Big milestone tomorrow

  1. You have chosen to ignore posts from Rirlo01. Show Rirlo01's posts

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    Rap, I'm not tackling escort cards and table numbers yet, so I'm virtually useless, but my current plan for escort cards is to do something simple with either cardstock and a paper cutter or some of those precut cards from iParty, Michaels or AC Moore.  I think I'll write names with the pen I'm using to address my invites and add a little decoration with a stamp of our last name initial.   I'm not attempting true calligraphy, but when I'm careful, my writing can be pretty, and I figure that'll be good enough.  I had vowed not to bother with favors, but the temptation is growing, so I may whip up something small and inexpensive I can attach to the cards.  I figure my boring cards will matter less if they're accompanied by something edible.  :)

    Haven't even contemplated table number yet.  Oops!  

    Congrats on sending out the invitations!!!  WOOHOO!  THat's super exciting.  I'm just planning to order mine this weekend, and even that's got me all giddy.  

    Oh, and potted plants/flowers sound great for centerpieces.  They'll be beautiful.  

     
  2. You have chosen to ignore posts from pingo. Show pingo's posts

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    Hi Rap,
    Congratulations on sending out your wedding invitations!
    As for centerpieces you can do some really nice ones yourself for very little money. For my DIL's shower, I already had a few baskets, found some cheap baskets for the rest of the tables, spray painted them all white. Then filled them up with small pots of African Violets - using the purples and lavender my DIL had selected for her wedding color. They were amazingly pretty. One can use any small plants as well. There are lots of options.
    The guests took the individual pots home as favors. I spend a lot less than $100 for all the centerpieces. And everyone loved them.
     
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    Yay on the invites. 

    I did my own table numbers and escort cards.  My co worker had very neat hand writing so she wrote the names on the escort tents for me (left over paper from mess-ups of my invites) and then i went to Michael's and used 40% off coupons to buy a stamp, embossing powder, and an embossing gun. Super simple to do.  I put the stamp in the corner of the card, and the embossing gun/powder makes it look SO good, it gets shiny/raised off of the paper.  If I bought all the stuff at paper source it would have been very expensive, but with the coupons at Michael's, i paid next to nothing. I think I printed AC moore coupons and used them at Michaels...but AC moore has the stuff too. 
    FOr table numbers I you can use the same stamps and a big piece of card stock. I got a number stencil at ACMoore and traced it with pencil and then went over it with a sharpie in one of my wedding colors.  Next to nothing again. My paper was free, but you can get the paper at the craft store as well. Cardstock in your wedding colors would be fine.   If you want to see pics let me know, I'm off for the weekend, but I can post when I return!. 
     
  4. You have chosen to ignore posts from kargiver. Show kargiver's posts

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    Congrats!  Handing over the box of invitations to the post master was the biggest moment BY FAR for me during wedding planning.  It was REALLY HAPPENING at that point.

    I don't know why there's such a stigma against the B list.  Unless you have unlimited funds and venue space there's always a cutoff and people you'd like to invite but can't.  Setting things up so that you can invite them after all should be looked upon as a GOOD thing for everyone!  So what if you're on the B list - it just means the couple had to draw the line somewhere and since Aunt so-and-so has non-refundable trip to go on African safari that weekend you can go in her place.  Too bad for her, but...YAY!

    Best wishes, Rap - it's really coming together.  And, for the first time in your adult life, you'll look FORWARD to checking the mail every day.  :)

    ~kar

    P.S.  Yes, I printed our own escort cards, and it was SO EASY.  I didn't do my own invitations or anything else.  I got the kit from Staples.  AND, I bought different colored star stickers (like you got in elementary school) and stuck them on the back (they were tent style) to indicate what the people were eating on the front.  Red for beef, gold for turkey, green for vegetarian.  I gave the key to the function coordinator.  Then, the servers didn't have to ask the guests what they ordered.  It was quicker and less intrusive.  Of course, if there were different colored stars on one, they had to ask who had which one, but at least they started off with the right dishes in their hands.  If you've ever printed your own address labels it's the same thing.  You can't go wrong.
     
