DIY Wedding Wednesday: In Full Bloom – Spring Floral Arrangements

diy spring floral arrangements

This past Monday we shared with you the third installment of our seasonal floral guide series, featuring some of the most readily available, and oh so pretty, spring blooms currently hitting the floral market. And just like with our past floral guides, we just couldn’t stop at the theoretical. So today we’re showing you how to turn each one of Monday’s blooms into wedding arrangements sure to stun. From a simply sweet boutonniere to a centerpiece overflowing with lovely, here’s how to incorporate spring’s best blooms into your wedding day.

Look #1: The Simply Sweet Spring Boutonniere – Supplies

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The Step by Step

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Step 1: take your single stems and place your lilac to the left of your tulip, Secure in place with floral wire. Attach the wire just underneath your floral blooms and work it about an inch down, such that the stems are secured tightly together and upright.

Step 2: to even out the wire’s surface cover it with floral tape and trim your stems down to boutonniere size. approximately 2 – 2.5 inches in length.

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Step 3: cover the floral tape completely with your baker’s twine. Don’t worry about an even application. An overlapped finish adds to this boutonniere’s charm.

Step 4: secure your twine with a bridal pin.

The End Result

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Look #2: The Light and Airy Spring Bouquet – Supplies

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  • peach tulips and white lilac (our bouquet took 7 tulips and 3 stems of lilac)
  • floral wire, tape and sheers
  • raw muslin ribbon
  • 2 bridal pins

The Step by Step

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Step 1: after cleaning off your tulip stems of any access bulky leaves, bunch them together. For our bouquet we used 7 stems in total, keeping the look light.

Step 2: add in 3 stems of lilac behind your tulips, as if to create a backing. Ensure you keep your stems held tightly together as you work.

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Step 3: secure your stems together with floral wire, making sure to position it high enough such that it holds your stems tightly together and in place.

Step 4: for an even finish, cover the wire with floral tape, and trim your stem ends to the desired bouquet length. Length is based on personal preference, but be sure to keep it in proportion to your body.

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Step 5: create a simple bouquet wrap using raw muslin ribbon.

Step 6: secure the ribbon in the back of your bouquet using two bridal pins, one from the top and one for the bottom of the wrap.

The End Result

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Look #3: The In Full Bloom Spring Centerpiece – Supplies

diy spring centerpiece

The Step by Step

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Step 1: begin your centerpiece by filling the middle jar. Start by incorporating a varied mix of blooms, keeping to one stem of each variety.

Step 2: fill out the balance of the jar with a few more repeating stems, doubling up on your favorite. Remember to keep a well balanced mix of colors and ensure your jar is nice and full looking from all angles.

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Steps 3 & 4: repeat steps 1 & 2 for your other two jars. We recommend finishing off both sides with a single stem of lilac for a overflowing look.

The End Result

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xoxo.

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The Seasonal Flower Guide Series: Spring Florals

Weddingstar Spring Floral Guide

Back in October, in the spirit of sharing one of our top tips for making your wedding budget friendly, we introduced our Seasonal Flower Guide Series. If you missed the first two posts and are currently planning a fall or winter wedding, you can see them here and here. Today we’re excited to share Part 3 with you, focused appropriately on some of the best currently available spring blooms. Offering up tons of textures, color combinations, and the potential for stunning wedding arrangements, it won’t be the price point of these in season stems that has you selecting them for your big day. Here’s what the spring season has to offer.

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tulips
equally pretty as a single stem or grouped in bunches on your reception tables, tulips capture the essence of spring and are available in a multitude of hues.

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lasting beauty
available in a variety of hues, this long-lasting and budget-friendly stem makes for a perfect arrangement filler.

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classic beauty
available in a wide range of pretty spring hues, spray roses easily add a pop of color to your wedding day.

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layers of pretty
with layer upon layer of paper-thin petals, this delicate looking bloom will make a lovely impression no matter where it’s used.

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pure romance
popular in many weddings, this beautiful bloom and it’s noticable size and looks stunning solo or gathered into an arrangement for your bouquet or reception tables.

