Although we didn’t have a great deal of time in our planning process, I wanted to still make sure that we had some personalized and DIY touches for the ceremony and reception. In the end, our timeline worked to our advantage, because I’d quickly have to decide if a project was doable or not in a few weeks. I did still manage to get some small touches done, so here are a few of those nautical related for our lobster bake festivities.
Photo by Julie Blanner
My first project was inspired by these nautical rope vases. I saw this idea months before the wedding, but knew that they would be perfect as soon as we started planning. To dress them up a little bit, I decided to place the rope inside the glass, and they ended up becoming one of my favorite projects. After fooling around with a few different sizes, I picked 4×4 inch cylinder vases, and ordered them each for under $3 online. I took a few trips to Home Depot and bought several bags of jute rope, then got to work! Essentially, I measured how much rope it would take to fully wind around the inside of the vases and cut enough for each vase (leaving a little extra on each). Using a hot glue gun, I heavily glued the bottom layer of rope to each vase, and held it down for a few seconds to make it stay. Then, working my way up, I wound the rope inside the glass, gluing each layer in two different spots, and pressing down. It sounds tedious, but moves quickly once you get going, and stop burning your fingers with the glue gun.
We used two for each table at our reception and filled them with white hydrangeas, sticking just a plastic cup inside to ensure the rope stayed dry from water. I love these so much—many of them are now adorning our house. I thought they were the perfect, simple, nautical touch to our tables.
I also fell in love with these Martha Stewart place cards, but at the time felt like I didn’t love their red color with our color scheme.
Image via Martha Stewart / Created by Johnny Miller/Brown Bird Designs
Luckily, after Googling I found out that blue lobsters do exist, so I whipped up these from Martha’s template in a few hours with a navy blue twist. They were so cute!
Aside from these projects, I loved the idea of using lobster lollipops as favors. This was a project I originally would have loved to DIY, but I gave it up in the end. The day of, I actually loved the little red pop of color! I couldn’t be happier with how they tied in our nautical touches with the lobster bake theme. How did you switch up your inspiration ideas?
*all photos personal unless otherwise noted