The WS Stylist Series – Part 3: Grooms Get Styled

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Alright grooms, this one’s just for you! With the next installment in our WS Stylist Series, see the first two features here and here, we figured it’s high time we focus on the man of the hour. Because as important as a bride is on her wedding day, let’s face it, she would be nowhere without her best accessory, her groom. To ensure you look nothing but stylish and sharp while in the spotlight with your bride, we’ve got the top tips for selecting your tailored wedding look straight from the subject matter experts, the stylists at Toronto’s leading menswear store, Gotstyle.

Top 9 Tips for Selecting Your Wedding Suit

1. Don’t Rent. Buy. In order to look your best on the big day, shopping off the rack or made-to-measure suiting is the best way to go. Rented suits are cut for the overall fit of every body type. Sleeves are often too long, waistbands are synched with buckles and sloppy pant hems are pretty much a given. Invest in a suit of your own for your big day that’ll also keep as a long term addition to your wardrobe.

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2. The Perfect Fit. The most important thing to think about when buying a suit for your wedding is fit. Just because it is trimmed with lapels you like or is graced with a ticket pocket doesn’t mean it’s the right look for you. Every body is different. Purchasing a suit that fits your body type is the key to keeping you comfortable and feeling good on your big day.

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3. Let Your Personality Shine. Your wedding is a day you want to present the best version of who you are. Really like the look of a double-breasted suit but haven’t had the opportunity to wear one? Feel more comfortable in trousers and a blazer? Now’s the time to show your personal style. Your wedding attire should be an extension of who you are when you’re at your very best.

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4. Color Conscious. Classic charcoal, crisp navy and breathtaking black are all wonderful options for a wedding suit that can easily work back into your daily wardrobe, but don’t be afraid to go with something bold. Your wedding is a wonderful opportunity to be adventurous. Try a non-traditional color choice such as light grey, burgundy or even electric blue to really get the attention of your family and friends.

5. The Tricks of Tailoring. Once you’ve selected a suit that matches your personality and fits your frame, the final step to perfect fit is alterations. All true gentlemen work with a tailor to tweak any minor adjustment that may be needed to an off the rack suit. Alterations are necessary to perfecting your wedding wear.

6. Detailed Decorations. Accessories are a wonderful way to incorporate your personality or even your wedding theme into your look. Tie bars or rings, lapel pins and suspenders are standout additions, while colored socks or shoelaces have become a wedding staple. For something really special, play with your look throughout the day. Go with a traditional tie during the ceremony and then switch it out for something fun like a patterned bow tie for the reception.

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7. Pattern Play. A wedding is arguably the most festive of occasions and always an opportunity to celebrate. Wearing a printed tie, a shirt with a pattern, or even a whimsical pocket square are simple adjustments that will take your suit from business to pleasure. The more fashion forward groom can go as bold as to wear a printed suit in a windowpane or glen check fabric.

8. Conform to the Code. A simple way to alleviate wedding day wardrobe stress is to dress to the code suggested for your guests. If you’re having a casual summer wedding consider wearing a blazer and trousers or a linen suit without a tie. A cocktail dress code pairs perfectly with a shawl collar jacket and tuxedo pant. By following the dress code you eliminate other wardrobe options that can make selecting a wedding outfit complicated.

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9. Master of the Mismatch. The final and perhaps least obvious tip is this, the bride does not wear the same dress as the bridesmaids, nor should the groom have to wear the same look as the groomsmen. Differentiating yourself from your groomsmen can be as simple as choosing a different colored tie or adding a vest, to something as unique as wearing a light blue suit while your groomsmen sport navy. It’s your day. Don’t be shy to stand out and enjoy!

About Gotstyle

With more than eight years of experience helping the men of Toronto find modern, refined looks for every occasion, GOTSTYLE™ has become known as a leading figure in Canadian menswear. They are committed to providing the most inclusive shopping experience, fulfilling every client’s unique requirements in terms of style, tailoring and grooming. Retail locations house edgy, well-edited collections that encompass business, casual, formal and social looks to help make any man a sartorial star.

