Oct 09, 2010
Our wedding invitations, a lot of hard work!
This is one of our flower girls. We got the dress from PinkPrincess.com I couldn't believe how much the bridal salons wanted for the flowergirl dresses. These were about $50 and look great!
Here is the wine we are putting in our out of town gift baskets. We soaked the wine bottles in room temperature water for a few hours and took off the labels. You can print your own lables using 3x4 shipping labels from any office supply store.
These are our programs. We made them ourselves. The pencil is attached because the program is full of word games. We're having a longer ceremony and wanted to make sure people have something to do. We used a hole puncher to punch holes and used ribbon to bind the programs. This was a lot of work, but I'm pretty happy with how they turned out!
We got these unity candles from www.Etsy.com, a great website in case you haven't checked it out!
I'll keep adding/editing this post, but it's just to make sure things are getting done!
Send save the dates (I've been lagging)
Make altar decorations
Make wedding programs
Get unity candle
Get priest gift
Finalize ceremony music selection
Attend pre-cana marital counseling
Find a used veil (gotta save costs)
Buy shoes (hot pink!)
Decide on bridesmaids shoes
DIY altar bridesmaid sashes
Decide on groomsmen tuxs
Decide on boutonneires and bouquets
DIY Table numbers
DIY card box
DIY drink menu
DIY Bridal Suite Door Sign
DIY Grooms Suite Door Sign
Order table runners (budget permitting)
Buy paper lanterns
Order robes for bridesmaids
Order gifts for bridesmaids
Order grooms gifts
DIY directional signs (to get to reception)
DIY maps to reception
Finalize music for reception
Finalize menu for reception
DIY centerpieces (although design already picked out)
Buy wedding dress
Buy vases for centerpieces
Reserve reception facility
Contract with caterer
Contract with liquor supplier
Contract with DJ
Contract with Photographer
Contract with makeup artist
Select Bridesmaid dresses
Make Save the Dates
Decide on Rehersal Dinner Location
It took a long time, but I finally found the bridesmaid dresses!
I'm having a difficult time figuring out what to do with the main centerpieces. My colors are dark blue and hot pink. We're having silk rose pomanders at the church, and one thought was to have the main centerpieces be the pomander (just transfer them from the church to the reception site). Another thought would be to have the main centerpieces be blue hydrangeas. In either case, the tall centerpiece will be surrounded by two smaller ones- we are having three really long rectangular tables, so it would be a big long line of centerpieces.
I've taken pictures of a sort-of mock up. The color of the pictures isn't ideal- I took the pics with my cell phone. The flowers are hot pink.
The plus about the pomander: cost savings (since we'll already have them at the church). The plus about hydrangea: they'll have the color blue, and our colors are blue and pink. If you have an opinion, let me know.
My FI and I typically have very similar tastes, but no matter how many pictures from wedding magazines I showed him, he didn't like any of them.
Then, we found a picture of a cake we both loved. It is so festive, and unique. This was instantly our wedding inspiration. Double bonus: It is from Martha Stewart weddings, so there are lots of how-to's, including a DIY invitation, which I will try!
Our wedding budget is pretty slim- so when I looked up the prices for save the date cards, I was shocked! A DIY save the date was definitely in order!
I designed the image myself- I took a photo of us and used a free program online to alter it. I placed it on top of a map of Dana Point (altered using the same free program), where we'll be getting married, added a sun I found online- and voila, instant postcard! I don't have photoshop or anything fancy, so I did it all using free online programs and microsoft paint.
I purchased the postcards from postcards.com ($23 for 100 postcards), using their own vintage backside.
The postage on postcards is only $0.28, so the total cost per save the date (with postage) is $0.51!
Here's a pic (I couldn't figure out how to upload the backside- but you get the point)
The backside had all the pertinent information- time, date, and our wedding website.