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.

kasia-signature

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.

kasia-signature

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.

kasia-signature

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.

mini wood circle napkin accent cambium open house event cambium open house event cambium open house event cambium open house event cambium open house event

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

DIY Wedding Wednesday: DIY Kraft Favor Bags

diy favor bags

What’s the secret behind a great guest favor? It’s not a fancy gift. It’s not an expensive guest offering. It all really just boils down to the presentation. You need not stress over what you’re stuffing your favor container, box or bag with. What you should focus on is favor packaging that’s been uniquely personalized to you and your event design. Think of the lovely visual impact a pretty little thing x 100 will make. To show you just how easy it can be to pull off the look and to get your creative juices flowing, today’s DIY feature takes a plain paper bag, and with just a bit of fab DIY trim, changes it five times over. Here’s the step by step on how to make the look yours.

Look #1: Shabby Chic

shabby chic favor bag

The Supplies

shabby chic favor bag supplies

The Step by Step

personalized thank you stamp

Step 1: stamp your card. Don’t worry about a perfect stamp application. Pretty imperfections are what make up the shabby chic look.

vintage clothespin shabby chic card

Step 2: cut fabric ribbon to size and attach it and the card to your bag with the clothespin. No glue required!

Look #2: Lace and Twine

rustic themed favor bag

The Supplies

rustic favor bag supplies

The Step by Step

lace and twine

Step 1: wrap your bag with the lace, glue in back. Follow by wrapping the twine several times over the lace and tie it into a loose bow.

mini hinged diy clip homespun design favor tag

Step 2: attach tag to bag with the clip.

Look #3: Burlap Trimmed

homespun favor bag

The Supplies

homespun favor bag supplies

The Step by Step

burlap diy trim

Step 1: cut your burlap down to desired size, both length and width wise. To get this width we cut our roll approximately in half. Wrap around your bag and glue in the back.

hearts design favor tag

Step 2: wrap your ribbon around your twine and tie into a double knot. Hole punch your tag and thread your ribbon through. Finish by tying a bow.

hearts design favor sticker

Step 3: fold over the bag and close with sticker.

Look #4: A Touch of Sparkle

jewel trimmed favor bag

The Supplies

jewel trimmed favor bag supplies

The Step by Step

purple floral favor tag

Step 1: add a touch of sparkle to your favor tag by accenting with a few jewel stickers. Glue tag to bag.

white ribbon favor trim

Step 2: tie your ribbon into a simple bow and glue it to your bag, just above the tag.

purple floral favor sticker

Step 3: accent your sticker with a stick on jewel. Fold bag over and seal with sticker.

Look #5: Simple and Sweet

simple diy favor bag

The Supplies

simple diy favor bag supplies

The Step by Step

favor-wrap

Step 1: wrap your bag with the paper wrap, sealing off in the back with the accompanying die cut bird sticker.

wax seal sticker

Step 2: accent your wrap with a wax seal sticker.

satin bow

Step 3: tie a strand of ribbon into a simple bow and glue to bag.

xoxo.

kasia-signature

 

 

Product Spotlight: Top Ten Summer Wedding Favors

mini ceramic bird favor dish

A wedding favor is one of those staples that plays a part in all weddings. Whether it’s a little bonbon in a pretty box or a single stem in a dainty little vase, a favor is a must. It shows your guests just how important they are to you and how much you appreciate their presence on one of the most important days of your life. It’s a heartfelt sentiment that deserves special attention, and there’s nothing sweeter than a well thought through, personalized to the couple and theme, guest giveaway. But we know it can be hard  to come up with something unique, so today we’re sharing some of our favorite favor concepts to get you inspired. Given we’re at the start of the busiest part of the wedding season, we’re featuring ideas perfect for any summertime wedding.

