Spring Peek: Vera Wang 2015 Bridal Collection

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I’d be lying if I said I didn’t play favorites as far as bridal gown designers go and Vera Wang is definitely on the top of my list. Bringing together the world of whimsy and high fashion is not an ease feat but one that this designer pulls off with every single one of her stunning bridal collections. And her Spring 2015 collection may just be one of my favorites to date so I was over the moon thrilled when I got asked to share a look at the line up with you today. If you’re a Toronto area bride than you’ll want to use this post to pick your favorites and then get to booking your appointment for this week’s truck show, taking place September 18-20 at Vera Wang Bride Toronto, to try them on for size. For all you other North American brides, check out the events section of the Vera Wang website for all other truck show dates. Now let’s get to swooning shall we!

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Give Me More

For additional bridal gown inspiration visit and follow Weddingstar’s Wedding Dresses board on pinterest.

xoxo.

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DIY Wedding Wednesday: Faux Fall Flower Decor

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Whether you’re a DIY expert or it’s something you only dabble in, chances are you’ve used spray paint at some point along your crafting journeys. And that’s probably because spray paint is the number one way to easily transform the look of just about anything. Continuing on our recent Fall wedding inspiration kick, today we’re going to put the DIY wonder to the task of creating some seasonally inspired, simple and lovely wedding decor. Used as Fall wedding centerpieces or side table accents, these budget-friendly arrangements are sure to add a pop of color and a touch of sparkle to your day.

The Supplies

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  • clear bottle vases (sold in sets of 6 assorted sizes. Only one shown here)
  • 3 types of spray paint – metallic antique gold, flat ivory and gold glitter tinting spray
  • faux flowers – dried baby’s breath, japanese lanterns and wooden roses, in shades fit for the season
  • taper candles
  • mask & gloves

The How-To

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Step 1: set up your working area in a well-ventilated space, preferably outdoors. Use an old cardboard box to create a pod that will keep your spray contained, preventing it from getting onto surrounding objects.

Step 2: place your bottle in the box, shake your paint vigorously and begin spraying in a quick up and down motion creating a thin first coat. Avoid a heavy application as it will cause the paint to run.

Step 3: rotate the bottle continuing your first application to the whole of the bottle. Once the bottle is fully covered leave it to dry as per the paint can directions then come back for a second finishing coat, to pick up on any gaps and to create a nice solid finish.

Step 4 (not shown): repeat steps 1 – 3  on all your bottles using the various spray paint colors and finishes. For the tinting spray only one application of paint should be necessary, to maintain the translucency of the bottles it is applied to.

Step 5 (not shown): once your bottles have dried completely, create your arrangement by filling your vases with the various dried flowers and taper candles.

The End Result

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Ready Made

If you like the idea of using colored bottle vases for your wedding day decor but without the work, pick up a set of blue, purple or white bottle vases on weddingstar.com.

xoxo.

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Wedding Planning Essentials {Inspired by Color}: Warm My Heart

 

If I had to pick one word to describe the Fall season it would be ‘comfort’. With its vibrant landscape coupled with cool crisp air, by its sheer nature Fall offers up the invitation to cozy up with a blanket and enjoy the view. It’s warm in its essence, and naturally beautiful. It encourages us to slow down and enjoy our surroundings, take the time to appreciate all the little things. With carefree summer days a thing of the past, Fall grounds us in the most soothing and gentle kind of way.  It inspires endless heartwarming creative possibilities and it makes me think there may be no lovelier way to think of love than in the context of Fall.  So grab a blanket, your beloved, and enjoy the latest installment in the Inspired by Color series, “Warm My Heart”.

Want More?

Get inspired with more color stories on Weddingstar’s Wedding Color Inspiration Pinterest board.

xoxo.

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DIY Wedding Wednesday: Centerpiece How-To

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When the idea for this post came up, truth be told, I panicked a little. Although I love flowers (I mean, what girl doesn’t?!) and have pulled together many arrangements in my day, I always advise (where budget allows) to never DIY your florals. But let’s face it, when budgets are factored in not everyone has the luxury of working with a floral designer. So to all you ladies feeling brave and looking to stretch your dollar without compromising an ounce of pretty, this blog’s for you!

The Supplies

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  • good pair of shears
  • floral foam (to fit whatever vase you decide to use)
  • flowers, in order of appearance: lisianthus, astilbe, queen anne’s lace, spray roses, seeded eucalyptus and sedum

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The Step by Step

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Step 1: saturate your floral foam with water and place into your vase. Begin to build your floral arrangement creating a starting point for your two front facing corners. Make one over flowing with eucalyptus and the other tighter to the center with queen anne’s lace.

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Step 2: continue to build your arrangement by adding another overflow on the opposite corner to the original and begin to fill out your middle with a blend of sedum and lisianthus.

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Step 3: continue to fill in your arrangement, adding in astilbe. Start to concentrate on your arrangement as a whole, paying attention to all angles.

