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elliot_anne
« on: April 02, 2011 07:52:00 PM »

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So two weeks ago, my boyfriend proposed! (Well, three weeks ago, but he wanted me to be able to help pick out my ring, so two weeks ago is when we made it official).

We don't have a whole ton of money to spend on a wedding, and we aren't sure how much our parents are going to be helping (or how much we really want them to... >.>). I already knew I really wanted to craft a lot of my wedding, and I had been stalking this board for about 6 months or so anyway.

SO YAY! Now I can start talking about, planning, and crafting for our wedding

Our ideas:

We want to have an Alice in Wonderland-inspired garden/tea party wedding. We decided on summer of next year, and the colors: pale, springlike colors. We want it to be outside, with the ceremony and reception at the same place so we save on the site fees. His grandparents have agreed to let us have the wedding and reception in their backyard! They have this gigantic, gorgeous avocado tree in the back, and plenty of grass area to have tables and chairs, a patio for dancing, plus a swimming pool! We decided on a middle of the day wedding with a dry reception, and lots of DIY! Oh, and cupcakes instead of a cake!

Stuff we plan on doing: (Budget: $5,000 and no, that's not a typo)

-Engagement announcements: I'm making them all my self

These are the different patterns I used for the envelopes. I really don't like the dark teal one, but they were the first ones I made, and I don't want to go BACK to Michael's to get more paper...

The back side of the envelopes.

The front side of the cards.

The back side of the cards.
I love that they look like little tea bags

-Invitations: My mom's first question after I told her we were engaged was, "Are you making your own invitations?" Yes, yes I will. I stumbled across this blog http://www.brendasweddingblog.com/blogs/2010/6/23/an-elegantly-whimsical-alice-in-wonderland-themed-photo-shoo.html which has a cute idea for an invitation, as well as a lot of other stuff I just LOVE.

-Signs: something like this http://www.etsy.com/transaction/42138036

-Bouquet? (thinking about making a button or vintage pin bouquet like this: http://www.etsy.com/listing/45314046/alice-in-wonderland-wedding-button or http://www.etsy.com/listing/47490239/letters4lilly-wedding-brooch-bouquet) I have thought about a traditional flower bouquet... I just haven't decided yet!

-Headpiece: I would LOVE something like this http://www.stylehive.com/tag/fascinator but with a mini top hat http://www.truecorset.com/USA/acatalog/Dot_Mini_Top_Hat_With_Net_Veil.html

-Jewelry: my mom designs jewelry, and she is going to make mine, and the bridemaid's

-Ring bearer's pillow: I'm looking to make something like this http://etsywedding.blogspot.com/2008/02/easteryu-moss-ring-bearer.html

-Flower girl basket: I want to make this... http://weddings.theknot.com/Real-Weddings/69497/detailview.aspx?type=3&specific+detail=orchids&id=69497

-Guestbook: We've had a couple ideas for a guestbook. This one we both really like http://www.lovelyandgracious.com/2010/06/unique-guestbook-alternatives.html and I just stumbled on this one http://www.bridalbuds.com/2010/02/message-in-a-time-capsule/ man I love all the pretty bottles... I found a guy who will rent us a typewriter for a guestbook for $25 a day, which sounds PERFECT. The fiance loves the idea, and I think people will have a LOT of fun with it!

-Reception decorations: For the life of me, I can not find the picture where I got the inspiration... I thought it was on craftster, but no matter how long I search, I just can't find it... Anyway, it was an old door that they hung flat from the ceiling, and then hung different clear bottles from it with flowers in them. So I got an old shutter for free from a friend, spray painted it black, and I've been saving bottles for the past couple weeks. Here it is outside, pre-hanging.

Once I get it all hanging with the bottles and everything, I'll post more pictures.
Other decoration ideas include poofs: http://www.elsiemarley.com/a-rainbow-birthday-party-part-one.html I love how colorful they are

-Food: We want to have a sandwich bar and a candy bar, basically more of a stand-up and mingle type of reception than a sit-down formal affair... Scones, fruit/veggie tray, cheese/crackers, things like that

-Cupcakes: I love these stands made by cheerupem0kidx0x!! http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=384622.0

-Toppers: Bride and groom rubber ducks from my collection (I have WAY too many rubber ducks...)

-Centerpieces: Teapots! Lovely mis-matched teapots. Either with flowers coming out, or with a clear beta vase with flowers, and just teapots filled with tea around the beta vase (possibly even with a goldfish or beta in the vase ) Pictures of the tea pots and cups I have so far.



