A Girl and Her Table {The Series}: Bursting with Color – The Fall Bride

fall wedding inspiration

It may still technically be summer but the days are getting shorter, the nights a little chillier, and we’re eagerly pulling out all our warm and woolly sweaters. Why? Because just around the corner awaits Fall, with all its glorious deep rich colors, an ideal backdrop for a stunningly beautiful wedding. And we LOVE Fall weddings. To kick off our first of many features of the season’s best, we’re sharing our very own Fall inspired wedding shoot in the next installment of our A Girl & Her Table series. So throw on your most fashionable cardigans, coats or capes ladies and let’s take a glimpse into what it looks like to be a Fall Bride.

Her Style Personality

Dramatic. Bold. And far from traditional. She’s the perfect blend of style and comfort, always on top of all trends but only following those that best suit her personal taste. She favors rich and dynamic colors and is convinced that any excuse to wear a cape is a good one.

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She Likes

Playing with unconventional color palettes, pulling together unique design details, and anything inherent to the Fall season. Extending her appreciation for the comforts of life, she wants her guests to feel right at home at her event.

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She Has to Have

Anything and everything that pays tribute to her love of the season and the beauty of nature. And if it’s of the red color persuasion, it’s pretty much in.

fall wedding - cake table

owl cake topper

woodland pretties
featured here: porcelain owl pair figurines cake topper

candy apple favor

fall fair favors
featured here: rustic country design square tag

signature drink - cranberry cocktail

rich indulgences
featured here: mini martini glasses

wedding signage

take our trail
featured here: rustic country design wedding directional sign

Are You a Fall Bride?

If you’re loving today’s bridal style, come get further inspired on weddingstar’s fall wedding pinterest board.

If this isn’t quite your style, check out one of our past series features, The Candy Colorful BrideThe Garden Whimsy Bride, or The Wanderlust Bride.

xoxo.

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Wedding Reception Tips: 7 Must See Custom Seating Displays

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There are seating plans, a must do at every wedding, and then there are inspired displays of creativity that just so happen to also guide guests to where they need to go. And it’s the latter that bring to an … Continue reading 

DIY Wedding Wednesday: Petals and Place Cards

mini vase place card holder how to

I’m of the practical kind so a decorative accent that does double duty as a functional informative wedding accessory is top of my list. Take for instance today’s how-to feature. With the pairing of a floral accent and a coordinating stationery design, plus a touch of trim, these otherwise naturally neutral place card holders take a place card display from “formality” to fabulous. And given how simple the process and how varied the floral possibilities, the final look options are limitless. Here are just a few ways to make the look yours. Because practicality doesn’t have to be boring!

Look #1: Peaches and Cream

peaches and cream place card holder

The Supplies

peaches and cream place card holder supplies

The How-To

sweetheart rose

fill your vase with a single stem of a peach colored sweetheart rose

lace trim

add texture to your vase with a touch of lace trim

pearl embellishment

finish off the look with a subtle pearl accent

Look #2: Eco Chic

eco chic place card holder

The Supplies

eco chic place card holder supplies

The How-To

boxwood

fill your vase with a few stems of boxwood greens

twine

add texture to your vase with twine trim

woodland design place card

finish off the look with a coordinating place card

Look #3: Lavender Country

dried lavender place card holder

The Supplies

dried lavender place card holder

The How-To

dried lavender

fill your vase with a few fragrant stems of dried lavender

mini clothespin

finish off your place card with a single stem of dried lavender attached with a mini clothespin

xoxo.

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Wedding Theme Inspiration: Burlap Chic

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To say that I’ve got a thing for all things Shabby Chic would be a serious understatement. In fact I’d go as far as to say I’m full-fledged obsessed! But mine is not a one girl club. From home to wedding day decor, Shabby Chic happens to be one of the most popular design approaches around. Defined by floral patterns, soft hues and distressed finishes, by its very nature Shabby Chic puts an effortless twist on the formalities of Vintage and a sophisticated spin on the casual carefree ways of Homespun. Right in the middle is where you find Shabby Chic, with its abundant layers, sheer feminine textiles and pink that goes for miles. Could anything be better to frame your wedding day celebration? I think not!

So without any further delay, let’s explore all the design elements that come together to create a stunningly Shabby Chic event, including our very own design twist tips on how to make the look uniquely yours.

The Look – Effortless Beauty

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 even though it takes meticulous planning to get the look right. The end result, well worth the effort, is drop dead gorgeous.

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The Design – Distressed and Layered

If it’s not rich in layered fabrics or defined by distressed finishes, it need not apply! And what’s the easiest way to bring in dimension and complexity to your set up? Props. Think outside the must have pieces that serve a tangible function and incorporate items that are purely decorative. And although traditional textiles, like linens and lace, will always have a place in a Shabby Chic design, don’t be afraid to mix in your own fabric of choice, like we did with burlap.

shabby chic greeting table

old fashion typewriter prop

featured here: vase trim created using ruffled jute and pink ruffled fabric ribbons, bound with craft paper twine

shabby chic wedding decor

suitcase prop

featured here: rolls of ruffled fabric ribbon used as decorative accents

shabby chic cake setup

shabby chic decorative props

The Colors

There’s no mistaking that the Shabby Chic design has its own distinctive color palette. But how you incorporate and blend the pinks and blues that inherently make up this theme’s color story, even what exact shades you select,  is up for interpretation. Make them mere accents to a dominant white palette, allow them to overtake your design as a whole, or mix with an unexpected shade like pewter grey. Get inspired by your selected venue’s existing look and feel and go from there.

shabby chic wedding tablescape

shabby chic centerpiece

featured here: vintage inspired wood case used as a centerpiece prop

shabby chic fabric details

featured here: vase trim created using layered ruffled fabric ribbons bound with craft paper twine

shabby chic flowers

faux fabric flowers

featured here: faux floral arrangement made using single stem ruffled fabric flowers

shabby chic chair back

featured here: custom chair back – ruffled burlap wreath and vintage inspired distressed key hook

Love It? Want More?

For more inspirational eye-candy from our ‘Burlap Chic’ shoot pick up a copy of this year’s issue of Weddingstar’s print magazine, and shop the entire look on weddingstar.com.

xoxo.

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Wedding Guest Favors: A Little Something For Everyone

Baggies, containers and boxes, oh my! If you’re still trying to figure out how to show your wedding guests your appreciation, you won’t want to miss this post. From the prettiest of boxes to complete concept gifts, today’s feature is showcasing a wide range of wedding guest favors with something for every wedding theme and budget. We’ve even included some inspiration on how to fill, display and accessorize your tiny treats. But fair warning, you may find yourself wanting more than just one for your big day!

For the Filling – Favor Baggies

 

wedding favor bags

featured here: mini linen drawstring pouches in three designs, vintage infused love print, english tea rose trim and plain, and organza drawstring bag with decorative bow

Sweet Minis – Favor Containers

 

Stackables – Favor Boxes

 

The Whole Package – Favor Box Kits

 

Ready for the Taking – Complete Concept Favors

 

wine bottle stopper favors

featured here: wine bottle stoppers in the following designs – cocktail, butterfly, ceramic love bird, king and queen crowns. all sold complete with packaging (not shown here).

salt and pepper shaker favors

featured here: full collection of salt and pepper shakers. all sold complete with packaging.

Want More?

For 100s of additional favor ideas check out and shop the entire favor section of weddingstar.com, and come back and visit us this coming Wednesday for our favor baggie how-to.

xoxo.

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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 us right here for 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

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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.

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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.

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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

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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The Finished Look

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

xoxo.

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