One set of wedding invites nearly down, one to go....
I made most of the Chicago wedding ceremony/reception, rsvp, maps, etc. The only piece of the puzzle I bought was what I used for the reception invite (because everyone is invited to the reception, our ceremony is private). I was going to make the whole she-bang, but I saw the most perfect photo on an invite (a bride and groom kissing, riverside) and couldn't find it anywhere to duplicate it myself. We're getting married on the river and it was too perfect, plus it fit with both the Walt Whitman and Robert Frost quote I wanted to use! Here's some shots of the work we've been doing. After spending a week on the STD's, I am finding this is moving much quicker!
Here you can see the ceremony invite on the left, our lovely b&w reception invite in the middle and the embossed ceremony card envelope on the right:
Outside of the ceremony invite:
Inside of the ceremony invite, with green vellum insert:
Detail of my envelope embossing, phew! That took a while, but I love how it looks and feels!:
So, getting close! Just have to get the RSVP's finished, work on the map a bit more (I'm not totally jazzed with my first attempt, 4 hours and still not in love with it.....), the labels are nearly done, and my honey just bought the stamp on line!
Tell me what you think, or if you have any questions. Thanks for looking,
I am enjoying having a reason to make so many fun things. Is there anything better than having a PURPOSE when you go to the Dollar Store? ha ha.
This isn't "craft" related....but I'm going to share anyway! We're having our ceremony in a private setting along the river. Me and my two bridesmaids are each pulling up to the ceremony spot in a canoe, manned by each of my three brothers. So, I have been thinking hard about what shoes I wanted, as they will have to be flats to climb up from the dock along the natural riverbank. I was joking that I should just get white rain galloshes and call it a day. Then, I was at Payless today, and I found the best of both worlds..
white rubber flats with cute keyhole peep cheap made in Brazil (not China) and super cute!
(excuse my oddly veiny feet, I was running around all day and it is a million degrees, the heat does that to me. )
Here's my completed signage for our favour table. I'm going to carry this theme into other signage for the guest book table, and the family tree quilt table too. But, baby steps, this is what I got done last night.
And, I'm very excited, our embossing plate for our address came today. Now, all of our invites will have a lovely blind embossed touch to our return address. I was so dreading the idea of printed return address labels, and this solved it, and the place was having a free shipping special, and I already had the hand embossing press, so I just needed the plate, it ended up just being $25. I used Acorn Sales, their turn around and service is great. http://www.acornsales.com/
Here's my favour table signage.....if you look closely, the pages of the book I used to collage, have our wedding date on them.
We're having two receptions out of consideration for our guests. It is really sucking having to get everything done for both receptions and the ceremony. Having a freak out week!
Here's the Save The Dates for our second reception in Michigan. I'm starting to question why I didn't carry the theme from the Chicago ceremony/reception into the other reception. But, I HAD to have another pallette of colours, didn't I?
Finished front of the std, monogram by Aylee NYC: (if you want her info, to have her design one for you, she did three for me, shoot me an e-mail)
The inside (ignore the tissue, it is in there 'til the tacky tape dries):
Santa's little workshop, and her necessary continuously full cup of coffee:
D*S is great. The gal who does it works at House and Garden, and I go look at their links page alot, too. There are some great design resources in there.
BTW, I saw a great centerpiece design in Rachael Ray's magazine. Which suprised me, as I use her recipes, and never thought of her much as a design resource. Very easy, very cute - branches spray painted red, with birds on them, stark and crisp and modern.
We're doing several favours, to give people a choice. One of them is a compilation of our favourites from our wedding music, which is all compiled by the two of us. I didn't like the idea of using plastic cases, so I made my own.
I had rubber stamps made at Lakeview Rubber Stamp, of our names and our wedding date, so I could use them throughout the process for different things. I bought a package of 12x12 scrapbook paper in green, cut it to fit a cd, did the folds, punched the corners with a corner cut/emboss tool, and used a ribbon punch on the bottom. Threaded through ribbon in our wedding colours; magenta, chocolate brown and sage green, strung on a "thank you" charm on the inside. On the outside, I stamped our name and date, embossed the ink with a deeper shade of green embossing powder, and embellished the front with a two-toned pink blossom held in place with a brad. I did about 24 of them. Took me two evenings in front of the tv.
Here's a new one, going to live with my Mother for Christmas. It is surrounded by some beads that I made, but they aren't part of this project, they just looked good together for composition sake! This is a sterling silver double sided bezel, it has been cut to fit the size of the pendant, then shaped and soldered and pickled, then polished and set. The front of the pendant is embellished with flat back swarovski crystals.