DIY Wedding Wednesday: How-To Gift a Wine Lover

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Today marks our first November post and we’re pretty darn excited about it, because as far as we’re concerned it might as well be December {read: it’s time to party!}. As of today there are only 7 weeks and 4 days until Christmas, and this year we’re getting started early on both our planning and our partying. To kick off the festivities we’re focusing on the essentials, the “bevies”. Specifically, we’re sharing our top picks for the perfect gifts for the wine lovers in your life. And naturally we just had to run each one of these products through some rigorous testing, so that you can take our experienced word as gold. Cheers!

Gorgeous Glasses

What’s front and center as the wine lovers ideal gift? The perfect bottle of wine of course. But a great wine just isn’t a great wine unless served in a proper glass. From red, to white, to bubbly, there’s a pretty and personalized option to cover them all.

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The Sidekicks

Get creative with your gift giving by covering off all the extras. Think cute stoppers, sleek serving boards and personalized corkscrews. And that’s just to name a few.

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DIY: Chalkboard Signs Part 2

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A few weeks ago we shared a DIY Chalkboard post by our Ambassador Lorrie Everitt from Creative Bag. Today we are continuing on the chalkboard topic with these large, decorative chalkboard chair signs. DIY projects like these chair signs are a great way to add a personal touch to your wedding decor. Use this step-by-step guide and template to create your very own chalkboard chair signs.

In addition we will also show you how to create paper flowers used to embellish the chair signs, to create your own DIY boho styled decor.

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The Supplies:

Large Decorative Chalkboard With White Frame
• Liquid Chalk Markers
• White transfer paper
• Pencil
• Painter’s Tape
• Scissors
• Print out with design/ text
Ribbon
• Tools to Punch Holes Into Chalkboard
• Water Mister
• Glue
Optional – Gold Craft Paint or Gold Paint Pen to decorate your flowers

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The Step by Step

Step 1:

Print and cut out the lettering for the signs. Position the lettering on the chalkboard so there will be space to add the paper flowers later. Use painter’s tape to hold the paper in place.

Step 2:

Place the white transfer paper with the chalky side down towards the chalkboard, as shown above, under the paper template. Use a pencil to trace the lettering onto the chalkboard.

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Step 3:

Your traced lettering will be very faint but you should be able to see the complete design before you remove the paper template.

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Step 4:

Using your traced image as a guide, fill in the lettering with a chalk marker. Once the chalk ink has dried you can easily remove any remaining tracing lines with a soft dry cloth.

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Step 5:

At this point you will want to add a couple of holes to the top of your chalkboard for hanging later. I used a craft punch that is suitable for wood and metal products.

Option: If you would like to add a gold touch to your chalkboard, like I did on the chair signs for the boho wedding, you can do that using gold craft paint or gold paint pens.

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Step 6:

Print the paper flowers template on the paper of your choice. Cut the flowers shapes out as shown above.

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Step 7:

To make the paper easier to work with, lightly mist each flower.

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Step 8:

The swirly flower shape will make a 3D floral shape. Start with the small outer end and begin to roll the paper as shown above. Continue to roll it until you almost reach the end. The wide inner edge will become the base of the flower. Allow the paper flower to dry.

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Step 9:

Once dry, glue the bottom of the rolled flower to the wide base so it will stay in place and lay flat. You don’t want the other floral shapes to be flat so while they are still a little wet, scrunch them up with you hand.

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Step 10:

After the floral pieces have dried completely you can glue them together however you would like. This will allow you to form larger, fuller flowers.

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Step 11:

I painted gold glitter paint on the edges of the petals of these white paper flowers for a different look.

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Step 12:

Glue the paper flowers to the top of the chalkboard just above your beautiful hand lettering.

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Step 13:

And finally, add a ribbon for hanging.

 

Download the flower & Lettering template here.

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Chalkboards come in a variety of shapes and sizes. Visit weddingstar.com for more chalkboard options and let your creativity run.
We’d love to see your completed chalkboard projects. Post your pictures on Instagram and use the hashtag #weddingstar or tag us @weddingstar so we can find them.
Credits:

Styled boho wedding vendors:
Photography by Attakat
Wedding cake & Baked goods by Cakelaine
Chalkboard Hand Lettering Love Lettering
Floral arrangements by Periwinkle Flowers
Vintage tableware from The Perfect Table
Shot on location at The Warehouse Event Venue in Toronto

DIY Photography & Styling credit- Lorrie Everitt

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DIY Wedding: Add A Touch Of Gold to Your Cake Topper

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When your wedding cake has been designed especially for you with luxe handmade and gilded details like this boho inspired wedding cake, not just any cake topper will do. Adding gold leafing paint to this Best Day Ever cake topper compliments the gold and white details on the cake as well as the sweet table decor. If you are looking for a way to add your own personal touch to your wedding day then this simple DIY project is just for you. Here’s how you can add gold details to any cake topper.

