#MyBestFriendsWedding Final Chapter – The BIG Day!

Guys, can you believe it?! Just over a year ago, I began this series of posts following the journey of my best friend’s road to the altar, from the proposal & the surprises I gathered for her, the engagement party & proMOHsal, saying yes to the dress, the bridal shower, the stamp serendipity, the bachelorette, rehearsal, all leading to this: the big day.

Michelle’s vision was absolutely beautiful and cohesive, and it came to life to perfection (as perfect as possible considering something ALWAYS happens when it comes to parties or big events). Of course, that was to be expected, given that she’s a kick-ass event planner for her job, but corporate and social events are very different, and she managed to pull off a gorgeous wedding in the middle of back to back big work events and constant travel. So let me start off by saying: congratulations biff! You did it, you did it real good!

From the moment the planning began, she made me part of the process and I was so happy to be there every step of the way that she’d let me – everything except whatever had to do with the bridesmaids, because obviously she wanted me to be somewhat surprised with that part. Originally, there were more things that I would make/do, but as time went by, she wanted to focus on big pieces and the rest either got done a different way, or was scrapped altogether (for example, I really wanted to make hotel “do not disturb” signs for guests that came out of town, but it ended up not making sense to do it because of the logistics). All gorgeous pictures courtesy of Melissa Perez from   @SimplyCaptivating!

In the end, this is what I did make:

  • Custom Champagne Flutes for the Bridesmaids: even though we ended up not using them because we went from having all the time in the world to rushing out of the house, so the rosé just sat there, poured in our custom glasses as we made our way to the church in the party bus… they’re still cute ❤

     

  • Bride Jean Jacket: I made this literally the night before the wedding during our sleepover because Michelle forgot to give me the jacket after the rehearsal dinner, and it was a mission to get the vinyl to stick (and I cut it wrong, but we won’t talk about that because no one could tell, and you can’t either 😉 …)
  • Cake Topper: inspired by one Michelle found on Pinterest and made out of layered rose gold card stock (and I had to cut it several times, but we won’t talk about that either…), it looked so stunning at night, especially in the background of the picture where Michelle’s parents are giving their speeches!
  • The Seating Chart: since I can’t put into words the stress, amount of time, anxiety, logistical work, glue, and panic attacks this caused me, I’m just going to say this is probably my proudest accomplishment TO DATE. EVER. I’m pretty sure the two months of insomnia I had leading up to the wedding were over the seating chart alone. Also, because I messed up my table (on purpose, trying and erroring as usual) I literally finished the seating chart AT THE VENUE, during cocktail hour. But, it came out PERFECTLY ❤ Also, I may or may not have spent time taking pictures of people looking at the chart… First, the process:

 Some action shots from my phone

And the final result, with STUNNING shots by @SimplyCaptivating 

  • “I Do” Shoes: I love Pinterest. But also Michelle’s shoe soles were ribbed so I have no idea how long the vinyl stayed on… It was all for this shot!

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  • Signage: a Welcome sign adorned with flowers from @EverAfterFlorist, a wedding sign to let guests know they were at the right venue, and a social media sign that never made it out to the party… has there been any item without mishaps? HA!

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  • Table Menus: 15 tables. Two menus per table. 30 total. Incredibly tedious and long process to make them. Gorgeous outcome ❤

Seriously, I cannot believe that it has all come and gone so quickly since the day Brian texted me to let me know he was proposing. It’s been such an incredible experience to be by my friend’s side through this huge milestone moment, and I’m so happy to have been able to help and put a personal touch to so many aspects leading up to and during the big day. Thank you all for following the journey!

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#MyBestFriendsWedding Chapter 8 – Rehearsal Dinner Bowquet

One of the responsibilities of a Maid of Honor is to collect the ribbons and bows from the gifts the bride receives on her bridal shower, and use them to make a fake bouquet (or bowquet as I like to call it) for the day of the rehearsal, so the bride has something as a placeholder when she practices her walk down the aisle. I’m not sure why, but this was one of the things I was most excited to make, and I loved the end result!

