Top Wedding Trends We Love

Planning your wedding and want to make sure you’re incorporating all the latest trends? There is an endless amount of inspiration out there, which can become overwhelming. We’ve created a list of the top wedding trends we love and wouldn’t want you to miss!

1. A Touch of Gold

The inherent warmth of glimmering gold is a trend that is here to stay. With its universal appeal, touches of gold will be equally at home no matter what your wedding style and theme is.

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2. Fun Food Setups

When entertaining, food is a key ingredient. Provide a feast for not only the palate but the eyes too. Consider the overall color scheme as well as the serve ware.

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photo credit: Jessilyn Wong Photography

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photo credit: Rhythm Photography

3. Cool Gifts For The Kids

Gift your flower girl a pretty pink floral robe to match you and your girls. This mini version is so adorable and she will love dressing up to match.

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featured above: Tween Silky Kimono Robe- Pink Floral

Customized to include his name, gift your ring bearer a personalized shirt. Great for the rehearsal or getting ready with the guys, chances are, your adorable ring bearer will be the center of attention and in many photos too. Shop more kids gift ideas at Weddingstar.

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featured above: Personalized Ring Bearer T-Shirt 

4. Balloons Down The Aisle

Balloons at weddings are back. Switch out the traditional petal toss and ring pillow with jumbo round balloons. Your youngest attendants will love making a grand entrance and this unexpected touch is sure to make your guests smile.

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5. Unique Guest Books

Put an imaginative twist on the conventional guest book. With the help of your guests, create a unique record that will become a sentimental piece of art for your home or a keepsake box packed with hand written well wishes that will be a lasting reminder of the happy day when your journey began.

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featured above: Phantom Wishing Well Acrylic Box- Greenery Printing

6. Hanging Accents

Aerial displays are a popular way to add visual interest to your décor. Paper lanterns are budget friendly, available in a rainbow of colors and simple to use.

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featured above: Hot Air Balloon Paper Lantern Set , Watermelon Round Paper Lantern- Gold

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Top Groomsmen Gift Ideas

It has come time to buy the gifts for your wedding party. You’ve checked off the greatest gifts for all your bridesmaids, but not quite sure what to get for the guys? Well, we have you covered! Here are our top trending gifts for your groomsmen, with something for every style that they are sure to love.

1.  Beer Glasses

Ideal for any guy who likes to kick back with a cold one when he’s ready to relax. Choose a glass that suits each groomsmen’s style and customize for a meaningful gift that they will use over and over again.

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featured above: Double Walled Beer Glass, Can Shaped Glass, Giant Engraved Beer Glass, Engraved Glass Beer Mug, Etched Glass Beer Mug

2. Flasks

A flask is one of those items that every guy likes to have, especially for an important occasion like a wedding!  You can personalize each flask for each member of the wedding party with their names or initials.

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3. Water Bottles

For those always on the go, what better gift to give than a personalized water bottle!

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featured above: Personalized Chrome Water Bottle-Custom Monogram Print

4. Cooler Chair

Great for the outdoors type, surprise them with a personalized cooler chair they can take with to the beach, ballgame or camping. They’ll always have a few cool drinks and a place to sit.

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5. Personalized Beer Caddy

Fill this unique caddy with bottles of craft beer and it is sure to be a hit with the groomsmen!

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featured above: Wood Beer Bottle Caddy With Opener-Typewriter Monogram Etching

6. Men’s Travel Toiletry Bag

Complete with a fresh and trendy style, this canvas toiletry bag is what every on-the-go man needs. Perfect for a destination wedding.

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7. Travel Bags

Another great groomsmen gift for a destination wedding or if the boys have a bachelor party planned out of town.

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featured above: Weekend Carry On Bag

8. Barbecue Kit

For any man who loves to grill, this sleek carrying case complete with high-end grilling tools is the perfect fit. Embroider with a monogram for an extra touch.

