DIY Wedding Wednesday: Summer Floral Arrangements

diy summer flower arrangements

Last week we shared with you the last installment of our seasonal flower guide series. If you missed it, check it out here. And just like with all of its predecessors, we couldn’t pass up an opportunity to showcase all the pretty that in season stems can create. So we pulled out our floral tape, bonsai scissors, a bit of pretty ribbon and got to work! The end result? Several bunches of awesome for all you summer brides looking for inspiration for your bouquets, boutonnieres and centerpiece arrangements. Here’s the breakdown on how to create some simple floral stunners.

Look #1: The Pretty in Pink Bouquet – Supplies

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  • white peonies, pink lisianthus and blushing bride (we used 5, 3 and 2 stems respectively)
  • floral wire and tape
  • lace ribbon and bridal bins
  • floral shears

The Step by Step

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Step 1: after organizing your stems and cleaning them off of excess leaves, begin building your bouquet from the center out. Start by bunching together 2 or 3 peonies and add a bountiful stem of lisianthus to the bottom of that bundle. If your single lisianthus stems aren’t full enough, double up.

Step 2: add 2 stems of blushing bride to the top of the arrangement.

Step 3: surround the blushing bride stems with another 2 peonies and finish off the bouquet with another 2 stems of lisianthus, added to either side of the arrangement. Again, if your single lisianthus stems aren’t as full as you want them to be, double up.

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Step 4: firmly secure the bouquet with floral wire, starting just a couple of inches from the base of the flower heads and moving down approximately 2-3 inches.

Step 5: cover the floral wire with floral tape and trim down your stems to the desired bouquet length.

Step 6: cover the tape with lace ribbon, finishing it off in a loose bow tie.

The End Result

diy summer bridal bouquet white peonies blushing bride pink lisianthus lisianthus buds

Look #2: The Strikingly Simple Boutonniere – Supplies

diy boutonniere - supplies

  • 3 stems of fresh lavender
  • floral wire and tape
  • purple satin ribbon and bridal pins
  • floral shears

The Step by Step

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Step 1: bunch your fresh lavender stems together.

Step 2: secure stems in place first by wrapping them in floral wire and then floral tape, using about an inch of each, and trim down your stems to the desired boutonniere length.

Step 3: add satin ribbon over the floral tape and secure in the back with bridal pins, which will be the same pins you use to attach the boutonniere to a jacket.

The End Result

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Look #3: The Lovely En Masse Centerpiece – Supplies

diy summer centerpiece - supplies

The Step by Step

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Step 1: decide how you’d you like your grouping of vessels to sit together on your table. Look to create a balance in heights and colors.

Step 2: begin adding stems to the back vessels first. The key is to not overdo the number of stems going into any one vessel. You want a light and airy look, which also happens to be more budget friendly.

Step 3: next fill in your front vessels, going with shorter stems so not to completely cover the pretty vessels in the back.

The End Result

diy summer centerpiece vintage inspired depression glass votive holder baby's breath and allium vintage inspired pressed glass vlute purple clematis frosted blue glass bottle vase astilbe lavender motif ceramic bottle vase scabiosa tritileia allium

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

featured here: stainless lanterns

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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2015 Wedding Theme Ideas: Still on Trend

2015 wedding theme ideas

2015 is shaping up to be an incredible year for weddings, set to be filled with amazing new and exciting wedding themes and jaw-dropping details. We’ve already shared with you our predictions for what’s up and coming for the year ahead via glimpses into the inspiration clad pages of the soon to be released 2015 issue of Weddingstar magazine, see the latest post here, but there’s more. Beyond all that’s new, there are a few design staples that are certain to make the year over year crossover, continuing to hold their own in maintaining top spots on the list for most popular 2015 wedding themes. Rooted in some of the most naturally romantic, whimsical and breathtakingly beautiful details, here are the currently trending wedding themes not likely to lose their luster any time soon.

1. Vintage

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2. Rustic

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3. Woodland

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woodland wedding inspiration - log pencils

featured here: rustic wood pencils

4. Shabby Chic

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5. Wanderlust

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wanderlust wedding inspiration - compass favor

featured here: compass favor

wanderlust wedding inspiration - tablescape

The Latest and Greatest

If you’re on trend with one of these wedding themes be sure to stay tuned for the release of the latest issue of Weddingstar magazine, featuring tons of new wedding products guaranteed to get you the look.

xoxo.

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DIY Wedding Wednesday: Faux Fall Flower Decor

fall wedding decor

Whether you’re a DIY expert or it’s something you only dabble in, chances are you’ve used spray paint at some point along your crafting journeys. And that’s probably because spray paint is the number one way to easily transform the look of just about anything. Continuing on our recent Fall wedding inspiration kick, today we’re going to put the DIY wonder to the task of creating some seasonally inspired, simple and lovely wedding decor. Used as Fall wedding centerpieces or side table accents, these budget-friendly arrangements are sure to add a pop of color and a touch of sparkle to your day.

