Style Spotlight: Shower Her Pretty

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Bridal showers are the ultimate way to honor the bride and her new life to come. Gone are the days of cliché themes and cheesy games. Throw a bridal shower like a party pro, with these tips from wedding planner and Weddingstar Ambassador, Leona Morelock.

Color Code:

When you know the bride’s favourite color, incorporate it everywhere. From food and decorations to favors and napkins, completely color her day her way.

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Featured Above: Foil Stamped Matchbox, Personalized Napkins

Signature Sip:

Does she have a signature drink planned for her big day? The shower is a perfect opportunity to do a little taste testing!

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Featured Above: Bubbly Bar Acrylic Sign (DIY Painted Gold)

Brunch Theme:

There are no rules that say the shower has to take place mid-afternoon. Why not do brunch at 11am and serve an eye opener such as a Bloody Mary in a fancy goblet? Very Carrie Bradshaw don’t you think?

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Celebrate Her:

Include an activity that really speaks to your bride-to-be’s interest. Bring in an expert for wine and cheese tasting, or perhaps a perfumer to help create her own signature fragrance.

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Featured Above: Floral Silky Robe

Gifts that Fit:

Shower the bride with gifts that are in sync with her personal sense of style. Whether heirloom inspired or cosmopolitan chic, she will love the very personalized touches.

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Featured Above: Mirrored Jewelry Box, Tag Bracelet

Stay Fancy:

Create a secret garden complete with lacy parasols for an outdoor lunch that includes setting the table with the “good china.”

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Featured Above: Lace Parasols

Sweet Tea:

Not into cocktails? Offer your guests an assortment of loose-leaf teas for taste testing, and then provide cute monogrammed bags to pack up a portion of their favorite flavor. A sweet take home favour you know they will love.

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Credits:

Event/Floral Design & Styling by Leona Morelock Designs

Photography by Morgan Marie Photography

Location By Maple Run Farm

Catering by Mission Catering

Florals by Fifty Flowers

Hair & Makeup by Sapphire Cartas of Main Street Style Salon

Jewelry by Morris Jewelry

Dresses by Dillard’s

Rentals by A La Occasions

Tea by Stash

Wine by Fre Wine

Mocktails by Welch’s

Calligraphy by The Fancy Pen

 

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Style Spotlight: Inspired By Travel

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Looking for the perfect way to combine your passion for travel into your wedding décor? Our Ambassador, Leona Morelock has done just that. She takes travel inspired wedding decor to a whole new level in this shoot. Use Leona’s suggested … Continue reading 

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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DIY Wedding Wednesday: How To Get Creative with a Decorative Vintage Box

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With Mother’s Day just around the corner we’re totally in the mood to celebrate the awesome women in our lives. When brainstorming how we wanted to gift the girls we care for most we knew one thing for sure, the ideas had to be thoughtful and unique. And so with our creative caps on we put ourselves to the challenge of using one pretty decorative vintage box and we came up with a variety of sentimental ways to turn it into a truly special present. As an added bonus, the ideas we came away with not only make for great Mother’s Day treats, they also happen to double as amazing bridesmaids, maid of honor or mother of the bride / groom gifts. Here’s how to get the looks.

Look #1: In Case of Emergency

What girl doesn’t appreciate being prepared for any beauty hiccup that may arise! Treat her to a mini personalized emergency kit of her own to make sure she’s always prepared and a bit pampered.

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The Supplies

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  • decorative vintage box 
  • beauty toiletries of your choice. We used a mini scented hand sanitizer, facial wipes, fruity lip balm, cotton swabs tied with a mini satin bow, printed tissues tied with a mini satin bow, nail file and buffer, nail glue, mini perfume, floral printed mini scissors, nail clippers and tweezers, and jewel tipped hair pins tied with a mini satin bow.

The Details

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Look #2: Tea Time

Treat her, or them, to some quality me, or we, time. Set up a mini tea party (side note: this makes for a perfect bridal shower theme) that appeals to all her senses, complete with an array of aromatic tea flavors all beautifully presented in vintage style.

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The Supplies

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The Details

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Look #3: Boxed Beauty

Gift her with a truly special treat. Complete the look of a precious vintage charm pennant necklace by making sure its presentation packaging is fit to form.

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The Supplies

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The Details

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xoxo.

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Take our Quiz: What is your Wedding Style?

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Every bride wants their wedding to be a unique reflection of their personality and style. Find your flair with this wedding style quiz. What kind of bride are you?

The Roundup: Wedding Party Gift Guide

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With Christmas just around the corner it’s time we roundup this year’s gift guides. And although our guides are ideal for wedding party members, they’re just as great for under the tree treats. From the ultra feminine to something just for the boys, this complete collection offers plenty of unique items ready for the pick up. For her, for him and for them, we’ve got you covered. So skip the lineups, get comfy on the couch, click through to what interests you most, and let the shopping begin!

Her Gift Guide

There’s sparkle, there’s jewelry and there’s lace. Could a girl ask for anything more?! Click here to shop the complete gift guide for her.

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His Gift Guide

From the casual to the classic, we’ve got the boys covered too. Click here to shop the complete gift guide for him.

