Wedding Planning Tips {Plan by Color}: Ravishing Red

Happy Monday! And a very Happy Thanksgiving to all our Canadian blog readers! In honor of today’s heartfelt holiday, and as a bit of encouragement to spend your Monday cozying up with the one you love, for our latest installment in our Plan by Color series we’re featuring the most romantic hue in the color spectrum, ravishing red. To be specific, we’re celebrating the many shades in the red color family, and those that best compliment them. From bold burgundy to golden yellow, and everything in between, we highly recommend using this radiant range to infuse breathtaking beauty into your wedding day.

Color Conscious

If red’s not for you, check out one of our other Plan by Color mood boards, Something Blue and Mint Green.

xoxo.

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Wedding Planning Essentials: The Reception Checklist

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If there’s one thing that’s essential to a successful wedding planning process it’s the habit of keeping lists. There are just way too many elements that go into planning a wedding to attempt winging it as you go or working from memory. Try it and you’re sure to get lost in all the details. Luckily there are plenty of monthly planning checklists readily available online  to help you work through the process. What’s harder to come by is a comprehensive list of the essentials you need to source to pull off the big party. But not to worry. We’ve got you covered! Here’s the rundown of the basics you need to consider for your wedding reception, along with some on trend examples of each. Happy Planning!

The Essentials Checklist:

  • Seating Chart, Escort Cards or Place Cards
  • Table Numbers
  • Guest Book and Pen
  • Wishing Well
  • Cake Topper
  • Cake Serving Set
  • Toasting Flutes

Seating Plan

Unless you’re having a very small and intimate dinner party style reception, a seating plan is a must. Guide your guests to their seats with either a creative seating chart fit to theme or beautifully displayed escort cards. Take it one step further by assigning seating at each table with the use of a place card in a lovely little holder.

custom guest sating chart

featured here: custom seating chart created using the open ornate vintage inspired frame and diy escort cards

reception seating ideas

featured here: diy escort cards created using burlap wrap by the roll and miniature ornate hanger clips

Table Numbers

A well thought through seating plan is for nothing without a well marked table. Most venues provide a standard table number option you can use, but check with them to make sure. To elevate the look consider using a custom table number, fit perfectly to your event design.

Guest Book

Some traditions are well worth keeping. Create an instant wedding keepsake by incorporating a guest book into your reception where all who attend can leave their permanent mark and well wishes.

Wishing Well

Want the sentimental keepsake offering a guest book provides but looking for a bit more creativity in the display? If so consider a uniquely designed Wishing Well where guest’s notes are marked on custom cards.

Cake Topper and Serving Set

Finish off your beautiful cake with an equally gorgeous cake topper. Pick something that either represents you as a couple, or go for something fit to theme. And remember a cake knife and server set for the sweet tradition of the cake cutting.

garden themed wedding cake

Toasting Flutes

Don’t forget one of the best reigning wedding traditions, the toasting of the two of you as the new Mr. and Mrs. Pick a stylish set of flutes that you’ll enjoy time and again after the big day.

Ready to Shop?

If you’re ready to get your reception essentials shopping started, we’ve compiled everything you see here (and more) into an easy to shop checklist. You can download your copy right here and when you’re ready visit the Reception section of weddingstar.com for 100s of accessory options.
toasting flute

xoxo.

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Wedding Day Essentials: Top 5 Cake Topper Styles

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Weddings, in every which way possible, have changed dramatically over the last decade. From unique venue selections to a focus on infusing personality into every aspect of the event, today’s couple wants something different and special for their wedding day. Yet a few staples continue to reign in popularity. A classic example, the tradition of a Cake Topper. That said, gone are the days of cookie cutter options. Now it’s all about personalized, thought through pieces that reflect the personality of the bride and groom. So from swoon worthy porcelains to quirky fun felt, today we’re sharing our top five cake topper styles.

