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21  Tissue Poms & Paper Bag Flowers in Weddings and Bridal Showers by *MAR* on: July 23, 2007 11:16:51 AM
Hey there! I have had a few people request info on the tissue poms and paper bag flowers Heather and I did for my wedding. I got the idea from visiting the Mexican Fine Arts Center, here in Chicago - and then found tuts on Martha's website, and in one of her mags. We sort of tweaked her tut for our needs, used our pinks and green, and just made it our own. I'll post her tut here, and tell you what I learned to make it easier for you.

To start off, here's some shots of our poms & flowers in use.
I'll follow with another post with a how we did these.

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22  Re: our handmade 7/7/07 wedding in Weddings and Bridal Showers by *MAR* on: July 16, 2007 12:40:12 PM
Look at this spot colourized photo Sweets did for me! Didn't she do a fantastic job?!

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23  Re: our handmade 7/7/07 wedding in Weddings and Bridal Showers by *MAR* on: July 13, 2007 10:11:26 AM
Ah, man. I want you to be my wedding planner. You're freaking awesome.
What did the cd favors have on them? Songs from the wedding? Pictures of the couple? Eh? Eh? Eh?
Your wedding was so cute! I love the family pic on the gazebo or whatever it is.
And I LOVED the matchbooks... Did you attach/cover the paper with ModPodge or anything special?
I got so excited about your post, I forgot all my questions. Drats.

Music, music, music.
We are both musicians, both crazy cd collectors, I used to be a dj. So, we loaded the iPod for our reception, over 7 hours of music fought to get on there. Then, we each paired down to about 10 songs that had alot of significance to our relationship. Whether or not they had anything to do with love was irrelevent, just meaning to our relationship. Then, my husband sequenced them, and here's the track listing:
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. Elliot Smith - Say Yes

The gazebo shot is the at the park by our apartment. That's my wedding party, David's two best friends on the left, and my sister and best friend on the right.

For the matchbooks, I just used some papercrafting glue. I am pretty sure ModgePodge would be just as effective. I didn't decoupage them though. I only used the glue on the underside of the paper, not over the top too. I had to be careful not to squish glue down on top of the striking sides, or they wouldn't be very effective, either. Seriously, that project cost me $1 for the matchbooks at the dollar store, and either $2.75 for that sheet of Graham & Snow cherry blossom paper, or $3.75 (I can't remember.). Very cheap, easy to do while watching tv with your honey at night, and everybody loved them and made off with them.

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24  Re: our handmade 7/7/07 wedding in Weddings and Bridal Showers by *MAR* on: July 12, 2007 07:57:37 PM

Make sure when you go to the prairie, you take a bunch of bread for the crabby pants ducks that live there! Wink
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25  our handmade 7/7/07 wedding in Weddings and Bridal Showers by *MAR* on: July 12, 2007 12:20:30 PM
[photo album link added, see below]

(I'll add shots to this as I get the pro-pics, by C. Parker McMullen Bushman)

So, our day has come and gone, but it was captured by the Sun Times, for their Sunday paper, see photo gallery:

I was my own wedding planner, we did this wedding on a tiny, tiny budget.

First of all, I wore my Mom's dress from 1962. She altered it for me.

Here are the two lovely ladies who made this dress to begin with. My Grandma and my Mom. You can see our paper poms and cut out paper bag flowers decorating the old Chicago chain link fence behind us. (and my sunburn....)

We did a canoe processional into the ceremony. My (two) matrons of honour, my mother and even my photographer helped make our bouquets and all the bouts. My sister and I went to the wholesale flower market and picked out & bought all the flowers for the ceremony and the reception.

Here's a good shot of our flowers as we laugh hysterically.

Our "theme" was cherry blossoms. I used this wood sign at the ceremony site, the river prairie, to lead guests to the basket of programs and handfans, and put a welcome message on here.

I will find a picture of the handfans, with "thank you" tags, we made, and the ceremony programs we created, and put it here.
**insert pic**

We decorated each table at the reception with framed photos of our guest's wedding photos. I did it so that people would mingle and ask who was who and people could get to know each other. FYI, people thought they were supposed to sit in front of their photos. Not the case! As I hate assigned seating at weddings. So, that needed to be explained better. ah well.

Here's our "card cage", we just bought one from JoAnn's, I then decorated it with birds, made a sign for it, and placed the Dia De Los Muertes figures my sister brought me back from Mexico for my shower present, in front of it. (My birthday is the same day as the Day of the Dead, and I am a bit obsessed with it.)

Here's a "detail" of the paper poms and small, self-illuminated lanterns. They still look good after a long day of being beaten about by wind! I am not sure how many of these Heather and I made, it was ALOT!

