DIY Wedding Wednesday: Pretty Paper Garland How-To

mini paper garland how-to

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.

mini paper garland overhang mini diy blue dot paper garland mini diy blue dot paper garland overhang polka dot paper straws

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.

glittered garland favor trim diy glittered favor trim mini garland favor trim

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.

mini garland invitation trim diy invitation trim

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

valentine gift guide

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.

rustic wooden ring box

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

featured here: stainless lanterns

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

heart vase favor

give your heart away
featured here: mini clear blown glass heart vase favor

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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DIY Wedding Wednesday: Wedding Stationery 101 – The Laser Cut Look

laser cut stationery

Today we’re bringing you part 3 of 4 from our currently running stationery series and we’re getting fancy about it! We’re getting fancy, and formal, and oh so fabulous, by taking a closer look at some of the beautifully detailed laser cut and embossed stationery options available through Weddingstar.com. Perfect for the bride and groom looking to make their wedding announcement in style, these intricate designs offer up a high-end approach to wedding stationery suites, but without a hefty price tag. Covering off everything from your Save the Date declaration to your pretty place cards, these complete collections make getting formal a breeze. Here are five of our favorite ways to pull off the look.

Collection #1: Lace Opulence

Paying homage to the vintage charm authentic lace brings to a wedding day design, this collection is the ultimate option for luxury stationery.

lace opulence design stationery collection

this collection features: lace opulence design laser embossed wedding invitation, accessory card (3 varied inserts available – Save the Date, RSVP and Thank You), and place card. Assembly of inserts required.

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Collection #2: Pearl Romance

Celebrate your love with this classic collection. A soft and romantic filigree design embodies the true romance that only a wedding celebration can bring.

pearl romance design wedding stationery

this collection features: pearl romance design laser embossed wedding invitation, accessory card (3 varied inserts available – Save the Date, RSVP and Thank You), and place card. Assembly of inserts required.

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Collection #3: Floral Elegance

Continuing with our love of lace, inspired by the textile’s delicate floral details, this laser embossed collection sets the tone for an elegant affair.

floral elegance design wedding stationery

this collection features: floral elegance design laser embossed wedding invitation, accessory card (3 varied inserts available – Save the Date, RSVP and Thank You), and place card. Assembly of inserts required.

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Collection #4: Woodland Pretty

The Wilderness never looked so pretty. This ultra detailed collection, with its peekaboo approach, brings with it just the right amount of casual that a woodland wedding calls for.

woodland pretty design wedding stationery

this collection features: woodland pretty design laser embossed wedding invitation, accessory card (3 varied inserts available – Save the Date, RSVP and Thank You), and place card. Assembly of inserts required.

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Collection #5: High Style

This black tie worthy collection features laser cut cards with one perfectly placed crystal on each piece, adding a touch of high-class style.

high style design wedding stationery

this collection features: high style design laser embossed wedding invitation, accessory card (3 varied inserts available – Save the Date, RSVP and Thank You), and place card. Assembly of inserts required.

high style design wedding invitation high style design thank you card high style design place card

xoxo.

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

top 15 wedding accessories for 2015

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.

vintage wedding ring cushion in frame

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

white linen drawstring bag

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

shabby chic mr and mrs hook set

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

hot air balloon paper lanterns

striped hot air balloon paper lantern

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

floating monogram white acrylic cake topper

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

rustic style leather guest book   journal style guest book

burlap and lace drawstring baggies

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

mason jar vase set

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

natural birch slices

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

mini mason jar favor

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

chiffon chair sashes

12. luxurious threads
featured here: decorative chiffon sashes

faux moss and wicker frame

moss frame

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

rustic wood frame chalkboard

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

wooden ring box

wooden ring box details

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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2014 Recap: The Top 10 Wedding Products of the Year

top 10 wedding products of 2014

Year over year weddings just keep getting better, more creative and certainly more breathtakingly beautiful, and 2014 may have been the best year yet. We saw the emergence of gorgeous new wedding themes, countless brides and grooms make the extra effort to personalize their weddings to perfection, and we witnessed the continued evolution of the bridal market to a new level of sophistication. It was a year filled with lovely and we’re certain that although 2015 will bring with it lots of the new and the exciting, plenty of the wedding details and ideas from this year will make the year over year crossover. So with that in mind today we’re recapping the top 10 wedding accessories from 2014, all guaranteed to find a place in the coming wedding season.

