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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.
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.
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.
In this project, Mary Swenson extended the life of a pre-packaged paper flower centerpiece kit by turning the blooms into favors and centerpieces as well. Love it!
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Available at The Green Vase
10 DIY and ready-made ways to bring paper flowers in to your wedding.
Want your wedding bouquet to last longer than a season? Consider investing in a beautiful paper alternative from The Green Vase ($325). This multi-talented NY-based floral design shop also offers single paper blooms, cake toppers, and cake decorating kits.
Available at Frances & Francis
We love the idea of topping a reception table with a single romantic stem in a vintage glass bottle—and then repurposing the centerpiece as bookshelf decor in your new home! These romantic blooms from Frances & Francis ($14 to $60) are perfect for that.
West Elm Paper Flower Shop
Several national chains are hopping on the paper flower trend. For example: Furniture store West Elm, which offers several pretty pre-made sets ($7.99 to $36).
Available at House That Lars Built
Handcrafted in Copenhagen, these gold-stemmed paper roses ($14 each) will look beautiful gathered in a vase or laid upon individual place settings. Designer Brittany Watson Jespen also creates jumbo-sized versions of these blooms, as well as paper flower hats—email her for custom projects!
Crepe Paper Flower Bouquet DIY
You won't believe how easy (and inexpensive!) it is to whip up these colorful crepe flowers—it takes just three simple steps.
Available at Paper Source
Looking for a little guidance while you construct your paper blooms? Consider a pre-packaged kits from The Paper Source your new best friend ($10.95 - $19.95).
The Crafting Book
Paper to Petal, Available at Barnes & Noble
Husband and wife duo Rebecca Thuss and Patrick Farrell are very good at what they do (which includes photography, design, and, yes, plenty of paper crafts). Releasing late this August, their new book ($16.29) will show you how to make 75 paper blooms yourself. With a forward authored by Martha Stewart herself, it's clear the couple knows what they're doing.
The Perfect Prop
Large Paper Rose, Available at BHLDN
This extra-large paper rose ($68) is almost five feet tall! At that size, it's the perfect addition to any wedding photo booth. It's also, as the website suggests, a whimsical alternative to a basket of petals for the flower girl.
Paper Posy Escort Cards
Easy-to-make crepe flowers will add a joyful touch of color to any spring wedding! This tutorial offers step-by-step instructions for making these cheerful escort cards out of streamer ribbon. It's a great way to save money on a fun but lower priority item on your decor list.
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If you're still on the fence about paper flower decor, you have to check out Liz and Josh's color-infused Minnesota wedding. They created some of the most unique centerpieces we've ever seen!
Idea By: Sarah Zlotnick
Project by Erica Obrien No plates, no wrappers, these bite-sized gems are completely edible and perfect for everything from a formal dessert table at a wedding to a laid back gathering of girlfriends at a bridal shower. Of course the colors are customizable as are the sizes.
Step 1: Make the Cups At least one day in advance, gather what you’ll need and make the cups. The farther in advance, the better. Be sure to make extras in case of breakage. Here’s what you’ll need: Cardstock Tape Ruler Fondant in color of your choice Food-use only ruler Rolling pin Pizza wheel Water Two small round cutters, one slightly larger than the other Cornstarch (to prevent sticking) Roll cardstock tightly. Insert smaller round cutter into rolled up cardstock to ensure a snug fit. Tape down length of cardstock to secure. Use small amount of cornstarch to prevent fondant from sticking. Roll fondant into long thin strip. Place ruler on fondant and use pizza wheel to cut straight line. Save excess. Repeat on other side of ruler, matching strip width to height of smallest cutter. Use ruler to straighten edge of strip. Cut strip into 4 ½” pieces, or large enough to wrap around cardstock roll with a slight overlap, creating a closed ring. Wrap strips around cardstock roll, securing overlap with enough water to ensure sticking. Allow to dry at least overnight. Repeat as many times as needed until desired number of rings are made. Roll out extra fondant. Using larger cutter, cut an equal number of discs as you have rings. When dry, rings will be able to stand upright. Rings will create sides of cups; discs will form bottom of cups Step 2: Make and Decorate the Cakes Here’s what you’ll need: Cake of your choice baked in 2” high pan Piping bag with large round tip 8 and filled with your choice of buttercream Fondant rings and discs (made in advance) Edible “confetti” (sprinkles, sugar pearls, fondant circles, non pareils) in the color of your choice Place fondant ring on fondant disc. Place small amount of buttercream at bottom of ring to secure disc and cake to ring. Use smaller cutter to cut cake round. Insert cutter into ring and gently press to release cake. Press down to secure cake to buttercream. Top cake round with candy kiss-shaped dollop of buttercream. Top cake cups with confetti.
