DIY Wedding Wednesday: Sweet Celebrations – The S’mores Bar How-To

s'mores bar how-to

Between the abundance of chocolate chunks, the melt in your mouth marshmallows, and the savory spiked eggnog, today’s how-to may be our most delicious and decadent post to date. And the timing really couldn’t be any better. Not only is this spread a surefire hit for any rustic or winter themed wedding, it also happens to have party perfection written all over it. We’re thinking, happy new year’s indeed. Here’s everything you need to create your own scrumptious s’mores bar.

Comfort Creations

Let’s start with the ultimate must do, shall we. If you’re going to go with a s’mores bar, you just have to give your guests a chance to create their own delicious desserts. The fun’s all in the making after all. Set them up with everything they need, displayed in a set of pretty apothecary jars.

s'mores bar - apothecary jars

Bite Sized Beauties

Have them hit the road with ready made bite sized goodies, perfectly packaged in lovely little bell jars. Favors never tasted this good.

s'mores to go

s'mores favor

featured here: mini glass bell jars

bite sized s'mores

thank you favor tags

featured here: woodland pretty design square favor tag and satin ribbon in willow green

Speaking of Indulgences

No delicious sweet treat should go unaccompanied by an equally indulgent bevy. We highly recommend a spiked eggnog recipe, served up in thought through and personalized glassware.

signature wedding drinks - spiked eggnog

drink garnishes

copper mug

featured here: moscow mule mug

personalized mason jar mug

xoxo.

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DIY Wedding Wednesday: Terrarium Place Markers

diy terrarium place markers

It would be a serious understatement to say that I’m over the moon excited about today’s post. Not only is it a lovely little creative spin on a traditional place card concept, it also happens to be the first exclusive look into the amazing content gracing the pages of the new 2016 Weddingstar magazine. And when I say this is but a tiny glimpse at a mass of unique wedding ideas, all pulled together to help brides everywhere celebrate beautifully, I’m hardly doing the magazine justice. But no need to take my word for it. Take a peek at the cover reveal concluding today’s post and follow the link to get your hands on everything pretty. And in the meantime, here’s how to make these little lovelies.

The Supplies

diy terrarium place marker supplies

The Step by Step

diy terrarium place markers - step 1 and 2

Step 1: pull a small mound of faux moss off the ribbon backer. Using a small paint brush, apply mod podge (or any white all purpose glue) to the base of the bell jar and apply the moss. Leave to let dry.

Step 2: once the moss has set, using your twigs create a tunnel in the center of the mound. Apply a small dab of hot glue to the bottom and quickly insert your twigs. Hold until the glue has set and the twigs are securely in place.

diy terrarium place markers - step 3 and 4

Step 3: once your place card has been written out, using the end of your paintbrush, curl the ends of the card. For an authentic scroll effect, angle your brush and do so in opposite direction on either end.

Step 4: hot glue your scroll card to the twigs.

The End Result

rustic place marker faux moss mini paper scroll bell jar place markers rustic place markers

Want More?

To see the complete Rustic Glam themed setup these markers were a part of, plus 100s of additional inspired wedding ideas designed to help you celebrate beautifully, pick up a copy of the 2016 Weddingstar magazine here.

2016 weddingstar magazine cover xoxo.

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DIY Wedding Wednesday: How-To Set Up the Ultimate Bubbly Bar

bubbly bar how-to

It may technically be hump day but we’re not feeling any of the usual mid week woes, and it has absolutely everything to do with today’s how-to feature. I mean how could anyone feel anything but fantastic when champagne’s involved? From ready to serve to the cutest to go option, today’s bubbly bar how-to covers all the necessary yummy grounds. And you know we just had to do some taste testing to make sure our recommendations were on point. After much super scientific research the verdict is definite. We say skip the fondue, the desserts, the signature welcome cocktail, and go champagne all the way. Here’s how to create your ultimate wedding day bubbly bar.

