Oct 11, 2008
I LOVE my BMs... they did an awesome job with the bachelorette party, bridal shower, and other wedding-related tasks! I decided from the beginning that I would purchase their BM dress. I also provided one service for day-of, either hair or make-up, and I also got them manis/pedis.
I love opening presents, so naturally, I wanted to give my BMs something they could open the day before the wedding.
I bought them a jewelry box from Pottery Barn, monogramed note cards from Target, monogramed baby blue napkins from Michaels, monogramed mirror from etsy seller Balasadesign (the mirror is the one w/zebra print), and a blue topaz sterling silver necklace to wear day of wedding from etsy seller blue tulip designs.
GMs gifts... not as interesting, well at least to me :0). They all love computers, fantasy football, and techie stuff. So, my DH bought them 22" LCD monitors.
And last, but not least, our PARENTS. What do you get people that have everything already? We went the non-conventional route and bought them bobble heads made to look like them! I only have a pic of my parents.
At the last minute, DH and I decided that we wanted to display wedding pictures of our close friends and family. But we were on a budget and since this was a last minute DIY, we didn't have enough frames for all the pictures.
We ran out to IKEA and picked up these wooden 5x7 frames (2 per packet at $5). DH stained each frame; we, then, hot-glued 4 of the frames together to create a photo box. The photoboxes were displayed as centerpieces during the cocktail hour.
Our guests really enjoyed looking at the pictures, especially the ones of the elder generation!
We wanted to recognize our extended family members, and one way to do that is by giving them a bout/corsage to wear. Unfortunately, the cost of a simple bout/corsage added up very quickly for 30 or so relatives, so my mom offered to make ribbon rose bouts/corsages. I think they turned out beautifully and are even more special b/c they were handmade with love!
My MOH made my cardbox for me. She used supplies from the Container Store and Beverly's. I don't know what I would have done w/o all her help! I still have it and don't want to throw it away b/c it's so pretty! Pls. disregard the backing of our chair! :0)
Cherry Blossom Trees:
I also made cherry blossom trees to flank the guest sign-in tables. The cherry blossoms were made using this tutorial from the Flirty Guide. Excuse the mess in the background!
DH and I did not take engagment photos... he's camera shy, so instead we got a caricature done and displayed in the lobby. I think it looks like me, but it only resembles DH slightly. Vendor: Jon Casey: http://www.joncaseycaricatures.com/. I'm not sure why, but we have a ton of pics w/people posing next to it!
Ring Bearer Pillow:
My mom also made a ring bearer pillow for us. She made this right after we got engaged (from Martha Stewart), and at that time, we were unsure if we'd have a ringbearer. Unfortunately, we didn't have one, but I gotta give my mom props and post it here. It's beautiful... I wish I could use it for something!
We also made flower pens for the guests to use when signing the guest book. Super easy to make.... we bought flowers from Michaels (bigger ones look better since they're more full). Cut the stem, attach it to the pen, and wrap the pen and stem together with floral tape. Make sure the head of the flower is at the opposite end of the pen tip.
Even though our guests selected their entrees when they sent in thier RSVP, we still decided to make menu cards. Our venue didn't use chargers so there was an empty space when our guests sat down. I didn't like the way that looked, so we asked the venue to place our menus to fill the void.
This was by far one of my favorite DIY projects. I originally wanted to do mini pin-back buttons on the escort cards. Each button would have a picture that represented that individual, but my DH and I got lazy and never looked for images.
Since I had a semi-Asian theme happening, I found asian-inspired cardstock. I decided to deviate from my color scheme for this project, since I thought the multitude fo colors would give the escort cards a really nice touch. Ta da... finished product! My dad was also kind enough to make trays to hold the fortune cookies.
I placed the name on the left hand side and their table name (we used this instead of table numbers) on the right side.
For the table names, we chose to name them after our favorite restaurants or ones that had an occasion associated with it. We drove around the city taking pictures of the signs; not an easy job, and then realized that we could probably google these images! On one side of the sign, we placed the picture we took and on the other side, we printed out the name, just in case, people couldn't read the image.
Union by Robert Fulghum
You have known each other from the first glance of acquaintance to this point of commitment. At some point, you decided to marry. From that moment of yes, to this moment of yes, indeed, you have been making commitments in an informal way. All of those conversations that were held in a car, or over a meal, or during long walks – all those conversations that began with, “When we’re married”, and continued with “I will” and “you will” and “we will” – all those late night talks that included “someday” and “somehow” and “maybe” – and all those promises that are unspoken matters of the heart. All these common things, and more, are the real process of a wedding.
The symbolic vows that you are about to make are a way of saying to one another, “You know all those things that we’ve promised, and hoped, and dreamed – well, I meant it all, every word.”
Look at one another and remember this moment in time. Before this moment you have been many things to one another – acquaintance, friend, companion, lover, dancing partner, even teacher, for you have learned much from one another these past few years. Shortly you shall say a few words that will take you across a threshold of life, and things between you will never quite be the same.
For after today you shall say to the world –
This is my husband. This is my wife.