5 DIY Ideas for a Wedding Sweetheart Table

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During your reception, the sweetheart table is like your little oasis. It’s a place to relax and enjoy your wedding with your new partner in life. So I think it’s nice to make that table really special. One way to do that is to decorate it with handmade or meaningful items.

These are 5 do-it-yourself projects that you can use to make a sweetheart table truly unique.

vintage book table runner wedding DIY

DIY Vintage Book Table Runner

Give new life to worn book pages with a table runner made using a decorative edging punch. This would also be a wonderful idea for old maps for a travel theme, or classic posters for a movie or rock and roll theme. Actually, the possibilities are endless.

Get the DIY tutorial at Better Homes and Gardens

lace wrapping paper candlestick wedding decor

DIY Lace Stenciled Wrapping Paper Candles

What’s more romantic than candlelight? These candles are wrapped with a DIY paper made by using lace as stencil, for a very modern and graphic look.

Get the DIY tutorial at Eddie Ross

table diy plate

DIY dinner plate

DIY Dinner Plate Chargers

There are so many possibilities for what you can write on these dinner chargers to personalize them for you and your honey. A favorite love poem, or even your vows would make these special. But I think what I love most about the idea is that you can reuse them on your anniversary and relive your wedding day.

Get the DIY tutorial at Everything Fabulous via Enchanted Dream Weddings

fabric poppy wedding table tutorial

DIY Fabric Poppy Flowers

There’s just something really sweet about handmade flowers. I’m a big fan of anything that you can incorporate into your home from your wedding day. And I can see these flowers having a special place in a kitchen or livingroom as a beautiful reminder.

Get the DIY tutorial at JAQS Studio

bleach pen table runner wedding DIY

Hand-drawn Table Runner

Like the hand painted dinner chargers above, there are lots of possibilities for these table runners made with bleach pens. You can do simple patterns that relate to your wedding theme or meaningful words or phrases. While the book table runner has a vintage feeling, this table runner idea has more of a bohemian style.

Get the DIY tutorial at Show, Tell, Share

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Table Setting Inspiration for Intimate Weddings

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beach wedding table place setting

Thanksgiving is just a day a way. And in the spirit celebrating a special meal with close family and friends, I wanted to share with you some inspiration for creating your own beautiful tables for small or intimate weddings. With a lower guest count you often can spend more time and energy on making your tablescapes stylish yet cozy. And here are some ideas:

colorful country wedding table place setting

Add Color: Bold colors and color contrasts bring this table to life. When creating tablescapes with rich colors focus on two colors and their variations, and add punches of color. Want a colorful look with muted shades? Incorporate larger pieces, such as the table runner or table linens. {Photo source: Hostess with the Mostess}

glamorous wedding table place setting

Add Glamour: Imagine these tables by candlelight. The best thing about sparkle at a wedding setting is the way it looks when the lighting is dim and moody. {Photo sources: Pinterest via Weddingbee.com, Pinterest}

beach wedding table setting

Add Texture: Texture adds instant interest and will give your table a designer, finished look. Plus layers on layers will look really lush in small spaces. {Photo source first photo and above: Love Notes Blog by Pacific Weddings}

nautical wedding table place setting

Add a Personal Touch: With fewer guests you really have a chance to do something special for each one. I love this place setting with paper boats and handwritten guest name. When you sit at a table like this, you feel like it was done just for you. How lovely. {Photo source: Bayside Bride}

unique wedding table number

Add the Unexpected: I love a surprise, don’t you? And your guests will too. These are papercut numbers mounted in an acrylic frame. Simple but very effective. {Photo source: Doubly Happy Too, handmade papercut numbers made by Paper Cut Diecut}

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{Guest Post} How To Mix & Match Wedding Themes For A Cohesive Vision

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{I’m happy to share with you a guest post from Jessica of  Two Wedding Belles who intrigued me with this fascinating wedding: Colonial meets Safari meets Stars Wars. Jessica has some great advice for how to pull off your own wedding mix of themes:}

We had a recent bride and groom, Aileen and Tim, who came to us with a very unique plan for their wedding styling. They wanted to bring together a “Colonial Safari meets Star Wars” theme for their guests. If you’re thinking that these three elements – 1. colonial 2. safari 3. Star Wars – don’t go together, that’s exactly what we were thinking, too.

At least at first.

But once we took the couple’s ideas and executed them on the wedding day, we became believers. Yes, you can have a little bit of Colonial era Philadelphia with funky safari details and a dose of Star Wars nostalgia and still have it all tied together into one sophisticated wedding day affair.

