Product Spotlight: Tailored Table Numbers

There are wedding ‘nice to haves’ and then there are wedding ‘must haves’. And it’s the couples that pay close attention to ensure every single ‘must have’ is personalized to their specific wedding day design that create weddings that wow. Take something as simple as table numbers for example. Every single wedding needs them and while most venues provide a standard in-house set, a swap for a custom option results in a finishing touch that will not go unnoticed. To get your upgrading underway, we’re sharing a few creative ways to mark your tables, with options that span the entire budget spectrum.

 

How About a Little DIY?

For another ultra versatile table number concept visit the blog this Wednesday when we do up a simple paper table number with a bit of DIY.

xoxo.

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Wedding Planning Tips: Plan by Color {The Series}

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Time for some serious shop talk ladies! To successfully pull together a gorgeous wedding design you need to blend together two equally important design elements, a theme (i.e. vintage or woodland) and a color scheme. No matter which angle you begin the planning process from, you’ll inevitably have to work through incorporating both into the various details of your wedding day. Because we’ve got you covered from a theme perspective with our A Girl and Her Table series, we’ve decided to expand on our Inspired by Color color stories by introducing our latest series, Plan by Color. In this new mood board series we’ll feature top ways to creatively incorporate a given shade or palette into a wedding day design. To kick things off we’re showcasing one of the current hottest trending wedding colors, one of the prettiest pastels around, Mint Green. Happy Planning!

 

Ready to Shop?

Whether it’s mint green, pastel pink or cherry red that you’re after, when you’re ready to get your color perfect wedding details sorted simply use the Shop by Color feature on weddingstar.com to make your wedding planning and shopping a breeze.

xoxo.

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DIY Wedding Wednesday: How To Use Fabric Flowers

fabric flower diy

This past Monday we shared some of our favorite bridal bouquet inspirations and got rave reviews on one of our own DIY faux creations. So thanks to popular demand this week’s DIY Wedding Wednesday feature is dedicated to showing you a few creative ways of using permanent petals. And we’re pretty positive that when all of you homespun, shabby chic, rustic loving brides see how easy it is to pull these lovelies together, you’ll be lining up to incorporate them into your wedding day.

The Bouquet

diy fabric flower bouquet

The Supplies

diy fabric flower bouquet supplies

The Step by Step

diy fabric flower bouquet step 1

Step 1: gather the number of stems required to create your desired bouquet size, bend the stems to desired bouquet length and bind together with floral wire. We used 10 stems and bent to shorten them by approximately a quarter.

diy fabric flower bouquet step 2

Step 2: wrap your stems together with the ruffled fabric ribbon. Start at the point at which you wired, secure with a bridal pin, and continue wrapping downward.

diy fabric flower bouquet step 3

Step 3: secure your end point with a couple bridal pins. Make sure to point them upward and through the stems to secure the ribbon and to keep them away from your hands.

The Centerpiece

diy fabric flower centerpiece

The Supplies

diy fabric flower centerpiece supplies

The How-To

diy fabric flower centerpiece how to

All it takes is one simple step! Fill up your chosen centerpiece vessel with enough stems to create a bountiful arrangement, bending your outer stems slightly to flow over the rim of your vessel. We used the French Provencal Enamel Pitcher which took 15 Stems.

The Flower Girl Wand

diy flower girl wand

The Supplies

diy flower wand supplies

The How-To

diy fabric flower wand how to

Another one step wonder! Simply tie on several strands of satin ribbon to the base of the flower head. Tie the ribbons in double knots to secure them and keep ribbons just slightly longer than the stem itself.

Love this Look?

For more Shabby Chic and Rustic wedding inspiration, including another faux bridal bouquet look, check out our shoppable Burlap Chic full feature on the Weddingstar e-catalog.

shabby chic bridal bouquet

xoxo.

