bridezilla tendencies


DIY: Quirky Boutonniere
May 1, 2012, 12:57 pm
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In keeping up with the “school chic” theme, I’ve already decided months before that I wanted our boutonnieres to be quirky and fun. Last year I ordered custom made polymer clay school items such as school bag, lunch box, chalk board etc and I planned to use these for the boutonnieres.

Last week I went to Arab St to purchase ribbons and fabrics that I would be using for the boutonnieres.

Cut out fabrics for the "leaf" ready for sewing

Painstakingly sewed 11 pcs of these

Cut out fabric circles for the small flowers

I had fun making these tiny flowers!

i need to make 7 more of these!

I hope all my DIYs will turn out ok! *sigh*

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DIY wedding wands, sign and cord
May 1, 2012, 12:31 pm
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I jumpstarted my DIYs last month and I didn’t expect it but I had fun doing the wedding cord! I love how it turned out!

Blue and green wedding cord..

The crystal beads and letter initials were purchased from the Philippines (thank you Pine Rose haha) on a whim since I didn’t know exactly what beads I wanted to buy and how I wanted the cord too look like! When I got back here in Singapore, I realized that the beads lacked variety so I purchased additional czech glass beads, round acrylic gold  accents and gold plated rose connector from Beadspage.com

Labor of love 'to!

I’ve also finished around 15 pcs wedding wands and I need to make around 10 more in blue color. I also plan to make banner wands with the words congratulations, yay, etc since our chuch doesn’t allow confetti/petal throws.

Lastly, I wanted two of our flower girls to carry a “here comes the bride” sign just before I walk down aisle so I created one! I wanted heart shaped chalkboards but I couldn’t find cheap chalkboards (chalkboard paper and chalkboard paint are expensive as well) so I tried making it using a black construction paper and the “chalk” will be white pastel crayon and it worked perfectly!

mock up. haven't decided what "font" to use to write the words "here comes the bride"

Almost done!

I don’t have a photo of the finished banner but I’ll be posting it soon! I tied the hearts together using ribbon and I made handles at the ends using the same ribbon. I might add flowers at the handles.



We finally bought our wedding bands!
May 1, 2012, 11:20 am
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Yipee!!!

We saw a pair of wedding bands on display at a Soo Kee window prior to purchasing our wedding bands a few months ago and I immediately knew that it was the perfect pair for us!! But we didn’t want to get too excited and purchase them right away. A few days after seeing those wedding bands and I am still thinking about them! We scoured different stores in different malls and we still ended up buying those first pair that we fell in love with! It went a little over our budget but what the heck.

I'm a sucker for nice packaging!

My husbands wedding band is white and rose gold and is the same design as my ring except mine has 20 tiny .02 carat diamonds in it. Love it!

We'll be wearing these for the rest of our lives! 🙂

We didn’t want the traditional wedding band so we opted for a sort of two tone curved design to go with my engagement ring.

Can't wait to wear these everyday 🙂

The rings came with a complementary wedding cd containing cheesy love songs and a cheesy wedding ring pillow. I don’t know what to do with this cd haha but for the wedding ring pillow, I already have plans of modifying it and removing those fugly ribbons 🙂

I love the wedding ring pillow box! It's so sturdy! I'm going to keep it!

Thank you Soo Kee!

The ring pillow that badly needs a make over 🙂

We also had our rings engraved with each others names and it’s for free. Considering the price of the wedding bands, yes it should be free haha!! Super excited!!

 



Of color motif and fabric swatches
May 1, 2012, 10:57 am
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If there’s one thing that I would like to change about this wedding planning, it would be to choose a easir color motif to work on!! I had trouble searching for the exact hue of greenish/blue that I like and same thing goes for our bridesmaid dresses so we ended up with a fabric that is more of a bluish without a tiny hint of green! Disappointing! But I’m over it now. My problem is, our invites are green and my bridesmaid dresses would be blue so I modified the color motif to be blue, green, gray and old rose.

I’ve asked our seamstress to send me a photo of the fabric that she bought and here it is.

And this is the fabric for groomsmen’s vest and pants:

Now to keep up with the blue/green theme, our bridesmaids dresses will be blue and the groomsmen’s necktie will be green. I already bought the neckties from gmarket (forgot to take a photo). I also bought the ninong’s supposed to be old rose necktie on gmarket but it turns out they’re more of a pink than an old rose but I don’t really want to make a big fuss about it. The bearer’s bow tie were also bought from gmarket (forgot to take a photo again) and they’re pretty cute!

i love receiving packages!!

For our ninongs 🙂

Our bridal gown and suit designer, Philip Torres also sent me swatches of the fabric that will be used for our attires.

Tito Philip and I were on the same page on not having a pure white gown wedding gown. It's more of an ivory/ecru colored gown.

