Thursday, March 29, 2012

6 months to go!

Oh boy! We reached our 6 month mark today... Time is really starting to fly now... In just a couple of months I can see things REALLY starting to pick up - soon all the meetings about all the finer details will begin!!

More importantly... In just 6 months time (wow, the last year and a bit has FLOWN!), I will start a marriage with a wonderful man by my side... I can't wait!

Saturday, March 24, 2012

table numbers and ikea frames

Project number #2 over the weekend for me was the creation of our table numbers (or what is our table numbers at this point! Still contemplating printing them on some old book pages, as mentioned in my table number inspiration post) If you recall from an earlier post last year, we purchased a number of Tolsby Frames at $2 each (in Aus. dollars, I think they are .99c in American?) from Ikea to use for our table numbers, mostly because we loved the idea that they are double sided!

Earlier in the planning process, I had found this wonderful free download from Betsy White's Blog, Flights of Fancy, in their free downloads section:

(Admittedly, I can't find the direct link to this download anymore, so I believe it may have be removed!)

I hope Betsy White doesn't mind, but I changed the colours of this gorgeous design to suit our wedding - it's so stunning but green really isn't one of our wedding colours! After a few tweeks, these little beauties turned out perfectly!

Over the weekend I printed out these numbers on two different types of card, to see which would work best in our white frames. Before printing them, I had thought that perhaps they would have worked better on grey card stock against the white frames because white card might have looked too washed out with the white frames. But when printed, both the future mister and I agreed that the white version looked much nicer! The grey actually ended up looking more of a blue and the colours looked rather dingy. Do you agree?

Ignore the black triangles - we're not removing the protective coating until before the wedding!

Anyway, here they are all printed out and lined up in a row. I'm still tempted to try them out on some old book sheets if I can get my hands on some, but given the very rustic style of the centrepiece's we've chosen for inspiration (we haven't spoken to our reception place yet to confirm what they will really end up looking like!) I think maybe they might need to stay white, to be able to pop a little.

Next up is to create our personalised "I Spy" for the back of these bad boys - a different one for each table so that *hopefully* we end up with a lovely mix of pictures from our wonderful friends and family at the end of the day! I can't wait to see how it turns out! What do you guys think?

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

a little spray paint...

This weekend was a weekend full of DIY projects for me! Some I can share with you, and will over the next few days, some I reluctantly will have to wait until after the wedding to blog about (because some nosey bridesmaids may read my blog :P love you ladies!). I've had a lot of fun getting stuck into some of the projects I've had whirling around in my head though, and some of them were SO simple, yet so effective!

Today's DIY involves the frames that we will be using to house all of the family wedding photos we've been collecting over the last year or so. I plan to share them all with you soon (I'm currently in the process of scanning in the last few that I collected from my grandmother during our trip to Umina the other week) but for now, here's the story about the frames!

Back around Christmas time, you might have recalled me mentioning that I picked about 5 or 6 red frames from Typo for half price ($5 each!) during their big sale.

Well on the weekend I picked up some black spray paint and set about testing out a coat of spray paint on one, to see whether it was going to stick! (I was a little worried that the spray paint may not adhere to the type of material the frame was made of)

As it turned out, I needn't have worried. It worked out perfectly. Here's the finished product:

The finished product compared to an original red frame:

And compared with an original black one I bought for our engagement party (and planned to reuse at the wedding) - you can barely tell the difference!

So Monday (my day off work) was spent spraying the remaining they are all lined up in a row!

I can't wait to add our family photos in and see them all displayed on our wedding day. It's great seeing our projects start to come together. More on the way really soon! Meanwhile, you may have noticed a slight tidy up of the blog and the addition of the few things in the side bar. I've added a button for anyone who would like to use one on their blog at all (you know, if you like us that much and all *shucks*) AND I've been a busy beaver creating a separate email, Twitter AND Pinterest JUST for this blog! All pictures taken by me (mostly for DIY projects, etc.) will now have a watermark in the corner and any DIY projects will be added to our Pinterest account where you can re-Pin them to your own account, so please, be sure to follow! We'll even be Pinning great ideas from fellow bloggers and plenty of wedding inspiration from Pinterest-land! Enjoy!

Thursday, March 15, 2012

cake topper collection

Following on from yesterday's cake post, today is all about the humble cake topper. I do love to find a good cake topper and as always, the trusty etsy doesn't fail to provide!!!

Below are some of my favourites but there really is something for everyone's taste - if you can imagine it I can almost guarantee someone on etsy has made it (or is willing to!). I'm not going to say which of the below we're going to perch on top of our pretty little cake (maybe because I might still change my mind!) but to be honest, I would be happy with any of these babies on show on our wedding day! Which one is your fav.?


Wednesday, March 14, 2012

let them eat cake

It looks like the future hubby and I have chosen our cake design! It's been a long process... As I figured it would be. While there are many *stunning* and downright *amazing* wedding cakes out there on display in BlogLand, I knew that many of them would be a) priced waaaaay too far out of our price range, b) waaaaay too fussy for the future hubby and c) way too girly for the future hubby to handle. I knew that we would need something that was simple and elegant without being too girly that the fiancé was offended by it at first glance. We're trying very hard throughout this process to try and keep the right balance of masculine to feminine happening, when let's face it, weddings tend to err on the feminine side by their very nature.

Many of the cakes I found were vetoed by the fiancé at first glance, so they aren't really even worth sharing. Truth be told, I knew they would be before I even showed them to him! If you are after some gorgeous wedding cake porn, be sure to check out the gorgeous posts that Shardi has correlated over at The Blushing Bride... Some of those cakes are droolworthy!

Most of the simple cakes that we ended up tossing between were found by my sister in law and as such, I don't have sources for them, for which I apologise. I'm happy to say at least ONE was found by me (but it's not the one we've decided on!).

This is the first one the SIL found for us. I ADORED this cake. Still do. Alas, future hubby does *not* like the polka dots. Such a shame.

This was one of the early ones I found and we both agreed upon so it was our "runner up" cake in case we didn't find anything else, with silver ribbon and perhaps a slightly less harsh colour for the pattern design.

We also tossed around the idea of a cupcake tower with a cutting layer on top but decided quite early on that with 100+ guests it was probably going to work out more expensive and while it would look pretty, it probably wasn't worth it.

But this little beauty, the final picture my SIL found for us, this is our winner. This surprised me, because I loved it but thought for sure that the future mister would think it too girly (I think it was the little diamonds that made me think that!). But no, he likes the simple elegance of this one and prefers it over all the others. So with some silver ribbon and a cake topper of our choice, it looks like this little design will be our winner.

We've sent a picture of this pretty little cake into work with my mum, as her boss and her daughter have a business making wedding cakes! We're just waiting for them to get back to us with a quote and a list of flavours for us to choose from. As someone who isn't a big cake person, I'm not so fussed about where our cake comes from, as long as she looks elegant. We also have some pretty amazing dessert choices included in our package at our reception, so cake is really an added bonus, not dessert on its own, so it's less of a focal point, food wise.

What do you guys think of our choice? How did you go about choosing your wedding cake and what did it play in your wedding dessert - Starring or Supporting Role?
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