DIY Wedding Wednesday: Wedding Stationery 101 – All the Little Extras

laser cut stationery extras

If you’re a regular reader of The Details blog then you know that its title is no creative coincidence. The blog was named as it was because we are huge advocates of all the little, special, extras that get infused into every wedding day design, making it like no other. This affinity for details is why for the fourth and final feature in our current stationery series we’re showcasing some of the pretty, not to mention budget-friendly, laser cut paper extras currently available in the Weddingstar lineup. And if you don’t see something that suits your style here, come explore plenty of other options at weddingstar.com.

Stemware Trims

Practical and pretty, whether you use them to mark your guest’s seats or to dress up your stemware, laser die cut cards are the perfect way to add a decorative accent to your place setting set ups.

dragonfly die cut place marker

airplane die cut place marker

Lovely Marks the Spot

Seating assignment is essential at most weddings. Make your place card table display or your guest table set up both functional and lovely with delicately detailed card designs. Imagine a 100 of these pretties all in one spot!

laser cut butterfly place card 2

tree silhouette place card

love bird damask place card

The Add Ons

At ultra budget friendly price points (thanks to their material makeup), you simply can’t say no to these added decorative details.

laser cut napkin ring paper feathers

adirondack deck chair place card

xoxo.

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Product Spotlight: Top Winter Wedding Guest Favors

winter wedding favors

Although we may currently be daydreaming about the spring and all its warm weather glories, fact is, we’ve still got at least a good month or so of winter ahead of us. And when you can’t beat it, enjoy it! So today we’re doing just that, by featuring the best of what the season has to offer to the world of wedding favors, for all you winter loving brides. From a simple but sparkly way of packaging a little treat, to complete concept gifts, here are our picks for top winter wedding guest favors.

mini faux knit porcelain vases

warm and lovely
featured here: mini faux knit porcelain vases

glass bell jar favor

snowflake tag

all covered in snow
featured here: mini glass bell jar with an elegant lace wedding cake candle, trimmed with the laser expressions snowflake tag

mini snowglobe

let it snow
featured here: miniature love gird snowglobe

silver favor box

simply sparkle
featured here: lustrous silver favor box tied with white satin ribbon

snowflake bottle stopper

practical and pretty
featured here: snowflake shaped wine stopper

Spring, Summer, Fall…

Not having a winter wedding? Shop hundreds of additional wedding favor options, by theme and season, on weddingstar.com.

xoxo.

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5 Tips for an Unforgettable Beach Ceremony

Happy Friday Lovelies! And boy is it a happy Friday indeed. Not only is Emma Arendoski of Emmaline Bride back with us to share her tips for an unforgettable beach ceremony, but today is the first day to enter for your chance to win a copy of her brand new book, The Inspired Wedding. It is jam-packed with great ideas and gorgeous photography for seven popular wedding themes including vintage, rustic, beach, bohemian, free spirit, urban chic and traditional. You can enter the giveaway at the end of this post but first, here’s a sneak peak…

The Inspired Wedding by Emma Arendoski of Emmaline Bride

The Inspired Wedding by Emma Arendoski of Emmaline Bride

The Inspired Wedding by Emma Arendoski of Emmaline Bride

Last week, I presented some beach-themed wedding stationery ideas for your big day, and I’m back now to share with you some inspiration for an unforgettable wedding ceremony at the beach. The beach is such a romantic setting; its gently rolling waves, serene blue sky, and plenty of sunshine are the perfect backdrop for a day you’ll want to remember for the rest of your lives. But, when you’re planning a beach wedding ceremony, there are always some tips and tricks to consider. Here are five of my favorites to keep in mind.

1. Thoughtful Extras for You and Your Guests

Protect your guests and yourself by providing a few simple comfort items that both of you will appreciate. If the day is hot and sunny, walk down the aisle with a lightweight paper parasol and give your guests the same sun protection. Consider a basket of flip-flops in assorted sizes for guests to wear as they cross the sand. If there won’t be a boardwalk on your aisle, and you really want to wear high heels, think about having a burlap aisle runner to provide some stability — or you could wear a fabulous pair of sandals. A basket of sunglasses, bug repellent, and even shawls are a nice touch if there’s a chill in the air.

