Product Spotlight: Tailored Table Numbers

There are wedding ‘nice to haves’ and then there are wedding ‘must haves’. And it’s the couples that pay close attention to ensure every single ‘must have’ is personalized to their specific wedding day design that create weddings that wow. Take something as simple as table numbers for example. Every single wedding needs them and while most venues provide a standard in-house set, a swap for a custom option results in a finishing touch that will not go unnoticed. To get your upgrading underway, we’re sharing a few creative ways to mark your tables, with options that span the entire budget spectrum.

 

How About a Little DIY?

For another ultra versatile table number concept visit the blog this Wednesday when we do up a simple paper table number with a bit of DIY.

xoxo.

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Beyond the Bouquet: 10 Unique Ways to Incorporate Flowers into Your Wedding Day

mini birdcage wedding favor

fresh favors
featured here: mini birdcage spray painted white, filled with a purple hydrangea

No matter what type of planning personality you have, whether it’s a ‘hands on managing the entire process’ kind or a ‘sitting on the sidelines happily watching as someone else takes care of it for you’ sort, you’ve no doubt given your wedding day flowers some thought. You’ve probably got an idea of what types of bouquets you want for you and your girls, the sort of arrangements you want for your centerpieces, even the kind of boutonniere the boys should wear. But beyond all that there are plenty of other ways to incorporate beautiful floral details into your wedding day, each one elevating your decor to the next level of gorgeous. Here’s just a few examples to help get your floral planning underway. And if you love flowers as much as I do, you’ll want to incorporate each and every one.

ceremony aisle marker

top marks
featured here: aisle markers created using a grouping of pillar candles sitting on a vintage chair and tray, adorned with florals

ceremony aisle markers

lead the way
featured here: end of row chair markers created using white metal embossed cones filled with white hydrangea, accented with decorative acrylic crystal drops

mini floral arrangements

little lovelies
featured here: tabletop accents. bell shaped glass tealight holder used as a mini vase

blown glass lamp

blown glass beauty
featured here: tabletop accents. lamp silhouette blown glass candle holder used as a vase

lavender napkin accent

subtle scents
featured here: place setting details. crocheted border handkerchief accented with a bundle of dried lavender

mirrored box wedding favor

favors in bloom
featured here: miniature beveled mirror box favor filled with a white rose

favor table signage

miniature garden
featured here: favor table signage. personalized ‘love bird damask’ collection table sign card sitting in a bed of moss and lisianthus flowers

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outdoor accents
featured here: decorative accent created using an old window pane and a bouquet of roses

A Step Back

If you’re at the stage where you’re still trying to figure out which floral varieties are right for you, follow Weddingstar on Pinterest for plenty of additional inspiration.

xoxo.

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DIY Wedding Wednesday: Pretty Wild – A Chandelier & Fern Overhang

diy chandelier and fern overhang

If you ask me there are few things better than a great chandelier! Whether you’re talking home, office or wedding day decor, chandeliers are the most beautiful kind of classic and opulent decorative detail. But while they’re perfection all on their own, they get even better when set in a contrasting natural element like that provided by a lush green setting. That’s especially the case if we’re taking about coupling the dainty and wild asparagus fern with contemporary distressed white metal chandeliers. So for today’s DIY I’ve combined them for you in one of my favorite ways, a table overhang. And the end result is just so lovely I may never take it down!

The Supplies

diy chandelier overhang supplies

  • metal chandelier x 3
  • standard garden trellis painted white. This will be the base of your overhang, which you’ll need to hang. Sizing can vary and depends on intended use. Ours was 4 feet long.
  • asparagus fern
  • wax flower
  • floral wire
  • garden shears
  • water picks (for wax flowers)

The Step by Step

diy chandelier overhang - step 1

Step 1: start your fern overhang by first pulling together the front end points. You’ll want to use your longest pieces of fern to create the lowest overflow points. Begin by wiring a few stems of fern together.

diy chandelier overhang - step 2

Step 2: wire your fern bundle to your trellis at whatever point you want to designate as your starting point. We used the left side of the trellis, approximately 10 inches in from the end.

fern overhang

Step 3: create a bundle for your front end point. Make it either longer or shorter than the opposite side. Avoid perfectly symmetrical arrangements for a natural look.

fern overhang 2

Step 4: attach  your chandeliers to the trellis.

