My husband and I did a DIY wedding in 2004 since we had like $2000 to spend. It turned out absolutely amazing, and I wouldn't have changed a thing... except our photographer, but oh well.
We made our own invitations (my hubby is a graphic designer), our own little birdseed packs, etc. I made my own headpiece/tiara thing with beads. We had the wedding in a friend's amazing garden, my dad (who is a musician) had some friends in an amazing band that performed for free, we borrowed tables and chairs and tablecloths from my childhood church, a friend played guitar for the ceremony music, I bought my dress off ebay for $200 (!), we coordinated our own food (heavy appetizers at a buffet) and bought beer at costco (weinhard's sampler pack) and wine at trader Joe's (2 buck chuck). What else what else? A florist friend donated some amazing roses for the altar... A friend took the pictures (my only regret), and a friend let us borrow their neat car for the getaway. All our friends and family helped set up and take down.
The only things we really paid for were my dress (cheap) rented plates and champagne flutes and silverware, bought our cake (and decorated it with flowers ourselves...cheaper than frosting flowers), and the food, beer and wine. Oh, and rented tuxes... but most people paid for their own.
So... I can't believe no one on here has mentioned it... I guess I'll be kind of the killjoy.
There totally is already a book you can buy like this called "All About Us". It has loads of really great questions in it and space for each person to answer. My hubby and I got it a few years ago and filled it all out.
Its not creative at all, just a purchased thing. But I suppose you could make your own cover for it if you wanted to make it spiffier.
I am a synesthetic. I can relate most to the first post in that I associate letters and numbers with distinct colors. Lucky for me, I found out that this was an actual "thing" when I was 17, so I have sporadically spent time researching this over the past 8 years. My band teacher brought it up in relation to music, and I raised my hand "um.... I do that!" It was the first time i had become aware of it, even though I don't do it with music so much.
One of the weirdest things is a website I found a while ago, where you can drag the mouse across the alphabet and see other people's synesthetic alphabets. Too weird when the letters are not "my own" colors. Messes me up.
I can attest that these are not leftover memories of an alphabet hanging on the kindergarten classroom or anything like that. I don't know why I think letters are the colors they are, but they have never changed.
Some letters are vague, and I notice that the letters at the beginning of the alphabet are generally more colorful than those at the end. For example. A = royal blue-ish, B = brown, C = orangey yellow, etc. etc. X, Y and Z all = shades of gray. Some letters, like W, O, I, and Q are transparent or shiny in some way or another.
This is so fascinating! Its something I love about myself.
Yup. Nearly ever day I work. I work in the front office (not a receptionist, but an admin asst.) and sometimes there's just nothing to do! Its great though, because the receptionist girl and I have this unspoken agreement that we don't tell on each other for browsing, or give each other a hard time. We both get all our work done, soo whats the harm right?
Yipes! Good luck with that, and if possible, be sure to have the talk that includes setting boundaries while she is living with you, and a firm end date to her stay. I bet your realtionship will benefit from it in the long run.