I would never do this…… or would I…. :P

I ran across this wedding and (most of it) is quite beautiful and I wouldn’t do it all… but I might use it to hide a couple of easter eggs in my wedding 🙂 if my fiancee would approve (hopefully if he loves me he would :P)

If I graduate to a cleaner look, I would take a leaf out of the decorations, and the grooms tux. It’s fun to see something so nerdy and yet classy and beautiful at the same time. 🙂

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Flowers

I would love to have a few of these beauties stuffed in either an arrangement or a bouquet or somethin because they are so darn cool. Instead of the storybook I think I would use a hymn page…. although a storybook could be fun too I must admit. 🙂

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Here are the instructions website and a few written just in case the site goes away before I get married.

Craft Supplies:
Paper
Grosgrain Ribbon, ½ Width cut to 4 inch lengths
16 Gauge Wire cut to 15 inch lengths
Glue Gun
Glue Sticks (low temp)
Scissors
Wire Cutters

Step 1: Gather materials. If you are using vintage books or sheet music as your paper source make sure it is still flexible enough to curl with your fingers. The wire can be found at the hardware store, and is sometimes called “black wire” or “annealed coil wire.” Be sure you are using low temp hot glue because you’ll be able to feel it right through the paper petals as you work.

Step 2: Cutting. You will need to stockpile at least 5 different sizes of petals ranging from about ¾ inch wide to 3 inches wide. I cut freehand, and avoid templates, so that each petal is a unique and organic shape. Think of the shapes as little church windows or arches. Some can be pointy, and some can be rounded. For each flower you will need at least 4 of each size. Make more than you need.

Step 3: Shaping. I really feel that this is the most important step to create natural and soft looking flowers. Roll the edges of each petal, and pinch the base slightly. Each one can be done a little differently to give the petals character and roundness. I shape all of my petals before I even begin gluing anything.

Step 4: Rolling the center. You need to cut out one more shape for each flower, and this is for the coiled center of the rose. This shape should be about 2 ½ inches long with a rounded tip. Roll it up into a tube to create its shape. Unroll it and run a bead of hot glue along the inside and re-roll it around the end of your wire. Another dot of glue will hold it in place.

Step 5: Attaching petals. Begin with your smallest petals. Use a single dot of glue, about ¼ inch from the bottom of the petal to attach it to the stem. Your next petal should overlap the first. Continue adding small petals, rotating the stem as you go, always slightly overlapping the last petal you attached. This is where your artistry will come in as you continue to rotate and build. As you begin adding larger petals pinch the bases, as they are much wider. By pinching at the bases you will be rounding out the rose, and creating space between layers.

Step 6: Finishing. The sepals will be made of ribbon, which will also cover your final seams and create a nice polished look. Each rose needs two – 4 inch lengths of ribbon. Wrap them around the stem and secure to the undersides of the petals. Cut a ‘V’ into each end of the ribbons to finish.

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Reception

I love love love this!!!! I had been really hesitating on staying with an outdoor reception just because I can’t really think of a place that would fit in northern California where I would presumably be getting married. However, I found a reception that I could easily see placed in my area. Definitely have the round tables probably, have long tables for the buffet and most definitely have heaters around since I would really love to have my wedding during the fall.

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I I found this table for the Bride and Groom, I love the canopy and chandelier in order to designate the special table. Use the touches of autumn leaves, off white flowers and the centerpieces.

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The Centerpieces

The all important centerpieces!!!! I’ve finally found them and these are quite beautiful. All we need to do is to add a few touches of blue and then we’ve got the whole thing.

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Add: so this is still a wonderful idea but I’m seeing that this is one of those things that i can cut down to save money. Maybe an alteration of this in order to cut down on cost

 

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I really like this centerpiece! It’s a beautifully simple representation of the ideas that are important in my wedding. I don’t know if I would want this as the individual table centerpiece or on the food buffet table.

