Here is my overview of wedding to-do's and DIY's for summer, with deadlines (and links to finished project posts to come!):
- Stamp invite envelopes and send them: By June 1
- Bridesmaid's wedding shower: June 2
- Create veil using mom's veil: By June 6
- Make ring pillow and decorate flower girl basket: June 11
- Send bridesmaid's shower thank you's: By June 15
- Aunt's shower: June 16
- Finish decorating cake toppers (either dinosaur or panda bear salt shakers): June 20
- Send aunt's shower thank you's: by June 26
- Gone in Washington DC for NEA RA: June 27 through July 6
- Second dress fitting: July 7
- Work out some kind of toasting flute: by July 9
- Guestbook set up: by July 11
- Finish ceremony and send it off to Piper: July 12
- Bachelorette Party: July 14
- Programs: July 16
- Card box: July 18
- 3rd and hopefully final fitting: July 20
- Start table numbers/favors/escort cards: July 21
- Seating chart: July 22
- Finish and practice vows: July 23
- Sometime over summer: printing more I Spy, vow gag, all of the fabric flowers in the world, prettified hangers, bridesmaid gifts, gift for the groom, parent gifts, centerpieces
After the jump, see pictures of project inspirations with links to my pins.
Send extra wedding invites to celebrities. Working on collecting addresses. I love scrapbooking, and I think it would be a cute addition. The President and Mickey Mouse are in the following.
I need to make my veil from my mom's. Mine will not be Cathedral length, but I like how straightforward this tutorial is. It even has labels and letters!
Ring Pillow - Using fabric from my mom's dress (that I have slowly deconstructed) and from my alterations. Also, a flower girl basket, but I haven't found one that I like enough to pin. I figure I can work that one out easily enough on my own.
I also need to get together something for a guest book. I'm bored by the idea of a traditional guestbook, but we have too many guests for something like a fingerprint tree (with almost 350 guests, that tree would need to be HUGE). I had toyed around with the idea of doing a guest book quilt, but that involves lots of work and it would probably never be completed. Instead, I think I will be doing something like the following, then scrapbooking the pieces (which I already plan to do with my mad lib RSVP's). I would add a place for the guest's name on the bottom.
For the escort cards, I think something like this would be pretty, and easy to do with white crayon and watercolors on cardstock.
For favors, I think these coasters look like a neat (and cheap!) idea.
Seating chart - the following is a great way to get it organized. Also, I am addicted to sticky notes.
Vow gag - I'm not exactly short on words, and my friends and family would find this funny.
An absolute crapton of fabric flowers. My bouquet, 6 bridesmaid bouquets, boutonnieres for future husband and his 6 groomsmen (plus my dad and brother, his dad, grandfathers and uncles), many many corsages (moms, grandmas, sisters, and close aunts), then possibly some for table decorations. Thank goodness I have Netflix and lots of candles. There are many tutorials like the following, but I like this one best. I am using many different types of polyester fabrics. I buy a little bit first, and check to see if it lights on fire or melts. If it melts, I go back and buy more of the fabric. The ladies at Hancock Fabrics think I'm nutso.
I haven't decided if I'm going to make or buy parent gifts. I have of course been told that I should embroider handkerchiefs for both sets of parents...but chances of that happening are low. Instead, I'll probably paint something at the ceramics place in my town. They are wonderful and immensely helpful there. Don't know what I would make for FH's parents, but mine I would probably make a frame inspired by the quote on the following two. The ceramics place sells an awesome two-sided frame that would work well. Although, I do love how both of these work, so I will probably end up just buying one of them.
I love these for table numbers, but with matte paint. and also maybe with love quotes on the other side.
The next two are ways to make glass luminaries interesting.
Epsom salts + glass = shiny!
How to make frosted glass luminaries:
And two different kinds of puffballs to go in the glass things: