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Thursday, August 29, 2013

Labor Day Weekend Hours

Keeping up with all the details of planning a wedding can be work - you deserve a break! We hope you all take some time to relax over this Labor Day weekend.
Both Stardust and LuLu's will be closed on Sunday and Monday, September 1-2, so we can rest up and be ready to hit the ground running again on Tuesday in our efforts to help make your wedding day dreams a reality! Have a great weekend and we'll see you soon!

Monday, August 26, 2013

Color Splash: Coral, oh Fabulous Coral!

August is the hottest time of the year! Not only is the weather scorching, but the color coral is hot, hot, hot on the wedding scene! The vibrant, summery hue can take on many personalities, depending on what other colors you pair it with, and we happen to love all these very different color palettes featuring the ever-gorgeous coral.
Coral and navy blue is hip, preppy and lends itself to a nautical flair.

We think coral paired with pink is elegant, romantic and sweet.

Coral and black feels clean, modern and sophisticated.

The cool combo of coral and Tiffany blue (or turquoise or aqua) is fresh and dramatic; it works great for a beach or tropical wedding.
Inspired by a sunset, the marriage of coral and purple is youthful and whimsical - and fun!

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Love Story Art

We've been seeing a lot of these super-cute love story signs that couples display at their weddings.
The chalkboard sign is darling, especially if your wedding has a rustic vibe, but what to do if your celebration is more formal and elegant than rustic? Well, we love these beautiful personalized signs from Checkerboard!
Not only are they more sophisticated, but they are more permanent, too! They would make beautiful wall art for your home after your wedding day. We have these lovely Happily Ever After prints available for order in our invitation studio at Stardust, so come in and check them out!

Monday, August 19, 2013

Monday Funday: The Princess Bride

Let's just put it out there. Mondays can sometimes be hard - especially after a glorious weekend like the one we just had. We thought we'd help you ease into this Monday with a little wedding humor. What could be more humorous than one of the all-time best romantic comedies, The Princess Bride?! Buttercup, Westley and Humperdink, oh my!
Remember the Impressive Clergyman? Pure wedding humor gold. We found this fun little gem (thanks, Pinterest!) that would be so cute to have on hand as part of your wedding day d├ęcor:
We hope this brings a smile to your face and a snicker to your lips. Happy Monday!

Friday, August 16, 2013

Check Out Our Fall 2013 Bridal Gowns

Hold onto your hats, er, veils, ladies! Our stunning Fall 2013 bridal gowns are starting to arrive and you will not believe all of the gorgeous goodness! Here are just a few of our beautiful new wedding gowns!
Incredible lace-sleeved gown from Alvina Valenta.
Uber flattering mermaid gown in silk organza from Watters.
This flowy, romantic empire-waisted gown from Augusta Jones is perfect for a destination wedding.
Sleek, sophisticated Victor Harper...gorgeous!

Love the stunning back detail on this elegant Lazaro gown!
  Enjoy photos all of our amazing new gowns on our Facebook page!

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Love, Sweet Love: The Candy Cake

As weddings become more and more personalized and brides continue breaking the wedding mold of what's "normal," we love seeing their creativity and personalities come to life. One element that brides are having a lot of fun with is dessert, specifically, their cakes! The trend of decorating wedding cakes with candy is super cute - just look as all of this eye candy!

Colorful rock candy looks especially pretty against a smooth white cake. Don't the candy pieces look like little jewels?
Milk and white chocolate molded into flowers - beautiful and mouth-watering!
Jelly beans make this fun-shaped cake look like a little jewelry box. Darling!
Modern meets whimsy - love these clean lines!
The simplest of candies can make the biggest impact. M&Ms transform these cakes into eye-catching focal points. 
Old school ribbon candy turned this cake into a stunner!
Truffles add a little twist on this otherwise traditional cake.

Sprinkles make for a sweet cake - don't these just beg for the bows that adorn them?
Love the simplicity and elegance of this all-white candy cake.
This button candy cake is really impressive - clean, modern lines but the colorful candies are so fun!
Chocolate lovers will melt for this dark confection, complete with chocolate molded into shells. Yum!

image credits: Martha Stewart, One Wed, Scrumptions, Emmaline Bride

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Get in on the Final Two Days of Our Safari Sale

Only two days remain of our Stardust Safari Sale but there are still fabulous deals to be had!
Both Stardust and LuLu's are offering clearance gowns sold off-the-rack and 10 percent off bridal and bridesmaid dress orders (excluding a few designers). Stardust also has stationery, accessories, and jewelry at a 30-75 percent discount, as well as 10 percent off special occasion dresses. Stop in today or tomorrow to save big on all of your wedding needs!

Friday, August 9, 2013

Trend Alert: Dad First Look

We think this is too darn sweet and a perfect wedding day special touch for a Daddy's Girl.
He was there when you took your first steps and said your first words. He saw you off to kindergarten and your first date, sent you off to prom and watched proudly as you walked the stage after earning your diploma. Why not do a "first look" with your deal ol' Dad for one last sweet father-daughter memory before you leave and cleave?!
Staged much like a bride-groom first look, this special encounter often happens in the rooms where the bride gets ready at the ceremony site (usually cleared of most other people for the beautiful and intimate moment) or sometimes in a picturesque spot on the ceremony site grounds. Just make sure to have a hanky ready - for you and your Daddy!

Here are a few more absolutely precious examples:

image credits: Jason Mize, Ray Anthony, Dixie Pixel and Julie A. Whitlock via Southern Weddings; Cory Ryan via Bridal Guide and Bend the Light via Green Wedding Shoes

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Paper Love: Darling and Unique Wedding Stationery

Oh, how we L-O-V-E paper! There are so many fabulous things you can make with it, especially for weddings! Paper helps establish the tone, inform your guests and carry the theme of your wedding celebration. We put together a few collages to showcase some absolutely precious, lovely and different wedding-related paper products! We hope they bring out your inner stationery nerd like they did for us. Enjoy!

Creativity reigns when it comes to wedding programs. We love the use of icons and fun cut-outs and shapes. The wheel program and Chinese fortune teller ideas bring a touch of whimsy and nostalgia!

Menus are practical but that doesn't mean they have to boring! Bar menus are great ways to further implement your theme - so many different ways you can do these! Love the placemat menu, great for a station or small plates reception. Check out the cute menu (top right) that includes a "ticket" to the after party and the fab dinner menu (left center) with cute art. We adore these!

Here are few other special ideas. In keeping with the trend of "proposing" to your bridesmaids, these love letters asking "will you be my bridesmaid?" are too cute! And check out these adorable wedding weekend timelines for the wedding party - so creative and useful! Putting a sweet stand-alone thank you note on your guests' place settings is a nice touch and a little twist from just sticking it at the end of your program or menu. We heart this love knot wish bracelet favor made of paper cording, which wears off with time - so sweet!

Friday, August 2, 2013

Go Wild at Stardust's Safari Sale!

We get it - it's a jungle out there! As always, Stardust is here to help you navigate and during our Safari Sale, we'll help you do it while saving money! Our Safari Sale is in full swing, so make sure to come by before August 14 to save on gowns, accessories, gift items and more!