Wedding Wednesday: Make me a favor worthy of matrimony

Holy melting ice cream, Batman, it is 99 degrees today! With the humidity, it feels like 108, and we are under an “Extreme Heat Advisory”. How did I learn this? Oh, well, Eric and I decided to make the 2 mile round-trip walk to the Dollar General for some super useful things like deodorant, and while sipping on the swiftly warming Gatorade on the way back, I commented that it felt eerily like Mississippi. We stopped by the fountain at our neighbor’s (it’s a church), and when we got home, I hopped online to see just how hot it was. Thus the beginning of this post is explained.

In light of this extreme heat, and with pleasant memories of a much more temperate day in early June, I am dubbing today a “Wedding Wednesday”. Also because I already said that I would post about it. And because lately I’ve been feeling a little bit like I’m talking to myself, I am writing this post in an interview style.

What is this post about? Today I am writing and showcasing the wedding favors that I made for our families that shared our self-written ceremony on the beach.

What were the favors? Great logical sequence here. Thank you. We had two favors, really. One of them was part of the ceremony – bubbles in plastic champagne flutes. Our guests blew bubbles at us after the ceremony was, admittedly, ended abruptly because we didn’t know how to end the ceremony. The second was a little more, ah, favor-ish – they were simple wedding bell decorations that we made from painted clay pots.

Those sounds cute! They totally were.

Let’s talk about those bubbles. Do you have any pictures? Ha! Do I have pictures? I always have pictures. I have pictures of the pictures. That seems excessive. It’s an expression.

“Blow me” seemed an inappropriate card to include…

Anyway, these were easy to do. I was at Michael’s during my mad rush to find a bouquet, and these were on sale! $1.50 marked down from $5 per pack of 6. I had to refill some of them, which was fine – that’s why the bubbles are blue. With the mini flutes filled, I printed part of our ceremony (that’s for another post!) on card stock, cut the strips, punched some holes, and tied them on. It kept the paper from blowing away in the wind, and they looked cute when we handed them out.

Did anyone use the bubbles? Ah, yes. Much to our, um, amusement.

The bubbles were a hit. In the face.

That looks like a jolly time was had by all. Oh boy wasn’t it…

How about these wedding bell favors? They were a little bit more time consuming, and they involved a lot more trial and error. I found these super mini clay pots, like for plants, at Michael’s (you see a trend here? You see why I had to get a job there?). I had seen them used for wind chimes before, and since I’ve made some awesome wind chimes before, I bought them with that in mind.

So you made wind chimes for favors? Heavens, no. That would have taken a lot of time. No, no; I had these clay pots on hand already, and Eric had commented that they almost looked like wedding bells, if, you know, they were painted and turned upside down. So that’s what I did; I painted them white, and I used black paint to put our initials on them.

You said there was trial and error involved; what kind? Well, I also was going to use this kind of fancy stencil for the letters, and then I was going to stencil  heart, too. What I didn’t think about, though, was that the pots were small and round. The stencils were too big, so the letters and the heart came out kind of like blobs. Luckily, I had enough that I made one a practice pot.

So what did you do? I just didn’t use the stencil, and instead of a heart, I painted the date of our ceremony on them.

What do the “S” and “E” stand for???

Those are cute! Did you mention that they were ornaments? Oh, yeah, they were. In order to make them into ornaments, I made these pairs, and then I tied them with some ribbon. My in-laws have them in their kitchen now.

Wedding bells will ring…these will not

Those are nice. How much did all of this cost? With the bubbles on sale, these already on hand, and the paint, I think the total cost was about $6. Of course, we only had 5 to make (one per separate household). We also had some cute Thank You postcards printed at Zazzle, and we wrote each family a thank you note. They were a hit.

Any plans for something similar in the future? I think these are a great idea. I am considering making a few extras and offering them up on Etsy. These were extra, for instance, so it’s a thought. Ours I also dry brushed with silver, so they came out a little sparkly. But they were good favors, and you could make them bigger, and actually make them wind chimes for a cute anniversary gift or something along those lines.

Sounds great. Thanks for joining us. Oh, yeah, anytime. I’m here all day.

And thank you, readers, for bearing with me while I went on this little tangent. I get bored with the straight narrative at times, if you couldn’t tell.

In all seriousness, the favors were fun to make, and they were fast. I think all told, I spent an hour on these, so if you’re getting married and want that DIY style, you should consider something like this. If you want fancy letters, either use small stencils, bigger pots, or a flat surface. Otherwise, keep it crafty, and Happy Fourth of July!


