In order to jumpstart my return to blogging, this week will focus on wedding recap, tips and tricks and a preview of what’s to come in the weeks to follow.
As I hinted at in my last post, this one will focus on the awesome DIY & nerdy details that made our wedding all about us.
Since I’m not Catholic & converting at this point would be a bit of a pain (not to mention my feelings on the Pope & the Vatican), we opted to have a civil ceremony and chose a venue where we could do the ceremony and reception in the same place. As luck would have it, Rick’s great uncle is mayor of a small town up north and has already officiated weddings in that capacity. Also, he plays Santa Claus every year at the annual family dinner and it was an honour having him officially make us man and wife.
In order to keep things cheery and cheerful in the absence of grapes on the vines I made a butt-load of tissue paper flowers to decorate the chairs, arch and table for the ceremony. A big thanks to our friends an family for putting it all together so beautifully on the day, it was even nicer than I could have imagined.
Instead of using my sub-par sewing skills to build some overly precious confection out of ribbons and lace, or falling back on the now ubiquitous book ring box, we decided to instead give Rick’s childhood teddy Tata a mini-makeover with a new purple velvet bow that we tied the rings into. Luckily, my two year old nephew ring bearer managed not to gnaw on him on the way up the aisle, so everyone was happy.
Riffing on something I’d seen online, I ordered a bunch of tags in our wedding colours from etsy seller California Craft, hand stamped all of the guests full names on them, then attached a button from Vickinator that coordinated to the videogame character that served as our table “number”. I hung them all with mini-clothespins from a great big frame that Rick had found on the street that I had spray-painted a nice glossy white. Much to my surprise a number of the guests actually wore the cards and pins as name tags the whole wedding.
As I mentioned above, instead of the usual numbers, we designated each table with an old school videogame character, stacked atop some vintage books and a scattering of thesaurus pages cut into little heart shapes. A friend of Rick’s made the bead sprite characters and I added some mason jars in various sizes picked up for pennies at the thrift store for some added country charm.
Cake & Topper
The cake was homemade vegan red velvet (made with carob powder to be GamerWife friendly) with vanilla vegan buttercream and marshmallow fondant. The gumpaste flowers came from tinydiesel and the amazingly detailed wedding topper, made to match our 16-bit invites, was handcrafted by my ridiculously talented sister, puttenkat.
Upon further reflection, 120 cupcakes in 5 flavours with three kinds of icing, plus 2 kinds of brownies and peanut-butter truffles in heart shapes was probably overkill, but I still wanted to prove that I could do it. The younger people loved the do-it-yourself aspect to it, while the older folks stuck with the catered crême brulés and other more conventional deserts. Bonus, our co-workers were eating cupcakes for a week afterwards.
Another idea I found online. Instead of writing some mundane message in a generic book, we asked guests to “leaf” a print on our tree, continuing the theme of our fabuluster wedding rings. Since Rick’s best friend/best man is a graphic artist by trade and I was serious aghast (ahast! I say) at the prices some etsy sellers were charging for plain-jane MS paint trees, he kindly agreed to draw us a tree as a gift. When he warned me that his art wasn’t “wedding-y,” I pointed out that’s exactly why we asked him. Now we finally have a gorgeous focal point to hang above our bed.
Other details that didn’t make it into this post: handmade ribbon brooches for the ladies, paper bouquets for the attendants, a kusudama ball for the flower girl, bespoke boutoniers for the boys, “Player 1″ and “Player 2″ signs for the bride and groom’s chairs, vintage handkerchiefs for weepy guests and handmade maplesugar candies in the shape of space invaders. Let me know in the comments for this post if you’d like a tutorial for these, or any of the above projects and I’ll try to whip one up in a future post.
Special thanks to Leah, Carolanne, Kat, Doug and James for the awesome photos and to everyone who helped us set-up on the day of.