POEMS – Favors, Will you be my… Flower Girl/Ring-Bearer In Remembrance, Bathroom Baskets, Wishing Tree, Photo I-spy, etc….

I’ve helped collect a large number of poems and such that people have been using on signs and such at weddings.   I hope that you can find something helpful here.  There is a great link to a Large index of favor sayings.  Wishing Tree signage, Photo upload cards, Candy Buffet sign, Donations wording, and more.  Hope this helps.  ~ Happy Planning ~

LARGE Index of Favor Sayings – Poem ideas…


Possible poem for Save The Dates

(Bride) and (Groom) have gone hi-tech,
Just so you can see,
What’s been happening in their lives,
Regarding the date-to-be.
We’ve had our photos taken,
We’ve tried to do things right,
And you can peek at little details,
If you log in to our website.
www. something. com


Our day is fast approaching
And we can hardly wait.
We want you to be with us,
So be sure to Save the Date!
(Bride) & (Groom)
(City, State)


(Groom) popped the Question
(Bride) said “Yes!”
We’re planning a wedding,
So please be our Guest!
(City, State)


This little card is sent to say,
We would really like you to share our day.
So please, if you can, keep this special day free,
To spend it with the bride & groom to be…
formal invitation to follow


While we decide on flowers, dresses, and what kind of cake;
We want you to know that we do know the Date!
(Bride) and (Groom)
are getting married
(City, State)

Poem for Wishing Tree ~ Guest book Cards


These cards will be
for our wedding book
a modern twist
on the standard look.

As we begin our Journey
A brand new Mr. and Mrs.
We could surely use
Your Advice and good Wishes.

Jot down a Memory,
A reminder of the day.
Draw a doodle or picture
If your not sure what to say.

Share with us your Wisdom
About Marriage, Love, and Life,
The secret to being a good Husband
Or a thoughtful, loving Wife.

Please don’t forget
It would be such a shame
to leave your wisdom
Without signing your Name.

Give us words of love or fun
Write or draw your own design.
And put it in the bowl when you are done.
(And hang it in the tree when you are done.)

Poem for Photo upload cards


Can you catch us when we kiss.
Find moments the photographer may have missed.
Use your camera and look around,
Please upload your photos, they are so hard to hunt down.

(((upload site)))

Wedding I-Spy

Take your camera + look around, find these pictures that must be found!

Shoot away + complete the list, Find the moments the photographer might have missed!
A pretty Dress * People Laughing * Bride & Groom holding hands
Close up of Flowers * Cutest older couple * Big Hug
Someone making a lovely toast * Best Man with Groom
Maid of Honor helping the Bride * Tears of happiness
Bride & Groom’s first dance * Bride and Groom Kissing
Everyone at your table * Artistic shot of your food * Sweet Treats
Groom playing with his ring * Favorite decoration
Worst dancer caught in the act * Best dancer showing off their moves
 Wedding Mad Libs
i-spy madlibs
Congrats to the (adjective) couple, Bride & Groom!
It’s so (adjective) to know that you are (verb) your (adjective) life together. You both are the most (adjective) (noun) I have ever met.
May your lives be blessed with many ( plural noun ) !
Here’s some advice for you: never forget to (verb) after you (verb) .
Also, remember to (verb) before you (verb) .
Bride, you should always remember to (verb) Groom’s (noun) .
Groom, the key to a woman’s (noun) is by (verb) for her.
Love, _________________________


BM ty

Will you be my __________?

The day, the dress
The bride, the groom
The joy, the tears
Will all come so soon

Professing true love
To my husband-to-be
With family and friends
All watching me

I hope the sun will
Be shining down
Keep your fingers crossed
That I’ll fit my gown

But there ‘s one more thing
That there needs to be
And that’s to have you
Standing with me!

Or – reword this to go in a card with your thank you gift to your wedding party.
Wording for beginning of a Rehearsal Invitation?

It’s hard for us to believe that in just a little while,
the two of us will be walking down the aisle,
And nothing would give us more joy or pride,
Than having you there right by our side.

(Flower girl)
When I was just a little girl,
About the size of you,
I dreamed one day I’d fall in love
And then get married, too.
So now that I am all grown up,
About to be a bride,
I want you for my flower girl
To be right by my side.
For it is common knowledge that
A wedding’s not complete,
Without a pretty flower girl
Like you, who’s dear and sweet.
Will you be my flower girl?


flower girl poem

You are so very young but the years will pass by,
And you’ll too be a bride in the blink of an eye.
While you may not remember the day that I married,
The part that you played or the basket you carried.
There will be a day that will burn bright like an ember,
The day you will wed, you will always remember.
So here is a hankie for the day you will say…
“I need ‘something old’ for my wedding day.”

ring bearer poem
How lucky we are to have a ring bearer
Who’s so cute in every way.
Someone who knows how to walk down an aisle
And steal everyone’s heart away.
So thank you for being our ring bearer,
And helping to lead the way.
But thank you most of all for helping
To make ours a perfect wedding day.

Bathroom Baskets

If you’ve stained your tie,
Your hair is out of place,
You’ve got bad breath
Or whatever the case.
We’ve put together a basket
To help you along.
Now hurry back before you
Miss the next song!

Please help yourself
to the contents within,
Mints, hand lotion, and even aspirin!
Use what you need and leave the rest,
It may be useful to another guest,
So repair the damage
that may have been done,
Then hurry back and join the fun!

Bridesmaid Survival Kit
(read them all and mix them to create your own)

This Survival Kit was made just to say, 
I’m thrilled you are beside me on my wedding day! 
There’s chocolate to eat in case you get hungry, 
If your neck starts to sweat, use the scrunchie! 
In case of a spill, here’s some tide, 
I’ve included some tissues in case you should cry! 
Some mints to keep your breath nice & fresh, 
And use the lip gloss to help look your best! 
A shot if you’re nervous and need a drink, 
Deodorant for if you absolutely stink! 
There’s ibuprofen inside incase it’s ill that you feel, 
And bandaids to help you tackle those heels! 
I’ve put everything in this handy pack, 
so you’ll know this Bride has got your back!


This survival kit was made just to say, 
I’m thrilled you’re beside me on my wedding day!
There’s Aspirin and Tums if you’re not feeling well, 
Band-Aids on the off-chance that you fell!
A bottle of water to ward off the heat,
Toothpicks in case you get something in your teeth!
Safety pins in case your dress rips, 
And a straw  so you don’t smear your lips!
There’s mints to keep your breath smelling great, 
And a nail file in case a tip breaks!
Tissues in case you should happen to cry, 
In case of a spill, I’ve included some Tide.
There’s a granola bar in case you get hungry, 
And some more Aspirin, for your hangover on Sunday!
I’ve put everything in this handy pack, 
So you’ll know that this bride has got your back!
This kit was created so you can see, 
How much you mean to the bride to be!


This Survival Kit was made just to say,
I’m thrilled you’re beside me on my wedding day!
Lotion to keep your hands from getting dry,
A packet of tissues in case you should cry.
Lip gloss in case your lips should chap,
You know this bride is watching your back!
An ail file to prevent those runs I mentioned before,
I want to prepare you for what may be in store.
Hairspray to keep your hair in place,
A mirror to check out your beautiful face.
Band-Aids in case your shoes aren’t feeling okay,
Or you can just take them off and dance the night away!
Some hugs and kisses for my favorite girls,
You are my best friends in the whole wide world.
Thank you so much for all you have done,
Your support, your love, and all of the fun!
I hope this kit helps you and brings you some glee,
It’s just a little thanks from the bride-to-be.


