Monday, July 30, 2012

DIY Upscale Wedding Table Decorations

Nothing says a fancy wedding like shine, glitter or lace! But an elegant table setting doesn’t have to be expensive. These easy DIY candle holder ideas will add class and sophistication to your wedding.

Mercury Glass Look – These candle holders have a well-worn antique look, but rather than spending time scouring flea marketing, you can make your own aged mirrorcandle holders. For impact, group holders of varying height together in the center of the table.

Doily candleholder – Doilies often bring to mind images of Grandma’s outdated house, but a simple doily made into a votive holder instantly adds the illusion of timelessness. Wouldn’t the shadows cast by these candleholders add a sense of romance to an evening reception?  

Glitter Glam – Gold and glitter are a classic combination. For this DIY project, some thrift store vases, spray paint and glitter are combined to make sparkly candleholders. 

If you like the gold glitter candle holders, Wedding Are Fun’s beaded gold placeholder photo frames will perfectly compliment the look.                                                                    

Being willing to DIY some of your wedding projects will allow you to have fancy reception without upscale expense.

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Modern Ideas for Unforgettable Wedding Photos

After months of planning and dreaming, your wedding day will go buy in a flash. Luckily, you can relive the excitement each time you see the photographs from your big day. Here are some ideas beyond the basic poses to capture your wedding.

Letters/Type – Wedding Chicks shows a couple with a wooden‘and’ sign. Most craft stores carry wooden and paper mache letters and type that can be incorporated into your photos. Why not also have a photo taken with the initial of your new last name?
Thank You Photo – With a little planning ahead, you can take a photo during your wedding to use later in your Thank You cards. Project Wedding shows this photo idea using a printed white poster, but other options include a burlap banner or writing on chalkboards.
Frame – Usually frames are used to house printed photos, but this unique pose incorporates the frame within the image.
Backdrop – Why not have a custom, personalized backdrop for photos? In addition to serving as a background for professional photos for the wedding party, this banner can be used to create a fun photo booth for guests.
Wedding photos serve as a reminder of the day you said your vows. Keep your memories fresh by adding some unique poses along with the traditional.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Classy Bachelorette Party Ideas

A Bachelorette Party doesn’t have to be a night out to the bar or involve a male stripper.  If you want to keep your last party as a single lady classy, there are plenty of other ways to celebrate with your gal pals. Here are a few ideas:

Beach Party – Live near the coast? A day spent on the beach can be a fabulous way to spend some time with your besties. You can make it upscale, like the party shown by 100 Layer Cake, complete with a tent and bonfire.
Or, go for a more casual affair with a picnic and classic beach games like Frisbee. Don’t forget a tank top for the bride.
Winter Wonderland Party –If you want a girls’ weekend, but flying to Vegas isn’t your style, why not rent out a cabin for the party? Being cozied up by a fire will be sure to prompt lots of fun storytelling and bonding time.
Cooking Class – A cooking class allows for a fun yet functional event. Better yet, at the end of the class you’ll have something to eat, so planning an extensive menu for the party isn’t necessary.
Even though nightclubs and crude games aren’t your thing, every bride deserves a special night out with her friends. Which idea is your favorite?

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Travel Theme Wedding Ideas

Whether you are having a destination wedding or you and your partner love to go places, a travel theme will set the mood for your big day. Here are some ideas for creating a feeling of wanderlust for your wedding.

Passport Invitations – A passport style invitation sets the tone for your celebration. Martha Stewart shows an invitation for a bridal shower that could easily be adapted to your wedding.
Luggage Tags – Have luggage tags serve double duty as escortcards and favors. Just put the guest name and table number on the tag. These fun cruise ship luggage tags look elegant but are functional as well.
Table Numbers – Why not associate each table with adestination, as shown by Red Lotus Photography? As an added touch, tell a story about a time the two of you traveled there together.
A travel themed wedding is perfect for the couple who enjoys visiting new places. Bon Voyage!

Monday, July 16, 2012

Bridesmaid Thank You Gift Ideas

They’ve been by your side through thick and thin, and now your attendants are helping you orchestrate your big day. Your gift to your bridesmaids doesn’t have to be expensive, just thoughtful. Here are some DIY projects that won’t break your wedding budget.

Personalized Tote Bags –This bag looks fancy, but only you have to know the supplies for each bag can be purchased at a local craft store for about $5 each. Personalize each tote bag with the ladies’ first initials to make them feel special.
Photo Coasters – Everyone needs coasters! All Things Homie’s blog shows using wedding photos, but to create the coasters prior to the wedding, try using group photos from your shower or Bachelorette party.
Jewelry Roll and Necklace –These jade beaded necklaces look much more complicated that they are. If you like the look with their bridesmaid dresses, simply use ribbon and beads that coordinate. Present the necklaces in personalized leather jewelry rolls the ladies can use after the wedding.
Show your attendants how much they mean to you with by giving them handmade, personalized gifts they can use for years to come.

