Photo booths are a great way to entertain your guests, and especially fun for the kids at your wedding. Most likely your guests are going to have some downtime during the cocktail hour while you are doing portraits. A photo … Continue reading
It’s no secret that I’m slightly obsessed with table runners. Whether they be made up of candles, florals, foliage, or all of the above, I can’t get enough of them. And there’s one very good reason. They are stunning! Gracing the center of a tabletop, they provide a visual focal point that binds the reception event design together. The creative opportunities for execution are endless, and you can’t go wrong with any single approach. And just when I thought they couldn’t get any prettier, we decided to try adding some string lights into the equation. The result, instant gorgeousness. Here’s how to make the look yours.
The Step by Step and The Supplies
Step 1: Select an abundant green (or two) to act as the base of your runner. We used two varieties of eucalyptus, seeded and moon lagoon. Going with more than one variety of greenery provides for added texture and interest. And remember, the fuller your selected green(s), the less stems you’ll need to complete the look. We used two bunches of the seeded eucalyptus, and one of the moon lagoon.
Step 2: Starting at one end of your table, lay a wide and full gathering of your main foliage. This will be your widest point.
Step 3: Working toward the middle point of the table, start tapering in your gathering. You don’t want it to be too narrow but a slightly tapered approach creates an interesting effect and saves on the amount of stems you need.
Step 4: If using two varieties of greenery, add in select stems of the second kind for added texture, reserving some to later cover exposed wiring from your string lights (which will be added when the runner of greens is complete).
Step 5: Repeat steps 1-4 on the other side of the table, meeting the two arrangements at the middle point.
Step 6: Take your selected string lights, we went with white paper and white lace lanterns (one strand of each), and intertwine them into your greenery. Use the stems to cover as much of the wiring as possible, incorporating additional stems if necessary.
The End Result
White paper and lace not your style? Here are some additional string light designs that are just as lovely.
Around here we don’t need an excuse to find and try out new drink recipes. But with Valentine’s Day just a few days away, we’ve got a pretty great one. So we went on the hunt, and boy did we find a tasty mix! To share our latest cocktail find, which just happens to be perfect for the upcoming holiday of love and certainly for any wedding celebration, we’re also taking the opportunity to provide some insider tips on how to style your drink station. Using just a few easy tricks we’ll show you how to take any sipper set up from merely functional to simply fabulous.
Here’s the breakdown on everything you need to know to get the look, finished off with that cocktail recipe we promised.
Styling Tip #1: Go for the Upgrade
Appearance is everything. Swap out typical glassware options for stylish stemware that works with your wedding day design.
Styling Tip #2: Style your Stem
Don’t have the budget for upgraded glassware? Give a simple stem a decorative face lift by adding creative, theme appropriate charms to elevate their look.
Styling Tip #3: Signature Sippers
Instead of serving straight sparkling wine or a common cocktail, go with a drink that either has special meaning to you and your new hubby, or that acts as a representation of your wedding day design. Give it a name and you’ve got your own personal signature sipper.
Styling Tips #4 – 6: Bring on the Extras
Think beyond the drink. Fill your display with pretty details that won’t go unnoticed. Think a paper lantern overhang, custom personalized signage and floral printed paper straws, for the complete pretty picture.
What You’ll Need to Get This Look:
- upgraded stemware – we used the modern ombre fade stemless flutes, the crystal stone stem flute, and the etched flute
- pretty drink station overhang – we used the vintage floral print paper lantern
- signature signage – we used the floral dreams design personalized acrylic block cake topper
- printed paper straws – we used the vintage floral paper straws
- drink signage – we used the laser expressions small oval baroque frame
- diy stem charms – to create ours we used satin ribbon in lilac mist and the royal crown charm
And Now, How To Make this Color Perfect Cocktail!
The 2015 wedding season is officially here! Bridal shows are taking over the next few foreseeable weekends, the newest issues of the best wedding magazines have hit stands (including Weddingstar’s own publication), brides everywhere are starting in on their wedding planning journeys, and we are eagerly sitting by, excited to see how this incredible year of weddings unfolds. That’s not to say we’ll be sitting by idly. We’ll be front and center of it all, sharing new insider planning tips, featuring fresh DIY tricks, and showcasing exclusive extended content from the hottest wedding trends featured in this year’s issue of Weddingstar magazine. And where better to start than what we’re pegging as the must-have wedding accessories of the season.
The Choices Are Plenty
You can’t imagine how hard it was to pick just 15 products for this post! To see 100s more of the latest, on trend wedding accessories for 2015, see the complete new arrivals section on weddingstar.com.
Today I have a wonderful DIY blog post to share with all of you while the days are still sunny and hot, and the butterflies are still resting in the garden. And, that’s what today’s projects are all about – butterflies! From sitting serenely on amazing paper lanterns, to enchanting your guests on their favors, butterflies are a great way to theme your wedding! And, with our array of hues to choose from, each one of these 3 simple projects can easily be adapted to your own wedding colors. Not to mention that I’ve made sure that each of these projects are not only simple but quick – you can make all 3 easily in one night! So grab your scissors and plug in your hot glue gun, it’s time to channel your inner crafting maven! Enjoy!
I’ve mentioned this decor piece several times over the last few months and I know without a doubt it has appeared in quite a number of the real wedding features that I have done. It is very popular and it seems to be featured in weddings that, other than the lanterns, have no real elements in common.