DIY Wedding Wednesday: Well Lit – The Illuminated Table Runner

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It’s no secret that I’m slightly obsessed with table runners. Whether they be made up of candles, florals, foliage, or all of the above, I can’t get enough of them. And there’s one very good reason. They are stunning! Gracing the center of a tabletop, they provide a visual focal point that binds the reception event design together. The creative opportunities for execution are endless, and you can’t go wrong with any single approach. And just when I thought they couldn’t get any prettier, we decided to try adding some string lights into the equation. The result, instant gorgeousness. Here’s how to make the look yours.

The Step by Step and The Supplies

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Step 1: Select an abundant green (or two) to act as the base of your runner. We used two varieties of eucalyptus, seeded and moon lagoon. Going with more than one variety of greenery provides for added texture and interest. And remember, the fuller your selected green(s), the less stems you’ll need to complete the look. We used two bunches of the seeded eucalyptus, and one of the moon lagoon.

Step 2: Starting at one end of your table, lay a wide and full gathering of your main foliage. This will be your widest point.

Step 3: Working toward the middle point of the table, start tapering in your gathering. You don’t want it to be too narrow but a slightly tapered approach creates an interesting effect and saves on the amount of stems you need.

Step 4: If using two varieties of greenery, add in select stems of the second kind for added texture, reserving some to later cover exposed wiring from your string lights (which will be added when the runner of greens is complete).

Step 5: Repeat steps 1-4 on the other side of the table, meeting the two arrangements at the middle point.

string lights

Step 6: Take your selected string lights, we went with white paper and white lace lanterns (one strand of each), and intertwine them into your greenery. Use the stems to cover as much of the wiring as possible, incorporating additional stems if necessary.

The End Result

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vintage candle sticks

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complete the look with a selection of vintage gold candle holders

Options Galore

White paper and lace not your style? Here are some additional string light designs that are just as lovely.

burlap lantern string lights mini burlap lantern

mercury glass globe string light mercury glass globe

wired light bulb string lights wired light bulb



DIY Wedding Wednesday: Gorgeous Greens – 3 Ways to Use Boxwood at Your Wedding

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Although I’m not a fan of cliches, there’s no doubt that many of them ring true. And there’s one particular famous statement, namely “less is more”, that I find myself gravitating towards time and again, especially when contemplating certain creative design concepts. Think carefully placed, simple details that go miles in their aesthetic appeal and impact. Subtle accents that elevate a look rather than overpower. Statement pieces that stand on their own. And that’s exactly what today’s feature, boxwood, is and does for whatever it’s applied to. Simply put, it’s one of nature’s most beautiful props. Bursting with vibrant color and no stranger to lush texture, it’s like a little bit of decorative magic. Here’s just a few ways how to incorporate the gorgeous green into your day.

The Supplies

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For Look #1 –  The Centerpiece:

For Look #2 – The Votive Wreath

For Look #3 – Trimmed Favor Box

The Looks and The How-To’s


Look #1 – Skip the Stems 

Of the flowering variety that is. Stick to a lush foliage like boxwood to create bountiful centerpieces that don’t break the bank. Up the impact by carefully selecting creative centerpiece vessels, like this twine detailed galvanized bucket.

To get this look, fill your bucket with a generous amount of boxwood stems, such that they overflow out from every angle. Add an additional touch of interest and rustic charm by detailing your bucket with craft paper twine.

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#2 – Put a Ring on It 

If having a Rustic, Woodland, or green-chic wedding of any kind, wreaths are basically ‘a must’. The decorative detail brings an added sense of the organic to your design with very little effort, just as it should be. Consider incorporating the pretty little accents to simple votive holders to elevate their impact within your overall centerpiece concept.

To get this look, wrap a stem of boxwood around the votive holder and secure in the back with green floral wire. If your stem is not full or long enough simply combine multiple stems with the wire.

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#3 – Finishing Touch

A box is just a box, until you put your touch to it. Infuse creativity into every last detail of your event, including your guest takeaway, by finishing off the last thing they see with a touch of boxwood beauty.

To get this look wrap your favor box with a few strands of paper twine.  Stuff boxwood in under the tied twine and add your tag.

