Wedding Planning Tips: Candy Buffet How-To

candy buffet

I don’t think there’s a person out there who can profess not to have at least somewhat of a sweet tooth. It’s precisely why candy buffets are such a huge hit at any event they’re a part of. Bursting with bright colors and sweet treats they also provide for a great visual. Add some punch to your wedding day celebration and let the little kid in all your guests loose by featuring one at your reception. Here’s everything you need to pull it off to perfection. Yummy!

Custom Combos 

Give your guests the chance to pick and choose what they want to indulge in. Provide plenty of treat options displayed in stylish apothecary jars that allow colors to pop. And remember to include the baggies for filling.

retro style goodie favor bags

goodie goodie gumdrops
featured here: gusset cellophane bag and ‘old time candy’ bag insert (sold separately), trimmed with satin ribbon

Grab and Go 

Have them hit the road with a to go treat. Prepackage an assortment of goodies in varied bags and containers, playing with designs and colors for presentation perfection.

goodie-favor-bag

pretty polka dots
featured here: gusset cellophane bag and ‘candy colorful’ bag insert (sold separately), trimmed with satin ribbon

retro style popcorn cartons

retro fun
featured here: novelty popcorn cartons

mini classic gumball machine

because you just can’t have a candy buffet without a mini gumball machine!
featured here: classic red gumball machine (sold empty) and ‘candy colorful’ design square tag

blue rock candy

Bursting with Color

Don’t stop the play on color at your packaging. Pull the bright hues all the way through to your candy selection. Just be careful to ensure you’re working with a complimentary color palette and that you’re consistent with how you infuse it into the varied pieces and treats you include.

gumballs

Dainty Details

You can’t have a great big picture without the right details. Add them in easily with some pretty personalized ribbon or playful mini chalkboard speech bubbles.

personalized cocktail napkins

a bit of you and i
featured here: personalized napkins in ‘sweet beginnings’, ‘yum’ and ‘a treat for you’ printed designs

Make it Yours 

Last but not least, remember to incorporate a touch of personalization wherever you can. Give your guests something to wipe off all the gooey goodness with by featuring customized cocktail napkins.

Looking for More Wedding Fun?

For more ways to guarantee wedding day fun, check out this past Monday’s post, ‘Pop Up Wedding Photo Booth How-To’.

xoxo.

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DIY Wedding Wednesday: ‘Petite Pails’ {Wedding Favors}

diy mini pail favors

Time to share another couple of DIY wedding secrets. #1. Adding accenting layers of fabric to just about anything pretty much guarantees loveliness every single time. #2. Couple the concept with the daintiness of a mini package and you’ve got yourself ‘guest favor perfection’. Given I’m a huge sucker for anything mini, using one of the sweetest mini containers around, I was more than happy to pull together a few samples for some visual inspiration. From the playful to the surprisingly sophisticated, here’s what just a touch of fabric can do to change up the look of one petite pail.

Petite Pail #1 – Homespun Sweetness

diy homespun style mini pail favor

The Supplies

homespun style mini pail favor supplies

The Look and the How To

diy homespun style mini pail

Step 1: tie your crochet ribbon into a bow and wrap the middle with baker’s twine. Hot glue the finished formation to the center of your pail, about a quarter of the way down from the top.

crochet ribbon bow

Step 2: hole punch your tag and attach to the pail’s handle using baker’s twine.

homespun style favor tag

Petite Pail #2: Pink Perfection

diy lace trimmed mini pail favor

The Supplies

lace trimmed mini pail favor supplies

The Look and the How To

pink lace trimmed mini pail favor

Step 1: wrap pail with pink lace trim. Discreetly hot glue in the back.

{tip: if you can’t find a jewel trimmed pink lace, purchase a plain pink lace and do a diy add on using these self adhesive jewel stickers)

pink lace trim

Step 2: add jewel stickers to tag.

jewel stickers

Step 3: attach tag to pail handle with mini white clothespin.

mini clothespin

Petite Pail #3: Something Blue…Something Rustic

rustic style mini pail favors

The Supplies

rustic style pail favor supplies

The Look and the How To

rustic mini pail favor

Step 1: cut burlap trim down to size, such that it covers your pail as shown in the image. Hot glue in the back.

burlap trim

Step 2: create a rosette with your satin ribbon, glue to middle of pail and middle of burlap trim. Wrap and hot glue excess ribbon strands in the back.

{check out the ‘White Box + Satin Ribbon = Endless Possibilities’ diy post for the complete rosette how to}

rosette ribbon

Step 3: glue or discreetly tape tag to pail handle.

personalized favor tag

xoxo.

