As you are planning your wedding, inevitably a well meaning friend will give you a book—or worse—a bridal magazine, and soon you will find yourself picking out wedding colors (you only get 2!) and a bouquet freeze-drying package complete with glass dome before you have even thought about what you want out of your wedding.
Weddings come with lots of baggage. Balancing the expectations, traditions, and dreams of others can become so overwhelming that your own dreams get lost. So I am here to remind you—your wedding should be like YOU. Not like your sister’s wedding, or Martha Stewart’s, but reflecting your taste, your interests, your values.
A crafty wedding is personal, manageable, affordable and very special.
A note about the WEDDING INDUSTRY
The wedding industry is a racket, pure and simple. Put the word “wedding” before any service and you can expect the price to be increased by at least 25%. There are also “rules” that people in the wedding industry want you to live by, that may be inspired by the etiquette of yore, but do not have to be your rules. BEWARE the wedding industry. Question the experts. Pay a fair price for things, even trying to get quotes without using the word “wedding” (i.e. I need catering for a large party, etc.).
A note about MUSIC
If, like me, music is a meaningful part of any gathering for you, be very careful with your choice of a DJ or band. Traditional wedding DJs tend to overpower a party, inflicting their version of “fun” on your gathering. I am thinking, in particular, of dancing one evening with a good natured bride who told me through her gritted smile “I told them absolutely no Chicken Dance” as she flapped her “wings” and shook her big white butt. If you are lucky enough to have a friend who can DJ, that is ideal, but if not, do like my friends Diane and Josh, who made terrific mix-tapes of music they loved. This meant that they loved every song that came on, and they knew they wouldn’t be leading a conga line unless they wanted to be.
- Professionally printed or photocopied (or computer printed, or potato printed or whatever) invitation on card stock.
- Cut velum (or other fancy paper) so that it is bigger than the invitation and shows on either side (our was evenly spaced, about 1 inch on each side)
Note: If you have a reception card, you can print a map on velum, and trim it to the same size.
- 2, 3 inch strips of narrow ribbon for each invite.
- 1, 4 inch strip of narrow ribbon for each reception card and map
1. Place invite on velum, and punch two holes at corners of invite on opposite corners.
2. Thread ribbon through holes so that the ends are in the back.
3. Bring loose end of ribbon back through card through the opposite hole (with a little tugging and practice they will flatten out nicely.)
4. Trim neatly.
5. Place reception card and map back to back.
6. Punch two holes an inch apart on left border.
7. Thread ribbon through holes so that ends are in the back.
8. Bring loose end of ribbon back through card through the opposite hole (with a little tugging and practice they will flatten out nicely.)
9. Trim neatly.
There are no formal instructions for the beaded cufflinks
I think that this defies explanation for me. It really is instinct.
My instructions are take some bead wire and beads and make a flower. Then run some wire through some beads to make the straight part, then make a smaller flower for the other side. I know this may not very helpful. Here's a link to instructions I think are helpful for this art form.