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Project and Photos by Brittni Mehlhoff Save money on wedding flowers by making the groom and groomsmen boutonnieres on your own. Using a combination of flowers from the grocery store and a few silk leaves, you can create these festive fall boutonnieres for about $3 a piece. Aside from being inexpensive, they're very easy to make. It's a great activity to get bridesmaids involved in too, so you don't have to worry about a thing. Supplies: Spray roses in fall colors (orange, mustard, or burgundy) Silk fall leaves Orange wax flowers String or twine Scissors
1. Start by cutting the bottom of the silk leaf away to create a smaller leaf with with a longer stem.3
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Finding your wedding dress is no easy task. Our suggestion? Zero in on your wedding style, then look for details that will compliment. If you're a glam, romantic, or classic bride, consider this handy primer (filled with our favorite accents from Demetrios) your first stop for inspiration.Glam brides welcome wedding day attention with open arms—they can't wait to be the best dressed girl at the party! Turns heads the girly girl way with a fitted bodice, blingy detailing, a deep V, or a serious statement skirt.
Gowns Featured (top to bottom, left to right): Sensualle Style GR232, Destination Romance Style DR182, Destination Romance Style 176, and Sensualle Style GR241.
The romantic bride is drawn to blush tones, lush florals, and feminine accents. If that sounds like you, look for wedding dresses with portrait necklines, lots of lace, long trains, and keyhole backs.
Gowns Featured (top to bottom, left to right): Sensualle Style GR22, Ultra Sophisticates Style 1443, Ultra Sophisticates Style 1444, and Ultra Sophisticates Style 1449.
If your main concern is looking timeless in your wedding photos, the classic route is for you. Shop for dresses in thick fabrics, or consider gowns with elegantly jeweled belts, strapless necklines, and billowing ball gown skirts.
Gowns Featured (top to bottom, left to right): Illusions Style 3157, Illusions Style 3183, Ultra Sophisticates Style 1427, and Illisa Style 532.
Related: View More Demetrios Gowns | The Best Wedding Dress For Your Body Type1
Here at Project Wedding, we look at a lot (and I do mean a lot) of real life weddings from brides just like you. And as the resident fashion writer, I've always got my eyes peeled for pretty dresses, jewelry, and, you guessed it, shoes. Just like in everyday life, footwear can make or break a bridal ensemble. Heels can be the quirky reveal of a bride's true personality, or they can be the classic capstone to an already timeless look. Either way, these are the four styles we find brides turn to time and time again.
Will you opt for one of these popular styles or completely buck the trends? Let me know in the comments!
1. Valentino Couture Bow Peep Toes
Photos by Nyk + Cali Photography and Amelia Lyon
These playful platform pumps are equal parts high fashion and flirty. The bow is an extra-feminine touch, and it offsets the fierceness of the 5" (!) heel. Looking for a version you'll feel more comfortable wearing in everyday life? Check out the patent leather style at Nordstrom.
2. Badgley Mischka Randall D'Orsay Pump
Photo by Nancy Aidee Photography and onelove Photography
The layered fabric flower on this classic pump is super romantic no matter which color you go for. Choose between eleven shades over on Amazon.
3. Jimmy Choo Crown Pump
Photos by Ben Q. Photography and Abby Jiu
We bet this heel stays popular because of its simple yet glam design. The subtly textured champagne fabric will shimmer on your wedding day and beyond—how great would these be for a New Year's Eve party? Get them at Jimmy Choo.
4. Badgley Mischka Salsa Pump
Photos by lunaphoto and Nadia D. Photography
Ivory elegance with a tasteful brooch detail—does it get any more classic than this? We see the Badgley Mischka Salsa pump more often than any other heel, and I'm hard-pressed to think of a wedding gown it won't pair beautifully with.
Related: Glam Wedding Shoes | Pink Wedding Shoes1
Photo by Frame 36 Photography
Throughout your engagement, thank-you notes will be a constant part of your life. Every time you receive a gift, you’ll need to break out your stationery and pen and hand-write a note to the giver. As much as we love technology, it’s important to write thank-you notes in the traditional way.
