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21  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Re: My Lucky Thirteen wedding crafts (Picture-pukey) on: July 09, 2008 01:10:02 PM
Everything looks lovely. I especially love the tree. I don't know if you are having the typical "head table" where you face out to your guests, but it would be a neat thing to have on the table in front of you. Love birds denoting where the Love Birds will be sitting.

Can't wait to see your dress!
22  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Re: Finished Green and Brown Birch & Bird Wedding Invites on: July 04, 2008 05:06:29 PM
Just gorgeous, I love them! I really like the lighter ink on the dark brown paper, so beautiful!
23  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Re: Wedding Planner & Planning Scrapbook on: June 25, 2008 02:12:53 PM
Thanks! awww, if I could get you teary eyed, I wonder how my Mom will react??  Smiley  Oh, and it was a picture of us at the Cook County Courthouse downtown holding up our marriage license! So, it is the actual piece of paper, and us holding it. I had all these illusions (delusions!) of creating a beautiful one in the vein of the "ketubbah" style. I downloaded about a million different styles and was going to handpaint my own and have everyone sign it. Well, guess what got nixed when I came down to the wire! But, if you want some inspiration for beautiful ketubbah's, let me tell you, I've got the motherload, just PM me! I don't happen to be Jewish, but there is something about the romantic elaborate drawings that really speaks to me. Here's a favourite gallery of mine:

You are quite the trooper getting through that whole wedding album. My husband was actually there and he had a hard time the second time last night! ha. In order to get those little design things in the corners all you have to do is upload the "wedding" style, and those options will automatically load when you are building your pages. If I had had ALL the darn time in the world I would have designed each page in PowerPoint and uploaded them as full bleed in order to take advantage of the sheer massive size of each page.

Hey, is your maid of honour crafty? Maybe she could start collecting stuff for you and then at your bridal shower you could have your guests each do a page for you too. All the fun with none of the hassle! : )
24  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Re: Wedding Planner & Planning Scrapbook on: June 25, 2008 10:01:11 AM
Thanks Kster! I don't know how "good" my scrapbook looks, but at least I was able to DO something with the little extras that I had collected through the process. It is a fun book to look back on, too. I still need to properly scrapbook the Michigan wedding shower. I sort of lost steam at that point! I am going to take it the next time we head to visit DH's family, because one of his Aunts is the ultimate scrapbooker. Maybe she can inspire me again and I can play with all her scrapbooking toys.

Hey Kster, I also wanted to tell you I finally got around to getting my husband and I's version of our wedding album done. I did this one on MyPublisher too. We just got it yesterday. 100 pages! The most you can do. But, it does encompass both our Chicago wedding/reception and our Michigan reception. So, there was ALOT to pack in there. Here's the link if you wanna check it out. It took me foreeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeever to edit all those photos and lay everything out, but I am pretty pleased with it! So, when the time comes and you get to your wedding album, this is a lot cheaper than having your photographer do it and looks nice.
25  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Re: Wedding Dia de los muertos cake on: June 23, 2008 03:11:53 PM
They ARE 'spensive, but one of a kind and so special. Very cool that you exhibit your art there. Your Mom really hit a homerun with that gift! My birthday falls on dia de los muertos, so I have always had a special connection with it.

Okay, I am totally going to visit your MySpace page and check out more pictures. Congrats again!
26  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Re: bridal shower crafts/gifts? on: June 23, 2008 03:10:07 PM
It doesn't have much to do with the Murder Mystery aspect, but if you put a blank recipe card in with each of the invitations and ask the guest to fill out their "specialty" recipe - you can compile a little family/friends cookbook of favourite dishes.

