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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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 Photo Booths

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Photo booths are a great way to entertain your guests, and especially fun for the kids at your wedding. Most likely your guests are going to have some downtime during the cocktail hour while you are doing portraits. A photo … Continue reading 

How-To Personalize Your Wedding

You’re in full wedding planning mode and of course you want to make your big day as unique and special as possible.  What better way to achieve this than by adding personalized details throughout your wedding?  Today we are excited to share with you Part 1 of 2 on how-to personalize your wedding, where we will look at adding those personal touches to your ceremony, reception and favors. There are so many options that we couldn’t fit them all into one post! Be sure to check back for Part 2, coming soon.

Personalizing Your Ceremony

Aisle Runner

Walking down the aisle is a major moment. Rolling out a monogrammed aisle runner and backdrop will up the ‘wow’ factor without blowing your budget out of the water.

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Featured above: Aisle Runner: Monogram Simplicity Personalized / Backdrop: Floral Dreams Personalized

Unity Sand Ceremony

The sand ceremony is a timeless tradition that makes for your own personalized unity ceremony. Customize the colors to match your wedding design and add a monogram to the vase to take it to the next level. The vase set can become a keepsake in your home as a reminder of your union.

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Featured above: Sand Ceremony Set: Free Spirit Personalized

 

Personalizing Your Reception

Personalized Napkins

Personalized paper napkins are a great way to add that extra touch to your wedding reception.  The options are endless with the ability to choose a custom logo, color, and personalized message.  It’s these dazzling little details that will make for a completely coordinated experience for your guests.

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Featured above: Printed Napkins: Best Day Ever Personalized

Personalized Glassware

Glassware is everything! The perfect combination of function and favor. This year’s trend is personalized wedding day glassware that can double as a unique favor for your guests!

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Personalizing Your Favors

Personalized Matches

Matches have been a favorite for decades, but we’ve made them cool again. Put your personal spin on this popular favor with just the right logo and message to complement your big day.

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Featured above: Matchboxes:Personalized / Matchbooks:Personalized

Personalized Mason Jars

The oh-so-popular mason jar is a favorite! With a personalized printed design you are taking a favor and adding so much more meaning. Some top trends for goodies to fill the jar with include jam, candies, bath salts and hot cocoa and….

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Featured Above: Mason Jar: Gold Solid Lid / Twine: Metallic Gold / Place Card: Lace Medley

For finishing touches think about adding those extra details to your favors.  Stickers,tags and personalized ribbon will take your look and really make it personal.

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Featured above: Bottle Stopper: Dainty Gold Bow / Ribbon: White / Tag: Celebration Small Rectangular

New Ceremony Must-Have: The Wedding Wand

Today we are excited to feature a product that is a ceremony must have! The Wedding Wand is a beautiful addition to your ceremony ritual and is an alternative to the sand ceremony or unity candle. It is a beautiful way to hold on to all that is important now and for your future together. It is about the love two people share and the desire to never let go of the precious gift they have found together.

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During the ceremony the couple will each hold their end of the wand as the officiant speaks.

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The Wedding Wand comes complete with a stand, allowing you to put it on display for all to see. This wonderful item will be a permanent decorative piece in your home. Not only to encase your marriage certificate, but as a daily reminder of the importance of the vows that were spoke on that unforgettable day.

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Engraved in the wand you will find words that may be contained in real vows. There is also a spot for personalization to be added, with the bride and groom’s initials or monogram.

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The vow certificate can be stored in the wedding wand after the ceremony.

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Featured here: Personalized Backdrop: Floral Dreams / Wedding Wand

FROM THE CREATOR OF THE WEDDING WAND

The Wedding Wand is a must-have for any ceremony, regardless of religion or background. It is about the love two people share and the desire to never let go of the precious gift they have found together. Created by a woman to immortalize a wonderful love and honor the memory of her late spouse, this ceremony addition touches the very heart of what is most important, the unending love between two people. This wonderful item will be a permanent decorative piece in your home. Not only to encase your marriage certificate, but as a daily reminder of the importance of the vows that were spoken on that unforgettable day. The Wedding Wand is a beautiful way to hold on to all that is important now and for your future together.

