Category Archives: DIY Projects

DIY Photo booth

Photo booths at weddings can be a lot of fun for you and your guests.  Many have created DIY photo booths and back drops to help cut costs.  If you are on a tight budget, and would like to try  provide this entertainment for your guests, here are some links to tutorials to Do-It-Yourself.

~ Happy Planning ~

DIY Backdrop

DIY Backdrop by Angel Burgher

~ Angel Burgher ~  created a GREAT blog with instructions and  blueprints on how to make your own backdrop!  PVC materials comes to under $20!

DIY - Sheet Backdrop

DIY – Muslim Sheet Backdrop

photos by Megan Christine Studio

photos by Megan Christine Studio – Everett, Washington

~ On a Super Tight budget and a little Crafty? ~
Get a giant piece of muslim or a clearance bed sheet and paint your design.  Cut a hole and hang with a rope (or from PVC pipes)

Jen H created some cute backdrops on sheets.  View some  photo examples from her wedding.

DIY - Photo booth Pictures

DIY – Photo booth Pictures – by Aireen

~ Looking for instructions for the camera/printer set up? ~
Check out this blog entry by Aireen on the supplies and program needed to print out the pictures!

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Modified Gazebo by Ashlee C

~ Have an old Gazebo? ~
Cut it down to make it shorter and cut the bars on top to drape the tulle/fabric from.  A suggestion from Ashlee, put a solid color behind the tulle to prevent the light from shinning through.

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Sequin curtain created by Valene V

~ Have time on your hands and LOTS of patience? ~
Instructions from Valene: I got round sequins at hobby lobby in 2 different sizes. I also bought little round jewelry rings to hook the sequins together.   It is very time consuming depending on how long you want each garland and how many strands you need.  I bought the foam boards at michaels and bought black wrapping paper and covered the foam boards.  It was nailed up on the wall.*  {Party was at her home}  I think I spent around $60 for everything. The one thing that did get pricey was the jewelry hooks. I tried to buy them when they were 50% off  at hobby lobby.  *perhaps the wall mounting squares would work

or try this DIY Wax Paper Dot Garland
http://greenweddingshoes.com/diy-waxed-paper-dot-garland/

~ Ideas for back drops ~
Nature and Hanging Frames, Muslim, Cloth, Wood & Wall paper, Foam Board and Wrapping paper, Bed sheet, Bed Sheet  painted, Sequins, Streamers, Tinsel Garland, Balloons,  Paper Poms, Paper Chain  links, Paper pinwheels, Shower Curtain, Plastic tablecloths, Quilt, Wood Circles, more and more!

Credit: marvelousmommy.com

Credit: marvelousmommy.com

~ Want to print out some props? ~

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Credit: ohhappyday.com

Materials Checklist

  • prop printouts
  • spray adhesive
  • heavy cardstock (100 lb. or more)
  • scissors
  • glue and/or tape
  • popsicle sticks, straws, or dowels
Optional:
  • foam core (to create sturdier props)
  • X-ACTO (or other utility) knife
  • cutting mat
  • embellishments
    (feathers, rhinestones, etc.)Click images to get to sites to download the pdf

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    DIY Props – Credit: Magnetstreet.com

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Credit: kensiekate.com – 12 pages of props

Credit: botanicalpaperworks.com

Credit: botanicalpaperworks.com

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Credit: ohhappyday.com

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Credit: ohhappyday.com

Credit: ohhappyday.com

Credit: ohhappyday.com

~ CHEESE ~

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How to Display your wedding mementos

 

I have come across some cute ideas on how to display your wedding invitations and other mementos after the wedding.  Hope you find some inspiration and give some of these DIY projects a try.  ~ Congrats ~

1. Create an ornament with your invite.
Cut the invitation line by line so that you have many thin strips.  Wrap each section around a pencil to curl the paper.  Slide the strips into a clear glass ornament.

Photo by Cydney J

Photo by Cydney J

Photo and Ornament by Trena E

Photo and Ornament by Trena E

2. Create an ornament with flowers from your bouquet.
Dry out your bouquet and drop small flower buds into a clear glass ornament.

