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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.
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
Materials: Novel, Glue Dots, 3" X 3" Envelopes, free printable insert card PDF
Step One: Print off the insert card PDF and cut the cards.
Step Two: Using the gluedots, attach the envelopes to the book pages.
Step Three: Place the insert cards inside the envelopes.
The prompts printed on the insert cards will give your guests the opportunity to share advice, offer their predictions about your future and express their well wishes.
Photo by Amelia Lyon Photography
The easiest way to enhance your natural beauty? Being sure your makeup properly matches your coloring! Read on for the shades that most complement brown, blue, green, and hazel eyes.
Brown eyes look best with rich shades of violet—the cool blue undertones enhance their natural warmth. For violet eyeliner, we like NARS Larger Than Life Eyeliner in Bourbon Street. If a deep purple shadow sounds too dramatic for your taste, sweep an eyeshadow in a neutral shade of pink on your lids and use a pencil in dark purple to line your eyes instead. Brown-eyed girls with gold flecks can pull off bronze and gold shadows, but keep the shades light and metallic (darker colors may appear muddy).
Eye shadow in shades of ashy brown and sienna naturally complement blue eyes. Whether you opt to go metallic or matte, soft shades of brown work best with blue eyes—especially ashier tans and sienna. Don’t shy away from blue, either! Matching your eye color to your makeup was a big no-no in the past, but if you stick to a soft liner in ocean blue,it’ll look fresh and modern instead. Try Jordana’s Easyliner in Bliss.
Remember the art class color wheel? It taught us that the natural complement to green is red. For a romantic look, try a purple with a red undertone—we like Almay’s Intense i-color in Raisin Quartz. Want to go more neutral? The warmer undertones of taupe will be more flattering than ashy brown.
Because hazel eyes are a combination of golds, greens, and browns, girls with this eye color will look good in many different palettes. To make them appear lighter, go with the blackest black eyeliner you can find—we like L’oreal’s Infallible Never Fail Eyeliner in Carbon Black. Thinking about a more sultry look? Try a smokey grey. Finally, to brighten hazel eyes apply shades of gold and bone on the inner corner of your eyes and sweep a wash of light brown or forest green across your lids.
Related: How to Apply False Eyelashes | Makeup Inspiration
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Photo booths are our favorite way to encourage one-of-a-kind pics of your weddings guests. Be the star of their Instagram feed by setting up one of these cool backdrops—all of which you can pretty much pull off on your own!
1. Flower Wall
Photo by Ali Harper
Definitey one of the coolest ideas we've come across as of late. Cut individual blooms (or use fake flowers) and tape to a clean white wall in a haphazard fashion.
2. Hanging Fabric
Photo by Maria Mack Photography
This idea is super easy for an outdoor wedding. Hang a clothesline between two trees, then drape two similarly colored fabrics using clothespins. White or ivory lace tablecloths work well if you want guests' outfits to pop but don't want to sacrifice texture.
3. Arranged Antiques
Photo by Maxwell Monty Photography
This option takes a bit more styling, but we know you can do it! Gather an assortment of vintage furniture and other props, and make sure there are layers to your "set". This gives guests something to interact with, which will make their photos even more fun. Psst—love those oversized flowers? Get a similar style at BHLDN.
4. Streamer Ribbons
Photo by Matushek Photography
Maximum impact for minimal work—simply hang streamers in your wedding colors from the ceiling!
5. Light Pendants
Photo by The Nichols
A simply designed way to add some electricity to an evening reception.
6. A Pre-Built Wall
Photo by Rebecca Amber Photography
Wallpaper and painted frames offer a bunch of fun spaces for guests to pop their heads through. Set a chair or two in front of the wall to encourage guests to pose on both sides.
7. Vintage Furniture + String Lights
Photo by Jen Yuson Photography
Proof positive that photo booths don't need a completely covered back drop to be effective.
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Alcohol isn't the only party-starter, but it's certainly the most reliable. Cheers!
1. BEER DISPENSER
Photo by Sweet Little Photographs
The beer aficiandos will be pleasantly surprised by this cool addition to your reception. Guests can sample all the varities you have to offer and refill as often as they like!
2. DRINKABLE FAVORS
Photos by Andi Mans Photography and Carla Ten Eyck
Why not share your love of yummy drinks with your guests? Just add a tag to personalize the booze!
3. TROPICAL DRINKS
Photo by Joanna Tano Photography
Everyone loves a good island-inspired drink. Whether you're in a tropical location or not, you can't go wrong with a fruity beverage.
4. PERSONALIZED BEER
Photos by Kristine Marie Photography and Katie Slater Photography
Add a personal message to your favorite beer. Use the same fonts and graphics from your wedding invitations to tie it all together!
