A Girl and Her Table {The Series}: All Covered in White – The Winter Bride

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The serene snow white landscape. Glistening icicles that seem to dance around in the daylight. The spirit of celebration thick in the air. The summer may be the most popular time of year to get married, but there’s something so magical and grand about a winter wedding. With countless good reasons to slip on a faux fur cape, against the natural winter wonderland backdrop, a girl can’t help but feel like a real life princess. But just in case your imagination needs a kick start to envision your potential winter wedding, let’s explore the possibility through our latest installment of our A Girl and Her Table Series, All Covered in White – The Winter Bride.

Her Style Personality

Demure but certainly no wallflower, our girl is the perfect example of elegance and grace. She appreciates the finer things in life and isn’t afraid to indulge in the luxurious. Her wedding day will be grand and her wedding day look will be no less.

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She Likes

Luxe details, things that sparkle and shine, and a clean monochromatic white color palette. For her, entertaining is an art form and her wedding day will be the biggest and most important gala she’s thrown to date.

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featured here: acrylic diamond shaped confetti

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She Has to Have

Glass and crystal decor that highlights all the pretty, candles galore, and a venue that sets the stage for her regal affair. Our modern day Cinderella will see to it that the divine is executed in every last wedding day detail so that her guests feel just as special as she does on the big day.

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featured here: miniature beveled mirror box and fanciful monogram square tag (design on back) in a classic round place card holder

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featured here: silver tulip stem champagne flute

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winter white treats
featured here: mini martini glasses

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featured here: pillar candles accented with crystal jewels, crystal tealight holders, and blown glass miniature tealight luminaries

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Are You a Winter Bride?

If you’re loving today’s bridal style, come get further inspired on Weddingstar’s Winter Wedding Pinterest board.

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

xoxo.

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DIY Wedding Wednesday: Signature Drink Station How-To

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It’s the holiday season, which just so happens to double as the best time of year to work through some trial runs for your wedding day details. From perfecting place settings, to trying out centerpiece concepts, now’s the time to test and put your ideas to good use. In the spirit of strategic celebrations, today we’re sharing a how-to for a guest treat sure to be a hit at any holiday party or wedding, the Signature Drink Station. Whether you make it a mocktail or a cocktail, sweet refreshments perfectly presented will no doubt be enjoyed by all. Here are all the elements you need to pull off your mini bar.

 The Supplies

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The How-To

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Step 1: confirm with your venue that they’ll accommodate a specialty drink request (most will) and ensure that a bartender can be dedicated to servicing your drink station. If you are going with a non-alcoholic beverage you can skip the latter and treat your station as a self-serve option.

Step 2: come up with your signature drink recipe. Go with something that acts as an homage to the two of you, your favorite drink recipe for example, and if possible, have it color coordinate with your overall event color scheme. For our main recipe we went with a simple and delicious mix of cherry vodka and cranberry juice.

Step 3: come up with a name for your signature drink and have customized signage created to display it. We went with an Expressions Cling which fit perfectly onto the dispenser.

Step 4: flash forward to the day of and get set up! The first and main component is of course your drink, which should be featured in your dispenser. You can keep this as a non-alcoholic mix, so that even little ones can enjoy, and have your bartender mix in the alcohol to order. If you’re sure that everyone will enjoy a pre-mixed cocktail, then have all your ingredients added to the dispenser. Finish with ice to keep the mix cool.

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Step 5: have a few pre-poured drinks setup as part of the overall presentation. Setup should occur just before the start of your cocktail reception, to ensure drinks are served chilled. Poured drinks should include all the trims, i.e. sugared rims and color coordinated paper straws. Rest should be poured and served to order.

Step 6: enjoy!

A Recipe for the Tasting

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To get your taste buds going, here’s a recipe to test this holiday season.

Sweet Cherry Bliss

To an ice filled martini shaker add:

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2015 Magazine Sneak Peek: Boho Beauty

 

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The 2015 Weddingstar magazine hits stands in just a few short weeks (eek!), and we’re continuing our little pre-release party with more sneak peeks into all the incredible wedding inspiration awaiting release. Today we’re sharing a first look at the final of the three full feature wedding creatives showcased in the upcoming issue, and the one most likely to take the number one spot for top 2015 wedding themes, Bohemian Luxe. Brilliantly blending ethereal beauty with lush organic details, this one is simply breathtaking.

2015 Magazine Feature: Bohemian Luxe – Effortless Wedding Style

Barefoot, unpretentious, ethereal and stunning. This wedding look highlights traditional boho concepts and infuses them with a hint of the luxurious by introducing a certain level of grandeur and a touch of elegance. An eclectic blend of organic details surrounded by overflowing abundant floral arrangements, this wedding design approach takes the best of boho and gives it the subtle sense of formality that every wedding deserves. A soft palette of earthy tones is complimented and uplifted by pops of the prettiest feminine shades, and nature sits at the forefront of it all. Whimsical just took on a whole new meaning.

