• Ceremony
  • DIY :: Modern Accordion Fold Programs

    I know I know… I’ve said several times that I was going to recap and show off our little labor of love♥… our invitations. But, since Mr. Knight is currently at work, and has all the images we took of the invitations on his laptop, I can’t get to them. Soon, I promise you will see our sweet invites! Why don’t I just get on his laptop and get the images myself, you may ask? Well, apparently Mr. Knight has been working on something for me for the wedding (he said he meant to give it to me on our anniversary last year, but it wasn’t finished), so he has changed his password on his laptop and desktop computer. So, no snooping! I have NO IDEA what it could be at all. No idea.

    Well… on to another DIY.. our programs! I believe our programs took longer for Mr. Knight and I to do then our invitations. It has been, by far, the most intensive DIY project we have had. It took us the better part of 2 weeks to finish them (in between class and work).

    The ‘original’ accordion fold program, brought to us by the lovely Ms. Martha Stewart
    Blushing Designs Blog

    Inspired by Mrs. Cupcake and Mrs. Joey’s fabulous accordion fold programs, Mr. Knight and I embarked on a long and labor intensive journey to create these babies. Wait… I have to stop for a moment and just tell you all how much I love the hive on WeddingBee, so much help and inspiration. When it came to actually getting our programs to sit properly in our little basket, Miss Cola had already come up with the perfect solution and shared it with us. She is so clever!

    Okay… back to the programs.

    I had been coveting sweet accordion fold programs for MONTHS (should I say years?). But, time and time again Mr. Knight would say ‘no’, deeming them expensive and too much work. I somehow convinced him about 4 weeks ago, and he jumped right on board. We have this saying around our house (especially when it comes to wedding DIYs), if you’re going to do it, then you better do it right.

    Following the instructions given by the sweet Mrs. Joey in her post, we made our accordion inserts legal size (so that we could print them on our laser printer). Now, I would reveal the inside of our programs, but I’d rather leave those a mystery for now, as Mr. Knight and I have included a few things in there for our guest’s eyes, and we’d like to keep some part of our wedding a secret (I know… sorta difficult when you blog)!

    But, I shall show you the cover, cause I loves it, and it makes me happy. :-)

    Mr. Knight and I saved time/aggravation by not gluing our program title/cover/thingy-mah-jiggers but rather ordering labels from OnlineLabels (I swear we must be their new best friends, we’ve ordered so much from them) and printing our cover design on them. It made for super easy and fast sticker-ing of these bad boys to the covers. Mr. Knight was so clever as to suggest we add a notch to each side of the program so that our ribbon would stay properly in place, keeping the program closed, till our guests opened them. But, y’all know my type A, crazy OCD-ness, and that I couldn’t just ‘freely’ notch the sides of these beautiful programs. So I had Mr. Knight pick me up a little scrap booking tool (see the green punch hole thing in the picture below), and he got to work ‘perfectly’ notching our programs. What a sweet thing, he was so careful as to do it right. Love him.

    Bought at Michael’s Craft store for $4.99

    After cutting, taping, cutting more, tying, and sticker-ing these babies, we put them in a little basket ala Miss Cola.

    Yes… your eyes do not deceive you, our programs are on a Gator rug. Yes.. we have one.. and we LOVE IT. :-)

    Our programs are rather small, approx. 4″ x 5″, so we had to prop them up by using floral foam wrapped in left over tulle we had laying around. We also followed the clever Miss Cola’s instructions, sticking faux daisies in floral foam and wrapping the foam with left over yellow ribbon from our pomanders. I affixed the little sign to the front of the basket with paper clips taped to the sign and clipped to the basket. Overall, we are seriously happy with how they turned out.

    Mr. Knight keeps saying that if we go to anyone’s house who attended our wedding, and one of our programs aren’t prominently displayed, he is going to de-friend them. Silly Mr. Knight!

    And what would a DIY project post be without the approval of Gator Kitty?

    Gator Kitty making sure the flowers are up to her standards of excellence.

    It sort of feels weird not having Gator Kitty at our wedding since she has been soooo involved in all our projects. She will be vacationing with Maxwell Kittnah over at Gator Momma and Gator Dad’s while we are honeymooning. They are going to have  a blast. I secretly think they have a ‘thing’ for each other… but that is a whole other story.

    And I simply can not end this post without the image below… what Mr. Knight and I call my ‘bride-slave’ chair.

    Mr. Knight set this up for me the week classes ended. He knew I wanted to catch up on all my TV shows I had missed, and he still wanted me to get some of our programs done at the same time. So he moved out our coffee table and set up a ‘work station’ for me to work on our programs at while he is at work. How sweet of him… ?

