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WEDDING DATE:

Jun 20, 2008

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DIY other small projects

FAVORS:
    Always, always, always scour the web for deals. We ordered chinese take-out boxes online for dirt cheap for our favor boxes. I baked batches of my favorite cookies and my husband's favorite cookies and put them in cellophane bags along with a recipe card for each cookie inside of the box and sealed them with seals bought at Michael's.

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GUESTBOOK:
     I got this idea from soccer player Landon Donovan's wedding. Theirs was a winter wedding so it made a bit more sense, but I liked the idea of having a useable guestbook. I bought discount pieces of leftover fabrics at JoAnn and cut them into big squares. To display them, I rolled them toquito-style and had them sticking up out of colored glass goblets. I put out laundry pens to write with and a basket to put completed squares in.

*My tip if you decide to do this or something unique like this is to make sure your guests know what it is. I think a lot of people at my wedding were looking for an actual book to sign and when they didn't see one, they shrugged their shoulders and moved on without recording their presence. Maybe ask a friend to man the table and let guests know what to do.

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KIDS' TABLE:
     For entertaining the kiddos, hit the Dollar store. We filled two baskets with coloring books, crayons, toys, and candy all for about 20 bucks.

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GIFT CARD BOX:
     The one I made didn't turn out as clean as I'd hoped, but all I did was get a cheap photo box from Hobby Lobby and hot glued satin ribbon around the box and a silk orchid stem to the top. I used rub-on letters to spell "thank you" above the card slot.
This seemed like such a no sweat project that I didn't put as much effort into it, which made the finished product suffer (note the sloppy card slot). It served its purpose though and it was very cheap to make.

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CAKE STAND:
     I stole this idea from a photo I saw first on the Knot bios page (here at Project Wedding she is lak3rgrl34). I was dying for something original to put my cake on instead of the standard silver filgree plateau. This seemed perfect. Seeing as how my cake was round and hardly any elements of the day were blocky, instead of using cubes I found small bulb votive holders at Hobby Lobby for half-off (again, always a sale). Mimicking lak3rgrl34's photo, I placed silk orchid blooms underneath the outside bulbs and white LED lights underneath the inner bulbs to give it a glow when the lights went down.
     *If you want to have a lit cake stand, make sure it will be dark enough to achieve the glow effect. We cut our cake almost right after we made our entrance and it was still light out so the LED effect was lost. By the time it got dark, the cake had been devoured.

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"PAY-TO-PLAY" list
     My sister-in-law did this at her wedding but without the bowls for cash. I picked four songs that I hated and did not want to have played and had a contest with them. Whichever song "earned" the most cash by the end of the night was the one that got played and the bride and groom had to dance to it.
*Make sure you have someone you trust keep an eye on the bowls so no greedy hands dip into your cash!

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