Sorry for the lag in posts lately. I am soo close to completing a HUGE project I can’t wait to share (as in over 100 hours logged…ugh). In the meantime, I want to start brainstorming my next DIY: escort cards.
There are so many directions I could have gone, but I think I have it narrowed down to two options:
- Option One: more wood (I just can’t stay away.)
I found this awesome set of 100 wood rounds on Etsy for only $10. They come in a variety of one- and two-inch sections, but the seller FiNeGRaiNeD also takes custom orders. I could whip out my fine-tipped pens and hand write the guests’ name on one side and the table numbers on the other. Easy and cheap. (It’s about time I find a project that meets both of these criteria.)
Image via FiNeGRaiNeD on Etsy
I sent this inspiration picture to my mom, and her response was, “I like it…but let me think about it.” When I saw her this past weekend, she handed me a bag full of little wood rounds. Pretty awesome, huh?
She said when my dad saw the picture he went outside for a few minutes and cranked some out so I could get a sense of the size. Thanks to him, now I know I definitely would want at least two-inch rounds. Overall, I like this idea quite a bit, but I don’t want to drive the “woodsy” theme home too hard. (I have a number of undisclosed projects that also feature wood.)
I also have to consider the issue of how to display the wood. Would I sprinkle them around a table covered in moss? Place them in neat lines like Mrs. Castle did?
- Option Two: photos escort cards
There are a few different variations of this. Right after I became engaged, one of the first inspirations pictures I pinned was this:
I love the idea of having everyone take their picture and then hang it up on display. But when I thought about the logistics of this, I realized it probably wouldn’t work out very well. Since our guests will arrive at the reception in large groups (the boat will drop them off in batches), I worry this would cause a big bottleneck right when guests arrive. When I was discussing this with my grandmother over the weekend, she told me to keep it simple ” since we all know everyone just wants to get to the bar anyway.” Instead my idea was to tweak the project so that when guest arrive the photos of them will already be on display. The guests will just grab their photo and check out what table it directs them to.
Mr. Squirrel was worried this would turn into quite the project, but honestly…I think if I had a 20-minute date with Facebook, it would be easy. Plus, I could use their pictures to actually create the seating chart! So much better than Post-its. 🙂
Does anyone have a preference between these two options? Have you done something similar?