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Reception Decor Wedding Ideas

  • Photos By: Jordan Ferney

    Bunting is a cheap and easy way to add color to your soiree! Materials Needed: Tissue Paper, Scissors, glue stick, and string.

    First, decide how large you want each flag and then cut out several sheets at once.

    You'll want to cut out pieces that are double the desired flag size so that they can be folded over.

    Once you've finished cutting you're ready to glue. With a fresh glue stick quickly swipe half the flag area. Lay string down halfway through and fold the tissue over the string.     Be sure to apply glue to the middle area of the flag so that it adheres to the string. Repeat until you have enough for your event.     It can take a while to produce a lot, so best to settle down in front of a movie while you work!    

    To safely store your flags, wrap them around an empty cardboard gift wrap roll or paper towel roll so they don't wrinkle.

    You are ready for the party!  
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  • Project and Photos By: Jordan Ferney

    The creative force that is Jordan Ferney came up with this vintage soda bar for us - and we have been loving it ever since!

      There are so many to reasons to love a soda bar: they are in pretty glass bottles, lots of times with original vintage-y logos on the packaging, and they are made with pure sugar cane, delicious!     We had to bring back this popular feature and share the photographic inspiration from Jordan!     Old fashioned sodas add a fun and playful element to an event and can even be used as part of your decor.     We love them all set up arranged according to color or you can even just buy the color of flavors that go with your wedding.     Instead of keeping them on ice, refrigerate them up until right before and line them up on a table or bar for maximum effect.     You'll hear your grandpa excited when he finds his favorite soda from when he was nine!     The hardest part of having old fashioned sodas is sourcing them. They can be difficult to come by. If you live in California BevMo has a very large selection of specialty sodas (and even ships them online if you can't find something local).     Gourmet delicatessens and stores can also have good selections and we've even got lucky before at warehouse stores like Costco.     Add some fizz to your wedding day with gourmet sodas!     Project and Photos By: Jordan Ferney  
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  • Project by Janie Medley  Photos by Tori of Marvelous Things Photography   The perfect centerpiece for a garden theme wedding or dinner at your home. After the event, you can use the potted pansies as favors. How beautiful these would be on a farm table lined down the center of the table. This centerpiece could also be used as the escort card table decor!       Ingredients:  Pansies – purchased at the garden center Terra Cotta pots – purchased at local craft store Sheet moss – purchased at the garden center Container – I used a vintage Pepsi Crate I purchased from Crate and Barrel     How To: This DIY is so easy to make and so much fun!    Step One: Fill the container with the sheet moss     Step Two: Repot the pansies in the terra cotta pots.       Step Three: Place the terra cotta pots in the container among the moss.  Also, place the moss around the top of the pots to cover up the soil.       There you have it!!
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  • Project and Photos by Brittni Mehlhoff of Paper & Stitch   Add a custom touch to everything from centerpieces to guest favors with this DIY idea for mini monogrammed mirrored vases. Using inexpensive, but heavy-duty, glass votives, you can create small flower arrangements that will feel unique and special for your big day. And each one will only set you back $1.50. How's that for inexpensive?      You can even create a special message for guests, spelled out with letter vases. Or incorporate shapes and patterns for an unexpected detail that guests will remember.     Materials: Glass Votives Looking Glass Spray Paint Painter's Tape Scissors (optional)   How-To:     1. Start by blocking out the basic shape of the letter or letters you want to monogram or message, with painter's tape.      2. Complete any inner details, using scissors (if necessary) to cut any shapes for the letters that can't be made by tearing the tape. Press the edges down firmly, to make sure the tape is secure.       3. Next, in a well ventilated area, spray paint the glass votives and allow the paint to dry fully before moving onto the next step.       4. Once the paint is completely dry, carefully remove the painter's tape.     5. Next, add water and flowers to complete each piece.   Use the finished votive vases as tiny centerpieces running along a long table or as favors for guests to take home at the end of the evening.  
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    Photos By: Chelsea Fuss     You'll Need: Candies (to use as paper weights), balloons, strings, pens and parchment paper.     So our name cards don't fly away, we wrapped the candies in parchment paper and tied with a string.     For a striking visual display, pick a color scheme of 2 or 3 colors to buy the balloons in.     We made place cards with a paper cutter and bone folder (about 2" by 3"). We wrote names and table numbers with a white pen and then created a small hole in the top of the card.     Next, we took the string that was tied to the balloon and pushed it through the hole in the card, then tying the string to the weight.     Guests will carry balloons to their tables (creating a lovely scene!) and then the balloons will serve as table decorations.       Display the balloons at different heights. They are a perfect way to ensure your reception will be off to a fun-filled start!     Photos By: Chelsea Fuss
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  • Project By: Victoria Hudgins

