DIY Wedding Wednesday: Pretty in Pink – Potpourri Baggie Favors

potpourri baggie wedding favors

I’m pretty positive that the color pink was created specifically for weddings. From blush to pastel, with its intrinsic femininity and softness, pink is a perfect fit for a celebration of love. So it’s no surprise I often find myself working it into a DIY Wedding Wednesday post, and today is no exception. With just a little touch of pink, by way of the sweetest fabric rosette and pink button trim, we’ll be taking a little burlap favor baggie to a whole other level of pretty. And with the addition of some aromatic (and pink, of course) potpourri, we’ll come away with the loveliest of guest favors. Excited? I am! Here’s how to get the look.

The Supplies

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The Step by Step

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Step 1: cut your fabric ribbon into approximately a 4.5 inch strand and fold it over in the middle.

Step 2: roll the folded strand into itself, creating a rosette.

diy potpourri wedding favors - steps 3 and 4

Step 3: to hold the shape, glue down the end point of your rosette.

Step 4: hot glue the rosette to your burlap baggie, centered just below the drawstring.

diy potpourri wedding favors - steps 5 and 6

Step 5: paint your button a soft pastel pink.

Tip: use a glue dot or sticky tack to hold your button in place while you paint. 

Step 6: once dry, hot glue your button to your baggie, below and to the right of your rosette.

Step 7 (not shown): fill your baggie with potpourri and finish off the look with a personalized tag attached with a mini clothespin clip.

The {Pretty in Pink} End Result

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xoxo.

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Wedding Guest Favors: A Little Something For Everyone

Baggies, containers and boxes, oh my! If you’re still trying to figure out how to show your wedding guests your appreciation, you won’t want to miss this post. From the prettiest of boxes to complete concept gifts, today’s feature is showcasing a wide range of wedding guest favors with something for every wedding theme and budget. We’ve even included some inspiration on how to fill, display and accessorize your tiny treats. But fair warning, you may find yourself wanting more than just one for your big day!

For the Filling – Favor Baggies

 

wedding favor bags

featured here: mini linen drawstring pouches in three designs, vintage infused love print, english tea rose trim and plain, and organza drawstring bag with decorative bow

Sweet Minis – Favor Containers

 

Stackables – Favor Boxes

 

The Whole Package – Favor Box Kits

 

Ready for the Taking – Complete Concept Favors

 

wine bottle stopper favors

featured here: wine bottle stoppers in the following designs – cocktail, butterfly, ceramic love bird, king and queen crowns. all sold complete with packaging (not shown here).

salt and pepper shaker favors

featured here: full collection of salt and pepper shakers. all sold complete with packaging.

Want More?

For 100s of additional favor ideas check out and shop the entire favor section of weddingstar.com, and come back and visit us this coming Wednesday for our favor baggie how-to.

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: The Power of Color {and Chalk Paint}

diy birdcage favors

Shabby Chic, Vintage and Rustic all share one major thing in common. All are super hot right now as far as wedding trends go. And it’s no wonder why. Each comes with countless gorgeous ways to personalize and style an event. If you’re one of the many brides looking for your own unique version of one of these themes then it’s time to get comfy with the concept of DIY and brush up on some of the tricks of the trade. And boy do I have an amazing trick to share with you today! It’s a little thing {literally, you can get it in 4 fl. ounce jars} called chalk paint and it takes anything that might not have the right look because of color or texture and transforms it to theme appropriate weathered perfection. Just take a look at what it did for a mini birdcage favor. It certainly had me saying “eek!”

The Supplies

diy birdcage favor supplies

  • mini birdcage
  • choice of chalk paint color(s) and paint brush {we used annie sloan chalk paint in louis blue, pure white and antoinette}
  • floral foam
  • mini personalized streamer
  • satin ribbon, coordinated to the birdcage color(s)
  • choice of flowers (i used hydrangea, peonies and baby’s breath)

The How-To

diy distressed white birdcage favor white chalk painted mini birdcage

Step 1: paint your birdcage. If using chalk paint you’ll need two coats. Don’t worry about a bit of the original black still coming through. An imperfect look is what you want.