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DIY Wedding Wednesday: Vintage Drawer Decor

diy decorative vintage drawer

It’s time for another DIY Wedding Wednesday feature and this one’s for all you vintage obsessed brides out there looking for budget friendly design ideas. If you know vintage you know that you can’t pull it off properly without one critical design detail, vintage inspired decorative props. Used throughout wedding day decor as detailing accents, props are what bring the vintage look to life. If you know vintage you probably also know that authentic props can be very pricey and hard to come by. Our favorite solution to any such dilemma? Taking things into our own hands with a bit of the good old do-it-yourself approach. Here’s how to turn a simple cardboard box into decorative vintage prop loveliness.

The Supplies

diy vintage drawer prop supplies

  • diy drawer display
  • decorative knobs and pulls
  • decorative traditional vintage pattern paper (one pattern for exterior walls, another for the drawers)
  • glue, scissors and awl tool (or any sharp tool that can be used for precision puncturing)
  • peonies and floral water picks
  • pearl garland

The Step by Step

diy vintage drawer - steps 1 and 2

Step 1: apply an even layer of glue to the exterior of the box.

Step 2: cover the glued exterior with your decorative paper, leaving a small lip for rounding out the edges.

diy vintage drawer - steps 3 to 5

Steps 3 and 4: once paper is secure to the exterior of the box, cut the remaining paper lips at the corners and round out the box edges, tucking and gluing your paper to the interior walls of the box.

Step 5: for the edges between each drawer opening, cut small strips of paper and glue to the edges, tucking into the interior of the box.

diy vintage drawer - steps 6 and 7

Step 6: to assess the perfect puncture point for the decorative knob, draw a diagonal cross section (from corner to corner) across the front of the drawer.

Step 7: puncture a hole at the center point of the cross section. Repeat steps 6 and 7 on as many drawers as you plan to use a knob on.

diy vintage drawer - steps 8 and 9

Step 8: to assess puncture points for the decorative pull, repeat step 6 then measure the outside of the drawer front and mark the mid point of each side. Draw a cross section from each of the side midpoints, top to bottom and side to side. When finished you’ll have created a star like pattern (as displayed above). This will give you all the reference points required for aligning and centering your drawer pull.

Step 9: align your pull as shown above and puncture the three holes. Repeat steps 8 and 9 on as many drawers as you plan to use a pull on.

diy vintage drawer - steps 10 to 12

Step 10: wrap drawers with decorative paper, leaving and cutting lips to round out the edges as you did with the outside of the box.

Steps 11 and 12: feel for your previously punctured holes and gently puncture your decorative paper. Alternatively you can puncture from the inside of the drawer outwards.

diy vintage drawer - steps 13 to 15

Steps 13 – 15: attach knobs and pulls to the drawers with included backings.

pink peony

Step 16: water pick your peonies.

The Finished Look

diy decorative vintage drawer prop

pearl garland

for a classic vintage touch, have pearls spilling out of one of your drawers.

diy decorative drawer pull

vintage drawers

there’s always room for flowers. for a simply beautiful drawer accent and filler, use  just a few lush stems of pink peonies.

wishing well cards

take your decorative drawer set from fabulous to functional by treating it as a custom guest book alternative. provide your guests with note cards that they can leave their well wishes on, storing them in the drawers when done.
featured here: ‘burlap chic’ design memory box wishing well cards and glass dip pen writing set

Want More Props?

If you’re loving the idea of incorporating vintage props into your wedding day design see our ‘Making a Statement On a Budget’ post for a rundown of plenty of other prop options and ways to use them as part of your decor.

xoxo.

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DIY Wedding Wednesday: The Power of Color {and Chalk Paint}

diy birdcage favors

Shabby Chic, Vintage and Rustic all share one major thing in common. All are super hot right now as far as wedding trends go. And it’s no wonder why. Each comes with countless gorgeous ways to personalize and style an event. If you’re one of the many brides looking for your own unique version of one of these themes then it’s time to get comfy with the concept of DIY and brush up on some of the tricks of the trade. And boy do I have an amazing trick to share with you today! It’s a little thing {literally, you can get it in 4 fl. ounce jars} called chalk paint and it takes anything that might not have the right look because of color or texture and transforms it to theme appropriate weathered perfection. Just take a look at what it did for a mini birdcage favor. It certainly had me saying “eek!”