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DIY Wedding Wednesday: Stylish Sippers

sippers

The official start to Summer is just around the corner and with it will come a flood of gorgeous summer weddings, so we figured it’s time to start featuring some appropriately swoon-worthy and warm weather worthy posts. Today we’re kicking off our Summer series with a DIY paper straw feature that infuses a wedding staple, the delicious signature drink, with both style and personality. We’ve pulled together three varied looks but with just a simple change in straw or ribbon color, charm accessory or tag, the looks are limitless. DIY Wedding Wednesdays are my favorite day of the week, regardless of what’s being featured. But when the feature involves a little cocktail mixing and champagne toasting, let’s just say it makes the day that much enjoyable! Cheers!

Stylish Sipper #1 – Simple & Sweet

birch paper straws

The Supplies

diy brich paper straw

The Look

diy woodland theme straw green paper straw flags birch print paper straws birch straw

Stylish Sipper #2 – Colorfun

diy candy striped straws

The Supplies

diy sipper straw supplies

The Look

retro style sipper straws blue polka dot sipper straw mini wooden button pastel pink sipper straws pink candy striped sipper straw yellow polka dot sipper straws diy yellow paper straw pastel-paper-straws candy striped and polka dot paper straws

Stylish Sipper #3 – Sophisticated Spin

metallic silver print paper straws

The Supplies

metallic silver paper straw supplies

The Look

metallic silver chevron print paper straws silver crown jewel charm silver-paper-straws diy chevron paper straws

xoxo.

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Wedding Planning Tips: Welcome Table How-To

welcome table

First impressions are everything. And weddings are no exception. Start your reception off on the right note by greeting your guests with a well planned Welcome Table for your cocktail hour. Not sure what to incorporate? Follow this simple ‘How-To’ for your foolproof tablescape layout.

Cheers to Good Times

Arguably a cardinal rule for any wedding, a signature drink is the perfect way to set the tone for your wedding reception. Impress your guests by making it subtly fit to your theme and color scheme. Get original with your choice of glassware and accessorize wherever possible.

retro wedding ideas

red wedding ideas

featured here: oval plastic tub personalized with a candy colorful design diecut label

Downtime Fun

If not planned properly a ‘cocktail hour’ can feel like a ‘cocktail never-ending night’! Help your guests pass the time by keeping them occupied with conversation starting eye candy. Consider featuring a creative guestbook alternative where guests can leave you their well wishes.

wedding guestbook alternative

Keep the Momentum Going

Never leave your guests unsure of what to do or where to go next. Guide your guests to their dinner seats with a well laid out display. If logistics permit, use a seating chart for its ease of reference.

retro theme seating chart

Send Off

You started things off with a great first impression, now end them off on a high note with a thoughtful gift for guests. Skip the expected boxed chocolate favor and give them something they’ll enjoy long after your day is done.

retro themed wedding ideas

Want More?

For additional creative reception ideas come back to the blog this coming Wednesday for a simple and super pretty paper straw DIY feature. 

xoxo.

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DIY Wedding Wednesday: Pattern Play – Mini Vase Sets

diy vase favors

A while back we did a post on DIY glittered tea lights that was a big hit with our brides. Because we can’t resist a repeat fan favorite, and because we love what a touch of glitter can do, we’re re-applying this simple to-do concept on one of our mini white vase sets. Whether used as a guest favor, or as part of your wedding day decor, these small stunners are sure to have a big impact with your guests. And for those of you looking for a simplified approach and look, we’re giving you another combo that’s just as lovely. Here’s how to pull together the two looks.

Look #1: Glitter Galore

diy glitter vase favors

The Supplies

mini glitter vases - diy supplies

  • mini favor vases in white
  • spray adhesive
  • spreadable glue {we love mod podge!}
  • glue dots
  • masking tape
  • paint brush
  • glitter
  • spray roses

The Step by Step – Pretty Polka Dots

large polka dot diy glitter vase large polka dot diy glitter vase how to

Step 1: stick on your large glue dots, spacing them out all over your vase.

Step 2: dust on your glitter.

Step 3: using a clean paint brush, brush off all excess glitter.

large polka dot diy glitter vase

small polka dot diy glitter vase small polka dot diy glitter vase how to

Step 4: Repeat steps 1-3 using small glue dots.

small polka dot diy glitter vase

The Step by Step – Stripes and Solids

single strip diy glitter vase single strip diy glitter vase  - how to

Step 1: wrap a strip of masking tape three quarters of the way down your vase.

Step 2: apply a thin even layer of glue.

