5 Ways to Make Your Wedding Even More Meaningful

Every wedding is special and personal in its own way. And it is obvious that your wedding day is already going to be one of the most special and meaningful days of your lives. You are marrying your best friend, afterall! But we have a few ideas that might just take your wedding one step further. Here are 5 ways to make your day even more meaningful.

1) Introduce the bridal party yourselves

There are probably a few reasons that you asked your bridesmaids and groomsmen to stand up with you at your wedding. Each of them holds a special place in your lives. Rather than having your MC tell your guests what they mean to you, try telling them yourselves. Sharing a fond memory or how you became friends is even more special if it comes straight from you.

2) Having a loved one sing or play at your wedding

Music plays a huge role in weddings. Ask a friend or family member to play an instrument or sing a special song to bring you down the aisle, while your guests are arriving or while you sign your wedding license. It will be equally as special for them as it is for you and will create a special memory for you to look back on.

3) Have family time before the big day

If you ask any married couple, they will agree that the wedding day goes by incredibly quickly. Take some time to do something fun with your friends and family before the wedding day. Your out of town guests will appreciate the extra time with you and it is a great way for friends and family to meet before the big day.

4) Toast each table individually

The receiving line is a tradition that we are seeing less and less of. One of our favorite variations is to visit each table during the reception. Once dinner is starting to wind down there is usually some time before the speeches begin for you to make a loop with your new husband. By stopping at every table, it ensures that you will get a little bit of time with all your guests. It is a wonderful opportunity to personally thank them for coming and celebrating with you. It will mean a lot to your guests to be able to have some time with you and there are sure to be some good laughs along the way.

5) Unity sand ceremony

While a candle ceremony is beautiful and traditional, it leaves no permanent keepsake for the couple. The sand ceremony allows you to retain the memory of their special day for years to come. Combining the sand symbolizes the present and future  of two lives joined and forever inseparable. Every ceremony creates a different sand design that is unique like you as a couple. You can even personalize your vases and containers for an even more meaningful touch.

These 5 little touches are sure to create special moments that you will cherish for years to come! But, the best advice we can give you is to remember to keep it all in perspective. It is so easy to get swept up in the excitement and wedding plans that sometimes you just need to take a little step back. You are getting ready to celebrate the next chapter in your life as husband and wife. If you can remember WHY you are planning a wedding, that will be more meaningful than anything.

DIY Wedding Wednesday: Mini Bottle Vase Overhang

mini bottle vase overhang

Picture this. It’s your wedding day, the day you’ve been waiting for your whole life, and everything is absolutely perfect. You’ve got your guy (or girl) by your side, your dress is a stunner, the music is playing, the champagne is flowing, and above your head table a whimsical floral-filled aerial display marks your spot center stage. Do you love it? Then make it yours with today’s DIY mini bottle vase feature! Here’s how to get the look.

The Supplies

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  • two wooden poles (length dependent on how large you’d like your overhang. Our poles were each 40″ long.)
  • mini clear glass bottles (number dependent on the length of the overhang, Our overhang took 11 bottles.)
  • fabric ribbon
  • clear string (illusion cord or fishing line) and floral tape
  • a variety of dainty blooms and ivy

The Step by Step

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Step 1: wrap your poles with fabric ribbon, securing them at the ends with either glue or bridal pins. Once complete attach them to a couple of rigging points with fishing line, about  inches 20″ apart, with the back hanging slightly higher than the front. We used 2 standard ceiling hooks for each pole for our rigging points.

Tip: Before committing to this concept make sure you can execute it at your wedding venue. Ask if existing rigging within the ceiling exists.

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Step 2: add a base of ivy to your poles, securing it with floral tape. At this stage you aren’t looking to cover the poles completely, only to give yourself a starting point, while leaving room to work in the hanging of the mini bottles.

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Step 3: start hanging the bottle vases, attaching them to your poles with fishing line. Begin by creating a starting point for yourself, hanging a few in front and a few in back, all at various heights.

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Step 4: continue hanging the bottles, filling in the spaces between and around those you used as your starting points, all the while keeping with a mix of heights. To avoid a messy look, as you go be mindful to avoid overlapping the front and back bottles. Continue until you’ve reached your desired density.

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Step 5: complete the look by adding flowers and water to the vases, and by filling in your ivy. When working in the additional pieces of ivy, strategically intertwine the vines to cover up as many of the points at which you taped as possible.

