Archive of ‘wedding’ category

emerald coast magazine

I was so excited to see the new issue of Emerald Coast magazine and had been waiting for weeks for it to arrive since I knew our wedding would be featured in it. Boy, was I surprised to flip it open and see my face on the contents page AND one of our photos introducing the story. What a sweet surprise! I have to send a huge thanks and kudos to my friend Zandra for her first issue as editor and to Wendy for writing such a great story. I love this magazine!
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See the whole issue here.

Honeymooning

St. Lucia was fabulous!! It was wonderfully relaxing and romantic. The beach was pretty and the people were all so nice. For the most part, we were just bums, going from the beach to the pool to the bar to eat and to sleep. It was great. The only picture I didn’t get was of my favorite frozen drink while we were there — the Bob Marley! The song “One Love” was like a constant soundtrack everywhere we went. I miss those days already!
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Rodney Bay…
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Before our private dinner…
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Invitation How-To’s

While the wedding and honeymoon are slowly fading to blissful memores, there are still lots of details I haven’t shared. How about the invites for one? They set the tone of the wedding and really are the first impression your friends and family have of the big event. I sent more thought on this than I did on almost anything else. The other choices were no-brainers anyway. Plus, I get really excited about fonts and envelopes and wouldn’t want anyone else to takehe joy of comparing one pocketfold to another in great detail. It’s a little weird, I know. My friend Lauren was so impressed with my handiwork, she asked me to write a little how-to for a local magazine’s wedding edition. Here’s what I did:

Designing your own invitations and printing them on a home computer is one of the easiest ways to save money and keep those big wedding expenses down. Brides can add a more personal touch, incorporating specific colors, styles and textures into the invitations, as well as feel a sense of accomplishment and ownership of the final product. Do-it-yourself girls will love this mini-project which is far from difficult, but if you’re not a DIY bride, you may find that one of your family members or bridesmaids can pitch in to have this done and ready to mail before you know it.

1. Determine what size and style your invitations will be. Options are essentially endless. This style is a pocketfold measuring approximately 6” square when folded. Consider square envelopes require additional postage.
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2. Order large envelopes, RSVP envelopes and pocketfolds. The online store where these were purchased (Bella Kai) is no longer in business, however similar products can be found at textstyledesigns.com/envelopes, redcurrant.com and paper-source.com.

3. Design the main invitation to fit in the middle panel, 5.75” square. To keep with my black and white damask look, I chose to use the print as a border and added a dotted curve for more interest. The script font used is Engaged and the uppercase font is Castellar, which can both be downloaded free. Photoshop or InDesign are both great if you have them, but beginners can get the same result with Microsoft Publisher.

4. Determine the final wording for the invitation. Sites like InvitationConsultants.com can provide specific and appropriate wording, depending on who is inviting or what type of ceremony will take place.
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5. Design corresponding Detail cards. This Detail card (measuring 5.5” x 5.75” includes the reception information and wedding website address for specifics on accommodations, wedding party and registry. (Never include registry information directly on the invitation!)
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6. Design corresponding RSVP cards. Include a space for guests to write in their name and indicate the number of people attending. (If a specific meal choice is required, include it here). The RSVP card must fit inside the RSVP envelope and measures 4” x 5.7”. To avoid confusion if RSVP cards are returned without names, pencil in a number on the back corresponding to your guest list.
7. Label and post RSVP envelopes. Be sure to include the address RSVPs will be sent to and add postage to the envelope. These .64-cent King and Queen of Hearts stamps can be found at shop.usps.com.

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8. Cut out and assemble everything. I highly recommend using a slicing tool (found at any craft store) to ensure clean edges on anything that has to be cut. Glue dots or double sided tape are the fastest way to pin down the corners of the main invite without any mess or dry time.

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9. Neatly fold the invitation, adding a sticker or seal to hold closed. Monograms or corresponding graphic elements are popular. These bargain seals were found at Michael’s.
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10. Insert into large envelope and seal. Glue sticks are really the most efficient here.
11. Add return address label, address label and postage. I designed and printed the return address label on basic Avery 5160 labels (oriented vertically for more interest) and the address label on basic Avery 5163 labels. Guest names were hand-written and the King and Queen couple was stamped in the top corner. (Before adding postage, take a sample to the post office to be double sure you are posting the correct amount!)
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12. Done and Done. Before mailing, review, review, review! Make sure no one on the list has been left out and that everyone is receiving an invitation who should be. When you’re sure the list is covered, drop in the mail and celebrate checking this project off the list!
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Total cost for 125 invitations: $510
(Envelopes, paper and supplies $350, Postage $160)

Not too shabby!

