DIY Wedding Wednesday: Place Setting 101

place setting how-to

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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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: 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

diy vintage matchbox favor supplies

  • 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

diy rustic matchbox favor supplies

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

diy matchbox favor supplies

The Details

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xoxo.

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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

mini paper garland decor supplies

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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DIY Wedding Wednesday: Springtime Wedding Tabletop

springtime wedding tabletop how to

There’s just something about the spring season that makes it the ideal time for a wedding. Whether it be all the lovely floral varieties available in pretty pastel shades, or the overall heartwarming sense of new beginnings that the season brings with it, springtime and weddings simply go hand in hand. And after a long, and very (very!) cold winter, we are more than ready to indulge in the enjoyment of plenty of seasonal prettiness, starting with today’s how-to feature. Here’s how to pull together the perfect springtime tabletop for your wedding day, your bridal shower, or just because!

What You’ll Need – The Accessories

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What You’ll Need – The Guest Favor

springtime wedding favor supplies

The Look

springtime tabletop spring wedding centerpiece frilly tulips faux moss planter mint green votive peach ranunculus mini watering can favor sticker seed paper favor card seed paper menu card individualized dinner menu place card table number tin planter faux moss

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DIY Wedding Wednesday: Paper Feather Chair Back

diy paper feather chair back

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: Sweet Treats – Valentine’s Day Favors

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Are you ready for something really cute? We’re talking squeal worthy cute? Because that’s exactly what we have in store for you today! Three equally delicious versions of cute to be exact. And they’re all red, white and absolutely perfect for any upcoming Valentine’s Day festivities you may be partaking in. What’s even better is that the hardest thing in pulling together these DIY treats is keeping your hands off the goodies long enough to package them. Enjoy!

Valentine’s Day Favor #1: Jarred Jellies

jelly bean jar favors

The Supplies

mini mason jar favor supplies

The Details

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Valentine’s Day Favor #2: Sweet Signature Sippers

glass milk bottle favor

The Supplies

glass milk bottle favor supplies

The Details

mini glass milk bottle mini meringue mini glass milk bottle details polka dot paper straw

Valentine’s Day Favor #3: Candy Cones

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The Supplies

candy cone favor supplies

The Details

candy cone favor laser cut favor tag

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DIY Wedding Wednesday: Wedding Stationery 101 – All the Little Extras

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If you’re a regular reader of The Details blog then you know that its title is no creative coincidence. The blog was named as it was because we are huge advocates of all the little, special, extras that get infused into every wedding day design, making it like no other. This affinity for details is why for the fourth and final feature in our current stationery series we’re showcasing some of the pretty, not to mention budget-friendly, laser cut paper extras currently available in the Weddingstar lineup. And if you don’t see something that suits your style here, come explore plenty of other options at weddingstar.com.

Stemware Trims

Practical and pretty, whether you use them to mark your guest’s seats or to dress up your stemware, laser die cut cards are the perfect way to add a decorative accent to your place setting set ups.

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Lovely Marks the Spot

Seating assignment is essential at most weddings. Make your place card table display or your guest table set up both functional and lovely with delicately detailed card designs. Imagine a 100 of these pretties all in one spot!

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tree silhouette place card

love bird damask place card

The Add Ons

At ultra budget friendly price points (thanks to their material makeup), you simply can’t say no to these added decorative details.

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adirondack deck chair place card

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DIY Wedding Wednesday: Wedding Stationery 101 – The Laser Cut Look

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Today we’re bringing you part 3 of 4 from our currently running stationery series and we’re getting fancy about it! We’re getting fancy, and formal, and oh so fabulous, by taking a closer look at some of the beautifully detailed laser cut and embossed stationery options available through Weddingstar.com. Perfect for the bride and groom looking to make their wedding announcement in style, these intricate designs offer up a high-end approach to wedding stationery suites, but without a hefty price tag. Covering off everything from your Save the Date declaration to your pretty place cards, these complete collections make getting formal a breeze. Here are five of our favorite ways to pull off the look.

Collection #1: Lace Opulence

Paying homage to the vintage charm authentic lace brings to a wedding day design, this collection is the ultimate option for luxury stationery.

lace opulence design stationery collection

this collection features: lace opulence design laser embossed wedding invitation, accessory card (3 varied inserts available – Save the Date, RSVP and Thank You), and place card. Assembly of inserts required.

