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DIY Escort Cards & Board Ideas

When your guests first walk into your reception, the first thing they’re going to look for are where their table is. If you are not doing pre-arranged tables, we suggest making some type of sign telling your guests they can seat themselves wherever they’d like.

Here are some fantastic ideas we found to direct your guests to their seat for the fun!

1. DIY Chicken Wire Seating Chart

Photo Credit: Scissors and Spatulas blog

Scissors & Spatula’s blog has created this SimplyAdorable DIY Chicken Wire Memo Boards. Pair this with some DIY painted or fabric clothespins and you’ve got yourself an adorable place to hang your escort cards!

2. Rustic DIY Escort Card Holder

Photo Credit: Wedding Bee

Loving the rustic, vintage look of this awesome escort card holder. The cards on the tower are fantastic too!

3. DIY Wine Cork Escort Card Holders

Photo Credit: Lollipops & Paper

This is quickly becoming THE thing to do for weddings! And they’re adorable, yet somewhat difficult to make. Check out the instructions and try your own!

4. Escort Stones

Photo Credit: Wedding Bee

Instead of paper, just pick up some river stones and either write or paint names & table numbers on them! So easy & free as long as you live near some water!

5. DIY Flower & Moss Escort Cards

Photo Credit: Elizabeth Ann Designs

Loving the look that Elizabeth Ann Designs put together to make this!

6. DIY Starfish Escort/Place Cards

Photo Credit: Newport Nuptials

These would be a perfect fit for a nautical or beach-themed wedding. **Just a note, they do sell plastic ones which we would highly recommend. Starfish otherwise were living animals at one point, but there are plenty of places to find the plastic kind!**

7. DIY Butterfly Place Cards

Photo Credit: Princess Panda

Princess Panda takes you step by step in how to make these adorable little escort cards/place cards.

8. DIY Lemonade Escort Cards

Photo Credit: Martha Stewart

Martha comes through once again with these delish escort cards!

9. DIY Ribbon on Bamboo Poles

Photo Credit: Wedding Bee

This would be so incredibly perfect for an outdoor, summer wedding!

 

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DIY Table Numbers

Going along with the centerpiece posts the last couple days, I thought I would also share how I made my own table numbers. On a budget. They were fun. Festive. Easy to make. Easy on the budget. And I was able to include a lot of people in them.

I found these fantastic frames at Ikea. Again, we had 20 tables, so I got 20 of them. I think they were $1. Each. Fantastic. And, the reason I liked them a little more? They have 2 sides on them. So, rather than the regular frame that only faces half the table, I was able to include 2 pictures per table.

What you need to make each table number:

  • (1) 4″x6″ frame
  • (1) 4″x6″ colored paper (pink in picture)
  • (2) 2″x3″ other colored paper (brown in picture)
  • (2) 2″x3″ picture
  • (2) 1.5″x2.5″ Table # printed on paper
  • Paper cutter or scissors
  • Double stick tape

I also chose to use a paper cutter since it turns out a lot neater looking with straighter edges than using a scissor. And you only need 1 sheet of 4″x6″ colored paper (pink in photo) since you see it on both sides.

Cut out the picture of your choice a little smaller than the width of the paper. I chose 2″x3″. Cut the other colored piece of paper (brown in photo) the same exact size.

I used Microsoft Word to type out the table numbers. You can see the size of your lettering on the ruler toolbar on the left to see how big it will be when you cut it out. Once you get the sizing right, you can print all of them at once. Remember, you need 2 of each Table Number since the frame is double sided.

Cut the Table Number a little smaller than the second color sheet of paper (brown in photo). I chose 1.5″ by 2.5″.

Use double stick tape on the back of the table number piece. Center it on the small colored piece of paper (brown).

Visualize an imaginary line that goes down the center of your colored (pink) 4″x6″ piece of paper. Use double stick tape on the back of the small colored paper (brown) with the table number on it and center it on the bottom half of the larger piece (pink) paper.

Use double stick tape on the back of the photo and attach it to the center of the top half of the colored (pink) 4″x6″ piece of paper.

Do the same thing on the back side of the large (pink) piece of paper and insert the entire thing into the frame. And there you have it! An easy, cheap budget-friendly, yet classy looking table number!! You could also choose to spray paint the frame if you’d like. It comes as white and that’s the way I left it.

