DIY Personalized Napkin

DIY Embroidered Napkin

If you are planning a modern rustic wedding, I recommend spend the majority of your energy and budget in finding a conducive venue/space and letting it do most of the heavy lifting, aesthetically. Keep things very minimal and just add small, luxurious details that your guest will interact with on a more personal and intimate level like these personalized napkins. I just took some very simple but nice linen napkins and stitched in the guests’ name in metallic gold thread. It doesn’t take long to do but I think your guests would appreciate the gesture (and I think the time you spend on each guest’s name would be a rewarding exercise, too). Your guests could then take it home with them as a parting favor or I think they would even be lovely stitched together as a quilt…dinner stains and all. :)

Modern Rustic Table Setting

You could present the napkins with silverware rolled inside or as a placemat as shown above. Also, you can look for old silver candlesticks like the image on the inspiration board on Etsy, Ebay, and your local Goodwill/flea markets…just make sure to buy ones with more clean lines than frilly to keep the modern edge.

Photos by Jose Villa

Linens and tableware provided by Neiman Marcus in Boston


Comments (8)

Tiffany | Reply

What a great idea! It just looks a little time consuming



Wayne Yuan | Reply

This is a really inspirational idea! If only I can find someone to stitch those names for me!

Lizzie | Reply

What a brilliant idea, I think if you were having a larger wedding you could do this for just the head table?

I think its lovely and personal! x

melissa | Reply

If it’s much more advanced than a hot glue gun, it is outside my craft comfort zone. But it is a lovely idea. I especially love the look of it as a placemat. Someone can feel free to make one for me. :)

Rachel - theWeddingVine | Reply

This is a lovely idea! But if there were hundreds of guests it could be a lot of work, maybe it could be for select members of the bridal and bridegroom’s parties.

Top Wedding Sites | Reply

If stitching 150 of these napkins seems too time consuming consider stitching just a few for the wedding part only. Then you could spend some time creating something really special which could serve as their gift or part of their gift. I know I’d like to receive something personal like this.

hp | Reply

hello! I’ve mentioned this wonderful idea in a blog post I wrote here, accrediting the photo and the blog:


I hope you enjoy it!

honey | Reply

Thank you so much for providing and sharing this such a lovely idea. The napkin looks beautiful.