DIY Wedding Wednesday: Give Thanks – The Friendship Shadow Box

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Having just come off Canadian Thanksgiving Day celebrations, and with our friends to the south of us getting set to celebrate their respective day in just a few weeks, naturally we’ve got being thankful at the forefront of our minds. For daily pleasures, our houses and homes, and most of all for our family and friends. In the spirit of giving, today we’re featuring one of favorite ways to honor those people and events we cherish most, by displaying mementos of memories we hold dear in our hearts, perfectly displayed in chic shadow boxes no less. Here’s the how-to.

The Supplies

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The Step by Step

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Step 1: using the original frame backing as your guide, cut down a piece of decorative paper to the correct size for a personalized backer.

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Step 2: hot glue the custom paper backer to the inside of the frame backing. Keep glue to a minimum and concentrate it at the corners / sides to avoid an uneven and bulky finish.

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Step 3: layout the ideal placement of all your personal mementos. When ready, secure all in place with hot glue. When dry, fit your custom backer into the shadow box frame.

The End Result

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Personalized Gift Ideas We Love

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Whether you’re looking for a gift for your bridesmaids, groomsmen, parents, or a special someone, we have amazing personalized gift ideas for everyone. We want to share with you some of our favorite gift ideas that all have that added personal touch. Personalization will make your gifts just that much more special!

Personalized Gifts For Her

Bliss Striped Tote

One of our favorite gift ideas and one that your girls will love are these colorful Bliss Striped Tote Bags. Pick their fave color and make the bag truly one-of-a-kind by adding their name or monogram.


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Double Heart Necklace & Jewelry Tray

Because jewelry really is a girl’s best friend! This silver, double heart necklace is a show stopper that can be engraved on the back. Pair it with a sparkly card and give it as a bridesmaid’s gift when you ask your girls to be a part of your special day.

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Featured above: Crystal Double Swing Heart Necklace-Gold

And don’t forget the jewelry tray! Personalize with a special message or name to make this gift extra special.


Featured above: Vegan Leather Jewelry Tray:Custom Emboss / Vegan Leather Jewelry Tray: Hello Gorgeous Emboss

On The Go Cooler Bag

This next gift is a perfect one for the summer! We love this pink cooler bag, and your girls will too. Perfect for a day at the beach or a girls road trip! Personalize with a monogram for a gift that will be used over and over again.


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Cosmetic Bag & Compact Mirror

Because every girl could use a stylish place to store all of her must-have cosmetics and a trendy compact mirror for last minute touch ups! Perfect for a bridesmaid gift to carry along on the big day. Personalize with each girl’s initials for an added touch.


Featured above: Colorblock Large Zip Pouch-Black / Gold Compact Mirror

Personalized Gifts For Him

Personalized Double Walled Beer Glass

This beer glass is a perfect gift for the boys!  A fun groomsmen gift that can be personalized with their names or monogram.


Featured above: Personalized Double Walled Beer Glass: “Beer Me” Print

Personalized Tanned Leather Travel Bag

This leather travel bag is a great gift that the boys can use for travel or for use at home and can be personalized with their initials. It’s a perfect groomsmen gift for a destination wedding!


Featured above: Personalized Tanned Genuine Leather Travel Bag

Personalized Tanned Genuine Leather Money Clip

This handsome leather money clip with magnetic clasp makes a great gift for guys who don’t want to lug around their wallet with them. The addition of their initials make this truly personal.


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Personalized gifts are a great way to show your bridal party and others on your shopping list how much you really care. These are just a few of our many gift ideas. Happy shopping!


Bliss Striped Tote Bags, Cooler Bag, Beer Glass and Money Clip
Photography by JESSILYNN WONG,


How-To Personalize Your Wedding: Part 2

Back in May we shared with you some of our favorite ways to add personalized details to your wedding ceremony, reception and favors. If you missed it, make sure you check it out here. We have so many ideas on how to make your big day truly unique that today we are bringing you part two on how to personalize your wedding. This time we will take a look at adding personal touches to your bridal party gifts and décor!

Personalizing Your Décor

Personalized Signage

Incorporating signage into your wedding décor is a great way to leave personalized messages for your guests.  Customize it by adding your names or match it to your wedding design & colors. You can use multiple signs throughout your venue.

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Featured above: Wooden Sign:Antique Finish / Table Sign: Geo Marble Square

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Featured above: Table Sign: Geo Marble / Stationery Holder: Ornamental Wire

Table Runners

Take your table runners to the next level by adding a monogram!

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Featured above: Table Runner: Geo Marble Personalized Burlap / Place Card: Geo Marble / Utensil Set: Eco Wood / Pinch Pots: Miniature

Stickers & Labels

Stickers and labels are a great way to add that extra personal touch to your wedding day décor. Use labels to leave sweet messages on décor items, or to create your own personalized wine and water bottle labels!

