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my DIY wedding: homemade invitations

Thursday, May 13th, 2010

My favorite wedding projects (so far) have been the Mason Jar centerpieces (because I had so much fun working on them with my girlfriends), the dress (I bought it from a friend for $100 and Eric’s mom is altering it to fit me…kind of like a custom made dress…ooh la la!!), and the music (we have some surprises in store for our guests. I can’t wait for the big reveal!)

All of our DIY efforts are really having an affect on the bottom line and the more we save, the more we decide to do ourselves.

Which brings me to our most recent endeavor…the wedding invitations. We chose to send out our save-the-dates electronically, both to save money and to save trees. We knew we wanted actual printed invitations, but felt the need to be as eco-friendly as possible since we’d be printing so many. After pricing some recycled paper options online and seeing how expensive they were going to be, we decided to try to make them ourselves.

We took a little trip to our local art supply store and totally scored! We found amazing paper from Khadi (www.khadi.com) made entirely out of cotton rags and envelopes made out of recycled butcher paper.

Eric put his design skills to use and created the most beautiful invitations. They are simple, classic and fit perfectly with our rustic theme. I absolutely adore them.  And, we were even able to print them on our simple printer at home!

Now, I’m no expert on all the bells and whistles of Photoshop like he is, but I think creating invitations in MS Word could totally be doable. With the amount of money you can save, it’s certainly worth trying!!

my DIY wedding: creativity not meant to be

Friday, May 7th, 2010

Yesterday, I sat down with my ever growing list of art projects for the wedding and decided I needed to get a little perspective.

In other words, I needed to get real.

I have found countless ideas for things I want to make/do/create for this wedding…literally, there are too many to count. I feverishly email them to my girlfriends asking their opinion…“oh my gosh, how adorable is this” and “wouldn’t this be perfect at the rehearsal dinner (and/or) ceremony (and/or) reception?” and “I could totally pull this off, don’t you think?”

At the rate I’m collecting projects for this wedding….I’m going to need two weddings!

So, I sat down and went thru the painful process of letting some ideas go. It wasn’t easy. I decided to share them with everyone so they can get the ‘oohs’ and ‘ahhs’ they deserve.

Aren’t they each amazing?

thumb print guest book via Project 10K Wedding

"recycled yarn/fabric bouquet" via Yarny Couture on www.ruffledblog.com

"recycled wine bottle hanging vases" via www.100layercake.com

"burlap napkin rings" via www.theletteredcottage.net

"faux porcelain vases from old bottles and cans" via p.s. I Made This

Now, with a (somewhat) shorter list of DIY projects and crafty to-dos, I’m feeling like a have a more realistic vision for the big day….and for the 5 months leading up to it. And, don’t worry…there are still projects a ‘plenty that I’m working on and I’ll share them all with you!

my DIY wedding: Mason Jar centerpieces

Monday, May 3rd, 2010

An extremely productive weekend, a little help from my beloved friends, and I am happy to say that all of the centerpieces for the wedding reception have been made. Whew!

I’ve been collecting Mason Jars for a few months. We wrapped them in burlap, secured them with organic cotton ribbon, tied a little bow and voila! Instant centerpieces. They will each hold a mix of assorted white flowers and will add a little bit of rustic charm to the tables.

Another craft project for this wedding is now complete…and only about a dozen more to go!

Here are some photos of the finished products. We LOVED them!

my DIY wedding: baby food jar lanterns

Monday, April 26th, 2010

I am fortunate to have some creative and helpful friends. Last week, several of my girls came over and helped me with some wedding projects. I may have been a bit aggressive with all of the DIY projects that I committed to for this wedding, but when I have a project stuck in my head; it’s really hard to let it go, so I was lucky that I was able to enlist the help of my girls. And, all I had to do was provide wine and pizza. Score!

With the help of my very best friend, Amy, and her little man, Jace, I’ve been collecting baby food jars for several months now. Making them into lanterns couldn’t be easier. Simply wrap the lip of the jar with thin wire of different lengths (so they can hang from different parts of the tree) and drop a tea-light candle in each one. Done. It’s a fantastic way to recycle and add some sparkle to your backyard, deck, party, or in my case,  wedding reception!

wedding venue sneak peek

Tuesday, April 6th, 2010

Eric & I took a trip to Lake Rabun this weekend for a day full of wedding to-dos. With both sets of parents in tow, we had an indulgent lunch at the Dillard House, followed up with a wedding cake tasting, and then headed to the venue to do some serious plotting and planning. The first time we saw the King of Rabun Estate, it was a cold and drizzly January day, but we fell in love with the landscape nonetheless. Seeing it over the weekend, in all of spring’s splendor, was an exciting (and reassuring) experience. The landscape was green and lush and just about the most beautiful thing I could have hoped for. We are now even more thrilled to celebrate our union there. I thought I’d share a few sneak peek photos…we’re saving the “great reveal” for October!

my DIY wedding: Ambiance in a can

Saturday, March 20th, 2010

After visiting a few potential wedding venues, Eric & I fell in love with King of Rabun immediately. What we both loved about it was the fact that it was a blank canvas in the form of Mother Nature’s landscape. King of Rabun is a lakeside estate that is somehow both elegant and rustic. With so much natural beauty, we don’t plan on doing much decorating. We’re going to let Mother Nature handle all of the ‘atmosphere’ and we’ll just crank up the mood a little bit by adding some texture. We’ve already started some fun projects that will incorporate burlap, wood, glass, and tin into the character of the scenery.

