DIY Wedding Wednesday: The Beach Style Tablescape

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Destination weddings, especially of the beach variety, are a gorgeous thing. The colors, the natural props mother nature has to offer, the open air. There’s a long list of reasons why planning a getaway for your nuptials is a great idea. That said, not everyone can manage pulling off the very specific logistical requirements a destination event comes with. So when you can’t get to the beach we say, bring the beach to you! Start by picking your favorite seaside color combo, tap into design details that represent what you love most about the waterfront, and blend it all together into tablescapes worthy of any ocean blue backdrop. Need some inspiration to get you going? Here’s just a few ways of pulling off the look.

The Look and the Details

 

beach themed centerpiece

front and center – the centerpiece
featured here: square vases – available in small, medium and large  (sold separately)

beach themed centerpiece

mini lantern wedding favor

take one to go – the breakaway centerpiece
featured here: mini lantern

beach themed favor tag

aqueous design table number personalized wine bottle label

beach themed place setting

aqueous design place card

take your seat
featured here: aqueous design place card in a coral card holder

coral place card holder

starfish plates

little extras
featured here: starfish glass dishes (available in small and large - sold separately)

beach chair guest favor

for the taking
featured here: mini folding beach chair favor

aqueous design square tag beach style wedding decor

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DIY Wedding Wednesday: The Dessert Bar How-to

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Wedding planning can often feel like a long list of overwhelming, time consuming “to dos”. Between the site visits searching for a venue, the budget management that has to go on throughout, and the writing out of place card after place card, it’s easy to forget to have fun. So today we’re recommending putting down your pen, your folders and your phone, and insisting you take a well deserved break to consider the incorporation of one of the most popular wedding day setups, the candy or dessert bar. Guaranteed to please every guest in attendance, and an ultra fun addition to plan, the dessert bar concept is never a bad idea. And let’s not forget all the yummy taste testing you’ll have to do in the process! To help get you started, here’s our how-to breakdown, complete with budget friendly, on trend display details sure to come together as a statement reception set up.

Pick Your Color Palette Before Your Flavor Palette

First things first, decide on the colors you’d like to incorporate into your table set up. Your selection should be a play on your overall wedding color scheme and can be incorporated through tags, ribbons, tabletop props (think a few pretty balloons), and if possible, your selected treats. For a simpler, cleaner look, stick to white desserts and candies and play up your colors through your accessories.

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Pick Your Go-To Treats

Variety is key when it comes to dessert bars. That said, you also want to make sure you keep your costs down. For that reason start the dessert selection process with your go-to treats, which should be easy to source, budget friendly options that you can buy in bulk. Make these items a focal point in your display by showcasing them in some pretty and trendy apothecary jars.

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Skip the Statement Cake

Continuing on the cost effective path, consider leaving out the big statement piece cake and opt instead for a mini version, a perfect fit for the two of you, the new Mr. and Mrs. Play up the display by incorporating a couple specialty items like custom bride and groom cake forks and a unique cake topper.

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Make it Favor Friendly

Beyond the sweets your guests will instantly enjoy, fill out your display by incorporating your guest favors.  Not only will the mini gifts make for some pretty eye candy, they also nicely fill out the available space without the need to spend further budget.

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mini white gumball machines

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DIY Wedding Wednesday: How-To Capture the Candids

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There’s absolutely nothing that compares to wedding photos taken by a professional photographer. Someone experienced in telling a couple’s love story through creative images taken on one of the most important days of their lives. But chances are your photographer will spend no more than 10 hours with you (12 if you’re lucky), leaving you with some missed moments certainly worth capturing. Not to worry though, we’ve got just the solution for filling in the gap, all while getting your guests involved in some fun. It’s as simple as putting a disposable, and budget friendly, single use camera into the hands of your guests.  Allow them to play photog for a moment, to see what great candid moments they can capture. Here’s the simple breakdown of everything you need to pull off the concept.