-Favors: Tea cup candles! Here are some from our test batch. They were supposed to be red Sad

After they were very decidedly pink, we figured white candles would be easier... Also, they will be scented either vanilla (my favorite), or jasmine (his favorite). Our newest idea for favors still involves the teacups, but using them as mini flower pots instead! That way people can just replant the flowers at home, and still use the teacup!The fiance actually really likes the idea of using herbs instead of flowers, which is kind of cool because they smell so good!

-Thank you cards: No ideas yet, really. Figure I have plenty of time to figure it out. But I do have a cute stamp that says "thanks a latte" that came with the tea/coffee themed stamps I bought (I used like 6 of them on our engagement announcements, if you didn't notice), so I might use that.

-Rice/petals: BUBBLES! I WANT BUBBLES! I'll tie on a little note about when to blow them with a pretty little ribbon

I have a feeling there is more, but I can't think at the moment. I'll also post pictures as I finish things

C&C welcome!

-Elliot_Anne
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« Reply #1 on: April 02, 2011 08:16:17 PM »

Sounds wonderful - I like all your ideas - I love love love cupcakes - so perfect for a tea party!  You are very clever to have this theme for your wedding - good luck with all your preparations. Smiley
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« Reply #2 on: April 02, 2011 08:20:09 PM »

Congrats! All the stuff you're inspired by is really cool! I can't wait to see it finished  Kiss Have you thought about a dress?
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« Reply #3 on: April 02, 2011 08:24:14 PM »

Anne, congrats!!! What a lovely idea! One thing... Get your paper from Hobby Lobby if you can. Their loose paper is $.29cents per sheet for 8.5x11, and 69.
for 12x12.
OR, you can go on ETSY and purchase a pack of digital files to print your own paper for $2.00 Just beware of your ink costs!
Have fun, and I look forward to seeing more of your decorations.
Oh, you can buy the little bubble packs at Dollar Tree, 9 for 1.00
PLEASE use bird seed instead of rice! Rice is BAD for the birds. You can make cute little favors with the bird seed.
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« Reply #4 on: April 02, 2011 09:00:42 PM »

I think bubbles are PERFECT and your engagement announcements are darling!

PLEASE use bird seed instead of rice! Rice is BAD for the birds. You can make cute little favors with the bird seed.

Actually, rice won't hurt the birdies at all.

But a lot of facilities still prohibit rice throwing because it's a pain to clean-up.

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« Reply #5 on: April 02, 2011 11:44:26 PM »

Heh, if you never said anything, I wouldn't have known that they weren't affected. I guess it's just a common myth that floats around.
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« Reply #6 on: April 05, 2011 01:12:31 AM »

Well, as for the birds... It's been said that the rice expands with moisture in their bellies. Whether or not it's true, I think I'd rather just give them the birdseed!
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« Reply #7 on: April 18, 2011 06:53:23 PM »

Thank you everyone for the nice comments!

I have thought about a dress! I actually drew some sketches when I was bored and sitting on an airplane, and then when I got home, I started searching for something like it online. I found the PERFECT dress, just like I had drawn, on etsy! http://www.etsy.com/listing/40621651/silver-bell Tea-length, off the shoulder, corset top, petticoat showing out the bottom... too bad it's $4500... Sad

I don't want to do rice or petals or birdseed (messy, and we don't want birds pooping all over the place). I love the idea of doing bubbles. Bubbles always make people happy, and I know they'll keep my little cousins (and other small children) literally entertained for hours! Plus, they look really cool in photos!
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« Reply #8 on: April 21, 2011 10:54:37 PM »

Congratulations!!! This is so wonderful!!! All your ideas are fantastic, and I think the bubbles are great, one of my Aunts did bubbles at her wedding and it worked beautifully Smiley I love tea parties and if I ever get married it's what I hope to do too Smiley
I love the dress! I'd only say that if you're short be careful with tea length, I am really short and always think tea length dresses make me look more so, I'd go just above the knee Smiley
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« Reply #9 on: April 25, 2011 02:13:26 PM »

to funny! I stumbled upon this about 2 weeks after Hubby to be and I decided we wanted an alice wedding! but it'd been written about the same day that we'd made the choice!

I'm making paper roses for my bouquets, and for in among the center pieces, only have 2 tea pots so far, but 33 cups lol (i've got a bunch more from a family friend, but she won't have them dug out of the basement for a week or two and isn't sure what she has in her old collection) I LOVE the candle idea! WELL over 1/2 the adults coming, are candle collectors so that would be the perfect favor for our wedding (I had originally been thinking just the cup with a few teas in each one)
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