Wedding Wednesday – Nautical!

This is my first Wedding Wednesday post in a long time but seeing as Wedding Season is very much underway I thought it was definitely time to restart this regular feature on my blog.
To get back into the swing of all things ‘I do’, I thought I’d base this post around the theme of ‘Nautical’ since I attended a wedding with such a theme a few weeks a go.

Nautical Wedding Wednesday
Boat & Fish Table Decorations – Debenhams
Bridesmaid Dresses – Modcloth
Seashell Cupcakes

Travel Inspired Invites
Globe Centrepieces

I really love the idea of using vintage maps and globes to convey the nautical theme, and think the wooden fish add a nice fun touch.

I made the guest and table names, as well as the button holes, for the aforementioned wedding and it was fun to do some wedding-based crafting again (I can’t believe it’s already ten months since my own big day!) Here’s a quick, and very easy, tutorial for how I made the atlas themed table names…

1. Select the frames you wish to use. If you can’t find them in a colour to match your theme paint them (which is what I did here with a navy matte emulsion.) I used matching frames for this wedding but you could use mis-matched ones to create a slightly more vintage, quirky feel.


2. Print out and cut to size your vintage maps. There’s lots of old map images available in the public domain if you have a little browse. You could pop a filter on the image in your photo editing software just to give them a slight tint.


3. Remove the glass from your frames. Put the maps directly against the back board of the frame and fasten.


4. Using parchment paper – or you could use regular card and use coffee or tea to create an old, stained look – write and cut out your table names. If you don’t like your handwriting you could find a suitable, nautical font. I decided on a banner shape and curled the ends with the scissors to give the frames a 3D element.


5. Fasten each banner with a blob of PVA glue. I also made little flags in glass bottles as the matching guest names.


There’s so many different ways you could take a nautical theme. You could fill large glass bowls with shells and pebbles and surround them with pieces of driftwood to create an eye-catching centrepiece, or you could move away from the more traditional blues and greens and go for a pale yellow and cream colour scheme to reflect the beach. One of my favourite ideas are these compass guest names –

(I found them in this post here!)

I’m going to try to do a Wedding Wednesday post at least once a fortnight and will try to explore some different themes and colour schemes.

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