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

engagement party supplies - cocktail napkins

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

engagement party supplies - hanging lantern

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.

wedding buying guide - save the date

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.

wedding buying guide - reply card

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.

wedding buying guide - table number

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

reception decor - cement vase

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.

wedding buying guide - thank you cards

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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The Roundup: Wedding Party Gift Guide

gift guide

With Christmas just around the corner it’s time we roundup this year’s gift guides. And although our guides are ideal for wedding party members, they’re just as great for under the tree treats. From the ultra feminine to something just for the boys, this complete collection offers plenty of unique items ready for the pick up. For her, for him and for them, we’ve got you covered. So skip the lineups, get comfy on the couch, click through to what interests you most, and let the shopping begin!

Her Gift Guide

There’s sparkle, there’s jewelry and there’s lace. Could a girl ask for anything more?! Click here to shop the complete gift guide for her.

gifts for her

His Gift Guide

From the casual to the classic, we’ve got the boys covered too. Click here to shop the complete gift guide for him.

gifts for him

Their Gift Guide

Make giving easy by group giving. Pamper all your besties in one of these creative ways. Click here to shop the complete gift guide for them.

gifts for them

What’s Next?

We’re going straight into celebration mode that’s what! The new 2015 product line goes live next week and we can’t wait to share it. We’ll be shifting our regular schedule to accommodate the launch, skipping our usual Monday post and returning Tuesday with the Best Dressed Favors for 2015. Join us then!

xoxo.

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DIY Wedding Wednesday: Will You Be My Bridesmaid – 3 Creative Ways to Ask

will you be my bridesmaid

You could ask your girls if they’ll be your bridesmaids by making the simple ask. Or you could do it by way of a creative and thoughtful gift that shows them just how much their involvement in your big day means to you. We vote for the latter! Becoming a bridesmaid is a big commitment and we’re all for getting things started on the most positive of notes. Set the stage for a fun and exciting planning journey no one can say “no” to with one of these three lovely and creative ways to pop the big question.

The How-To #1: The Goodie Bag

What girl doesn’t love to be pampered! Ask your besties to stand by your side by treating them to some standard girlie comforts.

bridesmaid tote

What You’ll Need – The Supplies and The Details

1. The essential component is of course the bag. Select one that’s cute and compact, one that pops the question but can be used time and again.

2. A mini notebook that sets the stage for fun but organized planning.

cooper mini notepad

3. Luxurious hand and body balm to get her skin glowing.

bridesmaids gifts - hand and body balm

4. A pretty and useful treat she’ll appreciate always.

5. Some pink bubbly to mark the celebration. We went with a mini for the perfect fit and because it’s oh so cute!

bridesmaids gifts - mini champagne

6. Bath salts to unwind after a long day of wedding planning.

bridesmaids gifts - bath salts

The How-To #2: On a Sweet Note

A great option if you know the emotion of the moment may get to you. Make it easier by letting a printed handkerchief do the talking.

bridesmaids gifts - personalized handkerchief

What You’ll Need – The Supplies and The Details

1. A personalized handkerchief that says just the right thing in just the right stylish way.

2. A peekaboo envelope that’s just as pretty a keepsake.

The How-To #3: Locket Love

Jewelry is the ultimate no-brainer. Go for an option that reveals your request in the loveliest way.

bridesmaids gifts - necklace

What You’ll Need – The Supplies and The Details

1. The locket and your handwritten message on a piece of printed craft paper.

bridesmaids gifts - locket

featured here: filigree vine orb locket (box included)

2. Fabric ribbon to line your jewelry box for a pretty presentation that completes the look.

xoxo.

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Wedding Planning Tips: For the Boys

Those of us immersed in the world of weddings naturally spend a lot of time talking about ‘girlie’ things. Gorgeous wedding dresses, fabulous hair and makeup, the beautiful bride and her lovely entourage, designer shoes, breathtaking flower arrangements…the list goes on and on! So in the spirit of this coming Sunday’s Father’s Day we’re sharing some of our favorite gift ideas for the boys. Whether you’re in need of suggestions for dad, brother, groomsmen or the best man, from the casual to the classic, there’s something here for every important guy in your life. So go on, show him just how much you care!

antler design personalized handkerchief

formal favorites with a modern twist
featured here: antler design personalized handkerchief

mustache design flask

a touch of the cheeky
featured here: stainless steel mustache flask
{stylist tip: for an added personal touch, have it engraved}

square cufflinks

tried, tested and true
featured here: classic square silver plated cufflinks
{stylist tip: for an added personal touch, have it engraved}

cigar humidor

for the cigar aficionado
featured here: premium cigar humidor

wedding gift ideas for groomsmen, novelty five piece golf bbq set

a gourmet’s golf bag
featured here: novelty five piece golf bbq set

Want More?

