DIY Wedding Wednesday: How-To Capture the Candids

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There’s absolutely nothing that compares to wedding photos taken by a professional photographer. Someone experienced in telling a couple’s love story through creative images taken on one of the most important days of their lives. But chances are your photographer will spend no more than 10 hours with you (12 if you’re lucky), leaving you with some missed moments certainly worth capturing. Not to worry though, we’ve got just the solution for filling in the gap, all while getting your guests involved in some fun. It’s as simple as putting a disposable, and budget friendly, single use camera into the hands of your guests.  Allow them to play photog for a moment, to see what great candid moments they can capture. Here’s the simple breakdown of everything you need to pull off the concept.

The Set-Up

Fancy requirements need not apply. Simply set up a small station, whether it be part of another set up like your welcome table or its own stand, and include however many cameras you’d like, as well as a sign explaining the candid moment mission to your guests. Go with a camera design that fits your wedding theme (see all the styles Weddingstar has to offer here), or a neutral and super cute option like the vintage design option shown here.

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After the Big Day – Safekeeping

Once you’ve had a chance to develop all the great memories your guests captured, consider storing them in a lovely keepsake box, ready for exploring whenever the mood strikes.

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decorative glass box used as a wedding photo keepsake box

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DIY Wedding Tips: Destination Wedding Welcome Bag How-To

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You’ve decided to go globetrotting to tie the knot and a few of your closest and best have agreed to join in on the adventure. Show them just how much you appreciate their commitment to you and your nuptials, and thank them for making the trek, with a thoughtful welcome bag filled with little goodies fit for purpose. Love the idea but not sure what to include? Here’s a breakdown of some of our favorite destination welcome bag essentials, with a high / low spin on the concept to suit every budget. Happy travels!

Option #1: Prepared and Pampered

For the couple able to spend a little extra on each guest, this treat filled tote covers off all the basic travel essentials plus a few luxurious extras any guest would appreciate.

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What You’ll Need – The Supplies and the Details

1. The key component, the tote bag. Go with an option that speaks to your wedding theme and/or color scheme, and personalize it for that custom finish.

2. Water is a must. Turn up the luxury factor by going with a sparkling, flavor infused option and add a custom label to refine the look.

3. Keep them entertained with a classic downtime go to.

4. Include a pretty theme appropriate favor that they can use after the trip to display their favorite trip memory.

5. Finish things off with a few practical and slightly extravagant extras like thermal spa water, cooling aloe gel and high end sunscreen, all in travel size format of course.

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Option #2: Fun and Functional

For a welcome bag concept that’s a bit friendlier on the budget, stick to fillers that are both fun and functional.

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What You’ll Need – The Supplies and the Details

1. A mini tote bag that’s just as pretty as its larger counterpart, but takes less to fill up.

2. Start filling up the tote with the basics, a little something for the body and the mind.

3. Move on to the fun stuff, like a theme appropriate disposable camera, allowing them to capture their own memories of your moment.

4. Throw in some super cute tissues to wipe the tears they’re sure to shed during the I dos.

5. Finish off with the loveliest of functional fillers, a bamboo and printed silk fabric fan.

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A Little Something For The Two of You

Don’t forget to treat you and your guy or girl. Make sure to create your own goodie filled totes and include a couple pairs of these “just married” flip flops to throw on for some fun in the sun once you’ve sealed the deal.

just married flip flops

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DIY Wedding Wednesday: How To Personalize Your Ceremony

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I’ve never been one to do tradition for tradition’s sake. But when it comes to weddings certain rituals are worth exploring and honoring, especially when personalized with a sentimental twist. Which is precisely what today’s how-to feature, the sand ceremony, does for the unity ceremony concept. From as simple as a custom sand color selection, to a modernized vessel that acts as a perfect keepsake long after the big “I dos”, there’s a reason sand ceremonies continue to reign in popularity with brides and grooms across the globe. Here’s our top three favorite ways to incorporate the love ritual into your day.

#1 – A Sentimental Spin

Want something ultra unique? Go for a contemporary design that doubles as a keepsake. Opt for the framed version of this chic acrylic shadow box, to display a couple of your favorite wedding day pictures, or select the clear acrylic version to fill with something special from your big day, like the preserved petals from your bridal bouquet.

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#2 – A Family Affair

For the couple whose love has grown beyond just two, go for a sand ceremony that allows you incorporate your little one, or ones. Their participation in the celebration of your unity will no doubt be cherished always.

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#3 – Color Match

Just looking for something simple to mark the occasion? Then pick your color match, either something that goes with your wedding day design or a couple of shades that mean something special to the two of you, and run with a neutral vase set that can easily find a spot in your home for years to come.