Ready to Serve

Best to start with the necessities, and in our opinion that comes in the form of ready to serve sparkly in perfectly personalized flutes, complete with pink sugar rims and pomegranate garnishes.

personalized champagne flute sugar rim

pomegranate garnish

Make Your Own Mimosa

Get your guests involved by allowing them to serve up their own yummy champagne creation. Can anyone say mimosa time?!

make your own mimosa bar stemless wine glasses

Take One to Go

No bubbly bar is complete without a to go takeaway. Serve your mini champagne bottle favors up with the perfect finish, a pop of gold glitter.

mini champagne bottle favors

featured here: “sippers” polka dot metallic print paper straws and gold glittered thank you tags (coming soon)

favor trims gold glitter thank you tags

Don’t Forget the Decor

No set up is complete without all the pretty details, think gold garlands and acrylic signage. And we love the idea of incorporating pink and gold ornaments that mimic the delicious bubbles featured at the bar.

bubbly bar signage

featured here: bubbly bar acrylic sign (coming soon)

gold glitter garland detail pink and gold ornaments

xoxo.

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DIY Wedding Wednesday: How-To Update Tradition – The Contemporary Guest Book

the contemporary guest book

There’s something so wonderful about the blending of tried and true traditions with current day trends, about putting contemporary twists on old school concepts. If you’re like me, a closet sucker for sentiment with a keen eye for pretty, then you’re in for a real treat. Using modern materials and on-trend designs, today’s feature products take the traditional concept of a guest book and elevate it x 100. From gorgeous hardcover bindings to delicately personalized pages, the transformation from old to new is major. As an added bonus, they also happen to make for amazing keepsakes and ideal spots to hold some of your favorite wedding day mementos. And with finishing details this pretty, you’re sure to want to put these books on permanent display.

All In The Details

About the only thing these books have in common with their traditional counterparts is their paper makeup. Beyond that, not a detail was left unchanged. Textured hardcovers hold personalized pages. Lined pages are replaced with blanks to open up the opportunity for how these books are used. And front to back, the design details are right on point.

guest book personalization personalization details guest wishes

Beyond the Wedding Day

Your guests have left their mark, now it’s your turn to expand on yours. Further the keepsake value of your guest book by turning any unused pages into scrapbook territory. From a copy of your wedding invitation to candid photos taken by your closest and dearest, this is the perfect place to house those mementos that mean the most.

wedding scrapbook - wedding cards wedding scrapbook - wedding photos

xoxo.

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DIY Wedding Wednesday: Mini Marvels – Phantom Chair Favours

diy mini phantom chair favours

This time of year is my favorite here on the blog. It’s the time when tons of new pretties are getting set to hit the Weddingstar lineup, which means I get tons of new pretties to play with for our DIY Wedding Wednesday features. And this year is no exception, in fact it may just be the best year yet! To kick off the eye candy we’re starting off small, literally, with a few super cute mini phantom chair favors adorned with lovely new trims. From a romantic rustic option accented with gold twine bows, to a glitzed out party perfect version complete with mini white and gold polka dot bows (obvi), there’s  no shortage of sweet stuff here. So without further delay, here’s the first exclusive peek at what’s in store for all you lucky 2016 brides.

The Supplies

mini phantom chair favour supplies

Look #1 – Romantic Rustic: 

  • gold twine (coming soon)
  • mini wreath ‘thank you’ tag (coming soon)
  • mini cheese biscuit and a spring of fresh thyme

Look #2 – Pink Frills: 

  • gold twine (coming soon)
  • white lace and pink satin ribbon
  • pink watercolor ‘enjoy’ tag (coming soon)
  • pink champagne truffle

Look #3: Glitzed Out Gold: 

  • gold glitter ‘thank you’ tag (coming soon)
  • white and gold polka dot bow (coming soon)
  • gold dusted meringue

Look 1#: Romantic Rustic

We love the idea of adding dimension to an already lovely piece of stationery with the DIY addition of a simple gold twine bow. Complete the sophisticated look by opting for a savory nibble instead of a sweet treat.

romantic rustic wedding favor mini cheese biscuit gold twine thyme

Look #2 – Pink Frills:

What’s a no fail approach to pretty? Pink satin, white lace and a touch of gold twine. A classic combination that spells gorgeous every time.

pretty pink chair favor pink and gold favour tag ribbons pink truffle wedding favor

Look #3 – Glitzed Out Gold

These party ready pretties are all about more is more. Because let’s be honest, there’s no such thing as too much glittery gold.

glittery gold mini chair favors gold glittered favor tag gold and white wedding favor gold glittered meringue

xoxo.

