Wedding Planning Essentials: The Dos and Don’ts of Wedding Day Decor

wedding decor tips

If you’re like me you can’t do a thing without a list. From groceries to weekend plans, if it ain’t on paper, it ain’t happening! The need for a list only becomes that much more of a necessity when things get complicated. And I can think of few more complicated personal projects than the planning of a wedding day design. With endless options, never ending inspiration (thanks Pinterest!), and countless details to work through, it’s downright daunting. So to start the weekend off on a positive note, today I’m sharing my list of top dos and don’ts, listed in no particular order, to getting fabulous day of decor. Happy Stress-Free Friday!

unique wedding venue

Do try to go for an unconventional venue for your ceremony and reception. Think outside the typical options and go for something that best reflects your personal taste and style.

Don’t take on a blank slate unless you’re prepared to do a lot of work, and consider hiring on a professional wedding planner to help you manage the logistics.

Do have fun with color. Explore bold options and play with a mix of shades.

Don’t go color crazy, mixing too many hues or ones that don’t complement one another. Not sure what works? Use the trusty color wheel!

Do play with heights on your tablesapes. A mix adds tremendous dimension to an event’s design.

Don’t forget to consider line of sight, making sure placement of all centerpieces allows for proper guest interaction.

Do get down into the details. The more intricate your day of design, the better. Think layer upon layer.

Don’t give those details a second thought on your wedding day. Turn to your wedding planner, if you have one, or hire a day of coordinator to execute all you’ve planned.

Do set up decorative vignettes, complete with props, to elevate your overall design to the next level.

Don’t go so prop heavy that your event no longer feels like a wedding.

luxury seating

Do consider event upgrades to customize your wedding design. Think luxury chairs, premium linens and elegant charger plates.

Don’t break the bank in the process. Take on only as much as you can afford.

Do use chandeliers whenever you can. They add a level of elegance to any design.

Don’t forget they require special logistical requirements, i.e. hanging mechanisms.

diy birdcage favor

featured here: mini birdcage favor (chalk painted white. see the how-to here)

Do DIY some of your wedding day details, to personalize your event like only you can.

Don’t try to tackle everything and leave the major elements, like food and florals, to the pros.

Do incorporate candlelight whenever possible. No other design element does more to add ambiance to an event.

Don’t forget to make sure your venue will allow it. Some don’t, while others have restrictions about keeping candlelight contained.

creative table runner

featured here: blown glass globes

Do be daring and get creative. Mix up traditional design concepts with new and unexpected details.

Don’t get hung up on conventional approaches or stuck on what’s been done with your selected venue in the past.

The Big Picture

See all these design elements put into practice by picking up a copy of the current issue of Weddingstar magazine, complete with 128 pages full of inspiration and ideas.

xoxo.

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Wedding Decor Tips: The Table Overhang

blown glass globe tealight overhang

featured here: custom dance floor overhang of 500 blown glass globes and LED tealights

Wanna know the secret behind a magazine worthy wedding set up? What it takes to make your wedding breathtakingly swoon worthy? What will have your guests talking about your wedding for days and days? It’s all about going the extra mile to take your decorative details to unexpected levels of pretty. A table overhang that perfectly frames a table or setup in a wonderfully whimsical way is a guaranteed way to achieve that magazine wow factor every single time. I may be biased though since I’ve got just a bit of a personal obsession with them. So here are a few examples to plead my case. You be the judge!

blown glass globe overhang

featured here: garden themed table overhang created using blown glass tear drop vases (small and large), blown glass globes and feather butterflies

crystal chandelier table overhang

featured here: wanderlust themed greeting table with decorative metal chandelier overhang

crystal chandelier

paper lantern overhang

featured here: contemporary design head table with pink paper lantern (medium and large) overhang

moss chandelier table overhang

featured here: woodland themed greeting table with moss chandelier (small and large) overhang

mini lantern table overhang

featured here: rustic themed head table with mini lantern overhang

blown glass ceremony overhang

featured here: art deco themed ceremony set up with gold trimmed blown glass tear drop and globe overhang

gold trimmed glass globe

floral chandelier table overhang

featured here: custom floral chandelier head table overhang

Tips to Creating Your Own Overhang: 

