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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featured above: Heart Shaped Sand Ceremony Vase Set-The Adventure Begins

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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Our Must Have Planning Checklist

You’ve made the to do list . . . we’ve got the must haves. Here’s a quick checklist of our favorite items this season to help you during your planning process. From gifts to party essentials we have got it all laid out for you in a monthly checklist.

12 Months – Just Engaged

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4-5 Months – Halfway to Hooray!

3 Months

2 Months

1 Month – Crunch Time

For a downloadable version of this checklist, click here.

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DIY Wedding Wednesday: How To Celebrate Valentine’s Day in Style

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If you haven’t noticed by our recent post topics, we’ve really been in the mood to party lately. And it has everything to do with all the great celebration essentials that were recently added to the Weddingstar line up. With a varied array of party ready accessories, from customized napkins to personalized glassware, all you need to do is mix and match your favorites for your own personal party perfect assortment. Today we’re lining up our favorites for a stylish Valentine’s Day soiree, which can just as easily apply to an engagement party, bridal shower, or any get together where pink and pretty is a must.

Tabletop Style

Set the stage for a love celebration with little more than a few key tabletop accessories. It can be as simple as incorporating custom and clever paper napkins, or as creative as using pretty with a purpose florals. Little details really do make all the difference.

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“love” plates set, filled with roses and used as a centerpiece concept

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‘drunk in love’ & ‘kiss’ printed paper napkins, paired with gold strokes black cocktail napkins

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Cheers to Love

What’s a celebration without a proper toast of pink bubbles! Serve yours up in unique glassware options for an easy way to customize your event, and incorporate your choice drink into your takeaway concepts for a favor they’ll love.

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can shaped glasses personalized with ‘i love you like xo’ and ‘i can’t even without you’

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xoxo.

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Top Valentine’s Day Gift Picks

With Valentine’s Day only a couple weeks away, there is no better time to give you our top gift picks for not only your man, but also the amazing girls in your life! Why not celebrate both on this day of love? We’re starting the list off with our fave gifts for your girls!

For The Girls

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This Faux Leather Compact Mirror with an embossed monogram is a trendy gift your girls will take with them wherever they go.

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Featured above: Faux Leather Compact Mirror- Initial Monogram Emboss

Check out this stylish heart shaped jewelry box that is both timeless and trendy. With the addition of a sentimental “xo” and personalized message below, this is a gift that will always show you care.

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Treat your girls to this fun black and white Dalmatian dot tote bag with an embroidered monogram.

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And now for the guys! Here is a selection of our top personalized gift picks for your sweetheart!

 

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Featured above: Barbecue Kit / Black Hip Flask / Double Walled Beer Glass / Wood Beer Caddy / Leather Money Clip / Rosewood Multi Tool / Cooler Chair

 

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How to Throw The Ultimate Engagement Party! Part 2

You’ve got the ring and now it’s time to plan the perfect party. A few weeks ago we provided you with a few décor tips to get your engagement party planning started. If you missed our previous post click here.  This week we continue to look at inspiring the fun, little details to make an unforgettable celebration.

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Grab A Prop & Strike A Pose

We love big balloons, really big balloons. These jumbo “Mr” & “Mrs” balloons make perfect props for engagement or wedding pics, plus can double as impressive décor.

Cheers Darling

Bring on the bubbly. Whether in celebration of your engagement, wedding shower or after-party, personalized cocktails or craft brews add instant personality. For a littler extra sparkle, accent your drinks with diamond ring shaped ice cubes (seriously- at least 10 carats each) and sprinkle with edible glitter. Don’t forget some paper coasters, custom foiled just for you.

Party Games

Give your guests a take home favor that will up the ante. Eye catching personalized cards are always a great bet.

Party Favors

Every party needs favors and this is no exception. Available in all shapes and sizes do your friends a favor or even two!

Camera Ready

Disposable cameras make a fun addition to guest tables and can capture some memorable moments too. Invite your friends and family to snap away, you could be amazed at what you missed.

Dance Like Nobody’s Business

Even your hair and make-up prep can be photo op ready. Cover up with these “boyfriend” inspired button down bridal shirts for a polished yet relaxed look that is sure to inspire some “Risky Business-esque” high jinks. Get ready to have some fun.

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How To Throw The Ultimate Engagement Party! Part 1

Congratulations! You said “yes!” Get the party started with a high style engagement celebration filled with personality. Send out the invites and have fun making every detail #instaworthy for these once in a life time festivities. Today we’re focusing on all the décor details to make your party stand out!