  5. You have chosen to ignore posts from WhirledPeasPlease. Show WhirledPeasPlease's posts

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    I made my own table and escort cards with supplies from Michael's too, and it was super easy. I also designated meal choice like Kar, but in a different way: I bought red and brown ribbon (red for steak, brown for chicken), used a hole punch to pop a hole in the escort card, and tied a bow through the hole. Guests thought it was a pretty touch and didn't know what it meant. It also pulls your color scheme together!
     
  6. You have chosen to ignore posts from kargiver. Show kargiver's posts

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    Most of my guests didn't notice the stars on the back; they thought the servers were psychic!  LOL

    I was too lazy to punch holes and tie ribbons, but I'm sure they came out really pretty.
     
  7. You have chosen to ignore posts from Mo41083. Show Mo41083's posts

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    Hi Rap,

    Congrats on getting the invites out, that's so much fun!

    I used a seating chart instead of escort cards and also printed the menu on it because I just didn't love the idea of the individual cards.  I got mine from Documents and Designs and loved them, but they were a bit pricey, I think $200 for the chart.  Here's the website in case you can't picture it: www.documentsanddesigns.com. Because I spent a lot on that I DIY'd the centerpieces and table names.  We had a fall wedding and used tree names for the table names and inexpensive lanterns from Homegoods/TJ Maxx filled with candy corn and fake leaves from the dollar store for the centerpieces.  I think they both came out great and for a very low cost.  Here's a pic.  Good luck!


     
  8. You have chosen to ignore posts from cicirose. Show cicirose's posts

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    Congrats on the invitations! So exciting!!!

    For escort cards we purchased the perforated sheets that you print on then pull apart and fold. So much easier and neater than handwriting them! I think we bought the package from AC Moore which includes the printing template. Our venue did our table numbers.

    As far as centerpieces, we waited until a couple days before and bought some potted plants from Home Depot, potting soil, moss, and planters from Ikea. We were REALLY nervous but they turned out not too bad. Total cost for 8 was under $250. Guests took them home and were able to plant them.


     
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    Rap, that's crazy; it seems like it was just yesterday that you got engaged!  I remember getting that feeling of "holy cr*ap, this is really happening now" when I mailed my invitations.  It was a great feeling though; very exciting!

    Do you have any sort of theme for your wedding?  If not, what are your colors?  I love the suggestions everyone else has made so far.  They can be so easy and so cheap to put together.

    For my wedding we did hurricane lamps with battery-operated votives and a mirror underneath.  We scattered black and white stones (like the ones you might see on the bottom of a fish tank) around them, along with pink rose petals.  We bought everything from the Christmas Tree Shop and each one cost no more than $10 total.
     
  10. You have chosen to ignore posts from pinkkittie27. Show pinkkittie27's posts

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    congrats, Rap!

    I DIY'd my own centerpieces with potpurri, fish bowls and seashells from the craft store. It was really cheap. I'd suggest going to Michael's or AC Moore and just check out what they have and let inspiration do it's thing.
    Or, like Pugs said, Christmas Tree Shop is a good place, too.
     
  11. You have chosen to ignore posts from NYEBride2010. Show NYEBride2010's posts

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    It feels so real now...  I know the shower is coming up some time this month too, even though I still don't know when.  My mother is infuriating me because of it.  She'll start a sentence, then stop herself, saying, "Oh wait, never mind.  You don't know about that."  Aargh!
    Congrats Rap!! I know how this feels!  I hate surprises and want to know when mine is....and my mom's doing the same things.  So frustrating but it will be great to be surprised by everyone when it comes! I think the potted plants will be great for centerpieces.

    AND, I bought different colored star stickers (like you got in elementary school) and stuck them on the back (they were tent style) to indicate what the people were eating on the front.  Red for beef, gold for turkey, green for vegetarian.  I gave the key to the function coordinator.  Then, the servers didn't have to ask the guests what they ordered.
    Love this idea Kar!!! Thanks for sharing!
     
  12. You have chosen to ignore posts from cosmogirl. Show cosmogirl's posts

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    I remember feeling slightly nauseous (in a good way - ha ha) when I handed them to the post office guy.  It was the omg-this-is-really-going-to-happen moment!   So excited for you!

