abattyref

WEDDING DATE:

Oct 06, 2007

Got hitched in 2007 in Walnut Creek, CA, spent less than $20k for a wedding with 160 people! Had a kid in 2009. Expecting another kid in 2014. I'm a freelance graphic designer specializing in paper goods, invitations, etc, check me out: www.alextebow.com
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  • Last updated on October 14, 2008 at 9:17 am
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Here are modified instructions on how to make my pocketfold invitation. These just have one panel instead of two. The finished size is still A6. These directions can easily be modified to accommodate a variety of sized invitations.

As always, feel free to send me an email if you'd like the higher resolution .PDF file. alextebowdesigns at gmail dot com.

Enjoy!

DIY Invitations Part Two photo 1

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  • Last updated on September 30, 2008 at 8:51 am
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A while back I posted a thread asking for advise on whether or not to attend the wedding of a friend of mine.

http://www.projectwedding.com/post/list/what-would-you-do-long-sorry

To summarize, we were BFFs since pre-school and drifted apart after high school. She severed all contact for no apparent reason a few years ago and then called me out of the blue to reconnect. She wanted to know if I could make it to her wedding, in a week. It was on a Thursday and 400 miles away. Needless to say, I had a tough time deciding whether to go.

A huge thank you goes out to everyone on here who gave me some fabulous advice. I did end up going to the wedding and I'm so glad that I did. It turned out that a mutual friend of ours was the photographer, so I brought my trusty camera and was happy to step in as her associate photographer (she was very pregnant and was happy for the help). Here are some photos that I took from the wedding:

My former BFF s wedding photos photo 1

I love doing close-ups of the rings. Plus, the groom's band was awesome! I wish I could get a band like that for me DH. I gotta ask the groom where he got it.

My former BFF s wedding photos photo 2

My former BFF s wedding photos photo 3

The bride and groom had their ceremony at the Mather Redwood Grove in Berkeley's Tilden Park Botanic Garden.

My former BFF s wedding photos photo 4

My view from where I was waiting for everyone to walk down the aisle. It was a really beautiful place, but made for VERY difficult lighting with our cameras.

My former BFF s wedding photos photo 5

Everyone getting ready to go!

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My former BFF s wedding photos photo 8

The darn veil kept covering her face...

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Yay!

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The bride and her sister DIYed the flowers. The locket on the bouquet held a photo of the bride's mom who passed away about ten years ago. When we were taking close-up photos of the locket we were all saying, "hurry up, hurry up!" because all of us were getting teary eyeed thinking about how awesome her mom was. Credit for the photo on the right goes to the photographer, Krista Lucas Photography.

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The reception was also in Tilden Park at The Brazilian Room.

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My former BFF s wedding photos photo 16

They danced to Alicia Keys' No One. I have a new appreciation for that song now.


My former BFF s wedding photos photo 17

My former BFF s wedding photos photo 18

This photo totally cracked me up.

My former BFF s wedding photos photo 19

 

Thanks!

 

  • Last updated on July 3, 2008 at 9:26 am
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I've been lucky enough to be able help out a some fellow PWers with maps for their wedding invitations. Website URLs have been changed, obviously.

My technique is pretty straightforward. I trace over a Google map in Adobe Illustrator and then use colors and fonts that match the wedding invitation. Some maps require a second little map to make sure that all of the major freeways are acounted for. The way I do things is simple: I create the design, send you multiple drafts, make any changes you'd like, then send the final in a .pdf format. The printing, cutting and assembly is up to you.

Some examples of maps I made for PW members:

Maps for Your Invitations photo 1

The back of this map listed the addresses for the hotels marked on the map, and a link to the couple's website.


Maps for Your Invitations photo 2Maps for Your Invitations photo 3

This bride's map posed a challenge because of the distance between the two sites. We couldn't squeeze it onto a 5x5 card because the street names would become too small to read. So we made a map that folds in half, the finished size is 5x10, with some hotel and valet info printed on the back.

UPDATE: She's changed the map a bit as it will be letterpress printed. Love the new fonts.


Maps for Your Invitations photo 4

This map was one of three maps created for this bride. Her monogram was shown faded in the background on each one. (I didn't create the monogram) Each map was printed on the back of the invitation to each event for her Indian wedding. One for the church ceremony, one for the Indian ceremony, and one for the reception. Nifty idea!


