Chalk white and blush pink colours, paper poppies, popcorn and playful word elements set against a blackboard background were all on our inspiration board for this wedding.
Set the scene
Blackboard paint was the inspiration for this romantic setting. We used black, white and powder pink as main colours, with a few touches of warm brown and navy blue. Choose vintage items and weather-beaten wood to reinforce the theme and combine these with softer feminine elements. The informal table setting is created with cutlery, crockery and glasses that work with the blackboard theme. Complete the picture with mismatched chairs.
A blackboard wall provides a great backdrop for photographing guests. Use chalk to create fun graphics on the wall behind them. Invite them to participate by writing messages on the wall.
Flowers for the table
Hire vintage bottle crates to use as flower holders. Insert a block of green florist’s foam into each one. We arranged the flowers, then decorated each table’s arrangement further using paper poppies. Find the instructions on page 41 to make your own poppies.
Forego the traditional lists of names and incorporate your table plan into the rest of the décor. Fill paper cups with popcorn and arrange them on a table outside the venue, so the guests can pick up their own cup on the way in.
You will need
template for cup wrapper on page 50 paper cups spray glue
1 Scan the template on page 50 and choose a suitable typeface (see our article on page 55 for advice on this). Use design software (or ask a graphic designer to help you) to add the table numbers and guests’ names to the wrappers. You can also incorporate the wedding emblem into your design (template on page 54), if you prefer. Space out everything neatly, then print the cup wrappers out on white paper. 2 Cut out the design and use spray glue to attach the wrappers to the cups. Fill them with popcorn (recipe alongside).
Create wonderful memories on your big day with your personal pick of pretty things and fun elements.
Serves: 6 Cooking time: 10 minutes
1 Heat the sunflower oil in a large saucepan. Add the popcorn and cover with the lid. Wait for the popcorn to stop popping before removing the saucepan from the heat. 2 Sprinkle immediately with the icing sugar, salt flakes and ground cinnamon, then stir well to mix through.
20ml sunflower oil 250ml popcorn 50ml icing sugar 5ml salt flakes 5ml ground cinnamon
Balloon table numbers
Cut out the table numbers from selfadhesive vinyl, using the typeface of your choice, then attach them to black helium-filled balloons, and tie each one with a pretty ribbon.
by HANNES KOEGELENBERG photos ED O’RILEY cake TANI KIRSTEN paper flowers CARIN SMITH
Scan the template on page 46 and use design software to type your names and the other important details onto the design. Space everything neatly, then print out on white cardboard. Cut out each invitation and place in a wooden frame, if you prefer.
Use the wedding emblem as a common theme throughout. Scan the wedding emblem on page 54 and use design software to add your initials and the wedding date in your chosen font.
Save-the-date cards You will need
frame template on page 49 envelope template on page 47 wedding emblem off-white cardboard for the background white paper for the envelopes glue stick craft knife and cutting mat steel ruler
1 Scan the frame template on page 49 and use design software to place the wedding emblem on the design (see the photo on the facing page). Print out on off-white cardboard and cut out. 2 Enlarge the envelope template on page 47 to fit inside the frame above the emblem and print out on white paper. Cut out, fold the envelope and glue the side flaps closed. Glue the envelope in place on the cardboard frame.
A guestbook provides a lasting reminder of your special day. Use different sized globes to create an unusual guestbook. Paint the globes with blackboard paint and leave to dry. Guests can then write their messages on the globes with white pens or chalk. (If you’re using chalk, spray the globes with a sealant afterwards to preserve the messages.) Use the globes as décor elements in your home after your wedding.
Use a direction signboard to show the way from the ceremony to the reception. Cut a rectangular piece of Supawood and sand the edges to a smooth finish. Place it on newspaper and paint with blackboard paint.
As soon as the paint has dried, use white chalk to draw an arrow and write the word ‘party’ on the board. You could also use a white felt-tip pen or white poster paint instead of chalk, if you prefer.
Photocopy the placemat template on page 53 onto A3 paper. Write the guests’ names on the white banner. If you prefer a neater finish, you can scan the template and type the names onto them before printing out.
