Wedding Decor 101: Adding Instant Ambiance {Every Time}

wedding decor ideas - candlelight

If I had to pinpoint one part of the planning process that takes the most time, effort and energy {not to mention budget}, I’d call out decor, hands down. And it’s no secret why. Decor is what sets the tone for the entire wedding, what influences how guests experience an event, and what showcases a bride and groom’s own personal style. Decor selection also comes with an endless array of possibilities. Enter stress and time commitment!

That said, there is one sure-fire way to add instant ambiance to any wedding, regardless of theme, color scheme, venue or budget. That cardinal way, Candlelight. There are few decorative accents more romantic than the soft glow of candlelight. Few wedding design approaches more widely applicable. And certainly few styling methods easier to pull together on your own. Candlelight ensures guaranteed WOW factor every single time. Don’t believe me? Let’s let some inspiration speak for itself!

wedding decor - black and white guest table

vintage wedding decor - candlelight

featured here: bell shaped glass tealight holder in silver

art deco wedding decor - head table

wedding decor - art deco tabletop details

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

wedding decor ideas - white wedding

Love it? Then Make it Yours!

Here are a Few Tips to Making the Look Work Every Time:

  1. Keep it Contained. Many public venues don’t allow open flames. That doesn’t mean that candlelight is out of the question. It just means you have to enclose the flame. Using candle holders fitted with chimneys, pairing tall votive holders with tea lights or hurricane vases with floating candles, are all functional and beautiful workarounds. And when all else fails, there are always LED candles.
  2. Mob Mentality. For the best visual, cluster your candles into groups. Clustering ensures that pretty glow you’re looking for and when repeated down the center of a table, makes for a gorgeous table runner.
  3. Remix It. Play around with your choice of candle and candle holder selection. Incorporating various styles and height alternatives will extend the pretty candlelight effect all that much further.
  4. Let it Shine. Needless to say, candlelight shows best in a dimly lit room. Whenever and wherever possible give it the opportunity to shine.
  5. The More, the Merrier. Although small clusters here and there will definitely do the trick, where budget allows it, go for as much candlelight as you can. This is one of those few ‘more is more’ situations!

xoxo.

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Sweet Treats: The Must Have Wedding Accessory

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

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

Signature Sips – The Perfect Welcome 

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

welcome drinks in mini martini glasses

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

white chocolate signature cocktails in mini martini glasses

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

signature drinks - with paper straws

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

Take Your Seat 

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

guest favor ideas - mini chairs

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

wedding favors - mini birdcage

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

Treats to Go 

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

wedding favors - mini containers

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

edible wedding guest favors

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

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

xoxo.

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

decorative bottle vase sets - how to personalizse

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

Style Approach #1 – Charms, Trims and Things 

The Components

personalized bottle vases - charms and trims

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

The Completed Look

decorative bottle vases - diy charms and trims

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

Style Approach #2 – Mix and Match 

The Components 

mix and match decorative bottle vases

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

The Completed Look 

decorative bottle vases - mix and match arrangement

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

Style Approach #3: A Personal Touch 

The Components 

personalized white bottle vases

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

The Completed Look 

personalized white bottle vavse set - floral arrangement

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

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

xoxo.

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Pretty on a Penny: Secrets to Getting Gorgeous {and Inexpensive} Floral Wedding Arrangements

 

wedding vases - clear glass bottle set

Confession time. I like pretty things. Well, that’s no secret. I like pretty things and I’m willing to pay the price to get them. But, and here comes the confession, I LOVE pretty things when combined with deals and discounts! Maybe it’s the wedding planner in me who regularly builds budgets and gets thrills from coming in lower than expected. Maybe it’s the knowledge that I can take those saved pennies and put them to something else I really want. Whatever the reason, I’m a sucker for anything that looks high end without the hefty price tag!

If you’re like me, you’ll love today’s post. Not only is it a cheap and cheerful {don’t tell anyone I said that!} way to pull together gorgeous wedding floral arrangements, but it’s right on trend with what’s hot right now. It all comes down to two words, Bottle Vases, and here are the secrets behind the look.

LESS IS MORE 

grey ceramic bottle vase

The simplicity behind the bottle vase design is what makes this look so lovely. The shape is sleek and where decorative details are featured, subtle accents have the opportunity to shine. Single stems look great which means you need very little to make an impact on your wedding day, and pretty petals easily pop.

ceramic bottle vase detail

A PLAY ON HEIGHTS 

white glass bottle vase set

Nothing does more for a table set up than layers and dimension. Using groups of bottle vases in varying heights is an easy way to accomplish this design principle. Whether used on their own or incorporated into a grander wedding tablescape, the effect is gorgeous every time. And because each vase really only needs a single bloom, it’s a budget friendly look that can be applied to all your guest tables.

floral arrangements-white glass bottle set

SUCCESS IN NUMBERS 

wedding vases - blue glass bottle set

If a beautiful bloom in a lovely little vase puts a smile on your face than that look x10 is sure to have you swooning! Pulling together groups of vases to form a cluster is a decorative approach that works for all wedding designs and themes. Individually each vase is the perfect detail for any set up. Grouped together the vases form a fantastic wedding centerpiece.

wedding centerpieces - grouped bottle vases

Love it?  Want More?