2. Accessorize, Accessorize!

The attire, colors, stationery design, setting, and décor all contribute to the overall look and feel of your wedding, especially when it comes to the ceremony. There are many ways to tie in beach-centric details wherever you can. Let’s begin with the ring pillow and flower girl basket. The offerings shown can be used by the smallest members of your wedding party: the flower girl and the ring bearer, as they make their way down the aisle. Aisle décor can include a decorative arbor or arch to define the ceremony area. Bunches of beach grass can be artfully tied with seashells and hung from the chairs that line the aisle, or have a one-of-a-kind aisle runner designed, like this one by Weddingstar. I especially like the tagline: “Love as deep as the ocean.” It’s proof that even indoor beach-themed weddings can exude a tranquil seaside mood.

3. A Unity Ceremony — With Sand!

Another fun idea is to include a unity ceremony. A fairly recent addition to the wedding repetoire, the unity ceremony traditionally uses candles, but what could be more perfect for the beach wedding theme than using sand? This new custom is a ceremonial joining together of two as they become one when two vessels of sand are united in one vase. And, you can even choose sand in colors that match your wedding color scheme.

Sand ceremonies make a great keepsake that you can cherish for years to come, and there are many unique designs to choose from. Weddingstar recently released an acrylic version where you can add special mementos from your wedding such as your menu, program or special poem and a picture.

4. Hand Fans for Guests

Even if you provide a shaded area for guests to sit during the ceremony, a hand-held fan is still a terrific idea. Weddingstar has a variety to choose from, and you can personalize each and every one.

5. Weather Woes

You can’t stop a storm, but you can be prepared in case your bright, sunny day takes a left turn and leaves you with rain and high winds. When planning your outdoor wedding, always have a contingency plan that includes adequate cover such as a rental tent. Or take it a step further, and note on your wedding invitation an “in case of bad weather” option. Include the address and location. As the date draws near, keep an eye on the weather report — it just may end up being your “perfect day.”

For more beach wedding ideas, be sure to pick up a copy of my new book The Inspired Wedding. I’ll be back next week here at Weddingstar to discuss your beach reception, so don’t miss it. And don’t forget to enter the giveaway below! The contest will close at 11:59pm on Sunday, February 1st so be sure to check back on Monday, February 2nd when we announce the lucky winner!

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DIY Wedding Wednesday: Wedding Stationery 101 – The Laser Cut Look

laser cut stationery

Today we’re bringing you part 3 of 4 from our currently running stationery series and we’re getting fancy about it! We’re getting fancy, and formal, and oh so fabulous, by taking a closer look at some of the beautifully detailed laser cut and embossed stationery options available through Weddingstar.com. Perfect for the bride and groom looking to make their wedding announcement in style, these intricate designs offer up a high-end approach to wedding stationery suites, but without a hefty price tag. Covering off everything from your Save the Date declaration to your pretty place cards, these complete collections make getting formal a breeze. Here are five of our favorite ways to pull off the look.

Collection #1: Lace Opulence

Paying homage to the vintage charm authentic lace brings to a wedding day design, this collection is the ultimate option for luxury stationery.

lace opulence design stationery collection

this collection features: lace opulence design laser embossed wedding invitation, accessory card (3 varied inserts available – Save the Date, RSVP and Thank You), and place card. Assembly of inserts required.

lace opulence design wedding invitation lace opulence design thank you card lace opulence design wedding stationery

Collection #2: Pearl Romance

Celebrate your love with this classic collection. A soft and romantic filigree design embodies the true romance that only a wedding celebration can bring.

pearl romance design wedding stationery

this collection features: pearl romance design laser embossed wedding invitation, accessory card (3 varied inserts available – Save the Date, RSVP and Thank You), and place card. Assembly of inserts required.

