How To: Decorate for Less by Skipping the Flowers

Your wedding day budget is depleting and you are looking for ways to save costs. One way couples have found to reduce wedding costs is by replacing flowers with simple décor items. Many couples are straying away from using flowers and are instead choosing to make their own decorations and bouquets out of other unique items. Flowers aren’t everyone’s cup of tea, so if you are a bride who doesn’t want flowers at their wedding we’ve got some alternatives that you and your guests will love.

Aisle Decorations

 

Decorative Lanterns are a great choice to brighten up your aisle. They can be painted to match your wedding colours or dressed up using a decorative ribbon and you’ve got the perfect addition to guide you down the aisle.

Candles are another great way to decorate your aisle. They provide a romantic lit atmosphere perfect for that cozy indoor affair. However, if your venue does not allow open flames, flameless candles are also available.

Flowerless Centerpiece Options

 

Add a vintage look to your reception with these Candle Holders. You can decorate them to add your own flair. Add some candles and you’ve got a simple alternative to flowers.

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Mini Mason Jar With Lid

Having a summer wedding and want some pops of color on the guest tables? With beautiful decorated mason jars you’ve got a fun and easy DIY project that the whole wedding party can help out with.

Other summer weddings choose to use fruits to decorate with, filling tall glass vases or jars with different colored fruits for the right amount of color.

The Bridal Bouquet

 

A bride’s bouquet can be made up of all kinds of different things but one of the most popular for today’s bride is a brooch bouquet. These are easy to make, even if you aren’t very crafty and they look fantastic in photos. Brides usually ask for brooches to be donated by friends or family members, but can also find them in antique stores for relatively cheap. This bouquet is not to be thrown though; it is meant as a keepsake for the bride and there is usually a small substitution bouquet that is used if the bride chooses to do a bouquet toss.

Other bouquets may include flowers that are made out of sheet music, comic books or origami paper. Rustic themed weddings have seen flowers formed from burlap and ribbon, and others include fabric flowers made by the bride or purchased from a crafter.

Whether you decide to go with flowers or not, the choice is yours for your wedding. However, if you are feeling adventurous, skip the flowers and let your flowerless décor be the talk for years to come.

Writing & Concept by:  Theresa Gibson

Photography by: Weddingstar, LV Imagery, Kat Williams

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Style Spotlight: Greenhouse Chic

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Enhanced by the natural beauty of a greenhouse locale is a lovely blend of romance and botanical artistry. Rich textures, lush florals and fresh scents all come together for a day that is gorgeous, no matter the season. Streaming through from overhead, sparkling sunbeams shine a light on every impressive detail. This greenhouse chic shoot by Ambassador Katie Theuer from Wedding Belles Events sets the stage for the perfect romantic affair. See how she pulled off this look.

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Fill a Galvanized Bucket with long-stemmed flowers and you have the perfect customized chair décor to complement your theme.

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This Vintage Style Pressed Glass Goblet with its distinctive look and subtle tones are the perfect complement to this greenhouse décor.

A Rustic Wood & Glass Box is a great addition to any event inspired by Mother Nature. Whether you add some flowers to make it a centrepiece or use as a wishing well, this Rustic Glass Box is a must have!

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Credits:

Event Design and Planning: Wedding Belles Events

Photography: Jessica Sparks Photography

Florals: Christopher Joseph Designs

Hair and Makeup: The Transformation

Stationery: Linen & Leaf

Cake: Hamley Bake Shoppe

Rentals: Events Unlimited Birmingham

Bride’s Gown: Sarah Seven from The Dress Theory Nashville

Grooms Attire: Men’s Wearhouse

Models: Taylor & Cory Wood

Venue: Bennett Nurseries

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Real Wedding: Ashley & Peter’s Wedding

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Meet Ashley and Peter! They tied the knot July 30, 2016 in St. Augustine, Florida. We just love the soft pinks and beautiful florals this wedding had to offer. So take a peek at this couple’s wedding day journey. From getting ready, to a beautiful ceremony at The Cathedral Basilica and finishing off with a romantic getaway in a horse drawn carriage ride. Enjoy!!