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DIY Wedding Wednesday: Springtime Wedding Tabletop

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There’s just something about the spring season that makes it the ideal time for a wedding. Whether it be all the lovely floral varieties available in pretty pastel shades, or the overall heartwarming sense of new beginnings that the season brings with it, springtime and weddings simply go hand in hand. And after a long, and very (very!) cold winter, we are more than ready to indulge in the enjoyment of plenty of seasonal prettiness, starting with today’s how-to feature. Here’s how to pull together the perfect springtime tabletop for your wedding day, your bridal shower, or just because!

What You’ll Need – The Accessories

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What You’ll Need – The Guest Favor

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The Look

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Trending Now: Aerial Displays For Your Wedding

When it comes to decorating your wedding, the ceiling may not be the first thing you think about. But it may not be the last, either. Making use of the ceiling to hang decorations has become a popular trend in the wedding industry over the past few years, and we can’t get enough of these gorgeous aerial displays! The ceiling offers a unique blank canvas that you can transform to fit with the rest of your wedding day design, and it will be sure to add even more ambiance to your wedding or event.

We’ve rounded up some of our favorite aerial display tutorials that show you how you to create your own beautiful display. But first, our expert stylist shares her “Tips to Creating Your Own Overhang”. Click on each picture below to read the full post.

Are you planning on including a ceiling overhang at your wedding? Tell us below! And be sure to check back next Wednesday for another beautiful aerial DIY using our Mini Glass Bottles.






5 Great Ways To Use Chalkboard At Your Wedding

Versatile, customizable and with that touch of DIY charm we love, it’s no wonder chalkboards are fast becoming a wedding staple. Whether you’re looking for plain and precise or something a little more ornate, chalkboards now come in a variety of shapes and sizes to match the rest of your wedding day design. Here are some of our favorite ways to use chalkboard at your wedding.

Help them find the way

Guide your guests to their seats with a personalized seating chart, or set out a series of adorable chalkboard bud vases as escort cards that can double as favors (you can also place these little cuties at each seat as a place marker). Help guests find the way to your ceremony or reception (or even your photo booth!), with a personalized chalkboard directional sign – and if chalkboard’s not your style, you can view all the personalized options right here.

Sweetheart seating

Add your own artistic touch to your chairs with this adorable chalkboard bunting banner. It’s just the right size to drape across two chairs which is all you need for you and your new Mr. or Mrs.

Signs of all kinds

Signs are an often overlooked part of wedding day decor that can really add personality. Large or small, use them to welcome guests at the reception, display your drink menu or write your own unique message. Smaller signs work great as table numbers, set out by your favor or drink display, or you can add them to other features of your wedding that are unique to you.

Weddingstar Decorative Chalkboards featured here: large decorative chalkboard, large wooden easel

For your favors

If you love the rustic chalkboard look, then share it with your guests! We guarantee they will love these chalkboard favor boxes as much as you do. And the best part is that they come as a kit including the boxes, twine and tags. For an extra personal touch add a personalized tag to match.

Label it

If you’re having any type of food or drink display at your wedding, chances are you will want to label each item. So why not get creative and label each one in style? And whether they clip on or stand alone, these miniature chalkboard signs are the perfect fit for the job. Alternatively, they can double as place cards!

Do you love this look and want to use it at your wedding? We want to hear your ideas! Tell us how you used or are planning on using chalkboard below!



DIY Wedding Wednesday: Mini Mason Jar Favors

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Ever notice how just about anything is made better when turned mini? Well that’s certainly the case with the mini mason jar staring in today’s DIY feature, a petite version of its ever-popular “grownup” counterpart. Compatible with just about any filling, these cutie containers make for ideal guest favors and today we’re showing you three creative ways to fill them up. From foodie appeal to tempting the senses, here’s a breakdown for a few of the looks we love.

