Apr 02, 2006
It's been two years since my wedding. I'm sorry I'm so lazy to make a brand new bio... If you are interested in my wedding, please go see my bio that I created on the knot two years ago.
Rose petal: I ordered a 3 different shades of freeze-dried petal sample from FlyBoyNaturals Out of three shades "Bridal White,""Baby Blanket,"and "Lydia Petite Petals," I used "Lydia Petite Petals" for my DIY centerpiece trial. Each sample comes in a small prastic pouch and is approx. 1 cup. FYI just 1 cup was ENOUGH to scatter around the Centerpiece votives thought it's suggested on their website I use 3 cups for centerpieces. HIGHLY recommend to order samples first because the color you see online and in person are different.
Centerpiece: The beaded charger from Japan. After falling in love with the rose floating candle picture from Illumintations, I searched a similar bowl, and I found BLANDA bowl at IKEA for $1.99/each! Votives are from Walmart, I think it was about $.40 each. I got lacy flower-shaped trim from JOANN and thin pink ribbon from Michaels. Tie the trim around the votives with the ribbon. Make sure you tie the trim tight so that it won't fall off easily. very easy to do!
Candles:all the votive candles are from Cudge.Net, even with the shipping I think you can't go cheaper than Cudge's good quality candles. Shipping was pretty fast too. I got clear tealights from Illuminations and block candles for the alter from Michael's
Table names holder: I bought Gold wire at JOANN. You hold the wire-end with a pliers, bend it and make a form(swirl) around the pliers. There's high chance you don't do good at the first 1 or 2, then you'll get used to making a perfect swirl. Refer to my picture when you bend it. Really this was not the hardest project at all!
Invitation: All the papers from Michaels except envelopes. Using 12x12 pearl pink paper for the base, I cut it in 4 pieces to make four 6x6. I used white cardstock to print out the invitation wording on. Ribbon is from Michaels. It took time more than it'd buying pre-cut cardstock, but this way I saved more money. The font I used are "Brockscript" from da font and "Garamond," which was already in computer.
Favor: I accidentally found the origami box template at a local Japanese bookstore. Although it is VERY(I mean, really!) time-consuming and tiring, I believe it'll be worth my effort. I get asked many times where I get the template from or if I can share it, but unfortunately the template I have is written in Japanese, I really don't have time right now to translate it(I'm really really REALLY sorry I can't be much help) But I know you can find many origami instruction books at Amazon.com or something. FYI, this box takes four 6x6 craft paper to make 1 box. Yes, it's VERY tiring.
I met my husband at work while I was working here(US)in '00, but my visa then was good only for a year so I had to go back to Japan next year. Though we loved each other we were not sure if we could survive a long distance relationship.
Although being on a long distance relationship(I mean it was not even in the same country!! com'n!) was NOT easy, after going through a lot of obstacles we were sure we'd still want to be together, and so we discussed it a lot for a long time and he finally popped the question in April, '04.
Due to my visa issue, we chose to get married in Japan first(that way my visa would get issued fast), then I moved here this May.(we figured it'd be easier if I moved since I already spoke English)
We did have a little wedding party in Tokyo the day after we got married at the ward office, but we never had a ceremony. All my/his family&friends have been SO supportive about our marriage&wedding. We are so happy to be able to hold a wedding where we'll be celebrated by those, who believed in us.