    But the ‘bride-slave’ chair surly did it’s job, and I managed to bust out tons of programs before he got home.

    What was your most labor intensive DIY project? Did your fiance help you or did your fiance set up a ‘bride-slave’ workstation?

  • DIY
  • Modern and Easy DIY Table Numbers

    After seeing a post over on Ruffled with these cute little Table Numbers, I was hooked.

    source Ruffled

    They offer the template they used for these cute table numbers on their blog, but of course Mr. Knight and I had to design our own! On my girls weekend a few weeks ago, I picked up theses Tolsby frames from IKEA for .99 cents a piece (what a deal!).

    I picked up 19 of them, 15 for our tables and a few extra to go around the club for $18.81. I sketched up what each of them would look like (thought we would use the same design for each number? Silly Gator Bride-ers!), and Mr. Knight got to work. I think they turned out fantastic, check them out!

    Our table numbers in all their glory! They will be sure to add some much needed color to our tables!

    I love our ‘love birds’ table number, sooo cute! Love my green cutting mat under them? Being an Architecture student comes in handy with wedding crafts, I have all the right cuttin’ tools for the job!
    *All photos by Miss Gator

    For those who aren’t our friends and family invited to the wedding, this is probably your first glimpse at our design palette that Mr. Knight and I developed for our wedding. I know it has been WEEKS since we sent out invitations and I have yet to recap them. Life has been going at lightening speed these days. What ever happened to being 2 years out from our wedding? Now we are 5 weeks out!

    I’m beyond shocked when I stop to think about it. Grad school has been crazy/intense and it has been a big distraction from wedding plans. Mr. Knight saw me getting overwhelmed the past few weeks so he was sweet and planted some beautiful knock-out roses by our front door, so when I come home from school I can literally ‘stop and smell the roses.’ Love him.♥

    As always, so much to say, too little time. I heart and miss you all and can’t wait till I’m all yours (as I search for a job)!

    Last night, Mr. Knight and I started assembling our wedding programs, I’m super excited about them since I have been wanting to do them forever! They are a designed with inspiration from Mrs. Cupcake and Mrs. Joey on Weddingbee, love the accordion fold programs. They are turning out beautifully, I can’t wait to share!

    Till then, I wish you all a beautiful Sunday!

  • Uncategorized
  • I’m the Newest Bee :: Miss Dolphin on WeddingBee

    Hey Ya’ll!

    I know its been awhile, and I ‘ve been really busy. Not only finishing up on my thesis but preparing to become the newest Bee on WeddingBee! For  my readers who have no idea what the hoot WeddingBee is, let me explain. WeddingBee is a wedding blog that I have followed for the past 2 years Mr. Knight and I have been engaged. It has been the source of many of my DIY projects, ideas, and has answered many tough questions for me during the planning process. It’s a community of brides. When Mr. Knight and I decided to start Gator Bride, last June (oh my goodness we are almost at our 1 year mark!) it was loosely based of WeddingBee.

    How so?

    WeddingBee has Brides blogging about their weddings from all across the Country and they blog under a moniker, aka Miss Star, Miss Avocado, Miss Penguin, etc, to protect their identity (plus, isn’t it more fun blogging under a faux name then your real name? I certainly think so!). Being selected to be a Bee on WeddingBee is a big honor, as so many Brides apply every day/week/year. They have a highly selective process.

    I decided to submit an application to become their newest blogger about 2 months ago. My reasoning?

    1. To spread my Gator Lovin‘ to a larger audience and to raise the awareness of Gator Brides!!!
    2. To give back to the community of Brides who made me who I am today, as a Blogger and as a Bride.
    3. To become more involved in the online Wedding community, as I plan to open my own design company after our Wedding this May.

    So what does this mean for Gator Bride?

    Absolutely nothing! Nothing will change over here at the home of orange and blue wedding love. I will blog normally, as I always do (minus my terribly low blogging activity I’ve had the past few weeks!), and blog entires over here at Gator Bride that pertain to our wedding/weddings/orange and blue goodness will be repeated over on WeddingBee under my WeddingBee moniker, Miss Dolphin.

    My moniker over at WeddingBee, Miss Dolphin. Isn’t she like the cutest thing you’ve ever seen?

    Entries I write that pertain to school, Gator events here in Gainesville, humor, my personal life, etc. will most likely not be repeated over on WeddingBee, so my lovely Gator Brid-ers will always get a little more from me here. :-)

    My introduction over on WeddingBee

    As for now, I’m off to eat lunch with Mr. Knight and work on some much needed housework and designing my portfolio, cause this girl needs a day job like WOAH!

    What’s in store for this week? Recap on all the Bridal Shower Mayhem, Cute/Modern/Easy/Cheap-o Table Numbers, Gator-ific Graduation Invitations (designed by me and made by Mr. Knight).

