Trending Now: Aerial Displays For Your Wedding

When it comes to decorating your wedding, the ceiling may not be the first thing you think about. But it may not be the last, either. Making use of the ceiling to hang decorations has become a popular trend in the wedding industry over the past few years, and we can’t get enough of these gorgeous aerial displays! The ceiling offers a unique blank canvas that you can transform to fit with the rest of your wedding day design, and it will be sure to add even more ambiance to your wedding or event.

We’ve rounded up some of our favorite aerial display tutorials that show you how you to create your own beautiful display. But first, our expert stylist shares her “Tips to Creating Your Own Overhang”. Click on each picture below to read the full post.

Are you planning on including a ceiling overhang at your wedding? Tell us below! And be sure to check back next Wednesday for another beautiful aerial DIY using our Mini Glass Bottles.

Morgan

 

 

 

 

Choosing a Wedding Theme That’s Right for You

There are so many elements that go into planning a wedding and one of the most important (and fun) ones is choosing a theme. But with so many options out there, it can sometimes be a bit overwhelming. Our advice? Choose a style that complements your personal style as a couple. And if there isn’t just one, combine details from different themes until it matches the vision you have for your wedding. Because at the end of it all, it’s your day and you need it to be perfect for you.

The first step to choosing a theme is to explore different ideas and swoon over gorgeous wedding inspiration. Sounds tough, right? To help get you started, we’re highlighting seven of the most popular wedding themes that our brides can’t get enough of. Click on each one to see the entire inspiration gallery, and pin the pieces you love to start building your own wedding day design.

1. Bohemian

Barefoot, unpretentious, ethereal and stunning. This wedding look highlights traditional boho concepts and infuses them with a hint of the luxurious.

weddingstar bohemian wedding theme

Love this? Visit the entire Bohemian Gallery to be inspired and find out if this is the look for you.

2. Rustic

Rustic weddings never go out of style. The combination of weathered wood, tarnished metals and sweet, homespun touches have us swooning with delight.

weddingstar rustic wedding theme

Love this? Visit the entire Rustic Gallery to be inspired and find out if this is the look for you.

3. Vintage

An elaborate layering of vintage elements and tactile fabrics combine with modern day influences to create a fresh take on the always beautiful and romantic vintage wedding style.

weddingstar vintage wedding theme

Love this? Visit the entire Vintage Gallery to be inspired and find out if this is the look for you.

4. Industrial

With a sleek interior design influence at its core, the bold, confident, mature and modern Industrial look is urban sophistication perfection.

weddingstar industrial city wedding theme

Love this? Visit the entire Industrial Gallery to be inspired and find out if this is the look for you.

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5. Shabby Chic

Shabby Chic is about the appearance of a balance between the tossed at whim and the perfectly placed. From the hair, to the shoes, to all the things that come in between, the key is to make it all appear effortlessly natural for an end result that is drop dead gorgeous.

weddingstar shabby chic homespun wedding theme

Love this? Visit the entire Shabby Chic Gallery to be inspired and find out if this is the look for you.

6. Woodland

The Woodland look is all about embracing and celebrating natural beauty, from the bride to her bouquet, down to every last design detail.

weddingstar woodland wedding theme

Love this? Visit the entire Woodland Gallery to be inspired and find out if this is the look for you.

7. Wanderlust

With its beautiful airy ambiance and romantic personalized elements at every turn, it’s difficult not to get lost in all the dreamy details that make up this look.

weddingstar wanderlust travel inspired wedding theme

Love this? Visit the entire Wanderlust Gallery to be inspired and find out if this is the look for you.

Before you choose your favorite, be sure to check out even more wedding theme ideas in our Inspiration Galleries, right over here.

Morgan

Let us know which you look you love! Tell us your faves in the comment section below.

Wedding Theme Inspiration: Romantic Pink

romantic pink

The warm pairing of pastel pink and lush gold. The feminine influence of vintage charms. Candlelight glow and floral table runners. These design details are what you’ll find at the core of our latest wedding theme inspiration, Romantic Pink. Influenced by what’s at the heart and center of every wedding, true romance, the aim of this theme is to do little more than honor and celebrate the beauty of love. With classic wedding elements at its base, and easily executable any time of year, Romantic Pink has long been a natural choice for many.

Here’s a closer look at what goes into this distinctive theme and what you need to make it yours.