pearl romance design wedding invitation pearl romance stationery details pearl romance design thank you card

Collection #3: Floral Elegance

Continuing with our love of lace, inspired by the textile’s delicate floral details, this laser embossed collection sets the tone for an elegant affair.

floral elegance design wedding stationery

this collection features: floral elegance design laser embossed wedding invitation, accessory card (3 varied inserts available – Save the Date, RSVP and Thank You), and place card. Assembly of inserts required.

floral elegance design wedding stationery suite floral elegance design laser cut details floral elegance design place card

Collection #4: Woodland Pretty

The Wilderness never looked so pretty. This ultra detailed collection, with its peekaboo approach, brings with it just the right amount of casual that a woodland wedding calls for.

woodland pretty design wedding stationery

this collection features: woodland pretty design laser embossed wedding invitation, accessory card (3 varied inserts available – Save the Date, RSVP and Thank You), and place card. Assembly of inserts required.

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Collection #5: High Style

This black tie worthy collection features laser cut cards with one perfectly placed crystal on each piece, adding a touch of high-class style.

high style design wedding stationery

this collection features: high style design laser embossed wedding invitation, accessory card (3 varied inserts available – Save the Date, RSVP and Thank You), and place card. Assembly of inserts required.

high style design wedding invitation high style design thank you card high style design place card

xoxo.

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Wedding Planning Essentials {Inspired by Color}: Waiting to Bloom

The holiday season is behind us. The new year is officially in full swing. Festivities are no longer a regular weekly occurrence, and so we’re sitting by (not so patiently) waiting for the next big thing to spice up our day to day. That big thing for us is a new season, calendar and wedding. Spring can’t come soon enough, bringing with it the gradual unveiling of the latest in warm weather real weddings. New brides and grooms will hit the scene, with fresh takes on the world of love and pretty, and we can’t wait to see it all. In anxious anticipation of the impending marvels the warmth and color baring season promises to bring, we can’t help but start to share our favorite color palette picks for an inspired springtime affair. In desperate need of the bright and the bold, our first seasonal board is aptly infused with daring and striking shades of pink, coral and lemon yellow, representing all the beauty that’s just “Waiting to Bloom”.

Want More?

For more color combo options, come get inspired with all our color stories on Weddingstar’s Wedding Color Inspiration Pinterest board.

xoxo.

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Tips for Choosing Beach Wedding Stationery

The weekend is almost here and with that we have something very exciting to share with you! Over the next three weeks, we are happy to have Emma Arendoski of Emmaline Bride sharing some of her best ideas with us for designing your beach themed wedding.

Emma is an expert on wedding themes, DIY projects, party planning and so much more. She has just published her brand new book, The Inspired Wedding, which is filled with tons of gorgeous photography and inspiration. And the best part? Next week we will be giving away a copy to one lucky reader! So be sure to check back next Friday for details on how to enter, but in the meantime get ready to swoon over these gorgeous ideas.

Sand, sunshine, and gently rolling waves make it impossible to not love the beach! It’s no surprise that couples love a beach-themed wedding, as it provides relaxation and tranquility.

In my new book, The Inspired Wedding, I share my favorite beach themed ideas including color palette, decorative touches, attire, favors, and more. Today I’m focusing on wedding stationery with help from Weddingstar’s new collection entitled Aqueous — it’s the perfect combination of color palette and design for a beach themed wedding.

Beach Wedding Stationery

One of the details you’ll want to tackle first is the invitation suite. The suite typically includes envelopes, reply card, and perhaps a map or other piece of information. The suite may also contain a save-the-date card (if you plan to send one). A save-the-date card is used to give your guests advance planning notice with the date and location of your wedding. If you are having a destination wedding—and many beach weddings are—this card is a must-have so guests can plan travel arrangements accordingly.

Before you order your invitations, have a color palette in mind, since your invitation will need to coordinate with your entire wedding (including other paper goods, attire, and florals). When couples ask me what color to choose for a beach wedding, blue is the color that comes to mind first: it is reminiscent of the sky and the sea.

A popular trend with wedding invitations is a watercolor-inspired design, where the colors blend from lighter to dark (an ombre effect). Weddingstar has a beautiful collection in the ‘Aqueous’ style with coordinating pieces from invitations to décor. Instead of struggling to piece together your entire wedding décor based around a color from your invitations, Weddingstar provides the template and everything you need to tie your wedding stationery together, including your invitation, save the date, bunting banner, ceremony program, table number, and place card.

Beach Themed Watercolor Wedding Program

featured here: aqueous program

Weddingstar even has a special design for ‘Well Wishes’ cards for guests, which can replace a traditional guest book. Instead of guests writing their congratulations in a book, they write on a coordinating card provided at the reception. As an added thematic touch, have guests place their completed cards inside a woven basket, suitcase, or a personalized beach tote bag, like this one from Weddingstar.

Instead of spending so much time trying to mix and match your pieces, just pick a favorite template like the above and let Weddingstar take care of all the details to match! It’s never been easier to plan your beach wedding with thematic touches like these.

Next Friday I’ll be covering ideas for your beach ceremony, so stay tuned!

DIY Wedding Wednesday: Wedding Stationery 101 – Complete the Look

stationery how to - complete the look

Last week we introduced you to a new stationery feature series we’ll be running this month. We started with the basics by breaking down the differences between low, medium and high concept stationery suites (see the post here). This week we’re getting into the details. Using last Wednesday’s “simplified” stationery concept, we’re showing you how to complete the look  by incorporating coordinating “day of” pieces into your wedding day. And when you see the type of visual impact a well coordinated grouping of paper accessories can have on your big day, “simplified” will be the last adjective that’ll come to mind!

Find Your Seat and Let’s Eat!

You could go the expected route and put out place cards to guide your guests to their seats. Or you could get creative and entice your guests to find their spots with these DIY escort card concepts.

diy escort cards

What You’ll Need 

diy escort cards - supplies

The Details 

diy escort concept escort card craft wooden cutlery

The Big Picture

Pull off an ultra swoon worthy setup by doing as the pros do, layer your table top with coordinating pieces that add interest and dimension. It’s such a lovely thing when pretty and functional come together.

reception table stationery

What You’ll Need 

reception table stationery

The Details 

personalized menu card menu card details

boho inspired place card personalized table number table number details personalized wine bottle label personalized water bottle label water bottle label details

Finishing Touches

Pull off your coordinated look throughout every last detail, including the little trinkets your guests walk away with. Send them off with a thoughtful thank you personalized from the two of you.

favors - stationery accessories

What You’ll Need 

favor stationery supplies

for the key ring favor:

for the flower pot favor:

for the baggie favor:

The Details 

boho inspired baggie favor personalized boho inspired stamp favor tags flower pot favor personalized boho inspired sticker dreamcatcher key ring favor boho inspired thank you tag key ring favor

xoxo.

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Make Your Mark: 15 Creative Ways to Personalize Your Wedding Day

personalizing your wedding

What’s the one thing that all weddings have in common? It’s that every single one has a couple at the helm who’s looking to create an event that’s completely unique to them. Regardless of choice thematic design, budget point and geographic location, every couple strives to create a day that’s infused with personality and character. It’s an easy decision to make and natural goal to set, the challenge is in figuring out how to bring the concept to life. To get your creative juices flowing, from ceremony set up to reception setting details, here are 15 creatives ways to succeed flawlessly at this important planning task.

1. Ceremony Stunner.

Make the spot at which you’ll exchange your vows just as special as the moment itself. Create a beautiful theme infused backdrop to frame the two of you as you make it official.

ceremony backdrop

featured here: boho inspired custom ceremony backdrop created using decorative paper flowers

2. White Carpet.

It’s a major moment, roll out a monogrammed white carpet and walk it proudly.

