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  • By Project Wedding staff for our sponsor, Blue Nile 
    One of the wonderful things about choosing your wedding bands: there are no set rules! (expert advice)

    One of the wonderful things about choosing your wedding bands: there are no set rules! You can be as creative as you like and it's all about what speaks (or shines) to you!

    Remember that this ring is forever -- so choose a style that you could envision wearing 20 years from now. That said, here are some stylish and popular options of bands that will look fantastic with your brand new engagement ring!

    When it comes to wedding bands, you can never go wrong with the traditional, smooth-lined band. This classic style looks amazing and fits snugly with nearly any style of engagement ring, including solitaire, three-stone or five stone engagement rings. You will love this band for years to come!

     

    This pave-set diamond band is another heartwarming option, which looks stunning when accompanying a pave diamond engagement band of the same size. There are all different shapes and sizes of pave diamond bands to match your unique engagement ring. There is always the option to add some sparkle to a plain engagement ring setting as well!

     

    It's the blingin' band that really makes a statement! Brides love this eye-catching diamond eternity ring, with its sculpted-edge band. It looks gorgeous when paired with a plain engagement band, and could clash a bit with certain pave-style engagement rings so make sure you try it on first to see the set together.

    Brides, including actress Zooey Deschanel, are opting to bring a burst of color to their ring fingers with this channel set, sapphire and diamond ring. It's a great compliment to either a channel-set or plain band engagement ring.

    Similar to the pave-setting, the diamonds are placed differently into thischannel-set diamond wedding band. It has a very polished appearance and looks best when paired with a channel-set engagement ring. It also works beautifully with a plain band as well.

    If you want to go "custom," this prong-set diamond curved wedding ring is made specifically to align with your engagement diamond. It looks amazing when paired with a plain banded engagement ring.

    Other favorites:

    The whimsical, starlight diamond eternity ring is creative, playful and adds personality to a traditional engagement ring.

     

    We are in love with these radiant rubies in this channel-setting ring!

    This trio micropave diamond band, with three rows of diamonds, is to die for! We love that you could wear this without the engagement ring and it is simply stunning.

    Images courtesy: Blue Nile

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  • A pre-wedding facial may not be high on your priority list, but here are a few reasons why you may want to bump it up. (expert advice)     As your wedding day approaches, you want to be sure that you look your best.  For this reason, many brides book a facial appointment to get their skin in tip-top shape for the big day.  While a facial may not be high on your priority list, here are a few reasons why you may want to bump it up.   Fresh, Glowing Skin  One of your skin specialist's jobs will be to remove the dead skin from your face.  This is done by exfoliation and will get rid of the dull, tired look that can often result from dead skin.  The result is fresh, glowing skin that is naturally you - not from a bottle!  He or she will also apply a moisturizer that will keep your skin soft and supple - even through all the stresses that wedding planning can bring.   Close-Ups If you want close-up wedding pictures, you should probably not forget to book your facial.  The specialist will remove any blackheads, dirt and oil that may be clogging your pores.  These things are not attractive in a close-up wedding photograph - which is why so many women get them done!  In addition to removing this gunk from your pores, your facial expert will apply a toner or mask to help your pores close and your skin look stunning.   Cost of a Facial The typical cost of a facial depends on your specialist.  If they are an excellent skin care expert and are in high-demand, it could cost up to $300 - and you'd better book well in advance.  However, most typical facial specialists will charge around $50 for the full treatment.   Helpful Tips to Remember when Booking Your Facial  If you've never had a facial before, you should probably have one well in advance.  The last thing you want is to have an allergic reaction to something used on your face right before your wedding day.  Make an appointment a month in advance to have the regular treatment and make sure all goes smoothly.  If it works well and you're happy with the look of your skin, you can make a second appointment a few days before the wedding.   Not only is a facial great for the health of your skin, but it's also relaxing and can be very helpful for the stress of wedding planning.  Whether you're getting a facial massage or just enjoying the typical gossip of the specialist's office - it's a nice break from wedding planning.
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  • Project and Photos By: Mary Swenson

