DIY Wedding Wednesday: Well Lit – The Illuminated Table Runner

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It’s no secret that I’m slightly obsessed with table runners. Whether they be made up of candles, florals, foliage, or all of the above, I can’t get enough of them. And there’s one very good reason. They are stunning! Gracing the center of a tabletop, they provide a visual focal point that binds the reception event design together. The creative opportunities for execution are endless, and you can’t go wrong with any single approach. And just when I thought they couldn’t get any prettier, we decided to try adding some string lights into the equation. The result, instant gorgeousness. Here’s how to make the look yours.

The Step by Step and The Supplies

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Step 1: Select an abundant green (or two) to act as the base of your runner. We used two varieties of eucalyptus, seeded and moon lagoon. Going with more than one variety of greenery provides for added texture and interest. And remember, the fuller your selected green(s), the less stems you’ll need to complete the look. We used two bunches of the seeded eucalyptus, and one of the moon lagoon.

Step 2: Starting at one end of your table, lay a wide and full gathering of your main foliage. This will be your widest point.

Step 3: Working toward the middle point of the table, start tapering in your gathering. You don’t want it to be too narrow but a slightly tapered approach creates an interesting effect and saves on the amount of stems you need.

Step 4: If using two varieties of greenery, add in select stems of the second kind for added texture, reserving some to later cover exposed wiring from your string lights (which will be added when the runner of greens is complete).

Step 5: Repeat steps 1-4 on the other side of the table, meeting the two arrangements at the middle point.

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Step 6: Take your selected string lights, we went with white paper and white lace lanterns (one strand of each), and intertwine them into your greenery. Use the stems to cover as much of the wiring as possible, incorporating additional stems if necessary.

The End Result

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complete the look with a selection of vintage gold candle holders

Options Galore

White paper and lace not your style? Here are some additional string light designs that are just as lovely.

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DIY Wedding Wednesday: Wedding Stationery 101 – The Series

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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.

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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 

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The Details 

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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

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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 

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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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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

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2015 Weddingstar Magazine – The Reveal

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We’ve shared the sneak peeks (if you missed them click here, here and here) and now it’s finally time to officially launch the latest issue of Weddingstar magazine. Like no other bridal print publication, Weddingstar magazine provides you with 160 pages of inspiring, informative and most importantly shoppable wedding details. With page after page of uninterrupted eye candy, not a single ad along the way, the ideas are plenty and your opportunity to recreate what you see is just an online shopping experience away. From full feature inspiration shoots, to guides that act as your personal shopper, there’s not a single spread you’ll want to skip. But don’t take my word for it. Here’s your first look at exactly what you can expect to find in this latest issue.

The Big Picture

From Ceremony to Head Table, full feature inspirational editorials take you behind the details of the hottest wedding themes for 2015. Along side all the pretty pictures come comprehensive style guides, breaking down all the design essentials you need to recreate the look. Mix and match as you explore the various themes, or go with exactly what you see in any single one, either way you’re guaranteed a gorgeous wedding.

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The Must Haves

New to this year’s publication are editorials featuring all the must have products for the coming wedding season. Fresh ideas for all aspects of your wedding day design, your guests, and you pop off the page ready for the taking.

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Down in the Details

Showcased throughout the magazine you’ll find creative breakouts, teaching you the secrets behind styling your day like a pro. Say goodbye to all the guess work and hello to easy creative fun.

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Your Personal Shopper

To make sure you don’t miss a beat, each wedding theme featured within the 2015 magazine comes complete with a shopping guide, calling out every single wedding day accessory behind the look and available for purchase.

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And That’s Just Grazing the Surface

Discover the rest by picking up your issue here or look for it on all major newsstands, including Chapters / Indigo, Target and Walmart.



2015 Magazine Sneak Peek: Boho Beauty


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The 2015 Weddingstar magazine hits stands in just a few short weeks (eek!), and we’re continuing our little pre-release party with more sneak peeks into all the incredible wedding inspiration awaiting release. Today we’re sharing a first look at the final of the three full feature wedding creatives showcased in the upcoming issue, and the one most likely to take the number one spot for top 2015 wedding themes, Bohemian Luxe. Brilliantly blending ethereal beauty with lush organic details, this one is simply breathtaking.

2015 Magazine Feature: Bohemian Luxe – Effortless Wedding Style

Barefoot, unpretentious, ethereal and stunning. This wedding look highlights traditional boho concepts and infuses them with a hint of the luxurious by introducing a certain level of grandeur and a touch of elegance. An eclectic blend of organic details surrounded by overflowing abundant floral arrangements, this wedding design approach takes the best of boho and gives it the subtle sense of formality that every wedding deserves. A soft palette of earthy tones is complimented and uplifted by pops of the prettiest feminine shades, and nature sits at the forefront of it all. Whimsical just took on a whole new meaning.


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Catch Up

In case you missed our first two full feature sneak peeks, check out Classic Elegance here and Industrial Glam here.



