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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Top 5 Expert Tips For Creating A Whimsical Wedding Ceremony

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When it comes to wedding ceremonies, classic tends to be the style of choice. Wedding planner and Weddingstar Ambassador, Rebecca Chan, created a quirky and fun ceremony inspiration to encourage brides to embrace their fun-loving side! Here are her top 5 tips for pulling off a whimsical, yet elegant wedding ceremony

1. Bring The Outdoors In

Larger than life artisan paper flowers combined with garlands of natural greenery and glimmering gold lanterns provide an ultra-fun nod to the outdoors.

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2. Welcome Your Guests

Greet your guests with a playful welcome table sure to grab their attention. The giant blush-toned XO letters are topped with a decorative display featuring an ornamental birdcage and a sweet chalkboard message of thanks.

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Shop similar birdcages and chalkboards at weddingstar.com

3. Glam Up The Rings

Beautiful small-scale boxes help glam up the presentation of the all-important wedding rings. Nestled among luxurious blossom petals in a customized acrylic or shimmering rose gold jewelry box, the look is so pretty and a modern classic in the making.

 

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4. It’s All In The Details

Incorporate a mix of modern with vintage elements. This will create a layered effect that feels romantic with touches of whimsy.

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5. Dreamy Accents

Incorporate a key element in your ceremony, like this dreamy vintage bicycle. Designed for use as a photo backdrop, this charming vignette captures the essence of this style perfectly – romantic, fun and definitely not boring.

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Credits:

Styling: Rebecca Chan Weddings & Events

Photography: Rhythm Photography

XO Table, paper flowers, aisle runner and balloons: Ettridges

Vintage Bike, window shutters, ladder and bird cages: Southern Charm Vintage Rentals

Calligraphy: Ink & Jo

Birch Arch: Chuppah.ca

Flowers and garland: Fete Boutique

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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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DIY: Chalkboard Signs Part 1

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Beautiful hand-written chalkboard signs are trending this season, and there are lots of opportunities to be creative when it comes to designing a chalkboard sign to fit your wedding décor. With that being said, you don’t have to be a pro calligrapher to create a chalkboard sign for your big day. Our Ambassador Lorrie Everitt from Creative Bag has provided you with a step-by-step guide and template to create your own chalkboards signs.

The Supplies

 

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• Liquid Chalk Markers
• White transfer paper
• Pencil
• Masking Tape
• Scissors
• Print out with design/ text

The Step by Step

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Step 1:

Cut out the lettering or template you are using as shown above. Position the lettering design on the chalkboard and use masking tape to keep the paper from shifting.

Step 2:

Insert a piece of white transfer paper between the paper and chalkboard with the chalky white side facing down towards the chalkboard. Now you are ready to trace the design onto the chalkboard.

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Step 3:

Test a small area of your design to make sure that your tracing paper is placed properly between the paper and chalkboard. If you don’t see a faint white traced image on the chalkboard as shown above, take the tracing paper out, turn it over and place it back into position. Continue tracing your design until it has been completely copied.

Tracing Tip: Check that your traced image is not missing lines before you remove the tape.

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Step 4:

This is what the traced image will look like. If you are not happy with your tracing, you can remove it with an eraser and start again.

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Step 5:

Now draw over the design using a chalk marker using the traced image as a guide. Don’t worry if some of the faint lines from your tracing are showing as you trace, keep your lines fluid.

Tip: Keep in mind that once the chalk is completely dry you can use a soft cloth to remove any white marks that are remaining from the traced image.

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Tip: If you mess up your first time round don’t worry, as it can be removed with water while the chalk is still wet.

Here are some free downloadable templates to get you started doing your very own chalkboards.

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Download these six reception sign templates here (Once Open Right Click to Save Image)

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Download this Best Day Ever template here (Once Open Right Click to Save Image)

Chalkboards come in a variety of shapes and sizes. Visit weddingstar.com for more chalkboard options and let your creativity run.

We’d love to see your completed chalkboard projects. Post your pictures on Instagram and use the hashtag #weddingstar or tag us @weddingstar so we can find them.

Credits:
DIY Photography and Styling: Lorrie Everitt

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How To Create The Look: Industrial Chic

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Exposed beams and bricks along with textured finishes make a great starting space. By applying a modern aesthetic to an industrial setting you can reinvent any space for the ultimate industrial chic look. Just let your creativity flow; play with … Continue reading 

How-To Personalize Your Wedding

You’re in full wedding planning mode and of course you want to make your big day as unique and special as possible.  What better way to achieve this than by adding personalized details throughout your wedding?  Today we are excited to share with you Part 1 of 2 on how-to personalize your wedding, where we will look at adding those personal touches to your ceremony, reception and favors. There are so many options that we couldn’t fit them all into one post! Be sure to check back for Part 2, coming soon.

Personalizing Your Ceremony

Aisle Runner

Walking down the aisle is a major moment. Rolling out a monogrammed aisle runner and backdrop will up the ‘wow’ factor without blowing your budget out of the water.