Style Spotlight: Vagabond Romance

Today we are excited to share one of our Ambassador’s photoshoots that was featured in the 2016 Weddingstar magazine! Alexandra McNamara of Blush and Bowties pulled together a stunning, bohemian wedding full of free-spirited, romantic details that has us all swooning. From naked cakes to caravans to one stunning couple, here’s some serious inspiration to fuel your wanderlust.

Style Spotlight: Vagabond Romance
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featured above: Ceramic Bottle: Lavender Motif | Cake Topper: Porcelain Poppy Blooms | Lantern: Stainless Steel with Glass Panels

Vagabond Romance Mini Suitcase with Paper Airplane Wishing Well Stationery Vagabond Romance Bride Bohemian Jewelry Detail
Vagabond Romance Place Setting Inspiration
Vagabond Romance Drink Stationery with Copper Mugs

featured above: Wishing Well: Mini Suitcase | Paper Airplanes: Wishing Well Stationery | Stationery Holder: Vintage Inspired | Pillar Candle Holder: Vintage Inspired | Mug: Moscow Mule | Glass Beverage Dispenser: Apothecary Style | Drawer: Vintage Inspired | Ornate Box: Vintage Inspired | Glass Bottle Set: Decorative

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Vagabond Romance Groom Boutenierre Detail Vagabond Romance Ivory Classic Birdcage Detail as Centerpiece
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featured above: Stationery: Feather Whimsy Collection | Birdcage: Classic Round Decorative Ivory | Votive Holders: Vintage Inspired

See wedding style spotlights + more in our Weddingstar Magazine available here or on a newsstand near you.

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Credits:

Event and Floral Design by Alexandra McNamara, Planner, Owner + Creative Director, Blush and Bowties / Photography by LV Imagery / Wedding Gown by Violet Crown Vintage / Cake by Custom Desserts by Michelle / Caravans by Sweet Vintage Caravan Co. / Location by Sagewood Farm / Furniture, Dinnerware and Suitcases by Style Me Vintage / Jewelry by Spark and Thistle / Hair and Makeup by Amy Harper Makeup / Models Katie Odegaard and Greg Van Niekerk

Weddingstar Quiz: What’s most important to you? Prioritizing your wedding

 

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Wedding How-to: Pulling off the Mismatched Bridesmaid Look

Are you thinking about mixing things up with your bridal party style? The common fear is how it will all turn out for pictures. Every bride wonders: “What if it doesn’t work and looks like a jumbled mess?” We promise that by following a few of these tips, you can create a fun and stylish look for your girls. Once you decide which direction you want to go, we will show you how to pull it all together!

Guided Freedom:

As tempting as it may be to provide your girls with every and any possibility, it is important to give them a few guidelines. You may think that keeping the dress requirements completely open is making it easier for them, but often it is the opposite. Your girls want you to be happy and get what you want for your wedding day. It can often be more stressful for them to try and guess. There are three main elements to consider when deciding on dresses: Fabric, color and style. Pick 1 or 2 elements that you would like to remain the same, and allow your girls to run with the rest. This will ensure your looks stays cohesive, but has some flair.

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Color me pretty:

Mixing up the colors is a fun way to add some flair to your bridal party. You have a few options here so the first step is to decide how.

1) Mixed color palette. Find some colors that fit together well by placing swatches together. The trick here is to keep your hue consistent. For example: if you are hooked on a pastel pink swatch, keep the remaining choices in the pastel family.

2) Shaded: Changing each bridesmaid dress by a shade or two can create a very interesting look for your bridal party. To pull this look off, you will need to find a gown with a fabric that is available in many colors. Start with 1 color that you love and start to work into a darker or lighter shade. It is that simple!

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When the wedding arrives, your bridesmaids will create a beautiful and elegant frame for you and your new husband. Different dress length can often be distracting to the eye and pull the focus from the couple. There are many ways to play with the mismatched bridesmaid look, but when it comes to hem length, we suggest picking just one.

The Mini-Mismatch:

Mixing up your bridesmaid style doesn’t have to mean everything is completely different. Even something as simple as different shoes, bouquets or jewelry can give your girls an opportunity to show off their personalities.