{stylist tip: if you can’t find chalk paint, use spray paint instead. It’ll provide for a similar look, just a slightly different finish.}

Step 2: for an added personal touch, hole punch a personalized streamer and tie to top of the birdcage with ribbon.

blue and green hydrangea

Step 3: cut floral foam into a piece small enough to fit into the birdcage and insert floral stems. Insert florals from various angles, aiming for a full but loose finish. Think overflowing.

Step 4: repeat steps 1 – 3 on as many birdcages as you need. For the Shabby Chic look, as featured in this tutorial, mix up your paint colors, sticking to pale pastels, and your floral stems. For a Vintage or Rustic look stick to one color palette.

eggshell blue chalk painted mini birdcage

stylist tip: for a simple and more budget friendly version, don’t be afraid to leave the birdcages empty. they are just as lovely all on their own.

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The Finished Look

shabby chic mini birdcage favors hydrangea pink peony baby's breath banner favor tag

xoxo.

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DIY Wedding Wednesday: DIY Kraft Favor Bags

diy favor bags

What’s the secret behind a great guest favor? It’s not a fancy gift. It’s not an expensive guest offering. It all really just boils down to the presentation. You need not stress over what you’re stuffing your favor container, box or bag with. What you should focus on is favor packaging that’s been uniquely personalized to you and your event design. Think of the lovely visual impact a pretty little thing x 100 will make. To show you just how easy it can be to pull off the look and to get your creative juices flowing, today’s DIY feature takes a plain paper bag, and with just a bit of fab DIY trim, changes it five times over. Here’s the step by step on how to make the look yours.

Look #1: Shabby Chic

shabby chic favor bag

The Supplies

shabby chic favor bag supplies

The Step by Step

personalized thank you stamp

Step 1: stamp your card. Don’t worry about a perfect stamp application. Pretty imperfections are what make up the shabby chic look.

vintage clothespin shabby chic card

Step 2: cut fabric ribbon to size and attach it and the card to your bag with the clothespin. No glue required!

Look #2: Lace and Twine

rustic themed favor bag

The Supplies

rustic favor bag supplies

The Step by Step

lace and twine

Step 1: wrap your bag with the lace, glue in back. Follow by wrapping the twine several times over the lace and tie it into a loose bow.

mini hinged diy clip homespun design favor tag

Step 2: attach tag to bag with the clip.

Look #3: Burlap Trimmed

homespun favor bag

The Supplies

homespun favor bag supplies

The Step by Step

burlap diy trim

Step 1: cut your burlap down to desired size, both length and width wise. To get this width we cut our roll approximately in half. Wrap around your bag and glue in the back.

hearts design favor tag

Step 2: wrap your ribbon around your twine and tie into a double knot. Hole punch your tag and thread your ribbon through. Finish by tying a bow.

hearts design favor sticker

Step 3: fold over the bag and close with sticker.

Look #4: A Touch of Sparkle

jewel trimmed favor bag

The Supplies

jewel trimmed favor bag supplies

The Step by Step

purple floral favor tag

Step 1: add a touch of sparkle to your favor tag by accenting with a few jewel stickers. Glue tag to bag.

white ribbon favor trim

Step 2: tie your ribbon into a simple bow and glue it to your bag, just above the tag.

purple floral favor sticker

Step 3: accent your sticker with a stick on jewel. Fold bag over and seal with sticker.

Look #5: Simple and Sweet

simple diy favor bag

The Supplies

simple diy favor bag supplies

The Step by Step

favor-wrap

Step 1: wrap your bag with the paper wrap, sealing off in the back with the accompanying die cut bird sticker.

wax seal sticker

Step 2: accent your wrap with a wax seal sticker.

satin bow

Step 3: tie a strand of ribbon into a simple bow and glue to bag.

xoxo.

