How To: Decorate for Less by Skipping the Flowers

Your wedding day budget is depleting and you are looking for ways to save costs. One way couples have found to reduce wedding costs is by replacing flowers with simple décor items. Many couples are straying away from using flowers and are instead choosing to make their own decorations and bouquets out of other unique items. Flowers aren’t everyone’s cup of tea, so if you are a bride who doesn’t want flowers at their wedding we’ve got some alternatives that you and your guests will love.

Aisle Decorations

 

Decorative Lanterns are a great choice to brighten up your aisle. They can be painted to match your wedding colours or dressed up using a decorative ribbon and you’ve got the perfect addition to guide you down the aisle.

Candles are another great way to decorate your aisle. They provide a romantic lit atmosphere perfect for that cozy indoor affair. However, if your venue does not allow open flames, flameless candles are also available.

Flowerless Centerpiece Options

 

Add a vintage look to your reception with these Candle Holders. You can decorate them to add your own flair. Add some candles and you’ve got a simple alternative to flowers.

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Having a summer wedding and want some pops of color on the guest tables? With beautiful decorated mason jars you’ve got a fun and easy DIY project that the whole wedding party can help out with.

Other summer weddings choose to use fruits to decorate with, filling tall glass vases or jars with different colored fruits for the right amount of color.

The Bridal Bouquet

 

A bride’s bouquet can be made up of all kinds of different things but one of the most popular for today’s bride is a brooch bouquet. These are easy to make, even if you aren’t very crafty and they look fantastic in photos. Brides usually ask for brooches to be donated by friends or family members, but can also find them in antique stores for relatively cheap. This bouquet is not to be thrown though; it is meant as a keepsake for the bride and there is usually a small substitution bouquet that is used if the bride chooses to do a bouquet toss.

Other bouquets may include flowers that are made out of sheet music, comic books or origami paper. Rustic themed weddings have seen flowers formed from burlap and ribbon, and others include fabric flowers made by the bride or purchased from a crafter.

Whether you decide to go with flowers or not, the choice is yours for your wedding. However, if you are feeling adventurous, skip the flowers and let your flowerless décor be the talk for years to come.

Writing & Concept by:  Theresa Gibson

Photography by: Weddingstar, LV Imagery, Kat Williams

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Get the Look: Poppers Three Ways

When you think of poppers or “crackers” you may think of Christmas. However, DIY poppers are great for any occasion, including your wedding day. Just by choosing different paper and trims you can create truly unique and beautiful looks. And they add a big ‘pop’ and wow-factor to that special moment!

Why not thank each of your guests with a popper that has a special gift/favor inside. You can hand them out individually or stack them on a tray for your guests to help themselves.

Supplies

Tools

  • Ruler
  • X-acto Knife
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Clear Tape
  • Hot Glue Sticks and Gun

Instructions

Step 1:
Print and cut out the zigzag template from card stock. Remember to print out at 100%.  Download Zigzag Template.

Step 2:
Measure and cut your paper to 10 7/8″ x 5 ¾”. This size fits a cardboard tube that is 3 7/8″ in length.

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Step 3:
From each edge, measure in by 2 ¾” on backside (white side) of paper and fold inwards so the edges meet in front.

Step 4:
Place zigzag template on top of your folded paper and with a pencil, trace the notches or zigzag (triangles).

Step 5:
Remove template and cut out notches with small scissors. When unfolded this creates a diamond pattern in the paper to make it easier to cinch the cracker with ribbons and other decorative items.

Step 6:
Open up the folded paper, turn over and flatten out. Thread the “snapper” through the inside of the cardboard tube and attach it with a small dab of hot glue on the inside at both ends of the tube. Put candies or small favors in the tube, tucking sizzle paper into the ends. Wrap the paper around the tube in the center and affix with clear tape.

Step 7:
To finish the ends of the popper, insert an extra cardboard tube into one end and tape the seam together. Repeat on other side.

Step 8:
Add trimmings to each end of popper. Cut 2 pieces of ivory ribbon at 10″ in length and tie one to each end with a single knot. Additionally, cut 4 pieces of gold cord at  10″  in length and tie 2 pieces to each end over the ivory ribbon.

Step 9:
Add personalized elements to the middle part of popper. Cut paper wrap to 3″ x 6″ and affix sticker to middle. Wrap around middle of popper and affix with tape.

Details

 

This popper does double duty as a favor and name card for a truly personal touch. Guests will have a ‘blast’ popping these at the reception table to enjoy their after-dinner mints.

 

Supplies

Tools

  • Ruler
  • X-acto Knife
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Clear Tape
  • Hot Glue Sticks and Gun

Instructions

Step 1 – 7:
Follow instructions for creating popper Look #1.

