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

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DIY Wedding Tips: Just Add Ribbon

diy wedding accessories - ribbon

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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Wedding Theme Inspiration: Art Deco

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It has been a week of celebrating all things sparkly on The Details Blog, and we’re ending things off with a bang!  If you started your wedding planning at any point in the last year and picked up a bridal magazine, checked out a wedding blog, or visited Pinterest, there’s no way that you haven’t come across one or two {or 20!} Art Deco inspired wedding ideas. Brought into the spotlight by the ever popular 2013 revival of The Great Gatsby movie, the Art Deco wedding theme saw a massive comeback and continues to remain a top choice for 2014. And why not? Brimming with decadence and glamor, what’s not to love!

So today we’re sharing a peek into our very own Art Deco inspired wedding shoot featured in this year’s Weddingstar’s print magazine, complete with all the design details, elements and products you need to make the look yours. Get ready to indulge!

The Look – Glamor Galore

No room for shyness here! The Art Deco look is defined by the dramatic and the bold. It’s where Old Hollywood romance meets the pleasure of a bit of self-indulgence, and where sophistication is a must. It’s an unmistakably mature and confident look, and it’s definitely got us blushing! 

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The Design – Distinct Luxury

Only things that sparkle and shine need apply. The distinctively strong linear geometric shapes that make up an Art Deco design are softened up by golden dazzling details. Whether it be glittering accents or soft candlelight, all the elements come together to create an opulent and luxurious finish.

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art deco wedding inspiration - ceremony decor

featured here: gold glittered blown glass tear-drop vases in large and small

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art deco wedding inspiration - gold chevron straws

art deco wedding inspiration - custom escort card details

The Colors

Like few other wedding designs, this color palette is unchanging. Rich blacks and sparkling golds combine as the perfect combo to execute on this high end design.

art deco wedding inspiration - head table

art deco wedding inspiration - head table flowers

featured here: gold glittered blown glass miniature tealight luminaries
see how to get the look on our ‘a touch of {art deco} gold’ diy post

art deco wedding inspiration - head table decor

art deco wedding inspiration - custom bride and groom signs

featured here: black and gold opulence engraved “bride” and “groom” acrylic signs

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Love it? Want More?

For more inspirational eye-candy from our Art Deco shoot pick up a copy of this year’s issue of Weddingstar’s print magazine, and shop the entire Art Deco look on weddingstar.com. 

xoxo.

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DIY Wedding Wednesday: Bling Bridal Bouquets

bling bouquets

It’s a sparkly kind of week for us working The Details Blog and we’re loving it! If you visited with us this past Monday you got the 101 on how to add bling to your wedding day. Today we’re taking it one step further, and upping the pretty factor, by taking what we know about bridal bling and applying it to bouquets.  And the best part? It takes so very little to add this touch of glam. So go on, get fancy!

The Necessities

Your Flower of Choice + Your Choice of Crystal Needle Accessories. And that’s it. We couldn’t narrow it down to anything less than two combos for our ‘how to’ so we’re sharing both!

The Look

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The Supplies

We don’t recommend tackling your own bridal bouquet. Floral arrangements come with many challenges. Instead, work with a florist to create your ideal bouquet and infuse your personality by having the florist incorporate the crystal needle accessories that you’ve selected. That said, if  you’re of the crafty kind and know flowers well, here are the tools you’ll need to create the bouquets you’ve seen in this post.

bling bouquets - diy supplies

  • flowers of choice (we used pink ranunculus and pink parrot tulips)
  • any type of floral shear, to trim your stems
  • floral wire and tape, to keep the bouquet arrangement you create
  • scissors to trim your ribbon
  • ribbon and your choice of crystal needles to finish off the look and add the bling!

Tip: Before purchasing, make sure to confirm the crystal needle’s length will work with the type of flower you are using.

Want More?

Visit us this coming Friday for our Bling Week finale, our Art Deco Theme Inspiration feature.

xoxo.

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Wedding Decor Details: Just Add Bling

acrylic crystal decor

I’m not what you would call a girlie girl, but I’d be lying if I said I didn’t like a bit of sparkle in my life every once in awhile. Now I’m not talking about over the top, in your face flashiness. Quite the opposite. I’m talking about subtle touches of bling, a look perfectly captured by a little decorative secret called Acrylic Crystals.

