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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featured above: Gold Champagne Glasses-Cheers To Love, Mr & Mrs Twisted Wire Cake Topper- Gold

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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photo credit: Fola Lawal Photography

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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Style Spotlight: Celebrating the DIY Bride

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Featured Above: Decorative Chalkboard With White Frame

A DIY-loving bride, along with her like-minded friends, gathered for a creative get-together with Weddingstar ambassador, Lorrie Everitt. Together they created some charming handmade crafts, as well as heartfelt memories, to prep for her rustic wedding.

Pretty Petals and Embroidery

With the creative juices freely flowing and the assistance of many hands, everything from the centerpieces to the guest favors was embellished with the handmade touches. Pretty florals, dried petal confetti, delicate ribbons and crafty embroidery all come together for a one-of-a-kind homespun celebration, brimming over with personality.

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Featured Above: Decorative Chalkboard With White Frame, Rose Gold Glass Jewelry Box

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Featured Above: Vintage Inspired Mason Jar Set in Wire Holder

Sweet Handcrafted Details

While working on the DIY projects, party guests were treated to a boxed lunch, and assorted sweets and tea were served in the prettiest fashion. Versatile acrylic trays, blush pink stemware and out-of-the-ordinary diamond engagement ring chocolates inspired thoughts of romance and helped to add casual elegance to the setting.

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Featured Above: Mini Glass Bell Jar With White Fluted Base

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Featured Above: Diamond Ring Ice Cube Tray, Chalkboard with White Frame, Glass Vase Sign Holders

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Featured Above: Chalkboard with White Frame, Glass Vase Sign Holders

Chalkboard Hand Lettering

No need to be an artist to create a graceful handwritten message on a chalkboard sign or personalized gift tag. We have two DIY chalkboard sign tutorials, which also include downloadable lettering templates to make hand lettering doable for any DIY’er. Whether displayed on an easel or all on their own, these multipurpose chalkboards will get your message across beautifully.

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Featured Above: Decorative Chalkboard With White Frame

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Featured Above: Ornate Chalkboard With Vintage Frame in Antique White

Takeaway Tea

Packaged in an adorable mini mason jar, loose-leaf tea is not only delicious, but it looks pretty too. To match, personalized vintage teacups were included in this darling takeaway for all your tea sipping needs.

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Featured Above: Mini Glass Mason Jar With Lid, String of Lights with Light Bulb Wire Cage

Sources:

Creative Direction & DIY Blogs by Lorrie Everitt

Photography by Sara Wilde

Packaging & Party Supplies by Creative Bag

Shot on location at Fox and Fawn Antique Shoppe

Hand Lettering by Jenna Mackintosh from Prose & Fawns Paperie

Florals by Colleen Milne from Petal 2 the Metal

Invitations and Illustrations by Alicia Bint from Alicia’s Infinity

Catering by Andrea Bercovitch-Scaringella at Savoury & Cake

Embroidery Kits by Michelle Galetta from Kiriki Press

Tea by Melissa Lowry from Makeology

Macarons by Zander Rodriguez from Macaronz

Decorative Sugar Cubes by Marnie Lippa from Parties Made Simple

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DIY: Greenery Backdrop

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Clever frameworks are soaring in popularity and can be used to highlight your ceremony site, welcome area, sweetheart table or photo booth. On a budget, you can re-use this backdrop in multiple locations. Check out our simple DIY instructions on how to create your own lush greenery backdrop.

The Supplies:

  • Copper Frame 6ft x 8ft
  • Greenery of your choice
  • Wire or Zip ties
  • Personalized Greenery Backdrop (Coming Soon)

The Step-By-Step

Step One:

You will need a frame to start. We recommend 6ft x 8ft. (Note: you want to use a frame that will be strong enough to hold the backdrop and greenery without warping. We have used PVC piping and painted it copper to achieve this look.)

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Step Two:

Using your wire or zip ties, begin adding greenery to the outside frame. Place as you see fit. We recommend using different types and shapes of greenery to achieve a look similar to the image above.

(Note: Ensure you have secured the greenery tightly to the frame, so it will not fall off during move.)

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Featured Here: Personalized Greenery Backdrop (Coming Soon)

Step Three:

After you have placed all of your greenery, it is time to add your personalized greenery backdrop. Using wire secure the backdrop to the center of the frame, hanging approximately one foot below the frame itself. Once this is placed feel free to add more greenery as you see fit.

