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Reception Decor Wedding Ideas

  • By Victoria Hudgins

      Bidding a nod to tradition and family, having heritage photos at your wedding can be a beautiful statement.     Here is a simple and pretty way to display them for a table top/reception accent piece.     Materials: Craft Letters Mod Podge Paintbrush Enlarged copies of family photos  X-acto Knife

      Step One Purchase craft letters from a local craft store to spell out LOVE, your initials, or another meaningful phrase.     Step Two Gather family photos and have enlarged copies made of them (to preserve the actual photos). Don't be worried if the prints are not 100% quality, the aged look is appealing for this project. Old family wedding photos are nice to use. You may also choose to use photographs of a loved one who has passed, as a way to honor them and pay tribute.     Step Three Position the photos on the letters so that faces and important features are visible, then turn over and adhere using mod podge. Be sure to use hard pressure when applying to press out any air bubbles that form.     Step Four Once dry, turn the letters over again and use an x-acto knife to trim the edges.     Display Tip Place at the head table, escort card table or by your cake for a beautiful presentation of family and love.     Photos by Pictilio
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  • Project and Photos by: Jenny Batt of hankandhunt.com

    Pretty tissue tassels aren't just for garland or balloons anymore. Why not add them to simple honeycomb balls and hang in groups for maximum impact. These tassels are cheaper versions and you can make a bunch in no time at all.     Materials: Honeycomb balls (I get mine at www.devra-party.com) Tissue paper Twine or fishing line Scissors Tape

    1. Unfold your sheets of tissue paper and cut into quarters, once in half lengthwise and once in half widthwise. Fold each quarter in half lengthwise again and cut.     2. Starting at the bottom, cut 3/4" fringe all the way up the sheet, leaving 1 inch before the other end.     3. Take a few sheets and trim the fringe shorter by about 3". Take a few more sheets and trim shorter by about 6". This isn't exact, experiment with lengths you like.     4. Layer 3 long sheets, 2 to 3 mid-length sheets and 2 short sheets, on top of each other longest to shortest. Offset the top of the sheets to offset the fringe lines. Staple all the sheets together on top to hold.     5. Roll the sheets together and tape the top tight.     6. Tape the top to the center of the honeycomb ball, making sure the tape reaches both sides of the ball, as shown.     7. Open your ball and hang.     Add different sizes of honeycomb balls. To attach a smaller honeycomb ball to a larger one, like these, simply add the smaller one's twine hang tag to the inside center of the larger ball with tape.      Make a few or a bunch, these are sure to liven up any reception or dessert table. I love to hang decorations everywhere. This plain marble table was just begging to have a pop of color below.     Use empty areas around your venue and fill them with cheerful decorations. A little bit unexpected, a whole lot of merriment.

    Project and Photos by: Jenny Batt of hankandhunt.com

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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: Jordan Ferney

    Materials: Vellum paper, 56 sheets of paper, a sewing machine,  fishing weights (not pictured), an exacto knife and straight edge (or a stack cutter,) artist tape (for hanging)

    Cut the sheets of vellum into one inch strips. You can do this with an exacto knife or have it cut all at one time with a stack cutter. (If you decide to go the stack color route organizing the paper in the order you want it to hang in will save you some time.)Measure the height of the space where the mobiles will hang to figure out how long you want them. Keep in mind you'll want to keep the eyesight of the guests clear of any obstruction. Once you know the length of the mobiles, layout the different colors in the order you want. Repeat until it is close to the length of mobile you want. Then put it into a stack and it is ready to sew.

    Leave a 12" tail of thread at the beginning and start to sew down the middle of the first strip. (I found it is easiest to put a piece of tape on the sewing machine at the end of the strip as a guide to mark where the vellum should be sewn.) Continue feeding each addition strip into the sewing machine.

