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A table paying tribute to family members at a Nebraska wedding

Handcrafted Details To Wow Your Guests

Couples are discovering and truly embracing the magic of custom, handcrafted details. When you rely on your own crafting talent, it doesn’t always save you money; and without a doubt, it requires an investment in time. Below, we have outlined some helpful hints to keep you sane while creating an event that incorporates your unique taste. Focusing on a few distinctive design elements can be the key to making every detail count on your wedding day.

By adding eye-catching signage to your ceremony and reception space, you are not only adding function, but also style and personality. When determining display options for your signage, take a good look at the space you are using. Are there any remarkable focal points you would like to highlight? Did you catch yourself missing a critical turn that attendees need to take note of? If so, these are great opportunities to create signage for your guests. The key to successfully executing any handcrafted project is to focus on practicality.

Chalkboards serve well to greet guests, display menus or designate table numbers. A larger version can even serve as a fun photo booth backdrop. Purchase a can of chalkboard paint for less than $20 and transform a thrift store silver tray or ceramic serving platter into a menu board to be displayed at the start of your buffet line. Certain fabrics, like canvas, can be painted with your names, monogram or even a simple “welcome” and hung from a hook. Remember to use the same font and/or motif throughout your designed pieces to provide a common focal point that draws guests in easily. If you do not have the highest confidence in your own calligraphy skills, you can hire a calligrapher to work on select pieces for a reasonable price.

Place Cards
Are plain white place cards too vanilla for your style? Good news! There are literally hundreds of unique and cost-efficient ways to direct your guests to their designated tables. Some of our favorite double-duty place cards include wrapping a petite baguette in parchment paper or placing your favorite pastry item in a personalized muslin bag. Just add a simple tag with the guest’s name tied with baker’s twine to create both a place card and a component of your guest’s meal. Another option would be to consider a fun and unique way to display traditional place cards. Incorporating a large-scale installation that displays your seating cards can be both functional and a showpiece for your guests to admire.

Table Numbers
Grab your guests’ attention with unique table numbers when they go to find their seats. Use a numerical rubber stamp on fabric or carry your chalkboard signage through to table numbers by using small white ceramic dinner plates. Paint the center of the plate with the chalkboard paint and then use plate stands to prop up each plate on the table. Purchase a neat set of dinner plates at a thrift store or collect unique plates from flea markets or garage sales. Painted papier-mâché letters look great and can make a big statement as well. For a more rustic feel, scraps of wood can be simply stunning adorned with white lettering.

Place Settings
You do not need to break the bank to wow your guests as they arrive at their seats. Small details like sprigs of herbs or fresh greenery make a huge impact on white china or linens. Some of our favorite ideas include menus printed on craft paper or small muslin bags stamped with a monogram or emblem, then stuffed with salted caramels or salt water taffy and tied off with ribbon or twine. Using striped ribbon or twine tied around a simple folded napkin can also make a large impact for just a few dollars.

Many couples are opting out of giving guests wedding favors due to the potential price tag; but here is one solution to that concern—double-duty your guest favors to stretch your budget. Items like mini mason jars filled with fruit crisp or cobbler doubles as a favor and a dessert. Another fabulous idea is to fill small bags with gourmet popcorn or chocolates. Tie the bags closed with ribbon or fold down and seal with a monogrammed self-adhesive sticker. Display them on a cake stand to add another décor element to your cake table. This also allows guests to easily serve themselves and take their favor home with them.

The key to keeping your handcrafted projects stress free is to know your limits and consider your timetable. Many brides become overwhelmed with the countless projects they have planned and often fail to calculate the true time needed to complete each project.

Our advice is to simply focus on the basics. Use an idea you have seen and make it your own. The smallest detail added to a place card or menu may be all that is needed. Remember, often less is more. In the end, your guests will be impressed with the thoughtfulness behind your day rather than the extensive projects you have displayed in every corner.

Bride Blogger Anna // Wedding Signage


One wedding trend that has always made my heart swoon is signage. Signs, be they informative or directional, are easy ways to provide a cohesive look throughout different spaces, from your ceremony to your reception, while also being functional! They are a great and affordable way to customize any space too. Bonus points: they can often be used again as home décor or sold to another bride-to-be.

While there are many extremely talented hand-lettering artists available to bring your vision to life, this was one DIY project that I knew I could tackle. I have always loved the wooden sign trend that is now splashed all over Pinterest – it can provide an earthy softness to an elegant design or easily add a rustic touch to any area. I wanted to use our signage as a way to bring in an outdoor element to ground our garden theme. In order to match the overall traditional look and glam touches, I have been drawn to a gorgeous dark stain on the wooden signs and mixing/layering them with mirrored ones.

While there are so many do-it-yourself tutorials on creating any type of sign for your big day, I wanted to share my steps and helpful tips I learned while creating these pieces:

  1. Decide on the number of signs you will need and what they will be used for. Some of the ways we are using signage includes: welcome signs to the ceremony and reception, table numbers, directing guests to sign our guestbook, to share our social media information, our bar menu, memory table quotes and more! Once you have decided on what you need, now is the time to figure out the dimensions for each piece.
  2. Gather your materials. Once I knew the sizes that I needed each sign to be, I measured out how to best cut down one large sheet of plywood to get the most out of each piece. Most home improvement stores should happily be able to cut down large wood pieces to the size you like, so for one low price you can end up with many pieces in the exact dimensions you need! For the mirrors, I had such a fun time attending antique shows and scouring vintage shops with my mom to find large mirrors at an affordable price – once you spray paint the frames gold they look brand new! I also needed a dark wood stain, acrylic paint, small paint brushes and a chalk marker for writing on glass.
  3. Prep your signs. This meant a quick sanding and three coats of stain for the dark espresso brown look I wanted the wood to have. After taping off and spray painting all the mirror frames, I also made sure to give a thorough cleaning to all the glass surfaces to ensure an smooth application of the paint pen.
  4. Transfer designs. This is probably my number one tip when creating any “freehanded” signage – don’t freehand it! A trick I learned was to make my design (you can use anything from word to Photoshop) and then project it onto the piece to be painted. Viola! A perfect outline that you can use to simply paint inside the lines to achieve a professional look. You do not need a super fancy projector for this project either. I purchased a simple one for less than $50 and have used it for more craft projects than I can count by now – it is such a time saver too!
  5. Paint away. On a dark wood stain it usually took me one good base coat of white paint for my designs, with one to two more touch up coats after I let each layer dry completely. When using the marker on the mirrored glass, I would either only use one coat, or make sure to let it completely dry before going back in to touchup larger areas.
  6. Admire your work and keep creating away! The possibilities are endless for all easy ways you can now relay messages and information to your guests.


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