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 

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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

tin box with chalkboard display pillar candles lisianthus wire basket

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.

favor-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, 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

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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

diy paper flower - supplies

  • 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

paper apple blossom how to - 1

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. 

paper apple blossom how to - 2

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

paper dahlia how to - 1

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

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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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This Week On The Details Blog

it's almost time

The 2015 new product launch is just a day away! And we’re all busy preparing for the big event. Come back and join us tomorrow when we kick off the sharing of our latest and greatest with the release of the Best Dressed Favors for the upcoming wedding season, followed by back to back DIYs on Wednesday and Friday.

xoxo.

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The Roundup: Wedding Party Gift Guide

gift guide

With Christmas just around the corner it’s time we roundup this year’s gift guides. And although our guides are ideal for wedding party members, they’re just as great for under the tree treats. From the ultra feminine to something just for the boys, this complete collection offers plenty of unique items ready for the pick up. For her, for him and for them, we’ve got you covered. So skip the lineups, get comfy on the couch, click through to what interests you most, and let the shopping begin!

Her Gift Guide

There’s sparkle, there’s jewelry and there’s lace. Could a girl ask for anything more?! Click here to shop the complete gift guide for her.

gifts for her

His Gift Guide

From the casual to the classic, we’ve got the boys covered too. Click here to shop the complete gift guide for him.

gifts for him

Their Gift Guide

Make giving easy by group giving. Pamper all your besties in one of these creative ways. Click here to shop the complete gift guide for them.

gifts for them

What’s Next?

We’re going straight into celebration mode that’s what! The new 2015 product line goes live next week and we can’t wait to share it. We’ll be shifting our regular schedule to accommodate the launch, skipping our usual Monday post and returning Tuesday with the Best Dressed Favors for 2015. Join us then!

xoxo.

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2015 Wedding Theme Ideas: Still on Trend

2015 wedding theme ideas

2015 is shaping up to be an incredible year for weddings, set to be filled with amazing new and exciting wedding themes and jaw-dropping details. We’ve already shared with you our predictions for what’s up and coming for the year ahead via glimpses into the inspiration clad pages of the soon to be released 2015 issue of Weddingstar magazine, see the latest post here, but there’s more. Beyond all that’s new, there are a few design staples that are certain to make the year over year crossover, continuing to hold their own in maintaining top spots on the list for most popular 2015 wedding themes. Rooted in some of the most naturally romantic, whimsical and breathtakingly beautiful details, here are the currently trending wedding themes not likely to lose their luster any time soon.

1. Vintage

vintage wedding inspiration - bridal gown vintage wedding inspiration - head table

2. Rustic

rustic wedding inspiration -- bride rustic wedding inspiration - cotton rustic wedding inspiration - bride and ring boy

3. Woodland

woodland wedding inspiration - bride woodland wedding inspiration - main tablescape

woodland wedding inspiration - log pencils

featured here: rustic wood pencils

4. Shabby Chic

shabby chic wedding inspiration - bride

shabby chic wedding inspiration - main table shabby chic wedding inspiration - flowers .

5. Wanderlust

wanderlust wedding inspiration - bride

wanderlust wedding inspiration - compass favor

featured here: compass favor

wanderlust wedding inspiration - tablescape

The Latest and Greatest

If you’re on trend with one of these wedding themes be sure to stay tuned for the release of the latest issue of Weddingstar magazine, featuring tons of new wedding products guaranteed to get you the look.

xoxo.

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DIY Wedding Wednesday: Signature Drink Station How-To

signature drink station how to

It’s the holiday season, which just so happens to double as the best time of year to work through some trial runs for your wedding day details. From perfecting place settings, to trying out centerpiece concepts, now’s the time to test and put your ideas to good use. In the spirit of strategic celebrations, today we’re sharing a how-to for a guest treat sure to be a hit at any holiday party or wedding, the Signature Drink Station. Whether you make it a mocktail or a cocktail, sweet refreshments perfectly presented will no doubt be enjoyed by all. Here are all the elements you need to pull off your mini bar.

 The Supplies

signature drink station supplies

The How-To

drink dispenser cling

Step 1: confirm with your venue that they’ll accommodate a specialty drink request (most will) and ensure that a bartender can be dedicated to servicing your drink station. If you are going with a non-alcoholic beverage you can skip the latter and treat your station as a self-serve option.

