DIY Wedding Wednesday: How-To Capture the Candids

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There’s absolutely nothing that compares to wedding photos taken by a professional photographer. Someone experienced in telling a couple’s love story through creative images taken on one of the most important days of their lives. But chances are your photographer will spend no more than 10 hours with you (12 if you’re lucky), leaving you with some missed moments certainly worth capturing. Not to worry though, we’ve got just the solution for filling in the gap, all while getting your guests involved in some fun. It’s as simple as putting a disposable, and budget friendly, single use camera into the hands of your guests.  Allow them to play photog for a moment, to see what great candid moments they can capture. Here’s the simple breakdown of everything you need to pull off the concept.

The Set-Up

Fancy requirements need not apply. Simply set up a small station, whether it be part of another set up like your welcome table or its own stand, and include however many cameras you’d like, as well as a sign explaining the candid moment mission to your guests. Go with a camera design that fits your wedding theme (see all the styles Weddingstar has to offer here), or a neutral and super cute option like the vintage design option shown here.

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After the Big Day – Safekeeping

Once you’ve had a chance to develop all the great memories your guests captured, consider storing them in a lovely keepsake box, ready for exploring whenever the mood strikes.

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decorative glass box used as a wedding photo keepsake box

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wooden memory box used as a wedding photo keepsake box

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xoxo.

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DIY Wedding Tips: Destination Wedding Welcome Bag How-To

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You’ve decided to go globetrotting to tie the knot and a few of your closest and best have agreed to join in on the adventure. Show them just how much you appreciate their commitment to you and your nuptials, and thank them for making the trek, with a thoughtful welcome bag filled with little goodies fit for purpose. Love the idea but not sure what to include? Here’s a breakdown of some of our favorite destination welcome bag essentials, with a high / low spin on the concept to suit every budget. Happy travels!

Option #1: Prepared and Pampered

For the couple able to spend a little extra on each guest, this treat filled tote covers off all the basic travel essentials plus a few luxurious extras any guest would appreciate.

luxury welcome bag supplies

What You’ll Need – The Supplies and the Details

1. The key component, the tote bag. Go with an option that speaks to your wedding theme and/or color scheme, and personalize it for that custom finish.

2. Water is a must. Turn up the luxury factor by going with a sparkling, flavor infused option and add a custom label to refine the look.

3. Keep them entertained with a classic downtime go to.

4. Include a pretty theme appropriate favor that they can use after the trip to display their favorite trip memory.

5. Finish things off with a few practical and slightly extravagant extras like thermal spa water, cooling aloe gel and high end sunscreen, all in travel size format of course.

thermal water spray aloe gel and sunscreen

Option #2: Fun and Functional

For a welcome bag concept that’s a bit friendlier on the budget, stick to fillers that are both fun and functional.

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What You’ll Need – The Supplies and the Details

1. A mini tote bag that’s just as pretty as its larger counterpart, but takes less to fill up.

2. Start filling up the tote with the basics, a little something for the body and the mind.

3. Move on to the fun stuff, like a theme appropriate disposable camera, allowing them to capture their own memories of your moment.

4. Throw in some super cute tissues to wipe the tears they’re sure to shed during the I dos.

5. Finish off with the loveliest of functional fillers, a bamboo and printed silk fabric fan.

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A Little Something For The Two of You

Don’t forget to treat you and your guy or girl. Make sure to create your own goodie filled totes and include a couple pairs of these “just married” flip flops to throw on for some fun in the sun once you’ve sealed the deal.

just married flip flops

xoxo.

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DIY Wedding Wednesday: How To Personalize Your Ceremony

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I’ve never been one to do tradition for tradition’s sake. But when it comes to weddings certain rituals are worth exploring and honoring, especially when personalized with a sentimental twist. Which is precisely what today’s how-to feature, the sand ceremony, does for the unity ceremony concept. From as simple as a custom sand color selection, to a modernized vessel that acts as a perfect keepsake long after the big “I dos”, there’s a reason sand ceremonies continue to reign in popularity with brides and grooms across the globe. Here’s our top three favorite ways to incorporate the love ritual into your day.

#1 – A Sentimental Spin

Want something ultra unique? Go for a contemporary design that doubles as a keepsake. Opt for the framed version of this chic acrylic shadow box, to display a couple of your favorite wedding day pictures, or select the clear acrylic version to fill with something special from your big day, like the preserved petals from your bridal bouquet.