The Details

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Trending Now: Aerial Displays For Your Wedding

When it comes to decorating your wedding, the ceiling may not be the first thing you think about. But it may not be the last, either. Making use of the ceiling to hang decorations has become a popular trend in the wedding industry over the past few years, and we can’t get enough of these gorgeous aerial displays! The ceiling offers a unique blank canvas that you can transform to fit with the rest of your wedding day design, and it will be sure to add even more ambiance to your wedding or event.

We’ve rounded up some of our favorite aerial display tutorials that show you how you to create your own beautiful display. But first, our expert stylist shares her “Tips to Creating Your Own Overhang”. Click on each picture below to read the full post.

Are you planning on including a ceiling overhang at your wedding? Tell us below! And be sure to check back next Wednesday for another beautiful aerial DIY using our Mini Glass Bottles.

Morgan

 

 

 

 

DIY Wedding Wednesday: Paper Feather Chair Back

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If you’ve yet to discover the concept of paper decorations you’re in for a delightfully pretty treat with today’s DIY feature. As one of the most budget-friendly options available in decor, their appeal is instantly obvious. But what makes them irresistible is not their price point, it’s their range of loveliness and versatility. Take the boho inspired paper feathers featured in today’s post. You can do just about anything with them, from table top accents to stationery detailing, with each concept equally stunning. The options really are endless, which had us a bit stumped on what to pull together today. But after much debating we finally decided on a concept perfect for one of our favorite wedding day details, a custom bride and groom chair back, because it’s so very pretty and because it only takes two steps to make. Happy crafting!

The Supplies

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The Step-by-Step

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Step 1: start with the base of your chair back, the wreath, and wrap it completely with fabric ribbon. Secure in the back with pins.

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Step 2: add your feathers to the wreath. Pick a starting point and begin your formation by pinning your feathers, overlapping them as you go and keeping a balanced mix of all three feather types. Finish off the chair back by adding the satin ribbon that will attach the wreath to your chair.

The End Result

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DIY Wedding Wednesday: 5 Lovely Ways to Fake Your Cake

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When forced to pick between the “practical” and the pretty, I rarely allow functionality to be the victor. That’s especially true when the pretty comes with a lower price tag. It’s with that mentality in mind that today’s DIY Wedding Wednesday post was born, for all you brides out there looking to save some pennies without compromising an inch of the good stuff. Taking on the DIY’ing of a wedding day staple, the cake, we’ll show you how to shave hundreds off your wedding day budget by simple going faux over the real deal. With a basic fondant covered faux creation at the base of it all, here are five lovely ways to fake your wedding cake.

Look #1: Love In Full Bloom

Thinking nothing could beat the beauty of delicate sugar flowers? We’re guessing you’ll quickly change your tune after laying your eyes on these fabulous fabric flowers, oozing romance from every textured layer. Couple with your favorite topper for the perfect finishing touch.

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Get This Look: The Supplies and How-To

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Look #2: Wrapped in Rustic

There are two rules to pulling off a rustic look, keep it simple but make it pretty, which is the exact visual created by these greenery wreaths. Top with a clean monogram wood veneer topper to mark it as yours.

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Get This Look: The Supplies and How-To

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  • simple three tiered fondant covered faux cake
  • boxwood, seeded eucalyptus (seeds only) and shears
  • personalized wood veneer cake topper 
  • How-To: Wrap the base of the cake and the space between your tiers with your greens. Keep your wreaths simple and dainty, securing them in place with bridal pins, overlapping pieces of greenery such that they cover the pins. To keep your greens fresh, create the day before and refrigerate until ready to display.

Look #3: Made for Two

For the understated couple who appreciates the little things, this mini combo allows for the honoring of tradition in an effortless way.

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Get This Look: The Supplies and How-To

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  • simple one tiered fondant covered faux cake
  • mini bird nest 
  • two decorative eggs and a bridal pin
  • How-To: Executable in minutes, we recommend pulling this piece together on site. To perch the nest on an angle gently insert a bridal pin into the top of the cake and lean the nest against it. Position your eggs accordingly.

Look #4: Around the World

For the love of travel, for the love of fun, this DIY mini garland topper marks your sweetest adventure to date. Get the complete look and how-to here.

