DIY Wedding Wednesday: Well Lit – The Illuminated Table Runner

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It’s no secret that I’m slightly obsessed with table runners. Whether they be made up of candles, florals, foliage, or all of the above, I can’t get enough of them. And there’s one very good reason. They are stunning! Gracing the center of a tabletop, they provide a visual focal point that binds the reception event design together. The creative opportunities for execution are endless, and you can’t go wrong with any single approach. And just when I thought they couldn’t get any prettier, we decided to try adding some string lights into the equation. The result, instant gorgeousness. Here’s how to make the look yours.

The Step by Step and The Supplies

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Step 1: Select an abundant green (or two) to act as the base of your runner. We used two varieties of eucalyptus, seeded and moon lagoon. Going with more than one variety of greenery provides for added texture and interest. And remember, the fuller your selected green(s), the less stems you’ll need to complete the look. We used two bunches of the seeded eucalyptus, and one of the moon lagoon.

Step 2: Starting at one end of your table, lay a wide and full gathering of your main foliage. This will be your widest point.

Step 3: Working toward the middle point of the table, start tapering in your gathering. You don’t want it to be too narrow but a slightly tapered approach creates an interesting effect and saves on the amount of stems you need.

Step 4: If using two varieties of greenery, add in select stems of the second kind for added texture, reserving some to later cover exposed wiring from your string lights (which will be added when the runner of greens is complete).

Step 5: Repeat steps 1-4 on the other side of the table, meeting the two arrangements at the middle point.

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Step 6: Take your selected string lights, we went with white paper and white lace lanterns (one strand of each), and intertwine them into your greenery. Use the stems to cover as much of the wiring as possible, incorporating additional stems if necessary.

The End Result

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complete the look with a selection of vintage gold candle holders

Options Galore

White paper and lace not your style? Here are some additional string light designs that are just as lovely.

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DIY Wedding Wednesday: Glam Tablescape How-To

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I don’t think I’d be going out on a limb if I said that most women love sparkly things, specifically those in the diamond family! You don’t have to be a girly girl to appreciate the beauty that bits of glamorous glittery things bring. And that impact goes far beyond personal style. From home decor to wedding day designs, the classic look of glam has long time reigned. And you need only take one quick look at a well designed concept to understand why. Bring on the bling!

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featured here: setting accent created using faux jewels by the roll

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DIY Wedding Wednesday: Lace Flower Napkin Ring

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What’s the number one rule of setting a stunning table setting? Remember your layers. From centerpieces made up of a mix of flowing floral arrangements and delicate votive holders, to place setting touches that finish off the look, it’s all about layer upon layer of details that catch the eye. We’re personally especially fond of dainty specifics that can by DIY’d well in advance and on a budget, just like today’s pretty little feature, the lace flower napkin ring. Made up of its own set of lovely layers, playing on a variety of textures and colors, this is definitely a reception accessory must have!

The Supplies

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The Step by Step

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Step 1: create a simple ring using your gold craft wire. Make it approximately 2 inches in diameter,

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Step 2: Hot glue the lace flower to the ring. Hold the flower for 30-45 seconds to secure in place.

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Step 3: Individually add in the faux flowers and gold leaves, securing in place with hot glue.

The Details

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DIY Wedding Wednesday: DIY Gone Glam – How to Accessorize White Acrylic

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If you’re one of those brides or grooms who think that DIY is strictly for the homespun at heart, get ready for a game changer! Granted, there was a time when DIY was catered towards those looking to do-it-themselves to make it sweet and on a dime, but things have come a long way since then. Now DIY is more about “designing” it yourself, personalizing the various wedding day details like only you can, making them unique to you. It’s about using traditional crafting techniques and applying them in new unique ways, to things that may have previously never been considered as candidates for the creative. Enter today’s how-to post, featuring decorative contemporary white acrylic products and the three ways we upgraded their designs. Here’s how to make the look yours, applicable to any acrylic product you like.

Color Me Pretty

Love the sleek look of white acrylic but in the mood for a splash of color? Bring the best of both worlds together with a pretty paint palette and a floral stencil.

The Supplies

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  • white acrylic table number 
  • floral stencil and fine tip paint brush
  • premium all purpose paint in lilac, pale pink, lemon yellow and olive green

The Look

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Sparkle and Shine

A little bling is never a bad idea! Add a touch of the opulent to your modern acrylic pieces by subtly accessorizing them with iridescent jewel stickers.

The Supplies

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The Look

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All That Glitters

For major impact that still highlights an acrylic piece’s modern design, go for an all over face lift by covering the piece with a dusting of gold glitter.

