How-To Personalize Your Wedding

You’re in full wedding planning mode and of course you want to make your big day as unique and special as possible.  What better way to achieve this than by adding personalized details throughout your wedding?  Today we are excited to share with you Part 1 of 2 on how-to personalize your wedding, where we will look at adding those personal touches to your ceremony, reception and favors. There are so many options that we couldn’t fit them all into one post! Be sure to check back for Part 2, coming soon.

Personalizing Your Ceremony

Aisle Runner

Walking down the aisle is a major moment. Rolling out a monogrammed aisle runner and backdrop will up the ‘wow’ factor without blowing your budget out of the water.

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Featured above: Aisle Runner: Monogram Simplicity Personalized / Backdrop: Floral Dreams Personalized

Unity Sand Ceremony

The sand ceremony is a timeless tradition that makes for your own personalized unity ceremony. Customize the colors to match your wedding design and add a monogram to the vase to take it to the next level. The vase set can become a keepsake in your home as a reminder of your union.

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Featured above: Sand Ceremony Set: Free Spirit Personalized

 

Personalizing Your Reception

Personalized Napkins

Personalized paper napkins are a great way to add that extra touch to your wedding reception.  The options are endless with the ability to choose a custom logo, color, and personalized message.  It’s these dazzling little details that will make for a completely coordinated experience for your guests.

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Featured above: Printed Napkins: Best Day Ever Personalized

Personalized Glassware

Glassware is everything! The perfect combination of function and favor. This year’s trend is personalized wedding day glassware that can double as a unique favor for your guests!

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Personalizing Your Favors

Personalized Matches

Matches have been a favorite for decades, but we’ve made them cool again. Put your personal spin on this popular favor with just the right logo and message to complement your big day.

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Featured above: Matchboxes:Personalized / Matchbooks:Personalized

Personalized Mason Jars

The oh-so-popular mason jar is a favorite! With a personalized printed design you are taking a favor and adding so much more meaning. Some top trends for goodies to fill the jar with include jam, candies, bath salts and hot cocoa and….

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Featured Above: Mason Jar: Gold Solid Lid / Twine: Metallic Gold / Place Card: Lace Medley

For finishing touches think about adding those extra details to your favors.  Stickers,tags and personalized ribbon will take your look and really make it personal.

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Featured above: Bottle Stopper: Dainty Gold Bow / Ribbon: White / Tag: Celebration Small Rectangular

So, You’re A Bridesmaid! Check Out Our Top 5 Cost Sharing Tips

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Your friend just got engaged and in turn has popped the question, Will you be my bridesmaid?”, wanting you to be part of her wedding day. You’re flattered (of course) and excited to be a part of her special day, but you start to stress out a bit when you begin adding up the costs. Being a bridesmaid can definitely be pricey, but there are some things you can do to help save some cash.

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Featured above: Gold Toggle Charm Bracelet with Gemstone Charm

We’ve got some great tips to relieve you and the other bridesmaids!

1. Group Gift

On top of all the other wedding expenses, including the dress and shoes and throwing parties typically a bridesmaid is still expected to give the new couple a gift.  Wedding gifts can definitely be a hit to your bank account, but why not lessen the cost a bit? Go in on a gift for the couple as a group with the other bridesmaids. This way you can chip in together on a higher priced item from the registry rather than trying to figure out something less expensive or spending more than you can afford on a gift.

2. Share a Suite

Hotel rooms can be expensive, especially if you need to stay for more than one night. Split the cost with the other bridesmaids by booking a suite that sleeps four people.

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Featured above: Floral Silky Kimono Robe

3. Car Pool

If it’s not quite a destination wedding, but you and the other girls live outside of the location that the wedding is being held at, arrange to share a ride! Road trips are fun and is a great way to bond, especially if you are just getting to know a couple of the gals. You’ll save money on gas and have a great time!

4. Share Travel Costs

If you’re attending an upcoming destination wedding, consider group travel. Most airlines offer group discounts that could save you hundreds of dollars. Coordinating group travel might take some extra effort, but if it saves you some cash in the end, it’s definitely worth it!

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Featured above: Bathrobes: Mr & Mrs / Towels: Mr & Mrs / Sandals: Just Married

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5. Group DIY Projects

DIY projects are a fun way to help give every shower you throw the look of a high budget, meanwhile it’s a great excuse to get all the bridesmaids together and save a little cash! Enjoy some wine and snacks and whip up some amazing favors and décor. We’ve included some DIY projects that we think you’ll love! For décor we have tons of DIY ideas for adding gold and glitter to to glam things up. We also have some great favor ideas like Ombre Dip Dyed Favor Bags and Mini Mason Jar Favors.