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lovely textures
pretty enough to stand on their own or add to a bouquet, lilacs add beautiful texture (and a wonderful smell) anywhere they go.

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in high demand
one of the most sought after blooms of the season, with just one glance at the dainty beautiful bloom you’ll know exactly why.

And Now for the How-To

Visit back with us this coming Wednesday when we take these beautiful blooms and show you how to use them on your wedding day.

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DIY Wedding Wednesday: Mini Mason Jar Favors

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Ever notice how just about anything is made better when turned mini? Well that’s certainly the case with the mini mason jar staring in today’s DIY feature, a petite version of its ever-popular “grownup” counterpart. Compatible with just about any filling, these cutie containers make for ideal guest favors and today we’re showing you three creative ways to fill them up. From foodie appeal to tempting the senses, here’s a breakdown for a few of the looks we love.

The Supplies

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Concept #1 – A Little R&R:

Concept #2 – For the Foodie:

Concept #3 – A Sweet Smelling Treat:

The Details

Mini Mason Jar Favor Concept #1: A little R&R

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Mini Mason Jar Favor Concept #2: For the Foodie

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Mini Mason Jar Favor Concept #3: A Sweet Smelling Treat

potpourri mini mason jar favor hearts design favor sticker craft paper twine potpourri hearts design square tag

The Whole Lot

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xoxo.

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8 Things I Wish I Knew While Planning My Wedding

We all know that the more often we do something, the better we get. But when it comes to planning a wedding, you only get one shot to get it right. A wedding is a once in a lifetime event, afterall! After the dust has settled from the big day, we want every bride to walk away saying “that was everything I dreamed of” and have no regrets. That is why we asked everyone here at Weddingstar to tell us something they wished they knew while planning their own wedding. Here are 8 things we learned that we think every bride should know.

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1. Who does what?

Your fiancé might not be as involved as you would like him to be. BUT, that doesn’t mean that he doesn’t care as much about the wedding or that he isn’t as excited as you are to be married. It just means that floral choices and backdrops are not his top priority. The important thing is not to stress about it. Find out which parts of the wedding are most important to him. Chances are that if he is a foodie or loves music, he will show much more interest in planning the dinner or creating the perfect wedding playlist. Don’t be afraid to ask him what he is looking forward to the most. His answer might just surprise you!

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2. Recruit a coordinator

Even if you DIY your entire wedding up to the day, having a day-of coordinator might be worth it. Having someone to handle the running around and setting up for you is much less stressful. It still allows you to coordinate every detail while being able to enjoy all your hard work on the day of. It is also less costly than hiring a wedding planner!

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3. Schedule some alone time

Remember to set some time aside. Even if it is just a few minutes to be alone with your sweetie on your wedding day. The day will come and go by so fast. It is important to cherish a moment (or two) with each other and remember why this is all happening in the first place. Some good times to do this are often between photos and cocktails, or after the speeches are over.

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4. Have a plan B.

This one might be a given, but it is often overlooked. We often dream of our wedding day being sunny and beautiful. But we all know that Mother Nature isn’t always kind. If you are planning to have your ceremony outside and there is a torrential downpour, a backup plan will prevent stress, worry and chaos. Make sure that your parents, wedding planner/coordinator and bridal party are all aware of the plan if the weather turns. Also, remember to pick a few indoor photo shoot locations.

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5. Acquire proper permits

If you are planning to have alcohol at your wedding, it is important to educate yourself on rules and permits. Often different venues will have their own set of rules in regards to alcohol. Make sure you speak with your venue and are clear on what their guidelines are. Is the bar included in your venue rental? Does this include a bartender? Is the permit a part of the package? When are we required to stop serving drinks? Are we able to purchase and serve our own wine or do we need to use your bottle service? These are all very important questions to ask when booking your venue.

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6. Make your guest list first

Picking a venue is one of the very first things you will do when planning your wedding. BUT, there is one more very important step you need to take before signing that contract. Make a rough guest list. This in no way needs to be finalized, but it is so important to have a rough idea of numbers before you book. The last thing you want is to book a venue that only holds 100 and find out that your guest list is actually 150.

