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
There’s something so wonderful about the blending of tried and true traditions with current day trends, about putting contemporary twists on old school concepts. If you’re like me, a closet sucker for sentiment with a keen eye for pretty, then you’re in for a real treat. Using modern materials and on-trend designs, today’s feature products take the traditional concept of a guest book and elevate it x 100. From gorgeous hardcover bindings to delicately personalized pages, the transformation from old to new is major. As an added bonus, they also happen to make for amazing keepsakes and ideal spots to hold some of your favorite wedding day mementos. And with finishing details this pretty, you’re sure to want to put these books on permanent display.
All In The Details
About the only thing these books have in common with their traditional counterparts is their paper makeup. Beyond that, not a detail was left unchanged. Textured hardcovers hold personalized pages. Lined pages are replaced with blanks to open up the opportunity for how these books are used. And front to back, the design details are right on point.
Beyond the Wedding Day
Your guests have left their mark, now it’s your turn to expand on yours. Further the keepsake value of your guest book by turning any unused pages into scrapbook territory. From a copy of your wedding invitation to candid photos taken by your closest and dearest, this is the perfect place to house those mementos that mean the most.
Wondering how you will fit everything into your wedding day? We have a way to customize your timeline and create a solid plan.
Start with your wedding ceremony. Once you have a set start time, work backwards to create an outline for your wedding. Every wedding runs on a different time line, you can use this as a guide to bring the overall vision for your day to life. Once you have a general idea of what your timeline will look like, make sure you speak with your vendors. They are the pros and have done this many times. They will have a really good idea of how much time they will need to help create your perfect wedding day.
Hair and Makeup
A general rule of thumb for most hairstylists is 1.5 hours for the bride and 45 minutes for a bridesmaid. Talk to your girls about their hair in advance and get a couple of key pieces of information. Will your hair be staying about this length when the wedding rolls around? Will you be doing it up or down? By answering these 2 questions for each bridesmaid, your hairstylist will be able to provide you a more exact schedule for the morning of the wedding.
Most makeup artists will typically set aside 40-50 minutes for a bride and 25 -40 minutes for a bridesmaid. A good question to ask your bridesmaids in advance is: Will you be wearing false eyelashes? As these take a bit more time to apply than regular mascara.
A great starting point for your wedding ceremony is about 20-25 minutes. A wedding of this time-frame would include the following: Procession, opening words, a reading from a loved one, exchange of traditional vows, exchange of the rings, signing of the wedding licence, first kiss and the recession. If someone will be singing or you are having a unity sand ceremony, it is important to you than make sure to include that extra time in the traditional ceremony outline. Remember to speak to your officiant about time when you are planning the ceremony for the most accurate estimate.
Make sure to meet with your photographer for a consultation closer to the wedding. This is a wonderful opportunity to get to know them a little better, review times, addresses and a few shoot locations before the big day. Talk about a list of family photo combinations (ex: Bride’s parents with Bride and Groom. Brides parents with Bride, Groom and Siblings etc.) Your photographer will be able to call out the names and your family photos can be done in record breaking times! Once you have gone through the details of the day with your photographer, ask him/her for a time estimate. Keep in mind that you may need to cut out a location, or adjust a few things.
It is a good idea to set aside 1 hour for dinner. This will vary depending on the number of guests, and style of service (buffet/table service), but this is where your Master/Mistress of Ceremonies are going to be very important. They can keep an eye on things and once things start to settle down and everyone has eaten, they will be able to get things rolling for the program and speeches. If you are worried about how much time the speeches and toasts will take, just mention it in advance. Provide the speakers with a set time to keep their toast within. 3-5 minutes per speaker is a great starting point. It is very important that your Master/Mistress of Ceremonies are kept in the loop. Provide them with the plan for the evening so that they can keep their eyes on the clock and make sure everything moves along smoothly.
Here are some of our favorite tips to help you stay on time:
1) Delegate: If you’ve hired a wedding planner, they will be extremely helpful in moving the day along and sticking to the schedule. But don’t worry. You don’t need a wedding planner to stay on time. Speak to a reliable member of your bridal party or family member about helping in this area. If you provide them with the day-of schedule and ask them to help move things along, they will be able to keep an eye on the clock and make sure no one loses track of time.
2) Prioritize: Ask yourself “what is the most important part of the day?” Is it the photography? Is it having some alone time with your new husband? Once you have answered this question you will have a good idea of where to prioritize your time. It is also a really good idea to schedule in an extra 15 or 20 minutes for your most important item. Which brings us to our next tip!
3) Leave yourself a little wiggle room: Even the most organized of wedding days will often have a few unexpected surprises. The good news is that if you plan for them, they won’t be a problem. There are 2 ideal times to leave some”buffer space”. #1 is before the ceremony and #2 is after the ceremony. Leaving yourself an extra 20 – 30 minutes is sure to keep you on schedule and keep your guests happy.