Down To A T

A Par-Tee that is. Assorted Glittery paper fans, fancy banners, super big balloons and cool paper lanterns will get your party space all dressed for some good times.

Featured above: 36″ Jumbo White “I Do” Balloon / Gold Foil Paper Fan Party Decorations / Watermelon Round Paper Lantern

Glitter Up The Room

Celebrate your engagement in full-on sparkle. Shimmering gold banners and fancy gold sippers are a great way to welcome guests and usher in the fun.

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Details!

Details, details, details.. custom glassware and wow-worthy serving trays are just a couple simple tricks that easily add a sense of style to your party and all with a healthy dose of shiny gold, of course. Sip sip, hooray!

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Featured above: Square Acrylic Tray- Celebration Sparkle Foil Printed / Classic Champagne Glass- Personalized

Share The Love

Use fun captions to give your celebration a modern trendy vibe. Available as cake toppers, signage or personalization messages that really stand out, here is just one more special way to have your say.

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Featured above: Pop The Bubbly Acrylic Cake Topper-Black / Classic Champagne Glass / Dainty Gold Bow Bottle Stopper

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Featured above: Yes! Acrylic Sign-Black

Stay tuned for more engagement party inspiration coming up in two weeks!

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Sip It Your Way

It’s your party, make it all about you. Signature drinks are a great way to make a big statement. Here are some of our fave ways to have your guests sipping in style.

The Champagne Pop

Pop! Fizz . . . and more fizz! Here’s a fun twist on a classic sip. To create this look all you need is a personalized flute filled with your favorite champagne. Garnish with a fun flavored rock candy and some metallic gold and pink ribbon and let the festivities begin.

The Straight Shot

For the daring (fun, loud, awesome) couple, the Straight Shot is a straight shooter. Fill this personalized shoot glass with Vodka and top with a slice of tangy grapefruit and you’ve got yourself a straight shot drink.

The Coconut Kiss

Serve up a tropical delight in these sleek stemless flutes. Besides, cracking into those natural coconuts is definitely no walk on the beach. Fill flutes up with coconut martini and rim with some sweet coconut flakes and you have created your own tropical paradise.

The White Wedding

Simple yet sophisticated, your favorite chardonnay served in a stemless wine glass never goes out of style. But personalized just for you, that’s the piece de resistance! (Translation- the best!)

The Love Potion

With it’s creamy, dreamy flavor here is a seductive shooter your guests will find difficult to resist. The name says it all perfectly. With a dash of strawberry cream shooter and a pinch of candy for garnish you have the perfect recipe to go along with this tall shot glass.

The Red Romance

Nothing says “Best Day Ever” quite like this classic charmer. Tall, shapely and pretty all over, here’s a little number that is sure to get your guests talking. You can add a little romance to any event, with this personalized Twisted Stem Flute filled with grapefruit mimosa and garnished with a slice of grapefruit.

Can’t choose just one? Mix and match for a fun look.

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How To Add A Touch Of Winter To Your Wedding

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We can feel the chill in the air, which means Winter is almost upon us. With winter comes a magical winter wonderland just around the corner. Dressing up your décor for the occasion can be simple and today we are talking about how to add the perfect winter touches to your wedding décor.

Keep it simple.

Let the white of winter inspire your décor and stick to white and neutral tones. Add pops of winter greenery to really compliment the season.

Let it Sparkle

Try adding a bit of silver to your décor for that extra little holiday sparkle. Tis the season to give, so why not give your guests some extra bling this season with these cute silver diamond favor boxes.

Comfy And Cozy

 Winter is all about the warm & cozy, so why not implement this into your wedding décor. Knit patterns are a cute way to add the warmth of the season into your décor.

Warm up your guests with hot chocolate served in personalized mugs that your guests can take home to enjoy.

Add some candles to warm up the place from the chilly winter air and to add a bit of romance to your atmosphere.

From the Earth

Adding elements from nature can add that finishing touch to your décor. Antlers, pinecones, tree branches or earthy evergreens create a whimsical woodsy outdoor feel to your winter décor without being outdoors.

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DIY: Chalkboard Signs Part 2

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A few weeks ago we shared a DIY Chalkboard post by our Ambassador Lorrie Everitt from Creative Bag. Today we are continuing on the chalkboard topic with these large, decorative chalkboard chair signs. DIY projects like these chair signs are a great way to add a personal touch to your wedding decor. Use this step-by-step guide and template to create your very own chalkboard chair signs.

In addition we will also show you how to create paper flowers used to embellish the chair signs, to create your own DIY boho styled decor.

