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Next to the actual ceremony, nothing puts us over the moon like all the little details of a wedding. Making details and "branding" the wedding can actually be done on-the-cheap. If you are having your event catered, most caterers will be happy to package the food how you ask. For this Purple Picnic, our supplies were simple. Label paper, paper bags, gable boxes, a little ribbon, and a plastic canister (if your menu requires it). Here are some basics on how we created this picnic lunch.
1. Labels shapes and full sheets of label paper, purchased for $5 at Office Supply Store
2. Colored Tissue Paper, purchased for $2
3. White Food Bags from Paper Mart, the cost is only $.10 each!
4. Gable Boxes from Paper Mart at $.45 Each
5. Ribbon from Paper Mart for $3
6. Labels for lunch box from Office Depot
Step 1: Design
Most of the work is done in this step. These designs were made on Adobe Illustrator using different royalty-free images. You can go to websites like istockphoto.com or your local library or bookstore for designs to reference. If you have a designer or a friend that is a designer it is great to have someone with expertise help but Adobe also offers 30-day free trials of their software so if you really wanted to do it yourself and learn the software program, that is an option too. Although they aren't as detailed there are other programs like Microsoft Paint that can get the job done.
Step 2: Print
The labels were printed on label shapes but for the larger label on the gable box we printed the design on full sheet label paper and then cut them out with exacto knifes. The paper bags can be fed directly through your laser or inkjet printer just like you would print an envelope.
Step 3: Assemble
If you are having you caterer help, make sure they understand your vision. It's always good to have one assembled beforehand so they understand what you want. If you are doing it yourself -- it's time to put those bridesmaids to work! Call your friends and family and have a get together a week or two before the big day so you can apply labels. The day before, the food can all be assembled and refrigerated.
Step 4: Sit back and relax!
Watch the guests as they enjoy all the extra special touches. Also, tell your photographer to get closeups of all your handiwork!
Even though we're giving cookies, I didn't want them to look like just regular-bleh-cookies; I wanted them to be dressed up! :) Here's a mock-up:
By: Jennifer Kirk
If you're gung-ho about DIYing a professional looking table number display, this one is for you! Here is the inside scoop into discovering gorgeous free fonts and whipping up something pretty in Adobe Illustrator.
If you don't already have Adobe Illustrator on your system, head here to download a free trial copy, then install it on your computer.
Download the free font Peoni Patterns and install to your fonts collection on your computer (make sure the font is 'activated' -- usually this is automatic when installing new fonts).
Start up the program Adobe Illustrator. From the menu, select File > New. A dialogue box will open up on the screen. Name your document. We chose 'Graphic Table Numbers.' Input the number of tables at your wedding in the field 'Number of Artboards' (We did 4 just as an example). Set the width of your artboards to 4 inches and height to 6 inches. Click 'OK'.
Your document should now be filled with artboards. Next, from the Toolbar, click on the 'T', or Text icon. Click in any area on the first artboard and hold down on mouse. Drag down and to the right to create a text box. Click inside the box and type the number '1'.
First locate the Character Palette, which is typically to the right of your artboards. Next, move the mouse over to the Toolbar and click on the black arrow at the very top, the Selection Tool. With the Selection Tool, click on your text box to select it -- you will see a blue outline around it. This is how you know an item is selected. Next, change the font and size of your number by choosing size and typeface options from the dropdown menu in the Character Palette. We used the free font Ultra for our numbers.
Note: If your text box is too small, your number will not appear if you size it larger than the text box. To make the text box larger, select it with the Selection Tool, then click and hold one of the tiny blue squares found in each of the four corners. Drag outward to make the text box bigger. Your number should now be visible.
When the number is to your liking, select the text box by clicking on it with your Selection Tool, then choose from the menu, Edit > Copy to create a duplicate, then Edit > Paste onto the second artboard. Change the number ‘1’ by switching to the Text (‘T’ icon) tool from the toolbar. Delete the number ‘1’ in the duplicate and type in the number '2'. Repeat this process for the remainder of your table numbers. When finished, make sure all the numbers are centered on each artboard. Use the Selection tool (black arrow) to move your numbers around.
Find the Layers palette on the right side of the screen. This is usually below the Character palette. All the table numbers are on Layer 1. You won’t want to accidentally modify the numbers you just typed in and carefully positioned, so create a separate layer just for the patterns. To do this, click in the upper right of the Layers Palette and choose New Layer. Name it 'Pattern' and Click OK.
Next, if you look at Layer 1 in the Layers Palette, you will see an empty box to the right of the little eye icon. Click in the empty, gray box to lock Layer 1. You should see a padlock icon now. This will prevent your table numbers in Layer 1 from being modified.
