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
Exposed beams and bricks along with textured finishes make a great starting space. By applying a modern aesthetic to an industrial setting you can reinvent any space for the ultimate industrial chic look. Just let your creativity flow; play with … Continue reading
Gold and glitter are a great way to elevate your wedding décor and take it to the next level. If you’re looking for ways to add some extra glitz and gold to your wedding, here are 10 gorgeous DIY ideas guaranteed to make your event sparkle.
1. Unity Candle Holders & Candles – DIY Gold Trim with Paper Bow
Dress up this candle ceremony even more by spray painting the base of the Taper Candles gold and adding an adorable paper bow to the central Unity Candle for an extra dimension. Transform these vintage inspired candle holders by simply adding a touch of gold paint to the edges.
2. DIY Gold Glittered Pomander Chair Markers
You can get the look for these sparkly pomanders with a little glue and a lot of gold glitter! See the Step by Step to achieve the look here.
3. Bow Tie Table Numbers – DIY Gold Bow Tie
These Bow Tie Acrylic Table Numbers are already dressed up, so why not add some gold paint to the bowtie to dress it up even more?
4. DIY Gold Painted Woodland Animals
These assorted miniature woodland animals make the perfect addition to any woodland themed reception table and are a great wedding favor for your guests. Dress them up by spray painting them gold!
5. Mini Favor Vases – DIY Gold Paint
Dress up these mini favor vases by masking off sections and spray painting with gold paint. The result is a unique pattern with a splash of gold to really glam them up!
6. DIY Glittered Votive Holders
Gold glitter is an inexpensive way to give a sparkly boost to these votive holders. It’s as simple as applying glue to the rim of the holder and dusting them with glitter!
7. Favor Boxes
These adorable favor boxes are super easy to mix and match to achieve a layered effect, with gold and black. Add a paper bow to the top to tie it all together. Fill with mints or your favorite candy!
8. Gold Shimmer Die Cut Hearts
These shimmery Double Heart Cards are the perfect finishing touch for your table décor, and add that extra touch of gold, without the extra effort. Impress your guests by perching them on the rim of wine glasses.
9. Vintage DIY Gold Frame
This vintage frame, originally in white, can be glammed up to really catch the eye of your guests with a wash of gold paint. It is a fantastic display prop for your ceremony or reception that can be used to highlight photos and cards.
10. DIY Mini Mason Jar Overhang
This DIY mini mason jar overhang will add a whimsical touch to your special day. Adding glitter and personalized cards to the jars will set this aerial display over the edge. Follow these Step by Step directions to help get the look, and add your own personal flair.
Today we are excited to share one of our Ambassador’s photoshoots that was featured in the 2016 Weddingstar magazine! Alexandra McNamara of Blush and Bowties pulled together a stunning, bohemian wedding full of free-spirited, romantic details that has us all swooning. From naked cakes to caravans to one stunning couple, here’s some serious inspiration to fuel your wanderlust.
See wedding style spotlights + more in our Weddingstar Magazine available here or on a newsstand near you.
Event and Floral Design by Alexandra McNamara, Planner, Owner + Creative Director, Blush and Bowties / Photography by LV Imagery / Wedding Gown by Violet Crown Vintage / Cake by Custom Desserts by Michelle / Caravans by Sweet Vintage Caravan Co. / Location by Sagewood Farm / Furniture, Dinnerware and Suitcases by Style Me Vintage / Jewelry by Spark and Thistle / Hair and Makeup by Amy Harper Makeup / Models Katie Odegaard and Greg Van Niekerk
Beyond deciding on a specific wedding theme, finalizing a color palette for your wedding day can be one of the biggest planning challenges. With tons of options, all equally lovely, the selection process can be daunting. The good news is there is somewhat of a science to it. After all, your choice colors must be put into context. Here are some of the key considerations you’ll want to make when narrowing down your options.
Your Wedding Theme
Before tackling colors, think big picture by selecting your overall wedding theme. A given theme will naturally lend itself to specific color palettes. During your theme inspiration search you’re bound to gravitate to certain design details, as well as color specifics. Pay close attention to those things that reoccur and make note of them to help narrow down the search.
Your Couple Style
Make it easier on yourself and go with what you know. Evaluate your couple style, reviewing your day to day looks, your home decor picks, and the palettes you instinctively gravitate towards. Those shades that pop up most often in both of your styles should be put to the top of your color prospect list.
Your Wedding Venue
A final color palette selection cannot be made in isolation of the place that it’s going to be executed in. Whether you’ve selected your space or are still searching, assess the spot against the theme and color scheme you have in mind. Make sure that what you’re considering can play itself out within the space you’ve selecting or are evaluating as a potential location.
