DIY Floral Photo Booth Frames! 

DIY Floral Photo Booth Frames! With the high cost of weddings these days, we’re ALL looking for ways to save money.  I ran across a great tutorial form FTD on how to create these gorgeous photo booth frames. Saving money doesn’t have to equate lack of beauty.  Sometimes, it just means a little elbow grease and following directions.
You may want to research flowers and their history to choose meaningful symbols for your events, important whether you are creating a frame for a wedding, shower or other event.
I’ve included a few examples below, and simple step-by-step instructions, but I encourage you to visit the website listed below for full instructions.
 

Materials:

  • Medium to large frame
  • Gold craft wire
  • Styrofoam
  • Fresh flowers & greenery
  • Optional: twinkle lights, ribbons, metallic confetti

Steps:

  1. Take the frame of your choice and secure the styrofoam with the gold wire to the corners that you wish to cover with flowers.
  2. Trim flower stems so they are short enough to stick into styrofoam, but not long enough to extend too far out past the edge of the frame.
  3. Add flowers and greenery of different sizes to completely cover the styrofoam. This also creates visual texture and dimension that will stand out in your photos.
  4. Finish off your frame with a few fun add-ons like ribbon or metallic confetti. Hang your frame or pass it around and voila! You’re ready for a celebration to remember!

 

https://www.ftd.com/blog/create/photo-booth-frame-prop

Thank you to the lovely Alexandria Heinz, Community Outreach FTD, for her generous information and support.

Do THIS At Your Wedding…

Want to know the best tips to follow at your wedding?  Do THIS at your wedding…

If you send a “Save the Date” to a guest, you must send a wedding invitation. If you’re unsure about whether or not to invite someone, skip the “Save the Date”.  You can always invite them later. Likewise, if you invite a lady to your bridal shower, you must invite her to the wedding. This is just being a gracious bride.

For a guide about  whom to invite to your wedding, click on the link: Wedding Guest List

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Ah…the “Plus Ones”  This can be a minefield for you when planning your budget, and seating chart.  It can also be a source of anxiety for your guests.  Be very clear on your wedding invitations.  If you are only inviting a single person, his/her name, “Mr. John Doe” goes on the outside envelope with “John” on the inner envelope.  I highly recommend the two envelope invitation option, as it helps clarify exactly who is invited.  Sometimes people will not keep the outer envelope, and then not know  whether they have a plus one or not!  If you are giving a guest a “Plus One”, the outer envelope says, “Mr. John Doe” and “Ms. Jane Smith”. The inner envelope will say, “John and Jane”.  There is no confusion this way. Not sure of your guest’s date’s name?  Outer envelope, “Mr. John Doe”, inner envelope, John and Guest.

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Shoes… If you must wear the high heels for the ceremony, GO FOR IT!  But consider something comfortable and cute like the Kids below for the reception!  You’ll be glad you did.

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Love the heel savers below for that damp and soft grass at the ceremony and/or reception!

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Although it may seem like a little thing, try to keep your bouquet at “belly button” level.  This will insure it’s admired, but not the focal point of your entire ensemble.

Eat.  I can’t say this enough. Eat breakfast, eat before the wedding, eat during the wedding.  Make it a priority. You’ll enjoy the day more, and definitely the day after. 🙂

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Inexpensive Alternatives to Expensive Wedding Flowers

Inexpensive Alternatives to Expensive Wedding Flowers … While your floral budget is not your largest wedding expense, it is not insignificant either.  What are some fun, cute and reasonable ideas?  Read on…

Above are paper flowers, made by a dear friend of the bride.  She must be a VERY dear friend. Imagine what work that went into these beauties!

“But this is just a wedding cake,” you may say.  Yes, yes it is. But if you choose to have a wedding cake, and not all brides do these days, consider having it be a focal point. This can be a lovely decorating item.  One way to make it a focal point?  Order a cake that is larger than you need, and include some spectacular decoration. This was my daughter, Maggie’s, wedding cake, gifted to the bride and groom by her generous mother-in-law. Photo by Stephen Wang

What about candles?  Not only are they pretty in the daytime, but standouts, literally, in the evening hours.

Daughter number one, Kathleen, cherished spending time with her grandparents in California. One way she honored her history, and her family, was to incorporate oranges as her ‘escort cards’.  And yes, they came from the tree in the photo above in her grandparents’ yard! Above photo: Hannah Rachael Photos

Sometimes decorations are just staring you in the face.  Don’t discount the natural beauty of your venue!  Love the lighthouse and flowers above.

