Enticing Table Identification

Table numbers are important, unless you intend to have ushers at your reception who will know exactly where to seat every guest, or you’re just letting your guests pick and choose where they prefer to sit.

They’re an easy way to tie in both the table’s identification and the theme of your wedding. If you’re on a budget, consider DIY’ing this, or delegating the task to your fabulous maid of honour or bridesmaids. The DIY option is particularly easy if you have a handyman at your beck and call – hubby, father, any of the in-laws?

We browsed the web and Pinterest, and found some delightful options that were easy to DIY with a little time and effort. Remember – it doesn’t need to be elaborate and expensive … but whatever you choose should marry with the venue and overall style of your wedding!

Don’t go for glitzy gold if you’re in a rustic barn setting … unless you have introduced other gold elements. In this case, have the gold but don’t go too ritzy!

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 DIY Table numbers Simple blocks of wood can be handprinted with each table number. Opt for a colour of wood your love, stain ordinary pine, or paint the base in a colour to suit your theme.
Fabulous logs from recent garden cuttings can be neatly sanded. The numbers can be simply added in paint or using a marker pen. For added oomph, if you have the know-how, burn the numbers into the top!  DIY Table numbers
DIY Table numbers  Make your table numbers from card by hand, print them on your computer on a stiffer stock or get them painted on either plastic, card or metal. Pop them into a cork that has been sliced half way through. If they’re top heavy, you may need to glue something like a toothpick to the back to act as a stand!
Wine bottles can do double duty … the guests can drink them while seated at the table if you provide them full, they can hold a candle if you have a stash of empty bottles (if not, it’s a good excuse to have a wee session and empty them!), or they can act as favours of guests to take home. In the latter case, you might want to make the table number a little smaller and add the guest’s name below. The labels can be printed on a home computer and simply pasted over the existing label. DIY Table numbers
DIY Table numbers  Old jars, labels removed and thoroughly washed, can act as centrepieces and table markets. A simple card tag tied with hessian and loosely bunched flowers are all you need! The jars don’t need to match either!
Art supply and craft shops (like Spotlight) sell wooden numbers. Leave them bare, or spray them in a colour to suit your theme. These seen here have a handy base – if the ones you find don’t have a base already attached, simply purchase round wooden discs and hot glue them together!  DIY Table numbers
DIY Table numbers These wooden numbers have longer stakes and are perfect for popping into vases or floral arrangements! Shop around on sites like Ebay and Easy and you’re bound to find them!
Simple textured paper tubes lit with a batter operated tea light. We wouldn’t recommend using a real tea light as your paper could catch fire! Buy some delish paper from a craft store (or handmade your own if you’re really crafty!), hold the tube together using a small amount of glue, then tie with a ribbon to match your theme. Use a marker pen to write the table number on neatly. Pop in the tea light and get someone to turn it on just before guests arrive.  DIY Table numbers

Seasonal Weddings

Seasonal Weddings

Seasonal WeddingsIN SEASON

By Rebecca Murray

Make an informed decision on the timing of your specia lday.

SUMMER

For:

• There’s a good likelihood of fine weather and a sunny day.

• Better weather offers a choice of outdoor locations for ceremonies and receptions.

• Summer weddings lend themselves to a variety of colours and themes.

Against:

• A hot summers day can turn sticky and uncomfortable for your guests. Ensure you provide shade and drinks.

• A popular season, Summer is super busy. You may need to book 2 years in advance for your preferred venue and suppliers.

• If you are getting married or taking your photos in a public place, expect to have a few spectators.

Best Tip: If there are no trees or manmade structures for shade, consider parasols. Cool bottled water will definitely be appreciated.

AUTUMN

For:

• Many couples favour the rich colours autumn heralds in, and use those within their theme or as a base for a colour palette.

• Chances are the weather will hold, and you’ll avoid the sweltering heat of a summer day.

