DIY Wedding Wednesday: The 2016 Holiday Gift Guide

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The holiday season is officially in full swing and this year we’re all about making merry. What we’re not about is stressing in long retail lines, or hopelessly searching for the perfect gift. And we’ve actually narrowed it down to a science to make it all ultra easy. It goes something like this. Online Shopping + Personalized Gifts = The Perfect Presents. Enter our 2016 gift guide. With something for her, him, and them, all personalized with festive cheer, we’re pretty sure this list has all your gift giving needs covered. So without further delay, in no particular order, here are our top picks for this holiday season’s must haves. Happy Shopping!

Gift ‘Em With Glassware

Whether it’s a glass of homemade eggnog, a frosty brew, or a flute of yummy bubbly, bevies just taste better in a great glass.

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Presentation is Everything

What’s on the outside is just as important as what’s on the inside. Whether you’re giving a homemade brew, or gifting them with your favorite store bought sipper, getting creative and personalized with your packaging and presentation may be all you need to give the perfect gift.

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Stylish Stocking Stuffers

You could go with the usual socks and wine gums for this year’s stocking stuffers. Or you could surprise them with stylish fun extras, perfectly paired with your personalized grander gifts (see above).

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DIY Wedding Wednesday: The Perfect Holiday Pairing – His and Hers Gift Ideas

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Gift giving can be stressful. If you don’t know where to start, getting that perfect something for someone special can seem like the impossible. Enter our gift guide! Mark your calendars. In just two weeks we’ll be sharing our top picks for this coming holiday season. As a little sneak peek to hold you over, today we’re featuring a his and hers gift idea that’s a perfect pairing for the holidays, with every little detail covered to make it a complete concept gift. Cheers to easy gift giving!

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personalized metallic gold wine bottle label {coming soon}

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DIY Wedding Wednesday: How-To Gift a Wine Lover

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Today marks our first November post and we’re pretty darn excited about it, because as far as we’re concerned it might as well be December {read: it’s time to party!}. As of today there are only 7 weeks and 4 days until Christmas, and this year we’re getting started early on both our planning and our partying. To kick off the festivities we’re focusing on the essentials, the “bevies”. Specifically, we’re sharing our top picks for the perfect gifts for the wine lovers in your life. And naturally we just had to run each one of these products through some rigorous testing, so that you can take our experienced word as gold. Cheers!

Gorgeous Glasses

What’s front and center as the wine lovers ideal gift? The perfect bottle of wine of course. But a great wine just isn’t a great wine unless served in a proper glass. From red, to white, to bubbly, there’s a pretty and personalized option to cover them all.

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The Sidekicks

Get creative with your gift giving by covering off all the extras. Think cute stoppers, sleek serving boards and personalized corkscrews. And that’s just to name a few.

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DIY Wedding Wednesday: Give Thanks – The Friendship Shadow Box

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Having just come off Canadian Thanksgiving Day celebrations, and with our friends to the south of us getting set to celebrate their respective day in just a few weeks, naturally we’ve got being thankful at the forefront of our minds. For daily pleasures, our houses and homes, and most of all for our family and friends. In the spirit of giving, today we’re featuring one of favorite ways to honor those people and events we cherish most, by displaying mementos of memories we hold dear in our hearts, perfectly displayed in chic shadow boxes no less. Here’s the how-to.

The Supplies

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The Step by Step

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Step 1: using the original frame backing as your guide, cut down a piece of decorative paper to the correct size for a personalized backer.

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Step 2: hot glue the custom paper backer to the inside of the frame backing. Keep glue to a minimum and concentrate it at the corners / sides to avoid an uneven and bulky finish.

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Step 3: layout the ideal placement of all your personal mementos. When ready, secure all in place with hot glue. When dry, fit your custom backer into the shadow box frame.

The End Result

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DIY Wedding Wednesday: How to Have Your Own Modern Fairy Tale Wedding

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Over the course of the last decade or so the world of weddings has seen a massive transformation. With the introduction of blogs and Pinterest and their common practice of sharing inspiration and encouraging creativity, today’s weddings are each as unique as the brides and grooms being celebrated. But no matter the wedding day design, the venue of choice, or the color scheme, one thing has remained the same, like all classic fairy tales, there’s always a sense of magic and whimsy in the celebration of love. To honor that wonderful whimsical vibe, today we’re sharing some of our top choices for infusing classic beauty into your wedding day, helping you create your very own modern fairy tale.