More DIY Centerpiece Ideas on a Budget

After yesterday’s post, my beautiful friend from college, Rochelle, is helping her cousin with some centerpiece ideas. She requested help in finding more ideas. I thought I would collaborate and find a few others that I think are fantastic out there and share them with you! Again, this is all to inspire you when deciding on what you want for your big day.

PS – I love getting feedback and questions, so if there’s something you’d like to learn more about or ideas that you’re looking for, let me know – I’ll add a post about it!!

Centerpieces are a huge focal point. It’s what everyone sees when they first walk into the reception. It’s what they stare at (or through) before/during/after dinner, and throughout the night. The table that they sit at is their “home base” for the night. It’s where they put their jacket, their purse, their programs, their stuff. The centerpieces are definitely something people remember. They take pictures of them. And sometimes, they even take home.

That being said, here are a few of my favorites that I’ve seen out there!

Photo Credit: Glamour and Grace

DIY Etched Terrarium Centerpiece

This HAS to be one of my absolute FAVORITES!!!!! Glamour and Grace blog gives you the step-by-step layout of what to do. And there are so many ways you can customize it too!

The DIY-ness of it allows you to customize it to your theme and your personal flair. You can:
– use whatever font you want on the glass
– use any type of vase or bowl or jar
– use any size, shape, height centerpiece (just remember you want the word to fit)
-fill it with whatever your heart desires depending, again, on your theme – some ideas can include rocks, sand, flowers, flower petals, a floating candles, branches, leaves, candy, beads, faux crystals, wood chips.. the list goes on…

Photo Credit: Wedding Bee

DIY Manzanita Branch & Crystal Drops Centerpiece

Weddingbee.com is another fantastic resource for all things wedding! You can see other people’s ideas, struggles, and buy/sell your own wedding items through their classified section.

One of the users made these to-die-for DIY Manzanita Branch & Crystal Drop centerpieces that are absolutely GORGEOUS! Talk about making a serious statement! They are beautiful, draw attention, aren’t too big where you can’t see anyone but the person next to you, and will be remembered!

Please note that making the crystal drop pieces can be very time-consuming depending on the size, shape and “readiness” of the crystals. If they already come on a string, great. If you need to create them, it can take a while, so plan ahead! You don’t want to be trying to make these the month of your wedding day.

Photo Credit: A Law Student's Journey

Light bulb DIY Vase Centerpiece

A Law Student’s journey documented this adorable little DIY vase made out of a light bulb. It’s easy, simple, budget-friendly makes a statement, and could perfectly fit your decor and theme.

To make it your own you could:
– use the flower of your choice
– use the light bulb size & color of your choice
– spray paint the metal hanger and/or the light bulb
– fill the light bulb with sand, crystals, beads, or any of the above suggestions

 

Photo Credit: Pure and Noble

DIY Custom Spray Painted Mason Jars

Pure and Noble’s blog outlines how to make these customized mason (and other) jars that you can use as centerpieces. I think these are so crafty, easy, sometimes FREE, and soooo stinking fun!!

You can use whatever wording, design, and color that you WANT!! They are totally customizable – the more creative, the better.

These would work great for a shabby chic, vintage or country theme.

 

Photo Credit: Cleverly Inspired

DIY Wine Bottle Centerpieces

These awesome, spray-painted wine bottles are featured on Cleverly Inspired’s blog as a winter Christmas display. Why not customize it for your special day instead??

All you need are:
– some empty wine bottles… that should be a piece of cake to get…
– spray paint of your color – you can even find glitter sprays now too
– a box of epsom salt which you can find at your local Target store

You can put flowers that fit your theme, manzanita branches or a branch you find outside, and whalla… you got yourself a rocking centerpiece!

Photo Credit: Martha Stewart

DIY Candle Centerpiece

Martha Stewart ALWAYS comes through when you need a good idea, some inspiration, or a DIY project! And, she does have my dream job…

I really like the classy, enchanted, romantic feel these DIY candle centerpieces are. They would be so simple to make, and easy on the budget!!

