DIY Wedding Wednesday: The Candy Bar

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Looking for something sweet to treat your guests with? Candy bars are a great way to help celebrate your big day. The pop of color, design and of course the tasty treats make it a fun addition to any wedding. They are also a great way to add a personal touch to your reception. Use these tips to help create your own Candy Bar that your guests are sure to enjoy!

Stage Your Candy Bar!

It is all about presentation! Stage your table with containers of various heights, tallest at the back for easy access to all items on the table. By using large, clear jars to display your candy, it makes it effortless for your guests to scoop the sweet treats. Trays for smaller candy can be put in front to vary your Candy Bar décor and give it that extra little touch.

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Pick Your Treats!

Choose a variety of candy types such as bulk and individually packaged candy. Have grab n’ go items available. Some of our favorite options are filled mini gumball machines and chocolate bars. Want to make it your own? Pick candy colors and types to match your theme or personality.

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Takeaways

Having favor boxes or containers available is a must! This allows your guests to take as much or as little candy as they want. Your guests can also take a treat home for later to remember the occasion. Make it even more special by customizing the container with a personalized label or tag.

It’s All In The Details!

Incorporating signage on your table can help your guests pick and choose with ease. Don’t forget the scoops and napkins to avoid those sticky fingers. Personalize the napkins with a unique message to your guests.

Use these sweet tips and you’re sure to create a personalized Candy Bar that your guests will love!

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Style Spotlight: Vagabond Romance

Today we are excited to share one of our Ambassador’s photoshoots that was featured in the 2016 Weddingstar magazine! Alexandra McNamara of Blush and Bowties pulled together a stunning, bohemian wedding full of free-spirited, romantic details that has us all swooning. From naked cakes to caravans to one stunning couple, here’s some serious inspiration to fuel your wanderlust.

Style Spotlight: Vagabond Romance
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Vagabond Romance Glamping Bride and Groom

featured above: Ceramic Bottle: Lavender Motif | Cake Topper: Porcelain Poppy Blooms | Lantern: Stainless Steel with Glass Panels

Vagabond Romance Mini Suitcase with Paper Airplane Wishing Well Stationery Vagabond Romance Bride Bohemian Jewelry Detail
Vagabond Romance Place Setting Inspiration
Vagabond Romance Drink Stationery with Copper Mugs

featured above: Wishing Well: Mini Suitcase | Paper Airplanes: Wishing Well Stationery | Stationery Holder: Vintage Inspired | Pillar Candle Holder: Vintage Inspired | Mug: Moscow Mule | Glass Beverage Dispenser: Apothecary Style | Drawer: Vintage Inspired | Ornate Box: Vintage Inspired | Glass Bottle Set: Decorative

Feather Whimsy Stationery Collection Details
Vagabond Romance Groom Boutenierre Detail Vagabond Romance Ivory Classic Birdcage Detail as Centerpiece
Vagabond Romance Couple with Vintage Caravan Trailer

featured above: Stationery: Feather Whimsy Collection | Birdcage: Classic Round Decorative Ivory | Votive Holders: Vintage Inspired

See wedding style spotlights + more in our Weddingstar Magazine available here or on a newsstand near you.

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Credits:

Event and Floral Design by Alexandra McNamara, Planner, Owner + Creative Director, Blush and Bowties / Photography by LV Imagery / Wedding Gown by Violet Crown Vintage / Cake by Custom Desserts by Michelle / Caravans by Sweet Vintage Caravan Co. / Location by Sagewood Farm / Furniture, Dinnerware and Suitcases by Style Me Vintage / Jewelry by Spark and Thistle / Hair and Makeup by Amy Harper Makeup / Models Katie Odegaard and Greg Van Niekerk

Put Your Name On It: Personalization 101

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Personalization is a key element to creating a look for your wedding that is entirely unique to you. Whether it is the addition of your names, monogram or wedding date, every element adds an extra special touch to your décor. Here’s a sneak peek into the ways in which we create beautiful, personalized products that help make your wedding the best day ever!