Small Wonders

This mini glass bottle is one of the sweetest containers around and a clean slate that can be filled with whatever little lovely fits your wedding theme. Give it a summery feel with a single stem of one of your wedding flowers or fill with planting seeds for your guests to grow their own little garden.

mini glass bottle favor

featured here: mini clear glass bottle (sold in packages of 6)
click here to shop all favor container designs

planting seed wedding favor

Perfectly Practical Pair

Nothing goes together like salt and pepper. Paired and presented together in finely crafted white porcelain owls makes for a charming and practical gift. For all those long summer day bbq gatherings.

owl salt and pepper shaker favor

featured here: stylized owl salt and pepper shakers with gift packaging 
click here to shop all salt and pepper shaker designs

Cheers to a Good Wine Stopper

Summer + Wedding = Wine. That’s an actual equation! For all you wine lovers, a wine stopper is a clear favor choice and this one is the prettiest option around with its delicate butterfly design. Take the gift and your favor display to the next level by pairing the stopper with your favorite bottle of wine.

butterfly wine stopper favor

featured here: butterfly wine stopper with gift packaging
click here to shop all wine stopper designs

wine stopper wedding favor

Homemade Goodness

What could be more personal, or summer inspired, than a homemade batch of your favorite preserve? Homemade preserves presented in mini jars, personalized with pretty little stickers, that’s what!

mini glass jar favors

featured here: mini glass bottle jars (sold in packages of 12)

jam filled jar favors

Dainty Decor

For a truly unexpected gift, give away a little touch of your day of decor that your guests can enjoy in their own homes or on their backyard patios.

mini glass tealight hodler

featured here: miniature glass tealight holder (sold in packages of 6)

pink glass tealight holder

Modern Garden

For a no fuss touch of summer garden beauty that can be placed anywhere in a home, giveaway a potted flower in this contemporary design high top pot.

mini high top flower pot

featured here: mini high top flower pot (sold in packages of 4)
click here to shop all flower pot designs

Natural Beauty

Summertime offers the ideal backdrop for a gorgeous outdoor rustic, country or woodland themed wedding. Infuse the theme into your favor by going with a nature inspired container. Darling on its own but even better when personalized with the simple addition of a small token of something special, this little bird nest is favor perfection.

mini bird nest favor

featured here: miniature bird nest favor (sold in packages of 12)

diy bird nest favor

see how to get this look with our ‘one nest. three ways. diy post

For the Foodie

Nothing says summer like a fresh crisp salad. Share your love of summer inspired fresh treats in a creative way with this bamboo salad server set.

Wanderlust

No better time to go exploring than in the summer months. Express your passion for travel and inspire your guests to do some of their own with this brushed brass compass.

compass favor

featured here: adventurers’ compass favor (sold in packages of 6)

wanderlust inspired favor

Beautiful Butterflies

Incorporate an iconic summertime motif into your wedding day in the loveliest of ways through these delicate butterfly ceramic dishes.

ceramic butterfly dish favors

featured here: ceramic butterfly dishes (sold in packages of 6)

diy butterfly dish favor

see how to get this look with our ‘pretty plate favors’ diy post

Want More?

For 100′s of additional favor ideas shop the entire favor collection on weddingstar.com.

xoxo.

kasia-signature

 

 

Wedding Design 101: Mastering the Wedding Tablescape

tablescape inspiration

We’re a week away from Canada’s first official long weekend so naturally I’ve got parties top of mind. My favorite kind? A proper dinner party complete with great food, even better wine, and loads of fantastic friends. Having planned a few in my day I know that one of the cardinal rules to a great bash, and incidentally a great wedding, is a well set and styled table. Dining tables are where your guests spend most of their time, and in the case of a wedding where table settings are in the double digits, the visual becomes all that much more important. So today I’m breaking down the five basic essentials behind a successful tablescape. And considering practice makes perfect, you’ve got an excuse to plan a few parties to test out your own skills before your big day. Bon fete!

