May 13, 2010, 7 a.m. by SMARTBRIDE

Wedding Inspiration: What's A Wedding Cone? A Must-Have Wedding Decor Item & Easy DIY Project!

TAGS: E TOWN BRIDES, DIY, WEDDING CONE, INSPIRATION

You may be asking yourself, “What exactly is a wedding cone?” Well, it’s an incredibly multipurpose and inexpensive addition to your wedding decor that you can easily make yourself!


I made the wedding cone (below) one afternoon and styled it as a wedding favor by placing it into a champagne flute. It fit perfectly and looked great! All that's missing are the treats inside that could be wrapped in cellophane and tied off with a ribbon bow.


DIY Paper Wedding Cone


You can also use a paper cone to house petals or confetti and then distribute them at the ceremony to guests. These dainty cones are perfect for the reception snack table as a vessel for pick-me-ups and other goodies because they're the perfect size and shape for munching while mingling.

May 14, 2010, 7 a.m. by SMARTBRIDE

Floral Expert Advice: A Fashion Forward Floral Jewelry & Body Flower DIY For The Modern Bride

TAGS: DIY, FLUR, BODY FLOWERS

At one time, the corsage and boutonniere reigned supreme. Any self respecting lady would never attend holiday church service without a proper carnation corsage and likewise, a true gentleman would adorn himself with a buttonhole gilded in babies breath.


DIY Finished Floral Jewelry
Image Courtesy of FLUR.


Why did the traditional corsage fall out of fashion? The answer to this is that trends have changed and today's bride-to-be is accustomed to personalizing every aspect of her perfect day. She would never ask a florist to wrap a big red rose in babies breath and ferns to create a gaudy corsage that would be strapped to the wrists of unsuspecting wedding goers.

May 21, 2010, 3 p.m. by SMARTBRIDE

3 Easy Steps to Create Your Own Bridal Bouquet: Step 3 - Go For It!

TAGS: DIY, FLUR, BRIDAL BOUQUET, FLORAL EXPERT ADVICE

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STEP 3: Go For It!



Beautiful Wired Bridal Bouquet
Wired Bridal Bouquet Image Courtesy of FLUR.


How To Make Your Own Beautiful Bouquet:


Begin by choosing in-season flowers. Generally one or two types of mass flowers (round) will create the base of the whole bouquet. Then add one or two form flowers for interest. You can add filler or accent flowers if you'd like to create something more interesting.

May 21, 2010, 3:02 p.m. by SMARTBRIDE

3 Easy Steps to Create Your Own Bridal Bouquet: Step 2 - Choose Your Florals

TAGS: DIY, FLUR, BRIDAL BOUQUET, FLORAL EXPERT ADVICE

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STEP 2: Choose Your Florals


Beautiful Wired Bridal Bouquet
Wired Bridal Bouquet Image Courtesy of FLUR.


Flower Guide:


  • Mass Flowers. Any flower that has an overall rounded head shape and a concentric petal structure, including: roses, chrysanthemums, dahlias, ranunculus and carnations. If you’re creating a round bridal bouquet, it makes sense to use round flowers. Build outward in a circle.


  • Form Flowers. Any flower where the form (outline of the petals) is emphasized, including: lilies (oriental, Asiatic and calla), anemone, hydrangea, anthurium, some orchids (cymbidium and phaleanopsis) and any flower with an interesting head shape. These work well in round bridal bouquets because they look great with mass flowers and are easy to use.

May 24, 2010, 7 a.m. by SMARTBRIDE

Pro Makeup Artist Tips: Are You Two-Faced Bride? Transitioning From Ceremony To Reception Made Easy

TAGS: MAKEUP ARTIST TIPS, DIY, CEREMONY TO RECEPTION MAKEUP

All brides want to present a beautiful face on their wedding day and the transition from ceremony to reception gives you the opportunity to show your guests two gorgeous looks!


Daytime Ceremony Makeup Look


Sarah's Daytime Ceremony Makeup Look, Courtesy of Julia Church



Two Faces Are Better Than One


The first thing you’ll want to consider when altering your makeup for your second look is the setting and timing of your reception. Many brides get married during the day and have their reception in the evening. If this is the case for you, make subtle changes to your makeup that will make it beautiful and appropriate for the lower lighting levels and more relaxed atmosphere of your party!