DIY Wedding Decor: Beautiful Butterflies

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I’m a lucky girl. My profession has me constantly immersed in beautiful things. Whether it’s helping a bride design her wedding or pulling together an editorial shoot, I’m always involved in creating pretty little details. I love all the creative challenges that come with my line of work. They keep me on my toes! But I get very excited when I come across a design detail that provides major visual impact while being easy to execute. Today’s DIY post is a perfect example of just that.

Following this past Monday’s Garden Whimsy Bridal Style Post, where butterflies made up one of the key design elements, today I’m showing you how to get the look through the simple incorporation of beautiful butterfly clusters. In Monday’s post you saw them featured as a head table overhang but they can be applied anywhere and on any scale. Because unfortunately our studio space is not set in the midst of a lovely summer garden, we’ve enlisted the help of one of our fave garden props, which just happens to be a perfect wedding prop too. Enjoy!

The Supplies

 

butterfly diy decor

featured here: beautiful butterfly cake set in ‘something blue’

All you need are the butterflies. No tools required! The set I used was originally created for cake decorating purposes but the versatile design, complete with wire attachments, makes them usable for just about any decorative concept. Whether it be a ceremony backdrop, a head table overhang or a guest table centerpiece, these hand painted feather butterflies are sure to add a touch of pretty anywhere.

The Process

Step 1: Pick Your Point of Application 

The two wire attachment points on these butterflies allow them to easily be inserted into or wrapped around any number of things.  I selected a wire mannequin which could be used as a creative decorative accent adjacent to a favor or greeting table, or as a prop for your wedding photos.

If your desired point of application does not offer up points of attachment, like a glass vase for example, simply remove the wires (which come out easily without damaging the product) and use Glue Dots to secure your butterflies.

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Step 2: Get Yourself Organized 

If you’re unsure of where to start and how to achieve the right final look, organize your butterflies before starting the application process. Separate them by size and color and then pre-form the clusters that will give you the end result you’re going for. And if getting creative comes easily to you, just skip this step and free form the application of your butterflies.

(Pro Tip: The best end result is one that looks effortless and natural.)

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Step 3: Start Applying! 

Pick your start and end points. To achieve that effortless look remember to mix up the colors and sizes, and the direction in which your butterflies are pointing.

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Fill in your mid point. Make sure it keeps visual balance with your start and end points by using a similar mix of colors and sizes.

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Work around your three reference points, building on the fullness of your overall cluster. Avoid overlapping your butterflies in such a way that their wings get flattened. You want them to look like they have just landed.Work to create a full final look but leave a little breathing room to avoid a messy end result.

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The {Whimsical} End Result

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xoxo.

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A Girl & Her Table {The Series}: The Garden Whimsy Bride

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Couple weeks ago we started sharing a new bridal style series, A Girl and Her Table, where we introduced you to our Candy Colorful Bride, a color loving eccentric girl who’s wedding style is about all things retro. We showed you how her personality translates into a wedding design and laid out some must haves for all of you who said “this is so me!”.

Keeping with the love of bold colors, today we’re featuring our next installment, the Garden Whimsy Bride, and boy is she a stunner! Her style is dramatic, elegant and the perfect blend of classic and contemporary. And she certainly knows how to accessorize!

Think this might be you? Read on to find out. And if this isn’t quite your style, then simply enjoy getting lost in the eye candy that is this bride’s lush garden wedding!

Her Style Personality

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Confident in her style the Garden Whimsy Bride knows exactly what she wants for her wedding day. Like her personal style it needs to be both bold and feminine. Wow factor is a must and she knows it all comes down to the little details. With an appreciation for the pretty things in life and a willingness to be a little self-indulgent, she’s likely to wear two distinct wedding looks on her big day, taking her from romantic ceremony to dramatic reception – in style.

She Likes

The natural beauty of a summer garden, complete with butterflies and birds galore. Dramatic bold colors and unique blossoms make up her essentials.

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She Has to Have

From the big picture down to the little decorative extras, the Garden Whimsy Bride takes care to tend to every little detail that goes into her wedding day. The perfect blend of pretty and dramatic leaves her guests in awe.

garden whimsy wedding - ceremony accessories

pretty petals
featured here: love bird flower girl basket and preserved natural rose petals in purple

garden whimsy wedding - ceremony aisle decorations

eye-catching aisle markers
featured here: wooden floral pomander ball in purple (medium) and glass cylinders with round pillar candles

garden whimsy wedding - mini decorative birdcage

delicate details
featured here: mini decorative birdcage (spray painted white)

Are You A Garden Whimsy Bride?