    Photos By: Carly Taylor   Making a large expanse of wall connect with your wedding can be a hard task when working on a budget. Putting simple flowers up in an artistic array is the perfect solution.     This installation would be lovely behind a dessert bar, backing a ceremony, or on any wall where you'd like to add a bit of texture and style.     To create the floral wall you will need: A selection of florals that coordinate well with our day. Since you will only be using single stems, you could buy these on your own as a great way to save money.     You'll also need embroidery hoops, which are a cheap purchase at your local craft store, mine are each 10 inches, and tulle in a soft color to add texture and depth.     First, detach your embroidery hoop into two pieces and lay a piece of tulle over the bottom hoop.     The tulle needs to be cut about two inches larger than your hoop.  

    Arrange a few blooms in a pattern you find pleasing on the bottom tulle. It helps at this step to do your entire arrangement at once, giving you a chance to see how each small piece combines to make one beautiful artistic design.

    Once your blooms are in place, cover with a second layer of tulle, then place the inside hoop back into the piece. Doing this will pull your tulle taut. Secure by screwing the embroidery key until it is tight.

    Your flowers will stay perfect floating between the tight layers of tulle.

    Hang along your wall in whichever way your venue will allow.

    8
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    Project and Photos by: Carly Taylor     These balls come together quickly and can be made in any color you desire. They are more substantial than confetti or rice and will lend a fabulously festive touch to your goodbye.     The materials: small styrofoam balls (can be purchased at craft stores) yarn glue scissors
      The process: Using a dab of glue, attach on end of your chosen color of yarn to the styrofoam ball.
      Begin wrapping the yarn around and wrap it completely until you've covered the entire ball.
      Cut the yarn once the ball is covered and using a second dab of glue, secure the end of the yarn to the ball. 
      Gather in a group of pretty bowls with a note to take a handful and shower the bride and groom with a colorful goodbye.
      Enjoy!
    5
  • Project by Janie Medley Photos by Tori of Marvelous Things Photography   This wreath is perfect display at your wedding.  You can use it on the church doors, at the reception venue, and a bonus is that you can take them home to display on your front door. You can also add additional floral and a ribbon if you like.       Ingredients:  Wreath Frame (purchased at the craft store) 3 Bunches of Seeded Eucalyptus Floral Wire Scissors Instructions:       Step One: Start the design by taking 3-4 clippings of the seeded eucalyptus and place them on the wreath frame.         Step Two: Secure the clippings in place with the floral wire.     Step Three: Clip the stems of the clippings and continue the previous steps, adding more clippings. Layer the clippings over the wire to hide the mechanics and layer the clippings in the same direction as you continue the process.     There you have it! A lovely seeded eucalyptus wreath for your special day!
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    By: Victoria Hudgins   Here's an inexpensive way to get in on a simple urban trend for your wedding! Concrete can give a simple/pretty utilitarian look when used in the right way and is one of the cheapest materials to work with.A large bag of concrete sells for about three dollars at your local hardware store and one bag could make an estimated 100 candles! For three dollars (plus the cost of the tapers).     Materials: Paper Cups Tapers or votives Concrete Mix Water Spoon Protective Mask   Step One: Mix the concrete with the water according to your package directions. Work in small batches and wear a mask to prevent inhaling the powder.     Step Two: Once mixed, pour the concrete into your paper cups. You could pre-measure a line inside your cups for a consistent height or pour in varying amounts for a more organic look.     Step Three: Place a taper candle (or votive if your prefer) into each paper cup. Twist down toward the bottom of the mixture to secure.     Step Four: Let dry overnight (or for 24 hours). Then, cut a slit in the top of each paper cup.     Step Five: Begin unwinding the paper from the concrete. If fully dry it will come right off!     Display Idea: Place a grouping of these to center each table, or make them in mass to back your ceremony stage.     They look pretty lining windowsills...on a shelf or other bare surface.     Photos by: Victoria Hudgins
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  • Photos by Jordan Ferney

