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Reception Decor Wedding Ideas

  • 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

    Materials: Dowels (strong enough to place them in the grass) Fabric (we chose varying hues of yellow) Sewing Machine Scissors Elmers Glue String Tape Large Bowl

    Directions: 

    1. Cut out the shapes of flags that you want. The shorter flags work better than the longer lengths.

    2. Fold a flap of fabric over on one side and sew a space big enough for the dowel to fit in.

    3. Taking the large bowl, add about 2 cups of Elmer's Glue. Then mix in 1/3 cup water and stir until it is completely mixed in.

    4. Dip Flag into the glue mixture (with dowel already inserted) until it is completely covered. Remove some of the excess glue with your hands but make sure it is still has a generous amount of glue covering the surface.

    5. Hang the flags to dry by taping the dowels to the string. Make sure the string is level and is in a place that isn't windy. (Somewhere like a garage is best.) Line the area below the dripping flags with newspaper or scrap materials to prevent mess.

    Flags should dry and harden within 12 hours and you'll have yourself some cute flags to decorate your event.

     

    What a sweet photo op! Add festive details to your special day with these fun flag sculptures. They are made to be stiff so they stand out straight.

    The best part is they are really affordable and can be made with a few simple tools around the house.

    You could have a few lining a path or put them in the grass all over your outdoor reception.

    Hooray for love!
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    By: Chelsea Fuss   These ultra simple escort cards are super adorable and couldn't be easier to make!     Materials: red paper twine white pen mini clothes pins scissors a table, board or wall to display them on

    Cut out a heart by folding an 8 1/2 x 11 piece of paper in half and cutting half of a heart out.     Use this heart as a template so that the rest are about the same size and shape.     Write each guest's name and table number with a white pen.     Clothespin the hearts on twine.     Display on a wood table, a wall, or a board.     Cover a piece of foam core with fabric by adhering it with spray glue. Pin twine, ribbon or string to the board and then attach the hearts with the clothespins.        
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  • Project and Photos by Brittni Mehlhoff     Incorporate the international symbol of love on your big day, with this sweet, wire heart, wrapped in velvety leaves from a dusty miller plant. It looks so good, no one will even know you made it yourself.     Materials: Dusty Miller Pliable Wire Washi Tape Wire Cutters Hot Glue Gun   How-To:     Step One: Cut a piece or wire that is 12-16 inches long.     Step Two: Bend the wire into a heart shape, by finding the mid point and bending up from there. Create the two humps for the top of the heart and bring the two ends together to finish the shape.     Step Three: Then, secure the two loose ends of the wire together with washi tape.     Step Four: Next, pluck leaves, of various sizes, off of a stem of dusty miller.       Step Five: Attach leaves individually to the wire with hot glue, starting at the top of the heart and working your way down.        Complete one side, and then the other.     Use the completed flower heart as a decoration for tables, the bride and groom chairs, or even as a cute cake topper. Note: If using around food, be sure to use edible flowers or non-toxic plant leaves only.
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  • Photos by Carly Taylor

    Perhaps one of the easiest projects you can create, these yarn poms when done in bulk will lend a dramatic flair to your ceremony or reception area for a very minimal investment!     Design them to coordinate with your wedding colors. They will look great on a cake, above the dance floor or as the backdrop to an altar.     Materials: Yarn in varying colors to match your wedding decor Scissors.   Process:   1. Using your middle three fingers begin to wrap the yarn around in a circular motion.     2. Wrap a thick layer of yarn, about 50 loops for a medium sized pom.     3. Carefully pull the looped yarn off your hand, keeping it in its wrapped shape.     4. Using the long end of the yarn, wrap it around the center of your looped yarn 3-4 times, pull to tighten.     5. Cut the end of the yarn off and tie a small knot around the center of the loop.     6. Starting at one end, begin cutting the yarn down the center of the loops. Cut all the way around the circle you have created.     7. Fan the pom out on all ends to create an even poof for the ball.     8. The poms are easy to hang using fishing wire tied around the center loop you created.     9. How sweet is this pom pom cake!?     Photos by Carly Taylor
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  • Project By: Victoria Hudgins