If you’re having a bridal shower, you’ll need to write thank you notes no later than two weeks after the event. Yes, we know you’re busy but it’s essential to show your guests your appreciation in a timely fashion - so don’t let yourself get behind. Purchase nice stationery, but don’t use any paper goods with your married name or monogram on them until after the wedding.
While your thank-you notes should be personal to each guest, there is a formula that you can follow to make writing them a snap. Here’s how it should go:
Thank you for the (name the gift)
A sentence about how much you love the gift and how you will use it.
A sentence thanking the person for attending your shower (or expressing sadness that they weren’t able to attend)
Share how you are looking forward to seeing them at the wedding (if they aren’t attending the wedding, say you’re looking forward to seeing them soon and share where you’ll likely see them – Thanksgiving dinner, at church, etc.).
Here’s an example:
Dear Aunt Suzanne,
Thank you so much for the lovely teapot. I’ve been using it every evening to make a nightly pot of tea for Sam and I. I was so glad that you could attend my bridal shower and hope you had a great time. Looking forward to seeing you at the wedding next month!
Easy, right? So get out those pens and stationery and start writing your bridal shower thank-you notes!0
Photo: KT Merry
Since your aisle is the focal point of your ceremony decor, dressing it up a bit will go a long way to achieve a gorgeous overall look. Here are ten creative ways to decorate your ceremony aisle.
Photos (from left): Lane Dittoe, Rylee Hitchner
Drape garland from chair to chair or let it wind down either side of the aisle.
Photos (from left): Abi Q Photography, Leila Brewster
Lanterns are a popular aisle decor choice and come in an endless variety of styles, from preppy and nautical to romantic and shabby chic.
Photos (from left): Jodi Miller, Ryan Ray
Pom poms are a cute, colorful way to decorate your aisle, whether you string them along either side or scatter them down the center. You might even consider having your flower girl toss pom poms instead of flower petals!
Photos: KT Merry
Add a little extra sparkle and glamour to an indoor ceremony by sprinkling sequins or glitter along the aisle.
Photos (from left): JAC Photography, Meg Perotti
Rocks are a unique, eco-friendly option for lining your path.
Photo: Christa Elyce Photography
There's nothing more classically romantic than soft, flickering candlelight.
Photos: KT Merry
We love the look of these densely packed, color-blocked petals!
Photos (from left): XOXO Bride, Jose Villa
Roll one long runner down the aisle, or lay several rugs in succession.
Photos: Toast! Event Planning and Design
Big, fluffy crepe paper globes are a fun, pretty, do it yourself alternative to floral pomaders.
For more inspiration on decking out your aisles, be sure to check out our Ceremony Decor board or head over to our Flowers Editor's Floral Aisle Markers board!1
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Hemline/Train: Cathedral Train
Embellishment: Ruffle, Flower(s)
Fabric: Organza, Satin
Back Style: Lace Up
Wedding Venues: Church
Size: General, Plus
Shown Color: Ivory
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Ball-Gown Sweetheart Royal Train Taffeta Wedding Dress With Embroidery Ruffle Beadwork
Hemline/Train: Royal Train
Embellishment: Embroidery, Ruffle, Beadwork
Back Style: Zipper Up
Wedding Venues: Church
Size: General, Plus
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Style: Luxury Wedding Dresses
Shown Color: Burgundy
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The only place a girl might look more glam than a wedding? A major red carpet. Luckily, several of the gowns we spotted at the 2013 Emmy Awards would also make beautiful bridesmaid dresses. If we could bring you the real thing, we would, but since we can't, here's a roundup of 7 styles inspired by the best looks of the evening.
Similar To: Maria Menounos
Va-va-voom! Steal this popular TV correspondent's curve-hugging style for your maids with one of these gorgeous deep blue gowns. Left: Noir by Lazaro Style NZ3187. Right: Wtoo Maids Style 476.
