DIY Escort Cards: Easy Paper Butterflies

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These bright and cheerful DIY butterfly escort cards will set your heart a flutter – especially when you discover how simple they are to make! In fact, no origami skills are required for this DIY wedding project. If you can do an accordion fold (you probably mastered this in kindergarten), then you are good to go!

Here’s how to make DIY Butterfly Escort Cards:

You will need:

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Cut out a square measuring 8 cm x 8 cm, as well as a circle that is 7 cm in diameter. Place the square and the circle on a piece of cardstock. The circle should overlap the bottom right corner of the square as shown in the photo below. Trace the circle and the square and cut out the shape. Place the template on a piece of origami paper and trace it. Cut out the shape from the origami paper.

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Starting at the circular end, make a small fold. Turn the paper over and make another fold. Continue folding (accordion style) until you have reached the end of the paper.

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Take a piece of string and place it in the centre of your piece of paper. Tie a knot.

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Trim the ends of the string as shown in the photo below. These will be your butterfly’s antennae.

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Gently unfurl the ‘wings’.

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There you have your lovely butterfly!

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Place your adhesive stencils on the bottom of a piece of 3.5″ x 2.5″ watercolor paper, spelling out the name of one of your guests. Place your table number stencil at the top of the paper. Use watercolor paint to fill in the letters and number. Let dry (using a hairdryer speeds up the process.) Remove stencils.

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Using a glue gun, place a dab of glue in the centre of the butterfly (on the back) and adhere to centre of watercolour paper.

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That’s it! Mix and match patterns and colors for a striking DIY wedding display.

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Leigha and Todd’s $5,000 Ontario Backyard Wedding

Coming from close-knit families and with 2 kids of their own, both Leigha and Todd knew that they wanted their wedding day to be all about family. Despite originally considering eloping on Vancouver Island, the couple chose to wed in Ontario instead so their loved ones could be present for their big day. They exchanged their vows in a simple, heartfelt backyard ceremony – with the most adorable flower girls possible, we might add – and celebrated with a home cooked dinner and their family members by their side.

A huge thank you to Jess of Daring Wanderer Photography for sending us the beautiful photos so we could share them with you today.

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Leigha & Todd

Oshawa, ON Canada

Wedding Date: July 13, 2014

Number of Guests: 24

Wedding Cost: under $5,000

Wedding Ceremony Location: Home of the groom’s parents

Wedding Reception Location: Home of the groom’s parents

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Why did you have an intimate wedding?

The inspiration for our day was found in our family; not in just our children, but also our grandparents, parents, and brothers and sisters. Both Todd and I come from close-knit families and we are so very lucky to have all of our grandparents with us still, so we knew our wedding had to be about family.  When we first began thinking about a wedding, we were all set on eloping on Vancouver Island. But the more we thought about how much it would mean to our families to be in attendance, we knew we would have to get married in Ontario.

We opted to keep it small for a few reasons, the main one being cost. The last thing we wanted to do was go into debt considering we have two young children and had not yet purchased our first home.  Also, we figured if we kept things small, we would have more money to spend on details like flowers and food and photography. We looked at it as choosing quality over quantity. Finally, I am a shy person who has never enjoyed being in the spotlight and the thought of 100 people watching me confess my love to my husband was quite frankly terrifying!

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What are some of the challenges you faced with planning an intimate wedding?

Coordinating food, the table and tent rentals, and having it all come together smoothly. Luckily, we were able to get married in the gardens of Todd’s parents’ backyard. It was beautiful. We also were lucky to have our mothers cook all the food and our dads help set up everything outside.

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Was it difficult to pare down the guest list?

Once we decided that the focus for our wedding was on family, it made it very easy to decide on our guest list: immediate family and significant others. This kept it small and intimate.

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Did you have any “issues” with the guest list from friends and family? If so, how did you address them?

Everyone respected our decision. We had the most important people in attendance and that’s all that mattered to us.

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What were the highlights of the ceremony?

Our favorite moments were watching our flower girls meticulously sprinkle the rose petals down the aisle – I couldn’t believe the attention to detail from a 3 and 4 year old! I also really enjoyed hearing my husband’s vows for the first time.

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What were the highlights of the reception?

Having all of our family together with us to celebrate was the best part. The food was also delicious.

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What was the best thing about having an intimate wedding?

We saved money, it was relatively stress free yet it was still beautiful and a day we’ll never forget.

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What advice do you have for couples who are considering an intimate wedding?

My advice would be pretty simple: do what your heart says.  It is a day to celebrate your love and commitment to your partner so always let those sentiments guide you in your planning

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Photographer: Daring Wanderer Photography

Florist: Mint Floral Co.

Cake: Bob Caygeon Bread Co.

Dress: J. Crew

Tassel Garland: Studio Mucci, Etsy 

Flower Girls’ Floral Crowns: Etsy

Food: All made by the bride and groom’s parents and friends

Table/Chair/Tent Rental: Tim’s Rentals

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Butter Tart Squares

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It’s been five years since we posted our recipe for Butter Tart Squares. Where has the time gone?? Since then, the post has become one of the most popular food related DIY posts on Intimate Weddings.

