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1.MEET WITH YOUR BOSS
Once you and your fiance have set the date, you'll know just how much time you have for planning. Now you can try to estimate the amount of time you'll need out of the officeso that when you sit down with your boss you can present an organized oicture of your plans. When one bride got enageged, she went immediately into her boss's office & showed her the ring & told her that the wedding was in 5 months; so her boss knew right away that personal/vacation days were going to be requested. With notice given beforehand, everything worked out. "It's tough for a boss to to turn you down if you ask for something in advance..." says Doug Sundheim.
2. BRACE YOURSELF
The heaviest wedding planning activity takes place at the beginning of the engagement period, when you're setting your budget & deciding on your venue, & then again towards the end when you are attending to little details like seating charts & favors. So you'll want to get organized. Weather you use a spreadsheet, a binder, a notebook, a folder... do it quick. Compile ideas, inspirations, etc & organize by whichever means you decide on. Print off a wedding to do list, so you will know what lies ahead of you & check things off as you accompliosh them (a morale booster)! Remeber that during the busiest times you will probably need to devote all of your free time to planning.
3. POWER YOUR LUNCH HOUR
Many brides say they research online during their lunch hour... looking at music, photos, updating their budget & more. If you can escape the office, you can look for BM gifts or call vendors. When calling vendors, you will want to create a list of questions to ask each so you can interview them quickly, bbut throughly. If you run out of time, ask them to email you samples of their work. You can also use your lunch to update your registry information, update your wedding website, & look at honeymoon destinations.
4. GET TECH SMART
Many brides are taking full advantage of all the technology out there... for example, many websites offer free wedding planning tools, with calenders, seating charts, guestlists, etc. Also- many smartphones have GREAT wedding planning apps.
5. EXPECT THE UNEXPECTED
Even with the best laid plans, things come up. Perhaps the venue you had your heart set on & plans made around is unavailable... you may have to take a few EXTRA mornings off to scout other locations! Or maybe the BM that was going to help with the invitations comes down with the flu. When asking for more time off, be upfront about it- you don't want to sound out of control or irresponsible, so ask if you can work some other days to make up for it, or maybe ask to stay late on your days in the office if you have early morning vendor appts, that way you can make up the work. The most important thing is to avoid making your boss nervous about your work performance, so reassure that you will be able to meet your deadlines.
If you have a full-time job, it is easy for things to get away from you! If you find you are making mistakes, misplacing important papers, & missing deadlines, take control by enlisting the help of friends, family, & FI. It is a great opportunity to get those you love involved. You might ask mom if she wants to take charge of the flowers, let creative friends help design your programs etc, others can look up addresses for your guestlist! Don't go it alone ... it is more fun- & efficient- when everyone pitches in.
ARTICLE FROM BRIDAL GUIDE WRITTEN BY JENNIFER LAZARUS (with my additions)0
Supplies and tools
large bouncy balls of various sizes
clear drying craft glue (such as Aleene’s Clear Gel Tacky Glue) 1 bottle per ball approx.
hemp string 20lb. weight
estimated amounts needed:
16 inch diameter ball—400 yards
14 inch diameter ball—300 yards
9 inch diameter ball—100 yards
plastic gloves (optional)
trash bag or small drop cloth
ball inflating needle (available at sporting goods stores or bike shops)
light fixture and hardware (such as this one at Lowe’s)
1. Draw a circle on the ball with a permanent marker. This circle will mark a space on the lamp that needs to remain clear of string. The empty circle will be used in assembling the light fixture and will allow you to have access for changing light bulbs. If the light fixture you are using has lamp shades, make sure that the circles are big enough for the shades to easily pass through.
2. Cover your work surface with trash bags or a drop cloth, and put on gloves (this gets messy).
3. The best way, I found, to apply the glue is to squeeze a quarter size amount onto your fingers and run the hemp string through the glue and then wrap it around the ball. The string should stick fairly easily to the ball. I tried two other methods that also worked reasonably well, but were much more time consuming and made a bigger mess. You can fill a shallow tub with the glue and run the hemp string through it, or you can apply the glue directly to the string from the bottle.
4. Glue and wrap, glue and wrap, glue and wrap. Just keep going. Try to wrap randomly to avoid criss-cross patterns. The more densely wrapped the lamp is the stronger it will be.
