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Topic: Jessica's May 2010 Medieval-Themed Wedding **Invitation Photos up 01/17/10**  (Read 29596 times)
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« on: June 21, 2009 07:04:26 PM »

Hey there everyone, this thread will be repository of my wedding stuff. I've changed my mind about what/how/where/when I'm doing my wedding sooooo many times, and I've FINALLY decided on all the major things (venue, reception venue, honeymoon, theme) and have deposits down.


Now, for the obligatory list of things I, FH, or family need to make, craft, arrange, finagle, swing, etc. etc. etc...

1. The dress - FMIL (the dear) is very generously making this for me (Here is a photo for the teaser... MORE PHOTOS IN POST #2):

2. FH's outfit - FMIL and FFIL are making this for FH. FH's dad does leatherworking and will be making quite a few black leather pieces to go with his outfit.
3. Etched drinking glasses for FH and myself.
4. The flowers - All flowers will be done by me. My flowers will all be silk, and the flowers pictured below are what I have so far. The price I paid is under my own bouquet budget, on top of that I scored some flowers for my bridesmaids, too!
TOTAL COST: $45.19 (Thank God for Joann's clearances! Full price would have been $131 and change)

This is my tentative bouquet. It's not wrapped and is still a work in progress.

Me being a dork.
5. Ceremony aisle decor - Ribbons? Flowers? Not sure about this one yet.
6. The guestbook - I ended up buying this - Photos are later in this post.
7. General reception area decorations - I'm thinking of hanging butterflies or fairies, as this will be an early-evening reception with lots and lots of twinkling lights.
8. Invitations - Almost done! Photos in next post
9. Programs

10. Seating Chart
11. Menu cards
12. Seating cards
13. Write our vows - I write mine, he writes his :p
14. Favors - I have decided to do wedding favors - we're having a candy buffet Smiley

I will also include some of the wedding stuff I've bought. I know it's not crafty at all, but I think it definitely helps to see the whole picture.

Cake Toppers:
We bought these for $4 apiece at FAO Schwartz in Vegas. Love 'em!

Wedding Guestbook
I bought this *awesome* guestbook for about $50 (including shipping) at The Guestbook Store, website is here: http://www.guestbookstore.com/wedding.html - I probably could have made it, but dang, they did such a great job!

The Guestbook itself

The front page that guests will fill out, it includes spaces for the guest's name, a portrait of the bride and groom drawn by the guest, where the guest is from and how far they traveled, how do you know the bride and groom, and the guest's wishes for us.

The back page that guests will fill out, it includes advice for the newlyweds, a self portrait of the guest, predictions - date of first child, number of children, name the children - and guest's favorite bride and groom memory.
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« Reply #1 on: June 21, 2009 07:11:30 PM »

The Dress:

These are different angles of the dress FMIL will be making for me. I want the bodice to be an ice blue or powder blue, the sheer to be a shade of blue, and the skirt to be white:

I think I will have flowers in my hair; no veil or tiara for me. I will have simple, flat, COMFY shoes, and not a whole helluva lotta makeup.

The invitations are ALMOST done - I still need to make the reply card envelopes, but that won't take too long. I will post more photos when the whole shebang is up. I used sweets4ever's wedding invitation tutorial located here https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=184958.0 to make my invites.

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« Reply #2 on: June 21, 2009 07:22:50 PM »

Your dress is absolutely amazing.  I am so happy for you!  You will having an amazing wedding!

Just when the caterpillar thought it would die, it turned into a butterfly.
« Reply #3 on: June 21, 2009 07:24:01 PM »

ooh exciting!!!! what a beautiful looking dress!! i cant wait to see it when ur FMIL has finised ur version, i think the blue will be so pretty!!  Grin Grin

« Reply #4 on: June 21, 2009 07:26:15 PM »

This is a gorgeous look.
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« Reply #5 on: June 21, 2009 07:29:36 PM »

Thanks guys! I can't wait until we start on it... it will be a little while though. I am (stereotypically) losing quite a bit of weight for this wedding. I'm down 25 pounds now, but FMIL told me I need to stop losing weight about 4 months before the wedding because of the boning in the bodice.

I will definitely post progress pics and pics after it's done!
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« Reply #6 on: June 21, 2009 07:31:46 PM »

The Cake Toppers:

I got these in Vegas at FAO Schwartz for $6.50 apiece. They look better in real life, but these are the photos I got off the Papo Toys website:

Hahaha the knight is actually shorter than the maiden, but maybe I'll pimp his shoes with some super-soles (i.e. a polymer clay stand) so he can be taller.
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« Reply #7 on: June 21, 2009 08:30:48 PM »

Those are really cute!  My husband and I didn't want any sort of themed wedding, but by an accident of nature, we ended up getting married in a hotel that is a Tudor castle in the middle of Illinois.  That sort of lead to certain items being a bit, whimsical, you might say.  Since cake toppers in general are kind of gaudy (ceramic hearts and doves are just not my thing), we went with little figurines too.  We got ours at a toy store near the hotel, and added fresh flowers from the bouquets to the golden cake.  You can see our cute little figures, and our weird pseudo-Tudor wedding here: 
As a side note, while I orginally wanted to make my dress (I was in graduate school just before the wedding, for costume design and construction), I realized I wouldn't have enough time, while trying to get my thesis done.  I bumped into the dress you see in the link, and a stunningly beautiful girl in the store (I mean model pretty, 6' tall, and a size 4), cried out, "Oh god!  You don't look at all like a princess!  You look like a... like a... a Russian countess!"  That totally made my day.  Sorry for the random digression...
Anyways, congratulations on your wedding, and I hope you have as wonderful a time at your wedding as I did at mine dear!  Love and happiness to you both!

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« Reply #8 on: June 21, 2009 09:06:03 PM »

jennieingram, your wedding was beautiful! Those pictures are gorgeous, and I LUUUUURVE your venue. And she's right, you look awesome in your dress. You look like you had a lot of fun.

I have to agree with you on cake toppers... monograms? No. Disembodied hands? I don't think so. And I'm not about to place anything on top of my cake that had frills, bows, lace, or fake pearls. Ick. I love these cake toppers (especially since I didn't spend a whole lot on 'em ^_~)
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« Reply #9 on: June 22, 2009 09:44:02 AM »

For the butterfly decorations you might consider something like what Bath & Body Works did in their store when they came out with their new "butterfly flower" scent...

I can't find any pictures, but they had vellum butterfly shapes, about 2'' to 3'' wide (I think you could cut them out with a punch) tied on clear fishing line...they used orange, but white would probably be better for you...I'm not describing it very well, but it was lovely.  They moved slightly in any breeze, making it look like they were flying around.

Oh!  I took pictures with my cell phone!


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