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Reception Decor Wedding Ideas

  • 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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  • By: Victoria Hudgins

    This DIY packaging is a fresh and modern way to present small favors to guests.         Fill each cocoon with something fun to keep your guests busy (like these bright and nostalgic finger pops) and something sweet to snack on.   Materials: 1/2 craft glue- 1/2 water mixture Large spool of embroidery thread Balloons (1 balloon for every 2 favors)   Instructions:   1. Blow up your balloons and tie a length of thread to the end of the balloon.   2. Begin wrapping thread around the balloon, the messier the wrap the better.   3. Once you have a good covering over the entire balloon, dip a brush into the glue mixture and coat the entire balloon. Hang the balloon by its end to dry. Note: You could also use liquid fabric stiffener for this step in the project, just fill a large bowl and completely dip your wrapped balloons in.     4. Once dry, cut the balloon in half at the center width. Each balloon will make two separate cocoon wraps.      5. Gently pop each balloon and pull away from the fabric. Fill your wraps and tie together with a ribbon and simple tag.     6. Rest each favor on a place setting for a creative, modern touch.  
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    By: Danyelle Mathews   Creating charming escort cards for your wedding doesn't have to take a lot of time or resources. Simply gather a few basic, inexpensive supplies to produce this budget-savvy, casual-chic concept.      Supplies: Manilla shipping tags Chalkboard paint Foam paintbrush   Step One Arrange your tags on a large work surface     Step Two Dip the foam paintbrush into the chalkboard paint and apply one brushstroke to each tag.     Step Three Allow the paint to dry completely, then write guests names and seating information on the tags with chalk.     Step Four Display the tags using a fabric backdrop, coordinating yarn or string and wooden clothespins.     {Photos by: Danyelle Matthews}
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    By: Danyelle Mathews   Creating charming escort cards for your wedding doesn't have to take a lot of time or resources. Simply gather a few basic, inexpensive supplies to produce this budget-savvy, casual-chic concept.      Supplies: Manilla shipping tags Chalkboard paint Foam paintbrush   Step One Arrange your tags on a large work surface     Step Two Dip the foam paintbrush into the chalkboard paint and apply one brushstroke to each tag.     Step Three Allow the paint to dry completely, then write guests names and seating information on the tags with chalk.     Step Four Display the tags using a fabric backdrop, coordinating yarn or string and wooden clothespins.     {Photos by: Danyelle Matthews}
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  • Project By: Victoria Hudgins

    Photography By: Pictilio   This 3-D heart bunting is pretty and a great project to incorporate some handmade charm into your wedding. Hang between rows of seats, behind a dessert table, vertically to stage the ceremony, or around the head table as accent décor.     For a bunting of good length, purchase a heart punch from your local craft store. The small investment (about $10) will save your wrists from cutting hundreds of hearts out! You will also need colored craft paper, glue, and string.     Stamp out hearts for the length of your bunting. Each section of the bunting will use two hearts.     Once the hearts are punched, cut a length of thin string and begin gluing on the hearts. Lay one heart down (backside up). Center a small line of glue, then quickly layer the string on top and another heart (backside down). Measure a few inches and continue the process.     Once all the hearts are laid and dried, fold the top and bottom hearts away from one another for a pretty 3D effect.     Run the lengths of garland around cardboard dividers and tape in place as you go. This will make it easier to transport without getting tangled.  
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    By Project Wedding for our sponsor, Ann's Bridal Bargains       Add the perfect finishing touches throughout your wedding with ribbon. All you need are a few accent ideas and a little imagination!   Tie different colors of chiffon ribbon in a knot around a favor box to create a finished look and a secure spot for favor cards. Concept by Ann's Bridal Bargains.     Attach multi-colored satin and chiffon ribbons to the end of a wooden craft stick to create simple, affordable ribbon wands! Concept byAnn's Bridal Bargains.     Pink paper lanterns become adorable pieces of chair décor when hung with bright purple satin ribbon. Concept by Ann's Bridal Bargains.     Get creative with your invitation! We cut two slits, one on each side of the initial, to allow the threading of a large, brown satin ribbon. Concept by Ann's Bridal Bargains.     Ecru satin ribbon shines against mocha, two-piece favor boxes, lending a little extra luster to each favor. Concept by Ann's Bridal Bargains.     Enhance the look of a wedding program by wrapping a brown satin ribbon around the fold and finishing it with a knot and tassel. Concept by Ann's Bridal Bargains.     Satin bows can help tie your wedding colors to your wedding favors for a completely coordinated look. Concept by Ann's Bridal Bargains.     A red ribbon accents this invitation’s heart design for a cute, romantic look. Concept byAnn's Bridal Bargains.     For easy chair décor, dangle satin ribbons! They add the perfect amount of color to a ceremony or reception. Concept by Ann's Bridal Bargains.     Create texture and elegance with a ribbon and feather centerpiece! Concept by Ann's Bridal Bargains.     Two satin ribbons, secured by a favor label, create a stylish closure for these clear favor bags. Concept by Ann's Bridal Bargains.        
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  • One of the trends we love about rustic weddings is the do-it-yourself projects even the least crafty brides create with wood. Here's what to display for every part of your big day: 

