Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Inspiration Board #7 Love bird wedding

(All images came from the Knot)

I just love how cute a bird themed wedding is. And I love it even more with a rustic feel!
Hope everyone's week is going well so far!
Forever Dreaming,

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Creating my Invitations

So today was the day I was going to make all my engagement party invitations. Last night I cut the paper, today I got grey stamp ink, and as I went to load the paper into our printer it suddenly hit me...we don't have white ink. Bummer! I already tried the invitations with black ink and here is what it came out like:
(Ignore the smudge marks on the envelope...I dropped a stamp on it. lol)
So you see, the black doesn't look terrible but I think white text against the green would look much better. But anywho, here's the invitation making process so far:

Materials Bought:
10 pieces of 12x12 olive green cardstock paper....$6.90 ($.69 each)
1 9" Fiskars bypass trimmer (as seen below)..........$19.99
4 packs of 12 note cards-only for the envelopes.....$4.00 ($1.00 each)
1 fifty count 8x11 white cardstock paper................$3.99
2 stamps on clearance (as seen below)...................$1.98 ($.99 each)
                                                              total cost: $36.86

Why this ended up being a total bargin:
The trimmer I will be using forever more, for things such as gift tags, cards to friends, crafts, etc. The same with the stamps (who doesn't love a cute little owl?). The white pack of cardstock paper I will be using to make my banners, save the dates, stationary. and who knows what else more.

And finally- my best bargain find- The 4 pack of note cards with envelopes came to a total of $4 which totally beat the plain cardstock note card with envelope pack which was $4.75 for a pack of 10. Tadah! I felt great walking out of there with out spending the $50 I originally thought I was going to have to spend.

Now for the creation process:

Step 1: Cut cardstock paper into whatever size you need. (My invitations are 4"x7.5".)

Step 2: Print out whatever text you like onto your cardstock paper. Mine read "It's the little things you do, that truly say "I love you". (cute, huh?) Also print out the text on your small cardstock paper for the insert card (the one you place in the envelope).

Step 3: Using a glue stick, glue your envelope (back side up) onto your card in the designated area.

Step 4: Stamp adorable designs where ever you would like.

Step 5: Apply postage stamp and mail these cuties off!

Send me some pics of what you're working on!
Forever Dreaming,

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Inspiration Board #6 - Elegant in Black and White

I love how just one photograph can inspire so many things, and this classic photo is definitely one of them.
So elegant and memorable...

Black and white can be very elegant, either mixed with bright accent colors or just by themselves. Either way I love how classy and formal a black and white wedding looks.

Pictures found at: Citizen Hotel, Blue Olive Photography, iDiY, Wedding Paper Divas, Hawaiian Island Wedding Planners, and Russell Martin Photography.

Forever Dreaming,

Monday, April 19, 2010

Finding a Venue

Finding a venue for our ceremony and reception has proven to be the most stressful decision.so far. Because of our limited budget plus my semi-specific vision, I have been looking for almost 2 months (officially) and still haven't found anything promising. I did however come up with a very organized and useful chart that I'd like to share. Trust me it helps to have something you can glance at to remind yourself of important details rather than looking up the websites one at a time. So here we go!

Miners Foundry
Centerville Estates
Fri/Sun. Prices:

Sat. Prices:

Distance from RB:
133.87 mi.
2hr 44min
68.48 mi.
1hr 43min
Distance from RC:
55.12 mi.
1hr 13min
109.9 mi.
2hr 09min
Min $500,000 req.

Vendor Limits:

Time Limits:
Whole day
Yes- Directed.
Set up and Clean up:
$25/hour with a 3 hour min.
Clean Up
Tables and Chairs:
Many options
Yes - wooden
At extra cost


Included D├ęcor:
Candelabras, Hurricane Oil Lamps

# of Events:
Max # of Guests:
200 for stone hall

Taxes or Other Fees:

Yes, 3
Dressing Rooms:
Bride & Groom
Indoor & Outdoor
Backup for Rain:

Indoor Space
Misc. Pros:

Electricity outside
Misc. Cons:

Dance Floor:

Indoor & Outdoor
Venue Amenities:
Historic, Stone Walls, Indoor
River, Lawns, Patios
Centerville estates: * possibly less for a small guest list

I was trying to get the chart to fit into your view, but I think it may still cut off a few letters. Usually my chart is about 4 venues wide. I currently have about 4 pages of this plus more info to update and venues to add . You can add or change the rows to whatever is important to you. Oh and in case anyone starts to wonder, RB is where most of our family is located and RC is where we're located. 

