DIY Wedding Wednesday: Wedding Stationery 101 – The Series

wedding stationery 101

Pocket folds, backers and embellishments. Labels, menus, hand fans and tote bags. And that’s just to name a few! Stationery options are a plenty and they go far beyond the must-have invite / rsvp duo. With all the possibilities available to today’s brides, it’s no surprise so many get stumped when first sitting down to decide what’s right for them. To help lighten the load and make sense of it all, we’re starting up a new stationery series, which will run throughout the month of January on every DIY Wedding Wednesday. We’re breaking down the options, the possibilities and offering up some guidance on what’s right for who. And for our first series post we’re taking it back to basics, walking you through the how-to for low, medium and high concept stationery suites.

Concept #1: Simplified.

Keep it simple, ultra budget friendly, and still lovely by going with a flat printed design that perfectly fits your overall wedding design. No additional details necessary. Weddingstar carries a wide range of options, in a variety of thematic designs, all sold complete with envelopes. Shop all the options here.

free spirit stationery collection

featured here: free spirit design wedding invitation and rsvp (sold separately, envelopes included)

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Concept #2: Take it Up a Notch

If you’re having a semi-formal affair, consider upping the formality and presentation of your standard wedding invitation and rsvp with the addition of backer cards. Adding color, dimension and texture to your core suite, easy to incorporate backer cards instantly bring the overall look of a stationery design up a level. For an added finishing touch, tie your pieces together with a color coordinated satin ribbon.

The Components 

city style stationery suite components

The Details 

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red stationery backer

to apply a backer card simply apply permanent adhesive tape to the back of your stationery piece and affix it to the backer, in a centered position

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Concept #3: The Whole Package

If you’re going for an upgraded invitation suite,  you’ll want to consider completing the look with upgraded envelopes. For ultra formal events inner pocket fold envelopes are recommended. Inner envelopes hold your invitation and rsvp card, complete with return envelope, providing for a formal presentation of the entire suite. For your outer envelope, which will hold your completed pocket fold, consider going with an upgraded stock quality in a pearl finish option that will nicely compliment the rest of your pieces.

The Components 

monogram simplicity stationery suite components

The Details 

monogram simplicity invitation suite

monogram simplicity invitation

to attach invitation to the pocket fold envelope: using permanent adhesive tape first attach the backer to the invite and then attach the backer to the pocket fold envelope. Make sure to center both applications.

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navy blue stationery backer

to apply a backer card simply apply permanent adhesive tape to the back of your stationery piece and affix it to the backer, in a centered position

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xoxo.

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DIY Wedding Wednesday: Glittered Glass Heart Overhang

diy glittered glass hearts

Whether you’re planning to tie the knot on New Year’s Eve or are simply using the festivities to inspire your wedding day design, there’s one decorative element that’s an absolute have-to-have. That element? Gold Glitter. A DIY bride’s best friend, easy to find, use and super inexpensive, gold glitter gives anything it’s applied to an instant boost of brilliance. From a sparkly accent on the smallest of day of details to big impact glitz, you’re guaranteed wow factor every time. Given all of today’s year end celebrations, for this DIY Wedding Wednesday installment we’re showcasing the golden good stuff on some playful blown glass heart decorations, as a stunning signature drink table overhang. Here’s the breakdown on how to make the look yours.

The Supplies

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  • white blown glass hanging heart decorations (in all 3 available  sizes. Total number of hearts depends on the final size of overhang you’re looking for. We used 9 for ours.)
  • mod podge glue + paint brush for applying glue to hearts
  • gold glitter
  • fishing line for hanging

The Step by Step

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Step 1: remove the white ribbon that the hearts come with. You can reattach once the hearts are dry if you wish. Using the paint brush apply your glue to the portion of the heart you want covered with glitter, starting on one side. For the entire grouping of hearts you’ll want to vary the amount of glitter on each, with some hearts covered a quarter of the way up, some 3 quarters, some completely.

Step 2: sprinkle on glitter as soon as the glue has been applied.

Step 3: for the hearts that aren’t completely covered with glitter, gently brush the top line with your finger to create an imperfect, uneven finish, avoiding a perfectly straight line.

Step 4: let dry and repeat steps 1 – 3 on the other side of the heart.

Repeat Steps 1-4 on all your hearts.

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Tip: For hanging we recommend using fishing line. If handling on your own, ensure the mechanism you are attaching the hearts to is secure and create the overhang the day before your wedding, if possible, as the process is time consuming.

The End Result

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xoxo.

