Wedding Planning Essentials: Pantone’s Spring 2015 Color Trends

pantone's spring 2015 color trends

The Fall season may just have started but with the recent wrap of New York Fashion Week and Pantone’s subsequent Spring 2015 color report, we can’t help but have Spring on our minds. The color forecast, best described by Pantone when titling the Top 10 Women’s Colors “An Eclectic, Ethereal Mix”, is trending to bring with it strong romantic notions of the simple, and the best, things in life. Tapping into a calming blend of the warm and the cool, Spring’s palette encourages some well deserved me time, a break to enjoy all the beauty that surrounds us. With its lead color Aquamarine, slow and steady days by the waterfront call out with an invitation to visit. Needless-to-say, with this type of forecast, Spring is shaping up to be a beautiful time to get married!

And because wedding trends don’t fall far from the fashion trend tree, we’re taking this bit of seasonal color inspiration that Pantone has infused us with and we’re turning it into our Top 10 Picks for the best ways to incorporate Spring’s hottest hues into your wedding day. So for all you Springtime brides, here’s your chance to nail down the details. Happy Planning!

lace parasol

sun kissed
featured here: antiqued battenburg lace parasol

vintage blue key

vintage blues
featured here: vintage inspired distressed key hook

silver mercury votive holder

unpredictable beauty
featured here: bell shaped glass tealight holder

vintage favor box

the pleasure of rare finds
featured here: vintage favor boxes

pink burlap wreath

pink comforts
featured here: ruffled burlap wreath

fabric flower backdrop

just imagine
featured here: custom backdrop made with ruffled fabric flowers and burlap runners

blown glass lamp

pretty possibilities
featured here: blown glass lamp votive holder used as a vase

blown glass globe with petals

natural neutrals
featured here: blown glass globe filled with preserved petals in white

Color Obsessed

If you love what you see but want more for your Spring 2015 wedding, shop the Weddingstar website by color to view all your palette perfect options.

xoxo.

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The WS Stylist Series: The Best of Bridal Hair

stylist series

 

Today we’re talking hair. Great hair. Scratch that, amazing hair. But before we get there, a bit of background notes for you as an intro to our latest Blog series.

In this year’s “new look” issue of Weddingstar magazine you will find loads of inspiration for the most trending wedding designs, along with direct access to the products that will get you the look. What you won’t find however are the details behind the bridal styles featured on the “brides” and “grooms” that graced the pages. Considering how swoon worthy the looks pulled together by our beauty and style contributors are, we figured it only fair to arm you with all you need to know to make the looks yours. And so was born the idea for this series. We’re calling it the Weddingstar Stylist Series and we’re running it every Friday for the next four weeks.

Which brings us back to the beginning, starting with hair, amazing hair, with styling tips for our favorite looks of 2014, direct from the person responsible, the insanely talented Sylvie Prud’Homme of The Loft Toronto.

Vintage

bridal hair inspiration - vintage

Behind the Look: “When I started planning the “Vintage” look for Weddingstar, I decided I wanted to channel something other than the Old Hollywood Waves from the 1940’s. I thought we’d bring it back with less movie star flare and more royal grace. Sweeping the hair up and off the face and neck, we gave the shoulders and clavicle some serious presence. The end result, pure elegance, with a touch of sexy.”

To Get This Look: “When speaking to your stylist,  request a low bun or chignon, and ask her/him to incorporate volume into the crown and around your face. The full chignon must be balanced to achieve that “antique” look. I always have Kerastase Couture Styling V.I.P. (Volume in Powder) on hand when working with any upstyle that requires lift, movement and hold.”

Wanderlust

bridal hair inspiration - wanderlust

Behind the Look: “We all know that a Wanderlust bride is not concerned about a big “to-do” wedding, so why would she have a fussy bridal hairdo?  Our globe-trotter wants easy-peasy. But just because she wants something simple doesn’t mean it can’t be special. Soft, flirty curls are the perfect way to accentuate a girly, carefree gown. A centre part for loose curls adds a sense of the bohemian and a certain playfulness.”

To Get This Look: “Be sure to remind your hairstylist that this is in fact your wedding day. Even though you may be walking down the aisle with a less traditional hairstyle, you want to ensure that it’s executed flawlessly. Shine and hold are key. Finishing this look with Kerastase Gloss Appeal will add brilliance and reliability.”

Woodland

bridal hair inspiration - woodland

Behind the Look: “Who doesn’t love an outdoor wedding? The birds are singing, the leaves are rustling, and the sun is warming your face as you walk down the moss bedded aisle.  When planning your alfresco wedding, remember that your beauty look needs to follow the same path. Just like the forest, your hair needs to tell a tale of textures.”

