We spotted this gorgeous DIY rustic place setting and we love how easy it is to re-create this look. So, today we’re showing you how it’s done with a simple tutorial and supply list so you can wow your guests at your wedding reception, engagement party, or bridal shower! Let’s get started, shall we?
Wedding favors are one of my favorite parts of the wedding planning process. While some may say favors aren’t necessary, I think they’re a totally fun detail that I love to see at weddings. However, they don’t need to be overly pricey or detailed. Keep it sweet, simple, and personalized — and your guests will love ’em. We’ll talk about our favorite wedding favors for 2014 in a few days (stay tuned!) but today we’re focusing on favor tags. Any wedding favor you dream up, create, or buy will require some sort of personalization to make it your own. A popular (and easy-to-DIY) detail you can add is a tag. It can say thank you to guests, include your name and/or wedding date, and tie in your theme just a bit further. In this post, we’ll share favorite ideas for DIYing your favor tags PLUS one lucky reader will win one of the items below! Read on for the full scoop…
Wedding favor tags come in all sorts of sizes and shapes. Recently, I stopped in at a few local craft stores to get a glimpse on what’s popular right now. It seems like kraft favor tags are here to stay — and white tags are always popular for weddings, too. Mix and match different shapes by using scalloped tags or heart shaped tags…
After you’ve picked a tag, you can add embellishment to is. Sometimes a kraft tag will come with standard twine which can be switched out for something more fun. Colorful twine, for instance, is one of my favorite options (especially for whimsical weddings).
Finally, a stamp is the easiest way to personalize your favor tags. Add a stamp to your tag that incorporates your theme (such as an anchor for a nautical wedding, shell stamp for a beach wedding, bird stamp for a bird themed wedding, woodland animal stamp for a woodland wedding… you get the idea). If you choose a larger tag (like this style kraft tag), you can further personalize it with a big stamp that includes your names and the wedding date. Here are a few examples:
Now you have favor tags that are completely personalized, hand-picked (and DIYed) by you, and perfect for your upcoming wedding.
Giveaway: Win a Favor Tag Stamp!
Now that you’ve seen some examples, it’s time to enter for a chance to win a FREE wedding favor stamp, personalized for your big day! The stamp is by Tickled Pink Paper + Ink and is a $24.95 value. (No cash value.) Stamp measures 2″ wide by 2 1/4″ deep in your choice of red rubber (mounted on wood with either an old fashioned handle or flat art mount) or a clear polymer stamp (with comes mounted on a clear acrylic block). FREE shipping to U.S. and Canada (hooray!) Enter between 1/24-1/30/14 (11:59pm EST) using the entry form below. One winner will be randomly selected. Winner must respond to email within 72 hours. (Be sure to check your spam bin just in case!) New winner selected if we do not hear from winner within 72 hours. Winner must ‘order’ stamp within 6 months. Past giveaway winners within 30 days not eligible to win. Good luck!
Hello, loves! If you’re a fan of DIY wedding ideas, you are going to LOVE this post! Meet Margaux and Chad – now newlyweds! – a charming couple who combined their love for handmade, vintage, and DIY details to create one truly memorable day. The bride, Margaux (of the oh-so-chic Harmony Creative Studio), styled and created nearly everything you see here from start to finish. Today, you get a front-row seat at Margaux and Chad’s wedding where you’ll see eight hand-picked DIY wedding ideas (like stationery, vintage bottle centerpieces, a candy buffet, escort cards, and more), you’ll find out how Margaux tackled these DIY ideas, and you’ll get a glimpse into their incredible wedding venue. Ready to get started? Read on to begin! (Also, a special thank you to Meghan Christine Photography for all of the images you see below, except where noted. Beautiful work!)
P.S. Check out this amazing backdrop! It’s an succulent-lover’s dream come true!
When I saw this, I pretty much couldn’t believe my eyes, so I did more research. The venue – called Smog Shoppe – is chock-full of walls like these!
