How To: Unique & Creative Guest Book Options

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Today’s blog is all about picking the right guest book to match your style.  There are so many options for unique guest books and wishing wells, all of which can be customized to match your wedding theme and design.

Modern Guest Book Ideas

If you are wanting to stick with the traditional guest book concept but with a modern flair, we have some great ideas! Guest Books that use modern materials such as acrylic and wood take the traditional concept to the next level. Here are a few that we love!

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Featured above: Clear Acrylic Guest Book:Modern Fairytale Etching 

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Featured above: Wooden Guest Book: Personalized Woodland Pretty

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Guest Book Alternatives

There are so many guest book alternative options to choose from. Guest book alternates allow for creative and customized options to match your wedding theme.  Here are some of our favorites!

Personalized Shadow Box

A Shadow Box is a unique alternative that you can cherish for years to come after your wedding day. Guests can leave personalized notes on wishing well cards, which can be collected in the bottom portion of the box. This new take on a shadow box allows you to capture the memories made on and before your wedding day.

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Featured above: Personalized Shadow Box: Bistro Bliss  / Clips: Miniature Hinged / Wish Scrolls: Bistro Bliss

Decorative Birdcages

Decorative Birdcages make for fun and unique wishing wells that will be sure to impress your guests. You can dress them up by painting them to match your wedding colors and adding decorative elements such as ribbon and flowers.

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Featured above: Decorative Birdcage: Classic Round / Ribbon: White

Metal Decorative Urn

This Metal Decorative Urn is another unique way to collect wishing well cards from your guests and is a perfect match to most wedding themes.

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Featured above: Urn: Metal Decorative / Well Wishing Cards: Modern Fairytale 

Mini Suitcase Wishing Well

A mini decorative suitcase is a perfect wishing well idea for the travel inspired or vintage themed wedding. It is a perfect container for notes and well wishes from your guests.

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Featured above: Wishing Well: Mini Suitcase / Wishing Well Stationery Set: Paper Airplane

Natural Wood Keepsake Box

This unique wishing well is intricately designed and can be personalized with your initials and a custom message. The custom wishing well cards designed to complement this box and will fit perfectly in the interior compartments. This makes for a great decorative keepsake for your home after your wedding day.

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Featured above: Keepsake Box: Cubist Laser Cut Natural Wood / Embossed Stationery: Cubist Laser / Decorative Tray: Rustic Wood

Decorative Glass Box

A decorative glass box is another fun and unique idea for a wishing well.  Use it as a recipe box by providing your guests with recipe cards and have them write their well wishes or “Recipes of The Heart”.

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Featured above: Decorative Box: Glass With Mirror Base / Recipe Cards: Garden Party

Whether you are looking for a modern guest book or an alternative wishing well, there are so many unique options that we know you will love!

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How To Create The Look: Industrial Chic

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Exposed beams and bricks along with textured finishes make a great starting space. By applying a modern aesthetic to an industrial setting you can reinvent any space for the ultimate industrial chic look. Just let your creativity flow; play with … Continue reading 

DIY Wedding Wednesday: How-To Ask Your Mates – Vegas Style

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Listen up guys. This ones for you! Today we’re talking the ultimate way to ask your best mates to stand by your side as your groomsmen. And it all boils down to one amazing thing….Vegas baby! Give them no option but to say “heck ya!” after spoiling your boys with a weekend of fun. Plan out the festivities, arrange for the travel specifics (no one’s expecting you to foot the bill but arranging the details will earn you mega points), and as a special token of your friendship, send them packing with a few necessities for a weekend in Vegas. Here’s everything you need for the ultimate guy’s goodie bag.

Go Big or Go Home

The only way to do Vegas right is to go all out. Set the right party tone with a personalized, supersized, growler.

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Travel in Style

You don’t need much for a weekend in Vegas. But what you do take needs to be on point, like this simple and sleek weekender bag.

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xoxo.

