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Last minute DIY projects

There is a point when you have to tell yourself it’s too late to start a new project.  At one week out, I think I’m at that point.  Nevertheless, we were still able to squeeze a few DIY projects in at the last minute.  My date banner was my most procrastinated project by far, but I LOVE how it turned out!  Except to see that banner at the entrance to the reception — I think it will be a great added detail!

The welcome bags for out of town guests was a my sister, Katie’s, project this summer.  She stamped each paper bag with an adorable rose stamp in a sepia tone.  It made for a subtle, vintage effect, which I just can’t get enough of!

My moss letters were a budget saving attempt at accomplishing a look I really wanted to capture.  I loved the idea of hanging our initials over the stacked stone fireplace at our venue, but when I saw the moss initials on Etsy were $200+ for the set I immediately reverted to my DIY mode.  With some foam board ($4) and some live moss from my florist ($20), I was able to create the same look (at a larger scale, might I add) for a fraction of the price!  I’m proud of my penny pinching creation, and I hope it makes a dramatic statement a the wedding!

The award for the most tedious project this wedding season goes to the programs and fans!  Both of these projects began as simple concepts and evolved into multi-step processes.  Chase’s mom, Sheila, was wonderful enough to use her Cricut to make adorable tags for each of the fans that will be at the ceremony.  I can’t wait for you all to see them!  I’m not including a picture so they can be a surprise 🙂

The programs were a labor of love as well.  The multi-page booklet, fastened with Kraft and Japanese Papers and wrapped raphia was a last minute project idea (thanks to my inspiring trip to PaperSource one afternoon).  The project started in my hands — designing and printing, moved on to my mom and her friends — folding paper and unraveling raphia, then ended up back with my mom, Katie, Sheila, and me as we punched holes and assembled.  Whew!  I love how they turned out so, in my opinion, it was well worth it!  I’m hoping to have pictures to post of these soon.

Let the countdown begin!

Can you believe it? ONE MONTH! I feel as if we’ve been waiting so long for the homestretch to get here, yet I can’t believe how quickly it’s flown by! Chase’s parents took us by the venue on their boat last month. Doesn’t it look great from the water!? Just a few more details to check off the list, and we’ll be there in no time at all!

Speaking of my checklist, here are a few of the remaining projects we need to knock out this month:

  • Chase’s tie: I’m trying to find an ivory tone-on-tone stripped tie. It’s not as easy as it sounds.
  • Banner for welcome table: This is one of those “detail” projects I talked myself into.
  • Weekend itinerary for the wedding party.
  • Welcome baskets for out of town guests.
  • Tags for the fans.
  • Programs (this is the biggie).

We originally weren’t going to do programs, but the more I thought about it, the more I wanted to have some sort of tribute to Chase’s and my late grandparents, and having a program allowed us to do just that. The programs will also be a great way to include a thank you note to all our friends and family who have had such a huge influence on our lives. Soo…let the programs project begin!

I’m hoping to get a the bulk of the printing and cutting knocked out this week so I can relax a bit and enjoy my bachelorette party this weekend!  More to come on that…maybe 😉

Engagement pictures sneak peek!

Chase and I FINALLY were able to squeeze in our engagement pictures last weekend!  We’re so excited to see the final shots, and just to tease us a little, our photographer, Scott Wang, posted a preview last week.

Check it out!

Attention Groomsmen and Ushers

We want you all lookin’ sharp on September 4 — but we need just a little help from you to make it happen!  Our tux shop is awaiting a phone call from each and every one of you so they can collect your measurements and order your suits.

If you would, please go to any of your local tux or suit shops (not a tailor — they take different measurements) to get measured.  They’ll write your measurements down for you, and all you’ll need to do is call 770-889-6889 and give Boyd or Alice Hildebrandt your numbers.

Thanks for all you help!

Life’s a Picnic

Chase and I had so much fun picking out our cake this weekend! After deciding on the design, which was surprisingly easy, we were asked which flavors we wanted to use. Once the cake lady sensed our hesitancy, she left to prepare some samples.  I was expecting a few bites of each flavor, but when she returned, she had prepared two adorable cakes filled with two flavors each! She told us to take our time and call her with our decision.

Chase and I decided to take the cakes over to Lake Lanier Islands, where we’re getting married, and have a little cake picnic to come to a conclusion on the flavor. I won’t tell you exactly which we decided on, but you’ll be able to tell from the picture it was delicious!