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10 Tips for a Vintage-y Wedding From Ruffled Blog


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Trends come and go, but vintage is always in style. Blogger Amanda Nistor ( shares her secrets on how to turn back the clock for your big day.

1. THINK OUTSIDE THE MASON JAR. Instead, arrange your flowers in Depression-era glass containers (goblets, cups, ice cream bowls). For best effect, select glass in a range of pastels or in different shades of the same color. Turn the sturdier containers into candles by pouring in melted beeswax and adding a wick!

2. STROLL FLEA MARKETS. Look for silver-plated flatware to add eclectic charm to table settings. (Bonus: You'll be prepared for big dinner parties after the wedding!)

3. ADD SOME SPARKLE TO THE CEILING. Antique chandeliers with dangling crystals are the way to go for an ultraglam feel. Can't afford to buy? Rent some from a prop house.

4. USE PEN AND INK (or hire a calligrapher) to handwrite invitations or place cards. Tip: Soaking paper in a tub of diluted tea gives it an antique look.

5. PLANT A GARDENIA IN YOUR HAIR. Fun fact: During World War II, money was so tight that some brides skipped big bouquets in lieu of a single gardenia pinned to their wedding garb.

6. SWIPE ON SOME FIERY RED LIPSTICK, and add finger curls in your hair. You'll look just like an old-Hollywood starlet!

7. OPT FOR PLUMES RATHER THAN BLOOMS. Ostrich or peacock feathers are a great alternative to flowers.

8. GO ALL-WHITE WITH YOUR BOUQUET. Calla lilies, stephanotises, lilies of the valley—whether you pick a cascading bouquet, à la the 1920s, or a small '50s-style posy, nothing says "retro romance" quite like white-on-white.

9. LET YOUR FAMILY HISTORY GUIDE YOU. Try incorporating heirlooms by setting out old family wedding albums, framing love letters your grandparents wrote each other during wartime, or even displaying your mom's wedding dress on a vintage dress form.

10. PLAY WITH DIFFERENT TEXTURES. Wear a lacy wedding gown for your walk down the aisle, or incorporate antique linens and silk ribbons in your decor. For rustic, outdoorsy weddings, use burlap or oilcloth for table coverings. (They're budget-friendly, to boot!)

—Amanda Nistor, Ruffled for BRIDES magazine

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10 Secrets He'll Never Tell You


Illustration by Greg Clarke/BRIDES

One groom tells BRIDES the top 10 secrets he'll never tell—at least not until after the wedding.

1) He wants to register for one item on his own, even if he never uses it.
2) He cares about the music so much, he'll pay the DJ a bonus to not play "Celebration."
3) He has inexplicably developed a sixth sense: When the phone rings, he knows it's your mom. He'll start answering the phone again after the wedding.
4) He worries he won't look half as good in his tux as the little man on the cake does.
5) He liked taking dance lessons but wishes they'd included the funky chicken.
6) He will be nervous about his hair and may reach for the mousse. Don't let him.
7) He wants you to take his name, no matter what he says. Unless your name is Springsteen, in which case he'll take yours.
8) He never wants to know which friend gave which gift at your lingerie shower.
9) He doesn't want to write his own vows. He really likes the ones in the book.
10) He's as excited about the wedding as you are. Seriously.

—Mark Bazer, BRIDES magazine

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Budget Tips From The Broke Ass Bride


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Blogger Dana LaRue of "The Broke Ass Bride" shares her totally practical, totally sneaky tricks for planning an affordable wedding with BRIDES magazine:

1. Bride-share! Find a like-minded bride-to-be, and go in with her on bulk purchases like favors and paper (for invites).

2. As an alternative to floral centerpieces, decorate with unusual items like fabric poms and paper flowers. Collect something fun, like vintage creamers? Show it off at the bash.

3. Don't rent or buy new tableware. Go to a flea market and pick up mismatched china, flatware, and Mason jars (for glasses). After the wedding, you'll be set for dinner parties!

4. Forgo expensive linen rentals. Opt for money-saving fabrics like burlap, muslin, or gingham. Cut them to measure with pinking shears to dress tables on the cheap.

