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diy day of timeline for wedding
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DIY | Escort Cards

Tuesday, June 9th, 2009

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Our little escort cards and holder

Tools:

  • Fiskars Straight Edge Paper Trimmer
  • Ruler/measuring board
  • Rubber cement
  • Pen/marker of your choice
  • Rhinestones with adhesive backing
  • Placecard holders from MyWeddingFavors.com
  • Lavender metallic text paper from paperandmore.com
  • Microsoft Word Template for insert cards (This template has been downloaded times.) I used different fonts so don’t be scared to play with it!
    • The template is a compressed .zip file. Click here for instructions to extract.

I searched for-EVER for escort card holders that matched our theme. Any Asian inspired holders were ehh, not quite right. They had brocade coin purses and bamboo holders, but they didn’t fit. One day, Donny said, "Wouldn’t it be cool if we had a lucky Buddha holding up the cards?"

I am marrying a genius. I actually searched Buddha holder and there it was! Little silver holders from MyWeddingFavors.com (no longer available there – they just have red ones now). They were so cute; I was sold.

The next step was to make the escort cards themselves. I like to TRY to think ahead and when I planned the cards, I assumed that I would be making last minute changes to where people would sit. The best way to ease the pain of moving people around was to have names on envelopes and cards inserted that identified the table number. [Note] I made the envelopes larger so that the holder could grip the envelope and the insert could easily be pulled out without having to remove it entirely from the holder. [/Note]

First, I cut 8.5″ by 11″ paper into quarters.

diy wedding escort card

Then, I cut and folded the paper as shown. I folded on the bold lines first, then I cut on the red, dashed lines.


diy wedding escort card

diy wedding escort card

diy wedding escort card

Then I flipped each envelope such that the folds were on the table and brushed rubber cement along the length of the wide flap.

diy wedding escort card

I flipped it over and applied rubber cement along the length of the thinner flap.

diy wedding escort card

The secret to rubber cement is to let is dry!

diy wedding escort card

Once dried, I folded the wide flap in first (the glue is now facing up after the fold), then I folded the thinner flap along the pre-fold line. The glue lines should meet and adhere.

diy wedding escort card

diy wedding escort card

The same steps were applied to the last one-inch flap. Glue. Glue. Dry. Adhere. Then I wrote the guests’ names on the front side and made business card sized inserts. These were made a quarted inch thinner than the envelope so guests could easily pull their table assignments in and out without having to unclip the envelope from the little Buddha. Here’s my John Smith sample (I added a little rhinestone to each card for fun):

diy wedding escort card

diy wedding escort card

I think they’re cute anyway. For the cards that were stuck inside of the envelope, I made them approximately business card sized with this template and printed them on the cardstock.

diy wedding escort card

Then, I cut them out on the rotary trimmer.

diy wedding escort card

Then I cut more. I rounded the corners after I took this picture.

diy wedding escort card

Inspired

I’ve inspired Jenn at http://www.mywedding.com/jennisplanning/ to make DIY escort cards.

DIY in Action

Weee! And here’s how they came out at the wedding. Everyone loved the cute little Buddhas. [Click to enlarge]


diy wedding escort card

diy wedding escort card

Even Table 5 held up their cards for the backdrop photos!

diy wedding escort card

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DIY | "Day of" Timeline

Tuesday, June 2nd, 2009

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Since posting this out on the internet, this ‘day of’ timeline has been featured on theknot.com!

Tools:

  • Microsoft Word Template (This template has been downloaded times.)
    • The template is a compressed .zip file. Click here for instructions to extract.
  • Lavender metallic cardstock paper from paperandmore.com
  • Fiskars rotary cutter with straight blade
  • Corner punch
  • Sarah VolanteDB Normal font if you want to use the same font I have shown below. If you don’t know how to install fonts onto your computer, head here.

I am sending out "Day Of" timelines with the rehearsal party invitations. Since we have a rather unique ceremony, I thought it would help everyone. Unique? Why? Well, the bridal party is changing from traditional clothing to reception clothing with us and we’re traveling 1.5 hrs between the ceremonies. It’s going to be a LONG day!

On the back of each timeline, each bridal party member will have a "Special Tasks" list of their, well, special tasks on that day. This is the layout – very clean and clear so they just focus on what’s happening. You can click to enlarge.

DIY Wedding Day Of Timeline for the Men


DIY Wedding Day Of Timeline for the Ladies with template

I designed it in Microsoft Word and positioned the tables to be able to print the individual tasks on the back. We don’t have a coordinator and since our families are flying and driving into each respective parent’s homes, our bridal party is helping us out with a lot that day. This is an example of what the Maid of Honor’s card looks like on the back.

diy wedding day of timeline template

They were printed on the same lavender metallic paper I used for the invitation enclosures.

Finished DIY Wedding Day Timelines


Finished DIY Wedding Day Timelines


Finished DIY Wedding Day Timelines

Here is the front and back, pictured side by side. This is still the MOH’s card.

Finished DIY Wedding Day Timelines

They were all sent out in one of our newsletters.

DIY wedding newsletter

I’ve received requests for the template, so you can help yourself by downloading the zip file here! DIY-ing to save money can be stressful at times, so hopefully this helps make your projects a little easier.

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DIY | Pocketfolds

Saturday, March 28th, 2009

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It took 2,392 Fiskars cuts and 360 corner punches to finish these puppies, but I love how they turned out.

Tools:

  • Microsoft Excel template (This template has been downloaded times.)
    • The template is a compressed .zip file. Click here for instructions to extract.
  • Chocolate cardstock paper from papersource.com
  • Pencil
  • Ruler or straight-edge
  • Scissors
  • Rubber cement
  • Bone folder
  • Corner punch

I loved pocket envelopes since I first started looking at invitations back in 2007. They’re so neat and clean, but they were so pricey. We were already having scrolls made, so I did not want to add anymore cost to the invitations. I also didn’t love 100% of the pocketfolds I found. They all have some angled dip in the pocket and no offense if you like it, but it wasn’t my style.

Again, in an effort to save some moolah and have something I DO love 100%, I made all of the pocketfold envelopes. I used Microsoft Excel to create a grid template to figure out how much space and paper I would need (crazy, I know). I make mockups with white paper and ended up calculating that I could make four envelopes from one 20" by 26" piece of paper from paper-source.com.

Here is the plan in Excel. You can download the plan here. It is best viewed at 30% Zoom.

Making the diy enclosure envelopes

Making the diy enclosure envelopes

I got my huge stack of paper within a couple days.

Making the diy enclosure envelopes

I penciled ALL of the lines with light pressure and a straight-edge. The paper was too big to fit in my paper-cutter, so I and cut them with scissors. THAT was the biggest pain.

Making the diy enclosure envelopes

Making the diy enclosure envelopes

I scored all of the fold lines with a bone folder and creased them. I used rubber cement to secure the pockets. (See below for how to use rubber cement so that your paper WILL NOT come apart. I had previously used Tombo permanent glue tape and some of the pocketfolds came apart while I was stuffing them.)

Making the diy enclosure envelopes

Making the diy enclosure envelopes

Making the diy enclosure envelopes

Finally, he helped me by punching all of the corners for a clean look.

Making the diy enclosure envelopes

Voila!

Making the diy enclosure envelopes

Cost

Order A7 pocketfolds: $0.80 per invite (on average)
DIY custom pocketfolds: $0.41 per invite (inc. shipping)

Ordering plain, solid color A7 pockefolds from places like cardsandpockets.com or paperandmore will cost you about 95% MORE than it would cost you to spend the time making them. Because I made four envelopes on one larger sheet of paper, each one cost me $0.41 to make (this includes the cost of shipping the materials. It is $0.34 per invite if you have shipping costs in your budget elsewhere.)


Tips

Now that I’ve made 206 invitations plus 22 announcements, I do have some tips.

