Making my Invitations (DIY)


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So, my Husband and I got married on Saturday 8th October 2016.

When we were looking at invitations we genuinely became completely overwhelmed. I knew of many independent people and small businesses that made the most wonderful wedding stationary that I would have more than loved to have; however they all came in over budget. When they were able to work in our budget the Husband and I couldn’t decide on anything. It was like trying to choose a photographer all over again!

We looked at everything from independent people and small businesses to big companies such as Vista Print; I even did online edits before deleting the basket out of an inability to decide.

The solution to all this? We decided to make our own!

Off too Hobbycraft we plodded. This narrowed our choices to
A) What we could buy in Hobbycraft 
B) The limitations of our imagination and crafting ability
and
c) What we could buy with our budget

The budget: £100 

We purchased:
Gold ribbon, blue check ribbon, blue paper, cream paper, plain cream cards and envelopes, a tree shaped stamp, ‘evening invitation’ stamp, ‘wedding invitation’ stamp, gold ink pad, blue ink pad, craft glue, ruler and an A4 guillotine.
All came in under £75. 

It took 4 people 8 hours from start to finish. The Husband, myself and two wonderful helpers.

We had figured out before we started what we wanted to do and before our helpers arrived we made a mock up of what we wanted to achieve. We had also printed onto cream paper the wording for the inside of the invitations, slightly different wording for day and evening invites.

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Once the invitation wording had been printed it was then down to assigning tasks to each person to create a production line.
B: Used the guillotine to cut the invitation wording to size and folded them (A very precise job)
K: Cut the blue paper to size using the shaped scissors for the inside and the cover of the invites
H: Glued the ribbons in place and glued the invitation wording and the blue paper inside the card. The glue was applied only in a small line down the left hand side of the margin so the ‘pages’ we left loose.
S: Glued the cream paper onto the blue paper to the front cover and stamped the trees and the ‘wedding/evening invitation’ to finish the invites

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Including a fresh printer cartridge and postage we came in under £100. 

What helped us stay in budget?
Making them ourselves
Hand delivering to local guests
Reducing the weight of the invites by utilizing a wedding website for all the extra information
Not doing ‘Save The Dates’ – instead we just sent the invites out 5 months before the wedding

Home Bake – Wedding Cake


My favourite You Tube ‘How To’ for making your own  wedding cake at home. Over these two videos Chef Alan Tetreault, owner of Global Sugar Art shows you have to create your own three tiered wedding cake.

I would say only people who enjoy baking and who bake regularly should even contemplate making their own cake, so do approach this with caution. If you are determined to go down the DIY route for your cake but aren’t great at baking, you could either ask a friend/family member to bake it and you decorate it.

 

Hen & Stag Party Ideas


Bored of Go-karting or Paintballing? Want something more unique than going for a meal, to a club and spa the next day? Are you a Hen, Groom, Chief Bridesmaid or Best man planning a Hen or Stag party wanting to wow your group? I can help you find the perfect activity to book.

Recently I posted about a Hen party I arranged for a friend of mine where we did a cocktail making masterclass in the city of Oxford, and since then I’ve been collecting unique ideas to share with you.

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Bunting Making with The Crafty Hen

With The Crafty Hen you and your party can book an array of craft activities including bunting making to be used at the wedding giving your hens/stags the opportunity to truly help with wedding planning. How about getting the Hen/Stag party create props for your wedding photobooth? The Crafty Hen cover the whole of England, Scotland and Wales and are in Norther Ireland too.

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Jewelry Making with Tea & Crafting 

Tea & Crafting is based in Camden although you can have a mobile tutor come to you. Tea, coffee and muffins are always provided as part of the party package giving you and your hens/stags nothing to worry about except for having a giggle learning something new. Each of you can create a piece of jewelry to wear to the wedding. Tea & Crafting provide a range of other crafting activities as well as jewelry making.

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Macaron Baking Classes with Ganache Macaron

Get messy learning the coveted art of making macarons before the enjoyable task of tasting your creation with Ganache Macaron in Hackney. If you book the hen party close enough to the wedding, the macarons baked can be used as the favours! This idea is a fresh take on cupcake making that your whole party will love.

