Ampersand Love

As I try to taper off my search for inspiration, I couldn’t help but notice this picture in the Weddingbee DIY section:


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There is something so simple and sweet about the little hanging ampersand between the two chairs. And, it would match perfectly with our table numbers. We aren’t having a bride and groom sign on our chairs, so I thought it would be a new way to still designate our chairs, but without having to make the signs, since we all know the crafting gene escaped me.

So, I decided to head to Anthropologie and see if I had any luck finding the beloved ampersand. Well, I walked in, got distracted by the sale room and the lovely scent of their signature candle, but I somehow found my way over to housewares, and there it was, sitting and waiting for me. I picked it up and gasped at the $18 price tag for such a simple thing, but I decided to purchase it anyway knowing that if I didn’t want to use it, I could always return it and find a million other things in the store I would want to buy.

I still can’t decide though: is it worth it? Will it look silly hanging between 2 chairs? Do I really want to keep a metal letter for $18? So, I’ve come to you all. Do I scrap the ampersand idea or keep it?


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    rawrkitty1022 516 posts, Busy bee @ 12:50 pm


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    MissChirpie 732 posts, Busy bee @ 12:50 pm

    I vote to keep it. I think the idea is totally adorable and how cute will it look on your bookshelf for years to come. An adorable reminder of the first time you sat down and ate with your husband! :)

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    soonerpsych 1898 posts, Buzzing bee @ 12:55 pm

    As much as it is cute, I don’t think it’s practical. Tying your chairs together seems dangerous to me. What if you try to scoot you chair back to say hi to someone while he’s trying to take a bite of food?

    Maybe it’s a great inspiration idea, but I’d be timid to do it for practicality.

    But….I think the ampersand itself is adorable and agree with MissChirpie, keep it for your home! Maybe you could use it on the cake table or something?

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    trailmix 6663 posts, Bee Keeper @ 12:57 pm

    Keep it and use it!! It will look so cute in between the chairs, I totally know exactly what it looks like from my multiple trips there lately! Plus, it will be such a nice memento of the wedding and if you want, you could always pick up yours initials and display all three somewhere!

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    alivoo01 2625 posts, Sugar bee @ 12:57 pm

    That is an adorable ampersand! Personally, I would return it and get something else at Anthropologie. It would be a one time use for me! Sorry to be a party pooper!

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    jG, Guest @ 12:57 pm

    You can buy a cardboard “&” at Joann’s. They are like $2.50 and you can paint them whatever color you like. And with that price you can even buy 2 initials. The one in the pic even looks like the cardboard kind. Very cheap and easy DIY!

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    missvintage 571 posts, Busy bee @ 12:58 pm

    My vote is to keep it! I love the look of it.

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    dorsay 2281 posts, Buzzing bee @ 1:01 pm

    I LOVE the ampersand idea and wish you had posted this before my wedding :)

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    msjellyfish 1453 posts, Bumble bee @ 1:03 pm

    @soonerpsych: That’s a good point!! I think it could be a little unsafe/annoying to have chairs tied together.

    I also agree you can find something like that at a craft store for much less. It’s cute though, and if you decide to keep it, I’d dress it up a bit – maybe paint it?

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    chexmixDC 365 posts, Helper bee @ 1:06 pm

    I say keep it! I have the exact same one, which I also bought after seeing this pic. I definitely plan on using it for our wedding.

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    Stesse 136 posts, Blushing bee @ 1:08 pm

    I love it! Paper Source has cardboard ones as well, if you want to spend a little less. I’m thinking I’ll get ours there…

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    Ms. E 132 posts, Blushing bee @ 1:08 pm

    I like it, but I think it’s one of those things that is good for pictures and that’s about it. We’d probably end up taking it down once we actually sat in our chairs because it would limit our movement too much. The last thing you want is to have your FI move his chair and send you flying!

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    tea 2414 posts, Buzzing bee @ 1:15 pm

    i was thinking the same as jg, you can find the same at a crafts store for much less. i say if you really want to use it, try to find one at a craft store and then return the metal one.

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    katiei 54 posts, Worker bee @ 1:16 pm

    I love it! If you *really* want something cheaper, I second Stesse’s mention of paper source – they have cardboard ones that you can decoupage with some of the cute paper they have there (i’ve done that at our house, it came out very well, and I am NOT very talented! :)

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    SabrinaR424 266 posts, Helper bee @ 1:18 pm

    I think it’s cute! Another option, if you’re worried about it, is to simply tie some tool ribbon into a bow around the two special chairs. None of the chairs at my wedding will be covered, nor will they have bows, so this is what I’m doing to designate the bride and groom chairs. Cheap and easy!

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    taco 946 posts, Busy bee @ 1:24 pm

    I like it; try to picture where it can go in your house after the wedding, maybe? I try to do that with many of our purchases when doing the worth it/not worth it evaluation.

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    crayfish 10384 posts, Sugar Beekeeper @ 1:27 pm

    I bought a “W” and “P” to hang on my FI’s and my chairs. I’m going to use them as bookshelf decoration after the wedding :)

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    beagle 1381 posts, Bumble bee @ 1:39 pm

    Yes, DO it!!!! You could display it in your home after the wedding, or buy and use them as book ends :)

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    mander411 735 posts, Busy bee @ 1:47 pm

    I think it is cute for a picture, but basically I would be annoyed to have my chair tied to the mister. And I think the orginaly pic it is from a low-key DW, might not make such a statement in a more formal affair

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    aja, Guest @ 1:57 pm

    that is the sweetest thing. I’m covering the papier mache letters for our wedding, and I will have to add an ampersand in there somewhere.

