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5/19

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I am admittedly not the craftiest beaver on the block; and it’s true, many a craft has beaten my ass to the ground and screamed in my face “Martha Schmartha, yo!” But that doesn’t, for some reason probably linked to estrogen and my passion for all things glittered, squelch my lofty craft ambitions and attempts at greatness. Or, more accurately, attempts at not-complete-failure.

I used to be such a pesky perfectionist about my crafting attempts that it would ruin the whole experience, and often, never even attempt them out of fear of failure. But what I learned over time, is that part of the point of DIY is embracing the imperfections in the art. The little hints of humanity in each creation that remind the maker and the recipient that it was made with blood, sweat, tears, and love. And wine. Always wine.

Our Save the Dates were easy. We found an inexpensive style we loved on Etsy, and made a few small design tweaks with the lovely girl who designed them. She arranged for printing, and a couple weeks later, they arrived in the mail. And they’re beautiful! But, I’m such a shameless whore for embellishments — mainly in the form of sparkles — that I couldn’t leave well enough alone. And when I went shopping for some adhesive crystals to add dimension and glitz to our design, I found myself sneaking supplies for glittered envelope liners into my basket, like a sugar addict smuggling cookies in with her produce. I couldn’t help myself! The girl at Paper Source pointed out how simple it was, thanks to their easy peasy trace & trim templates. I had always thought it looked so challenging, but the temptation was just too strong.

And it was SUPER DUPER EASY PEASY LEMON SQUEEZY FOR SHEEZY, kids. Like, foolproof. So, lest any of my fellow brides and grooms shy away from dressing up their STD’s, invitations or thank you cards … I’m here to walk you through it!

Supplies:

Envelope Liner Template Kit

Double-sided Tape Runner

Gold Glitter Wrapping Paper Roll (or solid/printed paper(s) of your choice. Just make sure it’s not cardstock-weight. That would make it too bulky.)

A7 Envelopes (or whatever size fits your inserts. The Paper Source kit comes with templates for 4-bar, A2, A6, A7, A9, 5-3/4″ square and 6-1/2″ square envelopes. Bonus!)

Scissors
Pencil

Wine (psa: never craft without wine. trust.)

invitediy copy

Steps to greatness:

1. Lay out your liner paper, face down, and trace the envelope liner template that corresponds to your envelope size, in pencil. You can see from my picture that I maximized space by nesting the “peaks” into one another so I wasted as little paper as necessary, and had to make less cuts overall.

2. Trim along the lines to create individual liners.

3. Slide a liner into your envelope. It will nestle in snugly, and you’ll see it doesn’t overlap with the glue on the lip of the envelope flap.

4. Fold the flap down, and crease across the fold with your finger.

5 & 6. Open the envelope back up, but leave the liner folded down. Run your double-sided glue tape across both top edges of the “peak” of the liner.

7. Fold the envelope flap back down against the liner and press firmly along the edges of the peak.

8. Open your envelope and admire your handiwork!

See? Couldn’t be easier. Just trace, trim, fold, glue and you’re finished!

It’s such a simple, inexpensive project, but it really adds so much personality to the invitation experience. I just might start doing it with every thing I send! It’d sure make paying bills a lot more festive 😛

Go forth, and line your envelopes with wild abandon, friends… and relish in your crafty bad-assery! You won’t be sorry, I swear.

Dana
The Broke-Ass Bride
  • 6/28

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    Alcohol. A permanent wedding accessory?

    Dear Liz,

    Our current plan is for my fiance and me to have a local celebration party with friends and my family, and a destination wedding with his much larger family.
    The hitch with the local celebration is that he and his friends are Muslim. My fiance is also a nurse and so he absolutely has no time or patience for drunken antics. My friends and family, on the other hand, are largely not of the faith, some of them are raucous Uni students, and they expect to be drinking.
    I know that having a bar that runs dry is a definite no-no, but I was wondering what the etiquette is for an alcohol-free event, if such a thing is possible? The last time such a prospect was raised it was met with derisive laughter.

    Signed,

    Where’s the Party?

    Dear Party,

    I’ve never coordinated a wedding where alcohol wasn’t served at all, but I can certainly think of a few examples where that would happen: Couple isn’t old enough to drink; an alcoholic getting married; the wedding of a  close family member of an alcoholic; and, of course, if there are religious restrictions. But it sounds like you’re going to get more flack than it’s worth, if there’s nuthin’ to drink. So, why don’t we talk about limiting the bar as opposed to nixing it. What about any of these or a doing a combo of:

    • Sticking to just beer and wine, no hard alcohol. Two choices, both of which take a while to get lit off of. Even better if you can decide how many glasses or bottles get served.
    • Forgoing a 5-6 hour party. Do a long dinner instead … 2-3 hours? Three to four? Less time for drinking, and to get out of control drunk.
    •  Keeping the bar open for a shorter period of time. Three hours as opposed to four? Two hours as opposed to three? Figure out how long you want your party to be, and make the “last call” for the bar a couple of hours before that. Sodas, water and coffee are the only drinks available once alcohol service is over.
    •  Having a Cash bar. I don’t really like this one, because it doesn’t go over very well, and it’s not particularly hospitable. That’s my personal opinion, but still. You could convert the bar into a cash bar after last call for the hosted bar, but be prepared for grumbling. It is what it is.

    The other thing to remember is that your fiance is aware of how your friends and family are,  how they behave, and what they will expect. It’s one night, you’re hosting a party. He and his friends don’t have to drink if they don’t want to. You should definitely discuss the options with him, though, and see which ones he’s the most comfortable with. Go with those.

    Anyone else out there with the same issues? Or are you not serving alcohol at your wedding? Tell me below! And, if  you want to find out a little more about me and my part of wedding world, go to www.silvercharmevents.com.

    See you at the end of the aisle,

    Liz
    Liz
  • 6/5

    Our friends definitely know how to have a good time, and past weddings among our crew have definitely resulted in some drunken shenanigans.  But hey, weddings are a once-in-a-lifetime celebration, so that's the way it should be, right??? While I definitely plan on trying hard to limit my consumption on my wedding day so as not to be "that bride" and make a fool of…

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    11/19

    I'm a huge fan of clothing that can do double-duty, and triple duty is even better! Today, I've put together three looks - one for the bridal shower, bachelorette party, and rehearsal dinner, using just one versatile dress. Bridal Shower Dress $73 // Cardigan $18 // Shoes $30 // Bag $50 // Earrings $20 // Belt $11 Bachelorette Party Dress $73 // Shoes $43 //…

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    10/23

    There's a lot of ways to reward the ladies in your life - you know, the gals that are gonna hold the tiny bouquets, host your bridal shower, and plan your bachelorette party. Sure they'd love lots of hugs, a few sincere "thank you" cards, etc. etc. But do you know what people really love? Favors. And not the chintzy, plastic tokens that usually get…

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    2/3

    Our amazing sponsors Storkie have just introduced an exciting new line of save-the-dates and wedding invites that we just couldn't wait to share with you guys!  There's something new to suit everyone's aesthetic tastes, from of-the-moment to utterly timeless.  We'd be totally remiss if we didn't show you their elegant wedding invitations, their adorable save-the-dates - and here's something you might not have thought of…

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    1/6

    Our wedding lanterns! photo by Dan Chen, Chennergy.com When it comes to establishing the vibe at your big event, any well researched bride-to-be knows that atmospheric lighting and memorable decor is key! Luckily, we Bride$hared these gorgeous Luna Bazaar lanterns for our own wedding day, and we can't recommend them enough! No bride wants to wed, wine and dine, or hit the floor under florescent…

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