All the Pretty Things: Our Favorite Wedding Details

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Happy Halloween! Although we aren’t in the business of the spooky and the freaky, we can certainly appreciate the celebration’s affiliation with sweet treats. Which is exactly what we have in store for you today. Well, that is if you’re into seriously swoon-worthy wedding inspiration. From unconventional designer footwear to the most luxurious of floral arrangements, today we’re counting down 15 of our favorite wedding day details from our very own creative photo shoots. And that’s not even the best part. All this is a pretty prequel to the sweetest treat of all, this coming Monday’s post when we’ll share our 2015 trend predictions and a sneak peek into what’s in store for the next issue of Weddingstar magazine, hitting stands early December. And trust me when I say that’s a post you won’t want to miss! But for now, let’s enjoy some eye candy.

15. Homespun Designer Details – Coach Rain Boots

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14. Delightful Desserts – Glittered Monogram French Macarons

 

13. Luxury Upgrades – Etched Stemware

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12. Vintage Displays – Creative Wedding Photo Props

 

11. A Tribute to Tradition – Old Family Photo Display

 

10. Fancy Pants – Bejeweled Bridal Bun

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9. Ceremony Sound Off – Ringing of a Vintage Bell to Announce the Bride

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8. Dining Details – Custom Dinner Menus with Coordinating China

 

7. Luxurious Lace – Vintage Decorative Details

 

6. Special Seating – DIY Chair Back

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5. Colorful Candlelight – Mint Green Tapers

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4. Ambient Light – Crystal Chandeliers

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3. Indoor Garden – Abundant Floral Displays

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2. Aisle Style – Candlelit Floral Ceremony Aisle Markers

 

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1. Tabletop Adornments – Cascading Large Bloom Displays

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More Pretty Things

Follow Weddingstar on Pinterest for endless wedding inspiration, complete with ways to get the look.

xoxo.

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Wedding Planning Essentials: 10 Tips for Successful Wedding Budget Management

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I don’t think I’d be the odd woman out if I said that wedding budget management is not fun. In fact, it’s a major pain. But it’s also an absolute necessity, a top priority in the wedding planning process. As difficult as it is to muddle through the business of managing your wedding spend, it would be downright impossible without a guiding framework. And we’re not talking about anything fancy. Just an outline of the total amount you’re able and willing to dish out, and how you want to allocate those dollars. So in the spirit of a fresh week and getting things off on the right foot, we’re sharing our list of top tips for successful wedding budget management.

Tip #1. First Things First

This may seem obvious but it’s so critical that it’s worth the mention, and the top spot. Setting your wedding budget should be the first thing you do when you set out on the wedding planning journey. Before you book anything, before any of the planning stress sets in, before you even set a date, your first task should be to sit down and map out your maximum total spend.

Tip #2. Where to Start

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You may be in complete agreement that a budget is essential, but theory isn’t worth much unless put to practice. And here’s where most couples get stuck. They want a controllable budget. They just aren’t sure how to set one. The short answer is that there is no magic formula applicable across the board. Every couple’s budget is bound to look different. There is however a pretty solid rule of thumb you can go by: take your projected venue / reception spend, double it, and the result is an estimate for total average spend.

Tip #3. Be Realistic

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When setting your budget, and throughout the entire planning process, remember that everything comes with a price tag and unless you have an infinite budget, you can’t have it all. You may find it helpful to list out your ‘must haves’, the event details that matter most to you, and your ‘nice to haves’, the extras that you can do without if necessary. For example, a dove release is lovely but not an essential element of a meaningful ceremony. Leave the booking of the extras to the tail end of your planning/spend, and be prepared to make compromises if necessary.

Tip #4. Team Work

Tips 1 to 3 make for a solid wedding budget foundation but unless worked through by both bride and groom, cracks are inevitable. Make sure you’re both comfortable with the total spend set out, and that your list of ‘must haves’ is a shared one. If not, you may find yourself in a tough situation later on down the wedding planning road, at a time where changes aren’t easily made.

