Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Yep, Another Wedding Project

I yanked this idea from several places on the Internet and made my own version using Publisher. I thought it would make a cute card our guests will receive when they check in and avoid the "what's happening when" type of situations!

If you would like the template, just let me know.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Wedding Papers

I have a very famous saying: "Oh, I'll just make that myself." Since getting engaged, I had at one time or another said "I'll just make" flower girl dresses, table cloths, jewelry, bags, ring bearer pillows, floral arrangements and a guestbook quilt. Thank goodness I don't take myself seriously and I've let go of all of the previous mentioned ambitions. I did however decide that the paper products would be possible especially considering my very specific "vision" (ie. me being completely crazy about little details).

Below are pictures of the program covers created using Publisher, some ribbon and the most beautiful scrapbook paper from Tinkering Ink. After cutting it all down to size, I had paper left over to complete little menus that our guests will find at their places. I'm very very pleased and have made a mental note to create more paper goods. The BEST part? Completely custom and beautiful programs, menus and table numbers were all created for around $90.

Veils

Dear Brides-to-Be: Do not buy a veil.

Anyone who has ever stepped foot inside a fabric store knows that tulle retails for about $1 per yard. And anyone who has ever stepped foot inside a bridal salon knows that veils start around $60. I'm not that great at math, but judging from those figures, I'm in the wrong business. And apparently the word "bridal" costs about $50.

So buy your dress and then figure out what length looks best. In my case, the elbow, chapel and finger length veils did not look nice with my dress. I needed either a cathedral length or a short birdcage veil. After a trip to the fabric store and $10 later, I had 5 yards of tulle to play with.

From the silly pics below, you can see I chose the short and opted out of using "french netting" which is material often found on hats (it looks like fishnet stockings only stiff...Reese Witherspoon wore a french netting birdcage veil in Sweet Home Alabama and Katherine Heigl wore one for her own wedding). I just love the very Funny Face feel of the one I made (a must rent...it's like America's Next Top Model of the 60s and Kay Thompson is divine).

If you have to buy your veil go to http://www.etsy.com/ which has lots of different options, all handmade and unique. Please feel free to leave a comment if you need step by step instructions on how to make ANY length or style veil. I assure you, it's not that hard and it will free up $60 to spend on something more fun...like fabulous shoes :) Pictures of those are coming soon!

I'm rewriting the poem: Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue, something made with pride by you and a sixpence in your shoe.

HA! English major at work....I doubt my door will be knocked on for a Pulitzer.

Thursday, January 1, 2009

Bargain Crafting


I heart after Christmas sales! World Market is so very awesome and they are having a GIANT linen sale. I purchased quite a few napkins for very very cheap (like 79 cents cheap) and turned them into decorative toss pillows for our living room. The rest I'm making into bags and other crafty goodness.
Use your imagination....Go forth and purchase!!