Afternoon lovely readers, Kelly here with my latest planning ideas / woes / nightmares / confusions / hair brained schemes* (*delete as appropriate depending on the mood). So what’s new? Invites, videographers, tins, jars and a certain cute car. Yep I have been a busy bee indeed, so let me dive straight in…
I often read advice from the lovely brides here on these polka pages saying things along the lines of ‘it’s never too early to get things done’. I may be taking that a little bit to the extreme, but what can I say, I love it!
Let me start in time order. I have a certain addiction to my trusty PowerPoint, no technical Photoshop here, just my autoshapes, slides, grids, Wordart and textboxes. With all these ‘tools’ at hand, I knew I would be designing the invitation myself. So, after a variety of different designs, colour schemes and ideas, I narrowed down my choice to my favourite two. I have since picked which one I will actually use, but just for fun, which one do you prefer:
Design 1 – The Postcard.
(front & back)
Design 2 – The Ticket.
(this would be printed on brown recycled card, cut out and tied together with red and white bakers twine)
One thing I was clear on from the start was the Monbijoux. Nope, I’m not talking in Windings, I am of course talking about fonts. I love a good old font me. We no longer need to stick with our Times New Rome, Arial, Courier New and if we’re feeling fancy French Script, but for FREE you can download heaps of gorgeous fonts to suit your theme. For anyone who is not too sure how to do this, I will show you:
This is how you install them on my computer, so hopefully yours will be something similar!
What came next was the Videographer. To have or not to have? When this question first arose, I have to say I was not so keen. Flashbacks of homemade videos as a teenager flashed before my eyes and I shuddered at the thought. I hate watching myself on video. I hate the sound of my voice on video. Eughhhhh. Then two things happened, actually three.
- I read, several times in fact, about brides who wished they’d had a videographer in hindsight.
- I watched a gorgeous film by Rupert Ward-Lewis on these very polka pages and I cried. It is not often I do that, but it was so beautiful and moving I couldn’t help it! I realised that modern wedding videography wasn’t a 3hr long re-run of the whole day.
- My Mum and Dad generously gave us a contribution to the wedding which would cover the cost. Sold.
I contacted Rupert and he was available. Booked! Although I am a little nervous about the prospect of a camera there on the day (cue nervous giggles, stiff poses, awkward glances “is it on me”??), I know it will be worth it!
Next, I started pondering the décor. With a tight budget, a big blank space to fill and numerous ideas floating around in my head, I started to pinpoint my ideas and made a list. A cheap and easy way to decorate the venue, and subject to some recent controversy, was jars. Jam jars, curry sauce jars, pickled onion jars, pasta sauce jars, the different the better! Tins didn’t get away either. Although I am aiming for a more uniformed approach to the tins (only baked bean or tomato soup tins will do), I have been collecting them to. Andy is getting slightly perplexed as they clutter up our window sills! But look at the pretty that can be done with them:
More to come on a later post when I’ve worked out exactly what I am going to do with them!
Finally the car. Originally a car wasn’t on our list of priorities, it was a cost I was willing to forgo and put towards somewhere else in the wedding. I would have happily have gone in my Dad’s Toyota.
I then stumbled across a self-hire company and couldn’t resist a peep at their ‘fleet’ and a nose at their prices. Hmmm, it was cheaper than I thought. Apparently, it is cheaper to hire a classic car for the whole weekend, yep Friday to Monday people, than it is to rent a wedding car for an hour. The ‘car’ changed lists and moved its way closer to the top and with a bit of re-jigging of the Excel budget spreadsheet we booked it. Not knowing a whole heap about cars, I can tell you it looks super pretty, is a powder blue colour, is a convertible and has two seats.
My Dad will drive me to the church and my new husband will drive us to the reception. My Dad and brother get the job of picking the car up the day before the wedding. Kate and Wills eat your heart out!
So that’s it! I hope you all have a very merry Christmas and I will see you in the New Year.
Big next-time-I-write-I-get-to-say-“I’m-getting-married-this-year” L.O.V.E
Kelly (Reds) xxx