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By: Sarah Zlotnick
Don't get us wrong—we love, love, love the classic look of a floor-length wedding gown. But after rings have been exchanged and vows have been said, what bride doesn't want a dress that's a little easier to move in? We're big time advocates of a second (and shorter!) reception dress here at Project Wedding, and this sweet little Kirribilla number from Weddington Way is one of our faves right now. Add a few bits of (elegant) bling and finish off with a shiny cobalt shoe for a city chic ballroom celebration.
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Where to Buy: Kirribilla Celeste Little White Dress ($420) • Ban.do Crystal Swirl Brooch Bobbi ($130) • New Look pleated satin box clutch ($22.02) • Lydell NYC stud earrings ($25) • Kate Spade Emison satin peep toe pump ($328)
Statement skirts are one of our favorite ways to turn heads down the aisle. And while we're all for intricate layers of ruche and tulle, there is definitely something to be said for bigger, bolder, and simpler. One of the most creative twists on the big ball gown we saw on Spring 2014 runways was the wide panel tier. Skirt layers got larger and longer, and we think the look is just perffect for the bride who wants to look a little more playful on her big day. What's your take on the style? Let us know in the comments!
no. 1 Amsale • no. 2 Alyne
no. 3 Marchesa • no. 4 Ines Di Santo
Now that you're engaged, it's important you learn how to take care of your ring. Here's how. (expert advice) photo by Todd Rafakovitch When it comes to engagement ring care, you'd be surprised how many women overlook the importance of ring upkeep. Just imagine – you are faithfully brandishing your ring on a daily basis with all of the everyday wear and tear that comes with your regular activities.
Whether you're scrubbing caked on grease from last night's dinner or planting seeds in your garden, chances are your engagement ring has been right along for the ride. In order to rid your precious ring of unwanted dust, dirt, and yes…dead skin particles that have come in contact with your ring, commit to memory the following engagement ring care tips:
Cleaning: For diamond engagement ring care, simply soak in warm water for at least 30 minutes using a liquid detergent. Another method for engagement ring care regarding diamond settings involves soaking your ring in a solution consisting of 50 parts ammonia and 50 parts cool water. Once out of the solution, use a soft brush to tap the front and back of the ring, in hopes of loosening any dirt. Rinse again in the solution, and then pat dry.
Wedding Ring Prongs: Engagement ring care also means that you should treat ring prongs to a bit of tender loving care. Over time, they can become weakened, bent or loose. Check your stone by holding it up to your ear and slightly tapping it. A loose stone will produce a slight rattling sound. To prevent loss of your stone, have a trusted jeweler inspect your engagement ring, provide a professional cleaning, and look over your prongs.
Storage: When not wearing your diamond engagement ring, carefully store in a separate jewelry case or individually lined compartment, which keeps diamonds from rubbing against other pieces of jewelry. This can produce a scratch.
Protection: If you engage in hard labor on a routine basis, follow the important engagement ring care tip of simply taking off your ring when doing activities, such as operating heavy machinery or construction work. This will help avoid breaks, splits, cracks, and looseness. Keep in mind that even digging in the ground while gardening can cause damage to an engagement ring – there's a lot of rocks hidden in the dirt!
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.
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.
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
Photos By: Thistledown PhotographyWe're all over the ombre trend, and paired with our love of ruffles, we thought this clever DIY project was golden for a centerpiece or room décor concept. Supplies: Rit Dye- We used two colors, wine and purple Glass Cylinders Water 5 Bowls or Tubs for dyeing Clothespins and Clothesline 1" Ruffle Trim (cotton or synthetic, the more ruffle it has the better it turns out). Hot Glue Gun Timer Flowers Step One: Cut the un-dyed fabric trim to the diameter of your glass cylinders. Determine how many pieces of trim you'll use on each cylinder, and therefore how many shades of dye you'll need to prepare. Since the cylinder we used was short, only six pieces were needed. Step Two: Prepare the batches of dye. This is more of an art than an exact science. It tends to look best when the darkest shade is pretty dark, and the lightest shade is very light or white. Following the instructions on the dye package, make sample dye pools. Two main things will impact the shade: the water to dye ratio, and how long you let the fabric soak. We recommend coming up with your own palette using water to dye ratios and timings, being careful to record your measurements. Then test a sample. Step Three: Once you've created a palette you're happy with, then go for dyeing the fabric pieces in bulk. Step Four: Rinse the fabric until the water runs clear, then hang on a clothesline until dry. Step Five: Adorn your cylinder with trim, using a dab of hot glue. Overlap the ruffle layers just a bit to create a seamless look. Display Tip: Display the ruffle embellished vase along with undecorated vases for balance. Add simple, color coordinated florals: tulips were a sleek and modern contrast to the flouncy, ruffly vase.