The Set-Up

Fancy requirements need not apply. Simply set up a small station, whether it be part of another set up like your welcome table or its own stand, and include however many cameras you’d like, as well as a sign explaining the candid moment mission to your guests. Go with a camera design that fits your wedding theme (see all the styles Weddingstar has to offer here), or a neutral and super cute option like the vintage design option shown here.

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After the Big Day – Safekeeping

Once you’ve had a chance to develop all the great memories your guests captured, consider storing them in a lovely keepsake box, ready for exploring whenever the mood strikes.

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decorative glass box used as a wedding photo keepsake box

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wooden memory box

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wooden memory box used as a wedding photo keepsake box

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DIY Wedding Tips: Destination Wedding Welcome Bag How-To

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You’ve decided to go globetrotting to tie the knot and a few of your closest and best have agreed to join in on the adventure. Show them just how much you appreciate their commitment to you and your nuptials, and thank them for making the trek, with a thoughtful welcome bag filled with little goodies fit for purpose. Love the idea but not sure what to include? Here’s a breakdown of some of our favorite destination welcome bag essentials, with a high / low spin on the concept to suit every budget. Happy travels!

Option #1: Prepared and Pampered

For the couple able to spend a little extra on each guest, this treat filled tote covers off all the basic travel essentials plus a few luxurious extras any guest would appreciate.

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What You’ll Need – The Supplies and the Details

1. The key component, the tote bag. Go with an option that speaks to your wedding theme and/or color scheme, and personalize it for that custom finish.

2. Water is a must. Turn up the luxury factor by going with a sparkling, flavor infused option and add a custom label to refine the look.

3. Keep them entertained with a classic downtime go to.

4. Include a pretty theme appropriate favor that they can use after the trip to display their favorite trip memory.

5. Finish things off with a few practical and slightly extravagant extras like thermal spa water, cooling aloe gel and high end sunscreen, all in travel size format of course.

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Option #2: Fun and Functional

For a welcome bag concept that’s a bit friendlier on the budget, stick to fillers that are both fun and functional.

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What You’ll Need – The Supplies and the Details

1. A mini tote bag that’s just as pretty as its larger counterpart, but takes less to fill up.

2. Start filling up the tote with the basics, a little something for the body and the mind.

3. Move on to the fun stuff, like a theme appropriate disposable camera, allowing them to capture their own memories of your moment.

4. Throw in some super cute tissues to wipe the tears they’re sure to shed during the I dos.

5. Finish off with the loveliest of functional fillers, a bamboo and printed silk fabric fan.

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A Little Something For The Two of You

Don’t forget to treat you and your guy or girl. Make sure to create your own goodie filled totes and include a couple pairs of these “just married” flip flops to throw on for some fun in the sun once you’ve sealed the deal.

just married flip flops

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DIY Wedding Wednesday: The Seasonal Flower Guide Series – Summer Florals

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If you asked me why summer is my favorite season I would have no difficulty in coming up with an endless list of reasons. And right up at the top would be all the gorgeous, sweet scented and lovely colored stems that this time of year has to offer. With summer now officially here, there’s no better time to close out our seasonal flower guide series (see the first three installments here, here and here) by sharing with you just a few of the currently available beautiful blooms. Get ready to swoon!

astilbe

queen of texture
there’s arguably no easier way to add texture to your bouquets or centerpieces than by incorporating this feathery lovely.

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added interest
if it’s intrigue you’re after than simply add a few stems of these unique beauties.

clematis

garden fresh
a long time garden favorite, clematis makes for an incredible addition to any wedding arrangement.

baby's breath

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best know as baby’s breath, gypsophila, which is actually readily available year round, is considered one of the loveliest “filler” stems.

lavender

the real deal
if you’re a fan of the more readily available dried lavender, you’ll no doubt adore its fresh and fragrant counterpart.

lisianthus

multiple marvel
with several hearty blooms coming off each stem, lisianthus generously offers up plenty of texture and fullness to any arrangement it’s added to.

peony

pure perfection
potentially the most popular stem of the season, with layer upon layer of loveliness, peonies truly are pure petal perfection.

scabiosa

classy cut
exuding romance and a touch of vintage grace, scabiosa stems make for a natural choice for a wedding bloom.

tritileia and allium

wild things
channeling the unique makeup of wildflowers, every single stem of tritileia and allium come bearing whimsy and charm.

