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Wedding Week: DIY Details Part 1

April 4, 2012
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by thenestinggame

Oh, wedding stuff. Taylor and I spent a lot of time crafting these small details as a way to a) save some money and b) give our wedding a little personality. Since our engagement only lasted about 5 months, pretty much every weekend was consumed by some sort of wedding-related activity. But I think it was worth it in the end.

First up, decorating the space.

We got married in a large studio space. Very large. We rented some draperies to separate an area for the ceremony itself, which got taken down during the outdoor cocktail hour as the room was converted to the reception space. We decided to hang tissue paper flowers from the rafters over the staircase area where the ceremony was held and on the chairs as aisle markers. We used ivory flowers for the wedding section and shades of coral for the party areas. I recruited several girlfriends for a couple pouf-making parties to get them all done. I ordered the tissue paper from here. Good prices and many color options.

My next DIY stroke of genius was to do all the table centerpieces myself the morning of the wedding. Luckily this plan went by the wayside and we brought in the pros to handle the assignment. THANK YOU BABY JESUS. This would have been the WORST idea ever. Ever! Mimi Walden did a beautiful job taking our direction and making it come to life! We wanted very natural looking arrangements, incorporating peach roses, pale blue hydrangeas and rosemary. It made me so sad to leave these behind at the end of the night, but it’s hard to enjoy flowers at home when you’re out of town on your honeymoon. I hope some of my guests snagged handfuls of roses for themselves.

Mimi did an equally amazing job on our bouquets. I wanted mine to be mostly white, very loose and “gathered” looking, and small. The bridesmaids’ were a little bolder, but still petite. My cousin Merchi wrapped the stem of my bouquet with a piece of the bridesmaid dress sash material as my Something Blue.

For place cards, I wanted to do a random mix of colors in our palette. We chose navy, light blue and coral. We bought all our paper at Paper Source, so the colors were consistent throughout everything we did. I think the colors are officially named night, pool and papaya. “Her colors are pink and pink.”

I debated many name printing options, including printed, inked, paint penned before finally ending up on heat embossing them. I just decided to embrace my own (non-calligraphic) handwriting and go with it. The process was pretty fun: using a glue pen to write the names and a rubber stamp for the swag dot detail. Then I sprinkled the embosser powder over it, tapped the excess off and used a heat gun to melt it/dry it and make it shiny.

As for the color pattern, there wasn’t one. I just chose a color that I thought fit the person and then when they were all laid out alphabetically there was no rhyme or reason to the pattern. I do think we weighted the light blue color so there were more of them. To hold them down, some sweet angel (probably Brandi my friend and wedding coordinator) taped thin white ribbon to the underside of the table and slid the edges of the cards beneath it.

For table numbers, we bought table tents at Paper Source, then printed out our own numbers on a navy background and affixed them to the pre-made tents.

One last little rosemary touch: we ordered rosemary-scented candle tins from Etsy and placed our own label on them. We included these in the out-of-town guest gift bags, which I have zero evidence of. I guess I was in “get it done” mode instead of “good blogger” mode by this point in the game. But, we included fun, southern treats like a Moon Pie, a Coca-cola, Mary Jane candies and Georgia peanuts. We put them in kraft paper bags to match the invitation envelopes with tissue paper to match the brightly colored pompoms.

Tomorrow, I’ll fill you in on the signs we made (including some fun ones for the bathroom doors), how we displayed photos of us through the years, our cake, and how we staged a photobooth on the cheap.

If you missed Monday and Tuesday’s posts, check out what we wore and our invitations.

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6 Comments leave one →
  1. Taylor permalink
    April 4, 2012 11:08 am

    Thanks to Jen, Lisa, Justin and Andy for awesomely hanging all those tissue pom poms. Good friends, who love us so much, they moved away. Boo.

  2. Carol Ann permalink
    April 4, 2012 1:00 pm

    I am really enjoying this week’s posts of your wedding! Love the personal touch you gave to EVERYTHING!

  3. April 6, 2012 4:50 pm

    Would love to know what font you used for your table numbers. I have been looking for something similar for ours.

    • thenestinggame permalink*
      April 6, 2012 11:33 pm

      According to Taylor, it’s not a font. They are scans of old letter press letters that he found online and recreated for our purposes. If you’d like the files, he may still have them and I could send them to you. Just let me know. Thanks!

  4. April 23, 2012 6:34 pm

    the name cards are just amazing! perfection!

    • thenestinggame permalink*
      April 23, 2012 11:11 pm

      Thank you! I was so happy with how they turned out, too!

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