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  • As your wedding day approaches, there are a few things you should do to ensure that your appearance will be flawless on the big day. (expert advice)

    Photo By: Pen Carlson Photography

    In order to make sure that you look your absolute best on your wedding day, you have probably booked appointments with your hair stylist, manicurist and pedicurist, make-up artist and even a tanning specialist.  As your wedding day approaches, there are a few things you should do to ensure that your appearance will be flawless on the big day.  Below, you will find some beauty check in tips to guide you toward the perfect wedding day appearance.

    Beauty Check In: Hair and Make-Up

    The last thing you want for your wedding is a bad hair day and make-up which makes you look like a clown.  If you haven't scheduled a ‘practice run,' it's important to do this at least a few weeks before the big day.  Check your hair by moving around and shaking your head to ensure that it will stay in place.  Your make-up should look natural and enhance the beauty you already possess; not like you're being painted up for some kind of strange ritual!  Make sure you feel comfortable with your selections and that the hair looks great with the dress.  This beauty check in will make you feel more confident and excited about the big day.

    Beauty Check In: Manicure and Pedicure

    If you've never received a manicure or pedicure before, you may want to have it done a few weeks before the wedding.  It's essential to be sure that you're happy with the look and that you're comfortable with the results.  If you will be wearing tips or other types of fake nails, make sure they're at a length you feel comfortable with.  If you have it done a few weeks ahead of time, you will only need to schedule a ‘filler' appointment to make sure everything is in place.  You will also have the chance to get accustomed to fake nails if you've never had them before.

    Beauty Check In: Spray Tan

    If you will be receiving a spray tan for your wedding, it's imperative that you make sure the specialist is using the right color.  Have a practice run about a month before the wedding and if you're happy with the results, have your specialist take notes of color combinations and any other important points.  You will definitely want to be checked for a sensitivity or allergy - imagine walking down the aisle with hives! 

    By doing a beauty check in at least a few weeks before the wedding, you can tie up loose ends and ensure that everything is set for your ceremony.

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  • Planning healthy snacks for your big day is just as important as your wedding cake, so don't overlook it! (expert advice)     From the time you wake up until you finally settle into your honeymoon suite, your wedding day is going to be full of nonstop action. Where will you find the energy to play the role of the beautiful bride without any time to eat?   Planning healthy snacks for your big day is just as important as your wedding cake – especially since that bite of cake may be the only thing you put in your stomach!  Start out your day with a light, but filling breakfast and ask your maid of honor to help you prepare a snack bag to bring along to the wedding.   Snacks to Avoid   You don’t want to stain your dress or destroy your makeup and you definitely don’t want an upset stomach to ruin your special day – those nervous butterflies are bad enough. Stay away from carbonated drinks, heavy or greasy foods, and anything that may drip, drop, or ooze into a potential wedding disaster. You’ll also want to avoid lots of sugars and carbohydrates or you may experience a crash rather than an energy boost.   Snacks to Pack   Choose healthy wedding day snacks that are easy to eat on the go. High protein foods will provide you with the energy you need to make it through the big day. I would suggest carrying along an insulated lunch bag to keep things fresh and remember to pack a few extra snacks to share with your groom – his day will be nearly as hectic as yours!   Peanut butter crackers Beef jerky Trail mix Yogurt String cheese Peanuts Dried fruit   Bring along a few plain saltine crackers to nibble on too, just in case you experience any last minute waves of nausea.   Wedding Day Snack Station   Instead of carrying around snacks for yourself, you may want to organize a snack station for the entire wedding party to enjoy. It will be a busy day for everyone and nothing could be worse than a hungry, inattentive flower girl or the sounds of a groomsman’s growling stomach! Set up a table with vegetables and dip, turkey wraps, or crackers and cheese to keep those hunger issues at bay.   High protein, healthy snacks are a must for your big day. Whether you arrange a platter for the entire wedding party or just toss a few things into your tote bag, be sure you take a few minutes to munch throughout the day. Healthy snacks will give you the energy you need to create a picture perfect wedding.  
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  • Who says the bride's the only one who can wear white?

    1. They look awesome paired with baby's breath bouquets. 

    Photo by Jemma Keech

    And accented with ostrich feather skirts. 

    2. They look lovely at a formal wedding.

    Photo by Caroline Tran

    Especially a winter formal wedding. 