Step 5: create your back end points with another two fern bundles.

Step 6: fill in the rest of the trellis with individual fern stems. Work to create a naturally wild finished look by pointing them in different directions, allowing some to come through the bottom of the trellis. If using the overhang in an indoor setting  you can weave your stems into one another. If using outdoors, make sure to wire all your stems to avoid wind displacement.

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Step 7: finish off the overhang by accenting the perimeter with small bundles of water picked wax flowers.

The Pretty Details

fern white metal decorative chandelier decorative metal chandelier wax flower ivy wedding arrangement

To complete this exact look, perfect for a ceremony site set up, use a potted ivy plant and accent it with water picked white lisianthus.

white lisianthus

xoxo.

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Wedding Decor Tips: The Table Overhang

blown glass globe tealight overhang

featured here: custom dance floor overhang of 500 blown glass globes and LED tealights

Wanna know the secret behind a magazine worthy wedding set up? What it takes to make your wedding breathtakingly swoon worthy? What will have your guests talking about your wedding for days and days? It’s all about going the extra mile to take your decorative details to unexpected levels of pretty. A table overhang that perfectly frames a table or setup in a wonderfully whimsical way is a guaranteed way to achieve that magazine wow factor every single time. I may be biased though since I’ve got just a bit of a personal obsession with them. So here are a few examples to plead my case. You be the judge!

blown glass globe overhang

featured here: garden themed table overhang created using blown glass tear drop vases (small and large), blown glass globes and feather butterflies

crystal chandelier table overhang

featured here: wanderlust themed greeting table with decorative metal chandelier overhang

crystal chandelier

paper lantern overhang

featured here: contemporary design head table with pink paper lantern (medium and large) overhang

moss chandelier table overhang

featured here: woodland themed greeting table with moss chandelier (small and large) overhang

mini lantern table overhang

featured here: rustic themed head table with mini lantern overhang

blown glass ceremony overhang

featured here: art deco themed ceremony set up with gold trimmed blown glass tear drop and globe overhang

gold trimmed glass globe

floral chandelier table overhang

featured here: custom floral chandelier head table overhang

Tips to Creating Your Own Overhang: 

  • First and foremost, make sure your venue will allow an overhang. If so, check to see that they have rigging in place to facilitate one, i.e. exposed beams or pipes.
  • Whenever possible, work with a professional to create your custom overhang. The logistics behind pulling one together are complicated. A professional can also bring in rigging if your venue doesn’t have any.
  • If having an outdoor wedding tap into what Mother Nature has to offer and use low hanging branches on large trees.
  • For best visual results hang your overhang components at different heights and depths to give dimension to your arrangement.
  • Remember that what goes up must come down. If managing an overhang on your own, before committing to it, keep in mind that you’ll have to go back to the venue for tear down the next day.

Feeling Creative?

If you’re up for attempting to create your own decorative table overhang, come back and visit with us this Wednesday when we show you how.

xoxo.

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Wedding Planning Tips: Plan by Color {The Series}

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Time for some serious shop talk ladies! To successfully pull together a gorgeous wedding design you need to blend together two equally important design elements, a theme (i.e. vintage or woodland) and a color scheme. No matter which angle you begin the planning process from, you’ll inevitably have to work through incorporating both into the various details of your wedding day. Because we’ve got you covered from a theme perspective with our A Girl and Her Table series, we’ve decided to expand on our Inspired by Color color stories by introducing our latest series, Plan by Color. In this new mood board series we’ll feature top ways to creatively incorporate a given shade or palette into a wedding day design. To kick things off we’re showcasing one of the current hottest trending wedding colors, one of the prettiest pastels around, Mint Green. Happy Planning!