If you’re loving today’s bridal style, or need some more inspiration, check out Weddingstar’s Garden Wedding board on pinterest. To shop the items you’ve seen in this post, and plenty others, visit the complete Garden theme section of weddingstar.com.

If you still haven’t found your bridal style inspiration stay tuned for our next installment, Lost in Love – The Wanderlust Bride.

xoxo.

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Wedding Planning Essentials: Shop the {Wedding} Look

If the simple fact that it’s Friday isn’t a good enough reason to celebrate, today’s post provides some extra incentive to pour yourself a glass of bubbly and toast to good news. Today marks the official launch of the brand new Weddingstar E-Catalog, essentially a virtual shopping playground for any bride planning her wedding. I know, exciting right?!

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Built entirely around the “shop the look” concept, the new e-catalog is an extension of the Weddingstar print magazine, tenfold. Because there was just no way of making room for it all in print! Featuring inspirational imagery from exclusive creative shoots, editorials filled with planning tips and all 3000 + products in the Weddingstar lineup, the e-catalog provides a fun and easy shopping experience. Browse pretty pictures, get inspired and click to buy if something catches your eye. Covering everything from wedding stationary to ceremony and reception accessories and décor, down to guest favors and gifts, this is definitely a must visit ‘one stop wedding shop’!

But enough talk. Given Weddingstar is all about inspiration, here’s a sneak peek into what you can expect to see in the inclusive 724 pages.

vintage themed wedding shoot wedding stationery wedding ceremony products - aisle runners reception products - guest book alternatives porcelain cake toppers wanderlust themed wedding shoot wedding reception - toasting flutes wedding reception products -  decorative vintage drawers wedding favor container - mini burlap bag wedding favors - wine stoppers bridesmaid's gifts woodland themed wedding shoot

Love It? Want More?

If you like what you’ve seen so far, you’ll love the rest! Click here for more tips, products and inspiration.

xoxo.

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DIY Wedding Wednesday: Ceremony Confetti Cones

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If I had to pick a favorite design approach it would be the blending of the new and the old. I love putting fresh twists on classics. And given how far back the tradition of the wedding ceremony goes, there’s plenty of opportunity to get creative. Today I’m playing around with updating the lovely sentiment of the rice toss, by a simple swap for preserved petals and a focus on presentation. Making the switch from rice to petal and individually packaging the petals in embellished clear acetate cones, gives guests a pretty and functional way of celebrating a bride and groom as they take their first steps as husband and wife. Here’s the easy DIY breakdown on how to create these pretties.

The Supplies

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The Simple Three Step How To 

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Step 1: Stuff your cone with the petals. Using whatever pointy ended object you have lying around (I used a paint brush) help guide your petals down the cone. This ensures they fill through to its narrow bottom. Use just enough petals to fill up the cone while still keeping a loose finish.

Step 2: Apply self-adhesive jewel stickers. For precise placement use a pair of tweezers. Nothing fancy required. Your everyday eyebrow tweezers will do!

Step 3: Add your ribbon. For easy bow tying cut more ribbon than you need and then snip to achieve the final desired length.

The Pretty End Result 

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xoxo.

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Wedding Planning Essentials {Inspired by Color}: Green Stunner

Happy St. Patty’s Day! We hope everyone is enjoying this cheerful holiday and taking the time to celebrate the beautiful heritage and culture of the Irish. We’ve got plenty of our own celebratory plans on the go, including the sharing of our newest color story board, Green Stunner. When we realized the next installment of our color inspiration boards fell on St. Patrick’s Day, we could not not feature green. Although we didn’t really need convincing to showcase the gorgeous hue.

The many shades of green can be used to form countless wedding color schemes. And whether used as a strong primary or as a calming accent, green always brings with it a little sense of magic and a lot of elegance. We went bold with our board, using emerald as our primary, accenting by lighter green tones, neutral greys and touches of sparkly metallics, and we think the end result is nothing short of stunning.

xoxo.

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Product Showcase: Our Top Destination Wedding Favors

beach themed wedding favors

Spring may be just around the corner but the temperatures can’t warm up fast enough for us. We’re of the unfortunate kind who don’t have a beach in our backyards, so for a little escape we’ve decided to live vicariously through all the destination brides out there. And while planning our mock seaside affair we decided now might be a good time to showcase and share our top picks for destination wedding favors.

