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11  Re: Skulls & Roses Wedding help needed in Weddings and Bridal Showers by *MAR* on: September 10, 2007 12:13:29 PM
Or if you want to do soap favours, instead of actual sugar skulls. Do like this gal did, use the sugar skull molds to make soap!

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12  Re: Skulls & Roses Wedding help needed in Weddings and Bridal Showers by *MAR* on: September 10, 2007 12:11:02 PM
Nice theme! That will be fun.
I had a Dia de los Muertos wedding couple given to me as a shower present from my sister. (my birthday is the same day). She got these for me in Mexico - but it would be cool to incorporate some Day of the Dead things in the wedding.

And make some sugar skulls for your guests! Very festive. They have some small molds that would make up alot of favours quickly!

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13  Re: September 08 Wedding!!! in Weddings and Bridal Showers by *MAR* on: September 07, 2007 08:21:17 AM
Cupcake stand ideas~

We did cupcakes at our wedding! We also did a red velvet cake for the cake cutting. I have a ton of ideas for cupcake stands. I didn't get to use all my ideas, because I left it in the hands of my baker friend. Here's our cupcake stand, with our Tipsycake cupcakes with buttercream frosting:

This is our red velvet cake for our cake cutting:

Alot of bakers will charge you $50 just for stand rental. You can buy a really elegant stand for much cheaper, and decorate it with fresh flowers, and still be less than $50. Like this one (I love the clear glass):

Wilton makes some cupcake stands, but they look more like children's party stands. So, I nixed the idea of those and kept looking for ideas.

Repurposing everyday items into cake stands was the best option. Like this plate stand - which I bought for $8 at Target, put candy coloured green plates on ($1.50 each at IKEA), and used to display our candied pecan favours.

Here's another two-tiered option in white and wrought iron:

I love this option, it is white and elegant and would go well with your colour theme, think of it with light blue flowers interspersed among the cupcakes on the tiers!

This is a really neat option, you can have your cake at the top of the stand for cutting, and the cupcakes on the tiers below it:

You can buy that tiered cake thing here:

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14  Cookie favour containment units: Chinese take-out boxes in Weddings and Bridal Showers by *MAR* on: August 15, 2007 02:03:00 PM
We used my Grandmother's famous chocolate chip cookie recipe for our second reception's edible favour. I ordered 200 1 1/2 pint Chinese take-out boxes from U-Line (about $32 bucks), and used what was left of the 50 yeards of wholesale ribbon I had bought for my bouquet, and I made some little "thank you" tags in all our colours.

pretty aquatic colours, finished assembly:

Aunt Kim and the assembly line!

Punched tags, and thank you stickers

The whole table was full by the time we were done:

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15  Tattoo Parlour: fun for kids (and the bride...) in Weddings and Bridal Showers by *MAR* on: August 15, 2007 01:52:42 PM
We had a ton of kid's stuff at our Michigan reception. There was a bouncy castle (that groom and groomsmen ended up in too), a bubble machine, and so on. I had gone through a bunch of carnival-style themed ideas for the kid's entertainment. And one of those ideas was a tattoo station. Since I know my best friend's 3 year old is obsessed with his Captain Fuzzy and Super Grover temp tats, I thought I could do something cool with this idea.

Here's the germination of the idea:

I added some Sailor Jerry panache, and made this sign, this was hung in front of a purple cloth:

I went to Party City and bought a ton of temp tats:

Since you can't see any of my real ones in my wedding dress, I decided to go with some classic swallow tattoo action. Sadly, one of my swallows lost it's head!!:
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16  Re: our handmade 7/7/07 wedding in Weddings and Bridal Showers by *MAR* on: August 14, 2007 12:12:46 PM
Aw, you guys are sweet. You're probably all getting seriously bored with my wedding stuff, I apologize. I'm waiting for our second reception's pictures to come back. In the mean time, I have to share something really funny with my girls here. How hilarious is this? My Mom had gotten a digital camera two days before our Chicago wedding/reception, and never really learned how to use it properly. I didn't really check the setting it was on, but for some reason it was on a quasi movie setting, but doesn't download as a mini-movie, it downloads like this.......... (this is a shot from the Michigan reception, because if I couldn't have canoes and aerial acrobats at that reception, I had to jump on a horse, right?  Cheesy )

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17  Re: Save The Dates in Weddings and Bridal Showers by *MAR* on: August 10, 2007 10:12:19 PM
I should have bought stock in those tape runners before the wedding. I think I went through about 100 of them with all the diy projects!