Project and Photos By: Brittni Mehlhoff
With the holidays right around the corner, discarded Christmas tree trimmings are a dime a dozen. Using this extremely inexpensive, and often times free, material as greenery for a holiday wedding is a festive way to say I do.
Project and Photos By: Brittni Mehlhoff
Project and Photos By: Jennifer KirkInstructions for creating a unique topiary style décor. Materials: Wood veneer edging Small cup hooks Wood glue Hot glue gun Small brick of green dry floral foam Boxwood and flower cuttings Fishing line or string C-clamp Binder clips (x3-4) Ruler Scissors Power drill with thin drill bit Step One: From the roll of veneer edging, cut out five strips that are the same size. For the small pendant, the strips were 17.5" inches long. The larger pendant is made out of strips 21" long. Step Two: Dab a small amount of wood glue onto the very end of one of the wood strips. Connect the ends together (about 1/2 an inch) of one of the wood strips, forming a loop. Hold together with a binder clip as the glue dries. Repeat with two more wood strips (do not loop the fourth and fifth strips) for a total of three loops. Step Three: After the glue has dried (ours was a fast-dry formula that took about 15 minutes), remove binder clips. Nest one loop inside another, forming a wide, 45 degree angle 'X' when viewing from above. Glue together at the top. Step Four: Next, dab some glue at the top of the 'X' then nest inside the third loop, this one going across the 'X' and down the middle. Step Five: Clamp together with a C-clamp and let dry for 15-20 minutes. Step Six: When the glue has set, remove C-clamp. Thread the fourth wood strip through the sphere and glue ends together to form a loop inside that is flush against the other loops. Use a binder clip to hold the loop together as the glue dries. Step Seven: Remove the binder clip after the glue has set. Hold the sphere so that the outer loops run longitudinal and the side of the sphere faces you. Position the innermost loop you had just formed in step 6 at a 45 degree angle. This innermost loop crosses with one of the longitudinal loops facing you. Glue together at the center spot where they meet. Step Eight: Repeat step 6, threading in the last wood strip, forming a loop, gluing, then positioning in a -45 degree angle and gluing where it crosses the other loops. Clamp or use binder clips to hold while drying. Step Nine: Remove clips. With a power drill, drill a small hole at the very top of the sphere. Step Ten: Twist in a small cup hook into the hold. This hook will be for hanging the pendant. Step Eleven: Carefully pull aside the loops (an area where they are not glued together) just wide enough to insert a small brick of dry floral foam. With hot glue, secure the foam to the inside bottom of the pendant. Step Twelve: Thread boxwood cuttings though the openings of the pendant and push ends into the foam. Weave longer cuttings around the foam to conceal it. Add some color and texture with small flowers and various types of greenery, and artfully arrange some pieces to drape out of the sphere. Step Thirteen: When finished adding plant cuttings, hang pendants with string or fishing line.
Photos By: Chelsea Fuss Consider making the flower arrangements with friends and family a few days before the wedding. Have everyone bring flowers and herbs from their gardens and make an evening of it! This large wildflower arrangement will add the perfect charm to your food table and it's easy to make using just about any flowers from the garden. You will need: A basket (we found this one for just $3.50 at Pier 1) Cellophane or plastic lining A water-tight container to fit inside the basket Floral tape Clippers Directions: 1. Place the water-tight container inside the basket. Line with plastic if you are worried about it leaking. 2. Tape the floral tape across the bowl and secure tightly in a grid formation. 3. Start with the greens and the arching vines or twigs that will offer your arrangement shape. We started with greens and then the apple blossoms, using the curve of their stems to inspire the shape. 4. Make sure you are keeping the stems long enough so the flowers cover the rim of the basket. 5. Start filling in around the edges of the arrangement, these stems will provide support for the center flowers. Larger blossoms look better at the base, with lighter, airy flowers placed toward the center and top of the arrangement. Keep out of direct sunlight, away from drafts, and away from fruit until your big day. Filler flowers are perfect for this arrangement. Here's a guide by season: Spring: Apple blossom, forget-me-nots, candytuft, lilac, spirea, viburnum, jasmine, lily of the valley. Summer: Cosmos, nigella, queen anne's lace, herbs ,feverfew, butterfly bush, herbs and vegetable greens, fruit, berries. Fall: Dahlias, apple stems, herbs, crocosmia, pods and berries. Winter: Waxflower, ivy, salal, juniper, boxwood, bay.