Honoring Loved Ones On Your Wedding Day

A wedding is a time to celebrate, but sometimes not everyone who you wish to celebrate with can be there. Honoring loved ones that have passed can become an important part of your big day. Gone but never forgotten, make your memorial just for you or for everyone in attendance to enjoy.

Carry their images with you

Whether you pin their photos to your bouquet, add them in your cufflinks, or wear a locket with their picture in it, you can take comfort in knowing that they are right there with you. HonoringLovedOnes_2 HonoringLovedOnes_1
Featured Above: Love Locket – Antique SilverVintage Book Locket Cufflinks

Include a flower for them in your bouquet

Have a single flower in your bouquet just for them. Whether it’s their favorite flower or just a different color than the others, this subtle touch could mean the world to you and any that knew them.

Reserve them a seat

Others may not know who this seat is for, but you will, and that’s all that matters. Place a single flower or a personal item from this person on the seat. When you look at the seat, you can’t help but remember them.

Write them into your vows/toasts

Incorporate special speeches in honor of your loved ones during the ceremony and/or reception. This is a great way to share some good memories with everyone.

Lighting a candle

A single candle on an entryway table or lighting the candle during your ceremony can be a special moment of remembrance that all can appreciate. HonoringLovedOnes_3
Featured Above: Personalized Memorial Pillar Candle

Play their favorite song

During the reception, have your DJ/band play their favorite song with a special dedication to them. A thoughtful gesture in which anyone can join in by getting on the dance floor, or just by enjoying the song from their seat.

Offer a special favor

Send wedding guests off with a token inspired by your late loved one. You can even include a sign to explain the favor.

Make a donation

Depending on how they passed, you may want to set up a donation in their memory to help fund further research. Or maybe you just want to donate to a charity you know they supported.

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Style Spotlight: Celebrating the DIY Bride

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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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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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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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featured above: Gold Heart With XO Bottle Opener / Classic Round Place Card Holder-Gold / Glitter Thank You Tag / Cake Fork Set Classic Gold Romance

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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.

featured above: Gold Wedding Champagne Glasses With Crystal Gems

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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Style Spotlight: Banff Vow Renewal

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With the Canadian Rocky Mountains as a back drop, this intimate vow renewal shoot captured by Jessilynn Wong Photography and styled by Signature Weddings by Ashley could not be more beautiful. From vow readings with a waterfall in the background to a table for two among the beautiful Banff scenery, this could not be any more romantic!

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featured above: Charcoal Line Pocket Journal-Her Vows Emboss / Vintage Style Pressed Glass Goblet-Grey

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Featured above: Vintage Inspired Depression Glass Votive Holders

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featured above: Vintage Inspired Glass Jewelry Box- Modern Fairy Tale Monogram Etching

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For the full photo gallery and story check out the feature done by Wedding Chicks.

Photographer- Jessilynn Wong Photography

Coordinator & Stylist- Signature Weddings By Ashley

Rentals- Special Event Rentals

Cakes & Catering- Kake Canmore

Flowers- Elements Floral

Venues- Cross Zee Ranch

Wedding Dress- The Bridal Boutique

How To Throw The Ultimate Engagement Party! Part 1

Congratulations! You said “yes!” Get the party started with a high style engagement celebration filled with personality. Send out the invites and have fun making every detail #instaworthy for these once in a life time festivities. Today we’re focusing on all the décor details to make your party stand out!

Down To A T

A Par-Tee that is. Assorted Glittery paper fans, fancy banners, super big balloons and cool paper lanterns will get your party space all dressed for some good times.

Featured above: 36″ Jumbo White “I Do” Balloon / Gold Foil Paper Fan Party Decorations / Watermelon Round Paper Lantern

Glitter Up The Room

Celebrate your engagement in full-on sparkle. Shimmering gold banners and fancy gold sippers are a great way to welcome guests and usher in the fun.

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Featured above: Mr & Mrs Gold Glitter Wedding Banner

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Featured above: Gold Foil Fancy Paper Straws / Gold Foil X&Os Paper Straws / Gold Foil Hearts Paper Straws

Details!

Details, details, details.. custom glassware and wow-worthy serving trays are just a couple simple tricks that easily add a sense of style to your party and all with a healthy dose of shiny gold, of course. Sip sip, hooray!

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Featured above: Square Acrylic Tray- Celebration Sparkle Foil Printed / Classic Champagne Glass- Personalized

Share The Love

Use fun captions to give your celebration a modern trendy vibe. Available as cake toppers, signage or personalization messages that really stand out, here is just one more special way to have your say.

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Featured above: Pop The Bubbly Acrylic Cake Topper-Black / Classic Champagne Glass / Dainty Gold Bow Bottle Stopper

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Featured above: Yes! Acrylic Sign-Black

Stay tuned for more engagement party inspiration coming up in two weeks!

