If you are like me, you are struggling with finding the right gift for all of your friends and family. Well, I couldn’t wait to share this great gift idea that I saw on a past Glendalough Manor brides’ Pinterest board! This simple do it yourself Christmas ornament is the perfect gift for someone who recently got married and the best part is that you make it! Everyone knows that some of the best gifts are handmade!
This ornament is made from the couples wedding invitation! All you have to do is take their wedding invitation and cut it in to thin strips. Curl it around a pencil so the paper strips form curls. Then put the strips of paper in to a glass ornament.
I love the idea of finding a charm that matches their colors, theme or maybe just their personality to tie on the top of the ornament. Finish the ornament with some ribbon in their wedding colors and you have created a beautiful, memorable ornament for the happily married couple!
If you don’t know anyone that recently got married you can use this same idea and use a baby shower invitation or graduation inviation….with almost any occasion and an invitation you can create an incredible keepsake for them to hang on their tree for years to come.
If you decide to make this for someone you know we would love to hear about it!
Sources: www.christyrobbins.blogspot.com, www.craftingintherain.blogspot.com, www.Pinterest.com, www.etsy.com
The biggest factor in determining budget is how many people you would like to invite to the wedding. In my opinion, it is best to sit down with both sides of the family and decide on the guest list. Keep in mind that about 75%-80% of the guests you invite will actually attend the wedding.
One of the best ways to keep both sides of the family happy is have each side break their list down in to three columns of importance. The first column would be the people you definitely want to attend the wedding. The second column is people you would like to invite and have there if possible. The third column is people you hope you can invite but only if someone from the second column is unable to attend. I advise many of my brides to send their invitations about two weeks early (about 10 weeks before wedding date). Once you start getting “no’s” back you can start to invite people off of the second and third columns and still have time to get their rsvp back in time. Your guests will have no idea what lists they are on…so don’t feel bad!! This ensures that all of the very important close family and friends are invited first and then you can gauge how many invitations you can send out to the other guests on the list.
As a side note, the head count is going to affect the budget in every way. As a bride you must decide what is important to you….having everyone there that you know and sacrificing other things you may want…or having a smaller wedding and not inviting everyone but getting all of the details you want. Don’t be afraid to let both sides of the family know your wishes.
This is your wedding and you and your fiancé need to decide how big or small of a wedding that you want!