Have Your Cake.

And eat it too. But first make sure to adorn and accent it with accessories that scream regal elegance and style.

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Cheers to Love.

What’s a celebration without a toast or two. Share yours in stylish stemware fit for a queen and king. Consider setting up a signature drink station, complete with ornate signage to finish off the look.

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The Finer Things.

A fairy tale must do, infuse finery into all your details. From table top adornments to gracious gifts, leave no detail behind.

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mini mirrored favor boxes

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DIY: Chalkboard Signs Part 1

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Flowers- Periwinkle Flowers, Photography- Attakat, Hand Lettering- Love Lettering, Creative Styling- Lorrie Everitt, Location-The Warehouse Event Venue, Wedding Cake and Baked Goods-Cakelaine, Vintage Tableware- The Perfect Table

 

Beautiful hand-written chalkboard signs are trending this season, and there are lots of opportunities to be creative when it comes to designing a chalkboard sign to fit your wedding décor. With that being said, you don’t have to be a pro calligrapher to create a chalkboard sign for your big day. Our Ambassador Lorrie Everitt from Creative Bag has provided you with a step-by-step guide and template to create your own chalkboards signs.

The Supplies

 

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Decorative Chalkboards With White Frame
• Liquid Chalk Markers
• White transfer paper
• Pencil
• Masking Tape
• Scissors
• Print out with design/ text

The Step by Step

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Step 1:

Cut out the lettering or template you are using as shown above. Position the lettering design on the chalkboard and use masking tape to keep the paper from shifting.

Step 2:

Insert a piece of white transfer paper between the paper and chalkboard with the chalky white side facing down towards the chalkboard. Now you are ready to trace the design onto the chalkboard.

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Step 3:

Test a small area of your design to make sure that your tracing paper is placed properly between the paper and chalkboard. If you don’t see a faint white traced image on the chalkboard as shown above, take the tracing paper out, turn it over and place it back into position. Continue tracing your design until it has been completely copied.

Tracing Tip: Check that your traced image is not missing lines before you remove the tape.

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Step 4:

This is what the traced image will look like. If you are not happy with your tracing, you can remove it with an eraser and start again.

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Step 5:

Now draw over the design using a chalk marker using the traced image as a guide. Don’t worry if some of the faint lines from your tracing are showing as you trace, keep your lines fluid.

Tip: Keep in mind that once the chalk is completely dry you can use a soft cloth to remove any white marks that are remaining from the traced image.

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Tip: If you mess up your first time round don’t worry, as it can be removed with water while the chalk is still wet.

Here are some free downloadable templates to get you started doing your very own chalkboards.

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Download these six reception sign templates here (Once Open Right Click to Save Image)

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Download this Best Day Ever template here (Once Open Right Click to Save Image)

Chalkboards come in a variety of shapes and sizes. Visit weddingstar.com for more chalkboard options and let your creativity run.

We’d love to see your completed chalkboard projects. Post your pictures on Instagram and use the hashtag #weddingstar or tag us @weddingstar so we can find them.

Credits:
DIY Photography and Styling: Lorrie Everitt

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DIY Wedding Wednesday: Bottle the Harvest – DIY Bottled Cider Favors

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With the sun still blazing strong and flip flops still an every day wardrobe reality, it may take you by surprise to be reminded that tomorrow marks the first day of fall. Not to stress. We’ve got you covered with a dose of seasonal goodies that are sure to set you on a path of pretty. Two weeks ago we decided to welcome autumn early with our own little happy harvest spread (check it out here if you missed it the first time). And in the true nature of a harvest, and all of its plenty, we had a terrible time narrowing down our top fall favor concepts to just three. So here’s a bonus tasty treat to kick off the new season. Happy Fall!

The Supplies

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The Look

homemade cider party favors cider favors lace medley favor tag mini snap lid bottles antique chic design favor sticker fall favors

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Top 10 Mistakes Brides Make When Planning Their Wedding

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We are surrounded by the most beautiful couples and weddings all year long, and after more than 30 years in the business we’ve learned a few things along the way! This top 10 list is a must read and a must share for brides who are beginning to plan their wedding.

1. Announcing the engagement too soon

Technology and social media make it very tempting to spill the beans early on, but it might be a good idea to resist the urge. Telling your close friends and family in person and seeing each of their reactions can be the most exciting part. Not only is it more fun for you and your husband-to-be, but your inner circle will really appreciate that you took the time to tell them personally.

