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Title: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: beans on April 09, 2006 08:18:05 AM
When we started the Wedding Swap, pibbgirl suggested a craftalong as well.
I figured, instead of themed months, we could do a list/pictures sort of craftalong.
First, post a list of all the things you need to craft, then, post pictures as you finish them.

Here's my list: (Our wedding is on July 29, 2006)

-Save the Date cards
-Hotel info/info about the city/informal invite to the BBQ the day after
-invitations and RSVP cards
-3 bead bouquets, 5 boutonnieres and 2 corsages
-jewelry for me and the bridesmaids
-tiara or headbandy thing for me
-2 Short n' Sweet lacy bolero things from the Happy Hooker
-some sort of lacy wrap for me
-my bridesmaids presents
We haven't decided what to do for our questbook yet, and our centrepieces are going to be easy board games like operation and Kerplunk, so we might decide to make platforms to display them on or something. The room we are in doesn't really need decorations, although I might get our parents to do pictures of us as kids and stuff, since they really want to be involved somehow.


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: caradee on April 09, 2006 03:20:51 PM
oooooooh can I play?? ;D
(wedding is soon! May 27th)

Crafty Things
Invites/RSVPS Screen Printed
Beaded Table numbers
My Veil/Cocktail Hat
Small Totes or lingerie bags for the Bridesmaids
CD Thank You for my shower hostesses (mailed, I couldn't get the pretty cover printed in time!)
"Guest Book" Wish Bowl Style cards
Hankies for mom, FMIL, FsMIL, and grans
something crafty for the groomsmen, but not sure what yet (a small crafty thing)
cute little drink flags
drink and dinner menus
programs
water bottle labels
favour tags

oh, I hope that's it, time is running out!!

I decided to add pictures of the stuff I've done,


that one is in prgress

veil/cocktail hat finished!

that is the page I printed for the CDs I made, it was really nice, on glossy cardstock!

that's the water bottle with a pineapple centerpiece in behind

not really crafting, but proud of my cheap centerpieces.  16 pineapples for less than 50$.

flower girls "purse", which was not on the OG list, because I was going to use a pommander, but after thikning about how fast she'd set it down, the purse won.  I think I should get bonus points for dyeing the fabric too.

crafting the program "fans" with family.  we opted for a single fan shape, printed both sides.  Information was our names, the date, the officiant's name, the bridal party names on the reverse was our only reading, Cohen's "Dance me to the end of love".

"ring pillow" tomato pin cushion from same velvet as flower girl's purse.  That's my mom handing it off to the best man.  She thought we may need to prove his posession of the item later.

the ugly craft, which deservingly got an ugly picture.  I'd given up on pretty crafts and felt the need for one, "WEDDING!!!" craft, the result, our cake card-box.



edited post wedding to show what I actually pulled off! note: the red parts were scrapped!


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: libby2595 on April 13, 2006 06:30:13 AM
greetings :)

i took a while to reply and/or participate because i was so excited and caught up in my very first swap. :D yippee!!!

OK, here's my contribution... mind you, i don't have a digital camera (registered for one, though) maybe I'll borrow my f-Bil's.

wedding date 10-7-06

save the date magnets
newsletter(s)
toss cones
carved pumpkins for decorations
pumpkin apiaries
escort card holders
invitations
aisle runner
tears of joy packets
programs
monogrammed tablecloth
paper leaf wreaths for pew/chair decorations for ceremony
floral crown for flower girls
"love signs" for long driveway to wedding venue
"letter wreath" for front door
"I DO" letters for cake table
"I DO" soaps for bathroom but i have to re-do them, the color bled, can't read the "i do" anymore
bathroom baskets
photo cube for gift cards

WOW!!! now that i look at that list, i realize why I'm going crazy. the worst part is that i might end up ADDING to this list.

as soon as i get my hands on a camera, I'll start to post pictures of all this STUFF

congrats on all the up and coming wedding, and i look forward to how this craft-a-long will evolve :)


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: cawfeehowse on April 13, 2006 01:14:15 PM
Wedding Date:  November 18th, 2006

Craft Projects:

Be my Bridesmaids/Usherettes/Jr. Bridesmaid cards
Bridal party packets and Bridesmaid newsletter
Flower girl basket  See: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=89044.50
Save the date cards
Invitations  - Thanks to some friends of our we finally finished them at 1:30 A.M. 9/15!
Rehearsal Dinner Invitations   -just need to be printed
Guest book (it's a wishing bowl!)
Flower pens for the guestbook
Favor bar - lots of candy &  donating money to the animal shelter where I got my canine soulmate Sadie
Cootie catchers    All 80 million have been folded. FINALLY
Menu/Table # Card   
Wedding Arbor
Tears of Joy packets  Done at my bachelorette party!
Programs   
Aisle runner
Aisle decorations (white planter boxes with Shepard hooks and candle lanterns line the aisle)
Unity candle – I'm buying the candle holder from the Knot but I'll be making the candles
Memorial Candles
Centerpieces   
Cake Table banner
Wreath for the door of the site
Bathroom basket
Embroidered Hankies for the moms, grandma and the bridesmaids
Bubbles     Also done at my bachelorette party
Card box      
Red Wings Garter - Fiance is a big Red Wings Fan. 
Proposal Display - My fiance is a total engineer and proposed via powerpoint slides and I want to show off his cute proposal.

** UPDATE:**  (Shouldn't I be crossing more things off this list rather than adding to it?)
Flower pearl sticks
Lollipop Rehearsal bouquets, corsages and boutonnieres
Rehearsal Dinner Centerpieces
Montage Graphics
Word Search and Crossword Puzzles
Menu Cards
Wedding Camera Scavenger Hunt cards and cameras
**End of 7/24 Update**

**UPDATE - 9/16**
Once again, I'm adding to the list:

Grooms Gift (A Groom's Wedding Day survival Kit.  See - https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=119891.0;topicseen)
Bridesmaids Survival Kit
Out of Town Hotel Bag (Little goodie bags for all the out of town people staying at hotels with travel brochures & snacks in them)
**End of 9/16 Update**
As for what I've made already:

Handkerchiefs - I started these


Centerpieces - Here is our mock ups  -- UPDATE 7/18:  Decided I didn't like these.  So I made some new ones: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=89044.50



Save the Date Cards


Rehearsal Dinner Invites


Wedding Arbor - Built by my mom!



Wedding Shoes  - see post https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=97873.msg925432#msg925432 (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=97873.msg925432#msg925432) here



There is still a lot to do and less than 5 months to go!  AUGH!  Will I ever finish?!?!?

9/16 - Almost two months to go!


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: stringy on April 13, 2006 10:26:58 PM
Ooh, I love the beaded number on the pineapple!

I'm in: this list is a bit vague, some things aren't fully decided yet.
Wedding is December 30th.

 - ETA: Save the Date cards (never got around to it)
 - invitations and programs (see p10 for pic of invitation)
 - place cards and table names (using names of authors with a quote from them about love)
 - beaded bouquets for me and the girls, boutineires for the guys
 - table centerpieces and hanging decorations for the ceiling
 - favours: probably homemade recycled paper with wildflower seeds in it, so guests can plant them
 - knitted gifts for bridesmaids
 - possibly little dresses for my neices (all under 5yrs)
 - possibly making my own veil
 - possibly making bridesmaids dresses as well!
(Had to give up on all the 'possibly' ones!)


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: kristiface on April 15, 2006 06:50:28 PM
Website
Designed monogram
Save the Dates
Will you be my bridesmaid cards
Invitations (designed, printed/stuffed/mailed)
Pomanders for ceremony decoration (started)
Thank you cards
Programs (designed, finalized, printed)
Cards for wishbowl
Place cards
Table numbers
Cake topper (not doing)
Fabric squares for centerpieces (half way there)
Bathroom baskets (probably not doing)
Ribbon wands or petal toss cones
"Thank you" signs for post-wedding thank you cards
Cardbox (started)
"Reserved" cards for family seats at the ceremony (started)
Monogram overlay for cake table or sweetheart table (not doing)
Make hankie with grandmother's wedding lace
Scrapbook for after the wedding with wishbowl notes
Design flushmount albums for parents and ourselves
Mini pomanders for aisle and reception decoration
OOT guest letters

That's all I can think of for now.  Here are pictures of some of the things I've made so far:


(Save the Date card, Fi and I designed it ourselves and had it printed by a company online)


And these are the cards I made for my bridesmaids.  They came out super cute; I made them in our "colors" and used an oak leaf stamp because we're getting married under oak trees. 

I deleted the picture of my RSVP card and posted it below with the rest of my invite.


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: beans on April 16, 2006 05:43:32 PM
Wow, awesome stuff everyone! I don't have much progress to report on my crafty stuff, I've just been gathering stuff on my shopping trip home. The real crafting should start next week when I get back to my town.


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: cawfeehowse on April 18, 2006 08:58:45 PM
I don't have too much stuff done yet either.  We're planning a crafty day in about when we get to claim all of the favors we did for our friends when they got married.  For example, one of our friends made us tie 350 little bows and believe you me, I have a coupla hundred bows for them to tie!  ;D


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: caradee on May 13, 2006 11:24:07 PM
I'm pulling this thread back up to pat myself on the back for getting more stuff done!
I finished the table numbers and the headpiece, plus I've got my favour tags designed, and ready to be printed at Staples.


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: kristiface on May 20, 2006 09:27:22 PM
Ugh, I just made a long post and now it's gone :(

Anyway, wanted to update with the crafts I've been working on!

I started on my pomanders for inside the gazebo and from the surrounding trees (cat shown for scale):



And we got the invitaitons finished and printed-- now I just have to address the last two envelopes and assemble stamp and mail the invites (ugh).  Here are the proofs (I haven't got pictures yet).





The paper "sash" that holds the whole packet together is simulated here-- it's actually made from a really pretty embossed, handmade paper I bought online. 

And here's my attempt at "calligraphy" using a pen/nib set and acrylic ink-- fun!:




Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: elalew on May 21, 2006 08:56:23 AM
Ugh, I just made a long post and now it's gone :(

Anyway, wanted to update with the crafts I've been working on!

I started on my pomanders for inside the gazebo and from the surrounding trees (cat shown for scale):


And we got the invitaitons finished and printed-- now I just have to address the last two envelopes and assemble stamp and mail the invites (ugh).  Here are the proofs (I haven't got pictures yet).


The paper "sash" that holds the whole packet together is simulated here-- it's actually made from a really pretty embossed, handmade paper I bought online. 




Kristiface...we have the same wedding date!! Its a great date isnt it? How do you make the pomanders? I would like something similar hanging where we will be dancing.

Thanks!!


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: kristiface on May 21, 2006 06:48:47 PM



Kristiface...we have the same wedding date!! Its a great date isnt it? How do you make the pomanders? I would like something similar hanging where we will be dancing.

Thanks!!
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It's such an awesome date!  The pomanders are EXTREMELY simple.  I bought about $100 worth of silk mums on sale, and that will make about 8 or 9 pomanders, I think, using 6" floral balls.  I clipped all of the blooms off of my silk flowers about 2-3 inches from the bloom.  I just pushed the stem into the styrofoam; I think I will use hot glue to secure them as I go along just to be on the safe side.  Then, I'm going to tie clear twine around the balls and then hang them with a ribbon.  If you use the greenery to fill in spaces on the pomanders, you could probably make the flowers go a lot longer.  I'm just not having greenery in my bouquets, etc., so they would look out of place in my pomanders. 

How much do you have left to go for projects and planning?


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: elalew on May 22, 2006 10:26:45 AM



Kristiface...we have the same wedding date!! Its a great date isnt it? How do you make the pomanders? I would like something similar hanging where we will be dancing.

Thanks!!

It's such an awesome date!  The pomanders are EXTREMELY simple.  I bought about $100 worth of silk mums on sale, and that will make about 8 or 9 pomanders, I think, using 6" floral balls.  I clipped all of the blooms off of my silk flowers about 2-3 inches from the bloom.  I just pushed the stem into the styrofoam; I think I will use hot glue to secure them as I go along just to be on the safe side.  Then, I'm going to tie clear twine around the balls and then hang them with a ribbon.  If you use the greenery to fill in spaces on the pomanders, you could probably make the flowers go a lot longer.  I'm just not having greenery in my bouquets, etc., so they would look out of place in my pomanders. 

How much do you have left to go for projects and planning?
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Well we are having a small wedding in our garden, so its mainly getting that in order and flowers planted or in planters. My entire porch will be turned into a morocan looking ceiling/walls ( I have a covered patio/porch) and that is where we can have dancing. It will be in the evening so its going to be a Chamgpane/Dessert buffet. I just ordered the paper for invites ( thanks to help from your links) and it should be here at the end of the week. I only have about 18 invites to make, so it shouldnt be too time consuming. Then I am going to make programs into fans since its going to be outside in Aug,  kind of killing 2 birds with one stone so to speak. Then its a matter of decorating inside and ordering the food and such. My sister loves to bake so she is doing some of the finger desserts. Everything else we have designed, just needs to be printed and put together, which I think will be the most fun. Most of the guests are from out of town, so the bridal shower is going to be on the thursday before the wedding while my fiancee and his men go get their tuxes and go to Dave and Busters for lunch. Other than that, we have the girls dresses, my dress, flower girl dress, I still need to buy the ring bearers suit which I found on ebay for $40 new ( can you believe it) rather than renting for $150. Just a few DIY projects left that, as the items come in the mail, I can do. I ordered just about everything online, so as it comes, I make it or get it ready. Its been such a blast and because we are having it at home, we were able to use some of the money to redecorate the livingroom with new furniture and accessories.

How is yours going?


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: kristiface on May 25, 2006 06:57:05 PM
We have an early RSVP date for our venue's head count.  So I have to get our invites out by the second week of June and no later, which means that I need to get my MOH over to my house and start assembling (they're all addressed, but I need to get a return address stamp for the back flap).  I have a TON of really small, short, easy projects to undertake in the next month, then meet withou my vendors.  But we have just closed on our house in the last week so we'll be busy working on that in our spare time-- I have no idea how I'm going to fit this all in... and then dress fittings, vendor meetings, etc. to finalize plans.  My wedding is a bit bigger than yours (~125 people will come, with about 207 invited)... though I think I would have been happier with something smaller.  Anyway, that's where I am right now with the planning. 



Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: ermellina on May 25, 2006 07:53:37 PM
Our big day is November 11 2006

The list of crafts thus far:
Save the date
Tiara
Veil

Ring boy and sampler pillow

knit purse for matron of honor
wreath for door
place cards
table cards
programs
our engagement album
favors
thank you cards

My betrothed gets all the credit for the save the dates. Go to my blog and click on January 2006


my veil and tiara and ring boy pillows are under February 2006
The sampler was made for me by a coworker. I sewed it up into a pillow and made another using leftover fabric from my dining room valances....good thing it's has our wedding colors in it  ;D

I had posted the pictures, but the links seem to break too easily.


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: cawfeehowse on June 01, 2006 12:41:30 PM
Anyone get anything has any updates on their wedding crafts progress?

Erin


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: kristiface on June 01, 2006 08:30:58 PM
I updated a few days ago-- but as of tonight, I have ALL of my invitations (minus 2) assembled, stuffed and ready to go into the mail as soon as I erase my pencil lines off the front of the envelopes (easy peasy).  Eek!  Invitations go out next week!


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: kristiface on June 06, 2006 09:13:06 PM
Okay... more progress.  Invitations were mailed out yesterday-- I've already received a phone call from a friend saying she LOVED them :)  Yay! 

I just finished my reserved seating cards for the first two rows at the wedding.  Hooray!  Next to-do is to finish the pomanders and make the card box.  Zipping right along ... 2 months and 1 week to go!



Sorry for the craptastic photos.  I did what I could ;) 


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: kristinp36 on June 09, 2006 10:05:50 AM
Here are some of my DIY items:

CAKE TOPPER


REHEARSAL DINNER INVITES


INVITES


HAIRPINS


CENTERPIECES


UPCLOSE OF CENTERPIECE


CD FAVORS




Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: hurricane_sc on June 09, 2006 10:43:21 AM
Those are the most gorgeous invitations I have ever seen!


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: brbbritt on June 09, 2006 10:52:03 AM
Hi.  I am new to this......I was hoping to find a cross stitch idea for our names and the wedding date if some one could help me.  Thank you!!


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: pms1882 on June 13, 2006 07:27:26 AM
Ok, I am getting married next june and am already starting to stress about alll the stuff I have to do..I am bound and determined to make my own cake, I really like baking and I think I could do it.  Has anyone made their own cake? Any suggestions? I also am going to make the invitations and save the date cards.  My fiance's mom is a crazy awesome gardener and she is going to grow all the flowers for the wedding, lots of gardenia and gerbra daisies!


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: Lindira on June 13, 2006 08:20:03 AM
pms1882 - I didn't make my own cake, but I think it would be a good idea to take a cake-making class at Joanns or someplace similar, especially if you want to make the traditional tiered cake. There's probably books on wedding cakes at your local library, so you should definitely check that out. (pun kinda intended. :D) Also, I made my own invitations, and really loved EnvelopeMall.com (http://www.envelopemall.com/). The prices were reasonable, they had a nice selection, I loved the Stardream paper and cardstock I got from there, and shipping was really quick. Even with shipping, I got more paper and spent less than what I would have gotten and spent at PaperSource.

kristinp36 - Everything you have so far looks awesome! I really like the cake topper. Nice job!


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: MayBelle on June 13, 2006 01:16:31 PM
kristinp36 - Your stuff looks great!!  How did you make the cake topper?

Thanks


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: FututreTrophyWife on June 13, 2006 08:29:34 PM
kristinp36 - Your stuff looks great!!  How did you make the cake topper?

Thanks

Yes...please DO tell!


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: Speakaboo on June 15, 2006 09:33:16 AM
This is my first post here, but it's an appropriate area considering that all of my crafty attention as of late is concentrated TOTALLY on our upcoming medieval/nature themed wedding.  I wish I had discovered this website earlier.  I love it!

Completed Crafts:

Invitations:




Banners:
Photos to come

Pouched stones for stone ceremony:
Photos to come

Medieval colouring books for kid's table:
Photos to come

To Do:

-Groom's outfit (in progress)
-Flower girl outfit
-Ring bearer outfit
-Fan Programs (in progress)
-Grown-up Favors - potted herbs
-Kid Favors - little medieval flags
-Guest Book - will be a "tree of life" tapestry.  Guests will sign leaves (currently doing hand-made batik fabric as we couldn't find greens light enough) and I will applique them on after the wedding.
-Handfasting cords - Our wedding colours are brown and green, and I discovered as a total fluke that our signs are brown and green respectivly, on a handfasting cord website.  So I'm going to make one cord for each of us, and sew on little charms and doo-dads onto each one to represent our interests and personalities.  The handfasting cord will remain tied, and I will sew it onto the Tree of Life tapestry after the wedding.


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: BKMGifts on June 15, 2006 09:48:50 AM
kristinp36 you're colors are great!! I love that cake topper!! Your invitations are beautiful!!

I've been married for 11 years and I wish I could have done all this great stuff back then!!  GRRR I may have to renew my vows at year 15 so I can craft my own wedding!!!!



Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: Ezri_B on June 15, 2006 10:22:16 AM
Speakaboo those are the most gorgeous invitations I think I have ever seen! I can't wait to see pics of the rest of your stuff!


And WELCOME!!


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: FututreTrophyWife on June 15, 2006 11:42:54 AM
Speakaboo...those are BEAUTIFUL! ;D


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: cawfeehowse on June 20, 2006 03:53:39 PM
Speakaboo I love your invitations!  They're awesome. 


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: low_budget_diva on June 20, 2006 04:47:11 PM
Kristinp: I love the CD favors idea; I might have to steal it! Can you describe how you did the envelope and the ribbon with the little logo thing attached? Thanks!


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: kristinp36 on June 21, 2006 02:55:57 PM
Kristinp: I love the CD favors idea; I might have to steal it! Can you describe how you did the envelope and the ribbon with the little logo thing attached? Thanks!

Thank you.  I got the cardboard Cd cases from blissweddingsmarket.com

I then whole punched the tags at the top and the bottom.  This is where the trial and error came in.  Once I figured it out it went pretty fast.  I threaded the ribbon front to back through one hole.  I then glued the tail of the ribbon to the back of the tag with a glue stick.  I did all of the tags and let them dry overnight.  Then I threaded the ribbon through the other hole, put it over the cd case, and pulled the end of the ribbon as tight as I could.  This was after I put some glue stick glue on the back of the tag again.  I then used some of those "pop-up" circles you use for scrapebooking on the back two corners of the tag opposite of the ribbon.  This keeps the tag corners from getting bent.

Sounds complicated but it was simple once I got going!


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: kristinp36 on June 21, 2006 02:59:41 PM
kristinp36 - Your stuff looks great!!  How did you make the cake topper?

Thanks

Thank you....

The topper is from weddingcuts.com.  Acrylic mirror 1/4" thick

then I bought various colors and sized of swarovski crystals and attached with craft glue.   It was fun to do.


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: BKMGifts on June 21, 2006 06:04:03 PM
That is a great topper... very unique and modern. I've decided, I'm getting remarried on my 15th anni. I want to design a wedding too!!



Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: Speakaboo on June 22, 2006 12:44:10 PM
I finished my banners last night.  Wuwu!  I did fourteen.  Seven are brown, and seven are navy blue (although they look kind of black in these photos).  I had planned on doing 7 more in a sage green, but when I realized how much time it was taking me, I nixxed that idea.



And a close-up:



I'm so glad to be done this project!


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: BKMGifts on June 23, 2006 01:10:38 PM
Those are GORGEOUS!


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: Speakaboo on July 02, 2006 08:01:14 PM
Another project down:  DIY chapel.  I'm not sure this one counts as a craft.  The craftiness will come in when we decorate it, I suppose. :)

My fiance sure was crafty with that chainsaw, though. ;)



Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: slb2724 on July 02, 2006 08:31:21 PM
Another project down:  DIY chapel.  I'm not sure this one counts as a craft.  The craftiness will come in when we decorate it, I suppose. :)

My fiance sure was crafty with that chainsaw, though. ;)



oh dang! thats sooo awesome!


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: anniewaits on July 03, 2006 11:14:47 AM
After months of lurking, I joined craftster today to join the fun!  Here's my craft list... pictures to come.

Wedding: 11/4/06

1. Save the Date Card (in progress, fiance finished the design today!)
2. Table Cards & "numbers" (we're Red Sox fans, so each table will be named after a player and each table "number" will look like a baseball card)
3. Ring Bearer's Pillow
4. Flower Girl Basket
5. Veil (started and messed it up, so I need to start over.  The plus side is, I have an excellent fishing net now!)
6. Photo board (at the entrance to the reception, we're having a big fabric-covered canvas up displaying photos of my fiance and I - together, in childhood, with our family and friends.)
7. Bell favors (our reception site does not allow confetti/rice/etc to be tossed unless we pay an extra cleaning charge.  So we're making bell favoris for guests to ring as we exit)
8. Candle votives (these are also in progress - taking simple glass votives, wrapping them in blue vellum that I am stamping with a design)
9. Website (done for the most part with some areas still in progress... www.karenanderik.com)

Man, I have a long way to go...   :D


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: Speakaboo on July 04, 2006 07:32:29 PM
We got a ton done this week.  Only a few more things to do, including the flower girl outfits (and wings), and the ring bearer's vests (we'll buy the shirts and slacks, I'm getting lazy).

Fan Programs:



Favour Tags - these have a description inside them outlining the medieval uses of herbs.  Some of them are pretty neat.  A few ward off demons...yay!  The tags will be attached to potted herbs, which I'm currently growing (the herbs, not the pots  :D )



Flags - these are the favours for the kids.  They're actually green, but they look black in the photo.



"Guest Book" - the sign describes what this is about, heh.  The fabric in the front is hand-dyed, and will be cut into little leaves that I will applique onto a wall hanging after the wedding.




Pouched Stones - we've encorporated a stone ceremony into the wedding. The guests will hold the stone, channel their good wishes into it, and then make a wish as they deposit it into a wooden bowl after the ceremony.  FFIL is currently making the bowl.  I sewed the little pouches, FI bagged the rocks!



FI's Jacket - this was a PAIN IN THE BUTT to make.  I think it took a total of 20 hours, give or take.  It's lined in brown satin.  That was the real pain.  That crap frayed like crazy!  I'm just happy I had help with it.  It would have ended up an unfinished project, otherwise.





Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: cilesmom on July 04, 2006 07:55:39 PM
Speakaboo all of your posts are truly awe-inspiring. I truly wish you the best.
Love the flags and the favours and the outfits and everything else. They are so cool.
I hope that if i get married again some day I can use your items to inspire me.
Love them.


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: anniewaits on July 05, 2006 08:36:02 AM
Speakaboo, your stuff is AMAZING!  great work - I hope your guests truly appreciate all of the work you have put into this, because your crafts are awe-inspiring.


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: littledoe on July 05, 2006 10:37:26 PM
Here are my DIY projects for our August 12 wedding.

The invites were simple.



My fiance built this arbor for us to be married under.



I've sewn my daughter's dresses as well as made their flower girl baskets.



Their earrings.



Small multicoloured pom poms to decorate fence.



There will be larger red and copper coloured ones for the tent, etc.

Hair picks for the girls.



- I've also sewn my Indian inspired outfit and dupatta.

- I've sewn vests for the boys.  My fiance gained weight and doesn't fit his anymore.

- I'm in the process of making favour tags to accompany the sugar cookies we'll bake and decorate.  The tags say "Christine and Blake.  August 12, 2006.  Two crafty souls joined to become an unstoppable Do It Yourself Team!"

- I am making the boys' ring pillows.

- I will be making keepsake necklaces for our kids.

- We also customed designed my wedding ring.





More photos will come as I complete more projects.


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: kristiface on July 06, 2006 05:53:06 AM
Yay!  That makes three crafty Aug. 12 brides!!!!  Exciting how close it's getting :)  I am hoping that after this afternoon (major crafting day today) I'll be able to post a few more photos.


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: kristiface on July 06, 2006 09:33:04 PM
Okay, one more project down, one gajillion to go! 

Ringearer's pillow sewn this evening-- and darned cute if I do say so myself!



Next up? Finish cutting and hem fabric squares for under the centerpieces, sew a hankie using grandmother's wedding lace.


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: littledoe on July 07, 2006 03:46:33 PM
Kristiface I love your pillow!


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: diosaperdida on July 07, 2006 04:00:58 PM
Oh my...

I need to:

make my veil
possibly add sleeves to my dress
make a guest book...I mean decorate one...not make the whole book.
maybe remake the necklace I'm wearing..I dont know that I am loving it all that much.
I am also going to cover a small tattoo that looks out of place with tattoo airbrush paint..I should start practicing so that I have it right by wedding day.

My wedding is July 28th.


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: littledoe on July 09, 2006 09:15:01 PM
One more thing crossed off my list.

I finished the ring boy pillows for my sons.  I matched the red satin to mine and the girls' dresses and the orange organza is the same as the girls' sashes.  They'll also have the same red ribbon roses in their hair.



I don't like sewing pillows!


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: noelle on July 09, 2006 09:19:55 PM
wow! for someone who doesn't like sewing pillows, you do it very well!!


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: kristiface on July 09, 2006 10:20:39 PM
Littledoe-- thanks... yours loolk great :)  I got the inspiration for the style from the pleating/pick ups on my wedding dress... which will make it's debut on the wedding pictures thread some time after Aug. 12 :)  Then the pleats/bunches on the pillow will allllllllllllll make sense :) 


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: drotarki on July 10, 2006 01:12:34 PM
I'm getting hitched May 27, 2007.  I don't have many craft plans yet but I want to join in!

My "Save the Date" Cards are in the process of being made, but they aren't fancy at all.  Just plain old ink-jet printer and cardstock with a cool retro image.


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: kristiface on July 10, 2006 09:10:28 PM
This isn't on my list of to-do's, but I did it anyway... and it was kind of fun!  Below, I decorated two cheap champagne flutes with crystals.  They're SUPPOSED to look like Ws... which I guess they mostly do! 



Now if I could just get around to the things that actually ARE on my to do list!


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: littledoe on July 12, 2006 10:03:53 PM
Finished 2 more projects tonight.

My wedding outfit and the ribbon wands.

There are crappy photos of me.  My step-son took them. 

I look much larger than I am in this photo.




Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: Senora Muertos on July 12, 2006 10:10:04 PM
Your dress is gorgeous (sp?)!  You did a great job and you don't look large at all!  The ribbon wands are nice too!


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: novastarlet on July 13, 2006 11:26:11 AM
Speakaboo - Wow!  :o I am totally blown away by all the work and planning that you have done. I really look forward to seeing the photos of your big day and how all the pieces came together! Good luck!


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: butterflybebe on July 16, 2006 08:08:25 PM
I finished my banners last night.  Wuwu!  I did fourteen.  Seven are brown, and seven are navy blue (although they look kind of black in these photos).  I had planned on doing 7 more in a sage green, but when I realized how much time it was taking me, I nixxed that idea.


And a close-up:


I'm so glad to be done this project!
I loved these I pm'd u


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: BKMGifts on July 17, 2006 05:09:28 PM
OOOOOOOOOOH Littledoe!! What a gorgeous wedding you're going to have!!


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: cawfeehowse on July 18, 2006 07:59:57 PM
I was pretty crafty today I think.  I updated my flower girl basket, made a sample centerpiece and made a fun activity for the cocktail hour.  Here's the pics:

Flower Girl Basket

The basket came with these sweet little flowers on it and leaves on the handle.  I got it around Easter at a craft store, but the flowers didn't exactly match my wedding colors and I wanted to incorporate them into it some how.  So what I did was wrap some ribbon around the handle (which will be nice for our FG to hold because there are little twigs that sorta stick out and would poke her) and also around the base of the handle.  I think it's just darling but let me know what you think!










Centerpieces

As I mentioned on a previous post, my florist is charging an astromoical amount of money for centerpieces (for the whole story go here: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=107739.0) and I really was not going to pay $500 for them.  I got to thinking about what I could do with the beta fish vases that I had already bought and with the help of some crafters and some of my own tweaking I came up with this. 


Our wedding is kind of a very elegant french garden theme (we're getting married under a white arbor, wine corks are being used, etc) so I think it kind of fits.

What I did was put double sided tape on the bottom of a skinny glass (literally from the kitchen cupboard) and centered it in the middle of the vase.  Then my mom (who works at a restaurant) has saved like a couple thousand wine corks for me and I took those and filled around the glass making sure to cover the glass as best as I could. 



Then, I took my silk roses and inserted them around the lip of the vase.


After that I went into the backyard and found some pretty sticks (we had a storm yesterday so there were tons on the ground) and cleaned them off a bit and brought them inside and stuck them in the glass (I think for the actual centerpieces we'll use curly willow branches from the craft store).  Then for some fun I took two of my pearl necklaces and draped them around the branches. 


I don't know why but I like the sophistication of the pearls with the rusticness of the branches (my fiance doesn't like the pearls - what do you think?).  I'm still debating about adding the thicker purple ribbon with the thinner pink ribbon around the neck of the vase or maybe using more wine corks.

**UPDATE**
I thought maybe putting it on a white tablecloth with the rosepetals and the votives around would give the more complete look for the centerpieces.


As you can see, I added the ribbons on this version.




Wedding Word Search
Our cocktail hour is going to be more like cocktail 2 hours so I wanted to make sure that our guests had plenty to keep them entertained.  My fiance and I love games and puzzles so in addition to the cootie catchers I made a wedding word search.  I fed 30 words about my fiance and I or weddings in general into this website (http://puzzlemaker.school.discovery.com/WordSearchSetupForm.html) and copy and pasted it into Microsoft Word.  With some fun formating I had a totally cute little word search.  I rolled it into a scroll and tied it with some extra ribbon and good to go!





That website even gives you the solution that I also formated and printed off so quests can see how they did!


** UPDATE to add more crafts **
Heart Wreaths
My fiance and I were at Hobby Lobby a couple of weeks ago and saw these two wreaths made out of sticks and formed into the shape of two joined hearts.  Since joined hearts is kind of like our wedding thing (it's on our toasting flutes and caker serving set) we decided to buy them and boy were we surprised to find out their price: $1.50 each!  So we got both and I've spent some time today putting some of my touches on them.  Check it out:


The plain wreath.


The wreath with ribbons.


Side by side


A close up of the ribbon.

That's all my crafty projects, what do you think?  I'd love to hear some feedback.

Erin


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: novastarlet on July 19, 2006 03:50:07 PM
Quote
My fiance and I love games and puzzles so in addition to the cootie catchers I made a wedding word search.

Cute stuff, cawfeehowse - - but what's a "cootie catcher" ??? :o


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: cawfeehowse on July 19, 2006 06:05:07 PM
Ooh!  Sorry!

This is the cootie catchers that I made:



and when its folded it'll looks like this:



It's like a fortune teller thing.  You spell out something and move the catcher... It's hard to explain.  Maybe the instructions will help:

Wedding Fortune Teller

How to Play:

Pick a Name or Date
Open and Close the fortune teller once for each letter
Pick a word on the inside flap and Count again
Pick one Last Time & Open that Flap
Read the “Fortune” & Fulfillnyour Destiny


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: kristiface on July 19, 2006 06:07:33 PM
You have some really cute stuff, cawfeehouse!  I really like your original floral centerpiece-- I think that the newer version has too many things going on, though.  What if you did half the tables with the bouquet with wine corks, and then the other half with the twirly twigs with wine corks in the container to carry that theme through?  I'd agree with your fiance about the pearls, though.  LOVE the flower basket-- super cute!


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: Banga on July 19, 2006 06:52:54 PM
I used to make those in grade school, but would never have thought of it as a wedding favor! What a creative idea! Kudos!


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: Dorkariffic on July 19, 2006 07:14:37 PM
Everyone's stuff looks so great! Speakaboo, can I steal about 75% of your ideas? ;D


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: alwznlace on July 20, 2006 01:15:51 PM
kristinp36


i love your wedding crafts.

please, please tell me how you made the cake toppers



to other people, please start showing people exactly how to do your crafts for the ones like me who are completely unoriginal
thanks


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: kristiface on July 21, 2006 11:03:07 PM
Alright, ladies-- I finally managed to get the hankie finished! 

The story: my grandmother and I were close until she passed away when I was 11.  Unfortunately, her wedding dress has deteriorated a great deal because it was never preserved so it can't be re-worn, or salvaged to use in the construction of my wedding dress.  So-- I decided to use a piece of her dress for my "something old".  My mother sent me a section of her lace that was in relatively good condition and I made a nosegay handkerchief from it.  The construction is not perfect (as you'll see) because I didn't have enough lace to make a proper border, but I managed to make it come together :)  I LOVE it!


Final product

The construction:

(close up of the lace)
I used two men's handkerchiefs to cut out two matching squares of fabric.  I used an iron to "hem" them.  I cut the lace in 4ths, and sandwiched the pieces between the two squares with one piece on each side:



Then I top stitched around the sides to finish it.

It may not have been the best construction, but I wanted to cut the lace as little as possible.  The middle square is admittedly small, but with two layers of hankie, I'm hoping it will be able to absorb a tear or two!


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: kristiface on July 25, 2006 08:21:43 PM
Yay!  The cardbox is finished (at last)!  It was sort of a disaster for a long time, because the spray adhesive I had used was cheap and didn't stick very well.  I managed to find some good ribbon to pretty it up a bit.  I still need to find a pretty bow to make it a little less... boring on top!



Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: diosaperdida on July 26, 2006 08:31:34 AM
I have almost finished my necklace! I am going to work on inserting fanny pads in my undies so I am not such a flat-assed bride.
And right now I'm thanking God for the ability to sew two straight lines..that was a life saver. I used a  retangular peice of dotted/lacey fabric that was going to be for a veil to make a shrug to cover my gianormous linebacker arms!
It looks fantastic!
As far as the veil goes..I just hate my head with a veil..I'm skipping it and wearing a rhinestone and pearl headband..purchased for the veil..but fine on its own.

The day is Friday.

Now if I can not come down with the stomach flu that my Mom ( who lives with me) has right now!

I already have a nasty summer cold.

Diabetes+ wedding stress= kids in daycare= sick bride  ( at least it does in my case)


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: littledoe on July 26, 2006 10:31:30 AM
A few more crafts for my August 12 wedding:

Wreath



Guest book



Simple anklets with indian bells for the girls and I.  Not my original plan due to not finding a large linked chain, but I'm okay with them.



I don't think I've posted these yet, but here are our favor tags.  We're having sugar cookies and pillow mints as favors.



Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: amerigirl05 on August 08, 2006 09:41:09 PM
Hey, my wedding is 10/07 too! But unlike you, in April I had no idea that I was getting married this fall :).

My list:
Programs
magnet favors and custom label tins
groom's survival box
welcome baskets for in-laws
centerpieces (mason jar candle holders)
bracelets for bridesmaids
etched shot glasses for groomsmen


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: kristinp36 on August 09, 2006 07:46:34 AM
kristinp36


i love your wedding crafts.

please, please tell me how you made the cake toppers



to other people, please start showing people exactly how to do your crafts for the ones like me who are completely unoriginal
thanks

They were really easy...all I did was add the crystals

Purchase letter in your choice of size, font, material (metal, silver mirrored or gold mirrored)

www.weddingcuts.com

I then bought various sized Swarovski Crystals in 3 colors (Siam, Lt siam, Clear)

The proceeded to glue them on one by one with a pair of tweezers and glue I purchased form the letter place.


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: sweets4ever on September 01, 2006 11:23:25 PM
Hey gals.  :)  We got engaged a week ago, Friday.  :)

I keep reading that we're supposed to "relax" and "enjoy being engaged" for at least a month, but who has time to do that when there is crafty thoughts stirring?!

None the less, we have everything to do at this point.

We are hoping to be wed a year to the date of the engagement, so Aug. 25, 2007.  We'd like our location here:

It's in a local 13-acre rose garden.  :)  Here are some pix I took there earlier this year (much to my surprise my boyfriend really meant it when he said, "This would be an awesome place for a wedding.").  Lots of pix, but they are in a slideshow, so it's not bad...watch slideshow (http://s95.photobucket.com/albums/l156/sweets4ever48/Whetstone/?action=view&slideshow=true&interval=2) 

We have a list of possible dresses and we are going to the wedding site Sunday (someone else is having a wedding there) to make sure the flowers are still lovely this time of year and the general layout.

We're going to make the save the dates, invitations, favors, centerpieces, guestbook, etc.  :D  Lots of fun... I'm so excited!!


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: TheBon on September 02, 2006 09:09:36 AM
I do agree with the relax and slow down and take a little time to enjoy it Sweets. That helps a LOT on the stress levels and the feeling that you have to do everything now. You don't. I promise.


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: sweets4ever on September 02, 2006 09:13:48 AM
Actually... we gotta book the place now, it reserves a year in advance.  Teehee!

:)

Plus, if I figure out stuff now... I won't procrastinate later.   :D


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: kristiface on September 02, 2006 07:14:07 PM
Actually, I highly recommend getting all the vendor stuff done ASAP-- within reason of course.  But the sooner you get it done, the sooner you can relax.  I had all of my vendors booked within 2-3 months.  It meant that I had the next 5-6 months to personalize my wedding-- and the week before I had very little to do except sit back and enjoy every minute of it. 


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: TheBon on September 02, 2006 09:20:38 PM
Granted I will have been engaged for a total of 1 year and 9 months when I get married, but most of the vendors I've contacted within the past few months are surprised I'm planning as early as I am. I was talking about this with my photographer today [she's a friend of the family] and she made a point that I thought I'd mention which is that the bride and groom should really take the time to enjoy being engaged and planning together. Of course how people enjoy that time will be different, but I definitely felt a lot better when I reminded myself that I didn't have to get everything planning in the first week. The timeline also changes based on where and when you're doing it. Outdoor venues get booked more heavily in June than they do in November for instance. ;) The most important thing is to enjoy it, however you can. Hopefully, you'll only do it once!


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: sweets4ever on September 02, 2006 10:35:49 PM
Thanks for the advice & comments, guys! :)

We are too goofy not to enjoy it.  :D  It'll be a fun year ahead, I have feeling!


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: kristiface on September 03, 2006 08:52:57 AM
I'm sure you guys will... it's a fun if often exhausting process.  I highly recommend bringing your Fiance along to as many vendor meetings as possible.  My husband (feels so weird saying that) attended the cake meetings, some of the venue meetings, the meetings with the DJ and the officiant, etc.  The only thing he skipped out on was some photographer meetings he couldn't come to and... of course.. the florist meetings.  It was a lot of fun!  But I think more than anything all the craft stuff we did together (or he picked on me for doing as I did them) were the most fun part of the wedding-- and I think really make the difference between a good wedding and a great one (which is why we all love craftster so much, right!?!??!). 


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: cmc_aust on September 22, 2006 01:56:41 AM
Congrats on your recent engagement, sweets4ever, it's an awesome feeling.

I'm getting married in 3 weeks and thought I'd share my latest crafts with everyone.  I did them from start to finish in about an hour, the longest part was waiting for the glue on the basket to dry (I recently bought a hot glue gun.  It's my new best friend)!  No, I didn't weave the basket, that would have taken me way longer than an hour!

Bridesmaid's earrings which I couldn't get a decent shot of:


Made from gold beading wire as the earring findings I bought wouldn't fit through the holes in the pearls.  White and blue fresh water pearls which I bought at St Andrews Market near Melbourne about a year ago when I was going to make something for a friend's wedding present, but changed my mind.  Sliver seed beads.  The dangly things on the ends are gold drop things, very cute.

And the flower girl basket which will actually have the cord for our handfasting in it.  Shhhh, it's a surprise that we're handfasting! ;)  The flowers are grey, but it's actually more blue in real light.


Sorry this one's so dark but I took it in the study as it's the best lighting in the house  ::)

I also made the bonbonnieres last weekend, but mum made the cords in our wedding colours (blue and gold); we're doing the five white almonds in a cellophane bag:


And my mum made our ring pillow!  She designed the embroidery pattern herself:


That's my ring on it for show.  Just gotta get them cleaned and engraved now . . . :D


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: eisor on October 29, 2006 08:02:23 PM
I'm new here! I wanted to join in the fun. I'm getting married August 11, 2007. Which means I have lots of time to work on things!

Here is a list of the things I want to do: (I'll probably be adding more!)
- Flower Girl Basket
- Hair Comb
- Centerpieces
- Wedding Invitations
- Programs
- Favors
- Picnic Invitations
- Rehearsal Dinner Invitations
- Decorate Arch
- Paint Aisle Runner
- Jewelry for sister and FSIL
- Guestbook
I'm sure I left things off, but that is what I can think of right now.

I have already made the jewelry for the Bridesmaids and the Flower Girl. I'm not allowed to post pictures yet. So here are the links...

Bridesmaids: (Used 8mm pearls.)


Flower Girl: (It is actually smaller than above. I used 6mm pearls for this one.)


We also completed our save-the-date. We made it in photoshop. It is a postcard that we had printed from an online vendor.


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: sweets4ever on October 29, 2006 08:02:52 PM
I'll post 'em for ya... :)


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: eisor on October 29, 2006 08:11:47 PM
I'll post 'em for ya... :)

Thanks!!


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: sarahpanda on October 30, 2006 05:45:54 AM
Eisor, I love your save the date, it's very whimsical and not all pastel-y. The necklaces are pretty too, pearls are so classy.


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: eisor on October 30, 2006 07:43:51 AM
sarahpanda, I have to say that I can't completely claim all the responsibility for the save the date. My sister and I worked on it together. :)


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: kwchick on October 30, 2006 09:29:26 PM
You ladies are so creative!!! I thought the ladies on the actauly wedding message boards on actual wedding websites were awesome, but MAN, you guys are so good! I'll post my stuff soon!

DIY List:
Invites - - - finished!!!!
Cupcake stand
Thank you cards (thinking about using the shaving cream technique for marbelizing paper)
Ceremony seating (thinking of doing the whole chainsaw thing like the other poster!)
Programs
Centrepieces
Guestbook or alternative
Seating chart
Place cards
New kissing game
Favours
hmmmm, think that's all I can think of for now . ..  all this in 8 months with a six month old baby!


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: jeweledmonkey on November 08, 2006 08:57:51 AM
Right now it's looking like I will be making the following:

- Save the dates (completed)
- Invitations
- Flower girls' baskets
- Flower girls' hair jewelry
- Ringbearers' pillows
- Guest book (I am covering one)
- Small decorations for the tables (I will wrap some almonds and other sweets to add color)
- My earrings
- And MAYBE my veil. I bought the material already just don't know if I want to wear one yet. I thought I didn't but my dress looks much more weddingny (I like to make up words!) with a veil. The dress is very modern.


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: kristiface on November 08, 2006 09:08:31 AM
I'm not crafting anything since I'm an old married woman now (3 mos!) (they were on the first pages of this thread), but I'm going to suggest that you wear the veil.  I thought it was a silly thing to spend money from our budget on and who wants to spend $60 to get their hair done and then cover it with a veil? 

But when I tried it on with my dress (also rather modern in design) I decided I had to wear it.  And  I did.  And I wore it the WHOLE night.  And I think it made the pictures just that much better-- it framed my face really well, so pictures that wouldn't have been flattering because of the angle actually were :) 


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: jeweledmonkey on November 08, 2006 09:15:28 AM
Thanks for the advice! I really just didn't think of myself as a "veil" kinda girl. But I will make it and see what happens.

Here is a picture of my only completed DIY so far, the save-the-dates:



Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: amerigirl05 on November 11, 2006 01:36:22 PM
Those are awesome! Are they just computer printed? Letterpress?


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: jeweledmonkey on November 12, 2006 11:32:18 AM
Thanks! I just made them in Photoshop and printed them on a laser printer.


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: la_petite_moi on December 03, 2006 01:39:20 PM
In less than a month, I have to make:

Invites
Headpiece
Earrings
Dress embellishments
Favours
VIP (Special guests) gifts
Drawing/vows to my fiance
Decourations
Some of the foods
Christmas music Mp3 CD


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: stringy on December 05, 2006 07:34:00 PM
Ok, so I haven't posted in here for ages, and my wedding plans have changed drastically since I was here last! But here's a picture of the invitation we made (click on it to go to my Flickr account - eventually there'll be more wedding pics there):

(http://www.flickr.com/photos/stringy/315367733/)

We ordered recycled paper from www.ecopaperco.com.au (who were very helpful, located in Queensland, Australia) and designed and printed them ourselves.

NB: recycled paper does not always accept printer ink very well over large areas of the paper - some of ours were a bit patchy. However, our design with the pink background fading out to the top seemed to make it easier, as the colour was varying anyway. We didn't have any problems with printing the text.

I've also started on making beaded bouquets, which are turning out well so far. No pics yet, but next time we work on them I'm hoping to make a tutorial with photos.


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: sweets4ever on December 06, 2006 06:07:11 AM
That's very lovely!

I can't wait to see your beaded bouquets, those are what we are planning as well.


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: summerlyn on January 02, 2007 04:52:20 PM
 My wedding date was supposed to be 30th september 2005 but our bundle of joy arrived (due on September 30th lol ) and i am still enjoying being a mum too much to worry about being a bride, I am slowly slowly doing things, and i am hoping for april or september, but will see what happens!
I'm getting so many ideas, i LOVE this site!!!



Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: march on January 05, 2007 08:45:09 AM
I can't believe it's taken me months to find this! I am so into this craftalong!

Wedding date: March 4, 2008

To Do:
Make/Embroider Welcome Totes
Make Clay Mugs
Make Soaps
Make Save the Date Cards
Possibly make "Yeah we like to Party" Second Reception Invites
(We're getting married at a small beautiful location, and can only invite family, so we're doing a huge BBQ in the summer for everyone)
Determine and work out centerpieces
Make tags for Maple Syrup Favors
Decide what to do/Make for the wedding party
Make table runners (added 1/9)
Design/Make Programs (added 1/9)
Continue to create Playlist for Wedding Music (added 1/9)
Make Kate & Dave's Awesome Mix CD & Case  (added 1/9)
Tears of Joy Tissue Packets seen here... https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=126904.0  (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=126904.0)

So yeah.. the list just keeps growing and I still haven't completed on thing! Ack!  ;D I've got to stop looking through this forum! It keeps reminding me of things I want to create!


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: sweets4ever on January 05, 2007 08:47:04 AM
Oh... what a great list you have!  I hope you post photos of things as you make them, I'm interested to see some of them.


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: march on January 05, 2007 08:51:55 AM
jeweledmonkey: !!! I realize that you posted MONTHS ago, but I absolutely adore your STDs! (I am such a kid but I think that STD is just funny.)

Sweets: I will definitely be posting pictures! I just got an amazing digital camera for Christmas and as soon as I  start to organize (which was my New Years resolution. I better get going on it.) I will start posting pictures. I LOVE the place where you're getting married! The roses are beautiful!


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: sweets4ever on January 05, 2007 08:54:44 AM
Sweets: I will definitely be posting pictures! I just got an amazing digital camera for Christmas and as soon as I  start to organize (which was my New Years resolution. I better get going on it.) I will start posting pictures. I LOVE the place where you're getting married! The roses are beautiful!

Woohoo!

Oh, thank you so much!  I love it, but all I can do is hope for good weather.  Mind you, it's not 'til August and I'm already worried about the weather, lol!


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: jeweledmonkey on January 05, 2007 09:04:09 AM
jeweledmonkey: !!! I realize that you posted MONTHS ago, but I absolutely adore your STDs! (I am such a kid but I think that STD is just funny.)

Ha! I had never heard them referred to as "STD"; but thank you so much! It took me a while to design them and print them but I like how they turned out. I am currently working on the invitations that will match. :)

Sweets: A couple of months ago I was worried about the weather for our wedding also and my fiance, the ultimate scientist, found a site that will give you the stats for the last 15 years for the zipcode. When he gets home I can ask for the URL. It turned out that it hasn't rained at our location in the past 15 years, although, that doesn't mean much with how currently the weather is totally crazy  but it made me feel better.


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: TheBon on January 05, 2007 09:13:21 AM
Sweets: I will definitely be posting pictures! I just got an amazing digital camera for Christmas and as soon as I  start to organize (which was my New Years resolution. I better get going on it.) I will start posting pictures. I LOVE the place where you're getting married! The roses are beautiful!

Woohoo!

Oh, thank you so much!  I love it, but all I can do is hope for good weather.  Mind you, it's not 'til August and I'm already worried about the weather, lol!

Tell me about it! We have no plan b other than the renting of a tent. Whee! That's a good chunk of change I'd rather spend elsewhere.


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: sweets4ever on January 05, 2007 09:29:14 AM
Sweets: A couple of months ago I was worried about the weather for our wedding also and my fiance, the ultimate scientist, found a site that will give you the stats for the last 15 years for the zipcode. When he gets home I can ask for the URL. It turned out that it hasn't rained at our location in the past 15 years, although, that doesn't mean much with how currently the weather is totally crazy  but it made me feel better.

Oh, how cool!  I looked at some local weather sites, but all of the historical almanac databases I found wanted money to access their info - grr!  So I looked through just a few years back manually on the local station sites.  I'd love to see 15 years back easily though!

Sweets: I will definitely be posting pictures! I just got an amazing digital camera for Christmas and as soon as I  start to organize (which was my New Years resolution. I better get going on it.) I will start posting pictures. I LOVE the place where you're getting married! The roses are beautiful!

Woohoo!

Oh, thank you so much!  I love it, but all I can do is hope for good weather.  Mind you, it's not 'til August and I'm already worried about the weather, lol!

Tell me about it! We have no plan b other than the renting of a tent. Whee! That's a good chunk of change I'd rather spend elsewhere.

We haven't gotten to Plan B yet... argh.  I think it might be the same as yours though.


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: march on January 05, 2007 02:15:27 PM
I went to a wedding two summers ago that was outdoors. It rained all day. Then it stopped for about 30 minutes, which was just enough time to get everyone outside, get married, and get everyone back in.

I'm actually hoping for precipitation! Snow, that is. Although, if next winter is anything like this one in Vermont I"m going to be very disappointed.


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: _goldielocks on January 05, 2007 09:08:10 PM
Hi everyone! I've been lurking around this board FOREVER, ooo-ing and ahhh-ing over everyone's wonderful wedding things. I'm not getting married for a year and a half, but my fiance and I are doing a lot of the things ourselves, just to make the whole day more personal. We've already started working on some things just to make things less rushed later, so that we can enjoy the whole preparation part and then not get crazy once  the big day nears.
We booked our wedding site today. It's this big, vintage, restored warehouse with huge rafted ceilings and enormous long windows all over. It's back in this forest with a courtyard behind it, with a gazebo. The ceremony will be outside and the reception will be inside. It's going to be really nice (hopefully)-- I'll be sure to post pictures the next time we go visit it.
I got really lucky because I'm from a "wedding" family. My one aunt is a wedding cake designer, so she's doing our cake. My other aunt is a caterer and wedding gown designer. She's catering the whole event, but I didn't ask her to make any dresses. She is, however, doing all of the bridal party alterations.
So, for starters, here's our gigantic list of to-do's (yes we know it's a lot):
Etched wine glasses (for water) for each place setting
Personalized "glasses" for the kids table
Centerpieces
Save the Date Magnets (Engagement pictures for these scheduled for April)
Invitations & RSVP cards
Personalized bridal party toasting glasses
Website
Table number things, in frames
Place card votives
Place cards
Cocktail Menus
Menu cards
Ring bearer's pillow
Flower girls' baskets
Photo board (courtesy of my mom.)
guestbook
aisle runner
fan programs
water bottle labels
newsletters
bathroom baskets
rehearsal dinner invitations
memory candles
rehearsal dinner centerpieces (courtesy of the fiance)
"reserved" cards for family and friends seating
monogram overlay for cake table
thank you cards
cake topper (just decorating a monogram one)
seating chart
favors (we're doing a take off of a martha project. we're getting plain white chinese take-out boxes, decorating them with our monogrammed labels, tags, and ribbon, and filling them with fresh strawberries and my mom's homemade cookies/candies. the original martha link is: http://www.marthastewart.com/page.jhtml?type=content&id=channel650011&catid=cat449&navLevel=3&site=weddings)

SORRY for the super long post-- I've been so excited to finally post my own wedding stuff on here after envying everyone else's! :)


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: sweets4ever on January 05, 2007 09:42:06 PM
Don't you dare apologize for a long post!  I'm glad you posted to share!!

MY, what a list you have!

How many are you inviting?  I couldn't imagine etching wine glasses in any large amount... gah!  I'd go crazy. :D


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: _goldielocks on January 06, 2007 05:38:20 AM
We're having around 185-200 people, so... etching the glasses is going to take some time! We have to order a custom stencil, and the boy is doing the majority of the etching just because he's a little better at it.


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: sweets4ever on January 06, 2007 12:08:01 PM
Wowie, that's a lot of etching. :D  Can't wait to see photos!  What are you going to etch on them?


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: _goldielocks on January 07, 2007 07:53:40 AM
We're going to order a custom stencil with our names and the date and such on it. We've already begun buying out all of the glasses that we're using at the Dollar Tree every time we're around one! Haha... they think we're crazy, coming in for boxes and boxes of glasses, but hey-- it doesn't get much better than $1 per glass.


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: march on January 07, 2007 01:42:28 PM
Yeah, the Dollar Tree has been a life saver for me! I bought 20 boxes of snowflake bells for my wedding from there. (We can't throw stuff in the mansion, so we'll be "ringing" in our wedding w/ bells)

You can actually special order stuff from there, and I think that depending on the quantities they might cut you a deal.


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: _goldielocks on January 08, 2007 04:41:26 AM
Ooo I didn't know you could custom order from them. Thank you, march! I'll be sure to take advantage of that!! :) And I think that wedding bells are cute.


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: march on January 09, 2007 08:13:06 AM
Has anyone ever made this CD cover?

http://www.diynetwork.com/diy/shows_hcc2c/article/0,3110,DIY_27284_4938540,00.html

I think I'm going to try it out this weekend. Now, it's off to find out what the heck chipboard is.  ;D


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: TheBon on January 09, 2007 08:44:25 AM
Chipboard is a heavy stock paper. Usually about 1/16" thick. It's generally brown [like a paper bag] and it's kind of like the plywood of paper [in that it's made up of layers all stuck together]. Check at an art supply store. I have probably used my weight in chipboard making architectural models. Also, it's probably going to be easier to cut with an exacto knife than with a pair of scissors, although if you're not good with an exacto knife, the scissors may be easier to make the circle with.


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: march on January 09, 2007 10:00:14 AM
TheBon! You rock my knowledgeable, crafty friend! Thanks for the advice on where to find chipboard.


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: sweets4ever on January 09, 2007 10:52:07 AM
Here's an example for you http://www.dickblick.com/zz131/15/


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: jeweledmonkey on January 11, 2007 12:52:51 PM
I have been procrastinating all wedding stuff but I am designing the invitations now and hopefully will have them all done in a couple of weeks. I also made my ring bearers' pillows. I made them with raw silk and the front is covered in a sheer cotton with embroidered polka-dots. What do you all think?



Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: sweets4ever on January 11, 2007 12:54:55 PM
Ohh... very lovely!


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: march on January 14, 2007 06:59:45 PM
I think that sweets summed it up perfectly... that's lovely! I can't wait to see more jeweledmonkey!


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: jeweledmonkey on January 15, 2007 09:58:49 AM
Thanks, girls! I haven't shown them to anyone else so it feels good to hear they are ok. My fiance didn't pay much attention to them. :)


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: ashtree on January 15, 2007 01:38:24 PM
I've been watching this thread for awhile, and I think I'm finally read to commit to my projects.
My wedding is going to be a very small non traditional, and with a very tight budget. This is my list so far, but there are still lots of things to figure out. OH, and my tentative date is Sep. 22, but my fiance and I have an infant, so its going to take me the entire 8+ months to get anything done!!!
My colors are just earthy tones, and the theme is nature. All the food with be organic and we are using recycled paper for all the invites and the guestbook. This will be our informal, casual, earth loving wedding!

1. get plain fabric, tie-dye for table cloths -hem them
2. make invitations
3. make prayer flags
4. knit 2 shawls for after wedding -its outdoors 1 for MOH, 1 for myself
5. knit 3 ties, 1 for groom, 1 for my baby boy ;D and 1 for best man
6. knit wire baskets for centerpeices.
7. Knit wine cozy for my new inlaws.

Thats all I can think of right now. I hope I have time to do everything! Like I said its going to be a simple wedding, with a friends and family-60 or so people.
I'm going to keep editing this as I think of new things  :)
 


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: ashtree on January 15, 2007 09:29:57 PM
I love all the ideas everyone has.
I'm just going to comment on recent ones, because some people are appareantly already married.  :)

JeweledMonkey-I love your save the date cards! And very cool pillows. I'm eager to see your beaded bouquet.

stringy-very nice invites, I like the design! I'm going to be making ours with recycled paper as well. Do you know why it doesn't take to ink as well?


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: VaguelyVogue on January 16, 2007 06:34:04 AM
Our wedding is October 20, 2007.
We're going to Japan for the Month of April too! I need to start now so when we get back its not like everything all in 5 months!
Heres My List:
Invites
RSVP postcards
Place cards stuck in mini pumpkins
Head gear (veil, hat, tiara thing whatever)
Table Centerpieces (no clue yet)
My bouquet
3 Girls Bq's
6 bouteniers
6 corsages
Table numbers
guestbook
programs
petal cones (maby need to find out rules on this one)
Pew bows/decorations
alter flower arrangments
Out of town goody bags
BM gifts
BM jewlery
GM Gifts
Bathroom baskets
Reserved seating for church thigns
My jewlery
Cupcake stand
cupcakes
cake
topper

ill post inspiration pictures later. and idea pictures too!


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: sterlinggurl on January 16, 2007 03:52:15 PM
Our wedding is October 20, 2007.
We're going to Japan for the Month of April too! I need to start now so when we get back its not like everything all in 5 months!



I f u need any advice or help... let me know.. I had an October wedding as well....


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: VaguelyVogue on January 17, 2007 03:15:31 PM
Our wedding is October 20, 2007.
We're going to Japan for the Month of April too! I need to start now so when we get back its not like everything all in 5 months!


Any ideas for centerpieces. OUr recption in a rustic german returaunt brew haus (they brew there own beer there!) But the reception is in the afternoon and the main dinning room area is pretty bright. So im going to do some small tea lights i think its a nice touch. But i need to think of somethign for the cp's The tables are long.  i was thinking of not doing fresh flowers so i could do them in advance and not have to worry about them.


I f u need any advice or help... let me know.. I had an October wedding as well....


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: march on January 17, 2007 04:36:15 PM
vaguelyvogue! You reminded me of more things I want to make! I love the bathroom baskets concept. It's so nice to go into the bathroom and be surprised with all the necessities. I bet you could find some really amazing supplies/ items to augment your wedding with in Japan!


And... a question for all of you. Do you think that  beaded tossing bouquet would potentially blind someone forever? Wouldn't that be kind of funny/ worst thing ever... "soo.. how'd you come by that hot pirate eye patch" "well, you see I caught the bouquet"  ;D


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: sterlinggurl on January 17, 2007 07:21:46 PM

Our wedding is October 20, 2007.



Any ideas for centerpieces. OUr recption in a rustic german returaunt brew haus (they brew there own beer there!) But the reception is in the afternoon and the main dinning room area is pretty bright. So im going to do some small tea lights i think its a nice touch. But i need to think of somethign for the cp's The tables are long.  i was thinking of not doing fresh flowers so i could do them in advance and not have to worry about them.






Depends on what U like..... marbles in bowls...velvet roses...dried flowers... just let me know what u like and ill put my thinking cap on.....


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: VaguelyVogue on January 18, 2007 06:55:41 AM
And... a question for all of you. Do you think that  beaded tossing bouquet would potentially blind someone forever? Wouldn't that be kind of funny/ worst thing ever... "soo.. how'd you come by that hot pirate eye patch" "well, you see I caught the bouquet"  ;D

Only if you make a beaded eyepatchto go with it!

I alwyas like the bathroom baskets. even though im not having a fancy wedding people i think its a nice idea. theres nothign worse than being all dressed and having a miss-hap! Im keeping it basic. period supplys, hair srpay, lotion, mints. Any other ideas for what to put in the basket?


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: rockmygypsysoul on January 20, 2007 10:55:15 AM
vaguely vogue
- stain remover wipes or like tide-to-go ould be good, hair ties (just simple ones, but in case someone came with their hair down and wants to put it up (really only if youre having dancing), some aspirin, and make sure (whether in the basket or just the bathroom) to have plenty of kleenex!!

centerpeice ideas are so numerous, and whats sterling said is true-it just depends on what you like.  Im doing tissue paper flowers for the bouquets, etc., but Im certainly not doing them for centerpieces (they take FOREVER!!), so my centerpieces are all flower-free, and Im doing a few different kinds of centerpeices.  In keeping with our non-traditional colors (cherry red, orange, and melon green), one of ours is orange goldfish in little owls with green rocks at the bottom.  Another one is a large glass vase with pieces of matching fuit in it.  The third is just a ring of votive candles handpainted in just different little designs, but with the colors.  And all of these are on large mirrors (supplied by my reception site), so things are going to be pretty cheap.  We're also-instead of rose petals-putting Skittles (in our colors) on the mirrors also-very colorful and very inexpensive!!

But seriously, there are TONS of things you can do, especially when youre crafty!!


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: halblingefrau on January 26, 2007 12:35:54 AM
Wedding is in early August, 2007

This is the link to my individual post of items: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=150323.0 (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=150323.0)

-Save the Date cards (on pg. 14)
-Invitations
-Invitation inserts (RSVP, hotel info, maps, etc.)

-table decorations (centerpieces, cameras w/ scavenger hunt cards, placecards)
-decorations for fireplace mantle
-favors

-newsletter
-scrapbook/guestbook
-jewelry for my bridesmaids
-knitted shawl for me (this is really ambitious and I'm not sure if it will happen)
-ceremony programs
-flower girl basket, activity book, and t-shirt (she hates to wear dresses, so she gets a special tee to change into after the ceremony)


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: ashtree on January 26, 2007 11:17:27 PM
I really want to knit wire beaded baskets to use as candle holders. Similiar to the one in this link, but I want to add beads and make it taller to use as a centerpiece.

http://www.23hq.com/everyfiber/photo/495285 (http://www.23hq.com/everyfiber/photo/495285)

Is that safe? The beads are glass, Im slightly afraid the metal will get too hot.

Anyone have any patterns for something similiar? I have one from an old knitting magazine, but I'm going to have to modify it because I'm not too keen on it.  :)

And if anyone has any other ideas, please let me know!


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: redheadgeek on January 27, 2007 01:19:32 PM
My wedding craft to do list
-invites
-redo web page (particularly not looking forward to this one, as web page design is like pulling teeth for me)
-spiffy up favors
-swags of flowers for tables
-lanterns (I'm coloring the glass)
-tableclothlets
-purses for each of my bridesmaids
-a top for one bridesmaid
-a skirt for another
-programs
-wedding newspaper
-chocolate dipped spoons
-some sort of display for the teas array I'm bringing as a alcohol alternative

oh yeah and
-my wedding dress


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: jesdmill on January 27, 2007 11:12:47 PM
I love this list!

Our wedding is August 24th.  Here's what I'm crafting

Invitations (I bought a kit and I'm also thinking about stamping)
Save the dates (need to do this soon!)
Programs
Flowers (only one bouquet for me - bridesmaids will carry single flowers)
Centerpieces (totally not sure what I want here!)
Favors
Web page (before the save the dates go out!)
Church decorations (no idea yet!)

We're also going DIY on the music, so I need to start gathering playlists.  We were originally going for October, but since we've moved it up to August I'm in planning overdrive!



Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: EmilyFlew on February 01, 2007 09:31:29 AM
Hi everyone! I been loving following along on this list and getting inspired by y'all's hard work!

I'm getting married July 28, and here's the plan so far:

to craft:
save the dates (designed and printed at modernpostcards.com)invites (design, print at Kinkos, assemble and stamp)
programs (design, print at Kinkos)
escort cards
card box
favors (probably a bunch of toys ordered on oriental trading, packaged together all pretty)
bathroom baskets
out of town bags

DIY:
flowers and centerpieces (probably just a ton of tulips ordered online)
makeup and hair
decorations at reception

DIY, someone else:
friend is doing music at reception
my grandmother is making sashes for me and the bridesmaids

Maybe:
Knit a chuppah/canopy for the ceremony
Making gifts for the 'maids
Making my jewelry if I can't find something I like

I'd love to see some pics of what people are making!


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: halblingefrau on February 03, 2007 10:01:33 PM
Here are my Save the Date cards.  I really love them.

Outside cover:


Medallion on front:


Inside (the cards are business card magnets):


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: TheBon on February 03, 2007 11:05:25 PM
Those look great!  Super cute!


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: ashtree on February 03, 2007 11:49:59 PM
Very cool! And what a neat idea! I really like your paper and color choices.


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: tiffanyjean on February 04, 2007 09:41:08 PM
Aloha!!

I've been lurking around Craftster, for a while- I love it! everyone on here is soo talented!

Well I'm getting married Nov. 9 2007. I'm in Hawaii, and the wedding is going to be outside- on a beach (we might get a beach house). Its going to be a very simple wedding- the people who might come are going to be from out-or town, and not too many will be coming all the way to HI... im guessing!

so far i havent really started planning too much.

Invatations- we are sending out postcards, and are going to be printing off sticker to stick to the back- with all the info.

Ribbon lei- maybe.. ive gotten a book... and gonna try it out.. then really decide...

choco cover mac nuts... might do this myself, or jsut buy some...

might do those cute lil glass bead magnets...

thats all ive planned so far... still trying to figure stuff out...

will post pics as i finish stuff!!


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: Beachgardengal on February 10, 2007 05:51:13 PM
I love the colors in your box.  I wondered what you put on top when you finished it off.  I made one for my son.  Her flowers are cala's and roses.  And the tiara on top is a duplicate of the ones I made for the 3 flower girls.  I hope it will suffice as a card box at the wedding and a memory box later.

https://www.craftster.org/pictures/showphoto.php?photo=71569&size=big&sort=1&cat=500


https://www.craftster.org/pictures/showphoto.php?photo=71570&size=big&sort=1&cat=500


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: jeweledmonkey on February 14, 2007 03:49:13 PM
I just got done catching up on all the new posts, great stuff! Here is part of what I have been busy with. My invitations finally went out! Here they are:

https://www.craftster.org/pictures/data/500/42505DSCN0014b.jpg
https://www.craftster.org/pictures/data/500/42505DSCN0010b.jpg
https://www.craftster.org/pictures/data/500/42505DSCN0013b.jpg

It feels like a huge load of my shoulders and I am pretty happy with how they turned out! ;D


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: sterlinggurl on February 14, 2007 08:06:38 PM
MY GAWD..... They are gorge!!! U should be so proud... they look professional... truly

If u have any questions or things to do u may need help on.. let me know....


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: EmilyFlew on February 14, 2007 08:47:48 PM
those are AMAZING, jewelled! Great job! Did you use a kit, or do it from scratch? I'm loving all the enclosure cards, that's definitely the direction I'm thinking of going.


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: jeweledmonkey on February 15, 2007 04:51:26 AM
Thanks, girls! I am so glad you liked them, nobody has gotten theirs yet. :)

I made them from scratch pretty much except for the red envelopments which I bought. I wanted to make those too but to buy the material was going to cost almost as much as buying them in bulk at a local paper store (because of the size I need two sheets of paper per card). The enclosures were necessary since it is a destination wedding but they came out pretty well; the map was my fiance's contribution, he altered a mapquest map to make it pretty.

And now to make the ceremony programs...!


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: Banga on February 16, 2007 05:20:40 AM
Those are probably the prettiest invitations I have seen. I love your color combos, the bird image, all of it! Nice work! I'm sure your guests will flood you with compliments!


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: sweets4ever on February 16, 2007 03:46:19 PM
Wow... I love the color combo as well!  This is one of the prettiest sets I've seen!


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: jeweledmonkey on February 17, 2007 06:07:22 AM
Aw! Thanks, everyone. It makes me feel good that you liked them. I haven't gotten any comments from the guests yet.

Re: the color combo-- I got the color combination idea from a Martha Stewart article on her Weddings magazine -about- color combinations. She had a table set up with the aqua green paper that I used for the band and red birds on the napkin rings. I turned her table into an invitation.


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: mamasmurf on February 17, 2007 04:54:37 PM
I am geting married on 22nd September 2007. Reading all your ideas has inspired me which is good as I am so disorganised and I procrastinate to much.

Theme: Australian Bush (I'm an aussie)

To do:
buy stationary

*make save the date cards and send (note to self...very important to send. Sitting on my kitchen bench ready to send  does not mean task is completed)

*make invites, menu cards, place cards

*design and print off programme cards

*make flower girl dress x3

*pot out Kangaroo Paw and Eucalypt seedlings for wedding favours

*find somewhere I can obtain baskia, eucalypt and wattle for table decorations, men's button holes and 'maids posies

Other people to do
* draw up cake ideas and give to my cake lady (i'm thinking green icing with wattle.....but I made a cake with green icing for my daughters 1st birthday and it looked mouldy)

* 'maids want to make little girl head tiaras for flower girls


Ummmm theres more but that will do for now


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: ruby_soho on February 19, 2007 05:00:28 PM
jeweledmonkey, those are pretty!  can i steal the idea?  and can you give me some tips (such as, but not limited to:  where did you get the envelopments?)


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: jeweledmonkey on February 19, 2007 06:08:07 PM
You mean steal the idea of the folder invitation? It's not a new idea at all.  There are tons of places that sell them. The biggest supplier is called "Envelopments" and they have a website. I bought mine in a paper supply store in Manhattan just because they were slightly cheaper than the envelopments brand. The place I got them at doesn't seem to have a website.

(edit)

I was just looking around the envelopments website and they have some great ideas in the "gallery". Here is a link:

http://envelopments.com/gallery/index.php?sample=06S10_lrg


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: summerlyn on February 19, 2007 07:53:10 PM
Im getting married on April the 21st and boy am i UNORGANISED!! :-[
Here's what i have done so far,
Everyones clothes, shoes and jewlery, that it! Talk about stress!
Glad i am only doing it once! :D
Here are my invitations, envelope, and Wishing well saying that i modified  for our situation, our save the date cards, were just like the invitations but mini.
Envelope,

Invitation, but it stretched out for some reason, it is a long thin one, not a square one,

wishing well saying

I just love everything and Matthew helped me with everything.




Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: marigoldy on March 06, 2007 06:37:40 AM
Can I join the Craft-a-long??!!
I'm getting married on June 29 this year, and we're having the wedding at our house in a big tent.  Some of the crafts I'll be working on:

My dress (I made 2 dummies dresses and I have the pattern down, now need fabric)
Tissue paper flowers (from Martha Stewart - about halfway done)
Invitations (just ordered from Paper Source!)
Favours (probably going to do magnets - obviously haven't started yet!)
Centerpeices

I really want to grow some potted flowers for centerpieces.  Has anyone ever heard of this being done before, or could suggest a good flower to use?

I can't wait to start posting some photos!  Everything in this thread looks great and has been an inspiration so far!



Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: kristiface on March 06, 2007 08:01:31 AM
Summerlyn--

Your invites are just so cute!   I love the color and the font. 

I don't want to be mean about this, but I did want to warn you that you may offend a number of guests with your wishing well card.  If you're okay with throwing ettiquette to the wind, that's fine, but if you don't know, many people will consider it presumptuous and rude. It's your wedding and your decision, but I just wanted to let you know that because I think a lot of brides don't know that including your registry info and/or a request for money rather than presents is a huge breach-- and you may offend some of your ettiquette-conscious guests.


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: summerlyn on March 08, 2007 10:54:01 PM
kristiface,
None of our guests are worried about etiquite, i am only 21 and i don't really think that my particular group of friends are worried about it at all. Most if not all of our guests have had them at their weddings or recieved them before (from our other friends for their weddings), actually the few people that i thought might find it offensive (grandparents) were actually pleased that we had picked a wishing well and told them about it. I guess it depends on your wedding guests 


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: Banga on March 09, 2007 09:01:40 AM
a lot of brides don't know that including your registry info and/or a request for money rather than presents is a huge breach-- and you may offend some of your ettiquette-conscious guests.

Is a registry card really against rules of etiquette? I don't think I have ever received a wedding invitation that didn't include some type of card. Although I did once get a "help pay for our honeymoon at this website..." card and found that very tacky!
Is it more correct to just include the registry card in bridal shower invitations, or is that considered rude also? I'm curious... I guess I've always just considered it a traditional thing, and never wondered about the etiquette part. I think it happens so very often now that most people don't think anything of it.


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: march on March 09, 2007 01:23:51 PM
The bridal shower invites are the place to put registry cards. Typically bridal showers are thrown for you, so it's not like you're actually telling everyone to hit up linens n things to buy you the fiesta ware you want.  ;D


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: jeweledmonkey on March 09, 2007 06:44:37 PM
You know what's weird, is that in my culture you don't usually have registries yet I was asked why we didn't have one when we had an engagement party, as if not having one was being looked down upon. I thought it was weird so we have a registry now. They gave us the cards that we didn't send with the invitations but added to our website and now, I am getting feedback that the items are not many and that I should have listed more. You can never please when you are trying to please the etiquette crowd, so do whatever is best for you.


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: rockmygypsysoul on March 09, 2007 08:26:56 PM
As someone who has read and digested and decided very carefully what parts of etiquette Im paying attention to and what Im discarding as nonsense  :D  I will say this:

Yes, its considered poor etiquette to include anything about gifts in your wedding invitation.  Alternatively, it is completely acceptable to include them in showers (that is, after all, the point of showers, plus you dont throw them for yourself, so its not in poor taste)

That said, obviously, it depends on whether you adhere to that rule of etiquette or not.  Most of the time if people want to know, theyll ask, or theyll find out if/when they get an invite to the shower.  Alternatively, if you have a wedding website, you CAN include it on there.  So what weve done is on the outside envelopes of our save the date cards, weve invited people to visit our wedding website which is hosted by theknot.com right now (we may do one on our own soon) and on that website, it has our registry information.

Whatever people are comfortable with is what it all comes down to, but thats the "official" etiquette rule...please believe, I own and read an ENTIRE book just on wedding etiquette  :P


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: Marryland on March 12, 2007 10:11:54 PM
I just had this conversation with one of my friends who is getting married in May. We came to the conclusion that if people want to know they'll ask and if they're too shy to ask, they can look at their website.
My friends fiance is a computer programmer and is very gifted when it comes to designing websites so they added a line at the end of the invitation that said the guests could go online and find a map to the location, RSVP, see photos of the planning stages, etc (the registry information is also on the website but they chose not to include it on the invitation). It's really neat to see the pictures from the invitation making party, an up-close-and-personal photo of her ring, and the family engagement party. I will definately have to keep that idea stored away for my wedding.


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: kristiface on March 12, 2007 11:13:13 PM
I agree that it totally depends on your circumstances :)  I just wanted you to know what you could be getting into if you didn't know already! 

Again, technically, ettiquette says you shouldn't put your registry information in your invitation.  Period.  That includes registry cards that you slip into your invitation-- the stores don't give those to you because they're helping YOU out, they give them to you because they're directing people to buy something from their stores.  We chose not to put our registry information in our invites because I had LOTS of family on my invite list who would have been offended and because I think the rules are there for a reason.  Instead, we included our wedding website on the invite where there was a TON of wedding info (directions, hotels, places to eat, etc.) and included a link to our registries there. 

And Emily Post would be okay with registry info on a bridal shower-- someone else is throwing you the party-- you are not asking for gifts yourself.  That's the "technical" difference.


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: Shimmer413 on March 15, 2007 07:52:16 AM
We are doing exactly what you girls are talking about... We have setup a wedding website (www.freewebs.com/jayandsarah (http://www.freewebs.com/jayandsarah) for anyone who wants to check it out... it took lots of time, so the more people that see it, the better!).  We have listed our registry info on the website, but no where else.  We just sent out Save the Dates and listed our website there.  We will not include those little slips of paper that the stores give you in our invites when we get around to doing those.  It's such a touchy thing, so just do what your gut tells you.   :)


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: *MAR* on March 15, 2007 11:54:41 AM
We are doing exactly what you girls are talking about... We have setup a wedding website (www.freewebs.com/jayandsarah (http://www.freewebs.com/jayandsarah) for anyone who wants to check it out... it took lots of time, so the more people that see it, the better!).  We have listed our registry info on the website, but no where else.  We just sent out Save the Dates and listed our website there.  We will not include those little slips of paper that the stores give you in our invites when we get around to doing those.  It's such a touchy thing, so just do what your gut tells you.   :)

Your website looks great! I wish I had the time/resources to do that. It would be so much easier to give people a web address, than to individually send out all that info. Great resource and really handy for guests. Great job!

I'm under the four month deadline now, and starting to panic with all the things I still have to or want to, do!


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: TheBon on March 15, 2007 03:02:00 PM
The thing I've discovered about having a website is that it doesn't really eliminate [for me] the need to send information. Some of the folks we're inviting [especially the older folks] don't own computers or have access to the internet. It did let me pare down the amount of information that we had to give though. For instance, we're not giving detailed maps to the wedding site [the wedding site is 15 miles from the hotels, and kind of in the middle of nowhere] so we're adding a folded insert to the invitations that just says that detailed directions can be found online and if need be they can contact us at [our phone numbers] in order to have us mail those directions to them. Plus, we have both a "suggest-a-song" form and an online RSVP system [well, that's coming, it's not quite built yet.] Luckily, I'm marrying a web programmer so while time consuming, it's been low-cost [the cost of the domain name only since we host several sites for the same hosting cost.]


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: march on March 17, 2007 07:03:30 PM
I so want a wedding website! I'm really impressed with the detail and time you all put into your sites.


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: ruby_soho on March 19, 2007 03:16:34 PM
agreed, TheBon - having a site is nice for extras but I think mailed invites are classier and work for all levels of techo-knowledge.


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: summerlyn on March 19, 2007 04:11:10 PM
I guess weddings must be a bigger deal in the States.
 I have never heard of a wedding shower.


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: *MAR* on March 20, 2007 03:19:13 PM
The Bon:   I wouldn't want to eliminate invites and go totally digital. I am interested in the idea of being able to give more information to those who want it, via the website. IE: things to do in the area, different options of hotels, more detailed maps, etc. I like the idea of having a really uncluttered artistic invite, and have all the details and nitty gritty on an easy to access website. That seems ideal to me. But, like (ruby_soho) mentioned, some of our older relatives or non-tech savvy invitees might have a problem gleening the important info.

ruby_soho: I agree that it is easier for people of all tech-knowledge to receive paper invites. As to the "classy" aspect, I sort of think being more "green" and wasting less paper is classy. But, that's just my perspective. I know alot of people who look at a website for wedding info will probably just print out the maps on paper too. It is a conundrum. I am constantly going back in forth between three things while planning my wedding; tradition, artistic vision and eco-friendly-ness.

Summerlyn: What country do you live in? I guess we they are prevalent here in the States as a way of preparing the bride's home for marriage. Replacing dowries and the like.


Alright, enough of my babbling. I have been working on save the date's for our second reception (which is in Michigan with my fiancee's family/friends) - and my eyes were starting to glaze over! Back to work!  :)


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: ruby_soho on March 20, 2007 03:20:37 PM
err.  i mis-spoke (or mis-typed, i guess), *MAR* - i meant classic.   :-[


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: *MAR* on March 20, 2007 03:35:54 PM
err.  i mis-spoke (or mis-typed, i guess), *MAR* - i meant classic.   :-[

I get ya now!  ;)


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: ruby_soho on March 20, 2007 03:39:39 PM
i think using the website as an enhancement tool is a good idea, though - for stuff to do in the area, and as a place to link to local businesses, etc.  i plan to do something like this with my future wedding site  :D


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: TheBon on March 20, 2007 04:54:40 PM
The Bon:   I wouldn't want to eliminate invites and go totally digital. I am interested in the idea of being able to give more information to those who want it, via the website. IE: things to do in the area, different options of hotels, more detailed maps, etc. I like the idea of having a really uncluttered artistic invite, and have all the details and nitty gritty on an easy to access website. That seems ideal to me. But, like (ruby_soho) mentioned, some of our older relatives or non-tech savvy invitees might have a problem gleening the important info.

Exactly what I said. :)

In personal wedding crafty news, my invites went to the printer today! I'm so excited after realizing yesterday that I needed to find a new shade of brown for the invites! I spent at least 2 hours at work [my boss said it was ok!] pouring over the Pantone Swatch book for the right brown. I should have the proofs on Sunday, then it's just a matter of waiting for them to be printed, a little bit of assembly, stamps, and whatnot and they go out!

I've still got a ton of stuff to do, and Friday is 3 months until the wedding. [I'm going by the 23rd of the month, whether it falls on a Saturday or not]. Other things on the list:
  • Attach magnets into 1" button shells
  • Finish marking and cutting slits into guest book pages for polaroids
  • Send centerpiece napkins through another dye bath
  • Iron-on transfers for centerpiece napkins
  • Attach completed magnets to card as favors
  • Finish knitting [and block] shawl
  • Finish gathering bits for the centerpieces
  • many many other things, both crafty and non-crafty!


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: *MAR* on March 20, 2007 08:54:26 PM
Exactly what I said. :)

Yeah, I was agreeing with your assessment. Elaborating on my perspective. Maybe that came across as snarky? I don't know.

Good luck with your projects. I am about 108 days away. Starting to bite my nails a bit. I think I need to devote one day this week to NOT working on the wedding. That might help my sanity a bit.


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: TheBon on March 20, 2007 09:52:38 PM
It's amazing how much time it sucks up, isn't it? I just spent 3 hours looking for favor boxes that were acceptable to me. Did finally settle on some very very simple ones, but now I also need to buy paper, an ink pad, and plastic baggies for candy. It just keeps growing!


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: halblingefrau on March 20, 2007 10:32:22 PM
I've finished my centerpiece design!  You can see photos at my individual wedding craftster post (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=150323.0 (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=150323.0))

but here is one photo of the centerpiece unlit.



Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: march on March 21, 2007 03:30:40 AM
that's a great centerpiece! I was thinking of incorporating coffee beans in our centerpieces, and I definitely like how it looks! Thanks halblingefrau for showing me how nice it looks!


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: ruby_soho on March 22, 2007 01:48:42 PM
nice centerpiece!  simple but lovely.  i really like the usage of typically "non-wedding" materials in wedding deorations.  good idea.   :D


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: doo_leroux on March 23, 2007 09:45:41 AM
This is my first post here. I usually lurk around and see other people’s ideas. These last few pages of posts however have gotten me really scared however. I’m not having a wedding shower or we don’t have a website so I included our registry card in the invites. We bought a really expensive cookware set from the place and the card directs them to a site showing what we bought. If they want they can purchase a gift certificate towards the cookware for our gift. I didn’t know what else to do with the card and we don’t want gifts but it would be nice if we could pay this cookware off as the interest is KILLER! I’m not conservative AT ALL really so I don’t get offended by these types of things. Thank GOD the invites haven’t gone out yet. Should I take the card out? I think I should at least re-word what I wrote on the back for sure. Right how it says “Help us own our cookware sooner than later”. I think it should read something like “If you wish to purchase a gift for the couple, you can help us own our cookware sooner than later”. What do you guys think?


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: cicisunflower on March 23, 2007 09:56:09 AM
My husband and I didn't really want any gifts either when we were getting married, but people kept bugging us about where we were registered. So we just went to Target and registered for a bunch of stuff for the hell of it. Then when people would ask us what we really needed off the registry, we just told them a gift cert would be perfect. So we mostly got gift cert and checks when it came down to it ;P

As far as your wording... I would say "In lieu of gifts, the couple asks for donations to their cookware fund in the form of gift certificates for (insert company name here)" or something along those lines...


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: rocknrollfun on March 26, 2007 07:09:44 AM
Hi everyone!!  I'm getting married July 28th & have a few wedding crafts that I'm working on:

invitations
directions (that match the invites)
a pearl wreath
cake plate
centerpieces (super easy, only involves spray paint)
hotel gift baskets for guests
gift for bridesmaid/best man, mom, & sis-in-law

I also need to find small black & white vintage plates to use as the serving plates for the cake, but that's not really a craft - just a reminder to myself.  I love looking at everyone's photos & can't wait to share some of my own!



Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: doo_leroux on March 28, 2007 03:54:36 PM
Okay I changed the wording! This is hard work!  ;D


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: march on March 28, 2007 04:54:41 PM
oo.. a pearl wreath? That sounds like it's going to be beautiful. What's it for?  ;D


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: TheBon on March 28, 2007 06:17:02 PM
My biggest worry about getting things made was my shawl. And I finished it yesterday morning. All ends woven in, blocked, everything. I'm super excited.

(http://www.flickr.com/photos/thebon/437077607/)


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: EmilyFlew on March 28, 2007 06:31:03 PM
Beautiful!!! What a perfect wedding shawl. congrats! :)


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: halblingefrau on March 28, 2007 10:30:56 PM
GORGEOUS!


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: doo_leroux on March 29, 2007 09:46:41 AM
Here is my updated list.  :-\

I haven’t really done any of my DIY yet (except the invites) and my wedding is July 14, 2007.

Here is my current TO DO list:

- Mimi Lampshades
- Aisle runner (maybe)
- Wedding albums for parents
- Reserved Seat signs
- Favour CD covers
- Make candles for favours
- Newsletter scroll
- Cake Topper
- Place cards Well they're pretty much done.
- Thank you cards
- Menus
- Activity book for kids I'll just be bringing some colouring books and crayons along with some other toys of theirs.
- Floral arrangements
- Personalized stenciled T-shirts for wedding party

Here are the place cards so far. I have an appointment with the wedding co-ordinator at the place of our wedding and hopefully she's giong to provide me with a table/seating arrangement so I can start planning where everyone is going to sit and thus can finally get these cards done. You can see the one where I goofed on the stamp.



and close up



Thanks for looking!  :D


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: sweets4ever on March 29, 2007 09:52:02 AM
Bon, your shawl is GORGEOUS...wow!


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: rocknrollfun on March 29, 2007 06:10:08 PM
oo.. a pearl wreath? That sounds like it's going to be beautiful. What's it for?  ;D

We're having the wedding at my mom's house, with all the tables set up on the back patio facing the river & all the food right inside the house.  The door is mostly glass, so we decided it needed some kind of decoration & I saw a wreath like that in one of the bridal magazines & thought, "I could totally make that & it's gorgeous."  I hope it turns out, all pearls hot glued onto a fabric-covered styrofoam doughnut thing.


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: doo_leroux on April 05, 2007 03:33:53 PM
Whoops...I meant to put my updated placecards here but its a page back. Sorry.  :o


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: sweets4ever on April 06, 2007 06:49:59 AM
Sweets: A couple of months ago I was worried about the weather for our wedding also and my fiance, the ultimate scientist, found a site that will give you the stats for the last 15 years for the zipcode. When he gets home I can ask for the URL. It turned out that it hasn't rained at our location in the past 15 years, although, that doesn't mean much with how currently the weather is totally crazy  but it made me feel better.

I was thinking about this again today and hunted one down! :)

Get the high, low and average temperature, amount of rain, cooling and heating degree days for every ZIP Code in the U.S. by day and month. The average is based on the 30 year period from 1971 to 2000. Enter a 5-digit ZIP Code, select and month and then click on Submit.

http://www.melissadata.com/Lookups/ZipWeather.asp?ZipCode=

My day looks OKAY! :)

 High Temp    Average Temp    Low Temp    CDD    HDD    Rain (Inches)
      83                  71                60           7      -99           0.11


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: sweets4ever on April 06, 2007 12:22:40 PM
I wanted to share some of my ideas for our wedding so far, but I don't want to start a thread yet because I haven't started making any goodies yet (very soon!).

Here are all of our ideas in one big folder... :)  I think it's all up to date.  I actually keep it updated for our moms, as both of them live a few hours away and it helps keep them involved with the planning process.  They both really appreciate it. :)

Our wedding date is August 26 of this year and our colors are red wine, black and white/silver accents.  Yay for weddings... wheee! :D

http://s95.photobucket.com/albums/l156/sweets4ever48/Wedding%20Ideas/


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: iheartmyTHO on April 07, 2007 10:02:00 AM
I'm only doing a few crafty things for my wedding on September 15th.  My wedding colors are red and black and the reception has a retro 50's cocktail party theme.  But here are some in-progress pictures.

Robot Cake Toppers:

I found these robot ornaments at Old Navy and thought that they'd be perfect cake toppers.  Unfortunately my mom isn't too thrilled with having robots on top of the cake.  She wants me to have one of those initial things.  But hopefully I do well enough with re-vamping the Christmas-y robots and she'll like them.  I still need to do some more detailing on the faces.  I also bought some resistors (for the bowtie) and some hex-nuts and screws to make a bouquet.

Before:



In-Progess:




Clapotis:

For my 2 bridesmaids I plan on knitting them both a Clapotis from Knitty using this sparkly black and gold yarn.  I'm still working on the first one.




Sequined Purse:

I used the Fit To Be Tied/In Bloom pattern from the Happy Hooker book and just added sequins and a sexy leopard print lining.  I wanted to wear leopard print shoes under my dress but my mom got really pissed off about that.  But I figured out a way to work some leopard print in somewhere.






Invitations:

I didn't do the invitations myself.  But the lady (http://www.designsbyginny.com/) who's making them is pretty crafty and I'm totally in love with what she created. 

Front:



Actual Invitation:



Reply Card:



She made the guy and girl on the reply card look like me and my fiance. 


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: MadelBlue on April 07, 2007 10:22:58 AM
I love the little robots!! I adore the retro cocktail theme!!

Are you marrying your mother?? I know how mother's can be but seriously, she had her wedding, this is yours. I say rock the leopard print shoes... she's being silly...

I mean, at least you're marrying a man. My mom has to deal with her daughter being with a woman :o


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: iheartmyTHO on April 07, 2007 10:58:57 AM
Fortunately my mom has loosened up a little bit  Her whole thing is that she doesn't want me to do anything that I'll regret or look at my wedding pictures 20 years from now and be like what the hell was I thinking.  I actually ended up getting some gorgeous black shoes that compliment my dress very well.  (My dress has a big black velvet bow on the back.)  And I'll probably get more use out of the black shoes versus the leopard ones.


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: sweets4ever on April 07, 2007 11:04:45 AM
The robots are so cute and will go with your theme wonderfully!  Can't wait to see how they turn out. :)

I love that you worked the leopard print in! :)  What does your dress look like?

Whoops...I meant to put my updated placecards here but its a page back. Sorry.  :o

Your placecards are lovely! 


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: iheartmyTHO on April 07, 2007 11:32:42 AM
What does your dress look like?

Front, Back, and Side:

       


The leopard print shoes would have probably detracted from the dress.  But its not like you're going to really see them  Oh well.


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: ruby_soho on April 07, 2007 04:59:15 PM
iheartmyTHO, those robots are SO CUTE!  i was skeptical when i saw the before picture, but man, i'm impressed! 

also, i could be mistaken, but i think there's a typo on your reply cards - shouldn't the "your" in "we would love to know if your planning to attend" be "you're"?  i think... 


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: iheartmyTHO on April 07, 2007 05:35:29 PM
thanks for the compliment!  my mom is pretty skeptical too.  but i think once they're done they'll look amazing. 

there are actually several typos and wrong dates on the invites.  but the pictures are of the example invites she sent me.  the actual invites have yet to be printed.


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: ruby_soho on April 07, 2007 10:13:41 PM
good, iheartmyTHO - i was afraid to point it out : /

they are lovely, though.  i really like the front, where it's got your initials.  are red and white your colors for the whole wedding?


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: sweets4ever on April 08, 2007 10:55:21 AM
You can buy Dippin' Dots online for weddings/events - enough said. :D
http://www.dippindots.com/webstore/ice_cream.asp


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: TheBon on April 08, 2007 11:24:47 AM
You can buy Dippin' Dots online for weddings/events - enough said. :D
http://www.dippindots.com/webstore/ice_cream.asp

But you must agree to eat them only with the included plastic spoons. What's with that?


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: sweets4ever on April 08, 2007 01:00:47 PM
I think they stick to metal spoons.  Kinda like licking a flag pole in the winter. :D


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: TheBon on April 08, 2007 02:03:01 PM
I figured they would stick to a metal spoon. It's just the "you must use our plastic spoons" decree that got me. Unless they're a weird shape? Strange I tell ya, strannnnnge!


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: sweets4ever on April 08, 2007 02:13:34 PM
Oh. :D  I think it just means with plastic spoons in general & that they provide some.

Quote
*Eat Dippin' Dots with plastic spoons (provided) only.

We had a Dippin' Dots store open here recently.  It makes me giggle to have a whole store devoted to frozen dots. :D


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: doo_leroux on April 08, 2007 07:08:21 PM
But they're SO good!  ;D


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: sweets4ever on April 08, 2007 07:16:21 PM
I really do think they make the world a better place. ;D


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: MadelBlue on April 09, 2007 08:44:51 AM
I worked at a Dippin Dots and on july 4th sold the most dots they've ever sold in one day. They're a rip off, a gallon bag costs the store $12 bucks but they charge you $4-5 for a small. LAME! Plus they have to be frozen at lower temps than a regular fridge, i guess they ship them on dry ice


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: sweets4ever on April 09, 2007 09:17:13 AM
*covers eyes*  la la la... I don't want to know this information :D  You can't tarnish the sacred dots! :D


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: Lysistrata on April 09, 2007 05:07:51 PM
Hey everybody! I'm pretty new here, but as my boy proposed this weekend, I thought I'd get stuck into the wedding plans as soon as!

Our theme is: 'A Bogan Fairy Tale'. (for anyone who doesn't know, bogan is a NZ/Australian term for a metaller). We're mixing in elements of heavy metal, pirates, gothicness, and fairy tales.

List of Crafty things to craft
- Invitations (they're going to look like gig posters)
- RSVP cards (which will look like concert tickets)
- Wedding Programs (these are CDs with our ceremony music and other special songs, and the CD booklet will contain all the program infomation, including the band members (wedding party)
- ring sticks (my fiance is a drummer so I am slipping the rings onto drumsticks, tying them with ribbon, and giving them to our 'ring-emo' to carry)
- containers for the bubbles! yaaay bubbles!
painted bacground for uests to take photos in front of
- centrepieces. I'm not too sure about these yet
- placecards and table numbers. Also not too sure about these
- Jewellery for myself and my bridesmaids (and something for my bridesman)
- Something for my hair
- figure out how to make feathered fairy wings for me
- guestbook and box for registry certificates
- I MAY do the flowers, if I have the time, energy and motivation to learn how to do flowers.

I'll probably think of heaps more as I get going. Our Website is www.steffandjames.bravehost.com, although I just made it yesterday so it's nowhere near finished. Thanks for putting up with my long post, I'm just so excited!


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: *MAR* on April 09, 2007 06:02:42 PM
Congrats Lysistrata! You have a long list already! Can't wait to see your projects.

M*
 


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: sweets4ever on April 09, 2007 06:05:20 PM
Long list... can't wait to see it all unfold!

Congrats many times over! :)


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: Lysistrata on April 09, 2007 07:03:26 PM
Thanks! I do have a rather long list, but I have AGES to work on it (Our Wedding is October 2008)


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: *MAR* on April 09, 2007 09:16:01 PM
Thanks! I do have a rather long list, but I have AGES to work on it (Our Wedding is October 2008)

That's great! The more time the better. I only had 6 months. In the beginning, I thought it was all the time in the world. I've since realized, that isn't the case. Especially when you're a crafty person and want to do everything yourself!


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: sweets4ever on April 10, 2007 04:09:21 AM
I had one year exactly, now it's down to just over four months.  You'll want to do everything super early and then realize a lot of the projects depend on other things so you have to wait a bit.

It's so much fun though.  I'm going to be sad when it's all over 'cause I enjoy searching for ideas.


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: rockmygypsysoul on April 10, 2007 07:25:57 AM
I had sixteen months to start and I now have six months left...I know I do have a lot of it done, but theres still a lot left to do

in fact, last night I had a dream that I went to sleep last night (like, in real time) and woke up on the day of my wedding, for some reason, in my parents house.  and most of the stuff was done (even stuff I havent finished but have decided about), but other stuff wasnt.  simple stuff-like my card box and my jewelry, stuff like that.  the biggest thing was i hadnt gotten our passports yet (cause I really havent) and we werent going to be able to go on our cruise  (i think this part stemmed from me interviewing yesterday at a place that due to time conflicts, id probably have to reschedule my honeymoon for)

it was just a silly dream, but ill tell you, its whipping my butt into gear.  im working on stuff TODAY i tell you!  :P


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: TheBon on April 10, 2007 07:43:03 AM
I started with 21 months [yep, long engagement] and I am down to 74 days [10 and a half weeks, or 2.5 months] Eep! Things do really start to get into the "get everything done now" mode in the six months before hand.

And the bad wedding dreams? Oh yeah, I know those well. Dreams where I have no dress, dreams where one guest insists on sitting in an empty swimming pool in a house instead of eating outside with the rest of the guests, dreams where the officiant starts pulling out some serious religion in the middle of the service and I freak out and threaten to sue them. Stuff that will totally never happen, but boy, my imagination likes to torture me.


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: sweets4ever on April 10, 2007 07:44:20 AM
Oh my gosh, Bon! :D


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: TheBon on April 10, 2007 10:39:39 AM
Yep. Apparently the nightmares are pretty common. At least my hair hasn't started falling out *knock on wood!*

On a more crafty train of thought--I decided not to iron-on graphics onto the napkin squares to go under our centerpieces. So, apart from a whole lot of ironing those are done. Three trips through the dye vat and they're really not the color I want them to be but I've spent enough time and money on them.


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: ruby_soho on April 10, 2007 01:09:37 PM
are they linen napkins, TheBon?  what color did you come up with?


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: TheBon on April 10, 2007 04:58:59 PM
Cotton. They're just really wrinkle-y because I dried them on a rack in the apartment instead of in the dryer. They're actually very nearly identical to the turquoise paper lanterns I ordered that came in the mail today. Sadly, the orange lanterns I ordered are fairly close to primary color yellow so I need to debate about whether it's worth the hassle to return them or just suck it up that they're the wrong color.


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: sweets4ever on April 10, 2007 05:05:11 PM
Could ya spray 'em with dye or something to alter them?


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: TheBon on April 10, 2007 05:14:47 PM
I doubt it. They are inexpensive paper. I'm not sure it's worth that much to me. I'm also crabby so I'm not going to make any decisions right now.


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: sweets4ever on April 10, 2007 06:17:11 PM
Awe... I'm sorry.

In that case, set stuff on fire... the lanterns perhaps. :D


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: rocknrollfun on April 11, 2007 05:28:55 AM
First wedding craft finished!!  I made this pearl wreath to decorate the glass door leading into the house (where the food will be).  I love that it's not flowers, but had I know it would take about 8 hours to hot glue all those little pearls onto the form...I can't lie, I would've done it anyway!!  I mean, it's my wedding, of course I'll spend 8 hours working on one small detail!   ;)



And a crappy close-up, sorry for all the noise:



Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: sweets4ever on April 11, 2007 05:29:38 AM
OOhh.. very pretty!


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: march on April 11, 2007 05:43:38 AM
oolalala! Just has beautiful as I thought it would be, rocknrollfun!

Are you going to put on a ribbon bow on it too?





Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: march on April 11, 2007 05:48:23 AM
I have to say I've had several nightmares about the wedding. Normally it starts off nice, but then suddenly there's so many things wrong.

And I've never had a dream wedding in the right place! We're getting married at this really quirky, old, beautiful mansion, but in my dreams it's always my parents field or this weird church I've never even been to...

On that note though, I have only done ONE thing on my list!! Gasp. I need to get cracking or my nightmares truly will come true.


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: Murphy88 on April 11, 2007 08:36:14 AM
I sympathize with all you nightmare havers. I dreamt that I forgot to write my vows and had to make them up on the spot. I also dreamt that I was wearing a boxing outfit instead of a wedding dress and my dad was giving me a pep talk before I was to walk down the aisle. I had another one where my parents planned the whole wedding because I was too busy and they ordered gold tuxedoes and a blue and red lace dress and we got married in an Evangelical church instead of ouside at an estate. It was so weird and not me at all so I cried... in the dream.

I only have two months left and a million things to do. At least school is almost over so I can completely dedicate my time to crafts!!


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: rocknrollfun on April 11, 2007 09:05:50 AM
I am March!  I bought some shantung silk 2" wired ribbon to loop through & tie a bow on the day.  It's really pretty against the pearls, plus that's what my dress is made of!  :)


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: doo_leroux on April 11, 2007 09:34:22 AM
TheBon - All your crafts look so professional. I think with mine you can tell they're hand-made. I posted a pic of my placecards and nobody said anything so I guess that tells me they suck! :(

I can't remember most of my wedding dreams but a big theme in them seems to be my sleeping through the entire reception. When I wake up (in my dream) everyone is leaving and telling me what a great time they had. I was pissed off so I started planning another one! Oh the Stress of it all. I'm getting married this July and I have SO much to do. I'm starting to get a little stressed which I thought would never happen to me. OY!


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: sweets4ever on April 11, 2007 09:37:46 AM
TheBon - All your crafts look so professional. I think with mine you can tell they're hand-made. I posted a pic of my placecards and nobody said anything so I guess that tells me they suck! :(

Sucks to be a nobody. :(

Whoops...I meant to put my updated placecards here but its a page back. Sorry.  :o

Your placecards are lovely! 


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: chrissiemags on April 11, 2007 09:41:10 AM
oh, beautiful wreath..I love that it isn't flowers, very unique!  Great job, well worth the 8 hours LOL


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: TheBon on April 11, 2007 10:24:06 AM
TheBon - All your crafts look so professional. I think with mine you can tell they're hand-made. I posted a pic of my placecards and nobody said anything so I guess that tells me they suck! :(

I meant to tell you they looked lovely, but things get buried really quickly in threads that move like this. You can always start a thread with all of your wedding projects in one place for more attention.

And I think I said this in another thread, but my crafts look "professional" for three reasons: 1. I take decent photos [sometimes spending way too much time taking said photos] 2. I am ungodly anal about projects and 3. I have a degree in design and have worked as a graphic designer for 4 years. Trust me, if I was trying to sew something, they'd not look professional at all. I just have a lot of time into training myself and building skills.

OH! And I think I've decided I'm going to try to rope my band of local craftsters [fyberduck, ewe_spinster and yarnmafia] into helping me attempt to paint the lanterns with watercolors. And if not, we'll just use less lanterns I think.


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: doo_leroux on April 11, 2007 11:11:05 AM
YAY compliments! Thanks guys! I only took those two pics so they don't look as good as in real life, plus they're not finished obviously. I don't have the table layout yet so I can't make the seating plan until I get it (hopefully tonight).

That makes me feel SO MUCH better TheBon. I was wondering how the hell you are so talented (the shawl is gorgeous) and still be pretty young. I can't wait to see pics of your wedding. I'm sure it will be breathtaking.


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: midnight7649 on April 11, 2007 12:40:04 PM
oh thats so pretty!! I wish I woulda thought of this for the front doors for my wedding! :O)


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: Banga on April 11, 2007 05:18:02 PM
Alrighty ladies... I'm officially adding myself to the Crafty Wedding Craftalong list! Hubby and I are actually married already - long story short = we did the quickie court house thing for travel/work reasons and are now planning the "real deal" for summer 2008. My DIY to do list looks as follows for now:

- Save the dates
- Invitations
- Programs
- Menus
- Seating cards
- Centerpieces
- Gifts for maids and groomsmen
- Favors
and possibly (depending on the dress) felted flowers for me, maids, hubby, and groomsmen.
I would LOVE to do this, who wouldn't want felted calla lillies and orchids? But am afraid that a felted bouquet may not look right if I go with a very fancy gown... This would definitely be the most time consuming project, since most of the list is paper work and I am confident in my paper skills! We'll see if I decide to take this on!


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: TheBon on April 11, 2007 09:10:47 PM
That makes me feel SO MUCH better TheBon. I was wondering how the hell you are so talented (the shawl is gorgeous) and still be pretty young. I can't wait to see pics of your wedding. I'm sure it will be breathtaking.

I'm nearly 26 if that makes you feel better. I mean, I'm not nearing death or anything, but I'm not fresh out of the womb either. ;)


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: sweets4ever on April 12, 2007 05:17:25 AM
She's 25, so she's not far behind.

We're all nearing death by the time our wedding projects are done. :D


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: halblingefrau on April 12, 2007 07:40:05 AM
We're all nearing death by the time our wedding projects are done. :D

Amen!  :)


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: doo_leroux on April 12, 2007 09:09:33 AM
Oh Ihad another bad wedding dream last night!  :(

Only 10 people showed up and there STILL wasn't enough food. My maids were and mother were driving me INSANE so I ended up leaving in tears. I remember saying "God I hope this is a dream"  :P


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: ruby_soho on April 12, 2007 02:45:00 PM
i'll have you all know that your wedding nightmare talk prompted me to have them all of last night - and i still have over a year to go, so i'm not in crunch time at all!  the first one was the day of the wedding, and we had no cake to speak of, and the second was a week from the wedding, and i had no dress!   ::)  scary, but i hadn't had any yet, so i guess i made up for it in just one night :)


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: doo_leroux on April 13, 2007 07:35:30 AM
I was getting frustrated last night as the favours I'm working on are taking longer than I expected and nothing was going my way. My fiancee was next to me and I told him that I hope to have enough time to get everything done. He says to me "Relax you've got 4 months". I turned and looked at him with a grin and he starting thinking and said, " Oh no wait 2 months!!! GET TO WORK WOMAN!". It was pretty funny.


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: Murphy88 on April 13, 2007 08:16:06 AM
He says to me "Relax you've got 4 months". I turned and looked at him with a grin and he starting thinking and said, " Oh no wait 2 months!!! GET TO WORK WOMAN!". It was pretty funny.

Haha I know exactly what you mean. I am in the middle of exams which are over at the end of Arpil and I keep thinking I have two months after that to get organized but really it is only one and a couple days.


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: pms1882 on April 26, 2007 02:04:20 PM
Haha yeah, my fiance keeps telling me not to stress about everything but then i remind him that we only have 44 days left and there is still so much stuff to do!  I was having really bad anxiety wedding nightmares too, but then i made a little notebook with pics and samples of everything that is going to be in my wedding and i feel much more organized!  It really helped.


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: Murphy88 on April 27, 2007 07:44:40 PM
i made a little notebook with pics and samples of everything that is going to be in my wedding and i feel much more organized!  It really helped.

Haha I am working on something like this as I speak. A little Wedding manual.


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: doo_leroux on April 29, 2007 02:46:04 PM
I posted all my wedding crafts in a seperate thread and seeing everything helps me feel more organized and I have the feeling like I'm actually getting stuff done. So its a good thing!  :P


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: DIYdani on May 05, 2007 08:14:14 PM
Hi all... I just recently got engaged, can I join?

We are planning to marry on August 3rd in a short and sweet ceremony at a gazebo in the park of our home town and a reception at a hotel.

So far I have a dress I ordered from J. Crew
http://www.jcrew.com/catalog/product.jhtml?id=prod72169381&catId=cat180147 (http://www.jcrew.com/catalog/product.jhtml?id=prod72169381&catId=cat180147)

Here's what I plan to do myself...
-Invitations
 Any idea how to properly get across the point that the ceremony  will be short and there is no seating? (I may try to rent some chairs but I'm unsure so far.)

-Flowers:
(I'm thinking of ordering them wholesale or just taking apart store-bought bouquets)
 I want simple bouquets and really like the idea of floating gardenias in a bowl for centerpieces:
http://www.freshroses.com/gard.html (http://www.freshroses.com/gard.html)

-Shawl
 May possibly knit a lace shawl for myself.. (or ask FH's step-mom to do it since she is an amazing knitter) I get cold easy but I don't want to cover up the awesome back of my dress!

-Bridesmaid Gifts
 No idea on this one. FH wants flasks for the guys. (real classy!) I'd love to give them something handmade.

-Flower girl basket or pomander


-Ring Bearer pillow

Okay that's just the stuff I can think of for now. I'll fill you in as things begin happening.


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: ohsaysaysay on May 06, 2007 06:27:31 AM
DIYdani if you wanted to give the flasks a more personal touch you could etch you and your fiance's initials on the flasks, or whatever you would like onto the flasks.


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: RaeAmazon on May 08, 2007 02:01:12 PM
I am crafting some of my wedding!  This is a very exciting thread!  I'm getting married on August 11th, and I am making:

the food
my dress
my flower arrangements
the cake
a pretty canopy to be married under
probably my jewelry and possibly the bridesmaids'
all stationary items (programs, invites, table numbers, place cards)
guest book

and I probably forgot some other stuff.

I will provide pictures soon.

I am so happy!!!


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: amnesia on May 11, 2007 12:16:52 PM
I'm fairly new to Craftster but have been working my way through a lot of wedding planning DIY crafts... I could use the extra "DIY commmunity" chatter as I'm winding my way closer (we're about 4 months out)...and I'm getting to be more freakish.

Here are my DIYs and to do list for the ceremony (other posts will be coming)

Ceremony:

Aisle runner (I need to finish ironing, but it's done)


I'm rethinking these pew decorations because they aren't holding up well... so I need an alternative to these:


Programs:  This is the mock-up but we're not quite ready to print the "guts" yet


Sake trays: I need to change this lining from navy to more of a wheat color


Bouts/corsages:
Flower girl headband:http://i73.photobucket.com/albums/i219/ksimer/DSC01913.jpg

Ring pillow: mom is sewing shut and stuffing this, but I finished the stitching


TO DO: Altar table runner, 2 large (fake?) floral arrangements, one (my) bouquet (girls are carrying umbrellas), and decorating the FG baskets


Title: TO DO/DIY List: Reception
Post by: amnesia on May 11, 2007 12:24:08 PM
Here are the to do/DIY projects for the reception

Reception
There will be three floral arrangements for each table-- two short ones with fake orchids (shown below) and one tall arrangement with live dendrobium orchids.  I need to get the rest of the supplies for this: vases, pebbles, lotus pods (and later the "live" flowers)



Pen holder for guest "book" pens (actually a guest sign-in tablecloth):

Envelopes for wish bowl and the lucky "trees" (there will be two) that go with them:




I painted the hair darker on our cake topper (for the small cutting cake):


TO DO:
String and bead the strands Origami cranes (not pictured)-- at least I've folded all 1001 of them!

Fold 144 napkins into this shape and pin the name card on them (so they stay in place):


Finish making the cream puff stand:



Make the tablecloths

Finish placecards and table cards (which will look like these)


Make table numbers


Title: DIY/to do/done invitations and stationery
Post by: amnesia on May 11, 2007 12:30:36 PM
So, I've finished the Save the Dates and Thank Yous:








I am started on the invitations:


And here is the mock up of the completed version:



Outside (but sash and ribbon will be a bit skinnier):


TO DO: I need to design and print the inserts.

Tonight I'll post about gift/favor/attire/misc. to-do and DIY items


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: underthemountain on May 11, 2007 12:48:12 PM
Love your invites!!   CONGRATS!!   Where did you get your cute Japanese stamps from?


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: amnesia on May 11, 2007 12:57:01 PM
Thanks!  I got the stamps from Mari and Me in Hawaii (www.mariandme.com) but I think Hanko designs has been another place I've looked at..

I just sort of lucked out in finding my fiance's family crest-- :)


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: EmilyFlew on May 11, 2007 01:03:09 PM
WOW all your stuff is beautiful Amnesia!! I can't wait to see how it all comes together!! Congrats!!


Title: More DIYs: Dress/Accessories
Post by: amnesia on May 11, 2007 01:35:24 PM
Although I'm not DIYing my dress, I did have them made using commercial patterns from a local dressmaker, so these would be good examples for DIY'ers who have some dressmaking skills (not me!).. I photoshopped in the sash because I didn't have it when I tried the finished dress on, but it does really exist!

My wedding dress uses a slight modification of this pattern:


This is the finished product:


The same dressmaker is making a rehearsal dinner dress out of this fabric and a re-sized use of a pattern similar to this one:



And she's making a reception dress from this fabric and pattern:



I get to see the work in progress in 3 weeks!

MY DIYs were a garter and veil-- pics below:










Title: DIY: Rehearsal Dinner
Post by: amnesia on May 11, 2007 01:36:17 PM
Rehearsal Dinner Invitations and Favors:








The masu cups will be filled with cello bags of red/white jellybeans!





Title: DIY: Favors and Gifts
Post by: amnesia on May 11, 2007 01:40:20 PM
Favor and gift DIYs

TO DO: Reception favors:   these chopsticks will lay horizontally and be tied to the top of the square boxes with two small navy ribbons (a play on the line formations of shrine gates):




TO DO: OOT gift bags will have:
Favor tags:

Matted but not framed engagement pics (not shown)
Favor CDs:

Origami crane chocolates:


Two of these bookmarks:

 
Fun bottle of a favorite soda drink

Welcome letter, map and general info

Photo books of engagement photos for our parents:



Flower girl trinket bags and necklace:

(shows the outside fabric)



Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: doo_leroux on May 11, 2007 09:14:59 PM
Holy Crap everything is so beautiful amnesia. You're so talented an congrats!


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: iheartmyTHO on May 12, 2007 02:15:19 PM
i adore your birdcage veil!  i want to wear one so bad at my wedding.  but unfortunately i have short hair and it just doesn't look right with my hair do.  the rest of your stuff is absolutely lovely too!


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: amnesia on May 13, 2007 11:07:41 AM
Thanks ladies! 

From the above list, I need to figure out a better approach for pew decor... what I had thought up doesn't stay together very well and I'm not sure how to adapt it.. Any ideas on something to use as pew decor that would work?  Anything in navy, green or ivory (or coordinating) or using green or white fake orchids or using butterflies?  I'm not feeling very inspired on this one...

I've framed the few pew decorations I did originally as mock-ups using an IKEA frame and I was thinking about having them out on a table near the programs or something (so they won't be wasted):


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: amnesia on May 13, 2007 11:35:09 AM
Oh.. and I just found the link to the DIY instruction template that I used for my veil-- this is in response to a personal message but I thought others might also like the info:
http://mysite.verizon.net/res0da3o/birdcageveilbio/id10.html

I made one practice version first to get a sense of how much netting I wanted (and the netting was super cheap... you can get it multiple places, but I used Judith M's millinery supply for mine...).  I used a set of instructions for the kanzashi flowers that I think came from craftster, but...my method is as follows:
1. I made rice paste using rice flour mixed with cold water first (equal amounts of each) and then a third part hot water until it was thinner (but still covered the spoon.. so not so thin it was soupy).

2. I brushed the rice paste on the fabric and let that dry.  This starches the fabric and it was my nod towards more traditional methods of doing this, but a very stiff starch may also work.

3. I then cut the fabric pieces in 2 inch squares and followed the folding directions here: http://www.ohbara.com/kanzashidirections.gif

4. Instead of using rice paste as the adhesive, I cheated and used a hot glue gun.  I encountered some problems at first with the glue being messy, but using smaller dots of glue, my flowers eventually improved.





Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: jpbride on May 20, 2007 01:04:03 PM
Awesome idea!


Title: DIY update: lined sake serving trays
Post by: amnesia on May 20, 2007 09:24:39 PM
The same thing could be done for other trays.. I lined two wooden trays with oat colored bookcloth, affixed with adhesive, then used more adhesive to add the blue ribbon around the inside lip/edge.  The two feather butterflies are affixed with small adhesive dots also.



Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: Petunia0384 on May 23, 2007 12:13:25 PM
Here's my list!  My wedding is May 31, 2008, so I have plenty of crafting time (which is fine by me, since I'm also working and trying to get the heck out of graduate school).  Right now, I am absolutely bursting to do a wedding related craft!  Hmm, maybe I can pick something off of this list and head to Michael's tonight...

-Be my bridesmaid cards
-Unity candle
-Pew markers
-Powerpoint photo slideshow
-"I Do" letters for the cake table
-Some sort of card holder
-Wreath for the church door
-Programs
-Ribbons for reception tables (I'm writing [rather, my mom is writing because my handwriting sucks] quotes on them and having them run across the tables)
-Flowergirl basket

I know I will definitely be adding more to this than I will be marking off in the near future...


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: fragolina_piccolina on May 26, 2007 06:25:03 PM
I love this thread! There are so many great ideas happening here- and I can't wait to get my hands dirty with my own craftiness. My wedding is August 23, 2008, and my colors will be shades of pink. Here's my list:

-Invitations need to be printed, and embossed
-Be my bridesmaid cards ;o)
-Veil and headpiece (not sure yet)
-Table runners
-Favors
-Knit lace shawl for my bridesmaids, or possibly just my MOH
-Gum past strawberries for the cake
-Programs
-All bouquets
-Boutonnieres
-Ribboned candles for centerpieces
-Jeweled table numbers
-Garters
-Rose wreath for church door
-Ribbon bands for reception area
-Pew decorations
-Monogrammed aisle runner
-Unity Candle
-Flower decorations for extra tables
-Rhinestone cake toppers
-Decorations for cake table
-The cake... (maybe I'm being too ambitious here, but no cake place will make the cake I want- almond white cake with strawberry filling and rolled buttercream frosting with contrasted scrolling and gum paste strawberries. I'm hoping that I can find someone to do this for me for a whole lot less than $1,000 for 95 people, but I'll still make the gum paste decorations).

I'm looking for this list to get longer, rather than shorter as time goes by. Hopefully, I can get the "fabric" stuff done before the end of the year. That way, the rest will breeze by without having me worry about things that could have been done already. I'm planning on doing a slight run-through with flowers to gauge my ability with it, and see how far in advance I can make the bouquets. The same will happen early on with the gum paste cake decorations. I'll post lots of pictures as soon as things start rolling!


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: Sabriel on May 28, 2007 01:22:59 PM
Hello all!  I'm happy to join in on the wedding craftalong!

My wedding is on August 18, 2007.  It's coming up so quick!   :o

I am hoping to make the following:
Save the Date Postcards
Invitations
Thank You Cards - bought at store
Wedding Programs
Ring Bearer Pillow - Decided against ring bearer
Wedding Website - Didn't happen
Centerpieces - ended up just getting a florist (must easier than the stress from having my mom do it)
Placecards
Table Numbers
Favors
Guest basket for bathrooms (mints, shout wipes, pins, etc.)

My mom wants to make our bouquets and buttoners but I feel the need to be involved in that process (especially since we don't always agree on what I like  :P)

I've been having the wedding dreams as well.  Last night I dreamt that it was the day of the wedding and we didn't have a bunch of things.  I was able to laugh it off until I realized we didn't have our marriage license!   :-\

Edit 8/6/07 - I ended up having to let go of wanting to make lots of things for the wedding.  The time constraints of working full time were just too much.  On the flip side, I'm much more relaxed for having let things go.  :)  Pictures of what I did get to will appear soon!


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: halblingefrau on May 29, 2007 12:24:57 PM
Well, I had my first wedding nightmare last night.  Pretty good considering we've been planning it since January and it's in August.  In it, I was late, didn't have my hair done, didn't have my makeup done, didn't have any shoes (!), the dress was dirty, there were no flowers, etc.  Ironically, my biggest fear that the dress won't fit wasn't in the dream.  Oh well.  I hope I don't have one of those again.  That was not fun.

The dream issues, though, are the last things I have left to do.  So one big cheer!  I need to take photos, but almost all my crafty stuff is done.

List of things I've finished:
  • Save the Date cards
  • Invitations (these were a real bitch since I was inexperienced and unorganized, but now I know how to do better!)
  • Flower girl presents
  • Centerpieces
  • Wedding website (techie crafty)
  • Favors (ready to fill with candy sooner to the date)
  • Programs (designed, ready to print)
  • Guestbook (we're using cut out paper pieces for people to sign, then they will be placed into a scrapbook)

Things I've started:
  • Print O' the Wave stole - about 1/3 of the length done; using Kidsilk Haze
  • Bridesmaids gifts - bought fabric and pattern to make them nice evening bags
  • Eyelet skirt to change into as we leave the reception - so far I've tested the pattern, and figured out any modifications I need.  Now I just have to buy the eyelet fabric and get goin'
  • Our Vows - not a physical craft, but we're writing our own.  We've been brainstorming, and have a few ideas, but we're a long way off yet.

To Do:
Really, it's almost all non-crafty things to do like find a hairdresser, buy shoes, etc.  I do need to figure out what I will do if I don't fit into my dress though.  Scary!  There aren't any major crafty things left, but semi-crafty things left are placecards, seating chart, and bouquets and boutonnieres for the wedding party (my fiance's aunt is a florist, so she's helping and teaching me, all at the cost to her of flowers).


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: greyshadeofblack on May 30, 2007 11:01:50 AM
Whew, so I'm kinda jumping in at the last minute. Lord knows why, I've been reading this this thread scince before I got engaged.
So, Im getting married in 5 weeks. Im 20, and feel a little self concious for being so young, but ya'll make me feel better.
I'm making our centerpieces, my hubbys buttonier, the flowers, my shoes, my jewlery, and all of the linens. I'm thinking I'll screen print everything with our monogram.
Sarah


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: jeweledmonkey on May 30, 2007 11:23:39 AM
Well, I had my first wedding nightmare last night.  Pretty good considering we've been planning it since January and it's in August.  In it, I was late, didn't have my hair done, didn't have my makeup done, didn't have any shoes (!), the dress was dirty, there were no flowers, etc.  Ironically, my biggest fear that the dress won't fit wasn't in the dream.  Oh well.  I hope I don't have one of those again.  That was not fun.


I wonder if everyone has these nightmares because you described the basic issues in the two or three nightmares I had a couple of months before my wedding. And I feared my dress wouldn't fit too even after it got altered and I tried it on. And it did fit, so try not to think about it until right before the wedding. :)

greyshadeofblack Congrats! Good luck with your to-do's!


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: fragolina_piccolina on May 31, 2007 08:48:56 PM
Whew, so I'm kinda jumping in at the last minute. Lord knows why, I've been reading this this thread scince before I got engaged.
So, Im getting married in 5 weeks. Im 20, and feel a little self concious for being so young, but ya'll make me feel better.
I'm making our centerpieces, my hubbys buttonier, the flowers, my shoes, my jewlery, and all of the linens. I'm thinking I'll screen print everything with our monogram.
Sarah

Lots of people try and change your mind when you get married "so young". The truth is, you two are in love, and starting a married life at a younger age is a gift. I believe that it will allow you to bond much more, and (if you decide to have children soon), you can even enjoy the empty nest at the prime of your life!

I've thought all of this through  ;) I'm getting married in 2008, and I'll be 21 then.


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: ruby_soho on June 01, 2007 07:12:52 AM
Whew, so I'm kinda jumping in at the last minute. Lord knows why, I've been reading this this thread scince before I got engaged.
So, Im getting married in 5 weeks. Im 20, and feel a little self concious for being so young, but ya'll make me feel better.
I'm making our centerpieces, my hubbys buttonier, the flowers, my shoes, my jewlery, and all of the linens. I'm thinking I'll screen print everything with our monogram.
Sarah

Lots of people try and change your mind when you get married "so young". The truth is, you two are in love, and starting a married life at a younger age is a gift. I believe that it will allow you to bond much more, and (if you decide to have children soon), you can even enjoy the empty nest at the prime of your life!

I've thought all of this through  ;) I'm getting married in 2008, and I'll be 21 then.

i'm going to be 22 when my wedding day comes around, and i'm still getting the "wow, you're a baby!" stuff when people find out i'm engaged (i'm 21 now, so not really a baby at all...) - i just try not to worry about it and remember that when it's right, it's right, and it doesn't matter whether others think you're old enough.


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: halblingefrau on June 01, 2007 10:51:31 PM
My Invitations: I got all the paper materials from http://www.paper-source.com (http://www.paper-source.com).  Sage green cardstock with cream (soft white) paper.  I laid them out using Adobe Illustrator, and the flowers and RSVP are all rubber stamped.  I changed up some fonts and decided against using the gold, as posted below under RSVP.  They went out last week and I got my first confirmed guest RSVP today!  All my wedding crafts are being kept in this post: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=150323.0

Outside:


Inside:


Closeup of Invitation card:


New RSVP card:




Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: *MAR* on June 02, 2007 07:05:59 AM
Halblingefrau, your invitations, rsvp's and pocketfolds are absolutely stunning. So, how many did you make? I totally love them! Fantastic work!


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: WIPs on June 02, 2007 10:08:02 AM
Gorgeous invitations! Amazing!


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: halblingefrau on June 02, 2007 11:44:55 AM
Halblingefrau, your invitations, rsvp's and pocketfolds are absolutely stunning. So, how many did you make? I totally love them! Fantastic work!

I made a total of 50 invitations (assembled), and I probably have enough materials (already printed and stamped) to make about 10 more.  It definately took a long time, but it was worth it.


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: *MAR* on June 02, 2007 10:22:43 PM
Nice! I totally understand. I did 50 by hand for our Chicago wedding/reception, and another 110 by hand for our Michigan reception. They look great though, so it was worth the time!


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: march on June 09, 2007 09:02:24 PM
halblingefrau: your invitations are beautiful and very professional. I love the stamp you chose!



and... hey! do any of your lovely ladies know of any craftsters that sell head pieces for veils? I definitely want to support the craftster designers out there!


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: all cut up on June 16, 2007 08:26:13 PM
I've been engaged for a few months now have finalized the date and place.  I'll be married on October 11, 2008 which is the Canadian Thanksgiving.  Our church is at the University of Toronto where we met, and our reception will be at a banquet hall.  We're having a traditional turkey dinner with pumkin pie for dessert.  Here's a list of what we are planning on doing ourselves!

-jam for each family which will double as a seating card (to be made by my mother)
-wedding dress (hopefully made by my aunt and grandmother)
-boutoneirs (groom, 5 ushers, one father, two grandfathers, and eight uncles)
-centre pieces (baskets of apples/wheat sheaves tied with brown ribbon)
-invitations
-thank yous
-menu cards
-programs
-colouring books and gift bags to keep the 15 kids busy
-some sort of container for envelopes
-alternative to guest book
-decorations for the head table and table with cake on it

Wish me luck!



Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: avsceriline on June 20, 2007 07:57:13 AM
All cut up, that sounds lovely!

Pumpkin pie at the reception may just be the most brilliant idea in the history of weddings.  ;D


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: halblingefrau on June 24, 2007 07:23:53 PM
Just an FYI for those of you making your own invites:  I made a rather irritating mistake on my RSVP cards.  I did not put any identifying info on the cards, nor did I include return addresses of the people sending them.  I had a place on the back for folks to write in the names of those coming (so I can write up placecards and whatnot).  Well, I've gotten a few "declined" responses back with no info whatsoever that tells me who it was!  Doh!  I'm guessing based on the postmark and who I know can't come.  But yeah, if you don't want to print every single return address on your rsvp envelopes (or postcards), maybe put a small number on top so you can keep track of who has what number.  It's been an annoyance for me.  Not critical, but not something I had considered until I got a few "mystery" RSVP's.  :)


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: sweets4ever on June 24, 2007 07:24:51 PM
I read about someone else here doing the same... oops! :(


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: EmilyFlew on June 24, 2007 08:29:23 PM
We did the number on the RSVPs and it saved my butt at least twice! Great idea!

Now, if only there were a way to magically figure out what people want to eat when they didn't circle any of the meal options... :D


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: sweets4ever on June 24, 2007 08:38:02 PM
That must mean they won't be eating - thank them for saving you money. :D


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: Shimmer413 on June 25, 2007 08:05:55 AM
Hi all,  just made a huge update to my thread of wedding goodness... https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=163435.0 (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=163435.0).  Always welcome your advice and suggestions!!  Thanks for taking a peek.   :D


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: impeach_this on June 29, 2007 03:53:12 PM
Here's my list...I think. I keep finding more stuff I want to do, and then finding out there's no need for others I want to do. Who knows what this shindig will end up looking like? As long as we get married, most everyone has a good time, and I get my vacation after this, I'll consider it a success. So, what to do before Sept. 22, 2007...

- centerpieces
- candy buffet table (signage, glassware, favor boxes)
- guest book table (signage, postcards, etc.)
- linen accents for cake table, guest book table, candy buffet, and maybe as part of the centerpieces?
- bridesmaid bags w/goodies
- river rock aisle? (if we can get a ton of river rocks, still not sure if that will happen)
- programs?
- some of the flowers

at least i lucked out and have an awesome site...

ceremony:


reception: half of room, from the entrance


other half of room


yeah, sorry, not great pictures of the reception site. not sure how i managed that.


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: TheSeamRipper on June 30, 2007 03:43:45 AM
A river rock aisle is so romantic!  Check Craigslist or make a request for your rock on Craigslist or Freecycle.  Where I live it is sometimes listed for free.


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: cats4me on July 13, 2007 07:38:39 PM
Hello all,

I will go ahead and add myself to this thread since I know I am going to need advice along the way.  Thank you to everyone who has posted on any of these craftster forums, your ideas are all amazing!  I will probably be using a lot of what each of you have done.  We are getting married 6/21/08 and can hardly wait.  :)  Initially our budget was 5K but that has already been surpassed.  We should be able to keep it somewhere between 5 and 10 though.
Here are the bridesmaid dresses and a couple pics of the venue:
http://s121.photobucket.com/albums/o238/LizXU/?action=view&current=bridesmaidperiwinkle.jpg (http://s121.photobucket.com/albums/o238/LizXU/?action=view&current=bridesmaidperiwinkle.jpg)
I plan on buying them from www.netbride.com for $88.  Originally I wanted my colors to be yellow with hints of red but I like the dress much better in this color so I am going to change to periwinkle and yellow.
The plan is to have the wedding right outside on campus and then come right inside for the reception.  The place is huge for 150 but it will be nice since not all of our families and friends have all met.
Here are my plans so far but we will see what happens!
-DIY save the date/christmas cards?
-DIY invitations
-DIY centerpieces
-DIY favors (if they exist)
-DIY bouquets from flowers bought at Sams or online
-music on the IPOD
-pictures taken by family members/friends
-food and alcohol provided by vendors
-DIY whatever else I can think of...
We are going to go with a modern/contemporary feel.  I am going to try an incorporate lines (like in the bridesmaid dresses) throughout a lot.

PS- my first post so I can't embed the images, sorry!


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: glittersniffer on July 18, 2007 10:34:04 AM
So I'm pretty just recently engaged but I must say that I'm oh so proud of myself for doing my research and am planning on making almost 200 invitations for under 70$! Minus the tacky, cheap look  ;D


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: Gierma on July 30, 2007 10:07:52 AM
I've been engaged since april but we have yet to set a date. Cause we haven't found a venue yet.  But this is what I/we will do.

1. DIY Save the Date Magnets
2. DIY Invitations + information cards etc etc
3. Wedding Favours - as I do silver jewellery the girls will get a silver  necklace, and the guys maybe will get a silver money clip.    Haven't decided about the money clip yet.
4. As we have not decided on Reception venue yet we do not yet know what decorations that will be needed.
5. Flowers, i will do them, as I do not want a fancy buoqette anyway..I just want really simple, dark hot pink gerberra daisys. My friend has done a course in flower arranging, I will ask her to explain to me  how to do it.


We are planning a fairly small wedding, we are inviting 135 people, but are only expecting that aprox 65 will make it. As many of the invited are living in Australia and has small children, and the wedding will be held in Sweden.

I have bought all material for invites and Save the Date Magnets. So  as soon as we have a date we are getting started.



Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: EOcrafter on August 02, 2007 05:53:07 AM
Hi Everyone!

I just got engaged last weekend, and we're planning on having the wedding October 2008.  We are expecting at least 250 (OMG!) so all of my DIY wedding ideas have to 1) easy to reproduce 2) inexpensive 3) be planned WAY in advance

Here's what I'm thinking
- Save the Date magnets (made out of bottle caps, I'm thinking) included in 2007 christmas cards
- freshwater pearl jewerly sets for all bridesmaids (luckily I'll probably only have 4-5), flower girl, and mother of bride and mother of groom (my family loves my handmand stuff  ;D)
- knit caplets or shawls to match bridesmaid dresses and one knit caplet for me
- centerpeices?? big question marks there, I hope I can come up with some ideas....maybe fall leaves or peacock feathers since I'd like to do deep red or deep turquoise as colors - CENTERPIECES - amber morroccan lantens and willow branches with silk fall leaves hanging off them
-  one big handmade item for my matron of honor, possibly a knit squares blanket 8/20/2007 ALMOST DONE!
 
- I'll probably come up with more stuff...but this is probably MORE than enough crafting to attempt to complete in a year in a half time frame HERE'S MY ADDITIONS
- Grooms survival kit
- Gifts for my bridesmaids:
   purse
   flower hair pins for updos
   slippers or flip flops (is it ok for girls to wear those even if the dresses are shorter?)
   scarves (not for wedding, just for fun)
-favors: treat bags full of Halloween candy!

I decided to focus my DIY wedding ideas on the people closest to me, who will appreciate them the most.


A big thanks to everyone, for all the cool ideas I've seen so far, I will probably be borrowing pieces from here and there :)

Countdown to October 4 18, 2008....


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: sweets4ever on September 09, 2007 01:31:31 AM
All I can say is... 250!!!  You're insane.

:D


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: Banga on September 09, 2007 06:23:30 AM
Ditto! We're looking at 85-100 for our wedding and I'm atill feeling bogged down. Good Luck!


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: sweets4ever on September 09, 2007 12:41:24 PM
We had 50.  Ahhh...the perfect 50.  We started planning with 150 and it was too much.  We did all of the food, decorations, invitations, etc., ourselves, so I couldn't have imagined going through with the 150.  We had a small reception venue that was only $120 for the entire evening.  We saved a TON of money!


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: LindsayLuu on September 11, 2007 10:31:29 AM
I'm marking this to check/add to later.  You guys are all awesome!!


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: ohsaysaysay on September 12, 2007 05:46:59 PM
Ok, so I'm getting married May 16th next year and due to a lack of funds and wanting to honeymoon in Hawaii..i'm DIY my wedding,  well that and because its so much more fun that way hey?!

So here's what I'm going to do:

Invitations
RSVP cards
Favors
Gifts for bridesmaids
centerpieces
bouquets
pomander for flower girl
pillow for ring bearer
place cards and table numbers

My invitations are already made.  I went to photography school so I know my way around photoshop and just designed a little 4x6 invitation.  I'm going to send it to walmart online and get it printed there.  Get this...only 15 cents PER INVITATION!!!  All I need to do now is find some nice envelopes for cheap...any suggestions??  I'm also going to make my rsvp cards the same way except just to the 2x3 scale and have two printed on a 4x6.

I have no idea what i'm going to do for my gifts for my bridesmaids..any suggestions?  How about for groomsmen that don't drink?

For my centerpieces we are getting our picture put on jones soda bottles and then we are just sticking one gerbera stem in it.



Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: TheBon on September 12, 2007 08:13:18 PM
Just remember that 2x3 is too small to send through the US mail, and also not half of 4x6. Half of 4x6 would be 2x6 or 4x3. If you want them sent as a postcard, the minimum dimensions are 3.5x5 I believe but you can check USPS.com or ask at your local post office.


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: ohsaysaysay on September 12, 2007 09:32:49 PM
We are going to do our RSVP's through email and phone..not mail..I move around a lot.


Ps.  4/2=2, 6/2=3....2x3...it works!


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: TheBon on September 12, 2007 10:27:04 PM
We are going to do our RSVP's through email and phone..not mail..I move around a lot.


Ps.  4/2=2, 6/2=3....2x3...it works!

Ah, then that makes sense on the small size, if you're not mailing them.

But, if you cut a piece of 4x6 paper into two pieces, you only cut it once. So you're either cutting the short side, making two 2x6 rectangles, or you're cutting the long side, making two 4x3 rectangles. It IS still divisible by 2x3, you'll just get 4 2x3's from a single 4x6.

See, 4x6=24 square inches, 2x3=6 square inches. 24/6=4, therefore 2x3 is 1/4 of a 4x6. Sorry, I lurve me some maths!


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: ohsaysaysay on September 12, 2007 10:36:31 PM
lol that is true..math is not my strong point..we called them 2x3's in photo school...that's what they always will be to me..


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: thekster on September 12, 2007 11:37:13 PM
eocrafter -
we're planning on getting married 0ct 08 too! what day are y'all planning? we're heading for 28... i never considered halloween candy for favors. that's a good idea!
i feel like having fall/halloweeny colors now. dang it for changing my mind haha


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: rhettsmommy on September 15, 2007 11:40:30 PM
Okay, so this is my first post, I am very, very, not savvy when it comes to this sort of thing, but have stayed up many nights over the past few weeks reading all the wonderful posts and loving all the ideas, I just couldn't help but join in.  So here goes, my HUGE list of DIY for my 03/29/08 wedding: colors are red & turquoise with tan as the neutral.

stringing beads for corners of table overlay (a little over 1/2 done)
save the date (done and mailed!), invites, programs, guest book, etc (lay out incomputer done, waiting on paper to come in)
card box (together waiting on engagement pics to come back)
BM necklaces (only have 2 left to do!) (done!)
Flower girl headpiece & necklacedone
unity candledone
remembrance candles
camera scavenger hunt cards
embroidered hankie for Mom's and Grandmom's
flowers
cake table table clothdone

This helped, I was feeling a little overwhelmed, but I don't think I have as much to do as I thought.  This however, will probably change in a few weeks when I get started on the invites!



Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: thekster on September 16, 2007 03:56:10 AM
Our wedding date has been changed from October 29, 2009 to March 22, 2009, and from Sylvan Beach Pavilion in La Porte, TX to Rosemary's Garden in Houston, Texas. Lots and lots of changes, rawr.

Paper
Large photo signature mat
Monogram
Invitations
RSVP cards
Announcement cards
Save the date magnets
Favor boxes (2 kinds!)
Favors
“Be my bridesmaid card
Rehearsal dinner invitations
Fan programs
Table numbers (will be pieces of paper with table numbers and different pictures of us, laminated and tied to a small rock. This will be placed in a tall glass vase with other similar rocks, then filled with water, and the whole doodad will be place on top of a circular mirror that our wedding location is providing)
Escort cards
Thank you cards (won't be able to do these til after the wedding)
Card box


Appearance
Dress
My mom hemmed the dress and still needs to do the bustle
Veil
My mom attached a blusher veil to the veil, but I don't really like how she did it :/
Buy a replacement engagement ring (bought on 9/23/07)

pearl necklace/bracelet/earring set
My mom bought this set, and my former boss gave me some dangly pearl earrings that sorta match that I will be wearing as well, and I added a heart charm to the necklace.
shoes  I've bought THREE pairs of shoes but I think my feet got fat cuz two of the pairs don't feel very good anymore. I've settled on a pair of silver kitten heel shoes cuz I don't wanna be taller than my groom in our pics.
Bridesmaids dresses, all bought
Bridesmaids' reversible shawls
Make new glass black pearl necklaces and earrings for bridesmaids
Make purses filled with bridesmaidy stuff

Flowers
Flower girl basket
Throwing flowers for basket
Bouquet
Boutonnieres/corsages
Bouquet charms
Pearl/clear bead accent sticks


Decoration
pretty pen and holder for signing in
Bunch of weddingy frames to put pictures of us near the guest book
Unity candle (have tapers, need to buy middle candle and decorate)
Unity candle holder
Memorial candles for my father and father-in-law
Bouquet holders
“Reserved” signs for family’s seats
Toasting glasses for bride and groom Decorate "L" on holder
Silver cake base



Misc.
Bridesmaids’/groomsmen’s gifts
Groom’s gift (survival kit on craftster) bought naughty stuff still need to make black pouch
Handkerchief for me
Handkerchief for mom/mother in law
Ring bearer pillows
Photographer
Cake
Cake topper
Website with rsvp
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Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: sweets4ever on September 16, 2007 01:29:26 PM
I have a kid's coloring activity book with a word search I can post/send you, if that will help.

I bought our tablecloths from Ebay if you'd like the seller's info.  I'm going to resell them on Craiglist once I get my bootie in gear. :D


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: thekster on September 16, 2007 02:41:26 PM
Maybe it was you who I got the idea from (the word search.) I loved a lot of your stuff hehe :)  It was someone on crafster. I don't think there will be many kids at our wedding so I'm not too concerned with kid's activities. This one was for entertainment during the coctail hour.
See the problem with trying to do anything right now is, we don't have a location booked so we don't know how much space we'll have or what we'll really need. If we go with the church, we'll have tables and chairs and I think table cloths but I dunno. Unfortunately, that's probably where we're gunna have to have it. :/
How much were the table cloths? And what color are yours/how many do you have? I've never gone to craigslist but I just may end up trying to buy them from you


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: ruby_soho on September 16, 2007 03:15:45 PM
sweets, i would love the sellers info :)


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: sweets4ever on September 16, 2007 04:56:34 PM
Here's the whole coloring book.  You could just snag the word search outta it. :)  I took the pages from someone on TheKnot, I think?  If it was someone on here, smack me & I'll add credit info!! :)
https://www.craftster.org/member_projects/sweets4ever/ColoringBook.doc

Here's who I bought my table cloths from http://stores.ebay.com/American-Linen
I originally wanted Ivory, but after speaking with her, she was sold out (her vendor didn't have any available at the time) so I got khaki.  They got here super fast and were perfect.  I got 52x114 rectangular.  Here they are right after I took them out of the box to play with https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=193227.0

I bought our flatware from Ebay, too.  I'm all about saving money. :D  It was cheaper to buy flatware and have it shipped to us then to rent locally per piece.  So now we have a crap ton of silverware. (I want to bend it all https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=117157.0, but hubby wants me to sell it on Craiglist) :D  He's a great seller if anyone is looking for flatware.  He sent a few free steak knives as gifts! :) http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&rd=1&item=150090868014&ssPageName=STRK:MEWN:IT&ih=005

I bought our glasses from the Dollar Store and rented white dinner plates and ruby red napkins.

thekster, when do you think you'll be booking your location?  It totally makes you feel better once you have a place booked and good to go.  Well, it did with me at least. :D  I felt like it took a big chunk off my shoulders.

The beach sounds like such a beautiful idea!  I am bias though.  I like outdoor weddings.  Another con to having it on the beach is having to set up two plans - one for rain & one for shine.  Just something else to consider (like you needed more, right?)


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: Kiwimonkey on September 16, 2007 08:50:11 PM
thought everyone would like to know that you can make crossword puzzles, word-finds and other word games online at http://puzzlemaker.discoveryeducation.com/ (http://puzzlemaker.discoveryeducation.com/) 
It's a really cool, fun site!


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: thekster on September 16, 2007 09:49:21 PM
Kiwimonkey, if you posted that before, then I got it from you. Either way, that's the website that I plan to use. I'm lazy and figure that will be easier than making one on my own.
Sweets, that's a cute little coloring book. It would go perfect with the heart crayons that someone (you, maybe?) posted on here. I reaaaalllly don't want kids at the wedding though, other than my fiance's nephews and neice. I'm hoping his twin nephews will be the ringboys (it doesn't seem fair to just pick one) and his niece will be the flower girl. The third boy will be too young to be involved really. You know, I may make that coloring book for them, if nothing else. Yay I can use those crayons now! :)
Hmmm... I'm kinda longing for white or ivory tablecloths, but kakhi might be okay. They're kind of sandy looking, which would be good for the beach. And white plates sure would pop against the kakhi.
I have to check around, but I wonder if it would be cheaper to rent plates/glasses/silverwear than to buy them (Dollar Tree, of course!) The problem with buying though is that you'll have tons left over. If I buy, I think I'll use the glasses as a favor.
 
I have noooo idea when we'll book the location. There was this one place by the beach where we both grew up that we liked, but they book about 2 years in advance. They're too expensive, for the amount of time we'd be able to have, plus you have to use their crappy caterers. I'd really love to have it at a beach house cuz the ones around here are pretty much all on stilts, so if it came to it, we could have it inside or under the house if it rained. Unfortunately, most of the ones I found that would be large enough either didn't allow parties or family reunions or they didn't reply to me. When I get a chance, I'm going to start searching again to try and find the perfect one. I'll be so happy when we get the majority of the list done!
I don't think you live near me, or even in my state, but where did you rent your napkins and dinner plates? Did you have a good experience with them?