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Step 4: add in spray roses. as you work on filling your arrangement make sure to fill all gaps and keep a mix of flowers throughout the whole.

The End Result

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You could stop right here but for a fuller table arrangement (and some added decor), finish off the look with a couple of votive holders filled with a few floral stems, as well as some candlelight.

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Centerpieces Simplified.

If you’re all about DIY’ing your centerpiece but want something a little less labor intensive, check out our Decorative Bottle Vases and Springtime Centerpieces posts.

xoxo.

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Wedding Reception Centerpieces: 9 Tips to Stunning Arrangements

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Big and small. Short and tall. Monochromatic and bursting with an abundance of color. Wedding reception centerpieces come in many sizes, shapes and colors, making them uber exciting as far as possibilities go, and ultra complicated as far as planning goes. To help you work your way through the endless array of options we’re breaking down everything you need to consider to make your final selection. Follow these tips and there’s no doubt your wedding reception will be a stunner!

The Centerpiece Guide

  1. Keeping Proportion. Make sure your centerpieces are big enough to fill out the tables they’re going to sit on. If too small, no matter how pretty, they’ll simply get lost.
  2. Provide for a Line of Sight. When going with tall arrangements try to ensure they don’t prevent anyone at the table from seeing other guests seated with them or any other important focal points, like your head table. You can do so by going with slender or clear vessels.
  3. Play with Height. One of the easiest ways to provide for visual impact is to play with varying heights within an arrangement. To get the look use various vessels or components to create a grouping.
  4. Go Beyond the Florals. Add interest to your arrangement by including additional elements like decorative props. Whether it be a wooden slab or a vintage drawer, props do wonders for the overall visual.
  5. Play with Color. Create instant drama by using bold colors or unconventional color combinations.
  6. Budget Considerations. If on a small budget consider going with faux flowers over fresh blooms. Create unique arrangements and the real deal won’t be missed.
  7. The Power of Candlelight. There’s is no better foolproof way to add beauty and romance to your centerpieces, and your wedding, than by using candles. The key factor to creating the look? There’s no such thing as too much candlelight!
  8. The Size Factor. Going big is not a must do. Long and low arrangements can be just as beautiful. Consider using varying low vessels for a grouping that creates a runner down a rectangular table or a full cluster on a round.
  9. A Touch of Bling. And when all else fails, add a touch of bling for guaranteed wow factor.

And now for some eye candy!

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art deco inspired floral arrangements

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Create Your Own

If you’re feeling inspired and considering working with your friends and family to create your own arrangements than come back and visit us this Wednesday when we show you how to pull it all together.

xoxo.

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A Girl and Her Table {The Series}: Bursting with Color – The Fall Bride

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It may still technically be summer but the days are getting shorter, the nights a little chillier, and we’re eagerly pulling out all our warm and woolly sweaters. Why? Because just around the corner awaits Fall, with all its glorious deep rich colors, an ideal backdrop for a stunningly beautiful wedding. And we LOVE Fall weddings. To kick off our first of many features of the season’s best, we’re sharing our very own Fall inspired wedding shoot in the next installment of our A Girl & Her Table series. So throw on your most fashionable cardigans, coats or capes ladies and let’s take a glimpse into what it looks like to be a Fall Bride.

Her Style Personality

Dramatic. Bold. And far from traditional. She’s the perfect blend of style and comfort, always on top of all trends but only following those that best suit her personal taste. She favors rich and dynamic colors and is convinced that any excuse to wear a cape is a good one.

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She Likes

Playing with unconventional color palettes, pulling together unique design details, and anything inherent to the Fall season. Extending her appreciation for the comforts of life, she wants her guests to feel right at home at her event.

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She Has to Have

Anything and everything that pays tribute to her love of the season and the beauty of nature. And if it’s of the red color persuasion, it’s pretty much in.

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woodland pretties
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candy apple favor

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rich indulgences
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Are You a Fall Bride?

If you’re loving today’s bridal style, come get further inspired on weddingstar’s fall wedding pinterest board.

If this isn’t quite your style, check out one of our past series features, The Candy Colorful BrideThe Garden Whimsy Bride, or The Wanderlust Bride.

xoxo.

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DIY Wedding Wednesday: Dipped and Tipped – Adding Gold Accents

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This past Monday we shared with you insight into one of the hottest current wedding color trends, the mighty metallic Gold. As a follow up we figured it only fair to show you some DIY ways to add its glitter and shine to your wedding day. From dipped to tipped, today we’ll show you how to use three varied and simple painting techniques to “goldify” your wedding accessories. We’ve selected three specific decorative accents to apply our techniques to, but we highly recommend using this only as a guide, letting your imagination run wild with all the additional ways to make the look yours. Time to get out your paintbrushes ladies!

The Supplies

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The How-To

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Technique #1: for a perfectly even fine tipped finish, dip whatever point you want accented into your paint. Pull out and let access paint drip off.