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Bohemian Bride Style Guide

If you are looking for a bridal style that contains elements of whimsy yet isn’t too casual, the Bohemian style may be for you. The Bohemian style is known for having artistic flair and not always adhering to convention.  Here are some creative ways to add a touch of Boho style to your wedding.

Hair – A Bohemian bride’s hair shouldn’t look overly done – a natural look suits this style.   Elisa McLauglin Designs shows an easy DIY headband to be used for an unstructured updo.

AccessoriesArm Lace adds a bit of mystery and romance to the bridal look. Because it is not a common piece of jewelry, you are showing your individuality by wearing this accessory.

ShoesAdding a ruffle of chiffon to boring shoes provides the artistic flair Bohemian style is known for. Best of all, Green Wedding Shoes shows you how to do this project yourself.

Dress – With decorative accessories and eye catching shoes, it is best to keep the dress relatively simple.   Bohemian Kate shows a lovely dress free of lace and beads, allowing the shape of the dress to take center stage.  
The Bohemian look is a good choice for the bride with individual style. Best off all, the fact that the Bohemian look is about being unique, there really isn’t a way to be wrong with your look.

Monday, July 09, 2012

Take Me Out to the Ballgame Wedding – How to Have a Baseball Themed Wedding

If you and your partner are baseball fans, a baseball themed wedding is a unique idea. Whether you are getting hitched in a casual stadium setting or a more formal location, there are many fun ways to incorporate baseball into your big day.

Guest Book Alternative – Rather than using a guest book, the bride and groom from this wedding show on Martha Stewart’s website had guests autograph baseballs. You will end up with a keepsake, and every guest will feel like an All Star.
Centerpieces – Just because your theme is sports related doesn’t mean you can’t add some feminine touches. Style Me Pretty shows a centerpiece that combines baseballs in glass vases along with flowers. 
Favors – Nothing says a day at the ballpark like Cracker Jacks! Wrap boxes for an inexpensive yet fitting favor.
Groomsmen and Ring Bearer Gifts – Carry the baseball theme into your Groomsmen and Ring Bearer gifts. Give the men in your wedding a personalized engraved Rawlings baseball bat. There’s also a smaller version available for Little Leaguers.
With a baseball theme, your wedding is sure to be a hit!

Thursday, July 05, 2012

What to Do With Your Bouquet after the Wedding

Most brides have a small bouquet made for the traditional bouquet toss, meaning they now get to keep the flowers as a memento. Drying the bouquet as-is sure is an easy option, but the following ideas are creative ways to save your bouquet happily ever after.

Dried Petal Ornament – The blog Come On, Ilene shows you howto fill a glass ornament with flower petals. Empty glass ornaments are readily available at most craft stores. This keepsake is pretty enough to display all year, not just as a holiday ornament.
Framed Dried Flowers – Create a work of art using dried flowers from your bouquet. Martha Stewart shows you how to place dried petalsin a frame so you can display the flowers in your home.
Potpourri – Add some function to your dried bouquet by creating potpourri from the dried petals. Aisle Dash describes how to make the potpourri. Once you’ve made it, this special occasion vase is a great way to display the scented memento.
Keeping your bouquet can be a special way to commemorate your special day. Why not create something meaningful from the flowers to display in your home?

Monday, July 02, 2012

Unique Ways to Add Sparkle to Your Wedding Style

Sure, you have that sparkly engagement ring that started this wedding thing, but can a girl ever have enough bling? Here are some ideas for adding a bit twinkle to the big day.

Rhinestone Trim – Check out this Project Wedding idea, where a bride added rhinestone trim to her dress, which is a white version of a bridesmaid dress, to punch it up a bit. And the placement of the trim really brings a unique touch to this gown.
DIY Brooch Bouquet – Brooch bouquets have been trendy lately, and for good reason. This bouquet can be made using thrift store or heirloom jewelry. Best of all, the bouquet will not wilt and can be saved as a wedding day memento. Be sure to use some rhinestone pins to add the sparkle element.
Back Dangle – If you have a sleek gown with a plunging back, this back dangle necklace will call attention to your dress. This pearl, crystal, and rhinestone lariat necklace can be styled in multiple ways. Light bouncing off the crystals and rhinestones will bring a hint of bling.
Glittered Shoes – Adding a bit of glitter to the bottom ofyour shoes is a fun way to add a bit of sparkle to your wedding day attire. Never Naked shows how to glue glitter to the bottom of your shoes. Why not use blue glitter for “something blue?”
Every bride wants to feel lovely on her special day. Adding hints of sparkle will make any bride shine!