Wedding inspiration Chalkboard

**Wedding inspiration Chalkboard tips**

We all remember the infamous chalkboards our teachers used in our school days. Everything we’ve ever learned about prepositional phrases and quadratic equations was likely first shown to us on a blackboard. These days, anything can be converted into a chalkboard for just about any purpose! The best news? Your wedding can be completely personalized with some incredibly simple DIY projects. Get ready to be inspired for your wedding inspiration chalkboard…

Here Comes the Bride by Selbe Lynn

Skip the Paper: Providing your guests with a program is important. Most people appreciate knowing what’s coming up, but a paper program is not your only option. Find a frame that fits your wedding decor, and spray the glass with chalkboard paint. Simply write your wedding agenda on the board to keep guests in the know. This will save you printing costs, and your friends and family won’t feel guilty for pitching a paper copy. This is also a perfect way to display your menu!

Menu by Selbe Lynn

The Mini Version: You can construct personalized table numbers by creating mini versions of the DIY project above. Just purchase square photo frames and use chalkboard paint. You can simply specify table numbers or customize the frames with a quote or your wedding date. The possibilities for this project are endless.

Blackboard Wedding Table Number by Gemma Morgan

Spice it Up: Baskets or buckets can be spruced up by adding small chalkboards as labels for your wedding favors, card basket, etc. Give them a little extra pizzazz by adding raffia, flowers, or another embellishment. Small touches make the biggest difference.

Card Box by clownsrscary

Beyond Basic: If you want to go beyond the basic blackboard, consider using chalkboard paint on jars or buckets to make a statement. You can really liven up your decorations, including centerpieces, by adding this element of surprise.

Blackboard Theme by Gemma Morgan

Chalkboards are useful in the classroom, but we’d argue that they’re much more fun at weddings! Using these easy DIY tips will make your wedding day extra special. It won’t take a lot of time or effort, and your guests will chalk it up to your amazing creativity!

Choosing a Wedding Venue

Between the engagement ring and the wedding ring, there is a whole lot of planning to be done. One of the very first steps a newly engaged couple should take is choosing a venue. Why? The place you choose to get married will impact every other decision you make when planning your wedding. Here at The Plunge Project, we want to make sure you are well-informed about venue pros and cons. Let’s take a look at the various options to ensure your walk down the aisle is in the perfect location…

Marquee Wedding by David Higgs

The very first question to ask yourself is, what is most important to you? If having your entire family and circle of friends in attendance is your top priority, having a destination wedding may not be your best bet. On the other hand, if you’re envisioning a formal ceremony with a gourmet meal, you’ll need to choose a venue that can accommodate your vision (and your food). Determining the most important elements will help you to narrow down location possibilities. Going Traditional: If you are planning to go the traditional route, the venue will most-likely have preset policies. While this may not allow for much wiggle room, it does ensure there will be few surprises. Be sure not to book a traditional wedding venue (or any venue) before you have had all of your questions answered. Common complaints come from brides who didn’t realize they couldn’t begin decorating until the morning of the ceremony, that liquor is not allowed, that wedding-goers must leave the location at a particular time, or that the venue must be left in pristine condition. To avoid additional fees, be sure to follow each and every rule. One huge bonus about going traditional? The staff will know exactly what to do, leaving very little for you to worry about. Another note to take into consideration when planning a wedding at a traditional venue: It may take more work to create a unique experience. Consider what will set your event apart from other traditional weddings. The venue plays a big part in the overall experience.

Religious vs. Spiritual: Differentiating a religious wedding with a spiritual ceremony may not be a big deal for some couples, but to others, it’s the deciding factor in choosing a location. A religious affair may align with some of the traditional guidelines above. Often, religious leaders will only marry couples in their place of worship; this is something to keep in mind if you have an idea of who you would like to officiate your ceremony. If your wedding wish is to create a spiritual vibe, consider being surrounded by nature. Does the thought of a beach or lake wedding make you giddy? Would you love to tie the knot surrounded by trees, flowers, and birds? In some cases, a well thought-out plan is in order; in others, it’s best to go with your gut.

