His and Hers Valentine’s Day Gift Guide

valentine gift guide

Valentine’s Day is exactly 8 days away, which means there’s still time to find the perfect gift online and have it shipped ready to give to your special someone on the big day. And we’re recommending going for the unexpected, the unconventional and dare we say the p-word, the practical. Meaning, skip the bonbons and flowers and pick up a sentimental something that will serve as double duty on the biggest day of all, your wedding day. To help inspire your creative gift giving abilities we’ve rounded up our top picks for both him and her, all certain to be enjoyed on Valentine’s day, the big day, and beyond.

Her Gift Guide

Everything’s Better By Candlelight

As the ultimate source of romance, you simply can’t go wrong with the gift of candlelight. As for the wedding day, these lovelies can be added to just about any setup for the instant addition of major ambiance.

The New Mrs.

She’s waited for this moment for as long as she can remember. She’ll be glad to declare her new title as Mrs. by your Mr., both on the big day and everyday there after. After their day of duty as chair markers, these vintage style hooks easily transition into the home.

Flowers and Then Some

Flowers are a natural choice for Valentine’s Day gifting. Take your offering to the next level by going with unconventional flower varieties presented in beautiful bottle vases ready for display, and consider giving a grouping that can be used as part of your wedding day head table decor.

A Sentimental Spin on a Sweet Tradition

Chances are the two of you will be partaking in the traditional cake cutting on your wedding day. Show her you’re keeping the big day top of mind by giving her a sentimental cake set that she’ll love incorporating into the wedding and one she’ll have no trouble finding reason to enjoy time and time again.

newlywed cake ceremony set - his

Pretty Place Settings

There’s nothing that does more for a setup, wedding or everyday dinner, than the little details. Gift your girl with the prettiest of details, a set of these vintage inspired jewel accented napkin rings.

His Gift Guide

For the Boys

He’ll have plenty to toast to with the start of your new life together. Give him some stylish shot glasses to enjoy with all his boys.

Tradition Rules

There’s something really great about an old school pocket watch, especially when its been given a modern day makeover by way of a gunmetal finish. Gift your guy with one of these watches to keep him on track, on time, and looking good especially when it matters most.

His Little Extras

The big day is just as much his as it is yours. Make him feel as special as you do by helping him accessorize where it counts. Think things like the ring holder his best man will use to present your rings, a piece your guy will find useful always.

rustic wooden ring box

For the Homebody

Decor isn’t just for the ladies, ladies! If your guy has just as good an eye for home decor as you do, gift him with a decorative element that suits his style and your wedding day design.

metal lanterns

featured here: stainless lanterns

Indulge His Creative

Get him involved in your wedding planning by releasing his inner creative. Have him be the one to tell your love story in words, writing it down in this modern day guest book for all to see on your wedding day.

There’s More

For more unique his and her gift ideas, shop all the options on weddingstar.com.

xoxo.

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Product Spotlight: Inspired by Love

heart vase favor

give your heart away
featured here: mini clear blown glass heart vase favor

Happy February Everyone! The month of love is upon us and so it will likely come as no surprise that we’re feeling a bit romantic this Monday morning. And with the countdown to Valentine’s Day officially underway, our money is on us not being the only one’s drawing hearts everywhere. As one of the most popular days of the year to get engaged and with this year’s holiday falling on a Saturday, we have no doubt that celebrations of devotion will be a plenty come February 14th. For our part in the festivities we’ll be spending the time leading up to the big day sharing romance infused ideas and inspiration, starting with today’s inspired by love product spotlight which will appropriately have you seeing hearts.

wooden stake

heartfelt trims
featured here: grey wooden stake with heart cutout

birch paper straws

small signs of love 
featured here: birch print paper straws

blown glass hearts

love is in the air
featured here: white blown glass hanging hearts

heart plate

delicious love
featured here: heart shaped plates

heart bubble wand

share the love
featured here: heart shaped celebrations bubbles

wood veneer sign

heart marks the spot
featured here: personalized wood veneer sign

reception pen

put it in writing
featured here: raised heart silver plated pen set

Let the Love Fest Continue!

Come see and shop the full collection of love inspired products on weddingstar.com.

xoxo.

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5 Inspiring Ideas for a Beach Themed Wedding Reception

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.

Beach Themed Wedding Reception Location

photography by: eric boneske photography
featured here: round paper lanterns

1. The Reception 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.

Beach Themed Wedding Reception Location

photgraphy by: michelle gardella

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.

2. Where to Eat?

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).

3. Food and Drink

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.

Beach Wedding Drink Menu

photgraphy by: anna kim photography

4. Cake

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!

