Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Wedding Part Two - 16 Best Wedding Tips and Photos from the Big Day!

Hi Everyone, I'm back with Part 2 of the Wedding Post with photos and 16 Tips that I hope will give
you some ideas, save some money and time! Some links are local but many are helpful checklists and ideas we found online. You can see Part 1 with the Bridal Showers and Eiffel Tower Printable.

In case you didn't know our youngest daughter Chelsea got married last Saturday to her beloved Anthony and I promised to post some photos and tips we learned along the way.


# 1. Create a budget and prioritize what you want most. Make a Wedding Binder and get quotes so you can compare pricing and services. Here are 36 Helpful Wedding Checklists from Buzzfeed covering every topic regarding wedding planning from helpful info to know or to ask. Chelsea also took photos with her cell phone of things she wanted to record. 

# 2. Get inspiring ideas and see the possibilities on  Pintrest-ModWedding for a mind boggling array of inspiration for invitations, dresses, hair styles, themes, cakes, decor, music and much more with 69 Boards and over 34,200 followers. Just be careful not to get caught up in too much frenzy and fancy perfection. Don't be a Bridezilla, be happy and celebrate your love!


# 3. Brainstorm different venue options to save money, plus these ideas are unique. You don’t need to follow the standard wedding protocol – you can make your own rules and customize your wedding in the style to suit you. Chelsea and Anthony wanted their wedding to be classy but not formal and they were very fortunate friends offered their yard which had a beautiful garden on the side for the ceremony, then they had a cocktail party in the backyard and got a Asian fusion food truck for dinner.

# 4. You can order printed invitations on Zazzle.com and some sellers on Etsy also offer 'print your own'.  I also found another company AnnsBridalBargains.com who specializes in rustic and chalkboard style custom invites at bargain prices. 

I really love this invitation and RSVP card Chelsea ordered from SmittenOnPaper and she was very happy with the quality and service.  You can order a $3.00 sample of different cards and when you choose a design, you can you pick colors, the wording, fonts and they send you proofs. 


#5. Visit thrift stores, yard sales and Craigslist to find deals on items like mirrors, glass vases, props, teapots and big empty frames (great for photo booths).  Look at this pretty mirror that her bridesmaid and wedding planner Kristy made. 


# 6. A wedding/event planner can help you save money and keep things running smoothly as they get discounted rates and know the ropes and suppliers. Chelsea is super lucky that her 2  of her bridesmaids and best friends from high school Brenda and Kristy started a Wedding and Event Planning business Ayda Productions and they were both such a huge help!


# 7. Plan to leave enough time for things. We did a lot of the set up the day before. Hair and make-up will likely take longer than you think. Here's a photo of Chelsea with her dad who gave the best Father of the Bride speech because when he started talking about our 3 daughters and I, he started crying and spoke with such heart everyone was so moved by his emotion and heartfelt words.


# 8. Find a good photographer as the photos will be the memories that last longer than all of us. We lucked out getting photographer Jeff Topham as he's friends and works with our oldest daughter Katie and they won a Leo Award for a TV episode they co-wrote, The Liquidator.  He normally doesn't shoot weddings, preferring documentary work but did it as a favor and we love his style over a formal posed look, like the cool black and white photos he sent.


#9. Consider having a video taken. We also really wanted to video tape the ceremony with their voices saying the vows they wrote, the speeches, dances, etc and we bought a new Canon Vixia HF R500 video camera the week before for less than $300.00.  I'm so happy to have all these sights and sounds  captured on video and my only regret is we didn't buy it before my dad passed last year so I could record him.

This photo was taken just before the flower girls, ring bearer and 'official dog carrier' began their walk down the garden path. The dog Otis is like Chelsea and Anthony's baby and they wanted him to be part of their ceremony but he is blind and diabetic so nephew Kason carried him.


# 10.  Be prepared for some things not to go as planned and improvise. Unexpected things will happen but take time to think what you may need to deal with for weather and other factors such as elderly guests. It was so hot and sunny on the wedding day I thought the bride might faint but a guest did twice and had to be taken away by ambulance. Happily he recovered and was discharged later.  We did have bottles of sunscreen and bug repellant. We also rented 2 big propane heaters for the evening but didn't need them. We had tents booked but were allowed to cancel with no fee. 

