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

 

 

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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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.

Indoor Ceremonies

 

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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What’s In Our Carry On- Packing For Your Honeymoon!

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After months of planning your big day has come and gone, but don’t worry the excitement isn’t over yet! Now it’s time to get ready for your honeymoon! Travelling in general can be stressful but we’ve got you covered. Here is a list of our top items for your honeymoon carry-on so you can start off your romantic getaway stress-free.

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1. Tote Bag

A cute personalized tote like this geo-prism tote will make it easy to pack all your must-have carry-on accessories.

2. Shoes/Flip-flops

Pack a pair of comfy shoes to change into, as the flight might be long and you will want to be ready for anything once you get off the plane.

3. Earphones

4. Hand Sanitizer

5. Lip Chap

Those planes can be stuffy and dry, which can cause chapped lips. Don’t let chapped lips put a damper on your honeymoon!

6. Sleep Mask

Catch up on some well-needed Zzz’s from all the wedding day excitement! Your wedding day is full of emotion and excitement which can also be a bit draining. Grab a sleep mask and catch some shut eye so you are ready to enjoy your honeymoon!

7. Robe

Don’t forget to pack a change of clothes and your fave silky robe in your carry on, in case something happens to your luggage.

8. Cosmetic Bag

A personalized monogrammed cosmetic bag is perfect for carrying your everyday makeup.

9. Sunglasses

Don’t get caught in the sun without your sunglasses. Pack a pair of inexpensive fun sunglasses for your travels so if they get lost or broken you won’t mind.

10. Camera

Bring a disposable camera along as a fun way to capture your honeymoon memories that you can look back on for years to come.

11. Phone

12. Passport Cover

Keep your passport protected and easy to find with a cute Mr. & Mrs. passport cover for you and your new husband.

13. Money Clip

It’s always hard to know how to store your money while travelling, but with a money clip your money, ID’s, and credit cards can all be stored in one simple location that’s easy to hide in your belongings or your hotel room.

14. Water

Don’t start off by breaking the bank. Bring a water bottle that is refillable and fill it up once you are past security, to save money from those expensive airport convenience stores.

15. Book/ Magazine

16. Luggage Tag

Make sure you label your carry-on! You don’t want to start your vacation off on the wrong foot with lost possessions. This leather luggage tag is not only personalized with your initials but is really durable and classic.

17. Notepad & Pen

A pen and paper is just handy to have. You can write down important information about your flights, or record your favorite memories from your travels.

18. Deck of Cards

Have a layover or a long flight? Bring a deck of cards for hours of entertainment!

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How To: Decorate for Less by Skipping the Flowers

Your wedding day budget is depleting and you are looking for ways to save costs. One way couples have found to reduce wedding costs is by replacing flowers with simple décor items. Many couples are straying away from using flowers and are instead choosing to make their own decorations and bouquets out of other unique items. Flowers aren’t everyone’s cup of tea, so if you are a bride who doesn’t want flowers at their wedding we’ve got some alternatives that you and your guests will love.

Aisle Decorations

 

Decorative Lanterns are a great choice to brighten up your aisle. They can be painted to match your wedding colours or dressed up using a decorative ribbon and you’ve got the perfect addition to guide you down the aisle.

Candles are another great way to decorate your aisle. They provide a romantic lit atmosphere perfect for that cozy indoor affair. However, if your venue does not allow open flames, flameless candles are also available.

Flowerless Centerpiece Options

 

Add a vintage look to your reception with these Candle Holders. You can decorate them to add your own flair. Add some candles and you’ve got a simple alternative to flowers.

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Mini Mason Jar With Lid

Having a summer wedding and want some pops of color on the guest tables? With beautiful decorated mason jars you’ve got a fun and easy DIY project that the whole wedding party can help out with.

Other summer weddings choose to use fruits to decorate with, filling tall glass vases or jars with different colored fruits for the right amount of color.

The Bridal Bouquet

 

A bride’s bouquet can be made up of all kinds of different things but one of the most popular for today’s bride is a brooch bouquet. These are easy to make, even if you aren’t very crafty and they look fantastic in photos. Brides usually ask for brooches to be donated by friends or family members, but can also find them in antique stores for relatively cheap. This bouquet is not to be thrown though; it is meant as a keepsake for the bride and there is usually a small substitution bouquet that is used if the bride chooses to do a bouquet toss.

