7 Tips for a Stress-free Wedding

It can be easy for time to run away on you while you are planning, but your wedding week does not have to be a stressful one. We promise that with a little preparation and these tips, you will be smiling on the day of your wedding!

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1) Cheat sheet

On the day of the wedding, it is important that your bridal party and family members are all on the same page. Make a little cheat sheet with some of the important details that they can refer to. A timeline and list of where they need to be when, a list of phone numbers they might need, addresses of the ceremony and reception locations could help prevent little timing mishaps throughout the day.

2) Payment

In all the excitement of your wedding day, a few key things might unintentionally escape your mind. Like paying your vendors. A great way to avoid this is by placing your cheques in a Thank you card. The night before your wedding, give all your cards to a trusted member of your bridal party or family to give to it’s owner on the day of your wedding. Not only is this a nice way to thank them for all their hard work, but it is a great way to avoid that awkward money conversation at the end of the night!

3) Plan ahead

With such a large list of things that need to get done a few days before the wedding, the thank you speech is often the item that gets bumped to the very last minute.Don’t get caught sitting in a corner on the morning of their wedding scratching everything down. Throughout the whole planning process, keep a little list. Booked your photographer? Add them to the list. Your cousin is helping with the guestbook table? Add them to the list. When the time comes to compile what you would like to say, it is going to be so easy AND the chances of forgetting someone is a lot less likely.

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4) Hydrate

Ok, we know this is the most obvious tip, but it is also one of the most forgotten by brides. So we are going to say it again… Drink lots of water. Staying hydrated will keep you calm, keep your mind clear and make you feel your very best. Not only will you feel your best, but it can do wonders for your skin. Think of your wedding like you would think about preparing for a marathon. Athletes spend the days leading up to a marathon drinking extra water to ensure that their bodies are ready for the big day. We encourage all our brides to adopt the same practice to ensure they are powered up and ready.

5) Ditch your device

After countless hours of putting this day together, it has finally come. Now, it is time to let it all go and enjoy it! Step 1 is to hand over your cell phone. It is likely that there will be friends, family and vendors trying to get a hold of you on the day of your wedding. Assign a reliable bridesmaid or family member to man your cell phone on the day of your wedding. Trust us, the day is going to fly by and the last thing you want is to be on your phone all day long. Be present and soak it all in!

6) Put a sticker on it

Wedding décor and accessories can come from many places. Maybe you have gone through a rental company, borrowed from a past bride or purchased some things yourself. When the wedding is coming to an end, chances are that there will be lots of people willing to help with the cleanup and tear down. The last thing you want is to be bombarded with a million questions or for anything to get misplaced or forgotten.  The solution is as simple as a subtle sticker. When you are setting up for your wedding, place small colored dot stickers to the bottom of your decorations. We advise that any rented items be left without a sticker, then use one color for the items you own and one for the items you borrowed. This way everyone will be able to divide and sort things properly and know where they go.

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7) Organize

There are a lot important pieces of paper, lists, receipts and emails that need to be kept track of when you are planning a wedding. As simple as it sounds, it is something that will save you a lot of headaches. Keep everything in one place. Find a file folder, binder, or even shoe box (if that is what it takes) and keep all of your wedding related information in there. When you are doing some last minute searching for the rental contract or a vendor phone number, you will be so glad you did!

 

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DIY Wedding Wednesday: Summer Ready – Garden Wedding Favors

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What’s our favorite thing about summer? Summer weddings of course! Especially those that take place in the beautiful blooming outdoors. And with the start of the season just around the corner, we figured it’s time to start sharing some of our favorite warm weather wedding details. Starting with your guest giveaway, today we’re showing you how to make any wedding favor 100% summer ready. We’ve applied our creative trims to some pretty pink boxes but in theory they can go onto just about any container, making it instantly gorgeous and garden friendly. Here’s how to make the look yours.

The Supplies

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The How-To

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Step 1: pull faux moss off its roll. Apply a layer of Mod Podge to the top of your box and a add an uneven application of moss to it. Make sure the layer of glue is thick enough to hold the moss, but not so think that it clumps and dries unevenly.

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Step 2: using all purpose glue attach a butterfly to the top left corner of your box, on top of the moss.

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Steps 3 & 4: again using Mod Podge, apply a layer of the adhesive  to the middle point of the left side of your box lid, as well as to the front right and right front corners. Add moss. The completed overall moss application should give off an “overgrown” look. Finish with a personalized tag.

