And on the tables and on the floor and anywhere else I can think to put them!
Like I said, after our planning meeting I felt way more confident about proceeding with our DIY decoration list (that is rather long and involved, I must say). Since most of my centerpiece and decoration ideas involve wine bottles, I first needed to sit down and figure out just how many we were going to need to get everything done.
Grand total: 74 bottles.
After I tallied everything up it occurred to me that there will be more wine bottles than guests at this wedding. And that’s not counting the ones we’ll be bringing to serve during the reception. For whatever reason this fact still makes me giggle. Perhaps these wedding plans have me a bit punch drunk?!
Now, I’d been stockpiling empty wine bottles for a while and they were hanging out in my home studio for years (making a few moves with me and everything), but even I wasn’t sure if I had enough saved up or if we’d need to get to the boozing PDQ! Never fear, I had plenty of all sizes, shapes, and colors; the only thing they needed before we could start to cut (about 25 of them are going to be used in parts) and decorate them was to get all those labels off!
A smarter Road Trip would have been removing labels as each bottle was emptied, but I kept putting this task off thinking that I wanted to save all of them for craft projects. Save, schmave, it was time to clear these bottles and we were going to get them all done in one fell swoop!
Step 1: Commandeer a couple of extra-deep storage totes from the garage and bring them out to the back deck. A bit of regular dish-washing liquid in the bottom, and then I loaded in as many bottles as would stand up comfortably in the space.
A few people have inquired about the envelope liners I added to my save the dates, so I figured I’d dive in with my first DIY tutorial!
Envelope liners certainly add a lot of character and flair to an otherwise plain Jane envelope, but boy can they be tricky if not done correctly! In my case, I sent out 92 save the dates, which means cutting around 100 envelope liners. I deemed this project totally worth it, as my kraft envelopes were seriously lacking in the style department.
First, I had to figure out what kind of paper I wanted to use. While thicker, richer paper would give the STDs a truly luxe look, the idea of adding weight (and therefore postage) to the piece did not appeal to me. In addition, I avoided thicker paper to be able to eliminate the step of scoring the paper—my bone folder and I don’t always get along. I also ixnay-ed metallic paper, as it may crack at the seam and look messy once opened. Once I was able to gather my criteria, I decided that wrapping paper would be the perfect paper. It was cheap, available in endless colors and patterns, and readily available at almost every store. (TIP: Try to get a paper that has the cutting grid on the back of the paper—it will help you to line up the template and count out your liners a lot easier. This also helps if you are using a geometric pattern that you need to cut at a perfect right angle!)
This 22.5 square-foot roll gave me at least 100 liners to fit an A2 sized envelope. / Personal photo
If you ever dared to order invitation samples (swoon), or even placed a full-blown invite order (jealous) with Wedding Paper Divas, you know that, once they have your email address, they often send sale emails advertising discounts on their various products. One such email led me to begin to explore thank you card options, since I knew I would be needing a few of those come October.
I’m a simple girl. I was immediately drawn to the simplistic options, thinking these types of cards would easily be usable after the wedding. Here were some of the ones I bookmarked:
Good afternoon, hive! We’ve got another great post for you today from guest contributor Lovelyish! We’re so in love with their ideas, advice, and how-tos on bridal fashion, beauty, and trends. Check out contributing editor Annie’s take on pre-wedding bridal beauty below!
Wedding season is well upon us and I have been one buuuuusy, busy, busy makeup artist, working hard to beautify brides. Bridal beauty, although typically soft, light, and romantic, couldn’t be further from your everyday beauty routine. Bridal beauty takes a great deal of forethought and lasting power, and I highly recommend leaning on a pro to help you feel like your most gorgeous self on your big day.
After several years of making up many a New York bride, I’m beginning to feel like quite the pro on the topic of wedding beauty. Check out some of my top bridal beauty tips!
I think they are so beautiful, feminine and the essence of “bridal” without being a veil.