Glass Printing

Using a technique called Pad Printing (otherwise known as tampography), our in house production team take a printed 2-D image and apply it to glassware with a sponge-like pad. The image is printed onto this pad, then the glass is pressed down into it allowing the pad to wrap around the glass and impose the printed design onto it. We use this technique for glassware favors such as mason jars, wine glasses, shot glasses and more!

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Digital Printing

Otherwise known as flat printing, we have an in-house print department that produces all of our stationery, stickers, clings, printed envelopes and even printed goodie bags using a high tech digital printer. Our personalization suite allows you to provide all the information your guests will need on your invitations, and with so many stationery collections to choose from you can be sure to find one that matches your style.

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UV Printing

Using a state-of-the-art ultraviolet printer, this is how we produce all of our printed aisle runners and photo backdrops. Ultraviolet (UV) printing simply means we use UV inks that dry with the help of UV light, instead of traditional inks that dry by allowing chemicals to evaporate over time.

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Heat Pressing

With the help of an industrial heat press, we apply a printed 2-D printed designs to acrylic cake toppers, handkerchiefs and tote bags. We also personalize our burlap aisle runners and table runners this way but because the fibers can interfere with the heat press, we personalize each of those by hand using irons. This way we can ensure your product’s personalization lasts and always looks fabulous!

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Foil Stamping

When you order a set of napkins from Weddingstar, you will receive them foil-stamped with your design of choice. You can take your customization one step further by selecting one of our 26 popular color choices! Personalized napkins are a popular trend for weddings and other events such as holidays, birthdays, baby showers, bridal showers and even anniversaries. The addition of foil to our napkins adds another level of luxe. This method can also be applied to our paper goodie bags, ribbon our are brand new faux leather compact mirrors.

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Looking for the perfect personalized napkin for your special event? See all our designs here.

Laser Cut Detailing

Most commonly used with our acrylic or wood veneer signs and cake toppers, this technique allows us to create unique designs in a variety of styles. Our in house design team creates custom designs that are then programmed into to our laser cutting machine. When we receive your order and specialized design, this machine will cut the design out of a solid sheet of acrylic or wood veneer, creating a one-of-a-kind piece just for you on your wedding day!

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Laser Engraving

Laser engraving is a similar process to laser cutting, except that the power of the beam is less such that it does not cut right through the material. The result of this is a permanent personalized etch into either our wood, metal, leather, acrylic or glass products. Our laser engraved products not only add to your wedding décor, but they make wonderful keepsakes in your home for years to come.

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Embroidery

Embroidery adds another level of prestige to products such as chair banners, hankies and our soon-to-arrive tote bags and silky robes. Industrial embroidery machines allow us to produce multiple orders at one time, as this is a very popular option with our brides. Get an embroidered item for yourself or share the love! Embroidered items make wonderful gifts for your bridesmaids and really show how much you care.

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Weddingstar Quiz: What’s most important to you? Prioritizing your wedding

 

Quiz: What are your priorities

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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2015 Wedding Trend Predictions

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To say that I’m excited about today’s post would be an understatement. I am elated! Not only do I get to share some early insights into what’s trending for 2015 weddings, something I know brides everywhere are after, I also get to release the first exclusive sneak peek into the visual content from the upcoming issue of Weddingstar magazine. And that content is oh so very lovely! I get to share these two topics together because it’s with trending wedding design insight that the magazine was pulled together. Brimming at the binding with inspirational imagery and ideas, with something for every couple and wedding theme covered, this soon to be released issue is bound to be the go-to resource for 2015 weddings. So without further delay, let’s bring on the pretty!

