We have Programs

I wanted programs for our guests.  I wanted them to know who was who, what to expect, and more about the beautiful building they are visiting.  Besides, I wanted them to have something to keep them occupied while they waited for the ceremony to start…Perhaps it’s just me, but I’ve sat through many a graduation ceremonies with nothing to keep me company other than the program.

Our programs!

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Two versions, above green cover paper with ivory bond paper; below black cover with green bond paper (hard to tell it’s green in the photo).

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The programs are small (6″x5″), but very readable (14 point font), 9 pages long, but less than the thickness of a dime.

The inside starting with the time line for ceremony & reception:

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Some additional information (bunch of professors and trivia buffs at our wedding)–gives guests something to read if they arrive early.

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And of course a thank you/memory page as the inside back cover:

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The Layout & Assembly:

Double sided printing and binding can be a bit mind-numbing, but it really isn’t difficult.  To avoid the trial and error (and wasted paper/ink) here are steps with pictures of the layout.

In your word processing program create text boxes of equal size (mine are 6″x5″).  To bind on the left side as I did, leave  a 1″ margin on the left side for odd numbered pages and a 1″ margin on the right side for even numbered pages.  Make sure all of your text boxes are lined up the same on each page (if you uses iMac Pages, this is really easy).  You can create the first page with two text boxes, and then just duplicate that page as many times as you need–that way all the text boxes will be in perfect alignment with one another.  I strongly suggesting testing the double print on your chosen paper.  You want a heavy enough bond (paper) so the double sided printing doesn’t show through to the other side.

Your page numbering order is as shown in the photos, and then print using your double sided -capable printer (long edge binding setting). Or you can manually do this with a printer/copier by printing only the odd number program pages and then flipping the paper over to print the even sided on the other side.

I was able to fit two text boxes (program pages) per document page (as shown)

Word processing document page 1 (pages 1 & 3 of the program):

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Word processing document page 2 (pages 2 & 4 of program):

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Word processing document page 3 (pages 5 & 7 of programs):

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Word processing document page 4 (pages 6 & 8 of programs)

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Word processing page 5 (inside back cover of program–or page 9)

 

To assemble, cut all the pages to the size of the text box (if there is a line around your text box, use that as a guide).  A guillotine cutter is your friend–you can cut multiple pages at a time.

 

To create the “cover”, cut a piece of card stock 1.5″ longer than your pages and 1″ wider.  For my 6″x5″ program pages, I cut card stock strips 7.5″ across and 5.5″ high. I cut two pieces of program covers from one 12×12 piece of paper.

Fold over your cover card stock 1″ on the left side, slide in your pages (in order!)  and make sure everything looks nice. Use a binder clip to hold everything together and punch two holes through all pages and cover.

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Optional step: insert eyelets into the holes you just punched.

Thread ribbon through the holes and tie securely.  This is your binding.

 

Done!

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I made 85 programs for approximately 120 guests, figuring some couples would only take one.

How much time did it take? Designing them took the most time.  I started them nearly a year ago, our best man changed, some the time line changed….I waited to print them for as long as I could.  I probably worked way too long on the design tweaking this and that, getting the spacing just right, etc.  But allow yourself at least 3-4  to do this and make sure you get someone else to edit them (up to the last minute, I still had “groom” spelled wrong!).

Printing & cutting takes maybe an hour–with a guillotine cutter.

Final assembly took me 2-3 hours, but I also had the extra step of eyelets, which were not really necessary.  I also seared the ends of the ribbon so they would fray, which adds time.

Sugar and Dancing

And paper lanterns.  They go together, right?

The dance area at our venue is separate from the banquet area (the pass through bar area is in-between the two spaces).  The dance hall will be dimly lit because I have my heart set on a star-field projector so we can all pretend we are dancing under the night sky (and the room is in rougher shape and all white).  This space will also hold the sweets tables.  The ice cream bar, the wedding cake, the dessert bar and the candy/popcorn bar.  Yes, I definitely have a sweet tooth.

But food requires some light.  So I came up with this idea:

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Using battery operated LED string lights (after Christmas clearance), 84″ double shepherd hooks, two buckets (OK actually Tidy Cat litter bucket containers), four 12″ paper lanterns, and lettering from plain black paper using my Silhouette Cameo.  I have lights and signs!

These will be placed right behind the sweets tables–lighting your way to a sugar high.

 

And while I was at it, I made these to demarcate the dance “floor” (area) in the same room:

paper lanterns wedding

These six foot lights will go in each corner of the area where people will be dancing.  Since it is just one large room, I liked the idea of marking it off.  Plus they give off such a pretty glow.