The Supplies

fall bottle vase decor - supplies

  • clear bottle vases (sold in sets of 6 assorted sizes. Only one shown here)
  • 3 types of spray paint – metallic antique gold, flat ivory and gold glitter tinting spray
  • faux flowers – dried baby’s breath, japanese lanterns and wooden roses, in shades fit for the season
  • taper candles
  • mask & gloves

The How-To

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Step 1: set up your working area in a well-ventilated space, preferably outdoors. Use an old cardboard box to create a pod that will keep your spray contained, preventing it from getting onto surrounding objects.

Step 2: place your bottle in the box, shake your paint vigorously and begin spraying in a quick up and down motion creating a thin first coat. Avoid a heavy application as it will cause the paint to run.

Step 3: rotate the bottle continuing your first application to the whole of the bottle. Once the bottle is fully covered leave it to dry as per the paint can directions then come back for a second finishing coat, to pick up on any gaps and to create a nice solid finish.

Step 4 (not shown): repeat steps 1 – 3  on all your bottles using the various spray paint colors and finishes. For the tinting spray only one application of paint should be necessary, to maintain the translucency of the bottles it is applied to.

Step 5 (not shown): once your bottles have dried completely, create your arrangement by filling your vases with the various dried flowers and taper candles.

The End Result

diy fall inspired bottle vases metallic gold bottle vase wooden mini rose gold shimmer bottle vase ivory bottle vase japanese lantern bottle candle holder candlelight diy bottle vases diy bottle taper candle holders

Ready Made

If you like the idea of using colored bottle vases for your wedding day decor but without the work, pick up a set of blue, purple or white bottle vases on weddingstar.com.

xoxo.

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Wedding Theme Inspiration: Burlap Chic

shabby chic wedding inspiration

To say that I’ve got a thing for all things Shabby Chic would be a serious understatement. In fact I’d go as far as to say I’m full-fledged obsessed! But mine is not a one girl club. From home to wedding day decor, Shabby Chic happens to be one of the most popular design approaches around. Defined by floral patterns, soft hues and distressed finishes, by its very nature Shabby Chic puts an effortless twist on the formalities of Vintage and a sophisticated spin on the casual carefree ways of Homespun. Right in the middle is where you find Shabby Chic, with its abundant layers, sheer feminine textiles and pink that goes for miles. Could anything be better to frame your wedding day celebration? I think not!

So without any further delay, let’s explore all the design elements that come together to create a stunningly Shabby Chic event, including our very own design twist tips on how to make the look uniquely yours.

The Look – Effortless Beauty

Shabby Chic is about the appearance of a balance between the tossed at whim and the perfectly placed. From the hair, to the shoes, to all the things that come in between, the key is to make it all appear effortlessly natural even though it takes meticulous planning to get the look right. The end result, well worth the effort, is drop dead gorgeous.

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The Design – Distressed and Layered

If it’s not rich in layered fabrics or defined by distressed finishes, it need not apply! And what’s the easiest way to bring in dimension and complexity to your set up? Props. Think outside the must have pieces that serve a tangible function and incorporate items that are purely decorative. And although traditional textiles, like linens and lace, will always have a place in a Shabby Chic design, don’t be afraid to mix in your own fabric of choice, like we did with burlap.

shabby chic greeting table

old fashion typewriter prop

featured here: vase trim created using ruffled jute and pink ruffled fabric ribbons, bound with craft paper twine

shabby chic wedding decor

suitcase prop

featured here: rolls of ruffled fabric ribbon used as decorative accents

shabby chic cake setup

shabby chic decorative props

The Colors

There’s no mistaking that the Shabby Chic design has its own distinctive color palette. But how you incorporate and blend the pinks and blues that inherently make up this theme’s color story, even what exact shades you select,  is up for interpretation. Make them mere accents to a dominant white palette, allow them to overtake your design as a whole, or mix with an unexpected shade like pewter grey. Get inspired by your selected venue’s existing look and feel and go from there.

shabby chic wedding tablescape

shabby chic centerpiece

featured here: vintage inspired wood case used as a centerpiece prop

shabby chic fabric details

featured here: vase trim created using layered ruffled fabric ribbons bound with craft paper twine

shabby chic flowers

faux fabric flowers

featured here: faux floral arrangement made using single stem ruffled fabric flowers

shabby chic chair back

featured here: custom chair back – ruffled burlap wreath and vintage inspired distressed key hook

Love It? Want More?

For more inspirational eye-candy from our ‘Burlap Chic’ shoot pick up a copy of this year’s issue of Weddingstar’s print magazine, and shop the entire look on weddingstar.com.

xoxo.

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Easter Wishes from Weddingstar

Wishing everyone a very happy and safe Easter weekend!

The Weddingstar Team