Monday, August 20, 2012

Wedding DIY: Invitations & Bridesmaids' Dresses

When I wrote this Masquerade post at the beginning of the month saying I'd be taking a break from publishing Creepy Hollow stories for a while, I thought my life would become less stressful. *Sigh* Did I really honestly think that?! I'm feeling more and more overwhelmed by school work, wedding preparation (why is there something wedding-related to do EVERY SINGLE DAY?!) and my newest writing opportunity (short stories for Gr 8 and 9 English FAL textbooks - very cool ;-) ) - and there are still blog comments from WEEEEEKS ago sitting in my inbox that I haven't got to yet!

Anyway, here are a few things I've been up to lately...

Invitation DIY

I love craft projects, so I never even considered getting someone else to make our invitations. Problem is, measuring and cutting out so many pieces of cardboard, paper, lace and ribbon (not to mention the folding and sticking together part) can take quite a while!
(Have I ever mentioned before that I have a possibly unnatural love of lace and ribbons? Well, I'm saying it now. Lace and ribbon rock.)

Bridesmaid dress DIY

We couldn't find ready-made dresses that we liked for the bridesmaids, so we went pattern and fabric hunting. Actually, that's the royal "we". I didn't do any hunting. I went to school while my fantabulous mother did all the hunting and presented her findings to me for a yay or nay :-) We're having satin with a floaty layer of chiffon over it, and a pretty sparkly layer covering the bodice. Length: above the knee.

Gift registry shopping!
And yesterday we went gift registry shopping!

Me: Ooh, take a photo of me scanning something! Wait. This is something coffee-related. I don't want to scan this.
Fiance:Yes! Coffee! We have to scan that.
Me: Fine, I'll just pretend. *Cheeeeese!*
Fiance: [click]
Me: How is it? Do I look like a freak?
Fiance: Hmmm. More like an insect.


Julie Maughon said...

OH, I feel your pain on DIY invitations. Those were the most time-consuming of all our wedding preparations. But also the most memorable! So I don't regret it at all. :) I'm excited to see those dresses! P.S., that photo is adorable.

Rachel Morgan said...

Even if I look like an insect?! Hehe ;-) I'm definitely enjoying the invitations, even though they're taking a while :)

The Golden Eagle said...

Those invitations must look really nice, based on your description and the photos. :)

Great picture of you!

Gwen Gardner said...

You are just an all around creative gal, Rachel! And "yes" on the coffee!

Carrie Butler said...

Check you out! Being all crafty... :)

Sheena-kay Graham said...

Aw yes preparing for a wedding. Don't worry I'm sure all the stress will be worth. Congrats on your new writing opportunity and I love your mothers' taste in bridesmaid dresses.

Oh and the little convo between you and your fiance was hilarious. Nice scanner photo.

Kittie Howard said...

Everything looks really, really nice, Rachel! The invites are so elegant; the fabric is drop-dead gorgeous. Lovely scanner photo. An insect? I don't think so! :)

(Hey, these are the good old days. Go with the flow!)

meradeth said...

Oooh, can't wait to see the end results! I'm majorly impressed you're doing a lot of this on your own--I'd totally never have the patience!

Ciara said...

My husband went nuts with the scanner. I think he liked it beeping. Ugh, I see you got hit by the Anonymous Boycott American Women comment. It has hit every blog in the last two days. It is so ridiculous.

Rachel Morgan said...

Ciara, that Boycott American Women this is ridiculous! Someone obviously has some serious issues. I've sent the comment to spam now.

We had to hold ourselves back from going nuts with the scanner ;-)

Cally Jackson said...

We did our invitations too and they took FOREVER. It was worth the effort though. A true labour of love!

And for what it's worth, I don't think you look like an insect in that photo. It's a cute shot. :-)

Trisha said...

You are a braver woman than I with the DIY thing... I think. I can't see myself doing that if I ever should be getting married. haha.

The bridesmaid dress looks amazing so far!!!

Cherie Reich said...

I bet those invitations will look lovely when you're done with them. I hope you'll take a picture of a finished one. :)

Morgan said...

You are so stinkin' cute!!!! Rach, what a FUN time for you... enjoy it, cuz it can be sooooo stressful, lol... But everything looks beyond classy and beautiful!

Julia King said...

Love the pic of you scanning something. And your outfit is amazing. I wish I were as skinny as you! Happy wedding prep, girl. You'll make it. Just keep going. :D