 

Ready to Shop?

Whether it’s mint green, pastel pink or cherry red that you’re after, when you’re ready to get your color perfect wedding details sorted simply use the Shop by Color feature on weddingstar.com to make your wedding planning and shopping a breeze.

xoxo.

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DIY Wedding Wednesday: How To Use Fabric Flowers

fabric flower diy

This past Monday we shared some of our favorite bridal bouquet inspirations and got rave reviews on one of our own DIY faux creations. So thanks to popular demand this week’s DIY Wedding Wednesday feature is dedicated to showing you a few creative ways of using permanent petals. And we’re pretty positive that when all of you homespun, shabby chic, rustic loving brides see how easy it is to pull these lovelies together, you’ll be lining up to incorporate them into your wedding day.

The Bouquet

diy fabric flower bouquet

The Supplies

diy fabric flower bouquet supplies

The Step by Step

diy fabric flower bouquet step 1

Step 1: gather the number of stems required to create your desired bouquet size, bend the stems to desired bouquet length and bind together with floral wire. We used 10 stems and bent to shorten them by approximately a quarter.

diy fabric flower bouquet step 2

Step 2: wrap your stems together with the ruffled fabric ribbon. Start at the point at which you wired, secure with a bridal pin, and continue wrapping downward.

diy fabric flower bouquet step 3

Step 3: secure your end point with a couple bridal pins. Make sure to point them upward and through the stems to secure the ribbon and to keep them away from your hands.

The Centerpiece

diy fabric flower centerpiece

The Supplies

diy fabric flower centerpiece supplies

The How-To

diy fabric flower centerpiece how to

All it takes is one simple step! Fill up your chosen centerpiece vessel with enough stems to create a bountiful arrangement, bending your outer stems slightly to flow over the rim of your vessel. We used the French Provencal Enamel Pitcher which took 15 Stems.

The Flower Girl Wand

diy flower girl wand

The Supplies

diy flower wand supplies

The How-To

diy fabric flower wand how to

Another one step wonder! Simply tie on several strands of satin ribbon to the base of the flower head. Tie the ribbons in double knots to secure them and keep ribbons just slightly longer than the stem itself.

Love this Look?

For more Shabby Chic and Rustic wedding inspiration, including another faux bridal bouquet look, check out our shoppable Burlap Chic full feature on the Weddingstar e-catalog.

shabby chic bridal bouquet

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Wedding Inspiration: Bridal Bouquets

gardenia bridal bouquet

gorgeous gardenia
feature stems: white gardenias, sea holly, cascade of plumosa fern and pearls

Hydrangeas. Garden Roses. Dusty Miller. Calla Lilies. Orchids. Just to name a few. What do all these have in common? They’re all sensational stems that make for breathtaking bridal bouquets. And although bouquets are best left in the hands of a floral pro (with the exception of a couple faux wonders we’ll share with you today), you’ll certainly want to play a role in the creation of yours. To help you decide what’s best suited for you, we’re sharing some of our favorite bundled beauties from our very own past creative shoots, complete with a few tips on what else you’ll want to consider in your selection beyond just the visual.

 

pink hydrangea bridal bouquet

pink perfection
feature stems: pink hydrangea, pink garden roses and dusty miller

Tip #1: Before deciding on your bridal bouquet you’ll first want to map out your overall wedding day design, including the color palette. Your bouquet should work with the big picture but have a twist to it that’s unique to you, i.e. incorporate a floral variety that compliments the rest of your arrangements but doesn’t show up anywhere else.

 

orchid bridal bouquet

opulent orchids
feature stems: red mokara orchids

Tip #2: Take into consideration both the style of your gown as well as your body shape. Your bouquet should work proportionally with both. A professional florist will be able to offer up guidance on the arrangement type that will work best for you.

 

calla lily bridal bouquet

sophisticated callas
feature stems: calla lilies wrapped in lily grass

Tip #3: If on a budget make sure to select floral varieties that are in season during the month you’re getting married, i.e. Tulips in April and Peonies in June. Also consider going with large bloom varieties to minimize the number of stems without cutting into overall impact.

