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« on: June 23, 2010 08:51:22 AM »



Oh my goodness it finally happened! Now what am I going to fret over?
I have been posting all over the place on this topic but I thought I would put it all together.

We just closed on out first home at the end of February so we didnt have a lot of money to throw at a wedding. All in all we came in at just over $1500 for everything. Cheap right? But what we didnt pay in money we (I) paid in time.

The day went off pretty well.
One of my bridesmaids did a mimosa bar as her wedding present and it went off great. People loved it. I wish I had a picture of it done but this is her setting it up.


And Erick did the flowers (he needed a one credit class to graduate so he took flower arrainging. It was before me so Im pretty sure he did it to meet girls). This is him making the boutonnieres.


The centerpieces were very simple floating candles and pretty pink and purple flowers floating. I used a piece of scrapbook cardstock to give the tables a little more color.


Neither Erick or I are big into cake. But one of the girls I dance with was starting a cake decoratingventure, and offered to make us a cake. She is a single mom so we kicked her $50 bucks and 10 hours of babysitting (Erick teaches elementary school) for all the effort. She did the design. The feng shui double fish represents prosperity and fidelity.
Half was a ginger cake with leamon icing and the other half was red velvet. It was pretty tasty!


Erick has always been into Tibetan culture so we made prayer flags. I found  8.5x11 sheets of fabric you can print on. And we used about a yard of each of the colored fabric. I think 120 favors cost us about $60. The wording says Love is in the air, breathe. And our names and the date. The picture is our shadows over when they broke ground on the house. The reception was at the house so it was fitting.


As a guest book I found a 1949 Remington Rand typewriter for cheap on ebay. People hat a lot of fun and the things they wrote are hilarious. Oh and I took a bunch of picks from The Graphics Fairy for all the signs.

  Oh and the table cloths I found at target for $12.99.

Another of my bridesmaids made our card box out of an old train case. It fit perfectly.


One of my favorite projects was the DIY photo booth. A friend of mine tried to take a bunch of picture frames to Goodwill and they were going to throw them away. I snagged a fancy one and gave it a good coat of paint and some gold and bronze touches to age it. We hung it from the ceiling with some fabric draped in back and ta da. One photo booth. Cost $0. oops I lied Erick, had to get molly bolts cuz the screws kept pulling out of the drywall $3.99.


I tied a simple digital camera to a table we had and people use it to take the pictures.


my mom and dad


we hand made the fan programs and tied them to bubbles. Again thank you Graphics Fairy.

We splurged of the flowers. And by splurge, we spent $250. We had a nursery make pretty live pots. I wish we had a better picture of them. But trust me they still look great and are now in our front yard.


Im not going to post too much on the dress because, yes, I made it out of a bed sheet and I want to enter it in this months contest. But here are pics of my dad walking me down the isle.




Instead of bouquets we had calla lilies. They came $14.99 for a bunch of five and I had five bridesmaids so we each gave them one and I got a bunch of five.


I made the ring pillow out of an old book.

not the rings


This is the flower headband I made and the shoes (also sheet fabric) I used vintage costume jewelry for the centers.


I took the pleated ruffle off cuz I thought it looked like a creepy baby head garter.



Thats it for the wedding craftiness. Thank you for enduring all my wedding related posts and giving such helpful feedback to all my questions.




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« Reply #1 on: June 23, 2010 09:34:16 AM »

WOW!  So many fabulous ideas!

I can't wait to see your wedding dress entry!
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« Reply #2 on: June 23, 2010 09:44:37 AM »

CONGRATULATIONS ON THE BIG DAY!!! You made a beautiful bride.
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« Reply #3 on: June 23, 2010 10:02:23 AM »

BEAUTIFUL! I love weddings done with minimal financial investement ... I think it sparks more creativity and personality. Everything is gorgeous!
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« Reply #4 on: June 23, 2010 10:06:35 AM »

I've been so looking forward to seeing your wedding! Everything is just beautiful!
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« Reply #5 on: June 23, 2010 01:25:00 PM »

WOW those are some of the best ideas I have seen on here to date. Smiley What a beautiful wedding.
I LOVE LOVE LOVE the photo booth !!

Just might have to nic that idea for fund raisers Smiley

Great Job
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« Reply #6 on: June 23, 2010 01:38:48 PM »

You are extremely creative!
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« Reply #7 on: June 23, 2010 04:19:35 PM »

Amazing!! Ive been looking forward to your wedding pics!! Your parents look like they had a blast too!! you looked beautiful and its wonderful how many talented people all chipped in for your wedding!! (I cant  believe Erick knows flower arranging!!  Cheesy)
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« Reply #8 on: June 23, 2010 05:02:07 PM »

I like the fans you made.  Can you explain how to make?  I need for a Christmas favor.  I could make out of old Christmas cards. 
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« Reply #9 on: June 23, 2010 08:40:13 PM »

Oh so beautiful!!!  You did such a lovely job!!!!  I love it!!!   Did you guys do food?  I'm trying to stick to a tight budget, but food seems to really carry a wallop!
Congratulations on the beginning of your life journey with each other!
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« Reply #10 on: June 24, 2010 07:59:40 AM »

I like the fans you made.  Can you explain how to make?  I need for a Christmas favor.  I could make out of old Christmas cards. 

