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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Featured above:  White Acrylic Guestbook: Monogram Simplicity Personalized

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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Put Your Name On It: Personalization 101

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Personalization is a key element to creating a look for your wedding that is entirely unique to you. Whether it is the addition of your names, monogram or wedding date, every element adds an extra special touch to your décor. Here’s a sneak peek into the ways in which we create beautiful, personalized products that help make your wedding the best day ever!

Glass Printing

Using a technique called Pad Printing (otherwise known as tampography), our in house production team take a printed 2-D image and apply it to glassware with a sponge-like pad. The image is printed onto this pad, then the glass is pressed down into it allowing the pad to wrap around the glass and impose the printed design onto it. We use this technique for glassware favors such as mason jars, wine glasses, shot glasses and more!

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Digital Printing

Otherwise known as flat printing, we have an in-house print department that produces all of our stationery, stickers, clings, printed envelopes and even printed goodie bags using a high tech digital printer. Our personalization suite allows you to provide all the information your guests will need on your invitations, and with so many stationery collections to choose from you can be sure to find one that matches your style.

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UV Printing

Using a state-of-the-art ultraviolet printer, this is how we produce all of our printed aisle runners and photo backdrops. Ultraviolet (UV) printing simply means we use UV inks that dry with the help of UV light, instead of traditional inks that dry by allowing chemicals to evaporate over time.

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Heat Pressing

With the help of an industrial heat press, we apply a printed 2-D printed designs to acrylic cake toppers, handkerchiefs and tote bags. We also personalize our burlap aisle runners and table runners this way but because the fibers can interfere with the heat press, we personalize each of those by hand using irons. This way we can ensure your product’s personalization lasts and always looks fabulous!

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Foil Stamping

When you order a set of napkins from Weddingstar, you will receive them foil-stamped with your design of choice. You can take your customization one step further by selecting one of our 26 popular color choices! Personalized napkins are a popular trend for weddings and other events such as holidays, birthdays, baby showers, bridal showers and even anniversaries. The addition of foil to our napkins adds another level of luxe. This method can also be applied to our paper goodie bags, ribbon our are brand new faux leather compact mirrors.

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Looking for the perfect personalized napkin for your special event? See all our designs here.

Laser Cut Detailing

Most commonly used with our acrylic or wood veneer signs and cake toppers, this technique allows us to create unique designs in a variety of styles. Our in house design team creates custom designs that are then programmed into to our laser cutting machine. When we receive your order and specialized design, this machine will cut the design out of a solid sheet of acrylic or wood veneer, creating a one-of-a-kind piece just for you on your wedding day!

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Laser Engraving

Laser engraving is a similar process to laser cutting, except that the power of the beam is less such that it does not cut right through the material. The result of this is a permanent personalized etch into either our wood, metal, leather, acrylic or glass products. Our laser engraved products not only add to your wedding décor, but they make wonderful keepsakes in your home for years to come.

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Embroidery

Embroidery adds another level of prestige to products such as chair banners, hankies and our soon-to-arrive tote bags and silky robes. Industrial embroidery machines allow us to produce multiple orders at one time, as this is a very popular option with our brides. Get an embroidered item for yourself or share the love! Embroidered items make wonderful gifts for your bridesmaids and really show how much you care.

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DIY Wedding Wednesday: How-To Update Tradition – The Contemporary Guest Book

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There’s something so wonderful about the blending of tried and true traditions with current day trends, about putting contemporary twists on old school concepts. If you’re like me, a closet sucker for sentiment with a keen eye for pretty, then you’re in for a real treat. Using modern materials and on-trend designs, today’s feature products take the traditional concept of a guest book and elevate it x 100. From gorgeous hardcover bindings to delicately personalized pages, the transformation from old to new is major. As an added bonus, they also happen to make for amazing keepsakes and ideal spots to hold some of your favorite wedding day mementos. And with finishing details this pretty, you’re sure to want to put these books on permanent display.