This Survival Kit was made just to say,
I’m thrilled you’re beside me on my wedding day!
There’s chocolate to give you that sugar high,
A packet of tissues in case you should cry.
Lip gloss to help you care for your smile.
If a nail should break, I’ve included a file.
There is Shout if you should spill on your dress,
and lifesavers to keep your breath minty fresh.
There’s Aleve and Tums if it’s ill that you feel,
and Band-aids to help you tackle high heels.
I’ve put everything in this handy pack,
so you’ll know that this bride has got your back!
This kit was created so that you can see,
how much you mean to the bride-to-be! 

Candy Buffet Poem


See all the treats
We are offering you
On this beautiful day
When we say “I do.”

Use the scoop
Choose what you like
Leave some for others
Be Polite

It was sweet of you
to go out of your way
To be here with us
on our Special Day.

So take this box and
Fill it with treats
Our way of saying thank you
for being so Sweet

Donation instead of favors

menu - in memory

With much thought and consideration,
we have chosen a special way to say “Thank You”
for sharing our wedding day with us.
In commemoration of our wedding day,
we have made a donation to

The _______ Society
And the
_________ Association.
These donations are made in your honor

In loving memory of
Bob Smith ….. Grandfather of the Bride
Tom Jones ….. Grandfather fo the Bride
Mary Thomas …. Grandmother of the Groom

We feel the finest gift is one,
which helps others live longer and healthier lives.
We truly appreciate your being
part of our lives and this special day.

In Memory of…..


For Mom…

Although you may not see her,
you know your Mom is here,
you carry her within your heart
and feel her presence near.

You know she will be happy
to see your wedding day,
she knows you’ve found your one true love
and that you’ll be okay.

You know that as she watches
your wedding from above,
she’ll send you all her blessings
and with it all her love.

If you listen very carefully
you’ll hear your mother say,
“It’s the love you show that matters most
each and every day.”

For Dad….

Dear Lord please clear a spot for him;
he should have the perfect view.
His little girl’s a Bride today,
and I am counting on you.
Let me feel his presence;
as I journey down the aisle.
But let me notice his abscence;
if only for a while.
Let me stop to think of him;
As I am given away.
And know that if he could;
he would be here with me today.
Dear Lord please clear a spot for him;
he should have the perfect view.
And if he should get sad today;
Dear Lord I count on you.

For Groom’s Parents….
Its their little boy’s big day today,
Dear Lord, please clear soom room
They need a perfect place to see
their son become a Groom.
We know that if they could;
they would be with us today.
Let us feel their presence;
As they help to guide our way.
May he smile and think of them
as he waits before the aisle,
But let him notice their absence
if only for awhile.
Dear Lord please clear a spot for them;
they should have the perfect view.
And if they should get sad today;
Dear Lord, we count on you.


In Remembrance…

Although we cannot see you,
We know that you are here.
We feel the warmth of your smile,
And can sense that you are near.

And we want for you to know,
Your love is still our guide,
Memories carried in our hearts,
You are always at our side.

It’s so sad you will not be here,
On the day we say “I do”,
And so we say our vows today,
In loving memory of you.

-or –

Although we can not see you
We know you are here
Smiling down,
Watching over us,
As we say “I Do.”

You will always stay
Forever in our lives,
Memories in our hearts,
We will think of you in silence
As we say our vows today.
In loving memory of _______

– or –

In Loving Memory of those who could
not be with us to share our special day
For those we have loved and lost along the way,
A flame to remember them burns here today.
For the laughter, smiles and memories remain,
Together today their presence sustains.
Never forgotten and loved forever more,
Today their blessings flicker and soar.

Possible poems for no gifts
*For use on website or extra note on registry… NOT in with the invite or even in the invite envelope *
(ok to put the website info on an insert with the invite – but please, no Registry info with invites)

Honeymoon $ request….

Please join us on our special day,
Your attendance is desired.
Don’t feel obliged to give a gift,
But your dancing shoes are required.

If you were thinking of giving a gift,
What would really make our day,
Is a contribution to our honeymoon,
To help us on our way.

Moving soon after?

If you are going to be our guest,
Please bring with you your smiles
It is hard to carry gifts
When you’re traveling all these miles.

If you were thinking of giving a gift,
To help us on our way.
One sent later to our new house,
Would really make our day.


How to Word Wedding Invitations

Getting ready to order your invites?   Remember, consistency is important.  Keep the same fonts, colors, paper weight, and designs for the invite and rsvp.   If you spell out  the time, spell out the date  (and vice versa).    Write in the 3rd person and keep track of your pronouns.    Here are a few common tips and suggestions I make when proof reading wedding invitations.


-Grammar – It is suggested that you never write your wedding invitation request in first person, (for example – Stephanie Jones and Adam Michaels invite you to join us at our wedding).   But if you do use first person pronouns (I, we, us, our and me), use them everywhere.
Traditionally, invites should be written in the third person, “Stephanie Jones and Adam Michaels invite you to join them at their wedding.   If your parents are hosting, still keep everything in third person.  If using third person pronouns (them, they, their), use them everywhere.

– Honor/Honour-  Be consistent with your usage of “honour/favour” or “honor/favor.” Traditionally the formal, British spelling with the “u” is preferred in proper wedding etiquette but whichever form you choose, use it in both words.    (the honor/honour of your presence – the favor/favour of a reply)

Also, the phrase “request the honour of your presence” is traditionally used for a service held in a house of worship. The variation “request the pleasure of your company” is used for a wedding held in any other location.

Capitalization – You only want to capitalize proper nouns, (person/place), and the beginning of a sentence (or each new thought on an invitation).

  • “corner” as in “corner of Fifth and Main Streets” is not capitalized.
  • only capitalize the first letter of the year: Two thousand twelve
  • day of the week and month are capitalized, but not the date: Saturday, the fifth of June
  • time should never be capitalized: two o’clock in the afternoon

-Zip Codes-  Are not needed on the invitation or accessory cards.  GPS does not need a zip code to find a location.  Zip codes are for the post office when sorting mail.

-Abbreviations-  Spell out your state name.  To be socially correct, all words should be spelled out on invitation, accessory cards, and envelopes.  EX: “Road” instead of “Rd.”, “Boulevard” instead of “Blvd.”, “Indiana” instead of “IN”.
*exceptions:   Mr., Mrs., Ms., Dr., “Jr.” or “Sr.”

-Time-   Please do not fib on the start time of your ceremony.  You are rewarding the late and punishing those that are punctual.  An early start time can be especially annoying if there is extreme temperatures.  Nothing is more annoying that showing up 15-30 min before an outdoor summer ceremony to find out that it won’t be starting for an additional 30 – 60 min because of a fibbed start time.   Those most important to your wedding ceremony should arrive early despite what the invite says.  Your wedding party and family members should be with you before the ceremony starts for photos.

The time should be spelled out and should never be capitalized.
Time, on the hour, should be followed by “o’clock” (Note: lowercase and apostrophe).  Do not use “o’clock” if the time is not on the hour.  Time, not on the hour, should be hyphenated. EX: “two-thirty” instead of “two thirty” or “two forty-five” instead of “two forty five”.   The formal way to write the time is “half after” rather than “half past.”  or “three-thirty”.  (half after three in the afternoon)
Time should  be followed by “in the morning”, “noon”, “in the afternoon”, “in the evening”, or “midnight”.