Tip #5. Less is More

The number one, fail-safe way to stretch your total spend is to reduce your guest count. It’s simple math. The same total spend will do a lot more for a group of 50 versus for an event hosting 150. And although it may seem like common sense, the challenge arises when tradition, culture and overall community are taken into consideration. So although it’s an easy  concept to understand, it’s a lot harder to put into practice, but an important consideration for budget management nonetheless.

Tip #6. Bring on a Pro

Potentially the most challenging aspect of wedding budget management is the time it takes to get it right. The easiest way to ensure you get it right from the get go, and that you stay on track, is to enlist the help of a professional wedding planner. An experienced planner can handle the process on your behalf, based on the parameters you set together.

Tip #7. Cut Backs

 

Next to your reception venue budget (including food and beverage), floral expenses are likely to be next in line for highest potential spend. Depending on your overall budget and your ‘must haves’, you may find you have to make major cut backs to meet your bottom line. One way to make the cut without impacting on overall ambiance is to replace floral arrangements with a flood of pretty candlelight.

Tip #8. The Time Factor

To aid in spend management, don’t be afraid to ask your wedding vendors for  payment plans. Most would be more than willing to accommodate you with a well spaced out schedule that helps to avoid an influx of major spend all at once. But be prepared to make all final payments approximately two weeks prior to your wedding day.

Tip #9. DIY it

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What’s the easiest way to control the cost of a given aspect of your event? Do it yourself. Granted, not all aspects of a wedding can be DIY’d, but those that can are guaranteed to bring down spend. That said, make sure to leave yourself enough time to manage whatever parts you’re taking on, and never do it alone. Now’s the time to turn to a wedding planner, your bridesmaids, and close family members.

Tip #10. Check In

When it comes to a budget, there’s no such thing as too much checking in. The budget management process is a constant one, which should be updated with every single spend as it happens, so it doesn’t get missed. And always remember that nothing, other than your bottom line, is set in stone. So shuffle around on an as needed basis.

Speaking of DIY’ing it

Join us every Wednesday for our DIY Wedding Wednesday posts, where we show you creative ways to personalize your event while stretching your wedding budget.

xoxo.

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The Roundup: 5 DIYS to Try This Weekend

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Every Friday and/or Monday I have the pleasure of spending the day in the studio, creating and shooting a DIY for the upcoming Wednesday Blog post. I get to play with fun tools, fresh blooms and of course some great Weddingstar products. And I enjoy pulling together each and every creation. More importantly though, I’m so thrilled to see that all you lovely Details Blog readers seem to enjoy them just as much as I do. We officially launched DIY Wedding Wednesday back in February of this year and ever since then fan engagement with the Blog has only seen upward growth. So thank you for that!

Just in case you missed out on any DIYs you may want for your wedding day, for today’s post I’m rounding up the Top 5 most popular DIYs of the year. And with the weekend upon us, there is no better time to get to some crafting!

#1. The Fabric Flower Chair Back

Pretty up your bride and groom chairs or line your ceremony aisle with these fabric flower beauties. Get the look here.

diy fabric flower chair back

#2.  Ceremony Confetti Cones

Forgo the rice for your ceremony send off toss and upgrade to preserved petals for the loveliest of ceremony details. Get the look here.

diy confetti cones

#3. Glittered Tealight Holders

Add a touch of glitter and gold to your wedding day with these easy to do decorative accents. Get the look here.

gold glittered tealight holders

#4. Personalized Hand Fans

Pamper your guests with this impressive and inexpensive outdoor wedding must have. Get the look here.

diy personalized hand fans

#5. Prettied Up Paper Table Numbers

Transform simple paper table numbers into customized papier perfection with this budget friendly how-to. Get the look here.

diy paper table numbers

Fresh Thinking

As thrilled as we are that you love our ideas, that doesn’t mean we don’t want to hear yours. If you have a DIY idea you’d like us to try, don’t be shy, leave us a comment on the blog! We will try our hardest to make them happen.

xoxo.

