DIY Wedding Wednesday: The Water Pearl Centerpiece

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What’s better than a lovely, expertly crafted, wedding centerpiece? A lovely wedding centerpiece that looks expertly crafted but is actually much more budget friendly. And that’s exactly what we’ve got for you today. Using super cost effective and creative water pearls, and just a few pretty tulips, we’re transforming a trio of simple cylinder vases into an arrangement perfectly suited for any sophisticated affair. And when all’s said and done, the last thing that’ll come to anyone’s mind when admiring the end result are the words budget friendly. Here’s how to get the look.

The Supplies

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  • a round bowl, a teaspoon and water
  • pack of water pearls in your color of choice (7 color options can be seen here)
  • a trio of cylinder vases, in a variety of heights
  • bundle of tulips (approximately 15-20 stems)

The Step by Step

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Step 1: hydrate your water pearls. Using a ratio of 1.5 cups of water per teaspoon of dehydrated pearls, hydrate the entire pack of pearls. Pearls take at least 2 hours to expand. For best results, let them rest overnight.

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Step 2: once pearls are fully hydrated, add them to your vases, filling each approximately a quarter of the way up.

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Step 3: using a sharp blade knife, gently clean tulips off of all their leaves and begin filling your vases, trimming the lengths of the stems accordingly as you go. For each vase, start with a single stem, trimmed down such that it rest just above your water pearls. Next add stem on top of stem, carefully twisting each around your vase for an intertwined effect. Keep tulips close together but do not overlap them, and ensure that all stems are submerged in the water pearls to maintain their freshness.

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The End Result

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DIY Wedding Wednesday: Well Lit – The Illuminated Table Runner

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It’s no secret that I’m slightly obsessed with table runners. Whether they be made up of candles, florals, foliage, or all of the above, I can’t get enough of them. And there’s one very good reason. They are stunning! Gracing the center of a tabletop, they provide a visual focal point that binds the reception event design together. The creative opportunities for execution are endless, and you can’t go wrong with any single approach. And just when I thought they couldn’t get any prettier, we decided to try adding some string lights into the equation. The result, instant gorgeousness. Here’s how to make the look yours.

The Step by Step and The Supplies

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Step 1: Select an abundant green (or two) to act as the base of your runner. We used two varieties of eucalyptus, seeded and moon lagoon. Going with more than one variety of greenery provides for added texture and interest. And remember, the fuller your selected green(s), the less stems you’ll need to complete the look. We used two bunches of the seeded eucalyptus, and one of the moon lagoon.

Step 2: Starting at one end of your table, lay a wide and full gathering of your main foliage. This will be your widest point.

Step 3: Working toward the middle point of the table, start tapering in your gathering. You don’t want it to be too narrow but a slightly tapered approach creates an interesting effect and saves on the amount of stems you need.

Step 4: If using two varieties of greenery, add in select stems of the second kind for added texture, reserving some to later cover exposed wiring from your string lights (which will be added when the runner of greens is complete).

Step 5: Repeat steps 1-4 on the other side of the table, meeting the two arrangements at the middle point.

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Step 6: Take your selected string lights, we went with white paper and white lace lanterns (one strand of each), and intertwine them into your greenery. Use the stems to cover as much of the wiring as possible, incorporating additional stems if necessary.

The End Result

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complete the look with a selection of vintage gold candle holders

Options Galore

White paper and lace not your style? Here are some additional string light designs that are just as lovely.

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DIY Wedding Wednesday: Gorgeous Greens – 3 Ways to Use Boxwood at Your Wedding

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Although I’m not a fan of cliches, there’s no doubt that many of them ring true. And there’s one particular famous statement, namely “less is more”, that I find myself gravitating towards time and again, especially when contemplating certain creative design concepts. Think carefully placed, simple details that go miles in their aesthetic appeal and impact. Subtle accents that elevate a look rather than overpower. Statement pieces that stand on their own. And that’s exactly what today’s feature, boxwood, is and does for whatever it’s applied to. Simply put, it’s one of nature’s most beautiful props. Bursting with vibrant color and no stranger to lush texture, it’s like a little bit of decorative magic. Here’s just a few ways how to incorporate the gorgeous green into your day.

The Supplies

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For Look #1 –  The Centerpiece:

For Look #2 – The Votive Wreath

For Look #3 – Trimmed Favor Box

The Looks and The How-To’s


Look #1 – Skip the Stems 

Of the flowering variety that is. Stick to a lush foliage like boxwood to create bountiful centerpieces that don’t break the bank. Up the impact by carefully selecting creative centerpiece vessels, like this twine detailed galvanized bucket.

To get this look, fill your bucket with a generous amount of boxwood stems, such that they overflow out from every angle. Add an additional touch of interest and rustic charm by detailing your bucket with craft paper twine.

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#2 – Put a Ring on It 

If having a Rustic, Woodland, or green-chic wedding of any kind, wreaths are basically ‘a must’. The decorative detail brings an added sense of the organic to your design with very little effort, just as it should be. Consider incorporating the pretty little accents to simple votive holders to elevate their impact within your overall centerpiece concept.