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7. Consider extra costs beyond the dress

Remember to budget for alterations when picking your wedding dress. Lace applique, beading and other details can often be costly to alter. Before saying “yes” to the dress, talk to your bridal consultant about an alteration estimate.

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8. Maximize your photographer’s time (and your budget!)

Photographers and videographers are so important to a wedding, but they can also be very hard on your wedding budget. If your budget does not allow for a full day wedding package, there is still a way to capture all the important moments. Don’t be afraid to play with the traditional reception program. Who said that the bouquet toss and cake cutting have to be at the end of the night? Kick off your reception with the first dance, cut the cake after dinner, and then toss the bouquet. This will allow you to shave a few hours from your photography package while still capturing all those big moments.

Have you been married? Or maybe you’re in the midst of planning a wedding? What is it you wish you knew when going through the process? Tell us below!

Morgan

3 Easy Steps to Creating the Perfect Favor

Choosing what to give your guests as a token of thanks and a memento of your big day is a fun task, but not always the easiest. Especially with the selection of wedding favors available – it’s so hard to choose just one! Luckily though, it’s not impossible to find (or even create) a favor that is a perfect representation of you and the look you have created for your big day. Today we’re showing you how to create the perfect favor in 3 easy steps.

1. Choose Your Type

Even if you already have an idea of what type of favor you’re looking for, it’s always good to start by getting inspired by all that there is to offer. Start by exploring our favor inspiration gallery to get inspired and to help narrow down your favorites. Here is a breakdown of the different types of favors available.

The Stand-Alone Favor

Possibly the most convenient type of favor, stand-alone favors mean that they don’t require any additional extras beyond the personalization. From salt and pepper shakers to wine bottle stoppers to antique style key bottle openers, most of these lovelies even come with their own gift packaging, meaning they truly are ready-to-gift. Here are some of our favorites!

The Favor Container

Be it a bag, box or one of these unique options, the favor container is one that allows you to fill it with whatever your heart desires. Treat your guests to something yummy like chocolates, macaroons, truffles or even mints. Alternatively, you could fill your chosen container with some fresh floral or wildflower seeds that they can plant. No matter what you choose, it’s yet another way to add a personal touch.

Favor Box Kits

While these are still considered favor containers that are meant to be filled, these handy kits come with all the trimmings necessary for a beautifully embellished favor. If you love DIY but don’t have the time to find all the right trims such as twine, charms and tags, then these kits are perfect for you! Designed to fit a variety of wedding themes, these kits make DIY-ing your favors a cinch.

2. Dress It Up

Now that you’ve found the perfect favor to give to your guests, it’s time to add some sweet and simple personal touches. This is where you can get even more creative by adding different embellishments to make your favors even more memorable. Simply add a personalized tag or sticker and a little ribbon and you’re done! Then, if budget allows add a charm, your own personal stamp and any other embellishments you like to really make it yours. Here are some examples of how you could dress up your favors.

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featured here: miniature white pail, mini clothespin, jewel stickers, vintage lace square tag

3. Presentation

You’ve chosen your favor and dressed it up to perfection, now the only thing left is to decide how you want to present these pretty little packages to your guests. Here are three of our favorite, and equally pretty, ways to present your favors at your reception.

On Display

Set some room aside on your guestbook or escort card table to display groupings of favors for your guests to take. If you choose this option it is a good idea to include a sign with a simple message like, “please take one”. This not only lets your guests know to take a favor, but it also adds another unexpected personal touch. One of our favorite ways to add messages like this throughout your wedding are with chalkboard signs. Take a look at our selection, right over here.

As Escort Cards

Some favors even serve a dual purpose. Not only are they favors for your guests to keep, but you can use them as place card holders too. Create an impressive escort card display like this one that is sure to impress.

At The Place Setting

Your guests are already excited to be at your wedding, but they’ll be even more excited when they get to their seat only to find a sweet surprise. Placing your favors at the place setting of each guest will make them feel extra special.

So, have you found your favors yet? This is only the beginning! Be sure to check out our entire favor selection at weddingstar.com, or take a look at our favor inspiration gallery for even more great favor ideas.