The Design – Vintage Influence

Tarnished gold and aged finishes. Trinket boxes and grandma’s teacups. If it’s vintage it’ll have a home here.  Weave authentic pieces throughout your entire wedding day design with modern day pieces that have a definitive vintage influence. Keep with a classic wedding feel by hosting a traditionally formal affair, taking your design from a mere theme to a full blown experience for you and your guests.

custom seating chart

featured here: custom seating chart made using a vintage door, vintage lace design large rectangular tags, acrylic decorative drops and pink satin ribbon

custom seating chart 2 vintage favor boxes

The Colors

Give pink a sophisticated makeover by pairing it with lavish gold. For a truly refined look make gold and creams your primary palette colors, with pink playing the role of accenting hue, adding pops of interest. And where possible, incorporate candlelight into your set up, enhancing the warmth brought to the design by your color selection.

Love It? Want More?

See more romantic pink wedding ideas, along with 100+ other pink wedding inspiration pics, on weddingstar’s pink wedding pinterest board.

xoxo.

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Dress Up Your Desktop With Pretty Wedding Inspiration!

Because Valentine’s day is just around the corner (and it’s Friday), today we have some oh-so pretty treats for you. We have turned some of our gorgeous wedding photography into wallpapers that you can download for your desktop or phone! Just click on your favorites to download them (for free!) and be inspired by pretty wherever you go.

If you love these and want to see more, let us know in the comments below!

The Inspired Wedding Book Giveaway Winner

Monday is here which means our book giveaway of “The Inspired Wedding” by Emma Arendoski of Emmaline Bride has come to a close. And we are proud to announce that the lucky winner is Lorrie Everitt! Congratulations Lorrie! And a big thank you to everyone who entered. If you didn’t win but still want to grab your own copy, click here to get yours today.

5 Inspiring Ideas for a Beach Themed Wedding Reception

Well our third and final Friday is upon us with Emma Arendoski of Emmaline Bride as our guest. She has shared some of her great ideas for beach weddings from her new book, The Inspired Wedding, these past few weeks and today’s post is no exception! Be sure to check out last week’s post where you can enter to win a copy of her book, The Inspired Wedding, full of great theme-based ideas and inspiration.

Last week, I shared some of my favorite ideas for a memorable beach-themed wedding ceremony. Today, I’m back to share with you more inspiring ideas for what’s likely to be the grandest party you’ll ever host: your wedding reception. Where to begin? My recommendation to couples is to outline the parts of the reception — the location, the seating arrangements, the food and drink, the cake, the music, the dancing, the after-the-reception activities, and the wedding favors — and then determine those that are most important to you. If you narrow it down in this way, I guarantee you won’t feel overwhelmed!

I’ve chosen five of my favorites to talk about here, let’s begin with the location.

Beach Themed Wedding Reception Location

photography by: eric boneske photography
featured here: round paper lanterns

1. The Reception Location

There are several options for a wedding reception at the beach. You could host an outdoor event right on the beach with a tented area (be sure to include a rental of port-a-johns!), which is perfect if there’s a chance of inclement weather. There may be a restaurant, country club, or banquet hall nearby that you could rent, or if you plan to be married in a park, there’s often somekind of structure that can be rented.

Beach Themed Wedding Reception Location

photgraphy by: michelle gardella

Another suggestion is to have your reception at a beach house, which can be just a short walk from your ceremony right on the beach. A beach house – I’ve stayed at one in North Carolina’s Outer Banks, for example – can be rented by the weekend or week and often they can house many guests (like your entire wedding party), depending on its size. That option can be a very good one as it will have an equipped kitchen and bathroom facilities.

Don’t forget plenty of outdoor lighting, a big dance floor, and lanterns lighting the way for a moonlit walk on the beach.

2. Where to Eat?

When guests enter your reception area after the ceremony, greet them with a table of assorted drinks and a place for them to find their table and their seat assignment. I recommend assigned seating for a couple of reasons: It’s easier to seat people with other guests bearing similar interests and, it’s a great way to ensure certain guests have a seat closer to the head table (like your parents, grandparents, siblings, etc.). If your choice is to have this type of seating, then you’ll need escort cards, which are a whole lot of fun. I love these beach chairs from Weddingstar as an escort display.

You can also have a place card ready to greet each guest’s seat, like these cards placed in coral holders (also from Weddingstar).