Photo and Ornament by Jen P

Photo and Ornament by Jen P

3.   Create an ornament from your Invite.
Cut large sections of your invite and mod podge them onto a piece of wood.

Photo by Tatiana S

Photo by Tatiana S

4.  Make your Cake Topper into an ornament

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Photo from Tiffany

5.  Create a shadow box.
Use pearl push pins to attach items to a shadow box.

Photo and Shadow box by Desarae

Photo and Shadow box by Desarae

Photo and Shadow Box by Desarae

Photo and Shadow Box by Desarae

6.  Create a  display case.
I took a basket ball display case and placed: my bouquet, my groom’s boutonnière, my garter, hair comb, and our favor inside.  Our cake toper is resting on top of the case.

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7.   Use a Picture Frame.
Get a double picture frame and have a wedding picture on one side, and your invite on the other.

8.  Get an engraved picture frame.
Place your photo in the frame and have your wedding invitation wording engraved on the side.
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9.  Superimpose your Vows or the Lyrics to your 1st Dance over a photo.
Print and frame the image or have it printed on a canvas.

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10.  Create a “book” from all your wedding cards.
I’ve seen many different ways to do this if you google it.  You can buy a 2 ring binder and punch holes in your invite.  You can punch 2 or 3 holes in every invite and just use string or twine to hold the “binding” of your book together.  You can use 1, 2, or 3 large rings.  If you are good at scrap-booking, you can make a cover for your book.   A cover can be as simple as taking a card board box and “upholstering” it with fabric.
Instructions: http://www.weddingwire.com/wedding-forums/diy-wedding-card-book-instructions-and-pictures/b79c416c288aaf26.html

Photo and Card book by Desarae

Photo and Card book by Desarae

Hope this inspires you with ideas on how to display and showcase your wedding mementos.  ~ Happy Planning ~

POEMS – Favors, Will you be my… Flower Girl/Ring-Bearer In Remembrance, Bathroom Baskets, Wishing Tree, Photo I-spy, etc….

I’ve helped collect a large number of poems and such that people have been using on signs and such at weddings.   I hope that you can find something helpful here.  There is a great link to a Large index of favor sayings.  Wishing Tree signage, Photo upload cards, Candy Buffet sign, Donations wording, and more.  Hope this helps.  ~ Happy Planning ~

LARGE Index of Favor Sayings – Poem ideas…
http://www.favorideas.com/favorsayings/index.php

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Possible poem for Save The Dates

(Bride) and (Groom) have gone hi-tech,
Just so you can see,
What’s been happening in their lives,
Regarding the date-to-be.
We’ve had our photos taken,
We’ve tried to do things right,
And you can peek at little details,
If you log in to our website.
www. something. com

*

Our day is fast approaching
And we can hardly wait.
We want you to be with us,
So be sure to Save the Date!
(Bride) & (Groom)
(Date)
(City, State)

*

(Groom) popped the Question
(Bride) said “Yes!”
We’re planning a wedding,
So please be our Guest!
(Date)
(City, State)

*

This little card is sent to say,
We would really like you to share our day.
So please, if you can, keep this special day free,
To spend it with the bride & groom to be…
formal invitation to follow

*

While we decide on flowers, dresses, and what kind of cake;
We want you to know that we do know the Date!
(Bride) and (Groom)
are getting married
(Date)
(City, State)

Poem for Wishing Tree ~ Guest book Cards

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These cards will be
for our wedding book
a modern twist
on the standard look.

As we begin our Journey
A brand new Mr. and Mrs.
We could surely use
Your Advice and good Wishes.

Jot down a Memory,
A reminder of the day.
Draw a doodle or picture
If your not sure what to say.

Share with us your Wisdom
About Marriage, Love, and Life,
The secret to being a good Husband
Or a thoughtful, loving Wife.

Please don’t forget
It would be such a shame
to leave your wisdom
Without signing your Name.

Give us words of love or fun
Write or draw your own design.
And put it in the bowl when you are done.
(And hang it in the tree when you are done.)

Poem for Photo upload cards

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Can you catch us when we kiss.
Find moments the photographer may have missed.
Use your camera and look around,
Please upload your photos, they are so hard to hunt down.

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Wedding I-Spy
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Take your camera + look around, find these pictures that must be found!

