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Project by Janie Medley Photos by Tori Watson Photography This lovely floral wall makes perfect décor for a wedding reception, bridal shower, dinner parties — you name it! Ingredients: 4 Bunches of Carnations (I used 4 different color palettes) Washi Tape Scissors Note: Carnations are “hardy” flowers. They do quite well out of water. If you are going to have your carnation wall outside (and if it is a warm day), I would fill a spray bottle with water and mist the carnations. How To: Step One: Purchase the carnations a couple of days before the event. Once you get them home, give the stems a trim with the floral scissors and place them in a bucket of cool water. On the day of the event, cut the stems of the carnations. (There are 25 carnations in a pack, so depending on how full or how large you want the flower wall to be, use your judgment on how many you need to use). Step Two: Cut a strip of the washi tape and secure the carnation to the wall. Place the carnations on the wall in whatever pattern you desire. Step Three: I used some of the leftover stems and placed them in bud vases and I cut the blooms off the stems to place around the vases!
Whether it's cut and served at the reception or boxed up and given out as favors, the groom's cake has always been known as a surprise gift from the bride. Show off his personality with these out-of-the-box ideas:
1. Career - Pay tribute to his profession. For example, if he's a photographer, then opt for a Canon digital camera.
Photo: Our Labor of Love
2. Alma Mater - So, you met and fell in love at college? Replicate an on-campus building. Below is the multi-tiered UCSD's Geisel Library.
Photo: onelove photography
3. Animals - It may be the state animal of Texas, but this nine-banded creature made it's official debut in the 1989 movie Steel Magnolias.
Photo: Brooke Images
4. Travel - Reveal all the places you've traveled together to with a vintage suitcase and stickers.
Photo: Glass Jar Photography
5. Food - His go-to meal from Chipotle complete with an unwrapped burrito, chips, guacamole, and pico de gallo.
Photo: Katelyn James
6. Hobbies - After you've spent countless weekends in the great outdoors, there's no better place like a tent, campfire, and some s'mores.
Photo: Abi Q Photography
7. Favorite TV Shows & Movies - Courtney and Cory's police public call box inspiration came from Doctor Who, a British science-fiction televsion series on BBC.
Photo: Catie Bartlett Photography
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You adhere to tradition, love a good set of pearls, and long for a gown with a gorgeous train. Sound like you? If so, you're in the right place. We've rounded up 8 perfect hairstyles that every classic bride is sure to love.
Photos by (from left to right): BRIDEface and Blooming Beauty by Cammy
Add something extra to your bridal look by donning a headband. From a classic rhinestone headpiece, to an all-white band, the options are endless.
2. Low Bun
Photos by (from left to right): Joanna Tano Photography and Emily Alt Photography
A tight low bun is a great option for a classic bridal look, especially in warmer months. Style it to the side so guests can see it when you're facing front. We recommend this 'do for summer nuptials.
3. Side-Swept Curls
Photos by (from left to right): Gerber + Scarpelli Photography and JC Page Photographers
Talk about a romantic look. Ask your hairstylist for waves or curls, and sweep them to the side. We think this style will compliment a lace dress perfectly.
4. Intricate Up-Do
Photos by (from left to right): Katherine O'Brien Photography and Page Bertelsen Photography
If there's ever a time to go all-out on your hair, it's your wedding day. Don't be afraid to ask your stylist for a super stylish up-do, Not only will it look stunning, but it's a foolproof way to keep strays out of your face.
5. Pretty Pony
Photos by (from left to right): Landon Jacob Photography and Aimme Lam Make-up & Hair Design
Whether it's curled or straight, you can never go wrong with a styled ponytail. Off to the side or low in the back, it's always a great go-to 'do.
6. Braided Beauty
Photos by (from left to right): Jordan Koepke Photography and Katelyn James Photography
This unique braid is an eye-catching detail for your bridal 'do. We love the idea of pairing this with a detailed back to really wow guests from behind.