  • Do: Order extra materials. You never know when you add more guests or mess up so the best thing I did for myself was order extra. I added 10% additional materials to any order I made.
  • Do: Make several mock-ups of your pocketfold design to ensure your enclosures all fit. Cardstock is thicker, so be aware of the pocket size. Layering the cardstock necessitates a little bit more width in the pocket. My enclosures were 5 inches wide, so the pocketfolds were designed to be 5 1/8 inches wide.
  • Do: Understand that it is very time consuming before you jump into this. You WILL become sick of doing the same task over and over again.
  • Do: Take breaks!
  • Do: Use rubber cement. This is an old art school trick. Brush rubber cement to both surfaces and allow them to dry a little. Then, adhere the surfaces together. Rub off any excess glue with your fingers. That is my favorite part about rubber cement… you can’t see the glue after it is all said and done. You will also have a hard time taking the two paper surfaces apart with this method.
  • Do: Find yourself an ergonomic corner punch. My punch was NOT friendly. It enduced carpal tunnel problems. I ended up placing the punch on a flat surface and using one of my rubber/steel coasters to press the button to avoid the hand cramps.
  • Don’t: Order TOO thick of cardstock. You’re folding and gluing so it gets to be rather tricky if you’re using 150# cover material. My pocketfolds were 80# cover weight.
  • Don’t: Hasten the process. You’ll get sloppy. Allow time for the glue to dry, etc.
  • Don’t: Deny help. I’m a perfectionist and it was difficult for me to relinquish having control over every single pocketfold, but when he started helping me punch corners and cut, it went by faster… AND we got to spend time together.
  • Don’t: Think that this can be done in a day.

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DIY | Save The Date VIP Passes

Thursday, December 4th, 2008

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Tools:

  • Paint Shop Pro or Photoshop (or whatever else you want to use)
  • Vistaprint.com to print magnets
  • DIY card kit from Staples
  • Save the Date Card Template in Microsoft Word (This template has been downloaded times.)
  • Printer
  • Rectangular hole punch
  • Lanyards from Staples

It was very easy for us to come up with a theme. We are both city people and love to dance and meet people. Naturally, we went with an ongoing theme throughout our relationship: VIP party. These weren’t meant to be elaborate or end up on any bride’s MUST-DO list; rather, it was just our way of introducing our wedding with our personalities.

Since the theme was a little more personal among our friends, we just sent it to our friends. (Plus, the guest lists from either rents was not ready by the time these had to go out 6 months before the day.)

What goes with a VIP party theme? Well, a VIP pass does, of course! I bought cardstock and took one of our engagement photos of us goofing off in the middle of the city to plaster on its front. The printing at home took FOR-EV-ER. This is the template I made for the card.

diy VIP save the dates for our friends

Then I created a very simple and clean magnet design using Paint Shop Pro. I made it portrait orientation, then rotated it 90 degrees to make it landscape. This is important for vistaprint, or else, the image will be stretched. The file was saved as a .jpg. image. If you don’t have fancy schmancy software, you can create it in Word, take a screenshot of it and paste it into Paint or another similar basic image creator.

I logged onto Vistaprint.com. I really wanted it to be graphic like a VIP flyer, not necessarily "pretty". I uploaded it for a magnetic business card option.

Then, I chose to "Upload Your Own Design". I found the image I created. The rest is up to how many you need to order, etc.

diy VIP save the dates for our friends

Here are my magnets once they arrived!

diy VIP save the dates for our friends

I purchased lanyards from Staples and a rectangular hole puch from JoAnn’s (they always have 40% off sales).

diy VIP save the dates for our friends

diy VIP save the dates for our friends

So basically, you opened it to see me and Donny in a very strange picture. "Hmmm, what is this about?", one might ask. Then one would open it, remove the VIP lanyard, and read:

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REASONS TO SAVE THE DATE
1) Donny and Thao are getting hitched after a 1.833 year engagement… it’s about time.
2) You are Very Important to them.
3) Do you really want to miss the "Shopping Cart" of "Sprinkler" in form?
Do what the VIP pass tells you.
SAVE THE DATE
06.27.09
Lansing, Michigan

And then the picture on the front makes sense. Hopefully. Ok, maybe not, but SOMEONE must’ve gotten it. Well, 3 stamps on many envelopes later, they were on their way out approximately 6 months before the big day!

diy VIP save the dates for our friends

I saw some people put their magnets on their refrigerators with the lanyards attached–made me giggle, but it was definitely refreshing to see the hard work displayed! The responses have also been great. Our friends said, "It is so you guys!" That’s all I can ask for =).

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