Shoot away + complete the list, Find the moments the photographer might have missed!
A pretty Dress * People Laughing * Bride & Groom holding hands
Close up of Flowers * Cutest older couple * Big Hug
Someone making a lovely toast * Best Man with Groom
Maid of Honor helping the Bride * Tears of happiness
Bride & Groom’s first dance * Bride and Groom Kissing
Everyone at your table * Artistic shot of your food * Sweet Treats
Groom playing with his ring * Favorite decoration
Worst dancer caught in the act * Best dancer showing off their moves
 Wedding Mad Libs
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Congrats to the (adjective) couple, Bride & Groom!
It’s so (adjective) to know that you are (verb) your (adjective) life together. You both are the most (adjective) (noun) I have ever met.
May your lives be blessed with many ( plural noun ) !
Here’s some advice for you: never forget to (verb) after you (verb) .
Also, remember to (verb) before you (verb) .
Bride, you should always remember to (verb) Groom’s (noun) .
Groom, the key to a woman’s (noun) is by (verb) for her.
Love, _________________________

WEDDING PARTY POEMS

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Will you be my __________?

The day, the dress
The bride, the groom
The joy, the tears
Will all come so soon

Professing true love
To my husband-to-be
With family and friends
All watching me

I hope the sun will
Be shining down
Keep your fingers crossed
That I’ll fit my gown

But there ‘s one more thing
That there needs to be
And that’s to have you
Standing with me!

Or – reword this to go in a card with your thank you gift to your wedding party.
Wording for beginning of a Rehearsal Invitation?

It’s hard for us to believe that in just a little while,
the two of us will be walking down the aisle,
And nothing would give us more joy or pride,
Than having you there right by our side.

(Flower girl)
When I was just a little girl,
About the size of you,
I dreamed one day I’d fall in love
And then get married, too.
So now that I am all grown up,
About to be a bride,
I want you for my flower girl
To be right by my side.
For it is common knowledge that
A wedding’s not complete,
Without a pretty flower girl
Like you, who’s dear and sweet.
Will you be my flower girl?

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flower girl poem

You are so very young but the years will pass by,
And you’ll too be a bride in the blink of an eye.
While you may not remember the day that I married,
The part that you played or the basket you carried.
There will be a day that will burn bright like an ember,
The day you will wed, you will always remember.
So here is a hankie for the day you will say…
“I need ‘something old’ for my wedding day.”

ring bearer poem
How lucky we are to have a ring bearer
Who’s so cute in every way.
Someone who knows how to walk down an aisle
And steal everyone’s heart away.
So thank you for being our ring bearer,
And helping to lead the way.
But thank you most of all for helping
To make ours a perfect wedding day.

Bathroom Baskets

(men)
If you’ve stained your tie,
Your hair is out of place,
You’ve got bad breath
Or whatever the case.
We’ve put together a basket
To help you along.
Now hurry back before you
Miss the next song!

(women)
Please help yourself
to the contents within,
Mints, hand lotion, and even aspirin!
Use what you need and leave the rest,
It may be useful to another guest,
So repair the damage
that may have been done,
Then hurry back and join the fun!

Bridesmaid Survival Kit
(read them all and mix them to create your own)

This Survival Kit was made just to say, 
I’m thrilled you are beside me on my wedding day! 
There’s chocolate to eat in case you get hungry, 
If your neck starts to sweat, use the scrunchie! 
In case of a spill, here’s some tide, 
I’ve included some tissues in case you should cry! 
Some mints to keep your breath nice & fresh, 
And use the lip gloss to help look your best! 
A shot if you’re nervous and need a drink, 
Deodorant for if you absolutely stink! 
There’s ibuprofen inside incase it’s ill that you feel, 
And bandaids to help you tackle those heels! 
I’ve put everything in this handy pack, 
so you’ll know this Bride has got your back!

or

This survival kit was made just to say, 
I’m thrilled you’re beside me on my wedding day!
There’s Aspirin and Tums if you’re not feeling well, 
Band-Aids on the off-chance that you fell!
A bottle of water to ward off the heat,
Toothpicks in case you get something in your teeth!
Safety pins in case your dress rips, 
And a straw  so you don’t smear your lips!
There’s mints to keep your breath smelling great, 
And a nail file in case a tip breaks!
Tissues in case you should happen to cry, 
In case of a spill, I’ve included some Tide.
There’s a granola bar in case you get hungry, 
And some more Aspirin, for your hangover on Sunday!
I’ve put everything in this handy pack, 
So you’ll know that this bride has got your back!
This kit was created so you can see, 
How much you mean to the bride to be!

