How To: Decorate for Less by Skipping the Flowers

Your wedding day budget is depleting and you are looking for ways to save costs. One way couples have found to reduce wedding costs is by replacing flowers with simple décor items. Many couples are straying away from using flowers and are instead choosing to make their own decorations and bouquets out of other unique items. Flowers aren’t everyone’s cup of tea, so if you are a bride who doesn’t want flowers at their wedding we’ve got some alternatives that you and your guests will love.

Aisle Decorations

 

Decorative Lanterns are a great choice to brighten up your aisle. They can be painted to match your wedding colours or dressed up using a decorative ribbon and you’ve got the perfect addition to guide you down the aisle.

Candles are another great way to decorate your aisle. They provide a romantic lit atmosphere perfect for that cozy indoor affair. However, if your venue does not allow open flames, flameless candles are also available.

Flowerless Centerpiece Options

 

Add a vintage look to your reception with these Candle Holders. You can decorate them to add your own flair. Add some candles and you’ve got a simple alternative to flowers.

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Having a summer wedding and want some pops of color on the guest tables? With beautiful decorated mason jars you’ve got a fun and easy DIY project that the whole wedding party can help out with.

Other summer weddings choose to use fruits to decorate with, filling tall glass vases or jars with different colored fruits for the right amount of color.

The Bridal Bouquet

 

A bride’s bouquet can be made up of all kinds of different things but one of the most popular for today’s bride is a brooch bouquet. These are easy to make, even if you aren’t very crafty and they look fantastic in photos. Brides usually ask for brooches to be donated by friends or family members, but can also find them in antique stores for relatively cheap. This bouquet is not to be thrown though; it is meant as a keepsake for the bride and there is usually a small substitution bouquet that is used if the bride chooses to do a bouquet toss.

Other bouquets may include flowers that are made out of sheet music, comic books or origami paper. Rustic themed weddings have seen flowers formed from burlap and ribbon, and others include fabric flowers made by the bride or purchased from a crafter.

Whether you decide to go with flowers or not, the choice is yours for your wedding. However, if you are feeling adventurous, skip the flowers and let your flowerless décor be the talk for years to come.

Writing & Concept by:  Theresa Gibson

Photography by: Weddingstar, LV Imagery, Kat Williams

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How To: Spring Party Essentials

Spring is here which means bright, lush colors and beautiful floral arrangements. Last week we shared with you some of our Spring must-have gifts. If you missed it, read it here. This week we are talking must-have party essentials to pull off the perfect Spring event. With beautiful florals inspiring everything from the design to the personalization check out how to bloom your very own Spring get together.

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It’s time to embrace all things gold! Add hints of gold to your table décor such as a gold table runner or hanging geometric centerpieces to complement your table’s florals.

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Stop and Smell the Rosé

What’s a party without drinks? These personal sized Rosés are the perfect fruity addition your guests will love. Add a personalized touch with a Floral Hello Gorgeous label.

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Don’t forget the glassware! Personalize stemless glassware with a fun logo and fill with your favorite fruity beverage leaving your guests feeling refreshed.

Shower Them With Favors

Spring showers bring Spring flowers. These Bloom Favor Boxes are perfect for the Spring season, with their hints of gold and blooming floral interior.

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Those Details . . . Ooh La La

The ultimate Spring party is all in the details. Add some personalized coasters to match your colors and a personalized message to bring on the cheer.

For one last final touch add some floral napkins to serve up the perfect snacks with.

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Top Spring Gift Ideas For Her

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Today we are sharing our top new Spring gifts for you and your girls! Gorgeous jewelry boxes, trays, and compact mirrors all with a beautiful modern floral design. Don’t forget about Mom! Mother’s day is fast approaching, and these gift ideas have her name written all over them.

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This adorable jewelry box with a photo frame lid features a personalized modern floral print with gold accents. Makes for the perfect keepsake for Mom.

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For the girly girl in your life, this classy jewelry box with rose gold edges, floral design, and sparkly lined bottom makes a great gift.

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This little cube shaped beauty offers a stunning way to display your jewelry. Personalized with a modern floral etched design for that extra special touch.

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These personalized compact mirrors with a modern floral design are a trendy gift your girls can take with them wherever they go!

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Featured above: Rectangular Acrylic Tray-Modern Floral Print

Trying to find the perfect gift for that person in your life who likes to stay organized? This personalized modern floral printed tray is so versatile! It can be used to dress up your dining table or to keep your desk, dresser, or hallway table organized.

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Style Spotlight: Greenhouse Chic

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Enhanced by the natural beauty of a greenhouse locale is a lovely blend of romance and botanical artistry. Rich textures, lush florals and fresh scents all come together for a day that is gorgeous, no matter the season. Streaming through from overhead, sparkling sunbeams shine a light on every impressive detail. This greenhouse chic shoot by Ambassador Katie Theuer from Wedding Belles Events sets the stage for the perfect romantic affair. See how she pulled off this look.

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Fill a Galvanized Bucket with long-stemmed flowers and you have the perfect customized chair décor to complement your theme.

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This Vintage Style Pressed Glass Goblet with its distinctive look and subtle tones are the perfect complement to this greenhouse décor.

A Rustic Wood & Glass Box is a great addition to any event inspired by Mother Nature. Whether you add some flowers to make it a centrepiece or use as a wishing well, this Rustic Glass Box is a must have!

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Credits:

Event Design and Planning: Wedding Belles Events

Photography: Jessica Sparks Photography

Florals: Christopher Joseph Designs

Hair and Makeup: The Transformation

Stationery: Linen & Leaf

Cake: Hamley Bake Shoppe

Rentals: Events Unlimited Birmingham

Bride’s Gown: Sarah Seven from The Dress Theory Nashville

Grooms Attire: Men’s Wearhouse

Models: Taylor & Cory Wood

Venue: Bennett Nurseries

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DIY Flower Girl Proposal Box

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In our last two DIY posts we shared ideas for creating proposal gift boxes for your maid of honour and bridesmaids – today it’s all about the flower girls.

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Pop the question by adding a faux hand lettered message on a chalkboard sign.

Here are the supplies you will need for the Will You Be My Flower Girl Proposal Gift Box:

Gift Items:

Packaging Supplies:

The Details:

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Featured here: Medium Decorative Chalkboard / Mason Jar Drinking Glass with Rose Cut in White Lid / Gold Foil Jumbo Party Confetti

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Fill the mason jar with assorted candies. Add the rose cut lid to the glass and insert a large lollipop into the hole for a straw. Finish with a ribbon to hide the lollipop stick. Using a fine white water-based Sharpie marker add the name of your flower girl to the mason jar.

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Download and print the faux lettering work sheet for the medium chalkboard signs. You can find a step by step tutorial for adding hand lettering to chalkboards in this post. 

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Featured here: Small Decorative Chalkboard / Gold Foil Jumbo Party Confetti

Do-It-Yourself Packaging:

Use gift boxes that are large enough to easily fit your biggest gift item. Add sizzle to the bottom of the box and place all of the items on top of the sizzle. Add extra sizzle wherever it is necessary to make sure that everything sits properly and stays in place. Add a few decorative items like gold foil confetti and some real or silk flowers.

Use a craft hole punch to add a hole to a small decorative chalkboard. Create a gift tag by adding baker’s twine to the chalkboard!

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Make all of  your proposal boxes as pretty on the outside as the inside using ribbon, silk or real flowers, gold foil confetti and gift tags.

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Gift boxes, sizzle, ribbon, twine and silk flowers – Creative Bag

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DIY Bridesmaid Proposal Box

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In our last post we shared how to create a DIY maid of honour proposal gift box – today it’s all about the bridesmaids!

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Pop the question by adding a faux hand lettered message to a glass jewelry box with rose gold edges.

Here’s the supplies you will need for the Will You Be My Bridesmaid Proposal Gift Box:

Gift Items:

Packing and DIY Supplies:

  • Gold Foil Jumbo Party Confetti
  • White 9″x 9″x 4.5″ Two Piece Gift Box
  • White and Gold Mylar Sizzle
  • Black and White Striped Ribbon
  • Real or Silk Flowers
  • Fine Tip Water Based Sharpie Paint Markers in White and Gold
  • DIY Photo Label
  • Decorative Tape

The Details:

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Featured here: Glass Jewellery Box with Rose Gold Edges and Gold Foil Jumbo Party Confetti

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Featured here: Rose Gold 3oz Hip Flask with Etched Stacked Monogram Personalization

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Do-It-Yourself Faux Lettering on Glass Jewellery Box:

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Download and print the faux lettering worksheet and use it as a guide to write on these glass jewellery boxes. You will also need a white fine tip water-based Sharpie paint marker and painter’s tape.

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Clean the glass before starting. Cut out the lettering as shown above and tape it to the back of the  glass lid. Trace the lettering using the Sharpie marker. If you make a mistake, it’s easy to remove the paint using a damp cotton swab or tissue. Allow the paint to dry a few minutes before handling.

Do-It-Yourself Labels on Wine Bottles:

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Sure you could just add a mini wine bottle to the gift box but isn’t this so much nicer? Print a photo onto plain white paper and trim it to fit your bottle. Make sure to cover the existing label and use a piece of decorative tape to keep the paper label in place.

Do-It-Yourself Packaging:

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Make sure you are using a gift box that is large enough to to easily fit the biggest gift item. Add sizzle to the bottom of the box and place all of your items on top of the sizzle. Add extra sizzle wherever it is necessary to make sure that everything stays in place. Add a few decorative elements like gold foil party confetti.

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Make sure that your proposal boxes are as pretty on the outside as the inside using ribbon, real or silk flowers, gold foil party confetti and gift tags. Instead of a gift tag, add a pretty hand lettered detail to the box using a gold Sharpie paint marker.

Stay tuned, the next proposal box post will be all about the flower girls!

Credits:

Gift box, sizzle, ribbon, glitter tape and silk flowers – Creative Bag

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DIY Maid of Honour Proposal Box

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So you’ve said yes to the ring and now it’s time to pop the question to your best girls. You’ll be spending lots of time together before and on the day of your wedding so show them you how much they mean to you by creating personalized maid of honour, bridesmaid and flower girl proposal gift boxes. This week we will show you how to create the maid of honour box. Stay tuned in the coming weeks for the how-to details for the bridesmaid and flower girl boxes.

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Pop the question by adding a faux hand lettered message on a chalkboard sign.

Here are the supplies you will need for the Will You Be My Maid of Honour Proposal Gift Box:

Gift Items:

Packaging Supplies:

The Details:

 

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Featured here: Gold Glitter Heart Favor Bag / Medium Decorative Chalkboard / Personalized Leather Jewelry Box

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Featured here: Matte Gold Charm Bracelet

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Featured here: Black Laser Expressions Feather Tag / Gold Foil Jumbo Party Confetti

Do-It-Yourself Faux Lettering on Chalkboard Signs:

 

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Download and print the faux lettering work sheet for these chalkboard signs. You will also need a fine chalk marker, paint tape, a pencil and white transfer paper. You can find a step by step tutorial for adding hand lettering to chalkboards in this post.

Do-It-Yourself Packaging:

Make sure you are using a gift box that is large enough to easily fit the largest gift item. Add sizzle to the bottom of the box and place all of the items on top of the sizzle. Add extra sizzle wherever it is necessary to make sure that everything stays in place. Add a few decorative elements like gold foil party confetti and some real or silk flowers.

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Use pretty tissue paper to wrap up the charm bracelet before placing it inside of a muslin favor bag.

Make your proposal boxes as pretty on the outside as the inside using ribbon, silk or real flowers, gold foil confetti, and laser cut tags.

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Gift box, sizzle, tissue paper, ribbon and Silk Flowers – Creative Bag

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Style Spotlight: Vintage Blue Elegance

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Today we’re sharing our take on a vintage inspired wedding with elegant touches of something blue. An imaginative combination of multiple blue flowers, décor elements, and favors creates an eclectic effect that is elegant with a minimalist vintage vibe. Here are some of our favorites for this look!

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Incorporate different hues of blue in both florals and décor elements to add a sense of depth to your table display.

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Featured here: Frosted Sea Blue Bottle / Glass Bottle with Ombre Smoke Decoration

 

This vintage style glassware adds a truly distinctive look that complements the vintage blue theme.

