DIY Wedding Wednesday: The Dessert Bar How-to

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Wedding planning can often feel like a long list of overwhelming, time consuming “to dos”. Between the site visits searching for a venue, the budget management that has to go on throughout, and the writing out of place card after place card, it’s easy to forget to have fun. So today we’re recommending putting down your pen, your folders and your phone, and insisting you take a well deserved break to consider the incorporation of one of the most popular wedding day setups, the candy or dessert bar. Guaranteed to please every guest in attendance, and an ultra fun addition to plan, the dessert bar concept is never a bad idea. And let’s not forget all the yummy taste testing you’ll have to do in the process! To help get you started, here’s our how-to breakdown, complete with budget friendly, on trend display details sure to come together as a statement reception set up.

Pick Your Color Palette Before Your Flavor Palette

First things first, decide on the colors you’d like to incorporate into your table set up. Your selection should be a play on your overall wedding color scheme and can be incorporated through tags, ribbons, tabletop props (think a few pretty balloons), and if possible, your selected treats. For a simpler, cleaner look, stick to white desserts and candies and play up your colors through your accessories.

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Pick Your Go-To Treats

Variety is key when it comes to dessert bars. That said, you also want to make sure you keep your costs down. For that reason start the dessert selection process with your go-to treats, which should be easy to source, budget friendly options that you can buy in bulk. Make these items a focal point in your display by showcasing them in some pretty and trendy apothecary jars.

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Skip the Statement Cake

Continuing on the cost effective path, consider leaving out the big statement piece cake and opt instead for a mini version, a perfect fit for the two of you, the new Mr. and Mrs. Play up the display by incorporating a couple specialty items like custom bride and groom cake forks and a unique cake topper.

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Make it Favor Friendly

Beyond the sweets your guests will instantly enjoy, fill out your display by incorporating your guest favors.  Not only will the mini gifts make for some pretty eye candy, they also nicely fill out the available space without the need to spend further budget.

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DIY Wedding Wednesday: Awesome Ombre – Dip Dyed Favor Bags

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It’s no secret that the ombre concept continues to hold a top spot for unique and lovely event design details. A modern twist to the traditionally romantic watercolor painting technique, ombre offers a fresh twist on creative ways to play with colors. And the end result, although bringing with it a definite contemporary feel, is just as striking as its predecessor. Care to incorporate the ombre concept into your upcoming event? Then check out our step by step on how to get the look, demonstrated on some bath salt filled white linen favor baggies.

The Supplies

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The Step by Step

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Step 1 (not shown here): dissolve dye as per package instructions. If using multiple colors, keep them separate.

Step 2 (not shown here): into each of your three bowls, add approximately 1.5 – 2 cups of water. Next add in your dye (ensure it’s still warm from the dissolving process) starting with 1.5 tablespoons of dye into the first bowl, 1/4 cup into the second, and 1/2 cup into the third. This will give you three various concentrations of dye.

Step 3: dip your linen baggie into the first, least concentrated bowl of dye, all the way to the point your’d like your ombre to fade out. We went approximately a quarter of the way up the bag. Hold for just a few seconds. Remove and dip into the next bowl, to the point where you’d like that level of concentration to end, about the half way mark of the entire ombre fade. Lastly dip the very bottom of the baggie into the highest concentration of dye, which will give you the darkest shade of your ombre effect. Remove, wring out and let dry.

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Step 4: once your bag has dried, stamp it and fill with bath salts.

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Step 5: Repeat steps 1-4 for the various shades of dye and types of salts you’d like to use.

The End Result

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DIY Wedding Wednesday: Whimsical Wedding Wands

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If you’re looking for a super simple and sweet way to get your friends and family involved in your wedding ceremony, consider it found! Just add these 3 step whimsical wands to your festivities. Complete with tiny bells for ringing off your recessional, and fittingly personalized “…and they lived happily ever after” satin ribbons, these delightfully dainty wands are the perfect addition to any exchange of vows. And if the blue and white color combo featured here isn’t right for your wedding theme,  simply customize the look with nothing more than a switch of ribbon colors. Here’s how to get the look.

The Supplies

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The Step by Step

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Step 1: cut ribbons to a length of approximately 40-41″. Layer the personalized blue ribbon over the wide white ribbon and tie to your wooden stick, about 2″ from the top. Once looped and before securing, make sure to position your ribbons on both sides of the strand such that the wording faces up.

