For an easy guest book idea, have friends and family write their well-wishes in "Audubon's Birds of America: The Audubon Society Baby Elephant Folio."
Millinery birds, linen blossoms, and printed fabrics make these pillows cheerful and lighthearted. You may also find great motifs in handkerchiefs, table linens, or even pillowcases. Ask a friend who sews to stitch the simple pillow; the care that goes into creating it is what makes it a keepsake.
Paper birds keep watch over colorful chocolates. To create, use scissors to carefully cut tulle, which comes by the yard, into 8-inch squares. Deposit several dragees onto each one. Gather up the tulle around the candy and secure each pouch with twine. Place a die-cut bird on top, knotting the twine around the bird's leg to anchor it. Set the pouches out on trays for guests to take home.
These colorful envelope designs use clip art. Find bird and blossom images you like, and have them made into rubber stamps. The stamping looks random, but actually we repeated the same 12 compositions over and over for a nice rhythm. Put the finished envelopes in order before giving them to your calligrapher (include a few extras).
First, have a calligrapher write out the bride's and groom's names and a message, and then have the writing made into rubber stamps. The boxes come flat -- stamp the lids as shown; let ink dry overnight. Poke a small hole in the center of the lid with an awl (available at hardware stores). Fold box and lid. Slip bird's foot through the hole.
Let guests' well-wishes take flight on paper doves. These birds are traditional symbols of love, happiness, and harmony. Anchor bare branches (these are manzanita) in a large, sturdy vessel filled with stones or gravel. Use wire to secure nests, available from craft stores, to branches. Set dove cards -- available precut -- in a dish. Place pencils alongside your tree with a sign asking guests to inscribe a card and to place it in a nest.
Think outside the box by decorating reception tables with menu cards that are round instead of the typical square or rectangle. Once you've finalized the menu with your caterer, have a stationer design circular cards that will fit the plates or chargers you've chosen for your table settings (be sure to measure carefully and provide him or her with proper dimensions). Select colors or patterns that reflect the theme of your wedding; this letterpress card by Elum Designs features a bird motif for a spring celebration.
Perch a dainty paper bird on the rim of each glass so guests can identify their seats. The pretty die-cut cards from Tiffy New York come in pastel colors that are just right for spring. With a utility knife, make a slim, 1/4-inch-long notch at the bottom of each card. For the eyes, use a 1/16-inch hole punch. Print guests' names on cards.