5 tips for throwing the best wedding DIY party ever!

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I admit it. Pinterest has lit my crafty-cooking-fashionista fire. But there’s one issue. I’m not the crafty type, so the idea of doing DIY wedding stuff definitely requires calling in the troops.

Picture this as case in point:

Not so long ago, I decided to fix the strap of one of my casual dresses. This endeavor — nay, epic journey — included:
1) Wandering through the craft aisles for an hour like I had a paper bag over my head
2) Buying iron-on Velcro to fix my strap
3) Burning through the strap and staining the iron with red dress goo.

Results! Dress falls off with any slight movement. True story.

You can see my hesitation, right?

It’s totally not my intention to go raggedy DIY for our special day so I had to organize a compelling party atmosphere to lure the true crafters to my house to create my David Tutera dreams.

And thus ensued… the best crafting party ever with my maids of honor, bridesmaids and one groomsman thrown in for good measure! You can do this too with the right elements.

1. Get your projects prepared. This takes some time if the craft store seems like a parallel universe to you. I made 4-5 trips to Joann’s and Michaels. I also suggest phoning a friend for crafting advice. I called my mom, sister and sister in law: all much more versed in the world of tulle and buttons than I. Best advice: Balance time and energy expended with cost. Is it worth wrapping tiny muslin tea bags for hours when you can buy pre done ones for less money and work?

2. Provide a new experience (and possibly adult beverages). I managed to snag an in-home wine tasting voucher at a previous bridal expo and laid out the VIP treatment. *Be mindful not to have too many adult beverages. Crafting tools may look innocent but they tend to be sharp or pointy.

3. Have plenty of food! We rolled out the honey goat cheese, fancy raspberry peach jam and gourmet crackers. My friends were awesome enough to bring extra goodies and even make chocolate covered strawberries. We ran out of chocolate quite early though (hint..buy extra chocolate, it calms down your volunteers).

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4. Have your craft plan ready and let people choose. We had three tasks at hand: a heart garland made from old music books, table numbers shaped like state silhouettes, and homemade tea bag favors. My party peeps showed their skills and picked tasks they were comfortable with.

5. Finally, take lots of pictures of your hard work. Haha screw you pinterest. We had no fails!

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Well no craft fails…I did learn that I am not allowed near a hot glue gun. Ever. Again. Told you I’m not crafty!! Thanks and hugs and love to my wedding party for the help. You’re not free yet though (mwahahahaha).

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biopicAbout Kate: Kate is a recently engaged gal living in Chicago. Her fiancé, Raja, is her blogging coach, fellow Netflixia sufferer (Walking Dead!) and adventure twin. Tune in every other week to hear about her personal wedding planning experiences and advice! You can follow her on Twitter, or read more on her and her best friend’s blog, Chi Organic Girls.

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Food Trucks: Get the Skinny on Wedding Day Catering

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Two Foot Creative

In case you haven’t heard, food trucks have recently become all the rage. That’s right. Food trucks. Thought they were only for mid-week lunches with your co-workers? Wrong! Food trucks are becoming a huge trend in the world of wedding catering and receptions.

The food trucks from your fresh-out-of-college-I-just-got-my-first-real-job budget lunches have done a lot of growing up since your early years. Have no fear! Roach coaches are a thing of the past. The food trucks of today are sophisticated, eclectic, and unbelievably delicious.

Food trucks offer a fun, quirky alternative to traditionally catered sit down or buffet dinners. And the best part? They come in a variety of interesting, tasty, and diverse choices from burgers to grilled cheese to tacos to sandwiches to ice cream. The choices are endless, and sure to please everyone–even the pickiest of guests!

So what do you think, ladies? Yay or nay to wedding day food trucks?

Here are some ideas to get you started:

1. In-N-Out Burger: Who doesn’t love a good ole’ In-N-Out burger? It’s everyone’s favorite delectable, indulgent guilty pleasure delivered to you when you want it, where you want it.

2. Coolhaus Ice Cream: A popular LA based food truck with delectable homemade ice cream sandwiches in a variety of unique, quirky handmade ice cream flavors.

3. The Grilled Cheese Truck: Everyone loves grilled cheese! And these are no ordinary grilled cheese sandwiches. These are fun adult grilled cheese sandwiches with everything from macaroni and cheese to caramelized onions to BBQ pork. Yum!

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Green Wedding Shoes

7 great Pinterest boards that all new brides should follow now!

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Patrick Moyer Photography

Wedding inspiration isn’t hard to come by if you’re an avid Pinterest user. However, here at Wedding Party we’re always looking for the highest quality and most unique wedding inspiration on the web to share with our brides. Sifting through all the noise is hard, but if you know who to follow, you’re sure to find inspiration you’ll love! Here are our top picks for pinners to follow for exciting and fresh wedding inspiration.

1. EZ Pudewa

A taste maker and Pinterest celebrity in her own right, EZ Pudewa of the Creature Comforts blog has an incredible wedding-themed pinterest board you’ll want to know about.

2. Bridal Musings

Elizabeth Kane of Bridal Musings knows what brides want to see, and curates her effortless Pinterest boards with her chic taste.

3. Jen Goemans

Jen’s your everyday girl who loves Pinning, and is great at it. Just check her out her Love & Marriage Pinterest board — it’s the stuff girly fantasies are made of!

4. Style Me Pretty

If you know anything about the online wedding world, you know Style Me Pretty is the place that all brides to go for daily doses of gorgeous inspiration — and for good reason. They know how to do bridal inspiration right!

5. Wedding Chicks

Another giant in the world of online weddings, the Wedding Chicks Pinterest account is one of my personal favorite places to go for pretty photos, great style, and one-of-a-kind celebrations.

6. BaubleBar

Want to find modern and chic looks for stand-out wedding style? The BaubleBar Pinterest boards have got you covered! Breaking down style by Classic, Feminine, Modern looks and more, you’re sure to find something to suit your wedding day fashion.

7. Wedding Party

Shameless plug we know — but we think our Pinterest boards are pretty darn awesome! Our brides’ personal favorites are our #Cool Wedding Ideas, Tips & Tricks, and Concepts for Wedding Photos boards on our Pinterest accounts. We work hard on finding new and delightful inspiration for our brides, so see if something inspires you!

Swoonworthy floral wedding dresses for the girly and chic bride

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 Larissa Cleveland

So we’ve been expounding on the best wedding dress trends of 2014 for a while now, but we’ve secretly been dying to get this piece together to show you lovely brides and wedding lovers a wedding trend that’s close to our hearts: floral patterned wedding dresses!

For a bride that’s been looking for the perfect frock but doesn’t feel like white dresses are cutting it, a floral patterned dress could be the right fit. You could go for pink and girly, bold and eclectic, or boho and free-spirited. What’s your favorite look?

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Dallas Curow Photography

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Claudia Rose Carter

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Lara Hotz Photography

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Madelyn Holmes Photographics

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