The Seasonal Flower Guide Series: Spring Florals

Weddingstar Spring Floral Guide

Back in October, in the spirit of sharing one of our top tips for making your wedding budget friendly, we introduced our Seasonal Flower Guide Series. If you missed the first two posts and are currently planning a fall or winter wedding, you can see them here and here. Today we’re excited to share Part 3 with you, focused appropriately on some of the best currently available spring blooms. Offering up tons of textures, color combinations, and the potential for stunning wedding arrangements, it won’t be the price point of these in season stems that has you selecting them for your big day. Here’s what the spring season has to offer.

Weddingstar Spring Floral Guide

tulips
equally pretty as a single stem or grouped in bunches on your reception tables, tulips capture the essence of spring and are available in a multitude of hues.

Weddingstar Spring Floral Guide

lasting beauty
available in a variety of hues, this long-lasting and budget-friendly stem makes for a perfect arrangement filler.

Weddingstar Spring Floral Guide

classic beauty
available in a wide range of pretty spring hues, spray roses easily add a pop of color to your wedding day.

Weddingstar Spring Floral Guide

layers of pretty
with layer upon layer of paper-thin petals, this delicate looking bloom will make a lovely impression no matter where it’s used.

Weddingstar Spring Floral Guide

pure romance
popular in many weddings, this beautiful bloom and it’s noticable size and looks stunning solo or gathered into an arrangement for your bouquet or reception tables.

Weddingstar Spring Floral Guide

lovely textures
pretty enough to stand on their own or add to a bouquet, lilacs add beautiful texture (and a wonderful smell) anywhere they go.

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in high demand
one of the most sought after blooms of the season, with just one glance at the dainty beautiful bloom you’ll know exactly why.

And Now for the How-To

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

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DIY Wedding Wednesday: Mini Mason Jar Favors

diy mini mason jar favors

Ever notice how just about anything is made better when turned mini? Well that’s certainly the case with the mini mason jar staring in today’s DIY feature, a petite version of its ever-popular “grownup” counterpart. Compatible with just about any filling, these cutie containers make for ideal guest favors and today we’re showing you three creative ways to fill them up. From foodie appeal to tempting the senses, here’s a breakdown for a few of the looks we love.

The Supplies

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Concept #1 – A Little R&R:

Concept #2 – For the Foodie:

Concept #3 – A Sweet Smelling Treat:

The Details

Mini Mason Jar Favor Concept #1: A little R&R

spa mini mason jar favor decorative border favor sticker mini mason jar detail natural charm square favour tag

Mini Mason Jar Favor Concept #2: For the Foodie

homemade dressing mini mason jar favor love inscribed mini mason jar thank you favor tag thank you mason jar tag

Mini Mason Jar Favor Concept #3: A Sweet Smelling Treat

potpourri mini mason jar favor hearts design favor sticker craft paper twine potpourri hearts design square tag

The Whole Lot

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xoxo.

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8 Things I Wish I Knew While Planning My Wedding

We all know that the more often we do something, the better we get. But when it comes to planning a wedding, you only get one shot to get it right. A wedding is a once in a lifetime event, afterall! After the dust has settled from the big day, we want every bride to walk away saying “that was everything I dreamed of” and have no regrets. That is why we asked everyone here at Weddingstar to tell us something they wished they knew while planning their own wedding. Here are 8 things we learned that we think every bride should know.

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1. Who does what?

Your fiancé might not be as involved as you would like him to be. BUT, that doesn’t mean that he doesn’t care as much about the wedding or that he isn’t as excited as you are to be married. It just means that floral choices and backdrops are not his top priority. The important thing is not to stress about it. Find out which parts of the wedding are most important to him. Chances are that if he is a foodie or loves music, he will show much more interest in planning the dinner or creating the perfect wedding playlist. Don’t be afraid to ask him what he is looking forward to the most. His answer might just surprise you!

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2. Recruit a coordinator

Even if you DIY your entire wedding up to the day, having a day-of coordinator might be worth it. Having someone to handle the running around and setting up for you is much less stressful. It still allows you to coordinate every detail while being able to enjoy all your hard work on the day of. It is also less costly than hiring a wedding planner!

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3. Schedule some alone time

Remember to set some time aside. Even if it is just a few minutes to be alone with your sweetie on your wedding day. The day will come and go by so fast. It is important to cherish a moment (or two) with each other and remember why this is all happening in the first place. Some good times to do this are often between photos and cocktails, or after the speeches are over.

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4. Have a plan B.

This one might be a given, but it is often overlooked. We often dream of our wedding day being sunny and beautiful. But we all know that Mother Nature isn’t always kind. If you are planning to have your ceremony outside and there is a torrential downpour, a backup plan will prevent stress, worry and chaos. Make sure that your parents, wedding planner/coordinator and bridal party are all aware of the plan if the weather turns. Also, remember to pick a few indoor photo shoot locations.