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Wedding Planning Essentials: The Buying Guide

the wedding buying guide

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.

engagement party supplies - drink dispenser

bottom’s up
featured here: apothecary style drink dispenser and customized expressions design cling
get the complete drink station how-to here

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creative necessities
featured here: personalized mr. and mrs. printed napkins

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pretty on a budget – decor details
feature here: vintage floral print paper lantern

bridesmaid-tote

be mine
featured here: personalized bridesmaid mini tote
click here for some creative ways to ask “will you be my bridesmaid”

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.

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mark your calenders
featured here: woodland pretty design save the date embellished with mini wood veneer antlers

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.

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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.

wedding buying guide - diy trims

i can make that
featured here: diy supplies required for potpourri baggie favors. get the complete list of supplies and the how-to here

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.

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lovely logistics
featured here: feather whimsy design folded table number

reception decor - escort card holders

on a creative note
featured here: vintage inspired twisted fork stationery holders

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table charm
featured here: resin cement vase

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.

wedding buying guide - candy buffet jars

sweet tooth
featured here: candy buffet apothecary jars

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.

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much appreciated
featured here: woodland pretty design thank you card embellished with mini wood veneer antlers

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.

xoxo.

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DIY Wedding Wednesday: Winter Floral Arrangements

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What do dusty purples, frosted blues and silver tinted greens have in common? They all happen to make beautiful color options for a gorgeous winter wedding palette. Mix with classic snow white and you’ve got yourself a stunning color combo. Taking the in season stems we shared with you in this past Monday’s Winter Floral Guide, featured in these exact shades, today we’re creating a few warm hued arrangements to show you some of the pretty possibilities. From a simple and sophisticated boutonniere, to a loose and lovely bouquet, to an overflowing and abundant centerpiece, here’s what some of winter’s best come together to create. {note: for best results, we always recommend working with a professional florist whenever possible.}

Look #1: The Simple and Sophisticated Boutonniere – Supplies

winter wedding boutonniere supplies

  • flowers / foliage: dusty purple spray rose, dusty miller and seeded eucalyptus
  • floral wire, floral tape and bridal pin
  • craft paper twine
  • floral sheers

The Step by Step

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Step 1: select your stems, you’ll need one of each, cut down to size to approximately 2 – 2.5 inches depending on the stem, and trim off excess leaves. For best textural results, make sure your seeded eucalyptus has both a leaf and seeds.

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Step 2: layer your stems starting with the dusty miller, then the seeded eucalyptus and finally the rose. Trim ends to even out the stems. Wrap the bundle with floral wire, starting at the base of the dusty miller’s leaf and ending just above the end of your bundle. Once complete the stems should stay securely bundled.

Step 3: wrap the floral wire with floral tape for an even finish.

Step 4: finish off by covering the floral tape with craft paper twine and pin in the back to secure.

The End Result

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Look #2: The Loose and Lovely Bouquet

winter wedding bridal bouquet supplies

  • flowers / foliage: dusty purple spray roses (approximately 5 stems), anemone (approximately 3-4 stems) and seeded eucalyptus (approximately 3-4 stems)
  • floral wire, floral tape and a couple bridal pins
  • craft paper twine
  • floral sheers

The Step by Step

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Step 1: select your stems, trim off excess leaves and cut down to size. The length of your bouquet should be proportionate to your body, such that you can hold it comfortably, with just a bit of excess stems showing.

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Step 2: begin bundling your bouquet by mixing your anemones and spray roses. Work to create a balanced mix of stems, breaking up your roses with the anemones.

Step 3: add in a scattering of the seeded eucalyptus stems to the outer perimeter of your bouquet. Use the eucalyptus to prop up any anemones not already held up by the roses as the anemones are the weakest stems of the bunch.

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Step 4: wrap your bouquet with floral wire. Start at the top of bundle, such that the stems are secured in place and wrap about 3 inches down.

Step 5: wrap the floral wire with floral tape for an even finish.

Step 6: finish off the wrap by covering the floral tape with craft paper twine and secure at the back of the bouquet with a couple pins. Complete the bouquet by trimming and evening out your stem’s ends.

The End Result

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Look #3: The Overflowing and Abundant Centerpiece – Supplies

winter wedding centerpice supplies

  • flowers / foliage: dusty purple spray roses, white lisianthus, dusty miller, silver dollar eucalyptus and seeded eucalyptus. Exact number of stems depends on your centerpiece vase / vessel. Our arrangement took 25 stems of spray roses, 10 stems of lisianthus and small bunches of both types of eucalyptus and dusty miller.
  • floral foam and sheers
  • centerpiece vessel. We recommend a low option that allows stems to flow over.

The Step by Step

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Step 1: trim your stems of excess leaves and cut them down to the required length, based on the vase / vessel you’re using. You’ll want them such that they stick out and flow over the top of the vessel.

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Step 2: begin building your arrangement at either end. Start with a full stem of seeded eucalyptus and a couple stems of roses for each side.

