Recap Part I: The DIY Flowers

On the Thursday before the wedding, I woke up to learn that our flowers from Rosesource had arrived—exactly when they were supposed to. I was happy and relieved that the flowers were here, (you never know for sure when ordering online) but this vendor had already left a sour taste in my mouth when they attempted to contact me a day before my delivery to say they would not be able to send the box of dahlias I had ordered and would instead be “substituting” a box of hot pink spray roses for my order.  

Now to be clear, I’d ordered the Rosesource flowers to make my 7 bridesmaid’s bouquets with DIY.  I had a clear idea of what I wanted to create. And that idea was centered around dahlias!!  I have to say I was pissed when I learned I would not be receiving the dahlias.  I mean, what the heck was a ‘spray rose’???   

My frustration was confirmed when I ripped open the boxes of flowers and prepared to prep them.  The 100 stems of fuschia ‘Shocking Versilia’ roses I’d ordered looked OK as did the Bells of Ireland.  But the spray roses.  I hated them, with their small heads.  And honestly, they looked dead! 

Dead-looking spray roses

Now I didn’t give up hope that fast because I’d done my research on farm direct flowers and had repeatedly read that flowers often arrive in BAD shape but would perk up after being cut and hydrated. 

That day, with so much else to do, Drue and I took two hours, sitting on the basement floor of mom’s house to get the flowers in water—especially the horrid spray roses.  First we went to a dollar store and bought about 6 buckets. We didn’t have time to buy flower-cutting shears, something I had forgotten.  So we used house scissors to de-leave and de-thorn 100 roses, 100 stems of spray roses, 50 stems of bells of Ireland and 50 stems of hypericum berry.  We made a mess, but it was an easy clean-up because we laid down mats first.  After cutting the stems we placed the flowers in buckets of lukewarm water and put them in the cool, dark laundry room. I said a quick prayer that the spray roses would perk up because I knew I wouldn’t have much time to revisit the flowers until it was time to assemble the bouquets.
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My mom helping out in her laundry room..then flower studio…
 Later that day I did purchase some flower shears and went to the grocery store where the lady in floral was happy to let me grab a few handfuls of flower food for free.  Later I took a minute to recut the stems again with the correct shears and changed the water. Hours after I had put them into water, the spray roses had perked up barely. 

I had to leave the flowers there until I got around to making the bouquets. And that wouldn’t be until about 1:30 a.m. Saturday morning!! Wedding day. Yikes!

To be continued!


September 4, 2008. Tags: . decorations, details, flowers. 2 comments.

My Teeth are Mother of Pearl…

What is wrong with this picture? A typical work day.

THIS is the problem!!

And I’m hoping this will help!


August 9, 2008. beauty, details. 4 comments.

Gimme the pics!

From the time I saw Mrs. Cream Puff’s post on the photo sharing cards she had printed up for her wedding, I knew I would do this.  I had heard of the idea before–set up an online account with a photo hosting web site like Snapfish or flickr, then give your guests instructions on how to dump their digital photos from the wedding into that site for all to see!  But Cream Puff’s instruction cards were particularly thorough and well done, in my opinion AND she provided the text she used for people like me to lift!

I thought about having someone design a card for me to print, but with time running out I decided to just use a standard template from Vista Print.  This is what I ordered on their standard glossy postcards to let outr guests know about the photo sharing.  The cards (100 of them) were free using Vista’s weekly *free” promotions. (This is the front. Step by step instructions on how to upload on back)

Hey–you can never have enough photos! See Mrs. Cream Puff’s post on Weddingbee for the detailed wording.

August 5, 2008. details, photography. 2 comments.

At This Point…

I am LOVING mindless activities. Like this, 1:00 a.m. coaster-stamping party!! Aren’t they purty?!
The clear corner stamp I used was one of like 5 stamps I bought in a pack from the $1 rack at Michaels. And I got the fuschia ink at PaperSource.

August 4, 2008. decorations, details. 3 comments.

Paper In the City….

So, Sunday me and a girlfriend–who happens to be getting married on the same day as I–hit up Paper Source in Georgetown after treating ourselves to some very yummy Ethiopian food.  Well, needless to say we dropped some serious cash in this holy grail of paper stores!! After browsing for about an hour we both walked away with some very nice paper and other materials to make our wedding programs with!  I actually settled on a placecard design and bought placecard tents, too–which I’ll use as a base for what will be my final (placecard) project.

August 4, 2008. details. 1 comment.

Coastin-and-a- Toastin

Courtesy of Knottie ConnieJeff. How adorable are these babies?  And how adorable will they be when I stamp them with a pretty colored stamp? 100 for $20.

Oh…they’re coasters. Just in case you didn’t catch my clever, slightly corny wordsmithing.

July 15, 2008. decorations, details, Uncategorized, vendors. 3 comments.

What is this missing?

Getting out of lazy mode and started making my…ahem…’card cage’ yesterday.

I like..but feel like it is missing something. What? Thanks peeps!

July 15, 2008. decorations, details. 5 comments.

The Most Adorable Shoes Ever. Ever.

And my little flower girls are wearing them! They are really more of a hot pink–not purpley like they look on the screen.

Definitely an upgrade from the shoes I was scouting out for them a few months ago.  See those and their dresses HERE.

As a bonus, here are two of three princesses who will wear these, and the ringbearer! Mine is in the middle:)

July 9, 2008. Tags: , . details, fashion, shoes. 2 comments.

You Want Pink Shoes? You On a Budget?

As my toddler likes to say when she comes across something that may be of use to a situation: “These could help!”

I think these COULD help a budget bride seeking some hot pink shoes–who is ok with a heel on the shorter side! 22 bucks?! A steal.

Get them here. Courtesy of the ever-more-chic-now-has-a-line-by-Patricia Field-herself…PAYLESS!

July 9, 2008. Tags: , . details, fashion, shoes. Leave a comment.

Procrastination & the 11th Hour

A year ago I was so gung-ho about getting things done for the wedding, hence the good amount of DIY projects I have managed to complete! But oddly, now that the wedding is just a few weeks away, I am in slug-mode…and I need to break out!

There are a few more projects I have ahead of me that I KNOW need to get done sooner than later, but I keep putting them off.  It’s not even that I’m sick of wedding planning–because I’m not! I’m still loving it as much as I did from Day 1….

Here are some things I need to get started on now:

1. Ceremony Programs: I am a thorough writer and writing is very easy to me, but for some reason I am kind of dreading having to do this. Not sure why.

2. Rehearsal Mixer Invitations: I think I am maybe putting this one off because I know it is not necessary and it an “extra” type thing. Basically, in lieu of a formal sit down rehearsal dinner we’re hosting a meet-and-greet mixer type thing for our wedding party and out of town guests. So..hmm…I guess invites ARE necessary for our out of town guests, right? Need to get on it. Was going to DIY…but may be taking advantage of Etsy for this one. Maybe I’ll just use that pretty left over damask print paper to line the envelopes or something.

3. Table Assignments and Placecard Madness: The thought of doing this is annoying and I will definitely be marshalling fiance to take the lead on this.  I have decided to use fairly basic placecards and place them on a bed of carnations, so the ‘carnation bed’ (silks for this one) is something I need to start making–easy but will be tedious for sure.

4. Menu Printing/Ordering the Cardstock

5. Aisle Runner: I’ve decided to NOT get a customized one.  I would like to get a colored runner however, a grey/silver. Anyone know where I can find one?

July 8, 2008. decorations, details, inspiration, invitations. 3 comments.

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