It's about time I started a thread for my wedding! I've been engaged for a month and I have 79 days to go before the wedding. It's life in the fast lane!!
A little bit about us: We love reading, the outdoors, and the colour green. Shortly after our wedding, we're moving to Japan for a year!
Here is what I've done so far:
Invitations! Hand carved lino block (I carved it in class and got some awesome looks from my professors) inked and pressed at my university art room for free. I bought an old yellowed German book from the fiance's work (used book store) for $5 and paid 5 cents an invite to have the information printed onto cardstock. Bought 50 parchment envelopes at staples for another $10.
Total cost per invite: $0.30
What I would like to do is emulate the ribbon runners in this Martha Steward model:http://media-cache-ec4.pinimg.com/736x/07/bd/20/07bd201ef5a2f3630c2718ea088fc1bd.jpg
Today I found lots of cheap ribbons at the dollar store. I nearly leaped for joy when I saw that the two widest rolls of ribbon (green and ivory) were only $2 for 91 Meters! That's ridiculous!
Here's a test run of the table setting:
I bought some paper lanterns at the dollar store for $2 apiece. I found some for cheaper online, but once shipping costs are factored in it starts to get crazy. Also, these have build in LEDs that run on AAA batteries. http://media-cache-ec2.pinimg.com/736x/98/32/79/9832793f1ee1fd5716c374ba333fc4d5.jpg
The toughest part for me is deciding on centrepieces. I really liked this idea ^ that I found on pinterest, and I think it would look nice on our long, rectangular tables. The local thrift shop sells a variety of wine glasses for $0.50 apiece. However, the reception venue doesn't allow real candles! We could get some of those fake, battery operated candles... but I don't really relish that idea.
Finally, I had a cool idea the other day that I'd like to attempt. Since the lights in the hall are those long, neon, buzzing tubes of doom, I would ideally like to avoid using them at all and lighting instead with my decorations. So why don't I make lamps as centrepieces?! I could find some battery powered or solar power (no batteries, ma!) lamps, paint the stem with green spray paint, and make a unique lampshade for each one using ribbon, fabric or paper. I'm considering using these solar powered lamps to make them:
I found some fantastic online tutorials for wine glass lamps - the perfect mix of what I already wanted! I'll be making the lamps using translucent vellum paper in white and green, wine glasses, and battery operated candles (thankfully hidden behind the shades).
Here's the test run made with cardstock until I find vellum.
That's it for now. If you have any suggestions or ideas, please let me know!