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Knicker Decorating with Hand Made Hen

All you need to bring with you is knickers then you start pimping your pants with ribbons, lace, pearls and sequins – you can customise as many pairs as you like and your hen party can be anywhere you are as the party comes to you! You can book an array of crafty activities with Handmade Hen including garter making classes.

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Zip Lining with 3 others in Wales with Zip World

The Titan zip line experience at Zip World is the only 4 person zip line experience in Europe. Not only can you descend over moor mountain and mine with your mates but you will be doing it at speeds up to 70MPH. There are three zip lines included in the Titan experience; Anarchy (the longest), Bedlam and Chaos.

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Cavern Adventure Course and zip lining in Wales with Zip World

Home to exhilarating underground zip lines, rope bridges, obstacles and tunnels based in an underground cavern in Blaenau Ffestiniog, Wales. 

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Zombie Survival Experience with Zombie Experiences 

Battle the undead, thwart the apocalypse, defeat the demons and save the day! With a range of experiences in Droitwich, London, Reading and Warrington you and your stags will have the time of your lives living out all the drunken conversations of which of you would survive longest if the zombie apocalypse happened. *change of underwear not iincluded

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Burlesque Dancing with Burlesque Baby 

Burlesque Baby host Burlesque dance classes at locations across England where all props are provided for you and your hens to learn some classic showgirl dance moves. Your experience can be topped up with a dinner cabaret show to watch women do what you’ve just been doing.

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Activity Experience
Victorian Themed Day with Victorian Escapades 

Book through HenorStag and “you will start the afternoon dressed as servants and carrying out household chores from Victorian times. After all that “hard work” you will compete against your hens in a range of Victorian themed challenges! It’s then time to change into classy Victorian attire and make your way into the drawing room to play some fun parlour games and enjoy the photoshoot” before having a Victorian dance class and a 4 course meal.

Unique Places To Stay
The Lake House – Somerset

The Lake house is your secret hideaway that sleeps up to 12 in a ‘boutique and funky’ yet chilled  environment with chic luxury and exclusive use in the form of a spacious thatched barn.

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Unique Places To Stay
Teapot Lane Glamping – North Leitrim, Ireland

In North Leitrim, Ireland you can choose between Yurts, a tree house, a caravan or a cottage for your Teapot Lane Glamping experience (perfect for small hen parties) where you can sit around a camp fire enjoying a festival vibe. All Teapot Lane Hen Packages include professional catering on one night where a qualified chef will cook your evening meal using a delicious selection of locally sourced produce, with lots of fun activities to keep you entertained for your night/s away.

Alternative Table Plan


Most brides are looking for unique ways to provide the seating plan for the wedding breakfast to their guests. Gone are the days when couples were happy with the conventional seating plan.
There a lot of options for how to display your table plan, however most stick to the theme of the table plan to the left, by having each table set on a mirror rather than a piece of card.

However as most of you are aware by now I am all about stretching even further into the unconventional and can often be found searching for new and unique ways to display table plans.

Today a unique idea found me when I was taking part in the crazy #weddinghour on Twitter.

The below tree inspired plan was created by ‘Paper Tree Designs‘ who create some of the most gorgeous wedding stationary with natural themes. The below table plan really appeals to me for a number of reasons:
The design has a simple feel about it even though it is a very crafted and unique design
I have never seen a design anything like this before
The mix of the coloured leafs and the black tree is very modern
The nature theme really speaks to me (nature is a big love of mine)

What do you think of this design?
What sort of table plan are you thinking of having?
Where did you get your inspiration from?

This table plan really gives a feel for what the wedding might be life. I imagine a spring wedding with a rainbow colour theme; each bridesmaids in a different coloured dress and each male member of the wedding party with different coloured ties. I can see the wedding being outside or in a marquee with wild flower centerpieces and a bride with a flowy dress and her hair in loose curls.

Your table plan helps to create the feel of your wedding which will last in the memories of your friends and families for a long time to come.

Budget Decorations – String Balloons


In previous posts I have shared my passion for bunting; that passion for bunting refuses to fade, however I also have a new ‘amare’ in my life – cotton string balloons!

Cotton String Balloons are just as versatile as bunting but have been less over-used in the wedding industry to date.