    3. And they work just as well for a rustic summer wedding. 

    Photo by Heather Kincaid 

    That lace overlay! So cool! 

    4. They look cute with all necklines. 

    Photo by Heather Kincaid

    See what I mean? 

    5. And with a belt. 

    Photo by Heather Kincaid

    6. They'll look downright regal hanging next to a wedding dress. 

    Photo by Ngg Studios

    That's 5 dresses fit for a princess right there. 

    7. Different textures look super cool on white fabric. 

    Photo by John Schnack Photography

    8. They makes the bridal party appear more unified. 

    Photo by Emily Blake

    9. They look sweet with white shoes. 

    Photo by Heather Kincaid

    10. They pair nicely with colored bridesmaid dresses. 

    Photo by Diana Marie 

    11. They're the perfect choice for a garden wedding.

    Photo by Cyn Cain

    12. And finally . . . they're the ultimate go-to when the bride doesn't wear white! 

    Photo by Laurelyn Savannah Photography

    BROWSE MORE BRIDESMAID DRESS IDEAS >>

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  • There's something so romantic about a garden wedding, don't you think? If you're thinking about exchaning vows while surrounded by blooms, try including a few of these pretty details! PS - want more inspiration? Check out our garden real weddings boards! 

    1. PARASOLS

    Photo by Wittaker Portraits 

    Since your walk down the aisle is going to be outside, give guests a parasol so they can keep cool in the shade while looking chic!

    2. FLORAL ARCHES

    Photo by Paige Winn Photography and Onelove Photography

    We think a floral arch is the perfect decor element for a garden ceremony! 

    3. PLANTABLE FAVORS

    Photo by Danyelle Matthews 

    Show off your love for the outdoors by giving each guest their own gardening project! 

    4. IRON WROUGHT CHAIRS

    Photos by Meg Perotti Photography and Simply Bloom Photography

    Seat your guests at tables with these Secret Garden-inspired chairs.

    5. DECORATIVE WREATHS

    Photos by Kate Osborne Photography and Vitalic Photo

    Adorn your reception with gorgeous floral wreaths for a pop of color or a nature-inspired look. 

    6. REFRESHING DRINKS

    Photos by Julie Napear Photography and J & E Fusion Photography

    There's no doubt your guests will be parched after a few hours in the sun. Infuse water or lemonade with lavender or other herbs for a sweet way to quench their thirst. 

    7. WATERCOLOR INVITATIONS

    Photo by Julie Song Ink 

    Set the mood for your romantic garden nuptials by sending out invites with lots of soft and feminine colors. 

    8. VINTAGE TEACUPS

    Photo by PW Photography

    Consider serving post-dinner coffee or tea in vintage china. 

    9. FLORAL-ADORNED CAKE

    Photos by The Nichols Photography and Paige Winn Photo

    Whether they're real or made of fondant, floral adornments are the perfect extra for the top of your cake. 

    10. PASTEL PALETTE

    Photo by Katelyn James Photography

    Show off your gorgeous girls by dressing them in romantic pastels like a soft pink or light green. 

    11. FLORAL CROWNS

    Photos by Feather and Twine Photography and Fiore Beauty 

    Channel your inner garden princess with a a sweet, simply colored floral crown. 

    12. LACE DETAILS

    Photos by This Modern Romance and Clary Pfeiffer Photography

    Vintage lace is the perfect look for a lush garden wedding. 

    NEXT: 12 Reasons Why White Bridesmaid Dresses Are An Awesome Idea

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    By: Chelsea Fuss     You will need: White paper bags Acrylic paint Paintbrush Number stencils (for table numbers) Painter's tape LED votive lights For the striped bags: Place strips of painters tape horizontally or vertically on flat bags, Measure to space them about an 1.5" a part. Paint in between the tape and then let it dry. Take the tape off when dry. Open bag and place LED lights inside.       For Numbered bags: Place stencil on flat bag and paint. Once dry, open bag and place light inside!     Line a stairway with the luminaries, mix and match them for a centerpiece or line your wedding aisle with them!     The hand-painted stripes look gorgeous when illuminated.     Total cost is $1.50 a piece including lights!     These hand-painted luminaries make a charming wedding decoration and a cheaper alternative to lanterns. Enjoy!   (photos by Chelsea Fuss)
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  • By: Victoria Hudgins 