 

garden rose bridal bouquet

rustic garden
feature stems: white o’hara garden roses, silver brunia, white scabiosa, blushing bride protea, chocolate cosmos, stephanotis, succulents and dusty miller

Tip #4: Remember to factor in the weather, especially if having an outdoor wedding. Select floral varieties and arrangements that can stand the heat, can be out of water for an extended period of time, and those that’ll keep in strong winds. Whenever possible, have your stems water picked.

 

peony bridal bouquet

pretty peonies
feature stems: white peonies

Tip #5: If you have a sensitivity to strong smells, let your florist know. Some floral varieties, like gardenias and freesias, give off strong fragrances that although lovely can irritate those susceptible to select scents.

 

hydrangea bridal bouquet

a punch of color
feature stems: purple and blue hydrangea

Tip #6: If planning to do a traditional bouquet toss at your reception ask your florist to create a throw away bouquet. These are small, fit to theme, inexpensive bundles that allow you to hold onto your bouquet for as long as possible.

 

fabric flower bridal bouquet

fabulous fabric
feature stems: ruffled fabric flowers

Tip #7: If for whatever reason you don’t want to use real flowers, or if you want to turn your bouquet into a wedding day keepsake, don’t be afraid to go faux. With gorgeous options like the DIY beauty above and the stunning couture style brooch bouquet below, you won’t be cutting any corners as far as impact goes.

 

brooch bridal bouquet

haute couture
featured here: couture brooch bridal bouquet

Want More?

For more bridal bouquet inspiration check out our Bling Bridal Bouquets post and our Wedding Bouquet Pinterest board.

And we would love to know which is your fave! Leave a comment to let us know.

xoxo.

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Wedding Planning Tips: Candy Buffet How-To

candy buffet

I don’t think there’s a person out there who can profess not to have at least somewhat of a sweet tooth. It’s precisely why candy buffets are such a huge hit at any event they’re a part of. Bursting with bright colors and sweet treats they also provide for a great visual. Add some punch to your wedding day celebration and let the little kid in all your guests loose by featuring one at your reception. Here’s everything you need to pull it off to perfection. Yummy!

Custom Combos 

Give your guests the chance to pick and choose what they want to indulge in. Provide plenty of treat options displayed in stylish apothecary jars that allow colors to pop. And remember to include the baggies for filling.

retro style goodie favor bags

goodie goodie gumdrops
featured here: gusset cellophane bag and ‘old time candy’ bag insert (sold separately), trimmed with satin ribbon

Grab and Go 

Have them hit the road with a to go treat. Prepackage an assortment of goodies in varied bags and containers, playing with designs and colors for presentation perfection.

goodie-favor-bag

pretty polka dots
featured here: gusset cellophane bag and ‘candy colorful’ bag insert (sold separately), trimmed with satin ribbon

retro style popcorn cartons

retro fun
featured here: novelty popcorn cartons

mini classic gumball machine

because you just can’t have a candy buffet without a mini gumball machine!
featured here: classic red gumball machine (sold empty) and ‘candy colorful’ design square tag

blue rock candy

Bursting with Color

Don’t stop the play on color at your packaging. Pull the bright hues all the way through to your candy selection. Just be careful to ensure you’re working with a complimentary color palette and that you’re consistent with how you infuse it into the varied pieces and treats you include.

gumballs

Dainty Details

You can’t have a great big picture without the right details. Add them in easily with some pretty personalized ribbon or playful mini chalkboard speech bubbles.

personalized cocktail napkins

a bit of you and i
featured here: personalized napkins in ‘sweet beginnings’, ‘yum’ and ‘a treat for you’ printed designs

Make it Yours 

Last but not least, remember to incorporate a touch of personalization wherever you can. Give your guests something to wipe off all the gooey goodness with by featuring customized cocktail napkins.

Looking for More Wedding Fun?