Theme friendly and applicable to everything from favors to centerpieces, you can’t go wrong with Acrylic Crystals. A fresh spin on the popular faux diamond bling, these pretty decorative details provide a gorgeous but subtle finish wherever applied. Available in a variety of sizes and shapes, and easy to use, consider these accents every girl’s “new best friend”. But enough of what I think. Let’s let some visuals do the talking!

acrylic crystals - aisle markers

featured here: ceremony aisle markers featuring acrylic crystal decorative drops

acrylic crystals - centerpieces

featured here: guest table centerpiece incorporating acrylic crystal decorative drops

acrylic crystals - decor accents

featured here: vintage style chandelier incorporating acrylic crystal maple leaf decorative drops

acrylic crystals - decor accents

featured here: custom vintage seating chart with acrylic crystal maple leaf decorative drop accented escort cards

acrylic crystals - chair backs

featured here: acrylic crystal bubble decorative drops as custom chair backs

Want More Bling?

If you’re interested in some more bling inspired ideas come back and visit the Blog this Wednesday when I show you how to bling up your bridal bouquet.

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 Wedding Decor: Beautiful Butterflies

whimsical garden wedding tablescape

I’m a lucky girl. My profession has me constantly immersed in beautiful things. Whether it’s helping a bride design her wedding or pulling together an editorial shoot, I’m always involved in creating pretty little details. I love all the creative challenges that come with my line of work. They keep me on my toes! But I get very excited when I come across a design detail that provides major visual impact while being easy to execute. Today’s DIY post is a perfect example of just that.

Following this past Monday’s Garden Whimsy Bridal Style Post, where butterflies made up one of the key design elements, today I’m showing you how to get the look through the simple incorporation of beautiful butterfly clusters. In Monday’s post you saw them featured as a head table overhang but they can be applied anywhere and on any scale. Because unfortunately our studio space is not set in the midst of a lovely summer garden, we’ve enlisted the help of one of our fave garden props, which just happens to be a perfect wedding prop too. Enjoy!

The Supplies

 

butterfly diy decor

featured here: beautiful butterfly cake set in ‘something blue’

All you need are the butterflies. No tools required! The set I used was originally created for cake decorating purposes but the versatile design, complete with wire attachments, makes them usable for just about any decorative concept. Whether it be a ceremony backdrop, a head table overhang or a guest table centerpiece, these hand painted feather butterflies are sure to add a touch of pretty anywhere.

The Process

Step 1: Pick Your Point of Application 

The two wire attachment points on these butterflies allow them to easily be inserted into or wrapped around any number of things.  I selected a wire mannequin which could be used as a creative decorative accent adjacent to a favor or greeting table, or as a prop for your wedding photos.

If your desired point of application does not offer up points of attachment, like a glass vase for example, simply remove the wires (which come out easily without damaging the product) and use Glue Dots to secure your butterflies.

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Step 2: Get Yourself Organized 

If you’re unsure of where to start and how to achieve the right final look, organize your butterflies before starting the application process. Separate them by size and color and then pre-form the clusters that will give you the end result you’re going for. And if getting creative comes easily to you, just skip this step and free form the application of your butterflies.

(Pro Tip: The best end result is one that looks effortless and natural.)

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Step 3: Start Applying! 

Pick your start and end points. To achieve that effortless look remember to mix up the colors and sizes, and the direction in which your butterflies are pointing.

butterfly diy wedding decor - step one

Fill in your mid point. Make sure it keeps visual balance with your start and end points by using a similar mix of colors and sizes.

butterfly diy wedding decor - step two

Work around your three reference points, building on the fullness of your overall cluster. Avoid overlapping your butterflies in such a way that their wings get flattened. You want them to look like they have just landed.Work to create a full final look but leave a little breathing room to avoid a messy end result.

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The {Whimsical} End Result

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A Girl & Her Table {The Series}: The Garden Whimsy Bride

garden whimsy wedding - bride and head table

Couple weeks ago we started sharing a new bridal style series, A Girl and Her Table, where we introduced you to our Candy Colorful Bride, a color loving eccentric girl who’s wedding style is about all things retro. We showed you how her personality translates into a wedding design and laid out some must haves for all of you who said “this is so me!”.

Keeping with the love of bold colors, today we’re featuring our next installment, the Garden Whimsy Bride, and boy is she a stunner! Her style is dramatic, elegant and the perfect blend of classic and contemporary. And she certainly knows how to accessorize!

Think this might be you? Read on to find out. And if this isn’t quite your style, then simply enjoy getting lost in the eye candy that is this bride’s lush garden wedding!

