I thought it’d be fun to share different aspects of our wedding on my blog (We all knew I was going to share my projects, right??), and follow suit with the “Wedding Wednesday” theme other bloggers do. Since our official pictures haven’t come back yet, I’m starting with the printed materials!
Thanks to Lisa rubbing her designer skills off on me, I wanted to create a “brand” for the wedding so everything big and small felt related. I knew the blue watercolor would be the main theme in the wedding, and all the design elements I liked started coming together when we created the Save the Dates. It was easy to just keep those things consistent for everything else I needed!
I worked with a co-worker’s wife, Lindsay (from Lindsay Creative), to design our invitations. I gave her some ideas, she sent some options and envelopes, and we picked one. It was seriously as simple and easy as that – she made it painless. The water color & grocery bag envelopes were the perfect look for me.
Once I had Illustrator on my Mac, I tried my hand at designing our programs. Lisa helped me set up my artboards, and gave me some tips, but these were pretty straight forward as well, thanks to having fonts, colors, and the watercolor files on hand. Then I just printed them at a local shop!
The bar and food stations provided white napkins, but personalized cocktail napkins are such a fun touch — especially for a great price! I found a cocktail napkin design I liked on Wedding Paper Diva‘s site, asked for a font change, and bought them during a sale.
It’s the South, specifically South Carolina, so it was a given that our favors were going to be fun koozies to keep your drink cold. My friend Erin pointed me to CoffeItDesigns on Etsy where she ordered her wedding koozies, and I found a design we loved (which also included one of our fonts) so I ordered these in back in January. Plus these were great for all the Red Stripe on our honeymoon 😉
Since I started making pillows for my Etsy shop, it was only fitting that I made some to put on the rocking chairs at the reception. I mimicked the design on the front and back of our koozies on two pillows (thanks to my Cricut). I sewed 2 other pillows with some blue and white patterned fabric I found at Hobby Lobby.
The week of the wedding I was done with all of my projects and almost didn’t know what to do with myself at night. So what did I do? Made 2 wine glasses that again mimicked the koozies for us to drink out of throughout the weekend. These were made from the shatterproof glasses, so they’ll be perfect for the beach later!
I also made some other signs for all the other things you don’t even think about. Maggie, my chalkboard sign extraordinaire and bridesmaid, made us a welcome & thanks chalkboard that we put next to the sidewalk as you were walking up to the venue to greet our guests. She even matched the writing of our names to the koozies — it’s the small things.
Since we weren’t having assigned seats, we wanted to reserve two tables up front for our families to have. I created some ‘Reserved’ signs in Illustrator, printed them out and put them in frames to be placed on the tables.
In today’s world it seems like every event has a hashtag, and we were no different. Our hashtag was #TimeToGetWilds, so I made a sign with that info to be put on the bar, so our guests could use the hashtag when posting their pictures, and we’d easily be able to go back and see them all.
Finally, food. Since I have food allergies, I’m always looking to see what’s in dishes to make sure I can eat it, so I made sure to have signs out next to any food. Crazy Dutchman covered all the food stations, and I created cards for our mason jar desserts. I used the wine cork place cardholders as a base, and printed little cards with the dessert info on them.
Even the mason jar desserts got in on the action. I sent Karen a design based on our wedding brand for the custom labels on the lids and they were on all 4 of the flavors we had.
I think I achieved my goal for all of the signs and materials to be cohesive, whether printed, created, or written! Yay for talented friends, Illustrator, and my Cricut!