To Get This Look: “With braids and large buns being such a common request with brides, a modern take can set you apart from the rest. I added some texture by using a crimping technique around the frame of the face, avoiding a smooth surface. Crimping may seem a little dated, but subtly used it can actually work to add multiple layers of interest to the hair. I always finish my bridal looks with a finishing spray to ensure that there is still movement but that the upstyle will last as long as my bride needs it to. I suggest Kerastase Lacqure Noire, which is a strong hold spray with added shine, allowing a bride to remain in her spotlight.”

Rustic Chic

bridal hair inspiration - rustic chic

Behind the Look: “How would I relive my wedding day? In a barn, a bourbon cocktail in hand, feeling like a rustic Cinderella, pre-Prince Charming, marrying the shy farm hand instead. Not that I’ve given it much thought! To me, curls were a given for our Rustic Burlap Chic look. I wanted to evoke the 1920’s farm girl. She had to have tightly wound hair that would blow in the wind as a gust went by. She had to be delicate and youthful. Untroubled, but aware.”

To Get This Look: “If your hair is naturally textured, have your stylist smooth out your roots to create a fresher style and diffuse your natural locks by applying a curl enhancing product to your length and ends. I recommend Kerastase Curl Fever, which launches in November 2014. If your stands are naturally straight, good news is you’re a blank canvas. Ask your stylist to work from scratch to recreate this look.”

About The Stylist

Sylvie Prud’Homme is a Master Stylist and artist for the Kerastase Canadian Artistic Team. Her excellence in upstyles and session styling has earned her the reputation as the hairstylist to see. She owns her own salon, The Loft Toronto, in the trendy heart of Queen Street West, Toronto, Ontario.

To Be Continued…

Join us next Friday for the next installment of our Stylist Series, Makeup Must Dos.

xoxo.

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DIY Wedding Wednesday: Decorative Petite Pumpkins

diy decorative mini pumpkins

The last couple of weeks we’ve been on a bit of a DIY Fall feature roll, and with Fall now officially here we’re continuing the seasonal treats with today’s mini pumpkin post. Because let’s face it, you can’t have a Fall wedding without a mini pumpkin! As per The Details’ DIY M.O., this lovely little accent is a cinch to pull together and packs major decorative punch. Although we’re recommending it as an added rustic touch to your guest place settings, an assortment can be used to accent just about any type of set up. And as you’ll see, even we couldn’t commit to just the one look.

The Supplies

diy decorative mini pumpkins - supplies

The Step by Step

diy decorative mini pumpkin how to - steps 1-2

Step 1: using a very sharp knife, score a round opening to the top of your mini pumpkin.

{Tip: create your pumpkin accents no more than two days before your event, and ideally the day before. After a couple of days the color of the outer skin begins to turn.}

Step 2: using an ice cream scoop, scoop out all the seeds. Scoop slowly and gently to avoid cracking your pumpkin.

diy decorative mini pumpkin how to - steps 3-4

Step 3: fill your pumpkin with baby’s breath that has been cut down to size. We selected this particular floral stem because of its ability to keep out of water for an extended period of time. That said, do not complete this step any earlier than the day before your event. If using a different floral that requires hydration use floral foam instead of water as it will leak through.

Step 4: give the look a sophisticated finish, that doubles as a pretty keepsake favor, by resting your pumpkin in a mini glass bell jar.

The End Result

decorative mini pumpkin pumpkin place setting accent baby's breath glass bell jar

and because we couldn’t resist a group shot…

mini pumpkin accents pumpkin favors favor display

DIY Fall Inspiration Galore.

For more DIY Fall wedding ideas check out our DIY Fall Favors and DIY Fall Decor posts.

xoxo.

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Product Spotlight: Ring Pillows and Inspired Pillow Alternatives

ring pillows

I hate to sound like a broken record (I’ll admit I’ve said this once or twice before) but there are few things I appreciate more than couples who infuse their personalities into their wedding day. The brides and grooms who take the time and make the effort to personalize every last detail to ensure their celebration is like no other. And it’s precisely these creative twosomes that inspire the designs behind every custom product in the Weddingstar line up. Take for example the ring pillows and pillow alternatives that are being featured today. It’s no coincidence there are as many designs as there are. And just in case there isn’t a traditional option that fits your style, there are plenty of other products that with just a little bit of imagination can be transformed into the sweetest of ring cushions. I’m personally definitely all about the vintage box. Which option is right for you?

Stay Tuned.

If you’re loving the idea of going with a unique ring pillow alternative for your nuptials and want some additional options, stay tuned for this December’s new product release which will see a whole new series of ring holders. Having had a sneak peek you can trust me when I say they are breathtaking!

xoxo.

