Top Three Destination Wedding Tips

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Photo Shoot Location: Reynisfjara-Black sand beach near Vik, Iceland

Destination weddings are becoming more and more popular. They also involve extra attention when it comes to planning and preparation for the big day. Today we are sharing with you expert advice from event planner and Weddingstar Ambassador Phoebe Lo.  Here are her top 3 destination wedding tips:

1. Work With Professionals

Enlist the services of an experienced planner with a background in destination wedding planning, especially in the location you have selected for your celebration. Expect to work with both hometown and on site vendors and service providers to tackle the countless logistical details that all come together to customize your event.

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featured above: Small Gold Decorative Candle Lantern / Medium Decorative Candle Lantern / Heart Shaped Sand Ceremony Vase Set / Just Married Sandals

2. Planning Is Key

Thorough preparation is crucial when planning a destination wedding. Be knowledgeable about customs and border regulations that may affect what you can pack. Consider all aspects of the transportation and have a backup plan in case of bad weather. To help ensure your planning does not have gaps, envision a walk-through of all the activities, starting from the moment you depart from your home.

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3. Pack & Go Style

In spite of the spectacular scenery, this remote location required a few critical accessories to help set the stage. Here are a few points when travelling to a foreign destination with décor products. Checked luggage is stowed as cargo so expect extremely cold temperatures and rough handling. Securely wrap all fragile items. Upon arrival, a custom agent may require you to prove ownership, so take along purchase receipts and detailed information. But, have a plan B just in case an item is not allowed through customs.

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featured above: Heart Shaped Sand Ceremony Vase Set-The Adventure Begins

If you are planning on having a destination wedding, make sure you keep these tips in mind!

Credits: 

Event Design and Planning: 
Phoebe Lo Events
www.phoebeloevents.com

Photography:
Rhythm Photography
www.rhythm-photography.com

Model:
Sally Leung of Sally Leung Fitness
www.sallyleungfitness.com

Desserts and Sweets: 
Cakelaine
www.cakelaine.com

Jewelry and Accessories:
The Loved One
www.thelovedone.ca

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Our Must Have Planning Checklist

You’ve made the to do list . . . we’ve got the must haves. Here’s a quick checklist of our favorite items this season to help you during your planning process. From gifts to party essentials we have got it all laid out for you in a monthly checklist.

12 Months – Just Engaged

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4-5 Months – Halfway to Hooray!

3 Months

2 Months

1 Month – Crunch Time

For a downloadable version of this checklist, click here.

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DIY Wedding Wednesday: How To Celebrate Valentine’s Day in Style

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If you haven’t noticed by our recent post topics, we’ve really been in the mood to party lately. And it has everything to do with all the great celebration essentials that were recently added to the Weddingstar line up. With a varied array of party ready accessories, from customized napkins to personalized glassware, all you need to do is mix and match your favorites for your own personal party perfect assortment. Today we’re lining up our favorites for a stylish Valentine’s Day soiree, which can just as easily apply to an engagement party, bridal shower, or any get together where pink and pretty is a must.

Tabletop Style

Set the stage for a love celebration with little more than a few key tabletop accessories. It can be as simple as incorporating custom and clever paper napkins, or as creative as using pretty with a purpose florals. Little details really do make all the difference.

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“love” plates set, filled with roses and used as a centerpiece concept

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‘drunk in love’ & ‘kiss’ printed paper napkins, paired with gold strokes black cocktail napkins

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Cheers to Love

What’s a celebration without a proper toast of pink bubbles! Serve yours up in unique glassware options for an easy way to customize your event, and incorporate your choice drink into your takeaway concepts for a favor they’ll love.

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can shaped glasses personalized with ‘i love you like xo’ and ‘i can’t even without you’

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xoxo.

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DIY Wedding Wednesday: Just Engaged Tote Essentials

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If you’re new to The Details blog, chances are you’re probably a newly engaged bride. And you wouldn’t be alone. With December continuing its reign as the number one month for marriage proposals, the world is filled with overjoyed ladies in engagement bliss. But now that the new year is here, and bridal shows are taking over venues across the country, you’re no doubt either in or on the verge of entering the planning stage. And we have one major tip for you on that front, keep organized to keep sane. It’s the number rule to a smooth planning journey. While you’re at it, why not keep it stylish too. Which brings us to today’s post, a “just engaged” essential, the tote bag. One for you, one for your MOH and one for mom. Because you know they’ll be walking those shows and visiting all those vendor appointments with you. A perfect and pretty accessory ready to house and keep organized the stock pile of details coming your way. Happy Planning!

