No one wants to have to deal with setbacks, especially on one of the most important days of their lives, their wedding day. But accidents do happen, and the best way to avoid mishaps at a wedding is to be prepared. A little planning and the proper research can go a long way into making sure your wedding day runs smoothly and it is everything you want it to be. At Weddingstar, we are always here to help, and have compiled our favorite tips to guide you along. So take a deep breath, and keep reading, as we share with you nine of our preparation and remedy tips for any wedding day mishap moment.
We heard a story once, about a guest who was leaning over the head table to hug the bride, when a piece of her dress dropped into a candle flame and caught fire. Luckily, the guest realized this in time and distinguished the flame before it took much of the dress. Put safety first! Have a fire extinguisher on-site, strategically place your tea lights and use flameless candles to prevent any accidents at your venue, especially if there are children present, or if alcohol is involved.
The prepared bride can keep an emergency kit close at hand for any unwelcome surprises on her big day. From red wine spills to a rip in her dress, any minor issues can be tackled by having the proper tools to make sure all runs smoothly. Pack the necessities such as stain removing wipes, a mini sewing kit and deodorant. Also, having this same kit in the bathroom at your venue for guests will ensure that your loved ones will enjoy the day and feel looked after.
Some essentials in our kit include:
Even the best-planned weddings don’t run exactly on time. Photos may take longer than expected or a member of the bridal party might be held up in traffic. Whatever the case may be, make sure to build in enough cushion for anything that may not go perfectly according to schedule, and be prepared to adapt the agenda throughout the day to fit everything in.
Have citronella torches and candles at an outdoor ceremony to ward off mosquitos and bugs. Use repelling coils (the green kind) under chairs and at the guests’ feet for added comfort while they support your exchange of vows. Even in heavily buggy areas, having plenty of these tools can make the whole area virtually bug-free.
If you supply your own alcohol, overestimate the amount you will need and account for extra guests. Calculate how much beer, wine or liquor you require, double the amount and see if you can return any unused liquor to the store afterward. You can also designate a trusted family member to check on the supply throughout the night and run out to purchase more in case you need to re-stock halfway through the night to keep the party going. Also, make sure to secure the proper permits and don’t forget to stock enough ice!
Nothing can take the place of a well-planned ceremony rehearsal. The same goes for any audio or video equipment testing. Run tests of any electrical equipment, music, videos and slideshows prior to the day-of. Also, make sure the venue has sufficient power for your needs, so you don’t blow a fuse during the reception! You may even want to have a back-up generator on hand, just in case.
Even if you are planning on having a DJ or band, upload your wedding music playlist on your mp3 player or phone as a fallback, in case the DJ doesn’t show or there is an issue using the equipment or instruments.
High heels may look fabulous, but if standing all-day and dancing all-night in them cause your feet to ache, have sandals to wear for yourself and your guests to keep everyone comfortable and happy. You can also go barefoot if you dare!
Guests that are invited and did not rsvp may still end up coming to your wedding, so be prepared with a few extra settings, chairs, and favors at the tables just in case. You don’t want to have to scramble last minute to find extra chairs at your venue, so having this already taken care of beforehand will ensure those guests feel welcome.
Even the best-planned weddings can have those little hiccups, but it is important to remember to laugh and smile even when something doesn’t go as expected. Not only will this keep you calm in the moment, but will create fond memories that you can look back on with no regrets.
Happy Monday Lovelies! Today we’re excited to share with you the key pieces you need to master your cake table design. Whether you’re having a wedding cake, an assortment of pies, candy, or another type of dessert at your wedding, how you decorate your dessert display is a great, and sweet, way to impress your guests. No matter your budget, here are three equally beautiful ways you can decorate your cake table.
Let’s start with the basics. These are the key pieces you need to accompany your cake or dessert. The serving set is a necessity for serving cake, and with such a selection of serving sets available you can definitely do so in style. The cake topper is a traditional but fun way to show a little personality – even if you’re not serving cake, simply place it next to your dessert for a sweet added touch! Personalized napkins are inexpensive and come in a variety of colors and designs to suit all wedding themes. And if you’re serving smaller bite-size desserts, your napkins can even replace the need to rent extra plates! Here are three great examples of cake tables that stick to the basics.