    • 12:01 a.m.-11:59 a.m. is morning.
    • 12:00 p.m. is noon.
    • 12:01 p.m. – 5:59 p.m. is afternoon.
    • 6:00 p.m.- 11:59 p.m. is evening.
    • 12:00 a.m. is midnight

-The Year-  No “and.”  There is a big discussion about the use of “and” in the year.  Some invitation sites show examples with “and” in the year and some don’t.    Many would argue that the word “and” is used when speaking of money and not the year.  (Two thousand twelve = 2012  and two thousand and twelve = $2000.12)

-Respond Date–   The R.s.v.p. date should be 2 weeks before your final head count is due.   This should give you ample time to track down missing replies.   It should not be more than 4 weeks before your wedding date.  The closer your R.s.v.p. date is to your wedding, the more accurate your guests reply will be.    Also, mail out your invites 3 or 4 weeks before the R.s.v.p. date.  When your guest receive their invites, you  want them to look at the date, check their calendar, and mail it back within 2 or 3 weeks.  If you send out your invites too far in advance, your guests will toss the invite aside or misplace it.  (“Oh, this isn’t for 4 months, I don’t need to look at this yet. ”  *or*  “Oh, this is 4 months away, I can’t think that far ahead.”)

  • Always follow up with missing R.s.v.p.’s.   The post office and mail system is not perfect.  Letters can get lost in the mail.  Don’t assume your guests did not mail in their reply.  Don’t assume your guests are not coming if you do not receive their R.s.v.p. in the mail.  Call and speak to your R.s.v.p.’s missing from your guest list  (don’t email or text),  or leave them a voicemail asking them to reply by a certain date or you will assume they are not attending.
  • Number your R.s.v.p. inserts.   Take your guest list number each social couple.  Number your R.s.v.p.’s with a small pencil number on the back.  When stuffing your invitations, put the corresponding rsvp into the envelope that matches your guest list.  This will help you sort your R.s.v.p.’s as they are returned and make it easy to check off your guest list on which replies you are still waiting on.  More importantly, if Uncle Bob forgets to write his name on the reply card, you can match up R.s.v.p. #15 to Uncle Bob on your guest list.
  • “R.s.v.p.” is capitalized since this is an abbreviation for a French sentence, “Repondez s’il vous plait.” Likewise, since the sentence means “Respond please”, never say “Please R.s.v.p.” since that would be redundant.

– Reception cards –   You will need a reception card if your  reception is at a different location than your ceremony.   The ceremony location and start time is on the invite.  The reception insert will have the reception location and start time.    If your ceremony and reception are at the same location, you may have “Reception to immediately follow” on the invite.  Only use these words on the invite if they are at the same location.

Registries – Don’t mention gift preferences, registry, gift table/card box/wishing well info on invitations–not even on the enclosures.   Doing so makes the gift seem more important than the invitation.   Convey gift preference through word of mouth or on a wedding website.   Save those little registry cards to hand off to your Maid of Honor or whomever is throwing your bridal shower.  Many guests know you are a new couple starting off and will provide money as a gift, no reason to request it.    Also, there are a select number of stores that do wedding registries, many guests can find your registry by searching those commonly used stores.   I realize this subject is a regional one, so ask around for opinions.  If your parents and family don’t believe people will be offended by a registry card, go ahead and add it.

**** Formal Wording ****

Mr. and Mrs. Thomas  Chase
request the honour of your presence
at the marriage of their daughter
Mary Lou
Mr. Jonathan Stevens
son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Stevens
on Saturday, the twentieth of March
at two o’clock in the afternoon
Saint Joseph’s Cathedral
121 Main Street
Boston, Massachusetts

-Additional Tips-

  • Be sure you order 10-25 extra invites and envelopes for add on’s and errors.  It is much cheaper to order a few extra initially than it is to rush order a few extra later.
  • Before you buy those fancy custom stamps, be sure to take a fully stuffed envelope to the post office to be weighed and measured.  You want to be sure that you are ordering the correct stamp amount for the size of your invite.
    *   Square invites cost more to mail than rectangle
    *   The smallest size envelope for a regular stamp is 3  1/2 ” high and 5″ long.  The largest is 6  1/8″ hight and 11  1/2 ” long.   It can also be no thicker than .007 inch.

Vistaprint and Pocketfold Envelopes

I know a lot of ladies love the look of Pocketfold Envelopes and like to try to use the budget friendly Vistaprint invites.  The only problem people run into is the weird vistaprint invite sizes.  Here are a few tips to creating invites on Vistaprint that will fit your pocketfolds.

pocketfold - purple himalaya

**** Find the dimensions of your pocketfold.   *****
Some place on the envelope site will be a link that says “Sizing Guide.”  You will need to know what they suggest for your invite size and what size your inserts must be to fit inside  the pocket.  Compare that to the VP document sizes so that you know what will fit or how much you will need to trim off.

Card and Pockets Signature   –  $34.50 for 50

4.5″ x 6.5″ suggested for the invite – centered
3.5″ x 5″ for the rsvp
3.625″ x 5.125 for the rsvp envelope (3 5/8 x 5 1/8 – 4 Bar Envelope)
3.5″ x 6.75″ for an insert (can be cut to create layered look)

pocketfold - signature

Signature cardsandpockets.com

* a Vistaprint notecard/postcard will be TOO BIG for the pocket.  A 5×7 invite cut in half will work for an rsvp with just a small trimming needed.  A 4-Bar envelope will fit in the pocket.

Paper and More  A7 Himalaya  – $36.99 for 50


4.5″ x 6.5″  suggested for the invite – centered
3.375  x 4.875 for the RSVP  (suggested so the envelope can fit too)
3.625″ x 5.125″  –  4 Bar envelope for the RSVP  (*A-2 envelope is too big)
4.25 x 6.75″ for an insert (can be cut to create layered look)

A7 - Himalaya paperandmore.com

A7 – Himalaya paperandmore.com

* a Vistaprint notecard and Vistaprint postcard WILL fit in the pocket as an insert as shown above, but the VistaPrint A-2 Envelope will be a “little” too big.  I’m not sure if you can squish it in by folding the envelope flap over a little? Perhaps only use this design if you are doing on-line rsvp’s.

Paper and More A7 Cascade  – $36.99 for 50

4.5″ x 6.5″  suggested for the invite – centered
4.21″ x 5.47″ largest size for rsvp
4.33″ x 5.75″ (A2 envelope) largest size that can fit
4.25″ x 6.75″ for an insert
* a Vistaprint notecard and Vistaprint postcard WILL fit in the pocket as an insert.
The A-2 Envelope also falls within the dimensions and WILL fit.

pocketfold - cascade

A7 Cascade – paperandmore.com

Paper and More A7 Atlas   – $36.99 per 50

4.5″ x 6.5″  suggested for the invite – centered
4.21″ x 5.47″ largest size for rsvp
4.33″ x 5.75″ (A2 envelope) largest size that can fit
4.25″ x 6.75″ for an insert
* a Vistaprint notecard and Vistaprint postcard WILL fit in the pocket as an insert.
The A-2 Envelope also falls within the dimensions.

A7 Atlas paperandmore.com

A7 Atlas paperandmore.com


Vistaprint Document Sizes

  • 5 x 7 INVITE

4.61″ x 7.17″
* you will need to trim a little off the top to make it fit a  5×7 pocketfold.  Trim a little more off the top and a touch off the sides if you wish to have an equal amount of envelope show around the invite when mounting it as suggested.

5x7 trimmed

  • 5 x 7 INVITE cut in half to make 2 inserts (to fit a CardandPockets Signature pocket)

(2)  3.59″ x 4.61″
* you will need to trim a little off the top/bottom to make it fit a 4-Bar envelope

Vistaprint 5x7 invite cut in half

Vistaprint 5×7 invite cut in half

  • 5.5 x 4 FLAT NOTECARD/POSTCARD  (both documents are the same dimensions)

4.21″x 5.47″

Vistaprint 5.5 x 4 notecards used as inserts

Vistaprint 5.5 x 4 notecards used as inserts

This design is compatible with the A7 Cascade
* the A-2 corresponding envelope is just a hair too big for the A7 Himalaya pocket, perhaps it can be squished in?  So, it is up to you if you wish to chance it and create your RSVP on the full notecard size if using this style pocketfold.


4.33″  x 5.75″


6×9 Invites Dimensions and Pocketfold suggestions to come!  Please check for updates.

Wedding Day Timeline

One of the most commonly asked questions I’ve seen is “How do I create a timeline?”.  So, here are some tips to help you create a timeline of events for your wedding day.

"Created by Hayley"

“Created by Hayley”

TIP #1 –  Talk to your officiant about how long the ceremony should last.  If at a church find out how early you can get in there and how late you can stay.

TIP #2 – Talk to your venue on how long dinner should last and when they like to cut the cake.  They might go down to a minimum staff and want the cake cut before a certain time.  Also, they would know Best how long dinner will take with the size of your guest list and the type of meal you are serving.

TIP #3 – Ask your DJ for a sample timeline.  This is their Job!  To keep the flow and momentum of the night going all night long.  Different regions do things different from others.  What is normal in your area might not be normal in another.  Also, tradition and culture might add different events to your timeline.

TIP #4 – Talk to your photographer!  You need to tell them how big your families are and the size of your wedding party.  Also, you will need to discuss your photo expectations.   Waiting to take ALL your photo combinations until After the ceremony and before dinner will drastically cut down on the number of combinations you will be able to get done.   I highly encourage you to get some photo combinations done before the ceremony with your family and wedding party.   The photographer will be able to tell you how much time to set aside to do this.

TIP #5 – Talk to your hairstylist and make-up artist about how much time they will need.  Be sure you know how many in your family and wedding party wish to also get their hair and make-up done.

TIP #6 – BUFFER!!!!  Add 10 – 15 min to every drive time.  If you home is 10 min from the ceremony location, give yourself 20 min to get there.  Put a buffer in your time line when ever you can.  If you need your family to all be at your home for pictures at 1:30, tell them to arrive at 1:00.  This gives those running late time to be “on time.”   If you wish to have pictures getting into your dress, you will want your family and bridal party IN their dresses for the shots, not in their shorts and tee’s.  Getting them at the location early gives them time to get dressed before your photos start.

TIP #7 – Look at your timeline from the point of view of your guest.  Do your best to start your ceremony on time.  Try to be no more than 10 min late  if things get delayed.  There is nothing worse than showing up to an outdoor wedding fifteen minutes early just to sit there for and additional thirty minutes waiting for the ceremony to start.  Add on the thirty minutes for when the ceremony finally begins, makes it over an hour of being in the Hot Summer sun.  Also, think of how long your guests have gone without eating.   For a 4:00 wedding, as a guest, I would need an hour for my husband and I to get ready and 30 – 60min for a drive time.  That has me eating 1:30 – 2:00 (or earlier).  If my last meal was at 1:30, I am going to be Starving if you don’t have appetizers and make me wait until 9:00pm to eat dinner because you  took pictures for 2 hrs between ceremony and reception, have  a wedding party intro, a first dance, 30 min of toasts, and a prayer all before dinner.  Check how long your guests are being asked to Sit in their chairs waiting for the dance floor to open.  If guests are being asked to sit down at 6:30 and you don’t have the dance floor open to them until 9:30, that is a long time for them to wait for all of your events to be done before they can get out on the dance floor and boogie.  Also, some of your guests with  babysitters or your elderly guests might want to leave between 9 and 10pm.

TIP #8BE SURE YOU EAT!!!!!!  Bring breakfast to your hair appointment, grab a snack on the way to the make-up artist, have non-messy snacks available while getting dressed and taking photos.  Have a straw to drink with.   Do not have your first meal at 7:30 at night.


*** How to write your Timeline ***
First collect all of the known times.

– Reception ends at 11:00pm
–  Dinner will last for 60 – 70 min
– Cocktails/Appetizers for 50 – 60 min
– Reception starts at 6:00pm
– Driving time from Ceremony to Reception 20 min real time
– Start time of Ceremony 4:00 pm – sharp –
– Driving time from Getting ready location  (Photo location) to Ceremony 15 min real time

Then start filling in all the events on the night by working backwards.  Again, use the tips you received from your vendor on HOW LONG events should take and What Time they suggest you do them.

There are pros and cons to 1st dance before or after dinner. You need to decide which sounds like a better idea to you.

 1st dance (before dinner)


* no food in teeth
* no stains on dress/tux
* dress not wrinkled from sitting
* make-up still fresh


* interruption in the tempo of the night – Upbeat intro, slow dance 1st dance, then mellow dinner. Then increase tempo again after dinner. When after dinner, you are building up the excitement and have it reach a plateau right after dinner.
* guests might be hungry

 If you do your dance before dinner, I suggest toasts/speeches during dinner after everything is served. That way your guests are not sitting in their seats for a long period of time with no food. When they need to sit too long to watch dances and listen to toasts the food gets cold, their drinks get empty, their tummies start to rumble, and the guests get restless.

Cake Cutting

This is another event that the start time is determined by where you live and what is the norm for your area.  Some cut the cake after dinner and their first dance.  Some cut the cake near the end of the night.  Again, talk to your venue on what works best for you and them.


*************  Be sure to check out my Post on Timeline Templates *****************

**** A Sample Timeline Ceremony-Reception ****
break down in Minutes – not actual clock time
– 0:15 – 0:00 People arrive (Bride in bridal room doing touch ups)
0:00 – 0:25  Ceremony
0:25 – 0:35  Hug/greet guests
0:30 – 1:30  Cocktail hour (Bride & Groom take pictures)
1:30 – 1:35  Guests find a seat – Wedding party lines up
1:35 – 1:45  Wedding Party Introductions – people make their way to the table
1:45 – 1:55  Bride & Groom 1st dance
1:55 – 2:00  Welcome/Prayer – Start Meal
2:00 – 3:00  Meal (2:30 – 2:45 – You can have toasts During dinner, no reason for staff to wait until 3 toast are done to start bringing out the food)  * 2:45 – 3:00 walk around to say “Hi” to guests
3:00 – 3:15  Father/Daughter – Mother/Son dance
3:15 – 3:20  Anniversary dance? to Open the Dance Floor
3:20- 4:30  Open Dance Floor
4:30 – 4:40  Cut Cake
4:40-4:55   Bouquet/Garter *serve cake
4:55 – 5:55  Open Dance
5:55 – 6:00  Last Dance


****** How to Write your Morning of Timeline *******
Your wedding day will FLY by.  You will look at your watch and wonder where the time went.  If you do not have a coordinator to set up your decorations I BEG you to find family members (Aunts, cousins) or friends to do the set up.  You and your bridal party should be enjoying your time together getting pampered at the salon,  Not getting all hot and sticky running around hanging tulle and filling vases with water and flowers.