2015 Trend #1. The Bohemian Takeover

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It’s not a coincidence this one is at the top of our list. From authentic ethereal design concepts to luxe interpretations, brides everywhere are going after the Boho look. It’s a trend that we saw make a big mark in 2014 and it’s certain to takeover as the top trend for 2015. What you’ll find in the pages of the magazine is a design that blends the traditional with the luxurious, introducing a level of grandeur and a touch of elegance. You’ll see the best of the Boho concepts mixed with a slight sense of the formality that every wedding deserves.

2015 Trend #2. Introducing Industrial Chic

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2015 is trending to see a shift to the informal as far as overall wedding designs go. Like one big dinner party, family seating, inviting earthy tones and sophisticated designs will rule. And it’s this issue’s Industrial Chic feature that embodies the concept to a T. Textured and sleek, mature and modern, this feature will be a hit with any bride looking for a big city wedding without all the fuss. But with its casual but polished details, its appeal will span across weddings as a whole.

2015 Trend #3. Romance in Color

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From dusty purples, pale blues and soft greens to pastel peaches and pinks, 2015 wedding colors will revive the deeply rooted notions of the romantic, the whimsical, and the feminine. Soft palettes and delicate design details will come together to create breathtakingly beautiful events. Smokey grey will also make regular appearances as both a main and an accent color.

2015 Trend #4. The Reign of Rustic

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A continually strong wedding theme, Rustic will maintain a presence on the 2015 wedding scene. But beyond traditional theme and design interpretations, Rustic accents will also make appearances in unconventional places. Pair Rustic arrangements with a Classic tablescape, like what you’ll find was created for the upcoming issue’s Classic feature, for a touch of ease to an otherwise formal display.

2015 Trend #6. Oh The Details

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2015 weddings may be seeing a shift to the informal, but that certainly doesn’t mean designs will be thrown together at whim. Quite the opposite. Wedding design details are bound to get even more intricate than ever before. And that’s exactly what you’ll find on every single page of the next issue of the Weddingstar magazine. Stunning detail upon detail, meant to inspire and fulfill your every wedding wish.

There’s More. Much More.

Can’t wait for the December release of the magazine? Join us every Monday for the next 5 weeks as we continue to release more sneak peeks into all the amazing new content that’s waiting to be discovered, with our grand finale the Top 15 for 2015, featuring the incredible products that’ll get you the looks you’ll see and love.

xoxo.

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Weddingstar News: A New Look. A New Wedding Shopping Experience.

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For those of you who know Weddingstar you know that its seen a lot of changes over the last 18 months. From a complete revamp of the Weddingstar print magazine to the redesign of The Details Blog, every single change has been made to better the wedding planning and shopping experience for brides everywhere. And today we’re thrilled to announce yet another improvement to the Weddingstar offering, the launch of a new Homepage. Here’s an inside look into all the great new features.

Shop by Theme

Because we understand how brides want to shop. Are you in love with all things Vintage, Art Deco, Shabby Chic or Woodland {just to name a few} and want your wedding to reflect it? Now you can directly shop all the wedding accessories perfectly suited to your theme. It just got a lot easier to get the look you love.

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Get Inspired

We appreciate how hard it is to decide on a wedding theme and design. If you’re still working through your personal quest to find the perfect look for your big day, get inspired with some window shopping of the Top Pinned products or connect to the latest planning tips and DIY projects from The Details Blog.

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What’s Hot and New

If you’re already familiar with the Weddingstar product offering or simply want to shop only the latest on trend wedding accessories, the “New” navigation feature will be your go to spot. With product categories organized for an easy shopping experience, you’ll find exactly what you want in no time.

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Want More of the New Look?

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Visit weddingstar.com to see all the new Homepage content, the improved wedding shopping experience and to get connected to all the inspirational content Weddingstar has to offer.

xoxo.

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What’s Your Bridal Style: A Girl & Her Table {The Series}

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Happy Monday! It’s the start of a new week and we’re over-the-moon excited to be launching a new blog series. Taking cue from all the great feedback we’ve received on the Bridal Style approach to this year’s issue of Weddingstar magazine, we’ve decided to use our blog to expand on and explore the styles in all their pretty details. We’ll be breaking it all down to somewhat of a science, showing how personal style translates into a wedding design, in hopes that it’ll spark inspiration for all the brides who have yet to define their wedding style.

