DIY Wedding Wednesday: In Full Bloom – Spring Floral Arrangements

diy spring floral arrangements

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

spring boutonniere supplies

The Step by Step

diy spring boutonniere - step 1 & 2

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.

diy spring boutonniere - step 3 & 4

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

diy spring boutonniere baker's twine

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

diy spring bouquet - supplies

  • 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

diy spring bouquet - step 1 & 2

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.

diy spring bouquet - step 3 & 4

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.

diy spring bouquet - step 5 & 6

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

diy spring bouquet spring bridal bouquet peach tulips white lilac raw muslin ribbon

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

diy spring centerpiece

The Step by Step

diy spring centerpiece - step 1 & 2

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.

diy spring centerpiece - step 3 & 4

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

diy spring centerpiece white lilac wire basket pink peony pink ranunculus white anemone mason jar

xoxo.

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Choosing a Wedding Theme That’s Right for You

There are so many elements that go into planning a wedding and one of the most important (and fun) ones is choosing a theme. But with so many options out there, it can sometimes be a bit overwhelming. Our advice? Choose a style that complements your personal style as a couple. And if there isn’t just one, combine details from different themes until it matches the vision you have for your wedding. Because at the end of it all, it’s your day and you need it to be perfect for you.

The first step to choosing a theme is to explore different ideas and swoon over gorgeous wedding inspiration. Sounds tough, right? To help get you started, we’re highlighting seven of the most popular wedding themes that our brides can’t get enough of. Click on each one to see the entire inspiration gallery, and pin the pieces you love to start building your own wedding day design.

1. Bohemian

Barefoot, unpretentious, ethereal and stunning. This wedding look highlights traditional boho concepts and infuses them with a hint of the luxurious.

weddingstar bohemian wedding theme

Love this? Visit the entire Bohemian Gallery to be inspired and find out if this is the look for you.

2. Rustic

Rustic weddings never go out of style. The combination of weathered wood, tarnished metals and sweet, homespun touches have us swooning with delight.

weddingstar rustic wedding theme

Love this? Visit the entire Rustic Gallery to be inspired and find out if this is the look for you.

3. Vintage

An elaborate layering of vintage elements and tactile fabrics combine with modern day influences to create a fresh take on the always beautiful and romantic vintage wedding style.

weddingstar vintage wedding theme

Love this? Visit the entire Vintage Gallery to be inspired and find out if this is the look for you.

4. Industrial

With a sleek interior design influence at its core, the bold, confident, mature and modern Industrial look is urban sophistication perfection.

weddingstar industrial city wedding theme

Love this? Visit the entire Industrial Gallery to be inspired and find out if this is the look for you.

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5. Shabby Chic

Shabby Chic is about the appearance of a balance between the tossed at whim and the perfectly placed. From the hair, to the shoes, to all the things that come in between, the key is to make it all appear effortlessly natural for an end result that is drop dead gorgeous.

weddingstar shabby chic homespun wedding theme

Love this? Visit the entire Shabby Chic Gallery to be inspired and find out if this is the look for you.

6. Woodland

The Woodland look is all about embracing and celebrating natural beauty, from the bride to her bouquet, down to every last design detail.

weddingstar woodland wedding theme

Love this? Visit the entire Woodland Gallery to be inspired and find out if this is the look for you.

7. Wanderlust

With its beautiful airy ambiance and romantic personalized elements at every turn, it’s difficult not to get lost in all the dreamy details that make up this look.

weddingstar wanderlust travel inspired wedding theme

Love this? Visit the entire Wanderlust Gallery to be inspired and find out if this is the look for you.

Before you choose your favorite, be sure to check out even more wedding theme ideas in our Inspiration Galleries, right over here.

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Let us know which you look you love! Tell us your faves in the comment section below.

Wedding Theme Inspiration: Romantic Pink

romantic pink

The warm pairing of pastel pink and lush gold. The feminine influence of vintage charms. Candlelight glow and floral table runners. These design details are what you’ll find at the core of our latest wedding theme inspiration, Romantic Pink. Influenced by what’s at the heart and center of every wedding, true romance, the aim of this theme is to do little more than honor and celebrate the beauty of love. With classic wedding elements at its base, and easily executable any time of year, Romantic Pink has long been a natural choice for many.

