DIY: To the Moon Paper Lanterns

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Take your guests to the moon and back with party décor that is truly out of this world. Be inspired by this first birthday party for a sweet little astronaut and create your own galaxy of planets using white paper lanterns, tissue paper and paint.

But first, here’s a few details from the party:

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Featured here: medium chalkboard, white wooden easel, large chalkboard

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Featured here: phantom wishing well acrylic box, 250ml swing top glass square bottle

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Featured: silver half moon jewellery box, white shadow box photo frame

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Featured: white round paper lanterns, silver watermelon round paper lanterns

 

How to make a polka dot moon

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The Supplies

Step by Step

Step  1.  Cut circles from tissue paper using a large paper punch.

DIY Tip for punching tissue – fold tissue so you can punch 4 circles at once. We also recommend sandwiching the tissue paper between two pieces of scrap paper to keep the tissue paper from tearing as you punch.

Step  2.  Attach the tissue paper dots to the lantern using a foam brush and white glue.

Step 3.  Once the glue is competely dry apply a thin layer of glue directly over top of all the tissue paper dots to seal them to the lantern.

 

How to paint a galaxy print

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Supplies

  • White paper lanterns
  • watercolour paints in a range of colours from light to navy blue and black
  • white craft paint
  • large to medium paint brushes for the watercolour paint
  • small paint brush for the craft paint.

Step by Step

Step 1. Using the lightest blue watercolour paint and a large paint brush, paint a few cloud shapes directly on the paper lantern.

DIY Tip – We suggest painting from lightest to darkest colours for the best results.

Step 2. While the paint is still wet add more cloud like shapes with the next second lightest blue right beside the first cloud shapes. You want to overlap the colours slightly so there are no white spaces between colours.

Step 3. Continue adding colours to the lantern in this manner, going darker and darker in colour, until there are no white areas left. You can go over some of the lighter areas of the lantern at the end to make it darker if you find the colours too light or washed out.

Step 4. Allow the watercolour paint to dry completely before going onto this step. Using the small paint brush and white white acrylic paint add clusters of white dots all over the lantern to represent tiny stars.

DIY Tip –  Vary the sizes of the white dots and use the lantern close up for guidance.

 

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Credits:

Photographer/ Party Planner/ Stylist: Janet Kwan | Janet Kwan Photography | @janetkwan

Hand Lettering Artist: Doris Wai | Love Lettering | @lovelettering_doriswai

Watercolour Illustrator: Karen Wong Chiu | Oh My Inspired | @ohmyinspired

Cake and sweets: Tiffany Su | Made With Love |@madewithlove.bytiffany

DIY projects: Lorrie Everitt | Lorrie Everitt Studio | @lorrieeveritt

 

If you use the paper lanterns for your party, shower or wedding we’d love to see what you did. Post your photos on Instagram using hashtag #weddingstar or tag us at @weddingstar.

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5 Fun Ways to Keep Kids Entertained At Your Wedding

Kids can be the life of the party but sometimes they need a little assistance staying entertained. Here are a few ways to keep the kids entertained on your big day so you can relax and enjoy every moment.

1. Create a Care Package

 

Pull together a few items such as markers, coloring books, candy, a disposable camera and silly putty in a little package available at their seat. This will give them something to play with and entertain themselves during speeches.

 2. Grab A Prop & Strike a Pose

 

Kids love photo booths, that’s just a fact! Have a few fun props available and let them take it from there. It will keep them entertained and you will end up with some great pictures in the end.

 3. Have An Open Treat Bar

 

Have a table set-up with all the kids favorite treats such as candy, cookies, chips, pie, etc. This allows them to pick and choose their favorite treats and provides you with a moment of silence while they munch down.

 4. Let Kids Be Part Of The Celebration

 

Clink, clink, cheers! When it comes time to cheers to the couple, what better way to get the kids involved than their very own glass of cheer! Have a special non-alcoholic beverage available like milk & cookies so that the kids can join in on the fun.

