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« on: January 19, 2009 05:27:25 PM »

So here's the scoop:  Grin

My boyfriend of 5 years and I are thinking about getting married in Las Vegas in June 2010, and I found a pretty dress, etc - but I want to diy alot of things because we are both in college, and seriously...a veil is like $200!!

I'm looking for tute's or info on making:

Also-an idea HOW to announce we got married afterwards!

*We are having no guests. (Just us)

Here are some snippets of things I've planned so far:

The Chapel/Hotel:

I adore this dress:

This hairstyle:

Shoes: (though I want ones like these in 1 or 2")

..*) .*)
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« Reply #1 on: January 19, 2009 11:11:10 PM »

I suggest you check out a wedding planning book from the library for checklists and for info.  No need to slavishly follow what's inside, particularly for your pared-down wedding, but it will give you a frame of reference.

Take a serious look at your budget, timeframe, and skills and adjust accordingly.

On this board, items that are frequently DIYed include the following.  I'm sure there are a ton more I'm forgetting, but you'll likely receive lots of feedback from other posters.

1) Stationery: STDs, invitations, announcements, programs, menu cards, thank you notes, sign in board/guest book, programs, place cards/escort cards.  Based on your OP, it looks like you will only need announcements after the fact (plus at home cards if you wish) and thank you notes for any gifts you receive.

The following wording is based upon "Emily Post's Etiquette" (the most recent version from 2004) for wedding announcements after the fact..  Post's wording assumes the bride's parents are hosts, but per your OP, you and FH are the "hosts."  Therefore, the announcement is made directly by you as a couple.  (There is different wording for a large reception following a prior small ceremony.)  Include the at home card with your new address on it in the announcement.

YourFirst [Optional YourMiddle] YourLast and HisFirst [Optional HisMiddle] HisLast
announce their marriage
Saturday, the twenty-fourth of January
two thousand and eight
Las Vegas, Nevada

Be consistent with using the middle names--either use both or skip both.  Center all text. Don't capitalize "announce" or "two."  Spell out the date and the year.

Sources for paper include: Paper and More, Cut Cardstock, My Gatsby, Paper Papers, Paper Presentation, Anchor Paper, Action Envelope, Mountain Cow, The Paper Mill Store, Paper Source, Envelope Mall.

TY notes: Photosharing sites like Flickr, Shutterfly, et al. allow you to upload photos and print them.  You can order your own TY notes with your and DH's photos on them.

2) Photo albums:  The above photo sharing sites also allow you to design and print books to create your own album.  You could also add your own scrapbooking embellishments as well.  Check out the Scrapbooking forum for ideas.

3) Dress:  Posters on here have made their own.  There's also a Sewing forum here on Craftster, although if you are a beginner, getting a machine, learning to sew, etc. is a time-consuming and costly endeavor.  If that's what you want to do, go for it!  If not, David's holds occasional bridal gown sales for $99.  I believe they're sample sales. 

You could also check out sites like Preowned Wedding Dresses, Ebay, and the "For Sale" notices on the forums at The Knot to see if there's something similar to what you like.  Check out the samples sales for local bridal shops, too, although that exact David's dress you posted will only be at David's or another bride's closet. 

4) Flowers:  If you want fresh, use a local (NV) florist.  DIYing fresh flowers would be challenging for a destination wedding.  FYI, here's a list of flowers in season, which will run cheaper than when each type is out of season. 

Posters on this board have also used silk flowers and non-floral bouquets including beaded bouquets, cloth, and paper flowers.  This also goes for chapel decorations if you decide to do them.

5) Veil: Just Google for tutorials.  There may be some at the project portions of the Michael's and Jo-Ann's Web sites, too.

6) Garter: Check out other posts in this forum.  I've heard Ebay is a good source of garters, too. 

7) Hair:  This is going to be one of the more challenging aspects.  Based on your photo, I think it's going to be very difficult for you to do your own hair, even if you were a professional stylist just based on the angle one needs to make that formation.  I suggest you experiment. 

I'm not a pro, but based on my own experience with special occasion hair, use hot rollers to curl your hair.  Pin one of these fake hair volume-creating things to the back of your head.  Section your hair, rolling over the donut to cover.  With leftover hair, roll for the extra curls.  Check out YouTube for hair tutorials, too.