The 2015 wedding season is officially here! Bridal shows are taking over the next few foreseeable weekends, the newest issues of the best wedding magazines have hit stands (including Weddingstar’s own publication), brides everywhere are starting in on their wedding planning journeys, and we are eagerly sitting by, excited to see how this incredible year of weddings unfolds. That’s not to say we’ll be sitting by idly. We’ll be front and center of it all, sharing new insider planning tips, featuring fresh DIY tricks, and showcasing exclusive extended content from the hottest wedding trends featured in this year’s issue of Weddingstar magazine. And where better to start than what we’re pegging as the must-have wedding accessories of the season.
The Choices Are Plenty
You can’t imagine how hard it was to pick just 15 products for this post! To see 100s more of the latest, on trend wedding accessories for 2015, see the complete new arrivals section on weddingstar.com.
When the idea for this post came up, truth be told, I panicked a little. Although I love flowers (I mean, what girl doesn’t?!) and have pulled together many arrangements in my day, I always advise (where budget allows) to never DIY your florals. But let’s face it, when budgets are factored in not everyone has the luxury of working with a floral designer. So to all you ladies feeling brave and looking to stretch your dollar without compromising an ounce of pretty, this blog’s for you!
- good pair of shears
- floral foam (to fit whatever vase you decide to use)
- flowers, in order of appearance: lisianthus, astilbe, queen anne’s lace, spray roses, seeded eucalyptus and sedum
- main centerpiece vase / vessel (i recommend something with a bit of height to it)
- lace patterned votive holders, small and large (to act as vases)
- vintage inspired vintage candle holder
The Step by Step
Step 1: saturate your floral foam with water and place into your vase. Begin to build your floral arrangement creating a starting point for your two front facing corners. Make one over flowing with eucalyptus and the other tighter to the center with queen anne’s lace.
Step 2: continue to build your arrangement by adding another overflow on the opposite corner to the original and begin to fill out your middle with a blend of sedum and lisianthus.
Step 3: continue to fill in your arrangement, adding in astilbe. Start to concentrate on your arrangement as a whole, paying attention to all angles.
Step 4: add in spray roses. as you work on filling your arrangement make sure to fill all gaps and keep a mix of flowers throughout the whole.
The End Result
You could stop right here but for a fuller table arrangement (and some added decor), finish off the look with a couple of votive holders filled with a few floral stems, as well as some candlelight.
From paper to acrylic, tin to wood, the use of signage continues to maintain a top spot as a creative and fun way to instantly incorporate personal flair into a wedding day. Whatever functional purpose they may have, whether used to guide your guests or as special markers for your B&G chairs, custom personalized signs never fail to add that extra touch of something special. Loving the concept? Here are just a few fantastic ways to make the look yours.
This Way Please
Make your guests’ experience easy and enjoyable by guiding them to where you want them to go. Select a directional sign in a design that works with your wedding day theme and get creative with your display.
Leave a Message
Whether used to provide specific instructions or for a general heartfelt welcome message, custom wedding signs naturally play double duty as subtle decorative accents that do wonders to make your guests feel special.
Acrylic Marks the Spot
If only for a day you and your groom are the center of everyone’s attention. Don’t be afraid to bask in the spotlight by personalizing just about everything with your mark, including your B&G chairs.
Make it Yours
To make any of these looks your own, or for additional personalized options, check out the full collections of wedding day signage on weddingstar.com.
There are wedding ‘nice to haves’ and then there are wedding ‘must haves’. And it’s the couples that pay close attention to ensure every single ‘must have’ is personalized to their specific wedding day design that create weddings that wow. Take something as simple as table numbers for example. Every single wedding needs them and while most venues provide a standard in-house set, a swap for a custom option results in a finishing touch that will not go unnoticed. To get your upgrading underway, we’re sharing a few creative ways to mark your tables, with options that span the entire budget spectrum.
How About a Little DIY?
For another ultra versatile table number concept visit us right here for a simple paper table number with a bit of DIY.
Those of us immersed in the world of weddings naturally spend a lot of time talking about ‘girlie’ things. Gorgeous wedding dresses, fabulous hair and makeup, the beautiful bride and her lovely entourage, designer shoes, breathtaking flower arrangements…the list goes on and on! So in the spirit of this coming Sunday’s Father’s Day we’re sharing some of our favorite gift ideas for the boys. Whether you’re in need of suggestions for dad, brother, groomsmen or the best man, from the casual to the classic, there’s something here for every important guy in your life. So go on, show him just how much you care!
For additional great gift ideas shop all the ‘gifts for him’ options on weddingstar.com.
We’ve just returned from our annual buying trip, where we searched and shopped for the best of the best new products for you, our brides. And you can’t imagine how excited we are to release all the new additions to the lineup this coming December! To hold us over we’re recapping our Top 10 favorite 2014 additions, all in line with what’s hot and trending in the world of weddings right now. From the prettiest of favor boxes to the most stunning bridal and reception accessories, we’ve got it all covered. Now it’s your turn to shop!