DO-Wedding by Virginia State Parks

The At-Home Wedding A wedding at home may seem like a way to cut costs, but that’s not necessarily the case. Depending on the number of guests, rental fees can be over-the-top, and having supportive family and friends to help with the work is vital. An important step in determining whether you should have an at-home wedding is to find out if you’ll need a permit. You can contact your local city or town hall to get this information. You’ll also want to get in touch with your home owner’s insurance agency to see if you need additional coverage for your special day. Parking is an important consideration as well. While there are many questions to take into account, an at-home wedding can be intimate and unique. Don’t count it out if you can pull it off. A Destination Celebration: One thing’s for sure… Nobody will every accuse you of having a cookie-cutter wedding if you go the destination route. Although planning a celebration from afar can be stressful, the benefits often outweigh the hassle. If you’re considering an event far from home, keep in mind who will (and won’t) be able to make the trip. Some couples choose to have a small destination ceremony and honeymoon, then host a party after they return home. One important factor to keep in mind is obtaining your marriage license. All states and countries have their own guidelines. If you have a destination in mind, you can check out their requirements at If you’re planning an overseas ceremony, check out

Beach Wedding by Lindsay Clark

The Totally Unique Wedding: So, you’re determined to have a wedding like no other? Let the fun begin! The most memorable weddings are often in the most unexpected places. Whether you’re dreaming of saying “I do” in your favorite sports arena, a castle, or an art gallery, you’re sure to make a statement. Because these venues don’t host many weddings, you may be able to negotiate price. Be sure the location can accommodate all of your guests, and if you plan to include booze, make sure the establishment allows it. You may also need to purchase liability insurance. If there will be non-ambulatory guests, make sure there are accommodations for them as well. It may take some extra prep, but your unique wedding will be worth the time and effort.

Before the Wedding by Jamie K Johnson

If you’re having trouble deciding on a location, ask yourself if the venue gives you the feeling you want your guests to have when they arrive. Once you do make the decision, book your wedding ASAP. If your heart is set on a specific spot and you miss out, you may feel like you settled. No bride should feel that way on her wedding day. Where you get married should be your idea of perfection! Choosing the perfect place is the first step to creating your ideal wedding. Well, after finding the perfect guy, of course…

Fun Wedding Ideas

If you’ve ever had the pleasure of attending a really fun wedding, you most likely took mental notes as to what made the event unique. While your wedding day will undoubtedly be memorable for you and your new bride or groom, unfortunately, guests may be less than impressed if the celebration is a cookie cutter version of weddings they’ve been to previously. There is no better gift than overhearing a guest say, “This is the best wedding ever!” We’ve compiled the very best ways to incorporate fun into your wedding to ensure your family and friends enjoy the day and leave with happy memories: Pre-Wedding Duties: Let guests know that your wedding will be interactive before they even arrive. On your RSVP cards, include a line for a song request. You’re guaranteed to have an eclectic mix of tunes at your reception, which means there will be something for everyone. Bet on the Vows: If you want to bring an element of surprise to your ceremony, play rock, paper, scissors to determine who says their vows first. This will set the tone for the entire day, letting your guests know that this party will be unlike any other!

A Sneaky Surprise: If you’ll be participating in the traditional garter toss (or even if you’re not), surprise your groom with a funny or sentimental garter that will wow him and your guests. Under her very traditional dress, one bride I know donned a Transformers garter for her husband, who had been collecting the action figures for years. It wasn’t only a surprise for the groom; it was a conversation piece. Get creative! This is a subtle way to infuse some fun into your wedding day. Start with Dessert & Keep It Coming: Veggie platters and cheese trays are fine but totally expected. If you want guests to get a fun vibe right away, serve dessert-style hors d’oeuvres. A do-it-yourself ice cream sundae bar can be a fun accompaniment to your wedding cake, and a candy bar can double as a wedding favor. Simply provide cute boxes or bags for guests to create their own combination. Keep your crowd fed and full all night, and they’re sure to leave happy (and on a sugar high)!