First of all, before I get too carried away with myself, let me introduce you to what a string balloon is: It is a balloon that has had PVA solutuon string wrapped around it; once the string has dried/set the balloon is popped and removed so that all that you have left is the string in the shape of a balloon. Click Here for a good ‘How To’.

The look of your string balloons can be changed depending on how thickly the string is wrapped around the balloon, the type of string used, the size of the balloon used, whether you spray paint the string afterwards or not and how you use the string balloon within your wedding decorations.
Winter Wedding Decorations | Winter Wedding DIY - Craft Ideaslove this DIY idea using string, glue, and a balloon. could stick things into the mesh and have a couple of candles. Cheap but effective!

If you are going to use the string balloons on your reception tables, how about sticking flowers in the top of them? Or cut a hole in the bottom and position the string balloon over the top of flowers.

For a extra twist on this, you could put things inside the balloon before tying it off, so that when you pop the balloon certain items are then trapped inside the sting ball.

String balls look fantastic teamed with pompoms when hung together – thinking about having some hung over the gift table, or hung outside where you’ll have your pictures taken, or even hung as pews ends for the ceremony.
Pink and Purple Pom-Poms with Snowy Cotton Balloons: Pink and Purple Shower/Party DecorationYou don’t just have to wrap string/wool around the balloons, using a similar method, other fantastic results can be achieved! How about PVA pasting paper doilies to the balloon? This gives an UBER unique way to decorate your venue for a sake of a few quid.
DIY project: Spray glue the dollies/twine to a blown up balloon and allow to dry. Then pop the balloon!! MUST do this for my reception!
You could either team the string balloons with the doilies balloons or have one or the other.

As mentioned previously I am the most artistically challenged person I know, but I think that these string balloons are very achievable for a budget bride/groom to create.
Have you seen these before? What are your thoughts on them? 

If you choose to go for the string balloon theme for your wedding decorations, you can continue the theme through the wedding by incorporating this idea on a smaller scale for your wedding favours. Your guests wont care what your wedding favours are if they are trapped inside a string cage like this!

You could put wrapped chocolate/fudge etc inside the small balloon, or other small wedding favours, the larger the favour the large the balloon!

My wedding colour scheme is glue and gold so I like the idea of putting two Ferrero Rochers in the balloon. Your guests will think of all sorts of ways to try and get to their favours, and are much more likely to take the favour home.

Can you think of a cheaper and easier way to create the most memorable wedding favours ever?

What would you put inside the string ball for your wedding favours? 

Continuing the bunting theme


A friend of mine who is also a bride to be, getting married in November this year, and I went to a wedding fayre at a venue near us.

The wedding fayre was my first ever fayre, and to be honest it wasn’t great. I’ve heard people talk about a lot better wedding fares; however I did get a really good idea!

In the reception room at the evening they had tables laid out with flowers and stationary examples and the supplies of those flowers and stationary were also in the room.

One table really stood out for me!

The colour theme of the table was Orange, Yellow and Blue – not exactly to my liking – but I loved the paper pinwheels and the bunting idea for the menu’s.

Here is a close up of one of the bunting menu’s on the table. Although I loved the pinwheels, my budget wouldn’t really allow me to bring in yet another dimension to the wedding, but the bunting for the menu really inspired me!

So while making the bunting as discussed in my previous post we decided to make some bunting for the menu and the place names.
What you will need:

  • Card
  • Ruler
  • Scissors
  • fabric cut into bunting triangles (to see how to do this see my previous post.)
  • Bunting line
  • Sowing machine
  • Craft Glue

With your chosen card draw triangles onto the card to the designed size. We chose to make our triangles a good size but still smaller than the fabric triangles.

Then cut these out. We used A4 paper, folded the paper in half and drew the triangle going down from the folded side.

This meant that we could write the place-name on the top side, and open up the triangle of card to write the menu on the inside.

You will then want to sow the bunting triangles onto the bunting line. Which is quite easy especially if you have been sowing loads of bunting already.

Simply pin the bunting triangle onto the bunting line and sow.

Due to wedding guest list issues we haven’t got much further than this, and we do need to confirm the menu with the venue, however, once you’ve sown your bunting and written your menu and/or place settings onto your card attach your card to your bunting with craft glue.

Here is a mock-up of the card part.