2014 Recap: The Top 10 Wedding Products of the Year

top 10 wedding products of 2014

Year over year weddings just keep getting better, more creative and certainly more breathtakingly beautiful, and 2014 may have been the best year yet. We saw the emergence of gorgeous new wedding themes, countless brides and grooms make the extra effort to personalize their weddings to perfection, and we witnessed the continued evolution of the bridal market to a new level of sophistication. It was a year filled with lovely and we’re certain that although 2015 will bring with it lots of the new and the exciting, plenty of the wedding details and ideas from this year will make the year over year crossover. So with that in mind today we’re recapping the top 10 wedding accessories from 2014, all guaranteed to find a place in the coming wedding season.

bell shaped votive holder

1. compact pretty
featured here: bell shaped glass tealight holder used as a mini vase

chandelier decoration

2. decorative luxury
featured here: chandelier silhouette wall decoration

mini faux antler card holders

3. woodland minis
featured here: miniature faux antler stationery holder (get the gold tipping diy here)

lace parasol

4. lovely lace
featured here: antiqued battenburg lace parasol

ornate vintage chalkboard

5. designer notes
featured here: ornate vintage chalkboard

birch print paper straws

6. sweet sippers
featured here: birch print paper straws

vintage jeweled napkin ring

7. place setting perfection
featured here: vintage floral napkin ring

vintage inspired ornate box

8. stylish storage
featured here: vintage inspired ornate box

acrylic bride and groom signs

9. his and hers
featured here: black and gold opulence engraved “bride” and “groom” acrylic signs

artificial birch tree centerpiece

10. center of attention
featured here: faux birch tree centerpiece

So Many Choices

With so many options, it was next to impossible to narrow down our top product choices of 2014 to just 10. To discover all the other great items equally worthy of making the list, come explore weddingstar.com 

xoxo.

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2015 Weddingstar Magazine – The Reveal

2015 magazine cover

We’ve shared the sneak peeks (if you missed them click here, here and here) and now it’s finally time to officially launch the latest issue of Weddingstar magazine. Like no other bridal print publication, Weddingstar magazine provides you with 160 pages of inspiring, informative and most importantly shoppable wedding details. With page after page of uninterrupted eye candy, not a single ad along the way, the ideas are plenty and your opportunity to recreate what you see is just an online shopping experience away. From full feature inspiration shoots, to guides that act as your personal shopper, there’s not a single spread you’ll want to skip. But don’t take my word for it. Here’s your first look at exactly what you can expect to find in this latest issue.

The Big Picture

From Ceremony to Head Table, full feature inspirational editorials take you behind the details of the hottest wedding themes for 2015. Along side all the pretty pictures come comprehensive style guides, breaking down all the design essentials you need to recreate the look. Mix and match as you explore the various themes, or go with exactly what you see in any single one, either way you’re guaranteed a gorgeous wedding.

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The Must Haves

New to this year’s publication are editorials featuring all the must have products for the coming wedding season. Fresh ideas for all aspects of your wedding day design, your guests, and you pop off the page ready for the taking.

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Down in the Details

Showcased throughout the magazine you’ll find creative breakouts, teaching you the secrets behind styling your day like a pro. Say goodbye to all the guess work and hello to easy creative fun.

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Your Personal Shopper

To make sure you don’t miss a beat, each wedding theme featured within the 2015 magazine comes complete with a shopping guide, calling out every single wedding day accessory behind the look and available for purchase.

2015 weddingstar magazine - shopping guide

And That’s Just Grazing the Surface

Discover the rest by picking up your issue here or look for it on all major newsstands, including Chapters / Indigo, Target and Walmart.

xoxo.

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2015 Wedding Theme Ideas: Still on Trend

2015 wedding theme ideas

2015 is shaping up to be an incredible year for weddings, set to be filled with amazing new and exciting wedding themes and jaw-dropping details. We’ve already shared with you our predictions for what’s up and coming for the year ahead via glimpses into the inspiration clad pages of the soon to be released 2015 issue of Weddingstar magazine, see the latest post here, but there’s more. Beyond all that’s new, there are a few design staples that are certain to make the year over year crossover, continuing to hold their own in maintaining top spots on the list for most popular 2015 wedding themes. Rooted in some of the most naturally romantic, whimsical and breathtakingly beautiful details, here are the currently trending wedding themes not likely to lose their luster any time soon.

