Searching for the perfect cake topper for your wedding cake? Weddingstar is your one stop shop. As an innovator in the dynamic world of wedding accessories, they shine especially bright when it comes to their unique, original and full of life cake toppers.

Not only can you choose from a variety of life-like cake toppers, but many of them can be personalized with hair color to resemble the couples themselves! Couples can choose from three skin tones, shoe colors, and even popular Sports Themed figurines as well as many more traditional, but beautiful cake toppers.

But for 2013, Weddingstar is introducing some new and alluring designs to their already stunning catalog.

Weddingstar always puts a fun spin on the traditional Bride and Groom cake decoration while being timeless and stunning at the same time. Anyone can have a cake. Let yours be an extension of yourselves and an ideal addition to your already dazzling reception.

As a special offer for Once Wed readers, use the discount code: MAYBRIDE15 for a 15% discount. Code expires May 31st, 2013.

05.16.13 / Featured, New Sponsor Blog

Bliss & Bokeh Retreat


One of the most gratifying experiences in my journey with Once Wed has been the community of creatives I’ve been fortunate enough to meet and collaborate with along the way. These relationships and opportunities to network have been the catalyst for so much of the beauty you see on Once Wed every day. Working online provides quick and easy tools for communication, but nothing compares to the connections and bonds we can make with fellow creatives face to face. Because of this, I am especially thrilled to announce I’ll be speaking at Bliss & Bokeh Retreat in October.

Bliss & Bokeh is an intimate luxury retreat for female wedding photographers in beautiful historic Charleston, South Carolina. The ladies behind Bliss & Bokeh share a desire to bring together women who are passionate about wedding photography and the art of capturing bliss. Through an amazing team of talented speakers, beautifully styled shoots, and incredible local partnerships, women will have an opportunity to grow as creative entrepreneurs, while indulging in the luxury and charm of a city named two years in a row by Conde Nast readers as the number one destination in the US.

I can’t tell you how excited I am about what this retreat has to offer to female wedding photographers, and I’m flattered to be speaking alongside so many other talented female entrepreneurs including KT Merry, Whitney English, Tara Guerard, Joy Thigpen, Becky Hoppmann, Leigh Webber, and Angela Marcaccio.

I’d love the chance to connect and grow with you at Bliss & Blokeh. Click here for more information on signing up. See you in Charleston!

05.15.13 / Featured, News Blog

DIY Chair Wedding Garland


We’ve been seeing a lot of ceremony aisle markers popping up all over pinterest and weddings blogs, so Holly of Rosegolden Flowers pulled together this great tutorial on how to create your own aisle marker with a set of simple vines. We used jasmine here for it’s delicate nature, but any vine or flowering branch would also look beautiful. Enjoy!



Floral Tape
Vines(we used Jasmine)


1. Make two bunches of vines

2. Secure longest branch to one side of the chair

3. Attach with floral tape

4. Secure the second bunch horizontally with floral tape

5. Drape the vines around the opposite edge of the chair

6. Tie a ribbon to conceal the floral tape

Photography: Odalys Mendez // Styling: Ginny Au // Flowers: Rosegolden Flowers

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05.14.13 / DIY Wedding Blog, DIY Weddings, Featured

Ann’s Bridal Bargains


Getting married, but still looking for an exciting way to invite your loved ones? We have the perfect solution.

Ann’s Bridal Bargains understands how important your wedding is and they also know how to help you stick to your budget. The invitations alone can push some brides outside of their budgets, especially when you add in the necessary enclosure cards for the response and reception…

For this reason they created Ann’s Value Pricing. Now couples can get the desired wedding invitations they want for a price they can afford. By choosing certain invitation ensembles, Couples can save up to 20%!

Here’s how it works:

Their 1st option includes the Invitation and the Response for 10% off.

Their 2nd option includes the Invitation, Response and Reception for 15% off.

However, the 3rd option is far and away their best deal.  Couples can order complete wedding invitation ensembles plus an accessory (cake tops, guest books, toasting flutes) or wedding favors (favor boxes, matchbooks) and receive 20% off! Plus as an added bonus, specific Ann’s reception accessories and wedding favors come with free personalization!

When you choose Ann’s Bridal Bargains, they make Value Pricing simple and convenient. Ann’s Bridal Bargains knows that every couple is unique and that their choice of wedding stationery should be as well. With Ann’s Bridal Bargains, couples can choose a stylish stationary without having to cut corners where they matter most. This is one of the most wonderful days of your life; let Ann’s Bridal Bargains help you share it.

05.14.13 / Featured, New Sponsor Blog