      Fresh cranberries are readily available in grocery stores from mid-September throughout December, and this recipe turns them into a sweet/tart treat perfect for packaging up and giving to your guests as favors!     Ingredients and Supplies: 2 cups of sugar 2 cups of water 2 cups of fresh cranberries 3/4 cup confectioner's sugar Small lidded glass jars   Steps One and Two:   1- First, combine the sugar and water in a saucepan and heat over low heat, stirring frequently, until the sugar has fully dissolved. Do not bring the mixture to a boil.   2- Once the sugar has dissolved, remove the pan from the heat and let cool slightly. The water should be warm, but not too hot. Combine the cranberries with the sugar water in a bowl and cover; refrigerate overnight.     Step Three: The next day, drain the liquid from the cranberries and toss in a bowl with 3/4 cup confectioner's sugar. Spread the sugared cranberries onto parchment or waxed paper and let them dry for about an hour, or until the sugar has hardened.     Step Four: Package the treats inside the jars and cover tightly. We used spice jars, which are perfect for individual guest favors; use larger jars if you're giving out one favor per couple. This recipe filled six 3.4 ounce spice jars; adjust accordingly for the number of favors you will need.     Step Five: Add a simple personalized tag, and you're done!    
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  • Photos By: Jordan Ferney

    This project is super simple and very inexpensive. In the end, your guest will have an adorable little personalized vase with her name in a pretty font! The best part is- if you can get the jars for free- its pretty much just the cost of the flowers and a $5 paint pen. So great!

    Materials: Glass Jars (we used French yogurt jars but baby food jars would work great.) Wire (if you are going to hang them) Wirecutters Very Fine Paint Pen for glass (can be bought at a craft store.) Tape A list of your guests names printed out 2" in width. We used the font Lobster. Flowers

    Step One:   Make sure your jars are clean. Then tape the name you want to trace against the inside of the glass jar.     Step Two:   Taking the fine point glass pen, trace the name.  

    Step Three:   Remove the paper, then touch up any spots that need it.     Step Four:   If using as an escort card, write in the table number.     Step Five:   Add some flowers to each jar and display them on a table!     Display Ideas:   You can also display the vases on a wall or bush. If you go with this option, just add some wire to hang it.    

     

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    By: Danyelle Mathews   Creating charming escort cards for your wedding doesn't have to take a lot of time or resources. Simply gather a few basic, inexpensive supplies to produce this budget-savvy, casual-chic concept.      Supplies: Manilla shipping tags Chalkboard paint Foam paintbrush   Step One Arrange your tags on a large work surface     Step Two Dip the foam paintbrush into the chalkboard paint and apply one brushstroke to each tag.     Step Three Allow the paint to dry completely, then write guests names and seating information on the tags with chalk.     Step Four Display the tags using a fabric backdrop, coordinating yarn or string and wooden clothespins.     {Photos by: Danyelle Matthews}
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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: Chelsea Fuss

    These sweet and wild green wreaths are perfect for anytime of year (just change out the ribbon to suit the season). They look gorgeous on church doors, bride and groom chairs, or as pew markers. Total cost: $5 per wreath.     Materials: Spool wire Floral tape Clippers Greens (about 15 stems per wreath, we used rosemary, bay and boxwood) Ribbon      1. Form a circle (whatever size you need. Remember your wreath will be slightly bigger than the form) with the spool wire and double it over several times.   2. Cover the circle in floral tape.     3. Cut small pieces of greens and, take excess leaves off about an inch of the bottom stem.     4. Secure each piece with wire.     5. Make sure you overlap the stems to cover any wires or mechanics. You may need to fill in with a few extra pieces.     6. You can make these up to a week ahead of time. Spray daily with water and keep in a cool, dark place.   7. Hang with ribbon and afterwards send them home with special guests.       Add this natural touch to your big day - and have fun!     Photos By: Chelsea Fuss
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  • Photos By: Chelsea Fuss

    You'll need:  1. 3 cake pans (sizes: 11", 8", 4.5") 2. A cake stand (aprox "12 round) 3. A pound cake recipe 4. Buttercream frosting (4 cups) 5. 1 frosting knife 6. Flowers + herbs (make sure they are organic and edible!)     Bake your cakes the night before and let them cool overnight. Put together with toothpicks holding the layers.     Once you have placed your toothpicks, stack your cakes carefully!     Almost there...     Voila!     Measure layers to make sure that all the cakes are centered from all sides.     Frost with frosting knife -- get the knife wet to make it extra smooth.     Clean off edges of the cake stand. Keep refrigerated until right before serving.     Your cake is ready to decorate now!     Have fun adding edible herbs and flowers.     Herbs will hold up for a long time, but add the flowers last minute so add them that morning, securing them with frosting.     Using a pound cake recipe is your best bet because they do not crumble. Buttercream frosting can melt easily, keep your cake as cool as possible before serving!     Your gorgeous cake is ready!     The best part ... tasting the sweet creation.      

