I've got a lot of things mid-process for the wedding, but I wanted to start my post with my crafty goodness! All photos take you to flickr for bigger and more photos.
TheBoy and I are getting married outside, in a somewhat casual ceremony, in a stand of old-growth oaks in the Willamette River Valley here in Oregon. On a clear day you can see the coast range out to the west of the ceremony location. (link to photo of the gazebo where the ceremony will take place.)
I've already posted this in the craft-along and as it's own project thread in knitting, but I just finished knitting my shawl for the wedding. Madli's Shawl from Interweave Knits Summer 04. click here for photo.
We have no theme but the aesthetic is classic but funky. I love bright, saturated colors and the idea of having a pastel wedding just didn't appeal to me. The first purchase I made towards the wedding were my shoes click here for photo.
The most totally finished item is our favors. Each guest will get a box with 3 1" button magnets inside, as well as m&ms in our colors. The buttons were a gift from fellow crafster Kaesea; we spent an afternoon putting them together when I went to visit her last month and then TheBoy and I glued the magnets in over the past week. The ant stamp came from MadMatigan79 in the scavenger hunt swap. The m&ms and packaging haven't arrived yet, but here are the boxes and magnets.
A field [okay a cookie sheet!] of magnets:
Magnets mounted on cards:
And the favor boxes. They're 3"x3"x2" Kraft paper boxes [bought on ebay] embellished with a paper band that has been stamped with an ant:
The invitations are in! I gave up trying to get great
photos of them, so you'll have to settle for good photos.
It's all printed on natural white, classic columns paper from an offset press. The best man's dad printed them for us as a wedding gift, but I did all of the design work. The logo is a piece of vector art from istockphoto.com that I tweaked to work for us. I can create stuff like that from scratch but decided it was worth the dollar that I paid to save the time in having to do so.
Here's everything, the 5x7 invitations, the 4x6 RSVP cards and the 12x6 [folded to 4x6] inserts with all kinds of info on it. They should be going out in the mail tomorrow *fingers crossed*
And just the invitation fronts [the backs are stamped with an orange ant]:
And, the guest book. Kaesea's friend got married a awhile ago and bought these great albums from Old Navy. She decided not to use them and offered them to Kaesea. Kaesea said "gee, TheBon would love these" and hence, they came to me. I found these great metal frames when I was visiting Kaesea in February and decided to use them to embellish the books. Anyway, here's the front:
The first page is going to have the inside of our invitation attached and then the second page will have a polaroid of TheBoy and I, and then has a lyric from one of our songs underneath in one of the metal frames. The polaroid that's in there currently is a temp. We're going to take a polaroid of each guest/couple as they come in and they'll sign on the page underneath where the photo will be inserted. [Yes, someone will be there to make sure folks aren't confused!] Here's our page, Kaesea did the blue stamps, she's wonderful!
I have another item to add here. My mom cross-stitches like a fiend and insisted that she cross-stitch bookmarks to be part of our favors. They came in a mail last week and they are fabulous. She matched the font to the exact font I used on everything. She made 80 of these total:
And not something that will be featured at the wedding, but something my mom made for us:
We're not paying the caterer to cut the cake, instead a couple of people who have a fair amount of experience in doing so have volunteered to step up. Because of this, I decided they needed aprons, to keep their "I'm at a wedding" clothes from getting covered in cake and frosting. So, I took our logo, changed the size and printed it on iron-on transfers:
And I took a shot of some of the m&m pouches. They're a glassine pouch sealed with a sticker that I stamped ants onto. They'll go in the favor boxes with the magnets [yipes! gotta finish assembling those!]
Other things I've done or will be doing myself:
- Save the Date postcards
- Invitations, rsvp cards
- Designed and compiled content for wedding website
- Cake design [totally paid someone else to execute that one though!]
- Dyed and embellished napkins as accent under centerpieces
- Guest book [store bought book embellished]
- things I am sure I am forgetting
Aaaaaaaaaaaaand! It's over! I don't have time to upload a ton of photos, so I snagged this one that fyberduck took:
Can you tell that I'm thrilled it's over? 95% of everything was great, and I figure that's pretty good!
The jar for collecting the guest book notes:
Pens for writing on the gift card notes:
The gift card vase. My mom insisted we needed something giant and this vase was on sale at Ben Franklin Crafts. My mom insisted that by paying for it, it made it a wedding gift for us. Now I'm not sure what to do with it but I do love it:
Close-up on the ribbons. The off-white is wired, and glued to the vase with a xyron glue runner. The metallic is hot glued to the ivory [the glue runner did not stick]. This vase has now made 2 hour and a half car rides and two half-hour car rides and the ribbons show no sign of falling off:
The embellishment on the bathroom basket [a tray bought on clearance at Target] Satin ribbons also came from target and were pinned at the joints. The bow is stapled and glued together:
My bouquet. I went to a ton of places looking for ribbon to wrap the bouquets. I wanted turquoise satin but couldn't find it anywhere, until we went into a small, locally owned needlepoint shop. I paid way more for it, but I think it was worth it. My mom helped me arrange these [my brain was FRIED by the time we got to the flower part of the time schedule] and then I wrapped them. Thank goodness for the internet, I'd never hand tied bouquets before. I used double-stick tape [fashion tape actually] to tape the tails down to the backside of the bouquets [no photos of that] but it left it really smooth and tailored looking:
From the top:
Maid of honor's bouquet:
From the top:
Placecards for the immediate family. We opted not to assign the majority of seats and everyone mingled really well. We had computer people sitting with knitters, and my boss with some more distant family, and our friends that TheBoy has known forever jammed themselves all at one table. It was great. We also didn't use table numbers. We had about 70 people for a buffet and we just started eating. Everyone was able to get food in a fairly quick and orderly manner. It was great: