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Project and Photos By: Mary Swenson A black and white color combination is ultra-classy and and adds a formal touch to any event - especially a wedding. Our table embraces all that works so well with black and white, but with a few extra touches that take the edge off this tried-and-true color scheme. Plain white dinner plates and a crisp white tablecloth create the canvas for our table. A black and white gingham fabric runner, matching napkins, and empty, labeled jam jars add just the right amount of black accents. The finishing touch? Flat wooden ovals from a craft store that we painted black and personalized with a white paint pen. We love the black and white labels on these jam jars, and when filled with a few fresh, subtly-colored blooms, they make they perfect vessels for a casual, no-fuss centerpiece. The pale green flowers add just the right touch of freshness and don't compete with the black accents on the table. Line several flower-filled jars down the center of a long table, or cluster them in the middle of a round table for maximum effect. (Bonus: Guests can take them home as favors!) A bouquet for the bride or a bridesmaid can easily be made to match your theme - simply gather flowers into a tight cluster, remove any extra leaves, and wrap the stems tightly with a piece of gingham fabric. Put all of these details together and the result is a table that looks modern and sophisticated, with a homey touch!
Photos By: Jordan Ferney Materials to make a 12 ft garland: 3 bunches of lemon leaves ($4 each) 24 & 30 Gauge Florist Wire ($2 each) A small rope ($2) Optional: wired florist stakes (best for apples and other firm fruit) Optional: fruit or berries Go through the bunches of lemon leaves, cutting down the sections of leaves and leaving a 3" stem. Don't forget your rope! Keep cutting until you have enough to work with -- look at these neat piles! Start gathering your leaves into clusters. Cut an 8" section of 30 gauge wire. Gather two or three sections of leaves and wire them together. Leaving a 6" tail of rope take the sections and wire it to the rope. Repeat, cover up the previous stems with the new section of leaves. Continue, making sure the garland looks full and the wires aren't showing. If you would like to add fruit to your garland, take a piece of fruit and secure a piece of wire going through the skin of one end of the fruit using 24 gauge wire. Make sure it is on tight or you will have falling fruit! Wire the fruit onto the rope and tuck the lemon leaves around it to hide the wire. Voila! This pretty project can be done up to two days in advance of the event. Store it out of direct sunlight in a cool place and spritz with water twice daily. Furniture and linens provided by Bay Area Rental Company: Abbey Party Rents
Project Design By: Victoria Hudgins Photos By: Sam Pierson Having a wedding in the fall doesn't mean that you are stuck with a palette the colors of changing leaves. This project is a perfect example of a way to incorporate pinks, pearls and oh-so-trendy neon even in the fall. With a bit of glitter and ribbon, pumpkins make an excellent table number presentation. Step One: Cover each stem with tape or foil and spray the pumpkins with a matte white spray paint base. Once dry, use acrylic paints and a small foam paint brush to paint a color on. I used the pearlized paints from the Martha Stewart collection and they gave a gorgeous gleam to the finished pumpkins. Step Two: Gather a selection of textured ribbon to use as the table numbers. The wide gold glitter was my favorite. Using glue, mold each section of ribbon into a number. Do this first, on a craft board or table. It makes attaching them to the pumpkin much easier. Step Three: Using glue, attach each ribbon number to the coordinating pumpkin. Step Four: Creatively display a grouping of pumpkins on a tabletop. Use old crates and small bright pumpkins to complement the pastel colors. Tip: If you want your pumpkins to do double duty, you can turn them around so you don't see the number and adorn the front of your ceremony site! Be sure to enlist the help of a close friend to place the pumpkins on the correct tables during the cocktail hour. Voilá! Twice the design impact for one afternoon of work!
Project and Photos By: Chelsea Fuss Have a 4th of July picnic, summer shower, or casual outdoor wedding to plan? Here's a red, white, and blue inspiration story from party planning expert, Chelsea Fuss! Outdoor Party Venue: Chelsea chose a shady spot on a farm - a spacious venue for an outdoor party. Foundations: She layered a red and white striped tablecloth with country-style patterned fabric for each place setting. Simple Blooms: You don't need a lot of stuff to create a pretty tablescape, just a few fresh cut blooms from the garden will do. Creative Glassware: Chelsea used glass milk bottles as vases, keeping with the farm/country vibe of the setup. Color Palette: Although Chelsea chose a summer red, white, and blue color palette for this inspiration story, you can take note of her simple layering concept and apply your own colors! Handwritten Charm: For place cards, she used handwritten name tags (which is a great idea if you're looking for ways to get your guests to mix and mingle)! Summer Days: This easy and inexpensive concept can be used for any number of sweet outdoor summer celebrations!
