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How to make a light-up wedding bouquet

Bauble bouquets are a perfect bright ‘n’ bubbly addition to a Christmas-themed wedding, or even a cute addition to a snowy, winter wonderland wedding! Why not have an additional way of adding a personal touch to your wedding?

They’re so pretty, we can’t stop staring at them! Add a little sparkle to your floral bouquet, or have a bouquet made entirely out of baubles! We’ve seen paper, silk, brooch, caged bouquets and even lollipop bouquets, but baubles are a whole new thing!  We absolutely love this take on the Christmas wedding theme, paying homage to years of tree decorating and adding a little Christmas cheer to your wedding day.

Supplies Needed:

  • 30 medium-sized shatter-proof Christmas bulb ornaments in two to three textures such as shiny or glitter coated
  • Florist tape and wire
  • Wire cutters
  • Fast drying glue
  • Tulle
  • Matching bead sticks/picks (found at craft stores, probably in the floral aisles…)
  • Styrofoam bouquet base
  • Ribbon, 4 inch
  • Battery operated LED lights 10 per string

Prepare the Christmas ornaments:

  1. Cut about 4 inch pieces of florist wire
  2. Bend the wires in half and stick them into the bulb tops
  3. Glue wire into bulbs
  4. Use as many as you need to fill your bouquet, about half shiny and half glittery bulbs

Prepare the tulle & lights:

  1. Cut ten 4-inch tulle squares
  2. Tie the tulle in the middle with the florist wire
  3. Twist the wire to make a stick
  4. Stick the tulle sticks in the base
  5. Attach the LED lights to 10 of these with craft wire
  6. Cut bead sticks to about 4 inch lengths

Build the bouquet:

  1. Starting in the center of the styrofoam bouquet base, first insert the Christmas bulbs on wires, filling the entire bouquet
  2. Then, add the tulle and lights between the ornaments
  3. To ensure things are filled in, add plain tulle picks without lights as necessary
  4. Add the bead picks as embellishment

Hiding the battery pack:
I made a bag out of the 4 inch ribbon and inserted the battery pack. I attached the battery pack to the handle of the bouquet by wrapping tulle around it and tying it off. I also covered the bottom side of the bouquet form with ribbon.

Wedding Photo Album

Creating your album is, yes, a tedious process, but it’s also one of the most rewarding parts of wedding planning. You’ll have a beautiful album for a lifetime. Your instinct may be to jump right in, tear through your proofs and immediately figure out what should go into your album.

Step 1: Don’t Go It Alone

Your first look at the wedding photos can be overwhelming (to say the least), so you’d be wise to wait until your new spouse (or friend, sister or mother) is present to take your first glance. But be careful whom you choose. If your mother’s comments tend to stress you out—however well meaning—ask your maid of honor instead, and involve your mom later in the process, if you want. It’s likely that all proofs will be on the photographer’s website, and you’ll be given a password to see them all, but if you do get hard copies, do not lend anyone your proofs. No one will care for them the way you do, and they may get lost or damaged.

Step 2: Sort Wisely

Go with your gut on your first look and write down the shots that jump out at you. Don’t overthink it. Just pick 20 to 30 of your favorites. The next step is to weed out the bad pictures (of blinking guests, for example).

Step 3: Decide on an Album Type

There are many options for albums. You can go traditional with a classic matted style album, which is generally bound like a book in which frames hide the edges of the photos. Depending on the quality (traditional albums come in leather, canvas and even faux leather or suede) these albums can be very sturdy and tend to endure age and use better than other styles.

A modern option: coffee-table books. Like a magazine created just for you, these albums come in a range of colors and materials, and the layout possibilities are endless. And like books, they’re printed on a press, so rather than actual photos, you have pages with your photos printed on them. The set-up fees are expensive, but once you have a layout, you can often order multiple albums for a fraction of the initial cost.

Not interested in an actual photo album? Arrange in advance to buy your digital files from your photographer. You can keep them on your hard drive, upload them to a photo site for sharing, make DVD slideshows and order prints whenever you want.