    These trendy, crafted flowers will look amazing in bouquets or décor!     I was inspired by a pre-made version and quickly realized how easy the flowers are to whip up! Consider making a bouquet for everyone in your wedding party or a few dozen to construct a ceremony backdrop.   Materials: Extra long crepe paper in the colors of your choice Floral wire Scissors Green floral tape     Step One: Working horizontally, begin by folding your crepe paper in a small accordion fold. Use your finger to gently roll over the top 1/4 inch of the paper giving it a pretty curled edge.     Step Two: Place a floral wire half way up the paper at one end and begin rolling the paper up TIGHTLY. To get the exaggerated effect, focus on tightly gathering the bottom 1/4" of the paper, letting the top open wide. Tie off the flower at the base of the 'stem' with a simple thread and knot. It helps to have a second pair of hands for this part!         Step Three: Wrap the entire stem with green floral tape.         {Photos by Victoria Hudgins}
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  • Photos By: Mary Swenson

    Candles are that one favor you know your guests will use, and they're easier to make than you may think! Forget special candle-making equipment -- microwaveable soy wax is easy to use, and add a package of candle wicking (both available at craft stores) and you're ready to get started!     Begin by choosing an interesting container for your candle: vintage tins, miniature clay pots, and teacups all make lovely and unique statements, and are easy to coordinate with your event. For our project, we used inexpensive cobalt blue jars found on eBay.     First, we cut the wicking to fit the depth of our container. To keep the wick straight, we tied the top loosely around a wooden stick long enough so that it was able to rest on top of the jar, and then centered the wick over the jar.     We put the soy wax flakes in a microwave-safe container with a spout (which makes it easier to control the wax when we're ready to pour it into our jars) and melted the wax according to the package instructions.     You can personalize your candle's fragrance with a huge variety of fragrance oils, or leave them unscented. We added a few drops of lavender oil to our hot, melted wax, carefully poured it into the jars, and let them sit undisturbed until completely cooled and solid.     While the candles cooled, we prepped the packaging for our candles. We made simple gift tags and cut sprigs of dried lavender to tie around each jar.     The finished product: fragrant soy candles, personalized for each guest!     Use each candle as a place setting, or display them all together on a favor table. Your guests will love them!   Photos By: Mary Swenson
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  • Photos By Carly Taylor

    There is no better way to ensure your guests remember the special day you are planning then to post the date on their fridge!   In lieu of giving them a face photo to stare at for the coming 4-9 months, why not hand off a pretty felt magnet that can grace their kitchen with your love even after you're married!     Materials: Felt Scissors Ribbon A custom stamp Small adhesive magnets Embroidery thread A needle   To Make:   Cut felt (2 layers at a time) in the shape of a heart.     Your hearts don't have to be perfect - the more unique and homemade the better!     Cut a coordinating ribbon and stamp in your wedding date.     Place the dated ribbon coming out from one side of the heart.     Place the top layer over the bottom and begin hand stitching the heart together using embroidery thread. Be sure to stitch through the ribbon to hold it into place.       Almost there ...     Send off with a sweet announcement to your guests.     Photos By Carly Taylor
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  • Photos By: Mary Swenson

    Chalkboards are all the rage in the design world lately, and they're also an easy way to add a bit of unexpected character to your wedding day! Whether you're going for a casual, country, or even chic look, check out our ideas on how you can incorporate this fun element into your event.   When we stumbled upon this amazing blackboard oilcloth, we knew we had to somehow use it in one of our do-it-yourself projects. It's a dream to write on, and the chalk easily washes off with a damp cloth, so the oilcloth can be used over and over again. We cut ours to fit a large white frame and wrote guests' seat assignments on it to create a modern-looking seating chart.   Sources: Oilcloth from Bell'Occhio; Ribba frame from Ikea     Cut the oilcloth to make a dramatic place mat for each table setting; write the guest's name across the top in lieu of a place card.   Sources: Oilcloth from Bell'Occhio     We cut tags from cardstock and sprayed them with chalkboard spray paint to create super-easy place cards.   Source: Chalkboard spray paint by Krylon     These adorable mini-chalkboards are a perfect size for place cards; wind them around napkins or favors for a charming look.   Source: Mini-chalkboards by Darice from Joann Fabrics     Votive holders or small cups can also get the spray-paint treatment; fill them with bright flowers for a glamorous favor, and write guests' names on the front for added personalization.    Source: Chalkboard spray paint by Krylon     When black is matte, it looks sophisticated and soft -- and is a fabulous compliment to a floral arrangement. We spray painted a vase with chalkboard paint, wrote the table number on the front, and filled with pretty pale tulips. Volia! An inexpensive centerpiece that still looks dramatic.   Source: Chalkboard spray paint by Krylon     We hung a page from this blackboard album around an old wooden box, wrote the table number on the front, and then filled it with floppy flowers. The result? A casual, rustic centerpiece that's truly unique.   Source: Blackboard chipboard album by Cosmo Cricket    

