Wedding Week: The Paper Trail

It’s Wedding Week here at Lauria Land.  My first wedding anniversary is this weekend so I’m sharing the details of our wedding.  Yesterday I shared first wedding anniversary gifts, and today I’m going to share our paper products.  You know, Save The Date, Invites, Menu, etc.

Before I start sharing, I should mention that almost everything was a total DIY project.  It helped to keep costs down, and it was also fun to do!  So here we go…

I’m going to start from the beginning with our Save The Dates.  It was super simple to do.  I bought textured postcard paper from Staples, and used this template to create our Save The Dates.  We sent them in these envelopes in blossom from The Paper Source.  The picture was from our first beach day in Atlantic City.  The Save The Dates sort of set the tone for our wedding.  A simple affair with a touch of vintage details.

Slide1Since I was pleased with the Paper Source, I continued to use them throughout the rest of our paper products.  With our invitations, we used this for the actual invitation in superfine white, this for the response and reception cards also in superfine white, and this for the enclosure in sage, which was discontinued.  I also used this envelope and this envelope in the same color as the Save the Date envelopes, blossom.  I used this invitation as my inspiration and set out to look for fonts I liked.  The scrolls at the top and bottom of the invitation is called Nymphette, the script is called Centeria Script, and the print is called Mona Lisa Solid.  The great thing about the Paper Source is that they give you directions on how to print on their paper right on their website, so it wasn’t difficult at all to do.  Even the envelopes were easy to print on.

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The menu cards were really easy to do as well.  On Microsoft Word, I made two text boxes and typed out my menu using the same font as my invitation.  I then searched for a skeleton key graphic, saved it to my desktop, and inserted into the menu.  To make it fade into the background, I formatted the picture by changing the transparency and setting it behind the text.  Then I printed them on ivory card stock paper from Staples, and used a paper cutter to cut them out.

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My table numbers were really fun to do.  I had extra invitation paper, postcard paper from the Save The Dates, and fabric from our escort card frame (I’ll talk about the frame in another post), so this project was F-R-E-E free!! I glued the fabric onto the invitation paper, printed the numbers on the postcards in Centeria Script, and used a punch to punch around the borders.

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Using the same card stock paper as the menu, I made tags as our escort cards.  I borrowed my friend’s Cricut and cut out these adorable tags.  I also purchased little skeleton key charms and tied them to the tag so they look like vintage key tags.  These were difficult to print on so I just hand wrote them.

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I made a Mr & Mrs banner for our sweetheart table, but somehow our photographer didn’t capture it that well.  You can get a little glimpse of it from a bouquet toss picture.  I actually have it hanging on our headboard.  I bought cardboard banners from the Paper Source, but I guess its discontinued and I couldn’t find it online.  I used the same fabric from the escort card frame, and black scrapbook paper.  I used my friend’s Cricut again to cut out the letters, used spray adhesive the attach the fabric to the cardboard, and glue dots to attach the letters to the banner.  Then I used a coordinating ribbon to weave it through.

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My guest book was really fun.  I bought a hardcover sketchbook from Michael’s, used the same fabric again, and covered the book with spray adhesive.  Since I had a photo booth, my guests used their extra pictures to put in the guest book and wrote a message for us.  They had a lot of fun with it, especially with the props, which I got at the Paper Source.  I also made a photo booth sign so guests knew what to do.

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The only thing that wasn’t a DIY project were the thank you cards.  I think at that point I was tired and just went with these from Wedding Paper Divas.

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My original idea was to use this thank you frame I made with a $1 frame, the same fabric, scrapbook paper, and my friend’s Cricut.  Unfortunately, it didn’t make the cut when selecting a thank you card, but it was still fun to take these pictures.

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Well, that was our wedding from the paper’s point of view.  I started making these early enough that I wasn’t rushed or flustered, so it was fun.  Not everyone agrees, but that’s ok.  Next up, details and other DIY projects.

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Wedding Week: First Anniversary Gifts {Paper}

This weekend is hubs and I’s first wedding anniversary.  To celebrate, I thought I would write a few wedding related posts for you.  You know, share some details and DIY projects.  I’m kicking off the week with anniversary gifts.  The traditional first anniversary gift is paper, and the modern first anniversary gift is clocks.  Clocks are pretty self explanatory, so I’m going to share some of my favorite paper gifts.

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Art prints

There are plenty of art prints you can gift to your honey.  Wedding bouquet, first dance, first home, etc.  I’ve been eyeing this gift for quite some time.  I even emailed it to Hubs with pictures to send to the seller so it would be really easy for him.  Hubs is the type of guy where you literally have to tell him or show him exactly what you want or else he gets flustered.  So I just show him what I want, I’m happy, we win. 🙂

Tickets

Tickets is an easy go to gift for Hubs.  Baseball games, football games, concerts, comedy shows, he loves them all.  For our first anniversary I gifted him with tickets to the Mets opening game.  You can even get plane tickets to a favorite destination {think second honeymoon}.