Here’s a closer look at what goes into this distinctive theme and what you need to make it yours.

The Design – Vintage Influence

Tarnished gold and aged finishes. Trinket boxes and grandma’s teacups. If it’s vintage it’ll have a home here.  Weave authentic pieces throughout your entire wedding day design with modern day pieces that have a definitive vintage influence. Keep with a classic wedding feel by hosting a traditionally formal affair, taking your design from a mere theme to a full blown experience for you and your guests.

custom seating chart

featured here: custom seating chart made using a vintage door, vintage lace design large rectangular tags, acrylic decorative drops and pink satin ribbon

custom seating chart 2 vintage favor boxes

The Colors

Give pink a sophisticated makeover by pairing it with lavish gold. For a truly refined look make gold and creams your primary palette colors, with pink playing the role of accenting hue, adding pops of interest. And where possible, incorporate candlelight into your set up, enhancing the warmth brought to the design by your color selection.

Love It? Want More?

See more romantic pink wedding ideas, along with 100+ other pink wedding inspiration pics, on weddingstar’s pink wedding pinterest board.

xoxo.

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DIY Wedding Wednesday: Sweet Treats – Valentine’s Day Favors

valentine's day favors

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

jelly bean mini mason jar favor mini mason jar sticker mini mason jar wax favor seal

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

candy cone favors

The Supplies

candy cone favor supplies

The Details

candy cone favor laser cut favor tag

xoxo.

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The Inspired Wedding Book Giveaway Winner

Monday is here which means our book giveaway of “The Inspired Wedding” by Emma Arendoski of Emmaline Bride has come to a close. And we are proud to announce that the lucky winner is Lorrie Everitt! Congratulations Lorrie! And a big thank you to everyone who entered. If you didn’t win but still want to grab your own copy, click here to get yours today.

Product Spotlight: Inspired by Love

heart vase favor

give your heart away
featured here: mini clear blown glass heart vase favor

Happy February Everyone! The month of love is upon us and so it will likely come as no surprise that we’re feeling a bit romantic this Monday morning. And with the countdown to Valentine’s Day officially underway, our money is on us not being the only one’s drawing hearts everywhere. As one of the most popular days of the year to get engaged and with this year’s holiday falling on a Saturday, we have no doubt that celebrations of devotion will be a plenty come February 14th. For our part in the festivities we’ll be spending the time leading up to the big day sharing romance infused ideas and inspiration, starting with today’s inspired by love product spotlight which will appropriately have you seeing hearts.

wooden stake

heartfelt trims
featured here: grey wooden stake with heart cutout

birch paper straws

small signs of love 
featured here: birch print paper straws

blown glass hearts

love is in the air
featured here: white blown glass hanging hearts

heart plate

delicious love
featured here: heart shaped plates

heart bubble wand

share the love
featured here: heart shaped celebrations bubbles

wood veneer sign

heart marks the spot
featured here: personalized wood veneer sign

reception pen

put it in writing
featured here: raised heart silver plated pen set

Let the Love Fest Continue!

Come see and shop the full collection of love inspired products on weddingstar.com.

xoxo.

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5 Inspiring Ideas for a Beach Themed Wedding Reception

Well our third and final Friday is upon us with Emma Arendoski of Emmaline Bride as our guest. She has shared some of her great ideas for beach weddings from her new book, The Inspired Wedding, these past few weeks and today’s post is no exception! Be sure to check out last week’s post where you can enter to win a copy of her book, The Inspired Wedding, full of great theme-based ideas and inspiration.

Last week, I shared some of my favorite ideas for a memorable beach-themed wedding ceremony. Today, I’m back to share with you more inspiring ideas for what’s likely to be the grandest party you’ll ever host: your wedding reception. Where to begin? My recommendation to couples is to outline the parts of the reception — the location, the seating arrangements, the food and drink, the cake, the music, the dancing, the after-the-reception activities, and the wedding favors — and then determine those that are most important to you. If you narrow it down in this way, I guarantee you won’t feel overwhelmed!