bell shaped votive holder

1. compact pretty
featured here: bell shaped glass tealight holder used as a mini vase

chandelier decoration

2. decorative luxury
featured here: chandelier silhouette wall decoration

mini faux antler card holders

3. woodland minis
featured here: miniature faux antler stationery holder (get the gold tipping diy here)

lace parasol

4. lovely lace
featured here: antiqued battenburg lace parasol

ornate vintage chalkboard

5. designer notes
featured here: ornate vintage chalkboard

birch print paper straws

6. sweet sippers
featured here: birch print paper straws

vintage jeweled napkin ring

7. place setting perfection
featured here: vintage floral napkin ring

vintage inspired ornate box

8. stylish storage
featured here: vintage inspired ornate box

acrylic bride and groom signs

9. his and hers
featured here: black and gold opulence engraved “bride” and “groom” acrylic signs

artificial birch tree centerpiece

10. center of attention
featured here: faux birch tree centerpiece

So Many Choices

With so many options, it was next to impossible to narrow down our top product choices of 2014 to just 10. To discover all the other great items equally worthy of making the list, come explore weddingstar.com 

xoxo.

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DIY Wedding Wednesday: How to Use Decorative Props

decorative prop how-to

Want to know one of the top styling secrets behind ultra swoon-worthy weddings?  It all boils down to the use of decorative props. It’s a term  you may or may not be familiar with, but it’s certainly a concept you’ve come across, and what’s caught your eye, time and again when spending hours on Pinterest planning your big day. Decorative props are what bring to a wedding design plenty of visual details, the opportunity to add layered textures and the chance to play with varied heights, all of which come together to create special unexpected elements of interest that wow. Perfect for centerpieces or creative side table displays, here’s just a few examples of how-to get the look.

Candlelight Glow

Take the glow of a simple grouping of pillar candles to the next level by incorporating beautifully detailed rustic props into your display.

candlelight display

The Supplies You’ll Need for This Look:

The How-To 

Display your items as shown in the image above or play around with a combination of your own. But be sure to stick to the design essentials behind the look, a play on differing heights and a mix of textures.

The Details 

rustic wood and glass box pillar candles natural birch tree slices decorative rustic wood tray seeded eucalyptus

Bring on the Blooms

For guaranteed wow factor replace standard glass vases with textured vessels that will go miles to add decorative flair to your event. Finish off the look with just a few stems and pillars.

decorative floral display

The Supplies You’ll Need for This Look:

The How-To 

Display your items as shown in the image above or play around with a combination of your own. To display pillars on your tin box, angle the lid and lay it centered across one side of the box. Be sure that your lid sits firmly on the base of the box. Florals can be substituted for your choice of stems. Regardless of what changes you make, ensure you stick to the design essentials behind the look, a mix of focal points of interest and textures.

The Details

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Greet Them with Pretty

Create a greeting table that sets the stage for an event filled with plenty of pretty, complete with a favor display that’ll have guests talking about it more than the favors themselves.

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The Supplies You’ll Need for This Look:

The How-To

Display your items as shown in the image above or play around with a combination of your own, while always keeping with a mix of decorative details that provide differing heights, textures, and visual interest.

The Details

vintage inspired display drawer lace patterned votive holder decorative vintage spool decorative vintage drawer favors goodie bag

xoxo.

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DIY Wedding Wednesday: Paper Flower Decor

diy paper flower decor

Who wouldn’t want a beautiful backdrop adorned with an abundance of flowers framing their head table on their wedding day? Um, I know I would! Unfortunately the average wedding budget just can’t accommodate such extravagant setups. That is unless you’re willing to roll up your sleeves and get crafty! If you’re game than you’ll want to bookmark this post because we’ve got a much more cost effective way to get the look without compromising an ounce of pretty. The secret? Trade in real blooms for everlasting paper versions. Take a few oversized paper peonies, blend with some gorgeously detailed paper dahlias and dainty paper apple blooms, and voila, you’ve got yourself a beautiful backdrop on a budget. Here’s the step by step on how to create these lovelies for your event.