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This is fun and I’m thinking that this sign could hang on the wedding cake table or over the platform in the reception area. Regardless it’s cute, easy to make (cheap frame from Michaels and print off my own pictures for like 10 cents each). Then I can use it in our first home and it’s super cute… in fact I’m thinking about making one for my parents’ anniversary this year 🙂

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I SPY fun and games :)

Found this beauty and immediately fell in love with the idea. Let’s just say that the guests to my wedding are not going to be bored. For each table, there can be either one or two disposable cameras and have an I SPY game going. There are several parts to this craft as well. First, I could purchase some cute wedding disposable cameras from a wedding favor site for around $4-5:

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or I could just buy cheapo cameras and cover them myself with this template and these instructions

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1) Resize the template so that it measures 7 1/4″ wide by 7 1/8″ high. Lighten the color of the template if it is too dark.

2) Add your text, clipart, or photos to the white areas of the template. (The shaded areas will be cut out.)

3) Print a test page on plain paper. Cut it out around the outline, use your craft knife to cut out the six shaded areas and fold on the fold and tab lines.

4) Remove the cardboard cover from your camera and replace it with your test “skin”. If it fits well, go ahead and print it out on the paper of your choice.

5) Using glue or a glue stick, apply glue to the tabs and attach the skin to the camera.

If you prefer to fill the entire area of the skin with a design, it’s not hard to do, but since the template is not transparent in the interior, it will require two steps.

6) First make sure that the template is centered on your page. Then place a rectangle over it and make certain that it extends beyond all the edges of the template beneath it. Fill this rectangle with the color or pattern of your choice (like we did with our “kissy lips” camera skin!) and center it on the page. You should not see the template beneath it.

7) Print the filled rectangle on a sheet of test paper.

8) Go back to your project and remove the rectangle by cutting (Ctrl-X) – not deleting. This will enable you to paste (Ctrl-V) the rectangle back in place if you need to without having to recreate it.

9) Now you should see only the template on your page. Flip the template horizontally, as you would for a t-shirt transfer. Put the paper with the printed rectangle back into the printer to print on the opposite (blank) side.

10) Print the template on the blank side. Cut it out and proceed as above in step 4.

Then I would need to leave these small instructions on the table in a fun and artsy way with a note from the bride and groom:

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Then finally we would leave a note that made sure the guests knew they should leave the cameras so that we could upload the pictures. Of course we should probably have a place for them to put the cameras (then they can take pictures of our getaway and not worry about putting the cameras back on the table). Oooo this particular drop off is a little tacky but we can spruce that up 🙂

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Then we would leave a business card with the webpage address so that they could see the pictures that they took and also upload any other pictures that they love. Hmmmmm maybe even have the bride and groom vote for the best table’s I SPY results and post on the web page.

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Lots of fun things!!!!

Alright so I’m really excited about this one because it’s a combination of two things that I saw that are going to be brilliant. The first idea that I came across was the table numbers. In this person’s idea, the guest would sit at any table they’d like but the tables do have numbers. Then the guest would write a note to the new couple that they would open up on their anniversary. The notes from that table would be opened up on the corresponding number anniversary i.e. table 12’s notes would be opened on their twelfth anniversary. So provide the stationary and cute pens (oh is this a wedding favor idea coming on????…… clearly a future blog to come) and then…….. my corresponding idea!!!!!!!!!

Lots of fun things!!!!

Alright so I saw this picture and it was great!!!!!! Message in a bottle has always held a certain place in my heart (in previous years when friends went away I would give them a “friend in a bottle” messages from their friends so when they are down they get an instant friend) So I can gather cool wine bottles and decorate them and then the guests put their messages into the bottle at their table! Oh and now I have another idea!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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ok so initially I was thinking that in order to get the messages we would probably have to break open the bottle which I could use the shard to make a cool stepping stone which could be a great idea but another idea hit me. I recently saw a technique of how to cut the tops off of the bottles. So instead we could cut the tops off the bottles and turn them into cute vases for around the house.

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basic instruction just in case the link gets deleted:

1. make one cut with a wine glass cutter (http://www.amazon.com/Generation-Green-g2-Bottle-Cutter/dp/B007H1HQW0/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1342892552&sr=8-2&keywords=wine+bottle+cutter)

2. slowly pour boiling water on the cut

3. then slowly pour cold water on the cut

4. continue to alternate the temperature water until the top falls off