Weddingstar Beach Wedding Starfish Cake Topper

featured here: starfish cake topper

5. Favors

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!).

5 Tips for an Unforgettable Beach Ceremony

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…

The Inspired Wedding by Emma Arendoski of Emmaline Bride

The Inspired Wedding by Emma Arendoski of Emmaline Bride

The Inspired Wedding by Emma Arendoski of Emmaline Bride

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.

1. Thoughtful Extras for You and Your Guests

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.

2. Accessorize, Accessorize!

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.

3. A Unity Ceremony — With Sand!

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.

4. Hand Fans for Guests

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.

5. Weather Woes

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!

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Tips for Choosing Beach Wedding Stationery

The weekend is almost here and with that we have something very exciting to share with you! Over the next three weeks, we are happy to have Emma Arendoski of Emmaline Bride sharing some of her best ideas with us for designing your beach themed wedding.

Emma is an expert on wedding themes, DIY projects, party planning and so much more. She has just published her brand new book, The Inspired Wedding, which is filled with tons of gorgeous photography and inspiration. And the best part? Next week we will be giving away a copy to one lucky reader! So be sure to check back next Friday for details on how to enter, but in the meantime get ready to swoon over these gorgeous ideas.

Sand, sunshine, and gently rolling waves make it impossible to not love the beach! It’s no surprise that couples love a beach-themed wedding, as it provides relaxation and tranquility.

In my new book, The Inspired Wedding, I share my favorite beach themed ideas including color palette, decorative touches, attire, favors, and more. Today I’m focusing on wedding stationery with help from Weddingstar’s new collection entitled Aqueous — it’s the perfect combination of color palette and design for a beach themed wedding.

Beach Wedding Stationery

One of the details you’ll want to tackle first is the invitation suite. The suite typically includes envelopes, reply card, and perhaps a map or other piece of information. The suite may also contain a save-the-date card (if you plan to send one). A save-the-date card is used to give your guests advance planning notice with the date and location of your wedding. If you are having a destination wedding—and many beach weddings are—this card is a must-have so guests can plan travel arrangements accordingly.

Before you order your invitations, have a color palette in mind, since your invitation will need to coordinate with your entire wedding (including other paper goods, attire, and florals). When couples ask me what color to choose for a beach wedding, blue is the color that comes to mind first: it is reminiscent of the sky and the sea.

A popular trend with wedding invitations is a watercolor-inspired design, where the colors blend from lighter to dark (an ombre effect). Weddingstar has a beautiful collection in the ‘Aqueous’ style with coordinating pieces from invitations to décor. Instead of struggling to piece together your entire wedding décor based around a color from your invitations, Weddingstar provides the template and everything you need to tie your wedding stationery together, including your invitation, save the date, bunting banner, ceremony program, table number, and place card.

Beach Themed Watercolor Wedding Program

featured here: aqueous program

Weddingstar even has a special design for ‘Well Wishes’ cards for guests, which can replace a traditional guest book. Instead of guests writing their congratulations in a book, they write on a coordinating card provided at the reception. As an added thematic touch, have guests place their completed cards inside a woven basket, suitcase, or a personalized beach tote bag, like this one from Weddingstar.

Instead of spending so much time trying to mix and match your pieces, just pick a favorite template like the above and let Weddingstar take care of all the details to match! It’s never been easier to plan your beach wedding with thematic touches like these.

Next Friday I’ll be covering ideas for your beach ceremony, so stay tuned!

Make Your Mark: 15 Creative Ways to Personalize Your Wedding Day

personalizing your wedding

What’s the one thing that all weddings have in common? It’s that every single one has a couple at the helm who’s looking to create an event that’s completely unique to them. Regardless of choice thematic design, budget point and geographic location, every couple strives to create a day that’s infused with personality and character. It’s an easy decision to make and natural goal to set, the challenge is in figuring out how to bring the concept to life. To get your creative juices flowing, from ceremony set up to reception setting details, here are 15 creatives ways to succeed flawlessly at this important planning task.

1. Ceremony Stunner.

Make the spot at which you’ll exchange your vows just as special as the moment itself. Create a beautiful theme infused backdrop to frame the two of you as you make it official.

ceremony backdrop

featured here: boho inspired custom ceremony backdrop created using decorative paper flowers

2. White Carpet.

It’s a major moment, roll out a monogrammed white carpet and walk it proudly.

3. Grand Entrance.

Get creative with how you arrive on the scene. Make it unique. Make it special. And make it grand.

ceremony entrance

4. Ring Love.

Leave no detail behind. Trade in a traditional ring pillow for a custom design ring plate.