And presto! You have yourself a beautiful piece that blends the appeal of the outdoors with the indoors.

We’d love to see your completed project. Post your pictures on Instagram and use the hashtag #weddingstar or tag us @weddingstar so we can find them.

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DIY: “I Do” Leaf Ring Plate

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Looking for an alternative to a ring pillow for your big day? Check out this cute DIY “I Do” Leaf Plate idea. We’ve provided you with step-by-step instructions below.

Supplies:

  • White Porcelain Leaf Ring Plate
  • Pencil
  • Tracing Paper
  • Speedball “Elegant Writer” 2.0 mm chisel nib (or Calligraphy Marker in your choice colour)
  • Painter’s Tape
  • Scissors
  • Print out with design/ text

The Step by Step:

Step One:

Ensure the plate is clean and dry. We suggest using warm water and a rag for cleaning.

Step Two:

Print out the lettering template for the plate. We have included a few options for you below that you can download and print. Remember when printing to keep the template to size.

Step Three:

Place the tracing paper over top of the template and using your pencil trace the outline of the font you have chosen.

Step Four:

Cut down excess tracing paper for easier placement. Position the lettering on a smooth area of the plate so there will be no bumps from the plate design underneath. Use painter’s tape to hold the paper in place.

Step Five:

Transfer the outline to the plate using the tracing paper and pencil. Your traced lettering will be very faint but you should be able to see the complete design before you remove the paper template.Then using your calligraphy marker, trace over your outline and fill in.

Step Six:

Allow the marker to dry and avoid direct contact to prevent smears. If you are concerned about transfer you can try clear lacquer spray over top. (Note: wait until the marker is dry before applying lacquer and check label to make sure lacquer is appropriate to go over pen).

Download Template Here

 

We’d love to see your completed project. Post your pictures on Instagram and use the hashtag #weddingstar or tag us @weddingstar so we can find them.

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10 Creative Wedding Food & Beverage Bar Ideas

Cocktail bars are one thing, but there are so many other food and beverage bar ideas out there to choose from. Here are 10 creative ideas for your wedding reception!

Beverage Bars

Mimosa Bar

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featured here: Twisted Stem Champagne Flutes/ Sparkle Large Card Table Sign / Apothecary Jar

A mimosa bar is a great idea for weddings that are earlier in the day. Provide your choice of juice, champagne, and fruit for garnish and let your guests create their own mimosas!

Coffee & Hot Cocoa Bar

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featured here : Blackboard-Vintage Frame / Apothecary Jar-Globe Shaped / Apothecary Jar-Bell Shaped / Apothecary Jar-Straight Sided

A coffee and hot cocoa bar is a perfect set up for a winter wedding and a great alternative to alcoholic beverages. Stock the bar with fun add-ins like chocolate and peppermint sticks!

Apple Cider Bar

featured here: Self Standing Chalkboard Sign With Rustic Wood Frame /  Chalkboard Print Personalized SignMoscow Mule Mug / Clear Glass Coffee Mug / Personalized Drink Display Tag

For the chilly fall weather, what better accompaniment than apple cider?! Guests can serve themselves from a beverage dispenser into personalized mugs for a warm treat.

Food Bars

Popcorn Bar

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featured here: Decor Picnic Basket-LargeIkat Large Card Open Format Table Sign / White Wooden Easel

Because who doesn’t love popcorn? Provide different variations with seasonings to spice things up.

Chili Bar

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featured here: Geo Marble Welcome Poster / Geo Marble Flat Place Card / Geo Marble Personalized Burlap Table Runner / Eco Wood Utensils

For something completely different, but sure to be a fan favorite, try serving a delicious and hearty chili. Serve grab-n-go style in individual serving size bowls.

Smores Bar

featured here: Self Standing Chalkboard Sign With Rustic Wood Frame/ Apothecary Jars / Bell Jars 

A sure-fire hit for any rustic or winter themed wedding. With everything set up in apothecary jars, your guests will have a blast creating their own delicious desserts. Serve spiked eggnog alongside for an extra treat for the adults!

