DIY Wedding Wednesday: Pretty Papier – DIY Table Numbers

diy paper table numbers

OK lovely readers, today we are putting a few DIY staples (the punch, the stencil and the x-acto knife) to some good work. We’re using them to transform simple paper table numbers into customized papier perfection. And not only is the end result super pretty, the how-to get there is ultra budget friendly and ridiculously easy to do. The hardest part no doubt will be deciding on which look to make yours!

Look #1: Sparkle and Dot

polka dot paper table number

The Supplies

polka dot paper table number

The Step by Step

polka dot paper table number how to

Step 1: for a uniform polka dot pattern draw out criss-crossed lines on the back side of your card. Work around the area where your number is by marking its position.

Step 2: screw punch your holes at the points where your lines intersect.

Step 3: adhere your backer using hot glue, glue dots, or whatever other adhesive you have handy.

Repeat process on the other side of your tent card.

The Details

polka dot table number

Look #2: Peekaboo

peekaboo paper table number

The Supplies

peekaboo paper table number supplies

The Step by Step

peekaboo paper table number how to

Step 1: using an x-acto knife for precision, cut out your table number.

Step 2: adhere your backer using hot glue, glue dots, or whatever other adhesive you have handy.

Repeat process on the other side of your tent card.

The Details

glittered table number

Look #3: Gorgeous Greenery

green fern paper table number

The Supplies

green fern paper table number supplies

  • tent style paper table number
  • stick on fern stencil (make sure the one you select is suitable for use on paper and won’t tear the paper when pulled away)
  • green acrylic paint
  • stencil brush

The Step by Step

green fern paper table number how to

Step 1: position and stick on your stencil to the top right corner of your card.

Step 2: apply paint. Let dry slightly for approximately 15 minutes and then pull away the stencil.

Step 3 (not shown):  repeat steps 1 & 2 on the bottom left corner of your card.

Repeat process on the other side of your tent card.

The Details

stenciled green fern table number

Look #4: Pink Petals

pink petals paper table number

The Supplies

pink petals paper table number supplies

The Step by Step

pink petals paper table number how to

Step 1: to ensure you get a centered floral pattern draw a line across the midway point of the back of your card.

Step 2: punch a floral pattern onto either side of your card, positioning the center of the punch to the center of your card.

Step 3: adhere your backer using hot glue, glue dots, or whatever other adhesive you have handy.

Repeat process on the other side of your tent card.

The Details

pink petals table number

The Look #5: Pattern Play

floral pattern paper table number

The Supplies

floral pattern paper table number supplies

  • tent style paper table number
  • stick on floral stencil (make sure the one you select is suitable for use on paper and won’t tear the paper when pulled away)
  • pink and green acrylic paint
  • fine tip paint brush

The Step by Step

floral pattern paper table number how to

Step 1: position and stick on your stencil to the left side of your card.

Step 2: apply paint, incorporating both pink and green into your pattern.  Let dry slightly for approximately 15 minutes and then pull away the stencil.

Step 3 (not shown): repeat steps 1 & 2 on the right side of your card.

Repeat process on the other side of your tent card.

The Details

floral pattern table number

Looking for Ready Made?

If you’d prefer a ready to go table number, check out the great options featured on the Tailored Table Numbers post.

xoxo.

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Product Spotlight: Tailored Table Numbers

There are wedding ‘nice to haves’ and then there are wedding ‘must haves’. And it’s the couples that pay close attention to ensure every single ‘must have’ is personalized to their specific wedding day design that create weddings that wow. Take something as simple as table numbers for example. Every single wedding needs them and while most venues provide a standard in-house set, a swap for a custom option results in a finishing touch that will not go unnoticed. To get your upgrading underway, we’re sharing a few creative ways to mark your tables, with options that span the entire budget spectrum.

 

How About a Little DIY?

For another ultra versatile table number concept visit the blog this Wednesday when we do up a simple paper table number with a bit of DIY.

xoxo.

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DIY Wedding Wednesday: DIY Kraft Favor Bags

diy favor bags

What’s the secret behind a great guest favor? It’s not a fancy gift. It’s not an expensive guest offering. It all really just boils down to the presentation. You need not stress over what you’re stuffing your favor container, box or bag with. What you should focus on is favor packaging that’s been uniquely personalized to you and your event design. Think of the lovely visual impact a pretty little thing x 100 will make. To show you just how easy it can be to pull off the look and to get your creative juices flowing, today’s DIY feature takes a plain paper bag, and with just a bit of fab DIY trim, changes it five times over. Here’s the step by step on how to make the look yours.

