You’ve landed the guy of your dreams, got the bling, and you’re getting married! What more could a gal need? Her bridesmaids of course! While your friends are likely to eagerly accept your request to be bridemaids, here are few fun and creative ideas to help them get even more excited about their important role in your big day!
Ask with an adorable card like this one from Jenuinepaper on Etsy!
And for those of you brides who are crafty, here are two of the most unique ideas to ask your girlfriends to become your bridesmaids. Seriously, how adorable are these keepsake memory boxes? This example from Something Turquoise(photography compliments to Studio 11) can include information about the wedding, color palettes, dress ideas and all of the information and details your bridesmaids will need to help you on your journey to the altar!
Finally, I couldn’t resist sharing another creative idea from Something Turquoise - asking your gals with personalized bridesmaid dress hangers!
It’s inevitable: people are going to cry at your wedding. You might even cry at your wedding, so you might as well be prepared by providing tissues for your guests.
Of course, you could just put out tissue boxes, OR you could get creative and make these adorable “tears of joy” tissue packets! They’re easy to make and super cute.
I actually got the idea from a fellow bride that I met online: Sandy of event rental company Simply Sandy(stay tuned for a Meet My Vendors post coming soon).
To create this cute and easy DIY project, I started with Martha Stewart Eyelet Confetti Pouches (just a few dollars for a pack of 20 from Walmart) and some tissues. Then, I opened each pouch, threw out the confetti (you could also save it to use it somewhere else in your wedding), and folded two tissues to fit in each pouch.
When all the packets were stuffed, I printed a sheet of “Tears of Joy” tags, cut them using a scrapbooking hole punch from Jo-Ann, and pasted them on pink and brown cardstock before using double-stick tape to stick each “label” to each packet.
For display purposes, I also printed a cute little sign to explain the packets at the ceremony and put all the packets in a basket. Ta da! Easy, cute and very useful for such an emotional day! I even caught Michael with a few in his jacket pocket ;)
We got a lot of great feedback about our wedding day, but one little detail of our ceremony that got quite a few really positive reactions was the wine and love letter box ritual. This was one ritual I had never heard of before our officiant mentioned it. However, as soon as she explained it to Michael and I, we were sold.
Here’s how it works: Prior to the wedding, you gather a strong wooden wine box, a bottle of wine and two glasses. Then, also before the ceremony, you both sit down separately and write love notes to each other, explaining your feelings on the eve of your wedding day. Each letter then gets sealed in its own envelope. You do not read your beau’s letter.
Then, at some point during the ceremony, your officiant explains the process, and the two of you seal the box by taking turns hammering in one nail at a time (what other excuse do you have to use a hammer during your wedding?!) until the box is closed.
You don’t open the box until your 10th anniversary (or really whatever anniversary you choose), UNLESS you hit a rough patch in your marriage before then. Either way, on the day that you open the box, you both read the letters and drink the wine, remembering how you both felt just days before your wedding day.
Cute, right? Our wine box currently makes a great mantel decoration. Not to mention, it’ll help Michael remember our anniversary ;)
Updated 8/27/11: I actually just discovered Wants and Wishes actually sells an entire Love Letter Ceremony Box Set, so be sure to check it out if you don’t want to create your own :)
Long before the wedding, I had already decided I wanted to find an alternative to the traditional guest book. But while I had a ton of ideas, when it came down to it and we began to run out of wedding budget, I really just needed to do something cheap. That’s when I decided on this super-cheap non-traditional take on the guest book…
Honestly speaking, this cost me about $10-15.
All I did was get four different colored card stocks from Jo-Ann (the same ones I used for my DIY banners) and cut them into rectangles slightly larger than your normal index card. Then, I just grabbed some cool sprapbooking gel pens (also from Jo-Ann, purchased on a 50% off coupon), a little vase to put them in, and set it all up on a table with a sign printed from my computer in a frame from the dollar store. And voila!
And now that my wedding photos are back, I’m planning to take the wonderful notes everyone wrote us and put them in a scrapbook with our favorite wedding photos. I’m sure I’ll be blogging it when I’m done : )
Ok, so this post originally appeared on the blog the month prior to my wedding, but now that wedding photos are back, I’ve decided to re-vamp this post to show the complete project, as my initial post just showed the frame — not the full escort card display. Enjoy!
One thing I knew all along in my wedding planning was that I did not want the traditional escort card display with a bunch of folded cards on a table. I knew I wanted something a little unique that I could turn into a fun DIY project for myself, and this was the result…
This was actually a pretty easy project. Here’s what you’ll need:
Large picture frame (or a few depending on how many escort cards you need to fit)
Spray paint (unless the frame is already in your desired color)
Batting (I just used the cheapest, polyester one they had)
Escort cards (I used gift tags that I embellished with lace)
First, I spray painted all 3 of my frames gold, along with my push pins, as they didn’t sell gold ones at the store that I went to. After everything was dry, I started to assemble my display like this…
Cut the foam core so that it fits into the frame. If the frame came with a cardboard back, you can use this as a measuring tool.
