How to Fold a Pocket Square

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Earlier today, we answered the number one question we get from grooms: “how to tie a bow tie,” and now we’re going to tackle a simpler but equally important task- how to fold a pocket square. A pocket square is the perfect finishing touch to a sharp suit, but the key is to fold it and place it properly. Keep reading for the step-by-step.

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Instructions:

The Classic Fold:

1. Start with the pocket square laying flat.

2. Fold one side over to the other side lengthwise.

3. Fold the bottom up to meet the top.

4. Fold lengthwise again to match the width of your breast pocket.

Photography: Ashley Sawtelle | Styling: Ashley Sawtelle & Ali Fortunato | Boutonniere: Ali Fortunato | Hair Styling: Liz Burns of Goldie & Bob

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06.26.15 / DIY Wedding Blog, DIY Weddings, Featured

How to Tie a Bow Tie

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Being in the wedding industry, we meet a lot of brides, and just as many clueless grooms. We often see grooms wandering around looking for help with their bow ties, cuffs, and pocket squares with nervous hands twitching and moving about. For all of you grooms, or you brides looking to help out your main man, we’re here to help with a quick and easy step-by-step on how to tie a bow tie and later today, how to fold a pocket square! Keep reading for the instructions.
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Instructions:

1. Start with the left end 1 1/2″ longer than the right end.

2. Slip the short end under the long end.

3. Pull the longer end over and under to create a knot.

4. Now form shorter end into a bow by doubling up shorter end and placing it across the collar points.

5. Hold this front loop with your thumb and forefinger of your left hand. Drop long end down over front.

6. Place forefinger pointing up, on bottom half of hanging part. Pass up behind front loop.

6. Poke resulting loop through the knot behind the front loop. Tighten until the ends are even.

Photography: Ashley Sawtelle | Styling: Ashley Sawtelle & Ali Fortunato | Boutonniere: Ali Fortunato | Hair Styling: Liz Burns of Goldie & Bob

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06.26.15 / DIY Wedding Blog, DIY Weddings, Featured

DIY Greenery Wedding Arch

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This week, we’ve been sharing some gorgeous inspiration from the recent Ginny Au workshops (view posts here and here). We love sharing beautiful tutorials with our readers, hoping that they will inspire you to create unique pieces for your own weddings. While we will always love outdoor weddings, they’re not always practical or realistic–but that doesn’t have to stop you from creating an organic foliage arch for your indoor ceremony, like this piece created by Ginny Au and Bows & Arrows Flowers.

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Materials Used: 
-Fabric backdrop
-Seasonal branches or vines (from a floral wholesaler, local greenhouse, or forage for your own!)
-Floral snips
-Straight pins

Instructions: 
1. Prepare your base surface. First, hang your fabric backdrop. It can be hung from ceiling rafters, attached to a wall or stretched out over a c stand, depending on what your venue has available to you.
2. Create your overgrown arch. Start at the top of the space you are designing by placing a branch that has a natural curve to the stem. Secure it to your fabric backdrop with a few straight pins. Layer on the next branch, moving downwards to cover up the stem from the previous branch and secure with pins. Continue this pattern all the way down to the ground.Repeat on the other side. You can play with the shape to make it more or less symmetrical, to suit your style.
3. Finishing touches. Tuck in any small pieces to the overall design, and don’t be afraid to snip back any big branches that are obtrusive.

Design, styling: Ginny Au | Photography: Heather Hawkins | Flowers and Backdrop: Bows and Arrows

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06.25.15 / DIY Wedding Blog, DIY Weddings, Featured

Luxe Jewel-Toned Wedding Ideas

It’s rare to come across a person who doesn’t love a good jewel-toned palette. Deep eggplants, vibrant magentas and fuchsias, rich emerald greens…the depth and variety within a typical jewel tone color combination is just so luxurious. And for all of your brides dreaming of incorporating rich colors into your wedding but not quite sure how to do it, we are thrilled to share this gorgeous inspiration for you today.

We love how the vibrant tones of these flowers are contrasted with a delicate blue linen, a rustic terra cotta votive, and a simple wood chair. Consider how you might bring a unique element to your tablescape, utilizing those beautiful jewel colors while moving away from the standard wedding choices. For example, a blush silk ribbon on your bouquet emphasizes the depth of the flower hues, without becoming too bold of a choice.

Looking for more inspiration with a bold, jewel-toned palette? Check out this real wedding (hello, red wedding dress!) and this floral inspiration.

Workshop, Design, styling: Ginny Au | Photography: Heather Hawkins | Flowers and Backdrop: Bows and Arrows | Venue: Hickory Street Annex | Paper: Signorae Mare, Script Merchant | Hair and Makeup: Kaela Rawson | Dress: Samuelle Couture

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06.23.15 / Featured, Wedding Ideas, Wedding Ideas Blog