    At the end leave another long tail of string. As you are sewing, try to be consistent on the amount of space between each strip but if its not perfect its ok, this design is very forgiving. Our mobiles were about four feet and the actual sewing took about 10 minutes for each mobile.     Hang the mobiles at varying heights over the center of the table with artist tape.     If left by itself the bottom paper will curl up, add a simple fishing weight at the bottom to prevent this from happening and to add a nice polish to the project.     This bright and modern mobile project is perfect for a daytime wedding reception or shower and can be done in any color scheme. It will transform the room and make a big impact.     The best part is this whole project can be made on the cheap -- for under $25     Use your imagination - or any color palette - to go with your event theme.     Gorgeous!        
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  • Photos By: Mary Swenson

    Neutral, soft palettes tend to rule the wedding world, but if you want a bolder hue for your day, look no further than lusty, lovely red. We've paired it with white for a clean, crisp look that lets the color of love take center stage, and just a few pops go a long way. Here are some ideas to get your wheels turning for your own event!

    Since flowers are usually a big part of any wedding, they provide the easiest way to incorporate color into your decor.

      Since flowers are usually a big part of any wedding, they provide the easiest way to incorporate color into your decor.     A red galvanized bucket is a sweet way to bring a pop of red to your table; we filled ours with white ranunculus flowers. And instead of the ubiquitous (and expensive!) red rose, we love the look of red tulips. Popped inside a plain white vessel and set on a white tablecloth, their vibrant red color is absolutely cheery.     Set a pair of charming heart-shaped floating candles inside a shallow dish as an accent next to (or instead of) a centerpiece, or on a cocktail table or bar.     Place settings are easy to put together using any red patterned fabric and ribbon. Simply use the fabric as napkins for your table, and roll up and tie with the ribbon.     In-season strawberries are a fantastic way to get some red into your wedding day. We set them on a tray, poked them with bamboo skewers, and added flags with guests' names to the tops.     Keep the color scheme going with your favors - glassine bags or red and white bags filled with matching gumdrops are super budget-friendly and cute, to boot!     For a dramatic and unexpected dessert, finish off your event with a red velvet wedding cake or a table of red velvet cupcakes. Delicious and decadent!

     

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  • Photos By: Mary Swenson

    Simple, rustic pine cones are perfect to use in a fall or winter wedding. These budget-friendly accents are seasonal without being kitschy, and add an element of warmth and charm to your event decor. Here are a few ways to incorporate them into your day!     Pine cones are great additions to any floral arrangement. We kept our flowers light-colored and simple so that the pine cones didn't get lost, but they work with virtually any color scheme!     You can find pine cones attached to a stick at florists and craft stores, which make it easy to pop them into your arrangement. You can also twist floral wire around the base of the pine cone, and then use that to attach the pine cone to the stem of the flower.     Forgo centerpiece flowers altogether by filling up glass containers with pine cones, or use these mock arrangements as inexpensive fillers for other areas of your event: a buffet table, the bar area, the gift table, or any spot that needs something extra!     Use pine cones for super-easy place cards that also double as favors. We jazzed up small pine cones with faux snow spray, and glued a small piece of ribbon to the tops with name tags looped through.     Group the finished pine cones on a tray or a table, or get creative and hang them from a large branch or mini-tree.     If you're passing out glasses of wine or champagne, or setting out stemware en masse for your guests, using tiny pine cones as an accent on each stem of glassware is a sweet detail!     We used a hot glue gun to adhere clear twine to the tops of each pine cone, and let them dry. Then we tied the pine cone around the base of each glass and trimmed off the excess twine.   

     

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  • Raspberry & Pear Mini Pies A mouthwatering treat for any summer day (and especially perfect for a holiday)! We've got the recipe right here.  Photo By: Aran Goyoaga       Strawberry Season Get decked out in strawberries with this simple and fresh, red and white summer table concept. Photo By: Mary Swenson       Vintage Postcard Place Cards This vintage-inspired project by Chelsea Fuss is an easy way to create a fun, casual place setting. See how she did it! Photo By: Chelsea Fuss

     

    Red, White, & Blue Real Wedding

    Christina and Timothy pulled off a patriotic, 4th of July-themed wedding of total rustic elegance. See the photos from their day!

    Photo By: Jen Lynne Photography

        Purple DIY Picnic Pack a picnic with all sorts of personalized touches... guests will swoon over the details!       Red & White Party Ideas From red velvet cupcakes to ribbons to florals, here are a handful of creative ways to incorporate red into your party Photo By: Mary Swenson       Farmer's Market Bouquets Create a deceptively sophisticated bouquet for your big day with seasonal stems from your local farmer's market. See more inspiration. Photo By: Chelsea Fuss       Cool Raspberry & Yogurt Mousse Cakes These are a dream on a summer day... Catch this recipe (with a bonus raspberry n' cream macaron tutorial) right here. Photo By: Aran Goyoaga

     

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  • Photos By: Hank and Hunt

    Project By: Jenny Batt 

    Want to add a touch of whimsy to your wedding reception? Make these crepe paper pom garlands in matching shades and add pretty pops of color.

