Wedding Planning Essentials {Inspired by Color}: Shades of Grey

If you live in a part of the world that sees four seasons, it’s this time of year many describe as dreary. Daylight hours are shorter, trees are bare and bright colors no longer fill the landscape. But there’s another, much more inspiring way of looking at it. Now’s a time full of opportunity. Now’s when we seem to have more “me” and “we” time, time to put towards trying new things, exploring new ideas and crafting to our heart’s content. Now is the perfect time to cuddle up at home and pour hours and hours into wedding planning, starting with a blank canvas and creating a day as unique as it can possible be. So with crisp cold air around us, and the weekend ahead of us, let’s get inspired by the cool tones that surround us and the lovely and inviting hues that fill up our latest Inspired by Color series mood board, the many “Shades of Grey”.

Want More?

Get inspired with more color stories on Weddingstar’s Wedding Color Inspiration Pinterest board. And join us every Wednesday, for DIY Wedding Wednesday, for plenty of wedding crafting ideas to keep you busy throughout the homebound season.

xoxo.

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DIY Wedding Wednesday: Rustic Fall Floral Arrangements

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Anytime of year is a good time to have a rustic themed wedding. But Fall may just be the best. With its cool days providing plenty of encouragement for a warm and welcoming reception, and its changing and glorious foliage the perfect inspiration for homespun charms, rustic and Fall simply go hand in hand. Since we had plenty of beautiful Fall blooms laying around the studio from this past Monday’s Fall Floral Guide post, I figured that for today’s DIY Wedding Wednesday feature it only made sense to whip up a few rustic inspired arrangements. From a billy button boutonniere, to a busting with color bouquet, to a radiant and rustic centerpiece, here are three ways to pull together the best of what Fall has to offer.

Look #1: The Billy Button Boutonniere – Supplies

diy boutonniere supplies

  • flowers: yellow spray rose, peach hypericum berry and craspedia (billy button)
  • floral tape, wire and pin
  • satin ribbon in willow green
  • floral shears

The Step by Step

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Step 1: layer your stems. Using the hypericum berry as your base, arrange your rose and craspedia stems on top, as shown in the image above.

Step 2: evenly trim your stem ends at 2 -3 inches in length.

Step 3: secure your stems together with floral wire. Start your wire as close to the blooms as possible, securing them such that they don’t bend over.

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Step 4: even out your stem base by wrapping it with floral tape.

Step 5: pretty up the finish by wrapping your floral tape with satin ribbon.

Step 6: on the backside of your boutonniere, secure your ribbon with a floral pin.

The End Result

diy boutonniere

Look #2: The Bursting with Color Bouquet – Supplies

diy bouquet supplies

  • flowers: dahlias (in red, orange and two tone yellow – two stems of each), yellow spray roses (three stems) and sedum (three small bunches)
  • burlap by the roll
  • floral shears and a good pair of scissors

The Step by Step

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Step 1: trim your stems of all excess leaves, leaving just a few for texture

Step 2: roll out your burlap and cut it in half, down the middle.

Step 3: lay out all your stems and supplies, grouping your stems by type.

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Step 4: begin building your bouquet, grouping one dahlia, a stem or two of spray roses and a bunch of sedum.

Step 5: build on your base by adding in additional dahlia stems, paying attention to color distribution when deciding how to bunch them.

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Step 6: continue to build your bouquet, taking care to maintain an even distribution of floral variety and color. Given the delicate nature of a dahlia’s bloom, use your roses and sedum to prop them up as much as possible.

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Step 7: evenly trim your stem ends.

Step 8: secure your stems together with either floral wire, or if you don’t have any, a rubber band will do.

Step 9: finish the look, and cover your wire or rubber band, by tying on your burlap ribbon.

