a twist on tradition: the alternative bouquet

A fashionable bride doesn’t need to carry roses or hydrangeas down the aisle to complete her wedding look. Flowerless bouquets are trending this season not only because of they can work within any budget but also because of their lasting qualities.  These gorgeous arrangements turn into a special keepsake that can be passed down because they won’t die by the end of the night.  These chic options range from eco-friendly recycled paper to edible creations and work well with any motif from modern to classic. For all of those who aren’t the biggest floral flans or just want to make a fashion-forward statement, unique bouquets can be crafted out of almost any material.  They save money, make a bold statement, and actually last– what more could any bride want?  Check out this fabulous selection of non-floral bouquets and discover all of the stunning possibilities!

The Newspaper Bouquet

Newspaper

The One and Done Bouquet

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The Seashell Bouquet

Shells

The Feather Bouquet

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The Edible Bouquet

edible

The Felt Bouquet

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The Nature Bouquet

Nature

The Recycled Paper Bouquet

Recycled Paper

The Zipper Bouquet

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The Pearl Bouquet

Pearl

The Button Bouquet

Buttons

The Metal Bouquet

Metal

The Brooch Bouquet

Brooch

The Yarn Bouquet

Yarn

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hand-painted wedding cakes

Colorful and wow-worthy, these artistic wedding cakes are truly one-of-a-kind.  Inspiration can come from any theme, all you need is a talented baker who can transform fondant into a masterpiece canvas of sugar and flour.   Now that the plain white cake is out, these intricate confections become the focal centerpiece of your reception.  But be warned– you might experience some heart break when it’s time to cut the cake!  Check out some stunning favs:

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friday cheers: rock candy cocktails

candyKick off your reception with a personal touch by allowing guests to indulge in a signature cocktail.  These planned drinks often match the colors or wedding theme and make easy an conversation starter for guests– even those that aren’t huge drinkers.

Rock candy cocktails are a whimsical treat that bring back childhood memories in a classy way.  These cocktails are the perfect edition to your wedding because they are just so simple.  You can pick your favorite champagne and easily add a rock candy stirrer in any color to compliment your decor.  Guests will appreciate the matching details and you’ll automatically have a drink menu that wows.  They also can serves as a decorative touch– just line empty glass that haven’t been used yet and garnish them with the rock candy sticks.  Get inspired (and thirsty) by some of these yummy rock candy creations!

Rock Candy Martini

Ingredients
2 oz. hpnotiq
1 oz. vodka
Splash of pineapple juice
1 blue rock candy
Directions 
 Chill the glass, mix ingredients, shake well, and pour into martini glass.  Add the rock candy stick for an adorable accent.

Citrus on the Rocks

Ingredients
2 orange rock candy sticks
6 ounces citrus-flavored vodka
2 ounces triple sec
Directions
Combine vodka and triple sec in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake well. Strain mixture into chilled glasses, and garnish with the candy. Serve immediately and enjoy with your guests!

 

 

 

 

a washi wedding

Washi tape is a fun, decorative Japanese masking tape that’s dominating the crafting world because of its ease and variety of sizes/patterns.  This vibrant accent is normally made out of rice paper which gives it a transparent feel.  It’s also removable which allows any DIY bride the opportunity to reposition and explore different layering possibilites.  You can also explore your creativity with the freedom to play with any number delicate designs.  Because of wide range of styles, washi can be incorporated within a number of diverse themes.  It’s up to each individual bride to decide how intricate her wedding details are– it all depends on how you take advantage of the washi tape options within your personal wedding style!

Don’t be afraid to get your shop on– here are some great sites to explore the wonderful world of washi: Cute Tape ,Freckled Fawn, Etsy or you can order large quantities for wholesale prices at AliExpress, Japanese Gift Market , or DHgate

Get inspired by these 6 ways to easily transform your wedding with washi tape and learn why crafty brides just can’t put the stuff down.

1) Save the dates/invites

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2) Escort Cards

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3) Cake

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4) Vases

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5) Details

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6) Favors

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the ombre appeal

Definition of OMBRÉ

: having colors or tones that shade into each other —used especially of fabrics in which the color is graduated from light to dark
— ombré noun

Ombre mania is one of the biggest trends among weddings and is consistently growing in popularity.  This style can easily be incorporated into your wedding theme by adding moderate touches or including it within every detail.  The simple concept of playing with color tones can leave a dramatic impression and complements both modern and softer wedding aesthetics.

Wedding Dress

Picking an ombre wedding dress is a bold statement that can pump-up the wow factor of any gown that boosts a traditional silhouette.  The touch of of color can be as dramatic as you desire but you can keep it slight to add just a hint of personality to your look.

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Wedding Party

Ombre bridesmaid dresses are a strong way to capture your theme during the ceremony and in pictures.  There are two styles of ombre dresses that you and your girls can choose from: either different dresses and have each girl in a varying shade of your specific color or a dress that changes in tone from light to dark. Both options are fresh looks that will leave your bridesmaids glowing instead of second guessing your friendship.

