DIY Wedding: 1 Napkin, 3 Ways
Design custom napkins perfectly suited to your wedding style.
Handmade touches are a great way to customize your wedding, and the table decorations and table settings are an easy place to add personality. Four our wedding, we made everything from cake stands to farmhouse inspired tables, to the round table cloths and napkins anchoring our tablescapes. And if you’re wondering, all of those investments were worthwhile. The cake stands have been used time and time again, the tables are currently in use for dining in our home, and we were able to sell the tablecloths to another bride and groom to recoup 90% of the original investment.
Linens are often rented when it comes to weddings, but if you do your research, you might be surprised to find that purchasing new can run a similar price (or less!). You can still buy them in any number of fabrics and colors, plus, when you own the product you can customize to fit your style or the theme of your wedding. Take napkins for example. Ready to see one white napkin, done three different ways?
Use the classic tie-dyeing method to customize your napkins. Keep it neat by using rubber bands to make small top knots in the fabric, and then dip the napkin into a baking dish of liquid dye.
Remove it, and once it has fully dried, clean it per the dye manufacturer’s instructions. Attach pom-poms to one of the edges, or use fabric paint for additional details.
If you’re considering a bohemian napkin, you might also look into purchasing yardage of pre-dyed fabric at a craft store.
Add natural touches to ordinary napkins with embroidery thread, twigs, pine cones and herbs like rosemary. Weave in more natural accents like a jute rope or burlap napkin ring. Embroider the bride and groom’s initials, or last initial, for a quick and easy detail. Pair the insignia with other theme-appropriate details for your rustic event.
Up the ante at a formal wedding with a beautifully folded napkin. Choose a fold that complements your style, and be aware which edges of the napkin are exposed. Use glue to attach a nice ribbon to the exposed edges to accent the details in the folds.
Now doesn't that look pretty?
Glamorous jewel-tones, gorgeous flowers, weathered wood and a forest canopy strike just the right high-low notes in this outdoor wedding. Floral designer Lindsay Coletta was inspired by a trip to upstate New York where a bohemian family's carefree lifestyle planted the seed for this gypsy wedding shoot.
Yurts and teepees are becoming popular, atmospheric ways to enjoy the great outdoors. This glamorous/rustic wedding was staged at North Georgia Canopy Tours which offers teepee camping.
Floral designer Linsday Coletta incorporated a variety of flowers—from the humble to the high-end—into this glamorous outdoor wedding including dahlias, Centaurea aspera, Celosia cristata, strawflower, eucalyptus, ranunculus, porcelain berries, roses, delphinium, scabiosa, peonies, pokeweed and chinaberry.
Silver and Gold
Stylist Mandy Kellogg Rye mixed pastels, jewel tones and metallics to create a unique and free-form color palette. Floral designer Lindsay Coletta recommends not being too constrained by a set color palette when designing your own wedding. Let nature and an inspired mix of color and texture guide your selection of flowers and other wedding elements, instead of making things too matchy-matchy and dependent upon one set color.
What's better than a llama? A llama wearing a floral necklace, of course. Lindsay Coletta loves to bring animals, from horses to alpacas into the parties and weddings she creates. For this fantasy outdoor wedding she used the llamas as au naturel "props" milling about the event like honored guests.
A talented wedding photographer will work to incorporate elements of your outdoor wedding design into the shot list and isolate magazine-style moments to fully capture the mood of your event.