Wednesday, August 24, 2011

thinking in print

Hospitality baskets for the restrooms
almost forgot I had wanted to do them.  Some of it can be sourced now.

Ribbbon/signs for reserved head table seats, or at least bride/groom seats.
combo of this: and this:

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

reflecting on symbolism in our lives

frogs = fertility

yinyang "the tao" = balance

Turkish eye = protection from evil

hand of fatima = protection from evil

scarab = protection from evil

spiral = fertility, feminine serpent force, continual change, and the evolution of the universe


Yin is characterized as slow, soft, yielding, diffuse, cold, wet, and passive; and is associated with water, earth, the moon, femininity and nighttime.

Yang, by contrast, is fast, hard, solid, focused, hot, dry, and aggressive; and is associated with fire, sky, the sun, masculinity and daytime.

Working on my origami has given me time to reflect and made me remember what I've been seeking all my life and how I've found it.

Monday, August 22, 2011

another wedding nightmare

Wrong venue, wrong guests, right dress but altered wrong.

I arrived early at the University Catholic Student Center (my "home" church) to get ready, only the place was such a confusing mess of hallways and unmarked rooms that I ended up changing into my dress in a bathroom.  None of the wedding party showed up.  Most of the guests were people I had never met before and they were jeering at me and complaining about everything going on.  Some people were crashing the ceremony to protest the fact that I was allowed to get married there AND I got one of their friends' preferred wedding date.  The bouquet wasn't tied because I had forgotten the ribbon.  My guests weren't there because I couldn't tell them the new location in time.  I couldn't find my way from where I had dressed, to the actual chapel until 30 minutes after the wedding should have started.  Couldn't tell if Kinnon was even there.  Some of my dad's family had made it but they were all angry and upset over the horrible planning and the fact that there were a bunch of random other people there.  Everything I had worked on and planned for the whole engagement had basically been deleted from existence.

The general gist of the dream was that in trying to do everything myself I sabotaged my own wedding.  

recap:  first wedding nightmare involved wrong dress, drunk priest, nobody bothered to come, ceremony held at a vacant lot in a place that was both East Austin and Dime Box, TX.

second one I don't remember but I know I was in the wrong dress again, and grandparents were upset with me.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

ceremony and reception music ideas

Grand Entrances - NEED TO DECIDE
Wedding Party:
Bride and Groom:

First Dance

"Red Envelope" -Dynamite Boy
Need to have Kinnon send a copy to the DJ.

The Twist

raindrops keep falling on my head

dollar dance
DJ mix

Cake Cutting

Bouquet Toss
Girls Just Wanna Have Fun - Cyndi Lauper

garter toss  - NEED TO DECIDE

The Time Warp from RHPC
Don't Stop Believing - Journey
Bohemian Rhapsody - Queen
cha cha slide

Ceremony - string ensemble

Guest seating:
Winter - Vivaldi
Rohan, King of the Golden Hall
Be Thou My Vision
Caribbean Blue - Enya
Last song before Ceremony:  In Dreams - Walsh & Shore
Officiant and grandparents enter:  Edelweiss
Mothers enter:  FF7 Main Theme
Bridesmaids and Grooms Enter:  Tifa's Theme FF7
Bride and Father enter:  Aeris's Theme FF7
Unity Ceremony:  Someone to Watch Over Me
Kiss:  FF7 Fanfare
Recessional:  When I'm 64 
Guests Exit:
All You Need is Love
Bittersweet Symphony
Lucy in The Sky With Diamonds
Last Song:  Time To Say Goodbye

silicone wine glass marker favors

We have 80 but I just found a bunch more on Amazon.