Maps for Your Invitations photo 5

This map had hotel information and a URL to the couple's wedding website on a separate card in their pocketfold invitations.


Maps for Your Invitations photo 6

The finished product of this map was in grayscale.


Maps for Your Invitations photo 7

It's also a good idea to include any parking information if it's not totally obvious where to park. This map needed to let guests know that they were going to have to sign in at the gate.


Maps for Your Invitations photo 8

We subtly incorporated the monogram that the bride created here. This was printed on ivory paper to coordinate with the invitations.


Maps for Your Invitations photo 9

This map was double-sided with a list of hotels on the back, along with the URL to their wedding website.

 


Maps for Your Invitations photo 10

The map from my wedding. We put hotel information and our website URL on the back.


Maps for Your Invitations photo 11

Lot's of fun incorporating the bride's color scheme. ;-)


Some invitations created for fellow PW members and some that I did on my own:

Maps for Your Invitations photo 12

Maps for Your Invitations photo 13

Maps for Your Invitations photo 14

Maps for Your Invitations photo 15

Maps for Your Invitations photo 16

Maps for Your Invitations photo 17

Maps for Your Invitations photo 18

You can see more current projects on my vendor profile:

http://www.projectwedding.com/vendor/show/design-illustration-by-alex

Thanks!

  • Last updated on May 7, 2008 at 11:18 am
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In the planning process I, along with most newly engaged couples, was floored at how much the prices quickly added up when planning a wedding, even with tons of DIY projects. I found it a tremendous help to know how much everything cost before I began falling in love with a vendor. A few knotties began including pricing information in their bios and I followed suit. Below is a breakdown of our budget. In a world where people tend to be a bit sensitive about money, I want to share how we were able to have a great wedding for less than $20k, not including our honeymoon and wedding bands.

 

Ceremony Site:         $950     included chairs, tables and set-up

Reception/Catering:   $9000   10-course dinner for 160 people, including alcohol, cake cutting, clean-up and tip

Transportation:         $993  

Officiant:                 $100     his fee was $0, but DH and I paid for his hotel room as a TY gift.

Photography:            $1285

Videography:            $0         gift from my brother, a film student

DJ:                         $0        gift from our friend

Florist:                     $580

Cake:                       $0        gift from my other brother

Cake topper:             $153

Hotel Rooms:            $900      suite for 3 nights

Lion Dancers:            $600     including tip

Rehearsal Dinner:       $1000    approximate total, I never saw the bill, MIL paid

Bride's Gown:            $285

Bride's Chinese Gown: $193      MIL paid for

Bride's Accessories:    $187      2 pairs of shoes and jewelry

Groom's Suit:             $123      DH wore a suit he already owned, he just bought a new shirt& tie

Ring Bearer:               $70       his suit & "Ring Bear"

Invitations:                $170      includes postage

Favors:                     $175

Programs:                  $70        for printing and ribbon

Centerpieces:             $0         used leftover materials from invitations

Ceremony Decor:        $50

Hair & Makeup            $400       for bride, BMs & MOB, bride paid

BM/GM gifts:              $300     

 

Grand total:              $17,559

 

Wedding bands:          $600

Honeymoon in Maui:     $3000

 

 

My Knot bio has additional information because I was on the NorCal boards before I found PW.

My Knottie Bio

  • Last updated on February 8, 2008 at 4:57 pm
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Here are the rest of of our trash the dress pics.

Round 2: Pescadero State Beach and San Gregorio State Beach













Trying a couple of colors out.







It's hard to see, but the black and white photos really accentuate my freckles.











We had so much fun. And if the weather had been a bit warmer I would have gone in the water more than just to my knees. It was SO COLD! The gown got pretty dirty, but it's completely cleanable. I'll probably hang on to it for a while and maybe we can take more photos this summer. Maybe some swimming will be involved.
  • Last updated on February 8, 2008 at 7:04 am
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I got together with my friend Krista, of Krista Lucas Photography, and we trashed a gown that I purchased from David's Bridal.

Round 1: among the redwoods at Memorial Park

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Having fun with the boots I was wearing... it was a bit muddy in the woods.

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Not to bad for a $99 gown, eh?