What’s In Our Carry On- Packing For Your Honeymoon!

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After months of planning your big day has come and gone, but don’t worry the excitement isn’t over yet! Now it’s time to get ready for your honeymoon! Travelling in general can be stressful but we’ve got you covered. Here is a list of our top items for your honeymoon carry-on so you can start off your romantic getaway stress-free.

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1. Tote Bag

A cute personalized tote like this geo-prism tote will make it easy to pack all your must-have carry-on accessories.

2. Shoes/Flip-flops

Pack a pair of comfy shoes to change into, as the flight might be long and you will want to be ready for anything once you get off the plane.

3. Earphones

4. Hand Sanitizer

5. Lip Chap

Those planes can be stuffy and dry, which can cause chapped lips. Don’t let chapped lips put a damper on your honeymoon!

6. Sleep Mask

Catch up on some well-needed Zzz’s from all the wedding day excitement! Your wedding day is full of emotion and excitement which can also be a bit draining. Grab a sleep mask and catch some shut eye so you are ready to enjoy your honeymoon!

7. Robe

Don’t forget to pack a change of clothes and your fave silky robe in your carry on, in case something happens to your luggage.

8. Cosmetic Bag

A personalized monogrammed cosmetic bag is perfect for carrying your everyday makeup.

9. Sunglasses

Don’t get caught in the sun without your sunglasses. Pack a pair of inexpensive fun sunglasses for your travels so if they get lost or broken you won’t mind.

10. Camera

Bring a disposable camera along as a fun way to capture your honeymoon memories that you can look back on for years to come.

11. Phone

12. Passport Cover

Keep your passport protected and easy to find with a cute Mr. & Mrs. passport cover for you and your new husband.

13. Money Clip

It’s always hard to know how to store your money while travelling, but with a money clip your money, ID’s, and credit cards can all be stored in one simple location that’s easy to hide in your belongings or your hotel room.

14. Water

Don’t start off by breaking the bank. Bring a water bottle that is refillable and fill it up once you are past security, to save money from those expensive airport convenience stores.

15. Book/ Magazine

16. Luggage Tag

Make sure you label your carry-on! You don’t want to start your vacation off on the wrong foot with lost possessions. This leather luggage tag is not only personalized with your initials but is really durable and classic.

17. Notepad & Pen

A pen and paper is just handy to have. You can write down important information about your flights, or record your favorite memories from your travels.

18. Deck of Cards

Have a layover or a long flight? Bring a deck of cards for hours of entertainment!

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How To: Decorate for Less by Skipping the Flowers

Your wedding day budget is depleting and you are looking for ways to save costs. One way couples have found to reduce wedding costs is by replacing flowers with simple décor items. Many couples are straying away from using flowers and are instead choosing to make their own decorations and bouquets out of other unique items. Flowers aren’t everyone’s cup of tea, so if you are a bride who doesn’t want flowers at their wedding we’ve got some alternatives that you and your guests will love.

Aisle Decorations

 

Decorative Lanterns are a great choice to brighten up your aisle. They can be painted to match your wedding colours or dressed up using a decorative ribbon and you’ve got the perfect addition to guide you down the aisle.

Candles are another great way to decorate your aisle. They provide a romantic lit atmosphere perfect for that cozy indoor affair. However, if your venue does not allow open flames, flameless candles are also available.

Flowerless Centerpiece Options

 

Add a vintage look to your reception with these Candle Holders. You can decorate them to add your own flair. Add some candles and you’ve got a simple alternative to flowers.

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Mini Mason Jar With Lid

Having a summer wedding and want some pops of color on the guest tables? With beautiful decorated mason jars you’ve got a fun and easy DIY project that the whole wedding party can help out with.

Other summer weddings choose to use fruits to decorate with, filling tall glass vases or jars with different colored fruits for the right amount of color.

The Bridal Bouquet

 

A bride’s bouquet can be made up of all kinds of different things but one of the most popular for today’s bride is a brooch bouquet. These are easy to make, even if you aren’t very crafty and they look fantastic in photos. Brides usually ask for brooches to be donated by friends or family members, but can also find them in antique stores for relatively cheap. This bouquet is not to be thrown though; it is meant as a keepsake for the bride and there is usually a small substitution bouquet that is used if the bride chooses to do a bouquet toss.

Other bouquets may include flowers that are made out of sheet music, comic books or origami paper. Rustic themed weddings have seen flowers formed from burlap and ribbon, and others include fabric flowers made by the bride or purchased from a crafter.