Morgan

 

DIY Wedding Wednesday: Pretty Packaging

diy gift packaging

Have you ever received a gift that was so beautifully wrapped you just couldn’t bear to open it up and ruin the presentation? You meticulously took the time to carefully undo every piece of tape holding it together, while hoping that all the lovely would stay in tack. Well we’re about to show you how to be the giver of just such an eye pleasing display. And it’s a lot easier than you may think. By simply playing with textures and layers, you’ll learn how to make one of the prettiest packages around, ideal for gifting to those that meant the most throughout your wedding planning process, your bridal party and your parents. Here’s the crafty how-to.

The Supplies

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The Step by Step

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Step 1: wrap your box and secure the paper using all purpose glue.

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Step 2: to the top left corner of your box, glue a bundle of lace fabric. Glue it such that it bunches, rather than laying flat.

Step 3: intertwine the plain fabric ribbon into a quarter of the lace and glue to secure.

Step 4: glue on the fabric flower to the center of the lace.

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Step 5: attach the peony bud (or small faux flower of your choice) to the bottom right of the fabric flower, on top of your bunched lace.

Steps 6 & 7: attach both lace fabric flowers next to the peony bud.

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Step 8: cut a piece of ruffled fabric trim and a strand of lace (of the same width as the ruffled trim) to a length that will drape off the side of your box. Our strands were approximately 12 inches in length.

Step 9: glue the ruffled fabric ribbon to the bottom left corner of the box, and then attach the piece of lace ribbon to it. A single point of attachment should work for both, allowing the ribbons to hang loosely.

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Step 10: glue your faux blossoms to the box, starting just underneath the lace fabric flowers, working your way down creating a cascade alongside the fabric ribbon. End your cascade approximately three quarters of the way down the side of the box.

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Step 11: stamp your tag and attach with glue to your box, tucking underneath your lace flowers and cascading blossoms.

The End Result

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xoxo.

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Choosing a Wedding Theme That’s Right for You

There are so many elements that go into planning a wedding and one of the most important (and fun) ones is choosing a theme. But with so many options out there, it can sometimes be a bit overwhelming. Our advice? Choose a style that complements your personal style as a couple. And if there isn’t just one, combine details from different themes until it matches the vision you have for your wedding. Because at the end of it all, it’s your day and you need it to be perfect for you.

The first step to choosing a theme is to explore different ideas and swoon over gorgeous wedding inspiration. Sounds tough, right? To help get you started, we’re highlighting seven of the most popular wedding themes that our brides can’t get enough of. Click on each one to see the entire inspiration gallery, and pin the pieces you love to start building your own wedding day design.

1. Bohemian

Barefoot, unpretentious, ethereal and stunning. This wedding look highlights traditional boho concepts and infuses them with a hint of the luxurious.

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Love this? Visit the entire Bohemian Gallery to be inspired and find out if this is the look for you.

2. Rustic

Rustic weddings never go out of style. The combination of weathered wood, tarnished metals and sweet, homespun touches have us swooning with delight.

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Love this? Visit the entire Rustic Gallery to be inspired and find out if this is the look for you.

3. Vintage

An elaborate layering of vintage elements and tactile fabrics combine with modern day influences to create a fresh take on the always beautiful and romantic vintage wedding style.

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Love this? Visit the entire Vintage Gallery to be inspired and find out if this is the look for you.

4. Industrial

With a sleek interior design influence at its core, the bold, confident, mature and modern Industrial look is urban sophistication perfection.

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Love this? Visit the entire Industrial Gallery to be inspired and find out if this is the look for you.

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5. Shabby Chic

Shabby Chic is about the appearance of a balance between the tossed at whim and the perfectly placed. From the hair, to the shoes, to all the things that come in between, the key is to make it all appear effortlessly natural for an end result that is drop dead gorgeous.

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Love this? Visit the entire Shabby Chic Gallery to be inspired and find out if this is the look for you.

6. Woodland

The Woodland look is all about embracing and celebrating natural beauty, from the bride to her bouquet, down to every last design detail.

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Love this? Visit the entire Woodland Gallery to be inspired and find out if this is the look for you.