     

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  • Photos By: Chelsea Fuss

    Inspired by the sweet strawberry cakes that Swedes make during their Midsummer holiday each year, we came up with this festive wedding cake! It's perfect for an outdoor, rustic wedding. You can make the cake yourself, or simply embellish a store bought cake using our styling inspiration. It's easy and such a unique idea!

    First you'll need a white dome cake. We used a citrus flavor dome cake filled with whip cream, from a small family bakery, and it was delicious. We just took off the doily and cardboard it came on and slid it onto a rustic wooden board. You could also make your own. Here are instructions on how to make a dome cake.

    You will need around two pints of strawberries per cake.

    Cut the stems off and slice the strawberries in half.

    Lay the strawberries flat side down, all over the cake.

    Keep the cake in the fridge until just before the reception.

    Add edible wildflowers a few hours before your event. We used buckwheat, meadowsweet, and winter savory. The flavor of these flowers worked wonderfully with the citrus flavor of the cake!     We laid them all around the cake and sprinkled the petals and leaves on top of it. The more you add, the better it looks. Make sure the flowers you use are edible and have not been sprayed with pesticides!     More ideas for edible flowers: pansies violets nasturtium roses calendula     Display your cake on a rustic farm table and decorate with flowers around the bottom of the cake like in slide one. Your guests will love digging into this summery treat!    
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  • As your wedding day approaches, there are a few things you should do to ensure that your appearance will be flawless on the big day. (expert advice)

    Photo By: Pen Carlson Photography

    In order to make sure that you look your absolute best on your wedding day, you have probably booked appointments with your hair stylist, manicurist and pedicurist, make-up artist and even a tanning specialist.  As your wedding day approaches, there are a few things you should do to ensure that your appearance will be flawless on the big day.  Below, you will find some beauty check in tips to guide you toward the perfect wedding day appearance.

    Beauty Check In: Hair and Make-Up

    The last thing you want for your wedding is a bad hair day and make-up which makes you look like a clown.  If you haven't scheduled a ‘practice run,' it's important to do this at least a few weeks before the big day.  Check your hair by moving around and shaking your head to ensure that it will stay in place.  Your make-up should look natural and enhance the beauty you already possess; not like you're being painted up for some kind of strange ritual!  Make sure you feel comfortable with your selections and that the hair looks great with the dress.  This beauty check in will make you feel more confident and excited about the big day.

    Beauty Check In: Manicure and Pedicure

    If you've never received a manicure or pedicure before, you may want to have it done a few weeks before the wedding.  It's essential to be sure that you're happy with the look and that you're comfortable with the results.  If you will be wearing tips or other types of fake nails, make sure they're at a length you feel comfortable with.  If you have it done a few weeks ahead of time, you will only need to schedule a ‘filler' appointment to make sure everything is in place.  You will also have the chance to get accustomed to fake nails if you've never had them before.

    Beauty Check In: Spray Tan

    If you will be receiving a spray tan for your wedding, it's imperative that you make sure the specialist is using the right color.  Have a practice run about a month before the wedding and if you're happy with the results, have your specialist take notes of color combinations and any other important points.  You will definitely want to be checked for a sensitivity or allergy - imagine walking down the aisle with hives! 

    By doing a beauty check in at least a few weeks before the wedding, you can tie up loose ends and ensure that everything is set for your ceremony.

