Hello again lovely RMW-ers. Can you believe another 6 weeks have passed?!! Eeek!
Now I don’t know about you, but ever since entering the wonderful world of wedding planning I have spent many, many hours staring longingly at light up signs. There is just something so striking, so mesmerising about having them….they just ooze Hollywood glamour!
Then last year I saw this amazing wedding on RMW Many of you will recognise the bride as she is none-other than 2011-2012 RMW Real Bride Amanda! Amanda took her DIY skills to the limit and created a myriad of light up signs to decorate her venue (and one AWESOME ‘moustache bar’!) Well in Amanda’s final write up she happened to mention that her and Darren had set up Doris Loves and would be hiring out many of their wonderful creations, and were making custom light up signs!!! Eeeeeeeeeee!
Fast forward a few months and Doris Loves have actually designed Dave & I our very own PHOTOBOOTH sign!! Yup, just for us! They even used a fab Art Deco font so it will fit in with the design for the day. Oh & the best thing…..we get to keep it!! I know, I know why on earth do we need to have a PHOTOBOOTH sign in our little 2 bed flat? Well, why the hell not?! Imagine all the fun we can have with our home-made photo-booth, & its very own sign – house parties at ours will never be the same again! (Our photo-booth is for life, not just for weddings!) And just look at this sign, isn’t it just the BEST. THING. EVER.
So lovelies, is it just me? Or are any of you lot lusting after your very own light up sign? Maybe you are making your own (this is one DIY task I was not up to tackling!)? If so I want to hear all about it.
Oh & if you have a spare few mins I would recommend you
- Go back through Amanda’s big day write up & admire the DIY genius
- Go have a nosey at Doris Loves
They just attended their first wedding fair, with a few more in the pipeline, so they’ve have got a whole host of signs ready & waiting for you. You could even ask them to do you your very own custom sign!
BACK TO THE DIY
So in other news Dave & I got started on another DIY project – Table numbers. Hands up who has spent hours agonising over the naming (or non-naming) of your reception tables?! Yup, me too!
Having seen so many awesome table plans grace these pages, I was sure we needed to come up with our own meaningful table names. Holiday destinations? Well we’ve only been on a handful of holidays together so that isn’t gonna work… Favourite films? We’re not really known for our amazing filmic knowledge!… Favourite songs? Ooooh that could work – oh hang on, is ‘Creep’ really a suitable table name?!!
(For all avid Radiohead fans, yes, yes I know not their best work, but it was the only Radiohead song I knew back when I was trying to convince Dave I was the girl for him!!!)
After all this deliberating, we started to question why on earth we were taking so much time trying to name tables?! What was wrong with numbers anyway?! Nothing!
So table numbers it is!
And seeing as I promised you lot more DIY how-tos, here is how we made ours… (Apologies for the photos, the light in our flat is atrocious!!)
You will need:
- Sheet Music
- Carboard numbers
- PVA craft glue
- Paint brush
- Pencil & Eraser
Firstly, place the 3D number on a piece of sheet music & trace round it. Cut out the number shape from the sheet (tip: when cutting leave a margin between the pencil mark & your cut, it will make it easier for gluing). Then do the same with the reverse side of the number. Next cut out strips from the music sheet, these will be used to cover the edges of the number, we needed 4 strips in total (again cut them so there is enough for a margin). Remember to rub out the pencil mark.
Now you have all your cut-outs you can get on with the gluing. All you need to do is paint the number with the PVA glue and stick your sheet music on. The best way to do this is to start with edges and work in stages around the number, making sure the sheet music is stuck flat, and slightly overlapping onto the faces of the number. Then, once all the edges are covered, you can start on the faces. Again, all I did was cover the face of the number in PVA glue, placed the number shaped sheet over the glue & stuck down. Add some glue down the edges and stick the excess paper down against the edges. Then repeat this again for the other side and then allow the whole thing to dry. (Tip: when sticking the sheet music to the number you may need to keep smoothing it against the number so you don’t get too many wrinkles)
Once the paper is dry, cover the whole thing in a layer of PVA glue. Once dry this will act as a varnish, sealing the paper and giving it a little sheen. And there we have it – a music covered table number. Only another 10 table numbers to go!
So that’s all from me for now. I’d love to hear about any crafty projects you guys are undertaking for your big day.
Next time I’ll hopefully have some pretty engagement shoot pictures to share with you. But until then here is a teaser pic of one of our e-shoot props!
Big marshmallow-y love Rebecca xxx
PS. I nearly completely forgot – HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY! <3
How are you all celebrating? We’ll be going for an induction at our local gym!!! How romantic!