A TWISTY PAPER FUN IDEA THAT PUTS A NEW TWIST ON WEDDING SEATING
Origami (折り紙? – you have seen it before. It comes from the Japanese words for “folding” and “paper.”
Origami, the art of paper folding, creates a goal to transform a flat sheet square of paper into a finished sculpture through folding and sculpting techniques. It also looks great as a fun and crafty thing to do as a decorative means for assigning your guests wear to sit at your wedding celebration
Here is a neat thing you can do for your wedding guests, rather than that lame boring little business card thingy that says “Mr. & Mrs. Smith Table One.” Check out these pictures taken recently by Kenny Casanova at The Caraosel Ballroom in Troy, NY up on Hoosick Street.
Place cards…. They are the little folded business-card-looking thingies with the guests’ names directing them to their assigned table. At a recent wedding that I was the DJ for the bride and groom decided to go a different route, as discussed in another one of my recent blogs Themed Place Cards at http://thedjservice.com/2010/07/themed-alternatives-to-wedding-place-cards/.
At this reception, they decided to trade in the paper for fire. They used little tea lights in votive candle holders with the printed names on each one. It was really cool to see everyone surround the table and look for their candles! Then, on by one, each person carefully brought their little candle keepsake to their destination table.
When purchasing the following materials, it is very important to use tealights in place of the actual votive candles that often come with the holders. Using actual candles will result in the outside to hot to the touch. Tealights will getting warm but will not be uncomfortable to hold as the guests bring the place card alternative back to their table.
INSTRUCTIONS FOR DIY CANDLE PLACE CARDS
MATERIALS NEEDED: Tealights /tea light candles (enough for each couple), Plain glass votive holder (Candle holder cups), light -medium weight transparent vellum (thin paper is best), Laser printer, double-sided tape roll;
1) Get the proper measurements…. Measure the votive candle holders to determine the height and length around the cup. Make a template of the shape of your label. Note that even the most plain votive holders will have a slight curvature, so expect the template to be in an arch-like shape.
2) Set up the template… Set up Microsoft Word or PhotoShop so that you can space your guests names and your actual table numbers the right distance. You can probably get about three templates to a page with room to spare.
3) Print out the sheets… Use the template you made in step one to cut the right shape out of the larger sheets of vellum. Organize the labels, as you set them aside after printing.
4) Open shop… Set up a big workstation with all your materials at a table and make sure to enlist help. Even one extra person will cut your time in half, or more! Wrap each printed label around the votive and trim accordingly. Depending on your printer, you make need to be careful that the ink is dry, and you do not smudge the names during this process. When the label is lined up correctly, it will lay out smooth and flat. Apply the double-sided tape and put aside.
5) Quality control… Keep all the candles in front of you. This will allow for an overall consistent appearance of the candles and give also it you a preview of what they will look like all lined up at the wedding.
Make sure to light candles no more than 30 minutes before your guests come to pick them up to ensure long lasting light.
Planning a wedding with great flowers in the Albany NY region or beyond? If the answer to that question is “yes,” then maybe you will want to try this idea out… “Tiny Flower Pot Wedding Place Cards’
What a better way than to kick off your rustic wedding with little tiny live flowers as the place cards to show your beloved guests to their seats!?
What this couple did was they went to a craft store and bought loads of little vase-like jars, but super small. The next step is easy: Just get some nice flowers, chop them up. Stuck them into little bottles like these, and add the place card tag – and you are done!
This is a very nice wedding book idea as an alternative to the traditional wedding place cards that people end taking to their assigned seats and never end up looking at ever again. Typically the place card ends up in your your attic inside a box somewhere covered in dust, if it even makes it outside the wedding hall as a keepsake.
For this wedding place card idea, all you need to do is go to your local craft store and find some coaster-sized log segments. Most craft stores sell some pretty interesting wood pieces for various crafts and they are usually inexpensive like $5 a bag or so.
Next, while you are there, pick yourself up some markers to write on the wood with for your wedding place card displays.
If there is no such luck at your local craft store, call your local lumber yard. They can probably cut you up a small log real thin some or know somebody who can.
Here are some pictures from a recent wedding at Schenectady NY – about 15 minutes from Albany. At this wedding, they used the signed stones as an alternative for their wedding guest book.
SCHENECTADY NY WEDDING DJ KENNY CASANOVA PICTURES OF WEDDING PLACE CARDS
Are you a bride or a groom and thinking about doing a sports themed wedding? DO you want to make your guests feel at home at your reception by giving their team a shout out? If you answered yes to either of these questions, here is a neat little idea for you!
GIVE EACH WEDDING TABLE A TEAM THEME
What a simple great idea. Make every table represent one team of the sport of your choice. Put a postcard with the stadium that the team plays at. For the place cards, add a team pennant to direct them to their table, which is also the stadium the team plays at.
How to tidy up your place card table with a new twist…
Here is a neat way to assign seating at your wedding, without fumbling over dozens and dozens of cards. How about getting your dining hall organized with picture frame place cards?
Rather than putting out a card for each person with their name and table number on it, why not make a decorative table directory display informing every guest who will be seated at one particular table in the hall?
This alternative idea to the traditional wedding guest place card idea will save you and the guest from time and confusion in having to deal with a separate card being displayed and retrieved for every individual person on your guest list.
What this bride & groom did for their wedding at Woolfert’s Roost Country Club in Albany, was play close attention to the quality of the picture frame themselves. Rather than spending big bucks on pricey cardstock and printing charges, these couple went a different route. They printed them up entirely by themselves and displayed their work in super nice picture frames.
Here are some pictures I took at a wedding recently in Albany: