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Today we have a guest post from Disneyland Bride Michelle. I really like this tutorial because it reminds me of our own wedding table signs. We named our tables after TV shows we liked and printed out corresponding images. Michelle and George have been together 10 years, and had 10 tables … so they named their tables after each year they have been together! I love when couples get creative with their decor and make it super personal. Here Michelle teaches us how she made her table names using the free software, MS Paint. You don’t need super fancy programs to make pretty graphics! Of course, if you’re design challenged (like I am), you can always order something off Etsy. So without any further ado, here’s Michelle!
For our wedding we really wanted our love story to be represented in some special way. We decided the best way to accomplish this was by making it a part of our reception tables. Since we’ve been together from 2006 – 2015 we decided it would be a great idea to use the years to represent our table numbers. We also really wanted to display pictures of ourselves over the years at the reception, so putting a picture with the corresponding year as our table names felt perfect to us. We both didn’t want to spend much time or money on the small details in our wedding. These table number picture frames were a perfect inexpensive touch to our reception since we were able to get all 10 picture frames from the Dollar Store for a total of $10 plus tax. We purchased the prints for the frames, and I recommend finding coupons for the store you wish to purchase your prints from. We were able to find a coupon which made each print only $0.05 plus tax. In the end, we spent less than $12 on 10 picture frames and 20 prints.
Step 1 – Make your table numbers on MS Paint. Open up a random vertical photo onto Paint. This will help you when you print your table number as a 4×6 picture later on. Cover the vertical photo over with a rectangle shape. Make sure when you make the rectangle over the photo that you check the box that allows the rectangle to be filled in. You can then pick the perfect color and use the paint bucket to paint the entire rectangle the color you wish it to be. Then make a new box in the middle of the rectangle, so you can then put your table name in the middle. You may also want to put a border around the middle rectangle to make it pop. Use the text button and find a font you like to type in your table name.
Step 2 – Search for free clip art designs on Google. Make sure it has a transparent background! Save the design to your computer and open it up on Paint, then place it wherever you desire on your image. When your table number design is finished, save it and then erase only the text and change it to another table number and press “Save As” and save your new picture with a different name. Keep repeating this until you have all the different table names you need. To make things easier you may want to even try to search for already pre-made table number templates. You can then just change the colors and design on Paint to make it your own. (Wedding Chicks has a couple cute and free table name printables.)
Step 3 – After this process find the pictures to correspond with your table names and order the prints, both for the names and the pictures. (Mindy here – I recommend Winkflash for ordering prints.)
Step 4 – After you receive your prints, go to a Dollar Store and find picture frames that have two 4×6 picture openings. This will allow you to save money by only having to buy one picture frame for $1 instead of buying two single picture frames (although if you have to buy two separate frames, it’s still inexpensive). Try to buy matching photo frames so your tables have a cohesive look.
Step 5 – Once you have your prints and your frames, you can assemble everything. Our picture frames came with a matting, so you may want to keep this in mind to make your table numbers look more put together. If your picture frame comes with a mat, put your picture behind the matting and put the table number on top of the matting. You may also want to use a little bit of tape to make sure the prints stay in place.
After we were done with this DIY project we were very pleased and happy with the outcome, so we hope you are too! We are so excited to have a piece of our love story at our wedding and know many of our guests will love to see pictures of us throughout the years!
Photo by White Rabbit Photo Boutique
Thanks so much for this great tutorial, Michelle! Your DIY table name signs looked great at your Animation Building wedding!
Do you have a DIY wedding tutorial you would like to share? Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org!
Search for Wedding Table Names on Etsy.