Category Archives: Our Wedding

a sneak peak into our day

I know it’s wedding wednesday, and I’m supposed to be posting a DIY today.  But I don’t want to, and it’s my blog, so I can do that, right? :)  The reason I don’t want to is because late last night, our videographer emailed us a link to our wedding recap video…and I want to share that instead.  I have literally watched it hundreds of times – I am so obsessed with it and am just floored at what an amazing job he did.From the beginning, I knew I wanted to hire a videographer, but Noel wasn’t so sure.  He said we would never watch the video, it would be a waste of money, and we could just have someone else set up a video camera.  In the end, I managed to convince him otherwise, and we are both so incredibly thankful we decided to go for it.  The amount of times we have watched this little snippet is already worth what we paid, and we haven’t even received our DVD yet.

Everyone says your wedding day will be a blur, and they are completely right.  While I love looking through pictures of our day, watching this video literally made me feel like we were living that day over and over again.  So to all you brides-to-be out there: hire a videographer.  You will not regret it – it is worth every penny, and then some.

Check back this Friday, because there’s going to be a pretty amazing giveaway in this neck of the woods!

how to create a QR code

Apparently I yet again don’t know how to use autopost.  This post was supposed to be scheduled for yesterday…and this morning when I went to read it, I found out I accidentally had it set for September?  My bad.  So, I’m sorry to keep you all waiting – but without further ado, here is another Wedding Wednesday (err..Thursday) DIY.

Today we’re going to talk about our wedding invites.  Like many things in our wedding, we did our invites a little different.  How so?  We included a little something special in them.

You know those square code things you see everywhere?  Those things that you can scan with your smartphone and it brings you to the website?  Well, those “square code things” are actually called QR codes and, for our wedding, we created one of our own and included it on our wedding invitations.  We did all of our RSVPing online through our wedding website, which I would HIGHLY recommend.  Yeah, it may not be the traditional route, but guess what?  It saves you a TON of time and a good chunk of money (postage on 200+ invites, as well as the paper and printing).  You don’t have to ask me twice.

I could go on forever about how glad I am we decided to do all of our RSVPing online, but that’s not the point of this post.  Since we did ask all of our guests to RSVP online, it was essential that our website was easy for them to get to.  Enter: QR code.  Instead of just writing our website on our invites (which we also did), we included a QR code, so people could scan it with their smartphones, and RSVP right then and there.  Plus, we like to be different, and it’s not everyday you see that on a wedding invite now is it?

This is what our RSVP insert looked like:

Good ahead, knock yourself out and scan it.  It will take you right to our page.  Pretty neat, eh?  So, by now, you’re probably all wondering how you go about making one of these things.  It’s suuuuuuuper easy.  
Step 1:  Find a QR code generator online.  I used the website http://qrcode.kaywa.com/ and it worked perfectly.
Step 2: Enter the website that you want people to be brought to, and then click generate.
Step 3: Once your QR code has been generated, right click on the image, and click “save image as.”  Save it to your computer and you are ready to put it into whatever document you want.   

To help my QR code tie into our invitations better, I brought it into photoshop and made the background blue.  Now I don’t know a whole lot about the technology behind these codes, but what I do know was that I tried to turn the black parts the light blue, and have a transparent background and it didn’t work.  I’m not sure if it didn’t work because there is a texture on our background that my phone kept picking up, or if it didn’t work because our background was dark and when I made the QR code blue, the colors were essentially inverted.  Moral of the story is, if you want to change the colors of your code, make sure you test it out to be sure it works before you print 200 copies.  
If you have any questions, please let me know!  It really is pretty straightforward and simple, but it added a fun touch to our invites that our guests just loved!  See for yourself:

The above picture shows the actual invite and our RSVP card.  
Below are the directions to the ceremony.  
This card was double sided, with the written directions on one side, and a map on the other.

Until next time!

DIY Birdcage Veil Tutorial

Hello lovely readers!  Today I’m going to kick off Wedding Wednesday DIY with a tutorial on how to make a birdcage veil.  I have always been in love with birdcage veils, but I never realized there were so many different types.  When I initially went dress shopping, the only birdcage veil they had in the store was the bandeau type that just goes straight across your face…and I didn’t like it.
Because I was unaware that different types existed, I ended up buying a long veil – and the more I looked at it, the more I couldn’t stand it.  I starting to see all sorts of beautiful birdcage veils on Etsy and at other bridal salons, and I just knew I had to have one.  Since I had already dropped waaay too much money on a veil I didn’t like,  I didn’t want to go drop $200 on another veil, so I decided to try my hand at making one.  Follow along for the tutorial.
   *Disclaimer: I did NOT make the flower – that is a clip I added on top of the veil*

Supplies:

French or Russian Netting
Scissors
Thread
Hair comb
Needle
Optional: Flower or lace 

Tutorial:

1. To begin, you first need to purchase the material you will make your birdcage veil out of. I used French netting because it isn’t as stiff as Russian netting, and I didn’t want to have a really poufy veil. The French netting is much softer. When I bought it, I bought 1 yard of 19” French netting, and just cut it down. The dimensions you trim the width to are completely dependent upon how large of a veil you want. The wider it is, the bigger the veil/the more of your face it will cover. You’ll have to play around with it by wrapping it around your head/face to determine how large you want it.

2. Once you’ve cut the width how you like it, you need to cut the length. I cut mine across at 12”, but again, this dimension should be adjusted according to the size you want your veil to be.

3. After cutting the fabric, you will make two diagonal cuts. I started my cuts about 8” up on each side, but these cuts don’t have to be exact. Make sure you make the diagonal cuts on the cut edges, leaving the finished edge untouched on the bottom. 

4. When your fabric looks like this, the sewing begins. Starting at one corner, secure your thread to the netting by tying a small knot. Then weave your needle and thread in and out through the tiny squares, moving your way around the edge. You will weave the fabric along the blue lines in my picture.

5. After you have weaved all the way around, the ends will bunch together like this. Secure the ends together by tying off the thread.

6. Sew the bunched end onto the comb. Some people will wrap tulle around the end of the comb before attaching the veil – that is completely up to you. I didn’t. Sorry the picture is a little dark – the comb is there but you really have to look.

7. At this point, you can either cut off any extra thread and be done, or you can sew a flower or some lace on top of your comb to disguise it. I made a couple different veils. In one, I added lace on top. However, for the one I wore on my wedding day, I didn’t add anything on it because I found a different flower comb I wanted to wear. Instead, I just placed the big flower comb over the veil’s comb. 

To add a little sparkle to your veil, you can sew some little crystals or beads at random places.  Overall, making the veil is really easy, but I would buy extra materials.  I had to make several before I got it just how I wanted it – but then again, I’m pickier than most :)  Birdcage veils can be really fussy, so I highly recommend steaming it before you wear it.  Even after steaming it, you may need to bobby pin it in to place (which I would strongly recommend doing anyways, just so it doesn’t move).

As always, let me know if you have any questions.  Happy crafting!  

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