I’ve chosen five of my favorites to talk about here, let’s begin with the location.

Beach Themed Wedding Reception Location

photography by: eric boneske photography
featured here: round paper lanterns

1. The Reception Location

There are several options for a wedding reception at the beach. You could host an outdoor event right on the beach with a tented area (be sure to include a rental of port-a-johns!), which is perfect if there’s a chance of inclement weather. There may be a restaurant, country club, or banquet hall nearby that you could rent, or if you plan to be married in a park, there’s often somekind of structure that can be rented.

Beach Themed Wedding Reception Location

photgraphy by: michelle gardella

Another suggestion is to have your reception at a beach house, which can be just a short walk from your ceremony right on the beach. A beach house – I’ve stayed at one in North Carolina’s Outer Banks, for example – can be rented by the weekend or week and often they can house many guests (like your entire wedding party), depending on its size. That option can be a very good one as it will have an equipped kitchen and bathroom facilities.

Don’t forget plenty of outdoor lighting, a big dance floor, and lanterns lighting the way for a moonlit walk on the beach.

2. Where to Eat?

When guests enter your reception area after the ceremony, greet them with a table of assorted drinks and a place for them to find their table and their seat assignment. I recommend assigned seating for a couple of reasons: It’s easier to seat people with other guests bearing similar interests and, it’s a great way to ensure certain guests have a seat closer to the head table (like your parents, grandparents, siblings, etc.). If your choice is to have this type of seating, then you’ll need escort cards, which are a whole lot of fun. I love these beach chairs from Weddingstar as an escort display.

You can also have a place card ready to greet each guest’s seat, like these cards placed in coral holders (also from Weddingstar).

3. Food and Drink

On your reception menu, include seaside choices, as well as options for those who don’t eat either fish or shellfish. Some of my favorites include fish as an entrée option or shrimp cocktail and crab cakes as appetizers. Bring out the best of the beach with delightful drink options such as Mai-Tais, Pina Coladas, or Blue Hawaiian cocktails. Consider adding a signature cocktail to your offerings, and have decorative drink stirrers at the ready.

Beach Wedding Drink Menu

photgraphy by: anna kim photography

4. Cake

A beach-themed cake is a must-have at your reception! Your cake is one easy place to go all-out with embellishments. Some of my favorite finds include brown sugar crumbled on top to resemble sand, colorful flowers made from fondant and borrowed from the bride’s bouquet, or faux seashells to line the tiers of the cake.

A themed cake topper ties the whole look together. Here is one from Weddingstar which features a couple lounging on the sand. The bride is even drawing a heart!

Weddingstar Beach Wedding Starfish Cake Topper

featured here: starfish cake topper

5. Favors

Finally, you’ll want to send your guests home with a small token of your appreciation in the form of a favor. A beach-themed favor is easy to find, and I especially love these choices from Weddingstar. I saw a handful of cute ideas on their site including starfish-shaped photo frames, wood trinket boxes for seashells, starfish shaped candles, or a bottle topper with coral on the end, just to name a few.

Any of these would be perfect favor ideas for your reception. To see the full collection of beach or nautical themed wedding favors by Weddingstar, click here.

You’ll find more suggestions including centerpieces, décor, guest book alternatives, and more in my book, The Inspired Wedding. Look for the Beach Bliss chapter for everything you need for a beach-themed wedding. And if you missed it last week, be sure to check out this post to enter the giveaway to win a copy of The Inspired Wedding (but hurry because the contest closes this Sunday!).

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

featured here: aqueous program

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!