1. Vintage

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2. Rustic

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3. Woodland

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woodland wedding inspiration - log pencils

featured here: rustic wood pencils

4. Shabby Chic

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shabby chic wedding inspiration - main table shabby chic wedding inspiration - flowers .

5. Wanderlust

wanderlust wedding inspiration - bride

wanderlust wedding inspiration - compass favor

featured here: compass favor

wanderlust wedding inspiration - tablescape

The Latest and Greatest

If you’re on trend with one of these wedding themes be sure to stay tuned for the release of the latest issue of Weddingstar magazine, featuring tons of new wedding products guaranteed to get you the look.

xoxo.

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DIY Wedding Wednesday: Tabletop Details – Burlap Napkin Wraps

diy burlap napkin wraps

There’s a very simple formula to getting gorgeous wedding table settings. Textures + Layers + Florals = Guaranteed Pretty. It’s all about the details and the more of them you pull together, the more jaw-dropping the big picture becomes. Today we’re putting the principle to practice with one core DIY supply, burlap wrap by the roll, pairing it with a range of textured elements to create napkin accents sure to take any table from simple to stunning. And just in case napkin wraps or rings don’t suit your fancy, just slip these lovelies onto a vase or a pillar candle to just as easily incorporate the details into your day.

The Supplies

burlap napkin wrap supplies

the essential supplies:

for a woodland inspired design add:

  • craft paper in three varied shades of green
  • paper punch in a leaf design
  • mini wooden clip  (you’ll need to paint with a natural wood finish to get this exact look)
  • dried eucalyptus

for a shabby chic inspired design add:

for a rustic inspired design add:

Look #1: Naturally Woodland – The Step by Step

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Step 1: punch out several craft paper leaves, a few in each of your three shades. Set aside.

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Step 2 (not shown): measure out the required length for your wrap, considering the width you require for a completed wrap when folded over on itself, and cut.

Step 3: fold your wrap over in half such that the top becomes rounded while the bottom remains frayed.

Step 4: fold over the ends, creating the required wrap width for your napkin fold (our completed wrap was approximately 5 inches wide) and glue to secure.

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Step 5: glue on a scattering of leaf cutouts to the front of your wrap. Cluster a grouping at the top left and scatter the rest to the right.

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Step 6: to finish the look, attach a couple stems of dried eucalyptus by your top left cluster of cutouts, using a mini wooden clip.

The End Result

diy woodland napkin wrap mini wooden clip eucalyptus

Look #2: Layer Upon Shabby Chic Layer – The Step by Step

diy shabby chic napkin wraps - step 1 & 2

Step 1: measure out the required length for your wrap, considering the width you require for a completed wrap when folded over on itself, and cut.

Step 2: fold over the ends, creating the required wrap width for your napkin fold (ours was approximately 5 inches wide when complete) and glue to secure.

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Step 3 (not shown): cut a strand of ruffled fabric ribbon to the same length as your wrap.

Step 4: run a thin layer of glue down the center of the ruffled ribbon and attach it to the center of your burlap wrap.

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Step 5: using 4-5 paper flower petals, layer and glue a completed bloom. Let dry for 10-15 minutes.

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Step 6: when dry, glue your completed paper bloom to the left side of your wrap.

The End Result

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Look #3: Rustic Appeal – The Step by Step

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Step 1 (not shown): create your  napkin wrap by following steps 2 – 4  from the Naturally Woodland wrap outlined above.

Step 2: pull 3-4 threads from a strand of ivory burlap.

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Step 3: tie your loose ivory burlap threads around your napkin wrap.

Step 4: thread through your mini wooden circle slice.

Step 5: secure the slice into place with a double knot, and finish off with a bow.

diy rustic napkin wraps - step 5

Step 6: complete the look by tucking in some dried seeded eucalyptus.

The End  Result

diy rustic napkin wrap mini wooden circle dried seeded eucalyptus

xoxo.

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The WS Stylist Series – Part 2: Makeup Must Dos

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Last week we introduced you to our latest Blog feature, The Stylist Series, which set out to give you everything you need to know about the bridal looks featured in the current issue of Weddingstar magazine. We started from the top, literally, with pro tips for seriously gorgeous bridal hair. Today we’re rounding out the beauty breakdown with makeup must dos, the essential tips for recreating the loveliest of bridal looks, ranging from the natural to the dramatic. And they’re coming to you straight from the woman who created them, the talented Toronto based makeup artist Heather Snowie.