      Supplies: 1. Metal Zinc Tray 14"x14"($10) 2. Wheat Grass Seeds($4)  3. Potting Soil ($8) 4. Gravel for Drainage     Step One: Put a layer of gravel to help with drainage. The metal tray we used did not have built in drainage so the gravel helps with that. Step Two: Put a layer of soil on top of the gravel, make sure you leave 1/2" of the metal vessel showing. Step Three: Put a generous layer of seeds down, make sure it is even up to the edges. Step Four: Cover the seeds with a .25" layer of soil. Pat down.     Step Five: Water the seeds with a gentle flow of water (either a watering can or a paper cup with holes punched in the bottom)so the seeds aren't washed around. Keep in a sunny area and water daily, keeping the soil moist. Grass should be ready 7-10 days after planting.     This gorgeous wheat grass is 14 days old.     The grass will eventually look overgrown so you'll want to test it in advance of the big day so you'll know what works best for you.     Wheat grass is an easy way to liven up a spring or summer event. You can use it for seating cards or even incorporate it into centerpieces.     For the seating cards, you will need the cards and popsicle sticks ( $2 from a craft store).     Wheat grass seeds can be bought at a health food store like Whole Foods. If after a week of growth you notice bare spots you can move the grass that is full around to cover it and give it a few days to grow in.     Voila! Your gorgeous DIY project is done!     This seating card display costs under $25.     Happy DIYing!

     

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  • Photos By: Jordan Ferney

    Bunting is a cheap and easy way to add color to your soiree! Materials Needed: Tissue Paper, Scissors, glue stick, and string.

    First, decide how large you want each flag and then cut out several sheets at once.

    You'll want to cut out pieces that are double the desired flag size so that they can be folded over.

    Once you've finished cutting you're ready to glue. With a fresh glue stick quickly swipe half the flag area. Lay string down halfway through and fold the tissue over the string.     Be sure to apply glue to the middle area of the flag so that it adheres to the string. Repeat until you have enough for your event.     It can take a while to produce a lot, so best to settle down in front of a movie while you work!    

    To safely store your flags, wrap them around an empty cardboard gift wrap roll or paper towel roll so they don't wrinkle.

    You are ready for the party!  
    9
  • Project and Photos By: Jordan Ferney

    The creative force that is Jordan Ferney came up with this vintage soda bar for us - and we have been loving it ever since!

