So, You’re A Bridesmaid! Check Out Our Top 5 Cost Sharing Tips

Bridesmaids

Your friend just got engaged and in turn has popped the question, Will you be my bridesmaid?”, wanting you to be part of her wedding day. You’re flattered (of course) and excited to be a part of her special day, but you start to stress out a bit when you begin adding up the costs. Being a bridesmaid can definitely be pricey, but there are some things you can do to help save some cash.

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We’ve got some great tips to relieve you and the other bridesmaids!

1. Group Gift

On top of all the other wedding expenses, including the dress and shoes and throwing parties typically a bridesmaid is still expected to give the new couple a gift.  Wedding gifts can definitely be a hit to your bank account, but why not lessen the cost a bit? Go in on a gift for the couple as a group with the other bridesmaids. This way you can chip in together on a higher priced item from the registry rather than trying to figure out something less expensive or spending more than you can afford on a gift.

2. Share a Suite

Hotel rooms can be expensive, especially if you need to stay for more than one night. Split the cost with the other bridesmaids by booking a suite that sleeps four people.

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3. Car Pool

If it’s not quite a destination wedding, but you and the other girls live outside of the location that the wedding is being held at, arrange to share a ride! Road trips are fun and is a great way to bond, especially if you are just getting to know a couple of the gals. You’ll save money on gas and have a great time!

4. Share Travel Costs

If you’re attending an upcoming destination wedding, consider group travel. Most airlines offer group discounts that could save you hundreds of dollars. Coordinating group travel might take some extra effort, but if it saves you some cash in the end, it’s definitely worth it!

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Featured above: Bathrobes: Mr & Mrs / Towels: Mr & Mrs / Sandals: Just Married

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5. Group DIY Projects

DIY projects are a fun way to help give every shower you throw the look of a high budget, meanwhile it’s a great excuse to get all the bridesmaids together and save a little cash! Enjoy some wine and snacks and whip up some amazing favors and décor. We’ve included some DIY projects that we think you’ll love! For décor we have tons of DIY ideas for adding gold and glitter to to glam things up. We also have some great favor ideas like Ombre Dip Dyed Favor Bags and Mini Mason Jar Favors.

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Can being a bridesmaid be pricey? Yes. But we hope these tips will help you out a bit and save you some cash.

DIY Wedding Wednesday: Mother’s Day Spa Tote How-To

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This Mother’s Day you could treat your mum to the usual weekend brunch, complete with classic mimosas. Not entirely a bad option. Or you could skip what’s standard and send your mom on a spa date for one, complete with a goodie filled tote that perfectly sets the tone for some well deserved me time. We’re thinking that sounds like a pretty darn good idea. And thanks to Weddingstar’s new gift line, everything you need to make it happen is just a quick online shopping trip away {spa not included}. Here’s the lowdown on everything you need to make this thoughtful Mother’s Day gift a reality.

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in the bag
featured here: bliss striped black and white tote personalized to say ‘best mom ever’

personalized tote

black and white cosmetic case

match set
featured here: colourblock cosmetic bag

personalized cosmetic case

personalized compact

water bottle label

cheers to me time
featured here: aqueous water bottle label in pastel pink

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bath towel

cozy comforts
featured here: mr. + mrs. towels {sold in sets of two}

personalized towel

xo flip flops

best foot forward
featured here: white xo embossed flip flops

best day ever sandals

floral bath robe

wrapped in luxury
featured here: watercolor floral silky kimono robe on pink

personalized silk robe

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a bit of bling
featured here: heart frame necklace

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xoxo.

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Style Spotlight: Dreamy and Sweet

Dreamy and Sweet Wedding Dessert Table

There is no doubt that great weddings are made up of two amazing people in love. But what makes them remain a favorite in your guests’ minds comes down to the overall guest experience. One way to make anyone happy, whether at a wedding or not, is with really good food. Sweet potato fries, anyone? So today we’re featuring some of our favorite ways to get your guests’ taste buds revving, including one of our favorite dessert displays (shown above) from the 2016 Weddingstar magazine. Is your mouth watering yet?