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Featured above: Corkscrew Opener: Wine Bottle Shaped / Rectangular Label: Sparkle

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Featured above: Sticker: Ikat Small / Salt and Pepper Set: Miniature Candy Jar

Personalize Your Bridal Party Gifts

There are tons of gift options out there for your bridal party. We love the idea of personalizing your gifts for your fave guys & gals to make them even more special. Personalize your gifts with their first names…

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Featured above: Tote: Bliss Striped / Silky Kimono Robe: Watercolor Floral/ Sunglasses

A monogram….

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Featured above: Luggage Tag: Personalized Leather / Weekender Bag: Black

Or even their initials. The options are endless and with these personalized details your gifts will truly be one-of-a-kind.

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Featured above: Bracelet: Matte Gold Toggle Charm

Use these personalizing “how-to” tips as inspiration for adding personal touches to your wedding day!


DIY Wedding Wednesday: How-To Ask Your Mates – Vegas Style


Listen up guys. This ones for you! Today we’re talking the ultimate way to ask your best mates to stand by your side as your groomsmen. And it all boils down to one amazing thing….Vegas baby! Give them no option but to say “heck ya!” after spoiling your boys with a weekend of fun. Plan out the festivities, arrange for the travel specifics (no one’s expecting you to foot the bill but arranging the details will earn you mega points), and as a special token of your friendship, send them packing with a few necessities for a weekend in Vegas. Here’s everything you need for the ultimate guy’s goodie bag.

Go Big or Go Home

The only way to do Vegas right is to go all out. Set the right party tone with a personalized, supersized, growler.

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Travel in Style

You don’t need much for a weekend in Vegas. But what you do take needs to be on point, like this simple and sleek weekender bag.

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DIY Wedding Wednesday: Mother’s Day Spa Tote How-To

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This Mother’s Day you could treat your mum to the usual weekend brunch, complete with classic mimosas. Not entirely a bad option. Or you could skip what’s standard and send your mom on a spa date for one, complete with a goodie filled tote that perfectly sets the tone for some well deserved me time. We’re thinking that sounds like a pretty darn good idea. And thanks to Weddingstar’s new gift line, everything you need to make it happen is just a quick online shopping trip away {spa not included}. Here’s the lowdown on everything you need to make this thoughtful Mother’s Day gift a reality.

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in the bag
featured here: bliss striped black and white tote personalized to say ‘best mom ever’

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black and white cosmetic case

match set
featured here: colourblock cosmetic bag

personalized cosmetic case

personalized compact

water bottle label

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featured here: aqueous water bottle label in pastel pink

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bath towel

cozy comforts
featured here: mr. + mrs. towels {sold in sets of two}

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xo flip flops

best foot forward
featured here: white xo embossed flip flops

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floral bath robe

wrapped in luxury
featured here: watercolor floral silky kimono robe on pink

personalized silk robe

double heart necklace

a bit of bling
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DIY Wedding Wednesday: How-To Pop the Big Question (To Your BFFs)

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He popped the big question. You hollered out an enthusiastic “YES”! The champagne was poured and so now you’re off to the planning board. And what’s one of the first things you’re likely to quickly decide on? The girl crew who’ll stand by your side throughout the whole of your wedding planning  journey. It’s a list of names that will no doubt be made up of childhood friends and close family members, all of which are women you simply can’t live without. Why not take the opportunity to show them just how much they mean to you by making the way you pop your “will you be my bridesmaid” ask something extra special. And when we say special we mean pretty and sparkly of course. Sound like a plan? Then here’s everything you need to make it happen.

Presentation is Key

OK, so the bling is what’s best but don’t overlook how you present it. We’re loving the current trinket tray trend, made that much better when personalized just for her.

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Bring on the Bling

Diamonds maybe a girl’s best friend, but so are bracelets, and charms, and chains. Really, you can’t go wrong when it comes to the gift of jewelry.


Let the Card Do the Talking

Complete the look, and the package, with a personalized gift tag that says it all, because chances are you’ll be too choked up to talk.

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DIY Wedding Wednesday: Honeymoon Getaway Bag How-To

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February to the seasonal calendar is like Wednesday to the work week, something you just got to get through to get to something better. And we’re seriously feeling the need for some warm weather fun right about now. To help us cope with our lack of Vitamin D, we’re planning to surround ourselves with anything and everything vacation related, starting with today’s honeymoon getaway bag how-to. It’s a little bit of “if you build it, it’ll happen.” psychology we’re going for. So without further delay, here’s our three key rules to the perfect vacay swag.

Rule #1. All About The Bag

You want something compact, light weight and of course, super cute. And a touch of gold personalization never hurt anyone.

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Rule #2. Keep It Simple Sweetheart

Don’t over pack. Keep it simple with just the essential fun in the sun accessories.

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Rule #3. …And for The Mr.

Remind your guy to bring along his own little travel tote, so that you don’t find yourself lugging his stuff around.

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DIY Wedding Wednesday: How-To Celebrate Your BFFs This Valentine’s Day

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Last week on the blog we shared some of our top ideas on how to impress your guy this coming Valentine’s day. If you missed the tips, click here. And because we love the idea of also using V-Day as an opportunity to celebrate the amazing ladies in your life, we thought we’d follow up with a post sharing our top pretty picks for ‘her’. Whether it be a simple and sweet gesture of friendship for your closest childhood friend, or timely gifts for your bridal party members as tokens of your appreciation, we say take the day to show your girls some love. Here’s how to treat your besties right.