    Materials:

    Crepe paper flats Scissors Twine     Step One: Cut squares of crepe paper in the colors you like.  

    Step Two:

    Cut each set of squares into strips about ¾” wide.

      Step Three: Take each strip and pinch together in the middle. This step doesn’t take as long as you think it would and it makes it easier to get really fluffy poms. If you tie multiple together before pinching, you will possibly tear the paper when you fluff each pom later.     Step Four: Cut a long piece of twine for the garland. Set aside. Take about 20 pinched strips and tie together in the center.     Step Five: Tie each pom to the twine for the garland. Add as many or as few as you would like. Add pops of clashing colors for fun, too.     Tip: Enlist your friends and have a crafting party to make multiples of these, you'll be able to make a whole bunch in a small amount of time.        

     

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  • Photos By: Jennifer Kirk of Ambrosia Creative

    With a few everyday tools, transform plain white poster board into a chic geometric backdrop perfect for a modern-themed wedding.

      Supplies:  desktop printer This template 4 sheets of 8.5"x11" cardstock 9 sheets of 28"x22" white poster board  scissors x-acto knife yard stick or measuring tape self-healing cutting mat double-sided tape duct tape fishing line (to hang backdrop)

    Steps One - Three:   1. Download and print all four pages of template onto an 8.5" x 11" sheet of cardstock. Cut out shapes and tape pieces together to form a star. This is your template for tracing.    2. Trace template onto the back (dull side) of a sheet of poster board. On a 28"x22" sheet, you can fit three stars.    3. Cut out star shapes. From beginning to end, each star takes about five minutes. The backdrop I created measures 44"x 53" and is made up of 27 star shapes.     Step Four:  Stack the stars together, orienting them so the edges are even.     Step Five:   Working from left to right, lay out a row of stars, overlapping the "arms" of each piece. Use double-sided tape to affix edges together. Important: The center line of each star must be exactly vertical and parallel to each other. Keep each row perfectly straight and make sure each star piece is oriented the same direction so the pieces fit together consistently. This is to ensure you have a uniform, symmetrical backdrop. I used the slats of my floor as a guide to line up my stars, but you can also use a measuring tape or yardstick. My completed first row is five stars across.   '   Step Six:   Lay out the second row of stars. Starting on the left, place a star so that the center line meets where the two bottom stars join. Complete the row for a total of four stars. Check that the center line of each star is perfectly vertical across all rows. You can use your yardstick or measuring tape for this.     Steps Seven - Nine:   7. Repeat the process for a third row with five stars across. Then a fourth row with four stars across. Continue for a total of 6 rows.   8. Carefully flip the backdrop over and use small pieces of duct or masking tape to reinforce the "joints" where the stars meet.   9. Trim off the edges on the left, right, and bottom.     Step Ten:    To finish the top of the backdrop, trim off star pieces as indicated in picture. You will end up with three "points" along the top.     Step Eleven:    On the backside of the finished three points, attach a small piece of duct tape a couple inches wide. Punch out a hole using a small hole punch. To hang, string fishing line through the holes, knot, and attach to ceiling hooks.  
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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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  • By Victoria Hudgins

      Bidding a nod to tradition and family, having heritage photos at your wedding can be a beautiful statement.     Here is a simple and pretty way to display them for a table top/reception accent piece.     Materials: Craft Letters Mod Podge Paintbrush Enlarged copies of family photos  X-acto Knife

      Step One Purchase craft letters from a local craft store to spell out LOVE, your initials, or another meaningful phrase.     Step Two Gather family photos and have enlarged copies made of them (to preserve the actual photos). Don't be worried if the prints are not 100% quality, the aged look is appealing for this project. Old family wedding photos are nice to use. You may also choose to use photographs of a loved one who has passed, as a way to honor them and pay tribute.     Step Three Position the photos on the letters so that faces and important features are visible, then turn over and adhere using mod podge. Be sure to use hard pressure when applying to press out any air bubbles that form.     Step Four Once dry, turn the letters over again and use an x-acto knife to trim the edges.     Display Tip Place at the head table, escort card table or by your cake for a beautiful presentation of family and love.     Photos by Pictilio
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  • Project and Photos by: Jenny Batt of hankandhunt.com