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Featured here: Best Day Ever Acrylic Cake Topper 

The Supplies

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The Step By Step

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Step 1. Shake the gold leafing pen well with the cap on. Press the point of the pen up and down on a scrap piece of paper to start the paint flow.

Step 2. Paint the areas on the front of the cake topper that you want to make gold. It will take two coats of paint so take your time. Wait for the first coat of paint to dry before you add the second coat or move onto the next steps.

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Steps 3 and 4. Once the second coat of paint is dry on the front it’s time to repeat the process on the sides and back.

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Step 5. Some areas on the sides are too small to get into using the paint pen. To get around that press down on the pen nib to release a puddle of paint into a dish and use a small brush to add paint into the areas that need it.

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 Featured above: Round Paper Lanterns-Large

Finally, place your beautiful cake topper proudly on top of your wedding cake. Your guests most likely won’t realize that this was a DIY project so you may have to let them know.

We’d love to see your completed projects. If you try this project yourself, post your pictures on Instagram and use the hashtag #weddingstar or tag us @weddingstar so we can find them.

Styled boho wedding vendors:
Photography by Attakat
Wedding cake  by Cakelaine
Floral arrangements by Periwinkle Flowers
Vintage tableware from The Perfect Table
Shot on location at The Warehouse Event Venue in Toronto

DIY Photography & Styling credit- Lorrie Everitt

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DIY Wedding Wednesday: How to Have Your Own Modern Fairy Tale Wedding

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Over the course of the last decade or so the world of weddings has seen a massive transformation. With the introduction of blogs and Pinterest and their common practice of sharing inspiration and encouraging creativity, today’s weddings are each as unique as the brides and grooms being celebrated. But no matter the wedding day design, the venue of choice, or the color scheme, one thing has remained the same, like all classic fairy tales, there’s always a sense of magic and whimsy in the celebration of love. To honor that wonderful whimsical vibe, today we’re sharing some of our top choices for infusing classic beauty into your wedding day, helping you create your very own modern fairy tale.

Have Your Cake.

And eat it too. But first make sure to adorn and accent it with accessories that scream regal elegance and style.

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Cheers to Love.

What’s a celebration without a toast or two. Share yours in stylish stemware fit for a queen and king. Consider setting up a signature drink station, complete with ornate signage to finish off the look.

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The Finer Things.

A fairy tale must do, infuse finery into all your details. From table top adornments to gracious gifts, leave no detail behind.

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mini mirrored favor boxes

gold charm bracelet

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xoxo.

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Top 10 Mistakes Brides Make When Planning Their Wedding

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We are surrounded by the most beautiful couples and weddings all year long, and after more than 30 years in the business we’ve learned a few things along the way! This top 10 list is a must read and a must share for brides who are beginning to plan their wedding.

1. Announcing the engagement too soon

Technology and social media make it very tempting to spill the beans early on, but it might be a good idea to resist the urge. Telling your close friends and family in person and seeing each of their reactions can be the most exciting part. Not only is it more fun for you and your husband-to-be, but your inner circle will really appreciate that you took the time to tell them personally.

2. Choosing bridesmaids out of obligation

There are many reasons why as a bride you may choose certain people to be a part of your big day. Make sure that you pick yours for the right reasons. Logic like, “She asked me to be a part of her wedding first” or “I just don’t want to hurt her feelings by not asking her” might cause you some regret down the road. Do what makes you happy first and foremost.

3. Choosing the venue before considering your guest list

In the excitement of the initial wedding planning, it is easy to forget some of the finer details. Remember that your venue has to fit your circle of friends and family that will be celebrating with you. Jot down a rough list of names you are considering inviting. That will give you a rough idea of the size of venue you will require.

4. Not confirming your wedding plans with your vendors

Make sure you touch base with all your vendors before the big day. Confirm addresses, times and package details with them to make sure everyone is on the same page. This could help prevent mishaps and mix-ups on the big day!