Step 2: come up with your signature drink recipe. Go with something that acts as an homage to the two of you, your favorite drink recipe for example, and if possible, have it color coordinate with your overall event color scheme. For our main recipe we went with a simple and delicious mix of cherry vodka and cranberry juice.

Step 3: come up with a name for your signature drink and have customized signage created to display it. We went with an Expressions Cling which fit perfectly onto the dispenser.

Step 4: flash forward to the day of and get set up! The first and main component is of course your drink, which should be featured in your dispenser. You can keep this as a non-alcoholic mix, so that even little ones can enjoy, and have your bartender mix in the alcohol to order. If you’re sure that everyone will enjoy a pre-mixed cocktail, then have all your ingredients added to the dispenser. Finish with ice to keep the mix cool.

paper straws mini martini

Step 5: have a few pre-poured drinks setup as part of the overall presentation. Setup should occur just before the start of your cocktail reception, to ensure drinks are served chilled. Poured drinks should include all the trims, i.e. sugared rims and color coordinated paper straws. Rest should be poured and served to order.

Step 6: enjoy!

A Recipe for the Tasting

sweet cherry bliss 2

To get your taste buds going, here’s a recipe to test this holiday season.

Sweet Cherry Bliss

To an ice filled martini shaker add:

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DIY Wedding Wednesday: Industrial Chic – Mini Pinch Pot Favors

diy pinch pot favors

Pulling together the visual creative content for a wedding magazine is hard work. Coming up with the concepts, coordinating the shoots, and producing the imagery takes close to a year to complete. But what’s harder still is having to wait to share the results! To help us cope with the anxiety of the wait we’ve been releasing some peeks into the content of the latest issue of Weddingstar magazine, hitting stands in just a few weeks, and we figured it only made sense to fit a DIY into the mix. Given our particular excitement over our Industrial Glam full feature (see the sneak peek here), we just couldn’t resist sharing one of its many DIY treats. Here’s how to pull the effortless, chic and sophisticated feel of Industrial Glam into your guest favors.

The Supplies

diy pinch pot favors - supplies

  • miniature two-tone pinch pot  (in willow green)
  • succulent
  • potting soil and shovel
  • thank you tag (design shown here being released december 2014)
  • clothespin (new product for release december 2014)

The How-To

diy pinch pot favor - how to

It’s as simple as 1-2-3!

Step 1: fill your pot with soil to just below the top rim.  (Note:  Soil is for visual presentation and for propping, not for actual planting purposes.)

Step 2: place your succulent on top of the soil. For the freshest look, place the succulent the morning of your event and keep refrigerated until then.

Step 3: attach your tag to the front of the pot, at an angle.

The {Chic} End Result

diy pinch pot wedding favor - 1 diy pinch pot wedding favor - 2 favor tag favor trims - clothespin succulent diy pinch pot wedding favor - 3

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DIY Wedding Wednesday: Bits of Boho – Painted Place Card Holders

diy painted place card holders

It never ceases to amaze me how far a little paint can go in the transformation of whatever it’s applied to. With the infusion of a bit of strategically selected color, and with some creative application, countless design specific details are possible. Today we’re using it and some stencils to apply a touch of the hottest trending wedding theme, Boho, to some organically appropriate place cards holders. From turquoise feathers to blush pink arrows, rocks never looked so good! Here’s how to add bits of the Boho design to your wedding day.

The Supplies

diy painted rock place card holder supplies

  • natural rock place card holders 
  • autumn leaf design place cards 
  • multi surface acrylic paint in choice colors – we used the Craft Smart brand in Blush Pink, Native Turquoise and Deep Peach
  • paintbrushes – one small flat headed brush for use with stencils and one fine tip for freehand application
  • a selection of stencills featuring staple Boho graphics

The How-To

diy boho place card holder - feathers

  • select your stencils. Stick on stencils are best for this project, allowing for the most precise painted details.
  • use a mix of Boho inspired graphics and a varied complimentary color palette
  • using a flat headed paintbrush apply a coat of multi surface paint onto each rock. Don’t worry about a perfectly even application. An uneven finish makes for a more organic overall look.

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  • for those extra crafty brides, don’t hesitate to freehand a design if  you can’t find a stencil you like or if you just want to do it all on your own.

The End Result

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