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
Featured Above: Love Locket – Antique SilverVintage Book Locket Cufflinks

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
Featured Above: Personalized Memorial Pillar Candle

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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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: 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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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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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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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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DIY: Put a {Chocolate} Ring On It

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Here’s a little DIY project that will have your friends asking “how did you make these?” These sweet chocolate rings are very easy to create and don’t require any special candy making tools. All you need is a diamond ring ice cube tray, some chocolate candy melts and maybe some music to dance to while your waiting for the chocolate to set!

The Supplies

  • diamond ring ice cube tray
  • chocolate candy melts in the color or colors of your choice (we used Wilton Candy Melts)
  • microwave save container
  • knife

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Step by Step

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Step 1. Melt chocolate in a microwave safe container as indicated on the candy melt package.

Step 2. Stir melted chocolate and pour into each of the diamond ring molds. Gently bang the tray on a counter top to make sure there are no air bubbles in the chocolate.

Step 3. Use a knife to remove any excess chocolate on the mold and set aside to cool for a few hours.

Step 4. Once the chocolate has dried completely you can pop the rings out. Work slowly so you do not break the rings. Tip: Pop the ring up and then slowly twist the ring free from the centre part of the mold.

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Have fun with different colours of candy melts and experiment by combining colours. Here’s a tip for making candy rings with more than one color –  allow each color to dry in the mold before adding another color.

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You can decorate cupcakes and cakes with these chocolate candy rings for a bridal shower.

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Featured here: diamond ring ice cube tray, medium chalkboards, vintage inspired pressed glass vases and stationery holders, printed gold confetti paper table runner

Here’s how these DIY candy rings were displayed at a styled party shoot for all the single ladies to wear … and eat!

If you use the diamond ring ice cube trays for your wedding, shower or party we’d love to see what you did. Post your photos on Instagram using hashtag #weddingstar or tag us @weddingstar so we’ll find your post.

 

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Styled shoot vendor credits:

Photography by Sara Wilde Photography

Hand lettering by Prose and Fawns Paperie

Catering by Savoury and Cake

Packaging by Creative Bag

Shot at Fox and Fawn Shoppe

DIY projects and Creative direction by Lorrie Everitt

 

 

DIY: Add an Ombre Effect to Muslin Favor Bags

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Fabric drawstring bags make packaging favors a breeze. Today we’re going to show you how to dress up these muslin favor bags by adding a pop of color to match your wedding, shower or party.  The ombre effect on these bags was achieved by using gel food coloring as a fabric dye.

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The Supplies

The Step by Step

Step 1. Dilute the gel food coloring with water to create a fabric dye.

Step 2. Using bag (b) as a guide, paint the bottom half of the bag and allow to dry completely.

Step 3. To create the light to dark ombre effect, you will need to add several layers of fabric dye. See bag (c). Allow the bag to dry completely before adding more dye. The color will become darker as you add more layers of dye.

Tip: Use a hair dryer to speed up the drying process.

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These DIY ombre painted muslin favor bags were created for a baby shower. The pink area of the bags were revealed as guests removed the favors from the display box as a surprise party element.

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featured here: heart glitter muslin drawstring favor bag, love plates, gold foil jumbo party confetti, chalkboard signs, black chalkboard paper table runner

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We’d love to see your DIY wedding and party projects using Weddingstar products. Post them on Instagram and use the hashtag #weddingstar or tag us @weddingstar so we can find them!

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Styled baby shower shoot vendors:

Photography by Janet Kwan Photography

Hand lettering by Love Lettering

Flowers by Flowerly

Baked Goods by Cakelaine

Embroidered Raccoon by Kiriki Press

Shot at the Noble Crafthouse

Packaging supplies from Creative Bag

DIY projects and creative direction by Lorrie Everitt

 

 

Table Talk: Refined Rustic

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Let’s talk table settings!  One of our favorite trendy table décor styles is Refined Rustic. A masterful blend of natural greenery and woodland florals with subtle hints of shimmering gold results in an unpolished yet refined table setting that is warm and welcoming. Here are the essentials you need to pull off this look!

The Setting

The secret is in the eclectic mix of contrasting textures. Smooth and rough with earthy and sophisticated all come together to create the picture of homespun elegance.

featured here: Love Wreath Favor Box , Glass Mason Jar With Gold Lid Favor , Vintage Style Pressed Glass Goblet-Grey

DIY Style

Create standout centerpieces by informally arranging several candle holders in different heights down the length of the guest tables. Intertwine natural greenery to soften the look.

featured here: Shabby Chic Spindle Candle Holder Set

Sip In Style!

What is old is new again and these vintage style chic goblets and flutes are no exception!

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Personalized Favors

Capture the charm and flavor of a homemade jar of your extra special something. This mason jar with gold lid and personalized favor tag match the rustic style perfectly. A thoughtful gift from the heart, packaged just right.