When putting together your bridesmaid style, there really are no rules. All you have to do is play with the options. Put fabrics, color and styles together until you are completely happy with the end result. Mismatching your girls is all about breaking the rules. So go ahead, be fearless!

How long will I need? – Your Guide to Timing your Wedding Day

Wondering how you will fit everything into your wedding day? We have a way to customize your timeline and create a solid plan.

Start with your wedding ceremony. Once you have a set start time, work backwards to create an outline for your wedding. Every wedding runs on a different time line, you can use this as a guide to bring the overall vision for your day to life. Once you have a general idea of what your timeline will look like, make sure you speak with your vendors. They are the pros and have done this many times. They will have a really good idea of how much time they will need to help create your perfect wedding day.

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Hair and Makeup

A general rule of thumb for most hairstylists is 1.5 hours for the bride and 45 minutes for a bridesmaid. Talk to your girls about their hair in advance and get a couple of key pieces of information. Will your hair be staying about this length when the wedding rolls around? Will you be doing it up or down? By answering these 2 questions for each bridesmaid, your hairstylist will be able to provide you a more exact schedule for the morning of the wedding.

Most makeup artists will typically set aside 40-50 minutes for a bride and 25 -40 minutes for a bridesmaid. A  good question to ask your bridesmaids in advance is: Will you be wearing false eyelashes? As these take a bit more time to apply than regular mascara.

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The Ceremony

A great starting point for your wedding ceremony is about 20-25 minutes. A wedding of this time-frame would include the following: Procession, opening words, a reading from a loved one, exchange of traditional vows, exchange of the rings, signing of the wedding licence, first kiss and the recession. If someone will be singing or you are having a unity sand ceremony, it is important to you than make sure to include that extra time in the traditional ceremony outline. Remember to speak to your officiant about time when you are planning the ceremony for the most accurate estimate.

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Photos

Make sure to meet with your photographer for a consultation closer to the wedding. This is a wonderful opportunity to get to know them a little better, review times, addresses and a few shoot locations before the big day. Talk about a list of family photo combinations (ex: Bride’s parents with Bride and Groom. Brides parents with Bride, Groom and Siblings etc.) Your photographer will be able to call out the names and your family photos can be done in record breaking times! Once you have gone through the details of the day with your photographer, ask him/her for a time estimate. Keep in mind that you may need to cut out a location, or adjust a few things.

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The Reception

It is a good idea to set aside 1 hour for dinner. This will vary depending on the number of guests, and style of service (buffet/table service), but this is where your Master/Mistress of Ceremonies are going to be very important. They can keep an eye on things and once things start to settle down and everyone has eaten, they will be able to get things rolling for the program and speeches. If you are worried about how much time the speeches and toasts will take, just mention it in advance. Provide the speakers with a set time to keep their toast within. 3-5 minutes per speaker is a great starting point. It is very important that your Master/Mistress of Ceremonies are kept in the loop. Provide them with the plan for the evening so that they can keep their eyes on the clock and make sure everything moves along smoothly.

Here are some of our favorite tips to help you stay on time:

1) Delegate: If you’ve hired a wedding planner, they will be extremely helpful in moving the day along and sticking to the schedule. But don’t worry. You don’t need a wedding planner to stay on time. Speak to a reliable member of your bridal party or family member about helping in this area. If you provide them with the day-of schedule and ask them to help move things along, they will be able to keep an eye on the clock and make sure no one loses track of time.

2) Prioritize: Ask yourself “what is the most important part of the day?” Is it the photography? Is it having some alone time with your new husband? Once you have answered this question you will have a good idea of where to prioritize your time. It is also a really good idea to schedule in an extra 15 or 20 minutes for your most important item. Which brings us to our next tip!

3) Leave yourself a little wiggle room: Even the most organized of wedding days will often have a few unexpected surprises. The good news is that if you plan for them, they won’t be a problem. There are 2 ideal times to leave some”buffer space”. #1 is before the ceremony and #2 is after the ceremony. Leaving yourself an extra 20 – 30 minutes is sure to keep you on schedule and keep your guests happy.

 

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