Plan Ahead: 14 DIY Fall and Winter Wedding Centerpieces

Spring and summer are the two biggest seasons for weddings. My sister just got married about three weeks ago, so I know how much planning she had to do in an abnormal amount of time in advance, just to make sure she got everything done before the rush for all the other summer weddings went through. Her maid of honor had the bachelorette party planned and booked about three months ahead, all without a wedding guide or planner. Summer in Missouri is relatively safe weather wise, except for this year when the entire Midwest is practically drowning. Luckily, it was a humid, sunny day, so the worst that happened was that our heels would sink into the mud. We had no problem finding colors and wedding crafts for the summer, but that got me thinking. If most wedding dates are in the spring and summer, what about those fall and winter weddings?

DIY Fall and Winter Wedding Centerpieces

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It kind of breaks my heart because I would love to have a fall wedding and they seem so under-appreciated. It’s a little cooler outside, so the guys aren’t dying in their tux’s. If you choose to wear satin, then you won’t be suffocating either. If you choose real flowers for pretty bouquets, then they won’t wilt as fast from the heat, and color schemes are a lot more versatile. A huge theme is doing a palette of colors. For instance, I would like to have gray bridesmaid dresses, but have slate blue, lavender, plum, and white throughout all of my DIY decorations. It really is much cheaper to make the little items all by yourself. If you get ahead (like the moment you get engaged), and plan out the items that you are going to craft, it saves a heap. Not to mention the swap and shops that are all over Facebook. That’s how my sister got all of her table decorations! Glass vases from swap and shop, fake flowers from a bulk website (these were the first craft done), and silver ribbon on clearance at my local craft store.

Anyway, I feel like the fall and winter weddings need a little love. They’re just such beautiful seasons of the year. These are some inspiring DIY wedding ideas for the guest tables and the head table. Obviously you can tailor them to your theme and your colors, but I think these wedding centerpieces are just to die for.

Fall

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Citrus Mason JarsCheerful Citrus and Burlap Mason Jars

 

 

 

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Succulent CenterpieceVibrant Fall Harvest Succulent Centerpiece

 

 

 

Floating FlowersRomantic Floating Cherry Blossom Centerpieces

 

 

 

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Birch DIY CandleBeautiful Birch DIY Candle Holders

 

 

 

 

Winter

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Simple Winter CandlesElegant Winter Wedding Candles

 

 

 

Winter TreesFaux Bark Winter Wedding Centerpiece

 

 

 

Wedding TreeRustic Winter Wonderland

 

 

 

Winter Head TableDazzling Winter Wedding Foliage Table Garland

 

 

 

Winter Wedding BouquetRich Marsala Winter Wedding

 

 

 

Gold VasesDIY Gorgeous in Gold Striped Vases

 

What was your favorite part of your own wedding? Or for my unmarried “homies,” when do you want to have your wedding?

10+ DIY Wedding Gifts Any Bride-to-Be Will Love

May will be over before we know it, and you know what that means….wedding season is upon us! I don’t think anyone is more aware of this fact than my refrigerator, which has been positively covered in save-the-dates and invites since the dawn of 2015. Weddings are awesome, there’s no doubt about it, but staying creative–and not spending hundreds of dollars!–while trying to get shower and DIY wedding gifts together for all of your friends can be super difficult.

Our advice? Go DIY. If you already got your pal a gift off of her registry for the shower, consider something a little more personal for the wedding and make a DIY wedding gift. This will mean so much more to her, especially if the two of you are super close!

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Although you definitely know your best bud, daughter, or sister better than we do, we wanted to share some of our favorite DIY wedding gift ideas with you this week. There’s still plenty of time to finish these easy, thoughtful projects. We hope you’ll find something that makes you say “I do!”

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DIY Wedding Gift Ideas

Two Peas in a Pod Amigurumi Crochet Pattern

Scrabble Coasters

Vintage Memories Photo Frame

Breathtaking Gemstone Soaps

The Perfect Honeymoon Tote

You’re a Gem Coasters

Perfume Locket

Scrumptious Cake Keepsake Plate

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DIY Bridal Shower Gifts

Luxurious Clay Jewelry Dish

DIY Paint-Dipped Garden Tools

Homemade Etched Wine Glasses

Gorgeous Gold-Dipped Utensils

Manly Mustache Handkerchief — Don’t forget about the groom!

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Which of these ideas do you like best?

