DIY Silhouettes


I’m pretty obsessed with silhouettes…Carter Kustera, Karl Johnson, they’re all geniuses. While I love the tried and true paper cutting technique, I wanted to try something a little funkier for our wedding. Thanks to Photoshop, its INCREDIBLY easy to make your own silhouettes to use wherever you want! I’m thinking about using these near our cake or at the guest book table, but they can work as thank you cards, on your invites, etc.

  1. First off, take a profile picture of yourself and/or your guy against a neutral background like a white wall…Chad was my guinea pig for this experiment.
  2. Download the photo into Photoshop, or any other photo altering program [however, these directions are for photoshop].
  3. Using the magic wand tool, turn anything in the background pure white….even when you’re using a white wall as a backdrop, there will be shadows or imperfections that will challenge you later on so its best to get rid of them in the beginning.
  4. Once everything in the back is white, again use the magic wand to highlight the background, then inverse the image so that the figure is highlighted. Using the paint bucket tool, make the figure black.
  5. You’re practically there at this point! Now is where you can have some fun…..I scanned in some graphic paper I found at Print Icon and brought it in as a background for Chad’s silhouette. And voila! A very cool silhouette! I also tried making Chad’s silhouette itself a pattern, but as you can see, depending on the pattern, a lot of detail will be lost, so its best to keep it as a background.

Try experimenting with different textures like woodgrain, pebbles, wallpaper, even clouds! The possibilities are endless! [I realize I'm horrible at giving directions with stuff like this, so if you have any problems, just email me and I'll try to walk you through it.]

[images by Brooklyn Bride]

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Something blue…


Love this idea for “something blue” from planner Lisa Gorjestani….

[image from InStyle Weddings Fall 2007]

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Tate Modern party





This was a beyond cool fundraising party for the Tate Modern…how could I not have thought of this before? [interior designer = paint chips] David Stark was enlisted for the event design, and made it fabulous using paint chips as table numbers, chandeliers, and backdrops. And how easy! For the table numbers, just raid your local hardware store for the chips and grab some vinyl letters and you’re all set…[via Hue Consulting]

[images from Bizbash]

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Meringue


While I hate how meringue tastes, I just love how cute they look as a favor all lined up in a row…..

[image from MS Weddings]

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Kolo




You would think finding modern looking guestbooks would be easy….but its NOT. Luckily I found Kolo albums….we’ll probably end up using one in chartreuse [but they have great colors that would go with any theme...I especially like the orange!] They also have great boxes in case you want to nix the whole book idea all together…..

[images from Kolo]

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