Beyond the Bouquet: 10 Unique Ways to Incorporate Flowers into Your Wedding Day

mini birdcage wedding favor

fresh favors
featured here: mini birdcage spray painted white, filled with a purple hydrangea

No matter what type of planning personality you have, whether it’s a ‘hands on managing the entire process’ kind or a ‘sitting on the sidelines happily watching as someone else takes care of it for you’ sort, you’ve no doubt given your wedding day flowers some thought. You’ve probably got an idea of what types of bouquets you want for you and your girls, the sort of arrangements you want for your centerpieces, even the kind of boutonniere the boys should wear. But beyond all that there are plenty of other ways to incorporate beautiful floral details into your wedding day, each one elevating your decor to the next level of gorgeous. Here’s just a few examples to help get your floral planning underway. And if you love flowers as much as I do, you’ll want to incorporate each and every one.

ceremony aisle marker

top marks
featured here: aisle markers created using a grouping of pillar candles sitting on a vintage chair and tray, adorned with florals

ceremony aisle markers

lead the way
featured here: end of row chair markers created using white metal embossed cones filled with white hydrangea, accented with decorative acrylic crystal drops

mini floral arrangements

little lovelies
featured here: tabletop accents. bell shaped glass tealight holder used as a mini vase

blown glass lamp

blown glass beauty
featured here: tabletop accents. lamp silhouette blown glass candle holder used as a vase

lavender napkin accent

subtle scents
featured here: place setting details. crocheted border handkerchief accented with a bundle of dried lavender

mirrored box wedding favor

favors in bloom
featured here: miniature beveled mirror box favor filled with a white rose

favor table signage

miniature garden
featured here: favor table signage. personalized ‘love bird damask’ collection table sign card sitting in a bed of moss and lisianthus flowers

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outdoor accents
featured here: decorative accent created using an old window pane and a bouquet of roses

A Step Back

If you’re at the stage where you’re still trying to figure out which floral varieties are right for you, follow Weddingstar on Pinterest for plenty of additional inspiration.

xoxo.

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Wedding Planning Tips: Plan by Color {The Series}

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Time for some serious shop talk ladies! To successfully pull together a gorgeous wedding design you need to blend together two equally important design elements, a theme (i.e. vintage or woodland) and a color scheme. No matter which angle you begin the planning process from, you’ll inevitably have to work through incorporating both into the various details of your wedding day. Because we’ve got you covered from a theme perspective with our A Girl and Her Table series, we’ve decided to expand on our Inspired by Color color stories by introducing our latest series, Plan by Color. In this new mood board series we’ll feature top ways to creatively incorporate a given shade or palette into a wedding day design. To kick things off we’re showcasing one of the current hottest trending wedding colors, one of the prettiest pastels around, Mint Green. Happy Planning!

 

Ready to Shop?

Whether it’s mint green, pastel pink or cherry red that you’re after, when you’re ready to get your color perfect wedding details sorted simply use the Shop by Color feature on weddingstar.com to make your wedding planning and shopping a breeze.

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.

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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.

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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 Planning Essentials: Outdoor Ceremony How-To

outdoor ceremony setup

No one loves an outdoor wedding ceremony more than I do. Natural light, a warm summer breeze, sweet smells of distant wildflowers, all come together to create something simply magical. If you’re an outdoor ceremony lover like me and are planning one for your own wedding, here’s the rundown of what you need to consider to pull it off to perfection. Happy Planning!

How-To Tip #1: Frame Your Area

It’s not called the great outdoors for nothing! An outdoor ceremony space is generally a big one. Create an intimate setting by creatively framing off your area with some ceremony staples. Consider an aisle runner for a pretty direct pathway to the top of your site. Greet the eye when it gets there with a unique Unity Ceremony setup, complete with an unexpected decorative touch like a lantern overhang.

outdoor wedding ceremony

unity ceremony tag

mini lantern ceremony decor

featured here: mini lanterns (hangers removed) and purple satin ribbon

How-To Tip #2: Less is More

Take advantage of all the natural beauty that surrounds an outdoor space and go with subtle complimentary decorative accents to finish off the look. Using simple design tactics like specialty ceremony seating, think Cocoa Chiavari Chairs, and gorgeously simple aisle markers, think birch and cotton bud diy arrangements, provides for a ton of impact without overpowering what’s already there.

ceremony seating

dried cotton and lavender aisle marker

ceremony aisle markers

featured here: glass cylinder vase

How-To Tip #3: All About the Details

You went for something out of the ordinary for your ceremony location, now keep the feeling of exceptional going with unique day of accessories that compliment your wedding day design. From a custom Welcome display to a lovely ring pillow alternative, the attention to detail will not go unnoticed.

rustic ceremony decor wooden wedding signs

vintage ring box

How-To Tip #4: First Comes Comfort

Having an outdoor ceremony means taking on the powerful sun. Do it successfully by keeping your guests comfortable. Beyond the most obvious necessities, like hydrating beverages and sunscreen, consider providing your guests with something both practical and pretty, like shade providing paper parasols. As an added bonus, think of all the great picture opps you’ll get out of them!

white paper parasols

featured here: paper parasols accented with purple satin ribbon

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How-To Tip #5: Plan B

You simply cannot plan an outdoor ceremony without an indoor back up. Full stop. Before committing to your outdoor venue, ensure that there is an indoor option available. If you’re having your outdoor ceremony on the same property as your indoor reception, try to avoid using the area where you’ll be hosting your dinner as your Plan B. It makes for difficult logistics and impacts the experience your guests have moving from one great space to another during the ceremony to reception transition. Be open to creative Plan B alternatives, even something at another nearby location. And plan for an atmosphere just as lovely as that of your original space to ensure you and your guests don’t miss out on any part of the experience you planned for.

