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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Wedding Planning Essentials {Inspired by Color}: Warm My Heart

 

If I had to pick one word to describe the Fall season it would be ‘comfort’. With its vibrant landscape coupled with cool crisp air, by its sheer nature Fall offers up the invitation to cozy up with a blanket and enjoy the view. It’s warm in its essence, and naturally beautiful. It encourages us to slow down and enjoy our surroundings, take the time to appreciate all the little things. With carefree summer days a thing of the past, Fall grounds us in the most soothing and gentle kind of way.  It inspires endless heartwarming creative possibilities and it makes me think there may be no lovelier way to think of love than in the context of Fall.  So grab a blanket, your beloved, and enjoy the latest installment in the Inspired by Color series, “Warm My Heart”.

Want More?

Get inspired with more color stories on Weddingstar’s Wedding Color Inspiration Pinterest board.

xoxo.

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DIY Wedding Wednesday: Centerpiece How-To

centerpiece how to

When the idea for this post came up, truth be told, I panicked a little. Although I love flowers (I mean, what girl doesn’t?!) and have pulled together many arrangements in my day, I always advise (where budget allows) to never DIY your florals. But let’s face it, when budgets are factored in not everyone has the luxury of working with a floral designer. So to all you ladies feeling brave and looking to stretch your dollar without compromising an ounce of pretty, this blog’s for you!

The Supplies

centerpiece supplies

  • good pair of shears
  • floral foam (to fit whatever vase you decide to use)
  • flowers, in order of appearance: lisianthus, astilbe, queen anne’s lace, spray roses, seeded eucalyptus and sedum

centerpiece supplies 2

The Step by Step

centerpiece how to - step 1

Step 1: saturate your floral foam with water and place into your vase. Begin to build your floral arrangement creating a starting point for your two front facing corners. Make one over flowing with eucalyptus and the other tighter to the center with queen anne’s lace.

centerpiece how to - step 2

Step 2: continue to build your arrangement by adding another overflow on the opposite corner to the original and begin to fill out your middle with a blend of sedum and lisianthus.

centerpiece how to - step 3

Step 3: continue to fill in your arrangement, adding in astilbe. Start to concentrate on your arrangement as a whole, paying attention to all angles.

centerpiece how to - step 4

Step 4: add in spray roses. as you work on filling your arrangement make sure to fill all gaps and keep a mix of flowers throughout the whole.

The End Result

floral wedding centerpiece floral wedding centerpiece 2 floral wedding centerpiece 3 floral wedding centerpiece 4

You could stop right here but for a fuller table arrangement (and some added decor), finish off the look with a couple of votive holders filled with a few floral stems, as well as some candlelight.

mini vases vintage inspired candle holders diy floral centerpiece

Centerpieces Simplified.

If you’re all about DIY’ing your centerpiece but want something a little less labor intensive, check out our Decorative Bottle Vases and Springtime Centerpieces posts.

xoxo.

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