    Definitely worth the $18! the sentiment is so nice.

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    sunnydebs 785 posts, Busy bee @ 2:06 pm

    $18 seems like a high price tag for a small detail, in my opinion. I’d return it and DIY something.

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    cardigan 8645 posts, Bumble Beekeeper @ 2:07 pm

    I love this idea!!! And you can display it in your house after the wedding!

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    hunnybunny1017 92 posts, Worker bee @ 2:12 pm

    I love it! Its one of about 3 things I am deadset on having at my someday wedding (cabbage roses and a photobooth are the other 2 😉 )

    Keep it! And like amanda.lynn said, it would be adorable in your house after the wedding. Maybe on top of a mantle, on a bookshelve, or above your bedroom door!

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    hamster 4047 posts, Honey bee @ 2:25 pm

    I love it – keep it, please!! :)

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    scissors 7343 posts, Busy Beekeeper @ 2:38 pm

    Love it. Please use it!

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    JoyfulBee 167 posts, Blushing bee @ 3:15 pm

    You know, for the last several times that I’ve been at the Michaels in my area, they’ve had these cute letters hanging around the $1/bargain aisle. They were made pretty sturdy, leathery-feel, with pretty white stitches.

    They had an ampersand! :) The only reason why I didn’t get any was because I found a J, the ampersand, and…. the T was not capitalized, although the J was. :(

    But you could definitely try searching for it!

    Or, if you would like, I can send one to you!

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    frozen yogurt 2600 posts, Sugar bee @ 3:45 pm

    Thank you for all your comments, girls! I feel like it’s too late to DIY anything because the wedding is next weekend and that just stresses me out too much. But I agree that the chairs tied together might be annoying, however, I don’t plan on spending lots of time sitting in my chair, I want to dance and mingle!
    @JoyfulBee: You are so sweet!! That sounds so adorable!

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    Miss Apron, Guest @ 4:41 pm

    hey quick question,

    I’m getting married at Marie Gabrielle too! I wanted to know what time your rehearsal was scheduled for? It was recommended to begin at 4!! way too early for my group.

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    frozen yogurt 2600 posts, Sugar bee @ 4:47 pm

    @Miss Apron: Unfortunately mine is at 4 also. I think its to allow people to get married there on Fridays. We’re doing an early dinner at 5:30 after.

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    jordynrose 6351 posts, Bee Keeper @ 5:42 pm

    I think you should keep it. Yeah it is $18, but it is made of metal and pretty darn sturdy. And, you can reuse it in your house for cool stuff like this:×230/Ampersand-Wall-Display_AE72BFAC-Awesome-blue.jpg

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    starfish 1902 posts, Buzzing bee @ 6:25 pm

    I think it’s really cute and unique. You can always use it for a book end.

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    mrspaetz 3812 posts, Honey bee @ 6:45 pm

    cute. you can always reuse it!

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    AquaBride1010 110 posts, Blushing bee @ 6:53 pm

    Keep it…or sell it to me! LOL

    I’m getting married on October 1, 2010 and I love Ampersands it’s one of the reasons that we chose our date. our date is “&” in binary.

    I think I may run to Anthorpologie tomorrow to see if I can find 1 for the end of my aisle. (to keep my crazy fmil from messing up my aisle runner)

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    OctPumpkin 593 posts, Busy bee @ 8:00 pm

    I think it’s really cut. Plus, you might be able to do double duty and use it as a prop in pics. Maybe you and the mister holding it out while you kiss? I say keep it if you think you’ll use it in your house after the wedding b/c then it will be a sweet reminder of your special day!

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    miss rapp 8 posts, Newbee @ 8:58 pm

    I have this picture saved too! I look for a & every time I go to a craft store with no luck. My wedding is in May… maybe you, me and AquaBride1010 can work out a deal to reuse it and split the cost? :)

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    stripes 1063 posts, Bumble bee @ 9:13 pm

    Keep it. Use it. Do it. Don’t bother with DIY if it’s gonna stress you out. You win some and you lose some and $18 doesn’t seem too crazy a price for sanity! Yay your wedding is almost here! :)

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    fromcharleston 651 posts, Busy bee @ 6:08 am

    KEEP IT! As soon as I saw this picture on TheKnot a few months ago, it instantly was saved to my ever-growing wedding folder.

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    krissybee 3921 posts, Honey bee @ 6:42 pm

    ooo i really like this idea!

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    JoyfulBee 167 posts, Blushing bee @ 5:32 pm

    :) After I commented earlier on, on this thread, I went out with my own fiancé and bought the ampersand. $3! :O

    I’m so sorry that we weren’t able to catch this early enough so that we could send it to you, but now we’re taking the tip from you and we’re using it for our “Mr.” & “Mrs.” (My fiancé loves the idea of the ampersand.)

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    msgiraffe 4248 posts, Honey bee @ 6:08 pm

    Def keep it!

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    Melita, Guest @ 8:44 pm

    I’ve been trying to find the ampersand for my wedding, and it’s sold out on Anthropologie, Paper Source, and Jo-Ann fabrics! Anyone have any leads on where to find ampersands?? Please help!

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    frozen yogurt 2600 posts, Sugar bee @ 10:04 pm

    @Melita: Oh no! Have you tried going into the Antrho store, not just online? Or try this link

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