The Supplies

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  • paper peony, paper dahlia and paper apple blossom. The total number of flowers will depend on how small or large you’d like your backdrop to be. Ours took two peonies, three dahlias and three apple blossoms. For a more full backdrop, increase your count and display the blooms closer together.
  • skewer and rounded pencil for curling petals
  • glue gun

Paper Flower #1: The Apple Blossom

diy paper flowers - apple blossom

The Step by Step

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Step 1: take one of the flower’s layers, any one will do as you’ll repeat this step for them all, and begin by creating your petal details. Crease each petal in half, about 3/4 of the way down, toward the center point.

Step 2: once all petals have been creased, with creases facing up, collapse the flower’s center point such that it creates a dip and your flower is no longer flat.

Step 3: bring the petal with the jetting out flap together with the petal beside it and glue them together such that the flap is now covered.

Repeat Steps 1-3 for All of the Flower’s Layers. 

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Step 4: begin gluing together your layers from largest to smallest. Alternate the positioning of each layer, rotating as you go, such that they do not overlap and each layer remains visible.

Paper Flower #2: The Dahlia

diy paper flowers - dahlia

The Step by Step

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Step 1 (image 1 & 2): begin by creating your petal details. For the prettiest bloom, tightest in the middle, we recommend using a thin skewer to curl the petals on the first two smallest layers. Curl in the sides of each petal, working towards the middle.

Step 2 (image 3 & 4): for the balance of the layers we recommend using a pencil for curling, again curling in the sides of each petal, working towards the middle.

Complete All Layers Before Moving onto the Next Step. 

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Step 3: for each curled layer, overlap the petals onto one another.

Step 4: in the palm of your hand or using your fingers, twist the overlapped petals such that a tight cone shape is created. Repeat step on all layers and line them up from smallest to largest.

paper dahlia how to - 3

Step 5: begin building your dahlia by starting with your largest layer. Unravel the cone and flatten out the layer, leaving just the sides of the petals curled. Continue onto the next layer and begin gluing your layers together. As you work your way up from layer to layer flatten each one out less, leaving the first two (the smallest two) in tact.  As you glue alternate the positioning of each layer, rotating as you go, such that they do not overlap and each layer remains visible.

Paper Flower #3: The Peony

diy paper flowers - peony

The Step by Step

paper peony how to - 1

Step 1: select your largest or smallest layer and begin creating your petal details using a pencil to curl the edges. Curl each individual petal on the sides, inward. Repeat this step for all the flower’s layers, curling your top,smallest layers more than the larger bottom ones.

paper peony how to - 2

Step 2: glue your layers together from the bottom up, largest layer to smallest. Alternate the positioning of each layer, rotating as you go, such that they do not overlap and each layer remains visible.

The End Result

diy paper flower backdrop paper peony paper peony detail paper dahlia paper dahlia detail paper apple blossom paper apple blossom detail

xoxo.

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Product Spotlight: Best Dressed Favors

best dressed favors for 2015

We’ve waited for what seems like forever, but the day has finally come. Today marks the official launch of Weddingstar’s new 2015 product line up, and with it loads of fresh eye candy! 100s of the hottest trending wedding day details have now gone live on weddingstar.com and in just days the 2015 edition of the inspiration filled print magazine will begin to pop up on newsstands across North America. To kick off the sharing of all that awaits Weddingstar brides in the year ahead, our first post featuring the latest and greatest not only showcases some fab new products, it also provides an exclusive look into one of the many editorials you can expect to find in the new issue of Weddingstar magazine. So without further delay, here’s a look at the 15 Best Dressed Wedding Favors for 2015, complete with a shoppable breakdown of everything you need to make the looks yours.