Carry the blackboard theme through to the cute banner brooches for the parents of the bride and groom, the groom and his best man. Print the templates on page 48 onto white cardboard. Cut out with a craft knife and attach with a decorative pin, or glue a brooch pin to the back.
Make heart brooches for the bridesmaids and a few special guests. Use a jigsaw to cut out hearts from Supawood. Sand the edges to a smooth finish. Lay out the hearts on newspaper and paint with blackboard paint. Leave to dry, then attach a brooch pin to the back of each. Decorate with a length of ribbon and use chalk to write the name on the front.
Make your own bouquet of paper flowers. Add ribbons and a few vintage brooches if you like a bit of bling.
You will need
flower petal template (see below) white crinkle paper for the petals black crinkle paper for the flower centre faux stamen (available from florists) thick florist’s wire (sold in 50cm lengths) green florist’s tape black spray paint pink and black ink flat paintbrush glue gun
1 Cut out five 5cm discs for each flower from the black crinkle paper. Turn on your glue gun, roll three of the five discs for each flower into a small ball and add a drop of glue to the ball. Attach it to the centre of the remaining two black discs. 2 Bend the end of one length of florist’s wire about 2cm from the end. Add a drop of glue and insert the wire into the small ball.
3 Apply a thin line of glue, right around the ball, then fold the disc around the ball and over the wire to form the centre of the flower on a stem. 4 Apply black spray paint to the stamen and leave to dry properly. Arrange around the centre and attach with the glue gun. We cut ours in half and used 22 for each flower. 5 Use the template below and cut out seven petals for each flower from the white crinkle paper. Our petals are about 10cm long. Dilute the pink ink and dip a few petals in the diluted ink to add a touch of romance to your bouquet. Leave to dry. TIP Use the thickest crinkle paper you can find. 6 Arrange the petals around the centre ball, slightly crumpling the bottom edges of each petal before attaching with the glue gun. Leave to dry. 7 Wrap green florist’s tape around the bottom of each flower to form a cone shape. Keep going with the florist’s tape to wrap the wire, forming a green stem. 8 Paint a few light strokes of black ink on the inside of each flower, to complete. TIP You’ll need at least 24 flowers for your bouquet. You can also make smaller ones for a fuller bouquet.
Black wedding cake
Cover the cake with black fondant icing, available from baking shops. Have your wedding emblem, décor elements and other patterns printed on edible paper and cut out. Use a small brush to dab water on the areas on the fondant icing where you are placing the prints, taking care not to make it too wet as the edible paper will disintegrate. Place the paper on the wet fondant and smooth gently to remove any air bubbles, using your fingertips and working outwards from the centre. Dust some cornflour over the cake for a chalk effect. To complete, photocopy the template of the cake topper on page 47 onto cardboard and cut out with a craft knife. Use a glue gun to attach it to two wooden skewers and insert into the cake.
Makes: 2 litres Preparation time: 10 minutes
Mix everything together with 1,5 litres of water and refrigerate. Strain before serving, if you prefer. Serve with lots of ice and slices of lemon. Copy the lemonade label on page 52 onto cardboard and tie to the jar with string. TIP Use the other templates on page 52 to make in-theme labels for your wines.
500ml fresh lemon juice 250ml cranberry juice 200-250ml sugar (to taste) 1 fresh lemon, sliced ice, to serve
Socks for the groom
This is a cute gift to give your groom on the day before your wedding. Print the template on page 51 onto cardboard and cut out. Wrap the strip around a pair of socks and place in a wooden gift box.
Gift for the best man
The perfect gift for the best man: whiskey, a bowtie and a cigar. Pack everything in a wooden gift box and fill the remaining space with popcorn. Add the question to the wedding emblem template on page 54, print it out in the desired size, or cut it to fit, and stick it inside the lid of the box. Tie a ribbon around the box to complete.
Photocopy the templates on page 51, cut out and glue onto matchboxes covered with white paper. Place a few on each table.
Blackboard doors, blackboard signs, small blackboards, old suitcase, vintage camera and typewriter, old crates, books, lemonade flask with tap and champagne flutes for hire from My Pretty Vintage (021 551 2242, firstname.lastname@example.org).