Friday, April 18, 2014

My Southern I Do's - Menus, Programs, Welcome Bags and More!!

Of course when I first started my wedding planning process I thought my invitation person (who was amazing by the way) would also do all of my other wedding printing (menu cards, programs, itineraries, etc!). Well that was until I saw the cost and decided to seek out some other options to help manage my budget. Luckily Pinterest was there to the rescue for some amazing ideas that I was able to recreate!

These are a picture of my invitations and a sample of the calligraphy we used on our envelopes!

Since we were doing a destination wedding in Charleston we decided to do welcome bags for our guests, we filled them with some of our favorite items in case they got hungry or thirsty during their stay. Additionally, we created itineraries for the guests and wedding party so they would have all the information they would need for the weekend. We working with the amazing talented Sara from Simply Modern Design as well as an AMAZING site called where we were able to download and customize free monograms. I forgot to mention we also ordered a ton of koozies for our guests from Rook Design Company that I found on Etsy. We included them in the welcome bags as well as the wedding. Charleston is hot so we wanted to make sure everyone had cool drinks. I saw a few pictures on Pinterest and had to recreate!!

Here is what our welcome bags looked like! If you can't tell I am slightly obsessed with our monogram and printed it on anything I could put a sticker on!!  Each guest in the welcome bag received pain reliever in case they had one too many adult beverages, Benne Wafers (we are in the south after all, nuts, chips, crackers, water, Cheerwine, his and hers nips, gum, mints, and more. 

I also used my monogram from! I told you I was slightly obsessed with monograms!! I made really cute bathroom baskets (didn't get a picture of those!), bug spray basket signs, flip flops for guests, wrapping bridesmaid presents, and even snack bags for guests to take some munchies home!!

Photo Credit: Guest of Wedding

On Pinterest, I saw these amazing programs. If you know my husband's personality you would understand why these would be so perfect for our wedding.

I was searching on Etsy and found an amazingly talented graphic designer Sara from Simply Modern Design. After sending her some Pinterest pins of ideas that I liked she designed these amazing programs for our wedding. They definitely describe our personalities and the laid back vibe we wanted to have at our wedding. The back of the program included information about the wedding party and a thank you from the bride and groom for traveling to our wedding. 

To display the programs my in-laws found shutters at Lowe's on clearance and crackle painted them to hold the programs at our wedding. Below please find my Pinterest inspiration as well as how they looked displayed at our wedding. Not to mention it kept the programs in place and they weren't blowing around the gardens! Our Wedding Photo Credit

Pinterest Inspiration:
Our Wedding: 

For Menu Cards and Thank You notes for guests it was to the rescue. They have free printable invitation suites where you pick your colors, enter in your information, and VOILA you have menu cards and thank you notes. What I loved about them was how simple it was to create. I then went to Michael's craft store and bought 5x7 stock paper to print everything out. I also found these adorable clothes pins at Paper Source that I had to have and used them to hold the menu cards together for guests. Photo Credit

More about signs and monograms and signs. 

Here is my Pinterest inspiration...

My wedding: Of course some of these little details we didn't get pictures of!! But I bought chevron snack bags on the and added our monogram. Our bathroom baskets had a little sign that said had a little poem about fixing the hair and glossing the lips but to hurry fast and get back on the dance floor. Photo Credit: and bride!

More to come on what treats I gave the bridal party!! 

Happy Pinning!
By Jennifer Shelton