May 14, 2009
Instead of having the standard "Wish Bowl" at the reception, we are having a "Give A Blessing Bowl"; basically it's the same thing, and people can write their favorite memories, stories, advise, etc on them.. but also, there will be a vase that will be the "Take a Blessing" bowl, that will have encouraging and blessing Bible verses on them, that our guests can take home for their families. It's another way for us to show our gratitude and to actively portray our faith.
TEARS OF JOY PACKETS
I also decided to make Tear of Joy tissue packets, both for tears and for guests with allergies:
Here are instructions for the Joy packets:
1- I used 12x12 cardstock in hot pink and wine. I cut the paper in quarters, so I had 4 pieces of 6x6 paper. I then cut it according to the measurements below.
2-Then fold according to #1 in the picture below. You should be folding about 1/2" of "flaps" inward. Unfold them, and proceed to fold step #2 upward. Keep this folded upward.
3-Fold according to #3 in the pic below.. then fold in all the "flaps" inwards. If you desire to have ribbon on the front, punch those holes first, then put your ribbon on. Also, you can cut off the "flap" that shows at the top of the packet. Then fold the flaps inward and glue (I used super glue that works for paper, make sure the label for the glue says paper). This is seal the packet, and you can place anything on the front, and place the tissues inside. Please PM if this doesn't make sense.. it's hard to put directions into words! :D
I made "Reserved" signs for our parents for the ceremony:
They have dark pink ribbon on them, to tie them to the chairs.
For the reception:
The full centerpieces were tall rectangular vases with flowers (burgundy hydreangea, burgundy mums/daisies) submerged in them. Around the main tall vases will be 3 2.5"x2.5" square vases with white sparkling floating candles in them
I made our own pocketfold invitations and all the goodies inside :)
- 12x12" sheets of cardstock, color of choice
(you'll require 1 sheet per invite)
- 8.5x11" sheets of cardstock or normal paper, color of choice (for inside of invitation, you'll require 1 sheet per invite, approx)
- 1-3 sheets of 12x12" cardstock in any applicable accent color
- 20+ yards 1/2" wired-edge ribbon (for inside invite)
- 20+ yards of 3/4" wired-edge ribbon (for around outside of invite)
- paper cutter
- super glue that works for paper
- picture corners
- stamp/embossing tools
I started out with a 12"x12" piece of cardstock in our wine color. I made a template that measured the correct measurements so that I could just use it to trace where the cuts should be for all the other ones. NOTE: Drawing not to scale!!!
I then used a straight-edge/ruler to fold up the "pocket" part.. I cut off 1 5/8" off the "pocket" section so it's not as "tall" as it looks in this pic. I glued just the very outside edge of it in place so that my reception cards that were already made could fit. I also glued in the ribbon that will go around the seal the invite. If the "insides" of your invite (rsvp cards, maps, etc) are small/skinny enough, you can always glue the inside edge of the pocket section as well and have a true "pocket".
Next I folded the inside section, using a ruler/straight edge. I also used a bone folder to make the creases nice and flat. I then folded the "front" section over, 2" from where the diagonal cut was made in the paper. Please see the drawing above and find where it says 2" on the top of the drawing.
I embossed the word "Love" on the inside flap.
I wrapped the ribbon around the whole thing, gluing the ribbon into place on just the folded edges of the invite. (If you are using satin ribbon or solid ribbon, you could probably glue it anywhere.. my ribbon is sheer chiffon type stuff, so the glue shows through). I then ended the ribbon just 1/4" before the "tip" of the front of the invite (right above the word "LOVE" in the below pic). I then glued our monogram square over the ribbon, etc. (see pic below)
We put clear photo corners on the pocket, to be able to place an engagement photo in each invitation.
For the inside of the invitations, I used Microsoft Word to create our template. I formatted the page to be landscape oriented. We were able to create 2 templates per 8.5x11" sheet of paper. I printed out 30 of them, cut them to the correct size, used double-sided tape to attach them to the wine-colored cardstock. I then tied the 1/2" ribbon around it, and attached thatto the champagne-colored cardstocks, and attached the entire thing to the inside middle section of the pocketfold. For the inserts, I did the same thing: made templates in Word, printed them out (6 to a page), cut them, attached them to cardstock, and inserted them into the pocket.
To make our monogram: Again, I used Word, and printed out 30 "G"s onto our paper, cut them to the correct size, attached that paper to the champagne cardstock, and attached that to the pink cardstock. I then glued the monogram square on top of the belly-band ribbon (see above instructions)
I DIYed the inside liners, using these instructions: http://www.projectwedding.com/post/list/diy-envelope-liners, but instead of wrapping paper, I used champagne-colored tissue paper.
Here's how mine turned out:
And our custom stamps (ordered from PictureItPostage.com):
Front of envelopes:
Here is our rehearsal dinner invites:
My dream location...
Our ceremony and reception was at the Tapestry House in Laporte, CO. It's a "new" Victorian-style house with gorgeous grounds and a wonderful reception pavilion.
Here's the bride's suite:
A few favorite shots with my love...
The photog we had hired ended up not being willing to work with us, and didn't care about making us happy with his photos... :( We booked Ardent Photography out of Laramie, WY. Stephanie is really amazing! We can't wait for her to shoot our wedding!
We got these pics taken up at Viestnez-Smith park.. a place very close to our hearts. It was amazing! We also had another session at Old Town in Ft Collins CO. Very fun shots!