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DIY Wedding Wednesday: The Water Pearl Centerpiece

the water pearl centerpiece

What’s better than a lovely, expertly crafted, wedding centerpiece? A lovely wedding centerpiece that looks expertly crafted but is actually much more budget friendly. And that’s exactly what we’ve got for you today. Using super cost effective and creative water pearls, and just a few pretty tulips, we’re transforming a trio of simple cylinder vases into an arrangement perfectly suited for any sophisticated affair. And when all’s said and done, the last thing that’ll come to anyone’s mind when admiring the end result are the words budget friendly. Here’s how to get the look.

The Supplies

water pearl centerpiece supplies

  • a round bowl, a teaspoon and water
  • pack of water pearls in your color of choice (7 color options can be seen here)
  • a trio of cylinder vases, in a variety of heights
  • bundle of tulips (approximately 15-20 stems)

The Step by Step

step 1 for creating a diy water pearl centerpiece

Step 1: hydrate your water pearls. Using a ratio of 1.5 cups of water per teaspoon of dehydrated pearls, hydrate the entire pack of pearls. Pearls take at least 2 hours to expand. For best results, let them rest overnight.

step 2 for creating a diy water pearl centerpiece

Step 2: once pearls are fully hydrated, add them to your vases, filling each approximately a quarter of the way up.

step 3 for creating a diy water pearl centerpiece

Step 3: using a sharp blade knife, gently clean tulips off of all their leaves and begin filling your vases, trimming the lengths of the stems accordingly as you go. For each vase, start with a single stem, trimmed down such that it rest just above your water pearls. Next add stem on top of stem, carefully twisting each around your vase for an intertwined effect. Keep tulips close together but do not overlap them, and ensure that all stems are submerged in the water pearls to maintain their freshness.

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The End Result

water pearl and tulip centerpiece water pearl and tulip centerpiece 2 pink tulips water pearl details white water pearls tulip water pearls creative centerpieces

xoxo.

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DIY Wedding Wednesday: How To Show Your Love

how to show your love

Your wedding day may be all about you, the celebrated bride and groom, but it also happens to be the perfect event to honor those closest to your heart. From your dearest BFF to a late loved one, now’s your chance to express just how much they matter to you. Today we’re featuring one of our favorite ways of sharing the sentiment and it comes in the form of a personalized and customized (but super budget friendly) vase. Here’s how to show your love.

The Friendship Vase

Equally perfect whether it’s presented to your BFF or your new mother in law, a subtly personalized friendship vase presented with a ready made floral arrangement, offers up a lovely gift solution that will be enjoyed time and again long after the wedding day.

personalized vase personalized engraving peonies

The Memorial Vase

Pay tribute to late loved ones you’re missing most on your big day with an engraved memorial vase, displayed in a dedicated area for all your guests to pay their respects.

personalized memorial vase memorial engraving

xoxo.

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DIY Wedding Wednesday: Well Lit – The Illuminated Table Runner

how to - the illuminated table runner

It’s no secret that I’m slightly obsessed with table runners. Whether they be made up of candles, florals, foliage, or all of the above, I can’t get enough of them. And there’s one very good reason. They are stunning! Gracing the center of a tabletop, they provide a visual focal point that binds the reception event design together. The creative opportunities for execution are endless, and you can’t go wrong with any single approach. And just when I thought they couldn’t get any prettier, we decided to try adding some string lights into the equation. The result, instant gorgeousness. Here’s how to make the look yours.