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DIY Wedding Wednesday: How To Pull Off a Modern Minimalist Wedding

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There’s something to be said about adhering to the old “less is more” concept when designing a wedding. Certainly if it’s a modern look you’re after, the minimalist approach is the way to go. But minimalist need not mean basic. It’s the exact opposite. When it’s only choice items you decide to incorporate into your day, each one of your selected pieces should be spot on in matching the particular aesthetic you’re going after. Not sure where to start? No worries. We got you! Here’s a look at what you need to pull off modern minimalism to perfection.

Pretty and Polished

Playing with metal finishes and metallic shades is always a good idea when you’re looking to create a contemporary design. They instantly provide for the sleek finish a modern day style calls for.

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White and Bright

Bring in a sense of warmth into a design that might otherwise feel stark by complimenting your metals with bright white accents. Think classic pieces that speak to the femininity of a wedding day celebration.

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Simple and Smart

Leave no detail behind. From cake top to table top, ensure even the traditional ‘must have’ day of accessories tie into your overall target look.

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xoxo.

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So, You’re A Bridesmaid! Check Out Our Top 5 Cost Sharing Tips

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Your friend just got engaged and in turn has popped the question, Will you be my bridesmaid?”, wanting you to be part of her wedding day. You’re flattered (of course) and excited to be a part of her special day, but you start to stress out a bit when you begin adding up the costs. Being a bridesmaid can definitely be pricey, but there are some things you can do to help save some cash.

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We’ve got some great tips to relieve you and the other bridesmaids!

1. Group Gift

On top of all the other wedding expenses, including the dress and shoes and throwing parties typically a bridesmaid is still expected to give the new couple a gift.  Wedding gifts can definitely be a hit to your bank account, but why not lessen the cost a bit? Go in on a gift for the couple as a group with the other bridesmaids. This way you can chip in together on a higher priced item from the registry rather than trying to figure out something less expensive or spending more than you can afford on a gift.

2. Share a Suite

Hotel rooms can be expensive, especially if you need to stay for more than one night. Split the cost with the other bridesmaids by booking a suite that sleeps four people.

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3. Car Pool

If it’s not quite a destination wedding, but you and the other girls live outside of the location that the wedding is being held at, arrange to share a ride! Road trips are fun and is a great way to bond, especially if you are just getting to know a couple of the gals. You’ll save money on gas and have a great time!

4. Share Travel Costs

If you’re attending an upcoming destination wedding, consider group travel. Most airlines offer group discounts that could save you hundreds of dollars. Coordinating group travel might take some extra effort, but if it saves you some cash in the end, it’s definitely worth it!

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Featured above: Bathrobes: Mr & Mrs / Towels: Mr & Mrs / Sandals: Just Married

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5. Group DIY Projects

DIY projects are a fun way to help give every shower you throw the look of a high budget, meanwhile it’s a great excuse to get all the bridesmaids together and save a little cash! Enjoy some wine and snacks and whip up some amazing favors and décor. We’ve included some DIY projects that we think you’ll love! For décor we have tons of DIY ideas for adding gold and glitter to to glam things up. We also have some great favor ideas like Ombre Dip Dyed Favor Bags and Mini Mason Jar Favors.

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Can being a bridesmaid be pricey? Yes. But we hope these tips will help you out a bit and save you some cash.

DIY Wedding Wednesday: Mother’s Day Spa Tote How-To

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This Mother’s Day you could treat your mum to the usual weekend brunch, complete with classic mimosas. Not entirely a bad option. Or you could skip what’s standard and send your mom on a spa date for one, complete with a goodie filled tote that perfectly sets the tone for some well deserved me time. We’re thinking that sounds like a pretty darn good idea. And thanks to Weddingstar’s new gift line, everything you need to make it happen is just a quick online shopping trip away {spa not included}. Here’s the lowdown on everything you need to make this thoughtful Mother’s Day gift a reality.

