I knew I wanted to make my own book after the wedding and I knew I wanted to use Blurb (blurb.com). ...
Dress and other stuff DONE!!
Deals for the day :)
Today I got Emmys dress for the ceremony. 16 BUCKS at The Childrens Place. Heyyyy to half off!!
I then made our mustaches! Chris looked at them with the "WTF" face wondering what exactly they are used for..so did my kids. Then I showed them some wedding pics with them in use and explained that with the photobooth they will make great props. Oh, I forgot to tell C were getting a booth hahah!!
The felt was 28 cents each and the rods were 99 cents a 12 pack. Glue was 8 bucks then got 40% off of that..whoo!
Part 1 Done!! FINALLY!
UGH what drama!!! Printer alignment, bad ink, bad paper..PHEW!!
THIS is why I send my clients to get their stuff printed.. I should know better!!
Heres the first installment. The Ceremony invitations. I wanted something spring looking and these I love!! I added the stones to it as well. I love them!! I only had to make 6 of these so no biggie (after I figured out all the printing BS!! lol)
His ring came!!
I sure hope it fits!!
It is LOVELY in person and best of all..60 bucks via Overstock.com.
I think C will REALLY like it a lot. It is everything he wanted!!
Taking it back to 1st grade
Awesome paper chains!
Ok, when I saw this I realized it was so simple to do (cough..and CHEAP!) It took me back to the old school..the old school of first grade!
Can you imagine a country chic wedding or a outdoor wedding with these? GASP!!!!!
Cutting strips of different patterns and colors of scrapbook paper!
Idea posted at
They suggested a site to buy these from..I say scrapbook paper!!!
Diy Bad A$$ Cake stand!
As you can tell by now, I am loving this site!
How FAB is this..better yet..how CHEAP but BEAUTIFUL!!
House letter (Home Depot)
12"x12" piece of glass (Lowes.com)
Glass vase (hopefully you have a spare!)
Bunch of flowers (we went with hydrangea)
Step 1 Apply the letter to the second tier of the cake. (A fun DIY spin to the traditional monogram!)
Step 2 Fill the vase with blooms.
Step 3 Place the cake on the glass square on top of the vase
Now you dont have to use their idea for a monogram but the stand is wonderful!!
DIY Flower pot Favors!
Another awesome idea from
Terra cotta pot (HomeDepot.com)
Chalkboard paint (HomeDepot.com)
Step 1 Buy your pot and pick your paint color (you can get pretty much any color you want!
Step 2 Give the pot a coat of paint. Set aside to dry.
Step 3 Add in a plant.
Step 4 Write your personal message!
OH La La! Vintage DIY Bouts!
Oh I fell in LOVE with this! Man, I wish the FH was not so set on a "Formal" wedding.
This is courtesy of http://mydiyweddingday.com
1. Cut out three leaf-shaped pieces of thick paper. Glue a piece of floral wire to the back of each.
2. Thread thin jewelry wire through buttons--try hitting up a flea market or a craft store to find ones you like.
3. Bunch them all together like a bouquet, then circle a piece of wire around them to hold them together.
4. Wrap the bottom with twine and ribbon to hide the wire and tied it in knot.
5. Stick a pin through to attach!
And she points out to consider unexpected paperlike using pages from a used book or dictionary.
How Cute right?? I bet this would cost about 50 cents per bout!!
HELP!! Printing with WORD
OMG!!! So I need to make like 10 invites for the ceremony. I purchased one of the kits from Michaels and it instructs to use word.
Ok I did.
I set all the margins, paper size etc and it STILL wont center.
Anyone have any tips for using WORD for printing these bit**es?
Im about to kill someone lol
Yes I have the text centered. It still prints off to the right to far.
What do I do?
Top 5 Biggest Wedding Money Wasters
This was posted on about.com!!
Top 5 Biggest Wedding Money Wasters
1. Meaningless and Expensive Wedding Favors Wedding favors can be a thoughtful way of saying thank you to your guests. But far too often they're a meaningless knickknack. Your guests don't need a candy dish, or a little silver bell. Don't think their cute place card holder doubles as a favor; what are they going to do with one place card? And do you really want a plastic Frisbee with your friends' wedding date on it?
You're going to spend a lot of money on things that will just collect dust, or end up in the trash. I think it's far better to not give favors, or to make a donation to a charity. But cute favors include ones that are personal to the bride and groom. You might give food favors from the city you live in, or a box of your very favorite chocolates.
One of my favorite ideas is a breakfast bag. Send guests home with some beautiful muffins, a couple of good quality tea bags, and perhaps a little pot of jam or honey. The next morning they'll be sure to enjoy your treat as they reminisce about everything that happened.
Money Saving Tip: Some of the most thoughtful wedding favors can be handmade. Put together a booklet of family recipes, or create a CD with an insert explaining why you chose each song.
2. Endless Bride and Groom Swag It may be fun to have a pair of track pants that say "Bride" across your butt, but how long are you really going to wear them? You certainly don't need to own multiple pieces of clothing that say "bride" or "groom" because they've got a limited shelf-life. And, you do have an identity beyond that of a bride. You don't own a sweatshirt that trumpets your profession, do you? So why would you want people out in public to see you first and foremost as a bride?