Here are some of the images of Aileen and Tim’s wedding, as documented flawlessly by Nicole Peterson of Girl Photography, that best demonstrate how you can take seemingly unrelated themes, no matter what they may be, and fuse them into a cohesive vision for your own wedding.

1. Your location or venue is an undeniable theme clue for your guests. Your guests will get an idea of at least part of your theme the minute they see your venue. Thinking rustic? Maybe a barn makes sense. Wishing for modern? Then scope out an open loft space. In this couple’s case, they booked a colonial style house tucked away on a quiet street in downtown Philadelphia, complete with a quaint backyard garden. Oh, and booking a Ben Franklin impersonator didn’t hurt in bringing the colonial vibe home.

colonial safari star wars wedding theme

2. Little touches go a long way…also known as “know when to say when.” Your ceremony and reception don’t need to be overwhelmed by your details. A sprinkling here and there will allow for your guests to see your style without feeling suffocated. Aileen and Tim had safari-inspired animal prints in the flower girls’ outfits, on only selected tables with linens, on the cupcake wrappers, and on the favor/kids’ table. They also chose a safari motif for their ceremony programs.

Not only were the assorted cupcake flavors Star Wars themed, but the tower was also topped with tiny Star Wars figurines. (The Star Wars lunchbox you see in the ceremony photos above was used to hold the rings before the exchange). The stacks of old books and lanterns fit in so well with the colonial style venue and were used both as centerpieces and to fill out the cocktail space where needed. They really used the themes as inspiration for their decor choices, but did so with a scaled back approach.

flowers girls in safari print safari wedding theme table details

star wars wedding theme cupcake flavors

safari theme wedding details

safari theme wedding programs

star wars theme wedding colonial style books for reception decor

3. Elements outside of the theme are still okay to use. It’s your wedding, and even if you’ve come up with the best mix of themes you could’ve ever imagined, no one is going to hold you to them from start to finish. Choose to include the things that are most important to you, no matter what. This couple chose to wear traditional wedding attire and make the bride’s bouquet and the groom’s boutonniere, all of which was done outside the confines of their theme but had personal meaning to them.

wedding dress in colonial venue

groom in kilt DIY wedding boutonniere

DIY wedding bouquet

Have you seen any weddings recently that have successfully tied different themes together? Let us know in the comments. And, thank you Kemba for having me on the blog today! — Jessica, Two Wedding Belles

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Cute Cards for the Holidays

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Imbue You stripe holiday card orange and teal

Most of the time we are designing new theme and culturally inspired designs for weddings. But this year I wanted to spend some time doing holiday cards, tis the season after all.

We’re offering these handmade holiday cards in our wedding Etsy shop, so you can change the message inside and on the cover if you like. I had a lot of fun making these. So I wanted to share a few of my favorite designs with you.

See more cute holiday card designs on our main Imbue You blog.

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Edible Elephants for Indian Weddings

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Indian wedding cupcake toppers

Did you ever watch Bob Ross create paintings on the PBS show “Joy of Painting?” I feel like I grew up on that show. One thing Bob Ross loved was “happy little accidents” as he was painting.

Well, this blog feature today is a happy little accident because I was going to feature all sorts of elephant inspiration for Indian weddings …but the elephant desserts looked so good (or maybe I was just hungry) and they stole the spotlight.

Elephants are so iconic in traditional Indian weddings, even providing the groom’s entrance. Desserts can be a way to update, modernize and incorporate elephants in a new way. So enjoy!

detailed Indian wedding elephant cake

Indian wedding elephant groom cake

Yes, that’s a cake…with eyes. Amazing! This is actually a groom’s cake and it’s beautiful.
{Photo credits: Elephant cupcake toppers (above) by K.O. Rasoi; Elephant cake by Heather Barranco}

sculpted elephant Indian wedding cake

With this cake I love how the elephant shape is matched with simpler details that still give it Indian style. It looks like an elephant sari cake and it works.
{Photo credit: The Mad Platters}

elephant pink polka dot wedding shower cookies

mehndi Indian wedding elephant cookies

These cookies would make the most wonderful favors! And like with the cakes, you can go for more or less realism and really express your personal wedding style.
{Photo credits: Pink elephant cookies by Not Betty Cookies; Detailed elephant cookies by Rosey Sugar Palace}

Indian elephant cupcakes

Even if you are doing a dessert table or cupcake tier instead of a wedding cake, you can have fun with elephants. The 3D beading and the jeweled tone colors on these really make them special.
{Photo credit: Elephant cupcake toppers by K.O. Rasoi}

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