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DIY Placecards for a Backyard Wedding

When you think of “backyard wedding”, do plastic tablecloths, mud, and too much wind come to mind? Forget all of that, and let me show you how a backyard wedding can be styled to be classic, formal, with a bit of whimsy, and completely windproof. Specifically, we are talking about place cards today. The name plates that assign each guest a chair, place cards are typically only used for very formal events or when using long tables. Let’s turn tradition on it’s head and do a place card for a slightly casual yet dressy backyard wedding.

I used my Cricut to create place cards that would be fun, pretty, and most importantly, wind proof. Because when designing any type of event outdoors, whether a wedding or a birthday party, your decor needs to stay put in any weather. I decided to use a heavier material, kraft board, and then layer it four times for each place card. This made a very sturdy piece that felt expensive (even though it wasn’t) and won’t blow away (because that would be tragic).

For this project you’ll need:

Cricut Machine. I used a Maker 3, but you could also use an Explore Air 3

Kraft Board in metallics

Kraft Board in black

Strong grip mat

I used Design Space to design the place card. On my computer, I’m able to use the curve text function to slightly curve the text. Next, I used the offset function three times to create the layers. I cut each layer out of a different color of kraft board and glued them together with a glue stick.

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DIY Bride Denim Jacket

It’s August, and here in NYC, that means it’s the small break between Spring and Fall weddings. So what’s the best thing to do with that break? Make DIY wedding items, of course. No better piece of fashion for a Fall wedding than a diy bride denim jacket to wear over your gown. It’s that mesh between formal and casual that does it for me.

I have a client that booked their wedding in a venue that is, essentially, a giant industrial blank box. For me, that means that I have full create control to do whatever (WHATEVER) I dream up. No ugly ballroom carpets to contend with or unremovable crystal chandeliers. We’ve decided to do a mix of bohemian meets industrial meets colorful. To bring that aesthetic into her fashion, I’ve made her a denim jacket that says Bride on the back. We’ve got the industrial piece in the fitted vintage denim, patterned flowers for a touch of bohemian, and a rainbow text treatment.

I designed a custom decal for the jacket in Design Space, cut it on my Cricut, used my heat press to attach the vinyl to the jacket…and voilĂ ! The perfect piece for a very instagrammable photo op on her wedding day.

And yes, that’s me modeling it at the end of this post. You’re welcome.

What you’ll need for this project:

Cricut (I used a Maker 3, but any machine will do)

EasyPress 2

Everyday Iron-on

Vintage Denim jacket (I found mine on Poshmark)

Essentials Tool Kit

 

When layering iron-on vinyl, the most important thing is to make sure that the pieces you are pressing aren’t on top of each other’s clear plastic film. To avoid that, I iron pieces on in sections that are furthest away from each other.

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Sarah and Josh | Bakerhouse1650 Wedding

Sarah and Josh didn’t let the pandemic put a damper on their excitment to get married. Instead of holding a grand affair, they opted for an intimate, 3-day event, at a beautiful restored mansion in the Hamptons. Bakerhouse1650 was the background of the wedding, but also served as our inspiration for the design.

Using the venue’s palette of greens and whites, we created a garden-like look for their ceremony. The dinner reception, held outside in a pretty day in May, showcased a sparkling light tunnel.

The groom’s love of cars was seen through these amazing cocktail napkins that we custom designed. For an extra personal touch, we used their logo on the car door.

Along with Michelle Edgemont Design as Event Designer and Florist, here’s the group of pros that made this amazing day happen:

Planner Emlan Events | Photographer Loreto Cacares | Catering Acquolina | Videographer McKenzie Miller | Venue Bakerhouse 1650 | Tent Sperry Hamptons | Lighting Matt Murphy Lighting | Stationery Gus & Ruby | Hair Andrea Tobey | Makeup Alexa Rae | Bridal Dress Danielle Frankel | Groom Attire Esq

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