Give yourself 1-2hrs blocked off for Bridal hair.  *2hrs might be needed if you have really long hair and never had a trial.  You want to have a buffer in there if things are not going well and you need to start over.   50 – 60 min for Bridal make-up.  Ask the salon how many stylists they will need, and how much time, to do your family and bridal party.

Getting into your dress can take 30 min or more.  Corset ribbons take time to get flat and perfect.  Buttons loops are Super tight and you should get a Crochet Loop to help get the buttons done.

Crochet hook – from joann.com

Getting everyone out of the house is going to take 10 min.  Everyone needs to find their keys, their phones, their bags, a snack;  you need to make sure all the lights are off, the curling iron is unplugged, the dog has been taken out, the house is locked – it all takes Time.  Be sure you build a buffer into getting Out of the house and on your way.  Arrive at the ceremony location 20 – 30 min early to give you time to not be seen by your guests and get in to the bridal room for a potty break and touch ups.


Allow about 20 – 30 min per combo

* 20 min Bridal Shots
* 30 min Bride w/wedding party and her family
* 30 min Groom w/wedding party and his family
* 20 – 40 min Bride and Groom  and Giant family shots at altar/stairs/etc
* 20 min  of just the Bride and Groom (at a pretty park?)
* 10 min of fun shots of the Bride and Groom with the wedding party (optional, but fun)

Google images

Google images

Allow 10 – 30 min for First Touch or First Look photos
* 5 -10 min first touch (10 – 20 min first look)
If you are DEAD SET against “first look” photos, please try to get some time set aside for a “first touch” session.  You will have a door or a corner blocking the site of view from your husband and yourself.  I have seen some AMAZING first touch photos and I just think they are beautiful.  It gives you a chance to hold hands to calm your nerves and say a few words of encouragement and love to each other.
Pictures examples of Grooms Blown away by their Bride – 18 of the 24 examples are “First Look.”

**** A Sample Timeline Morning of ****
if you have no drive times you can bump everything – things are also different if you have 2 photographers

7:00AM  Wake up, shower, EAT, drive to appointment
8:00  Hair appointment
10:00  Make-up – drive to location getting dressed
11:15   EAT lunch – tell Wedding party and parents to be at location to get dressed
11:30  Start getting into dress (could take up to 30 min – stubborn button loops/twisted corset ribbon)
12:00 – 12:20  Bridal shots
12:30 – 12:55  Bride combo shots with family & wedding party
1:00 – 1:20  Groom does his combos with family and WP – Bride does touch-ups
1:20  Pack up to leave
1:30  Drive to park/beach – pretty outdoor location for photos
2:00 – 2:40  First look photo – a few bride and groom shots – B&G with Wedding Party
2:45 – 3:15 Drive to ceremony
3:20 – Arrive at Ceremony: Set up any decorations, Bride does touch ups,  Groom does some altar photos
4:00 – 4:25 Ceremony
4:25 – 4:35 hug/greet guests – move them out to do Grand Exit photo (bubbles/ribbon wands)
4:45- 5:20  Bride and Groom with Family shots
(6:00 – 6:45 Cocktails for Guests)
5:40 – 6:10 Fun outdoor shots (Bride and Groom shots, Bride & Groom with Wedding party)
6:30 Arrive at Reception
6:35 Touch ups
6:40 Gather everyone and Line up for Introduction – Guests asked to take a seat
6:45 – 6:55 Intro
6:55  Prayer    (6:55 First Dance) (7:00ish Welcome & Prayer)
7:00 Start dinner (7:10 Dinner starts)



Some other GREAT tips here   –>  www.stylemepretty.com/2011/06/27/wedding-day-timing-tips-from-robert-kathleen-photographers/

********  A Photographer’s Sample Breakdown ********

After the ceremony, I allot 45 minutes for the following at the altar or on the grounds of the ceremony site:


B/G/Bride’s Parents
B/G/Both sets of Parents
B/G/Bride’s immediate family
B/G/Bride’s extended family (one shot and everyone in such as aunts, grandma, etc)

B/G/Groom’s Parents
B/G/Groom’s immediate family
B/G/G’s extended family

This list becomes MUCH more complicated if there are divorces, remarriages, or additional shots requested….

After those shots are done, I do:
Bridal party at altar/ceremony site with bride and groom
Bride and groom at altar

The list above (starting with Officiant and ending with bride and groom at altar) takes 45 minutes to be safe. A good rule of thumb is allow 5 minutes per image. Someone will wander off, it takes five minutes for people to make their way back inside, someone is using the restroom, etc.

Then, we take the bridal party and bride and groom alone and work with them for 45 minutes at another location, or in a more casual setting.

*** In 45 to 60 minutes, you can do 9 to 12 different combinations of people, less if they are very large shots and more if they are small combinations of people.

– Kristen Wynn Photography  – reply posted on a question on weddingwire.com

AND ……
A few more links to sample detailed timelines, if you rather look at someone else’s and try to make it your own.

~ Morning of Timeline ~

~ Reception timelines ~

Hotel Door Hangers

I decided to try to make a Hotel Door Hang template.  I have no idea if this will work, but I thought I would give it a try.   I created it to print  3 door hangers per 8.5 x 11 piece of paper.  It was designed to be used with the 1.5 inch hole punch from Walmart.


Door Hang Template

It is also created with specialty fonts that you would need to download.  So, you might need to add these fonts to your font library to get the same look.

Please, Bride & Groom

shhh, We are….

Do Not Disturb, Location, Mr & Mrs
Academy Engraved LET

Safety of these sites – if curious

Here are the links and we will see if it works.
Door hangs for Mac – Pages
Door hangs – Word doc*


*don’t think this one saved nice, so I might need to borrow my husbands Dell to create one.  But at least you can use it as a blank template.

***Update created on Dell***

Still need to make a template for the Vistaprint Rack Cards.
***Keep an eye out for updates.***

Vistaprint FAQ

Thought I would start up a Vistaprint Frequently Asked Question section.
This also has a lot of my tips and trick to getting around VP if you plan to use their software to design you own creations.
Please feel free to comment below with any questions and I will try to respond asap.


UPDATE:  Vistaprint seems to slowly be taking away all the deals that made using them such a deal for people on a budget.   First they took away the 10 free items and made it 2 free items.  They stopped the $70 groupons and have been releasing $45 ones.  (and even those are hard to find – no more daily groupons available)  When you get to your cart there is now a “promo code” box.  The site Never had that before.  We have yet to test a groupon and retailmenot.com sale double up.  They might finally be closing all of our loop holes.  Sorry to say, it might be the end of the Vistaprint Hauls.

