15 Oct

diy marquee signage | photo by Michele M. Waite Photography

We love a wedding with a good marquee sign, whether it’s hung above a sweets table, as a ceremony or photobooth backdrop, or being attached to the back of your getaway car. Good news is, there are so many different techniques to making them. Some (like the one above) can take upwards to a couple weeks and involve more materials and tools. And others can be done in a weekend with cardboard or paper, like this one and this one. For those of you up for the challenge of making one out of steel, we’ve asked Blake, the groom, to share how he made their rad “Just Married” sign…

diy marquee signage | photo by Michele M. Waite Photography

Materials:
1/8″ steel plate, for the base letter
18 gauge steel to go around the letters
Salt, vinegar, and garlic spray (for rusting)
Oil based white house paint
5 watt bulb string lights (you can find these at Target)
2 deep cycle batteries with inverters (if you plan on attaching it to the back of a car as seen here)
*Access to a water jet company so they can cut the letters for you

Here’s how Blake made the sign:
I made the sign out of 1/8″ steel plate, for the base letter, then bent 18 gauge steel around the letters. I drew a CAD file with my selected font, and included the holes for the lights to go through. Then a water jet company cut the letters out for me.

Using my metal shop I bent a flange accordingly to fit each individual letter. Then I tig welded the flanges to their letters. After making a mount that could withstand the drive to the venue I sent the sign to be sandblasted. Things were getting close at this point so to accelerate the rusting process I sprayed the sign with salt vinegar and garlic. Within 2 days the sign was a deep orange red. I wiped the sign down to removes any irregularities in the rust, and then clear coated the sign. Once the clear dried I rubbed white house paint (oil based) into the inside of the letters with a dry rag until it looked “right”.

The sign ran off of string lights with 5 watt bulbs, purchased at target, and was run off of two deep cycle batteries with inverters, so it could be lit while driving away form the venue. Overall the sign took about two weeks to make on and off, fitting it in when I could.

diy marquee signage | photo by Michele M. Waite Photography

If you have the time to give that way a go, more power to you. But don’t fret. We’ve searched the web to find you a couple more stellar marquee light DIY’s that we think you’ll love. Check them out here, here, and here. Or…. you can buy this “LOVE” marquee sign listed in our Marketplace from one of our brides!

woodstock farm wedding | photo by Michele M. Wait Photography | 100 Layer Cake

For more DIY projects check out our DIY section + Pinterest boards.

 
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15 Oct

Theia wedding dress | photo by Brushfire Photography | 100 Layer Cake

If there’s one fashionable item that we absolutely love, that would make for some pretty interesting and fun inspiration for your wedding, it would be shoes. Allow Kate to demonstrate. Her cute Vivienne Westwood heart heels are what sparked her inspiration. She had seen them years ago knowing that she would eventually buy them for her wedding. And once they were in her possession, she used the red, blush & gold colors from the shoes and fused them with her outdoor vegan wedding. More on how she kept her wedding vegan in just a sec, but for now let’s let the photos by Brushfire Photography tell their story… Click here to jump over to the full gallery of images!

Vivienne Westwood wedding shoes | photo by Brushfire Photography | 100 Layer Cake

Theia wedding dress | photo by Brushfire Photography | 100 Layer Cake

Kate’s bouquet recipe: Peonies, Garden roses, Icelandic poppies, Ranunculus, Anemone.

pink mod cloth bridesmaid dresses | photo by Brushfire Photography | 100 Layer Cake

Eco friendly Arizona wedding | photo by Brushfire Photography | 100 Layer Cake

How they met:

We were both living in Chicago when OKCupid blew up. That’s how we met. We found each other while looking for someone who shared similar interest in bikes, independent music, and a vegan lifestyle. But with vegans and cyclists knowing each other, we had a few friends in common. Most of our first dates involved cooking something new at home, ice-skating in millennium park, or riding bikes somewhere to hangout with friends. I started looking to find a grad school to go to, and Casey was looking for a change of pace and to move out west. Our lives quickly came together and we made long term plans to move to Arizona for my education.

Eco friendly Arizona wedding | photo by Brushfire Photography | 100 Layer Cake

oversized paper flower | photo by Brushfire Photography | 100 Layer Cake

Love seeing these giant paper flowers pop up in weddings! P.S. Check out our Paper Flowers DIY here to make them for your wedding.

Eco friendly Arizona wedding | photo by Brushfire Photography | 100 Layer Cake

Theia wedding dress | photo by Brushfire Photography | 100 Layer Cake

diy escort card signage | photo by Brushfire Photography | 100 Layer Cake

diy escort card signage | photo by Brushfire Photography | 100 Layer Cake

Eco friendly Arizona wedding | photo by Brushfire Photography | 100 Layer Cake

Our glitter votives DIY will show you how to get that cute & so so simple sparkly look for your candles.

Eco friendly Arizona wedding | photo by Brushfire Photography | 100 Layer Cake

Eco friendly Arizona wedding | photo by Brushfire Photography | 100 Layer Cake

Eco friendly Arizona wedding | photo by Brushfire Photography | 100 Layer Cake

Eco friendly Arizona wedding | photo by Brushfire Photography | 100 Layer Cake

Love the way they dressed up their Mr. & Mrs. chairs!

Theia wedding dress | photo by Brushfire Photography | 100 Layer Cake

Eco friendly Arizona wedding | photo by Brushfire Photography | 100 Layer Cake

We added a lot of touches that were very ‘us’. We had a vegan menu and cake, and my wedding dress and Casey’s suit didn’t contain wool or silk. I also wore a beaded hair pin that all the women in my family have worn for their weddings, going back to my grandmother, plus I had ribbon from my parent’s wedding weaved into my bouquet. We just tried to add a lot of our hearts and what was important to us.

Eco friendly Arizona wedding | photo by Brushfire Photography | 100 Layer Cake

Congratulations Kate & Casey!

For more inspiration check out our Wedding Ideas section + Pinterest boards.

Photographer: Brushfire Photography / Ceremony & Reception Venue: Agua Linda Farm / Invitation Designer: He Saw Sparks / Hair: Teia Streeter / Florist: Sarah’s Garden / Cake: Alaine’s Green Heart Bakery / Catering: Blue House Catering / Wedding dress designer: Theia from Lovely Bride / Wedding shoes: Vivienne Westwood / Veil: Serenity Crystal / Belt: handmade by bride  / Groom’s Suit: Indochino / Bowtie: Handmade by Gigi / Shoes: Sperry Top-Siders / Bridesmaid dresses: ModCloth or found by bridesmaid

 
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