Wedding Trends: Top Markers – Wedding Day Signage

vintage inspired wooden sign boards

From paper to acrylic, tin to wood, the use of signage continues to maintain a top spot as a creative and fun way to instantly incorporate personal flair into a wedding day. Whatever functional purpose they may have, whether used to guide your guests or as special markers for your B&G chairs, custom personalized signs never fail to add that extra touch of something special. Loving the concept? Here are just a few fantastic ways to make the look yours.

This Way Please

Make your guests’ experience easy and enjoyable by guiding them to where you want them to go. Select a directional sign in a design that works with your wedding day theme and get creative with your display.

directional design details

Leave a Message

Whether used to provide specific instructions or for a general heartfelt welcome message, custom wedding signs naturally play double duty as subtle decorative accents that do wonders to make your guests feel special.

bunting banner directional sign

featured here: wood veneer pennant banner, personalized to say “welcome”, tied with craft paper twine

vintage tin sign

personalized wooden sign

Acrylic Marks the Spot

If only for a day you and your groom are the center of everyone’s attention. Don’t be afraid to bask in the spotlight by personalizing just about everything with your mark, including your B&G chairs.

bride and groom acrylic chair markers

featured here: black and gold opulence design engraved bride and groom acrylic signs

woodland themed engraved acrylic chair markers

featured here: woodland design engraved bride and groom acrylic signs

Make it Yours

To make any of these looks your own, or for additional personalized options, check out the full collections of wedding day signage on weddingstar.com.

xoxo.

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

mini birdcage wedding favor

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.

ceremony aisle marker

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

ceremony aisle markers

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

mirrored box wedding favor

favors in bloom
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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DIY Wedding Wednesday: Pretty Wild – A Chandelier & Fern Overhang

diy chandelier and fern overhang

If you ask me there are few things better than a great chandelier! Whether you’re talking home, office or wedding day decor, chandeliers are the most beautiful kind of classic and opulent decorative detail. But while they’re perfection all on their own, they get even better when set in a contrasting natural element like that provided by a lush green setting. That’s especially the case if we’re taking about coupling the dainty and wild asparagus fern with contemporary distressed white metal chandeliers. So for today’s DIY I’ve combined them for you in one of my favorite ways, a table overhang. And the end result is just so lovely I may never take it down!

The Supplies

diy chandelier overhang supplies

  • metal chandelier x 3
  • standard garden trellis painted white. This will be the base of your overhang, which you’ll need to hang. Sizing can vary and depends on intended use. Ours was 4 feet long.
  • asparagus fern
  • wax flower
  • floral wire
  • garden shears
  • water picks (for wax flowers)

The Step by Step

diy chandelier overhang - step 1

Step 1: start your fern overhang by first pulling together the front end points. You’ll want to use your longest pieces of fern to create the lowest overflow points. Begin by wiring a few stems of fern together.

diy chandelier overhang - step 2

Step 2: wire your fern bundle to your trellis at whatever point you want to designate as your starting point. We used the left side of the trellis, approximately 10 inches in from the end.

fern overhang

Step 3: create a bundle for your front end point. Make it either longer or shorter than the opposite side. Avoid perfectly symmetrical arrangements for a natural look.

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Step 4: attach  your chandeliers to the trellis.

Step 5: create your back end points with another two fern bundles.

Step 6: fill in the rest of the trellis with individual fern stems. Work to create a naturally wild finished look by pointing them in different directions, allowing some to come through the bottom of the trellis. If using the overhang in an indoor setting  you can weave your stems into one another. If using outdoors, make sure to wire all your stems to avoid wind displacement.

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Step 7: finish off the overhang by accenting the perimeter with small bundles of water picked wax flowers.

The Pretty Details

fern white metal decorative chandelier decorative metal chandelier wax flower ivy wedding arrangement

To complete this exact look, perfect for a ceremony site set up, use a potted ivy plant and accent it with water picked white lisianthus.

white lisianthus

xoxo.

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Wedding Planning Tips: Plan by Color {The Series}

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Time for some serious shop talk ladies! To successfully pull together a gorgeous wedding design you need to blend together two equally important design elements, a theme (i.e. vintage or woodland) and a color scheme. No matter which angle you begin the planning process from, you’ll inevitably have to work through incorporating both into the various details of your wedding day. Because we’ve got you covered from a theme perspective with our A Girl and Her Table series, we’ve decided to expand on our Inspired by Color color stories by introducing our latest series, Plan by Color. In this new mood board series we’ll feature top ways to creatively incorporate a given shade or palette into a wedding day design. To kick things off we’re showcasing one of the current hottest trending wedding colors, one of the prettiest pastels around, Mint Green. Happy Planning!

