I just stumbled upon some of my DIY images for Steph and Yoshio's wedding. I created custom Bride and Groom wood signs for their chairs, as well as buffet labels for the yummy spread and chalkboard table numbers. There's nothing I love more than a crafty wedding - those personal hand made touches make the day even more special.

Chair Signs
Here I am getting my hands dirty - well sort of. I had to use my kitchen gloves - wood stain is toxic and really hard to remove. For the materials, I found inexpensive unfinished blocks of wood from Michael's and I ordered some chalkboards from an online wholesaler. While the finish was fine and could have worked, I thought they would look much richer and complement the lush and vibrant flowers more if they were stained. After a sheer coat of "provincial" tinted stain, they looked amazing! I had to whip out my drill to add some holes to the wood pieces I was going to transform into the bride and groom signs. This was my favorite part of the project - i'm always up for anything that involves power tools. For the letters, I finished off some ready-made wood letters with white spray paint and adhered them with wood glue. To complete the chair signs, I attached them to the couple's seats with satin ribbon in chartreuse.

Chalkboard Table Numbers
I also stained the table numbers with the provincial finish. Then, I scribbled the numbers on and added some stylized flowers as an accent. I used ChalkInk pens- they are so much better than regular chalk.

Buffet Labels
For the buffet food labels, I used gold paint pens to write out each dish's description. To hold it in place, we scored a couple of inexpensive easels from Michaels and the Dollar Store.

Photos: Braedon Flynn, Therese Jacinto