Step 8:
Cut 2 pieces of grey ribbon at 10″ in length and tie to each end with a single knot. Cut a 10″ single row of rhinestones and tie one to each end.

Step 9:
Write name using the silver pen on the oval sticker and affix to middle of popper.

Details

 

Sweeten up your dessert table with these adorable poppers stacked on a cake stand. We filled up ours with sea-salt caramels, but any hard candy will be a yummy treat.

Supplies

Tools

  • Ruler
  • X-acto Knife
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Clear Tape
  • Hot Glue Sticks and Gun

Instructions

Step 1 – 7:
Follow instructions for creating popper Look #1.

Step 8:
Cut 2 pieces of pink ribbon at 15″ of length and tie a bow to each end of the popper.

Step 9:
Wrap personalized paper around middle of popper and affix with tape.

Details

Concept, DIY craft, styling & photography by Paige Smith

 

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DIY Flower Girl Proposal Box

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In our last two DIY posts we shared ideas for creating proposal gift boxes for your maid of honour and bridesmaids – today it’s all about the flower girls.

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Pop the question by adding a faux hand lettered message on a chalkboard sign.

Here are the supplies you will need for the Will You Be My Flower Girl Proposal Gift Box:

Gift Items:

Packaging Supplies:

The Details:

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Featured here: Medium Decorative Chalkboard / Mason Jar Drinking Glass with Rose Cut in White Lid / Gold Foil Jumbo Party Confetti

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Fill the mason jar with assorted candies. Add the rose cut lid to the glass and insert a large lollipop into the hole for a straw. Finish with a ribbon to hide the lollipop stick. Using a fine white water-based Sharpie marker add the name of your flower girl to the mason jar.

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Download and print the faux lettering work sheet for the medium chalkboard signs. You can find a step by step tutorial for adding hand lettering to chalkboards in this post. 

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Featured here: Small Decorative Chalkboard / Gold Foil Jumbo Party Confetti

Do-It-Yourself Packaging:

Use gift boxes that are large enough to easily fit your biggest gift item. Add sizzle to the bottom of the box and place all of the items on top of the sizzle. Add extra sizzle wherever it is necessary to make sure that everything sits properly and stays in place. Add a few decorative items like gold foil confetti and some real or silk flowers.

Use a craft hole punch to add a hole to a small decorative chalkboard. Create a gift tag by adding baker’s twine to the chalkboard!

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Make all of  your proposal boxes as pretty on the outside as the inside using ribbon, silk or real flowers, gold foil confetti and gift tags.

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Gift boxes, sizzle, ribbon, twine and silk flowers – Creative Bag

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DIY Bridesmaid Proposal Box

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In our last post we shared how to create a DIY maid of honour proposal gift box – today it’s all about the bridesmaids!

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Pop the question by adding a faux hand lettered message to a glass jewelry box with rose gold edges.

Here’s the supplies you will need for the Will You Be My Bridesmaid Proposal Gift Box:

Gift Items:

Packing and DIY Supplies:

  • Gold Foil Jumbo Party Confetti
  • White 9″x 9″x 4.5″ Two Piece Gift Box
  • White and Gold Mylar Sizzle
  • Black and White Striped Ribbon
  • Real or Silk Flowers
  • Fine Tip Water Based Sharpie Paint Markers in White and Gold
  • DIY Photo Label
  • Decorative Tape

The Details:

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Featured here: Glass Jewellery Box with Rose Gold Edges and Gold Foil Jumbo Party Confetti

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Featured here: Rose Gold 3oz Hip Flask with Etched Stacked Monogram Personalization

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Do-It-Yourself Faux Lettering on Glass Jewellery Box:

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Download and print the faux lettering worksheet and use it as a guide to write on these glass jewellery boxes. You will also need a white fine tip water-based Sharpie paint marker and painter’s tape.

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Clean the glass before starting. Cut out the lettering as shown above and tape it to the back of the  glass lid. Trace the lettering using the Sharpie marker. If you make a mistake, it’s easy to remove the paint using a damp cotton swab or tissue. Allow the paint to dry a few minutes before handling.

Do-It-Yourself Labels on Wine Bottles:

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Sure you could just add a mini wine bottle to the gift box but isn’t this so much nicer? Print a photo onto plain white paper and trim it to fit your bottle. Make sure to cover the existing label and use a piece of decorative tape to keep the paper label in place.

Do-It-Yourself Packaging:

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Make sure you are using a gift box that is large enough to to easily fit the biggest gift item. Add sizzle to the bottom of the box and place all of your items on top of the sizzle. Add extra sizzle wherever it is necessary to make sure that everything stays in place. Add a few decorative elements like gold foil party confetti.