The Candy Bar by MINInurse

A Different Kind of Bar: Take the stuffiness out of your first meal as a married couple by offering a food bar. Some fun ideas? Waffles or pancakes with breakfast fixin’s, a taco bar, a burger bar… the possibilities are endless! Bring Outsiders In: To keep the party interesting, bring in a cartoonist to sketch your guests, or hire a juggler or magician to keep the audience captivated. Not only will this allow you and your bride or groom some downtime, it will keep everyone engaged, including the kids. Speaking of Kids: Kids remember fun! I once attended a wedding with fish bowls as centerpieces. At the end of the night, the bride and groom announced that the children could each take home a centerpiece. Oh boy! Many years later, my kids still talk about that wedding surprise. Stock the kids’ table with easy-to-assemble craft kits, games, and coloring pages. These small touches will make a big difference to them. Not Your Traditional Guestbook: There is nothing exciting about signing a traditional guestbook. Remember Polaroid cameras? If you can find a couple, have guests take photos and paste them into a scrapbook along with a personalized message. Not only will you have a one-of-a-kind guestbook; you’re guests will have created a scrapbook you can keep for years to come! Another option? Jenga blocks. Have guests write on them for a keepsake you can actually use!

Guest Blocks by MjZ Photography

Create a Wedding Day Facebook Page: Allow your guests to be wedding photographers! Add everyone who RSVP’d to a private Facebook group, and encourage them to snap candid pictures of the wedding and reception. They can then post them in the group for you and your other guests to see. Anticipation is Everything: To avoid guests sneaking out before you cut the cake, keep them guessing. Sprinkle surprises throughout the night and plan a grand finale. A fun send-off (think sparklers or glow sticks) or a surprise fireworks display should do the trick. Don’t let the party die off; end it with a bang!

Bride and Groom by Ryan G. Smith

Your wedding celebration is sure to be memorable if you focus on the fun! By mixing tradition with a few surprising twists, you’ll create a unique experience worthy of being called “the best wedding ever!”

Wedding Invitation Etiquette

Deciding who will attend your upcoming wedding may seem like the difficult part, but many brides-to-be soon realize that sending out written correspondence can be a tedious task. Don’t get bogged down by the details. We’ll help you out of the invitation rut and give you suggestions to keep the process easy and fun! When to Send: – Save-the-dates: If you are planning to send save-the-dates, aim to have them in the mail 3-4 months before the wedding. Sooner is fine, too! We promise none of your invitees will fault you for giving them plenty of notice. – Invitations: Traditionally, wedding invitations should be mailed out 6-8 weeks prior to the event. However, there are exceptions. If you are planning a destination wedding, or have guests who will be traveling from afar for your big day, consider sending invites out even earlier.

Wedding Invitations by UglyKitty

When to Receive: Request that response cards be returned at least 3 weeks before the ceremony. Some etiquette experts recommend 2 weeks, but an additional week will reduce the stress of having to reach out to those guests who haven’t taken the time to RSVP. A few quick phone calls should help you to pin down an estimated headcount. Don’t forget to ask invitees to send back their response cards, even if they’re late… it’s nice to have them all on-hand. Details Matter: Be sure to address envelopes correctly to ensure there is no room for misinterpretation. If the wedding is adults-only, simply writing “Mr. and Mrs. Terry Smith” should convey the message clearly. If you are particular about who attends your wedding, consider using specific names rather than “and Guest.” This will keep the surprises at a minimum on your special day. What to List & What to Omit: Your save-the-date card is a great place to include information that will not be on your invitation. Giving friends and family your wedding website information months in advance will allow them to follow your journey. There is, however, no place for gift registry information on any written correspondence. Registry info can be shared on your website, but it’s important not to appear that you are pleading for gifts. If you are uncomfortable adding the information to your website, rely on word-of-mouth. Your loved ones will surely ask if they are unsure of what you need. Keep Guests In-The-Know: Your invitations should reflect your wedding style. If you’re planning a formal ceremony, choose elegant invites. To alleviate any concerns as to what guests may show up wearing, it’s perfectly okay to discreetly include, “Black Tie” or “Casual Attire” in the bottom corner of your invitation. Your guests will appreciate this info and won’t worry about showing up over (or under) dressed.

Wedding Invitations by Jonathan Vo

More often than not, invitees will ask if they have a question. Don’t let invitation stress take the fun out of your planning. Above all, enjoy yourself! While etiquette is important, a happy bride-to-be should always be top priority.