Idea 1: The Dessert Station

The dessert station is always a favorite and allows guests to choose from other desserts besides the wedding cake. This is a great way to cater to everyone’s sweet tooth whether they love pie, cake or candy. Plus, having these smaller bites to choose from gives guests something to nibble on throughout the night, or take home with them to enjoy later on.

Oh So Sweet Gold Acrylic Cake Topper
Wedding Favors in Clear Favor Box Purple and Pink Donuts
Mini Pie Pops in Galvanized Tin

featured above: Cake Topper: Oh So Sweet Acrylic Topper | Favor Box: Clear Acetate | Twine: Gold Metallic | Tin: Galvanized Metal | Tag: Geo Marble Small Tag

Idea 2: The Welcome Drink Station

While food is a definite must at weddings, so are the drinks. And what sweeter way to welcome guests to your reception than by displaying a table of drinks ready to enjoy right by the entrance. Whether it’s your favorite mixed drink, a bottle of beer or a glass of wine, it’s sure to be appreciated. Just don’t forget to set out some non-alcoholic options for those that prefer otherwise. Cheers!

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Personalized Flutes with Marble Print Paper Coasters

featured above: Backdrop: Agate Allure | Drink Dispenser: Clear Glass | Shot Glass: Tall Personalized | Flask: Clear Glass with You’re A Gem Etching | Flute: Classic Glass – Printed | Coaster: Agate Allure Card Set

Idea 3: The Popcorn Station

Popcorn is a great choice to serve at weddings and is a favorite for all ages. Create a self-serve popcorn station with dip-dyed baskets full of plain popcorn, then set out mini shakers filled with a variety of popular seasonings. You can even pre-fill these shakers with seasonings for guests to take home as favors.

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Personalized Wedding Popcorn Flavor Shakers

featured above: Goodie Bag: Ikat Print | Picnic Basket: Large Decorative | Scoop: Candy Scoop in Ivory | Shakers: Mini Jar Shaker Favors | Stationery Holder: Antique White | Sign: Ikat Open Format

Idea 4: The Chili ‘n Fries Station

And now for something completely different – delicious, hearty, homemade chili because, why not!? Served grab-n-go style in mingle−friendly bowls that are just the right size, your guests will love this fan favorite. And for those who may not be a fan, have some sweet potato fries at the ready for a snack that’s sure to satisfy. You can even pre-package your favorite chili sauce or spice rub as a favor your guests can use at home.

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Sweet Potato Fries Wedding Favor Personalized Canvas Favor Bag with Stamp
Sauce and Spice Rub Wedding Favors

featured above: Bowl: Mini Pinch Pot | Spoon: Eco Wood Utensil Set | Tag: Geo Marble | Twine: Metallic Gold | Sign: Geo Marble Open Format | Frame: Self-Standing Antique Wood Finish | Glass: Mini Martini Glass | Pouch: Mini Linen with Drawstring | Stamp: Diamond Shape Personalized | Jar: Mini Glass Bottle Favor with Snap Lid | Sticker: Geo Marble Small Sticker

We want to know – what are you serving at your wedding for dessert or snacks? Tell us below!

See wedding style spotlights + more in our Weddingstar Magazine available here or on a newsstand near you.

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Planner and Styling: Style and Swoon / Photography: A Lovely Life Photography / Flowers: Style and Swoon / Cake and Desserts: Fabulous Cakes / Favors, Decor and Accessories: Weddingstar

DIY Wedding Wednesday: Pretty Packages for Your Bridesmaids

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Couple weeks back we shared our two pennies on how to pop the big “will you be my bridesmaid” question to your BFFs and it all went something like this, “Make it sparkle. Make it pretty!”. If you missed the post, check it out {here}. And because we’re total girly girls, we got so caught up in all the fun that we decided to come up with a couple more super sweet ways to show your besties you adore them and can’t see your big day going off without them. And just like with our last post, making it sparkly and pretty was the direction of choice.

Message in  a Bottle

Go for the surprise factor and forgo the usual boxed presentation for a non traditional container that’ll throw her off of what’s inside, a darling monogrammed pendant necklace. And, we love this little glass corked bottle, made all that much more lovely with a touch of lace filler.