Look #1: Shabby Chic

shabby chic favor bag

The Supplies

shabby chic favor bag supplies

The Step by Step

personalized thank you stamp

Step 1: stamp your card. Don’t worry about a perfect stamp application. Pretty imperfections are what make up the shabby chic look.

vintage clothespin shabby chic card

Step 2: cut fabric ribbon to size and attach it and the card to your bag with the clothespin. No glue required!

Look #2: Lace and Twine

rustic themed favor bag

The Supplies

rustic favor bag supplies

The Step by Step

lace and twine

Step 1: wrap your bag with the lace, glue in back. Follow by wrapping the twine several times over the lace and tie it into a loose bow.

mini hinged diy clip homespun design favor tag

Step 2: attach tag to bag with the clip.

Look #3: Burlap Trimmed

homespun favor bag

The Supplies

homespun favor bag supplies

The Step by Step

burlap diy trim

Step 1: cut your burlap down to desired size, both length and width wise. To get this width we cut our roll approximately in half. Wrap around your bag and glue in the back.

hearts design favor tag

Step 2: wrap your ribbon around your twine and tie into a double knot. Hole punch your tag and thread your ribbon through. Finish by tying a bow.

hearts design favor sticker

Step 3: fold over the bag and close with sticker.

Look #4: A Touch of Sparkle

jewel trimmed favor bag

The Supplies

jewel trimmed favor bag supplies

The Step by Step

purple floral favor tag

Step 1: add a touch of sparkle to your favor tag by accenting with a few jewel stickers. Glue tag to bag.

white ribbon favor trim

Step 2: tie your ribbon into a simple bow and glue it to your bag, just above the tag.

purple floral favor sticker

Step 3: accent your sticker with a stick on jewel. Fold bag over and seal with sticker.

Look #5: Simple and Sweet

simple diy favor bag

The Supplies

simple diy favor bag supplies

The Step by Step

favor-wrap

Step 1: wrap your bag with the paper wrap, sealing off in the back with the accompanying die cut bird sticker.

wax seal sticker

Step 2: accent your wrap with a wax seal sticker.

satin bow

Step 3: tie a strand of ribbon into a simple bow and glue to bag.

xoxo.

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Wedding Planning Essentials: The Reception Checklist

wedding reception essentials

If there’s one thing that’s essential to a successful wedding planning process it’s the habit of keeping lists. There are just way too many elements that go into planning a wedding to attempt winging it as you go or working from memory. Try it and you’re sure to get lost in all the details. Luckily there are plenty of monthly planning checklists readily available online  to help you work through the process. What’s harder to come by is a comprehensive list of the essentials you need to source to pull off the big party. But not to worry. We’ve got you covered! Here’s the rundown of the basics you need to consider for your wedding reception, along with some on trend examples of each. Happy Planning!

The Essentials Checklist:

  • Seating Chart, Escort Cards or Place Cards
  • Table Numbers
  • Guest Book and Pen
  • Wishing Well
  • Cake Topper
  • Cake Serving Set
  • Toasting Flutes

Seating Plan

Unless you’re having a very small and intimate dinner party style reception, a seating plan is a must. Guide your guests to their seats with either a creative seating chart fit to theme or beautifully displayed escort cards. Take it one step further by assigning seating at each table with the use of a place card in a lovely little holder.

custom guest sating chart

featured here: custom seating chart created using the open ornate vintage inspired frame and diy escort cards

reception seating ideas

featured here: diy escort cards created using burlap wrap by the roll and miniature ornate hanger clips

Table Numbers

A well thought through seating plan is for nothing without a well marked table. Most venues provide a standard table number option you can use, but check with them to make sure. To elevate the look consider using a custom table number, fit perfectly to your event design.

Guest Book

Some traditions are well worth keeping. Create an instant wedding keepsake by incorporating a guest book into your reception where all who attend can leave their permanent mark and well wishes.

Wishing Well

Want the sentimental keepsake offering a guest book provides but looking for a bit more creativity in the display? If so consider a uniquely designed Wishing Well where guest’s notes are marked on custom cards.

Cake Topper and Serving Set

Finish off your beautiful cake with an equally gorgeous cake topper. Pick something that either represents you as a couple, or go for something fit to theme. And remember a cake knife and server set for the sweet tradition of the cake cutting.

garden themed wedding cake

Toasting Flutes

Don’t forget one of the best reigning wedding traditions, the toasting of the two of you as the new Mr. and Mrs. Pick a stylish set of flutes that you’ll enjoy time and again after the big day.

Ready to Shop?

If you’re ready to get your reception essentials shopping started, we’ve compiled everything you see here (and more) into an easy to shop checklist. You can download your copy right here and when you’re ready visit the Reception section of weddingstar.com for 100s of accessory options.
toasting flute

xoxo.

