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GREEN WEDDING CENTERPIECES

Seaside Centerpiece

An arrangement of sweet peas, tweedia, and muscari complement a soft sea glass color palette.

Ruffly hydrangeas and viburnums look like a hedgerow atop this Nantucket basket-inspired weave of ribbon.

Beachy Centerpiece

Potted topiaries are placed in metal beach buckets that are painted in coordinating hues.

Take Home Centerpiece

Floral bunches in cones, grouped together in vases, offer an impressive and economical solution to both decor and favors.

Succulents

These mini terrariums make chic table decor when grouped en masse — and they double as favors, too!

Budget Centerpiece

Farmers’-market greenery, like oregano, basil, and tarragon, planted in sleek pots gives modern containers an organic feel.

Fruit Centerpiece

This clear glass footed bowl is overflowing with fresh green fruit — quince, grapes, Anjou pears, apples, and chinaberries — and delicate flowers. Variegated ivy and white blooming clematis vines form graceful twirls around the mount of fruit.

Take Home Centerpiece

Budding seedlings placed in sleek sake cups get grouped together on tables for a centerpiece and favor display full of visual interest.

Artistic Centerpiece

A painterly mix of green hydrangea, jade roses, and moss are arranged in cast-iron garden urns.

Tall Centerpiece

Soaring Bells of Ireland, native dogwood branches, and tulips are anchored by a trio of simple flower groupings.

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CHALKBOARD MONOGRAM STICKER PRINTABLES

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iiHow to personalize and print the monogram sticker template:

1. Download Ophir {a free font} here.
2. Download the PDF by clicking the banner below.
3. Enter initials into the editable fields, making sure that Ophir is the font selected.
4. Print on #8293 Avery 1.5″ round sticker labels. Make sure that Page Scaling is set to “None”.
5. Apply them on wedding favors, invitation envelopes and gifts.

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***A special Thank You to Elli for sharing this free printable.

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WEDDING THANK YOU CARD WORDING & ETIQUETTE

                                         Pink Lily Thank You Notes

After months of planning and a day of exhilarating celebration, the thank you card is the most forgotten part of a shower or wedding. But it is one of the most important details because it lets your guests know how appreciative you are that they shared in your wonderful event.

In sending thank you cards to your guests, there is certain thank you card etiquette you should keep in mind.

RESPONSE TIME

The most common question people have about sending thank you cards is “When should they be sent?” Bridal shower thank you notes should be sent within two weeks of the event. Brides and grooms should wait no more than 6-8 weeks after the ceremony to send their wedding thank you cards.

In fact, couples should start sending thank you notes as soon as the gifts start arriving, even if it is before the wedding. This will help couples who have 100+ thank you cards to send out after the wedding.

To face the daunting task of sending so many thank you notes, couples should create a goal to write a certain number of wedding thank you cards each day.

In an effort to speed up response time, brides and grooms often order thank you cards with the wedding invitations. While it is not required that they match, it offers couples a cleaner, more cohesive look.

THE CONTENTS

The real challenge couples face is what to write in their thank you notes. The basic formula to remember is to greet the guest, express gratitude, be specific about the gift, and thank them for attending (or for thinking of you if they could not attend).

When making specific reference to the gift, tell the giver how you will use the gift. For example, “We use the cappuccino maker every morning. We cannot live without it.” If you do not like the gift, simply say “thank you” or say “I’ll think of you every time I use it.”

Check and re-check to make sure the person you are thanking for a gift is actually the person who sent it. Other than misspelling a guest’s name, nothing is more unflattering than mixing up guests and gifts. One way to ensure accuracy is to write the thank you card as you open each gift.

For monetary gifts, on the other hand, thank them for their generosity without mentioning a specific amount. You may even want to say something such as “Your generosity will help with the down payment for our new home.”

Even if a guest did not give a gift, it is still important to send them a thank you card that says, “Thank you for attending.” Providing thank you cards to vendors is also an important detail to remember as they helped make your day special, too.