Also, at my wedding shower, I asked that the invitation ask each guest to bring in a finished 12x12 scrapbook page or two. Everyone did, and there were pictures of me that I had never seen before and fav stories shared, everyone took their time and did a bit of creative channeling for me (even though most of them had never scrapbooked before), and at the shower my sister put them all into a beautiful scrapbook as each person came in the door. I walked out with the best, most personal gift from everyone. It worked out really well!
27  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Re: Wedding Dia de los muertos cake on: June 23, 2008 03:05:30 PM
Fantastic! Love everything! I want to see more pictures. Where did you get those large bride and groom? Our little dia de los muertos bride & groom were so expensive. They were a gift from my sister, who got them in Mexico, but she forgot to take the price tag off, so I saw the price. Whoa. I love them though, they were so worth it, possibly my favourite wedding gift. Anyhow, congratulations! I am hitting "this rocks!".
28  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Re: Love your wedding? Then show off your photos here! on: June 18, 2008 07:59:16 PM
I'm curious about this too, since MAR mentioned in her post that the poofing is the hardest part.
We're planning on having 100, we have already made them ahead of time, all ready to go except the actual poofing. I have nine people ready to help poof the decorating day, and we're planning to do it in 2 hours. I hope this is realistic!

MAR, any thoughts?

You should be fine. Have a couple people do test poofs before hand. If you are still nervous about the timing, partially poof them out before hand and then use the two hours to do the "final touch" poofing. Also, have the line you plan to use to hang them already cut to the exact length you need to hang them. That is what ate up a bunch of my time. That and fixing the rips that one of my "helpers" made in my poor poofs!  Good luck!

This thread may or may not have some helpful advice in it:
29  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Re: What HAVE I let myself in for?! on: June 18, 2008 05:33:25 AM
First, congratulations! Second, hit a few etiquette websites before you start your invites. I say a few, because if you read more than that your head will explode with all the "rules". I'm assuming this is a casual affair and most etiquette sites will have your head reeling with do's and don'ts. Here is a run down of generally accepted answers to your particular questions:

1.) Invite wording for reception only

Mojen and MojenMan McCraftyton request the honor of your presence at a celebration of their marriage Saturday, the ninth of January at seven o' clock Rob Roy Country Club, Tarrytown, Wales

(peeps will know in advance this is just the reception - you don't mention "hey we're getting hitched earlier, but you aren't invited to that." This way, guests will be aware that the wedding itself has already taken place.)

2.) It is never acceptable (in the world of etiquette) to list where you are registered on an invitation. It is commonplace to tell your bridal party and family and they are required to spread the word. While this is stupid and unhelpful to your guests who would care to purchase things for you, it is not what is deemed "acceptable" in the stuffy realm of the etiquette world. But, I would say if this is a close and dear crowd, and you are really humble about it - you could add at the bottom of your invite in a much smaller font "If you would care to purchase a gift for the couple, they are registered at Harrod's."

Here's a couple websites that will help you with all those nagging etiquette questions you never, ever thought you would have to think about:
The Knot - http://www.theknot.com/keywords/sc_221_525.shtml
How to properly address envelopes:
DIY Templates for things like ceremony programs, etc:

3.) Where to start on invites? Do you have an idea of the colours or style that you prefer? You could start there, design them yourself and print them out at the local copy shop or on your home printer. You can go as simple (purchase invites from a local shop, premade) or as detailed (design your own, Gocco them, handwrite, etc) as you would like. What is your crafting specialty or interest? You could go in that direction. Just try not to get caught up in all the myriads of options and frippery out there since you have such a tight time table and want to get your invites to people in enough time for them to plan.

There are alot of options out there, so don't get overwhelmed. You have a VERY special and unusual opportunity here of making your invites really personal since you are inviting so few people. So take that into consideration, but take your mental health into consideration first! Good luck. If you need any help, feel free to PM me, I'll do what I can.
30  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Re: Wedding Planner & Planning Scrapbook on: June 17, 2008 11:16:28 AM
Awesome, thanks for sharing this - it's now bookmarked!

Per the other thread, I found a really awesome binder on Etsy that was sold out. I contacted the seller about doing a custom one, but if I don't hear anything, I'm heading to Office Depot this weekend and getting the supplies to DIY. This post (especially divider topics) will be very helpful.

Kick it over here BabyPop!
(Sorry, I could NOT help myself!)
I can't wait to see the custom binder you come up with. That is a great idea!
I also invested in a three hole punch, I used it about a thousand times.
But, that depends on what sort of binder you end up with.
If you don't hear back from the Etsy seller you may also be able to find a binder with a paper substrate and could decoupage the cover to suit the bride.
Either way, this is going to be a very helpful, thoughtful and cool gift!
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