    Ceremony

    Photo by JK Photography

    Seating Arrangements

    Photo by Stacey Kokes Photography

    Reception

    \

    Photo by Twin Hearts Photography

    Chair Decor 

    Photo by Athena Pelton Photography

     

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  • Project and Photos by: Katelin Gallagher     I just love the look of a filled-to-the-brim centerpiece, but wanted to find a budget savvy way to get the look. With a little help from the floral department at Trader Joe's, I pulled off this bountiful $10 centerpiece!     Materials:  1/2 gallon wide mouth mason jars (about $2) A few stems of simple Greenery ($2) A bouquet of Maroon Mums ($3) 8 stems of white stock flowers - Matthiola Incana ($3) Scissors Water Total cost = $10!     Step One: Stock flowers are nice because they take up a lot of space and make the arrangement look nice and full. Using the height of your mason jar as a guide, cut the stems to make three heights. The flowers of the shortest stem should just peek over the top of the jar. The flowers of the longest stem will dictate the height of the arrangement. The middle length should be somewhere in between.     Step Two: Arrange the stock flowers in a mason jar filled with water. Make sure to strip any greenery below the water line. Place the tallest stems in the center, the mid-length stems evenly around the center and the short stems around the periphery.     Step Three: Then go for the mums! Follow roughly the same strategy as in step two, although it's better to cut and work them in one stem at a time.     Step Four: Finally, embellish the arrangement with greenery.     Ta-da! These will bloom pretty for several days. As long as the flowers are fresh, you can arrange them two days in advance. You'll just need to refresh the water.
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  • Project and Photos By: Jennifer Kirk   Here's an easy and oh-so-chic way to add a little glimmer to your wedding day!   You'll Need:  10 3/4" x 14 3/4" wooden tray from craft store 3/4" wide masking tape Metallic gold leaf sheets Size (adhesive for gold leaf) Foam brush x2 White spray paint Spray gloss laquer (clear) Fine grit sandpaper Paint brush with small, fine tip White acrylic paint Hand-vac or vacuum with hose attachment (to clean up bits of gold leaf as you work)     Step One Lightly sand away any rough spots on tray     Step Two  Spray entire tray white (I didn't bother with the underside). Let dry completely.     Step Three  Starting from the upper right corner of the tray, stretch a piece of masking tape down to about 7 3/4" in from right side.     Step Four Lay down three more strips of tape flush with one another.     Step Five  Remove the third tape strip completely and save, using as a "spacer" to evenly add more masking tape diagonals to the left.     Step Six  When the left side of the tray is completely masked, begin the opposite diagonals on the right side of tray. Each strip must be cut straight at the top and should just touch the perpendicular diagonal.     Step Seven Once the right side is masked, carefully remove the perpendicular diagonal. Burnish the tape with your fingers to make sure each strip is firmly adhered to tray.     Step Eight With a foam brush, apply a thin, uniform layer of size to exposed white stripes. Allow to dry for 30-45 minutes.     Step Nine  Carefully expose a sheet of metallic leaf. With clean, dry hands (the leaf will cling and tear if your hands are wet), gently tear off a small corner piece. Press into the corner of the tray using your fingers and/or a dry foam brush.      Step Ten  It helps to first leaf where the side of the tray and bottom meet. Use the straight edge of a leaf sheet to get a straight, clean line.     Step Eleven For the longer stripes, tear off strips of metal leaf and press down onto the white areas prepared with size. Gently smooth and burnish the metal leaf with your fingertip. If you're like me, you may be a little impatient and want to remove the masking tape as you work. Before you remove the tape, clean up any residual leaf with a vacuum attachment and hose, but be careful not to scratch off any leaf you just applied. Next, very slowly peel off tape, burnishing the metal leaf as you go.     Step Twelve Use a small piece of masking tape to clean up any leaf clinging to the sides of the tray. Tiny pieces of gold leaf may cling to white areas of the tray. Use a bit of white acrylic paint to touch up any wayward leaf. When finished, spray a couple of coats of protective clear laquer.    
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    by Olivia Kanaley     Supplies: Wire berry garland (one 4 ft garland makes 5-6 wreaths) Natural floral wire Shipping tags Wire cutters White glue Paintbrush Clear glitter     Instructions: 1. Cut an 18" length of floral wire using wire cutters and form it into a circle about 2.5" in diameter as shown. 2. Snip sprigs from a wired berry garland and wrap them around the floral wire frame. 3. Continue until the wreath has berries all the way around.     4. Brush on white glue with a paintbrush and sprinkle with clear glitter. Let dry.     5. Tie on a tag with guest's name and table number.     Your escort wreaths will be a memorable memento from your winter wedding!    
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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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  • By: Victoria Hudgins