5. Entertainment Can Be Simple

 

If you’re looking for an easy way to entertain the kids, ask your DJ to play some kid friendly music to light up the dance floor. Fog machines or bubble machines are also a crowd pleaser.

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How To: Create A Wedding Day Backup Plan

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We all want our wedding day to be perfect but sometimes things don’t quite go as planned. From the weather acting up to someone forgetting the rings, being prepared will help create a stress free day. Here are a few tips on how to create a backup plan for your big day.

1. Plan for all Weather Types

When planning an outdoor wedding we all hope for the perfect weather, but sometimes Mother Nature has a mind of its own. Make sure you plan for the worst! Talk to your venue and create an alternate option that can be set-up indoors quickly in case of last minute weather.

2. Universal Décor

Rain or shine, you want your wedding to be perfect, but keep in mind that if something does come up you want to make sure your day can go off without a hitch. Have a simple décor back up plan that your coordinator can put in to action in case there is a change in the winds.

3. Have a Day of Contact

Have someone coordinating with your vendors for final details & payments on the wedding day. This allows you to relax and enjoy celebrating your big day without any last minute hassles.

4. Bring an Emergency Kit

Pack a bag with items that are commonly forgotten or missed on the big day. Some must-have items we recommend including is: pocket flats, spare rings, water bottle, granola bars, umbrella, earring backs, bobby pins, hair spray, scissors, lip stick, extra copy of vows and a phone charger.

5. Don’t Stress Over What You Can’t Control

Remember that you have no control over weather or other people’s forgetfulness. Just enjoy your day!

Credits

Photography by: LV Imagery

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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

 

 

Style Spotlight: Boho Luxe Meets Lavender

Nature and florals are the natural setting for this lush, countryside intimate affair. This beautifully sophisticated shoot brings together shades of purple with accents of gold used throughout the table décor and stationery. For some added eccentric flair cow skulls were added to create unique Boho styled centerpieces. With added texture inspired by Moroccan prints to finish off the look, this stylist brought together a modern, enchanting shoot.

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Featured here (top left to bottom right): Floral Pressed Glass Mason Jar Favour With StopperVintage Style Pressed Glass Flute In ClearVintage Style Pressed Glass Goblet Clear,  Cake Fork Set – Classic Gold RomanceVintage Creamer Assortment Favour Vase SetVintage Inspired Depression Glass Votive HoldersAcrylic Wedding Ring Box – Feather Whimsy Etching

Credits:

Styling & Invitations: Adorn Invitations | @adorninvitations

Dresses: Raffaele Ciuca |  @raffaeleciucabridal

Headpiece and Jewelry: Love On Jewellery |@loveonjewellery

Photographer: Sephory Photography | @sephoryphotography

Flowers: Babylon Flowers | @babylon flowers

Food: Mary Eats Cake | @maryeatscake

Models: Caity Caarels @caitycaarels & Carl Zvekan

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Style Spotlight : Modern Glam

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With its expanse of lush green grass and endless blue skies, a posh club helps set the stage for a fun-filled celebration that redefines wedding glamour. Sophisticated black and white feels a little less formal mixed with trendy stripes, flirty blush florals and pops of sparkling gold. Modern yet classic, this playful inspiration strikes the perfect balance.

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Sip Sip, Hooray! There’s no better way to cheers the moment than these personalized whiskey glasses. Personalize them to match your style.

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Featured Here Or Similar To:
Apothecary Jar, Glass Bell Jar Favor

A bride’s favorite, these bell jars are the perfect classy addition to any affair. Fill them with a treat and your guests will have a great keepsake from your big day.

These unique place card holders are the perfect way to direct your guest to take their seat.

This modern acrylic wishing well is the perfect compliment to any color scheme. Get your guests to leave you well wishes or use it as a card holder. Either way, it’s the perfect addition.