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DIY Wedding Wednesday: ‘Petite Pails’ {Wedding Favors}

diy mini pail favors

Time to share another couple of DIY wedding secrets. #1. Adding accenting layers of fabric to just about anything pretty much guarantees loveliness every single time. #2. Couple the concept with the daintiness of a mini package and you’ve got yourself ‘guest favor perfection’. Given I’m a huge sucker for anything mini, using one of the sweetest mini containers around, I was more than happy to pull together a few samples for some visual inspiration. From the playful to the surprisingly sophisticated, here’s what just a touch of fabric can do to change up the look of one petite pail.

Petite Pail #1 – Homespun Sweetness

diy homespun style mini pail favor

The Supplies

homespun style mini pail favor supplies

The Look and the How To

diy homespun style mini pail

Step 1: tie your crochet ribbon into a bow and wrap the middle with baker’s twine. Hot glue the finished formation to the center of your pail, about a quarter of the way down from the top.

crochet ribbon bow

Step 2: hole punch your tag and attach to the pail’s handle using baker’s twine.

homespun style favor tag

Petite Pail #2: Pink Perfection

diy lace trimmed mini pail favor

The Supplies

lace trimmed mini pail favor supplies

The Look and the How To

pink lace trimmed mini pail favor

Step 1: wrap pail with pink lace trim. Discreetly hot glue in the back.

{tip: if you can’t find a jewel trimmed pink lace, purchase a plain pink lace and do a diy add on using these self adhesive jewel stickers)

pink lace trim

Step 2: add jewel stickers to tag.

jewel stickers

Step 3: attach tag to pail handle with mini white clothespin.

mini clothespin

Petite Pail #3: Something Blue…Something Rustic

rustic style mini pail favors

The Supplies

rustic style pail favor supplies

The Look and the How To

rustic mini pail favor

Step 1: cut burlap trim down to size, such that it covers your pail as shown in the image. Hot glue in the back.

burlap trim

Step 2: create a rosette with your satin ribbon, glue to middle of pail and middle of burlap trim. Wrap and hot glue excess ribbon strands in the back.

{check out the ‘White Box + Satin Ribbon = Endless Possibilities’ diy post for the complete rosette how to}

rosette ribbon

Step 3: glue or discreetly tape tag to pail handle.

personalized favor tag

xoxo.

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Product Spotlight: Top Ten Summer Wedding Favors

mini ceramic bird favor dish

A wedding favor is one of those staples that plays a part in all weddings. Whether it’s a little bonbon in a pretty box or a single stem in a dainty little vase, a favor is a must. It shows your guests just how important they are to you and how much you appreciate their presence on one of the most important days of your life. It’s a heartfelt sentiment that deserves special attention, and there’s nothing sweeter than a well thought through, personalized to the couple and theme, guest giveaway. But we know it can be hard  to come up with something unique, so today we’re sharing some of our favorite favor concepts to get you inspired. Given we’re at the start of the busiest part of the wedding season, we’re featuring ideas perfect for any summertime wedding.

Small Wonders

This mini glass bottle is one of the sweetest containers around and a clean slate that can be filled with whatever little lovely fits your wedding theme. Give it a summery feel with a single stem of one of your wedding flowers or fill with planting seeds for your guests to grow their own little garden.

mini glass bottle favor

featured here: mini clear glass bottle (sold in packages of 6)
click here to shop all favor container designs

planting seed wedding favor

Perfectly Practical Pair

Nothing goes together like salt and pepper. Paired and presented together in finely crafted white porcelain owls makes for a charming and practical gift. For all those long summer day bbq gatherings.

owl salt and pepper shaker favor

featured here: stylized owl salt and pepper shakers with gift packaging 
click here to shop all salt and pepper shaker designs