7. Sock Bun
Photos by (from left to right): Landon Jacob Photography and Emily Steffen Photography
Just because you have classic taste doesn't mean you can't add a touch of glam. Add a crown headpiece and fulfill your childhood dream of becoming a princess.
8. Pulled-Back Waves
Photos by (from left to right): Rylee Hitchner Photography and Katelyn James Photography
Going for a more natural-looking hairstyle? Try delicate waves clipped back, it's a simple yet elegant way to leave a lasting impression.
NEXT: 8 Wedding Hairstyles For the Rustic Bride
Project and Photos by Brittni Mehlhoff of Paper & Stitch Add a custom touch to everything from centerpieces to guest favors with this DIY idea for mini monogrammed mirrored vases. Using inexpensive, but heavy-duty, glass votives, you can create small flower arrangements that will feel unique and special for your big day. And each one will only set you back $1.50. How's that for inexpensive? You can even create a special message for guests, spelled out with letter vases. Or incorporate shapes and patterns for an unexpected detail that guests will remember. Materials: Glass Votives Looking Glass Spray Paint Painter's Tape Scissors (optional) How-To: 1. Start by blocking out the basic shape of the letter or letters you want to monogram or message, with painter's tape. 2. Complete any inner details, using scissors (if necessary) to cut any shapes for the letters that can't be made by tearing the tape. Press the edges down firmly, to make sure the tape is secure. 3. Next, in a well ventilated area, spray paint the glass votives and allow the paint to dry fully before moving onto the next step. 4. Once the paint is completely dry, carefully remove the painter's tape. 5. Next, add water and flowers to complete each piece. Use the finished votive vases as tiny centerpieces running along a long table or as favors for guests to take home at the end of the evening.
Engagement rings come in many different styles. From traditional diamond engagement ringsto the vintage beauties you see on celebrities, there will certainly be a style for your significant other. If you are considering proposing, there are many things you should be aware of before entering a jewelry store. This is a very big decision you are about to make so you should definitely do a little homework to make sure you find the perfect ring at the perfect price.
The perfect ring for her will be one that she adores and one you can afford. Settling on a budget is probably the most important aspect of choosing a ring. Straining your finances for this purchase will only put you in a position you will not want to be in. You will soon be planning a wedding together which also costs money, so make sure you still have some money saved in order to give her the wedding of her dreams. There is no reason to spend all of your money on this one purchase. Also, years down the road when you have saved a little more money, you can always upgrade her diamond engagement ring to something a little more flashy, if that's what she desires.
Hair and make-up are two key elements for wedding primping - but don't forget about your nails! Neutral are good go-to shades if you've got pops of color elsewhere, or if you want to keep things simple. We've rounded up some must-have lacquers that are sure to be a perfect match for any bridal look.
1. Cream of the Crop
These creamy colors will compliment your wedding gown and won't pull attention away from you.
Our Picks (from left to right): Sand Tropez Spring Collection 2011 by Essie ($6) // Tulle Quintessential Collection by Jin Soon ($18)
For the engaged girls out there who want more of a noticeable hue, a sandy color is a perfect fit. We recommend this shade for beachy brides.
Our Picks (from left to right): Trade Winds Colorstay Nail Enamel by Revlon ($5) // Hint Sporty Nail Lacquer by Michael Kors ($18)
3. Barely There Pink
For the classically feminine bride who wants a hint of suddle color. This hue will lend an air of romance to your bridal beauty look.
Our Picks (from left to right): Bubble Bath by OPI ($7) // Sarah Smile by Deborah Lippman ($18)
4. Nearly Nude
Brides who want want to go neutral without going too tan should consider these nude polishes. We love this color choice for a classic wedding.
Our Picks: Thimbleweed by MAC Proenza Schouler ($17.50) // Yacht Transatlantique Nail Enamel by Dior Vernis ($30)
5. Blushing Bride
You can't go wrong with this creamy blush color. This light hue is made for girls who want something pink but not too punchy.
Our Picks (from left to right): Turn Back Time by Deborah Lippman ($20) // Sandy Beach by Essie ($8.50)
6. Light & Lovely
If you're searching for something light with a decent saturation point, we've got some shades for you. They allow you to Incorporate color into your look without going overboard.
