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Wedding - Favors part 1

Posted by BogusRed

lantern favor

Coming up with something for the favors was really tricky. I didn't want to spend more than $2 per favor, but I still wanted something that reflected our Legend of Zelda theme. I had found a cute set of little tea light lanterns that I almost bought, which remind me of the magic lantern from Zelda. But couldn't find them at a price within my budget. Note: Some places will advertise a lower price like $1.50 per lantern, but jack up the shipping price. 
 

 

bottle favor But what I found instead was much better. I found these cute round clear cork top glass bottles at only $0.50 each from save-on-crafts.com. These remind me of the potion bottles Link uses to replenish his health. My thought was to fill them with colored candy, something similar to nerds. Guests can enjoy the candy, then reuse the bottle as a vase for flowers or something.
 
A few notes if you do order these bottles, you'll need to ensure none of them are flawed, broken, or chipped. They also were rather dirty and dusty. I ran all the bottles through the dishwasher and soaked the corks in soapy water and air dried them.
 
More to come on the candy and decoration of these favors in a later post.

Wedding - Website

Posted by BogusRed

fairy Being a web designer, there was no doubt that Mike and I would have our very own wedding website. You can visit it at ZeldaWedding.com (I was surprised no one else snagged this domain).

 
The design draws a lot of elements from the Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker game interface. I loved the papery texture and brightly colored elements that were used and tried to recreate that in the design. One of my favorite elements of the design is this cute little fairy stuck in a bottle. I drew the shapes to be angular so it has more of a paper cut feel.
 
We included the URL to our website with our invitations so guests could visit and see our registry info. It's not proper etiquette to include your registry information in your invitations but it is ok to include a link to a wedding website. We also included a slide show of our engagement photos there as well as any updates that our guests need to know about.
 
wedding website A wedding website is useful for:
  • before the event:
    • save the date
    • registry links
    • event updates
    • engagement photos and other pictures
    • a story of how the couple met
    • wedding party
    • accomodation recommendations for out of town guests
  • after the event:
    • wedding photos
    • ask others to email you their photos
    • big thank you to guests
We'll be updating the site continually over the next couple months. Be sure to check it out.

Wedding - Theme

Posted by BogusRed

Mike and I had planned to get married in 2010. But with all of the family stuff going on, we decided to push it out a year to 2011. Thankfully we made the decision 7 months before the original wedding date and all of our vendors were very accommodating. 
 
But now we're less than a month away from the big day and I thought it was due time to start sharing.
 
Mike and I both love video games, especially Nintendo ones so we decided it would be fun to make our wedding themed after The Legend of Zelda. I'm drawing a lot of inspiration from Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker by making everything brightly colored and cartoony. Mike and I came up with the great idea of having each of the dining tables have a different item from the Zelda games. (more details on that in a later post)
 
In order to best communicate our theme to our vendors, I put together a document for it, sort of like a creative brief. Here are a few pages from it.

Theme brief

This page has a variety of images from Legend of Zelda and gives people a sense of what the game is about and the spirit of what we're going for.

 

venue brief

Many of our vendors were unfamiliar with our venue, so we provided some pictures to give a sense of what the place is like; outdoors and woodsy.

 

word cloud

Every wedding is different. Some are a formal and elegant affair, while others are more laid back. It was important to me that our vendors understood that this was meant to be a light hearted, colorful, and whimsical event. A word cloud is a simple way to communicate this.

 

color palette

Most weddings usually have one, maybe two colors that are used. But I wanted it to be clear to our vendors that we are using the full rainbow of colors. These are all colors that I thought felt most like The Wind Waker. I didn't stick strictly to these colors because it's difficult to get exact matches of fabrics, etc, but I did use it as a starting point.

 

More posts to come soon!