    Pretty tissue tassels aren't just for garland or balloons anymore. Why not add them to simple honeycomb balls and hang in groups for maximum impact. These tassels are cheaper versions and you can make a bunch in no time at all.     Materials: Honeycomb balls (I get mine at www.devra-party.com) Tissue paper Twine or fishing line Scissors Tape

    1. Unfold your sheets of tissue paper and cut into quarters, once in half lengthwise and once in half widthwise. Fold each quarter in half lengthwise again and cut.     2. Starting at the bottom, cut 3/4" fringe all the way up the sheet, leaving 1 inch before the other end.     3. Take a few sheets and trim the fringe shorter by about 3". Take a few more sheets and trim shorter by about 6". This isn't exact, experiment with lengths you like.     4. Layer 3 long sheets, 2 to 3 mid-length sheets and 2 short sheets, on top of each other longest to shortest. Offset the top of the sheets to offset the fringe lines. Staple all the sheets together on top to hold.     5. Roll the sheets together and tape the top tight.     6. Tape the top to the center of the honeycomb ball, making sure the tape reaches both sides of the ball, as shown.     7. Open your ball and hang.     Add different sizes of honeycomb balls. To attach a smaller honeycomb ball to a larger one, like these, simply add the smaller one's twine hang tag to the inside center of the larger ball with tape.      Make a few or a bunch, these are sure to liven up any reception or dessert table. I love to hang decorations everywhere. This plain marble table was just begging to have a pop of color below.     Use empty areas around your venue and fill them with cheerful decorations. A little bit unexpected, a whole lot of merriment.

    Project and Photos by: Jenny Batt of hankandhunt.com

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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: Jordan Ferney

    Materials: Vellum paper, 56 sheets of paper, a sewing machine,  fishing weights (not pictured), an exacto knife and straight edge (or a stack cutter,) artist tape (for hanging)

    Cut the sheets of vellum into one inch strips. You can do this with an exacto knife or have it cut all at one time with a stack cutter. (If you decide to go the stack color route organizing the paper in the order you want it to hang in will save you some time.)Measure the height of the space where the mobiles will hang to figure out how long you want them. Keep in mind you'll want to keep the eyesight of the guests clear of any obstruction. Once you know the length of the mobiles, layout the different colors in the order you want. Repeat until it is close to the length of mobile you want. Then put it into a stack and it is ready to sew.

    Leave a 12" tail of thread at the beginning and start to sew down the middle of the first strip. (I found it is easiest to put a piece of tape on the sewing machine at the end of the strip as a guide to mark where the vellum should be sewn.) Continue feeding each addition strip into the sewing machine.

    At the end leave another long tail of string. As you are sewing, try to be consistent on the amount of space between each strip but if its not perfect its ok, this design is very forgiving. Our mobiles were about four feet and the actual sewing took about 10 minutes for each mobile.     Hang the mobiles at varying heights over the center of the table with artist tape.     If left by itself the bottom paper will curl up, add a simple fishing weight at the bottom to prevent this from happening and to add a nice polish to the project.     This bright and modern mobile project is perfect for a daytime wedding reception or shower and can be done in any color scheme. It will transform the room and make a big impact.     The best part is this whole project can be made on the cheap -- for under $25     Use your imagination - or any color palette - to go with your event theme.     Gorgeous!        
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  • Photos By: Mary Swenson

    Neutral, soft palettes tend to rule the wedding world, but if you want a bolder hue for your day, look no further than lusty, lovely red. We've paired it with white for a clean, crisp look that lets the color of love take center stage, and just a few pops go a long way. Here are some ideas to get your wheels turning for your own event!

    Since flowers are usually a big part of any wedding, they provide the easiest way to incorporate color into your decor.

