Tag: Table Numbers

DIY Marbled Table Numbers

DIY Marbled Table Numbers

There’s something about table numbers that just suit a DIY so well. I’ve ranted before about my dislike for those white plastic cards on silver stands, so here’s another way you can make something pretty for hardly any cash and avoid breaking my heart. This DIY is so easy thank you to a couple short cuts, it’s perfectly customizable (imagine these in purple or yellow or pink), and while they have so much charm, they’re pretty neutral.

Here’s what you’ll need to make them yourself:

  • Newsprint or low quality printer paper
  • Cardstock
  • Spray adhesive
  • Suminagashi Marbling Kit
  • Coffee Stir Sticks
  • Double Sided Tape
  • Cutting Machine or Craft Knife and a steady hand
  • Floral Centrepiece

DIY Marbled Table Numbers

DIY Marbled Table Numbers

Alrighty, the first thing you’ll need to do is marble your paper! I chose to use the black and blue inks to mix into a navy and complement with the true colours. If you’re new to paper marbling (us too!), this class from Creative Live was awesome. A couple of things with paper marbling… the cheaper the paper the better! Honestly, we tried nice thick paper first for a smudgy mess. Also- try work fairly quickly if you are in a room that has air flow- the rings won’t stay put for long!

DIY Marbled Table Numbers

When your marbled paper is all dry, give it a mist with spray adhesive and smooth it onto a nice, thick cardstock.

DIY Marbled Table Numbers

DIY Marbled Table Numbers

DIY Marbled Table Numbers

When you’ve marbled and adhered your paper, head to your computer and design your table numbers. We used Pic Monkey (a free online software) to create a transparent canvas and add the text lettering. The font we used is called Greatesque, but you could use any font of your choice. We wanted a thick, bulky letter that had connections. We chose to copy the text and paste it three times over, offsetting each to thicken the lines up. We worked in three numbers at a time, saving that image as a PNG before loading it into our cutting machine’s design software. If you are cutting these numbers out by hand (that’s how we did it before this summer!), just print it off at this point.

DIY Marbled Table Numbers

DIY Marbled Table Numbers

If you’re loading it into a design software for your cutting machine (we used the Cricut), load it in as a simple image, cut only. Stretch it to the size you like then hit GO! Load your marbled paper (adhered to the thick cardstock) to be cut.

DIY Marbled Table Numbers

DIY Marbled Table Numbers

When your design is all cut out, either by hand or by machine- you can attach the stir sticks using double sided tape. Now all that’s left is to put them into your floral arrangements!

DIY Marbled Table Numbers

DIY Marbled Table Numbers

What do you think!? Are you smitten with the marbling trend like we are? Would you ever try paper marbling as a DIY? We’d love to hear! If you’re not up for marbling the paper yourself, you can totally purchase it on Amazon pre-marbled.

DIY Gilded Acrylic Signs

DIY Gilded acrylic signs for weddings and events

It’s about time for another DIY around here, isn’t it? Today we’re bringing a surprisingly simple DIY to class up your wedding signage. Meet our little friends, these DIY gilded acrylic signs! I wish I could get a show of hands- who loves gold foil. I know it would be most of us, and even you who didn’t raise your hands… you still like it deep down, I know. One of our favourite DIY supplies is liquid gold foil. It’s essentially paint, but with the same gilding properties as gold foil. Pretty awesome, right? Skip the glue and mess of real gold foil and go with this if you’re in a hurry, or just not up for a pain in your butt, okay?

DIY Gilded acrylic signs for weddings and events

We love a good glass sign, but acrylic has such a simple, modern appeal that can match pretty much any decor… ever. And the best part about these little signs? They’re actually dollar store photo frames, just without the photo inside! If you’re running a tally in your head, these things are more affordable than chalkboards… but have all the glitz and class of a glass frame. Ready to hear the how-to?

To make these signs, you’ll need:

  • Acrylic slide-in photo frames
  • Liquid Gold Leaf
  • Thin round paint brush
  • Template printed or sketched out

DIY Gilded acrylic signs for weddings and events

DIY Gilded acrylic signs for weddings and events

DIY Gilded acrylic signs for weddings and events

To get started, sketch out the design that you want to letter on scrap paper. Alternatively, you could print off the wording with a pretty font. Some free ones we love include Janda Stylish Script, Sunshine in my Soul and Movus BrushPen. Slide those templates into your frames to use for tracing. Give your liquid gold a good shake before opening and get to painting!

DIY Gilded acrylic signs for weddings and events

Surprisingly simple… right!? So tell us… what would you use these signs for? Don’t you think they’d make rockin’ table numbers? We say use them for everything… because why not 😉

Table Numbers Done Right

I’m going to go and get all opinionated on you today… okay?  I didn’t think you’d mind. Let’s talk about table numbers… specifically table numbers that don’t make you yawn. I’m SO tired of seeing gorgeous weddings that forget the table numbers, so right next to a spectacular centrepiece, inches away from a perfect place setting sits those generic silver stands with a bright white table number card. Or maybe there’s a custom card, but with that awful, awful stand. It takes the whole level of perfection and knocks it down to ‘pretty’ at best. So if you care about my emotional needs, please consider an alternative! Here’s 7 fantastic options to get you started.