Naturally On Trend

high fashion beauty look

Who It’s For: “This one is for the bride looking to blend the carefree look of the great outdoors with a touch of high fashion, straight off the runway.”

To Get This Look: “Consider pastels and neutrals as your go-to shades. Start by bringing a bit of color to the eyes. Here I used a very pale blue on the lids and paired it up with some gorgeous cognac browns of varying intensities in the outer corners and creases. They play off each other beautifully and would work especially well on a brown eyed girl. A neutral pink or peach toned lip makes for the perfect match.  I recommend using a long wearing pencil, like Makeup Forever’s Aqua Lip liners, with lipstick and/or gloss to help keep the look longer.”

Classic Daredevil

classic beauty look

Who It’s For: “For the bride who wants a classic beauty look but won’t hear of playing it safe.”

To Get This Look: “The classic look demands a clean sophisticated eye, sculpted cheeks and a pouting lip. To up the ante and interest, smokey eyes are a must and blending is key. Start by selecting a palette of colors, in 2-3 different shadow shades. I used pink and plum tones. Begin with the medium tone on the lid of the eye, from lash line to crease, corner to corner. Use the darkest shade in the outer corner and crease of the eye. Lastly use the lightest shade on the brow highlight to lift and open up the eyes.”

True Romantic

romantic bridal look

Who It’s For: “For any bride who just wants to feel pretty. This one is possibly one of my favorite bridal looks. It’s soft where it needs to be and pops when necessary.”

To Get This Look: “Start by understanding what colors work best for you. Maybe it’s an antique gold tone shadow blended with rich browns, or a pearled pink with a cool taupe. Whatever the shades, the goal is to enhance your eyes and make them shine. Give your lips a subtle pop with a berry or coral toned lipstick like MAC’s Fanfare. And finish off the look by giving your upper cheekbones a soft glowy highlight. I recommend using Benefit’s Moon Beam.”

Drama Queen

dramatic beauty look

Who It’s For: “Not for the faint of heart! This striking look, when perfectly executed, demands attention.”

To Get This Look: “The critical factor behind this look is to maintain balance. Yes you want drama, but you don’t want to look overdone. Start by picking a key feature and go bold with it! For our bride I went heavy on the eyes, contouring them with some dramatic greys. As I worked my way down I eased up on the intensity. The cheeks, above the contour of the cheekbones, got a blend of soft blush tones in pink and peach. The lips received just a touch of color. Another key factor, it’s all about matte finishes for this retro inspired beauty look. But be sure to avoid a dull and flat skin by finishing off with a light dusting of a mineral powder, like MAC’s Mineral Skin Finish.”

Reckless Abandonment

boho beauty look

Who It’s For: “If you consider yourself of the bohemian persuasion, this is your look.”

To Get This Look: “The bohemian inspired bride goes for a softer look of earthy colors, flawless but fresh dewy skin and a hint of color on the lips. For flawless, but not overdone skin, concealer is the star. By finding a great coverage concealer, like MAC’s Pro Longwear Concealer, you can use a sheer foundation that allows your skin to radiate. I would recommend applying the foundation first, using a dampened sponge.”

About The Stylist:

Heather Snowie is a professional makeup artist that has been immersed in the world of beauty for over 14 years, with experience in all aspects of makeup from bridal, to fashion, to film and print.

And Now, Something for the Boys.

Don’t worry guys, we haven’t forgotten about you! Next Friday our series is dedicated to you, with the Top 9 Tips for Selecting Your Suit.

xoxo.

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The WS Stylist Series: The Best of Bridal Hair

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Today we’re talking hair. Great hair. Scratch that, amazing hair. But before we get there, a bit of background notes for you as an intro to our latest Blog series.

In this year’s “new look” issue of Weddingstar magazine you will find loads of inspiration for the most trending wedding designs, along with direct access to the products that will get you the look. What you won’t find however are the details behind the bridal styles featured on the “brides” and “grooms” that graced the pages. Considering how swoon worthy the looks pulled together by our beauty and style contributors are, we figured it only fair to arm you with all you need to know to make the looks yours. And so was born the idea for this series. We’re calling it the Weddingstar Stylist Series and we’re running it every Friday for the next four weeks.