And, here’s a group photo of the wedding party. I love those mis-matched (but still color-coordinated) bridesmaid dresses.
Now, onto the handmade wedding ideas!
DIY Wedding Ideas
DIY Wedding Ideas: #1 – The Stationery
First, let’s take a moment to admire the wedding invitations Margaux and Chad sent to guests. These were recently featured on Invitation Crush and we think they’re absolutely lovely. The invitation concept was by Margaux on behalf of Harmony Creative Studio, created by Shayna of Steel Petal Press, and the postcard save the dates were by Ginger of Serendipity Beyond Design. Talk about one amazing artisan trio!
Margaux designed these kraft paper ceremony programs herself. I love the lace ribbon and the kraft paper. (You can buy your own customized programs in her shop!)
This kraft menu wrap is another brilliant idea!
DIY Wedding Ideas: #2 – The Bouquet
Margaux captured all elements of ‘something old, something new, something borrowed, and something blue’ in her heirloom brooch bouquet which she handmade herself. It took her nearly 4 months to create and hand-wire the brooch bouquet. She included a light blue pin from her maternal grandmother in the bulk of the bouquet making this a true heirloom.
Margaux not only carried her ultra-gorgeous brooch bouquet; she also incorporated two lovely sentiments. The first sentiment was ‘MH’ initial hat pins which belonged to her paternal grandmother, who coincidentally shared the same initials as Margaux. She attached the hat pins to her bouquet handle.
She also borrowed a locket which opened to reveal a photo of her grandfather; she wrapped the locket around the bouquet.
DIY Wedding Ideas: #3 – The Wine Box Ceremony
The wine ceremony was an important part of their day. Margaux tells us, “The highlight of our ceremony was a ‘Wine Box Sealing’. We placed a bottle of Champagne and letters to each other in a wine box and nailed it shut, to be opened on our first anniversary. We will then place another bottle and letters in, open it in on the next anniversary and have a mini tradition each year. Leave it to my handy husband – when we couldn’t find the exact box we were looking for, he made and stained this one himself.”
DIY Wedding Ideas: #4 – The Escort Cards
The escort cards were made of kraft tags and displayed on jute twine using clothespins. Margaux adds, “On each table were bowls with over 1000 1″ buttons we made with 10 different custom designs, and one special button for each guest with nicknames, inside jokes or other fun info. The DJ announced for our guests to search their tables and try to find the buttons made just for them, and they ended up being great ice breakers.”
DIY Wedding Ideas: #5 – The Sweetheart Table
Margaux and Chad chose a sweetheart table rather than a head table for their reception. I love the lace table runners and the ‘bride’ and ‘groom’ kraft signs on the chairs.
DIY Wedding Ideas: #6 – The Candy Buffet
Margaux tells us, “The backdrop for the candy buffet was quite a DIY project, and large scale projects like this are something Harmony Creative Studio specializes in due to my extensive Retail Store & Fixture Design background. I loved making this piece out of individual strips of lace used elsewhere in the wedding, and the geometric layout was a way to keep it modern and fresh.”
Favorite candies were housed inside vintage-inspired apothecary jars, which featured labels made of kraft paper and ribbon.
Guests filled their custom-made kraft paper candy bags as their take-home wedding favor.
Margaux tells us, ” My husband is originally from Iowa, but we met a year after he moved to Los Angeles. LA is our home and we wanted to show it off, as our celebration quickly became a destination wedding for the more than 60 out of town guests. We put together Welcome Bags that were based on our home city of Santa Monica, where our guests were staying. We included our favorite local snacks, custom 1″ buttons and an 8-page booklet that included all the wedding info and highlighted our favorite spots to eat, shop and sightsee.”
Here are a few more shots we wanted to share from the wedding. Here’s the beautiful bride, Margaux…
… and holy smokes, check out these heels! (They’re appropriately named ‘Hottness’ by Steve Madden.)