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Featured above: Favor Bag: White Linen

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Featured above: Mini Mason Jars

Can being a bridesmaid be pricey? Yes. But we hope these tips will help you out a bit and save you some cash.

New Ceremony Must-Have: The Wedding Wand

Today we are excited to feature a product that is a ceremony must have! The Wedding Wand is a beautiful addition to your ceremony ritual and is an alternative to the sand ceremony or unity candle. It is a beautiful way to hold on to all that is important now and for your future together. It is about the love two people share and the desire to never let go of the precious gift they have found together.

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During the ceremony the couple will each hold their end of the wand as the officiant speaks.

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The Wedding Wand comes complete with a stand, allowing you to put it on display for all to see. This wonderful item will be a permanent decorative piece in your home. Not only to encase your marriage certificate, but as a daily reminder of the importance of the vows that were spoke on that unforgettable day.

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Engraved in the wand you will find words that may be contained in real vows. There is also a spot for personalization to be added, with the bride and groom’s initials or monogram.

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The vow certificate can be stored in the wedding wand after the ceremony.

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Featured here: Personalized Backdrop: Floral Dreams / Wedding Wand

FROM THE CREATOR OF THE WEDDING WAND

The Wedding Wand is a must-have for any ceremony, regardless of religion or background. It is about the love two people share and the desire to never let go of the precious gift they have found together. Created by a woman to immortalize a wonderful love and honor the memory of her late spouse, this ceremony addition touches the very heart of what is most important, the unending love between two people. This wonderful item will be a permanent decorative piece in your home. Not only to encase your marriage certificate, but as a daily reminder of the importance of the vows that were spoken on that unforgettable day. The Wedding Wand is a beautiful way to hold on to all that is important now and for your future together.

Style Spotlight: Garden Party

Spring is in the air! Today we are excited to share our Garden Party photoshoot that was featured in the 2016 Weddingstar magazine! With spring nearing closer every day, this is a great time to start prepping for your own garden party. It is a perfect setting for an Easter tea or a spring inspired bridal party get together. From stunning floral arrangements to personalized floral inspired stationary and favors, here is some inspiration to recreate your own outdoor party.

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Add some loose tea to these mini clear glass bottles with a cork, it’s the perfect favor for your guests.

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Featured above: Lights: White Lace Lanterns / Goblets: Vintage Pressed Glass / Pitcher: French Provencal Style / Ornate Box: Vintage Inspired  / Creamer Set: Vintage Inspired / Bottles: Mini Glass with Cork / Tag: Garden Party Small /  Basket: Rectangular Wire

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These personalized Garden Party Notepads and vintage boxes are favors that your girls will love!

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Make the bride feel important by decorating a chair just for her. Set out a drink dispenser with infused water served in pretty glassware. Add a pop of color to your tablescapes with fresh, spring floral arrangements.

Featured above: Chair Sign: Garden Party Bride To Be / Décor Flower: Paper Peony / Beverage Dispenser: Decorative Apothecary  / Cling: Garden Party / Napkin Ring: Vintage Floral / Chalkboard: Mini Framed / Dishes: Butterfly / Bucket: Galvanized Flower Market

Vintage Inspired Rustic Frame with Seed Paper Favors

This rustic frame is a fantastic display prop that can be used to highlight photos and cards. Attach personalized natural seed paper favor cards for your guests to plant in their own garden.

Featured above: Frame: Ornate Vintage Inspired / Clothespins: Vintage Wooden / Lights: White Lace Lanterns  / Favor Card: Love Birds / Favor Card: Love Blossoms

Valentine’s Day Bash: Guide To Snack Bar Success!

Love is in the air and we are counting down the days to the most romantic day of the year! Whether you are celebrating with your Husband-to-be or with all those special people in your life, a few sweet treats might be just what you need to make the night a success! Here are some of our favorite must-have’s for your Valentine’s Day Bash.

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You’re Engaged! Top Things To Do After The Big ‘YES!

He popped the big question and now you have a fiancé! Now how does that sound? FIANCE! Now that you have declared the big `YES!` what’s next? We have tips on everything from showing off the bling and sharing the big news with friends and family to getting started with the initial stages of planning the big day. But first thing’s first. You’re Engaged so take in the moment!

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Get a Manicure

When your friends and family find out that you are engaged, the first thing they are going to do is look at your left hand. Show off your new bling in all its glory. A little TLC to your cuticles and a dab of hand lotion will go a long way! Bride-pose-ring

Tell Friends & Family

As tempting as it may be to update your Facebook status right away, it might be worth waiting just a little while. A huge part of the fun is getting to tell all your closest friends and family about the big news and you might want to relish in each of their reactions. Not only is it fun for you and your husband to be, but your loved ones will certainly appreciate that you took the time and effort to tell them individually.

