Category Archives: Wedding

Wedding DIY Signage

One way to add lots of personality to your wedding day is DIY signage and printed pieces.

All you need is a creative mind and a printer! (And if you don’t have a creative mind there are loads of graphic designers looking to make some extra moolah.)

For the place settings I made my own namecards and table names. (Our tables were names after locations that were sentimental to us.)

I created a menu that was folded into the napkins by our venue. Having a menu is another way to add some graphic interest to your tablescape. (That’s a graphic design nerd sentence if I ever heard one.)

I bought a Martha Stewart punch and made scalloped edges on our menus.

We also created our own wedding Mad Libs and they were put at each place settings. I put them here in hopes of helping any lag in entrance time or meal time. We had a blast reading them after we returned from our honeymoon!

I also bought some large black pictures frames from the clearance aisle at Joann Fabrics before our wedding. (I also bought them with the intention of using them in our home post-wedding. Stretching the worthiness of the cost even more.)

Then, I made lots of “posters”, that matched our invitations and general aesthetic, and placed them around the room in key places like the favors table, the coffee bar, the namecards table, so on.

I also made lips and mustaches-on-a-stick for our photo booth! (As seen in the image above.)

I added some visual interest to the bar by creating signs for all of our Signature Drinks to encourage our guests to give our specialty drinks a shot.

(My favorite was “The Claymore”, as tasty iced coffee beverage.)

Lastly, I created these “luggage-style” tags to decorate our favors – bags of carnival kettlecorn.

While designing all these pieces took a bit of time, the result was loads of personality infused into our venue at a very low cost. Paper projects are a very easy and inexpensive way to turn a generic venue into somewhere that says “you”.

(I use this general principle at most parties that I hold – not just weddings.)

(And for any other nerdy graphic designers out there – I stuck to the fonts Market Deco and Fling.)

Custom DIY Wedding Garter

I’m going to squeeze in a few more August-wedding-themed posts before September arrives!

Many brides personalize their garter these days. Although we did not do a garter toss (I’m not a fan), I still wanted to wear one. Because, really, when else does one get the opportunity to wear a garter?

I bought a cheapy $3.00 garter from a craft store.

It looked like this one:

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I (carefully) ripped off the lace and ribbon.

I had a piece of ribbon that matched my bridesmaids dresses (navy with white polka dots). You will want a piece that goes around your thigh a little more than one time (to account for the ruching).

I loosely pinned the ribbon to the elastic/satin band and just did a quick straight stitch. (You could probably even hot glue this.)

Then I used another piece of two small yellow ribbons and tied two bows. I hot glued one on to the front where I ripped off the little crystal, and then I glued another one right on top of it to get the double-ribbon effect.

Then I prowled the buttons and embellishments aisle. I found a few funny shaped buttons that pertained to our relationship, but I ended up getting a button shaped like a Moose (who would have though such a thing existed?) because that is my nickname for my husband.

I hot glued the button over the ribbon and – boom. Done.

The entire project cost about $5.00 and took an hour.

($5.00 is a steal. Custom wedding garters on Etsy range from $12-$40 plus shipping.)

DIY Wedding Buntings and Thank You Signs

Continuing with my August theme of wedding-related DIY projects (in honor of our anniversary) today I’m sharing my decorative wedding buntings and thank you signs.

Buntings are all over the place these days! For our wedding I chose to do square buntings to cut down on time. Cutting squares will always be faster than cutting circles. Also, I could fit more on to one page.

I used Adobe Illustrator and InDesign for all my projects, although I don’t see why you couldn’t do this in PowerPoint or Word.

I cut out each letter and mounted it on a square of blue cardstock.

(This step isn’t necessary, but I wanted to add more weight to the letters to they wouldn’t flip around in the breeze.)

Lastly, I laid out a long spool of ribbon and hot glued the letters, leaving room for the ends to tie.

I knew I wanted to personalize our thank you notes. We had so many people to thank!

I made these “thank you wands”, as I called them, in Adobe Illustrator. I spray mounted them to foam core with 3M Super77 and cut them out with a razor blade. Then I glued them to two kabob sticks (which were glued together for strength) and added ribbon.

(In hindsight, I would not have done the scalloped edges. Cutting that out took ages, although I was happy with the result.)

For our cards, I purchased Mohawk plain, white cardstock photo frame cards and matching envelopes from Dick Blick Art Supplies and ordered the photos from Shutterfly for 10 cents each. Doing it this was was MUCH less of a cost than ordering custom greeting cards from an online source like Shutterfly or Snapfish.

In hindsight, I should have ordered address labels too. But I didn’t. My fingers still hurt. ; )

Wedding DIY: Celebratory Flags

This was hands-down one of my favorite DIY projects from my wedding!

A lot of couples choose to throw rice/confetti/birdseed or blow bubbles, but as soon as I found a blog featuring a project like this I knew it was what I wanted to do. I also knew it would be a LOT less expensive!

Materials Needed:

1. 50 sheets of colored paper
2. 150 Kabob Sticks from the grocery store
3. Hot Glue Gun

I created flags with proclamations of excitement (ex: Yippee, Hooray) in Adobe Illustrator (although I’m sure you could finagle it in PowerPoint) and created three triangles on one sheet of paper. I printed them all out alternating what they said.

Then you will want to cut them out. I always use a razor blade and rubber mat to ensure straight edges and precise angles.

Then I just glued the kabob stick on.

I made 150 of these for about $15!

Also, for the holders I used some blue glass vases I already owned and also these green bottles.

Do they look familiar? They should!

Mini Pellegrino bottles. I recycled these from a party I attended.

They were handed out with the programs and there was a little sign that said “When the newlyweds pass your way, wave your flag and shout hooray!”.

So, my question is, if you throw rice to wish good luck and fertility on a couple what do you think these flags mean?