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DIY Wedding Wednesday: Rustic Fall Floral Arrangements

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Anytime of year is a good time to have a rustic themed wedding. But Fall may just be the best. With its cool days providing plenty of encouragement for a warm and welcoming reception, and its changing and glorious foliage the perfect inspiration for homespun charms, rustic and Fall simply go hand in hand. Since we had plenty of beautiful Fall blooms laying around the studio from this past Monday’s Fall Floral Guide post, I figured that for today’s DIY Wedding Wednesday feature it only made sense to whip up a few rustic inspired arrangements. From a billy button boutonniere, to a busting with color bouquet, to a radiant and rustic centerpiece, here are three ways to pull together the best of what Fall has to offer.

Look #1: The Billy Button Boutonniere – Supplies

diy boutonniere supplies

  • flowers: yellow spray rose, peach hypericum berry and craspedia (billy button)
  • floral tape, wire and pin
  • satin ribbon in willow green
  • floral shears

The Step by Step

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Step 1: layer your stems. Using the hypericum berry as your base, arrange your rose and craspedia stems on top, as shown in the image above.

Step 2: evenly trim your stem ends at 2 -3 inches in length.

Step 3: secure your stems together with floral wire. Start your wire as close to the blooms as possible, securing them such that they don’t bend over.

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Step 4: even out your stem base by wrapping it with floral tape.

Step 5: pretty up the finish by wrapping your floral tape with satin ribbon.

Step 6: on the backside of your boutonniere, secure your ribbon with a floral pin.

The End Result

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Look #2: The Bursting with Color Bouquet – Supplies

diy bouquet supplies

  • flowers: dahlias (in red, orange and two tone yellow – two stems of each), yellow spray roses (three stems) and sedum (three small bunches)
  • burlap by the roll
  • floral shears and a good pair of scissors

The Step by Step

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Step 1: trim your stems of all excess leaves, leaving just a few for texture

Step 2: roll out your burlap and cut it in half, down the middle.

Step 3: lay out all your stems and supplies, grouping your stems by type.

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Step 4: begin building your bouquet, grouping one dahlia, a stem or two of spray roses and a bunch of sedum.

Step 5: build on your base by adding in additional dahlia stems, paying attention to color distribution when deciding how to bunch them.

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Step 6: continue to build your bouquet, taking care to maintain an even distribution of floral variety and color. Given the delicate nature of a dahlia’s bloom, use your roses and sedum to prop them up as much as possible.

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Step 7: evenly trim your stem ends.

Step 8: secure your stems together with either floral wire, or if you don’t have any, a rubber band will do.

Step 9: finish the look, and cover your wire or rubber band, by tying on your burlap ribbon.

The End Result

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Look #3: The Radiant and Rustic Centerpiece – Supplies

diy centerpiece supplies

  • flowers: queen anne’s lace, peach hypericum berry, craspedia, yellow spray roses, yellow chrysanthemum and orange dahlia. You’ll want to use several stems of each. approximately 4-5, exact number dependent on desired centerpiece fullness.
  • french provencal style pitcher
  • floral shears

The Step by Step

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Step 1: as we did with the bouquet, trim all excess leaves off of all your stems. Next trim the length of your stems such that they are just slightly taller than the rim of your pitcher.

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Step 2: start creating your arrangement stem by stem. Keep an even mix of floral variety and color throughout, and ensure your arrangement looks good from all angles.

The End Result

diy fall wedding centerpiece

xoxo.

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The Seasonal Flower Guide Series: Fall Florals

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What’s the number one way to stretch your floral budget without compromising an ounce of lovely? Ensure your wedding arrangements and bouquets are made up of in season stems. Sticking to what Mother Nature naturally has to offer best allows you to keep to a manageable budget while still creating beautifully bountiful creations for your wedding day. Not only that, but seasonal blooms are perfectly cultivated to fit designs taking place at a given time of year. Think delicate tulips and the new beginnings that springtime brings, and lush pink peonies and the long glorious days of early summer.