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Buy a Bridal Magazine

You might be feeling a little overwhelmed by the long list of things you will have to do to plan such a big and exciting event. The best place to start is with a little inspiration. Grab a few magazines to get you started! Check out our new 2016 magazine for some great ideas on how to pull it all together.

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Get Inspired

Before you can get down into the details you need to decide on the big picture. Start to narrow down an event design by getting inspired by all the possibilities. Start up a Pinterest account and begin following top wedding sources, buy some wedding magazines and start regularly following a few inspirational wedding blogs.

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Set The Date

Start with the broad details like a season that sound appealing to you. What colors immediately come to mind? Will it be warm? Cold? How can you ensure your guests are comfortable? Once you have come to a decision, look at the big details like venue and photographer. Find out their availability and you will be well on your way. But in all the excitement, don’t forget to take some time to enjoy this wonderful time in your lives.

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Find the Perfect Spot

Start looking into venue options for both your ceremony and reception. Many locations book at least a year in advance, so you’ll want to get a head start and consider as many options as possible. Here’s where that flexibility with your date will come in play.

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Money Talks

Before you get too far into what you have to have for your big day, set an overall wedding budget you’re comfortable with. Make sure you’re not overextending yourself financially and that you’re realistic about not only how much you want to spend but also about how much things actually cost. Make sure that both you and your fiance are fully comfortable with the number as if could cause issues later on.

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Put Your Name On It: Personalization 101

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Personalization is a key element to creating a look for your wedding that is entirely unique to you. Whether it is the addition of your names, monogram or wedding date, every element adds an extra special touch to your décor. Here’s a sneak peek into the ways in which we create beautiful, personalized products that help make your wedding the best day ever!

Glass Printing

Using a technique called Pad Printing (otherwise known as tampography), our in house production team take a printed 2-D image and apply it to glassware with a sponge-like pad. The image is printed onto this pad, then the glass is pressed down into it allowing the pad to wrap around the glass and impose the printed design onto it. We use this technique for glassware favors such as mason jars, wine glasses, shot glasses and more!

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Digital Printing

Otherwise known as flat printing, we have an in-house print department that produces all of our stationery, stickers, clings, printed envelopes and even printed goodie bags using a high tech digital printer. Our personalization suite allows you to provide all the information your guests will need on your invitations, and with so many stationery collections to choose from you can be sure to find one that matches your style.

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UV Printing

Using a state-of-the-art ultraviolet printer, this is how we produce all of our printed aisle runners and photo backdrops. Ultraviolet (UV) printing simply means we use UV inks that dry with the help of UV light, instead of traditional inks that dry by allowing chemicals to evaporate over time.

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Heat Pressing

With the help of an industrial heat press, we apply a printed 2-D printed designs to acrylic cake toppers, handkerchiefs and tote bags. We also personalize our burlap aisle runners and table runners this way but because the fibers can interfere with the heat press, we personalize each of those by hand using irons. This way we can ensure your product’s personalization lasts and always looks fabulous!

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Foil Stamping

When you order a set of napkins from Weddingstar, you will receive them foil-stamped with your design of choice. You can take your customization one step further by selecting one of our 26 popular color choices! Personalized napkins are a popular trend for weddings and other events such as holidays, birthdays, baby showers, bridal showers and even anniversaries. The addition of foil to our napkins adds another level of luxe. This method can also be applied to our paper goodie bags, ribbon our are brand new faux leather compact mirrors.

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Looking for the perfect personalized napkin for your special event? See all our designs here.

Laser Cut Detailing

Most commonly used with our acrylic or wood veneer signs and cake toppers, this technique allows us to create unique designs in a variety of styles. Our in house design team creates custom designs that are then programmed into to our laser cutting machine. When we receive your order and specialized design, this machine will cut the design out of a solid sheet of acrylic or wood veneer, creating a one-of-a-kind piece just for you on your wedding day!

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Laser Engraving

Laser engraving is a similar process to laser cutting, except that the power of the beam is less such that it does not cut right through the material. The result of this is a permanent personalized etch into either our wood, metal, leather, acrylic or glass products. Our laser engraved products not only add to your wedding décor, but they make wonderful keepsakes in your home for years to come.

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Embroidery

Embroidery adds another level of prestige to products such as chair banners, hankies and our soon-to-arrive tote bags and silky robes. Industrial embroidery machines allow us to produce multiple orders at one time, as this is a very popular option with our brides. Get an embroidered item for yourself or share the love! Embroidered items make wonderful gifts for your bridesmaids and really show how much you care.

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Wedding Planning: 4 Things To Consider When Getting Started

With so many options, all equally lovely, selecting the big wedding day details can be daunting. The good news is there are a few ways to simplify the process! Here are some of the key considerations you’ll want to make when narrowing things down.

