I think these will be cute for the send off sparklers and the guests to enjoy the cigars after they ...
80% complete mockup
First, Soooorry ladies, I've been soooo MIA. I pretty much stopped planning for the wedding for about 6 months and just this month realized that the wedding is only 5+months away, so I need to get crackin.
Here's my almost done mock up, without the pocket inserts. I'll have to save that project for next weekend.
I hope you all enjoy. I had a hard time with getting my docs to print the correct size, but I must say I'm very proud of these babies :D
DIY Place Cards
I've been having a hard time imagining how the wedding will turn out and before going forward with any DIY projects that may not be appealing, I decided to create one project on photoshop to get an idea of how it'll turn out. Attached you'll find a picture of the place card I place to create. I got the idea from Marta12 and she got the idea from another bride (sorry I don't know who it is). I hope you guys like it :)
BTW girls, I haven't forgotten about your monograms. I had a busy Labor Day weekend, so I'll get to it this week k.
Help me with Flipino Tradition (???)
My FH is Flipino and I'm Chinese. We're having a traditional American reception, but we're having a traditional Catholic Flipino ceremony. I haven't the slightest clue what it entails, except there will be a veil and a cord ceremony.
Has anyone been to a flipino wedding? Is there an order to the veil, cord, or any other ceremony? I bet my FMIL will end up taking charge of this, but I'll need to know for creating the ceremony program.
Also, for wedding invitations, I think Flipinos usually have an extra insert listing the bridal party and including sponsors. Any Flipino brides out there? Am I supposed to have an insert for the Reception, Map, RSVP, and Bridal Party??? That's a lot. And why do sponsors have to be on the invites. From my understanding is that sponsors are close family members or friends who have donated a lot of money to help the wedding, but why do they need to be on the invites? My FH hasn't even started asking around for sponsor, so are sponsors even a required part of a Flipino wedding? Will the relatives think it's odd if we just have a traditional American wedding with no sponsors and no bridal party inserts in the invite?
When cultures merge...sigh. Its wonderful, just stressful.
James and Amy Blossom copy
ja mono 4 copy
Any body need a monogram?
9/1/09 UPDATE: Sorry ladies, I have to stop taking requests for monograms for now until I can get through with all of the pending requests. I didn't know they'd be such a hit :D I promise I'll post another monogram blog once I finish up with these. Thanks for all the great feedback!
p.s. I just posted pictures of a small takeout box with a monogram sticker on it. It's just an idea of what you ladies can do with monograms. The sticker used on the box is 2"round, but I wish I purchased 1.5" instead. 2"round would be perfect for the bigger take out boxes.
UPDATE: Opps, I noticed that some of the pictures are numbered and some arent. Disregard the numbers on the images, just go by the order of the picture. Like the first picture is #1, not 6 (the number on the image).
8/31/09: Hey gals, I'm trying to get to as many as I can in between everything else going on, but don't worry I'll get to everyone. So far, here's what I've done:
~Some colors are off in the pictures posted...seems like this is an issue many brides are having when posting images to WBC~
*Denean & Jacques - Navy Blue & Hot Pink
*Callie & Melvin - Tiffany Blue, Black, Damask
*Brandy & Byron - Hot Pink & Brown
*Lisa&Chris-Turquoise, Black Damask
*Karla&Jeremy-Sangria, Lime Accents
Where should I get my invites printed?
I purchased all of my invite papers already. All there's left is to purchase the pocket folds and envelopes. I read on another bride's blog that a lot of brides recommend using vistaprint.com, but I already purchased my paper and cardstock, so are there any other printers you ladies can recommend? Staples, Kinkos, etc.? Have any of you had good experiences using these major chain stores? As a side job, I have been creating vellum votive wraps for brides and for other events, and have been using my personal printer to create the wraps...the thing is that all these print jobs eat up my printer ink QUICK! For invitations, my printer obviously doesn't print in the raised lettering style. I heard that Staples doesn't print with raised letters either, but I suppose I can live with that if it's too pricey to get it done anywhere else.
DIY brides, please let me know your experiences.
p.s. the picture is not my invite, I just took it from a random website.
Wedding Rings And Jewelry
We got our wedding bands :)
I can never say no to diamonds...never. It was just shining, glittering, sparkling at me screaming "BUY ME NOW". haha, our wedding isn't for another 15 months, but I had to take my ring in for a good scrub down and decided to take a look around.
Our rings are at the jeweler right now getting resized, but here are the pretty much the replicas of our rings. We both want just a simple band and I didn't want a curved band to hug my e-ring because if I didn't want to wear the e-ring, I think the curved band will look odd by itself. I'm so happy that we got this out of the way...it's one less item to stress about :) And we got such a great deal!!! Both bands for around $600. I've checked around and even on JamesAllen.com (where FH purchased my center stone) the price is higher...and JamesAllen always has great quality and great prices! That's why I love the diamond district in LA so much, you just can't beat the prices the diamond district can offer. If any of you brides are looking for a great deal and great quality diamonds, head to Sam & Sue in LA's diamond district on Hill St. in downtown.
FH & I just might take a surprise trip to Vegas and visit Elvis at the chapel :P haha, we're just joking (kind of)!
