Weddingstar Quiz: What’s most important to you? Prioritizing your wedding


Quiz: What are your priorities

How long will I need? – Your Guide to Timing your Wedding Day

Wondering how you will fit everything into your wedding day? We have a way to customize your timeline and create a solid plan.

Start with your wedding ceremony. Once you have a set start time, work backwards to create an outline for your wedding. Every wedding runs on a different time line, you can use this as a guide to bring the overall vision for your day to life. Once you have a general idea of what your timeline will look like, make sure you speak with your vendors. They are the pros and have done this many times. They will have a really good idea of how much time they will need to help create your perfect wedding day.

Vintage Wedding Couple

Hair and Makeup

A general rule of thumb for most hairstylists is 1.5 hours for the bride and 45 minutes for a bridesmaid. Talk to your girls about their hair in advance and get a couple of key pieces of information. Will your hair be staying about this length when the wedding rolls around? Will you be doing it up or down? By answering these 2 questions for each bridesmaid, your hairstylist will be able to provide you a more exact schedule for the morning of the wedding.

Most makeup artists will typically set aside 40-50 minutes for a bride and 25 -40 minutes for a bridesmaid. A  good question to ask your bridesmaids in advance is: Will you be wearing false eyelashes? As these take a bit more time to apply than regular mascara.

Getting Makeup done on Wedding Day

The Ceremony

A great starting point for your wedding ceremony is about 20-25 minutes. A wedding of this time-frame would include the following: Procession, opening words, a reading from a loved one, exchange of traditional vows, exchange of the rings, signing of the wedding licence, first kiss and the recession. If someone will be singing or you are having a unity sand ceremony, it is important to you than make sure to include that extra time in the traditional ceremony outline. Remember to speak to your officiant about time when you are planning the ceremony for the most accurate estimate.

Classic Wedding Ceremony

Featured here: Classic Wedding Theme


Make sure to meet with your photographer for a consultation closer to the wedding. This is a wonderful opportunity to get to know them a little better, review times, addresses and a few shoot locations before the big day. Talk about a list of family photo combinations (ex: Bride’s parents with Bride and Groom. Brides parents with Bride, Groom and Siblings etc.) Your photographer will be able to call out the names and your family photos can be done in record breaking times! Once you have gone through the details of the day with your photographer, ask him/her for a time estimate. Keep in mind that you may need to cut out a location, or adjust a few things.

Bride posing for photo

The Reception

It is a good idea to set aside 1 hour for dinner. This will vary depending on the number of guests, and style of service (buffet/table service), but this is where your Master/Mistress of Ceremonies are going to be very important. They can keep an eye on things and once things start to settle down and everyone has eaten, they will be able to get things rolling for the program and speeches. If you are worried about how much time the speeches and toasts will take, just mention it in advance. Provide the speakers with a set time to keep their toast within. 3-5 minutes per speaker is a great starting point. It is very important that your Master/Mistress of Ceremonies are kept in the loop. Provide them with the plan for the evening so that they can keep their eyes on the clock and make sure everything moves along smoothly.

Here are some of our favorite tips to help you stay on time:

1) Delegate: If you’ve hired a wedding planner, they will be extremely helpful in moving the day along and sticking to the schedule. But don’t worry. You don’t need a wedding planner to stay on time. Speak to a reliable member of your bridal party or family member about helping in this area. If you provide them with the day-of schedule and ask them to help move things along, they will be able to keep an eye on the clock and make sure no one loses track of time.

2) Prioritize: Ask yourself “what is the most important part of the day?” Is it the photography? Is it having some alone time with your new husband? Once you have answered this question you will have a good idea of where to prioritize your time. It is also a really good idea to schedule in an extra 15 or 20 minutes for your most important item. Which brings us to our next tip!

3) Leave yourself a little wiggle room: Even the most organized of wedding days will often have a few unexpected surprises. The good news is that if you plan for them, they won’t be a problem. There are 2 ideal times to leave some”buffer space”. #1 is before the ceremony and #2 is after the ceremony. Leaving yourself an extra 20 – 30 minutes is sure to keep you on schedule and keep your guests happy.



Take our Quiz: What is your Wedding Style?

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Every bride wants their wedding to be a unique reflection of their personality and style. Find your flair with this wedding style quiz. What kind of bride are you?

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!

Pro Talk: Tips for Selecting a Wedding Photographer

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Once your vows have been exchanged, the bubbly’s been popped and your lovely gown has been carefully tucked away, what’s left from your big day? Your gorgeous wedding pictures of course! At least you hope they’re gorgeous.

Given the long term importance of wedding photos, there should be no doubt about the need to invest some serious time, energy and dollars into selecting your wedding photographer. The selection process is one of the more intense tasks you’ll take on while planning your wedding, but because the final product is all you’ll have to forever remind you of one of the most amazing days of your life, you definitely want to make sure you manage it properly. Lucky for you, we’ve got a list of the critical things you’ll want to consider when selecting a photographer, straight from the ultimate subject matter expert, our very own resident freelance wedding photography purveyor, Mugshots Photography. Here’s everything you  need to know to get you to your dream wedding pics.

