It’s wedding season! Dreaming, planning and preparing for your big day should be one of the most special times of your life. I had the time of my life planning my own wedding, and I was a wedding planner for several years, planning over 75 weddings… so I want to share some location ideas and new trends happening.
You may be wondering what trends are popular this year for weddings. For my own wedding, we had a backyard wedding here on the show. Outdoor weddings are very popular and saves you money!
I also helped plan my best friend Ameka’s wedding. That was a house and backyard wedding as well. Couples are choosing to hold wedding ceremonies and receptions in environments they love…and they need to look no further than their own backyard. Mark also did that with his wedding to Julie.
Courthouse weddings are also on the rise. They are intimate, budget-friendly and you can invite family and friends. It allows you to have a minimalist wedding and keep things simple.Now if you want to go big…branded weddings are the way to go! You leave no detail untouched…you have everything personalized and you create one-of-a-kind experience. For example, you can have signature cocktails, monogrammed napkins and reception food from the bride and grooms favorite dining spot.
After picking your venue, you get to get excited about the big day! To help with the countdown to the big day, I’ve made these adorable countdown blocks. They are cute and easy to make.
You Will Need:
- Wood Blocks (2 blocks at 5 ¼″ x 2″ x 2″ — 4 blocks at 2″ x 2″ x 2″)
- Acrylic paint in a color of your choosing. To help decide, here are the top colors for wedding this season: Blush, neutrals, and metallic.
- Paint Pen (if you don’t trust your own writing, feel free to use letter stickers)
- Paint brushes
- (OPTIONAL: Saw and sandpaper if you want to cut down the blocks)
- If you were able to find blocks in a size you like, you are ready to go! If you need to cut down wood to size, do this now. If you do need to cut the wood, sand it down so you have smooth sides. I was able to find ones on Amazon that were the perfect size!
- Using your acrylic paint, paint ALL sides of each block except one (that will be your “set down” side while your blocks are drying). You can use paper, wax paper, parchment paper, or newspaper to let the blocks dry without ruining your table.
- Let the paint dry for about an hour before applying the paint on the non-painted side. If you need to do touch-ups, do that now as well and set aside to dry. You may even want to use two or three coats on each block. Up to you and how thick your paint is.
- If you are doing the math on this, you will realize that we need a couple more numbers to allow you to do any combination of “days left” until the wedding. So we will be using 4 of the 2×2 blocks to make this happen. I found a “key” online to show you what you need to paint on each block. Take your paint pen and follow this key to paint all of the blocks with these letters. Notice that the “6” can be a “9” are interchangeable and can both be used by only making the one block. You will have an extra side that’s not painted with a number or symbol, so feel free to add your own flare to the extra side. Maybe a wedding ring? That’s what I’ll be doing! You can use number stickers if you don’t like your handwriting!
- For your two larger blocks, use a pencil to write out the words “days until” on one block, and “Mr. & Mrs.”. You can keep playing until you like your writing the best, then lock it in by painting over your pencil lines with your paint pen. Again, if you don’t feel your writing is the best, you can use sticker letters.
- Voila! Figure out your numbers until the big day, and enjoy changing them every day until it’s 5, 4, 3, 2, 1!!!! Ahhhh!Wedding Season is upon us! Share the love and your wedding DIYs with us. Make sure you follow us on Instagram and Twitter @paigehemmis & #DIYplay to share with us!
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