On 1/9 it was observed that the Retailmenot 50% link has expired.
On 1/25 it was discovered that the giant list of always free items has been discontinued.   😦 



A:  Right now it appears that they have fixed the loophole with the LS deal.  HOWEVER, you can still double up a $17 for $70 Groupon with another deal (retailmenot.com 50%)  ***Also, it appears the order you need to click the multiple windows to get the  Groupon loopholes to work, have been changed ***

A:  Yes.  
There have been a few Canadians that have told me they have done it.
Here some discussions where it is talked about.
Patty R – read what she did. 

and Janessa D. said it cost about $4 more for shipping when compared to the Canadian site

and Janessa commented here too 

A:    I suggest you click on your sale link that you plan to double up with to figure out the math.  HOWEVER, when you check out, you will need to click Groupon FIRST  and THEN the Retailmenot50% link.

 To use 1  – $70 Groupon:  Your pregroupon total should be at $95 – $135

  • (Your credit card will be charged $25- $65 during checkout)

 To use 2  – $70 Groupons:  Your pregroupon total should be at  $136 – $205

  •   (Your credit card will be charged $25 for the first order and $25-$65 for the second order)

A:  A groupon costs you  $17 to buy the $70 one and $25 to get the free shipping.  Each order should charge your credit card a total of $42.    Once your credit card is being charged more than $65 for the first order, you might as well get a 2nd groupon and split your items into 2 orders.  You will be spending about the same amount of money, but will get twice as much stuff.  $25 for the 1st order and $42 for the 2nd order .

A:  No, you will need to split your order into 2 separate orders.  Each order should be $95 BEFORE the $70 Groupon code is put in to bring you down to $25 (to get the free shipping)

A: Only 2 sites sells pocketfolds that will fit with out trimming down the invite.
* Vistaprint “6 x 9” Size Invites can be used with pocket folds from

$1.96 per envelope – Sabrina Pocket Invitation 5.5 x 8.5

** OR **

$1.78 per envelope  — 6 x 9 classic landscape (6.25 x 9.25) Pocket folds 

* Vistaprint 5″ x 7″ Invites  are not really 5×7 and are too big for 5×7 pocketfolds and too big to fit many Etsy invites that you may find to download.    A little of the design on the right and left sides will be lost if you stretch the design to reach the top and bottom – OR – you will have some white empty space on the top and bottom if you don’t stretch the image.   More details HERE on how to do 5×7 pocketfolds with vistaprint.

A:  No, they do not.  The invites and notecards come with free Thin white envelopes.  If it is in the budget I suggest you get the matching envelopes when you are doing your check out for the invites.  My opinion is that the thin white ones are ok for rsvp’s.   If it is in the budget and you can get the nicer envelopes for the rsvp’s, go for it.

A:  If you wish to use the Vistaprint invite in the size it is (and not trim any of it off) you would need to contact the seller and see if they can change the dimensions on the invite before they send you the file.

Size 6″x9″ invite is really 5.47″ x 8.52″
template can be downloaded here to create your own design to upload

Size 5″x7″ invite is really  4.61″ x 7.17″
template can be downloaded here to create your own design to upload

A:  You can find answers under the Vistaprint FAQ section.  Be sure you have the proper size for the document and at least a 300 DPI resolution.  Sorry, I am not an expert on uploading finished designs.   http://www.vistaprint.com/customer-care/service-center-subjects.aspx?link_id=5


A:  Yes, they make it VERY hard to find.  Click on the drop down “Invites.”  Then you are given options of different “themed” invites.  Click the “wedding” section.  Then you will see a small link “see full details and pricing”

details Pricing

You will now see all the invites available with the ACTUAL sizes in the parentheses.  There is also a tab at the bottom that you can click to get more detail on the dimensions, the suggested upload dimensions, and descriptions of the different types of paper weights available.details

It is also difficult to tell the size of the designs when you are looking at them all at once.  I usually like to click the “view all designs” and then use the drop down to select the size invite I wish to find.

 invite size

A:  OPTION #1: You can use the drop down menu on the design,  Matching Sets.

match dropdown menu

Option #2 : You can select a product, design it, and get it to your cart so it is saved in your Account.  The, go to “My Account” in the top right hand side.  Click “View Whole Portfolio”.    Find your document and you will see the link to “See Matching Documents”

Option #3: You can search the Vistaprint image library and build your design over an existing design to try to create a matching set.  Once you are in the advanced edit screen, you can select “Insert Image” and search the VP image library.

adv edit screen

Search for key words like: “heart,”   “flower,”   “ornate,”   “texture,”   “purple,”  “white.”
I personally use “white” as a search word a lot for when I want to cover an existing design image.


Option #4: You can add any document that you wish to create to your cart.  Then get on the VP chat and ask a representative to move an image from one document to another.  Have your portfolio open so you can tell them the ID# of the item you are trying to match.  VP chat can be found under “Help.”   Under the FAQ section is a “Contact a Customer Service Representative”  link.

“Hi, can you please add the back ground image from the
invite ID#Fx7H8-92A39-714 to the flat notecard I have in my cart”

A:  You can find a lot of images just by thinking of descriptive words and searching the image library.    i.e. “gray”


Then you can crop and stretch your images as needed.


Q: MY DESIGN DOES NOT TOUCH ALL THE EDGES WHEN I UPLOAD IT TO THE ‘UPLOAD YOUR OWN DESIGN” INVITES.  WHAT CAN I DO?  (Same process if when you add an image to your document and it is too small or big)
A:  You can stretch the image once you get to the advanced edit screen.  After you upload the image to the invite it asks you to click “next.”   Click on it to get yourself to the advanced edit screen.  Once you are on the advanced edit screen you will need to right click on the image so that you can get the drop down menu.  Select “move/resize” and you should be able to move and stretch your image to reach all 4 sides of the invite.  If your design was not created  and saved in the correct dimensions, you are going to lose some of your design.  Notice how some of the design below will move off the sides document if the design is stretched to print all the way to the top and bottom.  *again, if you plan to use pocket folds, just leave the white space and use a paper cutter (or go to Kinkos/someplace) and get the invites cut down.


A:   You get on the VP chat or phone a representative to move the design for you if you can not find the image yourself when you search the VP Image Library.

A:  I’m going to pull this answer right from VP.   http://www.vistaprint.com/customer-care/service-center-faqs.aspx?faq_id=113    VP uses CMYK printers.  If you want your final document to look as close to the colors represented on your monitor, use CMYK when creating your designs.  This is really only important to those that are designing their own creations and uploading.


Q:  I NEED 150 ITEMS AND THE QUANTITY JUMPS FROM  50, 100 TO 250 (or some other number combination.)  CAN I DO IT?
A:  You can put in an order of 100 AND an order of 50 (or whatever number combination VP allows to get you as close to the needed amount.  To do this you need to make a “COPY” of your document.  Go to “My account” in the top right hand side.  Click “View Whole Portfolio”.    Find your document and you will see the link to  “Make a Copy.”   Give the copy a name.  Then add it to your cart.  You can order 100 of the “Original” design and 50 of the “Copy” design to get your quantity of 150.


A:  You would use the “copy/paste” feature in the advanced edit to add a new image on top of an old one.  If you find using the copy/paste for the text boxes is not bringing the text in front of the images, use the “insert text.”


A.  You will need to search the VP image library.  Search for the word “White”.  Flip through the pages until you find an image with a small faint ribbon image.  You will need to crop the ribbon out.  You might need to change the size of your cropping a few times until you get the right size.