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Need More Ceremony Advice?

Come back and visit the blog this coming Monday when we outline the essentials to pulling together a Ceremony Program.

xoxo.

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DIY Wedding Wednesday: Pattern Play – Mini Vase Sets

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A while back we did a post on DIY glittered tea lights that was a big hit with our brides. Because we can’t resist a repeat fan favorite, and because we love what a touch of glitter can do, we’re re-applying this simple to-do concept on one of our mini white vase sets. Whether used as a guest favor, or as part of your wedding day decor, these small stunners are sure to have a big impact with your guests. And for those of you looking for a simplified approach and look, we’re giving you another combo that’s just as lovely. Here’s how to pull together the two looks.

Look #1: Glitter Galore

diy glitter vase favors

The Supplies

mini glitter vases - diy supplies

  • mini favor vases in white
  • spray adhesive
  • spreadable glue {we love mod podge!}
  • glue dots
  • masking tape
  • paint brush
  • glitter
  • spray roses

The Step by Step – Pretty Polka Dots

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Step 1: stick on your large glue dots, spacing them out all over your vase.

Step 2: dust on your glitter.

Step 3: using a clean paint brush, brush off all excess glitter.

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Step 4: Repeat steps 1-3 using small glue dots.

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The Step by Step – Stripes and Solids

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Step 1: wrap a strip of masking tape three quarters of the way down your vase.

Step 2: apply a thin even layer of glue.

Step 3: sprinkle on the glitter.

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Step 1: wrap a strip of masking tape at the base of the vase,  and just below the base of the bottle neck.

Step 2: apply a thin even layer of glue.

Step 3: sprinkle on your glitter.

thick stripe diy glitter vase

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Step 1: apply spray adhesive glue all over the outside of your vase.

Step 2: sprinkle on glitter, plugging the opening of the vase with your finger to avoid glitter entering the vase.

diy gold glitter vase

Look #2 – Keep it Simple

If you love the look of the vases but want a simplified version, go au naturel by eliminating the glitter. Mix and match the vase color options for your bit of pattern play and a lovely end result.

mini decorative vase favors

The Supplies

mini decorative vase favor supplies

The Look

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xoxo.

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Wedding Planning Essentials: Making a Statement {On a Budget}

decorative wedding props

There seems to be a silly little misconception floating around in the world of weddings that in order to have a gorgeous event you need a huge budget. In actuality, nothing could be farther from the truth. While having a substantial chunk of change to put towards wedding day decor might make things easier, it definitely isn’t the only route to creating beautiful ambiance. It just takes a little bit of strategic designing. Today I’m sharing one of my favorite tricks of the trade to getting the look without spending a fortune, the use of decorative props. 

Props come in many different shapes and forms, colors and designs, but they all do the same thing. They all act as unexpected extra touches of pretty that go miles and miles in their impact. Through selective use in choice spots props take a wedding design to the next level, acting as statement pieces without breaking the bank. Some of my personal faves? Decorative drawers and boxes, because of all their creative potential. And when you see them in use you’ll instantly know why. Be prepared to get inspired! 

On Display

Looking to add dimension to your Greeting Table display? Whether it’s purely for decorative flair or to serve double duty to hold items your guests will use, like wish cards for example, this vintage design display drawer is the ideal finishing touch.

vintage wedding inspiration - wedding table vintage display prop

Storage Space

Arguably the prettiest storage box I’ve ever seen! Fill with flowers, favors, or just about anything else you like. Place in an area where all can appreciate and let the decorative details of this vintage inspired drawer do all the rest.

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New Heights

Opting for small low arrangements to save on cost? No need to sacrifice impact. Give your Head Table centerpiece a little boost by elevating it with the loveliest of risers.

shabby chic floral centerpiece

Want More?

Check out all the newest decorative accents in the New Arrivals section of Weddingstar.com.

xoxo.

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Easter Wishes from Weddingstar

Wishing everyone a very happy and safe Easter weekend!

The Weddingstar Team

 

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.

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Wedding Planning Essentials: Shop the {Wedding} Look

If the simple fact that it’s Friday isn’t a good enough reason to celebrate, today’s post provides some extra incentive to pour yourself a glass of bubbly and toast to good news. Today marks the official launch of the brand new Weddingstar E-Catalog, essentially a virtual shopping playground for any bride planning her wedding. I know, exciting right?!

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Built entirely around the “shop the look” concept, the new e-catalog is an extension of the Weddingstar print magazine, tenfold. Because there was just no way of making room for it all in print! Featuring inspirational imagery from exclusive creative shoots, editorials filled with planning tips and all 3000 + products in the Weddingstar lineup, the e-catalog provides a fun and easy shopping experience. Browse pretty pictures, get inspired and click to buy if something catches your eye. Covering everything from wedding stationary to ceremony and reception accessories and décor, down to guest favors and gifts, this is definitely a must visit ‘one stop wedding shop’!

But enough talk. Given Weddingstar is all about inspiration, here’s a sneak peek into what you can expect to see in the inclusive 724 pages.

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Love It? Want More?

If you like what you’ve seen so far, you’ll love the rest! Click here for more tips, products and inspiration.

xoxo.

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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!

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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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