Tag Archives: save the date

Creating invites calls for this…

25 Jan

As you may remember in my post about our Save the Date card, I designed the stationary for our wedding. It was so important to me that the paper goods had a special meaning to them (more on that later).

After creating, printing, cutting and hand addressing (and cursive is not my strong suit) every invite and envelope, I realized one thing… that I was going to need a return address label – because I sure as heck was not about to write our address 200 times.

After much searching on Etsy, I came across this lovely store, Save the Date and was immediately sold on this self-inking, eco-friendly, customizable stamp.

I was so thrilled at how quick and easy it was to have our own stamp custom designed by Tiffany from this shop. I was even more thrilled at how quick and easy it was to stamp every envelope and response card when I promptly received the return address stamp in the mail. Happy to avoid the hand cramp from writing…

Plus, it was so exciting to see the new address on each of the envelopes and to receive response cards in the mail every day. I always look forward to the fiance telling me who has sent them back to his new home (soon to be our new home!).

What could you see a stamp like this coming in handy for? I’m thinking house-warming gifts, shower presents, etc. Do share!

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Save the Date Design

14 Jan

Now that I have a moment to breathe after everything that came along with this time frame, I thought I would post something that I realized I never posted about way back when – our Save the Date card!

You may remember when I created a Save the Date card for my bridesmaids, but shortly thereafter, I put one together for all wedding guests to mark their calendars! Typically Save the Date cards go out about 6 months ahead of time. However, with our engagement photo shoot in October, ours went out a bit delayed, but I think it was well worth it for some amazing photos from one of my dearest friends!

Check out how our Save the Date design turned out. Considering I made it as a random tester one night on Powerpoint, I am pretty impressed!

Front

back

In case you’re interested in printing your own Save the Date cards, try out VistaPrint! They allow you to upload your own image and it is significantly cheaper than ordering them through other websites! I just printed them as postcards, added a little postcard stamp and off they went!

What have been neat Save the Date cards you have seen? I’d love to see!

Frame our names – engagement photos

15 Oct

As I sit and wait anxiously patiently for the final edits of our engagement photos, I figured I would share with you one more preview photo that our photog sent to tide me over and how I crafted it to really “make” our engagement shoot!

Behold: the framed names!

Our vintage, travel-themed engagement shoot really would not have been the same without this little craft. My friends always laugh at me. See, when others spot something in a picture, on Pinterest or online, the typical reaction is… I would like that. I think I’ll buy it. Mine, however, is… I would like that. I think I’ll make it. Why not give it a go, right? What’s the worst that could happen… lo and behold, we loved the result!

We were thrilled at how well the frame turned out for our photos! Plus, be expecting those wire words to reappear in the future. Stay tuned!

Have you been inspired to tackle a craft of your own lately? Feel free to pass along some suggestions!

Update! Here are the engagement photos!

A Whirlwind Month!

13 Oct

Hey, team! Did you know that is it almost the middle of October? How on earth did that happen? Sorry it’s been a bit since I last posted, but it’s been a whirlwind of wedding planning and life!

Here’s a little mini-wedding update since the last time I posted:

  • We officially got the bridesmaids dresses and shoes in! I tried on those of my sister and MOH, Renee Locher, and couldn’t be more excited! I won’t leak the details, but I can tell you what they don’t look like. This:

Do people actually wear these things?

  • We registered! The scanner gun is the best thing ever. Next stop is Macy’s and Home Depot. And yes, in case you’re wondering, Home Depot was Chip’s idea, but I am equally pumped. My main want on the list? A staple gun for a reupholstering project I’ve had my eye on. Stay tuned.
  • The most giddiness-inducing of all… we took engagement pictures! My fabulous friend, Jessica Henry, is extremely talented and shot some incredible photos. She’s a seriously dedicated friend for waking up before the crack of dawn (literally) for a vintage travel themed shoot and being the third-wheel all day. I’m still waiting on the final photos, but here is a small preview! Can’t wait to share the rest with you later this week!

