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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3 DIY Balloon Ideas

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Looking for a way to liven up your next affair? We have three easy Balloon DIY’s to add a little something extra to your party décor.

Giant Confetti Balloons

 

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Photography By: Fola Lawal Photography

The Supplies

The Step-by-Step

Step One:

Take your balloon and fill it with your tissue confetti. You can add as much or as little as you want.

Step Two:

Blow up your balloon using helium.

Step Three:

Tie your ribbon to the bottom of the balloon. You can use this to tie your balloon down to a balloon weight or to hold while walking down the aisle.

Step Four:

Shake balloon as needed to spread the confetti evenly.

Garland Balloons

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The Supplies

The Step-by-Step

Step One:

Using the string provided with the garland, begin tying the garland on the string. The closer they are the thicker the garland will be to hold. We recommend spacing the garland about 3-5 inches apart.

Step Two:

Once step 1 is complete cut off excess string.

Step Three:

Blow up your balloon using helium.

Step Four:

Tie your garland to the bottom of the balloon and you’ve got yourself a fun décor piece or a great prop for your wedding day photos.

Greenery Balloons

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The Supplies

The Step-By-Step

Step One:

Blow up your balloon using helium.

Step Two:

Tie your garland to the bottom of the balloon using twine to keep it in place and you’ve got a sophisticated yet versatile décor piece.

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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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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DIY: “I Do” Leaf Ring Plate

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Looking for an alternative to a ring pillow for your big day? Check out this cute DIY “I Do” Leaf Plate idea. We’ve provided you with step-by-step instructions below.

Supplies:

  • White Porcelain Leaf Ring Plate
  • Pencil
  • Tracing Paper
  • Speedball “Elegant Writer” 2.0 mm chisel nib (or Calligraphy Marker in your choice colour)
  • Painter’s Tape
  • Scissors
  • Print out with design/ text

The Step by Step:

Step One:

Ensure the plate is clean and dry. We suggest using warm water and a rag for cleaning.

Step Two:

Print out the lettering template for the plate. We have included a few options for you below that you can download and print. Remember when printing to keep the template to size.

Step Three:

Place the tracing paper over top of the template and using your pencil trace the outline of the font you have chosen.

Step Four:

Cut down excess tracing paper for easier placement. Position the lettering on a smooth area of the plate so there will be no bumps from the plate design underneath. Use painter’s tape to hold the paper in place.

Step Five:

Transfer the outline to the plate using the tracing paper and pencil. Your traced lettering will be very faint but you should be able to see the complete design before you remove the paper template.Then using your calligraphy marker, trace over your outline and fill in.

Step Six:

Allow the marker to dry and avoid direct contact to prevent smears. If you are concerned about transfer you can try clear lacquer spray over top. (Note: wait until the marker is dry before applying lacquer and check label to make sure lacquer is appropriate to go over pen).

Download Template Here

 

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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Get the Look – Holiday Celebrations

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The holidays are here and we’re in the mood to deck the halls! Here’s a few of our favorite décor and gift giving ideas that are sure to make any holiday themed celebration merry.

Keep it simple. Add fresh greenery to strings of lights. Package macarons in personalized mason jars. Oh and don’t forget to put out the matching “hugs, kisses & merry wishes” napkins.

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Featured here: battery operated lights with wire cage, “hugs, kisses and merry wishes” personalized mason jar with gold lid, personalized napkins, medium chalkboard on white wood easel, square vases .

 

Gold heart bottle openers are perfect for holiday gift giving and you can use them as gift toppers by tying them onto gift bags using ribbon and fresh greenery.

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Featured here: gold heart with xo bottle opener, vintage style pressed glass goblets, chalkboard on stand, paper straws.

 

Fill square vases with fresh cut greenery and tied up with pretty ribbons and add hand lettered messages to chalkboards for signage.

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Featured here: medium and large square vases, vintage inspired pressed glass goblets, chalkboard on stand.

 

Give Santa some love with woodland themed cookies served on an acrylic tray. Serve Santa milk in a mason jar mug or craft beer in a can shaped glass.