or

This Survival Kit was made just to say,
I’m thrilled you’re beside me on my wedding day!
Lotion to keep your hands from getting dry,
A packet of tissues in case you should cry.
Lip gloss in case your lips should chap,
You know this bride is watching your back!
An ail file to prevent those runs I mentioned before,
I want to prepare you for what may be in store.
Hairspray to keep your hair in place,
A mirror to check out your beautiful face.
Band-Aids in case your shoes aren’t feeling okay,
Or you can just take them off and dance the night away!
Some hugs and kisses for my favorite girls,
You are my best friends in the whole wide world.
Thank you so much for all you have done,
Your support, your love, and all of the fun!
I hope this kit helps you and brings you some glee,
It’s just a little thanks from the bride-to-be.

or

This Survival Kit was made just to say,
I’m thrilled you’re beside me on my wedding day!
There’s chocolate to give you that sugar high,
A packet of tissues in case you should cry.
Lip gloss to help you care for your smile.
If a nail should break, I’ve included a file.
There is Shout if you should spill on your dress,
and lifesavers to keep your breath minty fresh.
There’s Aleve and Tums if it’s ill that you feel,
and Band-aids to help you tackle high heels.
I’ve put everything in this handy pack,
so you’ll know that this bride has got your back!
This kit was created so that you can see,
how much you mean to the bride-to-be! 

Candy Buffet Poem

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See all the treats
We are offering you
On this beautiful day
When we say “I do.”

Use the scoop
Choose what you like
Leave some for others
Be Polite

It was sweet of you
to go out of your way
To be here with us
on our Special Day.

So take this box and
Fill it with treats
Our way of saying thank you
for being so Sweet

Donation instead of favors

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With much thought and consideration,
we have chosen a special way to say “Thank You”
for sharing our wedding day with us.
In commemoration of our wedding day,
we have made a donation to

The _______ Society
And the
_________ Association.
These donations are made in your honor

In loving memory of
Bob Smith ….. Grandfather of the Bride
Tom Jones ….. Grandfather fo the Bride
Mary Thomas …. Grandmother of the Groom

We feel the finest gift is one,
which helps others live longer and healthier lives.
We truly appreciate your being
part of our lives and this special day.

In Memory of…..

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For Mom…

Although you may not see her,
you know your Mom is here,
you carry her within your heart
and feel her presence near.

You know she will be happy
to see your wedding day,
she knows you’ve found your one true love
and that you’ll be okay.

You know that as she watches
your wedding from above,
she’ll send you all her blessings
and with it all her love.

If you listen very carefully
you’ll hear your mother say,
“It’s the love you show that matters most
each and every day.”

For Dad….

Dear Lord please clear a spot for him;
he should have the perfect view.
His little girl’s a Bride today,
and I am counting on you.
Let me feel his presence;
as I journey down the aisle.
But let me notice his abscence;
if only for a while.
Let me stop to think of him;
As I am given away.
And know that if he could;
he would be here with me today.
Dear Lord please clear a spot for him;
he should have the perfect view.
And if he should get sad today;
Dear Lord I count on you.

For Groom’s Parents….
Its their little boy’s big day today,
Dear Lord, please clear soom room
They need a perfect place to see
their son become a Groom.
We know that if they could;
they would be with us today.
Let us feel their presence;
As they help to guide our way.
May he smile and think of them
as he waits before the aisle,
But let him notice their absence
if only for awhile.
Dear Lord please clear a spot for them;
they should have the perfect view.
And if they should get sad today;
Dear Lord, we count on you.

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In Remembrance…

Although we cannot see you,
We know that you are here.
We feel the warmth of your smile,
And can sense that you are near.

And we want for you to know,
Your love is still our guide,
Memories carried in our hearts,
You are always at our side.

It’s so sad you will not be here,
On the day we say “I do”,
And so we say our vows today,
In loving memory of you.