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: sweets4ever on September 17, 2007 04:40:16 AM
Check your local rental prices versus the dollar store/Ebay prices.  It's a few hours worth of research, but if you're looking to save money, it's worth it.  It's the only thing that determined what we bought and what we rented.

Bought:
Tablecloths $10.83/each, delivered to my door versus ~$18.00 + delivery fees for rentals
Flatware $0.24/piece, delivered to my door versus ~$0.40 + delivery fees for rentals
Glasses $1/each I found these cheaper at rental until they built in delivery, taxes, processing fees, blah blah blah.

Rented:
10" White dinner plates (I asked for the least expensive, specifically) $0.50/each
Linen napkins (least expensive in ruby red) $0.75/each

I'm in Central Ohio...where are ya?  I rented the plates & napkins from the same place - Made From Scratch, http://www.made-from-scratch.com/.  Great experience!  My rep was very nice and I think she answered 10 e-mails from me one day. :D  We picked up our order instead of having it delivered (at her suggestion - saved us $50).

My thoughts were that it saved us money and even if we have lots left over, we could resell via Ebay/Craiglist (recoup some moola!) or donate to a church, youth group, etc.

Another thing to consider is time schedules.  MFS didn't require we return the rentals until Tuesday (our wedding was on a Sunday), but some of the places I got quotes from wanted them returned the same night or Monday morning.  We left for our first honeymoon Sunday night, so that would have been a pain in the bootie for our family/friends to deal with.


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: sweets4ever on September 17, 2007 04:43:47 AM
That's a really good idea to use the glasses as favors, too!

I bought a ton of charger plates from Hobby Lobby with coupons that we used for appetizers and such.  I think I'm going to recraft them and gift them for Christmas this year.  I'm thinking about some mosaics like these https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=186953.0  It would be neat to pass along a piece of the wedding that way.

I don't know if I'm going to resell our drinking glasses or maybe use some of those for gel candles at Christmas, too.

I'm still in the honeymoon phase. :D  I don't want to think about the details...lol.  I need a margarita!


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: thekster on September 17, 2007 06:22:35 AM
Haha I had to google "charger plate" to figure out what that was. So you didn't actually use them as charger plates, but for appetizers? Are they cheaper than regular plates then? Those mosaics are really pretty though; you should try it!
You know, I heard somewhere that gel candles (the gel itself) are much more likely to catch on fire. We had gel candles in our prom glasses (our prom sponsor was persuaded by the president of SADD that the empty glasses would promote underage drinking) and I refused to light it hah.
Speaking of margaritas.... well not really. Speaking of alcohol...My friend is turning 21 on the 18th, so I tried to make her a jello shot. It didn't gel haha


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: sweets4ever on September 17, 2007 06:29:38 AM
Ha! :D  Yeah, we didn't use them as charger plates.  They are realllly pretty, so we used them for appetizers.  I found some in deep red wine & black and they are sort of shimmery.  Originally I wanted them stacked in pretty towers with inverted parfait glasses between them for height, but in the rush of setting up, that didn't happen.

I heard/read that about gel candles, too.  Something about them exploding. :D  That didn't stop me from making them as gifts a few years ago... lol. 

OOh... alcohol.  There's something else for you to think about. :D  Are you going to serve it at your reception?  It's a big cost factor.


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: thekster on September 17, 2007 06:26:49 PM
Hmm for some reason, I didn't see the post of yours before the charger plate one. I'll have to do some research then. Anything to save money, right? :)
As far as alcohol goes, I really don't want to serve it at the wedding for a couple of reasons. My fiance's family has a couple of people who, IMO, drink too much. His mom goes out and drinks probably more than 2x a wekk and then thinks its okay when her boyfriend gets a DUI, and one of his brothers is always in jail for DUI or other drug-related charges... His little brother is under the age but I think he would still try to drink it anyways. Plus, the cost of it all.
BUT what would we do our toasting with?


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: LindsayLuu on September 18, 2007 09:41:06 AM
Ok, I'm in!  Here is my list.  The wedding is Sept 27, 2008.  I just booked my venue and photographer, so now onto the DIYing. 

1. Invitations.  I don't know what I'm doing yet. I really wish I was a graphic designer! 
2. Place cards.  Pine cone adorned from Martha http://timlindsaywedding.blogspot.com/2007/09/pinecone-place-cards.html (http://timlindsaywedding.blogspot.com/2007/09/pinecone-place-cards.html)
3. Bouquets.  i just bought a ton of fall flowers at ACMoore for 1/2 off!
4. Cake topper.  My original idea was vetoed by just about everyone, so I'm back to the drawing board.
5. Favors.  Will be purchased bottles of maple syrup with ribbons and hand made tags. 
6. Bridesmaid gifts.
7. tissue holders for the moms and grandmas.  Maybe I'll sew them, maybe I'll buy them on etsy! 
8. centerpieces. 
9. Shawls???  If my crocheting skills improve by then!
10. Veil (mom will be helping with this)
11. Card box.
12. waxed leaves http://www.gardenandhearth.com/SketchingandDrawing/Preserve-Autumn-Leaves.htm (http://www.gardenandhearth.com/SketchingandDrawing/Preserve-Autumn-Leaves.htm)

That's all for now!!


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: sweets4ever on September 18, 2007 09:45:34 AM
Congrats!!

Curious - what was your original cake topper idea? :D


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: LindsayLuu on September 18, 2007 10:12:17 AM
the original idea was to rip off the folks at patchnyc.com and try to make my own.  Here's a link to what they look like.  I shouldn't say rip off, more like I was goint make a similar item, but in my own unique way!

http://timlindsaywedding.blogspot.com/2007/09/these-are-expensive-for-my-budget.html


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: sweets4ever on September 18, 2007 10:15:05 AM
Aw!  Those are cute!  Someone posted similar ones recently that were super cute!  Why did everyone veto? :(  I thought you had some crazy, off the wall idea!


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: LindsayLuu on September 18, 2007 10:19:46 AM
everyone thinks they are crazy and off the wall.  Most said they looked "creepy".  I'm talking my mom, my moh, sister inlaw, finacee... they all hate them. 

I already bought most of the stuff to make them.  I might still do it just for fun!


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: sweets4ever on September 18, 2007 10:29:07 AM
I think they are vintage and fun looking.  You should totally just make 'em for fun. :)


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: LindsayLuu on September 18, 2007 11:45:50 AM
I wonder if anyone reading this might know where to find those tiny tophats.  my craft store didn't have them small enough.  Otherwise I may have to commission someone to make them out of clay for me. 

going back to my original post, has anyone tried making the tiny flowers out of pinecones?  I'm going to get started on them as soon as the cones I got from etsy come in the mail.  I imagine it will take a lot of glue and some eye strain!


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: thekster on September 18, 2007 01:55:24 PM
starting at 500 bucks? that's rediculous! I swear... as soon as you slap "wedding" on something, it seems they increase the price to way more than it should be.
*shakes head*


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: LindsayLuu on September 18, 2007 02:01:39 PM
for real.  I spent about $5 on pipe cleaners and wooden heads, and I got enough to make 8 of them!  The lace and ribbon and embellishments might add up, but not to near 500 dollars.  crazy NYC folks.   :)


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: sweets4ever on September 18, 2007 05:39:55 PM
I have some tiny top hats!  Let me see how big they are.


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: sweets4ever on September 18, 2007 05:58:06 PM
:D



Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: LindsayLuu on September 18, 2007 08:23:41 PM
perfect!  Can I swap something for it?  PM me!!


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: sweets4ever on September 19, 2007 04:21:05 AM
PMing ya! :D  No need to swap.  I have plenty & don't know what to do with them. :D


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: iheartmyTHO on September 20, 2007 03:39:35 PM
here's a pic of my bridesmaids wearing the clapotis shawls i knitted for them.  thank God i only had two bridesmaids since i finished the 2nd one a week before the wedding.



Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: Banga on September 21, 2007 12:32:46 PM
What a fun wedding party! You did a lovely job!

And sweets, I can't help asking why on earth you have a bunch of teeny top hats lying around!?


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: sweets4ever on September 21, 2007 12:34:28 PM
And sweets, I can't help asking why on earth you have a bunch of teeny top hats lying around!?

:D  I wonder the same!  My MIL gave me a huge crate full of all sort of misc. old school craft supplies... googley eyes, little top hats, teeny tiny doll hands & feet, tiny plastic chicken feet (?!?), bells, little wooden doodads, etc.  I couldn't throw them away! :D


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: Banga on September 21, 2007 12:42:27 PM
Well then, I know who to PM when I have a desperate need for chicken feet.


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: sweets4ever on September 21, 2007 12:43:17 PM
Plastic MINI chicken feet. ;D


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: thekster on September 21, 2007 04:31:53 PM
hahah ahhh you crazy kids


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: daisy525 on September 21, 2007 06:19:14 PM
I think those cake toppers are cute!  Tell your family it could be worse...I think we're going to use Han Solo and Princess Leia action figures for our cake topper.  I think it will be cute as my fiance is a big star wars fan.  I may fashion a little veil for princess Leia and a tie or something for Han.


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: sweets4ever on September 21, 2007 08:47:06 PM
I think those cake toppers are cute!  Tell your family it could be worse...I think we're going to use Han Solo and Princess Leia action figures for our cake topper.  I think it will be cute as my fiance is a big star wars fan.  I may fashion a little veil for princess Leia and a tie or something for Han.

Oh, that's great stuff.  So great :D


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: LindsayLuu on September 21, 2007 08:53:33 PM
I think the star wars topper would be super cute!!


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: jilted on September 24, 2007 11:30:11 AM
lindsayluu ur marrying a tim? i'm lindsey and i'm marrying a tim.....this just gets stranger every day! just tell me our wedding colors arent the same and i wont have to brand you a doppleganger (ps not to be creepy but i looked at ur blogger and i think we're even the same age!)


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: goldfishhead on September 24, 2007 01:47:09 PM
Wow, all this talk of renting and buying flatware and plates and servingware and stuff is makeing me realy glad my intended location provides all that (my old college. yay for "alumni discounts" ha.) That sounds like a serious pain!


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: thekster on September 24, 2007 04:04:57 PM
Hmmm... you're considered an alumni after how many hours? Or do you have to graduate from the college to be an alum? My college is 1.5 hours away so I don't think many people would want to travel for that :/
I wonder how churches would do it. You can rent out a church for the day that you don't attend, right?


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: sweets4ever on September 24, 2007 06:42:56 PM
Depends on the church, thekster.  Some churches want you to be part of their congregation.


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: thekster on September 25, 2007 04:11:48 AM
Lame. My church is in a kinda creepy part of town, and it's kinda far away. My mom said I should figure out if I could rent one around here cuz she didn't think people would want to go that far.
BUT! While I was driving around for hourssss (really just 1.5) I realized that if we have the wedding where I actually WANT it to be (in a beach house or on the beach), guests will have to drive kind of far anyway. (We live in La Porte TX and where I want to have it would be in Galveston or Surfside TX. Probably about 45 minutes to an hour something away, depending on traffic. We COULD always do it in LP cuz we are a coastal town, but our beach is stupid. Supposedly, we once had sand on our beaches but Hurricane Alicia took it. Grrr. Now we just have rocks and grass.) This is gunna be one of my many stupid questions, but is there a normal amount of driving time that people would generally be willing to drive? I know my family would but probably with some complaints (my grandparents and brother) and 2 of my friends would do it pretty much no matter how far it was, but the rest I'm not so sure.
Sweets, just so you know, I keep looking at your posts to grab some inspiration from you whenever I'm feeling lazy. You're one of the Craftsters whose stuff I almost always, if not always, love. :)


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: sweets4ever on September 25, 2007 04:24:11 AM
I think it depends on the relation of the person to me as to how far I would drive.  For example, I wouldn't drive 3 hours for a cousin I haven't spoken with in a few years, but I would drive 12 hours for my brother's wedding - no doubt!  Our wedding was super small (50 guests), but we did have a lot of people drive 3 hours (because we don't live in our hometown) and some fly from California & Minnesota to us in Ohio.  For local folks, the drive was 15 - 30 minutes to the ceremony & reception sites.

That's so sweet!! *blush*  I have some more stuff to post from the wedding (programs & weird little stuff), but now I'm kinda lazy. :D  I think I'm in wedding detox!  Hahaha.


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: thekster on September 25, 2007 04:34:45 AM
You and Mar and I think theBon are the ones that stand out the most to me. I'm sure there are tons others that I like but you guys are my fave. :)
Haha well, you're a newlywed so I think everyone will forgive you for not posting the other stuff yet ;) I'm sure when we get married I'll be in the "screw everything" mentality and just want to spend time with my husband. No Craftster for at least....24 hours hahah.


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: thekster on September 26, 2007 04:42:46 AM
It makes me so excited to get more things from my list completed! We got my engagement ring on Sunday and had it resized tonight (I love wearing it!) And between taking the ring in and picking it up, I made the pearl accent beads for my bouquet. (I'm just updating everything I did towards the bottom of page 30, so there are a couple of new pictures on my post.)


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: sweets4ever on September 26, 2007 04:47:13 AM
The pearl accents are very pretty!  Congrats on getting your ring...woohoo!


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: thekster on September 26, 2007 05:10:49 AM
Thank you :) I keep looking at them cuz I like 'em so much haha. I've looked online for pictures of bouquets that used accents but I couldn't really find any so I'm not really sure how I should put them in. I kind of just arranged them on the outside of the bouquet but I'm not sure I like it. Off to search for more pictures hah


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: sweets4ever on September 26, 2007 05:11:43 AM
I think you should take a pic & show us. ;D

...I'm such a photo whore. :D


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: Sabriel on October 05, 2007 06:59:06 PM
I'm back after the wedding/honeymoon and putting up pictures finally!  Things were too crazy before to get the pics up.  Enjoy!  (It's going to be a little picture heavy!)

Invitation:



Programs:



Table numbers:



Army of favors!

And a close up:



Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: sweets4ever on October 05, 2007 07:25:59 PM
OOhh.. pretties!

Congrats!


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: rhettsmommy on October 08, 2007 05:12:28 PM
Very pretty!  I am using the dark red and brown also, but with turquoise mixed in.  Have not yet decided on my programs, love the simplicity of yours, may have to...steal...borrow??? it!


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: thekster on October 08, 2007 06:21:13 PM
OK, Ms Photo Whore (aka Sweets :) ) I don't know where I put my bouquet at the moment, but I have finished my necklace and earrings, and have mostly finished my bracelet. (I left the supplies on the floor, and someone I think stepped on it, which broke part of the clasp. Sad.) My jewelry is really similar to the bouquet accents, except the accents are on wire stems.
LOTSSS of pictures/explanations.
The necklace/bracelet/earrings in the center are mine. The earrings to the left are my sisters (my maid of honor) and the three to the right are the other bridesmaids' if I decide to have them. I haven't finished their necklaces because I need different necklace stuff. They only get a couple of beads for their necklace, and no bracelet.


Detail sorta (really blurry, I know)

I didn't take this picture, but this is EXACTLY the same clasp as mine. Mine was too blury and shiney to tell what it was.


OK, since they're really blurry, here's the details: The bridal set are made with clear (rondelle?) beads, and pearl beads alternately. The earrings have  4 pearls and 3 clear beads (and a crimp bead cover at the bottom.) The MOH earrings have 3 pearls and 2 clear beads. The others have 2 clear beads and 1 pearl (and crimp bead covers on each end)


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: thekster on October 08, 2007 06:36:13 PM
Oh, I'm silly. I've already posted the accent stems on page 30.


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: sweets4ever on October 08, 2007 06:38:05 PM
Ooohh... pretties!!  I love your clasp!  You're making killer progress!


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: Sabriel on October 08, 2007 06:51:21 PM
Thanks gals!

Rhettsmommy, I'm happy you like my programs enough to consider doing it for yourself!  I think the turquoise would really pop with the brown!

Thekster, that clasp is lovely!

Everyone's crafting is beautiful!  Keep the pictures coming!   :D


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: thekster on October 08, 2007 07:02:56 PM
Thanks :) I love lilies, so when I saw that on someone's etsy thing, I searched for them on ebay and then just happened to find the clasps at Handcock Fabrics.
Man, I got really emotional when I was scratching off more stuff on my "to do" list cuz I was like, wow...this is really happening.


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: zarafa on October 09, 2007 08:23:46 PM
ok, i'm in for the craftalong too.  i figure if i keep cruising the thread for ideas to steal inspiration, the least i can do is add my stuff to try to inspire other people :)

we're in central ohio but we're getting married in my fiance's hometown in upstate new york next october.  its going to be in his family's apple orchards so we're going with a fall-ish theme.  the colors are dark brown, copperish/orange and gold accents.

here's my constantly growing list of things to craft:

  • invitations
  • programs
  • unity candle - haven't really decided what i'm doing with this yet
  • vases/picture framse - for pictures of each of our grandparents who  have passed away
  • bouquets
  • bridesmaids wraps - 1 down, 3 to go
  • corn sacks for bridesmaid gifts
  • Card box
  • table runners
  • favors - probably going to tie some ribbon around some sparklers because the reception is going to be outside in a tent
  • flower girl baskets - there's two because i can't have one niece without the other
  • centerpieces #1- this is going to involve gluing fall leaves to pillar candles and arranging different sized ones on gold chargers
  • centerpieces #2 (because i'm a masochist apparently) - we're going to get small baskets and fill them with apples and i think i may stencil something on the baskets
  • bobbing for apples - i'd like to stencil something on a galvanized tub to make it a little prettier and then we're going to make like kids and bob for apples :)
  • some kind of pew decorations for the church... possibly involving some gossamer and sticks.  i'm counting on some creative friends and family to help with some of these
  • tent decorations - i don't know quite what all we're going to do for the tent.  probably some more gossamer and white lights, some leaf garland... who knows


eek that's a lot.  thank goodness i've got a whole year.


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: sweets4ever on October 09, 2007 08:25:43 PM
*squeeeeel!!*  Central Ohio bride!  *squeeeeel*

Sorry, just had to get that out of my system.


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: thekster on October 09, 2007 08:52:09 PM
Oooh bobbing for apples sounds neat! I've never done that; it might kinda creep people out though cuz all the germy spit and stuff haha. Make sure no one's sick :)
Hey you should do some neat garnishes with apples. Theres a tut somewhere on how to make a swan out of an apples. You could put them at the top of your centerpieces #2; I mean, you said you're a masochist hehe


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: zarafa on October 09, 2007 09:18:22 PM
*squeeeeel!!*  Central Ohio bride!  *squeeeeel*

Sorry, just had to get that out of my system.

O-H...   ;D  i'm in good ol' cbus.  i figured it would be easier to get people to and from a wedding on a saturday in october if they didn't have to contend with the football traffic.


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Oooh bobbing for apples sounds neat! I've never done that; it might kinda creep people out though cuz all the germy spit and stuff haha. Make sure no one's sick

it was my sister's idea and i think its great, though in actuality it will probably be mostly the kiddies (and the drunk uncles) who participate.

this is the goal for the candle centerpieces, the idea came from family circle magazine 

here (http://www.pbase.com/image/87000131) you can see the picture a little bigger



Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: sweets4ever on October 09, 2007 09:50:57 PM
*squeeeeel!!*  Central Ohio bride!  *squeeeeel*

Sorry, just had to get that out of my system.

O-H...   ;D  i'm in good ol' cbus.  i figured it would be easier to get people to and from a wedding on a saturday in october if they didn't have to contend with the football traffic.

:D So true!

I went to a wedding at the OSU alumni building last Saturday.  Of course, they had a red/grey & OSU theme. :D








Our wedding was in August at the Park of Roses.  Oohh...want my wedding magazines?  I can't bear to throw them away (stop laughing at me).


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: Muria on October 10, 2007 04:29:12 AM

this is the goal for the candle centerpieces, the idea came from family circle magazine 

 here (http://www.pbase.com/image/87000131) you can see the picture a little bigger

Those are great centerpieces!  I love the autumn leaves!


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: facelikeallama on October 10, 2007 01:27:33 PM
People looking classy in OSU apparel!  Can't say I see that often.   ;)

Hehe, just kidding.  I go to CCAD so yay for C-bus!


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: sweets4ever on October 10, 2007 01:46:18 PM
People looking classy in OSU apparel!  Can't say I see that often.   ;)

Hehe, just kidding.  I go to CCAD so yay for C-bus!

haha! :D


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: zarafa on October 10, 2007 01:47:21 PM
if you are looking for a good home for your wedding magazines, i will totally take them.  i can never have too many :)


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: Banga on October 11, 2007 12:21:29 PM
Haha! I feel that way about the magazines too, although I got over my initial obsession after I saw what I was actually spending. I also got a pit peeved at how some of the magazines make you feel like you must have that $30,000 wedding to be worthy, so now I just think of them as pretty pictures. And then I think, "how can I make that for half the price?" They are great inspiration!


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: sweets4ever on October 11, 2007 12:56:53 PM
Haha! I feel that way about the magazines too, although I got over my initial obsession after I saw what I was actually spending. I also got a pit peeved at how some of the magazines make you feel like you must have that $30,000 wedding to be worthy, so now I just think of them as pretty pictures. And then I think, "how can I make that for half the price?" They are great inspiration!

I love that some of the magazines about crafting on a budget are $5 - $10. :D  Something's just not right about that, ha!


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: thekster on October 11, 2007 09:26:44 PM
5 - 10 dollars? Is that even possible???


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: sweets4ever on October 12, 2007 04:59:00 AM
:D!!  The magazines cost $5 - 10.


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: thekster on October 12, 2007 06:08:13 PM
Ohhhh hahah sorry. Blonde moment.


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: thekster on October 22, 2007 10:46:26 PM
I'm so excited! I just bought my shoes today. They're lacey and have a peek-toe or whatever it's called and stilleto. The only thing is that they're silver, and my dress is white. I figure silver isn't bad though since I have silver in some of my other stuff and they're going to be covered most of the time anyways.
I was so depressed this weekend though. Some of my friends from Cosmetology and I went to the mall, and ended up shoe-shopping for the wedding, and the last place we went to was JC Penny's I think... I saw some shoes that were similar to the ones I saw in Payless a lonnnng time ago and loved. The original ones were white dyeables with a pointy toe, stilleto heels, and a pearl strap. The ones at Penny's were pointy toe, stiletto heels with two rows of tiny pearls on the strap and along the edge of the foot part (crappy description, I know.) I've gained quite a bit of weight since my dad died, and I didn't realize that my calves have become so untoned (they used to be CRAZY toned. Pretty much the only part of my body I liked hah) and when I tried on the shoes, the strap was really tight on my ankle. I didn't realize you could gain weight in your ankle! GRRR.
Long story. Sorry.
Also, we've pretty much decided we're going to have our wedding at the Sylvan Beach Pavilion at 6, and since we'll most likely have it there, I've also decided that I want the original three bridesmaids I decided on, plus 2 more. 5! We won't have enough groomsmen though probably :/


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: sweets4ever on October 22, 2007 10:51:33 PM
I want need to see your shoes!

Aww... sorry about your bad shoe weekend.  Yeah, you can totally gain weight in your ankles.  (I got sun poisoning on vacation in Florida last summer and my legs and ankles swelled up huggge.  Mr.sweets4ever swears that's what they're gonna look like when we have babies. :P)

Woohoo, 5 maids!  Very exciting.



Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: thekster on October 22, 2007 11:00:35 PM
Haha the first thing I wanted to do when I got home was take pictures to post on here. I'm so lame. Once I find my camera, I will definately take pictures.
Sun poisoning? That doesn't sound pleasant at all. I guess it's like a more severe version of a sunburn? Off-topic, but while we were at the mall, we saw a girl who was obviously in the last few weeks (hopefully) of her pregnancy and my friend who's been preggers before said the girl was probably miserable, and then she said something about wivestale stuff, how when you're having a girl, you swell all over and when you have a boy, it's pretty much just the belly. Hmmm. I really hope that's not true cuz I want a little girl haha.
Is 5 maids a bit much? I don't think 1 of them will be able to accept because she's a single mom with school, work, car payments, and other stuff that would generally make it harder, so most likely it will only be 4. I didn't realize how much stuff BM's have to pay for!


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: march on October 25, 2007 07:23:36 PM
5 maids is a-okay in my book! (since that's how many I have....) Our wedding party has 10 people in it and our entire wedding will have a max of seventy people.... To alleviate some of the expense for my maids, I'm letting them each buy their own dress in any style as long as in my color scheme (gold and black). Hopefully this way they buy a dress they'll wear several times. I've also contracted with a salon to do their hair-- they'll just have to pay for the tip. Since our wedding is a four day affair, we're providing accommodation for them as well. We could potentially ask them to refund us for their room, but that just felt wrong to us. So, we're ponying  up the money. (psst.. check out where I'm getting married! www.batesmansion.com)

This is my original list from page.... 10? It's kind of scary on how little I've actually done! Ack!

Wedding date: March 1, 2008

To Do:
Make/Embroider Welcome Totes (1/2 done, only 25 more to make!)
Make Clay Mugs(nixed this, we purchased them instead... due to time)
Make Soaps (nixed this too! I'm making Balsam pillows instead)
Make Save the Date Cards (DONE! and sent!)
Possibly make "Yeah we like to Party" Second Reception Invites
(We're getting married at a small beautiful location, and can only invite family, so we're doing a huge BBQ in the summer for everyone)
Determine and work out centerpieces(DONE! Purchasing the containers tomorrow and going to dig up baby Christmas trees next weekend!)
Make tags for Maple Syrup Favors
Decide what to do/Make for the wedding party (Decided! I'm making small lap quilts, I have the tops of two done!)
Make table runners (added 1/9) (still not done.. I need to purchase more fabric)
Design/Make Programs (added 1/9)
Continue to create Playlist for Wedding Music (added 1/9) (getting better each day!)
Make Kate & Dave's Awesome Mix CD & Case  (added 1/9)
Tears of Joy Tissue Packets seen here...  (starting this weekend!) https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=126904.0
Make labels for pickle favors (added 10/25)
Make guest book (added 10/25)

So things are moving along.... I think. I have a photographer! a florist! a cake baker! a DJ! Storytellers! Musicians! PHEW

and! My dress is being altered! And I bought my shoes... LOOK!
http://www.zappos.com/n/p/p/7191463/c/711.html (http://www.zappos.com/n/p/p/7191463/c/711.html) They weren't my first choice, but Two Lips stopped making the style I wanted. I am getting so excited for this!


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: sweets4ever on October 26, 2007 04:23:52 AM
WOWIE, March!  You sure took on a LOT of stuff!  Your wedding stressed me out just reading about it. :D


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: Muria on October 26, 2007 04:47:46 AM
Off-topic, but while we were at the mall, we saw a girl who was obviously in the last few weeks (hopefully) of her pregnancy and my friend who's been preggers before said the girl was probably miserable, and then she said something about wivestale stuff, how when you're having a girl, you swell all over and when you have a boy, it's pretty much just the belly. Hmmm. I really hope that's not true cuz I want a little girl haha.

It's pretty much individual.  I was completely comfortable with 3/4 of my pregnancies, and the one who was uncomfortable was my 10 pound baby boy.  I will say, though, that my daughter was the one who gave me all my stretch marks, even though she was the smallest of the bunch.  In unrelated news, I had 4 bridesmaids, and probably would have had 5, but one of my best friends had an interview for a college the same day as my wedding, though I'm not sure where we would have dug up another groomsman.  ;D

Back on subject, though: what are pickle favors?

Make labels for pickle favors (added 10/25)



Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: march on October 26, 2007 02:01:40 PM
haha.... well my Mom just happens to make the best bread and butter pickles in the world! I just love them! So, everyone is getting a pint of pickles... and then my FI's family makes maple syrup. So.. pickles and syrup at the wedding.  Yeehaw.

My mom and I just had a wedding conference today. The pickles are done (thank goodness), but she really has no concept of money. Either that or she's willing to pay a lot more for the wedding than previously stated. All of her ideas are expensive!

I'm really detail orientated, so although it seems like a lot, it's really not. Plus, it's a FOUR day wedding! It makes it so much more complex.  ;D

We may have an uneven amount of groomsmen and bridesmaid... but that's fairly common, so I wouldn't stress over uneven numbers.


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: sweets4ever on October 26, 2007 02:02:42 PM
What do the four days entail?  What's the itin?  I gotta know.  I'm totally intrigued now. :D


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: thekster on October 27, 2007 07:07:12 PM
March -
FOUR days?? Jeez, I'd like to know what that entails too.
Pickles and maple syrup? What an odd combination haha. Is the combination of you and your honey an odd one too? (Odd as in...opposite. Not bad "odd.") My ex knew someone who made pickles and they were SOOOO delicious (and I hate pickles usually.) They were called "coon-a** pickles" and I've never had them again. Man... I'd almost get back with him if I could get those pickles hahah j/k
Hmm, I didn't see the last thing you wrote until replying. I was thinking that if we had about one less groomsman then bridesmaids then I would be in the center, which would be cool (haha) but I'd feel bad for not having an attendant for the last bridesmaid. I think we would be short 2 though :/ I'm a stickler for symmetry though so it might bother me. This is an odd comment, but have you noticed you'll have 1/10 of your guests or whatever on stage with you?
Muria -
10 POUND BABY?? Oh my. That makes me want to rethink a natural birth haha.


BTW, when should you send out a STD? I'm not sure that we will even do one because I think I read or was told that you really only need to if it's going to be on/around a holiday or on the weekend. Should I still send one out? It'll be on a Weds at 6pm if we get the place/date/time we want.


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: Banga on October 28, 2007 08:03:59 AM
Personallay, I think people should keep their STD's to themselves.  :P But really, you can send them anywhere from a year to 6 mos. in advance, it really depends on your guests. If you have people who will need to book flights and hotels, the earlier the better I say. However, I'm not even doing them, although I may do a little email for a few out of state ppl. Our group is small and most of them know already!


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: march on October 29, 2007 05:09:05 AM
The STD really depends on your location, timing, and your guests. For example, if you're getting married at a place and time that typically attracts a lot of tourists, you want to get your STDs out about 8-6 months in advance. I'm getting married in a ski town in the winter-- typically hotels are fully booked on the weekend by the first weekend in Dec. So I sent my STDs out in July. If all of your guests are local then they're really not that necessary--- your family and friends already know about the wedding and will likely stay at their own homes.

My four day wedding.. oh man.  We've rented our wedding venue (Bate's Mansion) and they turn the place over to us for four days. In return we get a historic mansion and field house from Thursday to Sunday. All of our wedding party, parents and grandparents will be staying there with us. They feed us delicious food every day and we party! We're getting married in front of the fireplace and my "aisle" is a sweeping staircase (hope I don't trip!). We'll all arrive Thursday. Then on Friday we'll go get pampered at a local spa, decorate, and have the rehearsal & dinner. On Saturday we'll get married and have a huge party that will go as long as the alcohol and music flow. Then on Sunday we'll have a farewell brunch and head off into the sunset.

Of course, the wedding has really precluded any kind of tropical honeymoon. But we are going to be concert hopping from city to city. Should be fun!

Did I mention my dog is my ring bearer?  ;D


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: thekster on October 29, 2007 11:19:44 PM
I'm so sad. I started making my bridesmaid cards, and I *HATE* the way they've turned out. NOTHING is working for me tonight. And to top it all off, I'm lightheaded from blowing the stray dots of embossing powder off the paper, which didn't even work right! GRRR.
I'm considering scrapping the whole project, but here's what I have so far: I printed out a poem and 2 hearts with an arrow through both of them on the inside, and then on the front there's a lady holding a bouquet (one little pink flower that's actually used in my real bouquet) and a bit of the material that's being used in my wedding to make it all 3d. Unfortunately, when I sewed the material's top and bottom edges and pleated the top, I guess I forgot to take into account the width of the dress so it doesn't fit. GRRRRRRR. I hate when things don't work out.
I'd take a picture to show you all but my camera is still missing, apparently at my grandmas.


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: sweets4ever on October 30, 2007 04:20:18 AM
Aww... sorry they didn't work out. :(  The design sounds awesome though!  Maybe it was just one of those nights.  Try again tonight or later in the week.


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: drunken monkey on October 30, 2007 11:26:05 AM
My wedding date is a while away yet, but I do want to do a lot of things  myself, so I'm hoping I can take care of it over time instead of being in a rush near the end.

Wedding Date: May 17, 2009

To Do:

invitations
ceremony card
map insert
RSVP/song request insert
menu cards
programs
program poster
thank-you cards
save-the-dates
photo books
guest book
bouquets
boutionniers
flower arrangements
succulent bowls
wheatgrass menu card holders
mini herb gardens
fortune cookie favours
cake decoration

I'm sure I'll think of more.


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: march on October 30, 2007 03:23:19 PM
Sounds like it's a good thing you have over a year to plan!  ;D

What's a succulent bowl? Is that your centerpiece filled with succulent plants? Or a delicious yummy food? (mmmm... I'm starving!)


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: thekster on October 30, 2007 06:06:46 PM
Drunken monkey  -I'm wondering the same thing as march. A lot of those things are pretty easily done so if you're anything like me, you'll try and get a bunch of things done way before hand so you're less stressed when the wedding comes :)
I just took pictures of my wedding shoes AND I finished my bridesmaids cards! Pics in a few minutes, hopefully


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: sweets4ever on October 30, 2007 06:07:35 PM
Welcome to the wedding craftalong, monkey!!

Ooooh.. pix from thekster, yay!


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: thekster on October 30, 2007 06:15:28 PM
So here are my wedding shoes. Ignore the tan thing at the ball of the foot part... When I tried them on with the little footie pantyhose and walked around, I kept slipping around so I bought these to help with that and for a little bit of comfort. They make my foot kinda tight in the shoe though so I may take them out.
I made two different types of bridesmaid cards, and 5 bm cards total. This is the front of all of them.

The material is what I'm using in the wedding, so it serves dual purpose - if I decide to have the bm's wear blue dresses, they can take this and match it up. The bouquet on here is made out of balled up tissue paper and green and pink ribbon torn into strips. On the necklace, there is a little rhinestone. I was going to emboss the black lines and the necklace, but I felt I couldn't control it well enough so I scrapped it and used permanent markers, and I colored in the top of the dress with a marker that just happened to match. (Yay for random assortments of markers my mom has lying around!)
This is on the inside left page. It's not really blue; the flash just didn't work very well.
 
On the inside right page, there are two different poems. My sister got a long one that she said made her cry!! That made me happy (cuz they were happy tears, I'm assuming. Not cuz I'm a jerk and want her to cry hah)


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: zarafa on October 30, 2007 07:18:56 PM
i'm digging the shoes, thekster!  one of my bridesmaids is coming into town this weekend and i think we're going to go shopping for shoes and jewelry.

so far i've managed to collect quite a bit of decoration stuff.  i've just been purchasing things here and there as i find them.  but i feel like the decorations are at least sort of coming together. the invitations, on the other hand... i haven't really made any progress on those.


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: thekster on October 30, 2007 09:53:45 PM
thanks!
i forgot to mention the reason i got lace ones is because my dress has quite a bit of lace on it. i wanted pearl stuff instead but what i found sucked.
do you have your location picked out? i need to call our place and see if we can have it on the day we want but i keep neglecting that. once i call them, i can get done all the stuff that needs to have the date/location on it (i.e save the date, invitations, programs...) what all do you have for deco so far? i don't have ANY really :/


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: zarafa on October 31, 2007 06:52:01 AM
we spent four days up in NY last weekend working on wedding details so we now have the ceremony site booked for our date and the reception is going to be in a tent on ken's parent's property so we talked to the rental company to get all of that stuff ironed out as well.

for decorations i have all the candles, leaves, and chargers to put together the candle centerpieces and i just recieved a bunch of baskets i ordered (these (http://www.gershelbros.com/product910.html)) for the other centerpieces.  i'm going to stencil something on them but i'm not sure what yet, then they are going to be filled with different kinds of apples from his brother's orchards.  and i got ribbon and candles for the unity candle.  At this point its a lot of assembling stuff, but i'm not in any rush to get that done yet.  oh and there were some nice 6-ft long fall garlands on sale at work last night so i bought a bunch of those as well. 

my sister is a teacher and she is in charge of decorating their school for homecoming and she suggested using gossamer fabric to decorate so i may look into that as well.  or i may put her in charge of it.

oh... and i'm about halfway done with knitting the first of the bridesmaids wraps.


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: dellastella on November 01, 2007 10:15:28 AM
I've been following this thread for quite a while, and now I get to finally throw my hat in the ring! My boytoy proposed a few weeks ago, and we're planning on a sunset lakeside wedding in Canada, eh, September 2008.

Here's my to do list:
- save the dates
- booklet invitations and rsvp cards
- bouquets
- boutionniers
- cake topper (teeny tiny muskoka chairs)
- cookie / candy table (as an alternative to cake)
- screenprinted out of town bags
- coordinating clutch purses for my bridesmaids
and the biggie...
- my wedding dress! I'll save you my rant on wedding dresses being ridic expensive for what they are, and just go with my second reason, which is that it will be an incredibly personal addition to the day. I've been sewing for years, so I know I'll be technically able to do it... still a little scary, though. :)

My mom - who taught me everything I know about sewing - is going to be helping me make bridesmaid dresses.

Instead of a guest book, we're asking guests to draw a loon on the back of their RSVP card to display at the reception.

My only problem with planning so far is that I have enough ideas for at least a dozen weddings! I'm trying very hard to consolodate it into only one.  :D

Good luck to all the other crafty brides here... and thanks for all the inspiration!!


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: thekster on November 01, 2007 01:12:56 PM
Congrats Della! Hah for some reason I somehow read that you're having it at a lakeside castle in Canada. Weird.But cool.


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: thekster on November 01, 2007 01:16:03 PM
BTW... YAY for crossing off more stuff on the list! I want to call the reception place but I'm scared cuz we don't have the money for the deposit ($500!!) right now


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: thekster on November 07, 2007 05:11:28 AM
Oh man. I'm finally starting to look for cakes, and just looking at a couple of websites, I'm getting a little worried. I only noticed two that mentioned a "booking fee." Is that a normal thing? And how much is considered normal? One had $75 and the other was $100. For as much money as these darned cakes cost, they better include serving or cutting or something. Grrr I hate spending money.


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: sweets4ever on November 07, 2007 05:17:24 AM
A few places that I had inquired to required deposits, but they applied toward the total cost of the cake.  All tastings were freeee!  You must go to tastings. ;D

We didn't pay a deposit or booking fee on our final decision.  We just paid for it all at once when we ordered & got it out of the way.


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: thekster on November 07, 2007 05:46:53 AM
See, that's what I was wondering... if the booking fee is really more of a deposit. Haha that's what I'm excited for - all the tastings. I'm not a very big cake person, so I'm hoping we can find one we both really really like. AND, I like chocolate cake and he doesn't. I figure we can always get both on different tiers, but I need to find out if different flavored layers costs more.
Man... I have NINE places in Houston to look into, and I just started looking for cakes. Rawr.
BTW, does anyone know if the caterers will offer tastings too? At the location we want, they have an "approved caterers" list with like 36 places and I've only crossed 7 off. (Ones I know I don't like/want.) Most are BBQ or Mexican food which I personally think don't lend themselves too much to being classy. I've never been to any of them so I don't know if I'll like them at all/enough to have at a wedding. Do the caterers generally cost more than the actual restaurant? (Johnny Carino's is on the list... I really liked them when I went there on a date once, but I didn't pay so I don't know how much they cost.)
Whoops, long post again


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: sweets4ever on November 07, 2007 06:00:32 AM
Neither of us like cake that much either, but our wedding cake was decadent and nummy... I couldn't believe how good a cake could taste...mmm.  I was used to typical dry wedding cakes. :D

We did 3 tiers...

6" round
chocolate cake with real strawberry layer filling
================
8" hexagon
white cake with chocolate ganache as layer filling
================
10" round - choco & strawberries again
(same as top layer)

...all covered in white buttercream, then piped with dark red detailing similar to my dress embroidery and lined with dark red ribbon at the bottom of each layer.

We did white and chocolate cake to give people variety, but most people waited for the chocolate layer to be cut. :D

If a caterer doesn't offer you a tasting, DON'T use them. :P  That's like buying a car without test driving it. :D


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: Banga on November 07, 2007 10:51:21 AM

If a caterer doesn't offer you a tasting, DON'T use them. :P  That's like buying a car without test driving it. :D
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Agreed! No way you should have to pay for tastings, or book anyone without a tasting first. Food is really important to us, so that was one of the clinchers when we booked our reception site.

As for cake, I'm making my own with my mom (old family recipe for a lemon filled cake with buttercream to go with my yellow theme) but you can definitely find reasonable prices if you look hard. Go with buttercream rather than fondant (takes less work so it is usually cheaper) and some type of cake topper or fresh flowers rather than candy or sugar decorations.


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: sweets4ever on November 07, 2007 10:54:34 AM

If a caterer doesn't offer you a tasting, DON'T use them. :P  That's like buying a car without test driving it. :D

Agreed! No way you should have to pay for tastings, or book anyone without a tasting first. Food is really important to us, so that was one of the clinchers when we booked our reception site.

As for cake, I'm making my own with my mom (old family recipe for a lemon filled cake with buttercream to go with my yellow theme) but you can definitely find reasonable prices if you look hard. Go with buttercream rather than fondant (takes less work so it is usually cheaper) and some type of cake topper or fresh flowers rather than candy or sugar decorations.
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I'm not usually a big lemon fan, but you made your cake sound so tasty!!

Great suggestions, too!


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: thekster on November 07, 2007 03:57:47 PM
Lame! I would definately not want to use someone who doesn't do tastings. For one, I wouldn't know what "the most important cake of our lives" would taste like before the actual event, and also I wouldn't get to fatten up before the wedding with all the tastings haha.
Hmmm... I saw lemony stuff on a lot of the websites, and I figured that would be one we wouldn't have to taste since neither of us like lemon. Do they let you taste EVERY flavor they have or just have you pick a couple you think you'd like?

Man... I don't even know what I want the cake to look like yet. Shape, color, tiers, blablabla... I think Johnny wants circles. I think, since we will hopefully be married by the beach, I like the idea of a sandcastley cake. Or at least a beach-themed cake. I hope the cake place will work with us though, because the ones I've seen like that haven't impressed me much. :/


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: sweets4ever on November 07, 2007 04:04:32 PM
The bakers we tasted with gave us big ole platters of different flavors of cake and different little "piles" of fillings to mix & match and taste, separately and together.  I'm not sure if they're all like that or not.  They all did ask us what we had in mind and if there was anything special we wanted arranged for the tastings before we went, though.

I had a pretty good idea of what I wanted before we went to each one... (I had a folder of pictures, colors, and flavors printed from each of their websites ;D - picture Monica from Friends with her "Wedding folder").


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: thekster on November 07, 2007 05:02:29 PM
Haha I wish I was anywhere near as organized as you are. I just now started a wedding binder, but that's only cuz all my bookmarked folders on my computer of wedding stuff has been lost due to my HP being a piece of crap. Now I basically am starting from scratch :( I figured a hard copy of all my wedding stuff would be a lot easier.
GRRR I want cake now!


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: sweets4ever on November 07, 2007 06:07:21 PM
Caakkkke. ;D



How are everyone else's checklists coming along?  Anyone have any fun updates??

I need a wedding fix!


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: zarafa on November 07, 2007 06:26:12 PM
that is awesome sweets! and i LOVE the stand you have it on.  where did you find that??

as for the checklist... nothing to cross off completely yet.  i got all the stuff for the unity candles and the centerpieces, but putting them together is a whole different story.  that may be something to get done over christmas break when school isn't so nuts.  i am about halfway done with the knitting of the first wrap for my bridesmaids.  i'm really pleased with the way its turning out.  i'll have to take an 'in progress' shot to share.


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: sweets4ever on November 07, 2007 06:28:26 PM
Ooh, please take in-progress shots!  I'd love to see.

The nerve of school, work, etc. to get in the way of wedding planning, right?  Argh!

The stand we actually rented from our baker.  It was $25, which was returned to us when we returned the stand.  So it was more like a deposit rather than a rental fee.  I had looked at some on Ebay that were similar and around that time they were all $60ish plus shipping, so renting/borrowing was the way to go for us!


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: TheBon on November 07, 2007 08:00:56 PM
Go with buttercream rather than fondant (takes less work so it is usually cheaper) and some type of cake topper or fresh flowers rather than candy or sugar decorations.

My only word of advice about this is that if you're having an outdoor wedding when it will be hot that fondant doesn't melt and slide apart like buttercream can. We went with fondant for that reason [although it barely cost us more] plus the smoothness of the fondant fit my very clean cake better than buttercream would have.


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: sweets4ever on November 07, 2007 09:11:31 PM
Oooh...good points, Bon!  I originally wanted fondant for the smooth look, but it was a few hundred more & we were indoors/AC so we opted buttercream.


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: thekster on November 07, 2007 10:22:28 PM
Sweets, your cake looks SO smooth. It's hard to believe it's buttercream. I love the stand too; I saw one at (I think) Who Made the Cake (a Houston bakery) except it was round. I hope they do it like a deposit too so we can rent it, if we haven't found anything we love even more by then. I kind of like the lit water-fountain thing under the cake too, but I don't know if I wanna do that.
Bon, I actually told my fiance all that this morning when I told him I was looking at cakes! *feels smart cuz I knew something w/o having to be told*
Zarafa - I know what you mean about the unity candles. I have the stuff too but never feel like I have time to put things together either :) Don't worry, we'll get 'em done!


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: TheBon on November 07, 2007 10:58:28 PM
Oooh...good points, Bon!  I originally wanted fondant for the smooth look, but it was a few hundred more & we were indoors/AC so we opted buttercream.

Wow, fondant was only a $60 difference for us. But the woman that made our cake really is worth more than she charges. I have better images of the cake, but honestly, I don't even know where the discs from the pro photographer are. I need to back them up about 4 times but I haven't gotten there [instead of prints we brought full size, off the camera files of every photo. I have a lot of editing work ahead of me to get them to be what I really want yet, but I haven't had a chance to get to it. Hell, my thank you cards for my June wedding are going out next month with my Christmas cards. I feel terrible about it, but we had a death in the family not quite two months after the wedding so people will just have to deal.]

Oh, and about what your tasting might be like. We only went to one tasting for both restaurant and cake [well, two, but one for each]. For the food we were given a menu and ordered what we thought we wanted for the wedding. We didn't pay for it, it was included. I'm not sure if we would have had to pay had we not gone with them but I doubt it. With the cake lady she asked us to pick three cakes/fillings that we might want to try, or she could pick from what she was baking at that point. We had a TON of extra cake because a. we didn't keep our top tier, we paid an extra $25 for a replica tier made next year on our anniversary and b. I wanted my tiers to be proportional so we had one 15", one 12" and one 9" hexagon tiers and c. we figured we'd have people around the next day for brunch so this way we all had more cake. And people could try all of the kinds of cake [each tier was different]. I paid a little more for fresh flowers for the cake but it was only about 7-8 on the cake so it wasn't much. She ordered them, but I could have ordered more from when I did my flowers and then brought the extras to her but I paid more to not have to make the trip to get them to her.


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: sweets4ever on November 08, 2007 04:31:27 AM
Thanks, thekster!

Wow, Bon, $60?!  I think it was 300-400 difference here. >:(

Don't sweat the thank you cards.  Ours are going out soon (August wedding).  We went to a wedding last month and got the thank you cards yesterday (they took a piec of cardstock, drew 2 hearts on the front with marker & wrote a little thank you note inside with marker :D).

Oh, another thing regarding tastings - one of the caterers we looked at had "monthly tasting buffets."  I think it was the second Saturday of every month.  They had a hugggge buffet that any potential clients could attend for free on that Saturday evening.  If you wanted something that wasn't offered at the buffet, you could let them know a week in advance and they would add it to the buffet for you.  Pretty cool stuff.

Bon, I've never heard the idea of having a replica made on an anniversary - that's a great idea!!


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: TheBon on November 08, 2007 07:42:29 AM
Bon, I've never heard the idea of having a replica made on an anniversary - that's a great idea!!

I was thrilled! This way I don't have to eat gross, frozen, year-old cake.

If I remember correctly we paid just a hair over $3 per person for our cake [factoring for delivery and the anniversary cake] Had we gone with a cake maker out of Portland most of the ones I was looking at were $10 a head, for a basic cake. I like cake, but not that much.


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: Banga on November 08, 2007 10:17:11 AM
I hope mine will be very inexpensive... since we are doing it! The layers will be filled with lemon, but the cake itself is more of a simple vanilla. It is going to be hot, but the cake will be indoors, so I think buttercream will be fine. Here's a photo of what it should look like (pulled from my Monica binder complete with dorky note!):


p.s. I won't have any scheming kids like this one around, however!

And sweets: here is my list, since I can't find my post here. It is lost pages back!
http://jojobean26.blogspot.com/2007/09/wedding-planning-procrastination.html


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: sweets4ever on November 08, 2007 10:59:46 AM
Oooh, num!  That looks light and very pretty.

I love your binder/note!! ;D


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: thekster on November 08, 2007 02:34:46 PM
Haha the "scheming kids" comment cracked me up.
I know I saw at least one cake places in Houston that offered a replica top tier.
Bon - $10?!! That's crazy! I haven't factored in delivery or anything, but all the websites I looked at were around 3 dollars/serving for buttercream and $5/serving at the most for fondant.
BTW... I don't remember if I mentioned this yet - I'm really excited cuz I called my location and my date is open! They sent me a list of caterers and we'll check them out to see how much it will cost before we book the location. Hopefully we can book it soon though! *happy squeal*


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: Craftinator on November 08, 2007 05:12:49 PM
I need to stop by here more often!  You guys talk about cake!  Yay!

About fondant - not only does it cost more but the labor involved in getting it on the cake and smoothing it out takes longer than even I wish it did!

I just did this cake last weekend:

https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=205868.msg2206088#msg2206088

Just to give you a few ideas - This particular cake is 180 servings.  The layers are 8', 12' and 16'.  It took 10 pounds of fondant to cover it.  But, I still used 8 recipes worth of buttercream to cover it!!  I think my buttercream yields 3 cups each.  It's not a good idea to use fondant without buttercream underneath so even though it was a thin layer of buttercream I still used quite a bit.

As to pricing, I charge $1.50 per slice for friends and family but I've heard there are places around here charging $4 - $5 per slice.  That's quite a big span!  10 pounds of fondant cost me $38 so if I were to actually charge full price for a cake like this (I usually don't charge full price because I do stuff for friends and family), I've decided I would charge an extra 30 cents per slice.

I have some tips on things like tier construction if you'd like my input but I don't want to belabour you with info if you already know how to put the cake together securely.  (Lemon filled cakes can be tricky because the filling is slippery)

I will give you a tip on getting really smooth buttercream - after the frosting is on the cake and you've gotten it as smooth as you can using a cake spreader/spatula thingy, get a tall glass of HOT water and dunk the spatula in it for a bit.  Take it out and tap the spatula on the edge to get the extra water off but don't wipe it off and smooth out the frosting.  The little bit of water helps the spatula glide along the frosting and the water along with the heat gets a nice smooth finish.  Dip the spatula back in the water periodically.

I LOVE answering questions about cake decorating - I've been doing it for 30 years so feel free to pick my brain!


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: sweets4ever on November 08, 2007 05:27:26 PM
We LOVE cake here!  I'm excited you're sharing your cake knowledge here.  I know a lot of brides are gonna benefit from ya!


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: TheBon on November 08, 2007 06:21:53 PM
Bon - $10?!! That's crazy! I haven't factored in delivery or anything, but all the websites I looked at were around 3 dollars/serving for buttercream and $5/serving at the most for fondant.
BTW... I don't remember if I mentioned this yet - I'm really excited cuz I called my location and my date is open! They sent me a list of caterers and we'll check them out to see how much it will cost before we book the location. Hopefully we can book it soon though! *happy squeal*

Yes. And while I know some cakes are worth that [ones with a lot of intricate detail/gum paste flowers etc] it was not where I wanted my money to go. Plus, that was for their basics. I'm sure there are less expensive places in PDX but I didn't look too hard since we had a really strong recommendation for the woman we worked with. She charged $2 base fee, $2.50 for fondant. So the extra $0.60 was delivery, next year's cake and the flowers, ribbon and hand done dots. My cake served 120. I need to find my cds and get a better shot, but this was my cake:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/thebon/641369390/in/set-72157600465954457/


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: Craftinator on November 08, 2007 07:07:25 PM
Coolness!  I'll check back often!!


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: sunnydays914 on November 08, 2007 08:03:33 PM
I got sucked in! Instead of doing any homework or worth while work at the office for the past two days, I've been catching up on almost 2 years of posts!

Here's my checklist:
- Dress: bought, not made. I'm not that crafty!
- Shoes: They are just gold ballet flats at this point so I'm debating doing something to them
- Freshwater pearl jewelry designed around the glass pendant my grandmother wore (I'm really excited for this part)
- Veil- I have the stuff, just been avoiding sitting down to make it
- Bridesmaid jewelry: I haven't made a final decision but I think the necklaces will be (peridot) crystals with silver spacers of some sort. No final decision yet!
- Invites: The future Mr. Sunny will be making these (he's the qualified graphic designer after all). They will be peridot-on-white with a scrolling green design mimicking the beading on my dress but also based on Victorian Horse Racing scrolling (thank you Martha!).
This is the beading on the dress:
http://s243.photobucket.com/albums/ff228/katiejoy914/th_IMG_0478.jpg
- Final decision making on the cake: I'm going with a family friend that my mom has been working for for-ev-er (since I was about 7 years old). She charges $1.50/slice, works with any ingredient combination I could ever want and does a beautiful job. I'm definitely dipping into the resources of friends.
It should look similar to this one:
http://s243.photobucket.com/albums/ff228/katiejoy914/th_cake.jpg

I'm still debating what I want to do with the cake topper. Either I want to:
1. take the little white feathered doves you can find at almost every craft store and create a tie for one and a veil for another while somehow affix them to a branch
2. Scan in and touch up and display the really, really old Victorian newspaper photo of a dancing couple that I found in a thrift store a few years ago

I know there are more things to add to the list but my tired little brain is calling for a rest.



Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: thekster on November 08, 2007 08:19:18 PM
Grrr the TV is way too loud so it's hard to concentrate, but here's what I remember I was going to comment on:
All you people who get cake for 1.50/slice, you're lucky. It makes me want to make my own but Mr theKern doesn't want me to cuz he thinks I should be able to rest more than I do. Plus, I'm not that skilled at decorating sooo with all the practice I'd wanna do, I'm sure it would come out the same (or more!) price.
Oh sweets! We went to Hobby Lobby tonight and I saw that cake base! It was 50 freaking bucks though. I may buy it once the wedding stuff goes half off. They had the toasting glasses I wanted too, but they were 20 bucks, and I bought them before when they were half off so I'd feel cheated. (I had to take them back cuz they were cracked.)


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: Craftinator on November 08, 2007 08:52:12 PM
thekster -

there are ways to get the cake done for less than you think but I agree that you don't wanna be doing your own cake.  You will want to concentrate on the whole day, not just the cake.  And that's an awful lot of pressure.

I have some suggestions - if you have a baker in the family - Gramma?  Aunt?  who would be willing to bake the cakes, you could give them the pans and have them bake them in the right size pans.

Alot of the decorations could be made ahead of time out of royal icing or fondant.  You don't have to be the cake decorating type to make fondant decorations.  If you've worked with fimo clay, you could make fondant roses - or cut out flower shapes with cookie cutters.  There would be tons of internet instruction on them.  The fondant can be done weeks in advance and stored in a container that is dustproof but not necessarily airtight - because the fondant will dry hard.  Think outside the box when thinking of what could be made with fondant - ribbons, bows, bells, rings, birds, any shape cookie cutter you can think of, leaves, and on and on and on!

I don't care so much for fondant as icing on an entire cake but you can do tons of fun stuff for embellishments.

Ribbon looks great on a cake too.

So, if someone else baked the cakes and make the frosting and the decorations were made ahead of time, the cake could be put together by a group of people during the rest of the decorating of the hall.

And speaking of frosting (see, ya got me started!  lol), although it looks great to have silky smooth frosting, it also looks cool to have frosting with texture.  And if it has a texture, you don't have to be concerned about borders!  Put "wedding cake" in Google and look at images, you could get some great ideas!

And what a cool memory - to have tons of friends and family all do the cake together!!


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: rhettsmommy on November 08, 2007 10:28:44 PM
I am having a friend do our cake.  She charges $1.50 for buttercream and $1.75 for fondant.  To save on costs she suggested that we do a small "wedding cake" and do sheet cakes to pass out.  I cannot decide if I should do fondant or buttercream, I love the butter cream, but since we are having an outside wedding, I  think I better go with the fondant.  Then I can have whatever I want on the sheet cakes.

Our colors are red and turquoise, with tan as the neutral, not white.  I think I want the cake to be tan, with turquoise ribbon and red roses.

What do you all think?


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: TheBon on November 08, 2007 10:33:21 PM
I think that sounds really wonderful rhettsmommy.


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: rhettsmommy on November 08, 2007 10:54:07 PM
Thanks Bon! 

I have made just a few posts ( I think I'm fully addicted though, and figuring out where everything is on this sight...finally).  Just wanted to say, I loved all your pictures and you have given me much need inspiration to complete things myself, and have this day be about us and what we want.  Thanks!! ;)


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: sweets4ever on November 09, 2007 04:30:23 AM
thekster, they had it at Hobby Lobby?  Realllly?  I'd never seen it there before!  Ours was silver and REALLY heavy...ugh, heavy.

sunnydays914, I'm so excited by your list!  you're WELL on your way!  When is your date?

rhettsmommy, I'd love to see some images of your color palette/theme.  I can't give my honest opinion on tan as a cake color until I see what shade it is. :D  Turquoise ribbon and red roses would look beautiful together, though!


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: Banga on November 09, 2007 05:20:44 AM
Craftinator - that cake you made is lovely! And I agree that no bride should be assembling a cake on her wedding day. I will be making and baking a few days before with my mother, but she and an aunt will do all of the assembly and decorating that day. My reception is in the evening, so they will have lots of time. The photo I posted before shows the textured icing, which I chose to help make it a fairly stress free cake experience. Plus it's pretty!

rhettsmommy - your colors sound great! I love red with turquoise.


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: LindsayLuu on November 09, 2007 06:24:33 AM
OK, I think I need to get in on this.  I've been avoiding actually putting a list down in writing.  I may have posted a short list earlier, But I can't remember.  Here's what I'm crafting:

1. place cards.  Inspired by Martha, they have tiny pinecone flowers.
2. Thank you notes - stamped and embossed.  I was going to do the invitations as well, but my dad has insisted I not do that much work. 
3. Tables- fake leaves and stones (think autumn) with candles?  I have to call the restaurant and see If  there are any rules about candles.
4. Table numbers in frames
5. Favors- I'm going to buy small bottles of maple syrup and will make tags.
6. Flower girl basket
7. Mom will make my veil.
8. I want to make shawls/wraps for the bridal party, but I haven't committed to it yet. I saw some on here yesterday (I think by sweets4ever) but I forgot to save the picture.
9. Wedding day survival kits for everyone.


Thats all for now.  The wedding is next september and will be outside under a big pavilion.  We'll have about 150 people.  !!!


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: sunnydays914 on November 09, 2007 07:22:30 AM
The date is May 17 of next year. We've got just about 6 months left so it's time I get moving!

My colors are green and ivory/cream/pale yellow.

I remembered more things to put on the list:

- Unity candle: Any ideas ladies? I've got nothing on this one.
- Unity candle holder: I found it at Goodwill for $1.50 but it is a really flat bronze color. I'm going to paint it once I decide on a color.
- Thank you notes: I saw a cute idea in one of the many wedding magazines I inherited. The couple took a picture of themselves wearing t-shirts that read "thank" and "you". I really want to do that wearing shirts in our wedding colors but I don't know if I want to put the words on them digitally or with paint.
- I think I need to tighten the throwing garter but since that is about a 2 minute fix, it barely makes the list.

Another thing I'm really excited about is the DIY photobooth we will be setting up in the reception hall. The future Mr Sunny is a photog so we have the gear, we just need to figure out how to set it up. We'll have the camera on a tripod which will be attached to the computer that will immediately show the picture. We may need to buy the black muslin background from a photo supply store though. That will end up costing lots unless I can figure out a way around it. I can't sew it myself because there can be no seams. Ah well, it's still cheaper than renting a photobooth.

Our centerpieces cannot be made until just about the day before. We found 11 1/2" 3" wide clear glass vases (on sale $1.99 ea at Michaels)that will have tan river rocks (on sale at Michaels for $1/bag) at the bottom with (hopefully) living goldfish in them. I'm looping ivy around the bottom of the vase to tie it in better with the rest of my greenery.

Making the cake with family and friends is a great idea! If I trusted the creative ability of my relatives a little more, I might have gone with that idea myself.


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: TheBon on November 09, 2007 07:27:31 AM
My mom made a cake for one of my cousin's wedding back in the late 80's or early 90's. It took her months of making royal icing flowers [and our freezer was full of em!] So the first thing she said to me when I got engaged was "Bon-I am NOT making your cake. Don't even ask" Of course, her living on the opposite side of the country would have made it super complicated anyway.


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: rhettsmommy on November 09, 2007 12:45:25 PM
sweets & banga:
I will try to get some photos up when I get home...if I can figure that out.  I really love the red and turquoise together too.  Funny story...yesterday my MOH and I went to dinner, when I picked her up, she said nice outfit, love the colors, I didn't even realize...I had on red with tons of turquoise jewelry!  I guess I can't get the wedding colors out of my head!

Sweets, I have a few pics at home in my Brible (a binder that has been passed from friend to friend in my home town, with lists and files of all things weddings), I will try to show you what I mean about the tan cake.  I actually found one that looks a lot like yours did (with all the piping, beautiful, by the way!) but it was chocolate brown and had dark brown piping and red flowers, I thought that might be pretty too.  I spoke with our friend doing the cake...months ago, and she liked the idea...we'll see how it goes when we get closer. 





Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: Craftinator on November 09, 2007 07:09:33 PM
Thanks for the comments banga!

I got a message today from starveil101, asking some cake questions and I thought it would make for good discussion so, with her permission, I'm posting here:

""First, I was thinking that when my bf and I finally are able to get married (we've been dating 4 years, and we are waiting to see what happens when he gets his Bachalors degree this May/grad school upcoming), that we will be making our own cake.

I really would prefer Angel Food Cake, b/c its not too sugary/stuffing-especially after dinner and dancing, and all the health concious people wouldn't have to worry about fat, calories.... 
but does it have to have a hole in the middle?  I only found one site that seemed more informative on the tube pan reasoning w/ cooling etc, but is it possible to make one (the top tier) w/o a hole, or will I have to cover up the hole with cardboard/whatever for presentation?

I also want to make the 'whipped iced' look, I think you know what I'm talking about hopefully, could I do that with cool whip or is that to 'weak' to be presented for like 4 hours?  If not, what is an alternative?  I really prefer cool whip b/c it's not too sugary and heavy.  Or, could I mix it with another icing or something to make it thicker?  I guess when i get to the point of tasting icing I'll have to do that too, b/c I'm not sure what the difference is b/t them all?

Okay, thanks for reading my long message!  Hopefully you can open my cake world a bit more :0)""

Well, I must embarrasedly admit that I dont' have much experience with angel food cake!!  I have posted the question at about.com and will see what kind of answers I get.  Anyone else got any ideas??

I do, however, have some thoughts on whipped cream.  I have done cakes in whipped cream and even did a 3 tiered wedding cake in whipped cream - - I say to you my craftypeople - - DON'T DO IT!!!!  heeehee

It's not the worst thing to decorate and the cake looked ...  decent ... but there are better alternatives.   First of all, the down side to whipped cream.  It has no substance.  It's mostly air!  The frosting of the cake isn't so bad but the longer it sets, the more it looks kinda dry and gets a wierd...film type thing on top as the mini bubbles dissapate.  Now, the decorating - there's not much to it so it's very difficult to control the pressure and pressure is a biggy to pushing decorations out of the tube and through the tip.  It can look sloppy way easy because there's just not any control.  If you're doing a top edge, if you get the trim just a little too close to the edge, it can fall right off.  And it seems the longer it sits, the more it just isn't good.  Kinda like if you left pudding with whipped cream sit out too long, noone's gonna want to eat it.

Now, as to alternatives - my very very favorite is Bettercreme made by Rich's

 http://richs.com/foodservice_products_1.asp

 It's sold at Gordon Food Service and I think it's at Sam's club too.  I found the support and services part of Rich's website where you should be able to find out how and where to purchase it -

http://richs.com/foodservice_support.asp

Bettercreme tastes totally yumm..mm..mmyyyy and is GREAT for decorating! It comes in liquid form and you just pour it in the bowl and 'whip it! whip it goooood!' (i couldn't resist)  It has substance and just performs beautifully!  You can get a smooth smooth finish by using a spatula dipped in hot water or you can swirl your spatula around for some floofy fun!  It's great in a decorator bag too!  I've even made roses from it.

Only thing about it is - if you 'overbeat' it, it's horrible so you have to be careful.  It's not hard to learn the right texture, tho.

I've found a few possible recipes, if you want to try to make your own.  These aren't exactly Rich's but this is stabilized whipped cream:

Wilton's version:

http://www.wilton.com/recipes/recipesandprojects/icing/stable.cfm

and a version that looks like something I made ages ago:

http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Stabilized-Whipped-Cream-Icing/Detail.aspx

Well, that was long but I think it'll be worth it if you're wanting to do your own wedding cake!

Any other questions?


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: starveil101 on November 09, 2007 08:06:42 PM
That was very informative, thanks so much for writing me back on that! 

Yeah, I figured the whole cool whip thing would sort-of 'flop' but, you know how it is, *wishful* thinking  :)

Hum... I'm going to have to pay special attention to cake frostings now, or go to the bakery and buy a cake with buttercream, b/c again, they 'seem' the same to me, or I can whip it good like you said--I thought it funny! 
Oh well, again, I have plenty of time!  I just really enjoying figuring it all out now, so once we get engaged I'll know what we need to do right away without thinking I have to pay the world and give half a lung to pay for those highly over-rated weddings (which in my opinion, some of them look down right tacky :P )

And once we do start all of the extremly exciting planning, I'm definitely showing pics!  And of course, some may be relatable to other wedding ideas from other people on Craftster, b/c I absolutely love creative people and enjoy seeing other peoples works of art :)


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: thekster on November 11, 2007 04:37:11 AM
I haven't been able to get on in a couple days so I just read all the new posts quickly.
Craftinator - We don't really have any cooks in the family or any friends who cook. I'm pretty much the only one who enjoys cooking (most of the time) so that one looks like a bust. I learned how to make fondant flowers a long time ago (but have only practiced with clay/playdo) from a little free thing at Hobby Lobby but I don't really want flowers on the cake. I like the idea of seashells since we're having the wedding near the beach but I don't know how comfortable I'd be making them. I saw some really awesome ones once that a pro made; she sprayed them with foodcoloring so they'd be more elaborate and realistic. Awesome.
Sweets - yep if my memory serves me, it LOOKed exactly the same. I don't remember it being too terribly heavy, so it probably wasn't silver. I can't imagine why it would be so much though if it wasn't real. Hmmm.
Banga - the cake IS pretty and hopefully you'll have an easy time decorating. I'm a bit of a perfectionist, so if you're anything like me, it'd make you just crazy to have a smooth texture.
Rhettsmommy - Hmmm turquoise and red? I'm having a hard time picturing those together. *goes off to look at the color combo*


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: Craftinator on November 11, 2007 09:53:38 AM
Thekster!!!  Fondant in seashell molds!!!!!  Then you get a paintbrush and some of this stuff -

http://shop.cakecentral.com/srcimagesinfoboxnewgif-alignabsmiddle-border0dusts-c-61.html

And look what I found!!

http://www.maui-catering-cjs.com/wedding-cake-s11.jpg
and
http://www.a-beach-wedding.com/images/megs_beach_cake.jpg

Go to Google Images and put in wedding cake seashell - I just did and got tons of stuff!!

Marbelizing the fondant is a way super idea!

This would be way so easy.  You could make these quite a bit ahead of time.  And, you could also make the cakes ahead of time and freeze them - sometimes freezing actually enhances the texture and moisture of the cake - as long as it is very well sealed.  I usually wrap the cake in saran wrap AND put in a ziploc bag.  Cakes absorb freezer smells easily.

You could even have the cakes on the boards with the dowels already in place before you freeze them so all you'd have to do on the day of the wedding is put the layers on top of each other, spread the frosting - and you could do a texture with the frosting - then place the seashells!!  I don't know about you but I'm excited!!!!  :D


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: sweets4ever on November 11, 2007 10:33:40 AM
Aww... how cute is that second seashell cake?  Oh my goodness!


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: thekster on November 11, 2007 12:03:23 PM
Hmmmm this is starting to sound more and more doable.
I use a marshmallow fondant that's really good, but when I made it, about three days later (after put on the cake) it got REALLY damp and sticky. I'd be a little worried about the seashell things if I made them before, but I guess I could freeze them and see how they work out. How long do you think you'd need to unthaw the molds and cake?
I think I've seen that first cake link before; Google is my friend :) I search for pictures on there constantly. I like the second cake, all because of the little scrolly thing haha.
Oh! I found a cool cake topper a while ago that I'm thinking about making (it was ridiculously expensive) it had a man holding his wife, standing next to a palm tree in a circle thing of sand, and in the sand it said "KE + JL" (I don't remember what the real initials were so I just changed it to ours)
Man, I recently discovered I had already started a wedding binder a long time ago when I was searching through an unused drawer. I have about 6 or 7 magazines, a binder about 3-4 inches thick, an engagement journal that my friend bought me, andddd I don't remember what else.


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: Craftinator on November 11, 2007 01:13:05 PM
Thekster -

I haven't worked with marshmallow fondant yet but I'm going to try some soon so I don't know what happens in the long term.  But, with Wilton fondant, it dries hard - really hard.  I was thinking about it and instead of solid fondant in the molds, i would roll the fondant out to about 1/4 inch then press it into the mold and trim the edges.  It would need to air-dry for quite a long time, 3 days at least.  You wouldn't need to put them in the freezer.  I would line a cardboard box (shoebox??) with paper towel and layer the shells in the box with paper towel between each layer and store them in a corner somewhere, away from heat. If you store them tight, like in sealed tupperware or something, if there is any moisture at all in the container, it will melt the fondant to some extent.

As to thawing, it depends on the size, of course.  When I worked in the local grocery store bakery, all of our cakes were frozen.  I would let the full size sheet cakes thaw for 2 - 3 hours before I cut them or decorated them.  Also, I didn't mention it but the cakes could be frosted BEFORE you freeze them but the cake HAS to be at room temparature before you frost it and you have to find a way to cover it with saran wrap without messing up the frosting.  You could either put it in a box and double wrap the box or put toothpicks all around the edge and one or two in the middle to keep the saran wrap off the frosting.

I found a good article about freezing and thawing cakes:

http://members.nuvox.net/~zt.proicer/message/saved/BAKINGPROBLEMS.htm

And if you click 'home' while on that page, it takes you to a reeeeeeally nice cake decorating site with lots of cool ideas.

If the fondant shells are not put on the cake until the morning of the wedding, they shouldn't get sticky.  I can't wait to see how things turn out!!!


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: LindsayLuu on November 12, 2007 07:25:29 AM
marshmallow fondant gets damp and sticky if you put in in the fridge.  The moisture is not good for it. 


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: Craftinator on November 12, 2007 08:26:30 AM
lindsayluu -

If you leave marshmallow fondant out to dry, does it dry hard or does it stay a little soft?


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: LindsayLuu on November 13, 2007 09:55:43 AM
It doesn't dry super hard like gumpaste would.  I haven't used any other type of fondant, so I don't know how it would compare to that.  You can harden mmf (marshmallow fondant), but if you put it in the fridge it just softens again.  Hope that helps. 

I've leared everything I know about making cakes from www.cakecentral.com.  just do a search on "MMF"

Hope that helps!  I am SO not making my own wedding cake, btw.


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: rhettsmommy on November 13, 2007 11:05:45 AM
Okay, I think I have figured it out...maybe.  Here are a couple pics of some of my red/turquoise things so far.  Will add more when I get more pics taken.


bridesmaids necklaces 


Practice unity candle


Hand tooled leather guest book cover (I did not do this myself, but I had to share, I think it turned out gorgeous!)


Beads to hang from corners of red tablecloth overlays

I hope these come thruogh.  I also have the flower girl head piece done, will pull it out and get pic on here.

Bridesmaids will be wearing red dresses, guys in tan tuxes with red ties.
Tan tablecloths with red overlays, except wedding party tables will have 2 red runners (didn't want the girls red dresses against the red overlay).  What do you all think so far???



Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: zarafa on November 13, 2007 04:56:25 PM
rhettsmommy, i really like the bridesmaid necklaces.  and your unity candle reminds me that i should really do that too :)

here is part of the first bridesmaid wrap i am knitting.  i've probably got another half skein of yarn (maybe a foot of knitting) left on this one.  then three more to make. 



here's a close up of the lace pattern.  it will look much better once its finished and blocked.  then it won't curl up on itself.


