I think I finally finished our wedding scrapbook! After figuring out how to add all the cards, I just added a few more embellishments and treasures to complete it. Now it has all the little love notes and sentiments from family and friends, as well as tokens from our big day that we’ve been keeping for years.
I used the scrapbook as a guestbook for our wedding, and our guests wrote little notes on notecards that I added to the book. We have some pretty precious drawings from our younger guests.
The album is 12×12, but I added some different sized page protectors to accommodate some larger keepsakes, like extra wedding invites. I also just hole punched some things, like our wedding programs, to add them in directly. I count this as a very successful scrapbook project!
We have a pretty neat wedding scrapbook going. I consider it still “going” because I’ve been keeping this box of little keepsakes and cards that I wanted to add to the book. The biggest problem was how to add greeting cards to it. If I shoved them all in one or a couple big pockets, it would be super bulky, and the cards are always falling out. But I recently had a brainstorm, and I’m pretty happy with how it turned out!
I took some 12×12 page protectors I already had, laid the cards out, and then drew out the separating lines. I sewed along the lines to make custom shaped pockets. I carefully cut a slit to make the lower pockets, and then added some decorative tape to the gnarly plastic edge. Then I added the cards in, and put a little piece of tape to hold things in place.
All the cards lay pretty flat in the book, and we are still able to take them out and read them for years to come!
So of course, we are incredibly thankful for all the wedding love and support. We feel so lucky and blessed. But why didn’t anyone mention to me how grueling writing thank you notes was gonna be?? I spent a whole weekend making the actual cards, while racking my brain of all the different ways I could say thank you, we appreciate (insert house item here).
So I took my inspiration from the masters- our grandparents. They write the most wonderful handwritten cards, with just random stories and tidbits. So thank you, everyone, for all the thoughtful gifts and love. And also, please enjoy all our random stories about the new house, the seeds I just planted, the dolphins we saw on our honeymoon, and our new blinds.
One of the best ideas that we had for our wedding was to create and promote a hashtag that people could use to tag photos they took on Twitter and Instagram of wedding day activities. We promoted it on our website and in our invitations and it was really great because we were able to crowdsource some candid moments behind-the-scenes at our wedding that we might not have been able to get since a photographer can’t be everywhere at once.
My ma has this really big bell. So big it is mounted on a big post. We decided that when we said I do, someone needs to ring the “wedding bell”. GET IT??
So we also made little miniature versions for all the guests to ring. They are just little scraps of leftover fabric and ribbon, tied onto wooden dowels. It took me some hunting to find some suitable bells that weren’t too big, still made noise, and didn’t cost a fortune. Once they were done, we stuck them all in a little flower pail and added a sign. We saw lots of the little ones running around with them after the ceremony, and at the end of the night, everyone rang them as we drove off together.
These ribbons are only if your wedding guests are the very best, like ours were. I started making them as a busy project a couple months beforehand. It was one of those instantly gratifying projects. I first got the idea when I made this ribbon for my ma. And my ma is always my inspiration.
I took some leftover fabric scraps from some other wedding decorations, and I made a million yo-yos. I then scrounged up some felt in coordinating colors, and glued on the extra bits. I attached a pin back to the back of the ribbon.
On wedding day, we put them all in berry baskets by the wedding programs. It made me very happy to see everyone wearing them!
How often does your actual hotel room look like the pictures on the website that you saw when you booked your room? I would have to say almost never which is why we were pretty excited when we got to our room and saw that it was 99.9% like the picture on the website. I was fairly convinced that the photo on the website was taken from our room’s balcony.
We put together little “thank you” surprise boxes for our family and friends. While they might not be full of gold, I put a lot of love inside. (Hint: They are full of treats. Love for your belly.) The guy reminds me that sometimes, it really is the thought that counts.
Our wedding was very homemade. Like the it-was-in-my-backyard-and-we-made-all-the-food brand of homemade. We planned out most of it, but there were a lot of little serendipity projects right at the end. We just happened to have certain things lying around at the exact moment we got an idea. So I thought I would share a couple of those projects. The first is a wooden sign.
We were thinking that this tree needed a little something, and we happened to have this old piece of wood. So I whipped up a little sign. I painted on the letters, and the guy tied the rope around it. Teamwork.
I made just a couple key purchases for our honeymoon at the beach, and boy am I glad I did. I felt like a glowing newlywed who was spending the day lounging at the beach in style, and sometimes it just makes you feel even better to look the part. Before our trip, I really wanted a big floppy beach hat, and seriously, money well spent. It was one of the top 5 most awesome I have ever felt in my life. Here are some of my beach essentials: