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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Best Dressed Favors Part 2

Send your guests home with something they’ll cherish forever with one of these fully-dressed favors you can create yourself. Dress these favors up or down to fit your budget perfectly! Find more best-dressed favor ideas on Part 1 of the blog!

1. Mirror, Mirror

Who’s the prettiest of them all? If you’re looking for something that’s classy and dazzling, this mirror favor box is the perfect choice. Fill the box with your favorite candy, then dress it up with a paper bow for a glamorous favor that’s completely red carpet worthy.

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2. Mix It Up

Refreshing lemonade – the perfect beverage for summertime celebrations, now the perfect favor to give to your guests. Packed in an adorable miniature picnic basket dressed up with paper doilies and lemon yellow ribbon, this little outfit doesn’t miss a beat. Personalized with a tag and sticker and you’re set.

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3. Sail Away

Get ready to set sail with classy mini lanterns to help light the way. All decked out with a box of personalized matches and cute tag of thanks, these takeway favors will be guest must-haves. The adorable brass boat wheel charms and gold twist twine add the perfect splash of nautical charm.

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4. Foreign Flavor

Love to travel? Take your guests around the world with a favor already packed for the trip. Filled with tea or other delicacies you’ve picked up along the way, this airmail favor box comes as a kit that includes 10 sets of boxes, twine and charms, so all you have to do is pack and go! For an additional personal touch, add a personalized tag and you’re on your way!

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Check out weddingstar.com for more unique favor ideas!

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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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At First Blush:Trendy For Weddings & Valentine’s Day

Blush pink is one of this year’s trending colors for weddings. Its soft hue matches well with pops of gold for beautiful decor. If you’re planning on incorporating blush into your wedding day, why not match your bridesmaids’ gifts to your wedding colors? And with Valentine’s day around the corner, it is the perfect color to incorporate into your V-Day party décor and gifts for your BFF’s.

Blush Gift Ideas For Your BFF’s

Whether you’re looking for gifts for your bridesmaids or a special V-day gift for your girls, here are some of our top blush colored gift ideas!

Robes

If you’re looking for robes to get ready in on the day of your wedding or planning on having a Galentine’s spa day, these waffle kimono robes and silky robes in blush are the perfect gift idea for your girls.

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Featured above: Blissful Blooms Silky Robe-Blush PinkWaffle Kimono Robe- Blush

Cosmetic Bags & Totes

For a gift that will be used time and time again, totes and cosmetic bags are a gift your girls will love.

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Featured above: Blush Pink Cotton Waffle Zip Pouch

This blush waffle cosmetic bag is great for a girls’ getaway weekend or for storing your cosmetics on the day of, for those last minute touch ups.

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Featured above: Blush Bikini Bag- Beach Please Embroidery

This cute waterproof zip pouch is ideal for toting your wet bathing suit. Perfect for a destination wedding!

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Treat your girls to this stylish modern pink & white faux leather tote.

Must-Have Accessories

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Featured above: Designer Compact Mirror- Sweet Heart Print

Every girl could use a compact mirror and this fun sweet heart print design has that perfect touch that doubles as not only a great bridesmaids gift, but a Valentine’s Day gift as well.

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These flirty little ballet flats are ready for any occasion day or night.

Valentine’s Day Blush Party Decor

Hosting a Valentine’s Day dinner party is a fun way to include both your single friends and coupled up friends. We have the perfect blush décor to dress up your celebration! This party décor could also be used for your engagement party or bridal shower.

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Featured above: Rose Gold Foil Heart Balloon- 36” Large / Vintage Style Pressed Glass Goblet Pink / Gold Splash Cocktail Napkin / Rose gold Foil Heart Balloon-18” Medium / Gold Colorblock Party Cups-9 oz. / Gold & Blush Hexagon Party Plates- Large

Give The Gift Of A Gift Box

Looking for a unique gift idea to thank your guests for being part of your special day? Why not create a special personalized gift box for them to take away? They can be any size and contain as many items as you’d like that fits within your budget. Here are a couple of gift box ideas to help you get started!

The Welcome Box

Filled with treats and gifts that hint at the fun ahead, guests will be set to clink, drink and party. Everything from the snacks to the takeaway favors, this welcome gift box has all the ingredients for some incredibly memorable good times.