Project and Photos by Brittni Mehlhoff Make your wedding escort cards even more special with these fresh flower wreaths that display guest's names and table numbers. They smell great, look good hanging or displayed flat on a table, and double as a small favor for guests to take home. Want to make your own? Supplies: Floral Tape Velvet Ribbon Scissors Wire Clippers Vine Wrapped Craft Wire Fresh Flowers - Solidago, Phlox, Limonium-Caspia How-To: 1. Cut a piece of wire that is roughly nine inches long (this may vary depending on how large you want each wreath to be). 2. Bend the wire into a circle and twist the side around the circle you've created, to make it strong and secure. 3. Attach a few flowers to the circle at a time, using floral tape, and then stacking the next round of flowers on top of the tape from the last. Repeat this process until the circle is completely covered with flowers, and you cannot see any of the floral tape. 4. Cut a piece of ribbon for the top of the wreath. This can be used solely for decoration or as a way to hang each wreath on a wall or board. 5. Lastly, print table numbers and guest's names out onto card stock. Cut and attach to each wreath.
The pairing of these polar opposite colors creates a glamorous color palette that is perfect for classic couples. Check out a few of our favorites ways to get the look, then browse more black and white wedding ideas on our Black Wedding Themes board!
1. BLACK BRIDESMAID DRESSES
Photo by Cyn Kain Photography
Channel a more formal wedding style by dressing your best pals in sleek black gowns. We love the contrasting all-white bouquets in the shot above.
2. CHECKERBOARD DANCE FLOOR
Photo by Jennifer Skog Photography
What better way to dance away the night than on an old-school checkerboard dance floor under gorgeous white drapery?
3. FLOWY FABRICS
Photos by Christine Arnold Photography and Danielle Poff Photography
Whether you use them as an entry way to your reception, or marry under them, these striped fabrics are a great extra for a glam or whimsical wedding.
4. PLACE SETTINGS
Photo by SheWanders Photography
This playful pattern gets a modern upgrade with a black and white color scheme, and we're loving how eye-catching it is!
5. BLACK AND WHITE DESSERTS
Photo by IYQ Photography and Ben Q Photography
This color combo manages to make cake look that much more delicious.
6. STYLISH STATIONERY
Photo by Paper Antler
Between the detailed script and overall formal aesthetic of the suite, it makes for an invitation your guests won't refuse.
7. BLACK DRESS DETAILS
Gowns by Allure Bridals and Maggie Sottero, Fall 2014; Photo by Dan Lecca
Dare to be different in a white gown with black lace detailing. It takes your wedding day look to the next level.
8. SWEET SIGNAGE
Photos by Sweet Little Photographs and Amy Arrington Photography
Cool graphics like these will add a fun, personal touch to your wedding celebration.
9. BEAUTIFUL BLOOMS
Photos by Eclectic Images and Caroline Tran Photography; Floral Design (left) by Merveille Events
Whether you use anemones or black calla lilies with white accents, nothing says glam quite like a clean bouquet.
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Photos By: Mary Swenson
Straight-sided glass vases are great, inexpensive vessels for your centerpieces, and they can easily be transformed into a one-of-a kind container to perfectly coordinate with your event. Here are some of our favorite ideas!