    Photos By: Prokopets Studios

    Warm Fall Décor: The further we step into fall, the more we are lead towards cozy fabrics and décor that evokes warmth. Engraving wood is a perfect way to bring the feeling of fall to life in your wedding, and it's easier than you'd think!     Floral Centers & Escort Cards: Here we'll show you how to make engraved centerpieces and matching wooden escort cards.     Materials: A simple wood engraver (available for under $20 at Michaels). Wood to engrave, buy or make your own wooden boxes to hold florals Wooden seating cards (a stack of 25 is in the dollar section at JoAnn's this season... hooray!) Small floral foam to place inside your centerpiece boxes. Directions: 1. Start with a pencil and outline the number or design you would like to make. Erase any misprints until you have a good line to follow. Then, heat up your engraver until you start to see smoke!     2. Begin tracing your pencil line, or freehand engrave if you are brave. Your will need to press down quite hard to get a deep continuous line. If your line is dotty, simply go over the tracing a second time, pressing more firmly. You should get the hang of it pretty quickly.     3. Once your engraving is done, wet down the floral foam and place flowers of your choice inside each box.     Escort Card Concept: We love the idea of placing the seating cards on a chalkboard surface. Engrave a table number on each wooden tag and write in your guest's name alongside it.     Warning: this new found skill is addicting, you will soon be engraving every piece of wood you can find!     Project By: Victoria Hudgins Photos By: Prokopets Studios

     

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  • By Mary Swenson

    Warm-weather weddings, whether they're indoor or outside, call for plenty of liquids for your guests. These subtly-flavored waters are easy to make, are a creative way to hydrate your guests, and can do double-duty as table numbers!     Purchase glass bottles with airtight stoppers (like these) for your water; they look great, and the stoppers will keep your water as fresh as possible.     We used a simple number stencil and multi-surface acrylic paint to put the table number on each bottle. No stencils? Painting the number by hand can be just as charming.     Once the numbers are fully dry, you are ready to start flavoring the water. Start by adding the flavorings of your choice to each bottle, fill them to the top with water, and secure the stoppers. Done!     We combined cucumber and mint in our bottle, but the flavor possibilities are endless. Try raspberry and lime; sliced lemon, peaches, watermelon, or strawberries; vanilla beans...whatever you like! Make sure any fruit you use is washed thoroughly before using, and use spring or filtered water for the best taste.     Chill your water before placing them on each table. As guests arrive to their tables, they can help themselves to sips of the refreshing brew. Ahhh!     By Mary Swenson  
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  • Photos By: Mary Swenson

    The bride and groom's initials are a great way to personalize their chairs! We started with a pair of wooden letters (available at most craft stores) and used matte gold spray paint to give them an elegant sheen.

      After the paint dried, we looped a wide piece of ribbon through each letter.     We tied the letters on each chair so that they hung down over the backs. Not only are these a sweet way to reserve chairs for your event, but they also make for a great photo op!     Here's a no-sew way to make a modified chair slipcover: Start with a piece of fabric (we used linen) and measure it so that it fits across the back of the chair and is long enough to hang down both the front and the back of the chair. Then, make two slits along either side of the fabric and slide ribbon through the slits.     Drape the fabric over the back of the chair and tie it to the chair with the ribbon to prevent it from sliding off. This is a great way to dress up all of the chairs at your event, or even just the ones at the bridal party's table!     Using greenery from a florist, it's easy to make a pretty garland for the back of a chair.     Simply form the greens into a swag, trimming off excess stems as you go. Use floral wire to attach the stems to one another.     Once your garland is at the desired length, hang it across the back of your chair and tie each end to the chair using string or floral wire. This is a super-inexpensive alternative to using flowers, and just as pretty!   =

     

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  • Photos By: Carly Taylor

    The sparkly and metallic confetti system took the design world by storm last year. First spotted on just about every beautifully designed website and then even in J.Crew's winter window display, we are loving how pretty they are. I imagine a wedding lined with the concept would be just stunning!

