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  • Holiday Love from Our Family to Yours

    We’ve returned from the long holiday weekend. We’re exhausted, our stomachs are full of Christmas turkey, and our house is a wreck. While I spend the next week getting my Gator booty back in work mode (along with some house maintenance), I’ll share with you our little holiday postcard we sent out to our family, friends, and blog-buddies.

    When I started putting together our holiday card for our first Christmas as a married couple, Mr. Knight wasn’t much help. He didn’t want to send out any cards, especially any cards with our picture on them. He said, “everyone has a gazillion pictures of us from this year, this is overdoing it.” So, since I seemed to be the only one who recognized the importance of sending a card our first year of marriage, I got to work designing.

    I put together a little postcard with cut images of us from our honeymoon and images of our two little fur-babies. I had a lot of fun putting these together and the response from our family and friends have made the decision to make them all-the-more satisfying.

    We ordered 100 postcards through Overnight Prints. 100 seems a bit excessive, but since I was sending some holiday love out to my Weddingbee friends too, 100 seemed like not enough (but Mr. Knight had to pull the plug somewhere). Sending postcards instead of full cards also saved us on postage (about $16 on postage).

    We’ve enjoyed receiving holiday cards this year, we’ve received somewhere around 40 cards, and I have the PERFECT project for these cards to commemorate our first Christmas as a married couple. I’ve been meaning to do this project for our wedding cards too, but time seems to slip by and that project seems further and further from getting done. Hopefully I will complete this one within a few weeks of Christmas. We’ll see!

    I hope all my Gator-lovahs had a wonderful holiday and are gearing up for the Outback Bowl! Go Gators!

  • DIY
  • Our Adorama Wedding Album Sneak Peek

    Are you ready for this? I’ve been chomping at the bit to share what I’ve been working on these past few months. Putting our wedding album together has been an incredible undertaking. Who knew putting together a modern and simple album would be so involved? Well, it only became “involved” because I tend to make any project I do spiral out of control. I totally understand, now, why clients pay their photographers the big bucks to put these babies together.

    That’s a shiz load of albums right there!

    What? You want to see them NOW? I’m sorry my beautiful readers, these are Christmas gifts for our family! I wouldn’t want to ruin the surprise of what’s inside, now would I? But, being that I spent so much time (i.e. blood, sweat, tears, coca colas), I wanted to share a little “peek peek” with y’all.

    Stay tuned after the holidays for a full write-up on these babies!

    Did/do y’all plan to put together your own wedding album or was an album by your photographer’s included in your package? If you plan to put your own together, what company do you plan to go with? I highly suggest AdoramaPix, the quality is RIDICULOUS amazing.

  • Stationery
  • The Cutest Wedding Card Ever

    Over the past few weeks, Mr. Knight and I have received a few wedding cards in the mail (of which I have a fun and easy DIY keepsake project for them after the Wedding, stay tuned!). They range from the funny, to the sweet, to the heartfelt, and then there is this little jem… the wedding pop-up card!

    How adorable is that? He truly is my Knight in shining armor! This baby was given to us by Mr. Knight’s Grandmother. She knows us all too well, and knew we would love this card. It has been on our kitchen counter for days, and is now resting in a cute little spot on my desk. It is our favorite card so far. :-)
    photo by Miss Gator

    Have you received any wedding cards in the mail that you absolutely loved and just had to keep? Do you have any special plans for your wedding cards after the wedding?

  • DIY
  • Invitations Part 2: The REVEAL!

    If you missed Part 1: The Great Assembly, be sure to check out that mini post. Mr. Knight and I were cuttin’ fools cutting all the layers for our invitations!

    Yes, it is ABOUT TIME I showed ya’ll Mr. Knight and I’s labor of love. We spent quite a long time designing and putting together our invitations. Mr. Knight has been on my case for WEEKS to write this post because sooo many of our guests had no idea that we had designed and made our invitations ourselves. And, hey… we deserve some credit! :-)

    Over winter break, I designed the bulk of our invitation suite. We decided then that we would print and assemble our invitation ourselves, and send our RSVP postcard and Accommodations card off to Overnight Prints, to save us time and money.

    Want to see our little labor of love? I hope you do! Here they are {hooray}!!!