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: thekster on November 13, 2007 09:18:12 PM
Soooo I went shopping today. I went to Hobby Lobby, Michael's, and Dollar Tree. I went to the first two to look for a purse frame (which I didn't find!) and ended up buying more pink flowers, my toasting glasses, three crystal-looking candle holders (one can be inverted to hold the pillar, but I'm afraid it won't be sturdy enough so I may modify the base a bit,) a garter, heart cooking pans to make mixed color crayons, two mini paper punchers (1 with a seahorse and 1 with a palm tree) that I figure I can probably work into the invitations somehow, and two pearly letters (J & K) that could possibly work as cake toppers. I couldn't find an L (last name) for the life of me so I
may have to make that one too. I have pictures of everything but I had to take them with my mom's camera, and I have to use her comp to upload them but she's on it so I'll post later.
I saw a cute flowergirl basket (like another one I saw on here before) but I didn't want to buy it yet because I don't know if his niece will be old enough to walk down the aisle and throw the petals so I don't want to waste money.
All the (cheap) white purses I've seen, I haven't really liked soooo I think I may make a clutch purse. Unfortunately, I can't find the stupid kiss clasp (or a purse frame, whatever it's called.) Sucks. I've checked Hobby Lobby and Michael's, and I saw some at Hancock Fabric but they were too ornate. Does anyone know where else I can find them? I'd prefer somewhere not online, but if that's all there is, can someone reccommend and reputable place?


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: thekster on November 14, 2007 12:51:09 PM
As promised, here are pictures!

I'm considering decorating them. I like the "mr." and "mrs." thing like on here http://store.weddingsolutions.com/wedding_store/popup_image.php/pID/98790.
The mini punches didn't show up so well. The one on the left is a seahorse, on the right is a palm tree.
J & K.. need to find/make an L
Garterbelt and the heart foil pans.
Unity candle holders. The middle one IS upside down.


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: sweets4ever on November 14, 2007 12:58:13 PM
He he he!!  I'm all giddy about your purchases.  What fun stuff!


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: sunnydays914 on November 14, 2007 01:15:08 PM
There is very little that can turn the day around for the better than walking into a craft store  ;D

This weekend's goal is to repaint the unity candle holder. We'll see if it happens around writing my thesis for undergrad and visiting with friends that are here for the weekend.


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: thekster on November 14, 2007 05:49:06 PM
Agreed, Sunndays! Unless you don't have moneys to pay for it all haha.
I need opinions - should I tempt fate and possibly ruin the glasses by putting on the mr and mrs?
And what do y'all thing about using the J and K as a caketopper? I was planning to make letters as a caketopper anyways
Sweets - I can't remember but I think you made the melted heart crayons... do you think if I made them now, they would get misshapen or weird somehow?


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: sweets4ever on November 14, 2007 05:55:05 PM
thekster, I think the J & K would be nice as a topper!  I can't tell how big they are.  Make a circle (on the floor of ribbon, fabric, a plate, etc.) the same size that your top layer would be and see if they would be a nice size for your imaginary cake. :)

You could totally make the crayons now.  As long as you have somewhere to store them (not super hot & safe from breakage), they'll be a-okay.

How were you going to apply mrs. & mr.?  Paint or etching cream?  How expensive were they?  Try it with rhinestones perhaps (removable, but still pretty!).

There is very little that can turn the day around for the better than walking into a craft store  ;D

This weekend's goal is to repaint the unity candle holder. We'll see if it happens around writing my thesis for undergrad and visiting with friends that are here for the weekend.

Can't wait to see the unity candle holder!!

zarafa, I love the color of the wrap you're making...wowie.




Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: rhettsmommy on November 14, 2007 09:18:38 PM
thekster,
I agree with sweets, I like the idea of the little rhinestones.  I was at the Dollar Tree this afternoon and had in the kids toy section "Bling wear"...I know sounds crazy, but they had rhinestone "tattoo's", maybe you could use the sticky stones from those? If your Dollar Tree has them, may be worth a try for a buck to see if you like it or not.

Also, I like the J & K cake topper, maybe you could rig up a colored wire "&" sign or something?

I was wondering about the crayons too, I got the holders today too, but I got the stars, not the hearts.


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: thekster on November 15, 2007 12:41:03 AM
How big is a normal top tier (for a wedding of about 75 people)? I figure it's pretty little but I don't know HOW little hah.
I have a huge wedding tub with lid in the garage. Right now it's not bad, heat-wise but I don't know if it will be too hot in there in the summer. I guess I can wait, but I'm so impatient!
Sweets - I have etching cream somewhere, but my stenciling kind of sucks so I'm a little apprehensive about that. I etched some shot glasses for my sister and they turned out okay, but because of the curved surface there was some leakage. I'd probably do paint but I don't know if there's a special kind of paint that's safe for dishes. I love the idea of rhinestones!
Rhettsmommy - I was planning to make another little thing for the cake topper too, but I couldn't decide if I want & or L. And I know just what you're talking about with the rhinestone tattoos. They had some at Target in the Halloween discount stuff, so I got about 2 or 3 packs for about $1.5 :) I got my pans at $Tree too! Yay for finding good deals!
Zarafa - that wrap color is awesome! It reminds me of one of my close friends (the color is close to her hair color) And since it's a neutral color, they can use it with tons of different outfits after the wedding!


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: sweets4ever on November 15, 2007 04:29:46 AM
I can't wait to see all the melted crayons from you guys!

thekster, I don't think there is a "normal" when it comes to anything wedding related, but I know what you mean. :D  Our top tier was 6" round.  It totally depends on what you want.  I think I remember yours as a 3-tier, all round tiers?  I could be totally off. :D  Our was made to serve 75ish people (top tier not included).


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: rhettsmommy on November 15, 2007 12:00:29 PM
thekster,
I was browsing around on here last night, just not sure how to attach the link here, but there's another thread on here called "cake topper woes".  She used the pearl letters too, and a jewelery hanger from Claire's.  Check it out, may be just what you're looking for!  I thought it was a great idea anyway! ;)


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: sweets4ever on November 15, 2007 12:04:33 PM
Here's that link! https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=206670.msg2223391;topicseen#msg2223391


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: rhettsmommy on November 15, 2007 12:06:27 PM
Thanks for that sweets!


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: sweets4ever on November 15, 2007 12:25:49 PM
No problem! :)


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: ruby_soho on November 15, 2007 05:53:46 PM
the kster,
 
as for getting the "mr" and "mrs" on your toasting glasses, you can try the stained glass section of michaels and get the glass version of "porcelaine" pens - i got one that looks like etching and printed out our initial, then taped that onto the inside of the glass.  I drew over that with the pen and then baked them (per the instructions), and they are perfect!  they also have colors and are safe to eat and drink out/off of.  hope that helps!

(since then they've actually broken, so I have to start over, but at least I know how now!)

ruby


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: sweets4ever on November 15, 2007 06:56:06 PM
That's a great idea!  I love the porcelain pens.  I should have known they had them for glass as well.


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: thekster on November 15, 2007 07:31:30 PM
Rhettsmommy, I went to that link when it was first posted but I never saw the picture. I wouldn't have thought of that; I was planning on buying some dowels and figuring out a way to attach them that way. I like going to Claires so maybe I'll go buy it. I bet I could find it at somewhere like Ross or Kohls for cheaper *hopes*
Ruby, that's a good idea! I've never heard of those so I'll have to go back to Michael's and check it out. I wonder if they have 'em at Hobby Lobby (Michael's is kinda far from me.) I hope baking them won't do anything to the actual glasses though. Since I'll be going back to Michael's most likely, I can look for an L pearly thing! *giddy*

Jeez I just have to let you guys know how much I love all you helpful craftsters!


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: sweets4ever on November 15, 2007 07:34:04 PM
I know it seems like I'm trying to helpful, but really, it's all about me.  I'm addicted to weddings. :D :D


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: rhettsmommy on November 15, 2007 08:36:49 PM
I have got to stop being so "helpful" and get on with my own projects...we're almost down to the 4 month countdown!

I still have got to:

Finish printing and assembling the invites
Finish ring bearer pillow
sew beads onto satin for Bride & Groom table
Make paper treat baskets for kids candies
Remake Unity Candle
Guest book pages
Programs
Finish Card Box (have to remake since the little guy (Rhett) decided to sit it in tonight!  Yeah, not made for a 2 year old to sit in!

Wow, I'd better get busy!  Was going to do some painting this weekend, maybe it'll be a wedding crafty weekend instead!

I do agree with thekster though, I am enjoying everyone's comments and am having great fun giving my own opinions.  I think it's helping make sure I've remembered everything!


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: thekster on November 16, 2007 03:31:19 AM
Rhettsmommy - from now on, I'm referring to you as rm cuz it takes forever to type and I'm lazy hah. Anyhoo, wow you must be going crazy! This morning I was fretting a little about all the stuff we have to do/buy, and we still have somewhere around 11 months! I'm sorry about the little one messing up your card box, but I have to admit it made me literally LOL :) How big is it, if he was able to sit in it??
Sweets - well I appreciate your "selfishness" anyways  ;) Its very helpful and actually I think you guys are making me a lot less stressed  sooooo thank all of you


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: sweets4ever on November 16, 2007 04:13:42 AM
rm - the four mouth countdown, woohoo!!  I just got all excited FOR you!  Such an exciting time.

thekster - glad to help! :D


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: sunnydays914 on November 16, 2007 07:08:50 AM
I agree with all of the above! If I spend as much time working on projects as checking the forum for updates, I'd be in good shape  :)


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: ruby_soho on November 16, 2007 08:34:48 AM
thekster, i'm going to michaels today, too, and i'll keep a lookout for an "L" for ya just in case.  what the heck, they're only a buck.   ;)


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: rhettsmommy on November 16, 2007 11:28:53 AM
thekster,
For the card holder I used 4 - 8 X 10 wodden picture frames, painted dark brown and used velcro to hold them together in the shape of a box.  They "did" have turquoise stones hot glued to the frames, but now most have to be re-done! I have a piece of cardboard covered with batting and some red faux suede on top with a "card whole" cut in the middle, and another piece of cardboard on the bottom. It will sit on a lazy susan.  I found a similar idea online, may have even been this site!  It was when I first started looking for ideas.  Will get pics when it is re-made and put back together for you.  Wish I'd had thought to grab the camera...maybe I can get him to re-pose before I get it back together!! ha ha!

I do have to admit, first I laughed sooo hard at him!...Then, I think when I realized what he'd done...I went into shock!  Litterally had to take it apart to get him out of it!! Good thing it was just velcro, not screwed with L brackets like the original one I got the idea from was!!  Woulda been hard to explain that in the ER!!

sweets, yes it is VERY exciting!  March 29, 2008! One more week till 4 months!  Wow, when we first got engaged we had over a year to go, man does time fly when you're having fun!

I am so thankful I've found this site!  It really has kept me grounded through all the planning! Thanks!


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: sunnydays914 on November 16, 2007 11:45:58 AM
Even though it has little-to-nothing to do with crafting, to celebrate reaching 10 posts, I wanted to show pictures of my dress. I'm absolutely in love with it and it only cost $500. It always seemed that the dresses I liked were the really expensive kind.





Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: rhettsmommy on November 16, 2007 11:49:38 AM
sunnydays914,
wow, how very pretty!  Congrats on the great price and fit!


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: TheBon on November 16, 2007 01:14:54 PM
sunnydays914- that's the same dress I wore at my wedding, only I had the train totally removed. Oh, and I didn't wear the privacy panels underneath the lacing. I can't tell if yours is the white white or the slightly offwhite. I had the slightly offwhite version.


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: sweets4ever on November 16, 2007 01:22:22 PM
Wowwwie...!


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: sunnydays914 on November 17, 2007 10:46:34 AM
sunnydays914- that's the same dress I wore at my wedding, only I had the train totally removed. Oh, and I didn't wear the privacy panels underneath the lacing. I can't tell if yours is the white white or the slightly offwhite. I had the slightly offwhite version.

Mine is the off white version. I don't have the privacy panel in mine either, that's just the undergarment I was wearing for the fitting.

Great choice on the dress, by the way :)

In other news, I went to Hobby Lobby last night! I bought all the stuff to decorate the unity candle (except I forgot the candle at my parent's place).


The green ribbon will be wrapped around the candle and the thin cream ribbon in the middle of the green one.



The charms will hang from bottom-ish of the cream ribbon. I'm getting more excited by the day!


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: thekster on November 17, 2007 04:41:11 PM
Ooh! I love the charms. And it's probably just my computer, but I don't see a green ribbon - just grey. Hmmmm.


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: sweets4ever on November 17, 2007 04:42:43 PM
The thicker ribbon looks green (sage) on my monitor.

Those charms are super cute!


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: rhettsmommy on November 17, 2007 07:27:06 PM
Agreed!  That will look great!


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: starveil101 on November 18, 2007 11:17:02 AM
 ??? I'm confused,.. what are privacy panals, and if they 'hide' (I assume considering the word) the see through parts, how can you get by w/o having one...?


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: sweets4ever on November 18, 2007 12:00:24 PM
??? I'm confused,.. what are privacy panals, and if they 'hide' (I assume considering the word) the see through parts, how can you get by w/o having one...?

It's a panel of fabric that would cover the skin under the (corset-like) lacing on the back of a wedding dress.  Since it's just someone's back, it really is optional whether you want to wear it or not.

Here's sunnyday's (which appeared to have a panel, but it was just her undergarment) http://i243.photobucket.com/albums/ff228/katiejoy914/IMG_0406.jpg compared to TheBon's without a panel http://www.flickr.com/photos/thebon/431754540/in/set-72157594280485465/

Hope that makes sense! :)


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: sweets4ever on November 18, 2007 12:03:19 PM
Mine was fake lacing (shh).  It was actually a zipper & the lacing was just decorative.  So technically I guess I had a zippered privacy panel. :D

http://i95.photobucket.com/albums/l156/sweets4ever48/WeddingPhotosByJen/IMG_9625blackwhite-1.jpg
http://i95.photobucket.com/albums/l156/sweets4ever48/WeddingPhotosByJen/IMG_9618blackwhite-1.jpg


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: TheBon on November 18, 2007 12:11:07 PM
Privacy panels go behind the lacing of a corseted dress. They're not necessary, unless you don't want your skin to show through. The dress that sunnydays and I both bought has a full on corset in it, which meant that even with my well-endowed chest I did not need to wear any kind of foundation garment under it. I chose, instead, to really let the lacing sing and allowed my skin to peak through. I will note that one of my panels was sewn in, low, so that my underwear did not peak out. This is what it looked like:

(http://www.flickr.com/photos/thebon/2043853813/" title=The Back of My Dress by TheBon, on Flickr)


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: sweets4ever on November 18, 2007 12:16:54 PM
Wow, that's a pretty picture!


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: TheBon on November 18, 2007 12:18:53 PM
Thanks! I've put up just a few from the professional photos on flickr, I don't have the time to do a ton of post-processing [and they all need some level of it] and just pulled that one out to illustrate this.


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: sweets4ever on November 18, 2007 12:19:26 PM
Thanks! I've put up just a few from the professional photos on flickr, I don't have the time to do a ton of post-processing [and they all need some level of it] and just pulled that one out to illustrate this.

I feel your pain.  Off to look... whee!


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: sweets4ever on November 18, 2007 12:20:43 PM
Did you wear a butterfly wing necklace or is it glass?  Pretty, either way!


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: TheBon on November 18, 2007 12:25:05 PM
I don't feel bad posting about the necklace here because it WAS handmade, just not by me.

(http://www.flickr.com/photos/thebon/545342051/" title=Blue Morpho Necklace by TheBon, on Flickr)

It is a real Blue Morpho butterfly wing, sandwiched by two pieces of glass, soldered together with hematite bead details. I picked it out as my wedding gift from my husband [he wanted something awesome, but couldn't really figure out what]. I love it and I wear it all the time. It came from Neile's Etsy Shop (http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=43654)

I ended up wearing just tiny studs in all three of the holes in my ears, 2 stainless steel and one titanium, they're the earrings I wear everyday but the bright silver and darker grey studs totally matched the bead-like detailing on the necklace's edge.


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: sweets4ever on November 18, 2007 12:26:40 PM
Awesome!!  I thought I recognized the piece.  I adore Neile's stuff.  I think my hubby needs to buy me a belated wedding present inspired by yours. ;D


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: thekster on November 18, 2007 12:48:40 PM
OK.... yeah, totally not seeing the picture where Bon was wearing that necklace. And now I can't find your post with all your wedding stuff.
Did you count that as your "something blue"?
Speaking of  ^  I wonder if everybody on this board did all of those wedding supersitions -something old, new, borrowed, blue (and a sixpence in her shoe) and what they used for each category
Ugh I'm so incredibly sleepy, so if this isn't making sense, excuse me.


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: TheBon on November 18, 2007 12:54:03 PM
It's on my flickr page. Here's the set with some photos from the day of (http://www.flickr.com/photos/thebon/sets/72157600465954457/)

I had a LOT of something blues since my wedding colors were turquoise, orange and chocolate brown.

something old: shawl pin, it was a 1920's art deco sapphire hat pin bought on ebay. There's a photo on flickr in my wedding planning set.
something new: well, pretty much everything, actually.
something borrowed: blue nailpolish borrowed from fellow craftster Kaesea for the painting of my toenails
something blue: necklace, shawl, shoes, toenail polish.

No sixpence for me though.


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: thekster on November 18, 2007 12:57:08 PM
Oh, der. I knew that (your colors.)
Yeah, I'm pretty sure most people nowadays don't do the sixpence thing. Especially in America.


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: sunnydays914 on November 18, 2007 06:18:53 PM
Something Old: My rings. My dad's grandmother died when he was 13 and his mother received her wedding and engagement rings. When my FH asked my parent's permission to marry me, they told my grandparents who then asked my FH if he wanted to give me her ring. He did and I love it! It couldn't be more perfect.
Something New: Close to everything I will be wearing... my dress, shoes, veil, jewelry etc
Something borrowed: I am borrowing my mom's slip-thing from her wedding for under my dress
Something blue: I have a blue glass teardrop pendant that my grandmother (mom's mom) wore for her wedding which was also passed on to her younger sister and nieces. My MOH and I are crafting this into a necklace with freshwater pearls.

No sixpence for me either.

In other news, I finished the unity candle today!




Thanks for all the compliments on the dress ladies!


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: starveil101 on November 18, 2007 08:38:28 PM
Oooh! Thanks sweets4ever and TheBon!  That makes more sense, I thought it had to do with the skirt :)
 


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: sweets4ever on November 19, 2007 04:22:14 AM
Oooh! Thanks sweets4ever and TheBon!  That makes more sense, I thought it had to do with the skirt :)

You're welcome!

I did at first, too.  My brain insisted on thinking it had to do with the skirt because of privacy panels on desks! :D


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: rhettsmommy on November 19, 2007 12:51:30 PM
Okay everyone...I did not get any of my "wedding things to do" accomplished this weekend.  I did however get our dining room painted and am feeling good about the Holidays now! 

Something old:  My step-dad's hankie (he is passed away).  Have not decided yet where I'll keep it, maybe around my flowers?  Any suggestions????

Something new:  My dress, ring, new cowboy boots I'm having custom made with our brand on them...so excited about them!

Something borrowed:  Turquoise necklace from a family friend.

Something blue:  Still working on this one.  Undies maybe?



Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: thekster on November 19, 2007 01:30:00 PM
sunny - the ribbon looks green now! :)
rm - you could always use the necklace for your borrowed AND blue. *shrugs* I may use the headpiece my grandma and mom used so that would be my something borrowed and old, and possibly even new too since we're putting a new veil on it if I do use it. I'd probably have other things for those categories too though.


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: jacktastic on November 19, 2007 01:40:59 PM
I'm getting hitched too!

The date: March 15

Stuff being done by me:
STDs (done)
invites, (mocked up and in production this weekend)
programs, (have a layout in mind, just not complete yet)
placecards, (haven't touched this one yet)
favors (we're donating to the American Cancer Society, so these are little cards to let people know - what they'll look like yet, I don't know),
centerpieces,
and music (laptop + mixer + amp, no DJ)

As a semi-practicing graphic designer, I've taken on all the paper projects with gusto -the centerpieces though . . . AAAAAGGGHHHH. Anyone have a kickass site for ideas? I'm trying to spend $20 or less per table and I got some amazing table runners from the dollar store, but I need tall vases, which are SO expensive, even at discount places it seems.
 


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: rhettsmommy on November 19, 2007 01:58:19 PM
jacktastic:  Congrats on your wedding, I am a march bride as well 03/29.  I am doing vases on the bp and families tables, i got them from Ikea for $1.00 each!  They have various shapes and styles, check them out.

thekster:  I did think about the necklace for my something borrowed too, and will probably do that unless I (or other fellow craftsters) can come up with something.  I love the fact that you're using the headpiece your mom and grandma used. WOW, how cool is that?!?! 

I can't decide what to do with my hair, since it's short, i don't know if i want to wear a veil or not.  I was thinking maybe a flower or two?  I have been growing it out ( it's still short though)  I do love it short, but just can't decide  on a wedding style.  Any suggestions on short wedding hair / accessories?


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: sunnydays914 on November 19, 2007 02:32:26 PM
I can't decide what to do with my hair, since it's short, i don't know if i want to wear a veil or not.  I was thinking maybe a flower or two?  I have been growing it out ( it's still short though)  I do love it short, but just can't decide  on a wedding style.  Any suggestions on short wedding hair / accessories?

I really love pearls in the hair, especially when coupled with flowers. When my hair was short I made bobby pins with pearls glued on the straight side and strategically placed them where they wouldn't fall out and where they could best be seen.

About the hankie, in every wedding I've stood up in I've inserted a hankie or tissue within my bouquet. I am a crier so having that extra assurance that I won't have tears and snot dripping down my face in the middle of the ceremony is completely worth it. The hankie-in-flowers trick can look really nice if it's not all bunchy.


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: woobie on November 19, 2007 04:26:07 PM
Something old:  My step-dad's hankie (he is passed away).  Have not decided yet where I'll keep it, maybe around my flowers?  Any suggestions????

How about having the hankie folded like a flower and incorporated into your bouquet?..  I've seen this done with an heirloom handkerchief before and it came off really nice.  I don't know how to go about making a flower from a handkerchief, so before I suggested it I googled it to see if there were any instructions.. the only thing I found was for paper napkins (http://www.propeller.com/viewstory/2007/10/13/how-to-make-nice-napkin-rose-pics/) but the idea could probably be adapted.


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: thekster on November 19, 2007 05:53:57 PM
Oh man... I love the ideas of the pearl bobby pins (pearls are all throughout my wedding) and the hankie in the flowers! I think I may try to incorporate both.
rm - I don't know if I will end up using it cuz it's all yellowed and DEFINATELY not my taste. It has these weird pieces that go down your face a bit and look kinda star-ish. Hopefully, my friend from Cosmo will be able to figure out a way to make it look a bit more updated without actually altering the headpiece.
Do you mean the necklace for your something blue? Cuz it's already borrowed and we can't really help you figure out what to borrow. :) Bon wore blue nailpolish - maybe you could do that? Or maybe a blue hairclip.
I don't remember HOW short your hair is (based on your avatar) but it's still possible to do an updo with some short hair. You just have to use LOTS of hairspray and creativity.


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: sunnydays914 on November 19, 2007 06:09:26 PM
I love pearls too. Everything I am crafting to wear is covered with pearls. Even my dress has them :)

Yay for hairspray!


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: sweets4ever on November 19, 2007 06:17:54 PM
My blue was a ring my mom gave me when I moved out into my first apartment.  It was an Avon ring that I always tried to steal out of her jewelry box when I was little & playing dress up. ;D  I slid it down in my bouquet over one of the stems.  This isn't a picture of my bouquet, but a picture of the ring on a bush in our front yard. :P


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: longtimegeek on November 19, 2007 07:09:48 PM
It was an Avon ring that I always tried to steal out of her jewelry box when I was little & playing dress up. ;D 

That is so sweet -- I actually think the whole poem is that it is not all about the acquiring a 'new' life but remembering to lean on others and bring some of your past with you.   


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: sweets4ever on November 19, 2007 07:17:55 PM
It was an Avon ring that I always tried to steal out of her jewelry box when I was little & playing dress up. ;D 

That is so sweet -- I actually think the whole poem is that it is not all about the acquiring a 'new' life but remembering to lean on others and bring some of your past with you.  

Thanks!

I totally agree. :)


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: rhettsmommy on November 20, 2007 11:17:31 AM
sunnydays:  I love the bobby pin idea!  I was thinking I needed to have my hair back off my face, and that would be perfect! I don't have any pearls in my scheme, but i do have lots of small turquoise beeds left over from the ones i made to hang fromt eh tablecloth overlays.  I'll try to do a sample and see what you guys think!
I am a crier too, I cry at every wedding I go to, can't even imagine how I'm going to be at my own! 

woobie: I love the hankie (napkin) flower idea, I'll have to try it and see how it turns out.  Only thing is the hankie is white, and there will be no white (except my ivory dress)!

Guess you could say I wanted to stand out!  Hopefully not like a sore thumb!

thekster: oops, yes, I did mean the neckace for my something blue, as it already is my something borrowed. 

sweets:  the story of the ring and it being your something blue is great! I know my grandma has a ring with blue stones (it was my grandfathers birthstone), maybe she'll let me borrow it for my something blue!!



Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: jacktastic on November 20, 2007 01:14:22 PM
rm - thanks for the IKEA tip! I didn't even think of them!


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: rhettsmommy on November 20, 2007 01:28:46 PM
No problem!  made me remember that I need to pick up a few more!


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: thekster on November 20, 2007 01:39:45 PM
Hmm... I missed the IKEA tip. I'll have to read again.
Sweets, I love that story of the ring too... I wish I could do something like that. My grandma has lots of elaborate rings, but her fingers are tiny and mine are ginormous so that combination doesn't work.


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: thekster on November 20, 2007 01:42:29 PM
Found the ikea tip. :)
I can't wait until we get the stupid location reserved already. Then I can start making my invitations/programs and figuring out how many tables we need and buying/making things for them.


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: rhettsmommy on November 20, 2007 02:11:13 PM
I have EXTRA large hands myself.  I just spoke with my Granny, the ring I wanted to  borrow was stolen.  UUrgh!  So I guess I'll have to keep thinking about my something blue...she said she has a necklace of my great grandmothers I could borrow, maybe I could wear it under neath the turquoise one and have the turquoise one be my something blue.  Too much to think about right now! 


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: ruby_soho on November 27, 2007 10:38:45 AM
okay, i'll throw my stuff in...  i have DIY'd a few things so far, but here are what i've got pictures of...

table numbers
i bought about 15 of these frames from JoAnn Fabrics for about two dollars apeice, and spray painted them silver. then i printed out numbers in one of the fonts we're using, cut them out with an exacto knife, and glued them onto black cardstock.



cake topper
we decided to do a monogram cake topper, but i didn't like the prices of the metal ones you can buy, so i got some wooden ones (birch, i think) in another of our fonts and spray painted it the same siver as the frames for the table numbers.  we'll probably attach this to thin dowels to the bottom so that it will stick into the cake.



ring pillow
this pillow was inspired by one of Martha Stewart's, but it's a little bigger. i knitted this in Lion Brand Thick & Quick wool. it's about 6x6". i knit a rectangle, sewed around the edges, and then stuffed it with a felt pillow. i attached two rings with white ribbon, but i think i might change the ribbon to a different color. 



...i also made activity books, but sadly, have no pictures.

things to do:
print and assemble invitations
design programs
wrap crayon bundles with ribbons
buy & spray paint vases http://dollartreedirect.com/images/cache/38bea1120cac41dc118e654fdf8fafde.jpg (http://dollartreedirect.com/images/cache/38bea1120cac41dc118e654fdf8fafde.jpg) for centerpieces like these: http://www.willmay.com/images/weddings/aj/enlarge/001.jpg (only with daisies, not roses)
assemble bouquets
assemble centerpieces
make signs for random things


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: rhettsmommy on November 27, 2007 10:46:05 AM
Ooh I love your ring pillow, well actually I love it all.  It's all very cute!  I think the colored ribbon would really make the ring pillow pop. 

I am using daisies too, and I love the short vases, I will be using glass food type jars.  But I think they'll have the same sort of look.

great job!


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: blottedcopybook on November 27, 2007 12:19:52 PM
OK! Talk about shotgun wedding, I'm getting married on February 8th and I have no idea what I'm going to do. I'm unbelievably nervous. And panicked. I've done nothing yet!!


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: ruby_soho on November 27, 2007 12:26:42 PM
its okay, blottedcoffeebook!  we can help with ideas!  what do you need?  (p.s. totally love your display pic :D)


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: rhettsmommy on November 27, 2007 12:57:01 PM
blottedcoffebook...like ruby_soho said, no worries!  This group will be tons of help!  Do you have colors yet?  Give us a few details so we can get our minds rolling!


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: blottedcopybook on November 27, 2007 01:50:13 PM
The *only* thing I have organised is my dress - it's  This one (http://www.alfredangelounitedkingdom.com/index.cfm/fuseAction/COLLECTIONS.productDetail/fromAdvancedSearch/0/productID/94c81852-382b-4acb-b080-a3f728b6d8a4/categoryID/32e5a88c-cbf1-498f-afcf-dbfca138c5d3)
I'm getting married in this church - sorry this is the best picture I can get. The actual church is through that little gate and it's very quaint.


My reception is going to be held here


I'm going with a pocketfold style invite, I've bought card but haven't made up a design for the inside yet. Literally all I've got so far is my dress, my venue and the card for my invite (and hopefully the order of service). The hotel will do my table settings and centrepieces, so I don't need to worry about that but I need to do everything else. ARGH!

(P.S It's Blottedcopybook, as in, "Well sunshine you've blotted your copybook haven't you?" :))


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: sweets4ever on November 27, 2007 01:52:00 PM
Oooh... pretty plans so far!

One of the moderators had that dress!  Are you getting red or another color?  Hers was beautiful gold. :)


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: blottedcopybook on November 27, 2007 01:55:21 PM
I'm going with the claret - it's stunning. It wasn't at all what I wanted - the original dress I'd picked was this one:




but I've had two babies in 14 months and that dress would highlight every lump and bump, whereas when I tried my dress on it just made me look really good and I felt like a little girl again :D



Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: rhettsmommy on November 27, 2007 02:05:12 PM
oops, sorry blottedcopybook.
The dress you chose is the one my sister wanted me to get. It is gorgeous!  I know what you mean about the kids and the dress thing!  Wow on the pics of the venue too!  There are lots of great ideas for pocketfold invites on here.


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: ruby_soho on November 27, 2007 02:06:30 PM
(P.S It's Blottedcopybook, as in, "Well sunshine you've blotted your copybook haven't you?" :))

eep!  sorry :D


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: vala_amaris on November 27, 2007 02:53:24 PM
I wore almost that exact same dress with a more empire waist and slightly different neckline.  I loved it.


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: blottedcopybook on November 27, 2007 02:57:52 PM
Haha no worries!

Yeah both dresses are absolutely stunning, the dress I wanted is a Ginnis dress and I actually saw it on a tv programme (Monarch of the Glen, for any UK folk or BBC world service fans!) but the dress I bought was only the second dress I tried on and I had to have it :D


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: thekster on November 27, 2007 03:33:01 PM
Man, TWO pages since I last read?? I went to Hobby Lobby today and was thinking as I shopped "I should post something since there's been such a lull in wedding posts." (Yes, I'm lame and think about crafster all the time.)
Soooo yeah I went to Hobby Lobby and they FINALLY had the bridal stuff on sale. I bought a bunch of things: the white sandals that say "bride" on the part where your foot goes and underneath it'll stamp "Just Married" in the sand, 2 compacts that I most likely will return cuz they feel totally fake. cake cutting set that also feels fake but oh well, cake stand, pink rose petals and white petals with pearls in the middle and a wedding photo box that's really pretty but I think it's misisng 1-2 parts.
Sweets - did yours look very much like this:

It was the one that was originally 50 dollars. I'm debating whether or not to keep it since you said you rented yours for 25 but then had the money returned afterwards. I don't know if we'll find a bakery that has one for the same price.


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: sweets4ever on November 27, 2007 04:39:18 PM
I think $25 is a great deal if you aren't sure if your baker will have something you like/will have the rental dealie.  You could always sell it on Craigslist after the fact (shipping on Ebay would probably suck).

It looks quite similar ('cept mine was obviously square):


To give you an idea, my bottom layer was 10".  Be sure to take the stand with you or measure it for when you're out cake shopping.  You'll want to "fit" your bottom layer to the stand.  ...just one of those thing you might not think of later on when you're out rushing about tasting cakes. :)


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: thekster on November 27, 2007 07:52:01 PM
Hmmm why did I think you had a circular one too?
I can take it back if I find a baker in I think 60 days but I don't want to deal with that. :/ I'll probably just keep it though.
(Does your cake have a ribbon around the bottom of it or is that icing?)
Is your cake stand heavy? Cuz I have a sneaking suspicious mine is fake but considering the price, I'm not sure.
erwejkrh grrr I can't wait to have all this crap done with. I think soon we'll have the location booked, and then a lot of stuff can get a move on :)


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: sweets4ever on November 28, 2007 04:56:19 AM
I wanted a circular one.  Maybe you're in my head. :D  I didn't mind the square one, but if they would have had a circular one, I would have taken that instead.

It's ribbon around the bottom.  I gave him a spool of the dark red ribbon that I used from making the flowers to match the piping color and line each layer with ribbon.




Yeah, the cake stand was really heavy.

erwejkrh grrr I can't wait to have all this crap done with. I think soon we'll have the location booked, and then a lot of stuff can get a move on :)
My hubby was saying that up until we drove off for our honeymoon. :D


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: sunnydays914 on November 28, 2007 06:40:28 AM
OK! Talk about shotgun wedding, I'm getting married on February 8th and I have no idea what I'm going to do. I'm unbelievably nervous. And panicked. I've done nothing yet!!

Don't panic! The ladies on this forum are really, really good with weddings and ideas.

Do you know how many people you want to invite? That determines so much like food, cake size, number of invites, favors, etc.


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: thekster on November 28, 2007 11:57:20 AM
Sweets, I'm in everybody's head! *spooky/creepy noise*
The ribbon looks GREAT with your cake and all it's design, but I dunno if I'd want ribbon on my cake. Or anything inedible (besides the topper) on it. Ehhh I'm just weird I guess.
And mine's not all that heavy soooo dang. Mine's a fakey, like almost all the other crap we have haha. Why does anything with the word "wedding" in it almost automatically go up eight million dollars? (or whatever)Grrr everytime I look at your cake, I want to eat it.
BCB (blottedcopybook) - At least Feb 8 isn't like next month. You still have about 2 months and a few days. You can actually get quite a bit done in that amount of time; you might just have to downsize on some things you may have wanted to do. Your location is GORGEOUS. *jealous* :) I feel like I was going to say something else but I forgot
Ruby -
I like your table numbers. I bet you hated doing all the cutting with the Xacto. My sister just got me a Cricut and that would be a PERFECT job for it. I think I'll steal your idea! The only problem is, I only have 2 fonts and I don't really like either, but their cartriged are 60 bucks each. Sad. And I thought you cake topper was actually metal. Good job! If my little J/L are too small, I may pull your little trick. I'm an idea stealer! Oh no!


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: blottedcopybook on November 28, 2007 02:13:07 PM
Don't panic! The ladies on this forum are really, really good with weddings and ideas.

Do you know how many people you want to invite? That determines so much like food, cake size, number of invites, favors, etc.

For the meal I think there's around 70 *eek* and another 100 for the evening. I'm more and more liking the idea of just running away though!


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: rhettsmommy on November 28, 2007 07:06:48 PM
Okay, I need your opinions.  I finished the headpieces for my niece (the flowergirl), had no intentions of making two, but once I got started, I figured better see what I could do... her dress is ivory with a tan sash.  she will be carrying a brown basket with turquoise ribbon on the handle with red rose petals and I think red shoes (have not found them yet). 

the red flowers have turquoise beads in the center

turquoise "berries" and red beads

Cannot decide which I like best.  Whichever one I (we) pick will have turquoise ribbin hanging down her back (that matches the basket handle)

Not DIY but still exciting...

"S" cake topper came in.  Can't decide if I should do some thing with a K & D, maybe make some using the turquoise beads I have on everything.  What do you think?


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: GirlyGirlTomBoy on November 28, 2007 08:58:58 PM
I really like the "berries" and beads.  It's really cute.


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: sweets4ever on November 28, 2007 09:00:21 PM
I need to see her dress and maybe her hair before I can decide. :D  I'm such a pain...


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: thekster on November 28, 2007 09:34:31 PM
I think I like the beads one too.


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: rhettsmommy on November 29, 2007 08:44:39 AM
Okay, I'll try to get a pic of her dress...she has long sandy blonde hair and I think it will be down with lots of curls (if we can get it to hold the curl, she has super straight and fine hair).  We have not had a practice with her hair yet.  I'll see what I can come up with for inspiration for you sweets!  I think I like the "berries" and beads one so far, too.


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: sunnydays914 on November 29, 2007 08:57:22 AM
I really like the berries and beads one too! I think I might steal that idea for my own flowergirl although I am not sure she would keep anything on her head!


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: sweets4ever on November 29, 2007 10:06:04 AM
Okay, I'll try to get a pic of her dress...she has long sandy blonde hair and I think it will be down with lots of curls (if we can get it to hold the curl, she has super straight and fine hair).  We have not had a practice with her hair yet.  I'll see what I can come up with for inspiration for you sweets!  I think I like the "berries" and beads one so far, too.

Okies! :D  I'm just a picture-aholic, I think. ;D  I like the berries one right now, if that helps!

Our flowergirl's hair curled GREAT much to the shock of everyone else.  Her mom swore up & down it would never curl/hold, but it did and it looked soooo (so so so) cute.  Don't wash it the night before (so it's good & dirty :D), make tight, small curls (so even when they "fall," they still look curly) and spray the life out of it. :D

I'll use links this time instead of spamming with more photos. :P  A day in the life of our poor sweet flowergirl's hair. :D  http://s95.photobucket.com/albums/l156/sweets4ever48/AlyssasHair/?action=view&slideshow=true


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: rhettsmommy on November 29, 2007 12:50:06 PM
sweets, her hair is soo cute.  That's the looks I'm going for.  Will use your photo for the hairstylist. he, he!

sunny, that one was super easy to make, I usd a pre-made small wreath for the blue-berry part and took apart a red beaded one I found in the holiday section at Big Lots and wrapped it into the berry one.  It cost $3.50!!  Yeah!!!



Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: sweets4ever on November 29, 2007 01:01:28 PM
$3.50!!  That's awesome.

She was a trooper to sit & have all of her hair curled.  Hers took near the same amount of time as mine.  Thank goodness for all of the animals on her cape... they were quite entertaining. :D


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: rhettsmommy on November 29, 2007 01:46:56 PM
Guaranteed her hair will take longer than mine will, as she's got at least 12 inches on me!  I know what you mean about the cape, the girl that cuts my sons hair has a Nemo one, keeps him still for at least 2.5 minutes!!!


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: rhettsmommy on November 29, 2007 03:55:09 PM
OKAY PEOPLE, I'M ON A ROLL NOW.  HERE IS THE MOCK UP OF MY INVITE.  THE OUTSIDE CREAM PART WILL BE THE INVITEES NAMES CALIGRAPHIED IN BROWN INK. THEY WILL BE "TACKED" DOWN WITH GLUE DOTS, SO AS NOT TO BE SO FLAPPY. ALSO, I THINK I'LL ADD A TURQUOISE "STRIPE" OF RIBBON ON THE FRONT ON THE LEFT SIDE OF THE NAME TAG.


FRONT OF INVITE

INSIDE OF INVITE

WHAT DO YOU THINK...WHAT SHOULD I CHANGE?

THE "dK" ON THE LEFT SIDE IS OUR LIVESTOCK BRAND, IT'S ON ALL THE PAPER THINGS AT THE WEDDING, I WANT TO INCORPORATE IT IN THE CENTERPIECES, BUT NOT SURE HOW TO, ANY IDEAS ON THAT?


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: rhettsmommy on November 30, 2007 11:14:28 AM
With a little help from TheBon, I am making some much needed changes to my invite.  Will try to get a new mock up done this weekend for all to see! 

On another note, I finished many projects last night. 

Paper candy boxes for wedding kids

added beads to my "purse"  from my future MIL  (I'll try to get a pick on here when I get home, I think it needs more, just don't want to over do it, so I need some advice on that.

Remade card box that the little guys destroyed

printed pics and framed them for the remembrance/memorial table (didn't one of you have a poem you used for this...I tried to find it last night, but had no luck)

wired seed beads for the Mr. and the little guy's bouts  (still have to do the ones for my bouquet)

I think that's it.  My goal for the weekend it to get the invite artwork up to par. 


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: sweets4ever on November 30, 2007 11:28:41 AM
Wowie, you've been busy!  I'm so happy & excited for you!

Your invite mock up is nice, but now I can't wait to see the new & improved version!


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: sunnydays914 on November 30, 2007 11:29:36 AM
rm, I am inspired! I have been sitting at my desk at work all day thinking about what I need to get done this weekend but there is little hope it will measure up to what you have finished.

I want to repaint my unity candle holder and possibly the flower girl's basket. This is the second-to-last weekend of the semester so unfortunately, school comes first and I may not finish anything.

I'm not completely set on what to do with the flower girl's basket. (Easy) suggestions?


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: rhettsmommy on November 30, 2007 12:12:23 PM
I am going super easy on the flower girls basket, but kinda sentimental... I am using a basket that we received a plant in when Rhett was born, and just adding turquoise ribbon around the handle, then she'll have fake red rose petals (some from the dollar tree, some from a local flower shop I got for a buck as the box was smashed)  Do you have anything around that you might be able to use for her?  and just "wedding" it up?


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: sunnydays914 on November 30, 2007 12:27:25 PM
I have a little red basket that I will have to spray paint because red is not anywhere close to green and ivory (my colors) at all. I don't know if i want to line it, put flowers on it or whatever else. I've never thought much about the basket.


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: rhettsmommy on November 30, 2007 12:38:55 PM
I am not planning on lining mine, right now at least.  I like the natural look of the basket.  If you do line it, do you have any fabric left from your dress or bridesmaids dresses you could use?  You could just hot glue it on and use ribbon or flowers to cover up anything.
A friend of mine just got married, her colors were green and choclate, she just used ivory pomander balls with ivory ribbon for the handle, they were very pretty.  I just like the petals scattered...call me old fashioned!


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: Banga on December 01, 2007 06:03:37 AM
rhettsmommy, I liked your mock up as well, but I can't wait to see what you have changed!

My invite process has stalled completely for now. I bought a gocco to screenprint them all and picked out my papers. Then when I sat down to start designing the actual screens, I froze. I don't have any of those fancy programs (not even photo shop!) so it will be tough to get them to lok professionally designed on my own. There is an etsy seller I stumbled upon while browsing for many hours and pretending to shop (http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=98137) who can do it for me. I can get a design from her and them print them myself... so I'm considering that approach!


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: rhettsmommy on December 01, 2007 11:37:55 PM
banga, thanks,  I like the mock up too, but TheBon had some great ideas, and I can't wait to implement them into my invites! 

I didn't get to work on them today, but did go with my final bridesmaid to order her dress...all dresses are ordered...YEAH!! (Sorry, I can sew, but not that good!) Should be here by mid-end Jan.  Can't wait!

Also made another trip to Michaels, the closest one to me is 1 1/2 hours away! What's a girl to do?  I got more seed beads to string for around my bouquet stems, flowers to make the hair clips for the BM's, porceline pens for the groomsmen mugs, bout pins, and a few Christmas crafty things.

Hello, my name is Rhettsmommy and I'm addicted to craftster!!  I just got home from my uncles B day party (it's 11:30pm on Saturday night) and what do I do, of course have to check on craftster! First step is admiting your problem... RIGHT!?!??!


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: sunnydays914 on December 02, 2007 11:05:33 AM
Hello, my name is Rhettsmommy and I'm addicted to craftster!!  I just got home from my uncles B day party (it's 11:30pm on Saturday night) and what do I do, of course have to check on craftster! First step is admitting your problem... RIGHT!?!??!

Wouldn't posting about it just be continuing the process?

My name is Sunnydays914 and I am addicted to Craftster! Every day I go no farther than 10 feet from a computer and continually check the forums, hoping that someone else has posted to give me an excuse to post again!


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: dellastella on December 02, 2007 02:45:01 PM
I am having so much fun checking out the posts in this thread. You ladies are an inspiration!

I've finished my first two wedding projects. A million left to go, but progress is progress! First, our save the date magnets:


They're business card size, and we'll be sending them out with our Christmas cards. Saving on postage = awesome.

And the second is our website, www.ben-and-amanda.com (http://www.ben-and-amanda.com). HTML is crafty, right? Here's a screenshot of the main page.


It's a work in progress, but I'm really pleased with what I've put together so far. Any feedback, on the website especially, would be greatly appreciated. You guys rock!


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: sweets4ever on December 02, 2007 05:07:47 PM
Your save the date are SO cute!  You guys are fun... gotta love that!  Off to check out your page... :)


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: Banga on December 02, 2007 05:31:55 PM
Weird, I'm friends with a Ben and Amanda, too! Off to check your site out now!

eta: Your website is awesome! Great story and link, love the detail on your guest info page! I just wonder if you might want to clarify your attendant info (ie. "he is Ben's best friend", "she is Amanda's sister", rather than "she is my sister") but maybe that is obvious to your guests!


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: sweets4ever on December 02, 2007 05:33:04 PM
You have THE best story!  I love that you bought your husband. :D


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: Banga on December 02, 2007 05:39:51 PM
I just got this email of the best wedding dance ever. I sadly don't have a link, as it was sent to me as a file. They do an "Unchained Melody" seque into Sir Mixalot. Have you all seen it? I'm sure it is on youtube, though I didn't check. If you want it PM me! I laughed for ten minutes.


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: sweets4ever on December 02, 2007 05:42:28 PM
YES! ;D  I'm glad someone else finds amusement in these things... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=62kRe0bGBuQ


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: Banga on December 02, 2007 05:47:31 PM
Thanks for the hookup on that link! If it hadn't been done already, my husband and I would totally go for that! We've been thinking of choreographing something silly, since we are huge dorks. But he shakes his butt much better than me, and I can't let him show me up!  ;D



Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: sweets4ever on December 02, 2007 05:52:43 PM
There were a few we thought about doing, but ran outta time/energy.  I love the ones to Thriller. :D

Sorry, back to crafting... carry on, carry on. :D



Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: Banga on December 02, 2007 06:02:31 PM
Yeah back to that! The etsy seller I contacted hasn't got time to do a custom design for my invite.  :-[ Sadness. I can look through some stock stuff when I have time, but I'm afraid I won't find anything I want. I have a pretty specific idea in mind, and I know I will have to just be flexible now. Ah well... Just glad my gocco came in, now I can start playing with it to be sure I want to screenprint the invites once said design is ready.

p.s. Just found out my maid of honor will be 8 mos, preggers at the wedding! Yay for empire waist babydoll dresses!


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: dellastella on December 02, 2007 06:49:28 PM
Thanks for the feedback!  ;D

Clarifying the attendant info is a great idea. Thanks for the suggestion!


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: sunnydays914 on December 02, 2007 08:35:21 PM
YES! ;D  I'm glad someone else finds amusement in these things...

OMG I laughed so hard! I had to share it with everyone who was home.

Yeah back to that! The etsy seller I contacted hasn't got time to do a custom design for my invite.  :-[ Sadness. I can look through some stock stuff when I have time, but I'm afraid I won't find anything I want. I have a pretty specific idea in mind, and I know I will have to just be flexible now.

What do you want your invites to look like? I know a designer who might be willing to do it but I'm not sure his prices can compete with the etsy seller. Let me know if you're interested and I can dig up his contact info.

Wedding stuff was a no-go this weekend. I wrote a 7 page Spanish paper though! At least I have something to show for myself.


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: Banga on December 03, 2007 06:05:31 AM
sunnydays - I LOVE this: http://www.flickr.com/photos/rolland72/349566192/  but withpeonies or hydrangeas, a few bees, a pretty font, maybe a bit of leafy scrolling... and maybe not so much overlapping of colors as I'll be gocco printing them and I don't want to worry too much about printing more than one screen. I'm thinking one color ink.

I first thought of doing something with photos of us, but with the hubby in Germany, it may be tough! This is my favorite photo invite/std http://www.flickr.com/photos/brandonvoges/369926468/ This couple's entire set is hilarious!


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: sunnydays914 on December 03, 2007 06:52:19 AM
Banga, those invitations are awesome! The invitations I want have the same kind of set up- scrolling design along the side with text on the opposite.

The STD is equally great. We're not going to STDs (we'll see almost everyone over Christmas anyway) but we want to do something with our picture for our thank you cards. I saw one with a couple in solid colored t-shirts that said "thank" and "you" on them. We could do them in our wedding colors!


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: rhettsmommy on December 03, 2007 08:53:10 PM
Banga & sunny, I agree, those invites are awesome!

dellastella, I checked out your website, I'm with sweets, I love that you "bought" him, and for $11.  What a steal!!!  I love your save the date too, and WOW on the ISLAND!!!  I can't wait to see more of your progress!

As for the "first dance posts":  Have you all seen Starsky and Hutch...Future Mr.RhettsMommy wants to do the Disco Dance Off scene!!! I think I'll have to have a few drinks down to pull that off!!!


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: dellastella on December 04, 2007 03:56:43 AM
Banga, those invitations are to die for! I checked out www.invitesite.com (http://www.invitesite.com), where those invite blanks were purchased, and now I'm seriously reconsidering my whole invitation design. If anyone is looking for AWESOME diy, print at home, but totally amazing looking invitations, look no further.

Now the only question is which one I should go with...  ;D


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: sunnydays914 on December 04, 2007 10:20:58 AM
The FH and I are working on our wedding website but are not completely certain what all to put in it other than the normal info: location, date, directions, our story, attendants, etc.

Are there any creative things that we could include and our guests would enjoy?


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: bruisedpeach22 on December 05, 2007 11:41:11 AM
Hi everyohe! I'm crazy excited to finally be able to join this thread!!! We are getting married in Vegas even in June or December (depends on whether the boy is deployed) We aren't sure yet if its going to be just us or with immediate family. There are issues with that aspect. Craftwise, I haven't thought of a lot since the chapel will have most everything set already.

Crafty List:

earrings, and necklace for me
veil ( should i even wear a veil in vegas???)
picture frames
cd sticker covers
dvd sticker covers
invitations
save the date if not redeployed
luggage tags
document holder
ticket holder

Thanks all I can think of for now :)


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: sunnydays914 on December 05, 2007 12:08:32 PM

veil ( should i even wear a veil in vegas???)


I had to figure out the answer to that question too (minus the Vegas part). I answered it with, "Would I feel like a bride without it?"


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: bruisedpeach22 on December 05, 2007 12:27:02 PM

veil ( should i even wear a veil in vegas???)


I had to figure out the answer to that question too (minus the Vegas part). I answered it with, "Would I feel like a bride without it?"

I had planned on wearing one when we talked about being married here, but none of the pics i've seen of Vegas weddings have brides wearing veils. It's a pretty easy craft so i have lots and lots of time to think about it.


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: Shimmer413 on December 05, 2007 01:41:50 PM

veil ( should i even wear a veil in vegas???)


I had to figure out the answer to that question too (minus the Vegas part). I answered it with, "Would I feel like a bride without it?"

Of course, the choice is purely personal, but for me... It was the veil that made me tear up, not the dress.  I didn't feel like a bride until I put the veil on.  (and we're not even talking THE veil, just a veil that I tried at the bridal shop).  I kept my veil on for the whole reception too because I just thought it pulled together the whole look!   ;D  Just my two cents!


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: bruisedpeach22 on December 05, 2007 01:55:00 PM
That's a very good point shimmer. You've reminded me of the first time i saw myself in a veil. It was one of the sample ones at Joann's. I hadn't ever wanted to wear one and saw it while i was peeking at wedding stuff a few months ago. I teared up at the sight. Since the veil i want is cheap and easy to do, i think i will go ahead and make it then decide that day whether to wear it. If i decide right before, i know i won't regret the decision. :) Thanks for yours thoughts!!!


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: sweets4ever on December 05, 2007 01:56:56 PM
That's a very good point shimmer. You've reminded me of the first time i saw myself in a veil. It was one of the sample ones at Joann's.

Mine, too! :D


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: bruisedpeach22 on December 05, 2007 02:00:26 PM
Did you end up getting one of their veils? I'm thinking of getting the super simple ribbon edged one and then adding crystals to it.


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: sweets4ever on December 05, 2007 02:04:08 PM
Actually, yes, but then I didn't use it.  I still have it in its package (I meant to return it, but didn't on time) :D  I ended up with 3 veils... :(

I ordered one from Ebay.  They sent me the wrong one and took FOREVER to send the correct one.  Once it got here, I didn't like it very much.

Then one of the other moderators said I could borrow hers, but it got lost in the mail from Australia to Ohio/USA.

The day before the wedding, I bought the Jo-anns on in case the one from Australia didn't get here the morning of the wedding.  Well, it didn't get here and when I looked at the one from Joann's closer, I had to attach a comb to one of the edges, which wasn't what I wanted. :D

I defaulted back to veil #2, the original veil I bought from Ebay. :P


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: bruisedpeach22 on December 05, 2007 02:09:43 PM
Wow, that's some serious veil issues!


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: sweets4ever on December 05, 2007 02:10:33 PM
Gah... I don't know why I had to be so picky about it.  I really didn't like the feel of them, but on the day of the wedding it was totally fine.  I was just being pre-wedding crazy, I think. :P


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: sunnydays914 on December 05, 2007 03:36:32 PM
I am in the process of making my veil right now and it is probably the easiest DIY wedding project that I have come across.

http://www.wegotgame.net/jen/veils.html (http://www.wegotgame.net/jen/veils.html) This is a ¡GREAT! site for a veil tut.

My little sister is staying with me a few days over Christmas break... slave labor! I should be able to get a lot done with her around to help.


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: bruisedpeach22 on December 05, 2007 03:51:13 PM
That looks like a great tutorial. Thanks!


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: rhettsmommy on December 05, 2007 04:40:56 PM
I am still in limbo about the whole veil/no veil thing.  But I think I'll follow that tute and make one, then if I dod decide to wear it, I'm all set! 


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: thekster on December 05, 2007 05:47:18 PM
I'm DEFINATELY having a veil. My mom or I will make it; I'll probably have to do the detailing on it though. Sweets, there was some bridezilla on some extravagent wedding show who just HADDD to have three veils for her wedding and wore all three at once (lol.) That sucks that you had so many veil issues. :/
OK, question for anybody who had around 75 guests (or anybody, I guess) - how big was the bottom layer of your cake? And how many layers did you have or how many layers would work for 75 guests?
I just measured my cake stand and it's about 14 inches diameter, but there's a bit of detailing on about 2.5 inches of it, so the smallest it can be is 9.5 inches. Obviously, the largest is a little less than 14.


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: sweets4ever on December 05, 2007 05:59:42 PM
That's funny about bridezilla. :D  I didn't want 3.  I just ended up with 3 and one more floating around in the mail somewhere still.  I'm going to Craigslist all of the extras as soon as I get my butt in gear. :D

Our cake was made to serve 70 (excluding the top layer).  Here are dimensions:
We did 3 tiers...

6" round
chocolate cake with real strawberry layer filling
================
8" hexagon
white cake with chocolate ganache as layer filling
================
10" round - choco & strawberries again
(same as top layer)

...all covered in white buttercream, then piped with dark red detailing similar to my dress embroidery and lined with dark red ribbon at the bottom of each layer.

We did white and chocolate cake to give people variety, but most people waited for the chocolate layer to be cut. :D


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: sunnydays914 on December 05, 2007 07:37:08 PM
OK, question for anybody who had around 75 guests (or anybody, I guess) - how big was the bottom layer of your cake? And how many layers did you have or how many layers would work for 75 guests?
I just measured my cake stand and it's about 14 inches diameter, but there's a bit of detailing on about 2.5 inches of it, so the smallest it can be is 9.5 inches. Obviously, the largest is a little less than 14.

We decided to buy sheet cakes which serve around 80 per full cake for only $40! That's the only way we could stretch the cake budget to fit 200ish guests.


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: rhettsmommy on December 05, 2007 08:15:20 PM
We are doing the sheet cakes too.  But still having a small cake for the cake cutting ceremony.  Not sure on the specifics yet.
This is the one I want, but maybe only the top 2 layers and with red / turquoise flowers on a lighter brown...I think
 http://www.instyleweddings.com/instyle/weddings/planning/gallery/0,,1606615_4,00.html




Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: sweets4ever on December 05, 2007 08:16:35 PM
With only 75ish guests, we didn't really have a need for the sheet cakes, but if we had a bigger wedding, we definitely would have gone that route.

WOWie, that cake is pretty!


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: bruisedpeach22 on December 05, 2007 08:20:03 PM
There's a 50's restaurant in the same building as the chapel so we're going to eat there for our reception. I'm thinking banana splits or brownie a la mode in lieu of cake.


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: sweets4ever on December 05, 2007 08:22:01 PM
There's a 50's restaurant in the same building as the chapel so we're going to eat there for our reception. I'm thinking banana splits or brownie a la mode in lieu of cake.

Do you need my address to send my invite?? ;D


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: rhettsmommy on December 05, 2007 08:23:58 PM
I finally fould the picture in my stash, told you you'd like it!!

Our guest list is over the top.  It has turned into a HUGE party, where we just happen to be getting married.  I have sent out 256 STD's, x's 2...well you do the math.  Now can you understand why I rattle on?!!?!?

bruisedpeach, I love the banana splits idea!!  Yum, wish I had the stuff to make me one right now!

hey sweets, I was gonna say that!!!


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: bruisedpeach22 on December 05, 2007 08:25:09 PM
It's a big restaurant, theres plenty of room :)


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: sweets4ever on December 05, 2007 08:25:38 PM
Holy yikes, rhettsmommy!  That is crazy huge!  You're having a caterer, aren't you?  We did all of our food ourselves.  I couldn't imagine cooking for that many people.  In fact, I'd die. :D


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: rhettsmommy on December 05, 2007 08:28:04 PM
Yes!  and honestly I can't wait for the dinner...I must be hungry, all this talk about food!!  Yeah, no way was I doing the food.  I can barely get dinner on the table for the 3 of us!! ;)



Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: bruisedpeach22 on December 05, 2007 08:30:57 PM
That is a ton of people!!! Can't imagine planning for sooo many. Planning for 40 was starting to push me over the edge even after just a few days. Can you see why we're going to vegas!?

Craftwise, we decided on the picture for the cd sticker cover. I want to use a pic famous sign saying welcome to las vegas and put our names in there. Any one know if there would there be copyright issues with that?


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: sweets4ever on December 05, 2007 08:33:39 PM
Bruised, that'll be neat!  Someone else did a Vegas favor candy wrapper thing https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=187289.0

I think there would be copyright issues if you used someone's picture w/o permission.  I bet you could find a freeshare version of that picture, though.  It's very popular!


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: rhettsmommy on December 05, 2007 08:39:07 PM
Oooh I like it!  That'll look great on the cd cover, would be cool to use it as the cd label.

Believe me, we just had the conversation this afternoon about going to Vegas! He's not even doing anything, and he's stressed out!


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: sunnydays914 on December 05, 2007 08:44:45 PM
Craftwise, we decided on the picture for the cd sticker cover. I want to use a pic famous sign saying welcome to las vegas and put our names in there. Any one know if there would there be copyright issues with that?

You can get royalty free photos (no threat of a lawsuit!) at www.istockphotos.com
http://www.istockphoto.com/file_closeup/istock/istockalypse/las_vegas_istockalypse/2228336_welcome_to_las_vegas.php?id=2228336 (http://www.istockphoto.com/file_closeup/istock/istockalypse/las_vegas_istockalypse/2228336_welcome_to_las_vegas.php?id=2228336)
That is the link for the photo I like most. It costs 6 credits for the large size (2716x1810 pixels). Credits cost $13 for 10.


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: bruisedpeach22 on December 05, 2007 08:47:26 PM
OK i guess cd label is the word I want. Thanks sunnydays, that is the sort of thing I was looking for. Plus now maybe i can make photo postcards for cheaper. :)


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: rhettsmommy on December 05, 2007 08:55:24 PM
I used this website for my STD postcards: http://www.printsmadeeasy.com/
They are super cheap. 300 for $35.00, they came in before the time frame they gave me  and I've had so many compliments on them.  You can use their templates or create your own custom one.  I created my own, it's was super easy.  They'll even mail them for you.


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: TheBon on December 05, 2007 09:05:21 PM
You can also search flickr for creative commons licensed photos. Here's a search for the welcome to vegas sign, there's some real good ones. http://flickr.com/search/?q=welcome+to+las+vegas&l=cc


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: bruisedpeach22 on December 05, 2007 09:07:22 PM
The site looks great but we don't need quite that many. I'm thinking 40 at the most. Different pictures would be nice too , especially since some will be the invitations and some will be more like announcements with the web address to watch the wedding live.

Sweets, the one you photoshopped is exactly what we want to do for the dvd labels!


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: bruisedpeach22 on December 05, 2007 09:08:09 PM
You can also search flickr for creative commons licensed photos. Here's a search for the welcome to vegas sign, there's some real good ones. http://flickr.com/search/?q=welcome+to+las+vegas&l=cc

I was wondering how to find stuff like that on flickr....thanks:)


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: sweets4ever on December 05, 2007 09:10:08 PM
Sweets, the one you photoshopped is exactly what we want to do for the dvd labels!

I had a lot of fun playing with it for her.  I think that would make a GREAT DVD lablel!


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: thekster on December 05, 2007 09:12:12 PM
RM - 256??? That's absolutely crazy. We're only having about 75 and I'm stressing.
Ah man... Today I had a bit of a breakdown. Started crying after thinking about having to pay for the location and catering (we were going to reserve the location tomorrow but we can't view it until next week.) Buuttt my finace was in savior mode and made me happy, like he always does. :)
BTW, if the top tier is replicated on the first anniv for the couple to eat, are you supposed to serve pieces from the top or what?
Bruised - watch the wedding live? What a neat idea! I don't know how to do streaming video or live or whatever it would be called...could you explain the process?


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: sweets4ever on December 05, 2007 09:13:57 PM
BTW, if the top tier is replicated on the first anniv for the couple to eat, are you supposed to serve pieces from the top or what?

I think it would be totally up to you.  Maybe you'd want to eat it that night when the honeymoon begins ;), the next day, week, etc.  If not, I don't see why you couldn't serve it up!


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: bruisedpeach22 on December 05, 2007 09:15:27 PM
I have no idea either. It's one of the services the chapel has. They broadcast it live then put it on dvd for you. Very useful since the future mr peach's aren't going to be able to make it and while my parents will be there , theres a ton more family that won't.


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: rhettsmommy on December 05, 2007 09:19:42 PM
bruised, yes, that is neat that they offer that...I thought that you were doing it yourself...I was/am really impressed, I am by no means that computer inclined!!

thekster, I'm not exactly sure about how I feel about eating the year old cake anyway, so not sure yet.  I was thinking we could cut ours and the wedding party off the bottom tier and save the top for the the next week or something.  Everyone else will be served sheet cakes.  That's why you have your "savior"  to pick you up when you're feeling down!!


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: TheBon on December 05, 2007 09:21:57 PM
searching for creative commons on flickr is easy, just when you search, select advanced search and select search only creative commons. i love it!

The generics for live broadcasting a wedding are that someone has hooked up a camera that transmits the video directly to the internet, where it is output on a website where people can go and use a video player watch it.

We ate/served our top tier at the wedding. It was delicious. ;)


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: rhettsmommy on December 05, 2007 09:37:47 PM
TheBon, Thanks for the explanation! 


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: ruby_soho on December 06, 2007 08:45:31 AM
Holy yikes, rhettsmommy!  That is crazy huge!  You're having a caterer, aren't you?  We did all of our food ourselves.

ooooh good!  did you post sources or info anywhere on here on your self-catering escapades?  we're planning on doing our own food too, but i have no idea where to even start.  do you have any tips to share? 


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: sweets4ever on December 06, 2007 09:20:53 AM
Holy yikes, rhettsmommy!  That is crazy huge!  You're having a caterer, aren't you?  We did all of our food ourselves.

ooooh good!  did you post sources or info anywhere on here on your self-catering escapades?  we're planning on doing our own food too, but i have no idea where to even start.  do you have any tips to share? 

Here are some that might help ya!
https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=203536.msg2170695#msg2170695
https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=203536.msg2173582#msg2173582


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: ruby_soho on December 06, 2007 09:24:06 AM
awesome :) thanks, sweets.


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: sweets4ever on December 06, 2007 09:24:36 AM
You're welcome!  Let me know if ya need any more info.  I'm happy to share. :) :)


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: bruisedpeach22 on December 06, 2007 10:11:32 AM
I just want to say thank you to everyone for being so helpful. We were having a slight family issue and i asked advice on another site. Instead of opinions, i'm being repeatedly attacked for our decisions (for horrible things having a wedding we want and even worse, not sacrificing our happiness for everyone else) Anyway, this whole thing has made me very thankful to have all you wonderful craftsters!!!


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: sweets4ever on December 06, 2007 10:16:13 AM
Aww!  Sorry you're having a rough time on another site.  I'm glad we can be here to help each other.  You guys helped me so much when I was planning.  It's nice to give back!


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: bruisedpeach22 on December 06, 2007 10:20:50 AM
I've explained my feelings and the situation in great detail and have decided that those who attacked me can all go to a very warm place.


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: sunnydays914 on December 06, 2007 11:11:50 AM
It amazes me sometimes how some people (*cough*parents*) do no realize that while they might be contributing financially toward the wedding, that it does not belong to them. I am only planning on getting married once and with that fact in mind, I want to make this as memorable to ME and the FH as possible.

They get worked up over the silliest things like having raised print on the invitations.

We are extremely fortunate to have a group of craftsters who are as excited about our wedding plans as we are.

Thanks so much!


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: bruisedpeach22 on December 06, 2007 11:21:19 AM
I know what you mean sunnydays but your example is cracking me up. In a way we're fortunate that no one is contributing financially other than us. Actually we're going to try and help his parents make it to Vegas. It would make perfect sense for people to be upset at us if they were contributing, but as we see it they are lucky I couldn't convince him to go to greece, paris or the yucatan peninsula to my favorite plan in the world.

My family isn't too exciting about wedding planning so it is really really nice to have a place where people are as excited about dresses and themed picture frames as I am! 


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: rhettsmommy on December 06, 2007 11:59:52 AM
Everyone on this site I have been in contact with has been extremely helpful and encouraging!  I have stayed up many a night over the past few nights, thinking, not only about my weddding, but everyone elses on here!  I agree, It's nice to know there are people out there that get excited about the same things I do!

I am sorry that the other site was not supportive of your decision...after all, it IS YOUR decision, this day will only come once, and it needs to be the way you want! 

I have been very lucky, even though both of our parents are contributing financially, both sets have totally let me/us have it my/our way!   ;) 


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: thekster on December 06, 2007 04:49:10 PM
Bruisedpeach (btw, you'll be BP from now on hehe) why would they attack you? It's YOUR wedding and the people on the website aren't involved in any way so they shouldn't get so worked up. Silly people. Craftster is a wonderful site; when I first found the wedding board, I stayed up late into the night reading EVERY post. It was really helpful, and any tip I found that I wanted to use, I C/P'ed onto MS Word...then my comp died and I lost all my info! It was like 35 pages long so I have to go back and read every post again haha.


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: bruisedpeach22 on December 06, 2007 05:00:29 PM
I originally asked because I right after i tell my parents to come to vegas, the boy tells his can't afford to come and we would be flying them in  (pay for the hotel), since we can just barely afford for ourselves, i wasn't sure what whether to tell my parents all or no one or whether to just truly elope later before anyone made reservations. They kept suggesting that we were being selfish for not wanting a wedding here at the courthouse so his parents could be there and that i was selfish and horrible for wanting a wedding i'd remember fondly plus forcing ideas for weddings here on me rather than just answering my question. Anyway, its all been worked out and we are going to just be happy with whomever can come and send everyone else the webcast link.


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: bruisedpeach22 on December 06, 2007 05:03:45 PM
Thekster, copying tips from all the posts is a great idea!!! I haven't read all of them on this board yet but i plan to do so.

What do you all picture when you think of Las Vegas? I'm having trouble coming up with ideas to decorate picture frames. I want to make each one different and customize them for each person.


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: sweets4ever on December 06, 2007 05:04:27 PM
Lights!  Bright lights and lots of color...glitz & glam.


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: ruby_soho on December 06, 2007 05:07:48 PM
elvis impersonators...lots of 'em.  ;)


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: sweets4ever on December 06, 2007 05:08:04 PM
dollar signs, too :D


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: bruisedpeach22 on December 06, 2007 05:13:08 PM
Ooooo great ideas!!


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: sunnydays914 on December 06, 2007 06:03:58 PM
I'm with Sweets on this one. I think of lots of lights of all colors of the rainbow! And really, really tall hotels :)


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: rhettsmommy on December 06, 2007 06:37:04 PM
Some friends of ours got married in Vegas, they had a King of Diamonds / Queens of Hearts theme.

I like the lots of colors idea too!  You could incorporate this into the flowers, your accessories, tie for Mr.bp, I saw a post somewhere that did a feathers and sparkle or something like that..think flamingo dancer!! 


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: sunnydays914 on December 07, 2007 10:21:06 AM
Ooooh! Look what I have!

www.katieandbrian.info (http://www.katieandbrian.info)


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: bruisedpeach22 on December 07, 2007 10:25:15 AM
It's looks wonderful!!! I need to add a website of some sort to my list too!


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: ruby_soho on December 07, 2007 10:26:01 AM
nice!  how'dja do that, sunnydays?


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: sunnydays914 on December 07, 2007 01:32:24 PM
nice!  how'dja do that, sunnydays?

It's more the FH than I. He's a jack of all trades and is a graphic designer. To be fair, I told him what I wanted it too look like, I just can't make it.


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: rhettsmommy on December 07, 2007 03:36:37 PM
Oooh sunny, very pretty!


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: thekster on December 07, 2007 07:44:43 PM
This is weird, but I really love that ampersand.
What font is that / was it altered?


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: sunnydays914 on December 08, 2007 09:04:24 AM
This is weird, but I really love that ampersand.
What font is that / was it altered?

The font is Bickham Script Pro (standard in all Adobe apps). It's not altered, its just an alternate style. Tthe font is opentype which means there are lots o' different glyphs. The K, th, e, n are all "specialized."


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: thekster on December 08, 2007 05:40:02 PM
That makes me sad... I have Adobe Imageready, Photoshop, and Reader and I can't find that font anywhere. And to DL it you have to pay 105 bucks :*(
It looks really great though... Can't wait to see the rest of your website!


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: zarafa on December 22, 2007 04:18:10 PM
what happened to all the crafting??  :)

so its christmas break so i finally got some stuff done.

first up is the chest for holding cards at the reception.  it was $20 unfinished at JoAnn.  i stained and polyurethaned it, then lined it with some fabric i had lying around.  fittingly enough, the fabric has a leaf pattern on it. how fallish...




i also made some corn sacs which will be part of the gift baskets for the bridesmaids. they are made of super soft flannel.  its a dark brown with a faint, ornate paisley pattern on it.



bridesmaid wrap #1 is finished and #2 is about a foot long thus far.  each one has a slightly different lace pattern, though its really hard to get a feel for the pattern before the wrap is finished and blocked.  they are about five feet long (or one is... the rest will be)


#1

#2

and today at goodwill i found some cute little matching baskets that should work for the flowergirls.  i'll have to stain them and will probably work some ribbon in somehow as well.  my goal is to have the baskets and the unity candle done before school starts.  and we have an appointment with the paper store to go over what we'll need to put together our own invites as well. they are going to let us poke through all their books for ideas.  i can't wait! :)  (sorry for all the pictures)


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: rhettsmommy on December 23, 2007 07:57:57 AM
Wow, at least someone has been still working on wedding stuff.  I've been comsumed with Christmas gift crafting so the wedding crafting has taken a back burner!
Love the card box!  Love the wraps too!  What are corn sacks?  Sounds interesting! 


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: sunnydays914 on December 23, 2007 05:39:51 PM
I'm in the same boat as rm. I've been so busy modpodging Christmas-y things that I haven't done more than sew another foot or so of trim on my veil.

I am completely impressed by the beauty of your maid's wrap. I'm sure they will love them!


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: ruby_soho on December 26, 2007 01:42:37 PM
christmas has taken over my life for two months, but i'm organizing my wedding crap (er, i mean "supplies") as i type this...  remembering more projects i'll need to take care of in the near future as i'm seeing stuff i'd forgotten about.  i'm also organizing by type and making a list of what's in each box. 

projects happening soon are: card box, invitation printing & assembling, tying up bundles of crayons to go with activity books...