-or –

Although we can not see you
We know you are here
Smiling down,
Watching over us,
As we say “I Do.”

You will always stay
Forever in our lives,
Memories in our hearts,
We will think of you in silence
As we say our vows today.
In loving memory of _______

– or –

In Loving Memory of those who could
not be with us to share our special day
For those we have loved and lost along the way,
A flame to remember them burns here today.
For the laughter, smiles and memories remain,
Together today their presence sustains.
Never forgotten and loved forever more,
Today their blessings flicker and soar.

Possible poems for no gifts
*For use on website or extra note on registry… NOT in with the invite or even in the invite envelope *
(ok to put the website info on an insert with the invite – but please, no Registry info with invites)

Honeymoon $ request….

Please join us on our special day,
Your attendance is desired.
Don’t feel obliged to give a gift,
But your dancing shoes are required.

If you were thinking of giving a gift,
What would really make our day,
Is a contribution to our honeymoon,
To help us on our way.

Moving soon after?

If you are going to be our guest,
Please bring with you your smiles
It is hard to carry gifts
When you’re traveling all these miles.

If you were thinking of giving a gift,
To help us on our way.
One sent later to our new house,
Would really make our day.

Vistaprint and Pocketfold Envelopes

I know a lot of ladies love the look of Pocketfold Envelopes and like to try to use the budget friendly Vistaprint invites.  The only problem people run into is the weird vistaprint invite sizes.  Here are a few tips to creating invites on Vistaprint that will fit your pocketfolds.

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**** Find the dimensions of your pocketfold.   *****
Some place on the envelope site will be a link that says “Sizing Guide.”  You will need to know what they suggest for your invite size and what size your inserts must be to fit inside  the pocket.  Compare that to the VP document sizes so that you know what will fit or how much you will need to trim off.

Card and Pockets Signature   –  $34.50 for 50
http://www.cardsandpockets.com/signature.aspx

4.5″ x 6.5″ suggested for the invite – centered
3.5″ x 5″ for the rsvp
3.625″ x 5.125 for the rsvp envelope (3 5/8 x 5 1/8 – 4 Bar Envelope)
3.5″ x 6.75″ for an insert (can be cut to create layered look)

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Signature cardsandpockets.com

* a Vistaprint notecard/postcard will be TOO BIG for the pocket.  A 5×7 invite cut in half will work for an rsvp with just a small trimming needed.  A 4-Bar envelope will fit in the pocket.


Paper and More  A7 Himalaya  – $36.99 for 50

http://www.paperandmore.com/a7-solid-himalaya-pocket-invitation-cards

4.5″ x 6.5″  suggested for the invite – centered
3.375  x 4.875 for the RSVP  (suggested so the envelope can fit too)
3.625″ x 5.125″  –  4 Bar envelope for the RSVP  (*A-2 envelope is too big)
4.25 x 6.75″ for an insert (can be cut to create layered look)

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A7 – Himalaya paperandmore.com

* a Vistaprint notecard and Vistaprint postcard WILL fit in the pocket as an insert as shown above, but the VistaPrint A-2 Envelope will be a “little” too big.  I’m not sure if you can squish it in by folding the envelope flap over a little? Perhaps only use this design if you are doing on-line rsvp’s.


Paper and More A7 Cascade  – $36.99 for 50
http://www.paperandmore.com/a7-cascade-pocket-invitation-cards

4.5″ x 6.5″  suggested for the invite – centered
4.21″ x 5.47″ largest size for rsvp
4.33″ x 5.75″ (A2 envelope) largest size that can fit
4.25″ x 6.75″ for an insert
* a Vistaprint notecard and Vistaprint postcard WILL fit in the pocket as an insert.
The A-2 Envelope also falls within the dimensions and WILL fit.

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A7 Cascade – paperandmore.com


Paper and More A7 Atlas   – $36.99 per 50
http://www.paperandmore.com/a7-atlas-pocket-invitation-cards

4.5″ x 6.5″  suggested for the invite – centered
4.21″ x 5.47″ largest size for rsvp
4.33″ x 5.75″ (A2 envelope) largest size that can fit
4.25″ x 6.75″ for an insert
* a Vistaprint notecard and Vistaprint postcard WILL fit in the pocket as an insert.
The A-2 Envelope also falls within the dimensions.

