From our Brides: 4 Ways to be the Worst Wedding Guest of all Time

It is wonderful to be able to celebrate your new Mrs. status with friends and family, but sometimes the combination of large numbers, varied personalities and high emotions can cause a little bit of stress along the way. When these moments happen, there are three things we want to remind you of.  1) You cannot please everyone. 2) There is always a solution. And 3) You’re not alone. We asked our brides to weigh in with their own personal experience dealing with difficult wedding guests.

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1) Dealing with the Narcissist:

“When family members who have conflict with each other make the day about them and their issues.” – Sarah Beth

If you have found yourself in this situation, we promise that you are not the first. Emotions and adrenaline are at an all time high at most weddings and this can sometimes cause tension. When diffusing a situation keep in mind that you want to make it better and not worse. If you let your emotions get the better of you. things will only escalate. With a level head and a calm voice, politely remind them why they are here today. Your wedding is a celebration of your relationship and it is OK to remind them of that.

2) Runaway guest list: “I can invite anyone I want to your wedding, right?”

Asking the morning of my wedding if you could bring your daughter, when you didn’t even bother to send your RSVP. And RSVP-ing for 3 when your invite specifically said to Mr and Mrs your name there.” — Michelle Flowers

There are 2 types of guests: 1) There was an unintentional miscommunication and your guest didn’t realize who exactly was invited. or 2) Your guest disregarded your wishes and didn’t think  a plus one was a big deal.

It is so important to be clear who the invitation is intended for. If you don’t feel like the names on the addressed envelope are clear enough, feel free to write the names out on their RSVP Card as well. This should help alleviate any miscommunication. If your RSVP mishap lands in the second category, ask yourself if it is a big deal. Do you have the space and the budget to have them there? Is it more of an annoyance than an inconvenience? If having extra person at your wedding is something you can deal with, consider letting it go and moving on. If having them there is not possible, a conversation is a great place to start. Explain to them that unfortunately you do not have any wiggle room with the guest count and although you wished more could attend, it is not possible at this time. And remember that asking is often more effective than demanding.

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3) Dealing with the Flake:

“We had a groomsmen back out the week of the wedding and then one of them “forgot” he was in the wedding all together.” — Ginny Raettig

Although situations like this are incredibly frustrating, they can often be the easiest to resolve. Many couples feel that it is really important to have an even number of bridesmaids and groomsmen. We are here to tell you that it is totally O.K to have an uneven bridal party. When you initially decided who you wanted to stand up with you, it was probably because they have been a key part of your life. Don’t feel pressured to find a replacement just for the sake of having a replacement. Sometimes the best solution is to let it go.

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4) Head Count:”RSVP’s are just a suggestion, right?”

“Not RSVP-ing or saying I don’t know yet but trying….” — Jamie Wieber

It can be as simple as asking your guests to send an RSVP email or click a button on your wedding website, but hunting down RSVP stragglers is just a part of the wedding planning process. That being said, there are a few ways to make it a little easier on yourself. A handy trick is to set the “please reply by:” date a few weeks before you really require a final head count. This will give some of the stragglers extra time to get their replies in and downsize the number of people you need to track down later.

Your day is about one very important thing, getting to say “I DO”. We know that planning a wedding comes with it’s up’s and down’s, but despite the fuss, it’s going to be worth it! We are so excited to be on this journey with you and helping to put those beautiful elements into your day. We know it’ going to be spectacular!

“None it was my day and everyone put all there problems aside and made it all about me my husband and six kids.” — Stephanie Hodgins

 

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Light Up your Wedding

Lighting is so important when it comes to setting the mood. Candles and twinkle lights are usually the traditional choice when it comes to lighting up your wedding. You all know how much we love to add our twist on the traditional. Well, we have done it again! We are lighting up the blog with these incredibly cute LED lights. They come in many styles so they will fit any wedding theme. Plus, they are battery powered, so you can use them almost anywhere. This is one of our favorite décor accessories for 2015 and we know you are going to love them too.

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Featured here: Mini Lace LED lanterns

Drape from your ceiling, table or displays. You can even lay them directly on your table to accentuate your centerpieces. These Mini LED lights are a huge must have for any wedding theme. So go ahead! Light up your wedding!

 

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Choosing a Wedding Theme That’s Right for You

There are so many elements that go into planning a wedding and one of the most important (and fun) ones is choosing a theme. But with so many options out there, it can sometimes be a bit overwhelming. Our advice? Choose a style that complements your personal style as a couple. And if there isn’t just one, combine details from different themes until it matches the vision you have for your wedding. Because at the end of it all, it’s your day and you need it to be perfect for you.

The first step to choosing a theme is to explore different ideas and swoon over gorgeous wedding inspiration. Sounds tough, right? To help get you started, we’re highlighting seven of the most popular wedding themes that our brides can’t get enough of. Click on each one to see the entire inspiration gallery, and pin the pieces you love to start building your own wedding day design.

1. Bohemian

Barefoot, unpretentious, ethereal and stunning. This wedding look highlights traditional boho concepts and infuses them with a hint of the luxurious.

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Love this? Visit the entire Bohemian Gallery to be inspired and find out if this is the look for you.

2. Rustic

Rustic weddings never go out of style. The combination of weathered wood, tarnished metals and sweet, homespun touches have us swooning with delight.

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Love this? Visit the entire Rustic Gallery to be inspired and find out if this is the look for you.

3. Vintage

An elaborate layering of vintage elements and tactile fabrics combine with modern day influences to create a fresh take on the always beautiful and romantic vintage wedding style.

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Love this? Visit the entire Vintage Gallery to be inspired and find out if this is the look for you.

4. Industrial

With a sleek interior design influence at its core, the bold, confident, mature and modern Industrial look is urban sophistication perfection.

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Love this? Visit the entire Industrial Gallery to be inspired and find out if this is the look for you.

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5. Shabby Chic

Shabby Chic is about the appearance of a balance between the tossed at whim and the perfectly placed. From the hair, to the shoes, to all the things that come in between, the key is to make it all appear effortlessly natural for an end result that is drop dead gorgeous.

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Love this? Visit the entire Shabby Chic Gallery to be inspired and find out if this is the look for you.

6. Woodland

The Woodland look is all about embracing and celebrating natural beauty, from the bride to her bouquet, down to every last design detail.

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Love this? Visit the entire Woodland Gallery to be inspired and find out if this is the look for you.

7. Wanderlust

With its beautiful airy ambiance and romantic personalized elements at every turn, it’s difficult not to get lost in all the dreamy details that make up this look.

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Love this? Visit the entire Wanderlust Gallery to be inspired and find out if this is the look for you.

Before you choose your favorite, be sure to check out even more wedding theme ideas in our Inspiration Galleries, right over here.

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Let us know which you look you love! Tell us your faves in the comment section below.

Dress Up Your Desktop With Pretty Wedding Inspiration!

Because Valentine’s day is just around the corner (and it’s Friday), today we have some oh-so pretty treats for you. We have turned some of our gorgeous wedding photography into wallpapers that you can download for your desktop or phone! Just click on your favorites to download them (for free!) and be inspired by pretty wherever you go.

If you love these and want to see more, let us know in the comments below!

Wedding Planning Essentials {Inspired by Color}: Waiting to Bloom

The holiday season is behind us. The new year is officially in full swing. Festivities are no longer a regular weekly occurrence, and so we’re sitting by (not so patiently) waiting for the next big thing to spice up our day to day. That big thing for us is a new season, calendar and wedding. Spring can’t come soon enough, bringing with it the gradual unveiling of the latest in warm weather real weddings. New brides and grooms will hit the scene, with fresh takes on the world of love and pretty, and we can’t wait to see it all. In anxious anticipation of the impending marvels the warmth and color baring season promises to bring, we can’t help but start to share our favorite color palette picks for an inspired springtime affair. In desperate need of the bright and the bold, our first seasonal board is aptly infused with daring and striking shades of pink, coral and lemon yellow, representing all the beauty that’s just “Waiting to Bloom”.

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For more color combo options, come get inspired with all our color stories on Weddingstar’s Wedding Color Inspiration Pinterest board.

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2015 Weddingstar Magazine – The Reveal

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We’ve shared the sneak peeks (if you missed them click here, here and here) and now it’s finally time to officially launch the latest issue of Weddingstar magazine. Like no other bridal print publication, Weddingstar magazine provides you with 160 pages of inspiring, informative and most importantly shoppable wedding details. With page after page of uninterrupted eye candy, not a single ad along the way, the ideas are plenty and your opportunity to recreate what you see is just an online shopping experience away. From full feature inspiration shoots, to guides that act as your personal shopper, there’s not a single spread you’ll want to skip. But don’t take my word for it. Here’s your first look at exactly what you can expect to find in this latest issue.

The Big Picture

From Ceremony to Head Table, full feature inspirational editorials take you behind the details of the hottest wedding themes for 2015. Along side all the pretty pictures come comprehensive style guides, breaking down all the design essentials you need to recreate the look. Mix and match as you explore the various themes, or go with exactly what you see in any single one, either way you’re guaranteed a gorgeous wedding.

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The Must Haves

New to this year’s publication are editorials featuring all the must have products for the coming wedding season. Fresh ideas for all aspects of your wedding day design, your guests, and you pop off the page ready for the taking.

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Down in the Details

Showcased throughout the magazine you’ll find creative breakouts, teaching you the secrets behind styling your day like a pro. Say goodbye to all the guess work and hello to easy creative fun.

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Your Personal Shopper

To make sure you don’t miss a beat, each wedding theme featured within the 2015 magazine comes complete with a shopping guide, calling out every single wedding day accessory behind the look and available for purchase.

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And That’s Just Grazing the Surface

Discover the rest by picking up your issue here or look for it on all major newsstands, including Chapters / Indigo, Target and Walmart.

xoxo.