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Designer Wedding Gowns: The Ines Di Santo Collections

ines di santo - dama

featured here: dama – spring / summer 2013 collection

There are wedding dresses and then there are showstopping designer gowns that make you feel like a goddess. The Ines Di Santo bridal collections fall into group #2. Made to fit a woman’s body to perfection, hugging every curve in the most flattering way, each and every handmade gown can only be described as pure luxury. Collection after collection the designs, made using the most lavish textiles available, consistently blend pure elegance and just the right amount of sexy, oozing femininity and beauty. Walking down ceremony aisles and red carpets, the collections have received global praise and attention. But I’m clearly preaching to the converted because one of the most frequently asked questions we receive on the blog ask for details about the Di Santo gowns we’ve featured in the Weddingstar lookbooks and the print magazine over the last two years. Given the popularity of the request we’ve decided to pull together a quick reference guide for you, which just happens to be both practical and extremely easy on the eyes. Enjoy!

ines di santo - liberta

featured here: liberta – spring / summer 2013 collection

ines di santo - candide

featured here: candide – spring / summer 2013 collection

ines di santo - marghera

featured here: marghera – spring / summer 2013 collection

ines di santo - murano

featured here: murano – spring / summer 2013 collection

ines di santo - neige

featured here: neige – fall 2012 / winter 2013

ines di santo - rialto

featured here: rialto with peplum – spring / summer 2013

ines di santo - malfi

featured here: malfi – fall 2011 / winter 2012

ines di santo - jacomina

featured here: jacomina – spring / summer 2013

ines di santo - millie

featured here: millie – spring 2014

ines di santo - istria

featured here: istria – spring / summer 2013

ines di santo - matthia

featured here: matthia – spring / summer 2013

ines di santo - papillon

featured here: papillon – fall 2012 / winter 2013

ines di santo - emmy

featured here: emmy – spring 2012

ines di santo - nuit

featured here: nuit – fall 2012 / winter 2013

ines di santo - swan

featured here: swan – spring 2012

Want More?

To see more Ines Di Santo stunners pick up a copy of the next issue of the Weddingstar in print magazine, hitting stands this coming December.

xoxo.

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DIY Wedding Wednesday: Fall Favor-ites

fall wedding favors

Because the Fall season calls for some serious comfort food, today’s DIY Wedding Wednesday post is serving up an array of yummies. We’re pulling together tried, tested and true Fall treats, by way of the perfect Fall favors. With options that span both the sweet and savory spectrum, your biggest problem will be deciding which one of these five goodies to select for your event. My recommendation, include them all! But not before confirming for yourself that they’re all palette pleasing. Bon appetite!

Fall Favor Idea #1 – Homemade Salsa Goodness

Encourage the release of the inner chef inside each one of your guests by giving them a reason to cook up a storm. Jar your favorite homemade salsa recipe for both a taste of inspiration and a pop of Fall color.

fall favor 1 - homemade salsa

The Supplies

homemade salsa favor supplies

The Details

bakers twine personalized sticker homemade salsa

Fall Favor Idea #2 – Tea Time

Nothing says Fall like getting bundled up in a warm blanket with a good book and a great cup of tea. Give your guests the key aromatic ingredient by bagging some pumpkin spice loose leaf tea in a lovely organza baggie.

fall favor 2 - loose leaf tea

The Supplies

bagged loose leaf tea supplies

The Details

organza drawstring favor bag personalized tag cinnamon stick loose leaf tea

Fall Favor Idea #3 – The Ultimate Comfort Food

Give your wedding guests a bit of the warm and fuzzy by appealing to their inner kid through the ultimate comfort food, the soft and gooey mini doughnut.

fall favor 3 - mini doughnuts

The Supplies

mini doughnut favor supplies

The Details

mini basket baker's twine thank you favor tag mini doughnut

Fall Favor Idea #4 – Take Me to the Fair

Bring the benefits of a Fall favorite pastime, the Fall Fair, to your event through a sweet treat. Package some delicious caramel corn in a natural woven box for added eye appeal.

fall favor 4 - boxed popcorn

The Supplies

boxed caramel popcorn favor supplies

The Details

woven favor box satin ribbon personalized favor tag

Fall Favor Idea #5 – A Fall Staple

You can’t have Fall without a pumpkin. Box the fruit’s most delicious part for a salty favor treat.

fall favor 5 - pumpkin seeds

The Supplies

pumpkin seed favor supplies

The Details

whimsical favor tag pumpkin seeds

xoxo.