Other bouquets may include flowers that are made out of sheet music, comic books or origami paper. Rustic themed weddings have seen flowers formed from burlap and ribbon, and others include fabric flowers made by the bride or purchased from a crafter.

Whether you decide to go with flowers or not, the choice is yours for your wedding. However, if you are feeling adventurous, skip the flowers and let your flowerless décor be the talk for years to come.

Writing & Concept by:  Theresa Gibson

Photography by: Weddingstar, LV Imagery, Kat Williams

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Wedding Advice From Real Brides

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Brides who are planning their wedding want to know first-hand what other brides would have done differently on their wedding day if they could. Here are some top responses we’ve received from real brides, sharing their best wedding advice.

Do: Take Time To Eat

“My only regret was not having food available for myself and my bridesmaids after pictures and before the ceremony. We had a late wedding (ceremony at 5) and were all so hungry by the time the ceremony started… so ya, if I was doing it again, I’d have food (and wine!) “ –Cynthia

“Make someone set you aside a plate of food for afterwards! I was starving. During dinner you’re likely to be too busy taking photos and greeting to eat”-Peyton

Do: Research & Spend The Money On An Experience Photographer

“I wish I picked different photographers. I went off recommendations and experience but they focused on quantity not quality. I have 1300 photos of my wedding day, yet there’s more photos of the staff than of just me (the bride). They also blurred out me a few times to focus on the background. It was just very disappointing.” – Sammie

“Completely regret my photographer. Spend the money, that’s one place to splurge and then save somewhere else.” –Jac Lynn

“Photography.. really REALLY do your research and don’t cheap out. If they don’t have a Facebook page pass on them.. I thought I had a good one. I’ll never forgive myself” – Chantal

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Do: Have A Clear Idea On Photos You Want

“Took more pictures with my entire family/extended family. We have photos with everyone by themselves but not a single group photo of our families together. (Like aunts/uncles/cousins) Make sure you get every single photo you want as those are the only thing that last a lifetime. “ –Eilea

“I wish I put more emphasis on photos with family members. I told my photographer to speed through it so we can start the reception and now I don’t have half the photos I wish we did.”–Carolyn

“ I used my aunt as a photographer and she wasn’t really up to date on newer more adorable poses but she did it for cheap so I used her…I wish I would have paid more and had a better photographer” – Brianna

Do: Splurge On A Videographer

“Get a videographer. Your day goes so fast and you don’t get to see everything. I would give anything to be able to watch my wedding video back but I never got a videographer. “ – Tiffany

“Even if you have to sell your right arm to do it, get a videographer! This is my #1 regret, not having one. I wish I could relive the day through videos.” – Beth

“All the other ways that we cut corners to save money turned out great but I really regret not getting a videographer… Not sure where the money would have come from but I really wish I had made it a priority and figured out a way to pay for it.” –Lauren

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Do: Take Time To Thank Your Guests

“Taking two moments as bride and groom to address and thank all of our guests for attending. We had intentions on doing this, but after speeches and dinner, it slipped the itinerary. We greeted each table, but I feel like taking the microphone and thanking the guests as a whole would have been nice as well.” – Courtney

Do: Coordinate Carefully With Your DJ

“I got a “great deal” on a DJ, but he didn’t play any of the songs we requested. Lots of old stuff and repeats. If my MC didn’t tell him to play certain songs we may not have had a first dance! It was the worst part of my wedding for me, but people still danced and no one remembers what songs were played anymore (except maybe me).” –Amanda

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Do: Make Sure You Have Enough Time

“I wish I wrote down that the ceremony started a half hour earlier on the invites. We ran late waiting for guests so everything else got cut short. “ – Kristy

“I wouldn’t have changed anything except I would’ve made the reception longer. I felt like one minute we were eating dinner and the next someone was tapping me on my arm telling me there was half an hour left” – Lala

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Top Three Destination Wedding Tips

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Photo Shoot Location: Reynisfjara-Black sand beach near Vik, Iceland

Destination weddings are becoming more and more popular. They also involve extra attention when it comes to planning and preparation for the big day. Today we are sharing with you expert advice from event planner and Weddingstar Ambassador Phoebe Lo.  Here are her top 3 destination wedding tips:

1. Work With Professionals

Enlist the services of an experienced planner with a background in destination wedding planning, especially in the location you have selected for your celebration. Expect to work with both hometown and on site vendors and service providers to tackle the countless logistical details that all come together to customize your event.