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2015 Magazine Sneak Peek: Boho Beauty

 

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The 2015 Weddingstar magazine hits stands in just a few short weeks (eek!), and we’re continuing our little pre-release party with more sneak peeks into all the incredible wedding inspiration awaiting release. Today we’re sharing a first look at the final of the three full feature wedding creatives showcased in the upcoming issue, and the one most likely to take the number one spot for top 2015 wedding themes, Bohemian Luxe. Brilliantly blending ethereal beauty with lush organic details, this one is simply breathtaking.

2015 Magazine Feature: Bohemian Luxe – Effortless Wedding Style

Barefoot, unpretentious, ethereal and stunning. This wedding look highlights traditional boho concepts and infuses them with a hint of the luxurious by introducing a certain level of grandeur and a touch of elegance. An eclectic blend of organic details surrounded by overflowing abundant floral arrangements, this wedding design approach takes the best of boho and gives it the subtle sense of formality that every wedding deserves. A soft palette of earthy tones is complimented and uplifted by pops of the prettiest feminine shades, and nature sits at the forefront of it all. Whimsical just took on a whole new meaning.

 

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Catch Up

In case you missed our first two full feature sneak peeks, check out Classic Elegance here and Industrial Glam here.

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2015 Magazine Sneak Peek: For the City Bride

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Textured finishes and a mix of smooth metals. Exposed bricks and beams. The urban skyline. Could a city bride ask for anything more? I think not! Well I’ve got great news for you city loving ladies. An urban inspired affair is about to get a whole lot easier to get, regardless where you may live. It’s as simple as picking up a copy of the soon to be released new issue of Weddingstar magazine, complete with a full feature style guide for the super chic and trending industrial inspired wedding look. Here’s your sneak peek into what you can expect to discover.

2015 Magazine Feature: Industrial Glam – City Wedding Style

Pretty never looked so stylish. With a sleek interior design influence at its core, the bold, confident, mature and modern Industrial Glam look is urban sophistication perfection. Strong textures and finishes are softened with clean white florals and a touch of organic greens. Unique contemporary decorative accents bring on a downtown feel that’s guaranteed to make any girl feel like a star. Move over Vintage and Rustic, there’s a new wedding design kid in town!

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featured here: decorative bottle vase centerpiece (sold in sets of 6), spray painted metallic grey

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featured here: mini high top flower pot favor (solid in sets of 4). chalkboard style sticker – new product release, available as of december 2014

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Have Another Peek

For more insights into what the new issue of Weddingstar magazine has in store for you, check out our Classic with a Twist post and stay tuned for next Monday’s Boho preview.

xoxo.

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All the Pretty Things: Our Favorite Wedding Details

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Happy Halloween! Although we aren’t in the business of the spooky and the freaky, we can certainly appreciate the celebration’s affiliation with sweet treats. Which is exactly what we have in store for you today. Well, that is if you’re into seriously swoon-worthy wedding inspiration. From unconventional designer footwear to the most luxurious of floral arrangements, today we’re counting down 15 of our favorite wedding day details from our very own creative photo shoots. And that’s not even the best part. All this is a pretty prequel to the sweetest treat of all, this coming Monday’s post when we’ll share our 2015 trend predictions and a sneak peek into what’s in store for the next issue of Weddingstar magazine, hitting stands early December. And trust me when I say that’s a post you won’t want to miss! But for now, let’s enjoy some eye candy.

15. Homespun Designer Details – Coach Rain Boots

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14. Delightful Desserts – Glittered Monogram French Macarons

 

13. Luxury Upgrades – Etched Stemware

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12. Vintage Displays – Creative Wedding Photo Props

 

11. A Tribute to Tradition – Old Family Photo Display

 

10. Fancy Pants – Bejeweled Bridal Bun

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9. Ceremony Sound Off – Ringing of a Vintage Bell to Announce the Bride

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8. Dining Details – Custom Dinner Menus with Coordinating China

 

7. Luxurious Lace – Vintage Decorative Details

 

6. Special Seating – DIY Chair Back

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5. Colorful Candlelight – Mint Green Tapers

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4. Ambient Light – Crystal Chandeliers

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3. Indoor Garden – Abundant Floral Displays

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2. Aisle Style – Candlelit Floral Ceremony Aisle Markers

 

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1. Tabletop Adornments – Cascading Large Bloom Displays

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More Pretty Things

Follow Weddingstar on Pinterest for endless wedding inspiration, complete with ways to get the look.

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Wedding Planning Essentials {Inspired by Color}: Warm My Heart

 

If I had to pick one word to describe the Fall season it would be ‘comfort’. With its vibrant landscape coupled with cool crisp air, by its sheer nature Fall offers up the invitation to cozy up with a blanket and enjoy the view. It’s warm in its essence, and naturally beautiful. It encourages us to slow down and enjoy our surroundings, take the time to appreciate all the little things. With carefree summer days a thing of the past, Fall grounds us in the most soothing and gentle kind of way.  It inspires endless heartwarming creative possibilities and it makes me think there may be no lovelier way to think of love than in the context of Fall.  So grab a blanket, your beloved, and enjoy the latest installment in the Inspired by Color series, “Warm My Heart”.

Want More?

Get inspired with more color stories on Weddingstar’s Wedding Color Inspiration Pinterest board.

xoxo.

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