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How To Make Your Own Place Cards

Posted by Rachel Donnelly in DIY Quick Tip on June 25, 2013

Your wedding will be one of the most important occasions in your life, and therefore it’s very important to make sure everything is just as you’d like it to be. Putting unique touches to various aspects of your day can help in creating those perfect memories. One way you can add a personal touch to your wedding is by creating place cards for your guests. Not only is it a fun task that everyone can get involved with (who doesn’t love cut and stick?!), it can also help save a lot of money. And the best part? They’re your own unique, original, one-of-a-kind creations that represent your personality and style, all while fitting with your chosen theme. 

The style and cost is entirely up to you; you can go all out or just keep it simple. Creating a place name can be as easy as finding the right type of heavy paper/card and putting your calligraphy skills to the test, or using a good home printer with a decent supply of ink. 

For something a little more adventurous, it might be worth holding on to nice scraps of tissue paper and wrapping paper, buttons, ribbon, and pieces of fabric, as well as investing in gold, silver and black pens (if you feel like handwriting names). You never know when inspiration might strike! 

Another interesting way to create place cards is by using small picture frames. There are so many styles and colours to choose from (and they’re quite cheap), as well as the option of choosing a plain style and decorating it to your liking (try painting it, or gluing on flowers and other decorations). Frames are an interesting alternative to paper place names, as they are less likely to be accidently damaged, and will stay clean due to the glass. They will also serve as a nice token of your day for your guests to bring home if they wish. 

Here are some more ideas for place names: 

  • Use wine corks to hold cards with guests names
     
  • Cocktail umbrellas labelled with the guests names
     
  • Spell out the guests names with Scrabble pieces
     
  • Handwritten bookmark-type place names
     
  • Luggage tags with the guests names
     
  • A photo of the bride or groom with each particular guest for a very personal touch (if it’s a small wedding and this is possible)
     
  • Use a place envelope instead of a place name and include a photo of the couple, a nice poem, or the lyrics to the couple’s favourite song inside.
     
  • A washing line style display with all the guests names and tables numbers pegged onto it.

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How To Make Your Wedding Fun

Posted by Rachel Donnelly in DIY How To Ideas and Inspiration on July 31, 2012

Sometime during the wedding planning, frazzled, and lost in colour charts and seating plans, you might just forget who exactly you’re planning the wedding for. Remember, your wedding is your big day, and that the day should reflect you and your partner’s personalities and interests. You’ll want to remember your day the way you wanted it to be, and not just a day of formalities, etiquette, and stiffly posed photos. 

You’ll want your wedding to be fun, and enjoyed not just by you, but by your family and friends as well. So, here’s a list of interesting and quirky entertainment ideas you may consider adding to help make your wedding one of the most fun and memorable yet! 

  1. Put disposable cameras on the reception tables, with small baskets of props nearby eg: moustaches, lips, glasses, and invite guests to use them and take silly photos.
     
  2. Magician – Great for holding the attention of children, and a good way to break the ice and get people talking at the beginning of the reception.

  3. Karaoke – Always a popular choice after a few drinks!

  4. Dance lesson – Hire an instructor to teach your guests a few moves before having a long night of dancing.

  5. Hire an ice cream van and serve everyone a cone!

  6. A balloon artist is a great way to keep children entertained.

  7. Hire an arcade gaming machine, or set up a Nintendo Wii or Xbox Kinect to dance or play bowling.

  8. Set up a mini casino station for the James Bond wannabes!

  9. Hire an artist to do caricatures or silhouettes of your guests.

  10. A candy bar – for those with a sweet tooth.

  11. Cocktail mixing – Perhaps a member of the bar staff at the reception venue could show the guests how to mix their own cocktails.

  12. The bride and groom could choreograph a dance routine for their first dance.

  13. Hire a photo booth – preferably one that supports video too, so guests can record messages and take pictures of themselves in silly poses for the couple.

  14. Think of some games that could be played at individual tables – for example “Guess The Person”. Everyone gets a card with a famous person’s name on it that they are not allowed look it. They must stick the card to their forehead and get help from others to guess their person.

  15. Have some paper and pencils/crayons for kids to keep them entertained.

  16. Leave a blank journal or notepaper and pens in the reception area, so guests can write messages, advice, or memories about the couple for the bride and groom.

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