The Final Countdown

I’m still waiting on pictures, hive. It’s only been a matter of days since the wedding, and I know what a long, tedious process it is to edit pictures, so I’m trying my hardest to be patient; it’s proving to be more difficult than I thought. It’s taking all my self-control NOT to harass the bejesus out of my photographer. I feel like the little kid in the backseat of a car on a family road trip: “Are we there yet? How about now? When will we get there? Are we there yet?”

Except that in my case it’s more like, “Are they edited yet? How about now? When will we get pictures? Are they edited yet?”

I guess I could try to keep my mind off the pictures entirely and tell you all about The Final Countdown.

I was eerily calm before the wedding”¦until I looked at a calendar and realized that it was a mere FIVE DAYS AWAY. That’s when I started freakin’ out just a little bit.

I felt like I still had soooo many last-minute loose ends to tie up. The seating chart, for example, was a complete disaster, I still hadn’t finished the stupid yarn letters I’d started ages ago, and I started gluing programs like a madwoman. I’m pretty sure I killed my fair share of brain cells with all the fumes from the spray adhesive. Maybe I should have used it in a well-ventilated area, like the can suggested. Hmmm.


Personal photo / POTENT stuff, hive!

Originally, I wanted to create my version of the ever-popular paddle-fan program.

Together, Mr. Unicorn and I designed our pretty, pretty programs in Adobe Illustrator.


Personal photo

After printing those suckers out, I folded them in half and started gluing them to our popsicle-stick things. I was a little disappointed in how the first one came out, to be honest. I used spray adhesive to keep the program together and tacky glue to keep the program attached to the stick. Unfortunately, the tacky glue caused a weird rippling effect in the card stock.

Rather than stress myself out to find a solution to the paddle-fan dilemma, I decided that I would simply make my paddle-fan programs without a paddle. Because, hive, I just didn’t care anymore.

I’m not the only one that was busy with last-minute crafts.

My wonderful FMIL was sweet enough to help me out. She made all the bouquets for my bridesmaids and me”¦OUT OF COFFEE FILTERS. I shit thee not.


Why, yes, I DO have the best MIL in the world. / Personal photo

She also made us a super cute (and SUPER HUGE) burlap bunting that reads, “Mazel Tov, Y’all!” I wish I had taken a picture of it, but I forgot. You’ll just have to wait for the pro pics, hive.

I’ll be honest with ya. I crafted right up to the last second. The night before the wedding, I was frantically handwriting guests’ names on seating cards. Not that it mattered, because my seating chart turned out to be completely irrelevant. More on that little fiasco later, though.

How did you feel in the days leading up to your wedding, hive? Were you totally zen? Or did you have a lot of loose ends driving you crazy?


Mrs. Unicorn

Atlanta, Georgia
Wedding Date:
September 2012
Licensed to Wed
A Three-Year-Anniversary Present

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  1. msfox Member
    msfox 1635 posts, Bumble bee @ 2:52 pm

    I cannot BELIEVE those are coffee filters! They look stunning!!

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    dweebykat 1 posts, Wannabee @ 4:45 pm

    Wow on the flowers. Do you have a tutorial for that?

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    mspony 9265 posts, Buzzing Beekeeper @ 4:55 pm

    Wow, those are coffee filters?! They look amazing! I can’t wait to see how your crafty details came together at your wedding :)

  4. coyote Member
    coyote 1963 posts, Buzzing bee @ 6:40 pm

    Holy hat.. Add me to the list. I cannot believe those are coffee filters. Wow!!

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    cauldron 99 posts, Worker bee @ 6:55 pm

    Seriously, coffee filters? That is a level of amazing crafty-ness that I clearly do not have!

    And I totally hear you on the crazy days leading up to the wedding. I posted my own “final countdown” blog post this weekend, as a matter of fact, and am in the thick of that insanity right now!

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    ChicagoDreamer 509 posts, Busy bee @ 8:47 pm

    They look so incredibly real! I’m impressed!

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    funnelcake 1171 posts, Bumble bee @ 5:21 am

    I was definitely staying up really late every night before the wedding… especially once I got to Columbus! The final countdown was soooo playing in my head the night before the wedding when my petticoat was all messed up. I was maybe singing along to it too….

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    mzjynxie 783 posts, Busy bee @ 7:30 am

    ee gasp! coffee filters? they look great!

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    blonde17jess 1290 posts, Bumble bee @ 7:47 am

    Those flowers are amazing! They look like real flowers! I can’t wait to see pics of the burlap bunting too. :)

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    jacofblues 1468 posts, Bumble bee @ 3:14 pm

    Awww wow those flowers are freaking amazing! I cannot wait to see your recaps! SO exciting!

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    dancindiva 130 posts, Blushing bee @ 10:13 am

    Blown. Away. At coffee filters. WOW!

  12. msunicorn Member
    msunicorn 149 posts, Blushing bee @ 12:23 pm

    Yep. The coffee filter rose tutorial was on Martha Stewart’s website. I don’t have the link anymore, but if you search for “coffee filter,” it should turn up. I found these to be incredibly difficult, but my mother in law cranked ’em out like it was nothing. Good luck to anyone who attempts this project!

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    msfairy 976 posts, Busy bee @ 1:32 pm

    OMG those flowers look so pretty and amazing! And so real :)

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    dazzledbyEddy 226 posts, Helper bee @ 1:56 pm

    Wow so impressed about the coffee filter flowers. I crafted ’til the last second as well, but in my case it was our cake. It was 2 am when I was finally done with it. And speaking about the pictures, I think we had the same photographer. We got our pictures last Saturday, in my case it was two weeks after the wedding which I thought it was super fast (this maybe due two the fact that our honeymoon was 8 days long, so I didn’t really feel the first week).
    We met with him and somehow Wedding Bee came up, and somehow all the nicknames bees get came up and he said “wait I think I shot their wedding the week prior to yours” …crazy right?! 😉

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    msunicorn 149 posts, Blushing bee @ 8:20 pm

    @dazzledbyEddy: It’s a small world after all! Isn’t Chris fabulous? He did such a great job of listening to what I wanted, and he got our pictures to us so fast!! I just haven’t had a chance to write about it because the hubs and I work for a cell phone company, and the iPhone 5 release has kept us incredibly busy. I feel like I’ve been gone FOREVER. Anywho, I’ll have a whole post about Chris and how awesome he is sometime this week. I’ll be starting the re-caps tomorrow! Are your pics up on his website, btw?

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