Her Style Personality

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Confident in her style the Garden Whimsy Bride knows exactly what she wants for her wedding day. Like her personal style it needs to be both bold and feminine. Wow factor is a must and she knows it all comes down to the little details. With an appreciation for the pretty things in life and a willingness to be a little self-indulgent, she’s likely to wear two distinct wedding looks on her big day, taking her from romantic ceremony to dramatic reception – in style.

She Likes

The natural beauty of a summer garden, complete with butterflies and birds galore. Dramatic bold colors and unique blossoms make up her essentials.

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She Has to Have

From the big picture down to the little decorative extras, the Garden Whimsy Bride takes care to tend to every little detail that goes into her wedding day. The perfect blend of pretty and dramatic leaves her guests in awe.

garden whimsy wedding - ceremony accessories

pretty petals
featured here: love bird flower girl basket and preserved natural rose petals in purple

garden whimsy wedding - ceremony aisle decorations

eye-catching aisle markers
featured here: wooden floral pomander ball in purple (medium) and glass cylinders with round pillar candles

garden whimsy wedding - mini decorative birdcage

delicate details
featured here: mini decorative birdcage (spray painted white)

Are You A Garden Whimsy Bride?

If you’re loving today’s bridal style, or need some more inspiration, check out Weddingstar’s Garden Wedding board on pinterest. To shop the items you’ve seen in this post, and plenty others, visit the complete Garden theme section of weddingstar.com.

If you still haven’t found your bridal style inspiration stay tuned for our next installment, Lost in Love – The Wanderlust Bride.

xoxo.

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Wedding Planning Essentials: Shop the {Wedding} Look

If the simple fact that it’s Friday isn’t a good enough reason to celebrate, today’s post provides some extra incentive to pour yourself a glass of bubbly and toast to good news. Today marks the official launch of the brand new Weddingstar E-Catalog, essentially a virtual shopping playground for any bride planning her wedding. I know, exciting right?!

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Built entirely around the “shop the look” concept, the new e-catalog is an extension of the Weddingstar print magazine, tenfold. Because there was just no way of making room for it all in print! Featuring inspirational imagery from exclusive creative shoots, editorials filled with planning tips and all 3000 + products in the Weddingstar lineup, the e-catalog provides a fun and easy shopping experience. Browse pretty pictures, get inspired and click to buy if something catches your eye. Covering everything from wedding stationary to ceremony and reception accessories and décor, down to guest favors and gifts, this is definitely a must visit ‘one stop wedding shop’!

But enough talk. Given Weddingstar is all about inspiration, here’s a sneak peek into what you can expect to see in the inclusive 724 pages.

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Love It? Want More?

If you like what you’ve seen so far, you’ll love the rest! Click here for more tips, products and inspiration.

xoxo.

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Product Showcase: Our Top Destination Wedding Favors

beach themed wedding favors

Spring may be just around the corner but the temperatures can’t warm up fast enough for us. We’re of the unfortunate kind who don’t have a beach in our backyards, so for a little escape we’ve decided to live vicariously through all the destination brides out there. And while planning our mock seaside affair we decided now might be a good time to showcase and share our top picks for destination wedding favors.

From perfect white washed nautical color palettes to sweet novelty concepts {all budget friendly!}, there’s something for every destination bride. So pour yourself a Pina Colada and enjoy!

beach themed wedding favors

beach themed wedding favor - starfish photo frames

featured here: small wooden starfish photo frames, complete with pretty waterside image insert
{stylist note: this favor features fantastic color and texture details}

beach themed wedding favors - mini folding beach chairs

featured here: miniature folding beach chairs
{stylist tip: these can double as pretty place card holders}

destination wedding guest favors - mini starfish candle

featured here: miniature starfish candle, complete with paper crate packaging and “thanks” tag
{stylist note: the finish gives this candles a real authentic feel}

beach themed wedding favors - mini deck chair candle holder

featured here: wooden deck chair candle holders
{stylist tip: fit the holder with a few sweet treats and use at every guest’s place setting}

beach themed wedding favors - mini flip flop key chain

featured here: mini flip flop “just married” key chain
{stylist note: perfect fit for the fun and lighthearted couple}

beach themed wedding favors - mini wooden trinket boxes

featured here: wooden trinket box
{stylist tip: give as is or personalize by filling with a few seashells gathered from your destination location}

beach themed wedding favors - metal boats

featured here: blue and white polka dot and stripped metal boats
{stylist note: pairing these with the right setting elevates them from a cute favor to a mature and stylish one}

Looking for More Beach Themed Options?

If the above favors aren’t exactly what you need, or if you’re looking for other beach themed wedding accessories, see and shop all 169 options on the shop by theme – beach section of Weddingstar.com

xoxo.

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