Archive for May, 2007

DIY Embossed Escort Cards!

I did my escort cards today!
Total Time Spent: 2 hours
Cost: $35.00

Ok and I drove to Berkeley this morning to go to Paper Source because I brilliantly decided I wanted to do my own invitations at midnight last night, after poring over websites looking for a company who could do what I wanted on my shoestring budget (White Aisle and Wedding Paper Divas do beautiful and affordable work, just not what I wanted). I found none and thought I may as well give it a go myself.

We found a design we liked in the wedding catalog and to make it easier on ourselves, basically copied the whole thing. Our wedding invites should take me about a week and all of the supplies, including RSVP inserts with their owen envelopes cost us $83.00.

Rachel at Paper Source was a HUGE help. She knew I wanted to use stamps and hipped me to embossing machines. Basically you stamp your image onto your surface, pour some embossing powder on it, shake off the excess and wave your magic embosser wand over it. This is the cool machine I got:

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It costs around $20 and is available here. I always wanted to learn to emboss but thought it was much more involved and messy than it actually is. I think I’m addicted already.

I finished my escort cards tonight and used my new tool to do it. Now that I am doing my own invites, programs, menus, escort cards, table numbers and nameplates for the table, I can tie it all together with my own designs and be sure that everything matches, AND looks exactly as I want it to.

Here are my embossed stamped escort cards:

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I will fill a tray with sand and use that to hold up the cards, like so:

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I took this off a knottie’s page and should give credit. I’ll find out where I got it from soon.

This is the tray I am going to use:
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And that is my exciting new for this evening.

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non-floral chair decor

Chair decor without flowers is really hard to come by. You know those little cones that hang off the end of the pew/aisle chair at wedding? Yeah, I think those are horrible. You know huge sashes on chair backs? Yeah, those are pretty bad, too. So, what’s a girl to do?

Maybe something like this:

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urban wedding shoes

I don’t want white shoes. I don’t want six inch spiky heels. I don’t want anything that will cut off my toe circulation. I don’t want over-the-top. I don’t want boring. I don’t want blah.

I WANT these:

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wedding favor containers & etsy.com

At Michael’s tonight, buying the rest of my centerpiece vases and candles, I came upon quite a few interesting vessels for favors. The now very popular Chinese Takout box was ever-present in a million different colors and sizes, ranging from 79 cents to $1 per piece and it can be embellished by stickers (karen smallbone for a modern look), ribbon, string, beads, hand-written names and everything in between. A new thing I saw was the mini mason jar, which I cannot for the life of me find a picture of. There was a taller sleek mini jar and a short, plump one. Both were cute, but I would have opted for the taller one. The only reason I didn’t purchase them tonight: I have no clue what to put inside my favor boxes/jars/bags. No idea. I am not interested in jordan almonds, the traditionalist’s choice; not into candles, bath salts, soaps or gels; not really into candy, either but I’m open to it if worse comes to worse. I am stumped at what to put into all of the cute items I come across and am waiting for inspiration to hit before I spend $1/item for the simple container!

Etsy has proven useful tonight for various wedding items:

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These adorable tags by accessoryalamode are on the pricey side for just tags at $6.00 a pop, but are hand stamped antique brass and could be used as keychains for favors, thus eliminating the need for favor containers altogether. I think the design is universally appealing and would look good holding anyone’s keys. We could put our names and the date on it or even just the date, like so: 08172007.

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If I was planning on the soap route, I would definitely look into soapylove’s petite soap flavors. They’re adorable and come in a variety of shapes, colors and patterns. At 75 cents each they’re a steal.

And that is my favor report for this evening.

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Non-Floral Aisle Decoration

These look great for a non-floral aisle decoration. Light green glass, they also go well with out color scheme and only cost $8 a pop. I figure we can use them to highlight the edges of the aisle instead of a fabric aisle runner. Add that to the programs we will lay on the chairs and this part of decoration is seemingly over.

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Available at Pier 1.

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The Centerpiece Trials

Okay, I admit it. I am obsessed with finding the perfect centerpiece. Something has cracked in my brain and made me crazy. I went back to Ikea only this time, with this simple, stunning book on wedding design. It has been the best purchase I have made so far, and it helped me realize what’s important in a centerpiece: simplicity.

I present to you, Centerpiece One of my new trials:
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The green platter came from Ikea– I got 10 to be on the safe side. $2.99/each. The flower petals in the vase also from Ikea. $2.50 a pack and I used not even a quarter of the pack. Candles, Ikea also, though I cannot remember how much they cost. Votive holder, $1.29 for a pack of 4. I want to put two votive holders with candles in front of each place setting. Don’t mind my construction paper placemats, I just wanted to have the illusion of an orange tablecloth, which is the color I want. Also not to be minded is the paper towel napkins– again , this is for the illusion, people! The big center vase was $2.99 from Michael’s. I will grand total this up eveuntally, but I still think it is cheaper than whatever my wedding planner quoted me and it fits Ok and I more than anything she has offered so far.

What do you think?

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