Project and Photos By: Mary Swenson There's no mistaking the lure of springtime and all of the colorful goodness it brings, but our take on a seasonal tabletop had us craving something a bit different than the ubiquitous dainty, candy-coated pastels of the season. Instead, we combined a heavy dose of garden green with a pop of color and ended up with an elegant combination, straight from an early spring garden! Our inspiration started with these beautiful, seasonal artichokes in the perfect shade of green. Their sculptural shape makes them the perfect centerpiece, and clustered inside a big wooden bowl, no further adornment was necessary. The green patterned runner and napkins accent the color of the artichokes perfectly, making green the base color of our table. Purple is an incredible compliment to green, and these tulips were the perfect way to add that bit of contrasting color to our table. Since our artichoke centerpiece was the focal point of the table, we opted for mini flower clusters to accent the table and each place setting. Silver votive holders were great vessels for our little bouquets! With the woods from the tabletop and the bowl warming up our springy palette, this tabletop is fresh and pretty!
Project and Photos by Brittni Mehlhoff Create hanging ombre signs for various parts of your wedding with this straightforward DIY project. Use the finished signs as bride and groom chair signs, a just married banner for the getaway car, or a special phrase that has meaning for you and your groom. The possibilities are endless for what these DIY signs could be used for, and you can customize them to whatever your wedding colors may be. Materials: Cardboard or Heavy Cardstock Scissors Ribbon Pencil Hole Punch Spray Paint (one light blue and one dark blue) How To: 1. Start by drawing or tracing letters of your word or phrase onto card stock or cardboard. 2. Cut out each letter. Then hole punch each letter at the top. 3. Next, spray all of the letters completely with light blue spray paint. Let the paint dry completely before moving onto the next step. 4. With the darker blue spray paint, begin lightly spraying, focusing the paint toward the bottom of each letter to create an ombre look. Let dry. 5. Lastly, thread a long ribbon through the holes at the top of each letter and hang. Ta da!
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!
Many guests will bring sentimental, humorous or touching cards to mark the occasion of your wedding. The most popular way for a bride to keep track of those special cards is with a card box. Typically, this will be placed in an area near the gifts so guests can slip their cards in quickly and easily. DIY card boxes are a great idea; they're simple to make and much cheaper than pre-made card boxes. Below, you will find some great ideas for your own DIY card box.
Basic DIY Card Boxes
The basic way to create the foundation for your card box is to use a sturdy cardboard box. Simply tape it closed and cut a slit in the top for cards to slip through. You can then wrap it in attractive paper to match your wedding theme or colors. For instance, for a traditional wedding - use white paper to wrap the box and place tiny silver jewels in a decorative fashion over the paper. For a beach-themed wedding, wrap the box in taupe or sand-colored paper and embellish with sea shells.
Unique DIY Card Boxes
If you'd rather go with something a little more unique, there are countless options for creating DIY card boxes. For instance, an ornamental birdcage would make a beautiful card box. Simply affix flowers and ribbon in the colors of your choice to the cage and create a sign to place near it which reads, ‘cards.' For a vintage style wedding, try to locate a real vintage mailbox and decorate that. A tropical themed wedding could be gorgeous with a flower-bedecked basket to hold your cards. Use your creativity and in no time, you will have some wonderful ideas for DIY card boxes.
Tips for DIY Card Boxes
Depending upon where your wedding will take place, it may be necessary to have a trusted individual empty the box periodically and place the cards in a safe place - especially since many guests bring money for the bride and groom. Also, if you wrap the box in paper and place it on the gift table, be sure that it stands out from the other wrapped gifts at the table. This way, guests will immediately recognize it and will not mistake it for another wedding gift.
DIY card boxes can be as elegant or as simple as you'd like - and all it takes is a bit of inspiration and a pair of creative hands.
Give your wedding a beachy feel with a linen and white color scheme. Our inspiration was Queen Anne's Lace, which grows along the roadsides in late summer and offer a beautiful creamy color to a wedding. We gathered a bunch and plunked it into a cream colored handmade ceramic container, barely arranging it to give it a wild feel. We covered the table in linen and used white linen napkins tied with brown + white striped ribbon and a blossom to decorate the plates. We would recommend dark wood chairs or white, depending on your setting. This table is full of impact but a cinch to pull together! Your guests will enjoy this fresh take, on the traditional white wedding!
If you're like me, you enjoy the little details in a wedding. Take for instance, the wedding directional signage. I L-O-V-E this detail. It may be because the people I'm usually with are directionally challenged (shout out to the majority of my bridal party, family & friends) but I'd like to think it's because it ties in perfectly with our 'Southern Comfort' theme. I saw these signs & was determined to have them at our wedding!
They are 2-sided signs with the same phrase on both sides.
The best part about this project is that (not including supplies I had at home), the entire cost for one sign was $10. Waaay less than what I would've spent on paying someone else to create!