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Thank you card wording for wedding party?
I am beginning to write the thank you cards for the wedding party, and I am in need of wording examples. Anyone have a thank you card wording for wedding party members?
Homemade Fortune Cookies!!!
Two posts down I mentioned that my FI and I are having an asian-inspired rehearsal dinner! So I was bored this afternoon and decided to make homemade fortune cookies! They actually turned out not too bad, and it was fun. It takes some practice, but they taste delicious :)
My FI thinks I'm nuts, but I think it will be awesome to have homemade fortune cookies for the rehearsal dinner. I plan on making them a few days before the rehearsal because I am off most of the week prior to the wedding.
Here's the recipe:
* 1 egg white
* 1/8 teaspoon vanilla extract
* 1 pinch salt
* 1/4 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
* 1/4 cup white sugar
1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Butter a cookie sheet. Write fortunes on strips of paper about 4 inches long and 1/2 inch wide. Generously grease 2 cookie sheets.
2. Mix the egg white and vanilla until foamy but not stiff. Sift the flour, salt, and sugar and blend into the egg white mixture.
3. Place teaspoonfuls of the batter at least 4 inches apart on one of the prepared cookie sheets. Tilt the sheet to move the batter into round shapes about 3 inches in diameter. Be careful to make batter as round and even as possible. Do not make too many, because the cookie have to be really hot to form them and once they cool it is too late. Start with 2 or 3 to a sheet and see how many you can do.
4. Bake for 5 minutes or until cookie has turned a golden color 1/2 inch wide around the outer edge of the circle. The center will remain pale. While one sheet is baking, prepare the other.
5. Remove from oven and quickly move cookie with a wide spatula and place upside down on a wooden board. Quickly place the fortune on the cookie, close to the middle and fold the cookie in half. Place the folded edge across the rim of a measuring cup and pull the pointed edges down, one on the inside of the cup and one on the outside. Place folded cookies into the cups of a muffin tin or egg carton to hold their shape until firm.
A little tip...I would suggest putting parchment paper on your cookie sheet, so they are easy to remove when you take them out of the oven. I used foil on the cookie sheet, and found it hard to remove the cookie from the foil.
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Thick or Thin Ribbon?
Ok, so at the moment, you're probably all thinking I've lost my marbles (probably have), lol.
I've been working on my menu's for the reception, and can't make up my mind on whether to use the thick or the thin black ribbon?
The pros and cons:
I don't have enough thick ribbon, so I would have to buy more. I have enough thin ribbon, so I wouldn't have to spend more money.
Help! I can't make up my mind. Which one looks better?
I know, I know...this is the smallest little detail, but I am obsessed with details!
So the consensus is: thin ribbon! So thin ribbon it is! Yeah! Thanks ladies for your opinions! :)
Asian-Inspired Decor & Groomsmen Gifts
So I just went over my idea for an asian-inspired rehearsal dinner with my FI and he loves it! I'm so excited!!
We are going to order chinese food for the rehearsal dinner, and have some asian decorations, some drinks, and homemade fortune cookies!
I went to the dollar store and I found these cute kimono wine bottle covers, that I bought. I'm also going to try to make homemade fortune cookies tonight! I think it will be fun!
I also wrapped the groomsmen gifts...we bought personalized flasks, a pocketknife and a mini-mickey (200mL) of Irish whiskey. I bought the square boxes from the dollar store, and wrapped the bottom and lid with black wrapping paper, and then used some of the burgundy ribbon I have to tie up the boxes. I hope they love them.
3 square boxes- $3.00 (dollar store)
black wrapping paper- $2.00 (party store)
ribbon- already had
3 personalized flasks-$34.00 (incl shipping...from ebay)
3 pocket knives- free (came free with the flasks)
3 bottles of Irish Whiskey (200mL)- $26.25
Total: $65.25 -- $21.75/ per groomsmen
Not bad!! :)
I'll post more ideas for the rehearsal dinner later too!