#1 – Lovely Lace
One of the top trends for 2014, and 2015 for that matter, is arguably also the most romantic textile around. And we’ve got a couple of the loveliest and effortless ways to incorporate lace into your wedding day look. OK. So we’re cheating a little by featuring two products here. But they really do go hand in hand so we simply couldn’t resist!
#2 – Leave a Message
Custom unique signage is all the rage these days and we’re thinking this reusable chalkboard is definitely a top option. Whatever message it shares, it’s the intricate details that will have your guests swooning.
#3 – With this Ring
There’s nothing like a perfectly set table to please the eye and get the appetite going. Finish off your place settings in style with this gorgeous jewel accented napkin ring.
#4 – The Forever Bouquet
Any woman who has lived the wedding day experience will tell you that keeping special mementos to remember the day is a must. What better way of remembering how you looked and felt than by keeping your bouquet, especially when it’s as beautiful as this couture brooch stunner.
#5 – Beautiful Burlap
Far from the unrefined. Complete with fabric flowers, lace trim and a subtle touch of bling, burlap never looked so good.
#6 – Take a Seat
Boxed sweet treats may not be a new guest giveaway concept, but these stylish pretty little chair boxes provide the perfect contemporary twist on a tried and true classic.
#7 – The “Toss Me Not” Garter
Do yourself a favor and buy a toss away back up because you’ll definitely want to hold onto this lovely.
#8 – Smart Table Trim
There’s nothing like a wedding accessory that serves double duty. Not only does this self-standing wooden table number guide your guests to their seats, it also makes for a great decorative accent. And it comes complete with a top slit ready to hold anything you want it to. So in fact, we’re talking triple duty!
#9 – Bringing the Outdoors In
Want something new and unique for your centerpiece? Look no further. These super cool and super pretty faux birch trees are about as unique as it gets. Perfect for the Rustic or Woodland themed wedding, or for any couple looking to incorporate a bit of nature into their event’s design.
#10 – Animal Instincts
With Woodland weddings increasing in popularity on a daily basis, we’d be remissed not to add some animal motifs to the line. And what’s more synonymous with woodland animals than a great set of antlers.
If you’re like me then hearing that a new design twist has been applied to a wedding staple is always reason to perk up and pay attention. Tradition is a lovely thing but the last thing anyone wants, especially for their wedding, is a repeat of what someone else had. As far as I’m concerned, there’s room for personality and customization in every detail of a couple’s wedding day. It’s pretty much a given that your decor, florals, stationery and even your favors will be tailored to your personal taste and style. But why stop there?! I say take your event to the next level and personalize every accessory making an appearance at your wedding.
To get your creative juices flowing, in today’s product showcase I’m saying farewell to the traditional concept of a guest book and saying hello to the ultra personalized alternative, the Wedding Wishing Well. Keeping with the same meaningful keepsake concept that a traditional book gives you, with a Wishing Well you not only get a unique design but it also comes with the added bonus of playing double duty as a great decorative piece for your home after your big day. It’s a win win situation really! For some visual reference (and eye candy), here are my top Wishing Well picks, all Weddingstar exclusives.
For the Love of Travel – The Mini Suitcase
Ideal for the Wanderlust obsessed, or for the vintage lover, the appeal of this guest book alternative is all in its authentic and pretty details. Faux leather bound edges, a vintage liner and a luggage tag that can be personalized with your initials, come together as the perfect defining accents for this piece. The coordinating novel paper airplane stationery offers up a sweet finishing touch. And even if you favor a traditional guest book concept, the suitcase can be used a pretty little decorative accent for any travel inspired wedding theme.
A Touch of Country – The Country Charm Wooden Wish Box
Let’s call this one rustic country gone modern! Country in its concept and modern in its design, this charming box comes complete with unique features including a white wash finish, metal mesh interior, a sweet little love note and a glass front that can be personalized. Whether used with the coordinating miniature scroll stationery or your own personal custom cards, this option is certain to find a permanent spot in your home after your wedding day. Keep complete with the wishes and display as a decorative accent, or repurpose for something new, like a kitchen accent that holds recipes.
For the Modern Bride – Cubist Laser Cut Wooden Box
If you consider yourself to be a modern bride, an eco-chic bride, or simply one that’s looking to incorporate unique intricate details into her wedding accessories, this one’s for you. With its key feature a sliding front panel in a distinct laser cut design, there’s no getting more detailed than this! Once closed the discrete look lends itself perfectly to act as home decor. To personalize the piece add your initials and a meaningful message, and complete the ‘day of’ look with the coordinating laser embossed stationery.
Want More Options?
For more wishing well concepts and inspiration check out the Guest Book Alternatives section in the Weddingstar e-catalog or shop the complete guest book alternatives section on weddingstar.com.
If you’d prefer to stick to a traditional guest book, you’re covered! Check out the many options on the wedding guest book section of weddingstar.com.