Your Wedding Date
Consider the time of year you’re tying the knot. Every season comes with a set of common, natural, color palettes. Go through the exercise of asking yourself what colors you tend to gravitate towards during a given season, and while searching for wedding inspiration look into weddings taking place during the same time of year as yours. Although it’s not a cardinal rule that you have to stick to soft and romantic pastels in the summer and bold dramatic shades in the fall, natural selections will definitely help to narrow down the options.
Pulling it All Together
Once you’ve used all the previously mentioned guiding points, you should come away with a series of color options. The next and final step will be to create your personal color guide formed around the concepts of focal, accents, metallic and neutral shades. Focal shades will make up the majority of your color selection, dominating throughout your wedding day details. Neutrals will provide for a quiet background, helping blend your various shades. While accents and metallics will work to compliment the overall look. The key and final rule, all shades should coordinate.
But enough talk! Here are some visual examples to help further guide you along your color selection journey.
Are These Your Colors?
If one of these color palettes is your palette of choice and you love what you see, shop all the coordinating products on weddingstar.com. Or pick up a copy of the current issue of Weddingstar magazine for the complete color editorial and more color perfect products.
Happy Boxing Day everyone! Given we’ve all got shopping at the forefront of our minds, we figured it fitting to take this opportunity to share with you the ultimate shopping guide for your wedding. Breaking it down based on the average 12 month planning journey, we’ve got the details on when to buy what to ensure you stay on track with a stress free prepping experience, helping you avoid as many of those “oh no I forgot!” moments as possible. And in true Weddingstar fashion, you’re not only getting the know how, you also have the opportunity to purchase all the suggestions being made. So without further delay, Happy Shopping!
12 Months Out – Where to Start
You’re newly engaged, with plenty of time on your hands. Now’s the time to take a moment to enjoy. Meaning? It’s party time! Announce your great news to your closest and dearest by throwing an engagement party and take the opportunity to pop your own big question, “will you be my bridesmaid”, to the besties you want by your side. Here are some of the things you’ll want to consider for your big bash and ask.
9 Months Out – Mark Your Calendars
Make sure no one misses your big day by giving everyone you want to have there plenty of notice. Now’s the time to order and send out your Save the Dates. Select a design that gives your guests insight into the style of wedding you’re having. Haven’t decided on a theme or style yet? Then go with a neutral option that’ll work with any wedding day design and the invitation suite you’ll have to select later on down the planning road.
6 Months – Making it Official
You’re half way there and it’s time to get serious about the details, staring with the ordering of your wedding invitation suite, complete with your reply cards. Although you won’t be sending these out until about 3 months out, you’ll want to leave yourself time to embellish your design if desired, address your envelopes, both your invite and reply envelopes, and to organize your mailing.
5 Months Out – DIY Time
If you’re considering DIY’ing any of your wedding day details, you’ll want to get yourself sorted with all the supplies no later than 5 months out. Whether it’s your invites or your favors that you’re taking on as a crafting project, you’ll want to leave yourself plenty of time to get them right and get them done.
4 Months Out – Making it Pretty
The months are flying by and there’s no putting off the details. At this point you should have a defined wedding day theme and look mapped out, now’s the time to decide how you’ll execute on the vision. And this is one of those times where more is more. The more you style your day with cohesive decorative details, the better your big picture will be.
3 Months Out – Cake Time
All the major to do’s are taken care of. Now you just need to consider all the little extras. You’re probably also now sitting down with your cake designer to decide on your final cake details. If you’re considering a cake topper you’ll want to make that a part of your discussion.
2 Months Out – Many Thanks
The bulk of the planning and prep is probably past you. Take the time to thank those that helped throughout all the planning madness, i.e. bridal party members and parents.
1 Month Out – Little Indulgences
It’s all about the last minute details now. Incorporating a candy buffet into your wedding day treats? Organize everything you need to pull it off, think candy fillers and display vessels.
Post Wedding – With Gratitude
The big day is done and you’re left with plenty of amazing memories to last you a life time. Send your thanks to all who attended and helped to make it the best day of your life. Order and mail out thank you cards within 3 months of the festivities.
Don’t See It But Need It?
Chances are Weddingstar has it! With over 3000+ products, including hundreds of new on trend additions that have just been added to the line, what you see here is just a small sampling of what you can get. Shop the full collection on weddingstar.com.
Want to know one of the top styling secrets behind ultra swoon-worthy weddings? It all boils down to the use of decorative props. It’s a term you may or may not be familiar with, but it’s certainly a concept you’ve come across, and what’s caught your eye, time and again when spending hours on Pinterest planning your big day. Decorative props are what bring to a wedding design plenty of visual details, the opportunity to add layered textures and the chance to play with varied heights, all of which come together to create special unexpected elements of interest that wow. Perfect for centerpieces or creative side table displays, here’s just a few examples of how-to get the look.
Take the glow of a simple grouping of pillar candles to the next level by incorporating beautifully detailed rustic props into your display.
The Supplies You’ll Need for This Look:
- rustic wood and glass box
- rustic wood decorative tray
- natural birch tree slices
- 3 pillar candles (we recommend a mix of sizes)
- 3 LED pillar candles (for the glass box. Real candles cannot be used)
- seeded eucalyptus (optional)
Display your items as shown in the image above or play around with a combination of your own. But be sure to stick to the design essentials behind the look, a play on differing heights and a mix of textures.
Bring on the Blooms
For guaranteed wow factor replace standard glass vases with textured vessels that will go miles to add decorative flair to your event. Finish off the look with just a few stems and pillars.
The Supplies You’ll Need for This Look:
- tin box with blackboard display
- wire basket
- pillar candles (we recommend using a mix of sizes)
- lisianthus (in floral water picks. Tin will leak if filled with water.) and seeded eucalyptus
Display your items as shown in the image above or play around with a combination of your own. To display pillars on your tin box, angle the lid and lay it centered across one side of the box. Be sure that your lid sits firmly on the base of the box. Florals can be substituted for your choice of stems. Regardless of what changes you make, ensure you stick to the design essentials behind the look, a mix of focal points of interest and textures.
Greet Them with Pretty
Create a greeting table that sets the stage for an event filled with plenty of pretty, complete with a favor display that’ll have guests talking about it more than the favors themselves.
The Supplies You’ll Need for This Look:
- vintage inspired display drawer
- vintage inspired ornate box
- decorative bird spool
- lace patterned glass globe votive holder (two varied sizes)
- LED tealights (must be used for the votive holder that sits in the drawer)
- for the favors – yogurt covered pretzels, clear gusset bags and ivory satin ribbon
Display your items as shown in the image above or play around with a combination of your own, while always keeping with a mix of decorative details that provide differing heights, textures, and visual interest.
Icicles have to be one of the loveliest things synonymous with the winter season. If you’re having a winter wedding and agree, than today’s post is a must see! Playing up winter’s best, executed through a clever little decorative detail called Mystic Crystals, we’re creating a simple stunner of a centerpiece that’s not only easy on the eyes but the pocketbook too. Modern in its simplistic design and a great alternative to floral arrangements that cost considerably more to pull together, this pretty arrangement is a perfect fit for any winter bride looking for something different for her event. Just imagine table after table detailed with the candlelit sparkle of these lovelies. Intrigued? Here’s how to get the look.
- mystic crystals (a single pack makes close to 4 L of water hydrated crystals. Our one arrangement took less than a pack to create.)
- vases. We recommend a sleek modern square shape and a grouping of three.
- round candles for the vases
- two pillar candles at varied heights
- create the crystals in your selected vases by following the water to crystal ratio outlined on the product packaging. Measure to create a formation that will fill approximately a quarter of each vessel. For best results let your crystals form overnight.
- when crystals have set, take a fork to the top of them and fluff, for a perfected cracked ice effect.
- For set up, stagger and stack your round candle filled vases and combine with pillar candles. You want your final look to look layered, complete with various angles and heights.
The serene snow white landscape. Glistening icicles that seem to dance around in the daylight. The spirit of celebration thick in the air. The summer may be the most popular time of year to get married, but there’s something so magical and grand about a winter wedding. With countless good reasons to slip on a faux fur cape, against the natural winter wonderland backdrop, a girl can’t help but feel like a real life princess. But just in case your imagination needs a kick start to envision your potential winter wedding, let’s explore the possibility through our latest installment of our A Girl and Her Table Series, All Covered in White – The Winter Bride.
Her Style Personality
Demure but certainly no wallflower, our girl is the perfect example of elegance and grace. She appreciates the finer things in life and isn’t afraid to indulge in the luxurious. Her wedding day will be grand and her wedding day look will be no less.
Luxe details, things that sparkle and shine, and a clean monochromatic white color palette. For her, entertaining is an art form and her wedding day will be the biggest and most important gala she’s thrown to date.
She Has to Have
Glass and crystal decor that highlights all the pretty, candles galore, and a venue that sets the stage for her regal affair. Our modern day Cinderella will see to it that the divine is executed in every last wedding day detail so that her guests feel just as special as she does on the big day.
Are You a Winter Bride?
If you’re loving today’s bridal style, come get further inspired on Weddingstar’s Winter Wedding Pinterest board.