As a former figure skater, I absolutely love today’s Inspired Creations Contest concept. The talented team of Little Bit Heart, Event Design Group, and Debi Parker Photography created a wedding concept for a couple who loves hockey!
As a first taste of the event, Little Bit Heart created a boxed invitation set. The shimmery deep blue box is topped off with a silver band with the couple’s vintage inspired hockey stick monogram. Glittery faux snow filled the box, which included an invitation printed on opal shimmer paper, mounted on a thin piece of wood, and two enclosures.
Escort cards were presented on an air hockey table with hockey helmets and a lush white arrangement of roses and hydrangeas – the perfect introduction to the vintage hockey theme! The escort cards mimic the invitations with the soft wood and swirly type. Instead of table numbers, tables are named after hockey greats with their numbers- guests might be sitting at “Gretzky 99” instead of “Table #9”. Escort cards are embellished with black and white pre-wrap to echo the wrapping on a hockey stick.
To create the adorable wood hockey-themed escort cards:
- Have a home improvement store cut down a large piece wood into desired size pieces (4′ x 4′ sheets of thin wood are around $6).
- Sand, round down the corners with the sandpaper, and stain. Woodcraft stain markers are easy to use on small areas and can be used indoors.
- Holding the card horizontally, wrap black pre-wrap (you can purchase pre-wrap at a sporting goods store) once around the left side of the card.
- Cut white pre-wrap in half long-ways to make thinner strips, and then wrap both halves around the card on top of the black strip.
- To get the guest names onto the piece of wood, use iron-on paper and follow directions accordingly.
The tabletop, set directly on the ice, features frosted top tables and Lucite backed chairs. Table numbers with the player name and number are held in a “block of ice” frame resting on a hockey puck. A single skate is tied on the back of his and her chairs to designate the bride and groom.
For the centerpiece, a family trophy is packed full of gorgeous all white roses and hydrangeas and each table holds six servings of a family member’s china.
A square menu sits at each place setting with course names, such as “Season Opener”, ‘Playoffs”, and ‘Stanley Cup”. At the top of the menu there is an embossed graphic of a fork, knife, and spoon incorporating the dark blue.
The Sweet Treats table is set Set up at the skate rental counter! There, the bride and groom will cut their Stanley Cup inspired cake and “warm up” and “cool down” with some sweet snacks. There are cookies and milk with custom stirrers for cocoa powder, ice cream sandwiches, hot chocolate with marshmallows, and mini cones full of chocolate fudge or white chocolate with sprinkles.
Chocolate “hockey puck” favors complete the sweets table, which are simple to create on your own. Using round molds and meltable dark chocolate (found at craft or baking stores), follow package directions and allow chocolate to set. Use a handcut stencil to personalize with monogram or logo. Edible luster dust can be mixed with vodka (water does not dry fast enough) and brushed over the stencil with a paint brush.
Staying true to the theme, there is a hockey-themed photo booth guest book! In ice hockey, a hat trick occurs when a player scores three goals in a single game and culminates with fans throwing hats onto the ice from the stands. Following the signage “Show Us Your Hat Trick,” guests can pose for a picture in their favorite hat or play around with the hockey stick props.
The Team Roster board guest book is a great keepsake for the couple, and guests can also take their photo home in the form of a custom playing card.
Photo booths are simple to create on your own using props in the theme of your event, a curtain backdrop, and a place to show off the results!
(and one more gratuitous invitation shot, because I loved them!)
The following vendors participated in this Inspired Creations Contest concept:
Stationery and conceptualization – Little Bit Heart
Event coordination and conceptualization – Event Design Group
Floral – Noel Namocatcat Weddings & Events
Photography – Debi Parker Photography
Makeup – Maria DeCesaris
Model – Elisa DeCesaris
Linens – Table Manners
Cake – Jessica Burns
Rentals – Party Rental Ltd
Location – Piney Orchard Ice Rink