Candy Bar

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featured here: Apothecary Jars / Speech Bubble Chalkboard Clips / Sweetie Candy Scoop / Paper Favor Bags

Have a sweet tooth? A candy bar is the perfect fit! Great for the kids and the adults!

Pie Bar

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featured here: “Sweetie Pies” Mini Pie Packaging Kits

Not a fan of cake? Pie is a great alternative option. Serve various types of pie or adorable individual pies for your guests to take home!

Donut Bar

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Donuts at weddings are a new trend that people love!

Dessert Bar

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featured here: Natural Burlap DIY Pennants

If you can’t decide what type of dessert you want, why not serve a variety? Cake, pie pops, tarts, and macarons are just some of the endless options.

Photo Credits:

Coffee & Cocoa Bar: Creative Director-Jen Rios Weddings & Photography by Jillian Zamora Photography

Donut Bar: Creative Styling by Smitten Events & Photography by Paul Behm Photography

Dessert Bar: Styling by Tiffany Events & Photography by Rhythm Photography

 

DIY: To the Moon Paper Lanterns

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Take your guests to the moon and back with party décor that is truly out of this world. Be inspired by this first birthday party for a sweet little astronaut and create your own galaxy of planets using white paper lanterns, tissue paper and paint.

But first, here’s a few details from the party:

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Featured here: medium chalkboard, white wooden easel, large chalkboard

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Featured here: phantom wishing well acrylic box, 250ml swing top glass square bottle

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Featured: silver half moon jewellery box, white shadow box photo frame

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Featured: white round paper lanterns, silver watermelon round paper lanterns

 

How to make a polka dot moon

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The Supplies

Step by Step

Step  1.  Cut circles from tissue paper using a large paper punch.

DIY Tip for punching tissue – fold tissue so you can punch 4 circles at once. We also recommend sandwiching the tissue paper between two pieces of scrap paper to keep the tissue paper from tearing as you punch.

Step  2.  Attach the tissue paper dots to the lantern using a foam brush and white glue.

Step 3.  Once the glue is competely dry apply a thin layer of glue directly over top of all the tissue paper dots to seal them to the lantern.

 

How to paint a galaxy print

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Supplies

  • White paper lanterns
  • watercolour paints in a range of colours from light to navy blue and black
  • white craft paint
  • large to medium paint brushes for the watercolour paint
  • small paint brush for the craft paint.

Step by Step

Step 1. Using the lightest blue watercolour paint and a large paint brush, paint a few cloud shapes directly on the paper lantern.

DIY Tip – We suggest painting from lightest to darkest colours for the best results.

Step 2. While the paint is still wet add more cloud like shapes with the next second lightest blue right beside the first cloud shapes. You want to overlap the colours slightly so there are no white spaces between colours.

Step 3. Continue adding colours to the lantern in this manner, going darker and darker in colour, until there are no white areas left. You can go over some of the lighter areas of the lantern at the end to make it darker if you find the colours too light or washed out.

Step 4. Allow the watercolour paint to dry completely before going onto this step. Using the small paint brush and white white acrylic paint add clusters of white dots all over the lantern to represent tiny stars.

DIY Tip –  Vary the sizes of the white dots and use the lantern close up for guidance.

 

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Credits:

Photographer/ Party Planner/ Stylist: Janet Kwan | Janet Kwan Photography | @janetkwan

Hand Lettering Artist: Doris Wai | Love Lettering | @lovelettering_doriswai

Watercolour Illustrator: Karen Wong Chiu | Oh My Inspired | @ohmyinspired

Cake and sweets: Tiffany Su | Made With Love |@madewithlove.bytiffany

DIY projects: Lorrie Everitt | Lorrie Everitt Studio | @lorrieeveritt

 

If you use the paper lanterns for your party, shower or wedding we’d love to see what you did. Post your photos on Instagram using hashtag #weddingstar or tag us at @weddingstar.

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5 Alternative Bachelorette Party Ideas

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Not every bride wants the traditional bachelorette party outing, so we’ve put together a list of alternative ways to celebrate with your bff’s!

1. Spa Day/Weekend

Wedding planning can be stressful, so what better way to unwind than to head to the spa for the weekend with your girls! If a spa weekend is a bit too pricey for your budget you can always host a spa day/evening. Have the girls over for pedis & manis, do facials and just relax!

