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 Tips: Just Add Ribbon

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If you haven’t noticed, we’re big fans of DIY around here. We love the personal touch a bit of it brings to a wedding. We especially appreciate those tactics that are easy “to dos”. So today we’re sharing one of our top DIY tricks, the simple {and it’s really simple} addition of satin ribbon. Whether you’re looking to add a touch of color, a bit of personality, or a pop of pretty, just add ribbon!

With next to no restrictions on what you can apply it to, and with massive theme versatility, the use of satin ribbon is really the ultimate ‘no-brainer’. But just in case you need some visual convincing, here are some of our favorite simple uses that went a long way to up the pretty ante.

diy accessories - white decorative ribbon

featured here: blown glass globe accented with satin ribbon in white

diy accessories - white ribbon and favors

featured here: lustrous silver favor boxes and miniature clear acrylic phantom chair holding custom tag, both accented with satin ribbon in white

diy accessories - blue ribbon

featured here: love bird damask invitation in royal blue and black accented with satin ribbon in royal blue

Want More?

If this whole ribbon thing is right up your alley, come back this Wednesday when we use a little ribbon magic to transform one box five ways.

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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DIY Personalized Weddings: The Signature Stamp

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Ask a bride what she wants most for her wedding design and 9 times out of 10 she’ll tell you she wants a design that is unique to her and her fiance.  No bride wants her wedding to be comparable to, or another version of, someone else’s event. Her love story is personal and so should her wedding story be. But given all the details that go into pulling a wedding together, it can often be difficult for a bride to figure out how to really put her mark on it.

Good news. It need not be that complicated. It can be as simple as literally applying your personal stamp! From your wedding invitation to subtle decorative details, a personalized stamp leaves your mark in all the right places. Here are some of our top DIY recommendations on how to apply the look.

Sneak Peek

Your wedding invitation is a first glance at what your wedding day will look like. Leave your mark early on by using your personalized stamp as a DIY accent on your save the date, invite and reply card, or as a finishing seal on your envelope.

All in the Details 

Stamping little decorative accents that pop up throughout your wedding day offers up a way to subtly connect your look and give it continuity.

Finishing Touches

Wedding guests have the pleasure of walking away from the event with a little gift. Your favor should both thank them and remind them of your wonderful day. Complete the look with your stamp on their sendoff.

Need More Convincing? 

Lucky for you we love sharing inspiration! Here are some more ways to apply the look.

shabby chic themed diy stamps

featured here – left side: DIY drawer display done up with decorative paper, crafting decorative knobs and cabinet pulls, and ruffled fabric trim in pastel pink, holding burlap chic collection wishing well cards personalized with the burlap chic floral rubber stamp
on the right: DIY customized kraft paper goodie bag personalized with the burlap chic monogram stamp
see how to make this goodie bag in our ‘shabby chic get the look feature’

xoxo.

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Sweet Treats: The Must Have Wedding Accessory

TGIF. It’s the weekend and you know what that means…time for some indulging! Weekends, at least for me, mean no need for calorie counting or worrying about how many carbs I’m consuming. They’re all about taking some time to relax and enjoy the sweeter things in life.

To get the weekend started off on the right note I’m sharing some of my all time favorite little treats. Lucky for all the planning brides reading this post, my faves just happen to double as fab wedding favors and guest treats. From sweet beginnings to delicious takeaways, these goodies are sure to hit the spot every time!

Signature Sips – The Perfect Welcome 

Is there any better way to welcome your guests than with a signature cocktail? Um, no! Have fun with it and create a recipe that’s unique to you. Showcase your drink in a unique glass or flute to finish off the look. And while creating, make sure to do plenty of taste tasting!

welcome drinks in mini martini glasses

featured here: cranberry crush cosmo & art deco gold decadence in mini martini glasses and  with chevron print paper straws

white chocolate signature cocktails in mini martini glasses

featured here: white chocolate & coconut martini in mini martini glasses

signature drinks - with paper straws

featured here: the lemon drop  cocktail with birch print paper straws

Take Your Seat 

Whether it’s awaiting them upon entrance to the venue or at their place setting, a little sweet amuse bouche is sure to please all.

guest favor ideas - mini chairs

featured here: ferrero rocher raffaello in gold and black print mini chair favor boxes and custom black & white french macaroons on mini clear acrylic chairs

wedding favors - mini birdcage

featured here: mini white chocolate cupcake in miniature classic round birdcage

Treats to Go 

They’ve indulged and enjoyed goodies all night long. Keep the sweet treats coming as your guests depart with some yummy take out options.

wedding favors - mini containers

featured here: homemade mini blueberry pies in “sweetie pies” mini pie packaging kit, farm fresh honey in mini glass jar, home baked cinnamon buns in mini woven picket basket

edible wedding guest favors

featured here: homemade strawberry jam in mini glass jars, personalized with homespun charm small stickers in crisp and mini s’mores kit in exclusive tree design wooden box

Are your mouths watering yet? Mine is! Bon Appetit and Cheers!

xoxo.