  • First and foremost, make sure your venue will allow an overhang. If so, check to see that they have rigging in place to facilitate one, i.e. exposed beams or pipes.
  • Whenever possible, work with a professional to create your custom overhang. The logistics behind pulling one together are complicated. A professional can also bring in rigging if your venue doesn’t have any.
  • If having an outdoor wedding tap into what Mother Nature has to offer and use low hanging branches on large trees.
  • For best visual results hang your overhang components at different heights and depths to give dimension to your arrangement.
  • Remember that what goes up must come down. If managing an overhang on your own, before committing to it, keep in mind that you’ll have to go back to the venue for tear down the next day.

Feeling Creative?

If you’re up for attempting to create your own decorative table overhang, come back and visit with us this Wednesday when we show you how.

xoxo.

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DIY Wedding Wednesday: Vintage Drawer Decor

diy decorative vintage drawer

It’s time for another DIY Wedding Wednesday feature and this one’s for all you vintage obsessed brides out there looking for budget friendly design ideas. If you know vintage you know that you can’t pull it off properly without one critical design detail, vintage inspired decorative props. Used throughout wedding day decor as detailing accents, props are what bring the vintage look to life. If you know vintage you probably also know that authentic props can be very pricey and hard to come by. Our favorite solution to any such dilemma? Taking things into our own hands with a bit of the good old do-it-yourself approach. Here’s how to turn a simple cardboard box into decorative vintage prop loveliness.

The Supplies

diy vintage drawer prop supplies

  • diy drawer display
  • decorative knobs and pulls
  • decorative traditional vintage pattern paper (one pattern for exterior walls, another for the drawers)
  • glue, scissors and awl tool (or any sharp tool that can be used for precision puncturing)
  • peonies and floral water picks
  • pearl garland

The Step by Step

diy vintage drawer - steps 1 and 2

Step 1: apply an even layer of glue to the exterior of the box.

Step 2: cover the glued exterior with your decorative paper, leaving a small lip for rounding out the edges.

diy vintage drawer - steps 3 to 5

Steps 3 and 4: once paper is secure to the exterior of the box, cut the remaining paper lips at the corners and round out the box edges, tucking and gluing your paper to the interior walls of the box.

Step 5: for the edges between each drawer opening, cut small strips of paper and glue to the edges, tucking into the interior of the box.

diy vintage drawer - steps 6 and 7

Step 6: to assess the perfect puncture point for the decorative knob, draw a diagonal cross section (from corner to corner) across the front of the drawer.

Step 7: puncture a hole at the center point of the cross section. Repeat steps 6 and 7 on as many drawers as you plan to use a knob on.

diy vintage drawer - steps 8 and 9

Step 8: to assess puncture points for the decorative pull, repeat step 6 then measure the outside of the drawer front and mark the mid point of each side. Draw a cross section from each of the side midpoints, top to bottom and side to side. When finished you’ll have created a star like pattern (as displayed above). This will give you all the reference points required for aligning and centering your drawer pull.

Step 9: align your pull as shown above and puncture the three holes. Repeat steps 8 and 9 on as many drawers as you plan to use a pull on.

diy vintage drawer - steps 10 to 12

Step 10: wrap drawers with decorative paper, leaving and cutting lips to round out the edges as you did with the outside of the box.

Steps 11 and 12: feel for your previously punctured holes and gently puncture your decorative paper. Alternatively you can puncture from the inside of the drawer outwards.

diy vintage drawer - steps 13 to 15

Steps 13 – 15: attach knobs and pulls to the drawers with included backings.

pink peony

Step 16: water pick your peonies.