 

Ready to Shop?

Whether it’s mint green, pastel pink or cherry red that you’re after, when you’re ready to get your color perfect wedding details sorted simply use the Shop by Color feature on weddingstar.com to make your wedding planning and shopping a breeze.

xoxo.

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DIY Wedding Wednesday: How To Use Fabric Flowers

fabric flower diy

This past Monday we shared some of our favorite bridal bouquet inspirations and got rave reviews on one of our own DIY faux creations. So thanks to popular demand this week’s DIY Wedding Wednesday feature is dedicated to showing you a few creative ways of using permanent petals. And we’re pretty positive that when all of you homespun, shabby chic, rustic loving brides see how easy it is to pull these lovelies together, you’ll be lining up to incorporate them into your wedding day.

The Bouquet

diy fabric flower bouquet

The Supplies

diy fabric flower bouquet supplies

The Step by Step

diy fabric flower bouquet step 1

Step 1: gather the number of stems required to create your desired bouquet size, bend the stems to desired bouquet length and bind together with floral wire. We used 10 stems and bent to shorten them by approximately a quarter.

diy fabric flower bouquet step 2

Step 2: wrap your stems together with the ruffled fabric ribbon. Start at the point at which you wired, secure with a bridal pin, and continue wrapping downward.

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Step 3: secure your end point with a couple bridal pins. Make sure to point them upward and through the stems to secure the ribbon and to keep them away from your hands.

The Centerpiece

diy fabric flower centerpiece

The Supplies

diy fabric flower centerpiece supplies

The How-To

diy fabric flower centerpiece how to

All it takes is one simple step! Fill up your chosen centerpiece vessel with enough stems to create a bountiful arrangement, bending your outer stems slightly to flow over the rim of your vessel. We used the French Provencal Enamel Pitcher which took 15 Stems.

The Flower Girl Wand

diy flower girl wand

The Supplies

diy flower wand supplies

The How-To

diy fabric flower wand how to

Another one step wonder! Simply tie on several strands of satin ribbon to the base of the flower head. Tie the ribbons in double knots to secure them and keep ribbons just slightly longer than the stem itself.

Love this Look?

For more Shabby Chic and Rustic wedding inspiration, including another faux bridal bouquet look, check out our shoppable Burlap Chic full feature on the Weddingstar e-catalog.

shabby chic bridal bouquet

xoxo.

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DIY Wedding Wednesday: 5 Pretty Ways to Pamper Your Guests

diy personalized hand fans

What’s personalized, pampers your guests, and packs a major punch of pretty? DIY Hand Fans of course! Perfect for any outdoor event, ceremony, cocktail reception, or dinner, paper hand fans are an inexpensive and easy way to add lovely little details into your wedding day. From the addition of simple textures to surprising extras, here are five unique ways to style and personalize a hand fan, all guaranteed to impress!

Fan Style #1 – Boxwood Beauty

diy boxwood paper hand fan

The Supplies

diy boxwood hand fan supplies

The How-To

boxwood trim

Step 1: add interest and dimension to your fan handle with a touch of boxwood trim. To start, position your boxwood as desired.

baker's twine

Step 2: wrap boxwood trim around your handle with baker’s twine. Wrap four or five times to secure boxwood and to allow baker’s twine trim to stand out.

The End Result

diy boxwood trimmed hand fans

Fan Style #2 – Vintage Lace

diy vintage lace paper hand fan

The Supplies

diy vintage lace hand fan supplies

The How-To

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Step 1: add detail to the printed part of your fan using crystal sticker embellishments.

lace flower diy embellishment

Step 2: add a touch of texture to the paper fan by cutting out one of the flowers from your lace pattern and gluing it to the top left corner of the fan. If your lace did not come embellished with crystals, use the stick on crystals.

pink lace ribbon

Step 3: finish off the look with a simple tie of lace on the fan handle.

The End Result

diy vintage lace trimmed hand fans

Fan Style #3 – Purple Petals

diy purple petals paper hand fan

The Supplies

diy purple petals hand fan supplies

The How-To

purple crystal sticker

Step 1: add just a subtle touch of interest to this already detailed fan design with a single crystal sticker accent.

paper rose

Step 2: add a 3D replica of your fan detail onto the handle with a paper rose accented with a stick on crystal. Hot glue your rose to the handle.

purple satin ribbon

Step 3: complete the look with a two tone purple ribbon tie on the fan handle.

