Last summer I got to help my friend Anne plan her wedding! (Check out this blog post for more blue and mint DIY wedding inspiration.) It took place at the Shadowland Ballroom in beautiful St. Joseph, Michigan.
We agreed that a big goal of any wedding reception is celebrating: eating, drinking, dancing, and partying the night away! Thus, the ideals when it came to styling were to add to overall vibe, and not subtract from the fun.
I believe that understated is best when it comes to party decor. We were lucky with this venue that we didn't need to do much to the already beautiful space. Hence, the white tablecloths, and turquoise-esque napkins, plus the gorgeous silver chairs.
Flowers are lovely, but can be very expensive and impractical for large events like weddings. So, we took a different route! (Thinking outside the box is where it's at for making your event unique and cost effective.)
We worked with the colors that were already in the room, leading the bride to decide on the sea glass centerpieces. We collected real sand from a nearby beach (free! and returnable!) and purchased sea glass from craft stores (there are many tutorials online on how to make your own). The twenty hurricanes and candles came as a set from a resale site. Always check sites like Craigslist and Tradesy when DIYing a large event. Lastly, we needed table numbers and the centerpieces would be complete!
WATERCOLOR TABLE NUMBERS
- 4x6 in. sheets of watercolor paper
- Rubber cement
- Number stencils
- Paint pen or sharpie
1) Cut the watercolor paper into 4x6 sheets.
2) With a pencil, trace as many numbers as you need. (You can skip this step and freehand the numbers in step three.)
3) Paint the rubber cement on to the cards over the numbers. Let dry and paint a second coat.
4) Test watercolors on scratch paper and when you've come up with the combination you like, paint on to the cards, over the dry rubber cement.
5) Let the cards dry fully, preferably overnight. Then, with a pink eraser, rub the dried cement off, leaving a white space where the number was originally.
6) You can leave the cards as is. We decided to add silver with a paint pen!
I glued a blank 4x6 to the back of each card to cover up the paint that slipped on to the back of the cards. In the end, it created a cleaner look and helped them stand up easier in the stands. (We used the ones provided by the venue with no extra charge. Always ask!)
Between steps four and five I ended up adding more water and light blue paint to the cards to create a softer look. I think it was the right call, they turned out looking so smooth and blended!
All professional photos courtesy of Ben Pancoast Photography.