Against:

• The weather can be a little more unpredictable. A brisk wind or light shower may affect outdoor ceremonies, so a back-up wet weather option should be considered.

• You may find a little less variety for your outdoor photos in terms of colourful or vibrant landscapes – everything will be gold, yellow and brown.

Best Tip: Make the most of the natural autumn landscapes in your photos. Stand out amongst the fallen leaves.

WINTER

For:

• You may find that you can get a discounted rate for a wedding as there are generally fewer bookings.

• You can really amp up the heat and atmosphere inside your venue with an open fire and tons of candles.

• Snow can make for great images.

• You can vary the colours from the warm tones of red and gold, to the icier blues and silvers.

Against:

• It’s cold! While you can use this to your advantage, getting your guests excited about it can be hard.

• There’s a distinct possibility of rain – your photographer may need to hang around for longer (as will your guests) while you wait for a shower to clear. And don’t forget the frizzy hair!

• You may not be able to get outdoor photos at all – have an alternate in mind.

• You may be restricted on venues that offer wet weather options.

Best Tip: Plan, plan, plan! If possible, have your ceremony and reception in the same location to avoid travelling and getting in-and-out of vehicles, and make sure you and your guests will be warm and comfortable.

SPRING

For:

• Fresh new grasses and flowers create a beautiful backdrop for ceremonies and photos.

• With so much new growth around, spring weddings can take on a variety of themes and colours.

• Venues and suppliers are less busy so you may not have to book so far in advance.

Against:

• The weather can be unpredictable.

• Outdoor ceremonies are a possibility, but make sure you have a wet-weather option on hand.

Best Tip: Take advantage of nature’s bounty and incorporate spring freshness into your theme.

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DIY: Orchid Moss Ball

DIY: Orchid Moss Ball

DIY: Orchid Moss BallTHIS ORCHID MOSS BALL IS SOMETHING A LITTLE DIFFERENT, YET VERY EASY. IT CAN BE USED IN A VARIETY OF WAYS TO ADD INTEREST TO YOUR WEDDING OR EVENT DÉCOR.

Things you will need:

• Orchids – spring or tropical Flowers, or greenery such as ferns, could also be used.

• Oasis balls

• Moss

• Jute string / Ribbon rope

• Florist wire

• Scissors

Step 1a: Soak oasis sall in water.

DIY: Orchid Moss BallStep 1b: Trim your flower stems to appropriate height and push into Oasis Ball. We used two Orchid stems.

Step 2a: Cut florist wire and shape into U-pins.

Step 2b: Wrap moss around oasis ball and secure with your U-pins.

Step 3: Tie and secure your jute string or ribbon rope around the base of your flower stems.

Step 4: Start winding your jute string or ribbon rope around your moss covered ball, either randomly or in a specific pattern. This will help to keep your moss secure so make sure all areas are tucked in nicely. Tie and knot to secure once you have finished wrapping, and trim rope.

Your Orchid Moss Ball is now ready to be admired! They can be grouped together as centrepieces on your tables or dotted around picnic areas. They can be hung as a feature behind or above the bridal table, bar area or even above your guest tables. Mini versions could also be made as guest favours

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Caterpillar Bud Vase

Caterpillar Bud Vase

Caterpillar Bud VaseThis gorgeous glass caterpillar vase has six joined ‘bulbs’ in which to display your favourite short stems. Show off garden blooms or fill with wild flowers and enjoy all year round. Perfect for a windowsill or table centrepiece, the delicate bud vase makes an elegant addition to the home and a unique gift for anyone who loves cut flowers. Sensational for low-lying centrepieces that will serve a purpose after the wedding!

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Centrepieces to use at home

Centrepieces to use at home

Centrepieces to use at homeCentrepieces to use at home

Worried about what will happen to your blooms after the wedding? Consider using pieces that will last for the wedding and then be enjoyed afterwards, rather than traditional floral arrangements that have a shelf life of only a few days.

