5 Ways to Make Your Wedding Even More Meaningful

Every wedding is special and personal in its own way. And it is obvious that your wedding day is already going to be one of the most special and meaningful days of your lives. You are marrying your best friend, afterall! But we have a few ideas that might just take your wedding one step further. Here are 5 ways to make your day even more meaningful.

1) Introduce the bridal party yourselves

There are probably a few reasons that you asked your bridesmaids and groomsmen to stand up with you at your wedding. Each of them holds a special place in your lives. Rather than having your MC tell your guests what they mean to you, try telling them yourselves. Sharing a fond memory or how you became friends is even more special if it comes straight from you.

2) Having a loved one sing or play at your wedding

Music plays a huge role in weddings. Ask a friend or family member to play an instrument or sing a special song to bring you down the aisle, while your guests are arriving or while you sign your wedding license. It will be equally as special for them as it is for you and will create a special memory for you to look back on.

3) Have family time before the big day

If you ask any married couple, they will agree that the wedding day goes by incredibly quickly. Take some time to do something fun with your friends and family before the wedding day. Your out of town guests will appreciate the extra time with you and it is a great way for friends and family to meet before the big day.

4) Toast each table individually

The receiving line is a tradition that we are seeing less and less of. One of our favorite variations is to visit each table during the reception. Once dinner is starting to wind down there is usually some time before the speeches begin for you to make a loop with your new husband. By stopping at every table, it ensures that you will get a little bit of time with all your guests. It is a wonderful opportunity to personally thank them for coming and celebrating with you. It will mean a lot to your guests to be able to have some time with you and there are sure to be some good laughs along the way.

5) Unity sand ceremony

While a candle ceremony is beautiful and traditional, it leaves no permanent keepsake for the couple. The sand ceremony allows you to retain the memory of their special day for years to come. Combining the sand symbolizes the present and future  of two lives joined and forever inseparable. Every ceremony creates a different sand design that is unique like you as a couple. You can even personalize your vases and containers for an even more meaningful touch.

These 5 little touches are sure to create special moments that you will cherish for years to come! But, the best advice we can give you is to remember to keep it all in perspective. It is so easy to get swept up in the excitement and wedding plans that sometimes you just need to take a little step back. You are getting ready to celebrate the next chapter in your life as husband and wife. If you can remember WHY you are planning a wedding, that will be more meaningful than anything.

DIY Wedding Wednesday: Centerpiece How-To

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When the idea for this post came up, truth be told, I panicked a little. Although I love flowers (I mean, what girl doesn’t?!) and have pulled together many arrangements in my day, I always advise (where budget allows) to never DIY your florals. But let’s face it, when budgets are factored in not everyone has the luxury of working with a floral designer. So to all you ladies feeling brave and looking to stretch your dollar without compromising an ounce of pretty, this blog’s for you!

The Supplies

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  • good pair of shears
  • floral foam (to fit whatever vase you decide to use)
  • flowers, in order of appearance: lisianthus, astilbe, queen anne’s lace, spray roses, seeded eucalyptus and sedum

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The Step by Step

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Step 1: saturate your floral foam with water and place into your vase. Begin to build your floral arrangement creating a starting point for your two front facing corners. Make one over flowing with eucalyptus and the other tighter to the center with queen anne’s lace.

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Step 2: continue to build your arrangement by adding another overflow on the opposite corner to the original and begin to fill out your middle with a blend of sedum and lisianthus.

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Step 3: continue to fill in your arrangement, adding in astilbe. Start to concentrate on your arrangement as a whole, paying attention to all angles.

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Step 4: add in spray roses. as you work on filling your arrangement make sure to fill all gaps and keep a mix of flowers throughout the whole.

The End Result

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You could stop right here but for a fuller table arrangement (and some added decor), finish off the look with a couple of votive holders filled with a few floral stems, as well as some candlelight.

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Centerpieces Simplified.

