Clearly, the things I am about to share….highly unlikely to ever utilize these high class skills again.
Let’s start with example number 1: bridal bouquets
Good: I had ultimate control over what flowers to use. Contrary to DIY wedding blog, I saved a ton of money by making all of the bouquets using faux silk flowers. I purchased all of them from Michael’s at various times throughout the year, thus never spending more than 50% for any of them. I don’t have exact figures but my wedding flower budget was pretty low at $500 (bridal bouquet, 4 bridesmaids, 10 boutonniere’s, and 6 corsages). I came in well under my budget with plenty left over for a throw bouquet and a few other decorative flares. Not to mention, they turned out just like I wanted them too. My aunt worked in a floral shop part time back in the day, so I sought out her expertise. The ribbon loops and pearl garland really added something unique and elegant although it’s hard to get that feel from seeing them here.
Bad: Time-wiring flowers was not a task I had taken into consideration. I was able to finish all the bouquets several months before the wedding (another bonus of faux silk flowers) but wiring and taping stems isn’t exactly my idea of a fabulous evening.
All things considered, I wouldn’t change a thing. I saved a ton of money and I loved the color and how they fit into the rest of the wedding scheme. You might notice I was able to incorporate the deer antlers into my bouquet like I wanted (despite all the florists telling me I couldn’t..ha ha suckers)
Example 2: Jewelry
Having an idea of what you want in mind, and NOT being able to find it anywhere, might be the most frustrating thing ever. Or finding something that could work only to spend $50 per piece, plus shipping. Sorry folk, not this bride. So I made the bridesmaids jewelry-matching necklace and bracelet with coordinating earrings, as well as 3 cute little bracelets for my nieces (flower girls).
Good: Huge savings. The jewelry for my b-maids was $15 for each set of necklace, bracelet, and earrings. The 3 little bracelets were around $5 to make.
Bad: It took some trial and error on the flower girl bracelets. I initially wanted them to be stretchy bracelets so the girls could put them on and take them off by themseslves. I did end up loving how they turned out! If the bracelets were stretchy, they would likely have been MIA with my nieces if they had control to put it on & off.
(note: the pic of the b-maid jewelry set also show the rest of their gift, and I also through in a pic of how I wrapped them- practical! The “Willow Tree” figurine was the personal touch I added reflective of a memory I shared with each .)
Example 3: Gifts for our Mother’s.
While I am totally invested in scrapbooking, I knew I didn’t have the time or patience to pull off a scrapbook for both of our mom’s. I did want something similiar that could express the emotions, and share the pictures. Thanks to Julia from My Life in Transition and her new business I was inspired to create a blurb book. I only have pics of the one I made for Brent’s mom, because at the point in time when I took the pics I was still fretting why my mom’s hadn’t arrived yet.
Good: Prefect personal touch for not a ton of money. It was ablet to say the things I wanted to say and knew I would have a hard time doing that come wedding day. Seeing how I have easily spent hundreds on one completed scrapbook, I felt the approx. $30 was a great deal, not to mentin the time I saved. It was a gift they will alway cherish.
Bad: I’d like to say I have mad digital photo editting skills, but I’d be lying. I also felt a bit constricted by the layouts they offered. In the end I said my piece to the perfectionist who rarely rears her head and moved on. Time was also crucial. Making sure to allow for all the time to scan in some pics, organize and arrange the layouts, what I wanted it to say…tedious details.
Example 4: Kids Activity book
I decided I wanted to have something for my nieces, and other younger kids, while the adults we eating and chatting, and all that downtime…hard to believe there was any, although not everyone had the 3 page itinerary I had.
Good: The variety of activities…there was a little something for everyone! The parents and other guests enjoyed them just as much, if not more. Since the kid’s acitivy table was situated in the back corner I was afraid no one would see it, so I also put together gift bags for any child under the age of 10 that would be at the dinner. Each bag had some fun stuff, but also a note on the outside of the bag that encouraged them to check out the kids activity table. The center piece for the kids table was a bunch of home-made pinwheels(scroll to the bottom of the post) in a large vase filled with pinto beans. In addition, there were mini play-doh (thank’s to non-candy trick or treat items available this time of year) and a few ring pops available for play on the kid’s activity table.
Bad: I don’t think there was a bad side to this. It was pretty simple, and I may have broke a few laws doing this, but I essentially found coloring and activity pages that were relative to a wedding, copied and pasted the images into a word document. Created a header with: Heidi & Brent’s Wedding Activity Book and the footer had our date on each page.
I don’t know that I will ever use these intense skills for any other random events, but just in case I have a few more things added to my arsenal.
If anyone wants to know more info, let me know…I’d gladly share my new found mad skills with you!