Thursday, June 7, 2012

Wedding Party and Family Badges

For the co-ed Wedding Shower I am hosting, I wanted the out-of-town family and wedding party to all be acknowledged and recognized at the Wedding Shower and the Rehearsal dinner.  I was inspired by these wedding party badges on Etsy here.

I created my own using these reusable buttons from Dollar Tree.

You can also find these at Michaels in packs of 5.  I used this template to design my buttons using the buttons above as my inspiration.

I used simple fonts, Webdings and Wingdings on black and white backgrounds.  Here's the cheat sheet for those Webdings and Wingdings.

I used Gimp to edit my designs.  It's a free software like Photoshop.

If you don't have Photoshop, you can download Gimp here.  Here are my finished designs based on who was invited to the wedding.

I left space around each design on purpose.  If you use a Badge-a-Minit instead of the reusable buttons, you will need a little extra paper around the edges of your designs that get folded back into the finished button.

To make the Bride's buttons a little more fancy, I took apart a silk rose, cut the petals off individually and rubber cemented them to the back of her button around the pin to make a rosette style button.

Then I added a scrap of book page, v-cut, to the back of both the Bride and Groom's.

You can finish the button further by glueing a piece of felt to the back to cover the glue mess.  Just be sure to cut a slit for the pin back.

These not only helped the staff at the venue for the wedding shower and rehearsal, but that made for great conversation starters at the events and the bachelor and bachelorette parties.  The Bride and Groom can add theirs to their memory box after the event.

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