Category Archives: Wedding

Wedding DIY: Ceremony Accordion Wheels

In keeping with my August theme of wedding DIY projects, today I am sharing some of our ceremony decorations.

We got married outside and had plain white chairs. To make an impact I wanted to put these pinwheel/accordion wheels on the backs of the chairs in the back row.

I went to Michael’s and bought a pre-packaged assortment of cardstock (that just happened to be in my general color scheme) for $8. (This is definitely the most cost effective way. I believe it was 50 sheets of cardstock.)

While I did not take any in-process photos (as I did this project over a year ago – sorry!) I found a great tutorial here at: I [totally] Heart Blog

For each wheel:

1. Take 4 sheets of the same color paper and cut down to an 8×8 square (You can make these at any size. This is just what I did.)

2. Fold the square in an accordion style – about 1 inch folds. I used a metal straight edge to fold.

3. Use a hot glue gun to glue them together into one long accordion.

4. When dry, lie flat on the ground and fold around into a wheel. Glue the seam and inject the middle of the wheel with hot glue as well. You will want to hold this for a good minute to let the wheel dry.

5. I sliced a small hole in the top and looped ribbon through it to tie around the chairs.

It was a great success and made a big impact! For $15 including glue and ribbon.

The only other ceremony decor we had was some aisle runner flowers. I got the shepherd’s hooks on clearance at Joann’s and our florist did the rest!

After the wedding these were hanging in our guest room. I couldn’t part with them, so they are waiting to be hung somewhere in our new house as well!

I feel like I should be humming “Here Comes the Bride” right now… but really I walked down the aisle to “Here Comes the Sun” by the Beatles. And I didn’t realize until this moment that they both start with “Here Comes The”.

Funny how that works!

DIY Wedding Cake Table Letters

In honor of our anniversary month, I thought I’d start to share some of my DIY wedding projects from our wedding last year. I loved looking at other people’s wedding projects so I hope my posts this month helps to put some ideas out there!

For our cake table decorations I knew I wanted to make some cake table letters (I don’t think this is common terminology. I spent far too much time on TheKnot.)

I picked up some wooden letters from Michael’s Craft Store for about 50 cents per letter. I also bought a few tubes of paint for 99 cents each.

I put on a few episodes of Smallville (I think the only way I got through all my wedding DIY was watching Smallville seasons 1-6!) and started painting away.

I let them dry for about 15 minutes and then flipped them over and painted the other side.

And boom! Done!

Then on the day of the wedding they were put on the cake table in a semi-circle.

And now they are in my kitchen. : ) And before that they were in my guest room!

$10 dollars later and my cake table was done!

The photo above is our cake and it was Funfetti. YUM! What is your favorite kind of wedding cake?

I DO-it-yourself

Last summer was the summer-of-the-wedding. My husband and I were not only planning our own wedding, but were invited to nine others between May and September!

I was up to my ears in bridal showers, bachelorette parties, rehearsals, ceremonies and receptions. And I can’t tell you how many trips to Bed, Bath and Beyond I had to make.

They were all lovely and, since I am in a serious relapse of wedding attending after last year, I thought I would share a few favorite ideas that I saw.

These favors were for an 80s themed bachelorette party, but could be tailored to any theme. Chocolate covered pretzel sticks were adorned with colored stripes or sprinkles. There were even a few “groom” decorated ones! This would be an easy and inexpensive DIY favor.

I loved this direction sign at my friend Kate and Andrew’s wedding. It was perfect for their rustic, barn wedding. The post had the direction and distance of sentimental places – like their favorite fishing hole, honeymoon location and their new home! This would take a little bit more advanced handiwork, but exudes loads of charm.

Tired of the same old wedding favors? They also had artisan salt in their wedding hue from Didi Davis Foods (www.salttraders.com). A hand embossed and labeled tag set the tone perfectly!

Looking for a post-ceremony crowd pleaser? My friends Emily and Brian had a homemade cupcake bar while they had their church wedding photos taken before departing for the reception! While we waited to see them off we munched on an assortment of mini-cupcakes and punch.

And finally, M&M favors! My friends Glen and Nikita had personalized M&Ms in their wedding colors with their names and faces on them! Too adorable! (This picture is not mine. I don’t have a good one.)

What’s the most number of weddings you had to attend in a short period of time?

What’s the best wedding DIY project you’ve ever seen?

Happy Royal Wedding Day

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1. The wedding was just lovely and so beautiful.

2. The Queen wore bright yellow. She’s my new favorite person.

3. I wish I was British so I could wear funky, ridiculous hats to places.

4. Anything you say sounds better and smarter when you have a British accent.

5. Kate was a stunning modern Grace Kelly type of bride. Just beautiful.

6. I can’t believe ABC actually brought out a professional lipreader to figure out what they were saying to each other. That’s just silly. A friend and I were joking that they would. ABC was serious.

7.  Tea, while not as good as coffee, is a nice morning treat.

8. They are already talking about when Kate will produce an heir. Err… she’s not even out of the carriage yet! Leave her alone!

9. I foresee a trip to London in my future.

10. Happy Wedding Day to Wills & Kate. : ) I wish them the best and plenty of privacy from the press. Including myself.

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