Style #1 – The Modern Back to Basics

This one’s all about scaling things back and connecting to the beauty of all that Mother Nature has to offer. Presented in clean white porcelain and resin finishes these classic natural motifs are given the perfect modern twist.

Style #2 –  Classic Contemporary

A classic design staple for any modern event. Acrylic, no matter how it’s featured, always brings with it a sleek and contemporary feel.

acrylic cake topper

gold and acrylic cake topper

Style #3 – True Romance

Because your true romance is made up of the loveliest personal details. Mix and match a variety of bride and groom combinations to find the one that perfectly reflects who you are as a couple.

bride and groom porcelain cake toppers

Style #4 – Puppy Love

Many are those that consider their canine as a member of the family. Easily incorporate your puppy into your event and your topper with one of these sweet mini options.

Style #5 – No Ordinary Love

For the couple whose event design has to be as quirky as they are, these sweet perfectly imperfect homespun felt birdies are a must have.

homespun cake topper

Want More?

Shop over 100 additional unique cake topper options on the cake topper section of weddingstar.com.

xoxo.

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On Sale Now: Shoppable Inspiration from Cover to Cover

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2013 Weddingstar Cake Toppers

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Every year our designers spend months dreaming up new cake toppers; their efforts are influenced not only by emerging trends in fashion, style and theme but by the Brides who have taken the time to share with us what they would like to see us create! The following cake toppers are the result of all the work over the past year.
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Designer Spotlight: Mini Works of Art – Weddingstar Cake Toppers

With the New Year comes a new season of product development here at Weddingstar. As Weddingstar’s senior graphic designer it is always an appreciative reminder of the planning and detail that goes into designing our wedding accessories. Continue reading

Sarah & Phil: Love Letters and Family

Every wedding should have at least one thing that is extra special and unique. A little something that comes straight from the heart and makes you realize how in love the Bride and Groom really are.

In this sweet wedding it was the vows, letters that spoke of first meetings, hope for the future and in the Groom’s case; his delight that not only would this wedding give him the woman he loved for his Bride, but also her daughter, Isabella, for his own.

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Berrinda and Andrew – Love and Sunshine

With February on the way out I’ve decided we are going to celebrate this week with lots of love and sunshine. It’s my hope that Planet Earth will take the hint and stop sending snow our way!

With that in mind, I have for you a wedding filled with sun, palm trees and creativity.

Set in beautiful Arizona, this lovely couple didn’t have to worry that snow would ruin their special day! Continue reading

Wedding Napkins and… Superman?

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Cloth Napkins?

Paper Napkins?

Folded?

Napkin Rings?

The decision might be an easy one for you, but at some point you’ll have to decide what kind of napkins you want to use, and how you would like to display them. It depends completely on your taste and budget, but to help you decide I’ve put together a few various types that you could potentially use.

Keep in mind that napkins aren’t just for place settings, they are also often included in dessert tables, candy buffets, coffee bars and even the cake display.

Here you can see the classic folded napkin, which is usually either slightly decorated, as this one is, or placed in a champagne glass.

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Design a Wedding Accessory with Weddingstar

Design Your Own Wedding Accessory

The whole point of the blog today is to receive a bit of feedback from our wonderful readers. As you hopefully know, here at Weddingstar we design and manufacture the majority of the wedding accessories that we sell. We are perhaps most well known for our wedding cake toppers and stationery.

We are already beginning to focus on designing new products for 2012 as the process takes a great deal of time and effort. However, this year we would like to do it a little bit differently! If you would be interested, we would like your opinion to shape a completely new product that we will design.

IF and only if we receive enough interest in this idea, we will gather your input weekly, via polls – and use your personal preferences to create something fabulous.

You would be able to choose the type of product you want to see; the theme, style, color and all the little details in between.

If there is a product you wish existed, this could be your chance to see it created!

That being said, if you want to see a product come to life through the creative input of brides and wedding professionals, all you have to do is show your interest. A brief comment on the blog, Twitter or Facebook is more than enough!

Thank you and have a fabulous day,