Once all of the major wedding planning decisions were out of the way (venue: check! officiant: check! ice cream truck: check!), Mr. Wallaby and I were able to relax and pick out some fun details for the Big Day. These are by no means necessary for a successful wedding, but since we had some free time, it was really fun gathering some bric-Ã -brac to make the wedding very “us.” These are a few of my favorite things (hi Sound of Music aficionados!), AKA, the Deets:
- Cowboy boots to display striped paper straws. I can’t get enough of the striped straws—they are so festive and come in so.many.colors. (And they are biodegradable!) I purchased several hundred straws from Dime Store Buddy on Etsy, and a bunch of the straws will be displayed on the bar in these porcelain cowboy boots I discovered at a local consignment shop. I decided that the boots matched our BBQ reception, and they have tons of decorative value for our home post-wedding.
- “Happily Ever After” cocktail napkins. These were one of the easiest DIY projects that I’ve undertaken, and took about five minutes. I bought 300 paper cocktail napkins from Ikea for around $6, and I purchased a “Happily Ever After” rubber stamp from a sale bin at Hobby Lobby. I stamped each napkin with gray ink (black ink seemed too harsh for our generally soft color palette) and set out all of the napkins around the kitchen counter to dry before I packed them back up. We were required to bring all bar essentials—even cocktail napkins—to our BYOB venue anyway, so I thought the Happily Ever After napkins were a nice touch. What girl doesn’t have a soft spot for fairy-tale endings?
Above and below: my DIY “Happily Ever After” cocktail napkins / Personal photo
- Temporary tattoos with our monogram. I totally stole this idea from Mrs. Funnel Cake, and I’ve seen the temporary tattoo concept on several wedding blogs as well. I ordered 100 temporary tattoos from Tattoo Manufacturing, and they were delivered to my doorstep within a couple weeks. I’m hoping our guests got a kick out of them!
- Our monogram is also borrowed—I downloaded the free floral heart monogram from Wedding Chicks. The monogram was designed by Loft Life Press, and the Wedding Chicks tool allows you to input your own initials to create a custom monogram. Coincidentally, the monogram matches our save the dates and invites—so you can bet it will be making some appearances on our programs, menus, and maybe even the thank you cards. If you are in a creative rut, or if you want your own monogram but don’t have any extra cash to commission someone to design it for you, don’t forget to check the internet for free printables. Wedding Chicks has at least 10 free monograms for you to choose from, Martha Stewart Weddings has a treasure trove of favorite downloadable templates for weddings, and Offbeat Bride created a list of over 80 free printables.
Temporary tats from Tattoo Manufacturing / Personal photo
Our custom monogram by Loft Life Press, via Wedding Chicks
- Bride and groom signs to hang from the chairs at our sweetheart table. I love small decorations for the sweetheart table, and I think “Bride and Groom” or “Mr. and Mrs” signs are a really sweet touch. I was inspired by some gorgeous hand-painted wood signs (see below). However, since I was lacking in driftwood, I stuck to paper signs. I once again downloaded a free printable from Wedding Chicks—this time the hand-illustrated floral bride and groom signs by Loft Life Press. I printed the designs onto recycled card stock and framed them in some old frames I found at Goodwill that I had painted gold. And I’ll let you in on a little secret: the ribbons holding up the signs are duct-taped to the backs of the frames. Yes, duct-taped. The tape seems to be holding up really well, and it obviated the need for D-rings, screw eyes, or other complicated picture-hanging hardware.
DIY bride and groom signs / Design courtesy of Wedding Chicks / Personal photo
A makeshift picture-hanging apparatus…? Duct tape and ribbon, problem solved / Personal photo
There were a lot more DIY projects in the queue that didn’t make it to the wedding, but I’m happy to have completed a few projects to liven up our reception space and personalize some of the details.
Are you adding any special touches to personalize your wedding? Have you taken advantage of any freebies?
- Environmental Engineer
- Wedding Date:
- November 2012
- Oak Tree Manor