Always send bridal shower thank you notes separate from wedding notes, even if they are to the same person.

Another way to add a personal touch to the thank you note is to include a photo that was taken with you and the attendee at the wedding. In addition to thanking the gift giver, this idea will enable you to give something back to the guest as a token of appreciation.

When sending your thank you notes, you should address each one to the individual who attended or the individual who signed your gift card. For families, you should address the envelope to “Mr. and Mrs.” The salutation inside can use their first names as long as you have a close relationship with them. For those you have a more formal relationship with, you should maintain the Mr. and Mrs. greeting inside the note. In the body, mention your gratitude to the other family members who attended.

For an added personal touch you can use specialty or collector’s stamps from the post office. Also, remember to hand-stamp every note. Prepaid postage techniques are too impersonal. Another option is to purchase personalized postage stamps with a wedding photo.

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Lemon Shortbread Cookies

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Looking for the perfect DIY wedding favor? Maybe you’re just searching for a delicious cookie treat. Either way, you are in luck! These lemon shortbread cookies are packed with lemon flavor and whether you are making them for yourself or as favors, they’re sure to be a hit!

Ingredients

1 2/3 cup all-purpose flour
1/3 cup corn starch
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
1/2 cup confectioner’s sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 tablespoon lemon zest (more or less, to taste)

Directions

Sift together the flour, cornstarch, and salt in a medium bowl and set aside.

In the bowl, beat the butter and sugar together until smooth, about 1-2 minutes.

Beat in the vanilla extract and lemon zest until just combined.

With the mixer on the lowest speed, gradually add the flour and mix until just combined.  Do not over mix.

Remove the dough from the bowl and form into a flattened disk; wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 1 hour.

On a lightly floured surface, roll the dough out to 1/4 inch.  Cut out shapes with cutter of your choice.

Place cut cookies on a parchment lined baking sheet at least 1 inch apart.  Sprinkle with lemon sugar, if using.  Refrigerate for at least 15 minutes before baking.

Bake the cookies for 14-16 minutes, or until very lightly browned.  Allow cookies to cool on pan for one minute, and then transfer them to a wire rack to cool completely. Store in an airtight container for up to a week.

*** Place the cookies in a mason jar or pretty box if giving as gifts or favors.

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10 Great Handwritten Font Combinations

The best way to match fonts, is to pick your favorites and just play with them. Always remember the rule of opposites attract. If you look through this list, you’ll see that none of the fonts look like their partners. Bold and delicate, thick and fine, cursive and straight, all caps, and lower case.

Remember though, just because the fonts look good together in the list here, it’s not a guarantee that they will go with your text or your photo/graphic. You have to test them out and see if you like your text in that font. Dafont.com is great because you can enter your text and then search fonts to see which have the best lettering for those words.

FREE FONT DOWNLOADS

Sunshine in My Soul
Return to Sender
A Gentle Touch
Simplicity
Futura Hand
CF Jack Story
English Essay
Windsor Hand
Mathilde
KG Somebody That I Used to Know
KG Skinny Latte
CK Carolyn
Pea NaeNae
MTF Epic
Janda Elegant Handwriting
Antique No 14
DK Wayang
DK Carte Blanche
Centeria Script
Geo Sans Light

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DIY CRAFTY WEDDING IDEAS

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Triangles have become SUPER popular lately. These frames would be fun to display wedding signs or table numbers

                                     Triangle Frame Tutorial

DIY: Create Honeymoon Memories

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While on your honeymoon, send yourself a postcard every day from wherever you are with what you did that day…then bind them when you return to have a journal of your trip — complete with photos, stamps, and a run-down of each day’s events.

DIY Ring Pillow Satchel

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This cute satchel would be adorable for a ring pillow. After the wedding you will have a sweet keepsake to remember your special day. 

                           Heart Satchel Instruction Here

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                                Sugar ‘n Cream Scents Yarn 

DIY: Upcycled Glitter Tape Vase

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Add a bit of glitz and glamour to your bridal shower with tin can glitter vases.  