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Featured here: Vintage Style Pressed Glass Goblet / Vintage Style Pressed Glass Flute

The Icing on the Cake

This classic and romantic couple cake topper is one of our all-time faves, and you can personalize the shoe color to be blue!

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Featured here: “Swept Up In His Arms” Wedding Couple Figurine

 

Serve the cake up in style with a vintage inspired serving set alongside blue personalized paper napkins to complete the look.

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Featured here: Vintage Floral Printed Napkins / Silver Plated Stacked Hearts Cake Serving Set

Favorite Favors

Thank your guests with a beautiful linen pouch filled with loose leaf tea or a mini bouquet in a vintage inspired creamer. Your guests will appreciate your attention to every little detail.

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Featured here: Vintage Creamer Favor Set / White Linen Drawstring Favor Bag / Vintage Romance Square Favor Tag

 

Eco-friendly bubbles are also tons of fun and a wedding guest favorite.

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Featured here: Wedding Bubble Bottle Favor / Vintage Romance Diecut Sticker / Antique Key Charm / Small Sea Blue Ribbon

 

Cute little bells have long been a wedding classic and a sentimental detail that still rings true! Add a vintage style tag and blue ribbon for a favor that lets guests join in on the celebration.

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Featured here: Mini Wedding Bells Favor-Silver / Vintage Romance Small Rectangular Favor Tag / Small Navy Blue Ribbon

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Real Wedding: Ashley & Peter’s Wedding

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Meet Ashley and Peter! They tied the knot July 30, 2016 in St. Augustine, Florida. We just love the soft pinks and beautiful florals this wedding had to offer. So take a peek at this couple’s wedding day journey. From getting ready, to a beautiful ceremony at The Cathedral Basilica and finishing off with a romantic getaway in a horse drawn carriage ride. Enjoy!!

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Coordinator: Andrea Famiglietti, Coastal Celebrations
Caterer: Davoli’s, Fred
Florist: Jade Violet
Baker: Sweet by Holly
Band: The Rivertown Band, Leslie
Ceremony Music: Music by Peggie,
Photographer/photobooth: Brooke Images
Videographer: Launch Pad, Bobby
Brides Hair: Laura Gamel, (MOH)
Hair: Mantra Salon, Ginger
Formal Exit: St. Augustine Carriages

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Top Three Destination Wedding Tips

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Photo Shoot Location: Reynisfjara-Black sand beach near Vik, Iceland

Destination weddings are becoming more and more popular. They also involve extra attention when it comes to planning and preparation for the big day. Today we are sharing with you expert advice from event planner and Weddingstar Ambassador Phoebe Lo.  Here are her top 3 destination wedding tips:

1. Work With Professionals

Enlist the services of an experienced planner with a background in destination wedding planning, especially in the location you have selected for your celebration. Expect to work with both hometown and on site vendors and service providers to tackle the countless logistical details that all come together to customize your event.

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2. Planning Is Key

Thorough preparation is crucial when planning a destination wedding. Be knowledgeable about customs and border regulations that may affect what you can pack. Consider all aspects of the transportation and have a backup plan in case of bad weather. To help ensure your planning does not have gaps, envision a walk-through of all the activities, starting from the moment you depart from your home.

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3. Pack & Go Style

In spite of the spectacular scenery, this remote location required a few critical accessories to help set the stage. Here are a few points when travelling to a foreign destination with décor products. Checked luggage is stowed as cargo so expect extremely cold temperatures and rough handling. Securely wrap all fragile items. Upon arrival, a custom agent may require you to prove ownership, so take along purchase receipts and detailed information. But, have a plan B just in case an item is not allowed through customs.

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If you are planning on having a destination wedding, make sure you keep these tips in mind!

Credits: 

Event Design and Planning: 
Phoebe Lo Events
www.phoebeloevents.com

Photography:
Rhythm Photography
www.rhythm-photography.com

Model:
Sally Leung of Sally Leung Fitness
www.sallyleungfitness.com

Desserts and Sweets: 
Cakelaine
www.cakelaine.com

Jewelry and Accessories:
The Loved One
www.thelovedone.ca

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