The End Result

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DIY Wedding Wednesday: Sweet Treats – Candy Shaped Wedding Favors

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There are two things to remember when making the decision to DIY your wedding favors. Number 1: you want your design to be pretty but simple, read easily replicated 100 times over! Number 2: the bits and bobs required to complete a concept add up so make sure each individual component coming together to create your guest giveaway comes at a low price point. To get you started on the right track we have just the example to share today. Simple, sweet and super cute, these aptly candy shaped favors are a DIY dream. Here’s how to get the look.

The Supplies

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The Look and How-To

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The How-To: once you’ve filled your box, wrap it, leaving an equal amount of excess paper on either end for the tie offs. Tie ends with satin ribbon and then add in the gold twine. Run a couple strands of gold twine from one end of the box to the other, creating an imperfect layer over your wrap. Complete with tag.

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The How-To: once you’ve filled your box, wrap it, leaving an equal amount of excess paper on either end for the tie off. Tie ends with wired gold ribbon, curling the trailing strands. Complete with tag.

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DIY Wedding Wednesday: Lace Flower Napkin Ring

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What’s the number one rule of setting a stunning table setting? Remember your layers. From centerpieces made up of a mix of flowing floral arrangements and delicate votive holders, to place setting touches that finish off the look, it’s all about layer upon layer of details that catch the eye. We’re personally especially fond of dainty specifics that can by DIY’d well in advance and on a budget, just like today’s pretty little feature, the lace flower napkin ring. Made up of its own set of lovely layers, playing on a variety of textures and colors, this is definitely a reception accessory must have!

The Supplies

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The Step by Step

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Step 1: create a simple ring using your gold craft wire. Make it approximately 2 inches in diameter,

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Step 2: Hot glue the lace flower to the ring. Hold the flower for 30-45 seconds to secure in place.

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Step 3: Individually add in the faux flowers and gold leaves, securing in place with hot glue.

The Details

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

 

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From our Brides: 4 Ways to be the Worst Wedding Guest of all Time

It is wonderful to be able to celebrate your new Mrs. status with friends and family, but sometimes the combination of large numbers, varied personalities and high emotions can cause a little bit of stress along the way. When these moments happen, there are three things we want to remind you of.  1) You cannot please everyone. 2) There is always a solution. And 3) You’re not alone. We asked our brides to weigh in with their own personal experience dealing with difficult wedding guests.

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1) Dealing with the Narcissist:

“When family members who have conflict with each other make the day about them and their issues.” – Sarah Beth

If you have found yourself in this situation, we promise that you are not the first. Emotions and adrenaline are at an all time high at most weddings and this can sometimes cause tension. When diffusing a situation keep in mind that you want to make it better and not worse. If you let your emotions get the better of you. things will only escalate. With a level head and a calm voice, politely remind them why they are here today. Your wedding is a celebration of your relationship and it is OK to remind them of that.

2) Runaway guest list: “I can invite anyone I want to your wedding, right?”

Asking the morning of my wedding if you could bring your daughter, when you didn’t even bother to send your RSVP. And RSVP-ing for 3 when your invite specifically said to Mr and Mrs your name there.” — Michelle Flowers

There are 2 types of guests: 1) There was an unintentional miscommunication and your guest didn’t realize who exactly was invited. or 2) Your guest disregarded your wishes and didn’t think  a plus one was a big deal.

It is so important to be clear who the invitation is intended for. If you don’t feel like the names on the addressed envelope are clear enough, feel free to write the names out on their RSVP Card as well. This should help alleviate any miscommunication. If your RSVP mishap lands in the second category, ask yourself if it is a big deal. Do you have the space and the budget to have them there? Is it more of an annoyance than an inconvenience? If having extra person at your wedding is something you can deal with, consider letting it go and moving on. If having them there is not possible, a conversation is a great place to start. Explain to them that unfortunately you do not have any wiggle room with the guest count and although you wished more could attend, it is not possible at this time. And remember that asking is often more effective than demanding.

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3) Dealing with the Flake:

“We had a groomsmen back out the week of the wedding and then one of them “forgot” he was in the wedding all together.” — Ginny Raettig

Although situations like this are incredibly frustrating, they can often be the easiest to resolve. Many couples feel that it is really important to have an even number of bridesmaids and groomsmen. We are here to tell you that it is totally O.K to have an uneven bridal party. When you initially decided who you wanted to stand up with you, it was probably because they have been a key part of your life. Don’t feel pressured to find a replacement just for the sake of having a replacement. Sometimes the best solution is to let it go.

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4) Head Count:”RSVP’s are just a suggestion, right?”