Planning a perfect bridal shower is a whole lot easier with a theme set in place. One of our favorites is a kitchen themed bridal shower, in which guests can stock the pantry or bring gifts of baking to the newlyweds. If you’re planning a kitchen themed bridal shower for your favorite bride-to-be (or you’re hinting at ideas for your party-planning posse) don’t forget the secret ingredient: bridal shower recipe cards. When you send out invitations, include one card for each guest to fill out with her favorite recipe and bring to the shower. When guests arrive, collect the cards and place in a recipe book for the couple. They’ll have a collection of handwritten, tried-and-true recipes they will cherish for a lifetime of home-cooked dinners. Plus, this is one gift that kicks any registry’s you-know-what. Read on for more…
A Recipe Book We Love
Before we showcase the top ten bridal shower recipe cards, first you need an adorable recipe book. We spotted this one at OneCanoeTwo and we think adding clear recipe cover sheets would work great. Simply buy your favorite bridal shower recipe cards and insert them into the sheets, which can be added to the recipe book binder with ease. (Plus, the cards won’t fade over time.)
Top 10 Bridal Shower Recipe Cards
Scroll down to see the top ten bridal shower recipe cards that made the cut!
1. Strawberries + Kraft Paper
It’s no secret that we love kraft paper, so naturally we think these bridal shower recipe cards are a slam dunk. Strawberries, too? Perfection. By The Ruffly Owl.
2. Savory + Sweet
If you crave savory and sweet, check out these recipe cards by GAIT Design. We love the mini chevron pattern, which reminds us of baker’s twine.
Whimsical farmer’s market recipe cards by Dapper Paper boast a vintage look.
8. Flourish Recipe Cards
A whimsical banner, a floral print, and personalization. What could be better? By Yellowbrick Graphics.
9. Rose Recipe Cards
The hot pink lettering and elegant rose caught our eye on this set of bridal shower recipe cards by the appropriately named Rosie Day Design.
10. Kitchen Themed Recipe Cards
Last but not least, these recipe cards feature a kitchen themed array of a sweet essentials like a whisk, measuring cup, and oven mitt dancing along the bottom border. By Invita Paper Studio.
Favors for a Kitchen-Themed Bridal Shower
If you’re planning a kitchen-themed bridal shower, consider these sweet little whisks or measuring spoons as favors. My mom and I (Emma here!) bought the whisks for my sister’s shower (and my sister and mom bought the measuring spoons for my shower) and I still use both in my kitchen today! The measuring spoons and whisks were a hit at both showers.
We hope you liked this round-up of bridal shower recipe cards. Which one is your favorite?
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Happy Friday! Get ready to be inspired by the very best kraft paper wedding inspiration! Kraft paper gained instant popularity in the wedding + event styling industry for its ability to be both functional and versatile. There are few decor elements that can cohesively tie into both a vintage, rustic wedding or a chic, modern event like kraft paper can. Whether you tie in a few subtle elements (a favor tag, a place card, a favor) or you dive into full kraft paper love, we think there’s a little something you’ll love. Plus, kraft paper can handle any theme from vintage, rustic, shabby chic, woodland, or modern, just to name a few. Read on to find out how you can plan a perfect kraft paper wedding with tons of handmade wedding ideas and Real Wedding examples to inspire you, beginning with ultra-chic invitations by the lovely Jessica Lam – Wedding Stationery. Enjoy!
Don’t forget to tie in your theme with a deliciously designed save the date! We spotted this kraft paper save the date at Oh So Beautiful Paper crafted by Lande and Maze and we’re in love: chevron + kraft paper never looked so good together!
Greet guests with glass bottles filled with freshly-squeezed lemonade and covered with a kraft paper wrapping. Tie with sisal twine and add a decorative straw. Delicious! Don’t forget black markers – guests can identify which bottle is theirs simply by writing it on the paper.
A jar of jam, honey, or another homemade favorite (like this marinara sauce) always makes a heartfelt favor. Wrap the lid in kraft paper and twine like Kristin Magee does in this example by Paper Crave. What a cute idea!