Fresh Solutions for an Old Rhyme: Something Blue Ideas

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Originating in the much-looked-to Victorian era, the century-old rhyme, “Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue” is a method for bringing a bride good luck. Superstitious or not, it’s fun to incorporate these four elements into your wedding-day ensemble. If you’re stumped as to how to make something blue work, we’re teeming with ideas. Ditch the obvious and go for the unexpected with these something-special something blue ideas.

Something Blue Flowers

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Even if your wedding color scheme doesn’t incorporate blue, you can add a little touch of the hue to your bouquet. If you really can’t work it into the flowers, wrap the bouquet with a blue ribbon or attach a blue charm.

Something Blue Shoes


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There are numerous methods of incorporating that lovely hue into your shoes. Go bold with a completely blue pair, or take the more subtle route with blue soles, blue clips, or a delicate blue fabric. Find out how to make three of the above pairs here.

Something Blue Accessories


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Wear blue jewelry or blue DIY hair accessories to kill two birds with one stone. The jewelry will cover something new and the DIY, if repurposed, can cover something old. Make things really easy by picking a wedding band that features blue.

Something Blue Subtle Touches

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Keep the hue close with a darling (and perhaps hidden) blue touch. You can DIY both, which makes these projects even more personal.

Something Blue Attire

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Really go all out with a blue wedding dress or a shawl. These blue wedding dresses are to die for, so if you’re willing, take the plunge.

Something Blue Undergarments

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Make your wedding day extra fun by having your own little secret. These something blue ideas double as a part of the rhyme and a post-wedding good time.

Something Blue Beauty

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These might be my favorite something blue ideas. They’re subtle, clever, and unique.

How did you incorporate your something blue/ how are you planning to?


Bam! Plan a Superhero Bachelorette Party

Your best friend has found that “Bam!” “Pow!” “Wow!” romance and she’s getting married. With great power, comes great responsibility; you’d better throw her a zinger of a bachelorette party.

She’s into superheroes –those muscular people who wear spandex and fight evil–so you already have the perfect theme. Here are some unique bachelorette party ideas gathered by your friends at AllFreeHolidayCrafts for a truly stupendous superhero-themed party! We’ll be your party planning heroes.

Superhero Decorations

Comic Book Word Bubble PrintablesFirst, start making your superhero-themed DIY party decorations as early as possible. Go with a retro superhero comic book theme for punchy DIY party decorations. Paper party decorations will save you lots of time. When possible, try to decorate with logos and colors from superwomen like Wonder Woman and Batgirl. After all, this party is all about the girls.

  • Comic Word Bubble Printables: It’s easy to make paper word bubbles with fun fighting words. Then, just tape them over everything from condiment containers to cups.
  • Superhero Comic Book Banner: This banner stands up against boredom with each unique pennant made from the pages of Batman, Superman, or Spider-Man.
  • Comic-Wrapped Balls: Just substitute pages from a Wonder Woman comic book, and these would make great decorations to hang from the ceiling.
  • Superhero Fan-ciful Garland: Get some fabric printed with superhero logos and make this garland faster than Superman can fly across the world.

 

 

Superhero Recipes

Spider-Man CakeNext, it’s time to make some delicious desserts and cocktails. With just a swish of your cape, you can be a Super-Cook when you make these fun caped-crusader recipes for the bachelorette.  Mmm, victory is sweet!

  • Spider-Man Cake: Are your spidey senses tingling at the sight of this easy cake? We feel the same way.
  • Wonder Woman Cake: The bachelorette caught the love of her life in her golden lasso. Make her this Wonder Woman Cake from Bronnie Bakes before the engaged couple flies off in her invisible jet.
  • Caped Crusader Cupcakes: Holy cupcakes, Batman! Pay homage to all the major heroes with these little cakes of justice.
  • Avengers Cake Pops: You’ll be a cake pop hero when your bachelorette broads see these works of art.
  • Hero Punch:  It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s a super-cocktail! It’s a bachelorette, after all. Try this tasty red champagne punch.
    See more superhero-themed cocktail recipes at Comics Alliance.

 

Superhero Party Activities

Captain America MaskPlan your party activities to get the girls into your superhero theme. Here are some fun bachelorette ideas to keep everyone entertained. Soon, it will be time to fly into action with these superhero party games and activities.