Step 4: Take Your Time

Choosing photos for a wedding album takes six hours on average, so don’t expect it to be a quick task. You worked hard to plan your wedding—taking time to reflect with your fabulous photos is part of the payoff. But try not to lose momentum after the wedding. Make your initial selections (the 20 to 30 faves) even if you’re all wedding-ed out.

Step 5: Tell Your Story

In addition to representing a range of events and individuals, vary images by look and type. Modern couples tend to favor a photojournalistic style, emphasizing lots of candid shots, but make sure you have some formal posed shots too. Mixing black-and-white or sepia with color shots will also give your album a dynamic edge. Many photographers suggest a 1:3 black-and-white to color ratio, but anything goes.

Step 6: Lay It Out

Now the fun part: putting it in order. Chances are, your photographer will have all of the proofs in order of the day’s events for you to look at them on-screen on their website. Remember: You’re telling a story. And while it might be easiest to arrange your album chronologically, it’s okay to deviate if you wish.

Bridal Hairstyles

  Your choice of hairstyle can affect your overall bridal look dramatically

So, it is important to pick a hairstyle that will not only be comfortable, but will match your style of dress and overall wedding theme. One very versatile look that matches most themes is braids – and there are plenty of elegant, stylish and, even, fun options – that won’t make you look like a little girl!

Accessories to Complement Your Wedding Hairstyle

If you are wearing a classic long veil, your hairstyle will need to be able to take a little weight. The veil should be attached to your head at the crown if you are wearing your hair loose, or can be attached underneath an up do to avoid ruining the style.

Current bridal hair trends are heading towards messy and textured styles, and whimsical looks that make use fresh flowers and Grecian style head pieces.

1. Braided crown

If you have long hair and want it all off your neck but prefer not to just wear a standard bun, a braided crown is an excellent option. With the long hair braided carefully around your head, it can appear as though it is a literal crown of braided hair in place of a floral crown. For added detail, incorporate some flowers.

2. Hidden fishtail braid

The hidden fishtail braid adds a touch of style to your hair. Wear the rest of your hair down while incorporating a small fishtail braid that appears hidden in the rest of your hair. This works well with a messier, more bohemian hairstyle.

3. Half-up braided crown

The half-up braided crown is an excellent and romantic option for those that what the look of a braided crown but still wants hair hanging down over their shoulders. This works well for women with thick curly hair.

4. Braided updo

The braided updo is an elegant way to get long hair, or even shorter hair, up off the back of the neck. Simply braid the hair and swoop it up into an updo. To add an extra touch to the braid frame the face with some loose tendrils of hair slightly curled.

5. Multiple long loose braids

If the bride to be has a lot of long hair, an assortment of loose braids scattered through long flowing hair makes a great look. This style is better suited for a more casual wedding.

6. Modern bun with fishtail braid

This combination of fishtail braidswrapped around a messy, modern style of bun creates a hairstyle that is a refreshing and fun change from the traditional bun that sits high on the head. Keep some hair loose around the face to give it a bohemian or casual feel.

A shorter, elbow length veil will be much lighter, and won’t ruin your style. These tend to look best with short hair or an up do. Ask your stylist to attach your veil, and if you want to be able to take it off after the ceremony, make sure they are aware of that.

Modern hair corsages, both fresh and fabric, are a key look this season. Wear yours at the side of a bun or chignon, or behind your ear if you are wearing your hair down with waves. Fix your corsage in place with plenty of grips so you aren’t worried about it coming loose.

Wedding MakeUp

On such a special day most brides want a totally different makeup scheme to their usual look, but many are worried about getting it wrong and ending up looking garish or overdone. Finding an experienced makeup artist, who will come up with a wedding makeup combination that suits both your skin tone and your wedding style, can ensure that you look beautiful in your wedding photos.

