Tuesday, August 26, 2014

How To Create D.I.Y. Letter Decor

In just 3 easy steps you can craft this personalized letter decor as a wedding gift for someone you know, or use it at your own wedding! I really enjoy making these as gifts for friends. They make the perfect addition to any newlyweds’ home!
Supplies Needed:
  • Hot glue gun
  • Flower of your choice 
  • Wooden Letter ($3.49 at Hobby Lobby) 
  • Paint ($1.37 at Hobby Lobby) 
  • Jute Twine ($2.99 at Hobby Lobby) 
  • Foam Brushes ($1.33 at Hobby Lobby)

Step 1: First, paint one side of your wooden letter. I prefer using the foam brushes. I applied a thin coat and let the letter dry all the way before applying a second coat of paint. After the letter is completely dry, apply the paint to the other side.

Step 2: Next, wrap the twine around the letter, applying glue to the back side of your letter. I prefer gluing the twine on both sides of the letter as I wrap it, to ensure that it stays in place. I decided to just glue twine around one section of the letter. (There’s also the option of gluing twine around the entire letter, which is more time consuming but you wouldn’t need any paint).

Step 3: Lastly, take the flower of your choice and glue it on the letter. I chose to glue the flower at the top, on the same side as the twine.
**You could also attach ribbon at the top of the wooden letter to be hung up on a wall or front door!

And voila! You have a quickly custom crafted letter! 

Have fun crafting!!
 ~Danielle S. 

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Thursday, August 14, 2014

Intimate, Average, or Major?!

Often times, couples get stuck on deciding what size wedding they should host.  Below are three different ranges that are most common as well as the benefit of each! 
2-50 people:
If you’re looking for an intimate event this is the size for you. You can make sure those that are most important to you are present. This is generally the ideal size for destination weddings and backyard affairs. You may think that 50 is a lot of people, but when you think about families it can add up. Generally you have parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, and siblings all times two. But the benefit of having such a small gathering is that you can truly spend quality time with each of your guests. 
Photo source: New York Wedding Boutique
50-175 guests:
This tends to be the average size for weddings. You may think this is a crazy amount compared to your “must have” list but you have to remember you are combining two families. A medium size wedding allows you to have all your friends and family with a little wiggle room. Why not let your mom bring her favorite co-worker who she’s been talking your wedding up to? Just remember your budget when you’re adding more guests. Each additional guest can be up to an additional $50+ once you factor in food, chairs, rentals, favors, etc.
175+ guests:
If you want a major party you’re going to need a major guest list. If you are lucky enough to have a large family and wide variety of friends you’ll want to keep them all included. Family traditions can also make your guest list creep up in to the higher digits. Commonly, Indian weddings tend to have more guests because of their culture. This summer my cousin got married and combined with our family consisting of 70+ people, his family of an equally large number, all of their friends, plus the Indian culture aspect, they had a guest list in the 400’s. While this eases the worry of deciding who to invite and leave off, you need to be more aware of your budget. 
Photo source: The Knot

 I hope this helps you in deciding how many guests to have at your wedding!!

~ Sam 

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Thursday, August 7, 2014

4 Wedding Favors Ideas!

Are you racking your brain trying to think of the perfect favors for your guests?! Don't over think it, your guests will appreciate any wedding favor you choose. Below are 4 ideas to help get your creative juices flowing.

1. Candy/Dessert:  You can’t go wrong with sweets! Personalized M&M’s or Hershey Kisses with your initials and/or wedding date would be a sweet touch for any wedding.  If you are having a Fall or Winter wedding, a Smores kit would be the prefect yummy gift.  Already having a dessert bar at your wedding? You could also provide decorative take out boxes for your guests to fill with candy/dessert. This will also ensure that your wont have a TON of leftover candy!

2. Accessories:  If you are having an outdoor summer or spring wedding, flip-flops or sunglasses are a super fun and functional favor idea. For a destination wedding, personalized luggage tags are often a nice take-away.  You could also do monogrammed beach towels or tote bags if you are tying the knot at the beach!

3. Beverages: who doesn't love a koozie or mini cocktail bottles?! Are you two lovebirds coffee lovers? You could favor your guests with personalized coffee mugs! Koozie and mugs are favorites among wedding guests!

4. Traditional: If you are more of the traditional bride & groom, you may opt for the classic favors such as personalized matches or bubbles!


I hope you found these ideas helpful!! Happy planning! 

-Kati N. 

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