Tips: Top 10 Wedding Pet Peeves to Avoid

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We’ve all been there. Bored, annoyed, pushed into doing something we don’t want to — weddings aren’t all smiles and happy tears, are they?

While planning your wedding, don’t forget to think about your guests and the various things you could do to ensure they have the best time possible. It may be your day, but your guests are a pretty big part of it!

In a recent Facebook poll, I asked our page fans: “What are your biggest wedding pet peeves?” Here are their top 10 answers… Continue reading

Tips: The ‘What,’ ‘Why’ and ‘How’ of the First Dance


The first dance is often the most romantic part of weddings, next to the vows of course. It’s two or three minutes that the bride and her groom can make all their own, forget about the hustle and bustle of the day, look into one another’s eyes and get lost in the moment.

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Heidi + Nicholas: Bursts of Orange by the Beach

This couple’s love story began in Calgary, Alberta at an Enterprise Rent-A-Car, of all places. They went on their first date eight months later, and have been inseparable ever since.

Heidi Scholz and Nicholas Vance were married on July 23, 2001 in sunny Kelowna, British Columbia. Continue reading

Tips: Top 7 Ways to Use Candles at Your Wedding

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Candles can be one of the most powerful decor elements you use at your wedding. They’re romantic, they make cute gifts, and with so many varieties to choose from, you’re sure to find some to fit your theme!

So, in no particular order, here are my top 7 ways candles can be used as centerpieces, decor accessories, guest favors and so much more to help make your dream wedding a reality. Continue reading

Stephanie and Joseph: Vintage…with a Twist of Lime!

This adorable couple decided on a vintage inspired wedding with hints of lime green, lemon yellow and white.

From the vibrant color scheme that even includes the buffet food to the subtle personalized touches that really matter, this wedding is a true inspiration to brides everywhere!

Stephanie Sawicki and Joseph Ferraro were married on June 19, 2011 in Scituate, Massachusetts. Continue reading

Signature Drinks: A Wedding Cocktail for Every Season

Serving up personalized, signature drinks during cocktail hour is just another way to make your wedding day all your own!

Make it a twist on your favorite thirst quencher, or create your own concoctions out of your alcohol of choice. Be as creative as you like and even match it to your color palette and theme.

Using our colorful printed cocktail napkins, I’ve split this post up into the four seasons and the colors and flavors associated with each. Find your wedding season, color palette or favorite flavors and start mixing!

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Inspiration: Granting Wedding Wishes

Wish Upon a Wedding is a non-profit organization that grants the wish of a wedding to deserving couples throughout the United States. Wishes are granted to couples who have overcome — or are still facing — a terminal illness or life-altering health challenges.

Wishes typically include a wedding planner, venue, caterer, rental company, photographer, videographer, cake, stationery, officiant, floral designer, DJ or band, hair and makeup, and transportation for the bride and groom.

And now we are so excited to announce that Weddingstar is the newest national sponsor of Wish Upon a Wedding!

Couples who are granted wedding wishes now have the opportunity to choose any Weddingstar guest favors they wish to make their dream wedding a reality.

Here is a peek at just a few of the many couples who have already benefited from the generosity of Wish Upon a Wedding. Each has such a compelling and inspirational story to tell. Continue reading

Designer Spotlight: What Makes a Perfect Wedding?

Not so long ago, my husband asked a logical but somewhat unexpected question…especially since we have been happily married for many years…

“In your opinion, what makes a perfect wedding?”

At this point, I should introduce myself in order to explain why this was a logical topic of conversation in our home. My name is Patricia MacArthur and I am the long-serving Executive Creative Director with Weddingstar. Each and every day for more than 20 years, my days here at Weddingstar are spent completely immersed in all things wedding. Continue reading

Julie and Caleb: A Colorful Chicago Engagement

OK, I know, we don’t typically feature engagement photo shoots on our blog. But this one is so absolutely stunning…and, admittedly, I’ve been gushing over engaged couples ever since my own engagement last month!

There’s no gimmicks here. No costumes, no staged backdrops — just downtown Chicago, two people in love…and a ton of outfit changes.

Julie Hilgendorf and Caleb Eplett were engaged on May 1, 2011. Continue reading

Lindsay and Adam: Glam Goddess

Vibrant colors meet undeniable romance — that’s the theme of these fabulous New York nuptials.

From a bride who could stop traffic to a reception venue fit for royalty, this wedding has it all…not to mention an adorable pooch in a mini tux!

Lindsay McFadden and Adam Turkewitz were married on May 29, 2011 in Roslyn, New York. Continue reading