So i wanted the most possible blinged out card box without spending a fortune. I finally finished...
Unfortunately, Jeff was only able to meet my paternal grandfather because my other grandparents had already passed on when he came into my life 4 years ago (now they are all passed on) and I never got the chance to meet his Papa, which kills me because Jeff has such respect for him.
Our grandparents were huge parts of our lives and we really wanted to honour them in some way. We threw around the idea of donations, a picture table or a rose on an empty seat but my parents actually told me that my grandparents would never want to take the spotlight off me and our wedding and that we should figure out a way to honour them, without being too "loud" about it.
So I made these candle holders using extra large vases from the dollar store, vellum paper, ribbon, a couple rhinestones and putting tealight candles inside. We plan on putting them on the guest book table so that as people sign our guestbook they'll see them.
SIDENOTE: One thing that I can take comfort in is that my mom's bestfriend as a child was Jeff's mom. And we didn't know that when we met. They were friends for years and years, but as they grew up they grew apart, moved to different cities and started their families. Jeff and I totally met by chance at a party and after a few months of dating my mom figured out who he was and we realized how close our connection actually was. I think if my grandmother knew I was marrying the son of her daughter's best childhood friend she would be thrilled...just as thrilled as Jeff's grandma is. :)