Mar 24, 2013
I got these little plain unfinished wooden boxes for $1 each at A.C. Moore. Each one had a gold clasp closure that I didn't like, so I removed each one and then painted the inside and outside of each box using a metallic black paint. Originally I had planned to have 1 Maid-of-Honor and 3 Bridesmaids so I only bought 4 boxes, but then I decided that I wanted to add another good friend of mine to the wedding party... wouldn't you know that when I went back to the craft store to buy another box, they were out of them. I found a different kind of box and decided that I would use that one for my Maid-of-Honor. After the paint dried, I cut a piece of "watermelon" colored card stock to fit inside the lid and printed the words "I couldn't say I do without you... will you be my Bridesmaid?" to attach to the cardstock. I made one box for each of my Bridesmaids and my Maid-of-Honor. After the boxes were painted, I didn't like that you could see the tiny little holes where the clasp closures had been so I bought some little wooden hearts (they came painted red, so I painted them pink to match the wedding colors) and glued them onto the box to cover the holes. I used white posterboard to put inside the box and cut a slit in each one to insert a ring, similar to a ringbox from a jewelry store. I got a big bag of cheap little party favor rings and put one in each box.
I also found some adhesive rhinestone letters for $1 each so I picked up 2 K's, a C, an M, and an R (the first initial of each of my girls) and put them on the top of the each box to personalize them. But because I had to get a different box for my Maid-of-Honor, the letter didn't really work for her box... so I used them for the Bridesmaids and then for my Maid-of-Honor's box I bought 2 little wooden letters "R & B" (the first initials of her first and last names) and 2 more little wooden hearts, painted them pink and then glued them to the top of the box to personalize it.
I handed each of my lovely ladies their ringbox and once they opened it and accepted, I had one more surprise for them... a Bridesmaid Box! Stay tuned for more about that later! :)
***I'm usually really good about taking "before" and "during" pictures but for some reason, this time I didn't. Boo... :(***
I bought these paper mache boxes from Consumer Crafts as a set of 5. The boxes were 6/8/10/12/14 inches. I thought the 14-inch box was a little bigger than I needed, so I sat that aside and used the 6/8/10/12 inch boxes to make the cardbox. I cut a hole in the lid of the 12-inch box and then I cut a hole in the bottom of the 10-inch box and also cut an opening in the front of the box, to be able to insert the cards into. I painted the boxes using a white paint & primer spraypaint combo. After the paint had dried, I glued the bottom of the 10-inch box to the lid of the 12-inch box, and then I glued the lids of the 6-inch, 10-inch and 12-inch boxes to the boxes themselves. Finally I glued the bottom of the 6-inch box to the lid of the 8-inch box, then glued the bottom of the 8-inch box to the lid of the 10-inch box. Lots and lots of gluing!!! lol I took ribbon that was very close to the "watermelon" color of the bridesmaid dresses and wrapped it around the bottom of each box, to look like layers of a wedding cake. I didn't like that the opening "slot" in the front of the 10-inch box wasn't crisp and clean looking so I used ribbon to try to disguise that. I also added a tiny rosebud accent on all 4 corners of the ribbon.
I had this bow made at Michael's for $6.99 and then I decided to add a little bling to my cardbox... I loved the way the bling made the cardbox stand out so I decided to add some bling to the bow too. I'm still not happy with the way the ribbon is uneven around the opening but there's not much I can do about it now... every time I tried to fix it, I ended up making it worse. Other than that, I love the way it turned out!
For my centerpieces I decided to do a 12-inch x 12-inch mirror with 1 tall vase and 2 short vases for candles. Each of the tall vases will have some pink "gel balls" in the bottom and 1 long stemmed rose inside to give the illusion of a "floating flower". I'm also going to put a few rose petals and a few crystals on top of the mirror as an added decoration. ***the flower in this picture is artificial but on my wedding day I will be using fresh flowers... the candles in this picture are also not the right candles but they were all I could find at the time. the real candles are a little taller, a little bigger around, and white instead of this ugly off-white/yellowish color***
These mirrors are atleast $7 or $8 EACH at the craft stores so I was trying to figure out a way to get them for cheaper when I got the idea to use mirror tiles from the hardware store. They come in packs of 6 and they had ones with beveled edges (that's what I got) and ones without. Unfortunately the ones with the beveled edges are twice the cost of the ones without but I think they look much nicer so it's worth it. For a pack of 6 beveled edge mirror tiles, it costs $20 which makes them roughly $3.33 each... that's still cheaper than the craft store, even after using a coupon!