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DIY Wedding Wednesday: 5 Pretty Ways to Pamper Your Guests

diy personalized hand fans

What’s personalized, pampers your guests, and packs a major punch of pretty? DIY Hand Fans of course! Perfect for any outdoor event, ceremony, cocktail reception, or dinner, paper hand fans are an inexpensive and easy way to add lovely little details into your wedding day. From the addition of simple textures to surprising extras, here are five unique ways to style and personalize a hand fan, all guaranteed to impress!

Fan Style #1 – Boxwood Beauty

diy boxwood paper hand fan

The Supplies

diy boxwood hand fan supplies

The How-To

boxwood trim

Step 1: add interest and dimension to your fan handle with a touch of boxwood trim. To start, position your boxwood as desired.

baker's twine

Step 2: wrap boxwood trim around your handle with baker’s twine. Wrap four or five times to secure boxwood and to allow baker’s twine trim to stand out.

The End Result

diy boxwood trimmed hand fans

Fan Style #2 – Vintage Lace

diy vintage lace paper hand fan

The Supplies

diy vintage lace hand fan supplies

The How-To

crystal sticker embellishments diy crystal embellishments

Step 1: add detail to the printed part of your fan using crystal sticker embellishments.

lace flower diy embellishment

Step 2: add a touch of texture to the paper fan by cutting out one of the flowers from your lace pattern and gluing it to the top left corner of the fan. If your lace did not come embellished with crystals, use the stick on crystals.

pink lace ribbon

Step 3: finish off the look with a simple tie of lace on the fan handle.

The End Result

diy vintage lace trimmed hand fans

Fan Style #3 – Purple Petals

diy purple petals paper hand fan

The Supplies

diy purple petals hand fan supplies

The How-To

purple crystal sticker

Step 1: add just a subtle touch of interest to this already detailed fan design with a single crystal sticker accent.

paper rose

Step 2: add a 3D replica of your fan detail onto the handle with a paper rose accented with a stick on crystal. Hot glue your rose to the handle.

purple satin ribbon

Step 3: complete the look with a two tone purple ribbon tie on the fan handle.

The End Result

diy purple petal hand fans

Fan Style #4 – Sweet Sentiments

diy garden themed hand fan

The Supplies

diy garden themed hand fan supplies

The How-To

garden themed diy hand fan - steps 1 - 3

Step 1: punch your floral shape into both sides of your printed fan, taking care not to cut into the wording or design on either side.

Step 2: overlap your two fans as shown in image #2 above, back to front, and position your green craft paper in between. You can use two separate pieces of paper or a single long strip, whatever you find easier to work with.

Step 3: glue your fans together using regular craft glue. Avoid hot glue as it’ll show through the fan.

floral punched pattern

garden themed diy hand fan - steps 4-6

Step 4: insert fan into handle.

Step 5: for a sentimental touch perfect for your closest loved ones sure to shed a tear or two on your wedding day, add a pretty handkerchief to the handle. Start by lining up your handkerchief to the handle on the back side, taking care not to cover the wording on your fan.

Step 6: flip the fan and secure handkerchief to handle with a strand of ribbon. If the handkerchief is folded as in the image above it will naturally bend for a lovely finish.

green ribbon detailing

The End Result

diy garden themed hand fans

Fan Style #5 – Ceremonial Mementos

diy ceremony hand fan

The Supplies

diy ceremony hand fan supplies

The How-To

ceremony diy hand fan - steps 1 - 3

Step 1: create your own unique Unity Ceremony by involving your guests. Attach to each fan a small tag complete with mini pencil that your guests can use to write down their special ceremony wishes for the two of you. Provide them with a vessel to drop their cards into and consider incorporating it into your ceremony. Start by wrapping your mini pencil with rope. Wrap three times and finish with a double knot.

Step 2: next attach your pencil to your tag. First thread your rope into the tag from the front. Stop at the point where you want your pencil to stay.

Step 3: loop your rope from back to front and thread through the front once again. Finish off with a double knot. Hold your pencil in position while threading and tying your knots to avoid it from pulling all the way up your tag.

ceremony diy hand fan - steps 4-5

Step 4: thread one strand of rope through the handle insert.

Step 5: tie the two strands together in a double knot and finish with a bow. Finally insert your hand fan.

diy ceremony hand fan tag

The End Result

diy ceremony hand fans

xoxo.