Get this look (listed from left to right):
Get this look (listed from left to right):
Here’s an example of a simple yet beautiful cake table where the bride and groom chose not to have a cake topper. Instead, they put that part of their budget towards some smaller sweets for their guests to enjoy before the cake is served. What a great idea!
Get this look (listed from top to bottom, left to right):
So you’ve got the basics but want a little extra? No problem! Candles are a great way to add inexpensive ambiance to your tables. If your venue doesn’t allow for real flame, choose a few candle holders and pair them with flameless battery operated tealights for the exact same effect without all the worry. Decorative pieces (that suit your theme) and smaller treats (like we saw in the example above) for your guests are some other great ways to add those extra personal touches we all love. Here are two examples of how you can up the ante on your dessert table design.
Get this look (listed from top to bottom, left to right):
Get this look (listed from top to bottom, left to right):
If you want to create a stunner of a focal point at your reception (and if budget allows), here’s one of our favorite dessert table spreads for 2015. Not just because it’s oh-so pretty, but because there are so many options for guests to choose from. And…they can even take these goodies to-go! While this style is quite classic, you can still get the same look by using the same key pieces outlined below – just choose items that fit your own theme and colors.
Get this look (listed from top to bottom, left to right):
What are you serving for dessert at your wedding? Tell us below!
Versatile, customizable and with that touch of DIY charm we love, it’s no wonder chalkboards are fast becoming a wedding staple. Whether you’re looking for plain and precise or something a little more ornate, chalkboards now come in a variety of shapes and sizes to match the rest of your wedding day design. Here are some of our favorite ways to use chalkboard at your wedding.
Guide your guests to their seats with a personalized seating chart, or set out a series of adorable chalkboard bud vases as escort cards that can double as favors (you can also place these little cuties at each seat as a place marker). Help guests find the way to your ceremony or reception (or even your photo booth!), with a personalized chalkboard directional sign – and if chalkboard’s not your style, you can view all the personalized options right here.
Add your own artistic touch to your chairs with this adorable chalkboard bunting banner. It’s just the right size to drape across two chairs which is all you need for you and your new Mr. or Mrs.
Signs are an often overlooked part of wedding day decor that can really add personality. Large or small, use them to welcome guests at the reception, display your drink menu or write your own unique message. Smaller signs work great as table numbers, set out by your favor or drink display, or you can add them to other features of your wedding that are unique to you.
If you love the rustic chalkboard look, then share it with your guests! We guarantee they will love these chalkboard favor boxes as much as you do. And the best part is that they come as a kit including the boxes, twine and tags. For an extra personal touch add a personalized tag to match.
If you’re having any type of food or drink display at your wedding, chances are you will want to label each item. So why not get creative and label each one in style? And whether they clip on or stand alone, these miniature chalkboard signs are the perfect fit for the job. Alternatively, they can double as place cards!
Do you love this look and want to use it at your wedding? We want to hear your ideas! Tell us how you used or are planning on using chalkboard below!
Put a ring in it…Or on it, but if you’re reading this then he’s probably already taken care of that! Today we’re sharing an excerpt from the 2015 edition of the Weddingstar magazine that’s all about our favorite new (and completely unique) ways to present your rings at the ceremony. So, if the traditional pillow isn’t quite your style, here are some unique ways to show off your shiny new bling.
Not just for soap anymore, unique dishes have become a popular trend at weddings as a way of presenting the rings. We’ve fallen in love with the idea and the fact that these ring dishes will also look gorgeous on your dressing table at home. Not only are these ring dishes pretty, but their heirloom qualities may inspire a new family tradition. Pass along to your future Mr. or Mrs. for use on their wedding day.
This exclusively designed Porcelain Leaf Ring Plate has a unique leaf shape making it a perfect choice for nature lovers. Made from high quality porcelain it has a delicately embossed pattern and if you look closely you will notice a pair of sweet lovebirds. Designed with openings for ribbon or twine, this pretty plate allows your rings to be safely secured inside.
Not necessarily just for your rings, this vintage inspired Feather Wing Dish can serve another purpose as well. Cast from iron with a distressed white finish it has a unique small shape that fits snugly into the palm of your hand, making it the perfect size to present your wedding rings at the ceremony. It’s dual purpose? This little beauty sits so pretty at place settings you may also want to gift it as a favor your guests are sure to find completely irresistible.