Making sure you are working on Layer 2 (should be highlighted in the Layers Palette), choose the font Peoni Patterns from the drop down list of fonts in the Character Palette. Next, click on the ‘T' or 'Text' tool in the toolbar. Create a new text box on your first artboard. Each letter of the alphabet corresponds with a specific pattern. Reference this chart for patterns.
When you find the pattern you want to use as your background, create a text box and type in the corresponding letter for the pattern (eg. type in ‘g’ for the scallop pattern). You will need to turn this pattern into a graphic (instead of an editable font). Do this by choosing the Selection tool from the toolbar, select the text box with your pattern in it, then choose Type > Create Outlines from the menu. Now that this pattern snippet is no longer an editable font, it will be much easier to duplicate into a pattern.
Select your pattern and adjust its color to by clicking on a Swatch from the Colors Palette, or use the Color Sliders for a custom mix. We created a palette of our own colors by drawing squares (using the Rectangle Tool from the toolbar) and adjusting the CMYK (cyan, magenta, yellow, and black) sliders for each one. You can then grab one of these colors for your pattern. With the Selection Tool, click on your pattern to select it, then press 'I' on your keyboard to switch to the eyedropper tool, then click on one of your colors.
When you're happy with the color of your pattern, click on it with the Selection Tool, then Edit > Copy to create a duplicate, then Edit > Paste in Place. Hold down the Shift key while moving the duplicate pattern to the right (using the Selection Tool) so that it stays horizontally aligned with the original. You can also nudge the two pattern snippets together with the left and right arrows on your keyboard to create a seamless pattern. Repeat copying and pasting in place to create an entire row, using the arrows on your keyboard to line the patterns up precisely. For more accuracy, you can zoom in by going View > Zoom In, or you can click on the Magnifier icon in the Toolbar.
When one row of patterns is complete, group it together (this will make it easier to move around) by choosing from the menu Object > Group Object.
Extra: If you want to scale your pattern down or make it larger, click on it with the Selection Tool, hold down the Shift key while simultaneously clicking and dragging outward (or inward if you want to scale down) the tiny blue box in the bottom right corner.
Copy and paste this entire group to create a second row. Move this below row one to create a seamless pattern. Repeat until the entire artboard is filled. Select all rows of patterns and choose Object > Group Object to group everything together. It’s okay if the patterns run past the edge of the artboard because only items within the artboard will print.
Now you can duplicate the entire pattern onto your other table numbers, or create a new pattern by repeating steps 7-10. When finished, choose File > Print to print your table numbers.
Pick the freshest fruit of the season and plan your color scheme around it. For this table, we've chosen fetching cherries in red and gold.
We purchased fruit baskets at The Container Store (for less than $2 each) wrapped ribbon around them, and filled them with Rainier cherries. We made sure to pick fruit without bruises or marks.
Next, we chose red napkins to coordinate and placed a darling bowl of cherries at every place setting. Each favor was marked with a little flag and personalized with each guests name.
Bottled drinks in the same color as the fruit make the table pop! Fruit is unexpected for a wedding and is eco-friendly, as you can send the centerpieces home with all the guests. Enjoy!
Linens courtesy of West Coast Event Productions
Photographed at The Cleaners Event Space at Ace Hotel Portland.
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!
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.
I Love completing DIY projects. Seriously, it's like Halloween (free candy = happiness) in my eyes! Last night I set out to start my DIY hanging letters project. I knew I wanted hanging letters somewhere in our venue and while the floral letters are popular, I wanted to go another route. This was my inspiration. Thanks to Nana from PW for her help!
So I took a visit to Joann's yesterday and picked up everything I needed. The letters above are 24 inches. Just for starters, I decided to go with 12 inches and see how that turned out.
I got Mister Mr. to spray paint the letters black (don't really know why).
And I gathered my tools!
If you're planning on trying this, you'll need:Paper Mache letters Modge Podge Paint brush A container to mix the Modge Podge & water Fabric/Scrapbook paper/wall paper Newspaper to cover your work area Scissors Marker (optional)
The inspiration photo (from Nana) was created with scrapbook paper. I got a great deal on the damask fabric at Joann's (50% off plus an additional 30%) so I went that route. You can really do it with whatever you choose.
First, I took the "M" and I covered it with the fabric. I traced around the letter lightly with a marker and then cut it out. I made sure to include fabric for the sides of my letter. After I made sure it lined up, I mixed 1 part water with 1 part modge podge. I mixed it together with my paint brush and applied a layer to the "M"; then I put my fabric over the letter. It was kind of tricky, cutting off the sides that were a little frayed, but it was bearable. Mister Mr. did the "E", the exact same way (except his was darn near perfect :/). When I was finished making sure all the layers were glued down, I went over the fabric with another light layer of Modge Podge (just to make sure it was glued down good) and then a spray from some waterproof sealant.
Here's what I got:
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!