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Coordinator: Andrea Famiglietti, Coastal Celebrations
Caterer: Davoli’s, Fred
Florist: Jade Violet
Baker: Sweet by Holly
Band: The Rivertown Band, Leslie
Ceremony Music: Music by Peggie,
Photographer/photobooth: Brooke Images
Videographer: Launch Pad, Bobby
Brides Hair: Laura Gamel, (MOH)
Hair: Mantra Salon, Ginger
Formal Exit: St. Augustine Carriages

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DIY Wedding Wednesday: Give Thanks – The Friendship Shadow Box

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Having just come off Canadian Thanksgiving Day celebrations, and with our friends to the south of us getting set to celebrate their respective day in just a few weeks, naturally we’ve got being thankful at the forefront of our minds. For daily pleasures, our houses and homes, and most of all for our family and friends. In the spirit of giving, today we’re featuring one of favorite ways to honor those people and events we cherish most, by displaying mementos of memories we hold dear in our hearts, perfectly displayed in chic shadow boxes no less. Here’s the how-to.

The Supplies

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The Step by Step

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Step 1: using the original frame backing as your guide, cut down a piece of decorative paper to the correct size for a personalized backer.

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Step 2: hot glue the custom paper backer to the inside of the frame backing. Keep glue to a minimum and concentrate it at the corners / sides to avoid an uneven and bulky finish.

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Step 3: layout the ideal placement of all your personal mementos. When ready, secure all in place with hot glue. When dry, fit your custom backer into the shadow box frame.

The End Result

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xoxo.

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DIY Wedding Wednesday: Stogies & Shots – A Cigar Bar Takeaway

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We’re no strangers to lovely things here at The Details blog. From the prettiest of paper goods to gorgeous decorative details, lovely is simply our way of life. But up until recently, dabbling into all things dapper was a rarity. Things are about to change. Sparked by the addition of an extensive new giftware line, with plenty of options for the boys, the Weddingstar product range has just got a whole lot more guy friendly. And so the blog will follow suit. Two weeks ago we kicked things off by featuring the Ultimate Man Bar, spotlighting some of the best men’s gifts around, and today we’re rounding things off with the perfect guy giveaway, complete with stogies and shots. You’re welcome boys.

The Supplies

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The How-To and The Look

This one is really as simple as 1-2-3. For your cigars, pair two, apply personalized labels, stack a matchbook on top and bind all with craft paper twine. For the mini whiskey bottles, own brew or bought, apply a sticker to the bottle, fill and place into your stamped linen baggie. And you’re done!

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xo.

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How To: Unique & Creative Guest Book Options

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Today’s blog is all about picking the right guest book to match your style.  There are so many options for unique guest books and wishing wells, all of which can be customized to match your wedding theme and design.

Modern Guest Book Ideas

If you are wanting to stick with the traditional guest book concept but with a modern flair, we have some great ideas! Guest Books that use modern materials such as acrylic and wood take the traditional concept to the next level. Here are a few that we love!

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Featured above: Clear Acrylic Guest Book:Modern Fairytale Etching 

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Featured above: Wooden Guest Book: Personalized Woodland Pretty

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Featured above:  White Acrylic Guestbook: Monogram Simplicity Personalized

Guest Book Alternatives

There are so many guest book alternative options to choose from. Guest book alternates allow for creative and customized options to match your wedding theme.  Here are some of our favorites!

Personalized Shadow Box

A Shadow Box is a unique alternative that you can cherish for years to come after your wedding day. Guests can leave personalized notes on wishing well cards, which can be collected in the bottom portion of the box. This new take on a shadow box allows you to capture the memories made on and before your wedding day.

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Featured above: Personalized Shadow Box: Bistro Bliss  / Clips: Miniature Hinged / Wish Scrolls: Bistro Bliss

Decorative Birdcages

Decorative Birdcages make for fun and unique wishing wells that will be sure to impress your guests. You can dress them up by painting them to match your wedding colors and adding decorative elements such as ribbon and flowers.

