From our easy DIY “day after” brunch, here’s the How To for the custom coffee cup sleeves with cut-out letters. Thanks to Rebecca Pfiffner from Be Hitched for this fun project!

 

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DIY COFFEE CUP SLEEVES

 

Supply list

1. paper coffee cup sleeves
2. Cricut Explore Air Wireless Cutting Machine
3. Cricut sticker sheets OR scrapbook letter stickers

 

Directions

- I measured the basic dimensions of the coffee cup sleeve when it’s laid flat, and created a super simple text design to fit on the sleeve. I was able to fit about 9 coffee sleeve designs on each 8.5” x 11” sticker sheet, which made for a pretty streamlined printing process. I peeled away the back of the sticker, pressed the design over the sleeve, and peeled the paper away so that only the design stuck to the sleeve.

- As I say in the main post, I loved using the Cricut Explore Air Wireless Cutting Machine, but if you don’t feel like investing in it, Michael’s has an entire aisle filled with scrapbooking sticker letters that you could use.

 

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Photography: Christina McNeill / Event Planning & Design: Be Hitched / Venue: Pizzaiolo
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From our easy DIY “day after” brunch, here’s the How To for the Great Wedding Moments award ribbons with cut-out letters. Thanks to Rebecca Pfiffner from Be Hitched for this fun project!

 

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DIY WEDDING AWARD RIBBONS

 

Supply list

1. award ribbons from RibbonsGalore.com
2. Cricut Explore Air Wireless Cutting Machine
3. Cricut sticker sheets OR scrapbook letter stickers

 

Directions

- After a lot of online searching, I found a great company called Ribbons Galore that allowed me to customize the color, cut, and design of each ribbon. Originally I thought I would hand calligraphy the award name on each ribbon, but after plenty of trial and error, every kind of ink and paint I used bled into the ribbon. My whole goal after all was to make these DIY projects easy, and it was just getting way too complicated. So…

- I used the Cricut Explore Air Wireless Cutting Machine. I fit a piece of plain white sticker paper over each ribbon to determine what size I needed, chose a fun, all-caps font for the design, and watched as the printer precision cut my design into each sticker. All I had to do was peel away the sticker, and the precision cut words were left on the award ribbon.

- As I say in the main post, I loved using the Cricut Explore Air Wireless Cutting Machine, but if you don’t feel like investing in it, Michael’s has an entire aisle filled with scrapbooking sticker letters that you could use. 

Photography: Christina McNeill / Event Planning & Design: Be Hitched  / Venue: Pizzaiolo
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From our easy DIY “day after” brunch, here’s the super easy How To for the photo booth poster. Thanks to Rebecca Pfiffner from Be Hitched for this fun project!

 

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PHOTO BOOTH POSTER

 

Supply list

1. roll of kraft paper
2. washi tape (available from Michael’s, Amazon, or Cute Tape)
3. chalk
4. photo booth strips (ours are from Magnolia Photo Booth Company)

 

Directions

- This DIY project could not be easier. All it takes is a piece of kraft paper, some washi tape, and chalk. I took a Frank Sinatra quote I love and drew it out by hand with chalk on kraft paper. I modeled my design after a couple of fonts I’m really into right now (Ondise for the script and the tried and true Brandon Grotesque for the sans serif). Then I used stuck on the photo strips with pieces of washi tape. Easy! 

Photography: Christina McNeill / Event Planning & Design: Be Hitched / Photo Booth: Magnolia Photo Booth Company
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A little Valentine’s Day DIY for you from Soil & Stem and Select vendor Erin Kate: Valentine’s day isn’t just for lovers – it’s a perfect time to acknowledge long lasting friendships and your love for those special ladies in your life. Give these hand-tied posies to your friends, bridesmaids, mothers, and grandmothers for a thoughtful and unexpected Valentine. 

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Materials
Floral Snips
Waterproof Floral Tape
Lace Fabric Squares
Ribbon

Flowers
5 Stems Garden Roses
1 Stem Ranunculus
3 Stems Greenery
1 Stem Veronica

 

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Directions

1.) Clean your stems of thorns and any low-lying foliage. (It’s okay to leave foliage surrounding the bloom – this will help protect the blooms from bruising and also keep your posy from looking too structured.)

 

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2.) Arrange your greenery. This will help act as a support and backing for your blooms.

 

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3.) Add your blooms. I like to keep my bouquets looking a bit untamed and unstructured. To achieve this, arrange stems in a criss-cross pattern layering each bloom so that they do not touch or suffocate one another.

 

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4.) Wrap floral tape around the base of your posy, below the flowers.

 

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5.) Cut the bottom of your stems so that they are all the same length. I like to keep my stems rather short.

 

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6.) Place your posy on your fabric square at an angle, placing the flowers in the topmost corner. Fold the left and right corners of the square over your stems to create a pocket for your flowers to sit in.

 

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7.) Secure your fabric with a pretty silk ribbon or lace.

 

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Tip: To add a personal touch to each posy you make, fill with the recipient’s favorite flowers, or use colors that remind you of your friendship.

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A welcome bag is such a fun way to welcome out-of-town guests to your wedding. And as a wedding guest, there’s nothing quite like finding some thoughtful goodies waiting for you when you arrive at your hotel – especially if you’ve traveled a long way to get there! We’ve partnered with Zazzle to share some of our favorite ideas for building an awesome wedding welcome bag.