The End Result

diy bouquet two tone dahlia red dahlia

Look #3: The Radiant and Rustic Centerpiece – Supplies

diy centerpiece supplies

  • flowers: queen anne’s lace, peach hypericum berry, craspedia, yellow spray roses, yellow chrysanthemum and orange dahlia. You’ll want to use several stems of each. approximately 4-5, exact number dependent on desired centerpiece fullness.
  • french provencal style pitcher
  • floral shears

The Step by Step

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Step 1: as we did with the bouquet, trim all excess leaves off of all your stems. Next trim the length of your stems such that they are just slightly taller than the rim of your pitcher.

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Step 2: start creating your arrangement stem by stem. Keep an even mix of floral variety and color throughout, and ensure your arrangement looks good from all angles.

The End Result

diy fall wedding centerpiece

xoxo.

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DIY Wedding Wednesday: Decorative Petite Pumpkins

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The last couple of weeks we’ve been on a bit of a DIY Fall feature roll, and with Fall now officially here we’re continuing the seasonal treats with today’s mini pumpkin post. Because let’s face it, you can’t have a Fall wedding without a mini pumpkin! As per The Details’ DIY M.O., this lovely little accent is a cinch to pull together and packs major decorative punch. Although we’re recommending it as an added rustic touch to your guest place settings, an assortment can be used to accent just about any type of set up. And as you’ll see, even we couldn’t commit to just the one look.

The Supplies

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The Step by Step

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Step 1: using a very sharp knife, score a round opening to the top of your mini pumpkin.

{Tip: create your pumpkin accents no more than two days before your event, and ideally the day before. After a couple of days the color of the outer skin begins to turn.}

Step 2: using an ice cream scoop, scoop out all the seeds. Scoop slowly and gently to avoid cracking your pumpkin.

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Step 3: fill your pumpkin with baby’s breath that has been cut down to size. We selected this particular floral stem because of its ability to keep out of water for an extended period of time. That said, do not complete this step any earlier than the day before your event. If using a different floral that requires hydration use floral foam instead of water as it will leak through.

Step 4: give the look a sophisticated finish, that doubles as a pretty keepsake favor, by resting your pumpkin in a mini glass bell jar.

The End Result

decorative mini pumpkin pumpkin place setting accent baby's breath glass bell jar

and because we couldn’t resist a group shot…

mini pumpkin accents pumpkin favors favor display

DIY Fall Inspiration Galore.

For more DIY Fall wedding ideas check out our DIY Fall Favors and DIY Fall Decor posts.

xoxo.

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Wedding Trends: Seeing Gold

Glossy. Matte. Glittered. No matter what finish you put on it gold currently holds the spot as one of the hottest wedding colors. And chances are that has everything to do with its unique ability to bring elegance and interest to any color scheme or wedding theme. It’s like a bride’s best decorative friend! What’s the catch? Knowing how to use it. If overdone gold can easily go from brilliant to gaudy. Because we’d hate to see a little challenge stop you from using this gorgeous hue, here are our top picks of foolproof ways to incorporate it into your wedding day look.

gold charger plate

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gold glittered paper feather

featured here: gold glittered laser expressions feather tag

acrylic chair markers

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

Love This Look?

If you love this look and want a few DIY ideas on how to make it yours, come back and visit the blog this Wednesday for our accenting with gold post.

xoxo.

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DIY Wedding Wednesday: How To Use Fabric Flowers

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This past Monday we shared some of our favorite bridal bouquet inspirations and got rave reviews on one of our own DIY faux creations. So thanks to popular demand this week’s DIY Wedding Wednesday feature is dedicated to showing you a few creative ways of using permanent petals. And we’re pretty positive that when all of you homespun, shabby chic, rustic loving brides see how easy it is to pull these lovelies together, you’ll be lining up to incorporate them into your wedding day.

The Bouquet

diy fabric flower bouquet

The Supplies

diy fabric flower bouquet supplies

The Step by Step

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Step 1: gather the number of stems required to create your desired bouquet size, bend the stems to desired bouquet length and bind together with floral wire. We used 10 stems and bent to shorten them by approximately a quarter.

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Step 2: wrap your stems together with the ruffled fabric ribbon. Start at the point at which you wired, secure with a bridal pin, and continue wrapping downward.