The Supplies

diy birdcage favor supplies

  • mini birdcage
  • choice of chalk paint color(s) and paint brush {we used annie sloan chalk paint in louis blue, pure white and antoinette}
  • floral foam
  • mini personalized streamer
  • satin ribbon, coordinated to the birdcage color(s)
  • choice of flowers (i used hydrangea, peonies and baby’s breath)

The How-To

diy distressed white birdcage favor white chalk painted mini birdcage

Step 1: paint your birdcage. If using chalk paint you’ll need two coats. Don’t worry about a bit of the original black still coming through. An imperfect look is what you want.

{stylist tip: if you can’t find chalk paint, use spray paint instead. It’ll provide for a similar look, just a slightly different finish.}

Step 2: for an added personal touch, hole punch a personalized streamer and tie to top of the birdcage with ribbon.

blue and green hydrangea

Step 3: cut floral foam into a piece small enough to fit into the birdcage and insert floral stems. Insert florals from various angles, aiming for a full but loose finish. Think overflowing.

Step 4: repeat steps 1 – 3 on as many birdcages as you need. For the Shabby Chic look, as featured in this tutorial, mix up your paint colors, sticking to pale pastels, and your floral stems. For a Vintage or Rustic look stick to one color palette.

eggshell blue chalk painted mini birdcage

stylist tip: for a simple and more budget friendly version, don’t be afraid to leave the birdcages empty. they are just as lovely all on their own.

diy eggshell blue birdcage favor diy vintage pink birdcage favor vintage pink chalk painted mini birdcage

The Finished Look

shabby chic mini birdcage favors hydrangea pink peony baby's breath banner favor tag

xoxo.

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Wedding Design Spotlight: Cambium Farms Open House

cambium farms wedding venue

Like so many of you out there, we at Weddingstar are huge suckers for a barn wedding. So when our resident freelance stylist, Kasia of Prelude to a Kiss, asked to include some of our products within a design she was pulling together for a local barn venue’s Bridal Open House, we naturally jumped at the chance to get involved.  And when you see the resulting images from Mugshots Photography (another resident freelancer), you’ll see why we are thrilled that we did! The final design came together as the perfect blend of old meets new in one of the best barns we’ve ever seen. The use of unique touches of unpredictable elegance put a fresh spin on a traditional rustic space, with Weddingstar products playing a fantastic accompanying decor role. It’s no wonder that all who attended the Cambium Farms event couldn’t get enough of the unique space and set-up.

Now it’s your turn to get inspired and pick up some stylist tips on how to make the look yours. Get ready to swoon!

 

signature wedding cocktail

featured here: candy striped paper straws in pastel pink, personalized with an aqueous die-cut sticker in candy apple green
stylist tip: personalize as many aspects of your event as possible. having a cocktail reception? serve a signature drink that’s unique to you and finish it off with a creatively positioned personalized tag or sticker.

die cut personalized sticker candy stripped paper straw

barn wedding design

stylist tip: just because your space is rustic doesn’t mean your event design has to be. consider going with a slightly contrasting but complimentary look to really wow your guests. this design featured a clean and modern predominately white color palette, elegant crystal details, and couture chairs.

rustic decorative wooden box

featured here: rustic wooden decorative box
stylist tip: there’s no such thing as too much candlelight. for an instantly romantic atmosphere incorporate as much as you can into your design, using various types of candle holders and candle shapes.

mini pink glass tealight holder

featured here: miniature glass tealight holder
stylist tip: group mini tealights and mini vases together for a sweet decorative touch.

clear bottle vase

featured here: decorative glass bottle vase
stylist tip: bottle vases are a major current trend, and they’re budget friendly too. for best visual impact, mix and match the floral stems you put into each bottle you use.
for additional tips on how to get the bottle vase look check out our ‘pretty on a penny post

vintage place card holder

featured here: vintage inspired stationery holder
stylist tip: infusing your design into all the little decorative details makes for the ultimate big picture.

