Wedding Wrap-up: The DIY

Today is the last of the wedding posts. I had a lot of fun making things for my wedding, and I certainly learned some new skills as a result. While these pictures were all seen before in a previous post–this time, I’m going to talk about all the details in depth.

The gift table - which had to be pulled under the tent when it started to rain. We made the guest book ourselves, and the guest fish was a wonderful idea from my new mother-in-law (photo taken by my lovely friend Nicole)

Photo taken by my lovely friend Nicole

The gift table was anointed with a card box, which was simply our wedding-colour ribbon glued around the top edge of the box. (Thanks to my Auntie Jo for that idea!) We also used coloured cardstock as a backing for signage, like the day’s schedule. They were held up by flower wire and tape, nothing fancy.

And lastly (for this table, at least), is the guest book. It was a 1 x 6 of poplar, cut to size and stained blue, then a couple of holes drilled into it. The inside was cut up pieces of 12×12 scrapbook paper. It was all held together by 1″ binder rings. It was really simple, and turned out really beautifully. It also means there don’t need to be any extra pages hanging around in there!

Picture taken by my lovely friend Nicole

Picture taken by my lovely friend Nicole

We used the rolls and rolls of our wedding colour ribbon as table runners. I can honestly say, I bought way too much, and now I have ton of ribbon sitting in a bag at home. Fortunately, I have some ideas for it already! (coming soon, hopefully!) The pompoms took up their final home on the ceiling of the tent. My partner tied each pompom to varying lengths of cord, then tied all of those to more cord that was draped from side-to-side in the tent. In the end it looked like coloured stars hanging from the roof. Unfortunately, there aren’t any photos that captured this phenomenon, so I hope you can picture it based on the snippet at the top-left corner of the above photo.

Most of the effort ended up at the head table. A couple of weeks before the wedding, I realized that the head table should probably look unique, and not be just a plain, floor length table cloth. After some brainstorming, I realized it was the perfect spot for the tulle flowers, and we bought some sparkly tulle to drape between them. (I also added a bead for the center, and some green tulle “leaves”.)

Behind the head table was The Ribbon Wall. Not just any ribbon wall, as this one was 18 feet of luxurious double-faced satin ribbon, in 4 different colours. The idea was discovered on pinterest (don’t they all?) and I knew I had to have it. I was more excited about this project than any other I took on! Which is good, because it wasn’t an easy one. It took about a month to find a place that would sell us enough ribbon (400 yards!) at a not-too-expensive price. With shipping it came out to be about $140.

Each piece of ribbon was cut to 10.5 feet, just half a foot longer than the height of the tent. I was concerned that if the wind picked up, they’d whip around and would have to be anchored down, but instead, they simply fluttered (beautifully) in the gentle breeze. What you can’t see is the piece of fabric at the top that was sewn to keep all the ribbon perfectly spaced, as well as have room for a rope running in the middle. It was designed to keep everything as easy to set up as possible on the big morning. The thanks for that goes to my sister who sewed together that fabric, despite my mediocre-at-best pinning job.

It was perfect because, not only was it beautiful, but it also allowed people to dip in and out (like the photographer), without sliding in between a tent wall, or having the not so lovely view of the house behind us.

Were all those details worth it? Definitely. No question, yes. It made it so much more us, because we both love making things with our hands. Was it cheaper? Well, that’s debatable. I didn’t really keep track. Maybe a little. But it was full of love, from the things we made, to the people who celebrated with us, and that, as they say, is priceless.

And that’s a wrap! Are there any details or posts you especially loved from this series?

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Ribbon Flowers

My goal for a few months now has been to make flowers from the ribbon that is our wedding theme colours. During my quest, I scoured pinterest in an attempt to collect ideas. When that yielded only mildly promising ideas, I did general google searches, and got a book from the library. I tried some fancy sewing from said book, but it looked…weird (user error, I’m sure, the pictures in the book looked much nicer). I had nearly given up when I discovered this video! I’m sure there are others that are similar, but the level of simplicity and resulting flower were exactly what I was looking for.

So it was decided, and I set about finding a lighter. No, that wasn’t easy, because apparently in a feat of “we don’t care if a natural disaster hits” we had no lighter or a single match in our place. Thank goodness for these flowers, because now we are prepared.

The flowers start with cutting out some squares, melting the edges, making some cuts, and melting those edges. Simple.

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This is a deconstructed flower, composed of 5 layers of ribbon.

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Both constructed flowers

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Flower #1

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Flower #2

I love the petals of flower #2, they turned out much more rounded and nicely layered. But I feel that the center of flower #1 is a bit more appealing–although not quite perfect. I guess I may just have to buy more beads for the occasion, what a shame!

As for what to do with them now, well, the current thought is hair fascinator and/or shoe clips. But I’m still working on that, and, of course, the continued search for awesome things to make with the ribbon. Smaller flowers for boutonnieres , perhaps?

So, what are your ideas for other things I can make with the ribbon?

Getting Crafty With It

Apologies for the hiatus from posting! It has been a busy (roller coaster) few weeks, with very little time to breathe. Life attacked, amidst trying to get wedding plans in place. However, with the first (tiny) round of invitations out, and most of the booking-related items falling into line, AND a dress (yay!), it seems like things are right on track.

Our wedding colours are based on ribbon. Why ribbon? Because it’s a beautiful tie-dye ribbon with blues and greens, very serene and nature-y.

It was a simpler choice than trying to narrow it down to just 2 colours. And we’re both happy (which is a difficult thing to achieve, it took 2 weeks just to agree on shower curtains!). It also gives us flexibility in colour coordination. We can go with “as long as it’s on the ribbon” as opposed to “as long as it nearly-perfectly matches this shade of blue”.

My dress, it turns out, is a very rare colour, known as “pearl”. The sales lady said, “the best part of finding your dress so early is that you can coordinate decorations!”. But…it’s impossible to find anything that colour. So. White and ribbon colours it remains. I cannot say anything else about the dress, other than that to me it is the ultimate princess dress. Completely impractical for an outdoor wedding.

However, what “pearl” can be coordinated with is my fascinator and jewelry. I am initially tackling the fascinator, and so far I have the idea that I want leaves with flowers made out of ribbon (and possible out of part of my dress that’s hemmed off). This past weekend I actually had time to make a leave, which is a lot like a tree of life, but leaf shaped.

Instead of wrapping the end of each “branch” around the edge, I wrapped it back along the way it came and re-incorporated it into the “trunk”. In terms of wire, I used a 24g, and about 8 pieces that were double the length of my desired leaf size.

It wasn’t hard to make, took me a couple of hours total. The longest (and most frustrating) part might have been twisting the wire to make the leaf shape! I highly recommend having a pair of needle nose pliers for this, though, to pull the wire through tight spots as you’re wrapping. This would work great on jewelry, as well, perhaps as a pendant. And it could made smaller or larger simply by using thinner or thicker wire, respectively.

I am a bit concerned about whether it may get caught in my hair. I tried to tuck all the ends in properly, but even just the wire itself could tug a few hairs out of place. My theory is that if I’m going to have an infinite number of pictures taken of me, I’d better look damned good.