Last But Not Least

Join us next Friday for the final installment in our Stylist Series, our jewellery feature, showcasing some of the most stunning pieces you’ve ever seen!

xoxo.

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Selecting a Wedding Reception Venue: Top 15 Things to Consider

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Here‘s how you don‘t want to choose your reception venue, “eeny meeny miny moe”. As the hub for your wedding day and the biggest part of your budget spend, you want to make sure that your selected venue space meets all your wedding needs and expectations. And considering how many options there are out there, navigating through them efficiently is mission critical. Is it a challenge? Absolutely. Do you need to stress about it. Not with our handy checklist! Here are the top 15 things you want to consider in making your final decision as to where you’re going to be spending your big day.

The Venue Selection Checklist

1. Your Budget. Before you even step out the door on your search for the perfect spot, sit down and figure out how much you can and are willing to spend on your wedding. Don’t forget to include into the equation all the spend outside of the venue cost itself, i.e. photography, planning, entertainment, decor, etc. The average total budget usually works out to double your venue spend, and that’s just to cover the standards.

2. Your Expected Guest Count. Understanding your expected guest count upfront is important. Consider only venues that can meet your capacity requirements comfortably, while leaving room for all other logistical needs, like a designated dance floor.

3. Experience. How long has your venue been in business? How long has the current Management been in place? Given how much spend goes into your venue rental, you want to book with a space that comes with a strong reputation and experienced Management. Ask for referrals from previous couples and do your due diligence by searching for online reviews.

4. Fine Print. Before getting excited about a space carefully review their entire venue offering. Don’t be afraid to ask to see a contract to read through all the fine print. Assess what’s included with your package and what’s extra. If you’re on a tight budget look for a place that offers all your standard reception needs, like tables, chairs, linens and dinnerware. If you have a substantial budget and are looking for a customized event ensure the space will allow you to bring in all your own rentals at no additional fee.

5. Exclusive Vendors. Find out upfront if the venue has a list of exclusive vendors, especially if you’re considering a customized event. An exclusive vendor list means you are limited to selecting suppliers the venue has partnered with, with no option to bring in your own resources. If outside catering falls under restricted selection, do some research into the caterers in question.

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6. Permits. Are any special permits required to hold your event? If so, are you responsible for managing the process or will the venue handle it on your behalf and charge back the cost to you? Common permits include photography and alcohol serving permits.

7. Restrictions. Are there any event related restrictions you should know about? Whether it be an early end time, noise constraints or restricted candle use, make sure you are aware of all the things you can and can’t do on the day of.

8. Construction. Are there any plans for venue updates or upgrades? If so find out when they are scheduled to occur and when they will be complete. The last thing you want is for any part of the space to be under construction on the day of your wedding.

9. Neighbors. Take a look to see who or what resides around the venue. Is it something that could potentially impact your event? For example, if you’re planning an outdoor event and the venue of interest is near an airport make sure you’re familiar with the noise levels you can expect on your wedding day.

10. Style or Theme Fit. Does the overall look of the space fit the style or theme you’re planning for your wedding? Consider the color scheme throughout the space and make note of the flooring / carpet and all permanent fixtures. If these things don’t work with your target style consider moving on. It costs a lot of money to transform the look of a space.

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11. Onsite Coordinator. Is there an onsite resource who will be responsible for your event from start to finish? If so make sure you meet with this person before signing the contract, to ensure you’re comfortable with their personal offering. An onsite coordinator is someone you’ll spend a lot of time with and who’ll play an integral part in making sure your day comes together as planned.

12. Space Exclusivity. Will your event be the only one hosted within the space that day? Ideally you want complete exclusivity of a space and its resources. If multiple event accommodating venues are something you’re considering, assess what areas will have to be shared, i.e. entrances and bathrooms.

13. Outdoor Venue. Indoor Option. If you’re planning an outdoor wedding assess what the indoor backup plan is in case weather becomes a factor. If the answer is a tent, confirm who will be responsible for arranging for one and any additional rental requirements that come with it. Remember to factor in the additional cost of the backup plan into your budget.