5. DRINKING ACCESSORIES
Photos by Jessican Lorren Organic Photography and Shelly Kroeger Photography
Add a pop of color or sparkle to your signature drinks with a fun straw or stirrer!
6. FESTIVE DISPLAY
Photos by Cuppa Photography
Display your drinks in a fun way that matches your reception style! This boat idea is perfect for nautical and beachside weddings.
7. MIXED DRINKS
Photos by Turnquist Photography
These mixed drinks are a great addition to an outdoor summer wedding. Save some cash by ditching the bartender putting it in a beverage dispenser.
8. BOOZY SIGNAGE
Photos by Taylor Lord Photography and Sweet Little Photographs
Use fun quotes on a whimsical sign to encourage guests to celebrate with a cocktail.
Photo by Our Labor of Love Photography
Another easy way to serve alcohol and avoid hiring bartenders.
10. IT'S 5 O'CLOCK SOMEWHERE
Photo by Shannon Cronin Photography
Calm your wedding jitters by having a champagne toast with your girls while you get ready!
11. HIS AND HERS COCKTAILS
Photo by William Innes Photography
Personalize your reception by serving your favorite drinks!
12. BE YOUR OWN BARTENDER
Photos by Marie Skerl Photography and Aaron Watson Photography
Probably better for smaller weddings, where you can trust guests to control their intake.
13. OPEN BAR
Photo by Flora and Fauna Photography
And of course the golden rule for any beer and cocktail-loving couple: open bar!
NEXT: How To Style a Beverage Station
Project and Photos By: Victoria HudginsIf embossing seems like a formality beyond your budget. Not to worry! It's a very easy craft to learn and will give your papers and packaging that polished look. This particular project shows embossed favors, but you can use the same tools to emboss your invitations, menus, programs, or save the dates! You will need... A craft heater, available at most craft stores. A jar of embossing powder, which will last you through hundreds of favors boxes and other projects, a stamp in the words of your choice and a white stamp pad. Step One: To emboss favor boxes, start by stamping the box with a very wet stamp. Take extra care to ensure the entire stamp has been covered before pressing down. You could use other colors but I love the look of embossing with white for a traditional wedding. Step Two: Once the favor box is stamped sprinkle a generous amount of embossing powder on top of it. Step Three: Use the heating tool to dry and heat the embossed word on your box top. It will bring pretty dimension to a simple statement. Step Four: Tap the extra powder onto a sheet of paper for re-use!
By: Mary SwensonThat of-the-moment (yet utterly classic) blue and white striped shirt seen just about everywhere these days inspired this fresh, stylish table setting. Here's how we did it! Linens Customizing individual linens for each place setting is made easy by using inexpensive white cotton napkins and multi-surface acrylic craft paint. Simply iron each napkin flat, and paint thin stripes along the bottom. Centerpiece Liven up your centerpiece container by adding a striped detail along the bottom. First, we spray-painted a clear glass vase with white spray paint and let it dry completely. Then, after marking off stripe-painting guides using low-tack adhesive tape, we painted stripes around the base of the container. Floral Simplicity A single, oversized red dahlia adds just the right amount of color and drama to this centerpiece while keeping it simple and unfussy. Menus Carry the stripey theme over to all aspects of your event! To create this menu card, we used blue cardstock, a white gel pen, and white paint. Contrast + Color The blue menu card is a striking contrast atop the sea of white. Place one card at each table setting, or put one or two at each table. Place Cards Make matching place cards by using white card stock and painting stripes along one edge with blue paint. Use a similarly-colored blue pen to print names on each card. Coordinated Paper Goods Coordinating menu and place cards are a lovely and sophisticated detail. Stripes, Stripes, Stripes! Using the same number of stripes and a common color scheme for each piece on your table creates a unified, crisp look that's perfect for a bridal shower or wedding day! (photos by Mary Swenson)
Photos By: Chelsea Fuss
This DIY packaging is a shabby chic and sweet way to present candy favors to guests.
For this sweet project, you will need:Colorful candy Newspaper (We like the French newspaper Le Monde Diplomatique which is usually available at newsstands. It has glossier paper and doesn't bleed ink) Embroidery floss or string Parchment paper Double stick tape Scissors Simple white tags Directions:
1. Cut a 1-inch wide, 5-inch long piece of newspaper and parchment paper.
2. Add a small pile of candy.3. Wrap the paper over and tape together. 4. Twist the ends and tie them with string. 5. Add name tags if needed. Watch your guests open up their sweet surprises! Photos By: Chelsea Fuss