Come back and visit the blog this Wednesday when I show you how to personalize this look and make it yours.

xoxo.

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DIY Wedding Decor Ideas: A Touch of {Art Deco} Gold

diy glittered tealight holders

I’m a happy girl today. Not only is it DIY Wednesday but I get to play around with some pretty gold glitter! With Art Deco themed weddings still all the rage, when asked to think of an idea for today’s post I instantly jumped at the chance to share my fave DIY from our very own Deco themed inspiration shoot. And the best part, it’s ’3 step simple’. So get ready to get your glitter on girls!

The Supplies 

diy gold glittered tealight holders - the supplies

The 3 Easy Steps 

diy glittered tealight holders - step 1

Step 1. Using a clean cloth make sure your luminary is free of all dirt and dust.

diy glittered tealight holders - step 2

Step 2. In a very well ventilated area, using an up and down motion for an uneven finish, spray on the adhesive. Go light with the spray and keep it concentrated to the top of the luminary.

diy glittered tealight holders - step 3

Step 3. Lightly dust glitter directly onto the sprayed area. {Tip: Take care to avoid a heavy handed application. A thin finish produces the prettiest effect, allowing the candlelight to shine through}

The {Glitzy} End Result

diy glittered tealight holders

Can you believe it’s that simple? Makes you want to make tons of them doesn’t it! And that’s a good thing because they do look best in groups. For an added touch of interest, alternate the ends of the luminaries you’re spraying. You’ll get a lovely effect from the various heights of candlelight.

Looking for More DIY Glitter Ideas? 

art deco themed wedding inspiration

Check out the full Art Deco inspiration shoot in the current issue of Weddingstar magazine, available for purchase online and on all major newsstands, and shop the entire look at weddingstar.com.

xoxo.

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What’s Your Bridal Style: A Girl & Her Table {The Series}

bridal-styles

Happy Monday! It’s the start of a new week and we’re over-the-moon excited to be launching a new blog series. Taking cue from all the great feedback we’ve received on the Bridal Style approach to this year’s issue of Weddingstar magazine, we’ve decided to use our blog to expand on and explore the styles in all their pretty details. We’ll be breaking it all down to somewhat of a science, showing how personal style translates into a wedding design, in hopes that it’ll spark inspiration for all the brides who have yet to define their wedding style.

We’re calling the series A Girl & Her Table and because we’re in the depths of a long cold winter and in need of a serious pick me up, we’re starting the series with a punch of color and a dose of sunshine. With the Beach Boys playing in the background, and Twizzlers scattered across our inspiration boards, we introduce you to our…

Candy Colorful Bride! 

candy colorful bridal style

Her Style Personality

Quirky, fun and free-spirited. With a permanent smile on her face, there’s no mistaking a candy colorful bride. Her style is eccentric and distinct and she’s not afraid to play around with new trends. She’s likely to go with an unconventional choice of wedding dress and is guaranteed to have some fun with her accessories.

candy colorful bridal personality and style

She Likes

Entertaining friends and family, all things retro and keeping things casual. Bright and bold colors, polka dots and flowers galore!

retro-style-shoes

vintage camera

color palette inspiration for a retro themed wedding

sweet tooth
featured here: sweet beginnings personalized napkin

She Has to Have

A  Candy Colorful bride knows that the way to the perfect wedding design is through distinct decorative details and accessories. Her wedding needs to be as unique as she is, and she’ll take the time to personalize each piece so that it is. Here are some of her Must Have wedding accessories.

signature drink for a retro themed wedding

pint-sized perfection
featured here: signature drink personalized with candy colorful stationary – small sticker,
polka dot paper straws and
laser expressions paper slides

over-sized gumball machine shaped wishing well

how sweet it is
featured here: novelty gumball machine canister shown as a wishing well and
candy colorful stationary – small round cards

retro themed popcorn guest favors

yummy treats
featured here: caramel popcorn guest favors in novelty popcorn cartons and
clear cellophane bags with personalized insert

retro themed bride and groom seat signage

have a seat
featured here: personalized polka dot bunting banner

Are You A Candy Colorful Bride?

If you’ve finished reading this post thinking this could be you, it’s time for a little more inspiration! Pick up a copy of the Weddingstar print magazine to explore the Candy Colorful feature in full and shop the entire look on Weddingstar.com.

xoxo.

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Wedding Theme Inspiration: Woodland Pretty

woodland wedding theme bride

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

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

The Look – Organic & Simplified

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

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The Design – Motifs & Natural Elements

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

woodland wedding theme - guest favor table

woodland wedding theme - welcome drink

The Colors

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

woodland wedding theme - bride and groom table

woodland wedding theme - flowers

Love it? Want More? 

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

xoxo.