The style possibilities are endless when you wrap your vases in fabric: mismatched (yet coordinating) patterns look effortlessly chic; using burlap creates a homey, farmhouse vibe; and higher-end fabrics like velvet or silk shantung are elegant and luxe. Adhere the fabric to the vase using spray adhesive for the strongest hold.
Wrap your vases in simple parchment paper and the look is clean, modern and simple, allowing all of the focus to be on your flowers.
Buy flowers from a Parisian flower market and chances are, they'll be wrapped in simple brown kraft paper. We re-created that look by wrapping it around our vases, tying with white twine, and filling the containers with easy, casual tulips.If your vases are small enough, wrap them in beautifully patterned scrapbook paper. For larger vases, use individual sheets of wrapping paper from stationery stores, which tend to be thicker than standard wrapping paper on a roll. A sheet of faux moss turns a plain vase into a lush, extraordinary centerpiece. Utterly feminine and charming, this ruffle vase was super simple to make. We used ruffle trim (available at fabric stores), secured one end to the bottom of the vase with a piece of strong, clear tape, and wrapped it around the vase to the top.
By: Sarah Zlotnick
1. Have her walk you down the aisle!
Don't think you need to find a male replacement for that moment if Dad's no longer in your life. In one of our favorite features on our blog One Lovely Day, Silka was escorted by her mother, and we have never seen a woman look more proud. Another idea: give one arm to Dad, one arm to Mom, and have both parents walk you down the aisle. |
2. Give her a flower before the altar. Dad still doing the giving away? Take a moment before you step onto the altar to give your mother a flower from your bouquet. Purposefully singling her out right before you say your vows will show her (and everyone in attendance) how crucial her support has been in getting you there. The gesture will become even more special if you tuck one of her favorite blooms into your bouquet and present her with that. 3. Set aside a space dedicated to her memory. This beautiful idea comes from one of our Twitter followers (@MsMakeItRain29): If your mother has since passed, place a framed photo of her and her favorite flowers on the chair where she would have sat. 4. Include Mom in the getting ready fun. Book her a seat next to yours while you and your bridesmaids are getting your hair and makeup done. Involving her in this girls-only tradition will let her know know that you see her as a friend and confidant, which is the ultimate compliment. 5. Incorporate her wedding wear into your ceremony. In her New Jersey wedding, Marisa draped a dear late aunt's veil over her chuppah. We think this is an excellent compromise if you'd prefer to keep your bridal ensemble to yourself, but still want to show mom some respect for her marital history. 6. Recreate a moment from her wedding day. Sort through Mom's wedding pics and select a photo you find particularly striking (bonus points if it includes her parents). Suprise her by bringing the shot to your wedding and recreating the pose with your photographer—we guarantee she'll be touched by the gesture. Photo by Briana Marie Photography
By: Victoria HudginsThis DIY packaging is a fresh and modern way to present small favors to guests. Fill each cocoon with something fun to keep your guests busy (like these bright and nostalgic finger pops) and something sweet to snack on. Materials: 1/2 craft glue- 1/2 water mixture Large spool of embroidery thread Balloons (1 balloon for every 2 favors) Instructions: 1. Blow up your balloons and tie a length of thread to the end of the balloon. 2. Begin wrapping thread around the balloon, the messier the wrap the better. 3. Once you have a good covering over the entire balloon, dip a brush into the glue mixture and coat the entire balloon. Hang the balloon by its end to dry. Note: You could also use liquid fabric stiffener for this step in the project, just fill a large bowl and completely dip your wrapped balloons in. 4. Once dry, cut the balloon in half at the center width. Each balloon will make two separate cocoon wraps. 5. Gently pop each balloon and pull away from the fabric. Fill your wraps and tie together with a ribbon and simple tag. 6. Rest each favor on a place setting for a creative, modern touch.