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Look #5: Birds and Butterflies

Going back to basics is never a bad idea. And birds and butterflies are about as classic as a wedding cake itself. Add a punch of color to the concept with these beautiful decorative butterflies for a contemporary twist.

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Get This Look: The Supplies and How-To

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Get The Look: Cake Table Decorating 101

Weddingstar Wedding Cake Table Decorating Ideas and Inspiration

Happy Monday Lovelies! Today we’re excited to share with you the key pieces you need to master your cake table design. Whether you’re having a wedding cake, an assortment of pies, candy, or another type of dessert at your wedding, how you decorate your dessert display is a great, and sweet, way to impress your guests. No matter your budget, here are three equally beautiful ways you can decorate your cake table.

Keep it simple

Let’s start with the basics. These are the key pieces you need to accompany your cake or dessert. The serving set is a necessity for serving cake, and with such a selection of serving sets available you can definitely do so in style. The cake topper is a traditional but fun way to show a little personality – even if you’re not serving cake, simply place it next to your dessert for a sweet added touch! Personalized napkins are inexpensive and come in a variety of colors and designs to suit all wedding themes. And if you’re serving smaller bite-size desserts, your napkins can even replace the need to rent extra plates! Here are three great examples of cake tables that stick to the basics.

Weddingstar Bohemian Wedding Cake Table Design

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Weddingstar Art Deco Black and Gold Wedding Cake Table Design

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Here’s an example of a simple yet beautiful cake table where the bride and groom chose not to have a cake topper. Instead, they put that part of their budget towards some smaller sweets for their guests to enjoy before the cake is served. What a great idea!

Weddingstar Parisian Wedding Cake Table Design

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A little extra

So you’ve got the basics but want a little extra? No problem! Candles are a great way to add inexpensive ambiance to your tables. If your venue doesn’t allow for real flame, choose a few candle holders and pair them with flameless battery operated tealights for the exact same effect without all the worry. Decorative pieces (that suit your theme) and smaller treats (like we saw in the example above) for your guests are some other great ways to add those extra personal touches we all love. Here are two examples of how you can up the ante on your dessert table design.

Weddingstar Winter Themed Wedding Cake Table Design

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Weddingstar Autumn or Fall Themed Wedding Cake Table Design

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All the bells and whistles

If you want to create a stunner of a focal point at your reception (and if budget allows), here’s one of our favorite dessert table spreads for 2015. Not just because it’s oh-so pretty, but because there are so many options for guests to choose from. And…they can even take these goodies to-go! While this style is quite classic, you can still get the same look by using the same key pieces outlined below – just choose items that fit your own theme and colors.

Weddingstar Classic Wedding Cake Table Design

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What are you serving for dessert at your wedding? Tell us below!

Morgan

5 Great Ways To Use Chalkboard At Your Wedding

Versatile, customizable and with that touch of DIY charm we love, it’s no wonder chalkboards are fast becoming a wedding staple. Whether you’re looking for plain and precise or something a little more ornate, chalkboards now come in a variety of shapes and sizes to match the rest of your wedding day design. Here are some of our favorite ways to use chalkboard at your wedding.

Help them find the way

Guide your guests to their seats with a personalized seating chart, or set out a series of adorable chalkboard bud vases as escort cards that can double as favors (you can also place these little cuties at each seat as a place marker). Help guests find the way to your ceremony or reception (or even your photo booth!), with a personalized chalkboard directional sign – and if chalkboard’s not your style, you can view all the personalized options right here.

Sweetheart seating

Add your own artistic touch to your chairs with this adorable chalkboard bunting banner. It’s just the right size to drape across two chairs which is all you need for you and your new Mr. or Mrs.

Signs of all kinds

Signs are an often overlooked part of wedding day decor that can really add personality. Large or small, use them to welcome guests at the reception, display your drink menu or write your own unique message. Smaller signs work great as table numbers, set out by your favor or drink display, or you can add them to other features of your wedding that are unique to you.

Weddingstar Decorative Chalkboards

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For your favors

If you love the rustic chalkboard look, then share it with your guests! We guarantee they will love these chalkboard favor boxes as much as you do. And the best part is that they come as a kit including the boxes, twine and tags. For an extra personal touch add a personalized tag to match.

Label it

If you’re having any type of food or drink display at your wedding, chances are you will want to label each item. So why not get creative and label each one in style? And whether they clip on or stand alone, these miniature chalkboard signs are the perfect fit for the job. Alternatively, they can double as place cards!

