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1  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Re: Cookie favour containment units: Chinese take-out boxes on: August 16, 2007 11:05:26 PM
Are those stickers embossed?

Love the color combo!
2  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Re: July Outdoor DIY Wedding - Photo Heavy on: August 16, 2007 10:55:21 PM
Great job, Lori! I'm really glad you were able to put our template to use. The border across the three sections will look awesome when it's all folded together.
3  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Re: July Outdoor DIY Wedding - Photo Heavy on: August 13, 2007 07:13:42 PM
Our guests thought our zoo idea was crazy at first, but they knew it was special to us. The zoo has been a big part of our relationship and my career, so we wanted to celebrate there. We did it after hours in a garden in the zoo, so no animals and no public visitors -- but we did show up early enough to do our photos near the animals and in the exhibits (my favorite is a pun photo of my tux-wearing husband standing next to a penguin!).

I have seen weddings at NYC's Central Park Zoo that were just jaw-droppingly gorgeous, so I was confident that a zoo wedding could be pulled off tastefully.

As for LoriHatesOkra's question about the program, I created it on Microsoft Publisher using their blank trifold template. I'd be happy to email you my file if you'd like to use it as a guide. You can just send me a private message with your email address.
4  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Re: My complete brown and blue wedding - STDs, invites, centrepieces, etc, PIC H on: August 13, 2007 05:43:08 PM
Congrats! I love how thoughtful all of your projects were -- your guests must have been really touched.
5  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Re: July Outdoor DIY Wedding - Photo Heavy on: August 12, 2007 05:15:30 PM
Thanks for your comments! For the person who asked, the photos are all professional photos from the wonderful Rathbone Images.

As for the peacock bouts:

We bought packages of real peacock feathers from Oriental Trading Company (www.orientaltrading.com) -- 24 feathers for $7.95. The bouts were super simple to make, and we were able to make them in advance and save them as a keepsake since they don't degrade as quickly as cut flowers do.
6  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / July Outdoor DIY Wedding - Photo Heavy on: August 12, 2007 02:19:52 PM
We had a July garden wedding in a zoo. Nearly all of our decor and paper products were DIY, and I thought I'd share the finished products here. Our primary colors/motifs were turquoise and green, peacock feathers, and zebra print.

Ceremony Program - trifold, printed on standard computer paper, rhinestone on cover


Boutonierre - peacock feather + three sprigs of fresh lavendar, wrapped in pool-colored ribbon


Flower girl bouquet - sunflowers + green filler


Bridesmaid bouquets - assembled the day before from Farmer's Market flower finds, $7 total for each bouquet


Napkin rings - made from paper, 4x1.5 inch printed with zebra pattern, secured with double sided tape


Ribbon board with seating cards


Seating cards - each guest received a button designed for them based on their interests or inside jokes


Vellum-wrapped candles - printed zebra pattern onto adhesive vellum and wrapped candles throughout reception


Vow display


Wishing-well guestbook


Centerpieces - also made from Farmer's Market flowers the day before. Each bouquet in the center cost between $7-$10, and each center bouquet was flocked by two smaller vases with flowers and peacock feathers, $3 ea.


Table names - tables were named after animals at the zoo, represented by full color photos


All photos by Rathbone Images.

7  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Re: Unity ceremony help on: June 29, 2007 09:32:59 PM
I think the water and sand ceremonies work best when they reflect your homes (rather than just random colored sand). Could you bottle some water from a lake, river, well or beach in your hometown and have him do the same. Then combine the waters into a shared vessel?

Or do the same with soil from your hometowns. Soil from your parent's yard plus soil from his parent's yard...and when combined, the soil represents a fertile ground from which your marriage will grow.

Since I'm from an Atlantic Ocean beach town and my fiance's from a Pacific Ocean beach town, we're combining the sands of the two coasts in our unity ceremony.
8  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Re: wedding website on: May 12, 2007 07:33:02 PM
I had a simple invitation packet (http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=166735.0) that included a business-size card that read:

Details
For details on venue parking, Seattle hotels, and more, visit:
www.ourweddingurl.com

I figured this way, people would get a sense of what kind of important info they could find on the website. I didn't want them to think it was just an unimportant bonus to the invite.

For the few non-web users, we'll be calling with some key details and making ourselves accessible by phone for any questions.
9  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Re: Summer Garden Invitations on: May 07, 2007 08:44:34 AM
Here's the artwork on istockphoto: http://www.istockphoto.com/file_closeup.php?id=1484391

If you don't want this exact one (but, really, if you like it, just use it!), do a search for "bloom AND silhouette" and in the drop-down menu under the search box, select "Illustrations." You'll get some selections that are similar in concept.

As for editing the file, I edited it using the Eraser and Paint Bucket functions in Adobe Photoshop.

You can even use Microsoft Paint's paint bucket function to change the colors of the image.
10  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Re: Advice needed! on: April 27, 2007 10:32:11 AM
I think the key is to include not only the page but also a pre-stamped envelope so they can easily return the finished page. Also, all the details you just gave us, they are going to need too. I'd include a small paper insert that goes something like this:

The piece de resistance of Bride's shower will be a personalized scrapbook made with love by each of us. Use the paper provided to create a special page all about your friendship and memories with Bride. Get creative! Include photos, poems, tokens of your memories, and then decorate with paint, stickers, or other embellishments. Send it back to Coordinator in the pre-stamped envelope. Coordinator will bind together the pages and we will all present this beautiful and deeply personal present to our guest of honor at the shower.

Call Coordinator at 555-5555 if you have any questions.
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