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So we are doing a Bride & Groom trivia kissing game at the reception. I hate the "clinking" of the glasses, so I thought this would be fun. Basically, guests will have to pick a question from a bowl, and if they answer it correctly, we will kiss, but if they answer it incorrectly, they have to choose a consequence:
- Drink a shot at the bar.
- Give advice to the Bride and Groom.
- Guest must kiss someone.
- Sing a song with the word love in it.
- Make guest and or their whole table do a dance.
I was going over the questions with my FI, and apparently he thinks that my questions are "boring"...but he doesn't have any ideas for better questions. So I'm looking for some trivia question ideas?
These are the questions I currently have, that he thinks are "boring":
1. What is the bride's and or groom's middle name? (If either have one)
2. Who asked whom out first, Mark or Ashley?
3. How many people are at the wedding?
4. Who said I Love You first?
5. On what date did the bride and groom get engaged?
6. Where does the couple live?
7. How many pets do they have together?
8. How many inches taller than the bride is the groom?
9. As of today, how many years have they been together?
10. Where did the Bride and Groom go to High School?
11. Of the two groomsmen, who has known Mark the longest?
12. Which Wedding Party Members are related to the bride or groom?
13. When they were kids, which job did the bride or groom want to do when they grow up ?
14. Which of these colleges has Mark and Ashley attended?
a) Georgian College
b) Fleming College
c) Durham College
d) Centennial College
15. Where did they go for their first date?
16. Whos more likely to be late to an appointment, Mark or Ashley?
17. T or F. Mark got down on one knee to propose.
18. Two Part Question.
a) How did Mark & Ashley meet?
b) In what class did they start talking to each other?
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I need some honest opinions about my colour theme. Ok, so I'll admit it has totally evolved from what the "original" colour theme was. It started out as raspberry and lime green. When we ordered the BM dresses, the store only had the dress sample in a brown, so we had to choose colours from teeny 1 inch swatches. So the colour we chose looked raspberry, but when they came in, they are more like a burgundy colour. My MOH and I decided that green roses with burgundy dresses would look weird (almost Christmasy), so we decided my BM's would have cream vendella roses, and I would still have a green rose bouquet. There really isn't much in my colour scheme that is green anymore....only the centerpiece flowers and my bouquet.
From left to right, top to bottom:
1. Cream rose bouquets my BM's will carry
2. Green rose bouquet I will carry
3. My BM's dresses
4. Favour boxes wrapped up with our tag
5. Personalized shot glasses with burgundy writing, are the favours
6. My menu's in black
7. Black picture frames and white vases for guestbook table
8. My burgundy card box
9. My dress
10. My cake, except without flowers on top
11. Groomsmen's tuxes with burgundy vests and ties
12. The venue (only small section of it)
13. Decor for the head table
14. My black garter
15. Black fabric squares that will be placed in the center of each table
16. My jewelry
So I am wondering if all of this goes together, and what you honestly think of this colour scheme?
Thanks ladies for the feedback, I really appreciate it! I'm wondering though if red roses would look weird with burgundy because it's not the same colour tone...what do you think?
I am having a hard time letting go of the green, because it's what I wanted my wedding colours to be....and I just really LOVE green roses. Ughh...stupid BM dresses ruined my colour scheme, lol. I don't know what to do. I'm gonna have to think about it, and discuss it with my MOH and see what she thinks.
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Addressing the Envelopes?
Ok so I was just about to start addressing my invitations...when I thought of something. I have researched how to "properly" address outer and inner envelopes. But, I was thinking about writing first names on the inner envelope, and was wondering if that would be a terrible faux pas?
So my outer envelopes are addressed the "proper" way:
Mr. & Mrs. David Smith
But the inner ones I was thinking of addressing:
David & Judy
It just seems so impersonal to write Mr. & Mrs. Smith on the inner envelope.
Help! What do you ladies think?
The only thing I am worried about is that I don't want guests to get the impression that the wedding is casual or informal because I am using first names on the inner envelope. Ahh...help please!