The Supplies

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Concept #1 – A Little R&R:

Concept #2 – For the Foodie:

Concept #3 – A Sweet Smelling Treat:

The Details

Mini Mason Jar Favor Concept #1: A little R&R

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Mini Mason Jar Favor Concept #2: For the Foodie

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Mini Mason Jar Favor Concept #3: A Sweet Smelling Treat

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The Whole Lot

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Choosing a Wedding Theme That’s Right for You

There are so many elements that go into planning a wedding and one of the most important (and fun) ones is choosing a theme. But with so many options out there, it can sometimes be a bit overwhelming. Our advice? Choose a style that complements your personal style as a couple. And if there isn’t just one, combine details from different themes until it matches the vision you have for your wedding. Because at the end of it all, it’s your day and you need it to be perfect for you.

The first step to choosing a theme is to explore different ideas and swoon over gorgeous wedding inspiration. Sounds tough, right? To help get you started, we’re highlighting seven of the most popular wedding themes that our brides can’t get enough of. Click on each one to see the entire inspiration gallery, and pin the pieces you love to start building your own wedding day design.

1. Bohemian

Barefoot, unpretentious, ethereal and stunning. This wedding look highlights traditional boho concepts and infuses them with a hint of the luxurious.

weddingstar bohemian wedding theme

Love this? Visit the entire Bohemian Gallery to be inspired and find out if this is the look for you.

2. Rustic

Rustic weddings never go out of style. The combination of weathered wood, tarnished metals and sweet, homespun touches have us swooning with delight.

weddingstar rustic wedding theme

Love this? Visit the entire Rustic Gallery to be inspired and find out if this is the look for you.

3. Vintage

An elaborate layering of vintage elements and tactile fabrics combine with modern day influences to create a fresh take on the always beautiful and romantic vintage wedding style.

weddingstar vintage wedding theme

Love this? Visit the entire Vintage Gallery to be inspired and find out if this is the look for you.

4. Industrial

With a sleek interior design influence at its core, the bold, confident, mature and modern Industrial look is urban sophistication perfection.

weddingstar industrial city wedding theme

Love this? Visit the entire Industrial Gallery to be inspired and find out if this is the look for you.

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5. Shabby Chic

Shabby Chic is about the appearance of a balance between the tossed at whim and the perfectly placed. From the hair, to the shoes, to all the things that come in between, the key is to make it all appear effortlessly natural for an end result that is drop dead gorgeous.

weddingstar shabby chic homespun wedding theme

Love this? Visit the entire Shabby Chic Gallery to be inspired and find out if this is the look for you.

6. Woodland

The Woodland look is all about embracing and celebrating natural beauty, from the bride to her bouquet, down to every last design detail.

weddingstar woodland wedding theme

Love this? Visit the entire Woodland Gallery to be inspired and find out if this is the look for you.

7. Wanderlust

With its beautiful airy ambiance and romantic personalized elements at every turn, it’s difficult not to get lost in all the dreamy details that make up this look.

weddingstar wanderlust travel inspired wedding theme

Love this? Visit the entire Wanderlust Gallery to be inspired and find out if this is the look for you.

Before you choose your favorite, be sure to check out even more wedding theme ideas in our Inspiration Galleries, right over here.


Let us know which you look you love! Tell us your faves in the comment section below.

Make Your Mark: 15 Creative Ways to Personalize Your Wedding Day

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What’s the one thing that all weddings have in common? It’s that every single one has a couple at the helm who’s looking to create an event that’s completely unique to them. Regardless of choice thematic design, budget point and geographic location, every couple strives to create a day that’s infused with personality and character. It’s an easy decision to make and natural goal to set, the challenge is in figuring out how to bring the concept to life. To get your creative juices flowing, from ceremony set up to reception setting details, here are 15 creatives ways to succeed flawlessly at this important planning task.

1. Ceremony Stunner.

Make the spot at which you’ll exchange your vows just as special as the moment itself. Create a beautiful theme infused backdrop to frame the two of you as you make it official.

ceremony backdrop

featured here: boho inspired custom ceremony backdrop created using decorative paper flowers

2. White Carpet.

It’s a major moment, roll out a monogrammed white carpet and walk it proudly.

3. Grand Entrance.

Get creative with how you arrive on the scene. Make it unique. Make it special. And make it grand.

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4. Ring Love.

Leave no detail behind. Trade in a traditional ring pillow for a custom design ring plate.