Step 3: continue the same combination along the back side of the arrangement, but also include silver dollar eucalyptus. Work the formation so that the stems spill out over the rim of your vessel.

Step 4: repeat step 3 on the front of your arrangement, then fill in the formation with the lisianthus and dusty miller to complete.

The End Result

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xoxo.

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DIY Wedding Wednesday: How to Use Decorative Props

decorative prop how-to

Want to know one of the top styling secrets behind ultra swoon-worthy weddings?  It all boils down to the use of decorative props. It’s a term  you may or may not be familiar with, but it’s certainly a concept you’ve come across, and what’s caught your eye, time and again when spending hours on Pinterest planning your big day. Decorative props are what bring to a wedding design plenty of visual details, the opportunity to add layered textures and the chance to play with varied heights, all of which come together to create special unexpected elements of interest that wow. Perfect for centerpieces or creative side table displays, here’s just a few examples of how-to get the look.

Candlelight Glow

Take the glow of a simple grouping of pillar candles to the next level by incorporating beautifully detailed rustic props into your display.

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The Supplies You’ll Need for This Look:

The How-To 

Display your items as shown in the image above or play around with a combination of your own. But be sure to stick to the design essentials behind the look, a play on differing heights and a mix of textures.

The Details 

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Bring on the Blooms

For guaranteed wow factor replace standard glass vases with textured vessels that will go miles to add decorative flair to your event. Finish off the look with just a few stems and pillars.

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The Supplies You’ll Need for This Look:

The How-To 

Display your items as shown in the image above or play around with a combination of your own. To display pillars on your tin box, angle the lid and lay it centered across one side of the box. Be sure that your lid sits firmly on the base of the box. Florals can be substituted for your choice of stems. Regardless of what changes you make, ensure you stick to the design essentials behind the look, a mix of focal points of interest and textures.

The Details

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Greet Them with Pretty

Create a greeting table that sets the stage for an event filled with plenty of pretty, complete with a favor display that’ll have guests talking about it more than the favors themselves.

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The Supplies You’ll Need for This Look:

The How-To

Display your items as shown in the image above or play around with a combination of your own, while always keeping with a mix of decorative details that provide differing heights, textures, and visual interest.

The Details

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xoxo.

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Sweet Signage: DIY Mini Paper Garland

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I think it’s pretty much guaranteed that if you take any wedding day detail and scale it down to a miniature version of itself, you instantly get super sweet results. And that’s exactly what happened when we took inspiration from all the great wedding banners out there, including those in the Weddingstar lineup, and created a DIY mini paper garland cake topper for an editorial in the latest issue of Weddingstar magazine. As soon as the charm of the handcrafted came together with all things tiny, we knew we had created something special. For all of you that would agree, here’s the step by step on how to recreate the look, including a couple alternate versions, because we just couldn’t resist the opportunity to make more!

Look #1 – Pattern Fun

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The Supplies

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  •  mini kraft paper pennant garland 
  • craft paper with pattern designs of your  choice. We used two different patterns and alternated them.
  • fabric ribbon (available at most craft specialty stores)
  • mini letter stamp (to create a monogram)  and blue ink pad
  • skewers
  • scissors and glue gun

The Step by Step

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Step 1: cut two separate pieces of garland, 6 pennants in length each, or more if you’d like a longer banner.

Step 2: cut a piece of fabric ribbon into the pennant shape shown above and stamp on your monogram.

Step 3: cut your craft paper pennants, just slightly smaller in size than the pennants on the banner. The banner has three different sized pennants and we covered the two largest ones with a dedicated pattern each, leaving the smallest as is.

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Step 4: glue your craft paper pennants onto your banner, alternating your pattern as cut, then connect each separate banner strand to either side of the fabric ribbon pennant. Let dry.

Step 5: when completely dry, attach the completed banner to the skewers.

The Details

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Look #2 – All That Glitters and Shines

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The Supplies You’ll Need for This Look:

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To get this look you simply need to apply the mod podge to each pennant then cover each with your glitter, creating a pattern as you go. When dry attach the banner to your skewers.

Look #3 – Around the World

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The Supplies You’ll Need for This Look:

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To get this look first decide on the length of your banner, then attach a globe charm to only the largest pennants and finish off the ends of the banner by gluing on satin ribbon garlands. To create the ribbon garlands simply cut a few strands of ribbon in both colors, then cut those in half for a thin and delicate finish, create two bunches and tie at the top to hold together.

xoxo.

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DIY Wedding Wednesday: Paper Flower Decor

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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.

The Supplies

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  • 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

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The Step by Step

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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. 

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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

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The Step by Step

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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. 

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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.

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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

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The Step by Step

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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.

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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

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xoxo.