Because we’re all about you getting the most bang for your buck, and making the wedding planning process as easy as possible is a part of our mission, we’re introducing our Seasonal Flower Guide Series. We’re starting with Fall and its most common radiantly rich floral varieties. And we’ve listed them for you based on a lowest to highest price point, starting with a classic, spray roses.

yellow spray roses

classic beauty
available in a wide range of vibrant fall hues, including red, yellow, orange and coral, spray roses easily add a pop of color to your wedding day.

hypericum berry

a bit of berry
the use of hypericum berries is the easiest way to add interest to any arrangement.

queen anne's lace

pretty plants
actually readily available all year round, queen anne’s lace is a flowering plant that works beautifully as a filler floral.

craspedia

simply sweet
from the daisy family, craspedia is s dainty flowering plant that adds a subtle and sweet accenting touch to any arrangement, especially bouquets and boutonnieres.

sedum

touch of texture
with its rich color and unique appearance, sedum adds instant texture to centerpieces and bouquets.

chrysanthemum

bountiful bloom
this large blooming floral is a budget brides best friend. just a few can make for a beautiful centerpiece.

dahlia

petal perfection
available in a wide range of shades, including two tone combinations, the many delicate petals that make up a dahlia make it one of the pretties of the fall florals.

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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.

xoxo.

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The WS Stylist Series – Part 4: The Engagement Ring Guide

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We’re coming to the end of our Stylist Series and we seem to have saved the best for last, that is if you like big sparkly gorgeous diamonds! So far we’ve shared with you the essentials to getting gorgeous (here and here) and we’ve helped your guy get styled (here), and for this one we’re bringing it back to the most important of the basics, the engagement ring. It might seem kind of counterintuitive to some, wouldn’t the planning bride already have her ring? But the reality is that today’s savvy bride starts planning her big day even before the official “will you”. Couples are taking more time to enjoy one another before the chaos that comes with wedding planning, while still talking about the eventual life step, and more and more grooms-to-be enlist aid in making the big ring purchase. So for you ladies who’ve yet to get the ring, grab your guy and get to reading through our guide to the perfect engagement ring, coming to you from the people who know them best, the diamond experts at Maple Leaf Diamonds.

Mass Appeal. The Most Popular Engagement Ring Shapes.

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1. The Princess Cut.

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Its name is no coincidence. Dramatic in appearance and yet still elegantly feminine, this shape has been a trending choice for the last several years.

2. The Cushion Cut. This diamond, cut to shine clear and bright, has become the choice stone among top celebrities.  The square cut with rounded corners is slowly surpassing the princess cut for the most purchased diamond shape.

3. The Round Brilliant.

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Long standing as the shape of choice for most couples. Its classic beauty is undeniable, and it shines in its  simplicity.

Understanding What’s Right For You. The Personality Match.

Classy, Elegant and Simple? You’ll feel best rocking a traditional solitaire. Sleek and timeless, this is one you will love for a lifetime.

Glitzy and Glamorous?

halo cut diamond

You’ll want to flaunt your glistening ring from afar. Go with a single or double halo, with an emphasized center stone that shines bright.

Artsy and Unique? Popular choices won’t do. Go with an extraordinary cut like the Emerald or Pear to ensure you stand out from the crowd.

Trendy and Chic?

halo with pave diamond

A single diamond or halo with a rounded pave shank is both gorgeous and fashionable. This accentuated stone is the most ‘show for your dough’ piece.

Earth Loving and Free Spirited? Rough diamonds give a nice natural, unpolished glow. With no two rough stones alike, you’ll have a truly unique, organic, untouched diamond carefully chosen by your groom.

