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DIY Wedding Save the Dates


Shortly after we got engaged, Mitchell and I sat down and looked around on pinterest, and found some save the date styles we liked. Origionally we had planned to DIY our save the dates AND invites, but we had a family friend offer to hand paint our invites for us, so in the end we only had to DIY our Save the dates.

Close up of the finished product

Just for fun, we hired Points of Measure to create a logo for our wedding. We sent her a photo of our invites and some wedding logos we had found on Pinterest and she worked her magic. When we first got the logo, we weren’t sure if we were going to still DIY our own save the dates or not, originally we had intended to use the logo for our website, and registry.

A few weeks later, Mitchell and I were talking and decided we’d see if we could find someone to turn the logo into a stamp, that we could then use on our thank you’s, and wedding favors and such. I searched high and low, and ultimately found TailorMadeStamps on Etsy.

Our cat, Kitten, showing off all the wood rounds after we glued magnets to them.

The stamp arrived and was just as we had hoped! It was then that we thought it would be perfect for our save the dates we had dreamt up! I went out to the local craft stores and big name stores and looked for some wood rounds that we liked and could use. Coudn’t find any that fit our feel, so I took my search Amazon, and found these. We ordered the amount we needed, and found some magnets we could attach to them.

Mitchell and I spent one evening stamping each wood round, and hot glueing the magnets to the back of them.

The next step to our DIY magnet save the dates was to find a way to transport them, and include a little more info. We went out and bought 140 pound watercolor paper (we ordered this one from amazon) and a kids watercolor paint set that had our wedding colors on it. This is the exact one we bought. We sat down on the floor of the craft room, and painted away.

Mitchell painting one of the papers

The painting part is all about your preference. We wanted light and sweet. Next, I went into photoshop and designed a what we wanted the papers to say. I’ll attach a screenshot of what I designed below. I used photoshop, but I’m sure you could create something in Word if you needed to.

After letting the paper dry overnight, I came back and cut the paper down to a size that would fit in the printer, and printed two save the dates per sheet. Once out of the printer (and dry) I cut them down to the proper size.

cut down to size

It took some trouble shooting, but we figured out the best way to adhere the magnets to the paper was to use some magnetic strip. I bought this kind, but I’m sure any would work. Once you’re done, it should look something like the photos below.

Supplies needed:

  • Wood Rounds
  • Custom made Stamp
  • Magnets
  • 140 lb Watercolor paper
  • Watercolor
  • Paintbrush
  • Hot Glue Gun
  • Glue Sticks
  • Printer
  • Paper Cutter
  • Paint Brush
  • Water
  • Magnetic Tape
  • Envelopes
  • Postage

Steps Needed

  1. Stamp wood rounds
  2. Hot Glue magnets to back, and let dry overnight
  3. Watercolor your paper and let dry overnight
  4. Cut paper to fit into printer
  5. Print something for your guests, I suggest “Put me on your fridge” or something similar.
  6. Cut sheets to fit in your envelopes
  7. Attach a small piece of Magnetic tape to center of paper
  8. Attach your magnet to the magnetic tape
  9. Stuff into envelopes
  10. Mail out
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Wedding Weekend – Tips and advice – part 1


So as some of you may know, after 10.5 years of being together, my S/O and I finally decided to get married! We had a moderately long engagement (a year and a half) which gave me plenty, or perhaps too much time to plan everything out.

I was never one of those girls that dreamed about her wedding day, so I went into this completely unsure what I wanted to do with everything. My (then) Fiancé and I sat down, picked colors, and talked about what kind of location we wanted for our wedding.

The number one thing we both agreed on, we wanted somewhere where our Family and wedding party could stay with us for the weekend.

The hunt started, and I found an amazing place on AirB&B. Affordable and we were able to rent out the entire lodge for the wedding.

Immediately we visited the location and toured it. We fell in love almost instantly. The views were stunning, owner was kind, and the property was well cared for.

Some tips for those looking for a smaller private venue:

  • Make sure you plan a budget first. Know how much you’re able and willing to spend on a venue
  • Find one that allows weddings, if you search AirB&B on your computer browser, there is an option for places that allow events
  • Make sure the venue can handle the capacity
  • Tour the venue more than once if possible. We toured ours twice before putting a deposit down.
  • Look at reviews, and let them help you decide
  • Bring more than just yourself and your Fiance’ to tour the venue. We brought along his older sister, my MOH and one of his Best Men the first visit, and the second we brought our moms.
  • Be prepared that no location will please everyone. We had some people unsure about our venue, and even guests who said they visited the website and just weren’t sure how we’d be able to pull it off, and then were FLOORED to see how beautiful it turned out.

Some Questions to ask when touring your venue:

  1. How much will it cost to have XX people stay?
  2. Will it cost extra to have the wedding on site?
  3. Do we have to use a specific caterer?
  4. Do we have to use a specific table Bar-tender? DJ?
  5. Are Tables and chairs included in rental?
  6. Is parking for wedding guests included?
  7. Does the venue have a tent for parties?
  8. What is expected of guests renting the space
  9. What type of decor is allowed?
  10. Are departure celebrations allowed? (IE Sparklers, bird seed being tossed, flower petals…)
  11. Is there a quiet time?
  12. Are bathrooms included, or will you need a porta-potty? We got lucky, ours included 2 porta-potties.
  13. Are there areas guests cant go into? For example, we had guests let themselves into the Goat enclosure, even though we were told no one was allowed, I guess some guests thought they didn’t need to follow that rule. We also had guests enter the lodge, that was off limits (and had signs all over) and help themselves to Truly, and other food provided by our wedding party and crew helping us. Be ready to deal with these, and find out what areas are 100% off limits. I didn’t find out about most of these issues until after the wedding, and people started posting videos and photos to social media. Be prepared for extra charges in the event that people don’t follow the rules.
  14. Do you need to pack out your own garbage and recycling? We packed out all our own recycling, which saved a ton of space in their dumpster, and prevented a bunch of stuff from going to the landfil

Next post, I’ll talk about how we used the space at the Lodge we rented, and how we chose where the ceremony was vs the reception!

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Weddings are always beautiful


When she was in her late 20’s my mom started a job nannying for a family, at the time, they had 4 kids with another on the way. My mom nannied for them for 6 years, and in that time their family grew to 6 kids, and my mom had me! 

I grew up with them. Went to pre-school with their youngest (he’s just a few months older than I am.) We were inseparable, if he was sick and couldn’t go to school, I’d cry throw a fit in protest. If, for any reason, my mom actually took me to pre-school, I’d sit in the corner and cry. 

As we got older, their youngest daughter and I became really close. I’d spend full weeks in the summer at their house, and we’d have weeklong slumber parties. 

However, just before 6th grade, my mom got married and we moved away. I saw their youngest Daughter (Carrie) once after we moved and that was it.

Then this past summer, I got an invitation in the mail to her WEDDING! It was yesterday, and for the first time in over a decade their family, my mom and I were all re-united. It was wonderful. It felt like little time had really passed, and hopefully we’ll manage to keep in touch this time! 🙂 

I’ve attached some photos, some from when we were younger, and some from the wedding. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do 🙂

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8th birthday

Kurt, then me then my friend Jeff (that weird thing on my lip—stitches.) Then behind Jeff is a young Carrie!

 

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Carrie's wedding

Kurt and I at Carrie’s wedding!

 

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