Initially, I had no intentions to wear a veil, but as moms do, Mama Camera insisted. I guess she’s right—when else would I ever wear a veil? More on the veil later, but the first thing I said after I agreed to wear it was that it was coming off as soon as pictures were over and I would be wearing a flower hair piece or some other sort of fascinator in its place during the reception.
Mama Camera was not so fond of Princess Beatrice’s fascinator, and I’m positive that’s what she thought I meant:
I’m a scrapbooker from way back, but I haven’t been keeping up like I used to or taking many photos that don’t correspond to a blog post. To commemorate this last year before the wedding (and remind me to take pictures of the fun stuff), I’ve been putting together a layout per week for our “Wedding Year” scrapbook. Now, working full time, planning a wedding, and blogging about it are enough to keep me plenty busy—adding in scrapbooking might seem like adding more work rather than some much needed relaxation.
For me, it all comes down to three things:
The Digital Approach
While I do absolutely love paper and creating with it, physical scrapbooking was becoming less and less convenient with all of my photos being digital for the last several years. That love of paper that had me scoffing at digital scrapbooking 10 years ago has since enthusiastically embraced the digital approach for both the ease of integrating my digital images and also the fact that once a digital paper or embellishment is purchased, it doesn’t get “used up.” As someone who has more than once hoarded those last few sheets of a favorite paper, this is quite freeing.
And you can always print your pages out yourself or upload them to a photo-book site and end up with very professional looking albums.
Just about any photo software that will handle layers can be used for digital scrapbooking, and there are some programs out there specifically for it. I learned on Photoshop Elements (PSE) 3, “back in the day” with tutorials from ScrapGirls. While I’ve upgraded to full-on Photoshop for other projects, I still use PSE (version 9, now) for scrapping for the simpler interface.
Back when I attended a monthly knitting group I first encountered the term “scumble.” It’s just such a fun word, and while it has a very definite meaning in fine art painting, for textile work it usually means free-form or patternless work. So even though we’ve got a bit of structure in our base and for our finished project, I like to think of this beading technique as rather scumble-y since we’re not using a repeating pattern.
Lots of little pieces, but not a big hit to the budget
Last fall I decided I was going to hand address all of our save the dates and invitations. I’m not entirely certainly sure why, but it likely had something to do with an article I read by Martha Stewart that said that you might as well tell your guests you hate them if you don’t write your addresses by hand. OK, that’s not actually what it said but I definitely read it to mean that. (Am I the only one who thinks that Martha would totally be blunt like that if you peeled away all of her shiny, well-crafted veneer?)
So I started playing with calligraphy and quickly realized that wasn’t going to work. Then I just tried my regular old cursive, and that was OK but not great. After that I gave up for a while and kept looking for inspiration.
I loved it so much that when Miss Panda posted about being uncertain about going with calligraphy or something else, I fully encouraged her to give the fake calligraphy a shot. She wasn’t sure how nice it would look, so I made her a tutorial to prove how easy it would be.
Now I’m going to prove it to you all, too.
Step one: Write the address in fancy cursive. (Note: that’s the first zip code that popped up for Boston, not Miss Panda’s zip code.)
Recently I completely finished gathering everything we will need for our guestbook. This was another great thing to cross off the list before we get too close to the wedding. There are so many unique and fun options for guestbooks these days; not many people still opt for the traditional book of signatures anymore. Something I’ve always wanted to do was the the photo guestbook. I love photography and I have scrapbooks and photo albums jam-packed with photographs. I was sort of the record-keeper as a kid—I took and kept most of the photos and films of my friends as we were growing up. Therefore, the photo guestbook seemed like a natural choice for us—plus something Mr. C and I will enjoying flipping through for years to come!
Mr. C gave me a Fujifilm Instax MINI instant film camera for Christmas a few years ago. Granted, I don’t use it very often (the film is rather expensive), but as soon as we got engaged I knew that it would come in handy! The idea is to have each couple or group of guests photographed. The instantly developed film will then be added to our guestbook with a personal message. We plan to have an attendant stationed at the table for a while in order to assist guests in taking photos. There is also a cool little fisheye mirror at the front of the camera, which will allow guests to take selfie photos as well, in case the attendant has left for the evening.