Your makeup artist should have a wide range of styles in their repertoire and they should be prepared to listen to what you want, whilst also making suggestions themselves if they feel something you ask for might not suit you or your wedding style. When you have a trial your makeup artist should try out a few different looks to make sure they get exactly what you want, rather than settling for the first try. If you aren’t happy with your makeup trial, either book another appointment or find another makeup artist.

Choose colours that match your complexion. Generally brunettes look good in warm shades of plum, cream and copper, while blondes can carry off colder shades such as lavender, blue-grey and teal. Redheads look stunning in peach, grey or moss green. Very few brides get through the day without a few tears of joy, so make sure you avoid panda eyes by using good quality waterproof mascara. This can also double up as waterproof liquid eyeliner; just dip the eyeliner brush in the mascara tube.

If you want to make any changes to your skin care and beauty routine, do so several weeks before the wedding. Getting a facial or using a new beauty product the week before the big day can provoke a very ill timed breakout.

Getting the perfect complexion on your wedding day can take more than a good foundation. The stress of wedding planning can cause breakouts and bad skin, so take time to relax and pamper yourself before the big day. Drink plenty of water and fruit smoothies, and try to limit the amount of coffee and alcohol you consume. Get into the habit of cleansing and moisturising daily, preferably several weeks before the wedding.

Eye makeup is both glamorous and elegant, with soft colourful shades enhanced by several coats of mascara, or possibly even false eyelashes. Lips are lined to create fullness, and lipstick is topped with a little shimmering lip gloss. Red is the hottest trend in lip colour, but if you feel this is a little over the top, or doesn’t really suit you, ask your make up artist to recommend a shade that complements your skin tone.

Wedding Catering

While many couples still love the idea of the traditional three course dinner for their wedding breakfast, others are looking for ways to make their catering more interactive, contemporary, and entertaining.

Food stations are the utmost in wedding chic, and every season sees the emergence of a new type of station. Set up a number of food stations around your venue, each serving a specific cuisine such as succulent sushi, mini burgers, spicy Mexican treats, or decadent desserts. Have a specialist at each station to advise your guests on combining their food.

Carve at the table is a twist on the traditional wedding dish of roast meat and gives your guests something to watch while they are waiting for their dinner to be served. Have a selection of meats and at least one server to every twenty guests.

Cocktail bars allow your guests to create their own drinks and provide interactive catering. Set up a bar with glasses, various types of champagne or sparkling wine, liqueurs and fruit juices to mix them with, and a selection of fresh fruit and garnishes. Make the bar as colourful and varied as possible.

Eco menus are big news in wedding catering as words such as organic, sustainable, free trade, seasonal, and locally produced, become popular in foodie circles. Decide which of these aspects of an eco menu are most important to you and have your caterer base the menu on those.

Awesome mini food for wedding

  • Mini pizzas

why serve standards pizza slices, when you can serve whole mini pizzas? They look far neater and more eye-catching than a messy piece of pizza and can be downed in a single morsel.

  • Mini tacos

Tiny tacos aren’t something you see every day, but they’re utterly scrumptious and bursting with cruch and flavour. They can be filled with anything you want, not just the traditional ground beef. Try fresh halibut, topped with a tropical salsa – and don’t forget to serve it with mini tequila bottles and, of course, a lime!

  • Mini hot dogs

These are exactly what they sound like, teensy weensy hot dogs that you will only get one, possibly two, bites out of. Top them with lashings of mustard and tomato sauce and, if you’ve got vegetarian guests, replace the standard sausage with a veggie one and you’ll have a snackalicious offering all your guests can enjoy.

  • Mini chicken parmigianas

Whether you call them ‘parmas’ or ‘parmies’, chicken parmigiana is an Aussie favourite. These mini chicken parmas are finger-sized – and finger-licking good!

  • Mini steaks

Mini food isn’t just about snacky-type nibblies, you can actually create miniature versions of more substantial meals, like this mini minute steak, from Creative Hunger, which even comes with a big, fat dollop of hearty herbed butter and a classic potato salad.