 

Credits

Event Planning – Simply Couture Weddings

Photography – Chelsey Boatwright Photography

Floral Design – J Morgan Flowers

Desserts – Earth and Sugar

Stationery – DreamDay Prints

Hair & Makeup – Giselle Sanchez

Calligraphy – Erica Dunhill

Groom’s Attire – The Tux Shop

Balloon Fringe Garland – Paperwhite Designs

Bride’s Dress – Boga Raton Bridal

Bride’s tutu Skirt – Space 46 Boutique

Custom Cufflinks – White Truffle

Location – International Polo Club

Map – Creadora Pequena

Paper Flowers – The Bleu Dahlia

Rentals – Atlas Party Rentals

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Indoor Vs. Outdoor Weddings

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When planning your big day, you must decide whether you want it to take place indoors or outdoors. Whether you decide to have it in the backyard, on the beach, countryside, church or community hall, your perfect location is out there and can be a beautiful affair. But both indoor and outdoor affairs can have their perks and disadvantages.

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Photography By:
Brooke Images

Outdoor Ceremonies

 

The fresh air, the blue skies, and standing under the shining sun are all enticing reasons to getting married outdoors. Here is a list of a few pros and cons for an outdoor wedding:

Con: Mother Nature
There is always an uncontrollable risk to an outdoor event, which is the weather. So make sure you have a back-up plan just in case.

Pro: Personal Touch

A benefit to an outdoor wedding is that it can be more personal to you as a couple. You can pick a location that matches your style as a couple and that has true meaning. For example the farm you grew up on or the mountains you like to climb.

Pro: Personalize The Decor

There is also greater opportunity to personalize the décor. With an outdoor wedding you are starting with a blank slate and can decorate to match your style. You can choose the style of chair or bench for your guests, arch or pedestal for your ceremony.

Indoor Ceremonies

 

If you’re looking for something with a bit more control, an indoor wedding may just be your cup of tea. Here is a list of pros and cons to consider an indoor wedding:

Pro: Unique Style For Every Couple

Indoor locations have their own personality. Whether you choose a church, historical building, or greenhouse there is a unique style for every couple.

Con: Space Limitations

Indoor weddings do have more space limitations depending on the location.

Pro: Air Conditioning and Availability

Even though there are space limitations there are other benefits such as A/C, space personality, and year-round availability.

Both indoor and outdoor ceremonies have pros and cons. But they both can make for your perfect day! For tips on how to personalize your day click here.

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Style Spotlight : Vagabond Chic

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Laid back but oh-so chic, this delightful setting is an eclectic blend of striking colors and textures against a lush natural backdrop courtesy of Mother Nature. Included is an abundance of everything from just picked wild flowers to home-style comfort foods served on mismatched plates for a sweetheart’s picnic with a very pretty vagabond vibe.

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These vintage inspired votive holders are the perfect addition to create a soft romantic vibe for this outdoor affair.

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These Mr. & Mrs. Forks are a perfect keepsake and add a little something extra to your reception table décor. Pair these forks with this ceramic heart shaped plate for an elegant, cozy setting.

An apothecary style beverage dispenser makes a statement and is perfect to serve up your favorite beverage.

Don’t forget to record your vows with these his and her vow books. A keepsake filled with cherished memories – cover to cover.

Credits:

Event Design and Planning: Claire Lachance

Photography: Still Moments Photography

Florals: Brides & Blooms

Florals: Springhill Nursery

Bride’s Dress: Rosegal

Hair: Bombshells Hair Studio

Makeup: Kim Fortune of Younique By Kim

 

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What’s In Our Carry On- Packing For Your Honeymoon!

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After months of planning your big day has come and gone, but don’t worry the excitement isn’t over yet! Now it’s time to get ready for your honeymoon! Travelling in general can be stressful but we’ve got you covered. Here is a list of our top items for your honeymoon carry-on so you can start off your romantic getaway stress-free.

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1. Tote Bag

A cute personalized tote like this geo-prism tote will make it easy to pack all your must-have carry-on accessories.

2. Shoes/Flip-flops

Pack a pair of comfy shoes to change into, as the flight might be long and you will want to be ready for anything once you get off the plane.

3. Earphones

4. Hand Sanitizer

5. Lip Chap

Those planes can be stuffy and dry, which can cause chapped lips. Don’t let chapped lips put a damper on your honeymoon!