5. Make sure to avoid wrapping string over the circle area. If there are any areas that seem weak, you can apply a little extra glue to give it more strength.
6. Repeat the steps 1-5 to make multiple lamps. Let the glue dry completely. (The glue I recommended takes about 48 hours to cure completely.)
7. Use the inflating needle to deflate the ball.
8. Remove the deflated ball from the lamp.
9. This part takes some basic electrical skills. Follow the installation instructions that come with your light fixture. While installing the light string, feed the wires through the circle hole of the lamp and up through the top, so that the light bulb will hang down in the center of the sphere.
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So after what seems like YEARS, I finally finished my Soda Bottle DIY Project.
For a little background, I was inspired by the DIY Old Fashioned Soda Bar article on PW, but I knew that having ALL that soda would go to waste at our little wedding...so I decided that I would rather make custom labels for some old fashioned glass soda bottles and use them as our favors.
I found these 4-pack of Cream Soda with the light blue twist off caps at Marshalls/TJ Maxx for $2.99 each!
The next step was trying to make my own labels. Now, I am not artistically inclined AT ALL, so after scouring the internet, I found this awesome article about DIY Sodas to make Ice Cream Floats (which I am TOTALLY going to do for my little girls' next birthday, YUM!) on Eat.Drink.Chic. Luckily, she had some templates for making all the different labels for her sodas, which I thought were PERFECT!
The only think I needed now was to personalize the colors and write the info that I wanted on the labels. Again, I am NO GOOD at this stuff, but luckily one of my good friends is a photoshop whiz kid and had it done in a matter of moments!
My friend Cindy is SUPER talented! The Labels read "Symone & Chris...Ciencin Soda...Established April 10th, 2010"
Now, my original intention was to buy some waterproof label paper and print them on there, just slap them onto the bottles and then chill them, but that stuff is PRICEY! So I decided that we would just have the labels printed on regular paper and find some way to adhere them to the bottles. Chris printed them at work (FREE) and I bought this Elmer's Glue-All stick that seemed like it would work ($2.49 at Rite Aid)
And viola! It really only took me a total of 20 minutes to do 32 bottles, which isn't bad! I can't wait to see them all set up on our cake table! And for under $30 we have really, really unique favors for our guests!
These are fairly simple and inexpensive to make. The materials for 2 balls came to $15 from Joann.
4" Styrofoam ball (not shown)
Extra long satin pins - I used probably 40 on each ball
1 yard tulle (far left)
1 yard costume satin (middle)
1 yard sheer fabric. I used a polyester organza type material. (far right)
Cut your fabric into squares varying from 1" - 3". This style of ball looks best with ragged edges on some.
Layer 2 different types of fabric as shown below.
Pinch the middle underneath the layered pieces.
Fold one side over so it looks like an inverted triangle.
Hold the bottom end of the triangle and press at an angle.
Grab your styrofoam ball and 1 pin and press into the triangle about 1/4 from the bottom.
Repeat and push the 2nd triangle very close to the last one you placed to make the ruffles tight. You can place futher apart but you'll have more open petals.0
Hey girls, a few of you asked me how I did this, or how much it cost.
Here is the original post: http://www.projectwedding.com/post/list/diy-groomsmen-gifts-finished
I ended up buying the wood base, wood stain, paint, and stencils at Michael's. Wood bases:$5.99/each, Stain; $8.99/can, Stencil: $3.99, Paint: $1.50/tube.
I stained the wood bases today (8). I need to let them dry for a day or two before I paint the guys last names on them. We decided to not order the customized bottle opener...they are $15 each. Instead we will be ordering them from an ebay seller. They say "Open Bottle Here" on them for only $4.99 each, still pretty cool looking. We will also be ordering the plastic cap catcher online for only $5.95 each (see below in INSTRUCTIONS for where to buy these). With all of the supplies purchased, and those still needed to be purchased, we have already saved quite a bit. We will end up spending about $150, rather than $256 + which is what we would have spent if we had ordered all 8 through the website that sells them.