Plants can easily be potted ahead of time in decorative containers that match your wedding’s colours and theme. You can then plant them in your garden to remind you of your wedding. Miniature potted plants also make memorable wedding favours that guests can take home.

Consider potting succulents like aloe vera and placing them in clusters to serve as eye-catching centrepieces. Potted orchids are elegant and colourful options for spring or summer weddings.

At one of my recent weddings, the couple used herbs in terracotta pots sitting on little saucers. They smelt fresh and clean, and their varied textures and colours added interest to the table’s arrangements. We used three old books stacked up with the terracotta pots sitting on top. Beside these a pinecone, a tall twine-wrapped bottle with one flower popping out, and a tea light in a jar.

Centrepieces featuring herbs such as sage, rosemary and parsley can channel the aesthetic of the Italian countryside. Rustic potted plants convey comfort and intimacy when they’re used as table arrangements at your reception.

The perfect decorative centrepieces for a beach wedding, for example, are glass vases filled with sand and seashells, or even a gold fish in its very own bowl. Garden weddings can take a cue from the same concept, but with colourful stones or fresh lavender instead. Children and kids-at-heart are sure to enjoy these unique centrepiece options, which can double as party favours.

Candles can be reused, always reflect romance and add ambiance. With so many styles of candles to work with, wedding candle decorations provide an easy way to craft that specific look you’re after. Never has it been so affordable or simple to design and enhance your wedding décor with candles.

If you’re looking to use what you already have to create centrepieces throughout the year, I highly suggest saving as many glass jars as you can. In every size and shape, they can be reused for just about anything. Simply remove the labels and clean thoroughly (in a dishwasher if you have one) and dry before reusing. Yes, I’ve actually brought a jam or pickle just so I can use the jar when empty!

Don’t just use your jars for flowers – consider putting a photo of you and you’re beloved into a jar and placing them on the guest tables. Just slide the photo in and turn the jar upside down and display for all to see. You can fill each jar with items of your choice … reception candles or battery operated lights. You can also paint them or glue fabric or coloured paper to the outside to match your colour scheme or festive decor.

Decorating your table with picture frames adds an elegant look, especially for weddings and other receptions. Table numbers, family photos, menus or place cards are just a few items to place in old picture frames. You can transform old frames into chalkboards, write messages or names on them and place them around your home or at place settings. Remember: you can paint the frame any colour you choose.

These are just a few ideas that can be quite easily transposed from wedding to home.

 

DIY – PAPER FLOWER BACKDROP

DIY – PAPER FLOWER BACKDROP

DIY – PAPER FLOWER BACKDROPDIY – PAPER FLOWER BACKDROP

A SUPER SIMPLE, VERSATILE PROJECT THAT CAN BE USED AS A HANGING BACKDROP.USE IT TO BRIGHTEN UP YOUR CEREMONY OR HEAD TABLE, OR TO ADD A SPLASH OF COLOUR TO AN OTHERWISE BORING WALL OR FENCE LINE. FOR EVEN MORE CREATIVITY AND VARIETY, YOU COULD MAKE DIFFERENT SIZE AND SHAPE FLOWERS.

You will need:

• Crepe paper in colours of your choice (you could also use tissue paper)

• Scissors

• Buttons

• Needle and thread

• Hair spray (or glitter spray for a touch sparkle)

• Nylon or Blu Tac

DIY – PAPER FLOWER BACKDROPMETHOD

Step 1: Cut the crepe paper into lengths. We cut them so they were 2 widths of the folded paper, make bigger or smaller depending on the size flower you require.

Step 2: Fold your paper in half, length ways, then in half again. Cut along the fold marks so you end up with 4 pieces of small paper the same size.

Step 3: Place these in a pile on top of each other and fold in half. Now you cut the shape of your ‘petals’. Ours were round, but you can do any that produce the style flower you’re after. Leave an uncut section on the folded edge of around 3-4cm, as this will be the centre of your flower where the button will secure the layers together.

Step 4: Layer your four petal shapes on top of each other, then sew the button into the centre of your flower.

