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Photos By: Chelsea FussThese 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
Travel expert Jetsetter.com gives us five key tips for planning a wedding abroad! (expert advice)
By Geraldine Campbell for our sponsor, Jetsetter.com
Wedding planning is an exciting, emotional (sometimes exasperating) endeavor – and plotting your nuptials in a far-off place is no different. The advantages of a destination wedding are many: For one (let’s be honest), saying “I do” abroad limits the guest list. It can also be easier (yes, easier) to plan, since the resort’s on-site coordinator can handle everything from photographers and table arrangements to goodie bags. Not to mention: exchanging vows on a sandy beach with your friends and family? Priceless. We tapped the travel experts at Jetsetter.com for their top tips on making your destination wedding go off without a hitch.
1. Do your homework
Different countries have different requirements when it comes to non-natives getting married on native soil. In France, for example, a proper wedding can be un nightmare: The 40-day residence requirement is just one of the (many) steps required. In Bali, a legal ceremony is considerably easier, although, you and your honey have to be the same religion. So, wherever you’re dreaming of tying the knot, know what you’re getting into.
2. Have a symbolic ceremony
If you don’t want to deal with overseas bureaucracy, get married stateside (pop over to City Hall for a quickie or, better yet, hop on a flight to Vegas) – and have a non-civil ceremony in your destination of choice. No one will be the wiser.
3. Make considerations
For your guests, a destination wedding can be significantly more expensive than a domestic affair. Do them a favor and give fair warning – six months at minimum (a year is even better). Also, consider ditching the registry. If you’re not willing to forego gifts completely, include inexpensive items on your wish list.
4. Stay in one place
Honeymooning where you get hitched means you can go from reception to relaxation mode without the hassle of planes, trains and automobiles. It can also be cost-effective. Resort wedding packages often include a free stay for the bride and groom. Everything is negotiable and if the hotel isn’t willing to put you up for a night or two (or longer), ask for an upgrade.
5. Get inspired at Jetsetter.com
Jetsetter has hotels in every corner of the world – and a perfect destination wedding spot for every personality type, whether you’re an adventurer, a foodie, or a romantic!
A Short Wedding Dress
Show off those legs! Bonnie stayed cool in a custom knee-length frock by Nina Dinh of Susan European Dressmaker for her Los Angeles wedding.
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Bright Bridesmaid Dresses
Sun-kissed skin looks best against bold colors, so let your girls stand out in saccharine shades. We love the bright orange and coral looks from Katie and Jacob's Menlo Park wedding.
Katie & Jacob's Colorful Summer Wedding
Mint Honey Favors
Place a vial of mint-infused honey at each place setting—the easy-to-make favor tastes yummy when drizzled on all sorts of desserts.
Mint Honey Favor DIY
Nothing brings us back to childhood summers quite like freezy pops. This nostalgia-inducing treat will be a big hit at any hot weather reception, guaranteed.
Tara & Harris's Crafty Summer Wedding
One of our favorite summer wedding hacks is also one of the easiest to create. Amy and Kenn attached popsicle sticks to their card stock ceremony programs, and voila! Instant fan for each guest, which was absolutely necessary for their hot Virgin Islands nuptials.
Amy & Kenn's Tropical Wedding
Picnic Rehearsal Dinner
Daisies and gingham are always appropriate additions to a picnic bench meal. See more tips for decorating a rehearsal dinner in the park in our full tutorial.
Summertime Picnic Decor Tutorial
Infused Water Table Numbers
Indoors or out, warm-weather weddings call for plenty of liquids for your guests. Keep everyone hydrated by placing bottles of flavor-infused water (we like mint, strawberry, and cucumber) at each table. They can also double as your table numbers!
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Floating floral arrangements are a great way to extend a decor theme into the parts of your reception venue that may be otherwise untouchable. We love the arrangements Petal Flower Design created for Lindsay and Luke's private residence wedding in Massachusetts.
Lindsay & Luke's Backyard Wedding
Miniature versions of this griller's favorite make the perfect passed appetizer for a summertime cocktail reception.
Zoe & John's Preppy Summer Wedding
A Drink Stand
Who doesn't love lemonade and sweet tea on a hot summer day? Set up a table exclusively dedicated to cold drinks, and designate someone to make sure the containers are always full. Everyone working up a sweat on the dance floor will be grateful!