 

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Catch Up

In case you missed our first two full feature sneak peeks, check out Classic Elegance here and Industrial Glam here.

xoxo.

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Wedding Planning Essentials: The Dos and Don’ts of Wedding Day Decor

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If you’re like me you can’t do a thing without a list. From groceries to weekend plans, if it ain’t on paper, it ain’t happening! The need for a list only becomes that much more of a necessity when things get complicated. And I can think of few more complicated personal projects than the planning of a wedding day design. With endless options, never ending inspiration (thanks Pinterest!), and countless details to work through, it’s downright daunting. So to start the weekend off on a positive note, today I’m sharing my list of top dos and don’ts, listed in no particular order, to getting fabulous day of decor. Happy Stress-Free Friday!

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Do try to go for an unconventional venue for your ceremony and reception. Think outside the typical options and go for something that best reflects your personal taste and style.

Don’t take on a blank slate unless you’re prepared to do a lot of work, and consider hiring on a professional wedding planner to help you manage the logistics.

Do have fun with color. Explore bold options and play with a mix of shades.

Don’t go color crazy, mixing too many hues or ones that don’t complement one another. Not sure what works? Use the trusty color wheel!

Do play with heights on your tablesapes. A mix adds tremendous dimension to an event’s design.

Don’t forget to consider line of sight, making sure placement of all centerpieces allows for proper guest interaction.

Do get down into the details. The more intricate your day of design, the better. Think layer upon layer.

Don’t give those details a second thought on your wedding day. Turn to your wedding planner, if you have one, or hire a day of coordinator to execute all you’ve planned.

Do set up decorative vignettes, complete with props, to elevate your overall design to the next level.

Don’t go so prop heavy that your event no longer feels like a wedding.

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Do consider event upgrades to customize your wedding design. Think luxury chairs, premium linens and elegant charger plates.

Don’t break the bank in the process. Take on only as much as you can afford.

Do use chandeliers whenever you can. They add a level of elegance to any design.

Don’t forget they require special logistical requirements, i.e. hanging mechanisms.

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featured here: mini birdcage favor (chalk painted white. see the how-to here)

Do DIY some of your wedding day details, to personalize your event like only you can.

Don’t try to tackle everything and leave the major elements, like food and florals, to the pros.

Do incorporate candlelight whenever possible. No other design element does more to add ambiance to an event.

Don’t forget to make sure your venue will allow it. Some don’t, while others have restrictions about keeping candlelight contained.

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featured here: blown glass globes

Do be daring and get creative. Mix up traditional design concepts with new and unexpected details.

Don’t get hung up on conventional approaches or stuck on what’s been done with your selected venue in the past.

The Big Picture

See all these design elements put into practice by picking up a copy of the current issue of Weddingstar magazine, complete with 128 pages full of inspiration and ideas.

xoxo.

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DIY Wedding Wednesday: Industrial Chic – Mini Pinch Pot Favors

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Pulling together the visual creative content for a wedding magazine is hard work. Coming up with the concepts, coordinating the shoots, and producing the imagery takes close to a year to complete. But what’s harder still is having to wait to share the results! To help us cope with the anxiety of the wait we’ve been releasing some peeks into the content of the latest issue of Weddingstar magazine, hitting stands in just a few weeks, and we figured it only made sense to fit a DIY into the mix. Given our particular excitement over our Industrial Glam full feature (see the sneak peek here), we just couldn’t resist sharing one of its many DIY treats. Here’s how to pull the effortless, chic and sophisticated feel of Industrial Glam into your guest favors.

The Supplies

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  • miniature two-tone pinch pot  (in willow green)
  • succulent
  • potting soil and shovel
  • thank you tag (design shown here being released december 2014)
  • clothespin (new product for release december 2014)

The How-To

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It’s as simple as 1-2-3!

Step 1: fill your pot with soil to just below the top rim.  (Note:  Soil is for visual presentation and for propping, not for actual planting purposes.)

Step 2: place your succulent on top of the soil. For the freshest look, place the succulent the morning of your event and keep refrigerated until then.

Step 3: attach your tag to the front of the pot, at an angle.

The {Chic} End Result

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2015 Magazine Sneak Peek: For the City Bride

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Textured finishes and a mix of smooth metals. Exposed bricks and beams. The urban skyline. Could a city bride ask for anything more? I think not! Well I’ve got great news for you city loving ladies. An urban inspired affair is about to get a whole lot easier to get, regardless where you may live. It’s as simple as picking up a copy of the soon to be released new issue of Weddingstar magazine, complete with a full feature style guide for the super chic and trending industrial inspired wedding look. Here’s your sneak peek into what you can expect to discover.