7. Wanderlust

With its beautiful airy ambiance and romantic personalized elements at every turn, it’s difficult not to get lost in all the dreamy details that make up this look.

weddingstar wanderlust travel inspired wedding theme

Love this? Visit the entire Wanderlust Gallery to be inspired and find out if this is the look for you.

Before you choose your favorite, be sure to check out even more wedding theme ideas in our Inspiration Galleries, right over here.

Morgan

Let us know which you look you love! Tell us your faves in the comment section below.

Must Have Music: Valentine’s Day Playlists

classic love song playlist

Valentine’s Day is tomorrow (eek!), and at this point you’ve probably already purchased the present, are already chilling the bubbly, and have dinner all planned out. But have you picked your playlist? If not, no worries. We’ve got you covered! Spanning the most popular genres, covering 40 of the most romantic options out there, today we’re sharing our top picks for all time best love songs. So get your iTunes loaded, pick your faves for your own personal playlist, and consider tomorrow the perfect time to trial run the most important dance of all, your first dance. Happy Valentine’s Day Everyone!

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xoxo.

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DIY Wedding Wednesday: How To Accessorize Your Drink Station

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Around here we don’t need an excuse to find and try out new drink recipes. But with Valentine’s Day just a few days away, we’ve got a pretty great one. So we went on the hunt, and boy did we find a tasty mix! To share our latest cocktail find, which just happens to be perfect for the upcoming holiday of love and certainly for any wedding celebration, we’re also taking the opportunity to provide some insider tips on how to style your drink station. Using just a few easy tricks we’ll show you how to take any sipper set up from merely functional to simply fabulous.

Here’s the breakdown on everything you need to know to get the look, finished off with that cocktail recipe we promised.

Styling Tip #1: Go for the Upgrade

Appearance is everything. Swap out typical glassware options for stylish stemware that works with your wedding day design.

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Styling Tip #2: Style your Stem

Don’t have the budget for upgraded glassware? Give a simple stem a decorative face lift by adding creative, theme appropriate charms to elevate their look.

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Styling Tip #3: Signature Sippers

Instead of serving straight sparkling wine or a common cocktail, go with a drink that either has special meaning to you and your new hubby, or that acts as a representation of your wedding day design. Give it a name and you’ve got your own personal signature sipper.

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Styling Tips #4 – 6: Bring on the Extras

Think beyond the drink. Fill your display with pretty details that won’t go unnoticed. Think a paper lantern overhang, custom personalized signage and floral printed paper straws, for the complete pretty picture.

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What You’ll Need to Get This Look:

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And Now, How To Make this Color Perfect Cocktail!

 

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featured here: silver plated stacked hearts wedding champagne flute
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xoxo.

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Wedding Theme Inspiration: Romantic Pink

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The warm pairing of pastel pink and lush gold. The feminine influence of vintage charms. Candlelight glow and floral table runners. These design details are what you’ll find at the core of our latest wedding theme inspiration, Romantic Pink. Influenced by what’s at the heart and center of every wedding, true romance, the aim of this theme is to do little more than honor and celebrate the beauty of love. With classic wedding elements at its base, and easily executable any time of year, Romantic Pink has long been a natural choice for many.

Here’s a closer look at what goes into this distinctive theme and what you need to make it yours.

The Design – Vintage Influence

Tarnished gold and aged finishes. Trinket boxes and grandma’s teacups. If it’s vintage it’ll have a home here.  Weave authentic pieces throughout your entire wedding day design with modern day pieces that have a definitive vintage influence. Keep with a classic wedding feel by hosting a traditionally formal affair, taking your design from a mere theme to a full blown experience for you and your guests.

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featured here: custom seating chart made using a vintage door, vintage lace design large rectangular tags, acrylic decorative drops and pink satin ribbon

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The Colors

Give pink a sophisticated makeover by pairing it with lavish gold. For a truly refined look make gold and creams your primary palette colors, with pink playing the role of accenting hue, adding pops of interest. And where possible, incorporate candlelight into your set up, enhancing the warmth brought to the design by your color selection.

Love It? Want More?

See more romantic pink wedding ideas, along with 100+ other pink wedding inspiration pics, on weddingstar’s pink wedding pinterest board.

xoxo.

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