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5 Simple Autumn DIY Centerpieces

Fall is upon us, which means changing colors, cool outdoor weddings, and dinner parties featuring everything made out of pumpkin. And while there are many gorgeous fall flowers that can be used for centerpieces, there are several other options that you can even make yourself!

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So what are you waiting for? Prepare your workplace with a mug of warm apple cider and a playlist of cozy acoustic tunes. Dig out those glitter pens and gold paint and get started!

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Pumpkin Arrangement

Put your design skills to the test by arranging a centerpiece of pumpkins, candles, and maybe even a few fall leaves or berries! The candles will add an elegant atmosphere to your event, and the fall colors will complement the delicious food you’re bound to serve. If you need inspiration, take a look at some pictures here!

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Bottle Wrap

All you need for this simple DIY is a glass bottle, some glue, and a roll of twine. Wrap the twine around the bottle, making sure to secure it with glue. When you finish, you can display a few flowers from the bottle or let it be a statement piece on its own! If you have more bottles to repurpose, consider giving this ombre look a go.

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Painted Pinecones

Pinecones can be used in so many ways, from stringing them along the wall to gluing on googly eyes for fun little characters! For your centerpiece, why not gather a bowl-full and paint them gold and red for some autumn character? Try out some different methods of painting pinecones and see which one you like best!

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Tree Stump Sign

Save the stump from the tree you chopped down in your front yard and turn it into an adorable wedding sign with a marker. Follow this DIY tutorial to learn how to turn your wood into a chalkboard! Or, skip the words and decorate with berries, branches, and leaves.

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Ornamental Corn

The juicy yellow corn you eat on the cob isn’t the only kind out there! Find some with different colored kernels and display it in a bowl or arrange on a table runner. Or, if you don’t want to use it as a centerpiece, consider making a garland or even a wreath! Check out more corn decorating ideas.

Happy DIYing! Of course, if you’re not that into making decorations yourself, you can always let Flowers Squared do the work for you! Give them a call at (801) 539-3151 or visit their website by clicking the button below!

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Foolproof Honeymoon Packing Tips

Some say the best part of getting married is what comes right after: the honeymoon! Just you, your new hubby, and a few days of one-on-one time with the stress of the wedding behind you. But before you go, you have to pack!

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No matter where it is you’re going, this guide has you covered. We’ve crafted some of our favorite ideas and you can tailor them to your own personality and style. So pull out your suitcase, fold those clothes with care, and get going on your dream honeymoon!

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THE ESSENTIALS

There are some things you need on your trip no matter where you’re going, so make sure you don’t forget these when you head out on your romantic getaway. Your sweetheart will thank you!

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  • A stunning dress for a night out. You’re going to want to have at least one fancy dinner with your beau, aren’t you?
  • Heels or other shoes to go with your dress.
  • Your passport, plane tickets, and other documents. Make sure everything runs smoothly to get you to your destination!
  • Toiletries. You definitely don’t want to be stuck without a toothbrush.
  • A comfortable travel outfit. Stretchy jeans, a t-shirt, and a light jacket for layering. Planes can get chilly!
  • Some dainty unmentionables.

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DESTINATION: BEACH

The sun, the surf, the sand… what more could you need? Only a cute swimming suit, floral print sunglasses, and your man!

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  • A bathing suit… or two! After all, you’ll probably spend most of your time at the beach or by the pool.
  • Sunscreen and sunglasses. Protect your skin and your eyes for a more comfortable vacation.
  • Flowy sundresses to go over your swimsuit or to wear shopping at the beachfront markets.
  • Shorts and t-shirts. Can’t go wrong there!
  • Sandals for the scorching walk across the sand to the seaside.

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DESTINATION: CABIN

It doesn’t get more romantic than curling up beside the fire in a remote mountain cabin with a good book and a new husband to cuddle. Except for the kiss you’ll share at the top of your hike the next morning, if you pack the right gear!

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  • Hiking shoes or boots for a trek through the woods or a wild ATV ride.
  • Cozy leggings and a flannel for your perfect cabin style.
  • A light waterproof jacket to keep you warm while making s’mores.
  • Jeans. You always need jeans.
  • Shorts and t-shirts so you can head out on some incredible adventures!

