DIY: Chalkboard Signs Part 1

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Flowers- Periwinkle Flowers, Photography- Attakat, Hand Lettering- Love Lettering, Creative Styling- Lorrie Everitt, Location-The Warehouse Event Venue, Wedding Cake and Baked Goods-Cakelaine, Vintage Tableware- The Perfect Table

 

Beautiful hand-written chalkboard signs are trending this season, and there are lots of opportunities to be creative when it comes to designing a chalkboard sign to fit your wedding décor. With that being said, you don’t have to be a pro calligrapher to create a chalkboard sign for your big day. Our Ambassador Lorrie Everitt from Creative Bag has provided you with a step-by-step guide and template to create your own chalkboards signs.

The Supplies

 

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Decorative Chalkboards With White Frame
• Liquid Chalk Markers
• White transfer paper
• Pencil
• Masking Tape
• Scissors
• Print out with design/ text

The Step by Step

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Step 1:

Cut out the lettering or template you are using as shown above. Position the lettering design on the chalkboard and use masking tape to keep the paper from shifting.

Step 2:

Insert a piece of white transfer paper between the paper and chalkboard with the chalky white side facing down towards the chalkboard. Now you are ready to trace the design onto the chalkboard.

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Step 3:

Test a small area of your design to make sure that your tracing paper is placed properly between the paper and chalkboard. If you don’t see a faint white traced image on the chalkboard as shown above, take the tracing paper out, turn it over and place it back into position. Continue tracing your design until it has been completely copied.

Tracing Tip: Check that your traced image is not missing lines before you remove the tape.

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Step 4:

This is what the traced image will look like. If you are not happy with your tracing, you can remove it with an eraser and start again.

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Step 5:

Now draw over the design using a chalk marker using the traced image as a guide. Don’t worry if some of the faint lines from your tracing are showing as you trace, keep your lines fluid.

Tip: Keep in mind that once the chalk is completely dry you can use a soft cloth to remove any white marks that are remaining from the traced image.

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Tip: If you mess up your first time round don’t worry, as it can be removed with water while the chalk is still wet.

Here are some free downloadable templates to get you started doing your very own chalkboards.

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Download these six reception sign templates here (Once Open Right Click to Save Image)

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Download this Best Day Ever template here (Once Open Right Click to Save Image)

Chalkboards come in a variety of shapes and sizes. Visit weddingstar.com for more chalkboard options and let your creativity run.

We’d love to see your completed chalkboard projects. Post your pictures on Instagram and use the hashtag #weddingstar or tag us @weddingstar so we can find them.

Credits:
DIY Photography and Styling: Lorrie Everitt

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Top 10 Mistakes Brides Make When Planning Their Wedding

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We are surrounded by the most beautiful couples and weddings all year long, and after more than 30 years in the business we’ve learned a few things along the way! This top 10 list is a must read and a must share for brides who are beginning to plan their wedding.

1. Announcing the engagement too soon

Technology and social media make it very tempting to spill the beans early on, but it might be a good idea to resist the urge. Telling your close friends and family in person and seeing each of their reactions can be the most exciting part. Not only is it more fun for you and your husband-to-be, but your inner circle will really appreciate that you took the time to tell them personally.

2. Choosing bridesmaids out of obligation

There are many reasons why as a bride you may choose certain people to be a part of your big day. Make sure that you pick yours for the right reasons. Logic like, “She asked me to be a part of her wedding first” or “I just don’t want to hurt her feelings by not asking her” might cause you some regret down the road. Do what makes you happy first and foremost.

3. Choosing the venue before considering your guest list

In the excitement of the initial wedding planning, it is easy to forget some of the finer details. Remember that your venue has to fit your circle of friends and family that will be celebrating with you. Jot down a rough list of names you are considering inviting. That will give you a rough idea of the size of venue you will require.

4. Not confirming your wedding plans with your vendors

Make sure you touch base with all your vendors before the big day. Confirm addresses, times and package details with them to make sure everyone is on the same page. This could help prevent mishaps and mix-ups on the big day!

5. Having a closed mind when dress shopping

It is always great to go into your dress appointment with a few ideas, but don’t count anything out just yet. Ask your bridal consultant for some suggestions and try on as many styles as you can. You just might be surprised about what style fits your body type best.

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6. Forgetting to leave wiggle room in your budget

Try as you might, it can be hard to stay true to your budget. Hidden costs and last minute things are very likely to sneak up on you. Leave a miscellaneous costs column in your budget for some of these details. This way you can make sure all your vendors are paid on time and you won’t be filled with that dreadful feeling in your stomach wondering how you will ever pay for it all.