DIY Lanyard Chain Bracelet

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These lanyard bracelets would be fun for your bridesmaid and flower girls.                              
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                                        BRACELET TUTORIAL

DIY Folkart Clay Owl

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This do-it-yourself project comes with step by step instructions and pictures to help you get through the process.

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 You can paint the owl with Folk Art Acrylic Paint and add a little string onto the back for an instant handmade ornament!

                            FOLK ART CLAY OWL TUTORIAL

**** A special Thank You to Blitsy Crafts for allowing us to use their photos.

You can view the entire Blitsy Craft line here

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How To Include Your Dog In The Wedding

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Calling all dog owners! No doubt you’re head-over heels in love with that pooch of yours, and you may even be looking for a creative way to include your beloved dog in your wedding. Whether that means a nod to your pet on your save-the-dates or your dog in a fancy dog collar walking down the aisle.

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If you are thinking about including your favorite four-legged friend in your wedding ceremony, here are some tips for you:

  • The first thing to consider is the personality of your dog. Does she do well in crowds? Is she social or shy? How old is your dog? Will this be physically challenging for her? If the event will be more stressful than fun for your dog, you may want to weigh in how important it is to include her. There are lots of fun ways to honor your pet at the wedding without actually having her there.
  • If you’ve decided that Fido is in fact going to make an appearance, the next thing you want to do is make sure that dogs are allowed at your wedding venue. For example, a restaurant wedding would not be an option for you if you wanted to include your pooch. Talk to the officiant of your ceremony as well as the venue to make sure all are comfortable and aware of your plans. You may need to follow some specific rules or pay an extra fee to include them.
  • Another place to check in with is your hotel. If you book with a hotel that is dog-friendly, you’ll have a place where your dog can relax and get some space from the hustle and bustle of a crazy wedding day. If your dog will tolerate a crate, make sure they have one so they can feel safe.
  • Think about what role your dog will play. Will she carry a ring-bearing pillow around her neck or will she simply accompany you down the aisle? Will you want your dog to wear a special collar or leash?  You can find some cute bow tie collars on Etsy to make your dog feel right at home with the rest of the well dressed attendees. 
  • There are several types of bow ties you can purchase. A full collar bow tie or a clip-on bow tie.
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                                      Blue Polka Clip On Dog Bowtie

A clip on bow tie does not come with a collar. You use your dog’s own collar and you attach the bow tie with velcro strips. Clip-ons are very affordable and versatile as you can remove the bow tie and mix and match it with all style collars. 

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                               Purple Rhinestone Clip On Dog Collar

Full Collar Bow ties

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                            Red And White Stripe Bow Tie Collar

A full collar bow tie comes complete with a collar. These collars are not as versatile as the clip on as you can’t mix and match with different collars. However, one advantage to this type of collar is that the bow tie will match the collar (unlike with the clip on).

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  •  Before the wedding day, it’s a good idea to take your dog to visit the space a day or two ahead of time, so you can both be comfortable with how they will behave there, and check out any foreseeable trouble spots.
  • Make sure you arrange for care before, during, and after the ceremony and reception, so a handler has specific responsibility for your dog at all times. This should be someone she trusts, so she feels comfortable in an unusual environment. You don’t want to be worrying about your furry child on your wedding day. Make sure the handler has supplies for any accidents, such as doggy bags and paper towels, and that the handler allows for many potty breaks. Also, bring their favorite treat and toy to help distract them if they get upset or squirrly.
  • You’ll need portable food and water on hand and to feed and water your dog early and often, since dogs can easily get over stimulated at events like this.
  • Make sure to have an exit plan if they can’t sit through the ceremony, or things don’t go as expected on the wedding day.
  • Always make sure your dog is on a leash, even if she is very well trained. This will make the guests more comfortable as well as eliminate the dog getting lost during the reception. You also want to be aware of guests with allergies or a fear of dogs.
  • One last thing is you might consider is wedding insurance, especially with a dog in attendance.