All In The Details

About the only thing these books have in common with their traditional counterparts is their paper makeup. Beyond that, not a detail was left unchanged. Textured hardcovers hold personalized pages. Lined pages are replaced with blanks to open up the opportunity for how these books are used. And front to back, the design details are right on point.

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Beyond the Wedding Day

Your guests have left their mark, now it’s your turn to expand on yours. Further the keepsake value of your guest book by turning any unused pages into scrapbook territory. From a copy of your wedding invitation to candid photos taken by your closest and dearest, this is the perfect place to house those mementos that mean the most.

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xoxo.

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His and Hers Valentine’s Day Gift Guide

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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.

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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.

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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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The Top 15 for 2015: This Year’s Wedding Accessory Must-Haves

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The 2015 wedding season is officially here! Bridal shows are taking over the next few foreseeable weekends, the newest issues of the best wedding magazines have hit stands (including Weddingstar’s own publication), brides everywhere are starting in on their wedding planning journeys, and we are eagerly sitting by, excited to see how this incredible year of weddings unfolds. That’s not to say we’ll be sitting by idly. We’ll be front and center of it all, sharing new insider planning tips, featuring fresh DIY tricks, and showcasing exclusive extended content from the hottest wedding trends featured in this year’s issue of Weddingstar magazine. And where better to start than what we’re pegging as the must-have wedding accessories of the season.

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1. with this ring
featured here: vintage wedding ring cushion with ornamental frame (sold without lace fabric)

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2. sweet send off
featured here: a ceremony “confetti” toss created using a white linen drawstring favor bag personalized with a feather whimsy stamp, customized feather whimsy design square tag and mini white wooden clip

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3. a special spot
featured here: shabby chic mr. and mrs. hook set, used as bride and groom chair markers

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4. come fly with me
featured here: hot air balloon paper lanterns

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5. high style on top
featured here: floating monogram white acrylic cake topper

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8. lacy loveliness
featured here: rustic chic burlap and lace drawstring favor bag

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9. centerpieces made simple
featured here: vintage inspired mason jar set in wired basket

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10. every little detail
featured here: natural birch slices, used as part of a centerpiece concept

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11. best when mini
featured here: mini mason jars embellished with the diy miniature mason jar decorating kit

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12. luxurious threads
featured here: decorative chiffon sashes

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13. backdrop beauty
featured here: faux moss and wicker decorative frames (available in two sizes, sold separately)

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14. leave a message
featured here: self standing rustic wood frame chalkboard

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15. to have and to hold
featured here: pocket size wooden ring box

The Choices Are Plenty

You can’t imagine how hard it was to pick just 15 products for this post! To see 100s more of the latest, on trend wedding accessories for 2015, see the complete new arrivals section on weddingstar.com.

xoxo.

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Get the Look: Write in Style with our Glass Dip Pen

We all want our wedding invitations and stationery to look phenomenal! We painstakingly choose just the right design, print it on the best paper and word it with the greatest of care – but what about when it comes time to hand-write names, addresses or warm wishes to your guests? If you’re like me (and have writing that makes people think you should train to be a doctor!), then you’ll be brainstorming of a way to make your writing not only look more legible but also have more style than it does when you write your weekly grocery list. Luckily, we’ve created just what you need to make your writing look fabulous (and fancy!) – the Glass Dip Pen! Learn how to use it and love it with this simple tutorial video that shows you just how easy it is to use. We promise you’ll use it from your wedding invitations, guest book and beyond!

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Guest Book Alternatives

Now that we have discussed the traditional guest book I figure it’s a good time to talk about some of the interesting alternatives! To be more precise I’m going to tell you about the alternatives that Weddingstar offers. There is one I won’t be including but that is simply because it’s so fabulous that it needs to have a post of its own!

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Wedding Guest Books

One of the universal components of most weddings is the guest book. Whether it makes its way to the wedding in traditional book form or as one of the many novel alternatives, a guest book is a wonderful way to create a physical memento of your special day and all the fabulous people who were there to celebrate it.

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