    A DIY version of the popular decoration that uses left over wrapping paper is the perfect project to tackle before finally saying goodbye to the holidays. It would look amazing made in mass with your bridesmaids one evening.     There are quite a few steps, but once you get a few of them down the process is very easy and quick!   Materials:  Wrapping paper, a compass & scissors.  

    Directions: 

    1. Using the back side of your wrapping paper, lay it out on a large, firm surface and with the compass fully extended, draw a light pencil circle.

    2. Cut out the circle along the outer line.

    3. Next, you will need to cut into your circle, do not cut straight through the center. Instead, cut up and leave about 1 inch uncut from every side in the center.

    4. Cut the circle into 4th's and then cut each section into 8th's to create thin and even strips.     Cut, cut, cut!     Cutting your topper.     Fold the paper over, in half (right side facing out) and then turn the two sides back creating a pointed top.     Using a small dot of glue, attach the thin strip to the top/back of your confetti, wrap around leaving adequate paper for hanging from the top.  

    Hang over your choice of metallic string, yarn, or fishing wire.

    All done!

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  • Photos By: Chelsea Fuss

    This is one of our favorite table settings ever - it's crisp, organic and lovely.

    We love the idea of a green table in every sense of the word - stocked with cooking herbs on each guest's plate!  

    Recycled mason jars were used as glasses, while natural linens were draped over the table.

    For centerpieces, large, inexpensive cylinder vases were covered in burlap.

    Each vase was filled with fresh-cut herbs.     You could also use plants and just wrap their pots in burlap as well.     Garnish all of your food and beverages with herbs as well!     If you use fresh bouquets at your table, keep them in water until guests arrive.     Flowers add the final touch.     Your table is complete - and gorgeous.  
    3
  • 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

    Materials: Dowels (strong enough to place them in the grass) Fabric (we chose varying hues of yellow) Sewing Machine Scissors Elmers Glue String Tape Large Bowl

    Directions: 

    1. Cut out the shapes of flags that you want. The shorter flags work better than the longer lengths.

    2. Fold a flap of fabric over on one side and sew a space big enough for the dowel to fit in.

    3. Taking the large bowl, add about 2 cups of Elmer's Glue. Then mix in 1/3 cup water and stir until it is completely mixed in.

    4. Dip Flag into the glue mixture (with dowel already inserted) until it is completely covered. Remove some of the excess glue with your hands but make sure it is still has a generous amount of glue covering the surface.

    5. Hang the flags to dry by taping the dowels to the string. Make sure the string is level and is in a place that isn't windy. (Somewhere like a garage is best.) Line the area below the dripping flags with newspaper or scrap materials to prevent mess.

    Flags should dry and harden within 12 hours and you'll have yourself some cute flags to decorate your event.

     

    What a sweet photo op! Add festive details to your special day with these fun flag sculptures. They are made to be stiff so they stand out straight.

    The best part is they are really affordable and can be made with a few simple tools around the house.

    You could have a few lining a path or put them in the grass all over your outdoor reception.

    Hooray for love!
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    By: Chelsea Fuss   These ultra simple escort cards are super adorable and couldn't be easier to make!     Materials: red paper twine white pen mini clothes pins scissors a table, board or wall to display them on