For additional great gift ideas shop all the ‘gifts for him’ options on weddingstar.com.

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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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.

wedding gown and accessories

#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.

vintage bride

#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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Wedding Planning Essentials: Gifts for Her

Mother’s Day is just over a week away so naturally we’re in the mood to celebrate the incredible women in our lives. From bridesmaids to maids of honor, to super special moms, we love you all! And there’s no better way to show the ones we love how we feel about them then by showering them with little tokens of our admiration and appreciation. Here’s a rundown of some of our favorite ways to show you care.

flask and compact gift set

featured here: flask and compact mirror gift set
{stylist tip: for an added personal touch, have it engraved}

oval compact with crystals

featured here: oval compact mirror with crystals
{stylist tip: for an added personal touch, have it engraved}

crown compact mirror gift

featured here: “crown princess” compact mirror
{stylist tip: for an added personal touch, have it engraved}

diamond shaped paper weight

featured here: diamond shaped paper weight
{stylist tip: for an added personal touch, have it engraved}

vine orb locket

featured here: vine locket necklace
{stylist tip: use the included scent dots or fill with a personalized note}

antiqued lace parasol

featured here: antiqued battenburg lace parasol
{stylist tip: great as a gift and as a picture prop. give this gift out on your wedding day to ensure some great pictures are captured of it in use}

Want More?

For plenty of other great gift ideas shop all the ‘gifts for her’ options on weddingstar.com.

xoxo.

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Wedding Planning Essentials: Shop the {Wedding} Look

If the simple fact that it’s Friday isn’t a good enough reason to celebrate, today’s post provides some extra incentive to pour yourself a glass of bubbly and toast to good news. Today marks the official launch of the brand new Weddingstar E-Catalog, essentially a virtual shopping playground for any bride planning her wedding. I know, exciting right?!

e-catalog cover image

Built entirely around the “shop the look” concept, the new e-catalog is an extension of the Weddingstar print magazine, tenfold. Because there was just no way of making room for it all in print! Featuring inspirational imagery from exclusive creative shoots, editorials filled with planning tips and all 3000 + products in the Weddingstar lineup, the e-catalog provides a fun and easy shopping experience. Browse pretty pictures, get inspired and click to buy if something catches your eye. Covering everything from wedding stationary to ceremony and reception accessories and décor, down to guest favors and gifts, this is definitely a must visit ‘one stop wedding shop’!

But enough talk. Given Weddingstar is all about inspiration, here’s a sneak peek into what you can expect to see in the inclusive 724 pages.

vintage themed wedding shoot wedding stationery wedding ceremony products - aisle runners reception products - guest book alternatives porcelain cake toppers wanderlust themed wedding shoot wedding reception - toasting flutes wedding reception products -  decorative vintage drawers wedding favor container - mini burlap bag wedding favors - wine stoppers bridesmaid's gifts woodland themed wedding shoot

Love It? Want More?

If you like what you’ve seen so far, you’ll love the rest! Click here for more tips, products and inspiration.

xoxo.

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Happy Valentine’s Day: Our Little {Wedding} Gift to You

white wedding favor box wrapped with a red ribbon

It’s Valentine’s Day and we’re celebrating our love for all our followers, readers, customers and industry friends. We’re doing it by sharing some exciting news! As many of you may have noticed, we’ve been undergoing some major changes at Weddingstar over the last several months. We’ve completely redesigned the look of our newsstand publication, added some incredible new decorative wedding accessories to our lineup and most recently changed the look of our blog. It’s all in line with our mission to improve the wedding planning experience and we’re not done just yet!

That Little Gift We Promised.

To ensure we’re doing all that we can for our brides and loyal followers, we’ve decided to completely revamp the content on our blog. From here on in we will be providing our readers with all the wedding planning essentials every bride needs to know, including insider tips on how to “make it yours”.

From wedding theme inspirations…

woodland wedding theme inspiration board

to color & theme story boards…

color inspiration board for a white wedding

{photo credits, from left to bottom right:rachel ashwell shabby chic via pinterest, lifeimages photography, blog.esther.com.au via pinterest, oscar de la renta via harpersbazaar.com.au}

to some amazing DIY posts (new post every Wednesday!)… 

DIY wedding guest place setting showing a wedding favor on the plate

We’re certain you’ll love all the details we have in store for you! With that, we leave you with tons of Happy Valentine’s Day wishes. Enjoy your personal celebrations and we’ll see you back here on Monday with the first official post from our brand new series.

xoxo.

Kasia

Hot Picks: All About the Girls

Today I picked out the best and brightest new trends for you and your ‘maids to grab inspiration from to help plan for your wedding! From patterned bridesmaid outfit’s to unique shower ideas, this post is packed with everything you need to create an amazing wedding experience! Enjoy.

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