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Little details can make a huge mark on your wedding. Check out our ideas to add the extra special touch to your day.
Add a special touch to the chair with a place card threaded with bold ribbon.
Perfect for showers or a creative cake option at your reception, these petite layer cakes are topped off with fondant and embellished with flowers. Cut these tiny delights from sheet cake using round graduated-size biscuit cutters. For clean edges, freeze the cake and thaw slightly before cutting.
Incorporate brown into your scheme by adding beautiful ribbon and patterned paper. Whether it's on a menu card or invitation, the ribbon detail adds an elegant touch without your having to spend big bucks.
Bring character to your centerpiece by incorporating beautiful vases. Whether it's a collection of your own or borrowed vases from friends, this unique look will be loved by all.
Light up your wedding table with a votive candle creation. Place a votive candle atop a sprinkling of colorful beads, candies, sand, or miniature shells to create a warm, romantic glow.
Make the initials with flower petals wired or glued to a wire form. This look is easy to make and can be used at home for a smaller wedding, bridal shower, or reception.
Start with an inexpensive clear fishbowl vase. Place white candies in the fishbowl to hold a second, smaller vase in place. Use the narrow interior vase to holds a few inches of water and a bundle of flowers tied with a ribbon.
Providing a menu card is a special perk for your guests. To create this look, place a stunning menu card under a clear glass plate for a distinguished look. First measure the size of the plate well. Size and print the menu onto vellum. Use a circle cutter to cut the menus to fit the plate wells. Punch a hole in the top of each menu and loop a 12-inch-long ribbon through each hole.
Incorporate your colors into your invitation with unique paper. To make this simple retro invitation, print the words onto vellum. Attach to cardstock with brads or ribbon. Voila -- instant invitations!
Use a lightweight wooden vase with a small display of roses to make a one-of-a-kind cake topper. Work with your baker to be sure your cake can support the weight of any topper you choose.
Use a tin bucket to add a bit of country flair to your centerpieces. This inexpensive look is great for outdoor weddings. Let your guests take the arrangements home with them at the end of the night so they can continue to enjoy your arrangements while you're on your honeymoon.
Use a circle of pristine turf to hold guests' table assignments. Color is subtly infused into the arrangement with rose petals. Use a yellow ribbon to wrap around the base of the sod.
Add a rhinestone butterfly to a golden yellow and peach rose bouquet. Bold bouquet jewels, like this butterfly, or subtle accents, like petite pearls, are simple ways to dress up an arrangement.
Create paper butterflies by scoring, folding, and gluing to a corsage pin (with a pearl head). For an extra touch, attach them to realistic pear candles. Purchase custom-printed ribbons or try hand-stamping your message onto the ribbon.
Decorate short, medium, and tall glass hurricanes with ribbon sleeves and monograms and then fit with white pillar candles -- easy and elegant.
Brown-pattern paper makes a beautiful wrap for this recipe card favor. Layer bands of cream and brown ribbon along with a brown-and-cream paper monogram to hold the envelope closed.
Inexpensive and easy-to-make chrysanthemum balls are eye-catching floral touches for the ceremony and reception. Make chrysanthemum balls by wrapping 3-inch foam balls with chicken wire and inserting the flower stems.
Iced with the bride's and groom's initials, these colorful confections make the perfect favor. To master the piped-on initials, first trace computer fonts on printed paper and practice before lettering the cookies.
Wrap your bouquet in a beautiful bold ribbon to incorporate your color scheme. Don't be afraid of using a larger ribbon for a dramatic effect -- think of it as another accessory.