Have you ever considered a small wedding ceremony or elopement with a more casual celebration afterwards with close friends and family?
This is a trend that I am hearing about more and more lately. Not every girl likes to take center stage or worry about all those endless details that can make some more stressed than excited.
One of my own daughter’s opted to go this route and was glad that she did. Since I love all things DIY, she did allow me to make a few things for her wedding celebration that was held in a quaint rustic tavern with about sixty guests.
Here are a few highlights of some of the easy diy projects that were made to enhance the overall atmosphere of the casual wedding celebration.
I bought a vintage suitcase from an antique store that needed a little work. I basically tore out the entire old lining and replaced it with a pretty floral fabric and a neutral vinyl in the lid. It was used to put advice notes or any gift cards in. You can see more ideas for suitcase gift card boxes here.
The wooden advice box was made to hold the heart shape note cards that would be used by guest to write their notes. You can see how the box was made at my DIY Wedding Advice Box post.
On every table and at the end of the bar we had photos that were taken at their private wedding ceremony. I made photo holders out of birch logs. The logs were simply cut into small sections with the bottoms cut flat and a slit cut along the top. I then wood burned a heart into one side, J+J on the other and their wedding date at the front and back. Finally, I put a coat of satin polyurethane over the entire log to give a nice finished sheen.
At the sweetheart table, we hung signs that I had easily made from unfinished wood from Joann, stencils and acrylic paint. I drilled two small holes at the top of each sign to weave ribbon through for hanging.
To further earmark the spot for the sweethearts, I spelled out their name using vintage blocks. On a blank side of each block I stenciled a letter and then went over it with a wood burning tool. Then I simply painted the inside with white acrylic paint to make the letters pop. Some of the letters would have shown a bright red letter at the top so I went over those with a brown paint to blend with the rustic feel of the room.
Of course we had to have a chalkboard sign which my other daughter put together to greet guests!
And….the best part..our cupcakes by Zingerman’s Bakery in Ann Arbor, MI!