“Not RSVP-ing or saying I don’t know yet but trying….” — Jamie Wieber

It can be as simple as asking your guests to send an RSVP email or click a button on your wedding website, but hunting down RSVP stragglers is just a part of the wedding planning process. That being said, there are a few ways to make it a little easier on yourself. A handy trick is to set the “please reply by:” date a few weeks before you really require a final head count. This will give some of the stragglers extra time to get their replies in and downsize the number of people you need to track down later.

Your day is about one very important thing, getting to say “I DO”. We know that planning a wedding comes with it’s up’s and down’s, but despite the fuss, it’s going to be worth it! We are so excited to be on this journey with you and helping to put those beautiful elements into your day. We know it’ going to be spectacular!

“None it was my day and everyone put all there problems aside and made it all about me my husband and six kids.” — Stephanie Hodgins

 

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DIY Wedding Wednesday: Pretty Packaging – Matchbox Favors Done 3 Ways

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Guest favors don’t have to be big and brilliant (read expensive) to wow your guests. All they really need is plenty of layers of lovely. Adding textures and details like lace ribbons, vintage charms and dried floral to any container, box or baggie, goes miles to impress guests with a thoughtful presentation that’s just as pretty, if not more so, than the trinkets inside. Need some visuals to get your started? Check out what our play on textures and colors did for one little white matchbox.

Look #1: Vintage Vibes

Some combinations make for undeniable classics. Mix delicate lace with a raw muslin ribbon and an antique key charm for a guaranteed vintage vibe.

The Supplies

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  • white matchbox paper favor box
  • 1.5″ wide strand of blue raw muslin ribbon and 1″ wide strand of white lace, to be used as the main / base box wrap.
  • thin strips of lace, raw muslin ribbon and white satin ribbon, to be added as layers on top of the base wrap
  • paper flower
  • glue gun, to secure all details in place
  • antique key charm  (attach to box with the thin strand of ribbon)

The Details

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Look #2: Rustic Elegance

Present traditionally rustic elements in soft pink hues for the perfect blend of the casual and the elegant.

The Supplies

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The Details

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Look #3: Sealed with Love

Add a sense of old world charm to your favor trim by incorporating a pewter wax seal as the finishing touch.

The Supplies

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The Details

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Photos

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.

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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.

 

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DIY Wedding Wednesday: DIY Gone Glam – How to Accessorize White Acrylic

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If you’re one of those brides or grooms who think that DIY is strictly for the homespun at heart, get ready for a game changer! Granted, there was a time when DIY was catered towards those looking to do-it-themselves to make it sweet and on a dime, but things have come a long way since then. Now DIY is more about “designing” it yourself, personalizing the various wedding day details like only you can, making them unique to you. It’s about using traditional crafting techniques and applying them in new unique ways, to things that may have previously never been considered as candidates for the creative. Enter today’s how-to post, featuring decorative contemporary white acrylic products and the three ways we upgraded their designs. Here’s how to make the look yours, applicable to any acrylic product you like.

Color Me Pretty

Love the sleek look of white acrylic but in the mood for a splash of color? Bring the best of both worlds together with a pretty paint palette and a floral stencil.

The Supplies

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  • white acrylic table number 
  • floral stencil and fine tip paint brush
  • premium all purpose paint in lilac, pale pink, lemon yellow and olive green

The Look

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Sparkle and Shine

A little bling is never a bad idea! Add a touch of the opulent to your modern acrylic pieces by subtly accessorizing them with iridescent jewel stickers.

The Supplies

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The Look

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All That Glitters

For major impact that still highlights an acrylic piece’s modern design, go for an all over face lift by covering the piece with a dusting of gold glitter.

The Supplies

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The Look

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DIY Wedding Wednesday: Pretty Paper Garland How-To

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OK. So I think I can now officially say that I’ve got somewhat of a little obsession with paper. But not just any kind of paper. The kind that can be used to create little decorative details that instantly up the pretty factor on whatever they’re applied to. Couple that concept with scale, of the miniature kind, and I’m a happy girl! So when I was presented with the request to figure out a few ways to feature one of Weddingstar’s newest decorative trims, the mini white paper garland, I sprang to the challenge with glitter and spray paint in hand! Here are three of my favorite ways to put this petite paper trim to work.

The Supplies

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For Look #1 – The Overhang 

For Look #2 – Favor Trim 

For Look #3 – Invitation Trim 

Look #1: Center of Attention

Take the presentation of any set up, greeting, cake or favor table, to the next level by framing it with this pretty paper overhang. Be sure to hang your garlands at various heights and depths for best visual impact.

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Look #2: Glittered Gifts

Make your guest favor containers just as special as the gifts inside by trimming them with a touch of sparkly glitter.

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Look #3: Layered Goodness

Set the stage for an event packed with fabulous details by adding an extra layer of lovely to your invitation suite.

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