DIY Wedding Wednesday: Winter Floral Arrangements

diy winter floral arrangements

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

winter wedding boutonniere supplies

  • 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

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

diy winter wedding centerpiece - step 1

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

diy winter wedding centerpiece dusty purple spray roses dusty miller white lisianthus seeded eucalyptus

xoxo.

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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 

rustic wood and glass box pillar candles natural birch tree slices decorative rustic wood tray seeded eucalyptus

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.

decorative floral display

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

tin box with chalkboard display pillar candles lisianthus wire basket

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.

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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, while always keeping with a mix of decorative details that provide differing heights, textures, and visual interest.

The Details

vintage inspired display drawer lace patterned votive holder decorative vintage spool decorative vintage drawer favors goodie bag

xoxo.

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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.

xoxo.

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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!

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Wedding Reception Centerpieces: 9 Tips to Stunning Arrangements

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Big and small. Short and tall. Monochromatic and bursting with an abundance of color. Wedding reception centerpieces come in many sizes, shapes and colors, making them uber exciting as far as possibilities go, and ultra complicated as far as planning goes. To help you work your way through the endless array of options we’re breaking down everything you need to consider to make your final selection. Follow these tips and there’s no doubt your wedding reception will be a stunner!

The Centerpiece Guide

  1. Keeping Proportion. Make sure your centerpieces are big enough to fill out the tables they’re going to sit on. If too small, no matter how pretty, they’ll simply get lost.
  2. Provide for a Line of Sight. When going with tall arrangements try to ensure they don’t prevent anyone at the table from seeing other guests seated with them or any other important focal points, like your head table. You can do so by going with slender or clear vessels.
  3. Play with Height. One of the easiest ways to provide for visual impact is to play with varying heights within an arrangement. To get the look use various vessels or components to create a grouping.
  4. Go Beyond the Florals. Add interest to your arrangement by including additional elements like decorative props. Whether it be a wooden slab or a vintage drawer, props do wonders for the overall visual.
  5. Play with Color. Create instant drama by using bold colors or unconventional color combinations.
  6. Budget Considerations. If on a small budget consider going with faux flowers over fresh blooms. Create unique arrangements and the real deal won’t be missed.
  7. The Power of Candlelight. There’s is no better foolproof way to add beauty and romance to your centerpieces, and your wedding, than by using candles. The key factor to creating the look? There’s no such thing as too much candlelight!
  8. The Size Factor. Going big is not a must do. Long and low arrangements can be just as beautiful. Consider using varying low vessels for a grouping that creates a runner down a rectangular table or a full cluster on a round.
  9. A Touch of Bling. And when all else fails, add a touch of bling for guaranteed wow factor.

And now for some eye candy!

faux birch tree centerpieces

wooden floral pomander balls floral candelabra

floral table runner

art deco inspired floral arrangements

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Create Your Own

If you’re feeling inspired and considering working with your friends and family to create your own arrangements than come back and visit us this Wednesday when we show you how to pull it all together.

xoxo.

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Wedding Reception Tips: 7 Must See Custom Seating Displays

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There are seating plans, a must do at every wedding, and then there are inspired displays of creativity that just so happen to also guide guests to where they need to go. And it’s the latter that bring to an … Continue reading 

Wedding Planning Tips {Plan by Color}: Something Blue

Robin’s Egg, Powder, Sky, Periwinkle and Navy. No matter what shade of blue suits your fancy, today’s installment of our Plan by Color series has a bit of inspiration to match them all. From one of our all time favorite wedding locales (who doesn’t love a beach wedding?!) to the well styled man in your arms, we’re thinking this mood board features some seriously covet-worthy ways to incorporate that “something blue” into your wedding day. And not because it’s tradition. But because it’s fabulous!

Make Mine Mint

Still looking for your ideal wedding color? Check out our Mint Green mood board for more color inspiration.

xoxo.

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Wedding Trends: Top Markers – Wedding Day Signage

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From paper to acrylic, tin to wood, the use of signage continues to maintain a top spot as a creative and fun way to instantly incorporate personal flair into a wedding day. Whatever functional purpose they may have, whether used to guide your guests or as special markers for your B&G chairs, custom personalized signs never fail to add that extra touch of something special. Loving the concept? Here are just a few fantastic ways to make the look yours.

This Way Please

Make your guests’ experience easy and enjoyable by guiding them to where you want them to go. Select a directional sign in a design that works with your wedding day theme and get creative with your display.

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Leave a Message

Whether used to provide specific instructions or for a general heartfelt welcome message, custom wedding signs naturally play double duty as subtle decorative accents that do wonders to make your guests feel special.