The Finished Look

diy decorative vintage drawer prop

pearl garland

for a classic vintage touch, have pearls spilling out of one of your drawers.

diy decorative drawer pull

vintage drawers

there’s always room for flowers. for a simply beautiful drawer accent and filler, use  just a few lush stems of pink peonies.

wishing well cards

take your decorative drawer set from fabulous to functional by treating it as a custom guest book alternative. provide your guests with note cards that they can leave their well wishes on, storing them in the drawers when done.
featured here: ‘burlap chic’ design memory box wishing well cards and glass dip pen writing set

Want More Props?

If you’re loving the idea of incorporating vintage props into your wedding day design see our ‘Making a Statement On a Budget’ post for a rundown of plenty of other prop options and ways to use them as part of your decor.

xoxo.

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Wedding Design Spotlight: Cambium Farms Open House

cambium farms wedding venue

Like so many of you out there, we at Weddingstar are huge suckers for a barn wedding. So when our resident freelance stylist, Kasia of Prelude to a Kiss, asked to include some of our products within a design she was pulling together for a local barn venue’s Bridal Open House, we naturally jumped at the chance to get involved.  And when you see the resulting images from Mugshots Photography (another resident freelancer), you’ll see why we are thrilled that we did! The final design came together as the perfect blend of old meets new in one of the best barns we’ve ever seen. The use of unique touches of unpredictable elegance put a fresh spin on a traditional rustic space, with Weddingstar products playing a fantastic accompanying decor role. It’s no wonder that all who attended the Cambium Farms event couldn’t get enough of the unique space and set-up.

Now it’s your turn to get inspired and pick up some stylist tips on how to make the look yours. Get ready to swoon!

 

signature wedding cocktail

featured here: candy striped paper straws in pastel pink, personalized with an aqueous die-cut sticker in candy apple green
stylist tip: personalize as many aspects of your event as possible. having a cocktail reception? serve a signature drink that’s unique to you and finish it off with a creatively positioned personalized tag or sticker.

die cut personalized sticker candy stripped paper straw

barn wedding design

stylist tip: just because your space is rustic doesn’t mean your event design has to be. consider going with a slightly contrasting but complimentary look to really wow your guests. this design featured a clean and modern predominately white color palette, elegant crystal details, and couture chairs.

rustic decorative wooden box

featured here: rustic wooden decorative box
stylist tip: there’s no such thing as too much candlelight. for an instantly romantic atmosphere incorporate as much as you can into your design, using various types of candle holders and candle shapes.

mini pink glass tealight holder

featured here: miniature glass tealight holder
stylist tip: group mini tealights and mini vases together for a sweet decorative touch.

clear bottle vase

featured here: decorative glass bottle vase
stylist tip: bottle vases are a major current trend, and they’re budget friendly too. for best visual impact, mix and match the floral stems you put into each bottle you use.
for additional tips on how to get the bottle vase look check out our ‘pretty on a penny post

vintage place card holder

featured here: vintage inspired stationery holder
stylist tip: infusing your design into all the little decorative details makes for the ultimate big picture.

barn wedding tablescape

rustic place setting

featured here: baby’s breath floral detail tied with craft paper twine
stylist tip: styling your event means paying close attention to every last detail. incorporating a small decorative accent to each place setting makes for the perfect finishing touch.

twine rustic tabletop decor

rustic table number

featured here: rustic self-standing table number
stylist tip: consider upgrading from the standard venue provided table numbers to custom ones. to further personalize the look select one that also acts as holder, like this rustic option, and insert pictures of your most memorable couple moments.

rustic wedding table design

mini wood circles

featured here: custom diy napkin ‘ring’ made using mini natural wood circles and craft paper twine
stylist tip: diy need not mean a homemade look. combine decorative accents in creative ways for a custom designer look.

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Is This Your Look?

If you’re having a rustic barn wedding or need more inspiration to help you decide whether or not it’s right for you, check out and shop the Burlap Chic shoot in the current issue of the Weddingstar e-catalog.

xoxo.