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Vistaprint Document Sizes

  • 5 x 7 INVITE

4.61″ x 7.17″
* you will need to trim a little off the top to make it fit a  5×7 pocketfold.  Trim a little more off the top and a touch off the sides if you wish to have an equal amount of envelope show around the invite when mounting it as suggested.

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  • 5 x 7 INVITE cut in half to make 2 inserts (to fit a CardandPockets Signature pocket)

(2)  3.59″ x 4.61″
* you will need to trim a little off the top/bottom to make it fit a 4-Bar envelope

Vistaprint 5x7 invite cut in half

Vistaprint 5×7 invite cut in half

  • 5.5 x 4 FLAT NOTECARD/POSTCARD  (both documents are the same dimensions)

4.21″x 5.47″

Vistaprint 5.5 x 4 notecards used as inserts

Vistaprint 5.5 x 4 notecards used as inserts

This design is compatible with the A7 Cascade
* the A-2 corresponding envelope is just a hair too big for the A7 Himalaya pocket, perhaps it can be squished in?  So, it is up to you if you wish to chance it and create your RSVP on the full notecard size if using this style pocketfold.

  • A-2 ENVELOPE

4.33″  x 5.75″

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6×9 Invites Dimensions and Pocketfold suggestions to come!  Please check for updates.

Monograms

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To design your monogram in Microsoft Word:

  • Choose Insert -> Textbox. Type and format the letter the way you like it. Do this three times.
  • Now click on all textboxes and choose Format->Textbox.
  • Choose Color: No Fill (so you can overlap letters) and Line: No Line.
  • Select all letters, right click, and choose Group to lock in the arrangement.
  • You can now copy your image into Microsoft Paint and save in several formats, such as JPEG.

– Picture Step-by-Step Instructions on creating a monogram –  very simple to follow
http://www.projectwedding.com/wedding-ideas/diy-wedding-challenge-how-to-design-your-own-monogram-in-microsoft-word

Here is a site that let’s you design a FREE MONOGRAM – http://www.weddingchicks.com/freebies/custom-monograms/

  • Free Invites and Save the Dates too! Weddingchicks.com

DIY Monogram Aisle Runner – I have never done it myself, so I can only direct you to sites that have posted instructions.  Tips they have suggested: put wax paper on the table so that when the paint bleeds threw the runner it does not dry to your table.  So trace the monogram lightly right on to the runner then place wax paper under it – or – trace the monogram onto wax paper while over the monogram paper print out .   If you trace onto the wax paper you will want to be sure it is dark enough to see through the runner.

Instructions

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by WhitneyWoods2B – projectwedding.com

http://www.projectwedding.com/wedding-ideas/diy-aisle-runner-2
or

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By Heather Drive – roadtotheaisle.blogspot.com

http://roadtotheaisle.blogspot.com/2007/07/diy-aisle-runner.html
or

This site gives instructions on how to create the actual runner from a tube and fabric.
http://www.weddingbee.com/2006/12/26/diy-aisle-runner/
Some Free Clip art you might want to download to go with your monograms.

www.clker.com

Some Free Fonts that you might want to download.

Dafont  or   1001 Free Fonts  or FontSpace   to name a few

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And a link to the “rules” of Monograms.
http://www.themonogrammerchant.com/content.php?content_id=1008
The Woman’s name is on the left, the Man’s name is on the right, then the couple’s surname  is represented by a larger letter in the middle.

Traditional etiquette on Monograms states that you should not use your married monogram until after you are married.  Initial monograms are not “supposed” to be used on Save the Date, Invites, Programs, or Runners.  Once you are married, you can use your monogram at the reception: menu’s favors, cups, napkins, linens, cake, and/or dance floor.  * A modern alternative is to use a combination of the Bride and Groom’s first names/initials separated by a small decorative motif for invites and things at the ceremony.

DIY Projects

I must confess, I have not made any of these DIY projects.  I have just collected a LARGE amount of neat ideas and the links to the tutorial.  ~ Enjoy ~

Hundreds of Ideas… I can’t even name them all… Check out this site!
http://www.favecrafts.com/Modern-Decor

DIY your own Runner:

http://www.weddingbee.com/2006/12/26/diy-aisle-runner
– 36″ wide cotton muslin in length and color you desire.

