Check It

57 days to mrs.

Inspired by an entry on Style Me Pretty, I had to make coat check tags. I just had to. I’ve repeatedly referred to it as the most frivilous of all my DIY projects, but I am not ashamed. They’re sweet and lovely and simply must be.

I designed the template in InDesign using our invitation typefaces (Adobe Garamond and Burgues) and colors, and I printed them on Eames Furniture Weave 120#, the same paper I’m using for the escort cards and table numbers. I went ahead and printed them on my Canon PIXMA, as I have other things for the wedding. I’ve been pleasantly surprised by how well that little guy does. This coming from the girl who wanted to have every single little thing letterpressed… It’s a big step for me to use an inkjet for these things. I cut the 96 of them down to size with my Marvy rotary trimmer.

Tag trimming

In the middle, I swapped out the cutting cartridge for the perforation blade so the ticket can be easily torn off the bottom. Then they were ready for the X-acto and metal ruler to trim the corners.

Trimmed tags

My mom let me borrow her Crop-a-dile for setting the eyelets. Between the X-acto and Crop-a-dile, my hand was a permanent claw by the time I finished these up at 3:30 a.m., but it was so worth it and way quicker than setting the eyelets by hand. If you use eyelets very often, I highly recommend shelling out the $30 for one of these. The 1/8″ eyelets I used came in a package of 100 for $3 at Michaels.


Then I just trimmed and knotted the embroidery floss. A couple of photos of a finished tag…

Completed tag #1

Completed tag #2

That same night, I also printed off some coordinating signs for reserved seats, the escort card board, and the card trunk.


If you’re interested in the InDesign CS3 template for the tags or the signs, leave a comment or send me an email and I’d be more than happy to send them along!

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4 replies

  1. 182 days ago,
    carina said:

    They turned out lovely, Allie!

  2. 167 days ago,
    ColorCoated said:

    Wow, those coat check tags are absolutely fantastic! (Although, my love of garamond makes me think they’re extra super fantastic!)

    I never even thought of making tags for that! Thanks for the great tip! I’m definitely going to keep it in mind. I wonder if people will wear coats to spring wedding :)?

  3. 133 days ago,
    shann said:

    I know this was posted a while ago, but I just came across your blog via Vintage Glam Weddings and would love the template of the signs you made in InDesign. They’re gorgeous! (as is all of the details of your wedding!!!)
    My email is .

  4. [...] received several comments and emails requesting the coat check tag and sign templates I mention here, so I thought I’d post them here so I don’t miss any interested [...]

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