When it comes to decorating your wedding, the ceiling may not be the first thing you think about. But it may not be the last, either. Making use of the ceiling to hang decorations has become a popular trend in the wedding industry over the past few years, and we can’t get enough of these gorgeous aerial displays! The ceiling offers a unique blank canvas that you can transform to fit with the rest of your wedding day design, and it will be sure to add even more ambiance to your wedding or event.
We’ve rounded up some of our favorite aerial display tutorials that show you how you to create your own beautiful display. But first, our expert stylist shares her “Tips to Creating Your Own Overhang”. Click on each picture below to read the full post.
Are you planning on including a ceiling overhang at your wedding? Tell us below! And be sure to check back next Wednesday for another beautiful aerial DIY using our Mini Glass Bottles.
Put a ring in it…Or on it, but if you’re reading this then he’s probably already taken care of that! Today we’re sharing an excerpt from the 2015 edition of the Weddingstar magazine that’s all about our favorite new (and completely unique) ways to present your rings at the ceremony. So, if the traditional pillow isn’t quite your style, here are some unique ways to show off your shiny new bling.
Not just for soap anymore, unique dishes have become a popular trend at weddings as a way of presenting the rings. We’ve fallen in love with the idea and the fact that these ring dishes will also look gorgeous on your dressing table at home. Not only are these ring dishes pretty, but their heirloom qualities may inspire a new family tradition. Pass along to your future Mr. or Mrs. for use on their wedding day.
This exclusively designed Porcelain Leaf Ring Plate has a unique leaf shape making it a perfect choice for nature lovers. Made from high quality porcelain it has a delicately embossed pattern and if you look closely you will notice a pair of sweet lovebirds. Designed with openings for ribbon or twine, this pretty plate allows your rings to be safely secured inside.
Not just a ring dish
Not necessarily just for your rings, this vintage inspired Feather Wing Dish can serve another purpose as well. Cast from iron with a distressed white finish it has a unique small shape that fits snugly into the palm of your hand, making it the perfect size to present your wedding rings at the ceremony. It’s dual purpose? This little beauty sits so pretty at place settings you may also want to gift it as a favor your guests are sure to find completely irresistible.
The ring box is not just any box. It is the box that every bride (and bride-to-be) is restlessly waiting to see before her. It’s an expression of both your personal and wedding style. The way in which you display your rings as they are carried down the aisle is becoming yet another lovely way to personalize your day. And these not-so-ordinary boxes bring on the lovely tenfold. So if you’re trying to think outside the box when it comes to choosing your ring holder, these stunners may just reel you right back in.
This is one box that you can truly make your own thanks to its versatile design. From custom etched monograms to all the personal touches you can place inside (some of our favorite fillers are petals, feathers and moss to name a few), this Acrylic Ring Box will never be replicated. And with a see-through riser to hold your rings, they will appear as if they are floating in your very own display case.
Just the right size
Because of its unique shape, this handcrafted Wooden Ring Box is not your traditional box. It’s a presentation all its own. This adorable keepsake is the perfect size to tuck safely inside any jacket pocket. Made from hand polished dark wood, personalize both the outside and inside with your names, wedding date or your own special message.
Commonly used to accent pieces of art or photography, the frame has now been re-designed to hold something else you love and cherish—your wedding rings. The clever combination of a pillow and frame makes this an exceptional way to show off your new rings. This Framed Ring Cushion will look stunning at any vintage or shabby chic affair, not to mention on display in your home long after the wedding. And for a pretty piece of personalization you can call your own, the idea of wrapping the removable pillow in a piece of fabric from your mother’s wedding gown (as shown here) simply makes our hearts sing.
Stick With Tradition
Is the classic pillow still your pick? See and shop our more traditional ring pillow designs right over here. But first, take a look at this adorable miniature version that we couldn’t resist sharing!
Perfect for tiny hands, this petite pillow is the sweetest accompaniment for your ring bearer’s walk down the aisle. Made from off-white raw silk, the hand beaded detailing is unmatched in quality and provides a soft, plush surface that will allow your rings to shine. Complete with white satin ribbon, your rings will sit pretty (and securely) in place on this delicately beaded ring pillow.
Valentine’s Day is exactly 8 days away, which means there’s still time to find the perfect gift online and have it shipped ready to give to your special someone on the big day. And we’re recommending going for the unexpected, the unconventional and dare we say the p-word, the practical. Meaning, skip the bonbons and flowers and pick up a sentimental something that will serve as double duty on the biggest day of all, your wedding day. To help inspire your creative gift giving abilities we’ve rounded up our top picks for both him and her, all certain to be enjoyed on Valentine’s day, the big day, and beyond.
