Tuesday, June 19, 2012

diy: guest seating chart

hey y'all. i hope you guys had a super weekend i'll share a bit of ours and the market tomorrow. today i wanted to share how i made our guests seating chart for the wedding.
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i can doodle. and doodle i do. but i am just that. a doodler. and so i rely on what works in cases like these. tracing. you will need:
     * a computer & printer to layout & print your desired table numbers (i used these free for non commercial     
        use illustrated woodsy numbers, off of one of my favorite diy & freebee blogs, eat drink chic. these
        numbers will also be the actual table numbers on the tables) as well as the guests names - i gave the
        wedding party little titles and included the arrows and hearts that are a small but consistent detail
        throughout our wedding i.e. Sarah - Mother of the Bride
     * a light box if you have one (my handsome built me one specially out of wood, perspex and a
        light fitting. You could use a glass top table with a small lamp underneath)
     * small doilies (reoccurring lacy detail)
     * ribbon
     * mini pegs
     * a pen of your choice
     * a board painted in your choice of colour or custom design - this isn't the actual board we will use but it
        was the inspiration behind this idea. we will need about three boards and i want to do them in pastel
       watercolours.
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step one
trace out all of your names and table numbers onto the doilies.
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step two
string a length of ribbon across the board and secure with pegs on each side. each row will represent a table and will have the table number followed by each guests name pegged onto it. i suggest you do a tester line to figure out what dimensions you will need to make you board. i could fit four tables on a board this size.
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step three
as mentioned above, start with your table number and peg it to the piece of ribbon followed by all the guests who will be seated at that table.
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this took all of an hour to make. and probably cost me under 200 south africa rand ($23 USD). not bad going. and it's pretty. if you try it out or are inspired to do something different please let me know so i can take a look, i would love to see your creations!

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