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Their Gift Guide

Make giving easy by group giving. Pamper all your besties in one of these creative ways. Click here to shop the complete gift guide for them.

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What’s Next?

We’re going straight into celebration mode that’s what! The new 2015 product line goes live next week and we can’t wait to share it. We’ll be shifting our regular schedule to accommodate the launch, skipping our usual Monday post and returning Tuesday with the Best Dressed Favors for 2015. Join us then!

xoxo.

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2015 Wedding Theme Ideas: Still on Trend

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2015 is shaping up to be an incredible year for weddings, set to be filled with amazing new and exciting wedding themes and jaw-dropping details. We’ve already shared with you our predictions for what’s up and coming for the year ahead via glimpses into the inspiration clad pages of the soon to be released 2015 issue of Weddingstar magazine, see the latest post here, but there’s more. Beyond all that’s new, there are a few design staples that are certain to make the year over year crossover, continuing to hold their own in maintaining top spots on the list for most popular 2015 wedding themes. Rooted in some of the most naturally romantic, whimsical and breathtakingly beautiful details, here are the currently trending wedding themes not likely to lose their luster any time soon.

1. Vintage

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2. Rustic

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3. Woodland

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4. Shabby Chic

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5. Wanderlust

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The Latest and Greatest

If you’re on trend with one of these wedding themes be sure to stay tuned for the release of the latest issue of Weddingstar magazine, featuring tons of new wedding products guaranteed to get you the look.

xoxo.

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DIY Wedding Wednesday: Will You Be My Bridesmaid – 3 Creative Ways to Ask

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You could ask your girls if they’ll be your bridesmaids by making the simple ask. Or you could do it by way of a creative and thoughtful gift that shows them just how much their involvement in your big day means to you. We vote for the latter! Becoming a bridesmaid is a big commitment and we’re all for getting things started on the most positive of notes. Set the stage for a fun and exciting planning journey no one can say “no” to with one of these three lovely and creative ways to pop the big question.

The How-To #1: The Goodie Bag

What girl doesn’t love to be pampered! Ask your besties to stand by your side by treating them to some standard girlie comforts.

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What You’ll Need – The Supplies and The Details

1. The essential component is of course the bag. Select one that’s cute and compact, one that pops the question but can be used time and again.

2. A mini notebook that sets the stage for fun but organized planning.

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3. Luxurious hand and body balm to get her skin glowing.

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4. A pretty and useful treat she’ll appreciate always.

5. Some pink bubbly to mark the celebration. We went with a mini for the perfect fit and because it’s oh so cute!

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6. Bath salts to unwind after a long day of wedding planning.

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The How-To #2: On a Sweet Note

A great option if you know the emotion of the moment may get to you. Make it easier by letting a printed handkerchief do the talking.

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What You’ll Need – The Supplies and The Details

1. A personalized handkerchief that says just the right thing in just the right stylish way.

2. A peekaboo envelope that’s just as pretty a keepsake.

The How-To #3: Locket Love

Jewelry is the ultimate no-brainer. Go for an option that reveals your request in the loveliest way.

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What You’ll Need – The Supplies and The Details

1. The locket and your handwritten message on a piece of printed craft paper.

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2. Fabric ribbon to line your jewelry box for a pretty presentation that completes the look.

xoxo.

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All the Pretty Things: Our Favorite Wedding Details

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Happy Halloween! Although we aren’t in the business of the spooky and the freaky, we can certainly appreciate the celebration’s affiliation with sweet treats. Which is exactly what we have in store for you today. Well, that is if you’re into seriously swoon-worthy wedding inspiration. From unconventional designer footwear to the most luxurious of floral arrangements, today we’re counting down 15 of our favorite wedding day details from our very own creative photo shoots. And that’s not even the best part. All this is a pretty prequel to the sweetest treat of all, this coming Monday’s post when we’ll share our 2015 trend predictions and a sneak peek into what’s in store for the next issue of Weddingstar magazine, hitting stands early December. And trust me when I say that’s a post you won’t want to miss! But for now, let’s enjoy some eye candy.

15. Homespun Designer Details – Coach Rain Boots

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14. Delightful Desserts – Glittered Monogram French Macarons

 

13. Luxury Upgrades – Etched Stemware

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12. Vintage Displays – Creative Wedding Photo Props

 

11. A Tribute to Tradition – Old Family Photo Display

 

10. Fancy Pants – Bejeweled Bridal Bun

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9. Ceremony Sound Off – Ringing of a Vintage Bell to Announce the Bride

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8. Dining Details – Custom Dinner Menus with Coordinating China

 

7. Luxurious Lace – Vintage Decorative Details

 

6. Special Seating – DIY Chair Back

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5. Colorful Candlelight – Mint Green Tapers

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4. Ambient Light – Crystal Chandeliers

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3. Indoor Garden – Abundant Floral Displays

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2. Aisle Style – Candlelit Floral Ceremony Aisle Markers

 

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1. Tabletop Adornments – Cascading Large Bloom Displays

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More Pretty Things

Follow Weddingstar on Pinterest for endless wedding inspiration, complete with ways to get the look.

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Wedding Inspiration: Bridal Bouquets

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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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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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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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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.

 

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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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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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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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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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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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