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  • Planning healthy snacks for your big day is just as important as your wedding cake, so don't overlook it! (expert advice)     From the time you wake up until you finally settle into your honeymoon suite, your wedding day is going to be full of nonstop action. Where will you find the energy to play the role of the beautiful bride without any time to eat?   Planning healthy snacks for your big day is just as important as your wedding cake – especially since that bite of cake may be the only thing you put in your stomach!  Start out your day with a light, but filling breakfast and ask your maid of honor to help you prepare a snack bag to bring along to the wedding.   Snacks to Avoid   You don’t want to stain your dress or destroy your makeup and you definitely don’t want an upset stomach to ruin your special day – those nervous butterflies are bad enough. Stay away from carbonated drinks, heavy or greasy foods, and anything that may drip, drop, or ooze into a potential wedding disaster. You’ll also want to avoid lots of sugars and carbohydrates or you may experience a crash rather than an energy boost.   Snacks to Pack   Choose healthy wedding day snacks that are easy to eat on the go. High protein foods will provide you with the energy you need to make it through the big day. I would suggest carrying along an insulated lunch bag to keep things fresh and remember to pack a few extra snacks to share with your groom – his day will be nearly as hectic as yours!   Peanut butter crackers Beef jerky Trail mix Yogurt String cheese Peanuts Dried fruit   Bring along a few plain saltine crackers to nibble on too, just in case you experience any last minute waves of nausea.   Wedding Day Snack Station   Instead of carrying around snacks for yourself, you may want to organize a snack station for the entire wedding party to enjoy. It will be a busy day for everyone and nothing could be worse than a hungry, inattentive flower girl or the sounds of a groomsman’s growling stomach! Set up a table with vegetables and dip, turkey wraps, or crackers and cheese to keep those hunger issues at bay.   High protein, healthy snacks are a must for your big day. Whether you arrange a platter for the entire wedding party or just toss a few things into your tote bag, be sure you take a few minutes to munch throughout the day. Healthy snacks will give you the energy you need to create a picture perfect wedding.  
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  • Who says the bride's the only one who can wear white?

    1. They look awesome paired with baby's breath bouquets. 

    Photo by Jemma Keech

    And accented with ostrich feather skirts. 

    2. They look lovely at a formal wedding.

    Photo by Caroline Tran

    Especially a winter formal wedding. 

    3. And they work just as well for a rustic summer wedding. 

    Photo by Heather Kincaid 

    That lace overlay! So cool! 

    4. They look cute with all necklines. 

    Photo by Heather Kincaid

    See what I mean? 

    5. And with a belt. 

    Photo by Heather Kincaid

    6. They'll look downright regal hanging next to a wedding dress. 

    Photo by Ngg Studios

    That's 5 dresses fit for a princess right there. 

    7. Different textures look super cool on white fabric. 

    Photo by John Schnack Photography

    8. They makes the bridal party appear more unified. 

    Photo by Emily Blake

    9. They look sweet with white shoes. 

    Photo by Heather Kincaid

    10. They pair nicely with colored bridesmaid dresses. 

    Photo by Diana Marie 

    11. They're the perfect choice for a garden wedding.

    Photo by Cyn Cain

    12. And finally . . . they're the ultimate go-to when the bride doesn't wear white! 

    Photo by Laurelyn Savannah Photography

    BROWSE MORE BRIDESMAID DRESS IDEAS >>

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  • There's something so romantic about a garden wedding, don't you think? If you're thinking about exchaning vows while surrounded by blooms, try including a few of these pretty details! PS - want more inspiration? Check out our garden real weddings boards! 

    1. PARASOLS

    Photo by Wittaker Portraits 

    Since your walk down the aisle is going to be outside, give guests a parasol so they can keep cool in the shade while looking chic!

    2. FLORAL ARCHES

    Photo by Paige Winn Photography and Onelove Photography

    We think a floral arch is the perfect decor element for a garden ceremony! 

    3. PLANTABLE FAVORS

    Photo by Danyelle Matthews 

    Show off your love for the outdoors by giving each guest their own gardening project! 

    4. IRON WROUGHT CHAIRS

    Photos by Meg Perotti Photography and Simply Bloom Photography

    Seat your guests at tables with these Secret Garden-inspired chairs.

    5. DECORATIVE WREATHS

    Photos by Kate Osborne Photography and Vitalic Photo

    Adorn your reception with gorgeous floral wreaths for a pop of color or a nature-inspired look. 