The ring box is not just any box. It is the box that every bride (and bride-to-be) is restlessly waiting to see before her. It’s an expression of both your personal and wedding style. The way in which you display your rings as they are carried down the aisle is becoming yet another lovely way to personalize your day. And these not-so-ordinary boxes bring on the lovely tenfold. So if you’re trying to think outside the box when it comes to choosing your ring holder, these stunners may just reel you right back in.
This is one box that you can truly make your own thanks to its versatile design. From custom etched monograms to all the personal touches you can place inside (some of our favorite fillers are petals, feathers and moss to name a few), this Acrylic Ring Box will never be replicated. And with a see-through riser to hold your rings, they will appear as if they are floating in your very own display case.
Because of its unique shape, this handcrafted Wooden Ring Box is not your traditional box. It’s a presentation all its own. This adorable keepsake is the perfect size to tuck safely inside any jacket pocket. Made from hand polished dark wood, personalize both the outside and inside with your names, wedding date or your own special message.
Commonly used to accent pieces of art or photography, the frame has now been re-designed to hold something else you love and cherish—your wedding rings. The clever combination of a pillow and frame makes this an exceptional way to show off your new rings. This Framed Ring Cushion will look stunning at any vintage or shabby chic affair, not to mention on display in your home long after the wedding. And for a pretty piece of personalization you can call your own, the idea of wrapping the removable pillow in a piece of fabric from your mother’s wedding gown (as shown here) simply makes our hearts sing.
Is the classic pillow still your pick? See and shop our more traditional ring pillow designs right over here. But first, take a look at this adorable miniature version that we couldn’t resist sharing!
Perfect for tiny hands, this petite pillow is the sweetest accompaniment for your ring bearer’s walk down the aisle. Made from off-white raw silk, the hand beaded detailing is unmatched in quality and provides a soft, plush surface that will allow your rings to shine. Complete with white satin ribbon, your rings will sit pretty (and securely) in place on this delicately beaded ring pillow.
Choosing what to give your guests as a token of thanks and a memento of your big day is a fun task, but not always the easiest. Especially with the selection of wedding favors available – it’s so hard to choose just one! Luckily though, it’s not impossible to find (or even create) a favor that is a perfect representation of you and the look you have created for your big day. Today we’re showing you how to create the perfect favor in 3 easy steps.
Even if you already have an idea of what type of favor you’re looking for, it’s always good to start by getting inspired by all that there is to offer. Start by exploring our favor inspiration gallery to get inspired and to help narrow down your favorites. Here is a breakdown of the different types of favors available.
Possibly the most convenient type of favor, stand-alone favors mean that they don’t require any additional extras beyond the personalization. From salt and pepper shakers to wine bottle stoppers to antique style key bottle openers, most of these lovelies even come with their own gift packaging, meaning they truly are ready-to-gift. Here are some of our favorites!
Be it a bag, box or one of these unique options, the favor container is one that allows you to fill it with whatever your heart desires. Treat your guests to something yummy like chocolates, macaroons, truffles or even mints. Alternatively, you could fill your chosen container with some fresh floral or wildflower seeds that they can plant. No matter what you choose, it’s yet another way to add a personal touch.
While these are still considered favor containers that are meant to be filled, these handy kits come with all the trimmings necessary for a beautifully embellished favor. If you love DIY but don’t have the time to find all the right trims such as twine, charms and tags, then these kits are perfect for you! Designed to fit a variety of wedding themes, these kits make DIY-ing your favors a cinch.
Now that you’ve found the perfect favor to give to your guests, it’s time to add some sweet and simple personal touches. This is where you can get even more creative by adding different embellishments to make your favors even more memorable. Simply add a personalized tag or sticker and a little ribbon and you’re done! Then, if budget allows add a charm, your own personal stamp and any other embellishments you like to really make it yours. Here are some examples of how you could dress up your favors.
You’ve chosen your favor and dressed it up to perfection, now the only thing left is to decide how you want to present these pretty little packages to your guests. Here are three of our favorite, and equally pretty, ways to present your favors at your reception.