To get this look, wrap a stem of boxwood around the votive holder and secure in the back with green floral wire. If your stem is not full or long enough simply combine multiple stems with the wire.

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#3 – Finishing Touch

A box is just a box, until you put your touch to it. Infuse creativity into every last detail of your event, including your guest takeaway, by finishing off the last thing they see with a touch of boxwood beauty.

To get this look wrap your favor box with a few strands of paper twine.  Stuff boxwood in under the tied twine and add your tag.

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DIY Wedding Wednesday: Decor 101 – The Fabric Flower Table Runner


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.

The Supplies

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The Step by Step

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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.

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Step 2: place one bunch at either end of your table, allowing it to slightly overflow off the edges.

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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.

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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

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vintage inspired candle holder

complete the look with: vintage inspired taper candle holders and candles



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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Trending Now: Aerial Displays For Your Wedding

When it comes to decorating your wedding, the ceiling may not be the first thing you think about. But it may not be the last, either. Making use of the ceiling to hang decorations has become a popular trend in the wedding industry over the past few years, and we can’t get enough of these gorgeous aerial displays! The ceiling offers a unique blank canvas that you can transform to fit with the rest of your wedding day design, and it will be sure to add even more ambiance to your wedding or event.

We’ve rounded up some of our favorite aerial display tutorials that show you how you to create your own beautiful display. But first, our expert stylist shares her “Tips to Creating Your Own Overhang”. Click on each picture below to read the full post.

Are you planning on including a ceiling overhang at your wedding? Tell us below! And be sure to check back next Wednesday for another beautiful aerial DIY using our Mini Glass Bottles.






DIY Wedding Wednesday: How To Accessorize Your Drink Station

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Around here we don’t need an excuse to find and try out new drink recipes. But with Valentine’s Day just a few days away, we’ve got a pretty great one. So we went on the hunt, and boy did we find a tasty mix! To share our latest cocktail find, which just happens to be perfect for the upcoming holiday of love and certainly for any wedding celebration, we’re also taking the opportunity to provide some insider tips on how to style your drink station. Using just a few easy tricks we’ll show you how to take any sipper set up from merely functional to simply fabulous.

Here’s the breakdown on everything you need to know to get the look, finished off with that cocktail recipe we promised.

Styling Tip #1: Go for the Upgrade

Appearance is everything. Swap out typical glassware options for stylish stemware that works with your wedding day design.

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Styling Tip #2: Style your Stem

Don’t have the budget for upgraded glassware? Give a simple stem a decorative face lift by adding creative, theme appropriate charms to elevate their look.

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Styling Tip #3: Signature Sippers

Instead of serving straight sparkling wine or a common cocktail, go with a drink that either has special meaning to you and your new hubby, or that acts as a representation of your wedding day design. Give it a name and you’ve got your own personal signature sipper.

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Styling Tips #4 – 6: Bring on the Extras

Think beyond the drink. Fill your display with pretty details that won’t go unnoticed. Think a paper lantern overhang, custom personalized signage and floral printed paper straws, for the complete pretty picture.

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What You’ll Need to Get This Look:

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And Now, How To Make this Color Perfect Cocktail!


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DIY Wedding Wednesday: Glittered Glass Heart Overhang

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Whether you’re planning to tie the knot on New Year’s Eve or are simply using the festivities to inspire your wedding day design, there’s one decorative element that’s an absolute have-to-have. That element? Gold Glitter. A DIY bride’s best friend, easy to find, use and super inexpensive, gold glitter gives anything it’s applied to an instant boost of brilliance. From a sparkly accent on the smallest of day of details to big impact glitz, you’re guaranteed wow factor every time. Given all of today’s year end celebrations, for this DIY Wedding Wednesday installment we’re showcasing the golden good stuff on some playful blown glass heart decorations, as a stunning signature drink table overhang. Here’s the breakdown on how to make the look yours.

The Supplies

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  • white blown glass hanging heart decorations (in all 3 available  sizes. Total number of hearts depends on the final size of overhang you’re looking for. We used 9 for ours.)
  • mod podge glue + paint brush for applying glue to hearts
  • gold glitter
  • fishing line for hanging

The Step by Step

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Step 1: remove the white ribbon that the hearts come with. You can reattach once the hearts are dry if you wish. Using the paint brush apply your glue to the portion of the heart you want covered with glitter, starting on one side. For the entire grouping of hearts you’ll want to vary the amount of glitter on each, with some hearts covered a quarter of the way up, some 3 quarters, some completely.

Step 2: sprinkle on glitter as soon as the glue has been applied.

Step 3: for the hearts that aren’t completely covered with glitter, gently brush the top line with your finger to create an imperfect, uneven finish, avoiding a perfectly straight line.

Step 4: let dry and repeat steps 1 – 3 on the other side of the heart.