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Spring Peek: Vera Wang 2015 Bridal Collection

vera wang - spring 2015 collection

I’d be lying if I said I didn’t play favorites as far as bridal gown designers go and Vera Wang is definitely on the top of my list. Bringing together the world of whimsy and high fashion is not an ease feat but one that this designer pulls off with every single one of her stunning bridal collections. And her Spring 2015 collection may just be one of my favorites to date so I was over the moon thrilled when I got asked to share a look at the line up with you today. If you’re a Toronto area bride than you’ll want to use this post to pick your favorites and then get to booking your appointment for this week’s truck show, taking place September 18-20 at Vera Wang Bride Toronto, to try them on for size. For all you other North American brides, check out the events section of the Vera Wang website for all other truck show dates. Now let’s get to swooning shall we!

vera wang - odette

featured here: odette

vera wang - odette back

vera wang - odessa

featured here: odessa

vera wang - odessa back

vera wang - odelle

featured here: odelle

vera wang - odelle back

vera wang - octavia

featured here: octavia

vera wang - octavia back

vera wang - olya

featured here: olya

vera wang- olya back

vera wang - ophelia

featured here: ophelia

vera wang - ophelia back

vera wang - olympia

featured here: olympia

vera wang - olympia back

vera wang - ottilie

featured: ottilie

vera wang - ottilie back

Give Me More

For additional bridal gown inspiration visit and follow Weddingstar’s Wedding Dresses board on pinterest.

xoxo.

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Real Weddings: Become a Feature Weddingstar Couple

real wedding inspiration

Behind the scenes at Weddingstar work on new inspirational wedding content is a constant. From the print magazine, to the Blog, to product development, there’s no downtime in the creation of fresh ideas and products. And the number one source of inspiration for the work is real weddings. It’s the love stories of couples all around the world that acts as the driving force for everything. And needless-to-say, nothing excites the team more than seeing images of Weddingstar products as parts of those stories.

If you’re one of the many couples who have made Weddingstar a part of your wedding day we want to hear from you! We’d love to see the details of your day and share how you put your personal touch on the products you used. Photographers, this goes for you too! If you’ve shot a wedding featuring a Weddingstar product, share it with us for your opportunity to have your images showcased. For more details on how to become a Weddingstar Feature Wedding check out the submission section right here on the Blog. In the meantime, here’s a glimpse at a couple of our recent submissions. Happy Friday!

real wedding inspiration

real wedding inspiration - birdcage centerpiece

featured here: decorative birdcage

real wedding inspiration - reception decor

featured here: blown glass globes filled with preserved petals

real wedding inspiration - bride and groom

real wedding inspiration - bridal party

featured here: paper parasols

real wedding inspiration - petal aisle runner

xoxo.

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DIY Wedding Wednesday: Faux Fall Flower Decor

fall wedding decor

Whether you’re a DIY expert or it’s something you only dabble in, chances are you’ve used spray paint at some point along your crafting journeys. And that’s probably because spray paint is the number one way to easily transform the look of just about anything. Continuing on our recent Fall wedding inspiration kick, today we’re going to put the DIY wonder to the task of creating some seasonally inspired, simple and lovely wedding decor. Used as Fall wedding centerpieces or side table accents, these budget-friendly arrangements are sure to add a pop of color and a touch of sparkle to your day.

The Supplies

fall bottle vase decor - supplies

  • clear bottle vases (sold in sets of 6 assorted sizes. Only one shown here)
  • 3 types of spray paint – metallic antique gold, flat ivory and gold glitter tinting spray
  • faux flowers – dried baby’s breath, japanese lanterns and wooden roses, in shades fit for the season
  • taper candles
  • mask & gloves

The How-To

fall bottle vase how to

Step 1: set up your working area in a well-ventilated space, preferably outdoors. Use an old cardboard box to create a pod that will keep your spray contained, preventing it from getting onto surrounding objects.

Step 2: place your bottle in the box, shake your paint vigorously and begin spraying in a quick up and down motion creating a thin first coat. Avoid a heavy application as it will cause the paint to run.

Step 3: rotate the bottle continuing your first application to the whole of the bottle. Once the bottle is fully covered leave it to dry as per the paint can directions then come back for a second finishing coat, to pick up on any gaps and to create a nice solid finish.

Step 4 (not shown): repeat steps 1 – 3  on all your bottles using the various spray paint colors and finishes. For the tinting spray only one application of paint should be necessary, to maintain the translucency of the bottles it is applied to.

Step 5 (not shown): once your bottles have dried completely, create your arrangement by filling your vases with the various dried flowers and taper candles.

The End Result

diy fall inspired bottle vases metallic gold bottle vase wooden mini rose gold shimmer bottle vase ivory bottle vase japanese lantern bottle candle holder candlelight diy bottle vases diy bottle taper candle holders

Ready Made

If you like the idea of using colored bottle vases for your wedding day decor but without the work, pick up a set of blue, purple or white bottle vases on weddingstar.com.

xoxo.

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