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featured above: Barbecue Kit

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Top 5 Expert Tips For Creating A Whimsical Wedding Ceremony

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When it comes to wedding ceremonies, classic tends to be the style of choice. Wedding planner and Weddingstar Ambassador, Rebecca Chan, created a quirky and fun ceremony inspiration to encourage brides to embrace their fun-loving side! Here are her top 5 tips for pulling off a whimsical, yet elegant wedding ceremony

1. Bring The Outdoors In

Larger than life artisan paper flowers combined with garlands of natural greenery and glimmering gold lanterns provide an ultra-fun nod to the outdoors.

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featured above: Small Decorative Candle Lantern-Gold / Medium Decorative Candle Lantern-Gold

2. Welcome Your Guests

Greet your guests with a playful welcome table sure to grab their attention. The giant blush-toned XO letters are topped with a decorative display featuring an ornamental birdcage and a sweet chalkboard message of thanks.

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Shop similar birdcages and chalkboards at weddingstar.com

3. Glam Up The Rings

Beautiful small-scale boxes help glam up the presentation of the all-important wedding rings. Nestled among luxurious blossom petals in a customized acrylic or shimmering rose gold jewelry box, the look is so pretty and a modern classic in the making.

 

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featured above: Small Glass Jewelry Box With Rose Gold-Modern Serif InitialAcrylic Wedding Ring Box- Woodland Pretty

4. It’s All In The Details

Incorporate a mix of modern with vintage elements. This will create a layered effect that feels romantic with touches of whimsy.

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Shop similar balloons at weddingstar.com

5. Dreamy Accents

Incorporate a key element in your ceremony, like this dreamy vintage bicycle. Designed for use as a photo backdrop, this charming vignette captures the essence of this style perfectly – romantic, fun and definitely not boring.

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Styling: Rebecca Chan Weddings & Events

Photography: Rhythm Photography

XO Table, paper flowers, aisle runner and balloons: Ettridges

Vintage Bike, window shutters, ladder and bird cages: Southern Charm Vintage Rentals

Calligraphy: Ink & Jo

Birch Arch: Chuppah.ca

Flowers and garland: Fete Boutique

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Trendy Bridal Shower Ideas

Celebrate your bride to be status with a bridal shower you and your besties are sure to love. Here are some of our top bridal shower ideas from decorations to favors and gifts, all with a floral theme that will make your event ultra-feminine.

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Get the party started with a signature cocktail served in glassware that’s personalized for your bridal shower. For an extra touch, accompany your drinks with personalized napkins served in an acrylic tray.

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Geometric decorations are super trendy this year, so why not add a mix of gold geo candle holders to your bridal shower table tops.

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And speaking of trendy, blush tones are a popular color for all things wedding. Add blush elements such as pressed glassware and votive holders to your table décor for a chic feminine style.

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Mini cakes are a fun bridal shower dessert idea that can be dressed up for the celebration with a cake topper.

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Bridal shower favors are just one more way to say thanks. Fill beautiful favor boxes or bags with your favorite treat. Your girls are worth every pretty little detail.

For more popular favor ideas for your bridal shower or wedding, visit weddingstar.com

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Best Dressed Favors Part 2

Send your guests home with something they’ll cherish forever with one of these fully-dressed favors you can create yourself. Dress these favors up or down to fit your budget perfectly! Find more best-dressed favor ideas on Part 1 of the blog!

1. Mirror, Mirror

Who’s the prettiest of them all? If you’re looking for something that’s classy and dazzling, this mirror favor box is the perfect choice. Fill the box with your favorite candy, then dress it up with a paper bow for a glamorous favor that’s completely red carpet worthy.

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2. Mix It Up

Refreshing lemonade – the perfect beverage for summertime celebrations, now the perfect favor to give to your guests. Packed in an adorable miniature picnic basket dressed up with paper doilies and lemon yellow ribbon, this little outfit doesn’t miss a beat. Personalized with a tag and sticker and you’re set.