Wedding Music Suggestions

When couples think of the difficult decisions they must make when planning their wedding, music isn’t the first thing that comes to mind. Themes, dresses, and cake flavors tend to take top priority, but many couples underestimate the importance of good songs on their big day. Music sets the tone for the entire event, from pre-ceremony to reception’s end, and it takes plenty of planning to get it right. Unless you are giving your DJ or band free reign, it’s best to have a strategy. Here at The Plunge Project, we’ve compiled a list of the best ways to make your wedding day memorable with music:

Wedding Dance captured by Chewy Chua

Start with “Your” Songs. If you have a song that holds special meaning to you as a couple, be sure to find a way to incorporate it. If you’ll be taking part in the traditional first dance, consider having your song play during that special moment. If your song is upbeat, it may be fun to enter your reception to it. Many couples are opting to dance down the aisle for their recessional to their favorite dance song. This lets guests know that the party is about to begin! Break it Up. If you’re overwhelmed by the thought of planning several hours of songs, take it one step at a time. Often, prelude music is mellow and traditional (though it doesn’t have to be). Processional music can be live, instrumental, or ceremonial. Recessional songs range from classical to fun and contemporary. Making a list of categories will help to keep your music-planning manageable. Consider Your Crew. While your wedding day is all about you, it’s fun to incorporate songs that have meaning to your guests. Choosing favorites you’ve danced to with friends or a song your husband-to-be always belts out at karaoke night will ensure the dance floor doesn’t stay empty. To refresh your musical memory, ask friends for song recommendations. And if you’re really brave, allow for band and DJ requests. Sometimes the element of surprise can enhance the vibe of the reception.

Chicken Dance by Rona Proudfoot

Mix it Up. Choosing a variety of fast and slower numbers will keep your guests engaged. Some wedding-goers will only dance to silly songs (think of Chicken Dance or YMCA), while others prefer songs they can slowly rock back and forth to. (Hey, we don’t all have mad dance skills). It’s not difficult to find a happy medium between music you enjoy and catering to your crowd. The key is to meet in the middle. Consider a Do-Not-Play List. If you don’t want your grandmother to be subjected to Eminem or heavy metal, be sure to enlighten the band or DJ in advance. It’s perfectly fine to ban certain songs –or artists- from your wedding. There is No One-Size-Fits-All. It’s your day, and that means you have the final say. Don’t worry endlessly over who may be offended by your song picks or what your best friend played at her recent wedding. The soundtrack of your wedding day should be meaningful, versatile, and totally you! With that combination, you can’t go wrong!

The DIY Wedding

There are so many reasons to design your own wedding, and with the endless creative (and easy!) ideas out there, you don’t have to be a craft queen to be successful in the DIY wedding approach. Many brides-to-be are on the fence about adding hand-crafted, personalized touches to their big day, afraid that their best efforts will wind up being flops. Luckily, I have created a list of reasons to say YES to creating your own DIY wedding: 1) It will save you money. Ordering 200 adorable, premade favor boxes online is tempting, but it’s also unnecessary when planning a wedding on a budget. If you love a particular style, look for similar do-it-yourself options. When you go for premade, you’re often paying for convenience, not quality. So do a price check on the materials you will need, compare that price with the premade option, and get busy creating! These easy-to-assemble cookie favors are simply wrapped with brown paper & tied with twine. Add a stamped tag for a beautifully personalized touch:

Homemade Cookie Favors by Christie O

2) You get all the glory. By creating your own centerpieces, décor, bouquets, favors, etc., you will be able to stand in awe on the day of your wedding and say, “I did this!” There is nothing more satisfying than basking in a room full of beautiful things you created. The feeling: Priceless. 3) You can tweak it to perfection. If you go to the store (or go online) to find something special for your wedding, chances are you’ll have to settle. You may love a specific type of favor or seating card, but what if the shades available don’t mesh with your color scheme? Make your own! This is a simple seating card idea you can easily recreate:

Seating Cards by Amie Fedora

4) It is the perfect excuse for a wine night. Invite your bridal party over to help you assemble your DIY wedding centerpieces or decorations. Simply show them how you want them to look, and everyone can pitch in to save you lots of time. After the DIY fest, pop some popcorn and watch wedding movies all night long. It will be the most productive girls’ night ever! Centerpieces aren’t always about the flowers:

Centerpiece by OhSoHappyTogether

If you want a truly customized wedding, the DIY route is the way to go. No bride wants a cookie-cutter wedding. Make yours stand out by getting creative. Your wedding day will be one of a kind.