    The envelopes, all prettified with their Vancouver Olympics stamps and the cute wrap-around address label we made.
    photo by Miss Gator

    What our guests see as they open our their invitation to our Wedding.
    photo by Mr. Knight

    More postage. I do love fun stamps! This RSVP card was sent out to our Canadian family in Newfoundland!
    photo by Mr. Knight

    Our wedding invitation!!!! Hooray!!! These were really the only part of our set that we actually had to ‘put together,’ since the rest we had ordered from Overnight Prints (saving us valuable time and money). That being said, it certainly wasn’t a fast or easy task putting these babies together. So much cutting and gluing, I seriously don’t want to see an x-acto blade or cutting mat for at least a few weeks!
    photo by Miss Gator

    Here are our RSVP postcards and Accommodation cards printed through Overnight Prints. They did an amazing job with printing them, they are very sturdy, and the RSVP postcards held up well in the mail. Which makes for a happy bride! :-)
    photo by Miss Gator

    Here are all out invitation pieces (minus the super cute Gold shimmer envelope with wrap-around label), showing the reverse sides of the RSVP card and the Accommodation Cards. Map made by Knight Dad.
    photo by Miss Gator

    Overall, Mr. Knight and I are very happy with how they turned out. We love the little RSVP postcards (it has been a lot of fun getting them back), and the map Knight Dad made is just too cute! The only thing that Mr. Knight and I agree that we would have changed was how we glued them. We used a glue stick to glue the layers together of our main invitation. Bad idea. When we went back home and saw our invitations on family and friend’s fridges we discovered they had warped terribly from heat and moisture and the layers were starting to pull apart from each other. This was incredibly upsetting for Mr. Knight and I since we had invested so much time into trying to make these invitations perfect, in our eyes.

    After seeing how the glue stick SUCKED, I tried a few invitations just using double sided tape and they have been holding up pretty well. We’ll see how that goes. :-)

    Okay, so now for the all important price break down!

    • Envelope Mall: 100 Gold Stardream A7 envelopes and 100 Quartz Stardream 81lb sheets $41.19
    • Envelope Mall: 100 Aquamarine 81lb Stardream sheets $21.42
    • Paper-Papers: 50 Gold 105lb Stardream sheets because they were sold out at Envelope Mall $24.30
    • Overnight Prints: 100 double sided postcards for RSVPS, 100 double sided postcards for Accommodations/Map $60.91
    • OnlineLabels: 98 (7.5″x1.5″) glossy labels for wrap-around address labels $18.87
    • Postage: $72.20
    • GRAND TOTAL $238.89 at $3.14 an invitations set (including postage) for 76 invitations

    $3.14 an invitation, including postage? Not bad in our book, considering postage ended up being around around $1 per invite (and a little more for our Canadian guests).

    Now lets compare our invitation set price to one that is similar on Wedding Paper Divas (one of my favorite stationary shops):

    Wedding Paper Divas Stylish Sweet Invitation
    I chose this one to price compare to ours, since they didn’t have any close to ours, and this one is super cute, and could have been a contender for our invites. :-)

    Wedding Paper Divas price? For 75 invitations, 75 response cards, and 75 reception cards the final price would be $285. This doesn’t include postage, additional two layers of paper behind the invitation (for a swanky border like ours), or labels for the front of the envelopes. There is also no map for this price, and the postage would cost us more considering the response cards are not postcards.

    Sure it would have been much faster and easier (and pricier) to just order our invitations from Wedding Paper Divas (or another company) but Mr. Knight and I had too much fun putting our invites together, we would have missed out on all that forced quality time together. :-) We had so much fun designing our invitation suite together, and ordering pizza while we spent hours (upon hours) assembling all the pieces. I wouldn’t give that up for the world. I swear, our invitations have brought us closer together. For reals.