The End Result

diy purple petal hand fans

Fan Style #4 – Sweet Sentiments

diy garden themed hand fan

The Supplies

diy garden themed hand fan supplies

The How-To

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Step 1: punch your floral shape into both sides of your printed fan, taking care not to cut into the wording or design on either side.

Step 2: overlap your two fans as shown in image #2 above, back to front, and position your green craft paper in between. You can use two separate pieces of paper or a single long strip, whatever you find easier to work with.

Step 3: glue your fans together using regular craft glue. Avoid hot glue as it’ll show through the fan.

floral punched pattern

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Step 4: insert fan into handle.

Step 5: for a sentimental touch perfect for your closest loved ones sure to shed a tear or two on your wedding day, add a pretty handkerchief to the handle. Start by lining up your handkerchief to the handle on the back side, taking care not to cover the wording on your fan.

Step 6: flip the fan and secure handkerchief to handle with a strand of ribbon. If the handkerchief is folded as in the image above it will naturally bend for a lovely finish.

green ribbon detailing

The End Result

diy garden themed hand fans

Fan Style #5 – Ceremonial Mementos

diy ceremony hand fan

The Supplies

diy ceremony hand fan supplies

The How-To

ceremony diy hand fan - steps 1 - 3

Step 1: create your own unique Unity Ceremony by involving your guests. Attach to each fan a small tag complete with mini pencil that your guests can use to write down their special ceremony wishes for the two of you. Provide them with a vessel to drop their cards into and consider incorporating it into your ceremony. Start by wrapping your mini pencil with rope. Wrap three times and finish with a double knot.

Step 2: next attach your pencil to your tag. First thread your rope into the tag from the front. Stop at the point where you want your pencil to stay.

Step 3: loop your rope from back to front and thread through the front once again. Finish off with a double knot. Hold your pencil in position while threading and tying your knots to avoid it from pulling all the way up your tag.

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Step 4: thread one strand of rope through the handle insert.

Step 5: tie the two strands together in a double knot and finish with a bow. Finally insert your hand fan.

diy ceremony hand fan tag

The End Result

diy ceremony hand fans

xoxo.

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Wedding Planning Tips: Ceremony Program 101

A common question that comes up in the planning process, specifically in the selection of wedding day stationery, is “do I need a ceremony program?”. The short answer, no. It’s not a must have like the invite, RSVP or thank you card. But does it make for a really nice touch for the ceremony? Absolutely. To help you decide whether or not to include one, here’s a rundown of the basics of its role and benefit, and what to include if you opt to use one.

Why to Use One

There are plenty of good reasons to use a program but number one comes down to the guest experience. Providing your guests with a ceremony program, no matter how simple or complex in content, allows them to follow along and get involved. Like a personalized guide to the most important aspect of your wedding day, outlining those key pieces you find most meaningful, the program helps your guests feel better connected to the ceremony and to you as a couple.

What to Include

Start with the Basics. Your names, the location and the date make up the given standard. Beyond that, for a simple program all you need is an outline of the key activities that will make up your ceremony, i.e. your processional, the signing, any readings and the recessional. Consider marking these moments on the program by listing your song selection for each. For a more complex program, ideal for religious ceremonies or those including cultural traditions, make note of all significant rituals, including a brief outline of their relevance to you and your ceremony.

ceremony program

Who to Call Out

Listing out all bridal party members is another basic program inclusion. It honors their special involvement in your wedding day and acts as an introduction for guests who may not know them. Both sets of parents should of course be included, whether just in name or within a special Thank You note. Deceased loved ones can  also be honored with a memorial mention.

When to Order

Because the program is a “day of” stationery piece it generally finds itself on the “Three Months Prior To” list. Most of the details you’ll want to include are not usually ironed out any earlier than within that planning time frame. That said, take the time prior to the three month mark to confirm that the source or vendor you plan on using will be able to meet your turn around time.

Where to Get One

Naturally your best bet is the same supplier that you used for your wedding day invitation suite. They are best suited to keep a consistency in the design of all your stationery pieces. Should your invitation supplier not be available, or if you’re looking for another resource who can offer a complimentary design, use a trusted online source like weddingstar.com.

Interested in Browsing Some Ceremony Program Options?

Visit the Ceremony Program section of weddingstar.com for 50+ program designs.

xoxo.

