Wedding Theme Inspiration: Burlap Chic

shabby chic wedding inspiration

To say that I’ve got a thing for all things Shabby Chic would be a serious understatement. In fact I’d go as far as to say I’m full-fledged obsessed! But mine is not a one girl club. From home to wedding day decor, Shabby Chic happens to be one of the most popular design approaches around. Defined by floral patterns, soft hues and distressed finishes, by its very nature Shabby Chic puts an effortless twist on the formalities of Vintage and a sophisticated spin on the casual carefree ways of Homespun. Right in the middle is where you find Shabby Chic, with its abundant layers, sheer feminine textiles and pink that goes for miles. Could anything be better to frame your wedding day celebration? I think not!

So without any further delay, let’s explore all the design elements that come together to create a stunningly Shabby Chic event, including our very own design twist tips on how to make the look uniquely yours.

The Look – Effortless Beauty

Shabby Chic is about the appearance of a balance between the tossed at whim and the perfectly placed. From the hair, to the shoes, to all the things that come in between, the key is to make it all appear effortlessly natural even though it takes meticulous planning to get the look right. The end result, well worth the effort, is drop dead gorgeous.

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The Design – Distressed and Layered

If it’s not rich in layered fabrics or defined by distressed finishes, it need not apply! And what’s the easiest way to bring in dimension and complexity to your set up? Props. Think outside the must have pieces that serve a tangible function and incorporate items that are purely decorative. And although traditional textiles, like linens and lace, will always have a place in a Shabby Chic design, don’t be afraid to mix in your own fabric of choice, like we did with burlap.

shabby chic greeting table

old fashion typewriter prop

featured here: vase trim created using ruffled jute and pink ruffled fabric ribbons, bound with craft paper twine

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suitcase prop

featured here: rolls of ruffled fabric ribbon used as decorative accents

shabby chic cake setup

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The Colors

There’s no mistaking that the Shabby Chic design has its own distinctive color palette. But how you incorporate and blend the pinks and blues that inherently make up this theme’s color story, even what exact shades you select,  is up for interpretation. Make them mere accents to a dominant white palette, allow them to overtake your design as a whole, or mix with an unexpected shade like pewter grey. Get inspired by your selected venue’s existing look and feel and go from there.

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shabby chic centerpiece

featured here: vintage inspired wood case used as a centerpiece prop

shabby chic fabric details

featured here: vase trim created using layered ruffled fabric ribbons bound with craft paper twine

shabby chic flowers

faux fabric flowers

featured here: faux floral arrangement made using single stem ruffled fabric flowers

shabby chic chair back

featured here: custom chair back – ruffled burlap wreath and vintage inspired distressed key hook

Love It? Want More?

For more inspirational eye-candy from our ‘Burlap Chic’ shoot pick up a copy of this year’s issue of Weddingstar’s print magazine, and shop the entire look on weddingstar.com.

xoxo.

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Wedding Planning Tips: Candy Buffet How-To

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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.

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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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Wedding Planning Essentials: The Reception Checklist

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If there’s one thing that’s essential to a successful wedding planning process it’s the habit of keeping lists. There are just way too many elements that go into planning a wedding to attempt winging it as you go or working from memory. Try it and you’re sure to get lost in all the details. Luckily there are plenty of monthly planning checklists readily available online  to help you work through the process. What’s harder to come by is a comprehensive list of the essentials you need to source to pull off the big party. But not to worry. We’ve got you covered! Here’s the rundown of the basics you need to consider for your wedding reception, along with some on trend examples of each. Happy Planning!

The Essentials Checklist:

  • Seating Chart, Escort Cards or Place Cards
  • Table Numbers
  • Guest Book and Pen
  • Wishing Well
  • Cake Topper
  • Cake Serving Set
  • Toasting Flutes

Seating Plan

Unless you’re having a very small and intimate dinner party style reception, a seating plan is a must. Guide your guests to their seats with either a creative seating chart fit to theme or beautifully displayed escort cards. Take it one step further by assigning seating at each table with the use of a place card in a lovely little holder.

custom guest sating chart

featured here: custom seating chart created using the open ornate vintage inspired frame and diy escort cards

reception seating ideas

featured here: diy escort cards created using burlap wrap by the roll and miniature ornate hanger clips

Table Numbers

A well thought through seating plan is for nothing without a well marked table. Most venues provide a standard table number option you can use, but check with them to make sure. To elevate the look consider using a custom table number, fit perfectly to your event design.

Guest Book

Some traditions are well worth keeping. Create an instant wedding keepsake by incorporating a guest book into your reception where all who attend can leave their permanent mark and well wishes.