Table numbers done right- perfect for events or weddings

Left to right/ top to bottom

ONE: How lovely is this marbled script number? All kinds of lovely, that’s how. I love the texture the marbling adds and it fits so perfectly with the floral arrangement it doesn’t take away at all.

TWO: This DIY chalkboard dipped vase is the perfect alternative to a traditional table number. Better yet? It costs only dollars.

THREE: Oh, my, my. I really am digging this wooden table number. It’s such a fresh take on table numbers. Know anyone handy with a jigsaw?

FOUR: And this numbered stone? *sigh* It’s just so good! You could DIY it with a vinyl cutter to save on custom orders.

FIVE: Okay, okay, so this one is using the stand that I’m protesting. But I wanted to include a super custom and low cost option for you. Engagement photos printed as polaroids with a number laid over top. Simple, right?

SIX: Recognize these table number guest books from last week? You can snag the free printable and have guests leave you a sweet note right from their seats… while avoiding a table number heart attack for everyone who feels like me.

SEVEN: Hand lettering at it’s finest! We love this watercolour and gold leafed table number. The bright colours could be suited to match any decor. Plus… they skipped the awkward stand and placed the card right on the table.

Am I the only person that has strong feelings about table numbers? What’s your favourite way to see tables numbered? Are you a fan of those banquet hall numbers (please say no!)?

Guest Book Table Numbers- Free Printables!

Table Number Guest Books... So fun! (Free printable in three colour schemes, 15 numbers)

As much as we love some of the creative guest books out there- some of them only allow for guests to sign their name and maybe sneak in a ‘Congrats!’. We love reading the sweet notes that guests leave for the bride and groom: advice, words of wisdom and love, memories, and even encouragement. These little booklets make a fun guest book alternative. Place one on each table as the table number marker and have guests fill out notes over the course of the night. Package them up as a cute display on your book case and every year snuggle up with a bottle of wine to read the sweet notes from your loved ones.

Table Number Guest Books... So fun! (Free printable in three colour schemes, 15 numbers)

You could design these to look however you like, or even customize store bought notebooks (have you seen these gorgeous guys?!) with some gold leaf. We’ve created these simple ones in the numbers 1 through 15 for you in 3 different colour schemes: pinks, greens, and black. All you need to do is click the colour below you’re digging and download the printable PDF document.

PINK / BLACK / GREEN

Table Number Guest Books... So fun! (Free printable in three colour schemes, 15 numbers)

Table Number Guest Books... So fun! (Free printable in three colour schemes, 15 numbers)

Table Number Guest Books... So fun! (Free printable in three colour schemes, 15 numbers)

When you have your covers printed on card stock (I chose a gloss cover stock), cut pages out of standard printer paper to the same size, fold in half and use an embroidery needle to bind as shown.

Just so you’re forewarned, we’re kind of on a table number kick around here… so we’ll have a round up of some of our faves (including these guys!) for you next Tuesday! Have any you’re in love with that you’d like to see included? Send them our way 🙂

Seating Charts: All the options, for real

Seating charts can be one of the most stressful parts of wedding planning. But they can also be one of the most beautiful features I love to see on Pinterest. But what really is the seating chart for? Do you have to tell each person exactly where to sit? What if your families get along just fine? What if you really just don’t want to put hours and hours into who will sit where? There’s more options than you might think! And I’m not just talking about how you can make it pretty (although theres 1 million and 30 options for that). I’m talking straight up telling people where to sit. Here’s the eight we’ve seen (and love!) and why you might want to do each. We’ll leave all the pretty details up to your browsing Pinterest.

Because you really have more options for seating charts!  Here's 7 different ways you can tell people how to get to their seats- and some of them don't involve hours of planning!

ONE: Escort cards can be one of the prettiest to see displayed. Arrange them in alphabetical order to help guests find theirs. You might associate these with a table full of tent cards, but there’s hundreds of ways to display them like this plywood and dip dye display.

TWO: You can do this? Yep! No seating plan ‘seating plans’ are becoming much more popular. Most couples want to enjoy their day and the planning and don’t want to spend hours stressing about where you’ll sit. This is especially a great option if you’re having a casual wedding or you don’t know of any big conflicts between guests. Although really, we’re all adults- if we don’t want to sit beside someone, we won’t… right? Even if couples choose to ditch the seating plan, they’ll usually reserve tables for their parents with an excellent view.

THREE: You can use favours (or in this case monogrammed glasses for guests to use for the night) to help direct guests to their seats. I like the monogrammed glasses because it’s easier to find than a jar of jam with your name on a tiny label. Having favours arranged so guests can easy get theirs will help keep people moving through the door and to their seats. No one likes a bottleneck before they get a drink in hand!