Perhaps the biggest money waster of all is giving your bridal party "bridesmaid" and "groomsman" gear. Do you really think that groomsman is ever going to wear that tacky hat ever again? Do you think he'll even enjoy wearing it the first time?
Money Saving Tip Buy a pair of pajama pants or underwear that says "bride" or "groom." Rather than feeling embarrassed about wearing a bride sweatshirt out in public, clothing meant for the home will remind the two of you of your wedding day. Leave the other bridal swag at the store.
3. Huge Wedding Cakes Some couples only invite 50 guests, but they still order a cake that serves 300. With cakes going for $2-$15 a slice, that extra size adds up quickly. While a large cake looks impressive, a small cake can be charming. If height is a priority, consider asking your baker to use a separator set, and adding fresh flowers between the layers. Or, use a large cake topper, such as this tiered floral centerpiece.
Money Saving Tip If you are having more than 100 guests, ask for a display cake that only feeds 100 people. Use inexpensive sheet cakes in the back to feed the extra guests. No one will know the difference!
Read More: Questions to Ask Your Wedding Cake Designer
4. Too Many Mementos The wedding industry loves to sell you goods by promising they will be keepsakes you can pass down to your children. Having mementos of your special day is a good thing, but you don't need very many. Put together a wedding album, and perhaps preserve your wedding dress. But deeply consider every other item. Do you really need a personalized pen to sign the guest book? Is preserving your bouquet worth the money and the space in your home? You don't need to have a wedding video, unless you will really watch it and enjoy it regularly. And not every toasting glass, picture frame, and photo album needs to be monogrammed with your wedding date.
Rather than filling up your house with tons of wedding mementos, leave room for creating new memories.
Money Saving Tip If an album is not included in your wedding photography package, consider doing it for yourself! That way, you can include the shots that are most important to you, as well as any mementos like your wedding program.
Read More: Capture those memories on film with a Wedding Photography Shot Checklist
5. Too Many Bridesmaids and Groomsmen Have you ever seen a wedding with more than a dozen attendants? It starts to look like a wedding army. Of course, if you are inviting lots of guests, it makes sense to have a large wedding party. But before you start adding your friend who you haven't seen since high school, and all of your cousins, consider what the role of the wedding party should be.
Even if you're not paying for the wedding party's attire, each of those attendants requires a bouquet or boutonniere, a thank you gift, and an invitation to the rehearsal dinner and other parties. Tack on just a few unnecessary bridesmaids or groomsmen and you're potentially talking about hundreds of dollars.
Money Saving Tip Give some of your friends and loved ones different roles in the wedding. Consider asking them to read during the ceremony or give them a special role at the reception. You might even just thank them in the program for helping to support you during the wedding planning process.
Heres another site with great tips!!
The bling thing...
a shared story about the engagement ring
A fellow wedzilla featured blogger wrote this post and I found it so interesting. I wanted to share and hear your opinions!!
Mar 15, 2010
The Bling Thing
All brides know that the first thing anyone asks you once you're engaged is "What does the ring look like?" (if you tell them over the phone), or if you happen make the announcement in person, you will experience the immediate grabbing of your left ring finger for inspection and approval.
Having experienced my own engagement and the recent engagements of my friends, plus reading about other's experiencing in the world of wedding blogs, I've quickly learned that engagement rings are a big source of controversy these days. You have the traditional brides who want the Tiffany & Co. platinum setting, the hipsters and practical brides who want a vintage and/or cruelty free bauble, and the budget minded brides who want something simple that won't break the bank. There are even some who are on board with men wearing engagement rings as well, to symbolize their equal commitment to their relationship.
But all of this bling controversy begs the question, why have an engagement ring at all?
When I was home for the holidays and visiting one of my best friends from college, her mother stated that she was never given an engagement ring. In fact, neither my mother nor my MIL ever had engagement rings either. According to my friend's mom, their generation, which pioneered the feminist movement, felt that engagement rings were completely unnecessary, and worse, a misogynistic symbol of a man buying a woman. Why not just have two people make a consenting, adult decision to get married, and then be done with it?
"Well Mom," my friend replied, "I may not need a man to buy me a diamond, but I'd still like one."
My friend's statement is the perfect representation of my generation's attitudes towards engagement rings. As woman who grew up in a world where we were taught we are independent, capable, and equal to men, we don't need a ring to symbolize that we are a man's property, but most of us still like the tradition of wearing something sentimental and meaningful to us. We are able to choose how traditional we want to be (through our engagement ring choice and other life choices) because through their rebellion of cultural norms, our mothers paved the way for us to have any opportunity and freedom we desire.
To be honest, my husband and I took a more practical route and had already made a mutual decision to get married and even enroll in marriage classes before we made it "official" by him getting me a diamond ring. And while I love my ring and what it represents, I always found it silly that people still don't consider you really engaged until you have that ring on your finger.
What are your views on engagement rings? Do you view them as necessary in our current culture? Would you be willing to get engaged if your fiance did not present you with a diamond?
The blog can be found here
What is your take ladies??