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March 19

Eye Candy: Wedding Reception Photo Ideas

Starting with a Save the Date that incorporates photography in a fun and unique style, we’re loving these wedding day details. From table settings incorporating photos of each guest to a ceremony aisle runner that acts as a physical walk down memory lane, these five photo ideas will spark decor inspiration for your own wedding day.

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January 30

Introducing: DIY Printable Table Cards

Did you know DIY printable table cards are available on Wedding Paper Divas?  They’re the perfect way to tie your theme into your reception, and the best part is that they’re oh-so-easy to create. We love seeing the creative ways in which brides incorporate the cards into their table designs! We’re sharing a few of our favorite ways to DIY below.

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We have over 80 different printable table cards designs to match invitation suites, allowing brides to coordinate a cohesive and beautiful reception.

Most of our printable table cards will fit into your home printer, but we also have some great suggestions for applying your DIY creativity to them:

  • Calligraphy
  • Stamping
  • Stickers
  • Stencils
  • Cut-outs
  • Collage
  • Paper Quilling
  • Screen printing
  • Gocco printing
  • Hand Lettering
  • Cricut Machine
  • And more…

Below are the various paper types we offer and what kind of printing they’re optimized for. Something to keep in mind—some of these table cards won’t work for home printing, so the best way to figure out what will work for you is to order samples and test them out at home before purchasing.

Signature Matte: prints best on a laser printer and is not optimized for ink jet printing.

Textured Matte: prints best on an ink jet printer and is not optimized for laser printing.

Pearl White Shimmer: prints best on a laser printer and is not optimized for ink jet printing.

Premium DoubleThickMatte: too thick to run through a home printer (it’s awesomely thick!). Although we don’t offer samples of this paper, our Signature Matte is the same stock and we recommend testing a sample of our Signature Matte with a calligrapher before ordering DoubleThick™ paper.

Need a little inspiration? Here are some fun ways to DIY your table cards…

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For printing at home: Set your file using your program of preference (Microsoft Word, Adobe Illustrator, etc.) to a custom size, and set print page size to custom size. 4.56×6.18″.  You will need to use a front feeding printer.

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 Are you planning any DIY projects for your big day? Leave us a comment below!

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December 12

DIY Favor Inspiration: Macaron Favor Box

When we hear the words “Parisian” and “pastels” the first thing that comes to mind is macarons (of course!). Here’s a lovely, elegant DIY idea for your favors if you’re planning a French flair affair. Wrap your favors up pretty with a simple clear box and a bit of ribbon. Your guests will love (and love to eat) this sweet, delicate treat.

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November 21

DIY Art Deco Wedding Cake Topper

Add a glamorous Art Deco touch to your wedding cake with today’s simple but stunning cake topper DIY.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Styrofoam ball, 3.5″
  • 4″ clear plastic prism picks (we found ours online at a restaurant supply store)
  • Metallic gold craft paint
  • Metallic gold spray paint
  • One wood kabob skewer (cut in half)

Step 1: Cut

Cut a styrofoam ball in half with a sharp knife to make sure you have a smooth, flat half dome.

 Step 2: Paint

Paint the styrofoam ball with gold metallic paint and let it dry for a few hours.

 Step 3: Spraypaint

Lay out about 100 plastic prism picks and spray paint evenly to make sure all edges are covered. Flip them over and spray any unfinished sides.

Step 4: Assemble

Stick the prism picks in the styrofoam in an organized pattern at first, and then fill in any gaps as you see fit.

Step 5: Top it Off

Stick the wooden skewer into the flat side of the dome. Then, place the cake topper on the top of your wedding cake (making sure the styrofoam is very slightly elevated from the top of your cake and not touching). Get ready for a dazzling finish!

If you try this idea yourself, or if you have any DIY ideas to share, send your photos to blog@weddingpaperdivas.com and we’ll post them for all of our fans and followers.

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October 17

DIY: Custom Wedding Backdrop

We’re seeing dreamy wedding backdrops everywhere these days, so we thought it high time to create one of our own. And with a bit of crate paper, streamers and string, you can too. It’s easier than it looks—we promise!

We measured a six foot string (butchers twine will do just fine). Then we measured 16 foot strips of crate paper and metallic streamers and knotted them at the top of the string, so 8 feet would fall on each side.

Tie each piece close together and be sure to alternate colors/textures as you go along. You can even fold the crate paper to create waves, or trim the sides to get a cool effect. Once you’ve covered the entire string, you’re done. A voila! Use it as a backdrop for a photo booth, the dessert table or gift table.

If  you try this idea yourself, or if you have any DIY ideas to share, send your photos to blog@weddingpaperdivas.com and we’ll post them for all of our fans and followers.

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September 26

DIY: Ceremony Streamers

The ceremony sendoff is one of the best photo opportunities of the day, and this simple little DIY project will help make yours picture perfect. An alternative to traditional rice or bubbles, streamers will create a cool effect for post-”I do” pics. Here’s how to make them…

Gather These Supplies

  • Ribbon
  • Wood dowels
  • Eyelet hooks
  • Plyer
  • Spray paint

Step 1: Paint 

Start your project by spraying all of the wood dowels with the paint color of your choice (we went with a matte gold). Make sure to cover all of the surface. These will take some time to dry, so we recommend doing this step first and letting them sit overnight to set.

Step 2: Screw

This is the most labor-intensive step, but also the most important. Using your hands, screw the eyelet hook into the end of the dowel. Once you’ve got it sturdy enough, use the plyer to tighten. Make it snug!

Step 3: Tie

Once your hooks are secured in the wood, the last step is to add your ribbon. We double knotted it at the metal to make sure nothing came loose, and gave it a good wave to test it out.

 

 Now they’re ready for guests to wave at you on your way out!