*Disclaimer(S)* – if wanting to use candles at your wedding, double check with the venue first. Some venues have rules  that need to be followed. I would also caution if considering scented candles and the size of your space. You don’t want it to be too much. I would also highly recommend putting them in or on something, especially if you’re renting your linens. You don’t want to ruin them, have wax everywhere, and not get your deposit back. You can buy the glass votives and hurricane vases to put large candles in.

I hope this helps! At least it’s a start. As I mentioned above, I love getting feedback and questions, so if there’s something you’d like to learn more about or ideas that you’re looking for, let me know – I’ll add a post about it!!

xoxo
Karen

Budget DIY Centerpieces

Budget DIY Centerpieces – around $65. Total.

Weddings are expensive. Period.

You think you are on a $10,000 budget. You are WAY off. The church, the wedding venue, DJ, photographer and catering cost $10,000. Alone. It didn’t include everything else that goes into a wedding. You didn’t even think about linens, dishes, the pastor, bridal party gifts, favors, cocktails, and your dress, the rings… The. List. Goes. On….

I get it. I was there. That’s my story above.

So, I thought I’d share what I did for my centerpieces. Maybe it will inspire you to be thrifty on these. Maybe not. Maybe it will bring other ideas to mind. Maybe not. But I hope it does.

We were on a 200-person guest budget. For everything. We ended up with about 160. Better to over-prepare than under, right? I thought so. I still do. It would be embarrassing to not have enough of something.

So, that being said, we had 20 tables of 10, so 20 centerpieces to make, plus we did 3 for the head table, so a total of 23.

I went to the dollar store and bought this cylinder vase:

You can probably find one you like at Ikea or a thrift store, or even a swap meet type thing. Total cost with tax was around $30.

I went to Ikea and bought a package of 24 floating white candles for $5.99 here:

Again, I’m sure you can buy packages of floating candles in several places, and they have plenty of colors, but this was exactly what I was looking for.

We went for a rustic theme. My family is from Minnesota and most of them still live there. Including my amazing parents. I asked my dad to make some wood rounds with our initials in a heart. He did them perfectly and they came out incredible. Cost: FREE

I also bought 3 of the packages of white, unscented votive candles & we put 3 on each table and around the venue for some extra light. These cost about $10 per package of 25. Total: $30

Our wedding colors were fuscia & dark brown. I filled the vases with fuschia bougainvillea. You can put whatever flowers work or fit best with your theme. We filled the vases with water, put the floating candle on top and this is what we ended up with! I couldn’t have been happier! I hope this helps inspire you or someone you love!


What’s In a Color??

Deciding on your wedding colors is pretty close to the second step of planning your wedding – right behind picking the date & the venue. It affects the theme of your day, the invitations, flowers, all the decorations, the dresses & tux’s your wedding party wears, and even the color your Mom chooses for her Mother of the Bride dress!

Colors can also mean different things for different cultures or regions.  For example, white is known in western cultures as a symbol of virtue and innocence.  Likewise, many Asian cultures view white as a color symbolizing death, as white is a mourning color.

Choosing your wedding colors convey emotion, mood, and tone. We tend to use our favorite wedding color combination without knowing the real meaning of wedding colors.

So, what does the color you’re thinking about say about you?? Check out some of the psychology below!

Black—Considered to represent sophistication, power, sexuality, and elegance.  This color can be high-impact or understated, depending upon any contrasting colors used. Black depicts formal, modern, sexy, and sophisticated. It is a color that is always in fashion. It never goes out of style. Black is usually paired with white. With black, you feel elegant, powerful, and sophisticated. Black works well with lighter colors such as yellow, white, blue, red, blue, and green. Black will stand out in photographs.


Red—The color most readily associated with love, passion, desire, and sex.  In other cultures, red can symbolize purity or good fortune.  Red creates excitement and is a high-drama color, and although there is a shade of red for everyone, this would be the wrong color to have in varying shades at the altar, as they easily clash with each other. Life, vitality, celebrations, and gifts are associated with red.

Pink—If red is the color of passion, pink is its understated cousin.  Pink is thought to represent femininity and romance.  No matter what shade, pink is actually a calming color. It symbolizes the femininity, admiration, love, pretty, spring, gentleness, harmony, fidelity, and sensuality. It is an innocent, sweet, and soft color.