Wishing Well

Want the sentimental keepsake offering a guest book provides but looking for a bit more creativity in the display? If so consider a uniquely designed Wishing Well where guest’s notes are marked on custom cards.

Cake Topper and Serving Set

Finish off your beautiful cake with an equally gorgeous cake topper. Pick something that either represents you as a couple, or go for something fit to theme. And remember a cake knife and server set for the sweet tradition of the cake cutting.

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Toasting Flutes

Don’t forget one of the best reigning wedding traditions, the toasting of the two of you as the new Mr. and Mrs. Pick a stylish set of flutes that you’ll enjoy time and again after the big day.

Ready to Shop?

If you’re ready to get your reception essentials shopping started, we’ve compiled everything you see here (and more) into an easy to shop checklist. You can download your copy right here and when you’re ready visit the Reception section of weddingstar.com for 100s of accessory options.
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xoxo.

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Wedding Trend Report: Fabric Flowers

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I’m always cautious when talking or recommending trends. They come and go by the dozens. And let’s be honest, there are plenty of things that trend but shouldn’t. That said, every once in a while something will make its way onto the wedding scene that makes me truly swoon and jump onto that trend bandwagon. And that’s exactly what happened when fabric flowers starting popping up. From ruffle, to burlap, to lace, with endless decorative possibilities and an impressive lifespan {of, well forever!}, how could you not help but fall head over heels with these lovelies!

Here’s just a glimpse at what you can bring to life with these faux wonders.

Backdrop Stunner

If you’re looking to make a serious statement with your wedding décor consider picking one focal point and frame it with a showstopping design element like this stunning burlap and ruffled fabric flower backdrop. Simple to create {burlap runner + ruffled fabric flowers + stapler}, with one seriously gorgeous and elaborate end result.

fabric flower backdrop

featured here: diy backdrop made with burlap table runners and ruffled fabric flowers (various sizes and shapes)

Bouquet Bounty

You won’t want to toss this one, trust me! Just as pretty as any real bloom, these faux stems, in perfectly muted soft shades, go from wedding day staple to home décor display without skipping a beat.

fabric flower bouquet

featured here: diy bridal bouquet made with stemmed ruffled fabric flowers (various sizes and colors) tied with ruffled fabric ribbon trim (in pastel pink)

Decorative Details

From seating trim to tabletop adornments and candle accents to cake accessories, you’d be hard-pressed to find a wedding setup or accessory that these pretties can’t be added to. And with the impact their detailed textures bring, you won’t want to.

lace flower chair backs

featured here: decorative fabric lace flowers (in two sizes) as accents to floral chair backs

fabric flower table arrangements

featured here: stemmed ruffled fabric flowers (various sizes and colors) as diy centerpieces

Love it? Want More?

If you’re looking for more ways to incorporate these amazing decorative accents into your wedding day then visit the blog this coming Wednesday when I show you how to create a sensational, and simple to make, chair back.

xoxo.

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DIY Wedding Decor: Beautiful Butterflies

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I’m a lucky girl. My profession has me constantly immersed in beautiful things. Whether it’s helping a bride design her wedding or pulling together an editorial shoot, I’m always involved in creating pretty little details. I love all the creative challenges that come with my line of work. They keep me on my toes! But I get very excited when I come across a design detail that provides major visual impact while being easy to execute. Today’s DIY post is a perfect example of just that.

Following this past Monday’s Garden Whimsy Bridal Style Post, where butterflies made up one of the key design elements, today I’m showing you how to get the look through the simple incorporation of beautiful butterfly clusters. In Monday’s post you saw them featured as a head table overhang but they can be applied anywhere and on any scale. Because unfortunately our studio space is not set in the midst of a lovely summer garden, we’ve enlisted the help of one of our fave garden props, which just happens to be a perfect wedding prop too. Enjoy!

The Supplies

 

butterfly diy decor

featured here: beautiful butterfly cake set in ‘something blue’

All you need are the butterflies. No tools required! The set I used was originally created for cake decorating purposes but the versatile design, complete with wire attachments, makes them usable for just about any decorative concept. Whether it be a ceremony backdrop, a head table overhang or a guest table centerpiece, these hand painted feather butterflies are sure to add a touch of pretty anywhere.

The Process

Step 1: Pick Your Point of Application 

The two wire attachment points on these butterflies allow them to easily be inserted into or wrapped around any number of things.  I selected a wire mannequin which could be used as a creative decorative accent adjacent to a favor or greeting table, or as a prop for your wedding photos.

If your desired point of application does not offer up points of attachment, like a glass vase for example, simply remove the wires (which come out easily without damaging the product) and use Glue Dots to secure your butterflies.

butterfly diy wedding decor

Step 2: Get Yourself Organized 

If you’re unsure of where to start and how to achieve the right final look, organize your butterflies before starting the application process. Separate them by size and color and then pre-form the clusters that will give you the end result you’re going for. And if getting creative comes easily to you, just skip this step and free form the application of your butterflies.