Option 1

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Option 2

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And don’t forget about the little ladies!

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Paper Products

Your wedding theme is introduced to guests as soon as you send out the save-the-date or invitation and should be consistently maintained throughout the event.  A spectacularly planned wedding is detail orientated and creatively enhances the design with simple touches.

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Flowers/Decor

Elegant flowers arranged by color can be the wow factor that every bride wants to see when she walks into her reception for the first time.  Placing flowers from subdued to bold creates a vibrant feel that can be carried throughout the decor.  The best part is that this theme is possible with any budget!  Because the effect works with any flower, you can pick flowers that are in season and have a trendy wedding without overspending.  A thrifty bride is always a happy bride…especially when the outcome looks so expensive!

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Cakes

The ombre wedding cake is the easiest yet most diverse way to incorporate the ombre style into any wedding.  You have the option of selecting ombre layers within a cake, ombre fondant/decor on the outside, or both!  Just like with the ombre trend in general, an ombre wedding cake is just as stunning whether it has a contemporary or ruffled look.  You are free to interpret the ombre trend in any direction and the cake is the centerpiece for your creativity.

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Favors

Favors are the last impression that your guest will take away from your wedding. Whether it is through sweet treats or elegant packaging, your ombre inspiration can impact your guests through to the very end.

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who wore it best?

Lady Mary Crawley vs. Blair Waldorf 

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Both Lady Mary and Blair finally tied the knot during two highly anticipated episodes of their respective  shows and these lavish affairs had more in common than the average TV junkie may assume.  One involves British nobility while the other joins American royalty.  Both blushing brides are paired with grooms who are so perfectly polished that it should be illegal.  And even though one wedding takes place in the 1920s while the other is set in 2012, they both feature a strikingly similar garland encrusted headpiece that adds a glamorous final touch to both of their wedding styles.

So who wore it best?

Downton Abbey’s main character Lady Mary’s diamond embellished tiara is a family heirloom that her sister Lady Edith also rocks during her own wedding (even though this wedding isn’t as successful). This vintage headpiece was created by by royal jewelers Bentley & Skinnner  and helps carry Mary’s silver motif through with its dazzling 45-carats.

Blair officially became Mrs. Chuck Bass during the Gossip Girl series finale.  She successfully captivated fans in her detailed powder blue Elie Saab Couture gown and crystal-encrusted tiara.  The Park Avenue princess opted to go viel-less and showed off her Jennifer Behr  Swarovski masterpiece that retails for $1250. In an interview with InStyle.com, Behr says, “Think of headbands as jewelry for the hair and to select a piece that matches your style and just mix it in.”

This timeless headpiece worked flawlessly with both Lady Mary and Blairs wedding ensambles but that doesn’t mean you can’t be brave and explore other bold options!

a twist on tradition: the uncommon wedding cake

Nothing screams “90’s wedding” like vanilla cake with buttercream.  Nothing brings to mind images of weddings circa 2002 faster than globs of fondant.  For a fresh take on the standard wedding dessert check out these 7 non traditional wedding cakes and get inspired to leave your wedding guests craving more.

“I want more buttercream!” said no one ever….

The inside-out/ deconstructed wedding cake  

Redefine the tired wedding cake by serving your guests the visually unexpected.  Show off the insides of your luscious cake by opting for layers filled with seasonal fruit or accenting them with specific flowers instead of picking the typical sheath of icing.

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The cake pop wedding cake 

For a serious wow-worthy moment opt for a wedding cake constructed from individual cake pops.  You still can achieve the dramatic look of multiple tiers but you’ll skip on the cake-cutting cost by allowing guests to serve themselves by grabbing a pop or two.

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The pie wedding cake  

Let them eat pie! Pick your favorite flavor or dedicate each tier to a different filling and you will have a simple yet chic dessert for  your reception.  Pies are all of the rage and with endless flavors to pick from it could easily take a day to taste and customize your stacks.  Sampling endless pie…I can’t think of a better way to spend an afternoon.

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The macaron wedding cake 

These sweet treats can be ordered to compliment any color scheme while adding a modern vibe to your dessert display.  Whether it is is a  supplement accent or the entire “cake” this french treat adds a sweet spirit to any American wedding.

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The breakfast wedding cake

For a totally unique last course, why not serve your favorite first meal of the day?  Crepes, doughnuts, or pancakes can all be stacked in the shape of a classic wedding cake but that is the only thing conventional about this tempting dessert.

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The rice krispie wedding cake

Redefine the wedding cake by sticking to the traditional stacked silhouette but ordering your favorite dessert instead.  If you prefer cereal treats to cake then go for the rice krispies.  You’ll score points for adding personality to your event by staying true to yourself and serving your interpretation of the perfect wedding “cake.”

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The cookie wedding cake 

Allow guest to sample different treats by ordering a variety of cookies and encouraging them to taste away.  Cookie cakes can be composed entirely of the bride or groom’s other true love or a fun mix of delicate treats.

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