    So, I say, if you want to DIY your invites, and you have a helpful future hubby, GO FOR IT! You will not regret it, plus your wallet will be thanking you! Just be sure to figure out that pesky glue situation, speaking of which…

    What kind of glue/adhesive/etc did you use to put your invitations together? How did it hold up? Please… I need to know!! :-)

  • DIY
  • Fun DIY Wedding Relationship Chart

    This DIY project is not for the faint of heart (or those without proper Adobe Photoshop/Illustrator skillz). So, way way back in Mr. Knight and I’s Wedding planning process (like 1 1/2 years back), I came across the design firm Melangerie Inc of New York. They make these FABULOUS wedding relationship charts. They are unlike anything I have EVER seen. Check out these fantastic pieces:

    Melangerie Inc Wedding Lineage Genealogy Chart; $550

    Wedding Constellations Chart; $550

    Absolutely gorgeous!!
    Chandelier Genealogy Chart
    ; $700

    I know it is difficult to see in these images (you should really check out their amazing Etsy shop), but these charts have all the names of the wedding guests and how they are related to the Bride and Groom (plus some fun little tidbits about their relationship to other guests, and the Bride and Groom).

    After seeing these (and the price tag) I thought, “hey, I’ve got some skillz and some free time, why couldn’t I tackle my own version of these lovelies?”

    And this is where I say… this DIY is not for the faint of heart. I totally understand their price now, because it took me many hours longer then I ever expected, to get this done. Mr. Knight and I’s version doesn’t compare to the beauty of Melangerie Inc‘s work but we love what we put together, and it is totally us. :-)

    • Step 1: Open a new document in Adobe Photoshop or Adobe Illustrater (whichever your heart so chooses) and make two columns of names. One column of guests from the Bride’s side, the other from the Groom’s side.

    photo by Miss Gator

    • Step 2: Start to divide these long column into groups of people, i.e. the Bride’s family, Groom’s relatives from Newfoundland, Childhood Friends, etc.
    • Step 3: Print it out and start to draw lines connecting different guests. Who went to the same high school together? Who share the same Alma Mater? Who is in the Armed Forces? This was actually a really fun part for the Mister and I, as we tried to draw connections between our two families (we hope our guests will find these connections as fun as we do!).

    photo by Miss Gator

    • Step 4: Now add little tidbits about certain people, related to their relationship with the Bride and Groom. Special story about how they met the Groom? etc.

    photo by Miss Gator

    photo by Miss Gator

    • Step 5: The hard part… put all that goodness you have just drawn out, into the computer. Add all the connections, tidbits, etc. in the colors/fonts of your wedding (remember to try and make it easily readable).
    • Step 6: Add a snazzy border to your document in your wedding colors, along with a title and PRINT! We are lucky enough to have access to large format printers, but any printing store will most print this for you at a cost of about $50, ex Target Copy, etc.

    photo by Miss Gator

    • Step 7: (man there are ALOT of steps!) Frame your lovely and finished Wedding Relationship Chart. We chose the IKEA Ribba frame size 19.75″ x 27.5″ priced at $22.99. In the beginning you should choose what frame you want to put it in, and size your document to fit that frame.
    • Step 8: Sit back and enjoy your hard work because you sure have worked hard for it!

    I know you can’t really see all the detail we have put into this chart. It was incredibly difficult to photograph (reminding myself to get non-glare glass next time). But I hope the preview detail shots above will give you an idea of what it looks like up close. And yes, Gator Kitty just HAD to get in the picture… she’s obsessed with the camera. I think it’s nice, Gator Kitty is giving you an idea of the scale of the chart.
    click to enlarge :: photo by Miss Gator

    And of course… when Gator Kitty got in the picture, she just begged me for a mini-photo shoot:

    How could you ever say ‘no’ to this cute face? This is partly why I’ve raised such a little brat, but I still love her! :-)
    photo by Miss Gator

    Our finished Wedding Relationship Chart! I wish I didn’t have to blur out all the names, because it looks way better not blurred up. {sigh}
    photo by Miss Gator

    How do you think our Wedding Relationship Chart turned out?

    We think it’s pretty cool and we hope our guests get a kick out of it during the cocktail hour. We plan to place it on an iron easel next to the place cards (which will be displayed a gorgeous baby grand piano… LOVES).

    If you aren’t so Adobe Photoshop/Illustrator inclined then I highly recommend the work of Melangerie Inc. They do amazing stuff with these Wedding Genealogy charts, which are sure to be a fantastic remembrance of all your friends and family who attended your wedding (plus a super cool thing to look back at 20, 30, 50 years later). I say this is a definite splurge item, but sooo worth it.

    What was the most unique and fun thing you ever came across in your Wedding planning process?