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DIY Wedding Wednesday: Simple Stunner – A Winter Wedding Centerpiece

diy winter wedding centerpiece

Icicles have to be one of the loveliest things synonymous with the winter season. If you’re having a winter wedding and agree, than today’s post is a must see! Playing up winter’s best, executed through a clever little decorative detail called Mystic Crystals, we’re creating a simple stunner of a centerpiece that’s not only easy on the eyes but the pocketbook too. Modern in its simplistic design and a great alternative to floral arrangements that cost considerably more to pull together, this pretty arrangement is a perfect fit for any winter bride looking for something different for her event. Just imagine table after table detailed with the candlelit sparkle of these lovelies. Intrigued? Here’s how to get the look.

The Supplies

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The How-To

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  • create the crystals in your selected vases by following the water to crystal ratio outlined on the product packaging. Measure to create a formation that will fill approximately a quarter of each vessel. For best results let your crystals form overnight.
  • when crystals have set, take a fork to the top of them and fluff, for a perfected cracked ice effect.
  • For set up, stagger and stack your round candle filled vases and combine with pillar candles. You want your final look to look layered, complete with various angles and heights.

The Details

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xoxo.

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DIY Wedding Wednesday: Signature Drink Station How-To

signature drink station how to

It’s the holiday season, which just so happens to double as the best time of year to work through some trial runs for your wedding day details. From perfecting place settings, to trying out centerpiece concepts, now’s the time to test and put your ideas to good use. In the spirit of strategic celebrations, today we’re sharing a how-to for a guest treat sure to be a hit at any holiday party or wedding, the Signature Drink Station. Whether you make it a mocktail or a cocktail, sweet refreshments perfectly presented will no doubt be enjoyed by all. Here are all the elements you need to pull off your mini bar.

 The Supplies

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The How-To

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Step 1: confirm with your venue that they’ll accommodate a specialty drink request (most will) and ensure that a bartender can be dedicated to servicing your drink station. If you are going with a non-alcoholic beverage you can skip the latter and treat your station as a self-serve option.

Step 2: come up with your signature drink recipe. Go with something that acts as an homage to the two of you, your favorite drink recipe for example, and if possible, have it color coordinate with your overall event color scheme. For our main recipe we went with a simple and delicious mix of cherry vodka and cranberry juice.

Step 3: come up with a name for your signature drink and have customized signage created to display it. We went with an Expressions Cling which fit perfectly onto the dispenser.

Step 4: flash forward to the day of and get set up! The first and main component is of course your drink, which should be featured in your dispenser. You can keep this as a non-alcoholic mix, so that even little ones can enjoy, and have your bartender mix in the alcohol to order. If you’re sure that everyone will enjoy a pre-mixed cocktail, then have all your ingredients added to the dispenser. Finish with ice to keep the mix cool.

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Step 5: have a few pre-poured drinks setup as part of the overall presentation. Setup should occur just before the start of your cocktail reception, to ensure drinks are served chilled. Poured drinks should include all the trims, i.e. sugared rims and color coordinated paper straws. Rest should be poured and served to order.

Step 6: enjoy!

A Recipe for the Tasting

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To get your taste buds going, here’s a recipe to test this holiday season.

Sweet Cherry Bliss

To an ice filled martini shaker add:

xoxo.

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DIY Wedding Wednesday: Industrial Chic – Mini Pinch Pot Favors

diy pinch pot favors

Pulling together the visual creative content for a wedding magazine is hard work. Coming up with the concepts, coordinating the shoots, and producing the imagery takes close to a year to complete. But what’s harder still is having to wait to share the results! To help us cope with the anxiety of the wait we’ve been releasing some peeks into the content of the latest issue of Weddingstar magazine, hitting stands in just a few weeks, and we figured it only made sense to fit a DIY into the mix. Given our particular excitement over our Industrial Glam full feature (see the sneak peek here), we just couldn’t resist sharing one of its many DIY treats. Here’s how to pull the effortless, chic and sophisticated feel of Industrial Glam into your guest favors.

The Supplies

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  • miniature two-tone pinch pot  (in willow green)
  • succulent
  • potting soil and shovel
  • thank you tag (design shown here being released december 2014)
  • clothespin (new product for release december 2014)

The How-To

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It’s as simple as 1-2-3!

Step 1: fill your pot with soil to just below the top rim.  (Note:  Soil is for visual presentation and for propping, not for actual planting purposes.)

Step 2: place your succulent on top of the soil. For the freshest look, place the succulent the morning of your event and keep refrigerated until then.

Step 3: attach your tag to the front of the pot, at an angle.

The {Chic} End Result

diy pinch pot wedding favor - 1 diy pinch pot wedding favor - 2 favor tag favor trims - clothespin succulent diy pinch pot wedding favor - 3

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