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Wedding Decor Ideas: Pretty on a Penny Part 2 – Making it Yours

decorative bottle vase sets - how to personalizse

This past Monday I shared with you all a few secrets to getting gorgeous and budget friendly floral wedding arrangements. The key component was a lovely bottle vase concept which I’m currently obsessing over ever so slightly! Today I’m going to show you how to take the look to the next level, personalizing it as your very own. Truth be told, there are endless ways to customize the look to meet your specific wedding design. And after much back and forth self-debating I finally narrowed it down to my top three style approaches, complete with some pretty petal suggestions.

Style Approach #1 – Charms, Trims and Things 

The Components

personalized bottle vases - charms and trims

featured here: decorative glass bottle set in clear (sold in sets of six assorted sizes), striped cotton baker’s twine in mocha mousse, ruffled fabric ribbon trim in pastel pink and antique key charms in double hearts, heart and intertwined rings shapes

The Completed Look

decorative bottle vases - diy charms and trims

This approach is all about layering. Using whatever ribbon, fabric, twine or string you like to attach a decorative detail like a charm is the perfect way to both personalize the look and coordinate it with your overall wedding theme and design. And the details just scream pretty!

Style Approach #2 – Mix and Match 

The Components 

mix and match decorative bottle vases

featured here (from left to right): white glass bottle (sold in sets of 3), decorative glass bottle in clear (sold in sets of six assorted sizes), vintage inspired ceramic bottle in silver and lavender (sold separately)

The Completed Look 

decorative bottle vases - mix and match arrangement

There’s no real science to this approach. It’s as simple as playing around with various shapes, sizes and colors to bring dimension to your arrangements. The beauty behind it is that it allows you to represent all the design elements and colors within your wedding design. So go nuts and get creative!

Style Approach #3: A Personal Touch 

The Components 

personalized white bottle vases

featured here: decorative white glass bottle set, woodland pretty stationary collection – small antler cling and personalized diecut sticker

The Completed Look 

personalized white bottle vavse set - floral arrangement

What better way to personalize the look then by actually personalizing the look! Whether it’s through a motif, monogram, or a custom sticker, incorporating subtly personalized pieces within your wedding decor really makes the look yours. And don’t be shy about incorporating you. It’s your big day after all!

So that’s a wrap on on my top three. And whether you run with one of these approaches or something completely different, all that matters is that you apply your personal stamp. Happy styling!

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!

retro-style-shoes

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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Wedding Theme Inspiration: Woodland Pretty

woodland wedding theme bride

If you’re focusing on what’s trending while brainstorming a potential wedding design, you have no doubt come across the Woodland wedding theme concept. It’s been pegged by wedding industry experts as one of the top trends for 2014. Given we featured it in this year’s issue of our print magazine, it’s no secret that we’re big fans! But we’re not just loving the look because it’s trendy {although that’s an added bonus!}, but rather because of its simple natural elements. That and it’s oh so pretty!

So today we’re sharing with you the key design elements behind a Woodland wedding theme, along with some inspirational imagery to bring it all to life and to help you make it yours.

The Look – Organic & Simplified

The Woodland look is all about embracing and celebrating natural beauty, from the bride to her bouquet, down to every last design detail. But simple doesn’t mean boring. The simplicity of the design lies in the perfectly pulled together stunning details. We’re swooning over this beauty look!

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The Design – Motifs & Natural Elements

Choice additions of animal motifs and natural elements are the defining details behind a Woodland themed wedding. Whether it’s antlers, branches, or little birdies, you just can’t do Woodland without them. That said, avoid motif mayhem! The trick is to be selective about how and where you use these elements. It’s all about discretely weaving the details into your overall design.

woodland wedding theme - guest favor table

woodland wedding theme - welcome drink

The Colors

Well, green obviously! But there’s no hard and fast rule as to how much green or what shade. For our inspirational shoot we went heavy on the white, allowing greenery to shine as a finishing accent framing our entire look. For additional accent colors consider gold, its richness will complement the density of wooden elements, and a soft pale blush for a touch of femininity.  

woodland wedding theme - bride and groom table

woodland wedding theme - flowers

Love it? Want More? 

For more inspirational eye-candy from our Woodland Pretty shoot pick up a copy of this year’s issue of Weddingstar’s print magazine, and shop the entire Woodland 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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Get the Look: 15 Ways to Use our Vintage-Inspired Wooden Multi-Purpose Boards

Well the title might be quite a mouthful, but these little boards are a power-packed decor gem just waiting for your imagination to transform them. From the perfect party sign to a great wedding photo prop to a rustic cheese platter, we went around the office here at Weddingstar HQ to see what our designers favorite ways to utilize our Vintage Inspired Wooden Multi-Purpose Sign Boards (say that 10x fast!) are. And, now we’re counting down the top 15 ways we came up with to use them – at your wedding and beyond! Enjoy! Continue reading