Which brings us back to the beginning, starting with hair, amazing hair, with styling tips for our favorite looks of 2014, direct from the person responsible, the insanely talented Sylvie Prud’Homme of The Loft Toronto.

Vintage

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Behind the Look: “When I started planning the “Vintage” look for Weddingstar, I decided I wanted to channel something other than the Old Hollywood Waves from the 1940’s. I thought we’d bring it back with less movie star flare and more royal grace. Sweeping the hair up and off the face and neck, we gave the shoulders and clavicle some serious presence. The end result, pure elegance, with a touch of sexy.”

To Get This Look: “When speaking to your stylist,  request a low bun or chignon, and ask her/him to incorporate volume into the crown and around your face. The full chignon must be balanced to achieve that “antique” look. I always have Kerastase Couture Styling V.I.P. (Volume in Powder) on hand when working with any upstyle that requires lift, movement and hold.”

Wanderlust

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Behind the Look: “We all know that a Wanderlust bride is not concerned about a big “to-do” wedding, so why would she have a fussy bridal hairdo?  Our globe-trotter wants easy-peasy. But just because she wants something simple doesn’t mean it can’t be special. Soft, flirty curls are the perfect way to accentuate a girly, carefree gown. A centre part for loose curls adds a sense of the bohemian and a certain playfulness.”

To Get This Look: “Be sure to remind your hairstylist that this is in fact your wedding day. Even though you may be walking down the aisle with a less traditional hairstyle, you want to ensure that it’s executed flawlessly. Shine and hold are key. Finishing this look with Kerastase Gloss Appeal will add brilliance and reliability.”

Woodland

bridal hair inspiration - woodland

Behind the Look: “Who doesn’t love an outdoor wedding? The birds are singing, the leaves are rustling, and the sun is warming your face as you walk down the moss bedded aisle.  When planning your alfresco wedding, remember that your beauty look needs to follow the same path. Just like the forest, your hair needs to tell a tale of textures.”

To Get This Look: “With braids and large buns being such a common request with brides, a modern take can set you apart from the rest. I added some texture by using a crimping technique around the frame of the face, avoiding a smooth surface. Crimping may seem a little dated, but subtly used it can actually work to add multiple layers of interest to the hair. I always finish my bridal looks with a finishing spray to ensure that there is still movement but that the upstyle will last as long as my bride needs it to. I suggest Kerastase Lacqure Noire, which is a strong hold spray with added shine, allowing a bride to remain in her spotlight.”

Rustic Chic

bridal hair inspiration - rustic chic

Behind the Look: “How would I relive my wedding day? In a barn, a bourbon cocktail in hand, feeling like a rustic Cinderella, pre-Prince Charming, marrying the shy farm hand instead. Not that I’ve given it much thought! To me, curls were a given for our Rustic Burlap Chic look. I wanted to evoke the 1920’s farm girl. She had to have tightly wound hair that would blow in the wind as a gust went by. She had to be delicate and youthful. Untroubled, but aware.”

To Get This Look: “If your hair is naturally textured, have your stylist smooth out your roots to create a fresher style and diffuse your natural locks by applying a curl enhancing product to your length and ends. I recommend Kerastase Curl Fever, which launches in November 2014. If your stands are naturally straight, good news is you’re a blank canvas. Ask your stylist to work from scratch to recreate this look.”

About The Stylist

Sylvie Prud’Homme is a Master Stylist and artist for the Kerastase Canadian Artistic Team. Her excellence in upstyles and session styling has earned her the reputation as the hairstylist to see. She owns her own salon, The Loft Toronto, in the trendy heart of Queen Street West, Toronto, Ontario.

To Be Continued…

Join us next Friday for the next installment of our Stylist Series, Makeup Must Dos.

xoxo.

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Wedding Reception Centerpieces: 9 Tips to Stunning Arrangements

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Big and small. Short and tall. Monochromatic and bursting with an abundance of color. Wedding reception centerpieces come in many sizes, shapes and colors, making them uber exciting as far as possibilities go, and ultra complicated as far as planning goes. To help you work your way through the endless array of options we’re breaking down everything you need to consider to make your final selection. Follow these tips and there’s no doubt your wedding reception will be a stunner!

