Chalkboards: So popular for menu displays, table number & table name signs, reception signage (“Guestbook,” “Cards,” etc.). What’s the big appeal with chalkboards? I think chalkboards are appealing because they are so unassuming, relaxed and down-homey; the perfect fit for an outdoor, tented or barn reception. Yee haw!
Instead of traditional chalk, you can also use chalk paint pens in all sorts of awesome colors. NeoChalk works well. I’m still partial to good ol’ white (regular chalk or chalk pen) – makes for an old-school look. Traditional chalk will smear with the slightest touch, so I recommend using chalk pens if your chalkboards will be transported, handled a lot or moved around.
I made the table number sign above using a $1.99 chalkboard. I painted the wood border in tangerine (color of the year!) and added rick-rack trimming. I used a white paint pen to make the number “3” and some flourishes.
Burlap: Table runners, table signs, aisle runners, table coverings, boutonniere embellishments, burlap flowers on escort cards & place cards, burlap display boards for escort cards. If it’s made out of burlap, then many brides want it! What could possibly be so appealing about this brown, itchy fabric? I think brides are attracted to this woven material because it is completely different from typical wedding fabrics (smooth pastel silks, fancy tulles, gorgeous bright organzas). To turn something scratchy & dirt-colored into something beautiful and eye-catching….well, that’s really special.
I made the table number sign above using scrapbook paper printed with a burlap pattern (who knew?). I cut the number “2” out of beautiful linen paper and affixed it to the “burlap” using double-sided tape – and framed it in a $4 wooden frame from the local craft store. SO EASY!
Kraft Paper: Envelopes, invitations, escort cards, place cards, favor tags, table signs. If it’s made out of paper, then lots of brides will want it made out of Kraft paper. Brown ink has been very popular for many years now, so why not brown paper? Kraft paper is very utilitarian & unglamorous –so to use it for wedding invitation envelopes is to turn it on its head. I think it’s brilliant. Trendy brides love turning ordinary items into something unique & beautiful.
I made the place cards above using layers of different papers (including the “burlap” paper!). Double-sided tape works great to hold the layers together smoothly. Buttons, paper flowers, metal flowers…all make great embellishments. I drew the stem on the paper flower using a white gel pen – and wrote the name in “Contempo.”
More photos of the Kraft paper place cards:
I collect boxes—and I thought it would be fun to incorporate some in these photos (I have no idea why).
Succulents: Bouquets, boutonnieres, favors & table arrangements. Succulents are native to the desert and are hot, hot, hot right now. “LOVE THEM!” (in my best Anthony Marentino voice). Wedding bouquets and floral arrangements are traditionally full of vibrant colors, a veritable riot of gorgeous hues. So what’s the appeal with these fleshy plants, whose colors run the near-monochromatic spectrum of green to grey-green? I think succulents draw the eye because of the distinct designs & patterns of their unique leaves – they’re plump, often geometric & always beautiful. The eye is drawn to the shape & form of the plant – not the color. They’re earthy. They’re lovely.
OK, how cute are these succulent escort favors? They were so easy to make. I purchased tiny succulents from Lowe’s Home Improvement (!) and repotted them in teeny-tiny terra cotta pots (from the local craft store). I added some tangerine rick-rack. I cut the “tweet bubble” tags out of Kraft paper (what else, right?). The precious painted wooden birds came from a local import store. They were affixed to clothespins, but at a very odd angle, so I removed the clothespins and hot-glued the birds to bamboo skewers. Voilà!
The succulent table number centerpiece below was super easy to make. I cut burlap into thin strips for the bow. I cut the table number out of linen paper and affixed it to a Kraft paper “flag” (hot-glued to a bamboo skewer).
I hope you have enjoyed this post! Be on the look-out for my next blog about steampunk wedding trends. Ooooh…..and a big shout-out to my daughter Hannah for the photography! (Hannah is a senior Illustration major at ECU.) – Calligraphy by Carrie