People easily forget that there are some great places to have a wedding that aren’t too far from home. Although it would be lovely to have a wedding abroad, maybe you saw somewhere on weekend breaks in England, it may not be practical. We are certainly going to prove that you can have a fabulous wedding not too far from home and at a reasonable price.

My mother actually taught me about tin can lanterns. (thanks, mom!) I have used them for pool parties, cabin trips, camping trips, and basically any other occasion when a little added twinkle would be festive. They are ridiculously easy, require little more than what you already have in your toolbox, and (the genius part) they are a fantastic way to recycle old cans!  

We will have these little lanterns on the dock, in the boathouse, and scattered around the landscape for a little bit of rustic sparkle.

rinse cans, remove label, fill with water and freeze

while frozen, to prevent the can from crushing, punch holes

allow the ice to melt

using simple votives, the finished products look like this!

and it was all yellow…

Wednesday, March 3rd, 2010

Yellow was quite an unexpected color scheme for the wedding. Then again, I didn’t really have a color scheme in mind… so when the bridesmaids fell in love with a yellow dress, I thought, “Okay then, yellow, it is!”

And now, I’m having so much fun with the color…I just found adorable yellow shoes to wear with my dress. With their yellow dresses, the ‘maids will wear brown cowboy boots and will have denim jackets in case it gets chilly – so cute!

Since there’s so much natural beauty in the scenery that will surround us, we don’t want to overdue it and compete with Mother Nature, so we’re sticking to simple white flowers; montecasino, white daisies, baby’s breath, and queen anne’s lace. And we want to highlight the rustic landscape, so we’re incorporating a lot of texture with wood, burlap, tin cans and glass jars…more info on those craft projects, soon!

Here are some lovely images that have been feeding my inspiration and helping me stay sunny and warm during this terribly cold winter!

credit: www.snippetandink.blogspot.com

credit: www.daily.wedshare.com

credit: www.projectwedding.com

credit: www.stylemepretty.com

credit: www.bridalinquirer.com

my bridesmaids are such dolls!

Tuesday, February 16th, 2010

Of course, I do mean that literally. It didn’t take much deliberation for me to decide who I wanted to stand by my side on my wedding day. From my big sis, to girls I’ve been blessed to call my friend since high school, college and beyond, to my new sister-in-law, they are each special to me in their own special way. While it didn’t take much thought as to who my bridesmaids would actually be, I did put a lot of consideration into how I would ask each of them. I wanted to do something special, something as unique as they are, and of course, I had to find a way to indulge in crafts in the process.

Here’s what I came up with. I can’t take any credit for the original idea. I found a post on Once Wed and pretty much adopted the concept. Here’s the original post: http://www.oncewed.com/16446/diy-blog/diy/diy-bridesmaids-cards/

I actually started working on them a couple of weeks ago and had carefully cut out 36 tiny green dresses for them to wear…and then I went shopping with a few of my ‘maids and they fell in love with a yellow bridesmaids dress. Fair enough, they’re wearing the dress; they can have whichever color they want! A cold and rainy weekend allowed me the time to finish the project, complete with yellow dresses and personalized hair color!

It took me the better part of an entire day to make these little girls, but judging by the reaction I’m getting as each of my bridesmaids receives them, they were worth every bit of effort.

the venue of our dreams!

Thursday, January 28th, 2010

Over the weekend, Eric & I travelled to Lake Rabun and found the perfect venue for our wedding. We are thrilled to be getting married in the North GA Mountains. So thrilled, in fact, that we moved the date up by about seven months and are now planning an October wedding! (yep, of THIS year!)

Here are some photos of the landscape, it’s a private estate that we’ve rented for the weekend and will serve as the venue for the rehearsal dinner, ceremony and reception. We love that there is so much raw land to work with…and even in the cold, rainy weather it was still beautiful.

Stay tuned to see how we transform this estate into the most gorgeous fall wedding anyone’s ever seen!

I’m officially planning a wedding!

Saturday, January 16th, 2010

Eric & I are getting hitched! Quickly after getting engaged, I became completely obsessed with wedding blogs…there are so many!! My absolute favorite is www.oncewed.com. It is packed with all sorts of loveliness and filled with ideas for planning a do-it-yourself wedding. I found the following inspiration on OnceWed.
(I love love love these images!!)

We’re going for a rustic, backyard, vintage, bar-b-que, DIY kind of thing…I’ll make the invitations, save-the-dates, decorations, and flowers …thank goodness for my Crafty Chicks!

We’re heading to Athens this weekend to check out some venues that our dear friends Hoke & Katie have spotted for us. Fingers crossed we find our perfect spot!