Tips for Writing Your Own Wedding Vows

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Although we may never tire of the traditional vows – there is just a romance to using the same words as so many others have for centuries – your love story is unique, and writing your own vows adds that special personal touch to your ceremony. However, it’s not always easy to get all the feelings from your heart down on a piece of paper to share in front of everyone. Here are 5 tips to help you write your own vows.

1. Make Sure Everyone Is On The Same Page

First, talk to both your fiancé and officiant and make sure they are both okay with personalized wedding vows. Once it’s agreed upon, discuss how you’d like your vows to sound. Maybe you want them to be more romantic than humorous, or serious over casual? While you are at it you should ask your S.O. a couple of questions:

  • Will you write your vows together or apart?
  • Will they be completely different or maybe you’ll make the same promises to one another at the end, similar to traditional vows?
  • Will you share them with one another or keep them a secret until the ceremony?

2. Make Promises

Why have you chosen to spend the rest of your life with this person? What does this marriage mean to you? These are some questions you should ask yourself when writing your vows. Reflect on the good times, but consider all the low times you and your partner may have overcome in your relationship as well. Both your fiancé and guests want your vows to be real, so make sure your promises are meaningful to your relationship. You want to show that love is not simply a feeling but a choice, and that you and your partner are choosing to love one another.

3. Look For Inspiration

Expressing your feelings is no easy task. Gather books, poems, quotes and examples of other wedding vows to help you find the right wording for your vows. If you feel that Shakespeare or Taylor Swift said it best, it’s okay to borrow their words.

4. Be Yourself

Don’t feel the pressure to write something that sounds professionally done. Speak from your heart and do your best to de­scribe your emotions. Take the time to think about the person you’ve become because of your fiancé and put that into words. Both your fiancé and guests will appreciate how real you are being with them.

5. Dress Up Your Vows

You may think that having your vows down on paper is enough, but consider how they may they look when they are pulled out of your pocket or purse. Protect your vows by rewriting them in a notebook. This also allows for your vows to become a keepsake after the wedding, and maybe even reread for a vow renewal.

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Honoring Loved Ones On Your Wedding Day

A wedding is a time to celebrate, but sometimes not everyone who you wish to celebrate with can be there. Honoring loved ones that have passed can become an important part of your big day. Gone but never forgotten, make your memorial just for you or for everyone in attendance to enjoy.

Carry their images with you

Whether you pin their photos to your bouquet, add them in your cufflinks, or wear a locket with their picture in it, you can take comfort in knowing that they are right there with you. HonoringLovedOnes_2 HonoringLovedOnes_1
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Include a flower for them in your bouquet

Have a single flower in your bouquet just for them. Whether it’s their favorite flower or just a different color than the others, this subtle touch could mean the world to you and any that knew them.

Reserve them a seat

Others may not know who this seat is for, but you will, and that’s all that matters. Place a single flower or a personal item from this person on the seat. When you look at the seat, you can’t help but remember them.

Write them into your vows/toasts

Incorporate special speeches in honor of your loved ones during the ceremony and/or reception. This is a great way to share some good memories with everyone.

Lighting a candle

A single candle on an entryway table or lighting the candle during your ceremony can be a special moment of remembrance that all can appreciate. HonoringLovedOnes_3
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Play their favorite song

During the reception, have your DJ/band play their favorite song with a special dedication to them. A thoughtful gesture in which anyone can join in by getting on the dance floor, or just by enjoying the song from their seat.

Offer a special favor

Send wedding guests off with a token inspired by your late loved one. You can even include a sign to explain the favor.

Make a donation

Depending on how they passed, you may want to set up a donation in their memory to help fund further research. Or maybe you just want to donate to a charity you know they supported.

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Will You Be My Bridesmaid?

Wedding planning season has officially started, and one of the first things to consider is getting your bridal party together. Whether you gather your girls together or ask them individually, popping that one big question to them is almost as exciting as getting engaged! Make the whole experience more memorable with a proposal pack they are sure to love.

She Sparkles, She Shines

Let her know how special she is with a one-of-a-kind gift pack that has her name all over it!

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Pretty in Pink

Pink is trending this season, and this gift pack is filled with personalized and pink things you know she will cherish.

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Spa and Go

Pamper your besties with spa essentials gift wrapped with a little extra love.

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Totes of Honor

Your squad will be giddy when they discover their names on one of these proposal packs. Personalized canvas totes make great gifts, and whatever is tucked inside is an added bonus!

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Featured Above: Canvas Tote, Silky Robe

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Featured Above: Wine Tote, Stationery Holder, Signage (coming soon)

For more gift ideas for your girls, check out Weddingstar.com!

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Style Spotlight: Celebrating the DIY Bride

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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: Diamond Ring Ice Cube Tray, Chalkboard with White Frame, Glass Vase Sign Holders

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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: 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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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:

  • Copper Frame 6ft x 8ft
  • Greenery of your choice
  • Wire or Zip ties
  • Personalized Greenery Backdrop (Coming Soon)

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.)

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Featured Here: Personalized Greenery Backdrop (Coming Soon)

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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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.

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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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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).

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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 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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