Pinterest-inspired, do-it-yourself weddings have been all the rage for the past few years, and I hate to say it, but I am such a basic millennial that I too fell into the trap of trying to make my wedding more *~unique~*.
If I had to give my wedding a theme, any of the following names would be fitting:
- Brown Office Supplies
- Yarn and Card Stock
- Arts and Crafts (For the Elementary School-Age Child)
- Made by Michael’s
As you can tell from these “wedding themes”, the decorations were pretty basic and I made most of them myself, even with my limited arts and crafts skills. In any case, here is a quick DIY instruction guide for anyone out there who wants to make similar crafts!
A Fancy Window for a Fancy Ceremony
This was very easy! My friend had just replaced the windows in her house and so I had an almost limitless supply of old windows that I could write on!
I used two windows: one for the order of ceremony, and the other to introduce all the important people in the wedding! I used gold and silver markers to write directly on the windows, although upon reflection, sticking to one colour might have been better. We ended up having to lay an awkward brown tarp thing behind the window in order to make the words more visible.
I used Craft Smart oil-based paint pens from Michael’s. They did a pretty good job; they just need a good shake before you start writing. Nail polish remover easily removed my several mistakes, but writing on the window after having applied the nail polish remover was a bit of a struggle (the marker wouldn’t stay on as nicely). So basically I couldn’t make any mistakes!
Place Cards: Where the Card Stock Shines (Figuratively Speaking)
This was the simplest decoration of all; even Dangerous Dan was able to help! Instead of having a seating chart, we laid out place cards in alphabetical order. Guests simply found their name, and then checked the back of the card to see which table they were at.
I used four different colours of card stock: brown, white, pink, and grey. (You can tell I love colour!) Each colour represented the meal that the guest had chosen, so servers were able to quickly tell who had ordered what.
To make the cards a little bit more interesting, I used washi tape (also from Michael’s) and simply taped the bottom edge. Dangerous Dan and I figured out a whole system – he would measure out an 8.5 x 11 sheet of card stock in 6 equal rectangles, then tape the washi tape down along the lines that he’d drawn. Then I would fold the card and do the writing! Teammates for life! (Yikes, that was cheesy.)
Centrepieces: A Wooden Slab Can Elevate Anything
There were a few elements to our centrepieces: a bottle wrapped in twine with our table numbers (complete with fun facts!) simply plopped into the bottle, a jar with a candle to provide a little bit more light, and a pot full of flowers! All of this came together nicely on a circular slab of wood. (These wooden slabs were very popular around the time we got married; I think people have moved on now. After our wedding, I had like 3 different couples ask me for slabs of wood though!)
I bought a bunch of “soda” bottles from Michael’s, buying one or two at a time to make use of the daily sales they have at that crazy store! (Seriously, I went to Michael’s almost every day during this decoration-making process.) Wrapping the bottles was fairly easy. I slathered the bottom edge of the jar in liquid white glue, then slowly and carefully wrapped some brown twine around the edge. I held it there until it dried, then made my way up the bottle, gluing and wrapping as I went along. The important thing here is to keep things tight! I kept pushing down on the twine so that there would be no random holes. At the top, I simply wrapped the twine until I couldn’t any longer, then cut off the remaining piece to make it nice and neat!
Inside the bottle was the table number and a fun fact! I took barbecue skewers from my parents’ kitchen and made them a little bit longer by taping about a third of another skewer to the existing skewer. (Did that make sense?!) I wrote and cut out the numbers on the same brown card stock that I’d used for some of the place cards. I taped the skewer to the number, then added a fun fact for good measure! It was hard to come up with fun facts for us – we had 20 tables! Some things I made up, like “number of visits to Ikea”. I (obviously) don’t have a firm number on that, so I let myself use that as a filler for numbers I was stuck on. I did the same thing with “number of times Claire went to Michael’s to get decorations for this wedding”.
Finally, we placed fake candles inside jars, and covered them with translucent gems, so that the jars emitted a bit of a yellowish glow. A little bow was tied around the jar as well. We had a friend design a little logo for us, so we put it on everything – the jars, our favours (tea leaves in tiny cork bottles!), the envelopes for our invitations … I had a stamp made, so we can stamp our faces on things for as long as we both shall live, but I also printed the logo out on sticker paper, which is what I placed on the jar lids and on our wedding favours. It was all very simple!
Well, I hope this was somewhat helpful for anyone out there who is hoping to make fun and easy decorations for whatever parties that are happening in their lives. It was quite a bit of work; I spent an entire summer (yay teacher life!) creating these silly decorations, but it was still really fun! My house was like a factory and making these decorations was pretty mindless, so I made my way through a bunch of TV shows while still feeling pretty productive!
Our anniversary is coming up real soon and we are celebrating with a sizzling plate steak from my favourite Hong Kong-style cafe! I’m so excited!