The one thing that I had a bit of difficulty with during the process was that I’m a fan of symmetry, and since you rarely get the same bow twice, that wasn’t very likely to happen… but more importantly, the colors of all the bows were also different, so the combination looked a bit messy and maybe even a little tacky.

Since I have cans and cans of rose gold spray paint from all the crafting for the shower/bachelorette/wedding, I figured I could paint a few of the bows rose gold, to try to even out the scheme. I luckily also had some burgundy bows in my gift wrapping stash, so that made it get even closer to the color scheme of the wedding, which I thought would be a nice touch. Anyway, enough talk, let’s see the pictures of the process, and I also included a list of materials at the end:

And here are some action shots from the rehearsal:

Materials:

  1. Gift bows/ribbon
  2. Cardboard roll (from gift-wrapping paper)
  3. Rose gold spray paint
  4. Paper plate, bowl shaped
  5. Hot glue gun

What do you guys think of the bowquet? Have you made one? Drop links to your pictures below if you have them!

#MyBestFriendsWedding Chapter 5: The Bridal Shower

Ok guys, so by this point I’ve shown you the invitations and the place tiles, and I’m going to try to make this as short as possible so – welcome to my best friend’s Moroccan Bridal Shower!

AH! The first big event I’ve been preparing for for MONTHS as Maid of Honor finally came and went and I have to say, mishaps and all, it went so well and the most important part is that Michelle loved it and had an awesome time! Michelle’s mom and I planned it together and she was a crucial part in all of it turning out as nice and great as it did, so thank you Marta for all of your help and support with it! Some behind the scenes info:

  • Michelle had mentioned she wanted a Moroccan themed bridal shower before she was even engaged, so I knew that would be the theme, BUT it usually comes with an extremely colorful scheme. When I started my Pinterest board, I tried to focus on the ideas that had the most white, orange and pink to make it more bridal. And then, Michelle fell in love with rose gold, so that became the main accent color next to the white.
  • A few months into the planning, Michelle said to me: “you know I want people to actually come dressed in Moroccan attire, right?” and I was like no, I did not know that, but we can absolutely make it happen! And so we did, as almost everyone came donning their best kaftans and headpieces ❤

With this all said, let’s split the party in sections so that I don’t keep you reading for three hours:

  • Custom Glasses: when Marta and I were looking into tableware, I didn’t want to have plastic cups because they would cheapen the look, and then I remembered the acrylic stackables I used for my Friendsmas party a couple of years back. The problem was, people don’t usually keep track of their cups at parties, so I decided to use vinyl to put their names on it, solving the missing cup issue and also adding a favor they could take home! Win, win!
  • Décor: all I will say here is that I depleted Home Depot of their rose gold spray paint (but good thing rose gold/copper is in because I was definitely able to find TONS of things that were already rose gold, and in some cases, Moroccan too!)
  • Favors: I found these jumbo tea lights from IqraMehndiDesigns on Etsy. She was so great to work with and made the order to fit our color scheme beautifully. Did I mention she’s all the way in Bulgaria and thank God for planning with due time, because it takes two months between making and shipping these to arrive?!?! After the timely arrival, all we did was put them in boxes with filler, a ribbon and a tag 🙂
  • Food & Desserts: Marta took care of ordering the food from a Mediterranean restaurant and it was very yummy! I also asked the groom’s mom, Mayda, to make her infamous Greek salad which is always a hit at parties, and it absolutely was! For dessert, we ordered baklava, and also had some delicious “bundtinis” from Nothing Bundt Cakes, as well as some Ferrero Rocher chocolates, which you guessed it, we sprayed them rose gold too 🙂

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  • Games: I asked the rest of the bridesmaids to help me figure out games that were fun, and we came up with: wear the ring and don’t say bride/Michelle, how many kisses in the jar, Michelle trivia, and find the groom (a picture of Brian hidden somewhere in the party, which he hid himself and it was hilarious!) The prizes were baskets filled with a small bottle of Rosé, a picture frame, a notepad, and a pen – all rose gold of course.
  • Guestbook: since Michelle didn’t want to have a traditional guestbook at the wedding, I thought it would be cute to get her a photo book with pictures of her whole relationship with Brian, and ask guests to fill it with advice for her. She absolutely loved it and it wasn’t a big expense since Shutterfly constantly runs free album offers, so all I had to cover was shipping (plus a few extra bucks for a specific theme that had rose gold, of course).
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The digital proof of the guestbook cover ❤

