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« on: January 30, 2008 02:37:32 PM »

Ladies, hopefully some of you already-marrieds can give me some help on this.  How far in advance can I/should I...

...assemble bouquets of silk daisies (already purchased)?

...make those martha stewart-like tissue paper pom poms?

...address invitation and thank you note envelopes?

...assemble centerpieces from more silk daisies?

thanks in advance for the guidance!
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« Reply #1 on: January 30, 2008 02:39:39 PM »

I don't see why you have to wait to do any of those.  As long as you have dry, safe places to store everything, you're pretty much clear for take off, right?

...hm...well, maybe wait on addressing thank yous in case someone moves (depending on how far away your wedding is).
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« Reply #2 on: January 30, 2008 02:44:48 PM »

heh.  guess that would have been helpful info.  our date's in late august, and i'm glad i've held off at least this long to address things, since many people have moved since we started our guest list, and my FI's aunt just died, which would have been a horrible thing to overlook if i'd put her name on things already  Lips sealed  (not that the minor inconvenience would have been the worst part of her death... but... you know what i mean  Roll Eyes)

also, on the pom poms, do they smoosh down, or can i store them flat somehow?  i don't know that i'll have the space to store however many big ones for seven months.
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« Reply #3 on: January 30, 2008 03:24:30 PM »

I made all my tissue poms in advance. You can make a ton of them and just store them flat. When you make them, they lay flat and folded with the wire around the center, so they travel well too. Allow yourself plenty of time to fluff them out, or give the job to someone who is really gentle and won't rip the tissue.

We took ours from Chicago to Detroit like this, for our second reception:


And I addressed/stamped/embossed all my thank you's before the wedding. It made it so much easier, as we opened presents (in private), we wrote down what the people gave us on the backs of their cards. Then, we zipped those cards out immediately. Everyone commented on how quick we were. But, that was because I had everything done except the note inside before the wedding!
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« Reply #4 on: January 30, 2008 07:12:49 PM »

My wedding is not to far before yours (a month or less) and i have already started working on my paper flowers and pom poms.  I haven't started on the big pom poms yet but i like what mar said...i will have to do that too (and i also really like the thank you card idea!).  I'm thinking about starting my invitations this weekend.  I think i would just rather have it out of the way Smiley  So all of that to say...now is as good of time as any to start Smiley
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« Reply #5 on: January 30, 2008 09:43:23 PM »

Like the previous posters said, as long have you have storage, there's no reason you can't start on the flowers and the poms now.  As for the thank you notes, I agree with waiting till things actually come in to confirm addresses and so forth.  Although I recommend that if you get a gift before the wedding, write the thank you note right away both to be prompt with the note and to save yourself the effort after the wedding.
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« Reply #6 on: January 31, 2008 07:19:36 AM »

good ideas, thanks guys!  i think i'll round up the materials for pom poms within a week or so, and gather information on making bouquets... Cheesy
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« Reply #7 on: January 31, 2008 09:49:00 AM »

If you have the time to get the tissue on-line, there is an excellent seller on eBay that offers alot of colours, and you get alot to work with. I bought mine from various dollar stores, and didn't even think of this at the time. Which was dumb, dumb, dumb of me, because I had ordered from the eBay seller for tissue to wrap my stuff at craft markets & shipping orders. ack. But, I had alot on my mind at the time, which I'm sure you do too!

So, if you've got a little lead time, definitely check that out, because I spent more than I had to on my tissue.
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« Reply #8 on: January 31, 2008 09:52:16 AM »

i do have lots of lead time - do you know the name of the seller you used?

i have scads of silver tissue from michaels' great martha stewart clearance of 2007, but i want to get some red and maybe white, too, so i'd love to get that at a good price, as well. 

thanks, MAR!
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« Reply #9 on: January 31, 2008 10:03:12 AM »

There was one eBay seller & one dealer that I used, because one had a colour the other didn't:

http://stores.ebay.com/PRICE-PACKING

and then the other was Nashville Wraps (which you will probably find 20 other things you can use for the wedding, and order all together for better shipping prices)

http://www.nashvillewraps.com/ShowType.ww?Class=016

As always, watch out for some of those tissue vendors on eBay. There are a few that have GREAT prices and colours, but then charge you $50 for shipping! Ridiculous!

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« Reply #10 on: January 31, 2008 10:18:42 AM »

yay, thanks MAR!  i'm overwhelmed by the tissue options, now... do i want a roll?  what size do i want?  argh, decisions. 
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« Reply #11 on: January 31, 2008 10:30:55 AM »

I found that the standard size of tissue was the easiest to work with. I wish they made it in perfect squares, because it would save so much time! But, you could probably save even more money if you got a roll and cut them yourself, you can get through a ton of layers in just one cut! If you have some tissue laying around, make a practice pom, and see how you like it, then go from there with your ordering. Nothing worse than having 1000 useless pieces of tissue (or anything) laying around your house! ha ha.

Were you able to find the colours you were looking for? White should be easy enough, but sometimes red can be tricky.
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« Reply #12 on: January 31, 2008 10:35:22 AM »

the second link you gave me had red in packs of 48 pieces of tissue for $3.50...  which seemed like a pretty good price.  i'd probably order white from there, too, to save on shipping.
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« Reply #13 on: January 31, 2008 08:20:56 PM »

I still need to do mine too, but was worried about where to store them, I didn't even think about doing the whole thing except the fluffing!  great idea, maybe that'll be another weekend project!

I am lucky (or not) and live VERY close to the Mexico border, I got sheets of crepe paper in turquoise.  I made paper flowers out of it before and it's much sturdier than tissue paper. I'm anxious to see how the pom turn out.

I also have lots of other colors, I may have red, it was not dark enough for me to use.  You are welcome to it if you want it.  pm me if you're interested.
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« Reply #14 on: February 01, 2008 08:16:42 AM »

ooh!  yay!  i'm pm-ing right away, rhettsmommy Cheesy

thank youuu!
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« Reply #15 on: February 01, 2008 09:09:45 AM »

Paper Mart (papermart.com) - I got red tissue, 20x26 (I think that's standard size) for $14.44 for 250 sheets. Total with shipping was $27.63 because it was a small order. You could save more by It was a good, decently dark red, and I didn't trim it down to square with no problems- they still worked out round.
Also, the good part of putting them together but not fluffing them is that you can usually sucker someone ELSE into doing it on the day of! My niece & nephew, and all my new inlaws handled that.
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« Reply #16 on: February 01, 2008 09:14:55 AM »

oops- forgot to finish a line in there- you could save more by ordering more. I bought last August and haven't gone back, so I don't recall what else they had, besides tissue in every color of the rainbow. My wedding purchasing was sporadic & scattered!
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« Reply #17 on: February 01, 2008 09:50:39 AM »

i was thinking about making these as well to hang up in our tent but i've wavered back and forth about whether they will look out of place. they make me think of flowers and we're doing more of a fall theme.  but i guess if they are brown and orange and cream it should look ok. 

i haven't really looked into how to make them (i tore the instructions out of MS Wedding but haven't read it).  Do you get one pom-pom per sheet?

ETA: nevermind, i looked it up  Grin i'm very wedding-productive when i should be studying instead

rhettsmommy, i'd be interested to know how the crepe paper works for the pom-poms as well.
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« Reply #18 on: February 01, 2008 10:30:57 AM »

yes, me too.  I'l try to at least get one done to see how they turn out.  The flowers looked great, so hopefully the poms will too
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« Reply #19 on: February 21, 2008 06:59:19 PM »

Ruby Soho -  good to see someone else using Brown Ivory and Orange too. I am using daisied like you... gerbera daisies. I will try to post some pics of some of the items that I have done. I still have to finish printing my invites and assembling them.
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