3. Food and Drink

On your reception menu, include seaside choices, as well as options for those who don’t eat either fish or shellfish. Some of my favorites include fish as an entrée option or shrimp cocktail and crab cakes as appetizers. Bring out the best of the beach with delightful drink options such as Mai-Tais, Pina Coladas, or Blue Hawaiian cocktails. Consider adding a signature cocktail to your offerings, and have decorative drink stirrers at the ready.

Beach Wedding Drink Menu

photgraphy by: anna kim photography

4. Cake

A beach-themed cake is a must-have at your reception! Your cake is one easy place to go all-out with embellishments. Some of my favorite finds include brown sugar crumbled on top to resemble sand, colorful flowers made from fondant and borrowed from the bride’s bouquet, or faux seashells to line the tiers of the cake.

A themed cake topper ties the whole look together. Here is one from Weddingstar which features a couple lounging on the sand. The bride is even drawing a heart!

Weddingstar Beach Wedding Starfish Cake Topper

featured here: starfish cake topper

5. Favors

Finally, you’ll want to send your guests home with a small token of your appreciation in the form of a favor. A beach-themed favor is easy to find, and I especially love these choices from Weddingstar. I saw a handful of cute ideas on their site including starfish-shaped photo frames, wood trinket boxes for seashells, starfish shaped candles, or a bottle topper with coral on the end, just to name a few.

Any of these would be perfect favor ideas for your reception. To see the full collection of beach or nautical themed wedding favors by Weddingstar, click here.

You’ll find more suggestions including centerpieces, décor, guest book alternatives, and more in my book, The Inspired Wedding. Look for the Beach Bliss chapter for everything you need for a beach-themed wedding. And if you missed it last week, be sure to check out this post to enter the giveaway to win a copy of The Inspired Wedding (but hurry because the contest closes this Sunday!).

Wedding Planning Essentials {Inspired by Color}: Waiting to Bloom

The holiday season is behind us. The new year is officially in full swing. Festivities are no longer a regular weekly occurrence, and so we’re sitting by (not so patiently) waiting for the next big thing to spice up our day to day. That big thing for us is a new season, calendar and wedding. Spring can’t come soon enough, bringing with it the gradual unveiling of the latest in warm weather real weddings. New brides and grooms will hit the scene, with fresh takes on the world of love and pretty, and we can’t wait to see it all. In anxious anticipation of the impending marvels the warmth and color baring season promises to bring, we can’t help but start to share our favorite color palette picks for an inspired springtime affair. In desperate need of the bright and the bold, our first seasonal board is aptly infused with daring and striking shades of pink, coral and lemon yellow, representing all the beauty that’s just “Waiting to Bloom”.

Want More?

For more color combo options, come get inspired with all our color stories on Weddingstar’s Wedding Color Inspiration Pinterest board.

xoxo.

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Tips for Choosing Beach Wedding Stationery

The weekend is almost here and with that we have something very exciting to share with you! Over the next three weeks, we are happy to have Emma Arendoski of Emmaline Bride sharing some of her best ideas with us for designing your beach themed wedding.

Emma is an expert on wedding themes, DIY projects, party planning and so much more. She has just published her brand new book, The Inspired Wedding, which is filled with tons of gorgeous photography and inspiration. And the best part? Next week we will be giving away a copy to one lucky reader! So be sure to check back next Friday for details on how to enter, but in the meantime get ready to swoon over these gorgeous ideas.

Sand, sunshine, and gently rolling waves make it impossible to not love the beach! It’s no surprise that couples love a beach-themed wedding, as it provides relaxation and tranquility.

In my new book, The Inspired Wedding, I share my favorite beach themed ideas including color palette, decorative touches, attire, favors, and more. Today I’m focusing on wedding stationery with help from Weddingstar’s new collection entitled Aqueous — it’s the perfect combination of color palette and design for a beach themed wedding.

Beach Wedding Stationery

One of the details you’ll want to tackle first is the invitation suite. The suite typically includes envelopes, reply card, and perhaps a map or other piece of information. The suite may also contain a save-the-date card (if you plan to send one). A save-the-date card is used to give your guests advance planning notice with the date and location of your wedding. If you are having a destination wedding—and many beach weddings are—this card is a must-have so guests can plan travel arrangements accordingly.

Before you order your invitations, have a color palette in mind, since your invitation will need to coordinate with your entire wedding (including other paper goods, attire, and florals). When couples ask me what color to choose for a beach wedding, blue is the color that comes to mind first: it is reminiscent of the sky and the sea.