– A cardboard tube that’s at least 38″ long.- Iron-on adhesive tape
– At least 4 yards of satin ribbon to use as pull cord
– Clear Packing Tape
– Scissors

DIY – petal bumper- petal ribbons

– search ebay “1000 petals” for inexpensive petals from China

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or purchase from Petal Happy

 http://posh-parties.blogspot.com/2011/04/pretty-petals-my-diy-rose-petal-aisle.html

DIY – Dye your Crinoline

– Make sure it is made of anything BUT Polyester

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WW-brides example

http://www.weddingwire.com/wedding-forums/would-this-be-to-much/047cccdac0663381.html

how to links: http://www.weddingbee.com/2009/01/10/dyeing-your-crinoline-a-complete-guide/  or
http://offbeatbride.com/2009/02/how-to-dye-crinoline

http://www.ehow.com/how_7162586_dye-crinoline.html

http://reviews.ebay.com/How-To-Dye-Your-Wedding-Slip-Petticoat-or-Crinoline_W0QQugidZ10000000006495651?ssPageName=BUYGD:CAT:-1:LISTINGS:1

DIY – Garter

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sosweetsowild.blogspot.com

http://sosweetsowild.blogspot.com/2012/01/makin-my-thigh-pretty.html

DIY – ruffled chair sashes

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http://boards.weddingbee.com/topic/bees-who-sew-need-your-help-with-diy-project-advice

They are made by cutting a circle of fabric into a spiral. Try it out with a scrap piece of fabric in various sizes until you get the length and fullness you want.  More Details on how to create them http://boards.weddingbee.com/topic/help-bees-how-can-i-make-these-awesome-038-cute-chair-sashes#axzz2dQPQA0Hh   and  http://boards.weddingbee.com/topic/need-help-ruffled-chair-tie#axzz2qIQQmPie

DIY- Wine Glass Candle Lamps

Buy vellum and print a pattern or use a decorative hole punch to create a pattern.  Or buy on-line.

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from save-on-crafts

http://www.save-on-crafts.com/wincanlamfro.html

DIY – colored Mason Jars

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momtastic.com

http://www.momtastic.com/diy/168908-diy-tinted-mason-jars-in-rainbow

DIY – Unity Candle

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blog makezine.com

http://blog.craftzine.com/archive/2010/06/how-to_wedding_unity_candle.html

DIY – Cork Ball

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created by CherubinoCrafts

http://www.ehow.com/how_7661596_make-cork-balls.html#ixzz1HFo3VQCo

DIY – String Ball Centerpieces

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jldesigns.blogspot.com

http://www.onestylishbride.com/diy-center/easy-peasy-diy-string-spheres/

DIY – Doily Lanterns

– I suggest using a punching balloon (very round) Hold it shut with a twist tie, deflate, remove and re-use. Don’t know why she would buy so many balloons/balls and pop them

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glamourandgraceblog.com

http://www.glamourandgraceblog.com/2011/diy-doily-lantern/

DIY – Doily & Burlap Mason Jar Tea lights

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craftsbyamanda.com

http://craftsbyamanda.com/2011/01/burlap-doily-luminaries-rustic-meets.html

DIY Tissue Paper Mason Jars

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sold by usedandabused on Etsy

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by 100directions.com

Tissue Paper Mason Jars using wax paper and leaves
http://www.100directions.com/mason-jar-and-tissue-paper-luminaries/

Tissue Paper Mason Jars using Mod Podge
http://www.favecrafts.com/Modern-Decor/Girly-Pink-Collaged-Mason-Jars

Tissue Paper Mason Jars using a Xyron Machine
http://www.100directions.com/mason-jar-and-tissue-paper-luminaries/

DIY Vase – Found objects – Empty Jars

tin can deco diy

brides.com – Ideas for Every Season

Tin Cans

cardstock-jars

Card stock around any jar

crepe paper candles

Martha Stewart centerpiece ideas

Dollar store vases and crepe paper

paint string

Mark Montano

Any empty glass jar, string, and paint

http://www.markmontanoblogs.blogspot.com/2011/07/my-most-popular-blog-this-summerquick.html

DIY – Paper and ornament centerpiece

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8x7P9P42TQk
Book from dollar store, ornaments from dollar store – plus glue = $2 per
The size of the wreath itself is appx 28-36 inch in diameter.