Step 5: Bunch your flower up a little and lightly spray with hair spray, glitter spray or similar. Make sure you spray all layers. This will add a little firmness to the flower so you can space and shape your petals. Once they are dry, they‘re ready to use.

We secured them individually to a punga fence using blu tac, this transformed an otherwise uninteresting wall into a feature for the wedding entrance.

If you want to suspend your flowers, then sew a line of nylon through your button – either individually or by spacing a few out on one length. You could also sew or glue them onto a material backdrop, or bunch a few together and glue to the top of your seating plan … the options are endless.

Tips:

• If using Blu Tac once it’s on the flower you can’t take it off, as it will rip

• To help shape the flowers after the final step of spraying, a good idea is to sit them in egg cartons until dry.

 

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DIY: Wooden Table Runner

DIY: Wooden Table Runner

DIY: Wooden Table RunnerDIY: Wooden Table Runner

THIS HAS TO BE ONE OF OUR FAVOURITE DIY PROJECTS. SUPER EASY AND A GREAT USE FOR THAT LEFTOVER FIREWOOD NOW THE WARMTH OF SPRING IS HERE! TAILOR TO SUIT THE LOOK OF YOUR WEDDING – WORKS FABULOUSLY WITH A SOFT RUSTIC THEME OR BRIGHT SPLASHES OF COLOUR.

Things you will need:

• Slim pieces of wood – We used kindling

• Paint and brush

• Decorative paper or material – we used scrapbook paper

• Hot glue gun

• Scissors

Step 1: Paint your pieces of wood white or chosen colour. Remember to paint the ends and sides! How many pieces of wood you need depends on how long you’d like your table runner.

Step 2: Trim your paper or material to the length you’d like your runner.

Step 3: Hot glue gun your pieces of wood onto your paper. Place the wood far enough apart so you can see the colours or pattern of your paper underneath, but close enough so any vases or candleholders you will place on top can sit steadily. Let everything dry and you’re all done!

Go bold and make use of the fabulous spring flowers and colours available for your centrepieces. We carried our theme through by making cute bunting, napkin wraps and hanging guest name signs in complementary mixed paper.

Tips:

• If you want a natural look, sand and stain your wood pieces.

• Smaller / busier patterns work best for your paper or material

 

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DIY: wool wrapped bottles

DIY: wool wrapped bottles

DIY: wool wrapped bottlesDIY: wool wrapped bottles

This DIY project offers a handy way of recycling your bottles.

Mix your bottle shapes, colours and even style of wrapping to give this your own personal touch. Super cute for a relaxed style wedding. You’ll also have some colourful vases for use in your home afterwards!

THINGS YOU WILL NEED:

Bottles – with labels removed

Hot glue gun

Mat for glue gun

Wool in colours of your choice

Scissors

Tea towel

DIY: wool wrapped bottlesStep 1:

Heat up the glue gun and apply a few small dots of glue to the top of your bottle. Push end of wool into glue and wrap around bottle once before applying another small dot of glue. Repeat this process approximately 4 times to ensure wool is well secured.

Step 2:

As you are winding the wool around the bottle gently press the wool up with your thumbnail to ensure layers are nice and tight. Do this about every 4 to 5 turns.

Step 3:

Continue wrapping the wool around bottle, applying small dots of hot glue in random places as you go. This will help to ensure wool doesn’t move up bottle. You may need to do this more often on curved parts of the bottle.

Step 4:

Towards the end, it is easier if you place it upside down on a tea towel to finish off. As you get to the final stages of wrapping, increase the amount of small glue dots to secure well. With one final glue point press wool in well and cut.

Tips:

• It’s easier to spin the bottle rather than the wool.

• Make sure you keep the tension on the wool as you wrap.

• Leave any sticky residue from labels on bottle; this will actually help the wool to stick in places.

• Don’t worry if you do have sections where the wool has moved, that’s all part of the charm.

 

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