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: h_pets360 on December 27, 2007 04:28:54 PM
i'm getting hitched in may... of 2009.  me and fiance have been together since may 1999, so that's how we decided on the date.

i'm soooo glad for this thread... there's a lot of pages to read up on.  our wedding is going to be diy and nontraditional, and i'm thankful for all your ideas and sharing.

i love craftster.


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: ruby_soho on December 27, 2007 04:41:28 PM
yay! another wedding to follow!  i'm excited... let us know what you're up to with wedding projects, h_pets360!


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: h_pets360 on December 27, 2007 04:47:24 PM
heh, well the FIRST is picking a theme of sorts i guess.  and location.

we're thinking about our house, which isn't huge but our wedding probobly won't be either.  most of our friends and family are out of town, so it'll probobly just be close family.  i'm very likely going to regret this assumption though  ::).  we're also considering mount tabor (http://mount tabor) park (gorgeous), libraries, and a local movie theater.

i'm lucky we've got lots of time to plan.


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: ruby_soho on December 27, 2007 04:53:46 PM
we considered a movie theater... come to think of it, i'm not sure why exactly that didn't happen.  but i would have loved to have a home reception/backyard ceremony, too.  keep us posted!


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: sunnydays914 on December 28, 2007 03:04:21 PM
Welcome to the forum h_pets!

The one wedding related project I was able to finish was my veil. I have been fighting with the stupid clear thread for the trim for so long that it's such a relief for it to be over. It turned out pretty good too considering I am not a fantastic seamstress.
I got the tute here http://www.wegotgame.net/jen/veils.html (http://www.wegotgame.net/jen/veils.html)
I used 72" wide tulle, 36" long and trimmed with 1/4" offwhite satin ribbon.


It's the perfect length... a little beyond fingertip length

There was a surprising amount of volume in the 72 inches

The comb


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: rhettsmommy on December 28, 2007 07:34:35 PM
Ooh pretty sunny!  I still can't decide if I want one or not!  Yours makes me want one! 

Welcome h_pets!  You will get so much inspiration and help from everyone here!  I know it seems like you have forever, but believe me...it goes by fast!

Ladies, I am down to 3 months!  Yikes, I'd better get to work! 03/29/08!


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: sunnydays914 on December 28, 2007 07:56:50 PM
Oooo! 3 months! What is next on your project list?

Any hints on getting the FH to step up and finish his projects? It seems like I can't do anything else until he gets moving.

I've got 140 days which is... a lot of months? 4 1/2 I think.

Off to shovel my snowfilled driveway.


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: thekster on December 28, 2007 11:30:00 PM
hpets, welcome! i would definately consider a home wedding if we had our house already.
ruby, did you see the (possibly one of many) theater wedding on here? it was absolutely AWESOME! my fiance and i aren't too involved with the theater so i think it might be too weird for us.
awww sunny, you and your veil are very pretty! i didn't click on the link, but i think that's the one i have bookmarked to use :)

ohhhh guyss.... i'm having some wedding related issues :( reconsidering the location, to start with.... i just don't know if i want to spend that much on a location (+food+guards+deposit+whatever else) ANNND it would probably seem very empty considering we only have 75 guests currently, and the building can hold between 500-800 i think. sooo now my mom and i are trying to look into other locations, but they'll probably end up being just as expensive. GRRR i hate money (or rather, the lack thereof.)
also, one of my once-close friends is now "officially" engaged, and i'm happy for her of course, but i'm kinda upset with her because they've known each other for less than a year (6 months, if i'm thinking clearly) and are planning to get married this summer... and i know it's not a competition and i know i'm being petty, but it kinda upsets me that she's planning her wedding to be before mine. grr. i need to stop being such a butthole. *slaps self* sigh.
ladies, give me some good news.


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: zarafa on December 29, 2007 05:38:31 AM
Wow, at least someone has been still working on wedding stuff.  I've been comsumed with Christmas gift crafting so the wedding crafting has taken a back burner!
Love the card box!  Love the wraps too!  What are corn sacks?  Sounds interesting! 

thanks :)  corn sacks are little heating pads of a sort.  i used a double thickness of the flannel and sewed it together to make an 8 inch square.  usually i use two dollar store washcloths to make the inner lining and then the final bag is slightly larger than a washcloth, but i wanted these to be a little smaller.  anyway, then you fill them with dried corn (it helps to know a farmer!) pop them in the microwave for a couple of minutes and voila... great for sore muscles, cold feet, whatever.  and they hold their heat for a really long time.


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: sunnydays914 on December 29, 2007 07:30:50 AM
also, one of my once-close friends is now "officially" engaged, and i'm happy for her of course, but i'm kinda upset with her because they've known each other for less than a year (6 months, if i'm thinking clearly) and are planning to get married this summer... and i know it's not a competition and i know i'm being petty, but it kinda upsets me that she's planning her wedding to be before mine. grr. i need to stop being such a butthole. *slaps self* sigh. 

I know what this feels like. Two of my roommates got engaged within one week in the middle of December. I know I should be happy for them but knowing how badly I want to get married and how I wish it would come sooner, it's hard to think that I've waited so long already and their weddings will take place right after mine. I chalk it up to the emo side of wedding planning. When it's all said and done, we will all be married to the man of our dreams and the time of prep will go fast. It already has for me!


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: zarafa on December 29, 2007 09:57:42 AM
thekster, i kinda know how you feel too.  we got engaged this past august and my fiance's brother and his girlfriend got engaged this christmas.  they have been dating for far longer than we have, and i'm pretty sure his gf had given up on him ever popping the question.  so, i am really excited for them, but also kinda bummed that they are stealing our wedding thunder  :D  their's will be a totally different kind of wedding than ours, i'm sure, and it will take place after ours most likely... but still.  that little part of me that is still a selfish kid wants it to be all about me, at least until after our wedding.   :P 

on a more positive note, we just bought all the paper for our invitations.  we got it from a little shop here and the woman that helped us was really nice about helping us figure out what all we needed and offering us tips.  other times i've gone in there, the people have been kind of snobby, but i really wanted to sit down with someone who was experienced in putting these things together.  luckily this woman was much nicer than most i've run into there.

we spent just under 250$ for all the paper and envelopes, and she calculated that if they printed and assembled them for us, it would be over $700!!  luckily we can print our stuff at my fiance's office on the sly to cut costs even more  ;) 


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: sweets4ever on December 29, 2007 01:24:41 PM
You guys... quit being silly!  Each of you is having your own wedding and your very own thunder.  Be happy for your friends and relatives - I'm sure they're very happy for all of you! :) :)


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: zarafa on December 29, 2007 08:48:42 PM
 :-[


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: sweets4ever on December 29, 2007 08:49:40 PM
Okay... cause a bit more thunder, if you like. ;D


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: thekster on December 30, 2007 01:12:45 AM
Sunny - haha "emo" side of wedding planning?
It kinda sucks though because my friend's fiance makes a lot of money and his parents are well off, so I feel like their wedding is going to be a lot more extravagent than ours so since ours will be after theirs (grr!) anybody who attends both would come to ours and just be disappointed or something. I dunno. I know it's stupid, but whatever. I was going to say something else about this but I forgot what it was.
Zarafa - $700 bucks?! Jeez that's crazy!
Hey guys, today I actually bought some more stuff for the wedding! I've been like everyone else and taking a break from wedding planning for a while.  I bought ...crap! I just realized I didn't buy enough haha. I bought 48 when I thought I was buying 96. Anyway, I bought these tiny silver favors that look like champagne glasses. I bought them planning on including them either on the favors (which are boxes in the shape of wedding dresses and tuxes) or the invites. Annnnd I bought a shadow box that I'll stain and put, I dunno...wedding crap that I want to keep later haha.
This is kinda to remind myself but - I was going to buy little candle holder mirrors to use as part of the centerpiece on the tables, but I still don't know how many tables we'll need (if I've got my figures right, and most large tables seat between 8-12 people, then I guess I'll need about 7-10 tables) and also little photo frames to put the table numbers in, but I'm not sure what I want to do for the table numbers yet. Grrrr I need to get more organized!


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: dellastella on December 30, 2007 11:14:56 AM
Just had to share... my crafty wedding has just been bumped up in DIY-ness by the GOCCO that I got for Christmas!

I had resigned myself to on printing my invites on my home printer to save some $$, so I am totally psyched about screenprinting my own invites with my new toy (a PG11, if you're interested).

Has anyone else used a Gocco for wedding stuff, or is anyone planning on using one?


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: zarafa on December 30, 2007 03:24:51 PM
thekster - yeah, i thought that was nuts too.  they were a little bit snide about the fact that we were set on printing/assembling them ourselves, but seriously we aren't doing anything that complicated so there is no way i'm paying an additional $500 for something i can do myself. 

dellastella - what's a gocco? 



Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: rhettsmommy on December 30, 2007 04:22:43 PM
Oooo! 3 months! What is next on your project list?

Any hints on getting the FH to step up and finish his projects? It seems like I can't do anything else until he gets moving.


First off...he's supposed to have projects?????  Wish someon ewould have told me that!!

I have been working on printing the invites!  I finished the RSVP cards, and have started on the insides to the card pockets.  Then assembly time!  As for everything else...I think for the most part...don't wanna say  it... I may very well be finished!?!?!?



Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: sunnydays914 on December 30, 2007 05:45:37 PM
Oooo! 3 months! What is next on your project list?

Any hints on getting the FH to step up and finish his projects? It seems like I can't do anything else until he gets moving.


First off...he's supposed to have projects?????  Wish someon ewould have told me that!!

I have been working on printing the invites!  I finished the RSVP cards, and have started on the insides to the card pockets.  Then assembly time!  As for everything else...I think for the most part...don't wanna say  it... I may very well be finished!?!?!?



"Finished" is a scary word! I'd really like to be even close to done. The FH is working on the invites. He's an artist and has an artist's disposition to deadlines and finishing... hates and avoids them. We're going to get everything printed so we can stuff them in envelopes and be done. I've assembled enough invites to know that I didn't want velum, pictures to glue on or ribbon to thread through incredibly small holes. Simple and not time consuming, that's us.


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: kittenana on December 30, 2007 06:07:58 PM
I'm fairly new to this site and decided stop lurking when I came across this thread.  My fiance and I are getting married October 13, 2008.  We decided on a "Lucky 13" theme and silver, some shade of purple, and light green accents for the colors.  It will be a backyard wedding assuming we find a house before then.  Since I inherited my mom's creativity, as well as her thriftiness, she and I are making my dress, two bridesmaids dress, bouquets, favors, centerpieces, and some sort of arch.  My fiance's in charge of our wedding website and the music.  We'll be printing our own invitations as well.


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: zarafa on December 30, 2007 06:29:50 PM
welcome to the thread kittenana :)  hooray for october weddings! mine is going to be 10/11

i'm always really impressed by people who make their own wedding dresses, can't wait to see how yours turns out. makes me wish i got along better with my sewing machine.  ;D


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: dellastella on December 30, 2007 07:04:01 PM
A Gocco is a Japanese at-home screenprinter. You can use it to burn and print your own screens for fabric or paper.

Check out UglyKitty's flickr page (http://www.flickr.com/photos/uglykitty). She uses the Gocco to make custom wedding invitations that are truly drool-worthy.


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: rhettsmommy on December 30, 2007 07:15:11 PM
sunny...finished is a scary word!!  I am ready for all the planning and decision making to all come together!  As far as crafting, I really do think I am though.  Belive me there is still lots of work to do to make sure it all comes together!

kitten: welcome and congrats!  I am doing a backyard/outside ceremony reception too, and have had a blast putting it all together!  Good Luck! ;)

Future Mr. rm thinks his only "project" is to make sure he and the guys show up on time...Though, he does like to see all "my" projects coming together!


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: zarafa on December 30, 2007 08:55:31 PM
the future mr. z is actually quite helpful at wielding a glue gun and critiquing the quality of my ribbon tying.  we decorated the unity candle(s) and the flowergirls' baskets.  i think i'm going to pick up two more tapers at the store tomorrow and decorate them as well because i had a little mishap with one of them this evening which led me to the conclusion that it might be a good idea to have a back up or two on the big day. 

dellastella, uglykitty's page makes me want to take up screen printing.  seriously.  those are awesome. 


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: zarafa on December 31, 2007 07:53:48 AM
more crafting goodies from last night...

flower girl basket before...


flower girl basket after...


unity candle (though my camera decided not to focus all that well, you get the idea)


and most of the invitation components.  i really like both corner punch outs so if i can't decide on one, we may use one on half the invitations and the other on the rest.  i also really like the idea of those slide things that go over the invitations so i'm keeping an eye out for some ribbon or something that would work for that.  the gold leaves are stickers from martha stewart that we're going to incorporate somehow.


oh the dark thing on the right is the envelope.  we're doing a tall skinny invitation because i like the long envelopes with the tie tops.


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: rhettsmommy on December 31, 2007 09:57:00 AM
Very nice!  and lucky you to have help from future mr.z!



Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: sunnydays914 on December 31, 2007 02:24:59 PM
more crafting goodies from last night...

flower girl basket before...
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2394/2142863946_81e3754269_m.jpg[/img]

flower girl basket after...
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2330/2152236958_89c871ea1f_m.jpg[/img]

unity candle (though my camera decided not to focus all that well, you get the idea)
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2057/2152237118_8c218afce5_m.jpg[/img]

and most of the invitation components.  i really like both corner punch outs so if i can't decide on one, we may use one on half the invitations and the other on the rest.  i also really like the idea of those slide things that go over the invitations so i'm keeping an eye out for some ribbon or something that would work for that.  the gold leaves are stickers from martha stewart that we're going to incorporate somehow.
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2086/2151444869_3635bf92cd_m.jpg[/img]

oh the dark thing on the right is the envelope.  we're doing a tall skinny invitation because i like the long envelopes with the tie tops.

The Future Mr Sunny and I are in awe of your work (me- the beautiful simplicity of it, him- the quality of your photos :))

Welcome kittenana! I'm excited to see your plans develop!


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: thekster on December 31, 2007 07:01:17 PM
Z - it's hard to tell details on your invites, but I'm pretty sure I like them. :) I may want to steal the idea. (We still don't have a design picked out!!)
And oh man... I think I saw the same candle holder at walmart! I wondered if it would look good for a wedding, and apparently the answer is yes. I can't remember if I already got some candle holders or not yet. Hmmm.
Mannnn you've made me want brown as a wedding color (along with our teal) It's so pretty!


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: sweets4ever on December 31, 2007 07:09:10 PM
I'm playing catch up on here, but, wow... beautiful stuff!!  That basket looks like a whole new one.


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: zarafa on December 31, 2007 07:11:36 PM
there aren't really any details on the invites yet. so far its just the unprinted paper and i punched out the corners but the picture is small so i don't know it really shows up so much.  i wish you could see more of the metallic in the orange, the picture doesn't do it justice really.

thekster - brown and teal would be so pretty!! if i was having a spring or summer wedding, i would want to use those colors.  maybe with some bright green accents...

oh and you're right, the candle holder is from walmart!  there are prongs on the bases to hold the candles so we drilled a hole in the bottom of the tapers to hold them.  the mishap i mentioned early was actually caused by forcing one of the candles onto the holder and basically splitting it in half so i picked more up today.


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: TheBon on December 31, 2007 10:22:19 PM
thekster - brown and teal would be so pretty!! if i was having a spring or summer wedding, i would want to use those colors.  maybe with some bright green accents...

They're also fantastic with bright orange. But I might be partial. ;) (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=160968)


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: zarafa on January 05, 2008 10:31:49 AM
so i've been putting off working on the centerpieces because of the magnitude of the endeavor.  putting multiple leaves on 48 candles is a lot of work, especially when my fingers pretty much end up glued together halfway through.  :D  but i've been doing a few at a time and they are actually turning out really nicely (i think at least)

here are the first set.  (we are doing four different sizes)






Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: sweets4ever on January 05, 2008 12:07:05 PM
Wow, those are very pretty!  They look store-bought!


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: zarafa on January 05, 2008 12:49:52 PM
thanks! i'm really pleased with them.  there are a few spots where the glue smeared or they just look a little "hand-made" but we'll just turn those towards the inside of the centerpieces :)


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: zarafa on January 05, 2008 09:38:04 PM
huzzah!! finally finished all the big candles.  i thought it would never end.  now all i have left is a few votive sized ones to be used in the church.  here's a shot of what the final centerpiece will look like, including the gold chargers and leaves around the base.



Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: sweets4ever on January 05, 2008 09:51:30 PM
Beautiful!

I love chargers!  Did you find a good deal on yours?


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: zarafa on January 05, 2008 09:55:13 PM
i did. (or at least mr. z deemed them affordable and therefore acceptable).  these are the ones i used... HERE (http://www.galasource.com/prodDetail.cfm/23711) and that is the site i ordered them from.


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: sunnydays914 on January 06, 2008 08:16:02 PM
I'm in a pickle.

My MOH quit! I'm not exactly sure what to do at this point. I feel like I'm grieving! She's still in the wedding party but now I'm MOH-less.

It wasn't anything I did (thank goodness). She's in grad school, recently got engaged herself and her dad unexpectedly got seriously ill and has been in the hospital for weeks. Still though, not exactly sure what to do at this point.

What a day! Someone tell me some good news.


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: ruby_soho on January 06, 2008 08:17:18 PM
sunny, is there another BM that you could maybe promote?

that's too bad about your MOH, hopefully you'll work it out :)


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: thekster on January 06, 2008 11:25:29 PM
Sunny, that's too bad. :( I can't think of any advice to give you right now, but just know that I'll be thinking about you and hope that this will turn out to be a good thing in disguise (One of my friends got engaged recently too and I don't think she'll be a bm now, but it's probably a good thing since now I won't have so many bms) *hugs*


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: zarafa on January 07, 2008 12:19:48 PM
sunny, could you just go without a MOH?  just have them all be bridesmaids instead?  there's no rule that says you have to have one, and if its a problem of the "MOH duties" maybe you could spread them out so no one gal is responsible for everything?


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: sweets4ever on January 07, 2008 12:21:09 PM
sunny, could you just go without a MOH?  just have them all be bridesmaids instead?  there's no rule that says you have to have one, and if its a problem of the "MOH duties" maybe you could spread them out so no one gal is responsible for everything?

That would totally work.


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: thekster on January 07, 2008 02:06:13 PM
I think no MOH would be fine too. And then you don't have to stress anymore :)

Ladies, I have a question ...or maybe just a problem. I was thinking about posting last night but I was laying in bed and didn't want to get up, and now I can't remember exactly what my question was.
I want to give my BMs, Mom, and MIL hankerchiefs but I don't want them to just be little plain ones from Walmart or something, or fancy storebought ones. Would it be weird to have a colored hankie? And if not, if I just bought a simple hankie and died it blue to match my colors, would that be a problem for anybody, especially those with sensitive skin? My sis has sensitive skin, and I'm not sure who else does and I don't want them to get rashes from my stuff :/
Also, for my MIL especially but for the others too, probably, I wanted to have words embroidered onto the hankie - something about thanking her for raising the man I'm marrying into something so wonderful. I can't remember the exact quote or where I saw it. BUT! I don't embroider and I don't think I know anyone who does. My mom knows someone who has a sewing machine that embroiders, but I don't know if it will embroider small enough, and I don't really like her and she's not invited to the wedding. Is it easy to learn how to embroider? I could practice and do it myself I guess. GRR! I need to learn new stuff quickly.


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: sweets4ever on January 07, 2008 02:30:14 PM
I don't think colored ones wouldn't be weird at all as long as they were color fast (otherwise everyone will have Smurf noses!).

Kategirl made us white ones and then did red stitching along the edge and I added the photo charms to the corners.

I'm not sure about the sensitive skin thing, but I'm sure someone will help ya out with that part!

I decided I wanted to learn to embroider one night.  I spoke to Kittykill (embroidery moderator) and she hooked me up with some links and was totally available to help me if I had questions.  It's not hard!  It's a bit time consuming, but well worth it.


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: thekster on January 07, 2008 04:26:28 PM
This is a reminder for me - the quote I think I want to use for my MIL is "Thank you for raising your son to be the man of my dreams"
I'm starting to wonder if it will just be cheaper to buy one grrr


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: sweets4ever on January 07, 2008 04:43:26 PM
I bet you could personal swap someone for one or hire someone via Etsy.  Unless your MIL is a really crafty type person, then I bet she would appreciate that you stitched the words yourself.


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: thekster on January 07, 2008 05:34:56 PM
She is definately a crafty type person (although *ahem* certain people don't really like some of her...*ahem* designs)


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: sweets4ever on January 07, 2008 05:35:30 PM
:D haha!


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: sunnydays914 on January 08, 2008 07:57:06 AM
We finished the invitations! I absolutely love them. The FH did a great job and I couldn't imagine finding anything I like more.



Comments are welcome!


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: thekster on January 08, 2008 08:26:33 AM
Those are absolutely fabulous! Kudos to you and the fiance, Sunny. Mine have no hope of turning out that great, but a girl can dream, can't she? :)


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: sweets4ever on January 08, 2008 09:52:07 AM
Beaaaautiful!  I love the accents on the matching envelope.


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: Banga on January 08, 2008 12:38:58 PM
Wow, those are gorgeous sunny! You and the boy did an amazing job on those invites!


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: zarafa on January 08, 2008 02:39:49 PM
wow sunny! those are fabulous!!


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: sunnydays914 on January 10, 2008 01:09:23 PM
I guess we're flying along now (at a rapid speed of two projects in a month  :P) I finished the flower girl's basket. It was red with green stripes (no before picture, sorry) so I spray painted it silver, added some ribbon, and ta-dah! A flower girl basket.





Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: zarafa on January 10, 2008 01:27:02 PM
that looks really nice sunny, i like the shape of that basket a lot.  didn't want to stick with the red and green eh?


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: sunnydays914 on January 10, 2008 06:51:04 PM
Green is in my colors but there was something about the faded red that just didn't tickle my fancy.  ;D But for a 50 cent basket from Salvation Army, what more could you ask for?


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: sunnydays914 on January 12, 2008 05:02:13 PM
Like I said, on a roll.

I decided not to buy the $75 ea floral arrangements for the front of the church and do something on my own instead. I bought 2 4 foot tall topiaries from Michaels during their 50% off greenery sale as well as some sprigs of ivy to fill in the bare spots ($57 total)

Yay $25!

They had gaping holes where the ivy had fallen off

I filled them in by bending the wired ivy sprigs around the frame of the topiary and hot gluing them in place (I <3 hot glue!)

Ta-dah! Decorations for the church



Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: rhettsmommy on January 13, 2008 02:49:35 PM
look at you go!  Very nice!


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: ehinders on January 14, 2008 10:36:51 AM
I decided to join in. We are getting married on August 16, 2008. Between my mom and I we hope to craft almost everything for it. My list includes:

Save the date cards done by my future sister-in-law:

Get dress bought at david's (not that crafty!) ;)

Couldn't resist one more pic:

veil
shoes?
invitations/rsvp cards
centerpieces
bridesmaid gifts (I want to make tote bags with their first name on it and pack it full of goodies including a mixed cd)
favors
headbands for flower girls
baskets for flower girls
additional decorations

That's all I can think of for now. I'm sure I'll come up with more!
My future sister-in-law also made me a great binder for everything so hopefully it will keep me organized!  ;)


Hopefully I can get everything done!



Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: sunnydays914 on January 14, 2008 03:18:57 PM
ehinders, I absolutely adore the lace at the bottom of your dress! Beautiful! Do you even need to get it altered? It looks pretty good in the photo.

Welcome! That's a pretty decent sized list. Let us know if you need opinions or help.


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: ehinders on January 15, 2008 05:15:59 PM
Thanks! The only alterations I need at this point are to shorten the halter strap and get the bustle done. The length was perfect when I put it on. I was super excited.


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: sunnydays914 on January 15, 2008 06:16:12 PM
Thanks! The only alterations I need at this point are to shorten the halter strap and get the bustle done. The length was perfect when I put it on. I was super excited.

That is incredible. My dress is in but I don't have anywhere to put it after I pick it up so it's staying at my dressmaker's.

I saw the pictures you posted about the flowers etc. Are you going to use the hydrangeas in centerpieces? I'm using green hydrangeas in my flowers, maid's flowers, and misc ceremony decorations.


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: Banga on January 16, 2008 06:13:11 AM
What a pretty dress! You are so lucky that you won't have to spend a fortune on alterations ehinders!

An update on my progress...
- My mom and I bought two patterns, which we will be combining and otherwise altering to create my gown. She's cutting the muslin now, so hopefully I'll have a "gown in progress" pic soon!
- The amazing TheBon is helping me with my invite design, and my brandy new gocco is waiting patiently, so "invite in progress" pics should be coming soon also!
- I'm in the middle of a centerpiece debate (lemons? or favors?) I think I could probably pull off the 12 lemon centerpiece, but I don't really know how inexpensive 120 lemons would be!  :P



Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: sunnydays914 on January 16, 2008 07:22:25 AM
An update on my progress...
- My mom and I bought two patterns, which we will be combining and otherwise altering to create my gown. She's cutting the muslin now, so hopefully I'll have a "gown in progress" pic soon!
- The amazing TheBon is helping me with my invite design, and my brandy new gocco is waiting patiently, so "invite in progress" pics should be coming soon also!
- I'm in the middle of a centerpiece debate (lemons? or favors?) I think I could probably pull off the 12 lemon centerpiece, but I don't really know how inexpensive 120 lemons would be!  :P

So exciting! So many in progress projects. Mine aren't even in progress, they're just sitting there unstarted.
Lemons shouldn't be too hard to price out. Are you thinking of buying them from the grocers or wholesalers? I saw a really cool picture of lemons and limes used for a centerpiece. I wanted to do that for the longest time.



Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: sweets4ever on January 16, 2008 07:27:54 AM
I bet they wouldn't be too expensive if you bought them at one of the wholesale clubs (Sam's, Costco, etc.) a day or two ahead of time.


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: Banga on January 16, 2008 08:40:42 AM
Good suggestions, thanks! As long as after I place the bulk order, no one arrives with just a few lemons. "How can I make a 12 lemon centerpiece with a few lemons?" I love that movie...


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: TheBon on January 16, 2008 11:52:12 AM
I totally thought of that movie when you said that!


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: thekster on January 16, 2008 06:30:49 PM
Banga - lucky girl! I wish Bon would help me... I loved her stuff. Hah, for that matter, I wish anyone would make my invites. I'm sooo not artistic.
Man I haven't made any more progress on any wedding crafts or anything lately. HOPEFULLY we'll go reserve the location tomorrow *crosses fingers*


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: rhettsmommy on January 17, 2008 09:54:31 PM
TheBon helped me with mine too, and had really great suggestions that helped lots!  I've almost got all the cutting done and then next Friday, we're doing an assembly party!! Yeah, I'll take pics then and get the final product done! They need to be mailed out 8 weeks before, correct?  That would be 02/01/08!  WOW, it'll be here before I know it!

I've been a slacker getting pics up, I guess just trying to get it all done!  I'll work on that this weekend.   8)I'm SOOOO excited!! 8)

By the way, all the project progress pics look great! 


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: Banga on January 21, 2008 10:11:43 AM
Yay! My invite design is ready and boy is it gorgeous! Thank you, TheBon! I won't post a photo unless she says it's ok, as it is her design!

I've *almost* decided on my plan for the invites now... 3 A6 flat cards, one for the invite itself, one for directions and hotel info, and one for the RSVP postcard (trimmed down with a scalloped edge) all included in a printed paper envelope in this shape: http://www.paper-source.com/cgi-bin/paper/3433010071.html?cm_id=2550.020. And then all that stuffed into A6 envelopes. All the paper will be butter, except the print of course. I'm not spending that much money on the envelope inside the envelope, and I want a print which they don't offer. ! I'm now hunting for the perfect yellow and purple print to go with my design. It's taking me forever, since scrapbooking shops organize stock by designer and never by color! Agh!


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: TheBon on January 21, 2008 10:29:23 AM
Go ahead and post Banga.


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: ruby_soho on January 21, 2008 10:31:06 AM
i'm excited to see them, banga!


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: Banga on January 21, 2008 11:04:16 AM
Thanks TheBon! I would post, but I have first I have to figure out how to upload a pdf to my photo hosting account, and then blur out our address and such! I'll get back to you all!


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: TheBon on January 21, 2008 12:29:39 PM
Okay Banga, I got you covered. ;) I just did the design work, Banga's going to do all the printing, so her finished colors are going to be different than what I used for the layouts. I also worked out the options for both a folded invite and a single sheet invite.

RSVP Card Front:
(http://www.flickr.com/photos/thebon/2210304316/)

RSVP Card Back
(http://www.flickr.com/photos/thebon/2209510741/)

Single Sheet invite
(http://www.flickr.com/photos/thebon/2209510919/)

Folded Invite front
(http://www.flickr.com/photos/thebon/2210304860/)

Folded Invite Inside
(http://www.flickr.com/photos/thebon/2209511339/)

It was great fun to do, and great to help build my portfolio for these kinds of things.


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: gannon on January 21, 2008 12:39:47 PM
I love it!!!


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: sweets4ever on January 21, 2008 12:45:58 PM
Very pretty!!

Are the lines below the reserved # of seats for their names?


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: thekster on January 21, 2008 12:59:07 PM
Aw that's beautiful! Bon, do you design that stuff freehand? (and what do you charge, haha)


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: TheBon on January 21, 2008 01:09:30 PM
Very pretty!!

Are the lines below the reserved # of seats for their names?

Yes. And if Banga decides she doesn't want to write in the names, she can mask them off when she goes to print and leave a nicely spaced gap there. ;)

Aw that's beautiful! Bon, do you design that stuff freehand? (and what do you charge, haha)

The graphic is a piece of stock imagery that I purchased. I can and do create illustrations myself, but it can be very very time consuming.

Anyone can feel free to contact me via pm or whatnot if they have more involved questions, etc.


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: Banga on January 21, 2008 01:22:52 PM
Oh, thanks for doing that Bon! As you know my computer skillz are a bit lacking  :D

Don't you guys just love them? I'm thinking of the single invite card, with the text in dark purple, the floral in a pale purple on the butter paper. And I just spent at least an hour looking for printed paper for the wraps until I got frustrated. Then I had an epiphany in the shower (for some reason I do some of my craftiest thinking in the shower) Wrapping paper! Waaay cheaper, and I already found a few promising prints. Sweet.


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: zarafa on January 21, 2008 02:36:36 PM
they look awesome!


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: TheBon on January 21, 2008 03:10:30 PM
Don't you guys just love them? I'm thinking of the single invite card, with the text in dark purple, the floral in a pale purple on the butter paper.

Purple's hard to get to look ok on screen, but here's purple on purple.

(http://www.flickr.com/photos/thebon/2209510919/)


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: rhettsmommy on January 21, 2008 03:11:36 PM
WOW.  They look awesome!!  I like the butter & purple!


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: sweets4ever on January 21, 2008 04:09:54 PM
Very pretty!!

Are the lines below the reserved # of seats for their names?

Yes. And if Banga decides she doesn't want to write in the names, she can mask them off when she goes to print and leave a nicely spaced gap there. ;)

That's great!  I definitely recommend writing names (or numbering the cards somehow).  I've read that a few people forget that portion and when they start getting RSVPs back, they have no idea who they're from. :D


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: TheBon on January 21, 2008 06:08:49 PM
We wrote names on ours, made it really easy when the postcards came back. And Banga's is [at her request] the same as ours, only with the different fonts, and a different bit about food.


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: sweets4ever on January 21, 2008 06:18:27 PM
TheBon, I miss your wedding crafts!  Will you renew your vows this year (just for me?)? :D


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: Banga on January 21, 2008 06:41:18 PM
Seriously, she had such gorgeous stuff! And I'm so pleased with the design, I can't wait to get printing! Thanks for doing that little purple on purple mock-up Bon, it's nice to have a visual to go with all the imaginary nonsense floating around in my head.


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: TheBon on January 21, 2008 07:40:02 PM
TheBon, I miss your wedding crafts!  Will you renew your vows this year (just for me?)? :D

Awwww. No. No I will not. ;)


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: sunnydays914 on January 22, 2008 07:47:41 AM
TheBon, I miss your wedding crafts!  Will you renew your vows this year (just for me?)? :D

Awwww. No. No I will not. ;)

Hahahahahaha! I think the closest we're going to get is forcing her to help the rest of us  ;D


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: sweets4ever on January 22, 2008 08:35:50 AM
I suppose that will have to do. :D


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: TheBon on January 22, 2008 10:26:21 AM
Lately it's all been baby crafts for me, because everyone I know seems to be procreating. Between that, my steady design gig and my side projects [I also did some branding work for Amysbabies' etsy shop recently] I wouldn't have time to have another wedding of my own!


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: blottedcopybook on January 27, 2008 02:14:52 AM
I'm two weeks out and I think I'm about to die of the fear.


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: Banga on January 27, 2008 05:58:55 AM
Ooh blottedcopybook, you should be excited, too! Have you finished all of your crafty DIYs?


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: sweets4ever on January 27, 2008 12:03:42 PM
I'm two weeks out and I think I'm about to die of the fear.

EEK!  I'm so excited for you!


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: blottedcopybook on January 27, 2008 02:51:14 PM
I'm two weeks out and I think I'm about to die of the fear.

EEK!  I'm so excited for you!

I'm glad one of us is!!

Ooh blottedcopybook, you should be excited, too! Have you finished all of your crafty DIYs?

Haha the only thing I got done was my invites. I should post a photo of them at some point. There's still a metric shitload to be done but my little daughter had to spend a while in hospital so everything else went on hold until we knew if she was okay.

Waaah! I'm so nervous!


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: DanniQuee on January 28, 2008 03:43:06 PM
I don't have time to look through the whole thread right now, because I'm supposed to be laying down. (I'm sick) But my curiosity got the best of me and I had to at least peek at some of the posts, and post myself. Everyone's stuff looks wonderful, and I'm totally psyched to get a move on with my own wedding crafts.

My fiance and I will be taking the big plunge October 10, 2008 and I'm trying to keep it very fall themed, with mixes of our backgrounds sprinkled in. Such as.. my love wearing a kilt! :D And my dress being custom made to incorporate a sash with his family's tartan colours.

So.. the things I need to work on are..

* Save the Date Magnets
* Invites and RSVP Cards
* Thank you notes
* Place card holders (I'm thinking polymer clay apples and pumpkins)
* Table and place cards
* DESIGN MY DRESS (This I reeeeaaaally need to do a.s.a.p)
* My jewelry (possibly)
* Bridesmaids gifts
* Favours
* Bouquets
* Garter
* Centerpieces
* Card Box

I'm sure there's more. I'm trying to make the wedding as cute, crafty and totally "us" as his proposal was.  ;)


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: ruby_soho on January 28, 2008 03:49:03 PM
squee!  we're doing the kilt/sash thing as well... i'm always excited to see someone else doing this :D


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: dellastella on January 29, 2008 05:05:27 PM
OK, after five revisions, I have my final invitation design!! ...and a question.

First thing's first:


Now, my question. We'd like to invite our out-of-town guests over for a barbeque 'rehearsal' dinner the night before the wedding. To get an idea of how much food we'd need, I'd like to ask guests to RSVP to the dinner as well. As you can tell, though, my wording isn't so hot.

If anyone has any suggestions on how to phrase the double RSVP, I'd be really grateful. It's a pretty casual affair, so anything goes! Thanks in advance!


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: Dulcinea on January 29, 2008 05:18:03 PM

If anyone has any suggestions on how to phrase the double RSVP, I'd be really grateful. It's a pretty casual affair, so anything goes! Thanks in advance!

send a separate invitation - separate RSVP - and on that one, you can say something to the effect of "to make sure we have enough food for everyone, please RSVP by XX/XX/XX (the date)


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: thekster on January 29, 2008 05:27:08 PM
OK, our invites are getting closer to being done, but they're still no where close (hah!)
We were planning forever to have it at a pavilion on the very edge of TX buuuut finally we've decided it's just too big for us. (We're only inviting between 50-100 people, and the pavilion can have between 500-800 people.)
There was another place that was a possibility, but it's kinda ugly on the outside so I really didn't want it... It's called something like Evelyn Kennedy Center in the same area as the pavilion. We went into LP today to look at both of them, but no one was at the Pavilion to show it to us, so we just looked at the EKC... It's a lot better than I thought (well, it could use a bit of sprucing up) and it will probably work a lot better for us than the pavilion. It's priced better too. $25/hour, $200 deposit, $25 per officer/per hour for security as opposed to $500 (I don't remember how many hours) $500 deposit, same security rate. Also, the pavilion had an approved catering list that you had to pick one of the caterers from and you couldn't bring in any food except for the cake, and they had a kitchen that only the caterer could use. The EKC you can use their kitchen, you can bring in whatever food you want so we could do a potluck type thing or a caterer from anywhere we wanted. And the EKC's capacity is between 150-200. It seems pretty much like a good deal.

They provide tables and chairs, but the tables are all rectangular I think. With rectangular tables, do you just have centerpieces every so often, or just one per table? That seems odd to me. Also, I really don't want to spend money on chair coverings if we don't have to, but I don't know if they have 50 chairs that match (they showed us the chairs and some matched but I don't know how many)... Would it look okay to have chairs uncovered? They're like school chairs (I think Sweets had chairs similar but hers were red?)
I had another question but I forgot.


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: sweets4ever on January 29, 2008 05:36:26 PM
There are different lengths of rectangular tables.  Do you recall how long they were (or how many people you could sit on each side)?

I'm sure it's a personal preference and totally depends on the size of your centerpiece.  Do you have your centerpiece idea picked out already?

Yep, mine were red chairs, which happened to match our wedding colors. :D  Depending on how many mismatch, you could use one for a DJ, some at the head table and maybe the rest would match for the guests?


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: thekster on January 29, 2008 05:47:31 PM
I could only see the small end of the table, but she said they seat 10. I don't know if that includes the ends or not.
My idea for a centerpiece was kinda one more suited to a circular table - mirrors with candles or something on top. I've seen some cute ones though that are like long glass troughs (that doesn't look spelled right to me) filled with water and floating flowers or candles... I dunno.
The chairs were mostly black I think, with some dark blue. They were different styles too - ones with three slender long holes in the back, and some that were solid. I wish I would have taken pictures but I think we may go back tomorrow to put the deposit down, and I'll take 'em then. We're most likely not having a DJ.


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: sweets4ever on January 29, 2008 05:51:10 PM
The long troughs are pretty!  I've seen those on rectangular tables.  They look very elegant... simple & elegant.

Take a notepad with you tomorrow... a notepad, tape measure and camera.  Lots of notes!  Count the chairs, measure the tables, check where outlets in the room are, too.  K...I'm a little crazy, but I swear all of that stuff really helped me once I got home and started planning the room out in my head.


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: sunnydays914 on January 29, 2008 07:49:26 PM

They provide tables and chairs, but the tables are all rectangular I think. With rectangular tables, do you just have centerpieces every so often, or just one per table?... Would it look okay to have chairs uncovered?


I was MOH for a wedding this past June and their tables were rectangular. They fit 8 (I think?) so we did two smaller centerpieces per table. The wider ones just wouldn't work because they took up too much space on the table. Oh! I just thought of something, check plate size verses the width of the table. That way you'll at least know the size of centerpiece that you are looking for. Big plates + wide centerpiece + narrow table = At least one spilled glass of something tasty.

I'm going without the chair covers basically because it isn't in the budget to cover 200+ chairs (Yikes, that's a big number!). I'm curious to hear the answers about the chair covers too!


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: zarafa on January 29, 2008 08:28:27 PM
ditto on the chair covers.  the chairs we got from our rental company are white and pretty decent looking and i really don't want to have to hassle with covers.  plus i think they are a little more fancy than what our reception mood is going to be.


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: thekster on January 29, 2008 08:32:28 PM
hmm, didn't think about it being more fancy than the reception mood... i just hope we can get about 50 chairs that match.
do you think people would really notice if they didn't, anyway?


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: paigeywithwings on January 29, 2008 09:29:20 PM
If you can't get 50 to match, then try mismatching most of them.  That way it looks intentional! 

Haven't posted in this thread before so here goes:

Our wedding is December 13th.

Things I have yet to make:

STD Cards
Invitations
Reception Cards
Map Insert
Lined Envelopes

Bouquet Holder
Photo Charms
Garter
Birdcage Veil (I may buy this one, depending on the results)

Memorial and Unity Candles
Floral Arch
Programs

Centerpieces
Favor Tins with Mints
Charger Plates
Tissue Paper Flowers to be hung from ceiling (maybe)

 


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: TheBon on January 29, 2008 11:06:40 PM
do you think people would really notice if they didn't, anyway?

They might, but I have to tell you, I have no idea what the chairs we used really looked like, you know, individually. I mean, there is so much else going on and most of the time that people are near chairs, they have their butts on them. We debated with the people we rented from about the more expensive, nicer looking, less comfortable chairs and the cheap but more comfortable chairs that had been banged up a bit and they said they had never heard of anyone complaining because the chairs were ugly, or mismatched, or a little dinged up. I chose to believe them and sure enough, no one said anything about them at the wedding. I'd only stress over it if they were, like, covered in cow poop or bigoted graffiti or something else really offensive.


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: thekster on January 30, 2008 01:03:56 AM
Hahah Bon, you made me lol. :) I can honestly say, I saw now cow poop or graffiti on the chairs. Soooo I think we're good. Plus, this is gunna be friends and family and they know we're on a budget so I don't think they'll be jerks and be like "Oh em gee, did you see thekster's chairs? They didn't match! Gasp!"


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: sweets4ever on January 30, 2008 04:38:19 AM
Unless it's a super formal ballroom type setting, I think you'll be totally okies with no covers and mismatching.

Our tables sat 8 (4 to each side) and we put two tables in a row, smooshed up next to each other.  We used one centerpiece per table, 2 per row.  They were totally random, though.  We put one near an end of a table, one in a middle of a table, another near a different end, etc.  It was a nature lodge and they were branches, so I wanted them to look like they randomly "fell" around the room.  Oh, the crazy things that went on in my head during wedding planning. :D

One table didn't have a centerpiece at all.  Instead, we laid out all of the kiddies coloring books, crayons and toys there.


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: sweets4ever on January 30, 2008 04:38:57 AM
Haven't posted in this thread before so here goes:

Our wedding is December 13th.

Things I have yet to make:

STD Cards
Invitations
Reception Cards
Map Insert
Lined Envelopes

Bouquet Holder
Photo Charms
Garter
Birdcage Veil (I may buy this one, depending on the results)

Memorial and Unity Candles
Floral Arch
Programs

Centerpieces
Favor Tins with Mints
Charger Plates
Tissue Paper Flowers to be hung from ceiling (maybe)

AWESOME list!!!  Welcome to the planning thread!


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: zarafa on January 30, 2008 05:25:49 AM

Birdcage Veil (I may buy this one, depending on the results


someone here on craftster had a super cute one.  and she was offering up instructions on how to make them so i had her pm me the instructions for the birdcage one.   turns out i won't be using it, because it doesn't go with my dress, but it was super cute and sounded really easy.  let me see if i still have the pm and can track down the picture.

ETA: ok i lied. i had her send me the instructions for the french flyaway, which is also uber cute.  but the thread is here (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=191710.msg2016086#msg2016086). 


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: Banga on January 30, 2008 06:27:55 AM
dellastella - your invites are pretty! I love the brown. And it's common for people who have more than one event planned to include them all on 1 RSVP card. There are lots of examples on flickr (and I saw some in Bride's mag) but here's one I thought was cute: http://www.flickr.com/photos/seeminglee/1332773083/. It's simple, and could be a good option for you.


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: sweets4ever on January 30, 2008 06:30:11 AM
OK, after five revisions, I have my final invitation design!! ...and a question.

First thing's first:

https://www.craftster.org/pictures/data/500/medium/inviteidea2.jpg[/img]

Wowie... I love your design and colors!


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: dellastella on January 30, 2008 07:00:32 AM
Banga, that RSVP idea on flickr is so awesome!  :D  Thanks for the suggestion. I hadn't even thought to check flickr, but I'll definitely be looking now!


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: paigeywithwings on January 30, 2008 09:36:58 AM
zarafan - the birdcage veil I want to model mine after is here:

http://www.birdcageveils.com/photo_gallery_birdcage_veil_jkember.htm

What do you think?



Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: Banga on January 30, 2008 12:13:41 PM
That is beautiful paigey! I'm off to email that photo to my mom, I think it may be just what we've been looking for! I also loved Katherine Heigl's veil http://justjared.buzznet.com/2008/01/02/katherine-heigl-wedding-pictures/


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: thekster on January 30, 2008 01:36:49 PM
Della, remember that if you do send them out separately, that means twice the amount you'll be spending for postage.
I can't find who wanted the birdcage veil's name, but Hey You! Another person on here made her own birdcage veil with a little hat and it looked really cute. Her name is Morbid somethingorother. https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=216073.0 Maybe she'll post a tut if you ask her.


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: Banga on January 30, 2008 01:55:28 PM
I love the vintage hat and veil combo, cute if your dress is the right style!

I'm on to thinking about centerpieces, and have come across a real dilemma! I want something that will be cheaper than flowers and had thought of little topiaries, then I found this: http://heatherbailey.typepad.com/heather_bailey/2008/01/paper-globes.html on Heather Bailey's blog and fell in love. If I can find the right papers it would be awesome, and I could tie in the papers from my invites, too! Then there comes the dilemma: how am I supposed to make these in Michigan and get them to Rhode Island without spending a buttload of cash on shipping? I don't want to give a crafting burden like this to my peeps back home, plus none of them are very crafty!

I'm starting to think that this is going to be a major issue for all of the things I wanted to craft (gifts, flowers, etc). I don't want to wait until the week of and then go craft crazy at home, talk about too much stress! Maybe I'll move home for two months.  :D


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: catElle on January 30, 2008 03:03:42 PM
Banga,

I love the paper topiary idea

You could make most of the topiaries ready and just not join them up to the point where it becomes 3d.

i.e. join up the sides to make the 2d net and then join them up to make them 3d the day/s before the wedding.

You can find an image of the net here http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Icosahedron and I think that you would only have about 10 sides left to glue together to make them 3d (which you could cheat with and have double sided sticky tape already atached so you would just have to peel and stick!).

If you could transport them flat then it would be much easier for you to do. (Also then you could maybe just give people at home the burden of putting the stalks into plantpots and covering with moss!?!)


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: frogeyesalad on January 30, 2008 05:29:02 PM
Well, I think I've been lurking long enough! I started my wedding planning in October, when we got engaged, but have yet to post any of it on here. Our wedding will be May 17, 2008 in San Antonio, with a reception in Austin and Dallas.

So far I have made...nothing:) I do have my dress (bought from another bride, so saved a bunch there), and I am searching for the perfect pink shoe, that is at least a 3 1/2" heel (because I'm not hemming my dress, and I like heels:) ).

The things I need to make are:
  • invitations- just bought a print gocco last night, so those will come soon
  • bouquet/boutonniere- we aren't having a bridal party, so I'll just have my bouquet (hot pink daisies) and his boutonniere to do the night before, probably
  • centerpieces- like this http://www.brides.com/weddingstyle/decorations/gallery/realwedding/detail/8911?f=blossom%3ahydrangea&pf=type%3acenterpieces&offset=6&page=1 (http://www.brides.com/weddingstyle/decorations/gallery/realwedding/detail/8911?f=blossom%3ahydrangea&pf=type%3acenterpieces&offset=6&page=1), but I'm going to use daisies. Hopefully 80 stems from Sam's Club will cover centerpieces and the bouquet!
  • guestbook- in order to have something I think we will use, I want to make a photo book of all our engagement pictures, and have guests sign in the blank spaces. I'm having trouble finding any sites with flexible layouts though. Apple is pretty rigid on where you can put the picture and the words, but I'll keep looking
  • thank you cards- almost completely designed, and will be goccoed when it comes
  • cupcake tree? this is my inspiration-

    but I can not figure out how I'm going to make it. And yes, I really really do want it to be like 6 feet tall, but I may have to accept it can't be:(  Anyone have ideas? I cut this off the back of a Sam's Club catalog a year ago

I think that's all. I sure hope it is, anyway. We are on a really small budget, but we are saving a lot of costs with the ceremony and reception place free through church, having just a limited reception with the cupcakes and some munchies, no bridal party, etc.

I love reading all your ideas, and seeing your beautiful pictures:)


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: CohesiveChaos on January 30, 2008 05:38:09 PM
Well, I think I've been lurking long enough! I started my wedding planning in October, when we got engaged, but have yet to post any of it on here. Our wedding will be May 17, 2008 in San Antonio, with a reception in Austin and Dallas.

So far I have made...nothing:) I do have my dress (bought from another bride, so saved a bunch there), and I am searching for the perfect pink shoe, that is at least a 3 1/2" heel (because I'm not hemming my dress, and I like heels:) ).

The things I need to make are:
  • invitations- just bought a print gocco last night, so those will come soon
  • bouquet/boutonniere- we aren't having a bridal party, so I'll just have my bouquet (hot pink daisies) and his boutonniere to do the night before, probably
  • centerpieces- like this http://www.brides.com/weddingstyle/decorations/gallery/realwedding/detail/8911?f=blossom%3ahydrangea&pf=type%3acenterpieces&offset=6&page=1 (http://www.brides.com/weddingstyle/decorations/gallery/realwedding/detail/8911?f=blossom%3ahydrangea&pf=type%3acenterpieces&offset=6&page=1), but I'm going to use daisies. Hopefully 80 stems from Sam's Club will cover centerpieces and the bouquet!
  • guestbook- in order to have something I think we will use, I want to make a photo book of all our engagement pictures, and have guests sign in the blank spaces. I'm having trouble finding any sites with flexible layouts though. Apple is pretty rigid on where you can put the picture and the words, but I'll keep looking
  • thank you cards- almost completely designed, and will be goccoed when it comes
  • cupcake tree? this is my inspiration-
    https://www.craftster.org/pictures/data/500/medium/wedding-cupcakes-web.jpg
    but I can not figure out how I'm going to make it. And yes, I really really do want it to be like 6 feet tall, but I may have to accept it can't be:(  Anyone have ideas? I cut this off the back of a Sam's Club catalog a year ago

I think that's all. I sure hope it is, anyway. We are on a really small budget, but we are saving a lot of costs with the ceremony and reception place free through church, having just a limited reception with the cupcakes and some munchies, no bridal party, etc.

I love reading all your ideas, and seeing your beautiful pictures:)


I think for your tree you could create the tiers with thick foamcore and your 'trunk' by using PVC pipe painting it all in the colors of your wedding, and then lining the tiers with something that is approved for food use.  Around the edge of the foam core sections you could use a nice trim and hotglue them around it (I wouldn't use the foamore you find most places but look for the foamcore that is 3/8 to 1/2 inch in thickness on ebay (many sellers sell it by the case vs by the sheet). 

I think you could come up with a very similar look at a fairly decent budget.  Hope this helps anyway :)


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: frogeyesalad on January 30, 2008 05:39:58 PM

I think for your tree you could create the tiers with thick foamcore and your 'trunk' by using PVC pipe painting it all in the colors of your wedding, and then lining the tiers with something that is approved for food use.  Around the edge of the foam core sections you could use a nice trim and hotglue them around it (I wouldn't use the foamore you find most places but look for the foamcore that is 3/8 to 1/2 inch in thickness on ebay (many sellers sell it by the case vs by the sheet). 

I think you could come up with a very similar look at a fairly decent budget.  Hope this helps anyway :)


ok, you're pretty much a genius, I'm definitely going to try that. For some reason I couldn't think beyond wood, and got stuck:)

One thing I'm a little bit worried about- is it going to topple over during the reception? Not just from the foam core, but anything I make it out of. That scares me a bit, but I'm sure there's a good answer to prevent it


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: burstandbloom on January 30, 2008 05:46:59 PM

I think for your tree you could create the tiers with thick foamcore and your 'trunk' by using PVC pipe painting it all in the colors of your wedding, and then lining the tiers with something that is approved for food use.  Around the edge of the foam core sections you could use a nice trim and hotglue them around it (I wouldn't use the foamore you find most places but look for the foamcore that is 3/8 to 1/2 inch in thickness on ebay (many sellers sell it by the case vs by the sheet). 

I think you could come up with a very similar look at a fairly decent budget.  Hope this helps anyway :)


ok, you're pretty much a genius, I'm definitely going to try that. For some reason I couldn't think beyond wood, and got stuck:)

One thing I'm a little bit worried about- is it going to topple over during the reception? Not just from the foam core, but anything I make it out of. That scares me a bit, but I'm sure there's a good answer to prevent it


i was going to suggest an idea almost exactly like what cothchics said...but as far as the toppling over...you could make the actual base more substantial...like wood or something? and then pain it. or just put some kind of weight inside.

also...congrats on the texas wedding! i'm from dallas (and currently live in austin, cuz i go to UT) so that's exciting! haha. and btw that cupcake tree is so amazing. whoever thought of that idea first was a genius


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: sunnydays914 on January 30, 2008 07:10:17 PM
Welcome to the discussion frogeyesalad and nice choice of a wedding date (mine too!)

Wood for a base does sound like it would help stabilize the tree. If, for some reason, all hell breaks loose and the tree doesn't work out as a 6 foot extravaganza, a bunch of different trees of differing height would be really cool all set out on a table. Each could be decorated with a slightly different trim and in coordinating colors...

Dang, I'm starting to wish I had gone with cupcakes instead of a cake!

Here is a picture of the tree my friend had at her wedding in December (excuse the Christmas-y greenery)

You can kind of see that her tree had a Christmas tree stand-like base. That's always an idea. Make the base from wood and anchor it with a tree stand.

Well, that's my 2 cents. I can't wait to see how this turned out!


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: TheBon on January 30, 2008 07:22:24 PM
You should be able to buy thicker foam core at an art supply store. That said, I'd test before I committed to making that many rounds out of thick foam core. Cutting foam core neatly on curves can be very frustrating and difficult if you've never used it before, even the regular thickness. you also might think about cutting rounds that sit on a base, instead of rounds that are somehow suspended from a central pole. Think a stack of cake stands, only bigger. And hot glue, in my experience, is not a good way to adhere things to a cut edge of foamcore, the heat makes the foam melt. Again, test test test would be my best advice.


I think for your tree you could create the tiers with thick foamcore and your 'trunk' by using PVC pipe painting it all in the colors of your wedding, and then lining the tiers with something that is approved for food use.  Around the edge of the foam core sections you could use a nice trim and hotglue them around it (I wouldn't use the foamore you find most places but look for the foamcore that is 3/8 to 1/2 inch in thickness on ebay (many sellers sell it by the case vs by the sheet). 

I think you could come up with a very similar look at a fairly decent budget.  Hope this helps anyway :)


ok, you're pretty much a genius, I'm definitely going to try that. For some reason I couldn't think beyond wood, and got stuck:)

One thing I'm a little bit worried about- is it going to topple over during the reception? Not just from the foam core, but anything I make it out of. That scares me a bit, but I'm sure there's a good answer to prevent it


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: rhettsmommy on January 30, 2008 08:55:53 PM
here are a few more of the things I've finished over the past few weeks.  I've been so busy finishing up the last few projects, I have not had any time to post!  Yikes!  I have been reading though, and I am loving everyone's idea's and progress!  Welcome to all the new craftalong posters too!

kids paper candy boxes:


photo card box:


I finally got this fixed after the little guy deceided to play IN it!!  As you can see, I still have a few stones left to hot glue back on!

I have more, but don't have my camera with me right now, I'll try to get more up later.



Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: starveil101 on January 30, 2008 09:21:07 PM
So, it isn't a cupcake tree, but I thought of something really cool if anyone wants something unique!  You know how they have the hanging lanterns/decorations/etc.  Well (if it's possible at the venue), hang flat platforms from the ceiling and put the cupcakes on those and they could be different lengths to give variety...

hum, and I guess with those platforms (w/e shape), you can add ribbon, or flowers, or whatever goes with the theme.... ideas are turing in my mind now for my reception :) 

rhettsmommy, if your cardbox were much much bigger, that would be a cool ottoman!


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: frogeyesalad on January 30, 2008 09:40:54 PM
Welcome to the discussion frogeyesalad and nice choice of a wedding date (mine too!)

Wood for a base does sound like it would help stabilize the tree. If, for some reason, all hell breaks loose and the tree doesn't work out as a 6 foot extravaganza, a bunch of different trees of differing height would be really cool all set out on a table. Each could be decorated with a slightly different trim and in coordinating colors...

Dang, I'm starting to wish I had gone with cupcakes instead of a cake!

Here is a picture of the tree my friend had at her wedding in December (excuse the Christmas-y greenery)
http://i243.photobucket.com/albums/ff228/katiejoy914/n772980252_2148562_445.jpg
You can kind of see that her tree had a Christmas tree stand-like base. That's always an idea. Make the base from wood and anchor it with a tree stand.

Well, that's my 2 cents. I can't wait to see how this turned out!

Ooh, we're on the same timeline- I'm sure I'm way behind though:)
I must ask- do you have ANY idea where you friend got that? I really don't mind buying one if possible, I just resigned myself to making it since I can't find one. And that is EXACTLY what I want. Any help you could give that way would be great


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: thekster on January 30, 2008 10:48:41 PM
Frogeye - I dunno what you're using for your guestbook, but you might want to try www.mypublisher.com I think I'm going to once we get all our pictures.


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: pinkangel1979 on January 31, 2008 01:22:55 AM
Yay!  I can join in at last after lurking for years!  I got engaged last Thursday so it's been a week now. :)  We're planning for either Sept 2009 or March 2010.  My fiancé originally said 2010 but as he's thinking Oz for honeymoon he's being swayed towards Sept 09.  So until we decide on that, I can't really plan a whole lot yet but I can write lists can't I??

Will you be my bridesmaid cards
Save the date cards
Invites
Place cards
Order of service
Table numbers/plan
Favours

The dress- to make, alter second hand/vintage or buy new?
Veil/tiara
Shoes- alter/buy new
Jewellery- mine & bridesmaids

Flowers- bouquets, button holes, venue, table

Guest book

Sure there's lots more so I'll have to edit accordingly!


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: sweets4ever on January 31, 2008 04:54:08 AM
here are a few more of the things I've finished over the past few weeks.  I've been so busy finishing up the last few projects, I have not had any time to post!  Yikes!  I have been reading though, and I am loving everyone's idea's and progress!  Welcome to all the new craftalong posters too!

kids paper candy boxes:
https://www.craftster.org/pictures/data/500/HPIM0793_1JPG.JPG[/img]

photo card box:
https://www.craftster.org/pictures/data/500/HPIM0791_1JPG.JPG[/img]

I finally got this fixed after the little guy deceided to play IN it!!  As you can see, I still have a few stones left to hot glue back on!

I have more, but don't have my camera with me right now, I'll try to get more up later.



Pretties!  I'm so happy everytime you post photos.  I love your colors! :)

I'm so glad that the box was able to be repaired. :D


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: sweets4ever on January 31, 2008 04:55:01 AM
Yay!  I can join in at last after lurking for years!  I got engaged last Thursday so it's been a week now. :)  We're planning for either Sept 2009 or March 2010.  My fiancé originally said 2010 but as he's thinking Oz for honeymoon he's being swayed towards Sept 09.  So until we decide on that, I can't really plan a whole lot yet but I can write lists can't I??

Will you be my bridesmaid cards
Save the date cards
Invites
Place cards
Order of service
Table numbers/plan
Favours

The dress- to make, alter second hand/vintage or buy new?
Veil/tiara
Shoes- alter/buy new
Jewellery- mine & bridesmaids

Flowers- bouquets, button holes, venue, table

Guest book

Sure there's lots more so I'll have to edit accordingly!


OH oh oh!!  Congrats!!


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: Banga on January 31, 2008 05:57:20 AM
catElle, thank you so much for that suggestion! I hadn't though of that!

pinkangel, congratulations on your engagement!

frogeyesalad, I agree with TheBon that if you do end up building your own tree, you definitely want to do lots of tests! Wood is probably the way to go for stability, but it may not really end up being all that inexpensive. It is adorable though! If you can't make the 6 ft. tree happen, check out http://www.cupcaketree.com/ and maybe use a group of smaller ones!


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: Banga on January 31, 2008 06:12:42 AM
p.s. does anyone know how to get a screen shot of a film? I am trying to get a photo of Kirsten Dunst's hair from Marie Antoinette (the casual, in the garden romping hair, not the three foot decorated with birdies hair!). I found the front of it, but can't find photos of the back. Here's the idea of the front http://www.sedaka.be/ebay_tiny/marie-antoinette.jpg
The best I can think of is playing it the DVD and taking a picture of it, but that sure isn't going to work!


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: sweets4ever on January 31, 2008 06:23:15 AM
If you have it on DVD and have a DVD player on your computer, you could play/pause it & take the screenshot.


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: Banga on January 31, 2008 06:36:32 AM
hmmm... maybe hubby knows how. I can play DVD's on our laptop, but I don't know how to freeze the shot. I'll have to ask him!


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: sweets4ever on January 31, 2008 06:45:36 AM
Ahh... pause the movie and press "Prt Scr" to save your screen.  Then open an image editing program, paste the image, crop all the extra stuff off and save it.


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: Banga on January 31, 2008 07:30:30 AM
sweets, you da bomb.


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: sweets4ever on January 31, 2008 07:34:21 AM
Glad to help!


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: sunnydays914 on January 31, 2008 08:32:51 AM
Welcome to the discussion frogeyesalad and nice choice of a wedding date (mine too!)

Wood for a base does sound like it would help stabilize the tree. If, for some reason, all hell breaks loose and the tree doesn't work out as a 6 foot extravaganza, a bunch of different trees of differing height would be really cool all set out on a table. Each could be decorated with a slightly different trim and in coordinating colors...

Dang, I'm starting to wish I had gone with cupcakes instead of a cake!

Here is a picture of the tree my friend had at her wedding in December (excuse the Christmas-y greenery)
http://i243.photobucket.com/albums/ff228/katiejoy914/n772980252_2148562_445.jpg
You can kind of see that her tree had a Christmas tree stand-like base. That's always an idea. Make the base from wood and anchor it with a tree stand.

Well, that's my 2 cents. I can't wait to see how this turned out!

Ooh, we're on the same timeline- I'm sure I'm way behind though:)
I must ask- do you have ANY idea where you friend got that? I really don't mind buying one if possible, I just resigned myself to making it since I can't find one. And that is EXACTLY what I want. Any help you could give that way would be great

I don't know yet but I'll send her a message to see if she can tell me. It might be that she got it from the person who did the cupcakes but we'll see!

As far as timeline.. I keep feeling like we're falling farther and farther behind. We've got a quote for the invites but still haven't sent them out to the printer. The website is going up slowly. Mostly, I'm just concerned about the invites.


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: pinkangel1979 on January 31, 2008 09:08:08 AM
OH oh oh!!  Congrats!!
pinkangel, congratulations on your engagement!

Thank you both :) I'm having lots of fun thinking about what I can make for our wedding but until we decide on a season (Spring or Autumn), let alone a date, I can't do a whole lot!


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: frogeyesalad on January 31, 2008 09:11:44 AM
Congrats on your engagements, pinkangel! A girl after my own heart, into list making:) My fiance makes fun of me, because I make lists for EVERYTHING.

Thanks for sending her a message, sunnydays. When are you planning on sending your invitations? I think I've heard 6-8 weeks ahead of time? I guess I better get moving on them!

Thanks for the suggestion for the book, thekster. I will definitely check that site out, I think I will end up looking at every single site possible and see which is most flexible.


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: sunnydays914 on January 31, 2008 12:09:48 PM

Thanks for sending her a message, sunnydays. When are you planning on sending your invitations? I think I've heard 6-8 weeks ahead of time? I guess I better get moving on them!

You are welcome!

I heard 6-8 weeks for invitations too so that would put us at... somewhere between March 22 and April 5? Oh man! It's already February!


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: catElle on January 31, 2008 01:00:32 PM
Hi

Thought I'd introduce myself as have been lurking around here for the past few months after my boyf proposed.

We've set a date in June and I was pretty sure things were moving along nicely, deposit on dress, picked a venue and the food, designed my invitations which I have printed to assemble next week. Lots of great inspirational ideas from this board I've been wanting to try.

Then this morning whilst lying in bed my fiance told me that the hotel we are getting married in has burnt down!!!

I have no idea how bad the damage is as there isn't much info:
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/tyne/7219138.stm

But our deposit had to be in today! Hmmm can't quite be bothered to hunt around for another venue but then again I did have slight doubts about this hotel anyway (no where for photos). But this venue is on all my invites.

Anyway assuming I'll sort something I plan to craft:
Invitations (Again if needed!)
Table Plan
Place Cards
Favours (A couple of different ideas at the moment)
Flowers
Centrepieces
Bridesmaid Dresses
My Wedding Cake
Wooden Wedding Letters (Inspired by various craftsters)
Out of Town Bags for the people who have travelled long distances
Candles for the tables (Fire Hazard)

That is it at the moment so the list doesn't look too bad as long as I stop procrastinating!


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: paigeywithwings on January 31, 2008 01:20:59 PM
catElle - That's terrible news.  I'm sure they will refund your deposit if the damage is extreme.  Best of luck to you, I would start looking for a new venue.


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: frogeyesalad on January 31, 2008 01:36:11 PM
catElle- I can't believe that happened! I guess this is good luck if you haven't made your deposit and weren't sold on the venue, but still! Definitely a bummer about the invitations though if you change venues. That's such a freak thing!

sunnydays- my fiance is coming to visit in two weeks (we're both in school, 1300 miles apart, thank goodness for video chat!), and I was hoping to rope him into assembling invitations since he's gotten off really easy as far as wedding planning goes. I don't know if I'll be ready by then though! I guess I need to get a move on. March 22-April 5...hmm that's really soon


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: pinkangel1979 on January 31, 2008 02:03:32 PM
Goodness catElle, hope you get the venue sorted out one way or another!

Congrats on your engagements, pinkangel! A girl after my own heart, into list making:) My fiance makes fun of me, because I make lists for EVERYTHING.
Me too, couldn't cope without lists! :)


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: rhettsmommy on January 31, 2008 07:47:41 PM
wow...3 pages in one day!  way to go craftsters!
star...a much larger version of the card box would make an awesome ottoman! ;), might want to secure it better than with just velcro, I speak from experience that it's not very sturdy!!!!  ha, ha.  you so funny!
sweets...thanks for the nice compliment! And you were so skeptical of the colors at first!! I am loving seeing everything come together too!  I just hope it all turns out like the pictures I have in my fried little brain!!

Things to do still:

Invites got finished last weekend, and will go out next week (that will be 7 weeks! augh!)

I have decided against the kids coling books and opting for covering the kids tables with brown kraft paper (the adult tables will have tan tablecloths with red overlays) so, I don't think the brown paper will look out of place, then they can color all over the table with the star and heart crayons!  What do you guys think?

runners for bridal party tables ( the girls dresses are red and I don't want them sitting next to a red table cloth) so I'm going for red runners over the tan for the bp tables

tissue pom poms for the bar area

print programs, remembrance poem

FIND a gift for our Dads, and the little guys.  I cannot figure this out for the life of me!

Then all that left is planting flowers at our friends home where our wedding will be!

Wow.  I think I may actually have it all under control!!



Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: rhettsmommy on January 31, 2008 07:53:21 PM
Oh, I almost forgot...I just got a new Cricut machine.  So, I'm going to try this weekend to make name plates for the chairs for the ceremony with our family members names.  Wish me luck!
They will be red background with teh name cut out of the turqouise.


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: sunnydays914 on January 31, 2008 08:10:39 PM
wow...3 pages in one day!  way to go craftsters!
star...a much larger version of the card box would make an awesome ottoman! ;), might want to secure it better than with just velcro, I speak from experience that it's not very sturdy!!!!  ha, ha.  you so funny!
sweets...thanks for the nice compliment! And you were so skeptical of the colors at first!! I am loving seeing everything come together too!  I just hope it all turns out like the pictures I have in my fried little brain!!

Things to do still:

Invites got finished last weekend, and will go out next week (that will be 7 weeks! augh!)

I have decided against the kids coling books and opting for covering the kids tables with brown kraft paper (the adult tables will have tan tablecloths with red overlays) so, I don't think the brown paper will look out of place, then they can color all over the table with the star and heart crayons!  What do you guys think?

runners for bridal party tables ( the girls dresses are red and I don't want them sitting next to a red table cloth) so I'm going for red runners over the tan for the bp tables

tissue pom poms for the bar area

print programs, remembrance poem

FIND a gift for our Dads, and the little guys.  I cannot figure this out for the life of me!

Then all that left is planting flowers at our friends home where our wedding will be!

Wow.  I think I may actually have it all under control!!



I am 100% for brown kraft paper on the kids table. There is nothing more exciting to a kid than knowing they can draw on the table when they are bored by all the adult happenings going on. Heck, I might have to put some on the head table! Mmmmmm..... coloring!


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: rhettsmommy on January 31, 2008 08:24:41 PM
that's kinda what I was thinking, and although I do love all the coloring books, especially sweets, I think I'll be just fine with them coloring...everywhere.

I like your idea, maybe I could use it somewhere else too and write little sayings or something...I'll have to think about that! :'(


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: pinkangel1979 on February 01, 2008 03:36:25 AM
I love the kraft paper idea, sounds perfect for the kids (or anyone really!)


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: sweets4ever on February 01, 2008 04:50:47 AM
The kraft paper idea is GREAT!!  We actually considered it, but closed the idea once we chose "khaki" colored tablecloths. :D  We had some pretty small kiddies present and could totally imagine them coloring on all of the tablecloths. :D


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: Banga on February 01, 2008 05:50:00 AM
Love the kraft paper idea, and I am green with envy about your new Cricut! I want one soo bad! Maybe I can finagle it into my wedding budget.  ;)


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: rhettsmommy on February 01, 2008 09:27:02 AM
I have yet to try the Cricut!  But I'm sooo excited about it too!  My future MIL got it for me after seeing how "crafty" I was with the wedding invitations and Christmas presents!  Yay for that!  I've read all the books that came with it, and am  (I think) ready to give it a shot, hopefully, this weekend!

I am loving the kraft paper idea more and more too,  maybe as part of the "guest book" table???


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: ruby_soho on February 01, 2008 09:30:26 AM
so lucky, rhettsmommy!  i wish someone would gift me a cricut  :P


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: sunnydays914 on February 01, 2008 09:51:05 AM
That would be fun to do on the guest book table although, would you keep it to display after?


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: rhettsmommy on February 01, 2008 09:53:09 AM
Don't know.  I'll still have the guest book pages I am working on, kinda craft project, will post when I get it all figured out.  But I could just roll it up, maybe use it for "wallpaper" on the bottom of theh bar in the game room???


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: sunnydays914 on February 01, 2008 09:59:47 AM
That could be fun! That was my biggest problem with the guest book. I didn't want to to disappear after that day.
I'm trying to make my wedding crafts as multifunctional as possible. I have a feeling I'm going to be giving little tin pails of flowers for every birthday and holiday for the next year!


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: rhettsmommy on February 01, 2008 10:19:58 AM
you crack me up.  I was thinking the same thing with the $1.99 vases I got at Ikea!  Thinking they'd be the "gift box"  for lots of things!  I feel the same, I don't want it to just sit on a shelf with a list of names in it.  I'm doina page that has the guest draw a pic of themselves and asks a few funny questions about us and their predictions for us.  Plus I have the way cool leather notebook my Dad had made for us to put it in!


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: sunnydays914 on February 01, 2008 10:56:48 AM
I totally forgot about my twenty-four 11 3/4 inch cylindrical vases. groan!

I am quite jealous of the leather notebook!

We're going to have paper for advice instead of a traditional guest book. We are asking our guests to bring a picture of themselves with one of us or just their family (if they can't fine one with either of us in it).  Then (somehow) we'll put the picture and the advice together, collect and organize them after the wedding, and create a scrapbook/photo album with them. I'm really waaaay excited about it!

The FH wants to try out scrapbooking so there is no way I'll stop him (not my cup of tea, or coffee, or margarita, or anything really).


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: sweets4ever on February 01, 2008 10:57:56 AM
Our guests had a field day with the ceramic tiles and markers.  They've all been baked and set and I've designed the table, but winter took over my workspace...grumble. :D


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: sunnydays914 on February 01, 2008 11:17:58 AM
I'm excited to see the finished project Sweets!


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: Banga on February 01, 2008 01:10:27 PM
I totally forgot about my twenty-four 11 3/4 inch cylindrical vases. groan!

I am quite jealous of the leather notebook!

We're going to have paper for advice instead of a traditional guest book. We are asking our guests to bring a picture of themselves with one of us or just their family (if they can't fine one with either of us in it).  Then (somehow) we'll put the picture and the advice together, collect and organize them after the wedding, and create a scrapbook/photo album with them. I'm really waaaay excited about it!

The FH wants to try out scrapbooking so there is no way I'll stop him (not my cup of tea, or coffee, or margarita, or anything really).

