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Afterwards, you could hang them in your backyard or porch. If I made these I would tart them up with some ribbons or maybe use printed tissue paper. Or both, because the version in my head is over the top and still somehow fabulous.
In the list of "wedding stuff" I'd have to say that the cake rates pretty low for me. I don't have much of a sweet tooth and it kills me to think of spending hundreds on something that will be demolished in a few hours. Mind you, I have seen some gorgeous confections that make my eyes pop out and jaw drop, but I know in my heart they don't really have a place in our day.
Now, just because I don't particularly care doesn't meant I don't want it to look nice. When Kris gave me the Winter 2009 issue of Martha Stewart Weddings I thought the cover was stunning:
We've hit a bit of a speed bump with wedding planning but now that the 1 year away mark is quickly approaching we've had to sit up and take notice.
First thing is the Save the Date cards.
Fun fact: Did you know on many wedding websites people shorten this to "STD cards"? I don't care if it's immature of me to be slightly disgusted with that, I will never refer to them that way.
We have an idea of what we want to do for them, but I'm keeping that under wraps until they're sent so that there's an element of surprise for the recipients that are readers of this blog. It's been pretty tricky to come up with something that ticked all the boxes for me:
Is it within the planned budget?
Is it something I could imagine someone holding onto, put on their fridge, stick on a bulletin board?
Is it different enough but still wedding-ish but not cheesy?
That last box has proved to be the trickiest!
Since I can't share what we're going to do, I'll share with you a really cute idea I found - photobooth magnets! AND it's DIY!
I've been kinda hesitant about using a picture of us for these cards but that was when I was imagining formal engagement session photos. You wouldn't even need a photographer for these (check out the DIY instructions, you don't even need a photobooth). I love that they are useful and it would just blend in with the other usual bits people stick on their fridge. I swear this isn't what we're thinking of doing but damn if I'm not tempted!
I love A Print A Day blog. Yasmine is such a talented artist and I really have to admire her consistent output of inspiration and generous freebies. (freebies provided that they are for personal use of course).
She also recently announced her involvement with Feed Your Soul, another great outlet for artists and art lovers. There are some fantastic free prints in their downloads section that I like to print out and cheer up my gloomy cubicle and I think some of them are fantastic sources of inspiration for wedding daydreams like this one: