Today’s guest post comes from Stephanie of Wedding Party, which has developed an amazing free app for iPhones and Androids that allows your friends and family to more actively participate in the joy of your wedding by enabling them to easily capture and share all the fun, candid moments from the day—the ones that might easily be missed by your photographer! Here, Stephanie shares a simple and sparkly DIY photo project that’s easy on the eyes—and the wallet!
Photos are a great way to add a personal touch to your décor and to share memories with your friends and family. There are tons of unique and easy ways to incorporate photos into your wedding celebration, and one of my favorite ways is with photo placeholders!
Finding your spot at a wedding reception can often be a chaotic experience. However, this can be solved easily (and gorgeously!) with a photo placeholder for each guest. I was so inspired by this Thanksgiving-themed placeholder from Photojojo that I decided to adapt the concept to make it suitable for weddings. Photojojo used pumpkins for their placeholders, but of course, those are seasonal and not for everyone’s wedding! I put my own twist on the idea by using a small glass bottle filled with glitter instead. Not only will these photo placeholders brighten up your wedding reception, they’ll also make it easy for guests to find their seating assignment. Plus, they take about five minutes to make—a definite bonus when you’re a DIY bride crunched for time!
What you’ll need:
- A photo
- A ruler
- A paperclip
- A small glass bottle with a corked stopper (I got mine at Michaels for a dollar!)
Step 1: Trace and cut out a square of cardstock on which to mount your photo. Use a ruler to measure and trace a large enough square of cardstock.
Step 2: Cut out the square of cardstock. With a glue stick, apply glue to the back of your photo and mount it on the cardstock.
Step 3: Write your guest’s name and his or her table number on the back of the cardstock.
Step 4: Take the outside prong of the paperclip and straighten it out so that you can stick the end into the stopper.
Step 5: Fill the glass bottle with glitter! It was easy enough for me to pour the glitter directly into the bottle, but you may need to make a paper funnel to minimize glitter spillage.
Step 6: Put the stopper on the glass bottle, with the paper clip stuck on the top. Clip your photo to the top (bent end) of the paper clip. Your photo should stay, and—voila!—you now have a pretty placeholder!
If you’re guest list is too long to make a photo placeholder for everyone, these work great for bridal showers or bridesmaid brunches, and they make cute keepsakes. We hope that you try this idea out and let us know what you think! Would you make these placeholders for your special event?