Instead of placing disposable cameras on each table in the reception room, I am hoping that our guests will remember to bring their own digital cameras to the wedding.
Giving guests disposable cameras to snap away with is an old and fun tradition, but it is also not in our budget. I don't want us to miss out on having pictures of our guests that may not be taken by our photographer, so I set up a photosharing site just for the wedding. This way, our guests can upload their own pictures and everyone can view them.
I also created little cards for our guests to take with them that has the website on the front side and uploading directions on the back. I included a username and password that I made for guests to use so that they will not have to sign up for an account on their own.
If all goes as planned, we will be able to collect hundreds of pictures for free, and who doesn't like free things?
Here is something else that I want, but really don't need. It's a customized wire clothes hanger for $15. I think it would be an adorable photo opportunity for my wedding dress.
Why am I always wanting unnecessary things?
When my mother confirmed this with me the other night, my heart sank. Brandon's side of the guest list is mostly composed of parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles. While all of my family members are invited, no one but my mother, grandmother and sister are attending the wedding.
How is someone supposed to take such news? I knew from the start of the planning process that it was going to be difficult to have everyone fly out to California. I told myself not to get my hopes up, and I didn't. But when you actually hear it, you can't help but hurt.
And then I realized that the only family members who have ever been consistent in my life are these three strong women, the ones who have molded me into who I am today.
My mother and grandmother, who are both a full head shorter than I am, are going to walk me down the aisle and give me away to my husband. And my sister will be standing right up there with me. It will be quite a sight.
One of the ideas I found early on while browsing through dozens of wedding blogs is the bridal party survival kit. I was inspired by a post in 100 Layer Cake that featured cellophane bags holding useful emergency things for the wedding day. The post also provides a beautiful downloadable label template.
I decided to create my own label that used our wedding fonts, was larger, and required a little less ink. I used a Martha Stewart template and pasted it into a Microsoft Word document since I do not have PhotoShop. I had to create another document with the text only and matched it so that when I printed the two documents together they would match.
Each female kit includes deodorant, hair tie, bobby pins, Aleve pills, band-aids, gum, tissues, oil absorbant sheets, baby wipes, Q-tips, chocolate, and a tampon. I put these items into a disposable 25 fl oz. plastic containers.
I adjusted Tony's kit and tossed in an extra Twix because his was so sparse compared to the girls' kit.
Travel-size deodorant: $0.97 each
Gum: two packs of three for $4
Aleve: two packs of six caplets for $1.94
Containers: $2.14 for five
Tissue: two packs of four for $2.24
Band-aids: $0.58 for ten
All other items were found around the house
Total cost: $16.77
Cost per kit: $3.35
Budget friendly, thoughtful, and practical. Three cheers for Target and their crazy clearance prices!
I will also be making more stickers similar to the ones that were sent out with our STD to customize the cellophane bags that guests will be able to fill with their sweet treats.
I wish my camera took better pictures because this stuff looks better in person.