DIY Wedding Wednesday: The Breakaway Centerpiece

breakaway centerpiece how-to

Want to know how to add even more wow factor to your already gorgeous centerpieces? It all comes down to a giveaway. Treating your guests to share in the pretty, sending them home with a few of your stunning stems, not only avoids a lot of wasted loveliness, it’s also a gesture that will not go unnoticed. And it’s as simple as creating a breakaway centerpiece concept to adorn your table. Whether it’s a medley of minis that stand on their own, or a grouping you add to a larger statement piece, breakaway centerpieces always come together to create the same end result, guaranteed eye candy that’s sure to wow. Here are a few of our favorite ways of creating the concept.

Breakaway Centerpiece 1 – Tea Time


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 Breakaway Centerpiece 2 – Purple for Days


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Breakaway Centerpiece 3 – Pretty Petals


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DIY Wedding Wednesday: Summer Floral Arrangements

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Last week we shared with you the last installment of our seasonal flower guide series. If you missed it, check it out here. And just like with all of its predecessors, we couldn’t pass up an opportunity to showcase all the pretty that in season stems can create. So we pulled out our floral tape, bonsai scissors, a bit of pretty ribbon and got to work! The end result? Several bunches of awesome for all you summer brides looking for inspiration for your bouquets, boutonnieres and centerpiece arrangements. Here’s the breakdown on how to create some simple floral stunners.

Look #1: The Pretty in Pink Bouquet – Supplies

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  • white peonies, pink lisianthus and blushing bride (we used 5, 3 and 2 stems respectively)
  • floral wire and tape
  • lace ribbon and bridal bins
  • floral shears

The Step by Step

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Step 1: after organizing your stems and cleaning them off of excess leaves, begin building your bouquet from the center out. Start by bunching together 2 or 3 peonies and add a bountiful stem of lisianthus to the bottom of that bundle. If your single lisianthus stems aren’t full enough, double up.

Step 2: add 2 stems of blushing bride to the top of the arrangement.

Step 3: surround the blushing bride stems with another 2 peonies and finish off the bouquet with another 2 stems of lisianthus, added to either side of the arrangement. Again, if your single lisianthus stems aren’t as full as you want them to be, double up.

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Step 4: firmly secure the bouquet with floral wire, starting just a couple of inches from the base of the flower heads and moving down approximately 2-3 inches.

Step 5: cover the floral wire with floral tape and trim down your stems to the desired bouquet length.

Step 6: cover the tape with lace ribbon, finishing it off in a loose bow tie.

The End Result

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Look #2: The Strikingly Simple Boutonniere – Supplies

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  • 3 stems of fresh lavender
  • floral wire and tape
  • purple satin ribbon and bridal pins
  • floral shears

The Step by Step

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Step 1: bunch your fresh lavender stems together.

Step 2: secure stems in place first by wrapping them in floral wire and then floral tape, using about an inch of each, and trim down your stems to the desired boutonniere length.

Step 3: add satin ribbon over the floral tape and secure in the back with bridal pins, which will be the same pins you use to attach the boutonniere to a jacket.

The End Result

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Look #3: The Lovely En Masse Centerpiece – Supplies

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The Step by Step

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Step 1: decide how you’d you like your grouping of vessels to sit together on your table. Look to create a balance in heights and colors.

Step 2: begin adding stems to the back vessels first. The key is to not overdo the number of stems going into any one vessel. You want a light and airy look, which also happens to be more budget friendly.

Step 3: next fill in your front vessels, going with shorter stems so not to completely cover the pretty vessels in the back.

The End Result

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DIY Wedding Wednesday: Lace Flower Napkin Ring

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What’s the number one rule of setting a stunning table setting? Remember your layers. From centerpieces made up of a mix of flowing floral arrangements and delicate votive holders, to place setting touches that finish off the look, it’s all about layer upon layer of details that catch the eye. We’re personally especially fond of dainty specifics that can by DIY’d well in advance and on a budget, just like today’s pretty little feature, the lace flower napkin ring. Made up of its own set of lovely layers, playing on a variety of textures and colors, this is definitely a reception accessory must have!

The Supplies

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The Step by Step

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Step 1: create a simple ring using your gold craft wire. Make it approximately 2 inches in diameter,

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Step 2: Hot glue the lace flower to the ring. Hold the flower for 30-45 seconds to secure in place.

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Step 3: Individually add in the faux flowers and gold leaves, securing in place with hot glue.

The Details

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Take our Quiz: What is your Wedding Style?

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Every bride wants their wedding to be a unique reflection of their personality and style. Find your flair with this wedding style quiz. What kind of bride are you?

