DIY Wedding Wednesday: Give Thanks – The Friendship Shadow Box

diy friendship shadow box

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

diy friendship shadow box - supplies

The Step by Step

diy friendship shadow box - step 1

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.

diy friendship shadow box - step 2

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.

diy friendship shadow box - step 2

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

diy friendship box shadow box close up scrabble pieces mini metallic arrow head bound twigs personalized shadow box



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

modern fairy tale wedding

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.

fairytale wedding cake

gold acrylic cake topper

gold cake server

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ornate gold cake server {coming soon}

ornate gold cake server

gold embossed napkin

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.

edible rose petals

let's party personalized stemware

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.

personalized table runner

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personalized linen table runner {coming soon}

mini mirrored favor boxes

gold charm bracelet

personalized acrylic ring box petal filled acrylic box



DIY: Chalkboard Signs Part 1


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



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

The Step by Step


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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


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

Chalkboards come in a variety of shapes and sizes. Visit 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.

DIY Photography and Styling: Lorrie Everitt


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

diy bottled cider favors

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

supplies for a diy bottled cider favor

The Look

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



Top 10 Mistakes Brides Make When Planning Their Wedding


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.


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.



DIY Wedding Wednesday: Welcome Fall with a Happy Harvest

fall harvest how to

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.

personalized glass mug

fall drink ideas

drink name tag


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.

rustic wooden frame chalkboard sign

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self standing chalkboard sign with rustic wood frame

chalkboard signage

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personalized frame insert – coming soon

fall party favors

favors stickers



Style Spotlight: Inspired By Travel


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 

DIY Wedding Wednesday: Gorgeous Gumballs

gorgeous gumballs

Two weeks ago we featured some of our favorite products and party concepts guaranteed to help you celebrate in style. If you missed the post, check it out {here}. Well, we got so caught up in all the fun that we wanted to keep the party going. And what better way to do just that than to channel our inner kid with a childhood favorite, the good ol’ gumball machine. To make things even sweeter, we got to play with some minis! From candy colorful to sophisticated and chic, here are three creative ways to give a classic giveaway a refreshed and styled spin.

The Supplies

mini gumball machine favors - supplies

Candy Colorful:

Whimsical Wanderlust:

Sophisticated Chic:

The Look

colorful theme gumball machine favor

wanderlust themed gumball machine

white and gold party favors

gold glitter favor tag

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glitter thank you tag, metallic gold bow (sold in an assortment of designs) and gold twine



DIY Wedding Wednesday: How-To Celebrate Your Birthday In Style

how to celebrate your birthday in style

If you were ever under the impression that birthday parties should be reserved for the little ones in your life, today’s post is about to turn that notion on its head. Complete with plenty of grown up fun, after seeing the details of this setup we’re pretty sure you’ll be planning your very own sophisticated celebration for your next  B-Day. And if your big day is too far away, then we suggest applying any (or all) of these ideas into any soiree you may have up and coming…think bridal shower, engagement party, etc. Happy Styling!

Gift It All, Big and Small

Nothing says birthday like the perfect gift. Thank them for celebrating you by flipping the gift giving onto them. Whether it’s a sweet favor treat or a something a bit more substantial, this spread has you covered.

glass bell jar favors

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glass bell jar favor with geo marble sticker (coming soon)

bell jar party favors pink and white party favor

white gumball machine party favor marble design favor tag

personalized chocolate bar party favor

personalized ladies flask

personalized tote bag

Served Up in Style

Bevies are basically a must at any ‘big girl’ bash. Serve yours up in serious style with personalized glassware displayed on sleek theme approved trays.

party glassware personalized glassware

acrylic tray

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acrylic tray with personalized insert (coming soon)

personalized acrylic tray

Details Make All The Difference

Just like with any other event, details make all the difference. From decorative touches to chic signage, there’s no such thing as too much.

let's party balloon

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17″ latex balloon (coming soon)

white acrylic sign

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yay acrylic sign (coming soon)

yay party sign

party time coasters



DIY Wedding Wednesday: The Candy Bar


Looking for something sweet to treat your guests with? Candy bars are a great way to help celebrate your big day. The pop of color, design and of course the tasty treats make it a fun addition to any wedding. They are also a great way to add a personal touch to your reception. Use these tips to help create your own Candy Bar that your guests are sure to enjoy!

Stage Your Candy Bar!

It is all about presentation! Stage your table with containers of various heights, tallest at the back for easy access to all items on the table. By using large, clear jars to display your candy, it makes it effortless for your guests to scoop the sweet treats. Trays for smaller candy can be put in front to vary your Candy Bar décor and give it that extra little touch.


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Apothecary Jars

Pick Your Treats!

Choose a variety of candy types such as bulk and individually packaged candy. Have grab n’ go items available. Some of our favorite options are filled mini gumball machines and chocolate bars. Want to make it your own? Pick candy colors and types to match your theme or personality.



Having favor boxes or containers available is a must! This allows your guests to take as much or as little candy as they want. Your guests can also take a treat home for later to remember the occasion. Make it even more special by customizing the container with a personalized label or tag.

It’s All In The Details!

Incorporating signage on your table can help your guests pick and choose with ease. Don’t forget the scoops and napkins to avoid those sticky fingers. Personalize the napkins with a unique message to your guests.

Use these sweet tips and you’re sure to create a personalized Candy Bar that your guests will love!