14. The Extras. Review all the extras that a space offers that others may not. Pay special consideration to locations that can accommodate an onsite ceremony in a designated area, as well as one that has a great spot for your wedding photos. Minimizing travel from location to location on your wedding day always goes a long way in how successfully the day pans out and how stress free it is.

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15. Plan Your Visit. Before going to any venue visits take the time to think through all the things that are most important to you for your wedding day as a whole and from your selected wedding venue. Write down any questions that come to mind, remembering no question is too silly.

Happy Planning!

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Wedding Reception Tips: 7 Must See Custom Seating Displays

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There are seating plans, a must do at every wedding, and then there are inspired displays of creativity that just so happen to also guide guests to where they need to go. And it’s the latter that bring to an … Continue reading 

Product Spotlight: Tailored Table Numbers

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.

xoxo.

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Wedding Inspiration: Bridal Bouquets

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gorgeous gardenia
feature stems: white gardenias, sea holly, cascade of plumosa fern and pearls

Hydrangeas. Garden Roses. Dusty Miller. Calla Lilies. Orchids. Just to name a few. What do all these have in common? They’re all sensational stems that make for breathtaking bridal bouquets. And although bouquets are best left in the hands of a floral pro (with the exception of a couple faux wonders we’ll share with you today), you’ll certainly want to play a role in the creation of yours. To help you decide what’s best suited for you, we’re sharing some of our favorite bundled beauties from our very own past creative shoots, complete with a few tips on what else you’ll want to consider in your selection beyond just the visual.

 

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feature stems: pink hydrangea, pink garden roses and dusty miller

Tip #1: Before deciding on your bridal bouquet you’ll first want to map out your overall wedding day design, including the color palette. Your bouquet should work with the big picture but have a twist to it that’s unique to you, i.e. incorporate a floral variety that compliments the rest of your arrangements but doesn’t show up anywhere else.

 

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opulent orchids
feature stems: red mokara orchids

Tip #2: Take into consideration both the style of your gown as well as your body shape. Your bouquet should work proportionally with both. A professional florist will be able to offer up guidance on the arrangement type that will work best for you.

 

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sophisticated callas
feature stems: calla lilies wrapped in lily grass

Tip #3: If on a budget make sure to select floral varieties that are in season during the month you’re getting married, i.e. Tulips in April and Peonies in June. Also consider going with large bloom varieties to minimize the number of stems without cutting into overall impact.

 

garden rose bridal bouquet

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feature stems: white o’hara garden roses, silver brunia, white scabiosa, blushing bride protea, chocolate cosmos, stephanotis, succulents and dusty miller

Tip #4: Remember to factor in the weather, especially if having an outdoor wedding. Select floral varieties and arrangements that can stand the heat, can be out of water for an extended period of time, and those that’ll keep in strong winds. Whenever possible, have your stems water picked.

 

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feature stems: white peonies

Tip #5: If you have a sensitivity to strong smells, let your florist know. Some floral varieties, like gardenias and freesias, give off strong fragrances that although lovely can irritate those susceptible to select scents.

 

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feature stems: purple and blue hydrangea

Tip #6: If planning to do a traditional bouquet toss at your reception ask your florist to create a throw away bouquet. These are small, fit to theme, inexpensive bundles that allow you to hold onto your bouquet for as long as possible.

 

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feature stems: ruffled fabric flowers

Tip #7: If for whatever reason you don’t want to use real flowers, or if you want to turn your bouquet into a wedding day keepsake, don’t be afraid to go faux. With gorgeous options like the DIY beauty above and the stunning couture style brooch bouquet below, you won’t be cutting any corners as far as impact goes.

 

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haute couture
featured here: couture brooch bridal bouquet

Want More?

For more bridal bouquet inspiration check out our Bling Bridal Bouquets post and our Wedding Bouquet Pinterest board.

And we would love to know which is your fave! Leave a comment to let us know.

xoxo.

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Wedding Design Spotlight: Cambium Farms Open House

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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!

 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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stylist tip: group mini tealights and mini vases together for a sweet decorative touch.