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DIY Wedding Wednesday: Summer Floral Arrangements

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Last week we shared with you the last installment of our seasonal flower guide series. If you missed it, check it out here. And just like with all of its predecessors, we couldn’t pass up an opportunity to showcase all the pretty that in season stems can create. So we pulled out our floral tape, bonsai scissors, a bit of pretty ribbon and got to work! The end result? Several bunches of awesome for all you summer brides looking for inspiration for your bouquets, boutonnieres and centerpiece arrangements. Here’s the breakdown on how to create some simple floral stunners.

Look #1: The Pretty in Pink Bouquet – Supplies

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  • white peonies, pink lisianthus and blushing bride (we used 5, 3 and 2 stems respectively)
  • floral wire and tape
  • lace ribbon and bridal bins
  • floral shears

The Step by Step

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Step 1: after organizing your stems and cleaning them off of excess leaves, begin building your bouquet from the center out. Start by bunching together 2 or 3 peonies and add a bountiful stem of lisianthus to the bottom of that bundle. If your single lisianthus stems aren’t full enough, double up.

Step 2: add 2 stems of blushing bride to the top of the arrangement.

Step 3: surround the blushing bride stems with another 2 peonies and finish off the bouquet with another 2 stems of lisianthus, added to either side of the arrangement. Again, if your single lisianthus stems aren’t as full as you want them to be, double up.

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Step 4: firmly secure the bouquet with floral wire, starting just a couple of inches from the base of the flower heads and moving down approximately 2-3 inches.

Step 5: cover the floral wire with floral tape and trim down your stems to the desired bouquet length.

Step 6: cover the tape with lace ribbon, finishing it off in a loose bow tie.

The End Result

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Look #2: The Strikingly Simple Boutonniere – Supplies

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  • 3 stems of fresh lavender
  • floral wire and tape
  • purple satin ribbon and bridal pins
  • floral shears

The Step by Step

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Step 1: bunch your fresh lavender stems together.

Step 2: secure stems in place first by wrapping them in floral wire and then floral tape, using about an inch of each, and trim down your stems to the desired boutonniere length.

Step 3: add satin ribbon over the floral tape and secure in the back with bridal pins, which will be the same pins you use to attach the boutonniere to a jacket.

The End Result

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Look #3: The Lovely En Masse Centerpiece – Supplies

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The Step by Step

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Step 1: decide how you’d you like your grouping of vessels to sit together on your table. Look to create a balance in heights and colors.

Step 2: begin adding stems to the back vessels first. The key is to not overdo the number of stems going into any one vessel. You want a light and airy look, which also happens to be more budget friendly.

Step 3: next fill in your front vessels, going with shorter stems so not to completely cover the pretty vessels in the back.

The End Result

diy summer centerpiece vintage inspired depression glass votive holder baby's breath and allium vintage inspired pressed glass vlute purple clematis frosted blue glass bottle vase astilbe lavender motif ceramic bottle vase scabiosa tritileia allium

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DIY Wedding Wednesday: The Seasonal Flower Guide Series – Summer Florals

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If you asked me why summer is my favorite season I would have no difficulty in coming up with an endless list of reasons. And right up at the top would be all the gorgeous, sweet scented and lovely colored stems that this time of year has to offer. With summer now officially here, there’s no better time to close out our seasonal flower guide series (see the first three installments here, here and here) by sharing with you just a few of the currently available beautiful blooms. Get ready to swoon!

astilbe

queen of texture
there’s arguably no easier way to add texture to your bouquets or centerpieces than by incorporating this feathery lovely.

blushing bride

added interest
if it’s intrigue you’re after than simply add a few stems of these unique beauties.

clematis

garden fresh
a long time garden favorite, clematis makes for an incredible addition to any wedding arrangement.

baby's breath

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best know as baby’s breath, gypsophila, which is actually readily available year round, is considered one of the loveliest “filler” stems.

lavender

the real deal
if you’re a fan of the more readily available dried lavender, you’ll no doubt adore its fresh and fragrant counterpart.

lisianthus

multiple marvel
with several hearty blooms coming off each stem, lisianthus generously offers up plenty of texture and fullness to any arrangement it’s added to.

peony

pure perfection
potentially the most popular stem of the season, with layer upon layer of loveliness, peonies truly are pure petal perfection.

scabiosa

classy cut
exuding romance and a touch of vintage grace, scabiosa stems make for a natural choice for a wedding bloom.

tritileia and allium

wild things
channeling the unique makeup of wildflowers, every single stem of tritileia and allium come bearing whimsy and charm.

