Wedding Drink Tickets

When deciding what to do about the bar at our reception we weighed a lot of options.  We wanted more than just a cash bar, but didn’t want a full open bar.  We settled on having beer, wine, and all non alcoholic beverages open for the night (juice, soda, etc.).  We were able to work out a deal with our venue to allow us to have drink tickets for guests over 21.  Guests could cash these tickets in for a drink at some point.  We felt like this was a good compromise, our guests wouldn’t go crazy with an open bar and we wouldn’t be stuck with a huge tab at the end of the night, but at least we had some beverages included.
So I set off to design a drink ticket.  I was really happy with how our return address stamps came out, so I headed back to Etsy to see if I could find another stamp that would work.  I was over the moon with the design that Cork Country Cottage made for us.

I decided on sample two, and it arrived in the mail in just a few weeks.  We stamped them on the same orange card stock that we used for our invitations:

 Once we cut them out we added them to our place setting cards with our sparkly clothes pins.

The clothes pins were another super simple DIY.  I picked up a couple packages of clothes pins, some mod podge, and glitter in our colors.  The mod podge acts like glue, but dries clear.  I added an extra layer on top of the glitter to make sure that glitter would’t be rubbing off on everything.  There’s nothing worse than glitter everywhere….
Drink tickets and seating cards, check!

Wedding Invitations

In order to save even more cash (every little bit helps!) we decided to design and print our own invitations.  I headed to Michaels and found a box set of invitation on sale for 75% off.  So I snatched up two.  I hated the color they were mounted on, and the ribbon, but that was easy to fix.  So I set out to find some embellishments and a better color of card stock.  I would be lying if I said it was easy to get the layout I wanted, it took me days just to get it to print correctly.  But it was worth the extra effort!  I can get a little OCD when it come to even spacing and lines….
I was excited to find small paper flowers in our colors on sale at Michaels, so I got the girls together, we took out our paper cutters and glue dots and here was the end result!

DIY Invitations

Not perfect, but perfect enough.  The original set had a brown backing with a solid brown ribbon on the side, where I printed heart.  I ended up liking the ink print better than a ribbon on the side, and I thought that the flowers added the extra 3D touch we wanted.
I printed the addresses directly onto the envelopes.  I thought this looked nicer than sticking on address labels, and it looked way nicer than my handwriting!  Then I headed to Etsy for a fun return address label.  I found a stamp I thought was adorable, and was impressed with how quickly it arrived.  I took off our address, but here is a sample of what the design looked like.

Return Address Stamp

I used a blue ink pad, and set them all out to dry!

All our invitations ready to go!

Things were starting to feel pretty official!

Wedding bells

B and I wanted to come up with something creative for our guests to use as we exited the church.  We wanted something more environment friendly than rice, confetti or balloons.  I loved the idea of bubbles, but my sister used that for her wedding three years prior, so I was in search of something a little more freesh and original.  As I was looking I came across the perfect idea.  Wedding bells!
We decided to create ribbon wands with bells on the end for our guests to wave as we walked by.  A bit more of a time consuming project, but I was ecstatic with the result.
We were fortunate to have help from our sisters and brothers in law so the project wasn’t too overwhelming, but we made just about 150 of these puppies!  First thing we did was visit the craft store and gather all of the necessary materials.  Actually, I made multiple trips to the craft store so that I could use my 50% off coupon more than once….
Supplies:
Dowels
Eye hooks
Key rings
Bells
Ribbon
Once we had gathered all of our materials the first step was to drill a small hole into the end of each dowel (thanks to family members with power tools!).  Once we had a small hole to guide us it took a little bit of elbow grease to screw in the eye hook.  We managed to only split one or two dowels by mistake, I consider that a success!
The next step was what I considered the most time consuming, attaching a key ring to each bell.  Just when you though you had the ring open the bell would slip away!  Once each bell had a ring attached we then attached bell to the eye hook on each dowel.
Next I made a sample so that I knew approximately how long I wanted my ribbon to be.  Then I cut all of my ribbons.  I chose the yellow and blue to go with my wedding colors and then found a fun white ribbon that said “Happily ever after”.

Next came the fun part.  We tied about three ribbons to the eye ring of each dowel.

That’s a lot of wedding wands!  As it got closer to the day I arranged them in a basket with this cute saying “Wave the wand with joy and laughter and celebrate with the new Mr. and Mrs. for a Happily Ever After!”  Perfection.
I think it was a fun touch for our special day.  It was the exact extra oomph that I was looking for.  Oh, and our ring bearer was quite possibly is the cutest little man ever.

Save the Dates

Growing up with a parent who is a professional photographer meant posing for photo after photo.  Everyone I meet exclaims over how awesome that must be, and how many wonderful photos I must have.  Well, yes, we have lots of great photos, but there was also a camera around documenting every. single. moment.  Every holiday, every Thanksgiving dinner, every vacation, every milestone, every Birthday.  Not that each year you look the same blowing out the birthday candles or anything 🙂  Still, having grown up with that mentality I knew that wedding photos were going to be important to me.   When all is said and done the photos are what we would have to remember the day by.  And everyone kept telling us just how fast the day would go by.  Boy were they right…
While we did our best to DIY many aspects of the wedding, and cut costs where we could, be agreed that the photographer would not be a compromise.  We decided on a photographer that we both loved, and cut corners where we could so that we could afford him.  I’m happy to say that we made the absolute right choice!  We used Keith Berry of Berryphotos here in Massachusetts.  I would recommend him 100%!!
I wanted to do something fun for our save the dates, which we utilized our engagement session to accomplish.   Brian is a football and wrestling coach, so I loved the idea of incorporating that into our save the dates.  I set off to find a relatively inexpensive way to create custom jerseys.  For very little money I was pumped with the results.  It pays to google google google!  And shop around…

Add in the perfect fall foliage and I couldn’t have asked for a better representation.  We loved our photos and the fact that we were able to play around and have fun with a flair of creativity.

I waited out Vistaprint for one of their fabulous sales, and was able to get 150 postcards for next to nothing!  Bonus.  I couldn’t have been happier with how the design turned out, and they were delivered within only a few days.  I was so excited that I sent them out way earlier than I needed to, but I just couldn’t wait! 

Looking back these are still some of my favorite photos.  Once they hit the mail things felt really real and the ball was definitely rolling.
Stay tuned for our next project, wedding bells!

Bridesmaids

Time seriously flies when you are having fun!  My husband and I just celebrated our first wedding anniversary this Monday.  It feels like just yesterday that we were still in the midst of planning!  I figure it’s finally time to start sharing some of the DIY projects I did for our wedding!

First on the agenda was asking my girls to be a part of our wedding party.  I started with my two sisters, my Matron and Maid of honors.  I have seen some super creative ways to ask, so here was my take:
 Not that I had any doubts they would say yes, but I was super happy that they agreed to share the responsibilities and were as excited as I was!  And who doesn’t love a little bubbly?
I also asked my best friend and future Sister in Law to be bridesmaids.  It was fun to incorporate our colors, and the sunflowers that I was so desperate to base our flower scheme around.
  Now that I had my girls, Brian gathered the guys and we had a well rounded wedding party!
Next up, save the dates!