barn wedding tablescape

rustic place setting

featured here: baby’s breath floral detail tied with craft paper twine
stylist tip: styling your event means paying close attention to every last detail. incorporating a small decorative accent to each place setting makes for the perfect finishing touch.

twine rustic tabletop decor

rustic table number

featured here: rustic self-standing table number
stylist tip: consider upgrading from the standard venue provided table numbers to custom ones. to further personalize the look select one that also acts as holder, like this rustic option, and insert pictures of your most memorable couple moments.

rustic wedding table design

mini wood circles

featured here: custom diy napkin ‘ring’ made using mini natural wood circles and craft paper twine
stylist tip: diy need not mean a homemade look. combine decorative accents in creative ways for a custom designer look.

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Is This Your Look?

If you’re having a rustic barn wedding or need more inspiration to help you decide whether or not it’s right for you, check out and shop the Burlap Chic shoot in the current issue of the Weddingstar e-catalog.

xoxo.

The Weddingstar Team

event credits:

venue: cambium farms, photography: mugshots photography, design: prelude to a kiss wedding stylists, floral: cedar and stone, rentals: chair-man mills, chairs: detailz chair couture

DIY Wedding Wednesday: DIY Kraft Favor Bags

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What’s the secret behind a great guest favor? It’s not a fancy gift. It’s not an expensive guest offering. It all really just boils down to the presentation. You need not stress over what you’re stuffing your favor container, box or bag with. What you should focus on is favor packaging that’s been uniquely personalized to you and your event design. Think of the lovely visual impact a pretty little thing x 100 will make. To show you just how easy it can be to pull off the look and to get your creative juices flowing, today’s DIY feature takes a plain paper bag, and with just a bit of fab DIY trim, changes it five times over. Here’s the step by step on how to make the look yours.

Look #1: Shabby Chic

shabby chic favor bag

The Supplies

shabby chic favor bag supplies

The Step by Step

personalized thank you stamp

Step 1: stamp your card. Don’t worry about a perfect stamp application. Pretty imperfections are what make up the shabby chic look.

vintage clothespin shabby chic card

Step 2: cut fabric ribbon to size and attach it and the card to your bag with the clothespin. No glue required!

Look #2: Lace and Twine

rustic themed favor bag

The Supplies

rustic favor bag supplies

The Step by Step

lace and twine

Step 1: wrap your bag with the lace, glue in back. Follow by wrapping the twine several times over the lace and tie it into a loose bow.

mini hinged diy clip homespun design favor tag

Step 2: attach tag to bag with the clip.

Look #3: Burlap Trimmed

homespun favor bag

The Supplies

homespun favor bag supplies

The Step by Step

burlap diy trim

Step 1: cut your burlap down to desired size, both length and width wise. To get this width we cut our roll approximately in half. Wrap around your bag and glue in the back.

hearts design favor tag

Step 2: wrap your ribbon around your twine and tie into a double knot. Hole punch your tag and thread your ribbon through. Finish by tying a bow.

hearts design favor sticker

Step 3: fold over the bag and close with sticker.

Look #4: A Touch of Sparkle

jewel trimmed favor bag

The Supplies

jewel trimmed favor bag supplies

The Step by Step

purple floral favor tag

Step 1: add a touch of sparkle to your favor tag by accenting with a few jewel stickers. Glue tag to bag.

white ribbon favor trim

Step 2: tie your ribbon into a simple bow and glue it to your bag, just above the tag.

purple floral favor sticker

Step 3: accent your sticker with a stick on jewel. Fold bag over and seal with sticker.

Look #5: Simple and Sweet

simple diy favor bag

The Supplies

simple diy favor bag supplies

The Step by Step

favor-wrap

Step 1: wrap your bag with the paper wrap, sealing off in the back with the accompanying die cut bird sticker.

wax seal sticker

Step 2: accent your wrap with a wax seal sticker.

satin bow

Step 3: tie a strand of ribbon into a simple bow and glue to bag.

xoxo.

