Monday, June 30, 2008

Getting Closer

We're almost at the "one-year-from-now" mark! Soon the wedding planning will be in full speed mode.

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Escort Card Ideas: Color Coded Candy!

I love this idea that was shared on the Wedding Chicks. It's cute, helps guests find their table, and provides a nice little snack! I love the colors that were used in this project since the blue is right up my alley in terms of our colors. The blog post can be found here.

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Reception ideas: Photobooth

An idea I really want to make happen is a photobooth. I'm not talking the traditional, sit in the photobooth and take four poses type. I want a DIY stand in front of the camera and have fun "photo booth". I'm not sure if I could just pull this off on my own with my digital SLR or if I should go through my photographer. It's something I think would be super fun though.

Check out a sample photobooth slideshow from Jonilyn Photography:


Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Save the Dates in Progress

As I keep finding more and more ideas for what to do with my Save the Dates, I'm almost overwhelmed. I have a general idea of what I want and I want to stay focused on the vision that I have. It's hard to feel unique when you see your idea translated and created by another bride. I'm so thankful, though, for all the of the wonderful resources online that brides have been sharing since the blog boom.

I love the idea of magnets, so your guests will have a constant reminder on their fridge of the upcoming nuptials. I also like the idea of including stickers for guests to mark in their other calendars. This may seem like overkill at times, but I think that if you send a Save the Date to someone and then an invitation, they have absolutely no excuse not to know when your wedding is. I would hope that this would cut out the "Oh I didn't knows" or "You should have told me sooner" or "I wish I knew ahead of time". That's the whole point of a Save the Date, right, to SAVE THE DATE.

Here's some inspiration from Melissa Jill, a Scottsdale-based photographer, who has a new line of Save the Date Cards:

Here is what I have come up with. I'm planning on maybe using these as the magnets and including another insert with information for our out of town guests. It's so hard to decide on just one idea, that I want to include everything! These are preliminary designs, with some others on the way.

Awesome engagement photos by our rad-tastic photographer, Travis Hoehne!

Monday, June 16, 2008

Project #1: Save the Dates

Since a good portion of the people who are going to attend our wedding are from outside California, I knew that we needed something to help our guests plan for next year. I've been working on creating Save-the-Date cards so that it's no surprise as to when the event is. I'd like as many people who can come to come and share the weekend with us.

Not being a graphic designer, but wanting to create my own stuff, has proven to be a challenge. Luckily, it's easy enough to play around with. I just have to find a font that I like enough to use with the rest of our stationery. I want to incorporate our colors and make something that our guests won't throw away...

Friday, June 6, 2008

Jet Fuel is ruining my life.

If it wasn't bad enough that gas prices jump up every single day (and not even easing into the $4 thing), the price of jet fuel goes up as well. As a consequence, plane tickets skyrocket. What used to cost $220 on a good day to fly to Dallas, is now between $330-$450 if you're lucky. It's pretty depressing considering that my salary has not gone up in order to offset the inflation in prices. It might be easier to get through this if my disposable income increased to cover $4.29 gas!

I'll really have to send out our Save the Dates a year in advance so our out-of-town guests can plan accordingly and not have to spend a fortune (I don't want that!). I want everyone to be able to make it, especially those across the country and celebrate with us on this special day. Hopefully there will be some relief of some sort in the near future.