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That would be great to see the photos of you making them! Thank so much! Did you create the "ball shape" of the flowers by using anything in the centre to piece them together? :) 

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Kissing Balls - DIY 

 

First off, I'm really sorry for the late post and I am unable to find all the photos I originally took. I hope that these step by steps still help though with the few pics I managed to find. 

 

What you'll need:

- Styrofoam balls (I used 6" diameter ones), but keep in mind they grow in size as you add flowers

- Pencil

- Something to help you poke a hole through the ball (I used my knitting needle)

- Ribbon 

- Silk Flowers - I used hydrangeas, cabbage roses, giant dahlias, and small tulips for my arrangement. Some people like to use one flower in one color as well

- Wire clippers

 

Time to make them:

1. Mark 2 'x's on direct opposite sides of the ball (a measuring tape might make this easier - I just eye-balled it)

2. Make a hole from 1 'x' to the other 'x' so that you have a little tunnel to slip your ribbon through

3. Cut your ribbon to the length you want the ball to hang (cut as many ribbons as many balls you'll make ahead of time so they're all the same length)

4. Fold the ribbon in half and push the ribbon through the ball and tie a knot on one end of the ribbon to create a handle or loop at the top.

5. Cut your flowers with wire cutters - leaving enough on the ends to jab the through the balls. I started with 1 giant rose, and then built on from there, adding hydrangeas in between as fillers.

6. And you're done. Easy! (Mine took about 1 hour each to make though so great time to break out some chardonnay and catch up on the shows you PVR'd)

 

Let me know how yours turns out!

 

Display:

- I asked my coordinator to hang them on the tiffany chairs down the aisle

- then I asked her to flip the ball, so the ribbon loop is inside the bowl, and used them as centerpieces, and gift table decor, etc. after the ceremony :)

 

 

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Mr & Mrs Chair Signs DIY

 

I found these really cute signs on the back of the bride and groom's chairs on Style Me Pretty. So I shopped around for them and man are wedding decor expensive!! I had to just make them myself. 

 

What you'll need:

- 2 piece of art wood (mine were from the dollarstore. Michael's also has a selection, or just go to Rona and tell them what you want and they'll cut up a bunch of plywood for you)

- electric drill

- Rope, ribbon, or twine (I used twine that I already had for other crafty stuff I do)

- Stain or paint (I just used the leftover paint from when I painted my walls, aka 'Eggshell' from Behr)

- large paintbrush for staining or painting the board

- small paintbrush or paintmarkers (find them at any arts and craft store - I used a silver paint I had and used a small brush)

 

 

Mark 2 'x's on your sheet of wood and drill a hole through them. Use a ruler or measure tape if needed.

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Paint or stain the wood in the color of your choice. I just painted mine white. Wait overnight if necessary for your paint to dry. Very important - you don't want your text to smudge or blend.

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Tie on your ribbon or string and voila!

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Key/Tip Holders

 

Our guests LOVED these! And we saw pretty much everyone use them the whole week. I ordered the tags off http://www.specialistid.com and they were great. I would have ordered the lanyards too but my mom kinda had the material to assemble them so we made the lanyards ourselves. 

 

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Escort & Place 'Cards'

 

Instead of the typical placecards (that might blow away from the wind outdoors) I bought lanterns and tied the cards to them. I wanted all white, but even hitting up over 10 stores they didn't have enough stock. So I got white for the guys and pink for the ladies. 

 

 

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Instead of place cards I creeped out all our guests' facebooks for their best photo and popped their faces into coasters. The coasters were at their table setting so they had to find their own face to get to their seat!

 

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Escort & Place 'Cards' Instead of the typical placecards (that might blow away from the wind outdoors) I bought lanterns and tied the cards to them. I wanted all white, but even hitting up over 10 stores they didn't have enough stock. So I got white for the guys and pink for the ladies.  LL LL Instead of place cards I creeped out all our guests' facebooks for their best photo and popped their faces into coasters. The coasters were at their table setting so they had to find their own face to get to their seat! LL
Super cute! Where did you get those lanterns?

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The lanterns were from Dollarama and they were about $2 or $3 each (I can't remember), and the photocoasters were from beau-coup.com (I've ordered from them before and loved the turn around time and all, but this time around I was charged over $50 for customs so I didn't expect that and it brought the unit price up)

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Hi Jenny - Your wedding is so beautiful! Great job on all of the DIYs! I was looking at your professional photos and LOVE your mother's dress. Do you happen to recall the designer/where she got it? 

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Hi Jenny - Your wedding is so beautiful! Great job on all of the DIYs! I was looking at your professional photos and LOVE your mother's dress. Do you happen to recall the designer/where she got it? 
Hey Sara. Thank you so much! :) I'm glad you enjoyed the photos and the thread. My mom's dress was actually custom made in Asia when she traveled there for like $80! . She also got my traditional wedding dress made there too. I think Laura carried some similar gowns to hers though :)

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Everything looked so beautiful!  Congrats!

 

Was it hard to get the kissing balls to Mexico without squishing them?

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