Here's all our monograms. They were fun to have made. I want to use the green one on our wedding announcements.

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18  CD favours in Weddings and Bridal Showers by *MAR* on: August 06, 2007 04:37:23 PM
It was a quandry how to present our cd favours at both of our receptions, in an appealing, yet crafty and elegant way. Here's what I came up with for each of our receptions.

First, the wedding and Chicago reception on 7/7/07, had a pink/green/brown cherry blossom theme:
I used scrapbook paper, punches, ribbon, thank you charms, some round stickers, and had stamps made with our name and wedding date on them. We made 25 of these:

Then, for our Michigan reception, 8/4/07, we had an aquatic blues and green theme. I ran the gammit of greens and blues and did some stamping on paper, added tags with computer printed labels, and slipped them into slimline cases. Made 50 of these:

And here's our track listing. All these songs have some sort of meaning to my husband and I, together, as a couple.

David & Marci  
Thank you for sharing our wedding day with us!

1.  Spiritualized - Ladies and Gentlemen We Are Floating In Space
2.  Verve - Sonnet
3.  Snow Patrol - Run
4.  Grant Lee Buffalo - Truly, Truly
5.  Suede - The Wild Ones
6.  The Stone Roses - I Wanna Be Adored
7.  Blur - Youre So Great
8.  Alice In Chains - Heaven Beside You
9.  PJ Harvey - This Is Love
10. Charlatans - The Only One I Know
11. Divine Comedy - Perfect Love Song
12. Richard Ashcroft - A Song For The Lovers
13. The Rolling Stones - Moonlight Mile
14. The Flying Burrito Brothers - To Love Somebody
15. Style Council - Youre The Best Thing
16. The Smiths - There Is A Light That Never Goes Out
17. Longpigs - I Lied I Love You
18. Elliott Smith - Say Yes

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19  Re: Tissue Poms & Paper Bag Flowers in Weddings and Bridal Showers by *MAR* on: August 06, 2007 03:00:53 PM
Whee! We made a ton more tissue poms for our Michigan reception this past Saturday. All shades of aquatic blues and greens. We used them around the photo area. I draped some aqua sari fabric against a wall and strung the poms all around them.

Tissue poms flat:

Poms getting fluffed!

Poms being hung - after this the fabric was hung - (i can't find a picture with the fabric up!)

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20  Re: Tissue Poms & Paper Bag Flowers in Weddings and Bridal Showers by *MAR* on: July 23, 2007 11:34:19 AM
"Blooming Bag How-To"


I recommend using the sort of paper bags that you use to carry lunch in. The paper just holds up better. I found great colours of bags at Party City, but they were this wimpy flimsy, coated thin paper. They didn't work well. I found the good bags, more expensive, but good colours, at Michael's in the party supply section.

Get yr bags, scissors, paper glue and some cardboard to make petal templates:

Cut off the bottom fold of the paper bag:

Cut out 8-10 bags in each petal configuration, glue the bags together, and punch your hole in the bottom, all the way through:

Lay a book on the bags to help them dry properly, leave 'em alone for a few hours.

Next, once they are dry, use a piece of fishing line, make a loop, in your punched hole (make it loose, or you will tear your paper), tie a knot. Now, start spreaking your petals out, once you get it in a pleasing spread, glue the last two bags together in the open position, and clip together with clothespins. Use a long line of fishing line to hang them everywhere - voila - pretty hanging paper flowers!

(recommendation, play around with different petal shapes, you can create some really unexpected shapes just by making points, waves, etc.)

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