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So two weeks ago, my boyfriend proposed! (Well, three weeks ago, but he wanted me to be able to help pick out my ring, so two weeks ago is when we made it official).
We don't have a whole ton of money to spend on a wedding, and we aren't sure how much our parents are going to be helping (or how much we really want them to... >.>). I already knew I really wanted to craft a lot of my wedding, and I had been stalking this board for about 6 months or so anyway.
SO YAY! Now I can start talking about, planning, and crafting for our wedding
We want to have an Alice in Wonderland-inspired garden/tea party wedding. We decided on summer of next year, and the colors: pale, springlike colors
. We want it to be outside, with the ceremony and reception at the same place so we save on the site fees. His grandparents have agreed to let us have the wedding and reception in their backyard! They have this gigantic, gorgeous avocado tree in the back, and plenty of grass area to have tables and chairs, a patio for dancing, plus a swimming pool!
We decided on a middle of the day wedding with a dry reception, and lots of DIY! Oh, and cupcakes instead of a cake!
Stuff we plan on doing: (Budget: $5,000 and no, that's not a typo)
-Engagement announcements: I'm making them all my self
These are the different patterns I used for the envelopes. I really don't like the dark teal one, but they were the first ones I made, and I don't want to go BACK to Michael's to get more paper...
The back side of the envelopes.
The front side of the cards.
The back side of the cards.
I love that they look like little tea bags
-Invitations: My mom's first question after I told her we were engaged was, "Are you making your own invitations?" Yes, yes I will. I stumbled across this blog http://www.brendasweddingblog.com/blogs/2010/6/23/an-elegantly-whimsical-alice-in-wonderland-themed-photo-shoo.html
which has a cute idea for an invitation, as well as a lot of other stuff I just LOVE.
-Signs: something like this http://www.etsy.com/transaction/42138036
-Bouquet? (thinking about making a button or vintage pin bouquet like this: http://www.etsy.com/listing/45314046/alice-in-wonderland-wedding-button
) I have thought about a traditional flower bouquet... I just haven't decided yet!
-Headpiece: I would LOVE something like this http://www.stylehive.com/tag/fascinator
but with a mini top hat http://www.truecorset.com/USA/acatalog/Dot_Mini_Top_Hat_With_Net_Veil.html
-Jewelry: my mom designs jewelry, and she is going to make mine, and the bridemaid's
-Ring bearer's pillow: I'm looking to make something like this http://etsywedding.blogspot.com/2008/02/easteryu-moss-ring-bearer.html
-Flower girl basket: I want to make this... http://weddings.theknot.com/Real-Weddings/69497/detailview.aspx?type=3&specific+detail=orchids&id=69497
-Guestbook: We've had a couple ideas for a guestbook. This one we both really like http://www.lovelyandgracious.com/2010/06/unique-guestbook-alternatives.html
and I just stumbled on this one http://www.bridalbuds.com/2010/02/message-in-a-time-capsule/
man I love all the pretty bottles... I found a guy who will rent us a typewriter for a guestbook for $25 a day, which sounds PERFECT. The fiance loves the idea, and I think people will have a LOT of fun with it!
-Reception decorations: For the life of me, I can not find the picture where I got the inspiration... I thought it was on craftster, but no matter how long I search, I just can't find it... Anyway, it was an old door that they hung flat from the ceiling, and then hung different clear bottles from it with flowers in them. So I got an old shutter for free from a friend, spray painted it black, and I've been saving bottles for the past couple weeks. Here it is outside, pre-hanging.
Once I get it all hanging with the bottles and everything, I'll post more pictures.
Other decoration ideas include poofs: http://www.elsiemarley.com/a-rainbow-birthday-party-part-one.html
I love how colorful they are
-Food: We want to have a sandwich bar and a candy bar, basically more of a stand-up and mingle type of reception than a sit-down formal affair... Scones, fruit/veggie tray, cheese/crackers, things like that-Cupcakes: I love these stands made by cheerupem0kidx0x!! http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=384622.0
-Toppers: Bride and groom rubber ducks from my collection (I have WAY too many rubber ducks...)
-Centerpieces: Teapots! Lovely mis-matched teapots. Either with flowers coming out, or with a clear beta vase with flowers, and just teapots filled with tea around the beta vase (possibly even with a goldfish or beta in the vase
) Pictures of the tea pots and cups I have so far.
-Favors: Tea cup candles! Here are some from our test batch. They were supposed to be red
After they were very decidedly pink, we figured white candles would be easier... Also, they will be scented either vanilla (my favorite), or jasmine (his favorite). Our newest idea for favors still involves the teacups, but using them as mini flower pots instead! That way people can just replant the flowers at home, and still use the teacup!The fiance actually really likes the idea of using herbs instead of flowers, which is kind of cool because they smell so good!
-Thank you cards: No ideas yet, really. Figure I have plenty of time to figure it out. But I do have a cute stamp that says "thanks a latte" that came with the tea/coffee themed stamps I bought (I used like 6 of them on our engagement announcements, if you didn't notice), so I might use that.
-Rice/petals: BUBBLES! I WANT BUBBLES! I'll tie on a little note about when to blow them with a pretty little ribbon
I have a feeling there is more, but I can't think at the moment. I'll also post pictures as I finish things