    Cut out a heart by folding an 8 1/2 x 11 piece of paper in half and cutting half of a heart out.     Use this heart as a template so that the rest are about the same size and shape.     Write each guest's name and table number with a white pen.     Clothespin the hearts on twine.     Display on a wood table, a wall, or a board.     Cover a piece of foam core with fabric by adhering it with spray glue. Pin twine, ribbon or string to the board and then attach the hearts with the clothespins.        
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  • Project and Photos by Brittni Mehlhoff     Incorporate the international symbol of love on your big day, with this sweet, wire heart, wrapped in velvety leaves from a dusty miller plant. It looks so good, no one will even know you made it yourself.     Materials: Dusty Miller Pliable Wire Washi Tape Wire Cutters Hot Glue Gun   How-To:     Step One: Cut a piece or wire that is 12-16 inches long.     Step Two: Bend the wire into a heart shape, by finding the mid point and bending up from there. Create the two humps for the top of the heart and bring the two ends together to finish the shape.     Step Three: Then, secure the two loose ends of the wire together with washi tape.     Step Four: Next, pluck leaves, of various sizes, off of a stem of dusty miller.       Step Five: Attach leaves individually to the wire with hot glue, starting at the top of the heart and working your way down.        Complete one side, and then the other.     Use the completed flower heart as a decoration for tables, the bride and groom chairs, or even as a cute cake topper. Note: If using around food, be sure to use edible flowers or non-toxic plant leaves only.
    4
  • Photos by Carly Taylor

    Perhaps one of the easiest projects you can create, these yarn poms when done in bulk will lend a dramatic flair to your ceremony or reception area for a very minimal investment!     Design them to coordinate with your wedding colors. They will look great on a cake, above the dance floor or as the backdrop to an altar.     Materials: Yarn in varying colors to match your wedding decor Scissors.   Process:   1. Using your middle three fingers begin to wrap the yarn around in a circular motion.     2. Wrap a thick layer of yarn, about 50 loops for a medium sized pom.     3. Carefully pull the looped yarn off your hand, keeping it in its wrapped shape.     4. Using the long end of the yarn, wrap it around the center of your looped yarn 3-4 times, pull to tighten.     5. Cut the end of the yarn off and tie a small knot around the center of the loop.     6. Starting at one end, begin cutting the yarn down the center of the loops. Cut all the way around the circle you have created.     7. Fan the pom out on all ends to create an even poof for the ball.     8. The poms are easy to hang using fishing wire tied around the center loop you created.     9. How sweet is this pom pom cake!?     Photos by Carly Taylor
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  • Project By: Victoria Hudgins

    Photos By: Prokopets Studios

    Warm Fall Décor: The further we step into fall, the more we are lead towards cozy fabrics and décor that evokes warmth. Engraving wood is a perfect way to bring the feeling of fall to life in your wedding, and it's easier than you'd think!     Floral Centers & Escort Cards: Here we'll show you how to make engraved centerpieces and matching wooden escort cards.     Materials: A simple wood engraver (available for under $20 at Michaels). Wood to engrave, buy or make your own wooden boxes to hold florals Wooden seating cards (a stack of 25 is in the dollar section at JoAnn's this season... hooray!) Small floral foam to place inside your centerpiece boxes. Directions: 1. Start with a pencil and outline the number or design you would like to make. Erase any misprints until you have a good line to follow. Then, heat up your engraver until you start to see smoke!     2. Begin tracing your pencil line, or freehand engrave if you are brave. Your will need to press down quite hard to get a deep continuous line. If your line is dotty, simply go over the tracing a second time, pressing more firmly. You should get the hang of it pretty quickly.     3. Once your engraving is done, wet down the floral foam and place flowers of your choice inside each box.     Escort Card Concept: We love the idea of placing the seating cards on a chalkboard surface. Engrave a table number on each wooden tag and write in your guest's name alongside it.     Warning: this new found skill is addicting, you will soon be engraving every piece of wood you can find!     Project By: Victoria Hudgins Photos By: Prokopets Studios

     