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The Supplies:

Large Decorative Chalkboard With White Frame
• Liquid Chalk Markers
• White transfer paper
• Pencil
• Painter’s Tape
• Scissors
• Print out with design/ text
Ribbon
• Tools to Punch Holes Into Chalkboard
• Water Mister
• Glue
Optional – Gold Craft Paint or Gold Paint Pen to decorate your flowers

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The Step by Step

Step 1:

Print and cut out the lettering for the signs. Position the lettering on the chalkboard so there will be space to add the paper flowers later. Use painter’s tape to hold the paper in place.

Step 2:

Place the white transfer paper with the chalky side down towards the chalkboard, as shown above, under the paper template. Use a pencil to trace the lettering onto the chalkboard.

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Your traced lettering will be very faint but you should be able to see the complete design before you remove the paper template.

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Using your traced image as a guide, fill in the lettering with a chalk marker. Once the chalk ink has dried you can easily remove any remaining tracing lines with a soft dry cloth.

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At this point you will want to add a couple of holes to the top of your chalkboard for hanging later. I used a craft punch that is suitable for wood and metal products.

Option: If you would like to add a gold touch to your chalkboard, like I did on the chair signs for the boho wedding, you can do that using gold craft paint or gold paint pens.

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Step 6:

Print the paper flowers template on the paper of your choice. Cut the flowers shapes out as shown above.

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To make the paper easier to work with, lightly mist each flower.

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The swirly flower shape will make a 3D floral shape. Start with the small outer end and begin to roll the paper as shown above. Continue to roll it until you almost reach the end. The wide inner edge will become the base of the flower. Allow the paper flower to dry.

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Once dry, glue the bottom of the rolled flower to the wide base so it will stay in place and lay flat. You don’t want the other floral shapes to be flat so while they are still a little wet, scrunch them up with you hand.

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After the floral pieces have dried completely you can glue them together however you would like. This will allow you to form larger, fuller flowers.

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Step 11:

I painted gold glitter paint on the edges of the petals of these white paper flowers for a different look.

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Step 12:

Glue the paper flowers to the top of the chalkboard just above your beautiful hand lettering.

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And finally, add a ribbon for hanging.

 

Download the flower & Lettering template here.

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Chalkboards come in a variety of shapes and sizes. Visit weddingstar.com for more chalkboard options and let your creativity run.
We’d love to see your completed chalkboard projects. Post your pictures on Instagram and use the hashtag #weddingstar or tag us @weddingstar so we can find them.
Credits:

Styled boho wedding vendors:
Photography by Attakat
Wedding cake & Baked goods by Cakelaine
Chalkboard Hand Lettering Love Lettering
Floral arrangements by Periwinkle Flowers
Vintage tableware from The Perfect Table
Shot on location at The Warehouse Event Venue in Toronto

DIY Photography & Styling credit- Lorrie Everitt

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DIY Wedding: Add A Touch Of Gold to Your Cake Topper

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When your wedding cake has been designed especially for you with luxe handmade and gilded details like this boho inspired wedding cake, not just any cake topper will do. Adding gold leafing paint to this Best Day Ever cake topper compliments the gold and white details on the cake as well as the sweet table decor. If you are looking for a way to add your own personal touch to your wedding day then this simple DIY project is just for you. Here’s how you can add gold details to any cake topper.

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Featured here: Best Day Ever Acrylic Cake Topper 

The Supplies

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The Step By Step

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Step 1. Shake the gold leafing pen well with the cap on. Press the point of the pen up and down on a scrap piece of paper to start the paint flow.

Step 2. Paint the areas on the front of the cake topper that you want to make gold. It will take two coats of paint so take your time. Wait for the first coat of paint to dry before you add the second coat or move onto the next steps.

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Steps 3 and 4. Once the second coat of paint is dry on the front it’s time to repeat the process on the sides and back.

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Step 5. Some areas on the sides are too small to get into using the paint pen. To get around that press down on the pen nib to release a puddle of paint into a dish and use a small brush to add paint into the areas that need it.

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Finally, place your beautiful cake topper proudly on top of your wedding cake. Your guests most likely won’t realize that this was a DIY project so you may have to let them know.

We’d love to see your completed projects. If you try this project yourself, post your pictures on Instagram and use the hashtag #weddingstar or tag us @weddingstar so we can find them.

Styled boho wedding vendors:
Photography by Attakat
Wedding cake  by Cakelaine
Floral arrangements by Periwinkle Flowers
Vintage tableware from The Perfect Table
Shot on location at The Warehouse Event Venue in Toronto

DIY Photography & Styling credit- Lorrie Everitt

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