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.

mini wood circle napkin accent cambium open house event cambium open house event cambium open house event cambium open house event cambium open house event

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

DIY Wedding Wednesday: 5 Pretty Ways to Pamper Your Guests

diy personalized hand fans

What’s personalized, pampers your guests, and packs a major punch of pretty? DIY Hand Fans of course! Perfect for any outdoor event, ceremony, cocktail reception, or dinner, paper hand fans are an inexpensive and easy way to add lovely little details into your wedding day. From the addition of simple textures to surprising extras, here are five unique ways to style and personalize a hand fan, all guaranteed to impress!

Fan Style #1 – Boxwood Beauty

diy boxwood paper hand fan

The Supplies

diy boxwood hand fan supplies

The How-To

boxwood trim

Step 1: add interest and dimension to your fan handle with a touch of boxwood trim. To start, position your boxwood as desired.

baker's twine

Step 2: wrap boxwood trim around your handle with baker’s twine. Wrap four or five times to secure boxwood and to allow baker’s twine trim to stand out.

The End Result

diy boxwood trimmed hand fans

Fan Style #2 – Vintage Lace

diy vintage lace paper hand fan

The Supplies

diy vintage lace hand fan supplies

The How-To

crystal sticker embellishments diy crystal embellishments

Step 1: add detail to the printed part of your fan using crystal sticker embellishments.

lace flower diy embellishment

Step 2: add a touch of texture to the paper fan by cutting out one of the flowers from your lace pattern and gluing it to the top left corner of the fan. If your lace did not come embellished with crystals, use the stick on crystals.

pink lace ribbon

Step 3: finish off the look with a simple tie of lace on the fan handle.

The End Result

diy vintage lace trimmed hand fans

Fan Style #3 – Purple Petals

diy purple petals paper hand fan

The Supplies

diy purple petals hand fan supplies

The How-To

purple crystal sticker

Step 1: add just a subtle touch of interest to this already detailed fan design with a single crystal sticker accent.

paper rose

Step 2: add a 3D replica of your fan detail onto the handle with a paper rose accented with a stick on crystal. Hot glue your rose to the handle.

purple satin ribbon

Step 3: complete the look with a two tone purple ribbon tie on the fan handle.

The End Result

diy purple petal hand fans

Fan Style #4 – Sweet Sentiments

diy garden themed hand fan

The Supplies

diy garden themed hand fan supplies

The How-To

garden themed diy hand fan - steps 1 - 3

Step 1: punch your floral shape into both sides of your printed fan, taking care not to cut into the wording or design on either side.

Step 2: overlap your two fans as shown in image #2 above, back to front, and position your green craft paper in between. You can use two separate pieces of paper or a single long strip, whatever you find easier to work with.

Step 3: glue your fans together using regular craft glue. Avoid hot glue as it’ll show through the fan.

floral punched pattern

garden themed diy hand fan - steps 4-6

Step 4: insert fan into handle.

Step 5: for a sentimental touch perfect for your closest loved ones sure to shed a tear or two on your wedding day, add a pretty handkerchief to the handle. Start by lining up your handkerchief to the handle on the back side, taking care not to cover the wording on your fan.

Step 6: flip the fan and secure handkerchief to handle with a strand of ribbon. If the handkerchief is folded as in the image above it will naturally bend for a lovely finish.

green ribbon detailing

The End Result

diy garden themed hand fans

Fan Style #5 – Ceremonial Mementos

diy ceremony hand fan

The Supplies

diy ceremony hand fan supplies

The How-To

ceremony diy hand fan - steps 1 - 3

Step 1: create your own unique Unity Ceremony by involving your guests. Attach to each fan a small tag complete with mini pencil that your guests can use to write down their special ceremony wishes for the two of you. Provide them with a vessel to drop their cards into and consider incorporating it into your ceremony. Start by wrapping your mini pencil with rope. Wrap three times and finish with a double knot.

Step 2: next attach your pencil to your tag. First thread your rope into the tag from the front. Stop at the point where you want your pencil to stay.

Step 3: loop your rope from back to front and thread through the front once again. Finish off with a double knot. Hold your pencil in position while threading and tying your knots to avoid it from pulling all the way up your tag.

ceremony diy hand fan - steps 4-5

Step 4: thread one strand of rope through the handle insert.

