Monthly Archives: October 2008

Wedding Flower Woes


Spring flowers at a spring wedding reception–makes perfect sense, right?  Nothing says spring more to me than bright and happy yellow daffodils.

Talk about putting  the cart before the horse:

Then I find out that daffodils are an EARLY spring flower…and that they are generally only available through April.  I contact some of the above mentioned stores to see if there are any special arrangement that can be made with their flower farmers.  One mentioned a possibility of daffodils being available in early May, but that’s only if the weather is good.  Hmm…daffodils for a May 17th reception?  Let’s just say I never even buy Lotto tickets becuase I feel like the odds are too low…

Bottom line?  Farewell daffodil dreams!  I spent a lot of time scrambling to find another bright yellow flower that would also work with the centerpiece project I have in mind (don’t worry, I’ll be sure to blog about that later!).  The current contenders are: freesia, dahlia, and a couple of daisy varieties (Factor, Vero and Yellow Cushion Pom).  We’ll see which one makes the cut!  Feel free to post any other suggestions though~~~


P.S. Here’s a pic of the secondary flower I plan to use to complement whichever yellow flower I decide on.  Doesn’t the top of Star of Bethlehem look like an asparagus tip?  Hehe, that probably contributes to why I like these flowers….mmmm…..

DIY Guestbook Postcards


Instead of having guests sign a guestbook, I decided to make “postcards” for each guest to sign. After the reception, I’ll incorporate these postcards into the scrapbook I’m currently working on, which features highlights from my [pre-wedding!] travels with Yoongu.

At first, I thought about buying postcards, but I couldn’t really find any that had the vintage look I wanted.  Well, actually, there were lots of vintage postcards available through the web (and some of them were really beautiful!), but they were collectors items–so pretty much not a realistic option (I mean, I can’t afford to pay $23.00 for ONE postcard!).  So again, the solution came down to making these postcards myself.

First I gathered my tools: various colors of thick cardstock, a great scrapbook paper I found that looks like a whole page of postal stamps, scissors with an edge that looks like the perforations used for postal stamps, rubber stamps, stamp pads in black and green, and lots of glue!

I made various sizes of postcards–tiny ones for guests to just sign their names, and medium to large sized postcards for guests who want to write a bit of a message.

Yoongu suggested that I add the date, so we’ll see if I’m up for doing that since there are about 100 postcards, and it already took me several hours to make these…   Hey, wait a minute, who am I fooling?  I’m such a perfectionist, I’ll probably go back and stamp the date on all of them…but in the meantime, here’s a detailed shot of one of the postcards:

I plan to have the blank postcards available in a basket, and then I might have this great bag I found at a thrift store next to the basket for people to “mail” their completed cards:

I know that incorporating the postcards into the travel scrapbook will be a great way to recall the reception day and all its wonderful memories.  I’m already looking forward to scrapbooking these!

DIY Placecards: Beef or Fish?


Relative to my other DIY wedding projects, these placecards were a breeze.

I decided to make the placecards look like mini-boarding passes, and to color-coordinate the cards based on guests’ meal preferences to make it easier for the servers during the reception.

I simply printed my designs on yellow and green cardstock to be folded in half.  If I have time, I want to be able to write people’s names in calligraphy.  Also, the table assignments will be done by countries instead of numbers.  That is, if your boarding pass lists “Vietnam” as your destination, then please head over to the “Vietnam” table, and you can also check out pictures of our trip there placed around the centerpiece. I’m hoping that this also encourages people to visit other tables :)!

So here they are!

Traditional Korean Wedding Ceremony–We’ve picked the date!


Part one of our little wedding extravaganza is taking place in Seoul, Korea.  We’ve decided upon a traditional Korean wedding ceremony, and today we drove to Seoul to visit two sites we had in mind to make a decision on a venue.

Namsangol Hanok Maeul was our first choice: it’s a “village” in Seoul of traditional Korean homes.  Many of these homes belonged to royalty, so they were all relocated to a central place and restored as Seoul developed, and so this “village” is something of an outdoor museum.  It’s beautiful–Yoongu and I have been here many times before, since he likes to come for inspiration and reference for his own traditional Korean architecture work.  It has an adjoining park, and a pavillion built upon a small lake.  The downside?  Well, as we found out today, since it’s a government sponsored museum, there is no food (i.e. wedding catering) allowed…a real shame since they used to allow wedding banquets here!  I don’t know what’s happened to make them change their policies, but basically, you use the facilities for about an hour for your ceremony and then you all have to go somewhere else for the reception.  I know this is typical in the US, but it’s NOT typical at all in Korea, so we ultimately decided it wouldn’t be a good choice.  Darn!  We’re going to at least try and get some pre-wedding pics in our hanboks there.

Fortunately, right next door is the Korea House.  It’s a much smaller version of Namsangol Hanok Maeul–just a handful of buildings with the [for-profit!] intention of introducing Korean culture through performances (fan dance, court music, etc…) and food (you order from their menu).

As a private enterprise, they specialize in hosting traditional Korean weddings, and we were in luck because when we went to visit, a wedding was taking place, so we got to see the whole thing, AND eat for free as a complementary tasting of their cuisine.  We were both pleasantly surprised and found the whole affair to be very reasonably priced.  We signed our contract today, and I’m really looking forward to our special day here on April 18, 2009!