(Pro Tip: The best end result is one that looks effortless and natural.)

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Step 3: Start Applying! 

Pick your start and end points. To achieve that effortless look remember to mix up the colors and sizes, and the direction in which your butterflies are pointing.

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Fill in your mid point. Make sure it keeps visual balance with your start and end points by using a similar mix of colors and sizes.

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Work around your three reference points, building on the fullness of your overall cluster. Avoid overlapping your butterflies in such a way that their wings get flattened. You want them to look like they have just landed.Work to create a full final look but leave a little breathing room to avoid a messy end result.

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The {Whimsical} End Result

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A Girl & Her Table {The Series}: The Garden Whimsy Bride

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Couple weeks ago we started sharing a new bridal style series, A Girl and Her Table, where we introduced you to our Candy Colorful Bride, a color loving eccentric girl who’s wedding style is about all things retro. We showed you how her personality translates into a wedding design and laid out some must haves for all of you who said “this is so me!”.

Keeping with the love of bold colors, today we’re featuring our next installment, the Garden Whimsy Bride, and boy is she a stunner! Her style is dramatic, elegant and the perfect blend of classic and contemporary. And she certainly knows how to accessorize!

Think this might be you? Read on to find out. And if this isn’t quite your style, then simply enjoy getting lost in the eye candy that is this bride’s lush garden wedding!

Her Style Personality

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Confident in her style the Garden Whimsy Bride knows exactly what she wants for her wedding day. Like her personal style it needs to be both bold and feminine. Wow factor is a must and she knows it all comes down to the little details. With an appreciation for the pretty things in life and a willingness to be a little self-indulgent, she’s likely to wear two distinct wedding looks on her big day, taking her from romantic ceremony to dramatic reception – in style.

She Likes

The natural beauty of a summer garden, complete with butterflies and birds galore. Dramatic bold colors and unique blossoms make up her essentials.

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She Has to Have

From the big picture down to the little decorative extras, the Garden Whimsy Bride takes care to tend to every little detail that goes into her wedding day. The perfect blend of pretty and dramatic leaves her guests in awe.

garden whimsy wedding - ceremony accessories

pretty petals
featured here: love bird flower girl basket and preserved natural rose petals in purple

garden whimsy wedding - ceremony aisle decorations

eye-catching aisle markers
featured here: wooden floral pomander ball in purple (medium) and glass cylinders with round pillar candles

garden whimsy wedding - mini decorative birdcage

delicate details
featured here: mini decorative birdcage (spray painted white)

Are You A Garden Whimsy Bride?

If you’re loving today’s bridal style, or need some more inspiration, check out Weddingstar’s Garden Wedding board on pinterest. To shop the items you’ve seen in this post, and plenty others, visit the complete Garden theme section of weddingstar.com.

If you still haven’t found your bridal style inspiration stay tuned for our next installment, Lost in Love – The Wanderlust Bride.

xoxo.

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2013 Weddingstar Cake Toppers

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Every year our designers spend months dreaming up new cake toppers; their efforts are influenced not only by emerging trends in fashion, style and theme but by the Brides who have taken the time to share with us what they would like to see us create! The following cake toppers are the result of all the work over the past year.
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Tips from the Pros: Wedding Cake Trends for Summer

The following is a guest blog post by Zucchero Pâtisserie, fabulous cake designers in Wales, UK. Enjoy!

The world of the modern wedding cake can be something of a shallow place. From vast, extravagant confectionary masterpieces to exquisite little cupcakes; an awful lot of time and energy is spent on making sure your cake looks absolutely incredible.

With so much importance placed on appearance, is it any wonder that taste is so frequently side-lined? Well, no more, 2012 is the year to start paying attention to flavour. Continue reading

Cupcakes, Mini Cakes & Pies, Oh My!

Looking for a unique (and yummy!) wedding cake alternative that won’t break the budget? Consider cupcakes, mini cakes or pies — not only are the flavor possibilities essentially endless, but they’re the perfect convenient size for your guests to grab themselves.

Cupcakes have really stepped into the spotlight this last year or so, showing brides and grooms that elaborate, expensive wedding cakes are becoming a thing of the past. Continue reading

Exciting New Wedding Cake Topper Accessory: A Mini Veil

Our lovely Weddingstar designers have created a tiny tulle veil that’s just oh-so sweet and is sure to add an element of elegance to your fabulous wedding cake topper.

Your wedding cake is one of those details your guests just can’t wait to see, so try to make the most of it with special details like this that will help make the impressive dessert all your own. Continue reading