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What You’ll Need

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Serious {Card} Stock Value

Every girl loves getting a sweet greeting card. Up the value of yours by pairing it with a little bit of bling by way of this gorgeous double heart pendant. And if you’re feeling really festive, pair the presentation with some gold glitter!

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featured here: new celebration design bridesmaid gift backer card and new heart pendant necklace – coming soon!

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xoxo.

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DIY Wedding Wednesday: How-To Pop the Big Question (To Your BFFs)

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He popped the big question. You hollered out an enthusiastic “YES”! The champagne was poured and so now you’re off to the planning board. And what’s one of the first things you’re likely to quickly decide on? The girl crew who’ll stand by your side throughout the whole of your wedding planning  journey. It’s a list of names that will no doubt be made up of childhood friends and close family members, all of which are women you simply can’t live without. Why not take the opportunity to show them just how much they mean to you by making the way you pop your “will you be my bridesmaid” ask something extra special. And when we say special we mean pretty and sparkly of course. Sound like a plan? Then here’s everything you need to make it happen.

Presentation is Key

OK, so the bling is what’s best but don’t overlook how you present it. We’re loving the current trinket tray trend, made that much better when personalized just for her.

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Bring on the Bling

Diamonds maybe a girl’s best friend, but so are bracelets, and charms, and chains. Really, you can’t go wrong when it comes to the gift of jewelry.

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Let the Card Do the Talking

Complete the look, and the package, with a personalized gift tag that says it all, because chances are you’ll be too choked up to talk.

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will you be my bridesmaid tag – coming soon!

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will you be my bridesmaid tag – coming soon!

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xoxo.

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DIY Wedding Wednesday: Putting On The Glitz

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.

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Featured here: Taper Candles / Unity Candle: Glitz & Glam / Pillar Candle Holder: Vintage Inspired / Taper Candle Holder: Vintage Inspired / Bow: Assorted Paper

Glitz and Glam Unity Candle with Black Paper Bow Embellishment Taper Candle Holder

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.

Wooden Pomander Chair Markers

Featured Above: Pomanders: Wooden Floral / Ribbon: Gold

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?

White Acrylic Self-Standing Table Numbers

Featured above: Table Number: Bow Tie

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!

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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!

DIY Gold Painted Mini Favor Vase

Featured Above: Vases: Mini Favor

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!

DIY Gold Glittered Mint Green Votive Holders

Featured Above: Votive Holder: Classic Glass

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!

Gold and Black Square Wedding Favor Boxes

Featured here: Favor Box: Black / Favor Box: Gold / Bow: Medium Paper / Tag: Mint To Be

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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.

Wedding Champagne Flutes with Gold Diecut Paper Heart Tag

Featured above: Die Cut Cards: Double Heart

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.

Ornate Vintage Inspired Hanging Frame

Featured Above: Frame: Vintage Inspired / Wax Seals: Double Heart / Clips: Mini Wooden

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.

DIY Hanging Mini Mason Jars with Gold Glitter

Featured Above: Jars: Mini Mason Jars / Cards: Small Round / Rubber Stamp: Personalized / Twine: Metallic Gold

DIY Wedding Wednesday: Honeymoon Getaway Bag How-To

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February to the seasonal calendar is like Wednesday to the work week, something you just got to get through to get to something better. And we’re seriously feeling the need for some warm weather fun right about now. To help us cope with our lack of Vitamin D, we’re planning to surround ourselves with anything and everything vacation related, starting with today’s honeymoon getaway bag how-to. It’s a little bit of “if you build it, it’ll happen.” psychology we’re going for. So without further delay, here’s our three key rules to the perfect vacay swag.

Rule #1. All About The Bag

You want something compact, light weight and of course, super cute. And a touch of gold personalization never hurt anyone.

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Rule #2. Keep It Simple Sweetheart

Don’t over pack. Keep it simple with just the essential fun in the sun accessories.

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Rule #3. …And for The Mr.

Remind your guy to bring along his own little travel tote, so that you don’t find yourself lugging his stuff around.

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xoxo.