Set some room aside on your guestbook or escort card table to display groupings of favors for your guests to take. If you choose this option it is a good idea to include a sign with a simple message like, “please take one”. This not only lets your guests know to take a favor, but it also adds another unexpected personal touch. One of our favorite ways to add messages like this throughout your wedding are with chalkboard signs. Take a look at our selection, right over here.
Some favors even serve a dual purpose. Not only are they favors for your guests to keep, but you can use them as place card holders too. Create an impressive escort card display like this one that is sure to impress.
Your guests are already excited to be at your wedding, but they’ll be even more excited when they get to their seat only to find a sweet surprise. Placing your favors at the place setting of each guest will make them feel extra special.
So, have you found your favors yet? This is only the beginning! Be sure to check out our entire favor selection at weddingstar.com, or take a look at our favor inspiration gallery for even more great favor ideas.
Well our third and final Friday is upon us with Emma Arendoski of Emmaline Bride as our guest. She has shared some of her great ideas for beach weddings from her new book, The Inspired Wedding, these past few weeks and today’s post is no exception! Be sure to check out last week’s post where you can enter to win a copy of her book, The Inspired Wedding, full of great theme-based ideas and inspiration.
Last week, I shared some of my favorite ideas for a memorable beach-themed wedding ceremony. Today, I’m back to share with you more inspiring ideas for what’s likely to be the grandest party you’ll ever host: your wedding reception. Where to begin? My recommendation to couples is to outline the parts of the reception — the location, the seating arrangements, the food and drink, the cake, the music, the dancing, the after-the-reception activities, and the wedding favors — and then determine those that are most important to you. If you narrow it down in this way, I guarantee you won’t feel overwhelmed!
I’ve chosen five of my favorites to talk about here, let’s begin with the location.
There are several options for a wedding reception at the beach. You could host an outdoor event right on the beach with a tented area (be sure to include a rental of port-a-johns!), which is perfect if there’s a chance of inclement weather. There may be a restaurant, country club, or banquet hall nearby that you could rent, or if you plan to be married in a park, there’s often somekind of structure that can be rented.
Another suggestion is to have your reception at a beach house, which can be just a short walk from your ceremony right on the beach. A beach house – I’ve stayed at one in North Carolina’s Outer Banks, for example – can be rented by the weekend or week and often they can house many guests (like your entire wedding party), depending on its size. That option can be a very good one as it will have an equipped kitchen and bathroom facilities.
Don’t forget plenty of outdoor lighting, a big dance floor, and lanterns lighting the way for a moonlit walk on the beach.
When guests enter your reception area after the ceremony, greet them with a table of assorted drinks and a place for them to find their table and their seat assignment. I recommend assigned seating for a couple of reasons: It’s easier to seat people with other guests bearing similar interests and, it’s a great way to ensure certain guests have a seat closer to the head table (like your parents, grandparents, siblings, etc.). If your choice is to have this type of seating, then you’ll need escort cards, which are a whole lot of fun. I love these beach chairs from Weddingstar as an escort display.
You can also have a place card ready to greet each guest’s seat, like these cards placed in coral holders (also from Weddingstar).
On your reception menu, include seaside choices, as well as options for those who don’t eat either fish or shellfish. Some of my favorites include fish as an entrée option or shrimp cocktail and crab cakes as appetizers. Bring out the best of the beach with delightful drink options such as Mai-Tais, Pina Coladas, or Blue Hawaiian cocktails. Consider adding a signature cocktail to your offerings, and have decorative drink stirrers at the ready.
A beach-themed cake is a must-have at your reception! Your cake is one easy place to go all-out with embellishments. Some of my favorite finds include brown sugar crumbled on top to resemble sand, colorful flowers made from fondant and borrowed from the bride’s bouquet, or faux seashells to line the tiers of the cake.
A themed cake topper ties the whole look together. Here is one from Weddingstar which features a couple lounging on the sand. The bride is even drawing a heart!
Finally, you’ll want to send your guests home with a small token of your appreciation in the form of a favor. A beach-themed favor is easy to find, and I especially love these choices from Weddingstar. I saw a handful of cute ideas on their site including starfish-shaped photo frames, wood trinket boxes for seashells, starfish shaped candles, or a bottle topper with coral on the end, just to name a few.