5. Having a closed mind when dress shopping

It is always great to go into your dress appointment with a few ideas, but don’t count anything out just yet. Ask your bridal consultant for some suggestions and try on as many styles as you can. You just might be surprised about what style fits your body type best.

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6. Forgetting to leave wiggle room in your budget

Try as you might, it can be hard to stay true to your budget. Hidden costs and last minute things are very likely to sneak up on you. Leave a miscellaneous costs column in your budget for some of these details. This way you can make sure all your vendors are paid on time and you won’t be filled with that dreadful feeling in your stomach wondering how you will ever pay for it all.

7. Forgetting to schedule time to visit with guests

Your wedding day is going to be a busy one, but it is important to set some time aside for a receiving line or to visit each table. Even a short visit will mean a lot to your guests. After all, they did come to celebrate with you!

8. Ruling out the idea of a wedding planner of day of coordinator

It is easy to tell yourself, “I can do it all myself” or “I would never be able to afford one”, but don’t rule it out too quickly. Do you find that you get stressed easily? Are you organized enough to handle all the details? Are there a lot of elements that will need to come together? Does my venue have an on-site coordinator? Answering these questions will help you decide if you need a little extra help. These professionals will often help keep things running smooth and create an enjoyable, stress-free experience.

9. Failing to loop everyone in

Your bridal party and parents are going to play a big part in how smoothly or how chaotic your wedding weekend goes. If you fill them in on any important changes, locations and information, you will save yourself the headache. Jot down a few of the important details and send a document to everyone a few weeks before the wedding. Include addresses, phone numbers and important point people. This will ensure everyone gets to where they need to be, when they need to be there and that any important jobs you have assigned are clear.

10. Forgetting to eat

With all the butterflies and excitement, food and water are likely to be the last thing on your mind. But make sure your force yourself to have a few light snacks throughout the morning. Also consider having a few snack platters prepared for your bridal party after the ceremony. It is easy to get caught up in the fun and photos, but the afternoon will be much more enjoyable if everyone is well fed and happy.

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DIY Wedding Wednesday: Welcome Fall with a Happy Harvest

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It seems like just the other day that we were kicking off the start of summer with our summer party essentials post {see it here if you missed it the first time around}, but somehow almost three months have passed since and we are on the verge of welcoming the fall season. Whether you’re holding on to the last days of summer, kicking and screaming and refusing to let them go, or you’re ready to turn in your flip flops for knee highs and warm sweaters, there’s no denying that autumn brings with it a bounty of lovely that’s hard to resist. We’re somewhere between gutted and gleeful to be greeting the seasonal change, and we’re softening the blow by playing with some of our favorite fall comforts, all as pretty as they are delicious. Here’s our take on all you need to create your own happy harvest.

Best of the Season

Nothing says fall like a crisp juicy apple. Serve them up in style as your signature sipper, complete with an authentic drink dispenser and personalized glassware, for the ultimate seasonally inspired treat.

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fall drink ideas

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Share the Harvest

Harvest is about plenty, and plenty is meant to be shared. Send them home warm and fuzzy with a delicious homemade treat, in a ready to go format.

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personalized frame insert – coming soon

fall party favors

favors stickers

xoxo.

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Style Spotlight: Inspired By Travel

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Looking for the perfect way to combine your passion for travel into your wedding décor? Our Ambassador, Leona Morelock has done just that. She takes travel inspired wedding decor to a whole new level in this shoot. Use Leona’s suggested … Continue reading 

Personalized Gift Ideas We Love

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Whether you’re looking for a gift for your bridesmaids, groomsmen, parents, or a special someone, we have amazing personalized gift ideas for everyone. We want to share with you some of our favorite gift ideas that all have that added personal touch. Personalization will make your gifts just that much more special!

Personalized Gifts For Her

Bliss Striped Tote

One of our favorite gift ideas and one that your girls will love are these colorful Bliss Striped Tote Bags. Pick their fave color and make the bag truly one-of-a-kind by adding their name or monogram.

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Double Heart Necklace & Jewelry Tray

Because jewelry really is a girl’s best friend! This silver, double heart necklace is a show stopper that can be engraved on the back. Pair it with a sparkly card and give it as a bridesmaid’s gift when you ask your girls to be a part of your special day.

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Featured above: Crystal Double Swing Heart Necklace-Gold

And don’t forget the jewelry tray! Personalize with a special message or name to make this gift extra special.