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3. Sail Away

Get ready to set sail with classy mini lanterns to help light the way. All decked out with a box of personalized matches and cute tag of thanks, these takeway favors will be guest must-haves. The adorable brass boat wheel charms and gold twist twine add the perfect splash of nautical charm.

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4. Foreign Flavor

Love to travel? Take your guests around the world with a favor already packed for the trip. Filled with tea or other delicacies you’ve picked up along the way, this airmail favor box comes as a kit that includes 10 sets of boxes, twine and charms, so all you have to do is pack and go! For an additional personal touch, add a personalized tag and you’re on your way!

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Check out weddingstar.com for more unique favor ideas!

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At First Blush:Trendy For Weddings & Valentine’s Day

Blush pink is one of this year’s trending colors for weddings. Its soft hue matches well with pops of gold for beautiful decor. If you’re planning on incorporating blush into your wedding day, why not match your bridesmaids’ gifts to your wedding colors? And with Valentine’s day around the corner, it is the perfect color to incorporate into your V-Day party décor and gifts for your BFF’s.

Blush Gift Ideas For Your BFF’s

Whether you’re looking for gifts for your bridesmaids or a special V-day gift for your girls, here are some of our top blush colored gift ideas!

Robes

If you’re looking for robes to get ready in on the day of your wedding or planning on having a Galentine’s spa day, these waffle kimono robes and silky robes in blush are the perfect gift idea for your girls.

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Featured above: Blissful Blooms Silky Robe-Blush PinkWaffle Kimono Robe- Blush

Cosmetic Bags & Totes

For a gift that will be used time and time again, totes and cosmetic bags are a gift your girls will love.

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Featured above: Blush Pink Cotton Waffle Zip Pouch

This blush waffle cosmetic bag is great for a girls’ getaway weekend or for storing your cosmetics on the day of, for those last minute touch ups.

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Featured above: Blush Bikini Bag- Beach Please Embroidery

This cute waterproof zip pouch is ideal for toting your wet bathing suit. Perfect for a destination wedding!

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Treat your girls to this stylish modern pink & white faux leather tote.

Must-Have Accessories

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Featured above: Designer Compact Mirror- Sweet Heart Print

Every girl could use a compact mirror and this fun sweet heart print design has that perfect touch that doubles as not only a great bridesmaids gift, but a Valentine’s Day gift as well.

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Featured above: Foldable Flats Pocket Shoes-Pink

These flirty little ballet flats are ready for any occasion day or night.

Valentine’s Day Blush Party Decor

Hosting a Valentine’s Day dinner party is a fun way to include both your single friends and coupled up friends. We have the perfect blush décor to dress up your celebration! This party décor could also be used for your engagement party or bridal shower.

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Featured above: Rose Gold Foil Heart Balloon- 36” Large / Vintage Style Pressed Glass Goblet Pink / Gold Splash Cocktail Napkin / Rose gold Foil Heart Balloon-18” Medium / Gold Colorblock Party Cups-9 oz. / Gold & Blush Hexagon Party Plates- Large

How To Be The Best Bridesmaid Ever

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Being asked to be a bridesmaid is super exciting and an honor, but it does involve a lot more than just showing up on the day of the wedding. From financial expenses, emotional support and helping with planning it can sometimes be tough. But no worries, we have some tips that will make the whole process go smoothly. You’ll be a bridesmaid pro!

1. Be Upfront

If you are concerned about the financial costs or time commitment be upfront with the bride right away. Having a discussion early on before committing to being in the wedding party is the best way to go about things.

2. Be A Team Player

In a group of girls, there are bound to be disagreements along the way. Try your best to get along with the other girls and work together. The bride will already be stressed out with wedding planning and doesn’t need the added stress of her friends not getting along.

3. Don’t Delay Ordering The Dress

You may think you have lots of time, but the sooner you get the dress the better. Waiting to order your dress last minute will only stress out the bride even more. Don’t forget you may need to get alterations!

