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Topic: My Bohemian/Victorian/Vintage/Bird Themed Wedding (New Pictures as of 1/02!)  (Read 8024 times)
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« on: August 05, 2007 01:33:14 AM »

I started a thread on Bohemian themed weddings but decided to leave that for discussion specific to the theme and create a new one for things specific to my own wedding. We have it planned for July 19, 2008 at a church in Bakersfield, CA.

I'm not sure exactly how Bohemian it will turn out as we are kind of going with the ideas that come to us, and deviating and implementing other ideas as desired. As well as being as thrifty as possible with a 200 person guest count on a $5000 budget (generous enough for me).

My fiance is a big fan of intricate, Victorian designs.

I want to incorporate birds into it, as well. That idea was mainly inspired by a couple of lines from an e.e. cummings poem that I want to use on the invitation:
"i have found what you are like...
the coolness of your smile is
stirringofbirds between my arms"

Our colors are going to be dark red, chocolate brown, and probably a teal blue (or some other shade of blue, still undecided, we will probably focus on a teal blue and incorporate a few other shades.)

Things I plan to be crafty with:
Invitations: As much DIY as possible, and relatively simple.

Table Centerpieces: Birdbaths made from 99 Cent store glass plates and margarita glasses, inspired by A_Patchwork_Oran's Design, with gold foil origami cranes to adorn and double as favors. (Don't worry, I don't plan to fold all those origami cranes, I bought 300 of them on Ebay for $30.. a price I thought was quite worth it!)

Additional Favors: As inspired by multiple people on here, my fiance already created a mix of many of the songs that have been significant to us throughout our relationship. We will burn that onto CDs and make basic envelopes/holders for them out of paper.

My Dress: I bought a lovely dress used once, for $80 (and that included the veil!) that I plan on adjusting slightly. I.e., taking in the bust slightly, converting it from straps into strapless, and de-poofing the skirt.

My Jewelry: Simple. I have a string of (imitation) pearls that I want find some sort of vintage-y charm or medallion type thing to add to. I'll probably make earrings to match.

Bridesmaid Dresses?: Are a possibility (I sew, as well as two of my sisters). I want to wait until the fall/winter styles set in and hopefully there will be more dresses in dark red/crimson/burgundy as I have yet to find anything I really like. (And am not going the typical David's Bridal/prom dress route)

Reception Food: Appetizer buffet, something simple and yummy. We will probably "hire" a semi-professional caterer friend, to appease the church we are using, but do a lot of the prep ourselves.
We also want to serve lemonade instead of punch, made from fresh lemons picked off of friends' trees (so hopefully they get good pickin's this year!)

Bouquets: Again, we'll probably employ friends of the family or even one of my bridesmaids to work with flowers we get wholesale.

Cake: Fiance has a family friend that does wonderful cakes. I just bought two lovely birds at Target today, that I am quite happy with, to be used as cake toppers. So I guess that implements DIY..

And who knows, maybe more (or less?) to come!

Pictures of the works in progress to come when I am not quite so tired!
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« Reply #1 on: August 05, 2007 02:36:11 PM »

Just a note about bridesmaid dresses -- I had great luck at Vanity/Maurices (girly dept stores).  I asked my bridesmaids to pick a top in a fall color and pair it with a black skirt of their choosing - Everyone did great picking out solid colored gorgeous tops that flatter them, and only had to spend a small fraction of what a David's dress would cost! :-)
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« Reply #2 on: August 06, 2007 11:29:58 AM »

There's a store called DEB that has a lot of nice, inexpensive dresses too.  I think they sell stuff on their website but i'm not positive
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« Reply #3 on: August 06, 2007 12:22:59 PM »

I really like your bird bath centerpiece idea, but I'm unfamiliar with the reference you gave, what does it look like exactly?  I've been wanting to incorporate oragami in my decorations too.
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« Reply #4 on: August 06, 2007 01:49:57 PM »

I really like your bird bath centerpiece idea, but I'm unfamiliar with the reference you gave, what does it look like exactly?  I've been wanting to incorporate oragami in my decorations too.
I guess my original link to the inspiration didn't work, hopefully it will this time, here it is:
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=164849.0

Here is where I've started my "wedding shrine" (minus the panda lamp Roll Eyes). (It's grown since this picture was taken.) I want to implement a lot of the colored glass like that. As well as vintage looking, intricate, candelabras, like the two there, thought not seen very well, that my sister got me for my birthday. And hopefully I can find a bunch of scarves like what I have on the dresser, to use as table runners.  (I realize the picture frame doesn't fit the style, but it's there right now more for posterity's sake. Wink)


This is bird bath, style #1.


This is bird bath, style #2.


I'm using both styles. I might even create a third style, if I need more than 14 (which is all I have for now). I'll have to get a picture with the origami cranes in there, but you can imagine it (the ones I have are small enough for 8-10 to fit in each bath).
Does anybody know a good strong glue to use for glass, or glass and plastic? (The majority of the margarita glasses I am using are actually plastic.)

This is our ceremony location. The pews/carpet are a forest green. It has seating spreading out on both sides of the pillars that frame the center two rows, but because we aren't inviting 1000 people, we are going to limit it to the center area that is seen in the picture:


This is my dress, pre-modification:


This is my ring, my fiance was able to get it wholesale, through his dad's business:



As for bridesmaid dresses, I am definitely looking into department and fashion stores. I think I am going to wait until the Fall/Winter fashions set in before looking much more, because it seems they would carry more reds then.
That DEB store looks cute, but they don't sell much online and the nearest store is a ways away from me. But if it comes down to it, I could always drive there!
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« Reply #5 on: August 06, 2007 03:07:57 PM »

I'd use E6000 or 527 adhesive, or 2-step epoxy (you can get it in the syringe looking things at Mennards or Home Depot), to bond two unlike surfaces - like glass and plastic.

Everything looks great so far! Great start!
If you need any bird things, private message me. I have a bunch of swallow images, peacock, etc. They might be helpful for you.

Best,
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« Reply #6 on: August 09, 2007 01:42:29 PM »

wow...i really love the centerpieces you created.  And the materials for the just the centerpieces ran about $3.00??
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« Reply #7 on: August 15, 2007 02:28:22 AM »

Thanks for the glue advice! That is very helpful.

And yes, each centerpiece will be about $3, not counting the glue to hold the two pieces together or the $30 I spent on 300 origami birds. 10 cents a piece isn't bad, thought I guess that adds close to another dollar for each centerpiece.
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« Reply #8 on: August 20, 2007 03:43:12 PM »

wow everything is looking great so far!  I really like option #2 for the birdbaths. And the ceremony location is beautiful!
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« Reply #9 on: August 23, 2007 07:56:51 PM »

have you thought about doing a birdcage cake? I keep seeing it in my head...three rounded tiers (like those dome cakes they use for barbies) with white fondant and black "iron" lines of icing, and the birds placed on top of the "cage"

maybe I'm completely crazy, but it looks great in my head...
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