Quite honestly, I'm not convinced all of the hair in the photo is the model's own.  I think she may be wearing extensions or have some extra hair put in.  The sheer volume of hair is atypical for most people.  Furthermore, some of the hair in the bun has lowlights that don't match the hair near the model's scalp.  I'd bet money there's a hair donut in there even though it's not visible; it's common to use those to add volume.  So you may want to factor in buying fake hair.

8 ) Makeup: This is an easy DIY.  Just experiment.  Take photos in different lighting.  Don't use any makeup with SPF, which will make you look shiny in photos

9) Bracelets:  For whom?  Metalwork, beading, other styles?  Peruse Craftster's Jewelry forum.

10) Cake topper:  There are lots of ways to go with this one if you want to DIY.  Some folks have crocheted, some have clay sculptures, etc.  The sky's the limit.

11) Aisle runner:  Google for tutorials or look at other posts in this forum.

12) Centerpieces and favors: Not needed based on OP.

13) Shoes: Zappos.  Free shipping to and from, accepts returns up to 1 year after purchase.  Special occasion/bridal shoe brands I've had good experiences with are Touch Ups and Coloriffics.  Coloriffics are also available on the company's own site.

14)  Also, ask your venue for recommended vendors.  It may be able to provide you some names.  I would also ask the posters at the Las Vegas local forum on The Knot to get more info.

15) Don't forget the most important part: marriage license and all the legal stuff that goes with it.

Best of luck to you both!
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« Reply #2 on: January 20, 2009 12:09:59 AM »

All I can say is...WOW I love you! lol.

Here's the thing tho:

(1) We aren't having guests, so won't need invites, save the dates, etc. I wanted to send something afterwards, like saying, "We got Married!" etc.
(2) The hair...you have no idea how THICK my hair is lol..I'm all set.
(3) The Floral is provided by the chapel - 12 doz red roses.

And again, THANK YOU!

..*) .*)
(. (. . .`..~Jen
« Reply #3 on: January 20, 2009 10:24:59 AM »

Glad to be of help!

(1) We aren't having guests, so won't need invites, save the dates, etc. I wanted to send something afterwards, like saying, "We got Married!" etc.

Looking back, I see my #1 item wasn't worded clearly.  I understood you don't need any stationery EXCEPT announcements after the fact and TY notes.  The wording I gave above is standard for announcements after the fact and is therefore applicable to your situation.

Notice the wording I gave you doesn't have the time of day, the name of the chapel, or address of the chapel--those are items commonly included in a wedding invitation.  The announcement doesn't have that info b/c you're telling them about a past event, not issuing an invitation to an upcoming event.

Something I forgot to mention--there are tons of free fonts you can use if you do a Google search.

(2) The hair...you have no idea how THICK my hair is lol..I'm all set.

Cool!  Still suggest you use the donut--use your actual hair to make all the pretty curls.

(3) The Floral is provided by the chapel - 12 doz red roses.

Great!  One thing off the checklist!

Another helpful article link on traveling with your wedding dress.  Don't check it!
« Reply #4 on: January 28, 2009 05:59:25 PM »

Something to think about....  Las Vegas in June is so freakin' hot!  Be sure to set aside time to relax and be comfortable and hydrated.

Sassy, sassy, sassy!

« Reply #5 on: February 04, 2009 01:49:58 PM »

Are you having any sort of party with friends afterwards? In the tradition of our families, my partner and I are eloping at the city hall. We'll be sending out a letter saying "(Him) and (me) (ourlastname) invite you to celebrate our marriage, which took place on (date)." Something like that. That way, they know that we're already married, but they still feel included.

I don't have many more ideas...I know how you feel though. We're diying the whole thing, and I've pretty much said "screw it" to anything that I didn't really care about, to keep things simple, and to keep costs down.
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« Reply #6 on: February 05, 2009 03:19:53 PM »

My Aunt and Uncle eloped without telling anyone and sent picture post cards to everyone that said "elope v. 1.    to run off secretly to be married.  Sentence: Jeff and Katid eloped to Sanibel Island."  They had their phones off, so everyone left voicemail messages screaming (with excitement, lol, not anger! Tongue ) and crying.
...So that's an option!

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