Hello everyone! There are still wedding crafts and details to share, though I have decided I am not going to await the professional photographs to show you how some of the crafts were used.
As many of you know, Bethany and John are both public school teachers. We did not want the wedding to be overwhelmed with all things school related, but we did want a couple of cute teacher inspired touches. I designed their wedding favors (above) to reflect their profession.
I found natural wood pencils on-line that could be orderd personalized. I order a ton of personalized pencils, but as I understand it, Bethany and John will be using the leftover pencils in their classrooms this fall.
I found two print and cut images in the Silhouette America store: the report card and the Always & Forever image. I combined the two, placing the Always & Forever image onto the report card. I then used the add text feature and personalized the report cards with "Bethany & John", "7/5/14", and "Thank You". I printed the altered report cards onto cream colored 8.5 x 11 inch card stock, four per page. I used my paper trimmer to cut the report cards apart.
I purchased mini-composition books (3 for $1 at Dollar Tree) to use as our base booklet. With the help of my scrappy girlfriends, Bethany, and her matron of honor, we covered all of the book with brown card stock.
My friends then glued the report cards to the brown covered booklets. I had planned to used pink and white twist twine to tie the pencils to the booklets, but I will be honest - that became too labor intensive during the last two weeks before the wedding! So, I placed the pencils in a round clear cylinder vase and placed that in a large rectangular Longaberger basket full of the notebooks.
The favors were not my only print and cut project of this wedding - I also made personalized print and cut tags for the hospitality bags. Keeping with the pink and brown colors, I printed the tags on to pink card stock and affixed the tags to the tan and brown love bird hospitality bags.
The bags were filled with local information, maps with points of interest, restaurants, etc. There were "About Aiken" booklets. I made a personalized map that included all of the venues with an attached page of written directions to all of the venues: Rehearsal, Bridal Breakfast, Groom's Luncheon, Wedding and Reception. There were personalized bottles of waters that matched the printed tags and there was homemade baked honey chex mix. I had also purchased tea from a South Carolina tea plantation - the oldest in the country, but I forgot to add it to the bags!!
I also made bags and tags for the children who planned to attend the wedding. We had eight children coming, six family members and the children of special friends (one of their daughters had been in John's classroom last year so it was especially fun for her to attend the wedding). Anyway, I found wedding themed activity coloring books (with crayons) for the kids bags. I purchased a huge box of play-dough and split the containers among the bags. I added candy necklaces and toys. For the girls there were Playmobile Bride and Groom characters and for the boys there were Playmobile soldiers and pirates. I added Legos to the older boy's bag. And as you can see, I carried the love bird theme through on to the print and cut tags.
The bags for the children were placed in an antique tool box for me to hand out at the reception - they looked wonderful! I think this was a fun surprise for not just the children, but for their parents as well.
I am still hoping that we will receive the professional photos soon. I promise to share more of the fabulous shots when they arrive.