Jan. 18, 2012, 6 a.m. by SMARTBRIDE

Expert Tip: Wedding Trends 2012: Wedding Centrepieces, Place Cards and Favours


Reflect your personal style…..Finishing Touches from Your Home Printer

It’s your special day and the big wedding décor trend for 2012 continues to be all about personality!

Whether it’s your wedding invitations, flowers, or music, it’s important to make sure your individual style and personality shines through. There’s no need to make your wedding look and feel like it’s the result of cookie cutter arrangements.

HP Wedding Placecards
Personalized Placecards for your Wedding

When it comes to designing and creating personalized wedding materials, you don’t have to be a graphics professional. In fact, the latest printing technology makes it easy and economical to reflect your personal style with a range of DIY wedding projects that can be created with your home computer and printer!

Here are some tips on how to put your own unique stamp centrepieces and favours for your wedding, without breaking the bank!

HP Wedding Centrepieces
Personalized Votive Candle Holders

Table Settings: Place Cards, Menus & Centrepieces
Printing your own table settings lets you show off your own creativity and is a great way to extend your wedding theme. For example, you could choose images from your invitation and make them into personalized place cards, menus and more.

Looking for a cool but inexpensive centerpiece idea? Think candles.

Candles are a glamorous and inexpensive way to add pretty lighting to your event and we’ve got the scoop to help you create personalized votive candle holders for your centerpieces in 4 easy steps:

  1. Print. Start by printing a photograph or meaningful quote on vellum paper. Make sure to let the ink dry, as vellum takes longer to dry than many papers.

  2. Cut. Using scissors or an exacto knife, cut the paper to the dimensions of your votive candle. Fasten the paper together by punching small holes and using decorative ribbon.

  3. Wrap. Wrap the vellum around a votive candleholder and tie with a bow.

  4. Glow! Finally, add a lit candle to the holder and enjoy the festivities.

HP Wedding Placecards
Personalized Candy Cones

Wedding Favours
Every couple wants their guests to have something special as a souvenir of their wedding day. Making your own wedding favours is convenient, budget friendly and allows you to customize them with your names, ceremony date and wedding theme.

One popular wedding favour idea we’re seeing in 2012 is to create personalized candy cones. If this sounds like the perfect wedding favour for you, here’s what you’ll need:

  • Jelly beans or mini milk chocolate balls
  • Cellophane
  • Colourful ribbon
  • Standard paper
  • Scissors
  • Glue stick or tape
  • HP printer, such as the new HP Photosmart 5510 e-All-in-One.

Once you’ve got your materials, follow these 4 steps:

  1. Design. Customize the cones with an image, the wedding date, or a special quote.

  2. Print. Print the cones and make sure to let them dry completely.

  3. Cut & Bend. Cut the paper to an appropriate size, bend it into the shape of a cone and glue or tape the edges together.

  4. Fill & Wrap. The candy or chocolate can be wrapped in cellophane and tied with a ribbon. Put it inside the cone and secure it with glue or tape.

Creating personalized candy cones is just one example of how to customize wedding favors. It’s just as easy to create your own labels for wine, hot sauce or even a home-made jam.

Remember, your wedding day should reflect your personal style. Whether you choose to design your own wedding favours or customize a digital photo, there are endless ways to express your personality on this momentous occasion.

About the Author: HP Creative Studio

No matter what wedding planning phase you're in, turn to the HP Creative Studio for a wide range of creative, expressive wedding-themed projects, from shower invitations and menus, place cards, guest books, to wedding purses and custom candy-bar wrappers for your special day. HP also has a range of products including inks, papers and e-All-in-One printers that can are perfect for do-it-yourself wedding products.