For more ways to guarantee wedding day fun, check out this past Monday’s post, ‘Pop Up Wedding Photo Booth How-To’.

xoxo.

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DIY Wedding Wednesday: The Power of Color {and Chalk Paint}

diy birdcage favors

Shabby Chic, Vintage and Rustic all share one major thing in common. All are super hot right now as far as wedding trends go. And it’s no wonder why. Each comes with countless gorgeous ways to personalize and style an event. If you’re one of the many brides looking for your own unique version of one of these themes then it’s time to get comfy with the concept of DIY and brush up on some of the tricks of the trade. And boy do I have an amazing trick to share with you today! It’s a little thing {literally, you can get it in 4 fl. ounce jars} called chalk paint and it takes anything that might not have the right look because of color or texture and transforms it to theme appropriate weathered perfection. Just take a look at what it did for a mini birdcage favor. It certainly had me saying “eek!”

The Supplies

diy birdcage favor supplies

  • mini birdcage
  • choice of chalk paint color(s) and paint brush {we used annie sloan chalk paint in louis blue, pure white and antoinette}
  • floral foam
  • mini personalized streamer
  • satin ribbon, coordinated to the birdcage color(s)
  • choice of flowers (i used hydrangea, peonies and baby’s breath)

The How-To

diy distressed white birdcage favor white chalk painted mini birdcage

Step 1: paint your birdcage. If using chalk paint you’ll need two coats. Don’t worry about a bit of the original black still coming through. An imperfect look is what you want.

{stylist tip: if you can’t find chalk paint, use spray paint instead. It’ll provide for a similar look, just a slightly different finish.}

Step 2: for an added personal touch, hole punch a personalized streamer and tie to top of the birdcage with ribbon.

blue and green hydrangea

Step 3: cut floral foam into a piece small enough to fit into the birdcage and insert floral stems. Insert florals from various angles, aiming for a full but loose finish. Think overflowing.

Step 4: repeat steps 1 – 3 on as many birdcages as you need. For the Shabby Chic look, as featured in this tutorial, mix up your paint colors, sticking to pale pastels, and your floral stems. For a Vintage or Rustic look stick to one color palette.

eggshell blue chalk painted mini birdcage

stylist tip: for a simple and more budget friendly version, don’t be afraid to leave the birdcages empty. they are just as lovely all on their own.

diy eggshell blue birdcage favor diy vintage pink birdcage favor vintage pink chalk painted mini birdcage

The Finished Look

shabby chic mini birdcage favors hydrangea pink peony baby's breath banner favor tag

xoxo.

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Wedding Planning Tips: Pop Up Photo Booth How-To

photo booth how to

There’s one thing that you definitely don’t want to forget to do on your wedding day, and that’s to have fun! And let’s face it, with the stress of all the planning and the intensity of the emotion that goes into the big day, it’s easy to forget that a wedding day is first and foremost a major celebration. So we thought we’d remind you of all the fun there is to be had by breaking down the how-to of one of our favorite wedding pastimes, the pop up photo booth. And with just three easy steps to get the look, stress won’t be a factor. Time for a good giggle!

Step 1: The Backdrop

The fundamental basis behind any pop up booth is obviously the background setting. Set the stage right by considering both a personalized backdrop option as well as the overall surrounding area. Having both fit to theme will help set the mood for your guests and guarantees the best final images.

photo back drop

Step 2: Provide Props

Encourage the good times with plenty of props for your guests to play around with. Get creative with what you incorporate and make your props fit to theme. Remember to include things for both male and female guests, young and old alike.

diy photo booth props

vintage props

retro photos diy photo booth props - retro style shoes

Step 3: Capture the Moments

No pros required! A pop up photo booth is not for your photographer to man. His or her time is better spent capturing other parts of your day. Besides, you’re guaranteed to get more candid footage if you allow your guests to capture the moments themselves. Just set up a bunch of disposable cameras and let the clicking begin!

Want this Look?

To get your photo booth party started shop the full range of photo booth backdrops and disposable cameras on weddingstar.com.

xoxo.

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