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DIY Wedding Wednesday: ‘Petite Pails’ {Wedding Favors}

diy mini pail favors

Time to share another couple of DIY wedding secrets. #1. Adding accenting layers of fabric to just about anything pretty much guarantees loveliness every single time. #2. Couple the concept with the daintiness of a mini package and you’ve got yourself ‘guest favor perfection’. Given I’m a huge sucker for anything mini, using one of the sweetest mini containers around, I was more than happy to pull together a few samples for some visual inspiration. From the playful to the surprisingly sophisticated, here’s what just a touch of fabric can do to change up the look of one petite pail.

Petite Pail #1 – Homespun Sweetness

diy homespun style mini pail favor

The Supplies

homespun style mini pail favor supplies

The Look and the How To

diy homespun style mini pail

Step 1: tie your crochet ribbon into a bow and wrap the middle with baker’s twine. Hot glue the finished formation to the center of your pail, about a quarter of the way down from the top.

crochet ribbon bow

Step 2: hole punch your tag and attach to the pail’s handle using baker’s twine.

homespun style favor tag

Petite Pail #2: Pink Perfection

diy lace trimmed mini pail favor

The Supplies

lace trimmed mini pail favor supplies

The Look and the How To

pink lace trimmed mini pail favor

Step 1: wrap pail with pink lace trim. Discreetly hot glue in the back.

{tip: if you can’t find a jewel trimmed pink lace, purchase a plain pink lace and do a diy add on using these self adhesive jewel stickers)

pink lace trim

Step 2: add jewel stickers to tag.

jewel stickers

Step 3: attach tag to pail handle with mini white clothespin.

mini clothespin

Petite Pail #3: Something Blue…Something Rustic

rustic style mini pail favors

The Supplies

rustic style pail favor supplies

The Look and the How To

rustic mini pail favor

Step 1: cut burlap trim down to size, such that it covers your pail as shown in the image. Hot glue in the back.

burlap trim

Step 2: create a rosette with your satin ribbon, glue to middle of pail and middle of burlap trim. Wrap and hot glue excess ribbon strands in the back.

{check out the ‘White Box + Satin Ribbon = Endless Possibilities’ diy post for the complete rosette how to}

rosette ribbon

Step 3: glue or discreetly tape tag to pail handle.

personalized favor tag

xoxo.

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DIY Wedding Wednesday: Stylish Sippers

sippers

The official start to Summer is just around the corner and with it will come a flood of gorgeous summer weddings, so we figured it’s time to start featuring some appropriately swoon-worthy and warm weather worthy posts. Today we’re kicking off our Summer series with a DIY paper straw feature that infuses a wedding staple, the delicious signature drink, with both style and personality. We’ve pulled together three varied looks but with just a simple change in straw or ribbon color, charm accessory or tag, the looks are limitless. DIY Wedding Wednesdays are my favorite day of the week, regardless of what’s being featured. But when the feature involves a little cocktail mixing and champagne toasting, let’s just say it makes the day that much enjoyable! Cheers!

Stylish Sipper #1 – Simple & Sweet

birch paper straws

The Supplies

diy brich paper straw

The Look

diy woodland theme straw green paper straw flags birch print paper straws birch straw

Stylish Sipper #2 – Colorfun

diy candy striped straws

The Supplies

diy sipper straw supplies

The Look

retro style sipper straws blue polka dot sipper straw mini wooden button pastel pink sipper straws pink candy striped sipper straw yellow polka dot sipper straws diy yellow paper straw pastel-paper-straws candy striped and polka dot paper straws

Stylish Sipper #3 – Sophisticated Spin

metallic silver print paper straws

The Supplies

metallic silver paper straw supplies

The Look

metallic silver chevron print paper straws silver crown jewel charm silver-paper-straws diy chevron paper straws

xoxo.

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Wedding Planning Tips: Welcome Table How-To

welcome table

First impressions are everything. And weddings are no exception. Start your reception off on the right note by greeting your guests with a well planned Welcome Table for your cocktail hour. Not sure what to incorporate? Follow this simple ‘How-To’ for your foolproof tablescape layout.

Cheers to Good Times

Arguably a cardinal rule for any wedding, a signature drink is the perfect way to set the tone for your wedding reception. Impress your guests by making it subtly fit to your theme and color scheme. Get original with your choice of glassware and accessorize wherever possible.

retro wedding ideas

red wedding ideas

featured here: oval plastic tub personalized with a candy colorful design diecut label

Downtime Fun

If not planned properly a ‘cocktail hour’ can feel like a ‘cocktail never-ending night’! Help your guests pass the time by keeping them occupied with conversation starting eye candy. Consider featuring a creative guestbook alternative where guests can leave you their well wishes.

wedding guestbook alternative

Keep the Momentum Going

Never leave your guests unsure of what to do or where to go next. Guide your guests to their dinner seats with a well laid out display. If logistics permit, use a seating chart for its ease of reference.

retro theme seating chart

Send Off

You started things off with a great first impression, now end them off on a high note with a thoughtful gift for guests. Skip the expected boxed chocolate favor and give them something they’ll enjoy long after your day is done.

retro themed wedding ideas

Want More?