    This DIY packaging is a fresh and modern way to present small favors to guests.         Fill each cocoon with something fun to keep your guests busy (like these bright and nostalgic finger pops) and something sweet to snack on.   Materials: 1/2 craft glue- 1/2 water mixture Large spool of embroidery thread Balloons (1 balloon for every 2 favors)   Instructions:   1. Blow up your balloons and tie a length of thread to the end of the balloon.   2. Begin wrapping thread around the balloon, the messier the wrap the better.   3. Once you have a good covering over the entire balloon, dip a brush into the glue mixture and coat the entire balloon. Hang the balloon by its end to dry. Note: You could also use liquid fabric stiffener for this step in the project, just fill a large bowl and completely dip your wrapped balloons in.     4. Once dry, cut the balloon in half at the center width. Each balloon will make two separate cocoon wraps.      5. Gently pop each balloon and pull away from the fabric. Fill your wraps and tie together with a ribbon and simple tag.     6. Rest each favor on a place setting for a creative, modern touch.  
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    By: Danyelle Mathews   Creating charming escort cards for your wedding doesn't have to take a lot of time or resources. Simply gather a few basic, inexpensive supplies to produce this budget-savvy, casual-chic concept.      Supplies: Manilla shipping tags Chalkboard paint Foam paintbrush   Step One Arrange your tags on a large work surface     Step Two Dip the foam paintbrush into the chalkboard paint and apply one brushstroke to each tag.     Step Three Allow the paint to dry completely, then write guests names and seating information on the tags with chalk.     Step Four Display the tags using a fabric backdrop, coordinating yarn or string and wooden clothespins.     {Photos by: Danyelle Matthews}
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    By: Danyelle Mathews   Creating charming escort cards for your wedding doesn't have to take a lot of time or resources. Simply gather a few basic, inexpensive supplies to produce this budget-savvy, casual-chic concept.      Supplies: Manilla shipping tags Chalkboard paint Foam paintbrush   Step One Arrange your tags on a large work surface     Step Two Dip the foam paintbrush into the chalkboard paint and apply one brushstroke to each tag.     Step Three Allow the paint to dry completely, then write guests names and seating information on the tags with chalk.     Step Four Display the tags using a fabric backdrop, coordinating yarn or string and wooden clothespins.     {Photos by: Danyelle Matthews}
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  • Project By: Victoria Hudgins

