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Photo credit: Focal Point Studios
The Hubby & I wanted our wedding to feel like “us”. And while that seems like a pretty standard thing for a bride & groom to want, I can certainly attest that at times, this can be harder than it would seem. The wedding industry is overwhelming. From the minute the ring hits the finger, newly engaged couples create an easy target for every wedding vendor out there. We noticed that it was very easy to get caught up in the hype of it all- and thanks to the internet, the wedding magazine rack, email lists, and even regular snail mail lists- we were practically beaten over the head every over-the-top wedding idea imaginable. In our case, hubby & I were relatively successful at keeping even heads throughout the process, and staying true to ourselves. I’ve been to absolutely breathtakingly beautiful weddings that were completely perfect for the bride and groom of the day- but would never have fit with our taste & vision of a down-to-earth & friendly affair. Thus the “Yay” flags were created, as a silly but adorable way for our guests to express their joy at our union! (Yes, I am assuming everyone present WAS joyful about our marriage 🙂
This little project was a bit last minute, but possibly one of my favorites. Inspired by this bride’s version, my own paper flags were a total breeze to make, and very inexpensive.
Construction Paper (I used orange paper cut to standard 8.5″ x 11″)
Scissors or paper cutter
3/16 inch diameter wooden dowels (12 inch)
Using Pages on my macbook, I spaced out six “Yay”s for one 8.5×11″ sheet of paper. I chose to go with orange construction paper (one of my primary colors), which I already had on hand in 11×14″ sheets. I simply used my paper slicer to cut the construction paper to 8.5 x 11”, and then printed 25 sheets on my home printer, to make 150 flags.
(Download template: Yay Flags). The fonts used were: Campland Letters, Lavenderia, and Bernard MT Condensed).
I cut each flag to 3″ x 5.25″, with a 1.75″ space on the left of the YAY to wrap around the dowel.
I then handed the project over to my MOHs (I had a Man of Honor AND a Maid of Honor- lucky me!) on the Thursday night before the wedding which my bridal party, parents, brothers and I spent doing some final projects. We devised a super simple way to assemble the flags. (The original tutorial on Offbeat Bride suggested sewing the flags, which looked totally adorable, but this was much easier!)
Using double stick tape, we placed two strips of tape lengthwise at the top and bottom, and folded the flag over the wooden dowel.
The tape secured dowel & both sides of the paper, making a sturdy flag that would withstand one night of waving fun.
I stashed the flags in a cute wooden canister that I swiped from my mother’s kitchen (she uses it to store tea bags, I spied it the next morning and essentially stole it. Thanks, mom. 🙂
The flags went on an antique sewing table (table AND antique Pepsi crate also
stolen borrowed from my parent’s house) at the ceremony site. Guests were instructed by a little poem printed on kraft paper and set into a white frame (download YAY Sign):
Grab a program, grab a flag,
we’re so glad you’re here today!
Sit where you like (we don’t take sides),
while our musician pals sing & play.
In no time at all we’ll be husband and wife,
so on the kiss- let out a great big “yay!”
Custom painted pumpkins by Katherine of Wiggles & Giggles, Dog Sign from The Back Porch Shoppe.
I loved seeing those cheery little flags wave in the hands of our friends and families right after hubby and I said our “I Dos”. I also love how they keep popping up in pictures from the day.
Bridesmaid Meg, Groomsman Dan & his two cuties feelin’ the YAY pre-wedding:
Even our minister (a close family friend) got into the Yay!
Stuck in flower beds accompanying the wandering gnome which magically appeared at our wedding. (Family inside joke…)
Such a simple little word- but it definitely sums up the way I felt that entire day (and still do). Getting married to the love of your life, surrounded by your family & besties = YAY!
This hilarious photo with my Man & Maid of Honor courtesy of Focal Point Studios.