2015 Wedding Trend Predictions

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To say that I’m excited about today’s post would be an understatement. I am elated! Not only do I get to share some early insights into what’s trending for 2015 weddings, something I know brides everywhere are after, I also get to release the first exclusive sneak peek into the visual content from the upcoming issue of Weddingstar magazine. And that content is oh so very lovely! I get to share these two topics together because it’s with trending wedding design insight that the magazine was pulled together. Brimming at the binding with inspirational imagery and ideas, with something for every couple and wedding theme covered, this soon to be released issue is bound to be the go-to resource for 2015 weddings. So without further delay, let’s bring on the pretty!

2015 Trend #1. The Bohemian Takeover

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It’s not a coincidence this one is at the top of our list. From authentic ethereal design concepts to luxe interpretations, brides everywhere are going after the Boho look. It’s a trend that we saw make a big mark in 2014 and it’s certain to takeover as the top trend for 2015. What you’ll find in the pages of the magazine is a design that blends the traditional with the luxurious, introducing a level of grandeur and a touch of elegance. You’ll see the best of the Boho concepts mixed with a slight sense of the formality that every wedding deserves.

2015 Trend #2. Introducing Industrial Chic

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2015 is trending to see a shift to the informal as far as overall wedding designs go. Like one big dinner party, family seating, inviting earthy tones and sophisticated designs will rule. And it’s this issue’s Industrial Chic feature that embodies the concept to a T. Textured and sleek, mature and modern, this feature will be a hit with any bride looking for a big city wedding without all the fuss. But with its casual but polished details, its appeal will span across weddings as a whole.

2015 Trend #3. Romance in Color

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From dusty purples, pale blues and soft greens to pastel peaches and pinks, 2015 wedding colors will revive the deeply rooted notions of the romantic, the whimsical, and the feminine. Soft palettes and delicate design details will come together to create breathtakingly beautiful events. Smokey grey will also make regular appearances as both a main and an accent color.

2015 Trend #4. The Reign of Rustic

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A continually strong wedding theme, Rustic will maintain a presence on the 2015 wedding scene. But beyond traditional theme and design interpretations, Rustic accents will also make appearances in unconventional places. Pair Rustic arrangements with a Classic tablescape, like what you’ll find was created for the upcoming issue’s Classic feature, for a touch of ease to an otherwise formal display.

2015 Trend #6. Oh The Details

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2015 weddings may be seeing a shift to the informal, but that certainly doesn’t mean designs will be thrown together at whim. Quite the opposite. Wedding design details are bound to get even more intricate than ever before. And that’s exactly what you’ll find on every single page of the next issue of the Weddingstar magazine. Stunning detail upon detail, meant to inspire and fulfill your every wedding wish.

There’s More. Much More.

Can’t wait for the December release of the magazine? Join us every Monday for the next 5 weeks as we continue to release more sneak peeks into all the amazing new content that’s waiting to be discovered, with our grand finale the Top 15 for 2015, featuring the incredible products that’ll get you the looks you’ll see and love.



DIY Wedding Wednesday: Bits of Boho – Painted Place Card Holders

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It never ceases to amaze me how far a little paint can go in the transformation of whatever it’s applied to. With the infusion of a bit of strategically selected color, and with some creative application, countless design specific details are possible. Today we’re using it and some stencils to apply a touch of the hottest trending wedding theme, Boho, to some organically appropriate place cards holders. From turquoise feathers to blush pink arrows, rocks never looked so good! Here’s how to add bits of the Boho design to your wedding day.

The Supplies

diy painted rock place card holder supplies

  • natural rock place card holders 
  • autumn leaf design place cards 
  • multi surface acrylic paint in choice colors – we used the Craft Smart brand in Blush Pink, Native Turquoise and Deep Peach
  • paintbrushes – one small flat headed brush for use with stencils and one fine tip for freehand application
  • a selection of stencills featuring staple Boho graphics

The How-To

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  • select your stencils. Stick on stencils are best for this project, allowing for the most precise painted details.
  • use a mix of Boho inspired graphics and a varied complimentary color palette
  • using a flat headed paintbrush apply a coat of multi surface paint onto each rock. Don’t worry about a perfectly even application. An uneven finish makes for a more organic overall look.

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  • for those extra crafty brides, don’t hesitate to freehand a design if  you can’t find a stencil you like or if you just want to do it all on your own.

The End Result

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Chelsea + Matt: Destination Antigua

Wow – that’s the best word to describe Chelsea + Matt’s destination wedding in Antigua. An incredibly fun couple with laughter in every shot, the lush backdrops and vivid colors of Antigua make their photos an incredible mix of romance and mystery. From frolicking on the beach to kissing amongst the foliage, C+M’s wedding is a perfect showcase of what beauty can lie in-store for a couple that decides on a destination wedding. Not to mention that we can’t get enough of Chelsea’s stunning beach style in her flowing wedding dress, floral hair accents and bright tropical bouquet. Be ready to be inspired – and don’t miss our “A Kiss and We’re Off” Cake Topper that traveled all the way to Antigua! Enjoy! Continue reading