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featured here: wood veneer pennant banner, personalized to say “welcome”, tied with craft paper twine

vintage tin sign

personalized wooden sign

Acrylic Marks the Spot

If only for a day you and your groom are the center of everyone’s attention. Don’t be afraid to bask in the spotlight by personalizing just about everything with your mark, including your B&G chairs.

bride and groom acrylic chair markers

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

woodland themed engraved acrylic chair markers

featured here: woodland design engraved bride and groom acrylic signs

Make it Yours

To make any of these looks your own, or for additional personalized options, check out the full collections of wedding day signage on weddingstar.com.

xoxo.

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Product Spotlight: DIY Favors Made Simple

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If you love the homemade look of DIY but don’t have that necessary “crafty touch”, or the time to pull it off, this post is definitely for you! DIY wedding accessories are a lovely thing. Special bits and bobs come together, layer upon layer, to create pretty little accents. But DIY also requires a certain knack and a good chunk of time to find all the pieces required to pull together the look you’re going after. Then, factor in quantity when it comes to things like guest favors and it all just gets that much more complicated.

So today, for all of you out there wanting the DIY look without all the work, we’re offering up the perfect solution by way of three super pretty, and super convenient, all in one Favor Kits. Complete with all the pieces you need to get you to the crafty end result you’re after, DIY just got a whole lot easier. Happy Friday!

Vintage Finds

vintage favor kit

featured here: vintage style favor wrapping kit, complete with 12 paper boxes and 12 mix and match strands of pre-cut satin ribbon, pre-cut lace and paper wraps

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shabby chic styled favors

tip: customize your vintage favor boxes with the use of a different colored ribbon

Old School Fun

vintage airmail favor kit

featured here: vintage airmail favor kit, complete with 10 vintage airmail print favor boxes, 10 strands of twine, 5 metal globe and 5 metal compass charms

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Homespun Charm

sweetie pie mini pie favor kit

featured here: “sweetie pies” mini pie packaging kit, complete with 20 printed paper boxes, “enjoy” tags, wax sheets and pre-cut red and white baker’s twine

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customized diy mini pie kit

tip: give the look a twist and a pop of color by using a satin ribbon in your color scheme

xoxo.

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Product Showcase: A Twist on a Wedding Classic

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If you’re like me then hearing that a new design twist has been applied to a wedding staple is always reason to perk up and pay attention. Tradition is a lovely thing but the last thing anyone wants, especially for their wedding, is a repeat of what someone else had. As far as I’m concerned, there’s room for personality and customization in every detail of a couple’s wedding day. It’s pretty much a given that your decor, florals, stationery and even your favors will be tailored to your personal taste and style. But why stop there?! I say take your event to the next level and personalize every accessory making an appearance at your wedding.

To get your creative juices flowing, in today’s product showcase I’m saying farewell to the traditional concept of a guest book and saying hello to the ultra personalized alternative, the Wedding Wishing Well. Keeping with the same meaningful keepsake concept that a traditional book gives you, with a Wishing Well you not only get a unique design but it also comes with the added bonus of playing double duty as a great decorative piece for your home after your big day. It’s a win win situation really! For some visual reference (and eye candy), here are my top Wishing Well picks, all Weddingstar exclusives.

For the Love of Travel – The Mini Suitcase

Ideal for the Wanderlust obsessed, or for the vintage lover, the appeal of this guest book alternative  is all in its authentic and pretty details. Faux leather bound edges, a vintage liner and a luggage tag that can be personalized with your initials, come together as the perfect defining accents for this piece. The coordinating novel paper airplane stationery offers up a sweet finishing touch. And even if you favor a traditional guest book concept, the suitcase can be used a pretty little decorative accent for any travel inspired wedding theme.

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A Touch of Country – The Country Charm Wooden Wish Box

Let’s call this one rustic country gone modern! Country in its concept and modern in its design, this charming box comes complete with unique features including a white wash finish, metal mesh interior, a sweet little love note and a glass front that can be personalized. Whether used with the coordinating miniature scroll stationery or your own personal custom cards, this option is certain to find a permanent spot in your home after your wedding day. Keep complete with the wishes and display as a decorative accent, or repurpose for something new, like a kitchen accent that holds recipes.

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guest book alternatives - country charm wooden box

For the Modern Bride – Cubist Laser Cut Wooden Box

If you consider yourself to be a modern bride, an eco-chic bride, or simply one that’s looking to incorporate unique intricate details into her wedding accessories, this one’s for you. With its key feature a sliding front panel in a distinct laser cut design, there’s no getting more detailed than this! Once closed the discrete look lends itself perfectly to act as home decor. To personalize the piece add your initials and a meaningful message, and complete the ‘day of’ look with the coordinating laser embossed stationery.

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guest book alternatives - cubist laser cut wooden box

Want More Options?

For more wishing well concepts and inspiration check out the Guest Book Alternatives section in the Weddingstar e-catalog or shop the complete guest book alternatives section on weddingstar.com.

If you’d prefer to stick to a traditional guest book, you’re covered! Check out the many options on the wedding guest book section of weddingstar.com.

xoxo.

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