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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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

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

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

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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

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

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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

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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

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  • 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.

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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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DIY Wedding Wednesday: How to Use Decorative Props

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Want to know one of the top styling secrets behind ultra swoon-worthy weddings?  It all boils down to the use of decorative props. It’s a term  you may or may not be familiar with, but it’s certainly a concept you’ve come across, and what’s caught your eye, time and again when spending hours on Pinterest planning your big day. Decorative props are what bring to a wedding design plenty of visual details, the opportunity to add layered textures and the chance to play with varied heights, all of which come together to create special unexpected elements of interest that wow. Perfect for centerpieces or creative side table displays, here’s just a few examples of how-to get the look.

Candlelight Glow

Take the glow of a simple grouping of pillar candles to the next level by incorporating beautifully detailed rustic props into your display.

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The Supplies You’ll Need for This Look:

The How-To 

Display your items as shown in the image above or play around with a combination of your own. But be sure to stick to the design essentials behind the look, a play on differing heights and a mix of textures.

The Details 

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Bring on the Blooms

For guaranteed wow factor replace standard glass vases with textured vessels that will go miles to add decorative flair to your event. Finish off the look with just a few stems and pillars.

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The Supplies You’ll Need for This Look:

The How-To 

Display your items as shown in the image above or play around with a combination of your own. To display pillars on your tin box, angle the lid and lay it centered across one side of the box. Be sure that your lid sits firmly on the base of the box. Florals can be substituted for your choice of stems. Regardless of what changes you make, ensure you stick to the design essentials behind the look, a mix of focal points of interest and textures.

The Details

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Greet Them with Pretty

Create a greeting table that sets the stage for an event filled with plenty of pretty, complete with a favor display that’ll have guests talking about it more than the favors themselves.


The Supplies You’ll Need for This Look:

The How-To

Display your items as shown in the image above or play around with a combination of your own, while always keeping with a mix of decorative details that provide differing heights, textures, and visual interest.

The Details

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2015 Weddingstar Magazine – The Reveal

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We’ve shared the sneak peeks (if you missed them click here, here and here) and now it’s finally time to officially launch the latest issue of Weddingstar magazine. Like no other bridal print publication, Weddingstar magazine provides you with 160 pages of inspiring, informative and most importantly shoppable wedding details. With page after page of uninterrupted eye candy, not a single ad along the way, the ideas are plenty and your opportunity to recreate what you see is just an online shopping experience away. From full feature inspiration shoots, to guides that act as your personal shopper, there’s not a single spread you’ll want to skip. But don’t take my word for it. Here’s your first look at exactly what you can expect to find in this latest issue.

The Big Picture

From Ceremony to Head Table, full feature inspirational editorials take you behind the details of the hottest wedding themes for 2015. Along side all the pretty pictures come comprehensive style guides, breaking down all the design essentials you need to recreate the look. Mix and match as you explore the various themes, or go with exactly what you see in any single one, either way you’re guaranteed a gorgeous wedding.

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The Must Haves

New to this year’s publication are editorials featuring all the must have products for the coming wedding season. Fresh ideas for all aspects of your wedding day design, your guests, and you pop off the page ready for the taking.

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Down in the Details

Showcased throughout the magazine you’ll find creative breakouts, teaching you the secrets behind styling your day like a pro. Say goodbye to all the guess work and hello to easy creative fun.

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Your Personal Shopper

To make sure you don’t miss a beat, each wedding theme featured within the 2015 magazine comes complete with a shopping guide, calling out every single wedding day accessory behind the look and available for purchase.

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And That’s Just Grazing the Surface

Discover the rest by picking up your issue here or look for it on all major newsstands, including Chapters / Indigo, Target and Walmart.



Product Spotlight: Ring Pillows and Inspired Pillow Alternatives

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I hate to sound like a broken record (I’ll admit I’ve said this once or twice before) but there are few things I appreciate more than couples who infuse their personalities into their wedding day. The brides and grooms who take the time and make the effort to personalize every last detail to ensure their celebration is like no other. And it’s precisely these creative twosomes that inspire the designs behind every custom product in the Weddingstar line up. Take for example the ring pillows and pillow alternatives that are being featured today. It’s no coincidence there are as many designs as there are. And just in case there isn’t a traditional option that fits your style, there are plenty of other products that with just a little bit of imagination can be transformed into the sweetest of ring cushions. I’m personally definitely all about the vintage box. Which option is right for you?

Stay Tuned.

If you’re loving the idea of going with a unique ring pillow alternative for your nuptials and want some additional options, stay tuned for this December’s new product release which will see a whole new series of ring holders. Having had a sneak peek you can trust me when I say they are breathtaking!