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If you choose NOT to bring your pooch to the party, you can still honor her in a number of significant ways. Perhaps she can be part of your engagement shoot, and you can include portraits of the three of you to decorate the reception, put in your save the date cards or wedding announcements.

One bride included her dog in a sweet pendent she attached to her bouquet. Another used their dog as inspiration to decorate their wedding menu and napkins, and another used the image of their dog to light up the reception dance floor!

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There are so many fun things you can do to include your dog as part of your wedding day festivities, whether or not she is able to actually attend.

*** A special Thank You to Barking in The Rain for allowing us to use their photos. You can view their entire line of handmade Bow Tie Dog Collars Here

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Cheesecake Cupcakes - Strawberry or Caramel

CHEESECAKE CUPCAKES

Yields: 24 Cupcakes

Ingredients

  • 2 cups finely crushed graham crackers (from 16 sheets)
  • 3 Tbsp granulated sugar
  • 7 Tbsp salted butter, melted
  • 4 (8 oz) pkg cream cheese, softened
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 3 Tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 4 large eggs
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • Salted Caramel Sauce or Strawberry Sauce, recipes follow

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a mixing bowl, whisk together crushed graham crackers with 3 Tbsp granulated sugar. Pour in melted butter and stir mixture until evenly coated. Divide graham cracker mixture among 24 paper lined muffin cups, adding about a heaping Tbsp to each. Press mixture into an even layer. Bake in preheated oven 5 minutes. Remove from oven and allow to cool while preparing filling.

In a small mixing bowl, whisk together 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar with 3 Tbsp flour until well blended. Add softened cream cheese to a separate mixing bowl and pour sugar mixture over top. Blend mixture on low speed until smooth. Mix in eggs one at a time and blend on low speed, while scrapping sides and bottom of bowl and mixing just until combined after each addition. Add vanilla, sour cream and heavy cream and mix just until combined.

Tap mixing bowl against counter top about 30 times to release some of the air bubbles. Divide mixture among muffin cups filling each cup nearly full.

NOTE: Please do not bake these cheesecake cupcakes in foil liners

Bake in preheated oven 20 - 23 minutes, centers should still jiggle slightly, don’t overbake (if they begin to crack they are starting to become overbaked). Remove from oven and allow to cool 1 hour. Cover loosely with plastic wrap and transfer to refrigerator and chill 2 hours.

Serve chilled with a spoonful of Salted Caramel Sauce or Strawberry Sauce (note: for best results spoon topping on just before serving). Store in an airtight container in refrigerator or freeze.

STRAWBERRY SAUCE

Ingredients
  • 1 lb fresh strawberries, rinsed and dried
  • 2 Tbsp granulated sugar
  • 2 tsp fresh lime or lemon juice

Directions

  • Combine all ingredients in a food processor and pulse until well chopped and mixture is beginning to break down and liquefy (I liked it with some small pieces not completely pureed). Transfer to an airtight container and chill 30 minutes or until ready to serve.
CARAMEL SAUCE


Ingredients

  • 1 1 /2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup + 2 Tbsp water
  • 6 Tbsp salted butter
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream
  • Maldon or coarse sea salt, for sprinkling

Directions

  • Gather all of your ingredients and have them nearby ready to add to the mixture as needed.
  • In a heavy-bottomed 3 quart saucepan, heat sugar and water over moderately high heat whisking constantly to dissolve sugar. Once mixture reaches a boil, stop whisking and allow mixture to boil until it reaches a dark amber color, carefully swirling pan occasionally. Once mixture reaches a dark amber color, immediately add butter and whisk until butter has melted then immediately remove from heat. Wait 3 seconds then carefully pour in cream and immediately whisk to combine (it will bubble vigorously). Whisk until mixture is smooth.
  • Allow caramel to cool several minutes then pour into a glass jar to cool. Sprinkle lightly with sea salt after spooning caramel over cheesecakes.