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featured here: bliss striped black and white tote personalized to say ‘best mom ever’

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match set
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water bottle label

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featured here: aqueous water bottle label in pastel pink

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bath towel

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featured here: mr. + mrs. towels {sold in sets of two}

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xo flip flops

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featured here: white xo embossed flip flops

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featured here: watercolor floral silky kimono robe on pink

personalized silk robe

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xoxo.

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DIY Wedding Wednesday: Gold Glittered Pomander Chair Markers

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It was around this time two years ago that I discovered a little DIY secret that would forever change my creative repertoire. I now use it in my wedding designs, home accents, greeting cards, and just about everything else I embark on creatively. That little secret is glitter, gold and beyond, and ever since I realized how it could be added to just about anything to majorly up the pretty factor, I’ve been hooked. There’s no detail safe from my glitter addiction and after checking out today’s post, chances are you may quickly join the shimmer squad. Here’s how to use the golden good stuff to create some seriously sparkly chair markers.

The Supplies

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The Step by Step

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Step 1: pour out a generous amount of fine gold glitter onto your work surface. Make sure to first line your surface with a layer of paper towels. The porous nature of the towels will aid  to ease the application of the glitter. Next, using a thin tipped paint brush, begin to apply a thin layer of Mod Podge to the tips of the wooden curls of your pomander ball. Avoid too heavy an application of glue as it’ll result in clumpy glitter. Start out the glitter application to half of the pomander, doing so in sections of approximately 5-6 floral curls at a time.

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Step 2: once the glue has been applied, roll the florals into the glitter and shake off access. Make sure you apply the glitter quickly after the glue application to avoid the glue drying up. If a spot has been missed, reapply more glue onto that spot specifically and roll in the glitter. Avoid overlapping already applied glitter with glue as it’ll result in a lumpy and patchy finish.

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Step 3: for floral centers that are not flush with the curls, apply glue to the center point and manually dust on the glitter. Continue steps 1-3 until half of the pomander is complete, then set aside to dry before working on the other side.

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Step 4: push hot glue in between a couple of the florals. Immediately after, using a small fine tipped tool, push through a piece of gold ribbon that has been fold in half, at the halfway point. Hold for a few seconds to set. Once dry, the pomander is complete. Repeat steps 1-4 for your other pomander.

The End Result

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xoxo.

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DIY Wedding Wednesday: Sweet Celebrations – The S’mores Bar How-To

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Between the abundance of chocolate chunks, the melt in your mouth marshmallows, and the savory spiked eggnog, today’s how-to may be our most delicious and decadent post to date. And the timing really couldn’t be any better. Not only is this spread a surefire hit for any rustic or winter themed wedding, it also happens to have party perfection written all over it. We’re thinking, happy new year’s indeed. Here’s everything you need to create your own scrumptious s’mores bar.

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Let’s start with the ultimate must do, shall we. If you’re going to go with a s’mores bar, you just have to give your guests a chance to create their own delicious desserts. The fun’s all in the making after all. Set them up with everything they need, displayed in a set of pretty apothecary jars.

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Bite Sized Beauties

Have them hit the road with ready made bite sized goodies, perfectly packaged in lovely little bell jars. Favors never tasted this good.

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featured here: mini glass bell jars

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featured here: woodland pretty design square favor tag and satin ribbon in willow green

Speaking of Indulgences

No delicious sweet treat should go unaccompanied by an equally indulgent bevy. We highly recommend a spiked eggnog recipe, served up in thought through and personalized glassware.

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xoxo.

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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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xoxo.

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DIY Wedding Wednesday: Glam Tablescape How-To

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I don’t think I’d be going out on a limb if I said that most women love sparkly things, specifically those in the diamond family! You don’t have to be a girly girl to appreciate the beauty that bits of glamorous glittery things bring. And that impact goes far beyond personal style. From home decor to wedding day designs, the classic look of glam has long time reigned. And you need only take one quick look at a well designed concept to understand why. Bring on the bling!

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featured here: setting accent created using faux jewels by the roll

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xoxo.

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