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1  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Re: Budget Challanged Wedding.... need ideas on: July 31, 2009 11:38:24 AM
I found this post --> http://heart-of-light.blogspot.com/2008/08/wedding-weekend.html
If you scroll down, you can see beautiful butterfly centerpieces. I think fabric flowers can be beautifully coordinated with them.

I had a DIY wedding, too. I made my wedding dress(http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=305499.0), and my sister made me a veil & accessories. One my friend who is a graphic designer made invitations, programs, and thank you card as a wedding gift.
Regarding flowers, another friend decorated the hall (a restaurant) and made bouquets for me and my bride maid. We went to local flower wholesalers the day before, and bought 12 bunches of lepto, some other filler flowers and some roses to decorate the hall & the wedding arch, and peony & ranunculus for bouquets. The total cost of flowers, tulles and ribbons was about $300. That was it. She borrowed glasses from the restaurants and made center pieces. Since our ceremony and the reception was done in the same space, we saved a lot of money than decorating two spaces. Lepto is usually used as a filler and very cheap. Since I was going for a wild flower concept with the flower decorations, it matched well. If you are going for the rustic barn concept, using small flowers that usually used as fillers will go with the concept well. Usually, those fillers are much cheaper than the ones with large flowers.

Though I went for the cheaper choices for the decoration, we went for the expensive side for the bouquets, because I really wanted a bouquet with peony & rananculus. Since only a small number of flowers are needed for a bouquet, I kinda pampered myself for that Cheesy

Here are some pictures of the bouquets and hall decorations. I loved how it turned out.








2  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Re: My DIY Wedding Dress (picture hea---vy) on: July 23, 2009 06:58:18 PM
Thank you all for wonderful comments  Cheesy

Congrats on an awesome job! You really pulled it off! You are so lucky to have a friend working in the Bridal Biz! Did she help you with any fittings? construction tips? You really could make some money. If you really want to get into this field, call local Bridal shops as an alterations assistant. The right shop owner will take you and train you. Then , when you know enough, you can start making $1000 for a custom silk Gown. They start at about $3000.00 for any thing silk. K

My friend didn't have a time to help me, but she gave me lots of helpful tips on using proper interlining, bonings, and etc. My mom and my sister helped me doing the fitting. Both of them have good sewing skills and helped me out a lot.
3  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Re: My DIY Wedding Dress (picture hea---vy) on: June 01, 2009 09:30:36 AM
That came out beautifully! Wonderful job!

You don't have to answer this if you don't feel comfortable but I was thinking of making my own wedding dress and wanted to know how much you spent total to make yours..  

I think the cost largely depends on what kind of fabric you choose. My choice was SILK taffeta from the beginning. (Yes, I'm a fabric snob, when it comes to make a clothes myself.. I can't resist the beautiful deep and luxurious sheen that the silk fabric ooze out..Cheesy) Usually those medium weight silk taffeta costs about $25 per yard (54"w) from designer fabric stores in NYC. So I budgeted about $350 for the outer silk fabric.
And I estimated $100 for the SILK organza interlining, polyester lining, and other miscellaneous notions and trims.
So initially, I budgeted $450 for the material only. (thinking that the result would be like $5,000 dress. LOL)

However, very lucky of me, my friend who is in the high-end wedding dress industry gifted me 15yds of silk taffeta of the highest quality and 12yds of silk organza.
I end up only buying materials for the lining, petticoat, built-in bustier, and etc.
So I spent only about $50~60 on that dress.

Anyway, if you don't insist using silk taffeta like me Roll Eyes, the cost can be much lowered than $450.

Some people may say, "why would you make one if it costs that much? There are may dresses cheaper than that."
Well, how can you compare, right? It's made only for me, patterned exactly reflecting my body shape (32D of me), and exactly in the design I want in 100% SILK! Cheesy

Good luck with your dress, too!

4  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Flapper Knitting Needles on: May 20, 2009 01:52:46 PM
preg_replace('/(.{19})/', '$1 ', 'Oh...so......cuuuuuuuuuuuuuuttttttttte')~!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Did you draw the face with a marker one by one?
I'm so jealous of your drawing talent!
5  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Re: Oooooh, who lives in a pineapple under the sea??? on: May 20, 2009 01:43:50 PM
Oh~I love it~! You captured the whimsycal facial expression of Sponge Bob so well!
6  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Re: My DIY Wedding Dress (picture hea---vy) on: May 19, 2009 07:08:44 AM
Fantastic!!! That really is an incredible dress.

Did you use a pattern?  If not did you draft one, or just try things out?  How did you figure out the bodice pleats?

Thank you. I didn't use a commercial pattern, but I draped it on a mannequin and then modified to make it better fit on my body.
7  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Re: My DIY Wedding Dress (picture hea---vy) on: May 19, 2009 07:05:17 AM
It's beautiful.  I would have loved to help you make it!
I'm planing to post a tutorial (or at least a progress shots) on my blog in the near (hopefully..kkk) future. I hope it may be helpful to you.
8  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Re: My DIY Wedding Dress (picture hea---vy) on: May 19, 2009 07:02:49 AM
Wow!  Your dress is absolutely amazing, I love the asymmetrical bodice!
I really admire your dedication, it must have been so stressful to plan a weeding AND make a dress.  You did an awesome job.
Yes, it was very hectic, and I guess I gained about 7~8lbs at that time because of the stress eating. But luckily, I have a very helpful hubby and sister, they helped and comforted me a lot.
9  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Re: My DIY Wedding Dress (picture hea---vy) on: May 19, 2009 06:57:24 AM
Wow! Amazing dress. I love the one shoulder design and the view from the back. Perhaps you should think of making wedding dresses for a living.
If I get a chance, I'd like to work in the bridal industry.
But on the other hand, it must be scary to make someone else's dress.
If I mess up with mine, I can just go ahead and buy one or change the style a little bit, but I must finish the dress without a flaw in time. Still, it must be fun, right?  Roll Eyes
10  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Re: My DIY Wedding Dress (picture hea---vy) on: May 19, 2009 06:51:19 AM
So gorgeous and so worth your time!  This is beyond fabulous.  I wish I was sewing when I got married so that I could have made my own dress also.  Hopefully you will have a girl who can grow up and wear the dress that her mom made.  Smiley

Yeah, that's what I'm hoping for, if I have a daughter.  Wink
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