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Collection #2: Pearl Romance

Celebrate your love with this classic collection. A soft and romantic filigree design embodies the true romance that only a wedding celebration can bring.

pearl romance design wedding stationery

this collection features: pearl romance design laser embossed wedding invitation, accessory card (3 varied inserts available – Save the Date, RSVP and Thank You), and place card. Assembly of inserts required.

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Collection #3: Floral Elegance

Continuing with our love of lace, inspired by the textile’s delicate floral details, this laser embossed collection sets the tone for an elegant affair.

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this collection features: floral elegance design laser embossed wedding invitation, accessory card (3 varied inserts available – Save the Date, RSVP and Thank You), and place card. Assembly of inserts required.

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Collection #4: Woodland Pretty

The Wilderness never looked so pretty. This ultra detailed collection, with its peekaboo approach, brings with it just the right amount of casual that a woodland wedding calls for.

woodland pretty design wedding stationery

this collection features: woodland pretty design laser embossed wedding invitation, accessory card (3 varied inserts available – Save the Date, RSVP and Thank You), and place card. Assembly of inserts required.

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Collection #5: High Style

This black tie worthy collection features laser cut cards with one perfectly placed crystal on each piece, adding a touch of high-class style.

high style design wedding stationery

this collection features: high style design laser embossed wedding invitation, accessory card (3 varied inserts available – Save the Date, RSVP and Thank You), and place card. Assembly of inserts required.

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Tips for Choosing Beach Wedding Stationery

The weekend is almost here and with that we have something very exciting to share with you! Over the next three weeks, we are happy to have Emma Arendoski of Emmaline Bride sharing some of her best ideas with us for designing your beach themed wedding.

Emma is an expert on wedding themes, DIY projects, party planning and so much more. She has just published her brand new book, The Inspired Wedding, which is filled with tons of gorgeous photography and inspiration. And the best part? Next week we will be giving away a copy to one lucky reader! So be sure to check back next Friday for details on how to enter, but in the meantime get ready to swoon over these gorgeous ideas.

Sand, sunshine, and gently rolling waves make it impossible to not love the beach! It’s no surprise that couples love a beach-themed wedding, as it provides relaxation and tranquility.

In my new book, The Inspired Wedding, I share my favorite beach themed ideas including color palette, decorative touches, attire, favors, and more. Today I’m focusing on wedding stationery with help from Weddingstar’s new collection entitled Aqueous — it’s the perfect combination of color palette and design for a beach themed wedding.

Beach Wedding Stationery

One of the details you’ll want to tackle first is the invitation suite. The suite typically includes envelopes, reply card, and perhaps a map or other piece of information. The suite may also contain a save-the-date card (if you plan to send one). A save-the-date card is used to give your guests advance planning notice with the date and location of your wedding. If you are having a destination wedding—and many beach weddings are—this card is a must-have so guests can plan travel arrangements accordingly.

Before you order your invitations, have a color palette in mind, since your invitation will need to coordinate with your entire wedding (including other paper goods, attire, and florals). When couples ask me what color to choose for a beach wedding, blue is the color that comes to mind first: it is reminiscent of the sky and the sea.

A popular trend with wedding invitations is a watercolor-inspired design, where the colors blend from lighter to dark (an ombre effect). Weddingstar has a beautiful collection in the ‘Aqueous’ style with coordinating pieces from invitations to décor. Instead of struggling to piece together your entire wedding décor based around a color from your invitations, Weddingstar provides the template and everything you need to tie your wedding stationery together, including your invitation, save the date, bunting banner, ceremony program, table number, and place card.

Beach Themed Watercolor Wedding Program

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Weddingstar even has a special design for ‘Well Wishes’ cards for guests, which can replace a traditional guest book. Instead of guests writing their congratulations in a book, they write on a coordinating card provided at the reception. As an added thematic touch, have guests place their completed cards inside a woven basket, suitcase, or a personalized beach tote bag, like this one from Weddingstar.

Instead of spending so much time trying to mix and match your pieces, just pick a favorite template like the above and let Weddingstar take care of all the details to match! It’s never been easier to plan your beach wedding with thematic touches like these.

Next Friday I’ll be covering ideas for your beach ceremony, so stay tuned!