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Today, my nine-year old daughter decided to give the recipe a whirl for the first time. I was so impressed with how the squares turned out, I just had to grab my camera and take some photos before the treats were devoured.

Whether you are looking for some yummy sweets for your bridal shower or you are simply looking for a new recipe to add to your dessert collection, I guarantee that if you are butter tart fan, you will love these butter tart squares!

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Karlena and Tom’s Sixty Soho Rooftop Elopement

Australians Karlena and Tom, who love to travel, flew to New York to get hitched. With the help of their photographer Cassidy Parker Smith and their officiant Bettina, the couple exchanged their vows atop the Sixty Soho in an emotional tear and laughter filled ceremony. The newlyweds celebrated – after weeks of eating pre-wedding salads – in the best way possible with an intimate dinner at Bistro Les Amis.

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Karlena, 27 & Tom, 28

New York, NY

Wedding Date: September 16, 2014

Number of Guests: No guests! Just us, our lovely photographer and celebrant

Wedding Cost: Approximately $6,000 (includes photographer, wedding accommodation – 2 nights, celebrant, complete outfits, wedding rings, dinner that night, make up, hair, mani/pedi – all the prep for the big day!)

Wedding Ceremony Location: Sixty Soho’s rooftop

Wedding Reception Location: We didn’t have an official reception. After our ceremony and time with Cassidy, we went to a cute little french restaurant down the road from Sixty Soho – Bistro Les Amis.

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Why did you have an intimate wedding?

We had planned a big wedding in Melbourne, Australia (where we both grew up), but after it started to become more about pleasing our guests than about us, and the budget kept rising, we pulled the pin on it and moved to New Zealand (where I, Karlena, was born) for a change. We thought New Zealand might be a better place to start making arrangements again, but when it also felt the same as our first attempt, we started to get drawn towards the idea of an elopement. We love to travel and the next place on our list had been NYC and/or San Francisco. One thing led to another and when we found our photographer Cassidy, – it was a godsend really –  she lead us to the Sixty Soho for our dream rooftop wedding and hooked us up with our Australian celebrant!

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What are some of the challenges that you faced planning an intimate wedding?

Honestly none! For us, an intimate wedding took out all the challenges! It became just about us and what we wanted for our wedding. Even organizing it from overseas felt like a breeze thanks to Cassidy. Yes, it can be challenging with some people not respecting and accepting the decision to elope, but they all do get over it eventually and start just being really happy for you!

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Was it difficult to pare down the guest list?

No one was invited so no one felt left out. It did take a little while to talk around some of our friends and family, but at the end of the day they just wanted us to be happy! Tom and I are generally non-traditional about these things and many things in our life so most of our close friends and family members didn’t expect anything else for our wedding.

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What were the highlights of the ceremony?

Well clearly the view! But in all seriousness, Bettina (our celebrant) created something so perfect for us. It was sweet, romantic, heartfelt and it was also funny so we were able to have a laugh! We both feel the highlight was that we felt comfortable enough to be real and get a little emotional. For us, if we had a crowd or the stress of worrying about everyone else, we wouldn’t have been able to have such a special moment together saying our ‘I do’s’.

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What were the highlights of the reception?

The food at Bistro Les Amis was amazing, but in all honesty the highlight was just being able to eat – as much as we liked of whatever we liked! We had been eating salads in the lead up so I could fit into that dress and so Tom could fit into his suit!

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What was the best thing about having an intimate wedding?

For us, the best thing about choosing an intimate wedding was knowing that it was literally our day. No matter what happened, we were in the adventure together and we didn’t have to please anyone else or check up on anyone else! On top of this, an intimate wedding allowed us to feel relaxed, happy and it saved us a lot of money! 

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What advice do you have for couples who are considering an intimate wedding?

If you are BOTH 100% set on an intimate wedding or elopement, just do it! The fact is as a couple you know what’s best for you. Your friends and family might be sad for a bit, but they will get over it. We had a few celebrations with people before we left and are going to have a party this new year. For those thinking about eloping, follow your heart and go with the destination that you love or which means something to you both; try to keep things simple and give yourself a good amount of time before and after the wedding to explore the destination and create new memories. Wedding vendors can really help you out and give you priceless advice so try to find a Cassidy (or Cassidy herself!) if you’re not familiar with the location!

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Photographer: Cassidy Parker Smith

Celebrant: Bettina Yiannakourou 

Venue: Sixty Soho rooftop

Make up and hair: Sharon Becker Beauty

Brides dress: Misha Collection (Australian designer)

Brides shoes: Guess

Grooms suit: Barkers (New Zealand)

Grooms shoes: Florsheim

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Picking out your wedding gown is, hands down, one of the best parts of the wedding planning process. With so many bridal lines to choose from, however, the hard part is knowing where to start!

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