    Stay tuned lov-ahs!

  • Ceremony
  • Miss Gator’s Easy DIY Daisy Pomanders

    What are ‘pomanders’? Well, when Mr. Knight and I jumped on this crazy ride called ‘our wedding,’ we had no idea. I simply dubbed them ‘daisy balls’ till I could properly pronounce their official name (thanks to some help from Seminole Bridesmaid aka the wedding guru).

    image from WeddingBee classifieds

    After seeing these daisy pomanders in the WeddingBee classified section for $75 for 10 of them (not including shipping or shepherds hooks to hang them on), I figured I could tackle these myself (and since the listing quickly sold, I had no choice but to make them myself). So, on I went to Wal-mart to purchase 6 green floral foam balls (only 6, not 10, because we are on quite the budget), yellow ribbon, and several bunches of daisies.

    These beautiful daisy pomanders are super easy (and really quite fun to put together).

    Step-by-Step Instructions: (I apologize I don’t have photos, I made these last May, before my sweet little blog was created)

    1. Cut the faux daisy off the bunch at about 1.5″ from the flower
    2. Take the flower stem and stick it into the floral foam ball (I originally bought a hot glue gun to glue the daisies into the ball, but found that simply just sticking them into the ball, held them enough)
    3. Repeat, Repeat, Repeat until the green of the floral foam ball is no longer seen
    4. Then take a strip of ribbon, fold it over into a knot. String a large metal paper clip through the ribbon and stick the paper clip into the floral foam ball.
    5. Adjust the daisies until the paper clip is no longer seen.

    photos courtesy of Mr. Knight

    And… WA-LAH! You have a Daisy Pomander, ready to hang on a cute little shepherds hook, or chair arm.

    • faux white daisy bunches $4.50/bunch
    • green floral foam ball $2.37/piece
    • 40 inch Shepard’s hook $5.97/piece

    Total per Daisy Pomander set = $13.28
    Grand total for 6 sets = $79.71
    all items bought at Wal-Mart

    The ad on WeddingBee classifieds charged $7.50 per pomander (no hook), and I made them for about $7.31 each (no hook).  Which I think, isn’t quite bad at all!

    Our ceremony decor hanging in our wedding closest. Mr. Knight even installed a light in the closest, so I could better see and organize all our wedding stuff. What a sweety!

    These babies are now hanging peacefully (as long as Gator Kitty doesn’t get to them!) in our wedding closet. Yes…. we have a closest mostly devoted to all things wedding. We are very lucky to have this extra storage space to hold our items safe from the grips of Gator Kitty.

    Are any of you planning on DIY decor for your ceremony?

  • DIY
  • Stirring Things Up with DIY Drink Flags!

    After seeing a post on WeddingBee by Mrs. Taffy on DIY drink flags, I knew I wanted to do them for Mr. Knight and I’s wedding. They are super easy to do and will make a nice little detail for our wedding.

    source: Martha Stewart
    The difference between the flags above and the flags I’m making is, like Mrs. Taffy, I am simplifying the knot in the stirrer and making it into a flag shape.

    Here are the supplies you will need for DIY Drink Flags:

    Double Sided Tape
    150 6″ sticks from Michael’s Craft Store $6.00 ($3 for pack of 75)
    Ribbon $3.99 a roll at Michael’s
    Total for Drink Flag DIY: 150 flags $13.98*

    *Most of the items at Michael’s can be purchased with a  40% coupon (I unfortunately didn’t use a coupon… wish I had!) these cute little flags turned out to be more then I thought to make. They would have only been around $7-8 if I had used coupon. Darn it!

    Step 1: Cut the ribbon into 6″ strips
    Step 2: Place a piece of double sided tape on 3/4 of the length of the ribbon
    Step 3: Place wooden stick in center of ribbon and press the two sides of the ribbon together
    Step 4: Cut a triangle out of the edge of the ribbon to finish it off

    and… waaaaa-lah, you have super cute drink flags for your guests!

    I can’t wait to see these babies in action at our wedding’s bar! I contemplated making flags for all the water glasses at our wedding but then decided against it when it took me just about 2 hours to make 100 of these babies… I still have 50 more to go, but couldn’t wait to show you all how they turned out.

    Now… to show you how OCD I really am… here they are all packaged up for the wedding. I put them in a ziploc bag and included a picture of how I want them to look set up, and the location and usage of them.

    Don’t Judge.

    I’m no where near the OCD-ness of the guy on Million Dollar Listing, who individually packs every item in his luggage in a ziploc bag (hair brush gets it’s own bag, toothbrush gets its own bag, toilet paper, socks, hair dryer, etc.)… but I’m close.