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Technique #2: for a fading out finish, use a fine tipped paintbrush to apply your paint. Concentrate the paint at the top and brush it out moving downward. Multiple applications may be required.

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Technique #3: to add interest to any accessory, pick a focal point and using a flat tipped precision brush apply your paint.

The {Golden} End Result

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Make it Sparkle.

For another DIY way of making your wedding day glitter, check out our A Touch of {Art Deco} Gold post.

xoxo.

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Selecting a Wedding Reception Venue: Top 15 Things to Consider

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Here‘s how you don‘t want to choose your reception venue, “eeny meeny miny moe”. As the hub for your wedding day and the biggest part of your budget spend, you want to make sure that your selected venue space meets all your wedding needs and expectations. And considering how many options there are out there, navigating through them efficiently is mission critical. Is it a challenge? Absolutely. Do you need to stress about it. Not with our handy checklist! Here are the top 15 things you want to consider in making your final decision as to where you’re going to be spending your big day.

The Venue Selection Checklist

1. Your Budget. Before you even step out the door on your search for the perfect spot, sit down and figure out how much you can and are willing to spend on your wedding. Don’t forget to include into the equation all the spend outside of the venue cost itself, i.e. photography, planning, entertainment, decor, etc. The average total budget usually works out to double your venue spend, and that’s just to cover the standards.

2. Your Expected Guest Count. Understanding your expected guest count upfront is important. Consider only venues that can meet your capacity requirements comfortably, while leaving room for all other logistical needs, like a designated dance floor.

3. Experience. How long has your venue been in business? How long has the current Management been in place? Given how much spend goes into your venue rental, you want to book with a space that comes with a strong reputation and experienced Management. Ask for referrals from previous couples and do your due diligence by searching for online reviews.

4. Fine Print. Before getting excited about a space carefully review their entire venue offering. Don’t be afraid to ask to see a contract to read through all the fine print. Assess what’s included with your package and what’s extra. If you’re on a tight budget look for a place that offers all your standard reception needs, like tables, chairs, linens and dinnerware. If you have a substantial budget and are looking for a customized event ensure the space will allow you to bring in all your own rentals at no additional fee.

5. Exclusive Vendors. Find out upfront if the venue has a list of exclusive vendors, especially if you’re considering a customized event. An exclusive vendor list means you are limited to selecting suppliers the venue has partnered with, with no option to bring in your own resources. If outside catering falls under restricted selection, do some research into the caterers in question.

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6. Permits. Are any special permits required to hold your event? If so, are you responsible for managing the process or will the venue handle it on your behalf and charge back the cost to you? Common permits include photography and alcohol serving permits.

7. Restrictions. Are there any event related restrictions you should know about? Whether it be an early end time, noise constraints or restricted candle use, make sure you are aware of all the things you can and can’t do on the day of.

8. Construction. Are there any plans for venue updates or upgrades? If so find out when they are scheduled to occur and when they will be complete. The last thing you want is for any part of the space to be under construction on the day of your wedding.

9. Neighbors. Take a look to see who or what resides around the venue. Is it something that could potentially impact your event? For example, if you’re planning an outdoor event and the venue of interest is near an airport make sure you’re familiar with the noise levels you can expect on your wedding day.

10. Style or Theme Fit. Does the overall look of the space fit the style or theme you’re planning for your wedding? Consider the color scheme throughout the space and make note of the flooring / carpet and all permanent fixtures. If these things don’t work with your target style consider moving on. It costs a lot of money to transform the look of a space.

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11. Onsite Coordinator. Is there an onsite resource who will be responsible for your event from start to finish? If so make sure you meet with this person before signing the contract, to ensure you’re comfortable with their personal offering. An onsite coordinator is someone you’ll spend a lot of time with and who’ll play an integral part in making sure your day comes together as planned.

12. Space Exclusivity. Will your event be the only one hosted within the space that day? Ideally you want complete exclusivity of a space and its resources. If multiple event accommodating venues are something you’re considering, assess what areas will have to be shared, i.e. entrances and bathrooms.

13. Outdoor Venue. Indoor Option. If you’re planning an outdoor wedding assess what the indoor backup plan is in case weather becomes a factor. If the answer is a tent, confirm who will be responsible for arranging for one and any additional rental requirements that come with it. Remember to factor in the additional cost of the backup plan into your budget.

14. The Extras. Review all the extras that a space offers that others may not. Pay special consideration to locations that can accommodate an onsite ceremony in a designated area, as well as one that has a great spot for your wedding photos. Minimizing travel from location to location on your wedding day always goes a long way in how successfully the day pans out and how stress free it is.

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15. Plan Your Visit. Before going to any venue visits take the time to think through all the things that are most important to you for your wedding day as a whole and from your selected wedding venue. Write down any questions that come to mind, remembering no question is too silly.

Happy Planning!

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Product Spotlight: Votive Holders – Small Accents Packing a Big Decorative Punch

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Wedding Reception Tips: 7 Must See Custom Seating Displays

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