Photo booths are a great way to entertain your guests, and especially fun for the kids at your wedding. Most likely your guests are going to have some downtime during the cocktail hour while you are doing portraits. A photo … Continue reading
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
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.
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.
Featured above: Sand Ceremony Set: Free Spirit Personalized
Personalizing Your Reception
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.
Featured above: Printed Napkins: Best Day Ever Personalized
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!
Featured above: Flutes: Twisted Stem-Printed
Personalizing Your Favors
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.
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….
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.
While we love the look of an outdoor ceremony, sometimes it’s not really feasible. So today, our talented Ambassador, Rebecca Chan, is showing us that even if you can’t have an outdoor ceremony, that doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice on style. And here are the pictures to prove it!
In Toronto, Canada, we dream of beautiful outdoor ceremonies just like the rest of us but we don’t always have the best weather for it (especially in the cold winter months!). Sometimes what works outdoors doesn’t always translate to something beautiful when indoors.
I designed this styled shoot to give inspiration to brides who are hosting an indoor ceremony, with touches of vintage inspiration and fun, whimsical details for a memorable guest experience. Sip, sip, hooray!
See wedding style spotlights + more in our Weddingstar Magazine available here or on a newsstand near you.
Planner and Styling: Rebecca Chan Weddings and Events / Location: Estates of Sunnybrook / Photography: Simply Lace Photography / Vintage Rentals: Southern Charm Vintage Rentals / Flowers: Fete Boutique Floral + Events / Cakes and sweets: Sinfully Sweet Co. / Calligraphy: Love Lettering
Gold and glitter are a great way to elevate your wedding décor and take it to the next level. If you’re looking for ways to add some extra glitz and gold to your wedding, here are 10 gorgeous DIY ideas guaranteed to make your event sparkle.
1. Unity Candle Holders & Candles – DIY Gold Trim with Paper Bow
Dress up this candle ceremony even more by spray painting the base of the Taper Candles gold and adding an adorable paper bow to the central Unity Candle for an extra dimension. Transform these vintage inspired candle holders by simply adding a touch of gold paint to the edges.
2. DIY Gold Glittered Pomander Chair Markers
You can get the look for these sparkly pomanders with a little glue and a lot of gold glitter! See the Step by Step to achieve the look here.
3. Bow Tie Table Numbers – DIY Gold Bow Tie
These Bow Tie Acrylic Table Numbers are already dressed up, so why not add some gold paint to the bowtie to dress it up even more?
4. DIY Gold Painted Woodland Animals
These assorted miniature woodland animals make the perfect addition to any woodland themed reception table and are a great wedding favor for your guests. Dress them up by spray painting them gold!
5. Mini Favor Vases – DIY Gold Paint
Dress up these mini favor vases by masking off sections and spray painting with gold paint. The result is a unique pattern with a splash of gold to really glam them up!
6. DIY Glittered Votive Holders
Gold glitter is an inexpensive way to give a sparkly boost to these votive holders. It’s as simple as applying glue to the rim of the holder and dusting them with glitter!
7. Favor Boxes
These adorable favor boxes are super easy to mix and match to achieve a layered effect, with gold and black. Add a paper bow to the top to tie it all together. Fill with mints or your favorite candy!
8. Gold Shimmer Die Cut Hearts
These shimmery Double Heart Cards are the perfect finishing touch for your table décor, and add that extra touch of gold, without the extra effort. Impress your guests by perching them on the rim of wine glasses.
9. Vintage DIY Gold Frame
This vintage frame, originally in white, can be glammed up to really catch the eye of your guests with a wash of gold paint. It is a fantastic display prop for your ceremony or reception that can be used to highlight photos and cards.
10. DIY Mini Mason Jar Overhang
This DIY mini mason jar overhang will add a whimsical touch to your special day. Adding glitter and personalized cards to the jars will set this aerial display over the edge. Follow these Step by Step directions to help get the look, and add your own personal flair.
Today we are excited to share one of our Ambassador’s photoshoots that was featured in the 2016 Weddingstar magazine! Alexandra McNamara of Blush and Bowties pulled together a stunning, bohemian wedding full of free-spirited, romantic details that has us all swooning. From naked cakes to caravans to one stunning couple, here’s some serious inspiration to fuel your wanderlust.
See wedding style spotlights + more in our Weddingstar Magazine available here or on a newsstand near you.
Event and Floral Design by Alexandra McNamara, Planner, Owner + Creative Director, Blush and Bowties / Photography by LV Imagery / Wedding Gown by Violet Crown Vintage / Cake by Custom Desserts by Michelle / Caravans by Sweet Vintage Caravan Co. / Location by Sagewood Farm / Furniture, Dinnerware and Suitcases by Style Me Vintage / Jewelry by Spark and Thistle / Hair and Makeup by Amy Harper Makeup / Models Katie Odegaard and Greg Van Niekerk
There are fewer things set to make an appearance at your wedding cuter than a sweet little flower girl. Think white chiffon tutu, bouncy blonde curls, and maybe even a pair of proper pixie wings. Finish off what’s bound to be sheer lovely by arming that cutie with a nontraditional option for her petal basket, fit perfectly to her look and your overall wedding day design. To help you brainstorm the possibilities best suited for you and your day, here are three options we’re currently going “ga ga” over, complete with a DIY to show you how to even further customize the look.