The Supplies

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The Look

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Take our Quiz: What is your Wedding Style?

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Every bride wants their wedding to be a unique reflection of their personality and style. Find your flair with this wedding style quiz. What kind of bride are you?

DIY Wedding Wednesday: Springtime Wedding Tabletop

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There’s just something about the spring season that makes it the ideal time for a wedding. Whether it be all the lovely floral varieties available in pretty pastel shades, or the overall heartwarming sense of new beginnings that the season brings with it, springtime and weddings simply go hand in hand. And after a long, and very (very!) cold winter, we are more than ready to indulge in the enjoyment of plenty of seasonal prettiness, starting with today’s how-to feature. Here’s how to pull together the perfect springtime tabletop for your wedding day, your bridal shower, or just because!

What You’ll Need – The Accessories

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What You’ll Need – The Guest Favor

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The Look

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Trending Now: Aerial Displays For Your Wedding

When it comes to decorating your wedding, the ceiling may not be the first thing you think about. But it may not be the last, either. Making use of the ceiling to hang decorations has become a popular trend in the wedding industry over the past few years, and we can’t get enough of these gorgeous aerial displays! The ceiling offers a unique blank canvas that you can transform to fit with the rest of your wedding day design, and it will be sure to add even more ambiance to your wedding or event.

We’ve rounded up some of our favorite aerial display tutorials that show you how you to create your own beautiful display. But first, our expert stylist shares her “Tips to Creating Your Own Overhang”. Click on each picture below to read the full post.

Are you planning on including a ceiling overhang at your wedding? Tell us below! And be sure to check back next Wednesday for another beautiful aerial DIY using our Mini Glass Bottles.






DIY Wedding Wednesday: Paper Feather Chair Back

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If you’ve yet to discover the concept of paper decorations you’re in for a delightfully pretty treat with today’s DIY feature. As one of the most budget-friendly options available in decor, their appeal is instantly obvious. But what makes them irresistible is not their price point, it’s their range of loveliness and versatility. Take the boho inspired paper feathers featured in today’s post. You can do just about anything with them, from table top accents to stationery detailing, with each concept equally stunning. The options really are endless, which had us a bit stumped on what to pull together today. But after much debating we finally decided on a concept perfect for one of our favorite wedding day details, a custom bride and groom chair back, because it’s so very pretty and because it only takes two steps to make. Happy crafting!

The Supplies

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The Step-by-Step

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Step 1: start with the base of your chair back, the wreath, and wrap it completely with fabric ribbon. Secure in the back with pins.

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Step 2: add your feathers to the wreath. Pick a starting point and begin your formation by pinning your feathers, overlapping them as you go and keeping a balanced mix of all three feather types. Finish off the chair back by adding the satin ribbon that will attach the wreath to your chair.

The End Result

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How To Avoid These 9 Common Wedding Mishaps

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.

Flammable Guests

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.

Accidents, spills, rips…

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:

  • Clear nail polish – stop fraying ribbon ends or a run in pantyhose
  • Super glue – repairing fingernails that break
  • Bandages – for blistered heels
  • Double-sided fabric tape – fixing hems or to tack down a dress with a gaping neckline
  • Stain Removing Wipes – for spills and stains
Weddingstar Wine Bottle Stopper Favors

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Running Behind Schedule

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.

Weddingstar Brushed Silver Pocket Watch

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Pesky Bugs

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.

Use Citronella Candles At Outdoor Weddings

You run out of alcohol

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!

Bartender Serving Drinks At Wedding

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Testing 1, 2, 3…

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.

Make Sure You Test Your Equipment For Your Wedding

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Have a Backup DJ

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.

Wedding DJ Equipment

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Aching Feet

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!

You Weren’t Expecting Them…

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.

Extra Place Settings For Unexpected Guests

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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.


Get The Look: Cake Table Decorating 101

Weddingstar Wedding Cake Table Decorating Ideas and Inspiration

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.

Keep it simple

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.

Weddingstar Bohemian Wedding Cake Table Design

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Weddingstar Art Deco Black and Gold Wedding Cake Table Design

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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!

Weddingstar Parisian Wedding Cake Table Design

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A little extra

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.

Weddingstar Winter Themed Wedding Cake Table Design

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Weddingstar Autumn or Fall Themed Wedding Cake Table Design

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All the bells and whistles

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.

Weddingstar Classic Wedding Cake Table Design

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What are you serving for dessert at your wedding? Tell us below!