If you’re all about DIY’ing your centerpiece but want something a little less labor intensive, check out our Decorative Bottle Vases and Springtime Centerpieces posts.

xoxo.

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Pinterest Perfection: How to Find Inspiration & Plan Your Wedding with Ease

Happy Wednesday everyone! Today I have a really great post for all of you about Pinterest. It’s a fabulous platform with lovely photos and ideas galore, and as a wedding inspiration tool, it’s amazing. But, with so many lovely ideas and images all in one place, how do you narrow it down? As most of us have probably found out first hand, it’s easy to get lost in the gorgeous photos that Pinterest is know for. One minute you’re looking at wedding dresses and suddenly you find yourself awwwing over adorable baby animals! Even if you do manage to stay on track while you’re looking for wedding ideas, inspirations and products there is still a massive amount of information to process – and most brides get a little overwhelmed with all the decisions. So, today I am going to impart my 5 top tips to use Pinterest to design and plan your wedding with ease! I hope you guys all enjoy it, lets get started!!!

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Inspiration {The Fifities}

The 1950’s – a classic decade with fabulous fashions and bold beauty. From swing dresses to pin curls, inspiration for a fabulous wedding look abound. It’s a fun era to play with and the possibilities for your wedding look are endless. Rock a dewy look like the classic girl next door or amp up your va-voom factor with a bold pin-up look. It’s up to you – and today I’m showing you a ton of different ways to infuse the 1950’s into your wedding attire! So get ready to feel like you want to swing to the Oldies, we’re taking a trip back and getting inspired with everything 1950’s! Continue reading

Tips from the Pro’s: Get in the Groove

Finding the perfect wedding song is one of many big “to-do’s” before you exchange your “I Do’s!” And, it’s one of those seemingly simple tasks that can sometimes turn into a groove-shattering stressor of epic proportions! Luckily, today we have the team from Stanley House dishing their best advice for picking that all important tune – and with how many weddings they’ve hosted in the 9 years they’ve been in business, they’re expertise is undeniable!

{ Tricia & Blake // Alison & Shaun // Sarah & Simon }

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Anna + Chris: A Blissful Spring Wedding in Virginia Beach

Anna and Chris had an amazing spring wedding this past April in their local surroundings of Virginia Beach! With colorful details and a light airy flow, their wedding is whimsical and beautiful! I’m especially in love all their simple yet vibrant details and their bright pink and navy color combination that really gives their wedding that something extra. Get ready to be inspired and feel the love in the air – this spring wedding most certainly has extra doses of both! Enjoy!

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Get the Look: 15 Ways to Use our Vintage-Inspired Wooden Multi-Purpose Boards

Well the title might be quite a mouthful, but these little boards are a power-packed decor gem just waiting for your imagination to transform them. From the perfect party sign to a great wedding photo prop to a rustic cheese platter, we went around the office here at Weddingstar HQ to see what our designers favorite ways to utilize our Vintage Inspired Wooden Multi-Purpose Sign Boards (say that 10x fast!) are. And, now we’re counting down the top 15 ways we came up with to use them – at your wedding and beyond! Enjoy! Continue reading

Irene + Matt: Mediterranean Vintage

Irene + Matt’s Mediterranean vintage inspired wedding is beyond gorgeous! I had the unique pleasure of talking with Irene all about her big day and it was treat to know what inspired such an amazing wedding design. With gorgeous purple accents, a bridal hairstyle that still has me breathless and fun photos that really show both Irene + Matt’s personalities, this wedding is the perfect inspiration for choosing wedding color palettes and themes. Congratulations you two!

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Get the Look: DIY Painted Mason Jars

At Weddingstar, we’ve been loving the look of rustic weddings with DIY projects all around – and our favorite project of all has been the array of painted mason jars we’ve been seeing! In today’s blog I am super excited to show you guys how to create 3 different looks for your wedding using three separate painting techniques. With easy to follow tutorial steps and all the tips we learned along the way, find out how to create the perfect painted mason jars for your wedding (or home!).

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