A:   Sometime VP just has a glitch.  Click on the “SAVE” link (blue floppy disk image)  next to “copy” to save your work.  See if that fixes the problem.  If not, try to refresh*  your page. *be sure to save your work first.



To design your monogram in Microsoft Word:

  • Choose Insert -> Textbox. Type and format the letter the way you like it. Do this three times.
  • Now click on all textboxes and choose Format->Textbox.
  • Choose Color: No Fill (so you can overlap letters) and Line: No Line.
  • Select all letters, right click, and choose Group to lock in the arrangement.
  • You can now copy your image into Microsoft Paint and save in several formats, such as JPEG.

– Picture Step-by-Step Instructions on creating a monogram –  very simple to follow

Here is a site that let’s you design a FREE MONOGRAM – http://www.weddingchicks.com/freebies/custom-monograms/

  • Free Invites and Save the Dates too! Weddingchicks.com

DIY Monogram Aisle Runner – I have never done it myself, so I can only direct you to sites that have posted instructions.  Tips they have suggested: put wax paper on the table so that when the paint bleeds threw the runner it does not dry to your table.  So trace the monogram lightly right on to the runner then place wax paper under it – or – trace the monogram onto wax paper while over the monogram paper print out .   If you trace onto the wax paper you will want to be sure it is dark enough to see through the runner.



by WhitneyWoods2B – projectwedding.com



By Heather Drive – roadtotheaisle.blogspot.com


This site gives instructions on how to create the actual runner from a tube and fabric.
Some Free Clip art you might want to download to go with your monograms.


Some Free Fonts that you might want to download.

Dafont  or   1001 Free Fonts  or FontSpace   to name a few

font example

And a link to the “rules” of Monograms.
The Woman’s name is on the left, the Man’s name is on the right, then the couple’s surname  is represented by a larger letter in the middle.

Traditional etiquette on Monograms states that you should not use your married monogram until after you are married.  Initial monograms are not “supposed” to be used on Save the Date, Invites, Programs, or Runners.  Once you are married, you can use your monogram at the reception: menu’s favors, cups, napkins, linens, cake, and/or dance floor.  * A modern alternative is to use a combination of the Bride and Groom’s first names/initials separated by a small decorative motif for invites and things at the ceremony.

DIY Projects

I must confess, I have not made any of these DIY projects.  I have just collected a LARGE amount of neat ideas and the links to the tutorial.  ~ Enjoy ~

Hundreds of Ideas… I can’t even name them all… Check out this site!

DIY your own Runner:

– 36″ wide cotton muslin in length and color you desire.

– A cardboard tube that’s at least 38″ long.- Iron-on adhesive tape
– At least 4 yards of satin ribbon to use as pull cord
– Clear Packing Tape
– Scissors

DIY – petal bumper- petal ribbons

– search ebay “1000 petals” for inexpensive petals from China


or purchase from Petal Happy


DIY – Dye your Crinoline

– Make sure it is made of anything BUT Polyester

WW-brides example


how to links: http://www.weddingbee.com/2009/01/10/dyeing-your-crinoline-a-complete-guide/  or



DIY – Garter




DIY – ruffled chair sashes



They are made by cutting a circle of fabric into a spiral. Try it out with a scrap piece of fabric in various sizes until you get the length and fullness you want.  More Details on how to create them http://boards.weddingbee.com/topic/help-bees-how-can-i-make-these-awesome-038-cute-chair-sashes#axzz2dQPQA0Hh   and  http://boards.weddingbee.com/topic/need-help-ruffled-chair-tie#axzz2qIQQmPie

DIY- Wine Glass Candle Lamps

Buy vellum and print a pattern or use a decorative hole punch to create a pattern.  Or buy on-line.


from save-on-crafts


DIY – colored Mason Jars




DIY – Unity Candle


blog makezine.com


DIY – Cork Ball


created by CherubinoCrafts


DIY – String Ball Centerpieces




DIY – Doily Lanterns

– I suggest using a punching balloon (very round) Hold it shut with a twist tie, deflate, remove and re-use. Don’t know why she would buy so many balloons/balls and pop them




DIY – Doily & Burlap Mason Jar Tea lights




DIY Tissue Paper Mason Jars


sold by usedandabused on Etsy


by 100directions.com

Tissue Paper Mason Jars using wax paper and leaves

Tissue Paper Mason Jars using Mod Podge

Tissue Paper Mason Jars using a Xyron Machine

DIY Vase – Found objects – Empty Jars

tin can deco diy

brides.com – Ideas for Every Season

Tin Cans


Card stock around any jar

crepe paper candles

Martha Stewart centerpiece ideas

Dollar store vases and crepe paper

paint string

Mark Montano

Any empty glass jar, string, and paint


DIY – Paper and ornament centerpiece


Book from dollar store, ornaments from dollar store – plus glue = $2 per
The size of the wreath itself is appx 28-36 inch in diameter.

(need apprx 120-140 page per wreath may vary based on how large the base is – example is  10 inch diameter)
To use as a table centerpiece, I would recommend hot glueing a round mirror as a base in the center instead of ornament and decorate around the mirror. You can also place a round vase then place your favorite column candle in there. Can use wrapping paper instead of book pages, for a different look.
* example made by tram n.

check out tram’s full post

Tutorial for the rose

DIY – Paper towel roll Wreaths!
Some have coffee filter carnations – Some have paper roses
– check out tram’s post –395371_10100510231823738_244515930_a http://www.weddingwire.com/wedding-forums/want-to-share-my-latest-project-with-you-ladies-and-tip-to-save-pic/c707654418893743.html

DIY – Coffee Filter Pomanders – Coffee Filter Roses


by Heather Gerrity


DIY – Coffee Filter Peony Pomander – Kissing Ball


by –  holiday-crafts-and-creations.com


DIY – Coffee Filter Carnation Pomander


by kbee2011




Tips / adjustments:

Using the “staple & big corsage push-pin” method was NOT working. INSTEAD: Use T-pins – No stapling required. Push the T-Pin in the center of the coffee filter, hold the bottom part of the pin that is exposed and with your other hand, slowly squish the filter up and together. Repeat this with 2 more filters on the same pin, for a total of 3 filters per “flower bunch”.
Colored flowers – create a paint bath using acrylic paint, water & a disposable pie tin. Use about a table-spoon of paint – filled the rest of the pie tin with water – mixed it – longer they soak/darker the color

DIY – Crepe Paper Roses


created by Olivia Kanaley of A Field Journal.

crepe paper rolls and some beads!

DIY – glitter heels!!!


by mmarcial619


Here is the DIY youtube tutorial – for glitter heels

DIY – Glitter Soles


by Francesca-Restyle Restore Rejoice


DIY – Tinsel wands.

real exit



DIY – Build a Photo Wall Backdrop


created by Laura


Different instructions – more tips – another example



DIY how to build a fake wall with pvc pipes



DIY photos onto canvas

– with White tissue paper & Mod-Podge!


by Cydney


Check out Cydney’s example! http://www.weddingwire.com/wedding-forums/my-diy-photos-onto-canvas-using-my-first-look-pics/b1f27501cd22296d.html

FREE ~ Printable Photobooth props !!!!




More Decoration Ideas for a Bride on a budget

SUGGESTED POSTS:  Check out my DIY photo booth post

Love the Price of Vistaprint, but not their designs?

Any of you love the price of the hauls you are seeing, but can’t find any designs that you love on the site?  Well, you don’t have to use the templates you see while clicking through the pages.  You have a few options.

