as an artist, i was extremely excited to hand draw our wedding invitations. before that process began, we mailed little packages to our closest friends, with a drawing asking them to be in our wedding party. i even sent another package to my bridesmaids, with guidance of what to wear on the wedding day. i had so many ideas for our wedding invitations, it was so hard to narrow it down! our friend, dave, was such a big help. i drew all the details on the invitations, and he put them all together on the computer. i really had so much fun drawing our invitations, i would just love to offer my services to other couples who are looking for personalized invitations. ***um, heck yeah, brides-to-be***
3. do you have any money-saving tips for brides-to-be? what were the areas you were able to keep costs low?
christy: every detail of our wedding was handmade with love. anything that we couldn't do alone, we asked our talented friends for help.
i spent every day off hitting up different thrift stores in search of sheet sets and vases. We made table cloths and runners from the different sheets.
we used furniture that belonged to my late grandparents. it was a wonderful way to have them there with us.
gotprint.com was a wonderful website for our custom invitations and programs! We quickly became really close friends, if not besties. They have fantastically cheap prices and are speedy!
aside from the bouquets and boutonnières, we ordered our flowers wholesale. the day before the wedding, we had family and friends help us assemble them into all of the collected vases.
4. did you find the planning to be stressful? were there any unexpected snafus along the way?
christy: just two nights before our wedding, kari was finishing up my dress, but the zipper got stuck while I was trying it on. she had to carefully remove the broken zipper so I could get out of my dress. we called so many 24 hour walmart stores hoping they would have a certain zipper, but they were no help whatsoever!
the day before the wedding, the owner needed us to change the ceremony location on the grounds. i had the hardest time letting go of it, because for nine months, i had envisioned us getting married within these vines shaped like a cocoon. while i had to compromise, i really do love the location we chose; the sun coming through the trees was really magical.