3. Grand Entrance.

Get creative with how you arrive on the scene. Make it unique. Make it special. And make it grand.

ceremony entrance

4. Ring Love.

Leave no detail behind. Trade in a traditional ring pillow for a custom design ring plate.

5. A Special Send Off.

Make your send off a meaningful moment. Pass up on the regular rice toss and go for something that’s unique to you.

ceremony seed toss

featured here: a ceremony toss created using a white linen drawstring favor bag personalized with a feather whimsy stamp, customized feather whimsy design square tag and mini white wooden clip

ceremony toss tag

6. Sentimental Sparkle.

Add a touch of sparkle and sentiment to your bridal bouquet with an heirloom brooch, an accessory that personalizes like few others.

bouquet bling

7. Guide The Way.

Guide your guests to where the need to go with a pretty pathway they can easily follow.

8. Table Trim.

Welcome your guests to the party with decorative details that set the stage for a night of lovely.

9. Make a Statement.

It’s your day, mark your main reception spot, the head table, with a perfect spotlight statement set up.

statement head table

feather butterflies

featured here: custom head table frame made with beautiful butterfly cake sets

10. Specialty Seating.

Spice up your reception set up by incorporating specialty seating for select common areas or for your bride and groom chairs.

specialty seating

11. Unconventional Centerpieces.

Skip the simple vase arrangements and go for unique vessel options for your reception table centerpieces.

centerpiece details

12. Monogram It.

Get crafty with how you make your mark by using a personalized embosser to infuse it into as many little details as you can think of.

13. Little Extras.

Make your guests feel just as special as you do by ensuring every part of their experience at your wedding is memorable, starting with a little surprise to greet them at their seats.

place setting details

featured here: floral place setting detail presented in a mini beveled mirror box

14. Fresh Favors.

Trade in the sweets for some major eye candy. Give your guests a fresh floral favor for the prettiest of takeaways.

floral favors

featured here: mini decorative birdcage filled with purple hydrangea and moss

15. Subtle Signage.

Own the room with subtle signage that also acts as major table charm.

Easy Fix

Beyond the many creative ways you can personalize your day, there are plenty of simple and easy fixes. Visit weddingstar.com to shop all the stamps, stickers and tags, ready to be personalized with your mark.

xoxo.

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Layer on The Color: Tips for Selecting Your Wedding Color Scheme

selecting a color palette

Beyond deciding on a specific wedding theme, finalizing a color palette for your wedding day can be one of the biggest  planning challenges. With tons of options, all equally lovely, the selection process can be daunting. The good news is there is somewhat of a science to it. After all, your choice colors must be put into context. Here are some of the key considerations you’ll want to make when narrowing down your options.

Your Wedding Theme 

Before tackling colors, think big picture by selecting your overall wedding theme. A given theme will naturally lend itself to specific color palettes. During your theme inspiration search you’re bound to gravitate to certain design details, as well as color specifics. Pay close attention to those things that reoccur and make note of them to help narrow down the search.

Your Couple Style 

Make it easier on yourself and go with what you know. Evaluate your couple style, reviewing your day to day looks, your home decor picks, and the palettes you instinctively gravitate towards. Those shades that pop up most often in both of your styles should be put to the top of your color prospect list.

Your Wedding Venue 

A final color palette selection cannot be made in isolation of the place that it’s going to be executed in. Whether you’ve selected your space or are still searching, assess the spot against the theme and color scheme you have in mind. Make sure that what you’re considering can play itself out within the space you’ve selecting or are evaluating as a potential location.

Your Wedding Date 

Consider the time of year you’re tying the knot. Every season comes with a set of common, natural, color palettes. Go through the exercise of asking yourself what colors you tend to gravitate towards during a given season, and while searching for wedding inspiration look into weddings taking place during the same time of year as yours. Although it’s not a cardinal rule that you have to stick to soft and romantic pastels in the summer and bold dramatic shades in the fall, natural selections will definitely help to narrow down the options.

