- 6 years ago
- Wedding: May 2012
So my day came and went and it was wonderful, but not before I spent countless hours of diy-ing. All photos were taken by Your Life Photography unless otherwise stated.
First, my programs, which I took inspiration from a fellow bee. Mrs. Lollipop I believe. It was a tabloid size paper, folded. Then I got bored one day and added the ribbon and little seal thing using and vellum and slit hole punch. The front has a picture of Mr. Hippos and I and the story of ‘us’
Then you open it up and it has the break down of our wedding party and how they know either of us. (non-pro picture)
Open it all the way up, and you get a breakdown of the day! On the left side is the order of the ceremony and on the right is the break down of the reception and other bits of information. Like yes, I did have an unplugged ceremony and requested that no photos be taken during the ceremony. (Non-pro picture)
Finally folded up and on the back is our Thank You to close friends that helped us with the wedding and for everyone for their love and support. (Non-pro picture)
Next up: Center pieces! I also took this idea from a fellow bee and made it my own. Though I’m sorry I can’t remember which bee. These centerpieces were so cheap to make! I borrowed the vases from a former bride with the promise to return them. Bought 3 bags of the glass marbles for $2 each (thank you coupons and sales!), I literally picked up sticks and broke them for free, onion grass that twirled like ribbon, bought some preserved orchids from Save On Crafts for $14, and moss for $2, total cost was $22. I only made 8 centerpieces, but could’ve made so MUCH more, but for 8 centerpieces they cost $2.75 a piece! I’d also like to note that I made taller centerpieces to go along with these short ones (but didnt really get a good picture) I basically just collected sticks and added the left over orchids, added a few beads hanging from the sticks and stuck them in an effiel tower vase.
I also made my table numbers! I loved the idea of each table number have a picture of Mr. Hippos at that age, and me at that age. I also took it a step farther and put our favorite color, our favorite past time, our dislikes, and our short-term goal at that time. I used this great glitter (my favorite color) card stock…it was great because it didn’t “shed” if you get my drift.
(picture below is non-pro picture)
Here is a picture of how the centerpieces and table numbers came together.
This next one is a double wammy. Mr. Hippos actually made the arbor for us to get married under and engraved our names in it, which was a suprise for me! I didn’t see the engraving until our wedding day! The part that I actually made was the back drop, which is hard to see in the picture. But I took silk hydrandea petals and strung the on invisible string along with a few crystal beads so they could catch the light. It turned out beautiful!
I really didn’t want to spend the money on toasting flutes that had our initals or hearts or anything like that. It just didn’t seem like something that important for me. So I went to Micheal’s (I kept them in buisness for the last year I do believe lol) and grabbed some glass etching cream. I then got some contact paper, and sliced out a picture of two pieces of bread and a toaster….get it?! So after buying some cheap toasting flutes I ‘etched’ a picture of two pieces of bread on one and a picture of a toaster on the other. It was hard to capture exactly what I did. But here’s a picture anyway!
I made our unity candle by desiging it in photoshop and then printing it out on vellum. I wrapped it around a cheap pillar candle that I got from Wal-mart for $4, added a litte ribbon with a hot glue gun and viola! Unity candle!
I had the benefit of having a small wedding, but since none of our families knew eachother (they literally met for the first time on our wedding day) I felt that a seating chart was needed. So it wouldn’t be so segregated. So I bought this picture frame from target for $15 and printed out the seating arrangements on veullum and used the same glitter card stock that I used on our table numbers as background. I loved how it turned out. I propped the frame on a little metal easel that I got from an art store ($7) and added some orchids (their names are Neville and Luna…oh yes I went there).
Next is my labor of love that I was tempted to abandon, but really wanted to to do it so I kept working at it and I’m so glad I did! Instead of having a slide show or a poster, I made this photo collage thingy. I collected pictures of both Mr. Hippos and I growing up and it was fun to see how different and similar we were. It was fun to see us grow up.The breakdown of this project consisted of two shepard hooks, small chain, little clips with hooks, shower curtain rings, and two cheap curtain rods.
And finally (are you still with me? Awesome if you are!) we have my card box and sign! I SO wish I could take credit for this box, but alas I can’t. A good family friend wanted to give it a try so she made this for me! A few hat boxes ribbon, silk flowers, and a ton of glitter later (again, my favorite color) we got this beautiful card box! I made a graphic in Photoshop and printed it out on vellum. I then cut it out and put it on the same glitter card stock that I used for out table numbers.
So thats all my DIY that I can think of! Hope everyone enjoyed them! And if you have any questions, please just ask away!