More Drink Photos
Idea By: Sarah Zlotnick
By: Sarah Zlotnick
Feeling a little playful? Here's two of our fave polka dot styles from online emporium Modcloth, a site we could browse for hours thanks to massive amounts of adorable (and affordable!) dresses. A cheeky fascinator and fun clutch will add a dose of whimsy to either of these potential bridesmaid frocks, and we love the idea of finishing off with a bright fuschia heel.
Credits: Arden B. Pillbox Headband (now $9.49) | Glitzy Rocks Spinel stud earrings ($13.69) | Modcloth Beyond Black & White dress ($177.99) | Modcloth Rose Bubbly dress in noir ($157.99) | Lulu Guinness Domino Box Clutch ($402) | Butter suede kitten heels ($288)
Project and Photos by: Jenny Batt of hankandhunt.comPretty tissue tassels aren't just for garland or balloons anymore. Why not add them to simple honeycomb balls and hang in groups for maximum impact. These tassels are cheaper versions and you can make a bunch in no time at all. Materials: Honeycomb balls (I get mine at www.devra-party.com) Tissue paper Twine or fishing line Scissors Tape
Project and Photos by: Jenny Batt of hankandhunt.com
By: Victoria HudginsThis DIY packaging is a fresh and modern way to present small favors to guests. Fill each cocoon with something fun to keep your guests busy (like these bright and nostalgic finger pops) and something sweet to snack on. Materials: 1/2 craft glue- 1/2 water mixture Large spool of embroidery thread Balloons (1 balloon for every 2 favors) Instructions: 1. Blow up your balloons and tie a length of thread to the end of the balloon. 2. Begin wrapping thread around the balloon, the messier the wrap the better. 3. Once you have a good covering over the entire balloon, dip a brush into the glue mixture and coat the entire balloon. Hang the balloon by its end to dry. Note: You could also use liquid fabric stiffener for this step in the project, just fill a large bowl and completely dip your wrapped balloons in. 4. Once dry, cut the balloon in half at the center width. Each balloon will make two separate cocoon wraps. 5. Gently pop each balloon and pull away from the fabric. Fill your wraps and tie together with a ribbon and simple tag. 6. Rest each favor on a place setting for a creative, modern touch.
Photo By Chelsea FussUsing five varieties of Lilac and a a few stems of springtime Spirea, we created a gathered, musky bouquet that any bride would be happy to sink her nose in for a day. The textured, romantic style is perfect for a modern, traditional or country wedding. You will need: 30 stems of lilac. We used: Korean Lilac (tiny flowers), "Beauty of Moscow (light pink), "Mount Baker" (white), Common Purple Lilac and Wedgewood Blue. 15 stems of spirea string flower clippers ribbon or cloth tape Directions: 1. Condition flowers overnight. Cut the stems and cut a slit upwards in each stem to allow it to drink water. Sit them in lukewarm water in a cool place away from drafts, heat, and fruit and food. 2. Strip most of the leaves off the lilacs. Usually the stems are long so trim them to around 12" each. Make sure there is one stem per large blossom. If there are two stems, trim one off. 3. Make piles of each type and color. 4. Gather 1- 2 stems in your one hand. Add stems at a 45 degree angle. Turn the bouquet to the right each time you add stems. The stems should spiral. For the most part, larger, heavier blooms should sit at the bottom of the bouquet and lighter buds and blossoms should sit near the top. 5. Secure with twine or string. 6. Add a ribbon. We used a patterned cloth tape (usually sold for bookbinding) and simply wrapped it on top of the string. If you use a ribbon, secure with a pin. Tips for working with lilacs: Always give them a clean cut when you bring them home. Cut at an angle, and then cut upwards into the stem, once. Use lukewarm water, lilacs don't like to be shocked by really cold or hot water. If some blooms start to wilt, recut the stems. Keep away from fruit, food, direct sunlight, and drafts. Plan to buy a bit more than you need, a few stems in the bunch will always wilt. Don't be afraid to work with lilac, if you remember these simple tips, it's easy! Photo By Chelsea Fuss
Photos By: Chelsea FussYou'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.