Cheers to a Good Wine Stopper

Summer + Wedding = Wine. That’s an actual equation! For all you wine lovers, a wine stopper is a clear favor choice and this one is the prettiest option around with its delicate butterfly design. Take the gift and your favor display to the next level by pairing the stopper with your favorite bottle of wine.

butterfly wine stopper favor

featured here: butterfly wine stopper with gift packaging
click here to shop all wine stopper designs

wine stopper wedding favor

Homemade Goodness

What could be more personal, or summer inspired, than a homemade batch of your favorite preserve? Homemade preserves presented in mini jars, personalized with pretty little stickers, that’s what!

mini glass jar favors

featured here: mini glass bottle jars (sold in packages of 12)

jam filled jar favors

Dainty Decor

For a truly unexpected gift, give away a little touch of your day of decor that your guests can enjoy in their own homes or on their backyard patios.

mini glass tealight hodler

featured here: miniature glass tealight holder (sold in packages of 6)

pink glass tealight holder

Modern Garden

For a no fuss touch of summer garden beauty that can be placed anywhere in a home, giveaway a potted flower in this contemporary design high top pot.

mini high top flower pot

featured here: mini high top flower pot (sold in packages of 4)
click here to shop all flower pot designs

Natural Beauty

Summertime offers the ideal backdrop for a gorgeous outdoor rustic, country or woodland themed wedding. Infuse the theme into your favor by going with a nature inspired container. Darling on its own but even better when personalized with the simple addition of a small token of something special, this little bird nest is favor perfection.

mini bird nest favor

featured here: miniature bird nest favor (sold in packages of 12)

diy bird nest favor

see how to get this look with our ‘one nest. three ways. diy post

For the Foodie

Nothing says summer like a fresh crisp salad. Share your love of summer inspired fresh treats in a creative way with this bamboo salad server set.

Wanderlust

No better time to go exploring than in the summer months. Express your passion for travel and inspire your guests to do some of their own with this brushed brass compass.

compass favor

featured here: adventurers’ compass favor (sold in packages of 6)

wanderlust inspired favor

Beautiful Butterflies

Incorporate an iconic summertime motif into your wedding day in the loveliest of ways through these delicate butterfly ceramic dishes.

ceramic butterfly dish favors

featured here: ceramic butterfly dishes (sold in packages of 6)

diy butterfly dish favor

see how to get this look with our ‘pretty plate favors’ diy post

Want More?

For 100′s of additional favor ideas shop the entire favor collection on weddingstar.com.

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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DIY Wedding Wednesday: Pattern Play – Mini Vase Sets

diy vase favors

A while back we did a post on DIY glittered tea lights that was a big hit with our brides. Because we can’t resist a repeat fan favorite, and because we love what a touch of glitter can do, we’re re-applying this simple to-do concept on one of our mini white vase sets. Whether used as a guest favor, or as part of your wedding day decor, these small stunners are sure to have a big impact with your guests. And for those of you looking for a simplified approach and look, we’re giving you another combo that’s just as lovely. Here’s how to pull together the two looks.

Look #1: Glitter Galore

diy glitter vase favors

The Supplies

mini glitter vases - diy supplies

  • mini favor vases in white
  • spray adhesive
  • spreadable glue {we love mod podge!}
  • glue dots
  • masking tape
  • paint brush
  • glitter
  • spray roses

The Step by Step – Pretty Polka Dots

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Step 1: stick on your large glue dots, spacing them out all over your vase.

Step 2: dust on your glitter.

Step 3: using a clean paint brush, brush off all excess glitter.

large polka dot diy glitter vase

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Step 4: Repeat steps 1-3 using small glue dots.

small polka dot diy glitter vase

The Step by Step – Stripes and Solids

single strip diy glitter vase single strip diy glitter vase  - how to

Step 1: wrap a strip of masking tape three quarters of the way down your vase.

Step 2: apply a thin even layer of glue.