Our Picks (from left to right): Organza by Rococo ($16.50) // Safari Beige by Dior Vernis ($24)
7. Serious Shades
Meet two shades with serious hue. These lacquers are bold, but not in your face. We'd pair these polishes with a modern city wedding.
Our Picks (from left to right): Burnished Nude Bronze Goddess Collection by Estee Lauder ($21) // Fashion by Deborah Lippman ($18)
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Your reception is the ultimate celebration when you and your new spouse dance, drink, and eat the night away. From amazing architecture, stunning scenery, and one-of-a-kind decor, your reception space should include a wow factor. We've found 10 jaw-dropping receptions to inspire you.
1. Outdoor Affair
Photo by KT Merry Photography
Talk about a gorgeous arrangement. Guests are seated around a reflecting pool on an outdoor terrace. The greenery and stunning views of the lake make this an ideal place to celebrate.
2. Elegant Barn
Photo by June Lion Photography
These gorgeous linens and floral centerpieces lend an elegant flair to an otherwise rustic venue. Dress up your barn with monogrammed letters and draping like the ones above.
3. Vineyard View
Photo by Shelly Kroeger Photography
With a view like this what's not to celebrate? The round tables arranged on the patio offer guests a wonderful view of the vineyard, which is gorgeous all lit up.
4. Glass Ceiling
Photo by Jonathan Young Weddings
What a beautiful way to let natural beauty into a reception space. We're loving the crystal clear view of the lush greenery outside and the blossoming centerpieces.
5. Indoor Intimacy
Photos by Stephanie Cristalli Photography
Between the slate stone floors, ceiling twig decor, and long wooden tables, there are so many details to love. We can't get enough of what this couple did with such an intimate space.
6, White Wedding
Photo by Samuel Lippke Studios
The elegant white draping and hanging star decor create a dreamlike setting for this wedding reception. We're in heaven with this all-white look.
7. Cozy Seaside Dinner
Photo by Twah Dougherty
We're loving how private, yet stunning this reception space is. Just a long table, a chandelier, and a beautiful view is all you need to celebrate a lifelong commitment.
8. Romantically Rustic
Photo by Onelove Photography
This pale pink draping and hanging chandelier adds an element of romantic elegance to the rustic chairs and string lights.
9. Pink Party Tent
Photos by Rachel Robertson Photography
Between the bright pink table linens and the clear tent, this reception space is the epitome of a fun summer wedding. A clear tent will make your guests feel less enclosed, and it's perfect for any unexpected weather.
10. Backyard Gathering
Photo by Deidre Lynn Photography
We're loving the communal feel of this backyard reception. The long banquet tables and hanging tree lights definitely lend a cozy and intimate vibe.
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Invitations are an important part of your wedding, and not just because they give guests crucial information. Whether you opt for punchy colors, personal touches or romantic details, this is your chance to set the tone for your upcoming nuptials. Below are 10 unique designs that caught our attention.
Photo by Nbarrett Photography
This gradual change from light to dark pink is soft, romantic, and sure to capture the recipient's attention.
2. Rustic Romance
Photos by (from left to right): Jessica Lorren Organic Photography and Tikko Weddings
If you're set on rustic for your wedding style, why not match your invitations accordingly? A tan or brown background with white calligraphy sets the tone perfectly.
3. Letterpressed Modern Graphics
Photo by Presshaus LA
Put a modern twist on your invitations with letterpressed graphics. From state outlines to arrows and calenders, your invitation can be a bit more interactive and unique with these additions.
4. Bold and Bright
Photo by A Girl and A Camera Photography
Neon colors aren't just for raves, use them on your wedding stationery! With these whimsical fonts and bright colors, nobody can turn down an invite.
5. Shape Up
Photo by Onelove Photography
Nobody said you had to stick with a squares or rectangles. This couple opted for invites in the shape of a record player, a theme that was present throughout their reception.
