May 14, 2009
Give your menus a personalized touch with this elegant project from Nichelle Luc of Details a la carte, a custom invitation company. These are great for a wedding, rehearsal dinner or shower. We love this project because there's so much room for imagination -- every piece of it is customizable, meaning the result can be perfectly coordinated with the rest of your wedding.
May 13, 2009
Get custom lettering for your invites and skip the cost of calligraphy with a personalized address stamp from lettergirl on Etsy.
This cute DIY detail is super-easy: Just head to her Etsy store, pick out the lettering you like best (there are tons of different options, so you're sure to find something that fits your theme) and let her know what wording you want on the stamp. Once it arrives, start stamping your envelopes! You can use it for the return address on shower invites, save-the-dates, wedding invites and thank-you notes, as well as the main address on your RSVP envelopes.
The stamps are self-inking (meaning less mess for you) and run from $34 to $39. Thanks to Style Me Pretty for the tip!
May 12, 2009
Our favorite DIY tutorials from the last week:
1: Silk peony and rose bouquet (Nancy's Brown Bag)
2: Hanging paper baskets (red bird crafts)
3: Flower girl basket (Once Wed)
4: Wedding program scroll (Intimate Weddings)
5: Faux vintage military pin (It's in the details)
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May 11, 2009
Even the artistically challenged will have no trouble whi¬¬pping up these charming personalized place card napkin rings from Elizabeth Woodson of Elizabeth W. Gift Baskets and Shindig 411. We chose a white dove design, but you can pick whatever shape and color coordinates best with your theme. Bonus: They double as fun favors.
May 08, 2009
Let your centerpieces double as take-home favors with this cute idea, spotted in a WeddingChannel.com real wedding.
To get this look, just surround a pretty bouquet with potted plants for guests to take home. Choose long-stemmed flowers like ranunculus or roses for the center, so they'll be visible behind the other greenery.
For the favors, pick plants that can be potted in soil and will be relatively easy to take care of after guests bring them home. Get the green look pictured at left with herbs like basil or mint, or use potted flowers like marigolds for a little more color. Feel free to mix and match!
Use mini terra-cotta pots from a craft store like Michaels for the plants. Paint them in your signature colors if you'd like, or leave them in their natural hue for a more rustic look.
Personalize each plant with a small card with the guest's name, stuck in the dirt with a wooden stake. On the back of the card, write out plant care instructions. Such a fun way for guests to bring home a little piece of your special day!
Image: Leslie Gilbert Photography
May 07, 2009
Katrina of Kat's Krafts is best known for her adorable cootie-catcher wedding favors, but that's not all she's got up her sleeve. These fun clothespins are super-easy to make and can work in all sorts of different ways. Use them to clip place cards to a board for guests to pick up, hang photos of you and your partner or anything else you can think of. They also make great favors for guests.
May 06, 2009
The super-sweet Summer Watkins of Grey Likes Weddings sent over this great idea for an easy monogrammed aisle runner.
Personalized runners are expensive, and DIY alternatives tend to be labor-intensive and fussy. Skip both the cost and the trouble with an inexpensive monogrammed vinyl wall decal. The one at left goes for $50 at n. koester design, and even cheaper options are available at MarkJamesDesign and Margot Madison Stationery (all on Etsy).
Once your order arrives, just peel off the back and stick it on your runner. Instant personalization with none of the fuss!
Image: n. koester design
May 05, 2009
May 04, 2009
May 01, 2009
These great escort cards are from the wedding of our own Assistant Managing Editor, Ellie. With help from two fabulous bridesmaids, she was able to make them over the course of a single evening.
She started with tear-away place cards from Target. These are major cost-cutters, since you can print guests' names and tables in your signature font right onto the cards from your computer, skipping calligrapher fees. (If your guests' names and tables are already in a spreadsheet, you can use the mail merge feature to easily format them for printing onto labels.)
Ellie used a candle lighter to melt a stick of sealing wax, letting it drip onto the cards until the wax was a little smaller than the stamp diameter. After the wax set for a few seconds (the cooler it is, the thicker your seal will be), she stamped it with a hand stamper custom-designed by her husband at wax-works.com. You can also use faux wax in a hot glue gun, which is a little easier to work with but can get sticky or lumpy. If your stamp sticks in the wax, try chilling it before you stamp. Image: Kristin Johanneck, KJL Photography
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