DIY Wedding Wednesday: Pretty Plate Favors

ceramic birdie and butterfly guest favors

With Easter just days away it’s no surprise we’ve got food consuming our thoughts. And we know that a big part of how tasty a treat really is doesn’t stop at the taste buds. Visual presentation plays just as important a role in how much we enjoy the things we eat. All you foodies out there know exactly what we’re talking about!

If you consider yourself a bit of a foodie, or just want to incorporate a unique favor presentation into your wedding, then look no further than the sweet birdie and butterfly ceramic dish favors featured in today’s DIY post. Both pretty and practical, whether you adorn them with an edible treat or decorate with a little thematic accent, these guest favors pack some serious presentation punch. Here are some of our favorite ways to incorporate these great little plates into a wedding theme.

Garden Goody

Lovely on its own but even better with robin egg blue chocolate truffles, this mini birdie ceramic dish fits perfectly into any garden themed wedding.

mini ceramic bird favor dish

featured here: mini ceramic love bird favor dish (sold in sets of 8) accented with baker’s twine in mocha mousse and a personalized thank you tag

Homespun Spice

Nothing says homespun like home cooking. Couple the butterfly ceramic dish with a DIY baggie filled with a cooking staple like pretty Himalayan pink salt.

purple ceramic butterfly dish favor

featured here: ceramic butterfly dish favor in deep lavender (sold in sets of 6).
diy himalayan pink salt favor made with clear cellophane cone shaped bag (cut down to size) and white satin ribbon.

Boho Beauty

Keep it to theme by keeping it simple. Just add feathers for the perfect touch of bohemian beauty.

aqua blue ceramic butterfly dish favor

featured here: ceramic butterfly dish favor in aqua blue (sold in sets of 6)

Rustic Finish

Add an instant touch of rustic to this otherwise modern finished favor with twine bound dried lavender stems.

white ceramic butterfly dish favor

featured here: ceramic butterfly dish favor in white (sold in sets of 6).
dried lavender bound with craft paper twine.

The ‘Ingredients’

Although we showed the dishes in a particular way, all the concepts you see are completely interchangeable. Play around with the combinations to suit your exact wedding theme and color scheme. Here are the essentials:

diy supplies for ceramic birdie and butterfly dish favors

supplies: ceramic bird & butterfly dishes, white satin ribbon, clear cellophane bags, baker’s twine, craft paper twine, white feathers, chocolate truffle eggs, himalayan pink salt, dried lavender and scissors

xoxo.

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DIY Wedding Wednesday: White Box + Satin Ribbon = Endless Possibilities

ribbon diy

Wednesday has official become my favorite day of the week. It’s the day I get to have a bit of creative fun DIY’ing and making little pretties. And boy am I having fun today! If you visited the blog this past Monday you would have learned how far a little ribbon can get you in your quest to accessorize your wedding. Today I decided to test the limits by seeing how different I could make a plain white favor box look with just the varied use of ribbon. No additional trims allowed. Long story short, I had to stop at five to avoid a never ending post!

As you’ll see, the possibilities really are endless, and all with a super sweet finish.

Box 1 – Something Blue

favor box - blue ribbon accents

The Supplies

ribbon diy - blue box supplies

white favor box + satin ribbon {two shades of blue and white} + scissors + glue gun

The Step by Step

blue ribbon favor box - how to part 1

Step 1: cross wrap your darkest shade of blue ribbon, finishing it off at the bottom of the box for a seamless top finish.

Step 2: loop your darkest shade of ribbon two or three times. Make sure the length of your formation is in proportion to your favor box.

Step 3: repeat step 2 on your lighter shade of blue ribbon.

Step 4: overlap your two looped formations, darkest on bottom, and tie together with white ribbon. Snip off any access white ribbon so that only a wrap remains.

blue ribbon favor box - how to part 2

Steps 5 & 6: tie a strip of white ribbon into a double bow, keeping size in proportion to your blue ribbons and your favor box.

Step 7: glue your layered blue ribbons vertically to the middle of your box.

Step 8: glue your white double bow horizontally to the middle point of your blue ribbons.