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featured here: Mason Jar With Gold Lid Favor, Metallic Gold Twine, Lace Medley Open Format Square Tag

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Style Spotlight: Antler Romance

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Set in the woods, the beauty of nature takes center stage in this casual yet refined inspiration. Sculptural antlers are featured throughout and are used to accessorize an abundance of flowers and greenery in soft hues. Touches of vintage gold add a layer of sparkle for a very pretty style that marries rustic and romance perfectly. You’re going to love this Antler Romance shoot by our Ambassador Valerie Pritt from Fleur De Lis Event Consulting.

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Featured here: Miniature Faux Antler Stationery Card Holders

These adorable faux antler card holders were painted gold to add some sparkle and glam.

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Antlers were even incorporated into this beautiful bouquet.

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A small dessert table and rustic cake decorated with lush greenery fits perfectly with the rustic and romance theme.

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Featured here: Silver Antler Bottle Opener Favor

Antler shaped bottle openers painted gold are the perfect guest favor to complement this theme.

Credits:

Event Design & Planning- Fleur De Lis Event Consulting

Photography- The Veil Wedding Photography

Florals- Lori Baker Floral Studios

Hair & Makeup- Beautiful Faces By Erin

Rentals- Handmade Rentals

Table & Chair Rentals- All About Events

Stationery- Grace and Serendipity

Cake- Kakes by Katie

Bride’s Gown- The White Magnolia

Groom’s Attire- Men’s Warehouse

Monogram- Ten23 Designs

 

Get the Look: Poppers Three Ways

When you think of poppers or “crackers” you may think of Christmas. However, DIY poppers are great for any occasion, including your wedding day. Just by choosing different paper and trims you can create truly unique and beautiful looks. And they add a big ‘pop’ and wow-factor to that special moment!

Why not thank each of your guests with a popper that has a special gift/favor inside. You can hand them out individually or stack them on a tray for your guests to help themselves.

Supplies

Tools

  • Ruler
  • X-acto Knife
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Clear Tape
  • Hot Glue Sticks and Gun

Instructions

Step 1:
Print and cut out the zigzag template from card stock. Remember to print out at 100%.  Download Zigzag Template.

Step 2:
Measure and cut your paper to 10 7/8″ x 5 ¾”. This size fits a cardboard tube that is 3 7/8″ in length.

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Step 3:
From each edge, measure in by 2 ¾” on backside (white side) of paper and fold inwards so the edges meet in front.

Step 4:
Place zigzag template on top of your folded paper and with a pencil, trace the notches or zigzag (triangles).

Step 5:
Remove template and cut out notches with small scissors. When unfolded this creates a diamond pattern in the paper to make it easier to cinch the cracker with ribbons and other decorative items.

Step 6:
Open up the folded paper, turn over and flatten out. Thread the “snapper” through the inside of the cardboard tube and attach it with a small dab of hot glue on the inside at both ends of the tube. Put candies or small favors in the tube, tucking sizzle paper into the ends. Wrap the paper around the tube in the center and affix with clear tape.

Step 7:
To finish the ends of the popper, insert an extra cardboard tube into one end and tape the seam together. Repeat on other side.

Step 8:
Add trimmings to each end of popper. Cut 2 pieces of ivory ribbon at 10″ in length and tie one to each end with a single knot. Additionally, cut 4 pieces of gold cord at  10″  in length and tie 2 pieces to each end over the ivory ribbon.

Step 9:
Add personalized elements to the middle part of popper. Cut paper wrap to 3″ x 6″ and affix sticker to middle. Wrap around middle of popper and affix with tape.

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This popper does double duty as a favor and name card for a truly personal touch. Guests will have a ‘blast’ popping these at the reception table to enjoy their after-dinner mints.

 

Supplies

Tools

  • Ruler
  • X-acto Knife
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Clear Tape
  • Hot Glue Sticks and Gun

Instructions

Step 1 – 7:
Follow instructions for creating popper Look #1.

Step 8:
Cut 2 pieces of grey ribbon at 10″ in length and tie to each end with a single knot. Cut a 10″ single row of rhinestones and tie one to each end.

Step 9:
Write name using the silver pen on the oval sticker and affix to middle of popper.

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Sweeten up your dessert table with these adorable poppers stacked on a cake stand. We filled up ours with sea-salt caramels, but any hard candy will be a yummy treat.

Supplies

Tools

  • Ruler
  • X-acto Knife
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Clear Tape
  • Hot Glue Sticks and Gun

Instructions

Step 1 – 7:
Follow instructions for creating popper Look #1.

Step 8:
Cut 2 pieces of pink ribbon at 15″ of length and tie a bow to each end of the popper.

Step 9:
Wrap personalized paper around middle of popper and affix with tape.

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Concept, DIY craft, styling & photography by Paige Smith

 

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