And Now for the How-To

Visit back with us next Wednesday when we take these beautiful blooms and show you how to use them on your wedding day.

xoxo.

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DIY Wedding Wednesday: Place Setting 101

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Whether you’re planning your wedding on your own or working with a professional wedding stylist, there are certain wedding design principles that you’re going to want to get familiar with to help ease the planning process. And one of the most important no doubt involves the setup of your guest tables, beyond the centerpiece, focusing on the details that make the difference between an average and a stunning wedding day look. To help you guide your way through the structure of your personal tabletop formations, for today\s how-to we’re sharing our top place setting tips, all easily executable and applicable to any wedding day theme. Happy Planning!

The Place Setting How-To

Tip #1 – Placement is Everything

The first thing to remember when designing your place setting is that no matter what you’re planning to include, all pieces should serve a purpose, logistical or decorative (or ideally both!), and all should work together to create a balanced big picture.

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Tip #2 – Layer on the Lovely. Plate Top Details.

Add instant eye candy to your set up by incorporating layers of useful details onto your guest plates. Consider a menu card to get their taste buds going and include their takeaway at their marked spot for a more personalized approach to a guest favor display. And of course there’s the must-include floral detail to finish off the look.

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Tip #3 – Mark Their Spot

It may take a lot of work to plan out your wedding day seating plan, but it’s all worth it. Assigned seating not only leads to a more pleasant overall event experience for your guests, taking the guess work out of their hands, it also gives you another opportunity to personalize your affair. Go for a unique choice for your place card holder to up the interest factor.

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Tip #4 – The Unexpected

A napkin is a straightforward place setting must, but how you go about displaying it comes with plenty of creative possibilities. Go the extra step and think through a way of incorporating yours in such a way that provides for another excuse to add detail to the overall look. A napkin ring, both traditional and DIY’d like we used here, is a natural choice.

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Tip #5 – Go for the Upgrade

Your venue will likely provide you with all the place setting staples required for dinner service. But if budget allows it, consider upgrading the options for a look more suited to your specific event design. At the very least make sure you review the standard offering to ensure all your service needs are indeed covered.

Star Players – The Stationery

What’s the easiest way to incorporate personalized details into your place setting and event as a whole? A custom stationery line with pieces that subtly shape and elevate the specifics of your wedding day design. Here’s a recap of the pieces featured in today’s post.

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Personalized City Style Design Stationery In the Following Pieces:

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DIY Wedding Wednesday: Gorgeous Greens – 3 Ways to Use Boxwood at Your Wedding

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Although I’m not a fan of cliches, there’s no doubt that many of them ring true. And there’s one particular famous statement, namely “less is more”, that I find myself gravitating towards time and again, especially when contemplating certain creative design concepts. Think carefully placed, simple details that go miles in their aesthetic appeal and impact. Subtle accents that elevate a look rather than overpower. Statement pieces that stand on their own. And that’s exactly what today’s feature, boxwood, is and does for whatever it’s applied to. Simply put, it’s one of nature’s most beautiful props. Bursting with vibrant color and no stranger to lush texture, it’s like a little bit of decorative magic. Here’s just a few ways how to incorporate the gorgeous green into your day.

The Supplies

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For Look #1 –  The Centerpiece:

For Look #2 – The Votive Wreath

For Look #3 – Trimmed Favor Box

The Looks and The How-To’s

 

Look #1 – Skip the Stems 

Of the flowering variety that is. Stick to a lush foliage like boxwood to create bountiful centerpieces that don’t break the bank. Up the impact by carefully selecting creative centerpiece vessels, like this twine detailed galvanized bucket.

To get this look, fill your bucket with a generous amount of boxwood stems, such that they overflow out from every angle. Add an additional touch of interest and rustic charm by detailing your bucket with craft paper twine.

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#2 – Put a Ring on It 

If having a Rustic, Woodland, or green-chic wedding of any kind, wreaths are basically ‘a must’. The decorative detail brings an added sense of the organic to your design with very little effort, just as it should be. Consider incorporating the pretty little accents to simple votive holders to elevate their impact within your overall centerpiece concept.

To get this look, wrap a stem of boxwood around the votive holder and secure in the back with green floral wire. If your stem is not full or long enough simply combine multiple stems with the wire.

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#3 – Finishing Touch

A box is just a box, until you put your touch to it. Infuse creativity into every last detail of your event, including your guest takeaway, by finishing off the last thing they see with a touch of boxwood beauty.

To get this look wrap your favor box with a few strands of paper twine.  Stuff boxwood in under the tied twine and add your tag.