I've been thinking about doing this type of thing too, but I'm wary about asking people to bring something with them. I'm afraid lots of people will just forget! But the cost of polaroids (though really fun!) can be steep, so I've yet to make a decision! I don't want to burden someone with the job of standing there with a camera and catching a photo of each guest!


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: paigeywithwings on February 01, 2008 01:44:25 PM
My friend just had a wedding and she put all of her decorations (vases, centerpieces, blah blah blah) in one lot on eBay.  It's kind of like a wedding kit for someone else.  Plus you get a little refund on everything as well.  I would totally recommend doing this, especially if all of your decorations go together well. 

Gently used wedding decoration kits.  It's a great idea really.


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: thekster on February 01, 2008 04:40:59 PM
WOW! Way too many pages for me to respond (and remember!) each post soooo yeah.
Sunny - I love the new avatar! It's so cute :)
RM (I think?) sdfadsf my sister gave me a cricut for christmas (before christmas) and I have only used it to try it out. I don't know how much I like it. Plus, the cartridges are so dang expensive! Sucks. I tried doing an invitation like uhmmm I can't remember her name but it was a black invitation made with some type of engraving machine, and it didn't work. I think the only thing I'll actually use it for is maybe some wedding "graffiti" for the doors and possibly walls of our location, and reserve signs for our families' seats.
Oh, speaking of location, I reserve the place yesterday! It was so much freaking cheaper than the place we originally wanted! SCORE! I took a bunch of pictures so I could remember stuff without having to go back, but I think I'm going to post a new topic about it so I can get lots of suggestions on how to purty-it-up. :) It feels so much more real now that we have a definate place and date! EEEE


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: rhettsmommy on February 01, 2008 08:01:19 PM
That is a great idea to put it all on ebay in a "wedding lot". 

k- I'll see how I like the Cricut.  Hopefully I'll get to try it out this weekend.


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: sunnydays914 on February 01, 2008 08:11:07 PM
Well, now I have one more reason to love Ebay!

Thanks! I had forgotten we took this picture and the leaves, although pretty, were getting a little out of season for the insanely snowy weather we've been having in Michigan.

I'm hoping to give most of my vases away as gifts throughout the reception. If I don't, I'm sure I can figure out enough things to fill them with around the house... toilet paper... fancy trash bin... buttons... coffee?


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: Banga on February 02, 2008 11:30:34 AM
thekster, if you suddenly decide you don't like your Cricut, please let me know! I'd love to get a used one, but there are not many out there!


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: sweets4ever on February 02, 2008 11:34:32 AM
I stalk them on Ebay all the time.  They get lots of bids, though!  I will get one...someday.


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: thekster on February 02, 2008 04:56:56 PM
Banga - My cricut really isn't used.. I cut out maybe three words and that's it. If I decided to get rid of it, I'd probably just try to take it back to the store and give my sister her moneys back.


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: rhettsmommy on February 02, 2008 08:03:08 PM
I am using mine as we...speak!  I love the way the name plates for the chairs are turning out.  I will admit, it took a few tries to get the blade depth correct to cut through the paper, and the first paper I used stuck very bad to one of my cutting boards, and will be a big pain to get off there, but so far, I'm having fun!

I'll try to get pic sup when I get more done.


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: thekster on February 02, 2008 08:38:43 PM
RM - do you have the "proper tools" that they suggest? Like that little spatula thingie? They have a startup kit that seems like it would make everything so much easier. It has a whole kit of tools, papers that fit into the cricut, and uhmmm maybe more of the sticky mat thing you use to cut on. And maybe more. It's a way better deal to get that kit though (I saw the one I'm talking about at Hobby Lobby) because the kit alone I think was either the same price or almost the same. If I decide to use it, I may go get it. Even though the stinky coupons for HL exclude cricut stuff :*(


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: rhettsmommy on February 02, 2008 09:39:13 PM
Yes, I have the spatula, and the little tool kit.  I could see how they'd be a pain to get off the sticky mat without them.  Wow, no wonder you didn't go back for more!  I am frustrated with the first sheet that stuck to the mat, I can't hardly stand it, but it was just regular paper, I am now using card stock, and it peels right off, so make sure not to use thin paper on the first few tries with the mat. 

I am using the outline of the letters, not the letters that it's cutting out.

I got really lucky with this gift, there's no way I would have ever paid this kind of money for myself.  Luckily, she got me lots of extras!

Here is a link to the page that has the tool kit I have (it's the one that's $24.99) it does not include the spatula
http://www.cricut.com/shopping/productList.aspx?sc=1


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: thekster on February 02, 2008 10:14:37 PM
Hmmmm I guess I'm just horrible at remembering prices. I think, at the time I thought, hey is a little less than half of the price for just the kit, seems like the whole thing would be a better deal. But after realizing that the hobby lobby coupon doesn't cover cricut stuff, I may just go for the tool kit. I really don't need all the other stuff, I guess. Thanks for letting me know!


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: rhettsmommy on February 02, 2008 10:18:10 PM
No problem!  I hope you get to use it on some wedding stuff!


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: thekster on February 02, 2008 10:32:35 PM
Me too :)


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: rhettsmommy on February 03, 2008 03:53:12 PM
Okay, here are some of the chair names plates I was working on last night with my Cricut!
(https://www.craftster.org/pictures/showphoto.php?photo=105284)

I thought I put the larger pic on here, so you could see them, not sure how to chane it.  Both pics are in photo hosting


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: thekster on February 03, 2008 04:04:19 PM
Oh cool! I was wondering if you were going to place each little tiny letter on them individually or just use the cutout. That looks good! I think I'm only going to make two signs with mine for the chairs - "reserved" for each side of the aisle haha


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: rhettsmommy on February 03, 2008 05:21:54 PM
I tried it both ways, and liked the outline one best.  Hopefully the insides of the d-r-o etc, will stay put.  Plus, I got to use scraps left over from the invites!

Once I got it figured out, it went pretty quickly, still have a few more names to do.


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: sunnydays914 on February 03, 2008 08:30:03 PM
rm, I love how those name cards turned out! I almost want to do more wedding decorations because of them.

You all are a bad influence!  ;D

On a not-so-crafty note, we finally met with our photographer yesterday and got the final pricing... $250! I now can justify spending more money on the invites to have the addresses printed for us!


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: rhettsmommy on February 03, 2008 08:40:19 PM
sunny- thanks!  And WOW on the $250, I can't find anyone under $800, and it's killing me!!  I still have not booked anyone yet, because I know there has to be someone out there cheaper, or less expensive!!


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: sunnydays914 on February 04, 2008 07:11:19 AM
sunny- thanks!  And WOW on the $250, I can't find anyone under $800, and it's killing me!!  I still have not booked anyone yet, because I know there has to be someone out there cheaper, or less expensive!!

The only reason we found someone for so cheap is that the Future Mr. Sunny is a photog himself as well as a web designer. We've been able to do a lot of trading/taking advantage of friends to keep our prices down. There has to be someone cheaper around your area. Any art or local universities with photo programs? The FH is still a student but his work is amazing (www. rzen.net (http://www. rzen.net))!


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: rhettsmommy on February 04, 2008 01:17:44 PM
i'll have to check with the local JC, maybe they have aphotog program.  I love the people shot on his website!  Very cool!


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: sunnydays914 on February 04, 2008 01:58:53 PM
The Future Mr Sunny sends his thanks... at least he would if he know that I was shamlessly bragging about him!  ;D

My mom, sisters, MOH and I are doing a binge crafting session on Friday evening to assemble all of the buckets for my rendition of "pews in bloom."
http://www.marthastewart.com/portal/site/mslo/menuitem.0e0eb51a2e6b5ad593598e10d373a0a0/?vgnextoid=66acc137bf22f010VgnVCM1000003d370a0aRCRD&autonomy_kw=pews%20in%20bloom&rsc=header_1 (http://www.marthastewart.com/portal/site/mslo/menuitem.0e0eb51a2e6b5ad593598e10d373a0a0/?vgnextoid=66acc137bf22f010VgnVCM1000003d370a0aRCRD&autonomy_kw=pews%20in%20bloom&rsc=header_1)

Then I get to go to Ikea on Saturday! Woohoo! Exciting weekend ahead of me (yet it's only Monday)


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: Banga on February 04, 2008 02:15:29 PM
Mr. Sunny's photos are great! He is really talented (and you are in MI too, who knew?) He's welcome to travel to A2 to photo me and hubby anytime  ;) Lucky you that he has contacts! I thought I got a deal with a photog for 600 bucks!


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: sunnydays914 on February 04, 2008 03:15:50 PM
We're hoping to have time to travel this summer... we can make it a photo tour!

We thought he would charge us $600 too. That's why we were so shocked at $250. It's like reverse sticker shock! We're trying to figure out something else to do for him since he's giving us such a great price.
To be fair though, we're doing all the digital processing which takes for-ev-er!


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: ehinders on February 05, 2008 08:23:02 AM
Can I just say I love Dollar Tree!!! I went there on a whim the other day and found a ton of cool stuff. Most notably, they had bags of the glass marbles for $1! YAY!! I had an idea to glue fun words and stuff on the back and spread those very sparingly (just cause they take so long to make a bunch!) on either side of each centerpieces in lieu of traditional confetti. It was hard to get a picture to do them justice, but here's a few for example:



I also found some great flowers that don't look horribly fake for only being a dollar.



I am super excited to finally feel like I'm getting something done!


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: ruby_soho on February 05, 2008 08:33:32 AM
I had an idea to glue fun words and stuff on the back and spread those very sparingly (just cause they take so long to make a bunch!) on either side of each centerpieces in lieu of traditional confetti.

that is a really interesting idea... i like it!  maybe i'll steal :D


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: thekster on February 05, 2008 09:29:48 AM
Oh I saw something similar to that before! They took those glass things and put pictures from mags on the back and then made them into magnets, but I like what you did with 'em a lot more. And I can definately imagine how it could take a long time to do a bunch.  Patience, my dear. :)


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: ehinders on February 05, 2008 12:24:10 PM
I got some more done today and couldn't resist sharing! ;D I just wish they would show up in pictures better.  >:( I managed to get 90 some done. It just doesn't look like that many alltogether.





Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: sunnydays914 on February 05, 2008 12:30:47 PM
They turned out really well! The flowers look really good too. I'm surprised they're from the Dollar Tree (I love that store!).


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: thekster on February 05, 2008 01:09:51 PM
That looks wonderful! I like how they look kinda blue in that one photograph and I love a lot of the pictures you chose! Did you just use regular glue or modpodge or something else entirely?


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: ehinders on February 05, 2008 03:18:14 PM
Thanks! I used Aleene's Tacky Glue. I love that stuff! It glues everything together! I barely put any on there so it wouldn't effect the color of the paper.


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: thekster on February 05, 2008 03:42:31 PM
Hmm I've never heard of that glue. Do you just put it on the image (between the rock and paper) or did you put it on both sides of the paper, to kinda seal the paper?


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: ehinders on February 05, 2008 04:05:30 PM
I got this bottle at Walmart. It's distributed by Duncan (the paint people) Here's what it looks like:



I just put glue on the paper in between it and the rock. I might go back and seal it on the back when I'm done with all of them. But that depends on how long it takes me to make enough!  ;)


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: thekster on February 05, 2008 04:31:49 PM
Oh, duh, I've seen that glue before. I guess I've just never looked close enough to know the brand or whatever. You probably put this already, but where/how are you going to use them? If you use them on the dinner tables or anywhere where water spillage could be a possibility, and you plan to keep them, I think I'd seal them, just for safety's sake.


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: frogeyesalad on February 05, 2008 09:26:17 PM
Ah, I have done zero crafty due to school and illness:( But, my print gocco came, my sister is drawing a design for my invitations, and hopefully I can get that all moving along soon.

I'm glad you are all having much more progress than me! ehinders, I really like the idea of having those marbles with the centerpieces, and I love the words you chose for them. That's a great idea!

Next week my mom and I are going to find fabric for one of my dresses that she's making, and I think I will finally start to feel like I'm getting stuff done. Why must weddings be so stressful? I'm still having no luck on the cupcake tree, hopefully sunnydays' friend will know where to get one. I've seen other ideas I like, but not nearly as much as that one. I think I've relinquished the idea of baking all the cupcakes myself though:) I'm going to have the grocery store down there make a bunch, but I'll fill them and frost them. I'm probably going to have chocolate with raspberry filling and this yummy frosting we make, and then lemon or vanilla with lemon curd filling and...some kind of frosting. I'm sure it's still a lot to do, but probably no more than 150 cupcakes, so I can manage. I'm sure I'm going to kill myself over this wedding!


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: sunnydays914 on February 06, 2008 07:10:08 AM
I'm still having no luck on the cupcake tree, hopefully sunnydays' friend will know where to get one. I've seen other ideas I like, but not nearly as much as that one.

Frogeyesalad, I did get a response back from my friend. She told me that a family friend made it for her. I asked what it was made of and how it was made, but I haven't heard anything yet. There is a website (http://cupcaketreesonline.com/products (http://cupcaketreesonline.com/products) that sells the trees but I was shocked when I saw the $300+ price tag. Sorry I couldn't be more helpful!


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: ehinders on February 06, 2008 08:12:27 AM
Thekster- I'm putting a few around each centerpiece. I think you're right, i should probably seal them.


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: amigurl55 on February 06, 2008 09:05:12 AM
My wedding isn't until January, but I'm so excited that I want to start crafting now!

Here's what will be DIY:
Invitations- we're going to buy one of those big boxes at Jo-Ann and run it through the printer.
Centerpieces- 1 down, 5 to go.  Need to buy supplies for the rest (see my post titled "our sweet $15 DIY centerpiece")
Placecards- no idea what I'm going to do for these.  Somehow learn caligraphy?
Pre-ceremony and reception music- we're going to make a "mix tape" for this.
Favors- I have something in mind but the FH doesn't like it so much.  We'll have to poke around more to find something we both like.

And that's about it.  The lady at the bridal shop picked out the perfect jewelry and headpiece.  They match the dress soooo well.  So I won't be making my own jewelry like I wanted to.  We're not going to have save the date cards because our wedding is going to be very small, and everyone already knows the date.  Yeah.  I'll post more when I start making this stuff!


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: Banga on February 06, 2008 01:34:58 PM
If you get a good book and some nice pens, calligraphy isn't actually that hard! I'm teaching myself so I can address my invites. You can just go with a simple style and realize it may not look like this: http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/758197922/


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: sweets4ever on February 06, 2008 01:35:32 PM
If you get a good book and some nice pens, calligraphy isn't actually that hard! I'm teaching myself so I can address my invites. You can just go with a simple style and realize it may not look like this: http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/758197922/

It better look EXACTLY like that! :D  No pressure. ;D


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: thekster on February 06, 2008 01:35:55 PM
Aw man I wish I could do calligraphy like that.
Heck, I wish I could do it at all.


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: frogeyesalad on February 06, 2008 02:56:11 PM
I'm still having no luck on the cupcake tree, hopefully sunnydays' friend will know where to get one. I've seen other ideas I like, but not nearly as much as that one.

Frogeyesalad, I did get a response back from my friend. She told me that a family friend made it for her. I asked what it was made of and how it was made, but I haven't heard anything yet. There is a website (http://cupcaketreesonline.com/products (http://cupcaketreesonline.com/products) that sells the trees but I was shocked when I saw the $300+ price tag. Sorry I couldn't be more helpful!

That's awesome though, thanks sunnydays. At least I know it can be made! and I searched everywhere for cupcake tree sites, usually I'm a google guru but I missed that one. Huge help!

So, is it bad to make pretty printed stick on address labels? I don't want to handwrite 250+ addresses:( Ok, and I'm lazy, I admit it. I bought a handwriting book a few years ago to try and make mine nicer, but I got bored after the first couple pages. Maybe a wedding would be good motivation to try again? I'm sure yours will be gorgeous amigurl:)

Another idea- probably a bad one- but depending on what you make the place cards out of, you could print what you want written, and then put the placecard on top of it and use it as a guide to trace it with a calligraphy pen. Did I make any sense? If you have a lightbox, or can make one really easily, you could see the printed words through the placecard, and that might be helpful. Just a thought:)


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: sunnydays914 on February 06, 2008 03:17:41 PM
amigurl, I know there are programs out there where you can create your own font. That is what we're doing instead of doing calligraphy for all of our invites. That way they look handwritten (we're using my FH's handwriting- it's beautiful!) but we don't have to handwrite all of them ourselves. We're also going with a printing company that will just print the addresses directly on the invitations instead of using the sticky labels.

I ran into a snag with our cd favors. We're hiring a cd duplication company to copy them for us but because of that, we don't want to make too many copies. We're not having assigned seating at the reception. How could we ensure that our married guests get one copy between the two of them? Is that rude to limit them like that?


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: zarafa on February 06, 2008 04:27:03 PM
sunnydays, instead of putting them at every seat, why don't you have them all in a basket with a little sign that says 'please take one' but maybe in a clever little verse or something.  then you don't have to have one at every seat, and probably a lot of people would realize that they only need one per household.

and whoever asked about printing addresses on sticky labels, that's what we're doing.  our envelopes are dark brown so the only way to make the addresses show up was to get labels.  or the paper lady suggested gel pens, but that would be a mess waiting to happen because i tend to drag my hand across my writing, so labels won out.  we're just going to use the font that matches our invites.


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: TheBon on February 06, 2008 09:07:38 PM
I printed clear address labels. No one said anything.


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: rhettsmommy on February 06, 2008 09:27:08 PM
I recently went to a wedding that had cd favors, they just had them on a table by the guest book sign in, with a sign that said something about lovely songs blah blah take one and sing along.  Can't remember exactly, but you get my drift.


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: blottedcopybook on February 07, 2008 08:23:24 AM
TOMORROW!!


Arrrrgghhhhh!


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: ruby_soho on February 07, 2008 08:28:13 AM
TOMORROW!!


Arrrrgghhhhh!

tomorrow... is your wedding?   ???

if so, congrats!!


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: sunnydays914 on February 07, 2008 09:30:13 AM
Blottedcopybook, I'm excited for you! I have no doubt I'll be freaking out the day before my wedding but I'm sure what matter what happens, you (and I) will be married at the end of it.
Congratulations!


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: Banga on February 07, 2008 02:18:48 PM
TOMORROW!!


Arrrrgghhhhh!

Don't forget to show us lots of photos! We LOVE photos!


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: sunnydays914 on February 07, 2008 02:22:38 PM
I keep forgetting to post this but I finally remembered this afternoon when I was home sick.
My roommate and bridesmaid is amazingly good at making jewelry. I had asked her if she would be willing to make my necklace and she agreed.
The pearls are 4-4.5 mm white freshwater pearls from http://www.artbeads.com/p-wht2.html (http://www.artbeads.com/p-wht2.html). The pendant is my grandmother's. She wore it in her wedding, my mom wore it in hers, my great aunt wore it as well as her two daughters. Needless to say, it is my something old, borrowed, and blue!
We're going to take the pendant off after the wedding and I'll be left with a beautiful double strand of pearls.

The pendant! It's pretty much my favorite part.

Sorry about the blurry photo. I kept it to show the show the shape.


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: frogeyesalad on February 07, 2008 05:35:47 PM
wow, that's gorgeous, sunnydays, and I love the sentiment of the pendant. Did your friend string the pearls, or did she do the little knots between them? I would love to attempt making a pearl necklace for my wedding, they are so pretty


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: sunnydays914 on February 07, 2008 07:09:06 PM
The entire thing is strung. It's a whole lotta pearls! She used almost 2 full strands (32") to do the two layers. If you want more specifics, I can ask.


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: amigurl55 on February 09, 2008 08:57:57 AM
That necklace is gorgeous!  What a cool thing to pass down (or around).

So I decided that even though we're not getting married at the butterfly place, and we're getting married in the dead of winter, I'm going to do a butterfly theme.  I like butterflies, and it's my wedding darn it!  I found some nice butterflies at Michael's and I went ahead and bought them since they're seasonal and I didn't like the regular stock as much as these.  I'm going to glue them to the top of these tins: http://www.michaels.com/art/online/displayProductPage?productNum=wd0111&channelid= and fill the tins with pink candy for my favors.  My fiance thinks it's cool, but he wanted to do something else for the guys since butterflies are kind of girly.  He found some favor boxes that look like little tuxes.  So cute!  He's going to fill them with candy.  I think it's so neat that he wants to help with the favors.

For the place cards I am going to use a butterfly shaped punch to punch out little butterflies in our colors (pink, black, and white).  That was my fiance's idea!  What a smart guy.  Then I thought it would be cool to use pop-dots to stick them onto the place cards so they look neat and 3D.

My fiance is really getting into this.  He saw those wax sealing stamps in the wedding aisle and thought it was really neat.  So we're going to seal up all of our invitations with a little red seal with an "H" (for his last name, and my future last name).

Super post!  I'll post pics as soon as we start putting stuff together.  Which will be soon, because I'm excited.   :D


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: frogeyesalad on February 09, 2008 02:06:23 PM
I love that your fiance is helping with favors, amigurl:) My fiance is getting off VERY easy, since he's 1300 miles away, and will be until about 3 weeks before the wedding. I'm giving him all the assignments I can find for him that he doesn't have to be here to do:)

Ok, I've been working on our postcard invitations- we are sending out about 100 nicer, handmade invites, and then I'm making about 250 of these at http://overnightprints.com (http://overnightprints.com), because we invite EVERYONE from church. No, we are not feeding them all! Just cake and fingerfoods, it's more of an open house. So, this is the front. I just wanted to see if you all could read the words ok, since I had to put them on top of the picture. Also, if you want to print save-the-dates or anything, these guys are cheap, and they have good reviews on http://weddingbee.com (http://weddingbee.com) (I'm addicted to that site!). They do offset printing, which I have no idea what it is, but I know its good, so I'm happy:)

Here it is: You may have to enlarge it to tell if you can see the words or not, they are going to be 4x6 postcards



This is my favorite quote for us, because we've known each other for 18 years, but never really dated until we were much older:)


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: thekster on February 09, 2008 04:55:31 PM
Amigurl - I was warned about using the wax seals on here; if you're sending them in the mail they may break up and crumble all over the place. A nice alternative would be hot glue (I'm pretty sure they have colored glue sticks) and just stamp them with the little H thing. I tried it with regular clear hot glue and it worked really well.
Frog - 18 years?? Wow! Jeez... me and my fiance are sorta the opposite. We knew each other for a day and started dating ha!

On a side note - has anyone noticed people on theknot chat thing (Houston / Texas area) being really catty and just out and out rude? I read a couple of posts and was like "Wow. I'm not posting ANYTHING on here"


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: frogeyesalad on February 09, 2008 05:00:21 PM

On a side note - has anyone noticed people on theknot chat thing (Houston / Texas area) being really catty and just out and out rude? I read a couple of posts and was like "Wow. I'm not posting ANYTHING on here"

I stay away form the knot- the boards are hard to maneuver, but they are also really catty on pretty much ALL of the boards. I like the weddingbee, and the forums there. I did hear about someone on the knot who got the information of one of the other girl's vendors, and called every single one of them and cancelled them- and this was like a month before her wedding. Talk about evil! Definitely stay away


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: thekster on February 09, 2008 05:50:36 PM
Weddingbee? Like, dotcom? Is it similar to theknot? I don't really use theknot very much anyway but once I saw that I was just very... I dunno. Curious, I guess, as to why they would be so horrible to each other. Especially since planning a wedding is already stressful enough.
Oh man... how in the world can they do that? That seems just stupid on the vendors part, for allowing her to do that. Seems like they'd need a lot of information that any semi-intelligent person would put on the internet for all to see. Was that girl at least just trying to get the vendors for herself, or was she just being a horrible, evil person?


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: frogeyesalad on February 09, 2008 06:05:55 PM
I think from what I heard, she was just doing it to be horrible, not to get the vendors for herself. And yes, it's weddingbee.com- It's quite a bit different from the knot, it's a bunch of girls who blog about their wedding planning, but they have forums where you can ask stuff like on the knot, talk about vendors, all of that. I haven't done any posting, but the women are MUCH nicer there


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: sunnydays914 on February 10, 2008 07:31:02 AM
I spent Friday night with my mom, sisters, MOH and a small dog working on our rendition of Pews in Bloom. One sister was excited to take photos for me, the other enthusiastically cut the stems of 30-some gerbera daisies. My MOH and I cut floral arranging foam, floral stems, and tied ribbons. Mom did everything. She was great. The small dog (Maggie May) spent her time stealing the daisies and running around the house with them!
Time for photos!
Getting ready

We used some fun tools to cut the flower stems!

The whole shindig

Maggie May: Bringer of Chaos

They're about 9 inches tall including the bucket, flowers, and ivy



Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: islandfly on February 10, 2008 11:32:59 AM

On a side note - has anyone noticed people on theknot chat thing (Houston / Texas area) being really catty and just out and out rude? I read a couple of posts and was like "Wow. I'm not posting ANYTHING on here"

I stay away form the knot- the boards are hard to maneuver, but they are also really catty on pretty much ALL of the boards. I like the weddingbee, and the forums there. I did hear about someone on the knot who got the information of one of the other girl's vendors, and called every single one of them and cancelled them- and this was like a month before her wedding. Talk about evil! Definitely stay away

frogseye and thekster.....I am totally there with you about theknot..  i've abandoned that site.. have you tried  www.offbeatbride.com, I got the link from a fellow crafster
they have got some really original ideas there.. (got my floral free centerpiece ideas there) some of the stuff is REALLY offbeat... but worth the while I think


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: ruby_soho on February 10, 2008 11:39:56 AM
indiebride and diybride are also good resources.  i love weddingbee, but there's very little DIY in most of those weddings and overall they cost a lot more than many of us here are able to pay... so i haven't gotten as much inspiration and such from there as i have from indiebride and diybride (and craftster, of course) and i find it harder to relate to those brides than i do the ones at other places.  it is good for the 'OMG i'm getting married and i can't seem to talk about anything else!' phase that we all go through... because everyone there is or has recently been a bride, so there's a lot of support and understanding that way.

never did foray onto the knot - i find it's kind of hard to navigate, anyway, so it hasn't been much help.


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: sweets4ever on February 10, 2008 12:09:20 PM
Oh, sunnydays914!  It looks like you guys had a lot of fun!  I *love* the finished piece!


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: frogeyesalad on February 10, 2008 02:41:16 PM
I don't usually go to weddingbee for the inspiration, just to ooh and ahh, mainly over the lovely stationary. If you click on the diy tag, there are actually lots, most of them make their invitations, and I've learned a ton about gocco from there. It's kind of fun to see what people with $30,000 budgets do too, but even then it's not pretentious- they mainly spend it on the food and invite more people, but they do a lot themselves or moderately spend. It's fun to read, because I'm addicted to all things wedding:)


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: amigurl55 on February 10, 2008 06:57:55 PM
Aww.  Little Maggie Mae was helping!  I LOVE gerbra daisies.  What a neat idea.

I have pics!

The tux boxes the FH is going to assemble and fill


The pretty butterflies.  I took out the sinister orange one and put it in my brother's bed.


Close-up of the butterflies


Hooray!  I can't wait to get the favor tins and start gluing!


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: sunnydays914 on February 11, 2008 07:49:10 AM
Every time Maggie had a daisy, we had to chase her around until she either gave up or we caught her. The funny thing was, we had no idea where she was getting them!

I love the yellow butterfly most! They are going to look amazing on your favors. How is the orange one sinister?

My FH spent most of the weekend hanging out with his friend (and our videographer). They worked out the trade agreement. Mr. Sunny is making the videographer 4 websites so that gives me free reign to pick whatever the heck I want out of the offerings. I think we're going with a cinematic-styled video, driven by an interview we will do with the videographer after we get back. The FH watched a sample and said he didn't want to turn it off! That's what I want! If you want a peek at what I'm talking about, check out http://mandelvideo.com/ (http://mandelvideo.com/).

My goal this week is to help the FH finish the invites and get them ordered (that also means we need to finalize our guest list!).
Wish me luck!



Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: thekster on February 11, 2008 06:43:50 PM
ALERT! This may be old news, but I just heard that Polaroid plans to quit making instant film... If anyone was planning to use them as a sort of alternative to a guest book, STOCK UP NOW! http://money.aol.com/news/articles/_a/polaroid-quits-instant-film-business/20080208170209990001

I'll read the rest of this thread later cuz I gotta go, but Amigurl, I have the same tux boxes. (We also have the dress versions.)


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: dellastella on February 17, 2008 07:04:13 AM
I started printing my invitations on my new Gocco this weekend. I started out pretty simple, just doing the return address on the RSVP, invitation, and thank-you card envelopes. This was my first attempt at Gocco-ing, and I'm HOOKED. A quick background: a Gocco is a Japanese screenprinter. You can burn your own screens at home, very simply, and print with ease. Check out http://www.gocco.com/prod.HTM for more info.

I couldn't believe how easy it was, and how quick everything got done! I printed 100 A6 envelopes and 50 4 bar envelopes in about an hour. And I only screwed up one! :-D

It kind of ate my dining room table.


My trusty PG-11!


All lined up to dry.


The finished product. Ta-da!

If the pictures look a little funny, it's because I had to blur out our address. Take my word for it, though, the text is incredibly crisp and clear.

I can't wait to get started on the invitations!


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: TheBon on February 17, 2008 08:41:55 AM
As soon as I get our tax return monies [or at least know for sure what the amount is] I'm buying a pg-11.


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: sweets4ever on February 17, 2008 11:05:19 AM
Wow, you're a crafty MACHINE!!

I want one.  I need one!


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: thekster on February 17, 2008 02:19:04 PM
Oh. Em. Gee. I want one SO bad. Those look great. Are you going to gocco the actual invitation too?


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: dellastella on February 17, 2008 05:23:52 PM
sweets, coming from a craftster like you, I think I'm blushing!

kster, yes, I'll be printing the invitations (and directions, and RSVP's, and whatever else I can get my hands on) with the Gocco. I'll post once I have some results!


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: sweets4ever on February 17, 2008 05:27:13 PM
sweets, coming from a craftster like you, I think I'm blushing!

Gosh, now I'm blushing! :D


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: thekster on February 17, 2008 06:53:51 PM
I'm sad... there are no gocco suppliers in my area. I think the closest would be in DFW area but that's hours away from here. :( I was hoping to find one online so I could at least see if the price was reasonable enough for me to buy one.


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: dellastella on February 17, 2008 07:10:11 PM
kster, mine was purchased it at northwoodstudios.tripod.com. The customer service is great!


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: schtankylu on February 17, 2008 07:19:05 PM
OHHHH SNAP! Loco for GOCCO right here!! :P ::) 8)

Yours look fantastic!! I am also jumping right on the gocco bandwagon in thinking that it literally is the best thing since individually wrapped toothpicks, the dishwashing plastic brushes with the soap IN the handle, and sliced bread, of course. 

I did my reply cards in less time than it takes to watch Steel Magnolias. Shelby! Jackson! Jackson Jr. and Truvy, come look!







The colors are a shiny gold, bright apple green, and a huckleberry purple. They're slightly different in the photo, but they're still fantastic! I am SO PLEASED at how they turned out!

The invitations are going to be on a "lively ivory" cardstock. I'll do the words in the purple and our names in gold! Wheeeee


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: ephemeracollector on February 17, 2008 07:34:33 PM
these are awesome!


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: thekster on February 17, 2008 08:01:14 PM
Awww those are so pretty! I'm bringing my computer to my fiance's tonight to work on the invite design and I'm thinking that if I have a spare $150 I'll pick one of those up. (I think I saw someone say that's all they cost!)


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: frogeyesalad on February 17, 2008 09:55:20 PM
schtankylu- What are you using for a drying rack? It's awesome!

thekster- I bought mine on ebay, I got two (one really old) and the stamping on cloth kit for about $170, including shipping. then screens are about $15 for a 5 pack, and bulbs are $20 (I think?) for a ten pack (two used per screen)- that may help you figure out if it's for you. I'm hoping to do all my invites with just 3-4 screens, and then 2 screens for thank you cards.


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: dellastella on February 18, 2008 03:37:43 AM
schtankylu, you've set the bar very high! I *love* your reply cards!!  :D


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: zarafa on February 18, 2008 03:59:54 AM
dellastella and schtankylu,  i am insane with jealousy! both of your gocco projects look fantastic!


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: sweets4ever on February 18, 2008 04:06:50 AM
schtankylu, your color choices are fabulous!  You two definitely have me hooked on Gocco!  Must...have...Gocco.


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: Banga on February 18, 2008 05:31:30 AM
Ladies you two have done a lovely job with your gocco printers! Mine is all prepped and ready, just waiting for winter break week after next and I will get all of mine printed and ready to show you all! I love the design and colors of your invites!

thekster, I definitely recommend feltcafe for your gocco purchases. It will cost you to ship from Japan, but you will literally have it in a day or 2 at most! You'll have to contact her as she doesn't have any printers listed at the moment. (http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=67624) The other etsy seller I like is print addict Japan http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=5072634 she currently has a gocco PG5 for under 100 bucks!


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: pinkangel1979 on February 18, 2008 05:45:50 AM
I got mine from felt cafe and have bought supplies from printaddict so I can recommend them both.


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: TheBon on February 18, 2008 08:05:18 AM
I'm pretty sure feltcafe isn't selling them anymore.


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: sunnydays914 on February 18, 2008 04:20:16 PM
Not Gocco related but I need creative input.

The FH and I decided to nix the mixed cd for wedding favors in favor (haha) of little seed packets! We thought that was a great idea for a spring wedding and neither of us, being seasoned wedding veterans and all, could remember when such a gift was given.

This is where you all come in.

We want to include a little poem or some such thing that talks about love growing, etc. Can anyone think of hearing such a thing or (feeling especially crafty) wants to compose a piece?

Thanks!


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: rhettsmommy on February 18, 2008 08:16:08 PM
On this day we will wed, and vow to spend our lives
Growing, tending, cherishing the one whose hand’s in mine

Flowers, like love, need tending to, each in a special way
please think of us when they bloom, and our special day



that's what I've got for now.  I'll keep thinking about it!

I got some seed packets as a save the date once, forget me not's...thought that was cute.


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: sunnydays914 on February 19, 2008 07:11:00 AM
Thanks rm! That sounds perfect!

On a side note, I did some crafting this weekend and the first question my FH asked was if I had already posted on Craftster. He's starting to understand me!


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: ruby_soho on February 19, 2008 08:06:05 AM
LOL, when i gave my fiance his valentines day gifts, he said "these have been on craftster for days already, haven't they?" 

...and they had.  ;)

i got started on gathering supplies for OOT bags this weekend - i picked up some individually wrapped truffles from the valentine's day clearance (they don't say valentine's day anywhere - i checked - but they were still 50 percent off!  woo hooo!) and some visitors packets from the Visitor's Bureau. 

also, i made prototypes for those tissue paper pom-poms... eh.  they didn't go so well, but i think if i put more tissue in each ball they'll turn out better.  :)


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: sweets4ever on February 19, 2008 08:13:13 AM
OOT bags are so fun!  What else are you putting in yours?

Our guests really appreciated the water bottles in ours, but I think it was because our wedding was in August. :D  https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=191227.0


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: ruby_soho on February 19, 2008 08:34:13 AM
i'm not sure what else we'll do for sure, but i was thinking stamped postcards (ala *MAR*) and some small bags of nuts or something, maybe a bag of popcorn (if the rooms have microwaves?) or chips, and i like the idea of the PB crackers and gum...  i was thinking some of those mini aspirin things, too... oh, and!  some packs of mini heart shaped cards that i got from the dollar section at target :)


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: sweets4ever on February 19, 2008 08:44:53 AM
Aww!  That all sounds great!

I'm totally jealous that you found mini heart-shaped cards before your wedding, but I'll get over it... maybe. :D


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: *MAR* on February 19, 2008 10:00:00 AM
i'm not sure what else we'll do for sure, but i was thinking stamped postcards (ala *MAR*) and some small bags of nuts or something, maybe a bag of popcorn (if the rooms have microwaves?) or chips, and i like the idea of the PB crackers and gum...  i was thinking some of those mini aspirin things, too... oh, and!  some packs of mini heart shaped cards that i got from the dollar section at target :)

Another thing I threw in the OOT baskets were local entertainment papers. We have The Reader here in Chicago, and Time/Out Chicago, so I figured if people desired any other amusement, they could read through those. I also ordered a bunch of extra maps through AAA (FREE), and got a bunch of local site-seeing brochures/transit maps/reg maps, from the Bureau of Tourism. I put different stuff in each basket, so everyone could check each others stuff out. I think they liked it. HTH!


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: ruby_soho on February 19, 2008 10:01:33 AM
oh, cool, i like the idea of the local entertainment papers...

the booklets we got from the visitor's bureau have maps, lists of attractions, restaurants, etc, and they were free... score! 

i think we're going to go find some brochures for other places, too... and of course, a welcome note :) 


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: schtankylu on February 19, 2008 01:46:16 PM
We're starting to get OOT stuff together. We're definitely putting water and little packets of drugs/gum in there, and we're thinking about making our own labels for the water. Mom got lots of literature from the Chamber of Commerce to put in there as well. That's a great idea about putting in the free paper or inserts on what is going on that weekend.

Look at how much fun I was having doing my Gocco prints. Now this is pure crafting joy. Too bad my dog is not enjoying all the fun!



Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: Banga on February 19, 2008 02:28:28 PM
That picture rocks!


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: dellastella on February 20, 2008 03:39:42 AM
Ha ha ha...

I think we're going to need to coin that the 'Goccoface.' I'm reasonably sure that I had the same look of pure joy upon printing my little heart out!  :D


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: sunnydays914 on February 20, 2008 07:45:28 AM
I hadn't ever heard of Gocco before joining this thread but now I'm pretty sure I need one. Time to put it on the list!

Anyone know where to find packets of seeds for not-so-expensive prices?


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: amigurl55 on February 20, 2008 09:32:26 AM
sunnydays- walmart has all kinds of seed packets for very cheap.  You may have to wait until a little closer to spring, though.


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: Banga on February 20, 2008 02:28:03 PM
You can get them wholesale from catalogs. I bet you'd find one easy if you just googled it. (oh here is one! http://www.printglobe.com/Products/ProductList.asp?categoryid=12413&_plist=7_7321&gclid=CM28n5Ho05ECFQKPPAodxQdIbg)Or try these: http://www.swallowtailfarms.com/pages/butterflywishes_plantablefavors_heart.html They are cute, also!


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: starveil101 on February 20, 2008 02:53:47 PM
Another craftser on here did her wedding favors using

www.plantablepapers.com and you can get

a 2' by 3' sheet for $5.95 for each (flat rate shipping* of $5.75) and cut out hearts yourself or whatever other designs.  It would be very cost effective, and ecofriendly! :)
It's under wrapping paper btw (or just click http://plantablepaper.com/wrap.htm )


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: lefty8881 on February 21, 2008 07:07:37 PM
ok, i've been following this thread for awhile but couldn't remember my username/password so i haven't been replying.  but....

i remember a little while ago there was someone looking for a cupcake tree and i stumbled across this today:

http://tinyurl.com/2pa82c

i'm sorry if this has already been posted or if you've moved on but i just wanted to post it in case that person was still looking.

hopefully i'll be around more often too!  i love craftster!!  i'm getting married in may so it's getting down to craft time now!


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: schtankylu on February 21, 2008 07:15:01 PM
Check out my Loco for Gocco thread for finished products!

https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=227714.0

They are not perfect by any means, but I DON'T CARE at this point!! They're DONE!


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: sunnydays914 on February 21, 2008 07:40:54 PM
Schtankylu, they look amazing! I LOVE your color choices!

I think half of what I do on Craftster is gush over everyone else's craftiness. You all are so amazing!


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: frogeyesalad on February 21, 2008 08:26:09 PM
ok, i've been following this thread for awhile but couldn't remember my username/password so i haven't been replying.  but....

i remember a little while ago there was someone looking for a cupcake tree and i stumbled across this today:

http://tinyurl.com/2pa82c

i'm sorry if this has already been posted or if you've moved on but i just wanted to post it in case that person was still looking.

hopefully i'll be around more often too!  i love craftster!!  i'm getting married in may so it's getting down to craft time now!

Thanks lefty! That was me who was looking. I never thought to look at Bed Bath and Beyond for some reason though. That's a great price, especially with a coupon!


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: frogeyesalad on February 21, 2008 08:27:44 PM
and Schtankylu (your name is fun to say in my head!), those are GORGEOUS! I'm going to start my goccoing soon, I only hope they are half as pretty as yours.


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: dellastella on February 24, 2008 06:28:41 AM
I started Gocco-ing my RSVP cards this weekend. I'm pissed that I wasted a few screens, but I learned some valuable lessons that I'll apply when I re-print them.



The two-color fronts that caused me a world of hurt.


The backs, however, were a piece of cake!

And I'd just like to say that I LOVE my corner rounder.  :D


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: nofury on February 24, 2008 07:39:34 AM
Those are freakin' beautiful. That's all I can say!


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: devilninny on February 24, 2008 07:45:12 AM
love them!!!


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: Banga on February 25, 2008 10:58:27 AM
Beautiful job! I started printing yesterday and have the base graphics finished. Just need to do afew little adjustments to print the text on top! I'm so excited about how they are turning out! Sadly I left my camera port at home, but I'll post in progress shots when I get home next Friday!
And I love my corner rounder too! I'm just doing it on the postcards and I think I want to leave the invites square.


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: frogeyesalad on February 25, 2008 06:20:28 PM
I started Gocco-ing my RSVP cards this weekend. I'm pissed that I wasted a few screens, but I learned some valuable lessons that I'll apply when I re-print them.


Can you share those valuable lessons? I'm going to start printing soon, and I'm scared to print my screens!


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: dellastella on February 25, 2008 06:48:54 PM
Gladly!

#1: Ink blocker (the gray foamy stuff) only really works if the inks aren't too close. For mine, the two colors were so close that the ink was spread all the way up to the foam, and the green and brown ended up bleeding together after a few prints. I'll use two separate screens next time, one for each of the colors, to save myself the headache.

#2: Printing to the edge is hard. Really hard. Next time, I'll burn my screen with the design extending beyond the edge of the paper I'm printing on, and then use a piece of scrap paper underneath to catch the excess ink.

#3: When mixing ink, make it a shade or two lighter than you want it to turn out. The green I mixed was the perfect color when it was in a big globule, but dried too dark when printed.

This is probably all big 'duh!' stuff for the experienced Gocco-ers out there, but I always feel the need to learn by trial and error. Hope this helps!


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: TheBon on February 25, 2008 10:38:55 PM
#2: Printing to the edge is hard. Really hard. Next time, I'll burn my screen with the design extending beyond the edge of the paper I'm printing on, and then use a piece of scrap paper underneath to catch the excess ink.

This is especially helpful for anyone printing anything where they want it to print to the edge [especially if you're going to print on larger sheets and trim down]. It's called a bleed and 1/8" is usually enough to do the job and make your life a heck of a lot easier, but if you're super paranoid, 1/4" is way more than enough.


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: frogeyesalad on February 26, 2008 09:42:35 AM
Gladly!

#1: Ink blocker (the gray foamy stuff) only really works if the inks aren't too close. For mine, the two colors were so close that the ink was spread all the way up to the foam, and the green and brown ended up bleeding together after a few prints. I'll use two separate screens next time, one for each of the colors, to save myself the headache.

#2: Printing to the edge is hard. Really hard. Next time, I'll burn my screen with the design extending beyond the edge of the paper I'm printing on, and then use a piece of scrap paper underneath to catch the excess ink.

#3: When mixing ink, make it a shade or two lighter than you want it to turn out. The green I mixed was the perfect color when it was in a big globule, but dried too dark when printed.

This is probably all big 'duh!' stuff for the experienced Gocco-ers out there, but I always feel the need to learn by trial and error. Hope this helps!

Great things to know, thank you! I was planning on multiple screens because my colors will actually overlap, but I never would have thought to do a bleed or that the ink would dry darker. I feel a little more secure about getting started with mine!

And thanks for the measurements for the bleed, TheBon


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: rhettsmommy on February 26, 2008 08:16:31 PM
WOW! Those are great!

I've started getting back some RSVP's!  It's pretty exciting!


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: TheBon on February 26, 2008 09:50:15 PM
And thanks for the measurements for the bleed, TheBon

No problem. I ordered my gocco today! I sprung for the pg-11 with the registration guides. If we hadn't gotten our invitations printed for free, I might have bought it earlier, but well, how do you pass up free?


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: zarafa on February 28, 2008 01:28:41 PM
yay! i finally put together a few of my invitations today and i am super happy with them.  they probably cost about 300$ total for about 115 invites (minus a few messed up ones).  the paper supplies, which included envelopes and all the paper for the invitations, reply cards, and information inserts (which we haven't printed yet), came to about $230 at the local paper store.  the gold leaf stickers were from Martha Stewart and they were $1.99 for 9 stickers.  The printing was done at FH's office and i put the type together in photoshop.  i did have to invest in a paper cutter and the punch for the corners.  overall it was a pretty good investment doing them ourselves... the woman at the paper store estimated just shy of $700 for them to print and assemble the invites so its definitely worth the work to do them ourselves.






there are actually three different variations of the design because there are three different leaf stickers and FH and i couldn't decide which corner punch we liked better. (sorry for the giant pictures)


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: sunnydays914 on February 28, 2008 01:33:28 PM
I love that there are 3 different versions of your invites Zarafa. We liked so many of ours but I think the FH would have gone insane if I had told him I wanted to make 2 more!  ;D

We're ordering our invites tomorrow before we leave for a trip to warmer and sunnier places! When I come back, I should have new material to post.

I'm a little concerned about how they are going to turn out because I didn't pick the printer, the paper, the ink color... I just keep repeating to myself, "I'm not a control freak. I'm not a control freak. I'm not a control freak..."


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: LindsayLuu on February 28, 2008 02:07:12 PM
zafara, I love those invitations.  They match the theme for my wedding almost exactly!  I originally planned to make the invites myself, but I think I'm going to go semi-crafty and order them from an Etsy seller.  I am however making thank you cards, very simple embossed leaves. 


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: scienceissexy on February 28, 2008 08:26:33 PM
zafara, Those invitations are beautiful. Very simple and tasteful. And October 11th is a great day (it'll be my 5 year anniversary)! Good luck on the wedding!


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: rhettsmommy on February 28, 2008 08:44:16 PM
zafara- those look great.  well worth the work!


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: dellastella on February 29, 2008 03:46:43 AM
zarafa, your invitations are gorgeous! The sticker is a really nice touch.


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: zarafa on February 29, 2008 07:14:08 AM
thanks to everyone! i'm feeling much better about them now... i was starting to wish i'd gotten a gocco after seeing all the beautiful ones on here.  :)

scienceissexy, love the avatar.


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: sweets4ever on February 29, 2008 07:40:07 AM
zarafa, they are beautiful and go so well with the other wedding crafts you've posted!  I'm so happy for ya!


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: LindsayLuu on February 29, 2008 10:26:24 AM
I actually have something semi-finished and ready for you all to look at!  Last night I made all of the boutonneirs (sp?) for the groomsman and dads (sorry no pics of that), and this morning I went to work on my bridal bouquet.  I've really never done any sort of floral arrangement before, so constructive criticisms are absolutely appreciated.  I may still add some silk oak leaves and other filler (Btw, it's all silk, the wedding isn't until September).




you can't see it in the pictures, but I used a bouquet holder from the craft store with green floral foam in it.  Does anyone know if I can use hot glue on it to keep the flowers in place?  I think for silk I was supposed to use the white foam ones... but I really have no idea. :)


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: rhettsmommy on February 29, 2008 01:39:17 PM
ooooh pretty! 


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: Banga on February 29, 2008 04:17:11 PM
Lovely flowers there! The colors are awesome! I love the invites you posted too zarafa!
Finally I can add a few shots of my invites... The first step (also the back of the RSVP postcards):

and the text added:


I used the Japanese purple for the text and Pearlescent pastel purple for the graphic. The paper is Butter from Paper Source. Remember, all designs by the lovely TheBon of course! I'm so happy with the way they are coming out! I will print the text side of the RSVP cards this weekend and round all of the edges. I'm still hunting for a printed paper for the envelope inserts. All this was done at while visiting my parents on vacation this week, when we also picked up the fabric for my gown (ivory silk shantung and a gorgeous embroidered chiffon) and cut out the muslin for the mock-up. We are modifying this pattern: http://www.voguepatterns.com/item/V2964.htm?tab=evening_bridal_includes_designer&page=2 Woo-hoo for progress!


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: islandfly on February 29, 2008 04:50:49 PM
yay! i finally put together a few of my invitations today and i am super happy with them.  they probably cost about 300$ total for about 115 invites (minus a few messed up ones).  the paper supplies, which included envelopes and all the paper for the invitations, reply cards, and information inserts (which we haven't printed yet), came to about $230 at the local paper store.  the gold leaf stickers were from Martha Stewart and they were $1.99 for 9 stickers.  The printing was done at FH's office and i put the type together in photoshop.  i did have to invest in a paper cutter and the punch for the corners.  overall it was a pretty good investment doing them ourselves... the woman at the paper store estimated just shy of $700 for them to print and assemble the invites so its definitely worth the work to do them ourselves.

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2037/2298957159_046f7017c0_o.jpg[/img]
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2406/2298956983_fffc870a19_o.jpg[/img]
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3229/2298956905_83fd3f754b_o.jpg[/img]
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3241/2299080904_9e02cb084a_o.jpg[/img]

there are actually three different variations of the design because there are three different leaf stickers and FH and i couldn't decide which corner punch we liked better. (sorry for the giant pictures)
v
these invites are phenomenal! Great job!


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: zarafa on February 29, 2008 06:52:29 PM
those are gorgeous banga!  and kudos to thebon too, i love the design.


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: pinkangel1979 on March 01, 2008 02:19:30 AM
Those invites are gorgeous banga!  I can't wait until the time I can design mine (need a date first :D)

I love the pattern you're using for your dress, part of me really wants to make my own but I don't think I'll have the time (or the skills).


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: amigurl55 on March 03, 2008 05:46:22 PM
banga, those are gorgeous!

This is my bouquet prototype.  I wanted simple, cute, and pink.



Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: sweets4ever on March 04, 2008 06:18:20 AM
amigurl55, that's very cute and it fits all of your criteria!  How are the stems attached?


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: amigurl55 on March 04, 2008 05:16:15 PM
sweets- thanks!  In the pic, I'm just holding them in my hand.  But I'm going to trim the stems, wrap them with wire and floral tape, then wrap them with pretty pink ribbon.  My bouquet has 7 flowers and some onion grass stems, and I'm going to make a smaller one with 4 flowers for the bride's maid.


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: HHjamie on March 06, 2008 08:09:11 AM
Everyone has so many wonderful ideas posted here, that I've been encouraged to craft my own wedding!

Completed...
Save the dates

We took the picture ourselves by balancing the camera on a tree and had them printed on shutterfly.

Dress
I broke down and bought one. I figured I was busy enough already that sewing my own wedding dress might put me over the limit.
http://www.cache.com/cache/control/product/~category_id=0100/~product_id=08011N06619851 (http://www.cache.com/cache/control/product/~category_id=0100/~product_id=08011N06619851)


Still to come...
- Location! (I should know for sure tomorrow)
- Invitations and RSVPs
- Centerpieces (I'm thinking of going with the paper topiaries listed earlier)
- Decorations (Martha's tissue balls of course)
- Guest Favors (I'm thinking sandalwood fans since it will be HOT!)
- Garter
- Veil (I've decided on a birdcage veil, but I can't decide if I'm going to make it or buy one off of etsy)
- Bridesmaid Gifts
- Bridesmaid jewelry

The whole clan is getting into the crafty wedding-ness too. My fiance is designing and building the website. My aunt is doing all the flowers and my FMIL is making the cake.

I'm really excited to get started!

- Jamie


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: Oops Creations on March 06, 2008 12:34:03 PM
Okay-- I've lurked on this thread enough....  after a bit of an absence on craftster due to a job change I make my return to do some wedding crafting.

First things first.  I've been engaged since Dec 07 and since then I have

1) made a (simple) blog http://richardsongoldberg.blogspot.com
2) bought a really cheap glitter shoes from Target
3) braved the "Running of the Brides" to buy a wedding dress
4) Clipped enough bridal magazines for ideas that I now have a 3 inch "inspiration binder"

I plan on making my...
*save the dates, invitations, programs, escort cards, announcements, thank you cards,
*sew the chuppah, veil/headpiece, and garter
*make the centerpieces, guest book, card box
* be crafty with bridesmaid jewelry and gifts, groomsman cuff links

I'll leave the cake, catering, and the flowers to the professionals.  We will get a professional photographer but we'll purchase digital rights to make our own books with either snapfish or mpix, or get really ambitious and scrapbook it.

By the way we are getting marring Nov 8 2008.

(Going to a tasting tonight to determine if we are booking a particular site/caterer tonight)


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: Banga on March 06, 2008 01:14:42 PM
HHJamie, love the dress! It is very elegant and what a steal! Even making my own dress isn't going to cost me that little... although it's a good deal cheaper than the designer dress I was tempted by in the bridal mags! Over ten grand for that baby!


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: AuntKim on March 06, 2008 03:17:46 PM
great picture...looks very professional!  A+   :) :)  have fun working on the rest of your plans!! 


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: HHjamie on March 06, 2008 03:19:34 PM
I seriously suggest the dress I bought. It so soooo comfortable and such a good price. The back is even prettier!

I wouldn't even know how to begin to make that!


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: Banga on March 06, 2008 03:25:42 PM
Haha, I wouldn't either! Luckily my mother is a pro dress maker, so she's got it all under control!


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: zarafa on March 09, 2008 10:29:23 AM
HHJamie, that picture is so cute. it looks professionally done!

I FINALLY finished my second bridesmaid wrap.  Jeebus this one took forever.  Hopefully the next two go a little faster or I'll never finish them in time.  here's the wrap in action


and here is the stitch pattern up close


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: thekster on March 09, 2008 10:51:27 AM
Zarafa that's so pretty! Is that a knit or crochet? I can never tell the difference cuz I don't realy know how to do either (although I can sorta kinda crochet) but that is beautiful! I love the stitch pattern! Your bm's are gunna love em!


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: zarafa on March 09, 2008 11:00:07 AM
thanks! they are knit because that's all i know how to do.  and each one is a slightly different pattern, mainly to keep me from losing my mind from the monotony of knitting the same pattern for months and months.  but they are all roughly the same sized rectangle.


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: thekster on March 09, 2008 11:10:21 AM
I don't know why, but I don't generally think of shawls as rectangles hah. I can crochet in a straight(ish) line, maybe I could do one!
...No. No I couldn't. I don't know ANY of the terms and I pretty much just know two little uhm stitchythingibobbers. That's all my mommy taught me during the huricane evac and that's the only time I had to learn. LAAAME.
So...beware of theKster coming to steal your wraps :)


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: ruby_soho on March 09, 2008 12:07:57 PM
oooh zarafa, those are gorgeous!  would you mind sharing the pattern you used?


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: zarafa on March 09, 2008 12:23:11 PM
sure, that one is a modified version of Knit Picks' fishtail lace scarf (http://knitpicks.com/Fishtail+Lace+Scarf+Pattern_PD50481220.html) which is one of their free patterns.  I made it much wider (something like 160 stitches, i forget now) and knit it in a laceweight yarn on size 3 needles.  it was a really quick pattern to commit to memory and after a while was pretty mindless.


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: catElle on March 09, 2008 02:36:01 PM
Just need a mini rant!

I just sat and started assembling my invites and then realised I'd missed the date off.

Arghhhhh.

I am so stupid.

Going to go reprint 60 of them now. I had little bits on each one I had coloured in by hand. Might have to change that now!


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: ruby_soho on March 09, 2008 06:54:09 PM
oh, catElle!  how frustrating!  i just printed all mine and am involved in the slow-going process of cutting each one out with an exacto knife... it's taking forever :/


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: zarafa on March 09, 2008 09:06:30 PM
aw catElle, that sucks  :-\ i probably proofread mine a thousand times and then had FH proofread them just in case i'd made a glaring spelling mistake or had the date wrong.  i was certain i had misspelled something really stupid.  i'm still paranoid even now that they are printed and have to recheck. 


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: Banga on March 10, 2008 05:59:18 AM
Beautiful shawl, zarafa! I know my matron of honor would love something like that, but her MIL is the grand pooba of knitwear, so I wouldn't even try to compete!

I also finished printing my RSVP cards yesterday, just need to address the envelopes, and make the inserts and I'm good to go!


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: rhettsmommy on March 12, 2008 10:06:09 PM
I proof read mine maybe a thousand times, then the FH did, then all the bridesmaids that helped assemble them...I still had the directions wrong.  It said to go west instead of east!  Luckily we caught it after only the first batch went out, but still! AUGH!!!  We sent new directions that had this poem:
Sometimes we get turned around, right is left and up is down, please take note of the directions below, we want to make sure you make it down the right road!

Now, I say, if that's the worst thing that happens during this whole process...WOW!!  No worries.

almost down to 2 weeks!! YAY!

Love the wrap BTW!  Wish I could do that!


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: Banga on March 13, 2008 02:07:38 PM
And we're done!


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: rhettsmommy on March 13, 2008 09:00:22 PM
BEAUTIFUL!!!


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: zarafa on March 14, 2008 07:56:29 AM
those look great banga!


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: thekster on March 16, 2008 03:11:22 PM
AHHHH guys I just have to say... My mom, sister, and I went to David's Bridal with the intention to just look around and at least get the bridal dress trying-on experience, and. Crap. I found one I looooved. And my wonderful mother bought it for me!! (I think mainly because she didn't want to have to make it haha.) So now I have my veil (which may be clipped on to the headpiece from my grandma, but maybe not) my dress, my petticoat (errr slip) and a bra that's SOOO weirdly sized.
Happy day. My mom got a pretty black dress too. My sis didn't really find any dressed she liked though :/ But very happy day. Now I'm so friggin hungry and dying to show my fiance my dress but I don't want him to see it til the wedding day hah. Torn.


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: ruby_soho on March 16, 2008 03:18:00 PM
hah.  i did the very same.... went in with the attitude of "pff, i'm never gonna find anything here." but then i did, and i tried in on and was obsessed with it from then on.  ...and then i went back with my stepmom, aunt, and fiance, who all agreed that it was fabulous. 

...yes, i let my fiance see it.  ...yes, we will see each other prior to the ceremony on the wedding day.  hell, we may even sleep in the same bed the night before the wedding (!).  all my relatives think it's so weird that we're being so nonchalant about him seeing all my wedding stuff, but neither of us are superstitious or care that much about those traditions, and it's going to work out better schedule-wise to do photos and whatnot prior to the ceremony.  so.  anyway, all that is to say that if you wanna show him, thekster, the wedding police aren't going to come knock your door down.  my door remains in one piece  ;)


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: sweets4ever on March 16, 2008 03:58:47 PM
thekster!!  Link to the dress you bought?!  How could you leave me hanging like this?? :D

We spent our first night apart the night before the wedding.  Mind you, he left the house at 11:58 PM. :D  We were still running around working on stuff up until then and he didn't want to leave me to everything (aww).

I knew we wouldn't see each other before the ceremony, but at some point he decided that we wouldn't talk to each other, either.  Everytime he had a question for me, he would have his best man call me. :D  He texted twice.  Once was, "I love you!" and the other time was, "See you at the alter. ;)"  Ha... I love that boy.


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: zarafa on March 16, 2008 05:02:12 PM
yeah, thekster!  how could you post that you got a dress and not show us what it looks like??


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: sweets4ever on March 16, 2008 05:02:34 PM
Where is that darn ban button...

:D


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: TheBon on March 16, 2008 05:28:49 PM
anyway, all that is to say that if you wanna show him, thekster, the wedding police aren't going to come knock your door down.  my door remains in one piece  ;)

I totally agree. TheBoy saw the dress itself, and photos of me in the dress [but not me in the dress in person] before the wedding. We also went the "photos before the ceremony" route which I highly, highly recommend. We also stayed together the night before, because we've lived together for so long that we have a hard time sleeping alone. No wedding police here either. ;)


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: sweets4ever on March 16, 2008 05:30:25 PM
Yeah, no wedding police.  We just had a fun time with it!


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: thekster on March 16, 2008 06:27:34 PM
haha ruby you made me laugh. Wedding police.
We're not really superstitous either; I just want to surprise him and hopefully make him just... I dunno. Bask in my beauty. *snorts* I want to show him the dress SO badly but my sis and mom refuse to let me show him haha. As for photos before the ceremony, I don't know what we're even going to do for photography yet. I'm really not one for the posed pics so I'm thinking it's something we could skip altogether. (Not the photography, just the posed pics.)
Sweets, I was going to go back and modify my post with a link because I KNEW you would be like "Ahhh pics pics!" but I was too lazy haha. :) Anyway, here's the link to the dress. http://www.davidsbridal.com/bridal_gowns_detail.jsp?stid=2644&prodgroup=10 When I first tried it on, they had it bustled SOOOO beautifully, which is the reason I fell in love with it. All the others had way too much beading on the top, around the arms which irritated my skin for the short amount that I was in them. (another reason for getting this dress. The beading is mostly pearls I think so they aren't so scratchy anyways.) I'm kinda disappointed I won't have a "custom" dress that my mom made, but I really like it.
At one point, I was getting tired of standing for so long and I sat down in the dress, with it all poofed out around me and my sister was like "AWWWW it's so pretty like that" haha :)
I can't find a picture of the veil online. I think the lady said it was discontinued so that's probably why. It's just a fingertip length (I think) with a spray of pearls and little shiny thingys along the border so that it matches the dress.


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: thekster on March 16, 2008 06:44:11 PM
Oh I forgot to mention that I'll most likely make the tie thingy for the corset using the blue material that I have to use for the rest of the wedding. That way I can have my wedding colors tie into my dress and also have some contrast. I just hope it doesn't look funny.


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: *MAR* on March 16, 2008 08:37:45 PM
Kster! I am so happy for you! The dress is such a big piece of the "puzzle" to have filled in. Congratulations!

Oh, and my husband went with me to my parent's basement to haul my Mom's dress out of the box it was stored in for 40 years and try it on. He took pictures of me in it to send to my Mom (who winters in Arizona), so he saw me in "her" dress. ha ha. Once we had altered it and finished the details and the green trim and corset, I wouldn't let him see me until the wedding. Not out of superstition, just for the awwwww factor.  ;D


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: sunnydays914 on March 16, 2008 08:52:47 PM
I'm not showing him my dress, shoes, hair style or even my jewelry until he sees me walking down the aisle. I have a bet going on with my girlfriends about whether he will cry or not and I kinda want to make it the biggest "wow" of his life. Maybe it will push him a little closer to crying?

We're not going to spend the night together either. One of my bridesmaids is coming all the way to MI from CA so we're having one last single girls "slumber party" in my parent's basement. I can see this being a really toned down bachelorette night- toned down =  no "adult eyes only" piñatas, insane amounts of alcohol or anything like that. Just chillin. 

thekster, your dress is b-e-a-utiful! I would totally wear it... but that's probably because it's similar to mine (no sweetheart neckline and mine has beading around the bottom of the bodice).

We FINALLY got our invites ordered and back from the printer.
They are a little more yellow than I had envisioned but I like them. Their design is making them very easy to send- 1 stamp, 2 stamp, fold, sticker, done! We paid a little extra to have the printing company print the addresses on them for us so our work is basically done!



My FH and I are engaged in a debate: Is it cheating to look at your updated gift registry to see what people have bought you (or haven't)?

I don't think so because I've picked everything out anyway but he claims it's like going shopping with your mother for Christmas presents. Come to think of it, I normally know what I'm getting for Christmas/birthdays in advance. Maybe that's why?


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: ruby_soho on March 16, 2008 09:16:25 PM
ooh, lucky girl, sunny days.  what i would have given to have someone do all that work for me.  ..."given", schmeh, i'm only half done.  :D

cheating?  no way!  you're "supposed" to keep an eye on it and put more of a certain price range if it's all gone and such... so, no, not cheating.  :D


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: rhettsmommy on March 16, 2008 09:22:28 PM
Thekster-  LOVE your dress! Bet you feel so good to have that part done! Future rm wants to go VERY traditional...we are not staying together the night before, or seeing eachother that day.  He has no idea what my dress or hair will look like, I have him conviced it's going to be totally 80's prom!!! But it's actually going to look like this:
 http://www.dotspotter.com/photos/557809_Katherine_Heigl_s_wedding_photos_revealed

Sunny- Invites look great!  I have to admit, I've peeked at our registry!!


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: dellastella on March 17, 2008 03:40:12 AM
thekster, I had the exact same experience! Wanted to make my own dress, but went to David's after being prodded, 'just to get an idea of what's out there.' I ended up leaving with a dress I adore and a veil for just over two hundred dollars. Can't argue with that!

It's discontinued, so I can't find any pics on their site, but here's the lovely indiebride 'bicycle' in the same dress at her wedding. http://kvetch.indiebride.com/index.php?t=msg&goto=796634&rid=9211&S=fcb63e98ee513235b59d2c90a6e335f4#msg_796634
It's a tea length, a-line dress with champagne satin with a ivory lace overlay.

Part of me is a smidge disappointed that I won't be wearing something I made down the aisle, BUT, I probably would have spent just as much money (if not more) and driven myself crazy trying to make it.


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: sweets4ever on March 17, 2008 04:38:21 AM
Soooo pretty, thekster!!


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: sunnydays914 on March 17, 2008 07:15:37 AM
We're representing some gorgeous dresses on here!
rhettsmommy- your dress is so glamorous! I can't wait to see the wedding photos.
dellastella- also beautiful! I'm not sure if I'm looking at the right photo but I love the shorter, tea length dresses.

We're down to 2 months left! Soooo much to do!


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: thekster on March 17, 2008 10:57:24 AM
Aww thanks everyone!
Della, I love yours! But then again, I am kinda partial to lacey-looking dresses.
RM, the link was for your hair and make up right? That's pretty! You should buy some blue eyeshadow and really pink lipstick to throw hubby off track haha.
Sunny - haha this sounds mean but I want him to cry too :) Happy, "oh my goodness" tears though.
FH and I will probably not spend the night together the night before, but I'm sure we'll at least talk on the phone. And according to my mom, I'm not allowed to set anything up, which would be really nice but I don't think that'll work out. So I may end up seeing him on the day of the wedding, so we can both help set up but I won't be in my dress then. AWWW factor, here I come!
And it's totally not cheating. Well... I'd do it, anyways. I think you're supposed to keep an eye on it anyways, to add stuff if all of one price range gets bought.


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: thekster on March 17, 2008 09:24:02 PM
Oops... I showed him tonight haha. I just can't stand having secrets from him. He said it was really really pretty.
I showed my mom how it would look if we changed out the privacy panel with my blue material and kept the white ribbon but neither of us really liked it that much, so I got out my little blue ribbon that was just about the right size and laced up what little we could (it's a short ribbon) and we think we like it best like that.
That being said, does anyone know if tissue taffeta dyes well, and what would be the best to dye with. I could always make the ribbon but that would be one long, skinny pain in the ass. Also, it's not the same type of material so it might look fnuny.
And I was looking at DB "Dress your Wedding" and I had my bridesmaid in a black dress that was similar to mine, and I added a bouquet and handbag and it got me thinking... During the wedding, are they supposed to hold the purses? (They're little tiny rectangular purses in matching colors)
GRRR I can't stop hiccuping


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: Mishymishy on March 17, 2008 09:37:06 PM
Kster, Rhett's mommy and Della, all your dresses are gorgeous  :o Is it lame that I got all teary eyed just looking at them? So so pretty. I can't wait to see pics of you ladies in them!!!!


I ordered my dress last weekend and I made my Save the Dates (I hate writing STD's... it sounds so gross, hahaha) but have yet to mail them out. We're having a budget wedding in vegas so it won't be as crafty as everyone elses. I will scan the Save the Dates and post them here soon :)

And for those who wanna see... here is my dress :)

http://www.edenbridals.com/2259-p-1176.html


I love it so. It has little rhinestones all over it. I went with the champagne/ivory version since my skin is a bit darker (I'm hispanic) it compliments that tone well  :)

Oh and since I don't wanna start a whole new thread with my stupid silly question: what does FI mean? I seem to only see it on this board  :P


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: zarafa on March 18, 2008 06:03:45 AM
mishy, that dress is gorgeous.  i love that vintage-y style.


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: HHjamie on March 18, 2008 06:20:02 AM
Mishymishy - that dress is a-maz-ing!!!


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: sunnydays914 on March 18, 2008 07:11:18 AM
Ah! Lace! I wanted to find a lacy dress so badly but I didn't find anything that I liked. That one, I love!


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: ruby_soho on March 18, 2008 07:20:02 AM
whoa, mishymishy, that is goooorgeous.  i love the tiers and the lace and it's so detailed and...  yes.  awesome.  :D

i started with a  lacy dress  (http://shop.nordstrom.com/S/2896507?refsid=94585&refcat=&SourceID=1&SlotID=1&origin=related) (yay nordstrom online clearance) but it didn't look so good on...

i wanted a super simple clean-lined gown because of the tartan sash i'll be wearing for part of the day, so now i've ended up with  this one  (http://davidsbridal.com/bridal_gowns_detail.jsp?stid=2642&prodgroup=10) which i was lucky to find, because i freaking love it.  i wish i could wear it to work, and the grocery store, and the movies, and...

...but maybe AFTER the wedding.  :D


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: Mishymishy on March 18, 2008 07:55:45 AM
Thanks guys  ;D I'm am so in love with it  :) :) :)

Now what does FI mean?  :D


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: Mishymishy on March 18, 2008 08:04:11 AM

i wanted a super simple clean-lined gown because of the tartan sash i'll be wearing for part of the day, so now i've ended up with  this one  (http://davidsbridal.com/bridal_gowns_detail.jsp?stid=2642&prodgroup=10) which i was lucky to find, because i freaking love it.  i wish i could wear it to work, and the grocery store, and the movies, and...

...but maybe AFTER the wedding.  :D

That dress is beautiful! It will look gorgeous with the tartan sash. I can't wait to see it :) You know, I feel that way too! Like one day my husband is gonna come home and Im going to be standing in the kitchen in my wedding dress washing dishes with an apron on  ;D


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: ruby_soho on March 18, 2008 08:17:02 AM
heh.  totally.  i'm already planning a halloween costume around it, actually :D

FI = fiance.  :D


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: dellastella on March 18, 2008 08:18:44 AM
Yowza, mishymishy! That is an awesome dress!  :D


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: thekster on March 18, 2008 08:33:00 AM
Awww MISHY!!! That's super pretty! And I think FI means fiance. That's what I always say when I read it anyways.


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: sweets4ever on March 18, 2008 11:22:48 AM
WOW, gorgeous MISHY!!!  I can't wait to see photos of you in it!  I think your skin tone, as described, will look wonderful with it!!

thekster, it's up to you, if you want them to hold their purses during the ceremony or not.  If they're part of the "finished look" you might want them to.  If not, they could drop them at a chair/person in the front row or not carry them at all during the ceremony.


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: kaffrin on March 18, 2008 01:18:42 PM
Hello! How are you all? As of fairly recently I'm planning a wedding, so I'd like to join the craftalong  :D

Future husband (ha - I've been calling him this to be annoying cause I hate the word 'fiancé') popped the question just before my birthday at the beginning of March, and we've almost definitely set the date for the 26th September this year. So just about 6 months to go! I'm so excited.

I'm planning to do a lot of stuff myself. So far I'm taking charge of jewellery, all stationery, table decorations, flowers, cake and MAYBE the dress, but I'm not 100% on that yet. I'd love to make my own dress, but it'd be a lot of work, and as we live together already I'm not sure how secret it'd be, nor how much that matters.

His favourite colour is brown, and mine is green, so the colours are going to be those, plus ivory of course, to include my dress. I've seen a couple of green/brown weddings on here that look really good, so I'm pretty confident about the combination.

Anyhoo, just wanted to nip in and say hi, and that all your weddings (or planned weddings) look lovely, and I'm very excited to join in!  :D


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: sweets4ever on March 18, 2008 01:28:38 PM
Hi, kaffrin!!  Welcome to the planning!!


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: rhettsmommy on March 18, 2008 10:12:43 PM
girls- GREAT dresses!! 

I put my bridesmaids dresses on here, but don't think I ever actually put mine, so here you go:
http://us.st11.yimg.com/us.st.yimg.com/I/hiphopgift_1993_26273281

I love it, it fit perfectly, no alterations!! Yay.  Today my grandmother added wide turqouise ribbon to the bottom of the three layers of crinoline.  I can't wait to see that, she said it turned out beautiful!

kaffrin- Welcome!  You'll get great inspiration here!

kster-I agree with sweets, do they go with the whole "ensemble"?  Might be cute to have them holding thier purse down the isle, then, as they fall into line, hand them off to someone (an usher with a basket or something)????




Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: ruby_soho on March 18, 2008 10:21:27 PM
ooh, rhettsmommy, it's going to be so gorgeous with just a peek of turquoise at the bottom.  i can't wait to see it on!


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: rhettsmommy on March 18, 2008 11:22:53 PM
Thanks ruby!  I can't wait to see it too!  I'm going to try to get it from her this week, so I can steam the few wrinkles out of it, I'll try to get pics.

