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Tea light lanterns add a romantic and magical glow to weddings. Learn how to make these personalized versions in just several easy steps!
Supplies for each lantern:
a. Battery operated tea light, do not use conventional tea lights (app. $1 each)
b. 2 brads ($3.00 for 100)
c. Ribbon, several inches in length
d. Strip of vellum 2.5" by 5.25"; trim one of the long sides with decorative scissors if desired ($10.00 for 50 sheets - each sheet will easily make 5 lanterns)
e. Double stick tape
Supplies for optional embellishments:
f. Needle and thread
g. Paper flowers
i. Printed letter
1. Wrap strip of vellum around battery operated tea light, adhering with double stick tape.
2. Using brads attach length of ribbon to "lantern" to form a handle from which to hang.
Pinhole Monogram: Before assembling lantern, use a pin and a printed letter as a guide to punch a monogram in the vellum strip.
Flowered handle: After the lantern is assembled use a needle and thread to tack paper flowers to ribbon handle.
Send your guests home with cheery plants! We've chosen bright zinnias in three colors. To give the plants a homemade touch, wrap them in Kraft paper and tie with a string. Then add a white office tag and stamp it with table numbers or each guests name.
You will need:A flat of bright, seasonal annuals White or brown Kraft paper White tags Scissors String Stamps (letters or numbers) Ink
Step 1: Cut 2 squares out of the paper about 4 x the size of the pot.
Step 2: Wrap the paper around the pot so it just barely covers the pot and the bottom of the plant.
Step 3: Tie a string around it to secure.
Step 4: Stamp names or numbers on white tags. Put plenty of ink on the stamps and then press very quickly and lightly onto the tag with the stamp. Then tie the string on the plant using the string that is already wrapped around the plant.
Step 6: Place all the plants in a wooden crate to display at the entrance of your event.
Sending your guests home with flowers is eco-friendly and the wrapping and stamping adds a homemade, personal touch.
In the sun or the shade, umbrellas add so much character to your event you won't have to worry about any other decorations. This concept could work especially well for an outdoor wedding -- plus they also work great as props in photos!
We used a navy blue table cloth that was a nice base color with the bright red and white. We used red napkins to tie in the umbrellas and then put a little favor box at each place setting. These umbrellas come with clamps, so we attached them to each chair but you could do it to every other chair or every second chair for a similar effect.
Linens, Chairs and Dishes from Abbey Rentals
Umbrellas with clamps, case of 24 for $135 at Overstock.com
Favor Boxes and Ribbons from Paper Mart
Edible wedding cake favors are a guest's best friend! These cute mini cakes are simple to make and affordable as well!
Supplies you'll need:
Skewers or toothpicks
Plain round cutters, various sizes
Chocolate sheet cake or brownie sheet, 1" deep
Whether it's made from scratch or your friend Betty Crocker, bake your cake flat in a shallow sheet pan so it only rises up to an inch. Once cool, trim the top with a serrated knife using a sawing motion to form an even, flat surface. This will be flipped over, so don't worry about imperfections!
Both brownies and cake work well, but with the latter you will have to be more careful to achieve clean edges. Carefully twist the round cutters into the sheet cake with desired sizes for each tier. For this example, we used 1.25", 2.5", and 3.5" cutters.
Assemble the tiers on top of each other, with the flattest surface facing up (usually the bottom-side of the cake). Insert toothpick to secure tiers together. If using skewers, measure against the assembled mini cake, and trim a few millimeters short of the full height so it doesn't protrude.
Lightly dust cakes with powdered sugar. Wrap, and enjoy!
Event Design and Description by Lollipop Events and Designs, Photography by Justin Lee
This white, winter-themed storybook event is a perfect fit for bridal showers or if you are planning a picture book, fairytale wedding!
This playful day focused on Once Upon a Time and Happily Ever After. The adorable vases and animal ceramics were purchased at Etsy. Enjoy the whimsical nature and imagination!
If you decide to take on your own wedding flowers, make it easy and choose foolproof blossoms. Hydrangeas are one of the easiest flowers to arrange and because of their large blossoms, it doesn't take too many to make a lush bouquet, so they are inexpensive as well.
A few things to remember:
-When picking or purchasing hydrangeas, only pick flowers with firm blossoms.
-If you are picking them from a garden, pick them early in the morning or late at night, when they have the most moisture.