  • Setup: from the moment I started thinking of the party, I knew that I wanted it to be in my backyard because I had a very specific vision of the table setting around the pool, with a tent for the weather + vibe. It all came together so nicely and Michelle kept telling me she thought the layout was genius, and she loved it all! With a little math figuring out table sizes and organization, it all worked out great!
  •  Snapchat Geo-filter: after Michelle’s engagement party, her sister Andrea was like “we forgot the filter!” and ever since then, I had a mental note to do it for the bridal shower. I worked with DesiPaperThings on Etsy to bring it to life, of course, in white and rose gold.
  • Welcome Sign: I had spray painted my silver easel to make it rose gold for Michelle’s wedding, so I figured we could use it for the shower as well. And because repurposing is queen, I recycled a canvas from a “Paint With a Twist” party that I didn’t like by using gesso to flatten the surface, and with the stencil I created for the failed backdrop I turned the whole thing into a welcome sign 🙂

Of course, I also made props, including a big frame. Marta brought over a portable speaker for the music (we used a Latin music Spotify playlist). We made frosé as the signature drink of the event, and everyone genuinely seemed to have a great time ❤

Because I really try not to make everything seem perfect as we tend to do in social media, here are some of the things that didn’t go as planned (but of course we didn’t let it tamper with the day):

  • Restaurant forgot falafels, which Michelle was looking forward to the most
  • The weather: the amount of wind we got that weekend, we’ve seen only for tropical storms. It was INSANE. The setup was a mission, the tent people got there late because they had to buy sandbags for everyone they set up that day, and it was madness. We also got some rain the morning of while we were setting up the linens, but thanks to the unruly wind and the sun that came out later, everything dried off in time for the guests’ arrival.
  • A table flipped: the wind was so crazy that one of the tables flipped AFTER we had set it up with plates/place tiles/cups (and we used bottles of water and the tiles as weights to prevent things from flying off, but this entire table fell into the pool). Michelle’s dad helped us fish everything out of the pool, but a couple of the place tiles remained under water until the next cleaning… Action shot of the fishing out!

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ALL IN ALL – amazing time, so happy with how it all turned out, and I know Michelle enjoyed it so: Mission – ACCOMPLISHED!

Check out this 1-minute video slideshow that showcases the whole event in just 60 seconds 🙂

Who needs paper when you have tiles? Moroccan Place Tiles!

I’m usually worse than a safe box when it comes to keeping things a surprise for events, but this time it’s been harder than ever because for the most part, the things I make are for random people so I can do #CraftingWithKathy episodes on Snapchat/Instastories or ask my friends for opinions, but since it’s all for Michelle’s shower, I can’t show anything to anyone because they’ll be there too. Since I’m kind of dying inside not being able to share what I’ve been working on for months now, and the shower is already this week, I wanted to show you just one little detail of what you’re going to see for my best friend’s Moroccan Bridal Shower, so make sure to look out for the recap post next week!

Trying to keep in line with the theme in all areas of the party, one of my favorite details is the place cards, or rather, place tiles that we’ll be using. Michelle’s mom Marta is taking care of putting together the seating chart, and since we’ll be putting the plates/napkins/cups already on the table, the place tiles will serve as 1. seat assignment, 2. weight to keep down the plate and napkin, and 3. a favor for attendees to take home.

I found an idea for the Moroccan place tiles on Etsy, but theirs showed the names in writing, and when I attempted it I didn’t love my penmanship for this, as you can see in the pictures below. I tried a few different markers and color swaps, none that I liked.