I used a 1″x2″ cut to length and set it in plaster of paris inside regular flower pots.  I wrapped battery operated LEDs around the wood pole, and used tea cup hooks to hang the lanterns (one hook on each end of the lantern to keep them from bopping around).  The black band hides the seam between the two lanterns since they don’t meet up perfectly.  The band is a 2″ piece of paper looped around.  To finish it off, I also put a loop of paper at the top too.  I have not yet covered the plaster at the top of the pots, but am planning to just use shredded tissue paper (or raffia, or silver sparkly stuff–whatever looks best).

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They are quite stable, but I do wonder how long they will last at the reception before someone puts their hand (or head, or other body part) through the lantern.  Good thing the lanterns are only a couple bucks each🙂

 

A Stand-Up Bar Menu

I love our venue.  It is a historic old courthouse with hight ceiling, beautiful chandeliers and woodwork, grand doors, and intricate moldings and carvings.  But with all the rooms on such a grand scale, some of the decor has to be as well.

So I made this:

 

DIY Bar Menu wedding

 

A five foot bar sign, big enough for even my older guests to read from far away (and my fiancé who needs reading glasses, but often does not seem to have them with him).

The sign will go as noted in the below photo of our venue:

reception hall bar set up

 

The large floor bar menu is an easy, and very inexpensive project. It takes a foam board (available at most home improvement stores for about $4-5) such as this:

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Which usually come in packs of 6 to 8 boards roughly 14″” by 4′ tall (made for insulation in-between studs).  I bought a few packages to make our photo booth backdrop and had a few left over to make the bar sign.

I covered it in fabric (some old drapes I had), just wrapped it like a package.  Printed and cut out the signs and pinned them on.  I did use my Silhouette Cameo to design, print and cut, but the same thing can be done with any word processing program and scissors/punches (or even pre-cut shapes).

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There are many serious things about a wedding. But this is one area we both decided early on to be whimsical.  Signature drinks named after our cats.  Hence, the cat photos on the bar sign.   Three cats, three signature drinks (one is non-alcoholic, which I highly recommend so all your guests feel included).

Unfortunately, we had a last minute change and could no longer have a full liquor permit.  So wine and beer only.  No problem –there are plenty of wine-based cocktails.

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So just about a month away now.  I *think* things are all coming together.  Just a few more last minute DIYs such as programs and menu cards (posts coming soon).

The Little Ones

I haven’t posted in a while.  Most of my DIY is done.  After all, I had a year and a half!

The past month has been filled with sending invitations, attending parties, and taking care of last minute details. Most of the gifts for the wedding party have been purchased/made, but I still needed gifts for the little members: two flower girls and our ring bearer.  They are all very young, ranging from 2.5 to 4 years old.  We purchased three small silver frames for their picture at the wedding as a keepsake.  But what 3 year old wants a photo frame?

I decided to go with activity totes, personalized for each child.  A gift, and something to keep them occupied and entertained at a nearly 100% adult wedding.

 

children's totes wedding gift

 

I had these black ones left over from my Vegas bachelorette (fun!) and used my Silhouette machine and smooth heat transfer material for the names and flower/car.  For the flower girls, I also glued on some fabric flowers for a little extra fun.

I filled the totes with the usual suspects, coloring book, crayons, stuffed animal, and some toys.

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But what was so fun was making the little personalized coloring “books” for them.

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I just used free-use clip art, some fun fonts, and my regular word processing program (Pages).  They are printed on standard 8.5″x11″ copy paper.  I quickly painted a piece of cardboard for the back (they may need something sturdy in which to color) and bound each with a piece of 3″ fabric folded over the top and eyelets to hold the whole thing together.  The ribbon is just decoration.

The books are 12 pages and each one is personalized with their name and a little story (sort of).

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They took maybe an hour to make all three.  Each one is unique and I tried to keep them “age appropriate” with words and story.  I can’t wait to see them scribble all over them!

Here is a link to the files in PDF form.  If you don’t have a PDF editor to change the names, you can simply put a text/caption box over them in your photo editor.

flower girl coloring book 1

flower girl coloring book 2ring

bearer flower girl coloring books

Happy gifting!

Random Acts of DIY

As the wedding approaches (only 3.5 months to go–Woot!), I have been organizing and packing away all the projects, decor, etc.  There are several projects that don’t really need a tutorial, but I wanted to include here anyway.  I actually use this blog in part to help keep myself organized.

A ring bearer box instead of pillow.  We will not be putting our rings in this, my grand-nephew will only be 3 years old.

diy ring bearer box

Supplies needed: unpainted wood or paper mache’ box, paint, ribbon, flower or other decor.  If you wish to decorate the inside (which may not be needed if you won’t have the rings in there), you’ll need  foam/styrofoam cut to fit the inside of the box and material or wide ribbon to cover the foam.

Total cost for this project was about $1-2, the box was $.90, plus a little ribbon, a few paper flowers, and paint.

ring bearer box

The flower girls will be wearing these tutus I made from strips of tulle and crocheted bodice.  They both will have a strapless slip underneath so that they have full coverage.