2015 Magazine Feature: Industrial Glam – City Wedding Style

Pretty never looked so stylish. With a sleek interior design influence at its core, the bold, confident, mature and modern Industrial Glam look is urban sophistication perfection. Strong textures and finishes are softened with clean white florals and a touch of organic greens. Unique contemporary decorative accents bring on a downtown feel that’s guaranteed to make any girl feel like a star. Move over Vintage and Rustic, there’s a new wedding design kid in town!

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featured here: decorative bottle vase centerpiece (sold in sets of 6), spray painted metallic grey

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featured here: mini high top flower pot favor (solid in sets of 4). chalkboard style sticker – new product release, available as of december 2014

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Have Another Peek

For more insights into what the new issue of Weddingstar magazine has in store for you, check out our Classic with a Twist post and stay tuned for next Monday’s Boho preview.

xoxo.

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Pro Talk: Tips for Selecting a Wedding Photographer

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Once your vows have been exchanged, the bubbly’s been popped and your lovely gown has been carefully tucked away, what’s left from your big day? Your gorgeous wedding pictures of course! At least you hope they’re gorgeous.

Given the long term importance of wedding photos, there should be no doubt about the need to invest some serious time, energy and dollars into selecting your wedding photographer. The selection process is one of the more intense tasks you’ll take on while planning your wedding, but because the final product is all you’ll have to forever remind you of one of the most amazing days of your life, you definitely want to make sure you manage it properly. Lucky for you, we’ve got a list of the critical things you’ll want to consider when selecting a photographer, straight from the ultimate subject matter expert, our very own resident freelance wedding photography purveyor, Mugshots Photography. Here’s everything you  need to know to get you to your dream wedding pics.

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Tip #1: Money Talks

Always start the process of selecting your wedding photographer with a solid understanding of your wedding budget. Set your overall bottom line first and then decide what percentage you want to dedicate to your photographer. Consider the type of coverage you’re interested in, what parts of your day you want captured and what type of final product you’re interested in. This will help you to narrow down your options, based on both service offering and price point. Make sure you approach this from a realistic standpoint and remember the cardinal rule of purchasing any product or service, you get what you pay for.

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Tip #2: Set a Benchmark

Look at lots and lots (and lots!) of wedding inspiration to get a solid visual sense of what type of photography appeals to you most. There’s more wedding inspiration available to today’s bride than ever before so use it to your advantage. Scour wedding magazines (like the Weddingstar magazine) and Pinterest to see how others have had their day captured. Do you gravitate towards a photojournalistic approach? Do prop heavy wedding photos appeal to you? Once you understand the type of images you want, you’ll be better prepared to pick the photographer that can get you exactly what you’re after for your photos.

Tip #3: The Playing Field

Take the time to familiarize yourself with the different types of wedding photography companies in your market. There are no doubt plenty to choose from, regardless of where you reside. Some photographers may just be starting out and are looking to build their portfolios. Some may be very experienced with 100’s of weddings under their belts. While others still may be set up as ‘studios’ with several subcontracted photographers working on their behalf. There are advantages and disadvantages to each of these offerings. For instance, a new wedding photographer may offer you an attractive price as he looks to gain experience, while a seasoned pro will come at an added investment but will already know the ins and outs of shooting weddings. There’s someone for everyone, just make sure you understand what you’re signing up for.

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Tip #4: A Serious Commitment

Fall in love with the portfolios of the photographers you are interested in. Anything less and you may not be happy with your final images. And don’t just settle on a photographer’s website portfolio that features their best work. Once you have narrowed down your selection ask your prospective photographers to share with you a full set of images from a couple of recent wedding they have captured. This will give you the best sense of what your potential finished product will look like. Keep an eye out for the types of images that are important to you. And pay attention to any specific processing approach a photographer takes to make sure you like it.

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Tip #5: The Meet and Greet

Before the final product comes all the preamble, and an important preamble it is. Your photographer is one of the very few wedding vendors who will spend the better part of your day close by your side. You’ll want to make sure there’s a personality match prior to booking with a specific person. Your potential photographer should easily be able to address all of your questions. Ask him/her to talk about why they started shooting weddings. Ask about their experience and about the equipment they use. The answers you get should confirm how knowledgeable the photographer is, while also provide you with insight into how personable they are. If going with a studio offering, make sure to get some face time with the specific photographer set to shoot your day, before you sign the contract. Be weary if this is not an option.

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Tip # 6: The Test Run

Book an engagement shoot. This will allow for a test run in getting your picture taken by a professional photographer so that you feel more comfortable on your wedding day, both as a couple having their pictures taken and with the person taking the pictures. A set of engagement pictures will also help you better define for your photographer the type of images you like best.