For additional creative reception ideas come back to the blog this coming Wednesday for a simple and super pretty paper straw DIY feature. 

xoxo.

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Wedding Design 101: Mastering the Wedding Tablescape

tablescape inspiration

We’re a week away from Canada’s first official long weekend so naturally I’ve got parties top of mind. My favorite kind? A proper dinner party complete with great food, even better wine, and loads of fantastic friends. Having planned a few in my day I know that one of the cardinal rules to a great bash, and incidentally a great wedding, is a well set and styled table. Dining tables are where your guests spend most of their time, and in the case of a wedding where table settings are in the double digits, the visual becomes all that much more important. So today I’m breaking down the five basic essentials behind a successful tablescape. And considering practice makes perfect, you’ve got an excuse to plan a few parties to test out your own skills before your big day. Bon fete!

The Essentials – #1: Show Them to Their Seat

Rule number one to being a pro hostess: manage the guest experience from start to finish. Make it carefree and effortless for them, right down to where they’re meant to sit. Marking their spot with a theme appropriate place marker not only gets the job done, it also works as an added decorative touch. To get them to their table, use a seating chart or escort cards, greeting your guests upon arrival and guiding them to where they need to go.

diy seating chart

featured here: custom diy seating chart made with equestrian love stationery collection large rectangular tags accented with horse hose charms and tied with satin ribbon in deep plum

rustic wedding tablescape

The Essentials – #2: Greet Them with a Treat

Make your guests feel special and incorporate some instant eye candy into your design with a little surprise gift waiting to greet your guests as they settle in. Repeated over every place setting it makes for the perfect finishing touch and a fantastic first impression.

rustic mini pitcher favor

The Essentials #3: Layers of Goodness

From chargers to trimmed napkins, designing your place settings using multiple layers adds dimension and interest to your tablescape. Complete the look with a dried or fresh flower in your color scheme for an unexpected touch of pretty.

rustic place setting rustic gold charger plate crochet border handkerchief

crochet border handkerchief gift

featured: crochet border handkerchief (can be personalized)

The Essentials – #4: Keeping Focus

With all the things going on with a tablescape, it’s important to have a focal point that pulls it all together. Given its central positioning on a table, a beautiful floral centerpiece is a natural choice. Use height or eye catching decorative accents to create the focus. Where budget allows, expand on the concept by creating a table length runner made of bountiful floral arrangements.

rustic wedding centerpiece

need some added inspiration?
for gorgeous simple to create diy centerpiece ideas check out our springtime centerpiece post

rustic wedding centerpiece rustic wedding flowers

The Essentials – #5: The Finer things

For a really impressive design consider setting aside some budget for lovely little unexpected details. Upgraded flatware, delicate chair backs or custom table overhangs are all surefire ways of pulling together an unforgettable and unique event design.

gold wedding flatware lace chair back

mini white lanterns

featured here: mini white lanterns (comes with stand and hanger, removed here)

Want More?

Looking for more wedding reception decoration ideas? Shop all the options by theme, color, or category in the Reception section of weddingstar.com.

xoxo.

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DIY Wedding Tips: Just Add Ribbon

diy wedding accessories - ribbon

If you haven’t noticed, we’re big fans of DIY around here. We love the personal touch a bit of it brings to a wedding. We especially appreciate those tactics that are easy “to dos”. So today we’re sharing one of our top DIY tricks, the simple {and it’s really simple} addition of satin ribbon. Whether you’re looking to add a touch of color, a bit of personality, or a pop of pretty, just add ribbon!

With next to no restrictions on what you can apply it to, and with massive theme versatility, the use of satin ribbon is really the ultimate ‘no-brainer’. But just in case you need some visual convincing, here are some of our favorite simple uses that went a long way to up the pretty ante.

diy accessories - white decorative ribbon

featured here: blown glass globe accented with satin ribbon in white

diy accessories - white ribbon and favors

featured here: lustrous silver favor boxes and miniature clear acrylic phantom chair holding custom tag, both accented with satin ribbon in white

diy accessories - blue ribbon

featured here: love bird damask invitation in royal blue and black accented with satin ribbon in royal blue

Want More?

If this whole ribbon thing is right up your alley, come back this Wednesday when we use a little ribbon magic to transform one box five ways.

xoxo.

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