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DIY Wedding Wednesday: Decor 101 – The Fabric Flower Table Runner

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Confession time. I have what some might call a slight obsession with floral table runners. OK, so maybe it’s more like a full blown adoration type of thing! But I’ve got plenty of reasons to. Not only are floral runners a guaranteed way to add instant wow factor to a table setting, thanks to their natural play on some cardinal decor techniques (think textures, layers and colors), they also come with endless creative opportunities in execution. And I haven’t even gotten to the best part! Compared to traditional centerpieces, their decorative counterparts, a runner gives you more impact for dollars spent. Meaning, you can spend less while getting more. But no need to take my word for it. Let’s let the concept speak for itself.

The Supplies

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The Step by Step

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Step 1: lay out all your individual ruscus stems. Using approximately 5 branches of ruscus per bunch, create 4 individual bunches of foliage. For each bunch, stagger your branches at slightly varied lengths to create a flowing and full look. Tightly secure each bunch with floral wire.

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Step 2: place one bunch at either end of your table, allowing it to slightly overflow off the edges.

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Step 3: layer in your other two bunches of ruscus over those already on the table, meeting and intertwining them in the middle such that they close the open gap. If your final set up is in an indoor environment you can stop here. If it’ll be outdoors you’ll want to strategically secure the bunches to each other with your floral wire.

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Step 4: add in your fabric flowers, distributing them throughout the runner in groups of twos and threes keeping a mix of colors and sizes. If your set up is indoors you can simple rest the flowers on the runner. If outdoors, attach floral wire to the backs of the flowers using hot glue and secure each floral to select branches.

The End Result

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vintage inspired candle holder

complete the look with: vintage inspired taper candle holders and candles

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DIY Wedding Wednesday: Awesome Ombre – Dip Dyed Favor Bags

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It’s no secret that the ombre concept continues to hold a top spot for unique and lovely event design details. A modern twist to the traditionally romantic watercolor painting technique, ombre offers a fresh twist on creative ways to play with colors. And the end result, although bringing with it a definite contemporary feel, is just as striking as its predecessor. Care to incorporate the ombre concept into your upcoming event? Then check out our step by step on how to get the look, demonstrated on some bath salt filled white linen favor baggies.

The Supplies

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The Step by Step

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Step 1 (not shown here): dissolve dye as per package instructions. If using multiple colors, keep them separate.

Step 2 (not shown here): into each of your three bowls, add approximately 1.5 – 2 cups of water. Next add in your dye (ensure it’s still warm from the dissolving process) starting with 1.5 tablespoons of dye into the first bowl, 1/4 cup into the second, and 1/2 cup into the third. This will give you three various concentrations of dye.

Step 3: dip your linen baggie into the first, least concentrated bowl of dye, all the way to the point your’d like your ombre to fade out. We went approximately a quarter of the way up the bag. Hold for just a few seconds. Remove and dip into the next bowl, to the point where you’d like that level of concentration to end, about the half way mark of the entire ombre fade. Lastly dip the very bottom of the baggie into the highest concentration of dye, which will give you the darkest shade of your ombre effect. Remove, wring out and let dry.

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Step 4: once your bag has dried, stamp it and fill with bath salts.

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Step 5: Repeat steps 1-4 for the various shades of dye and types of salts you’d like to use.

The End Result

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DIY Wedding Wednesday: Whimsical Wedding Wands

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If you’re looking for a super simple and sweet way to get your friends and family involved in your wedding ceremony, consider it found! Just add these 3 step whimsical wands to your festivities. Complete with tiny bells for ringing off your recessional, and fittingly personalized “…and they lived happily ever after” satin ribbons, these delightfully dainty wands are the perfect addition to any exchange of vows. And if the blue and white color combo featured here isn’t right for your wedding theme,  simply customize the look with nothing more than a switch of ribbon colors. Here’s how to get the look.

The Supplies

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The Step by Step

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Step 1: cut ribbons to a length of approximately 40-41″. Layer the personalized blue ribbon over the wide white ribbon and tie to your wooden stick, about 2″ from the top. Once looped and before securing, make sure to position your ribbons on both sides of the strand such that the wording faces up.

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Step 2: cut gold twine to the same length as the ribbons and loop it through the front of a hole punched tag. Note: looping through the front of the tag versus the back will impact how your card sits. Lay the card behind the ribbons and secure the twine around the ribbons with a double knot. Once the tag and twine are secure, knot the ribbons around the twine, again making sure to position your ribbons on both sides of the strand such that the wording faces up.

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Step 3: loop the mini bell through the already attached gold twine and secure to the ribbons with a double knot.

The End Result

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