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DIY Wedding Wednesday: ‘Petite Pails’ {Wedding Favors}

diy mini pail favors

Time to share another couple of DIY wedding secrets. #1. Adding accenting layers of fabric to just about anything pretty much guarantees loveliness every single time. #2. Couple the concept with the daintiness of a mini package and you’ve got yourself ‘guest favor perfection’. Given I’m a huge sucker for anything mini, using one of the sweetest mini containers around, I was more than happy to pull together a few samples for some visual inspiration. From the playful to the surprisingly sophisticated, here’s what just a touch of fabric can do to change up the look of one petite pail.

Petite Pail #1 – Homespun Sweetness

diy homespun style mini pail favor

The Supplies

homespun style mini pail favor supplies

The Look and the How To

diy homespun style mini pail

Step 1: tie your crochet ribbon into a bow and wrap the middle with baker’s twine. Hot glue the finished formation to the center of your pail, about a quarter of the way down from the top.

crochet ribbon bow

Step 2: hole punch your tag and attach to the pail’s handle using baker’s twine.

homespun style favor tag

Petite Pail #2: Pink Perfection

diy lace trimmed mini pail favor

The Supplies

lace trimmed mini pail favor supplies

The Look and the How To

pink lace trimmed mini pail favor

Step 1: wrap pail with pink lace trim. Discreetly hot glue in the back.

{tip: if you can’t find a jewel trimmed pink lace, purchase a plain pink lace and do a diy add on using these self adhesive jewel stickers)

pink lace trim

Step 2: add jewel stickers to tag.

jewel stickers

Step 3: attach tag to pail handle with mini white clothespin.

mini clothespin

Petite Pail #3: Something Blue…Something Rustic

rustic style mini pail favors

The Supplies

rustic style pail favor supplies

The Look and the How To

rustic mini pail favor

Step 1: cut burlap trim down to size, such that it covers your pail as shown in the image. Hot glue in the back.

burlap trim

Step 2: create a rosette with your satin ribbon, glue to middle of pail and middle of burlap trim. Wrap and hot glue excess ribbon strands in the back.

{check out the ‘White Box + Satin Ribbon = Endless Possibilities’ diy post for the complete rosette how to}

rosette ribbon

Step 3: glue or discreetly tape tag to pail handle.

personalized favor tag

xoxo.

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Wedding Design 101: Mastering the Wedding Tablescape

tablescape inspiration

We’re a week away from Canada’s first official long weekend so naturally I’ve got parties top of mind. My favorite kind? A proper dinner party complete with great food, even better wine, and loads of fantastic friends. Having planned a few in my day I know that one of the cardinal rules to a great bash, and incidentally a great wedding, is a well set and styled table. Dining tables are where your guests spend most of their time, and in the case of a wedding where table settings are in the double digits, the visual becomes all that much more important. So today I’m breaking down the five basic essentials behind a successful tablescape. And considering practice makes perfect, you’ve got an excuse to plan a few parties to test out your own skills before your big day. Bon fete!

The Essentials – #1: Show Them to Their Seat

Rule number one to being a pro hostess: manage the guest experience from start to finish. Make it carefree and effortless for them, right down to where they’re meant to sit. Marking their spot with a theme appropriate place marker not only gets the job done, it also works as an added decorative touch. To get them to their table, use a seating chart or escort cards, greeting your guests upon arrival and guiding them to where they need to go.

diy seating chart

featured here: custom diy seating chart made with equestrian love stationery collection large rectangular tags accented with horse hose charms and tied with satin ribbon in deep plum

rustic wedding tablescape

The Essentials – #2: Greet Them with a Treat

Make your guests feel special and incorporate some instant eye candy into your design with a little surprise gift waiting to greet your guests as they settle in. Repeated over every place setting it makes for the perfect finishing touch and a fantastic first impression.

rustic mini pitcher favor

The Essentials #3: Layers of Goodness

From chargers to trimmed napkins, designing your place settings using multiple layers adds dimension and interest to your tablescape. Complete the look with a dried or fresh flower in your color scheme for an unexpected touch of pretty.