Did the tissue paper work out for you?


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: ruby_soho on March 19, 2008 07:09:10 AM
i think it will - i haven't attempted pom poms with it yet but i think the texture is going to look awesome... and if it doesn't, we'll use it to wrap something, or something :)

either way, we'll use it up!  :D


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: zarafa on March 19, 2008 08:10:06 AM
ruby, on a completely unrelated note, what's poppet envy?


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: ruby_soho on March 19, 2008 08:14:38 AM
envy of poppets.  :D

...as in, i think all the poppets around are so freaking fabulous and i reeeeallly want one.  ;)



Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: zarafa on March 19, 2008 09:57:53 AM
i guess the better question would have been what's a poppet?


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: sweets4ever on March 19, 2008 10:00:39 AM
Poppet!  https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=189069.0


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: ruby_soho on March 19, 2008 10:05:27 AM
i guess the better question would have been what's a poppet?

sorry!  i guess i should have explained better :D 

(thanks, sweets!)


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: sweets4ever on March 19, 2008 10:06:18 AM
No prob!  I tried Wikipedia, but no luck. :D


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: zarafa on March 19, 2008 10:15:36 AM
ah! whenever i hear "poppet" i think of Pirates of the Caribbean and how the pirates call her poppet.  then, when  i googled it, i got an explanation that it was a voodoo doll, which confused me even more.  :D

that doll is cute though!


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: zarafa on March 19, 2008 11:33:47 AM
oh thank goodness! i finally finished putting all my invitations together.  by the end i was starting to regret going with three layers instead of just two, but now that i'm done i feel much better.  now i can move on to another project... the question is which one??

since everyone is sharing their dresses, here (http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/2178914251/in/set-72157603835048147/) is mine.   


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: Mishymishy on March 19, 2008 11:42:25 AM
Zarafa, that dress is beautiful!!! I love it :)



Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: rhettsmommy on March 19, 2008 01:25:08 PM
z - oooh that's purdy!!!


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: sunnydays914 on March 19, 2008 03:21:44 PM
Zarafa- OMG! Beautiful!!!

I think we might have to renew our vows every year for the next 30 years so I can wear all the gorgeous dresses I want to buy!

I put stamps on and folded all of our invites earlier this week. My plan is to put the closure stickers on tonight so I can drop them in the mail tomorrow.

Yay!


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: kaffrin on March 22, 2008 08:22:00 AM
I spent most of yesterday designing my invites (yay for public holidays!) and I really like them. They're just done in photoshop with free brushes I downloaded, in our brown and green colours. I've bought posh ivory card to print them on, and there's going to be three parts - the main invite, the directions and map, and the RSVP slip. Plan is to punch holes in all the corners, neaten it up with an eyelet, and then hold them all together with green ribbon.

I hope they end up looking like they do in my head! I'll post a pic when I'm done.  :D


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: *Lynn on March 23, 2008 01:08:29 PM
    hello, I am getting married on august 22nd this year (propsed to in september last year!) and i have just realised how much work there still do do! We are working to a maximum budget of £500, that includes hire of both venues and the fees for the humanitarian person to marry us. Our parents are paying for the meal and buffet so thats making it easier on us!

    I am making: 
  • my dress (a plain blue cotton dress since im alice)
  • my FIs waistcoat(for the mad hatter!!)
  • invites, rsvp cards
  • all decorations for the teaparty
  • making name card holders for the meal (minature fimo cakes, 20 or the 32 are done, yayay!)
  • candles for the favours
  • colouring in pictures for the kids

an old friend is making my cake (80ish cupcakes (thank goodness or i might have died!). We wont have a dj so we need to make up countless playlists for the evening.

So far the only big progress is making  80 of these (http://"http://www.designspongeonline.com/2007/11/diy-wednesdays-modern-paper-ornaments.html") paper lanterns which are hiding in the loft until they need to be strung and hung from the ceiling the morning of the wedding!

Everyone is talking about their wedding colours, is it common to have colors? i have none and im getting worried! I have no clue about planning a wedding and as a result am beginning to stress out about all the things I could be missing! We havent even got a proper guest list sorted out yet!

Oh dear, perhaps I had better stop procrastinating and start trying to figure out photoshop so I can make the invites!


(excuse the huge post, i am rambling!)


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: Mishymishy on March 23, 2008 10:35:31 PM
These are my save the dates :) Not the craftiest I know, but I like them :) I made them!



Its on silver backing paper, but its hard to see the sheen on the scanner. I used this kit:

http://www.gartnerstudios.com/skuDetail.cfm?sku=75932

Awesome value. Supplies to make 20 cards for $9.99!


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: HHjamie on March 24, 2008 07:18:13 AM
Thank for the link Mishymishy! I've been trying to find pretty print at home invites that weren't as expensive as normal invites.  ;D


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: lexscreations on March 25, 2008 01:28:18 PM
Here's my list!  :)

Definite DIY projects:
- invitations
- "calligraphy" for invitation envelopes
- programs
- bathroom baskets
- guest book pen
- memorial of some sort for my father, who passed away in 2006
- playlist for DJ

Maybe DIY, maybe not:
- some kind of decorations for ceremony chairs?
- bridesmaid gifts and/or jewelry
- my jewelry
- jeweled hair pins for myself and/or bridesmaids

We're on a reeeeally tight budget, and sticking to it rather well so far (hooray!).  We're doing a fall theme.  We got print-your-own invitations with a really pretty leaf & acorn theme, so we're going to use those, but we're going to embellish them a little with ribbon.  We also have to make the RSVP postcards and directions/hotel list enclosures.  We'll be getting ivory card stock from an office supply store for that, and decorating with leaf paper punches and possibly some classy stickers.  My FH can help with some of it, since he's really creative; hoping to get friends to help with some things, too.

I put the word calligraphy in quotes, since my mom and I (and maybe some friends) are going to try to do that, and we don't know how yet!  LOL.  I'm sure it will come out pretty.

The playlist is already being worked on.  We're big folk-rock fans (that's how we met!).

We've got until November...I hope we can get as much done ourselves as we want to.


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: sunnydays914 on March 25, 2008 01:50:30 PM
lexscreations, we've had our playlist finished since the 2 month mark of our year long engagement! We knew what we wanted, that's for sure!

You've got time to work on all your projects. Good luck and I can't wait to see the finished results!

The most we've done on the wedding lately has been filling the website with info. If you want to take a look, you can find it at www.katieandbrian.info (http://www.katieandbrian.info)

Anyone else having bridal showers? I'm really, really enjoying the free stuff  ;D


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: thekster on March 25, 2008 02:22:15 PM
dang sunny, I must say, you have some AWESOME arm muscles. I know that has nothing to do with anything but yeah. I love the website too! Whoever made it (the fiance?) has mad html skills.

Mannn you guys have reminded me that we still have to do the playlist. You guys keep me in check for all my wedding crap haha


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: lexscreations on March 25, 2008 02:27:49 PM
The most we've done on the wedding lately has been filling the website with info. If you want to take a look, you can find it at www.katieandbrian.info (http://www.katieandbrian.info)

It looks really nice!!  :)  We have a wedding web site, too, but we didn't exactly make it ourselves, we just filled it in.  We had fun writing our story, though!  It's here if you'd like to see: greerandheidenberg.weddings.com (http://greerandheidenberg.weddings.com)

I can't wait for the bridal showers.  Actually, for me, it'll probably just be one shower.  When do those usually start?  Probably closer to the wedding, I guess?


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: sunnydays914 on March 25, 2008 04:17:28 PM
Thanks!
It was the fiance who made it but to be fair, he didn't code the whole thing. He customized a wordpress (http://wordpress.org/ (http://wordpress.org/)) site to have all the features that we needed. That way I could edit content too. I'm a complete dunce at html!

I just had my first shower last Friday and the second one is this Saturday and we're 7 weeks away yet. The first was a great time. It was a Tupperware shower so I was able to buy all the overpriced plastic-ware that will last forever.

Oh my goodness. 7 weeks! AHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: frogeyesalad on March 25, 2008 05:43:19 PM
Thanks!
It was the fiance who made it but to be fair, he didn't code the whole thing. He customized a wordpress (http://wordpress.org/ (http://wordpress.org/)) site to have all the features that we needed. That way I could edit content too. I'm a complete dunce at html!

I just had my first shower last Friday and the second one is this Saturday and we're 7 weeks away yet. The first was a great time. It was a Tupperware shower so I was able to buy all the overpriced plastic-ware that will last forever.

Oh my goodness. 7 weeks! AHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!

Wow. I guess I'm 7 weeks away too, I didn't even realize until you said that! I'm crafting invitations like mad, so hopefully I can get them out by next weekend...ish. yikes!


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: corkyface on March 28, 2008 10:11:35 AM
I honestly can not believe this is the first time I am posting anything about my wedding.  I have been engaged for almost 8 months and this board has helped me plan sooo many things!! My wedding is just 2 weeks away!!
We are getting married on the beach in florida and having a small reception there, with about 50 guests, and when we return from our honeymoon, we will have  big reception (200ish) here in Louisiana.  Our colors are chocolate brown and robins egg blue. 

my dress:http://www.dillards.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductDisplay?catalogId=301&langId=-1&storeId=301&productId=501221958&N=1604013&searchUrl=%2Fendeca%2FEndecaStartServlet%3FN%3D1604013&R=02749422

bridesmaids: http://www.target.com/Isaac-Mizrahi-Target-Special-Trapunto/dp/B000YIZIP0/qid=1206724078/ref=br_1_6/601-9787824-0898569?ie=UTF8&node=144457011&frombrowse=1&pricerange=&index=tgt-mf-mv&field-browse=144457011&rank=-product%5Fsite%5Flaunch%5Fdate&rh=&page=3
when i got them for my girls they were only forty dollars!!




so far i have crafted:
  • my veil
  • my "mermaid crown" (headpiece)
  • my jewelry
  • designed and gocco'd my invites
  • centerpieces and other table decorations
  • bamboo archway

thats all i remember for now, and i promise to post picture of those things later when i have my camera.

things STILL left to craft!!
  • bridesmaid jewelry
  • guestbook
  • parents gifts (miniscrapbooks)
  • cake!
  • martha poms

i REALLY hope thats all! haha

thanks for giving me all the reat ideas!!


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: sunnydays914 on March 28, 2008 10:56:01 AM
so far i have crafted:
  • my veil
  • my "mermaid crown" (headpiece)
  • my jewelry
  • designed and gocco'd my invites
  • centerpieces and other table decorations
  • bamboo archway

thats all i remember for now, and i promise to post picture of those things later when i have my camera.

things STILL left to craft!!
  • bridesmaid jewelry
  • guestbook
  • parents gifts (miniscrapbooks)
  • cake!
  • martha poms

i REALLY hope thats all! haha


You've done a lot! I hope to be a good place with all the crafting when I'm 2 weeks out. Are you doing the martha poms in brown and blue?

We really are 7 weeks away! We're getting RSVPs back and I'm quite pleased how well the invites held up through the mail. I think our official attendance count is up to 25 :)


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: RamenQueen on March 28, 2008 11:11:20 AM
well I'm not the bride , BUT... I am the thifty Crafty "think outside the box and make our budget stretch until it screams" go to person in the family ( and a Groomsmaid to boot ) My niece is getting married May 3. SHe's 17 and he's 19 and since they are very non-traditional  :D( They have a baby boy who was born in Nov!) They gave me free rein.  So here is her Dress, Tiara, and Veil....
Dress: Clearence Pprom dress at DEBS 50$
Veil: Attached to a little girls bow at Claires 4$
Tiara: Little girls dept also from CLaires 6$
Total Bridal ensambel ( sans shoes)
60$
*close ups of tiara and veil*
http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=32169538&l=05267&id=42200272

http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=32169537&l=9a9c8&id=42200272



Dress

http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=32169544&l=616a7&id=42200272

Maid Of honor Dress: 35$ At Debs
Matching shoes also at Debs 25$

MOH dress
http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=32169545&l=6ed25&id=42200272

Random Baby Pic!
http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=32169546&l=f8940&id=42200272

I plan on making a cupcake stand ( no cake just cupcakes) like this one

https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=162938.0

ANy comments are appreciated FYI I'm doing all this during college ( I'm 25) So Its crazy for me!


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: sunnydays914 on March 28, 2008 11:48:15 AM
RamenQueen (your name makes me smile!)
Yay for stretching the budget!

How much more needs to be done? Invitations, centerpieces, are you doing flowers?



Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: thekster on March 28, 2008 11:52:24 AM
OHHH ladies... I went through my wedding tubs yesterday to find my J for the cake topper, and I realized how much crap I have that we probably won't even use. Oy. And also, I realized that since we've added more people to the guest list, we don't have enough bubbles! I only bought 66 I think and there's around 80 ppl on the list now. Grrr. Shouldn't be a big deal to go out and buy more though.
So anyways, we're going to a bridal show on Sunday and I'm super excited. We need to look for a place to get our cake made, so I figured I should show up ready with the measurements of our cake stand (or whatever it's called) and see how much space the letters would take up. NOWWW I need to figure out what to attach the letters to so they'll stand up on the cake and how to attach them. I reckon I'll use thin dowel rods and wrap them with wire. I don't know how to purty-'em-up though without making the cake taste gross. Any ideas ladies?


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: sweets4ever on March 28, 2008 11:59:47 AM
Bridal shows rock!!  Free samples and cake tasting. ;D ;D  Everyone wants to be your best friend there, ha.


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: RamenQueen on March 28, 2008 12:05:21 PM
RamenQueen (your name makes me smile!)
Yay for stretching the budget!

How much more needs to be done? Invitations, centerpieces, are you doing flowers?



Glad you like my name Sunnydays!

Flowers and decorations are done ( aka free, my cousin got married in Feb so we used her colors and she "gifted" us 100 Candles , Faux flowers for teh reception and ribbions)

I just have to make a Ballon arch ( any ideas?)
and finsh assembling the invites ( Dollar tree 10 for a dollar Ivory with gold trim and embossed designs plus you use the foam sticky thing *like in scarpbooking* to add two gold glittery 3d rings to the invite!)

It's a small wedding ...maybe 60  ppl.
Center pieces will be those candles Plus a Pic of Kahla, Anthony and thier Son Christopher, in a clear dish ( my cousin also gifted those)

Teh whole wedding In/c Food, Dresses, Tuxes, Flowers etc will be <$500!


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: thekster on March 28, 2008 12:24:58 PM
OOOH cake tastings! Darn this diet to heck. I'm really excited to go; I'm so glad I was able to get someone to cover me at work (it never fails; they ALWAYS have it on a day I'm supposed to work!)
RamenQueen -  there was an episode of Mythbusters where they had to do something with columns of balloons tied together, and some balloon guy showed them a faster way and supposedly easier way of tying them altogether. I'll search episode listings to try to find it for you after work


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: sunnydays914 on March 28, 2008 12:31:50 PM
I reckon I'll use thin dowel rods and wrap them with wire. I don't know how to purty-'em-up though without making the cake taste gross. Any ideas ladies?

I vote for wide grosgrain ribbon to match your colors and a little bit o' hot glue magic. I have a thing for grosgrain... it goes everywhere and isn't as poly-shiney as satin ribbon.


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: thekster on March 28, 2008 12:40:30 PM
Ribbon on the dowel rod? I just meant to cover the wood for anything that stick out of the cake.
Man, I hope we can find a cake place that will duplicate the original top tier for us on our 1 year anniversary so we don't have to eat a year old icky cake


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: Mishymishy on March 28, 2008 12:44:24 PM
I love bridal shows! I went to a Bridal event at Macy's and got so much stuff! I got a spatula, a clinique mascara, perfume samples, Ralph Lauren toasting flutes, an Oneida cake serving knife, and of course, free cake, appetizer, and champagne samples! Then on top of that, I got a door prize (a circulon chef's pan, suggested value: $140!!) It was awesome, there's one at Bloomingdales in my area soon. I have never set foot in Bloomingdales because it's so pricey, but I will definitely go for free stuff  ;D


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: sunnydays914 on March 28, 2008 12:47:30 PM
Ribbon on the dowel rod? I just meant to cover the wood for anything that stick out of the cake.
Man, I hope we can find a cake place that will duplicate the original top tier for us on our 1 year anniversary so we don't have to eat a year old icky cake

Hmmm... the ribbon works in my head but perhaps we're not envisioning the same thing.


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: thekster on March 28, 2008 12:49:16 PM
Mishy -Oooh! I should check out stores like that too. The one I'm going to is at a convention center in Houston. EEEE I can't wait! I love freebies. Mmmmm cake.
Sunny - probably not heh :) Do you just mean at the top of the dowel rod, to cover the wire that's affixed to the letter? I think I'll go to Wallyworld today and buy stuff to try to make it, take pictures, and then see if we're thinking of the same thing :)


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: sunnydays914 on March 28, 2008 01:29:43 PM
Mishy -Oooh! I should check out stores like that too. The one I'm going to is at a convention center in Houston. EEEE I can't wait! I love freebies. Mmmmm cake.
Sunny - probably not heh :) Do you just mean at the top of the dowel rod, to cover the wire that's affixed to the letter? I think I'll go to Wallyworld today and buy stuff to try to make it, take pictures, and then see if we're thinking of the same thing :)

That is what I meant! Mind reader


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: thekster on March 28, 2008 01:58:09 PM
woo! That actually is a pretty good idea. I saw one where they put flowers on top too which was kinda pretty but I'm not very fond of the floraly cakes. I hope I remember to go to Walmart after work haha


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: Banga on March 29, 2008 11:42:53 AM
Hey all! Here is the mock up envelopment I made the other day... I was looking for a printed paper, but may have to settle with solid purple. This one is a textured cardstock, so it is very sturdy. What do you think of the shape? The invite, RSVP card, and directions will go inside this, then it will all go into the yellow envelope. Look ok to you all?


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: sunnydays914 on March 29, 2008 02:44:21 PM
I really like the shape. I didn't like the traditional set up of the envelope in an envelope but that different shape changes it up and makes it unique.

Nice job!


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: RamenQueen on March 29, 2008 07:00:49 PM
How did you make the cootie catcher?


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: Banga on March 30, 2008 06:14:29 AM
Thanks sunny! I think I'm going to add a gocco'd image to it, as it looks a little boring, then print the same image on the outside envelopes, too.


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: thekster on March 31, 2008 11:20:40 AM
I'm trying to get our invitations done, but have hit a snag. I saw a font I really like but I can't find it on any font downloading website. Does anyone happen to know the name of it? I've tried copperplate gothic light 1 (too bold), Felix titling 2 (too... something. large?), and optimus princeps 3 (just not right). This is what it looks like - (I couldn't find a B, P, Q, V, W, or Z to make a complete alphabet.)


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: TheBon on March 31, 2008 01:16:13 PM
Kster-
If you have a bigger, clearer version of the image you can try what the font. http://www.myfonts.com/WhatTheFont/ Your image is too small and pixelated though, it's not recognizing most of the letters as characters.

I think it might be Baskerville. The Hs are high waisted and the tail on the J is very similar. Bad news? Baskerville isn't a free font.

Other fonts you might look at [a lot of them are not going to be free, because they'll be commercial fonts] are Hoefler Text [we used this one for our stuff] or Garamond or Palantino


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: thekster on March 31, 2008 01:33:56 PM
Thanks, I'll try to clean up/enlarge my image and then check out that font. I don't think any of those four fonts you mentioned are the right ones; I forgot to mention that this font is all capitals. The lower-case letters are just slightly smaller than the uppercase letters. But Baskerville looks really similar if I just used all upper case.


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: TheBon on March 31, 2008 01:35:10 PM
I'm wondering how you know that the font is definitely an all-caps font with small caps lowercase if you don't have the font? Where did you find the examples?


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: thekster on March 31, 2008 03:48:43 PM
I can't remember where I found the examples. I found the font when I first started trying to make the invitations, and my computer kept having to be repaired so I lost all of my information that was stored on my hard drive. Fortunately, I saved a bit of wedding-related info on my flash drive.


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: TheBon on March 31, 2008 07:45:36 PM
gotcha. I understand now. I just asked because there are two different styles of all-caps text, all-caps and small-caps. frequently if a font is all caps, the "lowercase" version will be small caps styled. You might also look at Perpetua Tilting although the h, e, and f are much lower waisted than in your example and they also are more slender in general.


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: thekster on March 31, 2008 08:46:38 PM
Oh I'm so stupid! You just made me realize that Microsoft Word has a formatting option where you can make it be all caps... I wonder how it would look if I just used a font that had similar capital letters and used that option. Off to go try! :)

(I asked FH what he thought, and he said he didn't really like the font that much.   :-\ I guess I'll just try it out to see how I like it, and show it to him after the whole thing is put together to see what he thinks of it then. If he doesn't like it, it's no big deal to change a Word document. I guess.)


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: sunnydays914 on April 02, 2008 02:13:57 PM
I just went to Target and they had wedding scrapbooking supplies in the dollar section!!!!!!

I've also gotten about 25 rsvps back already. What bothers me a bit is that we just invited adults and people have rsvped their kids. :-\ Would there have been any way to avoid this?


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: sweets4ever on April 02, 2008 03:50:05 PM
Many people will include the wording "Adult reception following ceremony..." or something along those lines.


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: Banga on April 02, 2008 04:01:35 PM
If you sent invites to "Mr. and Mrs. Brown" and you didn't write "and family" on the invite, they have no right to RSVP children. I can't stand that, people just make assumptions!

We put "Adult reception to follow" on our invites, but have made it clear to the few "possible problem" guests that children are not invited. I wouldn't put it past a few people in our clan to just assume that we would want their horrendous brats at our party, so I tried to nip that idea in the bud. Sadly, if people have already RSVP'd kids, that means you have to deal with it, probably with a phone call at the least.


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: sweets4ever on April 02, 2008 04:03:38 PM
Banga, you crack me up.  I just had to say that.

We didn't mind children at our wedding, but our venues were pretty child-friendly.  It also seems that in my "circle of friends" everyone has 1 - 2 children and I would have felt bad excluding them.


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: Banga on April 02, 2008 04:07:57 PM
Haha! I should also state that I LOVE children, and actually feel a bit sad that my two little nephews won't be there. But my sister wanted to leave them home so that she could really enjoy herself and not be chasing 2 toddlers around. My cousin (the matron of honor who will be 8 mos. preggers at the weeding!) felt the same way about her little boy. That just helped give me an excuse to say "NO KIDS" period, avoiding the problem of the few naughty kiddies overturning the cake or setting the priest on fire.


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: thekster on April 02, 2008 04:11:09 PM
Sunnydays - Oh mannn I'd be so mad! If you don't want kids at the wedding, you could either call them and explain to them that only the adults were invited and that you are on a strict budget and can't include everybody's kids. (even if that's not the reason.) Of course, you'd be risking offending someone but they probably offended you by including their kids. The other thing you could do, besides just having the kids there, is hiring a baby sitter or two (depending on how many kids are coming) and keeping them somewhere separate so you don't have to deal with them. Sorry about it though Sunny!


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: ehinders on April 02, 2008 04:11:47 PM
sunnydays, I noticed the scrapbooking stuff at Target too!! Haha! I went crazy and bought a whole bunch. Plus they had acrylic blocks for clear stamps. All for $1! I was pretty excited. But then again, I'm easily amused! ;)


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: sunnydays914 on April 02, 2008 05:40:43 PM
It is a money issue and a space issue, not a hating children issue. I LOVE kids!

We're actually the couple that everyone assumes will have kids first in our circle of friends. I'm just gonna have to prove them wrong! :D

We're up to 61 rsvp'd (rsvped?) guests. We've been getting enough Declines that fitting the kids in shouldn't be a problem. We just won't be able to invite the people on our B list.

Question number 2 of the day:
If you were to attend a wedding with a photobooth, what types of props would you like to have to play with?


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: ruby_soho on April 02, 2008 05:43:24 PM
sunny, we're also doing a photo booth, and here's what we have:

feather boa
nerd glasses
tiara
mustache selection
a crown
leis
one of those disguise nose & eyebrow glasses
a huge tie
a clown nose
a couple of different wigs....


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: sunnydays914 on April 02, 2008 05:48:32 PM
sunny, we're also doing a photo booth, and here's what we have:

feather boa
nerd glasses
tiara
mustache selection
a crown
leis
one of those disguise nose & eyebrow glasses
a huge tie
a clown nose
a couple of different wigs....
I can't wait to go thrift shopping for the fun stuff! Are you crafting the mustaches or are they bought?


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: sweets4ever on April 02, 2008 05:57:10 PM
A giant photo frame (glass removed, of course)!  Strike a pose... whee... :D


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: TheBon on April 02, 2008 06:48:23 PM
It is a money issue and a space issue, not a hating children issue. I LOVE kids!

It's my experience that you're going to get uninvited guests whether they're children or not. At least at my wedding people RSVP'd for more people ahead of time instead of just showing up with them so we were prepared. [I'm not willing to write about the circumstances of what happened but suffice it to say, I nearly called off the public ceremony entirely.]


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: ruby_soho on April 02, 2008 06:49:42 PM
sunny, we're also doing a photo booth, and here's what we have:

feather boa
nerd glasses
tiara
mustache selection
a crown
leis
one of those disguise nose & eyebrow glasses
a huge tie
a clown nose
a couple of different wigs....
I can't wait to go thrift shopping for the fun stuff! Are you crafting the mustaches or are they bought?

almost all of that was from the dollar section of target around halloween :D


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: h_pets360 on April 02, 2008 08:54:59 PM
That just helped give me an excuse to say "NO KIDS" period, avoiding the problem of the few naughty kiddies overturning the cake or setting the priest on fire.

What's funny about that is at my wedding, I'd be the one more likely setting the priest on fire.  I need to find a good non-religious wedding officiant. 

I didn't start getting antsy about organizing my wedding until the last week or so.  I have a whole year and a couple months to go, but we're thinking about having the reception at our house and we need to make the yard a little more betterer.

So I have:
The yard
My dress (gray, strapless, and not shiny)
Something to go in my hair
Pin down a "theme" (thinking roaring twenties / garden party)
Make invites and associated stuff
Make mix CDs for the reception
Figure out the drinks
Make fiance a fancy shirt
Make fiance a fancy handkerchief
Ask friends/relatives to : photograph and do music
Book Mount Tabor for the wedding
Figure out a good "favor" for wedding guests
Figure out how many people are going to stay out our house / decide if we want to escape to a hotel.
Figure out what else I need to do  ::)
colors: black/grey/pale green/cherry red


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: TheBon on April 02, 2008 09:15:53 PM
h_pets-
If you're having the wedding in the portland metro, we used a woman whose offices are in Tigard and she did a super flexible, simple, non-religious ceremony for us. http://www.weddedyourway.com/ It wasn't the cheapest thing we did for the wedding, but she will do everything from hippie-dippie to much more traditional. She was a pleasure to work with.


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: ruby_soho on April 02, 2008 09:50:09 PM
woooooooo!  i made progress today!

things i got to check off:
-printing invites and cutting them out at kinkos (har, i typed kinkys.  that's for AFTER the wedding.  ;D)
-addressing invitation envelopes
-found and purchased buckets for centerpieces (we planned on buying glass vases but those posed a problem in breakability, see-throughiness, and storability)

this is even more exciting because i was just having one of those "i hate wedding planning, i never want to do another thing with this wedding, let's just freaking be married already" phases wherein no progress was made.


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: thekster on April 02, 2008 10:34:31 PM
haha ruby you're so silly! on the glass vase thing, I ended up with FIVE vases (I have no idea why I originally bought them!) I've just wrapped them in a couple of layers of newspaper and stuck them in a plastic tub with a lid. My brother even dropped the tub AND it had another heavy tub put on top if it and there's nary a crack! That whole explanation was kinda useless on you though since you already bought alternatives haha. *shakes fist at you*  ;D That makes me think - EVERY centerpiece idea I come up with is more suited towards round tables, but we have long rectangular (banquet?) tables.

GUYYSSS! I think we've decided on the BAHAMAS for our honeymoon! My mom said she'll basically pay for the basics for us, and if we want any shore excursions or any upgrades, we'd have to pay but dude... We're still getting off cheap! It makes me excited that we've pretty much got it pinned down. We were between Colorado and Florida (with no cruise) but then BOOM! Here comes Florida with a cruise to the Bahamas. Sorry for rambling; I"m just excited. I feel like I did some other wedding related stuff but I can't remember. Maybe I just talked to one of my bridesmaids a lot and used the wedding as an excuse to talk to her at work haha :)


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: Mishymishy on April 02, 2008 10:37:45 PM
THE BAHAMAS!!!!!  :D :D :D How exciting, I'm totally jealous!!!


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: thekster on April 02, 2008 11:34:22 PM
I'm excited too :) but super nervous after reading on the passport website that part of Nassau is a high crime area. *nervous*


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: h_pets360 on April 03, 2008 07:26:22 AM
thanks, TheBon!


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: ruby_soho on April 03, 2008 07:30:58 AM
haha ruby you're so silly! on the glass vase thing, I ended up with FIVE vases (I have no idea why I originally bought them!) I've just wrapped them in a couple of layers of newspaper and stuck them in a plastic tub with a lid.

we did that with vases and other glass things for the candy buffet, but the vases we were looking at for centerpieces were decent sized and we were going to order 18 of them (we needed a few to mess with because we had planned to spray paint the insides to make them opaque)... and that'd probably be at least two big boxes to add to our almost-a-closet full of stuff.  so i'm happy that we got these pails ($1 at target!) so we don't have to deal with painting and because they stack together and take up about two feet by one foot, and can go in the same tub as the flowers.  woo hoo!

and yay, bahamas!  i think we're going to wait to take a honeymoon til our one year anniversary (because i start school two days after we get married, yuck) and we were talking about the bahamas.  have you guys looked at the all-inclusives?


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: sunnydays914 on April 03, 2008 08:03:50 AM
Woohoo Bahamas! One of my maids is going to the Bahamas for her honeymoon. All the pictures she showed were beautiful. I laugh at her every time she calls Nassau "Nasa" :)

I have stacks of 11 3/4" tall, 3" diameter vases in my closet. I don't think they're destructible because they've lasted through my 4 year old sister playing with them ;D


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: ehinders on April 03, 2008 08:30:49 AM
ruby, how was your experience printing invites with kinko's? I am going back and forth between printing mine there  or by myself. I can't decide!
 


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: ruby_soho on April 03, 2008 08:41:18 AM
OMG ehinders.  it cost me 26 bucks to have them print and cut them out for me, and i have to tell you that it was worth every penny. 

i tried using several different (free) copy machines and printers with different settings but none of them got the colors right and would cut bits of it off, which stressed me out to no end (and took me several hours, to boot).  i finally decided to give in and go pay for it, which i wish i would have done in the first place!  it took like half an hour total, and they printed them out and cut them on the huge industrial cutter, and then they were DONE. 

i took in a jump drive with my file on it, and the only thing i'd advise if you did the same is to make sure any special fonts you used are saved onto your drive, as well - i had to use one of their computers to download Little Days from dafont.  i had someone at the front do it for me using their computers and "better" printers, i didn't use the copy machines. 

in any case, huge stress reliever, it was cheap and fast and cut out a lot of the grotty work that would have annoyed the crap out of me (because i was NOT looking forward to cutting each one out using an exacto knife).    so, long story long, i guess, i'd do it again, but sooner, if i could.  :D



Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: ehinders on April 03, 2008 11:33:16 AM
Thanks for the info, Ruby! I kept going back and forth about it. I don't want to have to buy a crap ton of ink, cut all of them, etc. Kinko's here I come!!! :)


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: ruby_soho on April 03, 2008 11:37:07 AM
yeah, MUCH less of a PITA, in my opinion.  in fact, i'm going back today to have them industrial-cut my matting stock (for three dollars... yusss) because it'd take me forever to cut myself.  so kinkos here I come, too.  :D


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: thekster on April 03, 2008 02:13:03 PM
Ruby - All inclusive cruises? No, we really weren't planning to go on a cruise at all, but this was basically a "prize." My mom and sister went on it last year and said it was pretty good, and since we've never been on a cruise before, we probably wouldn't miss all the little extras that a bigger cruise line would have. My mom gave me tips on how to save money on the cruise, but hey... it's our honeymoon. We should splurge at least a TINY bit. IMHO. (BTW when you said PITA it made me think of PETA, which then made me think of "Meat is murder. Tasty, tasty murder." hahah)
Hmmmm depending on if I decide to emboss the invitations, I may just go the Kinko's route too. In fact, some lady came into my store today with free little tiny Kinko's bags with tiny baby staplers and hole pucnhers and other stuff, advertising for the new store that opened near me. YAY!
Sunny - hahah you'd probably laugh at me too then cuz I'm sure I've called it "Nasa" a couple of times. But then again, I have an excuse. I live practically down the road from NASA. (well, technically Space Center Houston)


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: thekster on April 06, 2008 08:32:02 PM
Today, after going to another wedding show, I finally felt like getting off my butt and getting some wedding things together.
It's definately not finished; I'm pretty much just posting them on here now to get you guys' advice. I painted the top 1/4 of three dowel rods with a silver spray paint so it would blend in a little better (hopefully) with the letters and wrapped wire around the letter and dowel rods to keep them together. I'll probably wrap ribbon around the rest of the dowel rod that will be showing, but I don't know how far it will need to go into the cake to stay upright. There little loops at the top of each letter are where a piece of ribbon was attached, and I'll cut off the loops later. The blue roses are just paper flowers I made, and most likely there won't be any flowers on the cake. Also, I don't like how the dowel rod shows through at the bottom of the L - any ideas on how to affix the rod so it won't show? Also, does it look silly?
Sooooo what advice do you guys have for me?


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: frogeyesalad on April 09, 2008 07:31:40 PM
Sorry thekster, no advice:( I'm still a bit confused- is the spray paint part going in the cake? And could you bend the L so it didn't curve backwards and show the dowel? It's hard to tell not seeing them in person. I hope you figure it out though!

I ordered invitations from printsmadeeasy.com- that was a mistake. They were streaked in black all over them (like, black smudged all over our faces and necks and the words), and the picture was really pixelated in the background, but not the foreground. I was pretty disgusted that they even mailed them to me. So, I'm sending them back, and may end up goccoing another 200:( oh well, at least I got out gocco'ed ones to everyone who may have to travel, the rest are just invitations for the reception, so I don't mind being a bit behind schedule.

So, be careful ordering from them. I'm just sending them back, I don't have time to wait for another poorly printed round.


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: thekster on April 09, 2008 08:54:12 PM
Aww Frogseye, that sucks! I hope they don't give you any problems with you getting your money back. At least you have an alternative (although I've never gocco'd, it seems like it would be much better anyways. I LOVE handcrafted things) and I think your guests will love them. Hope you don't have encounter any problems with the gocco ones. It sucks having setbacks like that.
As far as my letters, the spray paint won't go in the cake. There may be a little bit of paint below the letters, but that will get covered with a ribbon so it should be fine. I haven't tried to bend it so it didn't curve but I think it would look weird without the little curve, and it's kind of difficult to bend anyways. I couldn't find any wire thick enough to fashion one on my own, so I bought some heart shaped wire thing, thinking I could cut it and bend it into a bigger L, but it had little wire nubs on it that seemed like it would hurt if someone touched. :/ I'll have to figure out something else.


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: LindsayLuu on April 10, 2008 06:39:32 AM
can I ask you ladies where you rented the photo booths from?  we are thinking about getting one, but I can't find one locally (buffalo, NY)

thanks!!


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: sunnydays914 on April 10, 2008 07:01:38 AM
can I ask you ladies where you rented the photo booths from?  we are thinking about getting one, but I can't find one locally (buffalo, NY)

thanks!!

We're actually making our own photobooth. My FH is a photographer so we have the backdrop, camera, and ability to immediately show off the photos on the computer screen. Sorry I couldn't help!

I ordered invitations from printsmadeeasy.com- that was a mistake. They were streaked in black all over them (like, black smudged all over our faces and necks and the words), and the picture was really pixelated in the background, but not the foreground. I was pretty disgusted that they even mailed them to me. So, I'm sending them back, and may end up goccoing another 200:( oh well, at least I got out gocco'ed ones to everyone who may have to travel, the rest are just invitations for the reception, so I don't mind being a bit behind schedule.

Oh thats horrible! I would be so angry! I can't believe that they allowed the invitations to leave in such a state. What horrible marketing!
If there is anything I could do to help, let me know! (I don't know what I could do from lots of miles away but there may be something).
I'm sure the Gocco'd invites would be better anyway, just time consuming!


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: thekster on April 10, 2008 09:22:55 AM
Well, giving the company the benefit of the doubt, maybe something happened after they were in the mail to make them look like that. I don't know what could have caused it and I doubt that was what happened, but in any case it still sucks.
Lindsay - I've heard the photo booths are really expensive. When I was considering them, it sounded like it would be much cheaper to just put up a background of fabric or something and maybe some potted plants on the side or something. http://www.creativeeventservices.com/photos.html
http://www.interactiveparty.com/index.php?category=more&id=26
www.NYCphotobooth.com (I couldn't view this one because supposedly I don't have flash)
I don't know if you're having the wedding in New York, but I just searched for "New York photo booth rental" on google for those. There were a bunch more. I didn't see any pricings on those website; you'd have to call but it seems like it would be really expensive.


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: LindsayLuu on April 10, 2008 10:12:09 AM
yeah, I think when I searched it before it was around $1K


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: sunnydays914 on April 10, 2008 11:12:16 AM
yeah, I think when I searched it before it was around $1K

That's why we decided to make our own. I really wanted a photobooth for all the crazy candids that could happen but I really, really didn't want to shell out that much money.

Scour your local thrift stores for solid, dark bedsheets in a big size (queen, king, cal king). Your photos will look good with this cheap alternative if the booth isn't set up in front of a window. Then all you need is someone with a decent quality camera who would be willing to monitor the setup. Although, it does change a bit if you were planning on giving the photos away as favors. We aren't so this method works well for us.


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: frogeyesalad on April 10, 2008 12:50:49 PM
I know rhettsmommy used them (pretty sure it was her) for her save-the-dates and was pleased. I'm pretty sure they stacked them all before they were dry and so it smeared ink everywhere, but that still doesn't explain the really clear foreground but super pixelated background on the picture, especially since I uploaded a picture that was 300dpi, as per their instructions. Just an irritation, but it will all be fine. good thing I way over ordered paper from paper source!

I love the idea of a photobooth, and I've seen lots of great ones done homemade. Just make sure someone is in charge of keeping an eye on the camera...you never know, especially with employees of the reception venue, etc. hanging around. Better to be safe than be one of the horror stories


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: sunnydays914 on April 11, 2008 12:44:46 PM
Just make sure someone is in charge of keeping an eye on the camera...you never know, especially with employees of the reception venue, etc. hanging around. Better to be safe than be one of the horror stories

We've got the FH's current roommate taking care of that. I don't mind deligating tasks if it means I have less work to do the day of!


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: Banga on April 15, 2008 02:13:26 PM
Just popping in to say that I finally had a productive week! The invites are finished, stamped and ready to send, the reception is all planned and booked, and the dress is really coming along! I've been too stressed at work to do much of anything lately, so it was great to use my whole week of vacation for wedding bliss  :D
Here are the completed invites:


And the dress in progress:




All we need to do is attach the train (which I am soo excited about!) final fitting, and adding the beading and it will be finished! What do you guys think of it so far?


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: robynsteiner on April 15, 2008 03:34:05 PM
You're dress is beautiful! Is it your design? Great job on the invites, too! Good luck with everything!!


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: sweets4ever on April 15, 2008 04:41:57 PM
Wow, more beautiful stuff from you!

Your dress is awwesome on you!  What areas will be beaded?


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: thekster on April 15, 2008 04:42:20 PM
Awww your dress and invites are very pretty! My invites are going to have that little scoop thing too, but other than that, ours are totally different :) I'm sure yours look 8000 times more professional than mine will though.


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: dellastella on April 15, 2008 04:55:39 PM
Banga, what a *lovely* dress!! I especially love the low scoop back. Can't wait to see it beaded!  ;D

Here's my contribution to this thread for the evening... my bridesmaids bouquets! Sorry for the slightly fuzzy pictures, my camera was having a fit.




I was worried about this project, because I've never arranged flowers before, but I'm very happy with how they turned out. Once I get some quilt batting, I'll wrap a strip around the stems over the wire, and then cover it with chocolate brown double sided satin ribbon.

Now that I'm feeling a bit more confident, I'm ready to tackle my bouquet!

Edited to add: these bouquets consist of green and white ranunculus, pink snowberries, and green snowball spray. My bouquet will be white peonies, pink snowberries, dusty miller leaves, and ornithogalum.


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: Banga on April 15, 2008 04:58:16 PM

Your dress is awwesome on you!  What areas will be beaded?
Thanks! The train will be beaded (wait until you see this fabric, it cost more for one yard then the rest of the fabric and notions for the whole dress combined, but it was waaay worth it!) And a little bit of beading around the neckline. Very simple.

rboecler, I posted the pattern earlier in this post, it is a Vogue pattern, but we are doing several modifications.

And kster, those invites are the first thing I have ever done like it, but I'm OCD  :P, so I wanted them to be perfect. Those little details (the rounded corners, etc.) really made them come together IMHO. I'm far from a pro, but now I truly believe anyone can put together great invites for cheap, if I pulled it off!

ETA: are those flowers silk? They look fantastic! Very professional!


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: robynsteiner on April 15, 2008 05:22:49 PM
rboecler, I posted the pattern earlier in this post, it is a Vogue pattern, but we are doing several modifications.
Yikes! I got too excited after seeing the pic to go back and read the thread or I would've seen it! Still, it's sooo pretty!


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: Mishymishy on April 15, 2008 05:46:43 PM
The dress and invites are so so beautiful and elegant! I can't wait to see more of your wedding crafts :)


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: dellastella on April 16, 2008 03:34:59 AM
Banga, thank you! Yes, they are silk flowers.


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: *MAR* on April 16, 2008 06:18:21 PM
Banga, lovely work on the invites!
Do you remember where you got the lotus flower stamp with the swirl?
It is lovely.


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: TheBon on April 16, 2008 08:32:23 PM
Mar- If you're talking about the floral/wallpaper-y graphic [it's not a lotus, it's more like a stylized mum/carnation] on Banga's invites, it came from istockphoto.com. The original graphic was slightly different, the blossoms were less solid than they are now, I did some tinkering. I am pretty sure the element you're talking about is from the end of the larger flower.

I don't have the graphic bookmarked but it was either from a search for either flowers or flourishes or something like that. [I did the design for her invites, she just gocco'd them].


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: ruby_soho on April 16, 2008 09:26:24 PM
just posted my invites! (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=240629.new#new)  whee! 


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: sunnydays914 on April 17, 2008 07:28:21 AM
just posted my invites! (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=240629.new#new)  whee! 

Holy Crap! I LOVE the flowers stamped on them. You did a great job.

We're down to a month left!!!! I can't believe it. I still need to get my stuff together for the photobooth and print up about a million instruction, reserved, etc signs plus buy all the miscellaneous little things like paper clips.


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: sweets4ever on April 17, 2008 07:28:55 AM
Wow, I can't believe you guys are down to one month left!


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: ruby_soho on April 17, 2008 08:46:47 AM
sunny, that's so exciting!  are you crazy busy, or anxious or freaking out?  i'm afraid of what i'll be like when we have one month to go :D  i can't wait to see all your stuff!


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: frogeyesalad on April 17, 2008 09:34:44 AM
One month for me too! Fixed my invitation fiasco, and the rest of them are all going out today. That was a mess of paper cutting and my arm is ridiculously sore from the rotary cutter:)

I just need to rebustle my dress, make my petticoat, clean my dress, make the guestbook, and build the cupcake tree and I will be done with all the diy stuff- i think. I hope. sunnydays is so far ahead of me!


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: sunnydays914 on April 17, 2008 09:41:30 AM
sunnydays is so far ahead of me!

Lies! I don't really think that I'm that far ahead.

I'd also like to do a sample scrapbook page to show our guests what we're doing with the notes and pictures they leave with us. I'm doing the pocket squares for the groomsmen's gifts tonight. I bought a yard of black polysatin and am planning on stapling it to paperboard I have laying around the house a la shimmer413 (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=163435.0 (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=163435.0))
I feel like I might be on top of things now but something is going to pop out of no where and kick me in the face at the last minute.

sunny, that's so exciting!  are you crazy busy, or anxious or freaking out? 

I'm a little of all of that right now! We're both job searching in Michigan so really planning a wedding isn't stressful at all in comparison. It's really enjoyable! I'll freak out about lack of income before the color of the ribbon on something or another.
It is taking me longer and longer to fall asleep at night though!  :)


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: *MAR* on April 17, 2008 11:33:22 AM
Mar- If you're talking about the floral/wallpaper-y graphic [it's not a lotus, it's more like a stylized mum/carnation] on Banga's invites, it came from istockphoto.com. The original graphic was slightly different, the blossoms were less solid than they are now, I did some tinkering. I am pretty sure the element you're talking about is from the end of the larger flower.

I don't have the graphic bookmarked but it was either from a search for either flowers or flourishes or something like that. [I did the design for her invites, she just gocco'd them].

That's nice. You did a good job! Bummer it isn't a rubber stamp. 
I guess I was confused by Banga saying her invites were "stamped and ready to go", she must have meant postage stamps.


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: Banga on April 17, 2008 02:47:32 PM
Mar- If you're talking about the floral/wallpaper-y graphic [it's not a lotus, it's more like a stylized mum/carnation] on Banga's invites, it came from istockphoto.com. The original graphic was slightly different, the blossoms were less solid than they are now, I did some tinkering. I am pretty sure the element you're talking about is from the end of the larger flower.

I don't have the graphic bookmarked but it was either from a search for either flowers or flourishes or something like that. [I did the design for her invites, she just gocco'd them].

That's nice. You did a good job! Bummer it isn't a rubber stamp. 
I guess I was confused by Banga saying her invites were "stamped and ready to go", she must have meant postage stamps.

Yep, that was what I meant!  ;) And the little floral was nabbed from the folded card sample you sent to me, TheBon. The envelopments were looking a bit blah, but I didn't want to use the large graphic again, so when I looked back at the samples I remembered that that little bit would be perfect! I am soo happy I worked that gocco into the wedding budget!


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: beehart on April 17, 2008 04:21:38 PM
i would just like to note that my day off (bronchitis...yuck) has ended with my wedding being completely planned in my head thanks to all these ideas.  now all i need to do is convince my bf he wants to marry me.   like, now, because i totally want to get crafting!


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: TheSueb on April 18, 2008 11:47:44 AM
I love this stuff! You guys have such great ideas! You're all so inspiring!!

We are having the ceremony and reception at places that are already decorated, so we don't have to worry about centerpieces or decorating of any kind. The reception is in an old theatre that now is a night club. My fiance is a musician so we are having friends of his play throughout the night.

Here is my list of things to do.

Save the Dates
Invitations
Thank You Cards
Ceremony Programs
Reception Programs/Table-tent - (To tell people about the bands, the tattoos & the photobooth)
Favors - Caramel wrappers
Favors - Boxes or bags with paper theme
Favors - Temporary Tattoos (all of our paper has these birds on it.)
Favors - Collect props for photobooth
Veil (my sister is in charge of this)
Welcome baskets of hotel guests
Bathroom baskets for reception
Picture frame memorials for my mom & dad, his grandparents.

Possible projects
Hankies for my sister, his mom
Photo slideshow
Aisle runner


The Tattoos will look something close to this.
(https://www.craftster.org/pictures/showphoto.php?photo=125855)

I'll take picts of the save the dates & invitations soon!



Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: sunnydays914 on April 18, 2008 12:17:14 PM
I'm new, so i'm not allowed to post pictures yet, but I will once I've posted enough!

Only 4 more posts until we can see pictures!


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: *MAR* on April 18, 2008 03:05:38 PM
Yep, that was what I meant!  ;) And the little floral was nabbed from the folded card sample you sent to me, TheBon. The envelopments were looking a bit blah, but I didn't want to use the large graphic again, so when I looked back at the samples I remembered that that little bit would be perfect! I am soo happy I worked that gocco into the wedding budget!

Love it! Love Gocco too. I took a class at Paper Source a long time ago and always wanted my own. I should have budgeted one into my wedding! Why didn't I think of that? You're very clever.


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: LilFiney on April 19, 2008 08:53:47 AM
These are great!


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: thekster on April 21, 2008 12:51:17 PM
*frustrated scream* I hate trying to draw things in Microsoft Word! It's hideous. This is the La Porte, Texas area, and a lot of those streets are actually curvy, not so linear. I couldn't figure out the stupid curvy line thing in Word.
I think I'm just gunna try to do it in Paint. *sigh* Sorry guys. I just needed to vent a little. :/


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: sweets4ever on April 21, 2008 12:58:50 PM
Why not use Google map, screen capture it and edit it to your liking?


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: thekster on April 21, 2008 01:09:56 PM
Edit it on Word? I used Wedding Mapper to trace, but I just think it's uggggly. :/


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: cfbandit on April 21, 2008 01:11:38 PM
*frustrated scream* I hate trying to draw things in Microsoft Word!  It's hideous. This is the La Porte, Texas area, and a lot of those streets are actually curvy, not so linear. I couldn't figure out the stupid curvy line thing in Word.
I think I'm just gunna try to do it in Paint. *sigh* Sorry guys. I just needed to vent a little. :/

Do you have a buddy who can draw in AutoCAD? My best friend took a Google map, outlined it in AutoCAD, and sent the image to me as a picture so I could use it in my invitations. The map turned out very spiffy looking.


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: sunnydays914 on April 21, 2008 01:12:31 PM
Edit it on Word? I used Wedding Mapper to trace, but I just think it's uggggly. :/

What editing would need to be done? With google maps you can redraw your own route if the one that is automatically generated doesn't work. So if there is construction you want your guests to avoid or something like that, you can adjust the map before taking the screen shot.


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: thekster on April 21, 2008 01:31:41 PM
Hmmm I don't mess with Google maps usually so I'm unfamiliar with that, but I'll definately check it out.
My brother has AutoCAD but I don't know if he would feel like doing it for me. I'll have to ask him, if the google maps thing doesn't turn out.


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: sunnydays914 on April 21, 2008 01:39:11 PM
Hmmm I don't mess with Google maps usually so I'm unfamiliar with that, but I'll definately check it out.
My brother has AutoCAD but I don't know if he would feel like doing it for me. I'll have to ask him, if the google maps thing doesn't turn out.


If you'd like some help with Google maps, let me know and I can help. It's not too hard to use at all.


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: sweets4ever on April 21, 2008 01:42:28 PM
Hmmm I don't mess with Google maps usually so I'm unfamiliar with that, but I'll definately check it out.
My brother has AutoCAD but I don't know if he would feel like doing it for me. I'll have to ask him, if the google maps thing doesn't turn out.

If you'd like some help with Google maps, let me know and I can help. It's not too hard to use at all.

Ditto!  I'd Photoshop anything into it you want, too.  If, for example, you wanted a "heart" on your location.  That might be cute! ;D


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: Mishymishy on April 21, 2008 01:43:53 PM
Does the venue have a website? Maybe they have a map you can use on their website.


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: sweets4ever on April 21, 2008 01:59:53 PM
I was thinking something like this, but you could go soooo many ways and obviously in b&w or whatever, too:  http://i95.photobucket.com/albums/l156/sweets4ever48/MomsFirstFlight10-21-06/thekster.jpg


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: TheBon on April 21, 2008 09:58:36 PM
I like using the terrain view and then knocking the saturation down in photoshop so it gets all fade-y. This is cropped for a very specific use, and zoomed out [it links to a .pdf map on the site we're using it on.]



Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: thekster on April 21, 2008 10:27:34 PM
Mishy, unfortunately, they do not have a website. There's a couple things that mention it, or describe it, but no official website.
Sweets - When you said a heart, I thought you meant like a heart instead of a star like I had on mine. I think that's super cute! I originally just wanted the little lines to put on the invite, but I looooove that! Would you mind if I just used that? I'd probably would make it bw, or maybe teal and white. duno.(On a side note, I think it's weird that Google [assuming you used Google maps] put Evelyn Kennedy Park cuz I haven't really noticed a park there. Just a bunch of empty space.)

Wow, I took a sleeping pill and it'd killing mr, zThe screen keeps changing colors  and moveing over,,,and it bends and sometimes it seem lkek there cottonn rows and rows of cotton behind the screen and then little people are walking in there  and then the cotton turns to gas and stasrts coming out of the window.
Oy I should not be typing while I'm crafterstering but I don't wanna stop. I feel like theer's 5 little people in here
 
Sooooo... I don't think I posted pictures of my mockups for the invites on here yet. I think I've lost the original mockup, all I hav left is an envelope I miade that ws too big. It's going to be a third of a white cardstock page and will have just the"we invite you to come see us on oct 29 balabablnbla" stuff and then there'll be anothe rthing the same length of the invite  where one part will be a postcard that's like an rsvp card and the other part will be the directions on one side and i forgot what will be on the other side. The postcard and map parts will be perforated so it's easier on my guests. Both sheets will go inside a teal envelope (which I have yet to buy) that will look sort of like this (the names are just random names, and they'll probably be written in a gold or silver paint pen, although i could probabbly find a pink in our color) The part that says JK is actuallly the paper behind it will have a pretty stamp and our initials on it. Yayy. I can't find my camera


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: sweets4ever on April 22, 2008 06:24:32 AM
Sweets - When you said a heart, I thought you meant like a heart instead of a star like I had on mine. I think that's super cute! I originally just wanted the little lines to put on the invite, but I looooove that! Would you mind if I just used that? I'd probably would make it bw, or maybe teal and white. duno.(On a side note, I think it's weird that Google [assuming you used Google maps] put Evelyn Kennedy Park cuz I haven't really noticed a park there. Just a bunch of empty space.)

Sure, you can use it, if you want.  My original thought was a heart in place of the star, too.  Then I opened it on Photoshop and had too much fun. :D


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: islandfly on April 24, 2008 08:32:20 PM
Hi everyone... .I've been loosely following the last couple pages of this thread... After a lot of family drama (still in progress) I am finally able to discuss my wedding again, and participate in actual planning of the event, without becoming paralysed and depressed about it.

banga.. your invites are hot!! and so is your dress by the way.. very simple yet sophisticated, and the back (oh my).. i love a low back..

Sweets... as usual you have amazing stuff and i love the idea of the heart shape on the map.. Could I borrow as well?

thekster.... your preparations seem to be coming along quite well. I think you are engaged as long as me!

We've been engaged for roughly 9 months, and a lot of "thinking" I have finally started to plough through and finish planning my wedding in time for June. Cutting it close I know. My specialty. It is not without setbacks though.. for instance... my best friends and I had a vote, and we chose this

dress for me to wear
(https://www.craftster.org/pictures/showphoto.php?photo=127758)

however, the dress takes 12-14 weeks normal delivery .... so.. i've opted to have made. Now I do some sewing.. but these days with work, time is not on my side. So I went to a dressmaker.. she said she will not braid the black thing.. and there is none available locally.. so I've been online looking for a braid to plait myself, for her to sew... but no luck yet. Here is a close up of the braid
(https://www.craftster.org/pictures/showphoto.php?photo=127760)

 I'm thinking of using a rattail cord, and stitching them together, making the loop thing, and basting the whole thing on a satin backing like a belt. I've been dreaming about it, but no clear conclusions yet. SUGGESTIONS WELCOME!!!

We are on a very tight budget, and so far we added up what we expect to spend and its working to to be less than$2500 US, for about 40 people, including dress and honeymoon (but not rings) so i'm very pleased.  I have a graphics designer friend that i am trying to pin down this weekend to do the invitations for me, so am putting together my file of ideas for her. What works for me is that now I'm in a time crunch so I have to choose something fast! shorter stress period.

food & Drinks
I've ordered all my alcohol at the duty free shop at the airport (we have that service available) and 8 of my best friends are travelling in may, so can bring it for me when they return (yay!) We've also decided on a shots bar, to get all the alcoholics (everyone attending) good and tight so to reduce our overall alcohol bill (yay!)

we are catering ourselves, very simple food, a few cutters, specialty sausages (German heritage), wantons, crab dips etc., and something we have here called ham & hops, which is usually served at weddings, its basically ham in a bun.. but its the bomb. I love it.

The cake... we all love rum cakes (its actually a Christmas cake). My sister has mini bunt pans, that I plan to use to make a number of mini cakes (like cupcakes) and set on tiers as the wedding cake, and then after, everyone can have their own little cakes to eat (yay again!!). Similar to this
(https://www.craftster.org/pictures/showphoto.php?photo=127761)
But not so spaces out. Something a little more sophisticated.
I don't have an idea yet on decorating it, so again SUGGESTIONS WELCOME!!

Decor - I wear white... everyone else is in black....(by demand request). My friend - a florist and decorator - is loaning me for free fabric and lights to cordon off the area for the reception. we may rent a few cocktail tables, and he will do any centerpieces for free, and I'll pay for the flowers. (haven't decided on the design yet). Also to put some flambo's on the perimeter. The reception will be in my open air garage of our apt. which is on the ground floor, so it is just off the front porch. And it s covered (yay!) will take pics. We are supposed to move in next month.

We have planned to be married on a wednesday, (the following day is a holiday, so we get that day free from work), fly out to our honeymoon, and then return sunday night, and have the reception the following saturday.
Only my immediate family is invited, and it is still questionable if they are coming. FI family is not attending either, but that is for different reasons. they are all in different countries. My family is not being very nice or supportive.


Congratulations if you made it all the way through this post!!!! If not... i don't blame you... this is a lot of info!!! sorry to pile it on so much so fast!! will post the invites next week when they are done

thanks for reading...






Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: islandfly on April 24, 2008 08:40:32 PM
Hmmm I don't mess with Google maps usually so I'm unfamiliar with that, but I'll definately check it out.
My brother has AutoCAD but I don't know if he would feel like doing it for me. I'll have to ask him, if the google maps thing doesn't turn out.


btw.. if you need, i could help you with the CAD drawings if you you'd like


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: thekster on April 24, 2008 09:18:59 PM
Bon, nice haircut.
Islandfly, *whew* long post! Do I get a cookie for reading the whole thing? :) My preparations aren't anywhere NEAR as far as some of the wonderful brides on here. I feel like I have so much more crap to do! But with 6 months (and 3 weeks and 3 days! haha) I think I'll be fine. I hope. We've been engaged for 1 year and 4 months! Holy cow.
That braided belt thing seems like it wouldn't be too difficult. I'm picturing in my mind how to do it, but I don't have anything that I could demonstrate on. Maybe I could pull some cords and use them. Hmm.
We're doing the bride-in-white, everyone-else-in-black thing too! Wow I just reread your post to find when you were getting married, and that's soon! Getting nervous yet? :) Oh AND we're getting married on a Wednesday too haha.
Do you mind if I ask why your family might not come? Obviously you don't have to answer; I'm just a nosypants.


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: M Fox on April 24, 2008 11:07:48 PM
islandfly - check departments stores' belt departments for something like that black braid - I'll be you could find something similar. 


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: sunnydays914 on April 25, 2008 05:37:29 AM
My preparations aren't anywhere NEAR as far as some of the wonderful brides on here.

thekster, thats because frogeyesalad and I are down to 3 weeks from tomorrow. For your sake and sanity, I'd hope you haven't pushed yourself that far toward being done.

islandfly, I'm sorry your family isn't being supportive! It is really hard to plan a wedding without family involvement (IMHO). So far, none of my mom's siblings have RSVPd so looks like they might not be coming either. I'm not going to sweat it. As much as I want them to come, I'm still going to be married at the end of it all, right?

My sister has mini bunt pans, that I plan to use to make a number of mini cakes (like cupcakes) and set on tiers as the wedding cake, and then after, everyone can have their own little cakes to eat (yay again!!).
But not so spaces out. Something a little more sophisticated.
I don't have an idea yet on decorating it, so again SUGGESTIONS WELCOME!!

I am a huge advocate of silk flowers and greenery. If you decide on flowers (or even flower alternatives because there are many on here) you can decorate the cake tower with those. I can picture a black tablecloth, a big ol' string of fake pearls and creamy colored flowers... what kinds of flowers I'm not sure due to my lack of a green thumb and not knowing what might possibly be in season where you live and when you're getting married. I know that for me (living in Michigan), I could get pumpkins for cheap but not a lot of flowers.

Let us know how the planning goes!


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: sunnydays914 on April 25, 2008 05:49:35 AM
PS: I'm graduating from the uni this weekend and then moving so no wedding prept will be done but next week should be a big week!

Monday we are getting our marriage license.
Tuesday I am making pocket squares for all of the groomsmen and groom plus figuring out what we are getting the ushers for gifts.
Wednesday the attendant gifts are getting wrapped and certificates are being made to give to the parents and bridesmaids (parents are getting custom photo albums and bridesmaids are getting their hair done the morning of the wedding).
Thursday Making children's favors (star shaped crayons a la Sweets and coloring pages)
Friday I am getting my final fitting for my dress plus finalizing the cake.

Next week is going to be intense! Someone is going to have to hold me to that because I'm running out of time to procrastinate!


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: sweets4ever on April 25, 2008 05:55:40 AM
Islandfly, of course you can use the map idea.  And, wowie, I love your dress!  I have no ideas for the braided portion though, unfortunately. :(

Dang, sunnydays914! :o

I think I've mentioned this before, but with lots of you getting "down to the wire," I'll share again.  The best homework (advice) our Father gave us two days before the wedding was this:  the day before the wedding (you know, when everything is on your mind and you're about to go crazy!), spend one 1/2 hour alone with your fiance.  DO NOT discuss anything wedding-related.  Talk about your kids, your upcoming honeymoon, the lovely spring weather, the color of the sky, but DO NOT talk about the wedding or anything related to it.  Take a walk at a park together, walk the dogs, ride your bicycles and enjoy each other for 30 minutes.  Trust me, you'll be glad you did. :)

So happy for all of you!


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: islandfly on April 25, 2008 06:19:50 AM
Thekster.. you should get a cookie!!  ;D it was a marathon post... i forgot about the marriage liscense!! (must go pack to page one and go over list. I can't believe how similar our weddings are! and no i'm not stressed.. I refuse to be..

Since i am not having any bridesmaids, I dont need gifts for them, and I'm planning to do favours, although I may still do cookies....

Sunnydays - YOU ARE INSANE!!! graduating and moving and crafting your wedding all within one month! girl.. you are my hero... seriously. I like the black table cloth w/ the pearls idea.. with have to sketch and expand on that.. i dont too much like flowers on a cake.. though I did see a fabulous 2 tiered square cake with green cala lilies brushed over it.. that i loved

MFox - department stores are next for some sort of belt thing... although I saw this post today and thought about  running a similar pattern for the front braides, and might be fun to make

https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=242293.0

hm....



Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: goldy on April 25, 2008 09:33:53 AM
Does this look like the braid. I would make it with a piece of fabric just concertinad. does that make sence?     http://images.google.co.uk/imgres?imgurl=http://www.ehow.com/images/ehows/steps/fig8knotstep5_L.jpg&imgrefurl=http://www.ehow.com/how_7534_tie-figure-eight.html&h=250&w=350&sz=19&hl=en&start=13&um=1&tbnid=p4UAijWip8Y0aM:&tbnh=86&tbnw=120&prev=/images%3Fq%3Dfigure%2B8%2Bmacrame%26um%3D1%26hl%3Den%26client%3Dfirefox-a%26rls%3Dorg.mozilla:en-US:official%26hs%3DeC6%26sa%3DNhttp://


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: islandfly on April 25, 2008 02:49:57 PM
Does this look like the braid. I would make it with a piece of fabric just concertinad. does that make sence?     http://images.google.co.uk/imgres?imgurl=http://www.ehow.com/images/ehows/steps/fig8knotstep5_L.jpg&imgrefurl=http://www.ehow.com/how_7534_tie-figure-eight.html&h=250&w=350&sz=19&hl=en&start=13&um=1&tbnid=p4UAijWip8Y0aM:&tbnh=86&tbnw=120&prev=/images%3Fq%3Dfigure%2B8%2Bmacrame%26um%3D1%26hl%3Den%26client%3Dfirefox-a%26rls%3Dorg.mozilla:en-US:official%26hs%3DeC6%26sa%3DNhttp://

this definitely looks like the braid.. but what is concertinad?


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: thekster on April 25, 2008 05:29:24 PM
Ladies!  >:( :'( I was driving to my fiance with my ginormous bag of flowers on the passenger side floor, and I had crap my mom gave me + sodas in the seat, and some douchebag slammed on his breaks right in front of me so I had to slam on mine, and the soda went flying straight into the bag of flowers. No sooner had I cursed and righted the sodas, he did it again and they went flying again! I finished the drive and just started crying. I got them home and the wrapped stem part on one bouquet was drenched in soda, and it's a lot darker than the rest. The bridal bouquet got soda on it too. Since the flowers are white, I'm so worried that the stupid soda will stain. :( I'm so pissed and upset that I'll have to redo my damn flowers a fourth time!


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: sweets4ever on April 25, 2008 05:31:02 PM
Awww... I'm so sorry!! :(


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: Banga on April 25, 2008 07:54:44 PM
That is such crap luck, thekster!  Stuff like that always happens to me, my mom always tells me, "Things happen for a reason!" Which I translate in my head into, "Awful shit always happens to me for a reason!" I should have tee shirts made. It's a bummer that you may have to do them again, but just breathe easy. Much worse things could happen (like you guys could have rear-ended that jerk and been hurt!). Maybe you could dye them all and carry "antique" flowers  :)

islandfly, thanks for the compliments on my invites and dress! Best of luck with all of your planning. Your dress looks lovely, and as we here all know, even if the planning is stressful at times, doing it yourself is soo worth it! I'm having so much fun, even if I do feel bogged down at times. I'm going to be so much happier with my DIY wedding than if I had hired a coordinator and plunked down oodles of cash for a cookie cutter wedding based on a magazine! I'm sure you will be, too!


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: starveil101 on April 25, 2008 08:38:18 PM
thekster...  :'(  I'm sorry you had to go through that!  Maybe you can go 'antique' like Banga said! :)

Wow, this is going to be the 4th time! Well, that just means this bouquet is going to be pretty professional now since you know what you are doing!  Maybe someone will love it so much that you can do their's for their wedding and get paid for it (at lease it'll pay off the other flowers)!  :)  Anyways, we love ya girl, and we're glad to know you are alright. As for that guy, if he keeps doing stunts like that then he'll run into his own justice, hopefully a cop will give a ticket next time (do cops give tickets for that?). 

BTW, I realized it's really hard to picture you upset/mad when I see on the left your very very cheerful avatar!  ;D


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: thekster on April 25, 2008 08:50:32 PM
Sunndays - holy cow! 3 weeks! *giddy squeal for you* Yeah I'm not THAT crazy hah. I hope to get the cake ordered, the minister booked for sure, the caterer booked with menus decided, and something else I'm forgetting done this month though. My fiance STILL needs to decide who he's going to have as best man and groomsmen. Sounds like you have a full week ahead of you! And did I miss you saying something about a black cloth with pearls?
I'm wondering how much everyone is paying for their marriage license. Ours (in Harris County) will be 41 buckaroos, unless we take a four hour marital course. (Our minister requires marital counseling too but it wouldn't count towards the marriage license.)
Islandfly - good for not being stressed. I'm curious as to how else our weddings are similar :)
Sweets & Banga- I'm okay now. I guess I just needed to cry/vent. In a while, I'll see if I was just making a big deal out of nothing. I really really hope they didn't stain, but if they did, Banga's idea of dyeing them all is a good idea. I just really don't want to have to take them apart since I got them as close to perfect as they will get. Arrrrr.

Oh btw, my mom and I went to Walmart today and I saw a cupcake tree stand in the bakery section. The tag said 30 bucks, and it looks like the tree stand is included. It's small but if you have a small wedding it'd be perfect. Or you could get a couple if you wanted to do it that way. It looked like it was made out of really sturdy styrofoam, if anyone wants to try making one themselves.


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: sweets4ever on April 25, 2008 08:52:18 PM
Marriage licenses in our county are $50 cash only.


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: thekster on April 25, 2008 08:55:36 PM
Haha starveil. I doubt very much they look very professional, but the third time WAS a charm, until this happened. Before, they looked really cylindrical. I think if they are stained I might go with Banga's idea. I'm not sure how I'd like them though. As for stupid drivers, it always seems that stupid cops are NEVER around when other people are driving badly. Just when I do something *shakes fist at cops*
Is my avatar that cheerful? Karebear is my nickname :)
Jeez, sweets! They don't have an option to take a class? I bet the class costs money too though. Hmmm


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: sweets4ever on April 25, 2008 09:00:27 PM
No options for classes to lower the county fee.  Some ministers offer classes to lower their fees, though.

Our Father ended up giving us some of our money back immediately after the ceremony.  He said we were one of the nicest, funniest couples he had ever worked with.  He hugged my husband in the receiving line and slipped him some of the money back. :D  He told him to make sure I ate well while we were in Hawaii, ha!


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: thekster on April 25, 2008 09:08:04 PM
Awwwww your Father seems like such a sweetie! I don't know if ours will charge since I've known him for yeaaaars but we'll give him or donate money to the church anyways.


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: sunnydays914 on April 26, 2008 06:44:31 AM
The marriage license fee in my county is only $20 which surprised me. I live in the second largest city in the state so I figured that it would be more than that. Not that I'm going to argue, of course.
Our pastor is my FH's boss and our good friend so while it is INCREDIBLY awkward listening to him talk about sex (*shudder*), he isn't going to charge us anything. We're still going to get him and his wife a gift card to some swanky restaurant or something, or just take them out to dinner when we get home from the honeymoon. We'll see.

theskter, the black cloth with pearls was a suggestion for islandfly's cake table. There's something about black and pearls that screams elegance... like Audrey Hepburn or someone equally fancy. My list is pretty ambitious but at this point, I don't know if I have much of a choice. There isn't time left to go slowly. I am really sorry to hear about the flowers. I would probably be so fed up by now that I wouldn't use flowers at all. Way to stick with it! I don't know what vinegar would do to the flowers but really, a gentle cleaning with white vinegar (or oxyclean ::)) might help and it certainly cannot ruin the flowers. The soda did a good job of that anyway. The flowers might be savable!


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: Banga on April 26, 2008 08:58:18 AM
I think we paid 50 for our license and 100 for the JP. It just sucks to have to pay another JP to do our ceremony again! (just a reminder: we were married over a year ago without a ceremony and reception, so the July wedding will be a quick renewal service and ring exchange. Can't get cold feet now! Haha!)


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: ruby_soho on April 26, 2008 09:00:59 AM
our license is going to cost 60 bucks, which seems high....


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: lefty8881 on April 26, 2008 09:18:25 AM
wow, my county is a rip off.  actually, it's the same all through minneasota- $110!  you can get a discount if you take 12 hours of a pre-marital classes and then it's only $40.  (which we didn't do)


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: frogeyesalad on April 26, 2008 10:31:25 AM
ours is $36, but $41 everywhere else in the state. We did strategic planning on where to get it:)

holy cow, 3 weeks left. and Sunnydays is so far ahead of me:) This week (along with writing a 10 page paper and taking a final in "intellectual history") I need to:

sew the bustle straps on my dress, since I don't like the one on there.
make my petticoat/crinoline
figure out how the heck to do my hair and makeup
order my flowers
order cupcakes (yikes, running out of time!)

Then, sometime in the next 3 weeks we are building the cupcake tree
Ahh, I think I can do it. I'm actually visiting my FH right now, and it's great to put it all in perspective and remember all that matters is we're getting married, and the rest can be crap:) (we haven't seen each other in 7 weeks, but at least we are in the same state now!)


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: goldy on April 26, 2008 03:22:13 PM

this definitely looks like the braid.. but what is concertinad?
Er the only way I can explain is folded like you would a paper fan.


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: thekster on April 26, 2008 04:35:43 PM
HOLY COW! $110?? I just mentioned that to my fiance and he was like "Well if you can't afford to pay it, you probably shouldn't be getting married." Buuuttt I guess I'm just a cheapie. That IS a ripoff, Lefty! I guess ours is on the low end, compared to everyone else but Sunnydays.
Hmmm Frogseye, I should check out if any counties near us are lower. Good idea :) Wow 3 weeks left and you haven't ordered flowers? Eek! And I can't believe you haven't seen each other in 7 weeks! It'll make the wedding night that much better huh ? *wink wink nudge nudge* :)


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: frogeyesalad on April 26, 2008 09:41:13 PM
Hmmm Frogseye, I should check out if any counties near us are lower. Good idea :) Wow 3 weeks left and you haven't ordered flowers? Eek! And I can't believe you haven't seen each other in 7 weeks! It'll make the wedding night that much better huh ? *wink wink nudge nudge* :)

Well, that and the fact that we're both virgins, the wedding night should be interesting, to say the least:) The county I live in happened to be cheap, but I looked around at others. Looks like $41 is basically standard for the state of Texas, so we just decided to get it in my county to save $5. We're so cheap.