Purple—Historically known as the color of royalty, purple still implies elegance and wealth.  In lighter shades, purple is considered very youthful. It shows nobility, luxury, authority, creativity, inspiration, and spirituality. It is a mysterious and intriguing color. The darker shades of purple represent sensuality, while the lighter shades of purple represent romance and delicate.

Green—Represents nature and fertility.  In almost all shades, green is an incredibly popular color with both men and women.  It is relaxing to look at and gives an appearance of health and vitality. It represents health, wealth, money, nature, environment, fertility, growth, re-birth, victory, healing, abundant, and renewable. The green tells of new life and beginning after the wedding. Oftentimes, we use green to show the awareness to be eco-friendly, or environment friendly.

Yellow—As such a strong color, yellow should not be overused or paired with black (studies have shown that people have a negative physical reaction to yellow and black together, most likely because of bumblebees).  However, on its own, yellow connotes optimism and lighthearted cheeriness.  Yellow is not a flattering color for everyone, so consider the skin tones of your wedding party before choosing the shade.

Blue—Blue calls for calmness, tranquility, truthfulness, nobleness, and faithfulness. In all the cultures, blue has the lowest amount of bad images. Blue is often use in ribbons to symbolize winners. Blue is recommended and versatile.

Orange—This is one of the most energetic and attention-grabbing colors.  It represents excitement and is very memorable. It stands for energy, sun, warmth and comfortable. It is often used in fall weddings. The guests will feel at ease. Think of fall leaves, pumpkin, sun, sunset as wedding themes.

Gray—This color actually is emotionally-neutral.  It does imply a certain amount of conservative tradition and formality. When paired with certain colors, especially pastels, it can definitely have a vintage, elegant feel to it.

Brown—Liked by men more than women, this shade (along with related earth tones) represents confidence, sincerity, and stability. Brown makes you feel comfortable, warm, and cozy. It is a color of wood, earth, and stone. Brown also stimulates appetite which may make guests feel obliged to stay longer and brings character to the location.

So, what does your color say about you??

5 Creative Ways to Ask Your Bridesmaids

Your bridesmaids are your girls, your best friends, your confidants, the ones you can be vulnerable with, the ones you trust, the ones you love. And the ones that you get to be honored having stand next to you on the biggest day of your life!!

There are so many fun, creative and special ways to ask your besties to be a special part of your day! Here are a couple ideas to get the ball rolling to ask your girls! Remember to ask them in person – asking your girlfriends in person makes it way more personable and will be a moment for you guys to share & always remember!!

1. Photo Puzzle – You can make great photo puzzles on PuzzleMatic to give to your party. You could either do a picture of you and your man, a photo collage of the things you love to do, or make individual puzzles for each of your maids & men! You can include as many photos as you want as well as text. In the text you can think of a creative way to ask!

      

2. DIY Scrabble Magnet Board – Check out this awesome DIY post on The Twice Remembered Cottage blog making a magnetic scrabble board – what a fun thing to do to ask your crew!!

3. DIY Expandable Photo Card – I saw this adorable idea on this WeddingBee post! It would be very time consuming, but since she had 4 bridesmaids, it worked for her! She chose fun pictures of her and each girl with writing on the front and back. You could include whatever you want – a saying, a poem, incorporate an inside joke – to make these as personal as you want! She also included the silly way they asked their groomsmen!

4. Personalized Hangers – my best friend from High School got me a fun hanger like this for my wedding that said Mrs. Wujek in it – it was so special and I hung my dress on it for the “getting ready” pictures on my wedding day. But, why couldn’t you have a personalized one with all the girls’ names on it or just the word Bridesmaid on it as a fun way to ask them to stand next to you?? You could hang a couple pictures of you guys on it from ribbon or even clip them on with paperclips or clothespins. Check out etsy.com for tons of ideas and price points – the one pictured can be found here.

5. Custom Wooden Box – I saw these on Etsy.com as well and you could probably even do this as a fun little DIY project if you wanted to try to tackle it! You could also include a fun card, and some goodies in there – maybe lip gloss and nail polish the colors of your wedding – or some of your favorite things with your special gal.

Wedding Hairstyles

We thought it would be fun to show some pictures of some wedding do’s that would go perfectly with our Simply Moxie hair pieces! Let us know what your favorites are!