  • And finally, the most important of all… we house/apartment/condo/duplex/shack-hunted! It was absolutely overwhelming but oh so exciting. More on that in a future post. Hopefully I will have good news and lots of fun to share about where I will do all sorts of crafting and redoing of old, thrifty finds! Maybe I can even give a bit of advice on the “first-time-as-an-engaged-couple-looking-for-a-home” business. We laughed. We I cried. We even almost bought a house. What?

And in other news, here’s a little mini-life update while I’m at it:

  • I have awesome clients at See.Spark.Go… I had the chance in the past month to go to the following places/do the following things, all of which were awesome:

1. Visit San Francisco for literally 24-hours for the Aha Moment Tour wrap party and take a tour of the city in this fine ride:

2. Attend Catalyst in Atlanta and Passion University Tour in Athens to “love on some Jesus”.

3. Visit the Boosterthon Fun Run at a local school in Athens and seriously get fired up about the EPIC Adventure they are going on all over the nation.

  • I love living in the Yellow House with my two roommates. They are always so relaxed, loving and clean up after themselves. Yes, please.
  • I saw Wicked this past weekend for the third time and still am absolutely in love with it. It was such a fabulous bachelorette party for one of my dearest friends. I never fail to tear up in Defying Gravity.

Allright – now that I feel like I have updated you a bit on life, I can get back to the proper details of all things planning, crafting and cooking.

For now, anyone have any great honeymoon suggestions? We’re thinking we would like to go all-inclusive and want to pick the perfect place!

Save the Date, Bridesmaids!

4 Sep

The bridesmaids are some of the most important people during the wedding planning process for the bride. Who else is going to listen to her talk about the difference between lime green and chartreuse or whether she should have pink peonies or pink roses? These are “major” decisions here that can only be made with the help of the go-to girls.

The question: how do you invite bridesmaids to be part of the wedding?

For me, I knew I wanted to ask in a way that wasn’t just going to entail a casual phone call. With my DIY obsession, I chose to create a “Save the Date” for my bridesmaids to be invited to a bridesmaids dress fitting.

So after much deliberation, I crafted up these for each of the 6 girls:

Since my bridesmaids live all over the US, I had to choose a time when the majority would be in town. My sister/MOH has already been fitted, as she lived in NYC, and my future sister-in-law had already been fitted since she lives in Athens. That left my college roommates.

There could not have been a better time to do so than the weekend of our engagement party (more to come later)! We had a blast yesterday morning and definitely made our decision on the dress and possibly the shoes. I’d call that success.

Now I can’t wait to see it all come together! Has anyone else seen great ideas for asking bridesmaids to be in the wedding? Do share!

Save the Date

9 Aug

When you first get engaged it seems as though there is a list a mile long of everything you must do, should do, could do and won’t do.

There’s the ring. Check.

The wedding magazines. Check.

The excited calling of the family and friends. Check.

And then comes the planning.

I have always loved planning events. Whether it be a party for friends or an event at Chick-fil-A, I truly enjoy everything that goes into event planning. When it comes to a girl’s wedding, the biggest day of her life, it’s pretty much the ultimate treat to put together.

When it came to my wedding in particular, Chip and I had a pretty exact date in mind for the big day. March 10, 2012.

You probably are wondering, “Why March 10? Isn’t that about the most unpredictable day of weather in Georgia during the entire year?” Well, folks, it sure is, and it just so happens to be the same day that starts the med school spring break. There are such limited options for a week off in med school (the first summer (which just ended), spring break and Christmas break). After weighing our options, spring break definitely was the best.

A few years ago on March 10 it was beautiful and warm and two years ago it was snowing. Whether we get the rain, snow or sun, I’m prepared for all three. In fact, I am even embracing (and dare I say, loving) this idea if it rains:

Regardless, I’ve got the perfect remedy to a tough weather situation: a venue with an indoor and outdoor option!

Check back for updates on where our March 10th “all-weather-is-welcome” wedding will be!

Did you have wedding planning weather woes? How did you deal?

Side note: we are still praying for 75 and sunny all day long.