DIY: Gilded Tassel Adornments Tie each tassel to cotton twine and wrap around napkins at each setting. Add a tag if desired.     These would be just as fun as escort cards or attached to magnets and given as favors!     (photos by hankandhunt.com)
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  • By: Sarah Zlotnick 

    Weddings come in all shapes, sizes, and styles these days. And while we love a casual backyard celebration as much as the next gal, there's something to be said for getting (way) dressed up to say 'I do'. So we've whipped up a supremely elegant, Art Deco-inspired ensemble fit for the fanciest bride on the block. Pops of deep crimson paired with sparkly statement earrings (and a belt!) amp up the glam factor of this sultry halter gown, and a maribou purse is equal parts playful and chic. 

    Where to Buy: BCBG Ooversized Rhinestone cocktail earrings ($88) • Ann Taylor Maribou Feather Clutch ($135) • Nicole Miller embellished satin bridal sash ($330) • Chanel matte lipstick in L'Exquise ($34) • Badgley Mishka 'Ginnie' peep toe pump ($130) • Giambattista Valli Twisted Crepe Gown ($2395) 

     

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  • By Sarah Zlotnick 

    Don't forget about wedding day jewelry! We've rounded up ten stunning necklaces—and picked one for every bridal style. 

    1. For the Elegant Bride. Unexpected Grace necklace, $288 at Elva Fields.

     

    2. For the Vintage Bride. Dancing Floral necklace, $125 at Ann Taylor. 

    3. For the Budget Bride. Seeing Bauble necklace, $27.99 at Modcloth. 

    4. For the Glam Bride. Sari Necklace, $334 at Nicole Miller. 

    5. For the Gatsby Bride. Deco collar necklace, $885 at Ben Amun. 

    6. For the Goddess Bride. Stone floral necklace, $98 at BCBG Max Azria. 

    7. For the Fashion-y Bride. Crystal Compilation Necklace, $165 at J. Crew. 

    8. For the Winter Bride. Crystal necklace, $98 at Lydell NYC. 

    9. For the Preppy Bride. Belle Fleur collar, $298 at Kate Sapde New York. 

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    Porcelain and Plum: Bella has porcelain-perfect skin, sculpted eyebrows, and a deep plum lip.  Makeup by Sonia Roselli.  Photo by Becky Hill     Lovely Lips: Sonia used just a soft shadow on Gabbi's already gorgeous eyes, and added some pink gloss to accentuate her perfect lips. Photo by Becky Hill     Sophisticated Shimmer: Millie is a sight to behold with her ultra-long lashes and radiant shimmer eyeshadow. Makeup by Sonia Roselli.     All About Eyes: A dramatic liner gives a small dose of drama to Stephanie's otherwise soft and feminine features.  Makeup by Sonia Roselli.  Photo by Jeremy Lawson.     Natural Glow: Can't tell Cori is wearing any makeup? Sonia plays up her natural glow. Photo by Sonia Roselli.       Color Matching Vivian's utterly exquisite green eyes appear even more lovely with a brown shadow and dusty rose lip.  Makeup by Sonia Roselli.  Photo by Becky Hill     Glam Girl The perfect red lip can be both understated and glamorous. Makeup and Photo by Sonia Roselli.     Soft and Smokey A soft smokey eye and neutral lip can carry you seamlessly from day into night. Makeup and Photo by Sonia Roselli.  
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  • 1. The Feather

    We love this look for a glam or vintage chic wedding. It also looks best when your hair is all the way up in a tight chignon. 

     

    2. The Flower

    If you're having a destination wedding, this hair style is perfect. We recommend a tighter up-do and that you choose a flower size that doesn't take over the look, but accentuates it. 

     

    3. A little Bling

    You can have with this look for truly any wedding style. Go with a lot of bling for a glam look, or a more beaded hair pin for a understated classic feel. 

