The never-ending uses for a recycled jam jar! I really hope they are one of those things that doesn’t ever go out of ‘fashion’ when it comes to weddings, I mean they are so versatile and such a wonderful way to reuse unloved items (if you go down the proper recycling old jam jar route).

I’m not hugely into theming weddings, but weaving in subtle touches that speak to who you are as individuals or a couple I am for. So I wanted to share this simple but fun idea for a table plan/escort cards. Recycled glass jars, filled with dried beans, and filled with pencils turned into little flags with your guests name and table details on.

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Oak leaf escort cards

I do so love this idea for transforming real oak leaves (or any leaf you wish) into escort cards. Yes, these oak leaves are still green, but you could use all manner of autumnal leaves in a variety of colours.  What I really like about this idea is that not only will it be functional (telling your guests which table they’re sitting at) but it will also look lovely, and very fitting for an autumn wedding.

Real oak leaf escort cards

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DIY personalised jam jar lanterns

There are a lot of clever people in the world, they take something makes me think “gosh, how did they do that?!” and shows me that it’s really rather simple.  These DIY personalised jam jar lanterns or vases are one of those things.  I’m sure you must have experienced that moment when you’ve found a great font that you want to use on something, but don’t know how to because you can’t print onto said item, such as a jam jar.

Personalised jam jar lanterns

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Vintage style seed packet place names

If you are trying to save a bit of money or if you want to be more eco-friendly with your wedding day choices, these vintage style seed packets cleverly double up as both escort cards and wedding favours for your guests.

Seed packet wedding favours

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Vintage luggage tag escort cards

What do you think of these luggage tag escort cards in their shades of salmon pink and soft orange?  I know in the UK we tend to have table plans, but I think escort cards (although I’m not so keen on the name!) are a fun alternative and there are lots of ideas on how to display the cards.

I’m pretty sure that the number stamps used on these luggage tags are a set from Cavallini & Co. (if you haven’t discovered them yet do check out their website, you’re bound to fall in love with their products).  I bought a set of these vintage number stamps, as well as their alphabet stamps in capital letters.  They also do a set of alphabet stamps in lower case letters, and if you like the hand-stamped look I can highly recommend investing in a good set of rubber stamps.#

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Tiny jam jar lanterns

It’s images like this one that make me want an excuse to get married all over again.  For me there is something really magical about candlelight, I love lanterns lit around my house and it was something we tried to incorporate into our wedding in different ways – like lining the church aisle with tealight filled jam jars, and on our dinner tables.

I love this idea of having a display of tiny jam jar lanterns (take a look here for a ‘how to’ guide on how we made ours), one for each guest hung with a tag with their name on it.  To help them find their table, you could either write the table number or name on the label, or like in the image above onto the jar itself.

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wood branch escort cards

This is such a sweet idea for escort or place cards at your wedding – small wood off-cuts with your guests names written on them.  What I think really makes this idea, it the tiny cotton hangers threaded through a hole drilled into the wood, in all different fabrics.  You could use up lots of fabric scraps to create these.

Perhaps if you stamped an image on the other side then your guests would be more inclined to keep them and use them – perhaps as a keyring, Christmas tree ornament or decoration?  I’m all for lovely things to give to your guests, but I’m a little sceptical as to whether they really want something with your names (bride and groom) or your wedding date, unless they are your granny.

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