And now here are some DIY projects I did while planning! I can't really claim that these are original ideas (except one) so I have to thank the many creative and amazing BDW brides for inspiration and tips!
Straws with flags:
The first time I saw these I thought they were so cute and knew I had to make some for my wedding! I went with half that have our initials and half with a cute phrase. These were fun and totally easy to make!
Fans with programs:
I bought these fans from another BDW bride, who conveniently had the same colors as me. Most of them were already wrapped with ribbon so I just had to purchase a bit of matching ribbon for the fans that came without. The program was a template from another BDW bride (I can share if anyone is interested, just let me know!) Here's a close-up of the program text (it's front and back.)
These were a free download from WeddingChicks.com. If you haven't yet, check out their free printables section-- they have so many cute options! I just entered my menu items, chose my color and the pattern I wanted (I love anything chevron) and hit print! Here's the link to this pattern (there are options for invitations, RSVP cards, menus, escort cards and more, all in this same pattern):
The cards were another WeddingChicks.com download. Again, I just picked the pattern (same chevron as the menus so they coordinate), my colors, and typed in the names. I posted a tutorial on the tray here, but here's a hint: that's an Ikea frame that I re-purposed into an escort card tray. Super easy and cheap!! Get all the instructions here:
Are you sensing a theme with the chevron yet? These are the same deal as above. A free download that I used to tie everything together.
Thank You Sign:
Another WeddingChicks.com download! Here's the link: http://www.weddingch...thank-you-card/ One note: I thought that some of the copy was redundant (the original version says "for sharing a day/for sharing the first day") so I removed a line in Photoshop and then just moved the text over to fill the space.
Cocktail Menu Sign:
Ok so for this one I used the same background/outline as the thank you sign, but I deleted all the text in the middle and wrote my own cocktail menu. These cocktail sign and thank you sign will be out during cocktail hour so I wanted them to coordinate.
Saw this on Etsy and figured I could make it way cheaper myself. I was right and this was very easy! I bought the clear glass jar at Cost Plus for around 6 bucks, the white bucket and ribbon were from The Container Store and were about $10 together. The pens I had because I purchased a bulk order from discountmugs.com to include in OOT bags. So other than that it was paper and a frame! Here's the inspiration pic from Etsy for reference:
Here's another thing that I first saw on BDW and loved. I bought the chapsticks on Amazon, and it wasn't until later that I realized there were some great, and much cheaper, options for bulk chapsticks. Wish I'd seen that earlier but oh well! I'm happy with how these turned out. I used a template for the text and then printed these out on clear Avery full-sheet labels and cut them to size.
Key card/money holders:
I bought 50 key card holders and the purple lanyards on eBay for about $25. I decided to buy the key card holders that were slightly larger than business card size so people don't have to try to jam everything in there. Hopefully it works and doesn't look silly. I made the card inserts in Photoshop and ordered 50 business cards with this design from VistaPrint for about $9 after coupon codes.