I bought a pack of monogram "M" stickers from Michael's for just a couple bucks, so I decided to mount them to some watermelon colored cardstock and cut them out so that a little bit of pink showed on all 4 sides of the monogram. Originally I was only going to do one of them per candle but I had enough monograms left over that I decided to put two on each candle, one on the "front" and one on the "back" so that it would be visible no matter where you're sitting at the table.
I got all of my glass vases from Dollar Tree for $1 each, which sounded cheap at the time but it really adds up! The worst part about them was trying to get the stickers off the bottoms of the glass and then trying to get rid of the adhesive residue... what a pain in the butt! But once I developed a system, it wasn't so bad. I bought the candles in packs of 3 from A.C. Moore and used a 50% off coupon for each one, which meant making many, many trips to the store since you could only use 1 coupon per person, per day. Thank God for my Aunt who went with me or it would've taken even longer!
I used ribbon to wrap around the middle of the jar... I knew that I wanted to use watermelon colored ribbon and silver ribbon but I couldn't decide whether I wanted to do silver on the bottom and watermelon on the top or watermelon on the bottom with silver on the top. I really liked both and I considered doing one of each but my OCD quickly reared its ugly head and I realized that I needed to pick one or the other. I polled my friends on Facebook to see which one got the most votes. Everyone seemed to like the one on the left better, so I did all of them that way... and then after they were all finished, people started telling me they liked the one on the right better. Oh well, you can't please everyone! :)
the finished candles! :)
Here are the invitations that Signatures By Sarah made for me... I ordered the invitation and 3 inserts: Accommodations, Map/Directions, and RSVP. I was going to have the RSVP be a postcard but Sarah was nice enough to let me know that it would be smaller than a standard postcard and some people have reported that they got lost, so I changed my mind and decided I'd include an envelope with them. They are actually the same invitation that my bridesmaid friend co-worker Christy had for her wedding, but Sarah did make a few changes to them for me... first she did them in my wedding colors (black, white, pink & grey), then she added some flowers to the corners of my inserts, and I also used different wording. Once I got the invitations printed, I decided to "dress them up" a little by adding some bling:
before the "bling" after the "bling"
At first I wasn't sure if I liked how the "bling" looked - I thought it might be considered ghetto. But the more I looked at it, the more I really liked it... I feel like it made them pop! :)
I mounted the invitations onto an onyx colored Signature Pocketfold that I ordered from Cards and Pockets (I love how shimmery they look!). I also had one of my favorite pictures of us printed in black & white as a wallet size and used black adhesive photo corners that I got from the craft store to attach the pictures to the invitations.
As a closure for the front of the invitations, I had one of my monograms (I think this one is my favorite!) printed on white cardstock and then I double-mounted it first onto a shimmery silver cardstock (I think it looks great with the shimmery onyx pocketfold!) and then onto a pink cardstock that was pretty close to the "watermelon" color of the bridesmaid dresses. I attatched them to the front of the invitation with double-sided tape.
ready for stuffing! :)
my girls Myrtle & Molly were very eager to "help" with the invitations! :)
all ready to be mailed out! I dropped them off at the Post Office after work on January 14th...
... and we got our first RSVP back on January 18th... a yes! :)
The invitations turned out to be ALOT more work than I had anticipated but I LOVE the way they turned out so it was definitely worth all the trouble. Everyone has raved about how much they love them too, which makes me feel really good! :)
These are the wedding monograms that I ordered from Signatures by Sarah and I thought that she did such an awesome job that I also ordered my invitations from her!
our Save-the-Date was a magnet that I ordered from MagnetStreet.com and I LOVED the way they turned out! I got lots of compliments on them so I think everyone else liked them too! :)
*I ordered these when I was going to go with "Apple" as my color for the bridal party... after I ordered them, I changed my mind and decided to go with "Watermelon" instead. Oh well...* lol