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  • Stay away from these 10 common hair mistakes (expert advice)

    It’s supposed to be the happiest day of your life. As the bride, you’ll be the center of attention, and not only will your friends and family be present, but your photographs will capture the moment forever. On the big day, you want to look like yourself, only better. There’s nothing worse than a bride wearing a gorgeous gown, in the perfect location, whose hair is so dreadful that guests can’t keep their eyes off of it. Neil Weisberg and Amanda George, co-owners of the celebrity-filled Neil George Salon in Beverly Hills, say brides should always have a consultation with the stylist who will be doing their hair one to two months before the wedding date to ensure that their dream hairstyle fits in with their dream day. Weisberg and George advise staying away from these 10 common hair mistakes that brides make.

    1. You forget your veil or headpiece. The veil factors into your overall look, and its length and style may determine if you’ll want to wear your hair up or down. If the veil hasn’t arrived yet, ask the bridal salon to loan you a sample, or at least bring along a photo when consulting with your hairdresser.

    2. You cut your hair days before the wedding. Stay away from the scissors and don’t plan on getting a haircut right before the big day. Instead, do it a month or two prior to the wedding to ensure that you like the cut and it will work with the hairstyle you’ve chosen.

    3. You don’t carefully choose your stylist. You will remember your wedding day forever, so choose someone you trust to style your hair. If your hairdresser doesn’t typically do wedding hairstyles, ask him or her for a recommendation, or speak with friends or other brides who have had hairstyles you’ve admired.

    4. You experiment with hair color. Talk to your stylist about how you envision your hair on the big day, and let your colorist know if you are planning on wearing your hair up or down. It’s also not advisable to dramatically change your hair color before the wedding. You want to look like an enhanced version of you, not someone completely different. 

    5. You only try one style. Just as you tried on several wedding dresses (even if you knew the first one was the best), have your stylist show you at least three different looks based on your description of what you want.

    6. You go to your consultation without any ideas. Pictures speak louder than words. Gather photos (e.g., from magazines) of hairstyles you like. This will give the stylist an idea of the kind of style you’re seeking. The stylist can’t make you look like the person in the picture, but he or she can attempt to copy the hair as long as the texture and length are not an issue.

    7. You forget about touch-ups. If it’s in your budget, consider having the stylist stay after the ceremony and throughout the evening to do touch-ups to your hair—or even give you a completely different look. If the expense is too high, ask the stylist for tips on how to touch up your own hair during the reception.

    8. You forget about the dress. Your hair should always complement your gown. Select your gown first and then decide on the hairstyle with your stylist.

    9. You think short hair is your only option. If your cute bob doesn't jive with your dream of having long locks on the big day, ask your stylist for extensions. This temporary fix can be a perfect solution.

    10. You forget about the groom. Although you’ll be the focus of the big day, you will want his hair to look just as good. Make sure the groom gets a good haircut a week before the wedding. 

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  • Lose a few pounds by eating more often -- yes, it's true! (expert advice)

    If you're not particularly thrilled with your body, you've probably been dieting as your wedding day approaches in an attempt to reach your desired weight before the walk down the aisle.  Many brides do this but find that they are lacking a few pounds a week or so before the wedding.  If this sounds familiar, here are some important tips to lose those last pounds. 

    Eat More Often 
    Wow - didn't know it would be so easy, did you?  That's right.  If you want to lose those last pounds before your wedding day, eat more often but eat much smaller portions.  By doing this, you will be giving your digestive system a break as well as speeding up your metabolism.  As your metabolism kicks into overdrive, you will burn more fat and calories - and lose more weight.

    Drink More Water
    Another important thing that will help you lose those last pounds is drinking more water.  Most experts recommend that you drink 8 glasses of water each day.  Not only does this help you feel full for a longer period of time, but it aids the body in the natural fat and calorie burning process. 

    If you find it difficult to drink so much water each day, there are a few different things you can do.  Go to bed after drinking 4 ounces of water and drink 4 more when you wake up.  This is one glass gone - only 7 more to go.  If you don't like the taste of water, slip a wedge of lemon in to create a more palatable drink.

    Cardio Exercise 
    Don't neglect your exercise as you try to lose those last pounds.  Anything that gets your heart pumping and makes you break a sweat is an excellent exercise to do.  For instance, jumping rope, skating, dancing and even jogging can help you lose those last pounds.  While most people aren't overly fond of exercise, doing it regularly will boost your energy and even your sense of well-being!  Exercise each day for about a half an hour to forty-five minutes at a time.