  • X-Women Masks: Pass out craft felt masks, ribbon, and markers and let your League of Extraordinary Ladies decorate their own superhero disguise! See a more detailed mask, the Captain America Mask on FaveCrafts.
  • Superhero Telephone Box: Fly in the face of the camera and save memories of the superhero bachelorette party by taking some amazing photos. Making a Superhero Telephone Box, like this one by DIY on the Cheap, is a popular superhero party idea.
  • Superhero for a Day Pictures: This photo idea for kids that could definitely be updated for adults. Just add some hilarious, props to this flying-over-the-city scene and this idea is bachelorette-ready!
  • Bleached Bachelorette Tank Top: The party girls will have fun making these cool bleached tees. Stick to the theme by making the bride a “Super-Bride” tank, and the rest of the ladies’ tanks can say, “Super-Sidekick.”

 

Using all your superpowers of craftiness, creativity, and cooking, you will triumph over all others to give your BFF the best bachelorette ever!

 

Which superhero would you marry?

 

 

Tropical Getaway: Nautical Wedding Inspiration

Sun’s out, fun’s out, and if you’re throwing a warm-weather fete, it better scream summer. Gorgeous greens, bright blues, soft sea foam, and pure white make for a romantic affair that guarantees a good time. Even if your venue isn’t located on the beach, the details below will ensure guests feel sand between their toes, a breeze in the air, and the sun on their face. Once you’ve decided upon a nautical theme, your creative possibilities multiply. The parallel between “tying the knot” and the nautical theme allows for fun and unique details. For example, you can create a logo with your fiance and your initials from rope for a branded celebration. Continue the theme throughout the event with a nautical-inspired unity ceremony, rope boutonnieres, seashell table numbers, a boat seating chart, sand-dipped candles, and more. The options are seriously endless thanks to the breadth of the theme. With ropes, seashells, life preservers, sea glass, water, waves, sand, sea creatures, and gorgeous hues at your disposal, you’re guaranteed to throw an amazing wedding.

Nautical Unity Ceremony Sailor Knot Necklace

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With all these brilliant nautical wedding ideas under your belt, your tropical getaway is just steps away from coming to life. Every detail shown above is totally DIY-able, so if you’re looking to save a few bucks or add an extra-personal touch to your big day, consider crafting. For a complete list of DIY ideas, check out our collection of 30+ nautical wedding projects.

Take your guests on a trip that they’ll never forget with a romantic, fun, and beachy wedding theme.

What was your favorite vacation ever?

Light Up the Night: 25 DIY Lighting Ideas for Your Wedding

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You glow, girl, and on your wedding day, you’re going to glow even more brightly than ever before. Filled with love, magic, and a whole lot of smiles, the only thing missing from your glow is uber-romantic lighting. Don’t rely on the setting sun or the awful fluorescents your venue offers to make your wedding shine like it should. There are amazing DIY lighting ideas that will give your big day the radiance it deserves, so do yourself justice by making one come to life. No matter your wedding theme, a soft, dreamy glimmer belongs. What’s creating that gorgeous glimmer is up to you. From mason jar crafts to rustic wedding candles, this list boasts DIY lighting ideas for every type of wedding. Indoors or out, small or big, we’ve got your wedding glistening like it should.

Explore the DIY lighting ideas below to find an option that truly suits you. Advanced and beginner crafters alike will find skill-appropriate projects that are undeniably perfect. These crafts are also easy on your wallet, giving you a magazine-worthy look without the price tag. Glow crazy, and light up the night!

 

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Mason jars are ideal for wedding decorating because of their low cost and incredibly versatility. Their adaptability is abundantly clear in these five projects, all using the containers in drastically different ways. From gorgeous chandeliers to an adorable centerpiece, this list of mason jar ideas is sure to drop jaws.

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Personalize your space with DIY candles and DIY candle holders that truly speak to you. Craft your wedding with love, and it will only give back even more. Rustic brides, vintage brides, classic brides, and glam ones will all find DIY candles and candle holders that fit perfectly into their wedding themes.

Unexpected DIY Lighting

Make sure your wedding stands out with unexpected DIY lighting. Guests will immediately realize that this isn’t just another day of “I do”s when they see your incredible lighting ideas shining brightly. As an extra exciting bonus for those brides who often feel left out, there are DIY lighting crafts for wedding of all seasons in this fun list!

 Would you rather attend a candlelit reception or a bulb-lit affair?

11 Sinfully Easy Late Night Snack Ideas for Your DIY Wedding

Weddings can be exhausting for guests. With all that dancing and drinking, wedding party-goers often end up hungry before they are ready to exit the festivities. These 11 Sinfully Easy Late Night Snack Ideas for Your DIY Wedding will send your guests home with a happy stomach. Many wedding themes are ripe with easy midnight snack ideas. Having a Hollywood wedding? Serve up some popcorn. Throwing a down-home shindig? Pass out some crock pot applesauce. The possibilities go on and on. These unique wedding ideas will add an extra memorable moment to your wedding that guests will be talking about for years to come.