The Bridesmaid Dress

The first bridesmaid dress has arrived! My friend (and BM) Danielle just got hers in today and I can’t wait to see how they all look together. It took a little searching and lots of browsing to find just what I was looking for. Since the wedding will be in July and the heat factor will be at maximum levels, I wanted a shorter dress in a lightweight, breathable fabric. The black color choice was easy, but the difficult task was finding a classic silhouette that wasn’t too frilly or trendy but also wasn’t too plain. Then I found (actually, Jennifer found) this Alfred Sung dress on Dessy. I love the bodice and pleating around the waist. It even has pockets! Cute and classy! I can’t wait to see how everyone looks all dressed and ready to go on the big day. Only a month to go!
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Invitations Have Left the Building!

After much browsing other blogs, flipping through wedding magazines, clipping, contemplating, creating, font-changing, re-creating, and editing, I was finally able to design an invitation I was satisfied with and now I can officially say they are DONE! They are black and white (of course), but I didn’t want them to be all solid colors, too plain, too busy or look too much like a DIY project, even though that’s exactly what it was. I knew I wanted a pouch style with enclosures and found the perfect little black pouch online along with the snazzy ocean-colored outer envelope and RSVP envelope. I was sold on these as soon as I saw the pointed flaps on the envelopes. (The folded, finished size is 6″ square.)

I designed the actual invite to be 5.75″ square, and pasted that to the middle panel of the pouch. I made the details page (with reception and website info) to measure the same, 5.75″, then the RSVP card to fit inside the RSVP envelope. The card measured 5.5″ x 4.75″. I stuffed these in the side pocket and folded the pouch. I added a small black and white sticker to keep the pouches closed, then all this went into the outer envelope.

I made an address label and a return address label with the same damask pattern, printed them, stuck them on and voila! After adding lovely king and queen stamps, hand-writing all the addresses, and sealing the envelope, here is the finished product. Done and done.
(Sorry the picture is so fuzzy. I took it with my phone.)

Now I just have to wait for the RSVPs to roll in…

To Have & To Hold

More wedding stuff! Getting tired of it yet? Less than two months to go til the big day! There is still SO much left to do even though it seems like I’ve checked off so many big items already. Luckily, Jennifer and mom have been making sure I’m on top of everything and Jennifer even sent me a list yesterday of things to think of, just in case I hadn’t. She said, “Don’t be overwhelmed, these are all little things, just easier to check off now.” It was only 21 items, so I feel like I’m making progress!
Of course, I like to check off the easiest things first. (Is it just me or is there something a little exciting about marking things as checked with a nice black ink pen?) I wasn’t having luck finding a ring bearer pillow I liked that was A) black and white, B)not too matchy with the damask I already have and C) not tacky. Martha and the wedding blogs have been going crazy about Paloma’s Nest (also on Etsy) and her ceramic ring bowls, so when I finally checked out the goods, I knew I wanted one for the rings instead of a pillow. I love the different phrases like WITH THIS RING and TO HAVE AND TO HOLD or you can go the custom route. You’ll have to wait and see what I chose. That task is officially crossed off the to-do list! One down 20 (that I know of) to go!

Photo: Paloma’s Nest

Wedding Shoe Shopping

Since almost everything in, about or related to the wedding in any way is black or white, I feel like black shoes are really the only choice to compliment my white dress. I’m still looking for the perfect pair, but I want them to be fun, flirty and not too uptight. These Badgley Mischka’s are my current favorites. I love the ruffle down the middle and the super high heel. With my handsome husband to be standing 6’2″, I’m gonna need all the height I can get!

Runners Have Arrived!

After much debate about black linens, white linens, black and white linens, or maybe a splash of color, I finally decided on black and white runners for all of the dining tables. It was a little harder than I thought to find the right scale pattern on material that doesn’t look cheap or cheesy. Finally, I came across these babies in the Wedding Bee classifieds and luckily there were more than I needed available. I like this particular damask print a lot and wanted to avoid too much solid black or solid white, so this runner at 12″ wide will be the perfect printed accent! I racked up what I needed with a purchase price of $11 each on Tuesday and had them in my apartment by Friday. Not too shabby! I can’t wait to see how they look in the grand scheme of things.

Black and White Goody Basket

My sister is the best! Check out my black & white goody basket. Among other things, I’ve got black and white thank you notes, a floral platter, a necklace, a perfume bottle (which I collect) cool curtain rings, a damask throw, satin hangers, a sweet clipboard and a handy to-do list. Perfect for the bride-to-be and housewife-to-be. Thanks, Jennifer. I LOVE it!!!

The Best Accessory

I think I’m the happiest girl in the world! I’m now sporting the most beautiful ring I’ve ever seen on my left ring finger and have a handsome fiance to call my own! Hunter did such an amazing job with everything and I can’t even believe its all happening. I always thought it was cheesy when couples said they were marrying their best friend, but now I understand what that means. It really is true! I can’t imagine not having him in my life every day and can barely remember what it was like before he came along. He’s the best and I’m definitely a lucky girl.

Love, love, love.

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