The Finished Look

something blue favor box

Box 2 – Lovely Rosettes

favor box - peach ribbon rosettes

The Supplies

ribbon diy - peach rosette box supplies

white favor box + satin ribbon {two shades of peach} + scissors + glue gun

The Step by Step

peach ribbon rosette favor box - how to part 1

Step 1: cross your two shades of ribbon at the top left corner of your box,  finishing the wrap off on the bottom of the box for a seamless top finish.

Step 2: cut a strip of your darker ribbon, approximately 20 inches in length, and twist it.

Step 3: tie the ends to hold the twist.

peach ribbon rosette favor box - how to part 2

Steps 4 – 6: twist the ribbon around itself to create a rosette and glue at the finish point.

Step 7 (not shown): repeat steps 2 – 6 on your lighter shade of ribbon, using a shorter length for a smaller finish, approximately half of what was used for the larger rosette.

Step 8: glue rosettes onto your box, larger one over the point where your two wraps join and the smaller one just below that point, slightly to the right.

The Finished Look

rosette favor box

Box 3 – Satin Button Charm

favor box - purple satin buttons

 The Supplies

ribbon diy - satin buttons supplies

white favor box + satin ribbon  {two shades of purple and white} + scissors + glue gun

The Step by Step

satin button favor box how to

Step 1: wrap all three shades of ribbon around your box vertically, from darkest to lightest, overlapping each slightly. Finish wrap up on the bottom of the box for a seamless finish on top.

Step 2: cut your darkest ribbon into a strip that is approximately 70 inches long and roll into a button shape. This will be your largest button.

Step 3 & 4 (not shown): repeat step 2 on your other two ribbons. Make your lighter shade of purple button smaller than your darkest and make your white the smallest.

Step 5: glue all three satin buttons to your box, positioning as shown in the image above.

The Finished Look

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Box 4 – Pretty in Ombre Pink

favor box - pink ombre bow

The Supplies

ribbon diy - pink ombre bow supplies

white favor box + satin ribbon {three shades of pink} + scissors + glue gun

The Step by Step

pink ombre bow how to - part 1

Step 1: wrap your box vertically, down the middle, with your lightest shade of pink ribbon. Finish wrap up on the bottom of the box for a seamless finish on top.

Step 2: loop your darkest ribbon twice. Keep the size in proportion to your box.

Step 3: form your ‘in between’ shade of ribbon into a simple bow. Keep size in proportion to your looped ribbon and your box.

pink ombre bow how to - part 2

Step 4: layer your two ribbon formations, dark loop on bottom, lighter bow on top, and tie together with your lightest shade of pink ribbon.

Step 5: glue the bow to your box, about a quarter of the way down from the top.

The Finished Look

pink ombre bow favor box

Box 5 – Satin in Bloom

favor box - yellow ribbon bouquet

The Supplies

ribbon diy - satin bloom supplies

white favor box + satin ribbon {white – 1 cm width and yellow – 1.6 cm width} + crinkle cut craft scissors + regular scissors + glue gun

The Step by Step

yellow satin bouquet how to - part 1

Step 1: overlay your white ribbon onto your wider yellow ribbon and wrap both vertically around your box, about a quarter in from the left side. Finish wrap up on the bottom of the box for a seamless finish on top.

Step 2: cut approximately 4 strips of your wide yellow ribbon, about 8 inches in length, and then use your crinkle cut scissors to cut each strip into two.

Step 3: finish off the strips you just cut with crinkle cut ends.

yellow satin bouquet how to - part 2

Step 4: bend your crinkle cut ribbons over and arrange them into a bouquet like shape. Make sure to alternate the direction the crinkle cuts face.

Step 5: tie off your bouquet with the white ribbon, just slightly above the middle point.

Step 6: glue your bouquet to your box at an angle, pointing slightly downward to the bottom left corner of your box.

The Finished Look

mini yellow satin bouquet favor box

xoxo.