A popular trend with wedding invitations is a watercolor-inspired design, where the colors blend from lighter to dark (an ombre effect). Weddingstar has a beautiful collection in the ‘Aqueous’ style with coordinating pieces from invitations to décor. Instead of struggling to piece together your entire wedding décor based around a color from your invitations, Weddingstar provides the template and everything you need to tie your wedding stationery together, including your invitation, save the date, bunting banner, ceremony program, table number, and place card.

Beach Themed Watercolor Wedding Program

featured here: aqueous program

Weddingstar even has a special design for ‘Well Wishes’ cards for guests, which can replace a traditional guest book. Instead of guests writing their congratulations in a book, they write on a coordinating card provided at the reception. As an added thematic touch, have guests place their completed cards inside a woven basket, suitcase, or a personalized beach tote bag, like this one from Weddingstar.

Instead of spending so much time trying to mix and match your pieces, just pick a favorite template like the above and let Weddingstar take care of all the details to match! It’s never been easier to plan your beach wedding with thematic touches like these.

Next Friday I’ll be covering ideas for your beach ceremony, so stay tuned!

Creative Confections: Our Favorite Wedding Cakes and Cake Alternatives

wedding cake ideas

It’s the holiday season and needless to say, we’ve been partaking in a bit of indulging. OK, a lot of indulging! Not too shy to dip into the sinfully delicious, treating ourselves to all things decadent like at no other time of year, we certainly haven’t been quick to pass up on seconds of the sweet stuff. And it’s actually got us quite inspired, inspired to share our thoughts on some creative and tasty ways to fulfill the sweet tooth of all your wedding guests. From unique cake designs to imaginative cake alternatives, here are our favorite mouthwatering wedding dessert concepts.

modern wedding cake

ultra chic
a cake design fit for any city chic affair
featured here: personalized city style design acrylic block cake topper

art deco inspired wedding cake

edible art
art deco inspired cake design featuring edible gold flakes
featured here: personalized black and gold opulence design engraved acrylic cake topper

bohemian wedding cake

white feather cake

life imitating art
boho inspired feathered wedding cake and topper
featured here: white feather porcelain topper with personalized veneer disc in feather whimsy design

square tiered wedding cake

lovely, squared
off center square tiered wedding cake with cascading floral

rustic wedding cake

rustic wedding cake details

overgrown
faux wedding cake detailed with fresh ferns and florals
featured here: mr. & mrs. twisted wire cake topper

wedding dessert buffet

pure decadence
wedding dessert buffet

white wedding cakes

good things come in threes
featured here: classic floating monogram white acrylic cake topper

dessert buffet treats

take your pick 
featured here (from top left, moving clockwise): meringues and white chocolate bonbons in decorative apothecary jars, custom cookie in mini martini glass and white chocolate cupcakes in classic damask filigree paper cupcake wraps

wedding apple pie

homemade goodness
wedding cake alternatives – the apple pie
featured here: indie style wedding couple cake topper

oreo cake

stacked
wedding cake alternatives – oreo cookie display
photo courtesy: cariad photography – cariadphotography.com / source: hey wedding lady – heyweddinglady.com/spring-green-southern-wedding-with-a-travel-theme

fruit and cheese display

savory and sweet
wedding cake alternatives – fruit and cheese “cake” display
photo courtesy of: paula o’hara – paulaohara.com / source: pinterest.com/pin/275282595948505727/

Dress it Up

Now that you’ve got plenty of ideas for what to serve, join us this coming DIY Wedding Wednesday when we show you how to dress up your goodie display.

xoxo.

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DIY Wedding Wednesday: Winter Floral Arrangements

diy winter floral arrangements

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

diy winter boutonniere - step 1

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.

diy winter boutonniere - steps 2-4

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

winter wedding boutonniere purple spray rose winter boutonniere

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

diy winter bridal bouquet - step 1

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.

diy winter bridal bouquet - steps 2 & 3

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.

diy winter bridal bouquet - steps 4 to 6

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

diy winter bridal bouquet 2 anemone spray roses diy winter bridal bouquet

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

diy winter wedding centerpiece - step 1

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.

diy winter wedding centerpiece - steps 2 to 4

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

diy winter wedding centerpiece dusty purple spray roses dusty miller white lisianthus seeded eucalyptus

xoxo.

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