Her Gift Guide
Everything’s Better By Candlelight
As the ultimate source of romance, you simply can’t go wrong with the gift of candlelight. As for the wedding day, these lovelies can be added to just about any setup for the instant addition of major ambiance.
The New Mrs.
She’s waited for this moment for as long as she can remember. She’ll be glad to declare her new title as Mrs. by your Mr., both on the big day and everyday there after. After their day of duty as chair markers, these vintage style hooks easily transition into the home.
Flowers and Then Some
Flowers are a natural choice for Valentine’s Day gifting. Take your offering to the next level by going with unconventional flower varieties presented in beautiful bottle vases ready for display, and consider giving a grouping that can be used as part of your wedding day head table decor.
A Sentimental Spin on a Sweet Tradition
Chances are the two of you will be partaking in the traditional cake cutting on your wedding day. Show her you’re keeping the big day top of mind by giving her a sentimental cake set that she’ll love incorporating into the wedding and one she’ll have no trouble finding reason to enjoy time and time again.
Pretty Place Settings
There’s nothing that does more for a setup, wedding or everyday dinner, than the little details. Gift your girl with the prettiest of details, a set of these vintage inspired jewel accented napkin rings.
His Gift Guide
For the Boys
He’ll have plenty to toast to with the start of your new life together. Give him some stylish shot glasses to enjoy with all his boys.
There’s something really great about an old school pocket watch, especially when its been given a modern day makeover by way of a gunmetal finish. Gift your guy with one of these watches to keep him on track, on time, and looking good especially when it matters most.
His Little Extras
The big day is just as much his as it is yours. Make him feel as special as you do by helping him accessorize where it counts. Think things like the ring holder his best man will use to present your rings, a piece your guy will find useful always.
For the Homebody
Decor isn’t just for the ladies, ladies! If your guy has just as good an eye for home decor as you do, gift him with a decorative element that suits his style and your wedding day design.
Indulge His Creative
Get him involved in your wedding planning by releasing his inner creative. Have him be the one to tell your love story in words, writing it down in this modern day guest book for all to see on your wedding day.
For more unique his and her gift ideas, shop all the options on weddingstar.com.
Happy Friday Lovelies! And boy is it a happy Friday indeed. Not only is Emma Arendoski of Emmaline Bride back with us to share her tips for an unforgettable beach ceremony, but today is the first day to enter for your chance to win a copy of her brand new book, The Inspired Wedding. It is jam-packed with great ideas and gorgeous photography for seven popular wedding themes including vintage, rustic, beach, bohemian, free spirit, urban chic and traditional. You can enter the giveaway at the end of this post but first, here’s a sneak peak…
Last week, I presented some beach-themed wedding stationery ideas for your big day, and I’m back now to share with you some inspiration for an unforgettable wedding ceremony at the beach. The beach is such a romantic setting; its gently rolling waves, serene blue sky, and plenty of sunshine are the perfect backdrop for a day you’ll want to remember for the rest of your lives. But, when you’re planning a beach wedding ceremony, there are always some tips and tricks to consider. Here are five of my favorites to keep in mind.
1. Thoughtful Extras for You and Your Guests
Protect your guests and yourself by providing a few simple comfort items that both of you will appreciate. If the day is hot and sunny, walk down the aisle with a lightweight paper parasol and give your guests the same sun protection. Consider a basket of flip-flops in assorted sizes for guests to wear as they cross the sand. If there won’t be a boardwalk on your aisle, and you really want to wear high heels, think about having a burlap aisle runner to provide some stability — or you could wear a fabulous pair of sandals. A basket of sunglasses, bug repellent, and even shawls are a nice touch if there’s a chill in the air.
2. Accessorize, Accessorize!
The attire, colors, stationery design, setting, and décor all contribute to the overall look and feel of your wedding, especially when it comes to the ceremony. There are many ways to tie in beach-centric details wherever you can. Let’s begin with the ring pillow and flower girl basket. The offerings shown can be used by the smallest members of your wedding party: the flower girl and the ring bearer, as they make their way down the aisle. Aisle décor can include a decorative arbor or arch to define the ceremony area. Bunches of beach grass can be artfully tied with seashells and hung from the chairs that line the aisle, or have a one-of-a-kind aisle runner designed, like this one by Weddingstar. I especially like the tagline: “Love as deep as the ocean.” It’s proof that even indoor beach-themed weddings can exude a tranquil seaside mood.