6. Sleep Mask

Catch up on some well-needed Zzz’s from all the wedding day excitement! Your wedding day is full of emotion and excitement which can also be a bit draining. Grab a sleep mask and catch some shut eye so you are ready to enjoy your honeymoon!

7. Robe

Don’t forget to pack a change of clothes and your fave silky robe in your carry on, in case something happens to your luggage.

8. Cosmetic Bag

A personalized monogrammed cosmetic bag is perfect for carrying your everyday makeup.

9. Sunglasses

Don’t get caught in the sun without your sunglasses. Pack a pair of inexpensive fun sunglasses for your travels so if they get lost or broken you won’t mind.

10. Camera

Bring a disposable camera along as a fun way to capture your honeymoon memories that you can look back on for years to come.

11. Phone

12. Passport Cover

Keep your passport protected and easy to find with a cute Mr. & Mrs. passport cover for you and your new husband.

13. Money Clip

It’s always hard to know how to store your money while travelling, but with a money clip your money, ID’s, and credit cards can all be stored in one simple location that’s easy to hide in your belongings or your hotel room.

14. Water

Don’t start off by breaking the bank. Bring a water bottle that is refillable and fill it up once you are past security, to save money from those expensive airport convenience stores.

15. Book/ Magazine

16. Luggage Tag

Make sure you label your carry-on! You don’t want to start your vacation off on the wrong foot with lost possessions. This leather luggage tag is not only personalized with your initials but is really durable and classic.

17. Notepad & Pen

A pen and paper is just handy to have. You can write down important information about your flights, or record your favorite memories from your travels.

18. Deck of Cards

Have a layover or a long flight? Bring a deck of cards for hours of entertainment!

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How To: Decorate for Less by Skipping the Flowers

Your wedding day budget is depleting and you are looking for ways to save costs. One way couples have found to reduce wedding costs is by replacing flowers with simple décor items. Many couples are straying away from using flowers and are instead choosing to make their own decorations and bouquets out of other unique items. Flowers aren’t everyone’s cup of tea, so if you are a bride who doesn’t want flowers at their wedding we’ve got some alternatives that you and your guests will love.

Aisle Decorations

 

Decorative Lanterns are a great choice to brighten up your aisle. They can be painted to match your wedding colours or dressed up using a decorative ribbon and you’ve got the perfect addition to guide you down the aisle.

Candles are another great way to decorate your aisle. They provide a romantic lit atmosphere perfect for that cozy indoor affair. However, if your venue does not allow open flames, flameless candles are also available.

Flowerless Centerpiece Options

 

Add a vintage look to your reception with these Candle Holders. You can decorate them to add your own flair. Add some candles and you’ve got a simple alternative to flowers.

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Photography by:
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Mini Mason Jar With Lid

Having a summer wedding and want some pops of color on the guest tables? With beautiful decorated mason jars you’ve got a fun and easy DIY project that the whole wedding party can help out with.

Other summer weddings choose to use fruits to decorate with, filling tall glass vases or jars with different colored fruits for the right amount of color.

The Bridal Bouquet

 

A bride’s bouquet can be made up of all kinds of different things but one of the most popular for today’s bride is a brooch bouquet. These are easy to make, even if you aren’t very crafty and they look fantastic in photos. Brides usually ask for brooches to be donated by friends or family members, but can also find them in antique stores for relatively cheap. This bouquet is not to be thrown though; it is meant as a keepsake for the bride and there is usually a small substitution bouquet that is used if the bride chooses to do a bouquet toss.

Other bouquets may include flowers that are made out of sheet music, comic books or origami paper. Rustic themed weddings have seen flowers formed from burlap and ribbon, and others include fabric flowers made by the bride or purchased from a crafter.

Whether you decide to go with flowers or not, the choice is yours for your wedding. However, if you are feeling adventurous, skip the flowers and let your flowerless décor be the talk for years to come.

Writing & Concept by:  Theresa Gibson

Photography by: Weddingstar, LV Imagery, Kat Williams

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