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Make sure that your proposal boxes are as pretty on the outside as the inside using ribbon, real or silk flowers, gold foil party confetti and gift tags. Instead of a gift tag, add a pretty hand lettered detail to the box using a gold Sharpie paint marker.

Stay tuned, the next proposal box post will be all about the flower girls!

Credits:

Gift box, sizzle, ribbon, glitter tape and silk flowers – Creative Bag

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DIY Maid of Honour Proposal Box

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So you’ve said yes to the ring and now it’s time to pop the question to your best girls. You’ll be spending lots of time together before and on the day of your wedding so show them you how much they mean to you by creating personalized maid of honour, bridesmaid and flower girl proposal gift boxes. This week we will show you how to create the maid of honour box. Stay tuned in the coming weeks for the how-to details for the bridesmaid and flower girl boxes.

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Pop the question by adding a faux hand lettered message on a chalkboard sign.

Here are the supplies you will need for the Will You Be My Maid of Honour Proposal Gift Box:

Gift Items:

Packaging Supplies:

The Details:

 

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Featured here: Gold Glitter Heart Favor Bag / Medium Decorative Chalkboard / Personalized Leather Jewelry Box

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Featured here: Matte Gold Charm Bracelet

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Featured here: Black Laser Expressions Feather Tag / Gold Foil Jumbo Party Confetti

Do-It-Yourself Faux Lettering on Chalkboard Signs:

 

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Download and print the faux lettering work sheet for these chalkboard signs. You will also need a fine chalk marker, paint tape, a pencil and white transfer paper. You can find a step by step tutorial for adding hand lettering to chalkboards in this post.

Do-It-Yourself Packaging:

Make sure you are using a gift box that is large enough to easily fit the largest gift item. Add sizzle to the bottom of the box and place all of the items on top of the sizzle. Add extra sizzle wherever it is necessary to make sure that everything stays in place. Add a few decorative elements like gold foil party confetti and some real or silk flowers.

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Use pretty tissue paper to wrap up the charm bracelet before placing it inside of a muslin favor bag.

Make your proposal boxes as pretty on the outside as the inside using ribbon, silk or real flowers, gold foil confetti, and laser cut tags.

Credits:
Gift box, sizzle, tissue paper, ribbon and Silk Flowers – Creative Bag

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DIY Wedding Wednesday: How To Celebrate Valentine’s Day in Style

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If you haven’t noticed by our recent post topics, we’ve really been in the mood to party lately. And it has everything to do with all the great celebration essentials that were recently added to the Weddingstar line up. With a varied array of party ready accessories, from customized napkins to personalized glassware, all you need to do is mix and match your favorites for your own personal party perfect assortment. Today we’re lining up our favorites for a stylish Valentine’s Day soiree, which can just as easily apply to an engagement party, bridal shower, or any get together where pink and pretty is a must.

Tabletop Style

Set the stage for a love celebration with little more than a few key tabletop accessories. It can be as simple as incorporating custom and clever paper napkins, or as creative as using pretty with a purpose florals. Little details really do make all the difference.

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“love” plates set, filled with roses and used as a centerpiece concept

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‘drunk in love’ & ‘kiss’ printed paper napkins, paired with gold strokes black cocktail napkins

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Cheers to Love

What’s a celebration without a proper toast of pink bubbles! Serve yours up in unique glassware options for an easy way to customize your event, and incorporate your choice drink into your takeaway concepts for a favor they’ll love.

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can shaped glasses personalized with ‘i love you like xo’ and ‘i can’t even without you’

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xoxo.

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DIY Wedding Wednesday: Will You be my Bridesmaid?

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With one of our favorite holidays, Galetine’s Day (that’s right, you read right, Galentine’s, not Valentine’s) just around the corner (February 13th), we couldn’t help but share one of our fave (also doubling as one of the cutest) ways to ask “Will you be my Bridesmaid?”. Complete with mini champagne, pretty polish, a couple key spa essentials and a sweet little tote bag, this creative concept has all the elements covered.  Here’s everything you need to ensure your girls shout out “yes”!

The Supplies

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The Details

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xoxo.

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DIY Wedding Wednesday: Party Perfect Favors

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Today marks the last post in our no fuss, no muss holiday series and fittingly, it’s our easiest how-to to date. Thanks to some of the prettiest boxes and bags, and a few sweet treats, we’re sharing party perfect favors, ready in just minutes. Perfect for any occasion, New Years, birthdays, showers or weddings, and featuring the loveliest of versatile color palettes, these trendy takeaways are simply a celebratory must have.