Step 3: sprinkle on the glitter.

single stripe diy glitter vase

thick stripe diy glitter vase thick strip diy glitter vase - how to

Step 1: wrap a strip of masking tape at the base of the vase,  and just below the base of the bottle neck.

Step 2: apply a thin even layer of glue.

Step 3: sprinkle on your glitter.

thick stripe diy glitter vase

diy gold glitter vase diy glitter vase how to

Step 1: apply spray adhesive glue all over the outside of your vase.

Step 2: sprinkle on glitter, plugging the opening of the vase with your finger to avoid glitter entering the vase.

diy gold glitter vase

Look #2 – Keep it Simple

If you love the look of the vases but want a simplified version, go au naturel by eliminating the glitter. Mix and match the vase color options for your bit of pattern play and a lovely end result.

mini decorative vase favors

The Supplies

mini decorative vase favor supplies

The Look

mini decorative white vase favor mini decorative lavender vase favor mini decorative vase favor

xoxo.

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Wedding Design 101: Mastering the Wedding Tablescape

tablescape inspiration

We’re a week away from Canada’s first official long weekend so naturally I’ve got parties top of mind. My favorite kind? A proper dinner party complete with great food, even better wine, and loads of fantastic friends. Having planned a few in my day I know that one of the cardinal rules to a great bash, and incidentally a great wedding, is a well set and styled table. Dining tables are where your guests spend most of their time, and in the case of a wedding where table settings are in the double digits, the visual becomes all that much more important. So today I’m breaking down the five basic essentials behind a successful tablescape. And considering practice makes perfect, you’ve got an excuse to plan a few parties to test out your own skills before your big day. Bon fete!

The Essentials – #1: Show Them to Their Seat

Rule number one to being a pro hostess: manage the guest experience from start to finish. Make it carefree and effortless for them, right down to where they’re meant to sit. Marking their spot with a theme appropriate place marker not only gets the job done, it also works as an added decorative touch. To get them to their table, use a seating chart or escort cards, greeting your guests upon arrival and guiding them to where they need to go.

diy seating chart

featured here: custom diy seating chart made with equestrian love stationery collection large rectangular tags accented with horse hose charms and tied with satin ribbon in deep plum

rustic wedding tablescape

The Essentials – #2: Greet Them with a Treat

Make your guests feel special and incorporate some instant eye candy into your design with a little surprise gift waiting to greet your guests as they settle in. Repeated over every place setting it makes for the perfect finishing touch and a fantastic first impression.

rustic mini pitcher favor

The Essentials #3: Layers of Goodness

From chargers to trimmed napkins, designing your place settings using multiple layers adds dimension and interest to your tablescape. Complete the look with a dried or fresh flower in your color scheme for an unexpected touch of pretty.

rustic place setting rustic gold charger plate crochet border handkerchief

crochet border handkerchief gift

featured: crochet border handkerchief (can be personalized)

The Essentials – #4: Keeping Focus

With all the things going on with a tablescape, it’s important to have a focal point that pulls it all together. Given its central positioning on a table, a beautiful floral centerpiece is a natural choice. Use height or eye catching decorative accents to create the focus. Where budget allows, expand on the concept by creating a table length runner made of bountiful floral arrangements.

rustic wedding centerpiece

need some added inspiration?
for gorgeous simple to create diy centerpiece ideas check out our springtime centerpiece post

rustic wedding centerpiece rustic wedding flowers

The Essentials – #5: The Finer things

For a really impressive design consider setting aside some budget for lovely little unexpected details. Upgraded flatware, delicate chair backs or custom table overhangs are all surefire ways of pulling together an unforgettable and unique event design.

gold wedding flatware lace chair back

mini white lanterns

featured here: mini white lanterns (comes with stand and hanger, removed here)

Want More?

Looking for more wedding reception decoration ideas? Shop all the options by theme, color, or category in the Reception section of weddingstar.com.

xoxo.

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