    Photography By: Pictilio   This 3-D heart bunting is pretty and a great project to incorporate some handmade charm into your wedding. Hang between rows of seats, behind a dessert table, vertically to stage the ceremony, or around the head table as accent décor.     For a bunting of good length, purchase a heart punch from your local craft store. The small investment (about $10) will save your wrists from cutting hundreds of hearts out! You will also need colored craft paper, glue, and string.     Stamp out hearts for the length of your bunting. Each section of the bunting will use two hearts.     Once the hearts are punched, cut a length of thin string and begin gluing on the hearts. Lay one heart down (backside up). Center a small line of glue, then quickly layer the string on top and another heart (backside down). Measure a few inches and continue the process.     Once all the hearts are laid and dried, fold the top and bottom hearts away from one another for a pretty 3D effect.     Run the lengths of garland around cardboard dividers and tape in place as you go. This will make it easier to transport without getting tangled.  
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    By Project Wedding for our sponsor, Ann's Bridal Bargains       Add the perfect finishing touches throughout your wedding with ribbon. All you need are a few accent ideas and a little imagination!   Tie different colors of chiffon ribbon in a knot around a favor box to create a finished look and a secure spot for favor cards. Concept by Ann's Bridal Bargains.     Attach multi-colored satin and chiffon ribbons to the end of a wooden craft stick to create simple, affordable ribbon wands! Concept byAnn's Bridal Bargains.     Pink paper lanterns become adorable pieces of chair décor when hung with bright purple satin ribbon. Concept by Ann's Bridal Bargains.     Get creative with your invitation! We cut two slits, one on each side of the initial, to allow the threading of a large, brown satin ribbon. Concept by Ann's Bridal Bargains.     Ecru satin ribbon shines against mocha, two-piece favor boxes, lending a little extra luster to each favor. Concept by Ann's Bridal Bargains.     Enhance the look of a wedding program by wrapping a brown satin ribbon around the fold and finishing it with a knot and tassel. Concept by Ann's Bridal Bargains.     Satin bows can help tie your wedding colors to your wedding favors for a completely coordinated look. Concept by Ann's Bridal Bargains.     A red ribbon accents this invitation’s heart design for a cute, romantic look. Concept byAnn's Bridal Bargains.     For easy chair décor, dangle satin ribbons! They add the perfect amount of color to a ceremony or reception. Concept by Ann's Bridal Bargains.     Create texture and elegance with a ribbon and feather centerpiece! Concept by Ann's Bridal Bargains.     Two satin ribbons, secured by a favor label, create a stylish closure for these clear favor bags. Concept by Ann's Bridal Bargains.        
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  • One of the trends we love about rustic weddings is the do-it-yourself projects even the least crafty brides create with wood. Here's what to display for every part of your big day: 

    Ceremony

    Photo by JK Photography

    Seating Arrangements

    Photo by Stacey Kokes Photography

    Reception

    \

    Photo by Twin Hearts Photography

    Chair Decor 

    Photo by Athena Pelton Photography

     

