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Project and Photos by Brittni Mehlhoff Incorporate fresh flowers at your reception, in an unexpected way, by creating these floral push pins and eucalyptus escort cards. Guests will be thrilled to hunt for their name and table number when greeting by this fall foliage.
Materials: Scissors Glue Gun Sharpie or Paint Pen Flat Top Thumb Tacks Eucalyptus Leaves Number Stickers Small Manilla Gift Tags Assorted Fall Foliage Strawflowers Heather Step One: Start by adding small number stickers to the bottom center of a stack of gift tags. These numbers will correspond with the table number at which each guest will be seated. Step Two: Next, cut a small or medium sized eucalyptus leaf from a larger stem and write your guest's names on the leaf with a marker or paint pen. Step Three: Then, start putting the pieces together. Poke the eucalyptus stem through the hole at the top of your gift tag. Cut a small sprig of heather and poke it through the hole as well. Set aside. Step Four: Now it's time to make the flower thumbtacks. Cut the stems completely off of the strawflowers, to provide a nice flat surface under the bloom for the thumbtack. Then, using a glue gun, apply a generous amount of glue to the underside of the strawflowers and attach the flat part of the thumbtack to the hot glue. Wait for the glue to dry for a few minutes before handling. Step Five: Now you have a flower push pin to attach the escort cards to a fabric-covered cork board, as guests enter the reception area. Poke the push pin through the top of the eucalyptus leaf and gift tag and you are done. Guests will find their tables quickly and easily, and at the end of the night, they can take their escort card home as a souvenir. Strawflowers dry out very easily, so it's a great memento that guests can keep to remember your special day.
Photos By Chelsea FussThis homemade project is so sweet and surprisingly easy to create! You will need an iron to get your fabric just right. You will also need blank envelopes, fabric (we like a variety of several patterns!), a glue stick is a must -- a cutting mat, an X-acto knife ... and do not forget your scissors! Initially, you will need to make a pattern for your envelope. For the Pattern: 1. Open your envelope and lay it down flat on your ironed fabric. 2. Trace the envelope and then cut out the fabric. 3. Next, trim the fabric so it's slightly more narrow and shorter than the envelope. 4. Slip the fabric inside the envelope to make sure it fits the width. You may have to trim some more until it looks about right. If the top of it is too long, this is OK, you will trim this later after you glue. To Line the Envelopes: 1. After you've cut out your fabric liners (using the template or your own pattern), fit one inside an envelope to make sure it fits. 2.When it looks about right and is nice and flat with no wrinkles, lift up the top part that goes over the envelope flap. Cover this section of the envelope in glue. 3.Next, lift up the bottom portion and hold the envelope open. Cover the inside of the envelope with glue and press down the fabric. 4. Make sure the fabric is glued securely, especially along the edges of the flap. 5. Leave it to dry for about 15 minutes. 6. Take an X-acto knife and a cutting mat and trim around the edges. Make sure these are nice and clean. 7. Use 3 dabs of glue along the envelope flap to secure the envelope to mail. Your guests will be surprised when they open the envelope and find the beautiful fabric liner! Add other special touches, like personalized stamps as well. Voila! The total cost, including envelope, is about .70 cents per envelope. Photos By Chelsea Fuss
Chief Design Officer, Laura Ching, gives us the scoop! (expert advice)
photo by Wedding Paper Divas
By Project Wedding for our sponsor Wedding Paper Divas
As Chief Design Officer at Wedding Paper Divas, Laura Ching brings a fresh perspective to customers at every stage of the wedding planning process. She looks to fashion, fabrics, interior design, travel and international cultures for inspiration.
We wanted to know what her favorite designs for summer are...here are her top five:
1. Wildest Dream. “I love the vibrant pops of color and fresh watercolor technique in this new Stina Persson invitation.”
2. Photo Future. “Photo cards are a truly modern trend. The bold color and minimalistic type details in this design frame the couple perfectly.”
3. All The Roads. “Such a unique sentiment deserves a distinct treatment, like this ornate script with vintage flourishes.”
4. Two Together. “With an unexpected circle format, standout typography and super crisp color combination… what’s not to love?”
5. Soft Bougainvillea. “This floral design is dreamy and romantic with just the right artistic flair.”
Which wedding invitation do you like best?
1. A Pair of Mums
A cute pair of flowers is simply perfect for celebrating the pair of you! Oh, and mums the word on how cheap these invites are.
2. Pastel Patterns
A trend you can’t resist — mixed patterns! This distinctly patterned invite will also reflect your savvy style for a price that fits your budget. Find them here.
3. Flair for Style
Show your flair for style and your knack for scoring a good deal with these flourish wedding invitations featuring a bold element of design.
4. Flowers and Flourishes
A colorful floral sketch accented by faint flourishes creates a touch of whimsical charm on these inexpensive wedding invites.
5. Love Springs
You won’t have to spring much for these! An array of colorful flowers below two lovebirds becomes a trendy display of modern day romance. Find them here.
6. Sultry Blooms
Sultry blooms in rich colors bring an artistic quality of romance to these watercolor wedding invitations
7. Typography on White
Trendy typography looks amazing on this bright white wedding invitation- they’ll never know you paid so little for something so stylish!
8. Simply Modern
A unique look and vibrant colors all for an affordable price.
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Whether you're having 50 guests or 250 guests, escort cards don't just help them find their seats; they help start a conversation. Need inspiration? Right this way:
Photo: Krista A. Jones Photography
Picture Frame - String escort cards within a picture frame to create a old-world, European vibe.