For the fans I used this free template http://www.intimateweddings.com/blog/free-wedding-templates-diy-wedding-programs/ It's super easy but time consuming. I suggest enlisting help

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« Reply #11 on: June 24, 2010 08:03:52 AM »

Oh so beautiful!!!  You did such a lovely job!!!!  I love it!!!   Did you guys do food?  I'm trying to stick to a tight budget, but food seems to really carry a wallop!
Congratulations on the beginning of your life journey with each other!

My sister offered to cook, but we paid for the food. It came to $350. We had Frito Pies and Posole (if you have never been to New Mexico this will mean nothing to you). There are a bunch of good sites about cooking for a large group on a budget. The trick is not to offer ten different options. People know you are just starting out, they aren't expecting to be impressed with caviar.
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« Reply #12 on: June 24, 2010 02:52:20 PM »

you've GOT to be kidding!!  That lovely dress was a bedsheet?Huh  HOw awesome are you???

A lovely wedding...MAZEL TOV!  Many happy years together.  Smiley
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« Reply #13 on: June 24, 2010 07:35:53 PM »

Sounds Tasty!  I need to get my butt out to New Mexico by the sounds of it! Wink  I think it's too late to ask my mom for a sister though! LOL!  You sound blessed to have yours!  I'm leaning towards asking some ladies at the church to help serve pasta... a build your own pasta dish sort of thing... with Tomato sauce, or Alfredo, or Blush to choose from, and a few toppings like meatballs, or grilled chicken.  It's encouraging to hear I'm not the only one not catering....
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« Reply #14 on: June 25, 2010 01:45:49 PM »

Beautiful and very creative.
Did you get married in a hogan?
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« Reply #15 on: June 25, 2010 02:02:48 PM »

Beautiful and very creative.
Did you get married in a hogan?
ha ha. Yes I did. I work at a college called The Institute of American Indian Arts. Thy were amazing, letting us use the Hogan for a sweet price and they threw in the chairs so we didn't have to rent any.
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« Reply #16 on: June 25, 2010 05:52:50 PM »

Everything looks spectacular (can't wait to see more of that dress!) but I adore the 'photo booth' and typewriter guest book ideas. Fantastic Smiley
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« Reply #17 on: June 25, 2010 07:07:52 PM »

Absolutely amazing!

I love the idea of the sheet and shoes! The antique jewellry finds look so good on the rough edged fabric!

I must say, that is one fantastic looking bed sheet! I guess you can say your hubby got you under the sheets before the wedding! lol

I hope you don't mind, anyone I hear of that is getting married I am going to tell them about your photo booth, I think that is the most creative idea I have ever seen!

All the best!
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« Reply #18 on: June 26, 2010 07:30:29 AM »

All wonderful...the photo booth, dress and potted flowers/plants...brilliant. Congrats to you two on the new house and the marriage.
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« Reply #19 on: June 26, 2010 02:20:30 PM »

YOU MADE YOUR DRESS OUT OF BED SHEETS!!!!! I can't wait to see your post.... that pic you put up is such a tease!

everything you did looks so lovely and i think you made a good call on splurging on the house and going crafty and frugal on the wedding, because they both look amazing!

congrats!
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So many beautiful ideas...really lovely.
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« Reply #21 on: June 28, 2010 12:00:00 PM »

Great Job! I'm all for DIY weddings! I feel too many people nowadays just buy everything and pay everyone to do everything for them for weddings, which to me, takes away from the character and uniqueness of a wedding.

I absolutely LOVE the photo-booth idea!  Grin
Its so neat and has lots of character. I love the vintage-y look of the frame.
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« Reply #22 on: July 01, 2010 09:07:46 PM »

WOW!!!

I am so unbelievably inspired!

My partner and I have been engaged for what seems to be FOREEEVER but in no hurry to marry.  WE have not decided on the Who/What/Where/When aspect.  However, I do know that I want to do as much of this ceremony myself as possible.

I absolutely adore the ring book, totally may use that one!!! 
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« Reply #23 on: July 03, 2010 10:08:15 PM »

Wow! Saw your awesome wedding dress which lead me to your wedding post.
You had so many fantastic ideas! I am in love with your typewriter for the guest book and the photo booth! OMG! I am absolutely borrowing those ideas should *that* day come. And loved the ring book and actual plants for flowers. Ok, I loved it all.
Nice work!!
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« Reply #24 on: July 10, 2010 03:13:37 PM »

Beautiful! I love everything you did. Especially the photo booth. And the guestbook. And the dress... well, everything!
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« Reply #25 on: July 12, 2010 01:42:47 PM »

I just love everything. Looks like you all had a wonderful day and had fun making everything for your wedding.
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« Reply #26 on: December 27, 2012 10:54:45 AM »

I love the photo booth...much simpler then the one I was going to make..totally stealing this and I wish that I had any sewing skills at all i love your dress
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What a great wedding!! Lots of fun projects. Great job!

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