You can also keep a Rescue Basket in the restroom with helpful items for guests such as Aspirin, Bandaids, Gum or Mints, Comb and Brush, Hairspray, Mini Mending Kit, Tide Stain Remover Stick, List with Local Taxi #,  and other things you may think of.  



# 11. You don't have to have matching bridesmaids or dresses they will never wear again. It can cost a great deal to be in a wedding party today with all of the varied expenses and Chelsea wanted her ladies to be able to wear their dresses again. The only rule they kept was a cream or blush tone and a similar shoe style. 


# 12. Have some fun with your photos! Ham it up for the camera but also print a checklist of photos you want the photographer to take. See the links on Tip # 1.


 The bride and groom splurged and rented a Photo Booth from SmileyCheese a Canadian company. For $400.00 it was staffed by 2 people who encouraged everyone to partake in fun photos and then gave every guest a copy (like below) to take as 'wedding favor thank you'. They also sent a download link with all the photos from the photo booth at 300 dpi.


 # 13. Look at options to feed and entertain guests.  Depending on your venue you can save a great deal of money if you can arrange the food and entertainment. At the very least try and negotiate that you will provide the alcohol (if it will be served) rather than paying top drink prices. I know a couple who got a $10,000.00 bar bill for their reception at a lodge.Heck, you don't have to serve booze, or maybe just no hard alcohol, or do a tea or breakfast.



Chelsea and Anthony used a caterer who moonlights and prepared trays of delicious appetizers, they also rented Roaming Dragon Food Truck for 2.5 hours to serve Asian fusion dinners from the menu they picked out. Their fave pizza place delivered 15 pizzas at 10:30 and my dear friend Sheila of Mad Platters made an amazing selection of desserts from squares to mini cupcakes as their wedding gift. 


It was the first time I'd eaten from Roaming Dragon and all I can say is YUM, it tastes better than it even sounds on the menu! They parked on the driveway for 2.5 hours so there was ample time for everyone to stroll out. The dishes were recyclable and we didn't have to pay servers. The backyard was too small for a big sit down dinner anyways so it was perfect and they drive all over.... well maybe not to the USA as they are Canadian but so many cities have food trucks now. I just heard about a waffle truck at a beach wedding. Just search for good reviews and test the food out!


The day can be made more special with live entertainment, from someone playing an instrument to singing a song or reading a poem. Family friend Colleen Rennison has an incredible voice and she was so sweet to sing My Girl live during the Father and daughter dance with the guitar played by her boyfriend Shawn.

As well, their friend Mel made this pretty wedding cake as a gift to them.  So, do you know anyone with talent who may be able to offer their skills in lieu of buying a gift?  You may also possess some skill or own something that you could offer to friends getting hitched.


# 14. Order some Groove Photo Books for $2.95 with up to 100 cell phone photos and it includes Free Shipping, plus you can order multiple Groove Books! You can cancel the subscription at any time but I've only ever heard great reports. I plan to order some for the wedding party and ship to our USA address.

# 15. Don't forget to have any items picked up that need to go back home or be dropped off the next day. Chelsea and Anthony wanted modern, classic decor and bridesmaids Brenda and Kristy of Ayda Productions provided all the gold tablecloths and decor. The glasses, dishes, heaters, ice, coffee stuff and tables were all dropped off and picked up by Salmons Rentals. Expect people to leave items behind like sun glasses, jackets, etc and you can take photos to email and confirm items found.


# 16. Learn some photo editing skills to $ave money  If you don't want to pay a photographer hoards of money to edit all the photos try using Photoshop Elements or other photo editing software. After the blinding sun went down, the light was better for photos like this family one of us out front on the road. The Clone Stamp Tool and Healing Brush would both work great to get rid of the phone wires in the photo, oil marks on the road, shiny faces, zits - yes PSE is magic and you can usually find it between $50.00 to $60.00.  Be sure to keep original photos saved and re-name edits.