5. A Special Send Off.

Make your send off a meaningful moment. Pass up on the regular rice toss and go for something that’s unique to you.

ceremony seed toss

featured here: a ceremony toss created using a white linen drawstring favor bag personalized with a feather whimsy stamp, customized feather whimsy design square tag and mini white wooden clip

ceremony toss tag

6. Sentimental Sparkle.

Add a touch of sparkle and sentiment to your bridal bouquet with an heirloom brooch, an accessory that personalizes like few others.

bouquet bling

7. Guide The Way.

Guide your guests to where the need to go with a pretty pathway they can easily follow.

8. Table Trim.

Welcome your guests to the party with decorative details that set the stage for a night of lovely.

9. Make a Statement.

It’s your day, mark your main reception spot, the head table, with a perfect spotlight statement set up.

statement head table

feather butterflies

featured here: custom head table frame made with beautiful butterfly cake sets

10. Specialty Seating.

Spice up your reception set up by incorporating specialty seating for select common areas or for your bride and groom chairs.

specialty seating

11. Unconventional Centerpieces.

Skip the simple vase arrangements and go for unique vessel options for your reception table centerpieces.

centerpiece details

12. Monogram It.

Get crafty with how you make your mark by using a personalized embosser to infuse it into as many little details as you can think of.

13. Little Extras.

Make your guests feel just as special as you do by ensuring every part of their experience at your wedding is memorable, starting with a little surprise to greet them at their seats.

place setting details

featured here: floral place setting detail presented in a mini beveled mirror box

14. Fresh Favors.

Trade in the sweets for some major eye candy. Give your guests a fresh floral favor for the prettiest of takeaways.

floral favors

featured here: mini decorative birdcage filled with purple hydrangea and moss

15. Subtle Signage.

Own the room with subtle signage that also acts as major table charm.

Easy Fix

Beyond the many creative ways you can personalize your day, there are plenty of simple and easy fixes. Visit weddingstar.com to shop all the stamps, stickers and tags, ready to be personalized with your mark.

xoxo.

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Layer on The Color: Tips for Selecting Your Wedding Color Scheme

selecting a color palette

Beyond deciding on a specific wedding theme, finalizing a color palette for your wedding day can be one of the biggest  planning challenges. With tons of options, all equally lovely, the selection process can be daunting. The good news is there is somewhat of a science to it. After all, your choice colors must be put into context. Here are some of the key considerations you’ll want to make when narrowing down your options.

Your Wedding Theme 

Before tackling colors, think big picture by selecting your overall wedding theme. A given theme will naturally lend itself to specific color palettes. During your theme inspiration search you’re bound to gravitate to certain design details, as well as color specifics. Pay close attention to those things that reoccur and make note of them to help narrow down the search.

Your Couple Style 

Make it easier on yourself and go with what you know. Evaluate your couple style, reviewing your day to day looks, your home decor picks, and the palettes you instinctively gravitate towards. Those shades that pop up most often in both of your styles should be put to the top of your color prospect list.

Your Wedding Venue 

A final color palette selection cannot be made in isolation of the place that it’s going to be executed in. Whether you’ve selected your space or are still searching, assess the spot against the theme and color scheme you have in mind. Make sure that what you’re considering can play itself out within the space you’ve selecting or are evaluating as a potential location.

Your Wedding Date 

Consider the time of year you’re tying the knot. Every season comes with a set of common, natural, color palettes. Go through the exercise of asking yourself what colors you tend to gravitate towards during a given season, and while searching for wedding inspiration look into weddings taking place during the same time of year as yours. Although it’s not a cardinal rule that you have to stick to soft and romantic pastels in the summer and bold dramatic shades in the fall, natural selections will definitely help to narrow down the options.

Pulling it All Together

Once you’ve used all the previously mentioned guiding points, you should come away with a series of color options. The next and final step will be to create your personal color guide formed around the concepts of focal, accents, metallic and neutral shades. Focal shades will make up the majority of your color selection, dominating throughout your wedding day details. Neutrals will provide for a quiet background, helping blend your various shades. While accents and metallics will work to compliment the overall look. The key and final rule, all shades should coordinate.

But enough talk! Here are some visual examples to help further guide you along your color selection journey.

pink rose color palette

pink rose – soft, warm and inviting
an ultra feminine palette that delicately layers pastel hues for a look that is all about romance.

barely there color palette

barely there – subtle, neutral and refined
influenced by nature the neutral hues evoke a calm and relaxing look that is understated yet so lovely and elegant.

industrial luxe color palette

industrial luxe – bold, stylish and sophisticated
this palette is a confident blend of dark and light punctuated with metallic accents that makes it bold but not bright.

purple opulence color palette

purple opulence – rich, glamorous and simply pretty
a vibrant palette made more striking with sparkling accents for a luxurious and timeless appeal.