Photos by (from left to right): Katelyn James Photography and The Nichols
Paper invitations are great, but why not step out of the box and hop on board with the new handkerchief trend? They'll last longer and definitely put a unique twist on the traditional wedding stationery.
Photos by (from left to right): Taylor Lord Photography and Wedding Paper Divas
The perfect combination of artisitic and romantic, watercolors can take your invitations to the next level. Whether you have them custom-made or use a pre-existing design, they certaintly add a creative element.
8. Personal Touches
Photo by Amelia Lyon Photography
Make the invitations uniquely yours by adding images that represent your relationship. From favorite restaurants to places you've travelled, make your relationship look just as good on paper.
9. Nothing But Nautical
Photos by (from left to right): Jeremiah and Rachel Photography and Harwell Photography
If you're tying the knot seaside, get your guests in the mood with a fun nautical design. A compass, an anchor, or even an octopus are appropriate touches for nautical nuptials.
10. Fruity and Feminine
Photo by Ryan Ray Photography
Incorporate the fruity flavors of summer's classic drink for a fun and catchy invitation that's sure to persuade guests to attend your wedding.
NEXT: 8 Must-Haves For Your Hot Weather Wedding
Project and Photos by Brittni Mehlhoff
Greet your guests with something they'll always remember with these DIY ombre seashell escort cards. They are the perfect touch for a beach wedding or a subtle nod to the sea for any bride dreaming of a coastal reception.The finished escort cards look beautiful and unique, but they're also very quick and easy to make. Materials: Seashells (which can be found at a local craft store) Acrylic Paint Paint Brush Paper Towel or Rag Metallic Sharpie Scissors Cotton Piping Filler Cord Craft Glue How To: 1. Start by painting the bottom or top half of a seashell and let the paint sit for 15-30 seconds. 2. Next, gently wipe away the majority of the paint. This will leave you with an ombre painted look. 3. Once the paint is dry to the touch, which shouldn't be long since most of the paint was wiped away in step 2, write guests names and table numbers on each shell, with a metallic marker. 4. Then cut a piece of filler cord, roughly 5 inches long, and tie it in a knot in the center of the cord. 5. Attach these knotted cords to the seashells with glue for a nautical look. Enjoy your beautiful escort cards!
When it comes to choosing your bridal hairstyle, it's important to remember your wedding style. We've rounded up 8 options for those rustic brides out there.
1. Intricate Lo-Do
Photo by W & E Photographie
If there's ever a time to go all out, it's your wedding day. Take after this bride and ask your hairstylist for a more intricate hairdo.
2. Headband Braid
Photos by Jodi Miller Photography and Onelove Photography
Opt for this style of braid if you're going for a more unique look. The braid can stand on its own or make it part of your up-do.
3. Tousled Low Bun
Photos by Kate Osborne Photography and Nordstrom Wedding Suite
This textured 'do is chic yet sophisticated. Have your hairstylist curl or tease your hair first and then gently pull it to the side for a more casual look.
4. Half-Up, Half-Down
Photos by Katelyn James Photography
Go ultra-curly for a fun and feminine bridal look. Pull your hair back to keep the strays away and your make-up from smudging. Don't forget to use a fun hair accessory to add personality.
5. Fishtail Braid
Photos by Brandon Chesbro Photography and Coco Tran Photography
This unique braid is both stunning and practical. You'll wow guests with this simple look and keep hair out of your face all night. It's a win-win.
6. Laid-Back Waves
Photos by (from left to right) Michael Radford Photography and Jemma Keech Photography
No need to overthink your hairstyle. Relaxed waves look beautiful and effortless. And you won't have to worry about touch-ups!
7. Curly Side Pony
Photos by Katelyn James Photography and Natalie Franke Photography
A twist on the classic ponytail, this one is curled and off to the side. It's a great way to show off your locks and keep them in check.
8. Natural Texture
Photos by (from left to right): Kate Osborne Photography and Coco Tran Photography
An ideal hairstyle for the no-fuss bride. With product and minimal styling, a little texture goes a long way.
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