    6. REFRESHING DRINKS

    Photos by Julie Napear Photography and J & E Fusion Photography

    There's no doubt your guests will be parched after a few hours in the sun. Infuse water or lemonade with lavender or other herbs for a sweet way to quench their thirst. 

    7. WATERCOLOR INVITATIONS

    Photo by Julie Song Ink 

    Set the mood for your romantic garden nuptials by sending out invites with lots of soft and feminine colors. 

    8. VINTAGE TEACUPS

    Photo by PW Photography

    Consider serving post-dinner coffee or tea in vintage china. 

    9. FLORAL-ADORNED CAKE

    Photos by The Nichols Photography and Paige Winn Photo

    Whether they're real or made of fondant, floral adornments are the perfect extra for the top of your cake. 

    10. PASTEL PALETTE

    Photo by Katelyn James Photography

    Show off your gorgeous girls by dressing them in romantic pastels like a soft pink or light green. 

    11. FLORAL CROWNS

    Photos by Feather and Twine Photography and Fiore Beauty 

    Channel your inner garden princess with a a sweet, simply colored floral crown. 

    12. LACE DETAILS

    Photos by This Modern Romance and Clary Pfeiffer Photography

    Vintage lace is the perfect look for a lush garden wedding. 

    NEXT: 12 Reasons Why White Bridesmaid Dresses Are An Awesome Idea

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    By: Chelsea Fuss     You will need: White paper bags Acrylic paint Paintbrush Number stencils (for table numbers) Painter's tape LED votive lights For the striped bags: Place strips of painters tape horizontally or vertically on flat bags, Measure to space them about an 1.5" a part. Paint in between the tape and then let it dry. Take the tape off when dry. Open bag and place LED lights inside.       For Numbered bags: Place stencil on flat bag and paint. Once dry, open bag and place light inside!     Line a stairway with the luminaries, mix and match them for a centerpiece or line your wedding aisle with them!     The hand-painted stripes look gorgeous when illuminated.     Total cost is $1.50 a piece including lights!     These hand-painted luminaries make a charming wedding decoration and a cheaper alternative to lanterns. Enjoy!   (photos by Chelsea Fuss)
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  • By: Victoria Hudgins 

    These trendy, crafted flowers will look amazing in bouquets or décor!     I was inspired by a pre-made version and quickly realized how easy the flowers are to whip up! Consider making a bouquet for everyone in your wedding party or a few dozen to construct a ceremony backdrop.   Materials: Extra long crepe paper in the colors of your choice Floral wire Scissors Green floral tape     Step One: Working horizontally, begin by folding your crepe paper in a small accordion fold. Use your finger to gently roll over the top 1/4 inch of the paper giving it a pretty curled edge.     Step Two: Place a floral wire half way up the paper at one end and begin rolling the paper up TIGHTLY. To get the exaggerated effect, focus on tightly gathering the bottom 1/4" of the paper, letting the top open wide. Tie off the flower at the base of the 'stem' with a simple thread and knot. It helps to have a second pair of hands for this part!         Step Three: Wrap the entire stem with green floral tape.         {Photos by Victoria Hudgins}
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  • Photos By: Mary Swenson

    Candles are that one favor you know your guests will use, and they're easier to make than you may think! Forget special candle-making equipment -- microwaveable soy wax is easy to use, and add a package of candle wicking (both available at craft stores) and you're ready to get started!     Begin by choosing an interesting container for your candle: vintage tins, miniature clay pots, and teacups all make lovely and unique statements, and are easy to coordinate with your event. For our project, we used inexpensive cobalt blue jars found on eBay.     First, we cut the wicking to fit the depth of our container. To keep the wick straight, we tied the top loosely around a wooden stick long enough so that it was able to rest on top of the jar, and then centered the wick over the jar.     We put the soy wax flakes in a microwave-safe container with a spout (which makes it easier to control the wax when we're ready to pour it into our jars) and melted the wax according to the package instructions.     You can personalize your candle's fragrance with a huge variety of fragrance oils, or leave them unscented. We added a few drops of lavender oil to our hot, melted wax, carefully poured it into the jars, and let them sit undisturbed until completely cooled and solid.     While the candles cooled, we prepped the packaging for our candles. We made simple gift tags and cut sprigs of dried lavender to tie around each jar.     The finished product: fragrant soy candles, personalized for each guest!     Use each candle as a place setting, or display them all together on a favor table. Your guests will love them!   Photos By: Mary Swenson
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  • Photos By Carly Taylor

