Jun 05, 2010
I made a little more than half of the planned party blowers. This is how they turned out.
Oh my goodenss, I definitely want to try to make these:
I think this might be my new favorite blog.
So, initially I was really excited about the idea of using CDs of our favorite songs as both a favor and the escort cards. I imagined those little flip racks that people could sort through, like looking for a CD in a music store. There would be plastic cards sticking out every once in a while with letters letting you know where in the alphabet you were. Something like this . .
But these cost about $14.00 for a rack that only holds 20 CDs. That would really start to add up for 100 guests.
Now I'm contemplating something a little more DIY. These framed escort cards would be easy and fun to make in advance and they'd take less time to set up on the day of the wedding. (Idea "borrowed" from http://www.eksquisitedesign.com/blog/2009/08/20/diy-escort-boards/)
If someone books the space for the afternoon, then we may potentially only get an hour to set up before the wedding. In other words, a DIY'ers nightmare.
Since my mom is so far away, the one thing I think she'd be able to help with is calligraphy for our escort cards. (She's so good she should probably hire out her services. Of course, she'd have to be able to keep the cats away while she worked and that might be impossible.)
I still want to use CDs as favors, but maybe they'll just go at each table. Or I might just drop the idea entirely and let water bottles and the candy buffet be our favors. Our guests know we're strapped for cash and paying for the wedding by ourselves.
I'm not a super crafty person. A little counted cross-stitch and a little crochet is about it. But the wedding is allowing me to explore my creative side, or at the very least, explore how to steal and copy from other people's creativity.
My first successful attempt will probably be my "thank you" banner. Here's the first stage. I still need to glue the letters and string it all together.
We'll hold this in a picture to use as our thank you cards. I'm also thinking about a Hooray banner for pics. I only need one different letter from thank you. :)
After a few good weeks of hunting, we decided on The Grand in Long Beach. It's two doors down from a Marriott Residence Inn so people can just stumble back to their room. The ceremony and reception will both be there. And it's one of the cheapest places we could find for a Saturday night in June in Southern California.
The room is oddly shaped, but runs along the patio that we get to use all night too. I'm really excited about the possibilities.