    Can you have candles at your venue?  You could put some tea lights on a mirror ...maybe sprinkle a few sparklies, petals, sea glass, or autumn leaves for effect.  I have a whole box of mirror tiles (12" x 12") left over from my wedding which I would be delighted to give you!  Also, whatever tea candle holders I have left....maybe about 2 dozen.   

    Other cheap alternatives:  colored wine bottles (i.e. cobalt blue) with a single stem flower.  Glass canning jars (or other random vases) with a grocery-store-bought bunch of flowers.  Small basket of seasonal fruit. 

    (But I vote for whatever sparkles!)

    I am so excited for you, Ra!  I feel like you're the last of the "old gang" - the end of an era as it were.

    If you want my stuff, just email me at cape cod 38 at the letter g mail.....
     
  13. You have chosen to ignore posts from kargiver. Show kargiver's posts

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    We also did our own centerpieces - we grew our own sugar pumpkins (but you can buy them pretty cheap) and, a la Martha Stewart, cut slits in the stems to hold the table numbers.  I made the number cards out of poster board and mailbox numbers and added stickers from Micheal's of Fall leaves.  And, I got some Fall leaves wire tea light holders from Target (no longer sold, sorry).  The candy apple favors were pretty decorations (double duty!), and that was all we had.  It looked beautiful imo without any flowers and on the cheap.

    Sorry, I don't have a photo right now...computer issues.  But, you can picture it, I'm sure.  You can do a lot with pumpkins; your wedding falls at the right time.  Ha!


     
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    Congratulations on getting the invites out, that was so much fun.  I LOVED checking the mail every day for the response cards.  Enjoy this time!!

    In response to the discussons on indicating meal choice on the escort cards, our venue did it in a very unique way and I'm not sure why more places don't do it this way.  We had to give our venue the list of people and meal choice for who was seated at each table.  The server then noted where each person was sitting at the table the night of the wedding.  When it was time to serve the meal to a specific table, the servers would come out, each with two entrees and they would place the entrees down all at the same time.  So, if there were 8 guests at a table, 4 servers carried their entrees and then all placed the meals down in front of the correct guest at the same time.  I think they called it synchronized service or something like that.  It was really cool!!   
     
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    Wow, it seems like yesterday you got engaged!  So happy for you!

    My friend did her own centerpieces and they were really simple and easy.  She got large wide glass bowls, filled them with water, cranberries (which float) and white floating candles.  They were SO pretty and the red cranberries went perfect with her fall wedding.  Really pretty.  You can also add some gerbera daisy heads which look great floating as well.

    I'm plannign to make my own escort cards (working on that this weekend!).  I bought tent cards from here:

    www.cardsandpockets.com

    They are $0.15 a piece and prescored which makes it easy.  Then we'll print the names on white cardstock, cut and glue them to the tent cards.  Easy and pretty!  You can also buy the tent cards from Paper Source if there is one near you.
     
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    Congrats Rap!!!  So exciting!

    We printed our own escort cards as well... no need for extra stress/hassel.  it was actually the 1 task DH had.  Since it involved using his computer, he was glad to do it!
    DIY centerpieces can be awesome!!  We went boring & small & just put a single rose & greens in a bud vase on each table.  Nobody said anything bad to me about it & they all found homes as people left, so I'm fine with that!
    If you decide to use something with shells/marbles/colored glass, check out the Dollar stores... they have a tons of stuff like that!
     
  17. You have chosen to ignore posts from Rirlo01. Show Rirlo01's posts

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    Mo, I LOVE your lantern centerpiece.  I'm drooling.  I have lantern envy. 

    Really, all these ideas are great!  I think the potted flower/plant idea is fantastic, Rap; but if you had any doubts, you have a wealth of other (relatively) easy and affordable options now. 
     
  18. You have chosen to ignore posts from Rapunzel41. Show Rapunzel41's posts

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    Hey, all!  

    We ended up not having time to drop the invites off on Friday (we were headed to NH for the weekend), so I dropped them off this morning.  No turning back now!