Wedding Flowers for Everyone

Beautiful flowers are an integral part of a bride’s vision for her wedding day. It’s true that finding the perfect mix of blooms is essential to pulling off the desired look. But what many people overlook is the importance of finding the right person – or team of people – to transform simple flowers into elegant bouquets and arrangements. Thankfully, we’ve found a company that does it all!

Clustered Bridal Bouquet with Cymbidium Orchids

Flowers for Everyone, Australia’s most popular online florist, offers a unique service for brides and grooms. Because of their renowned reputation and strong relationships with local flower growers throughout the country, Flowers for Everyone goes directly to the farm. Traditional flower shops tend to go through specialty markets to fill their orders, resulting in less than fresh flowers. Because we know that engaged couples prefer the best on their wedding day, Flowers for Everyone really made an impression on us here at The Plunge Project, and we just had to share!

Loose Bridal Bouquet with White & Peach David Austin Roses

While farm-fresh, gorgeous flowers are a major perk, Flowers for Everyone doesn’t stop there. Highly qualified florists and stylists will expertly arrange your wedding flowers to match your vision, and this goes way beyond the bridal bouquet! Your stylist can create custom corsages and buttonholes, centerpieces, aisle decorations, and more. The possibilities are virtually endless.

Ornamental Birdcage & Floral Wreath

We are enamored with Flowers for Everyone. If we haven’t convinced you, we know that you’ll fall in love with their unique services and products when you visit their website. With hand-picked blooms, custom creations, and worry-free ordering, Flowers for Everyone will take the stress out of flower shopping for your wedding day.

Wedding Favor Ideas

When a bride begins to put the personal touches on her wedding day, she often turns to magazines and the internet. The research process can be a blessing and a curse, because the abundance of ideas can be incredibly inspiring and downright overwhelming. Most brides-to-be have stressed at some point over what to send home with their beloved guests. I’m going to share some big Do’s and definite Don’ts to keep you on the right track when it comes to wedding favors.

Favors by brianna.lehman

Do: Fill a pretty box or bag with miniature cookies or another edible snack. The key here is to leave your guests with something that looks appealing and, most importantly, tastes great. The chances of traditional favors being used is slim to none, but (yummy) food items are always a big hit. I once went to a wedding where tiny boxes with mini cupcakes graced each place setting. That was the best cupcake I’ve ever had! People remember good experiences… and good food! Don’t: Skip the mass-produced, personalized cookies with a monogram or a picture of you with your groom (unless you are able to sample one first and you fall in love with the flavor). None of your guests will care if they’re cute if they taste like cardboard. Remember: Taste always wins! Do: If you go personal, go with something your guests will actually use. If you’ve planned your reception to be a party atmosphere, personalized shot glasses may be appropriate. A beach themed wedding lends itself to parasols and flip-flops. Don’t: While it is important that your guests’ favors match your vision and theme, it’s also vital to consider if they will actually use them after your special day. Those shot glasses I mentioned above? They may not be the best choice if the majority of your guests tend to celebrate with sparkling cider. And while parasols make for pretty decor, what percentage of the people at your wedding will actually make use of them? Keeping these things in mind will ensure that your friends and family are happy with their gifts (and you’re not stuck with forty unneeded pairs of flip-flops). Do: Going the DIY route is fun and cost-effective, and kits give your guests something to look forward to long after the party’s over. Assembling tea with personalized tags and honey sticks shows your loved ones that you put a lot of thought into their favors. Another sweet idea is filling a cone-shaped bag with hot chocolate mix and marshmallows. These do-it-yourself ideas say “personally chic,” not “cheap.” Don’t: DIY projects are often seasonal, so keep the time of year in mind when planning. Hot cocoa may sound delicious if you are assembling your favors in December, but if your wedding isn’t until June, your guests may not fully appreciate the sentiment.

Cupcake Favors by Jara

Extravagant gifts don’t need to be built into your wedding budget to make a good impression. You can make your guests feel extra-special with something thoughtfully simple.