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DESTINATION: CITY

Maybe you’re exploring the Parisian “City of Love” or maybe you’re exploring a quaint town close to home. When your best friend is by your side, isn’t any place the city of love? Pack these vital items to make sure you’re ready for the urban life.

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  • A maxi dress or skirt. It’s a fashion staple, not to mention comfortable and versatile!
  • Skinny jeans and trendy t-shirts. Keep it simple, but classy! You can mix and match during your trip and always be wearing something new.
  • Boots. They’re always in style, no matter the season!
  • Sunglasses to block the glare from the sun reflecting off the glittering skyscrapers.
  • Cute and comfy shoes for walking, because chances are you’ll be doing a lot of it!

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DESTINATION: THEME PARK

There’s no better excuse than a honeymoon to revisit your childhood with a trip to Disneyland. Lock hands with your lover and guide him to all your favorite rides and characters. Don’t forget your autograph book!

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  • Sunglasses and sunscreen. The sun always shines on the happiest place on Earth.
  • Your bathing suit for a dip in the hotel hot tub after a long day at the park.
  • Shorts and t-shirts are perfect for strapping into the seat of a roller coaster or sharing a cotton candy.
  • Comfortable walking shoes. You’ll be surprised at how many steps you can rack up in one day!
  • Vintage Mickey Mouse shirt. Whether you have one to wear on your way or you pick one up at the park, it’s a must-have.

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DESTINATION: SNOW

When a winter wedding fades into a ride on the chairlift to the top of your favorite ski slope, you know it’s true love. Stay warm during the daytime adventures and then cozy up to a shared cup of cocoa at night.

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  • Your heavy coat and snow pants are necessities. Dress warm and your love will do the rest!
  • Boots, boots, boots! Snow is the only excuse you need to bring them all.
  • Trendy (but warm) scarves to dress up your wardrobe.
  • Cozy hoodies, cardigans, and jackets. Layer it on.
  • Hats and gloves to keep warm and look adorable.
  • Dark wash jeans and long sleeve shirts for your walk down the streets of the resort shops and ski boutiques.

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With these tips, you’re sure to be prepared – and look cute – on your dream honeymoon. But you can’t have a honeymoon without a wedding! If you’re still in the planning stages of your ceremony or reception, send us a note! We’d love to help out!

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Life-Saving Tips for Thank You Cards

After the wedding bliss and the honeymoon are over, you can’t wait for married life to start. Just one thing stands in your way: mounds and mounds of thank you cards. But don’t be discouraged – these tips will ensure that getting them done is as painless as possible.

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1. Plan ahead

Use a Google Spreadsheet to organize all your addresses and guests, and when you’re unwrapping gifts, fill in a spreadsheet column with the gift that each guest gave you. Then, when it comes time to write notes, you can follow along easily, or use CTRL-F to search for the guest whose address you can’t find.

2. Use thank you postcards

In order to keep things simple, consider having postcards printed. You can choose the picture that goes on the front, and you can leave the back completely blank, cutting down on costs. Just draw a line down the middle to separate your note from the address.

3. Include a cute photo

It’s likely that many of the people who sent you gifts may not have been able to attend your wedding, so they’ll definitely appreciate seeing an image from that day. Consider asking your photographer to take a picture of the two of you holding a sign that says “thank you.” You can print it on the front of the postcard, or just include it in the envelope if you’re opting for more traditional cards.

4. Use a return address stamp

You won’t believe how much easier it will be to order a personalized stamp and use it to stamp your return address. You’ll save yourself from hand cramps, not to mention tons of time! Check out Etsy for some beautiful handmade options.

5. Follow this foolproof thank you note formula

Not sure what to write in your cards? Try out this formula:

  • Start by saying “Thank you for the ______.” Say what their gift was, and be descriptive to make it personal!
  • Tell them how you plan to use the gift, why you love it, or how it made life better and easier for you.
  • Let them know how much they mean to you as a person. “I’m so glad to have you for a friend, and it means a lot to me that you…”
  • Thank them again for the gift, and then sign your name!

With these suggestions, you’ll be done with your thank you cards in no time. Just turn on you and your husband’s favorite song and get writing!

Plan Your Wedding in 12 Weeks!

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Maybe you’re engaged, you know you’re going to be engaged soon (fingers crossed!), or maybe you’re just in a serious relationship that could be headed toward marriage. No matter what stage of planning you’re in, this checklist could be for you.