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Featured above: Decorative Birdcage: Classic Round / Ribbon: White

Metal Decorative Urn

This Metal Decorative Urn is another unique way to collect wishing well cards from your guests and is a perfect match to most wedding themes.

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Featured above: Urn: Metal Decorative / Well Wishing Cards: Modern Fairytale 

Mini Suitcase Wishing Well

A mini decorative suitcase is a perfect wishing well idea for the travel inspired or vintage themed wedding. It is a perfect container for notes and well wishes from your guests.

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Featured above: Wishing Well: Mini Suitcase / Wishing Well Stationery Set: Paper Airplane

Natural Wood Keepsake Box

This unique wishing well is intricately designed and can be personalized with your initials and a custom message. The custom wishing well cards designed to complement this box and will fit perfectly in the interior compartments. This makes for a great decorative keepsake for your home after your wedding day.

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Featured above: Keepsake Box: Cubist Laser Cut Natural Wood / Embossed Stationery: Cubist Laser / Decorative Tray: Rustic Wood

Decorative Glass Box

A decorative glass box is another fun and unique idea for a wishing well.  Use it as a recipe box by providing your guests with recipe cards and have them write their well wishes or “Recipes of The Heart”.

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Featured above: Decorative Box: Glass With Mirror Base / Recipe Cards: Garden Party

Whether you are looking for a modern guest book or an alternative wishing well, there are so many unique options that we know you will love!

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DIY Wedding Wednesday: The Ultimate Man Bar

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Ok so I’m totally an unoaked chardonnay and fine cheese kind of gal but after laying eyes on the latest men’s gifts and barware accessories available in the Weddingstar line up, I’m very quickly becoming a bold whiskey and smooth cigar convert. From clever personalized glassware options to the smallest of shiny gold foil details, each and every piece has got me feeling some serious bar top envy right about now. Perfect for any “boys only” event, here’s a look at everything required for the ultimate man bar setup.

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And served up in all sorts of clever ways. Whether you’re serving up your own homemade brew, or pouring out some top shelf goodness, there’s plenty of ways to do it up in style.

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Open Sesame

What good is a quality brew if you can’t get into it. Set up a few opener options to ensure everyone’s covered without delay.

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Lit it Up

Nothing goes better with a smooth pour of whiskey than a quality cigar. Up the display ante by wrapping yours with personalized stickers and pairing them with coordinating matchbooks.

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The Extras

Leave no detail behind. Mark your territory from top to bottom and make the event truly yours.

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xoxo.

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How-To Personalize Your Wedding

You’re in full wedding planning mode and of course you want to make your big day as unique and special as possible.  What better way to achieve this than by adding personalized details throughout your wedding?  Today we are excited to share with you Part 1 of 2 on how-to personalize your wedding, where we will look at adding those personal touches to your ceremony, reception and favors. There are so many options that we couldn’t fit them all into one post! Be sure to check back for Part 2, coming soon.

Personalizing Your Ceremony

Aisle Runner

Walking down the aisle is a major moment. Rolling out a monogrammed aisle runner and backdrop will up the ‘wow’ factor without blowing your budget out of the water.

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Featured above: Aisle Runner: Monogram Simplicity Personalized / Backdrop: Floral Dreams Personalized

Unity Sand Ceremony

The sand ceremony is a timeless tradition that makes for your own personalized unity ceremony. Customize the colors to match your wedding design and add a monogram to the vase to take it to the next level. The vase set can become a keepsake in your home as a reminder of your union.

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Featured above: Sand Ceremony Set: Free Spirit Personalized

 

Personalizing Your Reception

Personalized Napkins

Personalized paper napkins are a great way to add that extra touch to your wedding reception.  The options are endless with the ability to choose a custom logo, color, and personalized message.  It’s these dazzling little details that will make for a completely coordinated experience for your guests.

