Wedding Planning Essentials: The Dos and Don’ts of Wedding Day Decor

wedding decor tips

If you’re like me you can’t do a thing without a list. From groceries to weekend plans, if it ain’t on paper, it ain’t happening! The need for a list only becomes that much more of a necessity when things get complicated. And I can think of few more complicated personal projects than the planning of a wedding day design. With endless options, never ending inspiration (thanks Pinterest!), and countless details to work through, it’s downright daunting. So to start the weekend off on a positive note, today I’m sharing my list of top dos and don’ts, listed in no particular order, to getting fabulous day of decor. Happy Stress-Free Friday!

unique wedding venue

Do try to go for an unconventional venue for your ceremony and reception. Think outside the typical options and go for something that best reflects your personal taste and style.

Don’t take on a blank slate unless you’re prepared to do a lot of work, and consider hiring on a professional wedding planner to help you manage the logistics.

Do have fun with color. Explore bold options and play with a mix of shades.

Don’t go color crazy, mixing too many hues or ones that don’t complement one another. Not sure what works? Use the trusty color wheel!

Do play with heights on your tablesapes. A mix adds tremendous dimension to an event’s design.

Don’t forget to consider line of sight, making sure placement of all centerpieces allows for proper guest interaction.

Do get down into the details. The more intricate your day of design, the better. Think layer upon layer.

Don’t give those details a second thought on your wedding day. Turn to your wedding planner, if you have one, or hire a day of coordinator to execute all you’ve planned.

Do set up decorative vignettes, complete with props, to elevate your overall design to the next level.

Don’t go so prop heavy that your event no longer feels like a wedding.

luxury seating

Do consider event upgrades to customize your wedding design. Think luxury chairs, premium linens and elegant charger plates.

Don’t break the bank in the process. Take on only as much as you can afford.

Do use chandeliers whenever you can. They add a level of elegance to any design.

Don’t forget they require special logistical requirements, i.e. hanging mechanisms.

diy birdcage favor

featured here: mini birdcage favor (chalk painted white. see the how-to here)

Do DIY some of your wedding day details, to personalize your event like only you can.

Don’t try to tackle everything and leave the major elements, like food and florals, to the pros.

Do incorporate candlelight whenever possible. No other design element does more to add ambiance to an event.

Don’t forget to make sure your venue will allow it. Some don’t, while others have restrictions about keeping candlelight contained.

creative table runner

featured here: blown glass globes

Do be daring and get creative. Mix up traditional design concepts with new and unexpected details.

Don’t get hung up on conventional approaches or stuck on what’s been done with your selected venue in the past.

The Big Picture

See all these design elements put into practice by picking up a copy of the current issue of Weddingstar magazine, complete with 128 pages full of inspiration and ideas.

xoxo.

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2015 Wedding Trend Predictions

2015 wedding trend predictions

To say that I’m excited about today’s post would be an understatement. I am elated! Not only do I get to share some early insights into what’s trending for 2015 weddings, something I know brides everywhere are after, I also get to release the first exclusive sneak peek into the visual content from the upcoming issue of Weddingstar magazine. And that content is oh so very lovely! I get to share these two topics together because it’s with trending wedding design insight that the magazine was pulled together. Brimming at the binding with inspirational imagery and ideas, with something for every couple and wedding theme covered, this soon to be released issue is bound to be the go-to resource for 2015 weddings. So without further delay, let’s bring on the pretty!

2015 Trend #1. The Bohemian Takeover

boho wedding theme boho wedding tablescape

It’s not a coincidence this one is at the top of our list. From authentic ethereal design concepts to luxe interpretations, brides everywhere are going after the Boho look. It’s a trend that we saw make a big mark in 2014 and it’s certain to takeover as the top trend for 2015. What you’ll find in the pages of the magazine is a design that blends the traditional with the luxurious, introducing a level of grandeur and a touch of elegance. You’ll see the best of the Boho concepts mixed with a slight sense of the formality that every wedding deserves.

2015 Trend #2. Introducing Industrial Chic

industrial chic wedding theme industrial chic wedding tablescape

2015 is trending to see a shift to the informal as far as overall wedding designs go. Like one big dinner party, family seating, inviting earthy tones and sophisticated designs will rule. And it’s this issue’s Industrial Chic feature that embodies the concept to a T. Textured and sleek, mature and modern, this feature will be a hit with any bride looking for a big city wedding without all the fuss. But with its casual but polished details, its appeal will span across weddings as a whole.