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featured above: Small Gold Decorative Candle Lantern / Medium Decorative Candle Lantern / Heart Shaped Sand Ceremony Vase Set / Just Married Sandals

2. Planning Is Key

Thorough preparation is crucial when planning a destination wedding. Be knowledgeable about customs and border regulations that may affect what you can pack. Consider all aspects of the transportation and have a backup plan in case of bad weather. To help ensure your planning does not have gaps, envision a walk-through of all the activities, starting from the moment you depart from your home.

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3. Pack & Go Style

In spite of the spectacular scenery, this remote location required a few critical accessories to help set the stage. Here are a few points when travelling to a foreign destination with décor products. Checked luggage is stowed as cargo so expect extremely cold temperatures and rough handling. Securely wrap all fragile items. Upon arrival, a custom agent may require you to prove ownership, so take along purchase receipts and detailed information. But, have a plan B just in case an item is not allowed through customs.

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featured above: Heart Shaped Sand Ceremony Vase Set-The Adventure Begins

If you are planning on having a destination wedding, make sure you keep these tips in mind!

Credits: 

Event Design and Planning: 
Phoebe Lo Events
www.phoebeloevents.com

Photography:
Rhythm Photography
www.rhythm-photography.com

Model:
Sally Leung of Sally Leung Fitness
www.sallyleungfitness.com

Desserts and Sweets: 
Cakelaine
www.cakelaine.com

Jewelry and Accessories:
The Loved One
www.thelovedone.ca

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Our Must Have Planning Checklist

You’ve made the to do list . . . we’ve got the must haves. Here’s a quick checklist of our favorite items this season to help you during your planning process. From gifts to party essentials we have got it all laid out for you in a monthly checklist.

12 Months – Just Engaged

9 Months

6-8 Months

4-5 Months – Halfway to Hooray!

3 Months

2 Months

1 Month – Crunch Time

For a downloadable version of this checklist, click here.

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DIY Wedding Wednesday: How To Celebrate Valentine’s Day in Style

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If you haven’t noticed by our recent post topics, we’ve really been in the mood to party lately. And it has everything to do with all the great celebration essentials that were recently added to the Weddingstar line up. With a varied array of party ready accessories, from customized napkins to personalized glassware, all you need to do is mix and match your favorites for your own personal party perfect assortment. Today we’re lining up our favorites for a stylish Valentine’s Day soiree, which can just as easily apply to an engagement party, bridal shower, or any get together where pink and pretty is a must.

Tabletop Style

Set the stage for a love celebration with little more than a few key tabletop accessories. It can be as simple as incorporating custom and clever paper napkins, or as creative as using pretty with a purpose florals. Little details really do make all the difference.

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“love” plates set, filled with roses and used as a centerpiece concept

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‘drunk in love’ & ‘kiss’ printed paper napkins, paired with gold strokes black cocktail napkins

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Cheers to Love

What’s a celebration without a proper toast of pink bubbles! Serve yours up in unique glassware options for an easy way to customize your event, and incorporate your choice drink into your takeaway concepts for a favor they’ll love.

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can shaped glasses personalized with ‘i love you like xo’ and ‘i can’t even without you’

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DIY Wedding Wednesday: Party Perfect Favors

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Today marks the last post in our no fuss, no muss holiday series and fittingly, it’s our easiest how-to to date. Thanks to some of the prettiest boxes and bags, and a few sweet treats, we’re sharing party perfect favors, ready in just minutes. Perfect for any occasion, New Years, birthdays, showers or weddings, and featuring the loveliest of versatile color palettes, these trendy takeaways are simply a celebratory must have.

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‘we’re so engaged’ paper goodie bags filled with mini gourmet doughnuts

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gold printed white linen favor baggies gold heart favor baggie

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xoxo.

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