#15. Uncorked

Modern, sleek and smart. We love it when style and functionality come together, just like with this wine bottle shaped corkscrew opener.

best dress favors - the modern corkscrew

To Get This Look You’ll Need:

the modern corkscrew - supplies

#14. Always Fresh

C’est Chic! Bring a sophisticated twist to an eco inspired succulent giveaway by presenting it in a mini high top pot.

best dress favors - the high top pot

To Get This Look You’ll Need:

the mini high top pot favor - supplies

#13. From the Heart

Sincere and sweet, this pretty mini blown glass heart vase is an ideal fit for the modern day romantic.

best dress favors - blown glass heart vase

To Get This Look You’ll Need:

blown glass heart vase favor - supplies

#12. The Right Type

This one is all about the details. From the authentic looking old-fashioned typewriter key magnets to the unique ribbon cartridge packaging, these minis are sure to impress.

best dress favors- vintage typewriter key magnets

To Get This Look You’ll Need:

vintage typewriter key magnet favors - supplies

#11. Treasure Trove

Inspired by the carefree essence of a beach wedding, these carefully crafted tiny treasures are a clever accent and gift for any seaside themed affair.

best dress favors - mini treasure chest

To Get This Look You’ll Need:

mini treasure chest - supplies

#10. Bottled Brews

Homespun charm, bottled. Literally. Add these crafty trims, including a vintage key bottle opener, to any bottled beverage for your own personalized take on a refreshing treat.

best dress favors - vintage key bottle opener and drink

To Get This Look You’ll Need:

vintage key bottle opener - supplies

#9. A Touch of Lace

Packaging perfection. A traditional guest favor treat gets a major face lift with one of the prettiest packages around, a lovely lace and burlap baggie.

best dress favors - burlap and lace favor bag

To Get This Look You’ll Need:

burlap and lace favor bag - supplies

#8. Well Noted

Unplug and bring it back to basics, the good old pencil and paper kind, with these rustic bundled beauties.

best dress favors - rustic notepad favor

To Get This Look You’ll Need:

rustic notepad favor - supplies

#7. Bear Hug

Just add rosemary. Or thyme. Or whatever other herb you like. The rest of this charming woodland inspired culinary accessory is made ready to order.

best dress favors - interlocking bear hug salt and pepper shakers

To Get This Look You’ll Need:

interlocking bear hug salt and pepper shakers - supplies

#6. Mix it Up

For a sweet summertime treat, give your guests a thirst quenching individual sized lemonade kit, tucked away in an adorable doily trimmed mini picnic basket, obviously! 

best dress favors - lemonade kit

To Get This Look You’ll Need:

lemonade kit favor - supplies

#5. Diner Style

The perfect mismatch. Go retro with these double duty pressed glass mini salt & pepper vase stationery holders, which are sold in a set of four varied vintage designs.

best dress favors - pressed glass mini salt & pepper vases

To Get This Look You’ll Need:

pressed glass mini salt & pepper vases - supplies

#4. True North

Inspire the wanderer in all your guests while showing them to their spot at your event with this travel essential.

best dress favors - compass favor

To Get This Look You’ll Need:

travel compass favor - supplies

#3. Coaster Chic

Creating your own personalized gift is a lot easier an undertaking (and less expensive) than it may seem with the blank slate provided by the main element in this favor equation.  Take a set of cork coasters, add your mark and your trims, bundle and you’re done.

best dress favors - personalized coaster set

To Get This Look You’ll Need:

personalized coaster set - supplies

#2. You’ve Got Mail

By way of the cheeky and fun. Is there a better way to delivery a homemade sweet treat and a note of thanks?

best dress favors - mini retro mailbox favor

To Get This Look You’ll Need:

mini retro mailbox favor - supplies

#1. Foreign Flavor

Treat them to something exotic you’ve collected along your adventures, presented in the most fitting of favor boxes, sold complete with travel trims. Add personalized stickers and tags to seal the deal.

best dress favors - vintage inspired airmail favor kit

To Get This Look You’ll Need:

vintage inspired airmail favor - supplies

Want More Inspired Wedding Ideas?

If you love what you see here look out for the release of the 2015 issue of Weddingstar magazine, hitting North American newsstands over the next few weeks, or pick up your copy here now. 

xoxo.

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