2015 Trend #3. Romance in Color

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From dusty purples, pale blues and soft greens to pastel peaches and pinks, 2015 wedding colors will revive the deeply rooted notions of the romantic, the whimsical, and the feminine. Soft palettes and delicate design details will come together to create breathtakingly beautiful events. Smokey grey will also make regular appearances as both a main and an accent color.

2015 Trend #4. The Reign of Rustic

rustic florals

A continually strong wedding theme, Rustic will maintain a presence on the 2015 wedding scene. But beyond traditional theme and design interpretations, Rustic accents will also make appearances in unconventional places. Pair Rustic arrangements with a Classic tablescape, like what you’ll find was created for the upcoming issue’s Classic feature, for a touch of ease to an otherwise formal display.

2015 Trend #6. Oh The Details

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2015 weddings may be seeing a shift to the informal, but that certainly doesn’t mean designs will be thrown together at whim. Quite the opposite. Wedding design details are bound to get even more intricate than ever before. And that’s exactly what you’ll find on every single page of the next issue of the Weddingstar magazine. Stunning detail upon detail, meant to inspire and fulfill your every wedding wish.

There’s More. Much More.

Can’t wait for the December release of the magazine? Join us every Monday for the next 5 weeks as we continue to release more sneak peeks into all the amazing new content that’s waiting to be discovered, with our grand finale the Top 15 for 2015, featuring the incredible products that’ll get you the looks you’ll see and love.

xoxo.

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DIY Wedding Wednesday: Fall Wedding Tablescape

fall wedding tablescape

As if the name of the Blog wasn’t a dead giveaway, we’re a bit obsessed with featuring all the details that come together to create an incredible wedding day. It’s what we love to showcase and how we shape the content we bring you every DIY Wedding Wednesday, in hopes it inspires you, our lovely readers, to create your own personalized unique events. But we appreciate the big picture is just as important. And actually seeing how the details come together is critical to deciding on whether a look is right for you. So in the spirit of curating content, today we’re combining the Fall focused DIYs from the past four weeks, putting them where they belong, into a fabulous Fall wedding tablescape. And if you love what you see, learning how to get the look is just a click of a link away!

The Big Picture

fall wedding centerpiece

diy bottle vase centerpiece

get the diy bottle vase look here
stylist tip: put the finishing touch to your fall wedding centerpiece by displaying it on a wooden slab.

faux flowers - wooden roses dried japanese lanterns diy gold shimmer bottle vases diy ivory bottle vase fall wedding decor

burlap wreath backdrop

get the diy burlap backdrop look here
stylist tip: play with varying color combos and wreath sizes to personalize this look and make it perfect for your wedding day design.

baby's breath stuffed mini pumpkin

pumpkin decor

stylist tip: incorporate a few white pumpkins into your centerpiece for an added easy and instant decorative touch

xoxo.

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Product Spotlight: Ring Pillows and Inspired Pillow Alternatives

ring pillows

I hate to sound like a broken record (I’ll admit I’ve said this once or twice before) but there are few things I appreciate more than couples who infuse their personalities into their wedding day. The brides and grooms who take the time and make the effort to personalize every last detail to ensure their celebration is like no other. And it’s precisely these creative twosomes that inspire the designs behind every custom product in the Weddingstar line up. Take for example the ring pillows and pillow alternatives that are being featured today. It’s no coincidence there are as many designs as there are. And just in case there isn’t a traditional option that fits your style, there are plenty of other products that with just a little bit of imagination can be transformed into the sweetest of ring cushions. I’m personally definitely all about the vintage box. Which option is right for you?

Stay Tuned.

If you’re loving the idea of going with a unique ring pillow alternative for your nuptials and want some additional options, stay tuned for this December’s new product release which will see a whole new series of ring holders. Having had a sneak peek you can trust me when I say they are breathtaking!

xoxo.