Don’t forget your own crafty side! Brides from two of my weddings created these adorable props.

The above photo is another example of a crafty family member (mother of the groom).  She created a beautiful vase with a wine bottle, a little spray paint, ribbon…and nothing more in it than beautiful, yet inexpensive, baby’s breath.

And while not particularly inexpensive, I’m sure, I love the above fruit carving.  Remember, think outside the box, and you’ll come up with some great innovative ideas.

Photos, with the exceptions of #2 and #6, by Mary P. Karnes

“A Nantucket Wedding” by Nancy Thayer

A Nantucket Wedding by Nancy Thayer …

I have been waiting, rather impatiently, for it’s release.  What a joy to be able to read it early.  Obviously, I love weddings…and I love Nantucket.  Sadly, I have never been; but oh, a visit to Nantucket is on my bucket list!  And that desire has been created by reading the delightful, sun-kissed beach reads, by my all time favorite author, Nancy Thayer.

A Nantucket Wedding was everything I’d hoped, and come to expect, from Thayer.  It’s as rich and as sensual as a warm piece of chocolate molten cake. But first, before my review…a blurb from Barnes and Noble…

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“Wedding bells are ringing, a family is reunited, and new love is blooming—for better or worse—in this captivating novel from the New York Times bestselling author of The Island House and Secrets in Summer.

A few years after losing her beloved husband, Alison is doing something she never thought she would do again: getting married. While placing the finishing touches on her summer nuptials, Alison is anxious to introduce her fiancé, David, to her grown daughters: Felicity, a worried married mother of two, and Jane, also married but focused on her career. The sisters have a somewhat distant relationship and Alison hopes that the wedding and the weeks leading up to the ceremony will give the siblings a chance to reconnect, as well as meet and get to know David’s grown children.

As the summer progresses, it is anything but smooth sailing. Felicity stumbles upon a terrible secret that could shatter her carefully cultivated world. Jane finds herself under the spell of her soon-to-be stepbrother, Ethan, who is as charming as he is mysterious. And even Alison is surprised (and slightly alarmed) by her new blended family. Revelations, intrigue, resentments—as the Big Day approaches, will the promise of bliss be a bust?
      
Against the gorgeous backdrop of the sunswept island of Nantucket, Nancy Thayer sets the stage for a walk down the aisle no one will ever forget.”

If you’d like to order A Nantucket Wedding for your own, you can click on either link below and be directed to Barnes and Noble or Amazon. The book appears in book stores, or on your personal reading device, April 3, 2018 – but you can pre-order!

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Most often, I devour books.  I must get to the end as soon as I can.  I had that same compulsion with A Nantucket Wedding, but I forced myself to hold back.  I hate when I finish Thayer’s books.  They are such an escape, such a delight, I feel bereft when I finish one.  So I savor the read, and make it last as long as I can. But alas, A Nantucket Wedding DID come to an end.  But don’t worry, it was such a treat, I enjoyed every word.

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Not only does Thayer give a most glowing description of her beloved island, (and yes, you’ll feel like you know it, even if you’ve never been there! I included a map of the area above, in case you’d like to get a little perspective), she also hits just the right notes of family dynamics, new relationships… and yes, sigh…red hot romance! Her characters are identifiable, just like people in your own lives.

Thayer is a master at incorporating familial multi-generations in her novels.  These books are for everyone.  I love them, as do my teen and young adult daughters.  Her novels are of problems solved and new beginnings; feel good books for sure. A Nantucket Wedding is no exception.

Nancy Thayer has many, many books to her credit set in Nantucket.  She also writes a delightful series – The Hot Flash Club Series – Yes…you read that right!  🙂  They are a kick! (A link from amazon is included below if you’re interested)

The Hot Flash Club Series  – Amazon

Below, the beautiful Nancy Thayer

And what about that beautiful island?  Well the wedding was held at the fabulous Wawinet Resort on Nantucket.  I have included some photos from the resort’s “Toppers” Restaurant Instagram for your enjoyment.

How about that for a spread…and the view!

A wedding cake made on site by the Resort’s very own pastry chefs.

I can most definitely see myself here!

Arrive at Toppers Restaurant via the complimentary cruise “Wauwinet Lady”

What a sunset…I’m in love, I imagine you will be too.  I’ll get back to you after I made my pilgrimage to Nantucket this summer.  I just must…  🙂