    There is no better way to ensure your guests remember the special day you are planning then to post the date on their fridge!   In lieu of giving them a face photo to stare at for the coming 4-9 months, why not hand off a pretty felt magnet that can grace their kitchen with your love even after you're married!     Materials: Felt Scissors Ribbon A custom stamp Small adhesive magnets Embroidery thread A needle   To Make:   Cut felt (2 layers at a time) in the shape of a heart.     Your hearts don't have to be perfect - the more unique and homemade the better!     Cut a coordinating ribbon and stamp in your wedding date.     Place the dated ribbon coming out from one side of the heart.     Place the top layer over the bottom and begin hand stitching the heart together using embroidery thread. Be sure to stitch through the ribbon to hold it into place.       Almost there ...     Send off with a sweet announcement to your guests.     Photos By Carly Taylor
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  • Photos By: Mary Swenson

    Chalkboards are all the rage in the design world lately, and they're also an easy way to add a bit of unexpected character to your wedding day! Whether you're going for a casual, country, or even chic look, check out our ideas on how you can incorporate this fun element into your event.   When we stumbled upon this amazing blackboard oilcloth, we knew we had to somehow use it in one of our do-it-yourself projects. It's a dream to write on, and the chalk easily washes off with a damp cloth, so the oilcloth can be used over and over again. We cut ours to fit a large white frame and wrote guests' seat assignments on it to create a modern-looking seating chart.   Sources: Oilcloth from Bell'Occhio; Ribba frame from Ikea     Cut the oilcloth to make a dramatic place mat for each table setting; write the guest's name across the top in lieu of a place card.   Sources: Oilcloth from Bell'Occhio     We cut tags from cardstock and sprayed them with chalkboard spray paint to create super-easy place cards.   Source: Chalkboard spray paint by Krylon     These adorable mini-chalkboards are a perfect size for place cards; wind them around napkins or favors for a charming look.   Source: Mini-chalkboards by Darice from Joann Fabrics     Votive holders or small cups can also get the spray-paint treatment; fill them with bright flowers for a glamorous favor, and write guests' names on the front for added personalization.    Source: Chalkboard spray paint by Krylon     When black is matte, it looks sophisticated and soft -- and is a fabulous compliment to a floral arrangement. We spray painted a vase with chalkboard paint, wrote the table number on the front, and filled with pretty pale tulips. Volia! An inexpensive centerpiece that still looks dramatic.   Source: Chalkboard spray paint by Krylon     We hung a page from this blackboard album around an old wooden box, wrote the table number on the front, and then filled it with floppy flowers. The result? A casual, rustic centerpiece that's truly unique.   Source: Blackboard chipboard album by Cosmo Cricket    

     

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  • Photos By: Chelsea Fuss

    Inspired by the sweet strawberry cakes that Swedes make during their Midsummer holiday each year, we came up with this festive wedding cake! It's perfect for an outdoor, rustic wedding. You can make the cake yourself, or simply embellish a store bought cake using our styling inspiration. It's easy and such a unique idea!

    First you'll need a white dome cake. We used a citrus flavor dome cake filled with whip cream, from a small family bakery, and it was delicious. We just took off the doily and cardboard it came on and slid it onto a rustic wooden board. You could also make your own. Here are instructions on how to make a dome cake.

    You will need around two pints of strawberries per cake.

    Cut the stems off and slice the strawberries in half.

    Lay the strawberries flat side down, all over the cake.

    Keep the cake in the fridge until just before the reception.

    Add edible wildflowers a few hours before your event. We used buckwheat, meadowsweet, and winter savory. The flavor of these flowers worked wonderfully with the citrus flavor of the cake!     We laid them all around the cake and sprinkled the petals and leaves on top of it. The more you add, the better it looks. Make sure the flowers you use are edible and have not been sprayed with pesticides!     More ideas for edible flowers: pansies violets nasturtium roses calendula     Display your cake on a rustic farm table and decorate with flowers around the bottom of the cake like in slide one. Your guests will love digging into this summery treat!    
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