Do you love this look and want to use it at your wedding? We want to hear your ideas! Tell us how you used or are planning on using chalkboard below!

Morgan

 

DIY Wedding Wednesday: In Full Bloom – Spring Floral Arrangements

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This past Monday we shared with you the third installment of our seasonal floral guide series, featuring some of the most readily available, and oh so pretty, spring blooms currently hitting the floral market. And just like with our past floral guides, we just couldn’t stop at the theoretical. So today we’re showing you how to turn each one of Monday’s blooms into wedding arrangements sure to stun. From a simply sweet boutonniere to a centerpiece overflowing with lovely, here’s how to incorporate spring’s best blooms into your wedding day.

Look #1: The Simply Sweet Spring Boutonniere – Supplies

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The Step by Step

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Step 1: take your single stems and place your lilac to the left of your tulip, Secure in place with floral wire. Attach the wire just underneath your floral blooms and work it about an inch down, such that the stems are secured tightly together and upright.

Step 2: to even out the wire’s surface cover it with floral tape and trim your stems down to boutonniere size. approximately 2 – 2.5 inches in length.

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Step 3: cover the floral tape completely with your baker’s twine. Don’t worry about an even application. An overlapped finish adds to this boutonniere’s charm.

Step 4: secure your twine with a bridal pin.

The End Result

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Look #2: The Light and Airy Spring Bouquet – Supplies

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  • peach tulips and white lilac (our bouquet took 7 tulips and 3 stems of lilac)
  • floral wire, tape and sheers
  • raw muslin ribbon
  • 2 bridal pins

The Step by Step

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Step 1: after cleaning off your tulip stems of any access bulky leaves, bunch them together. For our bouquet we used 7 stems in total, keeping the look light.

Step 2: add in 3 stems of lilac behind your tulips, as if to create a backing. Ensure you keep your stems held tightly together as you work.

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Step 3: secure your stems together with floral wire, making sure to position it high enough such that it holds your stems tightly together and in place.

Step 4: for an even finish, cover the wire with floral tape, and trim your stem ends to the desired bouquet length. Length is based on personal preference, but be sure to keep it in proportion to your body.

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Step 5: create a simple bouquet wrap using raw muslin ribbon.

Step 6: secure the ribbon in the back of your bouquet using two bridal pins, one from the top and one for the bottom of the wrap.

The End Result

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Look #3: The In Full Bloom Spring Centerpiece – Supplies

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The Step by Step

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Step 1: begin your centerpiece by filling the middle jar. Start by incorporating a varied mix of blooms, keeping to one stem of each variety.

Step 2: fill out the balance of the jar with a few more repeating stems, doubling up on your favorite. Remember to keep a well balanced mix of colors and ensure your jar is nice and full looking from all angles.

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Steps 3 & 4: repeat steps 1 & 2 for your other two jars. We recommend finishing off both sides with a single stem of lilac for a overflowing look.

The End Result

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DIY Wedding Wednesday: Mini Mason Jar Favors

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Ever notice how just about anything is made better when turned mini? Well that’s certainly the case with the mini mason jar staring in today’s DIY feature, a petite version of its ever-popular “grownup” counterpart. Compatible with just about any filling, these cutie containers make for ideal guest favors and today we’re showing you three creative ways to fill them up. From foodie appeal to tempting the senses, here’s a breakdown for a few of the looks we love.

The Supplies

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Concept #1 – A Little R&R:

Concept #2 – For the Foodie:

Concept #3 – A Sweet Smelling Treat:

The Details

Mini Mason Jar Favor Concept #1: A little R&R

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Mini Mason Jar Favor Concept #2: For the Foodie

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Mini Mason Jar Favor Concept #3: A Sweet Smelling Treat

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The Whole Lot

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Must Have Music: Valentine’s Day Playlists

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Valentine’s Day is tomorrow (eek!), and at this point you’ve probably already purchased the present, are already chilling the bubbly, and have dinner all planned out. But have you picked your playlist? If not, no worries. We’ve got you covered! Spanning the most popular genres, covering 40 of the most romantic options out there, today we’re sharing our top picks for all time best love songs. So get your iTunes loaded, pick your faves for your own personal playlist, and consider tomorrow the perfect time to trial run the most important dance of all, your first dance. Happy Valentine’s Day Everyone!

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