rustic place setting rustic gold charger plate crochet border handkerchief

crochet border handkerchief gift

featured: crochet border handkerchief (can be personalized)

The Essentials – #4: Keeping Focus

With all the things going on with a tablescape, it’s important to have a focal point that pulls it all together. Given its central positioning on a table, a beautiful floral centerpiece is a natural choice. Use height or eye catching decorative accents to create the focus. Where budget allows, expand on the concept by creating a table length runner made of bountiful floral arrangements.

rustic wedding centerpiece

need some added inspiration?
for gorgeous simple to create diy centerpiece ideas check out our springtime centerpiece post

rustic wedding centerpiece rustic wedding flowers

The Essentials – #5: The Finer things

For a really impressive design consider setting aside some budget for lovely little unexpected details. Upgraded flatware, delicate chair backs or custom table overhangs are all surefire ways of pulling together an unforgettable and unique event design.

gold wedding flatware lace chair back

mini white lanterns

featured here: mini white lanterns (comes with stand and hanger, removed here)

Want More?

Looking for more wedding reception decoration ideas? Shop all the options by theme, color, or category in the Reception section of weddingstar.com.

xoxo.

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Product Spotlight: Top 10 on Trend

mustache stainless steel flask

We’ve just returned from our annual buying trip, where we searched and shopped for the best of the best new products for you, our brides. And you can’t imagine how excited we are to release all the new additions to the lineup this coming December! To hold us over we’re recapping our Top 10 favorite 2014 additions, all in line with what’s hot and trending in the world of weddings right now. From the prettiest of favor boxes to the most stunning bridal and reception accessories, we’ve got it all covered. Now it’s your turn to shop!

#1 – Lovely Lace

One of the top trends for 2014, and 2015 for that matter, is arguably also the most romantic textile around. And we’ve got a couple of the loveliest and effortless ways to incorporate lace into your wedding day look. OK. So we’re cheating a little by featuring two products here. But they really do go hand in hand so we simply couldn’t resist!

#2 – Leave a Message

Custom unique signage is all the rage these days and we’re thinking this reusable chalkboard is definitely a top option. Whatever message it shares, it’s the intricate details that will have your guests swooning.

shabby chic greeting table

#3 – With this Ring

There’s nothing like a perfectly set table to please the eye and get the appetite going. Finish off your place settings in style with this gorgeous jewel accented napkin ring.

vintage place setting

#4 – The Forever Bouquet

Any woman who has lived the wedding day experience will tell you that keeping special mementos to remember the day is a must. What better way of remembering how you looked and felt than by keeping your bouquet, especially when it’s as beautiful as this couture brooch stunner.

wedding gown and accessories

#5 – Beautiful Burlap

Far from the unrefined. Complete with fabric flowers, lace trim and a subtle touch of bling, burlap never looked so good.

#6 – Take a Seat

Boxed sweet treats may not be a new guest giveaway concept, but these stylish pretty little chair boxes provide the perfect contemporary twist on a tried and true classic.

transparent chair favor boxes

#7 – The “Toss Me Not” Garter

Do yourself a favor and buy a toss away back up because you’ll definitely want to hold onto this lovely.

vintage bride

#8 – Smart Table Trim

There’s nothing like a wedding accessory that serves double duty. Not only does this self-standing wooden table number guide your guests to their seats, it also makes for a great decorative accent. And it comes complete with a top slit ready to hold anything you want it to. So in fact, we’re talking triple duty!

#9 – Bringing the Outdoors In

Want something new and unique for your centerpiece? Look no further. These super cool and super pretty faux birch trees are about as unique as it gets. Perfect for the Rustic or Woodland themed wedding, or for any couple looking to incorporate a bit of nature into their event’s design.

#10 – Animal Instincts

With Woodland weddings increasing in popularity on a daily basis, we’d be remissed not to add some animal motifs to the line. And what’s more synonymous with woodland animals than a great set of antlers.

woodland themed wedding place setting

Want More?

If you like what you see here then check out the full suite of 2014 products featured in the New Arrivals section of weddingstar.com.

xoxo.

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