one neat idea i saw somewhere was to put out CD-R's in pre-stamped and addressed envelopes so that people with digital cameras can copy & send you the pics they took. I don't know if that works better than disposables, but it's definately got to be cheaper! A few friends have done the disposable thing and they all said it wasn't worth the cost - almost none of the cameras were completely used, and the lighting indoors at night is tricky so a lot weren't exposed correctly. You get some good ones, but overall, you waste a lot.
and yeah, the sticker shock for photog's is horrible.. we ended up choosing a pro photog who is charging us $2k for 6 hours of time, no prints other than 4x6 proofs of all photos, and we get ownership of all the digitally-scanned negatives. It's like, 25% of our budget, but amazing pictures are really important to me, I really wanted to get someone with great style that i wish i had myself!
Anyways, my advice is that the ownership of negatives is the #1 thing to look for from pros - like cranteach said, copyright laws mean that the photographer owns all the pictures that they take of your wedding, and they can charge you whatever they want to get re-prints made. Some photogs charge an extra fee to "buy" the negatives, and some include ownership in the package - make sure you find someone that includes it in the package - otherwise you'll end up spending a ton extra to get expensive prints made!!
Also, If you are more interested in candids of the party than formals, as the bon said, look for someone who is a photojournalist or has a photojournalist style. we are having the bare minimum of formal pics done before the ceremony so that our photojournalist photog can take lots of pics of our silly friends on the dance floor. Local newspapers are a great resource (you said you have a family member who is a newspaper photog, right? they would be great to ask!), as are local schools. i found two photography schools here in boston that have a referral service where you say what you're looking for and your budget and students and graduates get an email with your info, and they contact you if they are interested.
not so much a "crafty thing that noone else has done", but we also did a contract with no album and i'm planning to use my publisher to make photo books after the wedding. You download a program that lets you lay out the pages, then you send the file in and they make the album and send it to you... I did some research into the various options for this online, nd these look like the nicest albums for the best price (that i could find!). if you sign up for emails they send a TON of deals and coupons, i've gotten offers to get free books, etc. but haven't used them yet.
a much craftier idea is to make your own album and get cheap prints to put in it.. i was in papersource yesterday and they had some really nice diy kits, so if you haven't done bookbinding before, it comes will all the parts you need, then you just buy some of their patterned paper, ribbon, etc. to decorate it.
if you can get ahold of an old laptop you can make a diy digital photo frame. we've registered for a pre-made one but they are expensive!
I finally got a chance to try powder/stamp/heat embossing last night and I couldn't get it to work correctly - Anyone out there with experience that they can share? I followed Martha's directions and everything. first time she's failed me!
anyways, I used an embossing stamp pad with a rubber stamp. i covered generously with the powder, shook everything off, etc. I used the new heat gun, holding at a 45 degree angle 3" from the paper, and it just ended up being a crusty, crumbly mess. The powder didn't melt at all - it just clumped up. gah! I can post pics tonight form home if that will be helpful in diagnosing the problem.
Any thoughts on what I might be doing wrong? This was going to be a fairly important technique in my invitation making plans so I hope that you guys can help!
Oh yes, and at Graceland Chapal, you can have Elvis marry you. We drove by that place when we were there. All the chapals are in a kinda seedy area.. but I think it adds to the fun.
Nice! Let me know if you're interested, and I'll email you the link to my friends' wedding video...
Fuzzy dice favors are deliciously tacky!! For invites you could photoshop you and your FH's faces onto king & queen playing cards? Or what about buying a cheap set of poker chips and printing out round stickers with your names & the date on them to send with your stds? Plus you definately have to try to track down a velvet elvis painting to use as a decoration at the reception..
Other friends of mine are getting married at graceland later this year and I'm thinking of making them "thank you, thank you very much" elvis cards - there are some great elvis rubber stamps on ebay
My friends got married at the Graceland Chapel in vegas http://www.gracelandchapel.com/ - unfortunately we couldn't go but they videotape the ceremony and post it on the 'net so we saw it and their elvis impersonator was AMAZING! Elvis doesn't marry you, they have a regular officiant, but elvis walks you down the aisle and serenades you and you take pics with him afterwards. it was sooo tackily hilarious yet actually quite sweet - highly recommended!
OR, Clipart.com carries the entire Dover electronic portfolio. In the search box on the left select "Publisher - Dover" and maybe type "floral Design" or similar as the search term. You have to buy a subscription to download from Clipart.com, and it's for a certain length of time, so I'd recommend searching the collection and know what you want BEFORE you buy the subscription.
I've already got my list together for my invites and plan to download this weekend or next. good luck!
Wow, Kirstie, your work is gorgeous! I am so very impressed!
Any tips for a jewelry-crafting newbie on how to follow in your footsteps? I've been buying vintage brooch and earring sets for my bridesmaids and myself off of ebay, and I'd like to perhaps change some pieces into hairpins or combs or perhaps modify the earrings.
Any advice on tools, where to go for tutorials, etc? In other words, how do you do it?!?!?