I love this photo of them from behind and thought it was perfect for this  


I had plans of making a bunch of pretty vintage wedding printables but Chelsea isn't into vintage or crafty decor and her wedding needed to be her choices so I held off.  I did want to show you the candle light torch I made as I said months ago I was would make a bunch. Now they will be on my patio or given as gifts. I love how the tea light stays lit. I used Goop to glue 8 assorted pieces of glass and stuck it on a broken lamp pole. Scott also found me cheap brass pipe at a salvage yard that works or you can make them to sit on a table.


I just spotted this stunning watercolor rose card on DT Memeber Michele Kovack's Blog she made using our Rose Digital Stamp Set and colored it with Inktense Pencils. You can see the details but you also need to see the photos she took of her daughter Courtney - an angel!


We still have 6 Themes in our Jumbo SALE Packs for $19.95 and $4.95 shipping which is our Biggest Sale EVER!  There will be a Cooking/Home Pack and a Fairy Pack added soon.


 Also, we have a Eiffel Tower 3D Pattern as our Free Gift (until Oct 1/14) when you place any order in our www.CraftyVintageGirl.com store.

If you have any wedding tips or thought please leave a comment. I would love to hear them!

Wishing you joy and creativity!
Sandy Redburn Owner
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Monday, September 15, 2014

Our 2015 Free Printable Vintage Calendars and Craft Hoarders DT Samples and Challenge!

Hi Everyone, I have a bunch of things today with our New Free 2015 Printable Calendars in 2 styles, plus a link to the amazing DT samples on the Craft Hoarders Challenge we sponsored and our Sept Linky Winner. I will be back with my Wedding - Part 2 photos and tips tomorrow as there is too much to squeeze in here.  

We update our Free Calendars every year and many people simply glue new mini calender months over a previous calendar they made.  This is our 2015 Calendar Printable on white and this link goes to a higher 300 DPI file as these often download smaller. Click on it until as large as possible and save it so you can copy it on any light color paper. For personal use only please. If you want the 2014 Calendar you can get them here in this post and also see many more inspiring calendar samples here!

Here is the same style as above with the aged buff color.


This style is designed to go with our Calendar Scraps on clearance for .99 cents as the calendar is outdated but the images are perfect for creating a seasonal vintage image calendar or cards. This link will take you to a higher resolution Calendar PDF file as the blog images don't often download as high. 


 Here it is in the same style but a black and white version.

People also use these mini calendars for 'Year at a Glance Calendars', in journals or birthday and seasonal cards.  Here's a Year at a Glance Digital Tutorial I did and you can see other calendar samples with this link.


We also had a Design Team Calendar Challenge last January and the ladies created some beautiful calendars with great Tutorials showing what they did!


We also have last years Free Printable Blank Art Calendar. Okay, maybe the flowers won't work for winter but I'm going to dig around for Spring, Fall and Winter designs to incorporate into the left side of this design because look at these pretty samples 3 of our our DT ladies made!


 The Craft Hoarders Challenge is hosted by Gloria Stengel, who we are also fortunate to have on our Design Team.  Gloria has great talent and has also put together an amazing Design Team of ladies who create samples and we were a sponsor for their current #16 Challenge and you have to check out all of the amazing samples by the DT ladies and YOU can also enter the Challenge and win a $30.00 Gift Certificate from Lindy's Stamp Gang! We also sponsored their #15 Pretty Flower Challenge earlier this month. There are links to each DT Ladies blog with all the details.


I also wanted to show you this adorable Halloween card that DT Member Shantaie Fowler created using our Halloween CD 4. The way she colored the pumpkin makes him sort of glow.


Our lucky Sept random.org winner for the $50.00 Gift certificate was # 4 EMA-gination who entered a cool Halloween easel card but all of the entries were really fantastic and everyone else won a $6.00 Gift Card and received our new Free Eiffel Tower Printable, which anyone can add free to their cart when they place an order until Oct 1/14 and we still have the Super Sale Packs over 70% off for $19.95 plus $4.95 shipping.