Friday, August 12, 2011

git on it!

escape vehicle
block of hotel rooms
wedding night hotel room
diy DIY diy

Design, Revisited

Teal, Navy, Dark Purple (almost peacocky)

Aesthetic theme:  Origami water bomb lanterns, teal glass lanterns and vases, non floral

Aisle Decor:  Teal glass lanterns with water bomb lantern, topped with origami lotus, to be moved to cocktail tables after the ceremony

Bridal Bouquet:  few irises, few circus roses, few lilies-of-the-valley, lavender, bear grass, hand wrapped in teal ribbon with purple accents/beading

Bridesmaids will carry lanterns:  TBD

Flower Girl: a single big flower with ribbon tied in a bow

Ring Bearer:  pillow made of MOTB's wedding dress scraps, by Oma

Boutonnieres and corsages:  TBD

Tables (10) themed to our assorted hobbies and Geekeries (plus water bomb lanterns and scattered buttermints)
1.  Cooking
2.  Photography
3.  Gardening
4.  Legos
5.  World of Warcraft
6.  Electronics (xbox, apple, PS, etc)
7.  Portal
8.  Final Fantasy games
9.  Beer Glasses

Cocktail tables (6):  white cloth, navy ties, Teal lantern, scattered buttermints, nerf guns

Card box:  stalk Gardenridge during the holidays for something appropriate and prepare to spray paint to an appropriate color

Guest book:  TBD

Favors:  glass markers for all, buttermints scattered on all tables

Personalized items:  I feel like we need something personalized but whatever it is needs to be cheap.  maybe put the glass markers on business cards with our logo (that we don't have yet)

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

lol aww

shower host brought a blank journal and had guests write their best marriage advice/sign/draw stuff, gave to bride at end of shower

Take 10 styrofoam cups and fill them with 10 different herbs. Place aluminum foil over the top with a small hole in the center. Put a number on each cup to keep track.  Pass around the cups and let everyone smell the herbs (no peeking) and whoever gets the most right wins a prize.    <----love this!!!

Make "Bingo Cards" with 25 empty spaces (5 across, 5 down).   Have the guests write in the gifts that they think the bride-to-be will receive (or premake them with basic stuff). As she opens her presents, mark off any of the presents written down.  As soon as someone has "5 in a row," shout "BINGO!

"what's in your purse" game, checking off lists of things that were in your purse. Be sure to include a wide variety of items so all age groups can play.

we asked the bride and groom the same questions on a day prior to the wedding at the same time.. so they couldn't cheat.. the questions were all about the bride.. her favorite this and that.. etc then at the shower we had the guests guess how many they matched on and had them hold up their answers it got the guests to know more about them.. tiebreaker questions were ones they answered the same and the guest had to answer!!

questionnaire "how well do you know the bride".  Be sure to use questions appropriate for all guests.  Have bride read answers aloud.   (3 different sets of 5 questions for variety and time)

Wrapped kitchen utensils in tissue paper.  People had to close their eyes and "feel" to guess the utensil. Winner got a prize.

have a bag of groceries, mostly common, a couple less common, and ask each guest to give us a total value of the groceries. We had a separate prize for the closest answer because the bride-to-be got the groceries.

don't embarrass people.

calling out answers is more fun than writing things down....  unless they're silly and the fun part is having the bride read the answers out loud!

LOL but noooooo:

Monday, August 8, 2011

Photo update

Here we have my origami tie-in of "water bomb lights".  Its an origami balloon with an LED tea light popped inside.  We can put 1-3 on each table or even create mountains of them.  they'll involve about 4 seconds of prep time each the day of the wedding (turning on LED and popping them inside the cube).

I can crank out a ton of these while watching TV and Amazon sells the "flameless" tea lights for about 70 cents each.  Save-On crafts may have them even cheaper.  BBB sells them, too and it may work out that the 20% off coupon may make that cheap too.  We'll see.  

I'm also thinking about other assorted origami type things to have all over the place.  Should have taken a photo of the practice stuff I did last night.  Flowers, boxes, sides of pomanders...   Currently trying to figure out how to work origami into the invitations but that will be another post.  

Here are the save-the-dates.  I can plow through them super easy but they still need to be stuffed, sealed, and stamped.

I played around a bit with my extra paper: