Wedding Planning Essentials: The Dos and Don’ts of Wedding Day Decor

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If you’re like me you can’t do a thing without a list. From groceries to weekend plans, if it ain’t on paper, it ain’t happening! The need for a list only becomes that much more of a necessity when things get complicated. And I can think of few more complicated personal projects than the planning of a wedding day design. With endless options, never ending inspiration (thanks Pinterest!), and countless details to work through, it’s downright daunting. So to start the weekend off on a positive note, today I’m sharing my list of top dos and don’ts, listed in no particular order, to getting fabulous day of decor. Happy Stress-Free Friday!

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Do try to go for an unconventional venue for your ceremony and reception. Think outside the typical options and go for something that best reflects your personal taste and style.

Don’t take on a blank slate unless you’re prepared to do a lot of work, and consider hiring on a professional wedding planner to help you manage the logistics.

Do have fun with color. Explore bold options and play with a mix of shades.

Don’t go color crazy, mixing too many hues or ones that don’t complement one another. Not sure what works? Use the trusty color wheel!

Do play with heights on your tablesapes. A mix adds tremendous dimension to an event’s design.

Don’t forget to consider line of sight, making sure placement of all centerpieces allows for proper guest interaction.

Do get down into the details. The more intricate your day of design, the better. Think layer upon layer.

Don’t give those details a second thought on your wedding day. Turn to your wedding planner, if you have one, or hire a day of coordinator to execute all you’ve planned.

Do set up decorative vignettes, complete with props, to elevate your overall design to the next level.

Don’t go so prop heavy that your event no longer feels like a wedding.

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Do consider event upgrades to customize your wedding design. Think luxury chairs, premium linens and elegant charger plates.

Don’t break the bank in the process. Take on only as much as you can afford.

Do use chandeliers whenever you can. They add a level of elegance to any design.

Don’t forget they require special logistical requirements, i.e. hanging mechanisms.

diy birdcage favor

featured here: mini birdcage favor (chalk painted white. see the how-to here)

Do DIY some of your wedding day details, to personalize your event like only you can.

Don’t try to tackle everything and leave the major elements, like food and florals, to the pros.

Do incorporate candlelight whenever possible. No other design element does more to add ambiance to an event.

Don’t forget to make sure your venue will allow it. Some don’t, while others have restrictions about keeping candlelight contained.

creative table runner

featured here: blown glass globes

Do be daring and get creative. Mix up traditional design concepts with new and unexpected details.

Don’t get hung up on conventional approaches or stuck on what’s been done with your selected venue in the past.

The Big Picture

See all these design elements put into practice by picking up a copy of the current issue of Weddingstar magazine, complete with 128 pages full of inspiration and ideas.

xoxo.

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2015 Magazine Sneak Peek: For the City Bride

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Textured finishes and a mix of smooth metals. Exposed bricks and beams. The urban skyline. Could a city bride ask for anything more? I think not! Well I’ve got great news for you city loving ladies. An urban inspired affair is about to get a whole lot easier to get, regardless where you may live. It’s as simple as picking up a copy of the soon to be released new issue of Weddingstar magazine, complete with a full feature style guide for the super chic and trending industrial inspired wedding look. Here’s your sneak peek into what you can expect to discover.

2015 Magazine Feature: Industrial Glam – City Wedding Style

Pretty never looked so stylish. With a sleek interior design influence at its core, the bold, confident, mature and modern Industrial Glam look is urban sophistication perfection. Strong textures and finishes are softened with clean white florals and a touch of organic greens. Unique contemporary decorative accents bring on a downtown feel that’s guaranteed to make any girl feel like a star. Move over Vintage and Rustic, there’s a new wedding design kid in town!

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featured here: decorative bottle vase centerpiece (sold in sets of 6), spray painted metallic grey

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featured here: mini high top flower pot favor (solid in sets of 4). chalkboard style sticker – new product release, available as of december 2014

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Have Another Peek

For more insights into what the new issue of Weddingstar magazine has in store for you, check out our Classic with a Twist post and stay tuned for next Monday’s Boho preview.

xoxo.

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2015 Magazine Sneak Peek: Classic with a Twist

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Last week we shared with you the first exclusive glimpse into the pages of the next issue of Weddingstar magazine {see it here}, set to hit stands early December. As a follow up, today we’re getting down into the details. Today, and for the  next four weeks, we’ll be featuring posts packed with peeks into the hottest visual content gracing the pages of the inspirational print publication, all on trend with everything you need to know for your 2015 wedding. We’re kicking off the mirage of pretty with a feature guaranteed to never go out of style, no matter what’s trending, the Classic White Wedding. But true to form, we’ve given it a bit of a twist. Here’s our take on a traditional wedding design staple.

2015 Magazine Feature: Classic Elegance – Tradition, Re-designed

Wanting a traditionally elegant and formal affair need not mean going after the ‘done and done’. Adding a twist to a timeless style is as easy as putting your personal mark on your day through a subtle infusion of color, texture and unexpected detail. Stick to the opulent, the luxurious, and the indulgent, to preserve the essentials of the design, but modernize the look by playing with contemporary decorative accents and loose floral arrangements. Think acrylics, blown glass and rustic inspired arrangements versus lace, pearls and polished orchid centerpieces.

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featured here: mini martini glasses

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Want This Look?

Be one of the first to pick up the 2015 Weddingstar magazine for the complete Style Guide to getting the Classic Elegance look. Interested in another trending design? Visit back with us next Monday when we release a peek into our Industrial Chic feature, a must-see for any true city bride.

xoxo.

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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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featured here: round pillar candles

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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DIY Wedding Wednesday: Fall Wedding Tablescape

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As if the name of the Blog wasn’t a dead giveaway, we’re a bit obsessed with featuring all the details that come together to create an incredible wedding day. It’s what we love to showcase and how we shape the content we bring you every DIY Wedding Wednesday, in hopes it inspires you, our lovely readers, to create your own personalized unique events. But we appreciate the big picture is just as important. And actually seeing how the details come together is critical to deciding on whether a look is right for you. So in the spirit of curating content, today we’re combining the Fall focused DIYs from the past four weeks, putting them where they belong, into a fabulous Fall wedding tablescape. And if you love what you see, learning how to get the look is just a click of a link away!

The Big Picture

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diy bottle vase centerpiece

get the diy bottle vase look here
stylist tip: put the finishing touch to your fall wedding centerpiece by displaying it on a wooden slab.

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burlap wreath backdrop

get the diy burlap backdrop look here
stylist tip: play with varying color combos and wreath sizes to personalize this look and make it perfect for your wedding day design.

baby's breath stuffed mini pumpkin

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stylist tip: incorporate a few white pumpkins into your centerpiece for an added easy and instant decorative touch

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

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Whoever said you need to go big to make a statement was seriously mistaken, as far as wedding day decor goes that is. Sure big and bountiful is always lovely. But small need not mean simple or dull, especially not … Continue reading 

Wedding Planning Tips: Finishing Touches – Ceremony Aisle Markers

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It’s the start of a fresh week and we’re kicking it off with ideas for the most important of new beginnings, your wedding day ceremony. Today we’re talking about taking your ceremony location from basic to exceptional with the addition of awe-inspiring aisle markers. Whether you use them to mark the top of your ceremony site, the bottom, or to line everything in between, aisle markers are that subtle touch of something special that finish off the big picture to perfection. And all it takes to pull them together are some fresh flowers, or ambient candlelight, or perhaps a little bit of both! Here are just a few of our fave looks to get your personal inspiration underway.

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vintage finds
featured here: an assortment of pillar candles trimmed with lace ribbon and rolled lace fabric flowers

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garden in bloom
featured here: wooden floral pomander balls

grouped candle aisle markers

burning flame
featured here: cylinder vases filled with pillar candles

calla lily aisle markers

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art deco sophistication
featured here: tall cylinder vases filled with over-sized calla lilies

birch aisle marker

rustic bundles
featured here: natural birch logs bunched with dried lavender and cotton stems, sitting in cylinder vases

hydrangea aisle markers

black and white glitz
featured here: rose embossed metal cones filled with hydrangeas, accented with acrylic crystal decorative drops

Make it Fancy. Make it Yours.

If you’re feeling crafty and want to see more aisle marker options, come back and visit the blog this coming Wednesday for our DIY Pearls and Lace marker tutorial.

xoxo.

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Wedding Theme Inspiration: Burlap Chic

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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.

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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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Beyond the Bouquet: 10 Unique Ways to Incorporate Flowers into Your Wedding Day

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fresh favors
featured here: mini birdcage spray painted white, filled with a purple hydrangea

No matter what type of planning personality you have, whether it’s a ‘hands on managing the entire process’ kind or a ‘sitting on the sidelines happily watching as someone else takes care of it for you’ sort, you’ve no doubt given your wedding day flowers some thought. You’ve probably got an idea of what types of bouquets you want for you and your girls, the sort of arrangements you want for your centerpieces, even the kind of boutonniere the boys should wear. But beyond all that there are plenty of other ways to incorporate beautiful floral details into your wedding day, each one elevating your decor to the next level of gorgeous. Here’s just a few examples to help get your floral planning underway. And if you love flowers as much as I do, you’ll want to incorporate each and every one.

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top marks
featured here: aisle markers created using a grouping of pillar candles sitting on a vintage chair and tray, adorned with florals

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lead the way
featured here: end of row chair markers created using white metal embossed cones filled with white hydrangea, accented with decorative acrylic crystal drops

mini floral arrangements

little lovelies
featured here: tabletop accents. bell shaped glass tealight holder used as a mini vase

blown glass lamp

blown glass beauty
featured here: tabletop accents. lamp silhouette blown glass candle holder used as a vase

lavender napkin accent

subtle scents
featured here: place setting details. crocheted border handkerchief accented with a bundle of dried lavender

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featured here: miniature beveled mirror box favor filled with a white rose

favor table signage

miniature garden
featured here: favor table signage. personalized ‘love bird damask’ collection table sign card sitting in a bed of moss and lisianthus flowers

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outdoor accents
featured here: decorative accent created using an old window pane and a bouquet of roses

A Step Back

If you’re at the stage where you’re still trying to figure out which floral varieties are right for you, follow Weddingstar on Pinterest for plenty of additional inspiration.

xoxo.

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