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Wine Bottle Guestbook
We love wine and thought that having guests sign wine bottles is a great idea for the reception. We are going to have two bottles of our favorite wine.
I can't come up with anything clever other than "Sign the WIne Bottles." I need a cute saying, can anyone help?
Thank You cards
Cute and easy idea
I have to give credit to Martha Stewart. I don't have a lot of time to do DIY stuff, so in everything that I do, I try to add one special little thing to make it my own. When I was writing Thank You cards for my Bridal Shower, I added the heart stamp to the note.
Heart stamp - all you need is one finger and a stamp pad!
Instructions: take your index finger, press into stamp pad, make a finger print on the paper, press into stamp pad again, make another fingerprint on the paper to create a heart. Do some trials to figure out how to do it. A trick is to place your finger on the paper and then slightly move it down (we're not taking fingerprints here, so by moving it down slightly, the ink fills in). Make sure you wipe your finger after creating the heart.
Picked for Catholic Ceremony
For the last 6 months, I've been looking on here for ceremony music. We are getting married in a Catholic Church (not having a mass though, just the ceremony), so we can't use secular/popular music. We have to stick with religious/classical music. I love classical music, so the meeting with the Church Music Director went very well. In one hour, we enjoyed him playing the huge organ and decided on all of the ceremony music. I wanted to share for the rest of you Brides who are looking for Catholic Church-appropriate music.
Prelude Music Selections: Selections from "Water Music" - Handel
Seating of the Mothers: Ave Maria - Schubert
Processional - Bridesmaids: Air on the G String - Bach
Processional - Bride: Prince of Denmark’s March - Clarke
Responsorial: Psalm 118: Let Us Rejoice - Haugen
Gospel Acclamation: Celtic Alleluia - Walker
Unity Candle: Meditation from "Thais" - Massanet
Sign of Peace: Danse Pastorale - Vivaldi (3rd movement from Spring Concerto)
Recessional: Hornpipe (Water Music) - Handel
All of these will be playedon the organ. I do warn you thought that if you download songs and listen to them on a piano or strings, they might sound different. I had some songs picked that just didn't sound good on the organ. Other songs I ruled out sounded awesome on the organ.
Wedding Gift Registry
The Most Exciting Part!
Oh my God! I was gladly "warned" that gifts would just start arriving at our doorstep, but I thought to myself that our guests are the type of people to order online and ship gifts. I was wrong! I came back from the gym and saw a HUGE Macy's box on our doorstep. I couldn't believe my eyes! I don't know what is inside because I need to wait for FI to come home so we can open together. I do know that it weighs 4 pounds. My mom thinks it might be bedding.
I will gladly pass on the "warning" to the rest of the brides, gifts WILL start arriving and it will feel just like Christmas. I hope we get more surprises like this in the upcoming months!
Gift: yellow napkins and placemats! They will go perfect with our casual entertaining china (green color).
Pocket Square Love Note
What a special idea! FI is wearing a new suit to the Rehearsal (see a few posts below) and I plan on making this pocket square love note for him. It sounds simple and quick to make (once I find a pocket square and a quote, lol). I hope I'll be able to sneak it into his pocket without him knowing.
Pocket Square Love Note from OnceWed.com (March 11, 2009):
It's a project the bride should make in secrecy, that will later be discovered by the groom when he's dressing for the wedding. No one else has to know about this. It could be just a secret little loved note passed from bride to groom. Or the note could poke out of the pocket, so some of the message is revealed to others.
What You'll Need
A Pocket Square
The quote is from The Owl and the Pussycat by Edward Lear: "And hand in hand, on the edge of the sand, they danced in the light of the moon."
1. Neatly press your pocket square and fold it to fit in your groom's pocket. I selected the "one corner fold", but there are hundreds of ways to fold a pocket square. (see figure 1)
2. While the pocket square is folded, place a straight pin where you would like to begin stitching your quote. (see figure 1) I chose to have just a tiny bit of the text peaking out of the pocket.
3. Compose a brief note, or decide on a quote to stitch onto your pocket square. Copy it onto a piece of paper, and cut the text into strips. Unfold your pocket square, lay it flat, and use these strips to decide on the placement of your text. ( see figure 2)
4. Once the placement is decided, lightly write your text on the pocket square using a pencil. Block letters are easiest to stitch. (see figure 3)
5. Thread your needle with two strands of embroidery floss and knot at the end. (see figure 4)
6. Place your pocket square in your embroidery hoop and begin stitching over your penciled text using the "backstitch". If you are unfamiliar with the backstitch, click HERE for instructions. (see figure 5)
7. Continue stitching (moving your hoop as needed) until your message is complete. (see fig. 6)
8. Trim all loose threads from the back.
9. Press your pocket square, re-fold, and tuck into your groom's pocket. (see figure 7)
What it Cost:
Pocket Square - $2.99
Embroidery Floss - $.35
Embroidery Hoop - $1.49
Embroidery Needles - $1.49
We mailed our invitations yesterday! That means people are going to start getting them even as early as today. Aghhhhh! This is so exciting!!!
I want to thank Daryl for all of his help with the invitations. It actually did not take long at all to address them (we mailed 58 invitations). We spread the effort over two weekends, but we could have done it all in one weekend. The return address was preprinted on the back and all we had to do is hand write the address on outer and inner envelope and stuff them.
Here is the inspiration board for the rehearsal dinner:
Location: Celestial Stakehouse, Cincinnati, OH (we got engaged here!)
Groom's suit: Express Khaki suit
Bride's dress: Blue silk dress, floor length
Jewelry: Mom's vintage Austrian Crystal drop earrings
Centerpieces: Paper flowers in bud vases, candles
Favors: Russian candy (because I'm Russian)
I would also like to display our engagement pictures so I'm planning on having a small table with picture frames and Russian candy favors.
Crocheted Ring Pillow
DIY project #1 - Card Box - has been completed!
Second DIY project has been completed - ring pillow. Once again, I used the fabric left over from my mom's wedding dress to make the pillow, which I stuffed with cotton balls that I pulled apart so they weren't so bulky. I then covered it with doilies crocheted by my great aunt, who passed away a few years ago. (I'm really racking up the "something old" items!) My mom was really touched that I incorporated something my great aunt (her aunt) made a long, long time. I know that my grandma will be even more touched when I send her pictures of it (she is 85 years old and lives in Europe, so there is no way she will be able to make the trip here to attend the wedding).
The rings will be secured using the ends of the ribbon. So you're not wasting a lot of time untying knots, tie the ring into a bow to secure it. Then you just pull on the ends of the ribbon and the ring comes off easily .
I posted pictures of the ring pillow and then some pictures that inspired me. I got my inspiration from OnceWed.com and then found a similar pillow on Etsy.
FI and I went shopping this weekend and he got the hottest suit for the Rehearsal. The jacket fit him perfectly! He looks better than the model in the picture!
Express has very nice silk ties. I plan on getting him a tie as a gift (once they go on sale in a few months, of course! :)
Invitations have arrived!
I'd like to give Daryl some kudos - he's been awesome with helping me plan the wedding. I've been pushing him to take on more than he would like to, but we've got a long task list and only 84 days left. Yesterday, he drove all the way to the other side of town to pick up our invitations. Everything looks perfect!
This weekend, I'll take one whole invitation to the post office to get weighed. I'm hoping we'll be able to use the $.42 stamps. I bought the green heart stamps for the response cards.
Then, it's onto addressing! God help me so I can figure out the outer vs. inner envelope addressing!
Invitation descripton: the paper is silver, imported European paper. We're not adding bows. The envelopes liners are sky blue.