It’s time for one of the best things about our wedding: THE DIYS!! Running this blog for the past ten years really prepared me for wedding projects. Because of our 6 week timeline (
Making most of our decor really was one of my favorite parts about our wedding. It might have been a ton of work behind the scenes, but being surrounded by handmade items on your wedding adds another layer of love to the day. I worked on this particular project with Ryan and his parents. It’ll be in our wedding photos forever and it just feels that much more special. Even if it’s just one project, absolutely consider crafting for your wedding… And might I suggest you make this one?!
Here’s how we made our wedding seating chart:
– 8’x4′ Plywood
Note we did start this project in February 2020 before the lumber shortage/pandemic. It might be more costly to make now, but would be worth it if it was a central piece of your overall decor.
I got a quart of each color of paint so that I could apply two coats, front and back. There was plenty of paint left over.
We bought two 8’x4′ sheets of plywood and cut them down the middle to make four 8’x2′ pieces (you can ask them to do this for you at the store). We ended up only using three of those pieces in the final seating chart.
After the wood was cut, we rounded off the tops with a jigsaw to create the arch shape. We tried one shape completely rounded off (you can see above), but it really did look way too phalic. A semi circle is definitely the better way to go unless you’re having a very different event.
To create dimension, we made the arches at varying heights.
And that’s all there really is to it! It’s a few simple cuts and a bit of paint!
We ended up using clear string (behind and attached to the wall) to secure it in place. While it stands up on its own, the last thing you want would be for a gust of wind to come along and knock it over.
1. Print the names on nicer, heavier weight 8.5×11″ paper
2. Tack in place with gold push pins
You may need to use a t-square to keep everything level and even. Shoutout to Jeran of
And for fun, here’s what it looked at the end of the night. The light from the disco ball is just ::chef’s kiss::! Thank you to