Above and Beyond

The cardinal, first and most important rule to purchasing an engagement ring is to remember that it’ll always be brilliant because of what it represents. Color, clarity, carat and cut aside, all engagement rings shine bright when purchased with love.

princess cut engagement ring

About Maple Leaf Diamonds

Maple Leaf Diamonds were formed underground over three-billion years ago in Northern Canada, where they lay dormant waiting to be discovered. Today, the pristine Canadian North has become symbolic of the purity and beauty of these natural and untreated Canadian diamonds, which are ranked among the world’s most exquisite and brilliant gems. For the nearest Maple Leaf Diamonds dealer, located across North America, the UK, Ireland and Australia, please visit mapleleafdiamonds.com.

xoxo.

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DIY Wedding Wednesday: Boho Beauties – Mini Brown Bottle Favors

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I’m not sure if it’s the delicate pansies, the mix of vibrant colors, or the fact that I adore anything boho, but today’s mini brown bottle favors may now officially be my favorite DIY to date. So much so that I took the liberty to make a few extras, and they now act as this week’s office desk decor. And the most arduous bit to pulling them together was finding the mini bottles, which actually proved to be no more difficult than a 30 minute drive to the local antique market, where I found shelf upon shelf stocked with them. And trust me ladies, it’s worth the trip. These darling favors are certain to get your guests oohing and aahing.

The Supplies

boho brown bottle vase favor supplies

The How-To

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  • use a mix of bottle shapes
  • alternate your personalized sticker colors
  • stamp an “xo” message onto your paper feathers and attach them to your bottles with twine
  • use a mix of dainty flowers to fill your bottles, using no more than two stems per bottle
  • finish off the look with a pretty display

The Details

boho brown bottle favor - 1 paper feather tag wildflowers boho brown bottle favor - 2 personalized sticker pansies boho brown bottle favor - 3 lavender lavender 2 boho brown bottle favor - 4 twine alstroemeria boho brown bottle favor vases

xoxo.

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Wedding Planning Tips {Plan by Color}: Ravishing Red

Happy Monday! And a very Happy Thanksgiving to all our Canadian blog readers! In honor of today’s heartfelt holiday, and as a bit of encouragement to spend your Monday cozying up with the one you love, for our latest installment in our Plan by Color series we’re featuring the most romantic hue in the color spectrum, ravishing red. To be specific, we’re celebrating the many shades in the red color family, and those that best compliment them. From bold burgundy to golden yellow, and everything in between, we highly recommend using this radiant range to infuse breathtaking beauty into your wedding day.

Color Conscious

If red’s not for you, check out one of our other Plan by Color mood boards, Something Blue and Mint Green.

xoxo.

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The WS Stylist Series – Part 3: Grooms Get Styled

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Alright grooms, this one’s just for you! With the next installment in our WS Stylist Series, see the first two features here and here, we figured it’s high time we focus on the man of the hour. Because as important as a bride is on her wedding day, let’s face it, she would be nowhere without her best accessory, her groom. To ensure you look nothing but stylish and sharp while in the spotlight with your bride, we’ve got the top tips for selecting your tailored wedding look straight from the subject matter experts, the stylists at Toronto’s leading menswear store, Gotstyle.

Top 9 Tips for Selecting Your Wedding Suit

1. Don’t Rent. Buy. In order to look your best on the big day, shopping off the rack or made-to-measure suiting is the best way to go. Rented suits are cut for the overall fit of every body type. Sleeves are often too long, waistbands are synched with buckles and sloppy pant hems are pretty much a given. Invest in a suit of your own for your big day that’ll also keep as a long term addition to your wardrobe.

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2. The Perfect Fit. The most important thing to think about when buying a suit for your wedding is fit. Just because it is trimmed with lapels you like or is graced with a ticket pocket doesn’t mean it’s the right look for you. Every body is different. Purchasing a suit that fits your body type is the key to keeping you comfortable and feeling good on your big day.