Gift Pick #1: Girl, You’re Amazing.

Every girl is a sucker for a bit of bling. Give her a place to hold her treasures, complete with a quote that reminds her of just how great she is.

leather jewellery box

featured here: vegan leather jewellery box – you’re amazing emboss
additional designs available here

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Gift Pick #2: Mirror Mirror.

Whoever said a necessity need not be pretty wasn’t a woman! Give her a staple every girl needs, personalized to pretty perfection.

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featured here: designer compact mirror – glitter heart print
additional designs available here

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Gift Pick #3: The Hell with Heels

A must for any heel lover. A pair of ballerina flats in a personalized pocket pouch, ready to go whenever and wherever the heels need to come off. Because eventually the heels have to come off!

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DIY Wedding Wednesday: How-To Impress Your Guy This Valentine’s Day

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Raise your hand if you think your guy is the greatest in the world! We’ve got a few of those in our lives too and we’re excited to celebrate them this coming Valentine’s Day. If you’re looking to shower your super man with an equally super gift, than look no further. Just in time for the big love celebration, Weddingstar has added a whole slew of new great gift items to their product lineup. Today we’re sharing just a few of our favorites and if you like what you see, there’s plenty more to choose from by clicking here. And while you window shop we recommend thinking ahead and grabbing some for your big “I do” day. Happy Shopping!

Gift Pick #1. The Very Necessary Caddy

If your guy is a bar guy, this one’s a must. Comes complete with a bottle opener and personalization, but sorry, beer not included!

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featured here: wood bottle caddy – drink beer etching
additional etching options available here

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2. For the Great Outdoors and Beyond

For the guy who swears by the garage, or the outdoors, or anywhere else that’s considered guy territory.

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3. Bottoms Up

A classic gift option and for good reason. Up his flask game by selecting a unique wrap like this wood veneer option.

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additional flask options available here

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Put Your Name On It: Personalization 101


Personalization is a key element to creating a look for your wedding that is entirely unique to you. Whether it is the addition of your names, monogram or wedding date, every element adds an extra special touch to your décor. Here’s a sneak peek into the ways in which we create beautiful, personalized products that help make your wedding the best day ever!

Glass Printing

Using a technique called Pad Printing (otherwise known as tampography), our in house production team take a printed 2-D image and apply it to glassware with a sponge-like pad. The image is printed onto this pad, then the glass is pressed down into it allowing the pad to wrap around the glass and impose the printed design onto it. We use this technique for glassware favors such as mason jars, wine glasses, shot glasses and more!

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Digital Printing

Otherwise known as flat printing, we have an in-house print department that produces all of our stationery, stickers, clings, printed envelopes and even printed goodie bags using a high tech digital printer. Our personalization suite allows you to provide all the information your guests will need on your invitations, and with so many stationery collections to choose from you can be sure to find one that matches your style.

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UV Printing

Using a state-of-the-art ultraviolet printer, this is how we produce all of our printed aisle runners and photo backdrops. Ultraviolet (UV) printing simply means we use UV inks that dry with the help of UV light, instead of traditional inks that dry by allowing chemicals to evaporate over time.

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Heat Pressing

With the help of an industrial heat press, we apply a printed 2-D printed designs to acrylic cake toppers, handkerchiefs and tote bags. We also personalize our burlap aisle runners and table runners this way but because the fibers can interfere with the heat press, we personalize each of those by hand using irons. This way we can ensure your product’s personalization lasts and always looks fabulous!


Foil Stamping

When you order a set of napkins from Weddingstar, you will receive them foil-stamped with your design of choice. You can take your customization one step further by selecting one of our 26 popular color choices! Personalized napkins are a popular trend for weddings and other events such as holidays, birthdays, baby showers, bridal showers and even anniversaries. The addition of foil to our napkins adds another level of luxe. This method can also be applied to our paper goodie bags, ribbon our are brand new faux leather compact mirrors.

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Looking for the perfect personalized napkin for your special event? See all our designs here.

Laser Cut Detailing

Most commonly used with our acrylic or wood veneer signs and cake toppers, this technique allows us to create unique designs in a variety of styles. Our in house design team creates custom designs that are then programmed into to our laser cutting machine. When we receive your order and specialized design, this machine will cut the design out of a solid sheet of acrylic or wood veneer, creating a one-of-a-kind piece just for you on your wedding day!

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Laser Engraving

Laser engraving is a similar process to laser cutting, except that the power of the beam is less such that it does not cut right through the material. The result of this is a permanent personalized etch into either our wood, metal, leather, acrylic or glass products. Our laser engraved products not only add to your wedding décor, but they make wonderful keepsakes in your home for years to come.

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Embroidery adds another level of prestige to products such as chair banners, hankies and our soon-to-arrive tote bags and silky robes. Industrial embroidery machines allow us to produce multiple orders at one time, as this is a very popular option with our brides. Get an embroidered item for yourself or share the love! Embroidered items make wonderful gifts for your bridesmaids and really show how much you care.

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