DIY Wedding Wednesday: The Water Pearl Centerpiece

the water pearl centerpiece

What’s better than a lovely, expertly crafted, wedding centerpiece? A lovely wedding centerpiece that looks expertly crafted but is actually much more budget friendly. And that’s exactly what we’ve got for you today. Using super cost effective and creative water pearls, and just a few pretty tulips, we’re transforming a trio of simple cylinder vases into an arrangement perfectly suited for any sophisticated affair. And when all’s said and done, the last thing that’ll come to anyone’s mind when admiring the end result are the words budget friendly. Here’s how to get the look.

The Supplies

water pearl centerpiece supplies

  • a round bowl, a teaspoon and water
  • pack of water pearls in your color of choice (7 color options can be seen here)
  • a trio of cylinder vases, in a variety of heights
  • bundle of tulips (approximately 15-20 stems)

The Step by Step

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Step 1: hydrate your water pearls. Using a ratio of 1.5 cups of water per teaspoon of dehydrated pearls, hydrate the entire pack of pearls. Pearls take at least 2 hours to expand. For best results, let them rest overnight.

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Step 2: once pearls are fully hydrated, add them to your vases, filling each approximately a quarter of the way up.

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Step 3: using a sharp blade knife, gently clean tulips off of all their leaves and begin filling your vases, trimming the lengths of the stems accordingly as you go. For each vase, start with a single stem, trimmed down such that it rest just above your water pearls. Next add stem on top of stem, carefully twisting each around your vase for an intertwined effect. Keep tulips close together but do not overlap them, and ensure that all stems are submerged in the water pearls to maintain their freshness.

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The End Result

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DIY Wedding Wednesday: How To Show Your Love

how to show your love

Your wedding day may be all about you, the celebrated bride and groom, but it also happens to be the perfect event to honor those closest to your heart. From your dearest BFF to a late loved one, now’s your chance to express just how much they matter to you. Today we’re featuring one of our favorite ways of sharing the sentiment and it comes in the form of a personalized and customized (but super budget friendly) vase. Here’s how to show your love.

The Friendship Vase

Equally perfect whether it’s presented to your BFF or your new mother in law, a subtly personalized friendship vase presented with a ready made floral arrangement, offers up a lovely gift solution that will be enjoyed time and again long after the wedding day.

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The Memorial Vase

Pay tribute to late loved ones you’re missing most on your big day with an engraved memorial vase, displayed in a dedicated area for all your guests to pay their respects.

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DIY Wedding Wednesday: Product Spotlight – The Titanium Signature Frame

titanium signature frame

As our regular blog visitors know, and as the post name suggests, we usually reserve Wednesdays for the sharing of our favorite DIY how tos. But every once in a while a really cool standalone concept comes up, needing no DIY’ing but definitely begging to be featured. Today is just such a day and the Titanium Signature Frame Kit is just such a concept. Arguably the ultimate alternative option for the traditional paper guest book, this piece of art serves the same purpose but with a much more decorative finish. The included personalized inscribable  mat allows your guests to leave their well wishes, and the stylish frame provides the opportunity for the perfect at home display. Here’s what you need to know about this keepsake concept.

The Complete Kit

signature frame kit


  • inscribable pen, guest instruction card (for display at the event), frame cleaning cloth and a hanging hook
  • available in three various sizes, each with a proportional photo opening

The Details

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DIY Wedding Wednesday: Practical Meets Pretty – The Seating Chart Kit

seating chart kit how to

Any planning bride knows that there are some wedding “to dos” that try as you might, you simply can’t get away from tackling. Cue the dreaded guest seating plan. From ensuring table capacities are consistent to considering who wants and needs to sit with whom, mapping out ideal seating arrangements is tedious at best, but unfortunately very necessary. Make the chore easier, at the very least on the eyes, by rewarding your strategic work with a lovely grande finale by way of a simple seating chart kit. Practical, meet pretty. Here’s how to get the look.

The Supplies

seating chart kit supplies

The Step by Step

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Step 1: either hand write your seating plan onto the table card template provided in the kit, or print it out using this downloadable blank table template. Both templates come complete with nine equally sized cards, each representing a table. Once complete, carefully cut out each card.

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Step 2: adhere your table cards to your personalized seating chart back card using the tape runner. Make sure your cards are consistently placed centered to their respective boxes.

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Step 3: hole punch two holes at the top center of the chart and run the display ribbon provided in the kit through them.

The End Result

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jewel sticker

let it sparkle
add the loveliest of finishing touches to your chart with the simple addition of premium adhesive jewels.

ivy detailing

all in the display details
complete the look by displaying your chart on a vintage window frame, detailed with ivy branches.

vintage props

pretty props
no vintage display is complete without a couple of authentic props.



DIY Wedding Wednesday: The Breakaway Centerpiece

breakaway centerpiece how-to

Want to know how to add even more wow factor to your already gorgeous centerpieces? It all comes down to a giveaway. Treating your guests to share in the pretty, sending them home with a few of your stunning stems, not only avoids a lot of wasted loveliness, it’s also a gesture that will not go unnoticed. And it’s as simple as creating a breakaway centerpiece concept to adorn your table. Whether it’s a medley of minis that stand on their own, or a grouping you add to a larger statement piece, breakaway centerpieces always come together to create the same end result, guaranteed eye candy that’s sure to wow. Here are a few of our favorite ways of creating the concept.

