Let’s talk last minute finishing touches. For those whose wedding is fast approaching this spring/summer season, I am sure you are super organized and have every last cupcake accounted for.
Then, out of the blue your wedding will be a week away and suddenly its all hands on deck in a mad scramble to finish the last minute DIY decor projects! And given your tight timeframe, some of those projects are at real risk of being tossed to the side.
On The Eve of My Wedding
“Twas the night before the wedding,
When all through the house,
My two best friend and I were scrambling
To finish the signs I had forgotten about.”
Depending on the size of your venue, you will need quite a few signs for a couple of reasons: in order to direct guests to appropriate areas of the wedding venue; and to provide great visuals to tie-in with your theme.
1) A big warm welcome sign for when guests arrive at the ceremony location
2) During the ceremony, a sign that directs people to sit in a certain area or to sit wherever.
3) Seating chart signage for the reception, so your guests can see where to sit
4) You may have a fingerprint tree poster for a wedding guestbook
5) A custom cocktail/bar sign
6) A photo booth sign
7) A sign directing your guests to do something (i.e., sign the guestbook or leave a note)
8) How about a quote on canvas? I DIY’d similar to below, “Time to Drink Champagne …”
When I finished unpacking, lining, and stuffing my wedding invitations into envelopes and addressing them, I took my beautiful and not-so-cheap invites to the local post office to be mailed. The lady proceeded to tell me that they had run out of regular stamps and I had to choose between a stamp of Shania Twain or a stamp of the Titanic.
I didn’t think sticking a symbol of one of the most tragic ship sinking in history onto my wedding invitations was very appropriate. I went for the overly large-sized stamp of Shania Twain’s head. Ugh.
Needles to say, if I had known I could get custom stamps created for my wedding stationery, I might have squeezed them into my budget. Here are a few examples we like of custom stamps for your stationery:
When my mom and I were putting our wedding favors together (heart shaped cookies decorated as a bride and a groom) I had bought clear plastic envelopes with seals to put the cookies inside. They were perfect, except for the time-consuming task of making little thank you cards for 65 cookies. I printed, cut, and then glued on the back of a piece of construction paper and inserted in each cookie envelope. Needless to say it was the biggest pain in the butt – extremely time consuming and by no means cost effective.
I didn’t know this at the time, Zazzle sells all different sorts of wedding stickers that have wedding date, thank you messages, and even a place for the bride and groom’s name.
If I had known this for my wedding, I would totally have bought the stickers and stuck them on the back of the cookies rather than goofing around with printing, cutting, and gluing. Sure it was bonding time with my mom, but we could have gotten the cookies done a lot quicker and then worked on the wedding signs, instead of doing the signs the night before the wedding.
Looking back at my own wedding, the above projects were definitely little details that I need not have sweated over. They crept up in the last few weeks, and I had to rush to complete them myself or grab friends/family to help out. It is fun to do all the DIYs that you plan for your wedding, but it is just easier to leave projects for the professionals.
There are bound to be a few last minute details brides and grooms forget about. That is where Zazzle is a great help, to check off those tasks on your DIY list long before your big day.