Kraft paper details can be included on the reception tables but remember that less is more. You want to include the theme with subtlety, while also introducing colors, patterns, and textures into the mix. One way to dress up your tables is with kraft paper wrapped tin cans which can be made into DIY table numbers. This DIY project by Project Wedding (photo by Mary Swenson) is easy to do and works well for weddings or bridal showers. You can also craft these centerpieces with your monogram, the wedding date, or table ‘names’ instead of numbers.
Another brilliant idea is wrapping linen napkins with kraft paper as napkin rings. Check out this example by Grace Happens that cohesively incorporates a blue and white palette with subtle kraft paper elements.
For the reception, use a kraft paper table runner on each table decorated with bold pops of colorful flowers. Against the neutral brown shade, the colorful punches of color will be even more amplified! Plus, no worry about wrinkled tablecloths before the big day (these just roll right out) and after the wedding you can throw away! Brilliant. (Don’t forget a pack of crayons at the kids table, which will keep kids coloring for hours!)
Wrapping gifts – whether it be for the holidays, birthdays, or wedding favors and gifts – is more than just patterned paper and a roll of Scotch tape. The holidays are fast approaching, but that doesn’t mean you have to settle for wrapped paper and tape by the case. What if this year you pledged to take a more handmade approach? With just a few items like kraft paper, ribbon, and other embellishments (lace, doilies, burlap, fabric, and more) you can turn an ordinary gift into one that packs a delightfully charming punch. Today, we’re showcasing twelve of our favorite ways to wrap with kraft paper while playing with color and adding personalized, artistic touches. Whether you wrap with kraft paper for the holidays, for wedding favors, bridal party gifts, birthdays, or just because, you can be assured the gift recipient will take notice and appreciate you going that extra handmade mile.
(above) Up first, this gift idea features wrap with kraft paper and tied with twine. A white box inside is filled with yummy cookies and presented with the gift’s name as a tag atop each one. What could be better? We spotted this pretty gift wrap idea via Pinterest via The New Home Ec, which is originally from Project Wedding and photographed by Chelsea Fuss. We love this simple yet elegant design.
For a bridesmaid gift that is wrapped up in charm, wrap with kraft paper and twine. Hand-calligraph, add a locket wrapped around it and a small bouquet of flowers for added whimsy. What a beautiful gift! Not only is there a gift inside the wrapping, but there is the added gift of the locket and flowers plus the sentiment of having it all put together by you. Love it! Spotted via Style Me Pretty. Photography by Connection Photography.
While I love them all, this next could very well be my favorite. There’s something about a punch of yellow and unique details (measuring tape? genius.) that tie together unexpected elements to create a one-of-a-kind package. By Shane Powers and spotted via this link on Pinterest from Iffer’s Nest.
Skip the embellishments altogether for something a little more original… drawn by hand! This idea by Minie Co (via Pinterest) shows you how to wrap with kraft paper and decorate with metallic marker. Brilliant!
And, last but not least, use kraft paper to wrap gifts embellished with lace doilies (or eyelet fabric-turned-rosette!) for a gift that’s perfect for giving year-round. This idea is by Two Shades of Pink.
DIY bread loaf place cards are a unique, easy-to-do idea. Invite guests to have a seat and enjoy a scrumptious serving of bread before dinner is officially served. Be sure to have plenty of olive oil and butter ready! This beautifully styled wedding via Joy Thigpen (photography: Jose Villa) illustrates the look:
It’s easy to do-it-yourself. Gather the following supplies…
1. Write guest name onto kraft tag using the white calligraphy marker pen. 2. String bakers twine through the kraft tag. 3. Wrap twine and tag a few times around the loaf of bread, securing it with a knot or bow. Make sure tag is easily visible from the top. 4. Place loaf at each place setting. Enjoy!
Love, love, love. Use your favorite tried-and-true artisan breads from a local bakery in a variety of flavors – mmmmmm. :)