I was married on June 30th, and we had a brown and blue theme, with a daisy motif here and there. It was a perfect combination of classic and fun (in my opinion, at least!)
Everything was held at H.M.C.S. Discovery, a Naval Reserve base in Vancouver, BC. It was a perfect setting - a tiny island off Stanley Park, with forest, mountains and ocean in the background, but still minutes away from downtown. (Note: this location is not open to the public; my Uncle sponsored us). The ceremony was outdoors, between two trees and overlooking a small bay, and the reception was in the Chief & Petty Officer's Mess.
The crafty stuff I did:
Save the Dates
The photo strip is similar to something I saw on here before - I don't know who to credit, I apologize! We took them using a digital camera, and photoshopped them into a strip. The signs in the photos were hand-lettered, and I hand wrote a message to each guest (70 in total!)
Inserts (in one photo to save some space; response card left, map on the right):
The invites were a modified pocketfold I created. They are about 8" tall and 5" wide and trimmed and folded from a 12x12" piece of cardstock. The cover features a strip of scrapbooking paper. Inside the pocket is a response card in an envelope (with a heart stamp on the envelope flap) and a map. I drew the map on a larger piece of paper, then scanned it, reduced it to fit, and printed it. Everything was printed on a regular black and white laser printer.
I'm including these because I almost forgot to make them, so I thought it might jog other people's memory. Simple cardstock with wide grosgrain ribbon to tie them to the chairs.
I hand-lettered each set of names in a different writing style. The numbers are wooden numbers I found on sale at a dollar store for 10 cents per set of six numbers. I coloured some of the surfaces with stamp pads.
The placecards were actually folded out of tiny blue paperbags. Names were handwritten on small tags, backed in brown paper, and rubber cemented on. Guests could then unfold their paper bags to take home treats from the...
In the centre of each table was a mirror with a mix-matched collection of old glassware on it, each glass filled with a different type of blue or brown candy! No two tables were the same. My mom, aunt, maid of honour and I collected the glassware from thrift stores for months leading up to the wedding, trying to find quirky pieces. Among the glassware was itsy bitsy liquor glasses, massive margarita glasses, a glass beaker, tiny crystal mugs, and more. Everyone really liked the centrepieces - there was something to snack on if you were hungry, and who doesn't like candy! Guests were also invited to take a piece of the centrepiece glassware home.
(Also in this picture: the table numbers. Simple tent cards with numbers stamped on them. I didn't have any big number stamps, but spotted a fun foam math bath toy at the dollar store, and used the numbers from it - worked great!)
On the head table we used a line of glasses. The link is to a picture of the flower girl filling up her bag at the head table.http://www.craftster.org/pictures/data/500/16823GauthierPhoto_Jennifer_Dave_DSC_6064_F.jpg
The favours were cookie cutters - practical yet inexpensive. Dave picked the airplanes, which were a huge hit (he has his pilot's license and works in the aircraft industry). To add a personal crafty touch to them, I printed out little tags with our names and the date, and stamped the back (it says "A little something..."). Inside was one of my favourite cookie cutter cookie recipes.
Flowers & Flower Girl's dress
The absolutely gorgeous flowers were done by my Godmother. She did an amazing job. The daisy theme was carried throughout the bouquets.
My mom sewed the flower girl's dress for me, as I was getting too busy near the end. I picked the pattern and material. I absolutely love this dress. I've asked her mom (my cousin) to have the dress back once she's outgrown it so that my daughter (if I have one) can one day wear it.
Action shot of the dress:
The cakes weren't quite homemade - we bought them from White Spot, which shocked everyone (White Spot is a local restaurant best known for its hamburgers). My Godmother decorated them with flowers. She also made the beautiful floral baskets in the background. The baskets initially sat at the base of the ceremony arch.
"Scrapbooky" Photos over the years pages
I had pages of Dave and I growing up in the hallways. We picked out some of our favourite shots, and I put them together into pages that will slide into the back of our wedding album. I did about 25 or so pages; here are four. They were a big hit, as Dave's family could see me growing up, and vice versa. We also made an effort to include photos with other people (such as our cousins), which added further interest.
Guest Book Bowl
Unfortunately, no one took a photo of the overall setup, but I laid out several different sizes and shapes of several colours of paper on a plate, and a bunch of acid free gel pens. This sign was propped up nearby, along with a giant round (fish-bowl like) vase for people to drop their notes into. The notes we got were awesome - so nice to read once we returned from our honeymoon.
Wow, that's a lot of stuff. I hope you like it! I loved it.