Any of these would be perfect favor ideas for your reception. To see the full collection of beach or nautical themed wedding favors by Weddingstar, click here.
You’ll find more suggestions including centerpieces, décor, guest book alternatives, and more in my book, The Inspired Wedding. Look for the Beach Bliss chapter for everything you need for a beach-themed wedding. And if you missed it last week, be sure to check out this post to enter the giveaway to win a copy of The Inspired Wedding (but hurry because the contest closes this Sunday!).
Happy Friday Lovelies! And boy is it a happy Friday indeed. Not only is Emma Arendoski of Emmaline Bride back with us to share her tips for an unforgettable beach ceremony, but today is the first day to enter for your chance to win a copy of her brand new book, The Inspired Wedding. It is jam-packed with great ideas and gorgeous photography for seven popular wedding themes including vintage, rustic, beach, bohemian, free spirit, urban chic and traditional. You can enter the giveaway at the end of this post but first, here’s a sneak peak…
Last week, I presented some beach-themed wedding stationery ideas for your big day, and I’m back now to share with you some inspiration for an unforgettable wedding ceremony at the beach. The beach is such a romantic setting; its gently rolling waves, serene blue sky, and plenty of sunshine are the perfect backdrop for a day you’ll want to remember for the rest of your lives. But, when you’re planning a beach wedding ceremony, there are always some tips and tricks to consider. Here are five of my favorites to keep in mind.
Protect your guests and yourself by providing a few simple comfort items that both of you will appreciate. If the day is hot and sunny, walk down the aisle with a lightweight paper parasol and give your guests the same sun protection. Consider a basket of flip-flops in assorted sizes for guests to wear as they cross the sand. If there won’t be a boardwalk on your aisle, and you really want to wear high heels, think about having a burlap aisle runner to provide some stability — or you could wear a fabulous pair of sandals. A basket of sunglasses, bug repellent, and even shawls are a nice touch if there’s a chill in the air.
The attire, colors, stationery design, setting, and décor all contribute to the overall look and feel of your wedding, especially when it comes to the ceremony. There are many ways to tie in beach-centric details wherever you can. Let’s begin with the ring pillow and flower girl basket. The offerings shown can be used by the smallest members of your wedding party: the flower girl and the ring bearer, as they make their way down the aisle. Aisle décor can include a decorative arbor or arch to define the ceremony area. Bunches of beach grass can be artfully tied with seashells and hung from the chairs that line the aisle, or have a one-of-a-kind aisle runner designed, like this one by Weddingstar. I especially like the tagline: “Love as deep as the ocean.” It’s proof that even indoor beach-themed weddings can exude a tranquil seaside mood.
Another fun idea is to include a unity ceremony. A fairly recent addition to the wedding repetoire, the unity ceremony traditionally uses candles, but what could be more perfect for the beach wedding theme than using sand? This new custom is a ceremonial joining together of two as they become one when two vessels of sand are united in one vase. And, you can even choose sand in colors that match your wedding color scheme.
Sand ceremonies make a great keepsake that you can cherish for years to come, and there are many unique designs to choose from. Weddingstar recently released an acrylic version where you can add special mementos from your wedding such as your menu, program or special poem and a picture.
Even if you provide a shaded area for guests to sit during the ceremony, a hand-held fan is still a terrific idea. Weddingstar has a variety to choose from, and you can personalize each and every one.
You can’t stop a storm, but you can be prepared in case your bright, sunny day takes a left turn and leaves you with rain and high winds. When planning your outdoor wedding, always have a contingency plan that includes adequate cover such as a rental tent. Or take it a step further, and note on your wedding invitation an “in case of bad weather” option. Include the address and location. As the date draws near, keep an eye on the weather report — it just may end up being your “perfect day.”
For more beach wedding ideas, be sure to pick up a copy of my new book The Inspired Wedding. I’ll be back next week here at Weddingstar to discuss your beach reception, so don’t miss it. And don’t forget to enter the giveaway below! The contest will close at 11:59pm on Sunday, February 1st so be sure to check back on Monday, February 2nd when we announce the lucky winner!