The Centerpiece Guide

  1. Keeping Proportion. Make sure your centerpieces are big enough to fill out the tables they’re going to sit on. If too small, no matter how pretty, they’ll simply get lost.
  2. Provide for a Line of Sight. When going with tall arrangements try to ensure they don’t prevent anyone at the table from seeing other guests seated with them or any other important focal points, like your head table. You can do so by going with slender or clear vessels.
  3. Play with Height. One of the easiest ways to provide for visual impact is to play with varying heights within an arrangement. To get the look use various vessels or components to create a grouping.
  4. Go Beyond the Florals. Add interest to your arrangement by including additional elements like decorative props. Whether it be a wooden slab or a vintage drawer, props do wonders for the overall visual.
  5. Play with Color. Create instant drama by using bold colors or unconventional color combinations.
  6. Budget Considerations. If on a small budget consider going with faux flowers over fresh blooms. Create unique arrangements and the real deal won’t be missed.
  7. The Power of Candlelight. There’s is no better foolproof way to add beauty and romance to your centerpieces, and your wedding, than by using candles. The key factor to creating the look? There’s no such thing as too much candlelight!
  8. The Size Factor. Going big is not a must do. Long and low arrangements can be just as beautiful. Consider using varying low vessels for a grouping that creates a runner down a rectangular table or a full cluster on a round.
  9. A Touch of Bling. And when all else fails, add a touch of bling for guaranteed wow factor.

And now for some eye candy!

faux birch tree centerpieces

wooden floral pomander balls floral candelabra

floral table runner

art deco inspired floral arrangements

pink wedding centerpiece

Create Your Own

If you’re feeling inspired and considering working with your friends and family to create your own arrangements than come back and visit us this Wednesday when we show you how to pull it all together.

xoxo.

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Wedding Trends: Seeing Gold

Glossy. Matte. Glittered. No matter what finish you put on it gold currently holds the spot as one of the hottest wedding colors. And chances are that has everything to do with its unique ability to bring elegance and interest to any color scheme or wedding theme. It’s like a bride’s best decorative friend! What’s the catch? Knowing how to use it. If overdone gold can easily go from brilliant to gaudy. Because we’d hate to see a little challenge stop you from using this gorgeous hue, here are our top picks of foolproof ways to incorporate it into your wedding day look.

gold charger plate

featured here: gold charger plate

gold glittered paper feather

featured here: gold glittered laser expressions feather tag

acrylic chair markers

featured here: black and gold opulence design engraved bride and groom acrylic signs

Love This Look?

If you love this look and want a few DIY ideas on how to make it yours, come back and visit the blog this Wednesday for our accenting with gold post.

xoxo.

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Wedding Reception Tips: 7 Must See Custom Seating Displays

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There are seating plans, a must do at every wedding, and then there are inspired displays of creativity that just so happen to also guide guests to where they need to go. And it’s the latter that bring to an … Continue reading 

DIY Wedding Wednesday: Petals and Place Cards

mini vase place card holder how to

I’m of the practical kind so a decorative accent that does double duty as a functional informative wedding accessory is top of my list. Take for instance today’s how-to feature. With the pairing of a floral accent and a coordinating stationery design, plus a touch of trim, these otherwise naturally neutral place card holders take a place card display from “formality” to fabulous. And given how simple the process and how varied the floral possibilities, the final look options are limitless. Here are just a few ways to make the look yours. Because practicality doesn’t have to be boring!

Look #1: Peaches and Cream

peaches and cream place card holder

The Supplies

peaches and cream place card holder supplies

The How-To

sweetheart rose

fill your vase with a single stem of a peach colored sweetheart rose

lace trim

add texture to your vase with a touch of lace trim

pearl embellishment

finish off the look with a subtle pearl accent

Look #2: Eco Chic

eco chic place card holder

The Supplies

eco chic place card holder supplies

The How-To

boxwood

fill your vase with a few stems of boxwood greens

twine

add texture to your vase with twine trim

woodland design place card

finish off the look with a coordinating place card

Look #3: Lavender Country

dried lavender place card holder

The Supplies

dried lavender place card holder

The How-To

dried lavender

fill your vase with a few fragrant stems of dried lavender

mini clothespin

finish off your place card with a single stem of dried lavender attached with a mini clothespin

xoxo.

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