DIY Double Knot Ponytail

Double-knot-twist-tutorial-graphicWe love it when brides or bridesmaids get creative with their hair, and this tutorial that we worked on alongside Christian Marc, is a creative and elegant twist on a traditional ponytail. Try this look on your bridesmaids who want something a little more loose or casual as opposed to an updo, or rock it yourself! This is perfect for girls with medium to long hair, and we would pair a sleek look like this with either our DIY Natural Bridal Makeup or DIY Elegant Evening Makeup Tutorials.

diy-double-knot-twist-tutorial-gooddiy-double-knot-twist-tutorialDIY Double Knot Instructions

1. Take hair and separate into two equal sized parts and twist outward.

2. Take the two equal pieces and knot them together at the base of your scalp, pulling until knot reaches your head.

3. Repeat step 2 so that you have two knots.

4. Take one of the sections (the shorter of the two), tuck and pin up with bobby pins until secure.

Creative Direction and Styling: Emily Newman for Once Wed | Photography: Meghan Kay Sadler | Makeup: Amy Clarke for Temptu | Hair: Christian Marc 

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08.12.14 / DIY Wedding Blog, DIY Weddings, Featured

Luxury Wedding Websites from Riley & Grey

Let’s be honest for a second. Beautiful websites are hard to come by, and they’re even harder to create on your own, which is why Riley & Grey is one of our favorite wedding website builders. Riley & Grey has upgraded a marketplace full of plain, boring wedding websites by designing limited-edition wedding websites that are influenced by luxury fashion and interior design. Each design that Riley & Grey has to offer you is modern, elegant, and streamline. Your guests will be in awe of your stunning, easy-to-use wedding website, and in turn, will be even more excited for your wedding day!

And Riley & Grey wants to make creating your wedding website a breeze; so they dedicate themselves to providing hands-on customer service to help with your website building, mobile experience set up, managing RSVPs, and whatever else you may need!

If you’ve been on the hunt for the perfect website to fit with your elegant, modern wedding- Riley & Grey should be your next stop. And lucky for you, the first 100 couples to sign up for their wedding website with Riley & Grey using the code “ONCEWED” will recieve 50% off! Sign up today!

Visit the Riley & Grey blog for up-to-date info, and follow them on Instagram (@rileyandgrey) to see where they find their real-world inspiration!

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08.12.14 / Featured, New Sponsor Blog

Romantic Australian Engagement from Jose Villa

Sometimes words fail us, and that’s often the case when Jose Villa is involved. His photography and talent for capturing true emotions and beauty is unrivaled, and this session with Jemma Keech is no exception. Jemma is a talented photographer herself, and chose Jose to photograph herself and her fiance so beautifully in her hometown of Denmark, Australia and then their wedding the following day. These images are absolutely unreal, and we just want to take a few minutes to soak them all in…

Photography: Jose Villa | Dress: Chris Riley Bridal 

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08.11.14 / Featured, Real Weddings, Real Weddings Blog

Booking Hotels with Jetaport

“Every single part of planning a wedding is fun and exciting!” said no one ever. There are some very frustrating parts about planning your wedding and one of the most frustrating can be coordinating travel and accommodations for out of town guests and family. The guys who started Jetaport can totally understand that frustration and have created a one-stop website for you to book blocks of rooms for your wedding day! No longer do you have to call around from hotel to hotel to find available rooms- they make it easy for you!

All you have to do is visit Jetaport, select dates, location, and then wait! Within 48 hours, you’ll have deals from all of the hotels you selected all in one place on your dashboard. With Jetaport, you will have a dedicated travel advisor for you to call on with any questions during your planning process and to finalize any deals you make with the hotels. (Finally- someone is on your side!) Jetaport’s free service includes the option to electronically sign any agreements with the hotels so you don’t need to fuss with printing, scanning, or faxing them back and forth. Start to finish, they make it a piece of cake!

So, now that you know how to book a block of rooms for your wedding, here are a few tips from Jetaport on choosing the right hotels!

1. Choose 2-3 different hotels in various price ranges for your guests to book from. (This is dependent on how many guests you have. 1 hotel might be enough if you’re expecting under 20 out of town guests)

2. Choose hotels that are close to attractions or walking distance from downtown or restaurants so your guests can enjoy the town during down time.

3. Choose a courtesy block if at all possible- this will prevent you from being on-the-hook for paying for unused rooms if you don’t have guests filling each room you reserved.

Read more tips from Jetaport on reserving your block of rooms today, and get started with their free service! 

Graphic: Hannah Lee

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08.09.14 / Featured, New Sponsor Blog