(need apprx 120-140 page per wreath may vary based on how large the base is – example is  10 inch diameter)
To use as a table centerpiece, I would recommend hot glueing a round mirror as a base in the center instead of ornament and decorate around the mirror. You can also place a round vase then place your favorite column candle in there. Can use wrapping paper instead of book pages, for a different look.
* example made by tram n.

check out tram’s full post

Tutorial for the rose

DIY – Paper towel roll Wreaths!
Some have coffee filter carnations – Some have paper roses
– check out tram’s post –395371_10100510231823738_244515930_a http://www.weddingwire.com/wedding-forums/want-to-share-my-latest-project-with-you-ladies-and-tip-to-save-pic/c707654418893743.html

DIY – Coffee Filter Pomanders – Coffee Filter Roses

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by Heather Gerrity

http://heather-weddingflowersmadeeasy.blogspot.com/2011/08/paper-roses-diy-4-pomander-kissing-ball.html

DIY – Coffee Filter Peony Pomander – Kissing Ball

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by –  holiday-crafts-and-creations.com

http://www.holiday-crafts-and-creations.com/pomander-balls.html

DIY – Coffee Filter Carnation Pomander

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by kbee2011

http://diy.weddingbee.com/topic/coffee-filter-pomander-balls

Instructions
www.marthastewart.com/266346/paper-roses

template
http://images.marthastewart.com/images/content/web/pdfs/pdf3/coffeefilterrose.pdf

Tips / adjustments:
tutorial:

http://alicew.typepad.com/thoughts_from_alice_w/2010/02/somerset-life.html
Using the “staple & big corsage push-pin” method was NOT working. INSTEAD: Use T-pins – No stapling required. Push the T-Pin in the center of the coffee filter, hold the bottom part of the pin that is exposed and with your other hand, slowly squish the filter up and together. Repeat this with 2 more filters on the same pin, for a total of 3 filters per “flower bunch”.
Colored flowers – create a paint bath using acrylic paint, water & a disposable pie tin. Use about a table-spoon of paint – filled the rest of the pie tin with water – mixed it – longer they soak/darker the color

DIY – Crepe Paper Roses

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created by Olivia Kanaley of A Field Journal.

crepe paper rolls and some beads!
http://www.thebridescafe.com/?postID=805

DIY – glitter heels!!!

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by mmarcial619

http://www.weddingbycolor.com/mmarcial619/milestones/164425

Here is the DIY youtube tutorial – for glitter heels
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hY6PUf4IQqc

DIY – Glitter Soles

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by Francesca-Restyle Restore Rejoice

http://restylerestorerejoice.blogspot.com/2011/10/diy-glitter-pumps.html

DIY – Tinsel wands.

real exit

wand

http://www.weddingbee.com/2010/08/02/wedding-sparklers-alternative/

DIY – Build a Photo Wall Backdrop

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created by Laura

http://ruffledblog.com/diy-photobooth-vintage-wallpaper-frame-wall-backdrop/

Different instructions – more tips – another example

wall

http://www.weddingbycolor.com/jennyfur

DIY how to build a fake wall with pvc pipes

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http://www.diyphotography.net/diy_studio_equipment_backdrop_stand

http://www.instructables.com/id/PVC-stage-backdrop-or-room-divider/

DIY photos onto canvas

– with White tissue paper & Mod-Podge!

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by Cydney

http://sarahsprojects.blogspot.com/2010/02/wall-art-for-siennas-room.html

Check out Cydney’s example! http://www.weddingwire.com/wedding-forums/my-diy-photos-onto-canvas-using-my-first-look-pics/b1f27501cd22296d.html

FREE ~ Printable Photobooth props !!!!

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ohhappyday.com

http://ohhappyday.com/2011/05/photobooth-props-diy-and-free-printable-2/

More Decoration Ideas for a Bride on a budget
http://www.thethriftycrafter.com/tag/99-cent-store-crafts/

SUGGESTED POSTS:  Check out my DIY photo booth post
https://weddingtips101.wordpress.com/2014/01/10/diy-photo-booth/