Similar To: Rose Byrne
A bare midriff is a tad too trendy for most bridesmaids, but the rest of this actresses sleek Calvin Klein gown is perfectly lovely. Get the look by opting for a scoop neck and one-layer skirt. Left: Watters Maids 'Laurel' gown. Right: Moonlight Bridesmaids.
Similar To: Sofia Vergara
A slim skirt paired with a plunging V—does it get any more bombshell than that? These siren red gowns mirror the Modern Family actress's style to a T. Left: Jim Hjelm Occasions Style JH5362. Right: Group USA Bridesmaids Style 22500-47551.
Similar To: Zooey Deschanel
We think Deschanel's pastel J. Mendel gown would look even sweeter with a cocktail-length hem. These two frocks will do the trick! Left: Siri Style 9521. Right: Alfred Sung for Dessy Group Style D597.
Similar to: Alyson Hannigan
Hannigan's dramatic violet mermaid gown would fit right in with a glamorous winter wedding. Since her Marchesa gown is likely one of a kind, try one of these beautiful dresses instead. Left: DaVinci Bridal Style 60120. Right: Demetrios Style GR226 (technically a wedding dress).
Similar to: Amy Poehler
We loved the feminine yet fierce look of Amy Poehler's Basler gown! Soften up the style by opting for an illusion neckline filled in with lace. Left: Jim Hjelm Occasions JH5368. Right: Watters Maids Style 8218.
Similar To: Anna Farris
Anna Farris surprised us all with her neon chartreuse gown, and the color is a super-fun choice for a modern summer wedding. Left: Jasmine Bridal Style B153012. Right: Moonlight Bridesmaids.
Related: 9 Mix and Match Bridesmaid Looks We Love3
With 2014 fast approaching, we've been scoping out the latest wedding cake trends. Here are the delicious details:
Ombre - This cake captures all the drama with symmetric ruffled fondant frills that begin in an ivory white and descend into a rich coral.
Photo: Katelyn James Photography
Lace Doilies - Create a 3-D effect on your modern wedding cake with delicate lace doiliy shapes.
Photo: Orange Turtle Photography
Signature Monogram - Update the classic monogram with an embossed lettered plague.
Photo: Sweet & Saucy Shop
Nature-Inspired - Go green! For those outdoor-lovers having a rustic wedding, choose a design that resembles tree bark.
Photo: Glass Jar Photography
Pancakes - Don't like frosting? Stack your favorite fluffy flapjacks and top with syrup and powdered sugar.
Photo: Jessica Lorren Organic Photography
Cheese - Brie, gouda, asagio, parmesan, and swiss, the options are endless for a vineyard wedding. Don't forget to pair with wine!
Photo: © 2012 Ann-Kathrin Koch Photography
Fresh Fruit - Summer is filled with seasonal fruits such as blackberries, raspberries, strawberries, blueberries, and cherries that will make your guests' mouth's water.
Photo: Alders Photography
Words of Wisdom - As a couple, pick words that are meangingful to your relationship and have them hand-painted onto your cake.
Photo: Sweet & Saucy Shop
Textured Blooms - Instead of fresh flowers, consider textured fondant flowers. They're just as realistic-looking.
Photo: Jenna Rae Cakes0
Photo: 2 + Hue Designs
Dessert displays have been popping up at wedding receptions for some time now, and who can't resist them? They're full of eye candy, literally. Whether you want one in addition or in lieu of a cake, here are five basics you should know:
Variety - Choose a variety of desserts! The options are endless -- cookies, cupcakes, cake pops, brownies, tarts, pies, macarons, etc.
Differing Heights - Arrange desserts on platters, stands, candelabras, or chandeliers (pictured below) to create a more compelling visual for guests.
Grouping - Group similar desserts together, so nothing gets mix or matched.
Put A Name On It - In case any guests have food allergies, place name cards next to each dessert describing what it is and what it has in it.
Decorate - Add banners to invite guests to dig in like "Love is Sweet!"
Photo: 2 + Hue Designs1