2. Choosing bridesmaids out of obligation

There are many reasons why as a bride you may choose certain people to be a part of your big day. Make sure that you pick yours for the right reasons. Logic like, “She asked me to be a part of her wedding first” or “I just don’t want to hurt her feelings by not asking her” might cause you some regret down the road. Do what makes you happy first and foremost.

3. Choosing the venue before considering your guest list

In the excitement of the initial wedding planning, it is easy to forget some of the finer details. Remember that your venue has to fit your circle of friends and family that will be celebrating with you. Jot down a rough list of names you are considering inviting. That will give you a rough idea of the size of venue you will require.

4. Not confirming your wedding plans with your vendors

Make sure you touch base with all your vendors before the big day. Confirm addresses, times and package details with them to make sure everyone is on the same page. This could help prevent mishaps and mix-ups on the big day!

5. Having a closed mind when dress shopping

It is always great to go into your dress appointment with a few ideas, but don’t count anything out just yet. Ask your bridal consultant for some suggestions and try on as many styles as you can. You just might be surprised about what style fits your body type best.

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6. Forgetting to leave wiggle room in your budget

Try as you might, it can be hard to stay true to your budget. Hidden costs and last minute things are very likely to sneak up on you. Leave a miscellaneous costs column in your budget for some of these details. This way you can make sure all your vendors are paid on time and you won’t be filled with that dreadful feeling in your stomach wondering how you will ever pay for it all.

7. Forgetting to schedule time to visit with guests

Your wedding day is going to be a busy one, but it is important to set some time aside for a receiving line or to visit each table. Even a short visit will mean a lot to your guests. After all, they did come to celebrate with you!

8. Ruling out the idea of a wedding planner of day of coordinator

It is easy to tell yourself, “I can do it all myself” or “I would never be able to afford one”, but don’t rule it out too quickly. Do you find that you get stressed easily? Are you organized enough to handle all the details? Are there a lot of elements that will need to come together? Does my venue have an on-site coordinator? Answering these questions will help you decide if you need a little extra help. These professionals will often help keep things running smooth and create an enjoyable, stress-free experience.

9. Failing to loop everyone in

Your bridal party and parents are going to play a big part in how smoothly or how chaotic your wedding weekend goes. If you fill them in on any important changes, locations and information, you will save yourself the headache. Jot down a few of the important details and send a document to everyone a few weeks before the wedding. Include addresses, phone numbers and important point people. This will ensure everyone gets to where they need to be, when they need to be there and that any important jobs you have assigned are clear.

10. Forgetting to eat

With all the butterflies and excitement, food and water are likely to be the last thing on your mind. But make sure your force yourself to have a few light snacks throughout the morning. Also consider having a few snack platters prepared for your bridal party after the ceremony. It is easy to get caught up in the fun and photos, but the afternoon will be much more enjoyable if everyone is well fed and happy.

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DIY Wedding Wednesday: Welcome Fall with a Happy Harvest

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It seems like just the other day that we were kicking off the start of summer with our summer party essentials post {see it here if you missed it the first time around}, but somehow almost three months have passed since and we are on the verge of welcoming the fall season. Whether you’re holding on to the last days of summer, kicking and screaming and refusing to let them go, or you’re ready to turn in your flip flops for knee highs and warm sweaters, there’s no denying that autumn brings with it a bounty of lovely that’s hard to resist. We’re somewhere between gutted and gleeful to be greeting the seasonal change, and we’re softening the blow by playing with some of our favorite fall comforts, all as pretty as they are delicious. Here’s our take on all you need to create your own happy harvest.

Best of the Season

Nothing says fall like a crisp juicy apple. Serve them up in style as your signature sipper, complete with an authentic drink dispenser and personalized glassware, for the ultimate seasonally inspired treat.

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fall drink ideas

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Share the Harvest

Harvest is about plenty, and plenty is meant to be shared. Send them home warm and fuzzy with a delicious homemade treat, in a ready to go format.

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fall party favors

favors stickers

xoxo.

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Style Spotlight: Inspired By Travel

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Looking for the perfect way to combine your passion for travel into your wedding décor? Our Ambassador, Leona Morelock has done just that. She takes travel inspired wedding decor to a whole new level in this shoot. Use Leona’s suggested … Continue reading