How To Get Social For Your Big Day

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Social Media is a great tool you can use to collect and share memories from your big day. With all your guests having cameras on their phones these days you can use this to your advantage. Here are a few ways to get social on your big day.

1. Create Your Own Hashtag

Asking your guests to use a custom wedding hashtag will make it easier for you to search and view your images on social media. We suggest picking something that is easy to type and remember.

2. Get Tagging

Don’t be afraid to ask your vendors and guests to tag you in posts. This will allow you to see some fun photos that you might not normally see.

3. Download and Collect Through Your Wedding App

There are tons of wedding apps out there that help organize and gather pictures from your big day. Get your guests to download the app and provide them with the wedding ID and then you’re off to the races.

4. Make a Personal Snapchat Filter

Making your own snapchat filter is another way to get your guests involved and excited to share photos. It creates a unique and fun element that will encourage your guests to post more.

 5. Assign A Social Media Liaison

You don’t want to be stuck on social media all day, so assign a couple people from your bridal party or guests to be in charge of taking and sharing the photos for you!

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The Bridesmaid Checklist of What To Pack For the Wedding Day

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photo credit: Alan Maudie Photography

Packing for a wedding isn’t like packing for a regular weekend away. With all the responsibilities of being a bridesmaid, the last thing you want to do is forget something. Fear not! We have taken one weight off your shoulders and compiled the ultimate bridesmaid wedding checklist of what to pack for the wedding day.

1. Your Dress

Carry in a garment bag to avoid creasing

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photo credit: Laura Ivanova Photography

2. Underwear

Make sure you’ve tried your underwear on in advance with your dress to make sure you can’t see it and it gives you the right support

3. Shoes

You’ll be on your feet most of the day, so make sure you break in your shoes beforehand and bring a pair of flats for later just in case!

4. Jewelry

Don’t forget to pack your necklace, bracelet and/or earrings that you are wearing the day of!

featured here: Matte Gold Charm Bracelet

5. Makeup

Even if you’re getting your makeup done by a professional, it’s a good idea to have some on hand for touch-ups throughout the day.

6. Fashion Tape

Depending on your dress style, you may need this to make sure everything stays in place!

7. Robe

A robe is the wardrobe must-have for getting ready in the morning with the girls. A robe is easy to get on and off without ruining your hair and makeup.  All of the bridesmaids and bride together in robes is a trend that makes for stunning day of pictures!

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featured here: Blue Watercolor Floral Silky Kimono Robe On White / Silky Kimono Robe-Periwinkle

8. Camera/Phone Charger

Don’t under estimate how quickly these two things will run out of battery when you’re snapping away!

9. Tote Bag

Don’t forget to bring along your tote bag with all the small essentials you’ll need throughout the day. Stock it up with your lipstick, mints, tissues, hairbrush, and a snack!

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featured here: Large Canvas Tote Bag With Metallic Gold- Bridal Style Foiling

10. Emergency Kit

You never know what you or fellow bridesmaids/bride are going to need the day of. Unexpected things can happen so make sure your bring an emergency kit like this one

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featured here: Bridesmaid Minimergency Kit-Silver/Gold Swirl

Credits:
Post adapted from article originally written by Lucy Leaper- Confetti

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DIY: Put a {Chocolate} Ring On It

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Here’s a little DIY project that will have your friends asking “how did you make these?” These sweet chocolate rings are very easy to create and don’t require any special candy making tools. All you need is a diamond ring ice cube tray, some chocolate candy melts and maybe some music to dance to while your waiting for the chocolate to set!

The Supplies

  • diamond ring ice cube tray
  • chocolate candy melts in the color or colors of your choice (we used Wilton Candy Melts)
  • microwave save container
  • knife

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Step by Step

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Step 1. Melt chocolate in a microwave safe container as indicated on the candy melt package.

Step 2. Stir melted chocolate and pour into each of the diamond ring molds. Gently bang the tray on a counter top to make sure there are no air bubbles in the chocolate.

Step 3. Use a knife to remove any excess chocolate on the mold and set aside to cool for a few hours.

Step 4. Once the chocolate has dried completely you can pop the rings out. Work slowly so you do not break the rings. Tip: Pop the ring up and then slowly twist the ring free from the centre part of the mold.