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#2 – A Family Affair

For the couple whose love has grown beyond just two, go for a sand ceremony that allows you incorporate your little one, or ones. Their participation in the celebration of your unity will no doubt be cherished always.

heart shaped vase

#3 – Color Match

Just looking for something simple to mark the occasion? Then pick your color match, either something that goes with your wedding day design or a couple of shades that mean something special to the two of you, and run with a neutral vase set that can easily find a spot in your home for years to come.

ceremony sand

xoxo.

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DIY Wedding Wednesday: Summer Floral Arrangements

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Last week we shared with you the last installment of our seasonal flower guide series. If you missed it, check it out here. And just like with all of its predecessors, we couldn’t pass up an opportunity to showcase all the pretty that in season stems can create. So we pulled out our floral tape, bonsai scissors, a bit of pretty ribbon and got to work! The end result? Several bunches of awesome for all you summer brides looking for inspiration for your bouquets, boutonnieres and centerpiece arrangements. Here’s the breakdown on how to create some simple floral stunners.

Look #1: The Pretty in Pink Bouquet – Supplies

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  • white peonies, pink lisianthus and blushing bride (we used 5, 3 and 2 stems respectively)
  • floral wire and tape
  • lace ribbon and bridal bins
  • floral shears

The Step by Step

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Step 1: after organizing your stems and cleaning them off of excess leaves, begin building your bouquet from the center out. Start by bunching together 2 or 3 peonies and add a bountiful stem of lisianthus to the bottom of that bundle. If your single lisianthus stems aren’t full enough, double up.

Step 2: add 2 stems of blushing bride to the top of the arrangement.

Step 3: surround the blushing bride stems with another 2 peonies and finish off the bouquet with another 2 stems of lisianthus, added to either side of the arrangement. Again, if your single lisianthus stems aren’t as full as you want them to be, double up.

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Step 4: firmly secure the bouquet with floral wire, starting just a couple of inches from the base of the flower heads and moving down approximately 2-3 inches.

Step 5: cover the floral wire with floral tape and trim down your stems to the desired bouquet length.

Step 6: cover the tape with lace ribbon, finishing it off in a loose bow tie.

The End Result

diy summer bridal bouquet white peonies blushing bride pink lisianthus lisianthus buds

Look #2: The Strikingly Simple Boutonniere – Supplies

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  • 3 stems of fresh lavender
  • floral wire and tape
  • purple satin ribbon and bridal pins
  • floral shears

The Step by Step

diy boutonniere how-to

Step 1: bunch your fresh lavender stems together.

Step 2: secure stems in place first by wrapping them in floral wire and then floral tape, using about an inch of each, and trim down your stems to the desired boutonniere length.

Step 3: add satin ribbon over the floral tape and secure in the back with bridal pins, which will be the same pins you use to attach the boutonniere to a jacket.

The End Result

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Look #3: The Lovely En Masse Centerpiece – Supplies

diy summer centerpiece - supplies

The Step by Step

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Step 1: decide how you’d you like your grouping of vessels to sit together on your table. Look to create a balance in heights and colors.

Step 2: begin adding stems to the back vessels first. The key is to not overdo the number of stems going into any one vessel. You want a light and airy look, which also happens to be more budget friendly.

Step 3: next fill in your front vessels, going with shorter stems so not to completely cover the pretty vessels in the back.

The End Result

diy summer centerpiece vintage inspired depression glass votive holder baby's breath and allium vintage inspired pressed glass vlute purple clematis frosted blue glass bottle vase astilbe lavender motif ceramic bottle vase scabiosa tritileia allium

xoxo.

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DIY Wedding Wednesday: Summer Ready – Garden Wedding Favors

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What’s our favorite thing about summer? Summer weddings of course! Especially those that take place in the beautiful blooming outdoors. And with the start of the season just around the corner, we figured it’s time to start sharing some of our favorite warm weather wedding details. Starting with your guest giveaway, today we’re showing you how to make any wedding favor 100% summer ready. We’ve applied our creative trims to some pretty pink boxes but in theory they can go onto just about any container, making it instantly gorgeous and garden friendly. Here’s how to make the look yours.

The Supplies

garden wedding favor supplies

The How-To

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Step 1: pull faux moss off its roll. Apply a layer of Mod Podge to the top of your box and a add an uneven application of moss to it. Make sure the layer of glue is thick enough to hold the moss, but not so think that it clumps and dries unevenly.

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Step 2: using all purpose glue attach a butterfly to the top left corner of your box, on top of the moss.

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Steps 3 & 4: again using Mod Podge, apply a layer of the adhesive  to the middle point of the left side of your box lid, as well as to the front right and right front corners. Add moss. The completed overall moss application should give off an “overgrown” look. Finish with a personalized tag.

The End Result

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xoxo.