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DIY Wedding Wednesday: How-To Gift a Wine Lover

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Today marks our first November post and we’re pretty darn excited about it, because as far as we’re concerned it might as well be December {read: it’s time to party!}. As of today there are only 7 weeks and 4 days until Christmas, and this year we’re getting started early on both our planning and our partying. To kick off the festivities we’re focusing on the essentials, the “bevies”. Specifically, we’re sharing our top picks for the perfect gifts for the wine lovers in your life. And naturally we just had to run each one of these products through some rigorous testing, so that you can take our experienced word as gold. Cheers!

Gorgeous Glasses

What’s front and center as the wine lovers ideal gift? The perfect bottle of wine of course. But a great wine just isn’t a great wine unless served in a proper glass. From red, to white, to bubbly, there’s a pretty and personalized option to cover them all.

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personalized stemless wine glass champagne flutes

The Sidekicks

Get creative with your gift giving by covering off all the extras. Think cute stoppers, sleek serving boards and personalized corkscrews. And that’s just to name a few.

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xoxo.

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DIY: Chalkboard Signs Part 2

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

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

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The Supplies:

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

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The Step by Step

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Step 6:

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

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

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

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

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Step 10:

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

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Step 11:

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

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Step 12:

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

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And finally, add a ribbon for hanging.

 

Download the flower & Lettering template here.

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

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

DIY Photography & Styling credit- Lorrie Everitt

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DIY Wedding: Add A Touch Of Gold to Your Cake Topper

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When your wedding cake has been designed especially for you with luxe handmade and gilded details like this boho inspired wedding cake, not just any cake topper will do. Adding gold leafing paint to this Best Day Ever cake topper compliments the gold and white details on the cake as well as the sweet table decor. If you are looking for a way to add your own personal touch to your wedding day then this simple DIY project is just for you. Here’s how you can add gold details to any cake topper.

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Featured here: Best Day Ever Acrylic Cake Topper 

The Supplies

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The Step By Step

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Step 1. Shake the gold leafing pen well with the cap on. Press the point of the pen up and down on a scrap piece of paper to start the paint flow.

Step 2. Paint the areas on the front of the cake topper that you want to make gold. It will take two coats of paint so take your time. Wait for the first coat of paint to dry before you add the second coat or move onto the next steps.

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Steps 3 and 4. Once the second coat of paint is dry on the front it’s time to repeat the process on the sides and back.

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Step 5. Some areas on the sides are too small to get into using the paint pen. To get around that press down on the pen nib to release a puddle of paint into a dish and use a small brush to add paint into the areas that need it.

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Finally, place your beautiful cake topper proudly on top of your wedding cake. Your guests most likely won’t realize that this was a DIY project so you may have to let them know.

We’d love to see your completed projects. If you try this project yourself, post your pictures on Instagram and use the hashtag #weddingstar or tag us @weddingstar so we can find them.

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

DIY Photography & Styling credit- Lorrie Everitt

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DIY: Chalkboard Signs Part 1

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credits:
Flowers- Periwinkle Flowers, Photography- Attakat, Hand Lettering- Love Lettering, Creative Styling- Lorrie Everitt, Location-The Warehouse Event Venue, Wedding Cake and Baked Goods-Cakelaine, Vintage Tableware- The Perfect Table

 

Beautiful hand-written chalkboard signs are trending this season, and there are lots of opportunities to be creative when it comes to designing a chalkboard sign to fit your wedding décor. With that being said, you don’t have to be a pro calligrapher to create a chalkboard sign for your big day. Our Ambassador Lorrie Everitt from Creative Bag has provided you with a step-by-step guide and template to create your own chalkboards signs.

The Supplies

 

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Decorative Chalkboards With White Frame
• Liquid Chalk Markers
• White transfer paper
• Pencil
• Masking Tape
• Scissors
• Print out with design/ text

The Step by Step

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Step 1:

Cut out the lettering or template you are using as shown above. Position the lettering design on the chalkboard and use masking tape to keep the paper from shifting.

Step 2:

Insert a piece of white transfer paper between the paper and chalkboard with the chalky white side facing down towards the chalkboard. Now you are ready to trace the design onto the chalkboard.

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Step 3:

Test a small area of your design to make sure that your tracing paper is placed properly between the paper and chalkboard. If you don’t see a faint white traced image on the chalkboard as shown above, take the tracing paper out, turn it over and place it back into position. Continue tracing your design until it has been completely copied.

Tracing Tip: Check that your traced image is not missing lines before you remove the tape.

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This is what the traced image will look like. If you are not happy with your tracing, you can remove it with an eraser and start again.

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Now draw over the design using a chalk marker using the traced image as a guide. Don’t worry if some of the faint lines from your tracing are showing as you trace, keep your lines fluid.

Tip: Keep in mind that once the chalk is completely dry you can use a soft cloth to remove any white marks that are remaining from the traced image.

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Tip: If you mess up your first time round don’t worry, as it can be removed with water while the chalk is still wet.

Here are some free downloadable templates to get you started doing your very own chalkboards.

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Download these six reception sign templates here (Once Open Right Click to Save Image)

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Download this Best Day Ever template here (Once Open Right Click to Save Image)

Chalkboards come in a variety of shapes and sizes. Visit weddingstar.com for more chalkboard options and let your creativity run.

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

Credits:
DIY Photography and Styling: Lorrie Everitt

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