I will be back tomorrow with the Wedding Photos and Tips post but I have to tell you it's all very practical and not crafty as my youngest Chelsea is not really into crafty or vintage and prefers modern but it was an amazing day! I love this photo of her with her love and groom Anthony and best friends; sisters Holly and Katie. 


 I would love to see if you create anything with our free Calendar Printables!

Sandy Redburn
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Sunday, September 14, 2014

Wedding Part 1 - Showers, Halloween Projects, Last Day for Linky Party!

Hi Everyone,

It's Sandy and I'm back from my time off and have a bunch of things to share with you! Big thanks to DT Leader Kathy Clement who has been a huge help posting here on the Blog for me! I said I would post photos and a few tips we learned planning my daughter Chelsea's wedding and realized I needed to share some photos of her bridal shower and 2 showers I attended this summer. I also have a new Free Gift when you place an order until Oct 1/14.

I will post Part 2 with wedding photos tomorrow, plus our new 2015 Free Calendar and Linky Party Winner. I also have some great Halloween projects to show you and a reminder that today is the last day to enter our Sept Linky Party! 

Here some photos of the bridal shower Chelsea's bridesmaid's threw for her. They painted teacups they got at Ikea with gold paint pens and set up a fun photo booth. 


Two of my daughters, Holly and Chelsea with flower girl nieces.  Bridesmaid Kristy created this great backdrop with a romantic wording she wrote out.


They did a real glamour style decor with lots of sparkly gold and an amazing lunch spread!


I helped my oldest daughter Katie, the maid of honer at her friends wedding, decorate for her a 'Evening in Paris Dinner Stagette Party' she hosted at our house. The bride, a French teacher who loves Paris much preferred this over going bar hopping. It proves you don't have to be conventional and you can create a theme that suits the bride best.

I printed a bunch of old french images (I need to create a French digital collection) and used our old Eiffel tower pattern and printed it on white card stock to make 6 Eiffel towers for the table decor.  They also had a candy bar and we decorated the bags with French Label Stickers. **NOTE: I made our Eiffel Tower Pattern our Free Gift until Oct 1/14 and then it will be a $1.99 download. So until Oct 1, you can add it free to your cart if placing an order.


 Here's what the Eiffel Tower Pattern looks like and you just print 2 copies on card stock.


 Here's a shot of the dinner table laid out just before the girls all sat down.


Close up of one of the Eiffel towers.


I also attended a fun Alice in Wonderland theme Bridal Shower this summer that my dear friend Debi (mother of the groom) threw. She is very creative and look at this cute Alice croquet set she made!


A friend of the bride is an amazing baker and made this whimsical cake and all the cookies. I love the tea cup on the cake

 

There was a tea party theme and all sorts of fun decor.  If you missed the other Alice Party I posted about you can see it here. 



The sugar was colored, there were little bottles of "Drink Me Punch' and a cool mix of eclectic decor with miss matched chairs, tea cups.


These cake pops were yummy but I also loved the presentation


This was such a fun idea to use chalk paints to draw Alice's dress on a mirror they set up in the bathroom. Our daughter Chelsea couldn't resist taking a photo with her cell phone.


Okay, now I have some great Halloween projects to show you like this cool Tutorial by DT Member Sheila Rumney using the Shape Tool in Photoshop Elements.


How about this fun Shutter Halloween card by DT Leader Kathy Clement, she created using our Halloween Scraps and CD 4 Creating With Vintage Halloween.


DT Member Darelene Pavlick used our Halloween CD to create this fun Halloween card and gift boxes for a couple of her fave trick or treater's.  You also have to check out the cute School time Card Darlene made!


DT Member Diane Hoover made some adorable Halloween Spoolies using the Halloween CD and you can see the others on Diane's Blog.


DT Member Shantaie Caudell Fowler made an adorable Halloween card you can see here but I had to show you this poppy card she just made with our Digital Poppy Stamp set!  I love how she colored it and used her Cameo Silhouette to create a cut file.


I will be back tomorrow with wedding photos, plus our new 2015 Free Calendars and to announce the Winner of our Sept Linky Party and you have until 12 midnight tonight that you can still enter!

Wishing you joy and creativity
Sandy  Redburn
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Blaine,WA 98230