      There are so many to reasons to love a soda bar: they are in pretty glass bottles, lots of times with original vintage-y logos on the packaging, and they are made with pure sugar cane, delicious!     We had to bring back this popular feature and share the photographic inspiration from Jordan!     Old fashioned sodas add a fun and playful element to an event and can even be used as part of your decor.     We love them all set up arranged according to color or you can even just buy the color of flavors that go with your wedding.     Instead of keeping them on ice, refrigerate them up until right before and line them up on a table or bar for maximum effect.     You'll hear your grandpa excited when he finds his favorite soda from when he was nine!     The hardest part of having old fashioned sodas is sourcing them. They can be difficult to come by. If you live in California BevMo has a very large selection of specialty sodas (and even ships them online if you can't find something local).     Gourmet delicatessens and stores can also have good selections and we've even got lucky before at warehouse stores like Costco.     Add some fizz to your wedding day with gourmet sodas!     Project and Photos By: Jordan Ferney  
    9
  • Project by Janie Medley  Photos by Tori of Marvelous Things Photography   The perfect centerpiece for a garden theme wedding or dinner at your home. After the event, you can use the potted pansies as favors. How beautiful these would be on a farm table lined down the center of the table. This centerpiece could also be used as the escort card table decor!       Ingredients:  Pansies – purchased at the garden center Terra Cotta pots – purchased at local craft store Sheet moss – purchased at the garden center Container – I used a vintage Pepsi Crate I purchased from Crate and Barrel     How To: This DIY is so easy to make and so much fun!    Step One: Fill the container with the sheet moss     Step Two: Repot the pansies in the terra cotta pots.       Step Three: Place the terra cotta pots in the container among the moss.  Also, place the moss around the top of the pots to cover up the soil.       There you have it!!
    1
  • Project and Photos by Brittni Mehlhoff of Paper & Stitch   Add a custom touch to everything from centerpieces to guest favors with this DIY idea for mini monogrammed mirrored vases. Using inexpensive, but heavy-duty, glass votives, you can create small flower arrangements that will feel unique and special for your big day. And each one will only set you back $1.50. How's that for inexpensive?      You can even create a special message for guests, spelled out with letter vases. Or incorporate shapes and patterns for an unexpected detail that guests will remember.     Materials: Glass Votives Looking Glass Spray Paint Painter's Tape Scissors (optional)   How-To:     1. Start by blocking out the basic shape of the letter or letters you want to monogram or message, with painter's tape.      2. Complete any inner details, using scissors (if necessary) to cut any shapes for the letters that can't be made by tearing the tape. Press the edges down firmly, to make sure the tape is secure.       3. Next, in a well ventilated area, spray paint the glass votives and allow the paint to dry fully before moving onto the next step.       4. Once the paint is completely dry, carefully remove the painter's tape.     5. Next, add water and flowers to complete each piece.   Use the finished votive vases as tiny centerpieces running along a long table or as favors for guests to take home at the end of the evening.  
    9
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    Photos By: Chelsea Fuss     You'll Need: Candies (to use as paper weights), balloons, strings, pens and parchment paper.     So our name cards don't fly away, we wrapped the candies in parchment paper and tied with a string.     For a striking visual display, pick a color scheme of 2 or 3 colors to buy the balloons in.     We made place cards with a paper cutter and bone folder (about 2" by 3"). We wrote names and table numbers with a white pen and then created a small hole in the top of the card.     Next, we took the string that was tied to the balloon and pushed it through the hole in the card, then tying the string to the weight.     Guests will carry balloons to their tables (creating a lovely scene!) and then the balloons will serve as table decorations.       Display the balloons at different heights. They are a perfect way to ensure your reception will be off to a fun-filled start!     Photos By: Chelsea Fuss
    6
  • Project By: Victoria Hudgins

    Photos By: Carly Taylor   Making a large expanse of wall connect with your wedding can be a hard task when working on a budget. Putting simple flowers up in an artistic array is the perfect solution.     This installation would be lovely behind a dessert bar, backing a ceremony, or on any wall where you'd like to add a bit of texture and style.     To create the floral wall you will need: A selection of florals that coordinate well with our day. Since you will only be using single stems, you could buy these on your own as a great way to save money.     You'll also need embroidery hoops, which are a cheap purchase at your local craft store, mine are each 10 inches, and tulle in a soft color to add texture and depth.     First, detach your embroidery hoop into two pieces and lay a piece of tulle over the bottom hoop.     The tulle needs to be cut about two inches larger than your hoop.  

    Arrange a few blooms in a pattern you find pleasing on the bottom tulle. It helps at this step to do your entire arrangement at once, giving you a chance to see how each small piece combines to make one beautiful artistic design.

    Once your blooms are in place, cover with a second layer of tulle, then place the inside hoop back into the piece. Doing this will pull your tulle taut. Secure by screwing the embroidery key until it is tight.

    Your flowers will stay perfect floating between the tight layers of tulle.

    Hang along your wall in whichever way your venue will allow.