5. A Special Send Off.

Make your send off a meaningful moment. Pass up on the regular rice toss and go for something that’s unique to you.

ceremony seed toss

featured here: a ceremony toss created using a white linen drawstring favor bag personalized with a feather whimsy stamp, customized feather whimsy design square tag and mini white wooden clip

ceremony toss tag

6. Sentimental Sparkle.

Add a touch of sparkle and sentiment to your bridal bouquet with an heirloom brooch, an accessory that personalizes like few others.

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7. Guide The Way.

Guide your guests to where the need to go with a pretty pathway they can easily follow.

8. Table Trim.

Welcome your guests to the party with decorative details that set the stage for a night of lovely.

9. Make a Statement.

It’s your day, mark your main reception spot, the head table, with a perfect spotlight statement set up.

statement head table

feather butterflies

featured here: custom head table frame made with beautiful butterfly cake sets

10. Specialty Seating.

Spice up your reception set up by incorporating specialty seating for select common areas or for your bride and groom chairs.

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11. Unconventional Centerpieces.

Skip the simple vase arrangements and go for unique vessel options for your reception table centerpieces.

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12. Monogram It.

Get crafty with how you make your mark by using a personalized embosser to infuse it into as many little details as you can think of.

13. Little Extras.

Make your guests feel just as special as you do by ensuring every part of their experience at your wedding is memorable, starting with a little surprise to greet them at their seats.

place setting details

featured here: floral place setting detail presented in a mini beveled mirror box

14. Fresh Favors.

Trade in the sweets for some major eye candy. Give your guests a fresh floral favor for the prettiest of takeaways.

floral favors

featured here: mini decorative birdcage filled with purple hydrangea and moss

15. Subtle Signage.

Own the room with subtle signage that also acts as major table charm.

Easy Fix

Beyond the many creative ways you can personalize your day, there are plenty of simple and easy fixes. Visit to shop all the stamps, stickers and tags, ready to be personalized with your mark.



The Top 15 for 2015: This Year’s Wedding Accessory Must-Haves

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The 2015 wedding season is officially here! Bridal shows are taking over the next few foreseeable weekends, the newest issues of the best wedding magazines have hit stands (including Weddingstar’s own publication), brides everywhere are starting in on their wedding planning journeys, and we are eagerly sitting by, excited to see how this incredible year of weddings unfolds. That’s not to say we’ll be sitting by idly. We’ll be front and center of it all, sharing new insider planning tips, featuring fresh DIY tricks, and showcasing exclusive extended content from the hottest wedding trends featured in this year’s issue of Weddingstar magazine. And where better to start than what we’re pegging as the must-have wedding accessories of the season.

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1. with this ring
featured here: vintage wedding ring cushion with ornamental frame (sold without lace fabric)

white linen drawstring bag

2. sweet send off
featured here: a ceremony “confetti” toss created using a white linen drawstring favor bag personalized with a feather whimsy stamp, customized feather whimsy design square tag and mini white wooden clip

shabby chic mr and mrs hook set

3. a special spot
featured here: shabby chic mr. and mrs. hook set, used as bride and groom chair markers

hot air balloon paper lanterns

striped hot air balloon paper lantern

4. come fly with me
featured here: hot air balloon paper lanterns

floating monogram white acrylic cake topper

5. high style on top
featured here: floating monogram white acrylic cake topper

rustic style leather guest book   journal style guest book

burlap and lace drawstring baggies

8. lacy loveliness
featured here: rustic chic burlap and lace drawstring favor bag

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9. centerpieces made simple
featured here: vintage inspired mason jar set in wired basket

natural birch slices

10. every little detail
featured here: natural birch slices, used as part of a centerpiece concept

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11. best when mini
featured here: mini mason jars embellished with the diy miniature mason jar decorating kit

chiffon chair sashes

12. luxurious threads
featured here: decorative chiffon sashes

faux moss and wicker frame

moss frame

13. backdrop beauty
featured here: faux moss and wicker decorative frames (available in two sizes, sold separately)

rustic wood frame chalkboard

14. leave a message
featured here: self standing rustic wood frame chalkboard

wooden ring box

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15. to have and to hold
featured here: pocket size wooden ring box

The Choices Are Plenty

You can’t imagine how hard it was to pick just 15 products for this post! To see 100s more of the latest, on trend wedding accessories for 2015, see the complete new arrivals section on