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Personalized Glassware

Glassware is everything! The perfect combination of function and favor. This year’s trend is personalized wedding day glassware that can double as a unique favor for your guests!

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Personalizing Your Favors

Personalized Matches

Matches have been a favorite for decades, but we’ve made them cool again. Put your personal spin on this popular favor with just the right logo and message to complement your big day.

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Featured above: Matchboxes:Personalized / Matchbooks:Personalized

Personalized Mason Jars

The oh-so-popular mason jar is a favorite! With a personalized printed design you are taking a favor and adding so much more meaning. Some top trends for goodies to fill the jar with include jam, candies, bath salts and hot cocoa and….

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Featured Above: Mason Jar: Gold Solid Lid / Twine: Metallic Gold / Place Card: Lace Medley

For finishing touches think about adding those extra details to your favors.  Stickers,tags and personalized ribbon will take your look and really make it personal.

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Featured above: Bottle Stopper: Dainty Gold Bow / Ribbon: White / Tag: Celebration Small Rectangular

DIY Wedding Wednesday: Mother’s Day Spa Tote How-To

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This Mother’s Day you could treat your mum to the usual weekend brunch, complete with classic mimosas. Not entirely a bad option. Or you could skip what’s standard and send your mom on a spa date for one, complete with a goodie filled tote that perfectly sets the tone for some well deserved me time. We’re thinking that sounds like a pretty darn good idea. And thanks to Weddingstar’s new gift line, everything you need to make it happen is just a quick online shopping trip away {spa not included}. Here’s the lowdown on everything you need to make this thoughtful Mother’s Day gift a reality.

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xoxo.

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Style Spotlight: Dreamy and Sweet

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There is no doubt that great weddings are made up of two amazing people in love. But what makes them remain a favorite in your guests’ minds comes down to the overall guest experience. One way to make anyone happy, whether at a wedding or not, is with really good food. Sweet potato fries, anyone? So today we’re featuring some of our favorite ways to get your guests’ taste buds revving, including one of our favorite dessert displays (shown above) from the 2016 Weddingstar magazine. Is your mouth watering yet?

Idea 1: The Dessert Station

The dessert station is always a favorite and allows guests to choose from other desserts besides the wedding cake. This is a great way to cater to everyone’s sweet tooth whether they love pie, cake or candy. Plus, having these smaller bites to choose from gives guests something to nibble on throughout the night, or take home with them to enjoy later on.

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Idea 2: The Welcome Drink Station

While food is a definite must at weddings, so are the drinks. And what sweeter way to welcome guests to your reception than by displaying a table of drinks ready to enjoy right by the entrance. Whether it’s your favorite mixed drink, a bottle of beer or a glass of wine, it’s sure to be appreciated. Just don’t forget to set out some non-alcoholic options for those that prefer otherwise. Cheers!

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Idea 3: The Popcorn Station

Popcorn is a great choice to serve at weddings and is a favorite for all ages. Create a self-serve popcorn station with dip-dyed baskets full of plain popcorn, then set out mini shakers filled with a variety of popular seasonings. You can even pre-fill these shakers with seasonings for guests to take home as favors.

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featured above: Goodie Bag: Ikat Print | Picnic Basket: Large Decorative | Scoop: Candy Scoop in Ivory | Shakers: Mini Jar Shaker Favors | Stationery Holder: Antique White | Sign: Ikat Open Format

Idea 4: The Chili ‘n Fries Station

And now for something completely different – delicious, hearty, homemade chili because, why not!? Served grab-n-go style in mingle−friendly bowls that are just the right size, your guests will love this fan favorite. And for those who may not be a fan, have some sweet potato fries at the ready for a snack that’s sure to satisfy. You can even pre-package your favorite chili sauce or spice rub as a favor your guests can use at home.

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We want to know – what are you serving at your wedding for dessert or snacks? Tell us below!

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Credits:

Planner and Styling: Style and Swoon / Photography: A Lovely Life Photography / Flowers: Style and Swoon / Cake and Desserts: Fabulous Cakes / Favors, Decor and Accessories: Weddingstar