From perfect white washed nautical color palettes to sweet novelty concepts {all budget friendly!}, there’s something for every destination bride. So pour yourself a Pina Colada and enjoy!

beach themed wedding favors

beach themed wedding favor - starfish photo frames

featured here: small wooden starfish photo frames, complete with pretty waterside image insert
{stylist note: this favor features fantastic color and texture details}

beach themed wedding favors - mini folding beach chairs

featured here: miniature folding beach chairs
{stylist tip: these can double as pretty place card holders}

destination wedding guest favors - mini starfish candle

featured here: miniature starfish candle, complete with paper crate packaging and “thanks” tag
{stylist note: the finish gives this candles a real authentic feel}

beach themed wedding favors - mini deck chair candle holder

featured here: wooden deck chair candle holders
{stylist tip: fit the holder with a few sweet treats and use at every guest’s place setting}

beach themed wedding favors - mini flip flop key chain

featured here: mini flip flop “just married” key chain
{stylist note: perfect fit for the fun and lighthearted couple}

beach themed wedding favors - mini wooden trinket boxes

featured here: wooden trinket box
{stylist tip: give as is or personalize by filling with a few seashells gathered from your destination location}

beach themed wedding favors - metal boats

featured here: blue and white polka dot and stripped metal boats
{stylist note: pairing these with the right setting elevates them from a cute favor to a mature and stylish one}

Looking for More Beach Themed Options?

If the above favors aren’t exactly what you need, or if you’re looking for other beach themed wedding accessories, see and shop all 169 options on the shop by theme – beach section of Weddingstar.com

xoxo.

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DIY Personalized Weddings: The Signature Stamp

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Ask a bride what she wants most for her wedding design and 9 times out of 10 she’ll tell you she wants a design that is unique to her and her fiance.  No bride wants her wedding to be comparable to, or another version of, someone else’s event. Her love story is personal and so should her wedding story be. But given all the details that go into pulling a wedding together, it can often be difficult for a bride to figure out how to really put her mark on it.

Good news. It need not be that complicated. It can be as simple as literally applying your personal stamp! From your wedding invitation to subtle decorative details, a personalized stamp leaves your mark in all the right places. Here are some of our top DIY recommendations on how to apply the look.

Sneak Peek

Your wedding invitation is a first glance at what your wedding day will look like. Leave your mark early on by using your personalized stamp as a DIY accent on your save the date, invite and reply card, or as a finishing seal on your envelope.

All in the Details 

Stamping little decorative accents that pop up throughout your wedding day offers up a way to subtly connect your look and give it continuity.

Finishing Touches

Wedding guests have the pleasure of walking away from the event with a little gift. Your favor should both thank them and remind them of your wonderful day. Complete the look with your stamp on their sendoff.

Need More Convincing? 

Lucky for you we love sharing inspiration! Here are some more ways to apply the look.

shabby chic themed diy stamps

featured here – left side: DIY drawer display done up with decorative paper, crafting decorative knobs and cabinet pulls, and ruffled fabric trim in pastel pink, holding burlap chic collection wishing well cards personalized with the burlap chic floral rubber stamp
on the right: DIY customized kraft paper goodie bag personalized with the burlap chic monogram stamp
see how to make this goodie bag in our ‘shabby chic get the look feature’

xoxo.

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Wedding Decor 101: Adding Instant Ambiance {Every Time}

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If I had to pinpoint one part of the planning process that takes the most time, effort and energy {not to mention budget}, I’d call out decor, hands down. And it’s no secret why. Decor is what sets the tone for the entire wedding, what influences how guests experience an event, and what showcases a bride and groom’s own personal style. Decor selection also comes with an endless array of possibilities. Enter stress and time commitment!

That said, there is one sure-fire way to add instant ambiance to any wedding, regardless of theme, color scheme, venue or budget. That cardinal way, Candlelight. There are few decorative accents more romantic than the soft glow of candlelight. Few wedding design approaches more widely applicable. And certainly few styling methods easier to pull together on your own. Candlelight ensures guaranteed WOW factor every single time. Don’t believe me? Let’s let some inspiration speak for itself!

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vintage wedding decor - candlelight

featured here: bell shaped glass tealight holder in silver

art deco wedding decor - head table

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featured here: blown glass miniature tealight luminaries
see how to get this glittered gold look on our ‘a touch of {art deco gold} diy post

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Love it? Then Make it Yours!

Here are a Few Tips to Making the Look Work Every Time:

  1. Keep it Contained. Many public venues don’t allow open flames. That doesn’t mean that candlelight is out of the question. It just means you have to enclose the flame. Using candle holders fitted with chimneys, pairing tall votive holders with tea lights or hurricane vases with floating candles, are all functional and beautiful workarounds. And when all else fails, there are always LED candles.
  2. Mob Mentality. For the best visual, cluster your candles into groups. Clustering ensures that pretty glow you’re looking for and when repeated down the center of a table, makes for a gorgeous table runner.
  3. Remix It. Play around with your choice of candle and candle holder selection. Incorporating various styles and height alternatives will extend the pretty candlelight effect all that much further.
  4. Let it Shine. Needless to say, candlelight shows best in a dimly lit room. Whenever and wherever possible give it the opportunity to shine.
  5. The More, the Merrier. Although small clusters here and there will definitely do the trick, where budget allows it, go for as much candlelight as you can. This is one of those few ‘more is more’ situations!

xoxo.

