DIY Wedding Wednesday: Centerpiece How-To

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When the idea for this post came up, truth be told, I panicked a little. Although I love flowers (I mean, what girl doesn’t?!) and have pulled together many arrangements in my day, I always advise (where budget allows) to never DIY your florals. But let’s face it, when budgets are factored in not everyone has the luxury of working with a floral designer. So to all you ladies feeling brave and looking to stretch your dollar without compromising an ounce of pretty, this blog’s for you!

The Supplies

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  • good pair of shears
  • floral foam (to fit whatever vase you decide to use)
  • flowers, in order of appearance: lisianthus, astilbe, queen anne’s lace, spray roses, seeded eucalyptus and sedum

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The Step by Step

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Step 1: saturate your floral foam with water and place into your vase. Begin to build your floral arrangement creating a starting point for your two front facing corners. Make one over flowing with eucalyptus and the other tighter to the center with queen anne’s lace.

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Step 2: continue to build your arrangement by adding another overflow on the opposite corner to the original and begin to fill out your middle with a blend of sedum and lisianthus.

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Step 3: continue to fill in your arrangement, adding in astilbe. Start to concentrate on your arrangement as a whole, paying attention to all angles.

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Step 4: add in spray roses. as you work on filling your arrangement make sure to fill all gaps and keep a mix of flowers throughout the whole.

The End Result

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You could stop right here but for a fuller table arrangement (and some added decor), finish off the look with a couple of votive holders filled with a few floral stems, as well as some candlelight.

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Centerpieces Simplified.

If you’re all about DIY’ing your centerpiece but want something a little less labor intensive, check out our Decorative Bottle Vases and Springtime Centerpieces posts.

xoxo.

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Get the Look: DIY Painted Mason Jars

At Weddingstar, we’ve been loving the look of rustic weddings with DIY projects all around – and our favorite project of all has been the array of painted mason jars we’ve been seeing! In today’s blog I am super excited to show you guys how to create 3 different looks for your wedding using three separate painting techniques. With easy to follow tutorial steps and all the tips we learned along the way, find out how to create the perfect painted mason jars for your wedding (or home!).

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Parisian: Black & White Lookbook

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Be immersed in the romance and whimsy of Parisian streets with the fifth release in our Weddingstar Style Lookbooks, Parisian: Black and White. With its’ timeless color palette, learn how to design your own French inspired wedding with the tips, tricks and products featured throughout. Continue reading

Tips From the Pros: How to Pull Off Mismatched Bridesmaids with Weddington Way

Today I am excited to share a new guest blog with you guys from Weddington Way. With their abundance of fashion genius, they’re giving all the details on how to pull off the new trend of mismatched bridesmaids without ending up with a bridal party that looks like a jumble! With tips and tricks to help you get the look for your wedding, read (and look!) on for lots of inspiration. Enjoy!

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Aisle Runners: Tips and Alternatives

The aisle runner has a long history steeped in tradition, first as protection against evil spirits and then evolving into practical protection for the bride’s gown against mud and dirt. In the modern day and age the aisle runner is typically used to lend a ‘royal’ atmosphere to the wedding decor. They are available in a variety of colors, materials, sizes and can even be personalized with monograms, names, dates and more!

While they are a relatively common element in wedding decor and readily available, there is more to choosing your aisle runner than simply picking your color and being done with it. The first key point is where your wedding is going to be located; if it is indoors a standard aisle runner will usually work just fine. If instead you are getting married on a beach or in a park, there are more details that must be taken into consideration!

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Designer Spotlight: Anniversary Gift Guide

Hello, Andrea here again. I can’t believe it has been a year since my last blog post. If you remember last time I posted I gave a little insight into Destination Weddings after I attended my brother’s wedding in the Dominican Republic.

With all of the engaged couples preparing to say “I Do” this year, there are also numerous married couples celebrating wedding anniversaries, marking another happy year they have spent together. This second blog post marks a one year anniversary since my first post, so I thought it might be helpful to share with those couples celebrating an anniversary a rundown of traditional wedding anniversary gifts. Continue reading

How To: Tie Ribbons (Videos Included)

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Tying a ribbon isn’t quite as simple as tying your shoe. Sure, you could do it the exact same way, but if you do the end result isn’t going to be the one that you are hoping for.

Wedding ribbons can look smart and classy just as long as you take a little extra time to tie them. Unfortunately every ribbon type requires a slightly different method to achieve that polished look, and of course it depends what you are tying the ribbon to!

For this post we are going to focus on favor ribbons, but keep in mind that the basics behind them can be applied to many other ribbon types.

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Designer Spotlight: Destination Weddings

Hello. My name is Andrea; I am a Graphic Designer and Product Developer for Weddingstar. I am so excited to be a part of Weddingstar’s Wedding Blog and hopefully share some thoughts that will help those who are planning for their special day.

Awhile back we featured a few posts revolving around destination weddings; the disadvantages, advantages and some planning tips. Since destination weddings are becoming more popular with couples and recently being a part of my brother’s destination wedding, I thought the topic was only fitting for my first blog post. I’ll take you through some of the details of the wedding and show some of the different things we did, and maybe those who are planning a destination wedding will find some inspiration.

The wedding was held in Punta Cana in the beautiful Dominican Republic at the Iberostar Bavaro all-inclusive resort. There were a total of 28 of the bride and grooms closest friends and family in attendance. One of the best parts of a destination wedding is that instead of having just one short day with your guests, you are able to have 3-7 days with your closest friends and family, creating memories you will never forget. Continue reading

Welcome Bags

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If you have seen the phrase ‘OOT bags’ floating around in the wedding world, it stands for ‘out of town’ – and refers to bags or baskets that are arranged for guests who are traveling to the wedding location.

Out of Town Bags or Welcome Bags are a personal gesture to help your guests feel more comfortable and appreciated. There are many different varieties of welcome bags as there are no real limitations on how they can be put together.

To give you an idea of some possibilities and get you started, I have put together a list of common items that are included in many welcome bags. Continue reading