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The Takeaway Box

A charming basket brimming with homespun and heartfelt gifts makes a thoughtful takeaway for the morning after the celebration. Treat guests to a “Rise and Shine” breakfast picnic to-go and say thanks for coming one more time.

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Check out weddingstar.com for more ideas!

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Style Spotlight: Bare Your Soul

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This stunning styled shoot, by Alicia Jenelle Events & Love Laced Weddings, sets the stage for a fresh twist on romantic wedding style, with its hushed palette of rose gold accents and lavish florals. Cascading florals and natural foliage are layered with barely there, transparent details, for an ethereal look that is all about romance.

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Vintage glassware adds a distinctive flair to this table décor. Fill with your favorite beverage and cheers the night away in style.

Write your own vows in these beautiful linen pocket journals and save the memories for years to come with this personalized keepsake.

Whether a unique box for your precious wedding rings, an extra special gift for your ladies or a totally fresh take on the classic card box, let the love shine through. Stunning see-through boxes are like tiny windows into the treasures carefully placed inside.

This Modern acrylic box creates a sophisticated Wishing Well that complements this theme. Not only can it be used as a stylish container to collect wedding cards or “Wish Cards”, but it also makes an ideal box to store your precious wedding keepsakes following the big day.

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Credits:

Styling and Coordination: ALICIA JENELLE EVENTS and LOVE LACED WEDDINGS

Photography: RHYTHM PHOTOGRAPHY

Videography: NORRISFILMS

Venue: THE RICHMOND

Model: CHLOE BROWN of DULCEDO MANAGEMENT

Fresh Floral Design: BLUUMBLVD

Hair Stylist: LADYLYN GOOL

Makeup Artist: DAWNA BOOT MAKEUP

Table & Chairs: EVENT RENTAL GROUP

Table Top & Bar Items: THE PERFECT TABLE

Wedding Dress, Shoes, Earrings & Necklace: SASH & BUSTLE

Rings: GWEN PARK JEWELLERY DESIGNS

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Just Engaged: Tips From Real Wedding Planners

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You just got engaged and are feeling overwhelmed with all the questions on where to start. In addition, you’ve probably got a lot of people whispering in your ear. Good news, we have a few tips from the pros to help you get started.

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Tip One: Enjoy the Moment

First off, take a deep breath, relax and enjoy the thrill of becoming engaged! So many brides quickly get caught up in all of the details about planning weddings (Pinterest boards can be deadly!) – that they don’t take a moment to fully cherish this beautiful moment in their life. You need to take it all in, and celebrate in private with your hubby to be, as the big day will come soon enough to celebrate with all of your friends and family!  – Infinity Weddings & Events – Karina Brown

Tip Two: Spread the Word!

Family and close friends will love finding out from you in person.  How about hosting an intimate brunch to personally announce your big news to your close family?  If they are far away, a phone call is more personal than letting them find out second-hand or via email or social media like everyone else. – Birch & Bunny Wedding & Events – Laura Richert

Tip Three: Before Jumping In . . .

Determine the scope. The budget and size of guest list will start you out on the right foot.  Once you have figured out at least a range for these questions you will be better able to move forward either on your own or with the help of a professional Wedding Planner.  Your planner will help you prioritize, create a detailed timeline and budget, track expenses and recommend vendors.  These custom vendor recommendations are ones who match your style, personalities, budget, needs and experience level. – Birch & Bunny Wedding & Events – Laura Richert

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Tip Four: Set a date!

Don’t wait too long as, dependent on season, a lot of vendors tend to book up quickly! If you have your heart set on a specific venue, you may have to start with checking what dates are available and go from there. Choosing a date does not need to be a big task or a difficult one – but it is super important as, with wedding planning, everything can become time sensitive. On top of setting a date, you need to narrow down your guest list. Most venues have a maximum capacity and there is nothing worse than paying a deposit on your perfect venue only to find out all of the guests you’ve invited cannot attend due to restrictions (talk about a nightmare!).  – Infinity Weddings & Events – Karina Brown

Tip Five: Saying Yes To The Dress

Find that perfect dress (or suit)! Shopping a year in advance is a great idea, as you don’t want to become stressed and crammed for time. Dresses take time to order in as they often come from out of city. On top of that, if you need any alterations to be done, you need to ensure that you have plenty of time for the dress to be fixed. – Infinity Weddings & Events – Karina Brown

Tip Six: Beware Of Social Media

We all love to post on social media and well, it is the way of the world now.   I strongly suggest holding information that you share about your wedding to a minimum though. This is where a lot of couples get confused and overwhelmed over unsolicited comments and advice. The vendors that you have hired are the experts and do this for a living so it is important to lean on them for guidance on your big day. – LP Events – Lesley Plumley

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Final Tip:

Make the day about the two of you and what you want!   Stay true to your vision and you will be much happier.

