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Layered Centerpieces: Centerpieces are often the focal points for receptions, particularly if you’re planning on serving a plated or buffet meal, as opposed to passed hors d’oeuvres.  As much as we love the look of grand, oversized centerpieces, we also love the look of smaller, layered centerpieces, made possible with various shapes and heights.  This centerpiece is the perfect reminder that size isn’t all that matters when it comes to sprucing up reception tables.  We love the simple yet layered look of this centerpiece, made possible with simple floral elements and natural burlap ribbon.  The clear glass allows guests to be able to communicate across tables, sharing their favorite memories of the happy couple.  Wanting to take a DIY route?  Look for vases and glass containers at thrift stores and wholesale stores.

Joel Lala Photography

Boho Fishtail Braid: Braids have been a longtime staple in the wedding world, and with the recent obsession with a certain Hunger Games star, braids are back and bigger than ever.   We absolutely love this take on the classic fishtail braid, swept to the side and tousled just enough to look effortless.  This look is also perfect for someone wanting to secure their hair for the big day, without the formality of a traditional updo.  Swoon!

Jessica Janae Photography

Cheese + Cracker Favors: Food is one of the most popular wedding favors, and if you believe the old adage that food is the way into a person’s heart, we see why couples continue to share food with their guests.  We often see favors that appeal towards guests’ sweet tooth, so this food favor caught our attention, as it’s something a little different…cheese and crackers!  We think this favor would be particularly appropriate for a couple focused on local or organic, seeking out local farms and independent vendors.  So let your guests dance the night away and then leave with a little something to help restore their energy for the after party!

Photo originally from Martha Stuart Weddings

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Create Your Own Backdrop.  We love when couples choose a wedding venue that isn’t typical or expected, but we often hear them wish there were a focal point to help frame their space.  So when we saw this custom wedding ceremony backdrop, we couldn’t help but think back to those couples and how perfect this backdrop is!  We love that even in the middle of the woods, there is a unique and special centerpiece for a couple’s “I Do’s.”  Thinking of making your own?  Look for dreamy fabrics in creams and ivory, including lace and linen, and tie the whole piece together with some natural and lush floral.

Put It On the Map.  Though traditional and formal invitations are still popular, we can’t help but swoon over all of the unique and creative options that are popping up.  This map invitation from jackandjillwedding is just adorable, and we can’t help but picture how awesome our Windy City would look on that map.

Up and Low.  We’re always intrigued at how many different ways brides style their hair on their big day.  The options seem endless!  This low updo caught our eye, as it manages to marry a more formal style with soft and loosely pinned curls.  This style would look perfect with or without a veil, and we can also see a few pieces of baby’s breath tucked in for a touch of nature.  Gorgeous!