Creating for the Wedding

We have a very special wedding this week! It is Part 2, the Sequel, and the reception, which is finally happening after its postponement due to the pandemic. You see, my daughter and son-in-law have been engaged since 2017 and very carefully chose June 2020 as the perfect date for their wedding. We had 2 years to plan the perfect wedding and you know how this story is going to go, right? Our careful plans were cancelled when the world shut down last year. We shifted our plans to create another wedding scenario for them outside surrounded by a few folks so they could still marry on their special date and it was lovely but also sad because of all the family and friends that could not be present to witness their day.

June 2020

So we rescheduled to August 2021 to have the reception and some kind of second wedding ceremony to close the loop on this momentous occasion of their union, and honor the contracts we made with wedding vendors. As this new date has been approaching we are watching the world, still in the grips of a pandemic, process and function in a new way. We have a completely different perspective of life on this earth and what is important and what is not. So we will finish this weekend what we started planning back in 2017 with hearts truly grateful for any opportunity to gather and celebrate the stuff of life that really matters.

Despite having an extra year to get ready for the reception we (apparently in denial that it would ever really happen) have left many of the details and finishing touches to the last minute. I want to share with you all the fun things I have been crafting around this event because it has brought me great joy to be able to create the items we have needed using my Stampin’ Up! supplies.

First up are the paper flowers for part of the centerpieces. The reception theme is old world travel so we thought using maps to make the flowers would be cool. My daughter tea stained all the maps before cutting the petals in three sizes. Then I hot glued the petals into a flower and attached to a stem. We loved the color of the gin bottles so collected those to showcase the flowers.

Paper flowers from maps
Tea staining the maps.
The pattern for the petal sizes.
They are so pretty!

I created simple place cards for each guest using some leftover paper from the invitations. I used an Avery template and printed on card stock and cut to size. Then I was able to stamp some of my favorite retired background images under the names and embellish with a flower accent. The flower colors coordinate with the wedding theme colors AND also denotes the entree choice for each person.

4”x4” card stock scored at 2”
Pork or chicken entree.

Our rehearsal dinner theme was a fiesta with a fun and easy taco bar to feed the bridal party. When I saw these adorable tins in the Target dollar aisle (they were actually $3 each) I knew they were going to drive the colors of the table centerpieces for this meal. I used my Plenty of Patterns Decorative Masks as a stencil with acrylic paint to create the designs on the placemats.

My daughter and her husband are two of the most intelligent people I know, and they both enjoy being correct in their knowledge. They created a family crest for themselves that combines images from the etymology of their two last names along with their new family motto: “Technically correct is the only correct.” We just went with it and created lots of logo items with their crest including T-shirts, can koozies, stickers, a banner and these fun gift tags for the bridal party and hotel guests.

Gift bag tags

Thank you for allowing me to share my work with you and I hope you can see the love I have for this amazing couple and their future together! Next week I will resume my Papercrafting Playdate tutorials.

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4 Responses to Creating for the Wedding

  1. Debe Aston says:

    Congratulations and best wishes to the happy couple. Did my daughter’s in March 2019 so clearly recall all the work and details!!!

  2. thenancyrd says:

    Have a wonderful time… Best Wishes to you all! I am in the same situation, son and DIL were married in our backyard last October with a few family members present; the reception is planned for this October.

    • You can commiserate then with the ongoing wedding plans! I hope that you have smooth sailing with pulling off the reception this fall! Very best wishes to you and your family too!

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