And Now for the How-To

Visit back with us next Wednesday when we take these beautiful blooms and show you how to use them on your wedding day.

xoxo.

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DIY Wedding Wednesday: Place Setting 101

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Whether you’re planning your wedding on your own or working with a professional wedding stylist, there are certain wedding design principles that you’re going to want to get familiar with to help ease the planning process. And one of the most important no doubt involves the setup of your guest tables, beyond the centerpiece, focusing on the details that make the difference between an average and a stunning wedding day look. To help you guide your way through the structure of your personal tabletop formations, for today\s how-to we’re sharing our top place setting tips, all easily executable and applicable to any wedding day theme. Happy Planning!

The Place Setting How-To

Tip #1 – Placement is Everything

The first thing to remember when designing your place setting is that no matter what you’re planning to include, all pieces should serve a purpose, logistical or decorative (or ideally both!), and all should work together to create a balanced big picture.

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Tip #2 – Layer on the Lovely. Plate Top Details.

Add instant eye candy to your set up by incorporating layers of useful details onto your guest plates. Consider a menu card to get their taste buds going and include their takeaway at their marked spot for a more personalized approach to a guest favor display. And of course there’s the must-include floral detail to finish off the look.

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menu card deatils

Tip #3 – Mark Their Spot

It may take a lot of work to plan out your wedding day seating plan, but it’s all worth it. Assigned seating not only leads to a more pleasant overall event experience for your guests, taking the guess work out of their hands, it also gives you another opportunity to personalize your affair. Go for a unique choice for your place card holder to up the interest factor.

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Tip #4 – The Unexpected

A napkin is a straightforward place setting must, but how you go about displaying it comes with plenty of creative possibilities. Go the extra step and think through a way of incorporating yours in such a way that provides for another excuse to add detail to the overall look. A napkin ring, both traditional and DIY’d like we used here, is a natural choice.

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featured here: oval tin tag

metal tag

Tip #5 – Go for the Upgrade

Your venue will likely provide you with all the place setting staples required for dinner service. But if budget allows it, consider upgrading the options for a look more suited to your specific event design. At the very least make sure you review the standard offering to ensure all your service needs are indeed covered.

Star Players – The Stationery

What’s the easiest way to incorporate personalized details into your place setting and event as a whole? A custom stationery line with pieces that subtly shape and elevate the specifics of your wedding day design. Here’s a recap of the pieces featured in today’s post.

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Personalized City Style Design Stationery In the Following Pieces:

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DIY Wedding Wednesday: Gorgeous Greens – 3 Ways to Use Boxwood at Your Wedding

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Although I’m not a fan of cliches, there’s no doubt that many of them ring true. And there’s one particular famous statement, namely “less is more”, that I find myself gravitating towards time and again, especially when contemplating certain creative design concepts. Think carefully placed, simple details that go miles in their aesthetic appeal and impact. Subtle accents that elevate a look rather than overpower. Statement pieces that stand on their own. And that’s exactly what today’s feature, boxwood, is and does for whatever it’s applied to. Simply put, it’s one of nature’s most beautiful props. Bursting with vibrant color and no stranger to lush texture, it’s like a little bit of decorative magic. Here’s just a few ways how to incorporate the gorgeous green into your day.

The Supplies

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For Look #1 –  The Centerpiece:

For Look #2 – The Votive Wreath

For Look #3 – Trimmed Favor Box

The Looks and The How-To’s

 

Look #1 – Skip the Stems 

Of the flowering variety that is. Stick to a lush foliage like boxwood to create bountiful centerpieces that don’t break the bank. Up the impact by carefully selecting creative centerpiece vessels, like this twine detailed galvanized bucket.

To get this look, fill your bucket with a generous amount of boxwood stems, such that they overflow out from every angle. Add an additional touch of interest and rustic charm by detailing your bucket with craft paper twine.