Original Recipe: Cooking Classy

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DIY: Dimensional Heart Garland

The only thing better than a  bright confetti garland is a garland with an added dimension to it. Don’t you agree? With it’s simple heart shapes and pretty colors, this dimensional heart garland has it all. An easy project to bring a detail of prettiness to any wedding decor. Hang between rows of seats, behind a dessert table, vertically to stage the ceremony, or around the head table as accent décor.

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TOOLS

  • Heart Punch
  • Craft Paper
  • Glue
  • String

DIRECTIONS

Punch out hearts for the length of your bunting. Each section of the bunting will use two hearts.

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Once the hearts are punched, cut a length of thin string and begin gluing on the hearts. Lay one heart down (backside up). Center a small line of glue, then quickly layer the string on top and another heart (backside down). Measure a few inches and continue the process.

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Once all the hearts are laid and dried, fold the top and bottom hearts away from one another for a pretty 3D effect.

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Run the lengths of garland around cardboard dividers and tape in place as you go. This will make it easier to transport without getting tangled.

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*** Special Thank You to: Subtle Revelry  |   Photography By: Pictilio

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DIY: Canelé Cake Favors / Escort Cards

Canelé cakes originated in France, where they were popular starting in the 19th century. Today you can find them at most bakeries. The little cakes are about three inches tall with a caramelized crust, and a custard in the center. You can make your own or order them in bulk from a bakery. We’ve created a cute, modern packaging for a wedding favor.

                 

Materials:
  • Canelé cakes 
  • bright tissue paper
  • string 
  • pinking shears
  • white pen
  • white round sticker

Step One:

Cut a 6” by 6” square of the tissue with pinking sheers (use two pieces per cake)

                     

Step Two:

Write the name of the guest about 2 inches from the bottom of the paper. Once it’s wrapped up it will look like the photo below.


                    

Step Three:

Roll the cake in the tissue and fold over the end of the paper onto the bottom of the cake.

                    
Step Four:

Secure with a sticker.

                   
Step Five:

Twist the top tissue and secure with string. Trim if necessary.

                  



***Project By: Chelsea Fuss | Photos By: Lisa Warninger

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DIY: A Garden Rose Bouquet

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If you’ve always dreamt of carrying a bouquet of old fashioned garden roses down the aisle, but your budget doesn’t quite match up to the dream, try this version!

Materials:
  • 24 stems of spray roses (It works best if you buy one bunch with buds and one bunch with open blossoms) Order them ahead of time to secure your favorite color!
  • Garden clippers
  • String or twine
  • florist tape
  • 1-2 yards of ribbon

Directions: 

First, pick off the brown petals from the blossoms. We used spray roses, one of the most inexpensive roses on the market, to create this bouquet.


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"Edit" each stem. Spray roses have several blossoms on each stem. Clip 1-2 off each stem to leave the prettiest blossoms and the stems that are around the same level on the stem. Also, remove the leaves from these stems.

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Take a few of the stems with nice leaves and clip off all the blossoms. Wash the leaves. Leave 1-2 branches of leaves on the stem. Make sure none of the leaves are too low on the stem or it will interfere with the “handle” of your bouquet. Be sure to choose leaves that are hydrated and feel firm.

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Spray roses consist of 3-5 smaller blossoms on each stem, and have a more casual feel then your normal florists’ roses. They are readily available at markets and florists all year.

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Gather a few stems in one hand at a 45 degree angle. Each time you add a stem, turn your bouquet. Don’t be afraid to place some blossoms higher than others. This gives your bouquet depth and interest.

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Be sure to add leaves in as you go. These frame the blossoms and give the bouquet a natural feel. Tie with twine, cover in florist tape (to protect the ribbon) and tie up with a ribbon.

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By deconstructing the spray roses, you can create a bouquet that looks very natural. Your guests will never guess that your flowers came from the local grocery!

The total cost of this bouquet: $12 + ribbon!

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Enjoy your beautiful, garden bouquet!

****  Photo Credits Chelsea Fuss

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