Tip #7: Get Organized

Prepare a shot list of important events and people you want captured and share the list with your photographer. Sharing this information will ensure that important memories are captured on your big day. But don’t go overboard in listing out a too detailed shot list. Trust that your photographer will capture the day in a way that is similar to the work that he/she has shown you during the booking process.

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Want More

To view more of the Mugshots portfolio visit their website at mugshotsphotography.ca, or pick up a copy of the current Weddingstar magazine for front to back wedding inspiration, all captured by Mugshots.

xoxo.

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DIY Wedding Wednesday: Will You Be My Bridesmaid – 3 Creative Ways to Ask

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You could ask your girls if they’ll be your bridesmaids by making the simple ask. Or you could do it by way of a creative and thoughtful gift that shows them just how much their involvement in your big day means to you. We vote for the latter! Becoming a bridesmaid is a big commitment and we’re all for getting things started on the most positive of notes. Set the stage for a fun and exciting planning journey no one can say “no” to with one of these three lovely and creative ways to pop the big question.

The How-To #1: The Goodie Bag

What girl doesn’t love to be pampered! Ask your besties to stand by your side by treating them to some standard girlie comforts.

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What You’ll Need – The Supplies and The Details

1. The essential component is of course the bag. Select one that’s cute and compact, one that pops the question but can be used time and again.

2. A mini notebook that sets the stage for fun but organized planning.

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3. Luxurious hand and body balm to get her skin glowing.

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4. A pretty and useful treat she’ll appreciate always.

5. Some pink bubbly to mark the celebration. We went with a mini for the perfect fit and because it’s oh so cute!

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6. Bath salts to unwind after a long day of wedding planning.

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The How-To #2: On a Sweet Note

A great option if you know the emotion of the moment may get to you. Make it easier by letting a printed handkerchief do the talking.

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What You’ll Need – The Supplies and The Details

1. A personalized handkerchief that says just the right thing in just the right stylish way.

2. A peekaboo envelope that’s just as pretty a keepsake.

The How-To #3: Locket Love

Jewelry is the ultimate no-brainer. Go for an option that reveals your request in the loveliest way.

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What You’ll Need – The Supplies and The Details

1. The locket and your handwritten message on a piece of printed craft paper.

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featured here: filigree vine orb locket (box included)

2. Fabric ribbon to line your jewelry box for a pretty presentation that completes the look.

xoxo.

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2015 Magazine Sneak Peek: Classic with a Twist

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Last week we shared with you the first exclusive glimpse into the pages of the next issue of Weddingstar magazine {see it here}, set to hit stands early December. As a follow up, today we’re getting down into the details. Today, and for the  next four weeks, we’ll be featuring posts packed with peeks into the hottest visual content gracing the pages of the inspirational print publication, all on trend with everything you need to know for your 2015 wedding. We’re kicking off the mirage of pretty with a feature guaranteed to never go out of style, no matter what’s trending, the Classic White Wedding. But true to form, we’ve given it a bit of a twist. Here’s our take on a traditional wedding design staple.

2015 Magazine Feature: Classic Elegance – Tradition, Re-designed

Wanting a traditionally elegant and formal affair need not mean going after the ‘done and done’. Adding a twist to a timeless style is as easy as putting your personal mark on your day through a subtle infusion of color, texture and unexpected detail. Stick to the opulent, the luxurious, and the indulgent, to preserve the essentials of the design, but modernize the look by playing with contemporary decorative accents and loose floral arrangements. Think acrylics, blown glass and rustic inspired arrangements versus lace, pearls and polished orchid centerpieces.

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Want This Look?

Be one of the first to pick up the 2015 Weddingstar magazine for the complete Style Guide to getting the Classic Elegance look. Interested in another trending design? Visit back with us next Monday when we release a peek into our Industrial Chic feature, a must-see for any true city bride.

xoxo.

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Wedding Planning Essentials {Inspired by Color}: Shades of Grey

If you live in a part of the world that sees four seasons, it’s this time of year many describe as dreary. Daylight hours are shorter, trees are bare and bright colors no longer fill the landscape. But there’s another, much more inspiring way of looking at it. Now’s a time full of opportunity. Now’s when we seem to have more “me” and “we” time, time to put towards trying new things, exploring new ideas and crafting to our heart’s content. Now is the perfect time to cuddle up at home and pour hours and hours into wedding planning, starting with a blank canvas and creating a day as unique as it can possible be. So with crisp cold air around us, and the weekend ahead of us, let’s get inspired by the cool tones that surround us and the lovely and inviting hues that fill up our latest Inspired by Color series mood board, the many “Shades of Grey”.

Want More?

Get inspired with more color stories on Weddingstar’s Wedding Color Inspiration Pinterest board. And join us every Wednesday, for DIY Wedding Wednesday, for plenty of wedding crafting ideas to keep you busy throughout the homebound season.

xoxo.

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