We’re calling the series A Girl & Her Table and because we’re in the depths of a long cold winter and in need of a serious pick me up, we’re starting the series with a punch of color and a dose of sunshine. With the Beach Boys playing in the background, and Twizzlers scattered across our inspiration boards, we introduce you to our…

Candy Colorful Bride! 

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Her Style Personality

Quirky, fun and free-spirited. With a permanent smile on her face, there’s no mistaking a candy colorful bride. Her style is eccentric and distinct and she’s not afraid to play around with new trends. She’s likely to go with an unconventional choice of wedding dress and is guaranteed to have some fun with her accessories.

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She Likes

Entertaining friends and family, all things retro and keeping things casual. Bright and bold colors, polka dots and flowers galore!

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color palette inspiration for a retro themed wedding

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She Has to Have

A  Candy Colorful bride knows that the way to the perfect wedding design is through distinct decorative details and accessories. Her wedding needs to be as unique as she is, and she’ll take the time to personalize each piece so that it is. Here are some of her Must Have wedding accessories.

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pint-sized perfection
featured here: signature drink personalized with candy colorful stationary – small sticker,
polka dot paper straws and
laser expressions paper slides

over-sized gumball machine shaped wishing well

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featured here: novelty gumball machine canister shown as a wishing well and
candy colorful stationary – small round cards

retro themed popcorn guest favors

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featured here: caramel popcorn guest favors in novelty popcorn cartons and
clear cellophane bags with personalized insert

retro themed bride and groom seat signage

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featured here: personalized polka dot bunting banner

Are You A Candy Colorful Bride?

If you’ve finished reading this post thinking this could be you, it’s time for a little more inspiration! Pick up a copy of the Weddingstar print magazine to explore the Candy Colorful feature in full and shop the entire look on Weddingstar.com.

xoxo.

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Happy Valentine’s Day: Our Little {Wedding} Gift to You

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It’s Valentine’s Day and we’re celebrating our love for all our followers, readers, customers and industry friends. We’re doing it by sharing some exciting news! As many of you may have noticed, we’ve been undergoing some major changes at Weddingstar over the last several months. We’ve completely redesigned the look of our newsstand publication, added some incredible new decorative wedding accessories to our lineup and most recently changed the look of our blog. It’s all in line with our mission to improve the wedding planning experience and we’re not done just yet!

That Little Gift We Promised.

To ensure we’re doing all that we can for our brides and loyal followers, we’ve decided to completely revamp the content on our blog. From here on in we will be providing our readers with all the wedding planning essentials every bride needs to know, including insider tips on how to “make it yours”.

From wedding theme inspirations…

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to color & theme story boards…

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{photo credits, from left to bottom right:rachel ashwell shabby chic via pinterest, lifeimages photography, blog.esther.com.au via pinterest, oscar de la renta via harpersbazaar.com.au}

to some amazing DIY posts (new post every Wednesday!)… 

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We’re certain you’ll love all the details we have in store for you! With that, we leave you with tons of Happy Valentine’s Day wishes. Enjoy your personal celebrations and we’ll see you back here on Monday with the first official post from our brand new series.

xoxo.

Kasia

Inspiration: Under the Sea

Yea – it’s finally Friday! And, I want to help you guys kick off the start of your weekend with some fabulous summertime inspiration with today’s brand new theme board, Under the Sea! With touches of nautical charm and seaside splendor, today’s board has ideas and inspirations for every kind of sea-loving bride and groom. From an all out sea-faring bash to a demure yet nautical inspired celebration, I promise you’ll find a host of great ideas for your own upcoming wedding. Landlubbers beware, it’s time for an ocean of adventure – enjoy!

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