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« on: January 10, 2006 12:02:38 AM »

Here are a few of the Crafty ideas my husband and I incorporated into our proposal, engagement and wedding:

•   The LED Wand my husband used to propose
•   Pearl/Titanium engagement ring designed by my husband and a Titanium Jeweler/Machinist
•   Homeprinted Save-the-Date Magnets: Version 1, Version 2, Version 3
•   Bridal Sunglass Tiara: View 1 , View 2, View 3
•   Laser Printed Homemade Custom Bilingual Guest Book in a Scrapbook Binder
•   Edible Still Life Centerpieces (good for hungry flower girls)
•   Color Changing LED Cake Plate (my husband programmed and built this): View 1, View 2View 3
•   Favors blending Japanese-American and German cultures: Origami Chopstick Holder with German Ritter Sport Chocolate
•   Handmade Fine Silver Origami Crane Necklaces as attendants gifts (I made 8 of these with PMC clay.)

Fun ideas
•   Adding to the modern bubble tradition:  Non-spilling Bubble Fluid for the Flower Girls and a supplemental Bubble Machine
•   Jr. Bridesmaid in a tux (her idea from when she was a young child)
•   Wedding Leis from Hawaii: View 1, View 2, View 3

Economical Ideas
•   Flowers from Costco.com
•   My family also "fixed" the tilting wedding cake by decorating it with some of the leftover flowers and greenery. (See cake plate photos above)
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« Reply #1 on: January 10, 2006 12:15:09 AM »

You had an amazing wedding. So creative! Very beautiful and original.

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« Reply #2 on: January 10, 2006 12:19:22 AM »

Thanks Brookenic!  I sure never realized how tired we'd be by the time it was all over.

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« Reply #3 on: January 10, 2006 03:41:28 AM »

A more spectacular wedding I have never seen!

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« Reply #4 on: January 10, 2006 08:35:38 AM »

That's sweet of you to say FunkyHooker. Smiley

The crafty parts took awhile to plan, but I think it was some of the last minute fun additions that helped fill things out.  My mom had been wanting an excuse to buy a bubble machine for ages and another relative surprised us with the leis.  Since neither idea conflicted with something we already had going on, we were lucky to be able to include them. *whew*

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« Reply #5 on: January 10, 2006 08:46:39 AM »

Thanks Brookenic!  I sure never realized how tired we'd be by the time it was all over.

I didn't do nearly as much as you two did, and I was ready to elope three months before our wedding.  Our ceremony was literally under five minutes, and then it was all about the party--was I happy to hit the bar right away, being as though both ceremony and reception were held in the same ballroom!

Everything you two did was so neat... makes me want to go do it all over.  With more help.  And maybe just the party part.  Without the heavy dress and corset action.   Grin

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« Reply #6 on: January 10, 2006 10:27:30 AM »


Oh we were definitely ready to elope!
Don’t go thinking this was Martha-style without a hitch.

*  My husband was soooo hating that cake plate a couple days before the wedding.  He accidentally mis-wired the hot and ground and didn't realize until he had completely embedded the electronics in resin.  Luckily he's my Ubergeek so he was able to wire up an extra circuit to get the plate working.
*  I was scrambling around to write our 5 minute wedding vows two days before the wedding.
*  The fruit took much longer than we expected to buy, wash, dry and transport without bruising too much.
*  The first time I saw the cake, I thought it was a crooked cardboard mockup.  (I made the mistake of telling my family about this when I was ready to put on my gown.  My gown helpers suddenly disappeared to stare at the cake and I was left naked in the bathroom.)  Roll Eyes
*  And, we just about froze our guests to death in an outdoor summer ceremony as the SF fog rolled in. Shocked

Thank Goodness for the reception.
Everyone needs a good party after the chaos of planning a wedding. Smiley

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« Reply #7 on: January 14, 2006 01:26:15 PM »

What a fabulous alternative to the traditional sign-it guest book.What a keepsake that will be.

Did you come up with this clever idea on your own or were you inspired by something?

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« Reply #8 on: January 14, 2006 03:09:50 PM »

Hi Emog,

Thanks!  The guest book was one of our own ideas.

Here were some of the benefits:
  • We were afraid of having a guest book with too many blank pages at the end.
  • Printing the sheets ourselves allowed us to easily incorporate English and German.
  • We were able to include a dedicated line requesting everyone's current email addresses.  Wink
  • Keeping the sheets loose allowed several guests to sign the sheets at once.
  • A personalized header & footer on each sheet listed our names, the location of the wedding, and the date of the wedding.  (A handy extra for our marriage visa immigration interview.)
  • We don't like lined journals as guest books.  (For us non-literary folk, those journals are intimidating.)

Nevertheless to encourage people to write personal messages, we thought a little guidance could help start them off.  Each sheet had room for three different idea starters:
  • "Advice for Monica / Advice for Erich";
  • "Compete this Picture";   <========   Friendly for Kids & Adults
  • "Once upon a time..."

And of course, in the future I can always expand our guest book/scrapbook to include our wedding photos and other wedding keepsakes.

One thing I wish we had done.... would have been to take blank, guest book sheets with us to the various pre and post-wedding BBQ's and DimSum Brunches.  We found that there were always a few family members "too busy" helping to sign the book.

           --  OvaGirl


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« Reply #9 on: February 07, 2006 09:20:44 AM »

Oh my gosh! This is all so amazing and I am truly jealous of all of you and your husband's talent. The ideas are wonderful and I love the pictures.

My boyfriend is a lighting designer and everywhere we go he points out lighting to me. I'm emailing him the link right now because he's going to be in awe.

I also love how modern and chic everything looked, and yet seemed very comfortable.

Those crane necklaces are gorgeous, btw.

How very lucky you and your husband are!

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