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Step 2: cut gold twine to the same length as the ribbons and loop it through the front of a hole punched tag. Note: looping through the front of the tag versus the back will impact how your card sits. Lay the card behind the ribbons and secure the twine around the ribbons with a double knot. Once the tag and twine are secure, knot the ribbons around the twine, again making sure to position your ribbons on both sides of the strand such that the wording faces up.

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Step 3: loop the mini bell through the already attached gold twine and secure to the ribbons with a double knot.

The End Result

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DIY Wedding Wednesday: Mini Bottle Vase Overhang

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Picture this. It’s your wedding day, the day you’ve been waiting for your whole life, and everything is absolutely perfect. You’ve got your guy (or girl) by your side, your dress is a stunner, the music is playing, the champagne is flowing, and above your head table a whimsical floral-filled aerial display marks your spot center stage. Do you love it? Then make it yours with today’s DIY mini bottle vase feature! Here’s how to get the look.

The Supplies

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  • two wooden poles (length dependent on how large you’d like your overhang. Our poles were each 40″ long.)
  • mini clear glass bottles (number dependent on the length of the overhang, Our overhang took 11 bottles.)
  • fabric ribbon
  • clear string (illusion cord or fishing line) and floral tape
  • a variety of dainty blooms and ivy

The Step by Step

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Step 1: wrap your poles with fabric ribbon, securing them at the ends with either glue or bridal pins. Once complete attach them to a couple of rigging points with fishing line, about  inches 20″ apart, with the back hanging slightly higher than the front. We used 2 standard ceiling hooks for each pole for our rigging points.

Tip: Before committing to this concept make sure you can execute it at your wedding venue. Ask if existing rigging within the ceiling exists.

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Step 2: add a base of ivy to your poles, securing it with floral tape. At this stage you aren’t looking to cover the poles completely, only to give yourself a starting point, while leaving room to work in the hanging of the mini bottles.

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Step 3: start hanging the bottle vases, attaching them to your poles with fishing line. Begin by creating a starting point for yourself, hanging a few in front and a few in back, all at various heights.

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Step 4: continue hanging the bottles, filling in the spaces between and around those you used as your starting points, all the while keeping with a mix of heights. To avoid a messy look, as you go be mindful to avoid overlapping the front and back bottles. Continue until you’ve reached your desired density.

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Step 5: complete the look by adding flowers and water to the vases, and by filling in your ivy. When working in the additional pieces of ivy, strategically intertwine the vines to cover up as many of the points at which you taped as possible.

The Details

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Trending Now: Aerial Displays For Your Wedding

When it comes to decorating your wedding, the ceiling may not be the first thing you think about. But it may not be the last, either. Making use of the ceiling to hang decorations has become a popular trend in the wedding industry over the past few years, and we can’t get enough of these gorgeous aerial displays! The ceiling offers a unique blank canvas that you can transform to fit with the rest of your wedding day design, and it will be sure to add even more ambiance to your wedding or event.

We’ve rounded up some of our favorite aerial display tutorials that show you how you to create your own beautiful display. But first, our expert stylist shares her “Tips to Creating Your Own Overhang”. Click on each picture below to read the full post.

Are you planning on including a ceiling overhang at your wedding? Tell us below! And be sure to check back next Wednesday for another beautiful aerial DIY using our Mini Glass Bottles.

Morgan

 

 

 

 

DIY Wedding Wednesday: 5 Lovely Ways to Fake Your Cake

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When forced to pick between the “practical” and the pretty, I rarely allow functionality to be the victor. That’s especially true when the pretty comes with a lower price tag. It’s with that mentality in mind that today’s DIY Wedding Wednesday post was born, for all you brides out there looking to save some pennies without compromising an inch of the good stuff. Taking on the DIY’ing of a wedding day staple, the cake, we’ll show you how to shave hundreds off your wedding day budget by simple going faux over the real deal. With a basic fondant covered faux creation at the base of it all, here are five lovely ways to fake your wedding cake.

Look #1: Love In Full Bloom

Thinking nothing could beat the beauty of delicate sugar flowers? We’re guessing you’ll quickly change your tune after laying your eyes on these fabulous fabric flowers, oozing romance from every textured layer. Couple with your favorite topper for the perfect finishing touch.