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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

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featured here: vintage inspired stationery holder
stylist tip: infusing your design into all the little decorative details makes for the ultimate big picture.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

Wedding Planning Essentials: The Reception Checklist

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If there’s one thing that’s essential to a successful wedding planning process it’s the habit of keeping lists. There are just way too many elements that go into planning a wedding to attempt winging it as you go or working from memory. Try it and you’re sure to get lost in all the details. Luckily there are plenty of monthly planning checklists readily available online  to help you work through the process. What’s harder to come by is a comprehensive list of the essentials you need to source to pull off the big party. But not to worry. We’ve got you covered! Here’s the rundown of the basics you need to consider for your wedding reception, along with some on trend examples of each. Happy Planning!

The Essentials Checklist:

  • Seating Chart, Escort Cards or Place Cards
  • Table Numbers
  • Guest Book and Pen
  • Wishing Well
  • Cake Topper
  • Cake Serving Set
  • Toasting Flutes

Seating Plan

Unless you’re having a very small and intimate dinner party style reception, a seating plan is a must. Guide your guests to their seats with either a creative seating chart fit to theme or beautifully displayed escort cards. Take it one step further by assigning seating at each table with the use of a place card in a lovely little holder.

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featured here: custom seating chart created using the open ornate vintage inspired frame and diy escort cards

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featured here: diy escort cards created using burlap wrap by the roll and miniature ornate hanger clips

Table Numbers

A well thought through seating plan is for nothing without a well marked table. Most venues provide a standard table number option you can use, but check with them to make sure. To elevate the look consider using a custom table number, fit perfectly to your event design.

Guest Book

Some traditions are well worth keeping. Create an instant wedding keepsake by incorporating a guest book into your reception where all who attend can leave their permanent mark and well wishes.

Wishing Well

Want the sentimental keepsake offering a guest book provides but looking for a bit more creativity in the display? If so consider a uniquely designed Wishing Well where guest’s notes are marked on custom cards.

Cake Topper and Serving Set

Finish off your beautiful cake with an equally gorgeous cake topper. Pick something that either represents you as a couple, or go for something fit to theme. And remember a cake knife and server set for the sweet tradition of the cake cutting.

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Toasting Flutes

Don’t forget one of the best reigning wedding traditions, the toasting of the two of you as the new Mr. and Mrs. Pick a stylish set of flutes that you’ll enjoy time and again after the big day.

Ready to Shop?

If you’re ready to get your reception essentials shopping started, we’ve compiled everything you see here (and more) into an easy to shop checklist. You can download your copy right here and when you’re ready visit the Reception section of weddingstar.com for 100s of accessory options.
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xoxo.

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Wedding Planning Tips: Ceremony Program 101

A common question that comes up in the planning process, specifically in the selection of wedding day stationery, is “do I need a ceremony program?”. The short answer, no. It’s not a must have like the invite, RSVP or thank you card. But does it make for a really nice touch for the ceremony? Absolutely. To help you decide whether or not to include one, here’s a rundown of the basics of its role and benefit, and what to include if you opt to use one.

Why to Use One

There are plenty of good reasons to use a program but number one comes down to the guest experience. Providing your guests with a ceremony program, no matter how simple or complex in content, allows them to follow along and get involved. Like a personalized guide to the most important aspect of your wedding day, outlining those key pieces you find most meaningful, the program helps your guests feel better connected to the ceremony and to you as a couple.

What to Include

Start with the Basics. Your names, the location and the date make up the given standard. Beyond that, for a simple program all you need is an outline of the key activities that will make up your ceremony, i.e. your processional, the signing, any readings and the recessional. Consider marking these moments on the program by listing your song selection for each. For a more complex program, ideal for religious ceremonies or those including cultural traditions, make note of all significant rituals, including a brief outline of their relevance to you and your ceremony.

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Who to Call Out

Listing out all bridal party members is another basic program inclusion. It honors their special involvement in your wedding day and acts as an introduction for guests who may not know them. Both sets of parents should of course be included, whether just in name or within a special Thank You note. Deceased loved ones can  also be honored with a memorial mention.

When to Order

Because the program is a “day of” stationery piece it generally finds itself on the “Three Months Prior To” list. Most of the details you’ll want to include are not usually ironed out any earlier than within that planning time frame. That said, take the time prior to the three month mark to confirm that the source or vendor you plan on using will be able to meet your turn around time.