Don’t sweat the small stuff. Things happen and may not always go your way. It is important not to lose sight of what you are doing; marrying your true love. Hire vendors that work with you to create a dream day for you and your partner. – LP Events – Lesley Plumley

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How To Be The Best Bridesmaid Ever

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Photo credit: Morgan Marie Photography

Being asked to be a bridesmaid is super exciting and an honor, but it does involve a lot more than just showing up on the day of the wedding. From financial expenses, emotional support and helping with planning it can sometimes be tough. But no worries, we have some tips that will make the whole process go smoothly. You’ll be a bridesmaid pro!

1. Be Upfront

If you are concerned about the financial costs or time commitment be upfront with the bride right away. Having a discussion early on before committing to being in the wedding party is the best way to go about things.

2. Be A Team Player

In a group of girls, there are bound to be disagreements along the way. Try your best to get along with the other girls and work together. The bride will already be stressed out with wedding planning and doesn’t need the added stress of her friends not getting along.

3. Don’t Delay Ordering The Dress

You may think you have lots of time, but the sooner you get the dress the better. Waiting to order your dress last minute will only stress out the bride even more. Don’t forget you may need to get alterations!

4. Budget

Often you will have quite a bit of time between when you are asked to be a bridesmaid and the day of the wedding. Keep in mind all of the expenses that go along with the role and make sure you budget accordingly. It’s always best to budget for a bit more than you think you will need, so you’re not in a tough spot when it comes closer to the wedding day.

5. Offer Assistance In Planning

Check in with the bride and see what you can do to help with the planning. There’s a lot that goes into planning for a wedding and the bride could use your help and support to help make things easier!

6. Consider The Bride When Planning The Bachelorette Party

If you’re helping plan the bachelorette party, make sure you plan the event according to what the bride would enjoy. Not everyone is into the typical bachelorette party night out. You can ask the bride what she would prefer to do to make sure she will be happy in the end! If she’s not into partying there are so many alternative ideas to choose from.

7. Be Prepared

Prepare for anything on the day of the wedding. Make a checklist beforehand of items to pack with you on the day of, and make sure you include an emergency kit!

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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:

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.)

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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How To Choose The Perfect Wedding Venue

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There are many elements that go into picking the perfect venue for your wedding day. Before you start looking at venues you should make sure you ask yourself certain questions that will make an impact on the venue you choose. We’ve put a list together of the Top 5 questions you should ask yourself before you start!

1.Know Your Guest List

You should have an estimate of how many guests you are planning on inviting before you look at venues. Knowing how many guests you will have will make it easier to know which venues will accommodate all of your guests. You don’t want to end up choosing a venue that is too small for your guest list. This will also help you with your budget.

2. Have  A Budget

Knowing what your overall budget is will be important when selecting your venue. You should have a specific budget for the total amount you want to spend on your venue. Don’t forget that depending on the venue, there may be extra costs other than just the rental of the space.

3. Know What’s Included

When choosing a venue, make sure you know what the cost of everything will be. Some venues are full-service and may charge per head. Other venues will allow you to bring in your own vendors and décor.  Weigh your options and choose venues to explore that will work with your budget.

4. Choose A Venue That Matches Your Wedding Style

When seeking out venues, think about your wedding style and theme.  Choosing a venue that fits with your theme will make it easier for your vision to come to life for your big day. If you are wanting a more modern themed wedding, choose a more modern venue. If you are wanting a more rustic or natural theme, choosing an outdoor venue or rustic barn style venue may fit better with your overall style.

5. Consider Your Guests

If you have many guests travelling from out of town or having a destination wedding, make sure the venue is close to the guest accommodations, and if needed have transportation set up for your guests to get to and from your wedding venue.

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