The Essentials – #1: Show Them to Their Seat

Rule number one to being a pro hostess: manage the guest experience from start to finish. Make it carefree and effortless for them, right down to where they’re meant to sit. Marking their spot with a theme appropriate place marker not only gets the job done, it also works as an added decorative touch. To get them to their table, use a seating chart or escort cards, greeting your guests upon arrival and guiding them to where they need to go.

diy seating chart

featured here: custom diy seating chart made with equestrian love stationery collection large rectangular tags accented with horse hose charms and tied with satin ribbon in deep plum

rustic wedding tablescape

The Essentials – #2: Greet Them with a Treat

Make your guests feel special and incorporate some instant eye candy into your design with a little surprise gift waiting to greet your guests as they settle in. Repeated over every place setting it makes for the perfect finishing touch and a fantastic first impression.

rustic mini pitcher favor

The Essentials #3: Layers of Goodness

From chargers to trimmed napkins, designing your place settings using multiple layers adds dimension and interest to your tablescape. Complete the look with a dried or fresh flower in your color scheme for an unexpected touch of pretty.

rustic place setting rustic gold charger plate crochet border handkerchief

crochet border handkerchief gift

featured: crochet border handkerchief (can be personalized)

The Essentials – #4: Keeping Focus

With all the things going on with a tablescape, it’s important to have a focal point that pulls it all together. Given its central positioning on a table, a beautiful floral centerpiece is a natural choice. Use height or eye catching decorative accents to create the focus. Where budget allows, expand on the concept by creating a table length runner made of bountiful floral arrangements.

rustic wedding centerpiece

need some added inspiration?
for gorgeous simple to create diy centerpiece ideas check out our springtime centerpiece post

rustic wedding centerpiece rustic wedding flowers

The Essentials – #5: The Finer things

For a really impressive design consider setting aside some budget for lovely little unexpected details. Upgraded flatware, delicate chair backs or custom table overhangs are all surefire ways of pulling together an unforgettable and unique event design.

gold wedding flatware lace chair back

mini white lanterns

featured here: mini white lanterns (comes with stand and hanger, removed here)

Want More?

Looking for more wedding reception decoration ideas? Shop all the options by theme, color, or category in the Reception section of weddingstar.com.

xoxo.

kasia-signature

Product Spotlight: DIY Favors Made Simple

diy favor kits

If you love the homemade look of DIY but don’t have that necessary “crafty touch”, or the time to pull it off, this post is definitely for you! DIY wedding accessories are a lovely thing. Special bits and bobs come together, layer upon layer, to create pretty little accents. But DIY also requires a certain knack and a good chunk of time to find all the pieces required to pull together the look you’re going after. Then, factor in quantity when it comes to things like guest favors and it all just gets that much more complicated.

So today, for all of you out there wanting the DIY look without all the work, we’re offering up the perfect solution by way of three super pretty, and super convenient, all in one Favor Kits. Complete with all the pieces you need to get you to the crafty end result you’re after, DIY just got a whole lot easier. Happy Friday!

Vintage Finds

vintage favor kit

featured here: vintage style favor wrapping kit, complete with 12 paper boxes and 12 mix and match strands of pre-cut satin ribbon, pre-cut lace and paper wraps

diy vintage guest favor kit

shabby chic styled favors

tip: customize your vintage favor boxes with the use of a different colored ribbon

Old School Fun

vintage airmail favor kit

featured here: vintage airmail favor kit, complete with 10 vintage airmail print favor boxes, 10 strands of twine, 5 metal globe and 5 metal compass charms

diy travel themed guest favors

Homespun Charm

sweetie pie mini pie favor kit

featured here: “sweetie pies” mini pie packaging kit, complete with 20 printed paper boxes, “enjoy” tags, wax sheets and pre-cut red and white baker’s twine

diy mini pie kit

customized diy mini pie kit

tip: give the look a twist and a pop of color by using a satin ribbon in your color scheme

xoxo.

kasia-signature

 

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