This is how all the fences looked:

A dear friend came out and built wood structures, and hung canvas drop clothes on them to create a cozy atmosphere and to cover some of the junk out on the back concrete slab where we had all the tables. We strung the laterns from fishing line around the outside.

My friends did an arial acrobatic performance for us. It was amazing. She designs and makes her gear. It is amazing. Absolutely stunning performance!

We handpainted the entire gallery for the day. There was a gorgeous blue wash put on the floor, and the walls were painted ice blue with a wash, gold tree branches and pink cherry blossoms. You can see a tiny bit of it in this shot, as my pals Tijuana Hercules play a set for us!

This is a shot of the Swedish Pecan favours all wrapped up and ready to go to the gallery:

Some of our Out of Town baskets and foot baths, ready to go to the hotel:

Presents! Gifts for our bridal party, my honey, parents, etc. We used recycled kraft paper bags, decorated them with stamps, used the same green tissue in each, and most of them I put a bouquet of velvet pink hydrangeas on. The bridesmaids were filled with pink clutches, pashminas, jewelry that I made for both of them, handfans, parasols, lipstick cases with mirrors, chapstick, and essentials.

Our cd favours were a big hit:

And I did fix the "mementos" on this collage, i just never got a new shot of it:

I covered dollar store match books with pretty Graham & Snow cherry blossom paper. These were a big hit too, everyone took them home.

I'll add more as I get them, but this gives you a taste of the crazy day!

Modified to add photo album: http://www.mypublisher.com/bookstore/book_viewer.py?order_id=M379129&sp=x

I made this photo album for my Mom, as a thank you for all her hard work and care. I really have to rave about MyPublisher, because it is a cool program and you can get two books for the price of one! A great deal when you're doing a wedding on a tiny budget, like us. I hope to get an album done for DH and I when we get done with our Michigan reception and get pictures from that too. I am trying to decide on a scrapbooked album or one like I made for my Mom. I don't know, they were so innexpensive, I may just do both. The only thing it really cost me was time (nine hours spent going through photos, uploading, laying them out, etc.), but it was worth it. I did this on line Monday, and I got it in the mail today! Can you believe it?
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26  Re: decorating ideas for the thrifty and green? in Weddings and Bridal Showers by *MAR* on: July 11, 2007 11:03:18 PM
My "green" & green floral arrangements.
We did a few recycling projects for the flowers.
One: I saved cans, spray adhesived them, glittered them.
Two: I saved more cans, spray painted them green and put a ribbon around the top. I had taken off the ribbon by the time I took this shot.
Three: Ball jars and glass pebbles.

The ball jars were on all the banquet tables, with dahlias, snapdragons and Queen Anne's Lace. The glitter jars were on shelves inside the gallery, to add some sparkle to the floral arrangements. The big cans that we spray painted with metal paint, held our bouquets while we enjoyed the reception.

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27  Re: Bouquet and Hankerchief charms in Weddings and Bridal Showers by *MAR* on: July 11, 2007 10:59:07 PM
charms, hanging:

oh how sad for my wedding flowers to die!
we did all our own flowers, bouquets, bouts, and arrangements:
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28  Re: My 1962 wedding gown in Weddings and Bridal Showers by *MAR* on: July 11, 2007 10:56:43 PM
Thanks Sweets!
Can't wait to get all the pro pics.
Here's a good time shot of the dress Smiley
and my flat, rubber shoes!

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29  Re: FMIL present in Weddings and Bridal Showers by *MAR* on: July 02, 2007 11:36:33 AM
Okay, here it is. I could fuss over this thing for a month and still want to do more. But, this is it. All finished, modeled, laid out and packaged for presenting. I'm pretty happy with how it turned out.

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30  Re: My 1962 wedding gown in Weddings and Bridal Showers by *MAR* on: June 26, 2007 08:34:42 AM
MAR, is the officiant going to stand in front of you with his back to the guests?  If so, won't he block the view of your hands to your guests?

Sorry, I'm totally overthinking this. Cheesy

Our lovely, Aussie officiant, Pia, is going to be in front, and in between us, during the portions that she is talking directly to us. During readings (just like cmc_aust), and when she is addressing the family, she'll be off to one side. We are getting married down near the river, our guests are standing on the pathway UP from the river, so it is an ampitheatre effect. Here's one of the pathways up from where we're getting married (sorry, I only have our fall and snowy winter pictures, because that is when we go and feed the ducks the most, so they won't starve - but the pathways are verdant and green and filled with wildflowers right now.)

So, everyone should have a really good vantage point from being angled up. I imagine we'll make some adjustments on Friday evening at the rehearsal. I will let you know if we go with our original plan. And thank you for being worried about it, I know you have my day's best interests at heart. I appreciate it!
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