      Since flowers are usually a big part of any wedding, they provide the easiest way to incorporate color into your decor.     A red galvanized bucket is a sweet way to bring a pop of red to your table; we filled ours with white ranunculus flowers. And instead of the ubiquitous (and expensive!) red rose, we love the look of red tulips. Popped inside a plain white vessel and set on a white tablecloth, their vibrant red color is absolutely cheery.     Set a pair of charming heart-shaped floating candles inside a shallow dish as an accent next to (or instead of) a centerpiece, or on a cocktail table or bar.     Place settings are easy to put together using any red patterned fabric and ribbon. Simply use the fabric as napkins for your table, and roll up and tie with the ribbon.     In-season strawberries are a fantastic way to get some red into your wedding day. We set them on a tray, poked them with bamboo skewers, and added flags with guests' names to the tops.     Keep the color scheme going with your favors - glassine bags or red and white bags filled with matching gumdrops are super budget-friendly and cute, to boot!     For a dramatic and unexpected dessert, finish off your event with a red velvet wedding cake or a table of red velvet cupcakes. Delicious and decadent!

     

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  • Photos By: Mary Swenson

    Simple, rustic pine cones are perfect to use in a fall or winter wedding. These budget-friendly accents are seasonal without being kitschy, and add an element of warmth and charm to your event decor. Here are a few ways to incorporate them into your day!     Pine cones are great additions to any floral arrangement. We kept our flowers light-colored and simple so that the pine cones didn't get lost, but they work with virtually any color scheme!     You can find pine cones attached to a stick at florists and craft stores, which make it easy to pop them into your arrangement. You can also twist floral wire around the base of the pine cone, and then use that to attach the pine cone to the stem of the flower.     Forgo centerpiece flowers altogether by filling up glass containers with pine cones, or use these mock arrangements as inexpensive fillers for other areas of your event: a buffet table, the bar area, the gift table, or any spot that needs something extra!     Use pine cones for super-easy place cards that also double as favors. We jazzed up small pine cones with faux snow spray, and glued a small piece of ribbon to the tops with name tags looped through.     Group the finished pine cones on a tray or a table, or get creative and hang them from a large branch or mini-tree.     If you're passing out glasses of wine or champagne, or setting out stemware en masse for your guests, using tiny pine cones as an accent on each stem of glassware is a sweet detail!     We used a hot glue gun to adhere clear twine to the tops of each pine cone, and let them dry. Then we tied the pine cone around the base of each glass and trimmed off the excess twine.   

     

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  • Raspberry & Pear Mini Pies A mouthwatering treat for any summer day (and especially perfect for a holiday)! We've got the recipe right here.  Photo By: Aran Goyoaga       Strawberry Season Get decked out in strawberries with this simple and fresh, red and white summer table concept. Photo By: Mary Swenson       Vintage Postcard Place Cards This vintage-inspired project by Chelsea Fuss is an easy way to create a fun, casual place setting. See how she did it! Photo By: Chelsea Fuss

     

    Red, White, & Blue Real Wedding

    Christina and Timothy pulled off a patriotic, 4th of July-themed wedding of total rustic elegance. See the photos from their day!

    Photo By: Jen Lynne Photography

        Purple DIY Picnic Pack a picnic with all sorts of personalized touches... guests will swoon over the details!       Red & White Party Ideas From red velvet cupcakes to ribbons to florals, here are a handful of creative ways to incorporate red into your party Photo By: Mary Swenson       Farmer's Market Bouquets Create a deceptively sophisticated bouquet for your big day with seasonal stems from your local farmer's market. See more inspiration. Photo By: Chelsea Fuss       Cool Raspberry & Yogurt Mousse Cakes These are a dream on a summer day... Catch this recipe (with a bonus raspberry n' cream macaron tutorial) right here. Photo By: Aran Goyoaga

     

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  • Photos By: Hank and Hunt

    Project By: Jenny Batt 

    Want to add a touch of whimsy to your wedding reception? Make these crepe paper pom garlands in matching shades and add pretty pops of color.

    Materials:

    Crepe paper flats Scissors Twine     Step One: Cut squares of crepe paper in the colors you like.  

    Step Two:

    Cut each set of squares into strips about ¾” wide.