     

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    Concept by: Victoria Hudgins Photos by Erin Holland   Add a dash of confetti to your party in the form of a chandelier! This looks fabulous hung in multiples on top of a dessert bar, or hung individually as centerpieces.     In fact, you can turn your confetti chandelier into a 'cake topper,' who says that a 'topper' has to be placed directly on top of the cake?     Cut out one inch confetti rounds from colored paper. We used about 120 rounds for this installation. I would suggest using a monotone color scheme or 4-5 coordinating colors on each hoop.     Thread the confetti dots together. Begin at the top, leaving enough thread to attach the string to an embroidery hoop. Have your hot glue gun ready and place a tiny drop of glue on the bottom of each dot to hold it in place.     Using an embroidery hoop, tie four to six strings across the top in a criss cross pattern.     One at a time, tie the strands of confetti dots onto the hoop and string base. You can paint or adorn the hoop as needed to match your wedding décor.     Hang the installation above a cake or elsewhere; adjust the length of the strands for just the right balance.      
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    Photo by: Carly Taylor   Looking for an extra special touch to give your programs or shower invites? Incorporating fabric can give you a beautiful way to showcase your wedding style and create a piece that is handcrafted.     After designing your wedding program, cut a piece of cardboard to the exact size of your program.     Cut your main fabric to the correct size of the cardboard previously cut, leaving an extra 1/4 inch around the entire square to fold over. Affix your fabric to the cardboard with a thin layer of fabric glue on each of the turned over sides.     Using coordinating fabric and ribbon, line one side of the program bringing in texture through pattern and color. Fold each piece over and attach to the back side with fabric glue.     Lastly, attach your program to the backside of the program using a very thin layer of fabric glue around the edges(it dries completely clear).     Get creative, incorporating your color palette or favorite patterns!     So pretty and festive!      
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  • By Project Wedding staff for our sponsor, Blue Nile 
    One of the wonderful things about choosing your wedding bands: there are no set rules! (expert advice)

    One of the wonderful things about choosing your wedding bands: there are no set rules! You can be as creative as you like and it's all about what speaks (or shines) to you!

    Remember that this ring is forever -- so choose a style that you could envision wearing 20 years from now. That said, here are some stylish and popular options of bands that will look fantastic with your brand new engagement ring!

    When it comes to wedding bands, you can never go wrong with the traditional, smooth-lined band. This classic style looks amazing and fits snugly with nearly any style of engagement ring, including solitaire, three-stone or five stone engagement rings. You will love this band for years to come!

     

    This pave-set diamond band is another heartwarming option, which looks stunning when accompanying a pave diamond engagement band of the same size. There are all different shapes and sizes of pave diamond bands to match your unique engagement ring. There is always the option to add some sparkle to a plain engagement ring setting as well!

     

    It's the blingin' band that really makes a statement! Brides love this eye-catching diamond eternity ring, with its sculpted-edge band. It looks gorgeous when paired with a plain engagement band, and could clash a bit with certain pave-style engagement rings so make sure you try it on first to see the set together.

    Brides, including actress Zooey Deschanel, are opting to bring a burst of color to their ring fingers with this channel set, sapphire and diamond ring. It's a great compliment to either a channel-set or plain band engagement ring.

    Similar to the pave-setting, the diamonds are placed differently into thischannel-set diamond wedding band. It has a very polished appearance and looks best when paired with a channel-set engagement ring. It also works beautifully with a plain band as well.

    If you want to go "custom," this prong-set diamond curved wedding ring is made specifically to align with your engagement diamond. It looks amazing when paired with a plain banded engagement ring.

    Other favorites:

    The whimsical, starlight diamond eternity ring is creative, playful and adds personality to a traditional engagement ring.

     

    We are in love with these radiant rubies in this channel-setting ring!

    This trio micropave diamond band, with three rows of diamonds, is to die for! We love that you could wear this without the engagement ring and it is simply stunning.