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Tip #1: Money Talks

Always start the process of selecting your wedding photographer with a solid understanding of your wedding budget. Set your overall bottom line first and then decide what percentage you want to dedicate to your photographer. Consider the type of coverage you’re interested in, what parts of your day you want captured and what type of final product you’re interested in. This will help you to narrow down your options, based on both service offering and price point. Make sure you approach this from a realistic standpoint and remember the cardinal rule of purchasing any product or service, you get what you pay for.

wedding photography - bride getting ready

Tip #2: Set a Benchmark

Look at lots and lots (and lots!) of wedding inspiration to get a solid visual sense of what type of photography appeals to you most. There’s more wedding inspiration available to today’s bride than ever before so use it to your advantage. Scour wedding magazines (like the Weddingstar magazine) and Pinterest to see how others have had their day captured. Do you gravitate towards a photojournalistic approach? Do prop heavy wedding photos appeal to you? Once you understand the type of images you want, you’ll be better prepared to pick the photographer that can get you exactly what you’re after for your photos.

Tip #3: The Playing Field

Take the time to familiarize yourself with the different types of wedding photography companies in your market. There are no doubt plenty to choose from, regardless of where you reside. Some photographers may just be starting out and are looking to build their portfolios. Some may be very experienced with 100’s of weddings under their belts. While others still may be set up as ‘studios’ with several subcontracted photographers working on their behalf. There are advantages and disadvantages to each of these offerings. For instance, a new wedding photographer may offer you an attractive price as he looks to gain experience, while a seasoned pro will come at an added investment but will already know the ins and outs of shooting weddings. There’s someone for everyone, just make sure you understand what you’re signing up for.

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Tip #4: A Serious Commitment

Fall in love with the portfolios of the photographers you are interested in. Anything less and you may not be happy with your final images. And don’t just settle on a photographer’s website portfolio that features their best work. Once you have narrowed down your selection ask your prospective photographers to share with you a full set of images from a couple of recent wedding they have captured. This will give you the best sense of what your potential finished product will look like. Keep an eye out for the types of images that are important to you. And pay attention to any specific processing approach a photographer takes to make sure you like it.

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Tip #5: The Meet and Greet

Before the final product comes all the preamble, and an important preamble it is. Your photographer is one of the very few wedding vendors who will spend the better part of your day close by your side. You’ll want to make sure there’s a personality match prior to booking with a specific person. Your potential photographer should easily be able to address all of your questions. Ask him/her to talk about why they started shooting weddings. Ask about their experience and about the equipment they use. The answers you get should confirm how knowledgeable the photographer is, while also provide you with insight into how personable they are. If going with a studio offering, make sure to get some face time with the specific photographer set to shoot your day, before you sign the contract. Be weary if this is not an option.

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Tip # 6: The Test Run

Book an engagement shoot. This will allow for a test run in getting your picture taken by a professional photographer so that you feel more comfortable on your wedding day, both as a couple having their pictures taken and with the person taking the pictures. A set of engagement pictures will also help you better define for your photographer the type of images you like best.

Tip #7: Get Organized

Prepare a shot list of important events and people you want captured and share the list with your photographer. Sharing this information will ensure that important memories are captured on your big day. But don’t go overboard in listing out a too detailed shot list. Trust that your photographer will capture the day in a way that is similar to the work that he/she has shown you during the booking process.

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Want More

To view more of the Mugshots portfolio visit their website at, or pick up a copy of the current Weddingstar magazine for front to back wedding inspiration, all captured by Mugshots.



All the Pretty Things: Our Favorite Wedding Details

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Happy Halloween! Although we aren’t in the business of the spooky and the freaky, we can certainly appreciate the celebration’s affiliation with sweet treats. Which is exactly what we have in store for you today. Well, that is if you’re into seriously swoon-worthy wedding inspiration. From unconventional designer footwear to the most luxurious of floral arrangements, today we’re counting down 15 of our favorite wedding day details from our very own creative photo shoots. And that’s not even the best part. All this is a pretty prequel to the sweetest treat of all, this coming Monday’s post when we’ll share our 2015 trend predictions and a sneak peek into what’s in store for the next issue of Weddingstar magazine, hitting stands early December. And trust me when I say that’s a post you won’t want to miss! But for now, let’s enjoy some eye candy.

