Weddings

Crafty Wedding Favors

Mike and I were racking our brains trying to come up with party favors for our wedding guests. I didn’t want to waste money on a little tchotchke that everyone would throw out, but I also didn’t want to break the bank on a more significant gift. While I love the idea of making a donation to charity in honor of my guests, I also wanted to give my guests something sentimental that they can hold onto.

At four in the morning I woke up with this idea:

Name cards that were actually books which included lyrics from our first song, the recipes for the cookies we served, and pictures of us.

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Mike said I was crazy and that it would take too much time. He was right, but it was totally worth it. I loved making this books, and I love seeing them in my friend’s bookcases when I visit their homes 🙂 Mission accomplished!

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There were really simple to make but super tedious. I suggest enlisting a team of friends to help you. First I printed, cut and hole punched each of the booklets.

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I used thicker mason board for the covers. You can get this at most craft or office supply store. I used block stamps to mark everyone’s name on each cover. I kind of liked all the little imperfections.

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Then I just used twine to tie them all together. I originally wanted to Japanese Bind the books, but that would have taken way too much time and sanity.2013-02-20 20.02.36Marla was a huge help to me.

2013-02-07 14.01.13The whole project ended up costing about $3.50 a person (including ink, paper, and a special paper-cutter).

Lessons from planning a wedding

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I’ve been so busy wedding planning that I’ve little time for anything else (hence the 13 day hiatus from blogging). Until recently I’ve been really relaxed about the whole idea of the wedding, but now that it’s less than 2 months away it’s starting to get overwhelming. Things that would never have mattered to me before, like how many red wine options should our guests have, end up taking us a day of debating to decide upon. In the back of my head I know that it really doesn’t matter, and that when everything’s over and done I won’t care how many wine options there are, but in the moment of decision making everything seems so crucial.

Here’s one lesson that I’ve learned so far: Let someone else do the work!

One of the side effects of having an art background is that I think I can make anything. I really wanted to do all the floral arrangements for the wedding and make all the party gifts, create the playlists and decorate everything, but at the end of the day I had to accept that spending a little extra money to have someone else do it was far better for my sanity. It was so hard for me to hire a florist because I know I can make beautiful bouquets for a tenth of the price, but as soon as I hired someone I felt a huge relief that I would have one less thing to do. That relief was worth ten times the price 🙂

As Roy Disney said, “It’s not hard to make decisions when you know what your values are.” I want to enjoy my big day and have fun with all my friends and family, not be busy making everything perfect. This is something I tell myself on a daily basis and it helps me with all the decisions.

Please leave a comment with any other lessons you’ve learned from your wedding (or your friend’s weddings).