Wedding Reception Tips: 7 Must See Custom Seating Displays

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There are seating plans, a must do at every wedding, and then there are inspired displays of creativity that just so happen to also guide guests to where they need to go. And it’s the latter that bring to an … Continue reading 

Have a Seat: Place Setting 101

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If I had to narrow down what makes for a jaw dropping wedding into just two words I wouldn’t hesitate for a second to say “the details”. (It’s not a coincidence that’s the name of this blog.) It’s the events pulled together by couples who have put their personal touch on every component of their wedding that stand out amongst the rest as unique and truly swoon-worthy. And although I can’t tell you exactly how to personalize your celebration, I certainly can break down which elements to focus on. And what better area to concentrate your efforts on than one that’s repeated by potentially the hundreds, your guest table place settings. From top to bottom, here’s how to personalize yours.

Cheers

Consider what beverages you’ll be serving and arrange for upgraded stemware to serve each in. Consider your wines (separate glass for red and white), water, champagne and any signature drinks. And don’t be afraid to mix and match designs, like something ornate with something simple.

Have a Seat

Take the guessing game out of the equation for your guests and mark their spots with a stylized theme appropriate place card holder. Finish the look off with a fresh floral accent for an unexpected extra.

On The Menu

Get your guests’ taste buds going and add another layer of dimension to your place settings with customized dinner menus.  Incorporated into each setting they act as the perfect plate accessory and bring a sophisticated level of formality to the overall look.

Tiny Treats

Show your appreciation up front with a thoughtful token of thanks. Feature your guest favors at each place setting to ensure they don’t go unnoticed.

mini birdcage guest faovrs

featured here: mini birdcage favor (spray painted white)

Every Last Detail

To really impress leave nothing as standard. Upgrade to a customized set of flatware to complete the decorative visual of your table set up. Keep with the design of all your other setting components for a cohesive overall presentation.

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Pull Your Look

To start pulling together your own customize place setting details, shop the full collection of wedding accessories and day of stationery pieces on weddingstar.com. And come back to the blog this Wednesday for a place setting how-to that should not go missed.

xoxo.

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Wedding Planning Tips {Plan by Color}: Something Blue

Robin’s Egg, Powder, Sky, Periwinkle and Navy. No matter what shade of blue suits your fancy, today’s installment of our Plan by Color series has a bit of inspiration to match them all. From one of our all time favorite wedding locales (who doesn’t love a beach wedding?!) to the well styled man in your arms, we’re thinking this mood board features some seriously covet-worthy ways to incorporate that “something blue” into your wedding day. And not because it’s tradition. But because it’s fabulous!

Make Mine Mint

Still looking for your ideal wedding color? Check out our Mint Green mood board for more color inspiration.

xoxo.

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Wedding Planning Tips: Finishing Touches – Ceremony Aisle Markers

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It’s the start of a fresh week and we’re kicking it off with ideas for the most important of new beginnings, your wedding day ceremony. Today we’re talking about taking your ceremony location from basic to exceptional with the addition of awe-inspiring aisle markers. Whether you use them to mark the top of your ceremony site, the bottom, or to line everything in between, aisle markers are that subtle touch of something special that finish off the big picture to perfection. And all it takes to pull them together are some fresh flowers, or ambient candlelight, or perhaps a little bit of both! Here are just a few of our fave looks to get your personal inspiration underway.

candle ceremony aisle marker

vintage finds
featured here: an assortment of pillar candles trimmed with lace ribbon and rolled lace fabric flowers

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purple pomander aisle marker

garden in bloom
featured here: wooden floral pomander balls

grouped candle aisle markers

burning flame
featured here: cylinder vases filled with pillar candles

calla lily aisle markers

calla lilies

art deco sophistication
featured here: tall cylinder vases filled with over-sized calla lilies

birch aisle marker

rustic bundles
featured here: natural birch logs bunched with dried lavender and cotton stems, sitting in cylinder vases

hydrangea aisle markers

black and white glitz
featured here: rose embossed metal cones filled with hydrangeas, accented with acrylic crystal decorative drops

Make it Fancy. Make it Yours.

If you’re feeling crafty and want to see more aisle marker options, come back and visit the blog this coming Wednesday for our DIY Pearls and Lace marker tutorial.

xoxo.

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Wedding Theme Inspiration: Burlap Chic

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To say that I’ve got a thing for all things Shabby Chic would be a serious understatement. In fact I’d go as far as to say I’m full-fledged obsessed! But mine is not a one girl club. From home to wedding day decor, Shabby Chic happens to be one of the most popular design approaches around. Defined by floral patterns, soft hues and distressed finishes, by its very nature Shabby Chic puts an effortless twist on the formalities of Vintage and a sophisticated spin on the casual carefree ways of Homespun. Right in the middle is where you find Shabby Chic, with its abundant layers, sheer feminine textiles and pink that goes for miles. Could anything be better to frame your wedding day celebration? I think not!

So without any further delay, let’s explore all the design elements that come together to create a stunningly Shabby Chic event, including our very own design twist tips on how to make the look uniquely yours.

