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4 Easy Steps to DIY-ing the Perfect Party

The minute I said my “I do’s,” I started throwing dinner parties like it was no one’s business. But here’s the deal.  I’m not crafty.  So all of those sweet DIY details that really make a party POP?  I turn to Skillshare, the crazy cool community where creatives come together to teach + learn everything. Think 5,000+ classes on topics from design to DIY to making French Macarons.  There’s even a sweet promo code for free unlimited access that you can redeem right here!  Me + DIY tutorials = an awesome party. I sooo got this.

STEP 1: DESIGN A HAND-LETTERED INVITATION

We’ve all dreamt of crafting the perfect invitations and with Skillshare’s amazing class, Preparing for Letterpress: Design a Hand-Lettered Invitation, that dream is now a total reality.  I mean, what’s better than designing, laying out and choosing lettering style pairings, then sending off your creation to a letterpress printer like a pro?  Answer: absolutely nothing, loves.

STEP 2: CREATE PAPER FLOWERS WITH BOOK PAGES

Every great party needs beautiful blooms and with Skillshare, you can wow your guests with paper flowers made from book pages.  Yes, I just said that and it’s as awesome as you think.  In just 21 easy minutes, you’ll be tearing those pages from your fave novels (spare ones, of course) and setting your table with some of the most interesting + talk-worthy centerpieces you OR your guests have ever seen. Even better? No matter the skill set, this sweet tutorial has you totally covered. It’s that simple.

STEP 3: MAKE YOUR OWN FRENCH MACARONS

Guys, I love French macarons. Like love, love, love them.  So when I saw that Skillshare offered a class on baking up these yummy delicacies, well… let’s just say that a happy dance ensued.  And you know that I’ll be using this sweet (pun intended) tutorial for my next great get-together.  They’re colorful, tasty and take only 32 minutes to learn.

STEP 4: INTERIOR STYLING: STYLE YOUR SPACE LIKE A PRO

So, we’ve all done that last-minute re-arranging before all of our guests arrive.  A new vase there, a lamp move here, maybe a new photo that looks just right in the dining room.  But with Skillshare’s fabulous class on interior styling, you’ll be MORE than prepared with everything from floral + coffee table styling to sofa pillow how-to’s to getting that bookshelf just so.

Whether you’re channeling your inner Martha Stewart or simply want to get your craft game on, head to Skillshare to peruse their 5,000+ classes in everything from design to business photography.  And don’t forget to use code SMPFREE for three months of Skillshare Premium for FREE right here (Code expires December 31, 2016). Your creativity is waiting.

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20 Grooms Who Pulled Off Traditional Tuxedos to Perfection

Whoever said black and white is boring, clearly hasn’t looked through The Vault as of late. Because our Groom’s? They’re show us it’s anything but. From the classic suit and tie combo to incorporating a few super fun prints, we’ve got all that and more waiting for you below. P.S. See more groom style here!

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Former Miss Nebraska Shares Her Hometown Wedding

As former Miss Nebraska USA and self-declared fashion lover, it’s pretty safe to say this Bride knows a thing or two about style. She chose an impossibly chic Vera Wang gown for her hometown wedding and it set the stage for an elegant celebration photographed by Megan Pomeroy. Look back at their Chicago engagement sesh, and head this way for the full wedding gallery.

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From The Bride…As a follow up to our engagement session featured on Style Me Pretty, it makes me so excited and happy to share our wedding day! When preparing for our wedding, we knew we wanted the day to be elegant, timeless and bespoke. Jackie & JFK’s outdoor wedding reception was a huge inspiration for our day; we admired the simplicity and how timeless their photos looked.

We recently moved back to Nebraska from Chicago, and wanted to take our wedding day back to our small-town roots. We decided to have our wedding in a neighboring town where I grew up – Farwell, a town with a whopping population of 70 people! We both loved the idea of a countryside wedding and the fact that we could have the entire day in one place – the ceremony to the right of the bed and breakfast and white tents to the left for the reception. The B&B had a large wrap around porch, so we utilized that for cocktail hour, extra seating and the bar. The location was very charming and a destination we plan to visit over the years.

When it came to the look of the day, I’m a true lover of all things neutral. We used white, ivory, gold, flowers and greenery to set the stage for the day. There were aspects throughout the day that captured the essence of our relationship and upbringing. The meal at the reception was home cooked by the B&B, our cake was made by a family friend and we only served wine and beer, complementing what we enjoy drinking.

A dear friend, a former Miss Alabama USA whom I met at Miss USA, has a beautiful calligraphy business so I enlisted her help for our paper goods. She drew an illustration of the B&B that we used on our wedding invitations and programs. If I had to pick, our letterpress invitations were my favorite wedding detail! I now have the invitation framed and on display in our bedroom.

As a former Miss Nebraska USA and lover of fashion, choosing a gown was at the top of my list. I had always dreamed of wearing Vera Wang, and when I tried on the Lillian style, I instantly knew it was perfect for our outdoor wedding. I loved the simplicity and how it was made with a soft French lace. And to top it off, my veil and reception headpiece were custom designed by a dear friend and local designer. Walking down the isle to my now husband, on my mom’s arm and wearing my gown was a highlight of the day!

The reception was a blast. We had a dance tent and a dinner tent. During dinner, our videographer played our love story interviews and same day edit of our wedding day. I cried and laughed and was completely blown away. My groom even surprised me during the video and played our favorite Lord Huron song (a song we listened to on repeat during our engagement trip)! Watching our wedding day video together for the first time with all of our guests was so special. After that, we danced the night away and couldn’t stop smiling!

The Monday after the wedding we jetted off to the French Riviera, Cinque Terre and Lake Como for our honeymoon. It’s safe to say August 2015 was hands down my favorite month of all time.

We were so fortunate to work with amazing vendors. Not only did they bring together our vision for the day, but also they traveled hours to get to our remote location to make it happen. When I think about our wedding day, I think of laughing and smiling every second. I’m so glad our videographer and photographer captured these special moments that we’ll treasure forever.

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Photography: Megan Pomeroy Photography | Cinematography: Wedding Memories Of Omaha | Floral Design: Petals to Platinum | Wedding Dress: Vera Wang, Beverly Hills | Invitations: Huck And Pippa | Bride’s Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Hair: Fawnia at Serenity Salon & Spa | Groom’s Attire: Tip Top Tux | Ceremony Music: Harris Academy of the Arts | Venue: Farwell Bed & Breakfast | Accessories (sash, earrings, robe, clutch): BHLDN | Chalk Board Calligraphy: Cora Calligraphy | Invitation Letterpress:Porridge Papers | Rentals: Nostalgia Rentals | Rentals: AAA Rents | Ribbon: FrouFrou Chic | Veil & Headpiece : Felicia’s Couture Creation

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Steal the Look: Morgan Stewart’s Glam All-White Wedding

When ‘Rich Kids of Beverly Hills’ star, Morgan Stewart shared her wedding with the world, we were taking notes. Because this celebration? Well, it’s all sorts of next-level pretty. Which is why we’re sharing a few of our favorite moments from the day as well as some fun favorites via The Vault to help you replicate the look on your own special day. Click below for more and see the original celebration here!

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