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Have fun with different colours of candy melts and experiment by combining colours. Here’s a tip for making candy rings with more than one color –  allow each color to dry in the mold before adding another color.

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You can decorate cupcakes and cakes with these chocolate candy rings for a bridal shower.

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Featured here: diamond ring ice cube tray, medium chalkboards, vintage inspired pressed glass vases and stationery holders, printed gold confetti paper table runner

Here’s how these DIY candy rings were displayed at a styled party shoot for all the single ladies to wear … and eat!

If you use the diamond ring ice cube trays for your wedding, shower or party we’d love to see what you did. Post your photos on Instagram using hashtag #weddingstar or tag us @weddingstar so we’ll find your post.

 

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Styled shoot vendor credits:

Photography by Sara Wilde Photography

Hand lettering by Prose and Fawns Paperie

Catering by Savoury and Cake

Packaging by Creative Bag

Shot at Fox and Fawn Shoppe

DIY projects and Creative direction by Lorrie Everitt

 

 

How To: Create A Memorable Beach Themed Wedding

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You may think that simply hosting your wedding ocean-side is enough to create a beach wedding that people will remember. While your guests are bound to love celebrating your special day with you regardless, some extra attention to details will make it the beach wedding people can not stop talking about! The most memorable weddings have a strong, central vision that guides the direction and impact of the entire event. The best way to accomplish this is to first consider how the wedding should reflect your personal style, and then to incorporate beach-themed decor in a manner that is cohesive and strategically placed.

1. Determine how your wedding will reflect your personality & style

Before you dive in and focus on the seaside theme completely, take a minute to get clear on your own personal style. Once you’ve determined what your own personal style is, you can use this to set the tone for your wedding decor. This may seem like an arbitrary step, but remember, this is the key to unlocking a uniquely styled wedding and avoiding that cookie-cutter feel.

2. Choose your colors

Choosing a specific set of colors for your wedding is not just a ritual – it actually goes a long way to creating a coherent look and feel to your entire event. You may choose to have a mostly neutral backdrop with flashes of color. This is something that works especially well at the beach with the neutral tone of sand. For instance, you might choose a neutral container such as a tin planter for flowers, but opt for colorful flowers and bright napkins. Remember that no detail is too small. Common color choices for beach themed weddings are blue with silver or gold, and a pale peach accent.

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featured here: Galvanized Tin Rectangular Planter

3. Start with your lighting

Once you’ve decided on your overall tone and color choices, begin with the lighting. Opt for fun options such as candle-filled lanterns, paper lanterns, excessive amounts of votive candles or round-bulb light strings.

featured here: Mini Lantern with Hanger

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4. Decide on flowers and where they will be placed

Once you have your lighting figured out, you can decide on your floral arrangements. Remember to keep the two in balance. You do not want to feel like the flowers are competing with the lighting, or vice versa. And remember, the vases you use are decorations too. White porcelain vases or square glass vases are ideal options for a beach wedding.

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featured here: White Glass Bottle Decor Set

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5. Add in decorative knick-knacks

This may seem like an afterthought, but do not let its concluding placement fool you. These seemingly extra decorative pieces are the things that will truly lend depth and character to your event space. This is your opportunity to get creative and surprise people with delightful little touches.

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featured here: Starfish Cake Topper

When creating a beach themed wedding there’s so many things you can include. So are you ready to design your beach theme wedding?

Written By Sara Ferguson from Froxoffallkirk.com 

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Style Spotlight: Boho Luxe Meets Lavender

Nature and florals are the natural setting for this lush, countryside intimate affair. This beautifully sophisticated shoot brings together shades of purple with accents of gold used throughout the table décor and stationery. For some added eccentric flair cow skulls were added to create unique Boho styled centerpieces. With added texture inspired by Moroccan prints to finish off the look, this stylist brought together a modern, enchanting shoot.

