Ashley and Tim’s Wedding…Save the Date

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As promised in the anniversary post, I am going to do a series of posts on the journey to the big date…Nov 5, 2011, when I gained a new son-in-law.  I hope this will give some of you ideas if you are planning a wedding or maybe just a party.  My job was to be the “minion” for the journey.  I had to rent the movie “Despicable Me”, to see what my daughter was talking about the first time she used this term.  If you haven’t a clue…rent the movie…this was the going joke between us while my daughter was planning her wedding.  Don’t get me wrong, I was very happy to be a minion.  Like every Mom, I wanted my daughter’s wedding to be perfect and if I could play a small part in this perfection, I was happy to!

Ahhhhhhhhhh :D

Before we can send out the “Save the Date”, we had to have the proposal.  That goes back to their first date.  On their first date they went to a Chinese restaurant and of course they got fortune cookies.  When they broke open their cookies, the had the same fortune it read, “Sing and Rejoice, fortune is smiling upon you.”  Tim is a great cook and while Ashley was back in Ohio on a visit, Tim made the fortune cookies pictured above and put in the fortune, “Sing and Rejoice, fortune is smiling upon us.” He had the cookies and a bottle of wine sitting on the table when they arrived home from dinner.

The first task was to choose the colors for the wedding.  Ashley choose a “blue, sand and coral”.  She sent me paint chips of the colors and I had to find the Stampin Up cardstock colors that bested matched her choices.  We settled on “Marina Mist, Crumb Cake and Poppy Parade.”  She was going to use a “Beach Theme” so we choose to use images from the “Life’s a Beach”, Cricut Cartridge.  We tossed around ideas and decided the save the date should be a “message in a bottle.”  I would make up a mock bottle and I would mail it from Oh to FL to see how  it would arrive.  I tried an empty Coke bottle and an empty water bottle.  Tim didn’t like the looks of either of these, so we started looking on the internet.  The decision was made to use these “spice” jars that Ashley ordered from the Pottery Barn.
We traveled to FL for Christmas and visited the venue and I collected sand on St Pete’s beach to use in the bottle.  (The sand was put in a ziplock bag and packed in my checked luggage and I did not think about what it must have looked like to security, so I had a little sand in my clothes where they must have opened the bag to make sure it was just sand)

save the date items wedding

Save the date Wedding items

We used :  a shell necklace for the small shells in the bottle, a paper drink umbrella, ribbon from Michael’s that said “Eat, Drink and Be Married”, wedding rings, sand and spice jars.  I made the tags by cutting 3 1/4 x 1 1/2 inch out of blue and used the “ticket corner” punch on the ends.  I typed the wording on the computer out of Whisper White and also punched the corners of the tag. (the one pictured had a different punch)

wedding save the date tag

Wedding Save the Date tag

The corral was cut using the “Life’s a Beach” Cricut Cartridge.

wedding save the date tag

Wedding Save the Date tag

wedding save the date

Wedding Save The Date

We use these little gift boxes to send the bottles.  I had really wanted them to just get the loose bottle in the mail, but by using glass bottles that would not have been possible.

wedding save the date box

Wedding Save the Date Box

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