Breakaway Centerpiece 1 – Tea Time


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 Breakaway Centerpiece 2 – Purple for Days


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Breakaway Centerpiece 3 – Pretty Petals


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DIY Wedding Wednesday: Seaside Inspired Wedding Favors

seaside inspired wedding favors

September may be upon us but summer isn’t officially over until the 21st, and we’re holding on strong to these last few days of our favorite season! To help keep us in a warm weather loving mood, today we’re featuring our top picks for seaside inspired wedding favors, all beach worthy and ready. From nautical color schemes to deep sea motifs, each one of these budget friendly guest giveaways simply screams summer.

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coral bottle stopper

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seahorse wine stopper

starfish wine stopper favor

boat wheel magnet



DIY Wedding Wednesday: For the Wine Lovers

wine inspired wedding ideas

Cabernet, Chardonnay, Malbec and Pinot. There’s nothing like a great bottle of wine to celebrate a special occasion, toast a milestone, or simply to enjoy over an intimate dinner for two. The tradition of wine making has been around for thousands of years, and the popularity of incorporating the drink into wedding festivities continues to grow in spades. Love the idea of making the drink part of your day? Here are our top three wine inspired wedding ideas.

The Perfect Pairing

Enhance your wedding ceremony with a sentimental love letter exchange that you later lock away for safe keeping until you’re ready to revisit it over a glass of wine toasting a special anniversary. Complete with etched wine glasses, custom stationery and a lock and key, this contemporary wooden box set makes for a stylish and meaningful addition to your vow exchange and future celebrations.

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A Custom Blend

Get personal with the wine you serve by putting your mark on it. Go with personalized wine labels that customize the look of the bottles served at your wedding reception, or those you give away as your wedding day favors.

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wine label designs featured here, from left to right: lavish monogram, classic script, vintage lace, expressions and fanciful monogram

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Cheers to Them

Send your guests home with their own little wine lovers treat with a stylish wine stopper or bottle opener favor. Pair it with your favorite bottle of wine or simply gift in the pretty packaging they all come complete with.

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DIY Wedding Wednesday: The Beach Style Tablescape

beach style tablescape

Destination weddings, especially of the beach variety, are a gorgeous thing. The colors, the natural props mother nature has to offer, the open air. There’s a long list of reasons why planning a getaway for your nuptials is a great idea. That said, not everyone can manage pulling off the very specific logistical requirements a destination event comes with. So when you can’t get to the beach we say, bring the beach to you! Start by picking your favorite seaside color combo, tap into design details that represent what you love most about the waterfront, and blend it all together into tablescapes worthy of any ocean blue backdrop. Need some inspiration to get you going? Here’s just a few ways of pulling off the look.

The Look and the Details


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front and center – the centerpiece
featured here: square vases – available in small, medium and large  (sold separately)

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mini lantern wedding favor

take one to go – the breakaway centerpiece
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beach themed favor tag

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beach themed place setting

aqueous design place card

take your seat
featured here: aqueous design place card in a coral card holder

coral place card holder

starfish plates

little extras
featured here: starfish glass dishes (available in small and large - sold separately)

beach chair guest favor

for the taking
featured here: mini folding beach chair favor

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DIY Wedding Wednesday: The Dessert Bar How-to

wedding dessert bar how-to

Wedding planning can often feel like a long list of overwhelming, time consuming “to dos”. Between the site visits searching for a venue, the budget management that has to go on throughout, and the writing out of place card after place card, it’s easy to forget to have fun. So today we’re recommending putting down your pen, your folders and your phone, and insisting you take a well deserved break to consider the incorporation of one of the most popular wedding day setups, the candy or dessert bar. Guaranteed to please every guest in attendance, and an ultra fun addition to plan, the dessert bar concept is never a bad idea. And let’s not forget all the yummy taste testing you’ll have to do in the process! To help get you started, here’s our how-to breakdown, complete with budget friendly, on trend display details sure to come together as a statement reception set up.

Pick Your Color Palette Before Your Flavor Palette

First things first, decide on the colors you’d like to incorporate into your table set up. Your selection should be a play on your overall wedding color scheme and can be incorporated through tags, ribbons, tabletop props (think a few pretty balloons), and if possible, your selected treats. For a simpler, cleaner look, stick to white desserts and candies and play up your colors through your accessories.

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Pick Your Go-To Treats

Variety is key when it comes to dessert bars. That said, you also want to make sure you keep your costs down. For that reason start the dessert selection process with your go-to treats, which should be easy to source, budget friendly options that you can buy in bulk. Make these items a focal point in your display by showcasing them in some pretty and trendy apothecary jars.

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Skip the Statement Cake

Continuing on the cost effective path, consider leaving out the big statement piece cake and opt instead for a mini version, a perfect fit for the two of you, the new Mr. and Mrs. Play up the display by incorporating a couple specialty items like custom bride and groom cake forks and a unique cake topper.

mini wedding cake

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Make it Favor Friendly

Beyond the sweets your guests will instantly enjoy, fill out your display by incorporating your guest favors.  Not only will the mini gifts make for some pretty eye candy, they also nicely fill out the available space without the need to spend further budget.

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mini white gumball machines



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

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wooden memory box used as a wedding photo keepsake box

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