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Featured here (top left to bottom right): Floral Pressed Glass Mason Jar Favour With StopperVintage Style Pressed Glass Flute In ClearVintage Style Pressed Glass Goblet Clear,  Cake Fork Set – Classic Gold RomanceVintage Creamer Assortment Favour Vase SetVintage Inspired Depression Glass Votive HoldersAcrylic Wedding Ring Box – Feather Whimsy Etching

Credits:

Styling & Invitations: Adorn Invitations | @adorninvitations

Dresses: Raffaele Ciuca |  @raffaeleciucabridal

Headpiece and Jewelry: Love On Jewellery |@loveonjewellery

Photographer: Sephory Photography | @sephoryphotography

Flowers: Babylon Flowers | @babylon flowers

Food: Mary Eats Cake | @maryeatscake

Models: Caity Caarels @caitycaarels & Carl Zvekan

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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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Featured Here Or Similar To:
Apothecary Jar, Glass Bell Jar Favor

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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Top Things To Do The Week Of Your Wedding

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You only have a week left until you say “I Do”! Before the big day arrives you want to make sure you have everything in order and checked off your to-do list. Here are ten of the top things you should do the week of your wedding!

1. Send Final Payments To Vendors

Pay all your vendors prior to the big day if possible! That way you won’t have them trying to track you down on your wedding day for payment. If you want to tip your vendors the day of, designate a family member or bridal party member to handle this.

2. Photo List

If you have in mind certain photos you absolutely want and people you want included, make sure you write out a list beforehand for your photographer.

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3. Marriage License

Go to the courthouse or registration office and get your marriage license that week if you haven’t already. Make an appointment ahead of time if you can.

4. Break In Your Shoes

Make sure you break your wedding shoes in before your wedding day. Your feet will thank you! Wear them around the house that week and pack an extra pair for dancing just in case.

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Photo credit: Laura Ivanova Photography

5. Emergency Kit

You never know what you’re going to need that day, so come prepared! Bring an emergency kit with everything from hair spray to bandages and a sewing kit.

6. Try On Your Wedding Dress

Get into your dress one last time before the big day and make sure everything fits perfectly!

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Photo credit: Brooke Images

7. Pack Your Honeymoon Bags

If you’re leaving for your honeymoon right after the wedding, make sure to have all of your bags packed beforehand, including your carry on bag! This will be one less thing you have to worry about the day of your wedding.

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8. Check In With Your Bridal Party

Send an email to all your girls & guys and confirm that everyone knows where and when they need to be on the big day. Also, make a point of delegating any important tasks for the day.

9. Call Any Guests Who Didn’t RSVP

Reach out to anyone you haven’t heard from yet. It’s best to know the final guest numbers than to be surprised the day of with last minute guests.

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Photo credit: Rhythm Photography

10. Rest & Relaxation

Last but not least take a moment, relax and spend some quality time with your partner and make sure you get a good sleep the night before!

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All products featured in this post can be found on weddingstar.com

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Indoor Vs. Outdoor Weddings

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When planning your big day, you must decide whether you want it to take place indoors or outdoors. Whether you decide to have it in the backyard, on the beach, countryside, church or community hall, your perfect location is out there and can be a beautiful affair. But both indoor and outdoor affairs can have their perks and disadvantages.

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Photography By:
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Outdoor Ceremonies

 

The fresh air, the blue skies, and standing under the shining sun are all enticing reasons to getting married outdoors. Here is a list of a few pros and cons for an outdoor wedding:

Con: Mother Nature
There is always an uncontrollable risk to an outdoor event, which is the weather. So make sure you have a back-up plan just in case.

Pro: Personal Touch

A benefit to an outdoor wedding is that it can be more personal to you as a couple. You can pick a location that matches your style as a couple and that has true meaning. For example the farm you grew up on or the mountains you like to climb.

Pro: Personalize The Decor

There is also greater opportunity to personalize the décor. With an outdoor wedding you are starting with a blank slate and can decorate to match your style. You can choose the style of chair or bench for your guests, arch or pedestal for your ceremony.

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If you’re looking for something with a bit more control, an indoor wedding may just be your cup of tea. Here is a list of pros and cons to consider an indoor wedding:

Pro: Unique Style For Every Couple

Indoor locations have their own personality. Whether you choose a church, historical building, or greenhouse there is a unique style for every couple.

Con: Space Limitations

Indoor weddings do have more space limitations depending on the location.

Pro: Air Conditioning and Availability

Even though there are space limitations there are other benefits such as A/C, space personality, and year-round availability.

Both indoor and outdoor ceremonies have pros and cons. But they both can make for your perfect day! For tips on how to personalize your day click here.

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