      Step Three: Take each strip and pinch together in the middle. This step doesn’t take as long as you think it would and it makes it easier to get really fluffy poms. If you tie multiple together before pinching, you will possibly tear the paper when you fluff each pom later.     Step Four: Cut a long piece of twine for the garland. Set aside. Take about 20 pinched strips and tie together in the center.     Step Five: Tie each pom to the twine for the garland. Add as many or as few as you would like. Add pops of clashing colors for fun, too.     Tip: Enlist your friends and have a crafting party to make multiples of these, you'll be able to make a whole bunch in a small amount of time.        

     

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  • Photos By: Jennifer Kirk of Ambrosia Creative

    With a few everyday tools, transform plain white poster board into a chic geometric backdrop perfect for a modern-themed wedding.

      Supplies:  desktop printer This template 4 sheets of 8.5"x11" cardstock 9 sheets of 28"x22" white poster board  scissors x-acto knife yard stick or measuring tape self-healing cutting mat double-sided tape duct tape fishing line (to hang backdrop)

    Steps One - Three:   1. Download and print all four pages of template onto an 8.5" x 11" sheet of cardstock. Cut out shapes and tape pieces together to form a star. This is your template for tracing.    2. Trace template onto the back (dull side) of a sheet of poster board. On a 28"x22" sheet, you can fit three stars.    3. Cut out star shapes. From beginning to end, each star takes about five minutes. The backdrop I created measures 44"x 53" and is made up of 27 star shapes.     Step Four:  Stack the stars together, orienting them so the edges are even.     Step Five:   Working from left to right, lay out a row of stars, overlapping the "arms" of each piece. Use double-sided tape to affix edges together. Important: The center line of each star must be exactly vertical and parallel to each other. Keep each row perfectly straight and make sure each star piece is oriented the same direction so the pieces fit together consistently. This is to ensure you have a uniform, symmetrical backdrop. I used the slats of my floor as a guide to line up my stars, but you can also use a measuring tape or yardstick. My completed first row is five stars across.   '   Step Six:   Lay out the second row of stars. Starting on the left, place a star so that the center line meets where the two bottom stars join. Complete the row for a total of four stars. Check that the center line of each star is perfectly vertical across all rows. You can use your yardstick or measuring tape for this.     Steps Seven - Nine:   7. Repeat the process for a third row with five stars across. Then a fourth row with four stars across. Continue for a total of 6 rows.   8. Carefully flip the backdrop over and use small pieces of duct or masking tape to reinforce the "joints" where the stars meet.   9. Trim off the edges on the left, right, and bottom.     Step Ten:    To finish the top of the backdrop, trim off star pieces as indicated in picture. You will end up with three "points" along the top.     Step Eleven:    On the backside of the finished three points, attach a small piece of duct tape a couple inches wide. Punch out a hole using a small hole punch. To hang, string fishing line through the holes, knot, and attach to ceiling hooks.  
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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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Planning Basics: Find the best place to register, find the best centerpiece for your color scheme, and find the perfect thank you gifts for your bridal party – all while staying under budget – with our wedding planning tips and ideas.

DIY Wedding: With so many colorful images of unique wedding ideas we’ve found, plus all our real wedding images, you’ll find the most DIY wedding ideas here. From simple wedding favors to more complex origami wedding decorations – if we think you can make it, you’ll find it here (if it’s not here it doesn’t mean we don’t think you can make it, it just means we want you to send us a picture when your DIY project is done)!

Fashion & Beauty: Don’t forget to find wedding ideas for yourself! We have thousands of pictures of bridal hair and makeup, as well as one of the largest selections of wedding dresses for you to browse.

Wedding Venues: Not only do we have ideas for one-of-a-kind wedding venues as well as established wedding venues in your area, we have some of the very best wedding decoration ideas and wedding theme ideas for once you have nailed down the venue.

Wedding Cake: While we must admit that wedding cake is delicious (mmmm, wedding cake, nom nom nom), your cake will also serve as a focal point of the wedding reception. Check out all of our wedding ideas for cake decorations as well as cake alternatives.

Engagement Rings: Project Wedding doesn’t just start once you’ve gotten engaged. Register with us before the big question has been popped and share photos of your favorite engagement rings with your future better half.

Honeymoon: Project Wedding doesn’t stop with the wedding either. We’ve included hundreds of post-wedding ideas to inspire your perfect honeymoon!