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DIY Wedding Wednesday: How-To Celebrate Your BFFs This Valentine’s Day

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Last week on the blog we shared some of our top ideas on how to impress your guy this coming Valentine’s day. If you missed the tips, click here. And because we love the idea of also using V-Day as an opportunity to celebrate the amazing ladies in your life, we thought we’d follow up with a post sharing our top pretty picks for ‘her’. Whether it be a simple and sweet gesture of friendship for your closest childhood friend, or timely gifts for your bridal party members as tokens of your appreciation, we say take the day to show your girls some love. Here’s how to treat your besties right.

Gift Pick #1: Girl, You’re Amazing.

Every girl is a sucker for a bit of bling. Give her a place to hold her treasures, complete with a quote that reminds her of just how great she is.

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featured here: vegan leather jewellery box – you’re amazing emboss
additional designs available here

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Gift Pick #2: Mirror Mirror.

Whoever said a necessity need not be pretty wasn’t a woman! Give her a staple every girl needs, personalized to pretty perfection.

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featured here: designer compact mirror – glitter heart print
additional designs available here

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Gift Pick #3: The Hell with Heels

A must for any heel lover. A pair of ballerina flats in a personalized pocket pouch, ready to go whenever and wherever the heels need to come off. Because eventually the heels have to come off!

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xoxo.

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DIY Wedding Wednesday: How-To Impress Your Guy This Valentine’s Day

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Raise your hand if you think your guy is the greatest in the world! We’ve got a few of those in our lives too and we’re excited to celebrate them this coming Valentine’s Day. If you’re looking to shower your super man with an equally super gift, than look no further. Just in time for the big love celebration, Weddingstar has added a whole slew of new great gift items to their product lineup. Today we’re sharing just a few of our favorites and if you like what you see, there’s plenty more to choose from by clicking here. And while you window shop we recommend thinking ahead and grabbing some for your big “I do” day. Happy Shopping!

Gift Pick #1. The Very Necessary Caddy

If your guy is a bar guy, this one’s a must. Comes complete with a bottle opener and personalization, but sorry, beer not included!

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featured here: wood bottle caddy – drink beer etching
additional etching options available here

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2. For the Great Outdoors and Beyond

For the guy who swears by the garage, or the outdoors, or anywhere else that’s considered guy territory.

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3. Bottoms Up

A classic gift option and for good reason. Up his flask game by selecting a unique wrap like this wood veneer option.

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additional flask options available here

stainless steel flask personalized flask

xoxo.

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DIY Wedding Wednesday: Gold Glittered Pomander Chair Markers

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It was around this time two years ago that I discovered a little DIY secret that would forever change my creative repertoire. I now use it in my wedding designs, home accents, greeting cards, and just about everything else I embark on creatively. That little secret is glitter, gold and beyond, and ever since I realized how it could be added to just about anything to majorly up the pretty factor, I’ve been hooked. There’s no detail safe from my glitter addiction and after checking out today’s post, chances are you may quickly join the shimmer squad. Here’s how to use the golden good stuff to create some seriously sparkly chair markers.

The Supplies

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The Step by Step

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Step 1: pour out a generous amount of fine gold glitter onto your work surface. Make sure to first line your surface with a layer of paper towels. The porous nature of the towels will aid  to ease the application of the glitter. Next, using a thin tipped paint brush, begin to apply a thin layer of Mod Podge to the tips of the wooden curls of your pomander ball. Avoid too heavy an application of glue as it’ll result in clumpy glitter. Start out the glitter application to half of the pomander, doing so in sections of approximately 5-6 floral curls at a time.

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Step 2: once the glue has been applied, roll the florals into the glitter and shake off access. Make sure you apply the glitter quickly after the glue application to avoid the glue drying up. If a spot has been missed, reapply more glue onto that spot specifically and roll in the glitter. Avoid overlapping already applied glitter with glue as it’ll result in a lumpy and patchy finish.

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Step 3: for floral centers that are not flush with the curls, apply glue to the center point and manually dust on the glitter. Continue steps 1-3 until half of the pomander is complete, then set aside to dry before working on the other side.

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Step 4: push hot glue in between a couple of the florals. Immediately after, using a small fine tipped tool, push through a piece of gold ribbon that has been fold in half, at the halfway point. Hold for a few seconds to set. Once dry, the pomander is complete. Repeat steps 1-4 for your other pomander.

The End Result

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xoxo.

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