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Product Showcase: A Twist on a Wedding Classic

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If you’re like me then hearing that a new design twist has been applied to a wedding staple is always reason to perk up and pay attention. Tradition is a lovely thing but the last thing anyone wants, especially for their wedding, is a repeat of what someone else had. As far as I’m concerned, there’s room for personality and customization in every detail of a couple’s wedding day. It’s pretty much a given that your decor, florals, stationery and even your favors will be tailored to your personal taste and style. But why stop there?! I say take your event to the next level and personalize every accessory making an appearance at your wedding.

To get your creative juices flowing, in today’s product showcase I’m saying farewell to the traditional concept of a guest book and saying hello to the ultra personalized alternative, the Wedding Wishing Well. Keeping with the same meaningful keepsake concept that a traditional book gives you, with a Wishing Well you not only get a unique design but it also comes with the added bonus of playing double duty as a great decorative piece for your home after your big day. It’s a win win situation really! For some visual reference (and eye candy), here are my top Wishing Well picks, all Weddingstar exclusives.

For the Love of Travel – The Mini Suitcase

Ideal for the Wanderlust obsessed, or for the vintage lover, the appeal of this guest book alternative  is all in its authentic and pretty details. Faux leather bound edges, a vintage liner and a luggage tag that can be personalized with your initials, come together as the perfect defining accents for this piece. The coordinating novel paper airplane stationery offers up a sweet finishing touch. And even if you favor a traditional guest book concept, the suitcase can be used a pretty little decorative accent for any travel inspired wedding theme.

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guest book alternatives - mini suitcase decor

A Touch of Country – The Country Charm Wooden Wish Box

Let’s call this one rustic country gone modern! Country in its concept and modern in its design, this charming box comes complete with unique features including a white wash finish, metal mesh interior, a sweet little love note and a glass front that can be personalized. Whether used with the coordinating miniature scroll stationery or your own personal custom cards, this option is certain to find a permanent spot in your home after your wedding day. Keep complete with the wishes and display as a decorative accent, or repurpose for something new, like a kitchen accent that holds recipes.

guest book alternatives - country charm wooden box details

guest book alternatives - country charm wooden box

For the Modern Bride – Cubist Laser Cut Wooden Box

If you consider yourself to be a modern bride, an eco-chic bride, or simply one that’s looking to incorporate unique intricate details into her wedding accessories, this one’s for you. With its key feature a sliding front panel in a distinct laser cut design, there’s no getting more detailed than this! Once closed the discrete look lends itself perfectly to act as home decor. To personalize the piece add your initials and a meaningful message, and complete the ‘day of’ look with the coordinating laser embossed stationery.

guest book alternatives - cubist laser cut wooden box detail

guest book alternatives - cubist laser cut wooden box

Want More Options?

For more wishing well concepts and inspiration check out the Guest Book Alternatives section in the Weddingstar e-catalog or shop the complete guest book alternatives section on weddingstar.com.

If you’d prefer to stick to a traditional guest book, you’re covered! Check out the many options on the wedding guest book section of weddingstar.com.

xoxo.

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Product Showcase: Our Top Destination Wedding Favors

beach themed wedding favors

Spring may be just around the corner but the temperatures can’t warm up fast enough for us. We’re of the unfortunate kind who don’t have a beach in our backyards, so for a little escape we’ve decided to live vicariously through all the destination brides out there. And while planning our mock seaside affair we decided now might be a good time to showcase and share our top picks for destination wedding favors.

From perfect white washed nautical color palettes to sweet novelty concepts {all budget friendly!}, there’s something for every destination bride. So pour yourself a Pina Colada and enjoy!