Step 5: tie the two strands together in a double knot and finish with a bow. Finally insert your hand fan.

diy ceremony hand fan tag

The End Result

diy ceremony hand fans

xoxo.

kasia-signature

DIY Wedding Wednesday: Ceremony Confetti Cones

diy-ceremony-confetti-cones

If I had to pick a favorite design approach it would be the blending of the new and the old. I love putting fresh twists on classics. And given how far back the tradition of the wedding ceremony goes, there’s plenty of opportunity to get creative. Today I’m playing around with updating the lovely sentiment of the rice toss, by a simple swap for preserved petals and a focus on presentation. Making the switch from rice to petal and individually packaging the petals in embellished clear acetate cones, gives guests a pretty and functional way of celebrating a bride and groom as they take their first steps as husband and wife. Here’s the easy DIY breakdown on how to create these pretties.

The Supplies

diy-confetti-cones-supplies

The Simple Three Step How To 

diy confetti cones - step by step

Step 1: Stuff your cone with the petals. Using whatever pointy ended object you have lying around (I used a paint brush) help guide your petals down the cone. This ensures they fill through to its narrow bottom. Use just enough petals to fill up the cone while still keeping a loose finish.

Step 2: Apply self-adhesive jewel stickers. For precise placement use a pair of tweezers. Nothing fancy required. Your everyday eyebrow tweezers will do!

Step 3: Add your ribbon. For easy bow tying cut more ribbon than you need and then snip to achieve the final desired length.

The Pretty End Result 

diy ceremony confetti cone diy ceremony confetti cones - detail diy ceremony confetti cone

xoxo.

kasia-signature

 

 

Happy Valentine’s Day: Our Little {Wedding} Gift to You

white wedding favor box wrapped with a red ribbon

It’s Valentine’s Day and we’re celebrating our love for all our followers, readers, customers and industry friends. We’re doing it by sharing some exciting news! As many of you may have noticed, we’ve been undergoing some major changes at Weddingstar over the last several months. We’ve completely redesigned the look of our newsstand publication, added some incredible new decorative wedding accessories to our lineup and most recently changed the look of our blog. It’s all in line with our mission to improve the wedding planning experience and we’re not done just yet!

That Little Gift We Promised.

To ensure we’re doing all that we can for our brides and loyal followers, we’ve decided to completely revamp the content on our blog. From here on in we will be providing our readers with all the wedding planning essentials every bride needs to know, including insider tips on how to “make it yours”.

From wedding theme inspirations…

woodland wedding theme inspiration board

to color & theme story boards…

color inspiration board for a white wedding

{photo credits, from left to bottom right:rachel ashwell shabby chic via pinterest, lifeimages photography, blog.esther.com.au via pinterest, oscar de la renta via harpersbazaar.com.au}

to some amazing DIY posts (new post every Wednesday!)… 

DIY wedding guest place setting showing a wedding favor on the plate

We’re certain you’ll love all the details we have in store for you! With that, we leave you with tons of Happy Valentine’s Day wishes. Enjoy your personal celebrations and we’ll see you back here on Monday with the first official post from our brand new series.

xoxo.

Kasia

Wedding Drink Recipe: Strawberry Kiwi Sangria

Signature Sip - Sangria Recipe - Drink Recipe - Wedding - Party - Non-Alchohlic Beverage

With the weekend a blissful few hours away and Valentines Day just around the corner, we thought this was the perfect time to share  the quick and simple drink recipe that we used in our Candy Colorful styled wedding last summer. We couldn’t get enough of this delicious concoction while on location so believe us when we say it’s the perfect refreshment to reminisce about the hot summer days that we’re all yearning for and is a stellar pick for a signature sip at your big day (or as a Valentines Day treat with its’ bright red color!). Everyone can enjoy this non-alcoholic recipe, but if you’re craving something a bit more spirited we recommend adding white Muscat or light rum to taste. Enjoy and have a great weekend!

recipe, drink recipe, non-alcholic, Valentines Day party, kid friendly punch, recipe

Love it? Then make it yours:

Get the Look: DIY Fanciful Feather Garlands + Decor

 

Today I am so excited to share an amazing DIY tutorial with you guys that centers around our perfectly cut Laser Expressions Feather Tags. I had the pleasure of creating two different looks to share with you all and I even threw in some extra inspiration for how to use our feathers in other areas of your decor as well! Best of all, I promise that each project is simple enough for even the busiest of brides! In fact, the photos you see throughout this entire post are my first attempts at each garland (not to mention watercolor painting!). So get ready to be inspired and wow your wedding guests with these fanciful feather garlands! Continue reading