To put together our modern, edgy hipster theme, we created an inspiration board of graphic elements, quirky cartoons, polka dots – and beards, of course.
Set the scene
Use graphic black-and-white patterns and combine them with splashes of colour and something shiny here and there. Choose modern tables and chairs and decorate the reception venue with strings of lights, bunting and helium balloons. An urban bicycle is both a part of the décor and an element introduced to bring the theme together. Play with paper hearts, large circus-style letters, a light box with messages and other fun elements that reflect the bridal couple’s interests and childhood memories, like Lego toys, jars of sweets, crossword puzzles and a golf trophy.
Scan the template on page 93. Type in your names and add a small calendar for the month of your wedding to the design. Space everything neatly, print it out on white cardboard and ‘circle’ your wedding date with a red heart.
Use our template on page 93 to design your invitations. Place them into envelopes (see below) along with the dance step and song request cards (templates on page 94) and colourful confetti.
Use our template on page 92 to make envelopes. Add your wedding emblem, print out on transparent paper and cut them out. Fold them and glue the sides closed.
Scan the emblem template on page 94 to your computer. Use a design program (or ask a designer to help you), choose a typeface (see our article on page 55 for help with this) and fill in your names. You can now use your emblem everywhere on your paper designs. Just for fun, we also made each guest a ‘fan’ by printing the emblem on firm cardboard, cutting it in a square and gluing it onto an ice-cream stick.
This seating plan will definitely break the ice around the table. Draw cute cartoons of your guests with a pencil or black felt-tipped pen and paint or colour in the hair and clothes. Scan the drawings to your computer, choose a modern typeface and type in the names and the table numbers. Have the design printed onto canvas paper, cut the bottom edge into a V and glue the top edge onto a dowel stick so you can hang it on the wall with string.
Choose a modern typeface and print the table numbers onto A3-sized cardboard in a large font. Cut the bottom edge into a V and stick the number onto some pretty background paper. Glue the top edge onto a dowel stick so you can hang it above the table with string. Also make flags with cute messages on them in a different typeface and hang them up with the numbers.
Place-card napkin rings
Use candy bracelets as napkin rings. Add an origami heart (see folding diagram on page 101) and a label with the guest’s name to each one.
You can put slices of wedding cake or other gifts for the guests into these triangular boxes. Use the decorations on page 94 and the templates on pages 96 and 97 and copy them onto cardboard in the desired size. Cut them out, fold and stick down the sides with double-sided tape. Line the boxes with wax paper if you’re using them for cake.
Fill a box with ice lollies, cold drinks and straws and tie it to the luggage rack of your bicycle to make a quirky drinks trolley. Decorate the box with your wedding emblem, if you prefer.
You may kiss the bride
Make your own cupcake decorations. Use a wooden peg and paint a black dress suit on one side and a white wedding dress on the other. Complete the detail with a fine-tipped black marking pen. Make a veil for the bride by gluing net on her head with a glue gun and dab blusher on her cheeks.
Hang some shelves on a wall and fill them with jars of sweets. Place paper bags close by for your guests to use.
Make this three-tier cake to go with your wedding theme. Rice crispy treat tier: melt 200g butter and 500g marshmallows together in a large pot. Add 360g rice crispies and mix until the cereal is evenly coated. Pour into two 15cm cake tins that have been lined and greased well with butter. Grease your hands with butter and press the cereal to compact it into the pans. Leave to set for a few hours. Remove from the tins and stick the two layers together. Love hearts tier: cover a 20cm cake with white fondant. Use royal icing to stick rows of sweets around the cake – start at the bottom and leave small gaps between the rows. Leave to harden. Hundreds and thousands tier: cover the sides of a 25cm cake in a thick layer of butter icing (we used white margarine to keep the colour white). Smooth it well and scrape any excess icing off the top edge. Pour the hundreds and thousands onto a large tray or baking sheet. Hold the cake at the top and the bottom with both hands and roll and press the iced sides into the sprinkles. Once the sides are completely covered, ice the top of the cake carefully. Spoon sprinkles over the icing and spread them out gently with your hands.
Print out the template on page 95 onto a large sheet of firm cardboard and have it standing up somewhere at the reception. Ask the guests to stamp on a fingerprint with coloured ink and sign their names. Afterwards you can draw in ‘strings’ so the prints look like balloons.
Make buttonholes from Lego figures for your bridegroom and his best man. Glue a small brooch pin onto the back with epoxy glue or another glue that won’t damage the plastic.
Tie these ‘just married’ tins onto the wedding car (or bicycle) for a touch of nostalgia. Copy the templates on pages 98-100 onto white paper in the right size, cut them out and glue them onto the cans with craft glue. Tie them to the car with rough twine.