Books/Journals

Although I love reading from my Kindle, sometimes I just want to read from an actual book.  Hubs is a writer, so I sometimes gift him with journals and notebooks for Christmas or birthdays.

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I love receiving a hand written note.  Brings me back to the days before technology controlled our lives.  A little note sends the message that you are actually thinking about the person, even if it’s just a thank you note.

Other Gift Ideas

Photo books, personalized calendar, magazine subscription, poster, scratch off tickets, home made coupons.  These are all great options for gifts for your first anniversary.

I’m excited to share some other details of our wedding with you guys this week.  I don’t have a specific plan, just whatever comes to mind.  You know, DIY projects, paper details, flowers, attire, etc.  Yay!

Note: These are not affiliate links, just ideas and products that I love.

Bridal Shower Gift Basket

I’ve got a bridal shower this weekend and I wanted to share the gift basket I made for my girlfriend Katie.

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She didn’t have much on her registry so I had to get creative with the basket.   She had the wine glasses on her list, but I also included the champagne glasses.  From there I created a romantic bedroom basket.

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We can’t forget the champagne and wine to go with the glasses.

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I also grabbed a soft throw, candles, candle sticks, and a nightie from Marshall’s.

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I always like to create something special for occasions like this so I made a monogrammed pillow with flower rosettes.

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Then it was all about putting it all together in a basket I had on hand.  I just eye ball it, move things around until I see an arrangement I like.

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Hopefully she loves it.  I really enjoyed making the rosettes and putting the pillow together so I promise to share a tutorial.

Where Has The Time Gone?

Well, that sure was an unexpected hiatus.  I don’t even know what really happened.  All of a sudden, BAM! It’s been three (seriously 3?!?) weeks since I last posted anything.  Although I’m shocked at my absence, I felt it was needed.  I’m a firm believer in living my life before writing, so if I take a break, whatevs.  I just hope I didn’t lose my readers in the process.

So I’ll share a recap of what’s been happening here at Lauria Land for the last three weeks.  First, my brother in law TJ flew in from Bahrain with his girlfriend Ashley.  They are both in the Navy and we haven’t seen my brother in law in over a year.  It was our first time meeting Ashley and let me tell you, she fit right in.  The Lauria’s are a rare breed.  I know, I married into the family, but still.  We had to warn my father in law especially to tone down his jokes.  Honestly though, he didn’t have to.  Ashley held her own and was able to take the jokes and just as quickly dish them out.  We absolutely adored her.

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They spend two weeks here, and two weeks with her family in Tennessee.  She’s never bee to NYC so TJ wanted to show her around.  Unfortunately we had some really nasty weather those two weeks so they were only able to go into the city a couple of times.  They were mostly hanging around and cuddling with Meaty, who was so excited to see TJ again.

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In other exciting news about them, when they left to Tennessee, TJ proposed!! It wasn’t a surprise to us, because that route was inevitable, but the timing was a surprise.  Either way, we are thrilled and can’t wait for her to be an official Lauria and join this crazy family.  We were sad to see them go, but happy that they are doing well.

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And just yesterday, 5 days after the engagement, we get this news:

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Yes, they got married!!! I’m a little bummed that we weren’t there to celebrate with them, but we are so happy.  I’m especially happy that I have another sister 🙂

Last week was my mid-winter break from school, and boy did I need it.  Hubs set up two nights away to Atlantic City, which was really fun.  Our first night we ran into my girlfriend Katie so we spent the night enjoying some drinks and lots of laughs.  Lots of laughs.

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Our second day we went a little bar hopping to check out happy hour and have some fun in a photo booth.

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That night we hit up a comedy club.  We usually go to the same comedy club at Tropicana.  Its always a good time there, but this night was different.

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See what I mean?  It’s usually FULL of people and club goers.  I’ve never seen it this empty, so we enjoyed it for a little while.

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The following day I went into the city with my mother in law and sister and law to watch the show Wicked.  Although it was a gloomy, rainy day and we took public transportation (two trains and a ferry) to get there, we had a great time.  We got there early so we headed over to a great Irish Pub across the street and had a great lunch.

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The show was amazing!! I never really knew the story about the witches of OZ.  I also learned the story  behind The Lion, The Tin Man, and The Scarecrow.  I loved the story, the singing, the acting, the humor.  It was the first Broadway show I’ve been too, and it did not disappoint.  The theater itself was absolutely beautiful.

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So that’s what’s been happening here at Lauria Land.  I’ve got a bridal shower this weekend so I’ll be sharing my gift as well as a how to.