DIY Wedding Wednesday: Winter Floral Arrangements

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What do dusty purples, frosted blues and silver tinted greens have in common? They all happen to make beautiful color options for a gorgeous winter wedding palette. Mix with classic snow white and you’ve got yourself a stunning color combo. Taking the in season stems we shared with you in this past Monday’s Winter Floral Guide, featured in these exact shades, today we’re creating a few warm hued arrangements to show you some of the pretty possibilities. From a simple and sophisticated boutonniere, to a loose and lovely bouquet, to an overflowing and abundant centerpiece, here’s what some of winter’s best come together to create. {note: for best results, we always recommend working with a professional florist whenever possible.}

Look #1: The Simple and Sophisticated Boutonniere – Supplies

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  • flowers / foliage: dusty purple spray rose, dusty miller and seeded eucalyptus
  • floral wire, floral tape and bridal pin
  • craft paper twine
  • floral sheers

The Step by Step

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Step 1: select your stems, you’ll need one of each, cut down to size to approximately 2 – 2.5 inches depending on the stem, and trim off excess leaves. For best textural results, make sure your seeded eucalyptus has both a leaf and seeds.

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Step 2: layer your stems starting with the dusty miller, then the seeded eucalyptus and finally the rose. Trim ends to even out the stems. Wrap the bundle with floral wire, starting at the base of the dusty miller’s leaf and ending just above the end of your bundle. Once complete the stems should stay securely bundled.

Step 3: wrap the floral wire with floral tape for an even finish.

Step 4: finish off by covering the floral tape with craft paper twine and pin in the back to secure.

The End Result

winter wedding boutonniere purple spray rose winter boutonniere

Look #2: The Loose and Lovely Bouquet

winter wedding bridal bouquet supplies

  • flowers / foliage: dusty purple spray roses (approximately 5 stems), anemone (approximately 3-4 stems) and seeded eucalyptus (approximately 3-4 stems)
  • floral wire, floral tape and a couple bridal pins
  • craft paper twine
  • floral sheers

The Step by Step

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Step 1: select your stems, trim off excess leaves and cut down to size. The length of your bouquet should be proportionate to your body, such that you can hold it comfortably, with just a bit of excess stems showing.

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Step 2: begin bundling your bouquet by mixing your anemones and spray roses. Work to create a balanced mix of stems, breaking up your roses with the anemones.

Step 3: add in a scattering of the seeded eucalyptus stems to the outer perimeter of your bouquet. Use the eucalyptus to prop up any anemones not already held up by the roses as the anemones are the weakest stems of the bunch.

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Step 4: wrap your bouquet with floral wire. Start at the top of bundle, such that the stems are secured in place and wrap about 3 inches down.

Step 5: wrap the floral wire with floral tape for an even finish.

Step 6: finish off the wrap by covering the floral tape with craft paper twine and secure at the back of the bouquet with a couple pins. Complete the bouquet by trimming and evening out your stem’s ends.

The End Result

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Look #3: The Overflowing and Abundant Centerpiece – Supplies

winter wedding centerpice supplies

  • flowers / foliage: dusty purple spray roses, white lisianthus, dusty miller, silver dollar eucalyptus and seeded eucalyptus. Exact number of stems depends on your centerpiece vase / vessel. Our arrangement took 25 stems of spray roses, 10 stems of lisianthus and small bunches of both types of eucalyptus and dusty miller.
  • floral foam and sheers
  • centerpiece vessel. We recommend a low option that allows stems to flow over.

The Step by Step

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Step 1: trim your stems of excess leaves and cut them down to the required length, based on the vase / vessel you’re using. You’ll want them such that they stick out and flow over the top of the vessel.

diy winter wedding centerpiece - steps 2 to 4

Step 2: begin building your arrangement at either end. Start with a full stem of seeded eucalyptus and a couple stems of roses for each side.

Step 3: continue the same combination along the back side of the arrangement, but also include silver dollar eucalyptus. Work the formation so that the stems spill out over the rim of your vessel.

Step 4: repeat step 3 on the front of your arrangement, then fill in the formation with the lisianthus and dusty miller to complete.

The End Result

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