I wanted to show some of the details that Tall Guy and I put together for our day. We really were a DIY couple during the nine months we were planning the wedding.
Our colors were navy, gray with accents of apple green and peacock feathers.
First up, our centerpieces. My mom, sisters and I knocked these out one afternoon after a few months of me trying to decide what I wanted to do. Since we were getting married in November and I didn't want to pay for a lot of flowers, I decided to do a branch based centerpiece that ended up only costing about $6 each!
We also made three centerpieces for our ceremony location that were a bit larger. I used split peas in the base to tie in our apple green accent color.
I also made all of the boutonnieres for the guys, our dads and grandpas along with the wrist corsages for our moms and grandmas.
Our invitations were also done completely by us. I designed them in InDesign, we printed them at home, embossed the peacock feather and made the wrap around labels. Invitations weren't really that important to me as long as they had the info everyone needed to get to the wedding so we saved a lot of money by going this route!
Front of envelope (all the paper was from Paper Source)
Back of envelope
Invite (the bright green is the belly band that held together the invite and RSVP card)
The RSVP card
Again, we kept these really simple and clean to save time and money. I was really happy with out it all turned out in the end! We also had people RSVP via email (minus a few old school family members), so we didn't have to pay for the extra stamps either!
The biggest labor of love that we created were our favors. After going back and forth about what we wanted to do, we decided to make coasters with our colors on them and a little sticker with our names and wedding date in the corner. While they turned out wonderfully and were really cheap (less than $1 per pair), they were a ton of work! We made 450 coasters! But, I still get comments from people on how they use them all the time and how nice they turned out. We still have about 80 left over so our coasters are making an appearance all over our new house :) Tall Guy was a huge help on this project!
They also served as the escort cards and meal indicators for the wait staff.
I also designed and printed some simple programs for the ceremony, even though at first I thought they were unnecessary. But once we decided that we weren't going to do a grand entrance with all of our bridal party into the reception, I figured it would be helpful for the guests to know who was who in the bridal party. It also gave us a chance to recognize those that couldn't be with us that day or who left us too early. I also created the little monogram that we used on a few of our items.
We had quite a few signs that I worked up as well to make it easier for people to know what to do. I like to make things as simple as possible for people to figure out!
For the kids at the wedding, I made little bags for each one with a few pieces of candy, some glow bracelets, temporary tattoos and a few other small things. I also put out some coloring books, crayons, stickers, pipe cleaners and some little games on the tables to keep them entertained. I think they were a hit!
As part of my bridesmaid gifts, I gave each girl a personalized hanger. Tall Guy did most of the work because my attempt at bending the wire into letters was pretty pathetic. I had to blur my sister's names, so they look weird here, but they turned out great in person! Tall Guy also made me one and I got some photos with my dress hanging on it.
And, as a final farewell to the wedding posts, here is one of my favorite photo booth pictures of the night!
Yay for marriage!