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September 17

DIY: Card and Gift Box

Even if guests send wedding gifts ahead of time, it’s likely that you’ll have some card-carriers showing up to the reception. Give them a cute place to stash well wishes with this DIY card box. Play with papers and patterns to match your theme, and wow guests when you tell them that you made it yourself.

Supplies

  • Cardboard shipping box (one without a lid works best)
  • Paper of your choosing. We went with a gorgeous ombre striped option.
  • Ribbon in a complementing color
  • Exacto knife and scissors
  • Spray adhesive
  • Ruler

Step 1: Prep the Box

Tape the box shut using a strong, sturdy tape that will hold well. Then, use your exacto knife to cut a slit big enough to fit the cards through, and measure how far the end of your slit is from each side of the box so you know exactly where to cut after you wrap the box with paper.

Step 2: Wrap It Up Pretty

Use spray adhesive and wrap box—like you would a gift—with your paper. Measure in the same distance and use your exacto knife to cut a slit from the paper.

Step 3: Add the Embellishments

Lastly, use your ribbon (or raffia, or whatever you find and love) to embellish the box—we did a double wrap and added a double bow. Be sure to tuck and glue your ribbon into the card opening for a clean, luxe look. Pretty… and pretty simple to make!

If  you try this idea yourself, or if you have any DIY ideas to share, send your photos to blog@weddingpaperdivas.com and we’ll post them for all of our fans and followers.

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September 12

DIY: Wildflower Boutonniere

Fall is peeking around the corner and if you’re wrapping up the details for your autumn affair, this DIY is sure to delight. Dried florals are a picture-perfect boutonniere option for this time of year. Save time (and pre-wedding stress) by creating these simple yet stylish accessories in advance.

 

Supplies

  • Dried florals or silk/synthetic flowers that match your theme or colors
  • Floral tape
  • Ribbon or raffia
  • Hot glue gun
  • Pins

Step 1: Arrange

Arrange your florals in a way so that all the stems are gathered at the bottom. Adjust each piece to your liking. When you have everything the way you want it, wrap the stems with floral tape—and add a dollop of hot glue to make sure everything stays in place.

Step 2: Wrap and Secure

Next, cover the floral tape with ribbon, raffia or any other embellishments you want. You’ll want to add another dollop of glue here, to secure the end of the ribbon.

Step 3: Pin and Cherish

Lastly, you’ll want to glue a pin to the base of the stems so it’s wear-ready on the big day!

If  you try this idea yourself, or if you have any DIY ideas to share, send your photos to blog@weddingpaperdivas.com and we’ll post them for all of our fans and followers.

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July 19

DIY: Add Wow to Your Invitations

Looking for a way to add a little extra dazzle to your wedding stationery? This week’s DIY is just for you. And we thought there’s no better way to showcase wow-worthy add-ons than with our gorgeous, new ethnic wedding invitations. Let’s get started…

Supplies

  • Your favorite stationery designs. We used our Vintage Scrollwork wedding invitation, our Paisley Flourish rehearsal dinner invitation and coordinating wedding invitation, and our Peacock Promise wedding invitation.
  • Pocketfolds in a coordinating color. These offer a beautiful way to package your stationery suite.
  • Adhesive gems, decorative paper, rhinestones—anything you love that will add some sparkle. You can find these at any craft or paper goods store.
  • Double-sided tape and/or tacky glue.

Rhinestone Embellishments

Dressing up your design with something tiny and sparkly is fairly simple, but takes some precision. We had to get out the tweezers for accurate placement—and tacky glue for the gems that didn’t come with an adhesive backing. This takes two steps: decide where you want it, then place it carefully onto the cardstock.

Pretty Paper Backing

Many of our wedding invitations already come with designs on the back, but this is just another way to play up your style. We found some gorgeous specialty paper at a local craft store, and cut it true to the size of the invitation using a paper cuter with a built-in ruler. Once you’ve got it cut to the perfect size, use tacky glue to adhere it to the back of your card and it’s ready to impress.

For this second look, you’ll have to double your wedding invitation order—because what you see on the front of the pocketfolds enclosure is actually the back of the wedding invitation. But we absolutely love this unique approach to sending out your stationery… just imagine your guests’ reaction when they open that envelope!

Glue your invitation onto the pocketfolds cover (facing down) to get gorgeous, and the rest of your wedding suite (invite, response card and any enclosure cards) will sit snug inside. You can also line the inside with paper to give the ornate stationery an equally elaborate backdrop, like so:

Who knew a bit of paper and some gems could transform your stationery in such a way?

Did you try out this DIY project at home? Send your photos to blog@weddingpaperdivas.com and we’ll be happy to feature your handiwork.

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June 8

DIY: Embellished Place Settings

Wedding season is in full swing, which can only mean that bridal showers are too. So, we thought it’d be the perfect time to share a chic shower DIY that’s easy to make—and easy on any planner’s budget.Embellishing your guests’ place settings is a fun way to add a dash of elegance to your event, and your bride will absolutely love the thought.

Here’s how it’s done…

Supplies

  • Kraft paper
  • White paint pen
  • Clear glass plates

Step 1: Set the Stage

Turn your kraft paper into a tablecloth. If space doesn’t permit, cut runners or rectangular shapes for each spot.

Step 2: Get Creative

Use the paint pen to write out each guests’ name. Add fun flourishes, delicate dots and more! You can even use this space to play up your party’s theme. Just make sure to keep your handcrafted design within the shape and size of the plate that it will sit under.

Step 3: Add the Finishing Touches

Place your plate, silverware and glassware down. Step back and smile knowing that guests are going to love it!

If  you try this idea yourself, or if you have any DIY ideas to share, send your photos to blog@weddingpaperdivas.com and we’ll post them for all of our fans and followers.

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