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31  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Re: Wedding Planner & Planning Scrapbook on: June 17, 2008 11:08:08 AM
I'm glad this idea could help y'all. I know that the planners on the market were worse than useless for my situation. BTW, I also did pocket style sheets for my Mother In Law to-be, with all the colours for both events, at her request. I didn't take pictures of them, but this is the basic premise; I took two blank folding greeting cards, glued & taped in all the different ribbon swatches, fabric swatches, paint colours, one for each of our receptions. So, when she went shopping to buy her Mother of the Groom dresses for our Chicago wedding and Michigan reception, she had the colours for each event right there in her purse and could say "yes, that works with the colours" or "no way!". That worked out wonderfully for her and she was BY FAR the most perfectly colour-matched person at both events. I was very impressed!
32  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Re: Invitation Anxiety! Image heavy. on: June 16, 2008 10:00:55 AM
LOVE THESE! Love the style, love the swallows, love the colours. Love everything! If you think the first font is still to cowboy-ish, move over to something like "Nashville" which takes on a more Hatch Show Print quality without looking too cowboy-esque. That spinning wheel is too much! That is something your guests will keep forever! Fantastic work. Can't wait to see more from your wedding.
33  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Wedding Planner & Planning Scrapbook 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!
34  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Re: Wedding Planners/Organizers? on: June 16, 2008 08:44:06 AM
I found that alot of what was on the market didn't apply to my wedding or our planning needs, so I created my own. It only took a trip to Staples and a bit of time printing up pages from a planning website. This is a good route to go if you want to give a custom gift. I'll take some photos of mine and find the link to the website with the different helpful planning pages I used.
35  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Re: My wedding favors on: June 01, 2008 10:44:50 AM
36  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Re: Butterfly Themed Wedding 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.


37  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Re: Real Flowers vs Fake Flowers on: April 24, 2008 01:22:42 PM
It's a two-toned dahlia. I wasn't even thinking of them, but I just went with what was purty the day we went to the market.
38  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Re: Real Flowers vs Fake Flowers 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:
39  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Re: Day of the Dead Wedding - with lots o' pics on: April 21, 2008 04:25:37 PM
Cinco de Mayo bar-b-q decorations, maybe?
40  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Re: Day of the Dead Wedding - with lots o' pics on: April 21, 2008 11:06:26 AM
Amaryllisroze - Hey, that's not cheating at all! With all the things you have to do and plan for, if you can find something already made, I say go for it! I just didn't have time to hunt them down after my sister struck out in Mexico (the area she was in was not big on the paper crafts, sadly.)  We thought about painting my bride skeleton's hair, but I grew up blonde, so it sort of worked!

Silvana - yeah for JoAnn's and their outdoor section+coupons. Smiley
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