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1  Wedding Planner & Planning Scrapbook in Weddings and Bridal Showers by *MAR* on: June 16, 2008 09:55:04 AM
Hello! I thought some other brides might find a couple things I did for our wedding helpful. One was I made my own version of the ubiquitous wedding planning book to keep us on schedule and the other was a scrapbook for the planning, to keep all those tidbits arranged for a look back later.

A) The Wedding Planner

I wasn't able to find a wedding planner on the market that suited my needs so I created my own. There are a few websites that were helpful, I just printed up the planning pages that I needed from them and added the ones that I needed but couldn't find. I printed up an inspirational picture and added letters. I carried this thing around with me to every appointment and interview I had during this period. It was my planning bible.

I put folders inside and saved every card we rec'd and marked on the back of each when I had finished writing the thank you. I never had to worry "Did I send Mr. & Mrs. Unnecessary Crystal Thing their thank you?", I knew I had if it was written on the back of the card. I kept one folder for each event. Local Wedding Shower, Michigan Wedding Shower, Chicago Wedding, Michigan Reception.

I added business card pages and could find anyone's business card immediately.
A very helpful $3 purchase.

I used these websites to print up pages that corresponded to our particular planning needs:

My particular binder had tabs & sections for all of these topics:
Marriage License Info, Budget, Financial Planning & Payment Dates, Important Phone Numbers, Ring/Jeweler Information, Florist/Flowers, Photographer, Rhearsal, Ceremony/Vows, Officiant, Reception Site, Seating Floorplans, Caterer, Baker Gowns/Alterations, Registrations Info, Shower, Brunch, Honeymoon, Rentals, Thank You's.

B) The Wedding Planning Scrapbook

This is fairly self explanatory. I had a lot of bits and bobs that I wanted to hold onto because I planned and designed and produced most everything for our wedding. In this scrapbook I kept copies of Save the Dates, Invitations, photos of us getting our marriage license, Engagement Photos, planning style sheets, photos of wedding showers & copies of invites, and I pressed flowers from my bridal bouquet and put them in glassine envelopes on a page with photos of our wedding flowers and my Mom and I creating the bouquets. I needed this extra scrapbook for all the things that just weren't in the scope of the wedding album and it made it possible for me to shove actual cards and notes into. This would be a GREAT thing to do for a bride if you're a bridesmaid, just save things along the way and photograph as many details as you can.

Cheap-o $5 scrapbook from the dollar store with one of our engagement photos in the front:

I kept buying scrapbook paper in each of our wedding reception's colours everytime JoAnn's or Michaels had a big sale and then just used whichever felt right:

These pages showed all the bits of paper I collected and swatches of fabric and inspiration ideas for the look of the wedding, I did this for both receptions because they were different colour schemes:
Chicago Wedding & Reception:

Michigan reception:

Copies of the invites, rsvps, menu, ceremony program:

Pressed flowers from the bouquet saved in glassine envelopes and showing us making them:

Newspaper clippings:

Shower photos and saved invitations:

Colour shift and second reception:

Second reception's invites, handmade:

Wow, if you made it THIS far, you're a real trooper!
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2  Re: Butterfly Themed Wedding in Weddings and Bridal Showers by *MAR* on: April 26, 2008 10:12:39 PM
I do not know if this link will work or not, but I saw this pretty butterfly paper lantern decoration and thought of your wedding plans.


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3  Re: Real Flowers vs Fake Flowers in Weddings and Bridal Showers by *MAR* on: April 24, 2008 09:43:21 AM
My former boss was a florist, so we used her account to get the flowers for our bouquets, bouts', corsages and bits for tables. I wanted cherry blossom branches for the larger arrangements but we got married in July, so all of these were silk from JoAnn's or Michaels using their 50% off coupons and arranged in dollar store French flower buckets spray painted green with metal paint.

So, we did about 1/3 silk and 2/3 real. It is nice because I had all those lovely fresh flowers to give away and take home, but yet I have these huge gorgeous containers of the cherry blossoms all around my house still!