The Step by Step and The Supplies

table runner how to

Step 1: Select an abundant green (or two) to act as the base of your runner. We used two varieties of eucalyptus, seeded and moon lagoon. Going with more than one variety of greenery provides for added texture and interest. And remember, the fuller your selected green(s), the less stems you’ll need to complete the look. We used two bunches of the seeded eucalyptus, and one of the moon lagoon.

Step 2: Starting at one end of your table, lay a wide and full gathering of your main foliage. This will be your widest point.

Step 3: Working toward the middle point of the table, start tapering in your gathering. You don’t want it to be too narrow but a slightly tapered approach creates an interesting effect and saves on the amount of stems you need.

Step 4: If using two varieties of greenery, add in select stems of the second kind for added texture, reserving some to later cover exposed wiring from your string lights (which will be added when the runner of greens is complete).

Step 5: Repeat steps 1-4 on the other side of the table, meeting the two arrangements at the middle point.

string lights

Step 6: Take your selected string lights, we went with white paper and white lace lanterns (one strand of each), and intertwine them into your greenery. Use the stems to cover as much of the wiring as possible, incorporating additional stems if necessary.

The End Result

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vintage candle sticks

natural light
complete the look with a selection of vintage gold candle holders

Options Galore

White paper and lace not your style? Here are some additional string light designs that are just as lovely.

burlap lantern string lights mini burlap lantern

mercury glass globe string light mercury glass globe

wired light bulb string lights wired light bulb

xoxo.

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DIY Wedding Wednesday: Product Spotlight – The Titanium Signature Frame

titanium signature frame

As our regular blog visitors know, and as the post name suggests, we usually reserve Wednesdays for the sharing of our favorite DIY how tos. But every once in a while a really cool standalone concept comes up, needing no DIY’ing but definitely begging to be featured. Today is just such a day and the Titanium Signature Frame Kit is just such a concept. Arguably the ultimate alternative option for the traditional paper guest book, this piece of art serves the same purpose but with a much more decorative finish. The included personalized inscribable  mat allows your guests to leave their well wishes, and the stylish frame provides the opportunity for the perfect at home display. Here’s what you need to know about this keepsake concept.

The Complete Kit

signature frame kit

Includes:

  • inscribable pen, guest instruction card (for display at the event), frame cleaning cloth and a hanging hook
  • available in three various sizes, each with a proportional photo opening

The Details

guest book alternative photo frame inscribable pen personalized frame instruction card signatures guest wishes unique wedding concepts

xoxo.

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DIY Wedding Wednesday: Practical Meets Pretty – The Seating Chart Kit

seating chart kit how to

Any planning bride knows that there are some wedding “to dos” that try as you might, you simply can’t get away from tackling. Cue the dreaded guest seating plan. From ensuring table capacities are consistent to considering who wants and needs to sit with whom, mapping out ideal seating arrangements is tedious at best, but unfortunately very necessary. Make the chore easier, at the very least on the eyes, by rewarding your strategic work with a lovely grande finale by way of a simple seating chart kit. Practical, meet pretty. Here’s how to get the look.

The Supplies

seating chart kit supplies

The Step by Step

seating chart kit how to - step 1

Step 1: either hand write your seating plan onto the table card template provided in the kit, or print it out using this downloadable blank table template. Both templates come complete with nine equally sized cards, each representing a table. Once complete, carefully cut out each card.

seating chart kit how to - step 2

Step 2: adhere your table cards to your personalized seating chart back card using the tape runner. Make sure your cards are consistently placed centered to their respective boxes.

seating chart kit how to - step 3

Step 3: hole punch two holes at the top center of the chart and run the display ribbon provided in the kit through them.

The End Result

vintage lace seating chart diy seating chart kit seating chart - table cards

jewel sticker

let it sparkle
add the loveliest of finishing touches to your chart with the simple addition of premium adhesive jewels.

ivy detailing

all in the display details
complete the look by displaying your chart on a vintage window frame, detailed with ivy branches.

vintage props

pretty props
no vintage display is complete without a couple of authentic props.

xoxo.

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