Cut a piece of batting so that it fits around the foam core. I made mine about an inch or 2 longer on each side.
Staple the batting to the foam core, making sure it fits very tightly around it.
Cut your fabric the same way you did the batting — about an inch or 2 longer on each side.
Staple your fabric to the foam core, pulling each side tightly to ensure a snug fit.
Take your finished piece of foam core and place it into the frame. It should fit snugly. Use the tabs that normally hold the picture in place to hold your foam core.
Pin your escort cards to the display.
And there you have it! How are you doing your escort card display?
This weekend, I finished up one of the projects I was really excited about — my DIY cake stands!
I originally saw this idea mentioned on Pizzazzerie and have been pretty smitten with the idea ever since. After all, I’ve swooned over Rosanna cake stands, but I really just couldn’t bring myself to spend all that money. Instead, these past few weeks I’ve been hunting for supplies and assembling these beauties. All in all, three cake stands cost me about $50 total to create.
And (in theory), they were pretty easy to make and assemble.
[SIDE NOTE: First try through, I did coat number 1 in matte finish spray paint, but coat 2 in glossy finish. Bad call. Coat number 2 cracked as soon as it dried, and I then had to use paint stripper -- which is a super intense chemical -- and remove all the paint and start over. Needless to say, this project was a little more time-consuming than I planned. Choose your spray paint wisely.]
But yeah, easy to assemble ; ) If you’re thinking of making your own gorgeous little cake stands, here’s how I did it…
First, I started with a few key supplies:
Candle stick holders — I found mine at HomeGoods and Ross for $6-9 a piece.
Plates — The large one is from HomeGoods ($15) and the smaller ones were from Walmart ($1.50/each). I also happened to see plates at the Dollar Tree after the fact that would have worked.
Gloves — I hear Gorilla Glue is a nightmare if you get it on your skin.
Then, I began to assemble like so…
I took the candle stick holders outside and spray painted them. Because the ones I chose had lots of ridges, I flipped them over half-way through to make sure I got the paint in all the cracks. Be sure to cover the surface you’re painting on!
Once dry, I brought the candle stick holders back inside to glue them to my plates. Following the instructions on the Gorilla Glue packaging, I affixed the candle stick holders and the plates, put heavy books on top to hold it tight, and let it sit for a few hours.
Because of my first spray paint mishap, I waited a full week to do the final step — adding another coat of spray paint, this time to the whole stand. I placed the cake stands face down (spray paint is not food-friendly) and painted the candle stick holders and the bottom of the plates, thus making it look like one nearly seamless piece. Because the edges of my larger, square plate came up a bit in some areas (guess that’s why it was at HomeGoods), I then used fine sandpaper to sand any paint that went too far onto the top of the plate.
And voila! Cake stands!
Now I just can’t wait to put these beauties on my dessert tables. The larger stand is for Michael’s 3-tiered rice crispy treat groom’s cake, and the 2 smaller stands are for some delicious Italian cookies that my grandmother is bringing down from Jersey!
And once the wedding is over, I’m going to re-spray paint these babies red so they match my kitchen! Gotta love items you can recycle!
As I mentioned in yesterday’s post, I spent this past weekend working on as many DIY projects as I possibly could. Today, I’d like to share a very fun and easy project that I think will really add some oomph to my reception decor and to Michael’s & my getaway car – these cute DIY banners!
I initially made this first one for our dessert table. However, I might end up using this one for our bridal party table and creating another for the dessert table. We’ll see.
I’m planning to put the “Just Married” banner on the back of Michael’s Subaru AKA our getaway car.
Both were super easy to make! Here’s what you need:
4″ x 4″ cards — I actually used nice cardstock/scrap book paper from JoAnn’s and cut it down to size
3″ circular labels
Basically, all you have to do is print the letters on the labels, stick the labels to your squares, punch two holes in each card, and string it all together. Ta da! Easy enough, right?
As I write this, it’s 9pm on Monday night, and I’m having a celebratory drink. Why? Because my wedding invitations are finally in the mail!
After about 4 consecutive weekends of assembling these guys, this DIY project is finally complete! (And that doesn’t include all the design time I spent a few months ago). But it was all worth it! Want to see? Take a look at each piece…
I uploaded my own design and printed them at VistaPrint on linen card stock. They came out surprisingly well!
Of course, I’m a detail-oriented person, so I wasn’t going to just stuff all that into an envelope and send it off. I had to put my own personal touch on each set. And because the craft store only had a limited amount of supplies, I ended up with two different finished styles…
I was also pleased to find some adorable King and Queen of Hearts stamps at the post office. While I initially intended to go the vintage stamp route, post office stamps just proved to be easier. As a perfectionist, I used the post-it technique to keep the stamps perfectly attached. Check it out…
All in all, I’d say the hard work was worth it, and I’m very happy with the finished project! What do you think? Which finished invite package do you like better?