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1  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Re: September peacock, cobalt blue idea gathering on: April 13, 2011 11:26:34 AM
So we've been doing some crafting for the wedding and I wanted to share what we have so far. We've been making an effort to keep the cost down and so far, I think we've done really well so I'll share that info too in case others are interested.

We sent out our save the dates a while ago (February?). My fiance designed them. We had a photo card which was printed for only $.09 each through Snapfish and a magnet which we ordered through Vistaprint for $9 for 25. The photos were taken by our photographer Jeff Simpson (http://jeffsimpsonphoto.com/wedding/) whom we found through Craiglist at about half the price of the other photographers we considered.

We're working on the invitations and created a proto type last night. I think it is very close to what we'll do. I fell in love with this paper through Paper Source:
(http://www.paper-source.com/cgi-bin/paper/item/Peacock-Print-Fine-Paper/3105_006/115235.html) and knew I wanted to incorporate it somehow, however it was a bit pricier. I was able to create paper sashes so we only had to buy 4 pieces for about 120 invitations. We also used their card stock for our little pocket folders. I really liked their peacock color and couldn't find it anywhere else for cheaper. Bought 200 pieces for $26 which is way more than we needed. They sell smaller quantities but we would have only saved a few dollars that way and this way we'll use it for something else. We cut each piece down the middle length wise so that each 8 1/2 by 11 sheet creates 2 invitations. We're having people RSVP through our website and/or by phone to keep the cost down a bit. We're thinking of having the writing printed at Staples or similar store. They quoted 20 cent per page and we get four invitations per page and 9 RSVPs so it seems reasonable. We were also trying to use a rubber stamp on the inside of the pocket folder and on the envelop flap, but the ink seems to take forever to dry (it has been almost 48 hours and still smudges). Doe anyone have any advise or experience with stamping? I used this gold Colorbox ink. Maybe there's another kind that would dry more easily?

Outside invitation with sash:

Opened invitation:

Opened, RSVP removed:

I have almost enough cobalt blue vases for the centerpieces. I've been picking them up here and there for cheap ($2-6 dollars). If anyone has experience working with peacock feathers, I'd love suggestions of where to get them. I've seen a lot on-line, but have heard concerns about the quality. It is hard to know what they'll be like just looking at the pictures.

2  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Re: Peacock Courtship - Wedding Bouquet on a Budget on: March 09, 2011 03:07:58 PM
This is so beautiful and inspiring to me. I am using a peacock theme in my September wedding and have been gathering ideas for DIY flowers. This one is lovely.
3  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / September peacock, cobalt blue idea gathering on: January 25, 2011 07:41:50 PM
Hello crafters! I've been lurking in the background for far too long, getting inspired by many of the ideas on this board. It is high time I posted something myself. I have been slowly planning my wedding for 9/24/11 since last April when finance and I got engaged. I've been working in little spurts and going through a lot of life changes (move to new city, new job, etc). We have some of the big things figured out (venue, food, photographer, dress and a few others). We are using a peacock theme, especially playing up the blues and greens, but throwing in purple and/or gold accents in as well. Here's what I'm considering for DIY.

STD (Almost finished. My fiance has a great eye for design and photography and took this on himself. We decided on a simple and inexpensive photo card from snapfish and a magnet from vista print. I'll post pics when they come in.)

Invitations (My initial thought was to design them myself and take them some place to get them printed. We don't have a great printer or I'd consider printing myself. Has anyone taken a design to a shop to be printed? How much did it cost? I've seen some designs posted, but would like some info on cost if anyone has it. I'm hoping to save some money in this area and also have a general idea in my head I'd like to work with.)

Centerpieces (I've been collecting cobalt blue vases, picking them up cheaply at yard sales and thrift stores and would like to use them. I am tempted to use real flowers from Sam's Club or order from www.wholesale-wedding-flowers.com/ or http://www.growersbox.com/. I thought of keeping the design simple with one or two kinds of flowers and also maybe incorporate some peacock feathers. I would need to do about 20 centerpieces total and I have people I could ask to help. Some people have cautioned me against this because it would have to be done at the last minute. Did anyone do this? What was your experience? Another idea I've considered is doing something with paper flowers.)

Those are the main projects I've given some thought to and I'll probably do a few more. I like crafting but also don't want to try to take on more than I really have time for and/or can enjoy and do well. I think things like favors, place cards, ring pillow could also be doable. So any ideas, comments, etc would be appreciated...Thanks!
4  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Re: Autumn Painted Bridal Shoes on: September 21, 2010 05:47:17 PM
Oh my! You've inspired me to try to paint my own shoes! Someone just suggested I try to today when I was talking about how I hadn't seen anything I really liked except for some for $200. Great job!
5  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Re: my brooch bouquet!!! on: August 04, 2010 06:25:08 AM
Okay... this is one of the best new ideas I've seen. Very unique and personal! Great work!!
6  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Re: Comic Book Flask Groomsmen Gifts (pic heavy) on: June 07, 2010 11:13:59 AM
These are nicely done! Wouldn't mind getting one myself...great idea!
7  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Re: Zombie Cake toppers! on: June 03, 2010 08:01:48 AM
These are just great!! Very fun and unique!
8  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Re: Some of my crafty wedding projects on: May 21, 2010 11:47:58 AM
Congratulations! Looks like such a lovely setting on the water. I like all the personal touches you did, especially having the photos in the bouquet. Might try to do something similar to that. I was curious about the scavenger hunt for the kids. How did you do it? I like the idea a lot!
9  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Re: Damask & Green DIY Wedding (pic heavy) on: May 11, 2010 04:48:46 PM
Congratulations! This is all so beautiful... I especially like the wheatgrass centerpieces. I'm just starting to plan my wedding and gathering inspiration.
10  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Re: Need input on invites please :) **NOW EVEN IMAGE HEAVIER WITH SAMPLES!** on: May 01, 2008 06:25:21 AM
My favorite is option A, but I would like to see what is would look like with a sheer ribbon, maybe something wider that would scrunch together a bit. I do also like F though which seems to be getting lots of votes. I like to see it with the front black and the monogram in ivory. I'm sure there's a way to do that, but not sure if it would be hard to do in bigger quantities.
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