Someone put a leash on me...but I love eBay, Michaels, Ross, and Nordstrom Rack!!!
I need to stop...for a little while anyways.
I went on a shopping spree all week and my wedding is still 1yr 3months away! Here's what I bough this week (I don't have pictures of what I bought today at Micheals and Ross):
1) 4 vintage brooches: all around $4-$12. I'm planning on keeping the pink one and giving one to each of my girls, so I still need to buy 5 more
2) Ribbons: 1.5in lavender, 1/16in lavender, 5/8in fuchsia. eBay's ribbons were much cheaper than going to Michaels or even Wal-Mart. I know the Muskatel's (Michaels' outlet in downtown LA) might have it cheaper, but I just couldn't wait. By the time I'm out of work, the area by Muskatel already has transients walking around..and I don't have time on the weekends, so ehhhh eBay will do.
3) Swarovski Crystal Rhinestones: 720 Fuchsia and 1440 Light Amethyst. I saw these on artbeads.com, but decided to give it a shot on eBay first and guess what, I saved about $40! I'm planning on using these for my invitations, programs, place cards, card box, and cake monogram initial.
4) Lavender Nylon Butterflies: haha, I was on a roll and decided to buy these from one of the sellers I bought the ribbons from. I'll probably use them for the centerpieces.
FH was awesome and gave me his bank card today and told me I could purchase some wedding stuff. I think he was expecting me to spend over $100, BUT nope I was good...I bought a bunch of stuff for under $30.
Small wooden letters to spell out c a r d s for my cardbox. $1.49 for each letter.
Apothecary Jar: about 12wx18h for ONLY $10
I'm going to stop by Ross more often. I went by about two weeks ago and picked up another apothecary jar about 10wx20h for ONLY $8.
Black Iron Photo Rack $4 - you know that rack where you place your giant engagement picture on? Yes, that thing.
All right gals, I just wanted to share my conquest with you.
I'm going to start working on trial invites and place cards this weekend, so I'll post more then.
Good Night :D
Why are carnations associated with death?
Why are carnations the main flower used at funerals?
It's sad because I think that's why people don't like carnations...maybe that or because it's cheap and common.
I, on the other hand, have really grown to love carnations. They have the fluffy look that I'm going for at my wedding. Here are some pictures that have inspired me. The vintage crown brooch is so adorable that I'm going to have it pinned to the stem of my bouquet. I want to purchase a different brooch for my hair piece and I need to shop on ebay until I can find a brooch for each bridesmaid...I'm planning on having my bridesmaids carry white or hot pink carnation pomanders and pin a brooch into each one. Maybe I'll add a few purple orchids into them.
For the ceremony, I'm going to have 4 carnation pomanders on each side of the pews (maybe all hot pink or maybe alternate between hot pink and purple...what do you think?).
At the reception... for the guestbook table and buffet tables, I'm using manzanita trees and I'll have the bridesmaids hang the ceremony and their bridesmaid pomanders on the trees...two birds with one stone right?
For the guest tables, I'll probably make a centerpiece like the one with the candlestick base you see in picture 10..some in all white and hot pink carnations with lavender roses...we'll see...I was reading Eddie Ross' blog http://www.eddieross.com/eddie_ross/2009/01/beauty-in-numbers.html and found these candlesticks from Jamali Gardens for only $8 when you buy in bulk http://www.jamaligarden.com/apps/catalog/product.asp?pID=22215.
I'm going with fresh flowers from the downtown flower market so at about .50cents a stem, I think the price may not be too bad. I hope I'm not in over my head here... hehehe
Here's an instruction I found on making carnation topiaries...seems fairly simple.
Step 1: You will need
* A damp round ball of floristry foam measuring 20cm in diameter
* 50 carnations
* a ruler.
Step 2: Types of flower
Today we are using carnations but you can use any full bloomed flower.
Step 3: Cut Stems
Cut the stems with your scissors at 3cm. Always cut stems on an angle, to enable maximum water absorption.
Step 4: Arrange Flowers
Starting from the top, push the stem of your first flower into the oasis, ensuring it sinks all the way into the foam base. Continue in a straight line until the ball is ringed with flowers. Then make a line halfway around and fill in the quarters. Ensure the flowers are evenly placed with no gaps.
Step 5: Display
Gently place your ball of carnations in the middle of your table. This should make the perfect decoration for a table.
DIY Feather Boutinieres
So, yesterday...I finally went to the mechanic. My brakes have been going bald since probably February and I've never been able to find time to get them changed or I was unemployed and couldn't pay for them. Well, to my surprise, Pep Boys is right next to Michaels and while I was waiting for my car, I decided to browse around Michaels...(I didn't have coupons on me :( )
Anyways, I've been planning on making feather bouquets and feather boutinieeres so I decided to buy some material and take a shot at it. I'm very happy with the fun ribbon I chose, but I'm going to buy some colorful and fluffier feather to spice them up. Take a lot at the pictures...not too bad for my first shot, but I still need more practice :)
What Flowers are in season during November?
I do love anoemes and I think they do grow in the fall, but a lot of flowers that I'm finding during that season is brown, yellow, and very neutral colors. Any of you girls know what other flowers are in season around 11/20th? I'm looking for pink or purple flowers.