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The Bag 

There are lots of container options for a welcome bag – anything from simple kraft paper bags to fancy gift boxes. My personal favorite is a customized canvas tote bag, because it doesn’t take up a lot of room in a suitcase, and it’s something your guests will be able to use again. I have a couple of these from weddings I’ve attended, and I use them at the grocery store on a regular basis – a fun reminder of a fun time!

Tip #1: Ask an artistic friend to create a fun wedding “logo” for you – or use some cool fonts to create your own – and use it to customize your welcome bag or other wedding swag (t-shirts, beer koozies, etc.). 

Tip #2: If you go with a reusable tote bag, don’t feel like you have to fill the whole thing – your guests don’t want to lug a bunch of extra stuff home with them anyway. Or, think bulky-but-cheap: full-size bags of popcorn or boxes of crackers take up space without breaking the bank, and people will likely polish them off while they’re hanging out between wedding weekend events.

 

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The Snacks

Confession: I remember the welcome bag snacks from the past three weddings I attended. Homemade pretzel Hugs (seriously addictive), Garrett Popcorn’s Chicago mix (even more addictive), and chocolate dipped coconut patties. So my snack bias is probably showing, but I think if you’re only going to include one thing in your welcome bag, it should be something edible. Preferably something sweet and something salty. Bonus points for something made locally. For this San Francisco-inspired welcome bag we went with a couple locally made treats (479° Popcorn and Poco Dolce toffee squares) and yogurt-covered pretzels. For the popcorn and pretzels, we bought large bags and repackaged them in smaller glassine and kraft paper bags, then sealed them with a big round customized sticker.

Tip #3If you plan on packaging things yourself, glassine or cello bags are best for anything remotely greasy (chips, popcorn, cookies); kraft paper will show grease spots, so use it for things like chocolate covered pretzels or hard candies.

Tip #4: Don’t forget something to drink. Bottled water, soda, or sparkling juice are good options. Make sure you’re considering who your guests are before including booze in welcome bags – your college buddies might be excited to find something from a local microbrewery in their bag, but your fiancée’s grandparents might not. Or they might. Use your best judgment.

 

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Welcome Letter & Itinerary

Send your greetings and gratitude in a little welcome note, and make sure to include an itinerary and transportation information – there’s nothing worse than traveling across the country for a wedding, only to realize you’ve left the invitation at home and have no idea what time the ceremony starts or how to get there! Depending on the location of your wedding, as well as how much of the weekend is scheduled, guests might have a little free time to explore the area. Give them a highlights tour with a list of your favorite things to see and do, and places to eat and shop.

Tip #5: Ask your guests to share their photos from the weekend on Instagram, and to make sure and tag them with a custom hashtag – we used #lizzieandjames for our imagined San Francisco couple. You might even set up Eventstagram at your reception to display all the pics!

Tip #6: Consider including the phone number of your wedding planner or a friend or family member who can answer any wedding-related questions. You probably won’t want guests calling you or your fiancé for directions while you’re getting ready to walk down the aisle.

 

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Oops! Kit

Without fail, I forget to pack something important whenever I travel – usually toothpaste. If you want to go above and beyond snacks and a welcome letter, a little “Oops! Kit” is a thoughtful touch for your welcome bags. We used a fabric pen to draw a little red cross on small muslin bags for our kits (a rubber stamp would work well too), then filled them with trial size toiletries we think would be most useful: Kleenex, blister healing Band-Aids, Shout Wipes, Advil, TUMS, and mints.

(Note: Make sure to place a piece of cardboard or other liner inside the muslin bag before painting or stamping, otherwise the ink will bleed through to the other side.)

Tip #7: Drugstores should have travel size items, but they don’t always carry trial sizes. If you’re looking for a mini version of a specific toiletry, Minimus.biz is a great resource.

Tip #8: Depending on your wedding destination, you might want to include location-appropriate items that guests will be glad to have, like sunscreen or bug spray.

 

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Fun Extras

If your budget allows, it can be fun to include little tokens of the trip for guests to take home with them. Some ideas:

– souvenirs like a magnet, shot glass, landmark miniature
– postcards for your guests to scrapbook or send (Zazzle has a huge selection to choose from)
– local treat to take home like a jar of honey, jam, or mustard
– playful, customized things like a deck of cards, beer koozie, temporary tattoo
– mix CD or thumb drive playlist of your favorite songs

Tip #9: If you include anything like local jam or honey, make sure it’s small enough for your guests to pack in a carry-on bag. It would be terrible to have your thoughtful gift get confiscated at airport security!

Tip #10: Avoid scented candles or soaps; the fragrance can transfer to edibles, making your carefully planned snacks taste like perfume.

 

So there you have it! Our tips for building an awesome welcome bag for your out-of-town wedding guests. Did we miss anything? If you’re doing welcome bags for your wedding, what are you including in them?!

 


This post is sponsored by Zazzle, who makes it easy to create custom items for yourself or to sell, simply by uploading your artwork or personalizing one of their existing designs. From invitations to bridesmaid tank tops, from custom postage stamps to table number cards, Zazzle is a great resource for your custom wedding needs.

Custom designs by Kirsten Eva for Snippet & Ink.

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