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3. Let Your Personality Shine. Your wedding is a day you want to present the best version of who you are. Really like the look of a double-breasted suit but haven’t had the opportunity to wear one? Feel more comfortable in trousers and a blazer? Now’s the time to show your personal style. Your wedding attire should be an extension of who you are when you’re at your very best.

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4. Color Conscious. Classic charcoal, crisp navy and breathtaking black are all wonderful options for a wedding suit that can easily work back into your daily wardrobe, but don’t be afraid to go with something bold. Your wedding is a wonderful opportunity to be adventurous. Try a non-traditional color choice such as light grey, burgundy or even electric blue to really get the attention of your family and friends.

5. The Tricks of Tailoring. Once you’ve selected a suit that matches your personality and fits your frame, the final step to perfect fit is alterations. All true gentlemen work with a tailor to tweak any minor adjustment that may be needed to an off the rack suit. Alterations are necessary to perfecting your wedding wear.

6. Detailed Decorations. Accessories are a wonderful way to incorporate your personality or even your wedding theme into your look. Tie bars or rings, lapel pins and suspenders are standout additions, while colored socks or shoelaces have become a wedding staple. For something really special, play with your look throughout the day. Go with a traditional tie during the ceremony and then switch it out for something fun like a patterned bow tie for the reception.

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7. Pattern Play. A wedding is arguably the most festive of occasions and always an opportunity to celebrate. Wearing a printed tie, a shirt with a pattern, or even a whimsical pocket square are simple adjustments that will take your suit from business to pleasure. The more fashion forward groom can go as bold as to wear a printed suit in a windowpane or glen check fabric.

8. Conform to the Code. A simple way to alleviate wedding day wardrobe stress is to dress to the code suggested for your guests. If you’re having a casual summer wedding consider wearing a blazer and trousers or a linen suit without a tie. A cocktail dress code pairs perfectly with a shawl collar jacket and tuxedo pant. By following the dress code you eliminate other wardrobe options that can make selecting a wedding outfit complicated.

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9. Master of the Mismatch. The final and perhaps least obvious tip is this, the bride does not wear the same dress as the bridesmaids, nor should the groom have to wear the same look as the groomsmen. Differentiating yourself from your groomsmen can be as simple as choosing a different colored tie or adding a vest, to something as unique as wearing a light blue suit while your groomsmen sport navy. It’s your day. Don’t be shy to stand out and enjoy!

About Gotstyle

With more than eight years of experience helping the men of Toronto find modern, refined looks for every occasion, GOTSTYLE™ has become known as a leading figure in Canadian menswear. They are committed to providing the most inclusive shopping experience, fulfilling every client’s unique requirements in terms of style, tailoring and grooming. Retail locations house edgy, well-edited collections that encompass business, casual, formal and social looks to help make any man a sartorial star.

Last But Not Least

Join us next Friday for the final installment in our Stylist Series, our jewellery feature, showcasing some of the most stunning pieces you’ve ever seen!

xoxo.

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Product Spotlight: Top 10 Fall Wedding Must Haves

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An al fresco affair is a good idea any time of year. The fresh air, the complimentary sunlight, the beauty of the natural surroundings. But arguably Fall, cool winds and all, may just be the best time to take your wedding celebration outdoors. With all its glorious colors, the pre-existing decorative palette is a big bonus. But despite all the natural beauty, you’ll still have to bring some pretties of your own to complete your wedding day look. To help you narrow down the decorative details, here’s our list of the Top 10 Fall Wedding Must Haves.

1. Decorative Minis

2. Wood Details

mini wood slice napkin accent

3. Creative Candlelight

rustic wooden box - table decor

4. Napkin Accents

5. Eco Chic Favors

mini clear glass bottle favors

6. A Touch of Birch

birch print paper straws

7. Leaf Motifs

8. Beautiful Burlap

burlap ring pillow

9. Wooden Displays

10. Craft Twine

craft twine

featured here: craft paper twine

Want More Autumn Items?

For additional seasonally inspired wedding accessories, shop the complete Autumn section of the Weddingstar website. 

xoxo.

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