Thanks Ladies for your feedback! I talked to my MOH about it, and she agrees that it seems kind of impersonal to write Mr & Mrs Smith on the inner envelope, especially for my family and friends. So I decided I'm going to write first names on the inner envelopes...even though it's not "proper" etiquette...I don't care! Lol. The only exception to this is for grandparents, whom I will be writing on their invitations "Grandma & Grandpa" or "Nan & Pop", or whatever we call them (there are 6 sets of grandparents between the two of us, and they each are called something different).
UPDATE on Name Change
So I just wanted to give you an update about this. The beginning of January I made a post about legally changing my name. For any brides in Ontario wishing to legally change their name, you have to contact the Office of the Registrar General at: 1-800-461-2156
and request an Election to Change Surname package be mailed to you. They don't have the forms available for download or for pickup from any municipal offices. I highly recommend requesting this prior to your wedding, as it took over one month to arrive. It's pretty straightforward...they give you all the forms you have to fill out and instructions on what to do, and what is required. You can also request your marriage certificate with your election to change surname form (you can mail them together). Hope that helps anyone thinking of legally changing their name. It has been quite frustrating trying to get information, but basically you have two options in Ontario to change your name: Assume or Elect. Assuming your husband's last name means, that you request a marriage certificate after your wedding (your record of solemnization that the priest or officiant gives you is a keepsake), and then you can basically "use" your husband's last name, but it is not your legal name. Your name does not change on your birth certificate if you assume your husband's name.
Election to change your last name means, that you are legally changing it, and have to request a legal name change with the Office of the Registrar General of Ontario. So your husband's last name will be your legal name, and will be changed on your birth certificate.
DIY Invitation Kits!
I came across a GREAT website that I thought would be very helpful to any brides who are planning to DIY their invitations. There is a very popular invitation design company called Stephita in Toronto, ON. They just recently launched a new website called Inspired Brides that sells DIY invitation kits, and materials. You can buy kits that come with all the supplies you need to DIY your invitations. They also offer free samples, and they ship within Canada, and the continental US (excludes Alaska and Hawaii).
They have two different collections, Classic and East (which is Asian inspired invites). They have quite a few different designs, and they also have download-able templates for printing the invitation and inserts.
You can also purchase just the pocket folders on their own, paper, rhinestones, ribbons, etc.
The kits come with everything you need, and start at $2.75 which includes:
- Pocketfolder as shown - available in your choice of paper and ribbon colors
- Ribbon: 5/8 inch width in your choice of color
- Printable Paper: 8 ½ x 11 cardstock (2 pieces)
- Front Square backing: 2 ¾ (height) x 2 ¾ (width) inches
- Invitation backing: 5 (height) x 5 (width) inches
- Response card backing: 3 ½ (height) x 4 ½ (width) inches
- Envelope for response card
- Envelope for invitation (unlined)
The website is:
(all the prices are in CDN $, and shipping seems pretty reasonable to Canada and the US).
My first fitting!! :)
I'm soo excited!! I had an appointment this morning to get a quote for alterations to my dress. It ended up turning into my first fitting because my alterations lady was so amazing! I bought my dress as a store sample, and because of that I got it for 1/3 of the regular selling price. Since it was a sample, there's a few things that need to be fixed on it. There is plated tulle at the bottom of my dress, and part of that is ripped...so I thought for sure it would have to be removed and replaced with something else, the seams on the front need to be fixed they are popping out a bit, and there is a loop on the corset that needs to be fixed. So I went into my appointment stressed thinking I have to find some material to replace the pleated tulle on the bottom. But my alterations lady said she could fix it no problem! I am soo happy, she was so sweet and nice and everything I asked her to do, it was not a problem. Best of all, the price is great! She is fixing the pleated tulle on the bottom, moving the boning up in my dress (you can see where it stops in the picture...that will be fixed), sewing in cups, adding a bustle, taking out the sides a little bit so I have a little more room, fixing the two seams at the front of my dress, and fixing the broken loop on the back, and cleaning and steaming it for $215! Whoo hoo! She also noticed when she took my dress out of the bag, that the store actually gave me ivory lace up in the corset, and my dress is white! So she had a white lace up in her shop that she said I could have! I am soo excited :) I go back on March 21st for my second fitting and all the alterations will be done by then.