Category Archives: DIY

Top 10 Wedding Chalkboard Ideas

Just when you think you’ve thought of all the DIY ways to craft the perfect wedding chalkboard, or scoured just about every chalkboard listing on Etsy, we decided to do the legwork for you! And so I present our top 10 best (and craftiest) uses of the wedding chalkboard! Now these are meant to be my favorite uses…so maybe they’re not yours, but I’m sure you find yourself wanting to incorporate at least one little chalkboard here or there on your wedding day…

Trying to stay somewhat in order here from wedding planning start to wonderful finish :)

1. Save the dates
2. “I Dos” – Wedding Vows
3. Wedding directional sign
4. Table number frames
5. Seating chart
6. Menu
7. “Mr” & “Mrs” bride and groom chair signs
8. A “piece of art” chalkboard
9. Photo booth props (adorable speech bubbles)
10. Wedding favor “thank you” tags

 

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Fall Eats (For the Wedding Favor)

As I prepare for my annual trip to the pumpkin patch, I can’t help going googly-eyed over some delicious fall treats that can so easily be transformed into tasty wedding favors! So for your fall wedding this year skip the pumpkin picking and go straight to the fall DIY wedding favor preparations!

What I love about fall wedding favors (aside from being delicious) is that you can go in a lot of different directions, and today I’m hoping to get all the fall wedding favor ideas flowing. So for the traditional route, the caramel’d and candied fruits (think caramel apples and pears…yes, try them!), for the healthy route, jars of apricot jam (sixth photo), and for trendy route, the fabulous donut (first and last photos). The beauty of the fall wedding favor is that even if you’re not planning your own wedding (or going to one), there is always a fall farm down the road (at least here in New York) for some pumpkin picking, apple (and donut eating) and all around fall deliciousness…wedding or not!

 

 Credits: Belle the Magazine, Intimate Weddings, Pinterest, Belle the Magazine, Brown Eyed BakerHostess with the Mostess, Belle the Magazine

The Perfect Wedding Favor? Wine…

Well since the weekend is quickly approaching I figured it was okay to at least start talking wine (if not already breaking out the happy hour!) I haven’t done much on favors yet I LOVE them and think they are SO important to creating a fabulous wedding. Seriously, favors make a difference and the beauty of it is that they can be as creative but also budget or DIY-friendly as you wish! Now obviously I’m not expecting you to be out harvesting the grapes but there are plenty of fun ways to personalize wine bottles and “make them your own”. Also, for the budget-savvy brides, if you are looking for a smaller budget favor, mini-wine bottles are honestly precious!

But today, for inspiration purposes, I’m sticking with the full size wine favor. Now I think it’s appropriate to just offer a bottle per party if you’re going with this approach. It’s a little unnecessary to have literally a full bottle of wine for every single guest; people know this is a quality favor!! I also prefer this idea for a more intimate wedding. If you’re having 250+ guests and your mom’s, cousins wife’s daughter will be there who you met once 20 years ago… spare the wine for your own after party! Wine favors are classy and personal which is why they’re meant for small weddings! Now my favorite part of the wine wedding favor is the customization! Of course if you have a favorite wine this is perfect to show a bit about you and your fiancé as a couple but if not, pick a nice wine and put a bit of yourself into the outer design… meaning what? Call it corny but I think labels with your initials or your names or really whatever you both want are adorable and perfect to make an impression. Labels can be made so cheaply or if you are a DIY bride then you can make them yourself! There are of course other ways to dress up the wine wedding favor so I’ll leave the real creativity to you but I’m hoping this is at least a good starting point for the perfect bottle of wine (for the guests) on your wedding day…

 

Credits: Pinterest, Kindly RSVP Designs Blog, Elizabeth Anne Designs via Pinterest, Project WeddingPinterest Ruffled Blog, Brittany Barham, Pinterest

S’mores, S’mores, S’mores!

Have I ever mentioned my slight obsession with s’mores? And by slight I mean massive! I love s’mores so much and can’t think of many things better than finding a fun way to incorporate them into your wedding day!

From favors to desserts, s’mores are a perfect wedding treat, and even better they are so DIY friendly! If you aren’t interested in a massive room of desserts, pick a place with a fire pit and start toasting. It’s so simple to buy the supplies yourself and this makes for a very fun and budget friendly dessert option! If you want to get craftier, you can make up s’more favors. There are so many fun ways to do this from piling in the necessities (graham crackers, chocolate and a marshmallow) into a little plastic goodie bag for your guests to take home, to stuffing your take on s’mores into mason jars (the ones below use pretzels instead of graham crackers). So if your reception doesn’t have the option to make your own s’mores for dessert, you can still incorporate these fun treats for your guests to take home and do-it-themselves!

 

Credits: Love, Wed, Bliss, Martha Stewart Weddings, PinterestElly B Events via Assaf Photography, A Vote and a Vow, I Love Southern Weddings Magazine, One Stylish Bride

Trend Alert: Wedding Favor Bags

If you haven’t already noticed, DIY favors are in! This is a trend that doesn’t seem to be on it’s way out anytime soon because it feels like whenever I look around, cute little favor ideas are being presented in even cuter little bags! Who needs the favors when you have an adorable presentation!

So rightly so, we’re highlighting this fun trend… the wedding favor bag! Wedding favor bags can come in all shapes and sizes but accessorizing them is the fun and very DIY part of it! Once you decide the look that you are going for (baby burlap or brown paper bags), it’s time for the decorations! Add little pieces of your own personality like hearts with the bride and grooms initials, a beautiful scripted “thank you”, a little name tag, pretty lace doilies, or a clothespin and a note. Little touches like this make your favor bags almost (or even more) special than the favors and leave your guests with personalized memories from your big day!

 

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