My wedding was September 5th 2004 and it was beautiful and well worth the work that went into it. I was very happy with the way everything turned out and thought I would share. Please steal ANY ideas that strike your fancy!
This was our save the date. It was a 5.5" by 8.5" cardstock postcard with the pics on one side and the info on the back. We took color photos and held up the save the date signs at a mall photo booth, then I scanned the strips into my computer and used a photo editor to mask the signs and turn the rest of the photos black and white. i did the text portion in pagemaker then took the disk to kinkos (who I do NOT recommend) and had them print and cut the cards.
Instead of "favors" the placecards I made were mini (3x3") spiral bound memory books. they had the name, table, and food choice of the guest, and inside there was a picture of the bride and groom and instructions for a DIY wedding snap book (I had a stamp madefor the directions at iprint.com and then I stamped the inside of each book.) The pricey part was renting the sticker photo booth (see photo) so people could swap photos with other guests (and leave one in our guest book), but it was TOTALLY worth it. we also gave out pens so people could swap messages and info. So fun!
These fans were my wedding programs (used pagemaker for layout--the front and back fit on one letter sized paged so all i had to do was cut down the top and bottom, fold, round the corners, and then used a glue stick to glue the sides together with a xtra large popsicle stick (purchased online) sandwiched in the center. added a bit of ribbon and voila!
The hit of the party was definitely the crafting table! Yay crafting! I set out a variety of cards and stickers and a big glass fishbowl vase along with a sign that said "please craft a card for our guestbook." The results were spectacular and some people couldn't help themselves and went back for seconds.
Made menus using same font and style as programs and invites (will take a pic and post invites soon), fit 3 to a page (landscape), cut down and glued to a dark brown cardstock backing. toyed wih the idea of adding ribbon, or button, or stamp, but decided i like the look and ease of the plain menu.
My mom did this bouquet so I can't say how, but I think it's divine. . .
my friend made this cake, but like the bouquet, I can't not share. . .
Another semi-crafty thing-- we had a regular bar, but also two big bowls of Sangria-type punches (one with white wine chock full of pears and peaches and a more traditional red and orange one). I found tons of recipes on the internet and had the caterer do variations of the best.
NOTE: This was a labor of love and took hours and hours of time even with the help of friends. It probably would have taken less time if I had been better at delegating tasks. Regardless, if you don't love the pure please of doing this kind of stuff and seeing the fruits of your labor you should probably choose one or two things to hand-make (instead of EVERY LITTLE THING like I did). That being said, I would do it again.
I will post invite soon. If you have questions feel free to ask. Oh, all the very pretty papers came from paper source. I adore paper source. paper-source.com (I think)EDIT: INVITE POSTED BELOW: