I just got married and I had a wonderful time at my wedding and crafting for it! When my now husband and I got engaged we wanted to do as much as we could to keep the environmental cost of our wedding down. Now I realize there is a lot more we could have done, but I'm very happy with the way things turned out. We went with the theme "Treat the Earth Gently" - the title of a cute book my parents had around when I was a kid. Additionally, we wanted to keep the monetary cost down.
The perfect combination of those two ideas was crafting! I ended up taking a lot of ideas from Craftster (thank you Craftster!!!) and then enslaving my then fiance and friend into making everything a reality (thank you now husband and friend!!!!!). Anyway, on to the massive number of pictures.
Invitation - we used 100% recycled paper and recycled, vegetable dyed ribbon, the pictures are of places that my fiance and I have been hiking.
Favors - We made about 250 seed bombs (using the instructions from this post: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=343148.0
). The note in the box explained the seed bombs. The boxes are made from recycled paper. We also included some ethically traded, organic "Chimp Mints" from Endangered Species Chocolate.
Program - We used the same paper as the invitation. It was two pages with the second page that just explained our song (Something - The Beatles), our theme, and the fact that we had old Trivial Pursuit cards on the table to help with conversation.
Placecards - I bought seed packets four for a dollar at the dollar store and used the same paper as the invites and programs to make the name cards. My wonderful friend with her wonderful handwriting wrote out all of the names. Each table was named after a flower and had the seed packets of that flower.
Seating diagram - We bought a corkboard that we plan on using in our new apartment and used the same paper and put up pictures of ourselves and places special to us.
Centerpieces - So, originally we were just going to use the centerpieces that the restaurant we had the wedding in uses, but when I saw them up close they were rather sad looking, so I enlisted my now husband and we made up a ton of paper flowers taking the idea from this post: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=345173.0
From the number of wire floral stems we bought I can estimate that we made more than 400 flowers..... I colored some of them using Crayola watercolors. I found the pots at Jo-Ann on clearance. The centerpieces either went home with someone that wanted it as a keepsake or they are going to be reused at my parents' home. We made nine mid-sized centerpieces, one very large one, one smallish one, and one super tiny one. We used the large one, a mid-sized, the smallish, and the tiny one to curve around the cake at the cake table. It looked really cute, but I don't have any pictures of it right now. However, here are some of the pictures of the other centerpieces chilling out on our tea cart in our apartment:
Close up of the flowers:
Parent/Groom Flowers/Bouquets - I used the same flowers and just wrapped around the wire floral stems with the same ribbon I used on the centerpiece pots. I made a bouquet for myself and my maid of honor (she was my only bridesmaid). The bigger pins are for the MotB and MotG, while the smaller ones are for the groom, the FotB, and FotG.
Ceremony Flowers - My mom and I collected pampas grass from my grandmother's house last year when it had dried out in the fall and used that to make two giant pieces for us to stand by for the ceremony. This is the only picture of it that I have right now. My husband and I obviously were not taking pictures during the ceremony.
We haven't seen our photographer's photos or any from our relatives yet.
Thank you cards: We used the same paper and ribbon as before and made all the cards and their envelopes. I cut out all the envelopes, but I was really not looking forward to folding and gluing them, so my wonderful friend did that for me! Thank you! I used the cut outs from the envelopes to make the little green bit at the bottom of the thank you card.
Guestbook - My husband and I collected rocks from the beach on Lake Huron at a family member's house a few days before the wedding. We had guests write on them with permanent marker and put them in this cool glass leaf dish we found at Hobby Lobby. We are going to display it in our new apartment. I swear I got this idea from someone on Craftster, but I really have no idea where the exact post is. Eventually I'll seal the rocks in something, but I haven't had a chance yet. And yes, that is a drawing of Salad Fingers on top, along with a turtle and a mouse.
I love my friends!
Finally, I'm sneaking in the only shot I have right now of my husband and I at the wedding:
Sorry most of our pictures were taking before/after the wedding in our crappily lit apartment. We didn't get a ton of chances to take pictures during, but that just means I can raid my relatives for pictures later.
Thank you for reading my horribly long, insanely picture heavy post! Comments always appreciated!