With the rise of vintage it’s no surprise that cross stitching has made a grand reappearance from the depths of Granny’s sewing basket. This age old technique really affords you the opportunity to add a personal touch to the big day, whether you do the stitching yourself or rope in a more skilled hand.

NOTE: If you’re planning on having everything from stationery to favours stitched and sewn, consider substituting the real thing for printed cross stitch design here and there. The internet is a treasure chest of fonts, designs and free printable sheets, so use them where you can and give Gran’s hand a bit of a break!

  • Personalise each guest’s napkin by cross stitching his or her name onto one of the corners. Not only does this serve as napkin and place setting, guests can also take it home as a lovely favour.
  • Incorporate cross stitch into the design of the wedding cake – from flowers, hearts and squiggles to patterns and monograms.
  • Alternatively, use mini fabric bunting as cake topper and have your names or initials cross-stitched onto it.
  • Create cross stitched table numbers and leave it on the cross-stitching frame to get the full vintage effect.
  • Use a cross-stitch typeface for your wedding invitations, menus and other stationery or better yet, make your very own fabric stationery!
  • Have your vows stitched onto a mural which you can hang behind the pulpit and have framed after the wedding.
  • Cross-stitch your table plan – use one big piece of fabric or small fabric shapes with each guest’s name stitched onto it.
  • Hang cross-stitched hearts from the walls and ceilings. We especially love the idea of fabric monogram hearts dangling from the edges of gazebos or umbrellas – ideal for an outdoor cocktail area!
  • Make a variety of cross stitched banners to hang in and around the wedding venue – from “Mr & Mrs” tags for the bride and grooms chairs and bathroom doors, to a welcome sign and banners for the bar and dessert tables.

For more ideas and inspiration plus the original photos and their credits, please check out our Cross Stitched Wedding Theme Pinterest Board!


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