15. Homespun Designer Details – Coach Rain Boots

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14. Delightful Desserts – Glittered Monogram French Macarons


13. Luxury Upgrades – Etched Stemware

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12. Vintage Displays – Creative Wedding Photo Props


11. A Tribute to Tradition – Old Family Photo Display


10. Fancy Pants – Bejeweled Bridal Bun

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9. Ceremony Sound Off – Ringing of a Vintage Bell to Announce the Bride

rustic wedding props

8. Dining Details – Custom Dinner Menus with Coordinating China


7. Luxurious Lace – Vintage Decorative Details


6. Special Seating – DIY Chair Back

lace chair back

5. Colorful Candlelight – Mint Green Tapers

wedding decor - mint green candles

4. Ambient Light – Crystal Chandeliers

wedding decor - crystal chandelier

3. Indoor Garden – Abundant Floral Displays

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2. Aisle Style – Candlelit Floral Ceremony Aisle Markers


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featured here: round pillar candles

1. Tabletop Adornments – Cascading Large Bloom Displays

head table decor - cascading floral displays

More Pretty Things

Follow Weddingstar on Pinterest for endless wedding inspiration, complete with ways to get the look.



Designer Wedding Gowns: The Ines Di Santo Collections

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featured here: dama – spring / summer 2013 collection

There are wedding dresses and then there are showstopping designer gowns that make you feel like a goddess. The Ines Di Santo bridal collections fall into group #2. Made to fit a woman’s body to perfection, hugging every curve in the most flattering way, each and every handmade gown can only be described as pure luxury. Collection after collection the designs, made using the most lavish textiles available, consistently blend pure elegance and just the right amount of sexy, oozing femininity and beauty. Walking down ceremony aisles and red carpets, the collections have received global praise and attention. But I’m clearly preaching to the converted because one of the most frequently asked questions we receive on the blog ask for details about the Di Santo gowns we’ve featured in the Weddingstar lookbooks and the print magazine over the last two years. Given the popularity of the request we’ve decided to pull together a quick reference guide for you, which just happens to be both practical and extremely easy on the eyes. Enjoy!

ines di santo - liberta

featured here: liberta – spring / summer 2013 collection

ines di santo - candide

featured here: candide – spring / summer 2013 collection

ines di santo - marghera

featured here: marghera – spring / summer 2013 collection

ines di santo - murano

featured here: murano – spring / summer 2013 collection

ines di santo - neige

featured here: neige – fall 2012 / winter 2013

ines di santo - rialto

featured here: rialto with peplum – spring / summer 2013

ines di santo - malfi

featured here: malfi – fall 2011 / winter 2012

ines di santo - jacomina

featured here: jacomina – spring / summer 2013

ines di santo - millie

featured here: millie – spring 2014

ines di santo - istria

featured here: istria – spring / summer 2013

ines di santo - matthia

featured here: matthia – spring / summer 2013

ines di santo - papillon

featured here: papillon – fall 2012 / winter 2013

ines di santo - emmy

featured here: emmy – spring 2012

ines di santo - nuit

featured here: nuit – fall 2012 / winter 2013

ines di santo - swan

featured here: swan – spring 2012

Want More?

To see more Ines Di Santo stunners pick up a copy of the next issue of the Weddingstar in print magazine, hitting stands this coming December.



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.

shabby chic greeting table

old fashion typewriter prop

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

shabby chic wedding decor

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



A Girl & Her Table {The Series}: The Wanderlust Bride

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Long warm summer days can’t come soon enough so today we’ve decided to let ourselves get lost in the sunny setting of the next installment of our Girl & Her Table series, the Wanderlust Bride. Now if you know anything about Wanderlust you know that it’s all about the love of exploring, of immersing yourself in an adventure and letting yourself get lost in the experience. Today’s feature, complete with tall grass fields, a natural stunner of a bride and over sized balloons {but of course!}, is the Wanderlust bridal style epitomized. A beautiful balance of the natural and the perfectly planned, it’s hard not to lose yourself in all that makes up this look. So go on and take a peek into this bridal style and see how it comes together as a wedding day design.

Time to start a bit of daydreaming!

Her Style Personality

A carefree dreamer who has let herself get lost in love. She takes in experiences for all they’re worth and her wedding day will be no exception. She won’t fuss over her look and the end result will be effortlessly beautiful.

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She Likes

Travel mementos, unexpected whimsical wonders and all the possibilities the open air brings. And all that she loves about the Wanderlust life comes through in every element she carefully planned for her wedding day.

wanderlust wedding details

mini luggage vase favors

pack your bags
featured here: miniature porcelain luggage vase in white and silver

wedding bubbles

come play with me
featured here: wedding “love bubble” wand

kissing couple cake topper wedding tote bags

wedding tote bag designs

just a little something
featured here: variety of personalized tote bags

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She Has to Have

Pretty subtle details and little treasures that perfectly reflect her personality and passion for the adventure that is her life and her love.

compass favor

find your way
featured here: adventurers’ compass favor

wedding decor - metal chandelier

beauty of the unexpected
featured here: silhouette chandelier decoration 

Are You A Wanderlust Bride?

If you’re loving today’s bridal style, check out the full 30 page feature with even more gorgeous Wanderlust wedding inspiration in the Weddingstar E-Catalog and shop the entire look on

If this isn’t quite your style, check out one of our past series features, The Candy Colorful Bride or The Garden Whimsy Bride, or stay tuned for our  next installment.