In terms of planning, it is the TOTAL opposite of my SoCal DIY wedding reception!  The package includes the photographer, and you’re not allowed to use someone else…the food is a buffet so you just pick a price point, and all the food is pre-determined; the officiant is their guy, and all the wedding decor and props used in the traditional ceremony is theirs as well.  However, I know I’m participating in a ritual steeped with tradition, and that alone makes  it really meaningful–Plus, I have my US reception to satisfy my DIY crafting needs ^^!

I’ll be sure to keep you guys posted on the Korea ceremony (like when I go hanbok shopping!), and hopefully I’ll be able to have a slideshow of it to show at the US reception.

DIY Invitations: My Passport to Fun!


This was the last major project I was able to complete before I flew back to Korea.

I wanted to be sure the invitation introduced the “travel theme” to our wedding guests, so I decided upon a “passport format.”  It was a lot of fun, and it also gave me a lot of leeway, since I didn’t have to worry about traditional formalities which I never really cared for, such has having to spell out “five o’clock in the afternoon,” enclosing everything in an “inner envelope,” and including a separate reply envelope.  Also, as many of you know, wedding invitations often end up being an unusual size which generally calls for special handling/extra postage from the Post Office.

So here’s the basics of our DIY invites:
1. I worked “backwards” in a sense.  Rather than create an invite first and then go through the agony of finding a matching envelope to fit, I bought the envelopes first so it would literally set the boundaries of my invites.  Staples sold a box of “invitation envelopes” that fit the bill: 4-3/8″ x 5-3/4″ which is basically an 8-1/2″ x 11″ piece of paper folded in quarters–easy!

2. Papers!  I got parchment paper in “celery” and “gold” for the inside pages and a pack of white metallic paper which I LOVE for the cover!  The metallic paper is made by Wausau, and it is metallic on BOTH sides, and gauranteed to print on inkjet and laser printers.

3. Binding: I bought gold metallic embroidery thread and hand-tied the passport pages together.  To keep the pages from slipping, and to make it look more like a real passport, I first cut all the corners with a rounded-corner punch.

I think postcards work perfectly with our travel theme, plus I didn’t have to deal with a separate envelope.  I printed these on bristol vellum paper for thickness.

End result: a Passport booklet that I just love to pieces.  A MILLION THANK YOUS to Darlene who was a true angel and helped me assemble these on my last day in California!

How I Love this Man! My 31st Bday present…


So after a whirlwind 2.5 weeks of “power wedding planning” in SoCal, I arrived back in Korea last night where Yoongu was waiting for me at Incheon International Airport.

I was pretty much konked out on the drive home: it was a rough flight cuz my allergies were really acting up, and I had teary eyes, sinus pressure, and sneezing fits for most of the 12.5 hours of the flight, and wasn’t able to sleep much.  So when we got home, I was very groggy, and took an extra five minutes of shut eye in our parked car before I entered the house.  Little did I know how busy Yoongu was in those five minutes!  When I finally stepped through the front door, I came across the following surprise:

Yoongu had sprinkled our entryway with red rose petals and had made a path of lighted candles which led to a kneeling Yoongu holding a beautiful bouquet of 2 dozen red roses.  Since there had never been a formal marriage proposal between the two of us, this was Yoongu giving me quite the birthday surprise (I arrived in Korea two days after my 31st bday).

But that wasn’t all!  Suddenly, he swung open the door and showed me my *real* bday surprise: a bathtub!  Now, that may sound a little strange to some of you, but you see, Korean homes often don’t have bathtubs.  Like Japan, Korea has a strong public bathhouse culture, so most homes just have showers.  Now, I *LOVE* to take baths—and it was always one of my little gripes that we didn’t have a tub in our house–and now we do!  It’s this lovely freestanding, gleaming white tub with a built in little “seat” in the back.

Here’s my wonderful fiance drawing up a bath for me—a welcome treat after that awful plane ride!

It was just a fantastic reminder of how lucky I am~~!

DIY Cake Toppers for a FRACTION of the cost!

So in keeping with our “travel” themed wedding, I’m having a cake decorated with little planes, suitcases and cameras. For the cake topper, I thought about having a little old-fashioned plane with Yoongu and I inside. I found a few examples on the internet, and showed the pictures (as well as my own sketch) to various bakeries, and was APPALLED at the quotes I received.
Prices ranged from $150 to $300– The instant I heard these quotes, my brain went into to immediate problem-solving mode–> there just had to be an alternative! The answer? Make it myself!
A few options came to mind regarding materials: such as clay, papier mache, or even just finding little toys or models and arranging these together. But I also had an open mind, so I decided to wander the aisles of Michael’s Arts & Crafts to see if there was anything else available. As luck would have it, I stumbled across something I highly recommend: Crayola’s Model Magic.
It’s incredibly lightweight and has this wonderful marshmellow-y/spongy kind of feel which made me feel like I was actually working with gum paste or fondant. I’m thrilled because I think the topper will match the cake very nicely since it actually looks edible, and it still slightly spongy to the touch even after drying fully. Plus, it’ll probably last much longer than a sugar creation!
Also, it was SO easy to blend colors–your hands won’t get tired from constant kneading to get even color consistency because it’s so soft–or you can easily knead it just slightly for beautiful marbled effects. If you have any questions about Model Magic or my techniques, ask away! But otherwise I’ll stop with the details and just show you a couple pics of the end product:

I can’t wait to see it on top of the actual cake in May~~~ Even if you don’t need to make a cake topper, maybe you can buy some to just relive your preschool days ^^! It doesn’t make a mess like Play-doh, and in total, my cake topper materials cost me $5. Yup, that’s FIVE BUCKS!