And my flowers I'm ordering from farmstogo.com, and they only order 3 weeks out, so its ok. I'm doing them myself, with the help of my FSIL who TA'd flower arranging classes in college, so we're having them delivered two days before the wedding and arranging them the day before. Maybe I'm crazy! At least we're just going with straight gerberas, makes it easier


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: ruby_soho on April 27, 2008 07:41:05 AM
At least we're just going with straight gerberas, makes it easier

Ooh, we're doing gerberas, too - I can't wait to see how your experience with arranging them goes :)


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: TheBon on April 27, 2008 09:30:46 AM
Our marriage license was $60. $25 of that goes to the county, $25 of that goes in a state fund to provide relief to victims of domestic violence, and $10 goes in the Marriage License Mediation Fund whatever that is. For an extra $4 you can waive the three day waiting period between getting the license and getting married. And for an extra dollar you can get the ceremonial "scrapbook" license which I thought was totally ugly so we did not get it. A certified copy of our marriage license [which we need to pick up here soon, it's only been 10 months!] will cost us 7.75, how's that for a random price?


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: starveil101 on April 27, 2008 01:04:31 PM
Well, I wasn't going to compare license prices, b/c I felt like I was being uncrafty about it, but oh well!
Our fee for all of Florida is $93.50 for right now.  Not as high as the $110 like lefty8881's state, but still pretty high.

I don't know what all this means, but at lease I know how they charge us!  If we take the class, I guess it's reduced to $61.

. S. 28.24 ($30.00)
F. S. 741.01(1) ($2.00)
F. S. 741.01(2) ($25.00)
F. S. 741.01(3) ($7.50)
F. S. 741.01(4) ($25.00)
F. S. 741.02 ($4.00)
F. S. 741.01(05) The fee for each marriage license issued in the state shall be reduced by the sum of $32.50 for all couples who present valid certificates of completion of a premarital preparation course from a qualified course provider registered under s. 741.0305(5) for a course taken no more than 1 year prior to the date of application for a marriage license.
 


Still not crafty related, but I think I might have found a photographer!  She's a friend of a friend, building her portfolio and has a super friendly personality!  She'll take a free engagement session for us (and when we do, I'll post pics), and just charge her hrs ($50).  In all, (including the wedding and engagment) and Digital negatives+edited pics, she will be charging us $400.  I'm not sure exactly how many hrs that would be- I just emailed her that question.  My other friend that told me about her will be the assistant photographer and she'll be doing that as a wedding present :)  Yeah for fun, creative photographers!  Hopefully I really enjoy our engagment shots, b/c she sounds very promising!

Okay, now for the crafty part-- although no pictures yet till I'm all through.  Awhile back ago I had designed my wedding dress and really wanted to make it!  Sooo, a woman in my church is giving me her daughter's dress she wore for a pagent (yes, she had to find a 'white' dress, so they bought a wedding dress), and it cost her $450.  I mentioned I might be 'reconstructing' it before I was to see it, and she said that it is perfectly okay with her.  Sooo, I really liked the bodice, and I'll transform it into a sweetheart top, and I'll take away all the tulle and use the underlining skirt and place my design over that, and then you guys will have to wait and see!  My friend will help me with the sewing (she design's and makes clothing as a business) so at lease I know I won't screw up :) 
Here's a teaser pic of the embroidery on the bodice:


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: islandfly on April 28, 2008 05:17:54 AM
well my internet was down this weekend.. but now I’m back up

thekster – sorry to hear about your flowers.... plain cub soda might also help to remove the stains… about our 2 weddings… we are getting married on a Wednesday, jumping on a plane to our honeymoon, for 5 days or so.. and having a party the following Saturday. We did it this way, because my family is huge, and we cant afford to invite them all… so we are inviting none, since his family cant come anyway (they live all over the world). This way by spitting it… I think it is less of a wedding reception, and more of a celebration party (if you buy that!), so to avoid some of the politics that go with the guest list.

Sweets & Banga – thanks for the compliments of the dress! I didn’t really like it at first.. I think the model turned me off… but I like it now!

And Banga.. I agree about cookie cutter weddings.. a lot of brides go through infinite stress about “personalizing” their weddings… but nothing is more personal than DIY… (my humble opinion)

Starveil… very mean teaser.. the bodice of your dress looks lovely.. cant wait to see the finished product

Goldy… thanks for the idea for the braid… I’ve got some scrap fabric, with do a trial tonight…

So... after a failed attempt at fabric purchase on saturday for my dress, and waistband attempt.. the stupid store closed early.. i did get my invitations done! yay! go me!! A friend of mine is a graphic artist, and this weekend I ambushed her to do my invites.. I think she did a great job.  (there is a bit of space at the bottom cus i erased the address for this post) Our theme is black and white.

here are the options, but I think we are going for the 2nd one

(https://www.craftster.org/pictures/showphoto.php?photo=128529)

(https://www.craftster.org/pictures/showphoto.php?photo=128530)

(https://www.craftster.org/pictures/showphoto.php?photo=128531)

Btw.. have no idea what a marriage license costs here, but the “contribution” to the church is like $60-$80 (with choir & organist, its like $170 in total)

EDIT* actually i just found out.. it costs about $17 to register and get your marriage certificate!
whoohoo!! there are some perks to living in a 3rd world country!lol


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: eternallyeve on April 29, 2008 05:49:31 AM
Wow! Even if we get married in a registry office it will cost us $275.00! We don't want a church wedding since neither of us go to church anyway so we plan on having a garden wedding in the local botanical gardens. I got quotes from a whole bunch of marriage celebrants and they wanted up to $600.00!! For exactly the same thing as the registry office, except they come to your location. I finally found a lovely celebrant that only charges $300.00, so for an extra $25.00 we get to have the wedding where we want and not in a courtroom  :D.

As for premarital prep courses, I have no idea if Australia even does these  ???. I know there is no mention of them anywhere I have found and there are certainly no discounts... And yet, as bad as our divorce rate is, we are still better off than some countries that require them, lol, go figure!


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: ruby_soho on April 29, 2008 07:30:12 AM
the county clerk in the county we'll be getting married does ceremonies in her office for an additional $25 (on top of the license fee) - which would have made the total $85 to get married, if we wanted to go that direction :)

the officiants in that area are really expensive, too - we also found some up to $600, and granted that included premarital counseling sessions and personalization of the ceremony, and i think some extras like an archival quality copy of the marriage ceremony and certificate and etcetera....  but we're having a civil ceremony that will last all of ten minutes, and if an archival quality copy of anything is needed, we can just make or get one ourselves.  i wonder how much they added to their price for that. 

in the end, we have decided to have a friend ordained (for free!) and marry us, which i think is worth the savings.  i can't in good conscience pay someone $600 to be at my wedding for half an hour. ;)


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: sunnydays914 on April 30, 2008 07:49:11 AM
I've been working on wedding stuff nonstop this week while watching my little sisters and so I haven't made as much progress as I had hoped.
- I have peeled crayons to melt down into a star shaped crayon for the children's favors
- I mailed out checks to vendors
- I bought our grown up wedding favors at www.mainstreetseedsandsupply.com (http://www.mainstreetseedsandsupply.com). The seeds are packaged in a small, clear poly bag with a custom label of our design which is...

The total for 150 packets was a little under $70 which fit the budget perfectly.
Tonight I want to melt down the crayons and complete the kids favors. We shall see if the little sister cooperates.


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: sweets4ever on April 30, 2008 09:37:26 AM
Your label is lovely!!

You're totally making progress -- have fun melting! :)


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: thekster on April 30, 2008 12:12:01 PM
Star - Teasers are no fun! We want a pic of the whole thing! :) You are going to give us before-and-afters right???
Sunny - That the same one from your website, right? I love it; it's so pretty.

YAYYYY my flowers didn't get ruined!! They might smell slightly soda-y but otherwise they're fine. The bag they were in was incredibly sticky though. I've put them in a paper bag (cuz the plastic one kept tearing from the wires) and will take them home to my mom's for safekeeping until the wedding. And THIS time, I'll put them in the trunk like I should have before haha.
My wedding planning/crafting has pretty much come to a standstill. (Partly due to the fact that Mother's Day is coming up, AND my fiance's college graduation is coming up too. I'm crafting a better photo album for him in addition to other crap hah so I don't have time for grad and wedding crafts.) I need to finish the bout's but I need help cuz my mom says the lilies are too large for the bouts but I only have two types of flowers in my bouquet. Arrr.
Hah I'm watching some  special episode of a wedding show, after the vows, and this one lady said something about how you truly don't know some things about a person or their habits or their thought processes until after you get married, and that some things she loved about her husband before they were married really annoy her now. :/  Probably one of the reasons there are so many divorces nowadays. Sad sad sad.


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: sunnydays914 on April 30, 2008 12:35:11 PM
YAYYYY my flowers didn't get ruined!!

YAYAYAYAYAY! That would have been awful and terrible and a million other things.

I forgot to mention that the favors for the adults (I've been avoiding the phrase "adult favors" because it sounds a little more pg-13 than I intend :)) are going to be painted daisy seeds. Yay pretty flowers!


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: thekster on April 30, 2008 03:12:22 PM
Sunny - yep I'm really glad the flowers are fine.
When I first read "adult favors" I wondered if you were passing around naughty toys or something haha ;) Daisy seeds aren't very large, are they? When you say painted, do you mean with a picture or just a solid color? Will you be doing it yourself? That seems like a LOTTTT of work, assuming there will be at least a few in each package. Can you still plant them afterwards? (Jeeeez sorry for so many question! I'm just curious)

Instead of making my FH an album for his graduation, I think I'll actually make it as a wedding present so I can include wedding pictures in it. Originally, I was just going to make it be big events in his/our life, but I don't have too many pictures of us from major events. Soooo I'm just putting random pictures in there, but also a couple from right after we got engaged, some at his prom, some at mine, some from his hs grad, and there will eventually be pics from college grad and the wedding.  I'm making absolutely positive I get a lot from his grad this time around. I think I'll present it to him after graduation, but it'll have a page in it that says "To be continued..." so I can include the wedding pics later. (Speaking of, I may have REALLY good news about a photographer, but I'll keep it to myself for now so I don't jinx it!) I wonder if I'm still allowed to post it in the wedding board if it's part grad part wedding gift...
I'm going to go to my mom's house to get some clear contact paper to cover it so it doesn't get ruined too quickly, and then I'll post pics (if I'm allowed, I suppose)


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: thekster on April 30, 2008 05:12:40 PM
Finished quickly! (Well, the outside anyways.)
I didn't make this from scratch; I bought like 5 from the dollar store, ripped out the spiraly insides, and combined the pages. There were only 8 pages in each one, which I felt wasn't enough. I made front and back pages out of two pieces of cardstock glued together to attach the book and the pages together. Here's what it looked like before - waaaay too girly for my FH.

Annnnd after -

Nothing super fancy or anything; I threw the front image together in about 5 minutes hah. I was considering putting a blue (his fave colors) black or white ribbon around the top edge (where the spine ends and the cover begins) because there's a tiny gap with a little bit of adhesive sticking out, but I think the ribbon may be too girly and it's not that noticeable. What do you guys and gals think?


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: ruby_soho on April 30, 2008 05:51:39 PM
that's so cute :D  i think a super thin ribbon along the black edge would give a little oomph though ;D


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: thekster on April 30, 2008 05:58:12 PM
You don't think it would be too girly? Do you think I should have it be black, white, or blue? Blue may be kinda hard cuz I don't know what shade is his fave. I feel like the ribbon wouldn't stay very well or for very long because the spine is wonky.


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: ruby_soho on April 30, 2008 06:23:49 PM
i think blue or white would be good for the contrast... maybe it'd stay if you hot glued it?


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: thekster on April 30, 2008 06:30:38 PM
Hmmmm this shouldn't be that hard of a decision! Ahhhh I hate making decisions. I guess it'll come down to what colors my mom has in her little ribbon collectoin hah. I'm broke. I think I'd like the blue but would it look a little weird since the pics are in b&w? Mannnnn I already went to my mom's house once; I don't want to go back twice in one day. Gas is too dang expensive!


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: sweets4ever on April 30, 2008 06:34:05 PM
I vote blue. :)


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: sunnydays914 on April 30, 2008 07:38:11 PM
Daisy seeds aren't very large, are they? When you say painted, do you mean with a picture or just a solid color? Will you be doing it yourself? That seems like a LOTTTT of work, assuming there will be at least a few in each package. Can you still plant them afterwards? (Jeeeez sorry for so many question! I'm just curious)

I think I can answer all your questions with just one answer. Painted daisies are also called pyrethrum daisies and have nothing to do with actual paint, that's just their name. I am not so crazy as to paint something as small as seeds... at least not right now:)
 Here's a picture:


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: starveil101 on April 30, 2008 07:56:47 PM
LoL, I knew you guys would like a teaser! hehe! ;D  And of course I will have before and after shots!!  That is a must!

thekster, I'm soooo happy your flowers are still safe!!! lol, you should make a shirt saying 'save the flowers!'  ;)  I also love the photo album!  Very cute!  I kind of feel bad now, b/c my fiance is also graduating from college (on saturday actually) and I didn't even think about doing anything for him!! Hum,.. maybe I'll give him 'a million kisses coupon book' since he can finally pay attention to me!!! lol, actually.... he should give that coupon book to me since I didn't get paid attention to! lol, j/k.. he was busy in a book for our future being, and I get that- as annoying that may have been at times!  Now to Grad. school for him!!

Anyways, beautiful album!!  I like the blue ribbon idea, I guess finding the right shade that will look good too will be the best challenge, just don't stare at different blue colors all day!


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: thekster on April 30, 2008 08:19:42 PM
haha Sunny, sorry, I don't have very much knowledge when it comes to flowers. I just know they're pretty and some smell good :)
Star - Hah I should make a shirt like that. Noooo one but the craftsters on this board and the people I told about my flowers would know what it meant hah. Or people would just think I'm like crazy eco-friendly. And thanks for liking the album :) I'll probably try to finish it off tomorrow after work. And don't feel bad; I only thought of it like 3 weeks before his graduation. I usually plan months ahead of time. If you wanted to make him a photo album, it's REALLY quick; locating the images, resizing and positioning them was the only thing that took any real time and that took maybe 30 minutes. Recovering the album didn't take that long. I put 40 pages in the book, so I think what will take the most time is putting all the pictures in. Besides, it's only Wednesday. Maybe with you and I (and anyone else) brainstorm quickly, we can think of something that you can throw together. :) Mind if I ask what your FH does for a living, or will do for a living?


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: starveil101 on April 30, 2008 08:37:34 PM
lol, your right, it doesn't take that long for the album! He is graduating with a degree in biblical studies, minor-psychology and in grad school he will be going for his MDiv (masters of divinity), so, with that it will be somewhere in ministry.  He currently works with a team here in FL called Children's International Network that works w/ Bolivian orphan boys.  And he was working at the school's library, but that's not a continuing job... Oh, lol, this is soo cute, but this summer for just a job till he goes to Texas (for grad school) he wants to work with our tri-rail system (the train).  He told me that today, and he wants to see if he can get a job being the announcer for stops and when the doors open/close!  Aw!  I should give him a conductor's hat!

Actually, I was looking over in the paper making sections, and I really liked some of the books that people recreated/painted over.  I could totally use a book my dad is planning to throw out and paint really cool things in it/designs and put photos in the there of us!  lol, yes, you actually helped me w/o realizing you did. Thanx!  I actually might want to do that for our wedding guest signing book too, or something to that extent, that will take prep. and planning! 


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: thekster on April 30, 2008 08:43:11 PM
I was thinking maybe you could make him one of those book holder things (like where they glue the pages together and hollow it out so you can store stuff in them) out of the Bible, but I don't think I'd be able to bring myself to rip up the pages of a Bible. He probably would get upset by that so that's a stupid idea; nevermind. I hope he likes whatever you end up doing! And I'm glad I could help without realizing it haha :)


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: starveil101 on April 30, 2008 09:03:54 PM
I was thinking maybe you could make him one of those book holder things (like where they glue the pages together and hollow it out so you can store stuff in them) out of the Bible, but I don't think I'd be able to bring myself to rip up the pages of a Bible. He probably would get upset by that so that's a stupid idea; nevermind. I hope he likes whatever you end up doing! And I'm glad I could help without realizing it haha :)

You know what, when he was little (dunno how little when he did it), he actually made a hallowed out book for his safe keeping of money and one day he pulled out the book and there was that Ziploc bag with his money, lol it was so cute!  Anyways, that is actually a really cute idea!!  Hum... yeah, lol, I guess there should be some reverence for the bible, but in America we can get them anywhere, so, it's a bitter sweet idea, b/c we can craft it, and other countries will kill you if you have it,...so... I'll have to find an alternative for that, lol.  What probably would have to happen is take a book that could be 'bible-size' and create the outside to make it 'look' like a bible, then cut it up and won't feel bad about the sacredty of it!  See, you still had a brilliant idea, it just needed a twist!

I just came up with a cute honeymoon gift that a guy could totally give his bride!  Still on the subject of hallowed out books, it could say on the front something like "How to make your man happy..." or w/e, then they open it and it's lingerie that the guy stuck in there ahead of time!.. Alright, It's time for me to go to bed now lol.  :) (agh, why don't we have a sleeping emotican-sp? !)


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: Mishymishy on April 30, 2008 11:03:49 PM
Kster: I know this is super late but HOORAY for rescued flowers! :D


BTW, I totally thought the seeds would be painted too.  :-[


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: thekster on May 01, 2008 11:15:32 AM
Mishy - HOORAY indeed! And yay, I'm not the only one haha :)
Star - Other countries will kill you if you have the Bible, or if you have a hollowed out one? Man... I must be really sheltered. And I would like it if my guy gave me something like that haha. He says my wedding gift is the rings or the actual wedding :( I hope he's just saying that so he can surprise me. *sad sad face*

Anyhoo, I took pictures of all the ribbons I could find for the book and I need opinions. Which one looks best? (BTW, number 2 is actually really really dark blue, not black.)


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: sweets4ever on May 01, 2008 11:16:43 AM
7 or 8 :)

Oh!  Or 8 with 3 down the middle. :D  Nevermind, that might start looking patriotic. :D


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: ruby_soho on May 01, 2008 11:17:14 AM
1 or 5 for me :D

or 1 with 2 or 9 in the middle.  heh.


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: thekster on May 01, 2008 11:20:25 AM
Good Lord you're fast, Sweets! And I didn't even think about using two. That's why you're my mentor (you don't have to accept; I've already made you it in my head haha:) )
Patriotic? There's no red though. Hmmm.  I'll look at it with them on there. What about maybe 1 with two on top?

Dang it guys, you haven't agreed on any! I think the colors he might like best would be 8 or 2, and I think 4, 5, and 9 look too girly with those little things on the edges. Hmmmm.


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: thekster on May 01, 2008 11:21:23 AM
Ruby, you must have modified your post while I was replying, cuz we both said 1 with 2! Hmmmm I think I'll take more pics with diff combos


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: sweets4ever on May 01, 2008 11:23:51 AM
Oooh... 1 with 2 in the middle might be nice!


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: thekster on May 01, 2008 11:39:36 AM
Grrr, the pictures ended up really grainy, and the only one that I liked doubled up were number 1 under number 2. I think if I double them up I will do #s 1 and 2. I feel #1 might be a little too large, though.

OK so the choices now are 1/2, 1, 2, 7, 8 or a combination of those.


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: sweets4ever on May 01, 2008 11:43:20 AM
I like all of those, ha!

If 1 is too big, how does 7 look on 2?  Or 2 on 8? :D


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: thekster on May 01, 2008 11:50:00 AM
Hmmm I think 7 on 2 and 2 on 8 are both too small by themselves, but I think I like 7 on 2 on 8 haha


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: sweets4ever on May 01, 2008 11:50:47 AM
:D!  How did you ever choose your dress and location?? :D


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: thekster on May 01, 2008 11:53:57 AM
Hahah it was very hard, trust me.
Actually, the dress was easy. The location ended up being my FH's decision, cuz I wanted somewhere else.


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: thekster on May 01, 2008 11:57:00 AM
OK so I think I'm gunna warm up my glue gun and at least put #8 on


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: thekster on May 01, 2008 12:15:52 PM

I don't think I'm liking this :( And of course I decide this after I've already glued down the first ribbon.


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: sweets4ever on May 01, 2008 12:29:56 PM
I like it from what I can tell.


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: starveil101 on May 01, 2008 12:31:11 PM
I like 5!  The teal-blue looks cool with it and isn't too girly! also thekster, other countries will kill you if you have something like or bible or profess you are a christian, etc. (it's really hard for them b/c of religious persecution and the government's power)  

btw, it is a teal ribbon right? or does it just look like that on the computer?  Although, I just realized you already glued #8.. hum.. I hope you'll find one you like and the ribbon can peel up easy if you are really not liking it? Is it just bad glueing?


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: thekster on May 01, 2008 12:34:30 PM
Sweets - I know, the picture is horrible. I couldn't get the glue to not squish out and then when I could, I couldn't get the ribbons to center properly, so I don't want to risk screwing it up so I think I'm just leaving it with numberrr uhm 8 I think it was. It looks simple and elegant to me.
Star - 5 is actually a light blue. If it was teal, it would have been neat cuz that's our weding colors! Awww mannn I should have used the ribbon I made from our wedding material. Oh well, I like #8 too. I've got to put it away quickly cuz he's in the other room hah.

So now the outside is completely finished. I was going to print out the pictures for the inside, put my mom's cleaning lady was at out house so I just left before I printed anything.


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: sweets4ever on May 01, 2008 12:35:32 PM
Be sure you let your photos dry/set for a few hours before you put them inside.  You probably already know that, but I'm crazy about reminding people.  I'm sorry. :D


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: thekster on May 03, 2008 08:46:36 PM
I'm watching a show called Wedding SOS (on the Fine Living Network) and there's this wedding planner who is just...well... a witch with a B. She's really snooty and she just gives off the impression that she thinks if you don't have a wedding that costs upwards of 50k, it's a piece of crap wedding. And even though I can't stand this woman, I can't stop watching the show, in the hopes that I'll pick up something special for MY wedding, but adapt it so that my wedding doesn't go overbudget.
That reminds me... I saw something kinda neat that I thought maybe I or someone else on here could use. For colored spotlights placed strategicly around the perimeter of the room, you could use candles or flashlights or something in purty decorated cans with colored film over the top. I can't remember where I saw it or I'd show a picture. Does it make sense/ sound good to anyone?


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: thekster on May 03, 2008 08:49:22 PM
Sorta kinda like the ones in the first two pics  on here http://livedesignonline.com/architainment/uvld_and_kim_media_take_to_the_high_seas/


Title: Pillow to Kneel On?
Post by: thekster on May 04, 2008 11:35:20 AM
So my mom keeps saying something about us needing a pillow to kneel on when we...uhmmm do something. I guess get blessed or something by the minister. We're not Catholic, and I've only seen Catholic wedding people do that. How many of you guys and gals needed a kneeling pillow?
I'll probably end up making one to look similar to the ring bearers' pillows if it turns out we DO need on afterall.


Title: Re: Pillow to Kneel On?
Post by: sunnydays914 on May 05, 2008 05:49:24 PM
So my mom keeps saying something about us needing a pillow to kneel on when we...uhmmm do something. I guess get blessed or something by the minister. We're not Catholic, and I've only seen Catholic wedding people do that. How many of you guys and gals needed a kneeling pillow?
I'll probably end up making one to look similar to the ring bearers' pillows if it turns out we DO need on afterall.

Nope, no kneeling pillow necessary here. We're not Catholic nor are we another one of the religions with lots of old school traditions so stuff like that has never been expected.

Um, 12 days?! We're still working on the thank you gifts for the groomsmen (those darn pocket squares!) and need to design and print the certificates for the bridesmaids' gifts. I have a feeling that the next few days will be a lot of putting centerpieces together. We stopped in at the country clerk this afternoon to apply for our marriage license. Things are coming together fastly!


Title: Re: Pillow to Kneel On?
Post by: frogeyesalad on May 05, 2008 09:44:11 PM

Um, 12 days?! We're still working on the thank you gifts for the groomsmen (those darn pocket squares!) and need to design and print the certificates for the bridesmaids' gifts. I have a feeling that the next few days will be a lot of putting centerpieces together. We stopped in at the country clerk this afternoon to apply for our marriage license. Things are coming together fastly!

We got our license today too! Dang, 12 days is killing me. We're getting stuff done quickly now that we're under pressure. We took a break tonight to watch the spurs/hornets game, it was a nice stress relief, even though the spurs just couldn't sink any shots. It was nice to do NOTHING wedding, I highly recommend it!


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: sunnydays914 on May 08, 2008 07:28:54 PM
Pardon the countdown but... 8 days! I'm getting more excited as we get closer.

As I type, I am surrounded by wrapped thank you gifts of various types. I need to buy two more gifts then I'm finished. We're ordering our program from the same company as our invitations and they already told us that they will arrive in time. We ordered our cake from Sam's Club on yesterday. Things are falling into place.

It's been a while since I've posted photos so here you go!
This is the front of the pocket squares that I made.

Nasty looking back (it's ok, it won't show!)

In action!

Melted crayons made from years and years of old crayons.

I forgot to take an after pic of the crayons but they turned out really cute! We bought little organza bags from Michaels with my 50% off coupon and each bag got 3 crayons and 2 or 3 small sheets of stickers. We tore apart 2 200 page coloring books and rolled the sheets in groups of 6 sheets each. They kids will be amused if no one else is!



Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: thekster on May 08, 2008 08:45:50 PM
Holy cow! 8 days! Haha I like that in the action shot, the guy (I'm assuming your man) is wearing a suit jacket with a tshirt underneath. Those pocket squares look pretty! I should probably start getting onto my projects. At least I sorta have our minister booked now.


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: islandfly on May 08, 2008 08:51:45 PM
today we went to book a church (again.. the first one was too big so we cancelled) to get married in exactly 5 weeks 6 days. Yes.. leave it last minute, only to be told by the priest that we should have had a 3 to 6 month time frame for spiritual preparations!!!

Now I am doing this wedding largely unsupported by my family, with only one married friend who has enough on her plate with 2 kids to have time to help me out, who would have first hand knowledge of this type of thing. and the priest at the first church never mentioned any of this. I mean.. it should be a big annoucement that it is a REQUIREMENT to be married in the catholic church.. I mean.. how else would you know.. you only supposed to do this once!

I was devastated to hear the timeline and after initially saying he couldnt do it, the priest said he would try to help us out as best he can, (even though its not even our parish, mine is booked until august). I thought of then just having a civil ceremony, but then I found out, my marriage would not be recognised in the catholic church!

When I walked out of the church office, I walked into the car and had a good hard cry. Tomorrow I am going to apply for the marriage lisence.




Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: Mishymishy on May 08, 2008 09:20:36 PM
Oh hon :( Don't cry. Is it the date or the fact that he wants 3 months in advance no matter what for counseling and such?

When I hit bumps, I try to remember that its not the wedding day that matters so much, it's all the days that follow.


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: sweets4ever on May 08, 2008 09:57:52 PM
Happy wedding thoughts to all my girls!

sunnydays914, I love the pocket square and crayons!  I was at Dollar Tree the other day and saw the heart & star tins and smiled.  Oh yes, I smiled.  I'm a cheeseball.

Hang in there, islandfly.  There is only so much you can do and it sounds like you are doing it already.


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: thekster on May 09, 2008 08:23:29 AM
Awww island! *giant hugs* I didn't know the Catholic church wouldn't recognize a civil ceremony. That sucks *pats you on the back* I really hope that priest will work with you. Have you already had any counseling at all with the other church? Maybe he'll let their counseling count. Oh, I know how it feels to just need to cry after things like that, but I really think/hope things will all work out in the end for y'all, sweetie. If that church won't do it, maybe another will. At first I was wondering if you'd consider postponing the date 3 months so you could get counseling and get married in the Church but that would probably be really impractical with all the stuff you most likely already have booked, not to mention it would SUCK having your date not on the day you wanted. Maybe he'd let you get the counseling afterwards or something. *biggggg hugs*


Maybe it's just the fact that my wedding is starting to get close and I'm feeling a bit of pressure now, but I'm starting to get worried about the date. Our wedding is practically on the "beach" (definately on the coast) and it will be towards the end of hurricane season (June 1 til Nov 30) and I'm so scared there will be a hurricane and either make it so people won't want to come in or ruin the building or something. Grrrr I hate worrying. I mentioned my fears to FH and said maybe we should postpone it until March 22 (our 5 year anniversary) but he said it would be fine, and when was the last time there was a hurricane in November. Arrhhh this year is projected to have a very active season with 15 named storms! (Above average anyways.) Stress. (I feel like I already wrote this on here, but I don't see it. If I just missed it, ignore this one.)


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: ruby_soho on May 09, 2008 08:44:48 AM
islandfly, my fiance and i looked into a catholic wedding but are going with a civil ceremony with the possibility of having our marriage blessed by the church later on.  it's called convalidation, and it may be an option if you can't get the priest to work with you.  good luck! 


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: thekster on May 09, 2008 09:03:15 AM
Oooh Ruby that's a good solution!


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: thekster on May 11, 2008 07:53:06 PM
Hey, I happened upon a cupcake stand tutorial. I don't know if anyone still needs this but hopefully someone can use it.
http://www.cakejournal.com/archives/how-to-make-a-cake-stand-for-cupcakes-or-mini-cakes/


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: Slue-Foot Sue on May 11, 2008 09:51:41 PM
islandfly, my fiance and i looked into a catholic wedding but are going with a civil ceremony with the possibility of having our marriage blessed by the church later on.  it's called convalidation, and it may be an option if you can't get the priest to work with you.  good luck! 

Islandfly, I am sorry to hear that this priest was not forthcoming with that information. You are right, they should be making this information available in parish bulletins or websites.

Depending on whether you frequently attend Mass, you might be interested in the consequences of taking this route. If you have a civil ceremony followed by a convalidation in the Catholic Church, you will be unable to receive the Eucharist until your marriage is recognized by the church in the convalidation. This is not an absolute, if you and your husband chose to live chastely until the convalidation, then you would be able to receive Communion between your civil and religious ceremonies.

I hope that this information does not upset anyone, that is not my intention for providing it. I just get the impression that your dialogue with the priest involved has not had the results one might have hoped for. If you have further questions about marriage and/or convalidation you might try your priest again or a different priest, try the diocese website, or Catholic Answers Forum.

I hope things work out the way you want them too. I don't like seeing unhappy brides, especially brides of fine crafster quality. If things have to be postponed (we all hope not!) you might end up finding the marriage preparation classes helpful. I will keep you and your future husband in my prayers as your wedding approaches.


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: sunnydays914 on May 12, 2008 11:21:42 AM
I spent the morning putting my centerpieces together (minus the water and fish).
Sans Ivy

Finished!


I woke up this morning to my mother waltzing into my room, telling me "It's wedding week! Time for things to go wrong!" and boy, have they ever!

My cake lady called this morning to tell us that her brother passed away last night (on the other side of the country) and she isn't sure what to do about the cake. She is a family friend so we're not going to force her to do the cake anyway, especially if she is going to be leaving town soon. I was able to call around and found a friend of mine who will make it. My friend was my first choice anyway but had to say no due to a vacation (which was canceled after I found a new baker). Phew! Crisis avoided!

As part of my thank you gift to my wedding party, I'm paying for their updos the morning of the wedding. Unfortunately, I ran into my hairdresser at church yesterday and she informed me that her side kick/mom can't help out so we wouldn't be able to get all 6 of us finished in time for the wedding! I have a friend whose mom is a hairdresser and who wields a mighty fine curling iron herself who agreed to step in and help. Thank God for friends!

I'm picking up my dress this afternoon and my FH plus all his groomsmen are going to the store to buy their suits and shirts on Wednesday. I can just see them being sold out of the ones we need... It's taking all my energy not to flip out completely!


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: thekster on May 12, 2008 02:14:24 PM
Awww poor Sunny! I'm glad the two potential crises have been fixed quickly. Let's just cross our fingers that nothing else goes wrong! *crosses*
What kind of fish are you planning to put in there? Remember that you should probably let the fish acclimate to the new water in the vase. I think it takes about an hour to do properly, but I'm not sure (google "fish acclimate" and you'll find a bunch of stuff.) I'd hate for you to have a bunch of dead fish in your centerpiece :/ Looks pretty though!


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: Banga on May 12, 2008 02:29:51 PM
Hey kster what a great link! I've been toying with ideas of how to do my little violet centerpieces, and that looks like it will work well! Much better than the far more expensive ideas I've had so far. Thanks for sharing!


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: thekster on May 12, 2008 03:04:15 PM
Yay Banga I'm glad I could help! :)

Man I bought a bunch of cake decorating supplies at HobLob today and now I don't feel like doing anything. I want to practice my fondanting but I'm tired of spending money. I think maybe I'll go to my house and use my fiance's last day of school evvvver as an excuse to bake a cake hah.


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: sunnydays914 on May 12, 2008 03:40:45 PM
What kind of fish are you planning to put in there? Remember that you should probably let the fish acclimate to the new water in the vase. I think it takes about an hour to do properly, but I'm not sure (google "fish acclimate" and you'll find a bunch of stuff.) I'd hate for you to have a bunch of dead fish in your centerpiece :/ Looks pretty though!

We're using the standard, run of the mill, goldfish. We've planned for the acclimation by buying room temperature, deionized water. No worries about the fishies! We've got their backs.


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: islandfly on May 12, 2008 07:40:20 PM
hey guys thanks for all the love!!  as usual you are all so great and supportive!

I think actually we have to do all this extra stuff for the wedding because FH is not catholic, and its not our parish. I actually just read up on convalidation (thanks for the tip ruby). the whole situation is a little complicated, but I think its a standard thing they do for non (roman) catholics. I spoke to an Anglican priest and am going to meet with him to discuss my options. what the difference is, what it means etc etc.

Basically though, the church will ackowledge that i am married, but its not considered a sacrament, because FH is not baptized. *sigh.. its so complicated. Lorse...stress seems to find me.
Actually though today we went to get the liscence so we can pick it up next week (yay!!) and it cost like US$4. I dont know if I have to pay something else after for the certificate.


thekster...last year was supposed to be a really bad year for hurricanes, and it wasn't really. NAd hte year with Ivan and Katrina was supposed to be a normal one I believe. If it is hurricane season though, you might end up with perfect clear skies (since the storm will suck everything up)

Slue foot - we did go to a marriage prep course, which is why we found this new information so surprising. thanks for the thoughts and prayers.

Now sunny days... your centre pieces look very lovely. Good luck this week with all your preparations, and I'm sure a lot will go wrong... but look how smoothly you got yourself out of those few already.. so I'm sure everything will be wonderful and great and fantastic!


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: thekster on May 12, 2008 09:00:54 PM
Islandfly - man I know hardly anything about Catholicism. I don't know why, but I thought that the Church wouldn't recognize a marriage between a Catholic and non-Catholic unless the non-Catholic converted.  And wow - $4?? That's awesome! I'm feeling better about the hurricane stuff; everyone I've talked to about it has said that we haven't had a hurricane in Oct in a long time (to which I reply "So we should be due for one" hah)

Ohhh ladies, I made my practice cake today. It was not pretty. The icing tasted good, but it was WAYYYY sweet (I used this buttercream recipe http://www.wilton.com/recipes/recipesandprojects/icing/bcream.cfm) and I wrote on it "Next 1 will be better" haha. I was rushed and I made the icing too thin, which both helped in the crappiness. I'm definately going to take one of those Wilton cake classes later.


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: Banga on May 13, 2008 12:23:23 PM
Here's a recipe I found and have used twice!
http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Special-Buttercream-Frosting/Detail.aspx
It was creamy and really easy to spread! Plus it tasted perfect!


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: thekster on May 13, 2008 04:19:29 PM
Hmmm I should try that one too, Banga. I'm making another cake this week, but since I already know how the first one works, I'll use that one and just add 2 tbsp milk instead of the 4 I put in. I don't think it will matter THAT much though because I'm going to try out the fondant this time. Mannnnn I can't wait to go on cake tastings! Hopefully it won't be too much longer. :)
BTW, no one ever really replies in the other boards I post in - is buttercream, when it's on a cake, supposed to be refrigerated if it has milk in it? I forgot to put the cake in the fridge last night but my sis had a piece for breakfast :) and she said it tasted good. And she said she's never said anything was "rich" or "too sweet" so the icing was just fine. I think I had just licked it whenever it spilled too much when I had the actual cake.


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: Banga on May 13, 2008 04:46:11 PM
I suppose anything with dairy should go in the fridge overnight, technically speaking. But I think she'll live! Your wedding cake itself would need to be kept cold until you set it out for the party, of course. Don't want any messy meltage!  ;)
I've decided to break down and buy a cake now, since I realized I just don't have the freezer space or energy to do all ten cakes like I had planned. Luckily I have a bakery that I have worked with before, so I can just use them without flying home for a tasting! We're going to just do the one small one for cutting and a sheet cake. Easy peasy.


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: thekster on May 13, 2008 05:54:35 PM
10 cakes?! Ugh I like baking, but I would kill myself if I had to do that many cakes all at once hah. That's good though; it'll get rid of some stress for you.


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: frogeyesalad on May 15, 2008 07:46:25 PM
Less than 48 hours! how are you doing SunnyDays? I'm actually getting married at 10am, so I'm down to 36 hours. Yikes. It's amazing how fast decisions get made in the last few days

Once the wedding is over I'll definitely get pictures of all my crafting up. We did succeed in making our 6 ft cupcake tree, the invitations were raved about by everyone, and I'll be goccoing thank you cards too. And then it was just a bunch of little touches like flower lights and stuff. I hope it all comes together!


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: sunnydays914 on May 15, 2008 08:11:12 PM
Less than 48 hours! how are you doing SunnyDays?

I'm so ready to kick this! I'm getting married at noon so I have only a few more hours than you do. I'm done with the centerpieces, designing all the signage that will go around the reception, finding the right sized baskets to put all the favors in and just generally getting ready. I had to pack and move too so I've been a little busy.

I'm ready to be done coordinating everything. That has gotten old. I just realized I probably should have found/made a thank you gift for my mistress of ceremony. Oops! I think she's going to get a cake baking package, with pan, cake mix, the pudding for the kind of cake we love most, chocolate chips, and a gift card to buy the things I can't fit in the package. Creative, yet doesn't take too much time.

Truth be told, I've been done with the wedding stuff for long enough that I'm inventing new projects to work on so I don't go out of my mind!

I painted a dresser this week. How many brides-to-be do that the week before the wedding?


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: Mishymishy on May 15, 2008 08:13:03 PM
You sound pretty calm and collected Sunny Days :) Good luck on the big day! You too Frogeyesalad!! We want lots of pictures :)


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: sweets4ever on May 15, 2008 08:14:17 PM
Happy wedding days to you all!!


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: sunnydays914 on May 15, 2008 08:15:48 PM
There will be TONS of pictures, I'm sure. I can't wait to see the pictures myself  :D


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: islandfly on May 25, 2008 10:30:25 AM
i just realised.....sunnydays and frogseye salad are married !! whohooo!! cant wait to see all the pics!!

i finished all my invitations and sent them out, so when i get some batteries for my camera, I'll post the pics!

we found a preist to do the ceremony and all teh pre-ceremony works with us, so yay!! turns out the church double booked another function the time of your wedding!! then the secretary told me I have to schedule! um ...what? but dear FH spoek to priest and sorted out!! yay!!!

FMIL booked honeymoon and is paid for! yay!! (lots of yays!)
did a trial with the cupcakes  for the wedding... need another trial. FMIL wan to cook everything as well, so another yay! she is working on the menu to fit the budget.

Immediate family received their invitations and have not responded. (boo!) Aunties who are not invited have been very lovely and supportive, and we have a bit of a family intervention happening tonight, so we will see how that goes. I will be glad when my family stops being a pain and realises its not about them. being optimistic.

will post pics soon!


Title: Mini (?) Rant
Post by: thekster on May 25, 2008 12:03:05 PM
I can't wait for the flood of wedding pics I know will be coming! I love looking at wedding pictures.

BTW... I went to a used-to-be-close friend's wedding no the 23rd... I was so upset because I couldn't really see/hear anything. I have some tips for those who haven't yet had their wedding to keep in mind.
+ Stand on an elevated platform/somehow set up the seats so that EVERYONE can see you
+ Walk down a center aisle, again so everyone can see you
+ Use a microphone so everyone can hear you say your vows. Important part of the wedding, don'tcha know.
+ DON'T separate the guests between inside and outside. Some guests *ahem* might find it rude.
+ Let people know if the ceremony and/or reception will be held outside so they don't wear stilettos and sink into the ground.

I have a question though - is it standard to have the guests stand when the bride comes out? Cuz they had us do that. I couldn't really see before they had everybody stand, and then when I caught the tiniest glimpse of my friend walking down, I tried to take a picture and some guy stuck his arm in the way the entire time. I got absolutely no pictures.
Also, does anybody else think it's somewhat rude to separate your guests by having all the reserved tables be inside and all the others be outside with bugs and heat/humidity? I felt like she was saying I wasn't as important as other people, which I most likely am not, but I don't think you should make any of your guests feel that way.
I have another used-to-be-close friend's wedding coming up next month. There is definitely a benefit to being the last one to be wed; it helps me see things that maybe I wanted in my wedding don't work out the way they were planned in the real world.
Sigh. I'm just in a bad mood right now. I have to work alone today and I'm having a few major upheavals in my life right now. I'm not too big on change. Grr.


Title: Re: Mini (?) Rant
Post by: Mishymishy on May 25, 2008 01:26:27 PM
I have a question though - is it standard to have the guests stand when the bride comes out? Cuz they had us do that. I couldn't really see before they had everybody stand, and then when I caught the tiniest glimpse of my friend walking down, I tried to take a picture and some guy stuck his arm in the way the entire time. I got absolutely no pictures.

Yup, in all the weddings I've been to, it's been standard. I don't know why it's done, but it is. I went to a wedding in April and I agree, it makes it harder to get a good photo, but I guess it's done out of respect to the bride?

Also, does anybody else think it's somewhat rude to separate your guests by having all the reserved tables be inside and all the others be outside with bugs and heat/humidity? I felt like she was saying I wasn't as important as other people, which I most likely am not, but I don't think you should make any of your guests feel that way.

Now THAT I would have a major issue with! But when you say "reserved tables" do you mean some people had seating charts, and some didn't?I would think that's weird. Kinda like "All my important people, I want to make sure you can see me, and I don't care where the rest of you sit."

Thanks for the pointers! :)


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: thekster on May 25, 2008 01:52:14 PM
Hmmm I wonder if people would stand anyway for me, cuz I kinda don't want them to. Somebody (I couldn't see them to tell you who, hah) told us to stand for the bride.
I don't recall seeing a seating chart at all but there could have been. Things weren't set out very well. But there were reserved signs on all the inside tables and nothing on the outside ones.

I think I will most likely have a seating chart. It's so awkward when every table has a bunch of people sitting there that you don't know, and you just stand around looking for a spot to sit where it will be the least uncomfortable. It feels so high school. :/ Maybe it's just me and my "antisocial" nature. My fiance mentioned that he likes the long banquet tables better than the round ones, and I thought that was weird cuz I think the round ones lend themselves to being more elegant, but after he explained his thought on it, I think I'm liking our tables more hah.
I have a table situation though. I don't really want to have our tables set up and pushed to the side while the ceremony is going on, but that seems to be the only way to do it. We only have one main room, and it's a dry wedding anyway so it's not like we could say "Hey, everybody, go to this room and drink cocktails." I don't know what to do... just suck it up? :/

Does anyone else here feel kinda weird to think that you'll have all those people staring at you for extended periods of time? I'm really uncomfortable being the center of attention, even though it's going to be all of our friends and family there.

Oh, I have another tip - if you plan to have a buffet, before the guests arrive, pretend you're getting yourself a plate of food. Does everything make sense where it's placed? If you have a Mexican buffet, make sure your plates are first, tortillas next, then meat, etc. Backups at large weddings really suck.


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: sweets4ever on May 25, 2008 03:28:43 PM
I've never been to a wedding or heard of a wedding that sat some guests outside for the reception while everyone else was inside. :-\  That's a little wacky (to me, at least).  In my mind, it's a celebration for everyone TOGETHER, so the separation seems strange. :(

Yep, everyone stands.  I think you might have a hard time getting everyone not to stand just because it's been done so many times.  I walked to the wedding setting from a distance (through the rose garden), but when I turned to walk up the actual aisle, our Father stepped forward and said, "Everyone please rise" and so it was done in unison at least.


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: thekster on May 25, 2008 03:43:45 PM
Good, I'm glad I'm not the only one (besides my fiance) who thought the separation was kinda weird. I mean, I understand that the room was kinda small, but still.
I guess I won't mind if the guests stand when I walk in, since I won't be in the audience. At least we'll be on a stage that's probably about thigh-high or higher, so everyone will be able to see more than the top 1/3 of our heads hah.


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: frogeyesalad on May 25, 2008 09:52:41 PM
Yes, I'm married! No good pictures to show you yet, but my in-laws got them from the photographer today, so I'll have them next week. I need to take pictures of my diy stuff too:)


I have a question though - is it standard to have the guests stand when the bride comes out? Cuz they had us do that. I couldn't really see before they had everybody stand, and then when I caught the tiniest glimpse of my friend walking down, I tried to take a picture and some guy stuck his arm in the way the entire time. I got absolutely no pictures.


My friend got married about a month ago, and I was expecting to stand when she walked down the aisle. I haven't been to many weddings (in our church the ceremony is really small, and then you have a reception everyone comes to), so I was being really careful to watch for what I thought would be the "norms". We actually didn't stand though, I'm not sure if someone forgot to tell us, or if she didn't want us to, or if Mexican weddings don't do that. Luckily I followed everyone around me so I didn't stand up and look silly:)

Glad you were able to get some tips though, kster! I'l do a write up once I get my pictures and post my tips I learned too. Being married sure is nice though


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: Mishymishy on May 25, 2008 09:57:40 PM
YAY Congrats to you and Mr. Frog Eyes  ;D

Yes, I'm married! No good pictures to show you yet, but my in-laws got them from the photographer today, so I'll have them next week. I need to take pictures of my diy stuff too:)


I have a question though - is it standard to have the guests stand when the bride comes out? Cuz they had us do that. I couldn't really see before they had everybody stand, and then when I caught the tiniest glimpse of my friend walking down, I tried to take a picture and some guy stuck his arm in the way the entire time. I got absolutely no pictures.


We actually didn't stand though, I'm not sure if someone forgot to tell us, or if she didn't want us to, or if Mexican weddings don't do that. Luckily I followed everyone around me so I didn't stand up and look silly:)

The one I mentioned earlier was a mexican one... well mexican bride and white groom (not sure of background). There was definately a moment of "do we stand or don't we?" hesitation though, but as soon as the first person stood , everyone else took her cue. I think the first one to stand was one of the brides aunts or something (mexican).

Oh and Kster, I forgot to mention, people keep asking me if I'm nervous about the wedding, and the answer is always the same: I'm just nervous about everyone looking at me.  :-[


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: thekster on May 26, 2008 11:13:37 AM
Yayyyy congrats Frogeye! I can't wait for the pictures! I'm such a picture whore haha. I bet they're absolutely beautiful. I'd love to know what tips you learned too. Have you guys already gone on your honeymoon? It feels like it was not too long ago that you got married.
Mishy - People did the whole hesitation thing at the end when they both walked off  haha. When my friend came out though, the minister or whatever he was told us all to stand. I guess it will be hard to keep people from standing cuz if one person stands, I bet the rest would tak his/her cue and do the same. I guess I'll have our minister announce for everyone to stand.
I just asked my fiance (who's watching 8 million hours of SVU beside me hah) if he was nervous to be stared at our wedding and he said no. Weiiird, I thought he would be too. I want to tell you not to be nervous cuz it's all people that love you and care for you, but I feel the same way too so I should take my own advice hah


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: dellastella on May 26, 2008 11:51:31 AM
Congratulations, frogeyesalad! Can't wait to see pics!

After lurking on this thread for another extended period of time, I've finally gotten off my butt and done my bridal bouquet. It consists of 3 peonies ($9.50 each), 3 sprays ornithogallum ($3.95 each), 1 spray dusty miller ($4.40 each), and 3 sprays of pink snowberries ($2.30 each). Total cost : $51.65, which is about a third of what I was quoted for fresh flowers.


Here it is with the bridesmaid bouquets that I made ages ago, but never got around to wrapping.


Finally finished!

I also ordered a bunch of birch bark tubes off of Ebay to use as decorations for the reception. I bought around 30-40 tubes of different sizes. I plan on cutting the tubes to size, then putting them around vases filled with white hydrangeas. A neighbor of ours always has beautiful hydrangeas, and she has offered to give us as many as we can use, for free! Hooray for saving money!


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: frogeyesalad on May 26, 2008 04:07:56 PM
Yayyyy congrats Frogeye! I can't wait for the pictures! I'm such a picture whore haha. I bet they're absolutely beautiful. I'd love to know what tips you learned too. Have you guys already gone on your honeymoon? It feels like it was not too long ago that you got married.

We went on a 5 day honeymoon to San Francisco, we just got back Saturday night. But it has only been a little more than a week since we got married, you're right:) We're doing the reception all over again this Friday, so I'll get more pictures then too. Hopefully we do as nice a job as the first one!

dellastella, your bouquet is gorgeous! I used fresh mini gerbers and just handtied a bouquet for like $10, but I kinda wish I had gone a little fancier. It totally fit our style and everything, but I love peonies and ranunculus and pretty colors mixed together. I'm jealous you get to keep yours too:)


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: sunnydays914 on May 26, 2008 07:04:41 PM
Congratulations Frogeyesalad (and the Mr)!

I'm happy to say that my wedding went beautifully and without any huge crises! We totally enjoyed ourselves and it was everything we had hoped.

We got back from our honeymoon yesterday but there won't be any photos until we can get the cd from the in-laws and the DH can digitally process them to his liking. I'm going to figure out something so I can at least show you all the candids my friend took along with the photo booth shots (was awesome!).

::EDIT::
Ok, I couldn't wait to post pictures. Every time I see them I get excited about the wedding all over again. Everything turned out beautiful!
This is a faaaar away shot of the unity candle and alter area (I crafted the topiaries (kinda) and the pillar candle).

The Jr bridesmaid's bouquet. The florist hit the nail on the head with the flowers. She did a great job.

Here you can kind of see my bouquet... also beautiful.

Lastly, the Pews in Bloom buckets. Yay for fitting perfectly!




Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: sweets4ever on May 26, 2008 08:11:06 PM
Aww!!  Everything looks wonderful!  I can't wait to see more!

CONGRATS!!


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: Mishymishy on May 26, 2008 09:23:37 PM
What beautiful photos Sunnydays!!!! You are/were a GORGOUS bride, and I love the color your bridesmaids wore! I can't wait to see more :)



I don't have much of a crafty update but I did order my favors today! For being a budget wedding, I still spent much more than I meant to. We're handing out these silk fans (http://weddingshop.theknot.com/weddingwarehouse/ProductPage.aspx?scId=Unique%20Favors(KnotShop)&pId=P1673(KnotShop)&cId=Favors(KnotShop)&cTypF=&sscId=PersonalizedFavors(KnotShop)) with our names printed on them at the ceremony since it will be outdoors in Las Vegas in July! I also took advantage of the sale they were having on these matchbooks (http://weddingshop.theknot.com/weddingwarehouse/ProductPage.aspx?pId=P2068(KnotShop)) AND I had a 10% discount code (if any of you are interested in shopping at the knot, the discount code is SUM08. I wanted to give out candles but most of the ones I saw were either ugly or more than I wanted to spend... I was not willing to spend $2.50 on each candle (especially after spending that much on the fans). SO I went the cheap DIY route and bought a bunch of these stickers (http://www.weddingstar.com/us/8577-21+Jackpot+Mini+Stickers_keyword:vegas;) and will be putting them on these votives (http://www.candles4less.com/specials/votive-specials). I was SOOOO happy to find this site so I could get the frosted votive holder AND the votive candle for under $1! So we will be giving away the little candles and matches together at the mini-reception :) The big splurge were the fans.... I wanted them but thought they were kind of pricy for the budget so I didn't think my fiancee would want to get them... but he ended up really liking the idea and told me to go for it :)


Title: !~
Post by: islandfly on May 27, 2008 05:37:34 AM
Frogseye & Sunny Days congrats!!

Sunnydays you look lovely in your pics and everything looks really nice! frogseye, can't wait to see yours!

thekster... I know this is soo late, but I do also think its weird to have some people outside and some inside. It sounds as if they booked the venue that was too small. I would have been upset, and I'm sure my FH would have wanted to leave. I am also feeling nervous about everyone standing, however we are only have about 15 people at the church, so am not decorating it, and feel almost like walking out from the back or something.. i don't know. I don't really want to walk down the aisle. (freaks me out!!!!!)

Everyone seems to be getting along swell with their plans. Dellastella your bouquets are lovely!! mishy.. (i think the fans are worth it..they are pretty and practical too!)
We went yesterday to see if our apt was ready (also the venue for reception) cus we are supposed to move in this weekend... only to find out the power company still hasn't hooked up the electricity. niiice.. oh did I mention wedding is in 3 weeks! seamstress making dress hasn't called yet. I wonder if she forgot me. I'll have to call her. Parents have decided they will attend wedding, but not hor d'hourves after, since they are not for wedding. whatever.

My mother can't understand what "normal" person would send out those kind of invitations. I mean really. sorry be staying true to myself and having MY wedding reflect MY personality, which is not necessarily the norm, and not a cookie cutter bride. again.. whatever.

We aren't doing favors, but I think after the wedding I will do special gifts for my friends who really helped out with everything, since I dont have any bridesmaids or attendants. Going shopping this weekend to buy plates and candlesticks to make cake holder. https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=246438.0 (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=246438.0)

am thinking of cupcakes  like this https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=248313.0 (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=248313.0)
but everything black and white. I really wanted mini bunt cakes, but I couldn't find the pans so... I haven't really decided. Will do some trials this weekend. Also have to shop for supplies to make ultra cool fascinator headpiece, since i'm not a veil kinda girl.

Florist friend doing bouquet and decor. so what am I forgetting?




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Post by: sunnydays914 on May 27, 2008 06:29:02 AM
Going shopping this weekend to buy plates and candlesticks to make cake holder. https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=246438.0 (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=246438.0)

I was REALLY hoping that more people would pick up this idea for cupcake stands. The one made by morbidlovexox turned out fantastic and I cannot wait to see yours.

It sounds like you're doing really well. My one piece of advice is that if you don't have a mistress of ceremony, get one. One of my best friends took on this role for me and I couldn't have run the wedding better myself! She took over everything from the rehearsal onward so I didn't have to. I don't know if I would have enjoyed it much if I had to finish all the last minute details and cleaning and such.


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: islandfly on May 27, 2008 04:59:14 PM
thanks sunny for the advice.. I'll have to look into that... I will prolly have to spearate it since the reception and ceremony are on different days.

At transformer blew on our street so work was out for today, so a little retail therapy later....I bought the plates and candlesticks to make holder (SOOO EXCITED!!!)

But the plates are lame, so I have to cover in funkalicious paper (plates are yellow on top and black below), before I stick em. Since it appears our apt will NOT be ready this for us to move in this weekend (frigging peeved!!) I will be spending time on my cake stand. there is a silver lining


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: Banga on May 28, 2008 02:13:20 PM
Congrats sunny, can't wait to see more photos!

I love those cupcake stands, they are too cute! I'm using the link that thekster shared a while back, http://www.cakejournal.com/archives/how-to-make-a-cake-stand-for-cupcakes-or-mini-cakes/
I have yet to do my mock-up, but I'll share when it's done. And in other news, my dress is finished! Finally, thank god! I'll have some photos to share soon!


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: frogeyesalad on May 28, 2008 02:26:41 PM
On the subject of cupcake stands, I did successfully (with lots of help from my parents and Mr. Frogeyesalad) complete my 6ft cupcake tree for the reception. It was gorgeous, everyone loved it, and it wasn't all that hard. I used MDF and styrofoam, and it was perfect! I'll post pictures once they come, all I have is a crooked blurry one my friend took


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: islandfly on May 28, 2008 07:28:26 PM
here are my invitations that went out... try to imagine them in black and white. I had to take the pics without flash, so the colours are distorted.

Here's the link since I started a new topic on it :)

https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=248670.0 (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=248670.0)

Will post cake stand this weekend (once I make it!)

oooh ooh... tried on some of my dress today!! yay!!! have another fitting on saturday!


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: thekster on May 28, 2008 10:48:50 PM
Frogseye – I don’t remember if I said congrats, but if I did, I’ll say it again: congrats! I hope you post pics of your 6foot(!) cupcake stand!
Sunny – Congrats to you too! I’m so glad that your wedding went well; you say “without huge crises” – does that mean there were any little ones? That wall behind the candle makes me dizzy haha. I like it. Are those flower buckets from Martha Stewart? They seem familiar but I don’t know why.
I can’t wait to see more pictures from both of you lovely brides!
 Mishy – I love those fans! And I’m interested in those matchbooks; have you had any problems with ordering or anything from theknot? Those stickers are cute and really go with a Las Vegas wedding. Haha I keep getting tempted to just elope to Vegas, but a plane ticket there is about 500 bucks right now soooo no.
Islandfly – Yeah I’m over it now. But I definitely felt that she booked the venue and then was like “hey let’s cram in 50 more people than it can hold.” After we ate a plate of semi-cold food with bugs hovering over, my FH was eager to leave. We didn’t even get to see them cut the cake or their first dance, but whatev. And don’t worry about walking down the aisle, you’ll be a beautiful bride and hopefully you won’t be so “eek”y about it. I hope your seamstress gets back to you! I don’t see what’s wrong with your invites; in fact, I really like them! Tell your mom to hush up.  I know our invites certainly aren’t like any I’ve seen before. BTW, I found baby bundt pans, almost cupcake size, at Walmart a while ago. I think there was 9 on one pan.

Oh goodness, you ladies have posted a lot since I last checked haha.
In other news, my fiance started his new job Tuesday. He'll (read: "we'll") be getting a lot more money now, and he said if I wanted, I wouldn't have to work anymore. I'm really considering it, even if it's just so I can focus fully on the wedding and getting our place all nice.


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: Mishymishy on May 29, 2008 08:13:50 AM
Mishy – I love those fans! And I’m interested in those matchbooks; have you had any problems with ordering or anything from theknot? Those stickers are cute and really go with a Las Vegas wedding. Haha I keep getting tempted to just elope to Vegas, but a plane ticket there is about 500 bucks right now soooo no.


Thanks! Well, ordering was easy but the final verdict won't be in until my matchbooks and fans arrive! I will definitely let you know in a week or so. :) I'm not sure how long the sale lasts, but if you use the discount code, it takes 10% of the sale price, so they'd be about $18. But I CAN tell you that the site where I ordered my candles is awesome! They arrived yesterday (Wednesday) and I just ordered them Monday! I didn't even pay extra for overnight shipping or anything, I used the cheapest shipping option. I haven't opened the box yet but I'm excited that my votives and candles arrived :)


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: thekster on May 29, 2008 08:41:49 AM
Thanks Mishy. I don't know if we'll buy any more favors (I've already bought three different kind of boxes. I need to stop buying crap!) but I think maybe I'll buy the bridesmaids their gifts from there or something. I still really want to make my mom, my FMIL, and my boy a hankie with something embroidered on each, but I have yet to find embroidery stuff. I couldn't find the floss (I think that's the term for the thread) at Walmart of Hobby Lobby, and I didn't want to buy the hoop or any other crap without the thread. I may go to Hancock sometime this week for a kiss clasp; I might as well look for embroidery crap while I'm there.
GIRLS!! I just looked at my dress on David's Bridal for the pictures that reviewers can post, and I got butterflies in my stomach. I'm all tense and nervous now. There's 5 months, and I think 5 days until I marry and I'm already getting shakey; just think how I'll be on the actual wedding day. Oh I hope I don't throw up. :/ On the plus side, one of the reviewers had her corset string in a different color, which is what I was planning on doing, and now I know it looks GREAT. Nothing to worry about there.
nervous nelly


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: islandfly on May 30, 2008 04:50:34 AM
thekster... you crack me up sometimes! Thinking about the wedding is scary, and its permanence (is that a word?)..lord knows I've had my share of cold sweating... but then I look at FH... and all that fear and anxiety melts.. you'll be fine!! good for you ( i mean him) that FI got a better job!

I'm sure the dress will look super splendid with a different coloured corest string. also a friend of mine ordered handkies online (not a crafster) to give her parents when she got married and it had the most beautiful phrases.. her dad wore it in his jacket pocket, and the entire night kept offering it to people so they could see.. it said something about even though I'm grown up and starting my new life you are always my number one,and I will alwys be daddy's little girl. she said he cried when she gave him. I always thought it was a great gift!


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: sweets4ever on May 30, 2008 05:34:39 AM
I have to say, I thought I would have been nervous about walking down the aisle and doing the vows in front of everyone, but when the moment came, I was totally fine.  Everyone was smiling (and crying :D), my dad and I joked the whole way to/down the aisle and once my hands met my fiance's, all was well.  If you have a quick practice and you're comfortable with your minister/Father/officiant/whoever, you'll be fine.  They'll walk you through it all and it will be totally over before you know it.

I miss wedding planning! :D


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: thekster on May 30, 2008 11:15:15 AM
Sweets - I know I'll be really emotional on the wedding day; happy, of course, cuz I'll finally be married to my sweetie, but I'll be really sad too cuz my dad won't be there to walk me down the aisle. And dang it, my minister STILL hasn't gotten back to me yet. Maybe I scared him off when I emailed him this long list of questions, haha. You miss wedding planning? How 'bout you come plan mine? Eh? Eh? *nudge nudge poke poke*

Island-  yep permanence is a word :) The marriage and its permanence is not what makes me nervous. I'm excited to be married to him forevvvvver; it's the actual marriage and everything that could possibly go wrong (like me not fitting into my dress... I feel like an ever-expanding balloon) that makes me nervous.
Haha I'm sooo glad he got the new job. It came at a perfect time cuz my boss just cut everybody's hours and I would barely make enough to live on so I can't wait for his check to come haha. I guess the cut hours is a good thing in disguise cuz it gives me so much more time to work on the wedding (4 days a week!) Tomorrow, FH promised we'd go to Arne's Warehouse (a party supply store in Houston) to look around and see what kind of neat cheapish things we can get hah. Yesterday, FH took me to Hancock cuz he didn't want me to go alone since I felt like crap, and I bought three things of embroidery thread in our color, and lace for a shrug I suddenly decided I wanted to wear for the wedding. We'll see how that goes though haha.


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: sunnydays914 on May 30, 2008 12:11:35 PM
I miss wedding planning too Sweets! I'm lucky enough to have a lot of friends getting married over the next year or so though so I might be able to attach myself to them and get a small fix from that.

I thought I'd be crying while walking down the aisle with my dad (I cry during Disney movies!) but I didn't at all! The only time I got close was when Mr Sunny's lip started twitching and I thought HE was going to cry. I think it helped that I chose a fun, upbeat song that I loved for the processional (Jack Johnson's Better Together). I probably wouldn't have made it two steps through the traditional bridal march!


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: thekster on May 30, 2008 01:37:08 PM
hey, Sunny, that reminds me. Last night I was trying to put together a playlist, and I started thinking, would it be really weird to not walk down the aisle to the Wedding March? I felt like some of the classical songs I had downloaded were too creepy/sad to play at a wedding and deleted them. I'm planning on walking down to The Flower Duet from the opera Lakme, as sung by Charlotte Church. I love the song, but I just don't know.
Oh, speaking of songs, there's a cello/viola duet I love called Passacaille D'apres Haendel (Suite no 7 en Sol Mineur). Or I guess that's what it's called - that's what's on my Ipod hah. It's somewhere around 6 minutes long, and I would love to have a shortened version for my girls to walk down to, but I feel like most of it has too fast of a tempo. (Compared to the typical Air on a G String that everyone has at their wedding) Rawrrr I need to check my wedding books about the music.


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: Mishymishy on May 30, 2008 02:36:14 PM
I think it will be fine. When I walk down the aisle, the pianist is going to play "The Way You Look Tonight" because it's our song :) When we go back down the aisle, he's going to play "Open Arms" by Journey.... just because it's Journey  :D


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: sweets4ever on May 30, 2008 02:43:28 PM
OH!  I didn't cry, but I had a bead of sweat roll right into my left eyeball (married outside in August).  Sweat + eye makeup = horrible burning sensation.  Luckily my MOH carried my hankerchief and had it waiting for me at the end of the aisle.  Our minister laughed at me. :P



We were married in an outdoor rose garden and originally wanted a string quartet.  We contacted a few local places, but it ended up being a bit out of our budget.  One of the quartets worked with us and we hired the viola and string guitar to play together instead.  It was BEAUTIFUL hearing the music echo through the gardens.  Here they are (love them!):


They played a 30 minute prelude as the guests were being seated.  Here are the songs we asked them to freely choose from during that time:
  • Air on the G String – J. S. Bach
  • Canon in D – J. Pachelbel
  • Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring – J. S. Bach
  • Ode to Joy – L. van Beethoven
  • Wachet Auf (Sleepers Awake) – J. S. Bach
  • Close to You – Carpenters
  • If – Bread
  • In My Life – The Beatles
  • Longer – Dan Fogelberg
  • Morning Has Broken – Cat Stevens
  • Time in a Bottle – Jim Croce
  • Unchained Melody
  • What a Wonderful World – Louis Armstrong

Then we chose special songs for the rest...
  • Our parents, sibling and grandparents were then escorted down the aisle to The Rose – Bette Midler because it's my MIL's favorite song.
  • The Best Man, Maid of Honor and Flower girlwalked own the aisle to Just the Way You Are – Billy Joel.
  • My dad and I walked down the aisle to Bridal Chorus from “Lohengrin” – R. Wagner.
  • mr.sweets4ever and I walked back down the aisle to When I’m Sixty-Four – The Beatles! :D

We did all of our reception music via a laptop and sound system, but our first dance (http://i95.photobucket.com/albums/l156/sweets4ever48/ProWeddingPhotos/IMG_1383-2.jpg) was At Last - Etta James:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EUdtG3Er_-s%20


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: sunnydays914 on May 31, 2008 08:34:57 AM
We do a lot of discussion about what is happening to our wedding crafts before the wedding but not so much after the wedding. In honor of my 2 week wedding anniversary and in celebration of the fact that I unpacked the last box sitting in my bedroom, let's play a little game called "Find the Decorations"!

There are some! Pews In Bloom buckets lining the top of the kitchen cabinets!

Moving into the living room, we have the very special bought-at-Michaels-for-50%-off topiaries.

The bathroom shelf is livened up by two more buckets.

DH has turned a bucket into a change keeper in the office.


That's about it for my house but if you saw my mothers house! Those things are everywhere! It's hard to find a place to store 25 12" tall vases or 30 buckets filled with flowers.


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: sweets4ever on May 31, 2008 09:14:41 AM
Oooh, that is such a good idea! :D  We *still* have random stuff in boxes to go somewhere.


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: thekster on June 02, 2008 01:04:09 PM
Yay! Our wedding website is almost completed. We just have to add a bit of formatting, content, and put it up online and it will be finished. Hallelujah! I just don't know where to go for the domain name, cuz I want it to be www.karynandjohnny.com/info/whatever. Sunny, yours was .info, right? How much did it cost to register the name? And do you know the website to get to it? I typed in ".info" in google, but I don't think I was typing it right. Anyone else know a good place to register the names?
After we get the website up and running, I can print our save the date magnets. I think I'll only be making 4 of those though, so that shouldn't take long.
Dang it, I keep adding more crap for me to do for the wedding! *slaps hands* Bad Karyn, bad!


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: frogeyesalad on June 02, 2008 03:17:10 PM
Yay! Our wedding website is almost completed. We just have to add a bit of formatting, content, and put it up online and it will be finished. Hallelujah! I just don't know where to go for the domain name, cuz I want it to be www.karynandjohnny.com/info/whatever. Sunny, yours was .info, right? How much did it cost to register the name? And do you know the website to get to it? I typed in ".info" in google, but I don't think I was typing it right. Anyone else know a good place to register the names?
After we get the website up and running, I can print our save the date magnets. I think I'll only be making 4 of those though, so that shouldn't take long.
Dang it, I keep adding more crap for me to do for the wedding! *slaps hands* Bad Karyn, bad!

I just looked at www.domainsvilla.com, and they have karynandjohnny at .info available for 2.95 a year. apparently .com is also available, for 8.99 a year. check them out:) I did our website through my dad's website, so I don't know what he pays, and the last time I dealt with setting up a domain was for my old boss, so I don't know about the best server hosts or anything, but I hope this helps!


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: HHjamie on June 02, 2008 07:39:05 PM
I've been totally busy and MIA from this board, but I'm back! Wedding is in 2 months, 14 days...ek! So far I've successfully completed no wedding craft projects, but started quite a few...

1. Paper globes to hang along the aisle. So far I've cut 400 circles out of scrapbook paper.
http://heatherbailey.typepad.com/heather_bailey/2008/01/paper-globes.html (http://heatherbailey.typepad.com/heather_bailey/2008/01/paper-globes.html)

2. Obligatory tissue paper pom-poms. I'm going for this look for our gazebo.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/theadventuresofjoshandsandy/2503141686/in/set-72157605155753374/ (http://www.flickr.com/photos/theadventuresofjoshandsandy/2503141686/in/set-72157605155753374/)
PS - you have to check out this set of photos...so pretty!

3. Accenting my birdcage veil with an old broach from my g'ma and feathers.

4. Almost done embroidering "GROOM" on boxers for him to wear. Right now it says "ROOM"

I know that there is more that I'm crafting, but I haven't really started yet!


thekster - I'm starting to get some performance anxiety, but my fear is that I'll wipe out walking down the isle. I'm a total klutz.

sunnydays914 - I'm totally walking down the isle to Jack Johnson's "Better Together" too! Our recessional is Queen's "You're My Best Friend". We're a little unconventional :)

Speaking of unusual, I just got my fiance's wedding ring the other day. I really wanted to design my own, being the crafty thing I am, but he loved this one, so I went with it.
http://www.titaniumkay.com/BOMANI-Tungsten-Carbide-Carbon-Fiber-Ring-P103534.html (http://www.titaniumkay.com/BOMANI-Tungsten-Carbide-Carbon-Fiber-Ring-P103534.html)
I also got it engraved with "porcupine", my nickname for him.

Yea for wedding planning!

- Jamie


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: frogeyesalad on June 02, 2008 08:53:58 PM

Speaking of unusual, I just got my fiance's wedding ring the other day. I really wanted to design my own, being the crafty thing I am, but he loved this one, so I went with it.
http://www.titaniumkay.com/BOMANI-Tungsten-Carbide-Carbon-Fiber-Ring-P103534.html (http://www.titaniumkay.com/BOMANI-Tungsten-Carbide-Carbon-Fiber-Ring-P103534.html)
I also got it engraved with "porcupine", my nickname for him.

Yea for wedding planning!

- Jamie

We bought my DH's ring from titanium kay too! They are fabulous, and his rings is gorgeous, it's just a plain polished tungsten. I'm glad your FI found one he liked there, I can't recommend them enough:)

And, good luck on your crafting! You're much farther along than I was at 2.5 months out:)


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: h_pets360 on June 02, 2008 10:57:30 PM
Our wedding is May 23rd, 2009, so I've got the better part of a year to get things planned and done, but a lot of our folks are coming from out of town/state.  We're trying to give folks a lot of warning, so I've been working on the invitations already.

I cut and cut and recut and lined up and recut and relined up and STILL have to figure out the right phrasing, but at least we've got a basic layout that we like.



I really like that green.  We're gonna have black and gray as our colors, with a bit of off-white, that green, and maybe one other accent color. 

The plan is to glue down a piece of paper with the details, like in the picture, with a RSVP card slipped in on top (held in place by those heart cutouts) that they can remove and send back.  Once folks tell us they can come, we'll send 'em a second invite, with lists of local hotels and delicious restaurants and by then, we'll have all the details (well, the major details like where the reception is) down.

If you guys see any major flaws with my plan, lemme know.


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: sweets4ever on June 03, 2008 05:08:58 AM
Maybe you could just make this one a "Save the Date" with no RSVP since it's going out so early?  Then you can automatically send everyone the real invitation with RSVP at a later date.

I'm not sure why, but I don't think I'd like not knowing the details and having to RSVP. :-\


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: HHjamie on June 03, 2008 07:34:20 AM
I agree with sweets. I'd be hesitant to RSVP when I didn't know the details. I was a little anxious to know who was coming myself, so I sent out my invites a little more than 3 months ahead rather than waiting until the 6 week mark. Maybe try that?

Your save-the-dates are really cute!


Title: Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong!
Post by: sunnydays914 on June 03, 2008 07:54:23 AM
I just don't know where to go for the domain name, cuz I want it to be www.karynandjohnny.com/info/whatever. Sunny, yours was .info, right? How much did it cost to register the name? And do you know the website to get to it? I typed in ".info" in google, but I don't think I was typing it right. Anyone else know a good place to register the names?

We bought our domain fro GoDaddy.com which worked out well for us. We paid $3 for it. I did a search for karynandjohnny.info and they have a sale running where you coul