Wedding Flowers on a Budget

Image Credit: Alvin Mahmudov

**Six Wedding Flowers on a Budget Tips to Create the Day You’ve been Dreaming**

Here at the Plunge Project, we know that planning and paying for your dream day can be overwhelming. Unless you’re pulling out all the stops and able to spend the big bucks on a celebrity-style ceremony, you’re most-likely looking for ways to cut costs. Pulling off a beautiful wedding on a budget takes creativity and research, but once the inspiration hits you, look out! One thing we know for sure is, your flowers don’t have to cost a fortune! We’ve complied the very best tips for creating a bloom-filled wedding on a budget.

Bridal Bouquet by Han ChengTao

1) Avoid the Off-Season: You may have a date in mind, but if your heart is set on sunflowers, a winter wedding may be out. Choosing flowers that are in-season will cut your floral budget in a big way. Thankfully, there are gorgeous options just about any time of year. If a particular bloom is important to you, check with your florist to make sure your pick will fit into your budget.
2) Don’t be Shy: Speaking of your florist, be completely open and honest. Share your budget at your first appointment, and let him know if there is (or isn’t) any wiggle room. A good florist will appreciate and reciprocate your honesty and let you know if your dream flowers are a possibility. Bonus Tip: Don’t be afraid to schedule appointments with multiple florists, and ask around for recommendations. Word-of-mouth is a powerful tool in wedding planning!
3) Take the Lead: You will be the star of your special day, so be sure to focus on your bouquet first. Bridesmaid bouquets and accents flowers for your ceremony are important too, but once you walk down that aisle, all eyes will be on you. Depending on your tastes, you can accent with non-floral items, such as feathers, to bulk up bouquets and arrangements on a budget.
4) Double Your Money: One of the best wedding flower-savvy tips I stumbled across was to let your arrangements pull double-duty. After the ceremony, enlist a few friends to move your flowers from the ceremony space to the reception area. This money-saving tip could cut your floral budget in half. 5) Consider the Venue: Depending on your location, an outdoor venue may be ideal for the bride on a budget. A naturally beautiful backdrop means not having to go all-out with flowers and décor.
6) Don’t Skimp too Much: Keep in mind that your wedding day will be a whirlwind, but your photographs will allow you to relive the day for years to come. Your flowers will be a big part of your day… and your photos. It will be obvious if you go from budget-conscious to full-blown thrifty.

Backyard Ceremony Bouquet by Leah

Pluck one – or all- of these tips, and use them to create the day you’ve been dreaming of without the stress of going beyond your flower budget. You don’t have to spend like a superstar in order to put on a beautiful wedding.

Customized Wedding Invitations

Long before your wedding day, you begin to set the scene. Brides-to-be go dress shopping, couples pick a venue and theme, and friends and family begin to feel the excitement of your upcoming nuptials. Once the countdown begins, save-the-date announcements are mailed, followed by the oh, so important invitation! If you’re looking to create unique, memorable wedding invitations to set your special day apart, we’ve found the perfect website!

Basic Invite offers impeccable stationery options for your wedding unlike any other. What sets Basic Invite apart? Customers are offered almost unlimited color options with instant online previews. And once you select your desired design, you are able to change the color of individual elements on the cards with over 160 color options! This ensures that you are designing your invitations down to the tiniest detail.

Here at The Plunge Project, we know those little details are incredibly important when you are planning your perfect day. We fell in love with Basic Invite for several reasons… one of which being their custom samples. This is incredible! You can design and order a printed sample of your actual wedding invitation. That means you get to see exactly how your invite will look in print and feel the quality of their amazing stationery before you place a full order. And when you are ready to order invitations for all of your guests, the process will be stress-free, because you know exactly how your cards will look and feel when you receive them. This service is priceless!

As if uniquely designed invitations and custom samples aren’t enough, Basic Invite takes their unmatchable services a step further. Each of their wedding invitations are part of a matching set, so brides can keep the same design on the Save the Date, Wedding Invitation, RSVP, Direction Card, Reception Card, Accommodations, Registry, Menu, Program, and Thank You Card. Do you see why we fell for Basic Invite?

We know wedding planning can be stressful. That’s why we continue to bring you new, innovative ideas to simplify the process and allow you to create the wedding of your dreams. Basic Invite is a perfect example of this. We guarantee that the excitement of playing with colors and details on their website will inspire you to infuse everything you love into your wedding day. You get one chance to create your perfect wedding. Customize it!