  • Mini desserts

Desserts are perfect for serving in bite-sized portions. Often, they’re so sweet, a guest won’t be able to make it through the entire thing, however, serving miniature portions means guests can mix and match according to what tickles their tastebuds’ fancy.

  • Mini burger – (with mini beer, of course)

Mini hamburgers have been all the rage for a few years, but pair them with mini beers for added effect. By mixing up the beers – and what’s inside the burgers – guests will experience a range of burger types (rather than having to choose a single big one) – and a range of non-standard beers. Look for local craft beers for something different.

  • Mini wedding cake

We’re not talking about cupcakes or cake pops here. We’re talking about serving miniature versions of a full wedding cake rather than serving slices. This one is a vanilla bean, blackberry and coconute cream cheese mini naked cake toped with fresh flowers, just like the main wedding cake was. However, there are plenty of wedding cake makers who will create mini versions of fully iced and decorated cakes and they’re so beautiful, you’ll be loathed to chomp into them.

Pre-Wedding

When couples are checking out wedding photographers, the chances are they’re focussing on the big day itself and the role the photographer will play in it. The pre wedding photo shoot can be overlooked, and many couples don’t even realise such a thing exists. Here is a short explanation of what a pre wedding photo shoot is and why you should consider one, along with a few tips to make the most of your shoot.

A pre wedding photo shoot is a chance for the couple to get together with their wedding photographer in the run up to the big day, usually at a venue of their choice, and to have some portrait photos taken. Many photographers include a pre wedding photo shoot in their package, but expect the couple to pay extra for any digital images and prints they want, and some charge an additional fee for a pre wedding shoot.

Here are three top tips on getting the most from your pre wedding photo shoot:

  1. Pre wedding shoots are usually booked for a weekday as wedding photographers’ time is at a premium at weekends. Try to take at least an afternoon off work so you aren’t rushed and stressed trying to pull the shoot in during your lunch break.
  2. Ask if you can have a disk of the images taken to use however you wish. The photos can then be used on your wedding invitations, your guest book, as a slide show at your reception, or as a large canvas print for your guests to sign.
  3. See if you can have your pre wedding shoot at your wedding venue so the pictures are thematically linked to your wedding and you can use the time to seek out perfect photo locations and get to know the venue.

    Tips to Make an Attractive Pre-wedding Photography

    1. Some questions for the couple
    A photographer should have a discuss with the couple before photo shooting. What they want, you can begin to ask about their favorite so that you might be able to get some unique pre wedding photo theme ideas. This Q & A session can be very meaningful input.

    2. Selecting theme and concept
    The selection of appropriate themes will support your work very much. You need to find a theme that create a strong impression and of course unique, for example, the love story of the couple when they met at first time.

    3. Time of photo session
    The timing of the shooting is also one of the most important thing to make a unique pre-wedding photos. It will be difficult to make a nice photo with a bad timing.

    Remember the golden hour for outdoor portrait photography. 6-9am in the morning and afternoon at 4pm till 1 hour before the sun goes down. This is to get a soft natural light.

    4. Location
    There are many photos looks beautiful due to its location. Although in reality that location is not so special, if the concept and location are supporting each other, then you can create a unique pre-wedding photo. It is better to choose a location adapted to the agreed concept, not just because that location looks beautiful. Don’t forget to adjust the costume.

Wedding Reception

Popular wedding reception venues get booked up a long way in advance, so you should look to make a tentative booking and pay a deposit around twelve to eighteen months before you plan to get married. This can mean beginning your venue search two years before the wedding date. If you want to have the reception on a Saturday evening in the middle of the wedding season, or you are choosing a particularly popular venue, you may need to book even earlier.

Trends in wedding reception venues

Many couple are choosing unusual and creative venues for their wedding reception to make it a day to remember. Think about whether you might like a waterfront venue, an outdoors country wedding, a chic city centre venue, or even a reception on a cruise boat.