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DIY Wedding Reception Ideas: Treating Your Guests the Shabby Chic Way

DIY shabby chic themed wedding guest favor

They’ve attended the ceremony and enjoyed the cocktail hour. Expectations have been set high for a great wedding reception. Start things off on the right note with a yummy treat, ready and waiting for your guests as they take their seats. Sure beats the traditional bread basket! Here’s the how to on pulling this shabby chic themed treat together.

The Supplies 

DIY shabby chic themed wedding guest favor supplies

The Step by Step

shabby chic themed wedding favor step by step, steps 1 through 3

Step 1: Using the bag as your guide, measure out and cut your ribbon lengths, just so they slightly overlap in the back of your bag
Step 2: On the back side of the bag, glue the wider ribbon first
Step 3: Glue the other ribbon on top of the first, for a layered effect

shabby chic themed wedding favor step by step

Step 4: Glue on your button {Tip: off center button location works best}
Step 5: Add your stamp

The {Pretty} End Result 

Completed DIY shabby chic themed wedding guest favor

And that’s it. It’s that easy! And personalizing the look is just as simple. Consider changing the type and color of the ribbon,  use a different bag, or play around with your stamp options. Any of these simple adjustments will change up the look to suit your wedding design and theme to perfection.

Looking for More Shabby Chic DIY Ideas and Inspiration?

Then check out the Burlap Chic inspiration feature in this year’s issue of the Weddingstar magazine, available online and on all major newsstands, or shop the look here.

xoxo.

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3 Easy Steps to a Simple {and Enjoyable} Wedding Planning Experience

engagement ring

If wedding statistics are correct and December is in fact the most popular month to get engaged, I have a feeling there are a lot of brides out there right now, iPads in hand, magazines laid out, and brows furrowed, not knowing where to begin the oh so daunting wedding planning process. If you’re one of those brides then this post should not be missed! What follows is a breakdown of the planning process into three key steps, paving the way for an easy and enjoyable wedding planning experience.

Wedding Planning – Step 1: Start with You.

The best place to begin your planning journey is with you (and your groom of course!). Consider your personal styles and the things that appeal to you most. From fashion, to favourite colors, even your home décor, basing your wedding design on who you are will make the planning process a natural one.

bride and groom getting ready  for their wedding

Wedding Planning – Step 2: Go Big. Then Get Serious!  

The start of the planning process is where you want to take the opportunity to soak in all the possibilities. Start with the big picture and using all available wedding planning resources, print magazines, Pinterest, even other brides, pull together every single idea that catches your eye. But only allow yourself to do so for a few weeks. Then it’s time to get serious!

Pouring over all the options you’ll very quickly find repeating design concepts and color palettes. When you do, commit to the things that pull you in most and set aside those that, although lovely, muddle things up. It’s a big world of inspiration out there, with plenty of options. Committing to your wedding design early on avoids a lot of unnecessary stress.

style inspiration for the bride and groom

Wedding Planning – Step 3: Refine and Personalize.  

Now that you know what you want there’s nothing stopping you from going after all the little details you need to pull your wedding design together. Start the sourcing, booking and buying early on. It’s the details that infuse you and your hubby-to-be into the event. They personalize your wedding in such a way that it can only be yours. The last thing you want to do is leave these essential details to the end of your planning process.

vintage wedding theme inspiration, design details

vintage wedding theme tablescape

vintage wedding design details

bride and groom embracing

That’s it. It’s really that simple. No Step 4! That doesn’t mean that the planning process isn’t a big time investment that requires commitment. But if you approach it the right way from the start, your wedding planning journey is guaranteed to be an incredible one.

If you love what you’ve seen here and want to make it yours, visit the vintage theme section of the Weddingstar website to shop the entire look.

xoxo.
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Happy Valentine’s Day: Our Little {Wedding} Gift to You

white wedding favor box wrapped with a red ribbon

It’s Valentine’s Day and we’re celebrating our love for all our followers, readers, customers and industry friends. We’re doing it by sharing some exciting news! As many of you may have noticed, we’ve been undergoing some major changes at Weddingstar over the last several months. We’ve completely redesigned the look of our newsstand publication, added some incredible new decorative wedding accessories to our lineup and most recently changed the look of our blog. It’s all in line with our mission to improve the wedding planning experience and we’re not done just yet!

That Little Gift We Promised.

To ensure we’re doing all that we can for our brides and loyal followers, we’ve decided to completely revamp the content on our blog. From here on in we will be providing our readers with all the wedding planning essentials every bride needs to know, including insider tips on how to “make it yours”.

From wedding theme inspirations…

woodland wedding theme inspiration board

to color & theme story boards…

color inspiration board for a white wedding

{photo credits, from left to bottom right:rachel ashwell shabby chic via pinterest, lifeimages photography, blog.esther.com.au via pinterest, oscar de la renta via harpersbazaar.com.au}

to some amazing DIY posts (new post every Wednesday!)… 

DIY wedding guest place setting showing a wedding favor on the plate

We’re certain you’ll love all the details we have in store for you! With that, we leave you with tons of Happy Valentine’s Day wishes. Enjoy your personal celebrations and we’ll see you back here on Monday with the first official post from our brand new series.

xoxo.

Kasia