BUT FIRST, DESSERT
If we had to sum up 2018 wedding season in one word, it would probably be "glam." Cake designers raked in the orders for elegant marbled tiers, sparkling geode features and TONS of metallic. But as the year draws to a close (where did it go??), it’s time to look ahead.
Today in cake, anything goes — even at a wedding. So says Bluprint’s own Man About Cake, Joshua John Russell. And he oughta know. JJR packs some serious wedding cake cred, including the towering, gold-embellished show-stopper he crafted for MJ’s wedding on this season’s Shahs of Sunset.
You know the scene: Another wedding’s winding to a close. You’ve probably spent the night dancing (or hugging a safe corner of the room), indulging and gushing over the fabulous couple. There’s just one thing left to do: gobble down dessert. And — if you’re anything like us — you're kinda bored of cake.
FLOWER TIPS FROM THE PROS
Flowers in the hair: check! Flowers on the tables: check! But isn’t there more we can do? If you’re asking us — and we sure hope you are — the world needs way more wedding flowers. So deck the walls, hang them from the ceiling and pop them on your pets! Let’s find some new ways to infuse the joy that only those beautiful blossoms can bring.
Move over, dirt and seeds! Paper flower artists are sprouting some pretty incredible blooms, too. From giant peonies to uber-realistic bouquets, these no-wilt creations are popping up everywhere from galleries to weddings to Instagram. Follow these six feeds to get your fix. No green thumb required!
If you're paired off, you know the drill. Mention the word “wedding” and the price of everything triples. Add “custom” and prepare to hand over you first-born. Sure, we all want a one-of-a-kind wedding that doesn't drain our life savings, and some things are easy to handle on your own — you can DIY your invitations or make rad photo booth props on the cheap. But for a newbie, flower arranging seems like one area where you have to bring in a pro... right? Not quite.
Floral designer-to-the-stars Carly Cylinder spills all her secrets.
Got flowers? Yes, you can do more than just stick ‘em in a vase. We’ll show you how.
DIY WIN-VITATIONS AND MORE
l love a good DIY project just as much as the next girl. But a few years ago, I was craving a hobby I could also teach myself. And, preferably, teach myself while at home mindlessly watching Netflix. Brush calligraphy ended up being just the one! And while I won’t get into how many hours I spent practicing while binge-watching Parks & Rec, you really only need 10 minutes a day to hone this new skill.
A memorable placecard is the ultimate way to tell your guests how much they matter — especially when you make it yourself. Go sweet and delicate like the ones pictured here, or bring in a pop of bright color to complement your other party decor. Super easy, 100% original and sooooo pretty.
There's nothing like a handwritten letter, whether it's a thank-you note, an invitation or a postcard. For me, the best part is that every piece is a blank canvas, and I love embellishing them for my lovely recipients. Being a calligrapher would actually be really handy here, but it's definitely not necessary; in fact, we bet your friends won't even know the difference after you embrace these tips.
Your big day is a BIG deal — why wing it on the invites and thank-you notes? Perfect (or at least better) penmanship IS possible!