Backyard wedding are re-emerging as a popular choice. Some couple are foregoing large commercial venues for a more intimate gathering at a parent’s house, making use of a marquee in the garden for a real personal feel. This is partly in response to the expense of a large wedding, but also because couples are deciding to limit the number of guests and make their wedding receptions exclusive affairs.

Looking for your perfect venue

Deciding on the type of venue you want for your wedding reception is crucial. Do you want a venue that will take care of everything from the wedding cake to accommodation for you, or do you just want a simple function centre where you hire the room and have to provide everything else yourself?

When you have a good idea what type of venue you are looking for, draw up a list of possibilities in the area and arrange to visit them, armed with your wish list for the big day, as well as a list of questions to ask. Make notes at each venue so you don’t mix them up or forget any important information. Make sure you see all the rooms that will be used for your reception, as well as any additional rooms such as the bridal suite, ceremony room, and dressing rooms if applicable.

If you are planning an outside wedding, check that the venue has an indoors option in case of bad weather. If the venue is used frequently used for weddings they may have links with local florists, musicians and decorators and you may be able to negotiate a good package deal.

Modern Lighting Ideas

Coloured mood lighting is currently in vogue, and works especially well for those hiring a modern, minimalist venue decorated with a neutral colour scheme. The idea is to light your whole venue in one colour, and then change the colour to reflect the various stages of the wedding. You could choose warm orange for the drinks reception, calming green for dinner, vibrant red for the cake cutting, and velvety purple for the dancing.

Another modern lighting concept for contemporary weddings is to light the tables from within. Simple white lights are placed under the tables, and coloured cloths are used to alter the light, or coloured lamps can be used with white cloths. If you don’t want all your tables to light up, simply use cocktail tables with lights installed for your drinks reception.

Vintage Lighting Ideas

For true vintage glamour nothing beats glass chandeliers suspended above the tables. Check with your venue whether you are allowed to temporarily install these and if your venue isn’t that large limit yourself to one chandelier in the centre of the room or above the top table.

Depending on the decade you are aiming for, you can pick up vintage lamps to reflect your theme. Lava lamps or rotaflex lampshades can give a 1960s feel, while those looking for 1970s lighting could pick up orange, yellow, and brown lamp shades in a range of geometric patterns.

Romantic Lighting Idea

Nothing adds romance to the atmosphere like the soft glow of a candle flame, and many brides choose these as a simple and low budget way to light their reception venue.

Wedding Shoes

However, a recent trend for metallics or coloured statement shoes means that more brides are turning away from the tradition of matching their shoes to their wedding dress in search of something different.

If you’ve bought a classic white wedding gown, you will probably have an easier time finding shoes that match than if you had chosen an ivory dress. However, it still pays to take a swatch of wedding dress material shopping with you as there can be quite a big difference between whites, especially when the fabrics don’t match completely.

Pure white wedding shoes look stunning on tanned legs, and work beautifully with sparkling accessories such as diamante or crystal, which are currently very fashionable. It is very easy to have white wedding shoes dyed after the wedding if you are worried that you will spend a lot of money on a pair of white shoes that you will never wear again.

Metallic shoes are a fashionable choice that works well with just about any wedding gown. Silver shoes look great with a pure white dress, while bronze and gold complement ivory. Metallic pink is a feminine, girly look, and a nude or salmon metallic shade that is popular with dancers when they want to draw attention away from their feet, could be a good way to keep guests looking at your face.

If you choose metallic shoes, you could wear the same shoes as your bridesmaids to create a uniform look. The shoes should work well with your jewellery and accessories, so if you are wearing gold shoes make sure you wear gold earrings or a tiara to balance the look.

Many modern brides see coloured shoes as a way of adding interest and personality to their outfit, and the most popular option is to find shoes in your wedding accent colour which is usually also the colour of the bridesmaids’ dresses.

If you have any colour in your wedding dress, such as a sash, corsage, or embroidery, you could look for shoes to match that. You could also match your shoes to a particular coloured flower in your bouquet. A final option is to choose sapphire or cobalt and have them as your something blue.