2. Beach or Cabin Getaway

Renting a cabin or beach house for the weekend with your closest friends is a great way to bond and for the bridal party to get to know each other if they don’t already. Relax, hit the beach, watch sappy romance movies and play board games are just some of the fun activities to plan for the perfect getaway.

3. Day Outing

If you’re not up for hitting the town at night and going out to a club, why not have a girls day? Go shopping during the day and end the night with dinner and a couple of drinks.

4. Wine Tour

For those who enjoy a glass of wine here and there and live near wineries, why not do a wine tour or tasting? It’s a beautiful way to spend the day and a lot of fun!

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5. Amusement Park

If you love amusement parks and rides, why not incorporate that into your day. If the amusement park is out of town but still close, make it a road trip weekend!

As long as you’re surrounded by your closest friends and doing something you enjoy, your bachelorette party will be the best time ever!

Products seen in this post can be found on www.weddingstar.com or by clicking on the links below:

Bachelorette Party Headband-“Bride”

Bachelorette Party Headband- “Bridesmaid” 

Personalized Silky Kimono Robes

Personalized Glassware

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Style Spotlight : Modern Glam

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With its expanse of lush green grass and endless blue skies, a posh club helps set the stage for a fun-filled celebration that redefines wedding glamour. Sophisticated black and white feels a little less formal mixed with trendy stripes, flirty blush florals and pops of sparkling gold. Modern yet classic, this playful inspiration strikes the perfect balance.

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Sip Sip, Hooray! There’s no better way to cheers the moment than these personalized whiskey glasses. Personalize them to match your style.

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A bride’s favorite, these bell jars are the perfect classy addition to any affair. Fill them with a treat and your guests will have a great keepsake from your big day.

These unique place card holders are the perfect way to direct your guest to take their seat.

This modern acrylic wishing well is the perfect compliment to any color scheme. Get your guests to leave you well wishes or use it as a card holder. Either way, it’s the perfect addition.

 

Credits

Event Planning – Simply Couture Weddings

Photography – Chelsey Boatwright Photography

Floral Design – J Morgan Flowers

Desserts – Earth and Sugar

Stationery – DreamDay Prints

Hair & Makeup – Giselle Sanchez

Calligraphy – Erica Dunhill

Groom’s Attire – The Tux Shop

Balloon Fringe Garland – Paperwhite Designs

Bride’s Dress – Boga Raton Bridal

Bride’s tutu Skirt – Space 46 Boutique

Custom Cufflinks – White Truffle

Location – International Polo Club

Map – Creadora Pequena

Paper Flowers – The Bleu Dahlia

Rentals – Atlas Party Rentals

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DIY Flower Girl Proposal Box

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In our last two DIY posts we shared ideas for creating proposal gift boxes for your maid of honour and bridesmaids – today it’s all about the flower girls.

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Pop the question by adding a faux hand lettered message on a chalkboard sign.

Here are the supplies you will need for the Will You Be My Flower Girl Proposal Gift Box:

Gift Items:

Packaging Supplies:

The Details:

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Featured here: Medium Decorative Chalkboard / Mason Jar Drinking Glass with Rose Cut in White Lid / Gold Foil Jumbo Party Confetti

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Fill the mason jar with assorted candies. Add the rose cut lid to the glass and insert a large lollipop into the hole for a straw. Finish with a ribbon to hide the lollipop stick. Using a fine white water-based Sharpie marker add the name of your flower girl to the mason jar.

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Download and print the faux lettering work sheet for the medium chalkboard signs. You can find a step by step tutorial for adding hand lettering to chalkboards in this post. 

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Featured here: Small Decorative Chalkboard / Gold Foil Jumbo Party Confetti

Do-It-Yourself Packaging:

Use gift boxes that are large enough to easily fit your biggest gift item. Add sizzle to the bottom of the box and place all of the items on top of the sizzle. Add extra sizzle wherever it is necessary to make sure that everything sits properly and stays in place. Add a few decorative items like gold foil confetti and some real or silk flowers.

Use a craft hole punch to add a hole to a small decorative chalkboard. Create a gift tag by adding baker’s twine to the chalkboard!

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Make all of  your proposal boxes as pretty on the outside as the inside using ribbon, silk or real flowers, gold foil confetti and gift tags.

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Credits:

Gift boxes, sizzle, ribbon, twine and silk flowers – Creative Bag

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