So Spring is finally here…that means it’s officially wedding season, people! Jamie and I have a couple of family weddings to attend this year, one of those being my big bro’s which is only days away. Eeek! We’re both honored to be included in the wedding party as a bridesmaid and groomsman, but I also got the priviledge of assisting my parents in the planning of the rehearsal dinner. To make things extra special (and budget-friendly) we’re DIY-ing the decor, like sewing fabric table runners and putting together our own flower arrangements. One nice, little touch my mom suggested was hanging bride + groom signs on the back of the happy couple’s chairs. Of course I jump at the chance to craft anything, so I started brainstorming and later ended up with this:
Pretty darn cute, if I do say so myself! But oh, they were so easy and inexpensive to make. Wanna know how I did it? Of course you do! Here comes the how-to…
I started off with a couple of those $1 wooden frames from Michael’s and spray painted them white. I left the edges au naturale because the wood just looks cool.
Using scrapbook paper (in the wedding colors, gray and “guava” pink) I cut a border to adhere to the front of the frame. I used the template that came with the frame to trace the inserts onto the gray paper.
Next is the trickiest part: I freehanded “bride” and “groom” all scripty-like in pencil first, then went over it with a white paint pen. Of course, if freehanding isn’t your thing, this could always be printed. It’d be easier and less stressful, anyway. But in true Katie fashion, I like to put pressure on myself. That’s how I roll.
After popping the inserts into the frames, Jamie screwed a couple of eye hooks into the top of each frame to serve as hanging hardware. The hooks screwed right in with little effort. It’s important to note that the eye hooks need to be spaced evenly from the edges so the sign will hang straight. Then I looped in a bit of rustic twine and knotted it around the eye hooks to form the hanger.
Now it’s decorating fun time! You could go as simple or as crazy as you’d like at this point — but I went the wedding-related embellishments from the scrapbooking aisle route.
Some of these I already had on hand and some I bought especially for this project. (The little bridal gown + groom’s suit actually coordinates with the favors my mom ordered for the dinner, so that was a happy coincidence.) All in all, I spent maybe $10 total for both signs, not including supplies I already had on hand like the spray paint, eye hooks, and twine. Not too shabby! Now one more time for good measure, here’s the other completed sign in action:
Can’t wait to break these out at the rehearsal dinner. Also, I kinda hope my big bro and new sister-in-law like them enough to use them at the reception, too. We shall see! And if my hands aren’t too full with my bridesmaid duties, I hope to get some good wedding photos to share here later.
Do you have any upcoming weddings on the horizon? Working on any DIY wedding projects? ‘Tis the season.