I am currently working on a gorgeous handkerchief wedding invitation for a lovely couple which made me remember about this great free printable from Eat Drink Chic. It’s designed to be used as a wedding guest book alternative, but you could also use them for marriage advice at a bridal shower, handwritten menus or any number of other creative ideas.
Have you got an anniversary coming up (especially anniversary which is paper), or perhaps even planning to pop the big question to your other half?
You will love these darling little tags that say ‘How do I love thee? Let me count the ways…’ from Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s famous poem.
Get the free download and instructions over on Polka Dot Bride today.
I was pretty thrilled last year when one of my fave design authors Charlotte Rivers (not just saying that – I did already own some of her books and follow her blog) asked me to submit some of my work for her upcoming book. But then I put it out of my mind because books take so long to reach the shelves and besides, not everything that’s submitted will make the final cut.
Huge thanks to Charlotte and her publisher Jacqui Small. It means so much to me to be published in such a beautifully produced book.
How genius is this idea from Kiwi interactive designer Andy Biggs? Head over to Jam Labelizer and Beer Labelizer to create personalised labels for your homemade goodies to give as gifts or use as party favours. Choose from the great free designs or donate a few dollars for full access.
Via How About Orange
You’ve probaby worked out by now that I did a lot of crafting for our wedding. To save you from hunting through the archives, I’ve compiled a nifty little long post summing up all the projects.
Beribboned bridesmaids’ fans *
Book ring ‘pillow’ *
Ribbon wands *
Family photo display *
Screenprinted napkins *
Vintage book page backdrop
Decoupaged book page votive holders *
Scrabble tile table names
Screenprinted belly bands
Envelope labels for ceremony-only invitations (free printable)
Reserved ceremony seating signs for parents *
Giant trivia crossword *
Welcome message *
Escort cards *
Photo booth sign * (free printable)
‘I spy’ game sheets * (free printable)
CD sleeves (free printable)
Because I was so involved in our wedding I did have some friends and family ask me what on earth I’d do with myself after the wedding and whether I would become one of those depressed newlyweds once I was no longer a bride. It’s true I absolutely loved planning and handcrafting our wedding, but no way did I want to prolong it forever. It took up an insane amount of time so frankly I was a little relieved to have a huge chunk of my free time back and to be able to focus on getting my fledgling stationery business off the ground.
Speaking of which, I wasn’t sure whether to include the stationery as ‘DIY’ since I am a professional graphic designer and some items were professionally printed. In the end I decided to include them to show the whole picture of what I created for the event.
There are a few of the more basic projects that I haven’t done tutorials for but if you’re interested in finding out more please just shout out in the comments. Cheers!
* Images marked with an asterisk by Luke Simon Photography.
To be honest, The Man and I aren’t big on all the trappings of Valentine’s Day, and we’re definitely not into the roses-and-teddies brand of romance. Surprising each other with thoughtful gestures is more our style.
With that in mind, I whipped up these cute ‘I love you more than…’ notes to leave lying aroud for your main squeeze to discover this V-Day (or any other day, really).
The Man and I fell in love with the Mortlock Chamber of the State Library of South Australia as soon as we saw photos of it. We kept researching venues because we felt we should be looking at all our options, but nothing ever lived up to the Library.
Instead of the traditional long bridal table, we opted for a table in the centre of the room with not only the bridal party but their partners as well. It was wonderful to be surrounded by our loved ones instead of feeling like we were ‘on show’.
I hate chair covers with a passsion (why reception venues can’t just buy some decent-looking chairs in the first place is beyond me). I had my heart set on some beautiful chairs but alas, I couldn’t find what I was looking for locally… which is probably just as well because it would have blown the budget. I did, however, manage to convince the venue to let me borrow some lovely antique timber chairs from another room. There weren’t enough for all 110 guests, but they were great to add a bit of interest nad differentiate the bridal table.
I had so much fun incorporating subtle literary references to suit our library theme. We also reused as many as possible of the ceremony decorations, plus as my bouquet, into the reception decor to get the most for our money.
I was so lucky to have my friends from Mary & Gabrielle Events pull everything together on the day. After planning every last detail and picturing it all in my head for months, I was completely floored when I saw it all come to life.
Instead of numbering the tables, we used scrabble tiles to name them after values that we value in our marriage. Since it’s not evident what they mean in isolation, it meant that guests were curious to walk around the room to find them all.
It was so special to have our Maid of Honour, Best Man, Ryan’s mum and my dad do some very memorable speeches. I’m not a huge fan of public speaking, but I knew that I wanted to express my own sentiments and thanks. We were also lucky to have a brilliant MC in our friend Jess, whose bubbliness and organisation made everything flow smoothly.
I forgot to include in my recount of the disaster-prone leadup to the wedding that I had managed to seriously sprain a muscle around my ribs, leaving me unable even sleep without pain let alone do some of the more involved dance moves in our first dance routine. It was touch-and-go whether we’d be able to do the fancy lift, but happily it healed up just in time.
Next week I’ll show some of the hilarious shots we captured in our photo booth.
Photography by Luke Simon Photography