Rustic Flower Girl Basket How-To – The Supplies
- rustic wire flower basket
- “here comes the bride” wood veneer basket sign
- willow green wide satin ribbon
- flower and greenery of your choice – we used a pink spray rose and plum pine
The Step by Step
Step 1: run a strand of ribbon through the wood veneer sign.
Step 2: securely and tightly attach the tag to the basket, finishing it off with a bow to one side.
Step 3: trim down the greenery and rose down to size and tuck them in behind the bow, intertwining them into the wires to help them hold. Make sure you leave enough stem to keep the florals in place, but make them short enough so that they tuck away neatly.
It may technically be hump day but we’re not feeling any of the usual mid week woes, and it has absolutely everything to do with today’s how-to feature. I mean how could anyone feel anything but fantastic when champagne’s involved? From ready to serve to the cutest to go option, today’s bubbly bar how-to covers all the necessary yummy grounds. And you know we just had to do some taste testing to make sure our recommendations were on point. After much super scientific research the verdict is definite. We say skip the fondue, the desserts, the signature welcome cocktail, and go champagne all the way. Here’s how to create your ultimate wedding day bubbly bar.
Ready to Serve
Best to start with the necessities, and in our opinion that comes in the form of ready to serve sparkly in perfectly personalized flutes, complete with pink sugar rims and pomegranate garnishes.
Make Your Own Mimosa
Get your guests involved by allowing them to serve up their own yummy champagne creation. Can anyone say mimosa time?!
Take One to Go
No bubbly bar is complete without a to go takeaway. Serve your mini champagne bottle favors up with the perfect finish, a pop of gold glitter.
Don’t Forget the Decor
No set up is complete without all the pretty details, think gold garlands and acrylic signage. And we love the idea of incorporating pink and gold ornaments that mimic the delicious bubbles featured at the bar.
Confession time. I have what some might call a slight obsession with floral table runners. OK, so maybe it’s more like a full blown adoration type of thing! But I’ve got plenty of reasons to. Not only are floral runners a guaranteed way to add instant wow factor to a table setting, thanks to their natural play on some cardinal decor techniques (think textures, layers and colors), they also come with endless creative opportunities in execution. And I haven’t even gotten to the best part! Compared to traditional centerpieces, their decorative counterparts, a runner gives you more impact for dollars spent. Meaning, you can spend less while getting more. But no need to take my word for it. Let’s let the concept speak for itself.
- italian ruscus (our 6 ft table took 4 bunches of approximately 6 branches per bunch) and floral wire
- fabric ruffle flowers – a blend of mocha mousse and vintage pink, in a mix of sizes (our runner took 18 flowers total)
The Step by Step
Step 1: lay out all your individual ruscus stems. Using approximately 5 branches of ruscus per bunch, create 4 individual bunches of foliage. For each bunch, stagger your branches at slightly varied lengths to create a flowing and full look. Tightly secure each bunch with floral wire.
Step 2: place one bunch at either end of your table, allowing it to slightly overflow off the edges.
Step 3: layer in your other two bunches of ruscus over those already on the table, meeting and intertwining them in the middle such that they close the open gap. If your final set up is in an indoor environment you can stop here. If it’ll be outdoors you’ll want to strategically secure the bunches to each other with your floral wire.
Step 4: add in your fabric flowers, distributing them throughout the runner in groups of twos and threes keeping a mix of colors and sizes. If your set up is indoors you can simple rest the flowers on the runner. If outdoors, attach floral wire to the backs of the flowers using hot glue and secure each floral to select branches.
The End Result
Are you thinking about mixing things up with your bridal party style? The common fear is how it will all turn out for pictures. Every bride wonders: “What if it doesn’t work and looks like a jumbled mess?” We promise that by following a few of these tips, you can create a fun and stylish look for your girls. Once you decide which direction you want to go, we will show you how to pull it all together!
As tempting as it may be to provide your girls with every and any possibility, it is important to give them a few guidelines. You may think that keeping the dress requirements completely open is making it easier for them, but often it is the opposite. Your girls want you to be happy and get what you want for your wedding day. It can often be more stressful for them to try and guess. There are three main elements to consider when deciding on dresses: Fabric, color and style. Pick 1 or 2 elements that you would like to remain the same, and allow your girls to run with the rest. This will ensure your looks stays cohesive, but has some flair.
Color me pretty:
Mixing up the colors is a fun way to add some flair to your bridal party. You have a few options here so the first step is to decide how.
1) Mixed color palette. Find some colors that fit together well by placing swatches together. The trick here is to keep your hue consistent. For example: if you are hooked on a pastel pink swatch, keep the remaining choices in the pastel family.
2) Shaded: Changing each bridesmaid dress by a shade or two can create a very interesting look for your bridal party. To pull this look off, you will need to find a gown with a fabric that is available in many colors. Start with 1 color that you love and start to work into a darker or lighter shade. It is that simple!
The long and the short of it:
When the wedding arrives, your bridesmaids will create a beautiful and elegant frame for you and your new husband. Different dress length can often be distracting to the eye and pull the focus from the couple. There are many ways to play with the mismatched bridesmaid look, but when it comes to hem length, we suggest picking just one.
Mixing up your bridesmaid style doesn’t have to mean everything is completely different. Even something as simple as different shoes, bouquets or jewelry can give your girls an opportunity to show off their personalities.
When putting together your bridesmaid style, there really are no rules. All you have to do is play with the options. Put fabrics, color and styles together until you are completely happy with the end result. Mismatching your girls is all about breaking the rules. So go ahead, be fearless!