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Get This Look: The Supplies and How-To

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Look #2: Wrapped in Rustic

There are two rules to pulling off a rustic look, keep it simple but make it pretty, which is the exact visual created by these greenery wreaths. Top with a clean monogram wood veneer topper to mark it as yours.

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Get This Look: The Supplies and How-To

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  • simple three tiered fondant covered faux cake
  • boxwood, seeded eucalyptus (seeds only) and shears
  • personalized wood veneer cake topper 
  • How-To: Wrap the base of the cake and the space between your tiers with your greens. Keep your wreaths simple and dainty, securing them in place with bridal pins, overlapping pieces of greenery such that they cover the pins. To keep your greens fresh, create the day before and refrigerate until ready to display.

Look #3: Made for Two

For the understated couple who appreciates the little things, this mini combo allows for the honoring of tradition in an effortless way.

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Get This Look: The Supplies and How-To

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  • simple one tiered fondant covered faux cake
  • mini bird nest 
  • two decorative eggs and a bridal pin
  • How-To: Executable in minutes, we recommend pulling this piece together on site. To perch the nest on an angle gently insert a bridal pin into the top of the cake and lean the nest against it. Position your eggs accordingly.

Look #4: Around the World

For the love of travel, for the love of fun, this DIY mini garland topper marks your sweetest adventure to date. Get the complete look and how-to here.

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Look #5: Birds and Butterflies

Going back to basics is never a bad idea. And birds and butterflies are about as classic as a wedding cake itself. Add a punch of color to the concept with these beautiful decorative butterflies for a contemporary twist.

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Get This Look: The Supplies and How-To

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DIY Wedding Wednesday: Pretty Packaging

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Have you ever received a gift that was so beautifully wrapped you just couldn’t bear to open it up and ruin the presentation? You meticulously took the time to carefully undo every piece of tape holding it together, while hoping that all the lovely would stay in tack. Well we’re about to show you how to be the giver of just such an eye pleasing display. And it’s a lot easier than you may think. By simply playing with textures and layers, you’ll learn how to make one of the prettiest packages around, ideal for gifting to those that meant the most throughout your wedding planning process, your bridal party and your parents. Here’s the crafty how-to.

The Supplies

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The Step by Step

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Step 1: wrap your box and secure the paper using all purpose glue.

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Step 2: to the top left corner of your box, glue a bundle of lace fabric. Glue it such that it bunches, rather than laying flat.

Step 3: intertwine the plain fabric ribbon into a quarter of the lace and glue to secure.

Step 4: glue on the fabric flower to the center of the lace.

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Step 5: attach the peony bud (or small faux flower of your choice) to the bottom right of the fabric flower, on top of your bunched lace.

Steps 6 & 7: attach both lace fabric flowers next to the peony bud.

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Step 8: cut a piece of ruffled fabric trim and a strand of lace (of the same width as the ruffled trim) to a length that will drape off the side of your box. Our strands were approximately 12 inches in length.

Step 9: glue the ruffled fabric ribbon to the bottom left corner of the box, and then attach the piece of lace ribbon to it. A single point of attachment should work for both, allowing the ribbons to hang loosely.

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Step 10: glue your faux blossoms to the box, starting just underneath the lace fabric flowers, working your way down creating a cascade alongside the fabric ribbon. End your cascade approximately three quarters of the way down the side of the box.

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Step 11: stamp your tag and attach with glue to your box, tucking underneath your lace flowers and cascading blossoms.

The End Result

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DIY Wedding Wednesday: Wedding Stationery 101 – Complete the Look

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Last week we introduced you to a new stationery feature series we’ll be running this month. We started with the basics by breaking down the differences between low, medium and high concept stationery suites (see the post here). This week we’re getting into the details. Using last Wednesday’s “simplified” stationery concept, we’re showing you how to complete the look  by incorporating coordinating “day of” pieces into your wedding day. And when you see the type of visual impact a well coordinated grouping of paper accessories can have on your big day, “simplified” will be the last adjective that’ll come to mind!

Find Your Seat and Let’s Eat!

You could go the expected route and put out place cards to guide your guests to their seats. Or you could get creative and entice your guests to find their spots with these DIY escort card concepts.

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What You’ll Need 

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The Details 

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The Big Picture

Pull off an ultra swoon worthy setup by doing as the pros do, layer your table top with coordinating pieces that add interest and dimension. It’s such a lovely thing when pretty and functional come together.

