Nothing original here, but I just had to share because I loved them anyway! Tissue paper puffballs! They work really well for filling a room with color, especially if the room has high ceilings. (I had my tall and willing friend hang them around the weird pipe ducts that were in the room!) These take a lot of tissue paper (8 sheets per puff) but if you can find the colors you want on sale, not too expensive! Here is the link to the instructions we used (only we just used random wire we had laying around, and fishing line) http://www.marthastewartweddings.com/article/pom-poms-and-luminarias Anyway, easy and fast when you have a lot of hands! And my one bit of advice: We assembled the night before, but saved the poofing (aka separating all the layers) until we got to the venue in the morning, otherwise, I have no idea how we would have managed to delicately transport them! Also, after they were all hung, we had tall friend go around and do a final poofing!
(This sign we put outside to let people know where we were!)
For centerpieces, we just had flowers and little tea lights in these holders.
I used the dessert napkins I bought at the party store (by the way, that's how we finally chose our wedding colors... Wandering in the party store, saw the perfect shades on napkins... "Carriebean Blue" "Sunchine Yellow" and "Kiwi Green") Anyway, I cut and decoupaged pieces of the napkins onto about 25 glass pot-shaped things. Added a a little ribbon and that was it. The candles gave a nice glow through the napkin colors, and as a nice bonus, the holders and paper napkins matched quite nicely! This only took about 6 napkins, and I waited for the glass things to go on sale at Michael's, so it cost me about $5 or $6 for the whole thing!
I actually got them in the spring, all from Walgreens. One week they had a coupon for 20 for a dollar. So my mom, sister and I would go to all the Walgreens and each take a coupon! And we got way more than we needed, mainly because at that point, I was set on growing my own flowers... They all finally grew and bloomed, about a month after the wedding! And I toyed with the ideas of plants too, but I couldn't stand the idea of someone killing a wedding plant. (Or any plant, in general. I love our friend, but honestly, I wouldn't trust some of them with a living thing!)
We got all the seed packets on sale for about 5 cents a piece. I loved the decorative packaging. We just stuck our name and a thank you on there, and attached a piece of paper to the back with instructions for our Flickr account. (Since we didn't have a photographer, we asked our friends and family to contribute with their digital pics.) The seeds went really well with our wedding, since the flowers were all random and wildflowers. Also, we got some personal significance in there too: Forget-me-nots are the state flower of Alaska, where my husband is from, and throughout my childhood we always were overwhelmed with bachelor buttons in our front yard.
My mom was amazing and made all the ties we needed, for six groomsmen, two dads, the officiant and the groom! My husbands ties was made from the same fabric as my dress, the rest were made out of really hard to work with material, but the colors were perfect and my mom is very patient! The tie pattern we have always used is great though. A late 70's Simplicity.
Me and my brother, the officiant, with the black and silver tie.
For each of my bridesmaids, I made a necklace, earrings and a bracelet. The colors for our wedding were blue, yellow and green, so those are the colors I used in the jewelry. Each gal had the same color jewelry as her groomsman had for his tie. I made all the jewelry different and tried to make it something I knew my friends would like, and that would go with their dresses (they each had a different black dress that they chose.) Anyway, I just wanted the girls to be able to wear the jewelry again. I used beads from the dollar store and whatever I could find laying around the house.
A couple of my favorites:
All the jewelry:
And, a very far away view, but I think you can kind of get the idea!