You’re probably sick and tired of hearing me saying how the simplest ideas are often the best, but I really do think it’s true. So often we can overcomplicate what only needs to be a very simple thing – take table numbers, for instance, they can quickly become complicated and over-elaborate if you spend too much time thinking about them, when actually all they need to do it display a number or a name.
I love these rustic wood table numbers because they are so simple, effective, but also quite beautiful when displayed next to some pretty flowers. The best kind of wood for these if you want a rustic look is salvaged or reclaimed wood, it’s not only more weathered but also each piece is likely to be different (which I love).
We found a fantastic reclaimed timber yard near us that we visited before our wedding to stock up on off-cuts of wood to make our wedding signs. Search out somewhere like this near to you, or a timber merchant who might be willing to give you, or sell cheaply off-cuts. Then with a simple lick of colour, paint on your hand-drawn numbers. You don’t even need to create a fancy stand for them, simply rest them against you vases or pots of flowers.
One of my favourite ways to number your wedding reception tables – with homemade paper flags stuck into one of your centrepieces. I must admit now, that they are my favourite because this is what we chose to do for our own wedding tables, but they are simple to create, effective and easy to spot, and rather sweet I think.
All you need is some sticks (you could use bamboo garden canes, long twigs, or pieces of wooden dowel – which is what we used), paper and string. You could handwrite the numbers, stamp them with ink, or print them on your computer. Then it’s simply a matter of punching holes and tying them to the sticks – if you find they slip down, discretely use a little tape to hold them in place.
I love this sweet idea for creating a heart from strips of hessian for your wedding reception place card. I think all you would need to do is cut two lengths of hessian and make each one into a loop, glueing the ends together. Then take your two loops and glue their ends together – if that makes sense! Write your guests names on a slither of paper cut to look like a ribbon at each end and place it on top of your hessian heart.
I don’t know about where you are, but it’s flipping freezing here! With these frosty days in mind, I wanted to share with you these beautiful ice bowl creations made by Anne-Marie at Forage For (she also grows flowers in her Suffolk garden for weddings so do check her out if you’re getting hitched in that part of the country).
Anne-Marie has been making these wonderful frozen ice bowls using her seasonal British flowers to decorate them. I love this idea and it’s so simple to create (just scroll down for the instructions) and could be made at any time through the year. Whether you made them for your wedding or for a party, I’m sure they would cause a bit of a stir!
Can’t you just imagine these as focal points on a dessert table filled with ice cream or a larger version could even keep your drinks cool. Anne-Marie filled this yellow chrysanthemum ice bowl with lemon sorbet to show you how they can be used.
I came across this idea today and think it’s a lovely way to decorate your wedding venue – especially if you have a lot of dull wall space to cheer up. The couple used embroidery hoops of varying sizes and done in different styles, with a piece of colourful ribbon to hang them from the windows of their wedding venue.
Embroidery hoop artwork has been quite trendy this year, with lots of Etsy sellers bringing us gorgeous designs (just search for embroidery hoop), and after your wedding would look equally beautiful in your own home. If there’s too many, you could always give them out as gifts to family and friends who helped with your wedding.
Today I get to share a wonderful DIY project from TNWC business Razzle Dazzle Rose. Run by Sharon, Razzle Dazzle Rose stocks a fantastic selection of eco-friendly brown craft products, including various sizes sheets of card (including postcard size), favour boxes, envelopes, and place cards. If you love recycled brown card and are planning your wedding then you’re bound to love Razzle Dazzle Rose.
To help inspire you, Sharon is sharing with us a DIY project on how to make these very cute wedding favour pouches – I think they’d also make great gift boxes for Christmas. So without further ado, I’ll pass you over to Sharon from Razzle Dazzle Rose to show you how to make them…
Handmade Wedding Favour Pouches
Step 1 - Firstly, you need an A4 sheet of the 275gm Kraft card (available from Razzle Dazzle Rose). Please note, the 300gm kraft card available from Razzle Dazzle Rose is too thick and won’t crease as easily. Cut the A4 card to 8.5 x 11 inches.
Such a sweet but simple idea for a summer wedding (or instead you could use sprigs of rosemary for a winter wedding) – use fragrant lavender cuttings to decorate a small glass tealight holder and secure with a ribbon. I imagine you might need to glue the lavender in place, or perhaps use a thin strip of double-sided sticky tape round the glass holder to keep them secure.
Lots of these placed along long trestle tables, or a cluster in the centre of round tables, would make simple but very pretty centrepieces. The idea could be used for any number of woody herbs that last well out of water, such as rosemary or bay. I’d also like to think that as the candle burnt that the fragrance from the lavender or herbs would be gently released.