Each one is embellished differently so the girls will know their dress.  On their request, I added the crystal strands coming down.  They are 3 & 5 years old and want that extra sparkle.

[Please ignore the pillow and floor lamp I am using as dress forms🙂 ]

flower girl tutus 1

flower girl tutu

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Supplies needed. Lots of tulle.  If you buy it on a spool (6″ to 12″ wide, it will save you a lot of cutting), a tube-top like bodice (I crotched mine, but lots of people use headbands), embellishments.  Optional are the shoulder straps and belt sash.  I actually used chair sashes for both.  I had to make both of these last fall, and little ones grow fast.  So I took their measurements, added a few inches (everywhere) and made the whole thing adjustable with elastic and ties (you can see this in the back of the dress where the shoulder straps are weaved through). There are lots of tutorials available for diy tutus such as this one: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PIsdx62Qtlg

Total cost for this project (both tutus) was about $20–most of that in tulle, but I wanted them very full.

The flower girl pomanders match their dresses (I used the same yarn) and was one of the first DIY projects I did.  I crocheted mini flowers (learn how here), beads and straight pins to attach to a 4″ styrofoam ball.  The littles ones can toss these around all they want with no damage, except for dirt.  The cost and supplies are: styrofoam ball ($2), yarn ($2), ribbon & pins ($2-5 depending on type).

crotched pomander

Bridesmaids’ jewelry which is not their gift, but for them to keep.  I’m still a novice at jewelry making, but I love how these turned out. Cost and supplies depends on the jewelry you are making.  For this set, about $5 using sterling silver findings and beads, and glass/crystal beads.

bridesmaid jewelry

When trying on my wedding dress, I fell in love with look of statement necklace with it.  So I made this one.  I still haven’t made the earrings, but I’ll get to work on that🙂

I used Swarovski crystal pearls, crystals, and silver lined beads.  Total cost was about $10-15.

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bridal statement necklace

My garter is another crochet project that I did early on.  I have a simpler one without the crystals for tossing. You need yarn, beads, elastic, ribbon/embellishments.  Total cost is about $3-5 (for both garters).

diy crocheted garter

And finally, our cake topper. Yes that is Barbie and Ken, but they were the right size (2.5″ tall –they were ornaments in a previous life) and they are higher quality than the little plastic ones in the stores.  Plus, they kind of look like us (fiancé is tall and thin, I have dark hair and bangs). I painted them to match our scheme, added a cat and hockey stick/puck to match our life.  They are mounted on a 4″ wood round outlined in flat-back pearls.  I blinged Barbie out a bit just because.

Cost and supplies: the Barbie/Ken ornament was $5. I had the little ceramic cat. The hockey stick is a popsicle stick cut and sanded to shape.  The puck is a sweet tart painted black and sealed. The wood round is $1, paint, flat back pearls (about $1-2 if you don’t already have some), ribbon (I used one-quarter from a $3 spool).

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So it is all packed up, semi-organized and waiting.  If you want further details on any of these projects, leave a comment and I will answer the best I can.

Bridal & Bridesmaids Hangers

This wasn’t something I had given much thought too.  But I do want the standard dress hanging photo the morning of the wedding.

I do not want a plastic or wire hanger though.

And with just me and two bridesmaids (matrons), I don’t think we need our name on them. I won’t be a “Mrs.” and I don’t need “Bride” spelled out because I think the white wedding dress makes that clear.

Just something pretty, a little girly.

In an earlier post, I had made these really simple, fast, easy ribbon/tulle/lace flowers. [Click here for that tutorial]

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Since these flowers have thin wire “stems” they were easy to wrap around a felt covered hanger.

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The wire gets covered up by wrapping flowers on each side.  You can also tie some ribbon, tulle, or a bow around the top.

Simple. Easy. Fast.  I think these will work just fine for the photograph🙂

Bride hanger

 

Something Sweet

Aside from marrying the man of my dreams (and he really is), I am looking forward to our ice cream bar at the reception.  As the sign states: I love ice cream!

This weekend, I finally got to start working on it.  We have rented a soft serve machine, I ordered these cute little ice cream paper sundae cups and long spoons.  I still haven’t figured out the containers for the sprinkle-on toppings, but did decide on these large squeeze bottles for the sauces:

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I wanted them large (32 ounces) so they would last the onslaught. I purchased a case (12 bottles) for $25 on Amazon, and therefore made back-up bottles so the ice cream bar can be restocked quickly.

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No great mystery on the labels.  I cut 12×12 paper to 6 inches, wrapped it around the bottle and secured with double sided tape.  I wrapped a ribbon around the center (again with double sided tape) and put the label directly over the seam of the ribbon.

So now, I buy the sauce in bulk, fill up these lovely bottles, and get ready to eat lots of ice cream!