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  • By Mary Swenson

    Warm-weather weddings, whether they're indoor or outside, call for plenty of liquids for your guests. These subtly-flavored waters are easy to make, are a creative way to hydrate your guests, and can do double-duty as table numbers!     Purchase glass bottles with airtight stoppers (like these) for your water; they look great, and the stoppers will keep your water as fresh as possible.     We used a simple number stencil and multi-surface acrylic paint to put the table number on each bottle. No stencils? Painting the number by hand can be just as charming.     Once the numbers are fully dry, you are ready to start flavoring the water. Start by adding the flavorings of your choice to each bottle, fill them to the top with water, and secure the stoppers. Done!     We combined cucumber and mint in our bottle, but the flavor possibilities are endless. Try raspberry and lime; sliced lemon, peaches, watermelon, or strawberries; vanilla beans...whatever you like! Make sure any fruit you use is washed thoroughly before using, and use spring or filtered water for the best taste.     Chill your water before placing them on each table. As guests arrive to their tables, they can help themselves to sips of the refreshing brew. Ahhh!     By Mary Swenson  
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  • Photos By: Mary Swenson

    The bride and groom's initials are a great way to personalize their chairs! We started with a pair of wooden letters (available at most craft stores) and used matte gold spray paint to give them an elegant sheen.

      After the paint dried, we looped a wide piece of ribbon through each letter.     We tied the letters on each chair so that they hung down over the backs. Not only are these a sweet way to reserve chairs for your event, but they also make for a great photo op!     Here's a no-sew way to make a modified chair slipcover: Start with a piece of fabric (we used linen) and measure it so that it fits across the back of the chair and is long enough to hang down both the front and the back of the chair. Then, make two slits along either side of the fabric and slide ribbon through the slits.     Drape the fabric over the back of the chair and tie it to the chair with the ribbon to prevent it from sliding off. This is a great way to dress up all of the chairs at your event, or even just the ones at the bridal party's table!     Using greenery from a florist, it's easy to make a pretty garland for the back of a chair.     Simply form the greens into a swag, trimming off excess stems as you go. Use floral wire to attach the stems to one another.     Once your garland is at the desired length, hang it across the back of your chair and tie each end to the chair using string or floral wire. This is a super-inexpensive alternative to using flowers, and just as pretty!   =

     

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  • Photos By: Carly Taylor

    The sparkly and metallic confetti system took the design world by storm last year. First spotted on just about every beautifully designed website and then even in J.Crew's winter window display, we are loving how pretty they are. I imagine a wedding lined with the concept would be just stunning!

    A DIY version of the popular decoration that uses left over wrapping paper is the perfect project to tackle before finally saying goodbye to the holidays. It would look amazing made in mass with your bridesmaids one evening.     There are quite a few steps, but once you get a few of them down the process is very easy and quick!   Materials:  Wrapping paper, a compass & scissors.  

    Directions: 

    1. Using the back side of your wrapping paper, lay it out on a large, firm surface and with the compass fully extended, draw a light pencil circle.

    2. Cut out the circle along the outer line.

    3. Next, you will need to cut into your circle, do not cut straight through the center. Instead, cut up and leave about 1 inch uncut from every side in the center.

    4. Cut the circle into 4th's and then cut each section into 8th's to create thin and even strips.     Cut, cut, cut!     Cutting your topper.     Fold the paper over, in half (right side facing out) and then turn the two sides back creating a pointed top.     Using a small dot of glue, attach the thin strip to the top/back of your confetti, wrap around leaving adequate paper for hanging from the top.  

    Hang over your choice of metallic string, yarn, or fishing wire.

    All done!

    2
  • Photos By: Chelsea Fuss

    This is one of our favorite table settings ever - it's crisp, organic and lovely.

    We love the idea of a green table in every sense of the word - stocked with cooking herbs on each guest's plate!  

    Recycled mason jars were used as glasses, while natural linens were draped over the table.

    For centerpieces, large, inexpensive cylinder vases were covered in burlap.

    Each vase was filled with fresh-cut herbs.     You could also use plants and just wrap their pots in burlap as well.     Garnish all of your food and beverages with herbs as well!     If you use fresh bouquets at your table, keep them in water until guests arrive.     Flowers add the final touch.     Your table is complete - and gorgeous.  
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