7. Forgetting to schedule time to visit with guests

Your wedding day is going to be a busy one, but it is important to set some time aside for a receiving line or to visit each table. Even a short visit will mean a lot to your guests. After all, they did come to celebrate with you!

8. Ruling out the idea of a wedding planner of day of coordinator

It is easy to tell yourself, “I can do it all myself” or “I would never be able to afford one”, but don’t rule it out too quickly. Do you find that you get stressed easily? Are you organized enough to handle all the details? Are there a lot of elements that will need to come together? Does my venue have an on-site coordinator? Answering these questions will help you decide if you need a little extra help. These professionals will often help keep things running smooth and create an enjoyable, stress-free experience.

9. Failing to loop everyone in

Your bridal party and parents are going to play a big part in how smoothly or how chaotic your wedding weekend goes. If you fill them in on any important changes, locations and information, you will save yourself the headache. Jot down a few of the important details and send a document to everyone a few weeks before the wedding. Include addresses, phone numbers and important point people. This will ensure everyone gets to where they need to be, when they need to be there and that any important jobs you have assigned are clear.

10. Forgetting to eat

With all the butterflies and excitement, food and water are likely to be the last thing on your mind. But make sure your force yourself to have a few light snacks throughout the morning. Also consider having a few snack platters prepared for your bridal party after the ceremony. It is easy to get caught up in the fun and photos, but the afternoon will be much more enjoyable if everyone is well fed and happy.

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8 Things I Wish I Knew While Planning My Wedding

We all know that the more often we do something, the better we get. But when it comes to planning a wedding, you only get one shot to get it right. A wedding is a once in a lifetime event, afterall! After the dust has settled from the big day, we want every bride to walk away saying “that was everything I dreamed of” and have no regrets. That is why we asked everyone here at Weddingstar to tell us something they wished they knew while planning their own wedding. Here are 8 things we learned that we think every bride should know.

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1. Who does what?

Your fiancé might not be as involved as you would like him to be. BUT, that doesn’t mean that he doesn’t care as much about the wedding or that he isn’t as excited as you are to be married. It just means that floral choices and backdrops are not his top priority. The important thing is not to stress about it. Find out which parts of the wedding are most important to him. Chances are that if he is a foodie or loves music, he will show much more interest in planning the dinner or creating the perfect wedding playlist. Don’t be afraid to ask him what he is looking forward to the most. His answer might just surprise you!

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2. Recruit a coordinator

Even if you DIY your entire wedding up to the day, having a day-of coordinator might be worth it. Having someone to handle the running around and setting up for you is much less stressful. It still allows you to coordinate every detail while being able to enjoy all your hard work on the day of. It is also less costly than hiring a wedding planner!

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3. Schedule some alone time

Remember to set some time aside. Even if it is just a few minutes to be alone with your sweetie on your wedding day. The day will come and go by so fast. It is important to cherish a moment (or two) with each other and remember why this is all happening in the first place. Some good times to do this are often between photos and cocktails, or after the speeches are over.

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4. Have a plan B.

This one might be a given, but it is often overlooked. We often dream of our wedding day being sunny and beautiful. But we all know that Mother Nature isn’t always kind. If you are planning to have your ceremony outside and there is a torrential downpour, a backup plan will prevent stress, worry and chaos. Make sure that your parents, wedding planner/coordinator and bridal party are all aware of the plan if the weather turns. Also, remember to pick a few indoor photo shoot locations.

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5. Acquire proper permits

If you are planning to have alcohol at your wedding, it is important to educate yourself on rules and permits. Often different venues will have their own set of rules in regards to alcohol. Make sure you speak with your venue and are clear on what their guidelines are. Is the bar included in your venue rental? Does this include a bartender? Is the permit a part of the package? When are we required to stop serving drinks? Are we able to purchase and serve our own wine or do we need to use your bottle service? These are all very important questions to ask when booking your venue.

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6. Make your guest list first

Picking a venue is one of the very first things you will do when planning your wedding. BUT, there is one more very important step you need to take before signing that contract. Make a rough guest list. This in no way needs to be finalized, but it is so important to have a rough idea of numbers before you book. The last thing you want is to book a venue that only holds 100 and find out that your guest list is actually 150.

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7. Consider extra costs beyond the dress

Remember to budget for alterations when picking your wedding dress. Lace applique, beading and other details can often be costly to alter. Before saying “yes” to the dress, talk to your bridal consultant about an alteration estimate.

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8. Maximize your photographer’s time (and your budget!)

Photographers and videographers are so important to a wedding, but they can also be very hard on your wedding budget. If your budget does not allow for a full day wedding package, there is still a way to capture all the important moments. Don’t be afraid to play with the traditional reception program. Who said that the bouquet toss and cake cutting have to be at the end of the night? Kick off your reception with the first dance, cut the cake after dinner, and then toss the bouquet. This will allow you to shave a few hours from your photography package while still capturing all those big moments.