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Wedding Reception Centerpieces: 9 Tips to Stunning Arrangements

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Big and small. Short and tall. Monochromatic and bursting with an abundance of color. Wedding reception centerpieces come in many sizes, shapes and colors, making them uber exciting as far as possibilities go, and ultra complicated as far as planning goes. To help you work your way through the endless array of options we’re breaking down everything you need to consider to make your final selection. Follow these tips and there’s no doubt your wedding reception will be a stunner!

The Centerpiece Guide

  1. Keeping Proportion. Make sure your centerpieces are big enough to fill out the tables they’re going to sit on. If too small, no matter how pretty, they’ll simply get lost.
  2. Provide for a Line of Sight. When going with tall arrangements try to ensure they don’t prevent anyone at the table from seeing other guests seated with them or any other important focal points, like your head table. You can do so by going with slender or clear vessels.
  3. Play with Height. One of the easiest ways to provide for visual impact is to play with varying heights within an arrangement. To get the look use various vessels or components to create a grouping.
  4. Go Beyond the Florals. Add interest to your arrangement by including additional elements like decorative props. Whether it be a wooden slab or a vintage drawer, props do wonders for the overall visual.
  5. Play with Color. Create instant drama by using bold colors or unconventional color combinations.
  6. Budget Considerations. If on a small budget consider going with faux flowers over fresh blooms. Create unique arrangements and the real deal won’t be missed.
  7. The Power of Candlelight. There’s is no better foolproof way to add beauty and romance to your centerpieces, and your wedding, than by using candles. The key factor to creating the look? There’s no such thing as too much candlelight!
  8. The Size Factor. Going big is not a must do. Long and low arrangements can be just as beautiful. Consider using varying low vessels for a grouping that creates a runner down a rectangular table or a full cluster on a round.
  9. A Touch of Bling. And when all else fails, add a touch of bling for guaranteed wow factor.

And now for some eye candy!

faux birch tree centerpieces

wooden floral pomander balls floral candelabra

floral table runner

art deco inspired floral arrangements

pink wedding centerpiece

Create Your Own

If you’re feeling inspired and considering working with your friends and family to create your own arrangements than come back and visit us this Wednesday when we show you how to pull it all together.

xoxo.

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Wedding Reception Tips: 7 Must See Custom Seating Displays

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There are seating plans, a must do at every wedding, and then there are inspired displays of creativity that just so happen to also guide guests to where they need to go. And it’s the latter that bring to an … Continue reading 

Wedding Trends: Top Markers – Wedding Day Signage

vintage inspired wooden sign boards

From paper to acrylic, tin to wood, the use of signage continues to maintain a top spot as a creative and fun way to instantly incorporate personal flair into a wedding day. Whatever functional purpose they may have, whether used to guide your guests or as special markers for your B&G chairs, custom personalized signs never fail to add that extra touch of something special. Loving the concept? Here are just a few fantastic ways to make the look yours.

This Way Please

Make your guests’ experience easy and enjoyable by guiding them to where you want them to go. Select a directional sign in a design that works with your wedding day theme and get creative with your display.

directional design details

Leave a Message

Whether used to provide specific instructions or for a general heartfelt welcome message, custom wedding signs naturally play double duty as subtle decorative accents that do wonders to make your guests feel special.

bunting banner directional sign

featured here: wood veneer pennant banner, personalized to say “welcome”, tied with craft paper twine

vintage tin sign

personalized wooden sign

Acrylic Marks the Spot

If only for a day you and your groom are the center of everyone’s attention. Don’t be afraid to bask in the spotlight by personalizing just about everything with your mark, including your B&G chairs.

bride and groom acrylic chair markers

featured here: black and gold opulence design engraved bride and groom acrylic signs

woodland themed engraved acrylic chair markers

featured here: woodland design engraved bride and groom acrylic signs

Make it Yours

To make any of these looks your own, or for additional personalized options, check out the full collections of wedding day signage on weddingstar.com.

xoxo.

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DIY Wedding Wednesday: Pretty Papier – DIY Table Numbers

diy paper table numbers

OK lovely readers, today we are putting a few DIY staples (the punch, the stencil and the x-acto knife) to some good work. We’re using them to transform simple paper table numbers into customized papier perfection. And not only is the end result super pretty, the how-to get there is ultra budget friendly and ridiculously easy to do. The hardest part no doubt will be deciding on which look to make yours!

Look #1: Sparkle and Dot

polka dot paper table number

The Supplies

polka dot paper table number

The Step by Step

polka dot paper table number how to

Step 1: for a uniform polka dot pattern draw out criss-crossed lines on the back side of your card. Work around the area where your number is by marking its position.

Step 2: screw punch your holes at the points where your lines intersect.

Step 3: adhere your backer using hot glue, glue dots, or whatever other adhesive you have handy.

Repeat process on the other side of your tent card.

The Details

polka dot table number

Look #2: Peekaboo

peekaboo paper table number

The Supplies

peekaboo paper table number supplies

The Step by Step

peekaboo paper table number how to

Step 1: using an x-acto knife for precision, cut out your table number.

Step 2: adhere your backer using hot glue, glue dots, or whatever other adhesive you have handy.

Repeat process on the other side of your tent card.

The Details

glittered table number

Look #3: Gorgeous Greenery

green fern paper table number

The Supplies

green fern paper table number supplies

  • tent style paper table number
  • stick on fern stencil (make sure the one you select is suitable for use on paper and won’t tear the paper when pulled away)
  • green acrylic paint
  • stencil brush

The Step by Step

green fern paper table number how to

Step 1: position and stick on your stencil to the top right corner of your card.

Step 2: apply paint. Let dry slightly for approximately 15 minutes and then pull away the stencil.

Step 3 (not shown):  repeat steps 1 & 2 on the bottom left corner of your card.

Repeat process on the other side of your tent card.

The Details

stenciled green fern table number

Look #4: Pink Petals

pink petals paper table number

The Supplies

pink petals paper table number supplies

The Step by Step

pink petals paper table number how to

Step 1: to ensure you get a centered floral pattern draw a line across the midway point of the back of your card.

Step 2: punch a floral pattern onto either side of your card, positioning the center of the punch to the center of your card.

Step 3: adhere your backer using hot glue, glue dots, or whatever other adhesive you have handy.

Repeat process on the other side of your tent card.

The Details

pink petals table number

The Look #5: Pattern Play

floral pattern paper table number

The Supplies

floral pattern paper table number supplies

  • tent style paper table number
  • stick on floral stencil (make sure the one you select is suitable for use on paper and won’t tear the paper when pulled away)
  • pink and green acrylic paint
  • fine tip paint brush

The Step by Step

floral pattern paper table number how to

Step 1: position and stick on your stencil to the left side of your card.

Step 2: apply paint, incorporating both pink and green into your pattern.  Let dry slightly for approximately 15 minutes and then pull away the stencil.

Step 3 (not shown): repeat steps 1 & 2 on the right side of your card.

Repeat process on the other side of your tent card.

The Details

floral pattern table number

Looking for Ready Made?

If you’d prefer a ready to go table number, check out the great options featured on the Tailored Table Numbers post.

xoxo.

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Wedding Decor Tips: The Table Overhang

blown glass globe tealight overhang

featured here: custom dance floor overhang of 500 blown glass globes and LED tealights

Wanna know the secret behind a magazine worthy wedding set up? What it takes to make your wedding breathtakingly swoon worthy? What will have your guests talking about your wedding for days and days? It’s all about going the extra mile to take your decorative details to unexpected levels of pretty. A table overhang that perfectly frames a table or setup in a wonderfully whimsical way is a guaranteed way to achieve that magazine wow factor every single time. I may be biased though since I’ve got just a bit of a personal obsession with them. So here are a few examples to plead my case. You be the judge!

blown glass globe overhang

featured here: garden themed table overhang created using blown glass tear drop vases (small and large), blown glass globes and feather butterflies

crystal chandelier table overhang

featured here: wanderlust themed greeting table with decorative metal chandelier overhang

crystal chandelier

paper lantern overhang

featured here: contemporary design head table with pink paper lantern (medium and large) overhang

moss chandelier table overhang

featured here: woodland themed greeting table with moss chandelier (small and large) overhang

mini lantern table overhang

featured here: rustic themed head table with mini lantern overhang

blown glass ceremony overhang

featured here: art deco themed ceremony set up with gold trimmed blown glass tear drop and globe overhang

gold trimmed glass globe

floral chandelier table overhang

featured here: custom floral chandelier head table overhang

Tips to Creating Your Own Overhang: 

  • First and foremost, make sure your venue will allow an overhang. If so, check to see that they have rigging in place to facilitate one, i.e. exposed beams or pipes.
  • Whenever possible, work with a professional to create your custom overhang. The logistics behind pulling one together are complicated. A professional can also bring in rigging if your venue doesn’t have any.
  • If having an outdoor wedding tap into what Mother Nature has to offer and use low hanging branches on large trees.
  • For best visual results hang your overhang components at different heights and depths to give dimension to your arrangement.
  • Remember that what goes up must come down. If managing an overhang on your own, before committing to it, keep in mind that you’ll have to go back to the venue for tear down the next day.

Feeling Creative?

If you’re up for attempting to create your own decorative table overhang, come back and visit with us this Wednesday when we show you how.

xoxo.

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Wedding Design Spotlight: Cambium Farms Open House

cambium farms wedding venue

Like so many of you out there, we at Weddingstar are huge suckers for a barn wedding. So when our resident freelance stylist, Kasia of Prelude to a Kiss, asked to include some of our products within a design she was pulling together for a local barn venue’s Bridal Open House, we naturally jumped at the chance to get involved.  And when you see the resulting images from Mugshots Photography (another resident freelancer), you’ll see why we are thrilled that we did! The final design came together as the perfect blend of old meets new in one of the best barns we’ve ever seen. The use of unique touches of unpredictable elegance put a fresh spin on a traditional rustic space, with Weddingstar products playing a fantastic accompanying decor role. It’s no wonder that all who attended the Cambium Farms event couldn’t get enough of the unique space and set-up.

Now it’s your turn to get inspired and pick up some stylist tips on how to make the look yours. Get ready to swoon!

 

signature wedding cocktail

featured here: candy striped paper straws in pastel pink, personalized with an aqueous die-cut sticker in candy apple green
stylist tip: personalize as many aspects of your event as possible. having a cocktail reception? serve a signature drink that’s unique to you and finish it off with a creatively positioned personalized tag or sticker.

die cut personalized sticker candy stripped paper straw

barn wedding design

stylist tip: just because your space is rustic doesn’t mean your event design has to be. consider going with a slightly contrasting but complimentary look to really wow your guests. this design featured a clean and modern predominately white color palette, elegant crystal details, and couture chairs.

rustic decorative wooden box

featured here: rustic wooden decorative box
stylist tip: there’s no such thing as too much candlelight. for an instantly romantic atmosphere incorporate as much as you can into your design, using various types of candle holders and candle shapes.

mini pink glass tealight holder

featured here: miniature glass tealight holder
stylist tip: group mini tealights and mini vases together for a sweet decorative touch.

clear bottle vase

featured here: decorative glass bottle vase
stylist tip: bottle vases are a major current trend, and they’re budget friendly too. for best visual impact, mix and match the floral stems you put into each bottle you use.
for additional tips on how to get the bottle vase look check out our ‘pretty on a penny post

vintage place card holder

featured here: vintage inspired stationery holder
stylist tip: infusing your design into all the little decorative details makes for the ultimate big picture.

barn wedding tablescape

rustic place setting

featured here: baby’s breath floral detail tied with craft paper twine
stylist tip: styling your event means paying close attention to every last detail. incorporating a small decorative accent to each place setting makes for the perfect finishing touch.

twine rustic tabletop decor

rustic table number

featured here: rustic self-standing table number
stylist tip: consider upgrading from the standard venue provided table numbers to custom ones. to further personalize the look select one that also acts as holder, like this rustic option, and insert pictures of your most memorable couple moments.

rustic wedding table design

mini wood circles

featured here: custom diy napkin ‘ring’ made using mini natural wood circles and craft paper twine
stylist tip: diy need not mean a homemade look. combine decorative accents in creative ways for a custom designer look.

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Is This Your Look?

If you’re having a rustic barn wedding or need more inspiration to help you decide whether or not it’s right for you, check out and shop the Burlap Chic shoot in the current issue of the Weddingstar e-catalog.

xoxo.

The Weddingstar Team

event credits:

venue: cambium farms, photography: mugshots photography, design: prelude to a kiss wedding stylists, floral: cedar and stone, rentals: chair-man mills, chairs: detailz chair couture