The Look – Effortless Beauty

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 even though it takes meticulous planning to get the look right. The end result, well worth the effort, is drop dead gorgeous.

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The Design – Distressed and Layered

If it’s not rich in layered fabrics or defined by distressed finishes, it need not apply! And what’s the easiest way to bring in dimension and complexity to your set up? Props. Think outside the must have pieces that serve a tangible function and incorporate items that are purely decorative. And although traditional textiles, like linens and lace, will always have a place in a Shabby Chic design, don’t be afraid to mix in your own fabric of choice, like we did with burlap.

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old fashion typewriter prop

featured here: vase trim created using ruffled jute and pink ruffled fabric ribbons, bound with craft paper twine

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suitcase prop

featured here: rolls of ruffled fabric ribbon used as decorative accents

shabby chic cake setup

shabby chic decorative props

The Colors

There’s no mistaking that the Shabby Chic design has its own distinctive color palette. But how you incorporate and blend the pinks and blues that inherently make up this theme’s color story, even what exact shades you select,  is up for interpretation. Make them mere accents to a dominant white palette, allow them to overtake your design as a whole, or mix with an unexpected shade like pewter grey. Get inspired by your selected venue’s existing look and feel and go from there.

shabby chic wedding tablescape

shabby chic centerpiece

featured here: vintage inspired wood case used as a centerpiece prop

shabby chic fabric details

featured here: vase trim created using layered ruffled fabric ribbons bound with craft paper twine

shabby chic flowers

faux fabric flowers

featured here: faux floral arrangement made using single stem ruffled fabric flowers

shabby chic chair back

featured here: custom chair back – ruffled burlap wreath and vintage inspired distressed key hook

Love It? Want More?

For more inspirational eye-candy from our ‘Burlap Chic’ shoot pick up a copy of this year’s issue of Weddingstar’s print magazine, and shop the entire look on weddingstar.com.

xoxo.

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DIY Wedding Wednesday: Pretty in Pink – Potpourri Baggie Favors

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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.

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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.

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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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Product Spotlight: Tailored Table Numbers

There are wedding ‘nice to haves’ and then there are wedding ‘must haves’. And it’s the couples that pay close attention to ensure every single ‘must have’ is personalized to their specific wedding day design that create weddings that wow. Take something as simple as table numbers for example. Every single wedding needs them and while most venues provide a standard in-house set, a swap for a custom option results in a finishing touch that will not go unnoticed. To get your upgrading underway, we’re sharing a few creative ways to mark your tables, with options that span the entire budget spectrum.

 

How About a Little DIY?

For another ultra versatile table number concept visit us right here for a simple paper table number with a bit of DIY.

xoxo.

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Beyond the Bouquet: 10 Unique Ways to Incorporate Flowers into Your Wedding Day

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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.

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top marks
featured here: aisle markers created using a grouping of pillar candles sitting on a vintage chair and tray, adorned with florals

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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: Pretty Wild – A Chandelier & Fern Overhang

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If you ask me there are few things better than a great chandelier! Whether you’re talking home, office or wedding day decor, chandeliers are the most beautiful kind of classic and opulent decorative detail. But while they’re perfection all on their own, they get even better when set in a contrasting natural element like that provided by a lush green setting. That’s especially the case if we’re taking about coupling the dainty and wild asparagus fern with contemporary distressed white metal chandeliers. So for today’s DIY I’ve combined them for you in one of my favorite ways, a table overhang. And the end result is just so lovely I may never take it down!

The Supplies

diy chandelier overhang supplies

  • metal chandelier x 3
  • standard garden trellis painted white. This will be the base of your overhang, which you’ll need to hang. Sizing can vary and depends on intended use. Ours was 4 feet long.
  • asparagus fern
  • wax flower
  • floral wire
  • garden shears
  • water picks (for wax flowers)

The Step by Step

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Step 1: start your fern overhang by first pulling together the front end points. You’ll want to use your longest pieces of fern to create the lowest overflow points. Begin by wiring a few stems of fern together.

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Step 2: wire your fern bundle to your trellis at whatever point you want to designate as your starting point. We used the left side of the trellis, approximately 10 inches in from the end.

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Step 3: create a bundle for your front end point. Make it either longer or shorter than the opposite side. Avoid perfectly symmetrical arrangements for a natural look.

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Step 4: attach  your chandeliers to the trellis.

Step 5: create your back end points with another two fern bundles.

Step 6: fill in the rest of the trellis with individual fern stems. Work to create a naturally wild finished look by pointing them in different directions, allowing some to come through the bottom of the trellis. If using the overhang in an indoor setting  you can weave your stems into one another. If using outdoors, make sure to wire all your stems to avoid wind displacement.

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Step 7: finish off the overhang by accenting the perimeter with small bundles of water picked wax flowers.

The Pretty Details

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To complete this exact look, perfect for a ceremony site set up, use a potted ivy plant and accent it with water picked white lisianthus.

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xoxo.

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