I never would have thought the boy would agree to an Alice in Wonderland wedding.. but somehow I have been granted permission to do just that. "As long as I
get to be the Mad Hatter," he says.
We're still planning to wait a while to set a date. We want to get out of debt, and have some things in order first. But I can't be expected to let a craft project like that just sit and WAIT. I have to start planning NOW.
Not to mention he got me Photoshop for Christmas, and I have just been dying for an excuse to use it! I haven't had access to Photoshop since my last Graphic Design class... which was a very long time ago.
But I digress...
Here are some of the things I have been putting together while I re-teach myself how to use the blasted program. (I'd forgotten what an "Adobe-headache" feels like...
Invitation Back: This is my favorite part; it's mildly threatening! Do you think it's too much?
FYI: (To include driving directions and a map on the back)
I've been trying to write all the little poems for them, because that just seemed like the Alice-y thing to do. I'm not sure how I feel about the FYI one yet... But it's a place holder until real inspiration strikes. I haven't yet come up with ANYTHING good enough to use on the inside of the invitation yet... I'm totally stumped there.
I'm trying to avoid the "Disney" Alice as much as possible. I like her just fine, but I don't want a Disney wedding.
Here are some of the other ideas I've collected so far...
*Giant playing cards bent and staked into the ground for croquet! (Perhaps with stuffed animal hedgehogs and plastic lawn flamingos?)
*Mismatched Tea Cups at each place setting
*A close friend's mom is performing the ceremony for us, and will make an ghoulish Queen of Hearts.
*Top Hats for the Groomsmen
*My soon to be step-son is 6, and wants to be the White Rabbit.
*A ring pillow shaped like a giant pocket watch!
*Black and white checkerboard aisle runner! Perhaps giant chess pieces along the aisle too...
*Giant mushroom/flower wall decorations for reception!
*I want to duplicate the glass table with the key and the tiny door in the wall at the bottom of the rabbit hole. (This was always my favorite part of the Disney version.)
*White silk roses half dipped in red paint, dried to look all drippy...
*Tiny topiary centerpieces with white/red roses
The other thing I'm trying to avoid is blatant costumes. No bunny ears or face paint. I'm picturing clothes that sort of just HINT at costumes. I don't want to over-do it and come out looking like a high-school play. I can't seem to find too many pictures that match how I'm imagining it though.
I'm thinking tea-length dresses and sashes and hair bows, And top hats and bow ties...
Google seems to only turn up Alice-themed kid's parties. I can't seem to find very many Alice Weddings other than the Ashlee Simpson one, which irritated me a little, and isn't at anywhere near what I want to do. ANYTHING is possible when you can afford to pay somebody to do it all for you! It just wouldn't be any fun that way. I'm going for as much DIY as possible.
Any suggestions would be much appreciated! I never realized how complex planning this was going to be!
I just finished these this afternoon! I'm probably going to wrap them in ribbon still, but I was so excited I just had to show them off.
I was going to glue buttons to their centers, but I can't decide if I like them better the way they are.
So, this is the second draft of the invites. I like them better... I think. I would eat some second opinions!
The outside of the cards: To fold down the center... "hamburger style" (flipped so you can read RSVP on the back)
The inside of the cards:
Directions will be printed on the backs of the smaller ones.
I'm pretty pleased with them. Now if only we could agree on a date so I can start filling in some of those blanks!
So, I just finished this poem for the "Dress Code" section of the website. I am pretty proud of this one:
"Come in your finest!" the Duchess declares.
"Come in your top hats or with bows in your hair"
"Come in your sneakers," the Mad Hatter shouts.
"Come in your blue jeans, with your caps turned about."
"Come in your jammies," the Cheshire Cat smirks.
"Come in your slippers and over-sized shirts"
"Come how you're comfy!" the Queen shouts at last.
"We'll sit and have tea, then croquet in the grass,
Do I care how you're dressed, sir? Not in the least.
You can even come late (long as you're not the priest!)"
There are some lines that don't flow as well as I would like. Any suggested re-wording is welcome.