While wedding planning I found a blog on Weddingbee about photo-sharing.  The idea is guests upload their personal photos from the evening and it’s shared with everyone who attended the wedding.  Since I am absolutely obsessed with pictures, I figured this was a must have for our wedding.

I initially planned on creating the business card (using VistaPrints) as the blog describes and placing one on each person’s table with the menu card.   Then I could use the extras as reminders in the thank you cards.  However they came back with a TYPO (total fail on my part) so they went into the trash.  In the end I decided to make the escort card and photo-sharing card one in the same.

Check them out:

DIY Wedding Escort Cards, Table Tents | Life's Tidbits

DIY Wedding Escort Cards with Photo Sharing | Life's Tidbits

I purchased Avery Small Tent Cards, 2 x 3.5 Inches and downloaded the free template on Avery.com.  Although figuring out how to feed the paper through the printer so everything was facing the right way proved to be difficult the end result was exactly what I wanted!

I used the filigree images from our wedding invitations (also DIY) and the calligraphy font (which we downloaded for free) initially for the envelopes.  Reusing details from our other paper wedding products made the escort cards match the other paper items.

Cost: Avery Small Tent Cards ~$18 (plus cost of ink for printer) … pretty cheap if you ask me!

A couple of tips:

  • SPELL CHECK, spell check and have someone else spell check it too!
  • use regular paper white paper and print in gray scale for test pages.
  • mark which way the paper should be fed for each section very clearly.
  • set your printer to “high” quality instead of standard.  although this uses up more ink the difference, in my opinion, it totally worth it.
  • buy a bigger pack of escort cards then you think you will need.  inevitably you will have to reprint a couple for whatever reason:)

Here’s how the cards looked all set up and ready to go:

Photo Credit: Korie Lynn Photography

Photo Credit: Korie Lynn Photography

Happy DIY!


Bridal showers are so much fun, but when it comes to opening the gifts you see a ton of the same stuff at each shower.  Glasses, mixing bowls, towels, baking sheets and well you get the point.  Sometimes it’s fun to get something not on the registry and I’m not talking about the re-gifted item or one that you don’t know what to do with when you get home ;)

Option 1

At both my shower and my girlfriend’s shower we got a version of the coolest gift idea.  I’ve been trying to come up with a proper name for this thing, but can’t … so let’s just go with “wine basket”.  

Mine …

Wine Basket Life's Tidbits

A poem was on each bottle describing when we should drink the wine.  In addition it came with wine bottle accessories such as chocolate, picnic blanket, fire cd and stoppers.  Each extra item went with a bottle.

My Friends …

Photo Credit: Sara Without an H

These had HAND MADE labels (so much artistic talent) and again said the circumstance to drink the wine.

I mean really, how cool are those!?!?!  The best part about this type of gift is it is totally customizable.  It is also wallet adjustable since you can modify the number of bottles of wine and accessories you purchase.

Option 2

Now this item I haven’t actually seen been given at a shower (YET!), but I think it would be a fabulous shower gift.  It’s a “Mrs. Hanger” for the bride’s wedding dress.  You can find these all over Etsy.  If the bride isn’t taking her husband’s last name you could also have the hanger personalized with Bride, I Do or something else along those lines.

I purchased the tiffany blue hanger with the notches (these are key to keeping the dress on the hanger).  The blue hanger doubled for as an extra something blue on the big day. 

Take a look …

Note: This is a camera phone picture

I just LOVED the hanger. It added a little something extra for the dress pictures and I got a ton of compliments on it. Sorry I just had to thrown in a couple pictures of my dress here.  Oh and the hanger too =)

Korie Lynn Photography
Photo Credit: Korie Lynn Photography

I’m dying for more unique bridal shower gift ideas, so please do add a comment with your non traditional gift tidbits.

Happy gift giving!!

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