Posts Tagged ‘DIT’
The traditional wedding idea perpetually floated by the bridal media is that your wedding is a great day, because it's the day that you get to be a bridal dictator of your own bridal island. Ick! Who wants that? So lets collectively just skip the bridal dictatorship idea, and move on to something a little more healthy. How about instead of Do It Yourself weddings, we have Do It Together weddings? And since weddings are all about weird acronyms, we can call it DIT.
Continue reading You Are Not A Bridal Island
Continue reading Rose & John’s Do-It Together Wedding
I’m not sure I have enough kind words to say about the fabulous East Side Bride. She’s infinitely hipper than I will ever be, and you could read her blog just for it’s style tips. But what keeps me coming back is how funny, wry, and honest she is (her f* this series will make your day). She makes me feel more relaxed about wedding planning. So without further ado, the girl herself:
I got married on August 9, but I still haven’t managed to post many details (or photos) on my own blog. Part of me doesn’t want to share my wedding with the world. I think I’m afraid if I shake it too hard the glitter will fall off.
How then to write a “wedding graduate” post for A Practical Wedding? What can I share that might help the rest of you? My thoughts came out in the form of a list. (It’s possible this is a side effect of compulsive wedding planning.)
1. Don’t go overboard with the wedding blogs. I know, right? They will give you a complex.
2. Delegate. Early. Our wedding was essentially made by our friends and family: the baker/shirtmaker, the stylist/photographer, the chef, the musicians, the sculptor, the potter, the painter, the gardener, the director, the expert shopper, the mad organizers. Honestly, I’m a better delegator than a DIY’er. I have good ideas, and then I look around to see who can help me make them happen. And a very happy byproduct of wedding planning was that we found ourselves talking to far-away friends more often. By the time the wedding rolled around it felt like a big party we were all throwing together.
3. Know when to let go. Two days before the wedding, your to-do list will seem insurmountable. It is. Take a fat sharpie, cross out three big projects, and get some sleep. Seriously.
4. The vows are more important than any of the crafty sh*t. We wrote our vows together, and we labored to make them simple and personal. In fact, I drove my almost-husband bonkers obsessing over them. But the vows are what people talked about. And because we memorized them and practiced saying them to aloud each other, they are imbedded in my brain. I love that.
This weekend was a weekend of invitation construction. Originally my sister was going to letterpress our invitations (book arts is one of her many hobbies) but she got a bit caught up in making the dress so I had to line up some affordable letter press, stat. As part of our goal to put our wedding money to work supporting artists and businesses that we want to see thrive (particularly in this deadly economy) I had the brainstorm to hire Jordan of Oh Happy Day to letterpress our invitations. That way the money stayed in the blogging community, and our invitations would still have the same handmade feel. So, on Saturday we stopped by Jordan's studio to pick up extra paper. She was teaching a letterpress class, so I got to see the letterpress in action, which made me tremendously happy. Then David and were off to Arch - San Francisco's art and architecture supply store, which I can only describe as Paper Source's much cooler older sister. Arch let us use their paper-cutter for free, so after purchasing a bit more paper, David and I got down to work. We cut and cut and cut and cut... and then looked around at all the scraps of paper, and started figuring out what we could use them for. Then we cut some more - paper scraps for place cards, paper scraps for table numbers. No wasting!
At home that night I started printing some of our inserts on our trusty Epson. I'd figured that our home printed inserts would be the least hands-on part of our invitations, but alas. Our printer did not take kindly to the thick 100% cotton paper I was feeding it, so I spent part of the evening hand feeding sheets of paper in, one at a time. Continue reading Invitation Weekend (And A Sneak Peek)