I absolutely love the idea of midnight snacks at a wedding. Too many times, I have left a wedding in search of some late night cheap snack ideas to quiet a rumbling stomach. All that dancing, partying, and drinking can really make you work up an appetite. These late night smorgasbords are a dream come true for out-of-town guests who are not familiar enough with their surroundings to hunt down some late night snack ideas on their own. They are perfect to pass around a party, too. Just like appetizers, they can be enjoyed while the festivities are still happening. There is no need to stop the celebration for a rumbling stomach.

Fabulous Wedding Late Night Snack Ideas

Donut Cake Dessert Table IdeasYummy donuts and a caffeinated pick-me-up for the drive home? Could this idea be any more perfect?


2 Ingredient Grilled Cheese DippersGrilled cheese is the ultimate comfort food. I would be knocking down other guests to grab a handful of these little treats. Bonus points if you pair these with a tasty little cup of tomato soup!


Midnight Snack Crock Pot ApplesauceI love applesauce, especially when it is chock-full of cinnamon. This would be an amazing healthy snack to munch on post-wedding. It’d be great paired with some cinnamon donuts and cider, too!


Down Home Dessert TableYou cannot have enough sweets at a wedding. It is a fact. This tasty Down Home Dessert Table would be an amazing late night snack to roll out, especially if you pair it with coffee and some ice cream a la mode.


Milk and Cookies Midnight SnacksCookies and milk? A classic. Plus, how cute is the milk in a martini glass? This is one of my favorite late night snack ideas.


Midnight Snack WafflesWhenever I go to a diner late at night, you can be sure I will be ordering the waffles. So, these little late night waffles? A total dream come true.


Doggy Bag Midnight SnacksA late night snack does not have to happen at your wedding. Consider sending your guests home with a doggy-bag of take-out. A little bag of popcorn or some fries would be great in the car or back at a hotel room.

Sweet Mini Blueberry Heart TartsThese Sweet Mini Blueberry Tarts taste as sweet as they look

Mini Banana PuddingHow yummy do these Mini Banana Pudding Cups look?

Little Sliders and Tiny Beer MugsThese little sliders and tiny beer mugs will definitely keep the party going.

Dainty DoughnutsThese dainty doughnuts and hot cocoa would be delicious at a winter wedding.

What do you love to munch on late at night?

Love Birds Wedding Cake Topper

Love Birds Wedding Cake Topper

by Ashley Lucas

I made this wedding cake topper for my own upcoming spring wedding that has the theme of ‘alpine love birds’ and wanted to share it with other crafty brides-to-be! I must say, amidst all the craziness of wedding planning, this little cake topper gave me lots of joy while creating it. Here’s how to make your own:

Materials:

  • White felt roving {flat condensed roving and/or loose roving}
  • Needle felting tool kit
  • White wire
  • Black beads
  • Lace and silk flower scraps
  • Artificial moss
  • Wooden or cardboard disk
  • Miniature hat & mushrooms or flowers
  • Hot glue
  • Scissors
  • Wire cutters
  • Toothpicks
  • Orange paint
  • *Optional – blush for cheeks
Instructions:

1. Determine the size that you want your cake topper to be. I wanted my birds to be medium in size, so I cut two strips of flat white felt roving about 8 inches in length and rolled them up, inserting my felting needle a few times after each roll of the felt. Loose white felt roving works just as well, it just takes a little longer to achieve a tightened shape.

2. After you have both bodies made {the male just a little larger in size}, cut out tails and wings from flat white roving. Connect the tails onto the bodies securely using a two-pronged felting needle.

3. Cut two lengths of white wire for each bird’s legs. My wire was pliable enough to move with my hands, so I created three loops at the bottom of each wire piece for the bird feet. Insert the wire legs into each birds and hot glue in place. You may want to place more roving around each leg to cover the hardened glue afterwards.

4. Next, attach all wings with a felting needle and adjust the shape of the body as needed. The great thing about felting is that once you practice a bit, it’s a lot like working with clay. Adjustments can be made quite easily with your hands and the felting needle.

5. Hot glue two black bead eyes onto each bird. For the beaks, you can simply glue the tip of a plain toothpick on your bird, or color it with orange paint beforehand. Next, glue a little lace veil on the bride and a small plastic hat on the groom. Add silk flowers with the hot glue as you see fit.