Here are pics of the wood bases I stained:
Stained (still drying)
I ended up not stenciling the entire last name....the paint kept seeping underneath the stencil when I tested it on paper. So we decided to just do the first initial of their last name (cardboard stencils at Staples for I think $1 or something cheap), and put the damask stamp behind it that I had used for the table numbers (I think it cost about $6 at michael's)
Instructions (see above for cost breakdown)
1. Purchase: wood base, stain, acrylic paint, damask stamp, paint brush or sponge (I sponged on the paint to keep the paint from seeping under the stencil). We got the letter stencil from Staples I while ago. And purchase the bottle opener online here, and capcatcher here. Purchase strong magnets and superglue from hardware store like Lowes. Magnets need to be able to support the weight when being used.
2. Stain the wood base. It only took me one coat to get the desired color (oak-ish). Let dry for 48 hours.
3. Use a standard screw driver to screw the capcatcher and bottle opener in (should come with screws). The wood was soft enough for me to do this rather than using an electric one. Use a ruler to get them as centered as possible. The screws for the capcatcher should be far enough out of the wood to allow the catcher to easily be slid on and off to be emptied.
4. Paint your desired design. I did this after screwing in the bottle opener and catcher screws so that I knew where to position it. I used brown ink for stamp, and black acrylic for letter. Do not apply to thick or it will crack.
5. Once paint is dry, glue two magnets to the back...one on the top and one on the bottom.
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Costa Rica is the ideal location for a honeymoon. A destination with a wide variety of offerings which range from Adventure, Nature to Luxury Beach alternatives. It is true that the weather affects what you do and when, but with effective planning you can get the most out of this one in a lifetime experience.
Lets look at some of the things you can undertake:
Adventure Honeymoon: Costa Rica has established itself as an Adventure destination all over the world. You can Kayak in the Tortuguero Canals while observing sloths and monkeys from a short distance; you can canopy or rappel in Arenal during the day time while observing the lava flow down the sides of the Arenal Volcano as you enjoy a piña colada in one of the many hotels’ wet-bars. You can also view the amazing flora and fauna offered by the hanging bridges in the Monteverde Cloud Forest. The options are plenty.
Eco-nature Honeymoon: with an offering that alternates between Cloud Forest, Jungle, Wet Rainforest and Dry Rainforest you can select where you would like to observe your three toed sloths, where you will mingle with the cappuchino face monkeys or where will you take the night tour to watch the turtles invading the beach at night with the sole purpose of hatching their eggs. Both the Caribbean and the Pacific offer plenty of National Parks and Reserves which offer plenty of active and nature oriented activities.
Beach Honeymoon: with two coastlines to choose from, Costa Rica is the destination to visit for your beach vacation. The Caribbean coast with its hint of afro-caribbean flavour and the Pacific with its range of alternatives from active beaches to off the beaten path empty shores, provide a rich menu of options. Lodgings also range from 5 star properties, to boutique hotels, from beachfront to jungle beach lodges.
Luxury Honeymoon: two spots stand out as the epiphany of luxury – Punta Islita and the Four Seasons Resort in Papagayo Bay. This spots are perfect for both destination weddings as well as the honeymoon of your dreams.
With options to both purchase a pre set honeymoon package, or tailor make one to your exact desires, Costa Rica is not bound to disappoint you. Contact your Travel Agent for further information.0
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Supplies: ribbon (from Michaels), wrapping paper (from Michaels), pencil, ruler, knife (something to cut the boxes with), set of 5 stacking boxes (i only used 3 of the 5) from thisandthat4you.com, double sided tape, regular scotch tape, brooches (From www.fabulousbrooch.com)
Instructions: First I measured where I needed to cut out the boxes. A slot in the center box, then a square in the bottom of the center box (for the card to fall through) and a matching square in the top of the bottom box.
Then I used a knife (box cutter type knife) to cut out the slot, bottom of the center box, and top of the bottom box.
Then I started the wrapping. I wrapped the tops of the boxes and the bottoms of the boxes separately and measured all the paper to fit the boxes just right. Everything was measured, centered, folded and taped just right so that it would fit perfectly and neatly. After all pieces were wrapped I hot glued it all together and added the ribbon and brooches. heres the mostly-finished product:
Then i got cardstock (white and sparkley black), cut out the sizes, printed "Cards" and attached it to the bottom box. I also made a bow and attached it w/ a brooch to the bottom box where the seam was and made a half-pomander for the top.
That turned out great! Awesome job!!
