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11  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Re: A full, delicious, 6.5 feet of cupcakes and cheesecake! on: July 03, 2008 06:14:24 AM
Thanks everyone, I'm really glad you all like it!

To answer a few questions:
It had about 165-170 cupcakes and 100 mini cheesecake squares when full. We got the cupcakes at Sam's Club without any frosting and made our own and frosted them, so they were delicious. They only charge $27 for 165 unfrosted cupcakes, whereas 30 frosted cupcakes are $11.27

The tree is currently in my parent's living room, all the pieces are leaning against the wall. We are considering selling it so we don't have to worry about the hassle of renting it, we definitely don't want it to be a one-time use kind of thing. We even got an offer at the reception!

It is absolutely beautiful......can you post the diameter of each layer (circle).
I will have to get back to you on that, try to see if I can find my notes. I know the biggest layer was 40", and the top was 9", and then they just go from there. Each MDF layer is a different size, but some of the styrofoam layers are the same size.

12  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong! on: July 02, 2008 06:56:47 PM
Holy cow that cupcake tree is HUGE! How many cupcakes are on it?
I love the bottom of your dress; I'm glad you didn't have to hem it. Smiley

It has around 160, I think, and then about 100 miniature cheesecake squares. And, I'm so glad I didn't have to hem my dress either. To do it without messing up the bottom, they would have had to adjust it under the bust, and would have cost about a million dollars:)

And thanks robynsteiner!
13  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / A full, delicious, 6.5 feet of cupcakes and cheesecake! on: July 02, 2008 06:26:45 PM
ETA: I don't have the dimensions for the cake stand, we wrote them on various scraps of paper and they have long since disappeared, sorry! It's pretty easy, just decide on the biggest diameter you want for the bottom, and what looks good for the smaller layers from there. For the styrofoam, I just decided how much I wanted it to fill on the inside, and did two of each size so they were proportional to the boards.

We had 165 cupcakes and lots of mini cheesecake bites, along with flowers and greenery- there was definitely plenty of space! If you packed in the cupcakes you should easily be able to fit 300+.

My biggest DIY project for my wedding was the cupcake tree, and it was a LOT of work! Thankfully everyone pitched in and we got it done. We based it off this picture we found in a Sam's Club mailer a few years ago, so my sister (wootwoot) used her impressive math skills to calculate the size of each layer of the stand based off the width of the little girl's head in the picture!

We made the layers from 1/2" MDF from Home Depot, cut them with the jigsaw for basic shape, and then used the router and a circle bit to smooth the edges and round off the top of them.
We painted them white and cut circles in the middle with a forster bit.
The center pieces separating the layers were 6" styrofoam cake dummies we covered in white wrapping paper and cut holes in the middle as well.
The base is an octagonal elevated contraption my parents use as the Christmas Tree stand every year, with boards holding up a curtain rod, which went through the holes in each piece to support the tree.

Whew! I'm sure that was confusing, so here are pictures, the part you're really here for!

With us, for scale. My husband is 6', so I'm guessing it was at least 6'6", but we never measured the final product.

And, the picture we based it off of, for comparison.

Thanks for looking! Let me know if you need more explanation, it's impossible to find any instructions on how to make something like this, I searched everywhere, so I'd be happy to help anyone!
14  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong! on: July 02, 2008 06:09:15 PM
It's about time I showed you guys come wedding pictures!! My main DIY-ing was the cupcake tree, but I also made flower lights for the tables, my bouquet, and my mom stitched pink tulle on my crinoline. We also frosted/decorated all the cupcakes ourselves. So, here we go!

My bouquet- mini gerber daisies, wrapped in brown satin ribbon. Oh, and I also re-gathered my veil because it was too pouffy.

A shot of the food tables, we did all the lights with flowers on them draped along the sides. And my mom and MIL made all the food.

Pink petticoat and my beautiful 4" heels (I was determined to NOT have to hem my dress!)

A couple pictures the kids at the kids table drew for us, I'm going to put them in an album

And finally- the cupcake tower. It's getting its own post with more pictures, so here's one to give you an idea- it was taller than both of us, and my husband is 6'!

The post with more pictures and explanation is here:
And, these are my low-res pictures so you can actually load them, so that's why they are semi-grainy. The full size are excellent:)
15  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Re: Need input on invites please :) **NOW EVEN IMAGE HEAVIER WITH SAMPLES!** on: June 05, 2008 08:45:59 AM
The final product. Honestly, after scrutinizing it, I kind of hate it, but people have been telling me they're nice, so it's reassuring.  Cheesy

My husband just saw them and said "who's invitations are those? They're cool"

So, there you go:) I like them very much as well
16  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong! 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.
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:)
17  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong! 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!
18  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong! 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
19  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong! 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:)
20  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong! 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
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