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5. Acquire proper permits

If you are planning to have alcohol at your wedding, it is important to educate yourself on rules and permits. Often different venues will have their own set of rules in regards to alcohol. Make sure you speak with your venue and are clear on what their guidelines are. Is the bar included in your venue rental? Does this include a bartender? Is the permit a part of the package? When are we required to stop serving drinks? Are we able to purchase and serve our own wine or do we need to use your bottle service? These are all very important questions to ask when booking your venue.

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6. Make your guest list first

Picking a venue is one of the very first things you will do when planning your wedding. BUT, there is one more very important step you need to take before signing that contract. Make a rough guest list. This in no way needs to be finalized, but it is so important to have a rough idea of numbers before you book. The last thing you want is to book a venue that only holds 100 and find out that your guest list is actually 150.

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7. Consider extra costs beyond the dress

Remember to budget for alterations when picking your wedding dress. Lace applique, beading and other details can often be costly to alter. Before saying “yes” to the dress, talk to your bridal consultant about an alteration estimate.

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8. Maximize your photographer’s time (and your budget!)

Photographers and videographers are so important to a wedding, but they can also be very hard on your wedding budget. If your budget does not allow for a full day wedding package, there is still a way to capture all the important moments. Don’t be afraid to play with the traditional reception program. Who said that the bouquet toss and cake cutting have to be at the end of the night? Kick off your reception with the first dance, cut the cake after dinner, and then toss the bouquet. This will allow you to shave a few hours from your photography package while still capturing all those big moments.

Have you been married? Or maybe you’re in the midst of planning a wedding? What is it you wish you knew when going through the process? Tell us below!

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DIY Wedding Wednesday: Pretty Packaging

diy gift packaging

Have you ever received a gift that was so beautifully wrapped you just couldn’t bear to open it up and ruin the presentation? You meticulously took the time to carefully undo every piece of tape holding it together, while hoping that all the lovely would stay in tack. Well we’re about to show you how to be the giver of just such an eye pleasing display. And it’s a lot easier than you may think. By simply playing with textures and layers, you’ll learn how to make one of the prettiest packages around, ideal for gifting to those that meant the most throughout your wedding planning process, your bridal party and your parents. Here’s the crafty how-to.

The Supplies

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The Step by Step

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Step 1: wrap your box and secure the paper using all purpose glue.

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Step 2: to the top left corner of your box, glue a bundle of lace fabric. Glue it such that it bunches, rather than laying flat.

Step 3: intertwine the plain fabric ribbon into a quarter of the lace and glue to secure.

Step 4: glue on the fabric flower to the center of the lace.

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Step 5: attach the peony bud (or small faux flower of your choice) to the bottom right of the fabric flower, on top of your bunched lace.

Steps 6 & 7: attach both lace fabric flowers next to the peony bud.

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Step 8: cut a piece of ruffled fabric trim and a strand of lace (of the same width as the ruffled trim) to a length that will drape off the side of your box. Our strands were approximately 12 inches in length.

Step 9: glue the ruffled fabric ribbon to the bottom left corner of the box, and then attach the piece of lace ribbon to it. A single point of attachment should work for both, allowing the ribbons to hang loosely.

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Step 10: glue your faux blossoms to the box, starting just underneath the lace fabric flowers, working your way down creating a cascade alongside the fabric ribbon. End your cascade approximately three quarters of the way down the side of the box.

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Step 11: stamp your tag and attach with glue to your box, tucking underneath your lace flowers and cascading blossoms.

The End Result

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xoxo.

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Must Have Music: Valentine’s Day Playlists

classic love song playlist

Valentine’s Day is tomorrow (eek!), and at this point you’ve probably already purchased the present, are already chilling the bubbly, and have dinner all planned out. But have you picked your playlist? If not, no worries. We’ve got you covered! Spanning the most popular genres, covering 40 of the most romantic options out there, today we’re sharing our top picks for all time best love songs. So get your iTunes loaded, pick your faves for your own personal playlist, and consider tomorrow the perfect time to trial run the most important dance of all, your first dance. Happy Valentine’s Day Everyone!

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xoxo.

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DIY Wedding Wednesday: How To Accessorize Your Drink Station

how to accessorize your drink station

Around here we don’t need an excuse to find and try out new drink recipes. But with Valentine’s Day just a few days away, we’ve got a pretty great one. So we went on the hunt, and boy did we find a tasty mix! To share our latest cocktail find, which just happens to be perfect for the upcoming holiday of love and certainly for any wedding celebration, we’re also taking the opportunity to provide some insider tips on how to style your drink station. Using just a few easy tricks we’ll show you how to take any sipper set up from merely functional to simply fabulous.

