Flashback to Mother’s Day, 2016.
“Happy Mother’s Day Mom! Oh, and by the way, can we get married in your backyard…in three months?”
It didn’t happen quite that way, but considering how much had to be done in such a short time, that’s about all I remember!
Beginning at the end, Anna and Casey’s wedding was beautiful! There were the inevitable little glitches like bees, a bit of rain, mislaid desserts and so on, but all in all, it was a wonderful celebration. I wish I could share all the photos…
It was the quintessential crafty Cricut backyard wedding. There were so many projects that giving detailed directions about each one would be impossible, but if you’re interested in knowing some how-to’s about a particular one, let me know in the comments below and I’ll plan some future posts. I wasn’t thinking that I would be blogging about it, so I apologize ahead of time for the quality of some of the photos. (The pics by our photographer, Abby*, were wonderful!) Here are the highlights:
Save The Date Card
This one was easy-peasy. I already had Avery Matte White Postcards that come with four cards per sheet. I simply went to the Avery website and used their Design & Print Online application. There are templates for many of their products, and you can save them to an Avery account or your own computer. You can choose to print it or have Avery do it. You can also change font styles, sizes and colors as well as add, edit and move text and images.
Wedding Invitations and Response Cards
I had my Cricut Explore Air for less than a year and learned an awful lot about the machine because of this wedding! The invitations were cut using Cricut Design Space and printed with my Macbook Pro’s word processing program, Pages. I wanted to print them on the Cricut, but it was too slow for such a large amount of text. The challenge with this project was getting the settings right. I used a heavy cardstock and a custom setting for intricate cuts.
Anna’s older sister saw the invitations and said they reminded her of Anna’s beautiful crocheted doilies. That was it–we had the theme!
Everything we read said that talking to your neighbors about your backyard wedding was imperative. Who wants a lawnmower going just as you are sharing your vows? We created the flyer in Pages and Dad went door-to-door sharing this flyer about a month before the big day.
Doilies were used everywhere! Anna crocheted all the doilies under each candelabra adorning the tables. The dessert table was covered with vintage doilies borrowed from friends.
Crocheted flower mason jars
Small mason jars decorated with lace and crocheted flowers and filled with baby’s breath were hung on shepherd’s hooks down the aisle and around the tent. You can find the flower pattern here and a tutorial on how to tie the ribbon on the mason jars here. Baby’s breath was the flower of the day–beautiful!
Lacy plate chargers and goblet labels
We collected all sorts of china dinner plates for the tables from local thrift stores. What fun! The goblet labels were created in Design Space and cut from cardstock. The chargers were also created in Design Space and cut from 100 pound matte-finish paper that was cut down to 12×12 sheets. I won’t deny that these were a lot of work! I spent a lot of time poking out little pieces of paper and scraping the scraps off the Cricut mats. One Cricut note: I forgot to change the privacy setting on this project and, several months later, found it on the Cricut Project site. No, I did not get credit…
Dessert table decorations
These were both quick Cricut projects, but really fancied up the dessert table! The garland was attached to the front of each dessert table, and the labels were placed on stands by the platters and pedestals and taped to jars that held cookies. I used the Cricut to write the names on each label. Yum!
I love decorating with chalkboards and it was also a fun way to highlight all the games. We also had a croquet game set up, but Giant Jenga was the most popular! My sister-in-law gave us the awesome wooden easel, which set off the welcome sign beautifully.
The teal chalkboard was made by painting the glass on a thrift store picture with Rustoleum black chalkboard paint with Annie Sloan chalk paint on the frame. They were designed on Photoshop, printed on paper that was taped together, transferred to the chalkboards using a stylus and graphite tracing paper, and finally, filled in with chalk. Thank goodness the rain stayed away until the guests had all left–they are not waterproof!
I had a hard time finding a tutorial for my method, so this might be a good candidate for a future post. The tutorial here is good but use graphite paper rather than rubbing the back of the sheet with chalk. So much easier and cleaner. Hint: sharpen the point of the chalk stick.
Bride and groom umbrellas
The weather report was dismal…what better way to ward off the rain then to have cute umbrellas for the happy couple? And…it worked! This was a very quick Cricut project, but working with vinyl can be tricky. There are a lot of tutorials on Pinterest. I loved how cute these turned out–even if they didn’t have to use them!
Giant Bananagram game
This project was a lot of work with not a lot of payback. (Don’t tell my husband!) I picked up boxes from our local Menard’s and cut all the squares. The letters were cut from the same 100 pound paper used for the plate chargers. I used a spray adhesive to glue them to the cardboard, but it didn’t work well. Here’s the tutorial I used, although they used wood and painted the letters. I hope we’ll play this game this summer!
The lovely couple
I can’t end this post without a photo of the newlyweds!
Planning a backyard wedding was a lot of work, but what great results! Our next-door neighbors have a gorgeous yard and generously let us use it for photos. We were also blessed with friends and family members who helped by lending dishes and doilies and lots of time! There are so many other details I could share, including thoughts about rentals, food, and what I would do differently. Hmmm…I feel another post coming on…
* Many thanks to our photographer, Abby B., who graciously allowed me to share her beautiful photos in this post!