Option #1

Check the drop down menu next to the invites, some of them come in different colors.

match dropdown menu

Option #2

Download the blank template for the size document you plan to use and design your own invite.  Then upload the complete design.  – or –  Send the blank template to an etsy seller and have an invite designed for you to fit the vistaprint documents.

upload help

Click to Download templates off VP

Download VP templates is located at the bottom of their page under
“Services – Design Uploads”


Vistaprint has Very unusually sized documents.  Please be aware of the size of the document you plan to use when uploading a design.  Vistaprint invites will usually have a little area above and below the uploaded design that you will need to trim off if you wish to fit them in a pocket fold envelope.  Also, if you plan to upload a design but use the VP envelopes, be sure your design is created to fit the dimensions of the document.  If you do not design your invite on the template you might be stretching your design to reach all 4 edges and some of the original design may be be cropped off.

invite size

Option #3 –  

Check out the designs in the business section.  If you are trying to save money, you might want to buy the business products instead of the invites.  The XL postcards are the same size as the 6×9 invite.  The Rack cards are the same size as the 4×8 invite/menu/program.  The regular sized postcards are the same size as the 5.5×4 inserts.  You can look at the designs that VP provides on their business products and try to create invites on them.  Or you can have VP customer service help you out.  Put the invite design that you like into your cart.  Then put a blank postcard into your cart.  Click on the “help” in the top right.  Under the FAQ is a link is a “Still need Help” link.  You can use the chat feature to ask customer service to transfer a design from one document to another.  The customer service will also create matching documents for you if you can not find your design on all the products you wish to use.

When using the business products as invites, I suggest you upgrade your paper.  The business products come with a Free Premium, 80-lb.  glossy card stock.  For a small upgrade fee you can get the 100-lb. Premium Matte Recycled Paper.  It’s the same weight as the premium paper card stock used on the invites. The paper is smooth with slightly more visible fibers than traditional matte paper.   Even with this upgrade, the postcards cost less than the invites, but are the same size.

Option #4

Use Vistaprint’s “Get more Customization options” link located over the invite after you select a design. This takes you to the advanced edit screen.  Once you are at the advanced edit screen you can build your invitation right on VP with the add image and add text boxes.  You can hit the space bar to erase all the default wording, or use the drop down to actually delete the text boxes.  I personally do not like the spacing of all those little text boxes and put all of my invite wording in 1 text box with the names getting their own separate text box.

adv edit screen

You have a few options on how to “create your own” on VP.

A. Some items give you a blank template option in the top right corner.

blank template

B. You might need to find a plain white invite and start adding images to it.



If you are confused on what size the invites are that you are looking at, select “all designs” and then use the “Filter by” to select the invite size you wish to use.   Or place a keyword into the search (ie. white) and then filter by invite size.

You might notice that some of the invites have a fancy script font on the names.  For example “Spun Elegance” has a black background image with some white flourish around the names.  The names are in the font “AnnabelleJF”  This font is not in the normal drop down menu if you start with a blank invite.  You might want to create you invite Over this design just so you can take advantage of the font.

Hope this helps!  ~ Happy Planning ~
“Hayley C”
Read more in my “How to design invites only using the Vistaprint Software”  – coming soon

Tips for the Week of the Wedding

First off, a great big congrats on your upcoming wedding!
Hopefully with 7 days to go you have reached the F* It   stage.  You have done all the planning you can do.  Any little project that is not done yet, just let it go.  No one will notice that small little detail missing.  Just remember the day of, wake up and enjoy every minute of it. Take the time to step back and enjoy the sights and sounds. The little mishaps is what makes the day memorable, just go with it. No one but you will know that it is not Exactly to plan. If you don’t get those last minute projects finished, don’t worry. Again, only you will miss those small details – just let it go.

Put your marriage license (and pre-cana certificate) in your shoe box – you need them both to walk down the aisle.   Also, put an invite in with your shoe box. The photographer will like to take pictures of your rings on it.

don't forget

THINGS to remember…..
  • Pets? Anyone watching?
  • Bride outfit or Button down shirt to wear to get hair done
  • Something old, something new, etc
  • Under garments, Garter, shoes, jewelry, hair stuff
  • Hubby’s favorite smelling lotion/perfume on you
  • Deodorant (Spray Deodorant on your thighs to help with chaffing if you are not wearing pantyhose)
  • Toasting flutes, cake knife, Cake topper, guest book, card box
  • Cash to tip your vendors
  • Phone and Phone charger
  • Have a list of Phone numbers of your vendors
  • Pack your overnight bag for the hotel (with a cute outfit for the next day)

* Don’t forget to pack A Bag to put your dress in the next day when you at at the hotel, unless you think you will remember to grab the one your dress is in now (But you probably will forget the nice one in the room you are getting ready in)

* Speaking of your dress *  If you did not buy/make one of those personalized hangers, at least pack a Nice Wooden hanger.  Don’t use that white plastic hanger for your dress pictures.

** Control the Shine ** Get some oil absorbing blotting papers from the make-up aisle in the drug store.  They will remove the shine but keep the make-up. Put them in a little purse with your mascara, lip gloss, tampon and your PERSONAL Cameral. Have it near you (or your maid of honor have it on her) at all times. When it is your 1st dance/cake/etc have your maid of honor take pictures with YOUR camera so you have something to look at the next day.


Get a crochet hook if your dress has buttons. (helps with button bustle too)

Remember a lighter (for unity candle) or a bottle opener (wine ceremony).
*tip, cut a little of the wax off the wick off to make for easy lighting the day of the wedding


 Remember to eat during the day before the ceremony. Eat Breakfast and have some finger food snacks that won’t get you messy for before/in between pictures. Have a straw for drinking so you don’t mess up  your lips.


♥ Idea if you have time ♥ ~ romance basket ~ dollar store toasting flutes, bottle of champagne, bottle opener, matches, candles, petals, oils,  lotions,  sexy play list of songs ~ for the hotel room


Created on VP 4×8 Invite with free VP images

Ask the venue to pack up a few pieces of cake for you to take back to the hotel room for a midnight snack. You might be walking around and socializing and not notice when the cake is on the head table – if you don’t eat it right away they just clean up and take it away.

And appetizers too!!! Ask the venue to place a little dish of them at the head table for you. I’m sure you will be taking pictures or socializing and will miss out on the delicious appetizers that you picked out.


Martha Stewart Weddings, Fall 2003

And if you can, get a special cup to walk around with your drink, or if you are not afraid of breaking it, use your toasting flute.  (etsy, ebay, wedding stores, or party stores have Very cute Charms or covers)

You will probably lose every one of your drinks after only getting 2 or 3 sips if there is not some way to pick your drink out of a crowd. I don’t know how many times I put my drink down on a table to take a picture or go dance to a song and then had No CLUE which one was mine or where I left it, and had to go get another.


Bring some comfortable shoes (platform flip flops) that are the same height as heels.  Or even some beat up heels in your closet if they are the same or 1 inch shorter than your wedding heels.  If your back up shoes are a LOT shorter than your wedding heels, you will step on the front of your dress while walking and will rip your dress or trip yourself.

Don’t go from  5″ Sexy Heels down to Flats!!!!

You can always put the sexy heels back for your garter toss.

Congrats!  ~ Hayley C ~