Post # 1
With a wedding of almost 200 guests, one little banquet table is not going to hold all the escort cards, and your guest book and any arrangements you wanted to put on that entryway table. So, instead, I opted for the uber-organized and simple ribbon boards.
I used standard sized foam board from the local art supply store (I think mine were Elmer’s brand) and alternating shades of blue, green and teal ribbons. I used a regular stapler to staple the edge of the ribbon to the back of the board, then ran the ribbon tight across the front and then stapled it to the other side. I then trimmed the ribbon off there and repeated with a different roll of ribbon to get the random look. I put the board on a very clean hardwood floor and stapled down at it, like a bulletin board on the floor. When I was done, I used packing tape to protect the edges of the ribbon and keep the staples from sticking or coming out.
I did the best I could to estimate how much ribbon I would need to cover the three boards I used, but I suck at math and I went by a more is better approach. I didn’t end up with a ton of ribbon left over, and what I did have, I found uses for in other projects. How much you will need will depend on the width of ribbon you choose. The wider the ribbon, the less you’ll need. The thinner, the more.
Either way, I found that while satin ribbon gave a smooth shiny look, it puckered if the staple went all the way through the board (which happened a few times). And that the grossgrain ribbon gave an interesting texture, but loosened sitting in my parents’ damp basement. I had to restaple a few strands before putting the cards on the boards.
We bought simple wooden art easels, spray painted them white (or my husband did!) and used them to display the boards.
A simple project you can do months ahead of time! And, the best part was that we didn’t have to ask our family help to set out each individual card. The cards were all on the boards ready to go. Our friends just had to put the boards on the stands! Voila!
Post # 3
How did you attach the escort cards to the boards? Look gorgeous btw!
Post # 5
Looks awesome!! Good job! : )
Post # 6
Did you just slide the backside of the card between the ribbon and the board? Is that three boards I see for 200 guests? Thanks!
Post # 7
This is an adorable idea! I love it!
Post # 8
I slid the back of the tent cards in the ribbon. The cards were standard Michaels’ bought punch out cards. And yes, three boards for about 200 people. I think we ended up having like 197 people, so the top rows were smaller to even things out.
I’m not entirely sure how much ribbon I used. I measured the width and height of the board and took the average of the width of the ribbon to figure how many yards I would need of ribbon. And it didn’t work out so nicely while I was doing it. There are definitely a lot more of some types than others. After I made the first, I tried to use the same number of rows for each type. So, for example, I might have had three rows of wide green satin and 5 rows of the light blue argyle grossgrain, so I tried to use 3 and 5 rows respectively on the other boards. I did run out of some types, so it’s not even. And while that bothered me, I don’t think anyone else noticed.
Post # 9
wow, loving it! might have to “borrow” the idea…I might do some alternating “white” by leaving a strip uncovered… to “save” on the ribbon LOL… and how can a wedding be without some “white” right?
Post # 10
that looks awesome. much better than mine!
Post # 11
Nice idea! They look awesome! 🙂
I actually have a bunch of ribbon I bought to decorate for my wedding too and have been trying to figure out how to use it up….and have been battling w. how to do the escort cards….so this is certainly a great way to go about it! 🙂 Plus, it’s more compact to travel w. etc., kinda like you said…instead of each card having to be set out…
I’ll have to ‘borrow’ this idea perhaps as well. 🙂
Thanks for sharing!
Post # 12
i will be using this idea! its wonderful you did a great job
Post # 13
Great job!! I’m also curious about the “wish” bowl! What kind of things did you write? Seems like a nice idea too!
Post # 14
That looked great! Seems easy enough I think I can do it! Lol.
Post # 15
What is the width and length of your boards?