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Step 3: secure your end point with a couple bridal pins. Make sure to point them upward and through the stems to secure the ribbon and to keep them away from your hands.

The Centerpiece

diy fabric flower centerpiece

The Supplies

diy fabric flower centerpiece supplies

The How-To

diy fabric flower centerpiece how to

All it takes is one simple step! Fill up your chosen centerpiece vessel with enough stems to create a bountiful arrangement, bending your outer stems slightly to flow over the rim of your vessel. We used the French Provencal Enamel Pitcher which took 15 Stems.

The Flower Girl Wand

diy flower girl wand

The Supplies

diy flower wand supplies

The How-To

diy fabric flower wand how to

Another one step wonder! Simply tie on several strands of satin ribbon to the base of the flower head. Tie the ribbons in double knots to secure them and keep ribbons just slightly longer than the stem itself.

Love this Look?

For more Shabby Chic and Rustic wedding inspiration, including another faux bridal bouquet look, check out our shoppable Burlap Chic full feature on the Weddingstar e-catalog.

shabby chic bridal bouquet

xoxo.

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DIY Wedding Wednesday: The Power of Color {and Chalk Paint}

diy birdcage favors

Shabby Chic, Vintage and Rustic all share one major thing in common. All are super hot right now as far as wedding trends go. And it’s no wonder why. Each comes with countless gorgeous ways to personalize and style an event. If you’re one of the many brides looking for your own unique version of one of these themes then it’s time to get comfy with the concept of DIY and brush up on some of the tricks of the trade. And boy do I have an amazing trick to share with you today! It’s a little thing {literally, you can get it in 4 fl. ounce jars} called chalk paint and it takes anything that might not have the right look because of color or texture and transforms it to theme appropriate weathered perfection. Just take a look at what it did for a mini birdcage favor. It certainly had me saying “eek!”

The Supplies

diy birdcage favor supplies

  • mini birdcage
  • choice of chalk paint color(s) and paint brush {we used annie sloan chalk paint in louis blue, pure white and antoinette}
  • floral foam
  • mini personalized streamer
  • satin ribbon, coordinated to the birdcage color(s)
  • choice of flowers (i used hydrangea, peonies and baby’s breath)

The How-To

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Step 1: paint your birdcage. If using chalk paint you’ll need two coats. Don’t worry about a bit of the original black still coming through. An imperfect look is what you want.

{stylist tip: if you can’t find chalk paint, use spray paint instead. It’ll provide for a similar look, just a slightly different finish.}

Step 2: for an added personal touch, hole punch a personalized streamer and tie to top of the birdcage with ribbon.

blue and green hydrangea

Step 3: cut floral foam into a piece small enough to fit into the birdcage and insert floral stems. Insert florals from various angles, aiming for a full but loose finish. Think overflowing.

Step 4: repeat steps 1 – 3 on as many birdcages as you need. For the Shabby Chic look, as featured in this tutorial, mix up your paint colors, sticking to pale pastels, and your floral stems. For a Vintage or Rustic look stick to one color palette.

eggshell blue chalk painted mini birdcage

stylist tip: for a simple and more budget friendly version, don’t be afraid to leave the birdcages empty. they are just as lovely all on their own.

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The Finished Look

shabby chic mini birdcage favors hydrangea pink peony baby's breath banner favor tag

xoxo.

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Product Spotlight: Top 10 on Trend

mustache stainless steel flask

We’ve just returned from our annual buying trip, where we searched and shopped for the best of the best new products for you, our brides. And you can’t imagine how excited we are to release all the new additions to the lineup this coming December! To hold us over we’re recapping our Top 10 favorite 2014 additions, all in line with what’s hot and trending in the world of weddings right now. From the prettiest of favor boxes to the most stunning bridal and reception accessories, we’ve got it all covered. Now it’s your turn to shop!

#1 – Lovely Lace

One of the top trends for 2014, and 2015 for that matter, is arguably also the most romantic textile around. And we’ve got a couple of the loveliest and effortless ways to incorporate lace into your wedding day look. OK. So we’re cheating a little by featuring two products here. But they really do go hand in hand so we simply couldn’t resist!