-As soon as you pick them or purchase them, place them in a bucket of lukewarm water.
-If at any time your flowers wilt, submerge the entire blossom in warm water for 15 minutes and it should perk up. If it doesn't, toss it.
-After soaking the flowers overnight, condition them by removing most of the leaves (leaving the ones right around the blossoms).
-Place them in a fresh bucket of clean water.
To Make the Bouquet:
-You will need clippers or scissors, 5-8 stems of hydrangea (depending on how large they are), string or raffia, 1.5 yards of ribbon.
-Make a small bouquet with 3 stems.
-Place larger blossoms and leaves around the edge.
-Keep adding to your bouquet, and turn it after you add each stem.
-As soon as you have a round shape, cut the stems to a desired length and tie with string.
-Add ribbon and tie in a French knot or a bow.
-Keep in water right up until the wedding.
-Hydrangeas don't like to be in bright sun or freezing cold, so try to keep them at about 70 degrees until the big day.
Don't you hate when you are at a bridal shower/wedding or any happy event and you get caught up in the festivities, put your drink down, and then have no idea which one is yours? We've got the solution to this pesky problem with this handy DIY project -- and they're so cute to boot!
1. Assorted decorative papers
3. Glue - a glue stick works best for most papers
4. Wooden skewers or drink stirrers
5. Alphabet stickers - should coordinate with papers
1. Cut decorative papers into 1" by 2" rectangles.
2. Apply glue and fold in half around tops of wooden skewers. Let dry.
3. Place flags and sheets of alphabet stickers next to drinks and allow guests to mark a flag with their initial - a first initial for a smaller gathering like a bridal shower, or first and last initials for larger events (if you go the second route, be sure to buy stickers that are appropriately sized).
For a wedding that is both budget friendly and extremely charming, throw a backyard garden wedding! By doing this, you'll be cutting out one of the most expensive costs: your venue. It also makes it easier to play with ideas and test out different concepts. Here, we've gathered all the elements for a darling backyard wedding in classic pink and green.
When throwing a wedding in a backyard or any outdoor venue, it's important to punch up those pale colors. Bright colors and deeper tones look best outside, so if you have a pale color scheme going just add a few brighter tones to make it pop. Another very important thing to remember is to plan your event around what's blooming in your garden. You can never go wrong with green and white and if you want to add a punch of color, take your cue from your garden blooms!
We gathered cabbage and rambling roses into depression glass vases and placed them on top of a sweet checkered pink cloth. We layered cloths for a homey, casual feel. It also makes it easier to use linens you already own, but improvising with different sizes and shapes, To add a modern touch and punch up the color scheme, we added these bright, handmade letterpress tags from Linda and Harriett as place tags. They brighten up the table and the design is a bit more modern, but it works. The tags are letterpress so they still offer that handmade touch for a quaint wedding. We collected vintage silverware, glasses and napkins from ebay and garage sales to give the table a vintage feel.
Don't rule out your own backyard for your wedding and don't be afraid to use your own flowers and linens...just punch them up with a few modern touches and a bit of color!
Give your bridesmaids a gift they will cherish! Scour your book shelfs or your local used book shop for vintage books. Choose titles that will have special meaning for each girl.
Maybe you spent a summer with your best friend reading Anne of Green Gables or maybe your maid of honor's favorite book is Mansfield Park; find a special edition or beautiful copy to pass on.
Tie each book with a ribbon and add a pretty label. Write each girl a note, telling them why you chose the book and how you value their friendship. It's a gift your bridesmaids will hold on to forever. Aside from adding a personal touch to your wedding, it's budget friendly and good to the earth. Happy reading!
Instead of the traditional guest book, set the tone for a fun and lighthearted wedding party with a story line!
Have some white card stock cut into the size of a postcard. Kinkos will do this very inexpensively or you could just do it yourself. Set out different color pens, using your wedding colors or venue as a cue, and a bowl of clothespins. Finally, post a sign with instructions.
A little tip: It's great to have a few close friends display their stories prior to guests arriving to start the trend!
Have guests write their favorite memory or funny story about you, your spouse to be, or you both as a couple. Encourage people to doodle and illustrate their stories. Display the cards by tying twine or white string across a corner of the room or between two trees, if you are outside. It will encourage conversation and bring together friends from different corners of your life.