a need not a want: sensational seating


Who doesn’t get stressed out by the thought of figuring out the massive puzzle aka seating arrangements for all of your friends and family? Not to worry– seating assignments can actually be a fun element of the wedding! Not all receptions are required to have the standard seating chart or escort-card table. Embrace the challenge and show off all of your hard work in a memorable way.

The ballon chandelier is a super easy and inexpensive DIY that will make a bold seating statement.  Check out WeddingChicks.com for clear instructions on how to craft this clever seating display.  Your guests will love checking out your favorite pictures as they look for their table assignment.  It’s these personal touches that give your wedding reception an intimate feel.

What guest wouldn’t be excited to look for their name within a heart-shaped target practice?  This playful presentation is perfect for any outdoor nuptials!  Names/table numbers are printed on vibrant arrows and then are secured  within a perspex frame.  Take a look at Ruthie and Ian’s Napa Valley wedding for more inspiration.

The creative possibilities are endless for a unique seating “chart” masterpiece.  Don’t let the stress of organizing guests bog you down– go for a dramatic display to bring the excitement back!


chalkboard details

The chalkboard wedding theme is a refreshing idea that can easily be incorporated into almost any element of your wedding.  Brides love this trend because it allows for creative control with many DIY options and affordable pricing.  This chic theme injects personality into the ceremony and seamlessly brings your style to the reception. Chalkboards accentuate the vintage, playful, eco friendly, or elegant wedding vibes. As couples are opting for this popular trend and making it their own, the inspiration for custom chalkboard weddings seems endless. I can’t get enough of these lovely touches!



Whether a cake topper or fondant style, chalk never looked so tempting.  Toppers can be made from cake pop sticks and chalkboard paint. EtsyWalmartShinDigzDavid’s Bridal, and Zazzle have endless options of size, shape, color, and personalization.  The washi trend  looks amazing with this theme and decorate the toppers stress-free since you can easily erase!

DIY Cake–  Painting fake cakes with chalkboard paint (which can be found at any           hardware store) and placing them at the kid’s table with colorful chalk to decorate is an adorable idea.



Send guests home with a message on any treat or let the place cards serve as their personalized gifts. Chalkboard tags incorporate the theme with any favor choice. “Sip and Scribble” coasters are another adorable treat.

DIY Jars– Paint the tops of Mason jars with chalkboard paint or tape off the edges on a glass jar, paint, and then remove the tape after it dries for a clean shape.



What better way to label your food and drink options than with your chalk theme?   These useful accents blend in with your wedding decor while helping your guests. Chalkboard placemats can double as place cards and are available online at Crate and Barrel or Etsy in a range of shapes/ sizes to fit in with any tablescape.

DIY Placemats– Buy any ugly placemats at the dollar store as long as they are the same size and paint them in two coats of chalkboard paint.  Voilà!



Chalkboard glasses are a special touch that add to the atmosphere of the wedding.  This thoughtful detail can serve as escort cards, place cards, or favors and is a playful way to personalize your reception.  Glasses can be found at Pier 1 Imports, Etsy, Gifted Grape, or wine charms at Mark and Graham, Crate and Barrel, Etsy , and Art Fire.

DIY Glasses– Buy standard wine glasses (can be ordered online in bulk from a variety of sellers) and put masking tape around the stem however high you want the chalkboard paint to go.  Buy chalkboard paint, pour it in a bowl, and dip the wine glass bases until evenly coated.  Allow the extra paint to drip of, let dry, and peel off tape for a clean finish.

Photo Booth/Guestbook 


Chalkboard decor makes for stunning photo booth backdrops that can easily personalize every picture.  Photo booths with chalkboards allow guests to write messages in a creative way and then capture the fun for a unique guestbook or keepsake.  Thought bubbles are smaller, customizable, and vary in shape/ size to go with any wedding feel.  Check out Photojojo, Etsy, and Tailored for fun speech bubble options.



Large signs are a popular way to communicate information to guests and opting for a chalkboard. Create a rustic feel by picking a wooden border or elegantly transform any chalkboard with a frame that compliments your colors.  Directional signs with chalkboard arrows can be ordered from Etsy or Blue Sky Papers for a fun way to guide your guests.

DIY Framed Sign–  Shop for a unique frame that accents your wedding vibe.  Get thrifty by using a vintage frame or give your chalk style a modern edge by going for a new frame with a clean style.  Remove the glass and cut a cardboard sheet that fits the frame dimension.  Coat it with chalkboard paint and set it within the frame as soon as it dries.

Table numbers/ Seating


Glass bottles and Mason jars can be dressed up with chalk paint to give your table numbers a fresh feel.  The chalkboard trend can also be incorporated into your tablescape with a chalkboard table runner that not only is a chic decor option but can also serve as seating markers for guests.  Snatch this adorable burlap tag from Etsy to merge the chalk and hessian  looks.

a washi wedding

Washi tape is a fun, decorative Japanese masking tape that’s dominating the crafting world because of its ease and variety of sizes/patterns.  This vibrant accent is normally made out of rice paper which gives it a transparent feel.  It’s also removable which allows any DIY bride the opportunity to reposition and explore different layering possibilites.  You can also explore your creativity with the freedom to play with any number delicate designs.  Because of wide range of styles, washi can be incorporated within a number of diverse themes.  It’s up to each individual bride to decide how intricate her wedding details are– it all depends on how you take advantage of the washi tape options within your personal wedding style!

Don’t be afraid to get your shop on– here are some great sites to explore the wonderful world of washi: Cute Tape ,Freckled Fawn, Etsy or you can order large quantities for wholesale prices at AliExpress, Japanese Gift Market , or DHgate

Get inspired by these 6 ways to easily transform your wedding with washi tape and learn why crafty brides just can’t put the stuff down.

1) Save the dates/invites


2) Escort Cards

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3) Cake

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4) Vases


5) Details

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6) Favors