5. Not wedded to linen? Use inexpensive kraft paper for tablecloths. Place crayons and markers in jam jars so your guests can doodle during dinner.

6. Skip table numbers by assigning each table a color, then covering it with DIY cloths (see #4) in that shade.

7. Veto traditional wedding flowers (roses, orchids), and try inexpensive picks like moss, cotton, baby's breath, or herbs.

8. Go picnic-chic: Make a dinner care package for your guests, featuring gourmet sandwiches and yummy sides--you'll save big on catering and waitstaff bills.

9. Nix printed menus at every place setting in favor of a few large chalkboard menus in the dining area. To save even more, create your own using plywood and chalkboard paint.

10. Edit your wedding wish list. Prioritize what you and your fiance really want (e.g., small-batch bourbon) instead of what other people say you need (a string quartet).

—Dana LaRue, The Broke Ass Bride

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DIY Paper Flowers

  • Hello, folks! My name is Summer, and I'm from My Bohemian Summer. I specialize in origami flower art, wedding bouquets, and favors, and I'm very excited to be here on BRIDES Daily with a fun DIY project. Follow my instructions (the pictures will be a big help!) and you'll have a lovely origami centerpiece or place card that doubles as a favor. No special skills are required, and even those who are all thumbs will get the hang of it after the first few times.

  • Supplies Needed:

    • 6-by-6 inch origami paper, scrapbooking paper, or any paper that you desire
    • 6-inch bamboo skewers or chopsticks
    • Hot-glue gun
    • Wire cutters or heavy shears
    • Matting or card stock, cut into 1.5-by-3-inch tags
    • Hole punch
    • Raffia or ribbon in any color

  • Directions:

    1. Start with your origami paper, with the white side up, or, if you're using paper with designs on both sides, put the side that you want visible down. Fold the bottom right corner to the top left corner. Unfold and do the same thing to the other side.

  • 2. Now fold each corner into the center of the paper. Leave a little gap between each fold, so they do not touch or overlap.

  • 3. Fold the bottom right-side corner to top left corner; unfold and do the same on the other side. When finished, flip your paper over. You should see an X across the paper from where you folded last, on top of a faint T.

  • 4. Using your index fingers and thumbs, push in from the left and right of the T to the center of the X. The top and bottom of the T should fold in, leaving you with a four-point star.

  • 5. Now fold the corners together to get a triangle.

  • 6. Select one corner and raise it up. Open the flap.

  • 7. Press the flap down flat, so the crease goes down the middle.

    Tip: If you're having difficulty getting the flap to lay flat, you can use a skewer or a chopstick to open the base.

  • 8. Repeat with other flap. Then turn the whole thing over and do the same with the other two. When you're finished, you should have one kite shape.

  • 9. Looking down into it, you should see four points on the right side and four on the left. Lay your kite flat so that the long end is pointing toward you. Now fold the bottom up about a half an inch, then unfold.

  • 10. Holding your kite shape at the fold you just made, and with a flat side facing you, slowly pull out the two tallest corners on the left and right. (The top and bottom petals will unfurl as you do this.) Press all four petals flat with your thumb, so you now have a basic flower shape.

  • 11. Using a skewer or chopstick, roll each petal around and down, toward the center of the flower.

  • 12. Cut the point off the skewer, add hot glue to the top, and push it through the center of the flower.

  • 13. For the tag, punch a hole and thread through the raffia or ribbon.

    Tip: Fan out the raffia to look like leaves.

  • 14. Repeat to make a beautiful (and lasting) bouquet!

    —Summer Skillman, My Bohemian Summer

    Photos Courtesy of Summer Skillman

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DIY Boutonnieres in Just Three Steps

Hello, lovely readers—I'm Katie from and so excited to share this project with you on BRIDES Daily! Not only because it involves fresh flowers that pop with color and smell delicious, but because BRIDES is one of my absolute favorite wedding publications of all time. It's a bridal blogger's dream come true. ;) And as a lover of all things wedding, handmade, and pretty, I thought this DIY project was the perfect way to share some crafty wedding love and help you get your creative juices flowing!