    8
  •  

    Project and Photos by: Carly Taylor     These balls come together quickly and can be made in any color you desire. They are more substantial than confetti or rice and will lend a fabulously festive touch to your goodbye.     The materials: small styrofoam balls (can be purchased at craft stores) yarn glue scissors
      The process: Using a dab of glue, attach on end of your chosen color of yarn to the styrofoam ball.
      Begin wrapping the yarn around and wrap it completely until you've covered the entire ball.
      Cut the yarn once the ball is covered and using a second dab of glue, secure the end of the yarn to the ball. 
      Gather in a group of pretty bowls with a note to take a handful and shower the bride and groom with a colorful goodbye.
      Enjoy!
    5
  • Project by Janie Medley Photos by Tori of Marvelous Things Photography   This wreath is perfect display at your wedding.  You can use it on the church doors, at the reception venue, and a bonus is that you can take them home to display on your front door. You can also add additional floral and a ribbon if you like.       Ingredients:  Wreath Frame (purchased at the craft store) 3 Bunches of Seeded Eucalyptus Floral Wire Scissors Instructions:       Step One: Start the design by taking 3-4 clippings of the seeded eucalyptus and place them on the wreath frame.         Step Two: Secure the clippings in place with the floral wire.     Step Three: Clip the stems of the clippings and continue the previous steps, adding more clippings. Layer the clippings over the wire to hide the mechanics and layer the clippings in the same direction as you continue the process.     There you have it! A lovely seeded eucalyptus wreath for your special day!
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    By: Victoria Hudgins   Here's an inexpensive way to get in on a simple urban trend for your wedding! Concrete can give a simple/pretty utilitarian look when used in the right way and is one of the cheapest materials to work with.A large bag of concrete sells for about three dollars at your local hardware store and one bag could make an estimated 100 candles! For three dollars (plus the cost of the tapers).     Materials: Paper Cups Tapers or votives Concrete Mix Water Spoon Protective Mask   Step One: Mix the concrete with the water according to your package directions. Work in small batches and wear a mask to prevent inhaling the powder.     Step Two: Once mixed, pour the concrete into your paper cups. You could pre-measure a line inside your cups for a consistent height or pour in varying amounts for a more organic look.     Step Three: Place a taper candle (or votive if your prefer) into each paper cup. Twist down toward the bottom of the mixture to secure.     Step Four: Let dry overnight (or for 24 hours). Then, cut a slit in the top of each paper cup.     Step Five: Begin unwinding the paper from the concrete. If fully dry it will come right off!     Display Idea: Place a grouping of these to center each table, or make them in mass to back your ceremony stage.     They look pretty lining windowsills...on a shelf or other bare surface.     Photos by: Victoria Hudgins
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  • Photos by Jordan Ferney

      Supplies: 1. Metal Zinc Tray 14"x14"($10) 2. Wheat Grass Seeds($4)  3. Potting Soil ($8) 4. Gravel for Drainage     Step One: Put a layer of gravel to help with drainage. The metal tray we used did not have built in drainage so the gravel helps with that. Step Two: Put a layer of soil on top of the gravel, make sure you leave 1/2" of the metal vessel showing. Step Three: Put a generous layer of seeds down, make sure it is even up to the edges. Step Four: Cover the seeds with a .25" layer of soil. Pat down.     Step Five: Water the seeds with a gentle flow of water (either a watering can or a paper cup with holes punched in the bottom)so the seeds aren't washed around. Keep in a sunny area and water daily, keeping the soil moist. Grass should be ready 7-10 days after planting.     This gorgeous wheat grass is 14 days old.     The grass will eventually look overgrown so you'll want to test it in advance of the big day so you'll know what works best for you.     Wheat grass is an easy way to liven up a spring or summer event. You can use it for seating cards or even incorporate it into centerpieces.     For the seating cards, you will need the cards and popsicle sticks ( $2 from a craft store).     Wheat grass seeds can be bought at a health food store like Whole Foods. If after a week of growth you notice bare spots you can move the grass that is full around to cover it and give it a few days to grow in.     Voila! Your gorgeous DIY project is done!     This seating card display costs under $25.     Happy DIYing!

     

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