First up, the most challenging DIY project (but still a favourite) according to Chrissy, the wedding invitations. Here's what Chrissy had to say about her fabulous invites:
We were inspired by Art Deco invitations found online. Everything was printed on card stock that was purchased at Kinkos. We ordered the vertigo black tie pocket folds and envelopes from Cards & Pockets. We had our invites printed at Northern Artists (at St.Clair & Yonge). We decided to include a movie ticket to keep in line with our 'film premiere' theme which contained info that we didn't want on the actual invite. For the front of the invite, I ordered the feathers from Ostrich.com and used a glue gun to apply it to the ribbon (the ribbon was also glued together on the back - it just slides right off the invitation) and then added a crystal in the centre.
Chrissy also DIY'ed the flower girl's pomander.
Chrissy and Andrew decorated the ceremony room themselves including the 'altar.' The large patio mosquito net was purchased from IKEA for CDN $20!
The aisle runner was purchased from Michaels, and was scattered with flower petals from efavormart.com. Chrissy and Andre also place lace lanterns from IKEA along the aisle.
Chrissy and Andre designed, printed and assembled their 'film premiere' programs. The front of the program had their movie poster (which was also DIYed). I loved how they included a word search in their program.
For the gift box, Chrissy purchased boxes from Solutions, cut some holes in it, and added ribbon, jewels, and feathers. Apparently, it took about an hour or so to make!
Andre DIY'ed the cigarette box.
The menu cards, which complemented their invitations, were created and printed by the couple.
While the clapboard escort boards were purchased, Chrissy painstakingly wrote each guest's name and table number on them.
Chrissy and Andre also DIY'ed the table cards.
Chrissy used left over lace from her dress sleeves to creative three lace wrapped vases.
The instant digital photo booth was all DIY with the help of their photographer. Chrissy and Andre were lucky to use one of the venue's walls as a backdrop. Total cost including the equipment, the props and printed photos for their guests? CDN $125!
Each DIY favor bag contained a program, a 'soundtrack' CD and a clapboard key chain. The couple designed, printed and assembled all of it!
Last but not least, I wanted to show you Chrissy and Andre's retro-housewife shower invite, which was also DIY by them!
A big thank you to Chrissy for letting me feature her wedding. To read more about Chrissy and Andre's wedding, check out Chrissy's blog, and for more photos, check out the couple's Flickr stream. The talented Chrissy recently decided to go back to school to become a wedding/event planner, so all you Toronto area brides and grooms, host and hostesses out there - take note! Best of luck to you Chrissy!
Chrissy and Andre's Vendors (in no particular order):
Venue and Catering - The Eglinton Grand
Decorators for the reception (table linens, chair covers, crystal votives, rose centrepieces, and lampshade centrepieces) - FOS Decor Center
Bride's bouquet & tossing bouquet, all bouts & corsages, 2 calla lily with feather arrangements (at altar), hydrangea & feather arrangement (signing table) - Pape Flower Market
Photographer & Videographer - Karl Andreson & his team (647 309 3686)
Paparazzi & cigarette girl - independent
Swing Dancers - refrred by Bees Knees Dance
Printing - Northeren Artists
Clapboard place cards - shindigz.com
Clapboard keychains - windycitynovelties.com
Bridesmaids lace fans - Asian Ideas
Tux rentals - Moores Formals
Groom's and Groomsmen's accessories - Malabars Costumes
Bridesmaids' dresses - daddyos.com & stopstaring.com
Bride's dress - bestbridalprices.com
Bride's fascinator & veil - Sussmans bridal on Queen St. West
Girls' facsinators - custom made from torturecouture.com
Hair - Hair by Miranda
Makeup - Sarah An