Repeat Steps 1-4 on all your hearts.

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Tip: For hanging we recommend using fishing line. If handling on your own, ensure the mechanism you are attaching the hearts to is secure and create the overhang the day before your wedding, if possible, as the process is time consuming.

The End Result

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2015 Wedding Trend Predictions

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To say that I’m excited about today’s post would be an understatement. I am elated! Not only do I get to share some early insights into what’s trending for 2015 weddings, something I know brides everywhere are after, I also get to release the first exclusive sneak peek into the visual content from the upcoming issue of Weddingstar magazine. And that content is oh so very lovely! I get to share these two topics together because it’s with trending wedding design insight that the magazine was pulled together. Brimming at the binding with inspirational imagery and ideas, with something for every couple and wedding theme covered, this soon to be released issue is bound to be the go-to resource for 2015 weddings. So without further delay, let’s bring on the pretty!

2015 Trend #1. The Bohemian Takeover

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It’s not a coincidence this one is at the top of our list. From authentic ethereal design concepts to luxe interpretations, brides everywhere are going after the Boho look. It’s a trend that we saw make a big mark in 2014 and it’s certain to takeover as the top trend for 2015. What you’ll find in the pages of the magazine is a design that blends the traditional with the luxurious, introducing a level of grandeur and a touch of elegance. You’ll see the best of the Boho concepts mixed with a slight sense of the formality that every wedding deserves.

2015 Trend #2. Introducing Industrial Chic

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2015 is trending to see a shift to the informal as far as overall wedding designs go. Like one big dinner party, family seating, inviting earthy tones and sophisticated designs will rule. And it’s this issue’s Industrial Chic feature that embodies the concept to a T. Textured and sleek, mature and modern, this feature will be a hit with any bride looking for a big city wedding without all the fuss. But with its casual but polished details, its appeal will span across weddings as a whole.

2015 Trend #3. Romance in Color

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From dusty purples, pale blues and soft greens to pastel peaches and pinks, 2015 wedding colors will revive the deeply rooted notions of the romantic, the whimsical, and the feminine. Soft palettes and delicate design details will come together to create breathtakingly beautiful events. Smokey grey will also make regular appearances as both a main and an accent color.

2015 Trend #4. The Reign of Rustic

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A continually strong wedding theme, Rustic will maintain a presence on the 2015 wedding scene. But beyond traditional theme and design interpretations, Rustic accents will also make appearances in unconventional places. Pair Rustic arrangements with a Classic tablescape, like what you’ll find was created for the upcoming issue’s Classic feature, for a touch of ease to an otherwise formal display.

2015 Trend #6. Oh The Details

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2015 weddings may be seeing a shift to the informal, but that certainly doesn’t mean designs will be thrown together at whim. Quite the opposite. Wedding design details are bound to get even more intricate than ever before. And that’s exactly what you’ll find on every single page of the next issue of the Weddingstar magazine. Stunning detail upon detail, meant to inspire and fulfill your every wedding wish.

There’s More. Much More.

Can’t wait for the December release of the magazine? Join us every Monday for the next 5 weeks as we continue to release more sneak peeks into all the amazing new content that’s waiting to be discovered, with our grand finale the Top 15 for 2015, featuring the incredible products that’ll get you the looks you’ll see and love.



All the Pretty Things: Our Favorite Wedding Details

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Happy Halloween! Although we aren’t in the business of the spooky and the freaky, we can certainly appreciate the celebration’s affiliation with sweet treats. Which is exactly what we have in store for you today. Well, that is if you’re into seriously swoon-worthy wedding inspiration. From unconventional designer footwear to the most luxurious of floral arrangements, today we’re counting down 15 of our favorite wedding day details from our very own creative photo shoots. And that’s not even the best part. All this is a pretty prequel to the sweetest treat of all, this coming Monday’s post when we’ll share our 2015 trend predictions and a sneak peek into what’s in store for the next issue of Weddingstar magazine, hitting stands early December. And trust me when I say that’s a post you won’t want to miss! But for now, let’s enjoy some eye candy.

15. Homespun Designer Details – Coach Rain Boots

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14. Delightful Desserts – Glittered Monogram French Macarons


13. Luxury Upgrades – Etched Stemware

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12. Vintage Displays – Creative Wedding Photo Props


11. A Tribute to Tradition – Old Family Photo Display


10. Fancy Pants – Bejeweled Bridal Bun

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9. Ceremony Sound Off – Ringing of a Vintage Bell to Announce the Bride

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8. Dining Details – Custom Dinner Menus with Coordinating China


7. Luxurious Lace – Vintage Decorative Details


6. Special Seating – DIY Chair Back

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5. Colorful Candlelight – Mint Green Tapers

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4. Ambient Light – Crystal Chandeliers

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3. Indoor Garden – Abundant Floral Displays

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2. Aisle Style – Candlelit Floral Ceremony Aisle Markers


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1. Tabletop Adornments – Cascading Large Bloom Displays

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More Pretty Things

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