Make a bouquet from origami hearts. Use the diagram on page 101 to fold origami hearts from paper in different colours and in various sizes. Glue them onto thin dowel sticks with a glue gun and shape them into a bouquet. Make some extra hearts to place in bottles on the tables.
Stick a picture of a giant-sized crossword puzzle on the wall to serve as your photo wall. Place a container filled with letters nearby so the guests can ‘write’ messages to you on the crossword puzzle. Also have some props for the photos, like an oversized ring (instructions on page 90), and crocheted beards (instructions on page 90).
Use our template on page 100 to make this photo prop. We cut ours from a large sheet of 2300 mic paper chipboard and painted the ring section with gold craft paint (you can also use gold spray paint or even gold leaf). We sprayed the diamond with spray glue before sprinkling silver glitter over it. Seal the diamond with a clear varnish so that the glitter doesn’t come off.
Crocheted beards Abbreviations
ch chain stitch dc double crochet dtr double treble htr half treble rep repeat sl st slip stitch sp space st(s) stitch(es) tog together tr treble You will need knitting yarn in brown and grey crochet hook (size according to the thickness of the yarn you use) tapestry needle
NOTE Use the basic pattern for both crocheted beards.
To crochet Basic pattern
The beard is worked from the top downwards, using a double strand of yarn. Work 35 ch. Row 1: htr in 2nd ch from hook and in each st across, turn (= 34 htr). Row 2: 2 ch, htr into next 12 sts, sl st into next 10 sts, htr into last 12 sts, turn (= 24 htr). Row 3: 1 ch, htr into next 12 sts, 10 ch, htr into last 12 sts, turn (= 24 htr). Row 4: 1 ch, htr into next 12 sts, 10 htr into 10 ch-sp, htr into last 12 sts, turn (= 34 htr). Row 5: 1 ch, htr into each st across (= 34 htr).
Row 6: 1 ch, *htr 2 tog, htr into next 2 sts, rep from * across, turn (= 25 htr). Row 7: 1 ch, *htr 2 tog, htr into next 3 sts, rep from * across, turn (= 20 htr). Row 8: 1 ch, htr into each st across, turn (= 20 htr). Sl st into each st to end of row. Fasten off.
Row 6-8: 1 ch, htr into each st across (= 34 htr). Row 9: 1 ch, *htr 2 tog, htr into next 2 sts, rep from * across, turn (= 25 htr). Row 10: 1 ch, *htr 2 tog, htr into next 3 sts, rep from * across, turn (= 20 htr). Row 11: 1 ch, htr into each st across, turn (= 20 htr). Sl st into each st to end of row. Fasten off.
To make up
For the grey beard, cut a few strands of grey yarn long enough to pull a tassel through every sl st-sp. Pull the tassels through and trim the ends neatly. Crochet loops in grey and brown and sew to the sides of your beards to hook over your ears.
Crocheted moustache You will need
knitting yarn in grey crochet hook (size according to the thickness of the yarn you use) tapestry needle
Work 20 ch. Row 1: 1 dc into 2nd ch from hook, work into ch across row 2 htr, 2 tr, 1 dtr, 1 tr, 1 htr, 1 sl st, 1 htr, 1 tr, 1 dtr, 2 tr, 2 htr, 2 dc, turn. Row 2: work into sts of previous row across row 1 dc, 2 htr, 4 tr, 1 htr, 1 sl st around the moustache, 1 htr, 4 tr, 2 htr, 1 dc. Fasten off.
To make up
Sew the moustache onto the grey beard.
Beard with felt You will need
knitting yarn in colour of your choice felt in matching colour sewing thread crochet hook (size according to the thickness of the yarn you use) scissors piece of cardboard or hard plastic tapestry needle
1 Draw a beard and moustache onto the felt (use the photo above as a guide) and cut out. Cut the cardboard or plastic into a long rectangle (approximately two rulers wide). 2 For the beard, wind the yarn around the cardboard to form a long sausage (almost like making a pompom – but lengthwise). Gently push the yarn off the cardboard and pin onto your felt beard. (Magic tape works well to hold your yarn in place and makes it easier to sew.) 3 Sew your ‘sausage’ onto your felt beard, starting at the bottom and working upwards. Sew along the top edge of your sausage, as you will cut open the bottom ends of the loops. When all the rows are completed, cut the loops open. 4 Now make a sausage for your moustache piece, but sew the yarn down the middle of the sausage shape and cut the loops open on both sides. Trim the moustache and sew it in place onto the beard. 5 Crochet two loops to form the earpieces and sew in place on the side of the beard. Now trim the yarn on the beard into a nice shape.
Furniture from Pederson + Lennard. Props from My Pretty Vintage, Typo and Present Space.