Hive, over Labor Day weekend (a while ago!) I became best friends with my glue gun. No joke. In between attending one of our friend’s weddings and all of the wedding-related festivities, I put in some long hours crunching through our DIY projects. This week I’ll roll out several posts with instructions and, of course, plenty of pictures. Before I begin, here’s a quick disclaimer: you don’t need to be too crafty to pull off these projects! Before Mr. Wallaby and I got engaged, I never made too many crafts. I’m an engineer, for Pete’s sake—I hadn’t set foot in a Michaels store since I needed to pick up tri-fold posterboards for high school presentations. But I have always loved using the left side of my brain and doing creative projects, and I knew it would be fun to take on some crafty tasks for the wedding. Doing so would save us some money, and, just as importantly, would give our wedding a lot of personal touches.
First up is the lavender sachets that I put together for our guests to toss at us as we walked down the aisle as Mr. and Mrs. For a hot second I considered having a rice toss, but I decided against it for several reasons. One, rice is for traditional weddings, and Mr. W and I are anything but traditional. (Well, at least, Mr. W likes to think so!) He’s been pretty vocal about wanting to do things a little differently with our wedding, so this is an easy way to put a twist on tradition. Second, lavender is really special to me. It’s one of my favorite plants—lavender buds smell amazing!! My grandma grows a lot of lavender in her garden, and for many years she has brought me bags of dried lavender from her garden to turn into sachets. So I knew she would be happy to see and smell lavender at the finale of our ceremony. Third—lavender is just so pretty. Lavender sachets make for some pretty pictures, and I am in love with photos of brides and grooms walking through clouds of lavender.
My inspiration was a picture I found on a wedding blog of lavender buds arranged in cute little muslin bags stamped with “throw me” :
Photo by The Collective Photographers via Love and Lavender.
I purchased 150 mini cotton muslin drawstring bags from Celestial Gifts. (I did some research before buying from this company, but I was happy to find that they are a family-run company and sell muslin bags that are made in the US using all-natural cotton that’s grown without chemicals or pesticides. Woohoo!) I also bought three pounds of organic lavender. I bought wayyy too much—I still have a pound and a half left over—so I would recommend about one pound for every 100 guests.
I used a set of alphabet rubber stamps I already had to stamp the words “throw me” onto each muslin bag, and I filled the bags with scoops of lavender buds. By the time I was finished, the living room rug was pretty messy—Mr. W and I had a cleanup sesh to clear the remains of the project 🙂
The finished product—a lavender toss bag. Personal photo.
Lots and lots and lots of leftover lavender. Personal photo.
Once I finished filling all of the bags, I packed them into a cardboard box to store until the wedding. I even sealed the box with packing tape—I wanted to make sure the sachets retained some of their pretty smell by the time the wedding rolled around! To brides who have plenty of time to spare before their wedding date, I will tell you that it feels great to take care of projects like this well in advance. You need to make a few extras if you haven’t gotten all (or any!) of your RSVPs back and are unsure about your final guest count… but since the incremental cost is so small, it’s really nice to get this out of the way if you have the time and resources.
All of the lavender sachets packed up and ready to go. Personal photo.
The last to-do for the project was just to find a pretty basket to display the sachets at the front of the ceremony space, next to the programs, so guests could grab one as they arrived.
Are you planning on having a rice toss or some other gesture for good luck during your exit?