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1. Your Theme

Take note of the wedding style that you are drawn to. Recurring elements are a signal that will help determine your overarching wedding theme. Only after you have narrowed down the options and developed a clear idea of the look of your wedding should you begin thinking about color and décor details.

2. Your Couple Style

You probably already have a good understanding of your couple style and favorite things, but it’s good to be clear about how this will help you select your wedding details. Have a look at the things you own. From your closet to your home décor, chances are the things that speak to you will be in plain view.

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3. Your Venue

Pay close attention to the architecture, lighting and surroundings to make sure it will work with your overall vision. In the end, you want to select the venue that best reflects your vision and will complement your day. If your venue has a large amount of décor in a certain color, make sure you take that into consideration when picking your colors.

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4. Your Date

It’s important to look at not only where, but what time of year you are planning to be married. Close your eyes and think about the season you plan to be married in. What colors immediately come to mind? Will it be warm? Cold? How can you ensure your guests are comfortable? What are the pros and cons of that season?

 

 

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7 Ways To Make The Perfect Wedding Cake Display

It is no secret that the list of big moments that happen at a wedding is quite long. The reveal of the bride coming down the aisle, first kiss as man and wife, best man speech… the list truly goes on. But even with all the excitement to be had, the cake cutting seems to draw attention like no other. Everyone from your Grandparents down to your youngest cousin gather around and every Aunt pops her camera out just to make sure they got the special shot. There is something about the combination of sugar and a sweet moment between the special couple that gets everyone so excited. With all the attention that your cake display is sure to receive, we have a few little tricks of the trade so that you can transform your dessert display into something that looks good enough to eat.

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1. Layering

When you are arranging your cake table, think about how you can create various heights with your sweets. You can accomplish this look by adding a few raised dessert plates, some tall candle holders or an elegant floral arrangement. Once you begin to build your table up, play with the arrangement. Try a few items in a few different places and then take a step back and see how it looks. There are no rules when it comes to the set up, so just keep tweaking until you are happy with the final effect.

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2. A Unique Cake Stand

Who said your cake has to sit on a regular table? This is definitely one of those “rules are made to be broken” moments in wedding planning. Often a table draped in beautiful linens will do the trick, but if you are looking for something a little different, your display stand is a wonderful way to do just that. Get creative here and use your imagination. If your décor has a vintage flair, why not place your cake on top of an ornate vintage suitcase? Have a more rustic flair to your wedding? An old wooden barrel or wooden crates might be just the touch your cake display needs.

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3. In-Edible Additions

Once you are happy with the look and feel of your desserts and cake, there will usually be room for a few extra additions. A few sprigs of greenery, flowers or candles might be just the thing to enhance the beauty of your gorgeous wedding cake. Of course, your display décor does not need to stop at the table top. Draw your guests eyes even further up with a beautiful ceiling display above your cake. We have a few of our favorite ceiling decor DIY’s here:

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4. Wedding “Cake”

Never been much of a cake fan? No problem! Why not incorporate your favorite sweet treat into your wedding instead. Maybe a Donut tower, macaroon display or stack of Oreos is more your taste. Dare to be different.

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5. Back It Up

Your cake table will draw a lot of focus during your wedding reception, but don’t forget about what is going on behind your cake table. The last thing you want is an ugly or plain wall drawing attention away. A backdrop or a few decorative touches might be just the thing your venue needs.

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6. Make it Mini

We have mentioned it once, but we will say it one more time. Rules are meant to be broken. Transform the tradition of wedding cake into something with a twist. A cupcake stand, cake pops, or even several smaller wedding cakes are a few things to consider when planning your sweets. Guests love bite size food and these are sure to be a success.

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7. Accessorize

The cake is not the only thing you will need for your table. Check these few items off your list, and you will be all set!

–  Shop Cake Toppers

Shop Serving Sets

Shop Personalized Napkins

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3 Ways To Warm Up Your Winter Wedding

3 Ways to warm up your winter wedding

1) A Warm Welcome

When your guests arrive at your reception, a beverage is sure to get the celebration started! Pick one of your favorites like hot chocolate, apple cider or a cranberry cocktail. Then, tie it all together with a cute accessory like these adorable paper straws.

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2) Snuggle Up

Don’t forget to consider your guests comfort throughout the day. Providing complimentary blankets or mittens are always a much appreciated gesture that will keep them smiling.

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3) Cozy Cover-Up’s

Now that your guest are taken care of, how are you going to keep cozy? There are so many fun fashion accessories that not only keep you warm, but add a ton of flare to your look. Muffs, shawls, and mittens are great options.

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