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Wedding Planning Essentials: Outdoor Ceremony How-To

outdoor ceremony setup

No one loves an outdoor wedding ceremony more than I do. Natural light, a warm summer breeze, sweet smells of distant wildflowers, all come together to create something simply magical. If you’re an outdoor ceremony lover like me and are planning one for your own wedding, here’s the rundown of what you need to consider to pull it off to perfection. Happy Planning!

How-To Tip #1: Frame Your Area

It’s not called the great outdoors for nothing! An outdoor ceremony space is generally a big one. Create an intimate setting by creatively framing off your area with some ceremony staples. Consider an aisle runner for a pretty direct pathway to the top of your site. Greet the eye when it gets there with a unique Unity Ceremony setup, complete with an unexpected decorative touch like a lantern overhang.

outdoor wedding ceremony

unity ceremony tag

mini lantern ceremony decor

featured here: mini lanterns (hangers removed) and purple satin ribbon

How-To Tip #2: Less is More

Take advantage of all the natural beauty that surrounds an outdoor space and go with subtle complimentary decorative accents to finish off the look. Using simple design tactics like specialty ceremony seating, think Cocoa Chiavari Chairs, and gorgeously simple aisle markers, think birch and cotton bud diy arrangements, provides for a ton of impact without overpowering what’s already there.

ceremony seating

dried cotton and lavender aisle marker

ceremony aisle markers

featured here: glass cylinder vase

How-To Tip #3: All About the Details

You went for something out of the ordinary for your ceremony location, now keep the feeling of exceptional going with unique day of accessories that compliment your wedding day design. From a custom Welcome display to a lovely ring pillow alternative, the attention to detail will not go unnoticed.

rustic ceremony decor wooden wedding signs

vintage ring box

How-To Tip #4: First Comes Comfort

Having an outdoor ceremony means taking on the powerful sun. Do it successfully by keeping your guests comfortable. Beyond the most obvious necessities, like hydrating beverages and sunscreen, consider providing your guests with something both practical and pretty, like shade providing paper parasols. As an added bonus, think of all the great picture opps you’ll get out of them!

white paper parasols

featured here: paper parasols accented with purple satin ribbon

purple satin ribbon accents paper parasol

How-To Tip #5: Plan B

You simply cannot plan an outdoor ceremony without an indoor back up. Full stop. Before committing to your outdoor venue, ensure that there is an indoor option available. If you’re having your outdoor ceremony on the same property as your indoor reception, try to avoid using the area where you’ll be hosting your dinner as your Plan B. It makes for difficult logistics and impacts the experience your guests have moving from one great space to another during the ceremony to reception transition. Be open to creative Plan B alternatives, even something at another nearby location. And plan for an atmosphere just as lovely as that of your original space to ensure you and your guests don’t miss out on any part of the experience you planned for.

outdoor ceremony backup

Need More Ceremony Advice?

Come back and visit the blog this coming Monday when we outline the essentials to pulling together a Ceremony Program.

xoxo.

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Wedding Planning Essentials: Our Top Ten Favorite Summer Wedding Ideas

summer weddings

There’s a reason the summer months continue to collectively make up the most popular time of the year to get married. Although weddings by sheer nature are beautiful no matter when they take place, there’s just something extra special about warm weather nuptials. With this Sunday marking the first day of June, the number one month of the year to tie the knot, we thought now would be the perfect time to share our favorite summer wedding ideas. Focusing on little details that  guarantee to make a wedding day special and unique, these ideas are definite essentials for any summertime bride to consider. So grab your favorite summertime sipper, sit back and relax in your favorite patio chair, and get ready for some serious summer wedding inspiration.

#1 – Drinks All Around

birch print paper straws

Speaking of summertime sippers, keeping refreshing drinks constantly flowing is definitely one of the most important rules for any warm weather wedding. Go about it in a creative way by serving a signature drink unique to your event and finish it off in style with a theme appropriate decorative paper straw.

For more paper straw inspiration check out our ‘Stylish Sippers’ DIY post.

#2 – The Bright and The Bold

There’s no better time than the summer to get daring with your wedding color palette. Now’s the time to play with bright hues in bold combinations to create a statement look bursting with energy and fun.

#3 – Saying “I Do” Outdoors

Outdoor wedding ceremonies are always simply stunning. No exceptions. It takes very little to play up the natural beauty that an outdoor setting has to offer. Keep your decorative additions simple but full of impact by incorporating things like unique seating and subtly beautiful aisle decor.

