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101 Simple wedding tutorials

DIY Mint Tins

Source:  Martha Stewart Weddings, Spring 2012


Ink-jet or laser printer
8 1/2-by-11-inch white card stock
8 1/2-by-11-inch white vellum paper
Craft knife
Metal ruler
Cutting surface
Specialty Bottle Supply tins
Necco Canada Mints


  1. Download our PDF files ("Mint to Be" and "A Breath of Fresh Air") and replace the placeholder text with your own (you only need to do this in one box; the form will automatically fill in the rest). Print the "Mint to Be" text on card stock and the "A Breath of Fresh Air" on vellum paper. Each sheet of card stock and vellum yields three labels.
  2. Use a craft knife and metal ruler to cut between the crop marks (do not cut all the way to the edges of the paper; this will leave the crop marks intact around all the edges to guide subsequent cuts).
  3. Line tins with "A Breath of Fresh Air" liners, fill with mints, and close.
  4. Wrap "Mint to Be" labels around each, and secure with double-sided tape.

DIY Wedding Bouquet

Your wedding bouquet is one of the most important accessories. You will hold them while you walk down the isle. They will be in wedding pictures. has a great step-by-step way to get the exact bouquet you want.

Variety of Florals
Scissors or Pruning Sheers
Floral Wire
Floral Tape
Glue Gun

1. Gather Tools. Cut the ends of the stems on a 45 degree angle with the proper flower tool or scissors so as to not damage stems and give them a fresh cut prior to beginning so they get a good drink of water. If possible, cut stems under water.

2. Remove Foliage. Remove the thorns, and any foliage off the bottom half of the stems before you begin.

3. Lay your flowers out on the table, blooms facing toward you. Start off with the largest flower to form the center. Hold the stem between your thumb and first finger on the left hand, about 6-8 inches from the base of the flower head.

4. Now with your right hand, add about 4- 6 stems to frame your center flower, evenly and just below the flower head to help fill in the bouquet, criss-crossing the stems on an angle and rotating the bouquet as you work. The goal is to create a point where all the stems cross each other.

5. Point the blooms toward you as you work — not the stems. Continue to hold the bouquet and place 5-6 stems of the same type of flowers evenly around, turning the bouquet clockwise, and inserting the stems at a 45 degree angle. Continue adding flowers for the next round, arranging these flowers slightly lower. Keep the bouquet a gentle rounded shape across the top. Criss-cross all the stems, and give the bouquet a quarter turn clockwise after adding a few stems. Secure stems in place with floral tape.

6. Continue adding flowers and foliage stems, turning the bouquet around clockwise until the bouquet is the desired size. Secure all your stems together with floral tape, winding it firmly around several times in the same place as before.

7. Cut the ends off the flower and foliage stems, so they are about 6-8 inches long and all the same length. Spray lightly everything with water. Finish off the bouquet by wrapping a length of wide ribbon around the stems to cover the tape.

8. You will want to keep the bouquet in water over night and in a cool place. Preferably a refrigerator, just be careful not to let the flowers hit the edge of the shelves as it will cause them to turn brown.


DIY Seating Display

These cheerfully colored umbrellas sporting seating assignments dot miniature sand dunes at the entrance to a summer reception.

You'll need a 1-inch-deep tray, a sheet of 1/4-inch foam board cut to fit into the bottom of the tray, and some sand. Lay the foam board in the tray, and cover with sand. Drizzle sand unevenly, sifting a bit more here and there to form dunes. Print your seating assignments onto colored paper, and cut them into strips; glue strips to the shafts of the umbrellas. Poke the umbrellas through the sand into the foam board at an angle so guests can easily find their names.

Source:  Martha Stewart Weddings

DIY Table Numbers/ Centerpieces

Instead of the traditional table numbers, use locations that are significant to you - for example, if you met your husband in college, table 1 could be the city of the school, table 2 could be the city/state of your first vacation, table 3 could be the city/state he proposed to you in, etc.

For table centerpieces, make labels with a picture from and the name of the location on it - attach the label to your favorite bottle of wine or champion. One guest at each table can take the bottle home.


DIY Monogram

You can use monograms for various projects such as save-the-date magnets, invitations, small favors, etc that would vary in size. Plus, you will have a template with your new initials that you can use forever!

When you design your monogram in Word, you can easily change its size and your monogram will stay true to its proportions.

1. Open Microsoft Word 2. From the DRAWING toolbar, click the “text box” button. 3. Type your initial in the text box you just created. 4. Do this for each initial of your monogram. (For example, if you”re monogram is SMT, you’ll need three boxes.) 5. Format your text boxes to feature NO FILL and NO LINE. 6. Now click on each text box and drag it to the placement and spacing that suits you. Hints & Tips * For PC users, if you use the arrow keys while holding down the Ctrl key, this will give you more precision in moving the boxes than if using only the mouse. * Use different fonts and color combinations to create a beautiful and unique monogram.