Photos (from left to right): Orange Turtle Photography and Erin Lindsey Images
Bulltetin Board - Use different textures and shapes like fabric flowers and hearts pinned to bulletin boards.
Photos (from left to right): Richard Ellis Photography and Annie Robert Photography
Windows- Transform a window using a white paint pen to write guests' names and table numbers.
Photo: Gray Photography
Tree Bark - Place escort cards into scored tree logs to fit your rustic theme.
Photos (from left to right): onelove photography and Ashley Rose Photography
Vintage Keys - Wrap ribbon around keys to fit your vintage theme.
Photo: Sarah Maren Photographers
Puzzle Pieces - Entertain your guests by giving each one a piece to your engagement picture puzzle.
Photo: Jeff Loves Jessica
Clothespins - Hang escort cards (or even photos) from clothespins within two wooden ladders.
Photos (from left to right): Sharon Elizabeth Photography and Kurt Boomer Photo
Shutters - Sit shabby-chic shutters upright in a zig-zag pattern with escort cards in between slats.
Photo: Taylor Whitham Photography
Wine Corks - Collect wine bottle corks leading up to your big day and re-purpose as escort card holders.
Guestbooks are the perfect reminder of who attended your wedding, so why not provide them with an interactive assignment that's creative:
Photo: Weston Neuschafer Photography
Mad Libs - Ask guests to fill out Mad Libs-esque cards that gives you with marriage advice -- the good, the bad, and the ugly.
Photo: Gray Photography
Monogram Letter - Ask guests to write well wishes on a monogram wooden letter of your new last name that you can hang in your home.
Photo: A. Blake Photography
Wine Bottles - Ask guests to sign your favorite bottles of wine that you can read when you open them on your 1st, 5th. 10th, and 15th anniversaries.
Photo: Katie Osgood
Puzzle Pieces - Have one of your engagment pictures printed onto a puzzle, then ask guests to pick a piece to claim as their own.
Photo: Robert Sukrachand Photography
Recipes - No kitchen is complete without recipes! Ask guests to fill out a recipe card with their favorite appetizer, entree, or dessert.
Photo by Katie Osgood
You’ve spent so much time planning your wedding events, so it’s essential that your guests have enough notice so they can plan to attend! There’s a fine line to giving your guests enough advanced notice and sending your invitations too far ahead of time so that people forget to RSVP. Here are a few guidelines.
Set up a wedding website right away. As soon as you set a date, create a wedding website so that you’ll have a home base for all of your wedding and travel information. You can send out the link to your guests via email, or include it on your save-the-date.
Save-the-dates If you’re having a destination wedding where most of your guests will have to travel, we recommend sending your save-the-dates at least eight months in advance – even up to a year if possible. You’ll want to include all the pertinent travel and accommodations information so that your guests can book right away. If you’re having a hometown wedding with little travel involved, send your save-the-dates at least six months in advance.
Bridal Shower Invitations and Other Pre-Wedding Events Bridal shower invitations are usually mailed out three to four weeks in advance – same goes for engagement parties. Set the RSVP date for one to two weeks in advance of the big day.
Wedding Invitations Wedding invitations should be mailed out six to eight weeks before the wedding date. Ask your guests to return their RSVP cards by at least two weeks, preferably three, before the wedding date so that you and your vendors have enough time to create table assignments, escort cards, etc.
Rehearsal Dinner and Post-Wedding Brunch The rehearsal dinner invitations should be mailed out separately a few days – no more than a week - following the wedding invitations so guests can make travel plans accordingly. If you’re having a post-wedding brunch that everyone is invited to, feel free to include a card with your wedding invitations and on your wedding website, too.
Looking for more wedding stationery ideas? Follow our Stationery Editor for lots of great ideas!
Personality makes any wedding shine, and it doesn't have to cost a fortune! Whether you're whimsical, romantic, modern, classic, or anywhere in between, get creative in your stationery, including your ceremony programs. Here are three of our favorites:
Illustrations - This ceremony program serves as double-duty! Since it's a fan, it keeps guests cool but also provides pictures of the wedding party participants. That way no one will be playing the name game.
Photo: Aaron Watson Photography
Booklets - Make it interactive! DIY a booklet that has three different tabs: the ceremony timeline, wedding party, and sincere thanks.
Photo: Brooke Images
FAQs- Two families becoming one means that not everyone will know each other. So give guests a bit of background about yourselves: your first date, your proposal story, your favorite food, sports, or hobbies, or even your dreams.
Photo: Erin Lindsey Images
It's the little details that guests will notice during the wedding reception (besides the food and drinks), which means your table names are no exception. You could take the easy route and do numbers but show off you personality as a couple with names. Here are 5 examples:
Cities and States - Do you both love to travel? Show your guests your favorite vacation spots! See more of Amber & Brett's real wedding here.
Photo: Weston Neuschafer Photography
Sports - Whether it's football, basketball, soccer, lacrosse, or tennis, use professional player's last names. See more of Lydia & Bill's real wedding here.
Photo: Genesa Richards Photography
Biblical Virtues - Faith, respect, joy, compassion, perserverance, humility, hope, gratitude -- the options are endless. See more of Helen and Sam's real wedding here.
Photo: Jamie Delanie Photography
Pets - If your venue doesn't allow pets on-site, then include them by having their photos instead. See more of Sara & Jeremiah's real wedding here.
Photo: Jillian Mitchell Photography
Cultures - Pay homage to your families' roots by using your second language such as Spanish. See more of Rebecca and Mark's real wedding here.
Photo: Shelly Kroeger Photography