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Unity Sand Ceremony

The sand ceremony is a timeless tradition that makes for your own personalized unity ceremony. Customize the colors to match your wedding design and add a monogram to the vase to take it to the next level. The vase set can become a keepsake in your home as a reminder of your union.

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Featured above: Sand Ceremony Set: Free Spirit Personalized

 

Personalizing Your Reception

Personalized Napkins

Personalized paper napkins are a great way to add that extra touch to your wedding reception.  The options are endless with the ability to choose a custom logo, color, and personalized message.  It’s these dazzling little details that will make for a completely coordinated experience for your guests.

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Personalized Glassware

Glassware is everything! The perfect combination of function and favor. This year’s trend is personalized wedding day glassware that can double as a unique favor for your guests!

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Personalizing Your Favors

Personalized Matches

Matches have been a favorite for decades, but we’ve made them cool again. Put your personal spin on this popular favor with just the right logo and message to complement your big day.

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Personalized Mason Jars

The oh-so-popular mason jar is a favorite! With a personalized printed design you are taking a favor and adding so much more meaning. Some top trends for goodies to fill the jar with include jam, candies, bath salts and hot cocoa and….

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For finishing touches think about adding those extra details to your favors.  Stickers,tags and personalized ribbon will take your look and really make it personal.

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New Ceremony Must-Have: The Wedding Wand

Today we are excited to feature a product that is a ceremony must have! The Wedding Wand is a beautiful addition to your ceremony ritual and is an alternative to the sand ceremony or unity candle. It is a beautiful way to hold on to all that is important now and for your future together. It is about the love two people share and the desire to never let go of the precious gift they have found together.

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During the ceremony the couple will each hold their end of the wand as the officiant speaks.

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The Wedding Wand comes complete with a stand, allowing you to put it on display for all to see. This wonderful item will be a permanent decorative piece in your home. Not only to encase your marriage certificate, but as a daily reminder of the importance of the vows that were spoke on that unforgettable day.

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Engraved in the wand you will find words that may be contained in real vows. There is also a spot for personalization to be added, with the bride and groom’s initials or monogram.

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The vow certificate can be stored in the wedding wand after the ceremony.

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Featured here: Personalized Backdrop: Floral Dreams / Wedding Wand

FROM THE CREATOR OF THE WEDDING WAND

The Wedding Wand is a must-have for any ceremony, regardless of religion or background. It is about the love two people share and the desire to never let go of the precious gift they have found together. Created by a woman to immortalize a wonderful love and honor the memory of her late spouse, this ceremony addition touches the very heart of what is most important, the unending love between two people. This wonderful item will be a permanent decorative piece in your home. Not only to encase your marriage certificate, but as a daily reminder of the importance of the vows that were spoken on that unforgettable day. The Wedding Wand is a beautiful way to hold on to all that is important now and for your future together.

DIY Wedding Wednesday: Putting On The Glitz

Gold and glitter are a great way to elevate your wedding décor and take it to the next level. If you’re looking for ways to add some extra glitz and gold to your wedding, here are 10 gorgeous DIY ideas guaranteed to make your event sparkle.

1. Unity Candle Holders & Candles – DIY Gold Trim with Paper Bow

Dress up this candle ceremony even more by spray painting the base of the Taper Candles gold and adding an adorable paper bow to the central Unity Candle for an extra dimension. Transform these vintage inspired candle holders by simply adding a touch of gold paint to the edges.

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Featured here: Taper Candles / Unity Candle: Glitz & Glam / Pillar Candle Holder: Vintage Inspired / Taper Candle Holder: Vintage Inspired / Bow: Assorted Paper

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2. DIY Gold Glittered Pomander Chair Markers

You can get the look for these sparkly pomanders with a little glue and a lot of gold glitter! See the Step by Step to achieve the look here.

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3. Bow Tie Table Numbers – DIY Gold Bow Tie

These Bow Tie Acrylic Table Numbers are already dressed up, so why not add some gold paint to the bowtie to dress it up even more?

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4. DIY Gold Painted Woodland Animals

These assorted miniature woodland animals make the perfect addition to any woodland themed reception table and are a great wedding favor for your guests. Dress them up by spray painting them gold!

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5. Mini Favor Vases – DIY Gold Paint

Dress up these mini favor vases by masking off sections and spray painting with gold paint. The result is a unique pattern with a splash of gold to really glam them up!

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6. DIY Glittered Votive Holders

Gold glitter is an inexpensive way to give a sparkly boost to these votive holders. It’s as simple as applying glue to the rim of the holder and dusting them with glitter!

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7. Favor Boxes

These adorable favor boxes are super easy to mix and match to achieve a layered effect, with gold and black. Add a paper bow to the top to tie it all together. Fill with mints or your favorite candy!