Wedding Wednesday: The Sam & Eric Exhibit

Happy Hump Day!

So, if you’ve read more than one post on this lil blog, you will see that I enjoy puns and alliteration more than should be allowed. Perhaps it’s a throwback from my days of writing MLA papers (MLA requires the use of a creative title), or perhaps it’s just another quirk of mine, but I can’t get enough of the two. Thus, I stumbled upon the idea of “Wedding Wednesdays”, where I would showcase either a DIY/crafty project from my own wedding, or something I saw and thought would be good for you to do.

Today I am showcasing my own elopement/wedding thing (welopement?), specifically the “Sam & Eric Exhibit” that I put together in our bay window for our families to fawn over while they were here with us.

The idea had sprouted before we decided not to have a more “traditional” wedding. I saw it as a take on the, apparently mandatory, slideshow of photos ending with the baby pictures side-by-side. Since the hubby and I are history buffs (he admittedly more so than I), I thought it would be a cool idea to instead have a “Museum of Love” sort of thing, which would house “artifacts” of our meeting, courtship, and so on.

We made a list of things to put in it, and then we decided to elope.

When my folks decided to drive here from Georgia, and we then decided to write a ceremony to share with our families on the beach, I wanted to use the museum idea. So I gathered a few small things, and I put them in our beautiful bay window, which has a convenient bench for displaying such things.

Since we technically got married three days before our ceremony, we had pictures from the courthouse framed, and they served as the centerpiece. We also included our Mariners bobble head, a Red Wings koozie, a Flyers puck, license plates from states we’ve lived in, and a few other trinkets. It was a great way to get people talking (ice breaker!), and it made the window look a little more festive than just looking over at our neighbor’s house.

And for me, it was a great little reminder of why I married the big lug.

Without further adieu, here is a picture of what the exhibit looked like. Thoughts?

The story of Sam & Eric as told by souvenirs.

In lieu of flowers

I titled this post a half hour ago, and then I went about addressing some Thank You cards. Now, coming back to it, “in lieu of flowers”, I recognize why it seemed so easy for me to type.

I used to write obituaries for a local newspaper, and when a family wanted money donated to a charity in someone’s name, they would write “in lieu of flowers, please send a donation to XXXXXXX”.

So now I feel a little awkward, but I’m also stubborn, so I’m not changing it.

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This will be the first of my wedding posts. I actually, technically eloped, and my husband and I decided to do that because neither of us are good at being the center of attention and because we just made our second cross-country move in a year, and we thought paying under $2000 for everything was a fabulous idea.

Despite myself, I got a little bit of the bride fever, and I went on a DIY, crafty frenzy. At one point, I had planned on making my own dress, but I came to my senses in time. After all, eloping usually happens quickly, and ours certainly did.

Although my parents did drive up that week, so we had a post-elopement ceremony to celebrate with our families, carrying flowers down the row of courthouse benches seemed a little silly to me. Still, I had read from a lot of folks over at Off-Beat Bride that it might be helpful to have something in your hands.

Did I mention this happened theday before our scheduled courthouse bonanza?

I rushed to Michael’s!

I stayed there for about 2 hours!

And I wound up with two ideas. The first was a rustic stick (bear with me) with a heart-shaped blackboard at the top, almost like a lollipop. I had it in my mind to use that as a center, buy some whimsical white wire, some butterflies, and make it into a kind of…bouquet…thing.

The second idea won out. I bought a cute white lantern (they are so in right now it seems) with butterflies on it and decided to plan on what to do with it when I got home.

Cue that night. I tossed and turned, trying to decide how to make the lantern unique. At one point, I entertained the idea of going back to Michael’s the next day to buy the whimsical white wire and butterflies and go with the original idea. And then I came to my senses because I was getting married the next day.

Instead, I decided to make the lantern unique.

By adorning the inside with trinkets that represented meaningful memories to us. I put in a magnet from Seattle, where we met, a Packers hat (a mini one!), my painted Space Marine (John), and some dice. Did I also mention that we are Super Geeks?

To make it a little more fancy, I tied some velvet ribbon at the top as a handle, and voila!

It was great. It was so us. The photographer loved it. And we ended up using it as a centerpiece for our Exhibit (pictures and explanation to come later). The best part for me is that we can still use it! Take the artifacts back out, put them in their respective homes, and we can have a cute little decoration that will always remind us of that 3 minute ceremony that was our courthouse elopement.