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Project & Photos By: Jennifer Kirk
These test tube vases are a pretty and clever way to give thanks to your guests!
You Will Need: 1 1/4" wooden blocks, fine sanding block or sand paper, wood stain, cloth (2) or sponge brush for staining, 15 x 85 mm test tubes, pencil, glue gun, power drill, vice clamps + workbench, small 1/4" drillbit, large 5/8" drillbit, protective goggles
Step One: In pencil, lightly make an X on one side of a wooden block. Clamp down your block (I highly recommend a vice clamp which would be much sturdier than a single clamp) and in the center of the X, drill a small starter hole about halfway deep into the block (make sure to wear protective goggles).
Step Two: Switch out small drillbit for larger 5/8" one. Drill into the block about halfway to two thirds deep.
Step Three: Lightly sand any rough areas, then rub in a wood stain with a cloth or sponge brush. Let stain sit anywhere from 5-15 minutes (longer if you want a deeper color) then wipe off with a clean cloth. Let dry overnight.
Step Four: Once the block is dry, apply a dab of hot glue to the bottom of a test tube. Insert into the block and hold upright for a few seconds.
Step Five: As the glue is setting, spin the block to make sure the test tube is mostly at a 90 degree angle.
Step Six: Fill the test tube half way full of water and add a budding flower bloom.
Step Seven: To finish it off, tie a small card with each guest's name and table number to the vase.
Project and Photos by Brittni Mehlhoff
Treat your guests to a delicious before-dinner snack — that almost looks to pretty to eat — with these stacked message macaron place cards.
Materials:macarons rubber alphabet stamps glue dots transparent mini envelopes card stock pencil or pen edible ink marker bamboo skewers
Note: Before you get started, make sure your stamps are brand new or completely clean of any ink from previous uses.
1. First, decide on a message that you would like each place card to say, whether it’s just a message of love, a monogram, wedding date, etc. Then ink your first stamp letter, by running the edible ink marker over the letter thoroughly.
2. Next, turn the stamp over and stamp directly onto the first macaron.
3. Repeat the inking process from step one and step two until the word or message is complete.
4. Set macarons aside and cut out small pieces of card stock that will fit inside the tiny translucent envelopes. Write each guests name on the card stock before tucking it into the envelope. Fill the envelope with a little bit of glitter if desired. Or write a message on the back of each piece of card stock to each guest.
5. Next, using glue dots, attach the envelopes to bamboo skewers, making sure the pointy end is facing downward (away from the envelope).
6. Then, pierce a small stack of finished macarons with the bamboo skewer and add to place setting.
This would be a great escort card idea as well. And guests are sure to love the delicious treat before the reception starts.
It’s a classic image – a lovely little flower girl tossing petals down the aisle. However, some venues do not allow the tossing of petals (it can be a bit of a clean-up disaster, after all!), so what’s a flower girl to do? Fortunately, there are several alternatives items that are not only easy to create, but also fun for the little ones to carry during their big moment in the spotlight!
These balls of flowers (carnations are popular) feature a ribbon handle for easy carrying. Little ones may also love that they resemble a purse!
Photo by Cavin Elizabeth Photography
Your little princesses will adore carrying ribbon wands down the aisle – they’re both fun for waving throughout the wedding, and also a nice keepsake to take home!
Photo by April B Photography
Little girls who want to feel like grown-ups will love carrying their own miniature versions of the bridesmaids’ bouquet.
Photo by Jack Looney Photography
A garland of greenery is a unique alternative to a floral arrangement, and has a very Old World, vintage-inspired feel.
Photo by Rebecca Yale Portraits
Your guests will get a kick out of these fun, and often DIY, signs, as your littlest attendants carry them down the aisle.
Photos by (left to right): Vallentyne Photography, hearts & horseshoes photography
Find more ideas for your flower girls here »
Project by Janie Medley
Photos by Alisandra Photography
Having a wedding during the holiday season? Give a warm welcome to your wedding guests with this festive entryway decor!
Ingredients:Magnolia Leaves Clippings from my Christmas tree — 2 long and 2 short Floral Wire Scissors Decorative Bow
Making a fresh swag is super easy! Basically, you are putting it together as if you were putting together a bridal bouquet. First start by gathering your longest clippings. Place them together and on top place the 2 shortest clippings.
Next place the magnolia leaves on top and secure the bundle with the wire tape.
Now add the decorative bow and secure it to the swag with the wire tape.
There you have it!