    I'm trying to keep things as ridonculously simple as possible because there's a very short window of time to get thing set up at the venue and a limited number of people to help with the set up.  Not having any extra time or money in either budget, I'm really thinking the potted plants are the way to go.  Plunk one down in the middle of the table, stick the stem with the table number in it, and it's done!

    I decided I'm going to take a cork bulletin board and cover it with fabric.  Then I'll use business card stock to print the escort cards with a very simple fall theme and use push pins to stick them to the board.  (This is actually ideal, because there isn't space to set up a table for the escort cards.  I can lean the bulletin board on the built-in window seat at the museum, and once our guests have all arrived, the board can get put away in someone's car.)  I found fall leaf clip art with number on them, and each number/leaf combo is a different color.  I can then print the same leaves in a larger format for the table numbers themselves.

    I was already going to use Kar's method of color coded stickers for meal choices.  
    I have to finish updating our wedding website tonight...  I have my alterations appointment on the 17th.  (No real fitting needed - just a quick bustle and some hidden snaps to secure my sash!)

    So thanks to all for the suggestions...  I guess I really just needed a weekend to relax and let the ideas flow!
     
  19. You have chosen to ignore posts from augustbride20. Show augustbride20's posts

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    In Response to Re: Big milestone tomorrow:
    [QUOTE]Wow, it seems like yesterday you got engaged!  So happy for you! My friend did her own centerpieces and they were really simple and easy.  She got large wide glass bowls, filled them with water, cranberries (which float) and white floating candles.  They were SO pretty and the red cranberries went perfect with her fall wedding.  Really pretty.  You can also add some gerbera daisy heads which look great floating as well. I'm plannign to make my own escort cards (working on that this weekend!).  I bought tent cards from here: www.cardsandpockets.com They are $0.15 a piece and prescored which makes it easy.  Then we'll print the names on white cardstock, cut and glue them to the tent cards.  Easy and pretty!  You can also buy the tent cards from Paper Source if there is one near you.
    Posted by trex509[/QUOTE]

    Trex, I don't know if I am a complete idiot, but I can't find the tent cards on this site! Can you help me!? :)
     
  20. You have chosen to ignore posts from Rirlo01. Show Rirlo01's posts

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    Is that you, Peonie?

    Could be these.  Or these.  
     
  21. You have chosen to ignore posts from kargiver. Show kargiver's posts

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    I like your push pin idea for the escort cards, but one logistical question.  If you don't have the tent style cards so you can put the stickers on the back (opposites side of the names and table numbers), where would you put the stickers so the servers can see them while they are serving the food?  If they are single non-tent style cards, guests can lay them down any old way on the table and then the stickers won't help.  Maybe you could put a note on the board that asks guests to lay the cards sticker side up at their places to "facilitate serving"?

    I had the same "no turning back, now" feeling when I dropped our invitations off, too.  It was a relief to have it essentially set in stone - the whole thing seemed like a fairy tale dream that I could wake up from before then. 
     
  22. You have chosen to ignore posts from Rapunzel41. Show Rapunzel41's posts

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    I'll see what works best for the caterer and figure it out.  That's so far down my list of things to worry about right now!  LOL!

    I did finally find out my shower is the 22nd.  My mother only told me the when because she needs a place to stay!  LMAO!
     
  23. You have chosen to ignore posts from pingo. Show pingo's posts

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    Just a note for the serving idea. We had stickers as well on the seating cards for our RD. But we also gave the kitchen a list of the tables with the number of whatever servings (like table #8: 4meats, 2 fish and 2 vegetarian).
    I got a note of thank you later from the person in charge. It was the easiest and fastest meal, they had ever served. They are now demanding a list like that for all their functions. - Pingo
     
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    In Response to Re: Big milestone tomorrow:
    [QUOTE]Is that you, Peonie? Could be  these .  Or  these .  
    Posted by Rirlo01[/QUOTE]

    Rirlo, yes...thank you! I must be really dumb to not be able to find those! :)
     
  25. You have chosen to ignore posts from Rirlo01. Show Rirlo01's posts

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    They were hiding!  I'm somewhat ashamed to admit I only knew where to look because I've spent too much time poking around that site.  No potential invitation vendor can escape me.  
     

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