Ah yes, now I’m a big fan of the printed word. I am, however, not a fan of hand made invitations tied with lace, perhaps with a quirky photograph of the luck couple holding a chalk board with all their wedding details, craft card with lace-effect inserts covered in menus and RSVP details… just me?
First up I enlisted the help of The Fiancé to help make our Save The Date cards. A simple brown luggage tag tied with the gingham ribbon that I bought masses of to decorate the jars and suchlike, and I had a rubber stamp made with the basic information on. I think it worked a treat!
Invitations took a little more brain work and I wanted to keep it under budget too so I turned to the marvels of Vistaprint.co.uk – what a wonderful and reasonably priced place to design your own invites! I had an idea of what I wanted and I was lucky to find that they had a template that I could change to suit my ideas. I spent a fair bit of time working out fonts and layout but once I’d figured out the final bits it was easy then to go on to make my Orders of Service, evening invites and I even made a cheeky I-spy game that I put on each table.
Vistaprint was fabulous – totally worth a look if you are considering designing your own stationary!
Dragging my mum and Hubby-to-be around wedding fairs across Yorkshire made me realise one thing – weddings are EXPENSIVE! I also came to the conclusion that everything that I saw and liked could be made by my own fair hands… and why not?! I’d seen over-priced origami flowers; hire companies telling me that some of the cute finishing touches that I’d wanted would cost a small fortune to rent; pick & mix carts, letter boxes, centre pieces all costing faaaar too much!
I made it my mission to do as much as I could myself and on a budget! I looked up origami flowers online, decided to make as much of my own bunting as I could and started collecting various jars and vases – I became the first stop before the recycling bins for my friends! boxes and boxes of jars that just needed cleaning up! And then came the charity shop trawls – I refused to pay over £1.50 for a vase.
My handmade wedding was a go! Origami flowers would be made from patterned paper, finished with various buttons and pearls; bunting would cover the room; jars would be decorated with gingham ribbon; vases would be tied with lace and filled with fairy lights; tables would be dressed with crocheted doilies – I even made my own table number holders.
The last thing we wanted was a ‘uniform’ day of two colours – eurgh… how dull! Pastels were the way forward! Spots, stripes, gingham, florals… the world of patterns was our oyster! Nothing would match, but everything would ‘fit’.
When asked what our ‘theme’ was I would answer that there was no real theme. I could see that people couldn’t visualise it – all the different colours, patterns, textures (I’ll get on to that later) but I just had to smile and assure them that I wasn’t going mad and that it’d all work out in the end! My Fiancé put his complete faith in me and let me take control of everything! It was so exciting!
God bless my mother and her faith in my need for a sewing machine! I got my first ever sewing machine for christmas and there was no stopping me! I took myself down to the local haberdashers and stocked up on bias binding and a couple of stacks of quarters of various fabrics. From then on I took great pleasure in throwing together great lengths of bunting and proudly displaying them around the house for Richard to find.
I started the mammoth task of paper folding too. I needed at least 100 flowers, all with 5 petals, each petal being on piece of paper to fold!