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1  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Re: Wedding invites on: November 04, 2008 07:15:10 AM
That's a really fun & unique idea!d How many of those puppies did you have to do?
2  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Re: TheSueb's Wedding Crafts - Image Heavy! on: October 31, 2008 07:10:43 AM
This is wonderful!  You did a fantastic job with everything.  The photobooth idea is brilliant... did you rent it?

We rented it, but I've heard of other people just setting a camera up on a tripod with a fun backdrop and doing it that way too.
3  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Re: . I really love your locket. was that on: October 31, 2008 07:09:18 AM
Your wedding looks amazing!
I LOVE your locket. Is that a new item or vintage?

It was actually my mom's, which is weird since I never remember her wearing it, but I've had it since she passed, and totally forgot about it. A few days before the wedding, it just sort of popped into my head & worked perfectly!
4  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Re: TheSueb's Wedding Crafts - Image Heavy! on: October 31, 2008 07:06:55 AM
Your wedding looks like it was a total blast!  If you don't mind me asking, what program did you use to create the invitations? 

I'm a designer/studio artist, so I used Adobe Illustrator for the invites. I bought the birds on istock.com.
5  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / TheSueb's Wedding Crafts - Image Heavy! 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!


6  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Re: party ideas, HELP! on: September 12, 2008 10:32:26 AM
A scavenger hunt is always fun. You can make a list of things for people to do that are wedding related (or not).

We had stuff like:
On bended knee, ask a stranger to marry you.
Kiss a stranger.
Wear someone of the opposite sex's shoes.
Stand on top of a bar.
Your entire team in the men's restroom of "name establishement".
Your entire team on stage somewhere.

We did about 20 tasks for people to do, then did a photo scavenger hunt. We took pictures of things on one street in our neighborhood (over about 6 blocks), then we printed them out on one sheet and gave each team a copy.

The rules are simple. Each team gets one camera that they use to document tasks with. Put the time limit at 1 hour. You loose 10 points for every minute you are late. When everyone gets back you can relax and look at the pictures, hilarity will then ensue.

I've done a bunch of these, both planning & participating and they are so much fun. More fun than you'd think. You could easily do two teams of 4. Things are so random that you could participate and it wouldn't be cheating.

Good luck!
7  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Re: A full, delicious, 6.5 feet of cupcakes and cheesecake! on: July 03, 2008 08:32:29 AM
OMG! Wow! Wow! Wow! That's amazing!! I love that it has such a big presence! The mixture of cupcakes & other treats & flowers is wonderful too. I would probably end up slowly stalking that big tree of sugar, like a cougar hunting it's prey. I actually kinda want to hug that tree.

I'm sure that will be one thing that your guests will never forget. You'll be starting a trend! You could probably rent it out or sell more for other weddings!


8  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Re: Banga's July 5 Wedding Bash! on: July 03, 2008 08:28:09 AM
I love it all and I am totally drooling over the cookies. Can't wait to try the recipe for that shortbread.

You and your mom are so crafty!

Good luck this weekend & congrats!
9  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Re: Dia de los Novios Wedding Logo/Tattoos on: June 24, 2008 12:54:42 PM
They're so cute! I love the cake too! Sounds delish!!
10  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Re: Invitation Anxiety! Image heavy. on: June 15, 2008 06:56:28 PM
Thanks for all the awesome feedback & support guys! I am so close to being done (and happy), I can see the light at the end of the invitation tunnel of hell.  Smiley

These are great and I am in awe!  I just got engaged and these totally rock my boat!  The Post office guidelines for postcards are that they be between 5 x 3 1/2 inches and 6 x 4 1/4 inches. and the current postage is 27 cents on them.  Hope this helps! Good Luck!

Thanks for the size reminder! I've actually got a few "tests" out in the mail right now. I've measured and remeasured a million times just to make sure they fit in the guidelines. What a bummer it would be to make 100 or more of these and have them NOT WORK. Ugh - it just adds to my anxiety. Woofters.

Thanks again everyone, you're the best!
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