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Featured above: Vegan Leather Jewelry Tray:Custom Emboss / Vegan Leather Jewelry Tray: Hello Gorgeous Emboss

On The Go Cooler Bag

This next gift is a perfect one for the summer! We love this pink cooler bag, and your girls will too. Perfect for a day at the beach or a girls road trip! Personalize with a monogram for a gift that will be used over and over again.

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Cosmetic Bag & Compact Mirror

Because every girl could use a stylish place to store all of her must-have cosmetics and a trendy compact mirror for last minute touch ups! Perfect for a bridesmaid gift to carry along on the big day. Personalize with each girl’s initials for an added touch.

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Featured above: Colorblock Large Zip Pouch-Black / Gold Compact Mirror

Personalized Gifts For Him

Personalized Double Walled Beer Glass

This beer glass is a perfect gift for the boys!  A fun groomsmen gift that can be personalized with their names or monogram.

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Featured above: Personalized Double Walled Beer Glass: “Beer Me” Print

Personalized Tanned Leather Travel Bag

This leather travel bag is a great gift that the boys can use for travel or for use at home and can be personalized with their initials. It’s a perfect groomsmen gift for a destination wedding!

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Featured above: Personalized Tanned Genuine Leather Travel Bag

Personalized Tanned Genuine Leather Money Clip

This handsome leather money clip with magnetic clasp makes a great gift for guys who don’t want to lug around their wallet with them. The addition of their initials make this truly personal.

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Featured above: Personalized Tanned Genuine Leather Money Clip

Personalized gifts are a great way to show your bridal party and others on your shopping list how much you really care. These are just a few of our many gift ideas. Happy shopping!

Credits:

Bliss Striped Tote Bags, Cooler Bag, Beer Glass and Money Clip
Styling by REBECCA CHAN WEDDINGS & EVENTS, rebeccachan.ca
Photography by JESSILYNN WONG, jessilynnwongphotography.com

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DIY Wedding Wednesday: How-To Celebrate Your Birthday In Style

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If you were ever under the impression that birthday parties should be reserved for the little ones in your life, today’s post is about to turn that notion on its head. Complete with plenty of grown up fun, after seeing the details of this setup we’re pretty sure you’ll be planning your very own sophisticated celebration for your next  B-Day. And if your big day is too far away, then we suggest applying any (or all) of these ideas into any soiree you may have up and coming…think bridal shower, engagement party, etc. Happy Styling!

Gift It All, Big and Small

Nothing says birthday like the perfect gift. Thank them for celebrating you by flipping the gift giving onto them. Whether it’s a sweet favor treat or a something a bit more substantial, this spread has you covered.

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white gumball machine party favor marble design favor tag

personalized chocolate bar party favor

personalized ladies flask

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Served Up in Style

Bevies are basically a must at any ‘big girl’ bash. Serve yours up in serious style with personalized glassware displayed on sleek theme approved trays.

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Details Make All The Difference

Just like with any other event, details make all the difference. From decorative touches to chic signage, there’s no such thing as too much.

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17″ latex balloon (coming soon)

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xoxo.

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DIY Wedding Wednesday: The Candy Bar

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Looking for something sweet to treat your guests with? Candy bars are a great way to help celebrate your big day. The pop of color, design and of course the tasty treats make it a fun addition to any wedding. They are also a great way to add a personal touch to your reception. Use these tips to help create your own Candy Bar that your guests are sure to enjoy!

Stage Your Candy Bar!

It is all about presentation! Stage your table with containers of various heights, tallest at the back for easy access to all items on the table. By using large, clear jars to display your candy, it makes it effortless for your guests to scoop the sweet treats. Trays for smaller candy can be put in front to vary your Candy Bar décor and give it that extra little touch.

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Pick Your Treats!

Choose a variety of candy types such as bulk and individually packaged candy. Have grab n’ go items available. Some of our favorite options are filled mini gumball machines and chocolate bars. Want to make it your own? Pick candy colors and types to match your theme or personality.

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Takeaways

Having favor boxes or containers available is a must! This allows your guests to take as much or as little candy as they want. Your guests can also take a treat home for later to remember the occasion. Make it even more special by customizing the container with a personalized label or tag.

It’s All In The Details!

Incorporating signage on your table can help your guests pick and choose with ease. Don’t forget the scoops and napkins to avoid those sticky fingers. Personalize the napkins with a unique message to your guests.

Use these sweet tips and you’re sure to create a personalized Candy Bar that your guests will love!

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