I have such a great time making and thinking up our wedding reception details. I had so much help from my bridesmaid worker bees, my crafty mom, and even the hubby had a hand in a few pieces. Here’s a snapshot of a few party accents, along with some fun action shots.
My hubby chopped up each and every one of these pieces of wood for the place cards. He sliced them width-wise, then added another slice along the top to insert the card stock. Each card was printed at Staples and cut to size using a straight edge paper cutter. Then a little dab of glue was added on top of the wood before the paper slid into place. The glue was key, as we wanted to assemble these prior to the day-of, making setup much faster.
My incredible friend Stephanie made these letters, with printed maps from Italy, where I studied abroad. She gave them to me as a bridal party present and I currently have them on our dining room hutch. She bought cardboard letters from Michaels, printed out the maps, laid the letter flat on the paper to trace, cut them out with an exacto knife, then hodge-podged them on the front and back perfectly.
I wanted to jazz up the two chandeliers that were indoors. Our lovely florist pre-assembled baby’s breath wreaths to fit so that morning-of she could just bring them right in and plop them on top.
The menus were made by me, with inspiration from my invitation designer on Etsy. I will find her link and update this post soon!
For our guest book, I wanted to create something to hang on our wall in our home. That way every time I walked past it, I could be reminded of all the love and support everyone gave us. I took a large frame and cut a piece of packing paper to fit as the background. For the hearts, I bought a Martha Stewart heart paper cutter so I could easier punch out 160 hearts, for our 159 guests. Once punched, I laid out the grid on the background paper to figure out spacing. After I was sure it was all aligned, once by one I dabbed a bit of glue to the back of each heart and put it back in place. Then its all done! For transport, I put the glass back on the front, but once in place, the glass in the frame was moved to the back so it still shut properly but was not in the way of people signing. I attached two navy markers to string and hung them off of the stand.
We made the cornhole boards a few weeks in advance. They hubby built, I stained and painted. Cornhole boards are easier to make than they seem – do not be frightened! The hubby followed a simple WikiHow tutorial and was done in a couple hours. I chose a dark stain from a local hardware store. After that dried, I free-hand drew big H’s for Hersey. The one thing I regret doing is leaving the legs bare. If we had more time, I would have stained those too. I ran out of time and didn’t even do a wood sealant. Which reminds me, those still need it. Otherwise the cornhole bags leave little white marks on the wood, that easier wipe off.
I hand made this Love is Sweet banner. I purchased white and tan burlap to make it double-thick. This helped keep the pieces sturdy and prevent them from being see-through. I drew out the size and shape on one of them before cutting. Once I had a template, I used that as the stencil for the cutting of each piece. Then I glued the two layers together. Once that was all set, you just need to paint on the letter with acrylic paint!