The Weddingstar Team

event credits:

venue: cambium farms, photography: mugshots photography, design: prelude to a kiss wedding stylists, floral: cedar and stone, rentals: chair-man mills, chairs: detailz chair couture

Wedding Decor Details: Just Add Bling

acrylic crystal decor

I’m not what you would call a girlie girl, but I’d be lying if I said I didn’t like a bit of sparkle in my life every once in awhile. Now I’m not talking about over the top, in your face flashiness. Quite the opposite. I’m talking about subtle touches of bling, a look perfectly captured by a little decorative secret called Acrylic Crystals.

Theme friendly and applicable to everything from favors to centerpieces, you can’t go wrong with Acrylic Crystals. A fresh spin on the popular faux diamond bling, these pretty decorative details provide a gorgeous but subtle finish wherever applied. Available in a variety of sizes and shapes, and easy to use, consider these accents every girl’s “new best friend”. But enough of what I think. Let’s let some visuals do the talking!

acrylic crystals - aisle markers

featured here: ceremony aisle markers featuring acrylic crystal decorative drops

acrylic crystals - centerpieces

featured here: guest table centerpiece incorporating acrylic crystal decorative drops

acrylic crystals - decor accents

featured here: vintage style chandelier incorporating acrylic crystal maple leaf decorative drops

acrylic crystals - decor accents

featured here: custom vintage seating chart with acrylic crystal maple leaf decorative drop accented escort cards

acrylic crystals - chair backs

featured here: acrylic crystal bubble decorative drops as custom chair backs

Want More Bling?

If you’re interested in some more bling inspired ideas come back and visit the Blog this Wednesday when I show you how to bling up your bridal bouquet.

xoxo.

kasia-signature

 

Wedding Decor 101: Adding Instant Ambiance {Every Time}

wedding decor ideas - candlelight

If I had to pinpoint one part of the planning process that takes the most time, effort and energy {not to mention budget}, I’d call out decor, hands down. And it’s no secret why. Decor is what sets the tone for the entire wedding, what influences how guests experience an event, and what showcases a bride and groom’s own personal style. Decor selection also comes with an endless array of possibilities. Enter stress and time commitment!

That said, there is one sure-fire way to add instant ambiance to any wedding, regardless of theme, color scheme, venue or budget. That cardinal way, Candlelight. There are few decorative accents more romantic than the soft glow of candlelight. Few wedding design approaches more widely applicable. And certainly few styling methods easier to pull together on your own. Candlelight ensures guaranteed WOW factor every single time. Don’t believe me? Let’s let some inspiration speak for itself!

wedding decor - black and white guest table

vintage wedding decor - candlelight

featured here: bell shaped glass tealight holder in silver

art deco wedding decor - head table

wedding decor - art deco tabletop details

featured here: blown glass miniature tealight luminaries
see how to get this glittered gold look on our ‘a touch of {art deco gold} diy post

wedding decor ideas - white wedding

Love it? Then Make it Yours!

Here are a Few Tips to Making the Look Work Every Time:

  1. Keep it Contained. Many public venues don’t allow open flames. That doesn’t mean that candlelight is out of the question. It just means you have to enclose the flame. Using candle holders fitted with chimneys, pairing tall votive holders with tea lights or hurricane vases with floating candles, are all functional and beautiful workarounds. And when all else fails, there are always LED candles.
  2. Mob Mentality. For the best visual, cluster your candles into groups. Clustering ensures that pretty glow you’re looking for and when repeated down the center of a table, makes for a gorgeous table runner.
  3. Remix It. Play around with your choice of candle and candle holder selection. Incorporating various styles and height alternatives will extend the pretty candlelight effect all that much further.
  4. Let it Shine. Needless to say, candlelight shows best in a dimly lit room. Whenever and wherever possible give it the opportunity to shine.
  5. The More, the Merrier. Although small clusters here and there will definitely do the trick, where budget allows it, go for as much candlelight as you can. This is one of those few ‘more is more’ situations!

xoxo.

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