Are These Your Colors?

If one of these color palettes is your palette of choice and you love what you see, shop all the coordinating products on weddingstar.com. Or pick up a copy of the current issue of Weddingstar magazine for the complete color editorial and more color perfect products.

xoxo.

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The Top 15 for 2015: This Year’s Wedding Accessory Must-Haves

top 15 wedding accessories for 2015

The 2015 wedding season is officially here! Bridal shows are taking over the next few foreseeable weekends, the newest issues of the best wedding magazines have hit stands (including Weddingstar’s own publication), brides everywhere are starting in on their wedding planning journeys, and we are eagerly sitting by, excited to see how this incredible year of weddings unfolds. That’s not to say we’ll be sitting by idly. We’ll be front and center of it all, sharing new insider planning tips, featuring fresh DIY tricks, and showcasing exclusive extended content from the hottest wedding trends featured in this year’s issue of Weddingstar magazine. And where better to start than what we’re pegging as the must-have wedding accessories of the season.

vintage wedding ring cushion in frame

1. with this ring
featured here: vintage wedding ring cushion with ornamental frame (sold without lace fabric)

white linen drawstring bag

2. sweet send off
featured here: a ceremony “confetti” toss created using a white linen drawstring favor bag personalized with a feather whimsy stamp, customized feather whimsy design square tag and mini white wooden clip

shabby chic mr and mrs hook set

3. a special spot
featured here: shabby chic mr. and mrs. hook set, used as bride and groom chair markers

hot air balloon paper lanterns

striped hot air balloon paper lantern

4. come fly with me
featured here: hot air balloon paper lanterns

floating monogram white acrylic cake topper

5. high style on top
featured here: floating monogram white acrylic cake topper

rustic style leather guest book   journal style guest book

burlap and lace drawstring baggies

8. lacy loveliness
featured here: rustic chic burlap and lace drawstring favor bag

mason jar vase set

9. centerpieces made simple
featured here: vintage inspired mason jar set in wired basket

natural birch slices

10. every little detail
featured here: natural birch slices, used as part of a centerpiece concept

mini mason jar favor

11. best when mini
featured here: mini mason jars embellished with the diy miniature mason jar decorating kit

chiffon chair sashes

12. luxurious threads
featured here: decorative chiffon sashes

faux moss and wicker frame

moss frame

13. backdrop beauty
featured here: faux moss and wicker decorative frames (available in two sizes, sold separately)

rustic wood frame chalkboard

14. leave a message
featured here: self standing rustic wood frame chalkboard

wooden ring box

wooden ring box details

15. to have and to hold
featured here: pocket size wooden ring box

The Choices Are Plenty

You can’t imagine how hard it was to pick just 15 products for this post! To see 100s more of the latest, on trend wedding accessories for 2015, see the complete new arrivals section on weddingstar.com.

xoxo.

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Wedding Planning Essentials: The Buying Guide

the wedding buying guide

Happy Boxing Day everyone! Given we’ve all got shopping at the forefront of our minds, we figured it fitting to take this opportunity to share with you the ultimate shopping guide for your wedding. Breaking it down based on the average 12 month planning journey, we’ve got the details on when to buy what to ensure you stay on track with a stress free prepping experience, helping you avoid as many of those “oh no I forgot!” moments as possible. And in true Weddingstar fashion, you’re not only getting the know how, you also have the opportunity to purchase all the suggestions being made. So without further delay, Happy Shopping!

12 Months Out – Where to Start

You’re newly engaged, with plenty of time on your hands. Now’s the time to take a moment to enjoy. Meaning? It’s party time! Announce your great news to your closest and dearest by throwing an engagement party and take the opportunity to pop your own big question, “will you be my bridesmaid”, to the besties you want by your side. Here are some of the things you’ll want to consider for your big bash and ask.

engagement party supplies - drink dispenser

bottom’s up
featured here: apothecary style drink dispenser and customized expressions design cling
get the complete drink station how-to here

engagement party supplies - cocktail napkins

creative necessities
featured here: personalized mr. and mrs. printed napkins

engagement party supplies - hanging lantern

pretty on a budget – decor details
feature here: vintage floral print paper lantern

bridesmaid-tote

be mine
featured here: personalized bridesmaid mini tote
click here for some creative ways to ask “will you be my bridesmaid”