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What You’ll Need 

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The Details 

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Finishing Touches

Pull off your coordinated look throughout every last detail, including the little trinkets your guests walk away with. Send them off with a thoughtful thank you personalized from the two of you.

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What You’ll Need 

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for the key ring favor:

for the flower pot favor:

for the baggie favor:

The Details 

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DIY Wedding Wednesday: Glittered Glass Heart Overhang

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Whether you’re planning to tie the knot on New Year’s Eve or are simply using the festivities to inspire your wedding day design, there’s one decorative element that’s an absolute have-to-have. That element? Gold Glitter. A DIY bride’s best friend, easy to find, use and super inexpensive, gold glitter gives anything it’s applied to an instant boost of brilliance. From a sparkly accent on the smallest of day of details to big impact glitz, you’re guaranteed wow factor every time. Given all of today’s year end celebrations, for this DIY Wedding Wednesday installment we’re showcasing the golden good stuff on some playful blown glass heart decorations, as a stunning signature drink table overhang. Here’s the breakdown on how to make the look yours.

The Supplies

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  • white blown glass hanging heart decorations (in all 3 available  sizes. Total number of hearts depends on the final size of overhang you’re looking for. We used 9 for ours.)
  • mod podge glue + paint brush for applying glue to hearts
  • gold glitter
  • fishing line for hanging

The Step by Step

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Step 1: remove the white ribbon that the hearts come with. You can reattach once the hearts are dry if you wish. Using the paint brush apply your glue to the portion of the heart you want covered with glitter, starting on one side. For the entire grouping of hearts you’ll want to vary the amount of glitter on each, with some hearts covered a quarter of the way up, some 3 quarters, some completely.

Step 2: sprinkle on glitter as soon as the glue has been applied.

Step 3: for the hearts that aren’t completely covered with glitter, gently brush the top line with your finger to create an imperfect, uneven finish, avoiding a perfectly straight line.

Step 4: let dry and repeat steps 1 – 3 on the other side of the heart.

Repeat Steps 1-4 on all your hearts.

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Tip: For hanging we recommend using fishing line. If handling on your own, ensure the mechanism you are attaching the hearts to is secure and create the overhang the day before your wedding, if possible, as the process is time consuming.

The End Result

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Sweet Signage: DIY Mini Paper Garland

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I think it’s pretty much guaranteed that if you take any wedding day detail and scale it down to a miniature version of itself, you instantly get super sweet results. And that’s exactly what happened when we took inspiration from all the great wedding banners out there, including those in the Weddingstar lineup, and created a DIY mini paper garland cake topper for an editorial in the latest issue of Weddingstar magazine. As soon as the charm of the handcrafted came together with all things tiny, we knew we had created something special. For all of you that would agree, here’s the step by step on how to recreate the look, including a couple alternate versions, because we just couldn’t resist the opportunity to make more!

Look #1 – Pattern Fun

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The Supplies

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  •  mini kraft paper pennant garland 
  • craft paper with pattern designs of your  choice. We used two different patterns and alternated them.
  • fabric ribbon (available at most craft specialty stores)
  • mini letter stamp (to create a monogram)  and blue ink pad
  • skewers
  • scissors and glue gun

The Step by Step

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Step 1: cut two separate pieces of garland, 6 pennants in length each, or more if you’d like a longer banner.

Step 2: cut a piece of fabric ribbon into the pennant shape shown above and stamp on your monogram.

Step 3: cut your craft paper pennants, just slightly smaller in size than the pennants on the banner. The banner has three different sized pennants and we covered the two largest ones with a dedicated pattern each, leaving the smallest as is.

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Step 4: glue your craft paper pennants onto your banner, alternating your pattern as cut, then connect each separate banner strand to either side of the fabric ribbon pennant. Let dry.

Step 5: when completely dry, attach the completed banner to the skewers.

The Details

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Look #2 – All That Glitters and Shines

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The Supplies You’ll Need for This Look:

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To get this look you simply need to apply the mod podge to each pennant then cover each with your glitter, creating a pattern as you go. When dry attach the banner to your skewers.

Look #3 – Around the World

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The Supplies You’ll Need for This Look:

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To get this look first decide on the length of your banner, then attach a globe charm to only the largest pennants and finish off the ends of the banner by gluing on satin ribbon garlands. To create the ribbon garlands simply cut a few strands of ribbon in both colors, then cut those in half for a thin and delicate finish, create two bunches and tie at the top to hold together.

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