DIY Wedding Wednesday: Pretty Packaging – Matchbox Favors Done 3 Ways

diy matchbook favor boxes

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

diy purple and pewter matchbox favor diy matchbox wedding favor wax seal natural charm favor tag

xoxo.

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DIY Wedding Wednesday: Springtime Wedding Tabletop

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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

springtime wedding tabletop - supplies

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

xoxo.

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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

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

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

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

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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.

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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.

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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

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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

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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

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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

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

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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

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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!).