Here’s the breakdown on everything you need to know to get the look, finished off with that cocktail recipe we promised.

Styling Tip #1: Go for the Upgrade

Appearance is everything. Swap out typical glassware options for stylish stemware that works with your wedding day design.

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Styling Tip #2: Style your Stem

Don’t have the budget for upgraded glassware? Give a simple stem a decorative face lift by adding creative, theme appropriate charms to elevate their look.

stemware accessories diy champagne flute charm

Styling Tip #3: Signature Sippers

Instead of serving straight sparkling wine or a common cocktail, go with a drink that either has special meaning to you and your new hubby, or that acts as a representation of your wedding day design. Give it a name and you’ve got your own personal signature sipper.

signature drink signature drink sign

Styling Tips #4 – 6: Bring on the Extras

Think beyond the drink. Fill your display with pretty details that won’t go unnoticed. Think a paper lantern overhang, custom personalized signage and floral printed paper straws, for the complete pretty picture.

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What You’ll Need to Get This Look:

drink station supplies

And Now, How To Make this Color Perfect Cocktail!

 

signature drink recipe

featured here: silver plated stacked hearts wedding champagne flute
drink recipe courtesy of www.lcbo.com

xoxo.

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Wedding Theme Inspiration: Romantic Pink

romantic pink

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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His and Hers Valentine’s Day Gift Guide

valentine gift guide

Valentine’s Day is exactly 8 days away, which means there’s still time to find the perfect gift online and have it shipped ready to give to your special someone on the big day. And we’re recommending going for the unexpected, the unconventional and dare we say the p-word, the practical. Meaning, skip the bonbons and flowers and pick up a sentimental something that will serve as double duty on the biggest day of all, your wedding day. To help inspire your creative gift giving abilities we’ve rounded up our top picks for both him and her, all certain to be enjoyed on Valentine’s day, the big day, and beyond.

Her Gift Guide

Everything’s Better By Candlelight

As the ultimate source of romance, you simply can’t go wrong with the gift of candlelight. As for the wedding day, these lovelies can be added to just about any setup for the instant addition of major ambiance.

The New Mrs.

She’s waited for this moment for as long as she can remember. She’ll be glad to declare her new title as Mrs. by your Mr., both on the big day and everyday there after. After their day of duty as chair markers, these vintage style hooks easily transition into the home.

Flowers and Then Some

Flowers are a natural choice for Valentine’s Day gifting. Take your offering to the next level by going with unconventional flower varieties presented in beautiful bottle vases ready for display, and consider giving a grouping that can be used as part of your wedding day head table decor.

A Sentimental Spin on a Sweet Tradition

Chances are the two of you will be partaking in the traditional cake cutting on your wedding day. Show her you’re keeping the big day top of mind by giving her a sentimental cake set that she’ll love incorporating into the wedding and one she’ll have no trouble finding reason to enjoy time and time again.

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Pretty Place Settings

There’s nothing that does more for a setup, wedding or everyday dinner, than the little details. Gift your girl with the prettiest of details, a set of these vintage inspired jewel accented napkin rings.

His Gift Guide

For the Boys

He’ll have plenty to toast to with the start of your new life together. Give him some stylish shot glasses to enjoy with all his boys.

Tradition Rules

There’s something really great about an old school pocket watch, especially when its been given a modern day makeover by way of a gunmetal finish. Gift your guy with one of these watches to keep him on track, on time, and looking good especially when it matters most.

His Little Extras

The big day is just as much his as it is yours. Make him feel as special as you do by helping him accessorize where it counts. Think things like the ring holder his best man will use to present your rings, a piece your guy will find useful always.

rustic wooden ring box

For the Homebody

Decor isn’t just for the ladies, ladies! If your guy has just as good an eye for home decor as you do, gift him with a decorative element that suits his style and your wedding day design.

metal lanterns

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Indulge His Creative

Get him involved in your wedding planning by releasing his inner creative. Have him be the one to tell your love story in words, writing it down in this modern day guest book for all to see on your wedding day.

There’s More

For more unique his and her gift ideas, shop all the options on weddingstar.com.

xoxo.

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DIY Wedding Wednesday: Sweet Treats – Valentine’s Day Favors

valentine's day favors

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

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Valentine’s Day Favor #2: Sweet Signature Sippers

glass milk bottle favor

The Supplies

glass milk bottle favor supplies

The Details

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Valentine’s Day Favor #3: Candy Cones

candy cone favors

The Supplies

candy cone favor supplies

The Details

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xoxo.

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Product Spotlight: Inspired by Love

heart vase favor

give your heart away
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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