Whether you decide to go with flowers or not, the choice is yours for your wedding. However, if you are feeling adventurous, skip the flowers and let your flowerless décor be the talk for years to come.

Writing & Concept by:  Theresa Gibson

Photography by: Weddingstar, LV Imagery, Kat Williams

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Get the Look: Poppers Three Ways

When you think of poppers or “crackers” you may think of Christmas. However, DIY poppers are great for any occasion, including your wedding day. Just by choosing different paper and trims you can create truly unique and beautiful looks. And they add a big ‘pop’ and wow-factor to that special moment!

Why not thank each of your guests with a popper that has a special gift/favor inside. You can hand them out individually or stack them on a tray for your guests to help themselves.

Supplies

Tools

  • Ruler
  • X-acto Knife
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Clear Tape
  • Hot Glue Sticks and Gun

Instructions

Step 1:
Print and cut out the zigzag template from card stock. Remember to print out at 100%.  Download Zigzag Template.

Step 2:
Measure and cut your paper to 10 7/8″ x 5 ¾”. This size fits a cardboard tube that is 3 7/8″ in length.

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Step 3:
From each edge, measure in by 2 ¾” on backside (white side) of paper and fold inwards so the edges meet in front.

Step 4:
Place zigzag template on top of your folded paper and with a pencil, trace the notches or zigzag (triangles).

Step 5:
Remove template and cut out notches with small scissors. When unfolded this creates a diamond pattern in the paper to make it easier to cinch the cracker with ribbons and other decorative items.

Step 6:
Open up the folded paper, turn over and flatten out. Thread the “snapper” through the inside of the cardboard tube and attach it with a small dab of hot glue on the inside at both ends of the tube. Put candies or small favors in the tube, tucking sizzle paper into the ends. Wrap the paper around the tube in the center and affix with clear tape.

Step 7:
To finish the ends of the popper, insert an extra cardboard tube into one end and tape the seam together. Repeat on other side.

Step 8:
Add trimmings to each end of popper. Cut 2 pieces of ivory ribbon at 10″ in length and tie one to each end with a single knot. Additionally, cut 4 pieces of gold cord at  10″  in length and tie 2 pieces to each end over the ivory ribbon.

Step 9:
Add personalized elements to the middle part of popper. Cut paper wrap to 3″ x 6″ and affix sticker to middle. Wrap around middle of popper and affix with tape.

Details

 

This popper does double duty as a favor and name card for a truly personal touch. Guests will have a ‘blast’ popping these at the reception table to enjoy their after-dinner mints.

 

Supplies

Tools

  • Ruler
  • X-acto Knife
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Clear Tape
  • Hot Glue Sticks and Gun

Instructions

Step 1 – 7:
Follow instructions for creating popper Look #1.

Step 8:
Cut 2 pieces of grey ribbon at 10″ in length and tie to each end with a single knot. Cut a 10″ single row of rhinestones and tie one to each end.

Step 9:
Write name using the silver pen on the oval sticker and affix to middle of popper.

Details

 

Sweeten up your dessert table with these adorable poppers stacked on a cake stand. We filled up ours with sea-salt caramels, but any hard candy will be a yummy treat.

Supplies

Tools

  • Ruler
  • X-acto Knife
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Clear Tape
  • Hot Glue Sticks and Gun

Instructions

Step 1 – 7:
Follow instructions for creating popper Look #1.

Step 8:
Cut 2 pieces of pink ribbon at 15″ of length and tie a bow to each end of the popper.

Step 9:
Wrap personalized paper around middle of popper and affix with tape.

Details

Concept, DIY craft, styling & photography by Paige Smith

 

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How To: Spring Party Essentials

Spring is here which means bright, lush colors and beautiful floral arrangements. Last week we shared with you some of our Spring must-have gifts. If you missed it, read it here. This week we are talking must-have party essentials to pull off the perfect Spring event. With beautiful florals inspiring everything from the design to the personalization check out how to bloom your very own Spring get together.

Oh So Golden

It’s time to embrace all things gold! Add hints of gold to your table décor such as a gold table runner or hanging geometric centerpieces to complement your table’s florals.

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Stop and Smell the Rosé

What’s a party without drinks? These personal sized Rosés are the perfect fruity addition your guests will love. Add a personalized touch with a Floral Hello Gorgeous label.

