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Inspirational Trends: Runway to Big Day

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Couldn’t resist sharing a few inspiring images from this cool “Runway to Big Day” gallery on InStyleWeddings.com…the shimmery metallics, glitzy rhinestones, bold stripes are fabulous looks for everything from glamorous weddings to New Year’s Eve parties!

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The top image actually features some easy-to-recreate (& budget friendly) DIY ideas – just cut a small gold paper flower to layer over a larger silver paper flower, then top with an extra-large craft gem. All 3 materials area available at most craft stores, and you can also find similar specialty trims & ribbons to those pictured above at fabric, bead or craft stores.  (I actually have some inexpensive silver & gold flatware from Target that’s very similar to the flatware pictured above too!)

The second image – featuring bold black and white stripes – is just great inspiration for a stylish theme in general. For a tablescape that matches this look, start with a black tablecloth, silver chargers, and black & white plates. Look for a similar fabric pattern to the one in the pillow and use it to create your own table runner and coordinating napkin rings.

Use large craft gems, black rhinestones, and textured black ribbon to embellish napkin rings, stemware, and pillar candles, and arrange tight bunches of white flowers in contemporary black vases for a chic centerpiece.

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Last but no least, colorful gemstones in pretty jewel tones make for such a pretty place card display! This idea can get a little pricey to recreate if you don’t have a wholesale license, so consider asking your wedding planner to purchase them gems for you, or recreate different versions of this concept on a smaller scale, utilizing acrylic beads and craft gems to keep costs down.

For example:

  • Glue a row of large gems to a strip of satin ribbon to create colorful “napkin rings” and cool embellishment bands to wrap around cylinder vases.
  • Instead of filling an entire tray with gems, hot glue a border of gems all the way around the rim, and use a less expensive filler like this acrylic sea glass for the center of the tray.
  • Embellish place cards and place card holders with one large gem, but use different shapes, colors, and styles on each card to create an eclectic look.


By |2018-02-12T20:46:09-07:00December 17th, 2009|New Year's Eve, Party Decor Projects, Weddings|

About the Author:

Jennifer Sbranti is the founder of Hostess with the Mostess®, a creative living and party planning resource established in 2006. She lives in Northern California with her husband, Sonny, and daughters Macy (8) and Rylie (6). Sbranti’s work has been featured in media outlets such as Good Morning America, The Today Show, Real Simple, People, InStyle Weddings, and Extra! TV. She has designed creative content and unique live events for several well-respected brands, including Mattel, Coca-Cola, The Hershey Company, Toys”R”Us, Pottery Barn Kids, and Starbucks.


  1. Julianne December 17, 2009 at 11:38 am

    Oooh that table setting is so divine!


  2. Robin December 18, 2009 at 6:13 am

    The jewel box for the escort cards are to die for!! GORGEOUS! To cut down on the number of gems needed, fit a slightly smaller box upside down inside the clear outer box, so you really only need jewels down the sides and across the top. It will look like it’s totally filled with jewels though!

  3. Sheila Aronfeld June 15, 2010 at 11:11 am

    I love the gem/rhinestones. Where would one purchase these?
    Thank you.

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