9 Months Out – Mark Your Calendars

Make sure no one misses your big day by giving everyone you want to have there plenty of notice. Now’s the time to order and send out your Save the Dates. Select a design that gives your guests insight into the style of wedding you’re having. Haven’t decided on a theme or style yet? Then go with a neutral option that’ll work with any wedding day design and the invitation suite you’ll have to select later on down the planning road.

wedding buying guide - save the date

mark your calenders
featured here: woodland pretty design save the date embellished with mini wood veneer antlers

6 Months – Making it Official

You’re half way there and it’s time to get serious about the details, staring with the ordering of your wedding invitation suite, complete with your reply cards. Although you won’t be sending these out until about 3 months out, you’ll want to leave yourself time to embellish your design if desired, address your envelopes, both your invite and reply envelopes, and to organize your mailing.

wedding buying guide - reply card

5 Months Out – DIY Time

If you’re considering DIY’ing any of your wedding day details, you’ll want to get yourself sorted with all the supplies no later than 5 months out. Whether it’s your invites or your favors that you’re taking on as a crafting project, you’ll want to leave yourself plenty of time to get them right and get them done.

wedding buying guide - diy trims

i can make that
featured here: diy supplies required for potpourri baggie favors. get the complete list of supplies and the how-to here

4 Months Out – Making it Pretty

The months are flying by and there’s no putting off the details. At this point you should have a defined wedding day theme and look mapped out, now’s the time to decide how you’ll execute on the vision. And this is one of those times where more is more. The more you style your day with cohesive decorative details, the better your big picture will be.

wedding buying guide - table number

lovely logistics
featured here: feather whimsy design folded table number

reception decor - escort card holders

on a creative note
featured here: vintage inspired twisted fork stationery holders

reception decor - cement vase

table charm
featured here: resin cement vase

3 Months Out – Cake Time

All the major to do’s are taken care of. Now you just need to consider all the little extras. You’re probably also now sitting down with your cake designer to decide on your final cake details. If you’re considering a cake topper you’ll want to make that a part of your discussion.

2 Months Out – Many Thanks

The bulk of the planning and prep is probably past you. Take the time to thank those that helped throughout all the planning madness, i.e. bridal party members and parents.

1 Month Out – Little Indulgences

It’s all about the last minute details now. Incorporating a candy buffet into your wedding day treats? Organize everything you need to pull it off, think candy fillers and display vessels.

wedding buying guide - candy buffet jars

sweet tooth
featured here: candy buffet apothecary jars

Post Wedding – With Gratitude

The big day is done and you’re left with plenty of amazing memories to last you a life time. Send your thanks to all who attended and helped to make it the best day of your life. Order and mail out thank you cards within 3 months of the festivities.

wedding buying guide - thank you cards

much appreciated
featured here: woodland pretty design thank you card embellished with mini wood veneer antlers

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2014 Recap: The Top 10 Wedding Products of the Year

top 10 wedding products of 2014

Year over year weddings just keep getting better, more creative and certainly more breathtakingly beautiful, and 2014 may have been the best year yet. We saw the emergence of gorgeous new wedding themes, countless brides and grooms make the extra effort to personalize their weddings to perfection, and we witnessed the continued evolution of the bridal market to a new level of sophistication. It was a year filled with lovely and we’re certain that although 2015 will bring with it lots of the new and the exciting, plenty of the wedding details and ideas from this year will make the year over year crossover. So with that in mind today we’re recapping the top 10 wedding accessories from 2014, all guaranteed to find a place in the coming wedding season.

bell shaped votive holder

1. compact pretty
featured here: bell shaped glass tealight holder used as a mini vase

chandelier decoration

2. decorative luxury
featured here: chandelier silhouette wall decoration

mini faux antler card holders

3. woodland minis
featured here: miniature faux antler stationery holder (get the gold tipping diy here)

lace parasol

4. lovely lace
featured here: antiqued battenburg lace parasol

ornate vintage chalkboard

5. designer notes
featured here: ornate vintage chalkboard

birch print paper straws

6. sweet sippers
featured here: birch print paper straws

vintage jeweled napkin ring

7. place setting perfection
featured here: vintage floral napkin ring

vintage inspired ornate box

8. stylish storage
featured here: vintage inspired ornate box

acrylic bride and groom signs

9. his and hers
featured here: black and gold opulence engraved “bride” and “groom” acrylic signs

artificial birch tree centerpiece

10. center of attention
featured here: faux birch tree centerpiece

So Many Choices

With so many options, it was next to impossible to narrow down our top product choices of 2014 to just 10. To discover all the other great items equally worthy of making the list, come explore weddingstar.com 

xoxo.

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