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‘we’re so engaged’ paper goodie bags filled with mini gourmet doughnuts

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xoxo.

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DIY: Chalkboard Signs Part 2

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A few weeks ago we shared a DIY Chalkboard post by our Ambassador Lorrie Everitt from Creative Bag. Today we are continuing on the chalkboard topic with these large, decorative chalkboard chair signs. DIY projects like these chair signs are a great way to add a personal touch to your wedding decor. Use this step-by-step guide and template to create your very own chalkboard chair signs.

In addition we will also show you how to create paper flowers used to embellish the chair signs, to create your own DIY boho styled decor.

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The Supplies:

Large Decorative Chalkboard With White Frame
• Liquid Chalk Markers
• White transfer paper
• Pencil
• Painter’s Tape
• Scissors
• Print out with design/ text
Ribbon
• Tools to Punch Holes Into Chalkboard
• Water Mister
• Glue
Optional – Gold Craft Paint or Gold Paint Pen to decorate your flowers

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The Step by Step

Step 1:

Print and cut out the lettering for the signs. Position the lettering on the chalkboard so there will be space to add the paper flowers later. Use painter’s tape to hold the paper in place.

Step 2:

Place the white transfer paper with the chalky side down towards the chalkboard, as shown above, under the paper template. Use a pencil to trace the lettering onto the chalkboard.

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Step 3:

Your traced lettering will be very faint but you should be able to see the complete design before you remove the paper template.

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Step 4:

Using your traced image as a guide, fill in the lettering with a chalk marker. Once the chalk ink has dried you can easily remove any remaining tracing lines with a soft dry cloth.

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Step 5:

At this point you will want to add a couple of holes to the top of your chalkboard for hanging later. I used a craft punch that is suitable for wood and metal products.

Option: If you would like to add a gold touch to your chalkboard, like I did on the chair signs for the boho wedding, you can do that using gold craft paint or gold paint pens.

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Step 6:

Print the paper flowers template on the paper of your choice. Cut the flowers shapes out as shown above.

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Step 7:

To make the paper easier to work with, lightly mist each flower.

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Step 8:

The swirly flower shape will make a 3D floral shape. Start with the small outer end and begin to roll the paper as shown above. Continue to roll it until you almost reach the end. The wide inner edge will become the base of the flower. Allow the paper flower to dry.

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Step 9:

Once dry, glue the bottom of the rolled flower to the wide base so it will stay in place and lay flat. You don’t want the other floral shapes to be flat so while they are still a little wet, scrunch them up with you hand.

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Step 10:

After the floral pieces have dried completely you can glue them together however you would like. This will allow you to form larger, fuller flowers.

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Step 11:

I painted gold glitter paint on the edges of the petals of these white paper flowers for a different look.

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Step 12:

Glue the paper flowers to the top of the chalkboard just above your beautiful hand lettering.

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Step 13:

And finally, add a ribbon for hanging.

 

Download the flower & Lettering template here.

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Chalkboards come in a variety of shapes and sizes. Visit weddingstar.com for more chalkboard options and let your creativity run.
We’d love to see your completed chalkboard projects. Post your pictures on Instagram and use the hashtag #weddingstar or tag us @weddingstar so we can find them.
Credits:

Styled boho wedding vendors:
Photography by Attakat
Wedding cake & Baked goods by Cakelaine
Chalkboard Hand Lettering Love Lettering
Floral arrangements by Periwinkle Flowers
Vintage tableware from The Perfect Table
Shot on location at The Warehouse Event Venue in Toronto

DIY Photography & Styling credit- Lorrie Everitt

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DIY Wedding Wednesday: Give Thanks – The Friendship Shadow Box

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Having just come off Canadian Thanksgiving Day celebrations, and with our friends to the south of us getting set to celebrate their respective day in just a few weeks, naturally we’ve got being thankful at the forefront of our minds. For daily pleasures, our houses and homes, and most of all for our family and friends. In the spirit of giving, today we’re featuring one of favorite ways to honor those people and events we cherish most, by displaying mementos of memories we hold dear in our hearts, perfectly displayed in chic shadow boxes no less. Here’s the how-to.

The Supplies

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The Step by Step

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Step 1: using the original frame backing as your guide, cut down a piece of decorative paper to the correct size for a personalized backer.

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Step 2: hot glue the custom paper backer to the inside of the frame backing. Keep glue to a minimum and concentrate it at the corners / sides to avoid an uneven and bulky finish.

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Step 3: layout the ideal placement of all your personal mementos. When ready, secure all in place with hot glue. When dry, fit your custom backer into the shadow box frame.

The End Result

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xoxo.

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