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Don’t forget the glassware! Personalize stemless glassware with a fun logo and fill with your favorite fruity beverage leaving your guests feeling refreshed.

Shower Them With Favors

Spring showers bring Spring flowers. These Bloom Favor Boxes are perfect for the Spring season, with their hints of gold and blooming floral interior.

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Those Details . . . Ooh La La

The ultimate Spring party is all in the details. Add some personalized coasters to match your colors and a personalized message to bring on the cheer.

For one last final touch add some floral napkins to serve up the perfect snacks with.

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Style Spotlight: Greenhouse Chic

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Enhanced by the natural beauty of a greenhouse locale is a lovely blend of romance and botanical artistry. Rich textures, lush florals and fresh scents all come together for a day that is gorgeous, no matter the season. Streaming through from overhead, sparkling sunbeams shine a light on every impressive detail. This greenhouse chic shoot by Ambassador Katie Theuer from Wedding Belles Events sets the stage for the perfect romantic affair. See how she pulled off this look.

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Fill a Galvanized Bucket with long-stemmed flowers and you have the perfect customized chair décor to complement your theme.

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This Vintage Style Pressed Glass Goblet with its distinctive look and subtle tones are the perfect complement to this greenhouse décor.

A Rustic Wood & Glass Box is a great addition to any event inspired by Mother Nature. Whether you add some flowers to make it a centrepiece or use as a wishing well, this Rustic Glass Box is a must have!

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Credits:

Event Design and Planning: Wedding Belles Events

Photography: Jessica Sparks Photography

Florals: Christopher Joseph Designs

Hair and Makeup: The Transformation

Stationery: Linen & Leaf

Cake: Hamley Bake Shoppe

Rentals: Events Unlimited Birmingham

Bride’s Gown: Sarah Seven from The Dress Theory Nashville

Grooms Attire: Men’s Wearhouse

Models: Taylor & Cory Wood

Venue: Bennett Nurseries

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Style Spotlight: Vintage Blue Elegance

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Today we’re sharing our take on a vintage inspired wedding with elegant touches of something blue. An imaginative combination of multiple blue flowers, décor elements, and favors creates an eclectic effect that is elegant with a minimalist vintage vibe. Here are some of our favorites for this look!

Décor

Incorporate different hues of blue in both florals and décor elements to add a sense of depth to your table display.

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Featured here: Frosted Sea Blue Bottle / Glass Bottle with Ombre Smoke Decoration

 

This vintage style glassware adds a truly distinctive look that complements the vintage blue theme.

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Featured here: Vintage Style Pressed Glass Goblet / Vintage Style Pressed Glass Flute

The Icing on the Cake

This classic and romantic couple cake topper is one of our all-time faves, and you can personalize the shoe color to be blue!

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Featured here: “Swept Up In His Arms” Wedding Couple Figurine

 

Serve the cake up in style with a vintage inspired serving set alongside blue personalized paper napkins to complete the look.

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Featured here: Vintage Floral Printed Napkins / Silver Plated Stacked Hearts Cake Serving Set

Favorite Favors

Thank your guests with a beautiful linen pouch filled with loose leaf tea or a mini bouquet in a vintage inspired creamer. Your guests will appreciate your attention to every little detail.

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Featured here: Vintage Creamer Favor Set / White Linen Drawstring Favor Bag / Vintage Romance Square Favor Tag

 

Eco-friendly bubbles are also tons of fun and a wedding guest favorite.

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Featured here: Wedding Bubble Bottle Favor / Vintage Romance Diecut Sticker / Antique Key Charm / Small Sea Blue Ribbon

 

Cute little bells have long been a wedding classic and a sentimental detail that still rings true! Add a vintage style tag and blue ribbon for a favor that lets guests join in on the celebration.

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Featured here: Mini Wedding Bells Favor-Silver / Vintage Romance Small Rectangular Favor Tag / Small Navy Blue Ribbon

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Real Wedding: Ashley & Peter’s Wedding

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Meet Ashley and Peter! They tied the knot July 30, 2016 in St. Augustine, Florida. We just love the soft pinks and beautiful florals this wedding had to offer. So take a peek at this couple’s wedding day journey. From getting ready, to a beautiful ceremony at The Cathedral Basilica and finishing off with a romantic getaway in a horse drawn carriage ride. Enjoy!!

