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1  TheSueb's Wedding Crafts - Image Heavy! in Weddings and Bridal Showers by TheSueb on: October 30, 2008 12:46:09 PM
Hey guys!

Here are some things from our wedding last month. My husband and I decided to spend the majority of our money on the venue & food, so pretty much everything else was DYI.

I designed and printed all of the invitations, programs, thank you cards & the reception program.

Both of my parents have passed, so I had little framed pictures of them in the flowers I carried. We got all of the flowers the day before at the local farmer's market. They were a whopping $125 total (for everyones flowers!)

My mother in law started making homemade caramels months before the wedding and froze them as she went. She ended up making over 600 individual caramels (each guest got 3 different flavors)! We put them in little bags that I bought at a local paper store ($15 for 500, now I have about 300 left!) and used a variety of red, gold and black ribbon I had kicking around to close & tie temporary tattoos onto.

I made the tattoos and had them printed online (temporarytattoos.com), I think I paid $75 for 1000 tattoos. We put leftover tattoos in a basket, along with water bottles and paper towels so guests could apply during the reception.

The photobooth was  big hit. We used it instead of hiring an additional photographer. Everyone loved it. The attendant also created a guest book on the spot so guests could sign a copy of their photos for us with a message.

Instead of buying a cake cutting set, we used one of the husbands old knives. He was into ninjas and army men as a kid and for some reason had a big scary "trench knife". We tied a ribbon on it and it was perfect. Notice the brass knuckle handle!

During the planning process I had joked with my bridesmaids that I was going to make  them wear top hats and carry bird's nests instead of flowers. Well two of the girls made these awesome top hat bird veils. We all loved them and rocked them at the rehearsal. We decided to wear them at the reception too.

I brought some mustaches to the reception. Between the top hats and the staches, everyone knew who the bridesmaids were!

We decided on a very simple cake, without any decorations. The family members that did our flowers also were in charge of decorating the cake. Since we had a bird theme going on, my sister made the bird toppers from parts of our mom's wedding dress. We also had a bird cage for cards (not shown) with another set of birds perched on the top of it.

And finally, I'm not sure if you can call it DYI, but my husband is a professional musician and plays with a wide variety of artists. Instead of paying for music, we asked my husband's musician friends to play for us as a wedding gift. We had a total of 6 musicians during dinner and two bands with Ipod lists inbetween. Everyone loved it!

It was a lot of work, but so worth it!

Here's a link to my other favorite (but not necessarily crafty) picts from the wedding!


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2  Invitation Anxiety! Image heavy. in Weddings and Bridal Showers by TheSueb on: June 10, 2008 02:34:35 PM

I did these save the dates with a spinning wheel built in and got tons of complements. Now everyone is expecting the invites to knock their socks off. OOFH. I'm stressing out how to make the invitations as fun and creative. I think I've just been thinking about it too long, but I'd appreciate everyone's advice. I have about 2 weeks before I need to start getting these printed and out the door.

Here is the save the date & wheel:

here's the back of the wheel so you can see how it worked:

My idea for the invite was to do a long business size, and have three different sized papers placed with the birds on them so the birds would cut off, but then be ghosted on the next page. The pages would be fastened with a rivit so they could swirl to reveal the next, slightly longer page.

But I am torn between this style:

Version A: Which my sister says looks too "cowboy-y in our names".

Version B: Which I think is a little too dark and gloomy:

This is how the inside will work:
Middle page is a postcard that can be torn out (the nub that is left will stay and has repeat info, like the date and place.

Last page are directions

Ok - am i being too crazy? I want to keep the style of the STD, but I'm just not 100% happy with the invitation like i was with the STD. I need some advice, or some inspiration, or some slapping around - or maybe all three.

Does anyone have any words of wisdom? I would appreciate any input!

P.S. Here are the temporary tattoos we are handing out at the reception. I'm actually happy with these and don't need to change them at all - so I'm not altogether crazy!

Of course there won't be a white background since it will go directly on your skin like a normal temp. tattoo.

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3  Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong! in Weddings and Bridal Showers 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
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.

I'll take picts of the save the dates & invitations soon!

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