Since we know that brides-to-be have a lot to do, from dress shopping, to cake tasting, to decorating and everything else, we wanted to make it a little easier. That’s why we created this 12 week wedding planning checklist: so that you can spend your time getting things done instead of thinking about what needs to be done.

The great thing about this checklist is that it’s applicable no matter how much time you have to plan. If you have four months, just stretch things out a little more, and if you have six weeks, speed it up. We’ve made sure to include every task we could think of when it comes to weddings, and we’ve included space for you to write in your own to-do’s just in case we forgot anything. So what are you waiting for? Get your free checklist today!

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Elegance on a Budget!

From the fabulous Colin Cowie Weddings, comes a wonderful article about making an elegant wedding on any budget. The below 5 tips are what Colin Cowie suggests:

Make a list of everything you want at your wedding. Then, figure out what’s most important to you and toss out the rest.

It may be tough to whittle down the list, but do you really need to invite your childhood babysitter?

If you have artistic talent (or an artistic friend), design and print them yourself.

Experiment with combining an unexpected computer font with distinctive textured or colored paper you’ve found in a stationery store or art supply shop.

You could even think beyond the traditional invitation and experiment with vintage post cards or mimic a fine art piece (à la American Gothic).

A great alternative could be waiting at your favorite department store or vintage clothing shop.

To create a more personal look that will truly feel like you, add special touches like a chiffon or velvet wrap, a veil, jewelry or gloves.

They tend to be pricey and play old standards your guests will have heard at 20 other weddings.

Consider a smaller, more unusual group based on your musical tastes (like a swing band or R&B group). You could also ask a music-loving friend to act as your DJ instead of giving a traditional present, or make your own playlists using all your favorite songs.

Tips From The Experts – Fall Ideas

There has been a huge fall wedding trend. Something about this colorful season and the crispness in the air makes this a truly captivating, fun time for a wedding.

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One thing to realize is that fall wedding trends and designs are very different from traditional summer weddings. Take centerpieces for example. In the summer, the classic glass vase may be the perfect container for your centerpiece. However, that isn’t necessarily the case during the fall. Unique containers such as copper pots, silver trophy cups, urns, pots and wooded containers are popular.

If you do decide to use a glass vase, enhance the fall feeling by adding a touch of the field to it: wheat berries, millet, or even corn for the base.

Bouquets

Fall bouquets are also a little different than the summer and springtime picks. Many brides decide to stick with the fall color scheme containing orange, plum, brick, and red. These bouquets can be more structured than the loosely tied English garden medley often chosen for summer bouquets. Rather than leaving the stems exposed, wrapping them with fabric, sashes, or ribbons is a popular choice. The same goes for the groomsmen boutonnieres.

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*Images and information gathered from several sources: TheKnot.com, Weddingcolorsandthemes.com, favorfavor.com, bing.com, myweddingfavors.com

Tips From The Experts – Bouquets

Ninety five percent of wedding bouquets are hand-tied; the flowers are gathered together and the stems are wrapped in satin ribbon.

Brides wanting more glamorous bouquets choose beads, brooches, and pearls to dress up plain ribbon-wrapped stems.

The rose continues to be the most popular and elegant bouquet flower.  Lilies, peonies, hydrangeas, tulips and orchids represent a trendier choice.

Visit Flowers Squared to learn more about the amazing floral service at Temple Square!

Tips From The Experts – The Hair

There are no clear trends for hair styles, although wearing the hair in long romantic waves or loosely pulled back are popular choices.

*Some images are from The Knot and may be altered to meet Temple Square Hospitality’s specifications*

Tips From The Experts: Accessories

Shorter trains and veils are popular as are pretty boleros and shawls, for cold weather wraps of faux-fur, velvet and heavy satin.  Pearls, rhinestones and crystals remain at the top jewelry choice.  Crystal brooches are also a popular accent on the dress, in the hair or on the bouquet handle.

All images are from LatterDay Bride

Tips From The Experts: The Cake

You have to have the perfect cake that reveals your and your spouses personality. Here are some great trends in the cake world right now that may spark some ideas.

Cakes decorated with handmade icing flowers, shells and delicate dots and scrollwork remain popular. Buttercream or smooth fondant frostings are most common with popular cake flavors including lemon, chocolate, carrot, spice and white.

Flowers, sculptures and large monogrammed letters are replacing the traditional bride and groom cake top.