#4 – Weatherproof Hair

If you’re taking full advantage of the warm weather with an outdoor event, be sure to weatherproof your hair. An updo is pretty much a must. but it certainly need not be boring. Enlist the help of a professional hair stylist to give you the ultimate outdoor wedding look.

#5 – Into the Wild

outdoor wedding ceremony ideas

OK, so maybe “wild” is a stretch when talking about doves! Point being, the classic dove release is one of those warm weather possibilities we can’t get enough of.

#6 – Keep ‘Em Comfy

As beautiful as an outdoor summer wedding can be, it also comes with unique challenges. Pesky mosquitoes, the bright sun and the sticky heat, just to name a few. Take care to ensure your guests are comfortable by supplying them with all the outdoor essentials they could possibly need, think sunscreen, bug spray and sunglasses for those who forgot a pair. Fill and creatively display personalized tote bags for a bit of decorative fun.

#7 – Seasonal Treats

There’s nothing more charming than a pint-size ode to summer. Get crafty and incorporate yours by way of a cleverly displayed guest favor.

#8 – Backup Footwear

summer wedding shoes fun summer wedding inspiration

You never know what Mother Nature might have in store for the great outdoors. Be prepared for just about anything, including unruly terrain, with some backup practical footwear. And with a pair of Coach rain boots, practical never looked so stylish!

#9 – Light the Way

Nothing adds ambiance to an event like candlelight. Kick things up a notch by lighting them up with the use of unique and trendy candle holders.

#10 – All in the Name of Fun

fun wedding inspiration

Last but not least, regardless of time of year, a must do for any wedding is making sure to take the time to fit in a bit of fun!

xoxo.

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Product Spotlight: Top 10 on Trend

mustache stainless steel flask

We’ve just returned from our annual buying trip, where we searched and shopped for the best of the best new products for you, our brides. And you can’t imagine how excited we are to release all the new additions to the lineup this coming December! To hold us over we’re recapping our Top 10 favorite 2014 additions, all in line with what’s hot and trending in the world of weddings right now. From the prettiest of favor boxes to the most stunning bridal and reception accessories, we’ve got it all covered. Now it’s your turn to shop!

#1 – Lovely Lace

One of the top trends for 2014, and 2015 for that matter, is arguably also the most romantic textile around. And we’ve got a couple of the loveliest and effortless ways to incorporate lace into your wedding day look. OK. So we’re cheating a little by featuring two products here. But they really do go hand in hand so we simply couldn’t resist!

#2 – Leave a Message

Custom unique signage is all the rage these days and we’re thinking this reusable chalkboard is definitely a top option. Whatever message it shares, it’s the intricate details that will have your guests swooning.

shabby chic greeting table

#3 – With this Ring

There’s nothing like a perfectly set table to please the eye and get the appetite going. Finish off your place settings in style with this gorgeous jewel accented napkin ring.

vintage place setting

#4 – The Forever Bouquet

Any woman who has lived the wedding day experience will tell you that keeping special mementos to remember the day is a must. What better way of remembering how you looked and felt than by keeping your bouquet, especially when it’s as beautiful as this couture brooch stunner.

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#5 – Beautiful Burlap

Far from the unrefined. Complete with fabric flowers, lace trim and a subtle touch of bling, burlap never looked so good.

#6 – Take a Seat

Boxed sweet treats may not be a new guest giveaway concept, but these stylish pretty little chair boxes provide the perfect contemporary twist on a tried and true classic.

transparent chair favor boxes

#7 – The “Toss Me Not” Garter

Do yourself a favor and buy a toss away back up because you’ll definitely want to hold onto this lovely.

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#8 – Smart Table Trim

There’s nothing like a wedding accessory that serves double duty. Not only does this self-standing wooden table number guide your guests to their seats, it also makes for a great decorative accent. And it comes complete with a top slit ready to hold anything you want it to. So in fact, we’re talking triple duty!

#9 – Bringing the Outdoors In

Want something new and unique for your centerpiece? Look no further. These super cool and super pretty faux birch trees are about as unique as it gets. Perfect for the Rustic or Woodland themed wedding, or for any couple looking to incorporate a bit of nature into their event’s design.

#10 – Animal Instincts

With Woodland weddings increasing in popularity on a daily basis, we’d be remissed not to add some animal motifs to the line. And what’s more synonymous with woodland animals than a great set of antlers.

woodland themed wedding place setting

Want More?

If you like what you see here then check out the full suite of 2014 products featured in the New Arrivals section of weddingstar.com.

xoxo.

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