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DIY Wedding Wednesday: Pretty Packaging – Matchbox Favors Done 3 Ways

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Guest favors don’t have to be big and brilliant (read expensive) to wow your guests. All they really need is plenty of layers of lovely. Adding textures and details like lace ribbons, vintage charms and dried floral to any container, box or baggie, goes miles to impress guests with a thoughtful presentation that’s just as pretty, if not more so, than the trinkets inside. Need some visuals to get your started? Check out what our play on textures and colors did for one little white matchbox.

Look #1: Vintage Vibes

Some combinations make for undeniable classics. Mix delicate lace with a raw muslin ribbon and an antique key charm for a guaranteed vintage vibe.

The Supplies

diy vintage matchbox favor supplies

  • white matchbox paper favor box
  • 1.5″ wide strand of blue raw muslin ribbon and 1″ wide strand of white lace, to be used as the main / base box wrap.
  • thin strips of lace, raw muslin ribbon and white satin ribbon, to be added as layers on top of the base wrap
  • paper flower
  • glue gun, to secure all details in place
  • antique key charm  (attach to box with the thin strand of ribbon)

The Details

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Look #2: Rustic Elegance

Present traditionally rustic elements in soft pink hues for the perfect blend of the casual and the elegant.

The Supplies

diy rustic matchbox favor supplies

The Details

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Look #3: Sealed with Love

Add a sense of old world charm to your favor trim by incorporating a pewter wax seal as the finishing touch.

The Supplies

diy matchbox favor supplies

The Details

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xoxo.

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DIY Wedding Wednesday: Pretty Paper Garland How-To

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OK. So I think I can now officially say that I’ve got somewhat of a little obsession with paper. But not just any kind of paper. The kind that can be used to create little decorative details that instantly up the pretty factor on whatever they’re applied to. Couple that concept with scale, of the miniature kind, and I’m a happy girl! So when I was presented with the request to figure out a few ways to feature one of Weddingstar’s newest decorative trims, the mini white paper garland, I sprang to the challenge with glitter and spray paint in hand! Here are three of my favorite ways to put this petite paper trim to work.

The Supplies

mini paper garland decor supplies

For Look #1 – The Overhang 

For Look #2 – Favor Trim 

For Look #3 – Invitation Trim 

Look #1: Center of Attention

Take the presentation of any set up, greeting, cake or favor table, to the next level by framing it with this pretty paper overhang. Be sure to hang your garlands at various heights and depths for best visual impact.

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Look #2: Glittered Gifts

Make your guest favor containers just as special as the gifts inside by trimming them with a touch of sparkly glitter.

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Look #3: Layered Goodness

Set the stage for an event packed with fabulous details by adding an extra layer of lovely to your invitation suite.

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xoxo.

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Light Up your Wedding

Lighting is so important when it comes to setting the mood. Candles and twinkle lights are usually the traditional choice when it comes to lighting up your wedding. You all know how much we love to add our twist on the traditional. Well, we have done it again! We are lighting up the blog with these incredibly cute LED lights. They come in many styles so they will fit any wedding theme. Plus, they are battery powered, so you can use them almost anywhere. This is one of our favorite décor accessories for 2015 and we know you are going to love them too.

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Featured here: Mini Lace LED lanterns

Drape from your ceiling, table or displays. You can even lay them directly on your table to accentuate your centerpieces. These Mini LED lights are a huge must have for any wedding theme. So go ahead! Light up your wedding!

 

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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.

metal lanterns

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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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Product Spotlight: Inspired by Love

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give your heart away
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Happy February Everyone! The month of love is upon us and so it will likely come as no surprise that we’re feeling a bit romantic this Monday morning. And with the countdown to Valentine’s Day officially underway, our money is on us not being the only one’s drawing hearts everywhere. As one of the most popular days of the year to get engaged and with this year’s holiday falling on a Saturday, we have no doubt that celebrations of devotion will be a plenty come February 14th. For our part in the festivities we’ll be spending the time leading up to the big day sharing romance infused ideas and inspiration, starting with today’s inspired by love product spotlight which will appropriately have you seeing hearts.

wooden stake

heartfelt trims
featured here: grey wooden stake with heart cutout

birch paper straws

small signs of love 
featured here: birch print paper straws

blown glass hearts

love is in the air
featured here: white blown glass hanging hearts

heart plate

delicious love
featured here: heart shaped plates

heart bubble wand

share the love
featured here: heart shaped celebrations bubbles

wood veneer sign

heart marks the spot
featured here: personalized wood veneer sign

reception pen

put it in writing
featured here: raised heart silver plated pen set

Let the Love Fest Continue!

Come see and shop the full collection of love inspired products on weddingstar.com.

xoxo.

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