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#2 – Put a Ring on It 

If having a Rustic, Woodland, or green-chic wedding of any kind, wreaths are basically ‘a must’. The decorative detail brings an added sense of the organic to your design with very little effort, just as it should be. Consider incorporating the pretty little accents to simple votive holders to elevate their impact within your overall centerpiece concept.

To get this look, wrap a stem of boxwood around the votive holder and secure in the back with green floral wire. If your stem is not full or long enough simply combine multiple stems with the wire.

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#3 – Finishing Touch

A box is just a box, until you put your touch to it. Infuse creativity into every last detail of your event, including your guest takeaway, by finishing off the last thing they see with a touch of boxwood beauty.

To get this look wrap your favor box with a few strands of paper twine.  Stuff boxwood in under the tied twine and add your tag.

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DIY Wedding Wednesday: Decor 101 – The Fabric Flower Table Runner

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Confession time. I have what some might call a slight obsession with floral table runners. OK, so maybe it’s more like a full blown adoration type of thing! But I’ve got plenty of reasons to. Not only are floral runners a guaranteed way to add instant wow factor to a table setting, thanks to their natural play on some cardinal decor techniques (think textures, layers and colors), they also come with endless creative opportunities in execution. And I haven’t even gotten to the best part! Compared to traditional centerpieces, their decorative counterparts, a runner gives you more impact for dollars spent. Meaning, you can spend less while getting more. But no need to take my word for it. Let’s let the concept speak for itself.

The Supplies

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The Step by Step

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Step 1: lay out all your individual ruscus stems. Using approximately 5 branches of ruscus per bunch, create 4 individual bunches of foliage. For each bunch, stagger your branches at slightly varied lengths to create a flowing and full look. Tightly secure each bunch with floral wire.

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Step 2: place one bunch at either end of your table, allowing it to slightly overflow off the edges.

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Step 3: layer in your other two bunches of ruscus over those already on the table, meeting and intertwining them in the middle such that they close the open gap. If your final set up is in an indoor environment you can stop here. If it’ll be outdoors you’ll want to strategically secure the bunches to each other with your floral wire.

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Step 4: add in your fabric flowers, distributing them throughout the runner in groups of twos and threes keeping a mix of colors and sizes. If your set up is indoors you can simple rest the flowers on the runner. If outdoors, attach floral wire to the backs of the flowers using hot glue and secure each floral to select branches.

The End Result

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vintage inspired candle holder

complete the look with: vintage inspired taper candle holders and candles

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DIY Wedding Wednesday: Awesome Ombre – Dip Dyed Favor Bags

dip dyed ombre favor baggies

It’s no secret that the ombre concept continues to hold a top spot for unique and lovely event design details. A modern twist to the traditionally romantic watercolor painting technique, ombre offers a fresh twist on creative ways to play with colors. And the end result, although bringing with it a definite contemporary feel, is just as striking as its predecessor. Care to incorporate the ombre concept into your upcoming event? Then check out our step by step on how to get the look, demonstrated on some bath salt filled white linen favor baggies.

The Supplies

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The Step by Step

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Step 1 (not shown here): dissolve dye as per package instructions. If using multiple colors, keep them separate.

Step 2 (not shown here): into each of your three bowls, add approximately 1.5 – 2 cups of water. Next add in your dye (ensure it’s still warm from the dissolving process) starting with 1.5 tablespoons of dye into the first bowl, 1/4 cup into the second, and 1/2 cup into the third. This will give you three various concentrations of dye.

Step 3: dip your linen baggie into the first, least concentrated bowl of dye, all the way to the point your’d like your ombre to fade out. We went approximately a quarter of the way up the bag. Hold for just a few seconds. Remove and dip into the next bowl, to the point where you’d like that level of concentration to end, about the half way mark of the entire ombre fade. Lastly dip the very bottom of the baggie into the highest concentration of dye, which will give you the darkest shade of your ombre effect. Remove, wring out and let dry.

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Step 4: once your bag has dried, stamp it and fill with bath salts.

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Step 5: Repeat steps 1-4 for the various shades of dye and types of salts you’d like to use.

The End Result

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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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Featured here: Rustic Wood Pencils

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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