Where to Get One

Naturally your best bet is the same supplier that you used for your wedding day invitation suite. They are best suited to keep a consistency in the design of all your stationery pieces. Should your invitation supplier not be available, or if you’re looking for another resource who can offer a complimentary design, use a trusted online source like weddingstar.com.

Interested in Browsing Some Ceremony Program Options?

Visit the Ceremony Program section of weddingstar.com for 50+ program designs.

xoxo.

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Wedding Planning Tips: Welcome Table How-To

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First impressions are everything. And weddings are no exception. Start your reception off on the right note by greeting your guests with a well planned Welcome Table for your cocktail hour. Not sure what to incorporate? Follow this simple ‘How-To’ for your foolproof tablescape layout.

Cheers to Good Times

Arguably a cardinal rule for any wedding, a signature drink is the perfect way to set the tone for your wedding reception. Impress your guests by making it subtly fit to your theme and color scheme. Get original with your choice of glassware and accessorize wherever possible.

retro wedding ideas

red wedding ideas

featured here: oval plastic tub personalized with a candy colorful design diecut label

Downtime Fun

If not planned properly a ‘cocktail hour’ can feel like a ‘cocktail never-ending night’! Help your guests pass the time by keeping them occupied with conversation starting eye candy. Consider featuring a creative guestbook alternative where guests can leave you their well wishes.

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Keep the Momentum Going

Never leave your guests unsure of what to do or where to go next. Guide your guests to their dinner seats with a well laid out display. If logistics permit, use a seating chart for its ease of reference.

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Send Off

You started things off with a great first impression, now end them off on a high note with a thoughtful gift for guests. Skip the expected boxed chocolate favor and give them something they’ll enjoy long after your day is done.

retro themed wedding ideas

Want More?

For additional creative reception ideas come back to the blog this coming Wednesday for a simple and super pretty paper straw DIY feature. 

xoxo.

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3 Easy Steps to a Simple {and Enjoyable} Wedding Planning Experience

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If wedding statistics are correct and December is in fact the most popular month to get engaged, I have a feeling there are a lot of brides out there right now, iPads in hand, magazines laid out, and brows furrowed, not knowing where to begin the oh so daunting wedding planning process. If you’re one of those brides then this post should not be missed! What follows is a breakdown of the planning process into three key steps, paving the way for an easy and enjoyable wedding planning experience.

Wedding Planning – Step 1: Start with You.

The best place to begin your planning journey is with you (and your groom of course!). Consider your personal styles and the things that appeal to you most. From fashion, to favourite colors, even your home décor, basing your wedding design on who you are will make the planning process a natural one.

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Wedding Planning – Step 2: Go Big. Then Get Serious!  

The start of the planning process is where you want to take the opportunity to soak in all the possibilities. Start with the big picture and using all available wedding planning resources, print magazines, Pinterest, even other brides, pull together every single idea that catches your eye. But only allow yourself to do so for a few weeks. Then it’s time to get serious!

Pouring over all the options you’ll very quickly find repeating design concepts and color palettes. When you do, commit to the things that pull you in most and set aside those that, although lovely, muddle things up. It’s a big world of inspiration out there, with plenty of options. Committing to your wedding design early on avoids a lot of unnecessary stress.

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Wedding Planning – Step 3: Refine and Personalize.  

Now that you know what you want there’s nothing stopping you from going after all the little details you need to pull your wedding design together. Start the sourcing, booking and buying early on. It’s the details that infuse you and your hubby-to-be into the event. They personalize your wedding in such a way that it can only be yours. The last thing you want to do is leave these essential details to the end of your planning process.

vintage wedding theme inspiration, design details

vintage wedding theme tablescape

vintage wedding design details

bride and groom embracing

That’s it. It’s really that simple. No Step 4! That doesn’t mean that the planning process isn’t a big time investment that requires commitment. But if you approach it the right way from the start, your wedding planning journey is guaranteed to be an incredible one.

If you love what you’ve seen here and want to make it yours, visit the vintage theme section of the Weddingstar website to shop the entire look.

xoxo.
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