Now hang it on the door of your ceremony or reception space and enjoy the beauty!
1. Jumbo Jenga
Photo by Brio Art by Katie Fears
This fun game will bring unaquainted guests together.
2. A Silhouette Artist
Photo courtesy Cut Arts
A dedicedly classier alternative to caricature illustrations.
3. The Shoe Game
Photo by Matt Steeves Photography
Here's how it works: the newlyweds sit back to back and swap one shoe, so that each person is holding a shoe that belongs to them and a shoe that belongs to their new spouse. Someone (likely from the wedding party) asks questions about the couple, and each person holds up the shoe that represents the person that best answers the question. It's a fun way for guests to get to know the couple a little better!
4. A Piñata
Photo by Nelly Photography
With the right crowd, adults will love this just as much as the kids!
Photo by A. Blake Photography
A classic game option for outdoor receptions.
Photos by Ely Fair and Tara Swain
Jugglers, fire dancers, etc. . . whatever your heart desires!
7. Live Painting
Photo by Melissa Oholendt
Older guests will particularly enjoy watching the masterpiece take form, and you'll have a beautiful souvenir from your wedding day!
Photo by Matt Edge
Another lawn game we love!
9. Bocce Ball
Photo courtesy Amore Events by Cody, LLC
Dedicate an entire section of your outdoor reception to lawn games by including bocce, badmintion, cornhole, and horseshoes.
10. Hula Hoops
Photo by Cramer Photo
Another idea that adult guests might enjoy more than you'd think!
11. Water Balloons
Photos by Katelyn James
Offer prizes to young ones for the most balloons popped.
Photos by 52Forty Photography and Keepsake Memories
13. Balloon Artist
Photos by MeganLPhoto and Felicie Events
A fun way to keep kids (and kids-at-heart) entertained.
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Photo: This Modern Romance
Photo booths are all the rage at weddings, and why not? They keep your guests entertained! Here's our step-by-step guide to make your own.
Materials Needed:Digital point-and-shoot camera Camera tripod Remote shutter release Backdrop Props
The Camera - Place a digital point-and-shoot camera on top of an extended tripod at eye level, tunr on the flash (unless you're having a spotlight) and connect a remote shutter release so guests can take their own photos. As backup, have polaroid cameras on standby.
Photos (from left to right): This Modern Romance and Anjuli
The Backdrop - Pick a colored or patterned piece of fabric that you can hang. If you're having an indoor wedding, pin it to a wall, or if you're having an outdoor wedding hang from curtain rods, secure with rope, and nail into the ground.
Photos (from left to right): Shelly Kroeger Photography and Birds of a Feather
The Props - Go on a scavenger hunt! Look for props in your own home (like scarves, hats, glasses, frames). or make your own from paper (lips, mustaches, ties). Even provide chalkboards or dry erase boards for guests to write messages on.
Photo: This Modern Romance
The Location - Choose an area that doesn't obstruct the flow of the reception, but is still easily accessible. If you're having an indoor reception, consider a hallway or corner of the ballroom, or if you're having an outdoor wedding, consider next to the DJ that way guests can pose to the beat.
Photo: This Modern Romance
The Extras - After the wedding is all said and done, you're back from your honeymoon, and all the gifts are unwrapped and put away, go through the camera's SD card and save the ones you'd like to put into a scrapbook. Those memories will last a lifetime!
Photos By: Olivia Kanaley
For this project you will need fabric - we used chiffon and tulle. Yardage needed will vary based on the number and size of flowers, as well as the fabric thickness. You'll also need a piece of paper, a pen, scissors, pins, needle and thread, glass seed beads, and a plain hair clip or comb.To make a stencil first free hand a rose petal shape and cut out. Then retrace it five times on a larger sheet of paper to create a full flower shape. This will help you get an even pattern. Cut out pattern. Take some fabric and fold it into a square a little larger than your flower pattern. Pin the pattern to fabric and carefully cut out. Repeat this process until you have enough layers to make a full flower - the number of layers will vary depending on the weight of your fabrics and the size of your flower. The example shown here uses 26 layers. Stack flower cut outs, alternating fabric types and staggering petals. Use a needle and thread to secure them together at the center. Pinch together the center of the flower (from the bottom) and secure with stitches to create volume and give the flower and authentic shape. If desired you can sew decorative beads in the inside center of the flower. Finally, sew the flower to a hair clip or comb. You can also create a tie-on corsage or sash, by sewing one or more flowers to a length of silk ribbon.