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xoxo.

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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 Photo Booths

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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 

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

Style Spotlight: Whimsical Vintage

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!

From Rebecca:

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!

Whimsical, vintage wedding ceremony table set up
Flowers in clear bottle vases on a pile of vintage books. Handwritten chalkboard sign in vintage gold frame.
Close up of ceremony table set up with floral garlands, bottle vases and vintage books.

featured above: Vases: Clear Glass Bottle Vase Set | Riser: Vintage Inspired Wooden Box | featured below: Aisle Runner: Modern Fairy Tale | Vase: Square Large and Small | Candle: Round Floating

Fairytale personalized printed wedding ceremony aisle runner. Clear square vases at different heights with floating water candles.
White wedding cake table with champagne flutes and cake topper.
Best Day Ever pink acrylic wedding cake topper. Adorable miniature glass bell jar wedding favor with desserts inside.
Personalized printed glass flutes with best day ever logo.

featured above: Cake Topper: Acrylic Best Day Ever in Pink | Favor: Miniature Glass Bell Jar | Stemware: Classic Toasting Flute | featured below: Tag: Vintage Travel Shipping Tag | Charm: Heart Shaped Antique Key

Whimsical vintage seating chart with calligraphy on chalkboard in gold frame. Close up of seating escort cards with vintage key and luggage tag.
Wedding wishing well guest book signing table.
His and her personalized fabric wedding vow books. Personalized cards for wedding wishing well with gold and diamond pens.
Glass vintage jewelry box gift or wedding ring holder.

featured above: Vow Books: Charcoal and Ivory | Wishing Well Cards: Aqueous | Pen: Clear Diamond | Ring Box: Vintage Inspired Glass Jewelry Box

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Credits:

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

DIY Wedding Wednesday: Putting On The Glitz

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.

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Featured here: Taper Candles / Unity Candle: Glitz & Glam / Pillar Candle Holder: Vintage Inspired / Taper Candle Holder: Vintage Inspired / Bow: Assorted Paper

Glitz and Glam Unity Candle with Black Paper Bow Embellishment Taper Candle Holder

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.

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Featured Above: Pomanders: Wooden Floral / Ribbon: Gold

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?

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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!

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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!

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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!

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Featured Above: Votive Holder: Classic Glass

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!

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Featured here: Favor Box: Black / Favor Box: Gold / Bow: Medium Paper / Tag: Mint To Be

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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.

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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.

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Featured Above: Frame: Vintage Inspired / Wax Seals: Double Heart / Clips: Mini Wooden

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.

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Featured Above: Jars: Mini Mason Jars / Cards: Small Round / Rubber Stamp: Personalized / Twine: Metallic Gold

Style Spotlight: Vagabond Romance

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.

Style Spotlight: Vagabond Romance
Vagabond Romance Floral Bouquet Vagabond Romance Naked Cake with Porcelain Bloom Cake Topper
Vagabond Romance Glamping Bride and Groom

featured above: Ceramic Bottle: Lavender Motif | Cake Topper: Porcelain Poppy Blooms | Lantern: Stainless Steel with Glass Panels

Vagabond Romance Mini Suitcase with Paper Airplane Wishing Well Stationery Vagabond Romance Bride Bohemian Jewelry Detail
Vagabond Romance Place Setting Inspiration
Vagabond Romance Drink Stationery with Copper Mugs

featured above: Wishing Well: Mini Suitcase | Paper Airplanes: Wishing Well Stationery | Stationery Holder: Vintage Inspired | Pillar Candle Holder: Vintage Inspired | Mug: Moscow Mule | Glass Beverage Dispenser: Apothecary Style | Drawer: Vintage Inspired | Ornate Box: Vintage Inspired | Glass Bottle Set: Decorative

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Vagabond Romance Groom Boutenierre Detail Vagabond Romance Ivory Classic Birdcage Detail as Centerpiece
Vagabond Romance Couple with Vintage Caravan Trailer

featured above: Stationery: Feather Whimsy Collection | Birdcage: Classic Round Decorative Ivory | Votive Holders: Vintage Inspired

See wedding style spotlights + more in our Weddingstar Magazine available here or on a newsstand near you.

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Credits:

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