    Images courtesy: Blue Nile

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  • A pre-wedding facial may not be high on your priority list, but here are a few reasons why you may want to bump it up. (expert advice)     As your wedding day approaches, you want to be sure that you look your best.  For this reason, many brides book a facial appointment to get their skin in tip-top shape for the big day.  While a facial may not be high on your priority list, here are a few reasons why you may want to bump it up.   Fresh, Glowing Skin  One of your skin specialist's jobs will be to remove the dead skin from your face.  This is done by exfoliation and will get rid of the dull, tired look that can often result from dead skin.  The result is fresh, glowing skin that is naturally you - not from a bottle!  He or she will also apply a moisturizer that will keep your skin soft and supple - even through all the stresses that wedding planning can bring.   Close-Ups If you want close-up wedding pictures, you should probably not forget to book your facial.  The specialist will remove any blackheads, dirt and oil that may be clogging your pores.  These things are not attractive in a close-up wedding photograph - which is why so many women get them done!  In addition to removing this gunk from your pores, your facial expert will apply a toner or mask to help your pores close and your skin look stunning.   Cost of a Facial The typical cost of a facial depends on your specialist.  If they are an excellent skin care expert and are in high-demand, it could cost up to $300 - and you'd better book well in advance.  However, most typical facial specialists will charge around $50 for the full treatment.   Helpful Tips to Remember when Booking Your Facial  If you've never had a facial before, you should probably have one well in advance.  The last thing you want is to have an allergic reaction to something used on your face right before your wedding day.  Make an appointment a month in advance to have the regular treatment and make sure all goes smoothly.  If it works well and you're happy with the look of your skin, you can make a second appointment a few days before the wedding.   Not only is a facial great for the health of your skin, but it's also relaxing and can be very helpful for the stress of wedding planning.  Whether you're getting a facial massage or just enjoying the typical gossip of the specialist's office - it's a nice break from wedding planning.
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  • Project and Photos By: Mary Swenson

      Fresh cranberries are readily available in grocery stores from mid-September throughout December, and this recipe turns them into a sweet/tart treat perfect for packaging up and giving to your guests as favors!     Ingredients and Supplies: 2 cups of sugar 2 cups of water 2 cups of fresh cranberries 3/4 cup confectioner's sugar Small lidded glass jars   Steps One and Two:   1- First, combine the sugar and water in a saucepan and heat over low heat, stirring frequently, until the sugar has fully dissolved. Do not bring the mixture to a boil.   2- Once the sugar has dissolved, remove the pan from the heat and let cool slightly. The water should be warm, but not too hot. Combine the cranberries with the sugar water in a bowl and cover; refrigerate overnight.     Step Three: The next day, drain the liquid from the cranberries and toss in a bowl with 3/4 cup confectioner's sugar. Spread the sugared cranberries onto parchment or waxed paper and let them dry for about an hour, or until the sugar has hardened.     Step Four: Package the treats inside the jars and cover tightly. We used spice jars, which are perfect for individual guest favors; use larger jars if you're giving out one favor per couple. This recipe filled six 3.4 ounce spice jars; adjust accordingly for the number of favors you will need.     Step Five: Add a simple personalized tag, and you're done!    
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  • Photos By: Jordan Ferney

    This project is super simple and very inexpensive. In the end, your guest will have an adorable little personalized vase with her name in a pretty font! The best part is- if you can get the jars for free- its pretty much just the cost of the flowers and a $5 paint pen. So great!

    Materials: Glass Jars (we used French yogurt jars but baby food jars would work great.) Wire (if you are going to hang them) Wirecutters Very Fine Paint Pen for glass (can be bought at a craft store.) Tape A list of your guests names printed out 2" in width. We used the font Lobster. Flowers

    Step One:   Make sure your jars are clean. Then tape the name you want to trace against the inside of the glass jar.     Step Two:   Taking the fine point glass pen, trace the name.  

    Step Three:   Remove the paper, then touch up any spots that need it.     Step Four:   If using as an escort card, write in the table number.     Step Five:   Add some flowers to each jar and display them on a table!     Display Ideas:   You can also display the vases on a wall or bush. If you go with this option, just add some wire to hang it.    