    Skip the Sugar 
    In the last week before the wedding, don't indulge in processed sugar at all.  Instead, fill your rumbling tummy with fresh fruits and vegetables, nuts, beans and lean meat.  This will help get rid of those last stubborn pounds and you may notice that you feel a lot better too!  These foods are great for your health and provide important nutrients and vitamins.

    By following the tips above, you can lose those last pounds and feel beautiful and confident in your wedding dress.

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  • Find out what's hot in wedding cakes this year; we've asked a few of our favorite cake designers to weigh in!    Geometric Patterns Cake by Erica OBrien    "Feminine geometrics, such as chevron, are still very popular," says Connecticut-based Erica OBrien. "I'm expecting to see a lot of arrows and hexagons this season."  Photo by Brooke Allison Photography       Metallics Cake by City Sweets & Confections    The gilded look is a favorite for both Deborah Lauren of City Sweets & Confections and Erica OBrien this year. "Gold is back, and stronger then ever," says OBrien.  Photo by CLY Creation       Hand-Painted Cake by Sweet & Saucy Shop    "Hand-painting is definitely a new trend right now," says Sweet & Saucy Shop's head pastry chef Melody Brandon. "It's a personal and a one-of-a-kind style that brides are falling in love with."  Photo by Melody Brandon       Staying True to Your Style Cake by Maggie Austin Cakes    Virginia baker Maggie Austin recently created this lovely confection for a friend's casual backyard wedding, and she loves that it perfectly reflects the couple's "understated and sophisticated style." Matching a cake to the personalities and priorities of her clients will be a big focus this year.  Photo by Maggie Austin     Multiple Cakes Cake by Layered Bake Shop    Brides booking cakes with Layered Bake Shop's Shannon Star have been moving away from the traditional single large wedding cake. Instead, they're opting for multiple smaller confections in a similar decor suite. "It allows for more creativity and personality," says Star.  Photo by N. Barrett Photography   Showpiece Cakes Cake by The Pastry Studio    According to owner Sherri Meyers, cakes have become a core component of reception decor. They are increasingly created to be equal parts delicious dessert and visual show-stopper. Designs are getting bigger and grander, and sometimes even include a fake tier or two to accommodate for ceiling height!  Photo by Sherri Meyers     Going Natural Cake by Enjoy Cupcakes    Honor a cake that's free of artificial dyes by allowing the natural state of its flavor to become the main decorative element. This year, Amber of Enjoy Cupcakes is all about making fluffy chocolate cakes look fluffy, drenching caramel desserts in drips of caramel, and providing texture to peanut butter cakes with chopped up peanuts.  Photo by Alex Creswell     Ombré Cake by Erica OBrien    Almost every baker we asked agreed— ombré is still at the forefront for 2013. "The shading lends itself so naturally to romantic designs," says OBrien of the style.  Photo by Devon Jarvis     Embossed Cake by City Sweets & Confections      City Sweets & Confections owner Deborah Lauren recently etched an intricate floral pattern on a wedding cake for a friend. "It was modern, and different from any cake I've ever done or seen."  Photo by Turnquist Photography     Classic White Elegance Cake by Mark Joseph Cakes    A white wedding cake never goes out of style, says Mark of Mark Joseph cakes. Couples turn to him for a modern, sophisticated take on the timeless aesthetic.  Photo by Mark Joseph     Textured Icing Cake by Betty Bakery    Cheryl Kleinman agrees with Mark Joseph—white will always be popular, especially for formal weddings. At her Betty Bakery, she and partner Ellen of Bijoux Deux Specialty Cakes keep the look from becoming boring by texturizing the outer layer of icing. Pleats (seen here) and confetti are two favorite styles.
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  • Photos By: Chelsea Fuss

    If you've always dreamt of carrying a bouquet of old fashioned garden roses down the aisle, but your budget doesn't quite match up to the dream, try this version!