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Featured here: square acrylic tray, glass mason jar mug, can shaped glass personalized with “hug, kisses & merry wishes”, personalized coasters, paper straws.

 

Glass jewelry boxes make unique hostess gifts for the holidays. Especially when you fill them with mini holiday cookies as sweet as these ones.

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Featured here: glass jewelry box with rose gold edges, small glass jewelry box with rose gold edges, large chalkboard, battery operated string of lights with wire cage.

 

If you have used our products this holiday season we’d love to see them. Post your pictures on Instagram using hashtag #weddingstar and tag us at @weddingstar.

 

Happy Holidays!

 

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Styled Shoot Credits:

photography  Janet KwanPhotography

woodland themed cookies Emma’s Sweets 

 macarons and mini donuts Macaronz 

mini cookies The Teeny Tiny Bakery  

hand lettering  Autumn Grey Designs

greenery and wreaths Flower Treasures  

holiday cards  Alicia’s Infinity

holiday gift packaging supplies Creative Bag

creative direction and styling Lorrie Everitt

 

Get The Look – Holiday Entertaining

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Ready. Set. Party.

The holidays are a wonderful time of year to celebrate with family and friends. This year spend less time preparing and more time mingling with guests with these three festive set up ideas.

1. Hot Chocolate And Sweets Bar

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Young or old, everyone loves a hot chocolate bar. Invite guests to help themselves to drinks and sweets. Give the bar a woodland spin with rustic décor items like wood chalkboards, faux antler card holders and birch bark pattern paper straws.

2. Craft Beer And Party Snacks Bar

Set up an area with personalized can shaped glasses and a variety of local craft beers so guests can help themselves. Use candy scoops to serve bar snacks displayed in square glass containers. Display bite size treats on monogram teak serving boards and don’t forget to set out a few bottle openers.

3. Party Favor Set Up

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Send guests home with homemade treats packaged in glass containers and chocolate bars wrapped in gift wrapping paper and displayed on acrylic trays. Turn a shadow box frame into party décor by adding wrapping paper inside and a hand lettered message on the glass.

If you have used our products this holiday season we’d love to see them. Post your pictures on Instagram using hashtag #weddingstar and tag us at @weddingstar.

Happy Holidays!

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Styled Shoot Credits:

Photography: Heidi Lau Photography

Hand Lettering: Love Lettering

Florals: Flowerly

cake and sweets Cakelaine

Nutrition Specialist: Simply Nic Nutrition

Craft Beer: Hometown Brew Co.

Handcrafted Dolls: Milo and Ben

Handcrafted Wood Toys: Little Rose & Co

Gift Packaging Supplies: Creative Bag

Creative Direction: Lorrie Everitt

Best Dressed Favors

Favors are a little extra something to say thank you to your guests. Here’s a look at a few of our fully dressed wedding favor ideas with head-to-toe looks you can create yourself. Dress these favors up or down to fit your budget perfectly!

1.Light It Up

These irresistible travel candles are all dressed to hit the road in style. Accented with trendy touches of shimmering gold, these fun personalized matches, dazzling glass containers and the classic tea light all come together for a must-have favor gift that strikes the perfect balance between functional and uber-chic. There is nothing like flickering candle light to set the mood.


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2.Little Charmers

Mini? Check. Cute? Double check. There’s something so charming about these miniature drawstring favor bags with vintage inspired print that reads “Love. 100% Sweet.” Especially when they’re packed with treats!


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3.Glitter It Up

If classic is more your style, these full on gold glitter boxes celebrate all that is irresistible about the iconic heart. Always a sentimental favorite, these beauties double down on the hearts and make a showy package for kisses or other wrapped treats.


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4.Keys Please

There’s a sense of nostalgia that comes with a vintage key, and this little charmer has all that and more. This vintage key ‘key ring’ includes beautifully designed packaging and is all set to gift. And, if that wasn’t sweet enough, this key also doubles as a bottle opener that your guests can take with them wherever they go!


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Check out weddingstar.com for more unique favor ideas!

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Warm Up Your Winter Wedding Decor

Baby, it’s cold outside! But don’t worry, we have a few tips on how to warm up your winter wedding with the perfect winter décor!

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Warm & Cozy

Keep you and your guests warm with a mini cuddle station! Have a few blankets, toques and mittens for your guests. They will appreciate the thought while they watch you say your I do’s.

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Sip, Sip Hooray

Try having a hot chocolate station so your guests have something to warm themselves up before, during or after the ceremony.

The Season Of Giving

Tis the season that keeps on giving, so why not give a little extra to your guests. These glass bell jars filled with white flaked covered chocolate are the perfect treat to surprise your guests with.

Looking for something a little less sweet? Try these cuddly bear salt & pepper shakers. Not only are they practical but they also fit in with the winter white scenery.

From The Earth

Add elements straight from nature such as pinecones, wood logs, tree branches or earthy evergreen. Let the rustic nature of winter inspire your centerpieces or escort cards.

Credits:
Photography:  Still Moments Photography

Design/Decor: Kim Chenard – Wedding and Event Stylist

Florals: Petal Pushers

Dress: Sincerity Bridal

Fur Mittens, Scarf & Sweater – Ardene

Hair: Bombshells Hair Studio

Makeup: Schon Makeup Artistry

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10 Creative Wedding Food & Beverage Bar Ideas

Cocktail bars are one thing, but there are so many other food and beverage bar ideas out there to choose from. Here are 10 creative ideas for your wedding reception!

Beverage Bars

Mimosa Bar

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featured here: Twisted Stem Champagne Flutes/ Sparkle Large Card Table Sign / Apothecary Jar

A mimosa bar is a great idea for weddings that are earlier in the day. Provide your choice of juice, champagne, and fruit for garnish and let your guests create their own mimosas!

Coffee & Hot Cocoa Bar

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A coffee and hot cocoa bar is a perfect set up for a winter wedding and a great alternative to alcoholic beverages. Stock the bar with fun add-ins like chocolate and peppermint sticks!

Apple Cider Bar

featured here: Self Standing Chalkboard Sign With Rustic Wood Frame /  Chalkboard Print Personalized SignMoscow Mule Mug / Clear Glass Coffee Mug / Personalized Drink Display Tag

For the chilly fall weather, what better accompaniment than apple cider?! Guests can serve themselves from a beverage dispenser into personalized mugs for a warm treat.

Food Bars

Popcorn Bar

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Because who doesn’t love popcorn? Provide different variations with seasonings to spice things up.

Chili Bar

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featured here: Geo Marble Welcome Poster / Geo Marble Flat Place Card / Geo Marble Personalized Burlap Table Runner / Eco Wood Utensils

For something completely different, but sure to be a fan favorite, try serving a delicious and hearty chili. Serve grab-n-go style in individual serving size bowls.

Smores Bar

featured here: Self Standing Chalkboard Sign With Rustic Wood Frame/ Apothecary Jars / Bell Jars 

A sure-fire hit for any rustic or winter themed wedding. With everything set up in apothecary jars, your guests will have a blast creating their own delicious desserts. Serve spiked eggnog alongside for an extra treat for the adults!

Candy Bar

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featured here: Apothecary Jars / Speech Bubble Chalkboard Clips / Sweetie Candy Scoop / Paper Favor Bags

Have a sweet tooth? A candy bar is the perfect fit! Great for the kids and the adults!

Pie Bar

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featured here: “Sweetie Pies” Mini Pie Packaging Kits

Not a fan of cake? Pie is a great alternative option. Serve various types of pie or adorable individual pies for your guests to take home!

Donut Bar

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Donuts at weddings are a new trend that people love!

Dessert Bar

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If you can’t decide what type of dessert you want, why not serve a variety? Cake, pie pops, tarts, and macarons are just some of the endless options.

Photo Credits:

Coffee & Cocoa Bar: Creative Director-Jen Rios Weddings & Photography by Jillian Zamora Photography

Donut Bar: Creative Styling by Smitten Events & Photography by Paul Behm Photography

Dessert Bar: Styling by Tiffany Events & Photography by Rhythm Photography