When you think of wedding flowers, the mind first jumps to the bouquet, reception centerpieces, and ceremony decorations. But sometimes we forget about flowers for the guys! If you're a DIY gal (or have crafty friends helping you with your handmade wedding), consider making boutonnieres for the guys in your bridal party. Here are a few simple steps to help you make your own hand-tied arrangements!


Courtesy of Katie Olson

You don't need much to make these! Grab some shears (or scissors) and floral tape. If any of your stems are flimsy, get some floral wire, too. Pick out the flowers you want to use. Here we are using green trick, pink and white ranunculus, and myrtle branches.

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STEP 1 - Prep your flowers. Remove any leaves on their stems. Remove the lower portion of the leaves on your foliage. If you are using single leaves rather than branches, as we're doing here, use your floral wire to create a longer stem. To do this, take a four-inch piece of wire and feed it though the leaf toward the bottom, close to the stem. Twist it around the existing stem to create a longer stem. The wire will be hidden when you wrap everything together in step 2.

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Courtesy of Katie Olson

STEP 2 - Build your boutonniere. Take your larger leaves or branches and group a few together. Add one flower at a time, placing each at a different level and in a slightly different direction. If you see any holes in the front, fill them in with more foliage. Rearrange as you feel necessary, then wrap the stems with floral tape to hold everything in place.

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STEP 3 - The finishing touch. Wrap the stems (over the floral tape) with ribbon that coordinates with your wedding colors and flowers. Start at the bottom and wrap your way up. Just below the flowers, tie the ribbon in a knot or a bow.

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Courtesy of Katie Olson

Add a pin or two and it's ready to be placed on a lapel!

—Katie Olson, Wedding Fanatic and Gown Studio

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Makeup Tips For Any Weather


Photos by Sherry Hammonds Photography

1. Choose an oil-free foundation, if possible. Sweat combined with a heavy, oily foundation equals a bride who looks like she ran a marathon. For foundation that stays put and looks great in photos, select a high-quality oil-free one that's low in SPF. (Foundations with sunscreens high in titanium dioxide and zinc oxide reflect light and can cause your face to appear lighter than your body in photos.)

2. Use pressed powder and blotting sheets. Apply pressed powder on your T-zone when completing your initial makeup application. It's more concentrated and lasts longer than loose powder. Throughout the day, use oil-blotting sheets to remove shine but not your makeup.

3. Waterproof your weepers. Use a waterproof, smudgeproof mascara. And for safe measure, take a cotton hanky to the altar. If you feel the waterworks coming on, blot—don't rub—your eyes.

4. Enhance your eyeliner. Place eye shadow that's the same color as your eyeliner over it to help it stay put. Bonus: The extra definition will make your eyes pop in photos.

5. Create blush that won't budge. To keep those rosy cheeks from fading, apply cream blush with powder blush over it—a trick used in the theater.

6. Lock in lip color. Minimize mirror time by using lip primer, lip liner, and lipstick. While gloss is gorgeous, lipstick lasts longer and is less likely to smudge during all that smooching.

Deanna Gabelein, Makeup Artist

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Vintage DIY Save-the-Dates


Hi everyone! I'm Amanda from Ruffled. I am beyond thrilled to be a guest blogger on BRIDES Daily today! This save-the-date project I created is super-easy. With the same concept, you can make menus, escort cards, and place cards stamped on vintage hankies, napkins, kraft paper—just about any flat surface.


• Stamp kit from Staples (about $25 with ink pad)
• Vintage postcards from eBay (also try Craigslist—you can find larger quantities for super-cheap!)


Arrange the letters on the stamp (with the help of the tweezers that come with the kit), alternating between the large and the small fonts (see photo). Luckily, you only have to do this tedious step once. You can also use the smaller stamp for your return address on the envelopes. It will match the font on the save-the-dates and give a crisp vintage vibe.

Get crafting and enjoy!

—Amanda Nistor, Ruffled

Photos courtesy of Ruffled Blog.

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