3. A Unity Ceremony — With Sand!
Another fun idea is to include a unity ceremony. A fairly recent addition to the wedding repetoire, the unity ceremony traditionally uses candles, but what could be more perfect for the beach wedding theme than using sand? This new custom is a ceremonial joining together of two as they become one when two vessels of sand are united in one vase. And, you can even choose sand in colors that match your wedding color scheme.
Sand ceremonies make a great keepsake that you can cherish for years to come, and there are many unique designs to choose from. Weddingstar recently released an acrylic version where you can add special mementos from your wedding such as your menu, program or special poem and a picture.
4. Hand Fans for Guests
Even if you provide a shaded area for guests to sit during the ceremony, a hand-held fan is still a terrific idea. Weddingstar has a variety to choose from, and you can personalize each and every one.
5. Weather Woes
You can’t stop a storm, but you can be prepared in case your bright, sunny day takes a left turn and leaves you with rain and high winds. When planning your outdoor wedding, always have a contingency plan that includes adequate cover such as a rental tent. Or take it a step further, and note on your wedding invitation an “in case of bad weather” option. Include the address and location. As the date draws near, keep an eye on the weather report — it just may end up being your “perfect day.”
For more beach wedding ideas, be sure to pick up a copy of my new book The Inspired Wedding. I’ll be back next week here at Weddingstar to discuss your beach reception, so don’t miss it. And don’t forget to enter the giveaway below! The contest will close at 11:59pm on Sunday, February 1st so be sure to check back on Monday, February 2nd when we announce the lucky winner!
What’s the one thing that all weddings have in common? It’s that every single one has a couple at the helm who’s looking to create an event that’s completely unique to them. Regardless of choice thematic design, budget point and geographic location, every couple strives to create a day that’s infused with personality and character. It’s an easy decision to make and natural goal to set, the challenge is in figuring out how to bring the concept to life. To get your creative juices flowing, from ceremony set up to reception setting details, here are 15 creatives ways to succeed flawlessly at this important planning task.
1. Ceremony Stunner.
Make the spot at which you’ll exchange your vows just as special as the moment itself. Create a beautiful theme infused backdrop to frame the two of you as you make it official.
2. White Carpet.
It’s a major moment, roll out a monogrammed white carpet and walk it proudly.
3. Grand Entrance.
Get creative with how you arrive on the scene. Make it unique. Make it special. And make it grand.
4. Ring Love.
Leave no detail behind. Trade in a traditional ring pillow for a custom design ring plate.
5. A Special Send Off.
Make your send off a meaningful moment. Pass up on the regular rice toss and go for something that’s unique to you.
6. Sentimental Sparkle.
Add a touch of sparkle and sentiment to your bridal bouquet with an heirloom brooch, an accessory that personalizes like few others.
7. Guide The Way.
Guide your guests to where the need to go with a pretty pathway they can easily follow.
8. Table Trim.
Welcome your guests to the party with decorative details that set the stage for a night of lovely.
9. Make a Statement.
It’s your day, mark your main reception spot, the head table, with a perfect spotlight statement set up.
10. Specialty Seating.
Spice up your reception set up by incorporating specialty seating for select common areas or for your bride and groom chairs.
11. Unconventional Centerpieces.
Skip the simple vase arrangements and go for unique vessel options for your reception table centerpieces.
12. Monogram It.
Get crafty with how you make your mark by using a personalized embosser to infuse it into as many little details as you can think of.
13. Little Extras.
Make your guests feel just as special as you do by ensuring every part of their experience at your wedding is memorable, starting with a little surprise to greet them at their seats.
14. Fresh Favors.
Trade in the sweets for some major eye candy. Give your guests a fresh floral favor for the prettiest of takeaways.
15. Subtle Signage.
Own the room with subtle signage that also acts as major table charm.
Beyond the many creative ways you can personalize your day, there are plenty of simple and easy fixes. Visit weddingstar.com to shop all the stamps, stickers and tags, ready to be personalized with your mark.
The 2015 wedding season is officially here! Bridal shows are taking over the next few foreseeable weekends, the newest issues of the best wedding magazines have hit stands (including Weddingstar’s own publication), brides everywhere are starting in on their wedding planning journeys, and we are eagerly sitting by, excited to see how this incredible year of weddings unfolds. That’s not to say we’ll be sitting by idly. We’ll be front and center of it all, sharing new insider planning tips, featuring fresh DIY tricks, and showcasing exclusive extended content from the hottest wedding trends featured in this year’s issue of Weddingstar magazine. And where better to start than what we’re pegging as the must-have wedding accessories of the season.