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  • Project and Photos by: Katelin Gallagher     I just love the look of a filled-to-the-brim centerpiece, but wanted to find a budget savvy way to get the look. With a little help from the floral department at Trader Joe's, I pulled off this bountiful $10 centerpiece!     Materials:  1/2 gallon wide mouth mason jars (about $2) A few stems of simple Greenery ($2) A bouquet of Maroon Mums ($3) 8 stems of white stock flowers - Matthiola Incana ($3) Scissors Water Total cost = $10!     Step One: Stock flowers are nice because they take up a lot of space and make the arrangement look nice and full. Using the height of your mason jar as a guide, cut the stems to make three heights. The flowers of the shortest stem should just peek over the top of the jar. The flowers of the longest stem will dictate the height of the arrangement. The middle length should be somewhere in between.     Step Two: Arrange the stock flowers in a mason jar filled with water. Make sure to strip any greenery below the water line. Place the tallest stems in the center, the mid-length stems evenly around the center and the short stems around the periphery.     Step Three: Then go for the mums! Follow roughly the same strategy as in step two, although it's better to cut and work them in one stem at a time.     Step Four: Finally, embellish the arrangement with greenery.     Ta-da! These will bloom pretty for several days. As long as the flowers are fresh, you can arrange them two days in advance. You'll just need to refresh the water.
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  • Project and Photos By: Jennifer Kirk   Here's an easy and oh-so-chic way to add a little glimmer to your wedding day!   You'll Need:  10 3/4" x 14 3/4" wooden tray from craft store 3/4" wide masking tape Metallic gold leaf sheets Size (adhesive for gold leaf) Foam brush x2 White spray paint Spray gloss laquer (clear) Fine grit sandpaper Paint brush with small, fine tip White acrylic paint Hand-vac or vacuum with hose attachment (to clean up bits of gold leaf as you work)     Step One Lightly sand away any rough spots on tray     Step Two  Spray entire tray white (I didn't bother with the underside). Let dry completely.     Step Three  Starting from the upper right corner of the tray, stretch a piece of masking tape down to about 7 3/4" in from right side.     Step Four Lay down three more strips of tape flush with one another.     Step Five  Remove the third tape strip completely and save, using as a "spacer" to evenly add more masking tape diagonals to the left.     Step Six  When the left side of the tray is completely masked, begin the opposite diagonals on the right side of tray. Each strip must be cut straight at the top and should just touch the perpendicular diagonal.     Step Seven Once the right side is masked, carefully remove the perpendicular diagonal. Burnish the tape with your fingers to make sure each strip is firmly adhered to tray.     Step Eight With a foam brush, apply a thin, uniform layer of size to exposed white stripes. Allow to dry for 30-45 minutes.     Step Nine  Carefully expose a sheet of metallic leaf. With clean, dry hands (the leaf will cling and tear if your hands are wet), gently tear off a small corner piece. Press into the corner of the tray using your fingers and/or a dry foam brush.      Step Ten  It helps to first leaf where the side of the tray and bottom meet. Use the straight edge of a leaf sheet to get a straight, clean line.     Step Eleven For the longer stripes, tear off strips of metal leaf and press down onto the white areas prepared with size. Gently smooth and burnish the metal leaf with your fingertip. If you're like me, you may be a little impatient and want to remove the masking tape as you work. Before you remove the tape, clean up any residual leaf with a vacuum attachment and hose, but be careful not to scratch off any leaf you just applied. Next, very slowly peel off tape, burnishing the metal leaf as you go.     Step Twelve Use a small piece of masking tape to clean up any leaf clinging to the sides of the tray. Tiny pieces of gold leaf may cling to white areas of the tray. Use a bit of white acrylic paint to touch up any wayward leaf. When finished, spray a couple of coats of protective clear laquer.    
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    by Olivia Kanaley     Supplies: Wire berry garland (one 4 ft garland makes 5-6 wreaths) Natural floral wire Shipping tags Wire cutters White glue Paintbrush Clear glitter     Instructions: 1. Cut an 18" length of floral wire using wire cutters and form it into a circle about 2.5" in diameter as shown. 2. Snip sprigs from a wired berry garland and wrap them around the floral wire frame. 3. Continue until the wreath has berries all the way around.     4. Brush on white glue with a paintbrush and sprinkle with clear glitter. Let dry.     5. Tie on a tag with guest's name and table number.     Your escort wreaths will be a memorable memento from your winter wedding!    
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