    Materials: 24 stems of spray roses (It works best if you buy one bunch with buds and one bunch with open blossoms) Order them ahead of time to secure your favorite color! Garden clippers String or twine florist tape 1-2 yards of ribbon

    Directions: 

    First, pick off the brown petals from the blossoms. We used spray roses, one of the most inexpensive roses on the market, to create this bouquet.     "Edit" each stem. Spray roses have several blossoms on each stem. Clip 1-2 off each stem to leave the prettiest blossoms and the stems that are around the same level on the stem. Also, remove the leaves from these stems.     Take a few of the stems with nice leaves and clip off all the blossoms. Wash the leaves. Leave 1-2 branches of leaves on the stem. Make sure none of the leaves are too low on the stem or it will interfere with the "handle" of your bouquet. Be sure to choose leaves that are hydrated and feel firm.     Spray roses consist of 3-5 smaller blossoms on each stem, and have a more casual feel then your normal florists' roses. They are readily available at markets and florists all year.     Gather a few stems in one hand at a 45 degree angle. Each time you add a stem, turn your bouquet. Don't be afraid to place some blossoms higher than others. This gives your bouquet depth and interest.     Be sure to add leaves in as you go. These frame the blossoms and give the bouquet a natural feel. Tie with twine, cover in florist tape (to protect the ribbon) and tie up with a ribbon.     By deconstructing the spray roses, you can create a bouquet that looks very natural. Your guests will never guess that your flowers came from the local grocery!     The total cost of this bouquet: $12 + ribbon!     Enjoy your beautiful, garden bouquet!
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  • Photos By: Victoria Hudgins

    Paper marbling is a technique that has been around for a long time. The process leaves a beautiful impression on paper giving a high design style to invitations, gift tags and stationery. For your wedding why not take this traditional paper impact a little further by saturating your paint and marbling in a bold, modern and fresh way?     Materials: Heavy stock white paper, 2-3 colors of acrylic paints, a shallow pan and water.     Step One: Begin by dropping each of your paints into the water filled pan. Drip the paints in a straight line one at a time.     Step Two: Using a kitchen skewer, blend the paints together. When you do this some of the paint will rise to the top but (unlike normal marbling) the weight of the paint will allow a majority of it to remain on the bottom of the pan.     Step Three: Holding your paper on both ends make a U shape with it and set it in the water, bottom of the U first. This will prevent any air bubbles from ending up in your final design.     Step Four: Once the paper is entirely in the pan quickly take two fingers and push it toward the bottom of your pan. Swirl it around the bottom of the pan in a circular motion, this is where it picks up the bold saturation.     Step Five: Pull the paper out and let dry for 6-8 hours.     Once the paper is dry, cut it up for tags, seating cards or any other paper-based project you've dreamed up.       Project styling, design concept + photography by Victoria Hudgins    

     

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  • By: Jenny Batt

    A touch of gold goes a long way! These metallic tassels will add an interesting flair to place settings.   Materials White latex paint  Small plastic container Paper clips Foil lined tray Bamboo skewer Gold liquid gilding     Step One: Wrap thick cotton twine around your fingers about 20 times and cut the end.     Step Two: Take a second piece of twine, then wrap and tie around the top. Knot to secure.     Step Three: Unfold paperclips and hook on the tops of the tassels.     Step Four: Pour white latex paint into a small container with high sides. Hold the tassel up with the paper clip and dip the tassel into the paint.     Step Five: Use the skewer to press in the entire tassel until it is completely submerged. Pull out tassel and use skewer to scrape off any excess paint.     Step Six: Lay to dry on a foil lined tray or cookie sheet. Use the skewer to gently style the tassel if needed. Repeat with remaining tassels. Let dry for 24 hours, flipping tassels over and placing them on a clean portion of the tray after 12 hours. You can also hang to dry with a tray underneath.     Step Seven: Outside, paint each tassel gold and let dry. Spray a second coat. Flip over and cover the other side with two light coats. Let them air out a few days before use.     DIY: Gilded Tassel Adornments Tie each tassel to cotton twine and wrap around napkins at each setting. Add a tag if desired.     These would be just as fun as escort cards or attached to magnets and given as favors!     (photos by hankandhunt.com)
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