Have you been married? Or maybe you’re in the midst of planning a wedding? What is it you wish you knew when going through the process? Tell us below!

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Selecting a Wedding Reception Venue: Top 15 Things to Consider

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Here‘s how you don‘t want to choose your reception venue, “eeny meeny miny moe”. As the hub for your wedding day and the biggest part of your budget spend, you want to make sure that your selected venue space meets all your wedding needs and expectations. And considering how many options there are out there, navigating through them efficiently is mission critical. Is it a challenge? Absolutely. Do you need to stress about it. Not with our handy checklist! Here are the top 15 things you want to consider in making your final decision as to where you’re going to be spending your big day.

The Venue Selection Checklist

1. Your Budget. Before you even step out the door on your search for the perfect spot, sit down and figure out how much you can and are willing to spend on your wedding. Don’t forget to include into the equation all the spend outside of the venue cost itself, i.e. photography, planning, entertainment, decor, etc. The average total budget usually works out to double your venue spend, and that’s just to cover the standards.

2. Your Expected Guest Count. Understanding your expected guest count upfront is important. Consider only venues that can meet your capacity requirements comfortably, while leaving room for all other logistical needs, like a designated dance floor.

3. Experience. How long has your venue been in business? How long has the current Management been in place? Given how much spend goes into your venue rental, you want to book with a space that comes with a strong reputation and experienced Management. Ask for referrals from previous couples and do your due diligence by searching for online reviews.

4. Fine Print. Before getting excited about a space carefully review their entire venue offering. Don’t be afraid to ask to see a contract to read through all the fine print. Assess what’s included with your package and what’s extra. If you’re on a tight budget look for a place that offers all your standard reception needs, like tables, chairs, linens and dinnerware. If you have a substantial budget and are looking for a customized event ensure the space will allow you to bring in all your own rentals at no additional fee.

5. Exclusive Vendors. Find out upfront if the venue has a list of exclusive vendors, especially if you’re considering a customized event. An exclusive vendor list means you are limited to selecting suppliers the venue has partnered with, with no option to bring in your own resources. If outside catering falls under restricted selection, do some research into the caterers in question.

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6. Permits. Are any special permits required to hold your event? If so, are you responsible for managing the process or will the venue handle it on your behalf and charge back the cost to you? Common permits include photography and alcohol serving permits.

7. Restrictions. Are there any event related restrictions you should know about? Whether it be an early end time, noise constraints or restricted candle use, make sure you are aware of all the things you can and can’t do on the day of.

8. Construction. Are there any plans for venue updates or upgrades? If so find out when they are scheduled to occur and when they will be complete. The last thing you want is for any part of the space to be under construction on the day of your wedding.

9. Neighbors. Take a look to see who or what resides around the venue. Is it something that could potentially impact your event? For example, if you’re planning an outdoor event and the venue of interest is near an airport make sure you’re familiar with the noise levels you can expect on your wedding day.

10. Style or Theme Fit. Does the overall look of the space fit the style or theme you’re planning for your wedding? Consider the color scheme throughout the space and make note of the flooring / carpet and all permanent fixtures. If these things don’t work with your target style consider moving on. It costs a lot of money to transform the look of a space.

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11. Onsite Coordinator. Is there an onsite resource who will be responsible for your event from start to finish? If so make sure you meet with this person before signing the contract, to ensure you’re comfortable with their personal offering. An onsite coordinator is someone you’ll spend a lot of time with and who’ll play an integral part in making sure your day comes together as planned.

12. Space Exclusivity. Will your event be the only one hosted within the space that day? Ideally you want complete exclusivity of a space and its resources. If multiple event accommodating venues are something you’re considering, assess what areas will have to be shared, i.e. entrances and bathrooms.

13. Outdoor Venue. Indoor Option. If you’re planning an outdoor wedding assess what the indoor backup plan is in case weather becomes a factor. If the answer is a tent, confirm who will be responsible for arranging for one and any additional rental requirements that come with it. Remember to factor in the additional cost of the backup plan into your budget.

14. The Extras. Review all the extras that a space offers that others may not. Pay special consideration to locations that can accommodate an onsite ceremony in a designated area, as well as one that has a great spot for your wedding photos. Minimizing travel from location to location on your wedding day always goes a long way in how successfully the day pans out and how stress free it is.

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15. Plan Your Visit. Before going to any venue visits take the time to think through all the things that are most important to you for your wedding day as a whole and from your selected wedding venue. Write down any questions that come to mind, remembering no question is too silly.

Happy Planning!

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