Jul 04, 2009
Yes, I'm a feather/brooch bouquet bride! Not neccessarily the most original aspect of the wedding but I was pretty happy with it! Only complaint is that the florist used white feathers when there was only champagne and ivory in our wedding. WTH?? lol Was still pretty regardless. The photog didn't have any full pics of it on the website they posted, but I *KNOW* they took some, so hopefully I'll get my hands on a full pic for our album.
Flowers; Lysianthus, Tulip, and various shades of cream and champagne roses. The bouquet was wrapped in stretch ivory lace and finished with a crystal brooch.
The "brooch" I used was actually a set of crystal earrings I found at a local boutique. I turned them upside down and had one on either side of the bouquet. The florist secured them using clear floral pins. I was happy with the final product, but wish I'd been more explicit about my expecatations. My advice is to always be *super specific* with the florist, and even if they say they know exactly what you mean, make sure they have in writing the colours and materials you've chosen. This way if there's a discrepancy there's proof of it. ;)
My "brooch" earring.
My engagement ring is a split-shank solitaire with an internally flawless center stone of 1.05 carats, altogether weighing in at a total of 2 carats set in platinum and white-gold. It's from Hardy Brothers and I couldn't be happier. I wouldn't trade it for anything.
Both of our wedding bands were custom made by Greg Neil Showcase Jewllers in Mackay. Mine is White gold with 1 carat of bead-set diamonds, his is white gold with a yellow gold cross.
How frickin close is his ring to our photoshop mock-up?? We were THRILLED! (We based the shape and weight off his engagement ring rather than our mock-up, hence the discrepancy):
Three words to describe our wedding dream would have been:
"whimsical", "romantic", and "original." After working for David's Bridal for a couple years, I felt like I had seen it all. Nothing typical wowed me anymore. I credit that experience in the industry as the biggest reason that our wedding ended up being as different as it was.
We saved money by:
We were constantly asking, "Do we want __________ because that's the way it's been at every wedding we've ever been to, or do we want __________ because we truly love it?" This question helped to eliminate a lot of unnecessary expenses like a huge guest list, wedding limo, full dinner menu, etc. Biggest save was that we incorporated almost every decorative aspect of the ceremony into our reception decor; we hung the large peony-feather pomanders around the arches on the patio and the smaller vine-pomanders that lined the aisle were placed onto trumpet vases. A huge save was incorporating feathers and vine and silk flowers instead of large live flower arrangements; the only live flowers in the entire wedding were in my bouquet and a few spray roses in the bm purses and vine pomanders. We also used the same chair covers at the reception as at the ceremony. All of these things helped cut our florist bill down from AUD$4000 (if we'd used live flowers and separate centrepieces) to AUD$1800 for everything. Our beautiful reception only cost AUD$1500 and, in true Aussie fashion, an additional $1500 at the open bar.
We made our own boutonnieres from blue swarovski crystal beads, pink glass beads,wire, and finished them using velour ribbon. I don't have a large picture but this pic of my bridesmaid and her husband is a pretty good one of one we made:
Some of our professional pictures for your perusal ;):
Our invitations were a big hit, but SO tedious to make mainly because of attatching the crystal buttons to the ribbon. We accordian-folded the ribbon, gripped the button in the middle of the folds and secured the buttons using a needle and matching pink thread. We hot-glued the ribbons (just a dot under the buttons) to the center of the invite to keep it from sagging. The best way we found to attatch the ribbon to the back of the invitation-mat was to just use transparent Scotch tape. This also made any mistakes easily correctable. We attatched the rest of the mats using double-sided ribbon adhesive. I would have used more adhesive on the envelope liners (maybe a spray glue?) because they would pull apart when we opened the envelopes. Just a tip. ;)
I would also reccomend making a scale drawing using graph-paper and a ruler if you're doing several layers just so you know what sizes you want to order. Doing that gave me an idea of what size ribbon to order, how much paper to order, and that our buttons would be proportionate to our final product.
We used Envelopments Z-folds and would reccomend them to anyone! We orded through Envelopme.com, paid rush shipping and it was there within 48 hours. SO awesome!
Our not-to-scale Photo-shop mock-up:
What we ordered:
- 5x7 landscape Signature Z-fold in the Graphite Plume pattern
- 5x7 envelopes in metallic graphite
- 5x7 envelope liners in metallic rubelite (hot pink)
- 3 layer invitation mat
- 5x7 metallic cardstock in Caspian
- 5x7 cardstock in the Aquamarine Regalia pattern
- 5x7 linen cardstock in white
- 3.5x5 white linen cardstock RSVP
- 3.5x5 white linen cardstock Map
- 3.5x5 metallic cardstock backing in Caspian
- 4x7 envelopes in Caspian
- 2x17 vellum bellyband in Plume pattern
- 2x17 vellum bellyband in Plume pattern
- Taped cardstock seals in white linen
Jeweled buttons were 1 1/8" in diameter and $1.50 each from http://www.rhinestonejewelry.com. SO gorgeous! Top quality.
Font was Ambassador Script Font Family (13 fonts) $50 from myfonts.com.
The Final product:
At the time I was THRILLED with the final product and really felt like our invites set the stage for the feeling of our wedding. I now feel like I could have done something equally beautiful using just one 5x7 Cardstock with the layers instead of the z-fold and saved a LOT of money that could have been used elsewhere. My only invite regret. ;)
DIY Projects (completed or in process)
I am not a professional graphic designer by any means, but I can definitely hold my own in Photoshop. I have made a couple different STDs, but my final decision is this one:
I made the bird vector from a pic of two cuddling lorikeets! I wanted to tie in the tea party somehow as well, and I love the end result with the tea pot. There's still something weird about the text on the pot though...it's not as cohesive as the original. Ah well. They will be printed on round stickers, stuck to brown round cardstock, and made into magnets. Here's the original STD that I've emailed to a few people to edit to their liking, if you'd like the original STD .psd file, pm me!
My beautiful MOH hosted my shower at her mother's home and it was gorgeous! All of the flowers I wanted for my wedding would be out of season when I was in Australia, so she bought ALL of them to decorate at the shower!! It was gorgeous, the food was yummy, the company was beautiful, and I felt truly loved. I really enjoyed myself. :)