beach themed wedding favors

beach themed wedding favor - starfish photo frames

featured here: small wooden starfish photo frames, complete with pretty waterside image insert
{stylist note: this favor features fantastic color and texture details}

beach themed wedding favors - mini folding beach chairs

featured here: miniature folding beach chairs
{stylist tip: these can double as pretty place card holders}

destination wedding guest favors - mini starfish candle

featured here: miniature starfish candle, complete with paper crate packaging and “thanks” tag
{stylist note: the finish gives this candles a real authentic feel}

beach themed wedding favors - mini deck chair candle holder

featured here: wooden deck chair candle holders
{stylist tip: fit the holder with a few sweet treats and use at every guest’s place setting}

beach themed wedding favors - mini flip flop key chain

featured here: mini flip flop “just married” key chain
{stylist note: perfect fit for the fun and lighthearted couple}

beach themed wedding favors - mini wooden trinket boxes

featured here: wooden trinket box
{stylist tip: give as is or personalize by filling with a few seashells gathered from your destination location}

beach themed wedding favors - metal boats

featured here: blue and white polka dot and stripped metal boats
{stylist note: pairing these with the right setting elevates them from a cute favor to a mature and stylish one}

Looking for More Beach Themed Options?

If the above favors aren’t exactly what you need, or if you’re looking for other beach themed wedding accessories, see and shop all 169 options on the shop by theme – beach section of Weddingstar.com

xoxo.

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DIY Wedding Decor Ideas: A Touch of {Art Deco} Gold

diy glittered tealight holders

I’m a happy girl today. Not only is it DIY Wednesday but I get to play around with some pretty gold glitter! With Art Deco themed weddings still all the rage, when asked to think of an idea for today’s post I instantly jumped at the chance to share my fave DIY from our very own Deco themed inspiration shoot. And the best part, it’s ’3 step simple’. So get ready to get your glitter on girls!

The Supplies 

diy gold glittered tealight holders - the supplies

The 3 Easy Steps 

diy glittered tealight holders - step 1

Step 1. Using a clean cloth make sure your luminary is free of all dirt and dust.

diy glittered tealight holders - step 2

Step 2. In a very well ventilated area, using an up and down motion for an uneven finish, spray on the adhesive. Go light with the spray and keep it concentrated to the top of the luminary.

diy glittered tealight holders - step 3

Step 3. Lightly dust glitter directly onto the sprayed area. {Tip: Take care to avoid a heavy handed application. A thin finish produces the prettiest effect, allowing the candlelight to shine through}

The {Glitzy} End Result

diy glittered tealight holders

Can you believe it’s that simple? Makes you want to make tons of them doesn’t it! And that’s a good thing because they do look best in groups. For an added touch of interest, alternate the ends of the luminaries you’re spraying. You’ll get a lovely effect from the various heights of candlelight.

Looking for More DIY Glitter Ideas? 

art deco themed wedding inspiration

Check out the full Art Deco inspiration shoot in the current issue of Weddingstar magazine, available for purchase online and on all major newsstands, and shop the entire look at weddingstar.com.

xoxo.

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What’s Your Bridal Style: A Girl & Her Table {The Series}

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Happy Monday! It’s the start of a new week and we’re over-the-moon excited to be launching a new blog series. Taking cue from all the great feedback we’ve received on the Bridal Style approach to this year’s issue of Weddingstar magazine, we’ve decided to use our blog to expand on and explore the styles in all their pretty details. We’ll be breaking it all down to somewhat of a science, showing how personal style translates into a wedding design, in hopes that it’ll spark inspiration for all the brides who have yet to define their wedding style.

We’re calling the series A Girl & Her Table and because we’re in the depths of a long cold winter and in need of a serious pick me up, we’re starting the series with a punch of color and a dose of sunshine. With the Beach Boys playing in the background, and Twizzlers scattered across our inspiration boards, we introduce you to our…

Candy Colorful Bride! 

candy colorful bridal style

Her Style Personality

Quirky, fun and free-spirited. With a permanent smile on her face, there’s no mistaking a candy colorful bride. Her style is eccentric and distinct and she’s not afraid to play around with new trends. She’s likely to go with an unconventional choice of wedding dress and is guaranteed to have some fun with her accessories.

candy colorful bridal personality and style

She Likes

Entertaining friends and family, all things retro and keeping things casual. Bright and bold colors, polka dots and flowers galore!

