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

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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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Sip It Your Way

It’s your party, make it all about you. Signature drinks are a great way to make a big statement. Here are some of our fave ways to have your guests sipping in style.

The Champagne Pop

Pop! Fizz . . . and more fizz! Here’s a fun twist on a classic sip. To create this look all you need is a personalized flute filled with your favorite champagne. Garnish with a fun flavored rock candy and some metallic gold and pink ribbon and let the festivities begin.

The Straight Shot

For the daring (fun, loud, awesome) couple, the Straight Shot is a straight shooter. Fill this personalized shoot glass with Vodka and top with a slice of tangy grapefruit and you’ve got yourself a straight shot drink.

The Coconut Kiss

Serve up a tropical delight in these sleek stemless flutes. Besides, cracking into those natural coconuts is definitely no walk on the beach. Fill flutes up with coconut martini and rim with some sweet coconut flakes and you have created your own tropical paradise.

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Simple yet sophisticated, your favorite chardonnay served in a stemless wine glass never goes out of style. But personalized just for you, that’s the piece de resistance! (Translation- the best!)

The Love Potion

With it’s creamy, dreamy flavor here is a seductive shooter your guests will find difficult to resist. The name says it all perfectly. With a dash of strawberry cream shooter and a pinch of candy for garnish you have the perfect recipe to go along with this tall shot glass.

The Red Romance

Nothing says “Best Day Ever” quite like this classic charmer. Tall, shapely and pretty all over, here’s a little number that is sure to get your guests talking. You can add a little romance to any event, with this personalized Twisted Stem Flute filled with grapefruit mimosa and garnished with a slice of grapefruit.

Can’t choose just one? Mix and match for a fun look.

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How To Add A Touch Of Winter To Your Wedding

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We can feel the chill in the air, which means Winter is almost upon us. With winter comes a magical winter wonderland just around the corner. Dressing up your décor for the occasion can be simple and today we are talking about how to add the perfect winter touches to your wedding décor.

Keep it simple.

Let the white of winter inspire your décor and stick to white and neutral tones. Add pops of winter greenery to really compliment the season.

Let it Sparkle

Try adding a bit of silver to your décor for that extra little holiday sparkle. Tis the season to give, so why not give your guests some extra bling this season with these cute silver diamond favor boxes.

Comfy And Cozy

 Winter is all about the warm & cozy, so why not implement this into your wedding décor. Knit patterns are a cute way to add the warmth of the season into your décor.

Warm up your guests with hot chocolate served in personalized mugs that your guests can take home to enjoy.

Add some candles to warm up the place from the chilly winter air and to add a bit of romance to your atmosphere.

From the Earth

Adding elements from nature can add that finishing touch to your décor. Antlers, pinecones, tree branches or earthy evergreens create a whimsical woodsy outdoor feel to your winter décor without being outdoors.

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DIY: Chalkboard Signs Part 2

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A few weeks ago we shared a DIY Chalkboard post by our Ambassador Lorrie Everitt from Creative Bag. Today we are continuing on the chalkboard topic with these large, decorative chalkboard chair signs. DIY projects like these chair signs are a great way to add a personal touch to your wedding decor. Use this step-by-step guide and template to create your very own chalkboard chair signs.

In addition we will also show you how to create paper flowers used to embellish the chair signs, to create your own DIY boho styled decor.

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The Supplies:

Large Decorative Chalkboard With White Frame
• Liquid Chalk Markers
• White transfer paper
• Pencil
• Painter’s Tape
• Scissors
• Print out with design/ text
Ribbon
• Tools to Punch Holes Into Chalkboard
• Water Mister
• Glue
Optional – Gold Craft Paint or Gold Paint Pen to decorate your flowers

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The Step by Step

Step 1:

Print and cut out the lettering for the signs. Position the lettering on the chalkboard so there will be space to add the paper flowers later. Use painter’s tape to hold the paper in place.

Step 2:

Place the white transfer paper with the chalky side down towards the chalkboard, as shown above, under the paper template. Use a pencil to trace the lettering onto the chalkboard.

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Your traced lettering will be very faint but you should be able to see the complete design before you remove the paper template.

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Using your traced image as a guide, fill in the lettering with a chalk marker. Once the chalk ink has dried you can easily remove any remaining tracing lines with a soft dry cloth.

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At this point you will want to add a couple of holes to the top of your chalkboard for hanging later. I used a craft punch that is suitable for wood and metal products.

Option: If you would like to add a gold touch to your chalkboard, like I did on the chair signs for the boho wedding, you can do that using gold craft paint or gold paint pens.

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Step 6:

Print the paper flowers template on the paper of your choice. Cut the flowers shapes out as shown above.

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To make the paper easier to work with, lightly mist each flower.

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The swirly flower shape will make a 3D floral shape. Start with the small outer end and begin to roll the paper as shown above. Continue to roll it until you almost reach the end. The wide inner edge will become the base of the flower. Allow the paper flower to dry.

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Once dry, glue the bottom of the rolled flower to the wide base so it will stay in place and lay flat. You don’t want the other floral shapes to be flat so while they are still a little wet, scrunch them up with you hand.

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After the floral pieces have dried completely you can glue them together however you would like. This will allow you to form larger, fuller flowers.

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Step 11:

I painted gold glitter paint on the edges of the petals of these white paper flowers for a different look.

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Step 12:

Glue the paper flowers to the top of the chalkboard just above your beautiful hand lettering.

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And finally, add a ribbon for hanging.

 

Download the flower & Lettering template here.

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Chalkboards come in a variety of shapes and sizes. Visit weddingstar.com for more chalkboard options and let your creativity run.
We’d love to see your completed chalkboard projects. Post your pictures on Instagram and use the hashtag #weddingstar or tag us @weddingstar so we can find them.
Credits:

Styled boho wedding vendors:
Photography by Attakat
Wedding cake & Baked goods by Cakelaine
Chalkboard Hand Lettering Love Lettering
Floral arrangements by Periwinkle Flowers
Vintage tableware from The Perfect Table
Shot on location at The Warehouse Event Venue in Toronto

DIY Photography & Styling credit- Lorrie Everitt

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