Jul 08, 2011
I'll be watching for your letters...
On 1/28/11 at 2:47pm I received the best email ever - I was chosen to be a member of the pink heart team! I love to help out, so please don't hesitate to send a private message, find me on the boards, comment, toast, or shout loudly from your homes if there is anything I can do to help make your wedding even an iota better!
My wonderful MOH and I met as graphic design majors in college... eight years after graduation she's working in the field while I'm teaching English. This means that I have an overwhelming desire to design my own invites in a professional manner and an overwhelming fear that I've probably both forgotten everything I've learned and that design programs have changed beyond recognition in the last decade.
Thank the heavens that my darling friend is willing to help a bride out! I'm just trying to keep ideas, images, and wording all together so that she isn't completely lost when I try to explain my "vision."
(all photos below came from PW photo gallery unless otherwise sourced)
pretty much what I want the outside to look like, minus the initial
I think I like this arrangement... not sure
I love this arrangement and the elegance
I think I like the flourishes here... but I'm not sure...
There is something very elegant about the organization and the flourish
(source - PW photos)
(special thanks to SanFran, who searched out many of these images)
Here's what we ended up creating:
Since I'm not changing my name, having a traditional monogram isn't going to work. Instead, here's what the talented Sarah (GTBG) came up with for us - I love them!
Here is the mock-up of my MOH first version!
Mr. and Mrs. my parents
request the honour of your presence
at the marriage of their daughter
Mr. and Mrs. his parents
Friday, the eighth of July
two thousand eleven
at six o'clock in the evening
Manor House at Commonwealth
300 Tournament Drive
Horsham, PA 19044
Reception to follow
From Upper Bucks County – Take Rt. 611S to Horsham Road (Rt.463W). Make a right onto Horsham Road and follow for 2 miles, turning right onto Tournament Drive. The Manor House is the last building on the right hand side.
From I-95 – exit Woodhaven Road (Rt.63) to Rt. 1 exit (Roosevelt Blvd) to Turnpike entrance. Take PA Turnpike West to exit 343/Willow Grove. Follow Turnpike directions.
From Turnpike exit 343/Willow Grove - Take Rt. 611N (Easton Road) to left on Horsham Road (Rt. 463W). Follow for 2 miles and turn right onto Tournament Drive. The Manor House is the last building on the right hand side.
Please see our website for maps and detailed directions: laurenanddan.projectwedding.com
We have reserved __ seat(s) in your honour.
The favour of a reply is requested before May 30, 2011.
( ) accept ( ) decline
Name and meal choice:
Roulade of Chicken
Jumbo Lump Crab Cakes
[I figure this would make it difficult to add children or other not-invited guests]
On my 30th birthday, FI and I went into Center City for our engagement photos. My fabulous bridesmaid Stacey and her talented BF Frank are beginning a photo business and offered to take and edit our pictures for free! They get to add to their portfolio and website, and we get awesome pics!
The shoot went so well, and I cannot believe that they've already edited the first of mannnnnyyy pics (they took over 300, easily). I'm sure more are coming, but I couldn't wait to post these!!! [Update - we clearly added more, haha! 11/27/10}
We will have a harpist/vocalist - Our relatively large bridal party will come down to Audrey Hepburn's "Moon River" and then change to a slow version of "Can't Help Falling in Love" a la Ingrid Michaelson when my father and I are about to walk.
The Recessional (Leaving the ceremony as husband and wife!):
This one is all up to Dan! I think he chose something classical and traditional... ?
We loved this song, but rather than squeeze it into the processional, we made it the soundtrack for our video highlight: Joshua Radin's "They Bring Me to You"
Dan is not a big country fan (that's me), so I was incredibly surprised and pleased that, upon hearing "Then" by Brad Paisley, he was sold on that as our song.
My dad always used to sing Al Martino's "Daddy's Little Girl" to me as a baby, so that's definitely the sentimental choice and the one I think we're going to go with.
I also really love Tim McGraw's "My Little Girl," by Tim McGraw - maybe we'll have to make the DJ play that later <3
Had to veto FMIL's idea of "Danny Boy" (FI's name is Dan). Even though it's a beautiful song, it's still the story of a dead soldier... UPDATE: They chose "Song for My Son" by Mikki Viereck
In lieu of bouquet and garter tosses we're doing an anniversary dance. The first song is Adele's version of "Make You Feel My Love," and then we're seguing into Cole Porter's "Night and Day," which was the wedding song for the longest married couple, Dan's grandparents.
Our DJ suggested "Grow Old with You" from The Wedding Singer - we love it!
- Etta James - "At Last" (I know it's cliche, but I love this song)
- anything Michael Jackson - especially "PYT" and "Thriller"
- anything Lady Gaga - especially "Poker Face" and "Bad Romance"
- anything Madonna - especially "Like a Prayer" and "Material Girl"
- Britney Spears - "Circus" or "Womanizer" or really anything good to dance to ;)
- Black Eye Peas - "I Gotta Feeling"
- Daft Punk "One More Time" (song with Jenn!)
- Cole Porter "Night and Day" (FI's grandparents' song)
- Chicago "Colour My World" (FI's parents' song)
- Harry Kalas - "High Hopes" (last song - it's a tradition at Phillies games to leave to this song :)
- Carrie Underwood - "Mama's Song"
- "Danny Boy"
Less than six months from the wedding I finally began tackling some DIYs - first is was the bathroom basket.
Here's one of them in its plain, boring original state:
(purchased at Michaels)
I had some wide ivory ribbon, a hot glue gun, and these supercheap wedding cake scrapbook stickers:
(purchased at Joann's)
Pretty soon I had these little baskets:
Not bad, huh? :)
This next project took longer than I expected, mostly because I'm OCD about everything being perfectly neat. I bought plain wooden "I DO" letters and a wooden heart from Michaels and some pink and gold paint from Joann's... and something else that I questioned at the time...
The letters painted pink with gold trim:
But something was missing... turns out the pink "Fairy Dust" (yes, that's the real name) I bought at Joann's at the same time as the paint was what it needed.
I sprinkled the Fairy Dust only on the wet pink paint of the top layer.
I went to Joann's to find materials for a cardbox... and instead I found these beautiful boxes with magnetic flaps:
I bought a large one and a small one, with the idea that I'll attach one to the top of the other. I'm actually going to seal the top and cut an envelope-sized slit in the front below the bow and above the writing. (The top and front are scripted "Life is meant to be celebrated" - perfect!)
Now I can't wait to work on some more projects!!!