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vintage camera

color palette inspiration for a retro themed wedding

sweet tooth
featured here: sweet beginnings personalized napkin

She Has to Have

A  Candy Colorful bride knows that the way to the perfect wedding design is through distinct decorative details and accessories. Her wedding needs to be as unique as she is, and she’ll take the time to personalize each piece so that it is. Here are some of her Must Have wedding accessories.

signature drink for a retro themed wedding

pint-sized perfection
featured here: signature drink personalized with candy colorful stationary – small sticker,
polka dot paper straws and
laser expressions paper slides

over-sized gumball machine shaped wishing well

how sweet it is
featured here: novelty gumball machine canister shown as a wishing well and
candy colorful stationary – small round cards

retro themed popcorn guest favors

yummy treats
featured here: caramel popcorn guest favors in novelty popcorn cartons and
clear cellophane bags with personalized insert

retro themed bride and groom seat signage

have a seat
featured here: personalized polka dot bunting banner

Are You A Candy Colorful Bride?

If you’ve finished reading this post thinking this could be you, it’s time for a little more inspiration! Pick up a copy of the Weddingstar print magazine to explore the Candy Colorful feature in full and shop the entire look on Weddingstar.com.

xoxo.

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DIY Wedding Reception Ideas: Treating Your Guests the Shabby Chic Way

DIY shabby chic themed wedding guest favor

They’ve attended the ceremony and enjoyed the cocktail hour. Expectations have been set high for a great wedding reception. Start things off on the right note with a yummy treat, ready and waiting for your guests as they take their seats. Sure beats the traditional bread basket! Here’s the how to on pulling this shabby chic themed treat together.

The Supplies 

DIY shabby chic themed wedding guest favor supplies

The Step by Step

shabby chic themed wedding favor step by step, steps 1 through 3

Step 1: Using the bag as your guide, measure out and cut your ribbon lengths, just so they slightly overlap in the back of your bag
Step 2: On the back side of the bag, glue the wider ribbon first
Step 3: Glue the other ribbon on top of the first, for a layered effect

shabby chic themed wedding favor step by step

Step 4: Glue on your button {Tip: off center button location works best}
Step 5: Add your stamp

The {Pretty} End Result 

Completed DIY shabby chic themed wedding guest favor

And that’s it. It’s that easy! And personalizing the look is just as simple. Consider changing the type and color of the ribbon,  use a different bag, or play around with your stamp options. Any of these simple adjustments will change up the look to suit your wedding design and theme to perfection.

Looking for More Shabby Chic DIY Ideas and Inspiration?

Then check out the Burlap Chic inspiration feature in this year’s issue of the Weddingstar magazine, available online and on all major newsstands, or shop the look here.

xoxo.

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Think Pink: Valentine’s Chic Mood Board

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Cupid’s almost ready to spellbind all of us with the biggest romantic holiday of the year – Valentine’s. And, that has us thinking pink! From gorgeous florals to hot pink accents, we’re all about the ways to add this stunning tone to your wedding (or home). With color inspirations galore, sit back and enjoy our favorite ideas to create your own pink paradise. Enjoy!

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 Still want more pink inspiration? Then click for our Pink Color Story Lookbook – packed with ideas for the minimalist, the retro lover and the true romantic, it’s sure to spark your imagination and keep you thinking pink!

Wedding Drink Recipe: Strawberry Kiwi Sangria

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With the weekend a blissful few hours away and Valentines Day just around the corner, we thought this was the perfect time to share  the quick and simple drink recipe that we used in our Candy Colorful styled wedding last summer. We couldn’t get enough of this delicious concoction while on location so believe us when we say it’s the perfect refreshment to reminisce about the hot summer days that we’re all yearning for and is a stellar pick for a signature sip at your big day (or as a Valentines Day treat with its’ bright red color!). Everyone can enjoy this non-alcoholic recipe, but if you’re craving something a bit more spirited we recommend adding white Muscat or light rum to taste. Enjoy and have a great weekend!

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Contemporary Vintage Wedding Inspiration: Pearls and Lace

With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, we wanted to kick off the celebrations and help you channel your inner romantic with a sneak peek of our Pearls and Lace styled wedding feature. Dripping in pearl accents, lace details, natural lighting and a romantic color palette, we promise this feature will have your heart melting in no time. Continue reading