Holy cow, that's gorgeous!!! :D
That looks GREAT!!!
that looks awesome!! i really like how well the purple goes with the damask. good job!!
Calling all crafty brides!! Project Wedding’s 2nd Annual DIY Wedding Challenge is Here!
Project Wedding’s DIY Wedding Challenge is a great way to tell the world how crafty you are! Share your best DIY project (or projects if you’re a DIY superstar) with us and you could win a First Prize gift card worth $500, 2nd Place gift card worth $300, or a 3rd place gift card worth $200.
All you have to do is create an article on Project Wedding with the information about your DIY project. Be sure to include as much detail as possible including the name of your project, the steps to create your project and at least one photograph of the finished product. Entries must be titled "DIY Wedding Challenge 2010" followed by the name of your DIY projects. All types of wedding-related DIY projects are welcome; we just ask that the project is your own work.
The contest begins on April 20th and ends on May 3rd; entries will only be considered during that time period. The winner will be chosen by the Project Wedding community from the top 10 finalists so be sure to show us your best crafty concoctions!
Contest rules are below. Good luck!
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1. Contest Period: The “Project Wedding's DIY Wedding Challenge” (the “Contest”) begins 12:00:01 a.m. Eastern Standard Time (EST) 4/20/2010 (“Start Date”) and ends 11:59:59 p.m. EST on 5/3/2010 (“End Date”) (the “Contest Period”).
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Nashville Wedding DJs
When you're living in a metropolis known as 'Music City,' there's no excuse to get stuck with a Nashville wedding DJ that doesn’t know how to get a party started. Nashville is also called the "Country Music Capital of the World" and although country music rules this southern locale, you can still find a disc jockey to suit your musical tastes. Before making a final decision, shop around and get price quotes from a few Nashville wedding DJs.
Nashville Wedding DJs: Music City DJs
For the past seven years, Music City DJs has entertained during more than 5,000 successful events – supplying high-quality tunes with a professional yet energetic attitude. In addition to providing ceremony and reception music, DJs arrive in tuxedos – ready to entertain guests with more than 14,000 songs in their personal library. Music City DJs is equipped with wireless microphones, a bubble machine, fog machine, and lightshow capabilities.
Nashville Wedding DJs: Nashville Music City DJ
For more than 20 years, Vaughn Skow has outfitted Nashville weddings with sound, lighting, music, and DJ services that have pleased the likes of Brad Paisley, Keith Urban, and Marie Osmond. Since every wedding reception is unique, Vaughn works with couples to personalize music and entertainment packages to fit their needs and budgets. Hiring Nashville Music City DJ as your wedding DJ includes reception music, master of ceremony services, an initial consultation, and a detailed planning meeting.
Nashville Wedding DJs: Spangler Entertainment
What makes Spangler Entertainment stand out from the rest of the wedding DJs in Nashville? They declare to be the only DJ company in Nashville, Tennessee (and one of the few in the United States) that is owned by a certified wedding consultant. Spangler Entertainment DJs are specifically trained to handle music for wedding ceremonies and receptions. Some of the packages they offer include two wedding professionals (a professional Master of Ceremonies and one Pro Disc Jockey), pre-event consultation, reception coordination, a two-speaker sound system, and an extensive collection of songs.
Music City DJs
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Update: MadMadame has won the giveaway!! Congrats to her!
We are so pleased to offer this new giveaway from a place we really heart, Paloma's Nest, home of the original Ring Bearer Bowls, wedding keepsakes and custom heirlooms!
One custom Deluxe Ring Bearer Bowl with either a gold or silver leaf edging. This white ceramic bowl is hand-stamped with the custom words of your choice.
One custom Bridal Bouquet Text Tile, handcrafted with white porcelain clay and featuring the tiny text of your choice.
Also included is Paloma's Nest's gorgeous new Heirloom Packaging -- designed to be cherished forever! A hand crafted slide-top wooden box cradles and protects your Paloma's Nest piece for years to come. The box is paired with an original Heirloom Tag -- a special place to record the names of those who have received and cherished the heirloom inside the box. As you pass on your Paloma's Nest piece, pass along this Heirloom Tag, too, as a written history of your tradition for future generations to inherit.
To enter, visit Paloma's Nest and return to this thread, revealing which item is on your wedding wish list! You have until 10:00 am PST on March 29 to enter - so good luck!