The Choices Are Plenty
You can’t imagine how hard it was to pick just 15 products for this post! To see 100s more of the latest, on trend wedding accessories for 2015, see the complete new arrivals section on weddingstar.com.
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.
Year over year weddings just keep getting better, more creative and certainly more breathtakingly beautiful, and 2014 may have been the best year yet. We saw the emergence of gorgeous new wedding themes, countless brides and grooms make the extra effort to personalize their weddings to perfection, and we witnessed the continued evolution of the bridal market to a new level of sophistication. It was a year filled with lovely and we’re certain that although 2015 will bring with it lots of the new and the exciting, plenty of the wedding details and ideas from this year will make the year over year crossover. So with that in mind today we’re recapping the top 10 wedding accessories from 2014, all guaranteed to find a place in the coming wedding season.
So Many Choices
With so many options, it was next to impossible to narrow down our top product choices of 2014 to just 10. To discover all the other great items equally worthy of making the list, come explore weddingstar.com
Who wouldn’t want a beautiful backdrop adorned with an abundance of flowers framing their head table on their wedding day? Um, I know I would! Unfortunately the average wedding budget just can’t accommodate such extravagant setups. That is unless you’re willing to roll up your sleeves and get crafty! If you’re game than you’ll want to bookmark this post because we’ve got a much more cost effective way to get the look without compromising an ounce of pretty. The secret? Trade in real blooms for everlasting paper versions. Take a few oversized paper peonies, blend with some gorgeously detailed paper dahlias and dainty paper apple blooms, and voila, you’ve got yourself a beautiful backdrop on a budget. Here’s the step by step on how to create these lovelies for your event.
- paper peony, paper dahlia and paper apple blossom. The total number of flowers will depend on how small or large you’d like your backdrop to be. Ours took two peonies, three dahlias and three apple blossoms. For a more full backdrop, increase your count and display the blooms closer together.
- skewer and rounded pencil for curling petals
- glue gun
Paper Flower #1: The Apple Blossom
The Step by Step
Step 1: take one of the flower’s layers, any one will do as you’ll repeat this step for them all, and begin by creating your petal details. Crease each petal in half, about 3/4 of the way down, toward the center point.
Step 2: once all petals have been creased, with creases facing up, collapse the flower’s center point such that it creates a dip and your flower is no longer flat.
Step 3: bring the petal with the jetting out flap together with the petal beside it and glue them together such that the flap is now covered.
Repeat Steps 1-3 for All of the Flower’s Layers.
Step 4: begin gluing together your layers from largest to smallest. Alternate the positioning of each layer, rotating as you go, such that they do not overlap and each layer remains visible.
Paper Flower #2: The Dahlia
The Step by Step
Step 1 (image 1 & 2): begin by creating your petal details. For the prettiest bloom, tightest in the middle, we recommend using a thin skewer to curl the petals on the first two smallest layers. Curl in the sides of each petal, working towards the middle.
Step 2 (image 3 & 4): for the balance of the layers we recommend using a pencil for curling, again curling in the sides of each petal, working towards the middle.
Complete All Layers Before Moving onto the Next Step.
Step 3: for each curled layer, overlap the petals onto one another.
Step 4: in the palm of your hand or using your fingers, twist the overlapped petals such that a tight cone shape is created. Repeat step on all layers and line them up from smallest to largest.
Step 5: begin building your dahlia by starting with your largest layer. Unravel the cone and flatten out the layer, leaving just the sides of the petals curled. Continue onto the next layer and begin gluing your layers together. As you work your way up from layer to layer flatten each one out less, leaving the first two (the smallest two) in tact. As you glue alternate the positioning of each layer, rotating as you go, such that they do not overlap and each layer remains visible.
Paper Flower #3: The Peony
The Step by Step
Step 1: select your largest or smallest layer and begin creating your petal details using a pencil to curl the edges. Curl each individual petal on the sides, inward. Repeat this step for all the flower’s layers, curling your top,smallest layers more than the larger bottom ones.
Step 2: glue your layers together from the bottom up, largest layer to smallest. Alternate the positioning of each layer, rotating as you go, such that they do not overlap and each layer remains visible.
The End Result