Because of this, I decided to stick to my tried and true: my Cricut. Cricut and vinyl never ever fail me, and the best part is I made a video (I’m getting better at documenting!) to showcase the process for anyone who may be intrigued as to how to put this together:

I am OB-SESSED to no end with how these turned out ❤

For the materials, I used:

  1. Moroccan Tile from Home Depot
  2. Rose Gold Vinyl (purchased mine from an Etsy shop that recently closed)
  3. White Adhesive felt sheets from JoAnn

Oh [Mini] Christmas Tree!

I absolutely LOVE Christmas, December, the Holidays, everything related to this time of year. Unfortunately, my family doesn’t feel the same excitement, so the past few years it’s fallen completely on me to bring the Christmas cheer to my house. I believe the last Christmas tree I put up was in 2013, but that’s also because I haven’t spent the holidays at home the past few years, so it didn’t make sense to put up a tree if I wouldn’t be here to light it/take care of it if it were real. Last year I hosted Friendsmas and tried to make up for the absence of a tree with the decor, which I think I got away with. This year, I will most likely not be home for Christmas or New Years, but I did want to have at least a bit of holiday cheer at home. Let’s get to work!

I bought a small white tree a few years ago when I was still working at an office to put up in my cubicle, and had mini ornaments in the colors that were “in” that year – purple, teal/blue, pink and green. I used that same tree last year at Friendsmas for the gift table so there was at least some semblance of the Christmas staple present, with a few red ornaments. This year, the obsession with rose gold has been extremely real, but my search for mini ornaments in that color had very little results… Until I remembered, “hey, I’m a crafter!” I found one set of mini ornaments from Target that were a metallic color scheme that included “caramel, silver, and gold,” and I decided let’s make this right. Since the pack was only $3, what did I have to lose?

I ordered the ornaments as well as a gold star topper online and went to pick them up at the store. I have gallons of rose gold paint at home working on items for my best friend’s bridal shower/bachelorette/wedding, so I needed nothing else. I got creative with my placement of the items to spray with color, and got to work! I let everything dry for about an hour before touching it, decorated my mini tree, and placed it on my kitchen table. Voila! A little bit of holiday cheer is here, and Mariah Carey is on all day. I love December ❤

Last but not least, I found this set of copper string lights at JoAnn that were down from $19.99 to $11.99, and now my little tree is properly LIT! 😉

It’s Officially Ordermageddon!

Friends, I don’t know how this is going to happen, but we don’t have a choice. I have officially accepted orders for three events happening on the same day, and another one a week after, meaning I’m working simultaneously on four big orders right now. I get very excited when this happens, and it’s not like when I’ve had 7-8 Etsy orders shipping out together, because those are standard sets of props for the most part… these are more like event packages. I will link back here once the events take place so you see the end result, but as of now I have:

This post is specifically about the props for the other engagement party that’s on the same day as my best friend’s. Let’s get to work!

Meaghan is a good friend from college, she’s currently living in Orlando, but her best friend Mary lives down here. Meaghan just helped Mary’s boyfriend propose to her, and now the engagement party is in the works. This is probably the simplest order out of the bunch (thank you Meaghan!) but it’s still very important to me to do it well and get it all done with time so that there isn’t crazy pressure to finish multiple orders together.

The request was:

  • A set of props in black and gold to go with the color scheme of the garden-themed engagement party.
  • A big ring frame, in rose gold to reference Mary’s engagement ring, based off of one Meaghan saw on Pinterest.

Meaghan gave me free rein on the prop design, and when I sent her the digital proof she approved so I got to work with glitter card stock galore.

After I was done with the props, I got to work on the ring. Besides making sure the final contraption would be sturdy enough, I had another issue: rose gold is just starting to become widely available in many materials, so unfortunately there were no big poster boards to use, but rather long strips of card stock. I let Meaghan know that there would be a line where the cards met on one side (the other would be covered by the ring silhouette) to make sure she’d be ok with it, and she gave me the green light.

I mixed solid card stock with glitter card stock for the “diamond” and Meaghan absolutely loved the outcome! You can see the line of the cards meeting in the bottom in direct opposition of the diamond point, it totally wasn’t a big deal, but I wanted to warn Meaghan nonetheless so she’d know in advance.

Now that these are done, let’s get on with the other three orders before I have a panic attack!