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Featured here: Favor Box: Black / Favor Box: Gold / Bow: Medium Paper / Tag: Mint To Be

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8. Gold Shimmer Die Cut Hearts

These shimmery Double Heart Cards are the perfect finishing touch for your table décor, and add that extra touch of gold, without the extra effort. Impress your guests by perching them on the rim of wine glasses.

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9. Vintage DIY Gold Frame

This vintage frame, originally in white, can be glammed up to really catch the eye of your guests with a wash of gold paint. It is a fantastic display prop for your ceremony or reception that can be used to highlight photos and cards.

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10. DIY Mini Mason Jar Overhang

This DIY mini mason jar overhang will add a whimsical touch to your special day. Adding glitter and personalized cards to the jars will set this aerial display over the edge. Follow these Step by Step directions to help get the look, and add your own personal flair.

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DIY Wedding Wednesday: How-To Update Tradition – The New Flower Girl Basket

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There are fewer things set to make an appearance at your wedding cuter than a sweet little flower girl. Think white chiffon tutu, bouncy blonde curls, and maybe even a pair of proper pixie wings. Finish off what’s bound to be sheer lovely by arming that cutie with a nontraditional option for her petal basket, fit perfectly to her look and your overall wedding day design. To help you brainstorm the possibilities best suited for you and your day, here are three options we’re currently going “ga ga” over, complete with a DIY to show you how to even further customize the look.

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Rustic Flower Girl Basket How-To – The Supplies

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The Step by Step

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Step 1: run a strand of ribbon through the wood veneer sign.

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Step 2: securely and tightly attach the tag to the basket, finishing it off with a bow to one side.

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Step 3: trim down the greenery and rose down to size and tuck them in behind the bow, intertwining them into the wires to help them hold. Make sure you leave enough stem to keep the florals in place, but make them short enough so that they tuck away neatly.

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Put Your Name On It: Personalization 101

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Personalization is a key element to creating a look for your wedding that is entirely unique to you. Whether it is the addition of your names, monogram or wedding date, every element adds an extra special touch to your décor. Here’s a sneak peek into the ways in which we create beautiful, personalized products that help make your wedding the best day ever!

Glass Printing

Using a technique called Pad Printing (otherwise known as tampography), our in house production team take a printed 2-D image and apply it to glassware with a sponge-like pad. The image is printed onto this pad, then the glass is pressed down into it allowing the pad to wrap around the glass and impose the printed design onto it. We use this technique for glassware favors such as mason jars, wine glasses, shot glasses and more!

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Digital Printing

Otherwise known as flat printing, we have an in-house print department that produces all of our stationery, stickers, clings, printed envelopes and even printed goodie bags using a high tech digital printer. Our personalization suite allows you to provide all the information your guests will need on your invitations, and with so many stationery collections to choose from you can be sure to find one that matches your style.

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UV Printing

Using a state-of-the-art ultraviolet printer, this is how we produce all of our printed aisle runners and photo backdrops. Ultraviolet (UV) printing simply means we use UV inks that dry with the help of UV light, instead of traditional inks that dry by allowing chemicals to evaporate over time.

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Heat Pressing

With the help of an industrial heat press, we apply a printed 2-D printed designs to acrylic cake toppers, handkerchiefs and tote bags. We also personalize our burlap aisle runners and table runners this way but because the fibers can interfere with the heat press, we personalize each of those by hand using irons. This way we can ensure your product’s personalization lasts and always looks fabulous!

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Foil Stamping

When you order a set of napkins from Weddingstar, you will receive them foil-stamped with your design of choice. You can take your customization one step further by selecting one of our 26 popular color choices! Personalized napkins are a popular trend for weddings and other events such as holidays, birthdays, baby showers, bridal showers and even anniversaries. The addition of foil to our napkins adds another level of luxe. This method can also be applied to our paper goodie bags, ribbon our are brand new faux leather compact mirrors.

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Looking for the perfect personalized napkin for your special event? See all our designs here.

Laser Cut Detailing

Most commonly used with our acrylic or wood veneer signs and cake toppers, this technique allows us to create unique designs in a variety of styles. Our in house design team creates custom designs that are then programmed into to our laser cutting machine. When we receive your order and specialized design, this machine will cut the design out of a solid sheet of acrylic or wood veneer, creating a one-of-a-kind piece just for you on your wedding day!

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Laser Engraving

Laser engraving is a similar process to laser cutting, except that the power of the beam is less such that it does not cut right through the material. The result of this is a permanent personalized etch into either our wood, metal, leather, acrylic or glass products. Our laser engraved products not only add to your wedding décor, but they make wonderful keepsakes in your home for years to come.

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Embroidery

Embroidery adds another level of prestige to products such as chair banners, hankies and our soon-to-arrive tote bags and silky robes. Industrial embroidery machines allow us to produce multiple orders at one time, as this is a very popular option with our brides. Get an embroidered item for yourself or share the love! Embroidered items make wonderful gifts for your bridesmaids and really show how much you care.

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