Beautiful lace!

For the groom's suit! 🙂

I’m getting really excited and nervous at the same time. I don’t know how everything will look!!



Our DIY booklet invites
February 1, 2012, 10:06 pm
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I am so happy (and proud!) that we were able to cross out all our to do list for our Philippines trip! Yay! One of those things is to visit each and every one of our principal sponsors and entourage to hand them out their invitations which we painstakingly finished right after Christmas! My husband and I make a really good team! I conceptualized the design, executed it on Adobe Illustrator, scoured for materials and printing service and he was the one who did most of the cutting and assembly as he is more precised and more OC when it comes to straight lines!

Design
The invitation is based on our theme school chic and I didn’t really want it to look like an elementary school project or a kid’s artwork so I made use of typography and elementary school pad paper lines. The cover of the booklet features our first dance song, “one and only” by teitur. My husband was the one who chose this song (cheese alert!) since it was the song I used on the video/photo slideshow I gave him on our our first year together!

Printing
As mentioned in my previous post, we were able to find reasonably priced printing service (at least based on Singapore price lol) in Tampines. The colors didn’t really turned out the way we initially wanted them to be. The color is more of a greenish tone as opposed to a bluish tone that we opted but it didn’t really matter as I myself am sometimes confused on what our motif really is. It’s supposed to be dusky teal so it’s really bluish/greenish.
Cost: $100 (including 250gsm card paper)

Cutting and assembly
My husband did the cutting and assembly for all 100pcs of invitation. He was also the one who did all the punching and placing the eyelets since he was more precise with this kind of stuff.
Cost: $20 for the cutter (A4 size)

Eyelet
One of the problems that we encountered was that the eyelet that we were supposed to use for the invites were out of stock at all the Daiso stores so we had to literally look in every DIY shop, craft store, etc for simple silver/black eyelet. We found eyelets that are used for scrap booking and they were expensive (we needed 200pcs). My husband finally found the eyelets at one of the hardware stores near his construction site. If we didn’t find any cheap eyelets I would really go berserk!
Cost: approx $3 for the eyelet, $2 for the eyelet hammer (bought at Daiso)

Invitation Sleeve
We bought the paper that we used for the envelope sleeve at Popular Bookstore, having no other options since we can’t find a color that would match the invites (searching for the right paper took weeks!). The paper that we found is green and I didn’t really want to stress myself any further and look for other colors so we just bought the greenish paper (the size is slightly bigger than A2) which costs $2 each (later on the cost went down to $1) and each paper can make 4 envelope sleeves. I made a prototype and taught my husband how to assemble it. After getting the hang of it, he then made a much much more neater version than my prototype. He initially did the cutting but as we were running out of time, I helped out with the cutting while he assembled them. Assembly is tricky since there’s no turning back once you’ve taped all sides. If you made a mistake, you’ll end up with a reject!
Cost: $$20

Ribbon
Yes there is a ribbon! I mentioned in a previous blog entry that one of my requirements for the invitation is NO ribbons but turns out we’ll end up with an invitation sleeve with a HUGE ribbon! My husband and I actually wanted to have the logo printed and tied up with string but it’ll be more expensive (additional prints + string) and time consuming (we were really running out of time) so we decided to just go with the ribbon! We tried craft stores (Spotlight, etc) but the ribbons there almost gave me a mini heart attack. The prices are ridiculous! A store at Arab St was our savior! I found Kim Soon Company when I searched for ribbons in Singapore and their ribbons are so much more affordable than buying from malls or online shops (screw you spotlight!) and their ribbon selection is huge! I had to put the ribbon on the envelope sleeve all by myself because I wouldn’t dare ask my husband to do it or we’ll end up with a fugly ribbon lol!
Cost: $10 (for 4 rolls of 25meter ribbon)

Half Circle Hole (invitation sleeve)
This was also one of the tricky part of the invitation sleeve! I spent several days thinking and trying to figure out how we’ll be able to do the half circle at the edge of the invitation sleeve. It just wouldn’t be complete without it! Doing it using scissors will be a mess and turn them fugly! I thought of buying craft circle punch but they are so expensive ($50 up). Again my googling skills were put to good use and I was able to find a circle cutter supplier and turns out their office is near our office. The circle cutter is made in Japan, it’s very sturdy and I love it!! By this time all the invitation sleeves were already finished and we cannot afford to mess it up just because of the hole. My husband figured out a nifty way on how to do the half circle and I was relieved when it was all finished!
Cost: $8

Our invites were literally a labor of love and I’m just happy that my husband didn’t complain or object or whatsoever in doing DIY invites even though crafting is really not his thing! He just willingly obliged and followed my lead hehe! It would’ve costed a bomb if we had these type of invites done by professionals (I know because I asked for quotations!) and I’m glad we DIYed them!