I cannot wait until we decide on a venue! Things will get so much easier. :) Hope this helps everyone- I know it made things easier for me.
Forever Dreaming,

Friday, April 16, 2010

Free Invitation Templates!

I just found some wonderful sources through a few of my favorite wedding blogs. The first I found through iDiY and is a blog with free invitation templates. You just download them into word, add your info, and print them out on some great paper. Check out these beauties:
You can find these and more templates at Download and Print. I suggest subscribing to the blog- she's adding new templates almost every day!

The second free template I wanted to share with you I found at The Wedding Chicks. Look at these adorable groomsmen cards!
Love them! You can find and download this template here.

Oh how I love freebies!
Forever Dreaming,

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Engagement Party Planning

So my parents are throwing us an engagement party- and even better my mother is letting me help plan! :) The fun part is that it is totally relaxed compared to our wedding so we can do a lot of things that I love that would never had fit in with the wedding. Here's a few of the crafty things we'll be encorporating:
(All pictures found at Martha Stewart)
1. I love those postcard invitations- so we're going to make them using olive greed card stock, off-white envelopes pasted on the front, and then a few awesome stamps I found at Michaels' Craft Store. 
2. The potted plants are actually going to be mint and thyme. The  mint will have a little tag that reads :"Mint to be". While the thyme will have a tag that reads: "Thyme for a wedding". So adorable, plus if we decide to use them as favors we can do that easily.
3. The cup cake towers will rock all of our deserts and snackies. Of course the colors will be an olive green instead of the blue that the picture shows.
4. Martha says that these tissue paper pompoms are easy to make, so hopefully I can throw a bunch together in varying sizes of white tissue paper and we can hang them from the trees.
5. This sign will be made with the same font and paper as the tags in the mint and thyme. And of course it will read "Just Engaged" instead of "Just Married". 

So this week, my to dos for the E-Party are as follows:
1. Set official party date (We're thinking of May 30th)
2. Finilize my guest list to give to my mom. (She'll be adding some friends of hers and anyone else that she'd like to invite who wouldn't be able to be invited to the wedding)
3. Make invitations
4. Attempt a practice run at those tissue paper pompoms
Wow, I'll be busy this week!
Forever Dreaming,

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Love Notes #2

(I've never read the book, just liked the title)
I ran across these great quotes today and can't decide if I want to use them for something like invitations or programs, so I thought I'd share some with hopes that they can inspire you as well.

Love is friendship set on fire.
Quote by Jeremy Taylor
Whatever souls are made of, his and mine are the same.
Quote by
Emily Bronte

At the touch of love, everyone becomes a poet.
Quote by Plato

Love's sweetest meanings are unspoken; the full heart knows no rhetoric of words.
Quote by Christian Nestell Bovee

Forever Dreaming,

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Budget Finds: Thank You Notes

I got my thank you notes today! I found them in the clearance section at Michael's Craft Store. They were originally $9.99 for 40 cards with coordinating envelopes, and I got them 50% off at $4.99 for 40. So, I picked up 160 and only ended up spending $21. I love finding some good sales!

Take a look:

So what do you think?

Forever Dreaming,

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Happy Easter!

Happy Easter Everyone!

My FH always hides easter eggs for me, I love how he helps support my choice to never grow up. :)

Forever Dreaming,

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Love Letters Inspiration

When my FH and I first got together, we wrote a few love letters. What couple hasn't, right? Well today I was thinking of encorporating some of ours in our wedding. I already included quotes in our wedding website, but check out these other Love Letter inspiried wedding details:
You could ask your guests to write you and your husband a love letter instead of using a guest book. I love the idea of using these rustic drawers...
You could display some of your actual love letters for your guests to read. Or you could write letters to your guests and use them as place cards.

So many wonderful ideas, hope you are all having a great Saturday!
Forever Dreaming,

Thursday, April 1, 2010


With my work rolling out a new software and making me put in extra hours to get used to it, I have had little time this week to just sit back and day dream. But one thing that I am starting to think about - our engagement party!  Here's my inspiration at the moment:
(click the photo for the link)
I think it will be help at my parent's house, very cozy and informal. Just a great way for our families and friends to meet each other before the big day. Here's some tips I picked up on ehow.com

  • The bride's father should always make a toast, regardless of the locale or mood of the party.

  • Not everyone who is coming to the wedding needs to be invited to the engagement party.

  • Always splurge on good champagne.

  • Make sure you have the location booked at least a month in advance so you can concentrate on other details of party planning.

  • Never invite someone to the engagement party who is not invited to the wedding.

  • Gifts should not be expected.

  • Always consider the bride and groom in the planning, for it is essentially a party for them.
    Have a great Thursday!
    Forever Dreaming,