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Friday’s Fab Finds: DIY Table Numbers

As I’ve said before, I’m very DIY challenged. However, as I tally up on the costs of my wedding, I’m quickly realizing that I’m going to need to up my craftiness in order to save my pennies. Now, this is a daunting task, since the only creative talent I have is writing and I never have more than 2 minutes of free time. However, my dear best friend and bridesmaid, Emily of A Leap Begins and Burning River Bride, offered to assist me in my embarrassing endeavors which make this less terrifying. (Oh, and obviously there will be wine involved). To keep my sanity (and injuries) at bay, I’m planning to only tackle a few small DIY projects, including table numbers. Although I love some of the table numbers I’ve found before, my budget no longer allows for a store-bought goodie. Below are a few projects that look easy enough that even a DIY dummy like me could tackle them. Oh and don’t worry, I’ll be sure to feature a post full of my DIY attempts.

DIY Pinwheels [via Ruffled Blog]

DIY Pinwheel Table Numbers Horse Ribbon

I’ve seen these used before and I think they are SO stunning. They are also really easy and add such a fun, whimsical, vintage vibe to your tables! All you need for these gorgeous and vintage table numbers is 3×6″ strips of wallpaper x 4, Card stock, contrasting construction paper (for the numbers – see directions for other options), hot glue gun and glue, glue stick and scissors.

For the tutorial, check out Ruffled Blog!

Trifold Table Numbers [via Martha Stewart Weddings]

I love these 3-D table numbers. They are easy and gorgeous and you can color coordinate the colors with your own color scheme! All you need is colored card stock, rubber cement and a printer! (or calligrapher!)

Make sure to check out Martha Stewart Weddings for the step by step in making these!

Love Notes [via Once Wed]

I am honestly in love with this idea. It adds such a romantic touch with the love note and is vintage enough for my wedding. I also love that you can pick and chose the love notes you want in them and what the outsides look like! Such a romantic and really creative idea. All you need is 3 1/2 x 5 1/2 inch Moleskin Notebooks (one for each of your tables), decorative paper (one half sheet per notebook), glue, ribbon 1/8 inch wide, 2 inch gold sign markers for stick on numbers, double-sided stick tape, scissors, make your own rubber stamps and bone folder.

For a how-to, head on over to Once Wed. Keep reading, there are more DIY lovelies to enjoy!

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The Inspired List: A Tool All Brides Should Check Out

Today’s fab follow go to one of my favorite twitter folk, Allison from Engaged and Inspired. Not only is this girl a great source of support, but she’s also a huge inspiration to brides everywhere. From featuring fabulous do-it-yourself projects to helping answer vendor questions, her site has it all, and now, with the launch of her newest feature, The Inspired List, she’s truly the go-to in bridal inspiration (and help!)

When the opportunity arose to review The Inspired List, I felt privileged and a little nervous. I wanted to make sure I gave it an unbiased, impartial review, which is tricky when it comes to someone’s blood sweat and tears.  But after spending the better part of an hour playing around on the list, I’m so happy to report that I love it and truly think it’s such a helpful tool for stressed out brides to be.  The biggest problem with the List, thus far, is the small range of vendors and limited list of cities. However, she’s continually adding more vendors and cities everyday.

A Full List of Vendors

As the picture portrays, The Inspired List offers a full range of vendor options that make searching for anyone in a particular city easier than before. Although there are other fabulous websites that list certain vendors (such as Snap Knot, a site geared towards helping brides find photographers), The Inspired List is one of the few that offer more than just one vendor type. You can choose between florists, photographers, event designers and bakers, which make this site a one stop shop.

Shopping by Budget

There’s no such thing as “an endless budget” when it comes to weddings. Even people with the most money have to work under some parameters. Some budgets are higher, some are lower, and this site caters to all ends of the spectrums. You can also search for vendors in cities that fall within a budget, so if you are trying to fund a wedding for under 12k, you can seemingly pick out your main vendors on this site based on the budget tool! The biggest problem with this feature is that most vendors offer services ranging on a low and high side and you are unable to see what each price point gets you without clicking on the actual vendor’s website.

Search by Cities

Although the list of cities is still quite small, Allison is constantly working on adding new cities, vendors and price points each day. This tool is especially helpful if you are getting married in these cities because she picks the vendors that are the highest reviewed by other wedding bloggers (like me) so you are only seeing the best of the best. And these best of the best still range in all price points so you don’t have to worry about getting the run around. This is also really key to brides who are planning weddings in San Francisco or New York from afar because it puts all the best vendors together in one place. As a bride planning her wedding from 400 miles away, this is a VERY awesome feature.

If you are newly engaged or a frazzled soon-to-be-wed bride having trouble finding a vendor, this site is a great tool to help you. If you don’t see your city listed or don’t see any vendors for your city, email Allison (theinspiredlist@gmail.com) and she’ll be happy to take care of that.

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