Here's the cherry blossom arrangements:

Our lovely bouquet flowers:

Our table arrangements, all in recycled glittered cans or Ball jars:
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4  Re: Day of the Dead Wedding - with lots o' pics in Weddings and Bridal Showers by *MAR* on: April 18, 2008 03:03:29 PM
My birthday is on Dia de los muertos, so I really wanted some aspect involved in the wedding. My dear sister got us these figures in Mexico and they hung out around our card box. She tried to find a bride with dark hair, but we had to be satisfied with a blonde skeleton. I wanted the pretty paper cut outs too, but was so busy making my tissue poms and paper flowers, I never got to them!! Love the look with all the sugar skulls. So pretty.

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5  Re: How to Decorate... in Weddings and Bridal Showers by *MAR* on: February 15, 2008 05:48:22 PM
This is what we did, just a bunch of ribbon, and thank you stickers!
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6  Re: How Far In Advance? in Weddings and Bridal Showers by *MAR* on: January 30, 2008 03:24:30 PM
I made all my tissue poms in advance. You can make a ton of them and just store them flat. When you make them, they lay flat and folded with the wire around the center, so they travel well too. Allow yourself plenty of time to fluff them out, or give the job to someone who is really gentle and won't rip the tissue.

We took ours from Chicago to Detroit like this, for our second reception:

And I addressed/stamped/embossed all my thank you's before the wedding. It made it so much easier, as we opened presents (in private), we wrote down what the people gave us on the backs of their cards. Then, we zipped those cards out immediately. Everyone commented on how quick we were. But, that was because I had everything done except the note inside before the wedding!
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7  Re: Input on my wedding ideas (image heavy) in Weddings and Bridal Showers by *MAR* on: January 10, 2008 12:29:12 PM
Excellent colour choice! I used similar ones for our second reception. Since DH's favourite colour is blue and mine is green, it worked well. Some things that we did that might work for you, were our tissue paper flower decorations:

We made our own "vases" with oatmeal containers and paper, it sounds weird, but looked pretty:

I stocked up on Dollar Store lanterns in the summer, in blues and greens. We had these lining the loooooooooong driveway up to DH's Aunt's house on shepherd's hooks, and then we had large ones inside our tents (the big ones I got on line at an Asian resource):

We made our own mix cd's for favours, used all blues and greens:

Our invitations were handmade, fairly inexpensively, printed at home, we used rubber stamps for the embellishments and embossed them. DH's Mom did the wonderful calligraphy by hand:

I can't wait to see what you come up with. I love hydrangeas, and this colour combination. It is so versatile. Congratulations!

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8  Re: Cake Topper Woes in Weddings and Bridal Showers by *MAR* on: November 07, 2007 11:02:58 AM
We had a vintage feel to our wedding, based around the age of my dress. All I saw were really contemporary cake toppers. I didn't like any of them. Then, I saw "mine", and fell in love with it. It is metal, lightly airbrushed, a bird cage, and has a vintage feel to it. To top it off, I got it at Michael's and used a 50% off coupon, so it was only $20.


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9  Re: Bouquet and Hankerchief charms in Weddings and Bridal Showers by *MAR* on: October 22, 2007 03:30:00 PM
I'm working on our personal wedding photo album, and going through the photos I realized I didn't ever post any decent shots of our bouquets with the charms on them. Here's a shot of the charms in action. Also, a shot of the bouquet. My sister and I chose each flower ourselves, and my Mom and I made the bouqets the day of the wedding.

Here is my husband's charms. I attached them to his bout', the bout' was fairly crumpled and sagging from hugging and heat at this point. Poor little hydrangea!

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10  Re: our handmade 7/7/07 wedding in Weddings and Bridal Showers by *MAR* on: September 16, 2007 12:38:15 PM
You JUST got married in August? Cool! I want to see some pictures!

You know what is really funny about our Chicago wedding/reception? Friends of mine did an aerial performance at the reception, and their performance school has been featured on two local TV shows in the past week! I am sure my wedding had nothing to do with they surge in popularity, but it is super cool seeing them get recognition!

I was so disappointed with the pics from our second reception, but a few turned out well.

Our big top....

I spent HOURS hanging these lanterns!

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