6. If you’d like your birds to have rosy cheeks, apply some makeup blush directly to them with a dry paintbrush.

7. Hot glue both birds onto a disk of white wood or sturdy chipboard. Add small bits of artificial moss around the bird feet and additional miniatures if you desire {such as small mushrooms or flowers}. Tip – Place a round or square acrylic disk under your cake topper the day of the wedding to protect it from the icing.

Ashley Lucas {aka Lady Lucas, the queen of cute characters} is an avid illustrator and crafter with her own arts business that caters to those who love all things creative! Her work has been featured within various design teams, children’s books, animations and many different products. Visit her online at www.ladylucas.com or visit her blog Cupcakes + Owls.

Would you make your wedding cake topper?

Wedding Trends 2014: The Wedding Dresses You’ll Kill For

I’m going to take a moment to brag about my job. My research? Sit front row at a bridal fashion show and take photographs of all the glitz, glam, and glory. When I say you’ll kill for these dresses that I saw, I’m not kidding. There’s no kidding in weddings.

Wedding dresses are just exquisite, and any girl who says she doesn’t love to look is lying. What I love most about wedding dresses as time goes on is how varied they’ve become. Designers are daring to ditch tradition with colored wedding dresses, plunging backs, and sexy silhouettes.

While drooling over each frock as it made its way down the runway, I noticed some blaring trends that I couldn’t not share. You’ve got to nab these ideas before they become the norm. Bare backs, floral-inspired gowns with a twist, non-stop sparkles, and fearless necklines are begging to be shown off on the biggest day of your life.

Make sure your dress is “you.” Luckily, in this bunch, there’s a dress for absolutely every personality. Hover over your favorite photo to find out the designer and style so you can flaunt these stunners. For 2014, 2015, and 2016 brides, these wedding trends are must-haves.

Pair these looks with some to-die-for headpieces and killer bouquets to watch your friends and family’s jaws drop.

Baby Got Back

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Illusion Necklines

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Justin Alexander-8726

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Sleeves

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Rivini-Sania

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Rosa Clara- Carmina

Unexpected

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Horsehair Skirts

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 Which wedding dress trend is your favorite?

Wedding Planning Tips: Prevent Outdoor Wedding Disasters

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Celebrating a new couple’s love out in the fresh air can be absolutely stunning and so much fun. Some of the most memorable weddings I have attended have been outdoor weddings. Though there are, arguably, more potential problems when your wedding doesn’t take place between four walls, this is no reason to keep your wedding inside. Just follow these Wedding Planning Tips to Prevent Outdoor Wedding Disasters, and you will be good to go!

 

 

The Weather

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The following tips will help you have a successful outdoor wedding, come rain or shine.
1. Prepare for the heat and make sure there will be plenty of water provided for your guests.
2. Remind your guests that they should be prepared for the weather by bringing a light coat or shawl.
3. Craft a comfy accessory like the Mad Men Faux Fur Wrap for your bridal party.
4. Provide weather-appropriate party favors. If you know your wedding might be super sunny, sunglasses would be an adorable gift to place on your tables.
PLUS: Don’t forget about the wind. If you know your wedding venue might be breezy, it would best to avoid a lot of paper crafts at your wedding. Use fabric napkins, which are heavier, and secure them with a ring like the Stylish Starfish Napkin Rings. Be sure placeholders are held down, as well. These Animal Escort Card Holders would be perfect for that.

Buzzing Bugs

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Bugs can be especially bad during the spring and summer. The following tips will help you chase off these pests.
1. Keep the food somewhere that’s relatively bug-free. If there’s a slight breeze in a certain spot or somewhere to keep your food inside, place your food there.
2. Add citronella candles to your DIY outdoor lighting. These candles naturally ward off insects. These Chalkboard Mason Jar Candle Centerpiece and Evening Glow Hanging Votives would be great places to utilize one of these bug-zapping candles.

Grass and Mud

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Unlike indoor venues with solid floors, planning an outdoor wedding reception means you have uneven ground to contend with at your location. Use the following tips to make your environment a little more walkable.
1. Make sure your guests know about the venue. If it is mostly grass and gravel, advise your female guests to go for flats instead of heels.
2. Limit mass travel to walkways and sidewalks, if you can. This means strategically placing things like the guestbook, the food, and the dance floor. These Rustic Wedding DIY Wood Signs would be a great way to direct traffic.
3. Craft a bridesmaids’ gift to keep your bridal party comfortable. These Classy Kicks or Smashing Knockoff Black and Gold Embellished Flats would be the perfect presents.

If you love these outdoor wedding tips, check out this Wedding Themes: Rustic Wedding!

What’s your favorite thing about an outdoor wedding?