A Bunting We Shall Go

{image a la The Sweetest Occasion; photography by Alice G. Patterson}

That first moment a bride-to-be walks into her wedding space, she breathes a sigh of relief – wedding venue secured.  Finding that perfect place is half the hunt, but filling that space and making it your own – that’s the tough part.  Florists generally focus on filling the tables, and many spaces come equipped with gorgeous natural light, but just above the intricately designed tables, lies a half-room’s worth of empty space.

Popping up on wedding blogs and Etsy-seller storefronts alike, wedding flags, bunting, streamers, printables, signs, confetti, tassels and garlands are strewn across wedding after wedding.  Wedding designers and sellers alike retail gorgeous streaming confections made of every material and strung across every space.  Bride and Groom signs are hung on respective chairs, “this way to a wedding” signs are mounted above the happy newlyweds, and all of those colorful flags float across carefully-orchestrated weddings straight out of a scene from Alice in Wonderland.  Why not take a stab at the flowing colors and textures?  Bunting can be draped between trees at an outdoor ceremony, over tables at a party, or in tents as decoration.  Individual flags can even work as escort cards.

Own a sewing machine?  Straight-sew rows of fabric, doilies, or printed paper cut into triangles (or any shape for that matter) – either one next to the other or along a piece of ribbon or cording.  If sewing seems daunting, defy tradition and try fun arts & crafts items like masking tape, a hot glue gun, fabric or scrapbook paper, a hole punch, a stapler (try colored staples!), clothespins, tissue Paper, scissors, a glue stick, old-fashioned kitchen string, and streamers.  For a step-by-step tutorial on how to make your own DIY bunting, check out this great article from Joyful Abode.

Don’t shy away from wedding projects; just plan them well-ahead of the big day … there is nothing more stressful than stumbling through origami on one-hundred-something program fans, while still hand-writing last-minute table settings and organizing guests’ travel plans.

{image a la The Sweetest Occasion; photograph from Kiki LaRue via design*sponge}


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