The Top 15 for 2015: This Year’s Wedding Accessory Must-Haves

top 15 wedding accessories for 2015

The 2015 wedding season is officially here! Bridal shows are taking over the next few foreseeable weekends, the newest issues of the best wedding magazines have hit stands (including Weddingstar’s own publication), brides everywhere are starting in on their wedding planning journeys, and we are eagerly sitting by, excited to see how this incredible year of weddings unfolds. That’s not to say we’ll be sitting by idly. We’ll be front and center of it all, sharing new insider planning tips, featuring fresh DIY tricks, and showcasing exclusive extended content from the hottest wedding trends featured in this year’s issue of Weddingstar magazine. And where better to start than what we’re pegging as the must-have wedding accessories of the season.

vintage wedding ring cushion in frame

1. with this ring
featured here: vintage wedding ring cushion with ornamental frame (sold without lace fabric)

white linen drawstring bag

2. sweet send off
featured here: a ceremony “confetti” toss created using a white linen drawstring favor bag personalized with a feather whimsy stamp, customized feather whimsy design square tag and mini white wooden clip

shabby chic mr and mrs hook set

3. a special spot
featured here: shabby chic mr. and mrs. hook set, used as bride and groom chair markers

hot air balloon paper lanterns

striped hot air balloon paper lantern

4. come fly with me
featured here: hot air balloon paper lanterns

floating monogram white acrylic cake topper

5. high style on top
featured here: floating monogram white acrylic cake topper

rustic style leather guest book   journal style guest book

burlap and lace drawstring baggies

8. lacy loveliness
featured here: rustic chic burlap and lace drawstring favor bag

mason jar vase set

9. centerpieces made simple
featured here: vintage inspired mason jar set in wired basket

natural birch slices

10. every little detail
featured here: natural birch slices, used as part of a centerpiece concept

mini mason jar favor

11. best when mini
featured here: mini mason jars embellished with the diy miniature mason jar decorating kit

chiffon chair sashes

12. luxurious threads
featured here: decorative chiffon sashes

faux moss and wicker frame

moss frame

13. backdrop beauty
featured here: faux moss and wicker decorative frames (available in two sizes, sold separately)

rustic wood frame chalkboard

14. leave a message
featured here: self standing rustic wood frame chalkboard

wooden ring box

wooden ring box details

15. to have and to hold
featured here: pocket size wooden ring box

The Choices Are Plenty

You can’t imagine how hard it was to pick just 15 products for this post! To see 100s more of the latest, on trend wedding accessories for 2015, see the complete new arrivals section on weddingstar.com.

xoxo.

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2015 Weddingstar Magazine – The Reveal

2015 magazine cover

We’ve shared the sneak peeks (if you missed them click here, here and here) and now it’s finally time to officially launch the latest issue of Weddingstar magazine. Like no other bridal print publication, Weddingstar magazine provides you with 160 pages of inspiring, informative and most importantly shoppable wedding details. With page after page of uninterrupted eye candy, not a single ad along the way, the ideas are plenty and your opportunity to recreate what you see is just an online shopping experience away. From full feature inspiration shoots, to guides that act as your personal shopper, there’s not a single spread you’ll want to skip. But don’t take my word for it. Here’s your first look at exactly what you can expect to find in this latest issue.

The Big Picture

From Ceremony to Head Table, full feature inspirational editorials take you behind the details of the hottest wedding themes for 2015. Along side all the pretty pictures come comprehensive style guides, breaking down all the design essentials you need to recreate the look. Mix and match as you explore the various themes, or go with exactly what you see in any single one, either way you’re guaranteed a gorgeous wedding.

2015 magazine - boho feature 2015 magazine - boho feature 2

The Must Haves

New to this year’s publication are editorials featuring all the must have products for the coming wedding season. Fresh ideas for all aspects of your wedding day design, your guests, and you pop off the page ready for the taking.

2015 weddingstar magazine - cake editorial 2015 weddingstar magazine - color editorial

Down in the Details

Showcased throughout the magazine you’ll find creative breakouts, teaching you the secrets behind styling your day like a pro. Say goodbye to all the guess work and hello to easy creative fun.

2015 weddingstar magazine - props 2015 weddingstar magazine - details feature 2015 weddingstar magazine - stationery feature

Your Personal Shopper

To make sure you don’t miss a beat, each wedding theme featured within the 2015 magazine comes complete with a shopping guide, calling out every single wedding day accessory behind the look and available for purchase.

2015 weddingstar magazine - shopping guide

And That’s Just Grazing the Surface

Discover the rest by picking up your issue here or look for it on all major newsstands, including Chapters / Indigo, Target and Walmart.

xoxo.

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