     

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    By: Danyelle Mathews   Creating charming escort cards for your wedding doesn't have to take a lot of time or resources. Simply gather a few basic, inexpensive supplies to produce this budget-savvy, casual-chic concept.      Supplies: Manilla shipping tags Chalkboard paint Foam paintbrush   Step One Arrange your tags on a large work surface     Step Two Dip the foam paintbrush into the chalkboard paint and apply one brushstroke to each tag.     Step Three Allow the paint to dry completely, then write guests names and seating information on the tags with chalk.     Step Four Display the tags using a fabric backdrop, coordinating yarn or string and wooden clothespins.     {Photos by: Danyelle Matthews}
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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: Chelsea Fuss

    These sweet and wild green wreaths are perfect for anytime of year (just change out the ribbon to suit the season). They look gorgeous on church doors, bride and groom chairs, or as pew markers. Total cost: $5 per wreath.     Materials: Spool wire Floral tape Clippers Greens (about 15 stems per wreath, we used rosemary, bay and boxwood) Ribbon      1. Form a circle (whatever size you need. Remember your wreath will be slightly bigger than the form) with the spool wire and double it over several times.   2. Cover the circle in floral tape.     3. Cut small pieces of greens and, take excess leaves off about an inch of the bottom stem.     4. Secure each piece with wire.     5. Make sure you overlap the stems to cover any wires or mechanics. You may need to fill in with a few extra pieces.     6. You can make these up to a week ahead of time. Spray daily with water and keep in a cool, dark place.   7. Hang with ribbon and afterwards send them home with special guests.       Add this natural touch to your big day - and have fun!     Photos By: Chelsea Fuss
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  • Photos By: Chelsea Fuss

    You'll need:  1. 3 cake pans (sizes: 11", 8", 4.5") 2. A cake stand (aprox "12 round) 3. A pound cake recipe 4. Buttercream frosting (4 cups) 5. 1 frosting knife 6. Flowers + herbs (make sure they are organic and edible!)     Bake your cakes the night before and let them cool overnight. Put together with toothpicks holding the layers.     Once you have placed your toothpicks, stack your cakes carefully!     Almost there...     Voila!     Measure layers to make sure that all the cakes are centered from all sides.     Frost with frosting knife -- get the knife wet to make it extra smooth.     Clean off edges of the cake stand. Keep refrigerated until right before serving.     Your cake is ready to decorate now!     Have fun adding edible herbs and flowers.     Herbs will hold up for a long time, but add the flowers last minute so add them that morning, securing them with frosting.     Using a pound cake recipe is your best bet because they do not crumble. Buttercream frosting can melt easily, keep your cake as cool as possible before serving!     Your gorgeous cake is ready!     The best part ... tasting the sweet creation.      

     

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    Concept by: Victoria Hudgins Photos by Erin Holland   Add a dash of confetti to your party in the form of a chandelier! This looks fabulous hung in multiples on top of a dessert bar, or hung individually as centerpieces.     In fact, you can turn your confetti chandelier into a 'cake topper,' who says that a 'topper' has to be placed directly on top of the cake?     Cut out one inch confetti rounds from colored paper. We used about 120 rounds for this installation. I would suggest using a monotone color scheme or 4-5 coordinating colors on each hoop.     Thread the confetti dots together. Begin at the top, leaving enough thread to attach the string to an embroidery hoop. Have your hot glue gun ready and place a tiny drop of glue on the bottom of each dot to hold it in place.     Using an embroidery hoop, tie four to six strings across the top in a criss cross pattern.     One at a time, tie the strands of confetti dots onto the hoop and string base. You can paint or adorn the hoop as needed to match your wedding décor.     Hang the installation above a cake or elsewhere; adjust the length of the strands for just the right balance.      
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    Photo by: Carly Taylor   Looking for an extra special touch to give your programs or shower invites? Incorporating fabric can give you a beautiful way to showcase your wedding style and create a piece that is handcrafted.     After designing your wedding program, cut a piece of cardboard to the exact size of your program.     Cut your main fabric to the correct size of the cardboard previously cut, leaving an extra 1/4 inch around the entire square to fold over. Affix your fabric to the cardboard with a thin layer of fabric glue on each of the turned over sides.     Using coordinating fabric and ribbon, line one side of the program bringing in texture through pattern and color. Fold each piece over and attach to the back side with fabric glue.     Lastly, attach your program to the backside of the program using a very thin layer of fabric glue around the edges(it dries completely clear).     Get creative, incorporating your color palette or favorite patterns!     So pretty and festive!      
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