FOUR: So you get guests to the right table, now where do they sit? Most couples don’t go any further. But if you really want to make sure that Aunt Millie isn’t sitting next to Grandma Jane or you’re planning on pairing up some singles (do people really do that?), you can help get guests to their seats with individual place cards at each setting.

FIVE: This is probably the style of seating chart we see most often- Each table number (or name!) with a list of names under each. It’s the easiest to create and make changes to. You can write them all on one fabulous mirror or keep each table separate.

SIX: For the super planners, a diagram seating chart can be both beautiful and functional. Avoid setting out individual place cards and still direct guests to their seat? It’s an all-in-one design.

SEVEN: You can also help guests find their names by arranging them alphabetically with the corresponding table beside each name. This is great if you don’t have a lot of guests that all know each other, and leads to at table introductions.

EIGHT: I love how clean and simple this one is in particular, but the idea is this. Escort cards they can take with them, arranged like a table order seating chart. Simple, right?

 

Have you spotted any other seating guides we haven’t mentioned? What is your favourite way to be seated as a guest? I personally love to be told where to sit, but that’s because I often rush in late and like to know a seat has my  name on it!

Trend Report: Move over chalkboards, here comes glass

Move over chalkboards! Here comes glass. It’s no secret that chalkboards have been crazy popular at weddings for the past couple years. In 2015 we’re seeing a turn towards vintage windows and mirrors for signage. It’s a welcome change for white, bright weddings and shine is never a bad thing at weddings. Ready for some eye candy?

I'm loving the look of mirrors and glass for signs instead of chalkboards at weddings... so classy!

ONE: Go big or go home, right? This glass panelled vintage door makes the perfect seating chart with one little window per table.

TWO: This wedding is chock full of gorgeous hand lettering. If you’re a fan, trust me- hop over and check it out.

THREE: Talk about some classy bar signage! We love how extravagant this mirror signage is.

FOUR: This beauty is one of our own! I love how the simple lettering looks as if it’s floating in such a large frame.

FIVE: We love a good seating chart. This one is simple and classy all wrapped up in one. I love that the vintage mirror reflects the gorgeous scenery from this outdoor wedding.

SIX: In leu of a program, this gorgeous mirror signage gives guests all the details.

SEVEN: Pure class. If you look closely, this wedding has champagne glasses with scrolls to show guests to their seats.

And if you’re wondering, YES! Our in house calligrapher letters on glass as well as chalkboard. What’s your favourite out of all the above? Mine would have to be number two. The combination of gold and white ink with the greenery and brick backdrop showing through? Dreamy.

DIY Chalkboard Dipped Vases

DIY Chalkboard Dipped Vases

I’m so excited to share this DIY with you today! It’s super simple so anyone could pull this one off, but it has big charm. These chalkboard dipped vases could be used as table numbers, but if you’re not planning an event or wedding they also make a lovely gift (for yourself!). Ready to see how they’re made?

DIY Chalkboard Dipped Vases

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Glass Vases (these are from the dollar store!)
  • Chalkboard Paint
  • Painters Tape
  • Paint Brush
  • Chalk
  • Chalk Pen

DIY Chalkboard Dipped Vases

DIY Chalkboard Dipped Vases

Start by cleaning our vases until they’re sparkling- this will help the paint stick. Next, tape off the area you’d like to paint. I chose to do them all at different heights, but you could make them uniform. Make sure you press the tape down so there are no air bubbles so you get a nice clean line with no bleed.

DIY Chalkboard Dipped Vases

Now you’re ready to paint. Chalkboard paint covers fairly well but for a surface like glass, you’ll still want to do a few light coats instead of one thick one. This will give you a nice even coverage. Let each coat dry fully in between- this shouldn’t take long if you’re doing light coats though. When your final coat is dry, carefully peel back the tape.

DIY Chalkboard Dipped Vases

DIY Chalkboard Dipped Vases

DIY Chalkboard Dipped Vases

Lookin’ pretty, right? Before you get excited and write on your vases, you need to cure them. What? Yeah, if you write on them now you’ll never get those marks off! Take a piece of chalk and rub it all over your chalkboard. Rub it in with a rag, then wipe it off with a damp rag. Now it’s ready for your artwork! I used a chalk pen to write on these- chalk pens are the things restaurants use to write on their chalkboard menus (think Starbucks) and they’re amazing- they give such bold colour and clean lines.

DIY Chalkboard Dipped Vases

DIY Chalkboard Dipped Vases

DIY Chalkboard Dipped Vases

That’s all there is to it! Go ahead and get creative… I made some up to look like table numbers for you- but my favourite is the one I made to put on my kitchen counter. How happy would you be to get this Hello Gorgeous vase full of flowers as a gift!? I know, it’s adorable.

DIY Chalkboard Dipped Vases

DIY Chalkboard Dipped Vases

What do you think of chalkboard? Have you ever tried chalkboard paint? Isn’t it great that you can paint ANYTHING with the stuff? If you make one of our DIYs, we’d love if you shared it with us!