12 casual wedding dresses

I’ve been looking for an off-white bridesmaid dress for my sister’s upcoming wedding and I’ve found some winners that I thought could double as a wedding dress! If I had a wedding to redo I’d probably go more casual, especially for a warm summer day. Here are some of my favorite finds:

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by Brittany Watson Jepsen of The House that Lars Built 

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DIY: Make a boutonniere for your groom

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I love taking a traditional concept and giving it a new spin. The traditional boutonniere is made of flowers and attached to the lapel of a suit but for this DIY, I thought it’d be fun to spiffy it up a bit. In homage of Memorial Day yesterday, I took some inspiration from military badges and created a tassel pin. You can use the colors of the wedding to keep the theme cohesive.

Supplies: scissors, large gold safety pin (try this option from Amazon), crepe paper in the colors of your choice.

Step 1: Cut a piece of crepe paper with the grain going the short way of the crepe paper. I made mine about 2″ wide.

Step 2: Cut small pieces into the crepe paper about 1 1/2″ in.

Step 3: Roll the crepe paper in to form a tassel.

Step 4: Puncture the top of the tassel onto the safety pin.

step 5: Repeat for the additional colors.

Voila!

In just a few easy steps, you’ve created a fun and unique boutonniere for your groom. Try it with the groomsmen too!

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DIY and photos by Brittany Watson Jepsen of The House That Lars Built 

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8 ways to add yellow to your wedding

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To me, yellow means the arrival of summer and a yellow wedding is the perfect way to capture the season. Use it on its own for a bold statement or pair it with either a navy or pink and you’ll surely set a memorable tone to the event.

Yellow flowers  |  yellow cupcakes   |  yellow cutlery  |  yellow shoes  |  yellow candies  |  yellow tablecloth  |  yellow drinks |  yellow straws

by Brittany Watson Jepsen of The House That Lars Built 

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10 modern veil ideas

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My little sister recently got engaged and as the dutiful big sister, I’ve taken it upon myself to give her all ideas. You’re welcome! She’s already chosen a lovely gown and I think a unique veil would be the perfect accessory. This is coming from somebody who does not usually like veils! The wedding ensemble these days has become a bit more relaxed in some ways so the veil really brings it back home for me. Some of these veil ideas touch on retro or antique influences, but with a shorter length, a fun color, or an additional accessory, they take on a more modern vibe.

Clockwise from top left: flower cropped veil, short full veil, veil with flowerretro cropped veilband, green veil, cropped netting veil, short romantic veil, mid-full veil, bridesmaids veils

by Brittany Watson Jepsen of The House That Lars Built 

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Flowers for the aisle

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The aisle is a perfect place to make a statement about the feel of your wedding. If you’re looking to really make a statement about your modern wedding, here are a few things to try to make your unique.

1. (top left) Use petals to make a design lining the aisle. Use different colors to create patterns.

2. (top right) These floral balls are a perfect way to be modern yet romantic. They’re the perfect amount of fun!

3. (bottom left) Sweet and simple bouquets tied to the chairs made with unusual and minimal flowers create a perfect modern statement.

4. (bottom right) Line the aisles with masses of flowers for decadent yet clean look.

by Brittany Watson Jepsen of The House That Lars Built 

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