Step 3: sprinkle on the glitter.

single stripe diy glitter vase

thick stripe diy glitter vase thick strip diy glitter vase - how to

Step 1: wrap a strip of masking tape at the base of the vase,  and just below the base of the bottle neck.

Step 2: apply a thin even layer of glue.

Step 3: sprinkle on your glitter.

thick stripe diy glitter vase

diy gold glitter vase diy glitter vase how to

Step 1: apply spray adhesive glue all over the outside of your vase.

Step 2: sprinkle on glitter, plugging the opening of the vase with your finger to avoid glitter entering the vase.

diy gold glitter vase

Look #2 – Keep it Simple

If you love the look of the vases but want a simplified version, go au naturel by eliminating the glitter. Mix and match the vase color options for your bit of pattern play and a lovely end result.

mini decorative vase favors

The Supplies

mini decorative vase favor supplies

The Look

mini decorative white vase favor mini decorative lavender vase favor mini decorative vase favor

xoxo.

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DIY Wedding Wednesday: The Simple & Sweet Chair Banner

diy bride and groom chair banners

What happens when canvas flags meet wood veneer pennants? A DIY bride’s dream is what! If you visited the blog last Friday and read our Top 10 on Trend post you know that custom signage is a major trend right now. From ‘Welcome’ guest greetings to sweet messages perfect for photo opps, personalized signs are a simple and charming way of adding both your personality and a touch of decorative flair to your wedding day. With the coupling of two great textures, fabric canvas and wood veneer, today’s post brings you yet another way of pulling the custom sign concept into reality, the irresistibly sweet and sentimental {and super easy to do} bride and groom chair banner. Here’s how to make the look yours.

The Supplies

diy chair banner supplies

The Step by Step

diy chair banners - step 1 and 2

Step 1: put a drop of hot glue on the reverse side of each of the three points of your veneer pennant.

Step 2: promptly position onto the canvas flag.

Step 3 (not shown): repeat steps 1 and 2 for all your letters and symbols.

diy chair banners - step 4 and 5

Step 4: prior to gluing, mock up your banner and map out your positioning by laying out all your pennants against your craft twine. Try to keep consistent with the amount of space you keep between each letter and symbol.

Step 5: run a thin line of hot glue along the back of each flag and position your twine.

Step 6 (not shown): repeat step 5 for all your letters and symbols.

diy chair banners - step 7

Step 7: pull and cut several strands of ribbon for your banner trim. Create two bundles, one for the bride’s chair, one for the groom’s. Consider using varying but complimentary colors for each bundle.

diy chair banners - step 8

Step 8: string your completed banner onto your chairs.

diy chair banners - step 9 and 10

Step 9: tie your ribbon bundle into a simple knot to the outer side of your chair and tuck away behind your banner.

Step 10: Repeat on the other chair.

The {Sweet} End Result

diy mr and mrs chair banner

Want to See More?

For additional burlap banner concepts, check out those featured in the Burlap Chic inspiration shoot in the weddingstar e-catalog.

xoxo.

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DIY Wedding Wednesday: One Nest. Three Ways.

mini natural bird nest

I don’t think it’s a stretch to say that DIY accents are like a tiny bit of magic. After all, they have the power to transform a look with their accenting touch. By the simple addition of texture, or color, you can add instant thematic appeal. Appreciating there may be some naysayers out there who may not instantly buy into the notion, I’m putting the theory to the test today on a simple little birdie nest. With just a bit of trim and a special filler, I managed to create three different looks. And truth be told, I’m not sure which one I love more. You be the judge!

Look #1: Woodland Wonder

woodland themed nest favor

featured here: miniature natural nest favor (sold in packages of 12), miniature ceramic birds (sold in packages of 8), burlap wrap by the roll (cut down to size), and a suggested personalized tag from the Woodland Pretty Collection

The Supplies

woodland themed nest fravor - diy supplies

Look #2: Rustic Charm

rustic-themed-nest-favor

featured here: miniature natural nest favor (sold in packages of 12), craft paper twine, and a suggested personalized in the Dandelion Wishes design

The Supplies

rustic themed nest fravor - diy supplies

Look #3: Shabby Chic

shabby chic themed nest favor

featured here: miniature natural nest favor (sold in packages of 12), mini wooden clip (sold in packages of 24) and a suggested personalized in the Equestrian Love  design

The Supplies

shabby chic themed nest fravor - diy supplies

So, Which One’s Your Favorite?

We simply can’t decide. Comment below on which look you like best to help us choose! And if you want to browse and be inspired by more favor options, be sure to check out and shop hundreds of them over at weddingstar.com.

xoxo.

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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

satin-button-favor-box

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

guest book alternatives - pair canister

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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