Pulling it All Together

Once you’ve used all the previously mentioned guiding points, you should come away with a series of color options. The next and final step will be to create your personal color guide formed around the concepts of focal, accents, metallic and neutral shades. Focal shades will make up the majority of your color selection, dominating throughout your wedding day details. Neutrals will provide for a quiet background, helping blend your various shades. While accents and metallics will work to compliment the overall look. The key and final rule, all shades should coordinate.

But enough talk! Here are some visual examples to help further guide you along your color selection journey.

pink rose color palette

pink rose – soft, warm and inviting
an ultra feminine palette that delicately layers pastel hues for a look that is all about romance.

barely there color palette

barely there – subtle, neutral and refined
influenced by nature the neutral hues evoke a calm and relaxing look that is understated yet so lovely and elegant.

industrial luxe color palette

industrial luxe – bold, stylish and sophisticated
this palette is a confident blend of dark and light punctuated with metallic accents that makes it bold but not bright.

purple opulence color palette

purple opulence – rich, glamorous and simply pretty
a vibrant palette made more striking with sparkling accents for a luxurious and timeless appeal.

Are These Your Colors?

If one of these color palettes is your palette of choice and you love what you see, shop all the coordinating products on weddingstar.com. Or pick up a copy of the current issue of Weddingstar magazine for the complete color editorial and more color perfect products.

xoxo.

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DIY Wedding Wednesday: Wedding Stationery 101 – The Series

wedding stationery 101

Pocket folds, backers and embellishments. Labels, menus, hand fans and tote bags. And that’s just to name a few! Stationery options are a plenty and they go far beyond the must-have invite / rsvp duo. With all the possibilities available to today’s brides, it’s no surprise so many get stumped when first sitting down to decide what’s right for them. To help lighten the load and make sense of it all, we’re starting up a new stationery series, which will run throughout the month of January on every DIY Wedding Wednesday. We’re breaking down the options, the possibilities and offering up some guidance on what’s right for who. And for our first series post we’re taking it back to basics, walking you through the how-to for low, medium and high concept stationery suites.

Concept #1: Simplified.

Keep it simple, ultra budget friendly, and still lovely by going with a flat printed design that perfectly fits your overall wedding design. No additional details necessary. Weddingstar carries a wide range of options, in a variety of thematic designs, all sold complete with envelopes. Shop all the options here.

free spirit stationery collection

featured here: free spirit design wedding invitation and rsvp (sold separately, envelopes included)

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Concept #2: Take it Up a Notch

If you’re having a semi-formal affair, consider upping the formality and presentation of your standard wedding invitation and rsvp with the addition of backer cards. Adding color, dimension and texture to your core suite, easy to incorporate backer cards instantly bring the overall look of a stationery design up a level. For an added finishing touch, tie your pieces together with a color coordinated satin ribbon.

The Components 

city style stationery suite components

The Details 

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red stationery backer

to apply a backer card simply apply permanent adhesive tape to the back of your stationery piece and affix it to the backer, in a centered position

city style rsvp city style rsvp details

Concept #3: The Whole Package

If you’re going for an upgraded invitation suite,  you’ll want to consider completing the look with upgraded envelopes. For ultra formal events inner pocket fold envelopes are recommended. Inner envelopes hold your invitation and rsvp card, complete with return envelope, providing for a formal presentation of the entire suite. For your outer envelope, which will hold your completed pocket fold, consider going with an upgraded stock quality in a pearl finish option that will nicely compliment the rest of your pieces.

The Components 

monogram simplicity stationery suite components

The Details 

monogram simplicity invitation suite

monogram simplicity invitation

to attach invitation to the pocket fold envelope: using permanent adhesive tape first attach the backer to the invite and then attach the backer to the pocket fold envelope. Make sure to center both applications.

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navy blue stationery backer

to apply a backer card simply apply permanent adhesive tape to the back of your stationery piece and affix it to the backer, in a centered position

monogram simplicity rsvp monogram simplicity rsvp details

xoxo.

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