4. Budget

Often you will have quite a bit of time between when you are asked to be a bridesmaid and the day of the wedding. Keep in mind all of the expenses that go along with the role and make sure you budget accordingly. It’s always best to budget for a bit more than you think you will need, so you’re not in a tough spot when it comes closer to the wedding day.

5. Offer Assistance In Planning

Check in with the bride and see what you can do to help with the planning. There’s a lot that goes into planning for a wedding and the bride could use your help and support to help make things easier!

6. Consider The Bride When Planning The Bachelorette Party

If you’re helping plan the bachelorette party, make sure you plan the event according to what the bride would enjoy. Not everyone is into the typical bachelorette party night out. You can ask the bride what she would prefer to do to make sure she will be happy in the end! If she’s not into partying there are so many alternative ideas to choose from.

7. Be Prepared

Prepare for anything on the day of the wedding. Make a checklist beforehand of items to pack with you on the day of, and make sure you include an emergency kit!

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How To Choose The Perfect Wedding Venue

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There are many elements that go into picking the perfect venue for your wedding day. Before you start looking at venues you should make sure you ask yourself certain questions that will make an impact on the venue you choose. We’ve put a list together of the Top 5 questions you should ask yourself before you start!

1.Know Your Guest List

You should have an estimate of how many guests you are planning on inviting before you look at venues. Knowing how many guests you will have will make it easier to know which venues will accommodate all of your guests. You don’t want to end up choosing a venue that is too small for your guest list. This will also help you with your budget.

2. Have  A Budget

Knowing what your overall budget is will be important when selecting your venue. You should have a specific budget for the total amount you want to spend on your venue. Don’t forget that depending on the venue, there may be extra costs other than just the rental of the space.

3. Know What’s Included

When choosing a venue, make sure you know what the cost of everything will be. Some venues are full-service and may charge per head. Other venues will allow you to bring in your own vendors and décor.  Weigh your options and choose venues to explore that will work with your budget.

4. Choose A Venue That Matches Your Wedding Style

When seeking out venues, think about your wedding style and theme.  Choosing a venue that fits with your theme will make it easier for your vision to come to life for your big day. If you are wanting a more modern themed wedding, choose a more modern venue. If you are wanting a more rustic or natural theme, choosing an outdoor venue or rustic barn style venue may fit better with your overall style.

5. Consider Your Guests

If you have many guests travelling from out of town or having a destination wedding, make sure the venue is close to the guest accommodations, and if needed have transportation set up for your guests to get to and from your wedding venue.

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Style Spotlight: Wine & Gold Wedding

This winter wedding styled shoot by Still Moments Photography showcases the beauty of the natural snowy white backdrop combined with accents of wine, gold, and lush greenery to tie it all together. Personalized details throughout the décor make it truly unique.

Gold & wine colors were incorporated into the table place settings, from the tableware to the favors.

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Food & beverage stations have been trending this year at weddings, like this craft beer station. This station is complete with beer growlers, a wooden beer caddy and the beer is served in personalized can shaped glasses with a fun “Beer Makes Me Hoppy” and wedding date personalization.

featured above: Beer Can Shaped Glass Personalized-Beer Makes Me Hoppy Printing / Amber Glass Beer Growler / Wood Beer Bottle Caddy

Gold and white was incorporated throughout the dessert display with gold cupcake liners, paper straws, a gold “I Do” cake topper and serving set.

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featured above: I Do Acrylic Cake Topper- Metallic Gold / Gold Foil Paper Drinking Straws / Paper Cupcake Wrappers-Vintage Gold/ Cake Serving Set-Classic Gold Romance / Stemless Wine Glass

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Personalized Mr. & Mrs Gold wedding champagne flutes add that extra special touch and incorporates the color palette into the wedding toast.

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Styled Shoot Credits:

Photography – Still Moments Photography

Styling – Still Moments Photography & Crazy, Beautiful Décor

Florals – Brides & Blooms

Dress – Crazy, Beautiful Dresses

Makeup – Younique by Kim Fortune

Hair – Elizabeth Duff

Cupcakes – Heartfelt Cakes

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