Wedding Album Tips

When you are choosing a wedding photographer, you may want to talk to them about the degree of involvement you’d like in selecting the images that will go in the wedding album. Some brides want to make the choice themselves from all the images available, while others would rather let the photographer use their artistic talents, and then just approve the selection before printing.

  • Get a good mix of styles

Currently the most popular wedding photography style is photojournalism, where the photographer captures natural spontaneous moments throughout the day such as the look on the groom’s face as the bride enters, and the guests’ reactions to the first dance. Another popular style is the Vogue style, which includes posed photos that mimic a glamorous magazine shoot.

These photography styles are both fantastic additions to your wedding album, but you will probably want to mix them with a few formal group shots to make sure you have great photos of everybody. You could also include a couple of arty detail photos such as a picture of your wedding rings, one of your bouquet , and one of your wedding cake.

  • Tell the wedding story

Your wedding album should tell the story of your wedding day, from the bride and groom getting ready in the morning, to their dramatic departure at the end of the night. Try to make sure there is a balance in your album between getting ready photos, ceremony photos, and reception photos. Some couples even choose to add some pictures of their engagement party at the beginning, and their honeymoon at the end.

  • Be practical with your album design

Ultra modern design layouts may look stunning now, but will they make your wedding album look dated very quickly? Try to reach a compromise between contemporary and classic to create a timeless album. Check the quality of your album to be sure it will last as long as your marriage, especially if you are having a flush mounted album. If you are going to be displaying your wedding album and looking at it frequently, consider getting two copies and keeping one pristine for your children.

  • Find an album style that suits your wedding

The type of album that you choose can make a big difference to the overall effect. If you are having a fashionable modern wedding, only a flush mounted magazine style album will do. If you are having a more traditional wedding, on the other hand, you may want to look at a matt album with individually mounted pictures. Also consider the style of the decor in your home when you are choosing a wedding album as that is where it will live.

Wedding flowers

A wedding without flowers would be like a beach without sand. They are an essential element of your big day, and come in a whole range of styles and arrangements. Aside from the bride’s bouquet, which may be uppermost in your thoughts, there are many other uses for wedding flowers that you may not have considered.

Types of wedding flowers that you may need to budget for

  • A bridal bouquet, traditionally in white or cream
  • Bridesmaids’ bouquets, to complement the bridal bouquet
  • Buttonholes for the groom and groomsmen, traditionally taken from the bride’s bouquet
  • Corsages for the mothers of the bride and groom that can be pinned to the dress or worn around the wrist
  • Arrangements for the ceremony to go on the alter, signing table, pews, entrance and window sills, if you are having a church wedding
  • Table centrepieces for the reception
  • A floral arrangement to decorate the cake tableEmerging trends in wedding flowers

    Using vivid colours is increasingly popular in wedding flower arrangements as well as in the bridal bouquet. Fashionable choices include reds, pinks, blues and purples, and single colour arrangements that incorporate a number of different textures and flower types are also in style.

    Instead of traditional static flower displays, wedding florists are increasingly creating arrangements with natural flow and movement. Whether you are designing your bouquet, or a table centrepiece, flowers with long stems or a natural drape, such as vines, tulips and sweet peas can really add a natural touch to your wedding design.

    The use of accessories to dress up flower arrangements and bouquets is all the rage this year, and your florist may suggest using jewels or beads to make your wedding flowers sparkle. Adding antique jewellery to your bridal bouquet can be the perfect way to incorporate your ‘something borrowed’ into your wedding outfit.

    Wedding florists are paying as much attention to the vases they use to contain flower arrangements as to the actual blooms themselves. Tall vases are being wrapped creatively in various fabrics, wires and ribbons, and the stems of bouquets are often receiving the same treatment.

The use of orchids is very fashionable, especially when it comes to single bloom buttonholes for the groom and his groomsmen. Orchids have a contemporary shape, come in a variety of colours, and manage to add a touch of elegance to your wedding scheme, all at the same time.