#2 – Leave a Message

Custom unique signage is all the rage these days and we’re thinking this reusable chalkboard is definitely a top option. Whatever message it shares, it’s the intricate details that will have your guests swooning.

shabby chic greeting table

#3 – With this Ring

There’s nothing like a perfectly set table to please the eye and get the appetite going. Finish off your place settings in style with this gorgeous jewel accented napkin ring.

vintage place setting

#4 – The Forever Bouquet

Any woman who has lived the wedding day experience will tell you that keeping special mementos to remember the day is a must. What better way of remembering how you looked and felt than by keeping your bouquet, especially when it’s as beautiful as this couture brooch stunner.

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#5 – Beautiful Burlap

Far from the unrefined. Complete with fabric flowers, lace trim and a subtle touch of bling, burlap never looked so good.

#6 – Take a Seat

Boxed sweet treats may not be a new guest giveaway concept, but these stylish pretty little chair boxes provide the perfect contemporary twist on a tried and true classic.

transparent chair favor boxes

#7 – The “Toss Me Not” Garter

Do yourself a favor and buy a toss away back up because you’ll definitely want to hold onto this lovely.

vintage bride

#8 – Smart Table Trim

There’s nothing like a wedding accessory that serves double duty. Not only does this self-standing wooden table number guide your guests to their seats, it also makes for a great decorative accent. And it comes complete with a top slit ready to hold anything you want it to. So in fact, we’re talking triple duty!

#9 – Bringing the Outdoors In

Want something new and unique for your centerpiece? Look no further. These super cool and super pretty faux birch trees are about as unique as it gets. Perfect for the Rustic or Woodland themed wedding, or for any couple looking to incorporate a bit of nature into their event’s design.

#10 – Animal Instincts

With Woodland weddings increasing in popularity on a daily basis, we’d be remissed not to add some animal motifs to the line. And what’s more synonymous with woodland animals than a great set of antlers.

woodland themed wedding place setting

Want More?

If you like what you see here then check out the full suite of 2014 products featured in the New Arrivals section of weddingstar.com.

xoxo.

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Wedding Theme Inspiration: Woodland Pretty

woodland wedding theme bride

If you’re focusing on what’s trending while brainstorming a potential wedding design, you have no doubt come across the Woodland wedding theme concept. It’s been pegged by wedding industry experts as one of the top trends for 2014. Given we featured it in this year’s issue of our print magazine, it’s no secret that we’re big fans! But we’re not just loving the look because it’s trendy {although that’s an added bonus!}, but rather because of its simple natural elements. That and it’s oh so pretty!

So today we’re sharing with you the key design elements behind a Woodland wedding theme, along with some inspirational imagery to bring it all to life and to help you make it yours.

The Look – Organic & Simplified

The Woodland look is all about embracing and celebrating natural beauty, from the bride to her bouquet, down to every last design detail. But simple doesn’t mean boring. The simplicity of the design lies in the perfectly pulled together stunning details. We’re swooning over this beauty look!

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The Design – Motifs & Natural Elements

Choice additions of animal motifs and natural elements are the defining details behind a Woodland themed wedding. Whether it’s antlers, branches, or little birdies, you just can’t do Woodland without them. That said, avoid motif mayhem! The trick is to be selective about how and where you use these elements. It’s all about discretely weaving the details into your overall design.

woodland wedding theme - guest favor table

woodland wedding theme - welcome drink

The Colors

Well, green obviously! But there’s no hard and fast rule as to how much green or what shade. For our inspirational shoot we went heavy on the white, allowing greenery to shine as a finishing accent framing our entire look. For additional accent colors consider gold, its richness will complement the density of wooden elements, and a soft pale blush for a touch of femininity.  

woodland wedding theme - bride and groom table

woodland wedding theme - flowers

Love it? Want More? 

For more inspirational eye-candy from our Woodland Pretty shoot pick up a copy of this year’s issue of Weddingstar’s print magazine, and shop the entire Woodland look on weddingstar.com.

xoxo.

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