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Sweet Treats: The Must Have Wedding Accessory

TGIF. It’s the weekend and you know what that means…time for some indulging! Weekends, at least for me, mean no need for calorie counting or worrying about how many carbs I’m consuming. They’re all about taking some time to relax and enjoy the sweeter things in life.

To get the weekend started off on the right note I’m sharing some of my all time favorite little treats. Lucky for all the planning brides reading this post, my faves just happen to double as fab wedding favors and guest treats. From sweet beginnings to delicious takeaways, these goodies are sure to hit the spot every time!

Signature Sips – The Perfect Welcome 

Is there any better way to welcome your guests than with a signature cocktail? Um, no! Have fun with it and create a recipe that’s unique to you. Showcase your drink in a unique glass or flute to finish off the look. And while creating, make sure to do plenty of taste tasting!

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featured here: cranberry crush cosmo & art deco gold decadence in mini martini glasses and  with chevron print paper straws

white chocolate signature cocktails in mini martini glasses

featured here: white chocolate & coconut martini in mini martini glasses

signature drinks - with paper straws

featured here: the lemon drop  cocktail with birch print paper straws

Take Your Seat 

Whether it’s awaiting them upon entrance to the venue or at their place setting, a little sweet amuse bouche is sure to please all.

guest favor ideas - mini chairs

featured here: ferrero rocher raffaello in gold and black print mini chair favor boxes and custom black & white french macaroons on mini clear acrylic chairs

wedding favors - mini birdcage

featured here: mini white chocolate cupcake in miniature classic round birdcage

Treats to Go 

They’ve indulged and enjoyed goodies all night long. Keep the sweet treats coming as your guests depart with some yummy take out options.

wedding favors - mini containers

featured here: homemade mini blueberry pies in “sweetie pies” mini pie packaging kit, farm fresh honey in mini glass jar, home baked cinnamon buns in mini woven picket basket

edible wedding guest favors

featured here: homemade strawberry jam in mini glass jars, personalized with homespun charm small stickers in crisp and mini s’mores kit in exclusive tree design wooden box

Are your mouths watering yet? Mine is! Bon Appetit and Cheers!

xoxo.

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Wedding Decor Ideas: Pretty on a Penny Part 2 – Making it Yours

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This past Monday I shared with you all a few secrets to getting gorgeous and budget friendly floral wedding arrangements. The key component was a lovely bottle vase concept which I’m currently obsessing over ever so slightly! Today I’m going to show you how to take the look to the next level, personalizing it as your very own. Truth be told, there are endless ways to customize the look to meet your specific wedding design. And after much back and forth self-debating I finally narrowed it down to my top three style approaches, complete with some pretty petal suggestions.

Style Approach #1 – Charms, Trims and Things 

The Components

personalized bottle vases - charms and trims

featured here: decorative glass bottle set in clear (sold in sets of six assorted sizes), striped cotton baker’s twine in mocha mousse, ruffled fabric ribbon trim in pastel pink and antique key charms in double hearts, heart and intertwined rings shapes

The Completed Look

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This approach is all about layering. Using whatever ribbon, fabric, twine or string you like to attach a decorative detail like a charm is the perfect way to both personalize the look and coordinate it with your overall wedding theme and design. And the details just scream pretty!

Style Approach #2 – Mix and Match 

The Components 

mix and match decorative bottle vases

featured here (from left to right): white glass bottle (sold in sets of 3), decorative glass bottle in clear (sold in sets of six assorted sizes), vintage inspired ceramic bottle in silver and lavender (sold separately)

The Completed Look 

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There’s no real science to this approach. It’s as simple as playing around with various shapes, sizes and colors to bring dimension to your arrangements. The beauty behind it is that it allows you to represent all the design elements and colors within your wedding design. So go nuts and get creative!

Style Approach #3: A Personal Touch 

The Components 

personalized white bottle vases

featured here: decorative white glass bottle set, woodland pretty stationary collection – small antler cling and personalized diecut sticker

The Completed Look 

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What better way to personalize the look then by actually personalizing the look! Whether it’s through a motif, monogram, or a custom sticker, incorporating subtly personalized pieces within your wedding decor really makes the look yours. And don’t be shy about incorporating you. It’s your big day after all!

So that’s a wrap on on my top three. And whether you run with one of these approaches or something completely different, all that matters is that you apply your personal stamp. Happy styling!

xoxo.

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