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Coordinator: Andrea Famiglietti, Coastal Celebrations
Caterer: Davoli’s, Fred
Florist: Jade Violet
Baker: Sweet by Holly
Band: The Rivertown Band, Leslie
Ceremony Music: Music by Peggie,
Photographer/photobooth: Brooke Images
Videographer: Launch Pad, Bobby
Brides Hair: Laura Gamel, (MOH)
Hair: Mantra Salon, Ginger
Formal Exit: St. Augustine Carriages

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Top Three Destination Wedding Tips

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Photo Shoot Location: Reynisfjara-Black sand beach near Vik, Iceland

Destination weddings are becoming more and more popular. They also involve extra attention when it comes to planning and preparation for the big day. Today we are sharing with you expert advice from event planner and Weddingstar Ambassador Phoebe Lo.  Here are her top 3 destination wedding tips:

1. Work With Professionals

Enlist the services of an experienced planner with a background in destination wedding planning, especially in the location you have selected for your celebration. Expect to work with both hometown and on site vendors and service providers to tackle the countless logistical details that all come together to customize your event.

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featured above: Small Gold Decorative Candle Lantern / Medium Decorative Candle Lantern / Heart Shaped Sand Ceremony Vase Set / Just Married Sandals

2. Planning Is Key

Thorough preparation is crucial when planning a destination wedding. Be knowledgeable about customs and border regulations that may affect what you can pack. Consider all aspects of the transportation and have a backup plan in case of bad weather. To help ensure your planning does not have gaps, envision a walk-through of all the activities, starting from the moment you depart from your home.

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3. Pack & Go Style

In spite of the spectacular scenery, this remote location required a few critical accessories to help set the stage. Here are a few points when travelling to a foreign destination with décor products. Checked luggage is stowed as cargo so expect extremely cold temperatures and rough handling. Securely wrap all fragile items. Upon arrival, a custom agent may require you to prove ownership, so take along purchase receipts and detailed information. But, have a plan B just in case an item is not allowed through customs.

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featured above: Heart Shaped Sand Ceremony Vase Set-The Adventure Begins

If you are planning on having a destination wedding, make sure you keep these tips in mind!

Credits: 

Event Design and Planning: 
Phoebe Lo Events
www.phoebeloevents.com

Photography:
Rhythm Photography
www.rhythm-photography.com

Model:
Sally Leung of Sally Leung Fitness
www.sallyleungfitness.com

Desserts and Sweets: 
Cakelaine
www.cakelaine.com

Jewelry and Accessories:
The Loved One
www.thelovedone.ca

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Our Must Have Planning Checklist

You’ve made the to do list . . . we’ve got the must haves. Here’s a quick checklist of our favorite items this season to help you during your planning process. From gifts to party essentials we have got it all laid out for you in a monthly checklist.

12 Months – Just Engaged

9 Months

6-8 Months

4-5 Months – Halfway to Hooray!

3 Months

2 Months

1 Month – Crunch Time

For a downloadable version of this checklist, click here.

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How to Throw The Ultimate Engagement Party! Part 2

You’ve got the ring and now it’s time to plan the perfect party. A few weeks ago we provided you with a few décor tips to get your engagement party planning started. If you missed our previous post click here.  This week we continue to look at inspiring the fun, little details to make an unforgettable celebration.

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Grab A Prop & Strike A Pose

We love big balloons, really big balloons. These jumbo “Mr” & “Mrs” balloons make perfect props for engagement or wedding pics, plus can double as impressive décor.

Cheers Darling

Bring on the bubbly. Whether in celebration of your engagement, wedding shower or after-party, personalized cocktails or craft brews add instant personality. For a littler extra sparkle, accent your drinks with diamond ring shaped ice cubes (seriously- at least 10 carats each) and sprinkle with edible glitter. Don’t forget some paper coasters, custom foiled just for you.

Party Games

Give your guests a take home favor that will up the ante. Eye catching personalized cards are always a great bet.

Party Favors

Every party needs favors and this is no exception. Available in all shapes and sizes do your friends a favor or even two!

Camera Ready

Disposable cameras make a fun addition to guest tables and can capture some memorable moments too. Invite your friends and family to snap away, you could be amazed at what you missed.

Dance Like Nobody’s Business

Even your hair and make-up prep can be photo op ready. Cover up with these “boyfriend” inspired button down bridal shirts for a polished yet relaxed look that is sure to inspire some “Risky Business-esque” high jinks. Get ready to have some fun.

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